Sunday, March 31, 2019

Billy Casper Golf Honors ‘Buffy Award’ Winners During 30th Anniversary Celebration

National Awards Recognize BCG’s ‘Best of the Best’

(KISSIMMEE, Fla.) – Billy Casper Golf – the innovative owner-operator of more than 150 golf courses, country clubs and resorts in 29 states – announced the winners of the company's annual “Buffy Awards” during its 30th anniversary celebration this month in Kissimmee, Florida.

The 30th anniversary celebration honored BCG's exceptional team members and facilities across the country by recognizing their guest and client satisfaction, operational excellence and business performance, all while holding true to the Billy Casper Golf company values. These national awards identify the “best of the best” in various categories including “General Manager of the Year,” “Superintendent of the Year” and “Facility of the Year.”

“Our Buffy Awards recognize the hard work, devotion and passion of our outstanding employees,” says Alex Elmore, BCG president. “We are thrilled to celebrate our high performing teammates who represent the greatest team in golf.”

Chairman’s Award, Operations: Sandra Colareta, vice president of contracts & risk management, received the highest honor with this year’s award. Sandra has served BCG for 13 years, initially joining the team in 2005 as contracts administrator and now guiding the risk management department at the Virginia Support Office (VSO). She was proudly recognized as the second female winner in company history.

Chairman’s Award, Superintendent: Juan Perez, superintendent of The Club at Eaglebrooke, was the joyful recipient of this award. He and his family's loyal dedication to BCG spans over 11 years. A detailed story on their service to BCG was recently featured in the company's Casper Quarterly newsletter written in November 2018, Issue 7, pages 15 – 17.

ACE Award: Prince William Golf Course in Nokesville, Virginia earned the Buffy Award for embodying the spirit of treating each guest to a well-conditioned golf course, friendly and welcoming service, and genuine respect for each person’s time.

Superintendent of the Year: John Spiwak from Eastpointe Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida took home the Buffy Award for going above and beyond in all areas of agronomic management. Respected by his co-workers and peers, Spiwak oversees the club’s two Tom Fazio-designed championship courses.

General Manager of the Year: Danny Ackerman of Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia earned the Buffy Award as the premier industry role model to emulate. Wheeling’s native son and his team overcame record rainfall and a city-wide summer water shortage to uphold the resort’s two championship courses designed by legends Arnold Palmer and Robert Trent Jones, Sr.

Facility Top Performer: Ka'anapali Golf Courses – the 36 holes of breathtaking golf on Maui, Hawai'i, earned the sought-after prize as BCG’s most successful facility based upon financial performance.

Facility of the Year: Clocktower Café / Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course – the well-respected public course in Chicago, won the distinguished award for best all-around service, operations, agronomic conditions, and financial performance.

Virginia Support Office ACE Award: Bonnie Paigo, director of payroll, in the VSO received this award for her continuous and outstanding support of local and national employees. Paigo is highly respected by her peers, as well as the people she supports every day.

For the list of regional award winners, click here.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Reynolds Kingdom of Golf Builds Stellar Instruction Team

Cain Named Director; Adams, Crosby to Provide Ultimate Performance Staff

(Greensboro, GA) – Award-winning golf instructor Sean Cain has been named the new Director for the Reynolds Kingdom of Golf presented by TaylorMade, the state-of-the-art game improvement center at Reynolds Lake Oconee.

Cain, who joined the Reynolds Kingdom of Golf last year as Lead Instructor, will continue teaching and be joined on staff by former PGA Tour player Blake Adams, who will work as a Lead Instructor as well as in Player Development, and Taylor Crosby as a Lead Instructor.

“With the combination of these three tremendous instructors in place at the Reynolds Kingdom of Golf, we have taken the next step in elevating instruction to ultimate levels,” said Mike Scully, General Manager of The Club at Reynolds Lake Oconee. “We are developing fresh offerings that will showcase our new team’s high level of talents.”

Cain, 44, has worked in almost every aspect of the golf business, at both public and private courses, in agronomy, event sales and coordination, and in merchandising. Hailing from Winder, Ga., Cain was named the 2018 Georgia PGA North Chapter Teacher of the Year, and previously was 2013 Georgia PGA North Chapter Professional of the Year.

Adams, 43, competed on the PGA Tour from 2010 through 2016, during which he played and practiced with the best players in the world and contended at major championships. Adams earned more than $4 million in his career despite left hip problems that resulted in surgeries in 2013 (repaired) and 2014 (replaced). Adams most recently competed on the Tour from 2017 through spring 2018. He began teaching in 2018 focusing on short game, course management and the mental approach to the game.

Crosby, 35, began his teaching career in the fall of 2011 at the Jim McLean Golf Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Crosby also has served as head professional at Sky Valley (Ga.) Country Club and caddied on the Tour. An accomplished competitive golfer, Crosby played collegiately at Georgia (2002-2003) and North Carolina State (2004-2005).

Established in 2007 and expanded in 2017, the Reynolds Kingdom of Golf is now fully operated by Reynolds Lake Oconee in partnership with TaylorMade. The 16-acre, 7,600 square foot campus offers an unmatched custom golf game improvement experience, with consolidated club fitting and instruction for all ages and skill levels. Access to  five award-winning courses at Reynolds Lake Oconee serves to enhance the overall education and completeness of the experience.

Located between Atlanta and Augusta, Reynolds Lake Oconee has been named one of the “25 Best Golf Communities in North America” by GOLF Magazine.

Besides its “Top 100”-ranked courses, Reynolds Lake Oconee offers a full range of sporting activities, with access to more than 350 miles of Lake Oconee shoreline and four marinas; shooting sports at the Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds; the Lake Club swimming and wellness center; and an award-winning tennis center.

Vacation guests at Reynolds can choose from individual cottages within the private gates, while enjoying a variety of amenities. Accommodations also are available at the AAA Five Diamond Award-winning Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee.

For more information about Reynolds Lake Oconee, call (800) 800-5250 or visit

Swing Align – The Most Versatile Swing Training Device in Golf

(Oceanside, CA) – When it comes to great golf swing training aids, most devices only address one aspect of swing mechanics. Very few work on multiple swing issues, until now.

Swing Align, the next great golf swing training device, is helping golfers improve through consistent alignment with their target line, through keeping their arms and body in sync while rotating, and by making it easy to build a repeatable golf swing.

Swing Align is an intuitive training aid that is simple to use. Click HERE to learn more about how Swing Align works.

Swing Align was developed by golf industry veterans with more than 60 years' experience, and with input from PGA Tour players as well as top golf instructors. The device provides instant visual feedback and uses muscle memory to ingrain good habits. It can be used to practice at home or on the driving range.

“Two of the biggest issues golfers have are setting up properly and staying connected throughout their golf swing,” says Chris McGinley, co-founder and 30-year golf industry veteran. “The Swing Align training aid was designed to help golfers set up square and hit it solid by providing a strong visual indicator they can use to line up square to their intended target. The device uses muscle memory to develop a repeatable golf swing with more power and accuracy by keeping their arms and body synchronized when rotating.”

Swing Align is a wearable device featuring a highly visible alignment rod that runs through adjustable arm cuffs that swivel and are held together by a flexible connection belt. This allows golfers to use the training device to make an athletic swing with any of their golf clubs, from the driver to irons, wedges or putter. The training aid comes in standard or XL sizes and has an optional, ground-based alignment product with a sliding ball position indicator puck.

Swing Align provides multiple solutions to improve many aspects of the golf swing. It is designed to be primarily worn on the upper body across the biceps for swing training but can also be worn on the lower body just above the knees for additional short game training.

