Friday, March 22, 2019

The Highlands Course at Primland Continues to Receive National, International Accolades

(MEADOWS OF DAN, Virginia) — Golfscape, an internationally recognized golf site, has named The Highland Course to its 2019 list of the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses. The Highland Course at Primland is listed as No. 8 in the U.S. and No. 28 in the world. The course finished above other notable destinations in the U.S., such as The Oconee Course at Reynolds, Lake Oconee, the Tranquilo Golf Course at the Four Seasons Resort in Orlando and La Playa Beach and Golf Resort in Naples.

This new award adds to the resort’s growing list of accolades including its ranking among the 2019 Top 100 Resort Golf Courses (No. 31) and 2018 Best Courses You Can Play (No. 2 in Virginia) by Golfweek and 2018 America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses (No. 28) by Golf Digest. Located in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, The Highland Course at Primland showcases the resort’s breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains at every turn.

Designed in 2006 by Donald Steel, the course was carved from the natural landscape of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains leaving stunning views along its ridge tops. A course with forgiving landing areas, Steel’s British roots transfer to the Highland Course with links-style features implemented throughout one of the best mountain layouts in golf.

“We are honored to have been recognized among the best golf courses in the world,” said Steve Helms, vice president at Primland. “The award is a testament to our dedicated team, partners and staff. It will continue to drive our commitment to deliver an exceptional experience that we hope will be thoroughly enjoyed by our guests.”

In addition to golf, Primland is the perfect luxury resort for couples and families, with 12,000 acres of undisturbed land that is home to an abundance of outdoor activities including wing shooting, hunting, tree climbing, fly fishing, RTVs, horseback riding, kayaking, archery, tomahawk throwing and much more. The mountainous views surround guests from all angles of the resort, providing a scenic backdrop for the players on the Highland Course and guests exploring the nature trails along the restored Appalachian Trail throughout the property.

For availability and reservations, call 866-960-7746 or email golf@primland.com.

Tripp Davis and Associates’ Restoration of Dallas’ Northwood Club Honored

The club has been named the No. 1 Best Elite Country Club in DFW Area


(Norman, OK) — The Northwood Club in Dallas was recently recognized as the Best Country Club in Dallas/Fort Worth in the Elite Category and also honored as the Best Course Renovation of the Year by AvidGolfer DFW Magazine.  The renovation work was conducted by architect Tripp Davis and Associates (TDA). Davis’ redesign was called “astounding” and “fantastic,” and his work was praised for “keeping the course mostly intact while using subtlety to update the layout.”  

AvidGolfer also highly ranked the 14th hole at Northwood Club as the Best Par 5 and the best tee shot in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

“I am honored to have Northwood recognized by AvidGolfer Magazine as the Best Elite Country Club and Best Renovation in Dallas/Fort Worth,” said Davis. “Our approach was to restore the original character found in Mr. Diddel’s greens, rebuild the bunkers to reflect Diddel’s style, and reposition bunkers and tees to be more strategically relevant for today’s game. To see our work elevate the status of Northwood is very gratifying.”

Originally designed by William Diddel in 1946, Northwood hosted the 1952 U.S. Open making it one of only three courses in Texas ever to have hosted this championship. Northwood also has been the site for several regional USGA, local North Texas PGA and AJGA tournaments.

Starting in 2016, TDA oversaw an 18-month major renovation of the historic course and unveiled a refreshing new look to its membership in April 2018.

TDA and builder Landscapes Unlimited restored all tees, greens and bunkers and reshaped most fairways, along with providing new cart paths, drainage and a new irrigation system.  TDA introduced Northbridge, a new Bermudagrass, which is used over the entire course with the exception of the Bentgrass greens.  In addition, creeks on the property were restored and a new irrigation lake was built to help the club recapture more water. Trees that were hiding the quality of the land were removed. Davis and his crew also rebuilt the practice facilities, including the driving range, and designed a 4 hole “Short Course” to broaden the playing options, especially for junior golfers. The “Short Course,” with holes ranging from 50-120 yards long, opened late November 2017.

For more information about Tripp Davis and Associates, visit the website at www.tdagolf.net or call 405-447-5259.

Sea Pines Country Club Selects Phil Smith Design to Lead Course Enhancements

Masterplan to Include Renovations to Club Course, Practice Facility


(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) – Sea Pines Country Club – the lone private club within Sea Pines featuring golf, tennis, multiple pools and fitness – has selected golf course architect Phil Smith to create a masterplan for its esteemed Arnold Palmer-designed Club Course.

A roadmap for the future of one of the island’s best kept secrets, it entails an in-depth analysis of the club’s practice facility, tees, fairways, bunkers, greens, cart paths, irrigation and more. Upon completion of the masterplan, enhancements will begin on the practice facility, followed by restoration of Sea Pines’ only member-exclusive 18-hole course.

Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., Smith’s resume includes over 30 years working with PGA TOUR and golf course design legends Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. His extensive experience has led him to execute numerous high-profile renovations, including work on the TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course, Desert Mountain’s Cochise, Geronimo and Renegade courses and a recent complete redesign of the Phoenician Golf Club. Phil is also busy completing several new designs including a new championship course at The Club at Flying Horse North in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“Phil Smith is one of the top names in golf course design, and we are thrilled to work with him on the masterplan for our Club Course,” says Robbie Ames, General Manager / COO of Sea Pines Country Club. “Sea Pines is committed to maintaining a top-rated golf course and facility for our members.”

Originally designed by Arnold Palmer in 1973 and renovated by Clyde Johnston in 2001, the Club Course is known for its narrow, tree-lined fairways, doglegs and small greens reminiscent of neighboring Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines Resort. The layout meanders through lagoons and marshes, coming to a triumphant finish with the par-4 18th hole perched along one of the island’s most vast expanses of Lowcountry tidewater.

“Our goal is to complement the existing Club Course characteristics and enhance the world class golf experience already enjoyed by Sea Pines Country Club members,” says Phil Smith. “Respecting the unique Lowcountry setting will be at the heart of any proposed renovations.”

In 2016 the members of Sea Pines Country Club approved the Vision 2020 Facility Enhancement Plan. Completed during the summer of 2017, the Clubhouse was transformed to present a modern and contemporary pub and grille, bringing the breathtaking tidal marsh views into every angle. The indoor and outdoor pool complexes were also fully modernized. Multi-million-dollar renovation and expansion plan for the fitness center is scheduled to be finished early summer 2019.

Learn more about Sea Pines Country Club at www.seapinescountryclub.com. For membership information, contact Nic Booth at 843-671-2335 or NBooth@seapinescountryclub.com.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Pronghorn Resort Announces Golf Packages as New Huntington Lodge Readies for Unveiling

(RELEASE) — Pronghorn Resort, a luxury golf development in Bend, Oregon, is teeing up for the opening of its new Huntington Lodge, but soon, all the snow will melt, flowers will bloom, and golfers will rejoice. Looking ahead to Bend’s famously sunnier days, Pronghorn is offering some great golf getaways this spring and summer. As a bucket list golf destination with the first ever Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and Tom Fazio Championship Golf Course side-by-side, the luxury resort also boasts its own Pronghorn Academy by Jeff Ritter, a top ranked instructor and Golf Channel lead coach.

With packages available through August, guests will be able to experience the brand new Huntington Lodge, opening later this spring. The 104-room boutique hotel is set at the heart of the 640-acre property with stunning views of the nine peaks along the Cascade Mountain Range. With a striking modern design unlike anything else in the high desert region, Huntington Lodge takes its cues from the surrounding landscapes and reflects Central Oregon’s affinity with the outdoors.

Stay & Play Pronghorn Experience
Overnight accommodations in a Junior Suite
$100 food and beverage credit
2 rounds on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, cart included
2 rounds on the Tom Fazio Championship Course, forecaddie and cart included

March: starting at $401/night. April: starting at $484/night. May: starting at $520/night. June: starting at $690/night. July: starting at $722/night. August: starting at $722/night. Some exclusions apply. Minimum two-night stay required. Valid for stays Sunday-Thursday.

Stay & Play Golf Package
Overnight accommodations in a Junior Suite
2 rounds on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, cart included

March: starting at $289/night. April: starting at $319/night. May: starting at $355/night. June: starting at $465/night. July: starting at $497/night. Some exclusions apply. Valid for stays Sunday-Thursday.

