Friday, July 10, 2020

Reynolds Lake Oconee Has Five of Golfweek's 10 'Best Courses You Can Play' in Georgia

Great Waters, Hole No. 11
(GREENSBORO, Ga.) – Five of the top-10 golf courses you can play in Georgia are conveniently located at one venue — Reynolds Lake Oconee, a resort community situated on 19,000-acre Lake Oconee between Atlanta and Augusta. That’s according to Golfweek, which this week released its “Top Courses You Can Play in the State” rankings.

This is the first time Reynolds Lake Oconee has placed five courses in the state’s Top-10:
#2—Great Waters (Jack Nicklaus)
#3—The Oconee (Rees Jones)
#7—The National (Tom Fazio)
#9—The Landing (Bob Cupp)
#10—The Preserve (Bob Cupp)

Great Waters held firm at No. 2 from the 2019 rankings, while The Oconee, The National, and The Landing each moved up one place.

Great Waters underwent a total renovation and re-opened in October 2019. The completely rebuilt, modernized, and reconditioned version of the 1992 original is a visually breathtaking 18 holes of championship golf along the Lake Oconee shoreline that looks almost exactly the way Nicklaus first designed it—but better.

“Spectacular is a pretty good word for the golf course,” said Nicklaus, the living legend who devoted considerable time and attention to taking Great Waters back to the future. “We created a little more of an exciting golf course with more variety; a golf course that is really strong again.”

Wes Forester, Director of Golf at Reynolds Lake Oconee, said he was very pleased to see The Preserve crack the Golfweek Top 10 for the first time. Designed in 1988 by Bob Cupp, with U.S. Open champions Hubert Green and Fuzzy Zoeller serving as consultants, The Preserve was the original course at Reynolds Lake Oconee.

“Our award-winning courses continue to enrich the reputation of Reynolds Lake Oconee as one of the country’s premier golf communities and a preferred golf destination,” Forester said. “The rankings are a tribute to all who oversee our facilities and care for our layouts, as well as the many people who love to play our courses and spread the word about the special experience.”

Reynolds Lake Oconee is considered one of the most diverse golf experiences in the southeast with courses designed by several legendary architects. Along with designs from the all-star line-up of Nicklaus, Fazio, Jones, and Cupp, the community also boasts the Members-only Creek Club by Jim Engh.

Every year, Golfweek’s team of course raters, which currently boasts more than 850 evaluators, surveys more than 3,600 courses, grading each nominated course on strict standards. Collectively, more than 75,000 votes were tabulated to compile the best-courses lists.

Along with its highly-regarded golf courses, Reynolds Lake Oconee features a full range of sporting activities, with access to more than 350 miles of Lake Oconee shoreline and four marinas, shooting sports at The Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds, hiking trails, and an award-winning tennis center, making it one of the most impressive, and active, destinations in the world.

For more information about Reynolds Lake Oconee, visit www.reynoldslakeoconee.com.

Unlimited Golf or Spa Package Await in the Islands of Loreto

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto Receives "Secure Travel Seal" 


(LORETO, Baja California Sur, Mexico) – As guests return to Villa del Palmar Resort & Spa at the Islands of Loreto, located on the east coast of the Baja Peninsula, they are finding a beautiful setting, notable for its abundant outdoor activities, and all the precautions made to make the travelers feel safe and secure.  In fact, the Resort recently received a Secure Travel Seal from the World Travel & Tourism Council, which allows travelers to be aware of which resorts around the world have adopted global health and hygiene protocols.

An attractively priced unlimited golf or spa package is available now through December 20, 2020. The package includes the following:
- Three-night stay in a deluxe suite
- Access to wet areas at Sabila Spa, once per adult, per stay
- $25 USD Spa certificate per room, per stay
- A tequila tasting at the Resort’s onsite Whiskey & Tequila Lounge
- Unlimited golf rounds with golf cart per adult, per 3 days
- Tax and services

A round of golf can be replaced with one of the following activities per day:
- One 50-minute spa treatment and 25-minute facial
- One 80-minute massage
- One 25-minute massage, 25-minute facial and 25-minute pedicure
- Fishing tour in Panga from Resort’s beach
- One island tour (based on availability) and night paddle board
- One ATV tour
- One scuba diving tour

The room-only plan is $912 USD and the all-inclusive plan is $1151 USD, per person based on double occupancy.

TPC Danzant TPC Danzante Bay, the resort’s award-winning Rees Jones designed golf course, is a brilliant, multi-themed golf course accented by valleys, arroyos, dunes, and foothills. Holes feature panoramic views of Danzante Bay, the Sea of Cortez, the Islands of Loreto, and the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range.

The award-winning Sabila Spa is open and available to guests and arrangements are in place for indulges, including body massages and salon manicures in open air in a private section of the pool area.

The resort sits on a sprawling stretch of white-sand beach along Danzante Bay in the Islands of Loreto, where the natural habitat includes 900 species of fish and unspoiled, clear waters. Guests enjoy world-class sport fishing, swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, and seasonal whale watching.

The property has six swimming pools, tennis courts, miles of well-marked hiking trails and plenty of open space for social distancing. There are four on-property restaurants, with abundant outdoor seating, in addition to a fully stocked grocery and sundries market.

Coupled with attractive airfares and direct service to Loreto (LTO) from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Alaska Airlines, it is easier than ever to return to this paradise. Volaris and Air Calafia provide service to Loreto from points within Mexico.

Lodging reservations can be made by calling toll-free at 800/790-4187 from the United States or Canada, or 800/838-2662 from Mexico. For more information about the resort and golf course, visit villadelpalmarloreto.com. To book the unlimited golf or spa package log on to unlimitedgolforspapackage.

Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Named Among Top 100 Hotels in the World

Travel + Leisure Magazine Also Names Resort #4 in Mexico 


(Mazatlán, Mexico) — Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa in Mazatlán has been voted to the elite roster of the “World’s Best 100 Hotels” by the readers of Travel + Leisure, the prestigious consumer travel magazine. Specifically, Emerald Bay cracked the top 100 for the first time and was included among the “Top 15 Resort Hotels in Mexico” list, at number 4, an incredible dual accomplishment for the stylish beachfront property.

Every year for its ‘World’s Best Awards’ survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food and overall value. A handful of qualities unite them all: superlative service, outstanding surroundings and luxurious amenities.

Now more than ever, receiving positive coverage from a respected brand like Travel + Leisure is extremely meaningful. Even during this unprecedented period, hospitality can act as a tremendous force for good.

The only AAA Four-Diamond resort in Mazatlán, Emerald Bay, an all-suite hotel set above a beautiful crescent beach in a vibrant resort area on the sunny Pacific coast, sets the pace for excellence in the region. Nestled on 20 acres overlooking the ocean, Emerald Bay offers its own private beach, lush tropical gardens dotted with koi ponds, a pair of oceanfront swimming pools with swim-up bars, and neoclassical architecture inspired by Old Mazatlán.

The suites offer a perfect resort retreat for families in a natural setting includes habitat for wildlife, including swans, flamingos and peacocks. Plentiful activities are available for all ages, including organized fitness classes, nature preserve and botanical tours, tennis and special children’s programs.  Babysitting services are available.

Emerald Bay’s deluxe all-inclusive plans include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, with award-winning restaurants ranging from casual to gourmet. Emerald Bay is renowned for La Cordeliere, its French cuisine and festive themed menus served in a casually elegant dining room or on a lovely shaded terrace. Equally intriguing is the resort’s unique restaurant, Casa 46, located in the heart of downtown Mazatlán, from which it takes its design inspiration. This concept melds historical elegance with contemporary flair and boasts a magnificent view of the Machado Square. Casa 46 is the place to enjoy the splendor of downtown Mazatlán with the city’s best food and ambience.

Emerald Bay is also an enchanting locale for a destination wedding, with ample, beautiful wedding and event space available, including a poolside esplanade, romantic garden gazebos and a pristine beach.

For additional information or to make reservations, access the web site at https://www.pueblobonito.com/resorts/emerald-bay.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Breakthrough Golf Technology Has a Second-Place Finish on Korn Ferry Tour

(Richardson, TX) - Breakthrough Golf Technology announces that its Stability Tour putter shaft finished second, one shot behind the eventual winner on the Korn Ferry Tour at TPC Colorado.

Chase Johnson, using the BGT Stability Tour putter shaft, fired a course-record 63-fashioned with 10 birdies at the TPC Heron Lakes course in Berthoud, Colorado and came up one shot behind the event winner.

"Congratulations to Chase Johnson on his phenomenal round and great finish using the BGT Stability Tour putter shaft," says Breakthrough CEO and Founder Barney Adams. "Tour pros continue to realize how our Stability Tour putter shaft can make a huge difference in their game. We fully expect to see more and more usage by the world's best players."

