Friday, May 6, 2016

Robin Williams on Golf (NSFW: Language)

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Golf Life Navigators 100 Percent Growth Aligns with Record High Relocation to Florida

(NAPLES, FLORIDA) – Golf Life Navigators (GLN) – the trusted advisor that finds ideal golf clubs and residences for people relocating to or within Florida – has grown its client base by more than 100 percent the past six months.

Demand for the company’s services aligns with the U.S. Census Bureau citing a record-high 300,000 people annually migrating to the Sunshine State.
                                                      
“Florida is America’s second-fastest growing state,” says Jason Becker, President of GLN and a member of the Professional Golfers Association of America.  “Accordingly, our company has added experts in golf and real estate to do the leg work and save substantial time, money and headaches for clients.”

Free of charge, GLN 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 divisions, Golf Life Properties and Aberdeen & Crail, find primary and secondary residences in gated golf and non-golf communities, respectively.

Plans are for the company to extend its services to additional warm-weather markets.  It already boasts ambassadors in Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

GLN advisors perform in-depth research prior to counseling clients about which golf clubs or real estate solutions best match their wishes. Membership agreement details, property types, club social programs and finances are some of the many important subjects covered.  GLN also provides information on regional experts which range from tax advisement and property insurance to top restaurants, marinas and other lifestyle topics.

For more information and a complimentary consultation: www.golflifenavigators.com, call 800.447.8707.

To read our "Getting to Know" feature with Jason Becker, click HERE.

Golphin Wins Golf Digest Editors' Choice Award for Best Beginner Junior Golf Clubs

(AYRSHIRE, Scotland) – Golphin Ltd. (www.golphin.com), an award-winning Scottish-based company which designs and manufactures specialized golf equipment for children, won Golf Digest’s inaugural Editors’ Choice Award for Best Beginner Junior Golf Clubs, as announced in the May 2016 issue of the magazine.

“We are honored and delighted with this award,” said Calum McPherson, founder and managing director of Golphin. “It is validation by golf industry leaders that our innovative clubs are helping to grow the game.”

Golphin’s GFK (golfinforkids) line of junior equipment “introduces the game in an effective – and more important, fun – fashion,” according to the Golf Digest editors.

Building on its successful début of beginner junior clubs throughout the U.S. and around the world, Golphin soon will introduce equipment for more advanced players, too.

“With Golphin’s GFK range pioneering a new methodology when introducing kids to golf, the next step is just about to appear on the horizon,” McPherson said. “An exciting innovation called Beginners to Winners is about to be launched.

“This will include a stage-2 advanced range of clubs to make sure kids have the very best technology to help their progressive development.”

This is the first year Golf Digest editors have rated their favorite products, apparel, hotels and resorts, thus enhancing the publication’s well-known and longstanding rankings of golf courses, resorts and destinations, golf teachers and clubfitters. The Golf Digest annual Hot List is a highly-recognized ranking list of golf equipment. This marks the first time that junior golf clubs have been rated by the magazine’s editors.
 
For more information, see www.golphin.com.

Maderas Golf Club Named A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary

(Poway, Calif.) – Maderas Golf Club, located in Poway, Calif. a suburb of San Diego, has been named a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International, a not-for-profit environmental education organization.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf is an award winning education and certification program that helps golf courses protect the environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. By helping people enhance the valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats that golf courses provide, improve efficiency, and minimize potentially harmful impacts of golf course operations, the program serves an important environmental role worldwide. Audubon International has developed Standard Environmental Management Practices that are generally applicable to all golf courses. These standards form the basis for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf certification guidelines.

“This achievement is the culmination of four years of hard work, community and government agency outreach and partnering with the local Palomar Audubon Society,” said Michael Flickinger, general manager, Maderas Golf Club. “The process of becoming a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary began back in 2012, was nurtured by Kevin Shipley, our former Assistant Superintendent, and brought across the 'finish line' by our current Director of Agronomy Patrick Reilly and Equipment Manager Neal Quantrell. Maderas joins an elite group of Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries golf courses located around the world.”

As part of the process of becoming an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the Maderas Golf Club team implemented and documented environmental management practices in the following areas:
- Environmental Planning
- Wildlife and Habitat Management
- Chemical Use Reduction and Safety
- Water Conservation
- Water Quality Management
- Outreach and Education

According to Audubon International, there are currently 902 golf courses around the world approved as Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries.

