Thursday, August 5, 2021

Fall Golf and Gaming in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Ryder Cup, College/NFL Football and MLB, Fall is a great time to experience Island Resort and Casino

(Escanaba, MI) – One of the best experiences that golfers who visit Michigan get to have annually during the fall season are the magnificent colors scattered across the Great Lakes State. Those looking for a head start on fall golf can combine this wonderful scenery with gaming and sportsbook betting in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at Island Resort & Casino, located 13-miles west of Escanaba.

The region comes to life a few weeks earlier than downstate when sunny crisp days become a feast for the senses with hardwoods changing colors and turning their hues to scarlet, rust, gold and orange. Home of the award-winning Sweetgrass and Sage Run golf courses, golfers are now planning fall golf adventures and combining it with sportsbook gaming entertainment.

The fall months of September and October are a perfect time to visit the Island Resort & Casino with premier sporting events like the Ryder Cup, College/NFL Football, and MLB Baseball taking place. TwinSpires, the official online wagering site for Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby is the official partner of the resort. This is the perfect golf trip combining multiple championship courses and spending the evenings gaming and watching the best sporting events. With 14 kiosks conveniently located throughout T.McC’s Sports Bar, golfers can easily place bets watching golf, college or professional football, MLB baseball games and other sports on 30+ big screen TVs. 

Whether it’s a buddy trip or couples golf getaway, fully customizable fall packages can be booked featuring 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-night lodging options with up to four rounds of golf. Pricing starts at just $95 per person based on double occupancy. The popular Perfect Foursome package starts out at $350.00 per person for four rounds golf (Sweetgrass, Sage Run, Greywalls, and Timberstone) and three nights lodging.

Make sure to visit the Island Resort and Casino website for exciting sportsbook promotions during the fall season, especially Sportsbook Sundays for NFL football and exciting sportsbook action on Saturdays. Visit for more details.

Award-winning golf has become the centerpiece of the Island Resort & Casino

Designed by Paul Albanese, Sweetgrass features an open layout with some of the game’s most fun greens to putt (Redan, Biarritz, Island and Double-Green), as well as some wonderful strategic holes -- including the famous island green No. 15 and spectacular double green with finishing par-five holes on each side. The course, which plays host to the Symetra Tour's Island Resort Championship, is ranked among Golfweek’s Best Courses and has been recognized by GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest as a Best in State selection. 

Sage Run, also designed by Albanese, offers a contrasting style from its sister course. The course, which was listed among Golf Digest’s prestigious list of “Best New Courses” in 2019, meanders through beautiful Upper Peninsula hardwoods, open vistas, and a very dramatic ridge -- offering a scenic variety of shots that collectively create a fun thrill ride for golfers. The course annually plays host to some of the top collegiate players with The Island Resort Intercollegiate at Sage Run. 

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Forme Enters Golf Market

Therapeutic Wearables Correct Posture and Boost Recovery

(Los Angeles CA) — Forme, a wellness-technology company dedicated to optimizing human posture and recovery, announces its launch into the golf market with its FDA registered therapeutic wearables. 

After successful results with Olympians, NBA, MLB and NHL players, Forme’s technically superior products are now trusted by golf professionals and champions across all PGA tours, amateur golfers, coaches and top golf fitness professionals. 

“Golfers, due to habitual forward postures and demanding playing and travel schedules, have a demonstrated history of muscular-skeletal injuries including neck, back, hip and shoulder injuries which can impact their physical and mental health,” said Dr. Stephen Liu, Chairman and Founder of Forme.  “We are a healthcare technology company that has helped many athletes and pro golfers improve their recovery and training by helping them breath better and accelerate faster muscle relaxation via natural and sustainable solutions from the effects of playing, traveling and sleeping.”  

Scientific evidence and rigorous, proven methods are at the core of Forme’s innovation process as its products can be easily integrated into daily life for the improvement of one’s physical and cognitive health. The FormeTech inner layer is built into every Forme wearable, from the eco-friendly Core Tee to the Ace Polo, with embedded posture correction and training kinematics that are designed to instantly correct posture by proper muscle engagement. Forme products are comfortable daily wear for training, competition, recovery, travel and sleep. On and off the course, Forme wearables mitigate risk of injury, enabling quicker recovery and better play. 

