Friday, May 24, 2019

Founders Group International to Host National Women’s Golf Day Events at Four Myrtle Beach Area Courses

(Myrtle Beach, S.C.) — Founders Group International, one of the leading golf course owner-operators in the Southeast, has finalized plans to host special National Women’s Golf Day events at four of its Myrtle Beach area courses on June 4.

National Women’s Golf Day is a collaborative effort by golf management companies, retailers and organizations to engage, empower and support girls and women through golf. FGI will be hosting events at Aberdeen Country Club, Myrtlewood Golf Club, Tradition Club and Wild Wing Plantation.

“National Women’s Golf Day is a cause we are excited to support,” said Steve Mays, president of Founders Group International. “Women and girls are a vital part of the golf industry’s past, present and, just as importantly, future. In hosting events at Wild Wing, Myrtlewood, Aberdeen and Tradition, we hope to show our appreciation for the women who currently play and potentially bring new players into the game.”

Wild Wing Plantation will be hosting a 15-minute introduction to the game clinic at 10:00 a.m., followed by a nine-hole event on the Hummingbird Course. At the conclusion of play, golfers will enjoy a post-round meet and greet and the cost of participation is $15. Players can register for a spot in the event by calling 843-347-9464.

Aberdeen Country Club, a 27-hole facility, will be hosting a Nine & Wine event that includes a 45-minute clinic at 11 a.m., followed by golf and a wine, cheese and fruit social at the conclusion of play. The event is $40 and players need to register by Friday, May 31 by calling 843-399-2660.

Former touring pro Yoshio Yamamoto will host a 30-minute clinic at 11:30 a.m. at Myrtlewood, leading up to a nine-hole outing with tee times beginning at 12:20 p.m. At the conclusion of play, there will be a pro shop sale and hors d'oeuvre served. Cost of participation is $40 and players are encouraged to sign up by May 28 by calling 843-913-4516.

Tradition Club will be home to a special 18-hole captain’s choice event for female members of FGI’s Honors Club, an enhanced membership package the company offers to deliver value on and off the course. The event at Tradition Club tees off at 9 a.m. and will include a welcome gift and post-round lunch.

For more information about Founders Group International, go to www.foundersgolf.com.

More information about Founders Group International is available at www.foundersgroupinternational.com, www.mbn.com or MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com.

The Club at New Seabury Completes Renovations on the Dunes Course

Photo: Scott Nickerson

Reshaped Features Enhances Playability and Experience


(MASHPEE, MA) – The Club at New Seabury has completed renovations to  The Dunes Course as part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar Club investment – all in an effort to better position the course as a classically designed layout and improve the playability and enjoyment for all golfers. The course will open Memorial Day weekend with a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for May 24. Chris Card, President & Executive Director will provide the welcome and opening remarks.

“We are excited to invite the New Seabury Members and Resort Guests to come and enjoy an enhanced experience on The Dunes Course,” said Jim Clay, New Seabury’s Director of Golf. “We were receptive to feedback on how we could make the course more enjoyable and expect golfers of all levels will be delighted with the changes, many at their encouragement.”

The Dunes Course, which sits on 125 acres within New Seabury proper, sits inland and threads through wetlands and woods. It now features redesigned and rebuilt, repositioned bunkers; expanded fairway edges through the green, re-contoured mounds and softened slopes on multiple greens, as well as the relocation of cart paths on designated holes.

Several approaches were also reshaped to give golfers an option and avenue to access the greens without forced carries, allowing the higher handicap player with lower shot trajectory a chance to get rewarded for their shot. And with the same concept in mind, many fairways were expanded. The most visible change in fairways is on the former 7th hole, which is now the 16th hole.  Prior to the renovation, golfers were forced to carry a large pond to access the green from 140 yards or lay up well left to a small patch of rough.