“I’m very proud of the team at Maderas for all of the hard work and dedication that went into this certification,” said Aaron Feldman, owner, Sunroad Enterprises - owners of Maderas Golf Club. “It’s extremely satisfying to be recognized as an award-winning golf experience while being sensitive to the natural habitat and wildlife at Maderas.”

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

Troon Introduces 'Get Into Golf' Initiative

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, an industry leader in finding new ways to grow the game of golf, has unveiled the “Get Into Golf” initiative aimed at introducing the game to new participants. The Get Into Golf program provides all the tools necessary to give golf a test run, including golf clubs and golf balls, practice range time, a weekly ‘intro to golf’ clinic and ending with a three-hole test run – so participants can get a taste of what it’s like to be on a golf course in a friendly, fun and non-competitive atmosphere.

“The Get Into Golf program is geared towards those who are newer to the game, have never picked up a club, or have very little golf knowledge, and knocks down all of the reasons it is difficult to try the sport,” said Ryan Walls, senior vice president, operations, Troon. “Instructors will introduce the basics of the game in a fun, affordable and no-pressure atmosphere and the facilities will provide all of the golf equipment for the participants. Skiing does it so well with their programming and instruction and this is our foray into making it easy for people to…Get Into Golf!”

Get Into Golf starts at just $39 at participating Troon facilities across the globe. For scheduling information, a full list of participating Troon courses, and to learn more about the Get Into Golf program, visit TroonGolf.com/GetIntoGolf.

“In the golf industry today, we need to change our habits and norms to attract new participants,” added Walls. “We need to create tangible opportunities that go directly at the core issues in golf. Our pace of play programs, military program, rewards program, relaxed dress code philosophy and revenue management programs have all done that. Moreover, our recent Troon golfer survey, with over 10,000 respondents, indicated that 62% of current golfers have not introduced a new player to the game in the past year. Get Into Golf is a fantastic opportunity to improve that trend.”

In addition to the Get Into Golf program, for the fifth consecutive year participating Troon facilities are supporting Troon Player Development Month throughout the month of May. Troon daily-fee facilities, private clubs and Troon Golf Academies around the world will join together to conduct more than 500 introductory golf clinics and activities during the month of May. These clinics also introduce beginners to the game in a fun, affordable and educational way and have benefited junior players around the world.

For more information on Troon Player Development Month and a full list of clinics, visit www.TroonGolf.com/player-development.html.

To learn more about all of Troon’s “grow the game initiatives,” visit www.PlayTroon.com.

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

Ottinger Golf Group Announces Renovations and Upgrades at Atlantic City Country Club

(Northfield, N.J.) – The Ottinger family of golf courses that include Atlantic City Country Club, Scotland Run Golf Club and Ballamor Golf Club has announced the completion of major renovations to the Atlantic City Country Club clubhouse and golf course. The historic, 119-year-old club and the “Birthplace of the Birdie” have undergone two phases of enhancements since the Ottinger Family purchased the club in April 2014.

Phase I included a complete makeover to the clubhouse’s entryway and lobby, the John J. McDermott Room, the James “Sonny” Fraser Room, the Leo Fraser Library, the Grand Ballroom, restrooms and corridors.  It also included an all-new bridal suite overlooking the golf course with breathtaking views of the Atlantic City skyline. An impressive new exterior façade now provides the clubhouse with a much more stately entrance.  A halfway house was also erected during Phase I.  In addition to the clubhouse renovations, greenside bunkers on six holes of the golf course were completely renovated and restored.

Phase II of the clubhouse was recently completed and includes renovations to the Taproom Bar and Grille and installation of a new, expanded kitchen with wood stone oven, grill and rotisserie. Two private dining rooms were gutted and refurbished. A prominent new offering is the Atlantic City Country Club Skydeck, an elevated open-air terrace featuring the picturesque golf course and the Atlantic City skyline as a backdrop. The impressive Skydeck provides a myriad of entertainment opportunities not previously available. Phase II of the bunker renovations are currently underway. It is expected that the remaining bunkers will be completed by the end of May 2016, weather permitting.

The Ottinger Family also commissioned the production of four short videos about Atlantic City Country Club and the key players in its long and storied history. Golf legends Arnold Palmer and Nancy Lopez were interviewed as part of the project.  Palmer played the course when stationed as a recruit at the nearby Cape May Coast Guard Station in the early 1950s.  Lopez participated in the 1975 U.S. Women’s Open at Atlantic City Country Club as a 17-year-old amateur.  These videos can be seen as part of the living history tour available on kiosks throughout the property.

