Sports Getaways for Aug. 17-20
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, MEDINAH COUNTRY CLUB, MEDINAH, ILL.
Golf's fourth and final major. Will Tiger win it and become golfer of the year? Will Phil leapfrog him? Will some other player, some wonderful story, emerge from the pack? The last time the Championship was played here, in 1999, Tiger won.
Do: Medinah is located 28 miles northwest of Chicago. Get thee to Chicago. In fact, arrive Wednesday and see the White Sox play the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (Tickets).
Stay: The Crowne Plaza Hotel Chicago-The Silversmith (10 S. Wabash Ave., located in Chicago's downtown Loop district) is offering rooms starting at $198.
Eat: The best breakfast you'll ever have is served daily at Lou Mitchell's Restaurant (565 W. Jackson Blvd., just west of the Loop; 312-939-3111). Eggs any way you want, delivered right in the skillet. The homemade hash browns are to die for.
YANKEES AT RED SOX, FENWAY PARK, BOSTON
Armageddon continues. Five games in four days, the last time the Yankees visit Boston during the regular season. Welcome to Red Sox Nation.
Tickets: All five games are sold out. But there's always a ticket broker ready to help you out... for a price.
Do: Go see Boston's second team. Saturday, Aug. 19 the Patriots host the Arizona Cardinals in a pre-season game at Gillette Stadium, in Foxboro, Mass. (Tickets).
Stay: Rooms are going fast. Try Clarion's Bullfinch Hotel (107 Merrimac St., in the city's Financial District), where rooms are available from $223.
Eat: Jimmy's Harborside Restaurant (242 Northern Ave., on the waterfront; 617-423-1000). The city's landmark seafood restaurant has two signature dishes: its chowder, and Jimmy's Famous Finnan Haddie -- smoked haddock baked in a white wine cream sauce. Order them both.
SEAHAWKS AT COLTS, RCA DOME, INDIANAPOLIS
Peyton Manning tries again to win the big one. An early test: this preseason match against the defending NFC West champion Seahawks, led by MVP running back Shaun Alexander.
Web site: http://www.colts.com/
Do: Arrive a day early and catch the Pittsburgh Pirates' Class AAA farm team, the Indianapolis Indians, play the Richmond Braves at Victory Field (501 West Maryland St., Tickets).
Stay: The Embassy Suites Hotel Indianapolis-Downtown (110 W. Washington St.) is offering rooms starting at $119.
Eat: The Workingman's Friend (234 N. Belmont Ave.; 317-636-2067) is a meat-and-potatoes-looking Near West Side joint that serves, well, not meat and potatoes, but the best double cheeseburgers in town. You'll dine elbow to elbow with movers and shakers, and furniture movers. The beer comes in a 32-ounce frosted mug. Primarily a lunch place, it stays open till 8 p.m. weekdays and 4 p.m. Saturday.
HOLYFIELD VS. BATES, AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER, DALLAS
It's true, Holyfield hasn't fought in 21 months. And yes, the 43-year-old, four-time heavyweight champ is matched against journeyman Jeremy Bates in a non-title bout. It's doubtful he'll regain the title, but who isn't rooting for the popular fighter to have one more day in the sun?
Web site: http://www.evanderholyfield.com/
Do: Drive to Ft. Worth's LaGrave Field (301 N.E. 6th St.) Saturday to watch the Ft. Worth Cats and their 81-year-old first base coach Wayne Terwilliger, a former big-league infielder, take on the Sioux Falls Canaries in an independent minor league game. Terwilliger managed the team for three years, before stepping down after the 2005 season. He and Connie Mack are the only two octogenarians to manage professional baseball teams (Web site).
Stay: Plenty of reasonable choices here. The downtown Holiday Inn Dallas-Aristocrat (1933 Main St.) has rooms starting at $108.
Eat: Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse (2202 Inwood Rd., in Dallas's Uptown district; 214-357-7120) The premier smokehouse in a city where people take their barbecue seriously. This is the real thing: a smoky shack thick with the scent of seared meat. Order a slab of ribs or hickory-smoked brisket, slather them in tangy sauce, grab a fistful of napkins and sit down at a picnic bench in the parking lot. Sonny Bryan's has a number of Dallas franchise locations, but none has the atmosphere of the original (Web site).
Orbitz is advertising a Weekends in Vegas discount flight promotion. Seats are limited. Fly in, hit the tables, see a show, play the links, then go to Cashman Field (850 Las Vegas Blvd. N.) and watch the Las Vegas 51s -- the Dodgers Class AAA affiliate -- take on the Portland Beavers Friday, Aug. 18 (Tickets).
Getting there: Weekends in Vegas
HONOLULUAs if you need a reason to travel to Hawaii. Book a discounted flight to Honolulu from $485 roundtrip. Take time out from playing at one of Oahu's many fine courses to see the islands' top amateurs play Sat.-Sun., Aug. 19-20 in the Amatour Hawaii Battle at Kaneohe Klipper, at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course (Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay; 808-351-2499).
Getting there: Fare sales
DODGERS AT GIANTS, AT&T PARK, SAN FRANCISCO
Joe Morgan once said he never saw a team happier than the Dodgers, after they had eliminated the Giants, his former team, from the 1993 NL West pennant race. Since Bobby Thomson's 1951 ninth-inning pennant-winning homer, the two have been bitter rivals. Mays against Robinson. Durocher vs. Dressen. Koufax against Marichal. And now Bonds vs. them all. Fri.-Sun., Aug. 18-20 they take the field again, this time at AT&T Park (24 Willie Mays Plaza) in San Francisco (Tickets).
Or head to Minneapolis's Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (900 S. 5th St.) to see a fierce battle for the AL wild card between the Twins and White Sox (Tickets).
BOB DYLAN CONCERT, ERNIE SHORE FIELD, WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.
Bob Dylan is a sports fan. Loves golf. And he's partial to baseball. Catch him Fri., Aug. 18 at Winston-Salem, N.C.'s Ernie Shore Field (401 Deacon Blvd.) -- home of the Class A Winston-Salem Warthogs -- one of 20 stops on his Summer '06 Baseball Tour (Tickets).
Come the ballpark the night before and watch the Warthogs -- a White Sox affiliate -- play the Potomac Nationals (Tickets).
ROGERS CUP, UNIPRIX STADIUM, MONTREAL, CANADA
The Rogers Cup (Sat.-Sun., Aug. 12-20), at Montreal's Uniprix Stadium (285 Faillon St. W.), is the last big women's tennis event leading up to the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadow. The world's leading players will be there -- Amelie Mauresmo, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Maria Sharapova, Mary Pierce, Martina Hingis and Venus Williams, among others (Tickets). Afterward, enjoy North America's most romantic city.