Monday, November 18, 2019

STITCH Launches Enhanced SL2 Golf Bag—The Perfect Walking Bag

(APEX, N.C.) —STITCH Golf released the enhanced SL2 carry golf bag incorporating a brilliant blend of design and function to meet the needs of today’s serious golfer.
 
“We’ve added  enhancements as well as several new color schemes to elevate the style and performance of this unparalleled walking bag,” stated Brad King, CEO of STITCH.  “Created for the weekend warrior who plays hard and prefers walking, the  SL2 is truly a game-changer.”

“When redesigning the SL2 we focused our efforts on form and functionality without sacrificing style,” added King. “The new color options include navy, white and black and remain true to our racing-     inspired design. By focusing on unique features and keeping the bag sleek, we were able to create a bag that is truly the perfect walking bag.”

Designed using STITCH Touring Fabric, a proprietary product used in STITCH bags that has the strength of leather, but is more durable, lightweight and water resistant. The SL2 has the versatility of an interchangeable single and double strap with the convenience of the golfer who walks mostly and occasionally plays with a caddie. Weighing only 4 lbs., the SL2 combines style and functionality and is designed with a 4-way divider with lift-assisted handles, one full length apparel pocket, a golf ball pocket, a pocket lined with felt for valuables, and a detachable rain hood. New features include an insulated water-bottle pocket, hip pad for extra comfort, pencil pocket and wider stand feet for increased stability.

“Like all STITCH products, the SL2 is engineered to help golfers perform their best,” continued King. “By focusing on details and unique features, we created a carry bag that provides unparalleled style, function and comfort making it the perfect walking bag.”

STITCH products are available at leading golf, country clubs and select retailers around the world and at: www.stitchgolf.com.

Circling Raven Earns Distinction through ‘Golfweek’s Best Casino Courses in the U.S.’ List

(Worley, Idaho) – Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel today announces that Golfweek ranked Circling Raven Golf Club one of “America’s Best Casino Courses” in the media company’s regular compendium finest playing venues by category.

Moving up one spot from last year – from No. 22 to No. 21 – Circling Raven exemplifies all that is appreciated about casino resort golf. Designed by Gene Bates, the majestic layout sprawls across 620 acres of undulating Palouse Region terrain. Ranked the No. 1 public course in Idaho by Golfweek, it features immaculate conditions, ingenious, diverse holes, and it’s one of the golf world’s best values (at slightly more than $100 per round during peak season).

To determine the “Best Casino Courses” list each year, Golfweek’s extensive team of course raters, which currently counts more than 850 evaluators, surveys more than 3,600 courses, grading each nominated course on Golfweek’s 10 strict standards of evaluation.

Owned and operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Circling Raven is one of several first-class amenities of the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel. It recently announced that it will host the Circling Raven Championship in 2020, a Symetra “Road to the LPGA” Tour event.

“The Coeur d’Alene Tribe is proud that Circling Raven earned this honor from Golfweek; we strive to exceed our guests’ expectations on and off the course,” said Laura Stensgar, CDA Casino Resort Hotel CEO. “We hope this latest distinction inspires players to visit and experience all that we have to offer.”

Located approximately 55 minutes from Spokane International Airport (GEG) in the Idaho panhandle, Circling Raven measures 7,189 yards from the rear tees. With surrounding development and so much land dedicated to its layout, Circling Raven inspires players with its peaceful solitude, stunning scenery, and crafty design.

Many who play Circling Raven, which includes a nationally honored retail shop and the excellent Twisted Earth restaurant with bar, claim it as an immediate member of their all-time best golf experiences. Other Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort amenities and activities include the full-service Spa Ssakwa’q’n; a variety of hotel rooms and suites; bars, restaurants, lounges, and eateries; cultural immersion options, and more. The casino completed a multi-million-dollar renovation in Spring 2019.

Traveling golfers often play Circling Raven and Coeur d’Alene Resort Course, located roughly 45 minutes apart. CDA Resort Course was ranked fourth best course in Idaho by Golfweek earlier this year.

Circling Raven been bestowed with numerous best-in-kind honors since opening, including being rated as a Top 100 Resort Course. Its golf shop has garnered national and regional awards for its excellence and its variety of products, displays, and performance.

For more information, visit www.cdacasino.com or 800-523-2464.

PGA National Resort & Spa Retains Staples Golf Design for Golf Course Project

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – PGA National Resort & Spa – South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation and spa destination – announces it has retained Staples Golf Design, a golf course architecture firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona, to lead a reimagination of the Squire Course.

One of five distinct 18-hole courses at PGA National, four of which are on property, the Squire Course was originally designed by the renowned design duo of Tom and George Fazio and has not had any significant updates since opening.

Staples Golf Design (SGD), formed in 2002 by Andy Staples, is a golf course architecture firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona.  SGD is an award-winning, national leader in sustainable golf course design services helping courses increase their efficiency, become more profitable and instill local pride in the game. Timeless, strategic design combined with efficient, natural elements are the hallmarks of Staples projects.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the new ownership of PGA National on the Squire course,” says Staples. “I’ve watched tournaments on this property since I was a kid, so it’s a real honor to be working here. We’ll be coming up with innovative solutions that address golf’s future, and that’s really exciting. You’re going to want to keep an eye on this project.”

SGD projects have won national awards from numerous major golf publications across the country and continue to be listed on the “Best Places to Play” in their respective states. Recent awards include two design excellence awards from the American Society of Golf Course Architects, a “Best Renovation of Year” award by Golf Inc. Magazine, a “Golf Development of the Year” award by Golf Inc. Magazine, and a “Best New” Award by Golf Digest.

The reimagination of the Squire Course will be overseen by Nick Mazzella of Mazzella Partnership, a Charlotte, North Carolina based golf course renovation project management company.

For more information about PGA National: visit www.pgaresort.com or call 800.863.2819.

Friday, November 15, 2019

FootJoy Announces Exciting New Additions to the Popular FJ Flex Franchise

New style options and even greater performance for one of the hottest shoes of the year


(RELEASE) — FootJoy, the #1 Shoe in Golf, today launched several additions to the popular FJ FLEX franchise. Expanding on one of the hottest shoe categories of the year, these updates deliver enhanced comfort, style and performance on the course, in the clubhouse and beyond.

With a commitment to delivering superior comfort and versatility on and off the golf course at its core, FJ FLEX now offers waterproof protection and elevated athletic styling with the all-new FLEX XP.  The completely new upper design features a premium, lightweight performance mesh upper with a one-year waterproof warranty.

“Offering an adjacent waterproof category was a critical addition to the FLEX family, with further enhancements to improve the overall design,” said Richard Fryer, Director of Product Development, Footwear.  “This product will excite FJ FLEX wearers and those looking for unrivaled versatility on any surface and in all weather conditions.”

FLEX XP offers all-day comfort with a high-density EVA fitbed and bootie-fit construction that provides a sock-like fit.  The sporty styling combined with a waterproof membrane and proprietary Versa-Trax spikeless outsole, FLEX XP is ready to deliver, rain or shine.

Next is FJ FLEX LE1, the first limited edition release for the FJ FLEX category, featuring a contemporary suede Wingtip Blucher upper that strikes the ideal balance between comfort and style.  The multi-dimensional, translucent rubber traction elements maximize versatility and performance while giving a higher-end look and feel, nestled atop a soft, supportive EVA midsole providing added comfort.  FJ FLEX LE1 is offered in three colors and finished in a super soft suede.

A limited number of FJ FLEX LE1 shoes are available now on FootJoy.com and select retailers, while supplies last.

“With the momentum that we have riding the incredible success of FJ FLEX, it’s really exciting to see what we can do with this footwear franchise,” added Fryer.

