And, lately, she has established a new home base at Tarpon Woods Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Florida. Just a few miles north of the Philadelphia Phillies spring training headquarters in Clearwater, this 44-year-old course has been a favorite of golfers ... and baseball enthusiasts ... for years.
Tarpon Woods, once an exclusive private country club and the almost-daily of the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner ... and the stomping grounds of many of the players ... fell into disrepair in recent years. Through the hard work of new management, plus the design ingenuity of Stephenson (she was the first woman ever to design a golf course), Tarpon Woods is well on its way to being restored to its former luster.
"This is a project that has captured my heart," says Stephenson, who also makes her home in the Palm Harbor area. "I've fallen in love with the course and the people who come here to play."
During the show, Stephenson takes viewers to her favorite parts of the course ... and describes her plans for renovating others portions. She also shows she hasn't lost her touch for performing under pressure ... making a birdie on the challenging 18th hole under the watchful eye of the camera.
Vandiver, who has a diverse background in the worlds of golf and music, serves as the tour guide for the area. Recommending nearby lodging at a well-kept Hampton Inn, providing the history behind the quaint town of Tarpon Springs and its nearby historic sponge docks, and pointing baseball enthusiasts toward Spectrum Field, spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies.
"After spending 15 years covering spring training with the Phillies, I knew the ins and outs of this area very well," explains Traveling Golfer host Tony Leodora. "I love everything about the Greater Clearwater area on the west coast of Florida. Now I love it even more because everyone can play a great course, at a great price, with great people waiting to greet you when you walk in the door."
The March episode runs throughout the month on the Traveling Golfer network of websites ... including The Golf Director Network (see full list of sites on travelinggolfervideo.com). It also will air on Monday, March 12 as part of the Press Box television show in Myrtle Beach, 5 to 7 p.m. on HTC Ch. 4. The Traveling Golfer also airs as a scheduled weekly feature show on NBC Sports and NBC Sports + throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. NBC Sports airings are 10:30 a.m. Sundays and 4:30 p.m. Thursdays. NBC Sports + airs the show at 6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.
As part of every Traveling Golfer show there is the additional feature, "Tech Talk", hosted by Tour Edge Golf experts, such as President Dave Glod. With years of experience as a club maker, Glod presents an inside look at the research and development of high-quality golf equipment.
Responding to golfers' never-ending demands to learn more about interesting golf courses and golf resorts across the country and around the world, well-traveled host Tony Leodora created the Traveling Golfer so he could take viewers on video trips to some of the most exciting golf locations. The show repeated for an unprecedented third straight year as the No. 1 Golf Television Show in America in the prestigious International Network of Golf Awards, presented at the PGA Merchandise Show in January.
The Traveling Golfer is a series of monthly shows hosted by Leodora, who has 17 years of experience in televised golf. The featured destination stays on the website for one month, before being replaced by a new show. The old shows are archived for continued viewing on the YouTube Network and on the home website, www.travelinggolfervideo.com.
For more information about the Traveling Golfer, or to find out how a property can be featured on the show, call TL Golf Services at (610) 279-9220.