Monday, November 24, 2008

Colligen Restores Tillinghast Course

(ARLINGTON, Texas) - The Municipal Golf Association San Antonio acquired the services of Colligan Golf Design for the restoration of Brackenridge Park Golf Course in September 2007. "Old Brack" was designed in 1915 by AW Tillinghast and is the first municipal course in Texas. In addition it became the original home of the Texas Open until the tournament was relocated in 1959.

As native Texans, John Colligan and design associate Trey Kemp felt added pressure to restore Brack to its original Tillinghast style. Golf course architect John Colligan stated, "If we do our job no one will know we were involved, they will think that Tilly has just finished the project."

Brack is the latest of CGD's historic renovations. Others include, Rockwood Golf Course a 1938 John Bredemus; Colonial Country Club a 1935 Perry Maxwell/John Bredemus collaboration; Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club a 1926 Alister Mackenzie/Perry Maxwell joint venture; and River Crest Country Club a 1911 Tom Bendelow course.

An original routing of the course with all the greens, tees and bunkers was found in the Brackenridge Clubhouse. Kemp scanned this layout and transposed it onto a 2007 aerial photo of the course. This was the beginning of what can be found on the 113.6 acre site today.

Colligan Golf Design presented two concepts to the MGA-SA, the first was the routing of the course as it was in 1915, and the other used a routing that had been changed in 1968 due to the construction of highway 281. The MGA-SA voted unanimously to take Brack back to its hay day.

Colligan and Kemp began the process of researching the many Tillinghast design characteristics in books, pictures and from Tillinghast courses they had visited. Once the documentation process was completed it provided an array of Tillies design features which were incorporated onto the original layout. These include greens with rectangular shapes, flat bottom sand bunkers with steep grass faces and fairway mowing patterns with traditional straight lines and a basic design philosophy as stated by Tillinghast, "He who plans any hole for golf, should have two aims: first to produce something which will provide a true test of the game, and then consider every conceivable way to make it as beautiful as possible. He should have in mind not only the skill and brawn of the golfers but their eyes as well."

Golfworks, the contractor, started the $4.5 million dollar project in January 2008 and completed it in July 2008. Slated to open in Mid October, Brackenridge is to be the lead horse for the Alamo Golf Trail, which will include the cities six other golf facilities.

Colligan Golf Design is contracted to assist with improvements on these courses now that Brack is complete. In the minds of Colligan and Kemp, San Antonio is the most historic city in Texas and Brackenridge is the most historic course. Their intention was to make the course a Tillinghast museum, a living museum that can be experienced and enjoyed by golfers from around the world.

Colligan Golf Design is a Golf Course Design Firm based in Arlington, Texas.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Island Resort & Casino Books National Acts for Island Showroom

Owned by the Hannahville Band of the Potawatomi Nation, Resort is Home to Brand New, Heralded Sweetgrass Golf Club
(HARRIS, Michigan) – The Island Resort & Casino – home to the brand new Sweetgrass Golf Club – today announces a series of national touring acts scheduled to headline the Island Showroom.

Kicking off the schedule will be the Oak Ridge Boys – long known for hits such as “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Dream On” and “Thank God for Kids.” The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs kick off the holidays with the Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Celebration 2008. Shows are Dec. 12 through 14.

“We’re extremely excited to have the world-renowned Oak Ridge Boys headline the holiday season here at the Island Resort & Casino,” says General Manager Tom McChesney. “Guests have grown accustomed to seeing the finest touring acts in the country – such as Huey Lewis & the News, Martina McBride and the Blues Brothers – and that won’t stop. 2009 is already shaping up to be a banner year in the Island Showroom.”

January is highlighted by the appearance of Styx (Jan. 30 and 31), while February features Creedence Clearwater Revisited (Feb. 13 and 14) and March goes out like a lion with George Thorogood and The Destroyers (March 27 and 28). June will mark the return of actor/ comedian Brad Garrett (June 5 and 6).

“We cannot be more pleased to begin the year with such an explosive lineup of dynamic stars,” says Marketing Director Susan K. Harris. “Everyone is familiar with these groups. They’re some of the greatest rock artists ever and Brad Garrett is absolutely superb.”

A platinum recording group, Styx is known for familiar hits like “Lady,” “Come Sail Away” and “Blue Collar Man.” Their music possesses the full vocal and instrumental power that continues to draw new fans to their pure sounds.

With two original members, Creedence Clearwater Revisited is the latest chapter in a now four-decade long journey that began in the 60s with classics like “Suzie Q,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Run Through the Jungle” and “Who’ll Stop the Rain.”