VERSA-TRAX OUTSOLE TECHNOLOGY
All FJ FLEX shoes feature the innovative Versa-Trax outsole configuration, a web of multi-dimensional, strategically placed traction elements designed for on and off course wear. The proprietary Versa-Trax outsole technology offers multiple traction zones that maximize golf performance in all conditions and produce exceptional multi-surface grip.
· GOLF PERFORMANCE TRACTION: Pointy, turf-gripping traction elements strategically placed where the foot applies maximum pressure with the ground during the golf swing
· VERSATILE OFF-COURSE TRACTION: Larger, flatter no-slip surfaces for traction and durability
· HYBRID TRACTION: Mix of both on and off course traction elements, engineered to maximize traction on the course during the swing and provide grip when walking on smooth surfaces off the course
· ALL-DAY COMFORT: Lightweight, soft foam cushioning

For more information, visit www.FootJoy.com.  You can also follow the brand on Twitter @FootJoy or on Instagram @footjoy.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS:
FLEX XP
· Proprietary Versa-Trax rubber outsole technology delivers versatile on/off course traction
· Soft and supportive EVA midsole provides soft, cushioned ride
· Premium performance mesh upper
· 1-year waterproof warranty

FJ FLEX LE1
· Silky soft smooth suede uppers
· Multi-layer, extra comfort FitBed
· Translucent rubber traction elements for higher end look and feel
· Soft, supportive EVA midsole provides a comfortable, cushioned ride
· Tonal and contrast lace supplied

AVAILABLE STYLES:
FLEX XP
· Black laced
· Grey laced
· White laced
· Blue laced

FJ FLEX LE1
· Wingtip Blucher – all over Tan suede
· Wingtip Blucher – all over Grey suede
· Wingtip Blucher – all over Navy suede

MSRP:
FLEX XP: $125
FJ FLEX LE1: $165

Fall Is the Perfect Time to Buy at Hammock Dunes Club

Newly Renovated 40,000 Square Foot Clubhouse and Award-Winning Chef Highlight World-Class Oceanfront Club Amenities


(PALM COAST, FLORIDA) – As the leaves start to change in the northern hemisphere, it’s prime time to escape the cold and explore the oceanfront lifestyle at Hammock Dunes Club. A private member owned and operated club along the Central Atlantic coast of Florida, Hammock Dunes Club provides a welcoming community for those seeking luxury amenities, decadent culinary experiences and an unmatched oceanfront lifestyle. The newly renovated $7.2 million Links Clubhouse highlights the club’s offerings this fall with such features as:
· An expansion in size with the addition of a 5,500 square-foot state-of the-art fitness center
· A renovated formal dining room with completely reimagined interiors
· A casual bar and grill with outdoor dining and an open concept kitchen known as the Dunes Tavern
· A full program of on-demand and personalized fitness instruction, including spinning, yoga, weight training and aqua aerobics, which is led by the club’s health and fitness director, Walter Sam
· A new spin studio and fitness instructor to lead group fitness experiences

The decadent cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Lance S. Cook, CEC, CCA, WCEC, CFBE, FSM, is another benefit that Hammock Dunes members enjoy year round.  In 2019, Chef Cook received the following honorable mentions and accolades for his creativity and innovative culinary techniques:
· Two gold medals by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) in the National Chef of the Year Competition Semifinals and Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Supply Show
· A silver medalist by the ACF in the Duck Signature Recipe Competition. For the competition, Chef Cook’s award-winning recipe was Sous Vide Duck Breast Roulade with Pistachio-Fig-Goat Cheese, Duck Leg Croquette, Crisp Cracklings, Pan Roasted Vegetable Dice, Cherry Jus, Glacé
· Appeared on the cover of the September/October issue of National Culinary Review, the American Culinary Federation’s magazine, along with an article “Classic vs. Modern” featuring Chef Cook
· First place overall in ACF Nationals for category B of “5 courses of hot food presented cold”
· Received an award at the 2019 United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards Program’s Hotels & Resorts. Chef Cook presented to food expo attendees on stage with a panel of other category winners

In addition to the new clubhouse, casual and fine dining and Dunes Tavern patio overlooking the ocean and croquet lawns, the golf experience at Hammock Dunes Club consistently ranks among the top residential courses in the United States by Golfweek. The golf experience at Hammock Dunes includes two 18-hole layouts, the Links Course, designed by Tom Fazio, and the Creek Course, designed by Rees Jones, played host to the 2019 Florida Open in July.

To learn more about membership opportunities, schedule a customized tour or book the Discovery Package today, please call 386-445-0747, e-mail information@hammockdunesclub.com or visit www.hammockdunesclub.com.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Unboxing the Mobile Launch Monitor by Rapsodo and Testing the Features

We unboxed Rapsodo's Mobile Launch Monitor in our Cleveland offices and then took it for a test drive at Topgolf while at the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience in Las Vegas, Nev.

The MLM measures shot distance, ball speed, club speed, launch angle, launch direction and shot shape. Teachers: Review shots and improve your students’ game with video on each shot they take ... Then share videos with students. GPS maps show shot scatter on the range and there are interactive games to be played.

Learn more at www.rapsodo.com.

David McLay Kidd Selected To Lead Entrada At Snow Canyon Golf Course Renovation

(St. George, Utah) – Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club’s award-winning golf course in St. George, Utah will undergo a $7 million dollar renovation project led by golf course designer David McLay Kidd. On-course work is expected to begin in November 2020 and be completed by September 2021. During the 10-month project, the golf course is expected to be fully closed to member and guest play for approximately five months.

McLay Kidd, whose course designs include Bandon Dunes in Bandon, Ore., Gamble Sands in Brewster, Wash., Mammoth Dunes at Sand Valley Golf Resort in Nekoosa, Wisc., and the Castle Course at St. Andrews, Scotland will be assisted on the Entranda project by Troon’s Design, Development and Agronomy team. Renovation enhancements will include: replacement of the course’s irrigation and drainage systems and renovation of the irrigation lakes and the club’s practice facility. In addition, all greens will be redesigned and resurfaced with state-of-the-art Bentgrass; fairways will be re-contoured; tees will be relocated and/or renovated; and every bunker on the golf course will be replaced. The entire golf course, including tees, fairways and roughs, will be re-grassed with improved cultivars of Perennial Ryegrass and Kentucky Bluegrass.

“In the twenty-five years since the opening of the golf course our membership has enjoyed playing the pristine-conditioned course set against the dramatic red sandstone and black lava rock surroundings that define Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club,” said David Hall, General Manager, Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club. “Entrada is now excited to set our path into the future by investing millions into the golf course. We are thrilled to have landed one of the most sought-after golf course architects in the world in David McLay Kidd, to renovate and modernize our golf course.”

Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club was founded in 1996.  The Club’s Johnny Miller and Fred Bliss-designed golf course has been consistently rated as one of the best courses in Utah by Golf Digest, GOLF and Golfweek. The golf course currently plays to a par of 71 and measures 7.062 yards from the tips.

“When a golf hole offers options on how to play it, the game becomes so much more interesting,” said McLay Kidd of the Entrada renovation. “We want to increase those options at Entrada, allowing players to use their imagination, creativity and skills to play holes and attempt to score. Options might manifest themselves with a strong player trying to hit a high approach with backspin, while another player might use guile to read a slope and play a running shot into the same green. Neither approach is better or worse if the result is the same, but it sure is more fun to have the option.”

“Mr. Kidd’s vision for Entrada is spot on; to increase the fun factor and excitement of playing our course by injecting more strategy, shot options and recoverability when you hit a poor shot,” adds Hall. “Kidd’s design will touch every aspect of the course and the end result will be a totally new golf course that is fun, fun, fun!”

For more information on Entrada at Snow Canyon, visit www.golfentrada.com or call 435.986.2200.

For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at the Islands of Loreto and TPC Danzante Bay To Host Yoga and Golf Retreat

Only 20 Spots Available for this Hands-On Experience at the Islands of Loreto 


(LORETO, Baja California Sur, Mexico) — Sabila Spa and TPC Danzante Bay will co-host an exclusive yoga and golf retreat, March 10-14, 2020 at Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at the Islands of Loreto.

The five-day, four-night immersion will be led by the resort’s head golf professional Danny Garcia and yoga instructor Emily McMichael.  In his 35-year golf career Garcia has taught over 40,000 golf lessons worldwide. Helping people improve their golf games while having fun is his passion. McMichael has been practicing yoga for 15 years and for the past five years, has worked as an international yoga instructor, retreat leader, and Thai massage therapist.  She has created mobility and strength programs specifically designed to improve the body, which in turn, improve the golf game.

