Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Lamkin Announces Special Edition Grips Marking First Major Championship of the Season

(SAN DIEGO, CA) – Lamkin Corporation – the original manufacturer of premium golf grips – announces the availability of its Special Edition grips, designed as a celebration of the season’s first Major Championship and offered for a limited time through www.LamkinGrips.com

Available in Lamkin’s new Wrap-Tech ($4.99) and UTx ($6.99) models, the Special Edition grips feature a green and yellow color palette adorned with a white Lamkin logo.  Players looking for superior shock absorption, comfort and control will enjoy the Wrap-Tech that combines a double-helix pattern with the company’s patented ACE compound. The UTx model features Tri-Layer Technology that also offers excellent traction, torsion control and grip stability.

“Releasing the Special Edition grips is a great way for us at Lamkin to honor and celebrate one of the most memorable tournaments of the year,” says Bob Lamkin, President and CEO of Lamkin. “Golfers around the nation are gearing up for the new season and we want to share in the excitement by offering two of our most popular models in eye-catching and iconic styles.”

Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, Lamkin continues to be an industry leader among grip manufacturers by offering the widest assortment of performance-enhancing golf grips. The company’s famed products are preferred by PGA Tour superstars Justin Rose, Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker, Miguel Angel Jimenez and the legendary Arnold Palmer among others.

Lamkin grips are unrivaled in quality thanks to world-class engineering, premium materials and handcrafted, repeatable production techniques. The company’s popular lines include the Wrap-Tech, UTx Wrap, Crossline and i-Line grips.

More information: www.LamkinGrips.com or 800-642-7755. Get social: @LamkinGrips.

Loudmouth Announces Inaugural Golf Tournament

Calling all Crazies for a Two-Day Golf Extravaganza in the Napa Valley Wine Country

(RELEASE) - You wanted it, you got it!

This August, grab your buddies and head to the Silverado Resort & Spa, Johnny Miller’s course and the birthplace of Loudmouth. Woody wore the infamous powder blue Bugs Bunny pants and made his first sale on this hallowed ground. Two days of awesome golf with like-minded Loudmouths with food, wine, rock music, swag, prizes and FUN. Let the trash talk begin!

SINGLES WELCOME. 18 years old or older.

* August 3 and 4
* $750.00 per person includes:
* 2 rounds of golf at the renowned Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa, CA, site of the 2015 Fry’s Open.
* Day 1: Breakfast, Lunch, and Golf on North Course (2-man scramble).
* Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, and Golf on South Course (2-man best ball).
* Awards Banquet Dinner with open bar. The two winners will receive the Loudmouth version of the “Green Jacket.”
* Loudmouth party with live rock music featuring Wonderbread 5 with appearances by LJ and Woody on stage!
* Loudmouth designed wheeled golf travel bag.
* Special pre-tournament discounts for pants, shorts, polos and hats.
* Bottle of premium Loudmouth wine.
* Prizes, giveaways, swag & more! Spouses welcome!

Click HERE to register.

If you have any questions or need help with registration, e-mail info@loudmouthgolf.com.

$750 is for golf, food, entertainment, prizes only; and does not include travel or lodging.

Special discounted room rates are available at Silverado Resort & Spa.

Do not book travel or lodging until AFTER you receive your tournament confirmation.

Cancellation Policy: Tournament registrants may cancel up until May 15, 2015 and receive a 100% refund. Any cancellations made on or after May 16, 2015, will receive a 50% refund.  Tournament no-shows will not be refunded.

Golf Coaches Association of America Interviews NC State alum, SwingThought Tour Winner Albin Choi

(Norman, Oklahoma) - The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), in cooperation with its long-time corporate partner, the SwingThought Tour, features a monthly Q&A with former collegians who are currently playing or have played on the SwingThought Tour (formerly the NGA/Hooters Tour). Long considered the premier developmental tour in the United States, thousands of former college players have started their professional careers on the SwingThought Tour with hundreds of SwingThought Tour alumni having played or continuing to play on the PGA TOUR.

This month the GCAA spoke with former NC State golfer Albin Choi, a SwingThought Tour member with two victories early on this season. Choi was three-time GCAA All-American while in college and the ACC Player of the Year in 2013.

GCAA: As a junior playing in Canada how did you decide to attend NC State to study and play collegiately?
CHOI: My first intention was to go south where I could play year round. Being from Toronto I wasn’t able to golf all year long so that was something I wanted to change. There was a huge Canadian pipeline that went through NC State that I wanted to be a part of. I went down to Raleigh for a visit and absolutely loved the atmosphere plus the facilities were amazing. I loved the team and the coaches, so it was an easy decision.

GCAA: You had great success in your time at NC State as a three-time All-American. What was your best experience in your time in college?
CHOI: I loved the team atmosphere. Even though golf is an individual sport, playing for your coaches and your teammates meant a lot to me.

GCAA: You were also able to play for Team Canada during your years at NC State. What did it mean to you to be able to represent your country while playing?
CHOI: It was an honor. I am always proud to wear the maple leaf on my chest! I had and still have a tremendous support team around me that comes from NC State and Golf Canada. It is a relationship that I hope to have throughout my entire career.

GCAA: Were you able to get advice from some of your college teammates or friends on what the transition to professional golf would be like? What advice would you share with those players making that change?
CHOI: Everyone told me that it would be hard and that is what I expected from the get go. I’ve also got a lot of support and encouragement from my peers, which have helped me through some of the transition period. Even though it’s at a different level I always like to think of it the same as I’ve always thought of. My advice would be to not over complicate things. Work hard and keep it simple.

GCAA: Have you found there is a big difference going from a team focused game in college, with individual components, to an individual focus as a professional?
CHOI: I didn’t find a big difference at all. I’ve always played hard whether it was for an individual accomplishment or for a team.

GCAA: What experiences as a student, outside of golf, do you think helped prepare you for life as a professional golfer?
CHOI: As a student, you need to manage your time well. Being organized and self-disciplined as a student has definitely helped me get into great habits as a professional.

GCAA: You are off to an amazing start on the SwingThought Tour, winning the first two Pro Series events of the season. How do you keep the momentum of such a great start going?
CHOI: Routine. Keep the same routine, as I have been keeping, and trying to enjoy myself more than anything. I had such a great time playing the first two events, not because of the wins, but more of a positive outlook on the game.

GCAA: What is the most important thing for you when you practice?
CHOI: Practicing with a purpose. A lot of players tend to get lost (myself being one) when they just practice for the sake of practicing. Always have a goal in mind that you are trying to achieve in your practice session.

GCAA: What do you like to do in your downtime off the course?
CHOI: When it’s my time off I just like to unwind. Just relax at home and catch up with friends and family.

GCAA: Several alumni of the SwingThought Tour have gone onto great success on both the PGA and European Tours. What about the Tour prepares golfers for continued success as they progress through their careers?
CHOI: The tour is run very professionally and being in that environment prepares us for bigger stages. It has a lot of the major components that a player needs to get used to, for example, four round events plus a cut. Not to forget the players on this tour are at a very high level and will be on the PGA TOUR someday. Playing against these guys (of this caliber) has definitely helped improve the level of my game as well.

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Honours Golf to Manage Piqua Country Club

(Birmingham, Ala.) – Honours Golf, the premier golf management company in the Southeastern United States, has been selected to provide club management and agronomic services for Piqua Country Club, a private club located 25 miles north of Dayton, in Piqua, Ohio.

“We selected to partner with Honours Golf because of the company’s expertise and solid reputation in the club management industry,” said Benny Scott, Piqua Country Club Board Member. “Honours will be instrumental in helping us reinvent the club and elevate the overall member experience. Our golf course has always been in great shape and we know it will only get better with their agronomy team in place as the backbone to our maintenance program.”

Piqua Country Club was originally established in 1896, just eight years after the first golf course opened in the United States. It features a core 18-hole regulation golf course which meanders throughout the rolling terrain of the northern Miami Valley. Tree-lined bentgrass fairways, small undulating greens, and large mature oak trees are just a few characteristics of this classic, player-friendly layout designed by renowned golf course architect, Donald Ross and Jack Kidwell.

