Monday, May 20, 2019

Bloomingdale's, Ralph Lauren Team for Father's Day Fun

Bloomingdale’s 59th Street and Ralph Lauren are teaming up to celebrate Father’s Day with the Pro Experience Putting green at the iconic 59th Street flagship in New York City.

Located on the lower level in the Polo Ralph Lauren shop visitors are invited to "putt like a pro" on the interactive putting green daily between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. The putting green is free to all and open until June 16. Guests can select a green and the course will change the incline and difficulty of the shot.

PING Introduces G410 LST Driver

G410 has lower spin, higher MOI


(PHOENIX) — PING announced the expansion of its G410 driver family today with the release of the G410 LST, a high-MOI driver engineered to produce low, stable spin with the shot-shaping control provided by the company’s innovative movable-weight technology.

The multi-material driver is available for pre-order and custom fitting at authorized PING golf shops around the world beginning today.

“With the tremendous success of the G410 Plus and SFT drivers introduced earlier this year, we’re pleased to add the highly anticipated G410 LST model to the line-up in time for the summer golf season,” said John K. Solheim, PING President. “It took us a little longer than planned but that was only because our first iteration didn’t out-perform the G400 LST. We re-worked the design to meet our performance improvement standards and are excited to get the G410 LST driver into golfer’s hands.”

“The head size is slightly smaller than the Plus model and the CG is positioned to reduce spin several hundred rpm while still providing extremely high forgiveness,” Solheim added. “The combination of lower spin and more stability plus the ability to dial in the shot shape with our movable-weight technology greatly expands the types of golfers who can benefit from the technology of the G410 LST driver. As always, we encourage golfers to undergo a thorough custom fitting with a trained PING Fitting Specialist to determine which G410 driver model best fits their game.”

Low, stable spin

The G410 LST shares the movable-weight technology introduced in the G410 Plus model. The CG position is slightly forward of the G410 Plus in all three positions (Draw, Neutral, Fade), leading to spin reduction of approximately 200 to 400 rpm, depending on shaft choice and a golfer’s launch conditions. Each weight position shifts the CG location by 1/10" in each direction from neutral, influencing left or right shot direction approximately 10 yards (20 yards of correction between Draw and Fade settings).

“The addition of the movable-weight technology in our low-spin driver option allows us to fit a wider range of golfers,” said Solheim. “A perfect example is a high-swing-speed player who battles a miss to the right. In that case, the combination of placing the weight in the draw position and the lower spin greatly improves dispersion and leads to increased ball speed for more distance.”
Patented Dragonfly Technology on the inside creates an ultra-thin crown structure, saving weight, which is moved to the extreme boundary of the clubhead to increase the MOI by 3% (compared to the G400 LST) for added ball speed and forgiveness.

Fast and powerful shape 

At 450cc, the G410 LST driver features a more rounded, pear-shaped design and combines with more efficient Turbulator Technology for advanced aerodynamics, leading to increased clubhead speed. Its “Tour Square” face sits slightly open and the score-line pattern frames the impact area to aid in alignment. The creased crown design provides a clean and powerful look at address.

Forged, T9S+ face

The unique forging and patented heat-treatment process of the T9S+ face powers a thinner, hotter impact area that is precision machined to elevate ball speed across the entire face for more flexing and faster ball speeds. The forged face and the internal geometry of the head are instrumental in producing the powerful feel and sound of the driver.

Trajectory Tuning 2.0

The patented lightweight and aerodynamic adjustable hosel expands from five to eight settings, offering loft (0, +1⁰, +1.5⁰, -1⁰, -1.5⁰) and lie adjustments (including up to 3⁰ flatter than standard) to optimize ball flight.
“The expansion of the loft options is a tremendous benefit for all golfers, and the flatter lie angles add another layer of opportunity for expert club fitters to really fine-tune a golfer’s driver,” said Solheim.

Multiple shaft options

Four high-performance shaft options are available at no upcharge and ensure a shaft-fitting solution to match the launch conditions of all golfers. The PING Tour 65 & 75 (lower launch, low spin, stable feel) and the counter-balanced PING Alta CB Red 55 (high-launching, lightweight) are developed in house by PING engineers. For popular custom after-market options, golfers can choose the Project X EvenFlow Black 75 (low launch, low spin) and Mitsubishi Tensei™ CK Orange 60 (mid launch angle, low spin).

G410 LST Driver Specifications:

Multi-material construction: Cast Ti 8-1-1 body, forged T9S+ face, high-density tungsten back weight, lightweight aluminum/thermoplastic adjustable hosel
G410 LST loft options: 9⁰, 10.5⁰
Head volume: 450 cc
Head weight: 208g
Swing weight: D4
Std. lengths: 45.75" (PING Alta CB Red), 45.25” (PING Tour & Aftermarkets)
Loft adjustability: 5 settings: +-1.5⁰ (0, +1⁰, +1.5⁰, -1⁰, -1.5⁰)
Lie adjustability: Up to 3⁰ (Std: 57.0⁰)
Stock shaft option: PING Alta CB Red (Soft R, R, S, X)
No-upcharge shaft options: PING Tour 65, 75 (R, S, X), Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 60 (R, S, X), Project X Evenflow Black 75 (5.5, 6.0, 6.5)
Stock grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 in six sizes: Blue -1/16", Red -1/32", Aqua -1/64", White Std., Gold +1/32", Orange +1/16"
Arccos Smart Grips (upcharge): Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 in two sizes (White Std., Aqua -1/64”)
U.S. MSRP: $540

Ryder Cup Standings Unveiled

(RELEASE) — Here are the latest standings for the U.S. Ryder Cup Team. Those in bold would automatically qualify.

The biggest mover was Luke List—climbing from 39th to 13th with a sixth-place finish at the PGA Championship. Next best ... Jordan Spieth (23rd to 8th) on the strength of his T-3 at the PGA.

Jim Furyk and Webb Simpson fell out of the "magic" Top 8.

Assuming the Top 8 stay the way it is (that's a huge assumption) and Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas are locks to be Captain's Picks ... Who would you want rounding out the team of 12? Listed the Top 16 in points, but feel free to go (much) deeper in your selections.

1 DUSTIN JOHNSON 3,178.542
2 BROOKS KOEPKA 2,921.292
3 TIGER WOODS 2,347.063
4 MATT KUCHAR 1,115.483
5 XANDER SCHAUFFELE 1,106.423
6 KEVIN KISNER 1,085.456
7 PATRICK CANTLAY 7.490
8 JORDAN SPIETH 752.862
9 Jim FURYK 729.214
10 Webb SIMPSON 627.563
11 Tony FINAU 564.513
12 Gary WOODLAND 483.214
13 Luke LIST 424.875
14 Rickie FOWLER 411.894
15 Brandt SNEDEKER 411.881
16 Justin THOMAS 396.713

Golfballs.com Unveils 2019 Corporate and Charity Outing Planner

(LAFAYETTE, LA) – Golfballs.com – the world leader in golf customization – now offers a comprehensive online guide to help event organizers with planning and operating successful corporate and charity golf tournaments.

The Golf Tournament Planning Guide utilizes the brand’s 25 years of expertise in customizing gifts and gear for events of all sizes. It features unique ideas, best practices and key steps in the processes involved with running a successful event, including marketing, operations and fundraising.

“According to the World Golf Foundation, approximately 12 million Americans attend nearly 150,000 golf outings every year, and these events can be daunting to organize without proper guidance,” says Tom Cox, CEO of Golfballs.com. “Over the years, we’ve developed an experienced group of in-house specialists who have helped customers decorate millions of customized products for their events and tournaments.”

The Planning Guide offers a variety of ideas and assets such as downloadable templates for budgeting, registration and advertising. It helps to break the process into manageable steps and simplify key components of event organization. Golfballs.com’s Corporate and Event Specialists are also available to supply free custom logo quotes via phone at 1 (877) 309-6460.

Recognized as the 2018 Louisiana Association of Business and Industry Company of the Year, Golfballs.com has established itself as the top online destination for corporate and non-profit partners seeking custom logo golf balls, commemorative gifts, prizes and keepsakes. Personalizing nearly 7 million golf balls a year, as well as offering clubs, apparel and more from the top brands in golf, the brand’s infinite product and customization options combined with the new Golf Tournament Planning Guide have made Golfballs.com the ideal resource for event planners and outing coordinators.

