Friday, July 10, 2020

Reynolds Lake Oconee Has Five of Golfweek's 10 'Best Courses You Can Play' in Georgia

Great Waters, Hole No. 11
(GREENSBORO, Ga.) – Five of the top-10 golf courses you can play in Georgia are conveniently located at one venue — Reynolds Lake Oconee, a resort community situated on 19,000-acre Lake Oconee between Atlanta and Augusta. That’s according to Golfweek, which this week released its “Top Courses You Can Play in the State” rankings.

This is the first time Reynolds Lake Oconee has placed five courses in the state’s Top-10:
#2—Great Waters (Jack Nicklaus)
#3—The Oconee (Rees Jones)
#7—The National (Tom Fazio)
#9—The Landing (Bob Cupp)
#10—The Preserve (Bob Cupp)

Great Waters held firm at No. 2 from the 2019 rankings, while The Oconee, The National, and The Landing each moved up one place.

Great Waters underwent a total renovation and re-opened in October 2019. The completely rebuilt, modernized, and reconditioned version of the 1992 original is a visually breathtaking 18 holes of championship golf along the Lake Oconee shoreline that looks almost exactly the way Nicklaus first designed it—but better.

“Spectacular is a pretty good word for the golf course,” said Nicklaus, the living legend who devoted considerable time and attention to taking Great Waters back to the future. “We created a little more of an exciting golf course with more variety; a golf course that is really strong again.”

Wes Forester, Director of Golf at Reynolds Lake Oconee, said he was very pleased to see The Preserve crack the Golfweek Top 10 for the first time. Designed in 1988 by Bob Cupp, with U.S. Open champions Hubert Green and Fuzzy Zoeller serving as consultants, The Preserve was the original course at Reynolds Lake Oconee.

“Our award-winning courses continue to enrich the reputation of Reynolds Lake Oconee as one of the country’s premier golf communities and a preferred golf destination,” Forester said. “The rankings are a tribute to all who oversee our facilities and care for our layouts, as well as the many people who love to play our courses and spread the word about the special experience.”

Reynolds Lake Oconee is considered one of the most diverse golf experiences in the southeast with courses designed by several legendary architects. Along with designs from the all-star line-up of Nicklaus, Fazio, Jones, and Cupp, the community also boasts the Members-only Creek Club by Jim Engh.

Every year, Golfweek’s team of course raters, which currently boasts more than 850 evaluators, surveys more than 3,600 courses, grading each nominated course on strict standards. Collectively, more than 75,000 votes were tabulated to compile the best-courses lists.

Along with its highly-regarded golf courses, Reynolds Lake Oconee features a full range of sporting activities, with access to more than 350 miles of Lake Oconee shoreline and four marinas, shooting sports at The Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds, hiking trails, and an award-winning tennis center, making it one of the most impressive, and active, destinations in the world.

For more information about Reynolds Lake Oconee, visit www.reynoldslakeoconee.com.

Unlimited Golf or Spa Package Await in the Islands of Loreto

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto Receives "Secure Travel Seal" 


(LORETO, Baja California Sur, Mexico) – As guests return to Villa del Palmar Resort & Spa at the Islands of Loreto, located on the east coast of the Baja Peninsula, they are finding a beautiful setting, notable for its abundant outdoor activities, and all the precautions made to make the travelers feel safe and secure.  In fact, the Resort recently received a Secure Travel Seal from the World Travel & Tourism Council, which allows travelers to be aware of which resorts around the world have adopted global health and hygiene protocols.