“Forme engineered technical body transformation products are built with an emphasis on mobility, performance and recovery,” added Dr. Liu. “Forme therapeutic wearables are specifically created to help golfers and non-golfers feel connected, make their movements more efficient and recover quicker so they can perform their best.”

Forme’s family of products include:

The Ace Polo

The Ace Polo is the only FDA registered patented posture correcting and training polo in the world. It can be easily worn for training and playing. The two buttons on the polo can be buttoned up or kept open for different posture control.  The inner layer, embedded with our patented technology, offers biomechanical training by keeping your right shoulder back for a more consistent golf swing, synchronizing your shoulder blades for better putting, and improving your thoracic spine rotation, all while training your spine muscles and keeping your neck relaxed. Wear it on or off the golf course for improved and quicker body recovery. 

The Core Tee 

The Core Tee is an FDA registered and patented posture corrector designed to correct and train posture through proper muscle engagement. 

Made with premium eco-friendly fabric, this lightweight, silky, soft-feel crewneck immediately changes one's appearance and elongates your spine while correcting and training your posterior muscles for ideal posture. The patented technology inside layer is powerful enough to deliver the needed correction without feeling like you’re wearing anything but a basic tee. With daily wear, muscle memory will turn into the same awareness that allows you to walk and breathe without any conscious effort. Great posture will become second nature.

The Core Tee will fit just like your regular tee without any uncomfortable or visible tightness, so you can pair it with your regular clothes or throw it on for work, play, sleep, travel and more for quicker recovery.  

The Pro Short

Loved by professional athletes across the PGA TOUR, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, among others, the Pro Short lives up to its name. It is designed to fix your pelvic tilt, correct and train your hip alignment, reduce back pain, and accelerate recovery. The patented technology activates the glutes and spine muscles to keep the hip in neutral alignment for less back pain, and improve hip mobility.  Wear it to maximize your daily activities or as an undergarment for work, play, travel and sleep. Pair with The Core Tee or Ace Polo for spine elongation, muscle engagement and total body recovery. 

Forme is used by many PGA golfers, coaches and trainers including: 

“I have been struggling with my posture and back trouble the past couple of years and Forme has put me in the right position. It ties everything together. I feel a lot more powerful and am generating a lot more clubhead speed. It is awesome.”-H English PGA Tour

“The shirt provides instant feedback. I can feel my neck relax and all the tension on my back and neck is gone. It doesn’t just help when standing up but also when I sit down. I like to wear it mostly when I travel because it helps with my recovery. The shirt automatically brings my shoulder blades down and back. I am no longer hunched over and my alignment is as good as it has ever been.”- J Wolfe, Two-time Korn Ferry Tour winner

“You can only swing the cub as well as your body is set up to it and posture is a massive part of the game that I am looking at all the time. Forme is a great assistance for good cervical posture and shoulder blade alignment. Great benefits for traveling, playing, recovery and working out.- J. Parsons, Senior Instructor, Sea Island Golf Performance Center

“When I first put on the shirt, I got instant feedback. The longer I wore the product, the better improvement I saw in my own flexibility, rotation and posture. Not to mention the better positions I was able to get my body into. So I made some of my clients wear the shirt during their training sessions. The results have been remarkable.” – S. Roberts, Senior Golf-Fitness Trainer

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Notah Begay III joins PointsBet as Global Golf Ambassador

Begay will lend golf expertise, help drive PointsBet's diversity programs and assist with critical tribal relations in emerging markets

(DENVER and SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M.) — PointsBet, a premier global online gaming operator, announced today a long-term collaboration with Notah Begay III and the NB3 Foundation. Begay will serve as a critical link to PointsBet partners NBC Sports and GOLF Channel, and will provide essential support to PointsBet's diversity initiatives and its work with tribal communities. Begay will also become a PointsBet ambassador as the company works to further cement themselves as the preferred sportsbook of golf bettors.