Access the Golf Tournament Planning Guide here: www.golfballs.com/Golf-Tournament-Planning.

New NextLinks “Smart Green” Brings Scalable Solution to Fun-Based Golf Gaming Platform

(Santa Ana, Calif.) – NextLinks, one of the leaders in technology-driven golf entertainment is proud to introduce the NextLinks Smart Green, a synthetic putting green installation available to golf courses, entertainment complexes, community centers, bars and restaurants that showcases the engaging power of the company’s innovative software-and-laser-light-driven putting games.

The first NextLinks putting-games installation at Indian Wells Golf Resort in Palm Springs, Calif., part of the famed resort’s innovative “Shots in the Night” attraction, has been a runaway success, helping drive a nighttime golf program that has already exceeded original revenue projections. Now, NextLinks CEO Dave Shultz is prepared to bring a scalable version of the Indian Wells project to country clubs, golf courses and businesses desiring a “TopGolf-like” experience on their property footprint without undertaking a huge investment in real-estate acreage or construction.

“Indian Wells was amazing in that they had us install our laser-light-driven putting games (like Darts, Shuffleboard, Corn Hole and Around the World) on their entire nine-hole putting course, but the beauty of the Smart Green system is that we can set up the same putting-games system on a green as small as 576 square feet and still have more than 3,000 unique playing points,” says Shultz. “That means a golf course with an unused meeting space or an entertainment venue looking to offer their clientele golf entertainment at an attractive entry point can have that highly-engaging golf attraction for a price that let’s them recoup ROI quickly because it can accommodate six to eight players at a time in half-hour increments. We’ve also created a fast-paced game called ‘Race Around the World’ that is capable including 40 participants per hour.”

NextLinks proprietary software projects colored laser images on to the green to act as teeboxes, targets, gameboards and scoring zones while also acting a traffic control system that enables an optimal number of players to use the green at the same time. Golfers pay by the half hour to play, positioning the host venue to monetize the use of a space that perhaps sat empty or unused. The indoor nature of a NextLinks Smart Green means NextLinks venues can earn golf-related revenue even after the golf course has accepted its last tee time of the day.

“The built-in Management software helps operators monitor multiple zones on the green simultaneously allow for easy check in/check out, time management and even facilitating food and beverage ordering,” says Shultz. “Above all, the Smart Green is a scalable concept and the designs can be customized and sized to fit the needs and goals of any facility operator who knows making golf fun and accessible for all ages and skill levels is a useful way to boost revenues.”

In a golf industry eager for projects that grow participation as well as the bottom line, NextLinks is poised to grow into one of the game’s most dynamic influencers and catalysts for growth. Shultz was recently awarded a utility patent from the United States Patent Office for his software gaming and laser-light technology that seamlessly blends simulator play with short game and putting on pre-existing or realistic synthetic greens custom-built for the locations where they’re installed.

“We’re all about solutions that bring golf to the masses in a non-intimidating, fun environment. Putting is the great equalizer. Small kids and granddads can putt and have the same amount of fun as a scratch golfer on a NextLinks Smart Green. We’re using technology to unite the next generation of serious golfers, and we’re giving them the entry point that gets them hooked and doesn’t have too steep of a skill curve. We believe that’s how you effectively drive REAL participation.”

Visit www.nextlinks.com to learn more about the NextLinks Smart Green.

French Lick Resort – Golf Digest Selects Indiana Golf Destination Among Best Resorts and Courses

(French Lick, IN) – The accolades continue to pour in for French Lick Resort, Southern Indiana’s iconic golf and vacation destination. The historic resort has been recognized by Golf Digest among the best resorts and courses in America.

The resort was selected among the Editors’ Choice Award by Golf Digest as one of the Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest and most recently its Pete Dye and Donald Ross courses were ranked among the publication’s list of America's 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The Pete Dye Course moved up two spots to No. 17 on the list and the Donald Ross Course was ranked No. 99.

The publication's annual review of "The Best Things in Golf" by its editors appears online at Golfdigest.com featuring the Best Resorts in the Americas. The listing recognizes resorts throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Canada.

In addition, the publication's biennial review of America's top public courses can also be found on Golfdigest.com. Golf Digest uses nearly 1,000 low-handicap male and female golfers on its Course Ranking Panel and asked each to submit ballots based on eight criteria including shot options, challenge, layout variety, distinctiveness, aesthetics, conditioning, character, and fun.

Thanks in large part to Indiana natives and philanthropists Bill and Gayle Cook and Cook Medical, a $600 million investment revitalized the region and created a modern luxury experience with historic charm. Today, the resort spreads across 3,000 acres, boasts two world-class hotels, French Lick Springs and the West Baden Springs, which have been fully restored to their original sophistication and luxury.

Since the early 1900’s, golf has been an integral part of this resort area. Tom Bendelow designed the first course here in 1907 followed by the great Donald Ross ten years later. In 2009, Pete Dye created a visually stunning masterpiece, which has quickly become one of the most highly acclaimed courses in the country. Both courses are ranked among the Top 100 in America’s Greatest Public Courses and are currently ranked as the No. 1 and 2 Courses You Can Play in Indiana.

The Pete Dye course achieved a rare double honor in 2009 by being selected as America’s best new course by the two leading golf publications in the country – Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine. It is located on a dramatic hilltop, which is one of the highest points in the state of Indiana and offers panoramic views of the Hoosier National Forest that stretch as far as 40 miles.

As for the historic Donald Ross course, it underwent a $4.6 million restoration project in recent years that brought the course back to Ross’s original genius plans. It is a parkland gem that meanders up and down the rolling hills a few miles from the main resort. It was site of the 1924 PGA Championship won by the legendary Walter Hagen and has hosted other golf greats and celebrities including Gene Sarazen, Chick Evans, and Bing Crosby.

French Lick Golf Packages are now easier than ever to book with its new online booking engine.
The resort’s most popular, The Hall of Fame package is the best way to experience this award-winning golf destination. It includes playing the resort’s two legendary courses designed by Hall of Fame architects – Pete Dye and Donald Ross. The package includes a one-night stay at either resort hotel, a day of unlimited golf on The Pete Dye Course, a day of unlimited golf at The Donald Ross Course, unlimited use of the driving range and practice facility, bag storage, and shuttle service. Package prices start at $559 at French Lick Springs Hotel, and $589 at West Baden Springs Hotel based on double occupancy.

Whether it's a buddy trip, couples retreat, girls-getaway, or improving your game, booking a French lick golf package is now just a click away. To view additional golf package options, visit www.frenchlick.com/golf/packages or call the reservation specialists at (888) 936-9360.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sunday River Resort Announces Head Golf Professional, Opening Day for Golf Club

Jerry Roman to oversee golf course, which opens for the season on June 8


(NEWRY, ME) — Sunday River Resort has hired Jerry Roman as the Head Golf Professional for the Sunday River Golf Club. The course will open for the season on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Roman has served as the Head Golf Professional for Hidden River Golf & Casting Club in Brutus, Michigan since 2008, and was named General Manager of the course in April. Previously, he held the role of Assistant Golf Professional at the Bay Harbor Golf Club in Petoskey, Michigan, which is owned and operated by Sunday River’s parent company, Boyne Resorts.

“We are excited to welcome Jerry Roman and his partner, Delana Wert, into the Sunday River family, and to kick off our first season managing the Sunday River Golf Club,” says Resort President and General Manager, Dana Bullen. “Under Jerry’s guidance and with the extensive golf expertise from Boyne Resorts, we will provide a great experience to our visitors this summer.”

On May 13, 2019, Sunday River announced that it had entered into an agreement with the current owners of the golf course to manage course operations.

For more information on Sunday River Resort and Sunday River Golf Club, visit SundayRiver.com.

USGA Launches U.S. Women’s Open App powered by Cisco

First Stand-alone App for a Women’s Major Brings Enhanced Experience to Fans Across the World


(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today launched the official U.S. Women’s Open app, powered by Cisco, to provide fans with an immersive mobile experience for the 74th Championship at Country Club of Charleston, from May 30 – June 2.

Available for both iOS and Android devices, the U.S. Women’s Open app is the first stand-alone mobile platform for a women’s golf major. Sports enthusiasts around the world can access real-time scores, live streaming video, stats, news and highlights of their favorite players via the event app.

To download and explore the app, click here.

