Friday, October 30, 2020

Tim Rosaforte Becomes First Journalist Elected to Honorary PGA of America Membership

Former Print and Golf Channel/NBC Reporter honored by vote of PGA Delegates for his outstanding contributions to the game of golf

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – Tim Rosaforte of Jupiter, Florida, whose award-winning coverage from print to television promoted the impact PGA Professionals make in growing the game of golf, has been elected the first journalist to receive Honorary Membership in the PGA of America. He is just the 12th person ever to receive the designation of PGA Honorary Member.

Tim Rosaforte
Rosaforte, 65, a former senior writer for Golf World/Golf Digest and “Mr. Insider” as an analyst for Golf Channel/NBC, was recognized during the 104th PGA Annual Meeting, which was conducted virtually due to COVID-19. Rosaforte retired in December 2019 and has battled early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

“Tim Rosaforte’s passion for getting to the heart of a story matched his admiration for the PGA Professional,” said PGA Honorary President Suzy Whaley. “His career journey was one of love and devotion to this great game. Tim earned the title, ‘Mr. Insider,’ for his attention to detail and dogged pursuit of the facts that often resulted in his ‘scooping’ his peers. He also earned a rightful place among the PGA family for the care he put into his work about our Members. It is with great pride that we welcome him as an Honorary Member of the PGA of America.”

The son of a mechanic for the highway department in Bedford, New York, Rosaforte received discarded wooden clubs from his father and later took lessons at age 6 from a caddie with an inspirational name, Billy Graham. Rosaforte excelled in football and baseball in high school and attended the University of Bridgeport (Connecticut) before transferring his junior year to the University of Rhode Island, where he started his senior season as an outside linebacker and also excelled on special teams. He was a two-time member of the dean’s list and graduated with a degree in journalism in 1977.

Rosaforte credited Wilbur Doctor, a former Providence Journal editor turned University of Rhode Island professor, who was “as blunt as any position coach in football,” for “turning me around in my attempt to build a writing career.”

Rosaforte’s journalism career began with the former Tampa Times in 1977, where he was mentored by Tampa Tribune Sports Editor Tom McEwen. Rosaforte said McEwen recommended that he start playing golf to help his work because, said McEwen, “‘You can learn far more about someone in a span of five hours on a course.’” Rosaforte called it “the epiphany of my career.”

Rosaforte began to find his stride as a reporter, working from 1981-87 at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, Florida, from 1987-93; and on to Sports Illustrated from 1994-96. While at Sports Illustrated, Rosaforte served as president of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA). Rosaforte joined Golf Digest in 1996, and blended his work between the parent magazine and as a senior writer for Golf World.

In 2003, Rosaforte was named co-host of the USA Network’s “PGA Tour Sunday,” providing early-round coverage of Tour events, the Masters and the Ryder Cup. In 2007, Rosaforte joined Golf Channel, and was a fixture as a contributor to NBC’s PGA Tour and Ryder Cup coverage through to his retirement.

On Feb. 17, 2013, Rosaforte became the sole reporter gaining access to “scoop” the White House press corps on the first meeting between then-President Barack Obama and Tiger Woods for a day of golf at The Floridian in Palm City, Florida. 

Rosaforte was recipient of the 2014 PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism. He has won more than 40 writing awards, including a GWAA “Grand Slam” for first-place magazine coverage in features, columns, event coverage and special projects.

Since 1980, Rosaforte has covered 147 major championships and 17 Ryder Cups. Rosaforte has written five books: “The PGA Tour” (1990); “Heartbreak Hill: Anatomy of a Ryder Cup” (1996); “Tiger Woods: The Makings of a Champion” (1997); “World Golf Hall of Fame Yearbook” (with Jaime Diaz, 1998); and “Raising the Bar: The Championship Years of Tiger Woods” (2000).

PGA Honorary Membership is determined by a vote of PGA delegates that recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions to the game of golf. 

Honorary PGA Members include former Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Gerald R. Ford and George H.W. Bush, who were recognized for service to the United States of America and the game of golf; along with professional golfers Gary Player and Dennis Walters; and entertainer Bob Hope. 

Honorary PGA Membership includes recipients who were long-tenured staff that distinguished themselves as national representatives of the Association; as national and international business leaders providing volunteer service to the PGA of America; as professional golfers whose lack of U.S. citizenship or disabilities precluded their acquiring membership; and as entertainers or sports figures who generated charitable support for the sport or by their endeavors strived for inclusion and diversity in the game and business of golf.    

Rosaforte and his wife, Genevieve, live in Jupiter, Florida, and are parents of daughters, Genna and Molly.

Honorary PGA Members (year of election)

- Thomas Crane 1962

- Hon. Dwight D. Eisenhower 1967

- Gary Player 1974

- Hon. Gerald R. Ford 1975

- Bob Hope 1982

- Lloyd Lambert 1986

- Dennis Walters 1992

- John Jachym 1994

- Hon. George H.W. Bush 2003

- Joe Steranka 2008

- Joe Louis Barrow Sr. 2009

- Tim Rosaforte 2020

V1 Sports Partners with Foresight Sports to Bring Industry-Leading Launch Monitor Data into V1 Pro Video Analysis Platform

(Novi, Mich.)
— V1 Sports (V1) producer of the industry-leading golf swing analysis software and apps for teaching pros and golfers, is proud to announce a partnership with San Diego-based Foresight Sports, creators of the industry’s most trusted launch monitor technologies, to integrate data from Foresight Sports’ “Game Changer” launch monitors into the V1 Pro interface. By combining detailed, real-time launch monitor data with V1 Pro video feedback, golf instructors can now factor in Swing Speed, Ball Speed, Launch Angle, Push/Pull, Back Spin and Side Spin as they determine how to help their students improve.

“We’re excited to work with technology leader Foresight Sports’ to integrate their rapid and robust launch monitor data into the V1 feedback loop. Marrying accurate swing data with state-of-the-art video capture allows an instructor to see all the fine details video provides along with the DNA-level facts on every swing. This is another way that V1 is helping instructors yield better golf lessons and faster game improvement,” says V1 Sports CEO Bryan Finnerty.