The package includes:
- Four nights in a Deluxe Suite
- Welcome kit per adult
- Welcome cocktail reception at Danzante Lounge
- Three breakfasts at Casa Club
- One breakfast at Market Restaurant
- Two golf clinics to assess participant’s swing and other shots and create new habits to improve the overall golf game
- An opportunity to practice on the course two days and apply the techniques learned in the clinics
- One 18-hole round of golf with cart
- Seven yoga classes designed to increase mobility, strength and balance needed to improve the golf swing and protect the body from unwanted injuries
- Unlimited kayak, paddle board or hiking (subject to availability)
- One 50-minute massage
- Daily access to the wet areas at Sabila Spa
- Four-Course Dinner at Danzante Restaurant
- 1 Round trip to downtown Loreto in the resort’s Shuttle
- Tax and services

The event is priced either European (includes daily breakfast and farewell dinner) or all-inclusive (all meals). The room only plan is priced from $1281 per person, based on double occupancy and $1505 per person, based on double occupancy for the all-inclusive plan.

With just 20 spaces available, you can’t afford to wait another second! Book today!

Sabila Spa, a 39,000-square-foot facility set against a tranquil view of the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range, offers a world-class menu of signature treatments, massages, body wraps and unique wellness service, with an on-site meditation room.

TPC Danzante Bay, the acclaimed Rees Jones design along of the Sea of Cortez and Baja’s majestic Sierra de la Giganta mountain range, was recently named Mexico’s Best Golf Course 2019 and Latin America’s Best Golf Course 2019 by the World Golf Awards. The course made its debut in 2017 and quickly established its place among the world’s most scenic ocean courses.  Recently, the course has been awarded two World Golf Awards, earning recognition as Mexico’s Best Golf Course 2019 and Latin America’s Best Golf Course 2019.

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at the Islands of Loreto is synonymous of beauty and tranquility.  The setting along the Sea of Cortez on the eastern coast of the Baja Peninsula is a two-hour flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) via Alaska Airlines.  Loreto is served seasonally with direct WestJet flights from Calgary, and year-round from Tijuana via Calafia Airlines and Volaris flights.

The package may be booked directly by calling toll-free at 800.790.4187 from the United States or Canada, or 800.838-2662 from Mexico. For more information about the package, visit https://villadelpalmarloreto.com/specials/yoga-and-golf-retreat.

GOLFTEC Launches Groundbreaking Program to Help Aspiring PGA Pros Pass Playing Ability Test

(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) – GOLFTEC – the world leader in golf lessons and premium club fittings – introduces a unique program to help aspiring PGA Professionals pass their Playing Ability Test (PAT), as the company will provide qualified individuals a FREE Game Plan that consists of a swing evaluation,  25 lessons, 12 Months of video practice and one club fitting.

Candidates for the program will work with one of GOLFTEC’s certified coaches, who will guide them through the process and monitor improvement. Designed to be a measure of golfing ability, the PAT is a way to gauge if prospective PGA Professionals have the skills needed to teach and grow the game. In order to become a PGA Professional, players must pass the 36-hole PAT by achieving a 36-hole score within 15 shots of the course rating. According to the PGA of America, less than 20% of those taking the test achieve a passing score.

“Our company was started by PGA Professionals and to this day they are the foundation our business, so we know first-hand how nerve-wracking the PAT experience can be for would-be professionals,” says Joe Assell, co-founder and chief executive officer of GOLFTEC. “Our goal was to develop a free program that would allow those who have done it to give back to the future generations of aspiring PGA Professionals.”

“GOLFTEC has been a valued employer of PGA Professionals for over twenty years and this program further demonstrates their commitment to helping the men and women who strive to teach and grow this wonderful game,” says John Easterbrook, Chief Membership Officer, PGA of America. “Through its driven approach to golf improvement, GOLFTEC has helped many people play better golf and those seeking to pass their PAT should consider taking advantage of this terrific opportunity.”

Minimum requirements to remain eligible for the program are that aspiring PGA Professionals take at least one lesson every other week and practice on their own in-bay once per week. For further details or more information on how to enroll for the complimentary Game Plan, visit golftec.com/PAT.

The global GOLFTEC coaching team is comprised of experienced instructors that have graduated from GOLFTEC University – a multi-week certification program based around a curriculum of mastering advanced training of golf swing mechanics and GOLFTEC’s proprietary technology used in all Training Centers. The majority of GOLFTEC Certified Personal Coaches are PGA Professionals who have taught thousands of lessons.

To learn more about GOLFTEC and this program, visit golftec.com/PAT.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Eagle Ridge Resort Wins Stella Gold Award for Best Golf Resort in the Midwest

(GALENA, Ill.) — Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa is honored to announce that is the proud winner of a prestigious Stella Award from North Star Meeting Group. The destination resort received the gold award in the Regional Hotel Category for the Best Golf Resort in the Midwest. Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa features four golf courses, including one of the top one hundred golf courses in the country, The General.

The Stella Awards honor excellence in the meetings industry. The program distinguishes suppliers from around the globe that consistently deliver quality service and innovation to meeting and event professionals. Winners include the very best hotels, convention centers, conference centers, convention and visitor bureaus, destination marketing organizations, destination management companies, airlines and cruise lines.

“We are ecstatic to receive such a prestigious award, as the Stella Awards reinforces the level of excellence that Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa delivers to all resort and golf guests each day,” says Colin Sanderson, director of sales and marketing at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa. “The incredibly talented resort team aims to create the best experiences possible for our guests, and we couldn’t be more honored with the recognition we’ve received from our industry peers, meeting and event planners, golf enthusiasts and the surrounding communities.”

Winners of the 2019 Stella Awards were recognized for achieving overall excellence, superb food and beverage, professionalism of staff, technology innovations, and other critical aspects of the meetings and event experience. This year, nearly 10,000 votes were cast from around the world for the 508 destinations, hotels and service providers nominated in 18 categories in six regions in the United States and worldwide. There were a total of 278 total winners and finalists for 2019. Finalists in each category were determined by meeting planners during an open voting period. Winners were then selected by an expert panel of judges overseen by the editors of Northstar leading brands, Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings, Meetings News and Incentive.

For more information about Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa, its 2019 Stella Award recognition, award-winning golf offerings, or to book a reservation, visit www.eagleridge.com or call 800-892.2269.

National Collegiate Club Golf Association Nationals Heads to Oklahoma for First Time

WinStar Golf Club and Dornick Hills Country Club to host NCCGA Nationals, the largest college golf tournament in the U.S.


(Boston) — The National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA) will host its National Championship and National Invitational, November 15-17, in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The Championship will be held at WinStar Golf Club’s Scissortail and Redbud courses at the WinStar World Casino, with the Invitational just down the road at famed Dornick Hills Country Club (a former PGA Tour stop).

The event brings together 348 of the best non-varsity college golfers in the country from 56 schools to compete on a national stage, making it the largest college golf tournament in the country. The teams and individuals are invited to compete based on their performance in 28 regional tournaments conducted by the NCCGA.

Last semester’s Nationals took place in West Lafayette, Indiana, with the Championship at Purdue’s Birck Boilermaker Complex and the Invitational at the nearby Trophy Club. Clemson University won the Championship, and Xavier University took the Invitational title, giving both teams automatic bids to the Championship this semester. Clemson comes in as the No. 1 ranked team, with University of Virginia and University of Michigan rounding out the Top 3. Complete College Rankings

Other teams to watch are Grand Canyon University and the University of Florida, both of which have been Top-5 teams for four straight semesters. Payte Owen of the University of Oklahoma has the home-state advantage for the championship: Payte was runner-up at the spring National Championship in Indiana and is the favorite to win the individual title.

“I’m excited to bring our players to a new state for Fall 2019 Nationals,” says NCCGA Commissioner Matt Weinberger. “We have never hosted a championship in Oklahoma and are excited about the unique experience that these college players will have.”

NCCGA club golf teams are made up of five-to-eight players; the top five scores each day are counted toward the team's total. In addition to the team competition, the individual medalist will earn the coveted Red Jacket and individual exemption into the Spring National Championship. Many NCCGA National Championship medalists use their NCCGA Championship performance to walk-on to collegiate varsity golf teams. Most recently, Fall 2018 NCCGA Medalist Ian Martin, from the University of Michigan, walked on to the varsity program last spring.

Along with the tournament, the NCCGA is hosting the 3rd Annual Careers in Golf networking event on Friday, Nov. 15, from 2-5 p.m. at the WinStar Golf Club driving range and WinStar Golf Academy. The PGA of America, Billy Casper Golf, Golf Channel, Topgolf, the USGA and American Junior Golf Association will be among the organizations in attendance.