Begay will serve as an expert voice for the sportsbook's golf offerings, create unique digital content for fans, and provide exclusive opportunities for PointsBet customers. Begay joins PointsBet as part of the team's commitment to grow the game of golf and provide its fans with the most interesting and complete sports betting offerings and insights available anywhere. PointsBet's golf partnerships also include the PGA TOUR, GolfNow, GolfPass, NBC Sports' Predictor free-to-play platform, the Rocket Mortgage Classic, the TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes, and local golf associations in several states.

Additionally, the relationship includes a notable partnership with Begay's NB3 Foundation, providing PointsBet a unique opportunity to make a tangible impact on Native American communities across the country. The NB3 Foundation is changing the lives of Native American children by supporting and funding Indigenous-driven, culturally centered programs that establish a clear pathway for Native children to live healthy and active lives.

"We at PointsBet are thrilled to partner with Notah and continue to build upon our expertise in the game of golf. Notah's incredible knowledge of the game and his unique relationships across the country will serve our company and our customers, and ensure we are the premier sportsbook for golfers everywhere," said Johnny Aitken, CEO of PointsBet USA. "This partnership also provides PointsBet with a genuine connection to NB3 Foundation and ensures we are playing an appropriate role in the communities in which we operate."

Notah Begay III is a four-time PGA TOUR winner and current analyst for NBC Sports and GOLF Channel. As the only full-blooded Native American to play on the PGA TOUR, Begay graduated from Stanford University in 1995 and became just the third player in the history of professional golf to shoot a 59 in a PGA Tour sanctioned event.

"It's with great excitement and anticipation that I pursue this new venture in collaboration with PointsBet.  I look forward to standing alongside a company that truly understands the unique and intrinsic values of golf but also recognizes the importance of community," said Notah Begay III. "Creating new opportunities and making an impact in the communities we serve will be the benchmark of our team."

Viewed as an industry leader for responsible gaming efforts and awareness, PointsBet and Begay will also work together on best-in-class practices to protect the integrity of the game of golf.  As the official, exclusive sports betting partner of NBC Sports, PointsBet will utilize the media giant's premium television and digital assets tied to promote the PointsBet brand.  As part of the relationship, NBC Sports provides PointsBet with year-round, multi-platform media and marketing opportunities across its unmatched portfolio of events.

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Branson Golf Destination Adds New Attraction; Array of Amenities Ideal for Travel Getaways to Ozarks

Fastest-Growing, Most-Compelling Venue for Sport in U.S. Ideal for Fun On and Off the 10 Courses

(Branson, Missouri) – What do golfers and anglers have in common? They tend to embellish their performance and results when telling others about them. Certain golf shots and fish caught take on greater emphasis than perhaps is warranted. Branson is the ideal destination for both recreational pastimes and the subsequent cock-and-bull stories.

The recent debut of Angler's Lodge, the destination’s newest accommodation, and its Tall Tales Bar & Grill – a brand-new over-the-top sports bar near all 10 Branson Golf courses – is the perfect place to relax and regale others with amusing accounts of days spent on the lush fairways and vast lakes.

The full-service restaurant starts with a tasty menu – including blackened fish tacos and Kansas City strip steaks – then complements that with a golf simulator, large screen TVs, arcade games, Ozarks-themed décor and more.

Tall Tales enhances the destination’s unique combination of incredible golf courses and its astonishing non-golf amenities and attractions. 

With four of the state’s top-rated courses in Missouri (including the top three), multiple new courses that have opened in recent years (including Tiger Woods’ only public course design in America), and 10 total playing options to choose from, Branson has emerged as one of the country’s best settings for golf getaways. 

Three superb lakes offer boating and water sports. Astounding museums – Titanic Branson and Ancient Ozarks Natural History – showcase displays not found anywhere else. Hundreds of restaurants and lodging establishments beckon, along with dozens of live entertainment theaters, outdoor adventures (zip lines, world-class fishing) and award-winning family friendly places (Silver Dollar City theme park).

At the heart of the golf destination is Big Cedar Lodge, home to five golf courses and a plethora of remarkable other leisure activities. Located a few miles from the resort, Tall Tales is one of its amenities and is situated conveniently near the destination’s golf courses.