George Thorogood & The Destroyers, complete with 30-plus years of a hard-charging mix of rock-blues, have spawned such classics as “Bad to the Bone” and “Born to Be Bad.”

Emmy-award-winning actor Brad Garrett, perhaps best-known for his sitcom role on Everybody Loves Raymond, is also an award-winning stand-up comedian who got his start by winning the $100,000 first-place prize as Grand Champion comedian in 1984’s Star Search. That led to his first appearance on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson and, eventually, to his appearing with such headliners as Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra and Smokey Robinson. Garret’s performances are for mature audiences only.

Owned and operated by the Hannahville Band of the Potawatomi Nation, the Island Resort & Casino has drawn international attention this summer with the introduction of Sweetgrass Golf Club.

Designer Paul Albanese honored Tribal legend throughout his design with such architectural features as an island green – which fit within the parameters of the land and jibed with the resort’s name – that pays homage to the turtle, a creature Indian legend holds in high esteem for its longevity and wisdom.

The course – outlined by wispy native grasses that wave in the breeze and defended by strategically positioned sand bunkers and water hazards – stretches to 7,300 yards from the tips, promising to challenge the best golfers, while the beginner-friendly forward tees measure a modest 5,000 yards. In all, five sets of tees accommodate golfers of all levels. Historic bridges “rescued” from around the region and beautifully crafted rockwork lend a unique look and feel to the design.

Located in the unspoiled beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Island Resort & Casino and Sweetgrass Golf Club are easily accessible via a pair of regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette.

Tickets for shows (all shows 8 p.m. EST except the Friday George Thorogood show, which begins at 9 p.m.) can be purchased at the casino or by phone with credit card at 877-ISL-SHOW or 906-466-2941, ext. 5001.

For more information on the Island Showroom, the casino or Sweetgrass Golf Club, please visit or call 800-682-6040, ext. 2125.

Willow Crest Golf Club Earns Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Status

(ORLANDO, Fla.) - Marriott Golf announced that Willow Crest Golf Club at Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort in Oak Brook, Ill., is the most recent property to achieve certification through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. This marks the 17th Marriott Golf managed property to achieve Audubon Certification, as part of the Company's green initiatives. By the end of 2008, 25 managed golf properties in North America and the Caribbean will become Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries.

Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries, which enable golf facilities to protect the environment by enhancing precious natural areas and wildlife habitats, are part of a systemwide commitment by Marriott International, promote environmental stewardship. In order to achieve Audubon Certification, a golf facility is required to demonstrate that it is maintaining the highest degree of environmental quality in several areas including Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

As part of the property's environmental efforts to become certified, Willow Crest Golf Club converted 14 acres of manicured turf to natural, un-mowed environmentally sensitive areas, which included all banks along its lake edges. With the taller grasses and emerging plants, the banks have become stabilized and have reduced erosion and aquatic weeds, while connecting habitats. Additionally, the increase of shoreline species has provided nesting areas, shelter, and a food source for wildlife.

Further, the golf team at Willow Crest Golf Club partnered with students at the Westmont Junior High School for the Audubon Adopt-A-School program, which educates students on the importance of protecting and preserving the environment, at school and within their own communities. Willow Crest Golf Club also contributed to its certification process by building, installing, and monitoring several bird houses throughout the property.

Located on the 150-acre estate of Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort, the Dick Nugent-designed course at Willow Crest Golf Club features gently rolling bent grass contoured fairways, quick rolling and well-bunkered greens, along with an abundance of water challenges. The par 70 golf course layout is very challenging, yet enjoyable for golfers of every skill level.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, and protect natural resources. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Nike Announces Debut of Air Zoom TW 2009 Shoe

(BEAVERTON, Ore.) - Nike Golf athletes Stewart Cink, Bo Van Pelt and Ron Whittaker debuted Nike's Air Zoom TW 2009 shoe at the PGA Tour's Children's Miracle Network in Orlando, Fla. Tiger Woods, who has been absent from the PGA Tour since his dramatic victory at the U.S. Open because of a knee injury, is expected to wear the Air Zoom TW 2009 when he returns to competition in 2009.

Designed specifically to provide additional support where it is needed most, the Air Zoom TW 2009 is a Tour grade shoe that offers the luxury of leather with the built-in performance benefits of lighter and more durable materials. Working closely with the world's number one golfer Woods, the Air Zoom TW 2009 is the first shoe that combines leather and the unique Ballistic Mesh technology resulting in a sophisticated, luxurious and lightweight shoe.