According to Liz Norton-Scanga, Director of Marketing, “We are thrilled to be making the announcement that the renovations of this magnificent property are completed or nearing completion.  The grandeur this property once enjoyed has prominently returned. Over the years the clubhouse had lost some of its luster, but these renovations, improvements and additions are nothing short of spectacular.”

Named the #1 public course in the state of New Jersey by Golfweek, Golf Magazine and Golf Digest, Atlantic City Country Club is notably most famous for being hailed as the “Birthplace of the Birdie” and the site of six USGA major championships.  With the acquisition of the prestigious Atlantic City Country Club, the Ottinger Golf Group owns and operates three of the top 10 public golf courses in the state of New Jersey, including Scotland Run Golf Club in Williamstown and Ballamor Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township.
           
The par 70 golf course measures 6,577 yards, with a course rating of 72.3 and slope of 133.  Designed by John Reid in 1897 with renovations through the years by Willie Park Jr (1915), Howard C. Toomey and William S. Flynn (1925) and Tom Doak (1999), the course is situated on the bayside of Atlantic City offering a setting reminiscent of Scotland or Ireland as well as providing amazing views.
           
The early traditions of this seaside links course are still evident today. Finely manicured fairways and large sloping green complexes protected by deep sand bunkers remain the course’s signature just as it did more than a century ago.  Long carries over natural marshland waste areas, nearly 98 sand bunkers strategically placed near landing and greenside areas and water in the form of ponds and salt water marshes also make the course a formidable challenge for any golfer.  Shifting breezes, the distinct scent of saltwater and windswept fescue add more to the total experience.
           
The clubhouse features a fully-stocked golf shop, bar and grill and many banquet room options for meetings, weddings and special events.  Walking into the clubhouse is like taking a trip back in time. Golf history comes alive in this personality packed clubhouse filled with charming character, memorabilia and photos.
           
In addition to hosting six USGA major events, Atlantic City Country Club welcomed many legendary golfers and celebrities through the decades like Sam Snead, Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan and Howard Everitt, among others.  Bob Hope was also an Atlantic City Country Club regular, first becoming acquainted with the club when he worked on the vaudeville circuit.
           
For tee times, rates and more information, individuals may call 609-236-4411.  Reservations may also be made online at www.accountryclub.com.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Cure Putters Hires Veteran PGA Tour Rep Kyle Ulrikson

(Jacksonville, FL) - Cure Putters, "The Fastest Growing Putter on the Champions Tour," announced today that in response to the increased surge of interest in their new line of RX and Classic Series putters from players on the PGA Tour, they've added Kyle Ulrikson to their team as a full time PGA Tour rep.

Ulrikson, who has been working on the PGA Tour since 2010, has long standing relationships with the Players and is excited to represent Cure Putters this season. "Tour Players are looking for anything that will give them a competitive edge. The High MOI Technology and Weight Adjustability of the Cure Putters is unlike anything else out here, and it's proven to be highly effective - Improving the accuracy and distance control of even the highest caliber players", said Ulrikson. "With players at this level, any incremental gain is a big advantage over the course of a tournament and over the course of the season. I really believe in the technology and am very excited to be representing Cure on the PGA Tour."

Cure Putters made its PGA Tour debut in the Dell Match Play event in March and also had putters in play at The Masters and the Zurich Classic. Cure recently recorded Top 10 Finishes in three consecutive events on the LPGA Tour and more and more players are choosing to put a Cure putter in their bag each week. Recently, Cure captured a 2nd Place Finish in the LB: Legends Division of the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf Tournament at Big Cedar Lodge with an RX3 putter in play. With the addition of Kyle Ulrikson, Cure Putters now has full time representation on the PGA Tour as well as the LPGA and Champions Tour.

"The momentum we have on Tour this year is incredible and we're thrilled to welcome Kyle Ulrikson aboard to represent us on the PGA Tour." said Jim McCarthy, CEO of Cure Putters. "Every week we have new players putting a Cure in the bag and we've seen a growing number of players on the LPGA and Champions Tour over the past 2 years. We're thrilled that we are now at a point to have a full time rep on the PGA Tour as well and we know that Kyle has the experience and relationships to do great things out here."

For more information on Cure Putters, visit cureputters.com.