Thursday, February 28, 2019

PUMA Golf Unveils IGNITE PROADAPT Footwear Designed in Collaboration with Rickie Fowler

Fowler Adapted to the Conditions in PUMA’s New Footwear During His Victory at Waste Management Phoenix Open; Now All Golfers Can Experience the Same Comfort & Performance

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – PUMA Golf’s IGNITE PROADAPT footwear delivers Tour-proven stability, unparalleled traction and extreme comfort, in a superior, sophisticated package, designed with the world’s best golfers in mind. The PROADAPT shoe’s outsole utilizes Dual-Durometer Tornado Cleats which deliver excellent traction, along with torsional stability provided from the full length PROADAPT TPU outsole. The shoe also features a stable, full-grain leather upper design, preferred by PGA Tour professional Rickie Fowler. Fowler debuted PROADAPT earlier this season and relied on them during his recent victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

“During the footwear design and creation process, we work with our Tour team, utilizing their feedback to deliver shoes that reflect the feel and performance desired by the best golfers in the world,” said Andrew Lawson, Footwear Product Line Manager at PUMA Golf. “Rickie was involved from the earliest stages of design, expressing his desire for an upper that provides a ton of support with premium styling. Better players will love these shoes as they offer comfort, maximum stability, ground traction and motion control through your golf swing.”

The IGNITE PROADAPT footwear comes equipped with a one-year waterproof warranty and utilize key PUMA technologies including:
· Pro-Fit Insole – This ultra-soft, yet supportive PU insole provides excellent fit, performance and long-lasting comfort on the course.
· Adaptive Fit System – Dual-layer, decoupled collar construction utilizes premium full-grain leather materials and a molded comfort collar to provide the comfort of a running shoe, but the look of a high-end leather shoe.
· Atlantis Leather Upper – Ultra-premium, full-grain leather upper delivers soft feel, enhanced quality and sophisticated look.
· IGNITE Foam – Revolutionary and proprietary PU foam provides ideal energy return, responsive comfort, stable cushioning and superior step-in comfort eliminating typical new footwear “break-in period.”
· Pro-Form TPU – Premium TPU Outsole compound delivers high performance, grip and abrasion resistance on all surfaces.
· Tornado Cleat – a dual talon, low-profile cleat provides excellent traction and long-lasting abrasion resistance, and is easy to change out using the Fast Twist 3.0 system.

The PROADAPTs are available in three eye-catching colorways (White/Gray Violet, Black/Dark Shadow and Gray Violet/White) and feature a retail price of $200. In addition to the core PROADAPT collection, PUMA Golf will introduce several limited edition PROADAPT shoes throughout the year. Keep an eye out for the first two at the 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational and PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP, respectively.

The PUMA IGNITE PROADAPT’s are available now for pre-sale on and at select retailers. They will hit stores on March 13, 2019.

South Florida – The Perfect Pairing of Diamonds and Divots

For baseball fans, the smell of freshly cut grass – along with the sound of bats cracking and gloves popping – signal the start of spring. Springtime also signifies the time for golfers to get ready for the new season, especially in Florida, where 16 major league baseball teams conduct spring training.

Below are two of our favorite South Florida places perfectly pairing “diamonds and divots”.

PGA Golf Club – The quiet town of Port St. Lucie is the spring training home of the New York Mets featuring Robinson Cano, returning to the Big Apple this year, and fan-favorite, Noah Syndergaard. Port St. Lucie is not only a focal point of the Grapefruit League, but a place where fans can enjoy the shortgrass of PGA Golf Club, as well.

Ranked among the “Top 75 Golf Resorts in North America” by Golf Digest, PGA Golf Club is home to three breathtaking golf courses offering truly unique experiences.

The Wanamaker Course is widely considered as one of the most picturesque layouts in Florida. Legendary architect Tom Fazio designed a course that blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Fairways routed around wetlands, gentle hills and native palmetto and sabal palms will have fans forgetting about baseball players, bleachers and scoreboards for a while.

However, you will find it hard to escape the sand on the Dye Course, which features some of the most elaborate bunkers east of the Mississippi. Designed by the mastermind himself, Pete Dye, it’s as beautiful as it is challenging. Deep pot sand traps, vast coquina waste areas and devilish greens will surely entertain golfers of all skill levels.

Finally, spring training may also inspire team golf, and what better course to gather with friends than on the Ryder Course? After a recently completed renovation project that enhanced the greens and surrounding areas, this course is in prime shape for some friendly competition. The layout meanders over rolling hills and through majestic pine trees along with several lakes and ponds lining the fairways and guarding the greens.

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PGA National Resort & Spa – A plethora of teams make their spring training homes near Palm Beach, making it a baseball fanatic’s dream start to the season.

Roger Dean Stadium in nearby Jupiter serves as the home of the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins, and the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals share The Ballpark at Palm Beaches. While the baseball players are warming up, golfers swarm to PGA National Resort & Spa in nearby Palm Beach Gardens.

Site of the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic since 2007, PGA National is home to the legendary “Bear Trap” – hole Nos. 15 through 17 on its Champion Course that USA TODAY hails as “one of the toughest stretches in golf.” In addition to the Bear Trap, immaculate conditions and a challenging layout make the Champion Course a favorite among TOUR pros and amateurs.

PGA National also features four added first-class layouts for baseball fans to take their best swing at: The Palmer, The Fazio, The Squire and The Estate. Additionally, “on campus” are the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and David Pelz Scoring Game School for individual instruction and group clinics.

Guests may also be late to spring training after they see the resort’s 33,000-square-foot world-class Sports & Racquet Club which features a wide array of fitness activities and classes. After a hard workout, a visit to The Spa is in order where guests can consult with a team of skilled therapists and enjoy the steam rooms, saunas and Waters of the World. The visit can be concluded in style at the chef-driven Ironwood Steak & Seafood restaurant just off the resort’s lobby.

PGA National’s Gold Golf package is ideal for a fan spring training / golf getaway. It features luxury accommodations with a private balcony or terrace, full breakfast daily in the Palm Terrace, one round per day as well as unlimited range balls and complimentary bag storage. Rates start at $339 per person (per night, based on double occupancy) through April 30. A surcharge is required for all rounds on The Champion ($135) and Palmer Course ($50). To learn more visit

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Volvik Introduces Tour S3 and Tour S4 Golf Balls

(ORLANDO, Florida) – Volvik (, known the world over for its high performance golf balls featuring more than 23 vibrant color options, has introduced the NEW Tour S3 and Tour S4 golf balls. Both of these products feature urethane covers and multi-layer technology for tour-level performance and pinpoint accuracy. The S3 and S4 already have received wide acclaim among players around the world.

“The Tour S3 and Tour S4 golf balls are the penultimate signature Volvik brand,” said Don Shin, president of Volvik USA, “providing premium performance characteristics and driving confidence with players who demand the very best.”

Volvik Tour S3 balls offer maximum distance for players with driver swing speeds from 95-110 mph, creating a mid-launch, low spin trajectory. They feature a unique three-piece oversized BISMUTH mixed core construction, a patented VU-X Urethane cover, 85 compression and 336 dimples for excellent control and pin-seeking accuracy. The S3 is offered in White and Orange Glossy color options.

Volvik Tour S4 balls provide maximum distance for swing speeds over 105 mph. This product provides a high launch, low spin off the driver, and high greenside wedge spin. The S4 features a four-piece BISMUTH dual core construction, patented VU-X Urethane cover, 90 compression and 336 dimples, providing outstanding control and consistency. The S4 is offered in White and Green Glossy color options and both products feature a unique outline of hearts, diamond, spades and clubs around each number.

Golfers everywhere are discovering Volvik, the founder of the matte-finish golf ball and maker of the #1 matte-finish VIVID ball. With a tagline of “Change the Game,” Volvik is making golf fun again. Young golfers are increasing their engagement with the game because they love the Volvik colors, while experienced players are realizing that Volvik, “not just a pretty face,” manufactures golf balls that provide players with power, distance, precision and control.