One of the essential features of the Air Zoom TW 2009 is the lateral stabilizer located above the outsole, which prevents roll during weight transfer and provides ultimate balance and a more powerful swing. This lateral stabilizer is critical during the follow through of the golf swing, when weight is moved off of the center of the shoe's footbed and pressure is transferred to the upper part of the shoe - an area not normally designed to cope with such significant lateral forces, until now. Made from TPU, the lateral stabilizer works in harmony with the Ballistic Mesh panel to provide the ultimate in support without compromising comfort.

Lighter and more enduring than leather, the Ballistic Mesh will not stretch over the life of the shoe. This unparalleled material offers more support than leather. While being extremely breathable, the mesh is treated with Repel DuPont™ Teflon® brand finish that provides lasting stain and water resistance, ensuring dry feet no matter the weather conditions.

The Air Zoom TW 2009 also features Nike Golf's Tour-proven tri-density Nike Power Platform technology for maximum control, the responsive, low profile cushioning provided by Zoom Air technology, optimal traction from Champ's Scorpion Stinger spikes, and a 100% waterproof, yet breathable Sympatex membrane.

Air Zoom TW 2009
MSRP: $270
Colors: White/Gunmetal-Silver; Black/Met Silver; Baroque Brown/Bronze


Monday, November 17, 2008

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Reopening Nears

(MAUNA KEA, Hawaii) - Following an extensive multi-million dollar restoration, The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel will reopen its doors on Dec. 20. The hotel originally opened in 1965.

"The 'Grand Dame' of the Big Island of Hawaii will continue to perpetuate the true Hawaiian traditions of aloha, coupled with the classic elegance of the Hawaiian Islands that it has been known for," says the resort's new General Manager, Jon Gersonde. "The goal of the restoration has been to update and refine The Mauna Kea's reputation as a sophisticated and intimate luxury beachfront resort. We are reopening with new luxurious accommodations and amenities of the highest caliber, a revitalized golf course with new clubhouse, and, of course, our signature tradition of excellent service."

Gersonde says the December 20 date represents a soft opening to ease the hotel back into operations after two years of being closed. "Many long-time Mauna Kea employees have been hired back and we should be up to speed pretty quickly," he said. A lavish formal Grand Opening will be celebrated in March 2009.

New amenities at The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel include a spa offering an array of exotic treatments; exciting new culinary experiences stewarded by Executive Chef George Gomes; and newly refurbished guest rooms. The total room and suite count has been reduced from 310 to 258 as a result of rooms being enlarged in the main building. Many of the resort's popular services and activities will also return, including the 13-court Seaside Tennis Club, the Salon at Mauna Kea, play-while-you-learn children's activities, Hawaiian cultural experiences, Art & Garden Tour, yoga and exercise classes, and the Beach at Kauna'oa Bay, offering enhanced beach services and cabanas.

When The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel originally opened, it was the most expensive hotel ever built in Hawaii at the time, at a cost of $15 million. Upon opening, it was the recipient of numerous accolades and awards from the traveling community and media. The American Institute of Architects recently placed the hotel on the list of 150 iconic structures nationwide recognized as "America's Favorite Architecture."

Mauna Kea's owners closed the hotel in December 2006, following an earthquake centered close to the Big Island. "The earthquake damage required us to close the hotel for a period of time, and we realized that it also presented an opportunity to conduct a comprehensive restoration of the property," stated Gersonde. "While the hotel's interiors have been redecorated, little changes have been made to its classic exterior architectural design that has been recognized throughout the world."

The renovation of The Mauna Kea updates American venture capitalist Laurance S. Rockefeller's vision of the resort he developed at the invitation of Hawaii's then Governor, William Quinn. Today, The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is the flagship property in the Prince Hotels and Resorts international portfolio.

The extensive multi-million dollar repair and refurbishment has focused primarily on freshening up guest rooms and suites, lobby, restaurants and common areas. Mr. Rockefeller's fabled world-class art collection from Hawaii and the Pacific Basin has also been lovingly restored.

In addition, the historic, world-famous Mauna Kea Golf Course has received a comprehensive upgrade and redesign to USGA standards by Rees Jones, son of the original course designer, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The renovation includes a newly-constructed Clubhouse with Pro Shop, locker rooms and a restaurant, that will transform in the evenings into another dinner option for resort guests.

The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is currently taking reservations for stays beginning Dec. 20. Accommodations may be arranged through a preferred travel planner, or by calling Prince Resorts Hawaii Luxury Desk, 866-977-4589. For the latest updates and information, please visit


Friday, November 14, 2008

The Territory Appoints Well-Regarded, New Executive Chef

Keith Zinke to Guide Esteemed Property’s Food & Beverage Operations; Hails from The Coach House – Oklahoma City’s finest upscale restaurant

(Southwest Oklahoma) – The Territory, an award-winning golf and residential community, today introduces Keith Zinke as the club’s Executive Chef. Zinke will head the food and beverage operations at The Territory’s Prairie House.

