Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Michigan PGA Section Awards BOYNE Golf Academy’s Mike Fay 2019 Player Development Award

(Petoskey, Mich.) — Acclaimed golf instructor and BOYNE Golf Academy Director of Player Performance Mike Fay was recently chosen to receive the Michigan Section PGA’s 2019 Player Development Award. The award recognizes a PGA professional who has displayed extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievement in the area of player development. An innovator across multiple media platforms and with students of all ages, Fay has built a reputation as one of the most trusted golf coaches in Michigan and beyond.

“To receive the recognition for player development from my peers means everything to me. My fellow PGA professionals understand the long hours that go into building a successful instruction business and serving a loyal clientele,” Fay says. “We have an amazing staff at the BOYNE Golf Academy and unmatched support from our management and ownership, so it’s a blessing to share this honor with them.”

This is the second time the Michigan PGA Section has awarded Fay the Player Development Award, having also singled him out in 2016. This award also considers the PGA Professional’s growth of the game leadership, commitment at the Section and National levels in the player development arena, and the meaningful impact made at the facility. Fay, a three-time Northern Michigan Teacher of the Year, is a tireless educator and is prolific across video, social media and interactive platforms. His weekly “Mike Fay Golf Show,” which is promoted as “Golf’s Most Interactive Online Show,” can be seen live at 9pm Eastern on YouTube, Facebook and Periscope.

Fay has been named one of the best teachers in Michigan by Golf Digest, a U.S. Kids Golf Top-50 Lifetime Master Kids Teacher, a Future Champions Golf Top-25 Junior Elite Instructor. In 2012, he was Michigan’s first and only “Golf Channel Swing Fix” instructor.

The Michigan native has 25 years of teaching experience and has become a leader in the world of golf instruction. Fay received a degree in professional golf management the University of New Mexico in 1996 and become a PGA member in 1997. One of Fay’s many special interests is in developing junior golfers. He serves on the board of The First Tee of Northern Michigan and runs year-round programming for young golfers, including a beginning “Learn the Game” program, a Drive, Chip & Putt Training Camp, an advanced Nike junior Golf Camp and the Boyne Mountain Junior Cup, a unique tournament series that is driven by a season-long points race.

“Getting entire families to play golf is important to me. If kids get hooked on the game, there’s a good chance they’ll influence their parents and siblings to play with them,” Fay says. “I want kids to have so much fun in our programs that they don’t even realize they’re learning golf. The game should always be fun first, so that’s a huge emphasis in our programs.”

Fay and the BOYNE Golf Academy can improve every aspect of a golfer’s game from short game to the long game utilizing the top state of the art teaching technology including Trackman and GEARS Club and Body Tracking System. Guests can also learn from the best instructors through weekly resort clinics and customized private and group lessons.

“Mike Fay is the consummate golf instructor and an exemplary ambassador for the game,” says Boyne Resorts’ Vice President of Golf and Resort Sales Bernie Friedrich, recipient of the Michigan PGA Section’s 2019 Bill Strausbaugh Award. “We’re very proud that Mike has spent more than a decade building his teaching career here at Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands and continues to be the kind of leader the golf industry needs.”

The BOYNE Golf Academy, one of the leading golf instruction schools in the country and part of Boyne Resorts, has been named an Editor’s Choice Award by Golf Digest as one of the Best Golf Schools & Academies. The BOYNE Golf Academy has been one of the top golf schools in the country since 1986. Based at both Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands, the academy features nationally recognized professional instructors who have developed a variety of programs for juniors, adults, and ladies of all skill levels.

For more information, visit BOYNEGolf.com.

Club + Resort Talks Features Dr. Michael Hurdzan, Golf Course Architect

On this episode of Club + Resort Talks, we chat with golf course architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan, who has written a number of books and has his fingerprints on some very well-known courses such as Erin Hills, Scioto CC and The Philadelphia Cricket Club, to name a few. He’s also one of only a handful of people to achieve the non-playing “grand slam” as the recipient of the highest honor from each of the big three of our industry – the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the American Society of Golf Course Architects and the Golf Course Builders Association of America.

Listen HERE.

V1 Sports Launches New “V1 Game” GPS App

Innovators in Video Swing Analysis Unveil Dynamic Game-Tracking Technology

(Novi, Mich.) — V1 Sports (V1), creators of the best-in-class video swing analysis software for teaching pros and golfers, announces the launch of V1 Game, a mobile app that enables golfers to gain powerful insights on the course and in their game without the need of external hardware. With one of the golf industry’s most trusted developers of game-improvement technology entering the GPS game-tracking mobile app arena, golfers can expect a dynamic and intuitive user interface and programming optimized for measurable game improvement.