In addition to golf, the club features two dining options and an impressive banquet facility. The Kiltie Bar & Grill provides light fare in a casual setting with indoor and outdoor seating; while the Pinehurst Room offers a more formal dining experience with panoramic views of the golf course. An expansive banquet facility offers ample event space, multiple indoor and outdoor venues, hardwood dance floor and flexibility for groups of all sizes. The club also has an outdoor swimming facility with an adult pool and a separate children’s swim area.

“We are pleased to be given the opportunity to manage Piqua Country Club and expand our network of managed properties to the Midwest,” said Bob Barrett, chief executive officer of Honours Golf. “Piqua is a remarkable facility with a great deal of potential.  We are confident that our management and agronomic practices will revitalize and build momentum for the club as well as contribute to the club’s overall success.”

Piqua Country Club is a private non-equity club.  Members have full access to the club amenities, programs and array of social and golf events.  As an Honours affiliate club, Piqua members now have reciprocal privileges at Honours Golf and Troon managed resort and daily fee clubs throughout the world.  Future plans to the club include adding more amenities and upgrading the facilities.  The club is currently accepting applications for membership and will open May 1, 2015 for the season.

Antigua To Serve As Official Golf Apparel Licensee for 2015 U.S. Solheim Cup Team

(PEORIA, ARIZ.) - The Antigua Group, Inc., one of the nation's leading designers and marketers of lifestyle and golf apparel under the distinguished Antigua brand, has been named the official apparel licensee for the 2015 U.S. Solheim Cup Team. The 2015 Solheim Cup will be held at Golf Club St. Leon-Rot in Germany, September 18-20.

"We have had the good fortune to design and develop the Ryder Cup uniforms for the American team back in 1993 and now three times for the LPGA and the Solheim Cup Team in 2011, 2013 and now in 2015", said Ron McPherson, president and CEO of the Antigua Group. "These opportunities are a great honor and recognition for our brand and company."

Though the international competition doesn't take place until September, the process of designing and developing the team uniforms alongside U.S. Team Captain Juli Inkster and U.S. Assistant Captain Pat Hurst began in late fall 2014. The designs were finalized in January.

Over the course of the yearlong development process, Antigua, along with the U.S. Solheim Team, created the team uniform concept. This involves choosing fabrics and designs appropriate for the field of play during a particular time of year in a specific seasonal climate. Antigua also developed samples and the will fit of each potential team member in advance of the final team selection, a process that involves two separate fitting and alteration sessions at separate LPGA Tour events.

"It's been great to work with the staff at Antigua, and they have always been a terrific supporter of the LPGA," U.S. Captain Juli Inkster said. "They've been very enthusiastic about clothing the United States Team, and I'm really excited to see our players dressed in their red, white and blue."

The final uniforms will consist of two separate apparel changes per day for the tournament rounds, as well as additional outfits for each day of the practice rounds. The process of designing the U.S. Solheim Cup Team uniforms from beginning to end took more than a year.

"All of us at Antigua are very proud to have been chosen by the LPGA to design and develop the uniforms for the 2015 U.S. Solheim Cup Team matches," McPherson said. "This opportunity is a great honor and undertaken with pride for Antigua company-wide as the development and logistics that are involved with each department play a critical part in the final execution of the process. We have had terrific directional meetings with LPGA staff and of course Captain Inkster."

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TaylorMade’s Ramsay wins Trophee Hassan II with RSi Irons, adidas Golf adipower Boost Footwear

What You Need To Know:
· Ramsay’s win is the first worldwide for TaylorMade’s new RSi Irons in 2015, featuring Face Slot Technology for increased distance control by protecting ball speed on off-center hits toward the heel & toe – Ramsay plays the RSi TP 6-PW with Dynamic Gold s400 shafts. This is the first week he’s played the new irons, having praised them as soon as he hit them.
· Ramsay’s win is another for adidas Golf’s new adipower Boost footwear, having also been worn by Jason Day, Brandt Snedeker and Dustin Johnson in their victories on the PGA TOUR earlier this season.
· The win is Ramsay’s third European Tour victory and his fifth worldwide – earning him exemption on the European Tour through 2017.
· With the win, Ramsay earns 250,000 points in the season-long Race to Dubai and is projected to move into the top 80 in the OWGR.

In Ramsay’s Bag:
* JetSpeed Driver – 9.5* (Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S)
* JetSpeed Fairway – 15* (Aldila RIP 65 X)
* Adams Pro Mini Hybrid – 20* (Aldila NV 85 S)
* RocketBladez Tour Irons (3-5)
* RSi TP Irons (6-PW)
* Tour Preferred X Golf Ball
* adidas Golf adipower Boost Footwear
* Tour Preferred Glove

Monday, March 30, 2015

Nexbelt Staff Professionals Jarrod Lyle, Jim Furyk to be Honored at GWAA Awards Dinner

(RANCHO CUCAMONGA) - Nexbelt Staff Professionals, Jarrod Lyle and Jim Furyk, are set to be honored by the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA) at their 43rd Annual Awards Dinner on April 8 in Augusta, GA during Masters Week. Lyle will receive the Ben Hogan Award, which is given to a person who continues to be active in golf despite a physical handicap or serious illness. Furyk will receive the ASAP Sports/Jim Murray Award as a player who is cooperative and accommodating to the media.

Lyle has a medical exemption after defeating leukemia for a second time, and is now battling to retain his full card on the PGA Tour. If he can earn approximately $300,000.00, he will retain his card.

Lyle said he hit the ball better recently at Puerto Rico Open than he has since his return last spring. He received a sponsors' exemption to play in the Valero Texas Open this week in San Antonio, and is hopeful that he will receive some additional sponsors' exemptions this season.

"Puerto Rico was, from tee to green, the best I had hit it all year," Lyle wrote in his blog on Jarrodlylegolf.com. "The first day it was blowing about 30 miles an hour all day and I missed one fairway for the day. I hit 13 greens and had 14 pars and four bogeys. I hit it even better the second day and gave myself about seven putts from inside 10 feet for birdie and missed them all. I was extremely disappointed with the week, but took a lot away from it. There are so many positives; my ball striking is getting to the place where I feel I can be competitive, my course planning is where it needs to be (and) I am thinking my way around the course very well and keeping myself out of trouble."

"Jarrod's story is so inspirational," said Eddie Rowland, Co-Founder of Nexbelt. "If anyone deserves the chance to earn his Tour Card back...its Jarrod. He's battled cancer not once, but twice. He's so close to putting it all together. I really hope some of these sponsors take his amazing story into consideration and give him the exemptions he needs to earn his full Tour Card back. I can tell you this, we're all pulling for him."
Nexbelt is known for their innovative technology and providing golfers with the maximum comfort and minimal adjusting. The unique ratcheting system called PreciseFit allows the wearer to adjust the belt in ¼ inch increments, providing the golfer with the best fit, feel, and fashion.

Nexbelt is 100% committed to offering its customers superior customer service and the most innovative and technologically advanced products available.

Nexbelt's DRIVE Vision....
Deliver what we Promise with Integrity.
Retain the Human touch
Invest in Good People generously.
Value our Customers Unconditionally.
Embrace Change with Innovation.

Company Founders, Tom Hunsucker, and Eddie and Francis Rowland started Nexbelt in 2010 with a vision to reinvent the way Americans buy, sell and wear their belts. Tired of the old outdated pin/buckle system, they set their sights on creating a belt that would be both adjustable and highly fashionable at the same time. Out of this passion, Nexbelt, "The Belt With No Holes" was born.

For more information about Nexbelt, visit www.Nexbelt.com.

‘History, Certainty and Passion’ – Key Cornerstones of Costa Brava-Barcelona 2022 Ryder Cup Bid

HRH King Felipe VI announced Honorary President of Spain’s bid as Ryder Cup Europe conduct evaluation visit

(RELEASE) - ‘History, certainty and passion’ were identified as the principal cornerstones of the Costa Brava-Barcelona 2022 Ryder Cup bid during Ryder Cup Europe’s evaluation visit of Spain’s candidacy.