“Branson has always been coveted by visitors for our wonderful hotels, resorts, restaurants and leisure activities,” said Lynn Berry, Director of Communications, Branson Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Tall Tales Bar & Grill adds another wonderful option to our destination, one that is perfect for golfers, anglers, and everyone.”

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Topgolf Entertainment Group Announces Strategic Long-Term Partnership with St Andrews Links

10-Year Exclusive Collaboration with the “Home of Golf” Brings Innovative Ball-Tracing Technology From Toptracer to One of the Most Iconic Courses in the World

(DALLAS) – Topgolf Entertainment Group (TEG), a technology-enabled global sports and entertainment leader, today announces details of a 10-year partnership with St Andrews Links. Through this strategic partnership, TEG will become the exclusive golf entertainment partner for the “Home of Golf,” along with Toptracer as the official range technology of St Andrews Links. 

World-renowned St Andrews Links is a beacon for global golf travel with scores of avid golfers descending on the grounds every year. Together, TEG and St Andrews Links will collaborate on unique initiatives and activations designed to offer even more ways for golfers everywhere to experience St Andrews Links through TEG’s respective brands Topgolf, World Golf Tour (WGT) online game and Toptracer technology. The partnership will provide players of all ages and ability levels—from all over the world—access to one of the most esteemed venues in golf through virtual gaming, global tournaments and more.

“We are ecstatic to be partnering with St Andrews Links to help create memorable and engaging experiences at the most storied golf venue in the world,” said Artie Starrs, CEO of Topgolf Entertainment Group.  “Through our various technology platforms, we’ll be able to welcome millions of people around the world into the 'Home of Golf’.”

A key element of the strategic partnership is the installation of Toptracer Range technology on site at St Andrews Links. The industry-leading ball tracing technology provides golfers with accurate, live shot data that can be used for practice purposes or to compete in challenges and games with friends. Cameras mounted around the facility trace every shot struck to produce an array of data including distance, speed, launch angle, shape and more that is then displayed on a 21-inch monitor in each hitting bay. In addition to a technology experience on site, The Old Course at St Andrews Links is exclusive to Toptracer Range, as the official range technology of St Andrews.

“This is an extremely exciting partnership for St Andrews Links. We have worked closely with Topgolf and the WGT game over the last few years and have been very pleased with the reach that the Old Course has garnered at Toptracer Range properties, and in the digital realm via the support of WGT,” said Danny Campbell, commercial director of St Andrews Links. “This is a partnership that we see benefiting St Andrews Links and the Old Course not just on site, but also around the world through the multitude of platforms that Topgolf Entertainment Group can offer. In essence, we want to make the experiences of St Andrews accessible to golf fans around the world.”

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Horseshoe Bay Resort Announces Return of Annual Beer By The Bay Music Festival, Aug. 13 - 14

(Horseshoe Bay, TX)
– After a one-year hiatus, Horseshoe Bay Resort will again host the annual Beer By The Bay Music Festival. The eighth rendition of this popular annual event encompasses the finest collection of Texas musicians and Texas-based breweries for the eighth time.

“This is an event that so many people mark on their calendars, so it's exciting to see how many groups have already booked their weekend packages for Beer By the Bay,” says Bryan Woodward, managing director. "Along with the fall's Wine, Dine and Jazz Festival, The Shootout and the springtime Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay festival, this festival is indicative of how our Horseshoe Bay Resort signature events have created lasting and thrilling memories for our members and resort guests. If you haven't experienced our unique combinations of entertainment and world-class food and beverage events, please join us this year.”

This year’s event runs Friday and Saturday, August 13 and 14. It’s headlined by two talented performers - Austin's hometown legend Bob Schneider (40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet), Big Blue Sea, Changing Your Mind) on Friday night and multi-platinum entertainer Sara Evans who has five No. 1 singles (No Place That Far, Suds in the Bucket, A Real Fine Place to Start, Born to Fly and A Little Bit Stronger) on Saturday night.

