Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Golf Pride Introduces All New PRO ONLY Putter Grip Series

Tour preferred shapes deliver ultimate precision and feel

(PINEHURST, N.C.) — Eaton announced that its Golf Pride Grips division, #1 grip on Tour and an industry leader in grip innovation, is introducing its all new PRO ONLY putter grip series. As the leading manufacturer of putter grips trusted on Tour, Golf Pride has modernized the classic styles preferred by the world’s best putters. With three distinct Tour shapes, the PRO ONLY models were refined with direct player testing to deliver the highest degree of responsiveness and feel performance. The heightened feedback is created by the proprietary tuned rubber material, affording a new level of precision feel for better distance control on greens of all speeds.

The PRO ONLY putter grip series will feature three different models, each with their own unique shape and color coordinated star at the end cap to help distinguish among them at a glance.

· Modernized horseshoe shape with an arched paddle front for thumb placement.
· Utilizes a slight pistol kick in the back for hand heel pad placement.
· 72 cc size and 74.5g weight.

PRO ONLY Blue Star
· Angled profile with a wide, flat paddle front for thumb placement.
· Utilizes an angled back shape for comfortable finger positioning.
· 81 cc size and 82g weight.

PRO ONLY Green Star
· Oval shape with an arched paddle front for thumb placement.
· Slight upper hand flared back for optimum finger comfort and hand positioning.
· 88 cc size and 86.5g weight.

“Many people find it surprising that 70% of the Top 30 putters on Tour prefer a smaller size putter grip. They prefer it because it allows them to gain greater feel, feedback and control. The PRO ONLY models deliver those Tour-preferred shapes with three uniquely optimized performance options.” said Bruce Miller, product manager, Golf Pride. “The new PRO ONLY putter-grip series enhances those marksman preferences with our new age materials, providing preferred shapes that have been trusted to win countless major championships.”

Available in three different models, the PRO ONLY putter grip series will be available at retail September 1st and feature a suggested retail price of $12.99 each. For more information on the PRO ONLY putter grips and the entire 2019 Golf Pride product offering, visit GolfPride.com.

Callaway Apparel Launches Fall 2019 Collections

Innovative. Performance-Driven. Authentic.

(Miami, FL) — Callaway Apparel announces the launch of the men’s and women’s Fall 2019 fashion collections designed for the ultimate in style and performance. The Fall 2019 collections showcase a mix of traditional and contemporary designs with new seasonal palettes that blend richness in color, texture and pattern.

“To create the Fall 2019 collections, we incorporated a purposeful approach to support the player by utilizing the latest in fabric technology, product construction and materials,” said Lupe Benetiez, VP of Design at Callaway Apparel. “The new collections are aesthetically minimalistic on the outside, while intricately functional on the inside, staying true to Callaway’s mission of being a  technically superior authentic golf brand.”

Men’s Fashion Collection:  The Men’s 2019 Fall collection features designs that are infused with quality, style and attention to modern day details that translates into confidence on and off the course. This collection features two deliveries, each with their own take on seasonal color schemes: The first delivery features blue and grey tones with pops of turquoise while the second is based in black with infusions of teal and pale pink.
Highlights include:
Swing Tech Fashion Polos - The collection features a vast array of new Swing Tech polo styles that are infused with re-engineered construction and materials for more stretch and better range of motion. Golfers now have an even wider variety of options to experience the performance of Swing Tech. New featured Swing Tech polos include:
o Swing Tech Marled Stripe Polo
o Swing Tech Marled Jacquard Polo
o Swing Tech Diffused Herringbone Polo
o Swing Tech Houndstooth Print Polo
o Swing Tech Mini Print Polo

Essential Swing Tech Polos - The best-selling styles have been updated with all new fashion-forward Fall color schemes. These include:
o Swing Tech Printed Gingham Polo - Four new colors
o Swing Tech Jacquard Polo - Three new colors
oSwing Tech Color Block Polo - Three new colors
Cut-To-Fit Stretch Web Belt - Available in four colors and constructed with 30% spandex for superior stretch, these new belts fits up to a 44” inch waist.

High Gauge Full Zip Vest - Crafted from a soft, insulated thermal fabric and available in three colors, this vest delivers practical comfort and style. The polyester/spandex fabric ensures maximum stretch while the full zip front is easily adjusted depending on the weather, making it the perfect complementary piece for fall golf.
Women’s Collection:  The elegant and sporty Fall 2019 women’s collection takes on a clean and modern aesthetic that embraces timeless styles with contemporary materials. A modular approach was created to mix and match styles for multi-wearing occasions. The collection includes new pants and shorts featuring blended fabrics that offer more stretch, comfort and unrestricted range of motion. Both seasonal color palettes (Teaberry/Navy/White & Lilac/Black/White) have a nostalgic quality yet feel clean and relevant to modern life.

Highlights include:
Side Pleat Skort - This brand new offering is designed with the 360* TrueSculpt slimming waistband, 4-way stretch inside shorts and classic 18” golf length. Available in five colors, this skort is made of an 88/12 polyester/spandex blended material with UV Block UPF 50 sun protection and Opti-Dri moisture wicking technology.

Pull On Pants and Shorts - All-new blended stretch fabric and an active waistband to ensure a maximum range of motion and comfort. Both pants and shorts have a tapered leg, belt loops and four full size pockets making these bottoms both functional and fashionable.

Long Sleeve Cardigan Sweater - Available in two colors, this sweater brings a vintage flair to this brand new style incorporating blended materials to provide golfers the feel of a classic sweater with performance features they expect from Callaway including stretch and UV Block sun protection.

Women’s Sleeveless Polo Dress - Introduced in the Spring, is available in two new colors for this Fall. The solid color is accented with eye-catching contrasting trim at the armholes and four-button placket. Four-way stretch inside shorts offer comfortable coverage that moves with you, and can be easily detached with a snap as needed. Zippered pockets offer convenient hands-free storage for your scorecard and other small essentials.

“Performance is the heart of Callaway Apparel, incorporating game changing innovation to authentic golf apparel,” added Benetiez. “The Fall 2019 collections include exceptional variety and innovation so that golfers can look, feel and play their best, every time they step on the course”

More information: www.callawayapparel.com

BIG MAX Celebrates 25th Anniversary

(RELEASE) — 25 years ago, while tinkering with an old 2 wheel pull cart, Thomas Reiter had an idea. A few hours later, with a third wheel fixed to the front of the cart, Thomas had the initial prototype for Europe’s first 3 wheel push cart and had taken the first step in the evolution of Europe’s #1 push cart brand, and continental Europe’s #1 golf bag brand - BIG MAX.

Thomas Reiter
“I had set up my company, Golftech, in 1988 while I was studying at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. We mainly imported U.S. and U.K. products that were difficult to get in Europe and became quite successful,” comments Thomas. “In 1994 we decided to make our own pull carts as there was a clear gap in the European market. My son Max had just been born so I named the company after him – BIG MAX.”

“The initial models, Basic and Mid-Max sold well, but it was while I was playing around with an old 2 wheel pull cart that the business changed forever. I figured that it would be less stressful on the body to push the cart and that you could direct it more easily with it in front of you. So I fixed an extra wheel to the front of one of our competitors models and tried it out.”

The first BIG MAX 3 wheel cart — the BM 500 — went into production in 1997 and immediately changed the way that the Austrian and German market thought about push carts. But it was in the year 2000 that BIG MAX became the dominating force in the market.

Thomas continues, “In 2000 we introduced the Ti 1000. I’ve always thought that there are really only two spaces in the golf market – the cheapest and the best – and everything we do at BIG MAX is focused on being the best. So we invested heavily in the Ti1000, coming up with the straight axle design that brought a huge amount of stability to the cart and allowed it to fold to a compact size.”

“The impact was immediate. The Ti1000 was a huge success.  It gave us a platform to expand into the whole of Europe and it really changed the way that European golfers thought about transporting their bags. Up to this day I think it is still the best selling push cart that Europe has ever seen.”

Innovation and heavy investment in R&D remain pivotal in the success of BIG MAX. That approach has seen the brand lead the way with the first ultra-compact folding carts for both push and electric models (IQ and Nano), waterproof golf bags (Aqua line) and latterly, the unique, multi award winning Fold Flat design of the Blade series. But with imitators around every corner Thomas knows that there is only one way to stay successful.

“Our whole business model is based on being ahead of the pack. We often see products that have clearly been ‘inspired’ by our innovations – just look in any golf retailer to see the number of lookalikes of our IQ cart. But when they get to market we’re already launching the second, improved, generation of the product and are already working on the third generation. We often have to resort to the courts to defend our intellectual property – in fact that is what inspired the name of our BLADE IP – but that is the price we have to pay for doing all we can to be the best and be the first to market.”