Two greens were also completely redesigned and repositioned. Now, the 18th (previously 9th) hole will be a great risk reward par 5 finishing hole, as players with length will be challenged to carry the pond short and left of the green, with an accurate shot towards a well-contoured green with a false front.  Players laying up will need to navigate their way around a new fairway bunker on the right, and the pond long left, before hitting their third shot over water.  “The 18th hole will be a great finishing hole - a hole that is sure to determine the outcome of many matches,” added Clay. “We believe the collective enhancements and playability of The Dunes Course will be greeted enthusiastically.”

According to Scott Nickerson, Director of Agronomy and Project Manager, “The first priority of the project was the full bunker renovation, which included 79 bunkers that were redesigned and repositioned for today’s golfer. The bunkers went from deep and challenging to a little more forgiving and now provide golfers of all skill levels a chance to hit shots from a very consistent sand surface.”

The Dunes Course project spanned three months until completion and was designed by Architect Bruce Hepner, of Hepner Golf Design and constructed by Agriscapes Golf Course Construction.

For more information visit: www.newseabury.com or call 508-539-8322.

Carr Golf Releases Limited Late Summer 2019 Tee Times and Lodging for Ireland and Scotland

World-Class Layouts Include Royal Portrush, Royal County Down, Portmarnock, Old Head, Royal Troon


(DUBLIN, Ireland) – Carr Golf – Ireland, England and Scotland’s premier provider of unforgettable golf experiences – announces extraordinary late summer golf itineraries are now available including play on world-class courses including Royal Portrush, Royal County Down, Portmarnock, Old Head and Royal Troon.

The long days of summer are the perfect time to experience the natural wonders of the Emerald Isle. Carr Golf supplies unrivaled customer care for all group sizes with luxury accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, fine dining, caddies and anything else needed for stress-free, extraordinary golf vacations. Below are Carr Golf’s “must plays” for the summer months.

As the 148th Open Championship returns to Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush Golf Club in July for the first time in 68 years, experience the excitement of teeing it up just days after this historic event concludes.

A two-hour drive from Royal Portrush is Golf Digest’s No. 1 rated course in the world, Royal County Down. Set against Northern Ireland’s tallest mountain, Slieve Donard, Old Tom Morris’ masterful layout is known for its “bearded” bunkers, red fescue and lively heather. Royal County Down is as challenging as it is stunningly majestic.

A popular stay-and-play location on the “Velvet Strand” of Ireland’s scenic eastern shoreline just north of Dublin, Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links caters to discerning golf travelers. Once the home of the Jameson Irish Whiskey family, the property has been fully retrofitted with new amenities and is a short drive from the vibrant capital city.

Situated on a rugged peninsula overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Old Head Golf Links offers splendid seascapes. Co-designed by Carr Golf’s namesake, J.B. Carr, Old Head is built on 220 acres of diamond-shaped land jutting into the deep blue sea for nearly two miles. The meticulously maintained course overlooks the prominent black-and white-striped lighthouse, considered one of the best views in all of golf.

Scotland’s Royal Troon Golf Club will always be connected by one of golf’s greatest duels. Henrick Stenson recorded 10 birdies in a thrilling final round 8-under 63 for a one stroke victory over Phil Mickelson in the 2016 Open. It’s a must play.

“For 30 years our organization has received great joy in creating memorable experiences for our guests,” says Marty Carr, executive chairman of Carr Golf. “This summer is an ideal time to explore Ireland and Scotland’s stunning landscapes and warm hospitality while playing the world’s finest links layouts.”

In addition to these tee times, Carr Golf hosts several widely popular tournaments including the upcoming 12th Annual World Invitational Father & Daughter Tournament played at Southwest Ireland’s Waterville Golf Links (July 23 – 26) and the Donald Ross Pro-Am in Northern Scotland (Sept. 24 – 28).  Only a few team spots remain for both events.

Dublin-based, Carr Golf provides unrivaled customer care for groups of all sizes and exclusive “one-of-a-kind” itineraries featuring luxury accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, fine dining, caddies and anything else needed for stress-free, extraordinary golf vacations. Carr Golf also works directly with a multitude of PGA club professionals on incentivized member and association getaways.