“The goal of this event is to help students understand available career opportunities in the golf industry and bring together some of the best companies in golf who are hiring,” said Nextgengolf Senior Director Kris Hart. “Anyone interested in golf jobs is encourage to attend the event in person or send in their resume for consideration. It’s in our DNA to be helping college students off the course, just as much as on the course.”

Mission Inn Resort & Club’s El Campeón Golf Course Earns ‘Top 10’ Ranking

(HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla.) – Mission Inn Resort & Club’s venerable El Campeón layout has been named one of the “Top 10 Golf Courses in Orlando” by Money Inc., which praised it for having a “ton of character and history.”

El Campeón (“The Champion”) is one of the oldest and popular courses in the southern United States and has been perennially honored as one of the best layouts in Florida. It has been the site of numerous junior, collegiate and professional events throughout its storied history, including the Class 1A, 2A and 3A Florida High School Golf State Championships held Oct. 29-Nov. 6. On the books for 2020 are PGA Tour qualifying events for the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica in January and Mackenzie Tour in March.

“This resort offers some of the best holes Orlando has to offer,” Liz Flynn of Money Inc. writes of El Campeón’s No. 3 ranking. “It’s important to note that this place was built in 1917. It’s got a ton of character and history, and you’ll definitely feel it while you’re there.”

El Campeón has won numerous awards over the years, including most recently being named to the “World’s Top 100 Golf Courses” by Golfscape.com and one of the “Top 200 Resort Golf Courses” by Golfweek. An original member of the Florida Historic Golf Trail, El Campeón offers a classic design accentuating the landscape’s 85-foot elevation changes that are unique to the central Florida region. The course plays 7,001 yards from the back tees.

Mission Inn Resort & Club features two other golf courses — Las Colinas (“The Hills”), which opened in 1992, and El Dorado, a new par-3, 18-hole executive layout that opened this summer. The resort also offers a 30,000-square-foot driving range, with Tifway Bermuda grass tees, practice bunkers with target greens, and 10,000-square-foot putting green.

The resort is situated amid citrus groves in central Florida’s rolling hills. Surrounded by lakes, the picturesque location features classic Spanish Colonial style architecture throughout the property; 176 graciously appointed guestrooms, suites, and villas; three restaurants; and two lounges. In addition to golf, key amenities include a tennis academy, Spa Marbella, the lakefront marine center, and miles of nature trails.

For more information about the resort, visit www.missioninnresort.com.

Bernie Friedrich Inducted into Michigan PGA Hall of Fame

Long-time Senior Vice President of Golf and Resort Sales at Boyne Resorts Earns Michigan PGA Section's Bill Strausbaugh Award


(Petoskey, Mich.) – Bernie Friedrich, Boyne Resorts' long-time Senior Vice President of Golf and Resort Sales, has seen a lifetime career in golf come full circle this season as he recently followed up his election into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame with his induction into the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame.

Bernie Friedrich
The Michigan PGA also awarded Friedrich the Bill Strausbaugh Award, which recognizes a top PGA member for outstanding integrity and character, a significant contribution through mentoring fellow PGA professionals, as well as maintaining a high level of service, values and image within the organization.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place October 27, during the Michigan PGA Section’s President’s Dinner at Country Club of Lansing. The Michigan PGA Hall of Fame was founded in 2011 and exists to recognize and acknowledge PGA Professionals who have excelled in their profession, achieved remarkable accomplishments, and made significant contributions to the game, the industry and the Michigan PGA.

Friedrich joined Boyne Resorts in 1976 as a golf professional at Boyne Mountain. He became the Director of Golf in in 1981 and has served as the Senior Vice President of Golf and Resort Sales since 1999. He has become one of the leading golf operators in the country while helping guide the resort company to becoming the largest family owned golf resort destination in North America. He has played a leading role in the addition and development of Boyne's golf courses nationwide at three resorts in northern Michigan, two in Maine and one in Montana.

“I am excited and truly humbled to receive the Bill Strausbaugh Award and to be inducted into the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame. To be a part of this legacy is a great honor and without Boyne’s support and the passionate people who have worked in our golf departments throughout the years, I would never be receiving these honors this year,” said Friedrich.

“I am extremely proud and grateful to have played a small role in the advancement of the game of golf in Michigan for the last 44 years. As the saying goes there may be someone that deserves this more than I do, but no one appreciates it more than I do.”

Friedrich has mentored a great number of PGA professionals and apprentices, as well as PGM students during his tenure. He is a two-time Michigan PGA Golf Professional of the Year (1998, 2001), a four-time Michigan PGA Resort Merchandiser of the Year and has served in various capacities with The First Tee of Northern Michigan, the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association and the Michigan PGA Section, and the Adidas Dassler board. He has also been the recipient of the Michigan Golf Course Association’s Lyle Leek Distinguished Service Award (2018) and the American Junior Golf Association’s Golf Executive of the Year (2018). He is also co-founder of the annual Harbor Cup golf event, which has raised over $400,000 for charitable food projects in Northern Michigan.

For more information, visit BOYNEGolf.com.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

New F-MAX Airspeed Driver and Fairways are COBRA's Lightest, Most Forgiving Club Lineup

Designed for Players with Moderate Swing Speeds


(Carlsbad, Calif.) – COBRA Golf, a leader in golf club innovation and design, introduced today its newest iteration of its popular F-MAX franchise, offering the company’s lightest, easiest to hit collection of clubs ever.  Continuing its focus on weight-savings and forgiveness, COBRA’s new F-MAX AIRSPEED men’s and women’s Drivers and Fairways deliver a new level of lightweight performance, maximizing clubhead speed, distance and forgiveness for players with moderate swing speeds.

The COBRA Golf F-MAX AIRSPEED line is anchored by new and improved Drivers that have been re-engineered with new weight saving technologies.  A new Carbon Fiber Crown replaces titanium to save 10-grams of discretionary weight that can be re-distributed low and back in the clubhead to maintain a MOI of 5,000, delivering a clubhead that is 2 grams lighter without sacrificing stability and forgiveness.  Additionally, a 5-gram lighter AIRSPEED shaft, and 6-gram lighter, 41g Lamkin midsize grip design yields 11 grams in weight-savings, bringing the total overall weight to an unbelievably light 285 grams - 13 grams lighter than its predecessor. In addition, the F-MAX AIRSPEED Drivers utilize a new PWR Ridge design on the Carbon Fiber Crown to assist with alignment and improved aerodynamics. Straighter, more slice resistant shots, are made easier with internal, back/heel weighting and offset hosel design that delivers higher trajectories. For players who prefer a traditional, square setup at address, the F-MAX AIRPEED Drivers are also available in a straight neck model.

“Not a single aspect of club design was overlooked when we were trying to maximize the weight savings in this line,” said Tom Olsavsky, VP of R&D for COBRA Golf.  “We even use an unpainted shaft with clearcoat and a decal design to save two extra grams of weight over a typical painted shaft.  That is a perfect illustration of the level of detail than went into making these clubs as lightweight as possible.”

COBRA’s new F-MAX AIRSPEED Fairways employ similar weight-saving innovations as the driver, such as a new lightweight Carbon Crown, and a 5-gram lighter AIRSPEED shaft design.  Additionally, a low profile, shallow face design lowers the CG for higher launch while back/heel weighting creates draw bias to help create draw bias trajectory.

The COBRA GOLF F-MAX AIRSPEED Drivers and Fairway Woods are available as stand-alone products or as a part of COBRA’s 13-piece Complete Set.  See below for details:

Men’s F-MAX AIRSPEED Driver ($329) – Available in both right-hand and left-hand versions with a 40-gram COBRA AIRSPEED shaft in stiff, regular and lite flex. Comes in a sleek black/blue colorway.  Player’s choice of offset or straight neck hosel comes standard.  Available lofts include 9.5°, 10.5° and 11.5° in right-hand and 10.5° in left-hand.

Men’s F-MAX AIRSPEED Fairways ($219) – Available in both right-hand and left-hand versions with AIRSPEED shafts (50-gram in stiff, regular and 45-gram in lite flex,). Comes in a sleek black/blue colorway. Available lofts include 16°, 20° and 23° in right and left-hand.

Women’s F-MAX AIRSPEED Driver ($329) – Available in offset only in both right-hand and left-hand versions with a 40-gram COBRA AIRSPEED shaft in ladies flex. Comes in a striking black/lilac colorway and 11.5° (RH only) & 15° of loft (LH/RH).

