Friday, December 30, 2011

Putting Greens Made in the USA

Looking to improve your putting, but don't have time to make it to the course to practice? Consider installing a Putters Edge putting green at home.

Bill Green owns a pair of Putters Edge dealerships - one in Michigan ( and the other in Texas ( You can reach him at 248-343-5050 with direct questions.

Bill's team has installed indoor and outdoor greens throughout the country. To date, he has installed putting greens for high schools, colleges, senior living facilities, PGA touring professionals, PGA teaching facilities, hotels, golf course pro shops, soccer fields, golf domes, golf shops, Edwin Watts stores, business offices, and many homeowners. Are you ready to make the move to improve your putting (while being the envy of all your friends)?

Putters Edge has several putting surfaces for different applications. Turf comes in three stimp speeds and all are 100% maintenance free and require no sand infill. Each green comes with a 10-year warranty. They can also be subcontracted by other landscaping companies to provide the best product made and will travel anywhere there is a need.

Remember ... practice, practice, practice = NO MORE THREE PUTTS.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Custom Clubfitting Leader Henry-Griffitts Introduces Randy Henry's Dynamic Golf Website

(MAUMEE, OH) - Henry-Griffitts - the seminal force in custom club fitting for 28 years and the originator of the clubfitting cart - is proud to unveil, the new website for Randy Henry's Dynamic Golf, the world-renowned Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, golf academy founded and run by Henry-Griffitts co-founder Randy Henry.

The recently-launched website features two separate sub-sites, one for the academy's indoor facility featuring PGA TOUR Simulators and one for its outdoor practice facility. Each site opens with an informational video detailing the beautiful setting offered by the Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course, and the expert teaching provided by Randy Henry's Dynamic Golf. An easy-to-navigate menu on each sub-site offers information on the world-class facilities, certified instructors (including Randy Henry himself), photos, videos, contact information, and testimonials from past academy visitors

Click on this link to see the Randy Henry Dynamic Golf Academy

"The Dynamic Golf academy represents a pinnacle of my coaching career," says Henry, a world renowned golf teaching professional who has taught winners on all of the major tours and who has been voted one of America's top teachers by Golf Digest as well as the #1 teacher in the state of Idaho. "I'm proud of the strong reputation we've already built, and our new website will allow users all over the world to get an even better idea of what we have to offer and how we can help provide visitors with not just an improved swing or short game, but a better, more multi-faceted understanding of their entire golf game.

"Randy Henry's Dynamic Golf has always prided itself on being a dynamic, innovative, and high-tech venue for honing one's golf skills, and I feel that the new
reflects that commitment."


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ladies Links for Golf Looks at Goal Setting for 2012

Ladies Links for Golf ( - the official online amateur golf community of the LPGA - will be hosting its weekly radio show tonight from 6 to 7 p.m. Log onto its website or ESPN affiliate station Host Debbie O'Connell will speak with LPGA Hall of Fame member Annette Thompson on goal setting for the New Year.

Glen Coombe debuts Vector Green Reading component to training

Vector Putting, green reading for the masses. "We do the math, you make the putts" is their slogan.

Glen Coombe, The Putting Doctor, announced the launch of his new Vector Green Reading business component.

He said, "I wanted to add a green reading component to complement what I do for students of the game. The goal was to add to my Money Back Guarantee Putting Experience clinics and my SAM PuttLab evaluations and training. Being able to add a historically proven method fit my needs to a tee."

Vector Putting is the culmination of the work of Col. H.A. Templeton. He published his book "Vector Putting - The art and science of reading greens and computing break" in 1984. Templeton was a US Air Force test pilot who was one of the first to fly three times speed of sound (Mach 3) in the SR71Blackbird high altitude reconnaissance aircraft. A proficient golfer he used his advance knowledge of physics to perfect the science of green reading. Templeton actually copyrighted the very first putt simulator for television back in 1988 but could not find a network interested in licensing the technology at the time.

Vector takes the science of green reading to a simple level and allows students to predict accurately the amount of break for any putt. Students are trained to interpret slope and speed and then to use a small aim book to verify the amount of break to allow for a given distance. Most putts can be read in less than 20 seconds.

"We've opened up the Early Adaptor program for instructors who would like to be certified to teach Vector Putting. For the next 30 days you can sign up via the web site, use password "faststart" to access the discounted payment portal. I'm happy to have been the very first East Coast instructor on the Vector Instructor Locator page."

Instructors receive recognition via a web locator on the web site and sufficient Vector Green Books to double their investment in certification.

Coombe said, "The clinic format for Vector learning will see students pay $99 for a 90 minute experience with 8-10 students per clinic. Already I'm seeing strong demand for this new sector of my coaching business. I think any instructor / coach should be interested in Vector and in putting as a way to improve the game."


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Blood donors able to earn free ticket to 2012 Humana Challenge

(LA QUINTA, Calif.) - The Humana Challenge, in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, will continue a 40-year tradition in teaming with Coachella Valley-based Community Blood Bank to offer a free one-day ticket to the tournament to each Community Blood Bank donor who gives blood today through Jan. 21.

The 2012 Humana Challenge, the annual PGA TOUR golf tournament which takes place Jan. 16-22 at the Palmer Private Course and Nicklaus Private Course at PGA WEST and La Quinta Country Club, has allocated approximately 1,100 ticket coupons to Community Blood Bank branches next to the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage (39000 Bob Hope Dr.) and in Indio (46100 Rubidoux Street, C9-C10).

Blood donors are offered the ticket coupons while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket coupons are redeemed for actual tickets at the gate during tournament week. Last year's tournament ticket giveaway promotion yielded approximately 1,200 units of blood collected.

"More than ever before, the tournament is placing a strict emphasis on healthy living and physical and emotional well-being," Humana Challenge Tournament Chairman Larry Thiel said. "We remain committed to our relationship with Community Blood Bank and ask those within our community to give blood if you can during the holiday season."

The tournament (formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic) has contributed nearly $950,000 to Community Blood Bank during the past 39 years in addition to contributing daily tickets as an incentive to help Community Blood Bank recruit new blood donors. Tickets will also be distributed at scheduled Community Blood Bank mobile blood drive events in the Coachella Valley.

"Community Blood Bank has been a beneficiary of the Humana Challenge since it was established in 1972, and we feel very fortunate to be charitable partners," said Nicu Cocione, center director of Community Blood Bank in Rancho Mirage.

"Our long-standing ticket program with the tournament is quite well-known among our regular donors going back to the 1980s, when Bob Hope was an ambassador for donating blood and entertaining the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Combat Center to show appreciation to blood donors in the desert. We hope this year's tournament will attract many new donors who want to make a difference in our community this holiday season and help save lives."

Community Blood Bank has served donors and patients in the Coachella Valley since 1972. It provides 100% of the blood and services needed by Eisenhower Medical Center, Bush Naval Hospital and Palo Verde Hospital, and stands ready to provide blood to other area hospitals as needed. It is part of the United Blood Services network of non-profit community blood centers.

Donors are advised to make an appointment by contacting Community Blood Bank toll free at (866) 507-5433 or visiting and clicking on "Donate Blood." Walk-ins are also welcome and will be honored as the appointment schedule allows.

Advance tickets for the Humana Challenge are on sale at a discount in December at, by calling 1-888-672-4673 and at Lumpy's, the official golf retail partner of the Humana Challenge. One-Day Grounds tickets purchased before Jan. 1 are $20, or $25 beginning Jan. 1. One-Day Clubhouse tickets are $40 before Jan. 1 - or $50 thereafter.