“At the U.S. Women’s Open, fan experience continues to be one of our primary initiatives and we are excited to launch a comprehensive mobile app to offer our fans instant access to information and unique experiences at the course and off,” says Navin Singh, USGA chief commercial officer. “In partnership with Cisco, the U.S. Women’s Open app is set to transform how we allow fans to engage with the world’s premier women’s golf championship.”

For fans on site in Charleston, the app also features on-site player tracking, which allows spectators to locate their favorite competitors on the course and practice areas, as well as an on-course map that highlights amenities and fan activations.  Fans will never miss a moment of action via app notifications that will alert fans to player autograph signings, special events and promotions, and more. As the Official Technology Partner of the USGA and its championships, Cisco will provide the Wi-Fi network on-site and deliver secure, enhanced connectivity in fan areas and grandstands, so spectators can engage and share throughout the event.

Additional features of the app that will help bring fans offsite a piece of the action include live streaming video coverage, scorecard highlights, news, photos, videos and social media updates from the Country Club of Charleston.

Limited Championship and Palmetto Pavilion tickets are still available at uswomensopen.com/tickets.

For additional 2019 Women’s Open information, visit uswomensopen.com.

Golfer Registration Now Open for 2019 World’s Largest Golf Outing

Ninth Annual Nationwide Public Event to Benefit Military Charities


(RESTON, Va.) – The World's Largest Golf Outing (WLGO) – the single largest charity golf tournament to be held on Monday, August 5 – is now open for golfers to register.

The World’s Largest Golf Outing has officially opened golfer registration to individual and team players. Over the past week, more than $16,000 has been raised in donations and registrations for this event.  WLGO is an annual national golf fundraiser conceived by Peter Hill, Billy Casper Golf’s chief executive officer. Since the WLGO’s inception in 2011, more than 62,000 men, women, juniors and seniors have played in 34 states to raise $4.1 million for military charities.

Fisher House Foundation is this year’s selected charity for the fourth consecutive year. For over 25 years, Fisher House has provided a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The 82 Fisher Houses across the United States, United Kingdom and Germany offer free, temporary lodging to military and veterans' families during medical crises and the healing process.

“Billy Casper Golf’s continuous support for Fisher House while simultaneously growing the game of golf is truly inspiring,” says Dave Coker, president of Fisher House Foundation. “We could not be more excited for another fantastic year with the WLGO and we appreciate every golfer who signs up to be a part of this worthy cause.”

Golfer registration is now open nationwide at participating public and private facilities. Donations are included in the registration fees. No USGA handicap is needed and players can sign up to play as a single, twosome or foursome.

Need a place to play? Golf course registration is also open nationwide to any public or private facility. There is no sign-up fee to participate in the WLGO. Golf courses can host an event or sign up a team to play at any participating locations.

Donations can be made at www.worldslargestgolfouting.com/donate or by calling 703.940.3600. Come together to make a difference!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Bag Boy to Launch Quad Junior Push Cart Available Spring 2019

(Richmond, VA) – The Bag Boy Company is excited to announce the launch of the Quad Junior Push Cart, engineered for junior golfers 51” and taller. The Bag Boy company invented the original walking cart back in 1946 and continues to pioneer its way forward with revolutionary new products.

This all new version of the Quad is designed after the Quad XL, specifically for the junior golfer. The Quad Junior is very similar in style to the adult version push cart, complete with a beverage holder, a scorecard console with storage and easy maneuverability with 4 wheels for stability and control. The Quad Junior comes equipped with an adjustable height handle that is ideal for growing golfers. A simple foot-controlled parking brake system makes parking a simple task. The cart is easily foldable which makes for compact transport and storage.

“We are very excited to launch the new Quad Junior Push Cart,” said Pat Gallagher, Product Manager at The Bag Boy Company. “It’s a full-featured junior golf push cart with the look and style of the adult version but with the compact fold, size and light weight that is perfect for juniors.”

The Quad Junior comes in 2 different colors and will be available June 5th, 2019. To learn more about the Bag Boy Company, check out their website at www.bagboy.com.

GOLFTEC Unveils Father’s Day Packages

(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) – GOLFTEC – the world leader in golf lessons and premium club fittings – unveils Father’s Day specials to help golfers of all skill levels improve in time for summer.

Available through June 16, GOLFTEC is offering the promotions listed below, with full information available at golftec.com/gifts:
- Gold Holiday Package: 60-minute Swing Evaluation, three 30-minute lessons, three 30-minute practice sessions and one club fitting session for $395
- Swing Evaluation: Fact-based swing analysis and lesson plan recommendation for $95
- Club Fitting: Tour-like fitting experience for $95

Swing Evaluations include video analysis, motion measurement technology, a fact-based diagnosis of the student’s swing and a lesson plan recommendation. GOLFTEC Game Plans include sequential, one-on-one lessons conducted by GOLFTEC Certified Personal Coaches as well as other fundamental elements to maximize improvement like video-based practice, course strategy and a club fitting session.

“With the season underway, now is the best time for golfers to work on their games to ensure 2019 is a year to remember,” says Joe Assell, Co-Founder and CEO of GOLFTEC. “Our expert coaches and technology-driven approach guides all golfers to lower scores, whether they’re competing in tournaments or playing casually with friends.”

Conducting more lessons than any company in the world, more than 1 million per year, GOLFTEC’s instruction and club fitting have led to the average student dropping seven strokes from their game.  Lessons are conducted indoors in training bays and outside on the golf course to deliver comprehensive, unique instruction to every student.

To further enhance training, its custom club fitting program delivers a Tour-like fitting experience matching the golfer’s unique ball flight data with thousands of potential clubhead/shaft options to identify optimal equipment. Nearly 75% of golfers who experience a GOLFTEC driver fitting gain an average of 25 yards over their previous equipment.

To learn more about GOLFTEC, visit www.golftec.com or call 877-446-5383.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Golfballs.com Unveils 2019 Corporate and Charity Outing Planner

(LAFAYETTE, LA) – Golfballs.com – the world leader in golf customization – now offers a comprehensive online guide to help event organizers with planning and operating successful corporate and charity golf tournaments.

The Golf Tournament Planning Guide utilizes the brand’s 25 years of expertise in customizing gifts and gear for events of all sizes. It features unique ideas, best practices and key steps in the processes involved with running a successful event, including marketing, operations and fundraising.

“According to the World Golf Foundation, approximately 12 million Americans attend nearly 150,000 golf outings every year, and these events can be daunting to organize without proper guidance,” says Tom Cox, CEO of Golfballs.com. “Over the years, we’ve developed an experienced group of in-house specialists who have helped customers decorate millions of customized products for their events and tournaments.”

The Planning Guide offers a variety of ideas and assets such as downloadable templates for budgeting, registration and advertising. It helps to break the process into manageable steps and simplify key components of event organization. Golfballs.com’s Corporate and Event Specialists are also available to supply free custom logo quotes via phone at 1 (877) 309-6460.

Recognized as the 2018 Louisiana Association of Business and Industry Company of the Year, Golfballs.com has established itself as the top online destination for corporate and non-profit partners seeking custom logo golf balls, commemorative gifts, prizes and keepsakes. Personalizing nearly 7 million golf balls a year, as well as offering clubs, apparel and more from the top brands in golf, the brand’s infinite product and customization options combined with the new Golf Tournament Planning Guide have made Golfballs.com the ideal resource for event planners and outing coordinators.

Access the Golf Tournament Planning Guide here: www.golfballs.com/Golf-Tournament-Planning

Sir Nick Bestows Signature Design Status on Laguna Golf Lăng Cô


(Lăng Cô, Vietnam) — LAGUNA Golf Lăng Cô, the award-winning golf component at the Laguna Lăng Cô integrated project in Central Vietnam, has become the first fully operational course in the world to be elevated into a new elite category by its designer Sir Nick Faldo.

The British legend, a six-time major winner and prolific course architect, sees Laguna Golf Lăng Cô as his flagship layout in Asia. Opened in 2013, the stunning course makes full use of the property’s amazing location sandwiched between the ocean and the mountains, with play incorporating rice paddies, jungle and coastal holes.

The track has earned widespread acclaim over the years, garnering numerous awards and cementing itself as home of the annual Faldo Series Asia Grand Final -- one of the world’s most respected showcases for young players. News that the layout has been named a Sir Nick Faldo Signature course is sure to further enhance its appeal to golfers.