For more information on Carr Golf: www.carrgolf.com, 1.855.617.5701 (U.S. toll free) or +353.1.822 6662.

Failing Golf Courses Finally Have An Answer: Millennium Companies

Offering an innovative approach to repurposing closed and underperforming municipal, daily-fee, and private courses 


(Scottsdale, Ariz.) — Golf has a problem. Millennium Companies has a solution.

It’s not news that more than 500 golf courses have closed since 2012 and hundreds more are losing money. Or that local officials, private owners, and the individuals and businesses surrounding these suffering properties are frustrated. And according to the experts, the problem isn’t going away any time soon.*

Millennium Companies has stepped up with innovative real-estate repurposing solutions for private owners and municipalities saddled with failed or failing courses. Its leadership team of experts in golf, real estate, law, and land use has devised numerous ways to re-use and renovate negative-revenue acreage, turning it into valuable, multiuse properties.  

Among the land-use plans Millennium Companies is poised to create are new and exciting forms of golf, ones that are more energizing, entertaining, take less time to play, and are more inclusive than the traditional golf experience. Millennium also develops residential, neighborhood retail, and other recreational amenities that further revitalize communities while creating indoor and outdoor areas for families and professionals to enjoy year-round.

“We work closely with private owners of daily-fee golf courses throughout the U.S. who are interested in exploring alternative uses for their land because their courses are no longer sustainable in their current format,” explains Millennium Companies CEO Bob Hobbs, Jr.  “Together with these owners, we create a plan to acquire their courses and repurpose them in a way that benefits surrounding homeowners while allowing ownership to exit the golf business gracefully.  We also can help municipalities stop the never-ending losses and actually generate new sources of tax revenue.”

Millennium’s overriding goals are to boost property values and update golf courses, making them more inviting to players of all levels and ages. The creation of new open spaces, along with new mixed-use retail amenities, activates the entire neighborhood.

“For years, cities were forced to decide between closing courses to save taxpayer money or maintaining them for the limited constituency who utilized them,” says Chief Land Use Officer Jason Morris, who has worked in land-use law and real estate for more than 25 years. “We will use our combined expertise to offer city leaders flexible solutions that save taxpayer dollars while maintaining golf —but the right kind of golf—at the same time.”

Other members of the Millennium Companies management team include Chief Development Officer Taber Anderson, Director of Entitlements Ben Tate, and Lead Concept Architect Erik Peterson.

 For more information access the web site at www.millenniumcompanies.com.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

“Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk,” Narrated By Bill Murray, Debuts in U.S. Movie Theaters June 7

(CLEVELAND, OH) – “Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk” (www.loopersmovie.com, @loopersthemovie), the most thorough feature-length film documentary ever developed on golf’s historic caddie profession, will make its nationwide theatrical debut on June 7, with more than 75 locations across the United States.

The film, narrated by actor and former caddie Billy Murray, has drawn critical acclaim in early 2019 with positive reviews and best documentary awards from the Cleveland International Film Festival in early April and the Newport Beach (CA) Film Festival in early May. The film continues on the film festival circuit through the first week of June, with the Greenwich, CT, International Film Festival on June 2.

The “Loopers” U.S. theatrical release begins on Friday, June 7 – the week before the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach – and includes theaters in 25 states. A listing of locations, to be continually updated in the coming weeks, is included at https://www.loopersmovie.com/see-the-movie.

Reviews of the film have touted the film’s accuracy and interest beyond just golf:

“… wishing ‘Loopers’ could be a series with each vignette an episode. Better yet, with striking panoramics of St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, Bandon, Carnoustie and other world-renowned courses, “Loopers” is reminiscent of the BBC’s “Planet Earth” series, educating while aesthetically captivating.” – Golf Digest (March 2019)
“This weaves history with personality in telling a handful of specifically amazing golfer-caddie pairings, and is great even for those who hate golf.” – Santa Barbara Independent (January 30, 2019).
“I’ve only played a handful of rounds of golf in my life, and I don’t particularly care about the sport. Still, I found ‘Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk’ compelling. Any time you get somebody talking about their life’s work you’re probably going to get some good stories.” – Filmthreat.com (February 15, 2019).
“Loopers charts the history of golf from its origins in Scotland to modern times. Traditionally, the caddie’s mantra was to ‘show up, keep up and shut up.’ They were banned from the clubhouse and treated poorly. However, they became an important part of the sport, acting as the player’s technical adviser, psychologist and confidant.” – Sunday Times, Ireland (February 2, 2019).

