Saturday, March 25, 2017

Troon Selected to Manage Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in Vallejo, California

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing, has been selected to manage Hiddenbrooke Golf Club, an 18-hole daily-fee facility in Vallejo, California.

Hiddenbrooke Golf Club originally opened in 1995 and features an Arnold Palmer Signature golf course. The 6,782-yard, par 72 layout has been recognized by Golf World and Golf Digest as one of the best public courses in California. Set in the rolling hills just north of San Francisco, Hiddenbrooke features dramatic elevation changes with numerous elevated tee boxes.

“We are thrilled to be working with Hiddenbrooke Golf Club and look forward to providing a world-class golf experience to Bay area residents and visitors alike,” said Mike Ryan, co-chief operating officer, Troon. "We are also happy to expand Troon's presence in the region and look to make an immediate positive impact on the operations at the club."

Hiddenbrooke’s award-winning clubhouse includes a Sports Bar and Grille, multiple meeting and banquet spaces and an expansive golf shop. A new banquet space will open this May, further elevating Hiddenbrooke’s position as one of the top wedding and event venues in the region.

“We selected Troon to help us grow and further improve Hiddenbrooke and to bring their proven track record of success to the club," said Dale Stier, consultant, Change Course Consulting. “Troon will provide an upgraded golf experience for our guests in terms of service and agronomy standards, help us increase tournament rounds and further expand and develop our wedding, event and catering business at Hiddenbrooke.”

For more information on Hiddenbrooke Golf Club, visit www.hiddenbrookegolf.com or call (707) 558-0330.

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

Have It Your Way with New Golf Packages at Reynolds Lake Oconee

Individuals, groups, have choices to make the most of the award-winning destination, superb golf, and cottage accommodations

(GREENSBORO, Ga.) — However golfers like to travel—alone, in pairs and foursomes, or in big groups—a new golf experience vacation to meet their preferences is available at Reynolds Lake Oconee, Georgia’s award-winning golf destination, located between Atlanta and Augusta.

Designed for the single or twosome, the traditional Stay & Play Package includes one round of golf per person, per night of stay, with accommodations in a lake cottage or condominium. Golfers have a selection of golf experiences on courses designed by architects Jack Nicklaus (Great Waters), Bob Cupp (The Preserve, The Landing), Rees Jones (The Oconee), and Tom Fazio (The National).
Those who like to travel with a group of golf (and non-golfer) buddies will want to try The National Village Experience, staying in the recently unveiled National Club Cottages and playing unlimited golf at The National for each night of stay, including the day of arrival. Golf may also be booked at The Preserve and The Landing courses at no additional charge or The Oconee and Great Waters for an additional signature course fee.

The luxury four-bedroom, four-bath National Club Cottages are a short walk from the golf shop and The National Tavern, which has proven to be wildly popular with members and guests since opening last year.  To take advantage of the close proximity, a $100 club credit is included for the group for each night of stay, which may be used at dining venues and golf shops throughout Reynolds Lake Oconee (with the exception of The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee).

Both Stay & Play and The National Village Experience golf packages include breakfast each morning, a shared cart for each round, complete range access, and bag storage.  All guests at Reynolds Lake Oconee have access to club fitting and instruction at the Reynolds Kingdom of Golf presented by TaylorMade.

The Stay & Play Package starts at $229 during non-peak season and goes up to $299 for peak season. An extra 18 holes on the day of arrival or departure is available at $99 per person.  A minimum of two golfers is required; additional $100 per night for any non-golfer.

The National Village Experience is $289 per person, per night for four guests ($329 for three guests). Two-night minimum required; additional $100 per night for any non-golfer.

These packages and rates are valid through December 31, 2017; black-out dates may apply.
Along with its world-class golf courses, Reynolds Lake Oconee features four marinas, the Lake Club wellness center, and an award-winning tennis center.

The popular vacation destination continues to unveil renovations, part of a $50 million investment made to the golf courses and clubhouses by MetLife since 2012. Additionally, the rooms, suites, restaurants, spa, and pools of The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee have been redecorated and refurbished.

For additional information about accommodations at Reynolds Lake Oconee, access www.reynoldslakeoconee.com/experience.

2017 Tourney Time for McConnell Golf

McConnell Golf offers an impressive calendar of events, highlighted by 18 professional, collegiate, amateur or elite junior level events contested on McConnell Golf courses

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — During its nearly 15-year existence, McConnell Golf has forged a reputation for touching all the right bases through its stable of private clubs. The company’s member-first, high-quality approach includes a wide variety of locations throughout the Carolinas from the mountains to the coast and now into Tennessee, as well as an honor roll of golf course architects — legendary names including Donald Ross, Arnold Palmer, Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Greg Norman and Hale Irwin.

Equally impressive is the list of tournament championships hosted annually by McConnell Golf courses. The company’s 2017 calendar of events is particularly impressive, featuring 18 professional, collegiate, amateur or elite junior level events contested on highly regarded McConnell Golf courses this year.

As a result of North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2 (HB2) that has affected several NCAA and ACC championships in the state of North Carolina, the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Golf Championships were relocated in October from long standing venues in North Carolina to a pair of McConnell Golf facilities in South Carolina. “McConnell Golf deeply values our relationship with the ACC,” said McConnell Vice President of Golf Operations Brian Kittler. “We are proud to have quality venues in South Carolina available that will allow us to host both the Men’s and Women’s Championships on short notice.”

The 2017 Women’s ACC Golf Championship will be played April 13-15 at The Reserve Golf Club in Pawleys Island, S.C., following a nine-year run at McConnell’s Sedgefield Country Club Ross in Greensboro, N.C. In last year’s tournament, Virginia defended its title after becoming the first-ever champion from outside the state of North Carolina in 2015. The Reserve was designed by Greg Norman and has played host to numerous important events including the 1999 South Carolina Open, the 2001-02 Carolinas Opens, 2003-05 Carolinas PGA Section Championships, 2012 South Carolina Senior Championship, 2014 South Carolina Amateur and 2016 Carolinas Women’s Amateur.

The Men’s ACC Golf Championship will be contested April 21-23 at the Arnold Palmer-designed Musgrove Mill Golf Club in Clinton, S.C., after 15 consecutive years at McConnell’s Old North State Club in New London, N.C. Last year, the Clemson Tigers won their 10th conference championship and first since 2004.

In other events being contested over McConnell Golf courses in 2017, the South Carolina Golf Association (SCGA) held its 24th Senior Four-Ball Championship on March 20-21 at The Reserve GC. Musgrove Mill member Walter Todd and Eddie Hargett used a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff over Todd Hendley and Bobby Hines to defend their title. East Carolina University will play host to its own Pirate Intercollegiate on April 2-4 at MCG’s Brook Valley Country Club in Greenville, N.C. ECU won by 23 shots last year at Brook Valley. On April 10, today’s scholastic stars will visit Treyburn Country Club in Durham, N.C., the site of the 11th McConnell Golf/TYGA North Carolina High School Invitational. Last year’s event was won by Myers Park of Charlotte.

The Carolinas Golf Association (CGA)’s 37th Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship will be contested April 21-23 at Providence Country Club in Charlotte, N.C., while the CGA’s 40th Carolinas Club Championship will be played on April 24 at Sedgefield Ross. Finally it’s back to Treyburn for the CGA’s Ladies Four-Ball Event on May 15. And, not to be outdone by their neighbors up north, the SCGA’s 54th Four-Ball Championship will also be played at a McConnell Golf course on May 24-28 at Musgrove Mill.

Since 2001, the Web.Com Tour’s REX Hospital Open has been played at McConnell Golf’s TPC Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh, N.C. The 2017 REX Hospital Open will be June 1-4. Earlier this year, McConnell Golf and Wakefield Plantation agreed to host the event for another five years.

In 2016, former University of Alabama golfer Trey Mullinax won with a final score of 14-under. Mullinax’s come-from-behind victory was his first win on the Web.com tour and the tournament purse of $117,000 propelled Mullinax from 33rd to fourth on the Web.com money list. At the end of the season, Mullinax joined the 24 other highest finishers to earn his full-time PGA Tour card for 2017.

The CGA’s Ladies Four-Ball Event will be competed on June 5 at Old North State Club, while the CGA’s 22nd North Carolina Four-Ball Championship will be played October 13-15 at TPC Wakefield Plantation.

Greensboro takes center stage for McConnell Golf in the summer and fall. This year marks the 10th playing of the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Haas Family Invitational at the Sedgefield Ross Course on June 13-16. Last year, Eugene Hong of Sanford, Fla., shot a final-round 70 to win by four strokes.

The Sedgefield Dye Course is the annual site for the prestigious Cardinal Amateur. The 2017 Cardinal Amateur will be played July 27-30. Last year, Georgia Tech freshman Andy Ogletree won with a three-day total of 202 (-8).

The PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship returns to Sedgefield Ross on August 17-20. Last year, a few back-nine bogeys and a late weather delay didn’t derail 21-year-old South Korean Si Woo Kim’s coming-out party at Sedgefield. In the second round, Kim fired a Sedgefield Ross Course record 60 — narrowly missing 59 — then continued to pad his lead over the weekend, leading by as many as six shots through the turn Sunday afternoon. Despite a few hiccups coming home, Kim still held off former world No. 1 Luke Donald by five strokes, becoming the youngest winner on the PGA Tour since Jordan Spieth won the 2013 John Deere Classic.

Back in Durham, Treyburn will play host to the AJGA Amino VITAL Junior Championship on July 17-20, followed by the CGA’s eighth North Carolina Match Play Championship on August 2-6. Treyburn will close out its tournament schedule by hosting the Treyburn Invitational Pro-Am on October 23-24.

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Florida Offering 3rd Night Free

Resort Features Newly Redesigned Golf Course

(NAPLES, FL) - If a relaxing getaway to a beachfront resort in Southwest Florida sounds appealing, you should head to The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Featuring a truly beautiful setting on the pristine soft white-sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, the AAA Four-Diamond resort recently completed the dramatic renovation -- almost reinvention -- of its championship golf course. Completed in November 2016, the $9 million total redesign of the resort’s course was done by golf icon and acclaimed course designer Jack Nicklaus in collaboration with renowned course architect John Sanford.

Not a golfer? Not a problem. Set on 125 lush acres, the picturesque beachfront resort also features an impressive array of other on-site recreational options. In fact, the resort is Southwest Florida’s only beachfront resort with a championship golf course, a world-class spa, and an award-winning tennis center all on-site.

Want more reason to visit? The resort is offering the 3rd night free for stays June 1-September 30, 2017. Making it even more appealing, the resort has spent more than $50 million in impressive renovations and enhancements over the last few years, in addition to the golf course. Among the many enhancements was the replacement of the brick balconies in its main Tower Building with beautiful glass balconies in November 2015 to showcase the gorgeous Gulf views. In addition, guests always benefit from no resort fees, complimentary valet parking and self-parking, and complimentary access to the resort’s fitness center.

For more information or for reservations, call (800) 237-7600 or (239) 261-2222 and ask for the special “Summer In Paradise Promotion.” Or, visit  NaplesBeachHotel.com, specifically the “Specials” section on the website. Note that the offer is based on availability, with holiday weekends excluded, and blackout dates may apply. The promotion may not be combined with any other offer, and is not applicable to groups.

Taking advantage of this appealing offer is a great way to experience the resort’s beautifully redesigned par-71 golf course. Featuring five tees, ranging from 4,800 yards to over 6,900 yards, the course was redesigned to challenge the best players but also be enjoyable for all golfers. In addition, the resort added a 300-yard practice and teaching range, and has new golf carts with GPS tracking systems to aid golfers with yardages on each hole, thus helping pace of play.

If golf is not your game, there are many other appealing options on site. This includes the resort’s world-class spa, which offers an impressive array of relaxing massages, refreshing body treatments, restorative facials, manicures, pedicures, and salon services. Featuring nine individual spa treatment rooms, The Spa has separate women’s and men’s relaxation areas and locker rooms, saunas, steam rooms, whirlpool baths, a fitness center, an aerobics studio, and a full-service salon. Among the many enticing services offered are the Signature Medley Massage, Aroma-Reflexology, Hot Stone Massage, Essential Facial, Express Mud Detoxifying Body Wrap, Lemon Verbena Body Polish, and Tropical Glow Sugar Scrub.

Complemented by seven miles of pristine white-sand beach, the resort also features a beachfront pool complex with two pools, whirlpools and locker facilities; the Mary C. Watkins Tennis Center with six Har-Tru courts; Beach Kids Club, a complimentary daily recreational program for children ages 5 to 12; beach rentals; and retail shops.

In addition, the resort also offers multiple restaurants and lounges. This includes: the signature beachfront restaurant HB’s on the Gulf, featuring indoor and outdoor dining; Broadwell’s restaurant, overlooking the golf course, with comfortable new furniture and multiple TVs, open daily from 7 a.m.-sunset; and the Seminole Store, which offers deli sandwiches, ice cream, gourmet coffees and a variety of freshly baked pizza, pastries and desserts in a café atmosphere. The popular The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill has been recognized as the “Best Place To View A Southwest Florida Sunset,” and was named “Naples’ Best Beach Bar” by Travel Channel.

The resort’s 319 guest rooms and suites feature cool tropical color linens, fabrics and carpeting; flat-panel televisions; patio or balcony (with a view of the Gulf, golf course or the lush resort interior); coffee maker; and refrigerator.

Situated just blocks from Naples’ renowned shopping districts of fashionable 5th Avenue South and historic 3rd Street South, the resort is also within minutes of shopping at Venetian Village, Waterside Shops, Bayfront and Tin City. Guests can also experience the area by taking tours of the Everglades, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, Corkscrew Swamp, The Botanical Gardens, or the Conservancy Nature Center. Boat and fishing trips also can be arranged at the hotel. Other leisure time activities can include Naples’ outstanding museums, theatres, and art galleries.

“The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is perfect for a relaxing vacation,” said Jason Parsons, general manager of the family-owned resort. “The weather is great, and it is absolutely beautiful here. Plus, there is something at our resort to please almost anyone. Whether you wish to play a round on the newly redesigned championship course – which is terrific for golfers of every skill level -- relax on the beach, lounge by our two beautiful beachfront pools, enjoy a relaxing service at the world-class Spa, play tennis, shop at Naples’ famous shopping districts just blocks away, or watch a gorgeous sunset, you just can’t beat the offerings or incredible setting of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. The special ‘Summer In Paradise Promotion’ simply provides even more reason to visit.”

Providing a comfortable, friendly atmosphere, the resort is an exceptional tropical getaway, which is rich in hospitality and tradition. Owned and operated by the Watkins family for three generations, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is located at 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North in Naples, Florida. Contact the resort at (800) 237-7600 or (239) 261-2222, and visit NaplesBeachHotel.com.

Branson/Lakes Area Courses Enter 2017 with New People, Places and Things

(BRANSON, MISSOURI) – Powering forward as one of the nation’s most active golf course developers, Big Cedar Lodge will soon unveil its third course – expected to debut this spring – the Gary Player-designed short course featuring 13 par-3 holes.

Players are required to walk the course (no carts), and a round should take less than two hours to complete. The course is touted as family friendly – Player made a point of that during a Media Day earlier this month – the layout lends itself to a variety of looks that can challenge golfers of all ability levels.

The Player course precedes an 18-hole championship course being built and designed by golf architect Bill Coore and his partner World Golf Hall of Fame member Ben Crenshaw. It may open in fall 2018 and is named “The Ozarks.”

Those two new courses will complement existing Big Cedar golf amenities Top of the Rock (Nicklaus) and Buffalo Ridge Springs (Tom Fazio), where the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf returns (April 19–23). This is the 40th playing of the PGA TOUR Champions longest-running event and the fourth consecutive hosted by Big Cedar. A stellar field is scheduled to attend – John Daly, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Colin Montgomerie and more.

A premier event at an exceptional resort played on acclaimed courses is hard to beat. Ticket prices start at $25 per day and weekly passes go for $100. For more information: www.bassprolegends.com.

Branson Hills rewards locals
Players living in Taney, Stone, Green and Christian counties can play the top-rated course in Missouri – according to Golfweek Magazine’s “Best Courses You Can Play, 2012-2015” – for $69 including 18 holes, golf cart and practice range balls.

That’s a savings of nearly 25% off full price. A driver’s license with current address is required at registration, and the deal is also good for residents of Boone and Carroll counties in Arkansas.

The layout at Branson Hills – formerly known as Payne Stewart Golf Club – meshes water, hardwoods and undulating terrain, and the clubhouse displays museum-like tributes to golfers who established their playing excellence in Missouri, including Payne Stewart and Tom Watson.

For more information: www.bransonhillsgolfclub.com.

What a deal
As spring ushers in warmer weather and 2017 golf season excitement grows, Pointe Royale Golf Course’s “Day at the Pointe” is an ideal way to embrace the game – 36 holes and lunch for $89. For other options visit: http://pointeroyalegolf.net/course/rates/.

No place like home
Originally from the Ozarks, Gary Nelson has taken a golf operations position at Thousand Hills Golf Resort after spending nearly a decade successfully leading several golf facilities over a decade in several states – Kansas, Louisiana, Illinois and Minnesota – most recently serving as Regional General Manager for a top national golf management company.

Nelson has garnered many professional accomplishments due to his expertise and leadership in all areas of the field. He attributes his success to building teams with the best people and an intense focus on the guest experience.

Proudly residing in Branson, he and his wife, Stephanie are loyal St. Louis Cardinal fans and enjoy spending time with their only child – a very spoiled Golden Retriever named Daisy.