The two-day trip consisted of a tour of the iconic cities of Barcelona and Girona, as well as the proposed future host venue, PGA Catalunya Resort. Ryder Cup Europe were also briefed on the transport, security and accommodation solutions Costa Brava-Barcelona would, if selected, implement in order to host golf’s biggest global event in Catalunya in 2022.

During their stay, Ryder Cup Europe were also advised on the operational, commercial and legacy proposals of Spain’s bid, and had the opportunity to meet the bid’s most senior sponsors, including both political and business leaders.

The trip concluded with a formal reception with the Mayor of Barcelona and a visit to one of Catalunya’s unique attractions, which saw members of Ryder Cup Europe hit some golf balls on the hallowed turf of FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium.

Spain’s bid enjoys support from the highest levels, including from His Royal Highness King Felipe VI, who has accepted the Honorary Presidency of the Costa Brava-Barcelona 2022 bid for The Ryder Cup.

Gonzaga Escauriaza, President of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation (RFEG), said: “It was with great pleasure that we welcomed our good friends from The European Tour and Ryder Cup Europe to Costa Brava-Barcelona.  Our bid is centred on three concepts – History, Certainty and Passion. No other country in mainland Europe has contributed more to European and Ryder Cup golf, and our proposed venue is one of the finest and best linked in Europe. Furthermore, our bid sponsors share a unified passion to bring one of the world’s biggest sporting events to Catalunya in 2022.”

Ivan Tibau, Secretary General for Sport for Catalunya, said: “I am delighted that we were able to share with The European Tour and Ryder Cup Europe our vision for The 2022 Ryder Cup Match.  In Catalunya, we have a unique offering which comprises two iconic gateway cities in Barcelona and Girona, the beautiful Costa Brava and the Pyrenees, as well as extensive and recent experience of delivering some of the world’s largest sporting, corporate and commercial events.”

Denis O’Brien, owner of PGA Catalunya Resort, said: “From its inception, our Stadium course was designed and built to host the world’s largest events – and hosting The 2022 Match will be the realisation of this vision. This bid has our full commitment.”

The European Tour will announce the successful host nation for The 2022 Ryder Cup in Autumn 2015.

Adams Golf Announces Blue Line of Products

Giving Golfers More Air More Consistently with new ‘Easy Launch System’

(Carlsbad, Calif.) – Adams Golf, an industry leader in hybrid innovation and technology, today announced the arrival of the new Blue line of products, a uniquely designed set of clubs inclusive of a driver, fairway, hybrid and combination iron set. Each piece in the Adams Blue set was created to help golfers get the ball in the air more easily and more consistently.

All in, Blue delivers an aesthetically-pleasing and confidence-inspiring lineup of clubs, with each product in the line featuring Adams’ new, proprietary Easy Launch System.

Adams’ Easy Launch System is comprised of three key performance features that work together to give golfers more air. Combine these features with an internal draw bias and a pleasing, inviting shape at address and the result is Blue: a line of clubs that work for the golfer to make the game more fun and less intimidating.

The first feature of the Easy Launch System, which derives its heritage from previous Adams models, is the Velocity Slot Technology on the soles of the clubs, which delivers more flex from the clubface and produce more consistent ball speed at impact. This leads to improved distance and accuracy, resulting in increased enjoyment for a wide range of golfers who will realize the performance benefits of Blue.

The Easy Launch System also implements low/back CG, which can be found in all metalwoods and irons throughout the Blue lineup. By keeping the center of gravity low and as far back as possible, it allows for higher launch, more spin, and ultimately more air time on all shots. When the ball stays in the air, it flies farther. Blue’s CG placement will help many swing speeds and swing styles achieve optimal launch conditions.

In addition to the Velocity Slot Technology and low/back center of gravity, new Adams SlimTech shafts have been integrated into Blue, utilizing narrower shaft tip diameters to promote lower kick points and high launch conditions from any lie on the course.

o    Driver & Fairway – .320mm tip (vs .350 in most standard products)
o    Hybrids & Irons – .350mm tip (vs .370 in most standard products)

“Quite simply, Adams Blue is engineered to help golfers hit higher, straighter shots more consistently,” said Brian Bazzel, Senior Director, Product Creation. “Through a sophisticated, simple design, Blue matches an aesthetically-pleasing look with proven performance technologies to make the game more fun for more golfers.”

Pricing, Techy Stuff and When Golfers can Get More Air

For those looking to get more air, the entire Blue line is available at retail beginning April 3.

Blue Driver will be available in three different lofts (9.5°, 10.5° & 12°) with a 55g Aldila SlimTech shaft at an MSRP of $299.

Blue Fairway is offered in three lofts (15°, 19° & 22°) with a 55g Aldila SlimTech shaft at an MSRP of $199, while Blue Hybrid is available in four lofts (19°, 21°, 23° & 25°) with a 55g Aldila SlimTech shaft at an MSRP of $179.

Blue Irons are sold as a combination set including a 3 and 4 hybrid along with the 5-iron through pitching wedge at an MRSP of $699 for steel (True Temper Dynalite SlimTech 85g) and $799  for graphite (SlimTech by Aldila 55).

To learn more about Blue and getting more air, visit AdamsGolf.com.

FORE Georgia Announces Results of Reader Travel Study

(MARIETTA, GA) - FORE Georgia (www.ForeGeorgia.com), the "Official Golfers' Magazine of the Georgia PGA", announced the results of a Reader Travel Survey they had administered by Golf Industry Services recently.

Conducted by Kirk Pagenkopf, President of Golf Industry Services, the purpose was to survey FORE Georgia's database of 43,110 opt-in, avid golfers in the state of Georgia to determine their desire to travel to play golf, understand where they travel and the frequency of their travel and to learn what if any changes in the editorial of the magazine would be desired by the current audience

The Executive Summary of the Travel Study included the following:

FORE Georgia has a mostly male, 45+ readership that plays golf at both private and public facilities, is very engaged in golf and a better than average engagement in golf travel with more than 80% indicating that they travel specifically to play golf. Frequency of travel is also higher with the majority of readers traveling more than three times per year.

The digital readership of FORE Georgia was actually higher than current industry norms. This is an indication of the readers' use of technology and their willingness to engage in digital content. Use and application of technology provides obvious benefits to FORE Georgia for the use of video and other rich content especially well-suited for travel content.

The mode of transportation is consistent with geographic travel and destinations in the Southeast region of the US. FORE Georgia readers travel to all of the traditional Southeast Regional golf destinations with regular frequency. One of the stats that are higher than normal is the readers' willingness to travel more than 6 hours by car. While not a majority of the readership, there are a significant percentage of readers that are willing to drive 6+ hours to play golf. This data point would indicate that the editorial and content from all surrounding states would be welcome information for the FORE Georgia reader.

Additional travel content and editorial is also supported by the methods of booking travel. FORE Georgia readers book travel direct with the resort or directly online. This would indicate that the reader is seeking golf travel information that will help them book the trip.   Travel specials, unique offers and other content directly related to activation is strongly recommended.

Another factor influencing travel content is the number of non-golf travelers with the groups. More than 40% of readers indicate that non-golfers travel with them. This data point would indicate the need to integrate non-golf edit into the overall mix. For example, content on golf resorts that have other amenities or regions that offer more than just golf is important to the readership of FORE Georgia Magazine.

Overall, FORE Georgia Magazine and their readership would benefit from a comprehensive travel editorial strategy to include resort features, destination profiles and other types of golf related travel content. One data point of significant interest is the FORE Georgia reader interest in travel specials with nearly 80% of all readers interested in travel special and information.

The results show that amongst FORE Georgia readers:  
* 81.82% want to see more golf travel editorial.
* 89.42% travel to play golf.
* 43.33% travel to play golf in the southeast.
* 74.81% want to receive Stay & Play specials from resorts.