To book, visit pronghornresort.com/special-offers/ or call 877.778.9970.

Arcis Golf Collaborates with the Brierley Institute at SMU to Study Customer Engagement

New Relationship Strengthens Ties Between SMU and One of the Golf Industry’s Fastest-Growing Businesses


(Dallas, Texas) — Arcis Golf is collaborating with The Brierley Institute for Customer Engagement at SMU Cox School of Business (SMU Cox) to conduct a customer engagement research project. The proprietary study will seek to optimize fee-based membership programs at Arcis Golf’s daily-fee facilities throughout the United States.

Arcis Golf currently owns and manages more than 60 courses in golf-heavy markets including Dallas (where SMU Cox is located), Phoenix, Southern California, and Chicago, and serves other markets such as Florida and Las Vegas. At every property, public or private, Arcis Golf strives to provide the highest-level customer experience.

The Brierley Institute creates innovative learning opportunities for SMU Cox MBA students aspiring to careers in marketing, business analytics, and consulting. Selected MBA students have embarked on the project, studying Arcis Golf’s current membership programs and suggesting improvements and enhancements.  Marci Armstrong, Harold M. Brierley Endowed Professor and Director of the Brierley Institute for Customer Engagement, identified the participants from among current SMU Cox MBA candidates.

“These students learn to develop strategies that build customer relationships, leverage digital and traditional media, measure financial impact, and create customer experiences, which engage customers to create loyalty and build value,” said Armstrong, an experienced professor of marketing. “It is our honor to put the talents of the Brierley Institute’s best students to work on behalf of a company as innovative and forward-thinking as Arcis Golf.”

This is a natural alliance between the two entities. Arcis Golf was founded by SMU alum CEO Blake Walker, and three other SMU alumni fill executive management positions. In 2016, the Cox School’s Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship ranked Arcis Golf the second fastest-growing, privately held Dallas area business in its annual Dallas 100 competition. The Caruth Institute measures sales growth within a designated three-year period to determine the ranking.

Arcis Golf also has been selected numerous times to the annual Inc. Magazine 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, while Walker has been recognized by EY as the Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 award winner in the hospitality category for the Southwest region.

Working together creates additional engagement opportunities for Arcis, the Brierley Institute, and its top students, and enables Arcis to take advantage of on-campus speaking opportunities, involvement with student projects, and special Institute events.

“We are excited to be working with the students at the Brierley Institute, getting the benefit of their participation in this project while contributing to SMU, which means a great deal to many of us at Arcis Golf as well as the entire Dallas business community,” said Walker. “This is a wonderful symbiotic relationship, both entities gaining from working with the other, and a terrific platform for professional growth for the students after they graduate. We’re expecting great ideas from them.”

The Brierley Institute, named for customer loyalty trailblazer Harold M. (Hal) Brierley, is the first academic institute in the nation devoted to the study of customer engagement. Brierley and his wife, Diane, donated a $10 million gift to establish the Institute in 2016. Emphasizing a collaborative environment – including a free exchange of ideas, insights, and practices – the Institute brings together students, professors, and business practitioners to understand how and why customers engage with brands and how engagement drives customer loyalty and value.

“We are counting on the Brierley Institute and these talented MBA students to offer a fresh perspective and conduct integrated research on behalf of Arcis Golf,” said Chris Crocker, CMO, Arcis Golf. “The creation of bespoke customer engagement programs for our brand will be another differentiator in the golf and country club lifestyle arena.”

Recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, Arcis Golf is the premier operator of public and private golf clubs in the United States with a current portfolio of more than 60 properties in 15 states from coast to coast. An industry leader providing dynamic direction and unrivaled amenities that complement diverse playing experiences, Arcis Golf is committed to reinventing the golf and country club lifestyle experience.

Website: www.arcisgolf.com

University of Georgia Wins Team and Individual Honors at 14th Annual Linger Longer Invitational

(Greensboro, GA) – In a tournament known for featuring top collegiate golf programs and future PGA Tour stars, this year’s Linger Longer Invitational (LLI) provided a thrilling display of talent that finally resulted in victory for the nationally ranked (no. 12) University of Georgia Bulldogs, capturing the title for a record-tying fifth time.

It was a close race to the finish for four teams, including first-round leader Louisville along with second-round leader and last year’s LLI champion, Alabama. Sunday began with Georgia tied for second with Liberty, but ultimately the Bulldogs were able to pull ahead with a final 54-hole score of 845, 19-under par.

Liberty finished just six strokes behind to take second place at 851 (best 4-of-5 scoring). Louisville took third place at 854, 10-under par, while five-time champion Alabama was fourth at 259. All four teams came into the LLI ranked among the Top 25 collegiate programs in the country.

Not only did Georgia stand out in the tournament, but it also dominated on the individual, claiming the top two spots.  First-time collegiate medalist Spencer Ralston won the individual title at 11-under-par 205, followed by fellow junior teammate Trevor Phillips, at 208, 8-under, tied with Liberty sophomore Alexandre Fuchs. Ralston and Phillips both shot 6-under-par 66 in the final round.

“Georgia comes to the Linger Longer Invitational every year and this is my third time participating,” said Ralston, the fifth Bulldog to capture the individual title at Reynolds Lake Oconee. “This win is huge and it was such a great feeling to get a sweep for our whole team. I think the rest of our season holds a lot of promise.”

This was Georgia’s second tournament win for the spring season. The Bulldogs also claimed victory at the 27th annual Puerto Rico Classic in February.

Co-hosted by Kennesaw State University and Mercer University, the Linger Longer Invitational has been an annual showcase for college golf teams since 2006. From  inception, the Invitational has been played at three of the six courses at Reynolds Lake Oconee – The Oconee, Great Waters, and this year’s location, The Landing. For full results from the 2019 Linger Longer Invitational click here.

Reflection Bay Golf Club Hosts International Golf Academy

Seven-week program is one of the first of its kind in Southern Nevada


(Henderson, Nev.) — Reflection Bay Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas hosted its first international golf academy this year with an intensive 7-week program for a group of students from South Korea. The group was part of the International Golf Institute’s (IGI) winter camp program. Led by Director of Instruction Robin Symes, camp participants experienced a championship course and top-notch practice facilities with instruction led by Symes and his instructional team.

“The academy is an unparalleled golf-focused environment for players who want to improve their golf game,” said Eric Dutt, manager of golf operations for Reflection Bay Golf Club. “With our golf assets and multiple amenities available to our student guests including on-site hotels and dining, Lake Las Vegas has more to offer international students than any other course in Southern Nevada.”

“This is my 13th winter camp I have run since moving to Korea,” said Symes. “We have visited Australia, Dubai, Thailand, and the USA. I have never seen or experienced a facility better built for Elite juniors, and professional players to train on than that of Reflection Bay.  This, along with the speed of the greens, provides in my opinion an unparalleled learning environment.”

Symes is a former Irish national team player who moved his coaching practice to South Korea in 2006. He quickly became one of the country’s most sought-after instructors and has taught many of the Korean golfers seen on the LPGA, and PGA tours including Na Yeon Choi (LPGA), US Open Champion, and world number 2 in 2012, Jennifer Song (LPGA), US Amateur Champion, and mid-Amateur Champion, Sang Moon Bae (PGA TOUR) and Si Woo Kim (PGA TOUR).

“This is the first of many visiting golf academies and national teams that we have slated for visiting Lake Las Vegas,” said Dutt. Dutt’s 35-year career in the golf industry included his work as vice president of Las Vegas golf operations for Caesar’s Entertainment including 20 years managing the Butch Harmon School of Golf at Rio Secco Golf Club.

Golf academy students had access to Reflection Bay’s practice facility which features four practice holes, chipping greens, pitching greens, fairway bunkers and more. Additionally, Reflection Bay has just completed a new indoor hitting bay with Trackman technology, Scotty Cameron putter fitting, club fitting and full club repair services.

Visiting students tapped into the knowledge of former PGA Tour professional Craig Barlow, the club’s director of instruction and Jeff Gallagher, golf instructor. Barlow is a PGA Tour professional who has made 170 cuts on the PGA Tour and competed in eight major tournaments including the British Open, six U.S. Opens and a PGA Championship. Gallagher is also a PGA Tour professional who played on both the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour, which he won in 1991 and 2000. Reflection Bay is the only course in Southern Nevada with two PGA Tour pros on staff.

