Friday, October 20, 2017

Greg Norman Golf Course Design Announces Relaunch of Oldfield Golf Club

Bunker Renovations, Strategic Design Changes Modernize 17-Year Old Course

(WEST PALM BEACH, FL) – Greg Norman Golf Course Design (GNGCD) – the premier signature golf course design firm in the world – announces the relaunch of Oldfield Golf Club in historic Bluffton, S.C.

Nestled within one of the most pristine plantations along the Atlantic coastline, Oldfield debuted in 2000 and is an original GNGCD design. The epitome of a Lowcountry course, the routing winds through canopies of moss draped live oaks, broad savannahs, and soaring pines up to the banks of the Okatie River and is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. In 2016 Oldfield was awarded the Bliss award for the “Best Community in South Carolina.”

Today, the course has reopened all 18 holes after completing a refresh that included bunker renovations and strategic design changes that modernize the course and improve sustainability and playability.

“It was a great experience to work with GNGCD again at Oldfield. They allowed us to make subtle changes to a few tee complexes and we also reduced the size of some of the bunkers to minimize maintenance costs,” said Brian Roller, Oldfield Golf Superintendent. “GNGCD keeps the best interest of the golf superintendent in mind while also maintaining a first class design for our membership to enjoy.”

GNGCD provided design-build services for Oldfield, offering a vertically integrated and comprehensive process that includes all facets of design, construction and project management. Jason McCoy, who originally directed the construction of the Norman Course, oversaw the project. These enhancements were the first to the acclaimed course since it debuted 17 years ago.

“To return after all these years and see the original design intent still intact is a wonderful feeling and we are grateful for the opportunity to come back and update subtle design nuances to restore the course to its original form,” said Greg Norman. “Oldfield’s commitment to deliver excellent playing conditions to their members is remarkable and I am confident these renovations will provide continued enjoyment for years to come.”

A leader in domestic and international redesign, restoration and remastering, GNGCD’s mission is to update courses to higher design standards while focusing on reducing capital expenditures and lowering future maintenance and operating costs.

Greg Norman Golf Course Design boasts more than 100 courses opened across 34 countries and six continents, with many having won prestigious design awards. Among the firm’s 100 designs, five were included in Golf Digest’s 2016-2017 ‘World’s 100 Greatest’ rankings including No. 29 Ellerston (Australia), No. 31 New South Wales G.C. (Australia), No. 74 The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip (Vietnam), No. 84 Nirwana (Bali) and No. 97. Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course (UAE).

For more information: www.oldfield1732.com and www.gngcd.com.

Tania Tare PromoOnCore Golf Signs Tania Tare to Ball and Visor Deal

(BUFFALO, NY) – OnCore Golf, the Buffalo, New York-based golf ball company, announced the signing of professional golfer and trick shot artist Tania Tare. OnCore Golf, known for their focus on bringing excitement and performance to the game of golf with innovative products, approaches, and partnerships, saw great synergy in the relationship with Tania.

“We’ve been following Tania for about two years now. Not only is she an incredible trick shot pioneer, but she is a serious athlete focused on earning her place in professional golf and pursuing a spot on the LPGA,” states Keith Blakely, CEO OnCore Golf. “We’re excited to be working with her to help her fulfill that dream and confident that her efforts will encourage other golfers to follow theirs as well.”

Tare, who has an extensive social media following and has been featured in a number of sports media channels including Golf Channel, ESPN, Golf Digest and Bleacher Report ultimately decided to partner with OnCore Golf based on the performance of the ELIXR, which was introduced in March of this year.
"Being a professional golfer, I've gone through my fair share of different branded golf balls. I had been looking all year for a ball that gave me the distance I needed, along with a soft feel around the greens and I fortunately managed to find the perfect combination with the ELIXR. For me, the way the ball reacts when chipping is important and with the ELIXR, I can get run or check when I need it with consistency. Alongside my professional golf events, I also love the ball when it comes to my trick shots because the soft feel makes juggling and stalling smoother,” states Tare, “I am very excited to be a part of Team OnCore and what they represent – innovative, high performance products, a customercentric business approach, and a focus on making golf more enjoyable and more inclusive for golfers of all ages and skill levels."

Follow Tare’s incredible trick shots and her journey to the LPGA on Instagram at @taniatare63.

To learn more about OnCore Golf, their commitment to innovation and technology, and their full suite of performance golf balls, including the ELIXR Tour ball, visit www.OnCoreGolf.com

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Escape the Cold with Hilton Head Golf Island’s Winter Packages

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) – Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI) – ranked the top island in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler – offers golf lovers an ideal respite from the cold.

Featuring more than 30 member courses on Hilton Head and in the surrounding area, HHGI is known for its unique combination of Southern hospitality, temperate climate and world-class public and private designs sculpted by vaunted architects. A variety of winter stay-and-play packages further entice golf enthusiasts to visit as the temperature plummets up north.

The Sea Pines Resort’s “Villa Golf Package” features a round on each of the property’s three championship courses plus accommodations in a private, fully-equipped villa. Starting at $218 (based on quadruple occupancy), it is an ideal way to experience Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point by Pete Dye and Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III. Available through February, this four-day, three-night getaway also includes complimentary replays on Heron Point and Atlantic Dunes. For reservations call 843.842.8484.

Available through March, The Heritage Golf Collection’s “Golfer’s Dream Package” is perfect for those who want a variety of courses from which to choose. The deal combines three nights’ accommodations in a spectacular villa with three rounds on any of The Heritage Golf Collection’s five Hilton Head layouts. Starting at $105 (based on quadruple occupancy), additional perks include complimentary range balls prior to rounds, a 20% discount on pro shop merchandise and 10% dining discount at local restaurants. For reservations call 843.681.1706.

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s “Birdies and Beer Package” offers three nights’ accommodations in a two-bedroom resort-view villa, three rounds of golf on your choice of a trio of championship courses with cart, complimentary range balls plus breakfast and beers. Two hours of court time per day at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, pro shop and dining discounts and priority access to all resort activities and amenities are also included. Rates start at $160 (based on four-person occupancy) through February. For reservations call 855.450.4861.

Starting at $125 (based on double occupancy and six or more golfers), Fripp Island’s stay and play package includes nightly accommodations and 18 holes at Ocean Creek Golf Course with complimentary cart, range balls and afternoon replays. A great way to experience St. Helena Island – just north of Hilton Head – this package is available through December. For reservations call 843.838.1558.

“Combat the doldrums of winter with a getaway to the ultimate golf destination,” suggests Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association. “With direct flights available from 14 cities year-round, it’s never been easier to visit ‘Golf Island.’”

Offering unbeatable value, courses for players of all abilities and pleasant year-round weather, Hilton Head Island is one of the world’s premier golf destinations. In addition to being named the “No. 1 Island in the Continental U.S.” by Travel + Leisure magazine readers, Hilton Head has also received accolades from Golfweek, Golf Channel’s Golf Advisor and the South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel.

All packages are priced per person, per night. For more information on the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ 2016 North American “Golf Destination of the Year,” call 800.523.3373 or visit www.hiltonheadgolfisland.org.

Tagmarshal Pace-of-Play System to Enhance Player Experiences at Advance Golf-Managed Courses

(DALLAS, Texas) – Tagmarshal – the pace-of-play system used by golf courses, country clubs and resorts globally – is operational at several properties managed by Advance Golf, including 7 Lakes Golf Club (Pinehurst, N.C.), Bear Creek Golf Course (Hilton Head, S.C.), Bridlewood Golf Club (Dallas, Texas) and Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club (Fort Worth, Texas).

Courses planning to implement Tagmarshal technology include Back Creek Golf Club (Middletown, Del.), Legacy Golf Club (Bradenton, Fla.), Rolling Green Golf Club (Sarasota, Fla.) and Serenoa Golf Club (Sarasota, Fla.), among others.

Golf’s leading pace-of-play solution, Tagmarshal has prompted faster rounds at daily-fee, resort and private courses by up to 60% in only weeks after install. Average round times routinely decrease by 15 minutes or more, allowing for additional tee-time inventory.

