Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Fall Is the Time to Go Golf Kauai

(Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i) — As summer moves to fall across the northern hemisphere, its prime time to Go Golf Kauai and play the island’s spectacular collection of golf courses. The travel experts at U.S. News & World Report recently named the months of September, October and November as the “best time to visit Kauai,” citing discounted airfares, lower hotel rates and the Garden Isle’s pleasant weather.

“Kaua‘i is beautiful anytime of the year, but fall tends to be a little less crowded,” said Sue Kanoho, Executive Director of the Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau. “As temperatures fall across the contiguous 48 and golfers think about putting their clubs away for the winter, Kaua‘i is an ideal golf destination.”

Throughout the fall, golfers can expect highs in the mid- to low 80s and the lows in the mid-70s across Kaua‘i.  All five Go Golf Kaua‘i courses exemplify the stunning views and exceptional golf found on the island. Golf rates vary at each Go Golf Kaua‘i course with a number of packages and unique specials available throughout the fall, including:
- The Ocean Course at Hokuala has partnered with the legendary Kaua‘i Beach Boys to deliver a day of island adventure, in which a golfer can play the front 9 on the famed Ocean Course then either cruise the Pacific on a double-hull catamaran or take a stand-up paddle board lesson.
- Poipu Bay Golf Course features a variety of “Breakaway Specials,” including the “Practice & Play” that consists of practice time on the range and one-to-three holes of golf and “Poipu Bay’s Ocean 11” where you can play holes 8 through 18 and enjoy Poipu Bay’s breathtaking stretch of ocean-view holes.
- Princeville Makai Golf Club has the “Unmatched Aloha Package” that includes an 18-hole round of golf, Callaway rental clubs and a Sunset Golf Cart Tour (for two).  The value of the “Unmatched Aloha Package” is $447 plus tax, but throughout the fall will be sold for just $299 plus tax.
- Puakea Golf Course is featuring a fall special that includes the greens fee, a golf car, practice balls at the practice facility and rental clubs, all for just $125 per person.

Go Golf Kaua‘i courses include:
- Poipu Bay Golf Course – Poipu Bay Golf Course was designed by renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr and is set between lush mountains and rugged ocean bluffs. The course incorporates more than 30 acres of colorfully landscaped tropical plants and flowers, making it one of Hawaii’s most beautiful courses. Poipu Bay hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 1994 to 2006.
- Princeville Makai Golf Club – Princeville Makai Golf Club opened in 1971 as the first solo effort of Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The course was completely renovated in 2009, introducing spectacular new Seashore Paspalum turf grass on all fairways and greens. Princeville Makai features surreal vistas of Bali Hai and Hanalei Bay, including the signature par-3, 7th hole that offers a 213-yard shot over scenic cliffs.
- Puakea Golf Course – Designed by architect Robin Nelson, Puakea is a spectacular layout built along massive ravines and lush tropical undulating terrain, with the backdrop being used for the Jurassic Park series. Named one of the top courses in Hawaii by Sports Illustrated, Golf Advisor and Golfweek, the dramatic 18-hole golf course is also known for its high-quality, "Kauai-style" customer service.  Puakea was rated “Best of Kauai” by Garden Island Newspaper from 2013 – 2018.
- The Ocean Course at Hokuala – The Ocean Course at Hokuala is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course that boasts the longest stretch of oceanfront holes in all of Hawaii. The picture-perfect course winds its way through papaya and guava groves to dramatic seaside cliffs. A 2016 renovation added sparkling white sand to all the bunkers, framing holes to be even more spectacular than before. Rated Hawaii’s Best Golf Course, 2018 World Golf Awards, golfers can also surf the earth on Hokuala’s Golf Boards during their round.
- Wailua Golf Course – Wailua Golf Course offers classic, golden-era seaside golf holes just a few steps from the Pacific Ocean. First built as a 9-hole course in the 1930’s, and expanded to 18 holes in 1961, Wailua has hosted three USGA Amateur and three US Public Links Championships. This wonderful municipal layout was designed by Toyo Shirai and features stunning mountain views along the Coconut Coast.

Nicknamed the Garden Isle for its lush tropical foliage, waterfalls and ever-present Pacific Ocean scenery, Kaua‘i is perennially recognized for its beaches, award-winning golf courses, ideal playing weather and stunning natural beauty.

For more information on Kaua‘i golf, visit www.gogolfkauai.com.

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Mystical Golf Announces New ‘Completely Green’ Courses for Winter Getaways

Trio of Celebrated Myrtle Beach Layouts to Showcase Pristine Playing Conditions


(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) – Mystical Golf – offering "Myrtle Beach’s finest 54 holes of golf” on its acclaimed Witch, Man-O-War and Wizard courses – announces its three exceptional layouts will now be “completely green” for its guests in January, February and March to start the 2020 golf season.

The lush conditions are the result of Mystical Golf’s substantial investment in overseeding with Ryegrass emulating the agronomic practices of top echelon courses like Augusta National. Similarly, Mystical Golf will showcase “wall to wall” emerald green fairways, rough and putting surfaces rather than dormant brown conditions found on most courses during winter months.

“With the overseeding of our courses with Ryegrass, customers now know they are going to enjoy the finest winter playing conditions in Myrtle Beach,” says Claude Pardue, President and CEO. “Few other golf facilities anywhere in the U.S. are willing to invest in the costly maintenance procedures such as this new project, but there is nothing more satisfying than golfers raving about how green and lush our courses are after their rounds.”

Mystical Golf’s courses are consistently recognized by major golf media to be among Myrtle Beach’s “five best courses” and “best values.”

Its 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).

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 9th holes” and The Wizard has earned 4-1/2 stars from Golf Digest.

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

Indian Wells Golf Resort's 'Shots In The Night' After Dark Golf, Entertainment Attraction Returns Oct. 17

(Indian Wells, Calif.) – Indian Wells Golf Resort’s popular “Shots in the Night” after dark golf and entertainment attraction returns Thursday, October 17th with new and improved experiences for guests. Shots in the Night, which features putting green laser games, driving range glow golf, cocktails and dining from the Resort’s food truck, debuted in October 2018 and was instant success with locals and visitors.

A review of the inaugural Shots in the Night season (October 2018 through June 2019) resulted in a number of off-season improvements, including better lighting, enhanced seating options on green surrounds, new rock pathways between games, new putting green games and a simplified scoring system.

“We’re excited to unveil Shots in the Night 2.0 to guests,” said Indian Wells Golf Resort’s Director of Night Golf Matt Balesteri. “The new lighting, rock pathways and plants really add to the ambiance of the area and the new games, including one called Last Man Standing, are a blast, especially for groups. We’ve also streamlined the entire program to make it easier to play the games, understand the rules and the scoreboard system.”

Shots in the Night is open for public play Thursday through Saturday from sundown until 10 p.m. and features Glow Golf on the practice range, NextLinks Putting Green Games on the seven-green putting course, a food truck dining option, music and clubhouse food and drink specials. Shots in the Night is perfect for families, small groups, corporate outings or guests looking to extend their day of fun at Indian Wells Golf Resort’s award-winning facility. Games are de­signed for golfers of all skill levels, including beginners or those who do not play golf frequently. Packages are available for private parties with food and beverage included.

In 2018, Golf Inc. recognized Shots in the Night as one of the “Best New Amenities” at a public and resort golf facility, calling it a “TopGolf-style blend of golf and entertainment.”

For more information on Indian Wells Golf Resort’s Shots in the Night venue, visit www.iwgr.com or call 760-346-4653.

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Explore Branson Golf for Fall’s Finest Colors and Best Playing Rates

(Branson, Missouri) – The Ozarks offer some of America's most beautiful scenery, particularly when foliage is at its peak. Maple, oak, ash and hickory – not the wooden clubs, rather, the spectacular trees – display their peak colors this time of year, complementing the vibrant Branson golf courses that have begun unveiling special seasonal rates.

If you want to tee it up today with the lower fall playing rates, consider The Pointe. The 18-hole course reduced its greens fees significantly beginning today and running through Nov. 30. Golf for $45 before 10 am, $55 after 10 am, a savings of $30 and $10 per round, respectively. Further savings kick in on December 1, when the all-day rate for 18 holes is $49.