Women’s F-MAX AIRSPEED Fairways ($219) – Available in both right-hand and left-hand versions with a 45-gram AIRSPEED shaft in ladies flex. Comes in a striking black/lilac colorway and available lofts include 19°, 23° and 27° in right and left-hand.

COBRA’s F-MAX AIRSPEED clubs are also available in a complete set, an all-in-one package designed for beginning to intermediate golfers that are seeking the perfect, easy to hit set that offers maximum distance and forgiveness. The set comes standard with a premium cart bag, featuring a 14-way top, 9 zippered compartments, a velour-lined valuables pocket, an insulated beverage cooler, and a shoulder strap featuring COOLFlow EVA foam for maximum comfort.

F-MAX AIRSPEED Men’s Complete Set ($1,299) – The set includes the choice of lite flex, featuring an 11.5° driver, or a regular flex set featuring a 10.5° driver. The standard complete set comes with a Driver, 3W, 5W, 4H, 5H, 6i-PW, SW and a COBRA blade putter.  Available in right hand only in a black/blue colorway.

F-MAX AIRSPEED Women’s Complete Set ($1,299) – Comes standard with a premium, full feature cart bag (same features as the men’s version), 15° - ladies flex Driver, 3W, 5W, 7W, 5H, 6i-PW, SW and a COBRA mallet putter.  Available in right-hand only in either a black/lilac or white/copper colorway. *White/copper colorway is only available in the complete set, not as separates.

The F-MAX AIRSPEED drivers, fairways and complete sets are available beginning January 10, 2020 in store and at cobragolf.com.

True Spec Golf Opens New Locations in Florida and Arizona

True Spec Golf continues to expand its reach by bringing luxury outdoor fitting experience to Raven Golf Club and Naples Grande Golf Club


(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — True Spec Golf, the global leader in custom club fitting and club building, today announced the opening of two new outdoor locations in collaboration with top professionals Martin Chuck of Raven Golf Club in Arizona and Mark Durland of Naples Grande Golf Club in Florida. These affiliations are the latest in a string of partnerships that unites the nation's top courses and their instructors with True Spec's premium fitting process to provide a superior level of instruction and performance.

Both locations feature True Spec's state-of-the-art fitting container, stocked with our full studio fitting matrix, blueprint station, Loft and Lie machine, and Trackman technology. The renowned fitting matrix boasts more than 30,000 club head and shaft combinations to find the perfect club to improve your game. The outdoor containers are adjacent to a real grass hitting area, an optimal set-up to that experienced by PGA TOUR professionals.

The Naples Grande Golf Club is the first facility in southwest Florida to feature an outdoor True Spec experience. Partnering with GOLF Top 100 Teacher Mark Durland, the True Spec container provides a new amenity to the Rees Jones-designed private course known for its extraordinary water features. The Durland Golf School is recognized as one of the best golf schools in the state.

"We are excited to have True Spec Golf as part of the Naples Grande experience," Durland said. "Our members, their guests, resort guests and clients of the golf school will have access to the best club fitting company in the industry. We've always been impressed with their ability to deliver a Tour-like experience by offering every major manufacturer and fitting to each player and what they hit best."

In Arizona, the True Spec container is a collaboration with top professional Martin Chuck of Tour Striker Golf Academy, which is located on Raven Golf Club's Gary Panks/David Graham championship course overlooking the Phoenix skyline. It is the first outdoor True Spec container in the company's home state.

"The addition of True Spec rounds out the top-level offerings available to golfers at Raven Golf Club, including great golf, expansive practice facilities, Martin Chuck's Tour Striker Golf Academy, and exemplary dining," said John Scappatura, Regional Vice President Daily Fee Operations for Arcis Golf (owner of Raven Golf Club).

Each location complements an established indoor studio in the region to offer a green grass alternative within driving distance. Naples and Phoenix join Los Angeles as the first three cities to offer indoor and outdoor True Spec locations, reaffirming each city as exquisite golfing destinations.

True Spec Golf CEO Hoyt McGarity added: "We believe that the True Spec fitting experience is a premium tool for improvement at every level of the game, and we are thrilled to start our collaborations with Martin at Raven Golf Club and Mark at Naples Grande."

The Raven and Naples Grande join an impressive roster of more than two dozen first-class golf destinations to offer the True Spec fitting experience. Since its founding in 2014, True Spec has grown into the undisputed leader in luxury fitting with locations across North America, major international cities, and mobile fitting teams. Each club fit by True Spec is built by hand inside the company's build shop in Scottsdale, Arizona and built to the exact specifications that were determined during the fitting process. Fitting sessions range from $125 to $450.

More information: www.truespecgolf.com

Club Champion to Exhibit at 2020 PGA Merchandise Show

Company seeks to expand fitting staff and recruit teaching pros for its referral program


(Willowbrook, IL) — Club Champion, the nation’s #1 premium club fitter, builder and retailer of golf clubs, will exhibit for the first time at the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. Five years ago, the company only had eight retail locations. After establishing proof of concept, a rapid expansion has led to 70 locations currently open and another dozen planned for 2020.

The company has two primary goals in attending the show. First, the massive expansion has created a need to drastically expand its legion of fitters. It’s a tremendous opportunity for people in the industry and individuals looking to enter the business of golf with the fastest growing company in the golf world. Secondly, the company seeks to expand the roster of PGA, LPGA and teaching professionals enrolled in its referral program.

Club Champion is eager to find people who love golf, love equipment, are into technology and have some sales experience. “Though we prefer people with experience, we are willing to train motivated individuals who want to learn and are coachable, those looking to take a career motivated path,” states Director of Recruiting and Human Resources, Amanda Bosley.

From the financial perspective: “There are opportunities for upward mobility and in addition to their salaries, fitters receive additional sales incentives,” CEO Joe Lee said. “There are opportunities across the nation as well as flexibility for relocation, especially with the overall growth and expansion of Club Champion.”

On the referral front, when a teaching professional partners with Club Champion to assist with club fitting, they receive a lifetime commission on referred sales. Says world-renowned instructor David Leadbetter, "You have members and clients who are searching for something extra that will improve their game and they often go outside of your facility to find it. Club Champion's PGA/LPGA Professional Partnership Program allows them to receive a Tour-level club fitting while you generate additional revenue. No matter the skill level, your golfers will thank you for suggesting custom-fitted clubs.”

The aim of the referral program is not shift business away from pros, but rather to elevate a golfer’s experience in conjunction with their professional. "Club Champion has been a tremendous asset for us in servicing our membership. The fitting experts and resources that Club Champion can provide enhance and reinforce the overall fitting experience for our members," relates Bob Rittberger, PGA Head Golf Professional, Garden City Golf Club (NY).

For more information on employment at Club Champion, call 888-340-7820 or visit clubchampiongolf.com/careers. For information on Club Champion’s PGA, LPGA and Teaching Professional Partnership Program, contact Luke Edelman at luke.edelman@clubchampiongolf.com or 201-885-4778.

Raven Golf Club Lauded for Overall Excellence

One of Phoenix’s Top Courses Cited for Superb Conditioning and Off-Course Amenities


(Phoenix, Ariz.) — Raven Golf Club, perennially ranked among the top golf courses in Phoenix, has been cited among the city’s ten best by Money Inc. Magazine. Listed at number 8, Raven Golf Club offers a world-class combination of superb golf, excellent service, and abundant amenities in the foothills of South Mountain.

The spectacular Gary Panks/David Graham-designed 7,078-yard, par-72 championship golf course provides golfers with an exhilarating challenge from five sets of tees. An expansive practice range, Tour Striker Golf Academy run by Martin Chuck, and True Spec state-of-the art club fitting affords golfers all the practice, instruction, and equipment support needed to improve their games and enjoyment.

Previously named Best Public Golf Course (2018) by Phoenix New Times, Raven Golf Club was also cited as #5 “Golf Course in the State” and “#1 “Guest Service in North America” by Arizona Magazine.  Its location, within minutes of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, makes it an easy trip for locals as well as the ideal first or last stop for visiting golfers.

According to Money Inc.’s editors, Phoenix is Arizona’s golf paradise thanks to breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, 325 days of sunshine, abundant wildlife, and dozens of award-winning courses.  