For 50 years, the putter shaft has not changed. It was a simple steel pipe. But over the years, head designs for putters evolved and have gotten dramatically heavier. This has resulted in shafts that are not stable or strong enough to keep these heavier, advanced putter heads from oscillating. The Stability putter shaft delivers the face more squarely at impact, resulting in improved accuracy, solid feel, a lower launch for a predictable roll, and better distance control.

The Stability Tour shaft is designed with BGT's patented Advanced Materials Technology, a scientifically proven platform which delivers the face square at impact. This results in a lower launch for predictable roll and better distance control.

Breakthrough Golf Technology website: breakthroughgolftech.com

Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup Rescheduled for 2021 and 2022, Respectively

PGA of America, Ryder Cup Europe and PGA TOUR Collaborate to Establish New Dates


(PALM BEACH GARDENS and PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.) — The PGA of America, Ryder Cup Europe and the PGA TOUR jointly announced today that both the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup have been rescheduled and will now be played one year later than originally planned.

The 43rd Ryder Cup, scheduled for September 22-27, at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, has been rescheduled for September 21-26, 2021.

Likewise, the Presidents Cup, initially slated for September 30-October 3, 2021, at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, will now be played September 19-25, 2022.

The decision to reschedule the Ryder Cup was based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in conjunction with the state of Wisconsin and Sheboygan County, with the health and well-being of all involved as the top priority.

“Unlike other major sporting events that are played in existing stadiums, we had to make a decision now about building facilities to host the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “It became clear that as of today, our medical experts and the public authorities in Wisconsin could not give us certainty that conducting an event responsibly with thousands of spectators in September would be possible. Given that uncertainty, we knew rescheduling was the right call. We are grateful to PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan and our partners at the TOUR for their flexibility and generosity in the complex task of shifting the global golf calendar.

“As disappointing as this is, our mandate to do all we can to safeguard public health is what matters most. The spectators who support both the U.S. and European sides are what make the Ryder Cup such a unique and compelling event and playing without them was not a realistic option. We stand united with our partners from Ryder Cup Europe, the NBC Sports Group, Sky and our other broadcast partners around the world. We look forward to delivering the Ryder Cup’s renowned pageantry, emotion and competitive drama to a global audience in 2021.”

Guy Kinnings, Europe’s Ryder Cup Director, said: “The Ryder Cup is rightly celebrated as one of the world’s greatest sporting occasions, made special and totally unique in our sport by the fervent atmosphere created by the passionate spectators of both sides.

“While that point is significant, it is not as important as the health of the spectators which, in these difficult times, is always the main consideration. We considered all options including playing with a limited attendance but all our stakeholders agreed this would dilute the magic of this great occasion.

“We therefore stand beside our partners at the PGA of America in the decision to postpone the Ryder Cup for a year and join with them in extending our thanks to the PGA TOUR for their willingness to move the dates of the Presidents Cup.

“We also thank NBC, Sky and our many broadcast partners around the globe, in addition to the worldwide partners of this great event, whose support and commitment are second to none.”

With the decision to play the 2020 Ryder Cup in September 2021, all subsequent Ryder Cups after Whistling Straits will also shift to odd years: 2023/Marco Simone Golf and Country Club (Rome, Italy); 2025/Bethpage Black (Farmingdale, New York); 2027/Adare Manor (County Limerick, Ireland); 2029/Hazeltine National Golf Club (Chaska, Minnesota); 2031/Europe (to be determined); 2033/The Olympic Club (San Francisco); 2035/Europe (to be determined); 2037/Congressional Country Club (Bethesda, Maryland).

With the momentum of the successful 2019 Presidents Cup played in Melbourne, Australia, the 14th playing of the Presidents Cup will now be hosted for the first time in the Southeast United States at Quail Hollow Club in 2022.

“These two premier international team events are lifted by the spirit of the fans,” said Monahan. “With the uncertainty of the current climate, we fully support the Ryder Cup’s decision to delay a year in order to ensure fans could be a part of the incredible atmosphere in Wisconsin, and the delay of this year’s Presidents Cup was the right decision in order to allow for that option. We are thankful that our global partners, our friends at Quail Hollow Club, our long-time annual title sponsor in Charlotte and all associated with the Presidents Cup and the Junior Presidents Cup have approached this change with a unified, positive spirit. We are confident the move will give us even more runway as we bring the Presidents Cup to Charlotte in 2022.”

Additionally, as a result of the Presidents Cup date change, the Wells Fargo Championship will be played at its traditional venue at Quail Hollow Club in 2021, at TPC Potomac in 2022 during the Presidents Cup year and will return to Quail Hollow in 2023. Presidents Cup 2022 qualifying will be determined at a later date.

The Ryder Cup, which began in 1927, brings together the finest tour professionals from the United States and Europe.

"While it is disappointing that the Ryder Cup won't be played this year, the decision to reschedule is the right thing to do under the circumstances," said U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Steve Stricker. "At the end of the day, we want to stage a Ryder Cup that will rival all other Ryder Cups in my home state of Wisconsin, and now we have the opportunity to showcase the event as it was meant to be seen."

Pádraig Harrington, Captain of the European Ryder Cup Team, said: “Rescheduling the Ryder Cup was never going to be an easy decision given the many factors to take into consideration. But I believe it is the right assessment given the unprecedented circumstances we are facing at this time.

“When you think of the Ryder Cup you think of the distinctive atmosphere generated by the spectators, such as around the first tee at Le Golf National two years ago. If that cannot be responsibly recreated at Whistling Straits in September, then it is correct that we all wait until it can be.

“I know, right now, that September 2021 feels like a long time away. But it will come around quickly and I guarantee that the European players and I will be ready when it does.”

For Ryder Cup qualifying, both the United States and European teams will revisit their respective selection processes in the near future.

Tickets purchased for the 2020 Ryder Cup via rydercup.com will be automatically valid for the corresponding day(s) in 2021.

In the coming weeks, the PGA of America will contact those who secured tickets via rydercup.com to facilitate refunds for those unable to attend in 2021. Further details regarding this process are available on the Ryder Cup website.

Those who have purchased tickets and hospitality packages on the secondary market must contact that specific site directly. The PGA of America will be unable to process refunds for those purchases.

In a corresponding decision, the PGA of America and Ryder Cup Europe also announced that the Junior Ryder Cup will be rescheduled for September 20-21, 2021 at Blue Mound Golf & Country Club in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. It was originally scheduled for September 21-22, 2020.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Inaugural Eastwood Ranch Foundation Charity Golf Invitational September 14 at Sherwood Country Club

Alison Eastwood Hosts Fund Raiser to Benefit Animal Welfare and Rescue


(Thousand Oaks, Calif.) – Animal-rescue advocate Alison Eastwood will host the inaugural Eastwood Ranch Foundation (ERF) Charity Golf Invitational at the Sherwood Country Club on September 14, benefitting animal welfare and rescue. Registration information for the event is now available at www.eastwoodranch.org/erf-golf-tournament-2020.

Besides acting and directing, Eastwood’s passion is animal welfare and rescue. Through the Eastwood Ranch Foundation domestic animals are rescued from high-kill shelters around the Los Angeles community and provided with care until a forever home is found. In addition to local animal rescue, ERF works on behalf of any and all animal welfare causes by helping raise awareness while educating and campaigning/petitioning for animals.

This is the first time the non-profit organization has used golf as a fundraising vehicle.

“From my life-long exposure to golf and tournaments of the highest level, I realize how passionate and generous golfers can be,” said Eastwood, who founded ERF in 2012. “With Sherwood as the venue and animal welfare as the cause, I am hopeful that the support of the golf and Hollywood communities will raise the much-needed funding to rescue helpless animals that otherwise would be euthanized.”

The schedule of events includes lunch, followed by golf, awards reception, and auction. It is expected that numerous celebrities from television, movies and the world of golf will support this inaugural event. The cost per foursome is $4,800 ($1,200 per individual) and additional sponsorship and donation opportunities are available.

Sherwood Country Club is a private, member-owned golf and country club in Lake Sherwood, California—at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains just south of the city of Thousand Oaks—that feature a championship 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, driving range, and Georgian-style clubhouse. Sherwood has hosted Greg Norman’s Shark Shootout, the World Challenge hosted by Tiger Woods and the Showdown at Sherwood, the first-ever prime-time live golf match, played between Tiger Woods and David Duval.