Devan Bonebrake, a Golf Channel Academy Lead Instructor and a Golf Digest Top Young Teacher (2017-2019), believes Swing Align is the perfect swing training aid for golfers and instructors with their students.

“Most golfers including many of my students, struggle with alignment, rotating the body correctly, or staying connected during the golf swing,” said Bonebrake. “The great thing about Swing Align is it works on all of those aspects - whether you’re a scratch golfer, or brand new to golf. I don’t know of a more versatile training aid than Swing Align.

Aligning the Body
Swing Align is a great golf alignment aid. Most experienced golfers are already familiar with one of the most basic alignment tricks; having someone hold a golf club against their chest to show where the body is pointed. In the past someone else had to facilitate this method. Not anymore. Swing Align uses this concept to allow golfers to easily practice and perfect proper alignment on their own.

The Golf Backswing
The golf backswing can be broken down into three integral parts: rotation, swing plane, and keeping the arms and body connected. Swing Align shows common backswing flaws and helps golfers to fully rotate their shoulders on plane while using the big muscles to keep the arms and body synchronized. Many instructors refer to this rotation and synchronization as connection.

Rotation and Swing Plane
Swing Align provides great visual feedback at the top of the backswing. If the alignment rod is perpendicular to the target line at the top of the swing, the body has properly rotated. If the alignment rod is horizontal to the ground, or pointed slightly down, the body has maintained the proper spine angle and swing plane while rotating.

Arm-Body Synchronization
Swing Align is the perfect tool for arm-body synchronization. The connection belt keeps the arms from separating from the body and from each other during the swing, freeing the golfer up to focus on using those larger muscles to rotate and power the golf swing.

Strong Feedback
Swing Align provides powerful feedback and visual memory through the alignment rod; making it easier to learn alignment, rotation and swing plane on your own. Regular use of the device while hitting balls promotes muscle memory, especially for timing and connection. The device can be used on or off the course working wonders for golf swing mechanics.

“One of the great things about Swing Align is how you can use it to hit balls with full-swing shots and stay connected developing important muscle memory in the golf swing," explains Bonebrake. "The connection belt guides your movement, and because it holds the arms together you can't help but properly deliver and release the club squarely. There is no need to hold back. You can set up and take full speed swings with any club and be confident that Swing Align will keep you better aligned and connected."

Swing Align is being used by golfers of all skill levels. Highly skilled golfers who want to reinforce the proper fundamentals, serious golfers committed to learning and improving, recreational players who need a quick tune up, and beginning golfers interested in learning what the proper golf swing feels like. In addition, instructors are using Swing Align to make their lessons more effective and help students become better players.

For more information on Swing Align and to order the most versatile swing training device in golf, visit

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island Offers Enticing 'Heritage Collection Golf Package' in Time for Spring

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC) – Widely recognized as one of the country’s finest golf destinations, Hilton Head Island has long been a choice for golfers of every skill level. Whether you are planning a visit to the picturesque island to attend the acclaimed 51st RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing golf tournament (April 15-21, 2019) at the famed Harbour Town Golf Links, or a golf excursion with friends, take advantage of the “Heritage Collection Golf Package” that is being offered by Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island.

Nestled along the coast of the scenic South Carolina island, the AAA Four Diamond-rated beachfront resort provides stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, access to miles of pristine white-sand beach and a wealth of on-site amenities of great appeal. In addition, it is convenient to 24 world-class golf courses around the island.

The resort’s “Heritage Collection Golf Package” enables you to choose from 18 holes at either the Barony, Planter’s Row or Robber’s Row courses in Port Royal Plantation, or choose a combination of two of the three 9-hole golf courses in the resort’s own Shipyard Plantation. This package includes golf for two adults daily and breakfast for two each morning. Available through December 31, 2019, the package starts at $319 per night, plus taxes and service charges.

Additional resort amenities include the full-service Arum Spa, five on-site restaurants and bars, zero-entry lagoon swimming pool, heated shade pool and hot tub, 24-hour fitness center, concierge services and summer activities including beach yoga and live music.

Island excursions include bicycle rentals with 50 miles of paths for bicycling and hiking along the shore, world-class golf, tennis on 20 courts at the adjacent Van Der Meer Tennis Academy, and kayaking or paddle boarding on some of the best beaches in the country. The resort is also within minutes of the charming and popular Coligny Plaza shopping district, featuring more than 60 specialty shops and restaurants within walking distance of the beach.

Add in the diverse array of recreational choices available on Hilton Head Island and it is easy to see why it is such a popular getaway destination. In addition to being voted the “No. 1 island in the continental U.S.” for the third year in a row in Travel + Leisure magazine’s prestigious “World’s Best Awards,” Hilton Head Island also was recently voted the “#1 Beach Town in the South” by the readers of Southern Living magazine, and the “No. 1 island” in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s acclaimed “Reader’s Choice Awards.”

“Whether you want to golf on the island, walk on the soft white-sand beach, relax by the pool, enjoy a refreshing service at the spa, or enjoy the many other recreational options on the island, Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is a terrific choice, as there is something to please virtually everyone in the family,” said Jay Wiendl, general manager of the resort.

For more information or reservations, visit, specifically Contact the resort directly at 843.842.2400 or 1.800.SONESTA (766-3782). Follow the resort on social:  Facebook (SonestaHiltonHeadIsland), Instagram (SonestaHHI) or Twitter (@SonestaHHI).

Friday, March 29, 2019

Tim Schantz Officially Moves Into New Role As Troon's CEO

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – As the month of March draws to a close, Troon President Tim Schantz will officially move into his new role as chief executive officer of the world’s largest club management firm on April 1st, while Troon founder Dana Garmany becomes the company’s executive chairman.

Schantz has been with Troon since 1998 and has served as the company’s president since 2017. Prior to becoming president, he was the executive vice president of global business development for the 29-year-old management firm. Schantz has over 24 years of experience in the golf and hospitality industries, specializing in corporate and real estate transactions. Prior to joining Troon, Schantz served as vice president and senior corporate counsel for the Doubletree Corporation, a Phoenix-based lodging and hospitality company. A licensed attorney, Schantz began his career in the California offices of Latham & Watkins international law firm. Schantz received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado Boulder and his Juris Doctor in Law from the University of Kansas.

Garmany founded Troon in 1990 with Troon North Golf Club as its flagship property. 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 managing 280 golf courses at 246 facilities. Throughout its history, Troon has earned a reputation for delivering pristine golf course conditions, personalized member services, outstanding food & beverage experiences and world-class retail offerings.

“I feel a personal responsibility to carry on Dana’s legacy, create value for him and the company, and maintain the feeling that we’re part of something very special that one guy started 29 years ago,” said Schantz. “Leading Troon will be a lot of responsibility, but it’s something I welcome. There are no dramatic changes planned. For Troon associates and our facilities, it’s business as usual with no big changes or reinventions.”

In his new role as executive chairman, Garmany will still be active with the company as he’ll continue to run board meetings and be a presence for Troon in the industry. He is the largest individual shareholder of the company.

“The timing is right for Tim to move into the role of CEO,” said Garmany. “He is a caring leader and a very smart dude. Troon is prepared and positioned for a strong future. As for me, I look forward to playing more golf, do some writing as a hobby and playing with a few bands I am involved with. That really is fun for me.”

Troon’s portfolio of companies includes Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Privé, CADDIEMASTER, Troon International, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Management and RealFood Consulting. 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.