Zinke studied under Chef Kurt Fleischfresser of The Coach House – Oklahoma City’s finest upscale restaurant, receiving AAA Four Diamond Recognition since 2002.

“I join the professional and dedicated staff at The Territory with great pride and an eye toward providing a one-of-a-kind experience to our members and guests,” says Zinke. “Preparing incredible dishes has always been a passion of mine and I look forward to sharing that passion here at the Prairie House.”

The proprietor of a successful catering business in Oklahoma City, Zinke brings an unmatched enthusiasm and wealth of ideas to The Territory. According to Zinke, many of his dishes can be described as “comfort food with a fine-dining flare.”

Rick and Barbara Braught developed The Territory to introduce a casual yet elegant golf residential community to the region and Zinke’s hiring is an intricate piece to the overall puzzle.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Chef Keith into the fold here at The Territory,” says Rick Braught. “Not only is he a talented and gifted chef, but he’s also a devoted husband and father. We strive for a family friendly atmosphere and Keith epitomizes that belief.”

The Territory – recently recognized by Golfweek as a Top 50 Residential Golf Course in America for the second consecutive year – has been garnering national accolades since first opening its doors in 2004, including “Best New” by Golfweek and “Top 10 in Oklahoma” by Golf Digest.

A modified target-style design that unfolds over rolling hills and through fields of native vegetation, The Territory stretches to 7,100 yards from the tips and features five sets of tees, making it playable by all skill levels.

While The Territory is a private club, the Braughts recently opened the fairways to golfers looking to experience the course and luxurious amenities through a pair of stay-and-play homes with two spacious bedrooms, living room, full kitchen and bath. Rates include one round of golf per night’s stay, with additional rounds costing the current guest fee. The stay-and-play rates are:
Single: $275 per night
Double: $225 per night
Triple: $195 per night
Foursome: $175 per night

For more information on The Territory, call 580-475-0075 or visit


Crane's Landing Certified As New Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary

(ORLANDO, Fla.) - Marriott Golf announced that Crane's Landing Golf Club, in Lincolnshire, Ill., is the latest property to achieve certification through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. This marks the 15th Marriott Golf managed property to achieve Audubon Certification, as part of the Company's green initiatives. By the end of 2008, 25 managed golf properties in North America and the Caribbean will become Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries.

Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries, which enable golf facilities to protect the environment by enhancing precious natural areas and wildlife habitats, are part of a systemwide commitment by Marriott International, Inc. (MAR:NYSE) to promote environmental stewardship. In order to achieve Audubon Certification, a golf facility is required to demonstrate that it is maintaining the highest degree of environmental quality in several areas including Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

As part of the property's efforts to become Audubon Certified, Crane's Landing Golf Club created several naturalized areas, also known as "no mow" zones, which allow wildlife to grow around the area and cautions golfers and other guests at the resort to steer clear of walking or playing in these designated areas. In addition, informational posters have been placed throughout the property to educate guests and golfers on the importance of wildlife preservation at Crane's Landing Golf Club.

An 18-hole George Fazio design, the course at Crane's Landing Golf Club blends gracefully into the surrounding woods, and features bent grass tees, greens and fairways, as well as tightly bunkered greens and beautiful vistas of the Des Plaines River and surrounding woodlands. With scenic water on 14 holes, the course creates a challenging environment for golfers of all abilities.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, and protect natural resources. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Play Golf America Programs Still Going Strong after Five Years

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) - Play Golf America was launched in 2004 as an industry-wide marketing campaign designed to introduce people to golf, plus improve their ability to play and enjoy the game. As a result, millions of players nationwide have taken advantage of free and low-cost Play Golf America programs delivered by PGA and LPGA Professionals.

More than 3.4 million people have participated in group instruction at the grass-root level, for an average of 678,000 students per year over Play Golf America's five-year history. Branded Play Golf America programs have reached 1.28 million consumers since 2004 through participation in Play Golf America Days, special events and National Promotions such as PGA Free Fitting and Trade-Up Month, PGA Free Lesson Month, American Express Women's Golf Month and Family Golf Month with Take Your Daughter to the Course as its cornerstone. In addition, an average of 5.5 million golfers participated in leagues and outings per year during that same time frame.

"We are certainly excited that so many golfers, including families are taking advantage of the programs that Play Golf America offers," says PGA of America President Jim Remy. "Play Golf America provides fun, flexible, and affordable golf options for all, and the opportunity to get outdoors, spend time with family and friends, and experience this wonderful sport. PGA and LPGA Professionals continue to lead the way in making the game fun and enjoyable for everyone."