In 2014 BIG MAX moved into the U.S. market with the creation of BIG MAX USA, a U.S. company based in Tacoma, Wa. The success that the brand enjoys in Europe has quickly translated to this side of the Atlantic with its Fold Flat, lightweight push cart technology winning multiple awards and its waterproof and water resistant golf bags becoming one of the fastest growing bag brands in the U.S.

On the 25th anniversary of BIG MAX it is clear that this unique brand has changed the landscape of the cart and bag market worldwide. But with award winning designs and an enviable position in the market, keeping to the ethos that the company has had since day one is what makes Thomas the most proud of his achievements.

“We’ve been the most owned push cart brand in Europe for nearly 20 years, we’re continental Europe’s #1 golf bag brand, we have a presence in virtually every golf playing nation – 56 so far - and we’re growing at a phenomenal rate in the U.S.” concludes Thomas. “But at their core, our products are designed to make golfer’s lives easier and help them have fun with their game. To know we’re doing that on such a huge scale makes me very proud.”

Anyone wanting to join BIG MAX in it’s birthday celebration can follow them on social media for the chance to win the award winning Blade IP and an Aqua Sport 2 waterproof cart bag.


Ideal Time to Visit Cape Cod: Weekday, Fall Stay & Play at The Club at New Seabury

(MASHPEE, MA) – There’s no better time than an autumn visit to Cape Cod and The Club at New Seabury, a premier Private Golf Community, boasting resort amenities with spectacular views of the iconic Nantucket Sound.

New Seabury is currently taking reservations for its Weekday, Fall Stay & Play packages with 20 percent savings that provides visitor’s access to the newly renovated Dunes Course and unlimited use of the resort’s Practice Facility and recreational amenities*.

Known for its championship golf, best in class recreational offerings, fine community living and stunning ocean views, The Club at New Seabury recently renovated its Clubhouse and Sea Quarters accommodations, which can comfortably house up to six people. With full access to the Athletic Club (Fitness, Pool* and Tennis*), expansive Golf Practice Facility and nearby beach (through Columbus Day), you can stay on property and enjoy the new 95 Shore upscale, yet casual restaurant and bar for dinner or The Sand Wedge Bistro for breakfast and lunch or visit a variety of nearby Cape Cod venues.

“We invite everyone to come discover Cape Cod and experience The Club at New Seabury’s all-inclusive accommodations, championship golf and world-class amenities,” said Chris Card, President and Executive Director of The Club at New Seabury.  “The fall is a great time to visit the Cape. The crowds have lessened and the weather is ideal. There’s so much to do, while you relax and enjoy the stunning settings.”

The Dunes Course, situated on 125 acres within New Seabury proper, sits inland and threads through wetlands and woods. It now features redesigned and rebuilt, repositioned bunkers; expanded fairway edges through the green, re-contoured mounds and softened slopes on multiple greens, as well as the relocation of cart paths on designated holes.

Located in Mashpee, The Club at New Seabury is also a close ride to Cape Cod Coffee, Rideaway Adventures and Mashpee Commons Shoppes.

For reservations, call 508-539-8322 or visit www.NewSeabury.com.

*Please check online schedule for Hours of Operation

Monday, August 19, 2019

Top Florida Cigar Retailer Launches Nationwide E-Commerce Site, TheHumidor.com

Popular cigar selection at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits stores now open to U.S. through website

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Today, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits (ABC), a Florida family-owned wine, spirits and cigar retailer, announces the launch of its sister brand TheHumidor.com, a national e-commerce cigar website. The online store sources cigars from all over the world, making it one of the largest and most sought-after retailers in the country.

“The humidors in about 120 of our Florida stores are enormously popular and we’re excited to expand our cigar selection and open it to the rest of the country,” said TheHumidor.com and ABC’s Senior Tobacconist and Category Manager, Chris Gwaltney. “I’ve personally been around the world to bring back cigars for TheHumidor.com and the website is a one-stop-shop for boxes and great samplers that we pick. You can even mix any of your own sticks. No one else does that.”

TheHumidor.com offers free delivery with no minimum purchase throughout U.S. plus special discounts on mixed sticks and samplers. The online humidor has a vast selection of thousands of cigars from the top large and small manufacturers in addition to box sets, pre-made samplers and accessories. ABC and TheHumidor.com take pride in going the distance for the best quality cigars and value over anywhere else. Its certified tobacconists travel to places like Honduras, Nicargua and the Dominican Republic every year to bring back the best hand-rolled cigars on the market, including many of the brands customers have trouble finding on other sites.

TheHumidor.com has quickly become known to tobacco enthusiasts for the care given to every product the moment cigars arrive at its 5,000-square-foot warehouse. A state-of-the-art water filtration system is used to ensure humidification is free of any impurities. The room is also kept at a perfect 70 percent humidity and 70-degree temperature to avoid any changes in the cigar flavor or quality. Special, humidified packaging is used with each shipment to protect the cigars during delivery.

“We buy from the most popular brands and learn from the most experieced cigar makers who put great care in everything they do from tobacco seed to stick,” said Gwaltney. “We’ve taken their best practices and incorporated into what we do at TheHumidor.com.”

ABC has been family-owned and operated out of Central Florida since 1936. TheHumidor.com emerged out of the growing popularity of ABC's in-store humidors where cigar enthusiasts and locals can hand pick some of the world’s best brands and hard-to-find cigars.

For more information on everything the site offers or to sign up for special offers, visit TheHumidor.com. Stay up to date with The Humidor on Instagram @thehumidorofficial.

Azamara® Sets Sail with PerryGolf for More Than 70 Marquee Golf Courses in Over 20 Countries

(Miami, Florida) – Azamara, the boutique cruise line, is taking its partnership of eight years with PerryGolf, the international leader in luxury golf travel, to a new level. For the upcoming 2020/2021 itineraries, a total of 24 worldwide golf voyages will be offered, including play at more than 70 marquee courses in 23 countries, with 25 of the courses ranked among the world’s top 100*.

“As we continue to focus on delivering unique and immersive travel experiences for our guests, those keen to combine their love for golf with their passion for travel are in for a treat; we are now offering 41% more golf voyages than in 2018 and 2019 combined,” said Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara. “It’s always golf season somewhere in the world and PerryGolf is uniquely qualified to take our guests there with a seamless and truly integrated golf cruise program.”

“We love creating bucket-list experiences for our guests and providing them with opportunities to golf across the globe and our exclusive partnership with Azamara is a perfect reflection of that. In particular our annual flagship British Isles golf voyage which includes attendance at The Open,” said Gordon Dalgleish, President and Co-Founder of PerryGolf. “With Azamara’s dedication to Destination Immersion, our guests can play outstanding golf courses while also enjoying everything these amazing destinations have to offer.”

In the British Isles, Azamara and PerryGolf offer six golf voyages built on Azamara’s Country-Intensive Voyages — immersive itineraries that provide an in-depth exploration of a specific country — offering access to the most renowned links such as Turnberry, Kingsbarns, Royal Birkdale, Royal County Down and Ballybunion. Next year, guests can sail on the 2020 British Isles Golf Cruise, which visits nine ports, including Southampton, England, the site of the big championship at Royal St. George’s.

In Ireland, guests can sail aboard the 2021 Irish Links Golf Cruise, a 12-night sailing that circumnavigates the Emerald Isle — home to a quarter of the world’s natural links — aboard Azamara Journey. Sailing from Southampton, England, and offering an overnight in Dublin, golf-enthusiasts can expect to play six of Irelands highest rated clubs, including Old Head, Ballybunion, Royal Portrush, Royal County Down and Portmarnock Golf Club.

In addition to The British Isles and Ireland, Azamara and PerryGolf will set sail to Australia & New Zealand, South Africa, South America, The Arabian Gulf, The Mediterranean and The Baltic Sea. New to the collection in 2021 is a voyage to Norway with play on the spectacular and remote Lofoten Links. The golf voyages vary from seven to seventeen-nights, with included golf ranging from three to seven rounds depending on the sailing.