Packages include admission each night, culinary offerings and craft beer tastings inside the festival site. Upgrades to the Festival Plus package includes beer and wine tastings, and access to the festival lounge. “This event will sell out, so don't delay in securing your hotel package,” says Woodward. “Limited space is available.”

This year’s participating breweries are Karbach Brewing Co., Saint Archer Brewery, Thirsty Planet, Save the World Brewing, Lake Austin Ales, Real Ale Brewing Co. Austin Eastciders, Independence Brewing, Altstadt Beer, Four Corners Brewing, Revolver Brewing, St. Arnold, Twisted X Brewing, Rahr & Sons, and Shiner Beer.

The full music lineup:

Friday, August 13

Whitney Rose | 6:30 p.m.

Austin Texas based Whitney Rose is an award-winning internationally lauded and critically acclaimed vocalist and songwriter whose music bends and transcends international boundaries.

Wilder Blue | 8:00 p.m.

The Wilder Blue is a rootsy Americana band with harmonies reminiscent of The Eagles while achieving musicianship on par with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Led by Texas troubadour Zane Williams and the band is made up of seasoned players from some of the biggest acts in Texas.

Bob Schneider | 9:30 p.m.

Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter and former frontman of The Ugly Americans and The Scabs, Bob Schneider has become one of the most celebrated musicians in the live music capital. Drawing from a range of diverse musical styles, Schneider’s talent has defied genres. He started gaining national recognition when he released 2001’s Lonelyland, his major-label debut for Universal Records, followed by 2004’s I’m Good Now.

Saturday, August 14

Holly Tucker | 6:00 p.m.

After winning the hearts of millions of television viewers on Season 4 of NBC’s hit music reality show, The Voice where Blake Shelton described Holly with “the most effortless, accurate, and powerful voice he’s ever heard.” Her success continues to reach new heights as she has most recently held the title of Texas Country Music Association’s female vocalist of the year, three years running.

David Adam Byrnes | 7:00 p.m.

David Adam Byrnes success in Texas has blossomed above the competition recording four back to back #1 singles culminating with a 2021 New Male Vocalist of the year nominee at the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards His Hits “Beer Bucket List”, “Tequila Salt and Time, and “Old School” will get you up and moving.

The Derailers | 8:15 p.m.

The Derailers were founded in 1993 in Austin Texas by Brian Hofeldt and Tony Villanueva. Over those 25+ years, the band has released eight studio albums, two live records, one retrospective collection and has been a part of numerous compilations and other recording projects. The Derailers have been featured on the stages of The Grand Ole Opry, A Prairie Home Companion, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and the US President’s Inaugural Ball.

Sara Evans | 9:30 p.m.

Over the last two decades, Evans has carved a successful career anchored by her insightful songwriting and warm, evocative voice. With such enduring hits as “Suds in the Bucket,” “A Real Fine Place to Start,” “Perfect” and “A Little Bit Stronger,” she’s earned recognition as the fifth most played female artist at country radio and continues to be a force on the road with tour dates criss-crossing the country. Evans is a multi-platinum certified recording artist and was named the Country Music Association’s Top Female Vocalist of the Year in 2006.

Weekend Room and Festival Packages:

Beer By The Bay Packages for 2021: 


This package is for two adults and includes admission for two for Friday and Saturday night of the Festival

– All you can eat food stations till to 9 p.m. each night of the Festival (Festival grounds only)

– All you can drink non-alcoholic drinks and craft Beer Tastings till 10 p.m. each night


This package is for two adults and includes admission for two for Friday and Saturday night of the Festival

– All you can eat food till 9 p.m. each night of the Festival (Festival grounds only)

– All you can drink non-alcoholic drinks and Craft Beer Tastings till 10 p.m. each night

– Access for 2 adults to Beer by the Bay Music Festival Plus Lounge that includes beer and wine starting at 6 p.m. and select festival liquors from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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Arcis Golf Acquires Six Mickelson Golf Properties

Additions strengthen company's unique value proposition in key golf markets

(DALLAS) – Arcis Golf, the second largest and fastest-growing owner and operator of golf facilities in the United States, has acquired six Mickelson Golf Properties from professional golfer and World Golf Hall of Fame legend Phil Mickelson and his business partner, Steve Loy. The transaction closed today, and Arcis Golf assumes operations on Tuesday, August 3.