V1, who recently saw users surpass the four-million mark in online lessons earlier this year, has made significant upgrades to it V1 Pro software and mobile platforms, including a sleek, efficient user interface, dynamic integration of V1 Pressure Mat data and the ability to record real-time tips and drill videos with audio using their live cameras and microphone.

Meanwhile, Foresight Sports’ has made a huge impression on the golf industry with its Infrared photometric (camera-based) GCQuad model, which boasts automated ultra-high-speed Quadrascopic cameras that provide exceptional accuracy and insight on every swing captured. The GCQuad offers no fewer than 13 club and ball data points, from azimuth and spin-tilt axis to angle of attack, impact location and closure rate. Equipped with an infrared light source array, built-in barometer, and self-leveling system makes it simple to pick up and play in any conditions with no calibration required.

“Instant video feedback from the V1 Pro system paired with accurate data from our Foresight Sports launch monitors can greatly accelerate golfers’ improvement and the depth of understanding shared between golf instructors and their students,” says Rick Cuellar, director of sales for Foresight Sports. “By combining V1 Pro video technology and the expertise of the instructor to diagnose a student’s swing issues with launch monitor data that precisely characterizes why and how a golfer produces certain shot patterns, you have a sort of double validation of how the golfer needs to improve. Setting goals and benchmarks is much easier with this integration because the data explains the shot shapes and misses so well.”

Instructors who already use both technologies will be able to take advantage of the Foresight integration into V1 Pro software today by contacting Others interested in taking advantage of this powerful partnership can learn more at

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Kapalua Golf's Play For P.I.N.K. Event Raises Money For Breast Cancer Research Foundation

(Maui, Hawaii)
– Kapalua Golf’s PLAY for P.I.N.K. golf event held on Sunday, October 18th raised $1,815 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Sixty golfers participated in the tournament played on Kapalua Golf’s Bay Course with a portion of the green fees and 100% of the proceeds from the raffle donated to Play for P.I.N.K.. The event also included a complimentary pre-tournament golf clinic with Kapalua Golf’s PGA teaching professionals.

PLAY for P.I.N.K. (Prevention, Immediate diagnosis, New technology, Knowledge) supports a nationwide network of volunteers who raise money for breast cancer research through sporting and lifestyle events to speed advances in prevention, detection, treatment and survivorship. Play for P.I.N.K. donates 100% of its proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. To date, PLAY for P.I.N.K. has raised more than $62 million for breast cancer research.

The Play for P.I.N.K. golf tournament and golf clinic are part of Troon Women’s Golf Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month being supported at Troon-affiliated facilities around the world. Throughout the month, Troon-managed golf properties are flying pink checkered flags on their 18th greens to help raise awareness about breast cancer prevention and screening exams. Now in its seventh year, the goal of Troon Women's Golf Month is to introduce more golfers to the game, regardless of age, race or gender.

“Our Play for P.I.N.K. tournament was a tremendous success,” said Alex Nakajima, general manager, Kapalua Golf & Tennis. “A special mahalo to all who played in the event as well as to our sponsors Callaway, Nike Golf and The Pour House Restaurant for their support of the tournament.”

With Hawai‘i now allowing U.S. mainland travelers to travel to the Hawaiian islands – provided pre-travel testing protocols are followed and passed – Kapalua Golf’s Plantation Golf Course is open for limited play Wednesday through Sunday through December 13th. The Bay Course is currently closed and scheduled to re-open on December 17th.  The Bay Course driving range and practice facility are open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with golf balls being distributed at the Kapalua Golf Academy. Kapalua’s golf courses and the practice facility will continue to operate on limited schedules with strict protocols in place to protect the health of golfers and staff. All reservations must be paid in advance at the time of booking via

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G2 Academy Appoints Augustin Pizá as Expansion Advocate

This relationship will provide young women from Latin America an opportunity to train for competitive golf, college and more importantly empower them for their future

(PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO) – Pizá Golf, recognized internationally for their innovative approach to golf course architecture which blends traditional British fundamentals with contemporary innovative designs from North America – is proud to announce that company founder and director, Agustin (Augie) Pizá , has committed to an expanded role with the G2 Academy team. His vision is to create awareness for the G2 Academy in Latin America, so young women in the area will have access to a program that can forever change their lives.

“This is a privilege! To work with the G2 Academy is pretty special. I am a ‘Girl Dad’ and I want the same opportunities for my daughter as my sons. This program is comprehensive but the real deal is that the program wants their female golfers to succeed on and off the course. They develop these young women to be the next generation of leaders,” said Pizá.

The G2 Academy was founded to provide a competitive, distraction-free environment where it is all about the girls. The mission is to provide a comprehensive program designed to build a well-rounded young woman ready for the rigors of college golf and the challenges presented to this new generation of female leaders. The program builds confidence through athletic success as well as offers female oriented training in self-defense, leadership, meditation and empowerment. Our graduates receive scholarships to colleges and universities of their choice and are also better prepared for the world beyond.

“We are thrilled with Augie’s interest and support of the G2 Academy. It is so exciting and we look forward to his impact and opportunities his involvement will have on aspiring collegiate player from Mexico and Latin America,” said G2 Founder and CEO, Ray Travaglione.

​Pizá has been recognized as one of the Mexico’s “Most Creative Mexicans in World” – Forbes 2020 and the “Top 100 Architects in Mexico” – Top Magazine. He also is the Director of the First Tee in Mexico. “My goal here is for young women in Latin America to know about this amazing program. If it takes my work or benefits thereof, I want to use that so they will be heard, seen and opportunities presented, added Pizá.

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TaylorMade Golf Company Announces New Partnership with Arccos Golf

Providing golfers with data-driven solutions engineered to improve on-course performance

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) — TaylorMade Golf, the industry leader in innovation and technology, today announces a new partnership with Arccos, a pioneer of automatic on-course data capture and the leader in Strokes Gained Analytics (SGA) and insights driven by artificial intelligence.

The partnership will launch with a special promotion beginning on November 1, 2020 (in the US only). Starting on that date, all golfers who purchase a qualifying set of irons at (including but not limited to P•790, P•770, P•7MC, P•7MB and SIM irons) will be given the option to pay an additional $99.99 and receive a 1-year Arccos Caddie subscription along with a free set of Arccos Caddie smart sensors, courtesy of TaylorMade.