Highlights of the Azamara PerryGolf Program Include:
- PerryGolf staff members onboard and onsite at each golf venue to organize and plan every aspect of the golf experience
- Green fees and confirmed starting times including shared use of electric golf cart (or caddies at many venues in the British Isles)
- Daily golf pairings arranged in advance, allowing guests to meet and play golf with new friends (or to play with their own foursome should they prefer)
- All transfers to and from the scheduled golf courses in luxury air-conditioned motor coaches, ensuring maximum flexibility in transportation timings
- Guests’ golf equipment managed by PerryGolf from start to finish of golf voyage, set up and awaiting on golf carts in advance of guests’ arrival at each golf course, and packed up and transported back to the ship at the end of each round
- Practice range golf balls
- Box lunch at each golf course including post round open bar for select standard beers, wines and spirits
- Onboard Golf Group social events, including welcome and farewell cocktail parties, to which all accompanying non-golfing guests are also most cordially invited
- Casual tournament format with awards on one day.  Ship Senior Officers in attendance at Awards Party
- All gratuities for golf related staff including drivers and golf bag handling staff

Visit www.azamara.com/golf-cruises or www.perrygolf.com/golfcruising/ to learn more about Azamara’s PerryGolf voyages.

White Bluff Resort Readies Its Golf Course for Opening Celebration

The Old and New Courses will feature new greens and bunkers

(Whitney, Texas) – After a total renovation of their greens and bunkers, the two golf courses at White Bluff Resort are preparing to open.

Wrapped along the shores of Lake Whitney, The Old and New Courses were designed by 13-time PGA Tour winner Bruce Lietzke and are part of a 3,450-acre golf resort community. The New Course features water on 16 of its 18 holes, while The Old Course showcases significant elevation changes and expansive views of the Texas hillsides.

The renovation included total turf replacement to Tifeagle Bermuda on all 36 greens, while the bunkers were reworked for improved drainage and filled with all-new bunker sand. Each course also has its own full-length driving range, chipping green, and practice bunker and putting green.

The New Course opens to the public on Friday, August 30, with a four-person team scramble, preceded the day before by a clinic and players party. Special guest, professional golfer Chip Beck, dubbed “Mr. 59” for being the second person ever to achieve this elusive milestone in an 18-hole round, PGA Tour event, will conduct the clinic and play a par-3 hole with each foursome in the scramble. Entry fee, which includes the clinic, party, and round of golf, is $100 per person.

“The POA Board and community looks forward to showcasing our challenging and beautiful golf courses and the total renovation of White Bluff’s many amenities,” said Leonard Critcher, President, White Bluff Property Owners Association. “We welcome our neighbors from the surrounding communities and believe that they are going to be very impressed by this all-new White Bluff experience, including access to Lake Whitney, pools, marina, racquet sports, and dining.”  

On Saturday, August 31 through Labor Day Monday, September 2, weekend green fees of $55 for non-property owners will be in effect. Starting in September, the New Course will be open from Tuesday through Sunday.  Regular non-property owner green fees will be $45 weekdays and $55 weekends.

The Old Course, which currently is in grow-in phase, is expected to open in late September.

Stay-and-play packages are available for under $100 per day during the week. Among the lodging options are cabins located near the 16th green of the New Course equipped with

full kitchen, washer/dryer, and a covered patio area with charcoal grill and picnic table. There also are condos near the 18th green of the Old Course outfitted with full kitchen, patio area with table/chairs and a charcoal grill, and a small upstairs balcony that overlooks the course.

The Resort also recently reopened its St. Andrews-inspired restaurant Mulligan’s, which offers

panoramic views of the New Course from floor-to-ceiling windows. The hand-crafted, burlwood bar serves a variety of craft beers, wines, and specialty cocktails, while the food menu features a wide array of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, entrees, and daily specials.

White Bluff is managed by Arcis Advantage, the management division of Dallas-based Arcis Golf, which owns or manages 18 clubs in Texas and is the second-largest owner and operator of golf facilities in the United States, with a presence in 14 states from coast to coast.

​For additional information, please access the web site at whitebluffresort.com. Arcis Golf information is at www.arcisgolf.com.

TecTecTec Hires Constance Mitchell as Marketing Manager

(Vannes, France) – TecTecTec – maker of technologically-advanced yet affordable laser rangefinders for golf, which are Amazon’s No. 1 category seller – names Constance Mitchell as Marketing Manager, a role where she will focus on continued brand development initiatives, as well as creating captivating campaigns and engagement strategies within the U.S.

Constance Mitchell
Mitchell has more than 12 years of experience driving successful campaigns, most recently serving as Marketing Coordinator for The JNE Group of Companies, a multi-disciplinary engineering and construction firm serving many major industries around the world. She is also a Registered Graphic Designer and professionally published illustrator.

“Constance is a talented, enthusiastic and technologically sophisticated marketing expert and the ideal candidate to take our brand to the next level,” says Renan Lore, Director and Founder of TecTecTec. “Our affordable and accurate rangefinders have built a large and rapidly growing following over the past several years and the momentum we’ve built is only increasing.”

TecTecTec is comprised of a highly talented team of industrial engineers, who are devoted to helping customers save money while providing access to some of the most tech-forward products in golf. Among the most popular laser rangefinder models are:
VPRO500 (S) - The best-selling, water resistant VPRO500 is accurate within one yard, features 6x magnification, and can lock onto a flag up to 540 yards away. The “S” variant includes an optional slope function to calculate elevation-adjusted distances.
ULT-X - The company’s most advanced model features Target Lock Technology (TLT), which vibrates when a target is identified, as well as optional slope function. Advanced optics and state-of-the-art components provide exceptional clarity and the most precise distance readings of any rangefinder on the market – accurate plus or minus 0.3 yards up to 300 yards.

All TecTecTec models are engineered with an ultra-clear, multilayered optical lens and multiple scanning modes to help golfers in any situation. These include: Pinsensor measures overlapping targets including flagsticks and wooded areas, Target Priority displays distance of the closest subject, and Scan Mode helps read distances to hazards. Additionally, all TecTecTec rangefinders are equipped with a CR2 battery, wrist strap, microfiber cleaning cloth and quick-start guide for easy setup.

More information: www.us.tectectec.com. Get social at www.Facebook.com/TecTecTecUSA and follow @TecTecTecUSA on Instagram.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

25 Troon-Affiliated Courses Named To Golfweek's "Top 200 Resort Courses" List

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in club management, development and marketing is pleased to announce that 25 of its brand-affiliated courses have been named to Golfweek’s newly published Best 2019: Top 200 Resort Courses in the United States list. Troon brands include Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Green Golf Partners, Honours Golf and OB Sports.

“Hats off to all of these amazing resort courses for being recognized by Golfweek,” said Mike Ryan, chief operating officer, Troon. “Congratulations to the owners of these incredible properties, our resort partners that we collaborate with on a daily basis, as well as the agronomy and golf operations teams for delivering award-worthy experiences each and every day.”

Ten Troon-affiliated courses were recognized among Golfweek’s Top 100 Resort Courses, including No. 16 Kapalua (Plantation) in Maui, Hawaii; No. 17 Gamble Sands in Washington; No. 20 Fallen Oak at Beau Rivage in Mississippi; No. 51 Cascata in Nevada; No. 52 Pronghorn (Nicklaus) in Oregon; No. 54 Princeville Makai Golf Club in Kauai, Hawaii; No. 62 PGA WEST (Stadium) in California; No. 89 Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Arizona; and Troon North Golf Club’s Monument Course at No. 95 and Pinnacle Course at No. 96, both in Scottsdale, Ariz. Of the 25 properties ranked, 23 facilities are Troon Golf-affiliated and two are OB Sports branded facilities.

Affiliated courses named among Golfweek's Best include:
Top 200 Resort Courses:
No. 16 Kapalua (Plantation), Maui, Hawaii
No. 17 Gamble Sands, Brewster, Washington – OB Sports
No. 20 Fallen Oak at Beau Rivage, Biloxi, Mississippi
No. 51 Cascata, Las Vegas, Nevada
No. 52 Pronghorn (Nicklaus), Bend, Oregon
No. 54 Princeville Makai Golf Club, Kauai, Hawaii
No. 62 PGA WEST (Stadium), La Quinta, California
No. 89 Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, Maricopa, Arizona
No. 95 Troon North Golf Club (Monument), Scottsdale, Arizona
No. 96 Troon North Golf Club (Pinnacle), Scottsdale, Arizona
No. 112 Turtle Bay Resort (Palmer), Oahu, Hawaii
No. 113 Yocha Dehe Golf Club, Brooks, California
No. 134 PGA WEST (Nicklaus), La Quinta, California
No. 135 Indian Wells Golf Resort (Celebrity), Indian Wells, California
No. 138 Lake of Isles (North), North Stonington, Connecticut
No. 142 Indian Wells Golf Resort (Players), Indian Wells, California
No. 149 Silverado Resort and Spa (North), Napa, California
No. 152 La Quinta Resort & Club (Mountain), La Quinta, California
No. 153 Boulders Resort & Spa (North), Scottsdale, Arizona
No. 159 Sandia Golf Club, Albuquerque, New Mexico – OB Sports
No. 162 La Cantera Resort & Spa (Palmer), San Antonio, Texas
No. 165 Kapalua (Bay), Maui, Hawaii
No. 177 Boulders Resort & Spa (South), Carefree, Arizona
No. 182 Grand Bear, Saucier, Mississippi
No. 183 Mauna Lani (North), Kohala Coast, Hawaii

Golf courses are ranked against other courses in their state or nationally to produce Golfweek’s final rankings. Members of Golfweek’s course-ratings panel continually evaluate courses and rate them based on 10 criteria, including:
- Ease and intimacy of routing - The extent to which the sequence of holes follows natural contours and unfolds in an unforced manner.
- Variety and memorability of par 3s, 4s and 5s - Different clubs hit; extent to which the angles of play create interesting and varied playing options; and extent to which holes offer variety of options from the tee and on the second shot.
- Basic quality of conditioning - Variety of playing textures; extent of turf coverage; consistency and quality of bunker sand.
- Walk in the park test - Degree to which the course ultimately is worth spending a half-day on.