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GOLFTEC Conducts Largest Club Fitting Training in Company History

Company Debuts 2019 Product Lines from Leading Equipment Manufacturers

(Englewood, Colo.) – GOLFTEC – the world leader in golf lessons and premium club fittings – recently completed the largest and most advanced fitter training in the company’s 24-year history, with over 100 elite coaches from around the world converging at GOLFTEC headquarters for a weeklong curriculum on club fitting best practices and 2019 equipment product line education.

The summit focused on training coaches on further advances to GOLFTEC’s proprietary TECFIT club fitting system and ensuring they are intricately familiar with the latest clubs from OEM partners. The latter was emphasized through sessions hosted by representatives from Callaway, TaylorMade, Ping, Titleist and Mizuno, and prepared GOLFTEC coaches to offer the most complete and accurate club fitting experience to golfers of all skill levels.

“Our coaches are the lifeblood of our company, which is why it is crucial that they are the most knowledgeable fitters on the planet and have every tool at their disposal to provide the most precise and complete fittings possible,” says Joe Assell, Co-Founder and CEO at GOLFTEC. “As our club sales and fitting services continue to expand with dozens of new GOLFTEC Training Centers opening worldwide every year, our focus is to keep moving forward and these in-depth educational sessions are vital to our success.”

The expertise of GOLFTEC coaches across both teaching and fitting disciplines uniquely qualifies the company as the most comprehensive solution for complete game improvement. In addition, GOLFTEC’s partnerships with top club manufacturers means it can provide custom-fit clubs at prices that match the cost of major big-box retailers. This experience is a stark contrast to other premium fitters whose staff are not versed in areas of instruction, or that promote after-market customizations that increase cost to the customer.

The success of GOLFTEC’s approach has been widely recognized as of late with Golf Digest recently honoring 36 GOLFTEC Training Centers on its list of the “100 Best Club Fitters in America.”

Featured 2019 golf equipment now available in GOLFTEC training centers that coaches were fully educated on includes:
- Callaway Epic Flash drivers & woods, Apex irons, PM Grind wedges, Stroke Lab putters
- TaylorMade M5 / M6 drivers, woods & irons, Spider X putters
- Mizuno ST190 / ST190G drivers & woods, JPX919 irons
- Ping G410 drivers, woods & irons
- Titleist TS2 / TS3 drivers & woods, SM7 Vokey wedges

During the month of March, a GOLFTEC club fitting is only $100 at participating GOLFTEC locations. Additionally, GOLFTEC offers a Club Trade Up program to help offset the cost of new clubs. For more information, please visit

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

Thursday, March 28, 2019

PUMA Golf Puts Its Spin on Camo Trend with Union Camo Collection

Rickie Fowler to Wear Pieces from the Union Camo Collection at the First Major of the Year

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – PUMA Golf introduced its Union Camo Collection, a unique take on the ubiquitous camouflage trend that is sweeping the sportswear world, combined with inspiration derived from the year’s first major. PUMA’s exclusive Union Camo design layers the shapes of the United States and the state of Georgia to form its camouflage pattern that is sure to stand out. Rickie Fowler is set to wear key pieces from the collection as he heads to Augusta, Ga., in April.
The Union Camo Collection, available in men’s and youth sizing, focuses on heathered textures and blocky lines to create a fashion-forward yet refined look, inspired by the memorable location of the year’s first major.

The Camo Collection for Men includes:

Union Camo Polo ($75) – Designed with Puma’s FUSIONYARN FLEX fabric blend, this performance polo features an all-over Union Camo design.  Available in both iconic green and neutral gray hues.

Union Camo ¼ Zip ($90) – Polyester/spandex blend ¼ zip pullover that is ideally suited for beating the morning chill during dew-sweeping rounds.  Features the gray Union Camo design as a woven overlay on chest and sleeves.

Ultralite Stretch Belt ($24) – The perfect accessory to tie the collection together, the Ultralite Stretch Belt is available in the flagship green shades of the collection and is reversible with a clean stripe design as an alternative.

Union Camo Patch Utility 110 Cap ($32) – This cool cap, in a solid green colorway, comes with two interchangeable patches so you can customize your style.  

P 110 Snapback Cap ($28) – a fresh take on the popular P Cap Rickie wears on Tour, featuring the all over Union Camo pattern.

IGNITE PWRADAPT CAMO Shoes ($170) – PUMA’s most popular spiked shoe with PRWADAPT traction pods now comes in a fun black/bronze/Iron Gate color scheme.

IGNITE PROADAPT CAMO Shoes ($200) - The IGNITE PROADAPT, PUMA’s latest shoe introduction, employs tour-proven technologies trusted by the game's best, designed to adapt to any lie with stability, power and comfort. Comes in a black/bronze/grey colorway.


Youth P Snapback Cap ($20) – This cool, fun hat for juniors is adjustable to various head sizes and features the popular slight curve brim and 110 Snapback design in a unique PUMA Black Camo pattern.

Boys Union Camo Polo ($45) – Performance polo that features an all-over Union Camo design.  Available in both iconic green and neutral gray colorways.

Boys Union Camo ¼ Zip ($55) – Polyester/spandex blend ¼ zip pullover that features WARMCELL technology to keep body warm in chillier temperatures.  Features the Union Camo design in a neutral gray all over print.

Boys Union Camo Shorts ($50) – 100% polyester, moisture wicking design keep kids looking cool and feeling cool on-and-off the course.  Available in iconic green and neutral gray all over Union Camo designs.

For more information on PUMA Golf’s cool new Union Camo Collection for men and boys visit

Pronghorn Resort Announces Debut of High Desert, Design-Forward Huntington Lodge

Pacific Northwest’s Premier Luxury Resort and Residential Community to Introduce Modern Guest Lodge in April 2019 with 104 Rooms, Social Lobby Lounge and Bar and Newly Added Resort Amenities

(BEND, Ore.) – Pronghorn Resort, a leading luxury hotel and residential community in Bend, Ore., has announced that the much-anticipated Huntington Lodge will be officially open in April of 2019. With a striking modern design unlike anything else in the area, the Lodge features 104 guest rooms and suites; a vibrant lobby lounge and gathering place that connects indoor and outdoor dining spaces; a new outdoor pool created for year-round use with a spacious deck and a central fireplace. Additional resort enhancements include a rebranded Cascada signature restaurant and the transformation of Chanterelle, which will become flexible event and meeting space to accommodate the increased number of visitors from the Lodge.

Located at the heart of the 640-acre community of Pronghorn Resort, Huntington Lodge overlooks the 18th hole of the Tom Fazio-designed Championship Golf Course and offers stunning views of the surrounding juniper groves and nine peaks along the Cascade Mountain Range. The Lodge is conveniently located near the 55,000-square-foot clubhouse and the Trailhead recreation center with a family swimming pool and fitness center. Resort and golf operations at Pronghorn Resort are managed by Troon, the world’s largest club management company.

Huntington Lodge is designed by Portland-based firms Ankrom Moisan Architecture and OMFGCO, a creative agency also responsible for the brand concept and interior design. Artistically inspired by its surrounding landscapes, the Lodge’s design celebrates the tranquility and spirit of Central Oregon’s high desert while capitalizing on the picturesque, panoramic mountain views.

The décor takes its cues from natural elements nearby, incorporating wood furnishings and soft, organic layers for comfort encouraging a style throughout the property that is authentic to the region’s roots and rich history. As a fresh departure from traditional alpine lodge design, Huntington Lodge has clean architectural lines and glass accents that establish its decidedly modern elements, which are unique to the area. OMFGCO also worked with over 20 Oregon-based artists, craftspeople, and fabricators to create one-of-a-kind works found throughout the property.