“Advance Golf’s impressive courses will realize even greater pace efficiencies and player satisfaction, loyalty and revenue,” says Bodo Sieber, CEO of Tagmarshal. “Tagmarshal data will help to pre-emptively prevent bottlenecks and appropriate hole-by-hole speed.”

A recent USGA survey shows 74% of golfers believe pace of play is critical to the enjoyment of their rounds. This played into The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (2021 PGA Championship), Whistling Straits (2020 Ryder Cup), Erin Hills (2017 U.S. Open), East Lake (Tour Championship), Carnoustie Golf Links (Open Championship), Ballybunion Golf Club (Irish Open) and many other premier golf destinations deploying Tagmarshal’s discreet data-transmitting tags affixed to golf carts and bags.
                                                                                                               
“Tagmarshal's revolutionary system gives our properties a competitive edge to achieve financial and operational success,” says Larry Galloway, Founding Partner of Advance Golf. “Pace-of-play management is vital and directly tied to rounds and revenue trends.”

Partnering with Tagmarshal had caused courses to add prime tee times capable of generating $100,000-plus in incremental revenue annually. Superintendents also use Tagmarshal data to better manage pin placements, wear patterns, hole set-ups and operational efficiencies.

More information: advancegolfpartners.com and tagmarshal.com, 725.333.7354.

Product Review: Srixon Z 765 Irons

Srixon Z 765 muscle cavity irons
Looking back at my 2017 golf season, I think it’s safe to say this was the “Year of Srixon.” First, I fell in love with the new Srixon golf balls - both the Z-Star and Q-Star Tour. Distance off the tee, accuracy into the greens and feel on/around the greens. These hit the trifecta!

Little did I know, however, that a set of irons would steal the show. I went from not knowing a thing about the company’s irons to wanting every bit of information I could gather on the Z 765s.

The Z 765 is a muscle cavity - offering a traditional blade’s control, but with the forgiveness of the uber-popular cavity back options. These beauties are simply the best of both worlds.

Srixon Z 765 Tour V.T. Sole
In testing the Z 765s, I made consistent contact time after time. Credit the new Tour V.T. Sole for that. For typical amateurs, there’s often a thin line between great and terrible. The line splitting the Z 765s sole increases the likelihood of crisp shots by lessening resistance upon impact.

What does that mean in practical terms? I generally carry my 7-iron 160-165 yards. That said, missing my mark could easily drop me to 150 yards - disaster when there’s water or some other hazard to carry. Of the 100 shots I hit with the Z 765 7-iron, 91 fell within my expected range (five came up short, while four traveled a bit more than expected).

I went into testing long irons with lower expectations. After all, if I hit my 4-iron as consistently well as my 7-iron, I wouldn’t be hovering around a 9 handicap. A solid 4-iron flies between 180-190 for me. That said, crisp contact often eludes and I’ve grown to expect the unexpected. Maybe I should begin to expect more?

In a side-by-side comparison with my current gamer (below), the Srixon Z 765 muscle cavity 4-iron far-exceeded the performance of its competitor. Not only were my distances dialed in, but also accuracy. Stray shots were few and far between and I felt incredibly confident in distance control.

Speaking of distance ... This is where my biggest surprise landed. Not that I was gaining much distance, but that distances were more consistent on miss-hits - not just well-struck shots. While pulled shots generally travel farther and pushed shots often come up short, that wasn’t the case in my range session. At least not to the extreme in which I’m accustomed. In one sequence - on back-to-back shots - I pulled one that traveled 192 yards and pushed the next, which still went 184 yards. In the past, I would’ve expected a yardage in the low 170s on the latter swing. That could be the difference of catching the front edge of the green versus having to pitch over a bunker (or worse ... fish your ball out of the water).
Side-by-side test - Srixon Z 765 beat compititor
This review comes with one caveat. These irons are not necessarily designed for the high-handicap golfer. Look to the Z 565 if you need/want game-improvement irons. Those have the full cavity back (perimeter weighting) for increased performance from off-center hits. While the Z 765 irons do provide some forgiveness, they’re made for a golfer who can consistently hit the sweet spot. Iron play is the strength of my game. Putting is the weakness, which keeps me around a 9 handicap. I’m never too far from the sweet spot, so these irons sing to me. Miss the center more times than not ... It’ll be a sour song.

For the low-handicap golfer who asks, “What about me?” I'd recommend looking into the Z 965 irons from Srixon. If you’re in between (like me), head to the pro shop and take two sets out for some tests ... Just make sure the Z 765 irons are one of the two.

Learn more at srixon.com.

Bridgestone Golf Named Official Golf Ball Supplier of Stadiumlinks at SunTrust Park presented by Mizuno

(COVINGTON, GA) – Bridgestone Golf – innovator of premium golf balls, clubs and accessories – has been named the official golf ball supplier of the upcoming Stadiumlinks at SunTrust Park presented by Mizuno, held October 25-29 at SunTrust Park, wherein the home of the Atlanta Braves will be turned into a nine-hole golf course with tee times offered to the public.

Bridgestone is supplying its new TOUR B RX ball with a custom Braves logo for all participants. Registration is currently offered in two-person and four-person bookings, with prices that start at $85 per person. A premium upgrade is available during the registration checkout, giving participants the opportunity to enjoy additional perks at the event. To register, visit http://www.stadiumlinksgolf.com/locations/atlanta/.

“We’re excited to be part of this unique event and showoff why our golf balls are the best in the industry,” says Corey Consuegra, Bridgestone Golf Senior Director of Marketing. “It’s not very often that you get to play golf inside an MLB stadium and we couldn’t be more enthusiastic about working with the Stadiumlinks to provide Atlanta-area golfers a day to remember.”

The TOUR B Series represents the most technologically advanced golf balls Bridgestone has ever produced. Designed to deliver explosive distance and optimized trajectory thanks to high repulsion construction and new 338 modified Dual Dimple design, the RX model is aimed at low-to-mid handicap players.

More information: bridgestonegolf.com.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sage Run Golf Course at Island Resort & Casino to Open June 2018

New Paul Albanese design will complement the award winning Sweetgrass course

(HARRIS, Mich.) – Sage Run at Island Resort & Casino will be the third new golf course to open in Michigan in the last three years when it comes online next June 2018. The construction, shaping, and seeding have all been completed and now it’s just eagerly waiting and watching it transform into Michigan’s next great modern classic.

It might not sound like a lot of openings when compared to the mid-1980s to mid-1990s golf course construction boom, but it is a lot in the current era and indicates the golf economy is rebounding and that Michigan remains one of the leading golf destinations in America, and in the case the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a fast-growing golf destination.

“When we first built the Sweetgrass course, we wanted to have golf as an amenity for our resort guests,” said Tony Mancilla, the resorts general manager. “But over the years we have had more and more golfers coming to the resort and have evolved into a top golf destination. Adding a second golf course was a natural move for us and something that our golfing guests were demanding.”

The Sage Run course at Island Resort is part of an $8 million renovation aimed at enticing visitors to stay for a few days. It also includes the creation of a full-service spa, renovation of the bingo hall and a new sports bar.

Sage Run joins the celebrated Sweetgrass course at the resort for the Hannahville Indian Community, and offers a contrasting style and design by Paul Albanese, the architect of each course.

“Sweetgrass has been everything we hoped it would be and it has been very good to us,” Mancilla said. “Paul Albanese is an architect who lets the land dictate what the course will be, and at Sage Run the land is 180 degrees in contrast to the land where Sweetgrass was created.”

Sweetgrass, a flowing prairie links style course with gentle rolling hills, fun and challenging greens and beautiful fescue grasses has been a big hit since opening in 2008.

“Sage Run is 75 percent through great trees, very dramatic up and down through the hills with some great long holes going down the hills and some great short holes going up the hills; It’s a lot different,” Mancilla said.

Albanese said his company’s design philosophy is to never try to force a design.

“The property is much different than the property where Sweetgrass is located even though it’s a short few miles away by shuttle,” he said. “The only thing that will be similar is that it fits well with the land it is on like Sweetgrass, but it just so happens this property is very different.”

A natural drumlin, or elongated hill or ridge formed by glacial ice long ago, is the primary feature on Sage Run. Golf hole’s meander off of and around the hill offering a scenic variety of shots creating a fun thrill ride for golfers.