The new Sir Nick Faldo Signature category will only be applied to Faldo courses -- both existing and forthcoming -- that match then maintain their designer’s famously exacting standards across a range of markers including sustainability, conservation, and quality of design.

“Being elevated in status like this really speaks volumes of our ongoing commitment to realising Sir Nick’s vision,” said Adam Calver, Director of Golf at Laguna Golf Lăng Cô.

A mantra of continual improvement has been ingrained at Laguna Golf Lăng Cô under the stewardship of Calver. And it is this philosophy that has helped it secure its position as one of Faldo’s most lauded masterpieces.

Calver and his team have made numerous improvements to the layout in recent times. New tees have been added, providing alternative challenges for golfers. Trees have been cleared on the coastal holes, opening up views of the beach and the East Sea. Also eye-catching has been the introduction and reintroduction of rice paddies on the course, with four hectares of rice fields right in the middle of the course tended to by a family of water buffalo who act as “bio-mowers”.

“From the first time I came here when it was still jungle almost 10 years ago, I’ve always considered it a unique place,” said Faldo.  “We knew the course was going to be different and special because you play through different environments. You go through the rice fields to the jungle. Then we’ve got beach and river and rocks. It really is a special course, with a memorability factor that is sure to keep golfers interested.”

Laguna Golf Lăng Cô is part of Laguna Lăng Cô, one of the most far-reaching integrated resorts in Southeast Asia. The 280-hectare community, which marks the first project in Vietnam for Banyan Tree Group, is framed by jungle clad mountains and a three-kilometre beach running alongside the East Sea.

Laguna Lăng Cô echoes the sustainability ethos of Laguna Phuket, Banyan Tree's flagship integrated resort community in southern Thailand. In addition to Laguna Golf Lăng Cô, the development includes Banyan Tree and Angsana branded hotels and spas, private villas and residences, convention facilities and a plethora of recreational activities for guests of all ages. 

To find out more about Faldo Design visit: www.faldodesign.com. To find out more about Laguna Golf Lăng Cô, visit: www.lagunalangco.com.

Multi-Million-Dollar Enhancements, Revitalized Vision Announced for The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek

(JOHNS ISLAND, S.C.) – The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek announced a two-year, $6-million plan for upgrades and renovations to the club’s golf course and facilities. The private golf club is majority-owned by McNair Interests, a private investment and management company founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Robert C. “Bob” McNair, who passed away in November 2018.

Cary McNair, Bob’s son and the current Chairman and CEO of McNair Interests, announced the club is making the multi-million-dollar investment, which includes the grand opening of the Robert C. McNair Performance Center, the addition of three on-site guest cottages and a total renovation of the club’s golf course.

“The planned upgrades and renovations to the course and facilities will elevate the club to a new level that reflects the promise to continue my father’s vision for a club he cared for deeply,” said Cary McNair. “With these improvements, we hope to solidify Briar’s Creek’s commitment to excellence for its members.”

In 2015, club member Bob McNair led an investment group in the purchase of Briar’s Creek. Since then, the club has welcomed more than 100 new members and enjoys a current membership roster that allows for the club to maintain its highly regarded no-tee-time policy.

“Briar’s Creek provides the best golf experience in the Lowcountry hands down,” said Mike Lata, club member and James Beard award-winning chef and co-owner at famed Charleston, S.C. restaurants FIG and The Ordinary. “The facilities are excellent, and the hospitality is unparalleled.”

Club enhancements are already underway, with others planned in the near future. The new Performance Center will be unveiled June 2019, while cottage construction and course renovation will take place in spring and summer of 2020, respectively.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Raleigh-based McConnell Golf Selected to Manage Porters Neck Country Club in Wilmington, N.C.

Porters Neck becomes part of the McConnell Golf portfolio offering access to prestigious private clubs within the Carolinas and Tennessee.


(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Raleigh-based McConnell Golf, owner of more than a dozen high-end private clubs around the Carolinas and Tennessee, has entered into a partnership with Porters Neck Country Club in Wilmington, N.C.

The Porters Neck CC Board selected McConnell Golf Alliance — the private club operations division of McConnell Golf — to manage the club, which is tucked away along the Intracoastal Waterway minutes from local beaches and historic downtown Wilmington, and features a Tom Fazio-designed golf course.

“We look forward to our members being able to experience McConnell Golf’s vision of enhancing membership value,” said Porters Neck Country Club President Dave Adams. “We are very excited about our new agreement with McConnell Golf.”

Porters Neck CC now becomes part of the McConnell Golf portfolio of private clubs that offers access to prestigious private clubs within the Carolinas and Tennessee, including the highly ranked Old North State Club, Raleigh Country Club and the host of the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship, Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

The arrangement will allow reciprocal, unaccompanied access to both Porters Neck CC members and McConnell Golf members.

“We believe this can be a great partnership,” said McConnell Golf Chief Operating Officer Christian Anastasiadis. “Porters Neck Country Club has all the qualities of a first-class facility on the coast along U.S. Highway 17. By adding Porters Neck to our management portfolio, we definitely see an opportunity that will enhance both the club’s and our company’s overall membership value. I’d say it is perfect fit.”

This is not McConnell Golf’s first venture into club management. McConnell Golf has been managing the Grande Dunes Member Properties in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for LStar Ventures since 2013, when the developers purchased the properties. “The Grande Dunes management partnership has worked very well for both LStar Ventures and McConnell Golf,” Anastasiadis said.

McConnell Golf has fielded numerous offers to venture into the private club management field since then, but has been meticulous in adding partners.

“We have not only been very selective acquiring new facilities over the past years, but we are also selective when it comes to management deals,” Anastasiadis said. “We have turned down most of the inquiries. We take great pride in what we do and why we do it, and our brand stands behind it. Our executive management team is pretty much hands-on. We like to be able to get to the managed property quickly.”

McConnell Golf now owns or manages three top-tier golf courses along U.S. Highway 17 — Porters Neck CC in North Carolina, and The Reserve and the Grande Dunes Members Club in South Carolina.

Anastasiadis said Porters Neck CC perfectly complements McConnell Golf's other Grand Strand private properties, The Members Club at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach and The Reserve Club in Pawleys Island. “Porters Neck Country Club is an ideal fit that enhances membership values for both Porters Neck members and McConnell Golf members,” he said.

While McConnell Golf Management will assume all the responsibilities as reserved for a typical club manager, McConnell Golf’s senior management team will be hands on bringing high personalized services to the club and incorporating the company’s vision of building “club’s of the future” to Porters Neck CC.

“We are first and foremost an owner/operator that was built upon the concept of ‘pure golf for the true golfer,’ and a company that has set its vision on building clubs of the future,” Anastasiadis said. “We are known for seeing things differently than other clubs or operators, focusing on the little nuances that make a trip to the club memorable for the customer.”

In one of its first moves at Porters Neck, the McConnell Golf management team has selected Jason Seehafer as its on-site manager. Seehafer arrives with 20-plus years of experience operating five-star hotels and luxury private clubs. Seehafer joined the Umstead Hotel and Spa in 2011, where he started as Director of the Room and Loss Prevention departments. In 2015, Seehafer transitioned into the role of Assistant Executive Manager of Hotel Operations, managing Food and Beverage Operations. He later was promoted to General Manager at Raleigh’s Prestonwood Country Club.

In Wisconsin, prior to his move to North Carolina, Seehafer served as the General Manager of the Kohler Company’s Sports Core Health and Tennis Club. He was later promoted to General Manager of Riverbend, a private membership club in the resort. As Riverbend’s GM, he directed the overall club operations including guest lodging, food & beverage services, golf events, fitness, spa, membership parties and weddings. Seehafer’s management style highly focuses on service excellence and associate engagement.

Seehafer graduated from Lakeland University, located in Sheboygan, Wis., in 2000 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Hospitality Management. While attending Lakeland, he was a member of the collegiate golf team for four years.

Tripp Davis and Associates’ Restoration of Northwood Club Earns 'Renovation of the Year' Award

(Norman, OK) — Golf course architecture firm Tripp Davis and Associates (TDA) is celebrating the announcement by Golf Inc. Magazine that its client, Northwood Club in Dallas, received the Renovation of the Year award in the Private Club category for 2019. Northwood Club, originally designed by William Diddel, opened in 1946 and is one of Dallas’ most historic clubs.  Northwood hosted the 1952 U.S. Open and is one of only three Texas courses ever to have hosted this championship.