For more information, visit www.reflectionbaygolf.com.

Golf at Palmetto Dunes Ready to Shine This Spring

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC) — Spring has finally sprung, as a wet and dreary winter finds itself squarely in the rearview mirror. Around the trio of award-winning golf courses at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island, excitement permeates throughout the pleasant, sunny air.

For golf fans, the dawning of spring marks the true beginning of the golf season. Starting with the granddaddy of them all, the Masters at Augusta National; then on to Hilton Head Island for the player and fan-favorite alike, the RBC Heritage.

Last year, Palmetto Dunes celebrated its 50th anniversary. Equally feted were the resort’s trio of outstanding golf courses designed by architectural legends: the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course, the Arthur Hills Course and the George Fazio course. All three of Palmetto Dunes’ magnificent layouts have been named South Carolina’s “Golf Course of the Year.”

Starting in 2019 and remaining on the cusp of resort innovation, Palmetto Dunes has introduced a fleet of autonomous golf caddie units. The “Tempo Walk” by Club Car provides golfers with the enjoyment of walking the course, enhancing play, and fostering health and wellness.

State-of-the-art wireless technology including GPS yardage and hands-free remote allows golfers the control to maneuver easily around the course. Additional technology features include a USB port and touchscreen tablet along with traditional golf car offerings such as a cup holder, cooler, divot repair and sand bottle. Palmetto Dunes has eight units that are available for use at the Jones and Fazio courses.

“We are delighted to introduce this enhancement to the Palmetto Dunes golf experience,” said Palmetto Dunes Director of Golf Clark Sinclair.  “It’s already generating quite a buzz from our resort guests.”

In addition to the Tempo Walk, golfers can also pedal from hole to hole. The first resort in the Carolinas and along the East Coast to offer the revolutionary Golf Bike, Palmetto Dunes visitors can boost their calorie-burning quotient while teeing it up on some of the south's most beautiful and challenging courses.

Palmetto Dunes also boasts a state-of-the-art fleet of golf carts produced by Club Car. The fleets at Palmetto Dunes include golf carts equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS), as well as USB ports to charge cell phones and play music devices — all designed to suit a golfer’s enjoyment and functionality. The resort has also introduced a new fleet of nimble BagBoy pushcarts by on all three golf courses to further promote walking.

In addition, Palmetto Dunes offers a dozen four-person golf carts that serve a host of capabilities: Family foursomes playing out of one cart, while also getting in some walking, small corporate outings and scramble tournaments with all four players in the same golf cart, adding a sense of team and relationship building, and more.

“We’ve always tried to do things a little different here at Palmetto Dunes,” said Samm Wolfe, the head golf professional and general manager at the Arthur Hills Course. “We have a way of looking at things outside the box. All these things make us unique in the area.”

In addition, Palmetto Dunes partners with SwingFit, a state-of-the-art club-fitting technology housed at the Robert Trent Jones clubhouse. SwingFit is a true, custom club fitter and club maker. They are brand agnostic to fit all major manufacturers.

SwingFit’s Chris Wycoff became a Mizuno Top 100 fitter in 2014 and has been included on Golf Digest’s list of the 100 Best Club Fitters in America for the past three years. He is also a member of the International Clubmakers Guild and is FlightScope and Gears Golf certified.

Most recently, Golf.com named SwingFit among the “Top 25 Elite Clubfitters across the United States.” “It’s a nice honor from the industry,” Wycoff said. “It’s further validation that we’re working down the right path, improving our services to golfers. We’re trying to help people play better and have more fun out there.”

Last but certainly not least, one of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort's popular attractions is the complimentary, interactive Monday golf exhibition and clinic, where participants experience the effective and entertaining style of longtime Director of Golf Instruction Doug Weaver, a former PGA Tour player and member of the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame, and the rest of the Palmetto Dunes teaching staff.

“We can’t wait for our spring season,” said Wolfe. “Everything is starting to green up. Our tee sheets are busy and the golf courses are in great shape.”

Considering all the resort’s offerings on and away from the golf course, little wonder Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort was named No. 12 “Best Resort in the South” in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers' Choice Awards and to the Top 25 World’s Best Family Getaways by Travel + Leisure. For information about activities or reservations, call 877-567-6513 or visit www.palmettodunes.com.

Volvik Introduces State Pack Limited-Edition Golf Ball Sets

(ORLANDO, Florida) – Volvik (volvik.com), known the world over for its high performance golf balls featuring more than 23 vibrant color options, has introduced a unique series of limited-edition State Pack golf ball sets featuring: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, New York, South Carolina and Texas.

“Golfers who reside or travel to play golf in these destinations will enjoy using and collecting these keepsake VIVID State Packs,” said Don Shin, president of Volvik USA. “The State Packs make unique collectables or gifts for players on any occasion.”

Each VIVID State Pack consists of six premium matte-finish balls in two different colors in each sleeve featuring an iconic image of the state logoed on the ball, as well as on the packaging and the magnetic hat-clip ball marker.

The matte-finish, three-piece VIVID high-performance golf balls feature Volvik’s new oversized energy core. Each six-ball State Pack retails at $24.99 and golf shops, resorts and retail outlets can order these collectible VIVID State Packs from their local Volvik sales representatives or by contacting Volvik USA at 407-649-0013.

Additional information is available on the company website, volvik.com.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Cordillera Ranch Director of Instruction Named Top 100 Teacher in America

Golf Magazine Bestows Honor to Bryan Gathright for 19th Straight Year


(BOERNE, Texas) – Cordillera Ranch – the Hill Country’s premier luxury and golf community – congratulates Director of Instruction Bryan Gathright for being named one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America for the 19th consecutive year.

Gathright, who has received this honor since 2001, was one of the seven Texans recognized on this prestigious list and the only one from the Texas Hill Country. According to GOLF Magazine, Top 100 Teachers in America candidates were screened against 15 baseline criteria, including their teaching experience and accomplishments, student portfolios and peer ratings, along with their overall commitment to the growth of the game, both through volunteerism and their ability to use digital platforms.

A fixture in the San Antonio golf community Gathright came to Cordillera Ranch in 2016 from San Antonio’s Oak Hill Country Club. He was the original director of instruction at both the La Cantera Golf Academy and the Harvey Penick Golf Academy – where he worked alongside the teaching legend for nearly three years.

A year ago, his pupils – Mitchell Meissner, Levi Valadez and McClure “Mac” Meissner – finished in the top-3 of the Texas State Amateur. Others who have flourished under Gathright’s tutelage include Jimmy Walker and Notah Begay III. Another Gathright student, Toni Hakula, won the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica’s Bupa Match Play Championship in 2018. Gathright has taught numerous other PGA, Champions and LPGA Tour professionals, and over 200 high school golfers who have gone on to play collegiate golf.

“Congratulations to Bryan for his recognition once again as one of the best instructors in the country,” says Charlie Hill, President and Chief Operating Officer of DH Investments, developer of Cordillera Ranch. “To be considered a Top 100 Teacher in America for 19 consecutive years is a remarkable achievement; in fact, only a select few can boast a Top 100 in America tenure as long or longer than Gathright’s. His commitment to instruction and making the game more enjoyable for his students is unrivaled.”

Gathright will help open the Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch later this spring. Designed by renowned architect Jim Terrian, the Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch will feature two bays on the west end of the club’s Practice Park. Each bay – sophisticatedly constructed by industry leader Tim Cutshall – will have a Flightscope Launch Monitor, which provides an innovative combination of 3D Doppler Tracking and image processing. Cutshall, who was recently featured in LINKS Magazine, installed the radar so that it integrates with camera and video data, and provides instructors and students launch characteristics of each shot.

Each bay will also have a three-camera system integrated with the Flightscope Launch Monitor to provide instant feedback on every shot and help instructors develop a custom plan for improvement. Flightscope technology will also improve the Cordillera Ranch instruction staff’s club fitting capabilities.

In addition, the Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch will be one of the few facilities in Texas to offer the Swing Catalyst 3D Motion Plate. The flagship swing analysis system provides a unique combination of the state-of-the-art pressure plate technology (Balance Plate) and a highly-advanced force plate. This enables instructors to study detailed foot pressure data and center of pressure patterns. The 3D Motion Plate also provides horizontal and vertical force measurements of the amount of torque and ground reaction forces generated during each swing. This data is invaluable information for analysis throughout the golf swing as the ground is the source of power and energy in the swing. The 3D data is perfectly synchronized with high-speed video images and Flightscope Launch Monitor technology.

