Monday, May 30, 2016

Bobby Weed Golf Design Concludes Successful Management of Cannon Ridge Golf Club

(PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida) – Bobby Weed Golf Design (www.bobbyweed.com), an award-winning golf-course design firm, has concluded its successful management of Cannon Ridge Golf Club, in Fredericksburg, Va. While the public resort facility was closed temporarily, beginning at the end of 2012, and in anticipation of the course’s reopening, Bobby Weed Golf Design was called in to renovate and manage the par-71 18-hole golf course to an austere level, in a closed condition but in such a way that it could be reopened within 90 days should an operator be identified or a portion of the golf course repurposed. The design firm recently was informed that an agreement has been reached to reopen Cannon Ridge within 30 days.

“This is clearly a testament to the assistance and commitment of lending our services in any capacity to assist our client, in this case protecting the asset during a restructuring and closed period,” said Bobby Weed, president & CEO of Bobby Weed Golf Design.

When Cannon Ridge, designed for Silver Companies by Bobby Weed Golf Design with co-designer Deane Beman, opened in 2003, it was named one of the top three Best New Public Courses in the country by Golf Digest magazine. It also immediately was considered one of the finest courses in the Mid-Atlantic region. Part of the Celebrate Virginia North development, it features some war-era cannon embankments on the back nine and several historical placards placed around the course that relate stories of the Battle of Fredericksburg, in 1862, during the Civil War.

When the operator severed its management agreement, Silver Companies assumed management responsibility but did not reopen the course, hoping to develop portions of the property, pending permits. During the closure, Bobby Weed Golf Design’s course upgrades included converting the fairways and tee areas from L-93 bentgrass to Latitude bermudagrass, more compatible with the region’s variable weather conditions.

SCNS Sports Foods Becomes Gold Partner of The First Tee

(RELEASE) - SCNS Sports Foods is proud to become a Gold Partner to The First Tee, an organization that provides positive youth development through golf.

SCNS Sports Foods supports The First Tee via donating a portion of the proceeds on every bar sold of their gluten free Trail Mix bars. There are two varieties – Dark Chocolate Chip and Cranberry.

Each bar is a delicious combination of gluten free oats, and six different nuts and seeds. The primary sweetener of each bar is agave syrup, and the bars do not contain any artificial ingredients.

“Golfers need sustained energy in order to play their best. Our gluten free Trail Mix bars are designed to help golfers sustain energy while providing great taste,” said Bill Stewart, Chief Operating Officer of SCNS Sports Foods. “Our Trail Mix bars are also a great light meal or snack off the course as well” Stewart added.

“We are especially pleased to be able to contribute a portion of the proceeds on these bars to The First Tee across the country. Their youth development programs have positively impacted millions of young people over the years, and helped them learn highly valuable life lessons while learning the game of golf,” Stewart noted.

"The First Tee is reliant upon charitable contributions to carry out our mission and is grateful to receive support from donors like SCNS Sports Foods" said Jennifer Weiler, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of The First Tee. "We're positively impacting the lives of young people thanks in great part to their contributions."

1st Tee and 10th Tee golf nutrition and energy bars are sold at more than 2,000 golf courses and golf retail outlets across the United States. For more information on 1st Tee and 10th Tee golf nutrition and energy bars, visit www.golfenergybar.com or call toll free 1-888-638-8686.

Golf Channel's Live Coverage of 2016 NCAA Men's Golf Championships Begins Tonight

Field of 30 Teams and Six Individuals to Compete for National Championship Honors

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Coming on the heels of the dramatic finish at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships that saw Washington win its first golf national title in school history, Golf Channel returns to Eugene Country Club to deliver comprehensive news and tournament coverage of the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships, airing in primetime Monday, May 30-Wednesday, June 1.

Golf Channel’s live tournament coverage of the men’s championships begins on Monday, May 30 to crown the individual national champion, as well as tracking the teams attempting to qualify for the eight-team match play tournament. Golf Channel’s coverage also will include all three rounds of the team match-play tournament on Tuesday, May 31 and Wednesday, June 1. In addition, Golf Central will surround live tournament coverage with pre-and post-event news coverage produced on location, as well as daily news updates on Morning Drive and online via Golf Channel Digital. News and tournament coverage also will be live streamed on Golf Live Extra powered by PlayMaker Media.