The Humana Challenge features 144 PGA TOUR professionals and 144 amateurs, including celebrities. The first three rounds of the four-day tournament will be played in a pro-am format, with the pro-am teams consisting of two pros and two amateurs. Round four will feature pros only. The tournament continues to honor and celebrate the legacy of Bob Hope, and will award the inaugural Bob Hope Memorial Trophy to its winner.

Tournament week is designed to bring the idea of "participatory wellness" to life for people of all ages. It will feature a first-ever national conference focused on health and well-being on Tuesday, Jan. 17, entitled Health Matters: Activating Wellness in Every Generation and highlighted by a keynote address from President William J. Clinton.

During the past 52 years, the tournament has generated more than $50 million in donations to the Eisenhower Media Center and charities within the Coachella Valley.

The Humana Challenge also offers the latest tournament information, contests and other prizes through its new Facebook page - - and Twitter page - (@HumanaChallenge). The Humana Challenge encourages the community, golf fans and tournament patrons to become a fan on Facebook and a follower on Twitter.


Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from American Golfer

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Fourteen Golf announces new RM-11 Wedge available commercially

(IRVINE, Calif.) - Fourteen Golf, recognized as a worldwide leader in wedge design with 38 professional tour victories in 2010 and 2011, announced today that the company has shipped their new RM-11 Wedge into retail and holiday sales have been outstanding.

According to Fourteen Golf COO Marcy Kamoda, "We are extremely happy with the early sales of the RM-11 Wedge. It sold well into retail and is selling through at a positive rate. We contribute this success to the company's reputation as a wedge authority and for the awareness it has gained on the PGA Tour. In addition, people are still looking for a wedge that conforms to the new USGA rules and provides spin. This wedge with the larger grooves has filled a nice place in the marketplace."

The new RM-11 Wedge was a proto-type on the PGA Tour well before it shipped into retail. Its instant acceptance on the exclusive tour validated its performance characteristics associated with the enlarged grooves and detailed testing proved it.

The larger grooves translate to maximum spin with exceptional control. The new USGA conforming Fourteen Golf trapezoidal grooves have been enlarged by 15% as compared to its predecessor. This increase in overall groove volume enhances spin retention particularly on partial shots and provides extraordinary control, incomparable spin and precision like accuracy.

To ensure optimal spin with precision and tighter tolerances, Fourteen Golf mirror mills each larger groove on the RM-11 Wedge.

This additional procedure takes an enormous amount of time but it is done to achieve and attain the highest spin performance possible.

The RM-11 Series of Wedges feature a different sole shape according to a specific loft. The 48-degree loft is designed for optimum performance and control with a full shot. Where the 56 and 58-degree lofts are engineered to employ or take advantage of the bounce with an approach shot. The 60-degree wedge is designed to assist with a high lob shot.

The leading edge on this totally new wedge is relatively straight but slightly rounded to give the impression of wrapping the ball on each shot. Professionals and amateur golfers alike will appreciate the versatility these wedges provide. For a solid and pure shot the engineers designed the lie angle to be slightly upright and made it 64 degrees (for 56-60 degree models).

Touring Professionals appreciated the original "reverse taper design" so the engineers used it as a platform on the RM-11 Wedge but they increased the weight distribution on the upper blade to create a Fourteen Golf signature "reverse muscle design." The weight is perfectly proportioned on the blade and club head which creates stability through impact.

Fourteen Golf utilized nickel chrome molybdenum steel for the RM-11 Wedges because of its durability and resistance to wear. This specialized material allows the high quality - high performance trapezoidal grooves to stay in perfect condition which ensures optimum performance. It available in a non-glare nickel chrome plated half matte finish and a dramatic non-glare black finish that gives the club head a distinctive appearance.

The RM-11 Wedges are available in one of the distinguished dealers that carry Fourteen Golf including; golf specialty stores like Roger Dunn, Golfers Warehouse, Golf Mart, Vans, Olympic Golf, Haggin Oaks and more. To find a Fourteen Golf retailer, visit the company website at and click on the retail locator heading.

Fourteen Golf understands the importance of the short game, this significant portion of the game has created an unprecedented demand on most tours for their signature series of wedges. The company prides itself on the 18 titles won this year using their short game weapons.

Fourteen Golf is a burgeoning golf equipment company that takes great pride in their tour program. The company has recently signed PGA Professionals Chad Collins and Arjun Atwal. These two additions to the Fourteen Golf professional staff proves that the Fourteen Golf tour program is succeeding which is critical to the company's overall growth initiative. The feed back they receive from the touring professionals furnish key information for the research and development team as well as provides keen visibility.

For more information on Fourteen Golf call 949-852-8811 or visit the company website at


West Michigan Golf Show attendees receive free golf at Treetops Resort

(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) - Coming off an unprecedented and record-breaking year for rounds played, Treetops Resort is naturally very optimistic about the 2012 golf season. That's one reason why it's giving an unprecedented bonus for all attendees at the 2012 West Michigan Golf Show to be held February 10-12, 2012 at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids.

Besides its sponsorship of the highly popular Par-Three Challenge, Treetops will provide a free midweek round of golf - a $64 value - to all Golf Show attendees registering at its booth. So for the price of admission, every golfer at this year's Golf Show can go home with a free round at one of Michigan's top resorts.

"After an outstanding golf season last year at Treetops, we wanted to start off the new year with a bang," said Kevin McKinley, Director of Golf. "Guess you might say our Golf Show offer is a big bang for no bucks. And as we found out last year with our successful pay/book early program, we're hoping these golfers will also extend their visit with us by adding a hotel night or an extra round of golf. But even if they play just that one round, we're certain they'll have fun and know it was worth the visit."

Show Manager Carolyn Alt says the Treetops incentive is a great addition. "It represents a terrific value for our patrons and demonstrates how hard everyone works to make the show better and different year after year," said Alt.

The Treetops Par-Three Challenge will again be the Show's most popular attraction. A fully landscaped golf hole complete with bunkers and a water hazard will entice golfers to compete for prizes (Treetops golf) and have a chance to win $25,000 if someone makes a final ace on Sunday. This year the event's charity recipient will be Patriot Golf Day, the nationally acclaimed initiative that provides college scholarships for the children and spouses of military personnel disabled or killed in the line of duty. On Labor Day weekend, golfers across the country are asked to add an extra dollar to their green fees to fund Folds of Honor scholarships. Last year, the Michigan PGA raised $164,315, the fourth highest total of any PGA Section in the country.

Held continuously since 1989, the West Michigan Golf Show will attract thousands of Michigan golfers to hundreds of exhibits and will feature clinics, putting contests, junior golf instruction, swing analyzers and a "one stop" golf shopping opportunity with countless "golf show specials." Sponsors include Treetops Resort, Fidelity Investments, Golf Association of Michigan, Boyne Resorts, Michigan PGA, and Srixon. Several charities will benefit from their involvement with the show.

Produced by ShowSpan Inc., the West Michigan Golf Show's hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-14, and children 5 and under are free. Tickets will be available at the door as well as online at

Special note: Until Dec. 25, 1/2 price tickets are available as "stocking stuffers" by going to the website, click on "buy tickets," and add "STOCKING" in the promotion code.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Starting Time High-Performance Tees, the Tips, Adds Extra Yardage to Improve Golf Scores

(OCEANSIDE, Calif.) - Golfers wishing to improve their scores with better, straighter shots, have the ability to do so using TIPS performance tees, according to Hugh Penton, Starting Time president.