For more information: www.cordilleraranch.com, 888.66.RANCH.

Golf Pride Captures Multiple Wins at THE PLAYERS Championship

(PINEHURST, NC) — Golf Pride a division of power management company Eaton and an industry leader in grip innovation, today announced that it was the leading swing and putter grip brand in play at THE PLAYERS Championship, with 116 players in the field trusting Golf Pride grips.

Eight players who finished in the Top 10, including the champion, chose Golf Pride at TPC Sawgrass. The brand’s latest innovation, ALIGN Technology, had another top three finish. The winner trusted Golf Pride’s Tour Velvet Cord grips while capturing his first career PLAYERS title.

“As we continue to elevate grips into performance equipment, it is rewarding to see our latest innovation, ALIGN Technology, be used to earn both a double-eagle and hole in one.” said Brandon Sowell, global director of sales and marketing for Golf Pride. “We feel honored that the best players in the world grip confidence through our innovation.”

Each week, Golf Pride is the leading grip played from tee-to-green on the PGA TOUR with an average of 80% of pros choosing Golf Pride swing grips in each event, without any paid endorsements.

For more information on Golf Pride’s entire 2019 product offering, visit www.golfpride.com.

Casa de Campo’s ‘Tar Heel Classic by Suzy Whaley’ Won by Wake Forest University

Elite Women’s College Golf Teams Competed on Pete Dye’s Acclaimed Teeth of the Dog


(LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic) – Casa de Campo Resort & Villas – home to the Caribbean’s premier, luxury golf experiences – announces Wake Forest University’s women’s golf team won the “Tar Heel Classic by Suzy Whaley” played on Pete Dye’s celebrated Teeth of the Dog course, March 14 – 16.

Jennifer Kupcho, the world’s No. 1 ranked women’s amateur and 2018 NCAA champion, shot a blazing three-round total of 14-under-par (202) to take individual honors and lead Wake Forest to a winning team total of 23-under-par (841). The University of Virginia finished second at four-under-par (860). Ohio State University was third at three-over-par (867).

Ohio State’s Aneka Seumanutafa was second in individual scoring at five-under-par (211) with Virginia’s Beth Lillie and Wake Forest’s Emilia Migliaccio tied for third place at four-under-par (212).

Contested over 54 holes, the prestigious field of universities included host North Carolina as well as Colorado, Florida Atlantic, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, N.C. State, Ohio State, Mississippi, Quinnipiac, TCU, UNCW, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Whaley is an alumna of the University of North Carolina and was recently elected as the first woman President of the PGA of America.

“We were truly honored to host this incredible roster of prestigious women’s golf programs on our Pete Dye masterpiece, Teeth of the Dog,” says Gilles Gagnon, Casa de Campo’s senior golf sales director and director of golf emeritus. “The competition and camaraderie between the teams was joyous as the players, coaches and relatives not only enjoyed the exceptional golf we offer but also the world-class amenities featured here at the resort.”

Since opening in 1970, Teeth of the Dog is widely recognized as the No. 1 course in the Caribbean. The dramatic seaside layout showcases Dye’s design hallmarks: railroad ties, vast waste areas, peninsula greens and tees, hand-sculpted putting surfaces and a unique assortment of pot bunkers. The oceanfront holes are astoundingly beautiful, causing Dye to famously quip: “I created 11 holes and God created seven.”

The teams enjoyed full use of the new Casa de Campo Golf Learning Center. Residing on 21 acres of “pure grass,” the PGA Tour-quality facility is highlighted by Trackman and BODITRAK technology. It features two indoor hitting bays for rapid game improvement, year-round training, individual and group golf lessons and schools, expert club-fitting and repair, and multiple practice greens for honing putting, chipping and pitching games as well as a pristine double-sided outdoor range for full shots.

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/, facebook.com/casadecamporesort  instagram.com/casadecampodr, twitter.com/casadecampo.

TRUE Linkswear Collaborates with National Multiple Sclerosis Society on Custom Knit Golf Shoes

(Tacoma, WA) – TRUE linkswear announced a collaboration with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS Society) on a custom pair of Knit golf shoes. Each pair will feature a warm charcoal colorway along with an embroidered orange ribbon to represent MS awareness and with a custom #MSSTRONG insert.

TRUE pledges to donate $30 per pair sold back to the organization and participate in the annual South Sound Walk MS in Tacoma, Wash., on April 13. This one-of-a-kind shoe will be produced in limited quantities that will be made available to the public on March 26.

In addition to donating $30 per pair sold, TRUE will also be collecting additional donations via their Walk MS page available on the official MS Society site (main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/true_linkswear).

“Our entire mission, as an organization, is to Enjoy the Walk” stated Jason Moore, TRUE President/Partner. “Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that immediately impacts someone’s ability to walk and goes against our mission. Naturally, we wanted to help and came up with the idea of a custom shoe.”

TRUE worked hand-in-hand with the Greater Northwest Chapter of the MS Society on the design, development, and production of the MS Knit.

“Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that impacts over 2.3 million people worldwide. We’re extremely grateful and fortunate that TRUE joined us on our mission to raise awareness and generate attention toward a disease that severely impacts one’s quality of life” mentioned Eric Ford, Walk MS Manager of the Greater Northwest Chapter.

Learn more at www.nationalmssociety.org and www.truelinkswear.com.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

GOLFBUDDY Introduces GOLFBUDDY aim L10

(ORLANDO, Florida) – GOLFBUDDY (Golfbuddy.com), a leading innovator in the golf rangefinder industry, has introduced the new GOLFBUDDY aim L10, from the new GOLFBUDDY aim line. The aim L10 is an easy-to-use laser rangefinder – one click push and it will scan – featuring an ergonomic, sporty design. “aim” means accurate, innovative and measurable, and the new aim L10’s state-of-the-art technology delivers the finest in rangefinder precision and dependability.

“GOLFBUDDY continues to innovate and improve, as evidenced in our latest rangefinder line,” says Timothy Chae, CEO of GBA (Golf Buddy America). “The new aim L10 weighs just under six ounces and brings an unprecedented level of accuracy and reliability to golfers.”

The new GOLFBUDDY aim L10 is available for purchase at golf retail shops across the U.S. The entire GOLFBUDDY aim line will include new GPS rangefinders in the following categories: Laser, Voice and Wearable.

For more information, see Golfbuddy.com.

V1 Sports Launches V1 Golf App Updates

Update 2.3 kicks off a series of game-improvement product launches coming in 2019


(Novi , MI) –  V1 Sports (V1), producers of the industry leading golf swing analysis software for teaching pros and golfers, has released update version 2.3 of the V1 Golf IOS App.

Packed with technical improvements and an upgrade to the user interface, the V1 Golf 2.3 app builds upon the functionality that makes it the best swing analysis app in the world. This update is also the first of many software updates, new features, and product launches planned for this year.

“For over 20 years we’ve built V1 technology that was not only the easiest to use, but it also made golfers better – period.,” Bryan Finnerty, CEO of V1 Sports, said. “This new update is another step on our continuing journey to simplify and expedite the learning process.”

The major improvements to the App include new screen layouts supporting the iPhone X/XR/XS super retina display, upgraded analyzer tools, video filters, improved modes when comparing two different swings, enhanced video analysis and downloads from the cloud. Other improvements include improved golfers’ lessons in the Lesson Tab, analyzer tools, and added filters to name a few.  

To download the new V1 Golf IOS App click on the link.

Visit www.v1sports.com. Follow V1 on Twitter @v1sports.

K-MOTION Unveils ‘Tiles’ Feature

Golf’s First ‘Launch Monitor for the Body’


(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — K-MOTION - the leader in 3D evaluations and biofeedback training technology for coaches and athletes - has launched its new Tiles feature, an addition to its patented K-COACH software that simplifies coaching and training with 3D swing data. The feature is available for K-MOTION customers to download today.