With the V1 Game app, a mobile phone or Apple Watch becomes a golfer’s personal caddie and shot tracker. V1 Game’s powerful GPS data provides accurate yardages to greens, hazards and landing zones to help you navigate the course like a professional. After a round is completed,
V1 Game’s intuitive performance analysis technology provides statistics that show the user’s strengths, weaknesses and paths to improvement.

“The launch of V1 Game advances V1 Sports’ mission to empower golfers and instructors to use the best tools for game improvement,” Bryan Finnerty, CEO of V1 Sports, says. “V1 Game gives users the power of accurate GPS data combined with next-generation performance tracking and analysis. With this powerful mobile app, golfers can make better decisions on the course, practice more effectively, and shoot lower scores.”

The V1 Game app can be downloaded by Apple users in the App Store and by Android users in the Google Play store. Learn more HERE.

Designed to be your in-round companion tool on the golf course, V1 Game is loaded with detailed GPS data for thousands of golf courses worldwide. The Rangefinder mode provides impressively accurate distances to greens, tees, hazards, and landing zones. The GPS mode features beautifully-rendered aerial satellite views and state-of-the-art functionality. Users can manually set the pin placements for precise distance to facilitate correct club selection and track shots live or post-round at their convenience.

V1 Game’s Intuitive Shot Tracking lets golfers track their strokes, putts, penalties as well as shot distances, locations, and clubs used so they can evaluate their performance and work to improve their weaknesses. For post-round analysis, V1 Game instantly displays shot data so golfers can see their strengths, weaknesses and tendencies at a glance.

Stats include: strokes gained, shot patterns, club distances, scoring, greens in regulation (GIR), fairways in regulation (FIR), scrambling, putts per green, putts per GIR, estimated handicap, and more.

If you want to track your performance the way Tour professionals do, Strokes Gained data is available for any skill level-- from PGA TOUR to beginner-- and is broken down by overall score, driving, approach, short game, and putting. Viewing personal bests and scoring history is simple with the V1 Game App.

“With V1 Game, you’re going to get deep into data that reveals who you are as a golfer. In vivid color and with real-time data analysis, you’ll know your strengths and weaknesses on the course which will empower you to get with your teaching professional and make specific improvements. This is an incredible tool for golfers who truly want to play better and score lower,” Finnerty says.

The V1 Game App is the product of a new partnership between V1 Sports and mobile app developers Pocket Par and is differentiated from similar apps because it combines powerful and user-friendly GPS functions with dynamics shot-tracking analytics that include Strokes Gained data for finely-tuned personal data.

“It’s exciting to work with V1 Sports and having the V1 Game app reach an audience that’s dialed into game improvement. You don’t have to be a data geek to get serious game improvement benefits from the V1 Game app,” says Pocket Par co-founder Dallas Webster. “You’ll know your miss tendencies and exactly where you’re losing shots on the golf course so you can spend your practice eliminating the exact shots that are costing you strokes.”

Users can connect and share stats and performance data with instructors and friends. V1-connected instructors can invite students to start receiving powerful feedback on performance and plans for improvement.

Advanced statistical analysis of golf data requires a subscription (in-app purchase) after the first three rounds. Subscriptions can be purchased in-app with both auto-renewing and non-renewing options. Auto-renewing subscriptions cost $59.99/year or $6.99/month. Non-renewing subscriptions (allowing 7-day access) can be purchased for $9.99.

V1 Game is a perfect complement to V1’s current line of video analysis software and mobile apps. Through V1 Game’s Groups feature, an instructor now will be able to easily combine a student’s swing videos with their on-course stats in order to identify the best pathway for improvement.

Visit www.v1sports.com.

Monday, November 18, 2019

STITCH Launches Enhanced SL2 Golf Bag—The Perfect Walking Bag

(APEX, N.C.) —STITCH Golf released the enhanced SL2 carry golf bag incorporating a brilliant blend of design and function to meet the needs of today’s serious golfer.
“We’ve added  enhancements as well as several new color schemes to elevate the style and performance of this unparalleled walking bag,” stated Brad King, CEO of STITCH.  “Created for the weekend warrior who plays hard and prefers walking, the  SL2 is truly a game-changer.”

