Saturday, February 28, 2015

Low Tide Announces New Putter Release - FLOW (One Person Will Get One for Free)

Limited Production Run - 26 Pieces

(RELEASE) - Low Tide Putters announced the much-anticipated Flow is ready to roll. To kick it off, The company is only going to release 26 pieces to the public.

What you will receive:
* Head Material: 303 Stainless Steel (slightly polished)
* Neck Option: Plumbers neck (welded)
* Head Weight: 350 grams
* Head Cover: Leather from Parloop (New for 2015) - $50 value
* Putting Puck: Our version of a bag tag. Made out of 100% pure stainless steel and the exact diameter of a golf hole. Great for practicing at home or on a crowded putting green - $35 value
* Putter Price: $400 (+ s/h)

With your order, you will get to choose the following:
* Lie angle: 66* / 67* / 68* / 69* / 70* (68* standard)
* Loft: 2* / 3* / 4* (3* standard)
* Length: 33" / 33.5" / 34" / 34.5" / 35" (34" standard)
* Grip: Salty Mid-Plus or Best Grip Major Leaguer
* Alignment Aid: Sight Line or None

Now for the real kicker ... Once they sell out of the initial orders, one will receive the putter and their money back. Yes, a 1-in-26 chance of getting a free putter. Who does that? It's just another way Low Tide would like to say thank you to everyone who has decided to #RollWithUs.

These pre-orders will have an estimated ship date of 4/15. Click HERE to secure your order.

Jack Nicklaus Ice Cream Coming to a Freezer Near You

The Golden Bear has teamed up with Schwan’s Global Supply Chain, Inc., to introduce seven flavors of premium ice cream

(North Palm Beach, Florida) — Fans and competitors of Jack Nicklaus knew he had very few weaknesses in his legendary, record-setting golf career. There is, however, one weakness he confesses to off the course—ice cream—and now he’s giving into it and sharing it with the public.

In a partnership between two great family-owned companies, rooted in the Midwest, comes Jack Nicklaus premium ice cream, manufactured by a division of The Schwan Food Company—the 60-year-old Minnesota-based manufacturer and marketer of fine frozen foods and nationally renowned for its home delivery service.

The new Jack Nicklaus pint-sized ice cream will be available at Winn Dixie, Bi-Lo and Kroger stores in select markets with a suggested retail price of $1.99. The ice cream comes in seven rich and creamy varieties, loaded with real ingredients. Flavors include: Warm Spiced Butter Pecan, Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl, Salted Caramel Toffee, Strawberry Lemonade, Triple Chocolate, Coffee and Donuts, and Homemade Vanilla.

To launch the new business endeavor, Jack Nicklaus teamed up with Schwan’s Global Supply Chain, Inc. (“Schwan”). With a shared commitment to philanthropy, Schwan has become a supporter of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation (nchcf.org). The Foundation’s goal is to provide families access to world-class pediatric healthcare. Beyond the ice cream pilot program in 2015, the Nicklauses hope to tie in other children’s charities to sales of the product.

Between Jack, his wife, Barbara, and Schwan, there was a detailed collaboration to perfect the line.

“It’s no secret that I love ice cream,” Nicklaus confessed. “Needless to say, I have never had so much fun in the research and development of a product. The team at Schwan has a world-class product development center. Together, we have created a variety of flavors—all with real ingredients—for a quality, premium ice cream at a value price.”

The ice cream introduction extends the Nicklaus Companies’ efforts to celebrate the life and lifestyle of Jack Nicklaus by introducing quality consumer products, with a philanthropic tie-in. Among the Nicklaus-branded or licensed products introduced in recent years that benefit children’s charities are water, wine, lemonade, sunglasses, and golf balls.

“Jack’s whole life is synonymous with excellence, family, and charity,” said Nicklaus Companies Co-Chairman Howard Milstein, “and our new collaboration with Schwan embodies all three values in a hand-picked selection of delicious ice cream flavors that also supports children’s healthcare. What could possibly taste better?”

Friday, February 27, 2015

Stacy Lewis Re-Signs w/ Mizuno and Puts JPX-850 Driver in Play

Lewis Adds the JPX-850 Driver to her Bag at the Honda LPGA Thailand

(Norcross, Ga.) – Mizuno, global leader in golf technology and innovation, today announced a multi-year, global contract extension with Stacy Lewis, current No. 3 in the Rolex Rankings. The JPX-850 Driver will see some action at the hands of Lewis, as she added the new 2015 Mizuno Driver to her bag at the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Lewis is the first American in twenty-one years to bring home all three prestigious LPGA season honors – LPGA Rolex Player of the Year, Vare Trophy and Money List Title, and will continue playing the award-winning Mizuno equipment, JPX-850 Forged Irons, JPX-850 Driver, JPX-850 Fairway Woods (3 & 5) and JPX-850 Hybrid (19.0) and MP-T5 wedges, extending her pursuit of excellence with Mizuno.

“After a productive year on tour in 2014, I’m excited to start the 2015 campaign on the right foot by re-signing with Mizuno,” said Lewis. "Throughout my professional career, Mizuno has been my incredibly supportive partner as I have pursued my career goals. 2014 was a very special year but as we begin 2015, I am excited to know that our successful partnership will continue for another 4 years!"

Lewis is poised to build on a banner 2014 LPGA campaign that resulted in wins at the North Texas LPGA Shootout, Shoprite LPGA Classic and the Wal-Mart NW Arkansas Championship. Lewis secured her spot atop the podium at the season-ending Rolex Award reception by earning three wins, eighteen top-10 finishes and led the LPGA in rounds under par. Stacy finished the year No. 3 in the world, No.1 on Tour in birdies, and second in Greens in Regulation.

“Stacy has been an incredible ambassador for our brand, and we are thrilled to see the relationship continue,” said Chuck Couch, Vice President of Product Development, Golf Division, Mizuno USA.  “Stacy’s tireless commitment to her craft is an inspiration to us and many young, aspiring female golfers.  Her ability to overcome adversity embodies what Mizuno looks for in a brand ambassador.”

Lewis re-joins Mizuno’s elite stable of players including Luke Donald and Charles Howell III.  For more information on Stacy and Mizuno’s award-winning products, visit www.mizunogolf.com and follow on Facebook at Mizuno Golf North America or Twitter @Golf_Mizuno.

Gary Player Design's Suzhou Jinji Lake Course Wins Global Best Practice Award

(NEWSLETTER) - Adding to its list of accolades, the Gary Player-designed Suzhou Jinji Lake International Golf Club has been named a winner by the inaugural Global Golf Advisors Institute for Best Practice Excellence Awards.

A delegation of 34 representatives will travel from China to San Antonio, Texas, to join golf industry dignitaries from North America and Europe in a celebration aimed at recognizing excellence in Chinese club management. The awards are the culmination of 12 months of research and analysis coordinated by Global Golf Advisors with 100 of the world’s top clubs from China, North America and Europe.

“We are very proud of our design at Jinji Lake,” said President of Gary Player Design Scott Ferrell. “But good design will not shine if our clients aren’t committed to the best management practices. We are very thankful that the team in Suzhou shares our standards for quality.”

The Gary Player Signature Course located in Suzhou, China, continues to shine nearly 10 years after its opening. The 27-hole course is a creative and unique combination of three different styles of nine-hole layouts. Gary Player’s personal commitment to environmentally sustainable courses is unmatched in the golf course design industry, and he directs and demands his design staff to incorporate eco-friendly practices in all of his courses.

When Gary Player saw the emerging golf market in China, he wanted to set the standard in how a golf course should be designed.

“We take great pride in designing a course in an eco-friendly fashion,” Player said. “Being recognized for our efforts will help us continue to build sustainable courses and uphold our strong commitment to the environment.”

The course is comprised of three very different types of play, which include links, wetlands and forest. The Links Course provides stern challenges with its unique pot bunkers and fairways lined by tall fescue grasses reminiscent of Scotland. The Wetlands Course pleasantly meanders around lakes, rivers and ponds. The Forest Course is set amidst tall and elegant trees, and its high-tech floodlights allow players to enjoy the course day and night.

Managed by IMG, Jinji Lake International Golf Club is located in the Suzhou Industrial Park between Jinji Lake and Dushu Lake. Rob Hill, a partner with Global Golf Advisors EMEA Office and Director of the Institute, said, “Sharing best practices is a key part attributing to the success of any golf business. While it’s important to learn from individual experiences, it can be more effective to learn from the experiences, mistakes and successes of others.”

