Monday, September 30, 2019

Silverado Resort and Spa Unveils New Golfer's Dream Stay & Play Package

(Napa, Calif.) – Following an exciting finish to this past weekend’s Safeway Open in which 24-year-old Cameron Champ from Sacramento won his second career PGA TOUR tournament, Silverado Resort and Spa – the host property for the PGA TOUR event – has unveiled a new Golfer’s Dream Stay & Play Package.

The Golfer’s Dream Stay & Play Package allows golfers to save up to 30 percent on their luxurious accommodations and green fees. As part of the package, golfers can enjoy one full round of golf per person, per night on either Silverado Resort and Spa’s North Course or South Course; play golf for free after 2 p.m. on the day they arrive; and enjoy unlimited use of Silverado’s practice facility, range balls, and club storage service. Plus, Sunday departures receive complimentary late check-out until 2 p.m. (based upon availability).

“The overall experience at Silverado was exceptional, the resort and course conditions were outstanding at this Troon-affiliated destination,” said Team Troon Ambassador and PGA TOUR star Justin Thomas. “We appreciated all of the hospitality; it was a great week at Silverado Resort and Spa.”

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

“Following an amazing Safeway Open and an outstanding performance by 24-year-old Cameron Champ, we invite golf fans to experience this beautiful and historic property for themselves,” said resort owner Johnny Miller.

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

For more information on Silverado Resort and Spa’s Golfer’s Dream Stay & Play Package, visit For more information on the Safeway Open, visit

PING Signs Tania Tare, Influencer, Trick-Shot Artist

(PHOENIX) – Tania Tare, a popular social media influencer and accomplished golf trick-shot artist, has signed on as a PING Brand Ambassador, said PING President John K. Solheim. Tare, a native of New Zealand, uses Instagram to share her imaginative and highly difficult trick shots. She also has a message, using her platform to encourage everyone to play golf.

Now based in Scottsdale, Ariz., Tare started sharing her trick shots with friends to show how fun her sport can be. “Trick shots are good for the game because they break the stereotype of golf a little,” she says. Tare’s athleticism shows in her trick shots, which highlight her soccer and snowboarding moves. “I incorporate sports that I am more naturally good at.”

Tare will conduct trick-shot shows for PING at various events and promote the brand as a social media influencer, Solheim said. “Tania’s trick shots are the kind you watch over and over because you can’t believe that what you’re seeing is real, but it is – she’s that good,” he said. “Audiences will be thoroughly entertained, and she’ll be a tremendous representative for PING. There aren’t many females performing trick shots, so she’s a wonderful person to go out and inspire girls and women to play golf. She has amazing talent and a meaningful message.”  

Tare played on a scholarship at Florida International University and has competed in LPGA tournaments. Her trick-shot videos can be seen on her Instagram account @taniatare63. A recent feature garnered more than 9.5 million views.

She said aligning with PING is appealing on multiple levels. “I’ve always admired what PING means to golf. I’m so excited to have their support, to play with their custom-fit clubs, and to represent a company that has been such a generous supporter of the women’s game and the LPGA for decades. We just witnessed an incredible Solheim Cup, an event made possible only with the Solheim family’s vision and commitment to women’s golf. I’m beyond thrilled to be representing PING.”

Troon and Sandals Resorts Team up for 'Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Sweepstakes'

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon and Sandals Resorts have teamed up for the “Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Sweepstakes” in which one lucky person and a guest will win a once-in-a-lifetime golf experience vacation to Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas during The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, part of the Korn Ferry Tour, scheduled for January 9-15, 2020.

Those interested in entering the sweepstakes should visit and join the Troon Rewards loyalty program. The sweepstakes drawing will take place on Monday, November 25, 2019 and the winner will be notified via e-mail.

The winner of the “Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Sweepstakes” will receive:
- A four-day/three-night 5-Star Luxury Included® stay for two adults at Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Tennis & Spa Resort, which includes:
- Luxurious Accommodations
- Unlimited 5-Star Global Gourmet™ dining
- Unlimited Premium Liquors & Wines
- Unrivaled Land & Water Sports- including daily Scuba Diving for certified divers
- Daily & Nightly Entertainment
- Free Wi-Fi, All Tips & Resort Taxes, Sandals Airport Transfers & More
- One LIV + VIP Super Spectator Package for two for travel during the Korn Ferry Tour’s Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, which includes:
- Caribbean ‘Junkanoo’ Themed Pro-Am Draw Party Night with Live-Music & Entertainment
- Entry to Official Pro-Am Awards Event
- Private Player Meet-and-Greet
- Instructional Golf Clinic with a Pro
- 2020 Limited-Edition ‘Bahamas Great Exuma Classic’ keepsake
- LIV+ Swag and more
- Complimentary round-trip golf club shipping for two from Ship Sticks

Should the sweepstakes winner’s schedule not permit for travel to The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, scheduled from January 9-15, 2020, the prize winner may select to travel to any participating Sandals Resort within a year from the promotion’s end date of November 24th, 2020. The Sandals Resorts prize package will then be reduced to a four-day/three-night Luxury Included® vacation for two adults to any of the Sandals Resorts.

No purchase is necessary to enter the “Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Sweepstakes” and those entering will automatically be enrolled into the Troon Rewards program. For more information and official terms and conditions for the “Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Sweepstakes,” visit

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Cameron Champ Wins with Z-STAR XV

(RELEASE) — Srixon ball loyalist, Cameron Champ, has won the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open in Napa, CA. Champ has now accumulated two PGA Tour wins to go along with one Korn Ferry Tour victory in less than two years since switching to the Srixon Z-STAR XV golf ball.

Champ, the Tour’s longest player, places unique demands on his golf ball—one that responds to his unmatched speed off the tee and also gives him the feel around the greens that a PGA Tour player demands.

This week, on his way to a one-shot victory, Champ finished first in Driving Distance and first in Scrambling. This is a testament to the talent of Cameron Champ and the golf ball he chooses to play.

What’s in Cameron’s Bag:
· Srixon Z-STAR XV Pure White

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Titleist Golf Tips: Controlling Distance on Your Bunker Shots

(INSTRUCTION) - When we first start playing golf, bunker play can be a big challenge. Opening the club face feels foreign and the idea of intentionally hitting behind the ball is strange. In the early going, it's an accomplishment to just get the ball out of the sand.

But as our games improve, we raise our expectations. Now we want to get out of the bunker AND leave ourselves a reasonable chance of making a one-putt. Learning how to properly hit a bunker shot and taking our bunker game to this new level requires an ability to control the distances of our bunker shots — no easy task.

Do we swing harder? Take more club? Hit closer to the ball? Ask ten golfers and you might get ten different answers, but for a proven recipe for success, we reached out to Titleist Staff Member James Sieckmann, and he shares his three tried-and-true methods in this latest Titleist Golf Tip.

Controlling your Bunker Shot Distance

Tip #1: Club Selection
In the grass, you typically want to control your distance with the length of your backswing. If you wanted to make a shorter shot, you would need to have a shorter swing. You cannot do this while hitting a bunker shot. When playing a bunker shot, you need wrist angle and wrist set so that you can unload that angle at the bottom in order to get the ball up and out of the bunker with spin. Standard lob wedge flies 10 yards in the air, a sand wedge might fly 18 yards while a gap wedge might fly 30 yards. It’s important to have the right size club when tailoring your bunker shot.

Tip #2: Amount of Face Rotation
Fully rotated open to half open. Face direction of the club can be essential on your ball distance. By turning the face of your club, it can help the ball go even further.