“It is a pretty prominent land form that is featured on the site,” Albanese said. “The holes go around, over and through the drumlin. Golfers will experience great holes through the trees, some in open areas and just a lot of variety in terms of landscape and feel.”

Natural long grasses edge the bunkers, and some of the short par 4s have blind shots to the greens.  Albanese said Royal County Down in Northern Ireland, rated among the world’s top courses, served as inspiration.

“Sage Run has that same rough and tumble look with earth tones natural to that landscape,” he said.

The Sage Run name pays homage for the Hannahville Indian Community to the Potawatomi tribal traditions.

“We selected sage because we wanted to highlight another of our four traditional tribal medicines – along with cedar, tobacco and sweet grass,” Mancilla said.

For more information, visit www.islandresortandcasino.com.

McConnell Golf Prepares to Host Donald Ross Society

Annual event will be in North Carolina from October 18-22, and will include Raleigh Country Club and Greensboro’s Sedgefield Country Club

(RALEIGH, NC) — Raleigh-based McConnell Golf has forged an impressive reputation in the industry in large part due to its portfolio of outstanding private golf clubs around the Carolinas and Tennessee, including courses designed by many of the world’s greatest architects.

Along with modern-day architects like Pete Dye, Tom Fazio and Arnold Palmer, McConnell Golf owns four courses sculpted by arguably the most legendary designer of them all, Donald Ross — more than any other private club owner in the country.

So it makes sense that McConnell Golf will help host the Donald Ross Society’s annual meeting for 2017. The event will be held in North Carolina from October 18-22, and will include McConnell Golf’s Raleigh Country Club on Wednesday, October 18 and Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro the following afternoon.

The Society will also have a dinner at Sedgefield on Thursday evening, when North Carolina-based architect Kris Spence will discuss his restoration work at the golf course that is the annual site of the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship.

Raleigh Country Club was the final design of Ross’s storied career — and the first in the McConnell Golf portfolio, which has grown to a dozen clubs since the company purchased Raleigh CC in 2003.

A transplanted Scotsman, Ross transformed the American sports landscape in the first half of this century. At his death in 1948, he left behind a legacy of 413 courses, including such gems as Pinehurst No. 2, Seminole in Florida and the site of the 1996 U.S. Open, Oakland Hills outside Detroit. More than 100 U.S. national championships have been played on Ross designs — one of many reasons his name still resonates among the game's aficionados.

Founded in 1989 to help safeguard the integrity of courses from the “Golden Era" of Golf Course Architecture, the Society's particular focus is the work by Ross before 1948. The Society believes that the golf courses designed by Ross are works-of-art that merit close care and meticulous preservation. When renovation work is needed, they believe that — wherever possible — the course should maintain its original look, shape, and playing character; and when accommodations are needed for the modern game, they should be consistent with the original design intent.

Along with Raleigh Country Club and Sedgefield Country Club, McConnell Golf owns the recently renovated Country Club of Asheville and Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn. The co-founder of the Donald Ross Society, Michael J. Fay, has said that he would rather play Holston Hills on a consistent basis than any other golf course in the South, while acclaimed golf course architect Tom Doak says Holston Hills is the closest golf course to what Ross originally designed that he’s ever seen.

Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Co., Buffalo.Agency Partner for Public Relations, Marketing Support

Highly Popular, Rapidly Expanding Brand Owns Compelling Story of Humble Beginnings in Golf

(NEW YORK, NY) – Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Co – the No. 1 premium jerky brand on the market – has selected Buffalo.Agency to turnkey a golf-focused public relations program and deliver integrated marketing support.

Buffalo will leverage its deep industry connections in the golf community to promote Chef’s Cut’s pursuit of the best tasting, chef-crafted smoked meats.  Central to the Chef’s Cut story are co-founders Chef Blair Swiler and Dennis Riedel, a former professional golfer.  The two launched the homemade snack in 2009 as caddies at Florida’s Callusa Pines Golf Club and New Jersey’s Bayonne Golf Club with aspirations to make chef-crafted snacks available to on-the-go consumers everywhere.

Chef’s Cut’s products are available at over 1,000 golf courses, including Pebble Beach Golf Links and Pinehurst Resort.  Its products contain chef-approved, domestically sourced proteins such as USDA choice beef and all white turkey and chicken breasts. Additionally, they don’t contain gluten or added nitrites, and are lower in sodium and sugar than other jerky brands.

Thanks to a 5,669% revenue spike over the last three years, Chef’s Cut was named the 58th fastest-growing privately owned U.S. company and the 4th fastest-growing in Food and Beverage on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list.  Its products are sold at Amazon, Albertsons, Costco, Kroger, Safeway, 7-Eleven and many other grocers.

“Our partnership with Buffalo.Agency will raise awareness in the industry where we began eight years ago,” says Dennis Riedel, Co-Founder of Chef’s Cut.  “Our range of tender, superior products re-fuel golfers during rounds, where they burn up to 2,000 calories walking 18 holes.”

Headquartered outside of Washington, D.C., Buffalo connects brands to businesses and consumers.  Fueled in part by a massive database of active, transactional golfers, the agency is the golf-lifestyle industry’s go-to resource for marketing innovation.  Buffalo’s growing roster of 60-plus clients include Bridgestone Golf, ECCO, PGA National Resort & Spa and World Golf Foundation.

“Historically, golfers had limited food choices which travel well on the course and are flavorful, low in fat and high in protein,” says Glenn Gray, Vice President of Buffalo.Agency.  “Chef’s Cut’s healthy, gluten-free options fill the void, and there are countless golf-related stories to tell about this brand as a shining example in the growing $2.8 billion meat snacks category.”

Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Co. is backed by CAVU Venture Partners and Halen Brands, and boasts famous investors like actress Olivia Munn and acclaimed athletes Von Miller, Earl Thomas and David Ortiz.

More information: chefscutrealjerky.com

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

KemperSports Selected to Manage The Inns at St. Albans

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – KemperSports has been selected by ownership to manage The Inns at St. Albans in St. Albans, Mo. Located adjacent to land overlooking the golf courses at The Country Club of St. Albans, The Inn serves as the premier private event and boutique lodging destination in the St. Louis market.

"We are looking forward to this strategic partnership and the benefits to our investments and the community of St. Albans,” said owner Datra Herzog.

Originally built in 1843, The Inns at St. Albans has seen a number of renovations and improvements since its inception. Today, The Inns includes, a 100-year-old 6-room European-style bed and breakfast named The Studio Inn, indoor and outdoor restaurant seating and event space for up to 250 guests – with several other event space options to accommodate smaller groups.

The Head’s Store offers indoor and outdoor dining and bar space while serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a boutique grocery and gift shop. 

Adjacent to the Old Barn Inn are four newly-built cottages with luxurious overnight accommodations. Each well-appointed cottage includes a double-occupancy bedroom with wood-burning fireplace and private patio.

“The Inns at St. Albans is one of the premier wedding and event destinations in the market,” said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner. "We look forward to working with ownership to align goals and further enhance the joint offerings at The Inns and The Country Club of St. Albans.”

The picturesque property overlooks the Studio Hill vineyard and the golf courses at the Country Club of St. Albans. The Country Club of St. Albans offers 36 holes of championship golf, including the Lewis and Clark course (1992) designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish and Tavern Creek (1997) designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry. Together, the courses combine for two of the best golf courses in the state including being ranked by Golf Digest on their 2015-2016 list of the best courses in Missouri (Lewis and Clark – 7, Tavern Creek – 9).

For more information about KemperSports, visit www.kempersports.com.

Reynolds Kingdom of Golf presented by TaylorMade Offers Golfers “5-Hour Makeover”

Experience Golf’s Premier Fitting Facility to Fix Your Game

(GREENSBORO, Ga.) —Golfers are always looking to improve, and now they can in just five hours with a complete-game transformation at Reynolds Kingdom of Golf, presented by TaylorMade, approximately 90 minutes from Atlanta.

The new “5-Hour Makeover” package provides a tour-quality fitting for a new set of clubs at the only TaylorMade venue in the country where recreational golfers can be fit for equipment in the elite environment enjoyed by PGA and LPGA Tour players and club professionals on TaylorMade’s staff.