The cost to play LedgeStone Country Club – the No. 6 ranked public courses in Missouri by Golfweek – decreases more than 35% from peak-season weekend morning rates starting November 1. Players can tee it up on the beautiful Tom Clark designed layout – which features a diverse collection of superb golf holes – for $59 Sun-Thurs with cart through February, $69 Fri-Sat before 12 pm ($59 after noon).  The course also conducts promotional food or toy drive events in November and December with reduced participation rates for participants who contribute those items. Follow LedgeStone on Social Media (Instagram) to learn when these events will be held.

Green fees drop to $79 on Nov. 1 at Branson Hills Golf Club – the No. 2-rated course in Missouri – and remain there through February. That’s a savings of nearly 40% off the peak season weekend morning all-day-play rate ($130).

The four Big Cedar Lodge courses reduce their rates twice – on Nov. 1, then again on Dec. 1. You can play the brand-new, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw designed Ozarks National for $150 beginning in November, then $125 starting in December. Buffalo Ridge Springs (Tom Fazio) – rated the top course in the state by Golfweek – reduces rates to $115, then to $80. Those same rate adjustments are identical for Top of the Rock, the Jack Nicklaus authored par-3 short course, Last but not least, Mountain Top can be played for $50 and $45, during November and December. The Gary Player walking-only courses has 13 ingenious holes.

For those seeking more affordable playing options, Thousand Hills Golf Resort beckons. Lodging guests can play the prized Bob Cupp-designed 18-hole championship course for $39. Not staying at Thousand Hills? No problem. Groups of 12 or more can book tee times only for $49 per person. Both are exceptional values considering the normal playing rate is $69, ($59 if booked online).

For more information, visit www.explorebranson.com/golf or www.facebook.com/BransonGolf/

Monday, October 14, 2019

Senior LPGA Championship at French Lick Resort Gives Back to Patients, Families of Riley Hospital for Children

“Riley Kids” Have Become a Huge Part of Major Golf Championship’s Week-long Festivities


(French Lick, IN) - When it comes to charitable giving, golf has long been recognized as the most prolific supporter among all professional sports in the United States. The $3 billion-plus professional golf has presented to worthy causes is a humbling figure, but the real inspiration comes in meeting the beneficiaries of such support. At the Senior LPGA Championship at French Lick Resort, which will be held for the third consecutive year this week Oct. 14 – 16, a special legacy is being built between the tournament, the resort, the community and the families of the benefitting charity, the Riley Hospital for Children.

The Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank will be contested on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana. The field of 78 players include, members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Major Champions, and past LPGA stars over the age of 45 who will compete in the 54-hole Major Championship.

During this tournament week, there’s a palpable air of competition. It’s a senior women’s major championship, after all. However, the prevailing sense of camaraderie and community is stoked by the presence of the nearly two dozen Riley Kids (patients and former patients of the hospital) who are invited to partake in the week’s festivities with their families. Some of the Riley Kids have the opportunity to announce the pros on the first tee during the golf tournament, others share their stories at the Pro-Am pairings party, others get the chance to caddie for players or just meet and socialize with the legends of the women’s game.

So, while defending champion Laura Davies eyes up her shot at a repeat and a full field of 45-and-older pros chase her down for a share of the $600,000 prize purse, there’s still a fun-spirited levity to this event. There’s also a clear appreciation for the support French Lick Resort has committed to the Riley Children’s Foundation over the past five years, which is expected to surpass $1 million at this year’s event.

“French Lick Resort has been an amazing champion of the Riley Children’s Foundation. Making these brave kids and their families a focal point during the Senior LPGA has provided immeasurable inspiration and a deeper connection with the fans and community,” says Brad Moritz, senior corporate gift officer for Riley Hospital for Children. “The Riley Kids and their families are treated like royalty when they’re at that incredible resort and their gratitude and positive attitudes leave a lasting impression on everyone they meet.”

Three-time cancer survivor and former Indianapolis University golfer Ashtyn Brown, who has worked in television production and now has her sights on studying to become a radiologist, has been on hand at previous Senior LPGA Championships and is expected to hit the ceremonial first shot at this year’s tournament.

Last year, Indiana native and the oldest-known living Riley Kid, Genevieve Bennett Slater was on hand to introduce the players at the first tee. Now 92 years old, Slater was a Riley patient between the ages of five and 16, when she had multiple surgeries to avert a birth defect.

“The patients and their families get to be a part of something special and the people they meet walk away with a deep, unforgettable appreciation for the work the Riley Hospital for Children does for so many children in our Indiana communities and beyond,” says Joe Vezzoso, vice president of sales for French Lick Resort.

Having hosted one of the first LPGA events in 1957 and the LPGA Championship in 1959 and 1960, it’s fitting that that French Lick continues that legacy by hosting the Senior LPGA Championship. French Lick Resort director of golf Dave Harner, who, along with Cook Group chairman of the board Steve Ferguson and the LPGA’s Jane Blalock was instrumental in bringing professional women’s golf back to French Lick, say he and his team are committed to giving the LPGA golfers who paved the way for today’s tour the recognition they’ve earned. “They deserve a place to play and compete and the reaction and participation from these legends of the game has been tremendous,” Harner says.

For the players, the chance to meet the beneficiaries of the tournament’s designated charity face-to-face is always impactful. LPGA player president Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, who will again be competing in this year’s tournament, had the chance to visit the Riley Hospital for Children a in September along with a team of French Lick staffers and LPGA officials and saw the incredible quality of life and care administered there.

“I continue to be humbled by everything Riley does for these kids and their families. We got to see the Child Life amenities and activities which allows the patients to play game, create art and take part in activities that give them relief from the grind of their treatment,” Goetze-Ackerman says. “They even had a putting course set up on the lawn. Everyone was all smiles. Their spirits and attitudes just amaze me.”

Goetze-Ackerman has developed a bond with a Riley Kid she met at breakfast prior to last year’s Pro-Am round, 14-year-old Evan Noble, who is the same age as her son, Jake. Noble caddied for two-time U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and helped calm her nerves in her first competitive round in more than a decade.

“To the gallery, it probably looked like we were doing something special for him, but the truth is that he was my angel. Putting my focus on his experience and making sure he was enjoying his time out there helped me settle in and not worry about how rusty my game was,” says Goetze-Ackerman. “As a parent, meeting these kids puts a lot into perspective and makes us appreciative a hospital like Riley is giving the best quality care and doing breakthrough research.”

Founded in 1924, the Riley Hospital impacts all 92 counties in Indiana and is Indiana’s only comprehensive pediatric research hospital, with expert physicians in every pediatric specialty handling more than 300,000 patient visits per year. Riley is among the top pediatric research hospitals in the nation, thanks to its partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine. Riley researchers are working on new treatments and cures for a wide variety of childhood illnesses including: cancer; heart defects; neurological disorders; asthma; cystic fibrosis; and diabetes.

The funds raised from the Senior LPGA Championship at French Lick Resort are earmarked for direct patient care.

‘I think this tournament will continue to grow in stature and will lead to more playing opportunities for the game’s past champions,” Harner says. “We also look forward to growing our partnership with Riley.”

Follow the Senior LPGA Championship Presented by Old National Bank, live from French Lick Resort on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via www.LPGA.com. Join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/lpga, www.twitter.com/lpga and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo, and on Instagram and Snapchat at @lpga_tour.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

GOLF Magazine Ranks Silvies Valley Ranch No. 3 Family Resort in North America

Silvies Valley Ranch adds to long is of accolades in 2019


(Seneca, OR)GOLF Magazine, one of the world’s most widely read golf publications, has named The Retreat, Links & Spa at Silvies Valley Ranch the No. 3 Family Resort in North America in the publication’s Top 100 Resorts issue for 2019-2020. The rankings are the first, most comprehensive review of elite destinations in North America and are the most expansive editorial project that the publication has undertaken. The list, published in the October issue, was comprised by GOLF Magazine’s team of editors along with course raters and valued readers who evaluated and considered hundreds of resorts.

“The guest experience and overall philosophy at Silvies is grounded in fun, educational opportunities that create lasting memories for families and children of all ages,” said Scott Campbell, owner of Silvies Valley Ranch. “This honor recognizes our mission to create a true Western adventure that can be shared among family and friends, and we are so proud to be included in such a prestigious ranking in the golf industry.”