Tip #3: Speed
If you have to hit a short shot, let’s say just over the lip of the bunker, because you will have less speed with a full release, all you want is a shorter follow through. Create a stable platform with your legs planted and the top of your follow through should be very short, as you will want plenty of hinge with less speed. If you want to hit it further, the best way is to increase the length of the follow through. Try to have the head of the club above your head at the end of your finish. Therefore, a shorter follow through equals a shorter shot, while a longer follow through means a farther shot.

For more great instruction from James, be sure to visit his online Modern Short Game Academy.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Callaway Apparel Launches 2019 Weather Series 'Play Unrestricted In Every Condition'

(Miami, FL) — Callaway Apparel announces the launch of its 2019 Weather Series, a revolutionary collection of Men’s and Women’s outerwear that provides the ultimate in functionality, playability and versatility for the performance-driven golfer. The 2019 Weather Series is focused on one thing: helping golfers play unrestricted golf in every weather condition. Featuring their revolutionary SWING TECH construction in nearly every piece, the 2019 Weather Series is Callaway’s most technical and most complete lineup to date.

“We are thrilled to bring the all-new Weather Series lineup to market,” stated Gina Avila, Executive Vice President of Design & Merchandising for Callaway Apparel. “My team and I have spent countless hours working to create products that feature the latest in fiber technology and performance-enhancing materials while still providing a sophisticated, aesthetically pleasing appearance. The result is what we believe to be the newest gold standard in performance golf outerwear.”

Highlights of the Men’s 2019 Weather Series include:
Callaway StormGuard Waterproof Jacket & Pants - Designed with SWING TECH construction and mechanical four-way stretch fabric, the StormGuard waterproof jacket and pants offer golfers superior range of motion in even the toughest of elements. Brand new for 2019, these products feature a 15K JIS waterproof rating, Callaway's highest ever, as well as multiple fully seam-sealed, splash proof pockets. The full-zip breathable waterproof jacket, available in three colors, is built with adjustable storm cuffs for added protection while the pants, offered in multiple lengths, features an adjustable hem for the perfect fit.

SWING TECH Waffle Fleece - Brand new from Callaway, the Swing Tech Waffle Fleece offers golfers the perfect combination of warmth, playability and protection from the elements. Featuring Swing Tech construction and four-way stretch polyester/spandex blended fabric, this mid-layer allows for better range of motion with every swing. The interior thermal lining provides superior warmth while UV Block UPF 50 helps protect skin from harmful UV radiation. The Swing Tech Waffle Fleece is available in eight new colors and Big & Tall sizing.

SWING TECH Outlast ¼ Zip – Callaway’s most technically advanced mid-weight layering now features SWING TECH, allowing golfers to play unrestricted in every condition. This ¼ zip pullover is constructed with Outlast technology, originally developed for NASA, which utilizes phase change materials (PCM) that absorb, store and release heat for optimal thermal comfort. Also equipped with UV Block UPF 50 to prevent the sun's harmful UV rays from reaching the skin, the Outlast ¼ zip, available in five colors, is a versatile, performance-driven layer that is built to brave the elements.

SWING TECH Windshirts - Available in three distinct styles (short sleeve, ¼ zip and full zip), Callaway’s new windshirts are constructed with Repel technology to resist wind and water by creating a barrier of protection against inclement weather. SWING TECH construction and four-way stretch fabric allows for better range of motion while the adjustable storm cuffs, toggle hems and multiple full size pockets provide golfers the details they need for peak performance.

High Gauge Full Zip Vest - Crafted from a soft, insulated thermal fabric and available in three colors, this vest delivers practical comfort and style. The four-way stretch polyester/spandex fabric ensures maximum stretch while the full zip front is easily adjustable, making it the perfect complementary layering piece for fall golf.

The stylish and functional Women’s Weather Series collection takes a modular approach to offer multi-wearing options for all seasons. While designed for performance by incorporating SWING TECH ergonomic and articulated seams, the women’s collection is complemented with smart feminine details. The collection features a variety of new layering offerings including:
- Mixed Media Quilted Jacket
- Swing Tech Lightweight Fleece
- Floral Jacquard and Printed Sun Protection ¼ Zip
- Full Zip Wind & Water Resistant Jacket
- Coolmax Cardigan Sweater

The Men’s and Women’s Weather Series collections are available now at, select retailers and leading golf and country clubs around the world.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Exploring the 2019 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience in Las Vegas

Club + Resort Business Associate Editor Rob Thomas explored the floor at the 2019 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience at the Venetian in Las Vegas. From Yamaha Golf Car Company's latest offerings to Skooza's alternative to golf course transportation, there were a lot of interesting booths.

Two categories really stood out, however: Cigars and CBD products are really making a push into the pro shop. Does your pro shop sell cigars and CBD? If yes, how are they selling. If no, why not?

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Titleist Introduces New TruFeel Golf Ball – The Softest-Feeling Titleist

New Core and Aerodynamic Technologies Deliver More Long Game Distance, Enhance Best-in-Class Low Compression Performance

(FAIRHAVEN, Mass.) – The new Titleist TruFeel golf ball is engineered to deliver longer distance and excellent control for golfers who rely on the consistent performance and quality of the softest-feeling Titleist.

Now available in golf shops worldwide, Titleist TruFeel has been reimagined with a new TruTouch core and new TruFit aerodynamics for more distance with the driver and in the long game. A proprietary TruFlex cover provides ultra-soft feel and excellent control on shots into and around the green.

For golfers who prefer a very soft compression feel, Titleist TruFeel improves upon the prior generation DT TruSoft as the best performing golf ball in its class, offering a superior combination of soft feel, longer distance and short game control.

“We know from our extensive player testing that golfers who gravitate toward the softest-feeling golf balls are also clearly focused on performance,” said Michael Mahoney, Vice President, Titleist Golf Ball Marketing. “In this category, we continue to see competitive products that sacrifice distance or short-game spin in order to gain a softer feel. TruFeel strikes the perfect balance of extremely soft feel and all-around performance. Our engineers have advanced TruFeel’s low compression technology to add speed and distance in the long game while preserving the feel that golfers tell us they love – and the playability on every shot that makes this ball a Titleist.”

TruFeel is available in White and Optic Yellow, with a new Matte Red color option to be added in January 2020. The new TruFeel sidestamp has been designed to double as an alignment aid.


Titleist TruFeel delivers best-in-class performance through the most advanced low compression design and manufacturing technologies:
• New TruTouch Core: The fast, low compression TruTouch core generates low spin for long distance.
• TruFlex Cover: The TruFlex cover is a proprietary Titleist formulation designed for very soft feel around the green and excellent greenside control.
• New TruFit Aerodynamics: The new TruFit aerodynamics are designed with a symmetrically optimized pattern to enhance long game distance.

Every TruFeel golf ball is made at Titleist Ball Plant 2 in North Dartmouth, Mass., to ensure the most consistent performance, quality and feel – from ball to ball and dozen to dozen.


The TruFeel sidestamp features a new alignment aid, providing golfers the option for easy alignment without having to mark a line on the ball. The design was inspired by the most popular alignment aid available through the My Titleist customizer on since alignment options debuted in February 2018.


TruFeel is now available in golf shops worldwide in both White and Optic Yellow, with a new Matte Red color option coming in January 2020. MAP $22.99.

Volvik Introduces Marvel x Volvik The Hulk 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 Hulk golf balls as part of its partnership with Marvel Worldwide. Volvik has reported record-setting sales of the Marvel x Volvik collaboration of Captain America, Ironman and Spider Man Vivid 4-Ball Sets, and The Hulk is the newest addition to the collection.