Highlighting the five-hour immersion is an individualized fitting experience with the same expert club fitters who create sets for TaylorMade’s stable of tour stars. Each golfer is fitted for a complete set of TaylorMade woods, irons, wedges, and putter. But since new clubs can only do so much, the package also features a two-hour, one-on-one game evaluation – full swing and short game –by a world-class Reynolds Kingdom of Golf staff instructor.

The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf complex includes two fully enclosed hitting bays, three covered and heated hitting areas, an extensive practice range, TrackMan 4 launch monitors, and high-speed Ximea cameras. They complement the highly acclaimed TaylorMade MATT-T system and the onsite TaylorMade Tour Trailer, where new clubs can be constructed, often within in hours.

Also available is the BodiTrack mat analysis to measure weight distribution throughout the swing and onsite video analysis with V1 Sports Technology allowing voiceover copy to be emailed to each participant.

Each guest of the “5-Hour Makeover” package has a choice of luxury accommodations at a cottage or condominium at Reynolds Lake Oconee, and is priced at $900 per person (non-peak season) and $951 per person (peak season), per night; the cost of new golf clubs is separate. Cart fees and range fees are included, as well as $20 resort credit for each night of stay and breakfast each morning. Minimum of two golfers required; additional $100 per night for each non-golfer.

Located between Atlanta and Augusta, Reynolds Lake Oconee has 117 holes of golf, all designed by legendary golf architects including Jack Nicklaus, Rees Jones, and Tom Fazio. Beyond the “Top 100” ranked golf courses and a range of sporting activities, Reynolds has been named one of the “25 Best Golf Communities in North America” by GOLF Magazine and offers a wide variety of real estate options.

Boasting more than 350 miles of Lake Oconee shoreline, Reynolds Lake Oconee also features four marinas, the Lake Club wellness center, and an award-winning tennis center. Vacation guests can choose from individual cottages within the private gates as well as luxury accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton.

For more information about Reynolds Lake Oconee, visit www.reynoldslakeoconee.com or call (877) 809-3324.

LPGA, Symetra Tour Members to Participate in Inspire. Dream. Achieve. Pro-Am

(Greensboro, NC) — The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour (PKBGT) announced that former PKBGT members and current LPGA Tour & LPGA Symetra Tour members Katherine Perry (LPGA), Allison Emrey (Symetra), Lori Beth Adams (Symetra), Laura Wearn (Symetra), Maia Schetcher (Symetra) and Kayla Sciupider (Symetra) — in addition to former LPGA Tour members Maggie Will and Angela Jerman-Ormsby — will participate in the PKBGT’s inaugural Inspire. Dream. Achieve. Pro-Am on November 10, 2017.

The Pro-Am will be held at Bryan Park Golf and Conference Center in Greensboro, NC and will benefit the PKBGT “Let’s Play Campaign,” an initiative to grow on-course playing opportunities for junior girl golfers in the United States. The campaign’s goal is to create equity of opportunity in competitive junior competitions for girls through the PKBGT Progression Pathway.

“By utilizing skill and yardage-based divisions instead of age, the PKBGT is able to provide an encouraging, appropriate environment that sets each player up for success,” says Tour Director Mike Parker. “The pathway recognizes that many girls enter the game at a later age and provides them an equal opportunity to develop and work toward collegiate golf.”

Following play at Bryan Park, Perry, Emrey, Adams and Wearn will participate in a Q+A panel with current junior girls at the PKBGT’s year-end awards banquet. The banquet precedes the PKBGT’s most prestigious event, the PKBGT Invitational, which will be competed November 11-13 at Grandover Resort. The event features one of the 50 best junior girl’s fields in the country and will kick off the PKBGT’s 11th season.

Learn more about the Inspire. Dream. Achieve Pro-Am at https://pkbgt.org/store/product/proam/.

Monday, October 16, 2017

2017 ODU/Outer Banks Collegiate Golf Tournament Set for Oct. 22-24 at Kilmarlic

(OUTER BANKS, N.C.) — The 37th-annual ODU/Outer Banks Collegiate Golf Tournament will be played October 22-24 at the par-72, 6,560-yard Kilmarlic Golf Club.  It’s the only Division I golf tournament contested on the iconic Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Host squad Old Dominion is joined in the 18-team field by Akron, Ball State, Campbell, Delaware, Drake, Drexel, George Mason, Georgetown, Hartford, Longwood, Manhattan College, Marshall, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota State, St. Francis, St. Joseph’s and Towson University. 

Rated No. 24 among North Carolina’s Top Courses You Can Play, Kilmarlic is a popular Tom Steele design that hosted the prestigious North Carolina Open in 2004 and 2009, and began hosting the ODU/Outer Banks Tournament in 2010 — the same year the tournament moved from a 36-hole to a 54-hole event.

According to longtime Old Dominion head coach Murray Rudisill, who has led the Monarchs golf program for 40 years, Kilmarlic has been an ideal venue for the country’s top collegiate players.

“Kilmarlic has tremendous par-5s and par-3s,” Rudisill said. “That’s the beauty of the course — great risk-reward. They’ve had two North Carolina Opens [at Kilmarlic] so it is a challenge for the college guys. It’s not a seaside, links-type of course. It’s more of a traditional course in a nature environment playing through canopies of giant oak, pine and dogwood that exemplify the natural beauty of the Outer Banks. The facilities are beautiful and it’s always in pristine condition.”

“Kilmarlic is an ideal tournament course offering a little bit of everything,” said Bryan Sullivan, Kilmarlic’s Director of Golf. “It’s equally daunting and exciting on the back nine with three par-5s, a drivable par-4 and trouble left and right on most every hole. Anything can happen with birdies and bogeys lurking on every swing.”

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Matt Parziale's Stellar Play Leads to 37th U.S. Mid-Amateur Title and U.S. Open Spot

(ATLANTA, Ga.) - Matt Parziale had made three previous unsuccessful trips to U.S. Open sectional qualifying, including this past June. Next year, however, he won’t need to take that route to play in golf’s ultimate test. Parziale, 30, of Brockton, Mass., booked a spot in the 118th U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., with a brilliant performance of shot-making and putting on Friday at Capital City Golf Club’s Crabapple Course. The firefighter registered 10 birdies – eight during the morning 18 – over 30 holes in defeating Josh Nichols, 26, of Kernersville, N.C., 8 and 6, in the 36-hole championship match of the 37th U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

Last week, the USGA announced that the winner of the U.S. Mid-Amateur would earn a full exemption into the next U.S. Open. Parziale will now compete among the world’s best golfers.

“That was a great announcement they had [last] Thursday night,” said Parziale, who learned of the USGA’s decision during the players’ reception on Oct. 5 at Atlanta National Golf Club, the stroke play co-host venue. “At the time, I didn’t know I would be the one going, but I’m very fortunate to have that opportunity now. I’m very excited for the upcoming year.”

The U.S. Mid-Amateur began last Saturday with 36 holes of stroke play, followed by six rounds of match play, concluding with Friday’s 36-hole final match. It is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs. This week’s play was postponed for a full day on Sunday due to the impact of Tropical Depression Nate.

Parziale’s margin of victory matched the third-largest in championship history. Kevin Marsh’s 10-and-9 win in 2005 at The Honors Course is the largest, followed by the 9-and-7 victory by Trip Kuehne at Bandon Dunes in 2007. Mike McCoy won by the same 8-and-6 score in 2013 at the Country Club of Birmingham.

His 7-under 63 in the morning 18 – with the usual match-play concessions – was the best score in a U.S. Mid-Amateur final since the USGA switched the format to 36 holes in 2001.

“I didn’t play that bad,” said Nichols, a wedding caterer who failed to qualify for match play in his Mid-Amateur debut last year. “He played amazing. Even great golf couldn’t keep up.”

Even a seasoned professional might have had difficulty matching Parziale’s effort. He birdied four of the first seven holes in building a 3-up lead. On the inward nine, the 2017 Massachusetts Amateur champion birdied three straight holes from No. 12, and added another at the 458-yard par-4 16th to take a 6-up lead into the lunch break. That stretch included a 55-footer for birdie on the par-3 13th hole.