Each of the 104 guest rooms and suites feature panoramic views of the surrounding forest and bordering mountains. With the intention of connecting guests to the outdoors, rooms offer private outdoor terraces and expansive glass windows. Additional luxury amenities include in-room fireplaces, full kitchens and en suite master bathrooms with a full shower and tub. The décor is inspired by natural tones and textures of the high desert with organic wood and expressive, modern furnishings that are brightened with contrasting, choice accents. Larger configurations are available with connected living rooms. Two-bedroom suites are also available for larger groups or families.

“Pronghorn has long been known as the premiere resort and residential community in the Pacific Northwest. With the addition of Huntington Lodge, we hope to further cement ourselves as a leader in the market by continuing to evolve and creating a new and memorable guest experience,” said Pronghorn General Manager Spencer Schaub. “Our goal was to create something truly unique to the region and bring exciting new energy to the resort; and we are so pleased and so proud of the design firms we partnered with who have absolutely helped deliver on that vision.”

The Huntington Lodge lounge bar will offer small plates throughout the afternoon and evening, featuring local and seasonal items as well as signature craft cocktails and fine wines from around the world, including several acclaimed Oregon producers. Pronghorn offers several other dining venues, as well as an array of lodging options from junior suites to four-bedroom vacation homes. Other resort amenities include a full-service spa, fitness center and movement studio, two world-class golf courses managed by Troon and golf lessons through the Pronghorn Academy by Jeff Ritter.

Effective March 29, 2019, reservations for stays at the Huntington Lodge may be made. For more information, visit or call (866) 560-2514.

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Circling Raven Golf Club Opens for Play on April 12

Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel Amenity Offers Best Bang for Buck in America

(Worley, Idaho) – Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel today announces that Circling Raven Golf Club will open its 15th Anniversary Season for play on April 12, teeing up the commemorative occasion with arguably the most value-laden green fee in the game, according to GOLF.

The magazine rates Circling Raven an exceptional bargain, naming the inspirational Gene Bates design to the “Best Golf Courses You Can Play in America Under $100” list.

“It may not sport a floating island green like its neighbor up the road,” stated GOLF. “But this bird has everything else in its nest, including wetlands, grasslands and Ponderosa pines, plus unparalleled solitude disturbed only by the stray elk or moose. Circling Raven sports a modest green fee that enhances the tranquil ambience.”

Weekday green fees are $79 for 18 holes, Monday-Thursday, April 12-May 23 ($89 on Friday-Sunday and holidays). Prices increase to $89 on weekdays during peak season (May 24-October 6), and $99 on Friday-Sunday and holidays.

Additional value can be had through the “Early Bird Stay-and-Play Package,” good from April 12 to May 23, and including golf for two players and one night’s stay (double occupancy). Package options start at $223 and go to $287, price dependent on day of week and whether the Mountain Lodge or Spa Tower are selected.

Offering affordable green fees and packages is the tip of the iceberg at Circling Raven during its 15th Anniversary Season. The “Easter Brunch & Golf Package” (breakfast buffet in casino and golf $99 per person) is offered on April 21. May 4 brings Callaway Demo Day, 10 am to 2 pm, which includes complimentary use of the pristine, 25-acre practice range. Spend $500 or more and receive a 2-for-1 green fees voucher. All Circling Raven purchases are tax free.

For more information, visit or 800-523-2464.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Introducing the TaylorMade Tour Truck

Company’s New Truck Further Exemplifies its Commitment and Dedication to its Industry-Leading Player Tour Staff 

(CARLSBAD, CALIF.)  – TaylorMade Golf Company, an industry leader in product innovation and technology, today announced the debut of its new, completely re-designed Tour truck, set to make its inaugural appearance on Tour next month at the season's first major championship. The truck solidifies TaylorMade’s commitment to its world-class Tour staff, widely considered the most elite in the industry.

“With our new truck, the company has made a definitive statement that serves as yet another example of our ongoing commitment and dedication to the best players in the world. It’s a place they can not only come to have their equipment built, but a place they can come hang out and truly feel like part of the TaylorMade family.” —Keith Sbarbaro, VP, Tour Operations

Inspired by the trucks operated on the Formula 1 circuit, TaylorMade has designed the new Tour truck from the wheels up in collaboration with St. Louis-based industrial fabrication experts, Craftsmen Industries. Featuring dual slide out pods and for the first time a second level for meeting space, the company’s new truck is the biggest and first of its kind on the PGA TOUR.

Weighing 22 tons, the company’s new 42-foot long Tour truck features twelve individual player lockers, four 4K HDR televisions and a two-zone sound system. A modernized workshop includes multiple loft/lie machines, shaft cutters and a dedicated gripping station among a variety of other club building tools for TaylorMade’s Tour team.

In its decade-long run for TaylorMade, the retired trailer traveled an estimated 400,000 miles, attended more than 350 PGA TOUR events and built over 75,000 clubs. TaylorMade's new truck, set to make its debut at the Season Opener in April, is bigger, boasts more capacity, more workspace and more advanced technology than any truck currently on Tour.

The TaylorMade Tour Truck, by the Numbers:
- 44,000:weight(in pounds)of the trailer
- 35,000: estimated travel miles in first full year on the PGA TOUR
- 1,500+: shafts
- 1,200: TP5 & TP5x golf ball
- 1,000: grips
- 700+: TaylorMade clubheads
- 500: hats & t-shirts
- 450: sq. ft of tinted glass

Pure Silk Championship Will Be Presented by Visit Williamsburg This May at Kingsmill Resort

(Williamsburg, Va.) – The Pure Silk Championship is excited to announce the addition of a new presenting partner, Visit Williamsburg, as they prepare for the prestigious LPGA tournament at Kingsmill Resort, May 20-26.

As Greater Williamsburg’s official tourism department, Visit Williamsburg is proud to support women’s professional golf with this partnership as it is succinct with their mission statement of strengthening community through tourism through increased awareness, affordability, accessibility and attractiveness. Annually this renowned tournament brings fans, players, volunteers and businesses together and helps put Williamsburg, Virginia on both a national and international stage.

The Pure Silk Championship presented by Visit Williamsburg will showcase top women golfers from around the world as they compete for a $1.3 million purse in a 72‐hole stroke play tournament. This week-long event draws fans globally and will take place on Kingsmill Resort’s River Course, a 6,379-yard, Par 71, Pete Dye-designed layout, which has boasted a combined 36 LPGA and PGA victories from elite players. It has has long been a player favorite, given the wonderful support of the community, the incredible volunteers and exquisitely manicured River Course.

“We are extremely pleased to partner with Visit Williamsburg to continue to build community among our historic triangle of Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown,” Kingsmill Resort Chief Operating Officer, John Hilker said. “This first-class community event draws visitors both nationally and internationally to experience the entertainment, dining, sports and shopping we provide throughout the area.”

For more information on the Pure Silk Championship presented by Visit Williamsburg, resort accommodations, hospitality packages and tickets visit

To plan your trip to Kingsmill, visit

USGA Expands Player Relations in Naming Longtime PGA Tour Player Jason Gore as Senior Director

Four-Time U.S. Open Competitor, 1997 Walker Cup Team Member Will Lead Player Relations Team, Engaging with Elite Amateur and Professional Players Across the Game

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) – Following an extensive search, the USGA has appointed longtime PGA Tour player and four-time U.S. Open competitor Jason Gore as its first senior director, Player Relations.

The appointment launches a comprehensive program aimed at sharing information and strengthening engagement with players in areas of importance to the USGA. These include initiatives to grow and advance the game, research critical to the game’s health, and continuing to incorporate the players' perspective in its work to advance the sport.

