Friday, May 30, 2014

Loudmouth Introduces the Next Great Fancies

These super slinky 4-way-stretch fancy shirts feature bold Loudmouth designs, don’t wrinkle, and keep you cool. They’re the perfect way to top off any solid bottom, especially JEANS. Fancy shirts sell out every season. So jump on it.

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While you're on the website, check out the brand new ISlide Designs. ISlides are comfortable, sharp and now in stock. Dazzling graphics and state-of-the-art sole technology makes you feel like you’re walking on a cloud - a colorful cloud.

Troon Selected to Manage Alpine Country Club

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in upscale golf management, development and marketing has recently been selected to manage Alpine Country Club in Cranston, Rhode Island. The nearly half-century old private country club began as a men’s social club back in 1946 and was originally called the Cranston Alpine Country Club.

Over the next 15 years the men’s association moved to various locations to conduct their business meetings until the membership decided to build a golf course and unanimously voted to purchase 205 acres of land on Pippin Orchard Road from Basilio and Amelia Macera.

Designed by golf course architect Geoffrey Cornish and building designer D. Thomas Russillo, Alpine Country Club’s golf course officially began play in 1961 with the Clubhouse opening a year later on Easter Sunday.

“Alpine has a rich and colorful legacy and is one of the premier country clubs in Rhode Island,” said Ryan Eckroat, interim general manager of Alpine Country Club. “It provides a wonderful lifestyle experience for individuals and families and we take a great deal of pride in the amenities that we are able to offer our membership.”

Those amenities include an 18-hole championship golf course, full driving range and practice putting green, Pro Shop, Bag Room, private men’s and women’s lockers rooms, indoor and outdoor dining, adult and children’s swimming pools. On the culinary side at the Club, Alpine is well-known locally for having an exceptional array of menu selections in each of their dining rooms.

“We are truly excited to be partnering with a world-class company like Troon who will strategically improve our overall Club operation and greatly enhance the lifestyle amenities we offer our members and their guests,” said Frank Connor, Club President.

Alpine Country Club is also environmentally-conscious having been certified by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. The Club consistently reduces water usage, chemical usage for fertilization and pest control, energy consumption, solid waste and air emissions.

“By going green, all of us at Alpine strive to make a positive influence on the community, by making the right decisions when it comes to the environment and to better prepare our future generations,” added Eckroat.

Over the years, Alpine Country Club has fostered strong family values as many members have had their children grow up and become members themselves.

“For nearly 50 years, Alpine Country Club has been a marvelous addition to the Cranston community and all of us at Troon are excited to be able to implement our management principles, thereby providing an enhanced lifestyle experience for all of Alpine’s members and their guests,” said Rob DeMore, vice president of operations for Troon Privé, the private division of Troon Golf.

For more information on Alpine Country Club, visit

SLIGO WEAR Named the Official Apparel of the GTA’s Mandarin Tour

(Mississauga, ON) - Sligo Wear is known globally for cutting-edge designs and colourful innovations in golf apparel, but also supports the game locally. Sligo is proud to announce that the company has been named Official Apparel of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) – based professional Mandarin Tour.

Brian Gay
“While we have PGA Tour winners like Brian Gay and other top Tour professionals wearing our apparel, we feel connected to the game at all levels, and the Mandarin Tour is an important starting point for some fine players,” said Shawn Aucoin, director at Sligo Wear explained. “It’s a great Tour, we’re a proud supporter, and delighted that Sligo is now the Official Apparel.”

Sligo Wear provides an apparel palette to golfers of all ages and the ability to make a fashion statement with their own with Sligo’s ‘outfits’ approach that has taken golf apparel to the next level.

“I’ve been a supporter of Sligo since day one,” said Mandarin Tour Founder and CEO, Nic Mazze. “ I’m a strong believer that if you want to be a professional, you don’t just need the game, you also need to look the part of professional. With the product Sligo provides, you’re not going to get a more professional look on the course. That being said, it was a no brainer to partner with Sligo as our Official Apparel.”

Sligo wishes all the players on the Mandarin Tour a great, and great looking, 2014 season.

For more information, and the 2014 tournament schedule,visit

To view the entire 2014 Sligo Wear Collection, visit

Nexbelt Partners with Folds of Honor Foundation

(Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) - Nexbelt, The Belt With No Holes, has partnered with the Folds of Honor Foundation to provide quality belts for staff, members and as a fundraising effort.

The Folds of Honor Foundation is rallying a nation to ensure no family is left behind in the fight to preserve American freedom. Through scholarships and other assistance, they give back to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country. The Folds of Honor Foundation provides healing, hope and an opportunity for dreams to be realized.

As part of the newly-formed partnership, Nexbelt co-owners Eddie and Francis Rowland presented customized belts bearing the FOH Foundation logo on both the buckle and ball marker to FOH staff members at the Patriot Cup held on Memorial Day, May 26th at The Patriot Golf Club in Tulsa, OK.

The custom FOH belts will be sold at fund raising golf tournaments and other events throughout the year. Nexbelt will be donating 20% of all FOH belt sales directly to the Folds of Honor Foundation. FOH Foundation custom belts are available for purchase on the Nexbelt website

"We've partnered with foundations in the past," said Nexbelt Owner Eddie Rowland, "but never with a foundation as important and meaningful as this one. The men and women who put their lives on the line every day to ensure our freedom here in the U.S. deserve our utmost respect and support. We are honored to be working with The Folds Of Honor Foundation and we encourage everyone out there to support this great cause."

Known for its innovative technology, Nexbelt's Go In! Golf Series of belts feature a unique ratcheting system called PreciseFit that allows the wearer to adjust his or her belt in quarter-inch increments, providing the best fit, feel and fashion available, as well as the convenience of a hidden ball marker located behind the face of the belt.

Folds of Honor
The Folds of Honor Foundation was founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, a former F-16 pilot, golf course owner, PGA Professional and USGA member. A Major in the Air National Guard and a decorated military aviator, Rooney has served three combat tours in Iraq. After returning from his second tour, Major Rooney witnessed a profound situation that drove him to create the Folds of Honor Foundation.

Over 700,000 soldiers have been killed or disabled in the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan--Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. These service members' families exceed the national average of 2.5 dependents per household. As of January 1, 2014, over 1.4 million dependents have been adversely affected by multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 87% of the dependents affected by the recent wars do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. While the federal government provides some support for these families, it cannot succeed alone without proactive civilian organizations to assist.

The need is great, and, to paraphrase the words of Patrick Henry, their battle is ours. As Americans, we feel a collective duty to honor those who have sacrificed by serving the families they leave behind.

For more information about Nexbelt, visit

KemperSports Properties Recognized in Golfweek Magazine’s Best Municipal Courses List

Six KemperSports facilities recognized in annual list featuring the best courses owned by municipalities

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – KemperSports announced today that six of its managed properties were featured in Golfweek Magazine’s Best Municipal Courses list – more than any other golf management company. The annual list, which was published in the May 10 issue of the magazine, utilizes a 10-point rating system and is compiled from visits from hundreds of Golfweek raters throughout the year.

"Municipally-owned golf courses are vital towards the long-term health of the game,” said KemperSports Chief Executive Officer Steve Skinner. “We are proud to manage so many best in class municipally-owned facilities.”

KemperSports-managed properties that were honored include:
* No. 2 – Chambers Bay – University Place, Wash.
* No. 3 – Butterfield Trail – El Paso, Texas
* No. 13 – Harborside International (Starboard) – Chicago, Ill.
* No. 29 – Desert Willow (Firecliff) – Palm Desert, Calif.
* No. 32 – Olivas Links – Ventura, Calif.
* No. 47 – Harborside International (Port) – Chicago, Ill.

Chambers Bay and Butterfield Trail held at their previous year ranking at the Nos. 2 and 3 spots, respectively, while Harborside International (Starboard) jumped eight spots and Harborside International (Port) debuted on this year’s list.