"Georgia has long been recognized as a vibrant travel market," said Ed Bowen, Director of National Sales for FORE Georgia Magazine. "80% of FORE Georgia's readers reside in the Atlanta area and have ready access to the world's busiest airport with direct flights to golf resorts worldwide. As a feeder market for southeastern golf resorts, Georgia's avid golfers are a one tank trip away from thousands of challenging golf experiences. In the June 2015 issue, FORE Georgia will spotlight southeastern destinations with features on accommodations, amenities and of course, GOLF."

For more information on FORE Georgia, visit www.ForeGeorgia.com or contact them at foregeorgia@comcast.net.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Ben Hogan Golf Equipment to Begin Taking Orders for Ft. Worth 15 Irons and TK 15 Wedges

All purchases are backed by The Hogan Promise

(FORTH WORTH, TEXAS) – Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company is pleased to announce that it is now taking orders for the new Ft. Worth 15 irons and TK 15 wedges – allowing golfers to once again become a “Hogan Player.”

“The response that we have seen from consumers and trade alike since our launch at the PGA Show in January is truly amazing,” said Terry Koehler, President/CEO of the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company.  “We are extremely excited to make these clubs available to the public today on www.BenHoganGolf.com.”

The Hogan Promise
Mr. Hogan was committed to providing golf equipment that was second to none, and today is no different.  The Hogan Promise allows golfers who purchase a set of clubs to try the clubs for up to 30 days, and if they do not meet their standards for appearance, feel or performance, they can receive a full money back refund.

“Everybody is well aware of the stories of how committed Mr. Hogan was to producing high quality golf equipment,” said Koehler.  “We continue this commitment today.  We also understand that while golfers are extremely excited about new products, buying a set of premium irons and wedges is a large purchase, and we want to assure them that we will stand behind our products to provide them with the best experience possible.”

“We encourage every consumer to go through our revolutionary HoganFitTM online analysis and fitting system,” said Koehler. Unlike anything in the industry, the HoganFit and PreciseLoft online fitting system provides golfers with their own unique loft matrix, aligning precision gapping throughout the set. “The HoganFit system was created to give golfers a way to customize loft while optimizing distance control,” added Koehler.  “With 44 loft options available, only Ben Hogan Golf Equipment will provide the most accurately custom-matched set of irons in golf. It’s the only way to bring precision back to iron and wedge play.”

Pricing and Availability
The Ft. Worth 15 irons and TK 15 wedges will retail for $149 per club with KBS Tour V and Tour 90 steel shafts and $164 per club with Recoil 660 and 680 graphite shafts. Clubs are available at www.benhogangolf.com.

“We continue to expand our network through select pro-shops and retailers throughout the country that have a strong focus on custom fitting to provide the golfer with the level of precision Mr. Hogan would have expected,” stated Koehler.

“As a long time golf professional, it meant a lot to be a ‘Hogan Account’,” said Brad McCollum, Director of Partner Development. “We are truly excited to bring this iconic brand back to where it belongs – to those people that are the true experts of the game.”

Saturday, March 28, 2015

SKIMP, Stylish Accessories Collection, Hires Midwest Sales Reps

(JUPITER, Florida) – SKIMP, a lifestyle collection of fashionable, colorful accessories to be worn on or off the golf course, has added two additional territorial sales representatives, covering parts of the Midwest. They will join the team of sales professionals already in place for SKIMP. All these sales professionals, knowledgeable and experienced, will play an important role in the nationwide expansion of SKIMP products into golf and retail shops coast to coast.

“SKIMP accessories, already popular in Europe, now are gaining interest and recognition throughout the U.S,“ said Laurent- Alix Huguet, CEO of H4 Distribution, which distributes SKIMP products throughout the U.S. “We welcome these new sales representatives to our team.“

A first-time exhibitor at the PGA Merchandise Show in January, SKIMP enjoyed an exuberant reception in displaying its snazzy array of belts, watches and carry bags for men and women. SKIMP products, presented in easy-to-display packaging to conserve space in golf and retail shops, are priced attractively and appeal to golfers of all ages.

The newly-hired SKIMP sales representatives are as follows:
• Dave Jacobs, Illinois & Kentucky
• Loni Ruediger, Missouri & Kansas

Plans call for more SKIMP sales representatives to be added in the future.

For more information, see www.birdietown.com.

Focus Golf Products Announces a Website Redesign

Focus Golf Products partners with Click4Corp, a web design company based in Plano, TX to create their new website

(Plano, TX) - Focus Golf Products has decided to update their website with a modern presentation of the site's content. The emphasis on flat design creates a simple and elegant user experience, and accents the golf inspired color scheme that matches the Focus Golf Products Logo. The products offered as well as pictures related to the company will be featured on the site. Products and their descriptions will be easily accessible through the website navigation menus.

The site will feature responsive web design technology, which is a major leap to creating a high profile website. The site will have adaptive elements that can rearrange and resize based on variables such as screen size, resolution, browser type, and more. This means the site will be able to tap into more internet traffic than before by not limiting the devices users can view from. The user experience will also be optimized for all devices, providing simple navigation of information. With an ever expanding amount of traffic originating from mobile devices, now more than ever is the time for Focus Golf Products to move to a site that is updated to 2015 web standards.

The site also creates links to social media and Youtube to help create a beneficial public image and good reputation. This also promotes connection of current and potential customers to Focus Golf Products. This communication is beneficial for the business as well as the users. For example, the Youtube account for Focus Golf Products provides videos that showcase their products fully, as well as used so buyers can see exactly what to expect.

For more information: www.focusgolfproducts.com.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Hank Haney Joins OMEGA for Two Golf Events in Scottsdale

(RELEASE) - World-renowned golf instructor and OMEGA Brand Ambassador Hank Haney met with OMEGA clients, customers and guests for two exclusive events in Scottsdale on March 25-26.

On the evening of Wednesday, March 25, Haney hosted a VIP reception at his Scottsdale home in conjunction with the OMEGA Boutique at Fashion Square.

Haney provided putting tips to the assembled group of OMEGA clients; answered many of their questions, engaged guests by providing instruction and signed copies of his latest instructional book.

On the morning of Thursday, March 26, Haney put on an exclusive clinic at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale for approximately 50 OMEGA clients and Troon golf club members. Haney spoke for over an hour on the golf course’s driving range and hit golf balls to demonstrate the basics of his swing instruction.

Guests then went out onto the golf course for a nine-hole shotgun-start golf tournament, and Haney spent extensive time working with the golfers individually, giving them instruction on how to improve their swings.

The events at Haney’s home, which were held on behalf of OMEGA’s Fashion Square boutique,  and at Troon North Golf Club celebrated Haney’s relationship with OMEGA, the brand’s role as Official Timekeeper of The PGA of America and its support for the sport of golf in the U.S.

Haney has coached golfers, built golf facilities and player academies across the globe for over 35 years. As host of Golf Channel's The Haney Project, Hank has worked with celebrity golfers like Charles Barkley, Ray Romano, Rush Limbaugh and most recently fellow OMEGA ambassador Michael Phelps.

Haney has taught over 50,000 golf lessons in his career and his students have won every major championship in junior golf, amateur golf and professional golf. He has worked with hundreds of top-ranked pros and is most known for the six years he spent coaching Tiger Woods and the 25 years he spent coaching Masters and British Open champion Mark O'Meara.

Haney has also authored five books on golf instruction: The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods, Essentials of the Swing, The Only Golf Lesson You’ll Ever Need, No More Bad Shots and Fix Your Yips Forever.

Linda Hartough to Appear at Exhibition Opening at Morris Museum of Art

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – Linda Hartough, world-renowned golf-landscape artist (www.hartough.com), will attend the official opening reception April 2 of the exhibition, “In Celebration of Golf: Landscapes by Linda Hartough” at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Ga. Hartough will be present from 6-8 p.m. to greet attendees and talk about her work. The exhibition, which will extend through April 26, including during the week of the Masters Tournament, is an exclusive showing of her work.

