Sunday, August 18, 2019

Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection And Mauna Lani Golf Unveil New Unlimited Stay & Play Package

(Hawai‘i Island, Hawaii) – Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, in partnership with Mauna Lani Golf, today announces a special Unlimited Golf Stay & Play package, combining new luxurious oceanfront resort accommodations with unlimited golf on Mauna Lani’s North and South Courses. Destined to capture its place as Hawaii’s most loved resort, Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection is now accepting reservations to welcome guests to an authentic yet newly designed resort, set to be unveiled in January 2020. Anchored by its storied location along the Kohala Coast, the resort’s dramatic natural setting, paired with an abundance of tailored experiences - including golf, will be the focal point for guests seeking enriching cultural immersion, adventurous outdoor pursuits, unrivaled amenities and the opportunity for a highly personalized itinerary. Managed by Troon Golf, the famed South and North Courses at Mauna Lani were recently honored by Golf Advisor, the leading source for golf course ratings and reviews, as the No. 1 and No.6 courses respectively in Hawaii.

Mauna Lani’s new Unlimited Golf Stay & Play package includes:
- Ocean view accommodations at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection
- Daily unlimited golf for two at Mauna Lani Golf (choice of North or South Courses)
- Daily Breakfast Buffet for two at HaLani restaurant
- Complimentary practice time/balls prior to play

Package travel dates are valid January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020, with a minimum three-night stay required.

“In advance of Mauna Lani’s January debut, we are thrilled to launch this new package that will exceed the expectations of even the most well-traveled golfers,” said Chris White, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing for Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection. “Showcasing the very best of our newly reimagined resort experience, the Unlimited Golf Stay & Play package pairs Mauna Lani’s incredible accommodations with unparalleled oceanfront golf on our award-winning North and South Courses.”

Guests interested in reserving the Unlimited Golf Stay & Play package should call (800) 367-2323 or visit www.maunalanigolf.com/golf_unlimited_package for more details.

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

Volvik Congratulates Kyle Berkshire on Latest World Long Drive Victory

Berkshire Wins Second Consecutive WLD Event


(ORLANDO, Florida) – Volvik USA (volvik.com), a rapidly-growing, premium high-performance golf ball company, congratulates Kyle Berkshire on his second World Long Drive win in a row. He defeated Tim Burke at the Tennessee Big Shots benefiting Niswonger Children’s Hospital, competed Aug. 10-12 in Kingsport, Tenn.

“We extend our congratulations to Kyle Berkshire on another spectacular win,” said Don Shin, president of Volvik USA. “His skill and power are appreciated by countless golfers and fans around the world.”

Volvik owned the final pairing at this event, with Berkshire and Burke meeting for the second time this year in the title match. Berkshire won by blasting a Volvik Vivid XT 410 yards in the finals and generating an incredible 227 miles-per-hour ball speed in the process. This marked the fourth time in five events that Berkshire earned a trip to the final match.

Volvik was represented in the quarterfinals by three of four competitors, with Justin James, Burke and Berkshire qualifying for the finals, televised on Golf Channel. In addition, Phillis Meti earned her fifth trip to the finals, losing by two yards in the women’s division.

The Volvik VIVID XT, the official golf ball of the World Long Drive, delivers explosive power and distance. The four-piece high performance ball features five color options that enhances focus. Its unique SF matte coating provides superior consistency and penetrating trajectory.

The Volvik World Long Drive Championship is the ultimate power golf spectacle, drawing not only the best long drive hitters but also avid spectators from around the globe.

For more information, see volvik.com.

USGA Boosts Its Support of First Tee with $100,000 in Grant Funding

The grants, which have totaled more than $26 million since 1997, will leave a lasting impact on 25 communities delivering First Tee programs in and around USGA championships and Allied Golf Associations


(PINEHURST, N.C.) – Thanks to a $100,000 donation from the United States Golf Association (USGA), First Tee chapters across the nation are receiving grants to further their efforts to introduce life skills and the game of golf to more young people. The grants are a continuation of the support the USGA has provided to First Tee for more than 20 years, and one of a series of initiatives on which the organizations have collaborated in 2019.