The Invitational will be managed by Garmany Golf, a Los Angeles and Chicago-based company dedicated to creating unique and unforgettable golf and travel experiences worldwide. At the core of these experiences is exemplary guest service. Each Garmany Golf Experience is meticulously planned by the Concierge Team, which designs and oversees every detail from start to finish.  

For more information about registering for the event, sponsorships or to donate to the charity, contact Garmany Golf at Experience@garmanygolf.com or by calling 408-755-9405.

New Honma Mobile Experience Hubs Launch Across North America

Expert fitters bring detailed, custom approach to club fitting in six new markets


(CARLSBAD, Calif.) — Iconic golf equipment brand Honma Golf welcomes a new team of master club fitters to its staff as the Honma Mobile Experience club fitting program rolls out in key markets across North America. The Honma Mobile Experience, outfitted with sleek, purpose-built Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans, delivers personalized fitting experiences to private golf clubs, public/resort courses, and other golf facilities in Boston, the Carolinas, Colorado, and Ohio in the U.S., as well as Toronto and Vancouver in Canada.

As Honma continues to share the story of its innovative TR20 (Tour Release 2020) family of drivers and irons, a line catered specifically to North America’s feel- and performance-minded golfer, the Honma Mobile Experience gives players an intimate, hands-on opportunity to test and be fit for one of 2020’s most-talked-about equipment lines.

Honma fitters also have the brand’s full array of beautifully-crafted performance clubs for golfers to test, including the T//World XP1 line’s beautifully-shaped, incredibly forgiving irons and exquisite fast drivers, fairway woods and hybrids. In its “2020 Most Wanted” testing, MyGolfSpy.com named the T//World XP1 The Best Driver for Slow Swing Speeds on the strength of its consistent performance across Strokes Gained, Ball Speed, Launch Angle, Backspin, Carry Yards, Total Yards and Shot Area categories. Honma’s coveted, luxury line of high-performance, incomparably designed BERES woods and irons will also be on display and available for demonstration at every Honma Mobile Experience.

Expert Wedge Fitting will also be offered at every Honma Mobile Experience, showcasing the T//World W4 wedge, the precision design named MyGolfSpy.com’s “Most Wanted Wedge” for 2019. A personalized artistic stamping from Wedge Wizard Jacob Sanborn’s Custom Workshop is the ultimate way to make your Honma wedge truly your own.

Professional club fitters who have recently joined the Honma team, bringing more than a half century’s experience, include Anthony Fagone in greater Boston, Hunter Smith in the Carolinas, Kyle McGee based in Colorado, Jim Troy in Ohio, as well as Cameron Jacobs in Toronto, and Vancouver-based fitter Taylor Hull. Each fitter carries a decorated background in the golf business and is uniquely trained and qualified to champion the Honma brand to golfers eager for unparalleled feel and performance from their golf equipment. Honma’s newest team members join nine master fitters who helped launch fully-operational Honma Mobile Experience markets in January 2020.

“Our team of hand selected Mobile Master Fitters is going to bring the best experience to those who want to play better golf. An opportunity to work with the best-crafted equipment in the world while showcasing the brand across the States is a dream for a club and fitting expert,” said Smith, who has worked in the PGA TOUR department of a major equipment brand.

Similarly, McGee, a member of the Colorado PGA Section since 2015, brings experience and enthusiasm to his Honma Mobile Experience clients. “I am excited to join the Honma team and help to grow the brand here in North America. Honma has proven its commitment to cutting-edge design and performance in equipment that never sacrifices aesthetic appeal. Creating equipment that performs beyond the highest of expectations and looks amazing is a combination I can’t wait to put in golfers hands.”

Each Honma Mobile Experience, a combination of scheduled fitting events and private appointments, delivers an unparalleled fitting session in which players are custom fit into the perfect family of Honma clubs for their game.

At a Honma Mobile Experience fitting, golfers test a full matrix of Honma’s hand-crafted heads and proprietary shafts, as well as leading third-party brand shafts during the 1:1 personalized fitting session. The opportunity to work with a master fitter using a state-of-the-art Foresight GC Quad launch monitor is integral to each experience, which includes a follow-up email with launch data and equipment recommendations, and provides a direct pathway for the player to interact with the brand.

Each Honma Mobile Experience will follow strict protocols for safety, sanitation and physical distancing. Every fitter is trained to make the golfer’s health and safety a top priority at every fitting.

“When our Carlsbad team led the design of the TR20 line and the clubs turned out to be every bit as innovative and discerning-player-friendly, we knew we needed a unique way to get Honma in front of avid golfers in the U.S. and Canada. We’re extremely proud to grow our Honma Mobile Experience markets with such a dynamic and golf-savvy staff,” said Honma’s President John Kawaja. “When serious golfers see their ball flight and experience the feel Honma delivers, along with their performance data, we will open a lot of eyes. Golfers who might have been loyal to a specific brand have some exciting new equipment options. The Mobile Experiences are going to make that process personal and enjoyable. For golf professionals who run clubs and courses, the Honma Mobile Experience is a high-ROI program delivering a one-of-a-kind luxury experience for that property’s loyal members.”

Earlier this year, three exclusive fixed-location fitting destinations, dubbed the Honma Experience, opened at Reunion Resort & Golf Club in Orlando, Florida; Ko Olina Golf Club in Oahu, Hawaii; and The Golf Performance Project, Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia. Each Honma Experience fitting and retail location showcases the company’s elevated approach to golf equipment in a premium environment, including limited edition Honma clubs and accessories while carrying on a more-than-60-year heritage, started by Honma “Takumi” (master artisans), who have perfected a meticulous, artful  craftsmanship.

Honma Experience and Honma Mobile Experience fittings are available by reservation. To book a fitting, click https://us.honmagolf.com/pages/honma-experience, e-mail mobile@honmagolf.com or call 844-476-4653.

Youth on Course Expands Life-Changing Opportunities for Young People in New York

Affordable Junior Golf Available in 36 States with New York State Golf Association Partnership


(PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.) – Youth on Course – the non-profit organization providing young people with access to opportunities through subsidized golf, college scholarships, paid internships and a caddie program – announces its partnership with the New York State Golf Association (NYSGA) to expand affordable rounds of golf and life-changing opportunities to juniors in the state.

Young people ages 6-18 in New York will be able to join the Youth on Course national network and access golf for $5 or less per round at 1,400 facilities across 36 states. The initial cohort of NYSGA courses offering $5 or less rounds include Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course, Cazenovia Country Club, Chautauqua Golf Club - Hill Course, Chautauqua Golf Club - Lake Course, College Golf Course at Delhi, Lyndon Golf Course, Rome Country Club and Sunset Ridge Golf Club, with additional facilities joining soon.

“The New York State Golf Association is dedicated to promoting worthy junior golf initiatives that will leave a positive impact on our local communities,” says Kara Cushman, Foundation Manager of the New York State Golf Association. “Youth on Course membership offers junior golfers access to local facilities at a very affordable rate, while teaching them important core values and helping them develop long lasting relationships within New York’s golf community.”

Youth on Course has already been widely successful in New York. Launching a partnership with the Metropolitan Golf Association in 2018, the program’s results speak for themselves. From two junior golfers the inaugural year, New York now boasts 899 members who have played 1,624 rounds between the metro area and Rochester District Golf Association. The program has also reimbursed more than $15,000 back to participating courses in the state. The broad interest has led the way for the expansion into the NYSGA.

“With six new partnerships already this year, YOC continues to make great strides to expand our impact across North America,” says Michael Lowe, Vice President of Programs for Youth on Course. “This partnership with the NYSGA will further our reach and our core purpose of helping junior golfers find success and new opportunities on and off the course.”

Since 2006, Youth on Course members have completed close to a million rounds while the organization has helped generate over $6.8 million in tee-time revenue back to individual golf courses. In addition to subsidizing youth golf rounds, Youth on Course also facilitates college scholarships, paid internships and a caddie program. Since the inception of the scholarship program in 2008, they have awarded 262 students with scholarships totaling close to $2 million in financial support. The current scholarship retention rate is ninety-three percent.

More information: YouthOnCourse.org

Vokey WedgeWorks Adds Tour-Proven T Grind—A Favorite of Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas

(FAIRHAVEN, Mass.) – Master Craftsman Bob Vokey’s long-trusted T Grind – an original Vokey grind still in the bags of many tour players including Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas – is now available through WedgeWorks.

Inspired by Vokey’s work with one of the game’s all-time best wedge players, the T Grind was designed for great hands and a vivid short-game imagination. Available in 58º and 60º lofts, it is ideal for a shallow angle of attack in firm conditions, with low bounce and a narrow crescent surface. Compared to Vokey’s L grind, it has a wider back flange which allows for lower measured bounce.

