Monday, December 9, 2019

Closer Look at Presidents Cup Odds

(WAGER) — Based on the odds, it doesn't appear Adam Scott will get his wish of fans not cheering for Tiger Woods in Australia.

The site SportsBetting.ag has posted a bounty of interesting props for this week's Presidents Cup, and the odds of Tiger being booed are not good.

The United States is a sizable favorite (-270) to retain the Cup, but there are a lot of other ways to wager on the tournament.

Presidents Cup Odds
USA -270
Internationals +260
Tie +1200

Tiger props include how many matches he'll compete in, whether or not he'll play on Day 1, how many points he'll score and if he'll sink the winning putt. Tiger is the favorite to not play himself on Day 3 of competition.

Other prop bets include cheating on the course, margin of victory, daily leaders and Patrick Reed's playing partner.

Current Presidents Cup prop bets: https://www.sportsbetting.ag/sportsbook/futures-and-props/golf---props

Will Tiger Woods play on Day 1?
Yes -150
No +110

How many matches will Tiger Woods play?
Over 2.5
Under 2.5

Who will be paired with Patrick Reed in Foursomes? (Day 1 or Day 2)
Patrick Cantlay -110
Justin Thomas +400
Tiger Woods +500
Xander Schauffele +650
Matt Kuchar +1000
Webb Simpson +1000
Rickie Fowler +1200
Dustin Johnson +1200
Tony Finau +2500
Bryson DeChambeau +2800
Gary Woodland +4000

Who will not compete on Day 3?
Tiger Woods +250
Bryson DeChambeau +300
Tony Finau +350
Gary Woodland +400
Matt Kuchar +400
Dustin Johnson +500
Patrick Reed +700
Webb Simpson +700
Patrick Cantlay +800
Rickie Fowler +800
Xander Schauffele +1000
Justin Thomas +1200

Will Patrick Reed be penalized for cheating?
Yes +2000
No -25000

Will any player be penalized for cheating?
Yes +500
No -10000

Will Tiger Woods be booed by fans upon first introduction?
Yes +400
No -700

Tiger Woods total points
Over 1.5
Under 1.5

Adam Scott total points
Over 2.5
Under 2.5

Justin Thomas total points
Over 2.5
Under 2.5

Patrick Reed total points
Over 2.5
Under 2.5

Rickie Fowler total points
Over 2.5
Under 2.5

Will Tiger Woods score the maximum 5 points?
Yes +2000
No -25000

Will Tiger Woods sink the winning putt?
Yes +1200
No -6600

Margin of victory
1 point  +700
2 points +450
3 points +350
4 points +550
5 points or more +100

When will Cup be decided on Day 4?
Singles matches 1-4 (+150)
Singles matches 5-8 (-110)
Singles matches 9-10 (+600)
Singles matches 11-12 (+1100)
Cup decided before Day 4 (+2500)

Link to odds for Top American scorer, Top Asian scorer, Top Australian scorer, Top International scorer, Top Debutant and Day 1, 2, 3 correct scores: https://www.sportsbetting.ag/sportsbook/futures-and-props/golf---groups

Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, Circling Raven Golf Club Unveils Early Bird Stay-and-Play Packages

Buy Now During the Holidays and Save 25% Off the Normal Rate, Plus Enjoy Value-Added Gifts


(Worley, Idaho) – Give the gift of golf this holiday season at Circling Raven, the No. 1-rated public course in Idaho. Purchase the 2020 Early Bird Stay-and-Play Package and receive one night’s accommodations for two in the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel Spa Tower, two rounds of golf (one per occupant), two breakfast vouchers, two free sleeves of Titleist Pro V golf balls, and two signature bag tags for $279 plus tax (cost covers both players). That’s more than 25% off the customary fees and doesn’t count the cost for the value-added golf balls and breakfast. 

The offer is valid for the 2020 season, Mondays – Thursdays, and must be used by 3/1/2019 to receive the golf balls and bag tags. Book the Early Bird Stay-and-Play Package between now and December 31, 2019 and receive free same day replay rounds during your Stay-and-Play.  

“This is a win-win offer,” said David Christenson, PGA, Circling Raven Director of Golf. “Players get incredible, all-inclusive value at one of the best golf courses in America, an amenity of the award-winning Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel.”

To book, call 800.523.2464 and mention the LOVERAVEN Package. If additional amenities and activities interest you beyond golf, visit www.cdacasino.com to learn about the spa, restaurants, entertainment and cultural tourism activities offered.

Srixon Announces New Partnership with ASICS

Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO Introduces Two New Golf Shoe Models by ASICS: GEL-COURSE Duo BOA and GEL-COURSE Glide


(HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.) — Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO, a worldwide leader in golf equipment design and manufacturing, is proud to debut two brand new golf footwear models in partnership with ASICS North America – the GEL-COURSE Glide and GEL-COURSE Duo BOA. These two models are available at authorized golf shops and golf specialty retailers across North America, as well as online at Srixon.com/ASICS beginning today.

“I’m excited to introduce ASICS golf footwear into the U.S. golf market with the GEL-COURSE Glide and GEL COURSE Duo BOA models,” said Mike Powell, President of Sales and Marketing at Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO. “ASICS is a huge global sports brand and widely recognized as the leader in performance footwear. They have a rich heritage of innovation and product quality, and align with our values as a company. These two models will appeal to golfers that enjoy an active and healthy outdoor lifestyle and love the performance and comfort that ASICS is famous for.”

ASICS golf shoes are built with inspiration from ASICS legendary running shoes and deliver comfort and flexibility, while providing outstanding traction and stability.

The GEL-COURSE Duo BOA model features the BOA Lacing system for fast, precise fitting through a quick adjusting dial to tighten or loosen the lacing system. They are waterproof, and feature a traction sole pattern with seven spikes. The GEL-COURSE Glide shoe offers the alternative spikeless version with standard laces for versatile use both on and off the course.

Both shoes feature the same key technologies below:
- Lightweight Frame Work and Flexibility: Air mesh provides flexibility during the swing and while walking the golf course. FlyteFoam technology by ASICS provides lightweight shock absorption and plenty of durability for golf.
- Supportive Fit: An air mesh at vamp and the integrated quarter panel provide a supportive fit, while internal molded heel counter secures optimal foot support. Additional ankle padding helps create a custom fit that adapts to every move.
- Golf Specific Tooling: The FG traction sole pattern places spikes exactly where they need to be for stability and traction while walking the course. Rearfoot GEL brand technology by ASICS cushioning reduces impact and increases shock absorption, while Toe and Lateral rubber wraps help maintain balance throughout the golf swing.

The GEL-COURSE Duo Boa model MSRP for $179.99 and are offered in Men’s Sizes 6-12, and 13. The three different color combinations are Black/Gunmetal, White/Peacoat, and Peacoat/Pure Silver.

The GEL-COURSE Glide shoes MSRP for $129.99 and are offered in Men’s (6-12, 13) and Women’s (6-10) sizes. The Men’s GEL-COURSE Glide shoes come in four different color combinations: Black/Silver, White/Polar Shade, Polar Shade/Black, and ASICS Blue/White. The Women’s Gel Course Glide shoes come in two different color options: Metropolis/White and Orchid/White.

Hollis Stacy and Jan Stephenson Win $25,000 for Charity Donation

Duo win the Spirit Hall of Fame Game Title at Whispering Pines Golf Club


(Trinity, Texas) – Local Hall of Famers and celebrities gathered for a day of fun and golf while raising money for charity in the inaugural Spirit Hall of Fame Game held Nov. 17-18 at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas.

Spirit Founder Corby Robertson, Jr., welcomed the field which included Willie Alexander, Elvin Bethea, Murry Bowden, Clyde Drexler, Larry Gatlin, Jack Ingram, Charlie Joiner, Ed Marinaro, Calvin Murphy, Dan Pastorini, Nolan Ryan, Reid Ryan, Ken Schrom, RC Slocum, Jan Stephenson and Hollis Stacy.

Jan Stephenson and Hollis Stacy teamed to win the event and a $25,000 check to donate to the charities of their choice. Stephenson donated her share to the Crossroads Foundation, an organization that supports military veterans through the game of golf. Stacy donated her portion to the Crossroads Foundation, Guardian Angels of Southwest Florida, Mote Marine Laboratory and Our Daily Bread of Bradenton (Fla.).

The Spirit Golf Association has contributed more than $12 million to its charitable activities.

The Spirit Hall of Fame Game followed the successful 2019 Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship, a premiere golf event featuring the world’s best men and women amateur golfers representing their respective countries in team and individual competitions, held Nov. 7-9 at Whispering Pines. Winners from the event, which features five separate competitions played simultaneously, included Team France (Combined International Championship); Team USA’s Cole Hammer and Andy Ogletree (Men’s Team Championship); Team Korea’s Jeong Hyun Lee and Yoon Ina (Women’s Team Championship); Jack Trent, Australia (Men’s Individual) and Jeong Hyun Lee, Korea (Women’s Individual).