In the days following the initial launch, this special offer will also be extended to golfers in the US only who purchased qualifying iron sets in the months of September and October 2020.

In addition to new and recent purchases, current Eagle members within the Team TaylorMade loyalty program will be eligible for the same special pricing on Arccos Caddie.

As a company founded on performance and pushing the limits of golf club engineering, we strive to provide data-driven solutions to help the modern golfer play better and enjoy the game that much more. Whether it’s implementing technology in the design of golf clubs or developing our own independent archive of golfer statistics, we’re constantly advancing the way we use data. Through Arccos, we’re excited to provide a select group of golfers with access to accurate and relevant real-time data to help them achieve their goals. —David Abeles, CEO, TaylorMade Golf

Once armed with the best performing equipment for their game, this strategic partnership provides a powerful tool to help golfers of all skill levels improve faster, play smarter and shoot lower scores.

On-course data and Strokes Gained Analytics have the power to fuel remarkable performance gains. It informs club selection, shot strategy, practice regimens, bag composition and much more. That’s been proven on the PGA TOUR, but was previously inaccessible to most amateurs, and even professionals on other tours. Through this exciting partnership, Team TaylorMade players now have the opportunity to automatically track their shots with Arccos Caddie, and access our custom Strokes Gained engine. Our goal is to simplify complex data to deliver truly personalized insights for golfers of all skill levels – as well as their coaches and clubfitters. —Sal Syed, Arccos CEO and Co-Founder


Starting on November 1, 2020, custom iron sets of 6 clubs or more or qualifying stock iron sets purchased on will include the option to add on an Arccos Caddie subscription for $99.99 (plus $19.99 shipping & handling), covering the first year of a subscription. Customers will receive a free set of Arccos Caddie smart sensors, courtesy of TaylorMade, and have the optional upgrade to bundle the Arccos Caddie Link wearable for an additional $129.99.

Qualifying stock set purchases include: P•790, P•770, P•7MC, P•7MB, P•7TW, SIM Max, SIM Max OS, SIM Max Combo, SIM Max OS Combo, SIM Max Women’s, SIM Max OS Women’s and Kalea.

Team TaylorMade Eagle loyalty members will be eligible for the same special pricing on Arccos Caddie – paying $99.99 for the subscription and receiving the sensors for free. Special pricing will only be available (in the US only) while supplies last.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Horseshoe Bay Resort Offers First-Ever Stay, Play & Learn Package

Includes personal lesson by director of instruction Bobby Steiner, on-course instruction, golf and two-night hotel stay for two

(HORSESHOE BAY, TX) – The newest golf package at the all-new, AAA-Four Diamond- and Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Award-winning Horseshoe Bay Resort is a first for this world-class destination. The Stay, Play & Learn Package is the only bundle ever offered at Horseshoe Bay that combines accommodations plus expert golf lessons. It includes a classic guest room for a minimum of two nights; one-hour lesson for two with Director of Instruction Bobby Steiner; 9-hole, on-course playing lesson for two with Steiner; and a 9-hole round of golf for two following the lesson.

Steiner is excited to help hotel guests get their golf games to the next level in a unique environment. he takes a hands-on approach that makes lessons fun and educational. “I like to talk to the golfers before they get here, so I get a good feel of where they are with their golf game, what their experience has been with lessons, and why they are coming,” says Steiner. “I want to know how I can help them become better and enjoy themselves more on the course. The actual instruction is different for each person in your group. And it doesn’t matter if your skill levels are the same or not, I tailor the instruction to each person, and teach all facets of the game.”

According to Steiner, this getaway package is ideal for couples-- regardless of if their skill sets are identical or differ by a large margin -- or for pairs of buddies or women who want to enjoy some time together and share an amazing experience. “And of course, you still get to play some golf while you’re here,” adds Steiner, who has more than 20 years of golf instruction experience at nationally renowned golf schools. “If you go on a trip and just play golf, it makes for a great vacation but you sort of leave it there. But if you incorporate golf lessons into your getaway, then the benefit of that vacation lingers on way after you get home. Horseshoe Bay Resort is such a wonderful place. It’s one of the most beautiful settings in a special part of the world. And I’m thrilled we’ve started the Stay, Play & Learn Package. It’s long overdue and I’m confident people are going to love it.”

Here's Bobby Steiner delivering a golf video tip:

Call 877-611-0112 or visit to book your instruction package at one of the most thrilling resort destinations in the Southwest. We also offer the Unlimited Golf, Tee It Up Golf, and Nine & Dine Golf packages. Visit for more information.

Discover Puerto Rico Golf for Tropical Island Getaways

Costa Caribe Golf & Country Club

Astounding Courses, Beautiful Beaches, Superb Restaurants and Resorts Await Visitors

(SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO) – Golfers love warm weather that allows them to play in sun-kissed comfort during fall and winter. They also prefer destinations where many lodging, restaurant, and after-golf activities exist. Puerto Rico is tailor-made to provide traveling golfers with the things they seek. Here are two stay-and-play packages that are representative of the 18 diverse yet complementary courses and numerous resorts on the Island.

Costa Caribe Stay and Play Package includes:

- Unlimited golf at Costa Caribe Golf & Country Club, home to 27 holes adjacent to the ocean on one side, mountains on the other

- Standard room accommodation with garden or ocean view at the Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort

- Breakfast buffet for two persons at La Terraza Restaurant

- Two DonQ welcome drinks

- Starting from $189 per night, per room

- Code: PGGSP1

- For reservations and additional details, call 787-259-7676 or e-mail 

The St. Regis Bahia Beach & Golf Resort
Golf Experiences Package at The St. Regis Bahia Beach includes:

- Choice of two rounds of golf at the 18-hole, award-winning Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed golf course, or two spa treatments at Iridium Spa per stay

- Daily Breakfast for two at Seagrapes

- Minimum three nights

- 20 percent off additional rounds of golf

- 20 percent off additional spa treatments

- Enter ZJ4 in the Corporate/Promotional code box when making your online reservation

- Call 1-800-228-9290 for additional details pertaining to the package

Not only are the Island’s playing venues fun and scenic, several are rated among the best in the Caribbean and Mexico. They offer an array of options to suit each player’s tastes, with a range of price points, terrain features, and designs from some of the game’s greats. These include Greg Norman, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Chi Chi Rodriguez, Tom Fazio, Tom Kite, Rees Jones, and Gary Player.