“Wedge play is an art, and the T Grind brings out the best in the artist,” Vokey said. “The leading edge stays low to the playing surface as the wedge is rotated which allows you to hit a variety of shots from tight lies. This is the wedge that really made Vokey Grinds an important part of our process – and still to this day is a great option.”

T GRIND ON TOUR
Both Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas have recently added Vokey T Grind lob wedges to their setups. Spieth first used the T Grind during his college career. At last season’s Players Championship, Spieth asked Vokey PGA Tour Rep Aaron Dill (@VokeyWedgeRep) to build him a 60-degree T Grind – and it has stayed in the bag ever since. Justin Thomas tested a series of low-bounce options leading up to the 2019 Presidents Cup, ultimately deciding the T Grind best fit the conditions and his game at Royal Melbourne. He now keeps a 60T in his travel bag and selects either the T Grind or a low-bounce K Grind based on the week, course and conditions. Ben An also regularly carries a 60T.

The T Grind continues to grow in popularity on tour, especially in Europe where players are more often faced with links-style conditions.

Said Will Harvey, Vokey’s European Tour Rep: “I’ve had players say they feel like they can hit any shot with the T – the combination of the forward bounce for low pitch shots and the grind for the soft control shots is something needed with the vast amount of shots required on links or firmer course set ups.”

SM8 TECHNOLOGY
WedgeWorks T Grind wedges are designed with the same advanced technologies that have made Vokey Design SM8 wedges the #1 wedge on tour:
• Reimagined Progressive CG is pushed forward from the face for increased MOI – producing improved distance and trajectory control, better feel and a club face that simply wants to square up at impact for more consistent results. To achieve this in the T Grind and all SM8 lob wedges, Vokey’s team lengthened the hosels and counterbalanced that weight with high-density tungsten low in the toe.
• 100% Inspected Spin Milled Grooves are cut with a level of precision that is unique by finish, producing maximum spin and shot control. Micro-grooves are individually cut in between grooves, which maximize spin on partial shots. A proprietary heat treatment is applied to the impact area to double the durability of the groove without impacting feel – making it the most durable groove in golf.

ADVANCED PERSONALIZATION AND CUSTOM OPTIONS
Consistent with SM8, the T Grind features a modern, clean look, which also provides a big canvas for customization. Inspired by Aaron Dill, the WedgeWorks custom options are expanded to include:
• Six unique toe engravings;
• Expanded stamping options: 10-character Straight/Freestyle; 15 characters around toe; 5-character staircase style;
• Custom paint-filled Loft and Grind markings and BV Wings logo; and
• Hand Grinds: Raw finishes can be hand ground to exact specs, including both performance grinds and profile adjustments – a true tour van experience.

SM8 wedges can also be custom ordered with an industry-leading selection of shafts, grips, shaft bands and ferrules. For a complete list of options, visit Vokey.com.

LOFTS, FINISHES & AVAILABILITY
The WedgeWorks T Grind will be available for custom order in golf shops and on Vokey.com in both 58° and 60° lofts in Tour Chrome and Raw finishes. RH only. Price ($199) includes custom stamping, custom ferrule and custom shaft band.

Primland Nominated a Best Destination Resort in USA TODAY’s 2020 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards

Voting for Luxury Boutique Resort in SW Virginia Open Now Through July 27


(MEADOWS OF DAN, VIRGINIA) – Primland, the luxury boutique resort nestled amid 12,000 Blue Ridge Mountain acres in Southwestern Virginia, has been nominated as a “Best Destination Resort” in USA TODAY’s “2020 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards.”

The contest gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice at https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-destination-resort/. People can vote once a day for the run of the contest. Voting ends Monday, July 27, and winners will be announced on 10Best on Friday, August 7.

“It’s an honor to be nominated as the Best Destination Resort in America, particularly when the voting is determined by USA TODAY and 10Best readers,” said Steve Helms, Primland Vice President.

A perennial recipient of various best-in-kind accolades, Primland has been named one of the top resorts in America on multiple occasions by Conde Nast Travelers readers, one of the best hotels in the country by US News & World Report (and most Instagram-Worthy), and one of the top 35 American golf resorts by Golf, Golfweek and Golf Digest (out of several thousand)

For more information or to book, visit Primland.com, call 866-960-7746, or e-mail reservations@primland.com.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas Highlights Upcoming Golf Tournaments

Popular Events Feature Play on Pete Dye’s Celebrated Teeth of the Dog


(LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic) – Casa de Campo Resort & Villas – home to the Caribbean’s premier, luxury golf experiences, including the iconic Teeth of the Dog course –  announces two popular upcoming tournaments, the 6th Annual Latin America Pro Am (Aug. 11 – 15) and 39th Annual Casa de Campo Open (Sept. 16 – 20).

Casa de Campo reopened on July 1 after being closed due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic since mid-March. During its closure, the resort’s management worked closely with HS Consulting Group in Mallorca, Spain to review all enhanced health and safety protocols and certify they are effective in the prevention of all infectious diseases. A full list of the new measures may be found here.

The Latin America Pro Am features four rounds overall played on Teeth of the Dog, Pete Dye’s masterpiece creation widely known as the best course in the Caribbean. Competing teams are comprised of four amateurs and one professional.  For the event, the resort is offering a four-night “Amateur Package” starting at $2,134 (per player, based on double occupancy).

The package features four nights’ accommodations in elite rooms; four-passenger golf cart (per room); daily breakfast, lunch and dinner; welcome dinner and awards banquet; practice round on day of arrival; tournament entry fee; unlimited complimentary replay rounds after tournament play; and cart fees, range balls, club storage and care.

Also included are unlimited drinks in resort restaurants, bars and lounges as well as from the Oasis golf course cart (bottles, mini-bar, premium bottled water, specialty cognacs and premium brand liqueurs are not included); complimentary transfer from La Romana, Santo Domingo or Punta Cana airports; all resort taxes and service charges.

The 39th Annual Casa de Campo Open will be played on the five-star resort’s three Dye-designed layouts: Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and The Links. The 54-hole individual stroke play event includes competition in senior, super senior, master senior and elite senior divisions for both men and women. The four-day tournament is all-inclusive with four nights of accommodation and starts at $1,579 (per person, double occupancy).

For more information on all Casa de Campo events, please call 809.523.8115 or e-mail m.leonardo@ccampo.com.do.

“These two exceptional golf events are ideal to join us here in paradise to relax and savor our world-class resort amenities,” says Jason Kycek, senior vice-president of sales and marketing. “We’re excited to be back open for our guests to come visit the friendly Dominican Republic and discover firsthand why we’re in the highest echelon of luxury resort destinations.”

Casa de Campo also offers an array of 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 endless creature comforts. Daily breakfast, private maid service and full access to a wide range of on-site activities are additional highlights of villa stays.

Teeth of the Dog features Pete Dye’s design hallmarks: railroad ties, vast waste areas, peninsula greens and tees, hand-sculpted putting surfaces and a unique assortment of pot bunkers. Oceanfront holes are astoundingly beautiful, causing Dye to famously quip: “I created 11 holes and God created seven.”

Twenty-seven-hole Dye Fore joined Teeth of the Dog in 2002. Its three nines – Chavon, Marina and Lakes – are distinct. Chavon features seven holes running atop cliffs dropping 300 feet, Marina meanders down to a harbor ringed by restaurants and shops, and Lakes is artfully crafted across tumultuous terrain.

Located in the interior of the property is the resort’s third Dye layout, The Links. The moderately hilly track with tall Bahia grass framing bunkers and undulating greens presents spectacular Caribbean views. Slightly over 7,000 yards from the back tees and playing to a slope of 126, it is considered one of the most-forgiving courses Dye has designed.

Casa de Campo is offering free cancellation for all bookings. For more information on the resort, please call 800.877.3643, e-mail golf@ccampo.com.do or visit: www.casadecampo.com.do/.

Unboxing the Jack Black Grab & Go Traveler from Tri-C Club Supply

We opened the Jack Black Grab & Go Traveler from Duffy’s Tri-C Club Supply. It comes with Moisturizer, Antiperspirant, Shave Cream and All-Over Wash for Face, Hair and Body in a stylish and durable waxed-canvas bag, that can we distributed to members in the locker room.

Individual sized (or travel size) amenities ensure first-time use by your members and limit the spread of contamination from using shared amenity bottles.

Visit www.DuffysTriC.com for the best buying experience in the locker room amenities industry with knowledgeable and friendly staff, who are ready to help you take your locker room to the next level.

The Traveling Golfer Visits the Waccamaw Golf Trail



(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) — There are many stops along America’s golf trails. But there may be no trail -- anywhere -- that contains more exciting, high-level, historic stops than along the Waccamaw Golf Trail in South Carolina.

