Friday, December 2, 2016

Product Review: MyCharge Razor Platinum

I have a couple apps on my phone that help me with various aspects of my golf game when on the course - GPS for distances, shot-tracking software, and a live leaderboard for tournament play. If used through an 18-hole round, I can expect to drain approximately half my battery. That’s fine if I’m heading home right after playing or will be in my car with the charger, but not OK if plans differ.

Nobody likes to be anywhere near the “danger zone” of a dead cell phone battery. Thanks to the Razor Platinum by MyCharge, I’ve taken that possibility out of play.

How powerful if the Razor Platinum? It charges my MacBook Pro in just over an hour and a half (100 minutes). Business trips or long layovers in the airport just got a lot less stressful. Have you seen people huddled around a single outlet while waiting for a flight, while others keep one eye on them in hopes they’ll vacate? That won’t be me.

As a test, I dusted off my old iPhone that had been unused for about a year. The battery was zapped. It was usable in just about 10 minutes and took approximately an hour to power it completely up.

You savvy consumers want to know more about the technology, so here is the marketing jargon:
- Smart-sense: ensures complete device compatibility
- Hyper-charge: ultra-fast charging of your devices; up to 65% faster than competitors
- Power-stay: maintains battery power for up to 1 year
- Max-power: maximum power transfer from powerbank to device
- High-density battery: the smallest and lightest powerbank
- Safe-cell: provides the highest level of battery safety
- Rapid-recharge: powerbank recharges up to 50% faster than competitors
Pass Through Charging: will charge the powerbank and connected device simultaneously

Bottom line is this ... If you’re like me, you use your cell phone on the golf course (apps, checking the score of a game, texting, etc.). If you’re like EVERYONE, you hate to be out and about with a dead or dying cell phone. The Razor Platinum ($99.99) from MyCharge is your solution.

For more information, visit www.mycharge.com.

Troon Named 'Club Management Firm of the Year' by BoardRoom Magazine

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing, was recently selected by BoardRoom Magazine as the “Club Management Firm of the Year” for 2016 in the publication’s 18th annual “Excellence in Achievement” awards. 2016 marks the third straight year Troon has been honored with this distinction from BoardRoom Magazine.

BoardRoom Magazine, the official publication for the Association of Private Club Directors and the Distinguished Clubs, annually selects outstanding suppliers and consultants, which represent various aspects of course and club operations. Winners are selected for overall excellence in their respective fields, achievements, innovation, vision for future growth and continued impact on private club operations.

“We are honored to be recognized as the ‘Club Management Firm of the Year’ by BoardRoom Magazine,” said Ryan Walls, president, Troon Privé. “It’s a testament to the hard working team of professionals at Troon Privé. Our experts help Troon Privé clubs achieve their operational goals by implementing high-quality standards while providing access to national purchasing programs that aggregate buying power – thus enabling each club to offer the finest playing conditions, personalized service and a luxurious private club experience to their members.”

Troon Privé is the private club division of Troon. Troon Privé’s portfolio includes such private clubs of distinction as BallenIsles in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Fieldstone in Greenville, Delaware; Silver Creek Valley in San Jose, California; St. James Plantation in Southport, North Carolina; Pronghorn in Bend, Oregon; Ocean Club in Paradise Island, Bahamas; Aloha Golf Club in Marbella, Spain; and Centurion Club in London, England.

“The BoardRoom Awards are the only awards in the private club industry that recognize private clubs’ business partners,” said John Fornaro, publisher of BoardRoom Magazine. “We’re absolutely delighted to recognize their contributions.”

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

Introducing Putt-A-Rounds

(RELEASE) - Customized Putt-A-Rounds leave lasting impressions. These amazing above ground putting holes are the hottest new choice for tournament prizes and executive gifts. There are lots of customizable gadgets on the market, but few will have the staying power of a Putt-A-Round putting cup.

Putt-A-Rounds are made of sleek, anodized, aluminum and comes in a variety of colors. Add your logo to the flag for a customized gift! The custom designs are fused into the fabric fibers of the flag so your logo will look great for years to come.

Buy yours now at www.puttaroundgolf.com for just $29.97, or contact the company at sales@puttaroundgolf.com for wholesale pricing for your pro shop or tournament. They’ll print your logo on the flag, and ship in five days or less. Contact soon to get yours by Christmas.

Now you can enjoy putting around anytime, anywhere.  Made in U.S.A.

Interested in joining the excitement? The company is seeking sales reps.

Golfweek Magazine: Three Myrtle Beach Layouts Ranked Among America’s Top 100 Resort Courses

Nine Grand Strand Courses are Ranked Among the Magazine’s Top 200

(Myrtle Beach, S.C.) - Golfweek’s Best: Resort Courses, 2017, a ranking of America’s premier resort courses, has been unveiled and three of Myrtle Beach’s most acclaimed layouts are included among the nation’s 100 best.

The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, which was ranked 24th, No. 27 Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and No. 63 True Blue Golf Club led the Myrtle Beach honorees.

Dunes Club, which has hosted six Senior PGA Tour Championships and will host the USGA Women’s Four-Ball in 2017, offers a classic design, stunning views and some of the best greens complexes in the south.

Caledonia, the late Mike Strantz’ first solo design, wows players with its lowcountrybeauty and emphasis on shotmaking. The course, which is set amidst live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, is highlighted by an unforgettable 18th hole, featuring a green that rests in the shadow of an antebellum style clubhouse.

True Blue has been rocketing up top 100 lists in recent years, earning acclaim from Golfweek, Golf Magazine and Golf Channel, and the reasons are many. True Blue features some of the Myrtle Beach area’s largest fairways and greens, and Strantz framed the massive fairways with waste bunkers, creating stunning visuals.

