Wednesday, August 31, 2011

North Carolina’s Outer Banks Open for Golfers and Visitors

Kilmarlic Golf Club
(OUTER BANKS, N.C.) — Despite absorbing a direct hit from Hurricane Irene, North Carolina’s Outer Banks are preparing for a busy Labor Day travel weekend and fall season with the exception of Hatteras Island, where there are no golf courses.

Most all of the region’s golf courses are open for play, including all 18 holes at Kilmarlic Golf Club, The Currituck Club, The Pointe Golf Club, The Carolina Club and The Sound Golf Links.

Nags Head Golf Links, located adjacent to the Roanoke Sound and the area’s southern-most golf course, is the lone exception and expected to reopen in a few weeks.

“The Outer Banks and its people are very resilient,” said life-long resident Bryan Sullivan of Kilmarlic Golf Club and the Outer Banks Golf Association. “We are open for golf this weekend and this Fall. The region experienced sound-side flooding, but the courses are now playable.”

The latest visitor information and travel updates can be accessed at and Golf package information is available at or 800-916-6244.

Best known as host site of the North Carolina Open in 2004 and 2009, Kilmarlic Golf Club is nestled among 605 acres of maritime forest and sprawling wetlands. Award-winning golf course architect Tom Steele’s classic design creates stimulating challenges with its outstanding layout and conditioning, as it meanders through canopies of giant oak, pine and dogwood that exemplify the natural beauty of North Carolina’s Outer Banks and illustrate Kilmarlic’s unique partnership between golf and nature — not to mention a remarkable 15 acres of coastal ponds and lakes creating scenic natural hazards.

Designed by world-renowned architect Rees Jones, The Currituck Club is a breathtaking layout that stretches across nearly 7,000 yards of diverse coastal terrain, including towering sand dunes, wetlands, maritime forests and soundside shoreline. Golf Magazine awarded the course a coveted spot on its list of “Top 10 You Can Play,” and Golf Digest ranked Currituck Club as one of the Top 25 courses in North Carolina.

The Pointe Golf Club is recognized as one of the area’s most player-friendly and best conditioned golf courses, making it a “must play” on any Outer Banks vacation. Home to the area’s finest public practice facility, it features a full driving range and short game area that includes a practice putting green, chipping greens and practice bunker.

Meanwhile, the “locals’ choice” for great golf on the Outer Banks is The Carolina Club, which features superb bent grass greens and a picturesque par-3 island green. Five sets of tees and strong ocean breezes allow you to match your game to the challenge, ensuring that all skill levels will have an enjoyable time.
The Sound Golf Links at nearby Albemarle Plantation in Hertford is another highly-acclaimed design by legendary golf course architect Dan Maples. The course meanders through low country marshland and forests of towering pines and moss-draped cypress, creating a spectacular backdrop of breathtaking scenery as the final three holes overlook the Albemarle Sound.

Nags Head Golf Links, designed by Bob Moore, is another true, Scottish, links-style course nestled into the natural, windswept environment of the Outer Banks. Sand dunes, wild sea grasses and rugged coastline create holes that Golf Digest labeled as “among the most beautiful in the eastern United States.” The ever-changing coastal winds provide a different challenge each round.

Unconscious Putting: Dave Stockton's Guide to Unlocking Your Signature Stroke

"I told him: 'You're a great ball player, and your putting is great. We just need to work on the mental side of things.' His mechanics were flawless, but he had to stop concentrating on technique and play what was in front of him," said Dave Stockton about newly crowned US Open champion Rory McIlroy.

This fundamental idea: playing what is in front of you, is central to UNCONSCIOUS PUTTING: Dave Stockton's Guide to Unlocking Your Signature Stroke (Gotham Books, September 15, 2011; $27.50, Hardcover) by Dave Stockton with Matthew Rudy and a foreword by Phil Mickelson.

In UNCONSCIOUS PUTTING, Stockton stresses a new mental approach: one free of mechanical thoughts, alongside physical routines that insure a player stays locked in on their target. Stockton reveals the putting secrets that have helped revitalize the short games of players at every handicap level - from Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy to the hundreds of 18-handicappers Stockton sees at corporate events every year.

Stockton says that the key is to turn putting into an unconscious act, just like signing your name or clicking the turn signal while driving.

Stockton, one of the best putting coaches in the game today, shows readers how to create their own unique putting signature and make their entire pre-putt routine focus on acquiring and retaining a visual of the intended line, then setting up to the putt so that they hit the ball on that line effortlessly.

The strategies found in UNCONSCIOUS PUTTING fixed Rory McIlroy's troubles in 10 minutes and were integral in his win at the US Open. Imagine what they can do for the casual golfer's game.

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KG:2 Offers More

(Missoula, Montana) – The new KG:2 stand bag from Sun Mountain offers more of all that golfers have come to appreciate about Sun Mountain golf bags.

Built on the same frame as the ever-popular Superlight 3.5; KG:2 offers more pockets, more hand-holds and more style. KG:2 features a 9.5” oval, four-way top with full-length club dividers, three integrated top handles and a new lift-assist pocket handle, eight pockets (including a new mobile phone specific pocket), and a cart-friendly bottom.

KG:2 will be in stores by November in a striking array of colors with a "street" price of $199. For the retailer nearest you, call 800-227-9224 or visit

At its core, KG:2 is a stand bag offering the Sun Mountain patented Roller Bottom and recessed Y-Spring activator for faster leg action and tight-to-the-bag retraction, top mounted stand attachment for increased durability and stability, top-mounted strap attachment for more balanced carrying, and triangular non-slip foot pads that resist sinking into grass and sliding on slick surfaces.

In addition, KG:2 offers the comfort features many walking golfers prefer including the E-Z Fit Dual Strap System with generously padded shoulder straps, and eight pockets including a beverage pouch, mobile phone pocket, velour-lined valuables pocket, full-length clothing pocket, as well as the standard ball and accessory pockets.

For those rounds when walking is not an option, KG:2 also offers cart-friendly features such as a cart-friendly bottom and a new leg-lock system. The cart-friendly bottom is designed with a new shape and a re-tooled foot mechanism that allows the bag to stand straight on the back of a riding golf cart, offering easier pocket access. The leg-lock system secures the legs to the bag so they do not activate inadvertently.

A popular bag feature continues to be Sun Mountain’s patented top with built-in handles that provide a convenient spot to grab when picking the bag up and removing from the shoulder. KG:2 offers three top hand-holds making it easier to use both hands to lift the bag on and off of a cart as well as a new lift-assist handle built in to one of the bag’s pockets.

In addition to golf bags, Sun Mountain is dedicated to finding the most innovative fabrics, the latest manufacturing processes, and the best designs to create a line of performance outerwear that protects from rain, wind and cold. For over 25 years, Sun Mountain has been designing and manufacturing functional, high-quality, lightweight golf bags for the serious golfer. Sun Mountain is responsible for many industry firsts, including being the first to use backpacking technology to produce a lightweight nylon golf bag, and being the first to develop a stand bag with integral legs. The Sun Mountain Speed Cart and ClubGlider travel bag are leaders in their respective categories.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Loudmouth Scores Big with Launch of 'Made-to-Order' Custom Clothes, Partners with NCAA

(SONOMA, CA) - Loudmouth Golf, the leading brand in outrageous and fun apparel for men and women, announced their "Made-To-Order" product line. Made-To-Order is a revolutionary, flexible way for customers to order Loudmouth pants and shorts that are custom designed to their exact specifications.