Golf Channel NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Coverage (all times ET)
- May 30 - Individual National Championship - 7-10 p.m. (Live)
- May 31 - Quarterfinals, Team Match Play - 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Live)
- May 31 - Semifinals, Team Match Play - 6-10 p.m. (Live)
- June 1 - Team Match Play National Championship - 6-10 p.m. (Live)

NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Format: The championship format consists of 30 teams and six individuals (not on those teams competing) in 54 holes of stroke play, beginning Friday, May 27. Following Sunday’s third round, the top-15 teams along with nine individuals not on an advancing team will compete on Monday, May 30 to crown the individual national champion. The top eight teams from the 72-hole stroke play championship will advance to the team match play championship on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 31 and June 1.

Teams competing: Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, California, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Louisville, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Purdue, San Diego State, South Carolina, South Florida, Southern California, Stanford, Texas, TCU, Vanderbilt, Virginia, UAB and Wake Forest.

Individuals competing: Cameron Champ (Texas A&M), Ryan Cole (James Madison), Tee-k Kelly (Ohio State), Matt Lutz (UC-Riverside), William Rainey (College of Charleston), Antoine Rozner (Missouri-Kansas City)

Semifinal Teams in Match Play to Receive Invitations to Compete in East Lake Cup: The East Lake Cup, taking place in late October at historic East Lake Golf Club and featuring the top-performing teams from the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships, will expand to a new three-day format for 2016. Invitations for the field will be extended to the semifinalists of the team match-play tournaments at both the 2016 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships. Modeled after the NCAA Golf Championships, the new format for the East Lake Cup will consist of an opening round of stroke play to crown an individual male and female champion and determine seeding for the following two days of match play competition. Golf Channel will air live coverage of the East Lake Cup Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

Cook and Oberholser Join NCAA Broadcast Team: Newcomers to Golf Channel’s NCAA on-air team include 11-time PGA TOUR-winner John Cook, a member of the 1979 NCAA Team National Champions at Ohio State University, who will serve as a course reporter, and Golf Channel analyst Arron Oberholser, who will serve as a news analyst.

Men’s Golf Championships On-Air Teams: Golf Channel’s on-air team for the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships will feature Hall-of-Famer Lanny Wadkins as lead analyst and Bob Papa as play-by-play host. Curt Byrum will serve as hole announcer, with Billy Ray Brown, Cook and Notah Begay reporting from the course. Golf Channel’s college insider Steve Burkowski will join the broadcast booth as co-analyst and hole announcer. Ryan Burr will host Golf Central, joined by Oberholser, former Florida men’s golf coach Buddy Alexander, Burkowski and Golf Channel Digital senior writer Ryan Lavner.

College Central – Golf Channel Digital Coverage: Golf Channel will provide comprehensive coverage via College Central, Golf Channel Digital’s home for college golf. Led by Jay Coffin, Lavner and Burkowski, College Central will be the source for all things college golf, including tournament results and scores, features and columns, video highlights and breaking news.

Haskins Award Winner to be Announced on Golf Central June 7: Golf Channel will announce the winner of one of the most prestigious awards in college golf –the Fred Haskins Award presented by Stifel – following the conclusion of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships, on a live edition of Golf Central, Tuesday, June 7 at 6 p.m. ET. The show will include profiles on the top candidates for both awards and live interviews with the winner, who also will receive an exemption to compete in the 2016 Greenbrier Classic on the PGA TOUR. The Haskins Award honors the nation’s most outstanding male Division I collegiate golfer as selected by her peers, coaches and the golf media.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Loudmouth Golf Introduces The Woodworth Collection - Performance Golf Wear

(RELEASE) - Loudmouth Golf recently introduced The Woodworth Collection, a new line of performance golf wear in your favorite Loudmouth patterns. Featuring luxurious fabric, meticulous detail, and innovative sportswear technologies, this collection provides a modern fit that is comfortable and breathable for the stylish (bodacious) golfer.

"Newest line that I've been wearing -- great fit & feel! Luv 'em!!!!" - Two-Time Major Champion, John Daly

The Woodworth Collection features the patented TekFIT waistband. TekFIT offers 1-2" of invisible stretch by using a patented compaction and fusing technology, giving you a custom fit with continuous stretch and recovery. TekFIT waistband also features an anti-slip gripper to keep your top neatly tucked in for all 19 holes.

"Many of our customers love the feel of cotton. Others requested a modern, care-free poly. So we designed a bulletproof pant that will look just as good 25 years from now. Imagine the joy on your son's face when you pass down these beauties!" - Loudmouth Golf Founder & Designer, Woody!