As the industry's leading player-development program, Play Golf America was developed by The PGA of America with the support of founding organizations including: the Ladies Professional Golfer's Association, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA TOUR, United States Golf Association and other Golf 20/20 Conference participants.

Below are some of the program's highlights and record-setting numbers:
• 3.4 million consumers participated in group instruction, including lessons and clinics over the last five years
• 1.28 million consumers reached through branded National Promotions, Play Golf America Days and special events throughout the last five years
• A total of $69 million generated from group instruction revenues over the last three years (stats began in 2006)
• Since 2007, National Promotions have accounted for a $37.5 million impact to the golf economy over the last two years
• 40,000 unique programs have been promoted on throughout the past five years
• 7.3 billion media impressions were made with a value of $138 million in the last five years

The national player-development program is reaching consumers and bringing business to local golf facilities. It is projected that Play Golf America National Promotions, such as PGA Free Fitting & Trade-Up Month, PGA Free Lesson Month, American Express Women's Golf Month and Family Golf Month have accounted for a $20.7 million impact in 2008 and $16.8 million impact in 2007 to the golf economy. On the local level, program coordinators reported that hosting National Promotions generated a gain in their revenues. Based on 2008 surveys, host facilities generated combined median gains of $3,870 following Free Fitting & Trade-Up Month; $2,560 following Free Lesson Month, $3,320 following American Express Women's Golf Month and $4,740 following Family Golf Month.

More than 75 percent of new golfers report that one year after participating in a Play Golf America experience, they played an average of 17 rounds over that 12 month period spending $1,695 on golf-related items. Existing golfers reported playing 44 rounds per year, spending $3,559 on golf-related items.

Over the last five years, 235 Play Golf America Days have been held nationwide reaching more than 85,000 people. Of those participants, 36 percent were new or former golfers, 25 percent were women and 23 percent were minorities. These free golf festivals held at golf courses and ranges across the country feature PGA and LPGA Professional instruction, golf clinics, equipment demos, contests and other activities designed to introduce the game to new golfers and make existing players more excited about the game. Play Golf America Days expanded from just three events during its first year in 2004 to more than 90 events in 2008., the ultimate resource for new and occasional golfers to find free and affordable programs in their area, has seen an increase in visitor traffic each year with the 2008 calendar year projecting a 165 percent increase over the inaugural year (2004). In 2008, more than 4,600 facilities used to promote their player-development programs throughout the year, a 520 percent increase over the Play Golf America total in 2004. Over the five-year history, more than 40,000 unique programs have been promoted on

Efforts to grow the popularity of golf among women are also paying off big for the game. It is projected that nearly 100,000 women participated in a variety of 2008 Play Golf America initiatives, including branded National Promotions, Play Golf America Days, special events and programs targeted specifically for women.

Play Golf America also had another strong year in terms of reaching consumers through public relations, advertising and promotions bringing the five-year total to 7.3 billion media impressions for a value of $138 million.

Established as a comprehensive marketing campaign in 2004, Play Golf America has evolved into a multi-dimensional initiative, including various programs, resources, and educational tools as well as a marketing campaign to increase participation among new and existing golfers. It has received continued support from Executive Women's Golf Association, Golf Range Owners Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, National Recreation and Park Association, Golf Course Builders Association, the International Association of Golf Administrators, and The First Tee.

The "Play Golf America Five-Year Report: 2004 to 2008", providing more details about this initiative, can be found

About The PGA of America
Since 1916, The PGA of America's mission has been twofold; to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, the Association enables PGA Professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the $76 billion golf industry. By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable golf promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Executive Chef, Sous Chef Join Culinary Team at Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort

Four-Diamond Western Maryland Resort Also Appoints Controller

(CUMBERLAND, Md.) – Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort – home to the state’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course – today announces Chef Alfonso Obregon has been appointed Executive Chef. Obregon brings more than 20 years of professional cooking and kitchen management experience to the AAA Four-Diamond resort.

“Chef Al brings a wealth of experience and culinary creativity to our team at Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort,” says General Manager Tim Grambley. “Our guests have long been treated to the area’s finest dining and are going to be thrilled with Chef Al’s creations.”

A culinary artist, Obregon will oversee the offerings in the resort’s luxurious Lakeside Restaurant, where panoramic views of Lake Habeeb and Evitts Mountain greet diners. Rocky Gap also features Signatures Bar & Grill for more casual fare.