Greensboro’s Sedgefield CC Dye Course Will Become a Semi-Private Facility

Will restore its original name, The Cardinal by Pete Dye

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Raleigh-based McConnell Golf has announced that on March 1, 2019, the Sedgefield Country Club Dye Course near Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro will become a semi-private facility and will restore its original name, The Cardinal by Pete Dye.

“We are excited about this change and look forward to increased rounds and activity on the golf course,” wrote McConnell Golf Triad Regional Director Beverly Marler in a letter to the membership. “Rest assured membership will still have its privileges.”

In 2006, McConnell Golf purchased the Cardinal Golf & Country Club, a Pete Dye-designed masterpiece originally constructed in 1974 and host to many nationally recognized amateur tournaments, including the club’s renowned Cardinal Amateur.

McConnell poured nearly $5 million in renovations to the clubhouse and golf course, most notably hiring Dye to return and fully restore his original design. Today, the Cardinal is recognized as one of the state’s most challenging courses.

In 2013, McConnell Golf streamlined operations with the merger of The Cardinal and Greensboro’s Sedgefield Country Club, which McConnell Golf has owned since 2011 and which annually hosts the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship. As a result of the merger, McConnell Golf realized improvement to its bottom line.

Yet, McConnell Golf still found itself with an underutilized golf course and a need for further improvement to the financial position of the property. They found that the current level of golf members did not generate enough rounds to sustain operations.

With its recent announcement, McConnell Golf opens up The Cardinal tee sheet for non-member play. McConnell Golf also announced that:
- All members will have preferred access to the tee sheet, allowing them to secure the same prime times to which they are accustomed.
- All Full Golf members may retain the same access that is currently enjoyed at Sedgefield and other McConnell Golf properties.
- All Dye Family Golf members may retain their same membership privileges at The Cardinal as well as dining privileges at Sedgefield.
- All current dues/fees will remain in place.

In addition, McConnell Golf is utilizing GolfNow to help generate interest and better market The Cardinal in the Greensboro area. GolfNow is the world's leading tee-time marketplace with more than 3.5 million registered users, who have the ability to search and book golf online — or via mobile devices — any time of day at more than 6,000 golf courses worldwide.

McConnell Golf first expanded into public golf courses in 2016 when it signed a 10-year lease to operate the 27-hole Raleigh Golf Association course. At The Cardinal, as at RGA, McConnell Golf will bring its customer service model to the semi-private market to help separate themselves from the competition.

McConnell Golf will continue to sell Dye Family Golf memberships for The Cardinal. In addition, Head Golf Professional Chris Terry and his team will continue to offer a full calendar of golf tournaments, events, and programs throughout the year that are available exclusively to members — including Full Golf members who have access to all McConnell Golf properties, existing Dye Family Golf members and any new Cardinal memberships. These programs will not be open to non-members.

Martin Trainer Wins First PGA Tour Win

(RELEASE) — In only his 11th PGA Tour start, Srixon staffer and rookie Martin Trainer captured his first PGA Tour win at the Puerto Rico Open. Trainer got off to a hot start in the final round and finished with seven birdies on his way to a five-under 67. Trainer, who credited his all-new Z-STAR golf ball, was in total control throughout the final round on his way to victory.

Srixon equipment Trainer had in the bag:
· Srixon Z U85 Utility Iron (18º)
  o Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
· Srixon Z 785 Irons (4-PW)
  o Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
· Cleveland RTX 4 (52º MID, 56º FULL, 60º LOW)
  o Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
· Srixon Z-STAR

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Steve Stricker Named United States Captain for 2020 Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup veteran will lead U.S. in pursuit of second straight home Ryder Cup victory; Jim Furyk to serve as U.S. Vice Captain; Selection Criteria For 2020 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Also Announced

(MILWAUKEE , WIS.) –  PGA of America President Suzy Whaley announced that Steve Stricker will serve as the United States Ryder Cup Team Captain for the 43rd Ryder Cup, which will be played September 22-27, 2020 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Stricker becomes the 29th U.S. Captain since the Ryder Cup’s inception in 1927.

A native of Edgerton, Wisconsin (located 95 miles southwest of Whistling Straits), Stricker made his Ryder Cup debut in 2008 (at the age of 41) and played in three consecutive Ryder Cups (2008, ‘10, ‘12).

“Steve Stricker's career has long established a place of prominence in American golf," said Whaley, who joined Stricker for an introductory news conference in Milwaukee. “Yet, he’s as relevant as ever -- as evidenced by three wins last year on the PGA Tour Champions -- and he has a wonderful ability to connect with players of all ages. Steve’s vision for his Captaincy is laser focused and we are elated to have this hometown favorite as our U.S. Ryder Cup Captain for 2020 at Whistling Straits.”

The 51-year-old Stricker was a member of winning U.S. Ryder Cup efforts in 2008 and ‘16, the latter as a Vice Captain. A 12-time winner on the PGA Tour, Striker also played in five Presidents Cups, an event at which he served as victorious U.S. Captain in 2017.

“In our sport, in this country, there is no greater honor than to Captain the United States Ryder Cup Team,” said Stricker, who was inducted into the Wisconsin State Golf Association Hall of Fame in December 2007. "I am humbled by both the opportunity at hand and the responsibility that comes with the position. I'd like to thank the PGA Ryder Cup Committee for their belief in me.

“While we were disappointed with the result in Paris, I am confident the setback will fuel our preparations for what will take place at Whistling Straits. Europe's talent will present a great challenge, but we will be focused on what we can accomplish together in 2020 in my home state, in front of a loyal legion of sports fans in Wisconsin. It's going to be a memorable week."

In his first act as Ryder Cup Captain, Stricker named Jim Furyk as the first of his Vice Captains. Furyk served as U.S. Captain in 2018 and played in nine Ryder Cups.

Padraig Harrington, 47, of Ireland was named 2020 European Ryder Cup Captain last month.

The selection criteria for the 2020 U.S. Ryder Cup Team was also announced.
All U.S. players will have the opportunity to earn points beginning in 2019 and concluding immediately after the second FedEx Cup Play-Off event (BMW Championship) on August 23, 2020:
2019 Major Championships: 1 Point per $1,000 earned
-- The Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open & The Open
2019 WGC Events and The Players Championship: 1 Point per $2,000 earned
-- WGC-Mexico Championship; WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship; The Players Championship; WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational; WGC-HSBC Champions
2020 Regular PGA Tour events: 1 point per $1,000 earned
-- Beginning January 1, 2020, through the end of the second FedEx Cup Play-Offs (BMW Championship), August 23, 2020; includes the Zurich Classic of New Orleans team event and WGC events
-- 2020 Opposite Field PGA TOUR events will NOT receive points
2020 Major Championships: 2 Points per $1,000 earned for the Winner; 1.5 Points per $1,000 earned for all others to make the cut
-- The Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open & The Open

The points system for the American team will conclude on August 23, 2020 with the top eight (8) players on the points list securing spots on the U.S. Team.

The four (4) remaining slots on the U.S. Team will be Captain’s Selections and will be announced by the U.S. Captain on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, immediately following the Tour Championship.
For more information about the Ryder Cup, visit

The Golf Auction Presents Rare, Coveted Pieces of the PGA REACH Collection

Online Auction conducted through March 3; All proceeds benefit PGA REACH initiatives in Youth, Military and Inclusion

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – Rare collectibles spanning more than a century and featuring many of golf’s greatest performers, personalities and championships shape the PGA REACH Collection, which will be open through March 3. Managed through The Golf Auction (TGA) of Tampa, Florida, all proceeds will benefit the initiatives of PGA Foundation Inc., d/b/a PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America.

Highlighted items in the collection include memorabilia from President Dwight Eisenhower, Arnold Palmer, a 1999 PGA Championship pin flag signed by Tiger Woods, vintage golf clubs and more.

Public bidding is open Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. ET, and available by visiting All items sold in the PGA REACH Collection will be accompanied by a letter of provenance.