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

Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection And Mauna Lani Golf Unveil New Unlimited Stay & Play Package

(Hawai‘i Island, Hawaii) – Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, in partnership with Mauna Lani Golf, today announces a special Unlimited Golf Stay & Play package, combining new luxurious oceanfront resort accommodations with unlimited golf on Mauna Lani’s North and South Courses. Destined to capture its place as Hawaii’s most loved resort, Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection is now accepting reservations to welcome guests to an authentic yet newly designed resort, set to be unveiled in January 2020. Anchored by its storied location along the Kohala Coast, the resort’s dramatic natural setting, paired with an abundance of tailored experiences - including golf, will be the focal point for guests seeking enriching cultural immersion, adventurous outdoor pursuits, unrivaled amenities and the opportunity for a highly personalized itinerary. Managed by Troon Golf, the famed South and North Courses at Mauna Lani were recently honored by Golf Advisor, the leading source for golf course ratings and reviews, as the No. 1 and No.6 courses respectively in Hawaii.

Mauna Lani’s new Unlimited Golf Stay & Play package includes:
- Ocean view accommodations at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection
- Daily unlimited golf for two at Mauna Lani Golf (choice of North or South Courses)
- Daily Breakfast Buffet for two at HaLani restaurant
- Complimentary practice time/balls prior to play

Package travel dates are valid January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020, with a minimum three-night stay required.

“In advance of Mauna Lani’s January debut, we are thrilled to launch this new package that will exceed the expectations of even the most well-traveled golfers,” said Chris White, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing for Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection. “Showcasing the very best of our newly reimagined resort experience, the Unlimited Golf Stay & Play package pairs Mauna Lani’s incredible accommodations with unparalleled oceanfront golf on our award-winning North and South Courses.”

Guests interested in reserving the Unlimited Golf Stay & Play package should call (800) 367-2323 or visit www.maunalanigolf.com/golf_unlimited_package for more details.

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

Volvik Congratulates Kyle Berkshire on Latest World Long Drive Victory

Berkshire Wins Second Consecutive WLD Event

(ORLANDO, Florida) – Volvik USA (volvik.com), a rapidly-growing, premium high-performance golf ball company, congratulates Kyle Berkshire on his second World Long Drive win in a row. He defeated Tim Burke at the Tennessee Big Shots benefiting Niswonger Children’s Hospital, competed Aug. 10-12 in Kingsport, Tenn.

“We extend our congratulations to Kyle Berkshire on another spectacular win,” said Don Shin, president of Volvik USA. “His skill and power are appreciated by countless golfers and fans around the world.”

Volvik owned the final pairing at this event, with Berkshire and Burke meeting for the second time this year in the title match. Berkshire won by blasting a Volvik Vivid XT 410 yards in the finals and generating an incredible 227 miles-per-hour ball speed in the process. This marked the fourth time in five events that Berkshire earned a trip to the final match.

Volvik was represented in the quarterfinals by three of four competitors, with Justin James, Burke and Berkshire qualifying for the finals, televised on Golf Channel. In addition, Phillis Meti earned her fifth trip to the finals, losing by two yards in the women’s division.

The Volvik VIVID XT, the official golf ball of the World Long Drive, delivers explosive power and distance. The four-piece high performance ball features five color options that enhances focus. Its unique SF matte coating provides superior consistency and penetrating trajectory.

The Volvik World Long Drive Championship is the ultimate power golf spectacle, drawing not only the best long drive hitters but also avid spectators from around the globe.

For more information, see volvik.com.

USGA Boosts Its Support of First Tee with $100,000 in Grant Funding

The grants, which have totaled more than $26 million since 1997, will leave a lasting impact on 25 communities delivering First Tee programs in and around USGA championships and Allied Golf Associations

(PINEHURST, N.C.) – Thanks to a $100,000 donation from the United States Golf Association (USGA), First Tee chapters across the nation are receiving grants to further their efforts to introduce life skills and the game of golf to more young people. The grants are a continuation of the support the USGA has provided to First Tee for more than 20 years, and one of a series of initiatives on which the organizations have collaborated in 2019.

The grants are being dispersed to 25 chapters located in or around USGA championship locations and Allied Golf Associations as part of the organization’s strategy to leave a positive, lasting impact on local host communities.

The announcement was made today at the USGA’s 119th U.S. Amateur Championship in Pinehurst, N.C. Participants from the First Tee of the Sandhills, one of the USGA grant recipients, were on hand with the chapter’s Executive Director Courtney Stiles – who recently qualified to play in the U.S. Women’s Mid-Am this September – to share the announcement alongside USGA CEO Mike Davis.

“We are so grateful to the USGA and organizations like this, as it is these partnerships that allow us to broaden our impact in communities across the country, engaging young people who we may not have otherwise reached,” said Greg McLaughlin, First Tee president. “Together, we will inspire youth for years to come, engaging them in the sport and helping them to become leaders in their communities.”

“We are proud to see our First Tee grant funding directly benefit those communities that welcome us throughout the year and embrace the spirit of what a USGA championship represents,” Davis added. “The USGA is committed to making a difference in our host communities, and we are excited to see the long-term impact these grants will have in welcoming more junior golfers to the game, and to inspire them to play it for a lifetime.”

The USGA has supported the First Tee since its inception in 1997, providing more than $26 million in grants to the organization. Their shared commitment to bringing more young people to the game was highlighted this past June during the 119th U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach, where the two organizations debuted the Junior Experience Featuring First Tee. The on-site interactive experience connected youths with the excitement and values associated with golf and First Tee programs offered throughout the country.

With the USGA’s support, First Tee chapters are reaching more than 136,000 young people annually at more than 1,200 program locations, with support from 25,000 volunteers. Additionally, First Tee has been introduced to more than 10,000 schools and youth centers reaching millions of additional kids through these programs.

Learn more at www.thefirsttee.org and usga.org.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Forsgate Country Club to Host the 7th Annual R.A. Schiavone Memorial Cup

Amateurs and Professionals Take on the Historic Banks Course

(Monroe Township, N.J.) — Forsgate Country Club will host the 7th Annual R.A. Schiavone Memorial Cup Pro/Scratch Event on its historic Banks Course September 17-18.

The two-day stroke play tournament for amateurs and the one day pro-am team event, has three age divisions for amateur contestants: 35-49, 50-64 and 65 years and older. There is no age requirement for PGA professionals.

On September 17, amateurs compete in a skills competition that is followed by Round 1 of 18 holes of stroke play.  On September 18, amateurs join their professional partner in a team aggregate gross format, which also counts as Round 2 of their stroke play tournament.  The two-day low gross total player from each age division will qualify for a one hole playoff to determine the 2019 R.A. Schiavone Memorial Cup champion.  In addition to competing as a team, the pros will vie for a $5,000 purse with a $2,500 first place prize going to the medalist.

The Schiavone Cup is named in honor of longtime Garden State golf course owner/investor Ronald A. Schiavone (1925-2011).  The founder of Schiavone Construction Company, he built large portions of the New Jersey Turnpike, including Interchange 8A, the exit adjacent to Forsgate Country Club.

“This event honors a man who contributed to golf in New Jersey, even though he wasn’t a golfer himself.  As a founder of the state’s largest country club, the 54-hole Fiddler’s Elbow, and primary owner of Forsgate Country Club for more than a decade, Ron Schiavone provided the entrepreneurial vision that helped elevate the quality of the game in the Garden State,” said Chris Schiavone, Forsgate’s Managing Partner.  “My introduction to golf and my education in the club business – from summer jobs at the clubs he owned to assisting him in their management – are owed to him, and I thought it fitting that an event should be created in his honor.”