South American golf pros and U.S. engineers shared in the development of these exceptional new tees. The result is a true revolution in tees that are designed to add extra yardage on tee shots. These are not just for the golfer who hits only from the black tees, but for all golfers wishing to add extra length and straightness to their tee shots. Why not pick up the extra yards and the straighter shots as long as it conforms to the rules of the USGA and R&A?

These tees are the result of an ingenious design and the use of the most flexible PVC on the market. On the top edge, the engineers put eight tips for the ball to gently rest on, producing less friction and better control over the spin of the ball. "Players using the TIPS can improve golf scores through extra yardage on tee shots," says Penton. The PVC tees are designed to last round after round without ever losing their ability to produce longer and straighter drives.

The TIPS come in three sizes and colors. They are also available in two types of packages. One package contains three of the long tees, for oversized drivers. The other includes one long tee, one mid-size tee and a shorter tee for three-par holes. All are packaged in attractive clamshells that fit on peg board racks or company supplied counter displays. The suggested retail price of the two package types is $6.95 each. Samples of both packages are available upon request for pro shops or retailers.

For more information about Starting Time or the TIPS, visit


Somerby Golf Club Receives 'Top 100' Honor From Golfweek Magazine

(Rochester, Minn.) - Somerby Golf Club recently was honored by Golfweek Magazine as one of the top 100, Golfweek's Best residential courses in the country. The ranking was unveiled in Golfweek's 2012 Ultimate Guide To Golf Course Living and Great Escapes and was based on rating ballots submitted by Golfweek course raters from around the country.

Course-ranking panelists apply a number of criteria when considering each golf course, including but not limited to ease and intimacy of routing, variety and memorability of par 3s, 4s and 5s, basic quality of conditioning, variety of playing textures and their 'walk-in-the-park test', (the degree to which the course ultimately is worth spending a half-day on).

Somerby was ranked #56 in the national ranking with an average rating 6.57. The top course in the ranking was Rock Creek in Deer Lodge, Montana who posted an average ranking of 7.93. Somerby was ahead of other notables such as Desert Highlands in Scottsdale, AZ (#60 - 6.5 average rating), Isleworth in Orlando, FL (#85 - 6.33 average rating) and Kiawah Island - River in Kiawah, SC (#86 - 6.33 average rating), to name a few.

"Being included in a Top 100 ranking in a national publication such as Golfweek Magazine is a great, and humbling honor," stated Kurtis Pitcher, General Manager at Somerby Golf Club. "Hats off to our golf and agronomy team who day in and day out deliver a 'Top 100' experience for our members and guests throughout the golf season," added Pitcher.

Somerby is located in Byron, Minn. near Rochester, only a 10-minute drive from the world-renowned Mayo Clinic. The golf course, co-designed by Tom Lehman and John Fought, represents a modern approach to a traditional links-style design with a par-72, 7,209-yard layout fashioned with an emphasis on strategy and visual appeal.

Consistently honored by Golf Digest Magazine as one of the top ten best courses in the State of Minnesota, Somerby meanders over gently rolling countryside that is dotted with meandering creeks, thick stands of trees and natural wetlands. Somerby Golf Club is a prior host of the PGA Tour's Nationwide Series and has also been recognized for excellence in environmental stewardship by achieving the designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" by Audubon International.

The Club and community at Somerby is consistently honored as one of the top ten best courses in the state of Minnesota by Golf Digest and was also honored by Links Magazine's as a Premier Property for 2009-2010 being recognized as "Best For Families."

For more information about Somerby and Somerby Golf Club visit or call (507) 775-3700.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Feel Golf announces new line of Square Groove wedges and irons

(SANFORD, Fla.) - Feel Golf Co., Inc. will be introducing a new line of wedges and irons with real square grooves ("SG") for the upcoming 2012 season. The "SG" line and other new product lines, such as putter grips, cavity back irons, drivers, and Tour irons will also be unveiled at the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show in Booth 2300.

The "SG" wedges will not conform to the 2010 USGA rules, but that is a non-issue for about 98 percent of golfers.

"There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the USGA's decision to change the 2010 groove rules and these rules do not affect the recreational player," said Lee Miller, Feel Golf's CEO. "The 2010 groove rule is designed to decrease ball spin for the Tour players and unless you are planning to qualify for the Tour or a USGA event, non conforming grooves can be used until 2024.

The new "SG" club line(s) will help you play better and feel much better about your game. In fact, if you are not a Tour player, the new USGA groove rule actually compromises your short game, especially from the rough and bunkers," he added.

Known for producing some of the best feeling wedges in the golf industry for the past 25 years, Feel Golf will offer both USGA conforming and non-conforming wedges and irons beginning in January 2012 to meet all of their customer's needs. The square groove club line will be identified with the logo "SG" on each club.

In the new "SG" line, Feel Golf has blended the company's inherent playing technology into their new line of wedges and irons long known by the Tour player, the better golfers and golfers who want to be better.

"To minimize the loss of ball spin and control for the recreational golfer with the new groove ruling, we made significant changes to our business model by adding the "SG" line of non-conforming irons and wedges to reinstate most of the spin lost with the new 2010 groove ruling, Miller said.

"Ultimately, we believe the smaller grooves hurt the typical recreational player far more than the Tour player. We always strive to maximize performance with feel and that's a key benefit to our end customer, the recreational golfer."

The new "SG" wedges will be available in lofts of 52, 56, 60, 64 and their best selling 73-degree. The "SG" Cavity Back and all White Competitor blade iron set, both designs are non conforming.

Feel Golf will also unveil their new 2012 drivers, grips and their PVD Tour Competitor blade irons and wedges at the PGA show.


Edwin Watts Golf Shops Unveils New-Look Website

Specialty Golf Retailer Delivers Sophisticated New E-Commerce Website with Seamless Navigation and Enhanced Functionality   

(FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla.) - In conjunction with the holiday shopping season, Edwin Watts Golf Shops, LLC, (EWGS) one of the world’s largest specialty golf retailers, today announced the re-launch of  With seamless navigation and a breadth of interactive features, the new-look e-commerce website offers online shoppers a turnkey shopping solution, whether shopping for themselves or a special golfer.

The new website showcases a breadth of product offerings from golf’s leading equipment manufacturers, while the enhanced functionality provides online shoppers with the same great shopping experience synonymous with an in-store retail visit.  With effortless navigation golfers can quickly take advantage of the Today’s Deals section -- highlighting spectacular deals on a wide selection of products, sign up for the LoyalTee program, tune in to the popular GOLFBETTER Podcast each week, experience a golf lesson in the Golf Tips section, and much more.

“Recognized as America’s Golf Club for providing a superior in-store retail experience, our new website was created on a more sophisticated platform, with easier navigation and more functionality, to help us deliver that same exceptional experience for consumers who prefer to shop online,” said John Watson, CEO, Edwin Watts Golf Shops.

Equipped with hyper-local functionality, has the ability to customize a message and/or special offer on the home page, geo-targeting the online shopping audience in a specific market.  This application serves to create more synergy between the Company’s brick and mortar and e-commerce business, essentially alerting online shoppers in a specific region, with in-store special deals and news relevant to that market.  Additionally, Edwin Watts Golf has removed the guesswork from a golfer’s shopping experience, as the dynamic Shopper’s Guide -- located on the website -- serves as a one-stop solution for all equipment categories.  Whether shopping for a novice, or a highly skilled player, this guide has it all and serves to make any consumer’s selection process fun, easy and affordable.