Chambers Bay, owned by Pierce County and managed by KemperSports since its inception, will host the 2015 U.S. Open Championship.

For more information on KemperSports, visit Join the KemperSports social media conversation by using #golfisgreat at and

Stock Exchange

Headed by the reigning Mrs. South Carolina — a Myrtle Beach-based golf instructor who solicited the help of many Carolinas PGA members — the Junior Golf Exchange is an innovative non-profit designed to help put golf clubs in the hands of more juniors, while at the same time helping grow the game

(GREENSBORO, NC) – Meredith Kirk, Executive Director of the Junior Golf Exchange, is an LPGA golf instructor living and teaching golf around Myrtle Beach, S.C. Winning the 2014 Mrs. South Carolina America Pageant helped raise awareness of Kirk’s innovative, not-for-profit program. She also enlisted the support of various Carolinas PGA (CPGA) members to participate in the program and serve on her Board, including new Board President Paige Cribb, PGA and also CPGA Section Secretary, recently becoming the first female officer in section history.

Other CPGA members represent Blackmoor Golf Club (Paul Fastenau); Caledonia Golf & Fish Club (Marc Guertin, Eltoria Renwick, Bob Seganti); Indigo Creek Golf Club (Chapman Hutchinson, A.J. Sawyer); Monroe Country Club (Nick Jacobi); Patriots Point Links on Charleston Harbor (Brad Parker, Brandon Ray); The Traces Golf Club (E.B. Bell, Ryan Bell); and True Blue Golf Plantation (Bart Pomano, Bob Seganti).

What follows is a question-and-answer exchange with Meredith Kirk:

Who came up with the idea for a Junior Golf Exchange (JGE)?

I came up with the idea when I was the Myrtle Beach coordinator of the PGA Junior League. I noticed a lot of families wanted to get involved but they didn’t have the junior golf equipment to get their children started in the sport.

How does the program work?

It operates through a golf course or a facility [such as the YMCA]. That means someone who donates the clubs and those who get them – so there’s a middleman [a golf course or host facility]. The reason why there needs to be a middleman is because the children need to be club-fitted appropriately for their new set of junior clubs. As a Certified TaylorMade Club Fitter, I understand the importance of proper clubs for an individual. You do not just want to give any child just any set of clubs. They need to be custom fit for the closest possible fit for the child. Gender, height, and skill level are criteria for this process.

How is JGE important?

The decline of junior golf, I feel, isn’t with the instructional programs – there are a lot of great ones out there – but it is in part due to people who are struggling to make the initial investment in equipment for their kids. I think it’s the initial cost of getting started in golf that is hindering its development of junior golf.

That’s what is keeping kids from golf.

I said at the time, ‘I would love to start a program that would supplement all of the different programs out there that are awesome like LPGA Girls Golf, Play Golf America, PGA Junior League, Get Golf Ready, First Tee, among others.’ The idea came about from issues I was seeing from these programs not be able to retain a high number of junior golfers.

So tell us how your vision grew from there.

Well, that’s why I entered the Mrs. South Carolina America pageant.  I thought if I could win it, it was the first one I had ever entered I would be able to gain attention for the Junior Golf Exchange and hopefully spread the word about this unique program that could possibly supplement the established teaching and competitive junior golf programs.

After I had won it [it was the first pageant she had ever entered!], I went ahead and formed the non-profit organization and got the ball rolling … literally. I even was fortunate enough to film an endorsement with the legendary PGA superstar, Larry Nelson.

We launched the program last December and it’s been operating for a solid six months now. We’ve already had 50,000 people visit the website, which tells me it’s a good idea and that the idea is resonating with families.

So in essence, when you put a golf club (or a facility such as a YMCA) in the middle of the process, it creates a new dynamic for golf.

Yes, it not only gets the club into the junior golfer’s hands, but it helps grow the game of golf. This is also an incentive for a golf course to participate. The course receives advertising on JGE and will be able to retain more junior golfers at its facility. Some courses right now are offering discounted rates on range balls, memberships, course play, and lessons. This is a great opportunity for courses to reach the next generation of golfers.

Are there enough clubs to go around?

No, right now we need inventory. The minute clubs comes in, they are gone.

We need people to go into their garages and see if they have complete sets of kids clubs: criteria for donating are that the clubs are not older than five-years old, grips are in fair condition and that the set is a true junior golf set and it is complete and ready to use. Also, we have store on JGE website which people can go and order clubs online to donate to participating facilities. It is a great way to give to give the game of golf to a child. We are having a text-to-give campaign. Text the keyword GOLF to 41444 and make a donation of $11. Every little bit helps to grow the program. We are in need right now and the demand for clubs is high. Proceeds go to purchasing equipment.

What about sponsorships for JGE? 

Right now we are also looking for national sponsorships. We’ll need a company to help drive this initiative. We want our logo intertwined with their’s. We need a company that understands the importance of this program and the need for it.

That’s the goal. I believe it will come in time. It’s just getting the word out there and having faith that others will recognize that this is a major issue in the development of junior golf right now.

Finally, how does the program work?

This is an exchange program. It not just giving away free sets of clubs. The junior golfers are encouraged to use the clubs for a year, then after a year, to turn them back in and get a new one. There is an inspection process involved also. In essence, a youngster can actually upgrade his or her equipment every year up to the age of 14.

I know from personal experience how this works. I have three sons, and every year they grow another 2-3 inches and get stronger. I’ve had my own junior golf exchange going on for years now, but there have been times that I still have to fill in the gaps and go out and buy new clubs.

The program is not just a giveaway. The goal is to get a somewhat fitted set of clubs into the hands of a junior golfer year after year up until his or her 14th birthday. As the golfers grow in height and skill level, it’s important that they have the right equipment to fit their growing needs. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to take the burden off the parents and guardians to provide golf equipment. If the program is utilized by a child from the time he or she starts JGE up until they program cut off age at 14 ... any child could potentially have had 10-12 sets through the program saving thousands of dollars.

I think it is a pretty cool deal.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Circling Raven Golf Club Honored by TripAdvisor for Second Straight Year

Amenity Course at Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Earns ‘Exceptional Hospitality’ Award

(WORLEY, Idaho) – Circling Raven Golf Club ( – the highly acclaimed amenity course of Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort – has garnered the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for a second straight year.                      

The award honors hospitality entities that consistently receive outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.  Only the top 10 percent of businesses listed achieve the award. Establishments qualifying for the distinction are selected based on overall rating, volume of reviews over the previous year and popularity on the site.

This second TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is the most recent accolade for Circling Raven Golf Club. The course was also recently named a “Best Course” in Idaho by Golfweek and was included in Golf Digest’s biennial “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses” last year.

“It’s particularly gratifying to win an award that reflects unbiased guest opinions,” said Circling Raven Director of Golf Tom Davidson, PGA.  “Recognizing Circling Raven Golf Club as an upper-echelon hospitality venue reflects our staff’s and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s commitment to deliver unforgettable experiences.”

Golf enthusiasts can experience why Circling Raven continues to collect national honors by taking advantage of stay-and-play packages through September 28.  Prices start at $219 (per person, double occupancy) and include a round of golf and deluxe, one-night accommodations at Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort.

Owned and operated by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Circling Raven is a Gene Bates design set on 620 pristine acres. In addition to 1,600 gaming machines, high-stakes bingo and off-track betting for horse and dog races, the resort also features more than 200 guest rooms, shopping, entertainment, the 15,000 square-foot, full service Spa Ssakwa'q'n, a fitness room, and a wide array of food and beverage options.

To book a tee time or stay-and-play package, or for more information, call 800-523-2464 or visit

XGOLF Simulator Featured at Award-Winning CompuGolf Center

(LOS ANGELES) – XGOLF Simulator (, a world-renowned technologically-advanced golf simulator, clubfitting and instructional system, now is featured at CompuGolf Center, recognized as one of Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Best Clubfitters.”