An attractively priced unlimited golf or spa package is available now through December 20, 2020. The package includes the following:
- Three-night stay in a deluxe suite
- Access to wet areas at Sabila Spa, once per adult, per stay
- $25 USD Spa certificate per room, per stay
- A tequila tasting at the Resort’s onsite Whiskey & Tequila Lounge
- Unlimited golf rounds with golf cart per adult, per 3 days
- Tax and services

A round of golf can be replaced with one of the following activities per day:
- One 50-minute spa treatment and 25-minute facial
- One 80-minute massage
- One 25-minute massage, 25-minute facial and 25-minute pedicure
- Fishing tour in Panga from Resort’s beach
- One island tour (based on availability) and night paddle board
- One ATV tour
- One scuba diving tour

The room-only plan is $912 USD and the all-inclusive plan is $1151 USD, per person based on double occupancy.

TPC Danzant TPC Danzante Bay, the resort’s award-winning Rees Jones designed golf course, is a brilliant, multi-themed golf course accented by valleys, arroyos, dunes, and foothills. Holes feature panoramic views of Danzante Bay, the Sea of Cortez, the Islands of Loreto, and the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range.

The award-winning Sabila Spa is open and available to guests and arrangements are in place for indulges, including body massages and salon manicures in open air in a private section of the pool area.

The resort sits on a sprawling stretch of white-sand beach along Danzante Bay in the Islands of Loreto, where the natural habitat includes 900 species of fish and unspoiled, clear waters. Guests enjoy world-class sport fishing, swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, and seasonal whale watching.

The property has six swimming pools, tennis courts, miles of well-marked hiking trails and plenty of open space for social distancing. There are four on-property restaurants, with abundant outdoor seating, in addition to a fully stocked grocery and sundries market.

Coupled with attractive airfares and direct service to Loreto (LTO) from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Alaska Airlines, it is easier than ever to return to this paradise. Volaris and Air Calafia provide service to Loreto from points within Mexico.

Lodging reservations can be made by calling toll-free at 800/790-4187 from the United States or Canada, or 800/838-2662 from Mexico. For more information about the resort and golf course, visit villadelpalmarloreto.com. To book the unlimited golf or spa package log on to unlimitedgolforspapackage.

Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Named Among Top 100 Hotels in the World

Travel + Leisure Magazine Also Names Resort #4 in Mexico 


(Mazatlán, Mexico) — Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa in Mazatlán has been voted to the elite roster of the “World’s Best 100 Hotels” by the readers of Travel + Leisure, the prestigious consumer travel magazine. Specifically, Emerald Bay cracked the top 100 for the first time and was included among the “Top 15 Resort Hotels in Mexico” list, at number 4, an incredible dual accomplishment for the stylish beachfront property.

Every year for its ‘World’s Best Awards’ survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food and overall value. A handful of qualities unite them all: superlative service, outstanding surroundings and luxurious amenities.

Now more than ever, receiving positive coverage from a respected brand like Travel + Leisure is extremely meaningful. Even during this unprecedented period, hospitality can act as a tremendous force for good.

The only AAA Four-Diamond resort in Mazatlán, Emerald Bay, an all-suite hotel set above a beautiful crescent beach in a vibrant resort area on the sunny Pacific coast, sets the pace for excellence in the region. Nestled on 20 acres overlooking the ocean, Emerald Bay offers its own private beach, lush tropical gardens dotted with koi ponds, a pair of oceanfront swimming pools with swim-up bars, and neoclassical architecture inspired by Old Mazatlán.

The suites offer a perfect resort retreat for families in a natural setting includes habitat for wildlife, including swans, flamingos and peacocks. Plentiful activities are available for all ages, including organized fitness classes, nature preserve and botanical tours, tennis and special children’s programs.  Babysitting services are available.

Emerald Bay’s deluxe all-inclusive plans include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, with award-winning restaurants ranging from casual to gourmet. Emerald Bay is renowned for La Cordeliere, its French cuisine and festive themed menus served in a casually elegant dining room or on a lovely shaded terrace. Equally intriguing is the resort’s unique restaurant, Casa 46, located in the heart of downtown Mazatlán, from which it takes its design inspiration. This concept melds historical elegance with contemporary flair and boasts a magnificent view of the Machado Square. Casa 46 is the place to enjoy the splendor of downtown Mazatlán with the city’s best food and ambience.