The Waccamaw Golf Trail, named for the Waccamaw River which starts in North Carolina and flows along the coast of South Carolina, is a collection of 12 premier golf courses at the southern end of Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand.

Many of the courses were carved from properties that were rice plantations in the ante-bellum South. All of them exude a Low-country charm that adds warmth and hospitality to the modern golf scene.

The selection of courses includes some that are ranked among the top layouts in the state and even nationally. At the same time they are set amidst the brisk social scene and impressive cultural attractions of South Carolina’s historic Hammock Coast. Located at the Myrtle Beach area’s southern end, the Hammock Coast is one of the oldest vacation destinations in America. Its bounty goes beyond award-winning golf and includes beautiful beaches, superb restaurants and shops, and an outstanding selection of accommodations.

That backdrop, along the Waccamaw Golf Trail, provides a spectacular setting for the July episode of the Traveling Golfer television show.

“People who have been coming to Myrtle Beach for years enjoy the golf and the nightlife,” explains Meredith Kirk, LPGA teaching professional and Official Spokesperson for Myrtle Beach Golf Trips. “But when they come to the southern areas of Murrels Inlet, Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island, they fall in love with the lifestyle. It’s contagious.”

While this episode of the Traveling Golfer show pays major attention to four courses along the Waccamaw Golf Trail – Heritage, Caledonia Golf and Fishing Club, Pawleys Plantation and Willbrook Plantation – there also is a look at the other eight courses along the trail. They are Founders Club at Pawleys Island, Tradition, Blackmoor, River Club, Litchfield Country Club, TPC Myrtle Beach, True Blue and Wachesaw Plantation East. Also, for the best in Low-country accommodations, there is a look at the Inlet Sports Lodge.

Full information on the Waccamaw Golf Trail can be found on the website at www.waccamawgolftrail.com.

“I’ve been coming to the Myrtle Beach area for more than 35 years,” explains Traveling Golfer host Tony Leodora. “There is fun everywhere but, when you come to the southern end of the Grand Strand, life slows down. There is a different pace and a different feel. The Waccamaw Golf Trail is the best way to navigate a vacation through this Low Country setting.”

The July episode of the Traveling Golfer airs as a scheduled weekly feature show on NBC Sports and NBC Sports + throughout four markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. NBC Sports airings are 10:30 a.m. on Sundays, 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m. on Thursdays. NBC Sports + airs the show at 8 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. In addition, the show airs nationally, three times every day, on the new Fun Roads Network (funroads.tv/schedule) – in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Wichita and Detroit markets. It also will air a number of times in the Month of July on “Rivertalk” on HTC-4 in Myrtle Beach.

The show also airs on the Traveling Golfer network of websites ... including American Golfer and The Myrtle Beach Golf Channel (see full list of sites on travelinggolfervideo.com).

As part of every Traveling Golfer show there is the additional feature, "Tech Talk", hosted by Tour Edge Golf experts, such as President Dave Glod. With years of experience as a club maker, Glod presents an inside look at the research and development of high-quality golf equipment.

Responding to golfers' never-ending demands to learn more about interesting golf courses and golf resorts across the country and around the world, well-traveled host Tony Leodora created the Traveling Golfer so he could take viewers on video trips to some of the most exciting golf locations. For the fourth time in five years, the show was honored as the No. 1 Golf Television Show in America in the prestigious International Network of Golf awards, presented at the PGA Merchandise Show in January of 2020.

The Traveling Golfer is a series of monthly shows hosted by Leodora, who has 19 years of experience in televised golf. The featured destination stays on the website for one month, before being replaced by a new show. Alternate shows also air in a two-month rotation. All old shows are archived for continued viewing on the YouTube Network and on the home website, www.travelinggolfervideo.com.

Junior Golf Hub Launches Enhanced Mobile App for College Golf Hopefuls and Coaches

Nearly 10,000 Athletes, 875 College Programs Utilize App


(RIDGEFIELD, Conn.) – Junior Golf Hub (JGH) – the leading online community for junior golfers, their parents and college coaches – announces the launch of the latest version of its mobile app, which helps parents and players track growth and development as they move through their junior golf journey, while also providing tools and education for those on the road to college golf.

“The fragmented college golf recruiting process has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, for golfers, parents and collegiate coaches alike,” says Roger Knick, founder of the Junior Golf Hub. “The new and improved app is today’s solution to connect athletes and coaches and is also an invaluable resource for parents and players looking to navigate a confusing process.”

To date, nearly 10,000 athletes have created a profile, while more than 1,000 members of JGH have gone on to play golf at an NCAA DI, DII, DIII or NAIA school. The current collegiate database consists of 2,300 men’s and women’s golf programs.

For Players and Parents
JGH starts with a LinkedIn-style profile for both athletes and college programs. Golfers can tailor their searchable profiles to include athletic measurables such as verified tournament scores, swing speed, tournament schedules and academic information such as GPA, test scores and academic honors. For those still seeking their perfect fit, JGH has a “Find a College” function with filters that narrow down results based on the program’s scoring average, acceptable test scores, tuition, majors offered, size of enrollment and more. College golf hopefuls will receive push notifications when a collegiate program starts following them on the app.

JGH also offers a vast library of resources designed as a step-by-step guide to the college golf recruiting process through its blog, HitTheLinks, and the Essential Guide. The Essential Guide covers key milestones and topics, including communication with coaches, scholarship breakdown, research tips, a rules and regulations guide and more.

For College Golf Coaches
Coaches can utilize the platform to find prospects and keep track of performance throughout a golfer’s season. In the age of COVID-19, the app provides an outlet for coaches who’s travel might be limited to view a player’s profile containing verified stats, videos, swing data, performance goals and more. Using robust filters, coaches can search based on academic success, geographic location, scoring average, rankings and more. Coaches also receive push notifications if there is a change to the profile of player they are following. The new app also gives college coaches the opportunity to market their programs to their target audience.

JGH is helping to grow junior golf by partnering with leading junior tournaments, including the AJGA, HJGT, Peggy Kirk Bell Junior Golf Tour and over 25 PGA Sections. As presenting sponsor of all regional qualifying events for the Notah Begay III Junior Golf National Championship, JGH will provide every participant with valuable benefits available exclusively to Premium members.

To learn more and sign up today, download the Junior Golf Hub App in the App Store or Google Play Store. The Hub can also be accessed at www.juniorgolfhub.com.

Monday, July 6, 2020

DeChambeau Celebrates July 4th Weekend with Fireworks of His Own

New Bridgestone TOUR B X Ball Provides Winning Combo of Distance and Feel on the Way to Victory at 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic in the Motor City


(COVINGTON, Ga.) — The Rocket Mortgage logo’s red glare and Bryson DeChambeau’s Bombs with his Bridgestone TOUR B X bursting in air characterized the scene at Detroit Golf Club as the PGA TOUR’s long driving phenom continued his prodigious displays of power, driving to victory in the Motor City over July 4th weekend. For the tournament, DeChambeau finished 23-under par, winning by three strokes over his nearest competitor. The victory marked DeChambeau’s 6th on the PGA TOUR and 8th career professional victory.

In an incredible performance that saw him average over 350 yards per drive for four rounds, DeChambeau relied on the explosive power of the TOUR B X’s REACTIV cover to lead the field in Driving Distance, Strokes Gained Driving and Longest Drive - with a 377-yard bomb during the first round. In addition, the TOUR B X delivered all the touch and feel the golf scientist needed as well, delivering top 10 finishes in Eagles, Birdies, Strokes Gained: Tee to Green, Strokes Gained: Putting and Putts per GIR.

The Tour B X’s REACTIV cover technology, available on all four 2020 TOUR B models, is the golf world’s first SMART Urethane – using an “impact modifier” to deliver a shock absorbing soft cover on slow impact shots for more spin and control - and high resilience on high impact shots for more power and distance. The material reacts in harmony with the force of the impact. In essence, on the violent impact of a driver, REACTIV rebounds quicker than other urethane covers, generating more ball speed and longer distance. On the softer touch and feel of wedge shots, REACTIV keeps the ball on the face longer, allowing golfers to impart more spin and have better control in the short game.

“The golf world has absolutely been blown away by Bryson’s distance increases since the TOUR has returned from its COVID-19 hiatus last month,” said Elliot Mellow, Golf Ball Marketing Manager for Bridgestone Golf. “While his physical fitness and diet have captured most of the attention, Bryson also has credited his gains, in part, to the ground-breaking REACTIV cover of his TOUR B X golf ball, through which he has consistently generated over 200 mph ball speed. He has been knocking on the door each week out of the gates, so it was only a matter of time until he put it all together for a win.  We are excited to see what the remainder of 2020 holds for him.”  
 