“I look forward to seeing everyone at the opening reception,” Hartough said. “We invite anyone interested in golf art to join us at the reception or anytime during this special exhibit, especially visitors attending this year’s Masters Tournament.”

Every piece being shown at this exhibition is a Hartough original. This represents Hartough’s largest showing ever of her original work. She is the only artist featured at the exhibit.

Hartough’s oil paintings on display include:
1) The 18th Hole, Pebble Beach Golf Links
2) The 4th Hole, Black Course, Bethpage State Park, 2002 U.S. Open Championship
3) The 16th Hole, East Course, Merion Golf Club, 2013 U.S. Open Championship
4) The 18th Hole, Lake Course, The Olympic Club, 2012 U.S. Open Championship
5) The 10th Hole, Blue Course, Congressional Country Club, 2011 U.S. Open Championship
6) The 17th Hole, Black Course, Bethpage State Park, 2009 U.S. Open Championship
7) The 12th Hole, North Course, Olympia Fields Country Club, 2003 U.S. Open Championship
8) The 17th Hole, Royal St George’s Golf Club, 1993 Open Championship
9) The 18th Hole, Lake Course, The Olympic Club, 1998 U.S. Open Championship
10) The 17th Hole, Old Tabby Links
11) The Swilcan Bridge, The Old Course, St Andrews

In addition to these oil paintings, also included in the exhibit are 36 framed Hartough drawings and watercolors.

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TaylorMade Golf Company Names David Abeles as CEO and President

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) — The adidas Group has appointed David Abeles as CEO of TaylorMade Golf Company with immediate effect.  Abeles succeeds Ben Sharpe, who has decided to leave the company for personal reasons. Abeles will report directly into adidas Group CEO Herbert Hainer.

Abeles rejoined the company as President of TaylorMade and Adams Golf last month.  A 12-year veteran of TaylorMade Golf Company, Abeles brings a deep executive skill set, leadership competence and business acumen built both within the golf industry as well as in the world of sports. Most recently the CEO of the Competitor Group Inc., Abeles is widely respected within the golf community for his relationships and energetic connection with both the retailer and consumer.

Herbert Hainer, CEO of the adidas Group:  "David has a proven track record of success and leadership excellence. I am convinced that David will lead our golf business into the next era of growth. At the same time, I would like to thank Ben for his passion and many contributions to our company over the last nine years and I wish him all the best for his professional and private future.”

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Charleston Area Announces New Spring Stay N' Play Packages

Coosaw Creek Country Club
(CHARLESTON, S.C.) – As temperatures warm and courses burst forth with new beauty, spring is the ideal time of year for a golf getaway to the Charleston area. Offering exceptional accommodations and championship play at special values, the Charleston area announced a number of new spring stay n’ play packages. Perfect for a bachelor weekend, couples retreat or Mother’s Day vacation, below are a sampling of one-of-a-kind packages available this season:

· Spring in the South – Available now through Sept. 10, this package includes accommodations for three nights at the Wyndham Garden Mount Pleasant/Charleston and three rounds of golf at Charleston National Country Club, Pine Forest Country Club and The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation. The Spring in the South package begins at $140 per person, per weeknight and is based on double occupancy.

· Brews & Birdies – Available now through Sept. 10, this package includes accommodations for three nights at the Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview, three rounds of golf at a choice of eight courses (Coosaw Creek Country Club, Dunes West Golf Club, Legend Oaks Golf & Tennis Club, Pine Forest Country Club, RiverTowne Country Club, The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation, The Links at Stono Ferry and Wild Dunes Resort’s Harbor Course) and a 3½-hour tour of local craft breweries. The Brews & Birdies package begins at $154 per person, per weeknight and is based on double occupancy.

· Lowcountry Links Layouts – Available now through June 4, this package includes accommodations for three nights at the Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Waterfront and three rounds of golf at Legend Oaks Golf & Tennis Club, Patriots Point Links and The Links at Stono Ferry. The Lowcountry Links Layouts package begins at $155 per person, per weeknight and is based on double occupancy.

· Golf & Haunted Jail Tour – Available now through May 7, this package includes accommodations for three nights at the King Charles Inn, three rounds of golf at Charleston National Country Club, Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club and The Links at Stono Ferry and a walking tour of Charleston’s haunted Old City Jail. The Golf & Haunted Jail Tour package begins at $182 per person, per weeknight and is based on double occupancy.

· Tee Times Trio – Available now through June 4, this package includes accommodations for three nights at Comfort Suites at Isle of Palms Connector including breakfast and three rounds of golf at Coosaw Creek Country Club, Dunes West Golf Club and Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club. The Tee Times Trio package begins at $120 per person, per night and is based on double occupancy.

For reservations or more information on these packages and others available in the area, visit www.charlestongolfguide.com or call 800-774-4444.

For more information, visit explorecharleston.com.

Applebee's to Sponsor Closest to Hole Contest at Pepsi Little People's Golf Championship

(QUINCY, IL) - Applebee’s will sponsor a Closest to the Hole contest for contestants in the 2015 Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships.

Applebee’s sponsored the same event last year, and it was a resounding success.

The event will take place on the 9th hole at Westview Golf Course during the Little People’s practice round on Monday, June 22.

Applebee’s will have representatives on the 9th hole to offer water, apples and candy bars to the players.  The boy or girl coming closest to the hole on #9 during their practice round will receive a $75 gift certificate from the Westview Golf Course Pro Shop, compliments of Applebee’s.

Applebee’s will also offer snacks on Monday to the Little People’s participants playing holes #19-#27 at Westview, and to the 3-7 year old boys and girls playing the KC Par-3 course.

In addition, every Little People’s contestant will receive a Free Appetizer card from Applebee’s.

Applebee’s started with the same philosophy that they follow today – a focus on serving good food to good people.  Today, what was once a popular neighborhood restaurant has grown to become a popular restaurant in neighborhoods all across North America – with almost 2000 locations and counting.

Applebee’s in Quincy is located at 3827 Broadway.

The Sea Pines Resort Unveils New Harbour Town Clubhouse

World-Class Multi-Use Facility Opens for PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) – The Sea Pines Resort – host venue of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, April 13-19 – announces the opening of its new Harbour Town Clubhouse serving famed Harbour Town Golf Links.

Overlooking one of Pete Dye’s seminal designs, the 26,000-square-foot multi-use structure will heighten the already memorable Harbour Town Golf Links experience for resort guests, members and touring professionals. Most notable is a dramatic gallery showcasing the rich RBC Heritage tournament history and past champions which include Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Davis Love III.

Additional highlights include a comfortable living room lounge, Links – a first-class American grill with indoor / outdoor seating and sweeping golf course views, signature pro shop and retail display, wrap-around terraces with covered porches, state-of-the-art 4,000-square-foot locker room suited to meet the needs of PGA TOUR and everyday players alike, and the Heritage Room – an elegant 2,200-square-foot banquet and event room on the top floor.

The clubhouse interior presents an inviting, open layout accented by appealing nuances and touches including wood flooring from reclaimed 18-inch white oak planks as well as refined crown molding throughout the building. The ambience reflects the Lowcountry lifestyle at its best.

“The new Harbour Town Clubhouse combines the absolute best of architectural design, superior craftsmanship and functionality,” says Steve Birdwell, President of The Sea Pines Resort. “Every inch of the new building is intended to provide our members, guests and visiting golf pros a level of comfort and enjoyment they’ll long savor.”

Last spring, The Sea Pines Resort opened the Plantation Golf Club serving its Heron Point and Ocean courses as well as the resort’s Golf Learning Center. In Sept., the spectacular new 25,000-square-foot Sea Pines Beach Club opened offering year-round enjoyment for guests and property owners with an array of family-friendly amenities including dining, retail and special event space.

For more information: www.seapines.com, 866.561.8802.