Emerald Bay is also an enchanting locale for a destination wedding, with ample, beautiful wedding and event space available, including a poolside esplanade, romantic garden gazebos and a pristine beach.

For additional information or to make reservations, access the web site at https://www.pueblobonito.com/resorts/emerald-bay.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Breakthrough Golf Technology Has a Second-Place Finish on Korn Ferry Tour

(Richardson, TX) - Breakthrough Golf Technology announces that its Stability Tour putter shaft finished second, one shot behind the eventual winner on the Korn Ferry Tour at TPC Colorado.

Chase Johnson, using the BGT Stability Tour putter shaft, fired a course-record 63-fashioned with 10 birdies at the TPC Heron Lakes course in Berthoud, Colorado and came up one shot behind the event winner.

"Congratulations to Chase Johnson on his phenomenal round and great finish using the BGT Stability Tour putter shaft," says Breakthrough CEO and Founder Barney Adams. "Tour pros continue to realize how our Stability Tour putter shaft can make a huge difference in their game. We fully expect to see more and more usage by the world's best players."

For 50 years, the putter shaft has not changed. It was a simple steel pipe. But over the years, head designs for putters evolved and have gotten dramatically heavier. This has resulted in shafts that are not stable or strong enough to keep these heavier, advanced putter heads from oscillating. The Stability putter shaft delivers the face more squarely at impact, resulting in improved accuracy, solid feel, a lower launch for a predictable roll, and better distance control.

The Stability Tour shaft is designed with BGT's patented Advanced Materials Technology, a scientifically proven platform which delivers the face square at impact. This results in a lower launch for predictable roll and better distance control.

Breakthrough Golf Technology website: breakthroughgolftech.com

Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup Rescheduled for 2021 and 2022, Respectively

PGA of America, Ryder Cup Europe and PGA TOUR Collaborate to Establish New Dates


(PALM BEACH GARDENS and PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.) — The PGA of America, Ryder Cup Europe and the PGA TOUR jointly announced today that both the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup have been rescheduled and will now be played one year later than originally planned.

The 43rd Ryder Cup, scheduled for September 22-27, at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, has been rescheduled for September 21-26, 2021.

Likewise, the Presidents Cup, initially slated for September 30-October 3, 2021, at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, will now be played September 19-25, 2022.

The decision to reschedule the Ryder Cup was based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in conjunction with the state of Wisconsin and Sheboygan County, with the health and well-being of all involved as the top priority.

“Unlike other major sporting events that are played in existing stadiums, we had to make a decision now about building facilities to host the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “It became clear that as of today, our medical experts and the public authorities in Wisconsin could not give us certainty that conducting an event responsibly with thousands of spectators in September would be possible. Given that uncertainty, we knew rescheduling was the right call. We are grateful to PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan and our partners at the TOUR for their flexibility and generosity in the complex task of shifting the global golf calendar.

“As disappointing as this is, our mandate to do all we can to safeguard public health is what matters most. The spectators who support both the U.S. and European sides are what make the Ryder Cup such a unique and compelling event and playing without them was not a realistic option. We stand united with our partners from Ryder Cup Europe, the NBC Sports Group, Sky and our other broadcast partners around the world. We look forward to delivering the Ryder Cup’s renowned pageantry, emotion and competitive drama to a global audience in 2021.”

Guy Kinnings, Europe’s Ryder Cup Director, said: “The Ryder Cup is rightly celebrated as one of the world’s greatest sporting occasions, made special and totally unique in our sport by the fervent atmosphere created by the passionate spectators of both sides.

“While that point is significant, it is not as important as the health of the spectators which, in these difficult times, is always the main consideration. We considered all options including playing with a limited attendance but all our stakeholders agreed this would dilute the magic of this great occasion.