The field is limited to 60 teams and the entry fee for the two man team is $350.  For more information or to register a team, contact Mike Furey or Carolyn McKenzie Andrews at (732) 656-8959.

For more information about Forsgate Country Club visit www.forsgatecc.com or call (732) 521-0070.

Giants Ridge Now Offering Finn Cycle

Motorcycle-Inspired, Electric Cycle Creates Fun, Excitement at Minnesota’s Premier Golf Resort

(BIWABIK, Minn.) – Giants Ridge – Minnesota’s leading golf resort set in the rugged beauty of the Mesabi Iron Range – now features the exciting Finn Cycle, a two-wheeled, electric cycle designed to offer a comfortable and invigorating ride throughout a round of golf.

Among the first in Minnesota to offer the Finn Cycle, Giants Ridge’s rolling terrain provides a fun and fast experience for golfers. The Finn Cycle travels at the same speed as a traditional golf cart, approximately 15 mph, and offers the opportunity to substantially speed up the pace of play by naturally encouraging ready golf with each player driving directly to his/her ball.

The golf bag sits along the center-line of the Finn Cycle offering easy golf club access and riding stability. The Finn Cycle has front and rear suspension for a comfortable ride and braking with hand-operated hydraulic disc brakes. The electric motor is in the rear wheel offering a sleek design and the lithium battery can go 36 holes on a single charge.

Subject to availability, cost to rent a Finn Cycle at Giants Ridge is $21 plus tax. Rental kiosks are available at both of Giants Ridge’s golf shops, which includes a short training video for golfers. The cycles are already in high demand as younger players and golf purists relish the new, entertaining way to traverse the resort’s two championship courses.

“Guests will be able experience the Giants Ridge courses from a whole new angle from the Finn Cycle,” says Director of Golf John Kendall. “The Finn Cycle adds yet another thrilling and sporty element to our world-class resort courses.”

A convenient three-hour drive along I-35 from the Minneapolis – St. Paul metro area, Giants Ridge boasts two of the highest ranked layouts in state, The Quarry and The Legend. Although both tracts were designed by renowned course architect Jeff Brauer, each course features its own unique layout and character.

The aptly-named The Quarry is built on the site of a former sand quarry and iron ore mine. Dramatically raised tees and hazards forged from reclaimed and repurposed mine land set The Quarry apart from other courses and provide dramatic Iron Range vistas.

Carved out of the Superior National Forest, The Legend is a true “northwoods” course featuring towering pines, giant fairways and majestic views of Wynne and Sabin Lakes.

Earlier this year, Giants Ridge received the “Editor’s Choice Award” from Golf Digest in the “Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest” category. The publication also ranked The Quarry No. 31 in its biennial rankings of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. In addition to the Golf Digest honors, Giants Ridge and its courses have received accolades from Golfweek, My Golf Spy, WorldGolf.com and Golf Advisor.

Currently, Giants Ridge is offering value-laden stay-and-play packages for the 2019 golf season. The Villas at Giants Ridge package includes one round of golf with cart on either of the resort’s two courses (through October 15), range balls, a yardage book and accommodations for 10% off the regular price. The GreenGate Guest Houses package includes a round of golf on either The Quarry or The Legend, golf cart, range balls and a yardage book, and starts at $232 per person / per night. Early and late season packages at the Lodge at Giants Ridge start at $249 per person / per night and includes a two-night stay in a two-bedroom condo, discounts at the Sleeping Giant Grill and Bar, a round of golf per person/per day on either course, golf cart, range balls and a yardage book.

For more information: www.giantsridge.com, 1.800.688.7669.

TaylorMade Golf Company Announces TP Patina Putter Collection

(Carlsbad, Calif.) – TaylorMade Golf Company announced today the anticipated release of the TP Patina Putter Collection, featuring a refined aesthetic paired with unparalleled craftsmanship. Comprised of seven distinct models, the TP Patina Putter Collection is a modern take on a classic design, built with TaylorMade’s patented, Tour-proven Pure Roll insert. All in, TP Patina is a look from the past that plays like the future.

Delivering a rich and classic colorway to the line of TP Putters, the TP Patina Putter Collection features a naturally tarnishing patina finish. Through combining black nickel and copper properties, we created a unique reveal on the edges and sole of the putter. The TP Patina Putter Collection is built for golfers who favor a smooth and traditional putter shape still backed by unrivaled performance and technology.

Built to optimize roll characteristics in all models of the TP Patina Putter Collection, a new and thicker 5mm aluminum Pure Roll insert is specially engineered to bring the grooves into direct contact with the ball. As compared to a solid face, the Pure Roll insert’s 45° grooves improve forward roll, helping the ball start and stay on its intended line.

This third-generation release of the TP Putter Collection features new signature TP screws that securely fasten the Pure Roll insert to the putter face. Through this process, voids and air pockets beneath the insert are minimized, creating an improved and solid feel on impact.
Soto, Juno & Del Monte 

The three blade-style putters in the TP Patina Putter Collection, Soto, Juno and new Del Monte all feature a clean build with a single sightline on the back cavity. Each blade putter is complete with a Pure Roll insert designed to give golfers optimized stability, control and feel.

As with every putter in TaylorMade’s TP Collection, the naming convention for the putters within the patina range draw on inspiration from areas, regions and landmarks of some of the world’s greatest golf destinations and historic courses.

The Soto provides a smooth appearance at address with 47° of toe hang and a full shaft offset.

Shaped with squared contours, Juno’s appearance is complete with 36° of toe hang and a full shaft offset.

With a single sightline on the back cavity, the Del Monte putter features a slight toe hang of 8°and a firm feeling on impact.

Ardmore 1, Ardmore 2, Ardmore 3 & DuPage 

The mallet options for the Patina Collection are equally as impressive with four options including the Ardmore 1, Ardmore 2, Ardmore 3 and the new DuPage. Each mallet putter is constructed with a Pure Roll insert designed to give golfers optimized stability, control and feel.

A face-balanced mallet designed with dual cavity sightlines and one top sightline. Ardmore 1 features a full shaft offset intended to promote a linear stroke.

With double cavity sightlines for a straight back, straight through stroke, Ardmore 2 features a face balanced toe hang and single bend TM hosel.

Incorporating a 42° toe hang on a short slant hosel with a single cavity sightline, the Ardmore 3 completes the Ardmore line up.

The all new DuPage mallet putter completes the TP Patina Putter collection with a new take on the traditional mallet design incorporating a single bend, face balanced design.

New to the TP Patina Putter Collection, the TP adjustable weight system enables the TP sole weights to be unique to each stock length to hit a specific swing weight. Weights ranging from 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10, 15 and 20 grams are available for sale separately.

The entire TP Patina Collection is available in 34” and 35” lengths in both RH & LH models. Each putter comes equipped stock with a KBS CT Taper Stepless Chrome Putter shaft and a Super Stroke Pistol GT 1.0 grip at an MSRP of $249.99 USD.

GOLFPASS Launches Concierge-Like Travel Services

Introduction of Ultimate Itinerary Videos Help Plan Step-by-Step Travel to Top Golf Destinations

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Traveling has never been easier or more convenient for those who love to tee it up, with new concierge-like perks and benefits introduced today through the GOLFPASS digital golf membership.

“The ease with which a single golfer or a group can now plan and enjoy travel through GOLFPASS is amazing,” said Mike Lowe, vice president and general manager for GOLF Advisor, one of the NBC Sports Group’s golf brands contributing to the benefits offered through golf’s most comprehensive digital membership. “A GOLFPASS membership is like having your own golf concierge who helps you find the best deals, plans your trips and provides some really cool perks along the way that create a more enjoyable overall travel experience.”

ULTIMATE ITINERARY:  Launching today is Ultimate Itinerary, a new video series helping GOLFPASS members plan their next trip. Hosted by members of GOLF Advisor’s editorial team – who have teed it up on more than 10,000 golf courses around the world – Ultimate Itinerary is being introduced initially with three- and five-day itineraries of 10 featured destinations. Each of the 20 videos provides expert advice and recommendations about the best courses to play, places to stay and eat, and local attractions that can create the ideal golf trip. Each video also has an accompanying printable version. The introductory list of destinations includes:
- Austin, Texas
- Chicago, Ill.
- Napa Valley, Calif.
- New England
- Northern Michigan
- Orlando, Fla.
- Pebble Beach, Calif.
- San Diego, Calif.
- San Francisco, Calif.
- Scottsdale, Ariz.