“This is a tremendous honor and very deserving recognition for the all-encompassing scope of our facility,” said Kevin Weber, General Manager of Raven Golf Club. “Our management team appreciates the significance of being among the top ten clubs in a very robust and competitive golf market.”

Off course, the club offers a Grill 36—a popular après-golf bar, restaurant, and patio—as well as significant space for special events and weddings.  Adjacent to the clubhouse is a year-round 3600-square foot, climate-controlled pavilion that accommodates banquets for up to 175 people.  There’s a spacious wedding and events lawn, as well.

Raven Golf Club is owned by Arcis Golf, recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America and premier operator of public and private golf clubs in the United States with a current portfolio of 65 properties in 14 states from coast to coast.

In Phoenix, Arcis Golf owns and operates six public golf courses and three private clubs, offering a wide range of golf, culinary and lifestyle amenities.  Course designs span the most notable names in architecture, from Bob Cupp to Arnold Palmer to Perry Dye.  Programming extends well beyond golf to encompass wellness and fitness, culinary and cultural experiences. Frequent and reciprocal play programs are available across the Phoenix portfolio, as are special events and entertainment.

An industry leader, providing dynamic direction and unrivaled amenities that complement diverse playing experiences, Arcis Golf is committed to reinventing the golf and country club lifestyle experience to a level of excellence that exceeds all expectations.  For additional information access the website at www.arcisgolf.com.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Forsgate CC’s Frank Esposito, Jr. Finishes Runner-Up Race for NJ PGA Senior Section Player of the Year

(Monroe Township, N.J.) — Forsgate Country Club’s Frank Esposito, Jr., a member of its Teaching Professional staff, narrowly missed claiming his third New Jersey PGA Senior Section Player of the Year title for 2019.  In a close race, only 356 points separated Esposito, 56, from winner Jim McGovern, head professional at White Beeches Golf & Country Club in Haworth, NJ.   Esposito previously won in 2017 and 2014, and he was second in 2018.

Remarkably, Esposito also was a contender during the year for New Jersey PGA Section’s Player of the Year for professionals under the age of 50.  He ended the season finishing 8th in a field of 134 players with points.  Esposito also holds four state Player of the Year titles.

Considered by many as New Jersey’s best senior golfer, Esposito has played in PGA TOUR Champions Tour tournaments, competed in the U.S. Open and in two PGA Championships.

In 2014, he won the prestigious Senior PGA Professional National Championship.  Esposito has a stellar New Jersey golf resume.  He is a two-time NJ Open champion, a three-time NJ Senior Open Championship winner, and is a member of the New Jersey PGA Hall of Fame.

For more information about Forsgate Country Club, visit www.forsgatecc.com or call (732) 521-0070.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Major winners, former champion and Ryder Cup hero to tee it up at OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic in 2020

Watch 2018 champion Haotong Li take on former World Number One Martin Kaymer, 2010 US Open Champion Graeme McDowell and Ryder Cup Hero Tyrrell Hatton at Emirates Golf Club from 23-26 January 


(DUBAI) - China’s Haotong Li, winner of the OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic in 2018, has announced his return to Emirates Golf Club from 23-26 January, where he will be joined by Major Champions Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell, in addition to three-time European Tour winner Tyrrell Hatton, to take on a world-class field.

Graeme McDowell
The quartet join an already all-star cast, including defending champion Bryson DeChambeau, former winners Rafa Cabrera Bello and Henrik Stenson, in addition to multiple European Tour victors Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Fitzpatrick, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Matt Wallace, Danny Willett and Lee Westwood.

Li created headlines when, at just twenty-two years old, he went toe-to-toe with Rory McIlroy to secure a second European Tour victory at the 2018 event, becoming the first Asian winner of the tournament with a record score of 23 under par, until that was eclipsed by current champion DeChambeau en route to the title earlier this year.

“This is a tournament that I have very special memories of, so I cannot wait to return to the OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic next January,” said Li, currently ranked 61st on the Official World Golf Ranking. “Going up against a player of Rory’s calibre and coming out on top gave me a lot of confidence and the win itself changed my career, so I’m excited to be heading back. To get another victory would be the perfect way to start next season, especially against a field full of so many great players, so I’m already looking forward to playing again in January.”

Li will be joined by two-time Major Champion and 2010 Race to Dubai winner Martin Kaymer, who is no stranger to success in the UAE, having won in Abu Dhabi on three separate occasions and he will tee it up at the Majlis Course looking to claim a first European Tour title in five years.

“It’s going to be a fantastic experience being back in Dubai” said the 34-year-old Kaymer, who rose to World Number One back in 2011. “I have had plenty of success in the region and, while I’ve not won this particular event as yet, I still get a good feeling being back in the country. Not only is the course always in great condition, the tournament is well run and the field one of the strongest on the Tour outside the Majors. It should be a great week.”

Himself a fellow US Open Champion, Graeme McDowell will head to Dubai looking to continue a resurgence that has seen him claim a fourth career PGA Tour title in 2019 and qualify for the Open Championship in dramatic fashion. Holing a 40-foot putt across the 72nd green at the RBC Canadian Open earlier this summer allowed the Northern Irishman to tee it up at Royal Portrush and he will hope to continue that kind of form into next season when he returns to Emirates Golf Club for the first time since 2018.

McDowell said: “I am really excited for next season and I hope the form I’ve found this year can continue. Being a Ryder Cup year, many of us will be looking at getting our qualification campaigns off to the best possible starts and the OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic would be a great place to do that.”

Tyrrell Hatton, who made a maiden Ryder Cup appearance last September, will arrive in the UAE next January looking for a first European Tour title in the region. He has form though, having previously finished second at the 2016 DP World Tour Championship and sixth at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship a year prior, so it would be no surprise to see him go a few better and take the title next year.

“I always love playing the Majlis course,” said Hatton. “I’ve finished eighth and third at the event there in the past, plus I always enjoy playing in Dubai as the weather and course conditions are just perfect. So many great players have won this event over the past 30-plus years and to add my name to that list would be incredible. I can’t wait.”

With the four-day event set to be bigger and better than ever, offering an enhanced hospitality experience, contemporary food and beverage offers and a rejuvenated kids’ zone, in addition to a truly world-class field, this is the perfect time to book daily, season or Terrace Hospitality tickets with prices starting from AED75.

The inaugural OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic was played in 1989 and won by England’s Mark James. Since then, the roll of honour has boasted some of the biggest names in golf over the past 30 years, including the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Fred Couples, Rory McIlroy, Colin Montgomerie and Tiger Woods.

To purchase hospitality, season or daily tickets, go to: https://www.omegadubaidesertclassic.com/buy-tickets/

For more information on the OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic, visit: https://www.omegadubaidesertclassic.com/

Nicklaus Companies Announces License with Smathers & Branson

"Golden Bear" to be featured on high-end accessories line


(Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) - Nicklaus Companies and Smathers & Branson-the greatest name in golf and the leading manufacturer of custom needlepoint accessories-have signed a licensing agreement for a collection of Jack Nicklaus branded products. The collection showcases the iconic Jack Nicklaus and Golden Bear logoed trademarks, and they will be available in green-grass shops, resorts, and specialty stores across the country. The first products to debut in the Nicklaus Collection include belts, bar wear, and key fobs.

"Jack Nicklaus is one of the most respected names and brands in the game and in sports, and we are proud to be a partner," said Chris Piper, Smathers & Branson. "The Golden Bear trademark is recognized around the world, and we have created a special Nicklaus Collection that will feature this iconic logo and be available at green grass shops, special stores, and online."

Smathers & Branson begun while founders Peter Carter and Austin Branson were college roommates 15 years ago with a line of attractive needlepoint belts crafted by skilled artisans. The company has since expanded into putter headcovers, key fobs, hats, wallets, and other high-end accessories bearing needlepointed logos, names, and images. Its other licensees include some of the most prestigious organizations in sports, among them the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, and NCAA.

"What Peter and Austin have created at Smathers & Branson in such a short time is simply remarkable," said Andy O'Brien, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Licensing & Communications at the Nicklaus Companies. "The high-end quality and obviously very popular products are the perfect fit for our brand and a key part of our expansion into more lifestyle products around the world."