For more information about The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship visit TheSpiritGolf.com.

For more information about Whispering Pines Golf Club, visit WhisperingPinesGolfClub.com.

About The Spirit Golf Association:
The Spirit Golf Association has contributed more than $12 million to its charitable activities: The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship and healthcare service providers such as Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinics, Medical Bridges and The Immunization Partnership. In 2017, The Spirit Golf Association responded to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by directing funds to Harvey victims through the United Way, Houston Food Bank, KIPP, Yellowstone Academy and the Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinics.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Golf Heritage Society Expands Mission, Membership

(LEBANON, Ohio) – The Golf Heritage Society announces that it has changed its name, has elected new leadership and is broadening its reach throughout the greater golf community. The nonprofit entity, formerly known as the Golf Collectors Society, is inviting everyone who is passionate about golf to join the newly-expanded global organization.

At its recent annual meeting, Dr. Bern Bernacki of Pittsburgh, Pa., was elected president of the Golf Heritage Society (GHS) and Rob Rendely of Olney, Md., was elected vice president.  Each will serve a two-year term.

“We welcome everyone who loves the game,” said Bernacki. “Our mission is to honor and preserve golf’s traditions and history – past, present and future.”

While golf collectors remain a vibrant segment of the GHS, increasingly diverse golf interests are included in its expanding membership: players of all ages, golf historians, hickory golf enthusiasts and golf course designers, as well as artists and writers. With about 860 members from 15 countries, the GHS embraces its expanding role in golf and welcomes all new members.

GHS membership benefits include:
· Camaraderie with fellow members at local, regional and national GHS gatherings
· The opportunity to buy, sell and trade golf collectibles at GHS trade shows and auctions
· The opportunity to play in hickory club tournaments
· The Society’s long-running quarterly journal, The Golf, replete with compelling features, articles and special guest contributors
· A monthly newsletter with updates, member news and interesting golf history side notes
· A website updated regularly with Members-only resources including an archive of past issues of the Society journal, information on golf collecting, links to fraternal golf history societies and other features

For more information or to join the Golf Heritage Society, visit GolfHeritage.org or contact Pete Georgiady, executive director, at 567-303-5584 or pgeorgiady@golfheritage.org.

Friday, December 6, 2019

SkyCaddie Users Dominate Staysure Tour MCB Tour Championship – Madagascar

(RIDGELAND, MS) — SkyGolf, maker of SkyCaddie, the most trusted Rangefinder in Golf, announced that nine of the top 15 finishers in last weekend’s Staysure Tour MCB Tour Championship – Madagascar used a SkyCaddie SX500 GPS rangefinder, including the event’s winner, Barry Lane. Five other finishers in the top 10 also used a SkyCaddie SX500, including Stephen Dodd and Gary Evans (T4), and James Kingston, Chris Williams and Peter Wilson (T7).

In addition to the numerous players using the SX500, SkyCaddie’s ground-mapped GPS data was used by the event’s Tournament Directors to set the pins and to create pin sheets for competitors to use, in the absence of the normal Tour yardage charts.

All three MCB Tour Championship events are using SkyCaddie data in this manner, after SkyCaddie’s chief mapper in the EMEA region, Steve Winstone, flew out to survey each of the golf courses in preparation for the The Staysure Tour’s three-event final “swing” of the season.

Other notable golfers in the field using the SkyCaddie SX500 for their yardages included the current number two on this year’s Order of Merit, David Shacklady, and 2018’s Rookie of The Year, Paul Streeter.

“We are thrilled that so many top-class touring pros continue to choose SkyCaddie for their yardages” said Jacqui Surman, SkyGolf Senior VP and COO. “The new SX400 and SX500 give you so many details of the hole ahead, they give you a clear advantage and yet are perfectly within the laws of the game.

“We are also thrilled that The Staysure Tour is using our ground-mapped data to set the pins at the MCB Tour Championship events. This can only happen because we walk every golf course, mapping on foot as we go. No other rangefinder company can compete with this level of accuracy and detail.”

Lane, a first-time SkyCaddie SX500 user, posted a one-shot victory at the MCB Tour Championship, carding a 69 on the final day at the International Golf Club du Rova. The win propels him to 3rd place in the Order of Merit, with just two tournaments to play – this week’s MCB Tour Championship Seychelles, at Constance Lemuria Golf Club, and next week’s final MCB Tour Championship event, at Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius.

The SX500, which recently received the Best Handheld GPS award in the MyGolfSpy 2019 GPS Buyers Guide, has been joined by his “little brother”, the SX400, which gives golfers the same great features found in the SX500 in a more compact size.

For more information, visit www.skygolf.com.

Golf Digest Names Desert Mountain's Paxton O'Connor to List of Best Golf Instructors in America

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — Paxton O’Connor, the PGA Director of Performance & Instruction at Desert Mountain Club, has been named to the prestigious list of “Best Teachers in Arizona” for 2019-20 by Golf Digest magazine in its December/January issue.  O’Connor was previously recognized by the magazine as one of the “Best Young Teachers in America” (2018-19).

Paxton O'Connor
This is the first time that O’Connor, 28, a golf instructor at Desert Mountain Club since 2016 and director of the Jim Flick Golf Performance Center, has been named to the list of best teachers in the state, an honor that comes as the result of surveying more than 1,500 golf instructors across the United States.

“The collective experience, expertise and student success of the teachers on the state lists is unmatched, and we’re proud to have Paxton as a part of this exclusive group,” said Matt Rudy, Senior Writer, Golf Digest.  

The $1.6 million Golf Performance Center at Desert Mountain Club is equipped with the most advanced technology available in the industry and provides a comprehensive game enhancement program, from golf fitness to playing skills and mental game techniques. Among the wealth of resources: Trackman, which is the first and only dual radar technology tracking ball behavior and club delivery; Swing Catalyst pressure plate and video software; a Science and Motion PuttLab; AMM 3-D sensor known as the “MRI of your golf swing;” and a Quintic Ball Monitor. In addition, the PGA- and Titleist-certified staff utilizes the technology to match members with equipment perfectly suited for their games.

Desert Mountain Club is the only private community in the world with six Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses and the new, innovative, 18-hole par-54 course – named No. 7 at Desert Mountain.  The community’s seven golf courses, coupled with the Golf Performance Center, provide an unparalleled opportunity for its active golf membership.

“Paxton is one of the best instructors and coaches I’ve had the privilege of working with throughout my career,” said John Lyberger, PGA, Director of Golf.  “He is a great leader and mentor for his team and loved by our entire membership.”

Prior to joining Desert Mountain Club, O’Connor was an instructor at the Butch Harmon School of Golf in Henderson, Nevada. While mentored by Harmon, O’Connor was able to assist during sessions with clients that included PGA Tour players Dustin Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, Rickie Fowler and others.

A native of Cherokee, Iowa, O'Connor was introduced to golf at age 6 by his mother and grandfather. After several years as a competitive junior golfer, as well as a high school standout, O’Connor graduated from the PGA Professional Golf Management Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2015 and also become a member of the PGA of America in 2015. O’Connor has completed numerous special training courses, including the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), PGA of America, Trackman, SamPutt Lab and numerous others.

For additional information on Desert Mountain Club, visit www.desertmountain.com.

Vietnam Golf Clubs to Quit Grasping at Straws

Five leading courses in center of country pledge to phase out single-use plastics


(LANG CO, Vietnam) – Laguna Golf Lang Co and other members of the Vietnam Golf Coast (VGC) are in the process of completely phasing out single-use plastics after reaching their final straw with the environmentally corrosive material.

The best signature golf courses in Central Vietnam joined forces earlier this year as part of the VGC, a destination marketing effort geared towards cementing the region’s status as one of Asia’s leading places for play.

Four of these clubs, Laguna Golf Lang Co (designed by Sir Nick Faldo), Ba Na Hills Golf Club (designed by Luke Donald), Montgomerie Links (designed by Colin Montgomerie) and the soon-to-open Hoiana Shores Golf Club (designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.), have pledged to eliminate single-use plastics in their operations.

With holes carved through jungle, on pristine hillsides and hard by the shores of the East Sea, the constituent members of the VGC all showcase the stunning natural beauty of Central Vietnam.

By scrapping items made of plastic such as garbage bags, locker room accessories, plastic cups and straws, the Vietnam Golf Coast aims to safeguard these land and seascapes for future generations as well as providing as shining example in Asia’s golf industry when it comes to taking meaningful action to protect the environment.

“Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and we are fortunate enough to have one of its most visually stunning sites,” said Adam Calver, Director of Golf at Laguna Golf Lang Co and Chairman of the VGC. “As golf is a game that works in harmony with nature we have a responsiblity to take a leadership role in protecting the environment.”

While nobody doubts the immense benefits offered by plastics in daily life, consensus is building about the need to address the toxic impact its overuse is having on our marine environments.

Last year in Indonesia a dead sperm whale washed ashore with close to 6kg (13 lbs) of plastic waste in its stomach - which included 115 drinking cups. Each year up to 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into our oceans, according to the United Nations Environment Programme.

The drive to eliminate plastic throughout the VGC is already at an advanced stage. Plastic garbage bags have been replaced by bamboo baskets, accessories have been switched to wooden or bamboo materials, paper cups have replaced plastic ones while all straws are made using paper, steel, bamboo or natural grass.

“Bamboo was an obvious substitute for plastic given its abundance in the region,” said Tim Haddon, General Manager for Ba Na Hills Golf Club. “We feel that it adds an extra sense of place for our guests”

“All of the clubs have already been taking action to reduce the use of plastics,” added Calver. “We feel that it is our responsibility as custodians of nature to do everything we can to eliminate any negative impact our facilities have on the environment.”

A New Era Begins at The Club at Weston Hills

(DALLAS, Texas) – The Club at Weston Hills—the Fort Lauderdale area’s preeminent luxury lifestyle club—has been reimagined from the ground up. Formerly known as Weston Hills Country Club, the new name is just one part of an extensive transformation to this family-oriented club that has been operated by Arcis Golf since August 2018. More than $2 million has been invested in the golf courses as well as to upgrade and invigorate facilities, programming, and amenities—from landscaping, clubhouse, and event spaces to the introduction of exciting food and beverage offerings.

The new name and branding were unveiled at a member celebration last evening, according to General Manager Eric J. von Hofen.

“The steady stream of upgrades and improvements to the club during the past year has been wholeheartedly embraced by both long-time and new members,” von Hofen said. “It’s only fitting that these changes come with a fresh name and rebranding. The future of The Club at Weston Hills is very bright.”

The 7,069-yard Tour Course, a Robert Trent Jones Jr. (RTJ II) design, has been completely renovated with new bunkering, the installation of Celebration Bermudagrass on all fairways, and the addition of a new short-game area at the Weston Hills Learning Center, the club’s state-of-the-art instruction facility. The multimillion-dollar project was led by award-winning Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design.

The Tour Course was previously home of The Honda Classic (1992-95), the Dan Marino Celebrity Invitational, and the LPGA Chrysler Plymouth Tournament of Champions. It will host a 2020 U.S. qualifying event for the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Jan. 7-10, 2020.

The Club at Weston Hills features a second Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design—the Players Course—which plays to 7,272 yards from the championship tees.

“Beyond the new name, this change is about a renewal of the club’s individuality and character,” said Blake Walker, Founder and CEO, Arcis Golf, which owns and operates The Club at Weston Hills.  “It is a more suitable representation of our memberships’ identity and the relationships the club has built throughout the community.”

The Club at Weston Hills provides an amenity-rich, lifestyle environment for members, their families, and guests, including eight, lighted Har-Tru tennis courts served by a dedicated tennis clubhouse, an extensive fitness center, and heated, outdoor swimming pool, in addition to very active men’s and women’s golf associations.  

A spectacular, 50,000-square-foot clubhouse provides a beautiful members’ dining room and bar overlooking the golf courses, along with a variety of private rooms for business or social functions with seating up to 300 persons. Under the guidance of Executive Chef Alfonso Mendoza, the club’s culinary offerings have been updated to reflect the changing tastes and desires of the membership.

A full slate of year-round programming—from wine and culinary events to swim lessons, kite flying, and holiday festivities—entertains all age groups and interests. Additionally, the nearby neighborhood boasts resort-style living in beautiful lakefront homes with breathtaking views of shimmering lakes and the golf courses.

In six years, Arcis Golf has skyrocketed from a small start-up to the second-largest owner and operator of private, resort, and daily-fee clubs in the United States. The company’s current portfolio features 65 clubs and golf courses in 14 states, positioned in or near major metropolitan areas from coast to coast. Arcis Golf has invested more than $60 million in upgrades, amenities, personnel, training, and systems to maximize the growth and future success of its collection of clubs.

As evident at The Club at Weston Hills and throughout its portfolio, Arcis Golf has built a best-in-class leadership team that is reinventing the modern club experience, making it more relevant to the lifestyles of today’s consumer. The company is committed to enhancing service levels, amenities, and programming to further broaden the appeal for members and guests.

The company appeared on the Inc. Magazine 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies in 2017 and 2018. As well, in 2018 Walker was recognized by EY as the Entrepreneur Of The Year in the hospitality category for the Southwest region.

For additional information about The Club at Weston Hills, visit www.theclubatwestonhills.com.

To learn more about Arcis Golf, visit www.arcisgolf.com.

TRUE Linkswear Collaborates with Topgolf on Custom Knit Shoe

(RELEASE) — As part of their ongoing effort to provide high quality footwear to golfers around the world, TRUE linkswear announces a collaboration with Topgolf on custom knit golf shoe. The ultra-versatile knit, TRUEs bestselling model in 2019, is already worn by a large demographic of Topgolf employees who had exclusive access to the shoe for more than a month.

The shoe is available to the public in small-batch quantities to celebrate the collaboration between the two brands.

Launched in 2009, TRUE has continued to pioneer the comfortable golf shoe movement by crafting spike-less shoes that can be worn on the links and throughout everyday life. Several PGA Tour players, including co-founder Ryan Moore, continue to choose TRUE throughout the season on and off the course.

“We couldn’t be more excited about our partnership with Topgolf,” states Jason Moore, TRUE President and Partner. “They’ve created these amazing spaces where people can truly enjoy golf all year round, and we’re honored to have Topgolf stakeholders and employees alike represent TRUE in the office and on the turf.”

The TRUE x Topgolf knit comes in a custom blue color way with Topgolf accents on the medial heel, pull and inserts. The limited edition shoes are available with an MSRP of $129 and are available in men’s 7-15 and women’s 5-13. These shoes are available online only, consumers can shop the TRUE x Topgolf Knit at www.truelinkswear.com.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Big Cedar’s New Ozarks National Named Best New Public Golf Course in America

Johnny Morris’ vision for nature golf earns rave reviews from highly-respected golf publication


(RIDGEDALE, Missouri) Golf Digest has named the highly anticipated fourth course at Big Cedar Lodge, Ozarks National, as the Best New Public Course in America in the publication’s annual rankings list. Since opening to the public in April, Ozarks National has generated a groundswell of interest from guests and taken the golf industry by storm.

The course, designed by the renowned firm of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore in partnership with noted conservationist Johnny Morris, is a dream-come-true for nature lovers and golfers of all skill levels, drawing rave reviews and taking its place as the latest offering in the blossoming golf destination resort.

The honor is particularly notable considering the elite field of other new celebrated courses, including the redesign of the No. 4 Course at the storied Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in North Carolina coming in second, and the South Course at the highly regarded Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club in Michigan ranking third.

“Our entire team put a tremendous amount of energy into Ozarks National and we are honored to be recognized as this year’s best new public course,” said Johnny Morris, noted conservationist and founder of Bass Pro Shops and Big Cedar Lodge. “It was so inspiring to work alongside Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, who share our passion for connecting people to nature through the game of golf and other outdoor recreation activities.”

One of the oldest and most respected publications in the sport, Golf Digest determines its highly coveted rankings based on a panel of more than 1,700 high-level golfers with handicaps under 10.
Panelists praised the course, which they anonymously evaluated based on a list of criteria that included the range of shots, challenge level, layout variety and scenic beauty:
“Stunning views from nearly every hole, minimalist teeing areas, very large greens, most with collection areas, some with false fronts.”
“I was totally blown away by Ozarks National…It was as good as any course anywhere.”
“The setting is incredible and the commitment to a golf destination is eye-popping.”
“As a Missourian, I’ve been waiting for one day to have a course that belongs in the discussion for the Top 100, and I think we may now have one.”
“The course runs along the top of a ridge. We could see forever as we played.”
“Nearly every hole gives a great view of the Ozark mountains, with skyline greens and nods to some Golden Age design principles.”

Redefining Golf in the Ozarks

Morris joined forces with the Coore & Crenshaw firm to announce the Ozarks National project in 2015. Envisioned to redefine the perception of golf in the Ozarks, the new course serves as a gateway to the Ozarks National Forest, aligning with Johnny Morris’ personal mission to inspire more people to connect with the great outdoors.