Every experience at Silvies Valley Ranch is crafted with fun in mind, including golf. From the reversible routing of the 18-hole Hankins and Craddock courses, the 7-hole McVeigh’s Gauntlet challenge course to the 9-hole Chief Egan course, where guests are invited to play with Silvies’ World-Famous Goat Caddies, each equpt with a first-of-its-kind goat caddie backpack designed by Seamus Golf. With the ability to hold up to six clubs and drinks as they join you on the par 3 routings, no wonder the goat caddie program was awarded the Best New Golf Experience in 2018 by GOLF Magazine.

This award adds to the long list of accolades in golf and travel industries in 2019 for Silvies Valley Ranch, including 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, Best New Courses: 2018 (No. 3, Craddock) (No. 4, Hankins) by Golf Digest and Top Golf Resorts in the U.S. by Robb Report.

Recognized for its sustainable, luxurious accommodations while constantly bringing entertainment to guests. The Retreat, Links and Spa at Silvies Valley Ranch 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, please call 1-800-745-8437, email info@silvies.us or visit www.silvies.us.

Friday, October 11, 2019

PGA National Resort & Spa Announces Exceptional Fall Escape and Play Package

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – PGA National Resort & Spa – South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation and spa destination – announces its exceptional “Fall Escape and Play” golf package ideal for an autumn getaway to long remember.

Featuring “unlimited play” from Oct. 1 – Jan. 6, the value-packed Fall Escape and Play offer includes premier accommodations with new luxury bedding, full daily breakfast in the Palm Terrace, and one round per day (with cart) on the resort’s superb Fazio, Squire, and Estates courses.

For resort guests wanting to tackle the mighty Champion Course, host venue of the PGA TOUR’s annual Honda Classic and home to the famous Bear Trap, there is a $75 surcharge during November and a $125 surcharge for December and January. The Palmer Course has a $50 surcharge. Both The Champion and The Palmer layouts have undergone recent renovations with both re-opening to rave reviews.

Complimentary daily replay rounds are included and are confirmed on day of play. There is a $50 surcharge for replays on The Champion Course. A $40 cart fee is applicable for all replays. The offer additionally features unlimited range balls and complimentary bag storage. Resort fees and taxes are added on all packages.

“Autumn is an ideal time to visit South Florida to experience our celebrated golf courses, topnotch accommodations, and vast array of outstanding resort amenities,” says Jeffrey Mayers, PGA National’s Managing Director. “We look forward to showing guests our renowned customer care as they discover firsthand why PGA National is a premier golf and spa destination.”

With October celebrated as “Spa & Wellness Month” in the Palm Beaches, fall is also ideal for enjoying the legendary South Florida resort’s outstanding spa. In association with Discover The Palm Beaches, the official tourism marketing corporation for Palm Beach County, from Oct. 1 – 31 The Spa at PGA National is proudly participating in the monthlong program and is donating $3 from each spa package sold to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Starting at $79 (per person) during Spa & Wellness Month, The Spa is featuring a choice of Pink Cotton Flower Facial, Pink Moonshine Swedish Massage, Pink Moonshine Manicure / Pedicure or Pink Moonshine Salt Body Scrub treatments. The “Tickled Pink” spa service offers relaxing bliss as sweet cocoa butter and shea butter hydrate and soothes from head to toe. To make a spa reservation visit spaatpga.com or call 561.627.3111.

For more information about PGA National: visit www.pgaresort.com or call (800) 533.9386.

Wynn Golf Club Returns With Championship Course Designed By Tom Fazio

Photo by Brian Oar

Eight Completely New Holes Highlight The Extensive Transformation


(LAS VEGAS) — The only resort golf course on the Las Vegas Strip returns to Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, October 11, with the grand reopening of the Wynn Golf Club. The original 18-hole championship course established in 2005 has been reimagined by legendary golf course architect Tom Fazio to give players a new golf experience from the first drive to the last putt.

“Tom Fazio has outdone himself designing a beautiful and unique new course that is even better than the one before,” said Marilyn Spiegel, president of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. “We look forward to welcoming players back with a world-class golf experience that captures both the luxury of our resort and the excitement of Las Vegas.”

Fazio, this time joined by his son Logan, took special care to create a course suitable for players of all skill levels. New golfers will find it approachable and fun, while more experienced players will be tested by the movement of the land, locating the proper angles, and getting close to the pins on the large flowing greens.

“We are so excited about the return of the Wynn Golf Club,” said Tom Fazio. “The quality of the Wynn golf experience matches the ultra-high level that everyone expects from a Wynn resort. The playability of the course is second to none and the challenge of play for all golfers is exceptional.  We are so pleased with the end result that I believe the players of the Wynn Golf Club will place this course in the category of their favorite places to play, and will agree that the Wynn Golf Club is a fabulous environment to enjoy the game.”

The course sits on 129 acres of the resort’s private backyard, with eight all-new holes and 10 revamped holes. Lush landscapes unique to desert golf include several water features and streams, 100,000 shrubs, and 7,000 mature trees, many of which date back to the 1950s when the land was home to the historic Desert Inn Golf Club.

Par is 70 with three par 3s and two par 5s on each nine, and a total yardage that stretches from 4,810 to 6,722 with a choice of four tees. A new 6,500-square-foot practice putting green sits adjacent to the first tee, along with a netted full swing warm-up area.

Significant changes begin on the first hole, which has been rerouted from its original design to dogleg right instead of left. Highlights include a 486-yard par 4 (no. 16) and a par 5 (no. 11) that tops out at nearly 600 yards. The signature 18th hole has been transformed from a par 4 to a par 3, which can be stretched to 249 yards, culminating on a green framed by a 35-foot-tall by 100-foot-wide waterfall for a truly spectacular finish.

More than 400,000 cubic yards of earth and 300 trees were relocated to accommodate wider landing areas, contours, and elevation changes to fairways throughout, as well as bunker alterations that make for easier access and egress. Each hole received an approximate 300-square-foot green expansion as well as a redesign and recontour to create new hole locations, while green surrounds were made more receptive with the addition of collection areas shaped to feed balls toward putting surfaces.

Completing the experience is a professional caddie program staffed with several PGA members, new on-course culinary program, lithium-powered golf carts, expansive pro shop, and luxury clubhouse. Green fees are $550 in season. Golfers with a room reservation at Wynn Las Vegas or Encore can secure tee times 90 days in advance. Non-resort guests can reserve tee times 30 days in advance. For tee times and green fees, call 702-770-GOLF (4653).

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Horseshoe Bay Resort Awarded “Top 100 Resorts in North America” Distinction by GOLF Magazine

(HORSESHOE BAY, TX) – The newly-renovated Horseshoe Bay Resort, the tropically-adorned lakefront oasis in the Central Texas Hill Country, was recently selected to the coveted “2019 Top 100 Resorts in North America” list by GOLF Magazine.

Home to three acclaimed golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., a private Jack Nicklaus Signature course and a host of watersports and recreational activities, Horseshoe Bay Resort is helping establish Central Texas as one of the nation’s premier destinations for golf and luxury vacations.

GOLF‘s first-ever ranking of the Top 100 Resorts in North America appears in the October 2019 edition of the print magazine and online at GOLF.com. Under the expert guidance of industry veterans, travel writers, GOLF.com readers, and GOLF’s Top 100 panelists and editorial teams, resorts were rated on five key variables: golf experience, accommodations, service, food, and ambience, then placed into four experience categories: Luxury, Buddies, General Excellence and Families.

A testament to the rich experience guests find at the versatile Horseshoe Bay Resort, the property was selected in the magazine’s Family category and was recommended as a leading destination for Buddies.

“We’re thrilled to be chosen for this honor by GOLF Magazine,” said general manager Bryan Woodward. “We’ve made great investments in upgrading the resort and the quality and variety of the golf experience. Gaining this national recognition solidifies Horseshoe Bay Resort as a premier national destination for buddies’ trips, families, corporate groups and couples.”

Nestled along the gleaming shores of the constant-level Lake LBJ and just outside of Austin, Horseshoe Bay Resort completed a resort-wide $90-million resort and multi-course renovation earlier this year. The AAA-Four Diamond- and Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Award-winning property increasingly continues to be named one of America’s premier golf destinations. Horseshoe Bay Resort was also recently selected for the 2019 Editors’ Choice Award by Golf Digest as one of the “Best Golf Resorts in the Southwest.”

RENOVATIONS REINVIGORATE BELOVED LAYOUTS

In 2016, Horseshoe Bay embarked on an expansive $7.5-million project to upgrade all three of its Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designs, Slick Rock, Ram Rock, and Apple Rock. The improvements to the courses and overall golf product has the resort community in position to earn nationwide attention.