One of the unique features is Club Finder -- a filtered navigation module that allows shoppers to input basic information such as gender, preferred hand, club category, shaft flex, brand and price range, and the Club Finder tool will quickly generate a selection of options, based on specific criteria given.  This tool further complements the in-store custom fitting program, offering a turnkey solution that matches a golfer with a specific club that fits their swing characteristics.  Additionally, the My Joys Product Configurator for golf shoes expands their customization offerings, providing a more personalized buying experience for soft goods while enabling customers to select their preferred style of footwear, customize the color, specify a monogram, add a logo and choose their size.

Edwin Watts Golf partnered with UniteU Technologies, a SaaS provider of e-commerce solutions for specialty retailers, who is providing a range of e-commerce features and services to create the new on its Connected Commerce Platform.  The new platform distinctly improves the quality of the product presentations, while the new site architecture provides equipment manufacturers with opportunities to leverage more imagery and video when showcasing their product lines.

“Our deep knowledge of specialty retail, and our ability to replicate the in-store experience online, has enabled us to provide Edwin Watts Golf Shops with a new module that serves as a guide to help shoppers quickly find exactly what they are looking for, without extended search,” said Soumen Das, CEO, UniteU Technologies.  “This new platform provides shoppers with a more efficient online shopping experience, and I’m thrilled to deliver the new site just in time for holiday shopping.”

Other features implemented on the new Edwin Watts Golf website include a store finder, where shoppers can easily find store-specific information such as store manager, phone number, door-to-door directions and a schedule of in-store events.  Plans call for Edwin Watts Golf to roll-out additional features, content and applications at throughout 2012.


PING’s Solheim proposes Golf Ball Distance Rating System

(PHOENIX) - John Solheim, Chairman & CEO of PING, is proposing that golf’s rule making bodies consider a “Ball Distance Rating” system (BDR) that would replace today’s single golf ball limit with three different ball distance limits – one that is the same as today’s standard, one that is shorter and one that is longer. Solheim’s “A Long Term Response to Distance”  explains how including a BDR system with a new “Condition of Competition” would give professional events and golf courses an efficient way to address future concerns about distance.

 “A BDR Condition of Competition would create a simpler way to control distance at the tour level – and keep the competitive design of the world’s great courses in play,” said Solheim.  “This concept addresses the unique talents of the top 0.1% of the world’s golfers without hurting the other 99.9%.”  Solheim also noted that a key aspect of the idea is to give players who would benefit from it the option of using a longer ball, a choice many golfers may appreciate, especially when taking on today’s longer courses.  “The distance rating of the ball used would factor into handicaps, just like slope rating or choice of tee box does today.”
Solheim recently sent his BDR idea to golf’s governing bodies, and suggested it could be a positive factor in helping to sustain and grow the game.  “I appreciate the challenges faced by those who help govern the game,” said Solheim.  “I am hopeful they give my idea further consideration and use it as a starting point to address some of the issues the game is facing. The positive impact golf has on so many groups requires that we explore a variety of ideas to improve the health of the sport. I hope others have suggestions to offer as well.”

John Solheim’s “Long Term Response to Distance” follows:

A Long Term Response to Distance 
For as long as I can remember, golf has been challenged by concerns over driving distance. Unfortunately, over the past dozen or so years, many actions taken in response to that challenge have often been short sighted, costly and/or controversial - such as altering some of golf's most revered courses and adopting restrictive golf club rules. Now, we learn average driving distance on the PGA Tour just had another increase – it broke through 290 yards for the first time (and with so many dynamic young golfers working toward a Tour card, who knows where it will go from here). So, once again we are hearing the question: “what, if anything, should be done about it?”

With so many other challenges facing the game, we need to be sure any “distance discussions” focus on the long term – on solutions that can quickly and easily respond to future increases in distance (no matter the cause); on ideas that give professional events and courses a tool that allows each to best address the distance concerns unique to their venue; on proposals that recognize it is far simpler to adjust the ball to the course, than to adjust the course to the ball. Finally, we need a response that will resolve this issue once and for all. To get this discussion rolling, here is how I think we can do just that:

- Replace today's single golf ball distance limit with three different "Ball Distance Ratings" (or "BDRs") - one that is the same as today’s limit, one that is shorter and one that is longer.

- Adopt a “BDR Condition of Competition” – each event could apply the BDR appropriate for its course design and yardage, and for the skill level of the golfers competing at the event.

- Include BDR as a factor in calculating handicaps – just as "slope rating" or choice of tee box does today, the BDR of the ball you use will factor into your handicap.

BDR golf balls should have similar flight characteristics as today’s ball (trajectory, spin rates, etc) with the only variable being distance. Some details may be challenging, but I have no doubt the USGA and the R&A are up to the task. With distance as the only variable, an example of what could be done would be to adopt a color code for the several BDRs (just like we do with tee boxes), perhaps using “gold, silver and bronze”. A “silver dot” rating could apply to balls that conform to the current distance limits, a “gold dot” rating to balls that are longer (perhaps 30 yards longer), and a “bronze dot” rating for balls that are shorter than today’s ball limit (again, maybe 30 yards shorter). More BDR levels could be added, if needed, to address future increases in driving distance by Tour professionals.

If the game adopted a "BDR Condition of Competition", I believe the vast majority of events would choose to allow the same balls (and ball limit) used today. Most courses hosting professional tour events were built with, or have added, sufficient length to challenge the world’s best golfers. Perhaps a small number of tournaments, those played at some of the game’s classic courses, would find it exciting to put the original design elements of the layout back in play by requiring shorter rated golf balls. These events may even generate a lot of interest, and TV viewers. A key point of this idea is that it puts control over those decisions with the event itself. It also gives each venue a new “long term” option for responding to future increases in driving distance – bring in the bull dozers, or simply adopt a new BDR.

I recognize asking tour professionals to occasionally switch to a different rated ball creates a new challenge. However, rising above golf’s toughest obstacles is what they do best. These skilled athletes likely realize that imposing equipment limits on tens of millions of amateurs – a group that is critical to golf's future – is not the best way to resolve issues unique to competitions played at the highest levels. I think the most talented professional golfers in the world would be willing to switch to a shorter ball once in awhile, if that would benefit the remaining 99.9% of us.

Giving amateurs the option of playing a new, longer rated, ball is another key aspect of this idea. Many golfers find it very difficult to play today’s longer courses. Using a longer ball should make that experience more enjoyable. It may even bring some ex-golfers back to the course. Perhaps this idea could even reduce the time needed to complete some rounds, a goal shared by everyone.

There will likely be occasions when amateurs tee it up with a shorter rated ball. Some golfers may choose to do so when playing some classic courses, ones that cannot add yardage, in order to bring out the competitiveness of the original design. Others may choose to do so because it has a positive impact on their handicap. Some courses might even recommend using a shorter rated ball. Higher handicap players may find it easier to play alongside more experienced golfers – from the same tees – when using different rated balls. Each of these choices gives some control over the distance issue where it is needed most – with the golfer and the course.

This proposal could also help the USGA and the R&A. The handicap system may benefit from adding "ball rating" as a factor. This solution is also consistent with the Joint Statement of Principles announced by the USGA and R&A in 2002: it provides an immediate and an efficient way to address future increases in distance, and it is not bifurcation - amateurs and professionals will still play to a ball limit, just not necessarily the same one on the same course. Adopting a few new ball distance ratings is basically the same as adding a few more tee boxes – and adding tee boxes is not bifurcation.

