Friday, March 31, 2017

Keswick Hall & Golf Club Offers ‘Full Cry Golf Package’

Play the Acclaimed 18 in Virginia’s Scenic Hunt Country, Enjoy Five-Star Accommodations

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) – Keswick Hall & Golf Club – the Forbes Five-Star, 600-acre luxury resort set in Virginia’s scenic Hunt Country – announces the “Full Cry Golf Package” highlighted by play on its acclaimed Pete Dye-designed Full Cry at Keswick Golf Club course.

Since opening in late fall of 2014, the thrilling-to-play layout has received accolade after accolade including being ranked No. 3 in Golfweek’s 2016 list of “Best Courses You Can Play” in Virginia as well as ranked No. 45 in Golfweek’s prestigious “Best Resort Courses” in the U.S. Full Cry was also honored in Golf Digest’s coveted “2015 Best New Courses.”
The exceptional Full Cry Golf Package starts at $399 (per room). It includes a one-night stay in Keswick Hall’s elegant luxury hotel, one round on Full Cry (with cart), welcome drinks for two in Villa Crawford, and an “All American Breakfast” for two. Guests also receive unlimited access to the resort’s premier practice facility and driving range. Perfect for a couple’s getaway, a second golfer may be added for $80.

“Our ‘Full Cry Golf Package’ is a wonderful way to enjoy the many comforts of our world-class resort and tee it up on our Pete Dye masterpiece,” says John Trevenen, General Manager. “Few resorts anywhere equal our scenic beauty and tranquility for guests seeking to savor a relaxing luxury getaway to be long remembered.”

With the exception of one hole, the greens on Full Cry have open fronts and are approachable by low “links-style” run-up shots or through the air allowing for multiple shot maker options. Players of all abilities will savor the “Old School Pete Dye” experience. Visitors to Keswick Hall & Golf Club will also discover elegant renovations to its 48 guestrooms, gourmet dining with a regionally inspired cuisine, and immaculate customer service.

The region is also home to Jefferson’s Monticello, the University of Virginia and numerous outdoor pursuits, drawing history buffs, wine lovers, sports enthusiasts and nature seekers year-round. Keswick Hall and Golf Club additionally features an array of relaxing spa services, fine dining at Fossett’s, and myriad amenities. Highly decorated, it has attained Condé Nast Traveler “gold” status, and is one of Travel + Leisure’s 500 “World’s Best Hotels.”

Tee times and accommodations are based on availability. Taxes / additional fees are not included.

For more information on Keswick Hall & Golf Club visit or call 434.979.3440.

PGA National Resort & Spa Announces Exclusive ‘Champion Package’

Stay-and-Play Where the Pros Do for the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – PGA National Resort & Spa – home of the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic and former Ryder Cup venue – announces its “Champion Package” for play on its Jack Nicklaus-designed Champion Course and famous Bear Trap.

Starting as low as $235 per night from May 25 – Sept. 30 (per person, double occupancy), the year-round offer features one daily round on The Champion Course (with cart), luxury accommodations with private balcony or terrace and full breakfast each day in the Palm Terrace Restaurant. Advance tee are recommended.

The acclaimed Champion Course is regarded as one of the top layouts in the U.S. The Bear Trap (Nos. 15 – 17) is hailed by USA Today as “one of the toughest stretches in golf,” and known to strike fear into the hearts of golfers, professional and amateur alike.

“Our Champion Package is ideal for a true ‘bucket list’ golf experience,” says Greg Saunders, Vice President, Managing Director. “Combined with our four other courses, resort amenities, luxuriously appointed rooms, world-class spa, and fine dining outlets, it’s easy to see why we’re the pinnacle of South Florida destinations.”

In addition to The Champion Course, PGA National offers golf on four exceptional courses. The resort’s expansive 40,000-square-foot European-style spa is renowned as the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation. The spa recently underwent a revitalization to its pool deck complete with new furnishings as well as renovation of the sleek ladies’ lounge and wet room including all new sauna, steam rooms, indoor Jacuzzi and locker rooms.

Resort guests can also enjoy the new high-tech 33,000-square-foot Sports & Racquet Club featuring a wide array of fitness activities and classes including pickle ball and tennis on the 18 Har Tru tennis courts (11 lit for night play). Not to be missed is the striking zero-entry pool, chef-driven Ironwood Steak & Seafood restaurant, and chic iBAR in its glamorous lobby.

For more on PGA National Resort & Spa:, 561.627.2000.

Product Review: Bollé Sunglasses

Over the course of the last year, we’ve taken a strong sun-safety stance on American Golfer. That said, while it may be common for golfers to lather up with sunscreen before teeing off, far too many continue to neglect their eyes.

In a nutshell ... Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation can cause everything from cataracts to cancer. Two suggestions: Wear a hat and find the right pair of sunglasses.

As far as shades go, take a look at Bollé. The company has a dozen golf-specific styles from which to choose.

Distortion is the No. 1 complaint I hear from golfers trying to play with sunglasses for the first time. Bollé understands that and has developed lenses that are some of the most distortion-free available. Their Modulator V3 Golf lenses are made with Trivex - much better than polycarbonate, which is used for many sport sunglass lenses - for advanced optical clarity.

These sunglasses will not negatively affect your game, but can actually improve it. How? The tint of the lenses is designed to highlight subtleties of the course. Reading greens becomes easier, whether it’s sunny or overcast.

The lightweight, flexible frames come complete with temple tips and nose pads that keep the sunglasses comfortably in place throughout the round.

Another complaint I’ve heard from those trying sunglasses while playing ... seeing the frame while looking down. Bollé’s answer to that: all golf-specific sunglasses in the collection (including the new Flash, Flyair and Attraxion models) have rimless or semi-rimless frame designs.

Perhaps the coolest feature of these sunglasses are the photochromic lenses. This technology is embedded into the lens at a molecular level to automatically lighten and darken according to the conditions - darker when the sun is glaring and lighter when it temporarily hides behind a cloud.

As for color ... Whether you’re looking to fly under the radar (matte black) or live out loud (neon yellow), Bollé has you covered.

Both the Bolt S (left) and Bolt (right) retail for $169.99 and come with a hard case and microfiber cloth carry bag.

For more information, go to

Lamkin Grips, FLAT CAT Partner to Extend Worldwide Distribution of the Revolutionary Putter Grip

(SAN DIEGO, CA) – Lamkin Corporation – the original manufacturer of premium golf grips – announces it has partnered with Winston Products to market and sell the complete portfolio of FLAT CAT putter grips, a game-changing putting tool that helps golfers of all abilities putt more consistently and effectively. The newly formed alliance gives Lamkin exclusive worldwide distribution rights for FLAT CAT grips.

“We are very excited to be partnering with the Lamkin Corporation. For nearly a century, the Lamkin name has been synonymous with quality and character and we are thrilled to marry our FLAT CAT innovation and technology with the heritage of the Lamkin brand,” said Winston Breeden, CEO, Winston Products.

FLAT CAT’s unique FLAT 1 technology puts the feeling of square in the palm of a player’s hands, helping them to square their hands, square their shoulders and square their putter face to their intended target line. Each side of the FLAT CAT grip is in a parallel plane with the putter face, allowing every golfer to establish a personal feel with the face of their putter no matter what their putting style – traditional, left-hand low, saw, claw and more.

“After meeting with the FLAT CAT team, and playing with the product, it was clear that their organization shared many of Lamkin’s core brand values,” said Bob Lamkin, President and CEO of Lamkin. “The technology behind FLAT CAT’s product line directly supports one of our most important values: providing golfers with the tools to realize a more confident, consistent and enjoyable playing experience. Whether it’s swinging grips or putter grips, our own development efforts are always focused on achieving that goal. By adding FLAT CAT products into our own portfolio, we continue to deliver on that important promise to our customers!”

FLAT CAT was developed in consultation with PGA Professional Mike Heisterkamp and longtime Whistling Straits and Pinehurst professional caddy Charlie Spain. FLAT CAT GOLF is owned by Make’em All, LLC, a division of Winston Products LLC. For more information, visit

Lamkin offers a variety of performance-inspired grips including the Z5, UTx, Crossline, Wrap-Tech and R.E.L. ACE. The company’s trusted products are played by PGA Tour superstars Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker and many others. Lamkin products are unrivaled in quality thanks to world-class engineering, premium materials and handcrafted, repeatable production techniques.