Gore’s primary role will be to interact with professional and elite amateur players across the game, particularly focusing on competitors in the USGA’s Open and amateur championships. He will lead a team of full-time staff dedicated to player relations, including Liz Fradkin, who assumed her player relations role last fall. Previously the manager of the USGA’s Curtis Cup Team and a member of the U.S. Women’s Amateur staff, Fradkin has already been a fixture at several LPGA Tour events.

They will be joined by Robert Zalzneck and Ali Kicklighter, who will manage USGA player services with an emphasis on onsite services at the USGA’s four Open championships.

“Jason is a dynamic individual who has a great passion for the USGA and the game of golf and is widely recognized and respected by Tour players and staff, as well as industry influencers,” says John Bodenhamer, senior managing director, Championships. “Filling this role has been a strategic priority for the organization for some time and in Jason, we have someone who will bring us player insights and share our position on matters of importance to the game.”

A Southern California native, Gore, his wife, Megan, and their two children, will relocate to New Jersey in the coming months. A brief bio is below:
Jason Gore
- Graduate, Pepperdine University (2000 – psychology); 1997 NCAA Division I team champions
- Member of the 1997 Walker Cup Team
- Competed in the U.S. Open in 1998, 2005, 2008 & 2010; final Sunday pairing with Retief Goosen at Pinehurst in 2005
- Competed in the U.S. Amateur in 1992, 1993, 1995 & 1997
- Competed in the U.S. Junior Amateur in 1990
- Captured 12 professional wins: One PGA Tour win (84 Lumber Classic in 2005) among 16 top-10 finishes; all-time record seven Tour wins; four additional professional wins
- Amateur wins: 1996 Sahalee Players Championship; 1997 Pacific Coast Amateur; 1997 California - Amateur; 1997 California Open (as an amateur)
- Competed in more than 500 events on the PGA Tour (291) and (233) tours
- Served on the PGA Tour’s Player Advisory Council (PAC) nine times

“I have the utmost respect for the USGA and proudly tell everyone that my experience in the 1997 Walker Cup was the highlight of my golf career,” said Gore, 44, who won the PGA Tour’s 84 Lumber Classic in 2005 and played in Sunday’s final pairing of the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. “I’m incredibly honored to have been invited to play this role and can’t wait to get started.”

Added Bodenhamer: “While we’ve often engaged with players on a variety of projects and enjoy many longstanding relationships, this is the first time we have dedicated a team of full-time staff members to serve as year-long ambassadors for the USGA, as well as a voice for players. We’re excited to see what has been a long-term priority coming to fruition.”

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David Wright Named 'Honorary Ambassador' of the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black

“Honorary Ambassador Torch” passed from Cardinals Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith to Mets Superstar David Wright at Spring Training Game

(PORT ST. LUICE, FL) – In a pre-game ceremony before a NY Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals spring training game, the PGA of America named David Wright – former Mets third baseman, 7-time All-Star and 2-time Gold Glove Award recipient – as “Honorary Ambassador” of the 2019 PGA Championship to be played at Bethpage Black from May 13-19.

The Honorary Ambassador title was created to salute an individual from the PGA Championship host city who embodies the core values of the PGA of America, is passionate about the game of golf and is strongly connected to the community. Last year’s 100th PGA Championship in St. Louis honored Ozzie Smith, former St. Louis Cardinals shortstop and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, as the inaugural recipient.

Smith was on hand for the festivities to officially pass the torch from Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, host of the 100th PGA Championship, to Bethpage Black in New York, host of the 2019 PGA Championship this May. Wright accepted the honor during an on-field presentation, and the Mets celebrated the occasion with the Wanamaker Trophy on display and golf-themed fan activations throughout the game.

First arriving in NYC in 2004, Wright quickly cemented himself as one of the most beloved players in Mets history during his stellar 14-year career. On the field, Wright was a cornerstone of the Mets infield along with a steady bat at the plate. Off the field, it was the quality of Wright’s character that made him a fan favorite and a leader in the community. After battling spinal stenosis for two years, Wright made a comeback and concluded his playing career in 2018. Today, he continues to serve the Mets and the community in various charitable roles.

“David Wright epitomizes what being an Honorary Ambassador of the PGA Championship is all about,” said Scott Reid, 2019 PGA Championship Director. “New Yorkers are familiar with his strong connection to the community and his reputation for being one of the most charitable athletes in professional sports. David’s not too shabby on a golf course either. It’s his love of golf and his passion for New York, in addition to the quality of his character, that make him the perfect fit as our Honorary Ambassador.”

Wright will be honored during PGA Championship Week from May 13-19 at Bethpage Black, with specific details about his on-site activities to be released shortly.

“It's an honor to carry on the PGA Championship's Honorary Ambassador legacy established last year in St. Louis by my friend, Ozzie Smith," said Wright. "To advocate on behalf of the PGA of America, as they bring their major championships to New York, was an exciting opportunity I could not pass up. After so many summers at the ballpark, I am really looking forward to spending the second full week in May at Bethpage Black."

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Arcis Golf Partners with Els For Autism

New Programs Include Fundraising and Awareness Nationwide

(DALLAS) — Arcis Golf —the second largest owner-operator of private, resort, and daily fee clubs in the United States—will launch a nationwide campaign in April called “Arcis Round Up For Autism” that expands its partnership with legendary golfer Ernie Els and the Els for Autism Foundation.

In conjunction with April’s World Autism Month, the “Arcis Round Up For Autism” program at 60 Arcis Golf clubs around the country will encourage members, guests, and patrons to “round up” to the nearest dollar on any purchases of merchandise, food and beverage, or golf as a donation to the charity. Additional contributions will be accepted through September, with clubs or individuals raising or donating $15,000 or more invited to send a two-person team to play in the Els for Autism Golf Challenge Grand Finale event in mid-October.

“Arcis Golf is proud to support the Els for Autism initiative through the participation of our generous members and guests,” said Blake Walker, Founder and CEO of Dallas-based Arcis Golf. “Our goal is to promote the tremendous work of the foundation, as well as raise funds for programs that create a better future for people with autism spectrum disorder as one in every 59 children in the United States is affected by autism.”

"The support and partnership of Arcis Golf is truly appreciated,” said Els, who established the Els for Autism Foundation in 2009 with his wife, Liezl, after their son Ben was diagnosed. “By rounding up and engaging golfers in this simplest of actions, we can generate funds to learn more about autism.”

The couple has devoted its efforts to The Els Center of Excellence, a world-class facility hosting leading-edge autism programs and services in Jupiter, Fla. Els for Autism is committed to helping those with autism fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive, and rewarding lives.

The partnership with the Els Foundation is one of several ways Arcis Golf supports organizations nationally. Arcis Golf recently renewed its support of the United States Adaptive Golf Alliance, providing resources at select Arcis Golf facilities around the country including access to golf courses and PGA professionals within the Arcis Golf portfolio, as well as fundraising opportunities through Arcis Golf members.

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Branson CVB Invests in Flourishing Golf Destination, Fueling Travel Niche Growth

Missouri Ozarks Garnering Awareness from Golfers Worldwide; Innovative Product Drives Expansion 

(BRANSON, MISSOURI) – Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau (“Explore Branson”) continues investing in its golf product, which is increasingly garnering global attention and traveler demand driven by new, paradigm-shifting courses joining existing high-quality ones in the destination.

Furthering its support for and knowledge that the travel niche is just beginning to achieve critical mass – and is poised to explode through expanded brand awareness – Explore Branson last year joined the International Association of Golf Tour Operators. IAGTO is golf tourism’s global trade organization, featuring more than 2,250 member companies in 98 countries including 568 golf tour operators in 62 countries. IAGTO operators control over 85% of all golf vacation packages sold worldwide with annual sales exceeding $2.5 billion USD.