“The restoration of our three championship Robert Trent Jones Sr. courses has elevated the quality of our golf to create one of the most memorable golf destinations in the country,” Woodward says.

Before there was ever a Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Horseshoe Bay Resort was home to three very distinct courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The Ram Rock course, constructed in 1981, has made its reputation as one of the toughest courses in Texas. Slick Rock, the first golf course built (in 1971) at Horseshoe Bay Resort, features a pleasing parkland setting and quintessential elements of Jones’ renowned architectural sensibility. Wall-to-wall renovations on all three RTJ courses have enhanced playability and fun from the forward and middle tees while maintaining each layout’s legendary challenge for scratch players.

The final course and renovation project, Apple Rock, recently re-opened in June, having undergone many of the same renovations as its sister courses. The course offers some of the most picturesque views in the region. Jones Sr. strategically routed holes to take advantage of the many higher elevation points that overlook Horseshoe Bay and Lake LBJ.

Punctuating the re-opening of the Ram Rock and Apple Rock courses will be the unveiling of the luxe, new Cap Rock Clubhouse. Members and guests of Horseshoe Bay Resort will enjoy the new Cap Rock setting with its expansive views of the courses and Texas Hill Country. It will feature a dining room and bar area along with a pro-shop, swimming pool, cabana, pavilion area for groups, and a practice/teaching facility.

In addition to the resort golf, Horseshoe Bay Resort also offers a distinctive members-only experience with the Jack Nicklaus Signature design, Summit Rock (which opened in 2012). The course offers some of the most stunning scenery in Texas. Nicklaus routed holes along a high ridge, a setting that showcases spectacular views that stretch for more than 40 miles over the Texas Hill Country and Lake LBJ.

ONE-OF-A-KIND PUTTING COURSE

Complementing the championship golf is the highly-unique Whitewater Putting Course, a tropically-adorned 18-hole day/night real-grass putting course that sits adjacent to the hotel and is routed around the energetic Whitewater 360 Sports Club, a full-service destination for pub food, cocktails and live sports on 16 HDTVs surrounding the bar. It is the perfect attraction for golf buddy groups, couples and families.

For more information and reservations, visit www.hsbresort.com or call 877-611-0112.

Stonebridge Golf Club Celebrates 25-year Anniversary

Georgia club introduces Launchbox Golf after reaching milestone


(ROME, Ga.) – Stonebridge Golf Club – the storied Arthur Davis-designed golf course located one-hour northwest of Atlanta – will introduce Launchbox Golf in conjunction with its 25-year anniversary on Oct. 28, 2019.

October 2019 will mark Stonebridge Golf Club serving the local community and golfers for 25 years. To celebrate, it will open a brand new Launchbox Golf facility at its driving range on Oct. 28. Launchbox Golf, powered by Toptracer, is a virtual golf entertainment platform using flight tracking technology in a fun social setting. Guests will be able to compete in multiple contests and see who can shoot the best score on a variety of world-famous courses including Pebble Beach.

“We are thrilled to debut Launchbox Golf this month at our practice facility,” says Patrick Kirn, general manager of Stonebridge. “The program will offer a new and fun alternative to a normal range session or round of golf on the course.”

Opened in 1994, Stonebridge Golf Club is one of northern Georgia’s most popular courses. The 18-hole public golf course measures 6,816 yards from the longest tees and surrounds the spacious clubhouse, allowing for gorgeous views of the Lavender Mountains and abundant wildlife. The course features four sets of tees for all skill levels.

“Billy Casper Golf is proud to introduce our first Launchbox Golf facility at Stonebridge and just our second nationwide,” says, David Evangelista, regional director of marketing for Billy Casper Golf. “By hosting players of all skill levels and a multitude of personal and professional events, it will serve as a community asset for years to come.”

In 2019, Billy Casper Golf celebrates its 30th anniversary in building and refining the strongest operating platform in golf.

Seven KemperSports, KemperLesnik Clients Named to GOLF’s List of North America’s Top Resort Courses

(NORTHBROOK and CHICAGO, Illinois) – KemperSports and KemperLesnik are proud to announce that seven client properties were named to GOLF Magazine and Golf.com’s Inaugural Top 100 Resorts in North America. In one of the magazine’s biggest editorial projects to date, GOLF Magazine travel writers and panelists evaluated resorts, placing each into four experience categories: luxury (resorts that put a premium on pampering), buddies (resorts best suited for your annual golf vacation with friends), general excellence (all-around stars) and families (resorts that put an emphasis on fun for all ages).

KemperSports builds, owns and manages golf courses, resorts, athletic clubs and lodging venues across the U.S. and Caribbean with more than 100 properties in the company’s portfolio. Its sister company, KemperLesnik, helps golf properties build and communicate their brands via public relations, event marketing, and content marketing.

“We are proud to partner with so many world class resorts,” said KemperSports and KemperLesnik CEO Steve Skinner. “From our property management experts at KemperSports to our PR and marketing experts at KemperLesnik, our teams are passionate about helping golf resorts deliver and showcase their exceptional guest experiences.”

The full list of KemperSports and/or KemperLesnik clients on the lists include:

GOLF Magazine Top 100 Resorts, Families Category:
- Big Cedar Lodge (Ridgedale, Missouri)
- Colonial Williamsburg Resort/Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Williamsburg, Virginia)
- The Retreat, Links & Spa at Silvies Valley Ranch (Seneca, Oregon)

GOLF Magazine Top 100 Resorts, Buddies Category:
- Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Bandon, Oregon)
- Sand Valley (Nekoosa, Wisconsin)
- Streamsong Resort (Streamsong, Florida)

GOLF Magazine Top 100 Resorts, Luxury Category:
- Primland Resort (Meadows of Dan, Virginia)

Forest Dunes Selected Among 'Top 100 Resorts in North American' by GOLF Magazine

Northern Michigan’s “Hidden Gem” Recognized by GOLF Readers and Editors


(Roscommon, MI) — Northern Michigan’s acclaimed Forest Dunes, a premier golf destination that has consistently improved and added to its golf offerings, has been selected among “2019 Top 100 Resorts in North America” honor by GOLF Magazine.

Fast becoming one of the country’s top destinations for golf aficionados and buddies’ trips, the 54-hole property is home to the innovative Tom Doak reversible-design, “The Loop” and the original and immaculately conditioned Tom Weiskopf designed Forest Dunes course.

Forest Dunes was included in the Top-100 List as part of the best resort for “Buddies” category.

GOLF's first-ever ranking of the Top 100 Resorts appears in the October 2019 edition of the print magazine and online at GOLF.com. Under the expert guidance of industry veterans, travel writers, GOLF.com readers, and GOLF’s Top 100 panelists and editorial teams, resorts were rated on five key variables: golf experience, accommodations, service, food, and ambience, then placed into four experience categories: Luxury, Buddies, General Excellence and Families.

Forest Dunes opened in 2002 with a Tom Weiskopf design that he claims is one of his top three
designs in the United States. The course, which is cut through the beautiful Huron National Forest. The front nine features parkland-style holes meandering through corridors of red and jack pines, with elaborate bunkering and sandy waste areas on the sides. The back nine is quite different, featuring even more open and exposed rugged native sand areas with scruffy underbrush bordering and crossing fairways and greens.

Under new resort owner, Lew Thompson, he had a vision of a Bandon Dunes/Sand Valley like experience to the heart of Northern Michigan. With the addition of Doak’s Loop in 2016, ongoing lodging, and the latest addition of the short course coming in 2020, Forest Dunes has become a must-experience Buddy trip destination.

The Loop opened to rave reviews across the industry. Golf Digest named it the Best New Public Course, and GOLF Magazine named it the Best New U.S. Course You Can Play. The two different layouts, Black-clockwise and Red-counter clockwise, alternate directions for play on a daily basis.

The Loop is the only reversible course of its kind using 18 green complexes, which are the heart and soul of the unique design. Doak showed his genius as this generation’s iconic designer, creating fun green complexes that had to be approachable and interesting from 360 degrees, while also maintaining pure host values so a golfer never feelss like he is playing in the wrong direction.