About Branson/Lakes Area Golf
Pointe Royale Golf Village, www.pointeroyalegolf.net, 417.334.4477
Thousand Hills Golf Resort, www.thousandhills.com, 800.487.0769, 417.334.4553
Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course, http://www.topoftherock.com/buffalo-ridge-golf-course, 417.339.5430
LedgeStone Country Club at StoneBridge Village, www.ledgestonegolf.com, 417.335.8187
Top of the Rock Golf Course, http://www.topoftherock.com/top-of-the-rock-golf-course/, 417.339.5343
Branson Hills Golf Club, www.bransonhillsgolfclub.com, 417.337.2963
Holiday Hills Resort and Golf Club, www.holidayhills.com, 417.334.4838
Don Gardner Golf Course, http://www.bransonparksandrecreation.com, 417.337.8510

Integrity Golf Company to Host The First Tee of Central Florida’s 9-Week Golf, Life Skills Experience

(KISSIMMEE, Florida) – Integrity Golf Company (www.integritygolfco.com), a golf-course management company dedicated to sound business practices and exceptional customer service, announces that six of the golf courses in its Orlando-area portfolio will host The First Tee of Central Florida’s 9-Week Golf and Life Skills Experience. Classes will begin the week of April 3, 2017.

“We consider it a privilege to host programming for The First Tee of Central Florida,” said Gene Garrote, president & CEO of Integrity Golf Company. “The First Tee plays an important role in teaching youth the skills to succeed in both golf and life.”

Integrity Golf Company is Home of The First Tee of Central Florida.

The First Tee of Central Florida will deliver its spring Golf and Life Skills Experience program at the following golf courses in the Integrity Golf Company portfolio:
- Casselberry Golf Course
- Hunter’s Creek Golf Course
- Kissimmee Golf Course
- Mayfair Golf Course
- Metro West Golf Course
- Rio Pinar Golf Course

“We value our longstanding partnership with Integrity Golf Company,” said Thomas J. Lawrence, executive director of The First Tee of Central Florida, “which extends to us the opportunity to use its facilities to positively impact the lives of Central Florida youth. We are able to introduce young people to golf, along with the positive values, life skills and healthy habits associated with the game we love.”

Individuals can view the program schedule and sign up online by visiting www.thefirstteecfl.org/programs/register.

This charitable initiative is in keeping with Integrity Golf Company’s philosophy of providing dedicated leadership to the courses and communities it serves.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Experience a Great Escape Golf Vacation with BOYNE Golf

All-inclusive unlimited golf package is America’s best golfing value

(Petoskey, MI) – If quality and quantity of great golf help define a premier golf experience, then make sure to visit one of the leading golf destinations providing those elements, Boyne Resorts in northern Michigan, America’s Summer Golf Capital.

Boyne Resorts, collectively one of the largest golf and resort attractions in North America, features a trio of resort destinations with 10 golf courses, all within a 45-minute drive of one another. And the best way to experience this quality and quantity of great golf is through an unrivaled all-inclusive golf vacation package – BOYNE Golf’s Great Escape.

The “Great Escape Golf Vacation” started over 30-years ago as a way to entice golfers to visit northern Michigan on extended-stay golf trips. Over the decades, it evolved and became North America’s best golfing value and the perfect destination for a buddies’ golf trip, couple’s golf getaway, or simply a golf escape with friends.

The Great Escape satisfies the golf appetite for all, and includes five-nights lodging at Boyne Highlands Resort or Boyne Mountain Resort (Sunday check-in/Friday check-out), welcome reception, gift package, breakfasts and dinners daily, UNLIMITED golf on seven of BOYNE Golf’s championship courses (Boyne Mountain-The Monument, The Alpine, Boyne Highlands-The Moor, Donald Ross Memorial, Arthur Hills, The Heather, and Crooked Tree Golf Club), as well as preferred pricing at Boyne’s flagship property, Bay Harbor Golf Club.

In addition, golfers also have the option to custom-build the package. They can select which golf courses to play, where to dine (including Boyne Country Club, Bay Harbor Golf Club or Young American’s Dinner Theatre), obtain Odawa Casino gaming vouchers, merchandise packages, spa treatments, custom club fitting, and instruction. It all can be built into a one week Great Escape.

The package pricing starts at $895 per person, and runs for 19 weeks during the golf season from May 7 through Sept. 15.

For more information about Boyne’s Great Escape visit http://www.boyne.com/golf/great-escape-golf-vacation, email info@BOYNE.com, or call (844) 634-5315 to book today.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

McConnell Golf: Building Clubs of the Future

Raleigh-based McConnell Golf invests $7.3 million to renovate and restore four of its 12 clubs around the Carolinas and Tennessee

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Since its inception in 2003, McConnell Golf has bolstered its bourgeoning reputation in the golf industry by investing significantly in improvements and upgrades at its clubs. McConnell Golf is currently overseeing renovation and restoration work totaling approximately $7.3 million at four of its clubs around the Carolinas and Tennessee.

With the 2016 additions of Providence Country Club in Charlotte, N.C., and Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn., McConnell Golf now owns a dozen 18-hole, private golf courses plus one nine-hole course around the southeast.

Meanwhile, McConnell Golf has added two new national memberships to its attractive menu of affordable, cutting-edge offerings. “McConnell Golf is focused on building clubs of the future,” said McConnell Golf Chief Operating Officer Christian Anastasiadis. “There is one reason we are in business — members. Attracting members through a quality and value experience, and retaining members via a sustainable product that they always want to be part of.”

COUNTRY CLUB OF ASHEVILLE — Asheville, N.C.
In 2016 at North Carolina’s venerable Country Club of Asheville alone, McConnell Golf spent $3.7 million on capital projects, of which $3 million was devoted to a major golf course renovation. That brought McConnell Golf’s total investment amount since purchasing the Country Club of Asheville in late 2014 to more than $4.6 million.

Country Club of Asheville is the oldest private club in North Carolina, its origin dating back to 1894. The club features a Donald Ross-designed golf course and is located seven minutes from downtown Asheville and The Omni Grove Park Inn.

For much of 2016, Country Club of Asheville’s golf course was closed due to extensive restoration performed by Pinehurst-based golf course architect Richard Mandell, who oversaw numerous improvements such as new 007 Bentgrass on all 18 greens, a restored creek crossing on No. 10, a new practice facility and rerouted cart paths.

Mandell said the most exciting part of the project was discovering and returning the forgotten work Donald Ross had created in 1928.

“Working alongside [superintendent] Robby Watts and his crew, undergoing renovations at the Country Club of Asheville have been a very enjoyable experience for me,” Mandell said. “It was fun to incorporate my knowledge of Ross in creating new greens where possible and uncovering some of the original greens buried under a few existing ones.”

Using information from longtime Country Club of Asheville members, the Donald Ross Society and notes from the original construction, Mandell tried to mimic the original course layout as closely as possible. Every piece of data gathered would allow him to focus on his goal of preserving the original instead of making design changes.

“My early process walk-through with Les Stradley, who was the golf pro there in the 1970s, was an eye-opener as to the changes to the greens in the 60s from Ross's work,” says Mandell.

“I am most proud of the finished work to the features and shaping of the putting surfaces, which was done by NMP Golf Construction and my shaper, Marc Burger, respectively,” says Mandell. “I hope the greens are as fun to putt [on] as they were to design. Mr. McConnell wanted a set of very interesting, challenging putting surfaces, which is what we delivered. I believe they are the soul of the course now.”

Besides the changes to the greens, another adaptation required moving the first tee. The results: A better view of the fairway for the golfer’s drive and the creation of space for a new 10,000-square-foot practice putting green next to the clubhouse.

The reconstruction efforts, particularly the new drainage and turf, will also help provide outstanding course conditions year round. Strategically chosen for Asheville’s unique climate, the 007 Bentgrass greens will perform very well in the cool weather along with the rest of the course. The fairways are also Bentgrass, while the roughs are a blend called Midnight Kentucky Bluegrass.

To reduce excessive mowing, Mandell used Meyer Zoysia on the sand bunker faces, just as he did at Raleigh Country Club in 2006. Although Zoysia is a slow-growth, warm-season grass used all over the Southeast, it is new to the Asheville area.

“Overall, the work here at CCA is some of my best,” says Mandell. “I think the green complexes and the bunkering are a testament to Ross's practical approach to design, yet we seized the opportunity to create a bit more variety from hole to hole. It was an honor to work on the 16th hole, as it has always been one of my favorites as depicted in one of my favorite books on golf architecture, George Thomas's Golf Architecture in America.”

But work on the golf course is not nearly all that has been done at Country Club of Asheville since McConnell Golf took over operations. The clubhouse was completed renovated including a new porte-cochere entrance adding character and volume upon approach. McConnell Golf renovated the men’s and women’s locker rooms and bathroom areas, while a men’s steam room was also installed. Outside the clubhouse has received fresh landscaping, as well.

The new back patio terrace with modern, chic furniture and panoramic mountain views creates an ideal gathering place. New awnings wrapped around the entire backside of the clubhouse, while a total overhaul to the Fitness Center included flooring, enclosed fitness studio, TVs, a personal training assessment area and select equipment.

Country Club of Asheville also received a newly created Cardinal Game Room (Tween Room) for children to play in, as well as adults for game nights and holiday gatherings. McConnell Golf performed a total resurfacing of the pool, updated and renovated the pool cabana to include paint and flooring and installed a new sound system.