The Bridgestone TOUR B X is available at retail currently featuring a street price of $44.99 per dozen.

For more information on the TOUR B X and the entire family of award-winning 2020 TOUR B balls, visit www.bridgestonegolf.com.

Shot Scope V3 Smart Golf Watch Debuts

The First GPS Smart Golf Watch to Feature Artificial Intelligence and Offer Real-Time On-Course Swing Performance Tracking Capabilities


(Edinburgh, Scotland) — Shot Scope (www.shotscope.com), a leading international manufacturer of GPS-based golf management systems, introduced the V3 Smart Golf Watch, the first multi-function watch to feature artificial intelligence and offer golfers real-time on-course performance tracking capabilities. V3’s patented Power-Sense AI strap technology captures data on every shot, delivering golfers instant feedback to better understand their swing and reach optimal performance.

Complementing the performance tracking capabilities, the V3 is the game’s most accurate lightweight, high speed golf watch, backed by proprietary dual GPS antennas (30cm GPS accuracy) that provide unmatched connectivity and synching, compared with competitive products, for precise distance measuring and pinpoint accuracy on 35,000 pre-loaded courses worldwide. The dual GPS and performance tracking innovation is built into a sleek lightweight watch design and is available in five stylish color options for an industry-best $219.

The V3’s Power-Sense AI strap technology works automatically in the background to continuously scan the golfer’s swing settings to optimize performance tracking. The technology creates an ever-increasing volume and accuracy of data collected from the golfer during play, leading to more insights and statistics that help the player understand their game better, improve on-course strategy and shoot lower scores. The more rounds the golfer plays with V3 the smarter the AI technology becomes, eventually producing highly refined settings that are personal to that individual.

“Artificial Intelligence in a smart golf watch is a game-changer as the V3 provides golfers with real-time game tracking data like never before,” said David Hunter, CEO, Shot Scope. “As a multi-function watch, and backed by V3’s Power-Sense AI strap technology and dual GPS Antennas, golfers have never been afforded such an innovative combination of performance tracking and distance measuring.”

Hunter adds, “Shot Scope technology has been used by tens of thousands of golfers worldwide recording more than 50 million shots, and our data shows that amateur golfers improve by three strokes thanks to the unique fusion of accurate distance information and automatic performance tracking technology. Our Shot Scope team is passionate and driven to deliver game changing technology solutions that empower all golfers to make significant improvements, and V3 is the realization of three years of R&D, determination and a commitment to excellence.”

V3’s shot tracking function is powered by 16 lightweight plug-n-play club RFID tags that are embedded with smart GPS chips that easily screw into the butt-end of every club. Unlike other golf performance trackers, V3’s Power-Sense AI strap technology delivers instant syncing, while enabling club recognition with no pairing, phone or tagging required. The tags ‘communicate with each other’ and identify what club was hit and its location on the course.

Utilizing this shot tracking technology, golfers can sync their V3 device with Bluetooth and download the free app for mobile use on iOS and Android. An interactive dashboard, which provides an aerial view of the course for a bird’s-eye view, enables the watch to capture and analyze over 100 tour level statistics on club distances and tee shots for measurable game improvement, while Shot Scope’s PinCollect™ technology records putt and pin location, capturing and analyzing approaches, short game and putting statistics.

“Pre-labeling the club ID tags is truly a built-in convenience factor for all golfers,” adds Hunter. “Our plug-n-play approach, which eliminates any pairing issues, establishes a new standard for sports wearables, while delivering the most accurate and precise GPS intelligence and shot tracking data available.”

As a distance measuring device, the V3 utilizes not 1, but 2 GPS antennas. This ensures V3 provides industry leading GPS accuracy on the golf course. The V3 library, which is mapped in-house at Shot Scope, features over 35,000 courses worldwide that are accessible with no subscriptions or interruptions, and free upgrades. The easy-to-navigate, daylight readable color screen, which also switches to watch mode (date and time) for everyday use, offers highly accurate dynamic distances in large fonts, in either yards or meters, to the front, middle and back of the green, plus every bunker and water hazard on the course, regardless of angle of approach for enhanced course management.

Constructed with the highest grade smart GPS chip technology on the commercial market, including a 10-hour battery life, the V3 is a complete game management system built into a smart golf watch. It offers instant, real-time information for golfers to play their next shot with confidence, as well as the ability to monitor and pinpoint strengths and weaknesses through detailed performance data.

The V3 features three different play modes - GPS, GPS+Track and Pro, to support preferences for every golfer. The GPS mode provides distances anywhere on the course, while the GPS+Track mode provides distances and automatic performance tracking during a round. The Pro mode is designed for tournament use when GPS isn’t allowed, and tracks only performance data.

The Shot Scope V3 Smart Golf Watch, which is available immediately, includes 16 pre-labeled Club ID tags and comes in five stylish watch strap options, including black, blue, red, gray and purple. Suggested retail price for the Shot Scope V3 is $219 and can be purchased at Dicks Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy, PGA Superstores, TGW.com, golf specialty stores or online at www.shotscope.com.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Archery Arrives at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

On the Mark Archery is set to launch its grand opening of the island’s first-ever indoor archery range, providing an opportunity for the entire family to learn an all-inclusive Olympic sport.


(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) — Hilton Head Island residents and visitors can now escape the heat by heading indoors to On the Mark Archery’s air-conditioned range at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. This new addition complements resort favorites such as golf, tennis and pickleball, while offering its own unique challenges and satisfaction throughout the journey to sporting success.

Founder Mark Pirrello, a Level 4 USA Archery instructor certified by Olympic Head Coach Kisik Lee, will oversee daily operations to help build momentum and establish a foothold on the island. The New England-based organization is renowned for its professional mobile archery classes, events and corporate team-building sessions for individuals and groups to enjoy. Youths and adults alike will undoubtedly find this activity refreshing and engaging when given the opportunity to experience one of the world’s oldest sports using traditional wooden recurve bows that require instinctive aiming and discipline to truly master the “Art of Archery.”

On the Mark Archery’s facility in Palmetto Dunes is located at 5 Trent Jones Lane next to the resort’s Robert Trent Jones clubhouse. They are expecting to open shooting lanes for rental to the public as early as July 3rd.

Pirrello describes archery as a mental sport that involves a focus needed to achieve consistency with the body, mind and spirit all acting in unison.

“We are excited to have the chance to showcase an Olympic sport like archery for residents and visitors of Hilton Head Island to experience something unique and totally different,’ Pirrello said. “This is an activity that anyone can succeed in with a little patience and focus and although it can take years to master, the fundamentals can be learned within a few dozen shots.”

On the Mark Archery will follow strict COVID-19 guidelines, including:
- 5 people maximum per session
- Separate targets for each archer
- Social distancing  between assigned shooting lanes
- Sanitization of all equipment

Rates:
- Shooting Lane Rental, $30 per archer / 45 minutes
- Private Lessons, 1 hour | $100 individual / $200 family lesson (5 people maximum)

For more information visit otma.us/hhi.

Desert Mountain Names New Director of Talent and Culture

Jackie Wooldridge Promoted from Assistant Director of Human Resources


(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) – Jackie Wooldridge, a 10-year employee of Desert Mountain, has been promoted to Director of Talent and Culture.  She served as Benefits Manager for seven years before being promoted to Assistant Director of Human Resources in 2016.

Jackie Wooldridge
“Since joining us, Jackie has demonstrated her passion for bringing out the very best in others,” said Damon DiOrio, CEO, Desert Mountain Club. “Her competence, compassion, authenticity and integrity are the perfect combination of skills to lead the positive culture we strive to foster at our club.”

DiOrio added that during her tenure, Wooldridge developed one of the most comprehensive, national competitive benefits programs in the club business industry. “Jackie is guided by strong principles that align her professional achievement with the club’s vision to become a world-class employer, something our entire staff deserves.”

In her new role, she will partner with DiOrio and the Desert Mountain leadership team to develop and implement a strategic “people plan that supports the company’s goals and objectives,” according to DiOrio. In addition, she will create talent acquisition, succession and training programs for the community’s 750 employees.

A native of Nicaragua, Wooldridge moved to the United States in 1986. She began her career in the hospitality industry in 2008 as Human Resources Manager for Sanctuary Resort & Spa, also located in Scottsdale. Wooldridge and her husband have been married for 32 years and resides in Scottsdale.

Troon Selected To Manage Southern Trace Country Club In Shreveport, Louisiana

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in club management, development, and marketing, is pleased to announce it has been selected to manage Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport, Louisiana. Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon, will oversee golf, club and food & beverage operations as well golf course agronomy and membership marketing.

