Monday, June 29, 2015

Swing Into Summer Savings: Announcing New Charleston Area Stay-and-Play Golf Packages

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) – Pairing championship course play with premier downtown accommodations and entertainment, the Charleston area is offering golfers incredible savings on summer stay and play packages. Home to over 19 championship courses designed by world-class architects and endless downtown offerings for off-course enjoyment, the Charleston area is an ideal destination for families, friends, couples and corporate groups to head for a summer retreat. Please see below for a collection of summer stay and play golf packages available this season, which start at $114 per person, per night:

· Brews & Birdies – Perfect for bachelor parties and guys group getaways, the Brews & Birdies package is available now through Sept. 10 and includes accommodations for three nights at the Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview Hotel, three rounds of golf at a choice of eight courses (Coosaw Creek Country Club, Dunes West Golf Club, Legend Oaks Golf & Tennis Club, Pine Forest Country Club, RiverTowne Country Club, The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation, The Links at Stono Ferry and Wild Dunes Harbor Course) and a 3½ hour tour of local craft breweries. The Brews & Birdies package begins at $154 per person, per night and is based on double occupancy.

· Historic District & Resort Sampler – Available now through Nov. 26, this package includes accommodations for four nights at the Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown and four rounds of golf at a choice of five courses (Kiawah Island Cougar Point, Kiawah Island Osprey Point, Seabrook Island Crooked Oaks, Seabrook Island Ocean Winds and Wild Dunes Harbor Course). The Historic District & Resort Sampler package begins at $290 per person, per weeknight and is based on double occupancy.

· Lowcountry Links Layouts – Available now through Aug. 31, this package includes accommodations for three nights at the Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Waterfront and three rounds of golf at Patriots Point Links, The Links at Stono Ferry and Wild Dunes Links Course. The Lowcountry Links Layouts package begins at $170 per person, per weeknight and is based on double occupancy.

· Golf & Haunted Jail Tour – Available now through Sept. 10, this package includes accommodations for three nights at the King Charles Inn, three rounds of golf at Charleston National Country Club, Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club and The Links at Stono Ferry and a walking tour of Charleston’s haunted Old City Jail. The Golf & Haunted Jail Tour package begins at $182 per person, per weeknight and is based on double occupancy.

· Wild Dunes Resort Condos – Available now through Dec. 31, this package includes accommodations for two nights at Wild Dunes Resort and two rounds of golf at the Harbor Course. The Wild Dunes Resort Condos package begins at $175 per person, per night and is based on quad occupancy.

· Tee Times Trio – Available now through Aug. 31, this package includes accommodations for three nights at the Comfort Suites Mt. Pleasant and three rounds of golf at Coosaw Creek Country Club, Dunes West Golf Club and Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club. The Tee Times Trio package begins at $114 per person, per night and is based on double occupancy.

· Summer in the South – Available now through Sept. 10, this package includes accommodations for three nights at the Wyndham Garden Mount Pleasant and three rounds of golf at Charleston National Country Club, Pine Forest Country Club and The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation. The Summer in the South package begins at $140 per person, per weeknight and is based on double occupancy.

For reservations or more information on the Charleston area’s summer stay and play packages, visit www.charlestongolfguide.com or call 800-774-4444.

TaylorMade Golf Company Introduces Daddy Long Legs+ Counterbalance Putter

In Partnership with SuperStroke, Next-Generation Counterbalance Putter is Company’s Most Stable Offering to Date

(Carlsbad, Calif.) – Two years ago, TaylorMade Golf Company changed the golf industry by releasing the then-most advanced putters the company had ever created – the Daddy Long Legs and Spider Blade counterbalanced putters. In 2014, engineers upped the ante with the release of the Spider Mallet counterbalance and ultra-stable Ghost Spider Si. Today, TaylorMade has changed the game in putter technology and performance with the announcement of the release of the new Daddy Long Legs+ Putter; the most technologically-advanced and stable putter the company has ever created.

The DLL+ putter features the new SuperStroke XL 2.0 grip with 125 gram counter weight and a True Temper lightweight steel shaft for extreme counterbalancing to maximize stability during the stroke. The DLL+ puts 200% more weight above the hands to raises the balance point 2” to allow greater control of the heavier head. Combine this new balance point with the 8856 MOI of the DLL+ head creates the most stable overall putter TaylorMade has ever created.