The fun 10-hole Hilltop Short Course, all-par-three design, is situated on a peaceful, rolling bulge of land positioned perfectly between The Loop and Forest Dunes courses and near the spacious clubhouse, pavilion, practice area and massive HillTop Putting Course. The short course, with fun, strategic holes measuring between 50 and 155 yards, will be a focal point and energetic hot spot for golfers of all ages and skill levels. Forest Dunes owner Lew Thompson considered a handful of top golf course architects before entrusting the Hilltop Short Course project to Riley Johns and Keith Rhebb, who have previously partnered on the acclaimed renovation at Orlando’s Winter Park 9 course.

To build a unique Forest Dunes package with golf and lodging, simply combine the Lake AuSable Lodge, golf cottages, or the new golf villas with the Forest Dunes and Loop courses. For more information and to book a stay and play package, click HERE.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Callaway Footwear Introduces Oceanside and Oceanside LX

Oceanside Spikeless Golf Shoes Feature PLUSfoam Insoles


(Newburyport, Mass.) — Callaway footwear is expanding its spikeless offerings for 2020 with the introduction of the Oceanside and Oceanside LX. The Oceanside line combines a lightweight sports-fusion design with superb comfort and traction features, providing style, stability and responsive cushioning in every step.

OCEANSIDE HIGHLIGHTS
- Waterproof opti-dri performance mesh with welded stability cage guarantees the shoe will keep golfers dry for two-years and deliver maximum support throughout the swing.
- Two-tone dura-rubber multi-directional traction control lugs are designed to hold the ground in all directions, allowing golfers to dig in and swing without slipping.
- Opti-soft EVA midsole works with the foot's arch to create a natural and comfortable walk.
- Opti-vent mesh liner manages heat for breathability and increased comfort.
- 7 mm molded PLUSfoam insole provides soft responsive cushioning on each step without sacrificing stability.                        
     
OCEANSIDE SPECS 
- Color: Black, Grey
- Sizes: 8 -12, 13, 14, 15; Widths: Medium and Wide
- Warranty: 2-Year limited waterproof warranty
- Suggest Retail: $99.95
- Available: November 15, 2019

OCEANSIDE LX HIGHLIGHTS
- The Oceanside LX is a full-grain leather and microfiber upper with the same comfort and traction features that the Oceanside golf shoe provides.
                             
OCEANSIDE LX SPECS
- Color: White, Black
- Sizes: 8 -12, 13, 14, 15; Widths: Medium and Wide
- Warranty: 2-Year limited waterproof warranty
- Suggest Retail: $99.95
- Available: November 15, 2019

For more information, visit www.callawaygolf.com.

Youth on Course Partners with TGA Premier Sports

Leading Golf Organizations Create More Access to Golf Courses


(PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.) – Youth on Course – the non-profit organization providing young people with subsidized golf, college scholarships, paid internships and a caddie program – has announced a partnership with TGA Premier Sports, the nation’s leading introductory and recreational junior golf program.

This partnership between two of the industry’s premier youth golf organizations will provide more Youth on Course membership opportunities for junior golfers and further strengthen TGA’s Player Pathway by increasing the number of new players and families who transition from off-course to on-course programs.

“TGA Premier Sports shares our goal of providing young people with life-changing opportunities through sports,” says Adam Heieck, Youth on Course CEO. “We’re proud to partner with TGA to provide members with on-course experiences at more than 1,200 available YOC venues.”

Beginning this month in Northern California, parents who register their kids in TGA golf camp programs will receive a complimentary Youth on Course membership. In addition, parents who register their kids in TGA after-school enrichment programs will have the opportunity to add a Youth on Course membership where they will have affordable access to more than 1,200 partner courses. The partnership will expand to additional regions in 2020.

TGA summer camps and after-school enrichment registration details and locations can be found here.

TGA has impacted more than 700,000 kids to date through its after-school golf enrichment and camp programs. More than 70% of TGA’s participants and their families are new to the sport while 42% of its total participants migrate to local golf facilities.

“TGA introductory programs at schools and community-based organizations break down barriers to entry for new golf consumers and provides access for kids and families to learn the sport,’” says Joshua Jacobs, CEO of TGA Premier Sports. “Youth on Course does the same for golf courses with junior golfers making them a perfect partner to further develop the Player Pathway and ensure young golfers and their families continue playing and become lifelong golfers. Together we create a seamless transition from non-green grass to green grass facilities.”

Youth on Course has more than 70,000 active members across the country. Since 2006, juniors have played more than 925,000 rounds while the organization has helped generate more than $6.2 million in tee-time revenue reimbursed back to individual golf courses.

For more information, visit www.YouthOnCourse.org and www.playtga.com.

PING Offers Free Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors to Eligible Golfers

(PHOENIX) — As part of its ongoing effort to encourage owners of PING clubs to take advantage of the numerous benefits of Arccos Golf technology, PING today announced a program providing a free set of Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors exclusively to golfers who have purchased an eligible PING club or buy one before the end of the year. More than 30 PING clubs (listed below) are eligible in the promotion that runs through December 31, 2019, while supplies last. The promotion also includes a 90-day free trial of the Arccos Caddie app.

“We want to reward our loyal customers in unique ways,” said John K. Solheim, PING President and a passionate user of Arccos technology. “I’m confident the best way to do that is to provide them meaningful incentives that help them play better and enjoy the game more. By offering them the free Smart Sensors and the free trial, we’re making it easy for PING users to try Arccos and see the amazing improvements in their games.”

“Once golfers experience the technology, they’ll immediately see the value it brings to their game,” Solheim continued. “I personally love analyzing the strokes-gained data Arccos Caddie provides to show me areas for improvement. During the round, I rely completely on the club recommendations and “Plays Like” distances. I’ve seen tremendous improvement in my game and I know all golfers will similarly benefit.”

To participate in the promotion, golfers must own one of the eligible PING clubs (listed below), live in the United States and be 18 years of age or older. To request the 14 free Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors, eligible consumers need to visit ping.com/arccos-sensor-promo and follow a four-step process, which includes downloading the Arccos Caddie app and signing up for the free trial. The process requires the consumer to submit a valid serial number for an eligible PING club. Upon verification, 14 free Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors will ship free directly to the consumer from PING.

Eligible PING clubs for Arccos Free Sensor Promotion

Drivers -- G410 Plus, G410 SFT, G410 LST, G400, G400 LST, G400 SFT, G400 Max, G Le2, G Le

Fairway Woods -- G410, G410 LST, G410 SFT, G400, G400 SFT, G400 Stretch, G Le2, G Le

Hybrids -- G410, G400

Irons -- G410, G400, Blueprint, i210, i500, iBlade ,G700, G Le2, G Le,

Crossovers -- G410, G400

Wedges -- Glide 3.0, Glide 2.0, Glide 2.0 Stealth, Glide Forged

TRUE Linkswear Launches 10 Year Anniversary Limited Edition Shoe

(RELEASE) — To commemorate 10 years of crafting footwear for the walking golfer, TRUE linkswear announces the launch of a limited edition #/500 TRUE Original golf shoe. Paying homage to the TRUE Tour (T1), the first TRUE model prototyped in 2009, the OGX echoes the iconic black and white reverse saddle colorway. The OGX includes several upgrades to the core Original model which include a Bulletproof Vegan Leather upper, reflective rope lacing, commemorative diamond pattern and 10-year anniversary detailing.

Launched in 2009, TRUE has continued to pioneer the comfortable golf shoe movement by crafting spikeless shoes that can be worn straight from the links to everyday life.

Several PGA TOUR players, including co-founder Ryan Moore, continue to choose TRUE throughout the season both on and off the course.

“Hitting 10 years is meaningful to us, and we wanted to celebrate the occasion,” stated Jason Moore, TRUE President & Partner. “We’ve been able to accomplish so much the past 10 years that even the simple notion of what’s possible in the next 10 truly excites us. We’ll continue to pursue our mission which is to create comfortable, versatile footwear that look and feel great wherever you wear them. The idea that golf shoes don’t have to be uncomfortable and archaic drives us today just as much as it did at our outset. We will continue to innovate so more people will be able to realize their golf shoes can be their favorite shoes they own, period.”

TRUE will also include a commemorative wood OGX ball marker to the first 100 customers to purchase the new set of shoes.

The shoes are available with an MSRP of $149 and are available in men’s sizes 7-15. Consumers can shop the TRUE OGX Limited Edition at www.truelinkswear.com.