“This has been an incredible piece of land to work with and the vision behind the entire golf experience at Big Cedar Lodge fits perfectly into our approach to build natural golf courses that connect people to the local landscape,” said Bill Coore, co-principal of Coore & Crenshaw, at the time of the announcement.

Ozarks National showcases golf in the manner in which it was intended, with nods to traditional Scottish-style golf. Measuring 7,036 yards from the back tees, the course represents the terrain of the Ozarks with incredible vistas and beautiful views. Designed to be environmentally friendly with conservation in mind, the 18-hole layout features challenging carries and a variety of visually appealing approach shots that are highlighted by native habitat.

The course also includes several signature creative features Morris is known for, such as a 400-foot wooden beam and plank bridge hand built by Amish craftsmen, which connects the tee box and fairway of the 13th hole that stands 60-feet above a flowing creek. The property used to be a dairy farm, with the “Stone House” greeting golfers at the midway point of their rounds. The house was built in the early 1900s, dating back to the farming days, and has never been moved.

“Believe me, when you get up on some of these plateaus, you can cast your eyes and see 40-50 miles,” Crenshaw said at the time. “You can't do that it in too many places in the United States. This is gorgeous. We want to showcase that beauty, and Johnny Morris has given us an unbelievable opportunity.”

The beauty in the course came from the minimalist approach to the project, with Coore and Crenshaw making several visits with Morris to the site during construction, using the natural beauty of the land and letting the course conform to the property, not the other way around. When Ben Crenshaw came to visit for the official course opening early this year, his fondness for the final product was clear to see.

“Obviously when you look around, you have not only the holes that you’re working on, but also the land around you, which for me is a big part of the atmosphere around you when you look off into the distance,” Crenshaw said. “You know you’re in the Ozarks, and now it was our job to compliment that, with the way that the holes fit together, and the directions they are going. We’re very proud of the final piece here.”

America’s Next Great Golf Destination

The recognition adds to Big Cedar Lodge’s list of growing resort and golf accolades. In September, Golf Magazine named Big Cedar Lodge, America’s premier wilderness resort, as the No. 1 family golf resort in North America, as part of its Top 100 Resorts issue for 2019-2020. It was the most comprehensive review of elite destinations in North America, and the most expansive editorial project the publication has undertaken.

Soon, Morris and Tiger Woods will unveil Big Cedar’s fifth golf course – Payne’s Valley, a 19-hole course built to showcase the region’s natural beauty and to honor late, local golf legend Payne Stewart. It is the first public golf course in the U.S. by Woods and his firm, TGR Design. With Payne’s Valley, Woods and Morris will offer a course where players of all skill levels will be able to enjoy the game with each other in the beautiful Ozark Mountain landscape with kid’s tees located further down the fairways. The course will also feature a spectacular and breathtaking 19th hole affectionately known as Big Rock at Payne’s Valley.

That course will join Ozarks National; Top of the Rock, a Jack Nicklaus-designed par-3 course in nearby Ridgedale, that features a seamless display of nature and golf at its finest, overlooking Table Rock Lake; the Buffalo Ridge Springs Course, designed by renowned architect Tom Fazio and bringing players in close contact with nature, native grasses and free-ranging North American bison from nearby Dogwood Canyon Nature Park; and the 13-hole Mountain Top course, designed by Gary Player and delivering unparalleled thrills for golfers passionate about nature and golf.

Currently, Morris and Big Cedar are working with Audubon to obtain Audubon Signature Sanctuary status, an environmental education and certification program for properties that follow comprehensive sustainable resource management principles. Johnny Morris achieved signature status with the Top of the Rock course 15 years ago, one of fewer than 100 courses in the world to earn the designation at the time. A resort-wide sanctuary status designation would be the only one of its kind to encompass all aspects of golf development and the greater development of Big Cedar Lodge.

Learn more at www.bigcedar.com.

Zero Friction to Release New “StrykerGlove 2- Pack” in Six Colors

(OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL) –  Zero Friction, maker of high quality, technologically advanced products for golfers worldwide, announced a new Stryker 2-Glove Value Pack coming in January.  Like all Zero Friction compression gloves, the Stryker glove molds to your hand for a guaranteed fit to deliver outstanding precision, flexibility and comfort to every golfer that puts one on.

The new Stryker 2-packs will be available in six color packs with a suggested retail price of $21.99:  Blue + Gray, Lime + Gray, Red + Gray, Black + Gray, Orange + Gray, and White + Gray.  The Stryker glove is only available in Men’s Left Hand.

“When we debuted the original Stryker performance golf glove in January, it was only available in white with cool gray trim,” said John Iacono, Zero Friction Founder. “Golfers loved the fit but wanted the fun, bright colors associated with our brand, so it only made sense to expand the line.”

The Zero Friction Stryker compression fit glove features:
• A price point for the budget-conscious golfer,
• An expansion flap for better fit and comfort,
• Double-stitched Performance Synthetic colored palm patch, and
• Full index finger with performance wrapped fabric.

Zero Friction’s true advantage for retailers is that the universal fit means shops do not have to carry a huge inventory of sizes. Instead, the shops can offer a large selection of colors.

Zero Friction also benefits golf shops with a creative selection of packaging, including the SuperTubes, which received the 2018 ING Industry Honors Product Ingenuity award for its packaging of color-matched glove, Spectra distance golf balls and tees.

Zero Friction also has logo capabilities including logo golf balls, gloves, and tees, which has experienced significant growth this past year. Licensed gloves and Supertubes featuring NFL, MLB, NHL and the top 20 collegiate teams will also have a dedicated section.

For more information, visit www.zerofriction.com, or call 630-317-7700.

Pun Hlaing Named Myanmar’s Best Golf Course

Gary Player-designed course in Yangon takes top prize


(YANGON, Myanmar) — “Of the many golf courses I have seen in the world, Pun Hlaing Golf Club has to be in the top five. It reminds me of Augusta, Georgia”.

So said golfing legend Gary Player back in 2002. Of course, he may have been patting himself on the back when he said it - for it was Player who personally designed the par-72 course two years earlier in the leafy suburbs of Yangon.

However, the South African master’s statement proved accurate last month when Pun Hlaing Golf Club was named “Best Course in Myanmar” at the Asia Pacific Golf Awards 2019 in New Delhi.

“Pun Hlaing is a testing course for all levels of golfer,” said club pro Stephen Chick. “But thanks to its outstanding drainage, the course is playable 12 months of the year, even during the monsoons.”

Pun Hlaing Golf Course has hosted the Myanmar Open three times. Known as “The Pride of Myanmar”, the 7,124-yard course is a verdant landscape of rolling palm tree-lined fairways and water hazards, the icing on the cake being the final hole, the 18th, with its island green fronting the clubhouse.

Overlooking the 18th and with vistas of several other holes is Pun Hlaing’s sister hotel, the 4-star Awei Metta, which opened in December 2018. The chic business and leisure resort also won a design award recently ‐ as Best Resort Hotel Development at the 2019 Myanmar National Real Estate Awards in October.

Together, the hotel and golf course form the foundation of a superb luxury retreat for golfers, businesspeople, and a growing number of tourists to Myanmar.

Awei Metta offers guests a spa, fitness center, swimming pool and conference room, as well as one of the city’s top restaurants, Oscar, which specializes in French and Burmese cuisines.

Many golfers will take a particular shine to the hotel’s sophisticated Cigar Bar. Furnished in low leather seats, the lounge is a thinking man’s oasis where one can smoke and drink in uninhibited fashion while watching the action on the 18th. To accompany a fine selection of Scotch whiskies and cognacs, the discerning guest may opt for a smooth BLV Royal Corona cigar or a Magnum 46, two of Cuba’s finest.

All 46 suites at the five-story Awei Metta face the golf course. Ranging from 46m² to 95m², each wood-panelled suite comes with private balcony, office space and wide-screen TV.

Awei Metta is owned by Myanmar tourism trailblazers Memories Group, which owns and operates a myriad selection of resorts and travel experiences across the country, including its own island in the Mergui Archipelago with one resort, Awei PIla; yachting tours; eco-lodges; and arguably the nation’s most iconic tourist experience, the hot-air balloon flights of Balloons Over Bagan.

Combined golf and hotel packages, as well as tailor-made tours of Myanmar, can be booked through Memories Travel. E-mail: myanmar@memories-travel.com; site: www.memories-travel.com.

Stu Francis Nominated as 66th USGA President

The USGA will also reorganize its volunteer structure to enhance opportunity and volunteer experience


(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) – J. Stuart Francis, of Hillsborough, Calif., has been nominated to serve as the 66th president of the United States Golf Association (USGA).