Silver Creek Valley CC Announces Major Improvements and New GM

Renovation plans Include Golf Course, Clubhouse and Other Facility Upgrades

(San Jose, Calif.) – Silver Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose, Calif., is moving closer to achieving its goal of being recognized among the leading private clubs in the country with the announcement of new details behind its multimillion dollar improvement plan and the selection of the club’s new General Manager and Chief Operating Officer.

Silver Creek Valley Country Club’s improvement plan will inject $5.1 million in facility refurbishments and upgrades into the 22-year-old club. A major focus of the improvement plan will be the 34,000-square-foot clubhouse, which will receive new carpet, furnishings, tile work, dining area enhancements and locker room renovations. The improvement plan work has begun as of January 2015 and is slated to conclude before the year ends.  Now that its members have voted the plan into reality, Silver Creek stands poised to offer its 900 members a level of experience beyond compare in the greater San Jose area.

In line with the exciting enhancement project is the appointment of Barrett Eiselman, CCM as the club’s new General Manager and Chief Operating Officer. Eiselman’s career in private clubs spans more than 25 years including a successful tenure at Blackhawk Country Club in Danville, Calif., as well as with Troon where he was a successful executive with the company from 2001 through 2008. During his time with Troon, Eiselman was instrumental in founding the company’s private club operating division called Troon Privé.

“These are exciting times at Silver Creek Valley Country Club,” stated Eiselman. “I am thrilled at the opportunity to contribute to the club’s long-established reputation and am confident we have the right plan in place to bring the member experience to new levels.”

Further improvements to the The Silver Creek golf experience also includes a 24-bay Turf Hound hitting mat area on the top tier of the driving range. General course aesthetics will also be improved as forty acres of relatively out-of-play, yet still maintained turf will transition to fescue grass areas.  The fescue is a native turf blend that grows well with less water.

Nick Checklenis, golf course superintendent, said, "When our course was redesigned in 2002 by architect Mike Strantz, his vision was more native turf and less mowed surface.  Mike passed away before his time, but we know he would have been pleased that we're completing his work with this project."

Other improvements rounding out the project are a new swimming deck surface and pool interior plaster, new high-efficiency pool heater, new HVAC system throughout the main clubhouse, sports-area locker room facelifts, and new paint throughout all club areas.

Club president Mike LaBarbera said, "This Plan is a culmination of more than three years of work.  Surveys, focus groups, committees and board work have all gone into multiple versions of the plan, and we feel that we've balanced the right mix of improvements and refurbishments to our golf, sports and dining facilities."

Silver Creek Valley Country Club is San Jose’s largest and most striking private golf and country club.  Situated atop hills overlooking the golf course, lakeside waterfalls, and the Evergreen and Silicon Valleys, the 34,000 square-foot clubhouse is a site perfectly suited for weddings, corporate events and social gatherings.

For more information on Silver Creek Valley Country Club, visit www.scvcc.com

Nike Golf Tells Golfers to Embrace Change

Nike Golf’s new TV spot features Nike athletes Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Michelle Wie, Charles Barkley and Bo Jackson

(RELEASE) - Nike Golf takes a humorous look at the factors golfers of all skill levels face when deciding to change their driver. Centered on the new Nike Vapor drivers, the 30-second television spot highlights the resistance to change and the process of constant improvement. Five Nike athletes – Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Michelle Wie, Charles Barkley and Bo Jackson – appear in the spot while comedian Keegan-Michael Key provides the voiceover. When each athlete is asked about changing their driver, Key reminds them there is reason to upgrade, even if they have already achieved major success.

“'There’s always better’ is a very true statement,” McIlroy says. “It isn’t just in golf or in sports, it’s in anything. You can always get better, you can always improve.”

Athletes across each of the professional tours are playing the Nike Vapor drivers. A blend of three key technologies help improve golfers’ games:
* Nike’s new FlyBeam reinforced Covert Cavity Back design stiffens the back of the club
* A re-engineered Compression Channel accentuates the spring-like effect across the face to return energy to the golf ball
* FlexLoft 2 allows the athlete the functionality of five lofts and three face angles within 15 different settings

AVAILABILITY
The clubs are currently available on nike.com and select retailers. The spot will air Feb. 26 on Golf Channel and Feb. 28 on ESPN.

KemperSports to Manage Mount Vintage Plantation

Semi-Private Club Remains Centerpiece of Community

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – KemperSports announced today that it has been selected to manage Mount Vintage Plantation in North Augusta, South Carolina. The Club, which serves as the centerpiece of an expansive Mount Vintage Plantation community, is located just a short drive from Augusta National – home of The Masters.

The Club includes 27 holes of golf including the Chester Nine, Vintage Nine and Independent Nine all designed by Tom Jackson. All three routings deliver a unique golf experience while implementing the best use of the native topography and elevation changes. The Chester and Vintage routings were built in 2000 while the Independent was added in 2008 – giving the club 27 of the finest golf holes in the region.

The golf course, which hosted the LPGA’s Asahi Ryokuken International Championship from 2001 to 2004, was ranked No. 1 in the Midlands Region in 2009, 2011 and 2013 by the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel.

In addition to award-winning golf, the club includes a well-appointed clubhouse with multiple dining options and men’s and women’s locker rooms.

“KemperSports has the experience that we were looking for in a partner,” said Brad Hailey.  “We are confident that this partnership with KemperSports will benefit the club and its’ members.”

KemperSports will be tasked with enhancing the member experience through implementation of staff training programs, enhanced member social programming and consistency and quality of service.

“We look forward to working with our team to improve member and guest service levels,” said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner. “Working with the ownership group our goal will be to maintain superb course conditions and grow the Club’s programming.”

For more information on Mount Vintage Plantation, visit www.mountvintageplantation.com.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Rickie Fowler, COBRA Golf Announce $10,000 #MOVINGDAY Sweepstakes - Fans Can Enter to Win

Golfers Have the Chance to Win $10,000 Every Saturday if Rickie Fowler Tops the Leaderboard at PGA Tour Events this Season 

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – COBRA Golf announced the launch of ‘#MOVINGDAY’, a season-long promotion that will follow Rickie Fowler’s success on Saturday’s, referred to on Tour as Moving Day.  To celebrate COBRA’s #MOVINGDAY campaign, COBRA GOLF is giving fans the chance to win $10,000 every time Fowler is number one on the leaderboard at a PGA TOUR event for the 2015 season between the Honda Classic, and the end of the Fedex Cup Playoffs.

If Fowler tops the leaderboard on a Saturday, fans can visit: www.cobragolf.com/movingday and enter to be one of the lucky, $10,000 grand prize winners.

"To celebrate and thank the thousands of fans who follow Rickie on Tour every week, we're offering a unique chance to win $10,000 every time he tops the leaderboard on Saturday so they too can experience the thrill and excitement of being in contention," said Ian Barrett, Director of Marketing for COBRA Golf. “This campaign highlights the confidence that Rickie displays with COBRA clubs in this bag."

In support of #MOVINGDAY, Fowler, a COBRA PUMA GOLF athlete, will also wear COBRA Golf headwear every Saturday.

To enter the contest, or for more information and complete terms and conditions, visit cobragolf.com/movingday and follow @COBRAGolf on twitter and join the conversation using #MOVINGDAY.

David Leadbetter's Four Tips for Choosing Sunglasses to Enhance Your Golf Game

(NEWSLETTER) - David Leadbetter is an internationally recognized expert in golf training and he knows how to be successful as an amateur or a professional. David has a strong belief that golfers of all ages should do everything possible to protect their health when on the golf course. That means stretching before playing, wearing sunscreen and wearing the right sunglasses.

Recently, David Leadbetter was asked what sunglasses he felt were ideal for golfers around the world and he recommends the Callaway line of eyewear with Neox technology. In a recent discussion about Callaway's line of eyewear, David Leadbetter gave his four tips for choosing the sunglasses that will fit your game perfectly.

1. Choose sunglasses that you will wear all of the time
"These are so comfortable and easy to use that I forget that I am wearing them," David Leadbetter recently commented on Callaway eyewear. It is extremely important that golfers get into the habit of leaving their sunglasses for the entire time they are in the sun. In the same way that sunscreen protects the golfer's skin; Callaway sunglasses will protect the eyes from the sun's rays.