“Volvik is pleased to continue our collaboration with Marvel with the introduction of The Hulk golf balls,” said Don Shin, president of Volvik USA. “Demand for all our Marvel character balls has been robust, and we anticipate the same response for The Hulk.”

The matte-finish, three-piece Vivid high-performance golf balls feature Volvik’s new oversized energy core. Each four-ball set includes a magnetic hat-clip ball marker and retails at $24.99. The Marvel balls are available for purchase at or at retail outlets across the country.

Golf shops can place pre-orders now with their local Volvik sales representative or by contacting Volvik at 407-649-0013 for shipment immediately.

Collectors, junior golfers and avid players everywhere are excited about the Marvel x Volvik Collaboration. The limited-edition sets are part of a series of product introductions that will continue throughout 2019 and beyond.

Marvel Worldwide Inc. is a publisher of American comic books and related media. In 2009, The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Worldwide’s parent company.

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PGA of America Forms Strategic Alliance with the Novaland Group

The first PGA of America-branded facility in Vietnam to be developed in Bình Thuận Province on the Southeast Coast

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – The PGA of America has formed a strategic alliance with the Novaland Group, one of the largest property developers in Vietnam, to create PGA of America-branded facilities, with a focus on coaching and the overall development of golf in the country. The agreement marks the first-ever licensing partnership for the PGA of America in Vietnam, as it looks to support the growth of the game internationally.

The primary location of the partnership will feature projects planned by Novaland in the Bình Thuận Province, the first being a Greg Norman designed facility in the region’s capital, Phan Thiet. To drive sustainable growth-of-the-game efforts in Vietnam, these PGA-affiliated facilities will feature junior and adult coaching programs, as well as providing exposure for local Vietnamese professionals to learn from experienced PGA Professionals.

“Vietnam is one of the fastest growing golf tourism markets in the world, and we’re seeing the game of golf utilized as a key vehicle for that growth,” said PGA of America Chief Innovation Officer Arjun Chowdri. “We are incredibly excited to partner with such a well-renowned company in Novaland that is committed to the development of the game and will help us position the PGA of America and PGA Professionals at the forefront of that growth.”

Mr. Bui Xuan Huy, CEO of Novaland, said: “Binh Thuận holds great potential to develop golf tourism. The signing with the PGA of America aims to bring a new standard of golf academies and golf course operational standards to Vietnam. We expect that the cooperation will help the group create a breakthrough and assist localities in building an image as a ‘destination for the foreign and domestic high-grade golf client segment.’”

Thursday, September 26, 2019

There Are So Many Reasons to Fall in Love with Sea Pines

Autumn Temperatures, Plentiful Activities Lure Visitors to Hilton Head Island

(Hilton Head Island, S.C.) – With Hilton Head Island’s fabulous fall weather – and some of the most attractive offers of the year – now’s a great time to book a getaway to The Sea Pines Resort. During the autumn season, a fantastic array of outdoor events and festivals abound just as temperatures begin to cool.

Here are ten reasons to plan a trip in the coming months and Fall in Love with Sea Pines:

The best weather of the year on Hilton Head Island

Balmy sea breezes turn cool in the fall, offering visitors made-to-order weather for a round of golf, a game of tennis or a bike ride around the island. Beautiful beaches offer a quiet respite for a relaxing morning walk or an afternoon lounging by the shore.

Harbour Town Golf Links 50th Anniversary Package

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Harbour Town Golf Links and the best vacation values of the year include a variety of golf and dining packages. Accommodation options include The Inn & Club at Harbour Town or a deluxe villa.

The Getaway Package

The ever-popular fall and winter Getaway Package offers incredible incentives, including up to 15 percent off already reduced nightly and weekly rates, complimentary lunch and dinner entrees for two at resort restaurants, and complimentary bicycles for two adults.

Free Night Special at The Inn & Club

Stay two, three or four nights at Hilton Head Island’s only AAA Four Diamond, Forbes Four Star hotel and receive an extra night free. That’s an additional day to enjoy the Inn’s complimentary premium beach chairs and umbrellas, bicycles and boutique pool and spa.

Up Your Golf Game

Tim Cooke, a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher, and LPGA Top 50 Instructor Julie Cole are among the experienced golf teaching staff at the Sea Pines Golf Learning Center.  Individual and group golf instruction, daily clinics and mental game performance coaching are available. After your lesson, test your new skills at the Plantation Golf Club. For just $199, play both Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III and Heron Point by Pete Dye any time after 1pm. Or play where the pros love to play and reserve a tee time at Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA Tour's RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.

Tis’ the Season to Wine & Dine!

Wine aficionados will love the Around the World Wine Dinner taking place October 11 in the Heritage Room at the Harbour Town Clubhouse. Enjoy four different dishes paired with wines from France, Italy, Chile and the U.S.

So Much to Love at The Sea Pines Racquet Club

It’s game on at The Sea Pines Racquet Club. Join Stan Smith, past Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion, and his staff for a fun-filled tennis weekend, November 28-30. The nine-hour class will feature video analysis of your serve, stroke and strategy instruction, footwork and many practice drills.  For registration and additional information, please call (843) 363-4495.

Harbour Town Yacht Basin Dockage Special

Enjoy an extended stay at an unbeatable price in one of the top yachting destinations on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Reserve any two consecutive months or more between November 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020 and receive 25 percent off the monthly dockage rate. Reservations must be confirmed by October 15, 2019. To learn more or reserve a slip, call (843) 363-8335.

It’s Festival Season, Y’all!

Great fall weather means one thing – it’s festival time! A line-up of outdoor events includes Hounds on the Harbour (October 5) and the Caramel Apple Festival (November 30).

Holiday Activities

Island holidays include an array of fun activities and events, including Halloween and Thanksgiving wagon rides through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, Halloween on the Harbour, a Gregg Russell Thanksgiving Concert, and the Caramel Apple Festival.

Need more reasons to Fall in Love with Sea Pines? Access the web site at or call reservations at 866-561-8802.

Troon Selected to Manage Reserva Conchal Golf Club and Beach Club in Costa Rica

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in club management, development, and marketing, has been selected to manage Reserva Conchal Golf Club and Beach Club in Costa Rica’s northern province of Guanacaste. Troon International will oversee the golf, beach club and food & beverage operations as well golf course agronomy and club marketing.

Reserva Conchal is an exclusive beach, golf and equestrian community spread out over 2,300 acres along Costa Rica’s Pacific coastline. The community has approximately 2,000 residences. Developed on a former cattle ranch, the mixed-use development focuses on an ecofriendly use of the property, restoring a vast majority of the land stripped bare for cattle. Reserva Conchal goes beyond national standards to ensure the protection of the area’s forests, mangroves, flowers and wildlife through environmentally sensitive construction practices.

Reserva Conchal Golf Club features a Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed golf course that opened for play in 1997. The 7,029-yard, par 71 course meanders through the rolling coastal terrain, offering stunning ocean views on several holes. Reserva Conchal also includes two resort properties, the W Hotel Reserva Conchal by Marriott (opened in 2018) and The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal (opened in 2011). Both resort properties provide guests with golf club access.

“Reserva Conchal is an absolutely incredible property set along Costa Rica’s spectacular coastline,” said Ricardo Catarino, vice president, operations, Troon. “We are thrilled to be working with the outstanding ownership group as we look to further elevate the member, resident and guest experiences at both the golf club and beach club.”

Reserva Conchal is owned by Florida Ice and Farm Company (FIFCO). Since acquiring the mixed-used development in 2007, the 105-year-old Costa Rican beverage corporation has guided Reserva Conchal using its triple bottom line strategy: financial, social and environmental sustainability are valued equally.