Additionally, Christopher Cupit of Johns Creek, Ga., and Courtney Myhrum of Pittsburgh, Pa., have been nominated to the 15-member Executive Committee, a volunteer group that provides strategic and financial oversight as the policy-making board of the Association.

“The USGA continues to benefit from having an exceptional group of candidates to choose from who reflect our mission and believe in our obligation to serve the game,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “Led by Stu Francis, who brings his lifelong amateur competitive golf experience along with his over 40-year business career, each candidate brings a unique perspective and expertise that will make a lasting impact on the organization.”

Francis has been a member of the USGA Executive Committee for five years and has served on the Compensation, Equipment Standards and Governance committees in addition to four years as chair of the Championship Committee. An accomplished amateur golfer, Francis has competed in three U.S. Amateur Championships, two NCAA Championships and three Canadian Amateur Championships. Francis earned his B.A. from Princeton University, where he was named First Team All-Ivy League and All-American as co-captain of the men’s golf team. Francis, who also earned an MBA from Stanford University, is currently a senior managing director for Evercore, a global investment banking advisory firm, where he leads the Silicon Valley technology practice.

Executive Committee elections will take place at the USGA’s Annual Meeting on Feb. 29, 2020, in Pinehurst, N.C. Retiring from the Executive Committee will be Robert Kain, current president Mark Newell and general counsel Richard Shortz. Current members nominated to continue their service are Anthony Anderson, Michael Bailey, Stephen Beebe, Paul Brown, Thomas Barkin, Kendra Graham, Martha Lang, Fred Perpall, Deborah Platt Majoras, Nick Price, Sharon Ritchey and William Siart.

Cupit was introduced to the USGA as a competitor in the 1986 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and went on to compete in two U.S. Amateur and two U.S. Mid-Amateur championships. He joined the Mid-Amateur Championship Committee in 2006 and has served as a Rules official at 28 USGA championships. Cupit has also served the game through board roles with the Georgia State Golf Association, Atlanta Junior Golf Association and The Evergreen Society. Professionally, Cupit is the owner and general manager of Rivermont Golf Club in Johns Creek, Ga., a family-owned club that his father founded in 1973.

Myhrum began her USGA volunteer experience at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship in 1998 and has gone on to serve at more than 50 championships. Myhrum was introduced to the game at 8 years old and began playing competitively after completing her two-sport collegiate career in field hockey and lacrosse at Denison University. Since then, she has competed in 14 USGA championships, including the U.S. Women’s Amateur, U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball, U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. She has served as a USGA Women’s Committee member since 2011, including as chair in 2019. Myhrum is currently the owner and president of Organized By Court, a consulting firm that offers custom solutions for individuals, families and small businesses to achieve greater productivity and efficiency.

As part of a regular review to continue to enhance the effectiveness of the USGA governance structure, starting in 2020, Executive Committee member terms will increase from one year to three years, with a two-term limit. The president’s term will also increase to three years with a one-term limit.  Additionally, the elected secretary, treasurer and general counsel roles on the Executive Committee will be retired and those functions will be assumed internally by the organization’s staff leadership.

The USGA is also strategically evolving its volunteer committee structure to improve efficiency, increase opportunity and enable greater diversity in assignments. Under this approach, volunteers will be able to better tailor their experience based on where, when and how they wish to serve. As part of the overall restructuring, the USGA Women’s Committee will also be retired in 2020. With the USGA’s evolution over the last decade resulting in many of the Women’s Committee’s duties being fully assumed by the executive management team and the Executive Committee, it was recognized that there is no longer a need for a separate committee. The USGA is grateful to and proud of the Women’s Committee for its important contributions over many years, which have significantly enhanced the development and health of women’s and girls’ golf and the overall game. Under the new volunteer structure, current members of the Women’s Committee will continue to play important volunteer roles both in supporting the women’s game and in contributing to the USGA in many other ways. The modifications reflect the results of a multi-year review of current practices and procedures that included extensive feedback from current volunteers.

To learn more, visit usga.org.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Forsgate CC’s Bill Schmedes III Recognized by Golf Digest as One of the Best Teachers in New Jersey

(Monroe Township, N.J.) — Forsgate Country Club congratulates Bill Schmedes III, Director of Instruction for the Forsgate Golf Academy and a member of the club’s Teaching Professional staff, on being recognized by Golf Digest as one of the Best Teachers in New Jersey for 2019-2020.

“We are very proud of Bill and celebrate his recognition by Golf Digest,” said Carolyn McKenzie Andrews, Forsgate’s Director of Golf.  “We’re fortunate to have one of the top teachers here at Forsgate to help our members improve their games, and we also know that the junior golfers who come to the Forsgate Golf Academy with Bill Schmedes III to learn the game and advance their skills benefit greatly from Bill’s teaching methods.”

Bill has been recognized as one of the top golf coaches in the country. Future Champions Golf selected him as a Top 25 Elite Junior Coach in the USA, and he earned a U.S. Kids Top 50 Kids Coach honorable mention in 2018. Golf Digest also named him as one of the Best Young Teachers in America (2018-2019).

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

Glove It Launches 'Glove of the Month Club'

Fresh designs, bright palettes, superior quality are hallmarks of popular women’s golf gloves


(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — Just in time for the favorite female golfers on your holiday gift list, Glove It has launched a Glove-of-the-Month Club. Well known for its fresh designs, bright palettes and superior quality, Glove It will send the recipient a new print from its 2020 golf glove collection each month beginning in January.

For holiday orders completed through December 31, 2019, Glove It is offering a reduced price of $195 for a 12-month membership in the Glove-of-the-Month Club, which includes free shipping. The regular price, effective Jan. 1, 2020, will be $240.

“We are so excited about this program and have made it incredibly easy to order,” said Karen Gleason, founder, Glove It. “It is not only the perfect gift for the women golfers on your holiday list but also so unique since a cool, new fashion-forward glove will arrive each month.”

The Glove It golf glove is featured in vibrant solid colors and signature prints. Each glove is made of stretch Lycra with a soft cabretta leather palm. Glove It golf gloves include UV 50 sun protection, maximum breathability, and comfort in a range of sizes.

In a recent customer survey, Glove It’s signature product received rave reviews:

“These gloves add pizazz to any outfit—they are supple and long-wearing as well as cute!”

Another respondent said, “I love the patterns and colors.  You just have to smile every time you see a Glove It product! And “The colors are fun and inspiring. Even when my golf is not on point my matching glove and visor set always are.”

To view the current lineup of the company’s women’s golf gloves, visit www.gloveit.com. The Glove-of-the-Month Club membership can be ordered online at https://www.gloveit.com/Glove-of-the-Month-Club-p/gom100.htm.

For more information, call 480/968-2021 or send an e-mail to order@gloveit.com.

Golf Digest Rates Ozarks National as the “Best New Public Course in the United States, 2019”

Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw Designed the Championship-Caliber 18-hole Layout in the Branson Missouri Ozarks


(Branson, Missouri) Golf Digest reviewers rank Ozarks National No. 1 in the publication’s “Best New Public Course 2019” roster. Opened for play on May 1, 2019, the Big Cedar Lodge amenity has quickly garnered acclaim from media, golfers, and industry participants.

Designed by two of the world’s finest golf architects, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, they created a stunning course in tandem with Bass Pro Shops and Big Cedar Lodge Founder Johnny Morris. Ozarks National has earned many accolades since opening on May 1 of this year. The acclaimed and gorgeous playing venue outshines other best-new layouts including ones at Pinehurst Resort (NC) and Arcadia Bluffs (MI).

“The awards that Branson-area courses hold are impressive and underscore the variety and high quality of our golf destination options,” said Lynn Berry, Director of Communications, Branson Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Complementing Ozarks National are Buffalo Ridge Springs, LedgeStone, Mountain Top, The Pointe, Top of the Rock, Holiday Hills, Branson Hills, and Payne’s Valley. We’re quickly becoming America’s Next Great Golf Destination.”

Buffalo Ridge Springs, Branson Hills, and LedgeStone are rated nos. 1, 2, and 6, respectively, by Golfweek in its 2019 “Best Courses You Can Play by State.”

Ozarks National is Missouri’s first and only golf course designed by Coore and Crenshaw. Measuring 7,036 yards from the back tees, the course reflects the glorious terrain of the Ozarks, complemented by scenic views. The 18-hole layout features challenging carries and a variety of visually appealing approach shots that are highlighted by the native habitat. The course also includes interesting features, such as a 400-foot wooden beam and plank bridge, which connects the tee box and fairway of the 13th hole that stands 60-feet above a flowing creek.

To determine Golf Digest's “America's Best New Golf Courses,” more than 1,600 Golf Digest panelists across the U.S. and Canada played and evaluated Best New candidate courses, scoring each in eight evaluation categories: Shot Options, Layout Variety, Challenge, Distinctiveness, Aesthetics, Conditioning, Character and Fun.