Crafted incorporating feedback from TaylorMade Tour Professionals, the new design of the DDL+ features updated styling with a sleek matte black finish with premium accents including a new non-glare tour satin grey finish and contrasting alignment lines for enhanced alignment and confidence at address. The complex construction of the Daddy Long Legs+ features 17 individual pieces, meticulously engineered to create the highest-performing, most stable face-balanced putter in the TaylorMade lineup.

Another feature found on the Daddy Long Legs+ putter is TaylorMade’s new deep-milled 6061 13-gram aluminum insert, inspired by Tour player feedback and engineered to deliver a crisp, clean feel off the putter face and a smooth, accurate roll. The rough surface of the insert also softens the sound at impact, delivering more auditory feedback preferred by better players.

“With Daddy Long Legs+, the stability and performance of our counterbalance putters have been taken to the next level,” said Clay Long, Senior Director of Product Creation, Putters. “We’ve taken one of our most popular putters of all time and added performance features to deliver a remarkably stable putting stroke, which golfers of all abilities can benefit from.”

Pricing, Options and Availability
Available domestically July 15, the Daddy Long Legs Plus is priced at $249, and is offered in a single bend 34.5”, 36” or 38” shaft with SuperStroke XL 2.0 grip.

For more information, visit taylormadegolf.com.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Cheyenne Woods 'What's in a Name?' for The Players’ Tribune

Cheyenne Woods sat down to talk with the The Players’ Tribune, where she shared her thoughts on being Tiger’s niece in a piece titled, “What’s in a Name?” Woods discusses what it is like to have Tiger as an uncle and the often unfair expectations she faces in the sport of golf.

Here are a few quotes from the piece:

On being asked questions about Tiger …
“The first question I’ll get asked is, ‘So, how’s Tiger doing?’ or ‘When’s the last time you talked to Tiger?’ And all I can do is laugh and provide some generic answer that they’d like to hear. At this point it’s all become fairly routine for me.”

On having Tiger Woods as an uncle …
“I love my uncle, and I treasure the advice he gives me when we speak every few months, but I am not Tiger Woods.”

On being Cheyenne Woods and not just Tiger’s niece…
“Of course, I realize that regardless of what I accomplish in my career, there are probably going to be plenty of people who always consider me ‘Tiger’s niece.’ I’m very proud to be related to my uncle, but it’s not what defines me as a golfer or a person. Yes, my last name is Woods — but you can call me Cheyenne.”

Click HERE to read the entire article.

Friday, June 26, 2015

U of M Extends Anniversary Celebration Offer to Golfers

(Ann Arbor, MI) - Golf fans visiting Ann Arbor this summer or Wolverine football fans taking in games at the Big House this fall, can check off another achievement from their bucket list, thanks to an offer from the University of Michigan.

“The university is extending an invitation to unaffiliated guests to play golf on the school’s two premier courses, designed by legendary Hall of Fame architects, Dr. Alister MacKenzie and Pete Dye,” said Corbin Todd, director of University of Michigan golf courses.

“Players can choose either course or experience both as part of a special package set up for unaffiliated guests,” Todd said. “The package includes green fees, riding cart, welcome gift, and a concession stand voucher.”

The limited number of packages available each month offers a discount for playing both courses on back-to-back days.  

The special offer this season comes as the university celebrates the 50th anniversary the Radrick Farms Golf Course designed by Dye in collaboration with his wife, Alice.

The Blue course, designed by MacKenzie near the Big House stadium opened for play in 1931.

Radrick Farms was one of the first 18-hole courses Dye created in his long career, and the one that he credits for launching him to the status he enjoys today as the most influential golf architect of modern times. In the 50 years since Radrick Farms opened, Dye who is now an active 89 years old, designed some 150 courses in this country and 27 others around the globe.

The Blue course is one of less than 20 MacKenzie designs in this country. MacKenzie was an iconic British 19th century architect who abandoned a career as a surgeon to design golf courses. With the legendary Bobby Jones, MacKenzie designed and built Augusta National, the home of the Master’s tournament. He also created Crystal Downs Country Club on Lake Michigan in Frankfort, recognized among the top golf courses in America.