The six properties include three upscale private clubs and three daily fee facilities, each with its own distinctive identity and sense of place. With this acquisition, Arcis Golf now has 15 properties within a short drive time of the greater Phoenix area. 

"These exceptional additions to our portfolio support our strategy of owning and operating preeminent properties within each of our key hub or expansion markets," said Blake Walker, Founder, and CEO of Arcis Golf. "We're excited to bring our unique approach to delivering extraordinary experiences to members and guests at these great private and daily fee facilities." 

"We're thrilled to work with Arcis Golf, and we're entrusting them to build upon the success we've created so far with these properties," Mickelson said. "We were very impressed with the Arcis leadership team and their commitment to their members and guests, and we look forward to continuing our business relationship."

Each Mickelson club presents a unique and differentiated golf experience. Coupled with the existing Arcis Golf properties, these new assets offer unprecedented course optionality, experiences and content for members, guests, and visitors to the region.  

The new clubs joining the Arcis Golf portfolio are:


The Stone Canyon Club (Oro Valley)

Stone Canyon is located against the picturesque Tortolita Mountains, north of Tucson, and affords its members one of the premier golf experiences in the state, an expansive clubhouse, luxurious spa, and tennis facilities. Recently, the club hosted The Match: Champions for Change featuring Mickelson and Charles Barkley versus Peyton Manning and Steph Curry on TNT.

The Golf Club at Chaparral Pines (Payson)

Chaparral Pines residents enjoy gated privacy in a mild mountain climate. Chaparral Pines is known for exceptional family amenities, is consistently ranked as one of the top golf courses in Arizona, has first-class club facilities, and its proximity to some of America's most scenic natural areas for hiking, fly-fishing, and other outdoor activities. 

The Rim Golf Club (Payson)

Nestled in Arizona's spectacular Mogollon Rim Country, The Rim Golf Club is a Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish design, playing 7,200 yards along forested fairways woven through dramatic rock outcroppings and the largest stand of Ponderosa pines in the country. The natural elevations—up to 5,000 feet—and native vegetation enhance the strategic challenge of the hazards, with water coming into play on six holes.

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McDowell Mountain Golf Club (Scottsdale)

One of the premier public golf courses in the Valley, the club is located on the western slope of Scottsdale's McDowell Mountains adjacent to the nationally recognized Westworld equestrian center. The golf course plays to 7,072 yards and is appointed with private-club-level amenities, including the popular Mesquite Grill and attractive event spaces.

Ocotillo Golf Club (Chandler)

Minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, this 27-hole course was designed by renowned course architect Ted Robinson and is a recipient of Golf Digest's 4 1/2 Star Best Places to Play Award. 

Palm Valley Golf Club (Goodyear)

The original Arthur Hills design has been expanded to 27 holes (North, South, West) and offers golfers of all ages an approachable and immensely playable family-centric experience. 

These new courses add to Arcis Golf’s strong roots in Phoenix. Currently, Arcis Golf owns and operates five daily fee golf courses and four private clubs, offering a wide range of golf, culinary, and lifestyle amenities. Course designs include the most notable names in architecture, from Bob Cupp to Arnold Palmer to Perry Dye. Programming extends well beyond golf and includes wellness and fitness, culinary and cultural experiences. Frequent and reciprocal-play programs are available across the Phoenix portfolio, as are special events and entertainment.

Over the past few years, Arcis Golf has invested more than $75 million in upgrades, amenities, personnel, training, and systems to maximize the growth and future success of its collection of private, resort, and daily fee clubs throughout the United States. The company will continue to look for opportunities to enhance its portfolio of properties in key markets around the country.

Arcis Golf has received numerous honors, including ranking on the Inc. Magazine 5000 list of the nation's fastest-growing companies (2017, 2018) and a National Golf Foundation "Top 100 Businesses in Golf" (2018, 2020). In addition, in 2018, CEO Walker was recognized by EY as the Entrepreneur Of The Year® in the hospitality category.

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