2. Choose sunglasses featuring the latest advancements
The Neox technology in the Callaway line of sunglasses creates a field of vision that looks, as David Leadbetter puts it, "like a high definition television." Instead of darkening the field of vision, these specially designed lenses filter the sun's rays and create a clear picture of what the golfer faces. With the Callaway glasses, the golfer will see every hazard, every dogleg and every sand trap that stands in their way. As David Leadbetter said, the transition lenses are "one step up in the evolution of lens technology and offer subtle, but noticeable, advantages."

Callaway also offers the Neox line of golfer sunglasses with transition technology as well. These are intelligent lenses that automatically adjust to the sun's rays to make sure that the field of vision is always clear. The Callaway glasses protect a golfer's eyes from long-term damage, while offering the kind of precise definition that a golfer needs to make each shot count.

3. Choose sunglasses made specifically for golfers
Standard sunglasses work in most situations because they darken the field of view and reduce glare. But when you are out on the golf course, you cannot have your field of view darkened because you need to see every hazard and challenge in your way. That is another reason why David Leadbetter recommends the Callaway line of eyewear.

"These new glasses make everything look like a high-definition television," David commented. The technology behind the Callaway lenses  filters out sun and leaves a clear, crisp image behind. These are sunglasses made specifically for golfers and that is why the Callaway eyewear is the ideal solution for the weekend golfer, the active amateur or the touring professional.

4. Choose sunglasses that fit your style
David Leadbetter feels it is important to know that choosing the right sunglasses is "more than just fashion, it is about health as well." But in this day and age of the young golfers making their impact on the game, fashion and style do matter. That is why the Callaway line of eyewear comes in a variety of designs and styles that will fit your personal tastes. No matter what kind of statement you are looking to make on the course, the Callaway line of eyewear has the look that you need.

World-renowned golf instructor David Leadbetter has said a great deal about the Callaway line of eyewear. But the bottom line is that Callaway offers a product that will protect the health of a golfer, improve the golfer's game and give the golfer an advantage over the competition. When it comes right down to it, those are the real reasons why David Leadbetter recommends that you get a pair of Callaway Neox sunglasses today.

Courtyards, Corridors, and Crannies: Uncovering the Secrets of Carmel-by-the-Sea

(CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif.) – Carmel-by-the-Sea was recently voted the “No. 2 Best Small City in the U.S.” by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Maybe it would have been No. 1 if the readers had been able to find all the secret passageways and courtyards hidden throughout this charming coastal village.

According to the official travel website — www.CarmelCalifornia.com — there are more than 40 courtyards and outdoor covered walkways tucked around town, each comprehensively documented with photographs and historical accounts on the site (click on the “Explore” tab).

But it’s quite possible that visitors staying at one of Carmel’s charming village inns will uncover a few “hidden” nooks and crannies that even the local residents don’t know exist.

Carmel’s courtyards debuted nearly 100 years ago, when noted architect Hugh Comstock built his fairy-tale houses and shops. All the passageways and courtyards boast their own distinct personality and flair, many featuring unique shops, galleries, and restaurants awaiting discovery by visitors (not to mention curious locals).

A quick tour of some of the courtyard or passageway highlights includes:
* Pine Inn.  The Pine Inn, designed and built by M.J. Murphy, opened July 4, 1903 and quickly became the central hotel for Carmel.  Accessible from Ocean Avenue or Mission Street, there has long been a fine selection of shops on the terrace, including Fourtané Jewelers since 1950.
* Su Vecino.  The courtyard's name reflects the neighborly community of Carmel and grew up around the terrace of Su Vecino's Mexican restaurant that opened in the 1950s.  Much later, the restaurant was home to the serape worn by Clint Eastwood (Carmel mayor, 1986-88) in the famous 1966 film, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”  Another local favorite, Jack London’s Bar & Grill relocated from San Carlos Square to this spot in 2001.  Author of “The Call of the Wild,” London often visited his bohemian friends in early Carmel.
* Eastwood Building.  Eastwood constructed the redwood-sided building in the mid-1980s, with the courtyard looking down upon the Hog’s Breath Inn (a restaurant he opened in 1992 along with Walter Becker). Today, the passageway offers a nice view down to the Hog’s Breath patio.
* Jordon Center (The McFarland Center).  The McFarland Center was built in 1977 on the site of an early service station.  Inspired by English Tudor architecture (1485-1603), this collection of shops and businesses offer another angled shortcut from Mission Street to Sixth Avenue — directly across from the fire station.  Grasing's Coastal Cuisine restaurant, on the corner, has an award-winning reputation as well as a cozy pet-friendly patio.
* Court of the Golden Bough.  Hailed as “A Bit of Old Europe,” this courtyard is considered Carmel's first shopping center.  Former Los Angeles attorney, Edward Kuster, fulfilled a dream when in 1923 he built the Theatre of the Golden Bough.  In 1923, Kuster moved a unique, curlicue-roofed building from Ocean and Monte Verde (well known today as The Cottage of Sweets store) to be a fanciful ticket booth for his new Golden Bough Playhouse.  Meandering through the winding passageways and stairs here may serve as a reminder of an early scene from Eastwood's 1971 film, “Play Misty for Me.”
* Doud Arcade.  Completed in 1961, the arcade provides an interesting stroll from its Ocean Avenue entrance to San Carlos Street. Originally it housed local craft studios and small shops.  The artisan feeling remains today, especially in the central interior courtyard with its red tile floor.
* Hampton Court.  Jewelry, art, and real estate – a longtime Carmel combination – all are situated in this intriguing modern interpretation of a half-timber Tudor street with stunning handcrafted finishes.  Nancy Dodds Gallery hosts contemporary and plein air artists, while Alan Bienenfeld Fine Jewelry has been at home here since 1976.  Visitors mustn’t miss the brick stairs leading to a small balcony where a great view of interesting Carmel rooftops awaits.
* Carmel Square.  Situated next to Nielsen Brothers Market, a family-run business since 1935, the square, with its white buildings and blue trim, offers a feel of old European country cottages.  Home to a local watering hole, stores and galleries – stained glass and photography – the court ends at Wells Fargo Bank’s parking lot where stairs lead to the Court of Fountains.
* Court of the Fountains.  On the former site of the Loma Prieta lumberyard, this rose-filled court is one of Carmel's most impressive commercial experiences.  The brick buildings and courtyard with the copper-roofed gazebo were built in the early 1960s and the fountains are a beautiful addition to one of Carmel's finest restaurants – Anton & Michel – offering an elegant and romantic setting and delicious cuisine since 1980.  Not to be missed: the arched doorway and stairs leading to Seventh Avenue, as well as the small passageway to Carmel Square.

It’s never been easier to get to Carmel-by-the-Sea by air, as Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) is just a 10-minute drive.  Convenient direct flights are available to and from San Francisco (SFO, United Express), Los Angeles (LAX, American Eagle/United Express), Las Vegas (LAS, Allegiant Air), and Phoenix (PHX, U.S. Airways), as well as newly added San Diego (SAN, Alaska Airlines).  Moreover, San Jose International Airport (SJC) is an easy 75-mile drive from the north.

The Carmel Hospitality Improvement District – a joint organization of the City of Carmel, Carmel Chamber of Commerce and Carmel Innkeepers Association – is working to promote the village’s abundant attractions, events, and stunning seaside location.  From its incomparable white-sand beach to many choices of distinctive meeting venues, lodging properties, restaurants, shops and galleries, Carmel-by-the-Sea has everything visitors seek.

For more information, visit CarmelCalifornia.com.

Nexbelt 'The Belt With No Holes' Partners with Tennessee PGA

(RANCHO CUCAMONGA) - Nexbelt, "The Belt With No Holes" announced that they have partnered with the Tennessee Section of the PGA of America (TPGA) for 2015. As a TPGA Silver Level Sponsor, Nexbelt will be a Presenting Sponsor of the TPGA Pro-Official Championship held April 20, 2015 at The Golf Club of Tennessee as well as the TPGA Challenge Cup Matches scheduled for October 16-18, 2015 at Stonehenge Golf Club.

Nexbelt will be promoted on the TPGA website (www.tennpga.com) and on all of the marketing materials for the sponsored events and will also be supplying custom TPGA golf series belts for the participants.

"We're very excited to be partnering with the Tennessee PGA this year," said Eddie Rowland, Co-Founder of Nexbelt. "It's a great way to expose our brand to the 500 PGA Professionals and Apprentices who make up the organization. Strategic partnerships like this one with the TPGA are instrumental in continuing the growth and success of the Nexbelt brand in the golf industry."