Established in 1988, Southern Trace Country Club features a beautiful Arthur Hills-designed golf course that plays through open meadows and a dense oak forest. The 7,015-yard golf course has appeared atop Golf Digest’s ranking of top courses in Louisiana several times and has a proud history of hosting high-level professional and amateur tournaments, including the WEB.Com Tour’s Southern Open from 1990-2002, multiple state amateur championships and the AJGA David Toms Junior Invitational.

“Southern Trace Country Club is a beautiful property and has long been considered one of Louisiana’s top clubs,” said Rob DeMore, president, Troon Privé. “We’re excited to be on board and will immediately look to improve agronomic conditions, raise service levels and further enhance the member experience.”

In addition to an award-winning golf course, Southern Trace members also enjoy a host of club amenities, including eight tennis courts, a resort-style swimming pool complex and a fully equipped fitness center.  Arthur’s Bar and Grill overlooks the first hole, has two outdoor patios to dine al fresco and multiple televisions.

“We couldn't be more impressed with Troon's deep knowledge of every aspect of club and golf course management and the design process,” said Southern Trace Country Club Board President Steve Skrivanos. “Their track record at high-end facilities across the nation is unsurpassed.”

For more information on Southern Trace Country Club, visit www.SouthernTraceCC.com or call (318) 798-8300

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

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Team TaylorMade's Charley Hull Agrees to New Deal Including the TP5 Golf Ball

Three-Time Tour Winner and Current World #25, Charley Hull, has officially announced her extension with TaylorMade Golf and has chosen to switch to the company’s TP5 Golf Ball


(Carlsbad, Calif.) – Team TaylorMade’s Charley Hull, who has achieved success on both the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour, has chosen to add  the most complete Tour ball in golf to her bag with TP5.

Charley is at the pinnacle of the women’s game, but when it comes to equipment every player is different. Some are heavily numbers based, some prefer the feel, and then there are multiple combinations of both. Charley is very much a feel-based player and leaves the numbers to the Tour reps. During an extensive fitting session earlier this year, Charley immediately saw the benefits of TaylorMade’s new SIM driver versus her previous gamer.  After testing both TP5 and TP5x golf balls, it became apparent that a change of golf ball was going to be beneficial.

Playing a strong shaft, probably the strongest of any female on Tour, TP5 offered that little bit of extra spin, compared to TP5x, and a flight she was more familiar with, while still carrying a little further. Seeing the benefits of combining SIM driver with TP5, Charley gained 1mph club head speed and 2-3mph ball speed. This resulted in about half a club gain through the bag, but importantly her dispersion was also much tighter. Charley was able to consistently manage her spin rates from shot-to-shot, meaning the collective average was not only longer, but more accurate.

“I’m really excited to continue my relationship with TaylorMade, they have looked after me so well from the beginning, it was an easy decision to make. Their staff, products and approach towards myself and the women’s game has been inspiring to see, it's great to be a part of Team TaylorMade. I had been using my previous ball for a very long time, but as soon as I tried TP5 I knew it was going to benefit my game. I swing quite hard, so sometimes it can be difficult for me to manage spin, but TP5 was just so consistent through the bag it was a no brainer to put it into play. If you haven’t already, you need to try this ball.”
—Charley Hull

Charley, well-known for becoming the youngest competitor to participate in the Solheim Cup at age 17, has won already won twice on the Ladies European Tour alongside winning the prestigious CME Group Tour Championship, the season-ending event of the LPGA Tour, in 2016. Now ranked 25 in the world, her accomplishments already put her in an elite class of golfers and rivals any active player on Tour. Charley is currently teeing it up in the Rose Ladies Series, where she claimed victory in the inaugural event at Brokenhurst Manor, before the LET and LPGA Tour resume.

“At TaylorMade, we have worked extremely hard on our women’s strategy to find the right players to partner with our company, players who have the potential to follow in the footsteps of our icon players. I have no doubt Charley will develop to become a world class icon and ambassador for the women’s game. By achieving her own set goals, playing her part in influencing the growth and exposure of women’s golf. I’m delighted that Charley has not only decided to trust in TaylorMade to help achieve this, but now that the partnership is proven, the choice to renew this agreements early by both sides is testimony that TaylorMade’s equipment support and development systems are best in class. A big part of this partnership is Charley’s trust in the performance of TaylorMade’s golf ball. Making the same choice in TP5 alongside many of the world’s best players is testament that the ball performance is best in class. The expectations are high, TaylorMade have 14 clubs and a golf ball that excites elite golfers to look nowhere else in any category by choosing TaylorMade exclusively.”
—Adrian Rietveld, Senior Manager - Tour | Global Sports Marketing

CHARLEY HULL WITB:
- SIM 10.5 Driver | Attas Rockstar 6X
- SIM Max 15.0 Fairway | Tensei Blue 70 S
- SIM Max 19.0 Rescue | UST iROD 85 S
- P730 Irons | 4 – PW | Nippon Modus 125 S
- MG2 Wedges | 50, 54, 60 | Nippon Modus 120 S
- TP5 Golf Ball

Youth on Course Expands Life-Changing Opportunities for Young People in New York

Affordable Junior Golf Available in 36 States with New York State Golf Association Partnership


(PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.) — Youth on Course – the non-profit organization providing young people with access to opportunities through subsidized golf, college scholarships, paid internships and a caddie program – announces its partnership with the New York State Golf Association (NYSGA) to expand affordable rounds of golf and life-changing opportunities to juniors in the state.

Young people ages 6-18 in New York will be able to join the Youth on Course national network and access golf for $5 or less per round at 1,400 facilities across 36 states. The initial cohort of NYSGA courses offering $5 or less rounds include Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course, Cazenovia Country Club, Chautauqua Golf Club - Hill Course, Chautauqua Golf Club - Lake Course, College Golf Course at Delhi, Lyndon Golf Course, Rome Country Club and Sunset Ridge Golf Club, with additional facilities joining soon.

“The New York State Golf Association is dedicated to promoting worthy junior golf initiatives that will leave a positive impact on our local communities,” says Kara Cushman, Foundation Manager of the New York State Golf Association. “Youth on Course membership offers junior golfers access to local facilities at a very affordable rate, while teaching them important core values and helping them develop long lasting relationships within New York’s golf community."

Youth on Course has already been widely successful in New York. Launching a partnership with the Metropolitan Golf Association in 2018, the program’s results speak for themselves. From two junior golfers the inaugural year, New York now boasts 899 members who have played 1,624 rounds between the metro area and Rochester District Golf Association. The program has also reimbursed more than $15,000 back to participating courses in the state. The broad interest has led the way for the expansion into the NYSGA.

“With six new partnerships already this year, YOC continues to make great strides to expand our impact across North America,” says Michael Lowe, Vice President of Programs for Youth on Course. “This partnership with the NYSGA will further our reach and our core purpose of helping junior golfers find success and new opportunities on and off the course.”

Since 2006, Youth on Course members have completed close to a million rounds while the organization has helped generate over $6.8 million in tee-time revenue back to individual golf courses. In addition to subsidizing youth golf rounds, Youth on Course also facilitates college scholarships, paid internships and a caddie program. Since the inception of the scholarship program in 2008, they have awarded 262 students with scholarships totaling close to $2 million in financial support. The current scholarship retention rate is ninety-three percent.

July Is "Family Golf Month" At Troon-Affiliated Courses

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – July is “Troon Family Golf Month” at Troon-affiliated facilities around the world. Throughout July, Troon courses will amplify their year-round family golf initiatives through family-oriented instructional programs, events and tournaments.

“We’re seeing a renewed interest in golf from juniors (and adults) around the globe,” said Bruce Glasco, chief operating officer, Troon. “In parts of Europe, for example, kids are not able to participate in soccer or cricket due to the pandemic, but they can play golf while properly physically distancing. During Family Golf Month, we hope parents and juniors will get out and play golf, enjoy the fresh air together and appreciate the camaraderie that golf provides.”

While the month of July serves as the kickoff for family golf activities, Troon Family Golf is available every day of the week, all year long, at participating Troon-managed facilities worldwide. Families can play golf together and enjoy the following:
- Juniors play golf for free after 3 p.m. when playing with a paying adult
- Juniors enjoy complimentary Callaway rental clubs all day (U.S. only)
- Juniors receive complimentary instruction when taking a lesson with a paying adult

In addition, the Troon Junior Club is open to all junior golfers age 17 years and younger for an annual fee of just $35. Troon Junior Club members receive:
- Preferred junior rates and programs at participating Troon facilities
- Troon Junior Club Nike hat
- Troon Junior Club bag tag
- Welcome letter from Rory McIlroy
- One time 25 percent off at Nike.com (exclusions apply)
- One-year GOLFPASS video membership (retail value: $49 annually)
- Practice facility access at select facilities
- Special junior clinics
- Up to 20 percent discount on summer golf camps at participating facilities
- Exclusive access to Troon Junior Club social media (with parental approval)
- Plus all current Troon Family Golf benefits

Visit www.TroonFamilyGolf.com or contact the Troon-managed club nearest you to learn more about specific Troon Family Golf programs. For more information on all of Troon’s “grow the game” initiatives, visit www.PlayTroon.com.