Located in Carrollton, Texas, a Dallas suburb, CompuGolf Center is known for its custom swing instruction and custom equipment fitting, including for some PGA Tour players. CompuGolf recently installed XGOLF Simulator for use by its clubfitters, instructors and customers.

“We are pleased that our cutting-edge technology has been incorporated into this first-class golf center,” said Joseph Huh, CEO of XGOLF. “With its multiple uses and applications, XGOLF offers exciting capabilities to match CompuGolf’s outstanding level of excellence.”

At CompuGolf Center, XGOLF Simulator is used for instruction, club fitting, practice and recreational play. XGOLF’s distinctive features are appreciated by staffers and golfers alike.

“We like XGOLF because it is the most accurate system out there for club fitting and lessons,” said Bill Choung, owner of CompuGolf, who works with PGA Tour professionals, high handicappers and everyone in between. “The distance and other ball-flight data we get from XGOLF are excellent. We also like the automated features: the ball retrieval system and the XPlate, which moves with the terrain of the golf course. It is highly realistic and helps us train people using various lie angles.”

CompuGolf Center serves as a performance destination helping golfers, regardless of skill level, improve their games. CompuGolf lets the data do the talking in providing precision-driven swing evaluation, club fitting and equipment services to its customers.

Antigua and Stacy Lewis Extend Endorsement Agreement through 2017

(PEORIA, AZ) - The Antigua Group, Inc. - one of the nation's leading designers and marketers of lifestyle and golf apparel under the distinctive Antigua brand - announced today that Stacy Lewis, world number two in the Rolex Rankings will represent Antigua on the LPGA Tour for three additional years through 2017.

"All of us at Antigua are so proud to have Stacy as part of the Antigua family.  In our view she is the top player in the world by virtue of her incredible record and incredible consistency," said Ron McPherson, president and CEO of Antigua. "With Stacy wearing our Performance Collections in competition, we receive excellent feedback on style, design and performance as well as fantastic visibility for our brand."

The Spring 2015 Performance Collection from Antigua will be unveiled at Antigua's National Sales Conference June 17.  The new product offering will be available to review beginning June 26.

For more information on The Antigua Group, visit

CHAMP Spikes Trusted by BMW PGA Champion

Seven of the Top-10 Trusted the #1 Brand on Tour

(MARLBOROUGH, MA) – CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide – The World Leader in Sport Cleat Technology and maker of innovative CHAMP spikes, high-performance grips, golf tees and accessories – confirms the winner at the BMW PGA Championship relied on its renowned spikes.

Capturing his 12th professional victory, the two-time major winner relied on the ProStinger spike’s unique blend of metal and plastic traction technology to eliminate a seven stroke deficit on Sunday to capture the European Tour’s flagship event. Along with the champion, over half the field, including seven of the top-10 finishers, trusted CHAMP spikes at the difficult Wentworth Club outside London, England.

“The world’s top players depend on the best equipment to help them excel in demanding tournament conditions,” says Harris MacNeill, President and CEO of CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide. “When it comes to spikes the choice is clear, professionals lean on CHAMP to get the job done.”

The #1 Brand on Tour, CHAMP spikes have been used by 33 of the last 45 major winners and are available in an assortment of models, including the ScorpionSTINGER and Zarma.

Beyond its wide range of technically-advanced cleats, the company’s signature products include the Zarma FLYtee series and recently launched C Grips line. Designed with a strong emphasis on technical innovation and game-improving performance, the C Grips collection consists of five models. It has gained a loyal following among Tour players who recognize its superior feel, durability and performance characteristics.

For more information:, 1-800-OK-CHAMP.

Dear Arnie Invites Arnold Palmer Fans to Share Personal Stories

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Following overwhelming fan response to Arnie, Golf Channel’s critically acclaimed three-part series, which trended on Twitter all three nights of its April premiere and became the most-watched original production in network history, Golf Channel is inviting fans of Arnold Palmer to submit videos capturing their personal stories via a dedicated page on Stories submitted will be used in a fourth installment of Arnie, highlighted by some of the most compelling user-generating content from Palmer’s fans, affectionately known as “Arnie’s Army.”

“The outpouring of admiration for Mr. Palmer after the premiere of Arnie, through emails, social media and especially boxes of hand-written letters, sparked the idea behind this project,” said Mike McCarley, president of Golf Channel. “Bringing the stories to life for the rest of the world to enjoy, Dear Arnie will take on the voice of ‘Arnie’s Army’ and capture some of the most compelling stories directly from Arnie’s fans.”

The Dear Arnie submission website, has detailed instructions for submissions, tips on how to effectively shoot a video and an e-mail address for questions or technical assistance. Fans are encouraged to include great visuals in the video submissions, including mementos, letters, photos, personal video or even autographed cans of Pennzoil. Deadline for submissions is December 31.

Golf Channel Films is tasked with producing high-quality documentary films through riveting storytelling about some of the most iconic characters in the game of golf. The first project completed by Golf Channel Films was the critically acclaimed Arnie, which was described as “part love letter to its namesake and part thank-you note from all of us” by Sports Illustrated, “tremendous” by CBS Sports, and an “ambitious undertaking” by Newsday. The Golf Channel Films team is currently completing Payne, which profiles the colorful Payne Stewart. Timed to the 15-year anniversary of Stewart’s U.S. Open win at Pinehurst, Payne premieres June 8 at 5 p.m. ET on NBC and June 9 at 10 p.m. ET on Golf Channel, leading into the week of the 2014 U.S. Open Championship.

Four-Time Major Champion Ernie Els Signs on as Spokesperson for Stable 26 Footwear

(MAY 2014) – Known as “The Big Easy” for his stance and smooth swing, South African professional golfer Ernie Els is no stranger to success. Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011 and the South African Golf Hall of Fame in 2009, Els knows the value of comfort and stability on the green.

Specialty sock company, Stable 26, announced Els - a four-time major champion - as their newest supporter.

“As a professional golfer I would say I take over a million steps a year in competitive play, so it’s impossible to over-estimate the importance of your feet being comfortable and well supported,” commented Ernie. “That’s why I choose Stable 26 socks. The in-built silicone pads provide extra padding where you need it most. Together with my ECCO golf shoes they help give my swing a secure foundation and ensure maximum comfort and support, literally every step of the way.”

Founded by chiropractor Daryl Sherman, Stable 26 golf socks are designed to bridge the gap between athletes and their equipment. The contoured elastic arch support and a hand-linked seamless toe to reduce friction, Stable 26 technology eliminates negative space between a golfer's foot and his footgear, allowing for increased comfort, fit, and stability.

Stable 26 specialty socks can be found at Dicks Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy and major golf retailers.

To learn more about the philosophy behind Stable 26 products, visit and follow on Twitter @Stable26.

Talamore Resort's Open Pig Pickin'

The battle of East vs. West in the world of North Carolina barbecue has gone South — to Talamore Resort, just in time for the Pinehurst area’s historic summer doubleheader

(SOUTHERN PINES, N.C.) — While the debate around the Tar Heel State rages between the vinegary, eastern-style barbecue and the western, tomato-based, “Lexington Style,” through the years many other barbecue influences have found their way into the state via Texas, St. Louis, Kansas City — even Jamaica. Though these additions may not be a part of North Carolina’s cultural history, they certainly give it flavor.

Adding to the most recent flavor burst is the “Pavilion at Talamore,” located in the Southern Sandhills on Midland Road and mere minutes from the Pinehurst Resort.

Suffice to say, the golf lifestyle among the pines just got a wee bit tastier.

For years now, Talamore Golf Resort has been one of the Pinehurst area’s top stay-and-play destinations with 36 outstanding holes designed by two legends, Rees Jones and Arnold Palmer. The Talamore Resort Course and the Mid South Members Course continue to receive high acclaim, and the resort also offers its guests two unique lodging opportunities at the Talamore Golf Villas and The Lodges at Mid South.

