(Reuters) – Next month’s ANA Inspiration, which is traditionally the LPGA’s first major championship of the year, will be played without spectators because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the elite women’s professional golf circuit said on Friday.
The Sept. 10-13 event at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California was originally slated to take place in April but was postponed because of the virus that halted professional sports across the globe.
“The champion’s walk at 18 and the jump into Poppie’s Pond are two of the greatest traditions on the LPGA Tour,” LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan said in a news release.
“While we wish we could have fans with us in person to celebrate these exciting moments, ensuring the health and safety of everyone inside and outside the ropes is of the utmost importance.”
Four of the LPGA’s five majors remain on the schedule this year, including the Aug. 20-23 Women’s British Open which will also be held without spectators at Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland.
The Oct. 8-11 Women’s PGA Championship in Pennsylvania and Dec. 10-13 U.S. Women’s Open in Texas have not yet announced whether spectators will be allowed to attend.
In June, the LPGA cancelled Evian Championship that was scheduled for this week in France because of travel restrictions and governmental quarantine requirements related to the pandemic.
Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Pritha Sarkar
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The drive to New Glarus, Wisconsin, 25 miles south of Madison, winds through a classic midwestern landscape. Barns painted a dark red frame the country road beside tall silos stacked with corn. There are Victorian farmhouses flying American flags, ripe green fields rolling to a low horizon, and groups of grazing Holstein dairy cows, standing in bovine formation.
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(Related: Borders are closing to Americans. Here’s where you can still go.)
New Glarus’s own immigrant
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On one of the smallest islands in California’s least-visited national park, my daughter, Grace, and I went in search of splendid isolation. We found carnage, heard shrieks and wandered the topography of an acrophobe’s worst nightmare.
I recommend it — so long as you know what you’re getting into.
The island is Anacapa, part of Channel Islands National Park. To get there from Los Angeles, we got up early and drove an hour to Oxnard’s Channel Islands Harbor, where concessionaire Island Packers runs daily boat trips to Anacapa, about 12 miles out.
On the way, there’s a good chance you’ll spot dolphins alongside your vessel, as we did.
Question: Is this really a good time to board a ship?
Answer: The Vanguard, which usually can carry 81 passengers, is now capped at about 30 passengers, whose positions are closely monitored by the small crew. No more than nine people at a time are on the upper deck. Masks are required. Passengers are urged to use and carry hand sanitizer.
We went on a Monday, looking for day-trip consolation after the pandemic trashed our plans for a road trip up the coast. (Though many hotels and campgrounds have reopened, state officials continue to warn that Californians should avoid gatherings and “should not travel significant distances for pleasure or recreation.”)
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Recently, it seems, the marketers all decided to start promoting the Alentejo as the “Tuscany of Portugal.” I get it. The pastoral district south of Lisbon but north of the Algarve’s beach resorts is both rugged and agricultural, wild and organized around cultivation.
The Alentejo embodies living well while also living simply. There are rolling hills, painterly landscapes, gnarled old olive trees, zesty full-bodied wines, and many ways to eat a pig.
But as much as I understand the impulse, I think comparing the Alentejo to any other place does it a disservice. It is a world all its own. Everything is golden. Time moves slowly, steeped as it is in history, memories of past generations and the unrelenting summer heat that sears everything into clear relief. It is also a world that has no place for formality. There is zero reason to dress up. The Alentejo is one of those places that is unabashedly come-as-you-are.
And so, it seems, every so often, another dreamy, come-as-you-are hotel opens—keeping a personality all its own but also raising the bar in a region whose popularity is deservedly growing. (I’ve written about a number of my favorites.)
The latest hotel to clear that bar is the greatly expanded Herdade da Malhadinha Nova, in the lower Alentejo, where things are even balmier, slower and more soulful. Although the original elements of the place—a