The grants are being dispersed to 25 chapters located in or around USGA championship locations and Allied Golf Associations as part of the organization’s strategy to leave a positive, lasting impact on local host communities.

The announcement was made today at the USGA’s 119th U.S. Amateur Championship in Pinehurst, N.C. Participants from the First Tee of the Sandhills, one of the USGA grant recipients, were on hand with the chapter’s Executive Director Courtney Stiles – who recently qualified to play in the U.S. Women’s Mid-Am this September – to share the announcement alongside USGA CEO Mike Davis.

“We are so grateful to the USGA and organizations like this, as it is these partnerships that allow us to broaden our impact in communities across the country, engaging young people who we may not have otherwise reached,” said Greg McLaughlin, First Tee president. “Together, we will inspire youth for years to come, engaging them in the sport and helping them to become leaders in their communities.”

“We are proud to see our First Tee grant funding directly benefit those communities that welcome us throughout the year and embrace the spirit of what a USGA championship represents,” Davis added. “The USGA is committed to making a difference in our host communities, and we are excited to see the long-term impact these grants will have in welcoming more junior golfers to the game, and to inspire them to play it for a lifetime.”

The USGA has supported the First Tee since its inception in 1997, providing more than $26 million in grants to the organization. Their shared commitment to bringing more young people to the game was highlighted this past June during the 119th U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach, where the two organizations debuted the Junior Experience Featuring First Tee. The on-site interactive experience connected youths with the excitement and values associated with golf and First Tee programs offered throughout the country.

With the USGA’s support, First Tee chapters are reaching more than 136,000 young people annually at more than 1,200 program locations, with support from 25,000 volunteers. Additionally, First Tee has been introduced to more than 10,000 schools and youth centers reaching millions of additional kids through these programs.

Learn more at www.thefirsttee.org and usga.org.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Forsgate Country Club to Host the 7th Annual R.A. Schiavone Memorial Cup

Amateurs and Professionals Take on the Historic Banks Course


(Monroe Township, N.J.) — Forsgate Country Club will host the 7th Annual R.A. Schiavone Memorial Cup Pro/Scratch Event on its historic Banks Course September 17-18.

The two-day stroke play tournament for amateurs and the one day pro-am team event, has three age divisions for amateur contestants: 35-49, 50-64 and 65 years and older. There is no age requirement for PGA professionals.

On September 17, amateurs compete in a skills competition that is followed by Round 1 of 18 holes of stroke play.  On September 18, amateurs join their professional partner in a team aggregate gross format, which also counts as Round 2 of their stroke play tournament.  The two-day low gross total player from each age division will qualify for a one hole playoff to determine the 2019 R.A. Schiavone Memorial Cup champion.  In addition to competing as a team, the pros will vie for a $5,000 purse with a $2,500 first place prize going to the medalist.

The Schiavone Cup is named in honor of longtime Garden State golf course owner/investor Ronald A. Schiavone (1925-2011).  The founder of Schiavone Construction Company, he built large portions of the New Jersey Turnpike, including Interchange 8A, the exit adjacent to Forsgate Country Club.

“This event honors a man who contributed to golf in New Jersey, even though he wasn’t a golfer himself.  As a founder of the state’s largest country club, the 54-hole Fiddler’s Elbow, and primary owner of Forsgate Country Club for more than a decade, Ron Schiavone provided the entrepreneurial vision that helped elevate the quality of the game in the Garden State,” said Chris Schiavone, Forsgate’s Managing Partner.  “My introduction to golf and my education in the club business – from summer jobs at the clubs he owned to assisting him in their management – are owed to him, and I thought it fitting that an event should be created in his honor.”

The field is limited to 60 teams and the entry fee for the two man team is $350.  For more information or to register a team, contact Mike Furey or Carolyn McKenzie Andrews at (732) 656-8959.

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

Giants Ridge Now Offering Finn Cycle

Motorcycle-Inspired, Electric Cycle Creates Fun, Excitement at Minnesota’s Premier Golf Resort


(BIWABIK, Minn.) – Giants Ridge – Minnesota’s leading golf resort set in the rugged beauty of the Mesabi Iron Range – now features the exciting Finn Cycle, a two-wheeled, electric cycle designed to offer a comfortable and invigorating ride throughout a round of golf.