“Not only are we are celebrating our 50th anniversary of Radrick Farms we are also saluting the tremendous generosity of the Matthaei family and their legacy of stewardship and service,” Todd said. “We are celebrating the beautiful property and world-class architecture from Pete and Alice Dye that has provided many valuable experiences to our community over the past 50 years.”

Frederick C. Matthaei was a former regent at the university who donated the land and funds to build the Radrick Farms golf course. He died in 1973.

Dye, an Indiana native, said he was recruited by former U-M president, Dr. Harlan Hatcher to build the golf course. Hatcher played and was impressed by the first course Dye designed, a nine-hole layout, Eldorado, near Indianapolis.

Todd said a committee comprised of veteran members at Radrick Farms is planning a season-long celebration to fete the course’s 50th anniversary.

A fall weekend celebration with the Dyes around a football Saturday is also in the works.

Alice Dye said she and her husband are planning to attend that weekend fete. Radrick Farms and Ann Arbor has a special place in their lives, she said.

“It all started for us with Radrick Farms and we haven’t stopped since,” she said.

Golf Membership Consultants Selects Buffalo Brand Invigoration Group

Buffalo Brand Invigoration Group will Provide Public Relations, Marketing and Business Strategy Support

(RESTON, VA) – Golf Membership Consultants has selected Buffalo Brand Invigoration Group to manage a public relations program and consult on marketing and business strategies to expand GMC’s market presence.

Based in Naples, FL with offices statewide, GMC facilitates the process of determining suitable golf and country club membership options in Florida for golfers, spouses and significant others planning for retirement or relocating for other reasons.  Its properties division finds primary and secondary residences in gated golf and non-golf communities.  Plans are for the company to extend its services to additional warm-weather markets.

Created two years ago by PGA Professionals and real estate experts with vast experience and market relationships, GMC guides discerning golfers, club members and home buyers to choose wisely during these very personal and important undertakings.  Clients receive in-depth analysis and insights befitting their unique lifestyle and financial desires.

“Roughly 100,000 Americans moved to Florida each of the past three years,” says Jason Becker, president of GMC and a member of the PGA.  “Buffalo will help expand our market reach while telling the story of GMC holistically saving clients time, money and unhappiness from hasty decisions made on limited or bad information.”

“There are 1,200 golf clubs and thousands of residential options in Florida,” says Rich Katz, managing director of Buffalo.  “This could be daunting, but, by simplifying and narrowing what should be one of life’s most exciting transitions, GMC eases fear, misdirection and overall stress associated with relocation.”

Headquartered in Reston, VA, Buffalo has offices in New York, Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, Raleigh and Richmond.  The firm’s public relations, strategy development, integrated marketing, social media and design work increases awareness, market share and profits for companies and organizations operating in more than 40 countries.  Clients include LPGA, Cordillera Ranch, Nicklaus Brands, Kauai Visitors Bureau, Keswick Hall, Telluride Ski and Golf Resort, World Golf Foundation, ECCO footwear, Ballybunion Golf Club (Ireland), PGA National Resort & Spa, Galvin Green and Sea Pines Resort.

More information: www.golfmemberpro.com, 855.MEET.GMC (855.633.8462), www.BuffaloBIG.com, 703.761.1444

Capital Canyon Club To Open Golf Course on July 1

Grand Opening for the Newly-Renovated Private Country Club Set for mid-August

(PRESCOTT, AZ) – After nearly three years of inactivity, one of Arizona’s premier golf courses is set to re-open. The Tom Weiskopf-designed layout at Capital Canyon Club recently underwent extensive renovations and completed a total restoration of the former dormant golf course.

The Par 71, 6600 yard design features magnificent scenery from virtually every hole on the golf course. With dramatic elevation changes throughout the landscape, Capital Canyon Club offers a challenging, yet rewarding 18 holes for golfers of every handicap. Re-shaped and sweeping fairways give way to undulating greens, some widened and even made narrower to improve playability. With the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff providing an awe-inspiring backdrop to the golf course, members and guests of the exclusive private country club will be treated to a memorable round on the links in Arizona’s high country. Capital Canyon Club will open up play on July 1 while a celebration event is set for July 4. The Grand Opening is scheduled for August 15.