Among the featured items offered in the initial auction period:
- Arnold Palmer’s D6 Driver Specifications Sheet
- Tiger Woods Autographed 1999 PGA Championship at Medinah flag
- Circa 1900 Tom Morris Splice Neck Wood
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower Spalding Wood-Shafted Calamity Jane putter
- Circa 1850 John Jackson Long Nose Play Club
- 1931 U.S. Ryder Cup Team photo collage with other original photos
- 1933-46 PGA Championship Qualifier Player Badges
- 1972 54th PGA Championship at Oakland Hills Signed Player Listing with Officers
- Epiphone Les Paul Studio model electric guitar, presented by 2003 PGA Champion Shaun Micheel
2004 U.S. Ryder Cup Captains signed poster, and much more

Interested bidders will be able to review images and online descriptions in a presentation by TGA, by visiting

All winning bids for auction items will be deemed to be at fair market value. As a result, none of the items are eligible for a charitable tax deduction and no acknowledgement letters will be provided.

Fred Couples Kicks Off Season Nine of "Feherty" Tonight at 9 p.m. ET

Initial Episode Line-up to Also Include Trio of Young American PGA TOUR Stars: Koepka (March 11), DeChambeau (March 18) & Finau (March 25)

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – World Golf Hall of Fame member – and 15-time PGA TOUR winner – Fred Couples will join David Feherty on the season premiere of GOLF Channel’s Emmy-nominated original series, Feherty presented by Farmers Insurance®, on Monday, February 25 at 9 p.m. ET. Part I of a two-part interview with Couples, the premiere will kick off the ninth season of the series that initially debuted in 2011, for which Feherty has earned two Emmy nominations (Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host).

Filmed at Twin Dolphin Golf Club in Mexico – a new course that Couples designed – Part I of the episode will feature a wide range of topics, including:
- Couples’ introduction to the game, picking the driving range at a par-3 course in Seattle.
- Memories from collegiate golf days at the University of Houston, including years spent as a roommate of CBS Sports’ play-by-play host Jim Nantz.
- Recalling the unorthodox circumstance that led to him turning professional.
- Recounting his victory at the 1992 Masters, and the special moment afterward in Butler Cabin with Nantz.
- Reflecting on his first time playing with Tiger Woods, in a practice round at the Masters.
- Revisiting his two victories at THE PLAYERS Championship (1984, 1996).

Upcoming Guests on Feherty
Part II of Feherty’s interview with Couples will premiere the following Monday, March 4, at 9 p.m. ET on GOLF Channel. Other upcoming guests (premiering Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET) include:
- Brooks Koepka (March 11) – Three-time major winner, and current No. 2 in the world
- Bryson DeChambeau (March 18) – Five-time PGA TOUR winner, and No. 5 in the world
- Tony Finau (March 25) – PGA TOUR winner, and No. 12 in the world

USAGA Join Forces with Ernie Els Foundation #GameON Autism Golf Program During Honda Classic

(BURR RIDGE, IL) - The United States Adaptive Golf Alliance (USAGA) will be joining the Ernie Els Foundation #GameON Autism Golf program, in conducting two clinics for golfers with autism, February 26, during Honda Classic week at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

The USAGA, building inclusion through the game of golf, provides adaptive golf instruction, clinics and tournaments, to over 20,000 disabled participants annually, including 24% combat wounded service personnel. The USAGA, a 501(C)3 national coalition of adaptive golf organizations with common goals and objectives, includes 36-member organizations across the United States.  The USAGA mission is to provide these para-golf athletes an opportunity to learn and gain access to play the game despite any cognitive, physical, sensory or age-related impairments or challenges.

“#GameON is a wonderful program and I really enjoy attending as many of these clinics as my schedule allows,” says Ernie Els, winner of four Major Championships and Founder of the Ernie Els Foundation. “It’s always a lot of fun, seeing the amazing feedback from the kids and the smiles on their faces. Seriously, everyone gets a real kick out of that. And it’s great to hear that we have the USAGA on board for two of our outings at the Honda Classic. I love what the USAGA is doing to promote golf to the special needs community, the events they’re running and how they’re getting people involved with golf.”

“The Honda is a great week,” adds Els. “The guys there really look after us every year and I know everyone is going to have an incredible time.”

The Ernie Els Foundation #GameON Autism Golf program is designed to build self-esteem and confidence in a fun, welcoming and supportive environment; encouraging participants to learn golf skills while practicing specific autism learning concepts including communication, emotional regulation, motor and social skills. The program is infused with evidence-based practices for teaching golf to people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Two volunteers from the USAGA will be working with members of the Ernie Els #GameON AutismTM Golf Program. Jonathan Synder, Director of Golf Operations, Freedom Golf Association, the number-two ranked one-arm golfer in the U.S., and Michala Mika, Executive Director, Kids Golf Foundation, the official program provider for the Ernie Els #GameON Autism Golf Program, will be part of the instruction team.

“I’m delighted that our volunteers can work with the Ernie Els Foundation #GameOn Autism Golf Program,” says EQ Sylvester, Chairman, USAGA. “The USAGA has proven ‘NOW EVERYONE CAN PLAY GOLF!’ This is just another step forward, and personally, having parents who lived in S. Africa, I have always been an admirer of Ernie Els.”
2010 U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell and Hall of Fame Inductee Dennis Walters will be leading The First Tee’s clinic on Tuesday, February 26, at 4pm. The USAGA volunteers have been invited to participate in this clinic as well. The agenda/lesson plans for both clinics will be delivered by the Els Staff and The First Tee Coaches.

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Billy Casper Golf Selected to Manage Raintree Golf and Event Center

(RESTON, VA) – Billy Casper Golf (BCG) – the highly respected and innovative manager of golf courses, country clubs and resorts – has been selected to operate Raintree Golf and Event Center in Green, Ohio, located 20 minutes from both Akron and Canton.

For the daily-fee course, BCG will facilitate clubhouse operations, golf course maintenance, marketing and sales, staffing and training, merchandising, golf instruction and financial management. The facility will serve as a community asset delivering great golf experiences, as well as high quality non-golf events through its 400-seat capacity event center. Under BCG’s leadership, both golf and non-golf programming will be central to Raintree’s mission moving forward.

“Billy Casper Golf’s marketing expertise will grow Raintree’s market presence and attract new golfers,” says Dawn Bowman, events director of Raintree. “Raintree looks forward to providing exceptional golf, as well as becoming recognized as the premier private events, meetings and weddings destination in our community.”

Opened in 1992, Raintree is an 18-hole public golf course with full-service event and banquet facilities. Designed by Brian Huntley, it includes four sets of tees for different skill levels. The course also features a full practice area complete with driving range, chipping and putting greens and practice bunkers.

“Implementing BCG’s programming and customer services will be essential to our growth,” says Eric Snodgrass, general manager of Raintree. “We are thrilled to work with BCG and their esteemed reputation for leading course and property maintenance.”

Complimenting Bowman and Snodgrass, Patty Gaston will become the new director of golf operations and help oversee outing and league promotions at Raintree. If interested in organizing an outing or league, please contact Patty here:

Richard Heisler will also lead the turf care and maintenance team, with the mission of improving overall playing conditions and executing improvements to the facilities at Raintree.

In 2019, Billy Casper Golf will be celebrating their 30th anniversary and success in building and refining the strongest operating platform in golf. Other BCG-managed courses in Ohio include Briardale Greens (Euclid) and the Cincinnati Recreation Commission courses (Avon Fields, California, Glenview, Neumann, Reeves and Woodland).

More information:, 330.699.3232.

St. Johns Golf & Country Club Completes $300,000 Renovation

(St. Augustine, Fla.) – St. Johns Golf & Country Club – the 18-hole Clyde Johnston-designed course nestled in between Jacksonville and St. Augustine – completed a $300,000 renovation to raise its admired regional reputation to new heights.

The extensive project, overseen by Billy Casper Golf, features renovations to all 76 sand traps, expansion and redesign of the practice putting green and construction of a new short game area. These enhancements are part of the largest overhaul in the club’s history.