Among the first in Minnesota to offer the Finn Cycle, Giants Ridge’s rolling terrain provides a fun and fast experience for golfers. The Finn Cycle travels at the same speed as a traditional golf cart, approximately 15 mph, and offers the opportunity to substantially speed up the pace of play by naturally encouraging ready golf with each player driving directly to his/her ball.

The golf bag sits along the center-line of the Finn Cycle offering easy golf club access and riding stability. The Finn Cycle has front and rear suspension for a comfortable ride and braking with hand-operated hydraulic disc brakes. The electric motor is in the rear wheel offering a sleek design and the lithium battery can go 36 holes on a single charge.

Subject to availability, cost to rent a Finn Cycle at Giants Ridge is $21 plus tax. Rental kiosks are available at both of Giants Ridge’s golf shops, which includes a short training video for golfers. The cycles are already in high demand as younger players and golf purists relish the new, entertaining way to traverse the resort’s two championship courses.

“Guests will be able experience the Giants Ridge courses from a whole new angle from the Finn Cycle,” says Director of Golf John Kendall. “The Finn Cycle adds yet another thrilling and sporty element to our world-class resort courses.”

A convenient three-hour drive along I-35 from the Minneapolis – St. Paul metro area, Giants Ridge boasts two of the highest ranked layouts in state, The Quarry and The Legend. Although both tracts were designed by renowned course architect Jeff Brauer, each course features its own unique layout and character.

The aptly-named The Quarry is built on the site of a former sand quarry and iron ore mine. Dramatically raised tees and hazards forged from reclaimed and repurposed mine land set The Quarry apart from other courses and provide dramatic Iron Range vistas.

Carved out of the Superior National Forest, The Legend is a true “northwoods” course featuring towering pines, giant fairways and majestic views of Wynne and Sabin Lakes.

Earlier this year, Giants Ridge received the “Editor’s Choice Award” from Golf Digest in the “Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest” category. The publication also ranked The Quarry No. 31 in its biennial rankings of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. In addition to the Golf Digest honors, Giants Ridge and its courses have received accolades from Golfweek, My Golf Spy, WorldGolf.com and Golf Advisor.

Currently, Giants Ridge is offering value-laden stay-and-play packages for the 2019 golf season. The Villas at Giants Ridge package includes one round of golf with cart on either of the resort’s two courses (through October 15), range balls, a yardage book and accommodations for 10% off the regular price. The GreenGate Guest Houses package includes a round of golf on either The Quarry or The Legend, golf cart, range balls and a yardage book, and starts at $232 per person / per night. Early and late season packages at the Lodge at Giants Ridge start at $249 per person / per night and includes a two-night stay in a two-bedroom condo, discounts at the Sleeping Giant Grill and Bar, a round of golf per person/per day on either course, golf cart, range balls and a yardage book.

For more information: www.giantsridge.com, 1.800.688.7669.

TaylorMade Golf Company Announces TP Patina Putter Collection

(Carlsbad, Calif.) – TaylorMade Golf Company announced today the anticipated release of the TP Patina Putter Collection, featuring a refined aesthetic paired with unparalleled craftsmanship. Comprised of seven distinct models, the TP Patina Putter Collection is a modern take on a classic design, built with TaylorMade’s patented, Tour-proven Pure Roll insert. All in, TP Patina is a look from the past that plays like the future.

Delivering a rich and classic colorway to the line of TP Putters, the TP Patina Putter Collection features a naturally tarnishing patina finish. Through combining black nickel and copper properties, we created a unique reveal on the edges and sole of the putter. The TP Patina Putter Collection is built for golfers who favor a smooth and traditional putter shape still backed by unrivaled performance and technology.

Built to optimize roll characteristics in all models of the TP Patina Putter Collection, a new and thicker 5mm aluminum Pure Roll insert is specially engineered to bring the grooves into direct contact with the ball. As compared to a solid face, the Pure Roll insert’s 45° grooves improve forward roll, helping the ball start and stay on its intended line.