In 2017, McConnell Golf has more scheduled improvements at Country Club of Asheville including a new pool fence, a total overhaul of the outdoor Tennis Shop, select upholstery throughout the clubhouse, new banquet chairs for the special events, a new digital keypad allowing 24-hour Fitness Center access, and a new HVAC digital control system and unit replacement.

HOLSTON HILLS COUNTRY CLUB — Knoxville, Tenn.
Located in East Knoxville near the foothills of the Smoky Mountains on 180 open acres of rolling old farmland tucked into a bend in the Holston River, venerable Holston Hills features a 1927 Donald Ross-designed golf course that has remained nearly untouched through the years. Holston Hills immediately became recognized as the finest course in the state when it opened and started hosting every important regional tournament including a PGA Tour event.

McConnell Golf purchased Holston Hills in December 2015 and immediately invested $1.4 million in capital improvements including a new fitness center, locker room upgrades, and a banquet and dining room renovation.

McConnell Golf installed state-of-the-art, Torque series equipment in the new Holston Hills fitness center, including a variety of machines such as leg extension and curl, along with Intenza Entertainment Bikes, treadmills, Octane stride elliptical and Octane XT-One. Rounding out the equipment are exercise mats, medicine and stability balls, resistance cables and foam rollers — all of which promote and support flexibility and non-impact strength routines.

The former kitchen at Holston Hills was completely gutted and a brand-new kitchen built. Currently under construction are a new dining room that will offer a festive atmosphere, an outdoor dining deck overlooking the golf course, a new main entrance to the clubhouse that will include a portico, a new golf shop and a new fleet of 60 golf carts. These projects should be completed this spring, followed by a grand opening function.

PROVIDENCE COUNTRY CLUB — Charlotte, N.C.
In early 2016, McConnell Golf purchased Providence Country Club. Located in southeast Charlotte, Providence CC was established in 1989 and has developed a reputation as one of Charlotte’s premier family country clubs. PCC’s pristine 18-hole, Dan Maples layout, redesigned by Mike Gleason in 2006, measures 7,021 yards and plays to a par of 72. PCC is tied for No. 8 in the Charlotte Business Journal’s ranking of the toughest private courses in the Charlotte region.

McConnell Golf said it plans to spend the next few years renovating the PCC golf course using a well-known architect, while also providing numerous other substantial improvements around the club. PCC’s extensive amenities include 14 tennis courts and state-of-the-art aquatic facilities, with three swimming pools, and a newly constructed outdoor bar and dining area with a fire pit.

Work is now being completed on McConnell Golf’s first phase at Providence CC, which totaled $1.3 million. Working with Edifice General Contractors and Redline Architects, the project has included the reversal of locations between the Fitness Center and the Golf Shop. The transition has doubled the size of the Providence CC Fitness Center, while they have also completely renovated the golf shop.

In addition, Providence CC now has a new bag drop location and a new cart staging area, while the entire back lawn of the clubhouse has been re-landscaped. Lastly, they have added an all-new “Providence Playhouse” activity center. The total value of the PCC renovation will exceed $4 million.

OLD NORTH STATE CLUB — New London, N.C.
Old North State Club is a perfect day-trip for golfers wanting to tackle one of golf’s finest tests, given the club’s central proximity less than an hour from Charlotte and the Triad, and not much more than that from the Triangle.

For McConnell Golf, Old North State Club brings to the table a host of amenities found nowhere short of a private, recreational resort, where members can visit with their families for a long weekend, even if there’s not another golfer in the crowd.

Located on the 5,300-acre Badin Lake, this secluded, gated community is surrounded by the quiet beauty of Uwharrie National Forest. The privacy is what makes Old North State Club such a desirable family retreat. The original clubhouse was turned into a spacious, eight-room lodge with a kitchen, bar, dining area and recreational room, where members can stay for a night or long weekend.

And there’s plenty to keep everyone happy. Along with the golf course, there's biking, six tennis courts, two swimming pools, a playground and fitness center, a marina with a boat master for boating and fishing on Badin Lake, and a waterfront park for concerts, weddings and community parties.

McConnell Golf is currently doing some capital improvement work at Old North State Club, including the addition of a new rub rail on the marina pier, construction of a boat bay used for detailing vessels and upgrades to the marina’s fuel tanks. Around the clubhouse, McConnell Golf is doing select landscaping renovations, while the kitchen equipment is also being replaced.

The ONSC pool is receiving a bathroom remodel, while the Lodge is getting new granite countertops and a landscape renovation of its own. McConnell Golf also recently relocated the fitness center into the main clubhouse, equipped with a brand-new AV systems and equipment. This relocation allows for a multi-purpose group exercise studio with an adjoining massage suite in the old fitness center space.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Revo Golf Announces Partnership with PGA Magazine Ambassador Program

(NEW YORK) –  Revo has signed a multi-year agreement to be a sunglass partner of the PGA Ambassador Program. A global performance eyewear brand known as the leader in polarized lens technology, Revo will now be available to this elite group of PGA Professionals through the PGA Ambassador Program.

“We are extremely pleased that Revo Sunglasses has committed to a multi-year agreement with PGA Magazine and their commitment to green grass PGA Professionals. Long term partners like Revo make PGA Magazine and the Ambassador Program a better resource for all PGA Professionals,” said Rick Summers, CEO of PGA Magazine.  “With a renewed commitment to golf, Revo is a perfect fit for green grass PGA Professionals, as they have a wide array of men and women styles built specifically for wearing on and off the course.”  

Cliff Robinson, President of Revo Sunglasses, remarked on their decision to support the Ambassador Program, “Working with PGA Professionals and their businesses was a natural step in Revo’s growth and expansion. Revo is committed to focusing on the golf industry and our extensive lens palette is perfect for managing the unique light conditions experienced on the course. As an added bonus, we’ve partnered with Bono on the Buy Vision, Give Sight initiative. For every pair of Revos sold, we donate $10 to help those fighting for their sight. Together, we are committed to preventing vision impairment and preventable blindness in more than 5 million children and adults by 2020.” 

Revo is a 100% polarized collection that pioneered the performance eyewear industry with its signature Light Management System – a technology that manages the full spectrum of light including harmful Blue Light and HEV Light. In a sport with unique light requirements, the Revo lens palette has numerous offerings for golfers to improve contrast and visual acuity while also highlighting key parts of the light spectrum for a more precise visual experience on the course. 

Revo is represented by The Duran Group as its exclusive Golf market partner. 

Talamore Tapped Among North Carolina's Best

Popular golf resort near the Village of Pinehurst ranked No. 25 in the Tar Heel State by GolfAdvisor, which uses the reviews of hundreds of thousands general public golfers to rate courses around the world

(Village of Pinehurst, NC) — Unlike most golf course rankings, which rely on “expert” raters, GolfAdvisor rankings are determined by the general public — golfers who play the courses and then write a review and rate them on the popular Web site.

GolfAdvisor is the leading source of golf course ratings and reviews by golfers, for golfers. The site’s active community — hundreds of thousands in size — shares their first-hand experience at courses worldwide. To date, more than a half-million reviews have been submitted.

Which is why the legendary Talamore Resort near the Village of Pinehurst was particularly pleased that the New Course at Talamore was tapped by GolfAdvisor as the No. 25-ranked golf course in North Carolina. “It’s often said that there are fifty Top 10 courses in North Carolina,” said Matt Hausser, Talamore Resort’s General Manager. “We appreciate the fact that GolfAdvisor uses the general public to rank courses. We receive positive feedback from our guests every day, so we’re not surprised they rated us this highly. Recognition like this is what we strive for.”

To compile the state lists, GolfAdvisor employed a similar method to that of its national Top 50 ranking. A course’s score is based on its overall (50 percent) rating and subcategory average (50 percent). Reviews are weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on GolfAdvisor, and a course receives a bump in rating if its score is better than that reviewer's average score.

Talamore’s high marks were due in large part to the major restoration performed on the golf course in 2016. Last summer — a quarter century after the resort first opened — the green complexes at Talamore were converted from bent grass to Champion Bermuda and have received rave reviews. In addition to true rolling and lightening fast greens, the new strains of Bermuda are providing significantly better playing conditions year-round. The New Course at Talamore green complexes have been restored to their original 1991 Rees Jones design by recapturing the greens surrounds, which had been encroached by native Bermuda grasses.

“The recently completed renovations at Talamore have made the golf course a must-play for anyone travelling to the Pinehurst area,” wrote one GolfAdvisor reviewer. “The new Bermuda greens roll true and will be an absolute treat throughout the warm summer months. 5 stars, Talamore. 5 stars!”

Talamore’s anniversary changes had a broader mission than just a greens conversion. Better course conditions, a more playable layout and more convenient golf cart access throughout the course were all on the list. Talamore removed a number of bunkers from the original layout and re-contoured the areas to blend with the surrounding shaping, providing more forgiveness in the landing zones and around the greens. Also, Talamore now allows full cart access to all its holes with significantly improved access everywhere.