For additional information about Smathers & Branson, access the web site at www.smathersandbranson.com. To learn more about Nicklaus Companies, go to www.nicklaus.com.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

GOLFPASS Unveils "Top 100 Instruction Tips"

Some of the Biggest Names in Golf Featured, Including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Butch Harmon, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Annika Sorenstam and More


(ORLANDO, Fla.) – The results are in and GOLFPASS today is unveiling the Top 100 Instruction Tips from an archive of thousands that have been seen across the family of GOLF Channel brands throughout the company’s nearly 25-year history.

“If you think about the library we’ve been building since 1995 that features tips from just about every notable player and coach in the game, then you have an archive of video instruction that is unequaled,” said Justin Tupper, senior vice president, Content and Strategy, GOLFPASS. “We are making all that amazing content more easily available and enjoyed through digital channels, like GOLFPASS. In this instance, we’ve culled through thousands of tips in order to present the 100 we think golfers have benefited from the most.”

Available exclusively to GOLPASS members, the Top 100 Instruction Tips feature some of the biggest names in the history of the game doling out sage advice to help any golfer’s game, including Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Cameron McCormick, Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus, Butch Harmon, Annika Sorenstam, Martin Hall, Sean Foley, Chris Como, Gary Player, David Leadbetter and Michael Bannon, just to name a few. Helping viewers navigate the collection of tips is GOLF Channel’s Lauren Thompson, who will introduce the tips in 10, weekly installments.

Some of the tips highlighting 100-91 include:
- Tiger Woods gives a clinic on how to control trajectory with your irons.
- Bubba Watson reveals how he executed his famous hook shot from the trees on his way to winning the 2012 Masters.
- Brad Faxon teaches a drill that helped him become one of the greatest putters of all time.
- Martin Hall reveals how “The Three Brush Crush” will synchronize your swing and add distance.

The video tips included in the Top 100 were determined by an expert panel based both on science and art. Search, views and ratings helped narrow the list, while quality of the tip and how it was presented by the instructor also played a role.

Other instructional video recently debuting in the Learn section of GOLFPASS includes Pop-Up GOLF Clinic, a new series produced on-location at select golf clinics around the world and capturing some of golf’s biggest stars sharing their best golf tips and advice. GOLFPASS founder McIlroy is the featured professional in the first clinic.

GOLFPASS IS DESIGNED FOR TODAY’S GOLFER: Now available in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland and Australia, GOLFPASS’ ever-growing list of additional perks and benefits also includes:
- Monthly tee-time credit toward a round of golf at a choice of more than 7,000 GOLFNOW partner golf courses in 26 countries around the world.
- In addition to Top 100 Instruction Tips and Pop-Up GOLF Clinic, GOLFPASS members get access to more than 4,000 on-demand instruction videos featuring many of the world’s elite coaches, including Michael Bannon (McIlroy’s coach), Sean Foley (Justin Rose’s coach) and Chris Como, and includes tips from golf legends like Paul Azinger, Nick Faldo, Gary Player, Annika Sorenstam and more. Other benefits include special pricing and early access to Revolution GOLF Schools, and golf-specific fitness and training programs, including Core Golf with Don Saladino.
- Opportunity to shop more than 70 top brands, including Linksoul, J. Lindeberg, as well as American icon Bill Murray’s golf lifestyle brand, William Murray Golf. Members also can take advantage of exclusive member pricing on clubs, apparel, accessories, digital instructional tools and training aids. Shipping is free in North America.
- Unlimited $100 travel credits at a selection of top resorts, and insider travel information and custom itineraries built from GOLF Advisor experiences at more than 10,000 golf destinations around the world.
- Access to a video library totaling more than 1,000 hours, including GOLFPASS originals, featuring McIlroy and other notable personalities, as well as GOLF Channel’s robust video archive, which spans historic competitions, insight from golf’s biggest names and award-winning franchises like Emmy-nominated Feherty, GOLF Films and more.

Providing more of everything golfers love about the game, a GOLFPASS membership is unmatched in golf and available for $99 per year or $9.99 per month via GOLFPASS.com and via connected TV, iOS and Android apps.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Silverado Resort & Spa and Napa Wineries are Open for Business

(Napa, Calif.) – As news of recent wildfires in Northern and Southern California made national headlines, Silverado Resort and Spa, a luxury destination resort located in Napa Valley, reminds visitors that wine country is open for business.

“Our hearts go out to those affected by the California wildfires, the devastation of the past few weeks is heartbreaking,” said John Evans, general manager, Silverado Resort and Spa. “It is important to note that the Kincade Fire, located in Sonoma, is now contained and that the fire remained 45 miles away from the grapevines, wineries and resorts of Napa Valley. If you were planning a fall or winter visit to wine country, don’t be deterred. Now is a wonderful time to visit, the fall foliage is turning to reds and golds, while the smell of crushed grapes is in the air.”

To help tourism return to the region, Silverado Resort and Spa has teamed with a number of local wineries to develop their Cabernet Package. Valid now through April 30, 2020, the Cabernet Package includes 35 percent off luxury accommodations at Silverado Resort, two-for-one winery tasting passes and a $50 resort credit.

Silverado Resort and Spa is Napa Valley's only 36-hole golf resort. The 7,166-yard, par 72 North Course annually hosts the PGA TOUR’s Safeway Open, while the 6,612-yard, par 72 South Course is a favorite among members and resort guests. Both courses were re-designed by World Golf Hall of Fame member and former lead NBC golf analyst Johnny Miller. In 2019, the North Course was named to Golfweek’s Best 2019: Top 200 Resort Courses ranking. In addition to two 18-hole golf courses, Silverado features 340 guest rooms, a full service Spa, 10 tennis courts and 10 swimming pools, all in close proximity to Napa Valley’s 540-plus wineries.

Silverado Resort and Spa can be experienced in many ways; including golf stay and play packages, golf groups of 12 or more players, through lessons and golf schools at the Johnny Miller Golf Academy or by becoming a member and joining the Silverado community.

For more information on Silverado Resort and Spa, visit www.silveradoresort.com.

For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.

Nevada’s Longest Running Professional Golf Tournament, The Nevada Open, Names it’s 2019 Champion

Brett White from Houston, Texas takes home first-place prize of $31,350


(Mesquite, Nev.) — The three-day Nevada Open tournament hosted by Mesquite Gaming, owner of CasaBlanca Resort and Virgin River Hotel in Mesquite, Nevada named it's champion today after the final round at the CasaBlanca Golf Club. Brett White from Houston, Texas claimed the top prize at 19-under-par shooting 196 for the tournament to win the first-place prize of $31,350. The 54-hole event welcomed more than 220 players traveling across more than 25 states, all vying for this year’s increased prize purse of $150,000.

Brett White started the tournament on Tuesday at the Palms Golf Club shooting a 2-under-par 69 with four birdies on the day.  He shot a great second round of 63 at the CasaBlanca Golf Club, featuring a bogey free round with seven birdies and an eagle on the par-5 15th hole and putting him in first place entering the final round.  White backed his second round up on Wednesday with a stellar final round of 64 at the CasaBlanca Golf Club to bring home the title. He closed the tournament and secured the win by birding four out of the last five holes. White had plenty of pursuers including second place finisher Brandon Bauman from Las Vegas who finished 17-under-par for the tournament.

“The Nevada Open is a staple event for many golfers around the U.S. each year, and we saw some great players perform at a very high level,” said Christian Adderson, tournament director for Mesquite Gaming. “Now the fun continues as we begin our CasaBlanca Two Man tournament tomorrow, which features more than 100 teams.”

All golfers played their first two rounds at each of the award winning and scenic courses, the CasaBlanca Golf Club and the Palms Golf Club. The final round featured the top 69 golfers who made the cut after the first two rounds and was played at the CasaBlanca Golf Club.

Following the tournament, Mesquite Gaming presented a $1,000 donation to the Mesquite Junior Golf Association.

For final round results and tournament totals, visit golfgenius.com.

For more information, visit casablancaresort.com. Follow Mesquite Gaming on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Discover Puerto Rico This November, Enjoy Pre-High Season Rates and Lush Beauty

Ideal for People Seeking a Bio-Diverse Island with Acclaimed Hotels, Beaches, Gastronomy, Golf Courses


(SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO) – Tropical relaxation and thrilling activities await discovery in Puerto Rico this month, a time when our soul-caressing Island offers a cornucopia of Caribbean getaway attractions. Whether you strive to escape frosty mornings and bone-chilling wind, or you need to frolic on an enchanting Island while rejuvenating through sensual pleasures or adventure activities, Puerto Rico beckons.