“I didn’t even know I shot 63 until someone texted me after,” said Parziale, who was 8 under par for the match. “I was really just trying to take it one hole at a time. I know that’s what everyone says, but that’s what I did today.”

Nichols, the fourth North Carolinian to reach a USGA amateur final in 2017 (joining U.S. Amateur champion Doc Redman, U.S. Senior Amateur runner-up Paul Simson and U.S. Women’s Amateur runner-up Jennifer Chang), holed a bunker shot for birdie on the par-4 ninth to momentarily halt Parziale’s surge, but then immediately gave a hole back on No. 10 with a bogey. Nichols’ only other win the rest of the match came when Parziale three-putted the par-3 24th hole for just his second bogey of the match.

If there’s any consolation, Nichols was happy to hear that making the Mid-Amateur final earned him a spot in next year’s U.S. Amateur. “And it’s at Pebble Beach,” he said before receiving his silver medal as the runner-up. He also receives a three-year Mid-Amateur exemption and an exemption from local qualifying for the 118th U.S. Open. “I just learned that today. That’s awesome.”

Parziale and Nichols halved holes 25 through 29 before Parziale, No. 247 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking™, sealed the win on the par-5 30th hole with a 2-iron approach that he was quite familiar with. He closed out his Massachusetts Amateur win at Charles River Country Club, hitting a 2-iron into a par 5. His 239-yard laser on Capital City’s 12th hole found the back fringe, and he managed to lag the eagle putt to within 4 feet. When Nichols failed to make his 25-footer for birdie, he conceded Parziale’s short putt.

Parziale first embraced his father/caddie, Vic, who also works in the same Brockton firehouse.  Then he celebrated with fiancé Ali Hubbard, and several close friends who flew down to Atlanta from Boston on Friday morning. That group included Herbie Aikens and Brian Higgins, another elite mid-amateur from the Bay State. Parziale and Aikens have captured the last two Massachusetts Four-Ball titles and qualified for this year’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club.

“I knew my best friend Greg [Chalas] was driving from [Indianapolis] and he was meeting up with my fiancé. I didn’t know about the other guys,” Parziale said. “They just kept showing up at different times. Crazy friends. That means a lot to keep seeing new faces show up. There was a lot of support, and it was great to have them here.”

Parziale, who had never won a match in three previous U.S. Mid-Amateur appearances, enjoyed quite a week at Capital City Club. Not only did he finally advance in the bracket, but in the quarterfinals on Thursday, he rallied from 5 down with eight to play to beat medalist Bradford Tilley in 20 holes. He followed with a 5-and-4 win over 2016 semifinalist Dan Sullivan.

Five years ago, Parziale was at a crossroads in his golf career. He played collegiately at Southeastern University, an NAIA school in Lakeland, Fla., before embarking on a brief three-year professional career. On June 5, 2012, he was in Memphis, Tenn., for U.S. Open sectional qualifying and was grouped with 1992 U.S. Amateur and 1997 British Open champion Justin Leonard. He finished last (78-76) among the competitors who completed 36 holes.

It was at that point that Parziale decided it was time to abandon his dream of making it as a professional golfer and began the process of joining his father as a firefighter. It’s a decision he has not regretted.

“It’s great. I love my career,” said Parziale. “We’re a very busy station. It allows me to do this (play competitive golf) time-off wise. It’s a great group of guys, too.”

Now he’s about to embark on a dream-like season. His 2018 schedule will not only include the U.S. Open, but a likely invitation to next April’s Masters Tournament. He also is exempt into the next two U.S. Amateurs. The 118th U.S. Amateur is set for Aug. 13-19 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links and Spyglass Hill.

The champion also received a gold medal, custody of the Robert T. Jones Jr. Memorial Trophy for the ensuing year and a 10-year Mid-Amateur exemption.

And he’s scheduled to get married next August.

“It’ll be tough [to get time off],” said Parziale. “But we’ll make next year work.”

Troon Selected to Manage Raritan Valley Country Club in New Jersey

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing, has been selected to manage Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Troon Privé, the private club operations division of Troon, will manage the historic club.

Raritan Valley Country Club was established in 1911 and in 1912 the club’s Herbert H. Barker-designed golf course opened for member play. Barker, an English professional golfer, is credited with designing more than a dozen courses in the United States between 1904 and 1914. Today, the 6,800-yard, par 72 course continues to challenge golfers with its small, undulating greens and varying terrain.

“Raritan Valley is a beautiful club located about 30 miles from New York City,” said Rob DeMore, president, Troon Privé. “We are excited to work with the members and board and will look to further elevate and market the club in a competitive private club space.”

In addition to golf, Raritan Valley also offers a mix of traditional country club amenities, including four tennis courts, two squash courts, a resort-style pool and an assortment of fine and casual dining options. The family-centric club also offers a busy social calendar, kids camps and activities, as well as competitive golf, swimming and tennis programs. The club’s luxurious clubhouse features multiple banquet rooms, a living room-style lounge, a conference/private dining room, a wine cellar and a banquet kitchen.

“Troon brings extensive operational expertise to Raritan Valley,” said John Moore, Raritan Valley Country Club Board President. “Troon’s expertise, coupled with a great country club setting, current and prospective members alike can look forward to an exceptional offering.”

The Troon Privé Division currently manages nearly 70 private clubs, half of which are member owned. Members of Troon Privé-managed clubs have exclusive access to extraordinary golf and lifestyle benefits around the world. All members can choose to receive Troon Privé Connect, Troon’s digital magazine developed specifically for the private clubs, as well as access to experience packages through Privileged Connections and premium tickets to sporting and concert events at the best price. Qualified members receive reciprocal access to other private clubs in the portfolio at a preferred Privé Privilege rate, and up to 50 percent off at Troon Golf-managed resort and daily fee facilities around the world through the Troon Advantage program.

For more information on Raritan Valley Country Club, visit www.rvcc1911.org or call (908) 722-2000.

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

Friday, October 13, 2017

GOLFTEC Named to Prestigious Inc. 5000 List for Eighth Year

(Englewood, Colo.) – GOLFTEC – the world leader in golf lessons, and top employer of PGA Professionals –  has been named to the 2017 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America, an honor the company has received for five consecutive years and eight times over the last decade. Only one percent of all companies to make the list have been featured as often.

GOLFTEC has experienced unrivaled category growth over the past two decades, including a 98% increase in revenue since 2010. In 2017, the company has opened more than 30 new locations, unveiled a new logo and in-center design and expects to teach nearly 1 million lessons. The largest driver of new business comes from referrals by current customers who have undergone the company’s pioneering programs that have led to a 96 percent success rate among GOLFTEC students.

“Receiving this honor for the first time was incredible, but being included for eight years is a testament to our coaches and staff who work tirelessly to help all golfers improve, and in turn, grow the business,” said Joe Assell, Co-Founder and CEO of GOLFTEC. “Our world-renowned approach to instruction and club-fitting has revolutionized the way that golfers learn and improve, and we’re excited to continue to expand our impact around the world.”

In addition to this award from Inc. Magazine, GOLFTEC was also recently named among the “Most Innovative Companies in Sports” by FAST Company, due to industry-leading initiatives such as the SwingTRU Motion Study.

Each GOLFTEC student undergoes a Swing Evaluation to assess their skill, followed by a certified personal coach recommending a specific game plan, which includes fundamental elements like course strategy and a TECfit club fitting session. While the majority of lessons are taught indoors in private bays, coaches also accompany players for on-course/outdoor lessons to ensure they are comfortable in real world situations.

The renowned, global GOLFTEC coaching team is comprised of experienced professionals, most of whom are PGA professionals and have taught thousands of lessons. Each goes through a rigorous multi-week certification at GOLFTEC University including continued advanced training to master the analysis of golf swing mechanics, the technology utilized by GOLFTEC and the most productive teaching techniques. Committed to strengthening the industry and hiring only the best staff, GOLFTEC is the largest employer of PGA Professionals in the world.

To learn more about GOLFTEC, please visit www.golftec.com or call 877-446-5383.