Loudmouth is offering four uniquely different pant cuts - Regular, Par 5 "jean cut," Euro-fit, and Easy fit as well as men's shorts. Customers can customize the waist size and length of the pant or short, giving them the best possible fit for their body type. Loudmouth's MTO offers hard-to-find odd-numbered waist sizes like 33, 35, 37 and long lengths in pants and shorts. Customers looking for more can also add cargo pockets and tour slits. The MTO line will feature exclusive new patterns, current popular prints, as well as some discontinued patterns for those who have nostalgia for Loudmouth originals.

"We're excited to offer custom design options for our customers," says Loudmouth Chief Designer and Founder Woody Woodworth. "MTO will give our customers the power to design clothes that are made just for them. This is a huge step in the market and we can't wait to see what our Loudmouth fans create," adds Woodworth.

Loudmouth is also excited announce a partnership with the National Collegiate Athletic Association through The Collegiate Licensing Company for the Loudmouth Made-To-Order product line. Students, alumni, faculty and fans can now embroider their pants and shorts with their favorite NCAA team logo. Currently there are four NCAA school logos available including University of Arkansas, University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee, and Louisiana State University.

"Our new MTO product means Loudmouth will always have your size," says Loudmouth Chief Executive Officer Larry Jackson. MTO creates a powerful production vehicle for Loudmouth to partner quickly and easily with Universities, professional sports franchises, and a variety of other corporations and iconic brands that have approached Loudmouth with the goal of putting their logos and corporate insignias on our uniquely stylized patterns. Our partnership with the NCAA is a huge milestone for Loudmouth and you can expect to see new Universities added to our apparel arsenal every month through our MTO product offering," adds Jackson.

Made-To-Order custom orders will take approximately 2-3 weeks from online purchase to doorstep delivery. Loudmouth will always carry inventory with standard sizes for immediate overnight delivery.

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Add Some Style and Personality to Your Golf Shoes

(Delafield, WI) - Innovator/Entrepreneur, Amy Seckinger has teamed up with Paul Raddatz, owner of Par West Custom Golf shoes, to create Original Kiltees - the newest trend in accessories for golf footwear that can be added to any laced golf shoe.

"The idea was to add the element of personal style and fashionable colors to women's and men's golf shoes to coordinate with their wardrobes," Amy Seckinger says.

Original Kiltees come in a range of styles and colors in four fashion categories and retail in price from $49.00 to $89.00:

Classic Kiltees - made of fine leathers and faux exotic leather prints

Designer Kiltees - add unique ornamental and handcrafted accents

Kiltees for a Cure - show your support for your personal cause by adding charity ribbons to the Kiltee.

Custom Kiltees - design your own Kiltee in a range of fine leathers and genuine exotic skins to compliment your personal style and wardrobe. Perfect for colleges, pro-teams and corporate branding for events.

Original Kiltees was introduced at the PGA Merchandise booth during the Fall PGA 2011 Expo August 22-24 in Las Vegas. Call 800-727-9378 for more information.

"Original Kiltees...what's under yours?"


Monday, August 29, 2011

Golf Tip: Hook and Slice at Will

Whether you want to hook or slice the golf ball, it is easy to do. Forget about all the technical tips. They'll just add confusion, which is the last thing you need when standing over a tee shot. To hook the ball, grip firmer with your right hand. To slice the ball, grip firmer with the left (assuming you're a right-handed player). Once you get the feel, see how much movement you experience and plan accordingly.

Count On Comfort With Abacus Men's 2011 Autumn Collection

Swedish apparel maker, Abacus, markets and sells leisure clothing with golf at the heart of its inspiration. The company's collections combine comfort, functionality, design, and quality in a way that has given Abacus a very strong international presence in just a few years.

Pebble Fleece Jacket
A soft and warm polyester fleece, the Abacus Pebble is a versatile garment that works both as an insulating layer under a shell and alone. Flat-lock seams make it comfortable to wear and prevent chafing. The fleece jacket has a full-length, front zipper with protective chin flap and details like contrast stitching and logo print on the left sleeve and lower left side.

Material: 100% polyester knitted fleece; Sizes: S-XXL; Colors: ecru, grey, steel blue, black; U.S. SGR: $100

Derry Long Sleeve Rugger
The Abacus Derry is a sporty, heavy cotton jersey which is comfortable and soft to wear. The cotton is treated with cashmere touch, adding a softness and suppleness that will keep it in the front of your closet. The Derry features a logo print on the sleeve and a twill collar with contrasting colors on the back that give it a sporty look.

Material: 100% cotton jersey; Sizes: S - XXL; Colors: red, fairway green, steel blue; U.S. SGR: $100


Bridgestone Golf unveils J40 irons line of premium forged clubs

(COVINGTON, Ga.) - Bridgestone Golf, the No. 1 Ball-Fitter in Golf, announces the arrival of its highly anticipated line of J40 Forged irons. Arriving in time for the holiday season, the J40 line will be available at golf specialty stores and green grass retailers nationwide in October 2011. The new precision-forged J40 series offers two different iron models providing greater precision and softer feel for a variety of golfers.

"The J40 irons deliver on everything iron enthusiasts have anticipated from our new launch and continue what has been loved about our product from the J33 series onward," said Corey Consuegra, Golf Club Marketing Manager, Bridgestone Golf, Inc.

J40 Forged Dual Pocket Cavity
Building on the innovative weight management system introduced by its predecessor, the J40 Forged Dual Pocket Cavity irons are designed for the serious player that demands a buttery feel and more traditional topline, but needs a bit more help with squaring the clubface at impact. The J40 Dual Pocket Cavity irons key design features include:
• midsize head for producing a mid-to-high launch
• revamped dual pocket cavity that provides increased Tour Stability by moving more discretionary weight to the perimeter, creating even higher MOI than the previous version
• improved leading edge relief to help prevent digging in softer conditions

J40 Forged Cavity Back
The J40 Forged Cavity Back irons offer the ultimate balance between form and function. The J40 Forged CB's striking good looks and clean traditional design is tailor made for better players who prefer a classy no-frills look and thin topline at address. The J40 Forged Cavity Back irons key design features include:
• compact head with higher face progression for a mid-height launch
• unique v-cut cavity design that places more mass higher on the clubface for a higher center of gravity, resulting in a more controllable, penetrating ball-flight
• tapered sole-design for more versatility in shot making, allowing players to 'work the ball' and more easily control trajectory
• enhanced trailing edge relief for better performance from a variety of lies, especially out of the rough

"With the J40s, we now offer even better performance and cleaner aesthetics. The J40 series truly reaffirms that Bridgestone is THE brand of choice for premium iron enthusiasts," said Consuegra.

Both sets of the J40 irons are premium forged from 1020 mild carbon steel for the ultimate in soft feel and feature conforming grooves for optimum distance and spin control. The new J40 irons come standard with the Tour-proven Project XTM flighted shafts. Both come standard in a set of 5-pw and feature a street price of $699 (MSRP $799). An additional 3-iron and 4-iron will be available upon request ($115 per club).

For more information on the J40 iron series and Bridgestone Golf's entire Fall 2011 product offering, visit


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Course Spotlight: Acacia Country Club

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Acacia Country Club, in Beachwood, Ohio, is the essence of a private facility. While the budget may not be as lofty as others, the course condition and customer service  are top notch.

The Par-3 11th hole only measures about 170 yards from the member tees, but lose your tee shot only slightly right and you're in some deep, hidden bunkers. From there, bogie is a good score.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Just In Time For Football Season - Trion:Z Introduces New Collegiate Active Series Wristband

(Carlsbad, CA) - Trion:Z, manufacturer of award winning magnetic and negative ion technology, announced today that their highly popular Active Series Wristbands worn by hundreds of professional athletes are now available in some of the nation's hottest collegiate colors and logos.