“Reserva Conchal’s goal is to deliver premiere and unique experiences at our amenity facilities for our community and guests, and that is why we have decided to do it through partnerships with professional, best-in-class, international management companies such as Troon,” said Helmuth Sauter, Director of Reserva Concha.

Reserva Conchal is located 45 minutes (60km) from Liberia International Airport. For more information on Reserva Conchal, visit

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PGA Golf Club to Host 'Red, White & YOU' Charity Tournament in December

Facility To Also Hold Second Annual ‘Red, White & YOU Fairway 5K Run / Walk’ Oct. 20

(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) — PGA Golf Club – the PGA of America’s award-winning 54-hole facility – will be the site of the fifth annual “Red, White & YOU” charity golf tournament on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Open to all golfers, the entertaining fundraiser begins at 8:15 a.m. with kick-off ceremonies, followed by a scramble competition (with divisions) at 9 a.m. A post-event celebration starts at 2 p.m. Entry for PGA Golf Club members, PGA Professionals and active or retired military is $85. Cost for guests of members and the general public is $110. Breakfast, lunch, golf prizes and tax are included.

All proceeds benefit PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), the flagship military program of the PGA of America’s charitable foundation PGA REACH. The year-round program introduces golf to veterans, while enhancing their mental, social, physical and emotional well-being. PGA HOPE also helps veterans assimilate back into their community through the social interaction of golf.

For information about the Red, White and YOU golf tournament, contact Heidi Geiser at or 772.467.5488.

“My father served in the military so this event is truly special and one I enjoy being a part of,” says PGA Golf Club General Manager and Director of Golf Jeremy Wiernasz. “The PGA of America and PGA Golf Club remain committed to improving the lives of our nation’s heroes and their families through the game of golf.

“Since the inception of this program at PGA Golf Club, we have executed over 50 golf programs impacting nearly 100 veterans,” adds Wiernasz. “Events like Red, White & YOU significantly help PGA HOPE and its unique programs, and we are truly honored to host this inspiring charity event.”

PGA Golf Club also will host the Second Annual Red, White & YOU Fairway 5K Run / Walk on Sunday, Oct. 20. Open to everyone, the race begins at 6:45 a.m. with kick-off ceremonies. The 5K run / walk begins at 7 a.m., and a post-race celebration commences at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $30 (service fees not included), and each participant will receive a race shirt and breakfast on the day of the race.

Registration for the race can be done online, and race packets can be picked up at Fleet Feet in Stuart, Fla., on Oct. 18 from 12 – 6 p.m., and at PGA Golf Club on the 19th from 9 – 11 a.m. For more information visit the event’s Facebook page.

Sponsorship and donation opportunities for both Red, White & YOU events are available by contacting Geiser at or 772.467.5488.

Owned and operated by the PGA of America, and known as the “Ultimate Golf Resort Destination,” PGA Golf Club is home to three distinct golf courses – the Wanamaker, Ryder and Dye – designed by renowned architects Tom Fazio and Pete Dye.

Next year, PGA Golf Club will host the 2020 Boys and Girls Junior Championships. The Boys Junior PGA Championship will be contested July 13 – 16; the Girls Junior PGA Championship will follow on July 28 – 31. Each event features 144 players in a four-round, 18-hole, stroke-play format.

In 2021, PGA Golf Club will host the PGA Professional Championship on the Wanamaker and Ryder Courses. The Championship will be comprised of players who advance from the 41 PGA Section Championships, along with past champions, competing to finish in the Top 20 and a spot in the PGA Championship. All four rounds will be broadcast live on Golf Channel.

To learn more about PGA Golf Club, visit

New Kube Golf Travel Bag Folds Up Tiny

(Missoula, Montana) — The innovators at Sun Mountain have done it again with the introduction of the Kube golf travel bag. Kube looks like an ordinary, small, plastic suitcase but unbuckle it and it opens into a full-sized golf travel bag. Kube’s folded size is merely 9” x 13” x 14.5” and weighs only 6.8 lbs. Kube is available in eight colors with a retail price of $229.99.

Kube is constructed from durable, ballistic style fabric in combination with plastic half-shells with dense foam padding through the top of the bag to protect golf clubs. When not in use, Kube folds down to 9" x 13" x 14.5" for storage. When unfolded for use, Kube has internal dimensions of 52" x 14" x 14" offering room for a golf stand bag or cart bag.

Kube’s fabric is further reinforced in wear areas and heavy-duty, two-way zippers run the full length of the golf travel bag to make it easy to load.

“Kube is ideal for someone who travels periodically with their golf clubs,” explains President of Sun Mountain, Ed Kowachek, “and wants their golf travel bag to take up as little space as possible when not in use.”

Kube weighs only 6.8 lbs and comes in eight colors: Carbon Fiber, Graphite/Pink, Inferno, Tropic, Cobalt, White, Bumblebee and Rush.

In addition to Kube, Sun Mountain offers several models of the ClubGlider golf travel bag with patented, extendable legs that support 100% of the weight.

For the Sun Mountain retailer nearest you, call 800-227-9224 or visit

Le Ann Finger Becomes Second Woman to Earn PGA Master Professional Designation in Player Development

A PGA and LPGA Member, Finger is also the 10th woman overall to earn PGA Master Professional status, the PGA of America’s Highest Educational Achievement

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) - The PGA of America has announced that Le Ann Finger, PGA/LPGA, Senior Director of Tournaments and Championships for the Arizona Golf Association (AGA), has become the 10th woman to earn PGA Master Professional status, the highest educational achievement that can be obtained by a PGA Member.

Le Ann Finger
Finger is also just the second woman to earn the distinction in the area of Player Development, following PGA President Suzy Whaley, who received the certification last year. Finger is now one of only 375 PGA Master Professionals among the Association’s 29,000 PGA Members.

“Reaching the highest level of educational achievement from the PGA of America is a great honor and one of the highlights of my career,” said Finger. “As has been my mission throughout my golf journey, I want to inspire and mentor other PGA Members in their pursuit of advanced educational certifications, while continually motivating young women and men to pursue a career in the game and business of golf.”

The PGA Master Professional Program (MPP 2.0) is available to any PGA Professional who has achieved advanced certification through the PGA Certified Professional Program, which was launched in 2004. The curriculum is comprised of an extensive project, based on the specific certification previously acquired by the PGA Professional. Upon approval of the project and successful completion of a presentation, a PGA Member will earn the prestigious PGA Master Professional status. To be eligible, the PGA Master Professional Program requires a minimum of 10 years of PGA Membership.

Finger is one of only 210 women nationwide who serve as both a PGA of America and LPGA Member. In her role with the AGA, she conducts more than 50 tournaments and championships, for nearly 75,000 amateur golfers in the state of Arizona.                                                                    

Additionally, Finger, who achieved PGA Certified Professional status in Player Development in 2014, oversees the AGA Build A Team program; the Golf 101 instruction program; and AGA Just 4 Fun playing opportunities for members.

An accomplished PGA Member, she earned the PGA Player Development Award from the Southeast Chapter of the South Florida PGA Section for extraordinary contributions and achievements in the area of player development. Committed to service, Finger is also a member of the WE ARE GOLF Women’s Task Force; the Southwest Section PGA Education Committee; and is President of Women in the Golf Industry. She is also a member of The Golf Writers Association of America. She has previously served on the PGA of America’s National Membership Committee, The First Tee National Growing Girls Golf Committee and the LPGA National Hall of Fame Committee.

Finger’s industry experience also includes six years serving as a Division III Golf Coach at her alma mater, St. Olaf College, in Northfield, Minnesota—where she led the women’s golf team for seven seasons and the men’s golf team for four seasons.