FeedbacK Coach Delivers First of Its Kind Artificial Intelligence-Assisted Coaching

Coach in a Smartphone

(RELEASE) - FeedbacK Enterprise announced the immediate availability of FeedbacK: Coach for golf, a first of its kind app that couples a smartphone’s ability to see, hear, and talk, with Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Computer Vision technology to help you improve your golf swing.

Over five years in development, the FeedbacK: Coach app utilizes the very cutting edge of technology to deliver a simple voice-enabled user experience where telling your phone you are “Ready” begins filming, you take a swing and that’s it ... on your part. But, that is where the magic actually begins. Your video is uploaded to the cloud, and FeedbacK’s algorithms analyze the swing and send back to your phone, in a matter of seconds, actionable instruction on how to improve your swing while the motion is still in muscle memory.

"We are so proud to bring this technology to the everyone who wants to improve," said Shawn McDonald, President of FeedbacK Enterprise, in Hampton Virginia. "When we started developing FeedbacK: Coach for golf, the technology didn’t exist. Still today, most people use training apps to deliver more data, like your club head moved 78 mph, and your clubface is 3 degrees open ... How is that helpful? Our app actually tells you: ‘Keep your head down and rotate your hips in the downswing.’ We truly believe that FeedbacK: Coach is a revolutionary way to utilize the amazing new technologies of machine learning and computer vision to make people’s lives better. Best of all, as more people upload videos our app will get smarter, the coaching it delivers will become more accurate and our members will continue to improve.”

The Free beta version of Feedback: Coach is available for immediate download from the Apple store as part of FeedbacK: Collect. -Or- If you are interested, the FeedbacK Hardware Bundle is also available from Amazon.com that includes a clamp and tripod for your smartphone and a Bluetooth module that enables the voice command features of our app.

Alan Clark, PGA teaching professional, notes: “This breakthrough is good not just for the beginner or weekend duffer, but since I began using FeedbacK: Collect as a tester my game has improved as well. I liked the idea so much I have joined the company.”

FeedbacK Enterprise is dedicated to the idea that everyone’s lives can be made immeasurably better by utilizing breakthrough technology for all tasks involving human motion.

For more information, visit feedback-coach.com.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Getting to Know: John Colligan, Golf Course Architect

Pecan Plantation CC in Granbury, Texas
American Golfer: When did you start playing golf?
John Colligan: I started playing at the ripe old age of 10 in Dallas at Elm Fork Golf Course which later changed to L.B. Houston and is now called Luna Vista G.C. ... We renovated the course in 2011 which was a labor of love for me, remembering all the good times I had with my father and our German Shepard over 50 years ago.

John Colligan, ASGCA
AG: Why did you choose a career in golf course design?
JC: Part preparation and part luck. I attended Skyline High School in Dallas, which offered Architecture for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week. I then Attended The University of Texas at Arlington and got my under graduate degree in Architecture. I got a little bored with some of the preliminary curriculum and dabbled in landscape architecture. I always loved golf and thought this might be a good direction to take to get into golf course design so I went on to get my Masters in landscape architecture and tailored my program around golf course design. While I was in graduate school, Jeff Brauer moved to Dallas from Chicago. Jeff called the University to see if there were any students interested in golf course design. Jeff called and my wife answered, he said he wanted to talk to me about working as a golf course architect; my wife thought it was one of my fraternity brothers and almost hung up on him. That would have made for a very short career. I worked for Jeff for 12 years and have had my own firm for 20 years as of April 21 of this year.

AG: In your opinion, have any design trends hurt the game?
JC: Yes, it's what I refer as the "Viagra" theory. Everybody wanted courses longer and harder. Thus costing more to construct a course and therefore more to play, taking more time with less enjoyment. I feel the game is challenging enough in and of itself. My motto is "Golf should be enjoyed, not endured."
Parker Golf and Fishing in North Texas
AG: How can we grow the game of golf?
JC: I've been designing to grow the game from the first day I opened my own shop. I think the intimidation factor is one primary factor that keeps people from getting started, so I start with practice facilities which ease people into the game; putting courses where they can learn the golf etiquette and the basics of the game. From there, short game areas where they can slowly be taught some strategy and swing basics. Then a practice range for full swing instruction and which will typically have a number of realistic target greens, a target fairway and can be set up to be played as a short course so there is no pressure from other players on the course. From the range I have tried to incorporate beginner or junior tees into the majority of new and renovations I have done.

AG: Do you have a specific design philosophy?
JC: As I mentioned earlier, golf should be enjoyed, not endured. We create courses that are user friendly and fun to play for all skill levels. We want the course to be challenging for the lower handicap player; not difficult, it is easy to design a course that is hard. Designing a fair and fun [course] requires careful study of tee locations, hazard positioning, wind direction, greens locations, contouring and directional axis; fairway contouring; drainage and overall character and design style. The one underlying element I feel is most important to any course and may be the primary reason so many people play the game is beauty. You just can't have too much of it. I like to say, "The perfect golf course is like the perfect wife ... Easy on the eye and not to hard to get along with."

AG: Of all the holes you’ve designed, do you have a favorite (why)?
JC: My next one. Having had the opportunity to design 40+ new courses and renovate more than twice that, I always look forward to the next project. We want future clients to understand that we are not a one-trick pony. Each project, property, budget and market is unique and we are constantly challenged by the combination presented and their priority as we see it and how our client will see it.
Rockwood Park Golf Course in Fort Worth, TX
AG: What’s your “dream foursome” (living or dead, golfer or non-golfer)?
JC: This is a tough one: Dr. Alister Mackenzie, Lee Trevino, Bob Hope and my father.

AG: Is there a “bucket list” location in/on which to design?
JC: I would love to get a 1,000-acre site in the dunes next to an ocean, in Australia or in the sand hills of Nebraska. I have played many courses on sandy sites where drainage is not an issue and material is easy to move. I think of how much fun and how much less expensive it would be to construct a course on land with this character and incorporate a number of cool seasons to play upon. Some day.

AG: What is the future of golf course design?
JC: I feel that most of the work will be on the renovation side of the business as it has been since the mid to late 90s. I also feel, we as designers will be looking for ways and materials to make golf course construction less costly in order to make the game more affordable across the board.

AG: Any advice for someone considering a career in golf course design?
JC: As I mentioned as to why I chose a career in golf course design ... Part preparation and part luck. Many of the 'big boys' have cut their staff to the bone - releasing their staff onto the street. This will, and has, made the world of golf course design more competitive, but may also open more doors for those wanting to get in on the ground floor.

I jokingly refer to myself as a bottom feeder ... just call me catfish. There are projects out there large and small, public and private and I have been very fortunate to get a little of each over the past 33 years. The thing I cherish most about the golf industry are the people - golf course contractors, superintendents, managers, golf professionals and architects alike. It is a very small, close-nit group who realize we are all very lucky to be a part of something that bring millions around the world, young and old alike, much happiness.

John C. Colligan, ASGCA, and Colligan Golf Design, visit www.colligangolf.com.

K-MOTION Expands Patent Portfolio for Human Motion Learning Systems

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) - K-MOTION Interactive – the pioneer of innovative human motion learning systems for sports, fitness and medical industries – has secured its third patent related to biofeedback critical to successful athletic training.

Firmly establishing K-MOTION as the market leader, "Method and System for Athletic Motion Analysis and Instruction” specifically patents real-time training (biofeedback) with sensors that teach players to know exactly what to train and how to fix inefficient movement.

“Applied biomechanics and biofeedback are the future of athletic training,” says Michael Chu, CEO of K-MOTION. “This patent ensures we are able to continue pushing the boundaries of how athletes understand their movements and accelerate improvement.”

K-MOTION owns various patents which apply to human motion learning system, and has several pending patent applications related to the high quality of K-MOTION’s original methodologies and state-of-the-art technologies and products.

The latest patent issuance is another victory for the company that is the brains behind the famous K-VEST training system. It is popular among professional and amateur golfers, baseball and basketball players and a broader spectrum of athletes.

Seven of Golf Digest’s top-10 golf instructors, as well as Major League Baseball and National Hockey League teams, use K-MOTION products for better training. Fitness coaches and physical therapists (faster recovery from injury) are also brand ambassadors.