IAGTO manages annual golf tourism conventions in North America and Asia, the former at which Explore Branson is taking an aggressive promotional role in 2019. Furthermore, the Destination Marketing Organization hopes to expand the IAGTO relationship going forward.

“Because Branson is the fastest-growing and most-compelling place to golf in North America, perhaps the world, being an IAGTO International Sponsor strengthens our relationships with group tour operators as we educate them about the attributes that our destination offers their buyers,” said Samantha Gutting, Branson CVB and Chamber of Commerce Senior VP/Chief Sales Officer. “Underscoring our commitment to and belief in IAGTO, Branson is pursuing becoming the host venue for the North American Conference.”

What appeals to both golfers and golf tour operators about Branson is simple. There are approximately 17,500 courses in North America, but only one place where they’re coming online so fast and so distinctly. The burgeoning golf development in the Branson area features a who’s who of golf legends and course designers, including Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Fazio and Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

What distinguishes the recently developed golf venues from others are their one-of-a-kind components. Nowhere else does players’ green fees get them play on an award-winning course by Nicklaus (Top of the Rock), but also admission to an adjacent geological wonder – the Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail, complete with underground waterfalls and a bar. That Top of the Rock is the only par-3 layout that has been played as part of a PGA TOUR event in TOUR history – the Bass Pro Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge – underscores its unique excellence.

The geological theme runs through the area golf product. Millions-year-old limestone formations were unveiled and integrated into the Mountain Top Golf Course (designed by Player), which opened for its first full season in 2018. Adding to its unparalleled attributes are its unorthodox length (13 holes) and playing locations – players choose the teeing area on golf holes, which means they provide a different experience with changing starting points.

Part of Big Cedar Lodge, Mountain Top joins Top of the Rock and Buffalo Ridge Springs with geology and conservation inspiration illuminating the Ozarks’ renowned natural gifts. Buffalo graze adjacent to the latter course. And Top of the Rock sits perched high above the expansive, pristine Table Rock Lake. The course clubhouse includes 150-year-old wood beams transported from a barn in Arnold Palmer’s hometown in Latrobe, Pa. (Palmer designed the mind-boggling all-synthetic-turf driving range.)

Two new courses will open in 2019 and 2020 – Ozarks National and Payne’s Valley – both highly anticipated because the former will be played along with Top of the Rock in the Legends of Golf tourney, and the latter is authored by Tiger Woods and his golf architecture firm, TGR Design. It is Woods’ first ever public course – and includes a spectacular 19th hole with remarkable stone outcroppings and waterfalls – bringing to five the number of new courses that will have recently opened in the destination. That’s supersonic speed compared to the turtle’s pace that is post-recession golf course development worldwide.

“With exhilaratingly original new courses coming online and an array of well-regarded golf options existing in the Branson area, the timing is ideal to aggressively promote what Explore Branson area offers visitors,” said Lynn Berry, Branson CVB Director of Communications.

Golf is the newest Branson travel niche to gain extensive appeal there. Well known for its unique combination of “nature and neon,” Branson is an acclaimed live entertainment destination with scores of theaters, top-rated Silver Dollar City amusement park, and several lakes where boating, fishing and other outdoor activities make it middle America’s most visited destination.

That the charming Ozark Mountains enclave has added significant new attractions and development in recent years – from zip lines, museums, and new hotels, to Branson Landing, Dogwood Canyon, and several golf courses – has further catapulted Explore Branson into top destination status. So much so that the New York Times named it No. 21 on its “Top 52 Places to Visit Worldwide” in 2018.

Ozarks National and Top of the Rock are co-host courses of the PGA TOUR Champions Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge, April 24-28, 2019. Established Branson courses consistently rank among the best in the state. Branson Hills has been rated the No. 1 public course in Missouri, while Golf Digest bestows that distinction on Buffalo Ridge Springs. Thousand Hills, LedgeStone, and The Pointe at Pointe Royale are other popular options.

Meshed with the vast array of after-golf activities, Branson is tailor-made for intrepid travelers who love exploring best-in-kind places where there is an abundance of leisure, lodging, meeting, event, family, and dining options.  

About Branson Area Golf
Ozarks National, 800.225.6343
Branson Hills Golf Club, 417.337.2963
The Pointe at Pointe Royale Golf Village, 417.334.4477
Thousand Hills Golf Resort, 800.487.0769, 417.334.4553
Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course, 800.225.6343
LedgeStone Country Club at StoneBridge Village, 417.335.8187
Payne’s Valley, 800.225.6343
Mountain Top Course, 800.225.6343
Top of the Rock Golf Course, 800.225.6343
Holiday Hills Resort and Golf Club, 417.334.4838
Don Gardner Golf Course, 417.337.8510

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Introducing: LiveView Pro—Quality Golf Practice Literally Anywhere

(RELEASE) — The newest generation of the LiveView camera has finally arrived: LiveView Pro.

LiveView Sports changed the way golfers practice with the innovative LiveView camera—the golf studio that fits in your pocket.

This compact, 4-ounce camera clips onto a tripod or alignment rod, allowing golfers to capture their swing from any angle. The device connects wirelessly to the LiveView app on the user’s smartphone or tablet, where it displays mirror-image video in real time. Thanks to LiveView, golfers and other athletes have discovered the practice benefits of instant, visual feedback, observing themselves from any perspective and correcting errors the moment they happen.

The last generation of LiveView, LiveView+Plus, became a must-have for every golfer thanks to features such as: 
-Video speed of 60 frames-per-second for high quality, high detail slow motion replay
-Option to draw coaching objects on video screen
-Smart swing trigger for auto record and instant video replay

Now, the all-new LiveView Pro takes these classic features to the next level by optimizing the LiveView camera for indoor use:
-The new, larger-than-ever lens gathers maximum light for clearer indoor video.
-LiveView Pro converts light with a sensor nearly 4 times larger than the previous model.
-The built-in wide angle lens reduces the minimum camera distance to 6.5 feet, making it easier to capture any angle of a golfer’s swing in an enclosed space.

These upgraded features make LiveView more versatile than ever. With this technology, accelerated improvement can be a reality for every golfer, no matter their practice environment. Even players without easy access to practice facilities in the cold season can now perfect their swing motion at home, with or without a ball, thanks to the features and feedback of LiveView Pro.

Even golfers who spend most of their practice time outdoors will quickly see the benefits of these advanced features. They can expect crisper images and reduced shaft-blur.

Finally—golfers no longer require wide open spaces and perfect weather to get in some truly quality practice. The new LiveView Pro levels the playing field and brings the benefits of kinesthetic learning right into your home or office.

For more information on how to take part in the promotion of LiveView Golf or marketing inquiries, contact Tyler Prins at or by phone at 605-351-4378.

Monday, March 25, 2019

KemperSports Celebrates Honorees at Annual Awards Dinner

Desert Willow named KemperSports "Facility of the Year"
(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – KemperSports recognized top performers from across the company at its Annual Awards Dinner, an event that marked the end of the 2019 KemperSports Leadership Conference. This year’s honorees include:
· Facility of the Year – Desert Willow Golf Resort - Palm Desert, California
· James R. Seeley General Manager of the Year – Randy Morrison - Colwood Golf Center and Heron Lakes Golf Club - Portland, Oregon
· Mady Lesnik Home Office Staffer of the Year – Bryan Howell - KemperSports, Northbrook, Illinois
· Emil Esposito Golf Professional of the Year – Ryan Young, Chambers Bay Golf Course - University Place, Washington
· Retailer of the Year – Streamsong Resort  - Streamsong, Florida
· Salesperson of the Year – Todd Elder, The Governors Club - Brentwood, Tennessee
· Superintendent of the Year – Will Bell, Forest Creek Golf Club – Round Rock, Texas
· Hospitality Professional of the Year – Chris Pieters, Cantigny Golf - Wheaton, Illinois
· James S. Kemper Staffer of the Year – Yolanda Porras – Butterfield Trail Golf Club - El Paso, Texas

“Our people are what make us great,” said Steve Skinner, CEO of KemperSports. “Without their hard work and passion, we wouldn’t be where we are today. We are fortunate to have such a high-caliber team and we thank them for their dedication to delivering unmatched service to our clients and guests.”