Born and raised in West Des Moines, Iowa, Finger earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and was a four-year letter winner and Captain of the women’s golf team at St. Olaf. She also was recently inducted into the Valley High School Hall of Honor in West Des Moines. Le Ann and her husband, David, have two daughters, Kelsey (28) and Brooke (26) – all avid golfers.

The PGA Master Professional Program (MPP 2.0) was established in 1969 to recognize PGA Members who have made a significant effort to improve as golf professionals and maintain the highest degree of excellence for themselves and their operations. As part of its Member education curriculum, the PGA MPP 2.0 program was designed to ensure PGA Professionals are prepared to meet the growing demands of the marketplace.

Giants Ridge Unveils Outstanding Fall Golf Packages

Includes Play on Resort’s Award-Winning Layouts, Stellar Accommodations, Many Extras

(BIWABIK, Minn.) – Giants Ridge – Minnesota’s leading golf resort, set in the rugged beauty of the Mesabi Iron Range, announces fall golf packages perfect to cap the 2019 golf season in style.

A convenient three-hour drive along I-35 from the Minneapolis – St. Paul metro area, Giants Ridge boasts two of the highest-ranked layouts in state, The Quarry and The Legend. The aptly-named Quarry is built on the site of a former sand quarry and iron ore mine, and dramatically raised tees and hazards provide dramatic Iron Range vistas. Carved out of the Superior National Forest, The Legend is a true “northwoods” course featuring towering pines, giant fairways and majestic views of Wynne and Sabin Lakes.

The “Two Nights – Two Rounds” package starts at $249 per person / per night and includes a two-night stay in a two-bedroom condo at The Lodge at Giants Ridge, discounts at the Sleeping Giant Grill and Bar, a round of golf per person / per day on either The Quarry or The Legend, golf cart, range balls and a yardage book. The “Play & Stay at GreenGate Guest Houses” package includes a two-night stay at the GreenGate Guest Houses, a round of golf on either course, golf cart, range balls and a yardage book, and starts at $232 per person / per night.  The “Stay & Play at The Villas” package includes one round of golf with cart on either of the resort’s two courses, range balls, a yardage book and accommodations at the Villas at Giants Ridge for 10% off the regular price.

More information about these festive fall golf packages at Giants Ridge can be found on the resort’s special offers page.

“The fall season is an ideal time to visit Giants Ridge with cooler weather, exceptional course conditions and vivid fall colors splashed throughout the golf course,” says John Kendall, director of golf. “We offer everything needed for a fun getaway while playing two of Minnesota’s best courses.”

Earlier this year, Giants Ridge received the “Editor’s Choice Award” from Golf Digest in the “Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest” category. The publication also ranked The Quarry No. 31 in its biennial rankings of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. In addition to the Golf Digest honors, Giants Ridge and its courses have received accolades from Golfweek, My Golf Spy, and Golf Advisor.

For more information:, 1.800.688.7669

ENVEED CBD Launches New Extra-Strength CBD Roll On for Golfers

(RELEASE) — ENVEED, the CBD company that brought you RELIEF, RELAX, and CLARITY CBD formularies, is proud to announce the launch of a new line to its collection — ACTIVE.

Golf can create wear and tear on your body. ACTIVE provides faster relief and recovery so you can perform at the top of your game.

Created in collaboration with pharmacists, doctors, and athletes, ACTIVE can help keep your body in premium condition, naturally. Active contains 300 mgs of ENVEED’s proprietary “Active” Nano CBD, along with the following ingredients, all known for their soothing, healing properties:
- Coconut oil: A good massage with coconut oil can keep the blood flow healthy while accelerating healing. Its healing properties come from its lauric acid content, a medium chain fatty acid that is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiviral. When applied over the painful area, it relieves the pain.
- Beeswax: Aids in relieving pain and swelling/inflammation.
- Eucalyptus oil: It’s analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties help to rejuvenate stiff and sore muscles, and speed recovery.
- Lavender oil: An effective analgesic and anti-inflammatory.

ACTIVE is easy to use, and comes in a compact travel size 2 oz. bottle, perfect for a gym or golf bag. Simply roll on for relief and recovery.

To get your bottle of ACTIVE or other ENVEED products or for more information, visit:

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at the Islands of Loreto / TPC Danzante Bay Among GOLF Magazine's Top 100 Golf Resorts

(LORETO, Baja California Sur, Mexico) – Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto has been named a Top 100 Golf Resort in the inaugural rankings from GOLF Magazine.

Flanked by the rugged Sierra de La Giganta Mountains and the Sea of Cortez, Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa occupies a sprawling stretch of quiet beaches, scenic vistas, and astounding natural habitat. While the resort reflects the historic culture of Mexico, guests have access to every modern amenity and convenience—including Sabila Spa, named one of Mexico’s Best Spas by SpaFinder—as well as unparalleled personal service.

The centerpiece of this premier golf destination is TPC Danzante Bay, part of a luxury master-planned community adjacent to the coastline of Baja’s inland marine sanctuary. A Rees Jones design, the golf course offers five sets of tees, ranging between 4,916 and 7,237 yards. It features wide fairways and greens that must be carefully judged but are never unfair. Most of the entrances to the greens are open—allowing approach shots to run on safely—while the holes along the cliffs feature strategically placed collection areas to keep errant shots from taking the plunge into the blue water below.  

The GOLF Magazine editorial team considered 243 resorts across North America, and then, conducted an online poll of 3,700 golfers to rate each resort based on golf experiences, accommodations, service, food, and ambience. The results are North America’s top 100 resorts. Villa del Palmar Loreto appears in the buddy trip category.  The magazine’s list also includes resorts in the luxury, family, and overall excellence categories.

For more information about Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto, visit or by calling toll-free at 866/209 -0726 from the United States or Canada, or 800/838-2662 from Mexico.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Club Booster eWheels by Alphard Golf Unboxing

We took the Club Booster eWheels for a spin around the Club + Resort Business office. This nifty device hooks up to just about any standard push cart and turns it into a remote-control caddie.

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Bryson DeChambeau Looks to Defend his Omega Dubai Desert Classic Title at Emirates Golf Club

First player announcement of world-class golfers coincides with launch of all-new hospitality packages with new 18th hole viewing area

(DUBAI) — Bryson DeChambeau will be hard-pressed to defend his Omega Dubai Desert Classic title when he returns to the iconic Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club to take on a world-class field of proven European Tour winners from 23-26 January 2020.

The oldest tournament in the Middle East – and the longest-running on the circuit outside of Europe – will return for the 31st edition next year, as will past European Ryder Cup players Matthew Fitzpatrick, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood and Rafa Cabrera Bello, who also won the event in 2012. They will be joined by four-time European Tour winner Matt Wallace, who finished runner-up to America’s DeChambeau eight months ago.

New for 2020, Hospitality Terrace packages are now available, offering a VIP unique view of the Majlis Courses’ iconic 18th green and a ringside seat to the drama that will surely unfold come the final round.

For those in attendance, it will be a chance to see one of world golf’s most compelling young players, as DeChambeau showcases the unique approach that yielded a remarkable 24-under par total and a seven-shot victory earlier this year – the tournament’s lowest ever score.

“I really enjoyed my time in Dubai and to cap the week with my first international win was amazing,” said DeChambeau, the current world number 11. “I have always spoken about how important it is for me to be regarded as a successful international player and to win around the world. The Omega Dubai Desert Classic was a great start and it will be an honour to return to this beautiful city and defend my title.”