In order to fully evaluate this idea, the constructive input of golf ball manufacturers will be needed (PING currently does not sell or manufacture golf balls, but we did for over 20 years). I realize this suggestion presents challenges, but a BDR system brings with it new opportunities as well. Adding new categories of “conforming” golf balls should lead to exciting new ways for golf ball companies to competitively innovate, and it could increase golf ball sales. If it were as simple to develop a club rating system that included a similar opportunity to innovate longer drivers, I know I would welcome it. However, if golf once again chooses to address driving distance, it needs a practical long term solution, and I believe a BDR system would do the job.

All of us, including those in the manufacturing community, have a responsibility to offer new ideas and appropriately work with the rule making bodies to help improve the game It can be done, as demonstrated by the positive results from the November 2010 Vancouver forum, and the solution PING provided in resolving the Eye2 controversy on the PGA Tour in early 2010. I will continue to do what I can, and I believe others will as well. The game has seen many positive changes over its long history, changes that appropriately recognize the relationship between the challenge and the enjoyment of the game at all skill levels. I believe a BDR system would provide a way to continue do just that – for a long time to come.

John A. Solheim
Chairman and CEO of PING


Monday, December 19, 2011

Product Review: Nike Vapor X Carry Bag

There’s a glaring vacant spot under your Christmas tree that must be filled. You’re looking for something to close out shopping for your favorite golfer, but what do you buy? Nike Golf can help!
Go to and I guarantee you it’ll be information overload. This is a company that equips the best of the best in every sport. In the golf stable, alone, there are names like Tiger Woods, Lucas Glover, Paul Casey, Charl Schwartzel, John Cook and Suzann Petterson.
While you can search for clubs (drivers, fairway woods, irons, hybrids, wedges and putters), balls, gloves, footwear, apparel and sunglasses, allow me to simplify your search with the industry’s best bag - the Vapor X Carry.
While aesthetics are important and this is an extremely sharp bag, I’ll give you reasons based on performance. The ultra-lightweight and durable Vapor X weighs in under 4 lbs. When you’re walking, this greatly reduces fatigue.
The ergonomically designed Max Air curved revolving double strap system improves comfort and evenly distributes weight.
You want to keep your cell phone and other valuables safe, dry and protected, so the Vapor X features a waterproof fleece-lined valuables pocket. And stretch-fit pockets provide expandable storage.
Hydration is always important, so keep your bottled beverages cool and accessible with the insulated water bottle sleeve.
Lastly, the ventilated die-cut air mesh back pad provides increased air flow during the round to reduce perspiration. 
Any bag can carry clubs, but the Vapor X is a valuable piece of equipment. The last few holes are crunch time. Carrying a lighter, ergonomic bag will be an advantage. 
Nike Golf’s Vapor X Carry bag - buy it, wrap it and place it under the tree. 
• 8.5-inch oval top
• 5-way, 2 full-length divider system with putter well
• Ultra-lightweight and durable, under 4 lbs
• Nike Max Air™ Curved revolving double strap system
• Ventilated die-cut air mesh back pad
• 6 functional pockets (5 zippered) – including waterproof fleece-lined valuables pocket, full length Stretch-fit apparel and glove pockets and insulated water-bottle sleeve
• Stretch-fit pockets – expandable storage
• Integrated GPS loop, pen sleeve and glove patch
• Dual injected lightweight TPR bottom for traction
• Custom grip leg end-caps
• Lightweight aluminum hardware
• Matching rain hood included
• Logo cresting compatible / zip-off ball pocket

Product Review: HIRZL Gloves

Tick tock ... tick tock. The clock is ticking and time is running out to stuff stockings and finish shopping for gifts under the tree. Let’s not forget about the gift exchanges.

What’s better than a last-minute gift idea for under $25? Three gift ideas for under $25!

HIRZL steps in the save Christmas with the Trust Feel, Trust Control and Soffft Flex golf gloves.

According to HIRZL, being skilled on the green isn’t just about having a great technique or chalking up lots of experience. It’s also about having the very best kit to support you.

Ken Venturi used to endorse a product with mention of slippage of even a fraction of an inch sending shots 20+ yards off line. That math certainly holds true for the golf glove you choose to wear.

“Your glove provides the only direct connection between you and your club, directly impacting your grip, the reliability of your swing and the overall quality of your game,” the HIRZL website states. “Now, for the first time, the golf community has gloves designed to overcome the well-known weaknesses inherent in other glove brands. We’re making sweaty palms, inferior bad-weather control and gloves that crack and tear after just a few rounds history.”

Compared to other gloves, the Trust Feel offers twice the grip in dry weather and four times the grip in wet weather. Amazing, but the Trust Control goes beyond that - three times the grip in dry weather and five times the grip in wet weather. Both offer a 100-percent  sweat-free palm.

“As a medium to high handicap player, you want to be able to effortlessly maintain a firm grip in order to achieve longer shots and improve your control over the ball’s direction, leading to fewer poor shots,” HIRZL says. “Our TRUST Control gloves with thicker, more structured palm leather are perfect for you.

“If you are a more seasoned or lower handicap golfer, you want to be able to really feel every swing, but still take control with a glove that gives you optimum grip,” HIRZL adds. “Then the TRUST Feel all-weather golf glove is the ideal model for you, offering a thinner palm to deliver an unsurpassed golfing experience.”

Both gloves look and feel great. Want a surprise? Both are made from kangaroo leather, mate. The Control is textured, while the Feel ultra-thin.

Kangaroo skin sounds good, but you’re used to reading the words “cabretta leather” on your golf glove packages. No worries. HIRZL’s Soffft Flex fills that need.

“For the world’s top players, cabretta leather gloves are the Gold Standard,” HIRZL says. “All SOFFFT Flex gloves are hand-crafted and are produced with the highest-quality Platinum Cabretta, undergoing no less than 72 separate manufacturing steps. Thanks to the revolutionary HIRZL SOFFFT technology – which includes an extremely complex tanning process – our gloves will always offer you the perfect fit, remain supple and grip your club perfectly.”

Get to a store today (find a list of dealers who sell HIRZL at and finish your holiday shopping in style. The golfer on your shopping list will thank you with more accurate shots and lower scores.


Burton Debuts Two New Stand Bags

The Premium Lightweight Stand Bags Feature an Integrated Handle for Easy Lifting and Cart-Friendly Bottom

(RICHMOND, Va.) – Burton, a company that is known for its premium quality golf bags, has extended its line in 2012 with the company’s entry into the lightweight stand bag market. Designed for players who enjoy walking but would also like a bag that fits well on a cart, Burton introduces two stand bags -– the Pro and Player. Both stand bags feature a lift handle integrated into the bag top for ease of picking up and setting down the bag and a cart-friendly stable flex bottom that fits in riding carts and push carts.

Pro Stand Bag
The Burton Pro and Player stand bags are designed for customization. Burton’s award-winning custom embroidery department offers quick turnaround service with embroidery available on the ball, apparel and accessory pocket. Personalization is also offered.

“It is very important that a stand bag holds up under all the stress of carrying a bag,” said Craig Ramsbottom, president Dynamic Brands Golf Division. “We test our bags throughout the design and manufacturing process to ensure quality, durability and performance. From there we add distinct Burton features such as YKK zippers and heavy duty nylon to guarantee the best stand bag on the market. Golfers will be pleased with the performance of the new Pro and Player stand bags.”