Ocean, mountain, and rain forest views await from many of Puerto Rico’s courses. El Yunque is a spectacular rain forest that can be seen from several Puerto Rico golf courses, including at Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve’s Championship Course, where the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open is played annually, and from the Ocean and River courses at Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Golf & Beach Resort. Unfathomably beautiful ocean views await at Royal Isabela and Punta Borinquen, both perched atop seaside cliffs on the Island’s Northwest Coast. Near San Juan, Ponce, and Humacao, the courses in Dorado Beach, Bahia Beach, Costa Caribe, and Palmas Athletic Club are adjacent to the ocean, with holes parallel to the sandy beaches and turquoise surf.

Each Puerto Rico visit starts with a warm welcome (“Bienvenidos”) and continues everywhere you explore. The Island is rich in festivals, traditions, art, and music, and the people (“Boricua”) are genuinely gracious and hospitable. With 78 municipalities, many with unique customs and distinct “personality,” there’s always another interesting place to discover nearby after golf.

If you’re in Puerto Rico, you’re already pretty lucky, but if you’re feeling extra charmed, try visiting some of the many casinos throughout the Island. Whether you’re a fan of blackjack, poker, or the slots, there are plenty of places for you to play your cards right. 

Your trip will be enhanced by Puerto Rico’s food. With more than 4,000 restaurants, the choices are tantalizing. Try dishes such as mofongo, made of deep-fried green plantains and lechón, a slowly spit-roasted pork dish with juicy meat and crispy skin. Be ready to experience the distinctive spice that characterizes Afro-Caribbean cuisine. If you don't have time to sample the wide variety of local dishes, consider trying out a food tour to sample the Island's flavors.

Puerto Rico is an American territory that does not require a passport for American citizens, is bilingual, uses the U.S. dollar for currency, and is the air hub of the Caribbean.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

New Flights Expand Access from DFW, PHX to Islands of Loreto

American Airlines Makes it Easier to Escape to Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa

(LORETO, Baja California Norte, Mexico) — New direct flights are making the Islands of Loreto and beautiful TPC Danzante Bay easily accessible to new markets. Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa, located on the Baja Peninsula’s east coast, is celebrating American Airlines’ announcement of routes from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Phoenix (PHX) to Loreto International Airport (LTO) with a special adventure package offer for travelers seeking a Mexico beach escape.

The new direct flights will begin Dec. 19 from both DFW and PHX via American Airlines’ Skywest CRJ70070-seat aircrafts. The DFW arrival and departure flights are scheduled for Saturdays, while the PHX flights will run four times a week — Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

The attractively priced “AAdventure” package is available to book now through December 19, 2021. The package includes:

- Three-night stay in a Deluxe Suite

- Airport pickup and drop-off transportation

- One Danzante Island Tour

- One Kayak and Reef Snorkeling Tour

- One Golf Round or one 80-minute Massage

- $100 USD in Resort Credit, per reservation

The room-only plan is $806 USD and the all-inclusive plan is $1,052 USD, per person based on double occupancy. 

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa is a Villa Group property that features 4,447 acres of unspoiled beauty along one of the most breathtaking spots in the hemisphere, including stunning views of the Sea of Cortez and Sierra de la Giganta Mountain Range. The resort offers world-class golf (TPC Danzante Bay), a state-of-the-art spa, three outstanding restaurants, five swimming pools, beautiful beaches, tennis courts, miles of hiking trails, glass-bottomed kayaks, and sport fishing.

American joins four other airlines already flying into LTO: Alaska Airlines, Volaris, Calafia Airlines and WestJet Airlines. For additional information about how to get to Loreto, visit

For more details about the, visit AAdventurePackage, call (800) 790-4187, or e-mail

Desert Highlands Designated a Top-15 ‘Platinum Club of America’ Golf Club

Club Leaders Forum Ranks Scottsdale Club Best in Arizona, 14th Overall for 2021-22

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) – Desert Highlands – the acclaimed luxury golf club and community in the stunning Sonoran Desert of North Scottsdale – ranked among the top-15 of 'Platinum Clubs of America' golf clubs for 2021-22 by the Club Leaders Forum, a leading source in the private club industry and publisher of The Forum Magazine.

The famed Scottsdale club finished 14th overall in these rankings, and was the only golf club in Arizona to be listed in the top-25. Every two years, a preliminary ballot is circulated to private club managers around the country to nominate clubs for a final ballot. Once complete, the final ballot is distributed to club managers, presidents and owners of America’s finest private clubs. These club officials then rate clubs based on the Platinum Club Advisory Board’s seven selection criteria: Universal Recognition; Excellence in Amenities and Facilities; Caliber of Staff and Professional Service Levels; Quality and Commitment of Membership; Governance and Fiscal Management; Adapting to Changing Times; and Overall Experience.

The Club Leaders Forum ranked Augusta National as the top golf club for 2021-22. Seminole Golf Club in Florida rounded out the top-10, while San Francisco Golf Club finished at No. 11, Caves Valley Golf Club in Maryland was 12th and Chicago Golf Club ranked 13th. 

“Being selected by the Club Leaders Forum’s esteemed panel as a top-15 Platinum Club of America golf club is truly an honor,” says Monty Becton, General Manager / COO of Desert Highlands. “Our staff does a remarkable job of upholding Desert Highlands’ championship caliber conditioning and impeccable service standards, making it an amazing place to live and play golf. Our members, who are the ambassadors of the golf club and community, are extremely proud of this prestigious accolade.”

Desert Highlands’ energetic lifestyle consistently draws discerning families and active Boomers in equal measure – golfers, tennis enthusiasts, pet lovers, and health and wellness enthusiasts. A full social calendar allows residents to fully enjoy this peaceful community.

Stretching to over 7,100 yards, the Desert Highlands golf course recently re-opened after a $7 million renovation project that included refurbishing every bunker, restoring the 13th hole to its original design, installing a new irrigation system and updating cart paths. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course offers a challenging, but fair test, and striking views of Pinnacle Peak and the lights of the Valley spread across the horizon in the distance below. Desert Highlands was Nicklaus’ first design in Arizona, and immediately set the bar for desert golf experiences, not only in Scottsdale but statewide and nationwide.