“St. Johns looks to continue thriving in northeast Florida by remaining a top golf destination for players of all skill levels,” says Ben Pasquith, general manager of St. Johns Golf and Country Club. “The best way to do that is by continuously improving the golf course and respective amenities for our members to enjoy.”

Built in 2001, St. Johns Golf & Country Club offers a first-class experience centered around Florida wetlands, lagoons and towering pine trees. With five sets of tees, the beautiful layout tests guests of all playing abilities with the gold tees measuring 7,236 yards, while beginners and kids can enjoy from the popular “family tees.”

“Clyde Johnston was able to carve out St. Johns from a deep pine forest to create one of Florida’s best layouts,” says Jonathan Dick, head golf professional. “With the guidance of Billy Casper Golf, we look forward to making sure everyone can enjoy their experience here for years to come.”

In 2019, Billy Casper Golf will celebrate its 30th anniversary of full-service course management, which includes nearly 150 properties in 29 states. Other BCG-managed courses in northeast Florida include Bent Creek Golf Course, Brentwood Golf Course and Fernandina Beach Golf Club.

More information:, 904.940.3200

Saturday, February 23, 2019

BMW Golf Cup International World Final to be Played in Los Cabos

Teams of amateurs from 34 countries will vie for prestigious title at Cabo del Sol

(Los Cabos, Mexico) – The national winners of the BMW Golf Cup International will tee it up in Los Cabos, Latin America’s premier golf destination, from March 18 – 23.

BMW is one of golf’s most important global partners, both on a professional and amateur level. The premium automobile manufacturer is a worldwide partner of the Ryder Cup as well as an organizer or title sponsor of three iconic BMW professional tournaments in the U.S., England and Germany. The company also organizes the world’s largest international tournament series for amateur golfers, the BMW Golf Cup International.

Each year, roughly 100,000 amateur golfers from about 35 countries play a series of tournaments around the world as part of the BMW Golf Cup International. Each player has a single goal in mind: qualification for the World Final. Approximately 100 players will gather to compete at this unique global event, to which BMW has invited top performers since 1995.

This year’s host site is an ideal venue for the BMW Golf Cup International. Situated at the place where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortes at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos boasts an extraordinary mountain-desert-ocean environment where the game’s top designers have crafted some of the world’s finest courses. With seven of the top 10 courses in Mexico based on Golf Digest’s “Planet Golf” report, Los Cabos is the undisputed golf capital of Latin America. Add 340 days of sunshine per year, low humidity and cooling sea breezes, and Los Cabos emerges as a flawless destination unique to itself.

The World Final will be played at Cabo del Sol, a magnificent 36-hole facility. Finalists and their guests will stay next to the golf club at Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar, a lovely property patterned after a colonial Mexican village.

“The BMW Golf Cup International boasts everything that makes the sport of golf so special: beautiful yet demanding courses, competitive and high-class competition, but also respect for each other and the opportunity to make new friendships and have a great time together,” said Christian Masanz, head of BMW Golfsport Marketing. “This is also why we have chosen Los Cabos as the venue for the World Final. This beautiful place has everything to fulfill this promise.”

The World Final far eclipses the standards of a normal amateur competition. Participants are treated to a professional-standard tournament on world-class golf courses; attend dazzling evening and off-course events with their guests; and enjoy friendly encounters with players from around the planet.

The BMW Golf Cup International is open to golfers who are members of an internationally recognized national association through their golf club. The tournament is divided into three handicap classes: Men A (up to handicap 12); Men B (handicap 13 to 28); and Ladies (up to handicap 28). Each nation determines a winner in each category at qualification tournaments in their respective home countries, organized by BMW dealerships. The number and format of these qualification tournaments can vary in individual countries. However, one aspect remains the same in all participating nations: the victorious trio travels to the World Final.

Both venues at Cabo del Sol will be utilized during the World Final. The Ocean Course, featuring several holes set along the Sea of Cortes, is the layout that put Los Cabos on the international golf map when it opened in 1994. Intent on producing the ‘Pebble Beach of the Baja,’ designer Jack Nicklaus charted grand-scale holes across gently sloping terrain creased by sandy arroyos and backdropped by stony mountains. The ebb and flow routing leads players to the sea on both nines. Giant cardon cacti, craggy granite outcrops and deep sculpted bunkers frame the fairways and greens. The Ocean Course is ranked No. 70 on Golf Digest’s “World 100 Greatest Golf Courses” roster.

Routed in mountain foothills high above the Ocean Course, the Desert Course at Cabo del Sol, debuted in 2001, was Tom Weiskopf’s first design effort in Mexico. All 18 holes serve up panoramic views of the glittering sea. Shoehorning holes into rugged desert terrain crisscrossed by canyon-like barrancas, Weiskopf produced a brilliant layout, dishing out broad fairways flanked by rock outcrops and a dense cactus forest. To defend the sloping greens, Weiskopf built large bunkers with distinctive capes and bays. With its strategic risk-reward options and enticing blend of long and short holes, the Desert Course presents a classic test.

Cabo del Sol’s Ocean and Desert courses are served by a 36,000-square-foot Mexican Colonial-style clubhouse accented by open-air verandahs and landscaped terraces.

Among the event’s confirmed partners are Oakley, HUGO BOSS, Titleist, and the Los Cabos Tourism Board. Team Thailand is the defending champion of the BMW Golf Cup International World Final.

In addition to BMW executives, VIP guests will include Colin Montgomery, a Scottish professional who is a fixture on the PGA Tour Champions circuit and who won a record eight European Tour Order of Merit titles from 1993 to 2005.

Tagmarshal Introduces FastLane Golf and ExpressGolf, Making Slow Rounds a Thing of the Past

(ATLANTA, Ga.) – Tagmarshal – the golf course optimization and pace-of-play management system trusted by public golf courses, private country clubs and resorts globally – introduces two ground-breaking pace of play management solutions, FastLane Golf and ExpressGolf.

As a facility’s response to slow play, partnering course operators offer premium FastLane Golf tee times to groups committing to completing rounds in some 60 minutes under goal time. Tagmarshal’s 2Way system supports players by providing live, dynamic pace updates, along with yardage information, while operators have real-time line of sight to assist groups who fall out of position. Projections estimate courses offering FastLane tee times can see profits of nearly $80,000, over an eight-month season.

The innovative ExpressGolf event format reduces tournament round times to as low as three hours and has drawn praise from European Tour professionals. With event-specific rules including awarding ties to the team or player with a better pace, ExpressGolf makes pace of play a fun, tangible part of the occasion. Players play a dedicated, no hold-ups event, the technology guarantees results and operators increase utilization. A course hosting 40 ExpressGolf 18-hole outings within a calendar year will expect to receive an additional $155,000 in event revenue.

“Pace of play has negatively impacted golfers – from the weekend warrior all the way to the professional,” says Tom Cox, Vice President of Sales for Tagmarshal. “Unprecedented advances are being implemented for daily play and tournament outings to decrease round times, increase player satisfaction and grow the game, as well as course’s bottom lines, making it a win-win for everyone.”

According to USGA research, 74% of golfers say pace is crucial to their enjoyment. Furthermore, individuals are willing to pay up to 25% more for an optimized experience that is dedicated to fast play. FastLane Golf and ExpressGolf provide that dedicated approach by offering a turnkey package.

Tagmarshal works with individual public, private and resort course operators across nine countries to identify operational efficiencies and grow the business from within. Benefits extend beyond quicker play and more enjoyable rounds; heat mapping for course maintenance and data collection make this technology more than a one-dimensional commodity. Among those trusting Tagmarshal include Carnoustie (site of the 2018 Open Championship), Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (2019 U.S Amateur Championship), The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (2021 PGA Championship), Whistling Straits (2020 Ryder Cup), Erin Hills (2017 U.S. Open), East Lake (2019 TOUR Championship), Valhalla (2014 PGA Championship) and the site of the 2019 U.S. Open.