“When redesigning the SL2 we focused our efforts on form and functionality without sacrificing style,” added King. “The new color options include navy, white and black and remain true to our racing-     inspired design. By focusing on unique features and keeping the bag sleek, we were able to create a bag that is truly the perfect walking bag.”

Designed using STITCH Touring Fabric, a proprietary product used in STITCH bags that has the strength of leather, but is more durable, lightweight and water resistant. The SL2 has the versatility of an interchangeable single and double strap with the convenience of the golfer who walks mostly and occasionally plays with a caddie. Weighing only 4 lbs., the SL2 combines style and functionality and is designed with a 4-way divider with lift-assisted handles, one full length apparel pocket, a golf ball pocket, a pocket lined with felt for valuables, and a detachable rain hood. New features include an insulated water-bottle pocket, hip pad for extra comfort, pencil pocket and wider stand feet for increased stability.

“Like all STITCH products, the SL2 is engineered to help golfers perform their best,” continued King. “By focusing on details and unique features, we created a carry bag that provides unparalleled style, function and comfort making it the perfect walking bag.”

STITCH products are available at leading golf, country clubs and select retailers around the world and at: www.stitchgolf.com.

Circling Raven Earns Distinction through ‘Golfweek’s Best Casino Courses in the U.S.’ List

(Worley, Idaho) – Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel today announces that Golfweek ranked Circling Raven Golf Club one of “America’s Best Casino Courses” in the media company’s regular compendium finest playing venues by category.

Moving up one spot from last year – from No. 22 to No. 21 – Circling Raven exemplifies all that is appreciated about casino resort golf. Designed by Gene Bates, the majestic layout sprawls across 620 acres of undulating Palouse Region terrain. Ranked the No. 1 public course in Idaho by Golfweek, it features immaculate conditions, ingenious, diverse holes, and it’s one of the golf world’s best values (at slightly more than $100 per round during peak season).

To determine the “Best Casino Courses” list each year, Golfweek’s extensive team of course raters, which currently counts more than 850 evaluators, surveys more than 3,600 courses, grading each nominated course on Golfweek’s 10 strict standards of evaluation.

Owned and operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Circling Raven is one of several first-class amenities of the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel. It recently announced that it will host the Circling Raven Championship in 2020, a Symetra “Road to the LPGA” Tour event.

“The Coeur d’Alene Tribe is proud that Circling Raven earned this honor from Golfweek; we strive to exceed our guests’ expectations on and off the course,” said Laura Stensgar, CDA Casino Resort Hotel CEO. “We hope this latest distinction inspires players to visit and experience all that we have to offer.”

Located approximately 55 minutes from Spokane International Airport (GEG) in the Idaho panhandle, Circling Raven measures 7,189 yards from the rear tees. With surrounding development and so much land dedicated to its layout, Circling Raven inspires players with its peaceful solitude, stunning scenery, and crafty design.

Many who play Circling Raven, which includes a nationally honored retail shop and the excellent Twisted Earth restaurant with bar, claim it as an immediate member of their all-time best golf experiences. Other Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort amenities and activities include the full-service Spa Ssakwa’q’n; a variety of hotel rooms and suites; bars, restaurants, lounges, and eateries; cultural immersion options, and more. The casino completed a multi-million-dollar renovation in Spring 2019.

Traveling golfers often play Circling Raven and Coeur d’Alene Resort Course, located roughly 45 minutes apart. CDA Resort Course was ranked fourth best course in Idaho by Golfweek earlier this year.

Circling Raven been bestowed with numerous best-in-kind honors since opening, including being rated as a Top 100 Resort Course. Its golf shop has garnered national and regional awards for its excellence and its variety of products, displays, and performance.

For more information, visit www.cdacasino.com or 800-523-2464.

PGA National Resort & Spa Retains Staples Golf Design for Golf Course Project

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – PGA National Resort & Spa – South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation and spa destination – announces it has retained Staples Golf Design, a golf course architecture firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona, to lead a reimagination of the Squire Course.

One of five distinct 18-hole courses at PGA National, four of which are on property, the Squire Course was originally designed by the renowned design duo of Tom and George Fazio and has not had any significant updates since opening.