A native of the Southwest, Obregon joins the resort from Stillwater (Okla.) Country Club where he also held the position of Executive Chef. While he’ll continue to offer Mid-Atlantic staples, guests can expect to experience many dishes with Obregon’s southwestern flare, such as chili rellano, chile verde and seafood enchiladas.

Sous Chef Tyler Dinteman also joins the culinary team at Rocky Gap. A graduate of the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, Dinteman is very familiar with the resort as he served as the kitchen supervisor for four years prior to taking a position at Grand Concourse – an upscale restaurant located in the historic Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Station.

Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort also announces the hiring of Shirley Upole as Controller. With more than 30 years of experience in the hotel and resort industry, Upole is proficient in many areas of management, from accounting and human resources to reservations and guest services.

Rocky Gap’s award-winning golf course – given 4 Stars by Golf Digest – is a design masterpiece that features two unique playing experiences. The par-72 track features a front nine that weaves its way along the mountainside and boasts dramatic elevation changes, while the back nine features expansive, gently rolling fairways and scenic vistas with breathtaking views of the wooded splendor.

Through November, guests can play the award-winning resort course for only $25 per round with the purchase of a $119 double occupancy room. In addition to championship golf, Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort also offers value-laden packages ranging from treatments at the Garden Spa to holidays, romance and family. For more information on those packages and the resort, visit or call 800-724-0828.

Conveniently located within two hours of Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington D.C., the all-inclusive resort sits at the gateway to Rocky Gap State Park and is nestled at the base of Evitts Mountain, on the pristine shores of Lake Habeeb.

About Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort

Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort is a 215-room resort located on 243-acre Lake Habeeb in the lush forested mountains of Western Maryland. Amenities include the Rocky Gap Garden Spa which features the renowned line of Eminence spa products, miles of marked hiking trails highlighting Mother Nature's glory, a 7,000-yard Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course with five sets of tee boxes to match the skill level of any golfer, and an on-property adventure outfitter for horseback riding, hiking and biking, whitewater rafting and corporate team building.

About Crestline Hotels & Resorts

Crestline Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is one of the nation's largest independent hospitality management companies. Founded in 2000, the Company presently manages 70 hotels, resorts and conference and convention centers with nearly 14,900 rooms in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Crestline Hotels & Resorts manages properties independently and under such well regarded brands as Marriott, Hilton, Westin, Renaissance, Sheraton, Crowne Plaza and Wyndham. Additional information about the hotel management company is available at the company's web site:

Secrets of the Great Golf Course Architects

American Golfer recently had an opportunity to sit down with Michael Patrick Shiels' "Secrets of the Great Golf Course Architects" and loved the hours "lost" within the pages.

Shiels takes the readers from A to Z (actually A to Y) and looks into some of today's finest designers. From Paul Albanese to Brian Yoder and just about everyone in between, "Secrets of the Great Golf Course Architects" gives readers an inside look into this glorious world.

Albanese, who recently unveiled Sweetgrass Golf Club at the Island Resort & Casino in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, spoke to Shiels about restoring a couple bunkers at Christiana Creek Country Club in Elkhart, Ind. He and his construction manager actually brought in a team of horses to do the work as it was done generations ago - adding to his appreciation of Golden Age architects.

Yoder, who was on his way to becoming a golf course superintendent with a turfgrass degree from The Ohio State University, switched course and headed toward his career in golf course design. He related a must-read story of an encounter he had while working on a Mexican design on El Magote. I won't spoil the story, but I'll say it deals with nature calling.

Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Arthur Hills, Dr. Michael Hurdzan, and many well-known and undiscovered architects are featured in the book that boasts entertaining, easy-to-read articles and beautiful images of some of the best courses you'll ever see.

Shiels nailed this book and has shined a much-needed light on some of the industry's top golf course designers.

"Secrets of the Great Golf Course Architects" is available on for an incredible price. Buy it and enjoy every turn of the page!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Q-Link Caps 2008 PGA Tour Season with Strong Showing at Children's Miracle Network Classic

25 Golfers, Three Top-10 Finishers Choose Enhanced Performance Product Line

(LARKSPUR, California) - Clarus Transphase Scientific, Inc. - developer and manufacturer of Q-Link - confirms its SRT-3 products were worn by 25 golfers at the PGA Tour's Children's Miracle Network Classic, including three top-10 finishers.

More than 20 percent of the field in the year-ending PGA Tour event chose to wear Q-Link's new bracelets and pendants. These players benefited from the restored natural balance SRT-3 provides, which facilitates the peak mental and physical performance needed to improve scoring.