Just as impressive is Desert Highlands’ Racquet Club, which sports 13 tennis courts featuring all three Grand Slam surfaces – grass, clay and hard. Noted ATP player Nick Kyrgios considers Desert Highlands’ grass courts “better than Wimby [Wimbledon].” The Racquet Club also added two regulation-size pickleball courts earlier this year.

Earlier this month, Desert Highlands unveiled Jack’s, a lively gastropub inside the clubhouse named after Nicklaus, to its members. Led by award-winning architect Erik B. Peterson of PHX Architecture, Jack’s is a high-energy gathering space that diversifies Desert Highlands’ dining options. A large custom communal table commands the room and provides a custom bar experience for up to 22. Jack’s also features high tops, flat-screen televisions and images that pay homage to the influence that Nicklaus and other golf legends have made.

In addition, Desert Highlands boasts a 7,700-square-foot Wellness Center, an 18-hole professionally designed putting course and a spacious dog park. Inside, the club provides residents peace of mind with a state-of-the-art security system, professionally trained security personnel, visitor control and access, and other protection amenities. Among the acclaimed residential services that truly pamper residents and meet their specific needs – shipping and transportation assistance, pool and spa maintenance, auto detailing and other customized services.

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Inrange Co-Founder Nick Longley Joins Panel on ‘Advancing Technology in a Traditional Game’ at Golfzon Leadbetter University Virtual Summit

Free Session Held Live on October 30 at Noon EST 

(LONDON, England) – Inrange – the industry’s most advanced ball-tracking system that turns driving ranges into exciting environments for practice and entertainment – announces Co-Founder Nick Longley will join a unique panel of experts for a one-hour session on technology’s impact on golf at the 2020 Golfzon Leadbetter University Virtual Summit, held online October 30 at Noon EST.

The discussion is free to attend and will be broadcast live. Longley will be joined by representatives from Golf Digest, Golfzon and Rapsodo for a conversation on how technology is pushing accepted norms to help grow the game, and how it is better connecting coaches to their students. The two-week summit runs from October 26 – November 7 and features a variety of special programs and speakers, including Nick Faldo, Dave Pelz, Chris Como, David Leadbetter and more. Each live session grants MSR credit to qualified PGA Members.  

The Inrange system, which is used at the Leadbetter Golf Academy in Orlando, consists of radar sensors placed in and around a driving range that create a series of interlocking radar fields. Once calibrated, they can determine the origin of each ball (which bay it was hit from), and track its entire flight, no matter how long or short, in real time. The resulting data is relayed either to an in-bay touchscreen or via the cloud to the Inrange app on the player’s mobile device.

“Participation and interest in golf is booming, and various technological applications like ours ensure that new players have a great first experience with the game, while also helping avid golfers lower their scores,” says Longley, Inrange Co-Founder and Commercial Director. “Facilities are turning to us to create an ROI generating platform that excites customers and attracts new golfers, by providing a stress-free environment where all can improve and have fun.” 

Easily covering a range of 100 bays or more, Inrange’s sensors can track dozens of balls hit simultaneously, each from a different origin, and provide detailed data on speed, trajectory, path, landing point and more, to within a yard. Unlike competitor’s systems, they are impervious to all ambient conditions such as darkness, rain, mist and audible noise.

Beyond its advanced hardware, the company is focused on providing the best user experience possible through its interactive app and in-bay displays. The goal when developing the system was to provide golf’s newcomers an experience that would leave them hungry for more, while giving serious players a focused way to improve their handicap with every session. This is achieved through a variety of fun games enjoyable for all skill levels.

Facilities using Inrange report dramatic increases in secondary revenue streams, as patrons naturally want to spend more time at the facility, order more food and beverages and return often with friends. With quick installation and continuous customer service, Inrange works closely with properties of all shapes and sizes to provide a custom-tailored solution for specific needs and budgets.

The company offers a variety of unique ways for facilities and customers to experience the system. A free-to-download app available through the App Store and Google Play lets users track data and play games on their smartphones at Inrange facilities either solo or with others. Inrange+® is the ultimate multiplayer experience, where bays are equipped with display monitors and seating, ideal for challenging friends and enjoying a fun day at the range.

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Ballpark Blueprints Captures Architectural Art of Iconic Stadiums, Arenas and Ballparks and Expands Golf Line

Holiday gift ideas at every price point for the discerning sports fan on your list 

(CHICAGO) – Ballpark Blueprints, original manufacturer of handcrafted sports architectural art, is pleased to expand its golf line and capture the distinctive artwork and beauty of more than 140 iconic stadiums, arenas and ballparks across the country, including Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden, among many others.

For those missing out on in-person sports this year, Ballpark Blueprints offer a sophisticated and classic way for sports fans to reminisce and display their love of the game with original art that complements any family room, home office, or man cave. The hand-rendered original designs use custom ink on museum-quality paper, making them the perfect gift for sports fans everywhere. Favorite venues from baseball, football (pro and college), basketball, hockey, golf, and more are part of its extensive collection.

Ballpark Blueprints offers a variety of gift ideas at every price point: from high-end framed, canvas, and metal art ($80-$195), museum-quality unframed art prints ($60), and wall murals ($150), to golf headcovers ($85), fleece stadium blankets ($70), t-shirts and hoodies ($32-$42), ceramic mugs and metal travel mugs ($23-$40), and more.

“The idea for Ballpark Blueprints came about while we were looking for a blueprint-style print of Fenway Park, and realized there was nothing commercially available,” said Thomas Young, Owner & Art Director of Ballpark Blueprints. “My co-founder and I were huge baseball fans and loved the aesthetic of blueprints. We found similar prints for the Golden Gate Bridge and Empire State Building, but no sporting venues. So, in 2002, we decided to create original ballpark art ourselves and the line has since grown to more than 140 stadiums, arenas, ballparks and golf courses.”