The Pro stand bag is the ultimate full feature bag, providing golfers with comfort, organization and convenience qualities:
* Seven-way mesh top with full-length dividers to keep clubs organized
* Durable vinyl lift handle integrated into the bag top for an easy pick up point
* Seven pockets for ample storage, including an insulated beverage pocket and velour lined valuables pocket.
* Made of long-lasting 840D nylon fabric accented with vinyl touch points
* Easy to adjust dual shoulder strap and foam hip pad for walking comfort
* Cart-friendly flex bottom to fit into all riding carts and push carts
* Leg lock system secures legs during cart use

In addition, the Pro stand bag has all the high quality, premium features that golfers expect from Burton, such as custom YKK zippers and custom Burton lining. Other features include a Velcro glove holder, umbrella holder, towel ring and matching rainhood. The Pro stand bag weighs just 5.5 lbs and is available in five colors – green/black, silver/black, navy/black, red/black, and black/black. The suggested retail is $219.95.

Player Bag
The Player stand bag is the perfect lightweight bag weighing only 4.5 lbs and packed with plenty of features to make walking the course enjoyable:
* Five-way mesh top with full dividers to keep clubs organized
* Durable vinyl lift handle integrated into the bag top for easy pick up point
* Five pockets for plenty of storage space, including an insulated beverage pocket, and a scorecard, pen and pencil slot inside accessory pocket.
* Made of durable 840D nylon fabric
* Dual shoulder adjustable strap for balance while walking
* Foam hip pad for walking comfort
* Cart-friendly flex bottom to fit into all riding carts and push carts
* Leg lock system secures legs during cart use

Like all Burton golf bags, the Player bag has custom Burton YKK zippers, Velcro glove holder, umbrella holder, towel ring, custom Burton lining and matching rainhood.

The Player stand bag is available in six colors -– navy/navy, silver/black, hunter green/black, red/black, white/black and black/black. The suggested retail is $189.95.


AHEAD Debuts New Performance Line of Headwear for 2012

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) – AHEAD has added four new styles to its performance line of headwear for 2012. The new styles of headwear are made of a nylon and polyester blend, keeping golfers dry, cool and comfortable.

“Our 2012 line of headwear is the most complete line in our company history,” said Jeff Waller, national sales manager. “We have eight categories of caps with the performance category showing the biggest growth. The fabrics used in the performance category are breathable, lightweight and moisture wicking, giving golfers’ more than just protection from the sun but also keeping them cool and dry.”

The new AHEAD Performance line features three nylon blend caps and one visor. Each headwear piece has moisture wicking properties for dry, cool comfort.

AHEAD Canvas Nylon – a structured classic fit cap designed for the average to deep head shape. It’s lightweight and breathable and is made of a flat nylon and polyester blend with woven inserts. The cap has a traditional six-panel crown and pre-curved bill and a Velcro closure tab with one size fitting most. The Canvas Nylon cap comes in four colors - graphite, black, grey, white - with contrasting trim along the bill and eyelets of the cap. The suggested retail is $25.00

AHEAD Nylon Foamy Mesh – an unstructured classic cut cap made of nylon with foamy mesh sides. The cap has a six-panel crown and pre-curved bill with a Velcro closure tab. The cap comes in six color patterns - black/black, graphite/white, red/white, cobalt/white, khaki/white and white/black. The suggested retail is $25.00

AHEAD Textured Nylon – a structured, classic cut style cap made of smooth nylon and polyester blend. The cap has a traditional six-panel crown and pre-curved bill with a Velcro closure tab. Available in six two-tone colors - black/white, white/black, white/navy, white/cobalt, white/red, white/khaki - for a suggested retail of $25.00

AHEAD Textured Nylon Visor – made of a smooth nylon and polyester blend, this mid-rise visor has a 2.4 inch rise, pre-curved bill and a Velcro closure tab. It is available in five colors - black/white, white/black, white/cobalt, white/comet and white/lime. The suggested retail is $22.00

The AHEAD performance line can be customized using traditional embroidery, vintage label, woven appliqué label, woven appliqué label with embroidery, or the popular rubber appliqué label.

The view the AHEAD Tech line go to and look under the catalog tab.


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Poconos Golf Resorts Holiday Specials, Ice Tee Golf Slated

Golf Resorts Feature Family Holiday Specials, Ice Tee Tournament Scheduled for January

(POCONO MOUNTAINS, PA.) – The Pocono Mountains ( will welcome golfers of all ages and handicaps to the 2012 Ice Tee Tournament, a family-friendly nine-hole golf event on the frozen surface of Lake Wallenpaupack.

The 21st edition of the Ice Tee event is Jan. 29, 2012, weather permitting. There will be prizes and giveaways for participants of the gathering, with lowest score and closest to the pin awards given.  Held at the Waterfront at Ehrhardt’s Restaurant in the Lake Region of the Pocono Mountains, it is open to the public.

Last year’s 20th-anniversary field included a record 352 golfers, each of whom was given a colored golf ball and scorecard with the course layout. Competitors were limited to their choice of two clubs, plus a putter to play the course, with fairways lined by recycled Christmas trees.

Tee times will be every 10 minutes between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., with the awards ceremony scheduled for approximately 3 p.m. The cost to participate is $15 per golfer in advance or $20 at the door. Applications are available at or by calling 570.226.3191.

Area Golf Resorts Offer Last-Minute Family Holiday Specials

Several popular golf resorts in the Pocono Mountains are offering getaway specials that are easy on a family budget during the holiday season, with rates starting under $100 per night, including:

Holiday Celebration Getaway, Woodloch Resort, $645: Celebrate Woodloch’s many holiday traditions and amenities from Dec. 26-29. The package includes lodging for three nights in spacious accommodations, delicious meals daily and nightly entertainment, including the 2011 Broadway Style Theme Show. Rates range from $645-$864 per person, per package, based on double adult occupancy, plus tax and service charge. Children’s rates range from $231-$414 per child ages 3-19. Reservations required.

Magical Fireside Christmas, The Inn at Pocono Manor, $158: The package, available Dec. 25-31, includes overnight accommodations, hearty breakfast buffet, one night elf turndown service with cookies and milk, one holiday gift upon arrival, and one-day admission to the resort’s annual Magical Fireside Christmas event, with five tickets per person each night of stay. Activities offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. Rates start at $158 per package, based on a family of four, and include tax and service charge.

12 Days of Christmas, Fernwood Hotel and Resort: Visit Fernwood during the 12 days of Christmas between now and Dec. 23 at the best rate and you’ll receive an additional 20% off your hotel stay. Enjoy early winter skiing, shopping at The Crossings Premium Outlets, the resort’s pool, hot tub and restaurants. Rates depend on room type.

New Year’s Eve Celebration, Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort: Shawnee’s New Year’s Eve Celebration package includes overnight accommodations, full breakfast, a winter carnival on Saturday with campfire, caroling, hayrides and snowman-making (weather permitting), New Year’s Eve dinner with hors d’ oeuvres, live music and Champagne toast. Rates start at $250 per person, includes tax and service charge. Two-night minimum stay is required.

Mount Airy Breaks Ground on New Golf Clubhouse

The new golf clubhouse construction at Mount Airy Casino Resort is progressing steadily, giving golfers reason to start counting the days until the Spring 2012 golf season commences in the Pocono Mountains (

Mount Airy’s new clubhouse – tentatively scheduled to open in early April – will overlook the lake and casino. It will feature a full-service bar and grille with dining area; fully stocked golf shop selling Mount Airy-logoed and game-improvement merchandise; an outside deck for cocktails, dining and relaxing; a half-way house for quick snacks at the turn; and a locker room and showers. The clubhouse will also hold private parties and off-season functions.