Some Golf Digest rater comments include the following ones that lavish praise on Ozarks National, Big Cedar Lodge’s fourth course (with a fifth coming in 2020 by Tiger Woods and his TGR Design team):
- “I was totally blown away by Ozarks National and its rugged aesthetics: high grass on the perimeter, asymmetrical traps and views of the Ozark Mountains. It was as good as any course in the Midwest.”
- “Stunning views from nearly every hole, minimalist teeing areas, very large greens, most with collection areas, some with false fronts.”
- “Possibly the biggest surprise of my course-ranking travels. With the severity of the land, I expected a choppy experience, but was treated to a flowing, beautifully routed course with unreal views. The playability was a little tight at times, but overall, they made excellent, strategic use of the land. Infinity greens and sight lines that stretch for miles add to the pleasure of the experience.”

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

USGA Launches Volunteer Registration for 3rd U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship

Volunteers needed at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Conn. from July 6-12


(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) opened volunteer registration for the 3rd U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship, which will be contested from July 9-12, 2020 at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Conn.

The USGA is in search of approximately 600 volunteers to fill positions on 18 committees, including but not limited to, leaderboards, marshals, merchandise and players services. Volunteer assignments for these committees are made on a first-come, first-served basis and are expected to fill up quickly. Those who are interested should visit usseniorwomensopen.com and click on the “Volunteers” tab, which also provides detailed descriptions for each committee.

“The USGA is thrilled to be back in Connecticut and continue the legacy that the U.S. Senior Women’s Open has already begun to establish over its first two years,” says Matt Sawicki, championship director. “The local community has a history of supporting and welcoming USGA championships with open arms, and we know it will be no different as we bring such a unique event to a club with such a significant pedigree.”

Each volunteer will receive a credential valid for all four days of the championship, as well as access to volunteer hospitality with complimentary food, snacks and beverages on the days they volunteer. Volunteers will be asked to complete four (4) five- to six-hour shifts throughout the duration of championship week.

The 2020 U.S. Senior Women’s Open will be the third USGA open championship and fifth overall USGA championship held at Brooklawn Country Club. The club, founded in 1895, hosted the 1974 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship; the 1979 U.S. Women’s Open; the 1987 U.S. Senior Open; and the 2003 U.S. Girls’ Junior. The most recent of the 13 previous USGA championships to be contested in Connecticut is the 2008 U.S. Girls’ Junior at Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford, when Lexi Thompson became the second-youngest champion at age 13.

The USGA announced the establishment of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open on Feb. 6, 2015. The addition of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open increased the number of national championships conducted annually by the USGA to 14. In 2018, World Golf Hall of Famer Laura Davies, of England, rolled to a 10-stroke victory over Juli Inkster in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open Championship at historic Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill. The following year, Helen Alfredsson topped Trish Johnson and Juli Inkster by two strokes to capture the 2nd U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C.

For more information on the 3rd U.S. Senior Women’s Open, visit usseniorwomensopen.com.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Forsgate CC’s Esposito Competing in the Final Stage of PGA TOUR Champions Qualifying Tournament

(Monroe Township, N.J.) — Forsgate Country Club congratulates Frank Esposito, a member of its Teaching Professional staff, on making it into the field of the final qualifying tournament for a chance to play on the PGA TOUR Champions Tour in 2020. Esposito successfully advanced to the Final Stage, which is being held this week at the TPC Scottsdale, when he finished in third place at the Florida qualifier on the TPC Tampa Bay course in November. Esposito is one of 78 players in the Final Stage field.

“This is a significant achievement for Frank as hundreds of the world’s best senior golfers and former PGA TOUR players battled to earn a berth in the prestigious Final Stage of the PGA TOUR Champions Qualifying Tournament,” said Chris Schiavone, Forsgate’s Managing Partner.  “Everyone at the club wishes Frank well in his quest to qualify as an exempt member of the 2020 Champions Tour. We are proud to support such an accomplished member of our staff.”

Esposito, 56, is considered by many as New Jersey’s best senior golfer.  He has played in PGA TOUR Champions Tour tournaments, competed in the U.S. Open and in two PGA Championships. In 2014, he won the prestigious Senior PGA Professional National Championship.  Esposito has a stellar New Jersey golf resume. He is a two-time NJ Open champion, a three-time NJ Senior Open Championship winner, and is a member of the New Jersey PGA Hall of Fame.

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

The Traveling Golfer shows you The Other Pinehurst


We all know golf and Pinehurst go hand in hand. The Traveling Golfer visits the Sandhills to show you the other Pinehurst. See the llamas at Talamore Golf Resort. Visit the lakes of Legacy Golf Links. Visit the Mike Strantz masterpiece - Tobacco Road. The Traveling Golfer also gives you a look into the other Pinehurst breakfast, lunch, and dinner spots.

Saint Andrew’s Golf Club Makes Major Gift to the WMGA Foundation

(Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.) — The Saint Andrew’s Golf Club, which was the site of the 2019 AJGA UHY/Celadon Junior Championship hosted by Marina Alex, has made a $20,400 contribution to the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association Foundation. This gift was made possible by the fundraising effort that supported the event, a portion of which was made available for donation to a qualifying local golf program of the Club’s choosing.

Over the past decade, Saint Andrew’s—America’s oldest golf club and a founding member of the USGA—has contributed approximately $500,000 to programs dedicated to the advancement of the game.

The private club, which offers college and tiered young adult memberships, serves as the home course for the St. John’s University women’s team, the Columbia University men’s team, and three high school golf programs.

For additional information about Saint Andrews Golf Club, access the website at www.saintandrewsgolfclub.com, follow on Instagram @theappletreegang or on Twitter @sagc1888.

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas Honored in GOLF Magazine’s ‘World Top 100 Courses’

(LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic) – Casa de Campo Resort & Villas – home to the Caribbean’s premier, luxury golf experiences – announces its iconic Pete Dye-designed Teeth of the Dog has once again been named one of the “Top 100 Courses in the World” by GOLF Magazine.

Sitting at No. 59 in the biennial rankings, Teeth of the Dog remains the highest-ranked course in Latin America and the only layout in the Caribbean to receive this coveted recognition. The seaside jewel is one of only 37 courses to be ranked among GOLF Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses in the World” every year since the list’s inception in 1983.

Casa de Campo was also recently honored in GOLF Magazine’s inaugural “Top 100 Resorts in North America” list. The world-class destination was featured in the “General Luxury” category identifying exemplary resorts featuring polished customer service, superb golf, high-end amenities and outstanding off-course experiences.

Renowned as Dye’s masterpiece creation, Teeth of the Dog opened in 1971. The ocean hugging course has been a “bucket list” item for those seeking to play the “best of the best.” “The Heaven 7” oceanfront holes are astoundingly beautiful, causing Dye to famously quip: “I created 11 holes and God created seven.”

“We’re thrilled Teeth of the Dog continues to rank among the highest echelons of course rankings year after year,” says Andres Pichardo Rosenberg, President of Casa de Campo. “This accolade is a tribute to Pete Dye’s incredible genius as well as our continuing investment in maintaining the integrity of his incomparable design which places us at the pinnacle of golf vacation destinations.”

Casa de Campo offers several stay-play-packages ideal to experience a vacation to long remember. Its exceptional “Unlimited Teeth of the Dog with Breakfast” package starts at $249 per person, per night. In addition to “all day” play on Teeth of the Dog, guests can also tee it up from dawn to dusk on the resort’s two additional Pete Dye gems: Dye Fore (27 holes) and The Links (18).

The offer includes deluxe accommodations in the resort’s recently renovated guest rooms, full daily breakfast buffet at Lago Restaurant, use of a four-passenger golf cart to travel throughout the resort, complimentary Wi-Fi and use of the resort’s fitness center. All golf rounds are based on availability and include arrival and departure days.

The “Unlimited Teeth of the Dog All Inclusive” golf package features all the components above plus daily breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and drinks by the glass at resort signature restaurants or room service (extra delivery charge), unlimited horseback riding, use of the property’s tennis courts, one round at the 245-acre Shooting Club, non-motorized water sports and family program activities. This offers starts at $899 per person, per night.

Casa de Campo also offers an array of exceptional fully appointed villas perfect for golf groups and families. The villa options range from three to 11 bedrooms with  stylish living areas, a private pool as well as myriad creature comforts. From secluded Garden Villas showcasing the area’s abundant flora to the tranquil splendor of the Caribbean coast in an Oceanfront Villa, each style offers contemporary designs. Daily breakfast, private maid service and full access to a wide range of on-site activities are additional highlights.