Shop HERE.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Troon Selected to Manage The Reserve Club at Woodside

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) - Troon, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing is proud to announce it has been selected to manage The Reserve Club at Woodside located in Aiken, South Carolina.

The Reserve Club at Woodside is a private country club nestled within Woodside Plantation, a Southern Living Inspired Community located in the Carolina foothills.  The Club offers a wide selection of active living, social and wellness related amenities. Members and guests have access to two championship golf courses – The Reserve and Hollow Creek. The Reserve course is an 18-hole Nicklaus Design which boasts 7,352 yards of rolling terrain, manicured fairways and picturesque vistas. Since its inception in 2002, this championship golf course has continually been named one of South Carolina’s top courses and recognized as one of “America’s Best Courses” by Golf Digest. The Hollow Creek course, designed by Masters and U.S. Open Champion Fuzzy Zoeller and architect Clyde Johnston, offers a challenging 10-hole championship layout with numerous elevation changes, forced carries, scenic views and the best three finishing holes in the area.

“The Reserve Club at Woodside is an exceptional private facility with an outstanding reputation and a highly active and engaged membership,” said Carl Bielstein, vice president, Troon. “We are honored to be working with this highly revered club and are confident that our management practices, member programming and dedication to service will elevate the members’ experience and take the club to a new level of excellence.”

In addition to golf, The Reserve Club offers its members and guests an array of recreational and social activities. Outdoor recreational amenities include six Har-Tru tennis courts; three Pickleball courts; croquet and bocce ball; resort pool and cabana; community parks and greenspace areas; state-of-the-art fitness facility; walking, hiking and biking trails and more. Members also may enjoy a calendar full of social activities and events ranging from the popular Friday Pub Club, Gardening Club, and Green Egg Club to bourbon tastings, Sunday brunch, Chef’s cook-off, movie night as well as live music and dancing.

At the center of the club is the 9,000 square-foot clubhouse where members may enjoy casual indoor and outdoor dining or live music in the piano bar, along with access to banquet rooms, meeting rooms, locker rooms and a fully-stocked golf shop. The club is currently undergoing a 17,000 square-foot expansion project which is scheduled to open this summer. This new addition will offer members a new Bistro, Chef’s viewing area, three ballrooms, sports bar, outdoor pavilion, library, card room, brides’ room, meeting space, activities room and more.

“The Reserve Club at Woodside is pleased to welcome Troon Privé as manager of our club,” said Rick Steele, developer/owner of The Reserve Club. “Their experience in both hospitality and golf management will ensure the highest quality experience for our members and guests. With the recent opening of our new resort-style pool facility, the clubhouse expansion and the completion of the Hollow Creek course, we look forward to an exciting combination of world-class management and world-class amenities at Woodside.”

For more information on The Reserve Club at Woodside and the various types of memberships available, contact General Manager Ross Desmond at (803)648-1601. Because of its close proximity to Augusta and the South Carolina/Georgia border, The Reserve Club also affords out-of-town guests an opportunity to experience golf during Masters’ Week. Visit The Reserve Club at Woodside’s website at www.thereserveclubatwoodside.com.

For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.

PGA Catalunya Resort Embarks on Three-Year Investment Program

Next development phase to include 5-star luxury hotel, recreational lake and vineyards

(Girona, Spain) - 2016 marks a year of extensive new development for PGA Catalunya Resort, near Barcelona, as the European Tour Destination embarks on a three-year, €53 million investment programme.

The launch of a €33million 5-star luxury hotel in June will be followed by an array of facilities including a deli, a pantry garden, a kids club and a junior club. The 36-hole resort will also have its own vineyards, build a new equestrian centre and offer football and rugby camps for visitors and owners.

The final element of the three-year plan is a flagship recreational lake, due for completion in 2018. The man-made lake will be a hub for water sports and will come complete with a beach and a lakeside club, adding more dining options to the Costa Brava resort.

The 149-room luxury hotel, designed by internationally-renowned interior designer Lazaro Rosa-Violán, will offer panoramic views over the golf courses, swimming pool or gardens, providing the perfect combination of space and comfort, luxury and striking urban-chic interior design. Dining options will include three restaurants and a bar.

The introduction of vineyards will provide vine adoption possibilities, as well as the chance for residents and guests to be involved in the planting and harvesting of the grape vines. From early 2017, existing residents will be able to plant the first vines in the grounds and can enjoy nurturing them to harvest. A unique pantry garden, to be launched in summer 2016, provides a charming new area for guests and residents to enjoy and help cultivate with a programme of weekly activities.