A Grand Opening celebration will be scheduled in spring. The clubhouse will be complete for the Playboy Golf Event, scheduled for June 23-24 at Mount Airy Golf Club.

Visit for a complete listing of golf specials or to start planning for your 2012 trip to the area. Receive golf updates, news and specials year-round by signing up for The Eagle Report, a free monthly e-newsletter.


P3ProSwing in Use at Canadian Golf Academy

(BETHEL, Me.) - P3ProSwing (, an award-winning golf-swing analyzer, instructional aid and simulator, is now in use at the Académie de Golf Performance in LaParirie, Québec, Canada. Seven P3ProSwing units are being utilized for instruction and clubfitting at the academy by Daniel Langevin, CPGA, who also uses P3ProSwing in his position as head golf coach at The University of Montréal.

“Indoor golf practice and play are essential and much appreciated in Canada,” said Jay Russo, managing partner of P3ProSwing. “P3ProSwing is glad to provide the accurate technology needed by academies and university golf programs throughout Canada and around the world.”

P3ProSwing, a Technology Partner of the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance in Port St. Lucie, Fla., will be on display in booth #1759 at the PGA Merchandise Show, to take place Jan. 26-28 in Orlando, Fla.

“We compared various products for quality, value and price, and determined that P3ProSwing would be our choice,” said Langevin. “During the indoor winter training period, we make use of both the P3ProSwing measurement data and the simulated play component to maintain and sharpen our players’ skills.”


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Nine Buffalo Communications clients rank among top casino courses

(VIENNA, VA) - Nine golf courses represented by Buffalo Communications - the global lifestyle division of Billy Casper Golf, owner/operator of more than 130 golf properties nationwide - are among the top-50 in "Golfweek's Best: Casino Courses 2011" ranking.

The nine courses, listed in Golfweek's December 9-16 issue, represent eight golf facilities in four states. Six of the layouts are located in Mississippi - Fallen Oak (ranked No. 2), Grand Bear (No. 26), Dancing Rabbit's Azaleas and Oaks courses (Nos. 28 and 48, respectively), The Preserve (No. 32) and Shell Landing (No. 44). Rounding out the remainder of Buffalo Communications' clients on the list are Washington's Salish Cliffs (No. 11), Idaho's Circling Raven (No. 14) and Michigan's Sweetgrass (No. 27).

"These well-known sites always deliver an exceptional golf and gaming experience," says Rich Katz, Managing Director of Buffalo Communications. "Located in pristine regions, they give visitors a wealth of activity options both on the course and on the casino floor. We were thrilled to see them recognized for their commitment to excellence."

Tom Fazio and Jerry Pate each had a hand in designing three of the courses - including Dancing Rabbit's two courses in a collaborative effort. Fazio also designed Fallen Oak while Pate crafted The Preserve. Gene Bates, who is also a client of Buffalo Communications, created Salish Cliffs and Circling Raven while Jack Nicklaus crafted Grand Bear, Paul Albanese designed Sweetgrass and Davis Love III laid out Shell Landing.

Here are brief descriptions of each course, by state:

• Circling Raven, Worley: Circling Raven, affiliated with the newly renovated Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel, meanders through 620 stunning acres adjoining the Coeur d'Alene National Forest. A regular on "best-of" lists, Circling Raven is also ranked 83rd among Golf Digest's "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses 2011-12."

• Sweetgrass, Harris: The highly acclaimed Sweetgrass Golf Club, an amenity of the Island Resort & Casino, traverses rolling meadows and across wetlands in the Upper Peninsula. It hosts the LPGA Futures Tour's annual Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass in late June.

• Dancing Rabbit (Azaleas and Oaks), Philadelphia: Dancing Rabbit's award-winning Azaleas course has been called "The Augusta you can play" by GOLF Magazine. It and its superb sister course, The Oaks, are framed by the picturesque Choctaw landscape of ancient pines and hardwoods, and are affiliated with the Pearl River Resort.

• Fallen Oak, Saucier: This beauty hosts the Champions Tour's Gulf Resort Classic and, for the other 51 weeks each year, is open exclusively to Beau Rivage Hotel guests. Fallen Oak - which winds through, around and across century-old oak trees, streams, lakes and marshland - is ranked No. 41 among Golf Digest's "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses."

• Grand Bear, Saucier: Affiliated with Grand Biloxi Casino Hotel & Spa, majestic Grand Bear takes golfers for a peaceful, yet challenging trip through exquisitely sculpted and protected wetlands in a pristine Mississippi forest.

• Shell Landing, Gautier: The waterfront Shell Landing is the IP Casino Resort & Spa's marquee amenity. The course's diverse topography includes marshes, bayous, tall pines, wetlands and rolling hills.

• The Preserve, Vancleave: The Preserve - which encompasses 245 pristine acres and is affiliated with the Palace Casino Resort - is surrounded by an additional 1,800 acres of dedicated nature preserve. The native pitcher plant bogs, cypress swamps, long-leaf pine savannah, live-oak groves and native grass prairies are integrated into the course design.


• Salish Cliffs, Shelton: All but two holes of this brand-new (it opened in September 2011) amenity of Little Creek Casino Resort are encircled by lush forestry. Salish Cliffs - which also boasts 360-degree views of Kamilche Valley - has already been honored nationally by Golf Digest, GOLF Magazine, Golfweek (twice) and

To produce Golfweek's Best Courses lists, a nationwide team of course raters - which currently boasts more than 730 evaluators - surveyed more than 3,000 courses on the basis of 10 criteria, including routing, conditioning, variety and memorability of holes. The result is an average of scores that then dictates a course's overall ranking.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Product Review: Bettinardi Headcovers

Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, time is quickly running out in the gift-giving season. Assuming you read the product review on Bettinardi Golf’s BB8 Putter, you’ve already got one for that special golfer in your life. 
If you are that special golfer, you’re going to want to add a little bit of your style to the putter. What better way than supporting your favorite NFL or MLB team?
Bettinardi’s licensed headcovers offer elegance and comfort for your Bettinardi putter. The ultra-leather headcovers feature the team’s colors and logo, as well as Bettinardi's patented Neoprene closure with black interior. 
For the patriot in the family (not the New England football team, though they do offer that option, too) Bettinardi Headcovers are proudly 100 percent made in the USA. 
Log onto to see a complete selection of headcovers. And while you’re there, check out their line of putters, golf bags, belts and buckles, divot-repair tools, gloves, etc. With Bettinardi, you can make more putts and look great in the process.

Shadow Ridge Golf Club Recognized Among Golfweek's 2012 Best Resort Courses

(ORLANDO, Fla.) - Marriott Golf, one of the world's premier golf operators, today announced that Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif., was ranked as No. 96 on Golfweek's prestigious Best Resort Courses list for 2012, according to Golfweek's Ultimate Guide to Golf Course Living and Great Escapes.

Golfweek's 2012 rankings are part of the magazine's seventh annual issue, dedicated to highlighting top courses while covering aspects of golf travel, architecture and real estate. In addition to the Best Resort Courses, the issue also features Best Residential Courses and Caribbean/Mexico Courses lists, all established by Golfweek's highly respected rating system. Every year, Golfweek's nationwide team of course raters, which currently boasts 705 evaluators, surveys more than 3,000 courses - rating each nominated course on the basis of Golfweek's 10 strict standards of evaluation.