But on a Thursday night, with the sun setting after another stellar day of golf at Talamore or Mid South, nothing goes down better than the taste of freshly cooked pork at the resort’s newest amenity.

“The ‘Pavilion at Talamore’ formally opened May 1,” says John McDougald, PGA Director of Golf Operations at Talamore Golf Resort.

Located in the villa complex on the Talamore side of the resort, the pavilion is available to all resort guests on a first-come-first-serve basis. It is a large, covered facility — with covered seating for up to 70 that serves first and foremost as a gathering place.

“It’s a great place to get outside and meet and greet rather than sitting in your room, unit or in a hotel lobby,” McDougald says. “The facility is designed for shared activities and is not to be reserved.”

The only planned event at the pavilion is a series of Thursday night “Southern-style pig pickins” — with true Southern sides — designed to give Talamore guests traveling from all compass points an authentic North Carolina experience. It’s a party open to Talamorians, courtesy of the club.

“We interact with guests from all over the country but we are in Carolina,” McDougald adds. “We are not on the coast doing seafood; we are not in Maryland doing crabs; we are not in Texas doing steaks; nor are we in Boston doing lobster. We are in North Carolina doing barbecue. It’s quite an eye-opener for many — to open the cooker and see a whole pig cooking in it. A lot of folks haven’t had that experience. We try to make it educational.”

After cooking for 10 hours, the pork, forked right off the cooker, is ready to be enjoyed. But there’s even more to be enjoyed at the pavilion, including continual golf coverage during the dual U.S. Opens in June.

“We’ll have TVs out there for the Opens for guests to watch the events,” says McDougald. “There’s also a fireplace for the fall and winter.  It’s becoming a great meeting place for guests when coming into town. It’s a great place to say hello to long-time friends. It’s a great way to start the day or end an evening.”

Like the Pinehurst area experience itself, the pavilion and the Thursday night get-togethers have, according to McDougald: “Added to the hometown feel everybody is in search of when they visit the destination. We are excited about that.”

For information call (800) 552-6292 or visit

Charitable Impact of Nicklaus Golf Balls to Receive Support from Buffalo Communications

Raising Funds for Children’s Charities Through Promotion of Innovative, Premium Product That Simplifies Ball Selection Process

(VIENNA, VA) – Buffalo Communications has been selected by Nicklaus Companies to help the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital raise funds for pediatric programs through sales of the new, innovative Nicklaus Golf Balls; designed, tested and perfected under the active supervision of the legendary Jack Nicklaus.

Available exclusively at and through pro shops at the more than 200 Nicklaus Design courses in the U.S., a percentage of the sales price is donated to the charities.  Consumers using to purchase balls at essentially a wholesale price also receive free shipping.  If via FedEx delivery services, an additional donation is made to St. Jude.

Available in three specially-designed models, each golf ball accommodates a specific player type.  A color-coding system makes the selection process extremely easy.  The Nicklaus White ball is designed for golfers who typically tee off from the forward or white tees; Blue is for those who prefer the middle or blue tees; and Black is for lower-handicap golfers who might use the back or black tees.

“By simply knowing the tees golfers play, we can estimate swing speed ranges,” says Nicklaus, winner of more than 120 professional tournaments, including a record 18 majors and 73 PGA TOUR events.  “So, we conceived the balls based on each golfer’s unique ability, be it an everyday player or professional, to score better and enjoy the game even more. All you need to know is the tee you play from.”

The Nicklaus team assembled experts in materials, technology, engineering, design and manufacturing to develop the product.  Launched roughly seven months ago, the high-performance, made-in-the-USA Nicklaus Golf Balls have already won media-bestowed awards for providing golfers with exceptional control, feel, spin and distance.

Online sales save golfers money because distribution costs typically built into product sold through traditional retail channels have been reduced.  This allows Nicklaus Golf Balls to be priced attractively at $28 to $32 per dozen and generate greater charity donations. Visitors to can also make voluntary contributions; to date, nearly 80 percent of consumers have opted to make a donation.

“We wanted to reduce consumer confusion associated with selecting a ball, create high-quality options for all players, and give back to those in need in the process,” says Howard P. Milstein, Co-Chairman of Nicklaus Companies.  “Buffalo Communications is an ideal partner to spread the word about the golf balls’ performance and inspire altruism.”

“The R&D that goes into Nicklaus Golf Balls is extensive, so it’s no wonder they’re rapidly gaining in popularity” says Rich Katz, Managing Director of Buffalo Communications.  “Color coding according to skill level or handicap means golfers playing the proper ball speeds the pace of play and increases engagement with the sport.”

More information about Nicklaus Golf Balls:

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Salish Cliffs Golf Club Hosting Squaxin Island Museum Tournament June 9

Event Benefits Tribe through Fun-Filled Competition on Nationally Acclaimed Amenity of Little Creek Casino Resort

(SHELTON, Wash.) – Salish Cliffs Golf Club at Little Creek Casino Resort ( – the Squaxin Island Tribe’s award-winning entertainment property located a convenient, scenic drive from Seattle and Olympia – hosts the 13th Annual Squaxin Island Museum Tournament June 9.

The scramble-format tournament includes 18 holes of golf, cart, range balls, two drink tickets per player, tee gift, and awards ceremony dinner. Registration is at 8 a.m. with a 10 a.m. shotgun start on the Gene Bates-designed course that has garnered numerous national accolades since opening in 2011.

Proceeds from the tournament directly benefit the Squaxin Island Museum, Library & Research Center, also known as “The Home of Our Sacred Belongings.” The tax-deductible donation will be used to support mentorships, educational programs and job opportunities. Price is $1,000 per team, or $250 per player.

“Squaxin Island Museum, Library and Research Center is an important place for the Squaxin Island Tribe, reflecting on its history and helping build its future,” said Salish Cliffs Head Professional David Kass, PGA. “This is a popular, worthy event that is of great benefit.”

To register, or for sponsorship details, call 360.462.3673 or visit

Salish Cliffs Golf Club features stunning, 360-degree views of the Kamilche Valley. Recently, Golfweek ranked the course No. 3 on its 2014 “Best Courses You Can Play” in Washington. It has also earned Top-10 status in Golf Digest’s biennial “2013-14 America’s Greatest Courses” by state list and Golfweek’s “Top-50 Best Casino Courses” list.

Tee times can be booked with a major credit card up to 30 days in advance at  Special rates are available for hotel guests, Primetime Players (ages 50 and older) and military personnel. Advanced tee-time booking up to 60 days in advance is available for those with confirmed Little Creek Casino Resort hotel reservations by calling the golf shop at 360.462.3673.

In addition to Salish Cliffs, Little Creek Casino Resort is also home to Seven Inlets Spa, Skookum Spirit Cigar and Wine Lounge and a state-of-the-art RV Park, as well as a wide array of table games, slot machines and a poker room.

Through September, Stay-and-Play packages start at $259 (double occupancy) and include a room for two guests, two rounds of golf, including cart and range balls, and a variety of discounts at the Salish Cliffs Grille and golf shop. For details call 1.800.667.7711 or visit

Golf Simulator Leader, Full Swing Golf, Adds Six International Courses

(SAN DIEGO, CA) - San Diego-based golf simulator maker Full Swing Golf announced that it's added six international courses to its course package.

The courses include Holtsmark Golf Club, a Robert Trent Jones II design in Sylling, Norway; Losby Golf and Country Club, a Peter Nordwall design in Oslo, Norway; Oslo GolfKlubb, which is Norway's oldest golf course at 90 years old; Phoenix Country Club along the scenic Hitotsuba Pacific Coast of Miyazaki City, Japan; the very popular Le Sorcier Golf Club in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada; and Kuneticka Hora Golf & Spa Resort, a Graham Marsh layout in Czech Republic.

The Full Swing Golf library now has 86 golf courses total.  Eighty are real courses and only six are fantasy courses.