K-MOTION Tiles enable coaches and players to instantly see the 3D swing data tracked in a clear, easily digestible manner. After each swing, corresponding data displays on the screen in tile format, very similar to launch monitor readouts. The tiles display a wide range of invaluable data about a player’s swing, including swing characteristics (flat shoulders, s-posture, etc.), tempo, kinematic sequence, wrist angles, body positions and more. The tiles are easily customizable, allowing the user to select and track the precise data according to their desired area of focus.

“At K-MOTION, we believe 3D swing data is the most powerful and actionable information in golf,” says K-MOTION CEO Michael Chu. “With K-MOTION Tiles, we have further simplified the application of 3D body and wrist data to training, allowing coaches and players to further understand every swing. This feature will do for body and wrist data what launch monitors did for club and ball data.”

According to Golf Digest, seven of the top-15 golf instructors in America trust K-MOTION. Beyond golf, Major League Baseball teams such as the Seattle Mariners, and National Hockey League teams, also use K-MOTION products for better measurement and training. In February, K-MOTION was named as a finalist for the Yahoo! Sports Technology Awards in the “Best Technology for Elite Performance” category.

The industry leader in wearable, motion-training technology that makes athletes better faster, K-MOTION products create a complete learning solution: from diagnosis, to supervised instruction, to unsupervised practice. Through patented real-time audio and visual cues, athletes can connect perception to reality and master perfect motion in seconds. K-MOTION creates a seamless connection between player and coach through its cloud-based improvement sequence of evaluate, coach and train.

For more information: www.k-motion.com, 603.472.3519.

Monday, March 18, 2019

SKIN Sunscreen Introduces New Active Reef Friendly SPF50 Continuous Spray Sunscreen

(Goodyear, AZ) — SKIN Sunscreen, providers of a premium sunscreen product specifically designed for the golf athlete and their families, has introduced a new Active Reef Friendly SPF50 Continuous Spray sunscreen.

“When creating our Active SPF50 spray, we felt the need to bring the integrity of our formula to a higher standard, therefore eliminating specific chemicals, which are frowned upon by our loyal consumers,” said Jessica Folino, General Manager/Partner, SKIN Sunscreen.
 
The SKIN Sunscreen Active SPF50 Continuous Spray is a light weight, non-greasy formula that sprays on from any angle, helping you protect your entire body from harmful UVA/UVB rays. This highly effective, Broad Spectrum formula features a no-run application that doesn’t require rubbing in. It provides water resistance up to 80 minutes and applies and dries clear while allowing the skin to breath. It is safe for children, the reef and is approved for use in Hawaii.
 
On May 1, 2018, Hawaii became the first state to pass a bill banning the sale of sunscreen containing chemicals believed to harm coral reefs. The legislation prohibits the distribution of sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate that scientists have found contributes to coral bleaching when washed off in the ocean.
 
Active ingredients in the new spray include Homosalate, Octocrylene, Octisalate and Avobenzone. Other ingredients include skin soothing, aloe vera, coconut oil and Vitamin E.
 
“We’re pleased to offer a spray sunscreen that is not only environmentally safe, but also provides sun protection while playing golf, swimming, and participating in all other outdoor activities,” said Jessica Folino, General Manager/Partner, SKIN Sunscreen. “It’s ideal for people who want to apply sunscreen but would rather not use their hands to apply during their activity. It provides one less excuse for not re-applying!”

In addition to the new SPF50 spray, SKIN Sunscreen also offers a premium preventative reef-friendly SPF30+ lotion formulation that is oxybenzone-free, non-greasy, sweat resistant and water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Uniting the company’s resources in a quest to spare others the pain and loss associated with the insidious health threat of skin cancer and UV damage, SKIN Sunscreen is proudly promoted as the optimal wellness preventative in a healthy daily hygiene routine.
 
For more information about SKIN Sunscreen, visit www.skinsunscreen.com.

Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company Debuts Precision Milled FORGED Putter Line

Iconic Brand’s First Putter Introduction in Nearly 15 Years; Forging Process Creates Unmatched Feel and Consistency on Putter Face for Ultimate Distance Control and “Trueness” on Every Roll


(Fort Worth, Texas) – Ben Hogan once said, “there are no shortcuts in the quest for perfection.” Today, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company, the brand founded by the legendary golfer in 1953, introduced its first putter line in nearly fifteen years with the release of a Precision Milled FORGED putter line.

The new CNC precision milled putters are crafted from soft, 1020 carbon steel in a multi-step forging process that strengthens and purifies the molecular structure of the metal. True forging refines and tightens the grain structure of the steel and provides for uniform density across the entire face.  This eliminates hot spots, or dead areas,  and results in unparalleled feel, consistent distance control and “trueness” on every roll.

Complementing the unique design features of the new Ben Hogan Precision Milled FORGED Putters, which are available in four (4) traditional head models with clean, elegant lines, is a proprietary DBM (Diamond Black Metal) finish. The most durable black finish on the market, DBM eliminates glare and generates more contrast with the ball and putting surface to promote better alignment.  Additionally, the face of every Ben Hogan Precision Milled FORGED putter is CNC milled for perfect flatness from heel to toe.

“A 100% forged, CNC precision milled putter is not the least expensive nor the easiest way to make a putter by any means, but at Ben Hogan Golf we believe it is the best way,” said Scott White, CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. “Serious golfers demand precision and performance on the greens, and the new Ben Hogan Precision Milled Forged putters deliver.  They look great, but perform even better.  ”

White adds, “What makes this new line even more special is our factory-direct business model, which provides golfers with an ultra-premium forged milled putter at a price far less than many mass-market investment cast putters. In fact, while many of today’s leading putter brands sell their top models at $400 or more through retail channels, we allow allows serious golfers to purchase one of our new Precision Milled FORGED putters for just $250 direct at BenHoganGolf.com.  This is unheard of given the feel, consistency and pure performance attributes of our forged putters, which are synonymous with Ben Hogan’s uncompromising standards.”

The four models in the new line of Ben Hogan Golf Precision Milled FORGED Putters include:
- Plumber’s Neck Blade
1 shaft offset, 2° loft and 355 gram head weight
43° toe hang to promote an active gate-swing putting stroke

- Player’s Blade with a double bend shaft
1 full shaft offset, 2° loft  and 355 gram head weight
Face balanced for those who putt with a straight-back, straight-through stroke

- Iconic Player’s Blade with a flowing neck
1 shaft offset, 2° loft and 355 gram head weight
50° of toe hang, ideal for an active open/close stroke

- Player’s Mallet
Single bend shaft and ½ shaft offset, 2° loft and 370 gram head weight
Face balanced for those who putt with a straight-back, straight-through stroke

All Ben Hogan Golf equipment … every iron, wedge, hybrid and now putters … is built one-at-a-time, to a golfer’s specifications. Available in right-hand models only, the standard length for all Ben Hogan Precision Milled FORGED Putters is 35.0”, but all can be customized in lengths ranging from 33.5” to 36.5” (in half inch increments). The standard lie on all Ben Hogan Precision Milled FORGED putters is 70 degrees, but lie angles can be adjusted up to +/- 2.0 degrees flat or upright.  Additionally, Ben Hogan Golf has partnered with SuperStroke, the leading putter grip company in the world, to offer golfers a choice of three (3) popular grip styles: Flatso 1.0, MidSlim 2.0, Slim 3.0

The Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company also offers a number of consumer-centric programs, including free domestic shipping on orders over $250.00, flat-rate international shipping, a low or no-cost financing program, and no-charge customization of all clubs. And, recognizing that most golfers want to personally experience equipment before they purchase, Ben Hogan Golf offers a simple, risk-free Demo program, as well as a Trade-UP program where golfers can offset the cost of their purchase by selling used equipment back to the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. The Company reports that over 70% of people who try Ben Hogan Golf equipment via the Demo Program end up buying equipment.

Ben Hogan Golf’s line-up of Precision Milled FORGED Putters, which sell for $250 each, are available for purchase exclusively at www.BenHoganGolf.com.

PGA of America, Bell Announce Helicopter Program for the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black

(RELEASE) — The PGA of America announced, in collaboration with Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, a new and innovative transportation solutions to the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. The partnership between Bell and the 2019 PGA Championship will offer an unparalleled flight program that will transport key stakeholders - including C-Suite executives, corporate hospitality clients and PGA Officials – from multiple sites in Manhattan and surrounding New York Metro corporate centers to/from an on-site landing zone located at Bethpage State Park, just minutes from the PGA Championship.