The first Nick Faldo-designed Championship golf course in the U.S., Marriott's Shadow Ridge Golf Club is located in the Coachella Valley and set against the beautiful backdrop of the snow-capped Santa Rosa Mountains in Palm Desert, Calif. This beautiful and peaceful valley is often referred to as the "golf capital of the world" because of its ideal playing conditions and abundance of courses. Shadow Ridge is also home to the acclaimed Faldo Golf Institute, offering instructional programs for golfers of all skill levels.


Cutter & Buck's Fall '12 Men's Line Introduces Warm Yarn Technology

(SEATTLE) — Cutter & Buck has again enhanced its reputation for innovative fabrics and advanced technologies with the introduction of its new Warm Yarn Technology that will be available in its Fall 2012 Men’s CB Collection.

Offering a lightweight double-faced fabric, hollow core fibers recycle body heat to create an insulating layer between the body and garment.  Designed for performance, the Warm Yarn Technology’s outer layer moves moisture away from the skin, helping to ensure comfort and performance.  The Warm Yarn advantage will be featured in the CB DryTec Fairview Polo, Hudson Bay Mock and Birch Bay Fleece for Fall 2012.

Beyond the Warm Yarn Technology fabrics, the Fall 2012 Men’s CB Collection is marked by performance fleeces, styles that extend beyond active, outdoor use, and performance outerwear that places an accent on lightweight fabrics, steering toward almost “whisper weight.”

Performance Fleeces. Providing comfort, craftsmanship and the finest fabrics, Cutter & Buck’s Golf Collection features fashionable, functional fleece for both on and off the course.  The Alpine and Auburn half zips regulate temperature while mock necks provide protection from the elements.

Beyond the Course
With high yarn counts, fine wovens, luxurious details, and meticulous craftsmanship, these premium styles were created in true Cutter & Buck fashion. Inspired by the company’s Pacific Northwest heritage where urban life meets the great outdoors, each style exudes causal confidence—from the Kestrel Full Zip Cardigan and Dry Valley Argyle Half Zip to the Benton Corduroy Pant, Performance Point Grey Ombre Stripe and Wilridge Bomber.

Advanced Performance Outerwear
Cutter & Buck’s ProTec Collection features CB DryTec and CB WeatherTec with moisture management, and the ultimate in wind and water protection.  The water and wind-resistant CB Weathertec Andren and Sequim jackets are perfect for the fall season.

Cutter & Buck will be an exhibitor at the 59th PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 26-28 in Orlando, Fla., and can be visited at booth #5657.

For additional information, contact Cutter & Buck at (800) 713-7810 or visit its web site at


Boxgroove Adds Greenbrier Golf and Country Club to Network of Private Courses

(BELLEVUE, Wash.) - Boxgroove (, an inventive, reliable online network offering golfers the opportunity to play private golf courses of their choosing, has added Greenbrier Golf and Country Club in Lexington, Ky. to the selection of private courses Boxgroove members can play.

"Greenbrier is a wonderful addition to our network of private courses," said McRedmond Morelli, founder and CEO of Boxgroove. "The beautiful surroundings and welcoming staff are a winning combination."

About Greenbrier Golf and Country Club

Greenbrier Golf and Country Club was founded in 1971 to uphold the traditions, serenity and excellence of exclusive private golf and country club living. Originated and developed by William Morris Hart Sr. and Watts & Call, Inc., Greenbrier provides an environment unmatched in Lexington.

The 6,754-yard par-72 championship golf course offers a scenic setting. The Zoysia-grass fairways are expertly maintained in order to give members and guests a golf experience unequaled in the area. GPS-equipped golf carts allow easy club selection as well as the opportunity to order lunch from the fairway and pick it up at the clubhouse at the turn.

"We are really looking forward to giving Boxgroove the opportunity to help us fill our tee sheet with additional rounds without inconveniencing our membership," said Brent Edmister, PGA Head Professional at Greenbrier. "With Boxgroove's help, we plan to add other private club members to our rounds during those times when our members traditionally do not play the golf course, thereby increasing revenue without impacting the current membership."

"We see the potentially positive impact of this effort even before we have our system fully online. Greenbrier Golf and Country Club is a great golf course that is as beautiful as it is sophisticated, and as we open tee times to Boxgroove members, we know they will enjoy their trip into Kentucky bluegrass country."


Thursday, December 15, 2011

New 2012 Bettinardi Golf Bags and Putter

Bettinardi's lightweight stand bags feature a 4-way top, the comfortable E-Z Fit dual strap system, and seven pockets (including a water bottle pouch, velour-lined valuable pouch, and multiple accessory pockets). Other features include a riding-cart-friendly bottom, a leg lock strap which secures the legs during cart use, and a cart strap tunnel that passes through the pocket so cart straps don't compromise pocket access.

Manufactured by Sun Mountain. A great investment for your clubs!

2012 Featured Putter | SS5

A Classic Heel-Toe Weighted Design
The SS5 is a classic from the word go. It has now been perfected by our patented one-piece milling. With winners on all tours, this putter is pure confidence. The SS5 features Bettinardi’s patented tour F.I.T. face, which gives a soft, yet solid feel at impact.

Weight: 350G
Material: Soft Carbon Steel
Finish: Black Iris
Grip: Lime Winn
Headcover: Bettinardi Lime
Dexterity: Right-Handed

Contact your local Golf Shop or call Bettinardi at 708-802-7400 to place your order.


PING Brings New ‘Skins Game’ Feature to iPING App for iPhone & iPod touch

(PHOENIX) - PING announced a major update to its popular iPING App for iPhone and iPod touch that adds a gaming feature. The iPING App now includes the iPING Skins Game that allows users to test the consistency of their putting stroke against friends. iPING Skins Game utilizes Game Center’s turn-based technology and alerts users to their next turn via the new Notification Center in iOS 5.

The update is available now for current users, and new users can download the iPING App from the App Store on iPhone or iPod touch. 

“With every feature we add, the iPING App becomes more valuable for the user,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman and CEO. “The new iPING Skins Game feature is exciting because it promotes friendly competition, which will grow and strengthen our global PING community. Of course, the real benefit of winning is that your putting stroke is consistent, which is the key to making more putts on the golf course.”

The iPING Skins Game feature allows players to compete from anywhere in the world or side-by-side. To initiate a game, a player chooses a three-, six-, or nine-hole match and can invite up to three friends to join, or let the Auto-Match feature locate playing partners. The game format follows a traditional skins competition where holes have point values, which increase throughout the match, and ties on a hole carry over until someone wins a hole (and the skins) outright. The person with the most points at the end of the match wins. 

On each hole, a competitor rolls five 10-foot putts to establish his or her Consistency Score, reflected in a number similar to a golf handicap. The player with the best Consistency Score wins that hole and plays first on the next hole.

iPING Skins Game also has a Party Mode for contestants in the same location. Party Mode uses AirPlay to show a live leader board on your HD television using your existing wireless network and an Apple TV. 

iPING Skins Game is a new feature of the iPING App, available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at 

Both the iPING App and iPING Skins Game work in conjunction with a PING Cradle, which holds the mobile device and clips onto the putter shaft just below the grip.

Cradles are available at Apple Retail Stores in the United States, via the Apple Online Store, and from PING authorized golf shops. PING Cradles are available for the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPod touch (4th generation).