For more information about Lamkin, visit

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Mother's Day Gift Ideas from New Balance, Callaway

A Look at Women's Golf Shoes and Apparel By New Balance and Callaway

New Balance Minimus Sport

New in the women's collection by New Balance is the NBGW1006 Minimus Sport. The spikeless shoe features a breathable mesh upper with ultralight FantomFit support, and REVlite 4mm midsole for lightweight cushioning and premium responsiveness. The Ortholite insole is designed for long lasting cushioning and wicks away moisture for cool, dry comfort and the NDurance rubber outsole provides maximum durability in high wear areas.

Colors: Grey/Pink; Blue; Purple
Size: 6-11 in B and D widths
Weight: 6.4 oz.
Suggested Retail: $69.95

Callaway Solaire

The new Callaway footwear collection is highlighted by its flagship shoe for women the Solaire. Designed with a Opti-Vent mesh upper with 3D stability print for breathability and support, the shoe features a Opti-Soft EVA midsole which provides natural ground feel and comfort. The Solaire has a 5mm EVA sockliner and Opti-Vent mesh liner for heat management. The spikeless shoe has a dura-rubber outsole with multi-directional, traction lugs for maximum traction and support.

Callaway Solaire
Colors: Heather; Grey and Pink
Size: 6 -11 Medium Width
Weight: 6.8 oz.
Suggested Retail: $69.95                    

Callaway Apparel

Women's Opti-Shield Animal Print Top

Play a full 18 without getting sticky from the heat with the ventilated Opti-Shield UPF 50 Golf Animal Print Top. The 1/4 zip is made of 95% polyester/5% spandex and the animal print polo front takes a fun approach to style. The Opti-Dri moisture wicking technology pulls sweat away from your body so you can cool down in the heat, Opti-Stretch allows your arms the freedom to produce a fluid swing and Opti-Vent engineered ventilation for enhanced comfort and cooling action. The polo is available in sizes XS - XL for a suggested retail of $70.

Billy Casper Golf Names Mike Bender as General Manager of Duluth Golf

(DULUTH, MN.) – Billy Casper Golf – the highly respected and innovative manager of golf courses, country clubs and resorts – has selected Mike Bender as General Manager of Duluth Golf.

Duluth Golf is home to 54 scenic holes along the Minnesota coastline of Lake Superior. The property features two picturesque, 27-hole courses: Enger Park and Lester Park. The two layouts host more than 180 families with innovative youth golf programs, and serve nearly 1,100 golfers during weekly league play.

Mike Bender brings nearly two decades of strategic leadership experience to Duluth Golf, most recently as Head Golf Professional and General Manager at BCG-managed Tri-Mountain Golf Course, in Ridgefield, WA. Bender looks forward to returning with his family to Minnesota, as he previously held the Head Golf Professional position at Valley View Golf Course in Belle Plaine, MN, and Assistant Golf Professional position at Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington, MN.

“Mike has consistently proven himself to be one of the best in our field,” said Bill Colgan, Regional Manager at BCG. “His commitment to delivering great customer service, improving the golf experience, and giving back to the communities where he lives and works, makes him a true representative of BCG values.”

Bender has been a member of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America for more than a decade.  In his new role, he will work with BCG regional and national teams to guide Duluth Golf property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse activities, food and beverage, merchandising, golf instruction and programming to benefit golfer experiences and rounds played.  

More information on Duluth Golf:, 218.723.3451 or 218.525.0830.

More information on BCG:, 703.761.1444.

Ray Bourque Named Honorary Chairman of 2017 U.S. Senior Open Championship

Salem Country Club set to host its sixth USGA championship from June 29-July 2

(FAR HILLS, N.J.) – Ray Bourque, who retired as the most prolific scoring defenseman in National Hockey League history and was a longtime Boston Bruins captain, has been named honorary chairman of the 38th U.S. Senior Open Championship. The United States Golf Association (USGA) will conduct the U.S. Senior Open at Salem Country Club, in Peabody, Mass., June 29-July 2, 2017.

Bourque, who played 20-plus seasons for the Bruins and led the franchise to a pair of Stanley Cup Finals appearances, won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman five times and finished second to Mark Messier in 1990 for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s most valuable player. He finished his career with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001, winning his lone Stanley Cup in his final game. Bourque was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 in his first year of eligibility.

“Being named honorary chairman of the 2017 U.S. Senior Open is a thrill for me,” said Bourque, who received the 2003 Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. “I’ve been playing golf most of my life and have been a member at Salem Country Club for 25 years. Every round there is special. I love the game and its traditions and I’m looking forward to helping with the championship and being associated with the very best senior players in the world.

“I’ve worked with kids my whole career and one of the great benefits of this event is kids 17 years old and under get in free with a ticketed adult. That’s an opportunity for a lot of young people to see some of the top golfers in the history of the game on one of the best Donald Ross courses up close and in person.”

Bourque annually hosts a celebrity golf tournament to raise funds for the Celebrities for Charity Foundation, which he co-founded with former teammate Cleon Daskalakis 20 years ago. One of the most honored players in hockey history, Bourque won the 1980 Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie and the 1992 King Clancy Memorial Trophy for leadership and humanitarian efforts. He was chosen as an NHL All-Star 19 times, including 13 first-team selections, and was voted All-Star Game MVP in 1996.

“Ray Bourque is one of hockey’s greatest players and his name is synonymous with the Boston Bruins and sports in New England,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “He has also served the game of golf, been active with charities in his community and will be a respected ambassador of this year’s U.S. Senior Open.”

Bourque, who was born in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, and was selected eighth overall in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft by the Bruins, collected 410 goals and 1,169 assists for 1,579 points in 1,612 regular-season games. His assists total is fourth all-time behind Wayne Gretzky, Ron Francis and Messier. Bourque’s five Norris Trophies rank behind only fellow Bruins’ legend Bobby Orr (8), Nicklas Lidstrom (7) and Doug Harvey (7).

Bourque was the longest-serving captain of the Bruins, a 12-year span. From his spot on the Boston blueline, he led the franchise to two conference titles, five division crowns, and one President’s Trophy for most points in a season. In 214 NHL playoff games, Bourque accounted for 180 points, with 41 goals and 139 assists. His jersey number, 77, was retired by both the Bruins and the Avalanche.

"In addition to being a hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Bourque is a valued member of Salem Country Club and is extraordinarily generous with his time and talents, which he shares with numerous North Shore charities,” said William H. Sheehan III, general chairman of the 2017 U.S. Senior Open. “Ray will be active in the lead-up to the Senior Open, which includes hosting a junior clinic during championship week. We look forward to working closely with Ray as the club prepares to welcome the golf world to Salem Country Club in just a few short months.”

In his role as honorary chairman, Bourque, 56, will support the sixth USGA championship to be held at Salem Country Club. The course was the site of the 2001 U.S. Senior Open, when Bruce Fleisher defeated Gil Morgan and Isao Aoki by one stroke. Fleisher, runner-up in the previous year’s Senior Open to Hale Irwin, shot a final-round 68 that included 12 consecutive pars to finish the championship at even-par 280. During the final nine holes of the championship, five other players, including Aoki and two-time Senior Open champion Jack Nicklaus, were tied for the lead.

The U.S. Senior Open Championship for golfers age 50 and older is open to any professional and any amateur with a Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4. The 2018 championship is scheduled for June 28-July 1 at the Broadmoor Golf Club (East Course), in Colorado Springs, Colo. In 2019, Warren Golf Course on the campus on the University of Notre Dame, in Notre Dame, Ind., will host from June 27-30.

U.S. Senior Open tickets are available online at Trophy Club, practice-round and championship-round tickets are available on a daily and weekly basis. Youths 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

SCI-CORE Ultimate Practice Ball Gives Golfers Realistic Feel, Safe Indoors

New Ball Adds to Swing Coach Club Training Success

(Logan, Utah) – Safe indoors and outdoors, the newly released SCI-CORE practice golf ball is designed as a solution for golfers who want a realistic feel and result wherever they have enough space to swing a club.

On the practice range, inside the living room, or out in the backyard, the bright orange SCI-CORE practice golf ball is a great solution for practice virtually anywhere.

