Thursday, October 8, 2015

Linda Hartough Golf Landscapes to Sponsor 2015 Alliance Golf Cup

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – Linda Hartough, world-renowned golf-landscape artist (, will be a sponsor of the 2nd annual Alliance Golf Cup, to be held Oct. 16-18 at at PGA National Resort & Spa, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. A box of Linda Hartough-designed custom notecards will be given to every tournament participant. In addition, a framed fine-art canvas Hartough print, The 18th Hole, Swilcan Bridge, St Andrews, will be auctioned, with proceeds to be donated to The First Tee.

“It is my pleasure to serve as a sponsor of this exciting, worthwhile event,” said Hartough, who will attend the tournament, where she will meet the players and speak about her art at the opening ceremony. “The international flavor of the Alliance Golf Cup, as well as its support of The First Tee, will make it a rewarding experience for everyone.”

The Alliance Golf Cup, presented by H4Events USA, features two days of Presidents Cup-style competition between an international and a U.S. team, both vying for the Alliance Golf Cup trophy. Each team will consist of 10 professionals and 20 amateurs, men and women with handicaps ranging from 0 to 20, playing in friendly competition. Last year’s championship, the inaugural Alliance Golf Cup, was won by the U.S. team.

The 2015 Alliance Golf Cup is a partner of The First Tee. As a Silver Partner of The First Tee, the Alliance Golf Cup will donate a portion of the event’s proceeds to help support this organization’s important work.

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Myrtle Beach Golf Courses Reopen in Aftermath of Storm

Grand Strand Avoids Worst of Storm’s Damage, Welcomes Golfers Back to the Area

(Myrtle Beach, S.C.) – Emerging from the aftermath of a storm that brought record rainfall to South Carolina last weekend, Myrtle Beach area golf courses have reopened all along the Grand Strand.

A 60-mile stretch of Carolinas coastline, the Grand Strand absorbed more than 20 inches of rain in some locales, but the area avoided the worst of the storm’s damage.

Thirty-two courses reopened Tuesday and that number will have nearly tripled by Thursday morning, when nearly every layout will be open in anticipation of a busy fall weekend.

“We are happy to be able to welcome golfers to Myrtle Beach this weekend and throughout the fall,” said Bill Golden, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday president. “We were extremely fortunate to have avoided the extensive damage other parts of the state endured. Even as we get back to the work of helping people enjoy a golf vacation, our thoughts will never be far from our friends throughout the state who are dealing with situations that are much more severe.”

Myrtle Beach golf courses didn’t escape unscathed. Every layout in the area had to deal with standing water and bunker erosion, but when the water receded, most course operators were relieved to find structural damage was minimal.

“We had a lot of water, but we didn’t experience any significant damage,” said Steve Mays, director of sales and marketing for Founders Group International, which operates 22 area courses. “Once the water receded, we were ready to go. Golfers shouldn’t see any adverse effects this weekend and certainly beyond.”

For most of the next week, the Myrtle Beach area is expected to have near perfect weather. High temperatures are forecast to be in upper 70s and low 80s and will be accompanied by a slight breeze, which will help further aide courses in drying out.

“I think players will be pleasantly surprised at the conditions, given what everyone at the beach has gone through,” said Dave Genevro, general manager at Barefoot Resort, home of the four of the area’s premier courses. “I’ve been here 15 years and I saw water in places I’ve never seen it before, but conditions are going to better than people expect, based on what they saw on TV.”

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Sanderson Farms Championship Announces First Player Commitments

(JACKSON, Miss.) - With just one month left before the start of the Sanderson Farms Championship, the tournament announced early player commitments.

The field of 132 players will include returning 2014 Sanderson Farms Champion, Nick Taylor, to defend his title. Other players commiting at this time include 2007 Sanderson Farms Champion, Chad Campbell, and 2009 Champion, Will MacKenzie.

Also joining the field of play are Major winners David Toms, who won the 2001 PGA Championship, Lucas Glover, Champion of the 2009 U.S. Open, Tim Clark, Jerry Kelly, Carl Pettersson, Jason Bohn, Charles Howell III, Stuart Appleby, William McGirt and Ricky Barnes.

“Based on the early commitments, we are anticipating an extremely strong field,” said Executive Tournament Director Steve Jent. “The feedback we’ve received throughout the year is that the players really enjoy the experience here in Mississippi, and they are eager to get a jump in the FedExCup points competition.”

The 48th Sanderson Farms Championship is set for November 2 – 8, 2015, at The Country Club of Jackson in Jackson, Miss.

Product Review: FitBit Surge

Mayfield (OH) Country Club, No. 2
I walked 18 holes at Mayfield (OH) Country Club with my FitBit Surge - the maiden voyage for the golf feature on the activity tracking device. The results were both interesting and encouraging.