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Dynamic Brands Recognizes International Distributor of the Year for 2018

(Richmond, VA) – Dynamic Brands, the parent company of Bag Boy, Burton, Datrek Golf, Devant Sport Towels, IGOTCHA and SEARCH 'N RESCUE, has announced Jilles van Oort as the International Distributor of the Year for 2018. Jilles is based in the Netherlands and oversees Belgium and Luxembourg for Golfer’s World. Golfer’s World is a distributor of Dynamic Brands’ products including golf bags, carts, cart accessories, travel covers, umbrellas, ball retrievers and towels.

This is the second time Golfer’s World has been presented with the International Distributor of the Year award, also earning the title back in 2011. Jilles has been a successful distributor of Dynamic Brands lines for over two decades. In 2018, he grew overall business by 30% and generated significant growth in travel and accessories, increasing an impressive 89%.

“The introduction of Bag Boy’s revolutionary Nitron push cart, engineered with Nitro Piston Technology to open in seconds, proves yet again that they are one of the most innovative companies in the golf market,” said van Oort. “Innovation, superior product quality and excellent customer service from the corporate office in Richmond, Virginia make Golfer’s World a reliable partner to our retailers.”

Golfer’s World was founded in 1989 and imports a large amount of quality golf brands as well as clothing brands for the Netherlands, supplying exclusively to retailers. Golfer’s World has over 70 dealers throughout Europe, carrying many Dynamic Brands’ products.

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Saintnine Golf Balls Introduced in United States

(ORLANDO, Florida) – Saintnine, a rising leader in the international golf ball industry, has introduced its premium, high-performance product lines into the U.S. market. With its successful launch at the PGA Merchandise Show in January, Saintnine, which offers multiple product options to meet the needs of a wide spectrum of golfers, is gaining recognition with players and retailers coast to coast.

“Saintnine is known around the world for the performance characteristics and appealing, inspirational designs of its golf balls,” said Timothy Chae, CEO of Saintnine. “Now we are pleased to present the opportunity for American golfers to discover how Saintnine can enhance their games, too, bringing more pleasure and satisfaction to the playing experience.”

Select Saintnine golf balls are marked with a graphic “mental mate,” a colorful character invoking a characteristic that can improve one’s game, in keeping with the company motto: “Strong Mind, Strong Game.” The mental mates, part of the Saintnine story, include: Confidence, Calm, Focus, Endurance, Competitiveness, Joy, Focus, Positivity and Trust.

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Desert Mountain Club Memberships Jump Nearly 15 Percent from 2017 to 2018

Prestigious Club’s Members Hail from Across the United States and the World

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) - Desert Mountain Club has earned a reputation as one of the finest private golf and recreational communities in the world. Recently released statistics show that the desirable Desert Mountain lifestyle is in higher demand than ever, as the club added 131 members from 26 states and four nations in 2018, a substantial increase of nearly 15 percent from the prior year.

In 2017, Desert Mountain welcomed 116 new members. In a single year, however, club membership surged to 131, listing primary addresses from cities as far as Canada, Ireland and Scotland.

Desert Mountain has wide domestic appeal, too. Though 52 incoming members are Arizona residents, nine are from Washington, eight from California, seven from Minnesota and six from Illinois and Wisconsin respectively. Members come from eight of the ten-most highly-populated U.S. states as well as states along the east and west coasts.

“The influx of new members is well-timed as there is a lot more to love at Desert Mountain than ever before,” said Desert Mountain Club CEO Damon DiOrio. “We are preparing for the official unveiling of two big evolutions of our club:  the opening of Seven Desert Mountain, a new residential enclave and par-54 golf course, as well as the newly reimagined Renegade course, which will feature cool-season turf, offering our members wall-to-wall green grass year-round and ultimately, more days of golf.”

Those flocking to Desert Mountain aren’t the typical snowbirds. A surge of Californians continues to be drawn to this amenity-rich community. This is consistent with data recently released by Edelman Intelligence, which found that 53 percent of California residents are considering leaving the state because of its high cost of living. Of the eight Californians who made the move to Desert Mountain, most cite taxes and traffic as motivators to relocate.

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Magnolia Green Enjoys Successful 2018, Adds New Neighborhoods and Active Lifestyle Amenities

More New Homes Coming in 2019 to Meet Strong Demand

(MOSELEY, Va.) – Magnolia Green – central Virginia’s premier multi-generational and active lifestyle community – celebrated another successful year in 2018, recording 133 new home sales and earning over $14.7 million in revenue.

Several highly-anticipated projects and neighborhoods are planned for the new year with the goal of expanding the community’s diverse housing and in-demand amenities. Highlights will include the opening of the Hampton Pointe and Forest Hills neighborhoods and a Tennis Center featuring a pro shop, eight lighted courts, and two pickleball courts.

“The Richmond-area is continuing to grow and our plans for 2019 will meet that need,” says Tom Page, vice president of iStar, owner of Magnolia Green. “Welcoming our 1,000th homeowner this past year was a wonderful milestone as we keep building new homes and expanding our world-class amenity offerings in our quest to provide something for everyone here at Magnolia Green.”

In 2018, Magnolia Green added two new developments – Valhalla and Aston Oaks – expanding the community’s offerings to a total of 13 neighborhoods. Valhalla and Aston Oaks offer interested home buyers spacious garage townhomes in the highly-desired Richmond area. Prices for the townhomes start in the upper $200s with single-family homes available from the low $300s.

Magnolia Green also unveiled a brand new 1,600-sq. ft. golf instruction facility with four hitting stations. The enclosed complex offers year-round access to a SAM Puttlab putting green, FlightScope X3 Launch Monitor, and full-service club repair lab with loft and lie machines for irons and putters. Selected by Golf Digest as a Best Young Teacher in 2018-2019, Magnolia Green Golf Club’s award-winning Director of Instruction, Leighann Albaugh, provides personalized lessons and oversees a variety of camps and classes throughout the year.

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Bag Boy Nitron Push Cart Receives Rave Reviews at PGA Merchandise Show

(Richmond, VA) – The Bag Boy Company unveiled their one of a kind Nitron Push Cart, with its revolutionary auto-open technology, making it the fastest opening and closing cart in the industry. Its ease of use is unprecedented while maintaining its compact size for storage and transport.

“Customers, sales representatives, and consumers were all wowed at how simple and quick the Nitron popped open,” said Perry Hilbert, Sales Manager at Dynamic Brands. “There’s no other cart like it on the market.”

Golf Digest ranked Bag Boy’s new Nitron Push Cart at number 5 on their list of tech-forward products at the PGA Merchandise Show, highlighting the cart’s nitrogen-powered opening system which allows it to spring open from a folded position instantaneously and hassle-free. Eliminating the time it takes to open and the nuisance that often comes along with other carts is one of the top reasons the Nitron is so groundbreaking.

“What puts the Nitron above any other cart golfers have used in the past is simply its effortless open-and-close features. This cart is ready to go in seconds,” said Chris House of Golf and Ski Warehouse. “The convenience factor alone is reason enough to entice consumers, but it’s still super compact, lightweight and eye-catching.”

The Nitron Push Cart will be available April 25 in eight different color options. The suggested retail price is $229.95 and will be available at multiple retail locations and at

Troon Announces "Team Troon" - A Collection of Top International Golf Talent Representing Troon Brand

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the world’s largest golf management company, announced the formation of Team Troon – a collection of top international golf talent representing the Troon brand throughout professional golf. PGA TOUR golfers Justin Thomas, Gary Woodland, Patrick Cantlay and Matt Kuchar of the United States, Alex Noren of Sweden, Matthew Fitzpatrick of England and LPGA Tour/Ladies European Tour player Cheyenne Woods make up Team Troon. The Troon logo will have a presence on each golfer’s golf bag, while Woods and Fitzpatrick will carry full Troon-branded golf bags with #PlayTroon and #ExperienceTroon embroidered on the pockets. Additionally, all members of Team Troon will collaborate on select digital and social campaigns in cooperation with Troon and Troon-managed facilities.