The SCI-CORE “real feel” practice golf ball is the heaviest practice ball on the market at 20.5 grams (0.72 ounces) – roughly half of a regulation golf ball. It is this extra weight that provides a “real feel” and allows for a maximum flight of 130 yards on full swings. Yet, with its condensed, patent-pending polymer foam construction, the SCI-CORE ball also floats on water for easy retrieval.

The SCI-CORE ball has a durable non-marking glossy cover, with a traditional dimple pattern for accurate flight characteristics. It is designed for extensive use, retains its shape, and will not crack over time. The SCI-CORE ball is so soft it won’t break a glass window and the cover does not leave scuff marks.

Developed by the creators of the Swing Coach Club training aid, the SCI-CORE “real feel” practice golf ball is available in a six-pack for $14.95 and comes with a lifetime warranty.

For more information and to order a six-pack of SCI-CORE “real feel” practice golf balls, access the Swing Coach website at

PUMA Golf Pulls Back Curtain on Lexi's Looks for the Ana Inspiration

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – At this week’s ANA Inspiration, the LPGA TOUR’s first major of 2017, PUMA Golf Tour Team member Lexi Thompson will showcase some of the brand’s hottest spring looks.  Sure to turn heads on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club, Thompson will wear a quartet of fresh designs from the PUMA Golf SS17 collection.

Here are the details on Lexi’s looks for the week:

Sleeveless Johnny Polo - $55
Elevated Wind Jacket - $80
Solid Knit Skirt - $55
Blaze DISC - $120

Racerback Golf Polo - $55
¼ Zip Popover - $65
Zig Zag Knit Skirt - $60
Blaze DISC - $120

Bloom Stripe Polo - $65
Full Zip Jacket - $80
Solid Knit Skirt - $55
Blaze DISC - $120

Sunday: Lexi’s Signature Sunday Blue
Mesh Polo - $55
¼ Zip Popover - $65
Crosshatch Knit Skirt - $60
Blaze DISC - $120

View the PUMA Golf SS’17 women’s collection here:

Carolina Fever

A potential Monday night March Madness championship tilt between the Tar Heels and the Gamecocks would determine not only the NCAA basketball champion, but also, once and for all, who is the “real” Carolina. But which state boasts the best golf?

(THE CAROLINAS) — One of the most popular storylines to emerge during this year’s March Madness has been both of the “Carolinas” — North and South — reaching the Final Four. It’s a story that will get even juicier should both teams win their Saturday semifinal contests in Phoenix.

A Monday night championship tilt between the Tar Heels and the Gamecocks would determine not only the NCAA basketball champion, but also, once and for all, who is the “real” Carolina.

This Hatfield-McCoy border battle infiltrates the world of golf, too. Which state — Tar Heel or Palmetto — boasts the best golf? North Carolina has Pinehurst, the “Home of American Golf,” and plenty of other storied courses from the Blue Ridge to the coast, while South Carolina is renowned for a coastline that includes Myrtle Beach, Kiawah Island and Hilton Head Island, along with its own equally diverse array of offerings from the mountains to the midlands.

But for this particular contest, let’s say the “blue bloods” are Pinehurst battling Hilton Head, while the “upstarts” are, say, the Outer Banks of North Carolina versus a place like Santee, South Carolina.

Pinehurst gives us the Talamore Golf Resort and its pair of recently renovated classic layouts, the New Course at Talamore, designed by Rees Jones, and Mid South Club, designed by the great Arnold Palmer. The ongoing restoration of the two classics — including conversion of all 36 greens from bent grass to Champion Bermuda receiving rave reviews — is part of a $6-million capital improvement project at Talamore’s four North Carolina and Pennsylvania facilities. For information call 800-552-6292 or visit

Hilton Head Island is known for Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, which offers three world-class designs by a trio of the game’s legends: Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills and George Fazio, each of which has been awarded the Palmetto State’s “Golf Course of the Year” by the South Carolina Board of Directors of the National Golf Course Owners Association. This popular, 2,000-acre resort, bounded by three miles of Atlantic Ocean beach on one side and a sheltered Intracoastal Waterway marina on the other, has been named a “Top 20 Best Resort in the South” by Condé Nast Traveler. For information call 877-567-6513 or visit

As for the upstarts, the iconic Outer Banks of North Carolina has long been a popular family destination, but also has made a name for itself as a great golf getaway — in fact North Carolina’s No. 3 Golf Destination according to GolfAdvisor. Along with its storied Lighthouses, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, famed Wild Mustangs of Corolla and scores of watering holes overflowing with fresh seafood and spirits, its growing golf reputation is further bolstered with memorable layouts like The Currituck Club, Nags Head Golf Links, Kilmarlic Golf Club, The Carolina Club and The Pointe Golf Club providing plenty of reason to pack your clubs next time you visit. For information call 800-916-6244 or visit

Last but not least, Santee, S.C., may be small in stature, but it more than packs a punch when it comes to outstanding and budget-friendly golf. For more than a half-century, traveling enthusiasts making their way through South Carolina along Interstate 95 have enjoyed a stopover in Santee — located almost exactly halfway between New York and Miami — for its superb fishing, excellent golf, affordable accommodations and outstanding food and entertainment. Three lakeside golf courses are less than a mile from one another, with an additional 14 layouts within a half-hour drive. For information visit Specific golf packages are available at and

So, which of the Carolinas comes out on top when it comes to great golf? Well, like a potential Monday night NCAA title belt, such a momentous final call has to be made on the court — or in this case, on the course. Come to the Carolinas packing your golf clubs, an open mind … and determine for yourself.

Enjoy Golf’s Most Innovative Stay and Play Package: The Loop Reversible Course at Forest Dunes

(Roscommon, MI) – Forest Dunes in northern Michigan offers a unique 2017 buddy trip golf package experience unlike any other.

It’s the result of Lew Thompson, the owner of Forest Dunes, setting out a few years ago to add a second golf course to his nationally acclaimed destination and wanting something that would be industry changing and fun for all golfers.

Tom Doak of Renaissance Golf Design, one of the most sought after course designers in the World, delivered The Loop in dramatic fashion. With his Renaissance men, Brian Slawnik, Brian Schneider and Eric Iverson, Doak created a revolutionary reversible golf course that is played in two directions.

In terms of play for golfers, the result is three golf courses and a versatile 54-hole golf package that is as cool and unique as the destination itself.

“Since we opened the course to limited play last summer, and with the overwhelming anticipation for 2017, our phones have been ringing non-stop with golfers inquiring about golf packages and how they work,” Chad Maveus, Forest Dunes general manager, said. “The beauty of The Loop, and with how we alternate its direction each day, a golf group can play, for example the Red Course (counter-clockwise) on day 1, followed by the Black Course (clockwise) on day 2, then our original Forest Dunes course on the final day. This is just one combination of several that we can create.”

The Loop opened to limited play in 2016 and rave reviews followed, including being recognized as the Best New Public Course by Golf Digest and the Best New U.S. Course You Can Play by GOLF Magazine. Ron Whitten, Golf Digest’s architecture editor said in his article that the winning courses, which included The Loop, represented fun and playability and a trend that many architects are embracing by building for the masses.

Golfers building a stay and play golf package at Forest Dunes can simply combine a lodging rate with the golf rates. Lodging options include the Lake AuSable Lodge, golf cottages, or the new golf villas. Rates can range depending on the time of the season from $59 to $149 per person based on double occupancy. Golf rates on the original Forest Dunes course and The Loop course, depending on the time of season, range from $60 to $149.

In addition, Forest Dunes is providing a tribute rate during the summer months on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays on both courses for $85 for qualifying seniors 55 and over, ladies, military and first responders.

For more information and to book a stay and play package, click on

For additional visit or follow them on Twitter @forestdunesgolf.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa Pampers Golfers Who “Stay & Play”

Packages Feature Danzante Bay Golf Course, Rees Jones’ New Baja Gem

(LORETO, Baja California South, Mexico) — The natural beauty of the Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto and magic of the new Rees Jones-designed Danzante Bay Golf Course are the featured attractions of three stay-and-play package choices this summer.