In bestowing the top Private Club Renovation of the Year Award to Northwood, the Golf, Inc. judges remarked: “What a difference. The changes are very noticeable, including the removal of trees, which improved playability and turf health.  Literally a breath of fresh air. This new course offers something for all skill levels and is the talk of the town.”

“I am honored to have Northwood recognized by Golf Inc. Magazine with this significant award,” said Tripp Davis. “Our approach was to restore the original character found in Mr. Diddel’s greens, rebuild the bunkers to reflect Diddel’s style, and reposition bunkers and tees to be more strategically relevant for today’s game. To see our work elevate the status of Northwood is very gratifying.” Davis and his crew also rebuilt the practice facilities, including the driving range and designed a “Short Course” to broaden the playing options, especially for junior golfers.

Construction began in late 2016 with Davis overseeing a twelve-month major renovation and restoration of the historic course, which then reopened in April 2018. TDA and builder Landscapes Unlimited renovated or restored all tees, greens and bunkers and reshaped most fairways, along with providing new cart paths, drainage and a new irrigation system. NorthBridge, a new Bermuda grass, was introduced and used over the entire course with the exception of the Bentgrass greens, and Zeon Zoyisa bunker edges. In addition, creeks on the property were restored and a new irrigation lake was built to help recapture more water. Working closely within the City of Dallas Tree Ordinance, TDA and Northwood removed a good many trees to help with sunlight and airflow to key areas, recapture the original width of holes and original shot options, and to better expose the rolling terrain.

“The response from our membership has been tremendous throughout the entire process and since re-opening,” said Northwood general manager, Jon Davis. “Tripp really thought this through and executed nicely to give us an updated version of what William Diddel likely designed for the Northwood membership in 1946. We are truly impressed with everyone's work but are especially indebted to Tripp for his fine oversight of Northwood during this process and post renovation.  This is a great accolade that enhances the club’s reputation in the state.”

For more information about Tripp Davis and Associates, visit www.tdagolf.net or call 405-447-5259.

GOLFTEC Experiences Record Setting First Quarter

(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) – GOLFTEC – the world leader in golf lessons and premium club fittings – opened 2019 with the most successful first quarter in company history, providing over 250,000 golf lessons and increasing year-over-year merchandise sales by over 20%.

During this period, GOLFTEC opened five new or remodeled Training Centers, including its first location in China. The company taught its 9 millionth lesson in January, an area of the business that continues to thrive, as GOLFTEC Coaches taught over 10 percent more lessons in Q1 2019 than during the same period in 2018.

GOLFTEC’s club fitting program continues to be a widespread success, with year-over-year Q1 fittings up 40 percent. The TOUR-like fitting experience combines swing characteristics with ball flight data to help identify optimal golf equipment for each student. An array of clubhead/shaft options are available to perfectly match players of any skill level with the clubs that best meet their needs. Nearly 75 percent of all golfers who experience a GOLFTEC driver fitting gain an average of 25 yards over their previous equipment.

“Our momentum both domestically and internationally has picked up tremendous steam over the past year, and we’re showing no signs of slowing down,” says Joe Assell, Co-Founder and CEO of GOLFTEC. “What I’m most proud of is knowing we’ve helped hundreds of thousands of golfers improve, as our mission has always been to help people play better golf.”

Conducting more lessons than any company in the world, GOLFTEC’s unique fact-based approach has led to the average player dropping seven strokes from their scorecard. Lessons are taught one-on-one by Certified Personal Coaches, mostly in indoor bays that utilize proprietary teaching technology. Developing a comprehensive improvement plan for each student is the foundation of GOLFTEC’s philosophy.

The renowned, global GOLFTEC coaching team is comprised of experienced instructors, most of whom are PGA Professionals and have taught thousands of lessons. Each goes through a rigorous multi-week certification at GOLFTEC University including continued, advanced training to master the analysis of golf swing mechanics, the technology utilized by GOLFTEC and the most productive teaching techniques. Committed to strengthening the industry and hiring only the best staff, GOLFTEC is the largest employer of PGA Instructors in the world.

To learn more about GOLFTEC, visit www.golftec.com or call 877-446-5383.

The USA Collection Available at Burton Golf, Devant Sport Towels and The Bag Boy Company

(Richmond, VA) – The Bag Boy Company, Burton Golf and Devant Sport Towels, all Dynamic Brands affiliate companies, are highlighting their USA Collection in time for both Memorial Day and Independence Day.

The Bag Boy Company’s new USA Wind Vent Umbrella displays patriotic pride in a USA themed print. Bag Boy’s line of USA inspired golf bags includes red, white and blue colored bags in the Revolver FX Cart Bag and Chiller Cart Bag lines.

Devant Sport Towels, manufacturer and distributor of custom sport towels, has a USA Collection and a new Americana Series. The USA Collection includes the USA Series Edge Towel and the USA Bloom Collection Woven Towel. Both towels are super absorbent and have a flag print. Devant’s Americana Series has 6 different styles to choose from. They all display patriotic images in vintage inspired USA Heritage designs.

Since 1907, Burton Golf has been known for the quality and workmanship of their golf bags. Their USA Staff Bag has a stars applique with a satin embroidered finish, accompanied with an American flag on the side. It is customizable with a name or logo for an additional charge. The Burton Den Caddy is a smaller replica of the USA Staff Bag. It makes for a great den, office or driving range accessory and can hold up to 24 dozen golf balls.

For more information on the Burton line, visit burtongolf.com. For more information on Devant Sport Towels, visit devantsporttowels.com. For more information on The Bag Boy Company, visit www.bagboy.com.

Flying High to Hilton Head Island

Playing golf on Hilton Head Island keeps getting easier. With Hilton Head Island Airport’s recent runway extension, there are more ways than ever to arrive on the Golf Island in style.


(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC) — Enjoying a round of golf on one or more of Hilton Head Island’s 16 renowned area courses keeps getting easier.

Located at the southernmost tip of South Carolina about 20 minutes off I-95 — with gorgeous vistas of the Lowcountry’s natural beauty along the way — Hilton Head Island has always been a convenient drive destination for many from the North, South and Midwest.

Now, with new daily non-stop flights from major cities across the U.S., flying to Hilton Head Island is even more of a breeze.

For decades, two airports have serviced the southern neck of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) is about 45 miles south of Hilton Head, just across the South Carolina-Georgia state line. The regional Hilton Head Island Airport (HHH), meanwhile, is mere minutes from all island resorts.

Centrally located mid-island, Hilton Head Island Airport allows visitors and residents to enjoy the luxuries of a "big city" airport without hassles such as traffic jams when looking for a parking space, mile-long hikes from a parking garage to the terminal and long lines at the ticket counter.

In 2018, Hilton Head Island Airport completed a $27.5 million expansion project, lengthening the runway from 4,300 feet to 5,000 and allowing larger jets to land.

Three major airlines are now servicing Hilton Head Island Airport with non-stop flights to and from more than a half-dozen hub cities, including:
American (3 daily flights to Charlotte and weekend service to Washington National)
Delta (3 daily flights to Atlanta starting May 23 and Saturday flights to New York LaGuardia starting June 8)
United (2 daily flights to Washington Dulles and weekend service to Chicago O’Hare and Newark)

Previously the only carrier flying onto Hilton Head Island, American Airlines began jet service immediately upon completion of the runway extension.

United Airlines recently began seasonal service in and out of the Hilton Head Island Airport to hub airports in Washington, D.C., Chicago and New York City. The airport held an official ribbon cutting and inaugural water cannon salute to the new flights.

United operates non-stop flights from Hilton Head to Washington Dulles International Airport two times a day; flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport two times a week; and flights to New York/Newark Liberty International airport once per week.

Not to be outdone, Delta Air Lines announced it would be servicing Hilton Head Island Airport again. Starting May 23, Delta will run three daily flights between Hilton Head and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. On June 8, Delta will begin Saturday-only flights between Hilton Head and New York City’s LaGuardia Airport.

And, there are numerous additional flights into Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport with Allegiant Air, American, JetBlue, Delta, Frontier, Sun Country and United all offering flights from multiple gateways.

Hilton Head Island has earned its reputation as one of the world’s finest golf destinations, because of its award-winning public and resort courses.  The island is also home to the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage tournament held at the famed Harbour Town Golf Links. This event was voted the second favorite stop on the PGA Tour by its players.