TRIP MANAGER TECHNOLOGY:  Alleviating the burden of organizing golf trips is Trip Manager by GOLF Advisor and its accompanying easy-to-use app. Trip Manager, now included at no charge with any GOLFPASS membership, has historically cost a user without a GOLFPASS membership $249 per use. The technology allows a trip organizer to set up a customized communications portal that hosts travel logistics, player information, tee sheets, tournament results, purse payouts and other content of the user’s choosing. The trip portal also serves as a digital memory book that can store photos and more. Popular functions include the ability to organize pairings and create competitive tournament and playing formats, as well as share live, mobile scoring and leaderboards. There’s also a trip accountant feature that makes it easy to track and reconcile trip expenses among the group.

GOLF Advisor Managing Editor Brandon Tucker used Trip Manager extensively on his recent buddies trip to San Diego and wrote about his experience HERE.

TRAVEL CREDITS:  The Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head, S.C., and Silverado Resort in Napa Valley, Calif., have joined the list of renowned destinations offering GOLFPASS members $100 in travel credit, plus complimentary range balls, when booking a package. The list of top resorts offering credits includes:
- The Biltmore (Florida)
- Sea Island (Georgia)
- Streamsong Resort (Florida)
- Reynolds Lake Oconee (Georgia)
- Red Sky Ranch and Golf Club (Colorado)
- Turning Stone Resort (New York)
- Mission Inn Resort (Florida)
- Saddlebrook Resort (Florida)
- The Sea Pines Resort – Harbour Town (Hilton Head, S.C.)
- Silverado Resort (Napa Valley, Calif.)
- Talamore Golf Resort (Southern Pines, N.C.)
- Destination Kohler - Whistling Straits (Wisconsin) – site of the 2020 Ryder Cup

GOLFPASS members also can receive $100 credit when booking select travel package through Troon Golf Vacations, which is officially licensed by GOLF Advisor Travel. Additionally, GOLFPASS members receive up to $200 credit on trips with Golfbreaks customized vacations to international destination resorts like Celtic Manor Golf Resort, Fairmont St. Andrews, and Belton Woods; and up to $100 credit on domestic travel. Groups of eight or more receive double the benefits.

TRAVEL WITH GOLF CHANNEL PERSONALITIES: GOLFPASS members who would rather someone else do all the work can travel with a GOLF personality, get priority booking and save $100 in the process. GOLF Advisor Getaways for individuals and groups visit destinations featured on the GOLF Advisor Round Trip series on GOLF Channel. GOLF Advisor personalities serve as host and trip “captain” and are responsible for organizing itineraries that not only include great golf, but also destination side-trips, entertainment and varied dining experiences. Upcoming GOLF Advisor Getaways in 2019 include:

Aug. 25-28 Turning Stone Resort (N.Y.) Host: Matt Ginella
Sept. 19-21 Sandestin (Florida) Host: Matt Ginella
Sept. 29-Oct. 1 Sweetens Cove (Tennessee) Host: Bradley S. Klein
Nov. 14-18 Atlantis (Bahamas) Host: Matt Ginella
Dec. 1-7 Maui (Hawaii) Host: Matt Ginella

MORE FEATURE BENEFITS:  GOLFPASS member always have had access to a generous selection of travel benefits, which also include:
- Ability to watch every episode in the GOLF Advisor Round Trip library. The popular series, hosted by Matt Ginella and airing on GOLF Channel, travels the globe showcasing unique golf destinations, resorts and amenities.
- Access to insider travel articles penned by GOLF Advisor’s experienced editorial staff, as well as any back issue of the Golf Odyssey newsletter.
- Personalized, one-on-one travel planning through a dedicated GOLFPASS support line.
- Exclusive travel videos, including the Toughest Tracks series, where top golfers, celebrities and GOLF talent show viewers how to navigate some of the hardest holes in golf.

A GOLFPASS membership is available in North America at GOLFPASS.com, and in the U.K. and Republic of Ireland at GOLFPASS.co.uk.

Long Drive Champion Troy Mullins is Ready to Shatter Expectations with PXG

PXG Supports Troy Mullins’ Drive to Add Distance & Aspiration to Play on the LPGA

(Scottsdale, AZ) – In celebration of 08/11 and in honor of the company’s celebrated 0811 Driver technology, PXG today announced female world long drive champion Troy Mullins as its newest ambassador.

With an average swing speed of 117 mph (ranking in the PGA TOUR top 50), Troy is one of the longest hitting women in golf. She is one of only four women to conquer the 400-yard-drivemark – breaking a World Record at 402 yards.

“Troy’s swing is absolutely beautiful, and her work ethic is what will continue to make her great,” PXG founder and CEO Bob Parsons shared. “She is charting her own path and shattering expectations, which I respect tremendously. I couldn’t be more proud to welcome her to the PXG Troops. Kaboom baby!”

“With PXG’s backing, I am extremely excited to continue to compete in long drive and begin pursuing my dream to play on the LPGA Tour,” Troy Mullins stated. “It’s a long road ahead, but I know I have the right equipment, support system and motivation to make it happen.”

Although she is best known for her long-bombs down the fairway, Troy is also focused on controlling her swing and tightening-up her short game. She has set her sights on playing on the LPGA Tour and PXG is determined to make sure her equipment serves her well from tee to green.

Troy added, “the experience of working with PXG and their Master Fitters was amazing. They listened, we reviewed data, I gave feedback and at the end of the day they delivered a lineup of clubs that were absolutely perfect for me. I now play the clubs I always dreamt of having.”

What’s in Troy Mullins’ bag?
- Long Drive Driver, PXG 0811 X GEN2 Driver, 9°, 47.75”
- PXG 0811 X GEN2 Driver, 9°, 46.75”
- PXG 0341 X GEN2 2-wood, 15° with Tensei White 70TX, 43.5”
- PXG 0317 X GEN2 Hybrid, 19° & 22° with Tensei White 90HY S
- PXG 0311 T GEN2 Irons 4-PW with Project X 6.0
- PXG Sugar Daddy Milled Wedges 50° & 56° with TT Elevate 95 R
- PXG Closer Putter

To learn more visit www.PXG.com.

Sailfish Point Honored in Golfweek’s 2019 ‘Best Residential Courses’

(STUART, Fla.) – Sailfish Point – the 532-acre oceanfront luxury community on Hutchinson Island 45 minutes north of Florida’s Palm Beaches – announces its Jack Nicklaus Signature Course is ranked No. 75 in Golfweek’s prestigious “Top 200 Residential Golf Courses” in the U.S.

The coveted ranking places the superlative property’s sole course in elite company alongside some of the most exclusive layouts in the world. The annual list of the 200 U.S. top residential golf courses is determined by Golfweek’s elite team of more than 850 course evaluators. The raters survey over 3,600 layouts annually, grading each nominated course in accordance with Golfweek’s 10 standards for evaluation.

“We’re honored to be included in this esteemed list from Golfweek,” says Victor Tortorici, PGA Director of Golf at Sailfish Point. “Our members and staff take immense pride in quality conditioning as well as the course’s overall playability, so it’s wonderful to have these key factors recognized by premier golf publications like Golfweek.”

Opened in 1981, the course was renovated by Nicklaus Design in 2007. Play is challenging and varied for golfers of all skill levels with numerous holes offering picturesque views along the 7,088 yards of waterfront scenery. The par-4 signature 18th hole has been dubbed “Window on the Sea” for its remarkable ocean view. It’s the ideal end to a thrilling and fun golf experience.

Steps away from the Sailfish Point clubhouse is a short-game practice area where golfers can hone their respective skills before moving on to the driving range or teeing it up on the first hole. Four full-time teaching professionals are on staff, and the fully outfitted pro shop offers a wide selection of golf equipment and gear.

Member amenities additionally include a newly-renovated 60,000-square-foot clubhouse with multiple dining options, fitness center, multiple pools, tennis courts, full-service spa and five miles of pristine beach.

Residents enjoy access to the full-service marina and yacht club, offering 77 wet slips and 45 dry slips while accommodating vessels up to 125 feet. Organized events such as casino nights, wine tastings, themed dinners and golf outings keep homeowners’ social calendars bustling year-round.

Nearby Witham Field Airport, one of the top Fixed-Based Operators in the state, recently opened an official U.S. Customs facility for processing international travelers via water and air, the state’s first intermodal location of its kind.

Located on Hutchinson Island, Sailfish Point enjoys easy access to Stuart, a vibrant seaside town rich with cafes, fine dining, a bustling art scene, upscale boutiques and the Cleveland Clinic Martin Health.

For more information, visit www.sailfishpoint.com or 772.225.6200.