"These are six wonderful and diverse layouts designed by some remarkable course architects," says Chad Coleman, the company's Vice President of Sales. "They translate incredibly well into our virtual world and look stunning on our Full Swing Golf simulators. We know our customers are going to have a blast playing them."

All new Full Swing Golf simulators now ship with Ion2, an all-new camera-based technology that displays vital clubhead and ball flight information. With a sleek, thin profile that mounts almost flush with the simulator ceiling, the unit runs both cool and silent above the golfer to enhance the already unrivaled Full Swing golfing experience.

For more information, visit

Nike Golf's Engineered Styles of the Moment

What's popular in the apparel department at Nike Golf?

Nike Tour Trajectory Pant
A breathable, lightweight pant just in time for the sweltering summer golf season? Yes, please. Nike’s new Tour Trajectory Tech pant has strategically-placed laser perforations on the back of the knee for ventilation where athletes, like five-time PGA Tour winner Nick Watney, need it most.

“Nike Tour Trajectory pants are the high-tech, modern-day version of golf slacks,” Watney says. “They help me stay cool with fantastic technology but also look extremely stylish and make me feel like an athlete on the course.”

Dri-FIT stretch woven fabric allows for freedom of movement and provides additional zoned breathability.

Nike Premium Dress
A sleek, flattering cut; breathable, stretchy material; and fashionable, feminine design details – no wonder the Nike Premium Dress is one of Nike Athlete Michelle Wie’s favorite pieces for summer.

“I absolutely love the dress. The material is very breathable. It’s a highly functional dress and looks very high-fashion at the same time,” Wie says. “When I put the dress on, I instantly feel classy and sophisticated, and it’s great to swing in.”

Perforated faux leather trim, a modern V-neck collar and detachable compression shorts underneath make the Premium Dress a sporty, stylish choice for the hot summer months.

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Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Announces Major Renovation

Enhancements Designed to Improve Playability for Leisure Players While Maintaining the Challenge for Advanced Golfers

(Maricopa, Ariz.) – Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, named among the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” by Golf Magazine, has announced plans for a significant renovation project aimed at improving the course’s playability for leisure players while maintaining the challenges and shot-values enjoyed by experienced golfers. The enhancements include a complete bunker renovation, additional tee boxes, expanded landing areas, and other design improvements on several holes. Plans also include a hybrid conversion of the practice facility to serve as a six-hole short course in the afternoon and a traditional driving range during peak times of the day.

With the project scheduled to start May 27 and be completed by September 2014, the changes at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes make a major statement in the industry by taking action to make the golf experience more enjoyable for a broader range of golfers and creating an environment suited for juniors and players who are new to the game. When complete, the course will be ideally suited to appeal to both resort-style play and competitive tournaments.

“The Ak-Chin Indian Community is proud of its involvement with the Southern Dunes course since acquiring ownership in 2010,” said Louis J. Manuel, Jr., tribal chairman. “We are pleased to be working with Troon and the course architects to make these very important enhancements to our already beautiful course.”

To ensure the integrity of the award-winning design at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, original course architects of Schmidt-Curley Design and Fred Couples were brought in to lead the project that involves a complete bunker renovation. In all, 83,000-square-feet of bunkers will be removed from the course’s current total of 480,000-square-feet.  Major improvements also include significant turf expansion between many of the forward tees to eliminate unnecessary forced carries for those choosing to “tee it forward” or are still learning how to consistently hit shots in the air.

“This facility enhancement project is a game-changer for Ak-Chin Southern Dunes on a local, regional and national level, said Brady Wilson, general manager. “The project addresses every spoke of the wheel with regards to improved playing conditions, better playability for core golfers, more challenge for accomplished players and growth of the game options.”

Additional enhancements include re-vegetation of native grasses and many transitions between bunker edges and native desert. A new back tee will be added on No. 1 (a change made with the experienced golfer in mind) while new forward tees are added on holes 5, 8, 12, 15 and 17. Improvements on No. 17 also include a nearly full-redesign with an expansion of the green, reshaping of a large dune to open sightlines to the hole, and changes to the bunker complex around the green.

For more information on Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, visit

The Ak-Chin Indian Community, which owns the nearby Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino and the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle, has brought together championship-style golf and world-class gaming and entertainment. Gaming and golf packages are now available through Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, creating a truly exciting and multi-faceted destination, pleasing to a wide range of visitors. The course sits on 320 acres of land that was once a part of the Ak-Chin's original May 1912 reservation before it was removed by Presidential Executive Order in late 1912. Nearly 100 years later in 2010, the Community recovered its sacred land when they purchased Ak-Chin Southern Dunes after it was originally developed as a private club. The course currently boasts several coveted accolades that include Golfweek’s list of the “Top 100 Resort Courses,” “Best Courses You Can Play,” and “Top Casino Courses,” as well as Golf Magazine’s list of “Top 100 Courses You Can Play.”

The Sea Pines Resort Announces Summer Golf Offers

Play Harbour Town and Ocean Course, Choose from Deluxe Villa, Inn Accommodations

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) – The Sea Pines Resort – site of the PGA TOUR RBC Heritage played at Harbour Town Golf Links – announces a trio of golf offers ideal for Father’s Day celebrations and summer getaways.

The Sea Pines Resort was recently honored with a “Gold Medal” in GOLF Magazine’s 2014-15 edition of “Premier Resorts.” Additions to its array of golf facilities include the just-opened 23,000-square-foot, full-service Plantation Golf Club clubhouse highlighted by its newest dining option “Live Oak.” The new first-class Golf Learning Center is headed by Tim Cooke as the Director of Golf Instruction.

The three offers are:
* Villa Golf Package: Play rounds on Harbour Town Golf Links and Ocean Course while enjoying private villa accommodations (1 – 4 bedrooms). The offer includes complimentary afternoon replays on the Ocean Course (based on availability), warm-up bag of range balls, 10% pro shop discount on retail merchandise, 10% food and beverage discount at the resort’s restaurants, and use of the fitness center. Prices for four players start at $148 (per golfer, per night) for a two-bedroom deluxe villa for four nights with two rounds each.

* The Inn at Harbour Town Golf Package: Includes a stay at The Inn at Harbour Town – the resort’s boutique hotel ­– as well play on Harbour Town and Ocean Course. Extras include free afternoon replays on the Ocean Course (based on availability), warm-up bag of range balls, 10% pro shop discount on retail merchandise, 10% food and beverage discount at resort’s restaurants, and use of the fitness center. Prices for two players start at $319 (per golfer, per night) for a two-night stay and two rounds each.

* Ultimate 36: Starting at $273 (per person) through Sept. 21, guests can enjoy a 36-hole “golf only” experience playing both Harbour Town and Ocean Course. Harbour Town has continually ranked in the highest echelons of championship courses. The Ocean Course is an appealing combination of wetlands, bunkers and contoured fairways creating a contemporary layout perfect for all abilities.

“Sea Pines Resort is one of the most diverse and enjoyable summer destinations on the East Coast,” says Cary Corbitt, Vice President of Sports and Operations. “Summer is perfect for enjoying our renowned courses as well as experiencing the new Plantation Golf Club and world-class Golf Learning Center.”

While golf is the focal point, The Sea Pines Resort features a collection of topnotch amenities including a focus on tennis. The Racquet Club boasts 21 clay courts and is ranked as one of the best in the U.S. Five miles of sweeping Atlantic beaches offer everything from sea-kayaking to fishing to surfing. The enchanted 605-acre Forest Preserve is ideal for horseback riding and hiking.

For more information about the legendary Lowcountry destination and its golf packages:, 866.561.8802.

Loudmouth Golf Unveils Summer 2014 Collection

From 80s glam Miami Slice to out of this world Galaxy Girls, Loudmouth Golf has loaded up on the summer collection.

Our favorite are based on a famous Euro-fashion design in the 1960s - Dutch Treat (above). This is a new exciting direction for Loudmouth. It had a sneak preview in Sochi on the Norwegian Curling team in different colors and was the most popular design of the nine pants they wore. Now available in its classic colors. As with all Loudmouth designs, they look great on guys and girls.