For visitors, the “Golf Island” has made planning your golf vacation very easy by visiting HiltonHeadGolfIsland.com. Marvel at our area golf courses, browse our custom resort packages and attractive rates, and see all that Hilton Head Island has to offer away from the links.

Planning your dream golf trip is just a click away.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

ADV3NTURE Backpack Launched on Kickstarter

Backpack has 23+ features including two coolers, a drop-and-go feature, hard sunglass case, airflow foam back and security pockets.


(RELEASE) — The ADV3NTURE Backpack is more than a backpack with two coolers! This is a premium quality backpack first, with all of the features you’ve come to expect, and much more. You’ll wonder how you’ve lived without it.

Features:
- Drop & Go feature; backpack separates into two bags, so you can drop & go and adapt to your travel needs;
- Two security pockets (hidden and secure against your back);
- Two, triple-insulated coolers to keep food & drinks warm or cold;
- Hard-shell sunglass case;
- Corrugated AIRFLOW foam to keep your back cool; and
- The lightest travel backpack you can buy.

ADV3NTURE produces premium, high-quality travel gear. They love traveling and exploring and understand that the right hoodie, jacket or backpack can make all the difference. ADV3NTURE uses manufacturers that are environmentally friendly, use no animal products in anything they make, and plant three trees with every purchase.

ADV3NTURE launches new products on Kickstarter to give their backers the opportunity to pay less, get free shipping in the United States (and discounted shipping around the world), and receive their Adv3nture products before anyone else.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to e-mail them at info@adv3nture.com.

The small pack is the perfect day pack. It's perfect as an everyday bag, as well as for day hikes or exploring. It doesn't like being called "small" because (as it points out) it can hold six cans, four sandwiches, four energy bars, a water bottle, sunglasses, wallet, lip balm, car keys, and cell phone at the same time. Sorry little, buddy ... I mean, Sorry, buddy.

This pack weighs just over a pound (1.2 lbs to be exact) and has been field-tested by moms, dads, and kids while commuting, golfing, hiking, and going to school. What will YOU use it for?

The BIG PACK has twice the capacity of the small bag. While it has similar features, there are more pockets, a dedicated padded sleeve for your laptop, and a slew of incredibly useful innovations.

The Two-Pack offers incredible versatility. They can be worn together or shared with a friend (to share the load) or used separately for different occasions. The bags attach in about 5-seconds (Although the record among the Adv3nture staff is 3.2 seconds. Well done, Erica!).

When combined, the Two-Pack has a 45-Liter capacity, 14 accessible external pockets, and two coolers that can carry a total of 14 cans. The reason we tell our capacity in "cans" is so you have a relatable unit of measurement, because we all know how big a six-pack is. But, there are so many more things you can put in the coolers besides cans. Because the coolers are insulated, you could even (are you ready for this?) put warm items in one cooler and cold items in the other cooler. #mindblown
There are five connections points to attach the small pack with the BIG PACK:
- Locking YKK Zipper - This YKK self-repairing nylon zipper secures the bags together.
- Dorsal Clip - Gives additional support to the zipper
- Gravity Clips - Located on each side, the gravity clips support most of the load of the bags. They also lock in place, to offer more security.
- Ventral Clips - This clip is shared with the cooler. When the the two bags are attached, the clip supports the cooler and offers stability to the attached bags.
- Cooler Clips - Three separate clips reinforce the zippered cooler in the big bag.

Both packs, including the Two-Pack when they are combined, have 360° Reflectivity. That means that there are reflective features on all sides, including the waterproof zippers.

When ADV3NTURE hits certain milestones, it enables them to meet their minimum order quantities with manufacturing partners, which allows them to add color choices.

When ADV3NTURE hits their first stretch goal of $500K, they will unlock the GREY option, which is a deep charcoal color.

When they hit their second stretch goal of $1M, ADV3NTURE will unlock the GREEN option, which is a deep olive green color. It's beautiful!

When ADV3NTURE hits these goals, consumers will have the options of three color choices (BLACK, GREY, GREEN) when filling out their survey, which will be e-mailed at the end of the campaign.

At Adv3nture, they make innovative products for travel + everyday. While they like to have fun, as you can see by their videos, they are serious about making premium, high-quality products with features that you will use and innovations that you wonder how you lived without.

Adv3nture launched with the Adventure Hoodie in 2016, which raised more than $1.8M and effectively kickstarted the Adv3nture brand. Founded by Zane Lamprey and his wife, Mel, in 2015, the company is now made up of a great team of individuals with experience in product design, environmental sustainability, and digital media.

ADV3NTURE is passionate about making premium apparel and accessories with innovations to make traveling a better experience. They are equally passionate about the environment, sustainability and green initiatives. ADV3NTURE plants three trees with every item purchased from their store, and this Kickstarter campaign. They use no animal products in their gear and welcome you to join our community and join us at one of their plantings (and the parties that follow)!

Like all of our products, with a pre-order here, ADV3NTURE will plant three trees in your honor. Since they started, ADV3NTURE has planted 59,322 trees.

Zane, the founder, has a profound respect and passion for trees and the environment.

ADV3NTURE works with Green Forests Work, who have planted more than 2,492,359 trees with the help of 16,892 volunteers since they started in 2009. Even if you choose not to back this campaign, ADV3NTURE would still love for you to join them on one of our plantings around the U.S. By choosing the $3 option, they will add you to their newsletter and plant three trees in your honor.

Learn more HERE.

The Club at New Seabury Announces New Additions to Golf Staff

(Mashpee, MA) – The Club at New Seabury in Mashpee, MA, has announced new additions to its golf staff with the hiring of Andrew Stolze, as Head Golf Professional; Jimmy Damiano, as Director of Instruction; Dominic Scopone, as 1st Assistant Golf Professional; and Taylor Nickerson, Assistant Golf Professional.

“We have assembled a great golf staff to complement our world-class golf amenities, and we look forward to providing our members and guests a best-in-class Cape Cod golf experience,” said Jim Clay, Director of Golf who joined The Club at New Seabury mid-season last year. “I am proud to assemble a team of professionals who bring passion and skill to their craft.  No matter if our members or guests are beginners, recreational or avids, we have a refreshing approach and the right people to make your golf moments, into great memories at New Seabury.”

Stolze, Head Golf Professional, is a veteran in the golf industry and most recently served as the Head Golf Professional at Harrison Lake Country Club in Columbus, Indiana, since 2017.  He has also worked as the Head Golf Professional at The Country Club of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Andrew is a graduate of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Marketing & Professional Golf Management.  He was a qualifier for the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship and a 2012 National Assistants Championship.

Damiano, Director of Instruction, is originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and has worked at some of the nation’s top private clubs, including Castle Pines Golf Club, Nantucket Golf Club, and the Glen Oaks Club in Long Island, New York. Serving as Lead Instructor at the McLean School at The Doral Resort in Miami, Florida, Jimmy spent countless hours honing his craft under the watchful eye of Jim McLean.  As a longtime owner and advocate of Trackman, he utilizes state-of-the-art technology to deliver an understandable message to his wide range of players.

Scopone, 1st Assistant Golf Professional, most recently served as an Assistant Golf Professional at Andalusia Country Club in La Quinta, California.  Previously, Dominic was an Assistant Golf Professional at The Old Overton Club in Vestavia Hills, Alabama under Jim Clay for two seasons.  He also served as an apprentice at Milwaukee Country Club, Emerald Dunes and Easthampton Golf Club.  Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Scopone is a graduate of the Professional Golf Management Program at Ferris State, where he earned a degree in Business Administration. In March of 2017, Dominic earned his Class ‘A’ PGA Membership.

Nickerson, Assistant Golf Professional, returns to New Seabury for his second season. He is currently in Level 1 of the PGA Professional Golf Management program and spent the winter season working at Rancho La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta, California. Nickerson grew up in Mashpee, Massachusetts, and attended SUNY Canton, where he played two years of college golf.

Reynolds Lake Oconee to Host Second Annual Reynolds Cup, October 1-3

Luxury merges with Southern hospitality: ‘A great experience from the moment you step on the property’


(GREENSBORO, Ga.) – The second annual Reynolds Cup presented by National Car Rental, a golf tournament for leaders in business who thrive on the competition and camaraderie that are the spirit of the game, is set for Oct. 1-3 at Reynolds Lake Oconee, the award-winning golf community and destination resort between Atlanta and Augusta.