As part of the Golfweek’s Best: Resort Courses, 2017 initiative, the magazine also released the “Next 100,” the layouts ranked 101-200, and several of Myrtle Beach’s most popular courses were included among that group.

The Moorland Course at Legends Resort (No. 116) led the area’s entrants among the “Next 100,” followed by King’s North at Myrtle Beach National (No. 120), Dye Course at Barefoot Resort (No. 142), Grande Dunes Resort Course (No. 149), Love Course at Barefoot Resort (No. 193) and the Fazio Course at Barefoot Resort (No. 94).

In all, nine of America’s 200 best resort courses, according to Golfweek, are located along the Grand Strand, a testament to the depth and quality of the area’s offerings.

Golf Returns to Hilton Head Island's Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on December 1

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) — Golf at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort will be back and better than ever starting Thursday, Dec. 1, with the reopening of the Robert Trent Jones and Arthur Hills courses, along with the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy. During storm cleanup following Hurricane Matthew, all three of the resort’s world-class layouts were overseeded — tee boxes, fairways and greens — so they will be in lush condition and fully playable this holiday season.

“Palmetto Dunes golf is back,” said long-time Director of Golf Clark Sinclair. “Golfers are going to find some lush, green courses and no issues with cart paths or anything else. We are very excited.”

The George Fazio course at Palmetto Dunes is scheduled to reopen around mid-December. Book your tee time today and take advantage of special December rates.  

Palmetto Dunes features a trio of golf courses designed by three of the game’s most unique architects — Robert Trent Jones Sr., George Fazio and Arthur Hills — all three of which have been awarded the Palmetto State’s “Golf Course of the Year” by the South Carolina Board of Directors of the National Golf Course Owners Association.

The Jones Course was ranked No. 9 in Golfweek magazine’s 2016 rankings of the “Best Courses You Can Play in South Carolina” and recently cracked Golfweek’s Top 100 of “Best Resort Courses in the United States.”

In October, Condé Nast Traveler named Palmetto Dunes a “Top 20 Best Resort in the South.”

For more than a half-century Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has represented the best Hilton Head has to offer. Generations of families from across the globe have enjoyed the resort’s seemingly infinite bounty of outdoor activities with a family focus: Outstanding golf and award-winning tennis, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding on an 11-mile lagoon system, bicycling, dining and shopping, all of it along a three-mile stretch of pristine Atlantic Ocean beachfront.

For information about activities or reservations, please call 877-567-6513 or visit www.palmettodunes.com.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Zero Friction's 'Fan Shop' - A Great Place to Find Holiday Gifts for the Golfer on Your List

(OAK BROOK TERRACE, IL) – Zero Friction, widely known for its Johnny Miller Motion Fit Golf Glove and the new DistancePro GPS Glove, encourages holiday shoppers to visit its online “Fan Shop” to find a variety of licensed golf gloves and putter grips decorated with official Collegiate, NFL, MLB, NHL and U.S.A. Military logos.

“The fan shop opened last year and has been a big hit among golfers,” said Zero Friction President John Iacono. “Our spirited gloves and putters allow golfers to show team spirit while on the golf course.”

The licensed synthetic gloves are available in a variety of colors with a Cabretta leather palm patch and a breathable mesh for a guaranteed fit.  The medium-size putter grips come with a removable magnetic gel top ball marker.

For more information, visit www.zerofriction.com, or call 847-436-4262.

U.S. Golf Classic Bringing a National Cash Prize Tournament to the Everyday Golfer

One qualifying team in all 50 states will advance to Las Vegas Finale for $50,000

(Charlotte, NC) – TPG Sports Group today introduced the U.S. Golf Classic (USGC) presented by Pitchfix, a national, winner-take-all cash prize tournament where the winning twosome will bring home $50,000. This is a once- in-a-lifetime opportunity for recreational golfers of all skill levels looking to participate in a high-stakes, professionally run and organized golf tournament. All 50 U.S. states will host a one-day qualifying tournament, where the winning two- person team in each state will advance to the USGC National Championship in Las Vegas, NV.

The format of the U.S. Golf Classic is a two-person best ball, with teams consisting of two players that will count their single lowest net score on each hole. Handicaps will be taken into account for all qualifying and Championship rounds. Depending on each golfer’s handicap, strokes will be applied before the round where they fall on corresponding holes. Teams can be made up of any combination of men, women, or seniors (60+).

“We wanted to create a platform for all golfers to be able to compete and win a cash prize, no matter their skill level,” says Charlie Wend, Vice President of TPG Sports Group. “We’re very excited from the response we’ve received so far from the recreational golf community to retired professional athletes, all looking to compete on an even playing field.”

All one-day state qualifying tournaments will be held on May 19, 2017. Golfers will not only be playing for the right to advance to Las Vegas, but also bragging rights, and the title of State Champion. All 50 state champions will advance to Las Vegas to compete in the USGC National Championship. With the help of USGC’s presenting partner, Pitchfix, participants will compete for a winner-take-all cash prize of $50,000. The USGC National Championship will be held at Aliante Golf Club in Las Vegas on August 26, 2017.

"Pitchfix is excited to team up with TPG Sports Group as presenting sponsor of the inaugural U.S. Golf Classic. We see the U.S. Golf Classic attracting top recreational golfers throughout the United States and familiarizing them with our high quality ball mark repair tools and golf accessories," said Bart Fokke, CEO Pitchfix.

Any golfer, 21 years of age and older, is eligible to register for this tournament. The USGC utilizes a handicap system to make it a competitive tournament for the entire field. Whether you are a high level golfer or have a handicap of 18, the USGC allows for an even playing field for all participants.

For more information regarding the U.S. Golf Classic and registration, visit: http://usgolfclassic.com/.

For more information regarding Pitchfix, visit: https://www.pitchfix.com/.