Click HERE to see all the summer designs.

While you're there, sign up for the LMx Club. But hurry, because you must be signed up no later than June 1 to receive the “Luggage” Q2 shipment.

Benefits include:
• Four LMx treasure chests a year
• Each quarterly shipment, only $125 + shipping (valued at well over $125)
• Exclusive designs to CLUB MEMBERS ONLY
• Future exciting items may include and are not limited to: boardshorts, T-Shirts, members only hats, windshirts, hoodies, sunglasses, backpacks, etc.
• 10% OFF all other Loudmouth web clothing purchases for the life of your membership
• Quarterly news updates from Woody, the Founder, and LJ, CEO

Click HERE to join or learn more.

Wolfdancer Golf Club Launches Summer Special for Local and Regional Golfers

Summer golf card a great buy for teachers, students and those looking to spend summer on the greens

(AUSTIN / BASTROP, TEXAS) – Wolfdancer Golf Club at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa is celebrating the hottest months of the year with an equally hot deal: the Wolfdancer Summer Golf Card. Available for $999, this seasonal golf special is perfect for those looking to spend their summer season on an award-winning course, especially teachers and students with summers off, employees with summer office hours, as well as die-hard Texas golfers that won’t let sky-high temperatures deter their down-time on the greens.

About the Wolfdancer Summer Golf Card:
· Cost: $999
· A total of 100 cards are available
· Card includes unlimited rounds of golf between June 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014 (no blackout dates but rounds are based on availability)
· Tee times are required and may be made up to seven days in advance
· Card must be mentioned when scheduling a tee time and presented upon check-in
· Card includes a golf cart and complimentary range balls
· Card includes 10 percent discount on merchandise purchases at the pro shop
· Card is non-transferrable
· Card may be purchased by calling 512-308-4770 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

In terms of Wolfdancer being award-winning, the Dallas Morning News  ranked Wolfdancer No. 9 among the “Top 50 Courses You Can Play” and No. 41 on the “Top 100 Courses in Texas” for 2014. Wolfdancer also boasts many other accolades, such as certification as an Audubon International sanctuary and certification as a U.S. Kids Golf Family Course, which makes it a fun outing for friends and families of varying skill levels.

Designed by Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and Associates, the superb 7,205-yard, par-72 Wolfdancer course rambles along a dramatic, 150-acre stretch of terrain dotted with oak, cedar elm and pecan trees. The course is cut by the Lower Colorado River, which dramatically frames the right side of the layout’s memorable finishing holes.

The Wolfdancer golf experience also includes a 13-acre driving range, a full-scale practice facility featuring 10 target greens and eight tee boxes, and a short-game area with two chipping greens and bunkers, and GPS units in each golf cart. Visitors not wishing to travel with their golf clubs to the resort are welcome to take advantage of the golf club rental program featuring TaylorMade.

To learn more, call 512-308-1234 or visit

Galvin Green Launches Millard Polo with Body-Mapping Technology

New Addition to Acclaimed Ventil8 Series Boasts Superior Breathability and Moisture Transportation Characteristics

(Växjö, Sweden) – Galvin Green – the world’s leading maker of functional golf clothing for serious players and the No. 1 global golf partner of GORE-TEX – announces the introduction of the Millard Polo with body-mapping technology that increases ventilation in key areas to ensure players remain dry, cool and comfortable even in excessive heat.

Part of the brand’s Ventil8 series, the Millard is constructed from fibers engineered with unique performance properties that will never wash- or wear-out. These draw moisture away from the body and disperse it over a large area to promote rapid evaporation. Additional characteristics include a UV protection rating of 20+ and permanent antibacterial features for exceptional odor control.

“There’s absolutely no comparison between the experience of playing in Millard versus wearing a conventional polyester golf shirt,” says Martin Nilsson, President of Galvin Green USA. “In the hottest conditions, the airflow is fantastic and the soft, ultralight fabric moves in unison with the body during each swing.”

Developed specifically for the demands of the game, Millard is easily cared for by regular machine washing. It is offered in four colors, sizes S-XXL.

Millard serves as the Cool Layer in the heralded Multi-Layer Concept Galvin Green pioneered more than a decade ago. This system uses leading-edge fabric technologies to ensure the dry comfort, thermal regulation and outer protection that help players optimize results.

Details on the company’s “We Never Compromise” approach can be found at the new and experienced through the free Gear Up app.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

GolfTalk Live Is Growing the Game with New Sponsor PGN+

(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) - GolfTalk Live, the award-winning radio show hosted by Tony Leodora, has entered into a new partnership with The Professional Golfers Network (PGN+) and recognizes a common effort to grow the game of golf.

The Professional Golfers Network (PGN+) was founded earlier in the year. PGN+ is an elite network of PGA Professionals, country club members and top tier golfers, looking to play the best courses the area has to offer - and offer skilled golfers access to private clubs.

This new idea of revenue generation allows the courses to release tee-times that are otherwise not being used. The course sets the time and price to be listed on the platform, which is then open to the PGN+ community ( This not only adds another platform to capitalize on down time at the course, but it brings new potential members and avid golfers through the door.

In addition, PGN+ has entered into a partnership with the Philadelphia Section PGA, as part of the governing organization's Growth of the Game initiative.

"There is no doubt the state of the private club is in jeopardy," explains GolfTalk Live host Tony Leodora. "PGN+ is a breath of fresh air to an environment that needs to adapt or die. With the Philadelphia Section PGA partnership, the standards have been set higher than any program before it."

"PGN+ is your exclusive golf passport to access the courses of your dreams," says Jake Wagner, CEO and Co-Founder of PGN+. "Strategically partnering with GolfTalk Live and the Philadelphia Section PGA is a perfect step for providing the much-needed revenue and support for the golf industry."

The GolfTalk Live radio show, hosted by Tony Leodora, is the award-winning weekly radio show that was named No. 1 Golf Radio Show in America by the International Network of Golf at the PGA Merchandise Show in three of the last six years. The show airs 52 weeks a year from 7 to 8 a.m. each Saturday on WNTP 990-AM and on The show also has gone into syndication, with the first affiliate being WOND 1400-AM in Atlantic City. It airs there at 3 p.m. on Saturday. GolfTalk Live also can be heard any time following each show on its official website,

To join the PGN+ community, go to

For more information about the GolfTalk Live radio show or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact TL Golf Services at 610-279-9220.

Women on Course Triples Membership, Poised for 400% Growth in 2014

Experienced, Beginner Golfers Attracted to Program Now Operated by Billy Casper Golf

(VIENNA, VA) – Women on Course – the nation’s premier golf-lifestyle networking organization – has tripled membership since being acquired Billy Casper Golf (BCG) in September 2013.

BCG expects membership to grow by 400 percent in 2014 over 2013.  Year to date, about half the new members are either “returning” or first-time golfers.

Company management cites several contributors to the dramatic growth:
* A new, compelling value proposition for new members in partnership with brand-name golf and lifestyle product manufacturers and service providers
* Addition of exciting signature, weekend resort destination and custom events (more than 2,000 at 200 “official sites” in 25 markets) for members
* Participation in Women on Course golf and non-golf (social) events is up by more than 150 percent as women, no matter their skill levels, are increasing looking to play golf with other women
* The addition of 150-plus private and public BCG-managed properties attracting female golfers and non-golfers in their respective communities
* BCG’s marketing bandwidth and customer-relationship management programs reaches millions of golfers nationwide
* Widespread industry promotion, through GOLF 20/20’s “Image of the Game” program, about golf’s fitness benefits, including burning 2,000 calories walking 18 holes
* Women comprising nearly 20 percent of the active golf population is holding steady, and 33 percent of new golfers are women (source: National Golf Foundation)

“The scale and connections of Billy Casper Golf are powerful,” says Donna Hoffman, President of Women on Course which she founded in 2005.  “Our membership growth affirms that females are responding exceptionally well to our welcoming social and business networking environment.”