In fact, Ballpark Blueprints has expanded its golf line to more than 40 golf courses, including architectural art of such renowned courses as Bandon Dunes, Pinehurst Resort – the first "anchor course" for the US Open – and the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland, the Home of Golf. “It’s an honor to be recognized as a preferred vendor of these legendary golf courses,” shared Young.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot to Originate from the Masters Tournament in Augusta

— ESPN and Augusta National Golf Club are bringing two sporting event traditions together in a unique way, as College GameDay Built by The Home Depot is set to originate from the Masters Tournament, which was postponed from its traditional April date due to the pandemic, on Saturday, Nov. 14, in Augusta, Ga. The 11-time Emmy Award winning traveling pregame show (9 a.m. – noon ET) will emanate from the Par 3 course, the site of the Masters Par 3 contest.

“Anytime College GameDay travels to a new destination it’s special, and the opportunity to be on the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club during the Masters is extraordinary,” said Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, ESPN and Sports Content. “As this iconic event coincides with the college football season for the first time, we look forward to getting fans ready for a football Saturday, while also showcasing the Masters and the greatest golfers in the world.”

Longtime ESPN host Rece Davis, who is in his sixth season hosting the show, will be joined on-site by five time Emmy Award-winning analyst Kirk Herbstreit, Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl MVP Desmond Howard, College Football Hall of Fame inductee and former Georgia All-American David Pollack, researcher Chris “The Bear” Fallica, who is in his 25th year on the show, former two-sport student-athlete (basketball and volleyball) and Georgia undergraduate and MBA alum Maria Taylor, and Tom Rinaldi – who will balance dual roles as he reports on the Masters for the 13th year, as well as contributing to College GameDay’s storytelling. Analyst Lee Corso, a staple on the show since its inception, will be live from his home in Orlando, Fla. Additional contributors include Jen Lada, Pat McAfee and Gene Wojciechowski.

While the show proceeds with no live spectators, ESPN debuted a ‘virtual pit’ this season that gives fans across the country – from all schools, conferences and divisions (even if their team isn’t playing this fall) – the opportunity to be part of College GameDay each week. Fans can register at for a chance to join the live show.

Golf fans will have more ways to watch the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on ESPN and ESPN+ than ever before this year with new offerings and expanded coverage during the week of Nov. 9-15.

In its 13th year at the Masters, ESPN will again televise live play of the first and second rounds of the Tournament from 1-5:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 12-13. Expanding the coverage this year will be new, supplemental live streams on ESPN+, including exclusive practice round programs on Nov. 10-11. Also, viewers will be able to watch Featured Holes coverage on ESPN+ of Holes 4, 5 and 6 for all four days of the Masters Tournament, the first time the three holes have ever been highlighted in special coverage, and other live streams including Amen Corner, Holes 15-16 and Featured Groups during Tournament play. SportsCenter also will have dedicated coverage from the Masters all week.

While College GameDay is making its first trip to Augusta National, the show has previously welcomed PGA Tour players Rickie Fowler (former Oklahoma State golfer) and Justin Thomas (former Alabama golfer) as guest pickers in 2015 and 2019, respectively.

2020 U.S. Women’s Open at Champions Golf Club to be Conducted Without Spectators

Ongoing COVID-19 health and safety concerns guide decision for Dec. 10-13 championship

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) — The USGA announced that due to ongoing health and safety concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 75th U.S. Women’s Open Championship, scheduled for Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas, will be conducted without spectators on-site.   

“Following extensive consultation with health officials, we have decided that hosting the U.S. Women’s Open without spectators will provide the best opportunity to conduct the championship safely for all involved,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director of Championships. “While we are disappointed that we won’t be able to welcome fans and their unmatched energy at Champions Golf Club, we know this is the right decision for the community and players.”  

The USGA announced on April 3 that the 75th U.S. Women’s Open, initially scheduled for June 4-7, would be moved to Dec. 10-13. To account for reduced daylight, the Jackrabbit Course at Champions Golf Club will be used in conjunction with the Cypress Creek Course, which was originally slated to host all four rounds of championship play. In June, it was announced that the championship would be conducted without traditional qualifying. 

"We are thankful to Champions Golf Club for its continued flexibility and dedication to making the 75th U.S. Women’s Open possible,” said Bodenhamer. “Jack and Robin Burke and the rest of the club have been true partners as we navigate these unprecedented times.” 

Tickets purchased directly through the USGA will be automatically refunded to the method of payment used to purchase the tickets. Additional information on U.S. Women’s Open ticket refunds can be found here.  

“While 2020 has brought unique challenges to conducting the U.S. Women’s Open, we have used it as an opportunity to innovate and find new, exciting ways to bring the championship to life for fans around the world,” said Craig Annis, chief brand officer of the USGA. “Through our partnership with NBCUniversal and our digital platforms, fans will have unparalleled access to the championship and players across all their devices.” 

Fans will be able to experience the championship by watching on NBC/Golf Channel, following along on, downloading the U.S. Women’s Open app, following @uswomensopen on social media and downloading the USGA streaming app for connected devices. 

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Legendary Champion Mickey Wright Bequeaths Estate, Extensive Artifact Collection to USGA

Acquisition marks a milestone in USGA’s efforts to chronicle the history of women’s golf and preserve the legacy of one of the game’s most important figures

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) – In support of its mission to champion and advance the game of golf and in appreciation of its continued preservation and celebration of her legacy, the USGA announced that late four-time U.S. Women’s Open champion Mickey Wright has bequeathed her estate and possessions to the USGA.

Wright, who died on Feb. 17 at the age of 85, was the defining female player of the 1950s and 1960s. The preservation of her story is imperative to the USGA’s mission to chronicle the history of women’s golf and share it with generations to come.

The massive collection of more than 300 artifacts related to Wright’s professional career and personal life includes correspondence, photo albums, scrapbooks, equipment, medals, awards, films and videos, as well as her personal writings, library, record collection and other materials that highlight Wright’s diverse interests, such as sculpture, fishing and the stock market. The collection will be housed at the USGA Golf Museum and Library in Liberty Corner, N.J., alongside the collections of many of the game’s greatest champions.

Coupled with the more than 200 artifacts that Wright donated to the Museum in 2011, the USGA has solidified the collection as the world’s greatest related to Wright’s incomparable career in golf as well as her life outside the game.