Known for its innovative technology, Nexbelt's Go In! Golf Series of belts feature a unique ratcheting system called PreciseFit that allows the wearer to adjust his or her belt in quarter-inch increments, providing the best fit, feel and fashion available, as well as the convenience of a hidden ball marker located behind the face of the belt.

Nexbelt's DRIVE Vision....
Deliver what we Promise with Integrity.
Retain the Human touch
Invest in Good People generously.
Value our Customers Unconditionally.
Embrace Change with Innovation.

For more information about Nexbelt, visit www.Nexbelt.com.

TGA Premier Junior Golf Franchise Acquired in Denver by PGA Professional

Kevin Carlson, PGA, will expand and grow the TGA Chapter in Arapahoe County

(Denver, CO) – Kevin Carlson, a PGA member and professional golf coach at Fitzsimons Golf Course near Denver, has acquired the TGA Premier Junior Golf (TGA) Chapter in Arapahoe County.

“I am excited to combine my training as a PGA Professional with TGA’s infrastructure to grow golf and build equity in a business,” Carlson said. “We already have a solid foundation in over 20 schools in Arapahoe County and the potential growth is significant with more than 100 schools in the community. The opportunity to add TGA to my business, impact youth in my community and grow the game is very rewarding.”

Carlson, who has an MBA from Florida International University, has been a PGA member since 2000. TGA is the leading golf industry program that is successfully creating and bringing new golfers ages 3-13 and 25-45 into the sport with 65% of its participants having never played golf before.

“The economics of PGA professionals have changed over the last 20-years,” Carlson said. “We no longer own golf shops or get percentages of carts, and in some cases we are earning less income. The TGA model has created an excellent business opportunity and pathway for us to develop future customers in our marketplace.”

Carlson and his TGA Chapter will impact thousands of youth annually by introducing the game at elementary and middle schools, child care centers and community organizations in the Cherry Creek, Littleton, and Aurora school districts. In addition, he will transition students and families from schools and community centers to local golf courses through camp programs, clinics, play days and parent junior events creating new golfers and generating revenue and rounds for the golf facilities.

“It is exciting to have a PGA professional with Kevin’s passion, experience and business schooling join the TGA family of Chapter owners,” said Joshua Jacobs, TGA’s founder and CEO. “He has a great opportunity to own and grow an asset that increases participation and drives revenue and rounds to facilities.”

For more information about TGA Premier Junior Golf, visit www.playtga.com or follow @TGAJuniorGolf on Twitter.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Leupold Introduces New GX-1i2 Golf Rangefinder

(BEAVERTON, Ore.) — Leupold has drawn on more than 100 years of experience in optics and surveying to deliver the new GX-1i2 rangefinder. The GX-1i2 is designed for customization to the individual golfer’s needs.

The GX-1i2 features Leupold’s exclusive PinHunter 2 Laser Technology, has seven selectable aiming reticles, utilizes cutting edge micro-processing circuitry, and uses an advanced infrared laser to accurately and consistently hunt down the pin against virtually any background.

“The more powerful GX-1i2 offers golfers the ability to customize their on-course experience,” said Tim Lesser, director of product development for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “The upgraded mechanics and exclusive technology can help shave both time and strokes off the game for golfers of any experience level.”

The GX-1i2 includes updated Prism Lock Technology, which delivers unmatched accuracy by using highly reflective prisms already incorporated into many course features and pins to obtain a high intensity return to the rangefinder. With Prism Lock, golfers can be assured distance measurements are exact.

Other key GX-1i2 features include a high-contract LCD display, measurements in both yards and meters, and DNA engine for instant measurements and a high degree of accuracy. Diehard golfers will also appreciate the exclusive Fog Mode, which provides fast, accurate distance measurements, even in the worst conditions.

Rugged, compact, waterproof and tournament legal, the GX-1i2 has 6X magnification and can range up to 800 yards. The GX-1i2 is now available and has a suggested retail price of $299.99.

For more information on GX-1i2 features, pricing and dealer location, go to www.leupold.com/golf or call 1-800-LEUPOLD.

Join the discussion on Facebook, www.facebook.com/LeupoldOptics, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LeupoldOptics and on Instagram at http://instagram.com/leupoldoptics.

Sunice Names New Director of Product Creation

(Montreal, Canada) -  Conrad Tappert, President of Sunice, is pleased to announce that Anita Sanchez will rejoin Sunice as Director of Product Creation. Anita will renew her journey with Sunice effective February 25, 2015 and will report directly to Tappert.

As Director of Product Creation, Sanchez will oversee the Merchandising, Design, and Development teams for Sunice Golf, and will support Grace Galdi, Vice President of Design, on Sunice Snow.

Anita Sanchez  joins Sunice with more than 20 years of industry experience in various product management roles within the apparel industry and an impressive 10 years of experience with the Sunice brand from 2002-2012.

"I am excited to have Anita rejoin us," said Tappert. "She is a great merchant, has strong leadership and organizational skills, and will be a great cultural fit with our existing team to lead our product creation process and continue to deliver industry relevant leading edge products."

Hilton Head Golf Island Announces Golf Course, Resort Enhancements

Destination Hits the Road for Golf Shows in Toronto, Chicago, Boston and More

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) – One of the world’s greatest golf destinations just keeps getting better. Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI) – a collection of 31 of the Lowcountry’s premier golf courses – will shine this spring following a series of enhancements to its courses and resort amenities.

Ranked in the top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including “Best Courses” and “Best Weather,” Hilton Head is the ideal place for golfers to kick-off the spring season. This year’s additions to various resorts include:
* The Sea Pines Resort -- The results of its $55 million capital investment project include the new 26,000 square-foot Harbour Town Clubhouse opening in March, and recently completed Sea Pines Beach Club and Plantation Golf Club. This summer, Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage, will be re-grassed and a state-of-the-art irrigation system will be installed. In October, Love Golf Design, the course architecture firm founded and headed by PGA TOUR star Davis Love III and his brother Mark, will begin a complete renovation its historic Ocean Course.

* Palmetto Dunes -- New golf bikes – equipped with golf bags flanking the rear tires -- will arrive in March. Experience the Visage GPS system at the famed Robert Trent Jones course. USB ports for charging mobile devices have also been installed in the new golf carts at the Arthur Hills course.

* The Heritage Golf Collection -- The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa and the Sonesta Resort each recently received $30 million in renovations. The two upscale beachfront resorts are top hotel choices for guests who enjoy playing at the seven Heritage Golf Collection courses on Hilton Head Island. A re-grassing project at the Robert Cupp course at Palmetto Hall Plantation Club was also completed in September 2014.

Previews of the new enhancements, golf package getaways and representatives from Hilton Head Golf Island will be available at the following golf shows:
* Chicago Golf Show, Feb. 27 - March 1 at Stephens Convention Center
* Boston National Golf Expo, Feb. 27 - March 1 at Seaport World Trade Center
* Michigan Golf Show, March 6 – 8 at the Suburban Collection Showplace
* Pittsburgh Golf Show, March 13 - 15, 2015 at Monroeville Convention Center

For more information about the shows above, please contact the Lowcountry Golf Course Owner’s Association at 843.384.5342.

For additional information: www.HiltonHeadGolfIsland.com, 800.523.3373.

Galvin Green Launches Golf-Specific ‘Dress for the Weather’ App

(Växjö, Sweden) – Galvin Green – the world’s leading maker of functional golf clothing for serious players and the No. 1 global golf partner of GORE-TEX – has launched ‘Dress for the Weather,’ a free app combining course-specific forecasts with advice on optimum attire for any playing condition.

Offered on the App Store or Google Play, ‘Dress for the Weather’ allows golfers to choose from thousands of courses in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Europe. It then provides detailed five-day forecasts and recommends the ideal layering solution for expected levels of precipitation, temperature and wind speed. A brief demo video is available at vimeo.com/118823848.

“We’re constantly exploring ways to add more value to the experience of our customers in connection with the Multi-Layer Concept we pioneered,” says Nicholai Stein, Brand Manager of Galvin Green. “Facing desert heat, howling Scottish winds or anything in between, golfers can stay ahead of the competition by choosing the proper outfit.”

Aligned with premiere of Galvin Green’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection, the app also lets player’s challenge their friends to a match, locate the nearest stockist and stay updated with the latest brand news.

Based in Sweden, Galvin Green developed the Multi-Layer Concept – golf’s first apparel layering system – more than a decade ago. This distinctive approach uses leading-edge fabric technologies to ensure the dry comfort, thermal regulation and outer protection that helps players optimize performance. Details on this and other elements of the company’s “We Never Compromise” approach can be found at the new GalvinGreen.com.