Enhancing the current food and beverage offering, a new deli will be stocked with local produce and wines for resort guests and residents.

For families, the new kids club, opening in summer 2016, will provide entertainment with sports and fun workshops exploring the landscape and other activities the resort has to offer. The three-year plan also includes a junior club which will offer a variety of activities specifically tailored for its 8 to 14 year old audience. Other new and enhanced sporting facilities will include an equestrian centre, as well as football and rugby camps, which will be operational late 2016 and early 2017.

David Plana, PGA Catalunya Resort’s CEO, said: “The resort has come a long way since The Stadium Course was first inaugurated in 1999 – and our current developments coupled with our three-year plan are testament to the great aspirations we have for our World Top 100 venue.

“Over the years, PGA Catalunya Resort has established itself as a leading venue within the European and global golfing world – and now the onus is on developing the rest of the venue to fully accommodate the requirements of our golf visitors, guests and property owners, be they sports enthusiasts, culture aficionados or foodies and their families."

For additional information about PGA Catalunya Resort and its new 5-star hotel, visit www.pgacatalunya.com.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Branson/Lakes Area Welcomes Dads with Golf, Special Playing Offers and Off-Course Choices

(BRANSON/LAKES, MISSOURI) – Known as “Golf’s Ozark Mountain Oasis,” the Branson/Lakes Area golf destination is a place where players – and Dads! – can enjoy first-class golf, an array of off-course activities and substantial value.

Pointe Royale Golf Village sells “A Day at The Pointe.” The special includes 36 holes and a choice of breakfast or lunch for $89. “The Pointe” also offers a “7-Day Pass.” For $250, it includes unlimited golf for seven consecutive days. A golfer who plays one round each day would average a greens fee of approximately $35. Visit www.pointeroyalegolf.net or call 417.334.4477.

Pre-pay for your round at Branson Hills Golf Club and lock in a rate of $89 plus tax. It includes one round, any day at any time, which means paying $10 less for the most-coveted tee times (mid-mornings on weekends). Considering Golfweek Magazine ranks Branson Hills the No. 1 course in Missouri, that’s a solid savings. Call Head Professional Dan Davis to purchase: (417) 337-2963 x 101.

For locals, the rate is even better – $69 from May through October. The local rate is valid for one local resident (with ID) and up to 3 guests.  This price is offered to those living in Taney, Stone, Christian & Green counties in Missouri, and Boone or Carroll counties in Arkansas. A driver’s license with current address is required at registration.

Consider either of those courses for Father’s Day rounds, or select from other great Branson golf options including LedgeStone, Thousand Hills, Top of the Rock and Buffalo Ridge Springs. Visit www.explorebranson/golf for more information.

Beside golf, there are other options and activities that Dad may appreciate. Chateau Grille's Champagne Sunday Brunch at Chateau on the Lake (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) is a great place to celebrate before teeing off. Call early to make your reservations (888-333-5253).

The Branson Landing is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and the party coincides with Father's Day weekend. Start celebrating Dad on Saturday night, June 18, with a free 8 p.m. concert featuring Prince Ivan, Trey O'Dell and a fireworks-filled finale provided by Gateway Fireworks Displays.

The celebration doesn't end then, though. Surprise Dad on Sunday, June 19, with a live performance by the Taneycomo Festival Jazz Orchestra, beginning at 7 p.m. See many more options for Dad at: http://www.explorebranson.com/blog/spend-fathers-day-branson#sthash.SmDukHgP.dpuf

The Branson/Lakes Area golf destination is home to several esteemed courses with two more currently under construction. Existing courses include the following:
· Pointe Royale Golf Village, www.pointeroyalegolf.net, 417.334.4477
· Thousand Hills Golf Resort, www.thousandhills.com, 800.487.0769, 417.334.4553
· LedgeStone Country Club at StoneBridge Village, www.ledgestonegolf.com, 417.335.8187
· Top of the Rock Golf Course, http://www.topoftherock.com/Page/Golf.aspx, 417.339.5343
· Branson Hills Golf Club, www.bransonhillsgolfclub.com, 417.337.2963
· Holiday Hills Resort and Golf Club, www.holidayhills.com, 417.334.4838
· Don Gardner Golf Course, http://www.bransonparksandrecreation.com, 417.337.8510
· Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course, http://www.topoftherock.com/buffalo-ridge-golf-course/,  417.339.5430

For more information about Branson/Lakes Area Golf, visit www.facebook.com/BransonGolf or www.explorebranson.com/golf.