Before the tailgating and kick-off begin, Trion:Z introduces its new NCAA Officially Licensed Collegiate Program. Now, fans can support their favorite team while wearing their favorite Trion:Z Wristband or Necklace. Schools from some of the largest leagues; the SCC, ACC, Pac 10, Big 12, Big 10, Big East and Mountain West conferences all are represented between the Collegiate Fabric Dual Loop and Collegiate Active Series.

New to this season's line-up is the Collegiate Active Series. This colorful, stylish, and waterproof silicone wristband combines Trion:Z's negative ion and magnet technology.

Trion:Z wristbands and necklaces including the Collegiate Active Series are made with "Mineon Health" Minerals, a natural producing Negative-Ion mineral. Trion:Z generates Negative-Ions at an abundant level at 50-100 more than competing products. Additionally, Trion:Z uses axially magnetized magnets in a unique Alternating North-South Polarity Orientation to maximize the magnetic field flow.

"Expanding the Active Series into the licensing and collegiate business units is part of a strategic plan. The Collegiate Fabric Dual Wristbands and Necklaces have become a Trion:Z sales leader and we're confidant this extension will promote additional growth," stated Trion:Z CEO Toru Kamatari.

The Trion:Z Collegiate Program which includes both the Collegiate Active Series MSR $24.99 and Collegiate Fabric Dual Loop Wristband MSR $24.99 and Necklaces MSR $36.99 are carried by Trion:Z retailers. To find a conveniently located Trion:Z retailer, visit the company website and click on "Find a Retailer."


STX ProFIT 4 & 5 Putters now available in dramatic black finish

(BALTIMORE) - STX Golf, world-renowned as an industry pioneer in putter innovation, and for its patented Soft Face Insert Technology, announced that their customizable ProFIT 4 & 5 Putters have been updated with new design elements and a distinctive black finish.

The STX ProFIT 4 & 5 Putters resemble a classically inspired blade putter but are accented with contemporary hardware and feature the STX patented interchangeable insert technology. This dynamic combination creates a modern look and the new non-glare dramatic black finish enhances these artistic putters.

"The design team did a great job choosing the exact finish and adding subtle design elements to enhance the look of the ProFIT line. The new black finish compliments the overall style of the putters perfectly," stated STX Director of Golf Steve Henneman.

In addition to the ProFIT's exceptional aesthetics, both the STX ProFIT 4 & 5 Putters include the STX interchangeable face and weight technology, a highly developed system that provides for quick and easy weighting and face adjustments. This innovative feature allows the golfer to customize or control the putter head and speed according to preferences and course conditions.

The STX ProFIT 4 & 5 putters were developed for the golfer who would like to fully customize their putter's feel and response. The "softest" black insert comes equipped on both, the medium resilient red insert and firmer green insert are fully compatible and sold separately. The ProFIT 4 putter is designed with a plumber's neck hosel while the ProFIT 5 offers a flare neck design, and both models feature 3 degrees of loft with a 71 degree lie angle. STX's exclusive black and white Golf Pride grip adds to the ProFIT's overall look and feel. Suggested retail is $199.99 and is available in both right and left hand models.

For a variety of responses and feel, STX Putters are available with black, red and green insert options. The black insert is the softest in the STX line. It delivers the highest friction and resilience rate, plus increased dwell time. Those characteristics are chemically formulated to get the ball rolling sooner and keep your putts on line. For a medium resiliency rate, the red insert offers an intermediate amount of dwell time for golfers that prefer a harder feel. And, for golfers who prefer the feel of a steel putter, the green insert provides a harder feel with less resilience.

Testing shows STX Putters have almost twice the dwell time of putters with harder inserts and nearly three times the dwell time of metal faced putters. The difference is due to the high coefficient of friction (COF) that is chemically engineered into each STX insert. The high COF results in unequaled precision on the greens. STX inserts also provide the signature STX "Feel", which holds the ball on the face longer to impart topspin and improve the feel of the putter.


Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains announces fall golf opportunities

(POCONO MOUNTAINS, Pa.) - Labor Day is next week, which means fall is right around the corner. But there are still two solid months of golf remaining in the beautiful Pocono Mountains (, where ideal conditions and stunning vistas make fall the favorite time of year for many golfers.

It's also a great time to follow the foliage, north to south, by combining fall rounds on some of the region's 35 courses with a family vacation and some exciting seasonal events. To ensure the leaves are at their peak color, check the Fall Foliage Forecast (570.421.5565), which provides weekly updates from mid-September through the end of October.

• Harvest and Heritage Days (570.253.5492; in historic downtown Honesdale, set for October 8 and 9, is perfect for every member of the family. This popular festival features music, a wing and chili taste-off, an antique car cruise, craft vendors, old-fashioned hay rides and pumpkin painting.

• Pennsylvania's first Ironman 70.3 Pocono Mountains triathlon ( is scheduled for October 2, in and around the scenic Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The event begins in Bushkill and concludes with a finish down Main Street in historic Stroudsburg. Ironman 70.3 Series races consist of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and a 13.1-mile run. The day also will include a multisport expo and other interactive events.

• Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Days (570.325.5810; are held in Jim Thorpe on Saturdays and Sundays through October 23. There's truly something for the entire family during these fall foliage weekends. Train rides, vendors, crafters and goodies from the Jim Thorpe Farmers Market are always popular. Or rent a bike and ride in the surrounding hills or along the Lehigh River on the newly-opened rail-trail. There's also free entertainment at different venues throughout downtown, and seasonal specials at restaurants and shops.

• The Country Club at Woodloch Springs and Skytop Golf Course are wonderful golf options near Honesdale. Woodloch Springs, nationally recognized by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine, is an immaculately conditioned, challenging gem, but four tee boxes make it fun for all handicap and age levels. The fall-foliage views on the 16th hole are alone worth the green fee. The 6,656-yard Skytop has received 4.5 (out of 5) stars in Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play." The popular layout features wide, tree-lined fairways and small, challenging greens.

• Fernwood Hotel & Resort Golf Course and Mountain Manor Golf Club are both convenient for fans traveling to the Ironman 70.3 Pocono Mountains on October 2. Fernwood's course, located in Bushkill, features beautiful surroundings, making it a perfect way to relax. Mountain Manor, with three nines averaging 3,260 yards apiece, also features lovely views, as well as a newly renovated golf shop, bar and grill.

• Jack Frost National - one of Golfweek's top-10 "Courses You Can Play" in the state - sprawls across 200 acres of magnificent terrain 2,000 feet above sea level. The 7,200-yard beauty features forgiving fairways and undulating greens surrounded by wooded valleys that explode in fall colors. There's also an impressive state-of-the-art practice facility.

• Woodloch Resort's (570.685.8000) Stay and Play Package includes lodging for one night in a beautiful guest home, 18 holes of golf with cart and range balls, dinner in one of the Woodloch Dining Rooms, nightly entertainment, and use of all resort facilities and amenities with endless activities. Guests receive a 10% breakfast and lunch discount, and 10% pro shop discount. Available seven days a week through October 31, rates start at $239 per person, per night, based on adult double occupancy, plus tax and service charge. Restrictions may apply. For more information visit:

• The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, celebrating its centennial this year, offers a Golf Package (570.424.4000) that includes overnight accommodations, breakfast, cart, and green fees for 18 holes on its 18-hole championship island course. Available seven days a week through November 19, midweek rates start at $108 per person, per night. Includes tax and service charge. For more information visit:

• Chateau Resort & Conference Center (570.629.5900), located in Tannersville, offers a "Golf 'N Stay Package: Fore for Four" special, which includes mountainside accommodations; 18 holes of golf (including cart) at a choice of nearby Jack Frost National, Buck Hill Falls Golf Club or Mount Airy Golf Club; a healthy start grab 'n go; 20% discount at the Mountainview Restaurant and Lounge; and 19th Hole Reception cocktail hour featuring complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drink specials. Midweek rates start at $94 per person, per night, based on double occupancy; includes tax and service charge; subject to availability. The special runs seven days a week through October 31. For more information visit:


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Brian Crowell's 'Slice-Free Golf' helps conquer ugliest shot in golf

(WESTPORT, Conn.) - The worst shot in golf is the slice and it haunts and frustrates millions of golfers who lose distance and ruin scores as they strive to cure this deflating swing flaw. Brian Crowell, a TV golf commentator and the highly regarded Head Golf Professional at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford, New York, was once a slicer and for 20 years as an instructor he has helped golfers cure the embarrassing "banana ball."