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

PGA of America Board Votes to Rename the Horton Smith Award

PGA of America sheds historic award with racial ties


(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) — The PGA of America Board of Directors has voted to rename the Horton Smith Award effective immediately.  It will be replaced with the new PGA Professional Development Award, honoring a PGA Member for outstanding contributions to professional education.

The PGA Board of Directors announced renaming the Horton Smith Award, which had been presented annually since 1965, based upon review of its namesake. Horton Smith, a two-time Masters Champion who served as PGA President from 1952-54, was a defender of the “Caucasian-only” membership clause, which was regrettably included in the PGA Bylaws from 1934-61.

The PGA Professional Development Award retains the previous criteria that showcases individuals who have demonstrated achievements in professional education.  

“In renaming the Horton Smith Award, the PGA of America is taking ownership of a failed chapter in our history that resulted in excluding many from achieving their dreams of earning the coveted PGA Member badge and advancing the game of golf,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley. “We need to do all we can to ensure the PGA of America is defined by inclusion. Part of our mission to grow the game is about welcoming all and bringing diversity to the sport. With the new PGA Professional Development Award, we will recognize effective inclusion efforts and honor those across our 41 PGA Sections who continue to promote and improve our educational programs. We look forward to doing more of both as we move forward.”

The first PGA Professional Development Award will be presented Oct. 27-30, during the PGA’s 104th Annual Meeting in Hartford, Conn.

Mississippi's Premier Golf Course Fallen Oak Set to Reopen July 11

7,487 yards of lush, rolling Tom Fazio-designed terrain welcomes golfers Thursday - Sunday


(BILOXI, Miss.) – Fallen Oak welcomes golfers back to the Tom Fazio-designed course Saturday, July 11. The renowned course, available exclusively to guests of Beau Rivage, reopens for play following its temporary closure due to COVID-19.

“We are thrilled to reopen Fallen Oak to our guests in a safe manner. This spectacular course is a signature element of Beau Rivage, and it represents another piece of the reopening puzzle that is now put in place,” said Beau Rivage President and COO Travis Lunn. “Our resort is well-known for its amenities, and Fallen Oak and its beautiful natural canvas deliver guest experiences that are unrivaled.”

Beginning July 11, tee times will be available Thursday-Sunday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. with golfers spaced at 20-minute intervals. Stay-and-play hotel packages are available starting at $600, and include one room, greens fees for one foursome and a $50 food and beverage credit or Beau Rivage gift card.

With its dramatic elevation changes, wide fairways, rolling terrain and more than 4,000 stately oaks, magnolias, pecans, pines and hardwood trees interspersed with ponds, streams and wetlands, the 510-acre, par-72 Fallen Oak offers five sets of tees and strategic play options to challenge golfers of all skill levels. An Acadian-style 12,000-square foot clubhouse features top-level dining and a panoramic view of the 18th hole, as well as the majestic live that gives Fallen Oak its name.

Nestled on the edge of the De Soto National Forest, a short drive from Beau Rivage, Fallen Oak was designed to preserve the natural landscape of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Home to a PGA TOUR Champions tournament and a perineal favorite amongst players, the course has consistently ranked as the best course in Mississippi by Golf Digest and Golfweek and for more than a decade has held the No. 2 position on Golfweek’s Best Casino Course list, behind Shadow Creek, the only other course owned by MGM Resorts International.

Fallen Oak will adhere to operational health and safety guidelines established by the USGA, GCSAA, and PGA, including:
- Providing hand sanitizer, face mask, tees, ball markers, scorecard and disposable pencil at check-in. - Golfers must handle their own scorecard.
- Limiting to one person per golf cart, only sharing a cart with a travel companion.
- Providing lined, disinfected coolers on carts.
- Spacing ranges at least six feet apart, cleaning and sanitizing golf balls after each pick of the driving range.
- Sanitizing golf carts before and after each guest use.

To book a tee time or golf package, visit www.beaurivage.com or call 877.805.4657.

USGA Announces New Media Rights Partnership with NBCUniversal 

Move is a win for golf fans


(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that the United States media rights for its championships have been transferred to NBCUniversal (NBCU), effective immediately.  

With the COVID-19 pandemic leading to the shift in dates for the U.S. Open from June to September, finding the necessary broadcast hours presented a challenge for FOX Sports, given their commitments to the National Football League, Major League Baseball and college football. What started as an exploration of how FOX Sports and NBC/Golf Channel could work together this unique year led to a broader conversation and eventual agreement for NBCU to take over the USGA media rights. 

As a result, NBCUniversal will broadcast the four championships the USGA will conduct in 2020: the 120th U.S. Women’s Amateur (Aug. 3-9 at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md.); the 120th U.S. Amateur (Aug. 10-16 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.), the 120th U.S. Open (Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.) and the 75th U.S. Women’s Open (Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas). 

“We are thrilled to acquire the remainder of FOX Sports’ USGA agreement, and will carry the designated USGA events, including the U.S. Open, through 2026,” said Pete Bevacqua, president of NBC Sports Group. “Adding these prestigious USGA events to our already incredibly deep golf business, led by our long-term PGA Tour partnership, as well as The Open Championship and the Ryder Cup, positions us as absolute leaders in the golf space. This deal is advantageous for all parties, including NBC Sports, Golf Channel, Peacock and the USGA, but also FOX Sports, and we thank them for working with us to complete this transaction. It further solidifies our platforms as the destination for golf viewers and enthusiasts, with NBC, Golf Channel, GOLFNow and GOLFPASS.” 

“Partnering with NBCUniversal, including Golf Channel, gives us an unparalleled opportunity to connect and engage with the core golf audience more directly and routinely, and as a nonprofit, to continue to have a significant and lasting impact on the game,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. 

While the details are confidential, the term of the agreement between NBCUniversal and the USGA will be the same as the previous agreement with FOX Sports, carrying through December 31, 2026, and the financial remuneration for the USGA will remain the same for the duration of the agreement. This allows the USGA, as a nonprofit, to continue to fulfill its mission to champion and advance the game of golf, which includes conducting 14 annual Open and Amateur championships, serving golfers and golf courses and providing pathways into the game. 

Starting in 2021, when the USGA’s full championship schedule will be played, the agreement with NBCU will allow the USGA to continue the uninterrupted coverage it provides to television fans thanks to its longstanding partnership with Rolex. In 2021, that means eight of the USGA’s televised championships will be completely uninterrupted, including the U.S. Women’s Open and the Walker Cup. For the U.S. Open, thanks again to Rolex, NBCU will continue the tradition of showing the last hour of the final round uninterrupted.  

“In addition to moving our media rights to NBCUniversal, we are also excited by the opportunities that will come from extensive coverage on NBC’s Peacock platform,” said Davis. “We have implemented a defined strategy to build our digital offerings over the last six years and have achieved significant success. The reach and engagement of our championships will only increase through the NBCUniversal family, including their commitment to bring their “Live From” program to the U.S. Women’s Open beginning in 2021 and to cover Golf’s Longest Day linked to U.S. Open qualifying.” 

Heralded as a landmark partnership between FOX Sports and the USGA in 2013, the network first began broadcasting USGA championships in the 2015 season. At the time, the network made its first foray into golf under the talented leadership of Mark Loomis, executive producer of USGA on FOX. Loomis developed a top-notch team of on-air talent and production professionals. This group not only brought to life the annual U.S. Open broadcast, but also the seven other USGA championships it aired each season.

“FOX Sports has cherished its time as home to the USGA championships for the past six years. This is a relationship and partnership that has been second to none,” said Eric Shanks, CEO and executive producer of FOX Sports. “Recent events calling for the shift of the U.S. Open created scheduling challenges that were difficult to overcome. While we are proud of the success we’ve built over these years, this is a win for golf fans everywhere, a win for the USGA and a win for FOX and NBC Sports.”

“We have genuinely appreciated the partnership that we have had with FOX Sports over the last six years and are grateful for their steadfast efforts to produce world-class events,” said Davis. “FOX brought significant innovation to golf broadcasting by elevating technology and enhancing the fan experience.”

To learn more, visit usga.org.