As part of the relationship, Bell will be the Official Helicopter Provider of the 2019 PGA Championship. This 2019 PGA Championship-specific flight program will utilize two types of aircraft, Bell’s class-leading 429 and Bell 407 models, both of which deliver a smooth ride, optimal comfort and unsurpassed visibility.

Bell will coordinate operations with their longtime customer, Zip Aviation and BLADE, the leading on-demand flight service in/around New York City.

“The PGA is excited to be working with Bell in New York around the 101st PGA. Via this relationship, we’ll be providing an innovative transportation solution to the PGA Championship while also enhancing our corporate hospitality program,” said PGA of America Director of Championship Sales and Marketing John Handley. “To work with Bell, an industry leader in the aerospace sector, also aligns with our strategy of being a technological leader in the golf industry.”

“Bell is proud to provide aircraft to services like Zip Aviation and BLADE who give customers precious time back when traveling,” said Susan Griffin, executive vice president of Commercial Sales, Bell. “We are excited to offer customers attending the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black a one-of-a-kind experience and raise the bar for air travel in one of the world’s most popular corporate helicopters, the Bell 429.”

One of golf’s four major championships, the PGA Championship, conducted by the PGA of America, has evolved into one of the world’s premier sporting events. It annually features one of the strongest international fields in golf, the fairest setup and the only all-professional field among golf’s majors. Since 1916, golf's best professionals have won the PGA Championship, from Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Byron Nelson to Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy.

For more details or booking information on Bell’s various 2019 PGA Championship Flight programs, visit zipaviation.com and/or flyblade.com.

To get more information on Bell, visit Bellflight.com.

For more information on the 2019 PGA Championship, visit PGAChampionship.com.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Rory McIlroy Captures THE PLAYERS Armed with M5 Driver, TP5 Golf Balls & Spider X Putter

McIlroy's 15th career PGA TOUR victory is the 3rd win on Tour for TaylorMade’s New M5 & M6 Drivers featuring the company’s ground-breaking Injected Twist Face technology; also second win in three weeks for new Spider X putter


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
As he has since the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Rory has continued to play a 9° M5 Driver, of which he's found remarkable success this season. At TPC Sawgrass, Rory averaged 305 yards off the tee for the tournament - good for fifth in the field.

In addition to the M5 driver, McIlroy also games a 19° M5 titanium fairway, which he put into play the same week he added the M5 driver to the bag - in Kapalua.

Rory's first PGA TOUR win of the season is the 4th win for the new 2019 TP5/x golf ball - joining Johnson (x2) and Fowler as staffers who've won playing it. Rory's preferred golf ball is the is the '19 TP5, stamped #22.

Working diligently to find his putting stroke heading into the season's first major championship, McIlroy added the new Spider X putter to his equipment arsenal this season and the results have been impressive. This week, he carded 21 birdies or better en route to victory. His win is the second on the PGA TOUR with the company's newest putter; joining the winner of the Honda Classic.

Having played the Milled Grind Wedges since first joining Team TaylorMade, Rory's setup has remained fairly consistent throughout the year This week, he opted for the Milled Grind Raw in 48°, complementing it with 54° & 60° Milled Grind Hi-Toe wedges.

With the win, McIlroy will elevate to #4 in the OWGR and is set to be a #1 seed at the WGC-Dell Match Play next week.

Additional Statistics of Note:
- Ranked first in strokes gained: total (13.924)
- Ranked first in strokes gained: tee to green (3.316)
- Ranked second in strokes gained: off the tee (5.309)
- Ranked T3 in greens in regulation (58/72 - 80.56%)
- Ranked fifth in driving distance (305 yards)

Rory's Bag
- M5 Driver | 9°
- M5 Fairway | 19°
- P790 2-iron
- P750 irons | (3-4)
- P730 irons | (5-9)
- Milled Grind Wedge | 48°
- MG Hi-Toe Wedges | 54°& 60°
- Spider X Putter
- 2019 TP5 Golf Ball | #22

Tony Romo returns to PGA TOUR’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship

Former NFL quarterback to compete in the Dominican Republic for second consecutive year


(Punta Cana, Dominican Republic) – Tony Romo, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current lead analyst for the NFL ON CBS, will compete on a sponsor exemption for the second consecutive year in the PGA TOUR’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship (March 28-31, 2019) in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The 2019 Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship will mark the second time Romo will compete as an individual against PGA TOUR professionals in the same competition. Playing as an amateur, Romo will look to make the cut for the first time in his second official PGA TOUR start.

“Golf has been a passion of mine throughout my life, giving me another athletic outlet to hone my skills and compete,” said Romo. “The opportunity to compete at the highest levels of golf, the PGA TOUR event, was a dream come true for me. I’m thankful to the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship for inviting me to join them once again this year, and I’m excited at the chance to compete against the best of the best.”

Since Romo competed in the inaugural Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in 2018, he won two golf tournaments in the summer of 2018, including the American Century Championship in Nevada.

“It was an honor to have Tony Romo to join us for our inaugural year, and we are delighted that he has accepted our offer to play in the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship again this year,” said Grupo Puntacana Founder and Chairman Frank Rainieri. “Tony continues to grow and achieve at golf just as he rose to greatness during his football career. It’s going to be exciting to watch him play Corales again.”

Romo, 38, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cowboys in 2003 after playing collegiately at Eastern Illinois University. Beginning his career as a holder, Romo became the Cowboys' starting quarterback during the 2006 season. Serving as the team's primary starter from 2006 to 2015, he guided the Cowboys to four postseason appearances and was named to the Pro Bowl four times. Romo retired after the 2016 season and immediately was hired by CBS Sports to become the lead analyst for the NFL ON CBS, teaming with Jim Nantz in the broadcast booth.

Romo holds several Cowboys team records, including passing touchdowns, passing yards, most games with at least 300 passing yards and games with three or more touchdown passes.

The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship is in its second year on the PGA TOUR schedule, previously having a two-year run as a Web.com Tour event. The event, which was won by Brice Garnett in 2018, offers a $3,000,000 purse, 300 FedExCup points and is broadcast on the Golf Channel.

For more information on Puntacana Resort & Club, visit www.puntacana.com.

Billy Casper Golf Celebrates 30th Anniversary

From left: Peter Hill, Erik Anderson, Seth Waugh and John Watson.

Honors Past, Looks Ahead to Fourth Decade of Unmatched Industry Innovation


(KISSIMMEE, Fla.) – Billy Casper Golf – the innovative owner-operator of more than 150 golf courses, country clubs and resorts in 29 states – celebrated its 30th anniversary this week at Reunion Resort (Kissimmee, Fla.) with events honoring its roughly 7,000 employees nationwide.

The company was founded in 1989 by chairman and chief executive officer Peter Hill, vice chairman Bob Morris and the late PGA TOUR legend Billy Casper.  With a pioneering mindset, BCG continuously evolves modern-day golf course and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse operations, food and beverage, merchandising, golf instruction, marketing, public relations, HOA integration, technology, special events and financial management.

Hill began the celebration by sharing his special journey into the golf industry, as well as BCG’s evolution, with nearly 400 corporate and field employees in attendance.  Morris subsequently welcomed special guest Shirley Casper and presented her with the inaugural Founder’s Award.  In turn, she shared her gratitude to those carrying on her husband’s legacy and received a congratulatory and heartfelt video message from Barbara and Jack Nicklaus.

The program transitioned into an energetic “State of the Golf Industry” panel moderated by Hill. Seth Waugh (CEO, PGA of America), Erik Anderson (Executive Chairman, Topgolf) and John Watson (Executive Chairman, Buffalo.Agency) shared their insights about the future of golf operations, entertainment and overall growth of the game.

“It’s the collective responsibility of everyone working in golf to leave this industry and business better than we found it,” says Hill, who steers BCG program-development aimed at introducing tens of thousands of golfers to the game and inspiring lapsed golfers to return each year. “The pace of change around us is unprecedented and disruptive, but we must prevail with contemporary strategies and tactics, never losing sight of exceeding member and guest expectations.”

Holding one of the most prolific playing records in history, Casper won an astounding 51 PGA TOUR titles, including at least one in 16 consecutive years (1956 to 1971). He also amassed more Ryder Cup points (23.5) than any other American and five Vardon Trophies before being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1978.