Crowell has creatively pulled together his knowledge and teaching techniques by publishing Slice-Free Golf, the first book entirely devoted to helping golfers conquer the slice and learn how to hit the ball farther and straighter with power and accuracy.

Legend Gary Player recognized the need for a book on a swing problem that affects 82% of all golfers, and he endorsed Crowell's easy-to-follow guide by writing in the foreword: "Don't let the slice diminish your enjoyment of this great game. If cutting the ball is frustrating you, please read Slice-Free Golf. By following Brian's clear step-by-step program, you will develop more consistency, greater distance off the tee, and more enjoyment on the golf course. And your score will improve."

Slice-Free Golf offers three quick steps to beating the dreaded slice. Some 100 photographs clearly illustrate the right (and wrong) "Get Set," " Swing" and "Release" keys, and 26 clever drills guide golfers along the path to banishing banana balls forever. Crowell injects humor with empathy for the long-suffering slicer but the result of his program is a proven cure for the ugliest shot in golf.

Slice-Free Golf is available in several e-book formats and in two print editions: A black and white paperback for $14.95 and a premium full color version for $24.95. Slice-Free Golf may be ordered at

About Brian Crowell
As a national TV commentator, Crowell has covered The Masters, the U.S. Open and the Ryder Cup. He has been a member of the broadcast team since 2007. Crowell also hosts a popular radio show, The Clubhouse, which airs weekly in the New York Metropolitan area. An engaging, humorous and positive personality, Crowell is sought after for personal appearances, corporate clinics and club events.


Sapelo Hammock Golf Club (Shellman Bluff, GA) to Celebrate Grand Re-Opening Sept. 9 through 11

(SHELLMAN BLUFF, GA) - Sapelo Hammock Golf Club - closed since June 2010 for renovation and now managed by Billy Casper Golf - will celebrate its grand re-opening Sept. 9 through 11.

The festivities kick-off on Friday, September 9 with a low-country seafood buffet at 7 p.m., live music and a glow ball closest-to-the-pin competition. Tickets are $20 per person.

Saturday and Sunday will feature a special grand re-opening rate of $35 for greens and cart fees, on-course contests, tee gifts for each golfer, and food-and-beverage specials. At 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, the club will host a Sapelo Hammock Golf Club Tailgate with pig roast for the University of Georgia v. University of South Carolina football game.

"We're excited to welcome golfers back to this impressive course," says Shannon Archer, General Manager of Sapelo Hammock. "Sapelo Hammock will once again be known as a preferred local destination for golf, dining and social activities."

"The story of Sapelo Hammock is one of local investors coming together to revitalize the golf course and local economy," says Mike Hardy, President of Shellman Bluff Investors. "More than 70 investors have committed to making Sapelo Hammock a facility that will enhance the community and tourism in McIntosh County."

Shellman Bluff Acquisition, LLC, owner of Sapelo Hammock, embarked on a capital enhancement plan of re-turfing greens, re-design of several holes and enhanced agronomic and maintenance practices for even greater playability. The clubhouse décor was also updated.

Complementing resort-style experiences at Sapelo Hammock, non-golfers and families enjoy a host of nearby leisure activities including nationally-renowned speckled trout and red fishing, boating, kayaking, bird watching (Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge), access to inter-coastal waterway and Atlantic Ocean beaches in addition to historic landmarks and sightseeing.

When it first opened in 1998, Sapelo Hammock amassed several media awards, including ranking among Golf Digest's "Top 100 New Courses."

Tucked away along the Sapelo River, the 18-hole, 6,887-yard, par-72 course is routed through historic oak-lined fairways with breathtaking marsh views. Designed with five sets of tees to accommodate golfers of all skill levels, Sapelo Hammock features Champion Bermuda greens, 4-19 Bermuda fairways and roughs, and coastal Georgia marsh grass hazards.

The back nine is highlighted by the par-3 No. 17, Sapelo Hammock's signature hole. This beautiful hole features a natural island hammock surrounded by marsh and provides a daunting challenge for even the most seasoned golfer.

For more information or to reserve a tee time:, 912.832.4653.


Bag Boy Introduces Two New Revolver Cart Bags for 2012

New Top-Designs Allow Easy Access to Clubs and Accommodates Oversized Grips

(RICHMOND, Va.) - Bag Boy, one of the premier choices in golf bags, announced today the introduction of two new Revolver Cart Bags. The Revolver XL and Revolver LE feature two new unique top-designs with Clip-Lok technology, providing more space for clubs and allowing easier access to them.

The Revolver has won numerous awards since its introduction in 2005. The industry's first and only 360-degree rotating top design revolutionized the cart bag category. Through extensive consumer feedback and market research, Bag Boy has added user friendly features to the new Revolver XL and Revolver LE. Both cart bags deliver exceptional quality, functionality and organization that golfers demand in a golf bag.

Golfers who use oversized grips will be pleased with the features of the new Revolver XL. The 9.5- inch, 7-way rotating top features seven extra-large slots for clubs and two Clip-Loks in each slot to secure golf clubs in place. The cart bag also has an external putter tube with a secure putter clip.

The 420D nylon Revolver XL has plenty of storage with six pockets including an oversized insulated cooler pocket, and a deluxe valuables pocket. For the golfer's convenience, there is a divot tool sleeve, towel clip, Velcro® glove holder, tee holder and umbrella and cart strap sleeve.

Available in seven color patterns -- black/black/silver, royal/black/silver, red/black/silver, hunter green/black/silver, lavender/black/white, pink/black/white and sky blue/black/white-the Revolver XL has a suggested retail of $219.95. The three ladies' colors feature a 1/2" shorter bag to accommodate ladies clubs.

"The Revolver cart bag has been one of our best-selling bags," said Craig Ramsbottom, president, golf division. "Golfers who ride really enjoy the convenience of club selection with the rotating top. We received feedback from golfers that use oversized grips and were looking for a top that better accommodates the grips and the Revolver XL top design does just that. Similar comments about developing a bag that makes it easier to see the clubs helped with the boomerang top design on the LE."

The Revolver LE has a 10-inch, 14-way rotating top featuring a boomerang design which makes club selection easy with four slots designated for woods and an oversized slot for a putter. The 360 degree top features 14 individual Clip-Loks to keep the clubs secure and 14 full-length dividers to keep the clubs from twisting in the bag. The cart bag also has two external putter tubes with Clip-Loks which can hold a favorite wedge, putter or other club during the round.

Golfers will also enjoy the ample amount of storage in the Revolver LE with 9 pockets, including a removable insulated cooler and a fleece lined valuables pocket with an internal key clip. Additional features on the 420D nylon Revolver LE is a molded trunk handle for easy lifting, a padded shoulder strap for carrying the bag from the car to the cart, a towel ring, pencil holder, Velcro glove holder and an umbrella holder.

The Revolver LE is available in four color patterns-royal/black/white, red/black/white, white/ black/silver and black- for a suggested retail of $239.95.