“We are proud to launch Team Troon and excited partner with many of the top golfers in the world,” said Dana Garmany, Chairman and CEO, Troon. “Team Troon is yet another point of differentiation between Troon and the competition. Whether it’s the unparalleled results we have at our facilities, our industry-leading social media imprint, the fantastic playing surfaces at our clubs, or our strong presence in professional golf, Troon is prepared for a strong future and, as always, at the tip of the spear.”

Team Troon members at a glance:
Justin Thomas – The 9-time PGA TOUR winner was named the 2017 PGA TOUR Player of the Year after winning five times that season, including the 2017 PGA Championship. A University of Alabama alum, Thomas is currently ranked No. 4 on the Official World Golf Ranking.
Patrick Cantlay – One of the most successful amateur golfers in history, Cantlay has one PGA TOUR victory – the 2017 Shriners Hospital for Children Open – and 15 Top 10 finishes. Cantlay is currently ranked No. 20 on the Official World Golf Ranking.
Matt Kuchar – Kuchar is a 9-time winner on the PGA TOUR, including the 2019 Sony Open in Hawaii and the 2018 Mayakoba Golf Classic. Kuchar has been a member of four Ryder Cup teams and four Presidents Cup teams. Kuchar is currently ranked No. 22 on the Official World Golf Ranking.
Gary Woodland – A native of Topeka, Kansas, Woodland is a three-time winner on the PGA TOUR, including the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Woodland’s 2018 season included 11 Top 25 finishes in 27 events played. Woodland is currently ranked No. 24 on the Official World Golf Ranking.
Alex Noren – Noren has become a consistent presence on both the European Tour and the PGA TOUR. The 36-year-old from Stockholm, Sweden has 11 international victories, including the 2018 HNA Open de France and the 2017 BMW PGA Championship. Noren is currently ranked No. 25 on the Official World Golf Ranking.
Matthew Fitzpatrick – The 24-year-old from Sheffield, England already has five international victories, including a repeat win at the Omega European Masters in 2017 and 2018. Fitzpatrick is currently ranked No. 42 on the Official World Golf Ranking.
Cheyenne Woods – A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Woods competes on the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour, where she won the 2014 Australian Ladies Masters. In her 2019 season debut, Woods recently placed 15th at the Fatima Bint Mubarak Open at Troon-managed Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates. She is currently ranked No. 261 on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.

Garmany founded Troon in 1990 with Troon North Golf Club as its flagship property. This spring, Garmany will transition to Executive Chairman with Tim Schantz, Troon’s current president, transitioning to CEO. Under Garmany’s leadership, Troon has become the world’s largest golf management company providing services at more than 360 locations around the globe, including 280 golf courses at 246 facilities. Throughout its 28-year history, Troon has earned a reputation for delivering pristine golf course conditions, personalized member services, outstanding food & beverage experiences and world-class retail offerings.

In addition to its headquarters in Scottsdale, Troon has offices in Irvine, California; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Birmingham, Alabama; Jacksonville, Florida; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Austin, Texas. Troon employs over 15,000 highly-skilled and dedicated individuals worldwide in every operational area from golf course maintenance to food & beverage, and management. Troon is also the largest employer of PGA professionals in the world.

Troon-managed or affiliated facilities host 17 professional golf events across 9 professional tours around the world. Including high-level amateur events and qualifying tournaments, Troon-managed facilities host more than 30 elite events.

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Puerto Rico Welcomes the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open for Its 11th Annual Edition

(RÍO GRANDE, PUERTO RICO) – The Puerto Rico Open is underway at the Coco Beach Golf & Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has been a proud host of the PGA TOUR over the last decade and is excited to host the event in 2019 and 2020. With a one-year hiatus in 2018 to host a charity pro-am for Hurricane Maria recovery, the Puerto Rico Open is now back and stronger than ever as Puerto Rico’s major professional sporting event.

The island welcomes incoming World Golf Hall of Famer Retief Goosen and six other former major winners including Graeme McDowell and Trevor Immelman to begin its second decade on the PGA TOUR schedule. Daniel Berger, and defending champion D.A. Points also highlight the lineup.

This year, over 130 golfers are playing for a $3 million purse, with the winner earning 300 FedExCup points. Amongst them, four Puerto Ricans are playing on home turf, including Max Alverio, Jero Esteves, Edward Figueroa and Tour’s Rafael Campos.

For over a decade, the Puerto Rico Open has become an important platform to promote Puerto Rico as a world-class golf destination, as well as becoming a key driver of economic development on the island.

The Government of Puerto Rico, through the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), has consistently been a main sponsor since its debut in 2008, leveraging its worldwide exposure to benefit the Island’s bustling tourism economy. "Through the visit of professional golfers, their families, fans, international media representatives and tournament staff, this year’s event is expected to generate over $10 million in economic impact to the Island, 5,250 room nights, 600 direct and indirect jobs, 600 direct and indirect jobs, 25 hours of Golf Channel coverage, a reach of 3.8 million viewers, and 4 days of great golf for the more than 10,000 spectators in attendance,” said PRTC Executive Director, Carla Campos.  "The Puerto Rico Open positions the Island as a perfect destination for top-tier sporting events and helps us to reinforce Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s message that Puerto Rico is open for business and for visitors”.

“We’re excited about the PGA TOUR returning to Puerto Rico in 2019 and 2020 for the largest annual professional sporting event on the Island,” said PGA TOUR Chief Tournaments & Competitions Officer Andy Pazder. “For more than a decade, Puerto Rico has been an incredible host to the PGA TOUR with its beauty, hospitality and weather and our members certainly look forward to another tremendous tournament experience at Coco Beach Golf & Country Club.”

Players, fans and Golf Channel viewers will get to see why Puerto Rico has received numerous accolades as a top travel destination in 2019, including The New York Times’ “Places to Go in 2019,” Costal Living’s “Top Tropical Destinations for 2019,” Forbes’ “Best Caribbean Beaches for 2019,” and Vogue’s “Here’s Where to Travel in 2019.”

In partnership with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Discover Puerto Rico, the island’s new Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), is using the worldwide exposure to invite travelers to visit the Island. “Our mission is to create a global brand for Puerto Rico and revitalize tourism to newly prosperous levels,” said Discover Puerto Rico CEO, Brad Dean. “Travel and tourism can drive economic growth and change lives when done well.”

The Puerto Rico Open is airing on the Golf Channel today, Friday, Feb. 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET, Saturday from 2:30 to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Mission Inn Resort & Club Offers Special Weekend Package for 42nd Annual Leesburg Arts Festival

March 9-10 Event to Feature Area’s Top Artists, Musicians, Authors

(HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla.) – More than 20,000 visitors are expected to flock to the 42nd Leesburg Art Festival, which since 1977 has been hosting artists, musicians and authors for a magical weekend in central Florida, Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10, located just 13 miles northwest of Howey-in-the-Hills and Mission Inn Resort & Club.

The resort has created a special weekend lodging package for Leesburg Arts Festival attendees, attractively priced at $249 per night based on double occupancy. The two-night package includes deluxe accommodations (Friday and Saturday) and hot buffet breakfast each morning of the stay. Taxes and resort fees are additional.

Featuring more than 100 visual and performing artists, the 2019 family-friendly event lineup will include a Literary Arts Festival with 15 authors, Makers and Farmers Market, Student Art Exhibit, as well as live music, interactive art stations, the Leesburg Art League’s annual show, and more. Staging the Festival is the Leesburg Center for the Arts, which has cultivated an artistic community since its founding in 2000.

Mission Inn Resort & Club is situated amid citrus groves in central Florida’s rolling hills, less than a 20-minute drive from Leesburg. Surrounded by lakes, the picturesque location features classic Spanish Colonial style architecture throughout the property; two championship golf courses (El Campeón and Las Colinas); a tennis academy; fishing; miles of nature trails; 176 graciously appointed guestrooms, suites, and villas; as well as three restaurants and two lounges.