“We couldn’t be more excited to introduce a vastly-improved golf course to our members. Tom Weiskopf visited the Club last month and we have some exciting new changes being developed,” said Paul McLoughlin, Director of Golf Operations for the Capital Canyon Club. “It was truly a great experience to spend the day walking the course with Tom and discussing plans to further enhance an exceptional round of golf. The end result will be simply spectacular.”

Prior to his new position at the Capital Canyon Club, McLoughlin was Director of Golf Operations at the Lake Malaren Golf Resort in Shanghai, China where he was instrumental in the formation of the world-renowned Shanghai Masters with International Management Group in 2011. He also negotiated and planned a Final Series event with BMW that has since developed into the BMW Masters, one of golf’s top events.

“It has been a long time coming, but very soon members of the Capital Canyon Club will marvel in the splendor and beauty of what has been re-developed. From our grand and picturesque Clubhouse to our superbly-conditioned golf course to all of the other amenities which make our Club unique and special, we’re starting a brand new chapter which will surely be the forerunner of so many great things to come,” said Laura Scrivner, General Manager of the Capital Canyon Club, located just two miles from historic Courthouse Square in downtown Prescott.

The Clubhouse with turn-of-the-century charm and appeal features indoor/outdoor patio seating, stone fireplaces and a fully-equipped fitness center accentuated with saunas and steam rooms. With spacious windows providing ample natural light into the Clubhouse, breathtaking views of the countryside are evident from nearly every room. After the Grand Opening on August 15, the Capital Canyon Club will soon take full advantage of its enviable locale and offer weddings and other special events with the ultimate venue to celebrate those special occasions.

For more information on the Capital Canyon Club, visit www.capitalcanyonclub.com or call (928) 350-3150.

Forest Dunes to Open New Golf Villas this Summer

(Roscommon, MI) – Forest Dunes, the nationally acclaimed golf destination in northern Michigan, announces the development of the new Forest Dunes Golf Villas. Construction of the villas started this spring and will open for guests in July.

In an effort to surpass the leading golf destinations in the country, the new villas are designed to comfortably house a foursome or group of eight with four-bedroom and two-bedroom options that will be 2,100 and 1,150 square-feet, respectively.

The villas were designed with the same Adirondack architectural theme of the clubhouse and Lake AuSable Lodge using hardwoods, cedar shake siding, and stone on the exterior. Inside the villas consist of a main living area, kitchen, and various king and double-queen bed arrangements. Rooms also feature the finest in modern comfort, décor, and fixtures including flat screen televisions, wireless Internet as well as private patios.

“As we continue to evolve at Forest Dunes, and with the addition of our new Tom Doak reversible golf course, the demand for future lodging with high-end amenities is becoming more important as we appeal to more national golf enthusiasts,” Todd Campbell, general manager at Forest Dunes Golf Club, said. “Our new villas will add yet another luxurious golf product that will put Forest Dunes on a national competitive playing field with the top destinations in the country.”

Coming in 2016 is Forest Dunes new golf course designed by world-renowned architect Tom Doak. Doak and his Renaissance Golf Design team will design and build a reversible course – two distinct layouts using the same greens but playing clockwise one way and counter clockwise the other way.

The new villas enable Forest Dunes to increase the number of beds to 90 on property. Stay-and-play packages combining its world-class golf with the new villas, will start at $239 per night. Whether it's the new villas, the Lake AuSable Lodge, or the lake cottages, Forest Dunes offers a variety of high-end lodging options that competes with top destinations across the country.

The Forest Dunes course, which opened in 2002, was designed by former British Open winner Tom Weiskopf who feels it is in the top three among his designs in the United States. It is unlike any other course in northern Michigan. The front nine features parkland-style holes meandering through corridors of red and jack pines. The back nine is quite different, featuring even more open and exposed rugged native sand areas with scruffy underbrush bordering and crossing fairways and greens.

For more information about the new Forest Dunes Villas or to book your next golf package, visit www.forestdunesgolf.com or call (989) 275-0700.