“Women on Course typifies the short- and long-term vitality of the game,” says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of BCG, the largest owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts in America. “By introducing and keeping women connected to golf, we aim to meaningfully lift the U.S. female participation rate in the next three years.”

Women on Course removes intimidating barriers causing females to overlook the game.  It provides fun, supportive and interactive settings for business and stay-at-home women to experience the golf lifestyle without primary focus on competition and score:
* A “Play Your Own Way” mantra means beginners and course-ready golfers learn fundamentals and etiquette
* A “Score 5 to Survive” rule – tee shot, fairway approach, chip, two putts – promotes practice without slow play

Fashion, fitness, travel and luxury components surrounding the world of golf are incorporated into Women on Course programming.  Members enjoy free gifts; special access to private clubs; discounts on greens fees, apparel, equipment, wine and other products; golf and educational resources; contests; and forums.

Women on Course hosts golf, lunch, happy hour and wine-spa activities in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Scottsdale, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington, DC and smaller markets.  Upcoming three-day resort destination weekends are at Kingsmill (Williamsburg, VA), La Quinta (Palm Springs, CA) and Gran Melia / Trump International (Puerto Rico).

Countless success stories about Women on Course members include:
* Enhancing golf skills and protocol for new business connections and career advancement
* Establishing lifelong friendships with like-minded women
* Helping beginning golfers with fundamentals and advanced players refine their games
* Prompting families to spend time together on and off the course
* Learning from dynamic guest speakers at events
* Mixing and mingling with women from all age groups with diverse and interesting backgrounds

For more information:, 703.268.5078.

Four Seasons Resort Lāna‘i at Manele Bay Introduces ‘Nine & Wine’ Afternoon Program

(Lāna‘i City, Hawaii) – With its new “Nine & Wine” program, guests at Four Seasons Resort Lānaȉ at Manele Bay will have the opportunity to first enjoy nine holes of afternoon golf on one of the world’s most scenic courses followed by wine and cheese at a cliffside restaurant aptly named, Views.

The “Nine & Wine” program is available for guests at the resort beginning at 3 p.m. and is $195/for golfers and $75 for those who want to ride along and drink the wine!

Manele is a stunning Jack Nicklaus-designed layout where every hole offers majestic ocean views.  The course’s signature par-three 12th hole features the tee box 150 feet above the crashing surf, challenging golfers with a deliciously dangerous shot to the green.

Views is the resort’s new clubhouse restaurant that showcases views of Pu’u Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock, and the Manele Bay beach below.  A bottle of wine, gourmet cheeses and island-inspired snacks will be served as part of the program.  The dramatic sunset is complimentary.

The island of Lāna‘i is easily accessible via air with seven flights per day (five on Island Air, two on Ohana) or five ferry crossings per day from Maui.

For more information about Four Seasons Resort Lānai at Manele Bay, visit or call (808) 565-2000.

International Golf Spotlight Turns to Atlantic City

ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer boasts impressive field featuring the world’s Top 10 ranked female golfers playing the newly renovated Seaview Bay Course

(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) —The unofficial start to the summer golf season begins this week near Atlantic City’s world-famous boardwalk — on the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club’s newly renovated Bay Course, in what is popularly known around South Jersey as “A Shore Tradition,” the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer.

Defending champion Karrie Webb joins fellow Hall of Famers Juli Inkster and Se Ri Pak, who are set to tee it up with future legends of the game like teen phenom Lydia Ko and major winner Lexi Thompson. Additionally, the field features fan favorites such as Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel and Natalie Gulbis, as well past champions of this event like Stacy Lewis, Cristie Kerr and Brittany Lincicome.

The May 30 to June 1 LPGA event features the world’s Top 10 ranked players in the Rolex Rankings and reigning champions of all five LPGA majors — along with 94 out of the top 100 players on the LPGA’s money list.

“Atlantic City Golf is the best-kept secret on the East Coast and this week’s tournament certainly brings worldwide attention to one of our member courses and our entire destination,” said Greater Atlantic City Golf Association President Tom Sullivan.

New Jersey’s entertainment capital offers golfers 18 world-class courses designed by the likes of Donald Ross, Tom Doak, Willie Park, Jr., William Flynn and Hurdzan & Fry among others. From Cape May National in the south to Sea Oaks Golf Club in the north, the likeable layouts offer everything from traditional parkland style to true links land, highlighted by views of untouched wetlands, stately pine forests, wildlife preserves and working vineyards.

“We are thrilled to have the best professional women golfers in the world commit to our tournament,” stated Tim Erensen, executive director for the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer. “It speaks to the quality of this tournament, the spectacular course and supportive fans that flock to this golf-rich destination each year.”

In addition, Atlantic City Golf includes plenty of historical significance as well. For starters, the term “birdie” originated at Atlantic City Country Club, which has played host to six USGA events. In addition, Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club is the site of Sam Snead’s first PGA Championship title and started hosting the ShopRite LPGA Classic in 1986. Harry Vardon and Walter Hagen fine-tuned their games at The Links at Brigantine Beach before heading across the Atlantic to the play the Open Championship.

Learn more about all 18 Atlantic City courses and book your 2014 golf getaway at

Murray State Alum Jared Wolfe Takes Inaugural Bluegrass Open Presented by Lucky 8 Stables

Kentuckians sweep top three spots with Owensboro’s Matt Atkins and Prestonsburg’s Ryan Martin tying for second 

(Shelbyville, Ken.) – Perhaps, in a bit of foreshadow, Louisville native Jared Wolfe showed off his power hitting capability by winning the Martinrea Heavy Stamping Long Drive competition earlier in the week at Shelbyville Country Club. The power hitter, who has status on the Tour this season and nine starts on the number two tour, outdrove the competition on the way to his first ever NGA Tour Pro Series win at this year’s Bluegrass Open presented by Lucky 8 Stables at the championship Shelbyville Country Club in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

Ironically, for the veteran of two NGA Carolina Series wins, it was his putter that may have led to his victory on Sunday. After struggling with putts for much of the first three days, Wolfe made a 20 footer to save par on 18 at the end of his third round, giving him a 2 stroke lead heading into Sunday and perhaps some needed momentum. That momentum led to another putt on 18, this time a ten footer for birdie after sticking the pin on Sunday’s final round, leaving him with three putts for the win. All Wolfe could think of, as his birdie attempt barely slid to the side, was his missed opportunity to shoot 29 on the back nine final round. He tapped in for par to close out the win and got a congratulatory hug from his caddy, who also happens to be his wife Kelsey, as they celebrated their 10 month anniversary in dramatic style.

The day was filled with drama as Wolfe’s two fellow Kentuckians, Ryan Martin of Prestonsburg and Matt Atkins of Owensboro, each made a run at him. Martin, who played collegiately at Morehead State and was in the final pairing with Wolfe, erased the two stroke difference that separated the two by shooting 3 under par on the front nine and actually headed to the back nine with a one-shot lead. His back nine 33 just wasn’t enough to overcome Wolfe’s amazing 30. Martin did chip in for birdie on 18 which gave him a share of second with Atkins. Atkins, who started the day in 3rd, charged all day but could never get closer than a stroke to Wolfe. The former USC Aiken star, who was part of the NGA Tour’s winning Cup team the week before, shot a final round 65 to finish in a tie with Martin for second giving the home state Kentuckians the top three spots in the inaugural event.