“I’ve played (Talamore) probably four times since August of last year and it’s still, as it was then, in sensational condition,” wrote another GolfAdvisor reviewer. “Tee boxes, fairways, bunkers and greens are near perfect.”

Now, Talamore’s partner property across the street at the Arnold Palmer designed Mid South Club is undergoing a similar golf course restoration and greens conversion, along with numerous other club enhancements. In all, these projects are among $6 million in capital improvements at Talamore’s four North Carolina and Pennsylvania facilities.

For information call (800) 552-6292 or visit www.TalamoreGolfResort.com for the latest golf package information.

Oglebay Resort and Wheeling Park Golf Name Danny Ackerman General Manager

(WHEELING, WV) – Oglebay Resort and Wheeling Park, managed by Billy Casper Golf (BCG), has named Danny Ackerman as General Manager of golf operations, representing a homecoming for the 25-year member of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America.

A Wheeling, WV native, Ackerman will build upon Oglebay and Wheeling Park’s storied golf history to guide the brand for the next generation. He will oversee all golf activities at Oglebay, which includes three 18-hole courses, a nine-hole, par 3 course and driving range, as well as nine-hole Bloch Memorial Golf Course at Wheeling Park.

Working with BCG regional and national teams, Ackerman will direct course maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse operations, food and beverage, merchandising and golf programming to benefit golfer experiences and rounds played.  He and his team will reinforce and expand Oglebay Resort and Wheeling Park’s reputation as a popular community outlet and “go-to” golf destination.

“Danny’s high golf IQ and leadership will mesh well with his tremendous passion for Wheeling,” says Nick Bednar, BCG Regional Director of Operations.  “It will shine through to his team, our guests and the entire community.”

Born and raised in Wheeling, Ackerman started playing golf with his father at Wheeling Park’s 9-hole course when he was seven years old. He starred on the Wheeling Park golf team before captaining the West Virginia University golf team.

“I’m honored and excited to return home to Wheeling, the place that inspired my lifelong love of golf,” says Ackerman. “With Billy Casper Golf’s strong guest and employee service programs, and its modern marketing approach, we will strengthen the Ohio Valley’s golf offering now and for the future.”

Ackerman comes to Oglebay from The Virtues Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio where he was General Manager.  Formerly known as Longaberger Golf Club, it was one of Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” and ranked No. 1 in Ohio on Golfweek’s “Best Courses State-by-State” list. He also worked in North Carolina at U.S. Open host Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, and at Nike Tour host Quail Hollow Resort & Country Club in Ohio.

More information: www.oglebay.com, 304.241.2545

Stephen Curry, Matthew McConaughey, Condoleezza Rice Lead Upcoming Guests on Feherty

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Golf Channel announced that STEPHEN CURRY, All-Star point guard for the Golden State Warriors, and one of sports’ most appealing athletes, will join Emmy-nominated television personality David Feherty in 2017 on his self-titled Feherty series presented by Farmers Insurance. As previously announced as part of Feherty’s 7th season, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning actor MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY and former Secretary of State CONDOLEEZZA RICE also will appear, rounding out a guest lineup of golf enthusiasts from across entertainment, sports and politics. Additional upcoming guests include three members of the World Golf Hall of Fame: HALE IRWIN, NANCY LOPEZ and MARK O’MEARA.

“I’m always appreciative of golf’s unique ability to act as a common thread among individuals from all walks of life,” said Feherty. “I have the ultimate privilege of spending time with such accomplished and fascinating individuals, and whether they’re an NBA superstar, an acting icon, a brilliant politician or a Hall of Fame golfer, it’s that shared passion for the game that ties us together.”

Scheduled airdates for Feherty – 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

Season 7 Premiere of Feherty Earns Record Viewership
Feherty saw record viewership for the season 7 two-part premiere with golf icon Phil Mickelson earlier this month. Part I (Monday, March 6) became the most-watched Golf Channel original production ever on a Live+3 basis (.41 rating, 640k avg. viewers). The following week, Part II (Monday, March 13) became the most-watched Feherty premiere episode ever (.27 rating, 442k avg. viewers), earning a spot in the top-10 for sports programming for two consecutive Mondays.

Troon Selected to Manage Moorpark Country Club

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing, has been selected to manage Moorpark Country Club, a 27-hole semi-private club in Moorpark, Calif.

Secluded in canyons and surrounded by citrus groves, Moorpark Country Club features 27 holes designed by Jim Hardy and Peter Jacobsen. Open since 2002, the Canyon Crest, Creekside and Ridgeline nines meander through canyons and include multiple elevation changes. Voted one of the “Top 20 Courses in California” for 2016 by Golf Advisor, Moorpark consistently receives high ratings for service, course conditions, course layout and value by Golf Advisor readers.

“Moorpark’s picturesque setting and challenging golf course have made it a must-play for Southern California golfers for years,” said Guy Sugden, vice president, operations – sale and marketing, Troon. “We’re excited to be on board and will now look to improve the golf and food and beverage experiences for members and guests.”

Moorpark Country Club’s Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired clubhouse includes Champion’s restaurant and bar, a grand ballroom with seating for up to 425 guests, a semi-private patio and an event lawn for weddings, receptions and post tournament gatherings.

“Troon is a recognized leader in club operations and marketing,” said JW Lee, owner, Moorpark Country Club. “Troon will undoubtedly help us improve our overall club experience, while offering additional benefits to our members such as the Troon Advantage program, which will provide members with access to Troon's portfolio of world-class daily fee and resort clubs.”

For more information on Moorpark Country Club, visit www.moorparkgolf.com or call 805-532-2834.

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

Accessing Bandon Dunes Golf Resort as Easy as Ever with Return of Nonstop Denver Flights

Beginning in June, United Airlines will offer twice weekly jet service between Denver International and Southwest Oregon Regional Airport

(BANDON, Ore.) — Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, America’s No. 1 golf destination, will be easier than ever to reach for golfers around the world when United Airlines resumes its seasonal nonstop service from Denver International Airport (DEN) to Southwest Oregon Regional Airport (OTH) in North Bend, Oregon. The twice weekly round-trip flights, which will be offered every Wednesday and Sunday from June 11 through Oct. 4, put Bandon Dunes within a single stop of virtually every major city in the United States.

The flight schedule was designed specifically with golfers in mind. The arrival flight (DEN-OTH, 11:15 a.m.-1:09 p.m.) departs from Denver late enough for passengers from most major airports to connect, and the early afternoon arrival allows enough time in the summer months to fit in 18 holes before sunset. The early afternoon return flight (OTH-DEN, 1:44 p.m.-5:17 p.m.) gives golfers just enough time to tee it up for one last morning round before heading to the airport.

United will utilize its CRJ-700 jet aircraft to service the route. The CRJ-700 provides passengers with a full-service cabin and offers seating for up to 70 passengers, including six first-class cabin seats. This marks the third consecutive year that United has offered the seasonal service from Denver to North Bend, an indication of the popularity of the flights.

“We have seen continued enthusiasm year after year surrounding flight accessibility,” said Don Crowe, general manager of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. “The addition of the Denver flights, along with access from Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco, is great for our traveling guests as well as the South Coast community as a whole.”

The Denver flights add to increasingly robust commercial air service to North Bend and Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, which is located on the beautiful Southern Oregon Coast. United Express provides direct service from San Francisco to Southwest Oregon Regional Airport, and PenAir, which codeshares with Alaska Airlines, operates nonstop flights between Portland and North Bend.

All ticket dates for the Denver-North Bend flights are available now at www.united.com or by calling 1-800-864-8331. For more information or to make reservations for your next Bandon Dunes visit, call the resort at 1-866-311-3636.

For information and reservations, call 1-800-742-0172 or visit www.bandondunesgolf.com.

For more information, visit cooscountyairportdistrict.com or call 541-756-8531.

USGA Announces 2017 U.S. Senior Open Sectional Qualifying Sites

Sectional Qualifiers to be Held at 34 Sites in 27 States from May 15-June 12

(FAR HILLS, N.J.) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced sectional qualifying sites for the 38th U.S. Senior Open Championship, to be held at Salem Country Club, in Peabody, Mass., June 29-July 2. Salem Country Club is hosting its second U.S. Senior Open and its sixth USGA championship.

Conducted over 18 holes, sectional qualifying will be held at 34 sites across the United States between May 15 and June 12. Player registration is available now and continues through Wednesday, May 10, at 5 p.m. EDT (www.usga.org/champs/apply).

“The U.S. Senior Open is senior golf’s most prestigious championship and we are pleased to return to New England and Salem Country Club, where the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy will be awarded for the first time since 2001,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “We are grateful for the support of state and regional golf associations, which allows sectional qualifying to be conducted across the nation.”

Bruce Fleisher won the 2001 U.S. Senior Open at Salem, defeating Isao Aoki and Gil Morgan by one stroke. Gene Sauers captured last year’s championship, defeating Miguel Angel Jimenez and Billy Mayfair by one stroke at Scioto Country Club, in Columbus, Ohio.