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa is set within the indigo waters of the Sea of Cortez, on the eastern side of the Baja Peninsula (formerly known as Baja California Sur) – once dubbed “The Aquarium of the World” by legendary oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. The scenic Danzante Bay Golf Course, which has 11 ocean-facing holes, gently takes players from desert terrain up into the mountains, through dunes and along a lake.  The final seven holes will be completed in early November.

Only a two-hour flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – the resort features 4,447 acres of unspoiled beauty. In addition to the Jones golf course, the resort boasts stunning ocean and mountain views, three outstanding restaurants, five swimming pools, the 39,000-square-foot luxurious Sabila Spa, beautiful beaches, tennis courts, miles of hiking trails, glass-bottomed kayaks, and sport fishing.  The resort is also accessible seasonally with direct WestJet flights from Calgary and from Tijuana via Calafia Airlines.

Guests may elect to partake in one of two “Golf & Spa Packages” – the “All Inclusive” or the “European Plan.”

The “All Inclusive” is $267 per person/per night (three-night minimum required) and includes:
- Accommodations in a Deluxe Studio Suite
- Food, domestic and international beverages at The Market and Casa Mia restaurants
Unlimited golf
- Golf cart, use of driving range and 18-hole putting green (bottled water and hand towels included)
- Companion guests may choose from four spa services (Classic Swedish, Chocolate Delight Massage, Wine Therapy, Deep Tissue, or Manicure & Pedicure) at Sabila Spa instead of golf. One spa service per day.  Appointments are required
- $500 resort credit included per stay (may not be applied to room rate)

The “European Plan” is $191 per night/per person (three-night minimum required) and includes all amenities in the “All Inclusive” package apart from the food and beverages.

Golfers also can select the equally pleasing “Enjoy & Experience Package” for $174/person/night (three-night minimum required), which includes:
- Accommodations in a Deluxe Studio Suite (three nights, four days)
- Complimentary stay for children (up to age 11)
- Two tee times per adult during the stay, with golf cart, bottled water and hand towels
- Use of driving range and 18-hole putting green
- $25 credit for Sabila Spa

To reserve one of the packages, or for more information, visit, call (800) 790-4187, or email For additional information on the golf course, go to

TGA Premier Golf Evolves with Launch of New Brand Logo

New logo represents the fun, active and introductory leader in golf, sports and education

(Los Angeles, CA) – TGA Premier Golf (TGA), the leading youth sports franchise company specializing in introductory junior golf programs, has unveiled its new brand mark and logo. This branding change coincides with TGA’s corporate rebranding and its focus on being the leader in introductory youth sports and education programs.

The new TGA corporate and golf logos represent the fun, active and innovative sports brand that is impacting youth, families and communities across the country. The three distinct symbols within the TGA logo are an inspiration for youth to get out and play, be active with movement and excel in academics.

“As our consumer base transitions from largely Generation X to more Millennials, it made sense to refresh our brand with a sleek, modern look and a value proposition that resonates with this audience,” LeeAnn O’Donnell, Director of Marketing explained. “The three icons are a visual representation of the elements that all of our programs combine to provide an unparalleled experience for our students: academics, athletics, and life skills.”

TGA’s (Teach, Grow, Achieve) unique delivery model solves golf’s main barriers to entry by delivering introductory programs directly at schools and community centers through before- or after-school enrichment programs. The self-sustaining, no funding needed business model puts golf on a level playing field with other mainstream sports and creates a healthier and safer environment for students to be introduced to and learn golf. What differentiates TGA is the station-based curriculum that includes golf skill progression, education subjects and STEAM Labs, as well as physical fitness and health components.

TGA has also created the Player Pathway, the first of its kind in the industry, which is having a major economic impact on golf courses nationwide. Once the students go through the introductory programs, TGA transitions them and their families from the school to partner golf courses through recreational programs such as camps, leagues and parent-child events, which results in increased traffic and revenues through green fees, food/beverage and merchandise sales.

Finally, through its own line of youth golf equipment, TGA provides age and height customized equipment for all students at no cost, as well as an affordable option for parents to get them into the game.

TGA’s golf franchises have now grown to 62 markets across the nation serving more than 3,300 schools and introducing over 650,000 youth (ages 5-13) to the game.

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

PGA TOUR Superstore’s New Hilton Head Experiential Golf Retail Store Opens April 1

Grand Opening Includes $30,000 in giveaways and $15,000 to The First Tee of The LowCountry

(ATLANTA, GA) – PGA TOUR Superstore is ushering in a new experience for Hilton Head /Bluffton area golfers and tennis enthusiasts with an April 1 at 9 a.m. grand opening of its first interactive retail store, the largest golf and tennis store in the area. The 25,000 square foot location is at 1129 Fording Island Road Bluffton, SC 29910, near the Home Depot at the intersection of U.S. 278 and Burnt Church Road and will be an anchor in the Bluffton Crossing shopping center.

Hilton Head marks the company’s 29th store in the U.S. and the third location in South Carolina (joining Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach locations). The grand opening celebration includes $30,000 in product giveaways to the first customers in line and a $15,000 donation that will benefit area youth golfers through The First Tee of The LowCountry.

One (part time) Lowcountry resident is especially pleased PGA TOUR Superstore is coming to town.

“I’m thrilled our brand is making a new home in such a terrific location visited by many who share the same passion for golf and tennis as I do,” said PGA TOUR Superstore controlling owner Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons and retired co-founder of Home Depot. “We’re excited to provide an unparalleled retail experience and to give back to the community with The First Tee of The LowCountry.”

PGA TOUR Superstore’s new location will employ up to 25 associates including “certified teaching professionals,” and will include four interactive simulators; practice hitting bays, an expansive 1,100 square foot putting green and an in-house club-making and repair facility to provide a unique, interactive experience to golf enthusiasts of all levels. In addition the store will offer 4,000 square feet of soft goods, 3,500 square feet of hard goods and 2,000 square feet of footwear.

For tennis enthusiasts, the locale offers the top tennis brands and a variety of equipment from racquets and shoes to apparel. Certified professional stringers are also in store to fit you with the racquet, string, string tension and grip size that best suits your game.

“With the amount of golf and tennis played year-round in the Hilton Head area this is an ideal marketplace to expand our brand presence and provide the best retail experience for sports enthusiasts,” said PGA TOUR Superstore President and CEO Dick Sullivan. “We are committed to inspire all types of golfers and tennis players – from beginners to avids – to play the game and find everything they need under one roof. We will deliver an unprecedented assortment of products and unmatched service to the locals and those who visit the area.”
The Hilton Head PGA TOUR Superstore grand opening event will take place April 1 with doors opening 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and include $30,000 in giveaways to the first people in line, putting contests and swing evaluations. PGA TOUR Superstore is also teaming up with First Tee of The Lowcountry in Hilton Head Island and will present a check at the Grand Opening for $15,000 to help inspire the next generation of golfers at the chapter’s three programming locations (two on the island and one in Bluffton).

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Introducing the PXG X Collection: Ultra-Low Spin Drivers, Fairway Woods & Hybrids

New PXG X Collection Goes Like Hell, Sounds Like Heaven

(Scottsdale, AZ) – PXG (Parsons Xtreme Golf) announced the release of new drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids. The new PXG X Collection is engineered for extremely low spin, incredible distance, and unmatched sound and feel.

Buzz surrounding PXG’s 0811X driver began last May, when PGA TOUR Professional James Hahn clinched a victory at the Wells Fargo Championship with an early prototype in his bag. Not long after, Charles Howell III reached out to PXG founder Bob Parsons saying, “this driver is so fantastic you’ve got to release it now.”

PXG didn’t release the club.

“We didn’t release the driver at that point because we knew several ways to make it even better,” Parsons shared. “For me there are three things that go into the experience of hitting a club – performance, sound and feel. It doesn’t matter how much we spend. It doesn’t matter how long it takes or how many iterations. Each one of those things has to be right.”

PXG continued to explore new materials and refine processes in an effort to exhaust all possibilities for making a better golf club. As a result, the ultra-low spin PXG X Collection features advanced technology that delivers exactly what PXG’s founder insisted on – superior performance, sound, and feel.

The PXG X Collection introduces a patented honeycomb TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) insert. A high-performance compound with vibration-dampening characteristics, TPE enhances sound and feel. The honeycomb structure increases efficiencies and helps to reduces the overall club head mass.