Combining the Rees Jones-designed Oconee course with accommodations at
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, again ensures the event will be a one-of-a-kind experience at a world-class venue, where luxury merges with Southern hospitality.

The Reynolds Cup, a 36-hole tournament, is limited to 40 two-person teams, and boasts an impressive lineup of golf and special functions. The itinerary includes:
• Tuesday, Oct. 1. Check in; practice rounds at The Oconee; welcome party at The Lake Club.
• Wednesday, Oct. 2. Opening round; cocktail and dinner party at The Creek Club.
• Thursday, Oct. 3. Final round; cocktail, dinner and awards party at Great Waters.
• Friday, Oct. 4. Checkout.

All individuals playing in the Reynolds Cup will receive three nights’ lodging at
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee; an exclusive player gift package; practice and tournament rounds at The Oconee course; and all dining, drinks and entertainment.

“The Reynolds Cup is a great experience from the moment you step on the property,” said Randy Harris, Toro’s Director of Marketing for North America, who participated in the 2018 inaugural event. “The facilities are fantastic, the food and beverage are outstanding, and the golf is magnificent.”

Registration is now open at www.reynoldscup.com for $4,000 per team with 10% of all team entry fees benefitting the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, this year’s Reynolds Cup charitable beneficiary.

Founded in 2014 by Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, the Foundation has raised more than $100 million to provide families access to world-class pediatric healthcare. It focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood illness. Jack Nicklaus has enjoyed a long history with Reynolds Lake Oconee, as he designed the community’s Great Waters golf course in 1992 and is currently reinventing the famed lakeside golf course that is set to reopen this fall.

Accompanying guest packages are also available for non-golfers and include special events during the day, plus all nightly entertainment and dining.

Since 1947, presenting sponsor National Car Rental has served the rental car needs of frequent business travelers around the world. National – which launched the car rental industry’s first comprehensive frequent-renter program – further expedites the rental process through its award-winning Emerald Club by offering members counter bypass, as well as access to National’s Emerald Aisle.

Firmly established as one of the nation’s premier golf and lakefront destinations and communities, Reynolds Lake Oconee is home to one of the most diverse collections of elite courses in the United States and is recipient of the prestigious Platinum Medal from GOLF Magazine. In addition to six golf courses, 19,000 acres of water on Lake Oconee provide some of the state's best fishing, along with swimming, boating, water skiing and four full-service marinas. Other activities include the Lake Club Wellness Center, Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds and Tennis Center.

For more information or to register for the Reynolds Cup, visit www.reynoldscup.com.

Poplar Grove Adds PGA TOUR Veteran as Golf Professional Emeritus, Director of Instruction

(AMHERST, Va.) – Poplar Grove Golf Club – Sam Snead’s final course design located in the rolling hills of beautiful southern Virginia – announces the addition of longtime PGA TOUR veteran Dick Mast as golf professional emeritus and director of instruction.

The Bluffton, Ohio native joins his son, Jacob, who was recently named head golf professional at Poplar Grove. The father/son duo will harmoniously handle all golf operations at the club. A significant part of Dick’s time will be spent playing with member groups and giving individual lessons as well as clinics to members and guests. In addition to these roles, Mast will represent Poplar Grove as he continues to compete on the PGA Tour Champions when his schedule allows.

“Poplar Grove is a remarkable Sam Snead design that will only continue to get better as renovations finish up,” says Dick Mast. “Between the opportunity to work with my son and all the exciting improvements in store for the club, I am thrilled to get to work to serve our members and guests.”

After turning pro in 1972, Mast has spent the last 45+ years competing on the PGA TOUR, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Champions and European Seniors Tour. He has accumulated more than 650 starts in his professional career, including four wins and 46 top-ten finishes. Since earning status on the PGA TOUR Champions in 2001, Mast has collected 52 top-25 and 16 top-ten results.

Poplar Grove is amid a $3 million renovation that includes re-building bunkers, teeing grounds and green complexes; updating drainage, clearing trees, remodeling practice areas and renovating cart paths with a new fleet of golf carts. The course will remain open for play during the project, with completion of phase I projected for early summer 2019.

The course restoration is being led by Ed Carton, a Virginia native who honed his craft under Tom Fazio, Michael Hurdzan, Gary Player and Raymond Floyd. Carton consulted closely with Snead when designing Poplar Grove and saw the project through to its finish in 2005, three years after “Slammin’ Sammy’s” passing at age 89.

The two also teamed up to design nearby Spring Creek in Charlottesville, one of Golf Digest’s “100 Greatest Public Courses in America.”  Poplar Grove, a Golf Digest “Best New Upscale Public Course” in 2005, is poised to return to its heyday under the close watch of Carton, the man who initially brought Snead’s blueprint to life.

Located in Amherst, Virginia, Poplar Grove is 20 and 45 minutes from Lynchburg and Charlottesville, respectively. The surrounding Blue Ridge foothills are alive with breweries, distilleries and wineries, constituting the perfect getaway for couples and buddy groups.

For more information, visit www.poplargrovegolf.com.

Drive Shack Uses TrackMan Radar-Based Range Technology to Drive its Golf Entertainment Venues

(NEW YORK) – Drive Shack is partnering with leading global technology company, TrackManTM, to bring U.S. players the best in golf and gaming technology.  The golf entertainment company will be using TrackMan’s latest and most advanced golf offering – TrackMan Range (TM Range) – to drive its gaming experience.

One of the golf industry’s most accurate tracking technologies, TM Range is a Doppler radar-based system that has multiple radars working together to cover both the entire tee area and range outfield in order to provide unparalleled precision ball tracking and real-time feedback. Unlike camera-based launch monitors that focus on ball impact and measure a set of launch conditions to predict or estimate where the ball is likely to land, the TM Range radar-based system tracks a shots’ actual trajectory, in real time, measuring the full flight of the ball from launch to landing.

“We want to provide our guests with the best golf and entertainment experience out there. TrackMan Range will help us do this,” said Drive Shack CEO, Ken May. “The radar-based technology they have is the best in the world and it opens up endless possibilities for us. It will allow us to be more innovative with our range games and give us the ability to develop concepts that will truly make us stand apart from other golf entertainment providers.”

With TM Range, Drive Shack will be able to improve the guest experience at its venues, providing more accurate game play as it tracks the ball’s actual path instead of estimating where the ball will go. The precision and real time benefits of the technology will also allow Drive Shack to enhance its gaming experience, designing range games with greater interactive features.

“The added precision TM Range provides is incredible,” adds Kyle Rickman, senior vice president of technology at Drive Shack. “It offers a stronger user experience since it matches the actual trajectory of the ball with what the player is seeing in the game. We now have the capability to create more interactive experiences for our guests, adding fun and fresh new games that will keep them coming back for more.”

Drive Shack will continue to use its own proprietary games, however it will add several new virtual courses to its offerings, which will be provided by TrackMan. Thanks to TrackMan’s extensive portfolio, Drive Shack will be able to provide guests with an ever-changing selection of celebrated courses to choose from.

“We’re very excited to be working with Drive Shack and to have TrackMan technology power these amazing facilities. Combining the best tracking technology available with Drive Shack’s great and engaging golf entertainment concept makes for a strong offering. We certainly look forward to growing this strategic partnership,” said TrackMan CEO, Klaus Eldrup-Jørgensen.

The technology behind TM Range is the same technology used by almost all top players in the world. The simple yet revolutionary solution allows players at all levels to track their shots and get live feedback on the range. It’s also optimal for game improvement, delivering performance data instantly for analysis and review, making self-improvement and continuous learning effective and effortless.

Drive Shack plans to roll out the new range technology at its three locations opening this summer in Raleigh, NC, Richmond, VA and West Palm Beach, FL.

Callaway Big & Tall Apparel - Performance Doesn’t Stop at XL

(Miami, FL) — Callaway Apparel is committed to designing innovative, performance-driven clothing to help golfers succeed on and off the course, no matter how they are built. Callaway’s Big & Tall apparel offers a range of extended sizes so you have access to the latest performance apparel technology. Callaway Big & Tall apparel is engineered with a full array of performance features to make sure you look, feel and play your best every time you step on the course.