Volvik Congratulates 2019 Symetra Tour Graduates

(ORLANDO, Florida) – Volvik (volvik.com), known the world over for its high performance golf balls featuring more than 23 vibrant color options, extends congratulations to the 2019 Symetra Tour graduates. Each year, the top players on the Volvik Race for the Card money list are awarded LPGA Tour membership by the Symetra Tour at the conclusion of the Symetra Tour Championship. Volvik is the official golf ball of the Symetra Tour.

“Our heartfelt congratulations go out to the ten top finishers on this year’s Volvik Race for the Card,” said Don Shin, president of Volvik USA. “We wish them much success throughout their journeys on the LPGA Tour.”

The 2019 Symetra Tour graduates are:
No. 1, Perrine Delacour (Paris, France); No. 2, Patty Tavatanakit (Bangkok, Thailand); No. 3, Jenny Coleman (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.); No. 4, Ssu-Chia Cheng (Taipei, Chinese Taipei); No. 5, Jillian Hollis (Rocky River, Ohio); No. 6, Julieta Granada (Asuncion, Paraguay); No. 7, Leona Maguire (County Cavan, Ireland); No. 8, Robynn Ree (Redondo Beach, Calif.); No. 9, Esther Lee (Los Alamitos, Calif.); and No. 10, Mind Muangkhumsakul (Banphai, Thailand).

For more information, see volvik.com.

PEAKVISION Sunglasses Protect Golfer's Eyes from Damaging UV Rays

(CONWAY, S.C.) – For many golfers, ‘autumn’ golf is the best and most beautiful time of the year to play the game they love. Temperatures cool down and golf courses across the country showcase their beautiful landscapes with even more vibrant colors.

In celebration of autumn, PEAKVISION is pleased to announce the 15% off “Fall Back to Golf” Storewide Sale. Every pair of PEAKVISION Sunglasses are 15 % off the retail price. To order PEAKVISION and to get your 15% discount, visit www.peakvision.com. PEAKVISION ships the same day the order is placed.

And even though the sun may not shine as bright or long during the autumn months doesn’t mean golfers should not protect their eyes.

David Feaser, CEO, PEAKVISION Sunglasses, encourages all golfers to protect their eyes throughout the year.  “I’m always surprised to learn how many golfers don’t wear sunglasses at all on the course,” says Feaser. “UV rays are so damaging, no matter what time of year it is. Golfers need to protect their eyes by wearing sunglasses with the proper lens to protect their vision from harmful rays!”

“The sun’s UV rays hit you from all directions while outside,” explains Feaser. “An AR filter on the back of your lens ensures that you aren’t having those harmful rays hit your eyes from the back side of your lenses. That’s why PEAKVISION includes AR filters on the back of all of our lenses, ensuring you a safe time while you’re out enjoying your sport. The AR filter is very significant as it stops all harmful UV rays from entering your eyes around the edges and the rear of the sunglasses.”

PEAKVISION Sunglasses offers this AR filter protection for the eyes with every style. Some of PEAKVISION’s most popular styles include:
- The GX5, offering a full wrap-around design for superb coverage. The GX5’s come in black, white and royal blue.
- The AV1, a medium-size, uber-stylish aviator with an excellent fit in both gold and silver.
- The DG1, a medium-sized Wayfarer is extremely light-weight and is constructed with a nylon titanium composite.
- The EOS style features a modern, round European design that offer a sophisticated look.

“Golfers are usually out in the sun for a minimum 3 ½ to 5 hours a round and the sun will be hitting you from the corner of your lens. With PEAKVISION’S AR filter, you can be confident that your eyes will be protected,” adds Feaser.

Be sure to connect with PEAKVISION via their social media sites:
Follow PEAKVISION on Twitter: @PEAKVISION1
Follow on Instagram: PEAKVISIONSunglasses
Like PEAKVISION on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PEAKVISIONSunglasses/

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Muscle MX at the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience in Las Vegas

Do you use CBD products? We checked out Muscle MX while at the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience in Las Vegas.

FootJoy Unveils New Contour Line of Golf Shoes, ContourFLX Golf Glove

Contour is back, and it’s better than ever


(RELEASE) — FJ, the #1 Shoe in Golf, is reinventing the best-selling golf shoe category of all time, Contour Series, crafted with the same obsession to create the best fitting and most comfortable golf shoe imaginable, now wrapped in refined leather and relaxed hybrid styling.

Available in a cleated Contour and a spikeless Contour Casual version, both feature slip-lasted construction found in most sneakers to deliver ultimate flexibility and super-soft cushioning for all day comfort on or off the golf course.

“Building off of the successes of the Contour Series, we wanted to refresh the category with a more contemporary design,” said Richard Fryer, Director of Product Management, FJ Footwear.  “This line of Contour is completely reimagined from the ground up with an entirely new outsole configuration, a luxurious new upper package, but the same Contour fit and commitment to comfort that has made it one of the most successful golf product franchises of all time.”

Starting from the ground up, the Contour line of golf shoes each feature contemporary cup sole construction and an ERGO-sole that is proven to be comfortable and durable.  The updated outsole has been modified with a wedge-shaped EVA insert to improve cushioning, reduce weight and add ergonomic support.

Next is the famous Contour Last, which provides a proven fit appreciated by the millions of golfers who have worn Contour over the years.

With an upper construction that features a proprietary NappaLUXE Leather, the Contour Series combines a one year waterproof protection with an ultra-soft look and feel.

Both the cleated Contour and spikeless Contour Casual products will be available in October.

CONTOUR FOOTWEAR FEATURES AND BENEFITS:

- NEW Cup Sole DuraMax Rubber Construction
- Ultra-soft NappaLuxe Leather upper
- 1 year waterproof protection
- Lightweight PU FitBed for soft underfoot cushioning
- Popular Contour Last proven by millions of golfers
- Pulsar LP by Softspikes cleated traction (Contour only)

AVAILABLE STYLES:

Contour
- Laced: Minimum Advertised Price $129.95
- White, Black, Navy, Grey

- BOA: Minimum Advertised Price $159.95
- Black/Charcoal

Contour Casual
- Laced: Minimum Advertised Price $119.95
- Charcoal, Navy, Taupe, Brown

Launching in unison with Contour footwear, the all-new ContourFLX glove features the same commitment to soft feel and comfortable fit for a trusted connection to the golf club.

“We continue to push for new ways to advance all of our products, and that’s evident here with the all-new ContourFLX,” said Maria Bonzagni, Senior Director Acushnet Golf Gloves & FJ Gear.  “We’ve identified key enhancements to provide improved softness, fit and excellent durability, all while maintaining a price-point that will appeal to all golfers.”

ContourFLX golf glove features a CabrettaSof Palm, providing a soft, comfortable feel, and a breathable FiberSof material on the back of the hand to deliver a consistent fit and added flexibility.

Designed to deliver where it matters most, the ContourFLX glove uses precision placement of PowerNet mesh along the back of the hand, with finer elastics across the knuckles for increased moisture control.  ContourFLX uses a 3-Directional proprietary angled ComforTab Velcro closure to secure the perfect fit.

Used by more golfers on the world’s professional Tours than any other brand, FJ’s leadership as the #1 Glove in Golf is founded on a heritage of innovation and focus on delivering the ultimate in performance for golfers around the world.

ContourFLX GOLF GLOVE FEATURES AND BENEFITS:

- CabrettaSof Palm: Provides a soft, comfortable feel, durability along with excellent water and perspiration resistance
- PowerNet Mesh: Precise placement of finer gauge elastics across the knuckles increases moisture control, fit consistency and breathability
- FiberSof: Material located on the back of the hand delivers soft feel, consistent fit, breathable comfort and added flexibility
- Moisture Management: Moisture-wicking elastic cuff improves fit and comfort, and strategically placed perforations improve breathability
- 3-Directional proprietary angled ComforTab Velcro closure: Secures a perfect fit

ContourFLX
- SRP: $17.00
- Men Regular Left: S – XXL
- Men Cadet Left: S – XL
- Men Regular Right: S – XL
- Women Regular Left: S – L

Golf Legends, Rising Stars Support Spirit of Golf and Giving at 2019 Berenberg Gary Player Invitational

World Golf Hall of Famer and Grand Slam Champion Gary Player United Generations of Golf Stars at GlenArbor Golf Club for U.S. Edition of the Global Event Series


(BEDFORD, NEW YORK) – Grand Slam Champion and Golfing Icon, Gary Player played host to some of the golf world’s most popular players and leading business men and women yesterday at the 2019 Berenberg Gary Player Invitational at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford, NY. Benefitting underprivileged children and communities globally, this year’s event raised an impressive $114,000 for The Player Foundation.