Sectional qualifying for the 2017 U.S. Senior Open will be held on The Homestead’s Cascades Course, in Hot Springs, Va., for the 14th time since 2002. The club is the site of eight USGA championships, including the 1967 U.S. Women’s Open and 1988 U.S. Amateur. Sam Snead, a four-time U.S. Open runner-up, was The Homestead’s golf professional for nearly six decades.

The Olympic Club’s Lake Course, in San Francisco, Calif., which will serve as a U.S. Senior Open sectional qualifying site for the second time in three years, also has a storied USGA history. The club has hosted 10 USGA championships, including five U.S. Opens (1955, 1966, 1987, 1998, 2012).

Starmount Forest Country Club, in Greensboro, N.C., Columbia Edgewater Country Club, in Portland, Ore., and Las Colinas Country Club, in Irving, Texas, have each hosted USGA championships. Starmount Forest was the site of the 1947 U.S. Women’s Open, won by Betty Jameson, a three-time USGA champion. In 1974, Nancy Lopez claimed the second of two U.S. Girls’ Junior titles at Columbia Edgewater. Las Colinas was the host site for the 1969 U.S. Women’s Amateur, won by Catherine Lacoste.

California has the most sectional sites with five. Three sectional qualifiers are scheduled in Florida, while Texas will host two qualifiers. There are qualifying sites in 27 states.

In California, Green Valley Country Club is hosting U.S. Senior Open sectional qualifying for the seventh time since 2001, while Crystalaire Country Club, in Llano, is a site for the sixth time since 2007. Vista Valley Country Club will host for the third time in the last four years.

Dunedin (Fla.) Golf Club is a sectional qualifying site for the sixth time since 2010. Wynlakes Golf and Country Club, in Montgomery, Ala., and Worthington Hills Country Club, in Columbus, Ohio, are each hosting for the fourth time in five years. The University of New Mexico’s Championship Course, in Albuquerque, will be a sectional qualifying host for the third consecutive year.

Additionally, Kernwood Country Club, located in Salem, 5 miles from Salem Country Club, will host a sectional qualifier. Kernwood, designed by Donald Ross, has hosted three Massachusetts Amateurs and four Massachusetts Opens. Ouimet, who won the 1913 U.S. Open and the 1914 and 1931 U.S. Amateurs, won the Massachusetts Amateur at Kernwood in 1922.

Don Pooley (2002) is the lone player to win the U.S. Senior Open after qualifying through sectional play. Last year, 14 players who advanced through sectional qualifying made the 36-hole cut in the Senior Open at Scioto Country Club, in Columbus, Ohio. Jeff Gallagher and Glen Day, who tied for 18th, were the top finishers from that group.

The 2017 U.S. Senior Open will be the 57th USGA championship contested in Massachusetts. To be eligible, a player must have a Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4, or be a professional, and be 50 years of age at the start of championship play.

2017 U.S. Senior Open Sectional Qualifying Sites (34)

Monday, May 15 (1)
- Dearborn C.C., Dearborn, Mich.

Monday, May 22 (4)
- Bear Creek G.C., Murrieta, Calif.
- The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, Calif.
- Hallbrook C.C., Leawood, Kan.

Tuesday, May 23 (2)
- The Legacy G. & T.C., Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
- Glen Echo C.C., St. Louis, Mo.

Wednesday, May 24 (6)
- Orchard Ridge C.C., Fort Wayne, Ind.
- Kernwood C.C., Salem, Mass.
- Bearpath G. & C.C., Eden Prairie, Minn.
- Bonnie Briar C.C., Larchmont, N.Y.
- Worthington Hills C.C., Columbus, Ohio
- Indiana C.C., Indiana, Pa.

Tuesday, May 30 (2)
- Green Valley C.C., Green Valley, Calif.
- Crystalaire C.C., Llano, Calif.

Wednesday, May 31 (1)
- Hoakalei C.C., Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Thursday, June 1 (1)
- University of New Mexico Championship G.C., Albuquerque, N.M.

Monday, June 5 (6)
- Wynlakes G. & C.C., Montgomery, Ala.
- Encanterra C.C., San Tan Valley, Ariz.
- Adena G. & C.C., Ocala, Fla.
- Aurora C.C., Aurora, Ill.
- Deerwood Club, Kingwood, Texas
- The Homestead (Cascades Course), Hot Springs, Va.

Tuesday, June 6 (1)
- Wexford Plantation G.C., Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Wednesday, June 7 (1)
- Columbia Edgewater C.C., Portland, Ore.

Thursday, June 8 (3)
- The Meadows G.C., Littleton, Colo.
- Dunedin G.C., Dunedin, Fla.
- Brentwood C.C., Brentwood, Tenn.

Friday, June 9 (1)
- Meadowbrook C.C., Racine, Wis.

Monday, June 12 (5)
- Vista Valley C.C., Vista, Calif.
- St. Ives C.C., Johns Creek, Ga.
- Argyle C.C., Silver Spring, Md.
- Starmount Forest C.C., Greensboro, N.C.
- Bellingham G. & C.C., Bellingham, Wash.

For more information about the USGA, visit usga.org.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Billy Casper Golf to Manage Golf Operations at Oglebay Resort and Wheeling Park

(RESTON, VA) – Billy Casper Golf – the highly respected and innovative manager of golf courses, country clubs and resorts – has been selected to partner with Oglebay Resort and Wheeling Park in Wheeling, WV. The partnership centers on BCG overseeing golf operations, and strengthening the Ohio Valley’s golf offering for the future.

BCG will guide golf course maintenance, marketing, sales; staffing and training, merchandising, food and beverage, golf instruction and financial management for Oglebay’s three golf courses, and Bloch Memorial Golf Course at Wheeling Park. With more than 500,000 golfers living within a three-hour drive of the property, BCG’s management will position Wheeling Park Commission’s golf portfolio to become even more of a “go-to” golf destination and enhance, as well as improve the experience for local golfers.

“Oglebay and Wheeling Park have a storied golf history that’s approaching its centennial,” says Stephen Hilliard, President and CEO of Wheeling Park Commission, the governing body of Oglebay. “Billy Casper Golf’s state-of-the-art operating and marketing platforms, guest and employee service programs, and course conditioning strategies will ensure our golf program positions us as a local and regional golf powerhouse and prepare our brand for the next generation.”

Oglebay’s 63 golf holes present a compelling mix of classic and modern styles. The Speidel Golf Club houses two championship layouts – the Jones Course (Robert Trent Jones, Sr.) and the (Arnold) Palmer Course. The original course – Crispin – opened in 1930 and, at just over 5,600 yards, is ideal for players of all abilities. Oglebay also boasts a Par 3 course and driving range. Rounding out the courses is the family-friendly, nine-hole executive Bloch Memorial at Wheeling Park.

“Our namesake, the late Billy Casper, would’ve loved to be involved with Oglebay’s rich golf tradition and valued spot in the Wheeling community,” says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of BCG. “Our team is intensely focused on building a lasting partnership with Oglebay and Wheeling Park by developing more golf programming to increase rounds played and solidify long-term customer value.”

Those interested in new employment opportunities for the 2017 core golf season should visit the Speidel Clubhouse for more information and an application.

More information: www.oglebay.com and www.billycaspergolf.com.

Read about our visit to Oglebay Resort HERE.

Sun Therapè Pro Sport Allows Athletes to ‘Get a Grip’

Getting a Handle on SPF Protection Is Crucial for All Outdoor Athletes

(RELEASE) – Making the shot is everything in ball, and athletes can’t risk a slippery snafu. With over 500 hours of sun exposure every year, skin should be guarded against harmful UVA/UVB rays.  Sun Therapè Pro Sport wants you to protect the skin you’re in without compromising your sport of choice with greasy residue. It’s why they’re telling the inner athlete in all of us, to ‘get a grip’.

Sun Therapè Pro Sport is unique in that it’s a moisturizer and sunscreen combo formulated specifically for outdoor athletes. Initially, the brand established a hold in golf, as golfers found Pro Sport absorbed quickly after application so they could quickly re-focus on the game. Additionally Sun Therapè Pro Sport dries with a smooth versus sticky finish.

“When I’m on the golf course, a sunburn is not top of mind, my game is, and Sun Therapè Pro Sport is a high-quality made-in-the-USA sunscreen that gives me the protection I need,” said Steve Jones, Professional Golfer and PGA Champion. “The unique attributes of this sunscreen are why I not only use Sun Therapè Pro Sport, but work with the brand to educate other athletes.”

Often, how sunscreen feels is one of those things that you didn’t think you had to think about. Sun Therapè Pro Sport wants to make broad-spectrum SPF protection a win for every athlete in any sport.  Making sure you have sunscreen on hand is a smart play every time. Hours of training and practice should never lose to sunburn or a slip up with equipment. So get a grip with Sun Therapè Pro Sport. Play on.

For more information, visit www.suntherapeprosport.com.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Mystical Golf Announces Exceptional Late Spring, Summer Stay-and-Play Packages

Highlights Feature Play on Three Acclaimed Courses, Villa Accommodations, Numerous Extras

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) – Mystical Golf – offering "Myrtle Beach’s finest 54 holes of golf” on its celebrated Witch, Man-O-War and Wizard courses – announces stay-and-play packages ideal for exceptional vacations to the “Golf Capital of the U.S.”