PGA TOUR Superstore To Open Its First Experiential Golf Retail Store in Alabama

(ATLANTA, GA) – PGA TOUR Superstore will be opening its first interactive Birmingham retail store and in doing so will usher in a new experience for golfers in Alabama. As the anchor tenant, PGA TOUR Superstore will locate its new store at 165-A Inverness Plaza Shopping Center in Birmingham.

The PGA TOUR Superstore in Birmingham is expected to open this summer and will employ more than 30 associates. The location will be staffed with PGA teaching professionals and have multiple state-of-the-art swing simulators, practice hitting bays, and a large putting green along with an in-house club making and repair facility to provide a unique, interactive experience to golf enthusiasts of all levels.

“Birmingham represents a premier market for our expansion and is an ideal place to introduce our brand,” said PGA TOUR Superstore President and CEO Dick Sullivan. “Our new Birmingham store will be the largest and most interactive experiential golf store in the state of Alabama, and will also have the widest selection of brand names in equipment and apparel.”

PGA TOUR Superstore is owned and operated by Golf & Tennis Pro Shop, Inc., whose controlling owner and chairman is Arthur M. Blank, retired co-founder of The Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons.

For more information, visit www.pgatoursuperstore.com.

Jersey Strong: Atlantic City dominates Golfweek's Rankings of Best Courses in NJ

(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) — Atlantic City further cemented its status as one of the East Coast’s premier golf destinations with four of New Jersey’s top six courses and half of the top 10 honored in Golfweek’s 2015 “Best Courses You Can Play” rankings.

“The Golfweek rankings are more positive proof that Atlantic City really delivers a high quality golf experience across the destination,” said Harry Bittner, President of the Greater Atlantic City Golf Association and General Manager of Shore Gate Golf Club, which was recognized.

Topping the charts yet again is venerable Atlantic City Country Club, one of the nation’s great-granddaddies of clubs.  Anyone interested in the game’s history should waste no time teeing it up on the 6,577-yard classic (most recently restored by renowned designer Tom Doak shortly after its 100th birthday).

The club’s rich background alone, the birthplace of the birdie, makes it one of the great destination courses in the East, though its current 18-hole layout and spectacular setting along Lakes Bay (named for Simon Lake, the inventor of the modern submarine) overlooking the Atlantic City skyline are both on par to its history. And the golf experience only improves in 2015 with newly restored greenside bunkers on Holes 4, 6, 8, 12, 15 and 17, a new halfway house and a significant clubhouse renovation to this historic treasure.

Twisted Dune Golf Club – possibly the most visually striking golf course in the Atlantic City golf arsenal – maintains its No. 3 position.  With its inland links representation, if you were sent blindfolded to any course in the state, this is the one that you’d recognize by its name most readily. That’s because every hole is so dramatic, you have nowhere to turn but in circles. One local pro described it as the spot where “Phoenix meets Scotland.”

Twisted Dunes is a links style course with twisting landscapes, dramatic elevations, and contoured fairways.  It is a challenging, yet supremely playable, 18-hole design. Designer Archie Struthers moved two million cubic yards of earth to bring this remarkable course to fruition; creating a true taste of the Scottish Coast, right along the Jersey Shore.

Shore Gate Golf Club surges three spots to No. 4 as the only course in the area designed by the California architect firm of Ron Fream and David Dale, who provided a different feel than most courses in the Northeast. Though situated only a couple of miles from the beach, the landscape at Shore Gate is surprisingly diverse.

“Everything they’ve done, they’ve done well,” said Bittner of the design team. “The whole goal was to build a golf course that was pretty dramatic and different to give people something special — something they will remember. They had a really great piece of land with which to work and they really delivered.”

No. 6 Ballamor Golf Club, formerly a private course in Egg Harbor Township, is a broad-shouldered layout designed by Dan Schlegel of Ault, Clark & Associates. Schlegel carved his 7,098-yard, par-72 creation out of dense woods and laid a wonderful collection of holes over gently rolling land. Brawny bunkering and waste areas, waving fescue in the rough and plenty of water keeps golfers honest. The putting surfaces are very large — in some cases three clubs large — with heaving undulations and multiple tiers.

No. 10 Sand Barrens Golf Club, located in close proximity to Shore Gate, is another notable design by Dana Fry and Dr. Michael Hurdzan. It was back in the winter of 1996 when the talented twosome was simultaneously working on a desert course out west and walking this land situated among the pine trees of coastal New Jersey.

Digging down into the soil with a backhoe, Fry struck what he was looking for — sand, and quite a bit of it too. So, instead of designing a typical green, parkland-style golf course, he decided to bring the sand up from the earth and turn Sand Barrens into the “closest thing you’ll find to a desert course in this neck of the woods.” Today, three really strong nines put Sand Barrens at the front of the class and still the only 27-hole facility in the area.

To build Golfweek’s list, an experienced team of more than 700 evaluators rated each public layout on the basis of 10 criteria, including routing, conditioning, variety and memorability of holes. The result is an average of scores that dictate a course’s overall ranking. The number of courses per state varies on this list based on the course supply, population and level of play in each state. Visit www.Golfweek.com/GolfweeksBest to view the complete list of Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play.

The word is quickly getting out that golf groups can visit Atlantic City and expect top-rated golf courses, hotels and casinos options, along with the best nightlife and fantastic restaurants. Learn more about all 17 Atlantic City courses and book your golf getaway at www.PlayACGolf.com.

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March Madness at Talamore Resort

Pinehurst’s Talamore Golf Resort steps forward with a major expansion of club facilities and guest services — and plans continued growth in 2015 and beyond

(SOUTHERN PINES, N.C.) — After overseeing nearly two decades of growth in America’s birthplace of golf, the powers-that-be at Talamore Resort recently took a long look at their facilities and services. Recognizing the need for younger groups of golfers, they performed what they describe as a “relevancy campaign” to determine where the industry is headed to ensure their offerings meet the needs of the resort’s members and guests.

Insisting on being far more than just a bed and two golf courses designed by a pair of legends of golf course architecture, Talamore wanted to provide its guests a reduced need to “get out and around” once they arrived, by providing reasonably priced food and beverage on site including a hearty, complimentary breakfast.

The result is more than simply a major facelift of the Talamore Resort facilities. It is a transformational and full-fledged modernization — focused specifically on the areas that golfer’s value most.

Most noticeable, greeting resort guests when they enter Talamore’s main clubhouse, is the new “Llama Pen” Sports Bar & Grill that and is already jumping with March Madness festivities.

Talamore Golf Resort first made headlines for its famed stable of llama caddies along with unparalleled customer service. Today, it has grown to become one of the Pinehurst area’s premier golf getaways, which is why more than 90 percent of Talamore’s customers return or refer new business.

Also newsworthy, the resort recently introduced a cutting-edge Alumni Club to reward its longtime visitors, a villa pavilion that regularly hosts Pig Pickins of all shapes and sizes, a top-shelf breakfast bar to start the golfer’s day off properly — even a new cell tower for when and if one needs to check on things back home.

Meanwhile, on Talamore’s two golf courses, masterpieces designed by Rees Jones and Arnold Palmer, head superintendent Keith Osterman, who helped guide the resort during its original “glory days,” has returned and both golf courses are already in pristine condition.

“During our meeting with the sales staff, we drilled down,” said longtime Talamore Resort General Manager John McDougald, whose guest-friendly business skills earned him a 2014 cover story in Golf Business magazine.

“The pie is only so big and if anything it has shrunk,” McDougald said. “People coming to Pinehurst on a shoestring budget were not getting the ‘experience’ and that ruined the idea of ever coming back. Now, the experience is coming back to Pinehurst. We wanted to remain simple and convenient — the ‘center of the universe’ for our guests. We are ‘ground-upping’ our total experience.”

McDougald said the Llama Pen has been a very popular addition. “We have had a huge call to provide this service onsite for our in-house guests,” said McDougald. "TVs abound with sports, sports and more sports in a comfortable setting overlooking our famous finishing hole. It doesn't get much better than this.

“Our guests love the flexibility that our golf vacations offer. The Llama Pen adds to their flexible list of options, as it will give them a walking distance spot to hang out and watch their favorite sporting events.”