Additionally, each club incorporates an ultra-strong, lightweight carbon fiber crown, instead of heavier titanium or steel. Reducing mass in the crown area allows the weight to be repositioned in the sole of each club for optimal launch conditions. The matte black crown also reduces reflections and helps to eliminate distractions.

PXG’s Precision Weighting System leverages high-density tungsten and low-density titanium weights. The weights provide a significant amount of moveable mass in the club head that can be easily adjusted to influence spin and draw or fade bias.

“The clubs in the new PXG X Collection go like hell, and sound like heaven. They are simply in a class of their own,” Parsons added.

The PXG X Collection complements the original PXG 0811, 0341, and 0317 series as a club option for players who desire ultra-low spin, without sacrificing forgiveness.

The PXG 0811X driver is available in 9, 10.5, and 12-degree loft options. For players who prefer a lighter weight driver, PXG has also released the PXG 0811LX.

PXG 0341X fairway woods are available in 2, 3, 5, and 7-degree loft options, while the PXG 0317X hybrids are available in 17, 19, 22, 25, and 28-degrees.

To learn more about the PXG X Collection or to schedule a fitting, visit

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Golfer's Dreams Come True on Anguilla

New luxury retreat “Nevaeh” (that’s heaven spelled backwards) features its own state-of-the-art golf simulator, sleeps up to 16 and costs as little as $403 per person per night in summer

(Anguilla) - Renting the new Nevaeh on Anguilla can be the experience of a lifetime for anyone.

But for golfing buddies, the year-old retreat is pure Heaven (its name, after all, is heaven spelled backwards). Well, how often do you find a sumptuous 8-bedroom villa that features its own HD golf simulator offering hundreds of the international courses? Think of the possibilities: A couple of avid twosomes can refine their swings with a clear conscience while treating their families to glorious beachside pampering - full staff, grotto pool, a media room, a movie theater, watersports gear and tennis.

- Eight golfing couples can prep for a club tournament in secret -- telling their fellow members they’re just heading for “a few days of sunshine in the Caribbean” rather than a week of intense practice at Neveah.
- Even elite touring pros might be tempted to gather their families for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation -- especially since they can put in a few serious rounds on the Greg Norman course just a five-minute drive away.
- Located in Anguilla’s fashionable West End, this private retreat is set in one acre of landscaped gardens that terrace down to one of the most beautiful beaches on an island of beautiful beaches.  A striking infinity pool flowsing into a grotto that’s the centerpiece of the garden’s playground, enhanced after dark with oversize antique lanterns and spotlights

One of the most tech-oriented villas in the Caribbean

The golf simulator is just the beginning of Nevaeh’s eye-opening diversions that leave guests wondering how they’re going to sample all the toys in one week’s vacation: Astroturf tennis court that doubles as a basketball court, a dedicated Techno gym, sea scooters and stand-up paddle boards, beach volleyball and kayaks.

Nevaeh’s entertainment facilities add up to a perfect retreat for extended families, with adults and children able to spread out in a 9-seat movie theater with surround-sound and a media room equipped with a 70-inch-screen TV (great for watching The Masters or the U.S. Open!).

Amazing Values
Summer rates (in effect April 23 through December 15 – that is, a full 8 months of the year!) begin at $5,980 a night for 5 rooms, $7,590 for 8 rooms, including chef, butler and concierge service.

So how about the arithmetic?   For 16 guests, $7,590 works out at $948 a night per couple (simulator included!).  To put that in context, during Christmas/New Year, the minimum stay is 14 nights’8 rooms at a cost of $172,500 per week plus 20% tax and service.

For full details of all rates and special value packages, call Kenroy or Leana at (264)498-2110 or US (609)225.5678 email

Mirimichi Green Express Presents Broken Sound with Sustainable Program Member Award

Award Presentation Amidst Broken Sound Club's Lush Club Course (from left): Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie, John Crean, Shannon Easter, Russ Britton, Michael Bright

(BOCA RATON, Fla.) - Mirimichi Green Express, co-owned by Entertainer and "Green" Golf Advocate Justin Timberlake and Russ Britton, recognized Broken Sound Club (BSC) for its commitment and superior sustainability stewardship and strides with its inaugural Mirimichi Green Sustainable Program Member Award. In honor of Broken Sound Club's eco-leadership, Mirimichi announced its donation of 1,600 lbs of Mirimichi Green's environmentally driven CarbonizPN and four cases of Liquid Release soil products to City of Boca Raton for use as it deems for its public green spaces.

According to Mirimichi Green Chief Executive Officer Russ Britton, BSC - a 5-Star Platinum Club of America - was selected as the company's first award recipient because it serves as a defining "best practice" example of all that is dynamic and beneficial about leading golf course sustainability using Mirimichi's products. The Club uses Mirimichi soil, organic weed control and granular fertilizers that utilize bio-activated carbon, inoculated with high-nutrient organics that are designed for professionals who are committed to sustainable practices.

"Broken Sound Club is taking the golf industry in the right direction and exemplifying how natural and sustainable products can work better than the harsh alternatives," added Britton. "We thank Broken Sound Club for including Mirimichi Green products in its efforts. Keeping the environment as a priority in any maintenance program is what we are all about and that is why we, at Mirimichi Green, have presented this award."

While there are carbon products on the market, BSC Director of Golf Maintenance Shannon Easter says the Mirimichi products feature a higher-quality, much cleaner and porous carbon that holds water, air and nutrients that are effectively absorbed by our plants. "We have not only found Mirimichi's products to be of superior quality and benefit, but also they are affordably priced to support large golf course budgets, which in Broken Sound Club's case annually supports more than 250 acres of club greens and landscaping."

The Mirimichi award follows the January recognition of BSC's two Golf Environmental Organization (GEO) Certified Audubon Sanctuary Certified golf courses as the best Overall and National Private golf courses in the U.S. by the
2017 Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards (ELGA).

The ELGA are presented annually by the  Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and Golf Digest in partnership with Syngenta and Rain Bird's Golf Division.  BSC was the second golf facility in the U.S. (after the previous Timberlake family-owned Mirimichi Golf Course in Tennessee for which the company Mirimichi Green is named) and 14th in the world to be GEO Certified, the sustainability assurance of the Golf Environment Organization, an international non-profit dedicated to supporting sustainability in the sport of golf.

"We at Broken Sound Club are proud to receive this recognition on two levels," noted John Crean. " First, our program partnership with Mirimichi Green underscores our high-standard sustainability mission set by our board leadership, membership and golf maintenance team by delivering results beyond expectations. Second, that in Broken Sound Club's honor, Mirimichi Green has chosen to generously support our City of Boca Raton with superior product that can be used in our parks, along roadways and for City building landscaping.      

"Broken Sound Club, which has been home to the PGA Champions Tour's season opener, the Allianz Championship since 2007, has taken an impressive, lead-by-example role in the golf industry by striving to make every step of its agronomic program sustainable," continued Britton.

"Justin, our entire team and I are pleased that the respected Broken Sound Club golf and country club community of high eco-commitment and authority has chosen to continue its mission using Mirimichi environmentally friendly products that are designed to improve resource conservation while delivering outstanding performance and  lasting benefits."

According to Britton, Mirimichi Green first noticed Broken Sound Club's sustainable efforts in March of 2014 and was "impressed by the Club's mindfulness of its community and surrounding environment". Mirimichi immediately recognized BSC's focus on integrated pest management, proper chemical and fertilizer practices, environmentally friendly landscaping, water conservation, water quality, energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste management, wildlife habitat conservation and enhancement, and the list goes on."

After meeting to discuss the benefits of Mirimichi Green's sustainable products and how they could benefit its program for BSC's two golf courses, it was clear that the two companies were a perfect fit. The products and the soil were first tested by BSC at The Old Course and a superior golf maintenance program was formed.

Broken Sound Club didn't stop with just improving its own program, they encourage and educate others to do the same.

"To advocate for the importance of environmentally friendly golf course sustainability within our industry and throughout South Florida, we continually demonstrate our commitment to the environment, and our dedication to precise and effective natural resource and integrated pest management," reported Easter. "We speak at Homeowners Association and organization meetings, tour groups through our on-course bee hive and butterfly garden locations as well as our composter site. During the season, we lead a monthly Club membership educational program with topics designed to share our environmental programs with Club membership to inspire them to advocate and participate."