Much like DeChambeau, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic has been a happy hunting ground for Cabrera Bello over the years, who will arrive in the UAE looking to claim a fourth European Tour title – adding to his Dubai victory of 2012 and a subsequent runner-up finish four years later.

Hot on the Spaniard’s heels will be the ‘Iceman’, Stenson, who became the first male player from Sweden to win a Major at the 2016 Open Championship and will play his 20th consecutive Omega Dubai Desert Classic in January, having won the tournament back in 2007. He first teed it up in 2001, where he fell in love with the tournament and the region, calling both the city and Emirates Golf Club home for several years afterwards as a result.

He will be joined by former World Number One, Westwood, whose most recent victory came at the Nedbank Golf Challenge last year – the 24th of his European Tour career. The Englishman is yet to lift the famous Dallah Trophy having first played the Omega Dubai Desert Classic back in 1994, missing the tournament just twice and recording three second place finishes in the 23 starts since.

Compatriot and talismanic European Ryder Cup star, Poulter, finished tied third in last year’s event and will return to Dubai looking to harness the form that has seen him labelled ‘The Postman’ for his ability to deliver when the pressure is on. Similarly, 25-year-old Fitzpatrick, already a five-time winner on the European Tour, including at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship and Omega European Masters, will be eager to add this trophy and complete his Dubai and Omega doubles, respectively.

Fellow Englishman Wallace, four-time winner on the European tour is also set to tee up, as he looks to go one better than last year and add this title to his burgeoning international resume.

“We have been fortunate enough to welcome the biggest names in golf to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic for the past three decades and this year’s field promises to be no different,” said Simon Corkill, Executive Tournament Director. “Bryson’s victory earlier this year was as impressive as any we have seen here and to be able to announce his return alongside that of six such stalwarts of European golf, is further proof of the event’s international appeal. Couple this with our new and improved hospitality offering for 2020 and this promises to be another fantastic event for players and fans alike.”

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

For more information on the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, visit

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The Sea Pines Resort Named Among GOLF Magazine's Top 100 Golf Resorts

Iconic Resort Cited Among Top Five Resorts in Overall Excellence Category

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) — The Sea Pines Resort has been named a Top 100 Golf Resort in the inaugural rankings from GOLF Magazine.  The Resort was recognized for overall excellence.

On an island where golf is king, Harbour Town Golf Links is true royalty.  Legends of the game have competed each year since 1969 in the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.  Joined by the highly acclaimed Heron Point by Pete Dye and Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III, the three courses at The Sea Pines Resort are continually ranked among the best in the world, individually unique and unforgettable.

The resort’s luxurious lodging option, The Inn & Club at Harbour Town, showcases elegant décor with legendary service and a host of premium complimentary amenities. Guest rooms are fitted with modern furnishings and conveniences, accented by crisp Egyptian cotton linens and design elements inspired by the natural beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

“We are so honored to be recognized by GOLF Magazine on this prestigious list,” said Steve Birdwell, President, The Sea Pines Resort.  “This is a testament to the quality of our golf courses and true Southern hospitality.”

All guests at The Sea Pines Resort also enjoy five miles of sandy beach shoreline, a 15-mile network of paths for hiking and biking, fishing, water sports, horseback riding, and an abundance of Hilton Head attractions, including the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse.

The GOLF Magazine editorial team considered 243 resorts across North America, and then conducted an online poll of 3,700 golfers to rate each resort based on golf experiences, accommodations, service, food and ambience. The results are North America’s top 100 resorts and appear in the October 2019 issue.  In addition to overall excellence, the list includes resorts in the family, buddy trip and luxury categories.

To make a visit to Hilton Head even easier, visitors now have seven direct flight options. American, Delta and United airlines fly directly into Hilton Head Island Airport (HHH) from New York (LaGuardia), Washington (Reagan and Dulles), Newark, Charlotte, Atlanta, and Chicago.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit or call (800) SEA PINES (732-7463).

USGA Opens Nominations for 2020 Bob Jones Award

Global Golf Community Invited to Submit Nominations, Celebrating Sportsmanship in Golf

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) – The USGA is seeking nominations from the global golf community for the 2020 Bob Jones Award, the highest honor annually bestowed by the organization.

Presented since 1955, the Bob Jones Award highlights the most noteworthy demonstrations of sportsmanship in golf, and celebrates those individuals who, in the spirit of its namesake, have displayed character, integrity and respect while playing the game. Beyond his playing career – with a record-tying nine USGA championship titles – Jones embodied the game’s values throughout his life.

“The recipients of this award ultimately tell the story of what greatness truly means, and better than we could describe,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “These people are the gold standard for character, whose values exemplify all that is good in golf. These people should be celebrated at the highest level, and their stories need to be told.”

Nomination letters can be sent to the USGA via e-mail to The correspondence should include support for the submission that references the above award criteria. The deadline for receipt is Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 at 5 p.m. EDT.

The USGA is opening nominations to the entire golf community for the first time in an effort to elevate deserving candidates who might otherwise have gone unrecognized and to draw greater awareness of the process.

Notable past recipients of the Bob Jones Award include Francis Ouimet, Babe Zaharias, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Peggy Kirk Bell, Nancy Lopez, Nick Price, Payne Stewart, Annika Sorenstam and Lee Elder. A complete list can be found here.

The 2020 recipient will be announced in January and will be formally honored during the week of the 120th U.S. Open Championship, June 15-21, at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

To learn more, visit

Winner of the Sanford International Used the Breakthrough Golf Technology Stability Putter Shaft

(Richardson, TX) — Breakthrough Golf Technology congratulates the winner of the Sanford International PGA Tour Champions event that was held at Minnehaha Country Club, Sioux Falls, SD. The winner, who has six PGA Tour wins and 4 PGA Tour Champions victories to his credit used the BGT Stability putter shaft throughout the event.

"The Tournament winner defeated a star-studded field making everything on the last 9 holes. He's been using the Stability Shaft for over a year, said Barney Adams, CEO of Breakthrough Golf Technology."

The Stability Shaft replaces 50-year old steel-shaft technology. Steel putter shafts stress during the motion of the stroke, which results in the putter face not returning square to the target line. Stability helps golfers make more putts and reduces 3-putts with better distance control.

Breakthrough Golf's patented Advanced Materials Technology is a scientifically proven platform which delivers the face square at impact. The Stability shaft has the same look, solid feel and weight as traditional steel putter shafts and requires no adjustment to play.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Fountaingrove Club Begins Food Donation Program To Benefit The Redwood Empire Food Bank

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) – The Fountaingrove Club in Santa Rosa, Calif. recently began a food donation program to benefit the Redwood Empire Food Bank. The Fountaingrove Club is encouraging members, residents, Club staff, as well as those throughout the Santa Rosa community to donate non-perishable food items at the Club’s Athletic Center lobby from now through the end of the year.

“With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s important that we all help the Redwood Empire Food Bank fulfill their mission to feed the hungry in our community,” said Ronald Banaszak, chief operating officer, The Fountaingrove Club. “Fountaingrove members and residents are extremely philanthropic and giving, therefore we expect this food donation program to be very impactful.”