Talamore’s clubhouse, pool and cabana are all conveniently located next to the Talamore Golf Villas, which offer top-shelf amenities and panoramic views, and were constructed soon after the club’s opening.

Talamore started its new Alumni Club as a unique way to reward its numerous return guests with a host of special features including their personalized alumni card, complimentary range balls, automatic entry into a monthly golf vacation, complimentary breakfast and more.

In Talamore’s unheard-of deal, the resort’s multi-year veterans will be issued cards with their photos and receive a roster of benefits. “We have guests that have been coming to visit since we opened in 1997,” said Kristin Blanchard, one of Talamore’s long-time Golf Package experts. "A staggering 9 out of 10 of our guests are repeat visitors with many groups in the ‘10 Years in a Row Club.’”

Another popular new feature at Talamore is the Pavilion at the Villas — equipped with a fireplace, flat-screen TVs, comfortable seating, a plethora of BBQ grills and everyone’s favorite corn hole toss — in the middle of the Talamore Villa campus. Quickly becoming a major-league hit, the pavilion is regularly the site of Thursday night southern BBQ featuring a Pig Pickin’ and other southern favorites. Best of all, it is complimentary for Talamore guests.

Talamore’s new breakfast bar in the Talamore clubhouse from April thru October on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays features the best southern and traditional breakfast favorites. The centerpiece to the breakfast is the soon-to-be famous Dollie Llama waffle station with toppings galore — again, included with all Talamore Golf and Travel packages this spring,

Finally, a new cell tower is being erected that will give the Talamore Villas better cell service. Coupled with the industry’s new WIFI enabled mobile phones, this last key modern feature will be part of the Talamore villa experience.

“In conjunction with a new survey process for our in-house guests, we developed a bold new direction for our facility,” said Matt Hausser, Talamore Resort Director of Golf. “It is the Talamore and Mid South team’s way of saying ‘thank you’ and providing outstanding additions that will enhance their resort guest’s experience and make their vacation even more memorable.”

For information call (800) 552-6292 or visit www.TalamoreGolfResort.com.

Harman Resigns as President of Srixon / Cleveland Golf / XXIO - U.S.A.

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) – Srixon / Cleveland Golf / XXIO have announced that Todd Harman has resigned as President of Srixon / Cleveland Golf / XXIO – U.S.A., effective immediately.

“I’ve been with Cleveland for eighteen years and during that time we’ve experienced tremendous growth with many exciting changes for the better,” said Harman. “I’ve enjoyed my time here immensely and I will miss all the wonderful individuals with whom I’ve had the pleasure to work throughout my time with Srixon / Cleveland Golf / XXIO – U.S.A.”

During his 18 years with the company, Mr. Harman has held a variety of roles which have allowed him the opportunity to help grow the brand around the world.  After starting in customer service, Mr. Harman moved to prominent marketing roles which featured dozens of successful product launches. In 2007, Mr. Harman served as President of Cleveland Golf - Europe, becoming the only American to lead a major golf equipment brand in the European Union. That experience propelled him to his most recent role as President of Srixon / Cleveland Golf / XXIO - USA, a position he held since 2009.

Effective immediately, Chief Financial Officer Bill Bird will temporarily assume the role of interim President of Srixon / Cleveland Golf / XXIO – U.S.A.

For additional information on Srixon, Cleveland Golf, and XXIO products or their staff players, visit: www.srixon.com, www.clevelandgolf.com, and www.xxiousa.com.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Movie Review - THE SQUEEZE

One perk of being a golf blogger is having the opportunity to test some of the latest equipment and share my thoughts. As a (high) single-digit handicapper, I can speak from the perspective of many golfers - as opposed to just reading results from the perfect swing of a robot.

A unique opportunity recently popped up - review an advance copy of the upcoming golf movie, THE SQUEEZE. While I’m far from a movie critic, I do watch a lot of movies. What could be better than pairing my love of golf with a love of movies?

Written and directed by Terry Jastrow, THE SQUEEZE stars Jeremy Sumpter (J.D. McCoy in Friday Night Lights), Christopher McDonald (Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore) and Michael Nouri (Nick Hurley in Flashdance).

Jastrow’s character, Augie Baccas, is very likable - loving son, good big brother and terrific friend - and seemingly content in his small town. McDonald’s Riverboat is the perfect fast-talking, somewhat slimy gambler to pique the interest of young Baccas. Nouri as Las Vegas gambler Jimmy Diamonds will make you think twice about crossing anyone on The Strip. He’s excellent.

A critical component of the movie, in my opinion, was the on-screen playing ability of Sumpter and his competitors. There were some sweet swings. I can forgive poor acting, but even good acting would be ruined by any lack of ability (think Michael J. Fox in Teen Wolf, Noonan’s arch-nemesis D’Annunzio in Caddyshack or John Goodman as Babe Ruth to name a few). Jastrow’s swing made you believe he could be a golf phenom.

While I enjoyed the entire movie, the best part for me was the twist at the ending. Mix it with a little mystery and I’m hoping for a sequel.

Don’t take my word for it ... Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Bob Costas, Jim Nantz and Al Michaels all enjoyed it, as well. That’s good company to keep.

THE SQUEEZE is released April 17 (Friday after The Masters). See it.

Check out www.thesqueezemovie for more.

Renovation of Grand Traverse Resort’s Landmark Tower Includes Guest’s Ideas

(ACME, Mich.) – A $7 million interior renovation of the iconic landmark tower at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is underway, and the design elements of the 186 rooms involved were greatly influenced by resort guests.

“We listened to our guests, including meeting guests and leisure guests, we directly incorporated their desires and really reflected their wishes in the design,” Ryan Buck, director of sales for Grand Traverse Resort and Spa said.

“Our guests work in their rooms. They need rooms that are functional as well as luxurious. So, after they told us what they need in the rooms, we acted as advocates for our planners. Among the top needs they have are space, light, and great Internet connectivity. Many things are going into this because our guests want to feel their room is cool - a great place with, of course, the unmatched view and all the other great amenities the resort offers.”

The project, which started Feb. 9 and planned for completion by May 31, impacts 16 floors, including hospitality parlors. Pam Neimann, the principal designer at Niemann Interiors, Winter Park, Fla., who is originally from Michigan, is the renovation designer, and National Renovation Contractors (NRC) of Farmington, Mich., is the renovation general contractor.

The exterior of the tower will remain an unchanged skyline landmark and mirror on Northern Michigan because of its stunning glass panels, and the rooms will still present a view previously reserved for someone in a hot air balloon. Redstone Architects, Inc., of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., served as the original architects and the tower celebrated a grand opening in 1986.

“The tower has proven to be a great experience for our guests from distant locations as well as our local community, and we expect the tower to come out of this renovation justified and reborn,” Buck said.
Niemann Interiors is promising what they call relaxed luxury, a palette that puts a contemporary spin on relaxed living.

“They are going to incorporate the gray-brown sunburst pattern of Petoskey stones, for instance,” Buck said.

Rich dark wood finishes will be mixed with weathered wood finishes, while fall colors, creamy whites and pops of blues will be blended serenely together to bring what is outside the glass inside. Buck said it will translate to all four seasons.

“The decor will reflect our culture and the experience of Northern Michigan, from the sand on the beach, the green of the fairways, the fall colors seen on a wine tour, the entire Grand Traverse Resort and Spa experience,” he said.

The renovation work is being completed in as minimally invasive a way as possible for current guests of the 900-acre resort that includes top notch championship golf on three courses, including The Bear designed by legend Jack Nicklaus, indoor and outdoor tennis, a 100,000-square foot health club, full service spa, diverse and elegant dining options, unique shopping experiences, and 86,000 square feet of meeting space.

The resort’s tower is just part of a diverse package of accommodations, which includes condominiums nestled along East Grand Traverse Bay as well as condominiums and private homes along the three golf courses.

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, located just six miles northeast of Traverse City and 10 minutes from Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport, is proudly owned by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, which also owns sister property Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel, literally in sight from the tower.