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JumboMax Team Member Bryson DeChambeau Finishes T-2 at the Puerto Rico Open

(JUPITER, FL) - JumboMax Grips announced that Tour Staff Professional, Bryson DeChambeau, finished T-2nd on the PGA TOUR at the Puerto Rico Open this past weekend.

DeChambeau has been playing JumboMax Grips for more than five years now and he's as well known for his accomplishments on the golf course as he is for his unorthodox set of irons that are all the same length. DeChambeau plays with the new Tour Series Grips from JumboMax that he personally helped develop.

DeChambeau fired rounds of 68, 65, 70 and 67 to finish at 18 under par, just two strokes off the lead. He ran off four straight birdies during Friday's round and was tied for the lead going into the weekend. His T-2nd Place Finish earned him a paycheck for $224,000.00 and 117 FedEx Cup Points.

"We'd like to congratulate Bryson on his runner-up finish in Puerto Rico," said John Mazzanoble, President of JumboMax Grips. "His talent and determination are unlike anything we've seen on the PGA TOUR in quite a while. When he's zeroed in on his game, like he was this past weekend, he's a very exciting player to watch. We're proud to be a small part of his success and can't wait to see what the rest of this season brings for him."

For more information about JumboMax Golf Grips, visit

Overload Golf Announces 'Golf Code' a Digital Platform of Apps and Services

(Kirkland, Wash.) - Overload Golf, an innovative company bringing together complementary businesses, ideas, products and markets, while applying innovation from other industries to golf, announces Golf Code - a digital platform of apps and services focused around golfers and golfing professionals.

Golf Code is a proprietary platform within Overload Golf focusing on developing technologies to create efficiency in golf. This involves gathering analytics in the golf industry to create tools to deliver a better experience and for businesses and their customers.

"We're also creating platforms that will allow instruction and academies to run more efficiently and deliver a better experience to their clients," says Brett Campbell, CEO of Overload Golf. "We continue building our consulting business and driving innovation.  If we identify any technology that we deem can assist golf audiences, we'll invest in developing and bringing it to market through Golf Code. Some examples include marketing tools for golf professionals and beginning golfers purchasing and buying habits. Golf is very slow to adapt to technology, so in many cases parts of the business are not run as efficiently as they should be. Therefore, we identify and create platforms that create exponential efficiency change, resulting in more revenue for golf companies and happier golfers."

With Campbell's global alliance and partnership experience from Nintex, he is bring a wealth of information on developing alliances with local, national and international brands that will partners with Overload

Campbell, who has more than 25 years of IT experience built on top of a strong retail background in Australia, adds that the Golf Code platform provides a range of online services that caters to both consumers and business partners in golf. The way Golf Code collects and curates golfer and golf pro information allows us to track, assess and reuse information - gathering information that's never been previously exposed to decision makers. Golf Code's value will be to reduce costs and increase sales, by personalizing the experience for golfers and professionals.

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PUMA Golf Unveils Rickie's Script for the Year's First Major - Featuring New Flagstick Camo Collection

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – When it comes to the first major of the year, Rickie Fowler will be dressed to the nines each day in apparel from PUMA Golf’s Spring Summer ‘17 Collection.

On Thursday, Rickie will be outfitted from head to toe in a custom Flagstick Camo Collection that will be sure to help him stand out from the competition. PUMA’s apparel and footwear teams designed The Flagstick Camo Collection in celebration of the first major of the year, with each piece featuring a one-of-a-kind camo pattern inspired by the shapes and sizes of the iconic golf course greens.

The Limited Edition Flagstick Camo Collection will include:
- One of Rickie’s signature GoTime caps ($28) with a PWRCool, moisture-wicking sweatband.
- The Flagstick Camo Polo ($75) features a stylish, tailored fit polo with a camo print pocket, low-profile, button-down collar and trims.
- Flagstick Camo Pant ($90) incorporates the cool camo pattern at the side and back pocket.
- Flagstick Camo Short ($75) for the warmer days on course.
- IGNITE Spikeless Sport DISC ($140) a LE version of the brands IGNITE Spikeless Sport footwear, designed with the unique camo pattern. (Rickie will wear custom camo hi-tops for his first round).

Rickie will wear pieces from this collection on Thursday as he tees off for round 1 at The Masters.

The collection will be available for purchase here:

Here are Rickie’s looks for the remainder of the week:

Pounce Pique Polo - $60
Core ¼ Zip Popover - $65
6 Pocket Pant - $80
#GOTIME Cap - $28
All In One Belt - $45

Washed Stripe Polo - $75
Uncamo ¼ Zip Popover - $85
Tailored Tech Pant - $80
Tour Fade Cap - $28
Web Belt - $20

Tailored Color Block Polo - $75
PWRWarm ¼ Zip  - $75
6 Pocket Pant - $80
Tour Fade Cap - $28
All In One Belt - $45
TT IGNITE Hi-Tops - $220

View the SS’17 collection here:

USGA Announces Sectional Qualifying Exemptions for Inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open

New championship presents opportunity for golf’s most decorated women to compete for USGA title

(FAR HILLS, N.J.) – The USGA announced its exemption categories from sectional qualifying for the U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship, which will be contested for the first time July 12-15, 2018 at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill.  A full list of exemption categories – which includes any player in her first 10 years of age eligibility who has won a U.S. Women’s Open Championship – is available on

The U.S. Senior Women’s Open is open to professional females, and amateur females with a Handicap Index not exceeding 7.4, who have reached their 50th birthday as of the first day of the championship. The field will include 120 players, who will earn entry into the championship through an exemption category or via sectional qualifying at sites nationwide. Exempt players who wish to compete in the championship must file an entry. Qualifying sites will be announced in the spring of 2018.

“Starting next summer, the U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship will provide the game’s ultimate test for some of the most decorated women in golf, both professional and amateur,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “Chicago Golf Club, one of five founding member clubs of the USGA, will serve as a grand stage that will celebrate these incredible players who have paved the way for the current generation while continuing to elevate the game we all love.”

Several age-eligible players who meet exemption criteria for the 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Open have won U.S. Women’s Open Championships, including: three-time champion Hollis Stacy (1977, 1978 and 1984), Juli Inkster (1999 and 2002), Amy Alcott (1980), Pat Bradley (1981), Laura Davies (1987) and Liselotte Neumann (1988).

Also exempt is any player in her first three years of age eligibility who has won the U.S. Women’s Amateur, ANA Inspiration, Ricoh Women’s Open, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Evian Championship or the Ladies’ British Open Amateur. Players in this category include Dottie Pepper, who won the 1992 and 1999 ANA Inspiration; Kay Cockerill, the 1986 and 1987 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion; and Pearl Sinn, the 1988 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion.

Winners of co-sponsored events on the 2016 and 2017 Legends Tour, the official senior tour of the LPGA, also earn exemptions. This adds Lorie Kane, who played in more than 10 U.S. Women’s Opens. Additionally, LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Championship winners from 2013-2016 – Jean Bartholomew, Lisa Grimes and Laurie Rinker – and the 2017 champion and runner-up, will earn berths in the 2018 Senior Women’s Open, provided they are age-eligible and file an entry.

There are also exemption categories for senior amateur players, provided they remain an amateur through the championship. This includes 2016 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion Ellen Port. A seven-time USGA champion, Port is tied with Anne Quast Sander and Carol Semple Thompson for the second-most USGA championships won by a woman, trailing only JoAnne Gunderson Carner (8). Jack Nicklaus (8), Robert T. Jones Jr. (9) and Tiger Woods (9) are the only other golfers with more USGA titles than Port. Exemptions upon entry will also be given to the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion and runner-up, as well as winners of the 2017 Ladies’ Senior British Open Amateur and 2017 Canadian Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

The U.S. Senior Women’s Open format will mirror that of the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open championships: a walking-only, 72-hole stroke-play competition over four consecutive days. There will be a 36-hole cut to the top 50 players, including ties, and prize money will be announced at a later date.

Chicago Golf Club, the oldest golf club in the United States in continuous use at the same location, will host its 12th USGA championship and the first since the 2005 Walker Cup Match. The 2019 Senior Women’s Open will be contested at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., from May 16-19. It will be the sixth USGA championship contested at the club and first since the 2007 Women’s Open, won by Cristie Kerr.