FitBit Surge Golf Feature
My FitBit came pre-programmed with several daily goals, including 10,000 steps and 10 flights (of stairs). The number of flights is determined by elevation increase. Only once have I had to log “extra” steps at the end of the day or take the stairs for no reason to reach those numbers. This tells me that I lead a fairly active life and should probably raise one, if not both, of these goals.

Teeing off before 9 a.m., I had probably reached both of the aforementioned goals prior to 11 a.m. By the end of the round, I had accumulated 14,291 steps and climbed the equivalent of 44 flights of stairs (440 feet of elevation gain).

As you can imagine, the information didn’t end there. Thanks to today’s technology, I also know that my average heart rate was 96 beats per minute and I topped out at 130 bpm (twice). No doubt the peaks came while climbing the hill to No. 9 tee and the hill following my tee shot on No. 15.

Those two hills combined (carrying 22 lbs. in equipment) gave me one minute in the cardio zone, while the rest of the round had me in the fat-burning zone for 188 minutes. In all, I burned 1,370 calories - a little more than 7 calories per minute.

In comparison, today I ran on the treadmill for 16 minutes at 6.5 mph. According to my FitBit, that session burned 215 calories (13 per minute) and resulted in 2,701 steps. My average heart rate was 157 bpm with a momentary ceiling of 170 bpm. Of the 16 minutes, 14 were spent at the peak zone, with 1 minute in the both the cardio and fat burn zones.

All in all, I’d rather be golfing. That said, a quick trip to the gym is much easier to fit into my day than 4 hours on the course. Nice to know that the upcoming winter months here in the Midwest won’t have to drain my fitness level.

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Exotics EX9 Drivers Full-Speed Impact Design for Top Performance

Ideal sound, exceptional control, and explosive distance cultivates the best Exotics driver ever

(Batavia, IL) – Tour Edge Golf announced the introduction of the Exotics EX9 and EX9 Tour drivers. The new Full-Speed Impact design maximizes club head speed through a sloped crown and a subtle sole design optimizing weight distribution. The EX9 models are available in four clubheads, and feature adjustability options including loft, lie angles, and an interchangeable sole weight. The drivers encompass ideal sound, exceptional control, and explosive distance cultivating the best Exotics driver ever.

“On the new EX9 models we moved the center of gravity much deeper in the head for super high MOI numbers,” said David Glod, president and founder of Tour Edge Golf. “This translates into our lowest spinning drivers to date and a greatly increased sweet zone for longer drives from all areas on the face.”

The new EX9 drivers feature a 6A4V titanium construction and a new Hexagonal variable face thickness technology. The custom Hexagonal configuration offers multiple levels of thickness for superior launch speed from more points on the face, especially in the heel and toe areas.

The EX9 standard driver is a 460cc draw enhancing clubhead available in 10 and 12-degrees designed to deliver forgiving, high-flying drives. The Tour model is a pear-shaped, 430cc head with a deeper face to deliver Exotics legendary low-spin power and faster ball speeds. The EX9 Tour driver is engineered in 9 and 10-degree heads. Both models include the newly designed hosel allowing players to change launch conditions using eight settings and adding or subtracting up to one degree of loft. This advanced versatility gives players the ultimate control in achieving optimal distance and ball flight.

The Full-Speed Impact design is highlighted in the 460cc model by a new aerodynamic sloping of the crown reducing drag and generating faster club speed for maximum distance. Adding to the distance formula, the redesigned, narrower power grid allows the face to flex at impact for an exceptionally powerful launch.

Also enhancing the Full-Speed Impact design, the interchangeable sole weight independently located in each head helps players optimize the club’s performance. The EX9 driver encompasses a heel weight for draw enhancement, helping golfers find the fairway. The EX9 Tour driver’s rear center sole weight is specifically located for spin control and deep within the club head for a higher MOI and lower spin. The standard 6-gram heel weight screw is housed in an 8-gram weight pad for 14 grams of sole weighting.

Additional weight screws can be purchased as a kit or individually. The kit includes 3-gram, 9-gram and 11-gram weights to increase or decrease the swing weight.

The EX9 drivers feature an elegant metallic gloss black finish. Suggested retail: EX9 $299.99, EX9 Tour $399.99, orders can be placed now and drivers are projected to ship November 15, 2015. Shaft offerings: EX9 − Mitsubishi Bassara E-Series, Fujikura Exotics PRO and PRO Tour, Matrix Exotics White, Red, and Black Tie; EX9 Tour − Aldila Rogue Silver 60 and 70, Mitsubishi Diamana S+, M+, and D+. Every Tour Edge club comes with a lifetime warranty and a 30-day play guarantee. For more information, call (800) 515-3343 or visit

Premier Golf Unveils Fall Destination Bundles

Premier Golf Announces New Fall Packages to PGA Village, Streamsong Resort

(DULUTH, GA) – Premier Golf (, experts at world travel and the exclusive distributor of Ryder Cup travel packages since 1991, proudly offers fall stay-and-play packages to just-renovated PGA Village and critically acclaimed Streamsong Resort.