The 2019 KemperSports Leadership Conference brings together company leaders nationwide for three days of learning and celebrating one another’s achievements. This year’s conference, which took place in downtown Chicago, was headlined by two keynote speakers, Matt Nagy, head coach of the Chicago Bears and NFL Coach of the Year, and renowned motivational speaker Dave Gordon.

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Nexbelt Team Staff Professional Jim Furyk captures a Runner-Up Finish at the Players Championship

(Rancho Cucamonga) — Nexbelt, The Belt With No Holes, captured a Runner-Up Finish on the PGA TOUR this past weekend as Nexbelt Tour Staff Professional, Jim Furyk finished 2nd at the Players Championship held at TPC Sawgrass Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Jim Furyk
This is Furyks 23rd start at the Players Championship, and his record at the Stadium Course is indicative of his love-hate relationship with it. He finished runner-up in 2014 and was third in 2006.

At age 48, Furyk was asked how long he plans on playing events on the PGA Tour and what his plans are once he's eligible to play on the Champions Tour. "If I'm competitive and I feel like I'm knocking on the door and having opportunities to win, I'd like to play some out here." said Furyk. "If that's not the case, I'll go to the Champions Tour and see if I can be competitive out there."

It's obvious after shooting rounds of 71, 64, 71 and 67 at TPC Sawgrass this past weekend and finishing just one stroke off the lead, he's definitely still knocking on the door and giving himself opportunities to win on the PGA Tour.

This 2nd Place Finish moved him up 40 spots and he's now ranked 24th on the FedEx Cup Points List. Furyk joined the Nexbelt Team of Staff Professionals in 2015 and is an ambassador for their Rowland Thomas Series of belts this season.

Jim's Rowland Thomas Herrington Collection belt features a full grain Italian calfskin leather strap that is embossed in a brown herringbone texture. This premium luxury belt is designed to really step up your fashion game both on and off the course.

With over 40 players now wearing Nexbelt on the Professional Golf Tours, it's considered "The Fastest Growing Belt in Golf". Its team of PGA TOUR Staff Professionals for 2019 includes Tour Players Jim Furyk, Kevin Na, William McGirt, Jason Bohn and many more.

Nexbelt is known for its innovative technology and providing golfers with the maximum comfort and minimal adjusting. The unique ratcheting system called PreciseFit allows the wearer to adjust the belt in ¼ inch increments, providing the golfer with the best fit, feel, and fashion available.

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

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

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

K-MOTION Used by 51 Instructors on GOLF Magazine’s ‘Top 100 Teachers in America’

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — K-MOTION – the leader in 3D evaluations and biofeedback training technology for coaches and athletes – congratulates the 51 K-MOTION certified coaches who were named to GOLF Magazine’s "Top 100 Teachers in America”  list.

Some of the instructors honored on the prestigious list include Claude Harmon III, Martin Hall, Chuck Cook, Gary Gilchrist, Cheryl Anderson, Jon Tattersall, Mark Blackburn, John Dunigan, Bernie Najar and Andrew Rice. Each of the 51 teachers utilizes the wearable K-Motion 3D technology to precisely measure, asses, coach and train how the body moves to help their students achieve unparalleled results.

“This group of talented individuals deserves recognition for their invaluable contributions to the game of golf,” says K-MOTION CEO Michael Chu. “We’re proud that K-MOTION can play a vital role in the instruction lifecycle of the game’s elite coaches. By providing deeper understanding and more efficient training, K-MOTION is helping raise the performance of golfers of all skill levels.”

The biennial process, powered by GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers Credentials Committee, screens candidates against 15 baseline criteria, including their teaching experience and accomplishments, student portfolio and peer ratings, along with their overall commitment to the growth of the game, both through volunteerism and their ability to use digital platforms.

Working in close collaboration with many of these coaches, the company recently released two new features. First, the K-Coach Evaluation, which unlocks complex 3D swing data and translates it into easy-to-understand scores and visuals, so every coach and player can access and utilize this game changing information. Second, K-MOTION Tiles, which enable coaches and players to instantly see the 3D swing data tracked, making it golf’s first launch monitor for the body.

Beyond golf, Major League Baseball teams such as the Seattle Mariners, and National Hockey League teams, also use K-MOTION 3D products for better measurement and training. In February, K-MOTION was named as a finalist for the Yahoo! Sports Technology Awards in the “Best Technology for Elite Performance” category.

The industry leader in 3D wearable, motion-training technology that makes athletes better faster, K-MOTION products create a complete learning solution: from diagnosis, to supervised instruction, to unsupervised practice. Through patented real-time audio and visual cues, athletes can connect perception to reality and master perfect motion in seconds. K-MOTION creates a seamless connection between player and coach through its cloud-based improvement sequence of evaluate, coach and train.

For more information:, 603.472.3519.

Wild Dunes Resort Gears Up for the 2019 Masters

Roadtrippers Can Take Advantage of a Pre- or Post- Tournament Stay for the Ultimate Golf Vacation

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) – Taking place at Augusta National Golf Club, only a three hour drive from Charleston, the 2019 Masters Tournament will draw golf fans from near and far for four days of competitive play April 11-14. Wild Dunes Resort, a Destination Hotel, is offering families and friends looking to road trip to and from this celebrated event, the chance to experience relaxation, sunshine and award-winning golf with its new Road to the Masters Package. Available for stays April 1-21, with rates starting at $404 per person, per night, this package includes the following:
- Accommodations in the resort’s AAA Four-Diamond Rated Boardwalk Inn, the Village at Wild
- Dunes or in the resort’s luxury condos
- One round of golf, with cart fees included, on the Links Course
- One round of golf, with cart fees included, on the Harbor Course
- Bucket of balls & full range access
- Daily breakfast at Huey’s Southern Eats

“We can’t wait to welcome players of all skill levels to experience our Tom Fazio-designed Links and Harbor Courses for the ultimate Masters golf vacation this year,” shares Wild Dunes Resort’s Golf Director Jeff Minton. “Whether coming from the north or south, our resort is an unbeatable pit-stop for families and friends headed to the most prestigious golf tournament of the year.”

Others wishing to enjoy Wild Dunes Resort’s premier courses year-round can take advantage of the resort’s Young Executive Membership and Harbor Friends Golf Program.

Young Executive Membership offers those 40 and under the opportunity to take advantage of the resort’s award-winning golf courses, pools, beach and more at an incredible value, with inclusions such as Links and Harbor Course greens fees, preferred golf member guest rates, preferred daily tee times, waived tennis court fees, discounted tennis lessons/clinics, access to all resort pools and the grand pavilion, 25 percent off best available rate room reservations and Destination Properties, 10-20 percent off rentals, retail purchases and food and beverage outlets, and more.