Matthew D. Schulze of Kingsmill Resort Named 2017 Professional of the Year by the PGA

(WILLIAMSBURG, VA) – Matthew Schulze has been named the 2017 Middle Atlantic PGA Professional of the Year, the highest honor paid to an active PGA Professional. Currently, Schulze is the Tournament Director for the LPGA Kingsmill Championship and serves as the President of the Middle Atlantic PGA. This high honor bestows special recognition on a PGA Professional for overall performance to include leadership, service and promotion of the game of golf.

Growing up in Oak Lawn, Illinois, Schulze helped his High School golf team win the conference title three times in four years before earning a full golf scholarship to the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, where he played collegiate golf all four years.

After graduating from UW-Green Bay with a Business degree, Schulze worked as an Assistant Professional in Dallas, Texas. In 1998, he relocated to the Middle Atlantic section where he served as the Assistant Professional at The Country Club of Virginia for six years. During this tenure, he participated in the PGA’s Middle Atlantic section and was elected to the southern chapter board before receiving the section’s Assistant of the Year award in 2002.

With this experience, Schulze earned the head Professional position at Richmond Country Club (RCC), where he worked from 2004 through 2013. During this time, he received the specialty certification in Golf Operations, one of the first 100 professionals to do so. As the Head Pro, he knew the importance of keeping things fresh for his membership and the importance of trying new things. In 2011, he and the facility were ranked in the Top 100 Facilities in the PGA for Growing the Game, due to his commitment to run each of the PGA’s “Grow the Game” offerings at RCC.

In 2008, Schulze initiated the Eagle Classic Tournament, an LPGA Symmetra Tour Event, at RCC, which led him to his current role as Tournament Director for the LPGA Kingsmill Championship at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, a position he has enjoyed for the past four years.

Kingsmill Resort is the only AAA Four Diamond condominium resort in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. The resort’s one- to three-bedroom condominiums, with kitchens and spacious living areas, are ideal for golfers. For more information, visit for specific details or call (800) 832-5665.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Global Value Commerce Acquires, Popular Destination for Modern Golf Apparel

(RALEIGH, NC) – Secondary-market expert Global Value Commerce (GVC) – owner and operator of the world’s largest e-commerce platform for pre-owned golf equipment and new golf gear – has acquired the popular

Founded in 2007, is known for showcasing upscale golf-lifestyle apparel with contemporary designs, fits and on-trend colors.  The retail site carries a large selection of meticulously-curated men’s shirts, shorts, pants, outerwear, footwear and accessories from Dunning, G-FORE, G-Mac, J. Lindeberg, Johnnie-O, Travis Mathew and other favorite brands.  It also offers the latest collections from adidas, Hugo Boss, Nike Golf, PING, Puma and Under Armour.

“A recent Golf Datatech / Yano Research Institute report puts the golf apparel market at $4.5 billion,” says Ed Byman, CEO of GVC. “With an extremely loyal following, continues to grow its share as the go-to source for a fashionable aesthetic on or off the course.”

“Being part of GVC makes for even easier and more enjoyable shopping experiences,” says John Coleman, Founder of, who continues to lead merchandising and branding activities.  “We also gain access to greater resources to add high-quality golf-lifestyle labels to an already deep lineup.” joins GVC’s diverse portfolio of online websites, including its flagship,, and The site has been incorporated into GVC’s custom logistics system for faster order deliveries, and web platform enhancing speed, image renderings and mobile optimization.

World #1 Wins in Back-to-Back-to-Back Starts, Captures WGC-Dell Match Play Championship

Using his prodigious power off the tee with his '17 M1 driver and brilliant putting with his Spider Tour putter, Johnson becomes first player to win each of the four WGC events

(RELEASE) - Coming into the week with wins in consecutive starts, world #1 Dustin Johnson showed no signs of letting up, completing his week with a perfect 7-0 record and capturing the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship for his 5th career WGC title. Fellow TaylorMade stablemate Jon Rahm, who also finished second to Johnson at the WGC-Mexico Championship, once again finished runner-up, continuing his rapid ascent up the Official World Golf Rankings.

DJ's driver setup hasn't changed since he first put it into play during his win at the Genesis Open at Riviera. He plays the '17 M1 460 driver with the same Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661 X Tour Spec 2.0, the same he used last year. His actual loft is 11*, which along with his weight settings, allows him to hit his preferred shot shape: the high fade.

An interesting note regarding DJ's bag lies in his '17 M1 fairway. It's cut to a 5 wood length (1" shorter than standard) and set to 17* of loft. Dustin carries it 280 yards, which is the exact number he's looking for in his 3 fairway. As you can see below, his weight is set toward toe much like on his M1 driver.

DJ's wedge setup often changes week to week depending on the conditions. So far this year, he's gotten comfortable with his TP MB PW along with a 52* & 60* combination in the Milled Grind wedges, which he added to the bag as soon as the Tour truck had them available. He once again played these two lofts throughout the tournament.

Similar to World #3 Jason Day, Dustin Johnson plays the Spider Tour Black putter, which he first put into his bag at last year's BMW Championship (he won). DJ prefers its firmer insert to Jason's Spider Tour red model. Also notable with the win, Spider becomes the most winning putter model on tour in the last 9 months, starting with Day's win at THE PLAYERS last year; a truly remarkable feat for the category.

What You Need To Know:
- Dustin plays the all-new M1 460 2017 driver, which he first put into play at the Genesis Open at Riviera en route to victory. His shaft setup has remained consistent - he uses a Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661 X Tour Spec 2.0, the same he used last year.
- Johnson plays the Spider Tour black putter, which he's used to much success since late in the '15-'16 season. This was the seventh consecutive week that Spider was the #1 putter model on PGA TOUR.
- TaylorMade once again won the driver count at the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship with 22 of 64 drivers in play.
- This was the fifth win this season for the new TP5/TP5X ball, with Johnson having 3 of them. Rahm and Garcia have also won this year with the new ball (Rahm: TP5x, Garcia TP5).
- Johnson's win is the 11th win in 14 weeks for TaylorMade's '17 M drivers, more than any other manufacturer.

Dustin Johnson's WGC-Dell Match Play Championship Winning Bag:
- '17 M1 460 Driver / 10.5* / Fuji Speeder Evolution 661 X Tour Spec 2.0
- '17 M1 Fairway / 17* / Project X HZRDUS Black 95 X
- RSi TP UDI #2 / Project X HZRDUS Black 105 X
- '14 Tour Preferred MB Irons / 3-PW / Dynamic Gold X100
- Milled Grind Wedges / 52* & 60* / KBS Tour Black 130 X
- Spider Tour Black Putter
- TP5x Golf Ball (#1)
- Tour Preferred Glove
- Tour New Era 9Fifty Headwear
- TOUR360 Boost
- Climachill tonal stripe polo
- Ultimate 365 Solid Pant
- 3-stripes reversible belt

Condoleezza Rice to Join David Feherty for Interview on Golf Channel, Tonight at 9 p.m. ET

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – The 66th United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will join Emmy-nominated television personality David Feherty on the next episode of Feherty presented by Farmers Insurance, premiering Monday, March 27 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

Filmed at Stanford University’s golf team practice facility – where the Secretary continues to teach classes on campus – the interview touches on a vast number of subjects, which afterward left Feherty unsurprisingly categorizing Rice as one of the most intellectual and fascinating guests he’s ever welcomed on the series. Topics discussed include:
· Encouragement received from her parents, and their belief that Rice would need to be “twice as good” to overcome obstacles of growing up in segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, and utilizing the importance of education as an “armor” against prejudice.
· Her hopes for the direction of the Trump administration, and thoughts on the evolution of the Russian government.
· An epiphany at age 19 that she wouldn’t cut it as a concert pianist, and her strong belief in the importance of the arts as an integral part of education.
· The influence of Brent Scowcroft – former national security advisor under Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush – in helping Rice land the role of White House Soviet specialist that would give her a front-row seat to the end of the Cold War.
· Not taking up golf until shortly after being named Secretary at age 50, and quickly developing a passion for the game.
· Her connection to Tiger Woods, serving as Stanford’s provost while Woods enrolled there in 1994, and how she earned “The Closer” nickname on campus.
· Recalling her three-year tenure on the College Football Playoff Committee, and her sense that “it’s working” in helping decide a true national champion.