Among the recent renovations to PGA Village, completed by Tom Hoch Designs, include the remodeling of the Taplow Pub, Wine Room and PGA members-only section. Additional improvements include adjustments to the courses’ signage, which will pay tribute and educate players about the PGA of America’s historical Ryder Cup and PGA Championship affiliations. These enhancements compliment the well-established quartet of championship golf courses – Ryder, Wanamaker, Dye and St Lucie Trail; the 35-acre PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance facility and PGA Short Course, as well as the PGA Museum of Golf.

Streamsong Resort, arguably one of the most popular golf destinations on the eastern seaboard, comes replete with a masterfully designed Tom Doak course (Streamsong Blue) that features a beautifully rugged design far and apart from traditional southern-style layouts. The sister course, Streamsong Red, is designed by two-time Masters Champion Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, which incorporates the surrounding natural landscape for one of the most visually appealing courses in all of North America. In addition, the resort offers hiking trails, fishing excursions and a grotto-style spa with luxury guest rooms that highlight stunning views.

“As many courses begin closing for the winter and temperatures become less predictable, golfers can enjoy sublime temperatures at these two incredible, world-class resorts,” said Premier Golf President Jim Ward. “This year, the PGA Village added outstanding enhancements that make the destination a true golfer’s paradise, while Streamsong, unquestionably, remains a bucket-list getaway known for its exceptional design and setting. We’re thrilled to offer packages to both places and we know every guest will have a tremendous experience.”

Premier Golf Fall Stay-And-Play Package details:

Through Oct. 31, Premier Golf’s PGA Village package starts at $372.75 per person and $478.75 per person Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 (based on four persons). Included are three nights in a luxurious two-bedroom villa, three rounds of golf at a choice of Ryder, Wanamaker and Dye Courses, practice range balls and taxes. (Premier Golf is PGA Village’s exclusive package agency.)

Through Nov. 15, Premier Golf’s Streamsong packages start at $829.50 with discounted rates the remainder of the month for $694.50 per person, based on four-persons sharing. Included are three nights in a stunning sunrise-facing room and three rounds at choice of world-class Blue and Red Courses, practice range usage and all taxes.

Single room supplements available upon request for both options.

In addition to providing all-encompassing travel services internationally and throughout the U.S., Premier Golf is the exclusive provider of North American Ryder Cup travel and ticket packages since 1991 and has sent more than 25,000 fans to golf’s greatest event. Packages for the 2016 competition at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota are now available.

To book a fall escape, or to view all of Premier Golf’s travel packages, visit or call 866.260.4409.

Growing VPAR Brand Recognized by NY Times and Charitable Foundations

VPAR Surpasses Growth Goals in App Downloads and Charity Partnerships

(New York, NY) – VPAR ( – the award-winning live scoring mobile golf app and tournament service – heads into the 4th quarter of 2015 riding momentum from its most successful year of business.

Downloads are up over 20% on forecasted figures and the number of active users has steadily risen all year, peaking with an additional 15% increase last month. Availability for Android devices and the launch of a live Europe-wide amateur tournament – The Your Golf Travel Championship Powered by VPAR - are primary catalysts for such growth.

Publications like The New York Times are recognizing the app as a game changer for golf, featuring VPAR as an “App Smart” pick for tournament play and detailed GPS course planning:

“[VPAR] has a tournament feature that lets you set up and score, in real time. There’s a GPS planner that shows your position on the course, the layout of each hole and the distance to the green.”

Earlier this summer, the app was a top-5 download in the Apple App Store “Sports” category.

“We’re still relatively new to the North American market, so the response from users, investors and industry supporters has really exceeded our expectations,” says VPAR President and Managing Director Jason Stoop. “We’ve always been confident that our service filled a need for amateur golfers, and now we’re seeing the type of mass adoption we always envisioned.”

VPAR technology is also available as a Club Platform, and Tournament Management service for corporate and charity outings. In 2015, the company scored nearly 1,000 events, 115 on behalf of charitable organizations from the likes of The Ronald McDonald House, Make-a-Wish, ESPN and The New York Yankees.

VPAR’s simple interface provides live match leaderboards, GPS data, stat analysis and more to produce the most enthralling and engaging golf experience possible.