Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Fall Is the Time to Go Golf Kauai

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

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

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

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

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

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

Custom ARGOLF Putter Unboxing

The Mordred putter from Argolf is both stylish and functional. Beyond its great feel and striking looks, it makes an excellent gift for corporate events and/or the holidays. The company's laser engraving offers the ability to put a course's or company's logo on the underside - making it a keepsake-worthy item that will be talked about for years.

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

Trio of Celebrated Myrtle Beach Layouts to Showcase Pristine Playing Conditions

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

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

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

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

Its three layouts are highlighted by wonderfully fun elements including the only back-to-back island greens in the game (Man-O-War), a front nine of dramatic holes weaving through secluded swampland teeming with wildlife (The Witch), and a splendid layout reminiscent of Scotland and Ireland’s classic courses complete with authentic sod-faced bunkering and castle-style clubhouse (The Wizard).

Man-O-War’s 15th hole ranks among GOLF Magazine’s “Five Most Memorable Island Greens” alongside No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass, the “Alcatraz” hole at PGA West’s Stadium Course and Coeur d’Alene Resort’s movable, floating putting surface. The Witch is praised by PGA.com for presenting one of America’s “great 9th holes” and The Wizard has earned 4-1/2 stars from Golf Digest.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, October 12, 2019

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

Silvies Valley Ranch adds to long is of accolades in 2019

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

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

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

This award adds to the long list of accolades in golf and travel industries in 2019 for Silvies Valley Ranch, including 2019 Top 100 Best Courses You Can Play (No. 32, Hankins) (No. 40, Craddock), 2019 Best Courses You Can Play By State (No. 5, Hankins) (No. 6, Craddock) by Golfweek, Best New Courses: 2018 (No. 3, Craddock) (No. 4, Hankins) by Golf Digest and Top Golf Resorts in the U.S. by Robb Report.

Recognized for its sustainable, luxurious accommodations while constantly bringing entertainment to guests. The Retreat, Links and Spa at Silvies Valley Ranch indulges guests with downhome western service, ranch-to-table dining and top-of-the-line amenities for those looking for adventures on and off the golf course.

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