Polos & Outerwear
Callaway Big & Tall polos feature a wide array of performance attributes and are available in sizes 1X-5X and LT-4XLT. Whether it is SWING TECH construction, engineered ventilation, or Opti-Dri moisture wicking, these polos don’t just fit, they perform. And performance doesn’t stop once the temperature drops. From mid-weight layering for your early morning round to rainwear and thermal jackets for blustery conditions, Big & Tall Weather Series offers versatility and maximum range of motion, regardless of size or forecast.

Bottoms
With flex fabrics for added stretch and an active waistband in all of our shorts and pants, we make sure you have extreme comfort and range of motion from top to bottom. Big & Tall pants are available in a vast array of sizes up to 56 waist and 38 inseam. The same goes for our performance shorts with multiple offerings from sizes 42-56 Big and 36-42 Tall.

Callaway Big & Tall products are available at Callawayapparel.com, leading golf and country clubs nationwide and select national retailers including Golf Galaxy, Dillard’s, Destination XL, Westport Big & Tall and more.

Ian Poulter Joins DP World As Global Ambassador

(Dubai, United Arab Emirates) — Global trade enabler and European Tour partner, DP World, has confirmed the signing of golf legend Ian Poulter as the brand’s first Global Ambassador.

DP World’s partnership with the European Tour and ten-year flagship association with the DP World Tour Championship has helped the company to connect in a meaningful way with partners and customers in a variety of locations around the world. DP World is also a Premier Partner of the Honma Hong Kong Open, Official Sponsor of the Hero Indian Open and a Partner of the BMW PGA Championship.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for DP World as we continue to push new boundaries in business and golf around the world. Ian Poulter is widely credited with inspiring a younger generation of European players to take up the game. Working hand in hand with the golf icon will enable DP World to create truly memorable experiences for our key stakeholders globally and UAE’s next generation of golfers,” said Daniel Van Otterdijk, SVP Group Communications.

Poulter commented: “I am delighted to be representing DP World and have no doubt that this partnership will be fruitful.  DP World’s values and passion associated with the innovation in the game of golf and using this innovation to connect with the next generation aligns perfectly with my own dreams and enthusiasm.  I am looking forward to playing an integral role in shaping the future of golf.”

A talismanic figure in Europe, the iconic golfer boasts ten European Tour, two WGC, and one other PGA Tour victory. The PGA Tour victory came in 2018 at the Houston Open which qualified him for The Masters 2018. Poulter went on to qualify for this year’s Masters as well where he tied an excellent 12th position. Furthermore, Poulter’s Ryder Cup record has cemented his reputation as a hero in European golf.

This ambassadorial partnership will create for DP World an extremely useful platform not only to communicate its truly global business operations, but notably their commitment to enabling smart trade across the world through data driven logistics services, innovation and education.  Supporting grassroots development in sport as well as creating opportunities for all abilities throughout life is a paramount ambition for the organisation, echoing the longstanding work undertaken by Poulter who works with two charities supporting children.

“Our grassroots initiative is part of DP World’s ongoing commitment to growing the game of golf in the region and opening-up the sport to more young people. Our partnership with European Tour has enabled us to achieve this ambition and we are looking forward to work with Poulter to support young players who could become future stars of the game in the Emirates,” said Daniel Van Otterdijk.

Poulter will carry the DP World logo on the left sleeve of his clothing at all tournaments and his role as a global ambassador will include commitment to play, coach and attend major championships and Pro-Ams as well as working with Emirates Golf Federation to coach young stars and help shape the future of golf in the region.

The UAE continues to be a hot bed for global golf and through DP World’s strong partnership with the European Tour and golfing legend, Ian Poulter, the game will continue to see significant growth especially in the UAE; growth in the number of fans, growth in sports tourism and growth in the number of Emirati children taking up the game.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Make 'Golf on an Island Paradise' a Bucket List Item at Four Seasons Resort Lanai

Manele Golf Course Offers New Players and Old Hands the Perfect Place to Say … Check


(RELEASE) — Golfers of all ages, both new to the sport or well experienced, will find a choice of ways to enjoy the stunning Manele Golf Course at Four Seasons Resort Lanai, featuring ocean views on all 18 holes.  The Jack Nicklaus Signature Design, one of the most highly-acclaimed golf courses in the Hawaiian Islands, boasts a magnificent routing that plays along lava outcroppings and rugged oceanside cliffs.  New programs and lessons offer technology, equipment, and entertainment to golfers and those new to the sport.

Lanai Unlimited Golf Experience: Imagine a place where your tee time is anytime and every hole has an ocean view.  And then imagine it offers unlimited golfing and club rental.  Paradise has a name and it is Manele Golf Course.  Discover a total golf escape at a resort with its own island with the Lanai Unlimited Golf experience – all the golf you can fit in, cart/club rental and two sleeves of golf balls too, +$400 per guest, per night.  Offer is available on all room types through December 20, 2019 (excluding 9/17-10/5 aeration): two-night minimum required.

Swing ‘N Stroll:  Ditch the cart for an afternoon round of golf on the Manele front nine.  It wasn’t until the 1960’s that golf carts were meandering along the greens.  Before that, for hundreds of years, golfers walked their courses.  It's said that golfers learn the nuances of the course when walking as it gives them a different vantage point, which makes for better play.  In addition, it’s a great cardio workout. There are even some studies suggesting walking the course helps improve scores.  And did we mention the gorgeous sunsets?  Complimentary pull carts available.  Walk rate is $95 for front nine after 3 pm.

Trackman Clinics: While many guests come to Lanai to “unplug,” they’ll find the latest technology at the golf course ready to help them improve and shine a new light on their swings and equipment. With the help of industry-leading technology, golfers can learn how Trackman can aid in fine tuning their swings in a new series of complimentary clinics.  Each Thursday the Resort features sessions with TrackMan 4, the industry leader in Swing and ball flight analysis.  Trackman 4’s Dual Radar Technology uses two radar systems instead of one to obtain maximum data quality and increased pick up rates.   Experience a session on the putting green each Wednesday using Trackman to help with green reading, start line and tempo.  Get fitted for a Driver using Trackman technology to fine tune proper loft and shaft flex each Friday.  Lessons also available by appointment utilizing Trackman technology.

Mini-Manele: Fun for families or golfers who want to casually get a few more swings in on a gorgeous afternoon.  Every Wednesday afternoon the Manele Golf Driving Range transforms into Mini-Manele, offering guests a complimentary, 6 hole, par-3 course right on the Practice facility.  Enjoy stunning ocean views of Hulopoe Bay and Puupehe, listen to music and hit a few balls with friends and family.  Great for players of all abilities; holes range from 30 – 90 yards.

As PGA Director of Golf, Scott Ashworth, says, "Manele Golf Course should be at the top of every golfer's bucket list when visiting Hawaii.  It's the ultimate Hawaiian golf experience and one of the most beautiful and scenic golf courses in the world!"

And don’t miss these favorites:
· Sunset Nine: Play a quick nine and enjoy a savoury cocktail while you play or afterward watching the sun go down. Every day after 3 p.m., $175 a person. Bring along a non-golfing partner for the ride and view.
· Juniors Play Free: Get them hooked early, with a complimentary green fee after 12 noon for kids 17 and under when they play with a paid adult. The rental clubs are free, too.
· Golf 101: if teeing it up is on the bucket list, this program is perfect for those new to golf – and those who have never played before.  Enjoy a casual but complete introduction to the game courtesy of the Resort’s staff of PGA certified instructors.  Each session includes everything you wanted to know to get rolling in golf: a review of the scorecard, a 30-minute swing lesson on the range, discussion of basic golf etiquette, playing one hole on the Manele Golf Course, even a tour of the golf retail shop – all designed to take the guesswork out of the game. The cost is $200 (single); $350 (for two).

A gateway to the most exclusive, secluded paradise in Hawaii, Four Seasons Resort Lanai features 213 guestrooms in a series of low-rise buildings spread along the Pacific coastline, providing a private residential experience. Enjoy the signature ONE FORTY restaurant, Malibu Farm, NOBU LANAI, a spa and wellness program, variety of complimentary activities, luxury retail boutiques, tennis and an 18-hole ocean-view Jack Nicklaus Signature Manele Golf Course.  By land, sea and sky experience 90,000 acres - unspoiled, unhurried, and unequalled - with many activities managed by Four Seasons.

For more information, or to make a reservation, contact Four Seasons at 800-321-4666 or visit fourseasons.com/lanai.