The Revolver LE and Revolver XL are backed by a one-year quality guarantee.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Edwin Watts Golf Offers End-of-Summer Blowout Sale on Select Golf Clubs from Leading Equipment Manufacturers

(FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla.) - Teeing it up during the dog days of summer just got more appealing, as Edwin Watts Golf Shops, LLC, one of the world's largest specialty golf retailers, today announced the end of summer golf club blowout sale, offering the best deals of the year on select drivers, iron sets, fairways and hybrids from the top brands in golf. The spectacular savings will be taking place at select Edwin Watts Golf Shops through until Sept. 5.

During the two-week blowout sale, customers will enjoy an additional 10 percent off select sale clubs in the $100 - $299 total sale price range; 20 percent off select sale clubs in the $300 - $499 total sale price range, and 30 percent off select sale clubs of $500 and up total sale price range.

"As the summer golf season comes to a close we are delighted to offer unbelievable savings on select equipment from the game's leading brands," said John Watson, CEO, Edwin Watts Golf. "In addition to the lowest prices of the year on name brand equipment, our trusted store associates, 'The Watts Guys,' will be available to custom fit golfers with equipment that matches their swing characteristics."

For 43 years, Edwin Watts Golf has been offering the freshest assortment of golf equipment and apparel, electronics and related golf accessories from the top brands in golf.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Iconic Nike Dunk Shoe Enters Golf - Wie to Debut them this Week

Nike Golf Pays Tribute to the Iconic Nike Dunk Shoe with the Introduction of the Nike Dunk NG

(BEAVERTON, Ore.) – There will be a familiar iconic shoe showing up on the feet of Nike Athletes Michelle Wie and Anthony Kim.  Both young athletes will be sporting the new Nike Dunk (NG) Golf shoe. Wie will debut the colorful shoes at this week’s Women’s Canadian Open and Kim will wear them in the coming weeks on the PGA Tour.

A Nike brand franchise with a wide appeal, the Dunk has history, heritage, and a consumer cultural connection that Nike Golf respects and celebrates. The new Nike Dunk NG, which inspires individuality and personal expression, will now be available for golfers starting January 1, 2012.

Staying true to the original Nike Dunk which was created 25 years ago, Nike Golf has kept the original last to ensure that the Nike Dunk NG feels just the same as the Dunks that people have grown to love without compromising performance for golf.  With golf specific spikes on the outsole and golf specific waterproof leather, the Nike Dunk has been transformed to perform on the course.

Keeping in line with the strong personality and attitude of the Nike Dunk, the Nike Dunk NG allows athletes to show their true colors on the course.  The energy of Soar Blue, Safety Orange, Court Green for men and Spark, Orange Glow and Mint for women allow consumers to have a bold, athletic look while coordinating with the apparel from the Nike Golf Sport Collection.

The Nike Dunk NG comes with two sets of shoelaces, allowing athletes to either accentuate the bright color of the shoe or to opt for traditional white.  With full-grain waterproof leather, the Nike Dunk NG can battle the elements of poor weather conditions.  The Scorpion Stinger Spikes ensure that traction is not an issue for the Nike Dunk NG.

The original Nike Dunk was created as a basketball shoe in 1985.  After it was introduced to the world, the Nike Dunk started a commotion when basketball teams began wearing them to match their uniforms.  New to the scene and already making a lasting impression, the Nike Dunks enjoyed a widespread following and massive popularity almost instantly. This new expression of style lasted through the years and Dunks have become the prized shoes for sneakerheads as well as fashion statements for anyone looking to add vintage style to their shoe collection. Now the Nike Dunk enters golf.

Key Features:
* Full-grain waterproof leather
* 2 sets of shoelaces
* Full-length contoured sockliner
* Rubber cupsole
* Authentic Nike Dunk fit and feel
* 2-Year Limited Waterproof Warranty
* Scorpion Stinger Spikes and tri-LOK system

Nike Dunk NG – Mens
MSRP: $160.00
Available: 1/1/2012
Colors: White/Black-Soar; White/Black-Granite; White/Cargo Khaki-Safety Orange

Available: 3/1/2012
Colors: Midnight Fog/Prism Blue-Black; White/Court Green-Black

Nike Dunk NG – Womens
MSRP: $130.00
Available: 1/1/2012
Colors: White/Mint Candy-Granite; White/Black-Spark

Available: 3/1/2012
Colors: Black/White-Check; Orange Glow/White


Miura Golf Introduces MG Hybrid

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) - Japanese golf-club manufacturer Miura Golf-which has been making the world's highest-quality forged irons for 44 years-is officially introducing its MG Hybrids, the company announced today.

The launch of the MG Hybrids is exciting news for golfers, as Miura Golf-which has never had a fixed time frame for new-product introductions-only debuts new models when the quality of new technological advances demands it.

The MG Hybrids will be available in HB3 (20 degrees of loft) and HB4 (23 degrees of loft) models made from SUS455 steel in an I.P. Black finish. MG Hybrids-which carry a suggested retail price of $299 per club with graphite shafts and $279 per club with steel shafts and can be tested by visiting to locate the closest Miura dealer.

"The days of the 'three-through-pitch' automatic set are over," says Adam Barr, President of Miura Golf. "Players are putting more thought into how they will configure their bags. So hybrids become even more important as supporters of the irons. The new MGs are designed with the recognition that hybrids can be used for everything from covering a lot of ground on par-5s to pinpoint shots into greens on long par-4s and par-3s. As the name 'hybrid' truly implies, these clubs play as multipurpose long-game tools golfers can rely on."

Utilities aim to pinpoint targets in the same way as irons do. The MG Hybrid was born from consumer feedback. The blade-iron design provides a sense of security when aiming at the target, allowing more advanced players to better concentrate on their games rather than wondering where the ball will go. The club's I.P. Black finish makes it appear more compact, resulting in increased player concentration at address.

The MG Hybrid follows through smoothly after impact thanks to Miura Golf's new Circle Cut method sole shape in which a line cuts through the club's sole, creating a stepped tier on the sole and the optimal center of gravity to provide the optimal ball trajectory for a hybrid iron.

The MG Hybrid mostly focuses on the blade's height, not the head volume. The blade height is almost the same size as the height of the ball at 43mm. Thus, golfers at address can think of the MG Hybrid as an iron at address, and can hit the ball the same way as an iron. Plus, golfers also have an increased amount of relief at address.

More information on Miura products can be found at


Cutter & Buck Unveils New Brand Initiative

Company embraces its Pacific Northwest roots, sets course for next 20 years

(SEATTLE) - Established here in 1989, Cutter & Buck announced today that in conjunction with the rollout of its Spring 2012 lines, the company is embracing its regional heritage with a new brand identity, "Genuine Spirit of the Pacific Northwest." The brand initiative incorporates the introduction of a denim-based fashion line, as well as the unveiling of a striking, modernized logo.

While not straying too far from its proud 20-plus years tradition of golf-inspired premier, high-quality sportswear, Cutter & Buck executives said the goal of the new initiative is to evolve its brand from niche-specialty to a global lifestyle brand, befitting of the Pacific Northwest where residents naturally thrive between an urban and outdoor lifestyle.

According to Jens Petersson, Cutter & Buck CEO, the championing of a new brand represents a natural evolution for the company.

"Our customers know quality in a garment, and appreciate our golf heritage - proven performance apparel, functional and comfortable styles that work on and off the course," Petersson said. "Now it becomes paramount to remain relevant in all aspects of their active lifestyle, and by doing so we lay the foundation for Cutter & Buck's next 20 years. As we evolve with interesting, new views on classic items, we also comprehend the importance of staying true to our roots of superb craftsmanship, distinctive and stylish clothing, and an exceptionally high level of customer service."