“On a normal day around here, it’s hard to tell something major is going on,” Buck said. “A lot is going on though, and we want this renovation to serve as a catalyst for sales and further enhance Grand Traverse Resort and Spa as a destination.”

Buck said all is being done with an eye on the future.

“We want to take the resort to the next level of business, keep the great base of Michigan groups and compete stronger for groups and guests with destinations much larger than Traverse City,” he said. “We are unique here. We have the whole pure Northern Michigan atmosphere, but Traverse City in its own way is urban and hip. Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is part of that and we want to continue to be part of that well into the future. This renovation helps us get there. ”

Visit www.grandtraverseresort.com for more information or call 800-236-1577.

Billy Casper Golf Unveils Modern, Stylish Logo and Website

(VIENNA, VA) – Billy Casper Golf – the largest domestic owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts – has unveiled a modern logo and website (www.billycaspergolf.com) that aligns with the company’s leadership role in the $69 billion golf industry.

A variation of BCG’s longstanding buffalo silhouette logo, the stylish new icon blends elements of a graceful yet mighty buffalo.  Its charging profile depicts golf’s most powerful operating platform and the energy the company’s 7,600 peak-season employees bring to more than 150 properties nationwide.

The contemporary website is responsive across desktop, tablet and mobile, and is organized for visitors to easily locate their unique areas of interests, including:

Solutions – BCG Spectrum, full-service, turnkey management; BCG Private, specialized for country clubs; and BCG Select, where course owners tailor a suite of à la carte services and remain operationally hands-on.

Ventures – Proprietary, innovative programs like the annual “World’s Largest Golf Outing” benefiting Wounded Warrior Project; Women on Course, the nation’s premier golf-lifestyle networking organization; Club 51, the soon-to-launch loyalty-reward program; and Casper Labs, the testing ground for FootGolf, GolfBoard, Billy Casper Digital Network and other original programming which drive engagement.

Buffalo Brand Invigoration Group (formerly Buffalo Communications) – The in-house division of BCG creates brands people crave.  It performs public relations, strategy development, integrated marketing, social media and design work for golf, sport and lifestyle brands, and destinations and communities (www.buffalobig.com).

Careers – Golf is a people business and BCG’s acquisition and cultivation of top talent helped it win an “Inc. 500 Hire Award.”  Its “ACE” training, Superintendent Institute and other learning programs make BCG the preferred company for which people want to work.

Course Finder – A simple way for golfers to reserve tee times at BCG-managed courses which consistently produce first-class playing conditions, personable service and “wow” moments.

Adding to the website’s informative nature, the Billy Casper Digital Network rotates news and stories about BCG courses and the world of golf.

“Our digital tool brings Billy Casper Golf’s dynamic culture to life,” says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of BCG.  “This is why we are trusted by course owners and developers to elevate their brands and improve operations, efficiencies and profits.”

Led by Hill, No. 6 on Golf Inc.’s list of “Most Powerful People in Golf,” BCG has become a model for best practices.  One of its recent initiatives is advancing marketing technology, data analytics and pricing algorithms to unprecedented levels.  Combined with exciting programming and overall creativity, BGC is attracting and retaining golfers and club members well above the industry average.

“We built a platform that’s data-driven, proactive, responsive and listens,” says Hill.  “The ability to understand unique golfer segments and tailor compelling messages delivered across multiple devices helps to ensure sustainability and growth of the game we love.”

Mystical Golf Offers Extraordinary Summer Stay-and-Play Packages

Features Comfortable Myrtle Beach Villa Accommodations, Three Celebrated Layouts, Numerous Extras

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) – Mystical Golf – owner and operator of The Witch, Man-O-War and The Wizard courses and acclaimed as the "best 54 holes of golf in Myrtle Beach” – announces two summer stay-and-play packages ideal for memorable “golf buddy” vacations at hard-to-believe prices.
Called the “best value” in Myrtle Beach by GOLF Magazine and lauded by outlets including Golf Digest and Golf Channel.com, the Mystical Golf trio of layouts are highlighted by strikingly imaginative and diverse architectural designs, superlative year-round course maintenance, and a “customer is king” hospitality focus.

From June 1 – Sept. 9, the three-day Gold Package starts at $96 (per person, per day, taxes included) and includes:
* Three rounds with cart on each of The Witch, The Wizard and Man-O-War
* One complimentary round (course selection during booking process)
* Three nights’ lodging in well-appointed three-bedroom golf villas (four beds)
* Complimentary iHOP breakfast daily (available 24 hours per day)
* Free steak dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse (includes non-alcoholic beverages, taxes)
* Lunch and two beers free at the course each day Free daily range balls
* $15 gift card toward a golf shirt
* Instant replay round for cart fee only
* Extra night stays available at moderate cost per person

Over the same timeframe, the Silver Package starts at $86 (per person, per day, taxes included) and features all the attributes of the Gold Package except the complimentary round, daily breakfast and steak dinner. Both stay-and-plays do offer one complimentary golfer for booked groups of 20 or more players.

“Our summer stay-and-play packages provide the best vacation value of the year,” says Claude Pardue, President and CEO. “After recharging for the night in our comfortable condos, the long days of Carolina sunshine allow your group to play all the golf you’ll ever want on our three superb courses.”

The Witch sits on 500 acres of tranquil cypress groves and wetlands teeming with flora and fauna. Tactical play is rewarded on the par-71, 6,702-yard layout. With 4,000 feet of bridges wending through swamps (front nine) and rolling hills (back nine), golfers may spy cranes, bald eagles, alligators and black bears.

Man-O-War is revered for its back-to-back island greens and water features touching every hole.  With a commanding 141 slope rating, the par-72, 6,967-yard layout is offset by straight-forward shots and excellent, bent-grass greens.

Reminiscent of classic, wind-swept links courses in Scotland and Ireland, The Wizard presents deep bunkers, mound-framed fairways and dramatic elevation changes. Trademark stone bridges and an Old-World, castle-style clubhouse add character to the par-72, 6,721-yard shot-maker’s course.

For Mystical Golf information: www.mysticalgolf.com, 843.282.2977.

Annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship is Now Accepting Entries

In its 32nd Year, Golf’s Most Inclusive Amateur Event is Expected to Attract 3,400+ Players

(Myrtle Beach, S.C.) - The 32nd annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship, the world’s most popular and inclusive single-site tournament, is now accepting entries. The event, which is expected to attract more than 3,400 players from across the globe, will be played August 31 – September 4 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Registration for the four-day, 72-hole tournament is $475 through May 15, a $100 savings off the regular entry fee of $575.  Players can register online at www.MyrtleBeachWorldAmateur.com.
Participants that register by April 7 will be eligible to win more than $10,000 in random drawing prizes tournament organizers are giving away. Included among the items are two sets of TaylorMade AeroBurner irons, 12 AeroBurner Drivers, and eight TaylorMade Ghost Tour Black putters.

Golfers from more than 30 countries will play on more than 60 of Myrtle Beach’s best courses as part of the tournament. Among the renowned layouts that will be hosting the event are the Norman, Fazio and Love courses at Barefoot Resort, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, True Blue Golf Plantation and Tidewater Golf Club.

The World Am is a net stroke play event that flights players into five competitive divisions based on age, gender and handicap. After four rounds of competition, all flight winners and ties advance to the World Championship Playoff, where a champion is crowned.

While competition is at the heart of the World Am’s appeal, it’s only half the fun. A participant’s entry fee also includes nightly admission to the “World’s Largest 19th Hole” at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The 19th Hole, which utilizes 120,000-square feet in the convention center, provides players free food, open bar, equipment demos, live entertainment, a 60-exhibitor golf expo and more.

World Am players are flighted according to USGA indexes with competitive divisions ranging from men / women under 49 years old to super seniors 70 and above. The event’s inclusiveness is apparent in its past champions as winners with handicaps as low as three and as high as 34 have won. Four women have hoisted the championship trophy.

The World Am is a Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday event.