To book the Leesburg Arts Festival package, call (866) 276-2854. For more information about the resort, visit or send an inquiry to

Winter Getaway Casa de Campo Is a Stylish Destination for Golfers

(RELEASE) - Featuring three golf courses built by legendary golf course designer Pete Dye, Casa de Campo is the ultimate Caribbean golf retreat destination. The Teeth of the Dog features seven oceanfront holes are so beautiful its creator famously said “I created eleven holes, and God created seven.” The Teeth of the Dog is a challenging course that is certain to take a bite out of any golfer. If golfers aren’t distracted by the views from the course, they may marvel at the elegant homes that line the holes.

Located in La Romana, Dominican Republic, Casa de Campo is no stranger to luxury. This prestigious resort spreads over 7,000 acres, features three award-winning golf courses, a clay pigeon shooting center, an equestrian center, tennis courts, pools, and restaurants, as well as 1,700 private villas populating the resort. Nicknamed the Hamptons of the Caribbean, this one-of-a-kind luxury resort boasts lavish amenities and fun activities to entertain holiday-goers from all walks of life.

For those who consider vacation to be synonymous with tee time, Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic is the ideal getaway. Long hailed as one of the world’s leading golf resorts, Casa de Campo boasts three courses designed and created by the legendary Pete Dye, two of which reside on the water, with spectacular views providing the backdrop to golfing that’s anything but ordinary. The storied Teeth of the Dog course is the most remarkable of the three: it’s the top golf course in the Caribbean, and is a yearly shoe-in for GOLF’s Top 100 Courses in the World.

Casa de Campo’s other two courses are also unique and well-loved. The Dye Fore Course can be considered an “extravaganza”: it contains 27 holes, with a championship 18th on a tremendous 7,740-yard-long course. The Links, meanwhile, is more traditional, but its inland location doesn’t mean it should be skipped: the recently renovated course provides the unique experience of links golf in the Caribbean.

Finally, the resort has recently added a learning center, where golfers who are new, or are simply looking to up their game, can improve.

Golfers who have played the Teeth of the Dog have often marveled at the views and at the beautiful homes that lie near the course. For those who never want to leave the game they love, staying in one of these unique modern villas is a possibility.

Costa Verde #1
Located on hole #8 of the Teeth of the Dog, Costa Verde #1—also known as Casa Palma—is a modernist beauty full of  elegance and charm. All six bedrooms in this home are designed to be private, facing the sea and intimate interior garden. Its huge windows allow all the Caribbean light to come into the home. Capable of comfortably hosting 12 guests, Costa Verde #1 is one of the few properties in the resort where guests are able to land and take off from helicopters. The villa is surrounded by luscious, meticulously landscaped tropical gardens, displaying hundreds of palms.

Cacique #32
Located off the green of the first hole of the Teeth of the Dog, Cacique #32 is one of the most beautiful and modern villas in Casa de Campo. Designed by awarded Dominican Architect Rafael Selman, this five-bedroom home capable of hosting ten guests features a lush central courtyard and ocean views. Its thatched roof and modern lines combine perfectly in one level with its five spacious bedrooms, air-conditioned dining room, grand saloon state-of-the-art kitchen, BBQ area, gazebo, and an outside bar.  The villa is filled with modern art, and its location in the resort is ideal, as you will find yourself a close golf cart away from the Minitas Beach Club.

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USGA Statement Regarding Amateur Status of Highly Ranked Golfer Lucy Li

(STATEMENT) - The USGA Amateur Status Committee has ruled that amateur golfer Lucy Li breached Rule 6-2 of the Rules of Amateur Status by participating in an Apple Watch “Close Your Rings” advertisement campaign.  Following that determination, the Committee carefully reviewed the facts and circumstances surrounding the breach in order to determine the appropriate penalty for Ms. Li.

As a result of that effort, the USGA has issued Ms. Li a one-time warning. She will retain her Amateur Status.

Late last year, Ms. Li was engaged by a casting agent for an acting assignment to promote the Apple Watch. At that time, the nature of her participation was not defined and she was given no indication that she would appear as a golfer. While on this assignment, Ms. Li was filmed engaging in a variety of recreational activities, one of which was golf. The casting agent informed her that her appearance in any final advertisement was not guaranteed, nor did they know how she would be featured.

Ms. Li first became aware of the final content of the advertisement, which featured her as a golfer, on Jan. 2. She was notified by the USGA of a pending review into her Amateur Status on Jan. 3. At that time, Apple immediately took down the advertisement in all its forms. On Jan. 11, USGA notified Ms. Li  she had breached the Rules of Amateur Status.

Since that time, the USGA has had several discussions with both Apple and the Li family and has confirmed that Ms. Li has neither received, nor will receive in the future, any monetary or non-monetary (e.g., products) compensation for her appearance in the advertisement. Ms. Li has affirmed to the USGA that at the time she agreed to participate in the advertisement she did not know she was breaching the Rules of Amateur Status, and at no time did she intend to forfeit her Amateur Status.

In determining the level of penalty, the Committee considered all these facts and circumstances, including a recognition that Ms. Li is a minor and that this was her first breach of the rules. This ruling is consistent with the Committee’s general practice of issuing a warning to amateurs who unknowingly breach Rule 6-2 for the first time and take appropriate remedial measures.  The USGA has communicated this ruling to Ms. Li and this matter is now closed.

We encourage amateur golfers who are unsure about taking a proposed action to engage with their governing body early in the process, in an effort to protect their Amateur Status.

Bobby Weed, Founder of HEAL Foundation, Presents 2019 HEAL Golf Tournament to Support Autism

(PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida) – Bobby Weed, CEO of Bobby Weed Golf Design ( and founder of the HEAL (Helping Enrich Autistic Lives) Foundation (, will present the 2019 “Bobby Weed’s Golf Gig,” a golf tournament and associated events to benefit the Foundation, a local non-profit organization assisting organizations, camps, and schools serving those with autism in Northeast Florida.

The tournament will be played Friday, Feb. 22, on Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass, co-designed by Pete Dye and Bobby Weed, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Over the years, Pete Dye and Deane Beman have served as co-hosts of the event with Weed. HEAL will serve a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by the scramble golf tournament at 9:30 a.m. The outing will conclude with an awards luncheon in the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse.

Foursomes and individual players can reserve their tournament entries by calling 904-716-4198 or by visiting

“The HEAL Foundation’s extensive support enhances the local autism community through a variety of programs and initiatives,” said Leslie Weed, co-founder of the HEAL Foundation. Bobby and Leslie Weed have a profoundly autistic non-verbal daughter, Lanier.

The HEAL Foundation has granted over $2 million locally, assisting thousands of children, teens and adults through specialized programs, camps, educational enhancements and service dogs, as well as iPads, giving individuals with autism, a voice.

The event will open with the “HEAL Gala” fundraiser, to be held Thursday, Feb. 21, at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse. Drinks and dinner will be served in a festive setting with live music, dancing and a live auction. The event will feature a performance by the 7 Street Band. Guests also will enjoy a live and silent auction, dinner and drinks. Tickets are $150 each and may be purchased at

“Autism continues to affect many families,” Bobby Weed said, “and the need is dire. We invite you to join us in supporting the HEAL fundraiser and our ongoing mission to assist those with autism.

“The Bobby Weed Golf Gig is special because the tournament is played on Dye’s Valley Course, which I co-designed with my mentor, Pete Dye.”

For online tickets, donations and sponsorship opportunities, visit For more information, call 904-716-4198.

The Lodge of Four Seasons Unveils New "Best of the Lake" Package

(Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri) – The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri has a new “Best of the Lake” package combining the best accommodations on the lake with the best golf courses on the lake. With golf rounds at the Lake of the Ozark’s best private club, The Club at Porto Cima, and two of the best resort courses on the lake, The Cove Golf Course and The Ridge Golf Course, this three-day, two-night package is a golfer’s delight.

The “Best of the Lake” package includes:
- Two nights lodging at The Lodge of Four Seasons
- One round of golf at The Club at Porto Cima
- One round at The Cove Golf Course at The Lodge of Four Seasons
- One round at The Ridge Golf Course at The Lodge of Four Seasons

The “Best of the Lake” packages starts at $179.50 per person, per night and is subject to availability. Rates are per night and exclude applicable tax and resort fees. Promotion excludes group bookings.