Black Mountain becomes European Tour Destination

(RELEASE) - Black Mountain Golf Club, the stunning resort which was the host and presenting partner of the hugely successful recent True Thailand Classic, has been announced as the tenth European Tour Destination, continuing European Tour Properties’ growth outside Europe.

In late 2013, Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai became the first Middle East Destination in the world class network of member venues, and the expansion has continued into South-East Asia with this agreement with Black Mountain, which will benefit from European Tour Properties’ focused, year-long sales, marketing and operational support.

The Hua Hin-based resort opened in 2007 and quickly earned a reputation as the best golf course in Thailand, winning numerous international awards including Golf Monthly’s Best Course in Asia Pacific in 2014.

It is the only Thai course to be named in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses (outside the United States), and hosted three Asian Tour events before agreeing to be the home of the co-sanctioned Thailand Classic on The European Tour International Schedule until 2017. Indeed, Black Mountain played a significant part in bringing The European Tour back to Thailand for the first time since 2007.

The inaugural edition, played in the second week of February 2015 and won by Australian Andrew Dodt, earned rave reviews, particularly for the Phil Ryan-designed par-72 layout and its high-quality greens.

Complementing the course is a range of world class facilities to complete the package, including a modern clubhouse, a five-star spa, a superb restaurant and excellent practice areas as well as a truly spectacular par three course which features water on every hole.

So good are the facilities that a number of European Tour players make Black Mountain their winter home for off-season training and preparation, including Thailand’s most successful player, Thongchai Jaidee, his compatriot Prom Meesawat and Swedes Johan Edfors, Rikard Karlberg and Alex Noren.

Accommodation options range from luxury pool villas to stylish apartments, and extensive building plans are underway to add a choice of large and luxurious course-side villas and townhouses, all available for purchase. Land plots are also available adjacent to the par-three course or along the ninth hole of the Championship course, with bespoke design and specifications.

David MacLaren, Director of Property & Venue Development at The European Tour, said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Black Mountain as our latest European Tour Destination and our fourteenth member venue. Black Mountain joins a network of world class venues that includes outstanding facilities in Europe, the Middle East and now Asia.

“We offer our partner venues a high level of sales, marketing and operational support, and for the venues themselves, their members and guests can enjoy the benefits of reciprocal arrangements across the world. The True Thailand Classic, which was staged last week in conjunction with our partners from the Asian Tour, was a huge success and showed the golfing world what an outstanding golf destination Black Mountain is.”

Harald Elisson, Managing Director of Black Mountain Golf Club, said: “Black Mountain is delighted to join the European Tour Properties portfolio. It is an honour to become part of such a prestigious group of European Tour championship golf resorts in Europe and the Middle East and to become the first member in Asia.”

“Having just hosted the inaugural and highly successful True Thailand Classic, Black Mountain's profile as a world-class golf destination has been considerably enhanced and we look forward to working closely with European Tour Properties to become even better known in the future.”

For further information please visit www.blackmountainhuahin.com.

Bobby Jones Spring 2015 '1930 Collection' Blends Quality, Style to Honor Grand Slam Accomplishment

Bobby Jones ‘1930’ Luxury Lifestyle Line Sets a New Standard in Class and Comfort

(Atlanta, GA) - Bobby Jones, the leading purveyor of authentic luxury golf products for more than a quarter century, today unveiled its Spring 2015 1930 Collection for men. The collection blends stunning style with impeccable quality to deliver the ultimate in men’s off-course apparel. The 1930 Collection offers wearers polos, woven shirts, sweaters, jackets, and trousers with top-of-the-line craftsmanship in a variety of striking colors and patterns that befit any connoisseur of excellence and comfort.

The Bobby Jones brand prioritizes luxurious sophistication and impeccable style in its 1930 Collection to pay homage to its namesake’s legendary calendar year golf Grand Slam.

The core of the 1930 Collection is its assortment of captivating polos and woven shirts. Each piece is crafted with magnificent materials ranging from luxurious Peruvian Pima cotton to fine linen to double mercerized Egyptian cotton. The selection features:
· Soft pastel polos in stripe patterns available in shades of island pink, mint, or pacific blue, or the captivating light blue patchwork design (MSRP $125)
· Winsome plaid spread collar shirts available in jute, light blue, multi, purple, and teal hues (MSRP $125-165)
· Classic 1-piece collar shirts available in light blue, purple, summer navy dots, teal, and white (MSRP $165)

For cooler spring evenings, the 1930 Collection offers several eye-catching layering items. The Luxe Cable Crew Neck Sweater (70% cashmere/30% linen; MSRP $895) is timeless, attractive, and available in feather grey, island pink, mint, pacific blue, and pale purple. The linen Luxe Fairisle V-neck Vest (MSRP $195) emanates class, comes in a pleasing light sand pattern, and is appropriate for almost any spring ensemble.

The 1930 Collection pant options provide a perfect complement to the collections’ best-in-class tops. The lively Oxford Embroidered Trouser (100% cotton; MSRP $185) is available in khaki and Oxford blue, and shows an appreciation for Southern culture and charm with attention-grabbing embroidered bowties. The Luxury Twill Pant (94% cotton/6% cashmere; MSRP $325), offered in khaki and white color options combines comfort, class and versatility providing a beautiful staple piece for any gentleman’s spring wardrobe.

“Our elegant 1930 Collection is an appropriate homage to all Mr. Jones achieved in his impressive careers on and off the course,” said Andy Bell, President/CEO of Jones Global Sports. “The pieces have all been designed to provide men of great tastes with sophisticated looks that Mr. Jones would have proudly worn for a variety of occasions today. The Bobby Jones brand has long been praised for its distinguished style, impeccable quality and unparalleled attention to detail, and this line takes those attributes to a new level.”

The entire 1930 Collection will be available at retail beginning March 15.

For more than a quarter century, Bobby Jones has provided luxury men’s and women’s sportswear, including polo shirts, button downs, shorts, slacks and sweaters/knits to demanding consumers looking to exude a classy, cool confidence on and off the course.  The Bobby Jones brand can be found at the finest golf clubs, resorts and haberdasheries in the world.  For more information on the Bobby Jones brand, visit www.bobbyjones.com.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

TaylorMade Golf Company Funds Hack to Jack Golf Reality Show through HackGolf Initiative

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – TaylorMade Golf Company announced today the selection of the Hack to Jack golf reality show as their initial supported initiative for HackGolf.

TaylorMade Golf Company, with support of the PGA of America, launched the HackGolf initiative last January to help make golf more fun and grow global interest and participation in the game. By the selection of the Hack to Jack Reality Show, HackGolf has officially begun supporting initiatives targeted toward achieving these goals.

“Of more than 1,700 ideas submitted last year on HackGolf.org, the Hack to Jack golf reality show concept received the most votes, social media engagement and support from the HackGolf community,” said Ben Sharpe, CEO of TaylorMade Golf Company. “We are excited to help advance this unique golf reality show concept and see it as a global platform for testing many of the ideas that people from around the world have contributed to help make golf more fun.”

“It was really an experiment to see what would happen if we gave average golfers a chance to be on a local golf reality show,” said creator and Executive Producer Kevin Unterreiner. “People loved the idea of improving their game & fitness by doing fun skills challenges and on-course games.”

Unterreiner, who came up with the idea while sitting on his couch scanning through reality shows on his family’s DVR, is no stranger to the golf community, having run over 1,000 golf events since 1998.

“When we passed two million views in only 12 weeks, I knew we were on to something and quickly realized that a reality show opportunity that average golfers could be a part of might be the next big thing in golf,” says Kevin Unterreiner.

In their first season last summer, the Hack to Jack show chose 20 finalists who completed a 12 week program of golf instruction, fitness training, golf skills challenges and never-before seen on-course contests.

The Hack to Jack show plans to launch local golf reality shows in cities all across the world and create a global community of passionate golfers who enjoy gathering and playing golf in a non-intimidating and fun environment.

Filming for Season 2 begins in March. To apply to be a contestant on an upcoming season, participate in local Hack to Jack events, or to submit your product or service to be featured in upcoming episodes, go to www.HackToJack.com.

Tour Edge Joins Traveling Golfer as Official Equipment Sponsor

(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) - Tour Edge Golf, an American-owned golf company based in Batavia, Illinois, has signed an agreement to become the Official Equipment Sponsor of the award-winning Traveling Golfer television show.