The film also includes interviews with World Golf Hall of Famers Sir Nick Faldo, Tom Watson, Ben Crenshaw, Lee Trevino, Curtis Strange and former Masters Tournament and U.S. Open champion Fuzzy Zoeller. Professional caddies who participated include Steve Williams (Tiger Woods’ former caddie), Carl Jackson (Crenshaw), Fanny Sunesson (Faldo), Pete Bender (Greg Norman and others), Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and Jariah “Jerry” Beard (Zoeller at the 1979 Masters). Longtime golf journalists Rick Reilly, Michael Collins and Ward Clayton are also interviewed.

The unknown stories are revealed, such as Greg Puga, who grew up in East Los Angeles, went on to caddie at Los Angeles’ Bel-Air Country Club and qualified as an amateur to play in the Masters Tournament. Another is the compelling legacy of caddie master Mike Kiely, who has been the caddie organizer at historic Canterbury Golf Club in Cleveland for a half-century and guided many caddies toward successful lives.

“Loopers” was filmed at some of the more iconic locations in golf such as the Augusta (GA) National Golf Club, Pebble Beach (CA) Golf Links, The Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, numerous other vaunted courses in Scotland and Ireland such as Carnoustie, Prestwick, Ballybunion and Lahinch and Bandon Dunes (OR).

“Loopers” is directed by Southern California filmmaker Jason Baffa, who has directed successful independent films on the global surfing sub-culture, including “Bella Vita,” “One California Day” and “Singlefin: Yellow.” Baffa’s first film on golf harkens back to his days growing up when he played golf with his father and uncle.

Also, private viewings for clubs or organizations can be made by going to www.loopersmovie.com/request-a-screening. An international debut in Europe is scheduled for mid-June.

Read our review of Loopers HERE.

Golf Digest Selects Horseshoe Bay Resort Among 'Best Resorts in the Southwest'

(HORSESHOE BAY, TX) – The newly-renovated Horseshoe Bay Resort, a tropically-adorned lakefront oasis in the Central Texas Hill Country, was recently selected for the 2019 Editors’ Choice Award by Golf Digest as one of the “Best Golf Resorts in the Southwest.”

The 2019 edition of the publication's annual Editor’s Choice listings appears online at GolfDigest.com, featuring the Best Resorts in the Americas. The award recognizes resorts throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Canada.

Nestled along the gleaming shores of the constant-level Lake LBJ and just outside of Austin, Horseshoe Bay Resort is putting the final touches on a $90-million resort and multi-course renovation. The AAA-Four Diamond- and Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Award-winning property increasingly continues to be named one of America’s premier golf destinations.

“We’re honored to be awarded this distinction by Golf Digest,” said general manager Bryan Woodward. “Our staff is excited for the rest of the country to see the truly top-caliber golf and vacation destination Texans have been keeping a secret all these years. Now, the secret’s out.”

With four acclaimed championship golf courses and the innovative Whitewater Putting Course, Horseshoe Bay Resort offers an appealing array of unforgettable golfing experiences designed by World Golf Hall of Fame members Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Jack Nicklaus. Horseshoe Bay Resort was recognized with other acclaimed resorts in the Southwest, including The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North and The Boulders Resort & Spa.

RENOVATIONS REINVIGORATE DISTINCTIVE LAYOUTS
In 2016, Horseshoe Bay embarked on an expansive $7.5-million project to upgrade all three of its Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designs, Slick Rock, Ram Rock, and Apple Rock. The improvements to the courses and overall golf product has the resort community in position to earn nationwide attention and a rise in out-of-state rounds.