Featuring apparel that seamlessly transitions from urban to outdoor is ideal for customers with active lifestyles, Petersson added, whether they are going to work, fitting a quick nine holes into their day, saving time for a little play, stepping out at night, or heading off for the weekend. With its functionality and versatility, he said the new denim-based line epitomizes the Pacific Northwest lifestyle.

Responding to market trends and input from its customers, Cutter & Buck also is updating the silhouette of its men's apparel by introducing a slimmer fit. The change will focus on its knit polos and woven shirts, with specific adjustments being made in body length, chest width, cross shoulder (back and front), knit polo collar and neck fit, and sleeve length and openings. Cutter & Buck shirts will sit closer to the neck to create a modernized silhouette.

"While we have been well known for offering a generous cut, we think that market trends speak clearly to this being the perfect time to introduce our customer to a tidier silhouette, which enhances their appearance by trimming it up in just the right places," said Julie Snow, vice president, design and merchandising for Cutter & Buck. "This takes our fit from generous to relaxed and easy."

The newly updated Cutter & Buck logo, meanwhile, retains the core elements of the company's past logo, but also provides for a striking and modern look that reinforces the brand initiative, and evokes the classic styling for which the company has long been renowned.

According to Stacy Mangum, Cutter & Buck's brand manager, "We are motivated by the real people who wear our clothes - the barista who sails our lakes; the aquarium volunteer who is the local golf champ; the children's book illustrator who cycles to work every day. We think Seattle and our surrounding Pacific Northwest environs provide a perfect inspiration for our collections: adaptable, easy-going, independent and pioneering."

The Cutter & Buck Spring 2012 line is due to be introduced to stores in November.

For more details, contact Cutter & Buck at (800) 713-7810 or visit


Monday, August 22, 2011

Two Big Wins for the Swoosh by Pettersen and Fisher

Nike Golf Athletes Suzann Pettersen and Oliver Fisher Shine with Big Wins on Their Respective Tours 

(Beaverton, OR) – Nike Golf athletes Suzann Pettersen and twenty-two-year-old Oliver Fisher emerged as champions at the Safeway Classic and the Czech Open on the LPGA and PGA European Tours, respectively.  Both Nike athletes won with a bag full of Nike Golf products, including the new Nike 20XI golf ball and Nike Method prototype putters.

Pettersen, who came off of a recent win at the Ladies Irish Open, delivered a stunning performance in the final round by shooting a 7-under-par score of 64 to position her in a sudden-death playoff and overcome a 9-shot deficit. She sealed her victory with a par on the first playoff hole.  This is her third win this year with the Nike 20XI–X golf ball and second victory with the new Nike prototype putter. This new Nike Method prototype features a unique mallet shape with a high MOI providing overall stability and performance. It will be available at retail on November 1.

On the PGA European Tour, Fisher claimed his first career victory and displayed nerves of steel by making six crucial birdie putts with his Nike Method putter en route to his two-stroke victory. The Nike Method franchise has been extremely successful on the respective professional tours all over the world having won 26 times, including three PGA Tour major championships. Fisher joins fellow Nike athlete Pettersen as the first professionals to win on the global tours with the new 20XI ball since its North America launch in April. The Nike 20XI ball is scheduled to be introduced at retail globally on Feb. 1, 2012. The 20XI ball features game-changing resin core technology that is faster and lighter than traditional rubber cores. A faster and lighter core results in longer distance and more controlled shots.

Both athletes also used the Nike VR Woods, Hybrids, Irons and Wedges. The Nike VR franchise has more than 80 worldwide wins including three major championships.

Pettersen’s Nike Golf Arsenal:
Driver:  Nike VR STR8-FIT 9.5-degree
Fairway Woods:  Nike SQ Dymo 3-wood/13-degree
Hybrids:  Nike VR 18-degree
Irons:  Nike VR Pro Combo (4-PW)
Wedges:  Nike VR Blade 48-degree; Nike VR 53 and 59-degree
Putter:  Nike High-MOI Method Prototype
Ball:  Nike 20XI-X
Apparel:  Nike Golf Women’s Collection
Footwear: Nike Lunar Links

Fisher’s Nike Golf Arsenal:
Driver: Nike VR Pro Ltd 8.5 driver
Irons:  VR Pro Combo Irons 3-9
Wedges: VR Pro Wedges 46, 52, 59
Fairway Woods: VR Pro prototype 15-degree fairway wood
Hybrids: VR Pro hybrid 18-degree
Putter:  Nike Method prototype putter
Ball: 20XI–X
Apparel: Nike Golf Border and Tech Range
Footwear: Nike Lunar Control

Nike Golf’s 2011 PGA Tour Victories
 *   Lucas Glover – Wells Fargo Championship
 *   Charl Schwartzel – The Masters Tournament
 *   Jhonattan Vegas – Bob Hope Classic

Nike Golf’s 2011 International Victories
 *   Oliver Fisher – Czech Open (PGA European Tour)
 *   Suzann Pettersen – Ladies Irish Open (Ladies European Tour)
 *   Simon Dyson – Irish Open (PGA European Tour)
 *   Paul Casey – Volvo Golf Champions (PGA European Tour)
 *   Charl Schwartzel – Joburg Open (PGA European Tour)
 *   Pablo Martin – Alfred Dunhill Championship (PGA European Tour)

Nike Golf’s 2011 LPGA Tour Victories
 *   Suzann Pettersen – Safeway Classic
 *   Suzann Pettersen – Sybase Match Play Championship

Nike Golf’s 2011 Champions Tour Victories
 *   John Cook – Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am
 *   John Cook – Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai
 *   John Cook – Montreal Championship

Nike Golf’s 2011 Japan LPGA Tour Victories
 *   Kumiko Kaneda – Fuji-Sankei Classic


Pro Mental Coach launches interactive mental coaching program

(HOLLYWOOD, Fla.) - Brain Center International - creator of science-based interactive brain fitness programs - introduces Pro Mental Coach, golf's first mental coaching software created to help players master the game, play smarter and lower scores.

Part of the new state-of-the-art technology at the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance at PGA Village, in Port St. Lucie, FL, Pro Mental Coach independently assesses mental skills and customizes a training program fitting each user's needs. PC and Mac compatible, it features scientifically-proven exergames that are fun and easy. These build the "brain muscle," helping create an "in the zone" mental state through improved focus, confidence, motivation, stress management, endurance and recovery from bad shots.

"It's a fact that golf is 90 percent in your head, and the outcome of each round is usually determined by how a player manages the mental game," says Dr. Stephane Bergeron, Founder of BCI. "Our software helps golfers train the part of their game that's been holding them back, from the comfort and privacy of home, 24/7, no appointment necessary."

Pro Mental Coach ($139.95) is powered by a proprietary Dynamic Intelligence System. This breakthrough neuroscience technology was developed by BCI in collaboration with medical centers. It is used in clinical research funded by National Institutes of Health.

Dramatically different from books and DVDs, Pro Mental Coach continuously interacts with users and adjusts exergame difficulty levels in real time according to performance. This personalizes each training session, creating a fully customized regimen to deliver maximum benefits in the shortest period of time.

"The exergames featured in Pro Mental Coach replicate on-course stress, allowing golfers and their instructors to learn what areas of the mental game are strong and train those that need it," says Joe Hallett, coach of LPGA Tour star Stacy Lewis and a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher. "An hour a week is all it takes to effectively manage tough times, play better and enjoy the game more."

"The PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance is excited to integrate Pro Mental Coach into its golf instruction program, as mental game training should be part of every golfer's routine," says Bob Baldassari, PGA Senior Director, Player Development and PGA General Manager of the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance. "This innovative approach will be a special part of our curriculum, in addition to our focus on the latest in technology, equipment, physical fitness and on-course performance."