The announcement was made public in a joint statement by David Glod, president and founder of Tour Edge Golf, and Traveling Golfer host Tony Leodora. The one-year agreement outlined a number of areas of involvement for Tour Edge - including creation of "Tech Talk" segments on the show, with Glod explaining technology issues in the research and development of golf clubs. Tour Edge also will have a strategic placement on the show's website, www.travelinggolfervideo.com. In addition, Leodora will play Tour Edge golf clubs throughout the monthly episodes of the show that travels the globe in an effort to bring the most interesting golf destinations to its viewers.
   
"We saw this as a good opportunity to gain exposure to the avid golfers who are part of a rapidly growing audience," said Glod. "There is a good symmetry between our products and the show."
   
The main area of similarity comes in the fact that both Tour Edge and Traveling Golfer have been on a fast growth track in recent years.
   
Headquartered in the suburbs of Chicago, Tour Edge was founded in 1986 by David Glod, a former golf professional. As a young entrepreneur, Glod truly believed there was an opportunity in the golf industry to provide a high-quality product at an affordable price. He designed his first club in 1987 and never looked back.
   
Today, Tour Edge maintains the same focus, providing golfers with premium quality golf equipment that is affordable. The company has become a top-10 manufacturer in every club category.
   
"I have known Dave Glod almost from his beginning days with Tour Edge," explained Leodora. "His company is a prime example of the American principles of ingenuity and hard work. There couldn't have been a better match for our Traveling Golfer show and I am extremely proud to be associated with Tour Edge. We will be able to show off quality equipment, backed by cutting edge technology."
   
The announcement of Tour Edge as Official Equipment Sponsor coincides with the start of the third season of Traveling Golfer on the air. Responding to golfers' never-ending demands to learn more about interesting golf courses and golf resorts across the country and around the world, Traveling Golfer was created by the well-traveled Leodora so he could take viewers on video golf trips to interesting golf locations. The show, produced and directed by Jamie McWilliams, won a first place award for golf television in the prestigious International Network of Golf Media Awards at the PGA Merchandise Show in January.
   
The Traveling Golfer appears as a series of monthly shows hosted by Leodora, who has 15 years of experience in televised golf shows. The featured destination stays on a network of websites for one month, before being replaced by a new show. The old shows are archived for continued viewing on the home website, www.travelinggolfervideo.com and through the show's YouTube network. A list of all hosting websites appears on the home website. Exposure across the country and to 15 foreign countries comes via The Golf Director Network, at www.thegolfdirector.com.
   
The Traveling Golfer show airs multiple times each month on Comcast SportsNet, in the Philadelphia and Washington D.C. markets, as part of the Inside Golf television show. It is also carried on Ch. 4 in the Myrtle Beach market by the Press Box television show.

For more information about the Traveling Golfer show, contact TL Golf Services at 610-279-9220 or go to the website at www.travelinggolfervideo.com. For more information on the Inside Golf television show, go to www.insidegolf.net.

Anirban Lahiri Clinches Second European Tour Title in Three Weeks

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) - Srixon and Cleveland Golf congratulate staffer Anirban Lahiri for his victory Sunday at the 2015 Hero Indian Open, held at the Delhi Club in New Delhi, India.  The victory was Lahiri’s second European Tour victory in the last three weeks and comes just three months after his successful completion of Qualifying School for the European Tour.  Lahiri, a 27-year-old native of India, began Sunday’s final round seven shots off the lead, but his final round score of 69 forced extra holes, where he was able to clinch victory with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

“Hopefully I’ll have more days like this in my career, but for now I’m just going to enjoy the moment,” said Lahiri.  “Every Indian golfer puts winning the Indian Open on their bucket list, but not many get the chance to actually tick it off. I couldn’t have asked for a better day.”

Lahiri currently plays Srixon’s new 4th generation Z STAR XV golf ball with Spin Skin technology, Srixon Z Series irons, a Cleveland 588 Tour Action wedge (53°), and a Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 CB wedge (60°).  Lahiri also wears a Srixon glove and carries a Srixon bag.

Sunday’s win at the Hero Indian Open, coupled with his victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open just three weeks earlier, has solidified Lahiri’s place in the top 50 of the world rankings and has effectively secured his Masters debut in April.

For more information on Anirban Lahiri and his Journey to Better, visit: www.anirbanlahiri.com.

For additional information on Srixon, Cleveland Golf, and XXIO products or their staff players, visit: www.srixon.com, www.clevelandgolf.com, and www.xxiousa.com.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Learn More about VPAR Live Golf Scoring

What do you know about VPAR? Essentially, it's a live scoring service.

VPAR works with charity events, corporate outings and Pro-Ams, mostly, and brings scoring devices that allow teams to score, instead of a scorecard. There's also a live leaderboard on the device.

VPAR does more than 900 events in 23 countries. Here are a few handled by VPAR FL:
- Arnold Palmer Kingdom Cup at Bay Hill in January;
- ANNIKA Invitational Junior-Am in February;
- Allianz Championship Pro-Ams in February;
- Lowes Miami Beach Celebrity Invitational in November; and
- They will be running the DEREK JETER CELEBRITY INVITATIONAL in Las Vegas.

More on the service:
- Can score any golf format, including scrambles, Ryder Cup, Callaway, etc.;
- Incorporates handicaps and provides gross and net scores, which takes hassle away from staff;
- Live leaderboards for players displayed on devices, displayed on Clubhouse TVs and online;
- Online ScoreCenter for family & friends to see tee times, scores, leaderboards and round details
  Ex: http://florida.vpar.com/live/annikajunioram/r1;
- Branding and sponsorship opportunities on the device and online ScoreCenter;
- Helps staff to know exactly when groups will be done with play;
- Creates more exposure to your event and/or charity.

For more information: www.vpar.com.

SKIMP, Stylish Accessories Collection, Hires Sales Reps

(JUPITER, Florida) – SKIMP, a lifestyle collection of fashionable, colorful accessories to be worn on or off the golf course, has hired its first group of territorial sales representatives. These sales professionals, knowledgeable and experienced, will play an important role in the nationwide expansion of SKIMP products into golf and retail shops coast to coast.

“SKIMP accessories are being enthusiastically received by retailers and consumers across the country,” said Laurent-Alix Huguet, CEO of H4 Distribution, which distributes SKIMP products throughout the U.S. “We are pleased to appoint this first group of sales representatives to assist with the impending growth of this exciting company.”

A first-time exhibitor at the PGA Merchandise Show last month, SKIMP enjoyed an exuberant reception in displaying its snazzy array of belts, watches and carry bags for men and women. SKIMP products, presented in easy-to-display packaging to conserve space in golf and retail shops, are priced attractively and appeal to golfers of all ages.

The newly-hired SKIMP sales representatives are as follows:
• Dean Baker, southern Florida
dean@deanbakersports.com
954-234-3377
• Jere Hodges, Michigan
jerehodges@gmail.com
586-212-0906
• Kraig Kesner, Ohio
kkesner32@gmail.com
330-774-1981
• Pat Lyle, northern California & northern Nevada
pattyle3@comcast.net
415-265-9593

Plans call for more SKIMP sales representatives to be added in the future.

For more information, see www.birdietown.com.

Check Out the Esquire Network Documentary Series, The Short Game

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Curious how it looks when 7- and 8-year-old children swing their golf clubs like professionals? One of them might even be the next Tiger Woods in the making. These same kids are featured in Esquire Network’s newest documentary series, The Short Game, and they are swinging their way to the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship.

The Short Game airs on Tuesdays. Check your local listings.

Stellar Field at The Honda Classic Kicks off PGA TOUR's Florida Swing

Honda Classic Starts Six Consecutive Tournament Weeks on Golf Channel and Golf Channel on NBC

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Golf Channel and Golf Channel on NBC will present 23 live hours of The Honda Classic this week, as the PGA TOUR moves east for the Florida Swing and NBC Sports Group kicks off exclusive coverage of the TOUR’s next six weeks.The Honda Classic, with 16 of the top-25 players in the world in the field, will feature marquee names, such as World No. 1 Rory McIlroy – making his U.S. debut in 2015 – Sergio Garcia (7), Justin Rose (8), Martin Kaymer (11), Rickie Fowler (12), Hideki Matsuyama (14), Patrick Reed (15), Victor Dubuisson (16), Billy Horschel (17), Phil Mickelson (18) and Brooks Koepka (19).