Recent US Open local qualifier, Pete Skirpstas out of Medina, Ohio, started the day tied for 3rd and, after shooting two under par Sunday, finished in solo fourth. The Mount Olive alum, who was also paired in the final group with Wolfe and Martin, shot a solid 3 under par 33 on the front but two bogeys on the back would knock the big hitter out of contention for the win. Two-time Georgia Tech All-American and former Missouri star Jace Long matched Atkins low round of the day 65 to help them move from tied 12th into a tie for 5th with 2012 NGA Tour Player of the Year Brandon Brown. Brown, the Shelbyville native who starred at Eastern Kentucky and played in last year’s US Open, was playing his first competitive golf in 8 months due to injury. After shooting par first day, Brown came back with three sub 70 rounds to climb back into contention in front of the hometown crowd. UK alum Andy Winings, a member of the Tour the past two years, and Ohio State alum Kevin Hall finished in a tie for 8th with former PGA TOUR member Michael Letzig and White’s Georgia Tech teammate Jason Hak. Hak, once the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world, broke Sergio Garcia’s record by becoming the youngest player to make a cut in a European Tour event. Brown’s Shelby High teammate Derrick Bohannon, who went on to play collegiately at Midland, finished at one under par for the event and tied 15th. Former University of Louisville star Daniel Iceman, who once called Shelbyville Country Club home, finished 24th.

The NGA Tour would like to thank Greg Gibson, Bobby Newberry, Brett Lafferty, and the entire Shelbyville Country Club staff, membership, and volunteers for conducting such a great event during the 2014 Bluegrass Open presented by Lucky 8 Stables. The tour resumes play May 28th at Three Ridges Golf Club in Knoxville, Tennessee for the 4th annual Three Ridges Golf Classic. Spectators are welcome and, as always, admission is free to the public.

To learn more about the NGATour or the National Golf Association, visit or call 800-992-8748.

For Champions Corner video interview with Bluegrass Open winner Jared Wolfe, visit:

For full 2014 Bluegrass Open presented by Lucky 8 Stables results, visit:

The Traveling Golfer's 'Pick the Winner' of the U.S. Open Contest Continues

Get your votes in and "Pick the Winner" of The U.S. Open for a chance to win a golf shirt, outerwear and a hat from Antigua, the official apparel company of the Traveling Golfer television show.

Picking the winner is easy. Include your name, address and phone number along with your selection to win in an e-mail to  Include 'Antigua Contest Pick' in the subject line. One pick per person.

This year also, you can give your pick on Twitter.  Just send a Direct Message to @TLgolftalklive with your pick and email address, and a confirmation will be sent.

Deadline for entry is 5 p.m. June 9. To catch up on all of the latest from the Traveling Golfer, go to

Monday, May 26, 2014

TaylorMade-adidas Golf Tour Staff Professional Jessica Korda wins Airbus LPGA Classic

Korda plays with Tour Preferred Irons and Wedges while wearing adidas climachill

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – Jessica Korda entered the final round three shots off the pace set by fellow TaylorMade-adidas Tour Staff Professional Anna Nordqvist. But after a bogey-free 65, Korda found herself in the winner’s circle for a second time this season with a one-stroke victory over Nordqvist (who finished solo second) at the Airbus LPGA Classic.

Korda played the new Tour Preferred MC irons, which feature the renowned Speed Pocket technology for increased ball speed and higher launch, to hit wonderful approach shots and set up the six birdies carded on her closing nine. Her win marks the fourth consecutive week that TaylorMade’s acclaimed Tour Preferred irons have won on a worldwide professional Tour.​​

In addition, Korda also played the recently-launched Tour Preferred wedges, featuring the most aggressive groove TaylorMade has ever produced for exceptional spin and control on all shots.

While striding with confidence on the fairways of RTJ Golf Trail in Mobile, Ala., Korda wore the new adidas climachill apparel, which feature aluminum welds inside the back neck for a cooling sensation.

With the win, Korda moves into the top 10 in the LPGA Race to the CME Globe. It is her third career victory.

In Jessica’s Bag
* R1 Driver
* RBZ Stage 2 Tour Fairway (18.5°)
* SLDR Rescue (21°)
* Tour Preferred MC Irons (4-9)
* Tour Preferred Wedges (47°, 52° & 56°)
* adidas Golf climachill apparel
* adidas Golf adizero sport II footwear​

Nike Athlete Rory McIlroy Rallies to Clinch the BMW PGA Championship

McIlroy comes from seven shots back to win at Wentworth with Covert 2.0 Tour driver, RZN Black ball

(BEAVERTON, Ore.) – Nike Athlete Rory McIlroy shot a 6-under par round of 66 to rally from seven shots back and capture the BMW PGA Championship for his sixth career European Tour victory.

McIlroy powered to the biggest final-round comeback of his career ranking third in driving distance for the tournament. He averaged more than 294 yards off the tee with his Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour driver, featuring Fly-Brace technology for more forgiving distance, and Nike RZN Black ball, a combination that he has called “the best driver and ball combination I’ve ever had.”

McIlroy added a new Nike VR X3X Toe Sweep 59-degree wedge to his bag this week, with a wider sole area toward the toe and a relieved heel to make it easier to hit out of the toughest lies from anywhere around the green. Combined with his Method 006 putter, McIlroy notched six birdies on the day and an eagle on the par-5 fourth.

McIlroy sported apparel from Nike’s Tour Performance collection and Nike Lunar Control footwear.

McIlroy’s Nike Golf Arsenal
* Driver: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour 8.5-degree, neutral position (Kuro Kage XTS 70X)
* Fairway Wood:  Nike VRS Covert 3-wood/15-degree and 5-wood/19-degree
* Irons: Nike VR Pro Blade (4-9)
* Wedges: VR Forged 47-degree, 52-degree, 56-degree and VR X3X 59-degree toe sweep
* Putter: Nike Method 006
* Ball: Nike RZN Black
* Apparel: Nike Tour Performance Collection
* Footwear: Nike Lunar Control

Nike Golf’s 2014 PGA Tour Victories
•  Russell Henley – Honda Classic
•  Seung-Yul Noh – Zurich Classic

Nike Golf’s 2014 International Victories
•  Charl Schwartzel – Alfred Dunhill Championship (European Tour)
•  Ross Fisher – Tshwane Open (European Tour)
•  Rory McIlroy – BMW PGA Championship (European Tour)

Nike Golf’s 2014 LPGA Tour Victories
•  Michelle Wie – LPGA LOTTE Championship

Nike Golf’s 2014 Ladies International Victories
•  Cheyenne Woods – Volvic RACV Ladies Masters

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Triangle Business Journal Lists Old Chatham Golf Club atop Triangle’s Private Golf Courses for 2014

Prestigious Golf Club Previously Recognized by N.C. Golf Panel as Region’s Top Course

(DURHAM, N.C.) – Old Chatham Golf Club, a prestigious golf club based in North Carolina’s Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill Triangle area, has announced its ranking as the Triangle’s top private golf course in 2014 by Triangle Business Journal. The publication’s Book of Lists provides readers with the essential information on the leading buyers, businesses and employers in over 60 of the United State’s most dynamic markets.

“We are extremely proud of our listing atop Triangle Business Journal’s list of private golf clubs,” said John Marino, club director of operations. “Old Chatham is surrounded by several great courses and clubs in the area, and to receive top billing from both Triangle Business Journal and the North Carolina Golf Panel is a true accomplishment. It is also a testament to what our club has strived for since our founding more than a decade ago.”

The list also includes information about rounds played at each of the Triangle’s private golf club. Old Chatham’s members played 12,000 rounds of golf in 2013, a number purposefully kept to a minimum in order to enhance the member experience. The club is known for providing its members with the highest level of service and providing the best golfing experience available.

“This ranking comes as no surprise, as the club honors the history and traditions of golf and places good manners and quality service above all else,” said Allen Wilson, Old Chatham president.

Old Chatham has come a long way since its founding in 2001. This year, in addition to the Triangle Business Journal ranking, the club received top marks from the North Carolina Golf Panel. The 2014 Panel ranked Old Chatham’s golf course top among all Triangle region golf clubs, as well as having the area’s best greens complexes and best 19th hole. The Panel rated Old Chatham as the No. 18 overall golf course in North Carolina.

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