For golfers (including PGA Tour winners) and coaches, recently released K-VEST 7.7 and K-PLAYER 1.7 software makes it even easier to improve swing set-ups, capturing posture, alignment and side bend. A My Next Swing feature generates pre-loaded programs which guide players through the swing position-by-position for dynamic practice experiences. Motion arrows serve as visual cues.

Data-driven athlete-performance tools are the rage in the professional and amateur ranks. Too many training systems stop at the numbers; however, K-VEST is revolutionary practical by translating them into actionable biofeedback programs so athletes learn and implement solutions intuitively through feel.

K-MOTION Interactive, Inc. is an industry leader in human motion learning systems.  The company uses a combination of software and sensor technology to deliver a learning loop that enhances the measurement, assessment, coaching and training of athletes.  In short, we help people move better.  In sports, fitness and rehabilitation, the company’s products are used in everything from motion capture to range of motion measurement to biofeedback training.  K-MOTION technology is now used in every major U.S. city and country around the world. As the developer of the industry's most popular and innovative suite of motion capture and biofeedback training, K-MOTION's mission is focused on intuitive and easy-to-use solutions that accurately measure motion and improve physical performance. In short, we help people move better. K-MOTION Interactive, Inc. was formerly known as Bentley Kinetics, Inc. The company was founded in 1991 and has office in Scottsdale, Arizona and Nashua, New Hampshire.

For more information: www.k-vest.com, 603.472.3519.

Reserva Conchal Beach Resort, Golf & Spa Reopens Following Tropical Storm Nate

Robert Trent Jones II-Designed Golf Course Sustained Minimal Damage

(PLAYA CONCHAL, Costa Rica) – Reserva Conchal Beach Resort, Golf & Spa – the luxury resort on Costa Rica’s scenic northwestern Pacific coast – announces its Robert Trent Jones II-designed golf course has reopened after sustaining minimal damage from Tropical Storm Nate.

The golf course reopened on October 7 – two days after the storm slammed Costa Rica. Nearly 25 inches of rain fell on the golf course, and staff members removed several trees and downed limbs throughout.

Reserva Conchal staff members also helped nearby communities with relief efforts. In addition to clean up, many from the resort helped provide food, water and supplies to their neighbors.

“We were fortunate in terms of the amount of damage on the golf course, and our staff did an incredible job with the clean-up,” says Carlos Rojas Soto, Director of Golf of Reserva Conchal. “While our golf operations have resumed, our thoughts and prayers remain with those severely affected by Tropical Storm Nate.”

The par-71 Reserva Conchal golf course stretches to more than 7,000 yards. Jones II smartly routed the course between the azure Pacific waters and lush greens of the neighboring tropical forest. The returning nines feature amazing ocean vistas with unforgettable holes meandering through tropical lakes, rugged ravines and ample elevation changes.

Consistently ranked among the top-30 best in the Caribbean and Mexico, Reserva Conchal was the first course in Costa Rica bestowed certification by Audubon International. It boasts a world-class practice facility and learning center with four green complexes, bunkers, chipping and approach areas, and an expansive practice tee. Single- and multi-day golf clinics are offered, including the PGA TOUR Academy featuring certified instructors from famed TPC Sawgrass.

Set within Reserva Conchal’s vast 2,300 acres is an all-inclusive Westin Golf Resort & Spa, an eco-friendly retreat located between the exotic forests and unspoiled beaches of the North Pacific Riviera of Costa Rica. The all-inclusive experience includes all meals, drinks, use of the fitness center and Westin Kids Club, as well as entertainment options including non-motorized water sports, daily activities and nightly events.

For more information about Reserva Conchal, visit www.reservaconchal.com.

Club Champion Set to Open New Store in the Cleveland Area

Golfers Choose from 35,000 Head & Shaft Combinations

(Willowbrook, IL) - Club Champion, the country’s #1 premium golf club fitting and building company, announces the opening of its new Cleveland fitting studio in Warrensville Heights, Ohio at 4069 Richmond Road. The new store will be opening in December 2017.

Club Champion fits, sells, and builds custom golf clubs constructed from clubheads, shafts, and grips from the best brands in golf including Callaway, TaylorMade, Ping, Titleist, PXG, Fujikura, Golf Pride and many more. The company delivers a Tour-quality fitting that produces longer, more accurate shots, with a nearly 100% satisfaction rate for golfers of any caliber.

The new location features approximately 3,000 square feet of space and has been designed to showcase Club Champion’s premium fitting experience and 35,000 hittable clubhead and shaft combinations. The studio includes two indoor hitting bays with Trackman launch monitors for analyzing performance, a SAM PuttLab’s fitting system to find the perfect putter on their practice green, and a build shop for repairing and assembling golf clubs by hand.

"We are excited to bring the finest club fitting and building to the Cleveland area,” said Joe Lee, CEO and president of Club Champion. “Our approach is unbiased, with no promotion of any specific vendors. Our only goal is to find the best combination of components to help customers hit longer, more accurate shots, and more often to lower their scores and enjoy the game more.”

Ranked by Golf Digest as one of the 100 Best Club Fitters eight years running, Club Champion hires experienced fitters who then receive an additional 150+ hours of training before starting their job; unmatched in the golf industry. The company has a unique coupling system that allows them to combine any head and shaft together, so golfers hit the precise combination to be custom built for them. They are the only fitter in the country to offer 35,000 interchangeable head and shaft combinations on-site, at all locations. Golfers get to hit the exact club that will be custom built for them.

Says Lee, “Our unrivaled fitters and demo options generate inspiring results. A recent Golf Magazine study showed our average customer gained 22 yards off the tee, 15 yards with their irons and lowered their scores by 3 strokes. Many players think they aren’t good enough to be custom fit. But the study showed that higher-handicappers saw the biggest gains. Some of these golfers gained as much as 25 more yards with their drivers and shaved as much as 10 strokes per round.”

With advances in club technology, most golfers could easily hit the ball farther and more accurately, yet a Golf Magazine study found that 90% of US golfers may be playing with improperly fit clubs. Club Champion endorser and world-renowned golf instructor David Leadbetter stated, “It never ceases to amaze me that golfers buy clubs off the shelf and assume they’re right for them. Whether you’re a great golfer or a casual one, getting a custom club fitting is one of the quickest ways to improve your game.”

To celebrate the new opening, for a limited time (see website for details), the Cleveland store will offer 50% off full bag fittings, normally $350 (now $175), and 33% off driver, fairway wood, long game, hybrid, wedge, and putter fittings. The studio is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  More information on the company can be found at www.clubchampiongolf.com or by calling (888) 340-7820.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

OnCore Golf Announces Project Launch for the Game’s Most Innovative Ball

Introduces the “Ball with a Brain” – the  Genius Ball

(BUFFALO, NY) – OnCore Golf Technologies, the Buffalo, New York-based company known for ground-breaking innovations in golf ball technology has announced plans for a real “game-changer” - the Genius Ball.

OnCore is developing the Genius Ball with embedded electronic sensors and measurement systems, including a GPS chip, that will determine a wide range of data for each shot, including the ball’s distance, flight path, velocity and spin rate, and will communicate over Bluetooth to player’s mobile devices in real time. Beyond the ability to locate an errant shot anywhere on the course, the Genius Ball will deliver a array of shot data that the company expects will initially include:
- Ball location
- Time in the air
- G force at impact
- Angle of descent
- Initial velocity
- Carry distance
- Roll distance
- Degree of draw or fade
- Spin rate
- Height apex

In addition to developing their own proprietary software interface for mobile devices, OnCore expects to work with other golf app developers to allow the Genius Ball data to be easily integrated with other GPS and course visualization applications. 

While a number of companies have attempted to create “smart” golf balls, the extreme g-forces encountered at club-impact are enough to damage or destroy most embedded electronics. OnCore has solved this issue utilizing an advancement of its patented hollow metal core technology. Creating a protective housing that will not interfere with the performance or feel of the golf ball, the OnCore engineering team is confident that golfers will be very impressed with playability of this unique ball.

The Genius Ball project was accelerated following OnCore’s receipt of US Patent 9,717,956 on August 1, 2017, which describes one of several approaches to the protective shell. The company expects to demonstrate a prototype of the Genius Ball at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL and to begin shipments in the second quarter of next year.