Friday, August 16, 2019

USA TODAY Names Woodloch Pines the Number One Family Resort in the United States

(Hawley, PA) — Woodloch Pines, an all-inclusive family resort located in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, has been selected by USA TODAY as the number one family resort in the United States in their 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Woodloch Pines world-renowned sister property, The Lodge at Woodloch: A Destination Spa, claimed the honor of the number two best all-inclusive resort in the United States. 

Nominees are chosen by a panel of travel experts, a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields and their cities but also discriminating in their tastes. These include a combination of editors from USA TODAY, editors from 10Best.com, and other professional contributors. 

“We are thrilled to be chosen as the number one family resort and number two all-inclusive resort by USA TODAY. It is humbling to see our resort, which has been in our family for over 60 years, ranked among so many amazing properties and national brands,” said John Kiesendahl, CEO and President of Woodloch.  “This could not have been accomplished without the hard work and sincere hospitality of our staff members, as well as our loyal and passionate guests who want to share their experiences with the world. We thank you for standing by us all these years,” he continued.

To obtain more information or to book a stay, visit woodloch.com, or call 1-800-Woodloch.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Dandy Dozen: Your Sandhills To-Do List During the U.S. Amateur

The Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen area of North Carolina has amassed a legacy of golf unlike any other place in the country. Here you’ll find the state’s finest golf courses, world-class dining and shopping, outdoor adventures, equestrian facilities and more.

Now, the 2019 U.S. Amateur is here this week — August 12-18 — at Pinehurst Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst. This national championship will be the third U.S. Amateur contested at Pinehurst and the first since 2008. The 2019 edition will also be the 10th USGA championship to be hosted by the club and the ninth since 1989. (In 2024, the U.S. Open will return to Pinehurst No. 2 and will be the 11th USGA championship to be hosted by the resort — the 10th in the last 35 years.)

Globally recognized as a bucket list golf destination, our area tees up an equally impressive list of to-dos while you are visiting for the U.S. Amateur. Here’s a dozen of our recommendations:

Pose with Payne

Snap a photo beside the iconic statue of 1999 U.S. Open champion Payne Stewart overlooking the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2, one of the Pinehurst Resort & CC’s two courses — along with No. 4 — that will be playing host to this year’s U.S. Amateur. If you’re limber enough, you can try to recreate Payne’s classic, celebratory pose from that unforgettable moment in golf history.

Shop and sight-see in the Village

Pinehurst Resort is located in The Village of Pinehurst, which was developed by James Walker Tufts in 1895. Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed New York City’s Central Park, created the Village to mirror a New England-style village with winding paths that encourage exploration. Today, this designated National Historic Landmark is ideal for just that: exploring the unique boutiques, gift shops and dining venues, along with the historic village homes and cottages.

Enjoy a Safari Tour

At the Aloha Safari Zoo in Cameron, visitors can see and feed animals such as bison, zebra, an ostrich, antelope, donkeys, llamas, water buffalo, camels — or find themselves face to face with tigers, a bear, wolves, monkeys and other exotic animals. You can also visit and feed the zoo’s most well-known inhabitant, “Stretch the Giraffe.” No reservations are required and everyone is welcome to visit anytime during the zoo’s open hours.

Grab a brew 

The Sandhills region features a wide array of outstanding watering holes, particularly as the craft beer scene has rapidly grown in the area. At the resort, The Deuce has been called the best 19th hole in golf, with a veranda view overlooking Pinehurst No. 2’s famed finishing hole.

At the Southern Pines Brewing Company, the atmosphere is relaxed and fun, and there is always something new with their specialty brews.

Cue the ‘Q

Set just off the runway of the Gilliam-McConnell Airfield in the county seat town of Carthage, the Pik-n-Pig is a family-owned establishment whose menu will have your mouth watering for not only barbecue, but also a slew of other Southern comfort food favorites. Three generations of love, sweat and tears, all on one plate … BBQ simply doesn't get much better than this.

Research area history

Located within The Given Library, across from The Holly Inn, is the Tufts Archives, which displays the rich heritage and history of Pinehurst, including original maps of Donald Ross’s courses, photos of The Village since 1895 and various artifacts from the Village founders. Visitors will also find James W. Tufts’ original marble and silver 19th century soda fountain machine and more than 125,000 historic images.

Drink — and eat — at the Pinehurst Brewing Company

U.S. Amateur fans will have to return to Pinehurst to enjoy two of our favorite pastimes: rolling the rock on the resort’s massive Thistle Dhu putting green or knocking it close at the inviting, nine-hole short-course, The Cradle (both will be temporarily closed during the competition). For now, try a bite and a brew at the new Pinehurst Brewing Company, just a short stroll away.

Discover Pottery of the Sandhills

Seagrove — and the uniquely named hamlets that surround it in rural Randolph County — actually refers to a region of artisans that has made the area one of the nation’s largest communities of craftsmen. Part of Seagrove’s allure lies in its singular history and high concentration of potters. The other, particularly for the uninitiated, lies in the experience itself.

Antique shopping

Cameron is an historic village located near the middle of the state and listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Featured in Southern Living and voted “Best Antique Shopping” by Our State magazine readers, Cameron is well worth a visit. Home to numerous antique shops, Cameron is a destination for collectors, tradespeople — and those interested in local history.

Experience Carolinas golf history

The rich history of golf in the Carolinas has a home at the Xan Law, Jr. Hall of History at Carolinas Golf House in Southern Pines, across the street from Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club. The collection of clubs, scorecards, photographs, trophies and people who have made the Carolinas one of the most popular areas in the country make this a ‘must stop’ on any itinerary.

Shop in downtown Southern Pines

Strolling the main streets of Southern Pines, you’ll find an abundance of quality shop owners providing unique and specialized products. Local and memorable dining along the way, as well. The combination of innovative restaurants and an abundance of local farms offering a variety of homegrown products has created a “Farm to Table” boom in the Home of American Golf.

Hike Around a Lake

At Reservoir Park in Southern Pines, there is a 2.1-mile trail — sandy-gravel most of the way — around the lake that offers several stops with benches to rest or simply enjoy the view. Those interested in expanding their exercise can branch off on several different trails that will add distance and views of nature. Along with plenty of parking and public bathrooms, the lake allows kayaking, fishing and paddle boarding, and features a disc golf course and picnic area.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Holston Hills Country Club Selected as Future Host of Korn Ferry Tour’s Visit Knoxville Open

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — The PGA TOUR and TOUR Vision Promotions have announced that the Korn Ferry Tour’s newly named Visit Knoxville Open will move to historic Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn., beginning in 2020. A five-year agreement is in place through 2024.

Holston Hills is owned by Raleigh-based McConnell Golf. Founded in 1927, the club is set on 180 acres of hills adjacent to the Holston River on the northeast side of Knoxville. The Donald Ross-designed golf course is consistently ranked among the country’s top 100 by Golf Magazine and within the top 100 classical golf courses by Golfweek Magazine.

Holston Hills has played host to several national events in its history, including the PGA TOUR’s Knoxville Invitational, won by Byron Nelson in 1945 during an historic season that included a record-setting 18 victories. Recently, Holston Hills welcomed the 2004 USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship and the Tennessee PGA Championship in 2007, 2014 and 2018 — and again in October.

“We are very proud to host the Visit Knoxville Open,” said Holston Hills Director of Golf Chris Dibble. “This tournament aligns perfectly with our history of hosting great championships since the club was built in 1927. We are very happy to be working again with Visit Knoxville and are excited to work closely with the Korn Ferry Tour.”

McConnell Golf purchased Holston Hills in 2015 and immediately invested $1.4 million in capital improvements. “I knew when I saw Holston Hills that it would be a great addition to our golf portfolio,” said McConnell Golf CEO John McConnell. “Holston Hills enjoys a proud past and we think that it has a great future as well. It’s a ‘must-play’ for our members.”

McConnell Golf is the longtime host of another Korn Ferry event, the REX Hospital Open, which is contested annually at McConnell Golf’s Country Club at Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh. The Visit Knoxville Open is contested in mid-May, while the REX Hospital Open is played in late May and early June. There will be one week between the Holston Hills and Wakefield events in 2020.

In addition, McConnell Golf’s Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., annually plays host to the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship, the sixth-oldest event on the PGA TOUR excluding the major championships.

The PGA TOUR and TOUR Vision Promotions also announced a new partnership for Visit Knoxville to serve as title sponsor of the Korn Ferry Tour’s longstanding event in Knoxville.

“Hosting the Visit Knoxville Open is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the historic Holston Hills Country Club in East Knoxville,” said Kim Bumpas, President of Visit Knoxville.  “This partnership with the City of Knoxville, Knox County, and the Korn Ferry Tour provides a true community celebration of this longstanding tournament, inviting visitors for years to come.”