Villa stays also include use of four-passenger golf carts for easy travel throughout the 7,500-acre resort, complimentary Wi-Fi and unlimited use of the resort’s fitness center.

For more information on Casa de Campo Resort & Villas please call 800.877.3643, e-mail golf@ccampo.com.do or visit: www.casadecampo.com.do/.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Puerto Rico Golf is Loaded with Options

Sun-Kissed Courses, Stay-and-Play Packages, College and PGA TOUR Events Summon Visitors to Discover Puerto Rico Golf and Other Island Attractions this Winter


(SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO) – As winter and darkness descend across much of North America, Puerto Rico comes alive with spirit warming tropical courses, golf-package specials, and top competitive events that showcase the first-class attributes of our Caribbean oasis.

The 2020 Dorado Beach Puerto Rico Collegiate will take place Feb. 22-25, at TPC Dorado Beach on the Sugarcane Course. The 54-hole tournament will include Notre Dame, Kansas, Army, Kentucky, Indiana, Boston College, Coastal Carolina, Kansas State, Louisville, VCU, Rutgers, Michigan State, and North Carolina Greensboro.

TPC Dorado Beach includes the exceptional East Course. Both courses are amenities of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, which was rated one of the Top 100 U.S. Golf Resorts by Golf Magazine. Additionally, the resort was ranked in the Top 5 of the Luxury Resort category along with iconic Pebble Beach in California.

For those that like to play “trophy” courses where the pros play, consider The Resort at Coco Beach Stay-and-Play Package. Home to two 18-hole courses designed by Tom Kite – the Championship and International – Coco Beach is a Hyatt affiliated hotel which will soon rebrand as Hyatt Regency Coco Beach Resort. To enjoy staying and playing at the host venue of the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open, February 17-23, 2020, make reservations now through by December 15, 2019. Mention offer code GOLF 2 when booking to qualify for the package which is valid through Dec. 23 and includes two rounds of golf and breakfast buffet for two daily (golf cart excluded). For price and additional details, call 1-787-657-1051.

One of the Island’s great bonuses for players is the astounding array of after-round options. At Dorado Beach and Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf and Beach Resort, for example, one can complement a game of golf at Rio Mar or Dorado Beach with kite surfing. Both are world class places for this adrenalin boosting activity, and lessons are available at Rio Mar, which will serve as a training center for Olympic kite surfing teams that will compete in the 2024 Games in Paris.

Discover Puerto Rico in late fall or winter to escape the cold and mundane, embrace the Island’s scintillating beauty, and immerse yourself in its vibrant culture, rich history, bountiful beaches, and award-winning gastronomy. To browse the Island’s 17 courses, hundreds of lodging options, and 4,000+ restaurants, visit: DiscoverPuertoRico.com.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Laguna Lăng Cô Continues to Push the Boundaries after Being Awarded EarthCheck Gold Certification


Laguna Lăng Cô remains one of Vietnam’s leading resorts and a leader in worldwide sustainable tourism by being awarded EarthCheck Gold Certification


(RELEASE) - Laguna Lăng Cô has continued to enhance its reputation as one of Vietnam’s leading resorts and a leader in environment protection, after being awarded a Gold Certification by EarthCheck, a leading scientific and environmental benchmarking, certification and advisory group for the travel and tourism industry.

Since 2013, Laguna Lăng Cô has partnered with EarthCheck to integrate scientifically proven and critically defendable systems for the benefit of environmental preservation and conservations across operations. The resort has previously been awarded ‘Silver EarthCheck Certification’ in 2016 and before that ‘Bronze EarthCheck Certification’ in 2015, which positioned the venue as a leader in a worldwide group of sustainable tourism operators.

Laguna Lăng Cô boasts an 18-hole championship golf course that is a Sir Nick Faldo Signature design, host venue of the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, and widely regarded as one of the most environmentally friendly courses in the world.

A family of water buffalo, who act as Bio-mowers, help to protect the traditional landscape, whilst managing the rice paddies by eating the excess weeds surrounding the course that would otherwise need machinery to manage. The unique nature of the course also means it provides for the local community with the rice paddies being harvested twice a year, producing up to 20 tons of rice of which the majority is donated to support local families in the area. Laguna Lăng Cô is fast-growing a reputation as one of the most spectacular and unique courses in Asia.

Gareth Williams, Director of Design & Operations at Faldo Design said, “Laguna Golf Lăng Cô is a unique destination that shows off the very best of Vietnam and provides golfers with an alternative challenge. We are delighted that all the hard work put into our Sir Nick Faldo Signature design course, to make it environmentally sustainable, has been recognised by EarthCheck through the awarding of this gold certification. Everyone associated with Faldo Design is determined to make sure that Laguna Golf Lăng Cô continues to set high standards in order to remain as an industry leader for tourism and travel. We also can’t wait to welcome all of our Faldo Series participants, in March 2020, for the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final and show off what makes Laguna Golf Lăng Cô so special.”

Laguna’s four precincts, that include Banyan Tree Lang Co Hotel, Angsana Lang Co Hotel, the Laguna Lăng Cô golf course and Laguna Lăng Cô Service Centre, were assessed for meeting EarthCheck Gold Certificate requirements for five continuous years.

There are 10 key performance areas that are addressed in order to make this standard – Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Energy Efficiency, Conservation and Management, Management of Freshwater Resources, Eco-system Conversation and Management, Social and Cultural management, Land Use Planning and Management, Air Quality Protection, Wastewater Management, Solid Waste Management and Environmentally Harmful Substances.

Laguna Golf Lang Co’s Director of Golf, Adam Calver, said “We are extremely proud to have been awarded gold certification by EarthCheck. Laguna Lăng Cô focuses heavily on environmental sustainability and this certification is testament to all the hard-work and effort shown by everyone making sure the resort maintains its position as a leader in environmental stewardship for the travel, golf and tourism industry.”

Stewart Moore, CEO of EarthCheck, believes Laguna Lăng Cô in Vietnam has taken a significant leadership position in sustainability. He said: “I would like to congratulate the whole team at Laguna Lăng Cô on their achievement. Adam Calver and his team are a valued member of a global group of tourism operators who dare to make a difference. Laguna Lăng Cô have now joined other industry leaders in taking the meaningful steps towards resolving some of the very real issues that our planet faces.”

Laguna Lăng Cô is the first and largest world-class integrated resort in Vietnam and is home to a 280-hectare community, which marks the first project in Vietnam for Banyan Tree Group, and is famed for its 3km beach that overlooks the East Sea, an area renowned for its natural scenery and close proximity to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The community includes Banyan Tree and Angsana branded hotels and spas, private villas, residences called Laguna Park Lăng Cô available for sale and rentals, conventional facilities and an array of recreational activities for guests to enjoy. It offers guests the chance to rejuvenate their mind, body and soul, whilst enjoying memorable experiences in a breath-taking location.

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More information: lagunalangco.com

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

TecTecTec Unveils Special Offers for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Sale Includes Popular ULT-X Laser Rangefinder, ULT-G GPS Watch and More 


(Vannes, France) — TecTecTec – maker of technologically-advanced yet affordable laser rangefinders for golf, which are Amazon’s No. 1 category seller – is offering special pricing on select products in celebration of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Available exclusively through the TecTecTec website, the brand’s leading golf laser rangefinder – the ULT-X – will be on sale for $199.99 (normally $249.99) from Wednesday, November 27 through Cyber Monday, December 2. Additionally, the popular ULT-G GPS golf watch will carry a $10 discount from November 27 through December 3 on the company’s website, and the VPRO DLX laser rangefinder is on sale for just $99.99 from November 25 through December 18 on the TecTecTec website and through Amazon.com.

“Shoppers can treat themselves and save on gifts for friends and family with our seasonal specials,” says Renan Lore, Director of TecTecTec. “From top-performing rangefinders to our GPS watch – we have high-quality gear at unbeatable prices.”

Along with the holiday discounts, customers can take advantage of TecTecTec’s customary free shipping, two-year warranty and 30-day full refund guarantee offered exclusively online at www.US.TecTecTec.com.

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. This includes the new ULT-X, which is the most advanced rangefinder model to date. It 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.

Exceptionally durable, stylish and comfortable, the new ULT-G GPS watch provides golfers quick and accurate distances to the front, middle and back of greens, as well as hazards and doglegs. Available for a one-time purchase with no subscription required, TecTecTec is giving users instant access to precise satellite-measured yardages at over 38,000 courses around the world.

More information: www.us.tectectec.com.

USGA Invites 12 Players to Curtis Cup Practice Session

Three-day session to take place at Loblolly in Hobe Sound, Fla., in December


(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) – The USGA’s International Team Selection Committee has invited 12 players to participate in a practice session in advance of the 2020 Curtis Cup Match. The session for prospective players will take place Dec. 15-17 at Loblolly in Hobe Sound, Fla.