Hicks & Miller Set Record: Leading Golf Channel on NBC’s weekend coverage will be Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller, who will begin their 16th year as play-by-play announcer and lead analyst, which sets a record in golf for the longest-tenured 18th-hole broadcasting tandem for any network. Joining Hicks and Miller will be Gary Koch, Roger Maltbie, Peter Jacobsen, Notah Begay and Steve Sands. Calling the action for Golf Channel’s early round coverage will be Terry Gannon and Frank Nobilo, supported by the NBC crew, as well as Todd Lewis and Angela Hamann reporting for Golf Central.
Spotlight Coverage: Golf Channel’s Spotlight Coverage debuts in 2015 at The Honda Classic, featuring live action of players navigating what has become one of the toughest three-hole stretches in golf and complementing Golf Channel on NBC’s award-winning traditional coverage. While NBC is on the air live with traditional coverage, Golf Channel also will be on the air live, but focusing on “The Bear Trap,” encompassing Nos. 15-17 on the Jack Nicklaus-designed PGA National Champion Course. Calling the action will be Bob Papa, Curt Byrum, Tom Abbott and Jerry Foltz.

The Honda Classic – Live Tournament Airtimes
* Wednesday 5-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel Pro-Am coverage)
* Thursday 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live traditional coverage)
* Friday 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live traditional coverage)
* Saturday 1-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live lead-in coverage)
* Saturday 3-6 p.m. ET (NBC live traditional coverage)
* Saturday 3-5 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live Spotlight Coverage)
* Sunday 1-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live lead-in coverage)
* Sunday 3-6 p.m. ET (NBC live traditional coverage)
* Sunday 3-5 p.m. ET (Golf Channel live Spotlight Coverage)

Exclusive PGA TOUR Coverage: The Honda Classic will commence six consecutive weeks of PGA TOUR action on Golf Channel and Golf Channel on NBC, including:
* The Honda Classic, PGA National Resort & Spa – Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (Feb. 26-March 1)
* World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship – Trump National Doral, Doral, Fla. (March 5-8)
* Puerto Rico Open – Trump International Golf Club Puerto Rico, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico (March 5-8)
* Valspar Championship – Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, Palm Harbor, Fla. (March 12-15)
* Arnold Palmer Invitational – Bay Hill Club and Lodge, Orlando, Fla. (March 19-22)
* Valero Texas Open – TPC San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas (March 26-29)
* Shell Houston Open – Redstone Golf Club, Humble, Texas (April 2-5)

Cara Robinson Joins Morning Drive: English sports television presenter Cara Robinson will make her on-air debut as the newest co-host for Morning Drive on Thursday, Feb. 26. A London native, Robinson brings extensive experience in television and golf. She most recently served as host of Golfing World, a weekly, internationally distributed program that travels to golf’s biggest events to conduct player interviews and features about all aspects of the game. She also participated in @TheOpenLIVE, a live digital telecast of the Open Championship, and has contributed as a studio host and reporter for productions surrounding Wimbledon, World’s Strongest Man, rugby and tennis at the London 2012 Olympics.

Billy Casper Golf Selected to Manage Enger Park, Lester Park Golf Courses in Duluth, MN

(VIENNA, VA) – Billy Casper Golf (BCG) – the largest owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts in the U.S. – has been selected to manage Enger Park and Lester Park golf courses in Duluth, MN, just off the shores of picturesque Lake Superior.

For the public-access operations, BCG will direct course and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse activities, merchandising, golf instruction, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management.

“We are excited to work with the experts at Billy Casper Golf,” says Jim Filby Williams, Director of Public Administration for the City of Duluth.  “The company is known for boosting the quality of golf and financial performance of municipal golf courses.”

“Managing Duluth’s storied, public courses is an honor,” says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of BCG.  “Our team will inject fresh, new programming and special events to further enhance their reputations as ‘must plays’ for locals and visitors alike.”

The two courses enjoy deep connections with the community, hosting the Minnesota Section PGA of America Junior Tour as well as roughly 70 tournaments and 40 fundraising events annually.  In addition, they serve more than 180 families with innovative youth golf programs and nearly 1,100 men and women golfers during weekly league play.

Enger Park and Lester Park golf courses contribute to Duluth being named a “Best City in America for Public Golf” by Golf Digest, the “Best Outdoors Town in America” by Outside Magazine and one of Lonely Planet’s “10 Must-See U.S. Destinations for 2015.”  Reinvigorating its economy as a city with abundant recreational outlets, spectacular water and sightseeing venues, and thriving engineering, aviation and health care businesses, Minnesota’s fourth largest metropolitan area attracts millions of visitors annually.

About Enger Park Golf Course
Just south of downtown set atop a high bluff, Enger Park treats golfers to immaculate conditions and breathtaking views of Duluth Harbor.  Built in 1927 near the historic Enger Park Tower, the 27-hole course features three, distinct parkland-, links- and traditional-style layouts.  Ranging from 3,168 to 3,359 yards, the par-36, “Front 9,” “Middle 9” and “Back 9” designs present strategic bunkering, several doglegs and scenic ponds while four sets of tees ensure fun but fair tests for all handicappers.

About Lester Park Golf Course
Just north of downtown, Lester Park is well known for its natural beauty and panoramic views of Lake Superior on 20 of its 27 holes.  Opened in 1932, the classic layout is set alongside the Lester River and meanders through open expanses and densely wooded areas.  Ranging from 3,182 to 3,417 yards, the par-36, “Front 9,” “Back 9” and “Lake 9” courses present golfers with narrow fairways, exciting elevation changes and gently undulated greens.

Like Enger Park, Lester Park boasts an all-grass driving range, putting green and chipping green with bunker.  The clubhouse includes lockers, fully-stock golf shop with the name-brand equipment and apparel, and a snack bar and grill for quick bites and drinks.

More information:  www.billycaspergolf.com, 703.361.1444.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

PGA Inks Five-Year Extension with DIRECTV

(RELEASE) - The PGA TOUR and DIRECTV have announced a five-year extension that will continue expanded weekend coverage of four PGA TOUR tournaments each season for DIRECTV customers through the “PGA TOUR Experience,” beginning with this week’s Northern Trust Open.

This enhanced coverage, introduced in 2013 and to continue through 2019, includes exclusive features for DIRECTV viewers accessible through a four-in-one Mix Channel displaying:
*    The CBS Sports network feed;
*    “Launch Pad,” a channel dedicated to analyzing golf’s most explosive shot - the long drive; The Launch Pad will feature the par-5 No. 17 at Riviera Country Club for the Northern Trust Open.
*   “ShotLink Channel,” a data-intensive view of tournament competition; and
*   A “Follow-A-Group” channel that lets viewers follow select groups of players around the course.

In addition to weekend coverage of the Northern Trust Open, DIRECTV’s “PGA TOUR Experience” will also be available for the 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship (May 30-31), the Memorial presented by Nationwide (June 6-7) and The Barclays (August 29-30). This coverage is in addition to DIRECTV’s exclusive bonus coverage of the four major championships.

Capital Canyon Club to Undergo Restoration

Former Hassayampa Golf Club Boasts Rich Tradition and Historic Lineage

(Scottsdale, Az.) – Formerly known as Hassayampa Golf Club, the Capital Canyon Club, nestled amongst tall Ponderosa pines, picturesque rock outcroppings and featuring stunning views is situated on one of the state’s original golf courses.  The private country club has selected Troon Golf, the leader in upscale golf management, development and marketing to partner with and to restore and re-open this beautiful venue in Prescott, Arizona.

The nearly century-old private country club, located just two miles from historic Courthouse Square has a long and rich tradition in the northern Arizona community. Renovations are currently underway on the magnificent Clubhouse which is scheduled to open in May while improvements to the Tom Weiskopf Signature Design golf course will be ready for play by the Fourth of July holiday.  The Club’s new ownership group strives in making the refurbished property a “family-friendly” club with amenities and activities that attract every member, year-round.

Dating back to 1919, the new Capital Canyon Club name, inspired by the gorgeous scenery of the area reflects the fact that Prescott was the United States’ first Capital of the Southwest Territory, as designated by President Abraham Lincoln in 1864.  Its endearing legacy is now carried on through the Club’s new title designation.  Complementing the beautiful 18-hole Championship golf course, the Capital Canyon Club also features exquisite dining with indoor/outdoor patio seating, wood-burning fireplaces, and a state-of-the-art fitness center that will draw rave reviews from members and guests alike.

“The renovated property will be one in which the entire membership and staff will take a great deal of pride in. We are so fortunate to be able to carry on and improve upon the charm and elegance of this wonderful country club,” said Jeff Raymond, general manager of the Capital Canyon Club.