For more information on the “Best of the Lake” package, visit or call 888-265-5500.

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Aberdeen Country Club to Reopen February 23 with New Clubhouse and Course in Pristine Condition

27-Hole Facility Closed for Five Months in the Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

(LONGS, S.C.) - Aberdeen Country Club, a Founders Group International course, will reopen for public play on Saturday, February 23. The 27-hole facility, which closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence to rebuild its clubhouse, is in immaculate condition with Myrtle Beach’s peak spring season on the immediate horizon.

While the 4,000-square-foot clubhouse, which suffered water damage in post-storm flooding, was being rebuilt, FGI’s director of agronomy, Max Morgan, and his team were working to ensure the Woodlands, Meadows and Highlands nines would be in peak condition when Aberdeen reopened.

“Aberdeen Country Club was enjoying a great 2018, prior to Hurricane Florence, and it’s in even better shape heading into this spring,” said Steve Mays, president of Founders Group International. “As pleased as we are with the course’s recovery, we are equally excited to help the Aberdeen community take the next step in its rebuilding process. The golf course is a focal point of the community, and it’s going to be as good as it has ever been on February 23.”

FGI has focused its efforts over the last five months on restoring the course, but the thoughts of Aberdeen community have never been far from the company’s mind. Last fall, FGI closed Long Bay Club, a Jack Nicklaus design located just miles away, for a charity golf tournament that raised more than $6,700 for the Aberdeen Homeowners Association.

“There hasn’t been a divot taken at Aberdeen since September, and we couldn’t be happier with the course’s comeback,” said Matt Daly, FGI’s director of golf course operations. “Our entire team is looking forward to welcoming golfers back and also having them enjoy the new clubhouse, which I believe will enhance the Aberdeen experience.”

FGI hired the Kimberly Bryant Design Group to spearhead the rebuilding of the clubhouse, and the result is a facility that perfectly complements Aberdeen’s 4-star golf course. The new clubhouse will feature an open floor plan, an enhanced kitchen, and a sports bar-like feel.

With five televisions in the grill room and three more in the pro shop, golfers will return to a clubhouse that encourages them to spend time on property after the final putt drops.

Aberdeen, a Scottish links-style design, also has a new fleet of E-Z-Go golf carts awaiting players upon their return to the Tom Jackson design.

More information about Aberdeen Country Club is available at Tee times can be booked at or by calling 800-882-3420.

Golf4Her Tees Off with Their First Retail Store

New Shopping Concept Opens in Denville, New Jersey - With Latest Styles and Hottest Trends

(DENVILLE, NJ) - Online retailer Golf4Her ( has opened their first brick and mortar location in downtown Denville, New Jersey with an exciting twist.

“It’s a new retail world which requires new solutions for our customers,” explains Christina Thompson, Founder/CEO of Golf4Her. Following a trend that has been upending traditional retail shopping, as evidenced by both Nordstrom and Bonobos, (which offer shopping without racks and racks of clothing in-store), the new Golf4Her location will provide customers a streamlined way to shop that appeals to a woman’s busy, modern lifestyle.

Launched in 2010, changed the way women shopped for top-quality golf apparel online. Now they’re changing the way women shop for golf wear again. Their new store will allow customers to touch the merchandise, try on numerous styles, and find the perfect fit, all things they could not do when purchasing online. “Many women like to actually feel the incredible fabrics, and online shoppers know that sizing can be inconsistent between designers,” Thompson adds.

Featuring dozens of top names in the golf industry such as Nancy Lopez Golf, Adidas and Puma, Golf4Her offers samples to try on in sizes 00 to 3X. Instead of endless racks of merchandise inside the store, customers select what styles and sizes they want, and a Staff Stylist will arrange for the clothing to be shipped directly from the manufacturer to the customer’s home or office. Golf4Her also carries a selection of accessories like golf bags, gloves, and ball markers that customers can take with them.

The Golf4Her store is bright, white and modern with a feminine look. One of the partner brands available in the store is Swing Control. “We’re excited to introduce more women to the brand and gain loyal fans,” shared Josh Mark of Swing Control. “Both Christina and I want women golfers to look and feel their best, both on and off the course,” Mark adds. “Denville is such a lively shopping community, full of restaurants and retailers. We are confident that our beautiful new Golf4Her store will fit right in,” states Thompson.

- Store Phone: (848) 209-0076
- Store Address: 54 Diamond Spring Road, Denville, NJ 07834

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Club at New Seabury Names Membership Director

(Mashpee, Mass.) – The Club at New Seabury has named Bob Higgins Director of Membership.

Bob Higgins
A veteran in the hospitality industry, Bob has spent 12 years in roles ranging from Director of Membership to General Manager. He started his career in hospitality at New Seabury in 2003, developing and executing a comprehensive membership drive that resulted in more than 300 new members in a five year period then experienced similar successes at Ocean Edge Resort and Club and The Ridge Club. While at The Ridge Club, he rose to the level of General Manager and successfully increased membership over a five-year period.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bob to our dynamic team of directors,” said Chris Card, President of The Club at New Seabury. “Bob’s unparalleled vision and sales strengths will enhance membership opportunities property-wide and beyond for all of New Seabury.”

Bob is a graduate of Bentley University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Management. He is a member of the Club Managers’ Association of America, New England Club Managers Association and Professional Club Marketing Association.

“It’s an honor to return to New Seabury, a place I’ve always been fond of and I look forward to reconnecting and serving the existing membership and working diligently to connect with new prospects,” said Higgins.

Bob and his wife Cathy are long-time residents of Cape Cod and live in Centerville with their two children.

For more information, visit or call 508-539-8322.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

PGA National Resort & Spa Announces Honda Classic ‘Stay and Save’ Package

Includes Luxury Accommodations, Resort Credit, Direct Access to PGA TOUR Event

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – PGA National Resort & Spa – South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation, meetings and spa destination – announces its “Stay and Save” package for the upcoming 2019 PGA TOUR Honda Classic held on its celebrated Champion Course from Feb. 23 (Sat.) – March 3 (Sun.).

Experience one of the premier golfing events on the PGA TOUR firsthand while staying on the resort grounds and walking out your door to the tournament. Starting at $459 per night, the exceptional “Stay and Save” offer includes nightly luxury accommodations, a $50 resort credit per room per night for use at the legendary resort’s spa, golf or food and beverage outlets plus two general admission tickets to the Honda Classic. The offer is valid for new reservations only.

PGA National is also offering its Honda Classic VIP Experience Room Package starting at $814 (per person, per night, double occupancy) and $1,199 per night for single occupancy. The package allows unrivaled access to the resort’s myriad amenities. Highlights include nightly deluxe room accommodations, daily VIP access to the 18th Hole Chalet, access to the “Bear Trap Party” on No. 17, and daily rounds of golf on The Palmer, Fazio or Squire courses with unlimited range balls and use of the driving range.

Additionally, the Honda Classic VIP Experience Room Package includes daily valet parking and use of the resort’s Sports & Racquet Club and “Waters of The World” therapeutic pools at The Spa. Taxes and resort fees are extra. Golf play is based on availability.

“The popularity of the Honda Classic creates a tremendous amount of excitement for our guests as they can go right from their rooms to watch the best golfers in the world compete,” says Greg “Coach” Saunders, vice-president and managing director. “It’s an honor to host the first stop of the PGA TOUR’s ‘Florida Swing’ as the players vie for the winner’s trophy on one of the game’s great tests of golf.”

PGA TOUR players, fans and guests will discover significant changes to The Champion Course following a comprehensive renovation by Nicklaus Design. Most notable are the removal of Palmetto palms on the right side of No. 1 and left side of No. 9.  One-third of an acre (14,400 sq. ft.) was also recaptured on the putting surfaces, returning them to the native design Jack Nicklaus and his team implemented 16 years ago. The layout reopened last November to rave reviews.

For more information, visit or call 800.863.2819.