A biennial competition, the 41st Curtis Cup Match will be contested June 12-14, 2020, at Conwy Golf Club in Caernarvonshire, Wales. The USA Team defeated the Great Britain & Ireland Team by a record-setting 17-3 margin in the 2018 Match at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y.

The following 12 players have accepted invitations to the practice session (with current college affiliation):
- Allisen Corpuz, 21, of Honolulu, Hawaii (University of Southern California)
- Mariel Galdiano, 21, of Pearl City, Hawaii (University of California, Los Angeles)
- Lauren Greenlief, 29, of Ashburn, Va.
- Lauren Hartlage, 21, of Elizabethtown, Ky. (University of Louisville)
- Auston Kim, 19, of St. Augustine, Fla. (Vanderbilt University)
- Gina Kim, 19, of Durham, N.C. (Duke University)
- Emilia Migliaccio, 20, of Cary, N.C. (Wake Forest University)
- Alexa Pano, 15, of Lake Worth, Fla.
- Kaitlyn Papp, 21, of Austin, Texas (University of Texas)
- Aneka Seumanutafa, 19, of Emmitsburg, Md. (Ohio State University)
- Natalie Srinivasan, 21, of Spartanburg, S.C. (Furman University)
- Rose Zhang, 16, of Irvine, Calif.

Two USGA champions – Greenlief (2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur) and Papp (2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball) – are among the players who have accepted invitations. Gina Kim was the low amateur in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open, while Galdiano is the lone player to have previously competed in a Curtis Cup Match, having played for the USA in both 2016 and 2018, compiling a 4-3 record.

Sarah Ingram, a three-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion (1991, 1993, 1994) who was a member of three USA Curtis Cup Teams (1992, 1994 and 1996), will serve as captain of the USA Team. A Duke University graduate, Ingram was a two-time All-American and four-year letter winner for the Blue Devils from 1985-1988. Ingram, who was the low amateur in the 1995 U.S. Women’s Open, is a member of the Duke University Sports Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame. She recently advanced to the Round of 16 in the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, her first USGA competition in more than two decades.

“The talent level surrounding women’s amateur golf in this country is incredible, and I’m so excited to bring these 12 impressive players together for this practice session,” said Ingram. “My experience participating in three Curtis Cup Matches both fueled my competitive nature and formed lasting relationships. I am eager to help guide and be a part of that journey for a new group of young women.”

Invitation to the Curtis Cup practice session does not guarantee selection to the eight-player USA Team that will compete in June. Players not invited will also be considered for inclusion on the team. As of 2018, the USGA provides automatic selections to the reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, along with the McCormack Medal winner, if eligible. Gabriela Ruffels, of Australia, the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, is not eligible for the team, while 2019 McCormack Medal winner Andrea Lee, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., declined the invitation due to her intent to turn professional prior to the 2020 Curtis Cup Match. The USGA will automatically select the top three USA players in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking on April 8, 2020. The remainder of the team will be selected the following week.

The Curtis Cup Match is contested by two teams of eight female amateur players, one from the United States of America and one from Great Britain and Ireland, which is comprised of England, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The USGA’s International Team Selection Committee selects the USA Team, while The R&A selects the GB&I Team.

Elaine Ratcliffe will serve as GB&I captain. Ratcliffe, a native of Cheshire, England, was a member of the victorious GB&I team in the 1996 Curtis Cup Match.

The USA Team leads the overall series, 29-8-3.

Arcis Golf Properties Shine on Avid Golfer Dallas 2019 'Best' List

Cowboys Golf Club Retains No. 1 Spot in Metroplex


(DALLAS) – Continuing market dominance in its hometown, Arcis Golf’s portfolio of courses in the Dallas metro area has been recognized and applauded by Avid Golfer Magazine in its annual “Best of Public Golf” edition. The accolades for Arcis Golf courses came both for courses segmented by geographic sections as well as in numerous specialty categories, including food, practice facilities, and retail.

Cowboys Golf Club, the first and only NFL-themed golf club in the world, received considerable praise as the Best Overall Golf Club.

“I know it seems repetitive, as Cowboys has been the No. 1 spot for as many years as it’s been open, but the more things change, the more they stay the same,” wrote Avid Golfer’s editors in the cover story. “Cowboys has been and is still the gold standard that all other golf properties strive to replicate.”

Other Arcis Golf notables included two courses on the west side of the Metroplex: The Golf Club at Fossil Creek (#10) and Bear Creek Golf Club (#13), as well as honorable mentions for Iron Horse and Mansfield National Golf Clubs. On the east side, Lake Park Golf Course, Plantation Golf Club, and The Golf Club at Twin Creeks received honorable mentions.

In the specialty categories, three Arcis Golf properties earned top honors:
- Next Year’s Most Anticipated Renovation – Iron Horse Golf Course
- Best Overall Food – Cowboys Golf Club
- A True Underrated Challenge – Lake Park Golf Club

Arcis Golf has skyrocketed in under six years from a small start-up to the second-largest owner and operator of private, resort, and daily fee clubs in the United States. The current Arcis Golf portfolio features nearly 65 clubs and golf courses in 14 states, positioned in or near major metropolitan areas from coast-to-coast. The company has invested more than $60 million in upgrades, amenities, personnel, training, and systems to maximize the growth and future success of its collection of private, resort, and daily-fee clubs throughout the United States.

In addition to its nine public or resort courses in the greater Dallas area, Arcis Golf purchased Lantana Golf Club earlier this year. The centerpiece of a master-planned community and designed by the venerable team of Jay and Carter Morrish, Lantana is highly regarded among the top private clubs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

An industry leader in providing inventive direction and unrivaled lifestyle amenities that complement exceptional playing experiences, Arcis Golf focuses its resources on creating extraordinary experiences and forging emotional connections with members and guests.

Arcis Golf has built a best-in-class leadership team that is reinventing the modern club experience, making it more relevant to the lifestyles of today’s consumer by customizing amenities and programs based on what its contemporary membership desires. The company is committed to enhancing service levels, amenities, and programming to further broaden the appeal for members and guests.

The company is on the Inc. Magazine 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. As well, in 2018, CEO Blake Walker was recognized by EY as the Entrepreneur Of The Year in the hospitality category for the Southwest region.

For more about Arcis Golf, visit www.arcisgolf.com.

To read Avid Golfer Magazine’s complete “Best of Public Golf” cover story visit www.myavidgolfer.com

Kohler Swing Studio & Golf Shop Announces Topgolf Swing Suite Bays as Part of Expansion

Destination Kohler is first resort to offer both leading simulation technologies – Topgolf Swing Suite and aboutGolf


(KOHLER, Wis.)  – The Kohler Swing Studio & Golf Shop, located in the Shops at Woodlake Kohler, today announced the anticipated opening of two Topgolf Swing Suite bays along with expanded food & beverage options. The expansion is set to open on December 2 and will bring an all-new challenge to those seeking interactive social experiences, fun late-night entertainment options and unique league play.

The two Topgolf Swing Suite bays are positioned on the north side of the Swing Studio, with a convenient corridor connecting the original studio to the newly-expanded space. Each of the two bays are large enough for eight people to play, eat and socialize in a lounge setting. In addition to golf, the Topgolf Swing Suite experience boasts games such as TopContender, Zombie Dodgeball, Hockey Shots, Baseball Pitching, Carnival Classic and others. The bays will be available to rent.

The new food and beverage menu crafted by Matt Bauer, Executive Chef for Destination Kohler includes upscale pub fare with highlights including fried meatballs, an array of delicious sliders and pizzas.

“The Kohler Swing Studio & Golf Shop is one of the top indoor facilities in the state,” said Mike O’Reilly, Director Golf Operations – Destination Kohler. “The new Topgolf Swing Suite bays are known for their approachability and entertaining experiences – which is sure to excite both our non-golf and golf guests.”

The year-round Swing Studio opened in 2016 with two aboutGolf Simulators (aG), the official golf simulator provider of the PGA TOUR and Golf Channel. The aG Curve and aG Widescreen Simulators offer guests the opportunity to play Kohler’s top-rated courses, Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, as well as more than 60 other notable courses. It continues to be a popular venue for local community play as well as resort guests.

The Kohler Swing Studio is available for private events, corporate outings and as a venue for celebrations – birthdays, family reunions, wedding events, retirement parties, and more. Open daily, Monday-Saturday from 10am to 10pm and Sundays from 11am to 7pm. Open golf hourly rates start at $55 per hour.

For more information on Destination Kohler’s offerings or reservations, please call 800-344-2838 or visit DestinationKohler.com.