This third-generation release of the TP Putter Collection features new signature TP screws that securely fasten the Pure Roll insert to the putter face. Through this process, voids and air pockets beneath the insert are minimized, creating an improved and solid feel on impact.
Soto, Juno & Del Monte 

The three blade-style putters in the TP Patina Putter Collection, Soto, Juno and new Del Monte all feature a clean build with a single sightline on the back cavity. Each blade putter is complete with a Pure Roll insert designed to give golfers optimized stability, control and feel.

As with every putter in TaylorMade’s TP Collection, the naming convention for the putters within the patina range draw on inspiration from areas, regions and landmarks of some of the world’s greatest golf destinations and historic courses.

SOTO
The Soto provides a smooth appearance at address with 47° of toe hang and a full shaft offset.

JUNO
Shaped with squared contours, Juno’s appearance is complete with 36° of toe hang and a full shaft offset.

DEL MONTE 
With a single sightline on the back cavity, the Del Monte putter features a slight toe hang of 8°and a firm feeling on impact.

Ardmore 1, Ardmore 2, Ardmore 3 & DuPage 

The mallet options for the Patina Collection are equally as impressive with four options including the Ardmore 1, Ardmore 2, Ardmore 3 and the new DuPage. Each mallet putter is constructed with a Pure Roll insert designed to give golfers optimized stability, control and feel.

ARDMORE 1 
A face-balanced mallet designed with dual cavity sightlines and one top sightline. Ardmore 1 features a full shaft offset intended to promote a linear stroke.

ARDMORE 2 
With double cavity sightlines for a straight back, straight through stroke, Ardmore 2 features a face balanced toe hang and single bend TM hosel.

ARDMORE 3 
Incorporating a 42° toe hang on a short slant hosel with a single cavity sightline, the Ardmore 3 completes the Ardmore line up.

DUPAGE
The all new DuPage mallet putter completes the TP Patina Putter collection with a new take on the traditional mallet design incorporating a single bend, face balanced design.

ALL-NEW ADJUSTABLE WEIGHTING 
New to the TP Patina Putter Collection, the TP adjustable weight system enables the TP sole weights to be unique to each stock length to hit a specific swing weight. Weights ranging from 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10, 15 and 20 grams are available for sale separately.

The entire TP Patina Collection is available in 34” and 35” lengths in both RH & LH models. Each putter comes equipped stock with a KBS CT Taper Stepless Chrome Putter shaft and a Super Stroke Pistol GT 1.0 grip at an MSRP of $249.99 USD.

GOLFPASS Launches Concierge-Like Travel Services

Introduction of Ultimate Itinerary Videos Help Plan Step-by-Step Travel to Top Golf Destinations


(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Traveling has never been easier or more convenient for those who love to tee it up, with new concierge-like perks and benefits introduced today through the GOLFPASS digital golf membership.

“The ease with which a single golfer or a group can now plan and enjoy travel through GOLFPASS is amazing,” said Mike Lowe, vice president and general manager for GOLF Advisor, one of the NBC Sports Group’s golf brands contributing to the benefits offered through golf’s most comprehensive digital membership. “A GOLFPASS membership is like having your own golf concierge who helps you find the best deals, plans your trips and provides some really cool perks along the way that create a more enjoyable overall travel experience.”

ULTIMATE ITINERARY:  Launching today is Ultimate Itinerary, a new video series helping GOLFPASS members plan their next trip. Hosted by members of GOLF Advisor’s editorial team – who have teed it up on more than 10,000 golf courses around the world – Ultimate Itinerary is being introduced initially with three- and five-day itineraries of 10 featured destinations. Each of the 20 videos provides expert advice and recommendations about the best courses to play, places to stay and eat, and local attractions that can create the ideal golf trip. Each video also has an accompanying printable version. The introductory list of destinations includes:
- Austin, Texas
- Chicago, Ill.
- Napa Valley, Calif.
- New England
- Northern Michigan
- Orlando, Fla.
- Pebble Beach, Calif.
- San Diego, Calif.
- San Francisco, Calif.
- Scottsdale, Ariz.