“From our very first days, we have focused on creating unique products that deliver performance, enjoyment and encourage golfers to play this great game,” states Bret Blakely, OnCore Golf co-founder. “Earlier this year, we introduced our first-ever tour ball, the ELIXR, and the player response has been overwhelming.  We hear from customers every day bragging about the great results they are achieving with that ball.  The intent of the Genius Ball is to provide data that helps golfers understand their performance on the course in real time to help them become better golfers. We are confident that what a launch monitor can do for a golfer on the driving range is what the Genius Ball will do on every hole and for every shot.   Golfers crave technology and information and our new “Ball with a Brain” will deliver both.”

The company is providing golfers an opportunity to become the first to experience the product through their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. All participants will be notified when the Genius Ball is ready to ship and have priority in placing orders for the initial production run.

To learn more about the Genius Ball Project, visit www.geniusball.com.

Junior Golf Hub introduces the Hub's Essential Guide to College Golf Recruiting

(Ridgefield, Conn.) - Junior Golf Hub (JGH), www.juniorgolfhub.com, an online community for junior golfers on the rise, parents and college coaches seeking top talent, has added a valuable new feature to its website.

The newly released feature, The Hub’s Essential Guide, is a comprehensive, clear, step-by-step guide to the college golf recruiting process. The Hub’s Essential Guide shares the inside tips and strategies used by “The Hub” and its parent company, Golf Performance Center (www.thegolfperformancecenter.com), to propel 100-plus players to college golf across many top-ranked collegiate golf programs.   

The Hub’s Essential Guide covers key areas of interest to players and parents including:
-Year by year guide to the recruiting process
-Best practices on communicating with college coaches
-Basics of tournament scheduling
-How scholarships work and what to expect
-How junior golf rankings work
-College golf 101 across tournaments, ‘week in the life’, player stories
-Careers in golf and Professional Golf Management (PGM) programs

“We are excited to release The Hub’s Essential Guide. College golf recruiting is time consuming and overwhelming for both junior golfers and parents. We wanted to help make life easier by creating a guide that provides clear, easily accessible answers to common questions,” said Roger Knick, founder of the Junior Golf Hub, Golf Performance Center, and a Class A PGA Professional.

The Hub allows junior golfers to create compelling profiles that are searchable by college golf coaches. Juniors can then ‘Find and Follow’ college programs of interest on The Hub’s comprehensive database of college golf programs. Likewise, college coaches can showcase their programs and track players they are interested in recruiting. In addition, The Hub will release a Tournament Finder and Tournament Calendar for Premium members in the near term.

The Junior Golf Hub is an Official Partner of the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), and title sponsor of the AJGA Preview Series where The Hub was introduced to junior golfers and parents in late March. The Hub supports the Hurricane Tour and Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT), as well as several PGA of America Sections and State Golf Associations throughout the country.

Among the events sponsored by The Hub are the IMG Junior World Championships, the Junior Golf Hub Championship, the New York and New Hampshire State Junior, the Greater New England Classic, the North Texas PGA All-American Tour Points Challenge and several others.

Troon Promotes Rob DeMore to President of Troon Privé Division

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing, has promoted Rob DeMore to president of its Troon Privé Division.  DeMore replaces Ryan Walls, who has moved to BallenIsles Country Club (a Troon Privé-managed facility) in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, to become the club’s new chief operating officer and general manager.  DeMore has served as senior vice president of Troon Privé since fall of 2016 and has more than twenty years of blended hospitality and golf experience.

As Troon Privé Division president, DeMore will oversee the division’s growing collection of fine private clubs around the world. The Troon Privé Division currently manages nearly 70 private clubs, half of which are member owned, including BallenIsles Country Club. Since joining Troon in 2003 from Wyndham International, DeMore has been instrumental in leading numerous private club transformations including strategic land acquisitions, member equity conversions, and start-up operations.  His expertise in leading private club operations has led to national recognition as Golf Inc. magazine recently named DeMore one of the “10 People Who Are Shaping The Future Of Private Clubs.” In addition, during his time working with the Inn at Entrada, the luxury Utah property was named a “Top 25 Resort” by Trip Advisor.

“Rob has been an integral part of the growth of Troon’s private club management services business over the past 10-plus years and is a highly talented and multi-faceted executive,” said Mike Ryan, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Troon. “We are proud and pleased with the company’s depth of talent and the opportunities it affords.”

DeMore will continue to be based in Troon’s Scottsdale offices.

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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

PGA TOUR Superstore Signs Lease for Experiential Golf Retail Store in Altamonte Springs (FL)

(ATLANTA, GA) – PGA TOUR Superstore, the country’s leading golf and tennis retailer, today announced its expansion in the Orlando-region with the opening of a second store in early to mid-2018. The store will be adjacent to the Altamonte Mall and will serve North Orlando and Seminole County. With a successful interactive retail model, PGA TOUR Superstore continues to grow in golf-centric markets.

Each store is staffed with certified teaching professionals, houses up to 14 state-of-the-art swing simulators and hitting bays, features an expansive putting green along with an in-house club making and repair facility to provide an interactive experience to golf enthusiasts of all levels.

PGA TOUR Superstore offers an enormous assortment of men’s, women’s and junior’s golf clubs, thousands of footwear, accessories and balls and more than a dozen different lines of apparel for men, women and juniors.

“A key to our success is listening to the customer. Since we opened the doors at our first Orlando location, customers have been asking us for another store in an area that was closer in proximity to where many of the year-round Orlando residents live,” said Dick Sullivan, President & CEO, PGA TOUR Superstore.  “In fact, we have a customer that has been sending us vacant building listings in North Orlando to one of our team members in Orlando for more than a year.”

This will be the company’s fifth Florida location, joining Jacksonville, Delray Beach, Naples and Orlando. Since the opening of the Orlando area location at 7603 Turkey Lake Road in the Bayhill Plaza (pictured above), PGA TOUR Superstore has defied retail industry woes and continues to expand, showing consistent growth and serving more than seven million customers annually. In the coming weeks, it will open in Jacksonville, Florida and then close out the year with the opening of the company’s first store in the Las Vegas area in December.

For more information, visit www.pgatoursuperstore.com.

Arccos Golf Launches Player Dashboard 2.0

Offers Shot Editing, Data Visualizations, Metric Distances Option and More

(STAMFORD, Conn.) – Arccos Golf today announced the launch of version 2.0 of its Player Dashboard, which now includes shot editing, new data visualizations, metric distances and filtering options.

A proven game improvement tool that’s trusted by golfers and instructors worldwide, the Player Dashboard is free to users of the Arccos 360 app. It facilitates deep dives into round, hole and shot histories, analytics for every game aspect and easy-to-grasp breakdowns of performance trends. The insights it delivers have directly contributed to the remarkable handicap improvement Arccos 360 users realize – an average of 2.77 strokes in one year.

“The products and features we develop are consistently informed by feedback received from our rapidly-expanding and highly-engaged community of users,” says Sal Syed, Arccos Co-Founder and CEO. “Adding shot editing to the Player Dashboard was among the top suggestions. Early response to this and the other enhancements has been tremendous.”

Beyond the v2.0 Player Dashboard, Arccos has introduced a series of acclaimed products and features in 2017. Principal among these is Arccos Caddie, golf’s first artificial intelligence platform. Developed in partnership with Microsoft and powered by the Microsoft Azure cloud, Arccos Caddie helps golfers of all skill levels shoot lower scores by making smarter, data-driven decisions on the course.

Arccos Caddie leverages the golf industry’s richest data set – over 120 million shots hit by the Arccos community, as well as precise elevation data and 368 million geotagged data points on more than 40,000 courses – while also accounting for weather conditions like wind speed, wind direction, precipitation, temperature and more. The platform can be used by anyone, on nearly any hole in the world, regardless of whether a golfer has previously played the course.

“Through the power of data, Arccos users are already improving at a rate that’s 36.4x faster than the average player,” added Syed. “With the enhanced Player Dashboard, Arccos Caddie and our other offerings, we’re helping every player save even more strokes each round by providing the type of strategic insights that were previously available only to PGA TOUR pros.”

For more information, visit: www.arccosgolf.com.