“Molded by Billy Casper, our company is rich in integrity, tireless work ethic and commitment to help others,” says Morris. “These principles provide us with the foundation to advance our courses’ businesses, charitable initiatives and golf platforms nationwide.”

The celebration also included Ryan Berman, author of “Return on Courage: A Playbook for Courageous Change,” who delivered an inspiring session about the importance of taking risks and driving courageous change in the ever-changing golf landscape.

More information: www.billycaspergolf.com, 703.761.1444

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Titleist Speed: The Top Driver Choice on the PGA Tour

(RELEASE) — The wave of momentum continues to swell for TS drivers on the PGA Tour. This week at THE PLAYERS Championship, more players are trusting their success to a Titleist driver than any competitor brand with 38 players in the elite field of 144 relying on a Titleist model. Of those 38 Titleist drivers in play at TPC Sawgrass, 33 are TS models (TS2 - 7 | TS3 - 26). In fact, the Titleist TS3 is the most played individual driver model at THE PLAYERS with 26 - that is 5 more than the nearest competitor's top model.

Since the start of the new calendar year Titleist has been the top driver choice among players at nearly every PGA Tour event, including:
- Sentry Tournament of Champions: Titleist was the top driver choice at the winners-only event with nine drivers in play (T1) at Kapalua. Of the nine players gaming a Titleist driver, eight trusted a TS2 or TS3 model in the bag.

-Sony Open: Titleist led the driver count with 45 drivers in play at Waialae Country Club, as Titleist made PGA Tour history, becoming the only golf equipment manufacturer to ever sweep the equipment counts at a full-field event... from the GOLF BALL through EVERY major GOLF CLUB category. Eleven players put a new TS2 or TS3 into competitive play for the first time at the Sony, as there were more new Titleist TS2 (10) and TS3 (28) model drivers in play (38 of 45 Titleist drivers) than all of the nearest competitors driver models combined (32).

- Desert Classic: Titleist was once again the driver of choice in Palm Springs, with 45 players relying on a Titleist driver. Of those 45 Titleist drivers in play, 38 were TS models (TS2 -10 | TS3 -28), equaling the number of all of the nearest competitor's driver models combined (38).

- Farmers Insurance Open: Titleist was once again the driver of choice in San Diego, with 47 players relying on a Titleist driver. Of those 47 Titleist drivers in play, 41 were TS models (TS2 - 12 | TS3 - 29), surpassing the number of all of the nearest competitor's driver models combined (36). Validating the player confidence seen two weeks earlier, Titleist once again swept the equipment counts... from the GOLF BALL through EVERY major GOLF CLUB category.

- Waste Management Phoenix Open: At TPC Scottsdale, Titleist was the top driver choice among players in the field of 132. Of the 37 Titleist drivers in play, 31 were TS models (TS2 - 10 | TS3 - 21).
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Titleist was the top choice in the driver category at Pebble Beach, with 42 Titleist models in play. This marked the sixth straight week that players on the PGA Tour made Titleist and TS drivers the top driver choice on Tour. Of the 42 Titleist drivers in play, 37 were TS models(TS2 - 5 | TS3 - 32). The Titleist TS3 was the most played individual driver model with 32 – that is 10 more than the nearest competitor's top model.

- Puerto Rico Open: Titleist was the top driver choice among players in the field of 132. Of the 37 Titleist drivers in play, 35 were TS models (TS2 - 8 | TS3 - 27).

- Honda Classic: One out of every three drivers in the field of 144 at the Honda was a Titleist, with 48 models in play. That's 16 more than the nearest competitor with 32. Of those 48 Titleist drivers, 40 were TS models (TS2 - 11 | TS3 - 29). The Titleist TS3 continued its run as the most played single driver model on the PGA TOUR with 29, nearly double the next closest driver model with 15. For the third time this season, Titleist swept the equipment counts... from the GOLF BALL through EVERY major GOLF CLUB category.

- Arnold Palmer Invitational: At Bay Hill, Titleist was the top choice among players in the driver category, with 32 Titleist models in play. Of the 32 Titleist drivers in play, 27 were TS models (TS2 - 7 | TS3 - 20). The Titleist TS3 once again continued its run as the most played driver model on Tour with 20 TS3 drivers in players' bags.

"The entire TS Project started with a challenge from our players on Tour to create drivers that deliver more speed," said Josh Talge, Vice President of Marketing for Titleist Clubs. "These same players have seen the performance gains and have made Titleist the most played driver brand on the PGA Tour in 2019. There's more work to do, but we're humbled by their trust."

Youth on Course Expands Internationally, Announces Partnership with Golf Canada

(PEBBLE BEACH, CALIF.) — Youth on Course — the non-profit organization providing young people with subsidized golf, college scholarships, caddie programs and paid internships, in partnership with Golf Canada and Alberta Golf – breaks international ground and brings affordable junior golf to Canada.

Initially, Youth on Course will be launching as a two-year pilot in the province of Alberta and will be recognized under the umbrella of Canada’s National Junior Golf Program – Future Links. With 17,000 junior member golfers and nearly 1,400 Golf Canada member clubs from coast to coast, Golf Canada will evaluate the results of the pilot prior to expanding the program nationwide.

In Alberta, the list of courses offering junior golf rounds for $5 or less are:
- Goose Hummock Golf Resort
- Westlock Golf Course
- RedTail Landing Golf Club
- Whitetail Crossing Golf Club
- Eagle Rock Golf Course
- Olds Golf Club
- River Spirit Golf Club
- Heatherglen Golf Course
- Serenity Golf Club
- McCall Lake Golf Course (18 & par 3)
- Shaganappi Golf Course (18 & 9)
- Banff Springs Golf Club (Tunnel 9)

“Golf Canada and Alberta Golf continually inspire and nurture a new generation of golfers by providing access to affordable rounds,” says Adam Heieck, CEO of Youth on Course.  “With the highest per-capita golf participation in the world, Youth on Course’s expansion will benefit the sport’s sustainability.”

Youth on Course will be a significant addition to the existing Future Links suite of programs and offers an on-course application for facilities to offer to youth, eliminating golf’s barrier of affordability and providing more opportunities for kids to play golf. Golfers, ages 6-18 will be able to join the Youth on Course international network, getting access to 1,000 golf courses in 29 different states.

“When first introduced to Youth on Course, we felt it was a very strong initiative to advance junior golf and we are pleased to be involved in this pilot stage for the program in Canada,” says Jeff Thompson, Chief Sport Officer of Golf Canada. “Together with Alberta Golf and our participating partner courses, we are eager to give community access to golf at an unprecedented level of affordability.”

Golf Canada runs a variety of grassroot level programs under the Future Links brand, aimed at introducing and developing the game of golf amongst Canadian youth. A national junior program conducted in partnership with the PGA of Canada and Canada’s 10 provincial golf associations, Future Links is focused on three primary pillars of engagement – an in-school program, facility programs and outreach programming, all of which have contributed to the success of Future links, which has eclipsed the mark of 1.7 million youth engaged in golf.

Operating in every U.S. region, Youth on Course has more than 50,000 active members. Since 2006, juniors have played more than 10 million holes and 765,000 rounds while the organization has helped generate more than $5.2 million in tee-time revenue reimbursed back to individual golf courses. In addition to subsidized rounds, Youth on Course also facilitates paid internships, a caddie program and nationwide scholarships. They have awarded 223 students with college scholarships totaling more than $1.4 million in financial support. The current Youth on Course scholarship retention rate is ninety-four percent, with 80 students already graduated.

For more information, visit YouthOnCourse.org, golfcanada.ca/futurelinks and www.golfcanada.ca.

The Sea Pines Resort Serves as Premier Venue for World-Class Meetings

“Luxury On Sale” program offers attractive pricing for groups staying at The Inn & Club


(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – Featuring more than 20,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and virtually unlimited outdoor options, The Sea Pines Resort has reserved select dates for groups to enjoy world-class luxury facilities and impeccable service without needing an unlimited budget.