“We are honored that Mickey Wright has entrusted her legacy to the USGA,” said Hilary Cronheim, director of the USGA Golf Museum and Library. “We strive to preserve each champion’s story in a multi-dimensional way, speaking to the breadth and depth of an individual’s life, character and impact. The story of golf cannot be told without Mickey Wright, and this collection ensures that future generations will appreciate her not only as a defining character in the game’s history, but as an individual with diverse interests, passions and pursuits outside of golf.”

Specific highlights from the latest acquisition include:

- 1955 LPGA card, Wright’s rookie year on the LPGA Tour

- Medal from the 1964 Tall City Open, where Wright recorded the largest final-round comeback in LPGA Tour history (10 strokes)

- 1973 Colgate Dinah Shore first-place trophy from her last professional victory

- 2010 Bob Jones Award, the USGA’s highest honor

- Practice mat used by Wright at her home from 2011 until her death

- Approximately 10 scrapbooks and nearly 20 personal photo albums

- Thousands of pages of correspondence with family, friends and other golfers, as well as personal writings about her golf game and legendary swing

- Formica desk, lamp and adding machine with homemade sewn cover from her home in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

 -Fishing rods, tackle boxes and lures

- Pottery wheel, self-hardening clay, sculpting tools and sculptures

- Materials from the life and playing career of Wright’s companion, Peggy Wilson

Wright’s initial collection has been on display at the USGA Golf Museum and Library since 2012, when she became the first woman – and fourth player – to be honored with her own exhibition room, joining Ben Hogan, Bob Jones and Arnold Palmer. Artifacts displayed in the Mickey Wright Room include the putter she used in 81 of her 82 professional wins, the complete set of clubs used throughout her career, and her champion’s cups from multiple USGA victories.

Earlier this year, in recognition of Wright’s exceptional competitive career, the USGA forever linked her name to the U.S. Women’s Open Championship by naming the gold medal presented each year to the winner in her honor. At the 2020 championship in December at Champions Golf Club, the first since Wright’s passing, the USGA will also recognize her contributions by displaying selected memorabilia and using a commemorative flag with her silhouette on No. 18 during the final round. Wright and Betsy Rawls are the only four-time winners of the championship.

In addition to the bequest of her estate and possessions to the Museum, Wright’s final wishes included being interred outside the Mickey Wright Room on the USGA campus. The USGA plans to honor those wishes with a celebration of her life to take place at a later date.

The USGA Golf Museum and Library is the nation’s oldest sports museum and the world’s leading institution for the collection, preservation, interpretation and dissemination of golf history. It is the most trusted repository for preserving the legacies of the game’s greatest champions.

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Lauren Waidner, JP Roller Receive Sixth Annual Tom Cousins Award

Award Recognizes Outstanding Collegiate Golfers Who Excel in Academics, Are Engaged in Their Community 

(ATLANTA) — The recipients of the 2020 Tom Cousins Award were announced Monday night in conjunction with the East Lake Cup in Atlanta, as Lauren Waidner (University of Florida) and JP Roller (Texas Tech University) received the sixth annual presentation of the award.

The honor recognizes a female and male collegiate golfer who best represent the values of the award: excelling in academics and engagement in the community.

Waidner (Fleming Island, Fla.) earned the distinction for her selfless commitment to several charitable causes, and she also took part in an internship last summer centered around pediatric hospital care. The experience ultimately led the senior psychology and biology major to join a volunteer program that includes weekly hospital visits to mentor critically ill youth.

Roller, a freshman for the Red Raiders, has taken part in several service projects in his hometown (Jenks, Okla.), utilizing golf as a fundraising vehicle for helping others in need. Roller’s efforts also led to him being awarded the Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award in 2019, presented by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA).

The Tom Cousins Award is named after developer and philanthropist Tom Cousins, who laid out an aspirational blueprint to revitalize the East Lake community of Atlanta by providing cradle-to-college education, mixed-income housing and community wellness to break the cycle of poverty to create a holistic environment. East Lake now acts as a national model for community redevelopment through Purpose Built Communities for transforming a struggling community into a thriving neighborhood.

The East Lake Cup is being contested over three days, following the format from the final three days of the NCAA men’s and women’s golf national championships. On Monday, the eight teams competed in individual stroke play competition to determine the individual men’s and women’s champion and to seed for two days of match-play competition. Today and tomorrow, two match-play tournaments are being hosted simultaneously for the men’s and women’s divisions, with the semifinals taking place today and the finals and consolation matches on Wednesday.

Teams for the East Lake Cup are competing on the championship golf course at East Lake Golf Club, home of the TOUR Championship, the season-ending event of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs. The East Lake Cup benefits the East Lake Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to helping families build better lives and help children reach their highest potential. The East Lake Cup is one of the largest contributors to the East Lake Foundation, having raised more than $1.5 million for the East Lake Foundation since the tournament’s inception in 2015. ZipRecruiter and Uber Eats are the co-presenting sponsors of the East Lake Cup, with Bridgestone Golf, Mercedes-Benz and Topgolf serving as additional sponsors of the event.

Designs on a Better Golf Course released, providing “Practical answers to common questions for Green Committees”

New book from ASGCA Foundation addresses 50+ topics with engaging and entertaining information

(BROOKFIELD, Wis.) — Designs on a Better Golf Course: Practical answers to common questions for Green Committees, in now available on Amazon from ASGCA Foundation. The book, conceived and edited by ASGCA Past President Jeff Brauer, provides information on more than 50 topics over that may be raised by Green Committee members and other golf course decision makers as they consider improvements at their facilities.

The easy-to-read chapters in Designs on a Better Course are divided into 11 sections, including Renovations, Tees, Greens, Fairways and Roughs, Hazards, and Construction.

Designs on a Better Golf Course: Practical answers to common questions for Green Committees can be purchased on Amazon at

“This book provides helpful information for those making decisions about golf facilities,” said Brauer, who has written for numerous publications, including Golf Course Industry magazine. “Whether a Green Committee member, Superintendent or Course manager, having a basic understanding of how golf course architecture affects all aspects of your course and operation is a first step to a finished product that is more playable and profitable. That’s where this book comes in.”

Besides text, the book features a number graphics and charts, including the Life Expectancy for a course’s infrastructure, Maximum Slope for Green Speeds, suggested size for Tees and much more.