"Tournament after tournament, the world's best golfers rely on the scientifically proven benefits of SRT-3 technology," says Richard Gray, Clarus President and CEO. "The response to our new offerings has been tremendous and we've built tremendous momentum heading into next season."

Q-Link bracelets and world-famous pendants have been proven through rigorous independent scientific testing to help golfers of all ages and abilities improve performance via increased focus, stamina and awareness (

The necessary and often coveted accessory of many top PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour players, Q-Link products are openly credited with playing a key role in more than 120 Tour wins -- including a British Open, U.S. Women's Open, U.S. Senior Open and Women's British Open.

Featuring unique resonating crystalline wafers with enhanced materials, the pendants and bracelets can be worn as a system, providing athletes in virtually every sport with the ultimate on- and off-course benefits available from SRT.

In addition to promoting faster recovery from bad shots, reducing first tee jitters and even the yips, the new line of Q-Link products are known to promote better overall sleep and alleviate symptoms of jet lag common among today's international Tour players, business and leisure travelers. The company's bracelets and pendants are also shown to decrease the negative effects of electromagnetic fields generated by devices such as mobile phones, computers and fluorescent lighting.

For more information, please visit or call 800.246.2765.

About Clarus Transphase Scientific, Inc.

An innovative technology company founded by Robert O. Williams, Robert Richards and Patricia Parlee, Clarus has for 30 years been devoted to improving and optimizing products, raw materials and living systems that support and sustain life through its fundamental breakthroughs in the field of energy resonance.

For the past decade, the company's Q-Link line of pendants and bracelets has given players a competitive edge by strengthening mind/body coordination. Its core technology, SRT-3, was developed through more than 25 years of research and development, including work by leading scientists and doctors at Stanford, University of California Irvine, Imperial College London and the University of Vienna.

Q-Link's global distribution includes Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dubai, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Nigeria, Norway, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands and Turkey.

Widely available at clubs, spas, doctor's offices and resorts throughout North America, Q-Link products are also sold at major retailers such as Dick's Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy, Golf Town, Golf USA, Golfsmith, Roger Dunn and The Golfer's Warehouse, as well as online at

Editor's Note: American Golfer proudly wears Q-Link and stands by the product.

Friday, November 7, 2008

GolfWorld Magazine Readers Love Kaua‘i Golf Courses

Four Voted to the Nation’s Top 50 in their Category
(KAUA‘I, Hawaii) – Readers of GolfWorld magazine have placed their votes and the results are in – multiple golf courses on Kaua‘i have been elected as best in the country in the publication’s inaugural “2009 Readers’ Choice Awards.”

To generate these lists GolfWorld processed more than 21,000 individual golf course ratings and 252,000 criteria evaluations.

In the “Top 50 Resort Courses” category Poipu Bay Golf Course, adjacent to the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa, was voted No. 16. While ranked 16th nationwide, Poipu Bay was No. 2 in the state of Hawaii, and is the former longtime home to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf (1994-2006).

Kaua‘i Lagoons Golf Club was rated No. 19. It is affiliated with the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club. The back nine of the Jack Nicklaus-designed Kiele Course at Kaua‘i Lagoons is receiving extensive upgrades, including the addition of one new ocean hole which will, in addition to existing holes, create a mile-long stretch of oceanfront golf. The planned ocean nine reopening is mid-2009.

Princeville Resort, with 45 holes of golf on Kaua‘i’s north shore, was rated No. 22 nationally by GolfWorld’s discerning readers. The 27-hole Makai course (18 holes of which are currently being renovated) and the 18-hole Prince – all designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. – comprise Princeville’s renowned golf amenities.

Located in Lihue, Puakea Golf Course garnered the distinction of being voted No. 34 among the “Top 50 Public Courses” by GolfWorld readers. Designed by Robin Nelson, the course is adjacent to the lush site where Steven Spielberg filmed “Jurassic Park.” Puakea was voted the seventh best course in Hawaii by Golfweek magazine earlier this year.

Along with Kiahuna Golf Club, an outstanding Robert Trent Jones Jr. course design with Seashore Paspalum greens that many consider the best in Hawaii, Princeville (Prince and Makai courses), Poipu Bay, Kauai Lagoons and Puakea comprise the Garden Isle’s golf destination cooperative “Kaua‘i: Discover Golf’s Ultimate Island Green.”

“We hope people will be inspired by this honor from GolfWorld readers to visit Kaua‘i and enjoy our golf courses, resorts, beaches, scenery, weather and other attractions,” says Sue Kanoho, Executive Director of the Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau.

For more information about the Garden Isle, visit or call 800-262-1400.