A total field of 72 professional golfers and business leaders took on the picturesque and challenging Gary Player-designed GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford to compete for the prestigious Baobab Tree Trophy. Among the all-star field were 14 Major Champions, 6 Ryder Cup stars and a total of 32 stars from the Champions, PGA, LPGA and LPGA European tours.  The team led by tournament host Gary Player and LPGA European Tour star Azahara Muñoz emerged victorious in a sudden death playoff to take home the iconic trophy.

“What Mr. Player has done for the game and the world as a whole is truly inspiring, so I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of his event for the first time,” said Munoz.  “Just being here surrounded by all of these legends is thrilling and then to actually be paired with Mr. Player and help him win his own tournament.  It really doesn’t get any better.”

The Player Foundation marched closer towards its fundraising goal for underserved youth and communities in need worldwide, a mission that has been aided greatly through the generous support of corporate partners Rolex, SAP and the event’s title sponsor, Berenberg, the world’s second oldest bank.

“The ‘Union of Golf and Giving’ is a wonderful example how sport and charity go hand in hand,” said David Mortlock, Head of Berenberg’s Investment Bank. “Our work with Gary Player on this event series over the past 8 years has had a positive impact on countless lives, and his commitment to helping others serves as a tremendous example for us all.

Tournament host and golfing legend, Gary Player, is renowned for his commitment to philanthropy, especially as it relates to future generations. “Out of all the things I have achieved in my life and career, I am most proud of the impact The Player Foundation has made on those in need.  From ensuring proper education for underserved youth to helping communities in need, my Foundation continues to be the driving force behind all that I do.  None of this would be possible without having corporate partners like Berenberg that share my vision. I can’t thank all our sponsors and guests enough for their support at another unforgettable event.”

The next stage of the global series is the Gary Player Invitational at Lost City Course in Sun City, South Africa on November 22-24.

For more information on the Gary Player Invitational series, visit www.garyplayerinvitational.com and follow @GPInvitational on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #GOLFandGIVING.

Golf Life Navigators Introduces ‘Membership Sales Solutions’ Driven by Proprietary Consumer Data

(NAPLES, Fla.) – Golf Life Navigators (GLN) – the world’s only virtual marketplace for consumer-to-club connections – unveils its innovative Membership Sales Solutions Program vastly improving sales performance at private clubs through its use of proprietary ProGuide3 golf lifestyle questionnaire consumer data in crafting property specific sales systems and follow-up processes.

The unique and forward-looking program is a sales system with many aspects that, if desired, can be implemented, customized and fully functional within 24 hours. The program assists private clubs in automating their existing sales systems, improving salesperson performance, as well as devising and systemizing personally tailored visits for prospective members.

Other prominent features of the Membership Sales Solutions Program include social media and digital marketing, website evaluation and recommendations, as well as executive candidate searches and prospect experience audits. The unique “Prospect Experience Audits” act as a “secret shopper” highlighting aspects where clubs both thrive and need improvement in turning tours into members.

“The private club industry sales process is evolving from relying on referrals to needing a professional marketing and sales department,” says Tim Rowe, GLN’s general manager and director of sales. “Our consumer data gathered through our ProGuide3 Golf Lifestyle Questionnaire informs our membership sales solutions helping private clubs create positive and memorable prospect visit experiences, which result in increased memberships and revenue.”

A month ago, GLN released its new consumer buying trends report showcasing industry defining data for golf communities and the private club sector. Among the key highlights of this compelling report: 94% of buyers indicate the practice facility is the top-ranked amenity within the golf operation; 46% of buyers indicate a preference to live outside the gates of golf communities, a 4% uptick since 2018; and women value the private club investment aspect as five times more important than the men surveyed.

Based in South Florida with an active presence across the U.S., GLN showcases “best-matched” potential members with golf and country club options in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, California, Texas and Georgia. GLN’s real estate experts, Golf Life Properties, identify primary and secondary residences in golf and non-golf communities.

GLN’s next generation of its marketplace provides unprecedented flexibility and access to its platform for clubs seeking exposure and connection with highly qualified prospective members. The updated GLN marketplace now features three levels of participation to provide clubs with an experience tailored to their membership recruitment needs: Marketplace Entry and Marketplace Link. Marketplace Pro will be GLN’s premier level offering clubs a series of data and analytics programming.

More information: www.golflifenavigators.com 800.447.8707.

COBRA Golf Unveils Next Generation of KING Forged TEC Irons

Irons Combine Classic Shaping with Distance and Forgiveness In Variable and ONE Length Designs


(Carlsbad, Calif.) — COBRA Golf introduced its next generation of KING Forged TEC Irons, featuring a traditional muscle-back shape with a hollow design for softer feel and improved power preferred by better players, available in a variable or ONE Length set make-up. Fusing a classic look with modern, cutting-edge face, finish and feel technologies, the KING Forged TEC irons provide golfers with the ideal balance of precision and distance.

A sleek, muscle-back shape and sophisticated design of the Forged TEC Irons encloses an unassuming hollow body that delivers low CG and helps maximize distance, forgiveness and playability. A hollow cavity is infused with energizing foam microspheres that fine-tune acoustics and create the softer feel that better players desire while supporting a thin PWRSHELL Face for increased ball speeds. An updated forged face insert creates a larger Sweet Zone and return area for higher launch and faster ball speeds in a players iron. A tungsten toe weight centers the CG behind the hitting zone to maximize distance and increase precision for attacking pins, even on off-center hits.

Like a majority of COBRA equipment, the Forged TEC irons will feature the innovative COBRA CONNECT Powered by Arccos allowing users to track their accuracy and distance using the Arccos Caddie app on a smart device. Electronically embedded sensors in the grip automatically record the distance and accuracy of every shot so golfers can track their improvements round-to-round.

The KING Forged TEC ONE Length irons offer an added dimension of consistency, as COBRA engineers have manipulated the design of each iron to match the weight and length of a 7-iron, allowing for one simple, repetitive set up and swing motion to reduce variability and increase consistency between clubs. This is primarily achieved through matching 7-iron head and swing weights in every iron to create a consistent feel throughout the set. Weight is added to the ONE Length long irons to compensate for shorter (37.50”) shafts and to match 7-iron swing weight, while weight is removed from the short irons & wedges to compensate for longer shafts while still delivering traditional 7-iron swing weight.

In addition, lie angles have been adjusted to optimize ball flight in a ONE Length set configuration. Long irons utilize more upright lie angles, while the short irons and wedges have slightly flatter lie angles delivering more consistent trajectory and ball flights. Lighter long iron shafts encourage easy launch while heavier wedge shafts promote more control into and around the green.

The Forged Tec ONE Length irons are available through stock in an 7-piece (4-PW) set in stiff and regular, in both right and left-handed versions (graphite is available through custom in x-stiff, stiff and regular). The steel version come equipped with a KBS $-Taper Lite (115- stiff, 110 – reg, 120 – wedge) shaft with Lamkin Crossline COBRA CONNECT grips in a blue colorway.

The Forged Tec variable length irons (MAP: $1,099 steel; $1,199 graphite) are available through stock in an 8-piece (4-GW) set in both right and left-hand versions. The steel KBS $-Taper Lite shaft is offered in both regular (R110) and stiff (S115) flexes.  Graphite offerings in Project X Catalyst 80 in regular, stiff and x-stiff flexes are available through custom only.  Each set comes stock with Lamkin Crossline COBRA CONNECT grips in black.

The Forged Tec irons in variable and ONE Length will be available at retail and at cobragolf.com beginning November 1, 2019. For more information on the entire KING family of products, visit cobragolf.com.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Martis Camp Club Awarded 2023 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship

Club in the Sierra Nevada Mountains will host its second USGA championship


(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced Martis Camp Club, in Truckee, Calif., as the host site for the 69th U.S. Senior Amateur Championship. The dates of the championship are Aug. 26-31, 2023.

“The USGA is pleased to partner with Martis Camp Club in bringing the U.S. Senior Amateur for the first time to the Sierra Nevada, the Lake Tahoe region and the Truckee community,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships. “The U.S. Senior Amateur title is highly sought after by the more than 2,500 who file entries and the 156 players who vie for the Frederick L. Dold Trophy each year. The competitors will relish the scenic and challenging environment.”