Through the food donation program, The Fountaingrove Club hopes to keep the Redwood Empire Food Bank’s warehouse shelves stocked with non-perishable staple grocery items for distribution through Redwood Empire Food Bank programs and their 170 partner organizations. According to the Redwood Empire Food Bank, the most needed items are:
- Tuna and Canned Meat
- Peanut Butter
- Canned Soups, Stews, and Chili
- Rice and Dry Beans
- Cereal
- Canned Fruits and Vegetables
- High Protein Granola Bars
- Trail Mix or Nuts

Located in the hills northeast of Santa Rosa, The Fountaingrove Club is experiencing a revitalization following the Tubbs Fire of October 2017, which destroyed 5,643 structures in Santa Rosa including Fountaingrove’s clubhouse and maintenance facility. The Fountaingrove Club features a beautiful Ted Robinson Sr.-designed golf course that boasts spectacular views of the Hood and Taylor Mountains as well as the rolling hills of Santa Rosa Valley. The golf course was spared from the Tubbs Fire and has remained fully operational, hosting member play and numerous tournaments. The Club’s Athletic Center complex features five tennis courts and a 25-yard infinity swimming pool. Members also enjoy an impressive array of fitness opportunities including martial arts, yoga, aquatics, personal training, spin and strength training.

The Fountaingrove Club is managed by Troon Privé, the private club operations division of Troon. For more information on The Fountaingrove Club, visit

Rocco Breaks 3-Year Winless Drought After Switching To A Bridgestone Ball

Fan Favorite Rocco Mediate Wins 2019 Sanford International Using a Bridgestone TOUR B Ball 

(COVINGTON, GA) – Bridgestone Golf Tour team member, Rocco Mediate, returned to the PGA TOUR Champions winner’s circle for the first time in three years on Sunday, with a thrilling victory at the 2019 Sanford International.   Mediate finished birdie-birdie to close out his best single round score of the year – a 64 – winning the event by 2 strokes.  Mediate’s victory with Bridgestone’s TOUR B XS golf ball vaults him into top 25 of the current Charles Schwab Cup points standings.

The TOUR B Series golf balls represent Bridgestone’s most technologically-advanced models to date. During development, company engineers used data from nearly 350,000 in-person ball fittings, combined with insights from leading third-party industry sources, to identify needs of specific player types. They then drew on more than 800 golf ball patents to determine which proprietary technologies would most benefit each type of swing characteristics identified.

Mediate carded a 9-under total of 201 to win the 54-hole event in come-from-behind fashion.  Earlier this season, Mediate made the switch to a Bridgestone golf ball after undergoing the first ever ball fitting session of his career.

“The ball fitting with Bridgestone really was an ‘aha’ moment for me,” said Mediate.  “I never really considered how choosing the right golf ball could have a positive effect on all aspects of my game.  These Bridgestone balls really work for me from tee through the green.  This is the most excited I have been about my game in a long time.”

For more information on Bridgestone Golf’s award-winning TOUR B family of golf balls and the entire Tour team that relies upon them, visit

KemperSports Selected to Manage Country Club of Winter Haven

(NORTHBROOK, Illinois) — KemperSports has been selected by the Board of Directors at the Country Club of Winter Haven to manage the full-service, member-owned club in Winter Haven, Florida. A staple in the community since its founding in 1923, the club features a newly re-designed 18-hole championship golf course by renowned architects Bill Bergin and Rees Jones.

“The Country Club of Winter Haven is a place where generations have enjoyed the country club lifestyle with family and friends,” said Mike Mahalek, Board President. “Through this new partnership, we will be tapping into KemperSports’ private club expertise to ensure Winter Haven is well-positioned to anticipate and meet the needs of our members for years to come.”

Situated on one mile of beautiful lake frontage and 200 acres of land, Winter Haven is comprised of an 18-hole golf course, full-service golf shop, and tennis and fitness facilities. It also features several indoor and outdoor dining amenities in and around the newly renovated clubhouse.

Re-designed in 2014, Winter Haven’s 7,021-yard course is in perfect harmony with the terrain as it winds beneath stately oaks and pines, providing subtle elevation changes. The property also includes a practice facility.

“We’re excited to welcome the Country Club of Winter Haven to the KemperSports family,” said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner. “We look forward to working with the members and staff to elevate the experience and introduce a new generation of members to everything the club has to offer.”

For more information on the Country Club of Winter Haven, visit

Visiting Muscle MX (CBD) at the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience in Las Vegas

We stopped by the Muscle MX booth while visiting the PGA Fashion & Demo Experience at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Check out the company's Activate and Recovery CBD Balms. I love the feeling the Activate provides pre-workout!

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Golf Teaching Pro/Bachelorette Contestant Launches Video Lesson Platform with V1 Sports

Leading Golf Video Lesson Platform Enables Young Celebrity to Reach Fans and Golf Enthusiasts

(Birmingham, AL) — Garrett Powell, a popular contestant on Season 15 of ABC TV’s The Bachelorette and an assistant golf professional at one of Alabama’s most prestigious private golf clubs, is launching an online golf instruction platform powered by V1 Sports, the leaders in golf video swing analysis systems for teaching pros and golfers. Fans of Powell from the show and those simply interested in taking golf lessons, can exchange videos with him using the V1 Golf mobile app and receive a custom lesson (powered by V1 Pro) with voiced-over tips and telestration designed to improve their swings.

Garrett Powell
For seven weeks, Bachelorette viewers got to know Powell as “Garrett P.” as he and 29 other single young men vied for a chance to date fellow Alabama native Hannah Brown. Powell’s polite southern decorum and empathetic nature appealed to fans as he went through a host of global adventures and challenges on the show. It’s those qualities that Powell considers among his strengths as a golf teaching professional.

“I’m grateful to have gone through the process of being on the show because it taught me a lot about myself and brought me out of so many comfort zones,” Powell says, who endured roller derby action, naked bungee jumping and having his chest shaved in his time on the show. “Eventually, I got comfortable being uncomfortable and I think that has helped my approach to playing competitive golf and given me the confidence to launch Greater Performance Golf (his teaching business). Helping people experience the same joys golf has brought into my life has become my main purpose.”

Fan engagement, including media interviews and celebrity bartending appearances, is now a semi-regular part of Powell’s schedule, but working at Birmingham’s Shoal Creek Country Club and helping people improve their golf games is what the 27-year-old former college athlete finds most fulfilling.

“I think, in my flat-bill (cap) and Jordans, I’m relatable to a lot of people starting out in golf because I had a humble start in the game. I wasn’t a country club kid and I struggled with my golf swing before I became a better player,” Powell says. “The game can be intimidating for beginners, so my experiences definitely inform my approach to teaching. I love teaching our members and this platform with V1 Sports gives me the chance to reach people from all over the world, some who’ve probably never even played and full 18-hole round of golf.”

Online lessons with Powell are available by signing up at and downloading the V1 Golf App. In the Instructors menu on the V1 Golf App, users can select Garrett Powell and Greater Performance Golf. Easy instructions on uploading swings for Powell’s review and teaching insights follow and the lessons are typically delivered within 72 hours or less after swing videos are submitted.

Each Online Golf Lesson Includes:
- Analysis of your swings using the V1 Pro analyzer tools
- Access to send up to five 'down-the-line' and five 'face-on' swings for review
- Voice-over analysis from Garrett Powell
- Identification of your most significant swing faults
- Visual comparison to Tour Player swings
- Corrective exercises and drills specific to your development

“The V1 Pro teaching platform gives an instructor such detail to golfers improve things like their set-up, path and face angle. With V1, I can see anything and everything I need to help people develop better swing habits,” Powell says. “I love teaching the golf swing and helping experience the progression of getting better.”

Powell realizes his notoriety from The Bachelorette gives him a unique marketing angle as a golf teaching pro. “I’m still getting used to being recognized in public by people who are such devoted fans of the show. Thankfully, though, it’s given me a way to help grow golf’s popularity. The PGA of America’s motto is to ‘grow the game.’ I think I have a tremendous platform to welcome people into the game who might not have gravitated to golf in ‘traditional’ ways,” says Powell, who endures frequent ribbing from Shoal Creek members and fellow pros about his sudden fame, calling him “Hollywood” or “Mr. Blue Check,” in reference to his verified-public-figure status on social media.