The new “Luxury On Sale” program features favorable rates that are available for bookings of 10 or more rooms at The Inn & Club at Harbour Town, a luxurious 60-room boutique hotel and are limited to these select dates:
- Oct. 29-Nov. 22, 2019: Guestroom rates for $159, no restrictions and limited to the first 300 group room nights
- Dec. 1-31, 2019: Guestroom rates for $129, no restrictions and limited to the first 500 group room nights
- Jan 1-31, 2020: Guestroom rates for $129, no restrictions and limited to the first 500 group room nights
- Feb. 1-13, 2020: Guestroom rates for $149, no restrictions and limited to the first 300 group room nights

Spanning the southern third of Hilton Head Island along 5,000 oceanfront acres, The Sea Pines Resort has been a luxury retreat for more than 60 years. Guests refresh their spirit, individually and collectively in the relaxed environment of this island paradise.

Premier meeting spaces at The Sea Pines Resort includes 10,000 square feet indoors at the Harbour Town Clubhouse, including the 4600-square-foot Champions Ballroom; 6,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space at the Plantation Golf Club, enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows; and another 2000 square feet at Sea Pines Beach Club, highlighted by the elegant Atlantic Room, with a covered outdoor deck and expansive ocean views.

Outdoor meeting venues showcase unforgettable views of the ocean, marinas, golf courses, and Harbour Town Lighthouse. An on-site catering department serves meetings, trade shows, conventions and conferences. State-of-the-art technology and audio-visual equipment is maintained and operated within the resort and is available at all venues. Each group is assigned a personal Conference Services Manager to plan and manage the event.

Beyond meetings, The Sea Pines Resort offers an array of outdoor activities for individuals and groups – ideal for team-building and socializing – all within a short distance of The Inn & Club at Harbour Town. Most notably are the resort’s three world-class golf courses, five miles of sandy beach shoreline and a 15-mile network of manicured paths, with watersports experiences, boating and fishing available. Tennis, horseback riding and biking are additional activities options.

Adding to the experience is the resort’s collection of seven dining venues, which include award-winning restaurants, festive taverns, and casual waterfront cafés, serving delicious, locally- inspired cuisine.

For reservations and more information about “Luxury On Sale” packages, the contact for groups originating in the Northeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions is Ben Chambers, (843) 842-1490 or bchambers@seapines.com.  The contact for the Southeast, Southwest and West Coast is Chris De Vincentis, (843) 842-1482 or cdevincentis@seapines.com.

Also visit seapines.com/meetings/group-booking-incentive.aspx

Friday, March 15, 2019

Circling Raven Golf Club Announces Significant Course Enhancements

Original Course Architect Gene Bates, Developing Master Plan for Refurbishments to Acclaimed Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel Amenity


(Worley, Idaho) – Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel today announces that it has commissioned golf course architect Gene Bates, ASGCA, to develop the master plan for improvements to Circling Raven Golf Club, the award-winning course that is celebrating its 15th Anniversary season this year.

The master plan will guide course enhancements and provide a blueprint for future refinements. Bates’ scope of work may include:
• Renovating existing sand bunkers;
• Removing no longer relevant ones;
• Adding strategically placed new sand bunkers;
• Leveling existing tees and possibly creating some new ones to change the experience, challenge, and or shot values and aesthetics;
• Re-grassing greens with a new Bent Grass variety that minimizes Poa Annua grass and its ability to creep into existing turf;
• Expanding the practice facility experience with additional game-honing opportunities;
• Exploring the addition of new golf holes adjacent to the practice area; and
• Identifying an area for destination golf accommodations.

“Circling Raven continues to be held in high esteem by golfers and golf course raters, but like hotels, it’s important to periodically reinvigorate them so they’re the best they can be and are well positioned to maintain high quality and customer appreciation,” said Francis Sijohn, CEO of Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel. “Gene Bates did an incredible job designing Circling Raven originally, and we know his vision through the master plan for our golf course will be equally remarkable.”

“We are advancing the golf experience at Circling Raven for the next 15 years, with its condition, playability and aesthetics,” said Bates, an admired member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects who has authored top courses worldwide. “Each phase of the master plan will be implemented such that the course will be available for play the vast majority of time.”

That’s encouraging news for golfers. Circling Raven is offering 15th Anniversary specials in 2019, including exceptional deals on stay-and-play packages, merchandise, instruction, and more. The master plan timeline and action items will be announced this season and tentatively planned in phases to lessen interruption in play.

For more information, visit www.cdacasino.com or 800-523-2464.

Branson Golf Ushers in Newsworthy 2019 Season

Southwest Missouri Ozark Mountains Continues Ascent as Must-Visit Travel Destination


(BRANSON, MISSOURI) – Providing something for everyone who appreciates golf, the Branson-area destination has many reasons to visit this season, starting with a professional tournament, a new course, and a variety of spring events and specials.

Bass Pro Legends of Golf
Big Cedar Lodge will host the PGA TOUR Champions Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf, April 24-28, 2019. In addition to seeing some of the greatest golfers ever compete for three rounds (April 26-28), spectators can enjoy other scheduled activities including the Legends Competition, April 27. In it, teams comprised of Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, Lee Trevino and David Graham, and Ben Crenshaw and Jerry Pate – all Major Championship winners – will play for a winner-take-all $50,000 purse. Tee time is approximately 12:30 pm CST. Kirk Triplett and Paul Broadhurst defeated Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman in a playoff at last year’s Bass Pro Legends of Golf. For more information on the event, including volunteer opportunities, tickets, and scheduled events, visit BassProLegends.com or call 1.888.347.4426.

New Course Opening
One of the biggest highlights of the Bass Pro Legends of Golf this season is the official debut of brand-new Ozarks National, an 18-hole championship coursed designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. The fourth golf course at Big Cedar Lodge, Ozarks National will be played as part of the Legends of Golf. Thereafter, the course will be open to the public, increasing the number of Branson-area golf courses to nine. A 10th area course (and Big Cedar’s fifth) – Payne’s Valley by Tiger Woods’ golf architecture firm, TGR Design – is currently under construction. For more information about Payne’s Valley, including a video of Woods talking about what the course means to him, visit https://golfbigcedar.com/golf-courses/paynes-valley-course/ 

LedgeStone Hosts Season-Opening Tourney
One of the area’s most popular courses, public access LedgeStone Country Club, will host the 2nd Annual Get the Season Going Tournament (GTSGT), March 23-24. The two-player Scramble format event includes two 18-hole rounds, lunch both days, and payouts awarded to teams with the lowest combined two-day totals in their flights. Teams will be flighted based on their first-round score. 2-player Scramble format. The cost is $280 per team and includes green fees, golf carts, range balls, and lunches. Tournament participants can play practice rounds after 12 pm on Thursday and Friday, March 21-22, for $44 including cart. For more information and the registration form, go to http://www.ledgestonegolf.com/tournaments.

Specially Priced Green Fees at The Pointe
The Pointe at Pointe Royale Golf Village is aerating its greens in late March. To offset that annual course-improvement maintenance practice, The Pointe is offering $10 off green fees from March 25-April 4. Players teeing off prior to 9:50 am during March 25-31 pay only $29, while those who play from 10 am to dusk pay $39. From April 1-4, the price is $39 until 9:50 am, $49 from 10 am to dusk, with the discount applied.  Peak season prices begin on April 15 – topping out at $75 – so there’s substantial savings before then. For golfers whose mantra is more golf is better golf, consider "Day at The Pointe." This season-long special provides 36 holes in one day for $99 plus tax.

Enhancements at Branson Hills
A recent remodeling at Branson Hills has revitalized the top-rated golf course’s clubhouse with new carpets, new paint, new light fixtures, and more. The golf club has also added a new E-Z-GO golf cart fleet with lithium batteries. “There are several benefits to using carts with lithium batteries,” according to Dan Davis, Branson Hills Director of Golf. “They go two rounds without losing their charge, they provide a cost savings through taking less time to charge and holding their charge longer, and they weigh about 200 pounds less than carts with lead cell batteries. That means less of a footprint, less wear and tear on the golf course.”

Thousand Hills “Foursome Special”
The more is merrier according to Thousand Hills Golf Resort, which is offering is Foursome Special for $199 plus tax. To receive the special rate, golfers must go to https://www.thousandhills.com/branson-golf/specials-coupons/ and print and turn in the coupon at check-in. Players can also show the coupon on their phones to receive the discounted price. Those not playing in a foursome can also receive reduced price green fees by booking online. A tee time prior to 1 pm daily that is booked online drops from $69 to $59, and tee times after 1 pm from $59 to $49. Thousand Hills offers a variety of lodging options, and is particularly popular with golf groups who appreciate staying in the multi-room condos with living rooms and kitchens across from the course.