“We therefore stand beside our partners at the PGA of America in the decision to postpone the Ryder Cup for a year and join with them in extending our thanks to the PGA TOUR for their willingness to move the dates of the Presidents Cup.

“We also thank NBC, Sky and our many broadcast partners around the globe, in addition to the worldwide partners of this great event, whose support and commitment are second to none.”

With the decision to play the 2020 Ryder Cup in September 2021, all subsequent Ryder Cups after Whistling Straits will also shift to odd years: 2023/Marco Simone Golf and Country Club (Rome, Italy); 2025/Bethpage Black (Farmingdale, New York); 2027/Adare Manor (County Limerick, Ireland); 2029/Hazeltine National Golf Club (Chaska, Minnesota); 2031/Europe (to be determined); 2033/The Olympic Club (San Francisco); 2035/Europe (to be determined); 2037/Congressional Country Club (Bethesda, Maryland).

With the momentum of the successful 2019 Presidents Cup played in Melbourne, Australia, the 14th playing of the Presidents Cup will now be hosted for the first time in the Southeast United States at Quail Hollow Club in 2022.

“These two premier international team events are lifted by the spirit of the fans,” said Monahan. “With the uncertainty of the current climate, we fully support the Ryder Cup’s decision to delay a year in order to ensure fans could be a part of the incredible atmosphere in Wisconsin, and the delay of this year’s Presidents Cup was the right decision in order to allow for that option. We are thankful that our global partners, our friends at Quail Hollow Club, our long-time annual title sponsor in Charlotte and all associated with the Presidents Cup and the Junior Presidents Cup have approached this change with a unified, positive spirit. We are confident the move will give us even more runway as we bring the Presidents Cup to Charlotte in 2022.”

Additionally, as a result of the Presidents Cup date change, the Wells Fargo Championship will be played at its traditional venue at Quail Hollow Club in 2021, at TPC Potomac in 2022 during the Presidents Cup year and will return to Quail Hollow in 2023. Presidents Cup 2022 qualifying will be determined at a later date.

The Ryder Cup, which began in 1927, brings together the finest tour professionals from the United States and Europe.

"While it is disappointing that the Ryder Cup won't be played this year, the decision to reschedule is the right thing to do under the circumstances," said U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Steve Stricker. "At the end of the day, we want to stage a Ryder Cup that will rival all other Ryder Cups in my home state of Wisconsin, and now we have the opportunity to showcase the event as it was meant to be seen."

Pádraig Harrington, Captain of the European Ryder Cup Team, said: “Rescheduling the Ryder Cup was never going to be an easy decision given the many factors to take into consideration. But I believe it is the right assessment given the unprecedented circumstances we are facing at this time.

“When you think of the Ryder Cup you think of the distinctive atmosphere generated by the spectators, such as around the first tee at Le Golf National two years ago. If that cannot be responsibly recreated at Whistling Straits in September, then it is correct that we all wait until it can be.

“I know, right now, that September 2021 feels like a long time away. But it will come around quickly and I guarantee that the European players and I will be ready when it does.”

For Ryder Cup qualifying, both the United States and European teams will revisit their respective selection processes in the near future.

Tickets purchased for the 2020 Ryder Cup via rydercup.com will be automatically valid for the corresponding day(s) in 2021.

In the coming weeks, the PGA of America will contact those who secured tickets via rydercup.com to facilitate refunds for those unable to attend in 2021. Further details regarding this process are available on the Ryder Cup website.

Those who have purchased tickets and hospitality packages on the secondary market must contact that specific site directly. The PGA of America will be unable to process refunds for those purchases.