Unique features of Pro Mental Coach include:
• Assessment and full diagnostic of a user's mental game strengths and weaknesses
• Customized training program that matches users' skills
• Tracking and evaluation of performance from each training session
• Ability for PGA Professionals to access a student's mental game profile

For more information:; 866.716.3876.


The Trion:Z Magnetic Insole - The Maginsole Mini Is Now Available At Retail

(Carlsbad, CA) - Trion:Z, manufacturer of award winning magnetic and negative ion technology, announced today that their comforting yet revolutionary Trion:Z Maginsole MINI insole is now available at retail.

Trion:Z introduced its high performance magnetic mini insole at the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show. It was highly received by the media as well as with retailers. The company began shipping the unique product and is now can be found at one of their many dealers.

Now Trion:Z gives you the opportunity to combat the impact of standing, walking, and running- whether you're on the job, the golf course, or the playing field. Trion:Z and its inventive insole feature eight anisotropic ferrite permanent magnets to promote deep and extensive penetration for improved blood circulation. The Trion:Z Maginsole MINI and its unique design provide comfortable support to reduce shock and pain. The durable, unisex design is perfect for any shoe size.

According to Trion:Z CEO Toru Kamatari, "Typically our magnetic line of products are worn by athletes but the Maginsole MINI can help anybody who suffers with sore feet. Our patented magnetic technology restores the negative impact from today's lifestyle and where better to wear the magnets than the feet."

The Trion:Z Maginsole MINI insoles are easy to position as the exterior surface of these innovative insoles contain an adhesive material that easily attaches against smooth surfaces. If they become soiled due to sand, grass or dust, the Trion:Z Maginsole MINI insole is washable and reusable, too.

To find a retailer that carries Trion:Z products including the new Maginsole MINI, visit the company website at and click on the retail locater.

Trion:Z and their magnetic line of ionic gear is endorsed by some of the biggest names in golf; Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy and Ryo Ishikawa - the three Rs and Brittany Lincicome. These are some of the most influential golfers in the world and they ALL wear Trion:Z wristbands, bracelets, necklaces, and now the Maginsole MINI.


Friday, August 19, 2011

BrightSpot Solutions' Spotless Swing Golf Towel Now at Select Dick's Sporting Goods Stores

(Boulder, CO) - Scott Salzman, inventor of the three-in-one Spotless Swing Golf Towel, and President of BrightSpot Solutions announced today that their innovative towels are now in stock and available at select Dick's Sporting Goods stores.

"We did a test run of 20 stores and the sales were quickly successful. Dick's has now expanded the number of stores carrying Spotless Swing," said Salzman

The revolutionary new Spotless Swing Golf Towel was introduced in January at the 2010 PGA Merchandise Show is now taking the golf accessories market by storm. It is being called the new "standard" in golf towels by industry insiders.
To view a list of Dick's stores which carry Spotless Swing, visit the store locator page at:

About Spotless Swing Golf Towel
Golfers of all skill levels are looking for an edge in their game. When a golfer strikes the ball with a clean clubface, it allows for better contact with the ball, ensuring greater backspin, and therefore, longer distance and enhanced accuracy.

Until now, the only way to clean the mud and dirt off your golf clubs during your round was to water down a standard towel or use a brush. However, brushes are awkward and messy and a watered down towel dries out during your round rendering it useless.

Now there is an alternative. A portion of the inside of the Premium Multi-Use Spotless Swing Golf Towel is made of a uniquely designed MicroBrush fabric that easily cleans the grooves of the club-face where dirt hides from ordinary towels. The fabric is coarse enough to clean deeply into the grooves yet soft enough to not damage the golf club finish, and absolutely no water is needed. The ultra-high quality microfiber fabric that makes up main body of the Spotless Swing absorbs over 600% of its weight in dirt, mud and water.

The Spotless Swing Golf Towel functions as three golf towels in one:
1. Outside keeps the hands, face, glove and grips clean and dry
2. Inside protects and preserves golf clubs by removing dirt, mud and water
3. Revolutionary MicroBrush fabric cleans club grooves effortlessly preparing the club for its next shot

Thanks to Spotless Swing, golfers can now keep their clubs clean throughout their round and be prepared for each and every shot. Whether it's the 1st hole or the 18th, the Spotless Swing Golf Towel is there to handle the task.

The Spotless Swing is available in four colors: Black (with red trim), Red (with black trim), solid Black and solid Pink, and conveniently attaches to any golf bag with the included carabineer clip.

For more information on the Spotless Swing Golf Towel, call 1-800-738-7293, or visit their website at

Little Mountain is a residential course with an emphasis on golf

Standing on the first tee at Little Mountain Country Club, golfers are only given a hint as to what awaits them over the next 4 hours. While many of the fairways are generous - as is the case on the opening hole - the sand traps are as plentiful and varied as any course in the region.

Little Mountain offers a nice mix of long and short holes, wonderful playing conditions and distant views of Lake Erie from its highest points, but it is likely to be the bunkers that dominate conversation following a round. Finding yourself in some of the deeper traps will lead to thoughts of just getting out, as opposed to getting up and down to save a score.

Designed by Ohio-based Hurdzan and Fry Design, Little Mountain is a residential course with an emphasis on golf - not homes. That’s not to say the houses aren’t beautiful, only an afterthought while playing.

A true target-golf layout, well-positioned shots are paramount as you make your way through the round. Risk-reward opportunities abound, offering players equal chances to attack or play it safe. Take advantage of the on-cart GPS systems to plot your strategy.

With four sets of tees - ranging from 4,982 to 6,616 yards - Little Mountain is a course playable by any level of golfer and forced carries are minimal. Low handicappers will find ample challenge, while novice golfers aren’t likely to give up the game based on this design.

Word of warning: In addition to the sandy battles, golfers who tend to fight the left side of the course will find the back nine particularly daunting as more than half the holes overlook an unforgiving gorge.

Weekday rates (18 holes with cart) are $59. Flexible rates on the weekends range from $39 (after 3 p.m.) to $69 (before 8 a.m.). Little Mountain also offers junior and senior rates. For a complete listing of rates, as well as additional information, visit

Little Mountain Country Club
7667 Hermitage Road, Concord, OH

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Burton Has Added A Staff Bag And Den Caddy For 2012 Bags Available With Custom Embroidery

(RICHMOND, Va.) - With more than 100 years in business, Burton continues to uphold its reputation for quality workmanship using the best materials while paying the utmost attention to detail. Burton expands its 2012 golf bag line-up with the release of a Staff Bag and Den Caddy.

Golfers of all handicaps can look like tour players with the new Burton Staff Bag available with multiple embroidery placement options. The 10-inch, traditional 6-way velour-padded top has full- length dividers to keep clubs organized. Made of textured durable buffalo vinyl, the bag has plenty of storage with six pockets including two large side apparel pockets. The bag also comes with a padded shoulder strap with velour underside and a D-ring for a dual shoulder strap attachment to make transporting the bag easy and comfortable.

The Staff Bag features Burton's premium hardware, including custom Burton zipper pulls with YKK zippers and dual parallel stitching for added durability. The bag is a full-tube construction and has a molded bag bottom. Available in black, the Staff Bag can be embroidered in four areas-ball pocket, two side apparel pockets or belly pocket. The Staff Bag has a suggested retail of $249.

The Den Caddy is popular on the driving range to hold practice balls or in an office as décor. The Burton Den Caddy is a replica of the new Staff Bag, standing only 20 inches tall with a 10-inch top. Made of textured durable buffalo vinyl, the caddy can hold up to 24 dozen balls and has two pockets for additional storage. Custom embroidery is available on the belly pocket. The Den Caddy has a suggested retail of $99.95.