November is ideally suited to please a variety of desires – from teeing it up at 17 gorgeous golf courses and exploring the Island’s culture and history, to relishing spectacular food dishes and luxuriating at boutique hotels, short-term rentals, or iconic hospitality brand properties. Best of all, prices are particularly budget friendly and provide more options as Puerto Rico doesn’t hit peak season until after Thanksgiving.

If glamourous sophistication is your muse, consider The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Rio Grande. Starting with an oceanside setting where panoramic turquoise sea views welcome visitors, the resort’s Iridium Spa and Bahia Wellness Center sooth and inspire. Formal and casual dining options are offered, as is the astounding Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed 18-hole course. After a fulfilling day, sink into sumptuous oceanfront or garden view rooms or suites.

Also in Rio Grande, The Resort at Coco Beach enables guest to stay steps from the water in beachside suites. A Hyatt affiliated hotel, the family friendly resort is framed against the backdrop of the beautiful El Yunque rainforest on one side, the ocean on the other. Lounge by the sprawling lagoon-style pool, play golf at one of two 18-hole championship golf courses – home of the PGA TOUR’s Puerto Rico Open – or tour the historic buildings of nearby Old San Juan.

Not into resorts and seek more authentic Island life experiences? Explore any of Puerto Rico’s dozens of municipalities, where their unique culture and convivial spirit stimulate intrepid travelers. Delight in Puerto’s Rico’s Street Food or elite restaurants; both abound with flavorful options to satisfy every palette. Appreciate the eco-sensitivity of El Yunque rain forest or the Island’s bio-luminescent bays, or party with locals, ride some waves, and relax on the beach. The leisure and lifestyle options are many on Puerto Rico, and the timing perfect for a late fall respite.

Arriving in Puerto Rico is easy and particularly appreciated by American citizens who don’t need passports to enter the bilingual Island where the U.S. dollar is used. The Island’s offers numerous non-stop flights from major cities in North America, particularly along the Eastern Seaboard.

For more information on Island getways, golf courses, resorts, and other destination attractions, visit: DiscoverPuertoRico.com.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

USA Women’s Team Disqualified at The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship

(TRINITY, Texas) — During the first round of the 2019 Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship at Whispering Pines Golf Club, the USA Women’s Team signed for an incorrect scorecard and was disqualified from the competition per Rule 23.2b of the Rules of Golf.

On the par-3 third hole, the women’s team recorded a 2 for Emilia Migliaccio; however, Kaitlyn Papp was the player who made the 2 on that hole. No other team score was recorded for the women’s team on the third hole. According to Rule 23.2b, which applies to Four-Ball Stroke Play, the score for the hole must be identified to the correct partner.

The error was self-reported by Team USA.

Although the USA Women’s Team was disqualified, the USA Men’s Team will continue to compete in the championship in both the Men’s Team Championship and Men’s Individual Championship. Team USA is no longer eligible to compete for the Combined International Championship.
“Playing within the Rules is at the core of The Spirit and its competitors,” Team USA Captain Stacy Lewis said. “While Team USA is certainly disappointed, they understand the implications. The fact that Emilia and Kaitlyn want to continue to play without being in contention for the championship shows their true spirit, integrity and love of this great game.”

For more information about The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship, visit TheSpiritGolf.com.

Golf Life Navigators Releases Compelling Real Estate Data

Desire for New Consumer Home Builds Rises Significantly


(NAPLES, Fla.) — Golf Life Navigators (GLN) – the world’s only virtual marketplace for consumer-to-club connections – just released intriguing real estate statistics on new home construction highlighted by a continued desire to live within a golf community or near a private club.

The valuable industry data results from more than 21,500 prospective private club members completing GLN’s innovative ProGuide3, which focuses on real estate criteria, golf, offered amenities and lifestyle by identifying and “matching” over 450 private clubs and communities across the Sun Belt.

Among the key highlights of GLN’s “New Construction Trends Report”:
- The desire for new construction by consumers in the marketplace rose 150% in 2019.
- The average timeframe for new home transition is 13 months, while the average age of GLN’s real estate buyers is 58.
- 57% of these buyers would like to live within a gated golf community, 95% would also like a full golf membership.
- Among the ideal desires of prospective buyers is a single-family home ranging from 2,000-3,000 square feet with an average price point of $550,000.
- Demand for non-resident memberships has increased almost 8% in the past two years.
- 65% of clubs report they now have a non-resident membership option, which gives consumers the chance to build in a non-golf community and become a non-resident member. This is a 15% increase in the past three years.

“Customers are no longer looking for the huge two-story mega mansions, preferring instead homes and lifestyles promoting wellness, healthy living, kid-friendly as well as offering casual resort-style options,” says Jason Becker, CEO of GLN. “New residential developments that continue to sprout up, especially in the South, are amenity-rich while catering to healthy living, innovative social events that foster friendships and a sense of community, kid-friendly fun areas, exercise options for all levels of fitness and dog parks for pet lovers.”

Becker added, “Non-resident golf memberships are also gaining interest and provide communities with opportunities for buyers to have a fabulous golf experience and live outside the development if desired.”

In September, GLN released its new consumer buying trends report showcasing industry defining data for golf communities and the private club sector. Among the key highlights of this compelling report: 94% of buyers indicate the practice facility is the top-ranked amenity within the golf operation; 46% of buyers indicate a preference to live outside the gates of golf communities, a 4% uptick since 2018; and women value the private club investment aspect as five times more important than the men surveyed.

Based in South Florida with an active presence across the U.S., GLN showcases “best-matched” potential members with golf and country club options in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, California, Texas and Georgia. GLN’s real estate experts, Golf Life Properties, identify primary and secondary residences in golf and non-golf communities.

GLN’s next generation of its marketplace provides unprecedented flexibility and access to its platform for clubs seeking exposure and connection with highly qualified prospective members. The updated GLN marketplace now features three levels of participation to provide clubs with an experience tailored to their membership recruitment needs: Marketplace Entry and Marketplace Link. Marketplace Pro will be GLN’s premier level offering clubs a series of data and analytics programming.

Its proprietary Membership Sales Solutions program assists private clubs in automating their existing sales systems, improving salesperson performance, as well as devising and systemizing personally tailored visits for prospective members. The unique and forward-looking program is a sales system with many aspects that, if desired, can be implemented, customized and fully functional within 24 hours.

Other prominent features of the Membership Sales Solutions Program include social media and digital marketing, website evaluation and recommendations, as well as executive candidate searches and prospect experience audits. The unique “Prospect Experience Audits” act as a “secret shopper” highlighting aspects where clubs both thrive and need improvement in turning tours into members.

More information: www.golflifenavigators.com 800.447.8707.

McIlroy Leads PGA Money List Odds

(WAGER) — After winning in 2018 and finishing runner-up last year, oddsmakers have made Rory McIlroy the favorite to land top spot on the PGA Tour money list in 2020.

SportsBetting.ag (Twitter: @SportsBettingAG) tabbed McIlroy with 2/1 odds to take home the money title. Brooks Koepka also has better than 5/1 odds while Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods are both less than 10/1.

Other prop bets being offered at the sportsbook revolve around Tiger Woods. When Woods will get his 83rd victory, how many majors he'll win, if he'll be an Olympian and whether or not he'll select himself as a President's Cup captain's pick tomorrow are on the betting board.

Current odds (subject to change): https://www.sportsbetting.ag/sportsbook/futures-and-props/golf---specials

Will Tiger Woods pick himself for Presidents Cup?
Yes -500
No +300

Money List Odds
Rory McIlroy 2/1
Brooks Koepka 3/1
Justin Thomas 6/1
Tiger Woods 9/1
Jon Rahm 12/1
Dustin Johnson 14/1
Xander Schauffele 16/1
Hideki Matsuyama 22/1
Patrick Cantlay 22/1
Justin Rose 40/1
Bryson DeChambeau 50/1
Jordan Spieth 50/1
Lanto Griffin 66/1
Rickie Fowler 66/1
Tony Finau 66/1
Joaquin Niemann 80/1
Collin Morikawa 100/1
Matt Kuchar 100/1
Patrick Reed 100/1
Matthew Wolff 125/1
Viktor Hovland 125/1