GolfWorld Readers Vote Longaberger Golf Club One of Country’s Best

Esteemed Arthur Hills Design Scores Top 10 Honors, Distinction for its
Customer Service, Practice Facilities, Pro Shop and Other Amenities

(NASHPORT, Ohio) – The Longaberger Golf Club today announces its award-winning course has garnered distinction in GolfWorld magazine’s inaugural “Readers’ Choice Rankings” in the category “Top 50 Public Courses.”

GolfWorld’s discerning readers voted the Arthur Hills design No. 4 overall nationally – ahead of highly regarded Chambers Bay (future site of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and 2015 U.S. Open) and Bethpage State Park Golf Courses (home to multiple U.S. Open Championships).

Longaberger also ranked No. 1 in Customer Service and No. 3 for its Extensive Practice Facilities, and earned Top 10 status in these other categories: Quality of Course, Course Condition, Reputation/Prestige, Speed of Play, Locker Room, Pro Shop, and Food and Dining.

GolfWorld reviewed more than 21,000 individual golf course ratings and 252,000 criteria evaluations. While the quality of the golf is weighed heavily, the publication included several other variables that account for the facility's overall experience.

Longaberger Golf Club, which opened in 1999 and has collected national and international acclaim, ranks No. 57 in the United States (out of roughly 13,500 public-access courses) in GOLF Magazine’s 2008 “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” list, while Golfweek Magazine rated the course No. 1 in Ohio in its recent 2008 state-by-state rankings.

Unfolding over the rolling hills of central Ohio and blessed with panoramic sightlines, Longaberger Golf Club boasts immaculate playing conditions and five sets of tees – making the 7,243-yard layout shrink to accommodate any level of player. Further catering to the golfers’ experience is a 25-acre natural grass driving range and practice facility with target greens and a chipping, pitching and bunker area.

For more information about Longaberger Golf Club, or to reserve a tee time, visit or call 740.763.1100.

About The Longaberger Company
The Longaberger Company is America’s premier maker of handcrafted baskets and offers a variety of other home and lifestyle products, including pottery, wrought iron and fabric accessories. There are approximately 45,000 independent Home Consultants in all 50 states who sell Longaberger products directly to customers. For more information about Longaberger, visit

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Pinehurst Resort Releases Winter Travel Deals

(VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C.) - If you're looking for winter travel rates packed with value, Pinehurst has released its annual Evergreen offers just in time. Take a look at hot dates and rates through February 2009, for a little southern comfort:

FOR GOLFERS Pinehurst's popular $252 on No. 2 is back for a limited time beginning November 30, 2008. Mild temperatures make for a great round on the famed Pinehurst No. 2 golf course, site of the 2014 U.S. Open, plus overnight accommodations and breakfast starting at $252 per person (based on double occupancy).

Select dates are available for this value offering - at less than half its normal high-season rates - from Nov. 30 through Feb. 26, 2009.

FOR SPA GOERS Starting at $229 per person, the Evergreen Escape Spa Package is great for a Girls' Getaway to wash away winter blues. The package includes one of the resort's select 50-minute spa treatments, overnight accommodations, a full-day's access to the spa tranquility areas, buffet breakfast and dinner in any of the resort's restaurants.

Holiday shopping in the Village of Pinehurst is only a walk away (Bring a golfer and switch the treatment for a round of resort golf for the same price). We suggest you add on the Pumpkin Seed Scrub for a full day of pampering - it's 25% off the entire month of November as the Spa Treatment of the Month. (December's is the Holly Berry Back and Foot Treatment).

Evergreen Escape is available Nov. 9 to Feb. 26, 2009.

FOR THE FAMILY Thanksgiving is Pinehurst's busiest holiday for families - and with good reason. Rates start at only $149 per person and includes accommodations, breakfast and dinner, and kids 17 and under stay and eat free. Pinehurst's new Executive Chef Thierry Debailleul has created an all-American overflowing dinner buffet that includes such favorites as roasted pumpkin and squash bisque, pure maple-glazed sweet potatoes, southern corn bread and toasted pecan stuffing and unlimited turkey.

The resort kicks off the weekend with a Holiday Pops concert by the North Carolina Symphony on Wednesday night with the resort decorated for the season. It continues with an array of activities for families - from pottery painting to storytelling, flag football o n the Front Lawn, croquet to cookie time and s'mores and stories.

Don't forget the Holiday Tree Lighting Party in the Village of Pinehurst Dec. 5. Hayrides, visits with Santa, live music from area choirs and the Sandhills Assembly singers, and hot cider and cookies are all part of this Dickensian gathering every year.

For more information on these or any other holiday offers, holiday recipes or to make a reservation, see or call 800-487-4653.