With breathtaking backdrops seen from literally every angle of the property, Capital Canyon Club will quickly become a favorite for weddings and other special events.

“There is no better venue to capture those special moments than right here at the Capital Canyon Club. We’ll be able to provide the ultimate package for those wanting to experience memories that will last a lifetime,” added Raymond.

For more information on the Capital Canyon Club, visit www.capitalcanyonclub.com or call (928) 350-3154.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Manchester CC to Unveil State-of-the-Art Golf Simulator

'The Attic' to Feature 50 of the World’s Greatest Golf Courses in Clubhouse Setting

(Scottsdale, Az.) – Not only is teeing it up at Manchester Country Club, one of New England’s most storied properties a thrill for many golfers, the classic private country club is now home to the “IMAX Simulator.”

Spanning 22 feet in length and offering 160 degrees of wraparound images of some of the world’s most breathtaking golf courses, MCC’s PGA TOUR Simulator enables members and their guests to experience an unforgettable round of golf in the comfort and warmth of the Clubhouse. It also provides a premier indoor practice and teaching center, the only one of its kind in the state of New Hampshire and beyond.

Imagine snow cascading down on the Clubhouse and golf course at Manchester Country Club making golf on the storied property unplayable. Now, you can move your clubs indoors on the second floor of the Clubhouse in a room affectionately called, “The Attic,” and test your skills at iconic golf courses like St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, Harbour Town and TPC Sawgrass. Overall, 50 golf courses can be displayed on the Golf Simulator screen.

“Our new golf simulator not only makes you feel part of the landscape at these memorable golf courses, but provides our membership with the ultimate practice facility,” said Brian Kelley, general manager at Manchester Country Club. “We’ll schedule casual and league play along with private parties and corporate entertainment. Its multi-purpose applications are endless and creates so much added value for our members. We are truly excited to showcase this state-of-the-art equipment.”

Winter league play is set to begin in early March.

Manchester Country Club will unveil the PGA TOUR Simulator for members and prospective members at an Open House scheduled for March 11. Prizes including lessons, simulator time for four-somes and club fitting will be part of the festivities.

Manchester Country Club is also home to a new Player Development Area and the Titleist Performance Center, an indoor fitness training room where certified instructors will focus on golf-specific movements and physical training integrating core strengthening and athletic conditioning. A hitting bay equipped with JC High Speed Video along with a TrackMan Launch Monitor enables golfers immediate swing analysis and ball flight information. Individual and group training sessions are available throughout the year.

“Being able to practice indoors not only helps our members hone their skills in a magnificent setting, but also provides a fun and relaxing outlet for golfers to still enjoy their favorite sport if the weather outside is not accommodating for a day on our links,” added Kelley.

In 2013, Manchester Country Club completed an $8 million renovation project that included restoration and reorganization of MCC’s existing historic Clubhouse resulting in a spectacular New Hampshire venue for weddings and special events and a premier New England country club updated with new amenities. The renovation project included a new Conference Center with Roof Deck, expanded and renovated Ballroom for weddings and special events, private member dining area, and renovated men’s and women’s locker rooms.

For more information on “The Attic,” call (603) 792-6916 or visit www.manchestercountryclub.com.

Destination Dublin with Jamie McWilliams

North Coast Golf Shows - Cleveland

Depending on who you talk to, the overnight lows in Northeast Ohio were between 10-below and 20-below. Cold! It's no wonder golfers were flocking to the Cleveland Golf Show's opening day at the IX Center.

If you're expecting a scaled-down version of Orlando's PGA Merchandise Show, you're mistaken. Whereas the major manufacturers are unveiling their latest products in Florida, Cleveland is more about planning your next golf trip. Resorts, both in-state and out-of-state, are jockeying for Ohio golfers' vacation dollar. I saw plenty of interesting destinations, but look forward to visiting and rating Lenape Heights Golf Resort in Ford City, Pa., and River Landing in Wallace, N.C., later this year.

That's not to say there aren't products to be seen in Cleveland, mind you, but giants like TaylorMade and Nike are replaced by smaller manufacturers like Ember Exotic Wood Putters and Musty Putters - both selling, you guessed it, wood putters.

There was also Roberto Alvez from PowerFX - a holographic disk that "communicates through your body's meridians to achieve harmonic, healthy and balanced body functions." Think of it as a LIVESTRONG bracelet with physical and mental benefits.

In addition to merchandise and travel, the show also features a couple fun competitions - hole-in-one and long driving - to occupy time and empty wallets.

For more information on the show, click HERE.

Jack Nicklaus Visits Golf Channel

Eighteen-time major winner Jack Nicklaus sat down with Morning Drive hosts Gary Williams and Matt Ginella from Trump National Doral in Miami, Fla., ahead of next month’s WGC-Cadillac Championship. During the interview, Nicklaus discussed the recent challenges facing Tiger Woods’ golf game.

Business icon and owner of Trump National Doral – Donald Trump – also joined Williams and Ginella during today’s show. And, Henrik Stenson – No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking – made an in-studio appearance at Golf Channel headquarters to promote the release of Callaway’s new driver, and to discuss the recent announcement of Darren Clarke being named the European Ryder Cup captain for 2016.

Notable quotes from Nicklaus’ interview are included below:
On Tiger Woods’ recent struggles
Jack Nicklaus  - “Tiger is struggling, I don’t think there’s any question about that… I think he’s struggling more between his ears than he is any place else. He’s struggled with the driver most of his life really, but he’s always been able to find the golf ball and get it somewhere back around the green… And now he’s having trouble with the short game. That is not a good combination, to drive it poorly and have a bad short game.”

“You go through things, and you have to have a positive thing happen to you to turn it around… I think Tiger will turn it around. He’s too dedicated, he works too hard at it, he’s got too much talent. He’ll figure it out. And personally, I think he needs to figure it out himself. Because a teacher can’t teach what’s inside your head. You’ve got to be able to put that positive thought into your head yourself.”

On whether he thinks Woods will still eclipse his 18 major championships
Jack Nicklaus – “I still do. Why would I not think that?... He’s got a lot of golf in front of him. But it’s going to be up to him, he’s still got to do it. He may, he may not. Obviously chances are harder for him now than five years ago, but I still think he has time on his side.”

Introducing LMx Club Q2 design 'Golfiti'

LMx has become so popular, Loudmouth must limit the number of memberships in 2015. Reserve your spot today. Once they reach capacity, there will be a waiting list.

A members-only club with exclusive designs four times a year. Loudmouth custom-makes each LMx bottom, so members can select hard-to-find waist sizes and pant lengths.

Costs nothing to join, pay only for quarterly shipments.

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Product Review: Mizzen+Main

Today’s golfer is a far cry from the fashion-challenged players from a generation ago. Gone are the ill-fitted cotton polos and pleated khakis. In their place are performance fabrics designed to work with the swing - not competing with it.

A large part of the technology that goes into the best golf shirts on the market today is moisture control. It’s hard enough to play golf in ideal conditions, while a sweat-soaked top compounds the difficulty. Now, Mizzen+Main is borrowing this concept and incorporating it into a stylish line of shirts to be worn off the golf course.

The idea for a moisture wicking dress shirt was born on a hot, summer day. A staffer in a sweaty dress shirt stood out in an important meeting for all the wrong reasons. There was an alternative and Mizzen+Main jumped on the opportunity.

We looked at the Faulkner dress shirt with spread collar and the Huron henley. Both breathe incredibly well and keep you cooler, regardless of the situation. They wick away moisture, won’t show sweat and remain wrinkle free throughout the day - extremely important whether you’re at the office, the club or out for dinner and drinks. And forget about the hassle and expense of dry cleaning: Toss them in the washing machine and hang ‘em to dry. Also, the henley features sewn-in loops inside the sleeve for easy rolling without annoying slippage.

OK ... Mizzen+Main shirts look great and feel great. Need another reason to check them out for yourself? We’ll give you two: They’re proudly made in the United States AND a percentage of every shirt supports wounded veterans and their families. That’s right; Mizzen+Main donates a percentage of all shirts to wounded veterans and their families and is pioneering an innovative job experience program for veterans called "A Shirt for a Start."

You go to great lengths to look good on the golf course. Mizzen+Main will help you look incredible off the course while supporting our veterans. Every shirt sold has a direct impact on your appearance and a veteran’s life.

For more information, visit www.mizzenandmain.com.