Martis Camp was designed by Tom Fazio and opened for play in June 2008. Set within the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Martis Valley, the course features mature pines, natural elevation changes and mountain views on the outward nine, with finishing holes framed by views of Mount Rose and the Carson and Sierra Nevada ranges.

The club will be hosting its second USGA championship. Martis Camp was the site of the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur, when Scottie Scheffler defeated Davis Riley, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final. Scheffler, who was low amateur in the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills and a member of the victorious 2017 USA Walker Cup Team, rallied from a two-hole deficit through 27 holes of the championship match.

“We’re honored that the USGA sees Martis Camp and the Truckee Tahoe region as a good fit for the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship,” said Gus Jones, Martis Camp Club general manager. “We very much look forward to the competitors enjoying the course, the climate and the region. We’re confident the second USGA championship at Martis Camp will be as successful as the Junior Amateur was in 2013.”

The U.S. Senior Amateur was first played in 1955. The championship is open to amateur golfers age 55 and older with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 7.4. The championship features 36 holes of stroke play before the field of 156 is cut to the low 64 scorers for match play. The winner and the runner-up earn exemptions into the following year’s U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Amateur championships.

The 2023 U.S. Senior Amateur will be the 88th USGA championship in California. The Golden State has previously hosted the U.S. Senior Amateur five times, including in 2014 at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach. In 2023, California will also host the 78th U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links and the 123rd U.S. Open at The Los Angeles Country Club.

The 2020 U.S. Senior Amateur will be contested Aug. 29-Sept. 3 at the Country Club of Detroit, in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. The 2021 championship will be played Aug. 28-Sept. 2 at The Honors Course, in Ooltewah, Tenn. The 2022 championship will be held on Aug. 27-Sept. 1 at The Kittansett Club, in Marion, Mass.

To learn more, visit usga.org.

Proof in Performance: SST PUREing for Better Golf

Shaft technology leads to consistency, accuracy when applied to aftermarket shafts


(Willowbrook, IL) — Is golf’s best technology a secret? Most golfers aren’t aware of the SST PUREing process, or the benefits that come with a set of PUREd shafts. Amateur golfers are constantly seeking out the latest and greatest equipment as seen on the PGA Tour, so why aren’t they flocking to the technology that PGA Tour professionals have trusted for over 15 years - the same technology that’s helped win over $1.5 billion?

It’s a good question, and one that has a layered answer. Nick Sherburne, co-founder of Club Champion, the nation’s premier club fitter and builder, and Matt Saternus, founder of Plugged In Golf, set out to understand why more golfers aren’t playing PUREd shafts, and to test the technology’s claim of game improvement.

“Knowing what I know from years in this industry, I’m baffled that more golfers aren’t aware of SST PURE,” said Sherburne. “There’s a reason that Club Champion recommends all shafts be PUREd, and even includes it free with our custom built woods - a $30 value. Golfers who truly want consistency should start with PUREd shafts.”

Awareness is the first layer in answering the question above; you can’t seek something out if you don’t know it exists. So what is SST PURE? It’s important to understand that golf shafts are not manufactured perfectly straight or perfectly round. Irregularities can cause problems when the shaft twists and bends during a swing. SST PURE Shaft Alignment identifies the most stable bending plane or “neutral-axis”, to allow for the club head to be installed in the proper orientation.

But does that alignment really matter in the grand scheme of your golf game? That’s the second layer to answering our question, and it’s something that Saternus explored in a previous edition of Golf Myths Unplugged via Plugged In Golf. Saternus tested whether PUREing delivers measurable benefits or if it’s just another placebo.

"For this test, we used two seemingly identical six irons,” he explained. “The clubs had the same head, shaft, grip, loft, lie, length, swing weight and total weight. The only difference was that one shaft had been SST PUREd and the other had not.” All of the testing was done at Club Champion in a controlled environment.

The test consisted of seven golfers, whose handicaps ranged from the mid-teens to scratch. Each player hit ten shots with the PUREd six-iron and ten shots with a non-PUREd club without knowing which was which. The test concluded that the PUREd shafts led to significant distance increases. On average, the testers gained over seven yards of total distance with the PUREd iron compared to the non-PUREd club. That’s nearly a full club of extra distance despite the clubs having the same loft. The greater distance came largely as a result of greater club head speed, ball speed and smash factor. Players swung the PUREd club nearly 1 MPH faster and generated an extra 2.8 MPH of ball speed.

The study also concluded that PUREing does, in fact, boost accuracy. On average, the test group was 2.2 yards closer to the center line with the PUREd six iron. That's the difference between a makeable birdie putt and a challenging two-putt. On the PGA Tour, that would be the difference between being #1 in proximity to the hole and being 91st.

PUREing helped players land their shots nearer the centerline and also helped to narrow their dispersion pattern. The average distance between players’ farthest right and farthest left shots was 2.1 yards smaller with the PUREd iron than with the non-PUREd iron. To sum it up, Saternus wrote, "The SST PUREing process is no placebo. It is one of the most impactful technologies that we’ve ever tested.” The full test can be found HERE.

SST PUREing is available for all new clubs purchased and built through Club Champion, as well as existing clubs that golfers would like retro-PUREd. All Club Champion fitting studios are equipped with advanced analysis technology, and highly trained certified fitters and builders to take you through an intensive and educational club fitting.

For more information about Club Champion or SST PUREing, visit www.clubchampiongolf.com or call (888) 340-7820.

Callaway Apparel Ambassador Cheyenne Knight Captures First LPGA Victory

(Miami, Fla.) — Callaway Apparel congratulates Cheyenne Knight on capturing her first LPGA tour win with a two-shot victory in her home state of Texas in the Volunteers of America Classic. The rookie not only earned her first win on Sunday, she has earned herself a two-year exemption on tour as well as a spot in the CME Globe Tour Championship next month.

“We are so proud to have Cheyenne represent Callaway Apparel every week on Tour. While closing with a bogey-free 66, Cheyenne not only looked great in her Callaway Apparel, the enhanced technical features helped her stay cool and calm under the pressure of trying to win her first LPGA Tour event,” stated Bjoern Kreutzer, Sr. Manager, Sports Marketing for Callaway Apparel.

"It's so incredible. I can't put it into words," a teary-eyed Knight said after dedicating the win to her late brother. "I think I had a second caddie. I know he's watching in heaven, and he's so proud of me. This is for Brandon."

Cheyenne’s Outfits for the Week:
Thursday
- Mini Chev Polka Dot Polo - Sheer Lilac (CGKS9011 - 571)
- 17" Fast Track Skort - Brilliant White (CGKBS9Y8 - 123)
Friday
- Contrast Tulip Sleeve Polo - Brilliant White (CGKF9012 - 123)
- 17" Fast Track Skort - Peacoat Navy (CGKBS9Y8 - 410)
Saturday
- Circular Print Polo - Brilliant White (CGKF9014 - 123)
- 17" Fast Track Skort - Caviar Black (CGKBS9Y8 - 002)
Sunday
- Short Sleeve Micro Hex Polo - Teaberry (CGKS8070 - 672)
- 17" Fast Track Skort - Brilliant White (CGKBS9Y8 - 123)

Learn more about Callaway Apparel at www.callawayapparel.com.

STAMINAPRO Brand Ambassador Cameron Champ Captures Safeway Open

(Irvine, CA) — STAMINAPRO, a LUMINAS Brand, congratulates brand ambassador Cameron Champ on his second PGA Tour victory at the Safeway Open.

“We congratulate Cameron on his emotional victory and we are thrilled to have him as a brand ambassador, investor and partner,” said Matt Case, CEO of Luminas. The victory moves Cameron into second place in the FedExCup and earns him an invitation to join fellow STAMINPRO ambassadors Justin Rose and Tony Finau in next year’s Masters Tournament.  “With victories in each of the last two years, long hitting Cameron appears set to have a dominating 2020 year.”

“Obviously, golf, it’s my career,” stated Champ. “I love doing it, but it made me realize it’s not the most important thing, that there’s a lot more to life. For me personally, this victory for Papa Champ will go down as the greatest moment in my golfing career.”

“I’ve been wearing STAMINAPRO patches for awhile now with consistently great results,” added Champ. “They help me to manage the soreness and recover faster from the constant rigors of practice and travel-without any side-effects. They have become a key part of my routine really.”

They are available on-line at www.staminapro.com and leading specialty retailers and pro-shops.