TRIP MANAGER TECHNOLOGY:  Alleviating the burden of organizing golf trips is Trip Manager by GOLF Advisor and its accompanying easy-to-use app. Trip Manager, now included at no charge with any GOLFPASS membership, has historically cost a user without a GOLFPASS membership $249 per use. The technology allows a trip organizer to set up a customized communications portal that hosts travel logistics, player information, tee sheets, tournament results, purse payouts and other content of the user’s choosing. The trip portal also serves as a digital memory book that can store photos and more. Popular functions include the ability to organize pairings and create competitive tournament and playing formats, as well as share live, mobile scoring and leaderboards. There’s also a trip accountant feature that makes it easy to track and reconcile trip expenses among the group.

GOLF Advisor Managing Editor Brandon Tucker used Trip Manager extensively on his recent buddies trip to San Diego and wrote about his experience HERE.

TRAVEL CREDITS:  The Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head, S.C., and Silverado Resort in Napa Valley, Calif., have joined the list of renowned destinations offering GOLFPASS members $100 in travel credit, plus complimentary range balls, when booking a package. The list of top resorts offering credits includes:
- The Biltmore (Florida)
- Sea Island (Georgia)
- Streamsong Resort (Florida)
- Reynolds Lake Oconee (Georgia)
- Red Sky Ranch and Golf Club (Colorado)
- Turning Stone Resort (New York)
- Mission Inn Resort (Florida)
- Saddlebrook Resort (Florida)
- The Sea Pines Resort – Harbour Town (Hilton Head, S.C.)
- Silverado Resort (Napa Valley, Calif.)
- Talamore Golf Resort (Southern Pines, N.C.)
- Destination Kohler - Whistling Straits (Wisconsin) – site of the 2020 Ryder Cup

GOLFPASS members also can receive $100 credit when booking select travel package through Troon Golf Vacations, which is officially licensed by GOLF Advisor Travel. Additionally, GOLFPASS members receive up to $200 credit on trips with Golfbreaks customized vacations to international destination resorts like Celtic Manor Golf Resort, Fairmont St. Andrews, and Belton Woods; and up to $100 credit on domestic travel. Groups of eight or more receive double the benefits.

TRAVEL WITH GOLF CHANNEL PERSONALITIES: GOLFPASS members who would rather someone else do all the work can travel with a GOLF personality, get priority booking and save $100 in the process. GOLF Advisor Getaways for individuals and groups visit destinations featured on the GOLF Advisor Round Trip series on GOLF Channel. GOLF Advisor personalities serve as host and trip “captain” and are responsible for organizing itineraries that not only include great golf, but also destination side-trips, entertainment and varied dining experiences. Upcoming GOLF Advisor Getaways in 2019 include:

Aug. 25-28 Turning Stone Resort (N.Y.) Host: Matt Ginella
Sept. 19-21 Sandestin (Florida) Host: Matt Ginella
Sept. 29-Oct. 1 Sweetens Cove (Tennessee) Host: Bradley S. Klein
Nov. 14-18 Atlantis (Bahamas) Host: Matt Ginella
Dec. 1-7 Maui (Hawaii) Host: Matt Ginella

MORE FEATURE BENEFITS:  GOLFPASS member always have had access to a generous selection of travel benefits, which also include:
- Ability to watch every episode in the GOLF Advisor Round Trip library. The popular series, hosted by Matt Ginella and airing on GOLF Channel, travels the globe showcasing unique golf destinations, resorts and amenities.
- Access to insider travel articles penned by GOLF Advisor’s experienced editorial staff, as well as any back issue of the Golf Odyssey newsletter.
- Personalized, one-on-one travel planning through a dedicated GOLFPASS support line.
- Exclusive travel videos, including the Toughest Tracks series, where top golfers, celebrities and GOLF talent show viewers how to navigate some of the hardest holes in golf.

A GOLFPASS membership is available in North America at GOLFPASS.com, and in the U.K. and Republic of Ireland at GOLFPASS.co.uk.