In a corresponding decision, the PGA of America and Ryder Cup Europe also announced that the Junior Ryder Cup will be rescheduled for September 20-21, 2021 at Blue Mound Golf & Country Club in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. It was originally scheduled for September 21-22, 2020.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Inaugural Eastwood Ranch Foundation Charity Golf Invitational September 14 at Sherwood Country Club

Alison Eastwood Hosts Fund Raiser to Benefit Animal Welfare and Rescue


(Thousand Oaks, Calif.) – Animal-rescue advocate Alison Eastwood will host the inaugural Eastwood Ranch Foundation (ERF) Charity Golf Invitational at the Sherwood Country Club on September 14, benefitting animal welfare and rescue. Registration information for the event is now available at www.eastwoodranch.org/erf-golf-tournament-2020.

Besides acting and directing, Eastwood’s passion is animal welfare and rescue. Through the Eastwood Ranch Foundation domestic animals are rescued from high-kill shelters around the Los Angeles community and provided with care until a forever home is found. In addition to local animal rescue, ERF works on behalf of any and all animal welfare causes by helping raise awareness while educating and campaigning/petitioning for animals.

This is the first time the non-profit organization has used golf as a fundraising vehicle.

“From my life-long exposure to golf and tournaments of the highest level, I realize how passionate and generous golfers can be,” said Eastwood, who founded ERF in 2012. “With Sherwood as the venue and animal welfare as the cause, I am hopeful that the support of the golf and Hollywood communities will raise the much-needed funding to rescue helpless animals that otherwise would be euthanized.”

The schedule of events includes lunch, followed by golf, awards reception, and auction. It is expected that numerous celebrities from television, movies and the world of golf will support this inaugural event. The cost per foursome is $4,800 ($1,200 per individual) and additional sponsorship and donation opportunities are available.

Sherwood Country Club is a private, member-owned golf and country club in Lake Sherwood, California—at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains just south of the city of Thousand Oaks—that feature a championship 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, driving range, and Georgian-style clubhouse. Sherwood has hosted Greg Norman’s Shark Shootout, the World Challenge hosted by Tiger Woods and the Showdown at Sherwood, the first-ever prime-time live golf match, played between Tiger Woods and David Duval.

The Invitational will be managed by Garmany Golf, a Los Angeles and Chicago-based company dedicated to creating unique and unforgettable golf and travel experiences worldwide. At the core of these experiences is exemplary guest service. Each Garmany Golf Experience is meticulously planned by the Concierge Team, which designs and oversees every detail from start to finish.  

For more information about registering for the event, sponsorships or to donate to the charity, contact Garmany Golf at Experience@garmanygolf.com or by calling 408-755-9405.

New Honma Mobile Experience Hubs Launch Across North America

Expert fitters bring detailed, custom approach to club fitting in six new markets


(CARLSBAD, Calif.) — Iconic golf equipment brand Honma Golf welcomes a new team of master club fitters to its staff as the Honma Mobile Experience club fitting program rolls out in key markets across North America. The Honma Mobile Experience, outfitted with sleek, purpose-built Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans, delivers personalized fitting experiences to private golf clubs, public/resort courses, and other golf facilities in Boston, the Carolinas, Colorado, and Ohio in the U.S., as well as Toronto and Vancouver in Canada.

As Honma continues to share the story of its innovative TR20 (Tour Release 2020) family of drivers and irons, a line catered specifically to North America’s feel- and performance-minded golfer, the Honma Mobile Experience gives players an intimate, hands-on opportunity to test and be fit for one of 2020’s most-talked-about equipment lines.

Honma fitters also have the brand’s full array of beautifully-crafted performance clubs for golfers to test, including the T//World XP1 line’s beautifully-shaped, incredibly forgiving irons and exquisite fast drivers, fairway woods and hybrids. In its “2020 Most Wanted” testing, MyGolfSpy.com named the T//World XP1 The Best Driver for Slow Swing Speeds on the strength of its consistent performance across Strokes Gained, Ball Speed, Launch Angle, Backspin, Carry Yards, Total Yards and Shot Area categories. Honma’s coveted, luxury line of high-performance, incomparably designed BERES woods and irons will also be on display and available for demonstration at every Honma Mobile Experience.