The resort’s new Harbor Friends Golf Program is the ultimate annual VIP pass to the Harbor Course, known for its challenging design and beautiful views. Local* golfers can enroll for $49 to enjoy year-round perks including $44 rounds on the Harbor Course, exclusive monthly offers and tournament access, a Friends Reward punch card to earn free rounds and merchandise, 10 percent off restaurant and pro shop purchases, and a Harbor Friends tumbler after sign-up.

*To qualify for the Harbor Friends Program, guests must be a Charleston, Berkeley or Dorchester county resident. 

To book Wild Dunes Resort’s Road to the Masters Package or to learn more about golf at the resort, visit or call 855.264.4232.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

PXG Signs French Professional Golfer Celine Boutier

PXG Adds New LPGA Tour Talent to Its Roster of Champions

(Scottsdale, AZ) – PXG has signed LPGA Tour winner Celine Boutier to its roster of champions.

A decorated amateur golfer, Boutier was introduced to PXG during her tenure a Duke University in 2016. Duke is one of several NCAA D1 schools supported by PXG. Through PXG’s University Program, talented collegiate golfers like Boutier are provided with a tour-caliber club fitting and custom PXG equipment.

Following graduation, Boutier began her career as a touring professional. She captured two wins on the Symetra Tour and two on the Ladies European Tour. With 13 PXG clubs in the bag, she clinched her first LPGA Tour victory in February of 2019 at the ISPS Handa Vic Open.

“PXG has been an incredible supporter of my journey from amateur to professional golfer,” Boutier shared. “They have kept me in clubs and been a champion for my success. PXG’s equipment is second to none and I am thrilled to pursue my dreams to play golf at the highest level with the full support of the company.”

“From tee to green, Celine is a very consistent golfer and an incredible finisher,” said PXG founder and CEO Bob Parsons. “We’ve enjoyed watching her play over the years and look forward to supporting her as her career on the LPGA takes off.”

What’s in Celine’s bag?
- PXG 0811 X GEN2 Driver, 9°
- PXG 0341X 3-wood
- PXG 0317X Hybrids, 19° and 22°
- PXG 0311 Irons, 5-PW
- PXG 0311 Milled Sugar Daddy Wedges, 50°, 54°, and 58°

PXG’s current professionals represent some of the very best talent on the PGA and LPGA Tours. Boutier will join current #PXGTroops Zach Johnson, Billy Horschel, Pat Perez, Ryan Moore, James Hahn, Charl Schwartzel, Scott Langley, Wyndham Clark, Lydia Ko, Anna Nordqvist, Katherine Kirk, Austin Ernst, Christina Kim, Brittany Lang, Alison Lee, Ryann O’Toole, and Gerina Piller.

For more information about PXG and its touring professionals visit,

Devant Sport Towels Named Official Licensee for PGA Championship and Ryder Cup

Both to Maintain Licenses Through 2020

(Richmond, VA) – Devant, a leader in the golf industry for over 30 years, announced that its line of premium sport towels, will be an Official Licensee for the 2019 PGA Championship as well as the 2020 Ryder Cup. Next year’s Ryder Cup will be played at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin on September 25-27, 2020.

The PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations and is proud to have their members strive to grow interest and participation in the sport of golf. The 2019 PGA Championship will be held at Bethpage Black Course, in Bethpage State Park, in Farmingdale NY. The 2020 PGA Championship will be held at Harding Park Golf Club in San Francisco, California.

Devant Sport Towels has been in the Charlotte, North Carolina area since its inception as a family business 40 years ago, and over time has grown at such a rate that they recently relocated to a facility with 20,000 more square feet in Pageland, South Carolina. Producing over one million towels a year, Devant is known to create specialty towels for major championships, prestigious clubs and corporations. Devant’s preferred towel collections include microfiber, microscrubber, woven, Rival, the Edge, Arctic Blast and beach towels.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

The Highlands Course at Primland Continues to Receive National, International Accolades

(MEADOWS OF DAN, Virginia) — Golfscape, an internationally recognized golf site, has named The Highland Course to its 2019 list of the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses. The Highland Course at Primland is listed as No. 8 in the U.S. and No. 28 in the world. The course finished above other notable destinations in the U.S., such as The Oconee Course at Reynolds, Lake Oconee, the Tranquilo Golf Course at the Four Seasons Resort in Orlando and La Playa Beach and Golf Resort in Naples.

This new award adds to the resort’s growing list of accolades including its ranking among the 2019 Top 100 Resort Golf Courses (No. 31) and 2018 Best Courses You Can Play (No. 2 in Virginia) by Golfweek and 2018 America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses (No. 28) by Golf Digest. Located in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, The Highland Course at Primland showcases the resort’s breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains at every turn.

Designed in 2006 by Donald Steel, the course was carved from the natural landscape of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains leaving stunning views along its ridge tops. A course with forgiving landing areas, Steel’s British roots transfer to the Highland Course with links-style features implemented throughout one of the best mountain layouts in golf.

“We are honored to have been recognized among the best golf courses in the world,” said Steve Helms, vice president at Primland. “The award is a testament to our dedicated team, partners and staff. It will continue to drive our commitment to deliver an exceptional experience that we hope will be thoroughly enjoyed by our guests.”

In addition to golf, Primland is the perfect luxury resort for couples and families, with 12,000 acres of undisturbed land that is home to an abundance of outdoor activities including wing shooting, hunting, tree climbing, fly fishing, RTVs, horseback riding, kayaking, archery, tomahawk throwing and much more. The mountainous views surround guests from all angles of the resort, providing a scenic backdrop for the players on the Highland Course and guests exploring the nature trails along the restored Appalachian Trail throughout the property.

For availability and reservations, call 866-960-7746 or email

Tripp Davis and Associates’ Restoration of Dallas’ Northwood Club Honored

The club has been named the No. 1 Best Elite Country Club in DFW Area

(Norman, OK) — The Northwood Club in Dallas was recently recognized as the Best Country Club in Dallas/Fort Worth in the Elite Category and also honored as the Best Course Renovation of the Year by AvidGolfer DFW Magazine.  The renovation work was conducted by architect Tripp Davis and Associates (TDA). Davis’ redesign was called “astounding” and “fantastic,” and his work was praised for “keeping the course mostly intact while using subtlety to update the layout.”  

AvidGolfer also highly ranked the 14th hole at Northwood Club as the Best Par 5 and the best tee shot in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

“I am honored to have Northwood recognized by AvidGolfer Magazine as the Best Elite Country Club and Best Renovation in Dallas/Fort Worth,” said Davis. “Our approach was to restore the original character found in Mr. Diddel’s greens, rebuild the bunkers to reflect Diddel’s style, and reposition bunkers and tees to be more strategically relevant for today’s game. To see our work elevate the status of Northwood is very gratifying.”

Originally designed by William Diddel in 1946, Northwood hosted the 1952 U.S. Open making it one of only three courses in Texas ever to have hosted this championship. Northwood also has been the site for several regional USGA, local North Texas PGA and AJGA tournaments.

Starting in 2016, TDA oversaw an 18-month major renovation of the historic course and unveiled a refreshing new look to its membership in April 2018.

TDA and builder Landscapes Unlimited restored all tees, greens and bunkers and reshaped most fairways, along with providing new cart paths, drainage and a new irrigation system.  TDA introduced Northbridge, a new Bermudagrass, which is used over the entire course with the exception of the Bentgrass greens.  In addition, creeks on the property were restored and a new irrigation lake was built to help the club recapture more water. Trees that were hiding the quality of the land were removed. Davis and his crew also rebuilt the practice facilities, including the driving range, and designed a 4 hole “Short Course” to broaden the playing options, especially for junior golfers. The “Short Course,” with holes ranging from 50-120 yards long, opened late November 2017.

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