"We are pleased to bring back into the Burton line two of the traditional golf products that Burton customers have been asking for," said Craig Ramsbottom, President, Golf Division, Dynamic Brands. "The Staff Bag and Den Caddy complete the line of Burton golf bags."


Eastpointe Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. recognized for environmental excellence

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) - Eastpointe Country Club has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, joining a prestigious list of the world's top environmentally sensitive facilities. John Spiwak, Course Superintendent, has led the effort to obtain sanctuary status on this course and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Eastpointe Country Club is the 102nd course in Florida and the 849th in the world to receive the honor.

"Eastpointe Country Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Jim Sluiter, Staff Ecologist for the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs.

"To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas," explained Sluiter. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

Eastpointe Country Club boasts a 7,011 yard par 72 Fazio designed golf course that many consider to be one of the Fazios' finest. Mature landscaping and an abundance of native wildlife make for a relaxing natural setting for this exceptional course. The members at Eastpointe Country Club have always worked hard to maintain a strong environmental policy and even have a tree program that receives numerous donations throughout the year in honor to or memory of fellow members. Spiwak noted "We have worked hard to achieve this designation and are very proud of our course and our standing as a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary"

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 also achieved certification in the program.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

McConnell Makeover on Display at Wyndham Championship

Greensboro’s Sedgefield Country Club, site of this week’s Wyndham Championship, enhanced by McConnell Golf

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — In February, after McConnell Golf purchased Sedgefield Country Club, Wyndham Championship Tournament Director Mark Brazil hailed the moment. A true golf connoisseur, Brazil was well aware of the extensive renovation and restoration work McConnell Golf had already performed at its stable of private clubs strategically located around the Carolinas, and knew Sedgefield was now in line for the same type attention.

“We know John McConnell and his track record is impressive, so we understand the significance of this transaction, how it will affect the Wyndham Championship’s host course, and what it means for the future of the club and the tournament,” Brazil said. “If history is any indication, John will make significant enhancements at Sedgefield, which will upgrade what is already a beautiful club.”

When the 2011 Wyndham Championship tees off this week, Sedgefield will proudly unveil a subtle yet substantive facelift courtesy of its new owners at McConnell Golf, part of the millions in capital investment improvements above the purchase price McConnell Golf has performed at its clubs to date since its founding in 2003.

In August, McConnell Golf added its eighth premier golf club and placed its stamp on the PGA TOUR’S Nationwide Tour with its acquisition of TPC Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh. Priding itself on providing 3,000-plus members a quality golf experience at each of its award-winning courses — including Raleigh Country Club in Raleigh, N.C.; Cardinal Golf & Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.; Treyburn Country Club in Durham, N.C.; Old North State Club in New London N.C.; Musgrove Mill Golf Club in Clinton, S.C.; and The Reserve Golf Club in Pawleys Island, S.C. — McConnell Golf’s mantra is “Pure Golf for the True Golfer.”

In its first six month of ownership at Sedgefield Country Club, McConnell Golf invested more than $1 million towards improvements highlighted by:

• A new “Wall of Champions” overlooking the ninth green and inscribed with the names of all past Wyndham Championship winners — including golf greats such as Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Chi Chi Rodriguez and Seve Ballesteros — and crested by stone busts of the tournament’s previous multiple-time winners including eight-time champion Sam Snead, along with two-time champs Byron Nelson, Billy Casper and Davis Love III.

• A freshly painted water tower overlooking the proceedings this week — a historical landmark at Sedgefield visible from numerous vantage points around the golf course.

• Re-routed cart paths and stone bridge renovation on Nos. 10 and 18, improving both aesthetics and playability of both golf holes.

• Extensive bunker work on No. 3.

• Major tree work and landscaping around the clubhouse and along No. 1 fairway, with additional landscaping coming this fall in front of the clubhouse.

• Four new brick columns adorning the clubhouse entrance.

• An updated Sedgefield clubhouse interior designed by Leo Dowell Interiors in Charlotte, N.C., which brings fresh, vibrant color schemes to the main level of the clubhouse, and a stunning white stairwell adorning black-and-white photos of past tourney champions, along with historical photos of the golf course and clubhouse.

• A Fitness Center breaking ground after the club’s pool closes for the summer, which will feature the latest in state-of-the-art equipment, massage therapy and much more.

In 2003, John McConnell received rave reviews around the golf world for his purchase of Raleigh Country Club, the last course ever designed by legendary architect Donald Ross. Word at the time was that the investors who picked up Raleigh CC’s bank note when the club filed for bankruptcy were planning to bulldoze the golf course and build condominiums in its place.

A passionate golfer who saw the opportunity to preserve an important piece of golf history, McConnell refused to watch Ross’ final legacy turned into a housing subdivision. In a 2005 Golfweek magazine feature story about McConnell titled “Saving Donald Ross,” one Raleigh CC member dubbed him the club’s “white knight.”

Unlike other multiple-club owners around the country, McConnell Golf prides itself on preserving the private club environment in a geographically strategic manner — which is why McConnell Golf doesn’t own any courses outside the Carolinas. McConnell keeps its clubs private at a membership arrangement almost unheard of today: Initiation at one McConnell Golf club gains access to all eight properties.

Legendary architects are also part of the McConnell Golf strategy. The August purchase of TPC Wakefield and the Hale Irwin-designed golf course added another highly regarded golf course architect to an impressive McConnell Golf menu featuring the likes of Ross, Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman.

McConnell Golf’s philosophy is that when chasing the discretionary dollar, a company must offer a better product. “We treat our membership like customers,” McConnell said. “To attract new members, you do right by the ones you already have. They are members, but truly they are customers. If they don’t like the product we are delivering, we will lose them as customers.”

McConnell Golf takes enormous pride in doing its part to give back to the game as well. Look no further than the McConnell Golf High School Golf Scholarship, an innovative program intended for young golfers based on their level of talent, need, and commitment to the sport — as well as their proven dedication and value to the future of golf — designed to offer playing opportunities to young golfers that may not have the financial ability to play challenging courses.

“This is one of the most exciting and rewarding programs in which we’ve been involved,” said McConnell. “Our company is committed to amateur and junior golf. Some of the best junior golfers do not have access to practice facilities and good courses. Our goal is to provide this access and supervision in hopes of helping these talented young players move to the next level of play, and possibly allow them to elevate to the point where golf can become a means of helping them receive financial assistance for higher education and even play beyond the collegiate level.”

There are numerous championship events contested over McConnell Golf properties. Old North State Club served as the host site for the ACC Women’s Golf Championship in the early 1990s and the league was so impressed it awarded Old North State the men’s golf championship in 1995 — and it has remained there for all but three of the years since, providing a challenging venue for the likes of former collegiate stars like former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover, former British Open champions David Duval and Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Jonathan Byrd, Bill Haas and Mark Wilson.

Plus, there is The Cardinal Amateur in Greensboro, which is not only one of the most coveted amateur events in the country — with a storied history of matching some of the world’s top players in a competitive but fun environment — but also has been a leader in community charity dating back to 1983, when its first educational scholarship was announced. The 2011 tournament champion, Olafur Loftsson, is playing the Wyndham on a McConnell Golf sponsor’s exemption as the winner of last weekend’s Cardinal Amateur. He will be the first golfer from Iceland to compete in a PGA TOUR event.

At the end of the day, McConnell said he approaches private club ownership with the same philosophy he used in the medical software field: Attention to detail, outworking the competition and offering the highest value proposition possible for its customers — or in this case, its members.

“I’ve always said if you can provide the high quality of product and service, in the end, you’re going to beat most of your competitors,” McConnell said. “The model of assessments and cost cutting is a short-term fix. Our team is being built to think long term.”


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