Mystical Golf’s trio of courses are consistently recognized by Golf Channel to be among Myrtle Beach’s “five best courses” and “best values.” The Witch and Man-O-War courses are ranked in the “Top 15 Courses in South Carolina” in Golf Channel’s Golf Advisor rater reviews.

Man-O-War’s 15th hole ranks among GOLF Magazine’s “Five Most Memorable Island Greens” alongside No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass, the “Alcatraz” hole at PGA West’s Stadium Course and Coeur d’Alene Resort’s movable, floating putting surface. The Witch is praised by PGA.com for presenting one of America’s “great ninth holes” and The Wizard has earned 4-1/2 stars from Golf Digest.

Through Sept. 6, the three-day Gold Package starts as low as $99 (per person, per day, taxes included). It includes three rounds with cart on each of the much-admired Mystical Golf layouts (plus one complimentary round), three nights’ lodging in well-appointed three-bedroom villa (four beds), free iHOP breakfast daily (available 24 hours per day), and a gratis steak dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse (includes non-alcoholic beverages, taxes).

Over the same time span, the Silver Package begins at $89 (per person, per day, taxes included) and features all the components of the Gold Package except the complimentary round, daily breakfast and steak dinner. Both stay-and-plays offer one complimentary golfer for booked groups of 20 or more players.

“Simply put, we offer the best stay-and-play packages in the U.S.,” says Claude Pardue, President and CEO. “Our three courses continue to draw nothing but raves from our first-time guests, loyal repeat customers returning year after year and the major golf media.”

Additional package highlights include two free beers and lunch at the course each day, complimentary daily range balls, instant replay round for cart fee only, and $15 gift card toward a golf shirt. Extra night stays are available at a moderate cost per person.

Mystical Golf’s three layouts are highlighted by wonderfully fun elements including the only back-to-back island greens in the game (Man-O-War), a front nine of dramatic holes weaving through secluded swampland teeming with wildlife (The Witch), and a splendid layout reminiscent of Scotland and Ireland’s classic courses complete with authentic sod-faced bunkering and castle-style clubhouse (The Wizard).

For Mystical Golf information: www.mysticalgolf.com, 843.282.2977.

Roadside Attractions will release TOMMY’S HONOUR in theaters on April 14, 2017

(RELEASE) - Set against the early days of the sport and stunning landscape of Scotland, TOMMY’S HONOUR is based on the intimate and powerfully moving true story of the challenging relationship between “Old” Tom Morris (BAFTA winner Peter Mullan) and “Young” Tommy Morris (Jack Lowden, DUNKIRK, '71, DENIAL), the dynamic father-son team who ushered in the modern game of golf.

As their fame grew exponentially, Tom and Tommy, Scotland’s Golf Royalty, were touched by drama and personal tragedy. At first matching his father’s success, Tommy’s talent and fame grew to outshine his father’s accomplishments as founder of the Open Championship in 1860, his stellar playing record, and his reputation as the local caddie master, greenskeeper and club & ball maker. In contrast to his public persona, Tommy’s inner turmoil ultimately led him to rebel against the aristocracy who gave him opportunity, led by The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews chief Alexander Boothby (Sam Neill, JURASSIC PARK, THE PIANO), and the parents who shunned his passionate relationship with his girlfriend-then-wife Meg Drinnen (Ophelia Lovibond, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, MAN UP).

The film is directed by Jason Connery (THE PHILLY KID, 51, THE DEVIL’S TOMB). Pamela Marin and Kevin Cook wrote the screenplay, an adaptation from Cook's acclaimed book of the same name, which won the United States Golf Association's Book of the Year award in 2007. Keith Bank of KB Partners (HEAVEN IS A PLAYGROUND) serves as producer along with Bob Last of Holdings Ecosse (L’ILLUSIONISTE, SUNSET SONG), Jim Kreutzer of Wind Chill Media Group (JUST WRITE, LAST GREAT RIDE) and Tim Moore of Top Dawg Productions (SULLY, AMERICAN SNIPER, GRAN TORINO, INVICTUS). Tony award-winner Kenneth Whitney executive produces with Keith Bank. The film is rated PG and will be released theatrically on April 14 2017.

Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/3FcSe6TuE-8

Eyeking Renews Under Armour Eyewear Partnership with Caddy For A Cure in 2017

(Melville, NY) - Eyeking, the leading designer and manufacturer of Under Armour Eyewear, announced that following a successful first year, UA Eyewear and Caddy For A Cure will renew their partnership for 2017.

Caddy For A Cure is a nationally recognized program in professional golf that provides support and rehabilitation for combat-injured military veterans. Eyeking will provide UA Eyewear for all 2017 participants in order to enhance their on-course caddy experience with the best golfers in the world.

Eyeking is internationally recognized for superior eyewear design, manufacturing and distribution of a portfolio of eyewear brands and licenses. UA Eyewear is a leading sport performance brand with advanced lens technology, ultra-lightweight frame construction, and multiple layers of comfort. Eyeking’s dedication to innovative engineering and revolutionary materials has made UA Eyewear the brand of choice for professional golfers who rely on it for superior comfort, fit and protection.

“The UA Eyewear team is driven every day to perform on the cutting edge of product innovation. In 2016, we saw first-hand what Caddy For A Cure was doing in the world of golf and we knew that this was the perfect partnership for UA Eyewear to continue with,” says Scott Betty, SVP, Product, Design & Marketing for UA Eyewear. “Through the game of golf, we are honored to support our military heroes in conjunction with the Caddy For A Cure program.”

Russ Holden, the Caddy For A Cure program founder and CEO, commented on this renewed relationship with UA Eyewear and Eyeking, "We are incredibly excited to have this sponsorship support from UA Eyewear. They are perhaps the most exciting and innovative eyewear brand today, but more importantly, they are a company with values that parallel ours in supporting our military veterans.”

For more information on Eyeking, visit www.eyeking.com.

For more information visit www.caddyforacure.com.

ShoeTips Co-Sponsors the No Limits Golf Classic at Spanish Hills Country Club

(LOS ANGELES, CA) - ShoeTips, a revolutionary new swing thought reminder system designed to help golfers of all skill levels master their mental game while they play, announced today that they are the Official Co-Sponsors of the No Limits Golf Classic scheduled for Monday, March 20th at the Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo, CA. The No Limits Golf Classic benefits deaf children and families of the No Limits Educational Center in Oxnard, CA.

"We're honored to be a Co-Sponsor of the No Limits Golf Classic," said Steve Lewis, Founder & CEO of ShoeTips. "It's a great cause and we're excited to be a part of this event and help raise money to support the important work of this wonderful organization.

For more information on the No Limits Golf Classic visit https://www.giveffect.com/campaigns/3461-no-limits-golf-classic.

Flexible and Easy to Use
Using ShoeTips is easy. Before you play, select two swing thoughts you want to remember from the 18 provided. Insert the labels securely into the two base clips and slide the clips easily, and snugly, over your shoelaces. The reminders will be in full view on your shoes as you address the ball. To use them on your golf bag instead, simply insert the base clips through the slots on our enclosed BagTag. Now each time you select a club you can remember what you had wanted to concentrate on and clear your mind of the thoughts that interfere with making a good shot.

ShoeTips' 18 familiar swing thoughts were chosen based on input from golf pros and sports psychologists. The labels are easy to change and organized into 3 categories-focus, relating to your mind, feel, to your body, and technique, to your swing mechanics. Can't find the tip you want? Write your own custom tips on the reverse side of the labels with an indelible marker.

Mental Focus Promotes Peak Performance
Golf's greatest players, instructors and coaches, sports psychologists, writers, and scientific research on performance and the mental game all agree: Regardless of a person's skill level, if you can focus completely on, and become fully absorbed in the task at hand, with nothing left over for worry or doubt, you'll achieve a state of peak performance.

ShoeTips retails for $19.99 and is available on Amazon.com.

For more information on ShoeTips visit www.ShoeTips.com.

To read our review, click HERE.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Two of my favorite Irish toasts:

- Here’s to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold beer – and another one!

- May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Exotics CBX Forged Irons - a Material Advantage

(Batavia, IL) – Tour Edge, Golf’s Most Solid Investment, introduced the Exotics CBX forged irons, a material advantage in a player’s club. A limited number of the new CBX irons were shown at the PGA Show in Orlando, FL in January and were immediately celebrated for the visual styling and performance. Now ready for a full introduction into the market – the CBX forged irons feature new, softer materials, CNC milled face and cavity for the utmost in stability and forgiveness without sacrificing the feel and workability which is imperative in a player’s iron.

The Exotics CBX irons are triple forged from Japanese S25c Carbon steel delivering a softer feel on every shot and substantial forgiveness in a blade. Tour Edge engineers CNC mill the faces for perfect flatness. The square grooves are also CNC milled for 100 percent USGA compliant grooves. Every groove is computer laser engraved ensuring that every club head will pass USGA inspection. The CBX forged irons give players confidence knowing each club being used is USGA approved.