After a brief college football career at the University of South Alabama in 2010, Powell joined the golf team at Wallace State University and played under the legendary junior college coach Dan York. His passion for the game stoked, Powell then enrolled in the Professional Golf Management program at Mississippi State University and began to blossom as a player while learning the business of golf.

Internships developed into jobs at renowned golf clubs like Shoal Creek and Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mentors Scott Davenport and Joe Cochran worked with Powell on his game and professional development, inspiring him to become an instructor himself.

That was all long before Powell’s life changed instantly by having his sister-in-law sign him up for the ratings-juggernaut dating show that would make him known as “Garrett P. from Alabama” to millions of devoted viewers.

“Looking back at my experiences on The Bachelorette, I’m shocked at all the firsts I went through. Naked bungee-jumping with Hannah involved two of the biggest fears I’d naively revealed to producers—heights and public exposure,” Powell says. “Up to that point, I’d never taking any real risks in life. At least, nothing beyond going for a par-5 in two. Now, I’m excited about this next adventure. In golf.”

To learn more about lessons with Greater Performance Golf’s Garrett Powell downloading the V1 Golf App, visit

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort / Quivera Among GOLF Magazine's Top 100 Golf Resorts

(Los Cabos, Mexico) — Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort, highlighted by its stunning golf course—Quivira—has been named a “Top 100 Golf Resort” in the luxury category of the inaugural rankings from GOLF Magazine.

Fronting a magnificent 2.5-mile stretch of pristine beach, this enchanting oasis at Land’s End, set back from the place where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, was designed to showcase the unique beauty of the Baja Peninsula’s mountain-desert-ocean environment. Tranquil and romantic, the adults-only, all-inclusive resort hotel, featuring the wellness-inspired Armonia Spa, is situated within the exclusive residential development of Quivira Los Cabos. Pueblo Bonito Pacifica is located five minutes from the spectacular Jack Nicklaus-designed course at Quivira Golf Club and 10 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas.

Created as an exclusive amenity for guests of Pueblo Bonito Resorts and Quivira Los Cabos residents, Nicklaus’ bold risk-reward design, marked by sheer granite cliffs, massive windswept dunes, and rolling desert foothills, features breathtaking views and dizzying drops from tee to fairway. In a sun-splashed destination celebrated for its dazzling ocean-desert-mountain ecosystem, Quivira offers more oceanfront exposure than any other course in Los Cabos. An unforgettable test from any set of tees, this 7,085-yard, par-72 tour de force may be the most daring and eclectic course Nicklaus has ever built.

The GOLF Magazine editorial team considered 243 resorts across North America, and then conducted an online poll of 3,700 golfers to rate each resort based on golf experiences, accommodations, service, food and ambience. The results are North America’s top 100 resorts and appear in the October 2019 issue.  In addition to luxury, the list includes resorts in the family, buddy trip and overall excellence categories.  

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Nicklaus Design Courses Come Up Big on GOLF Magazine's New Top 100 List

(Palm Beach Gardens) — Eighteen golf courses designed by or associated with Nicklaus Design are included on the inaugural GOLF Magazine list of North America's Top 100 Resorts.

Among those making the inaugural list—which is divided into the categories of Luxury, General Excellence, Buddies, and Families—are Big Cedar Lodge and Hammock Beach in the Families category and Pinehurst Resort in the Buddies category. Properties represented in the General Excellence category include Baha Mar Resort, Cabo del Sol Beach & Golf Resort, Cap Cana Resort, La Quinta Resort & Club, Pronghorn, Sea Pines Resort and The Greenbrier.

Nicklaus Design courses fared very well in the Luxury category and include such prestigious resorts as Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Resort, Montage Palmetto Bluff, One & Only Palmilla, Punta Mita, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee and The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain.

At Pebble Beach Resort, which ranks No. 1 in the Luxury category, Jack Nicklaus was instrumental in the redesign of the 5th hole of Pebble Beach Golf Links in 1998.

“Nicklaus Design is honored and pleased to have 18 various Nicklaus Design golf courses in this years top 100 resorts,” said Paul Stringer, Executive Vice President, Nicklaus Design. “These domestic and international golf courses for the most part are affiliated with a luxury resort or are in dramatic regions of the world. All of the golf courses have unique landscapes and are a focal point of the resort setting. Many of these Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses have hosted PGA Tour events or special tournaments on them. They are visually beautiful golf courses in gorgeous settings offering golfers a great golf experience.”

The GOLF Magazine editorial team considered 243 resorts across North America, and then conducted an online poll of 3,700 golfers to rate each resort based on golf experiences, accommodations, service, food, and ambience. The results are the Top 100 Golf Resorts in North America.

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New CertiFresh Cigars Unboxing!

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Puerto Rico Golf and Hospitality Venues Garner 'Best-of' Acclaim

Honors Bestowed for “Top Caribbean Courses” and “Best New Boutique Hotel of the Year” Lists

(SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO) – Six Puerto Rico golf venues have garnered the distinction of being voted onto “Golfweek's Best 2019: Top 50 Mexico & Caribbean Courses.”

Twenty of the list members are from Mexico and Costa Rica, meaning the six Puerto Rico courses rank in the Caribbean’s finest 30 places to play. The six courses are:
- Royal Isabela, Links Course, designed by David Pfaff and Charlie and Stanley Pasarell
- Palmas del Mar, Flamboyan Course, designed by Rees Jones
- TPC Dorado Beach, East Course, by Robert Trent Jones Sr., renovated by RTJ Jr.
- Palmas del Mar, Palm Course, designed by Gary Player
- St. Regis Bahia Beach, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.
- The Resort at Coco Beach (a Hyatt affiliated hotel), Championship Course, by Tom Kite

The courses are located throughout the Island – from the northwestern tip to the East Coast – with several in between. In addition to providing inspired layouts accentuating tropical splendor and ocean views, the courses are public access and renowned for welcoming conviviality and first-class service. There are 17 courses in Puerto Rico, all open to the public and breathtakingly scenic.

“Puerto Rico courses comprising 20 percent of a Top 30 list of Caribbean courses is testament to the superb quality of our Island as a golf destination,” said Leah Chandler, Discover Puerto Rico, Chief Marketing Officer. “Fall is a value-laden time for golf travelers to enjoy exceptional deals at our courses, hotels, and resorts.”

To determine these “best-in-kind” rankings, the 850-plus members of Golfweek’s course-ratings panel continually evaluate courses and rate them based on 10 criteria.

Puerto Rico is an enchanting destination where history, culture, gastronomy, nightlife, beaches, hotels and resorts abound. It requires no passport for American citizens, is bilingual, uses the U.S. dollar for currency, and is the air hub of the Caribbean. There are more than 4,000 restaurants, and the lodging venues range from top hospitality brands to a top 10 Airbnb world destination.

One of the newest lodging choices is O:LV Fifty Five Hotel in San Juan. It was voted “New Boutique Hotel of the Year” by Caribbean Journal. In announcing the distinction, the Journal wrote: “Puerto Rico’s newest boutique hotel is also the sexiest hotel in the Caribbean right now, with a contemporary, voluptuous, avant-garde design that takes the best of urban hotels in New York or London and inserts them into a spirited Puerto Rican environment. From the rooftop hot tub with a view of the Condado Lagoon to Chef Mario Pagan’s superb Raya restaurant, it’s a destination boutique hotel in the heart of Condado, one of the Caribbean’s capitals of chic.”

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