Upcoming guests on Feherty this season include Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning actor, Matthew McConaughey (Monday, April 24) and All-Star point guard for the Golden State Warriors, Stephen Curry. Scheduled airdates for upcoming Feherty episodes – premiering Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET – include:
March 27 - Condoleezza Rice
April 17 - Mark O’Meara
April 24 - Matthew McConaughey
May 1 - Nancy Lopez
May 8 - Hale Irwin

Presidents Donald Trump, George W. Bush, Sports Greats to Appear in Three-Part Film on Jack Nicklaus

Jack to Air in Primetime Across Consecutive Nights, Sunday-Tuesday, April 9-11 at 9 p.m. ET Following Golf Central Live From the Masters
(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Count Presidents Donald Trump and George W. Bush among the list of those scheduled to appear in Golf Films’ Jack, a three-night television event capturing the comprehensive story of record 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus. The film, which premieres Sunday, April 9 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel following the Masters, is presented with limited commercial interruption by Nationwide. Jack will feature a collection of nearly 100 interviews, including appearances from other sport “Greats of All-Time” such as Bill Belichick, Roger Federer, Wayne Gretzky, Richard Petty, Jerry Rice, Nolan Ryan, Annika Sorenstam and Kelly Slater.

“People like Jack, they have a desire to win. They never give up, they never quit.
He’s a man that’s led a truly exemplary life: his family, his work ethic, his
championship status. He’s a very exceptional man.” – President Donald Trump

Tom Selleck to Narrate Jack
Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor Tom Selleck has signed on to voice Jack, after previously narrating Golf Films’ award-winning, three-part critically acclaimed Arnie in 2014 on Arnold Palmer. The product of hundreds of hours of archived film, Jack blends recollections from Nicklaus, as well as a comprehensive roster of fellow sports legends, along with sentiments from Nicklaus’ competitors, business partners, family and longtime friends. Also included are signature moments from a storied career to capture the essence of an individual who forged a permanent mark as the most accomplished golfer of all-time.

“Jack’s competitive intellect, combined with his innate flair for willing himself
near the top of countless Sunday leaderboards became a familiar trademark for
golf’s most revered champion. His 18 major titles are a record that may well
never be touched, which serves as a lasting testament to his legacy. It is an honor
to tell his story.  - Tom Selleck

The three parts are segmented chronologically:
· Prodigy (Sunday, April 9 – 9 p.m. ET) – Beginning with Nicklaus’ childhood upbringing, highlighted by the Golden Bear’s relationship with his father (Charlie), meeting his wife (Barbara) in college at Ohio State, and his early successes as a professional golfer.
· Prime (Monday, April 10 – 9 p.m. ET) – The bulk of his on-course career accolades inside the ropes, including many of his record 18 professional major championships and 73 PGA TOUR victories.
· Pinnacle (Tuesday, April 11 – 9 p.m. ET) – Focusing on the latter half of Nicklaus’ playing career, including his 1978 Open and 1986 Masters victories, and detailing the priorities he placed on family, his business and philanthropic endeavors – including global golf course design – and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.  

“There are some great people in every sport, but then you have the ones that
stand out really at the top, and that’s Jim Brown, Michael Jordan, Muhammad
Ali and Jack Nicklaus.” – 5-time Super Bowl-winning head coach Bill Belichick
Jack utilizes accounts from Nicklaus gathered over 18 months during numerous sit-downs at his South Florida home, and showcases an unprecedented video collection of rarely seen broadcast footage from his record 18 major championship victories. The film also offers unique, first-hand accounts from individuals on the grounds at different vantage points during each respective major victory. A section of the Pinnacle Part III episode additionally will pose the question of who is the greatest golfer of all-time, Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods, and feature insight from fellow Tour professionals and media, including consideration to whether Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors will ever be equaled, or broken.

“Greatness puts you above the best. Because when you accomplish the things
that Jack’s accomplished, it is like making a Hollywood script. You know some
people aren’t going to believe it.” – Legendary NASCAR driver Richard Petty

The film will give viewers a sense of Nicklaus the competitor, offering insight from swing experts on the physical traits that poised him for sustained success, along with an examination from psychologists on his unyielding resolve to finish ahead of his contemporaries. Jack also will incorporate collectibles from the site of each of Nicklaus’ 18 major championship victories. Utilizing vintage items collected by Golf Channel to help tell the stories of the Golden Bear’s most identifiable achievements, items collected span from his first professional major title at age 22 in the 1962 U.S. Open at Oakmont through his final major at age 46 in the 1986 Masters, 24 years later.

As a longtime partner of Nicklaus – as well as the sponsor of his Memorial Tournament – Columbus-based insurance and financial services company Nationwide will serve as the presenting sponsor of Jack, which will allow for the three-part film to air with limited commercial interruption.

Jack is being produced by Golf Films, led by 13-time Emmy Award-winning coordinating producer Israel DeHerrera, who also served as the lead producer for the critically acclaimed, three-part Arnie film in 2014 on Arnold Palmer. Other award-winning projects produced by Golf Films include the Emmy-nominated Payne, on the late Payne Stewart; Arnie & Me, a follow-up, fourth installment of Arnie; ’86, a chronicle of Nicklaus’ final major championship win at the 1986 Masters that aired to coincide with the 30th anniversary of his iconic win; and Ben Crenshaw: A Walk Through Augusta, on the two-time Masters champion, and his special relationship with the tournament.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Golf Channel Announces Production Plans for 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals, April 2

Golf Channel to Expand Live Coverage to Five Hours, Showcasing Skill of Junior Golfers from across U.S. and Canada

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Golf Channel announced expanded production plans for live coverage of the 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals in order to showcase all of the golfers participating. Airing on Sunday, April 2, 80 finalists from across the U.S. and Canada will gather at Augusta National Golf Club for the 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals to officially kick off Masters week. Forty boys and 40 girls make up the exceptional field of junior golfers, having advanced from more than 250 local and 50 sub-regional events, culminating in 10 regional qualifiers.

“Through the partnership of the Masters Tournament Foundation, PGA of America and USGA, the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals is a wonderful gathering of exceptional, charismatic junior golfers fulfilling their dreams from golf’s most cherished stage,” said Molly Solomon, executive producer, Golf Channel. “The event stands as one of the most unique and proudest moments of the year in golf, with the privilege of showcasing the competitors in the field who embody the bright future of the sport.”

Sunday, April 2
Morning Drive Pre-Game 7-8 a.m. ET
2017 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET

Golf Channel – in its fourth year of televising live coverage of the National Finals – will highlight the skills of all 80 finalists, which will be complemented by a series of high-quality features introducing viewers to competitors across the eight respective age groups (Boys/Girls 7-9; 10-11; 12-13 and 14-15).

Competitors will participate in three respective skills: the Drive, Chip and Putt, with champions in each skill awarded across the eight age groups, along with the recognition of an overall champion from each group. Driving will be contested from Augusta National’s Tournament Practice Area, with players hitting two drives, and the longer of the two (provided it is in bounds) will be counted for score. Chipping, (also conducted from the Tournament Practice Area) will include two chips and be calculated based on cumulative proximity to the hole. And putting, which will be staged on Augusta National’s 18th green, will be measured based on finalists’ cumulative proximity to the hole from two different putting distances.

Rich Lerner will handle play-by-play with Peter Jacobsen serving as lead analyst. Reporting from the Tournament Practice Area and alongside the 18th green will be Michael Breed, Paige Mackenzie and Charlie Rymer, and Steve Sands will conduct interviews. Past Masters champions and Tournament Invitees are expected to arrive at Augusta National during the telecast, interacting with finalists and conducting interviews to discuss the value of the youth initiative in helping to grow the game. In addition to its on-air telecast, Golf Channel also will dedicate pre- and post-event coverage on its daily news shows, Golf Central and Morning Drive, and on Golf Channel Digital.

The Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals will kick off Golf Channel’s weeklong coverage of the Masters, which will feature nearly 60 live hours of the network’s Golf Central Live From the Masters news coverage, focusing on emerging storylines, analysis, features and guest interviews, beginning Monday, April 3.

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