The cavity in the CBX forged irons is designed for the most advantageous MOI and forgiveness by CNC milling to insure the deepest cavity possible in a player’s iron. “The CNC milling allows us to control the depth precisely ensuring we take as much material out and place it in the flange area for more forgiveness and higher launch,” explained David Glod, President and Founder of Tour Edge Golf.

The CBX forged irons are designed for performance and boast a premium traditional shape with a moderate offset for distance with workability. A dual level flange gives enhanced feel, especially on shots struck low on the face, and good acoustics from a forged cavity.

All players benefit from added feel enrichment on every shot and the CBX forged TPE alloy insert helps dampen vibration on mishits especially in a blade.

Premium high-performance stock shafts options: True Temper XP 95 (R, S); True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT (R, S, X); KBS Tour Steel (R, S, X); Mitsubishi Recoil graphite shafts. Custom premium shaft options include: KBS C-Taper, KBS C-Taper Light; Dynamic Gold Tour Issue; Dynamic Gold.

Projected ship date is April 4, 2017. The CBX forged irons suggested retail pricing: $125 per club stock steel shaft, and $150 per club in Recoil graphite and custom steel shafts. Every Tour Edge club comes with a lifetime warranty and a 30-day play guarantee. Pre-orders can be placed with an authorized dealer.

Every Tour Edge club comes with a lifetime warranty and a 30-day play guarantee.

For more information, call (800) 515-3343 or visit touredge.com.        

PGA TOUR Superstore’s Ralph A. Stokes Named to Georgia State Golf Association Executive Committee

(ATLANTA, GA) – The Georgia State Golf Association has named Ralph Stokes to its Board of Directors Executive Committee. Stokes, a veteran in the golf industry, is the Director of Partnership Marketing & Events for PGA TOUR Superstore headquartered in Atlanta.

Ralph A. Stokes
In his current role, Stokes works closely with the PGA TOUR on behalf of the Company.  He also leads corporate efforts to establish and maintain partnerships within each local market by supporting charitable tournaments and local events, including The First Tee – an organization designed to help build brighter futures for youth through the game of golf.

Stokes, an avid golfer who plays to a single digit handicap, had a storied college football career at the University of Alabama playing for the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration there in 1975 and is a lifetime member of the University’s “A” Club.  His community involvement includes his service as Director on a number of Boards, including the Board of Visitors for the University of Alabama School of Commerce and Business, the Atlanta Public Golf Conservancy, Inc. and the AT&T Classic Foundation. Ralph previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Special Olympics Georgia and the Atlanta County Club, as well as a Volunteer Trainer at MUST Ministries homeless shelter.

For more information, visit www.pgatoursuperstore.com.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

GolfTalk Live Celebrates 11th Anniversary

(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) - The award-winning GolfTalk Live radio show, a national award-winner for the last nine years, celebrates its 11th anniversary on the air today.

GolfTalk Live debuted in March of 2006 on WNTP, Philadelphia's Newstalk 990-AM, a 50,000-watt station that previously was dedicated primarily to newstalk programing. The launch was a bold step, in that the format differed from most sports radio shows which depended on call-in programing.
   
From its inception, GolfTalk Live was a 52-week, 100-percent interview-driven show, unique in the world of golf radio at that time. Show host Tony Leodora was dedicated to providing golfers with all the latest golf destination information, instruction, interesting golf stories and news from around professional and amateur golf, including interviews with people from all facets of the golf world.
   
In addition to WNTP, the show's flagship station, GolfTalk Live began syndication in 2012 with WOND 1400-AM in South Jersey, the only station that gives high-season weekend traffic reports at the Jersey Shore. In 2015 syndication continued when GolfTalk Live announced the addition of two more affiliate stations - ESPN 1230 and ESPN 1320 in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. In 2016 a third ESPN station - 1160-AM - was added. The stations broadcast throughout the Lehigh Valley and into Central New Jersey and throughout the Pocono Mountains.  
   
Also, in 2014, a significant expansion took place though internet broadcasting. GolfTalk Live joined with the fast-growing Golf Director Network, which now hosts all of the shows. Through the network, www.thegolfdirector.com,  GolfTalk Live now reaches across the United States and to 145 foreign countries.
   
"The growth of the show has been phenomenal and we owe it to the great people with whom we work, the interesting personalities we interview and the spectacular venues we visit," said Leodora, who has logged many miles in order to broadcast the show.
   
"In the beginning, we thought this would be a show generated from the radio studio each week," he admitted. "We did the first show from the studio and immediately got a call from a golf course that asked if we could do the show from their location the next week. Since then we have done the show on location every week for 10 years except for one week when we were limited by a huge snowstorm and the annual Producer's Revenge show that his hosted by our producers at the WNTP studio."
   
Over the years, GolfTalk Live has broadcast from locations in 19 different states, plus Puerto Rico. The show also broadcasted from six foreign countries - Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, St. Kitts, Jamaica and Scotland.
   
Regular annual highlights of GolfTalk Live include extended coverage from the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, the weekly summer shows from the many golf courses at the Jersey Shore and the annual package known as the Myrtle Beach Report, which includes reviews of many courses and shows at the start and the end of the world's largest golf tournament - The Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship.
   
Sponsorship of GolfTalk Live has been an interesting mix of golf and non-golf companies. Presenting Sponsors Norris Sales Company and Yuengling Brewery are joined by returning sponsors Beneficial Bank, Westover GC, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, Kutztown Auto, LanConnect, Black Cat Cigars, Mainland GC, Bella Vista GC, Morgan Hill GC, GolfTec Philadelphia, Play-a-Round Golf, Sheraton Atlantic City, eRose Web and the newest sponsor - the Borderline Restaurant in Bethlehem.
   
"It's hard to believe the network of great people and sponsors that has developed from this show," said Leodora. "And it's even harder to believe that 11 years has passed so quickly. I guess time flies when you are having fun ... and we are having more and more fun on the show, as we now begin our 11th season."
     
GolfTalk Live also can be heard any time following each show on its official website, www.golftalklive.net.

Peggy Kirk Bell Golf Tour Launches Partnership with Storie Apparel

Storie Apparel joins the LPGA Foundation and LPGA-USGA Girls Golf as a “PKBGT Premier Sponsor”

(GREENSBORO, NC.) — Much like the Peggy Kirk Bell Golf Tour (PKBGT), Storie Apparel was founded by avid supporters of junior girls’ golf who saw a need in the marketplace they could fill by creating a high-quality product. Which is why the new partnership between the two makes sense all around.

Storie Apparel has become a “PKBGT Premier Sponsor” of the PKBGT, joining the LPGA Foundation and LPGA-USGA Girls Golf.

“We are excited for Storie Apparel to join the PKBGT ‘Let’s Play’ Campaign to establish 1,000 ‘girls’ only’ tournaments in the next 10 years based on our multi-level competitive framework which cultivates, enhances and recognizes girls’ successes in the game,” said PKBGT Director Mike Parker. “We are honored to work together to create more on-course opportunities for the girls and highlight their performances each season.”

Through the new partnership, Storie Apparel becomes the “Official Youth Apparel Provider of the PKBGT,” with all youth girls receiving a logo Storie golf shirt with their PKBGT membership. In addition, the regional point’s rankings system will be named the “Storie Apparel Order of Merit Standings.”

The Storie Apparel Order of Merit races will be featured in all of the current PKBGT regional series — North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia & Middle Atlantic. Through the season-long Storie Apparel Order of Merit Standings, players will vie to win the points standings title in each division of play. Each champion will be recognized at the PKBGT Inspire.Dream.Achieve. Banquet in November.

Select high finishers in the Storie Apparel Order of Merit Prep Series races will earn a “Storie Apparel Exemption” into the PKBGT Invitational, the feature event on the PKBGT schedule, one of the Top 50 junior girls events in the country.

“Two of our core objectives include serving the girls golf community and growing the game of golf through support of junior golf organizations,” said Storie Apparel co-founder Christina Francis. “Partnering with PKBGT, the largest girls-only tour in the U.S., helps us support both these objectives and expands our commitment to junior girls golf.”

“The PKB Girls Tour is all about giving opportunities for girls to compete at a high level and further their career.  The partnership with Storie Apparel is a perfect fit because Storie desires every girl golfer to feel comfortable and confident while pursuing her dreams on the course.  I'm excited and encouraged with the direction of girls golf because of this partnership.  I can't wait to watch all of these girls’ 'stories' unfold.” said Storie Brand Ambassador Angela Jerman-Ormsby.

“With the PKBGT’s expansion to more than 65 tournaments and the introduction of the PKBGT 9-hole Discovery Series for 9-12 year old girls, partnering with the Storie Apparel brand to provide the highest quality, performance apparel is a great benefit to the PKBGT member,” said Parker. “Finding quality, performance girl’s golf clothing can be a challenge for families and with Storie Apparel, the PKBGT has a partner to best serve our member’s needs.”

Learn more about the PKBGT at http://www.pkbgt.org/.

Visit Storie Apparel at http://www.storieapparel.com/.