“The investment we have put into these renovations has elevated the quality of our golf to a national level and has made the overall golf experience more fun for our guests,” Woodward says.

Situated on picturesque constant-level Lake LBJ and meandering through a rugged 7,000-acre expanse of rolling Hill Country, the scenic Horseshoe Bay Resort is the only waterfront resort in Texas. Tropically landscaped with palm trees, bold water features and the most colorful vegetation this side of Hawaii, this resort stands apart, both visually and in the guest experience. The golfing experience matches that uniqueness.

Before there was ever a Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Horseshoe Bay Resort was home to three very distinct courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The Ram Rock course, constructed in 1981, has made its reputation as one of the toughest courses in Texas. Slick Rock, the first golf course built (in 1971) at Horseshoe Bay Resort, features a pleasing parkland setting and quintessential elements of Jones’ renowned architectural sensibility. Wall-to-wall renovations to both courses have enhanced playability and fun from the forward and middle tees while maintaining each layout’s legendary challenge for scratch players.

Each of the course renovations included installing the latest 007 bent grass greens to improve quality of turf, expanded green sizes by as much as 50 percent in some areas, renovating bunkers, re-shaping and leveling tee-boxes, new irrigation, as well as adding beautiful rock retaining walls along all of the water-hazards to improve over-all course aesthetics. This was most significant with the awe-inspiring "Million Dollar Hole" where golfers follow a winding path across a 35-yard rock-walled waterfall.

SUMMER 2019 TO SEE FINISHING TOUCHES
The final course and renovation project, Apple Rock, will see much of the same renovations completed as its sister courses and will re-open in June 2019. The course offers some of the most picturesque views in the region. Jones Sr. strategically routed holes to take advantage of the many higher elevation points that overlook Horseshoe Bay and Lake LBJ.

Punctuating the re-opening of the Ram Rock and Apple Rock courses will be the unveiling of the luxe, new Cap Rock Clubhouse. Members and guests of Horseshoe Bay Resort will enjoy the new Cap Rock setting with its expansive views of the courses and Texas Hill Country. It will feature a dining room and bar area along with a pro-shop, swimming pool, cabana, pavilion area for groups, and a practice/teaching facility.

In addition to the resort golf, Horseshoe Bay also offers a distinctive members-only experience with the Jack Nicklaus Signature design, Summit Rock (which opened in 2012). The course offers some of the most stunning scenery in Texas. Nicklaus routed holes along a high ridge, a setting that showcases spectacular views that stretch for more than 40 miles over the Texas Hill Country and Lake LBJ.

ONE-OF-A-KIND PUTTING COURSE
Complementing the championship golf is the highly-unique Whitewater Putting Course, a tropically-adorned 18-hole day/night real-grass putting course that sits adjacent to the hotel and is routed around the energetic Whitewater 360 Sports Club, a full-service destination for pub food, cocktails and live sports on 16 HDTVs surrounding the bar. It is the perfect attraction for golf buddy groups, couples and families.

For more information and reservations, visit www.hsbresort.com or call 877-611-0112.

Devant Sport Towels Announces New Cart Towel Line

Towels Feature Textured Microfiber


(Richmond, VA) – Devant Sport Towels, manufacturer and distributor of custom sport towels, is excited to announce the launch of their new line of Cart Towels. The green, royal and white towels are available now and the Pink Ribbon towels will be in-stock June 15th.

The Pink Ribbon towel boasts a light pink all-over colorway with a large pink ribbon, eco-friendly Image Dye emblem on one side. The towel is made up of textured microfiber for superior cleaning. It is compact in size at 15 x 15 inches.

“The Pink Ribbon towel would make for a great gift for women that love to play golf,” said Caroline Allison, Assistant Product Manager at Devant Sport Towels. “The carabiner attachment option is a nice addition to the towel, giving it more of a personal touch and easy accessibility.”

The cart towel also offers the option for a carabiner attachment to conveniently secure to your golf bag. The Image Dye option is also available on the green, royal and white towels. To see the full collection visit www.devantsporttowels.com.