The Visit Knoxville Open is one of four original tournaments from the Korn Ferry Tour’s inaugural 1990 season. Over the last 30 years, the event has produced a number of noteworthy champions, including future PGA TOUR winners Jeff Maggert (1990), J.J. Henry (2000), Vaughn Taylor (2003), Chez Reavie (2007), Chris Kirk (2010) and Patton Kizzire (2015), who used his victory to garner Player of the Year honors that season. Other notables to compete include two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, 13-time PGA TOUR winner David Toms, U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover and PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker.

The Visit Knoxville Open will continue to be operated by TOUR Vision Promotions, which also operates the Nashville Golf Open Benefitting the Snedeker Foundation and the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance. The Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley will continue to receive net proceeds from the event as the tournament’s primary charitable beneficiary.

With 50 available PGA TOUR cards for the following season (since 2013), the Korn Ferry Tour is the path to the PGA TOUR. Twenty-five TOUR cards are reserved for the leading money winners at the end of the 24-event regular season. Another 25 are up for grabs at the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals that follow the regular season in August and September.

PXG Releases a 100% Milled Super Tour Pure Blade

PXG 0311 ST Irons are Meticulously Crafted for the Accomplished Golfer

(Scottsdale, AZ) – Introducing PXG 0311 ST – Super Tour – Irons, designed for accomplished golfers who desire pure performance and outstanding workability.

"I love the new PXG milled irons. They feel incredible, and I have the ability to work the ball exactly how I want to on every shot," said 5-time PGA TOUR winner and PXG staff professional Ryan Moore.

"When we invited Ryan to try our new milled irons as part of the development process, we couldn't pry them out of his hands," PXG founder Bob Parsons laughed. "Based on his response, the response of several other outstanding golfers, and our testing, we knew we had achieved our goal. We created a 100% milled, pure tour blade that's money if you've got the game."

A striking example of precision engineering, PXG 0311 ST Irons are 100% milled from a triple-forged billet of 8620 soft carbon steel. The strong, yet "soft" alloy helps prolong the life of the grooves and enhances the appearance of the irons over time. Using a CNC mill, every surface, curve, and angle are produced to exacting specifications for consistent performance and advanced shot-making.

A pure tour blade, 0311 ST Irons feature PXG's signature Perimeter Weighting Technology, a narrow sole design, and compact blade length. These attributes support the performance characteristics desired by better players, including lower launch, more spin, and exceptional control. Each clubhead is NiCr plated for corrosion resistance and presents an anti-glare finish to eliminate distractions at address.

While the new PXG 0311 ST Irons are not yet available, PXG is offering avid golfers the opportunity to reserve their set beginning August 8, 2019. The 100% milled custom-built irons are priced at $650 a stick and are expected to start shipping in late September.

To learn more visit www.PXG.com.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

STITCH Golf Launches Collegiate Putter Covers

Arrive in Style

(APEX, N.C.) —STITCH Golf launched its officially licensed line of NCAA collegiate putter headcovers to meet the needs of today’s serious golfer and serious fan.
“Our new collegiate putter headcovers enable golfers the opportunity to proudly support their favorite school or alma mater in style,” stated Brad King, CEO of STITCH. “These eye-catching putter covers are sure to grab the attention of your golf buddies while providing the most important club in your bag with exceptional protection.”

Using STITCH’s classic and timeless designs, these blade putter headcovers come in premium leather with the university’s logo beautifully embroidered throughout the cover.  University headcovers currently available include: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi, NC State, Oklahoma, SMU, Texas A&M, UNC, South Carolina, Virginia, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest.

“Like all STITCH products, these collegiate headcovers are designed and engineered to help golfers look their best,” continued King. “By focusing on details and premium components we were able to create unparalleled headcovers for the die-hard fan.”

Additional features of the collegiate headcovers include:
• Premium leather
• Plush inner lining
• Magnetic closure
• Water & stain resistant
• Fits most blade putters

Stitch Collegiate Putter Covers are available at www.stitchgolf.com and retail for $78.

Silvies Valley Ranch Ranked Top U.S. Golf Resort by Robb Report

Goat Caddies Celebrate Robb Report Distinction Among the Resort’s Long List of Accolades

(SILVIES, OREGON) Robb Report has named Silvies Valley Ranch one of the Top 12 Golf Resorts in the United States in a new ranking published this month. This latest recognition adds to the impressive  list of accolades for the ranch, which includes its rankings among the 2019 Top 100 Best Courses You Can Play (No. 32, Hankins) (No. 40, Craddock), 2019 Best Courses You Can Play By State (No. 5, Hankins) (No. 6, Craddock) by Golfweek and Best New Courses: 2018 (No. 3, Craddock) (No. 4, Hankins) by Golf Digest.

Garnering worldwide attention for its famous goat caddies, Silvies Valley Ranch is known for one of the most inventive guest experiences in the golf industry and was also named GOLF Magazine’s Best New Golf Experience in 2018.

“We are honored to be named among the top golf resorts in the United States by Robb Report and ranked alongside such historic golf destinations,” said Scott Campbell, owner of Silvies Valley Ranch. “Here at Silvies Valley Ranch, we take pride in providing a fun, and memorable golf and resort experience for our guests that they can’t find anywhere else in the country. And, this honor emphasizes our commitment and dedication to the guest experience.”

The Robb Report is the leading voice in the global luxury market. Its discerning audience around the world relies on the publication’s reviews and rankings of top-quality cars, planes, boats, styles, food & drink, and travel opportunities for quality, exclusivity, heritage, taste and fine design. Readers of the Robb Report rely on the publication to discover new ideas, opinions, products and experiences that highlight affluence, luxury, and the best of the best—exemplifying the motto “Luxury Without Compromise”.

Silvies has been recognized for its sustainable, luxurious accommodations while constantly bringing entertainment to guests. The retreat indulges guests with downhome western service, ranch-to-table dining and top-of-the-line amenities for those looking for adventures on and off the golf course.

For availability and reservations, call 1-800-745-8437, e-mail info@silvies.us or visit www.silvies.us.

Volvik Introduces Marvel Avenger Single Ball Bulk Program

An Array of Popular Options for Volvik Customers

(ORLANDO, Florida) – Volvik USA (volvik.com), a rapidly-growing, premium high-performance golf ball company, has introduced the Marvel Avenger Single Ball Bulk Program. This program allows Volvik’s customers the option of purchasing the #1 high-performance matte-finish Vivid 3-piece ball, available with The Hulk, Spider Man, Ironman and Captain America logo. Each Marvel character will ship in 12-dozen cartons, and Volvik USA will provide FREE POP display support with a 48-dozen order.

“The extraordinary success of our Marvel-character golf balls has allowed us to create this new single-ball bulk program for our customers,” said Don Shin, president of Volvik USA. “We believe this will be a very well-received program across the country.”

To place bulk orders or request additional information, Volvik trade channel customers may contact their local Volvik USA sales representative or call Volvik USA at 407-649-0013. Phone extensions are: East Region, x1016 – Alex; Central Region, x1021 – Karan; West Region, x1022 – Sagar. Or send an email to: sales@volvik.com.

For more information, see volvik.com.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Shwae Joins Tifosi Optics’ Swank Series

Elevate Your Cool

(RELEASE) — Tifosi Optics ups its accessorizing game with the release of aviator-style sunglass Shwae. Classic, cool, and all-American, Shwae offers sunglass lovers high fashion at an attractive price.

Shwae, the newest member in the Swank family, has a feature unique to aviators; a nose pad that won’t tangle hair! Brilliant! The sun throwing you some heat? No worries. Tifosi’s Glide technology helps Shwae slide on easily without pulling hair and ensures the glasses stay in place so you can focus on your performance. The polycarbonate, teardrop shape lens is shatterproof and provides 100% UV protection. The frames are gorgeous but also durable. Made from stainless steel they are lightweight and comfortable.

Tifosi stays true to its affordable pricing. Shwae starts at $35 for non-polarized or $59.95 MSRP for polarized. Represent your style by choosing from: classic Midnight Gold with Brown lens, striking Graphite with Smoke Bright Blue lens, chic Gold with Smoke Blue lens, and formidable Graphite with Smoke Polarized lens. All sunglasses are backed by a lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects.

Tifosi is the word for Super-fan. That is exactly who we are and who we make our eyewear for. Our mission is to provide technically advanced eyewear to enthusiasts of all sports and outdoor activities. We design, test, and torture our product to enhance your sport whether you’re running a 5k, riding your first century, or playing 18 holes on Sunday. Tifosi defines us. We are enthusiasts about our product, our sport and our fun. We are moms, dads, coaches, players, volunteers, survivors, team, success, and family.

More information: www.tifosioptics.com