Staples Golf Design (SGD), formed in 2002 by Andy Staples, is a golf course architecture firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona.  SGD is an award-winning, national leader in sustainable golf course design services helping courses increase their efficiency, become more profitable and instill local pride in the game. Timeless, strategic design combined with efficient, natural elements are the hallmarks of Staples projects.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the new ownership of PGA National on the Squire course,” says Staples. “I’ve watched tournaments on this property since I was a kid, so it’s a real honor to be working here. We’ll be coming up with innovative solutions that address golf’s future, and that’s really exciting. You’re going to want to keep an eye on this project.”

SGD projects have won national awards from numerous major golf publications across the country and continue to be listed on the “Best Places to Play” in their respective states. Recent awards include two design excellence awards from the American Society of Golf Course Architects, a “Best Renovation of Year” award by Golf Inc. Magazine, a “Golf Development of the Year” award by Golf Inc. Magazine, and a “Best New” Award by Golf Digest.

The reimagination of the Squire Course will be overseen by Nick Mazzella of Mazzella Partnership, a Charlotte, North Carolina based golf course renovation project management company.

For more information about PGA National: visit www.pgaresort.com or call 800.863.2819.

Friday, November 15, 2019

FootJoy Announces Exciting New Additions to the Popular FJ Flex Franchise

New style options and even greater performance for one of the hottest shoes of the year

(RELEASE) — FootJoy, the #1 Shoe in Golf, today launched several additions to the popular FJ FLEX franchise. Expanding on one of the hottest shoe categories of the year, these updates deliver enhanced comfort, style and performance on the course, in the clubhouse and beyond.

With a commitment to delivering superior comfort and versatility on and off the golf course at its core, FJ FLEX now offers waterproof protection and elevated athletic styling with the all-new FLEX XP.  The completely new upper design features a premium, lightweight performance mesh upper with a one-year waterproof warranty.

“Offering an adjacent waterproof category was a critical addition to the FLEX family, with further enhancements to improve the overall design,” said Richard Fryer, Director of Product Development, Footwear.  “This product will excite FJ FLEX wearers and those looking for unrivaled versatility on any surface and in all weather conditions.”

FLEX XP offers all-day comfort with a high-density EVA fitbed and bootie-fit construction that provides a sock-like fit.  The sporty styling combined with a waterproof membrane and proprietary Versa-Trax spikeless outsole, FLEX XP is ready to deliver, rain or shine.

Next is FJ FLEX LE1, the first limited edition release for the FJ FLEX category, featuring a contemporary suede Wingtip Blucher upper that strikes the ideal balance between comfort and style.  The multi-dimensional, translucent rubber traction elements maximize versatility and performance while giving a higher-end look and feel, nestled atop a soft, supportive EVA midsole providing added comfort.  FJ FLEX LE1 is offered in three colors and finished in a super soft suede.

A limited number of FJ FLEX LE1 shoes are available now on FootJoy.com and select retailers, while supplies last.

“With the momentum that we have riding the incredible success of FJ FLEX, it’s really exciting to see what we can do with this footwear franchise,” added Fryer.

All FJ FLEX shoes feature the innovative Versa-Trax outsole configuration, a web of multi-dimensional, strategically placed traction elements designed for on and off course wear. The proprietary Versa-Trax outsole technology offers multiple traction zones that maximize golf performance in all conditions and produce exceptional multi-surface grip.
· GOLF PERFORMANCE TRACTION: Pointy, turf-gripping traction elements strategically placed where the foot applies maximum pressure with the ground during the golf swing
· VERSATILE OFF-COURSE TRACTION: Larger, flatter no-slip surfaces for traction and durability
· HYBRID TRACTION: Mix of both on and off course traction elements, engineered to maximize traction on the course during the swing and provide grip when walking on smooth surfaces off the course
· ALL-DAY COMFORT: Lightweight, soft foam cushioning

For more information, visit www.FootJoy.com.  You can also follow the brand on Twitter @FootJoy or on Instagram @footjoy.

· Proprietary Versa-Trax rubber outsole technology delivers versatile on/off course traction
· Soft and supportive EVA midsole provides soft, cushioned ride
· Premium performance mesh upper
· 1-year waterproof warranty

· Silky soft smooth suede uppers
· Multi-layer, extra comfort FitBed
· Translucent rubber traction elements for higher end look and feel
· Soft, supportive EVA midsole provides a comfortable, cushioned ride
· Tonal and contrast lace supplied

· Black laced
· Grey laced
· White laced
· Blue laced

· Wingtip Blucher – all over Tan suede
· Wingtip Blucher – all over Grey suede
· Wingtip Blucher – all over Navy suede

FLEX XP: $125
FJ FLEX LE1: $165