Expert Wedge Fitting will also be offered at every Honma Mobile Experience, showcasing the T//World W4 wedge, the precision design named MyGolfSpy.com’s “Most Wanted Wedge” for 2019. A personalized artistic stamping from Wedge Wizard Jacob Sanborn’s Custom Workshop is the ultimate way to make your Honma wedge truly your own.

Professional club fitters who have recently joined the Honma team, bringing more than a half century’s experience, include Anthony Fagone in greater Boston, Hunter Smith in the Carolinas, Kyle McGee based in Colorado, Jim Troy in Ohio, as well as Cameron Jacobs in Toronto, and Vancouver-based fitter Taylor Hull. Each fitter carries a decorated background in the golf business and is uniquely trained and qualified to champion the Honma brand to golfers eager for unparalleled feel and performance from their golf equipment. Honma’s newest team members join nine master fitters who helped launch fully-operational Honma Mobile Experience markets in January 2020.

“Our team of hand selected Mobile Master Fitters is going to bring the best experience to those who want to play better golf. An opportunity to work with the best-crafted equipment in the world while showcasing the brand across the States is a dream for a club and fitting expert,” said Smith, who has worked in the PGA TOUR department of a major equipment brand.

Similarly, McGee, a member of the Colorado PGA Section since 2015, brings experience and enthusiasm to his Honma Mobile Experience clients. “I am excited to join the Honma team and help to grow the brand here in North America. Honma has proven its commitment to cutting-edge design and performance in equipment that never sacrifices aesthetic appeal. Creating equipment that performs beyond the highest of expectations and looks amazing is a combination I can’t wait to put in golfers hands.”

Each Honma Mobile Experience, a combination of scheduled fitting events and private appointments, delivers an unparalleled fitting session in which players are custom fit into the perfect family of Honma clubs for their game.

At a Honma Mobile Experience fitting, golfers test a full matrix of Honma’s hand-crafted heads and proprietary shafts, as well as leading third-party brand shafts during the 1:1 personalized fitting session. The opportunity to work with a master fitter using a state-of-the-art Foresight GC Quad launch monitor is integral to each experience, which includes a follow-up email with launch data and equipment recommendations, and provides a direct pathway for the player to interact with the brand.

Each Honma Mobile Experience will follow strict protocols for safety, sanitation and physical distancing. Every fitter is trained to make the golfer’s health and safety a top priority at every fitting.

“When our Carlsbad team led the design of the TR20 line and the clubs turned out to be every bit as innovative and discerning-player-friendly, we knew we needed a unique way to get Honma in front of avid golfers in the U.S. and Canada. We’re extremely proud to grow our Honma Mobile Experience markets with such a dynamic and golf-savvy staff,” said Honma’s President John Kawaja. “When serious golfers see their ball flight and experience the feel Honma delivers, along with their performance data, we will open a lot of eyes. Golfers who might have been loyal to a specific brand have some exciting new equipment options. The Mobile Experiences are going to make that process personal and enjoyable. For golf professionals who run clubs and courses, the Honma Mobile Experience is a high-ROI program delivering a one-of-a-kind luxury experience for that property’s loyal members.”

Earlier this year, three exclusive fixed-location fitting destinations, dubbed the Honma Experience, opened at Reunion Resort & Golf Club in Orlando, Florida; Ko Olina Golf Club in Oahu, Hawaii; and The Golf Performance Project, Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia. Each Honma Experience fitting and retail location showcases the company’s elevated approach to golf equipment in a premium environment, including limited edition Honma clubs and accessories while carrying on a more-than-60-year heritage, started by Honma “Takumi” (master artisans), who have perfected a meticulous, artful  craftsmanship.

Honma Experience and Honma Mobile Experience fittings are available by reservation. To book a fitting, click https://us.honmagolf.com/pages/honma-experience, e-mail mobile@honmagolf.com or call 844-476-4653.