Author JJ Keegan previewed Designs on a Better Golf Course: “There were many fabulous things in this tome and some that surprised me,” he said. “The insights that ‘every design is a compromise’ and ‘The focus of some architects is to prevent what golfers want – a good score’ are among the candid comments that make this book a valuable resource. By itself, the charts on ‘Green Slope vs. Speed’ and ‘The Appropriate Size of the Green based on the Length of the Approach Shot,’ create fabulous guidance that validates why purchasing this book is a wise investment.”

Following is a brief sample from the chapter, “How do we Implement a Forward Tee Program or other Systems?” “Try to resist targeting any specific total course yardage over designing each hole for how different players really play golf and/or lengthening holes based on tradition or ‘gut feeling.’ Yes, the holes may become much shorter, but they probably need to, and that is the point of the program!”

“The information included in Designs on a Better Golf Course meets the ASGCA Foundation’s mission to ‘support the health of the game of golf by funding and administering programs that grow the game,’” said Foundation President Lee Schmidt, ASGCA. “Jeff was assisted on this project by a committee of ASGCA members who provided content, comment and perspective, including Nathan Crace, Richard Mandell, Greg Muirhead and John Sanford.”

Wilson Unveils Staff Model CB Irons

New line of Players irons features tri-brace stabilizer for enhanced energy transfer and incredible sound and feel. 

(CHICAGO) — Building on the award-winning Staff Model line, the new Staff Model CB Irons are designed to equip the best in the game.

Engineered for performance expected by a tour-level player, the CB Irons are an evolution of the award-winning Tour V6 Irons, the most popular choice among Wilson players on the PGA TOUR including three-time Major Champion Padraig Harrington, Kevin Streelman, Kevin Tway, and Ricky Barnes. 

“Wilson continues to strive to the make the best, most respected irons in the world,” said Jon Pergande Manager of Golf Club Innovation. “The Staff Model CB Irons are aesthetically pleasing to the elite player and with the new Tri-Brace stabilizer providing a structural connection between the topline and the central impact mass we have stabilized the topline enhancing the energy transfer to the ball while also providing improved sound and feel.”

The 20-grams of tungsten weighting in the toe of the long and mid irons enhances head stability at impact and lowers the center of gravity for reliably consistent shots. The face is precision milled along with the scorelines a carry over from the Staff Model Blade.

A forged 8620 carbon steel face is backed by an integrated Impact Mass Area, providing solid, muscle back-like feel, but with a cavity back design, delivering maximum consistency during shot shaping.  

“We listened to and worked closely with our advisory staff and tour professionals to create the Wilson Staff Model CB Irons,” Pergande continued, “The CB Irons combine the best of V6 and Staff Model blade to create our most advanced forged irons, the CB Irons will meet all the needs for the advanced player.” 

The new CB Irons are clad in a nickel-chrome plating, a high-end mirror finish and completed with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts and Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips. 

The Wilson Staff CB irons will be available on and retailers starting on, Jan. 15, 2021. Retail price for the CB irons is $999.99 Steel.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Unboxing CBD Recovery Supplements from OLEO

CBD remains popular for those looking to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. We unboxed a pair of supplements from OLEO. OLEO provides potent absorption—it is 2x more bioaccessible than other CBD products. They also have no bitter aftertaste, coming in both flavorless and delicious flavored blends. Most importantly, OLEO CBD drinks are THC free. OLEO is non-intoxicating and triple-tested, so you know exactly what’s inside.

CBD Boost+ ... This flavorless CBD additive dissolves rapidly in cold water and comes in a 30 serving jar containing 25mg of CBD per serving (750mg total). Made with a patent-pending micro-encapsulation process, OleoCBD™ is more bioaccessible to your body which leads to faster absorption and relief. It’s high bioaccessibility makes it one of the best CBD recovery supplements on the market today. Add it to your morning smoothie, soup, drinks or anything else you can think of.

Coconut CBD Drink Mix ... If you are looking for a great CBD muscle recovery supplement, coconut water is a great way to hydrate and replenish your body. Coconuts are naturally loaded with electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals that your body craves. Mix each serving with 12oz. of water to make the perfect post-workout CBD muscle recovery drink. Each serving of this delicious Coconut Mix contains 25mg OleoCBD™ to help your body recover faster after your toughest workouts.

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Emirates Golf Federation Selected by IGF Membership to Host 2023 World Amateur Team Championships

– The International Golf Federation has announced that the Emirates Golf Federation will host the 2023 World Amateur Team Championships, as voted upon Tuesday during the IGF biennial meeting, which was held virtually.

This marks the first time the event, which dates back to 1958, will be held in the Middle East. The Emirates Golf Federation was selected over the Singapore Golf Association after the two were identified as the finalists by the IGF Bid Panel from an initial group of eight National Federation members that had expressed interest in hosting the biennial team event for men and women.

“Both candidates provided exceptionally strong bid proposals, which was duly noted by both the IGF Administrative Committee and the IGF Bid Panel,” said Antony Scanlon, Executive Director of the IGF. “We greatly appreciate the interest and strong case presented by the Singapore Golf Association. At the same time, the Emirates Golf Federation made a compelling case that resonated with our member organisations and we’re very excited to be holding our first World Amateur Team Championships in the Middle East region. We look forward to working with the Emirates Golf Federation to deliver a memorable event and experience for the athletes in 2023.”

The Emirates Golf Federation presented the Greg Norman-designed Fire Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai as the host venue.

“It is an honor for the United Arab Emirates [UAE] and the Emirates Golf Federation to win the election for the 2023 World Amateur Team Championships,” said H.E. Shaikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Emirates Golf Federation. “We would like to thank the International Golf Federation and their team for working tirelessly with us on the bid application. We would also like to thank all of the IGF members for their votes and giving us this opportunity. We look forward to welcoming all of the delegates and athletes into the UAE. Golf in the UAE and region is continuing to grow and this event will further push our vision in golf development. We are excited to work with the IGF and our partners in making this championship a successful reality.”

In addition to being the first World Amateur Team Championships held in the Middle East, it also will be the first to be held with a reduced scope of one golf course and a maximum of 36 teams to lessen the cost and complexity of hosting the event, as approved at the IGF’s 2018 biennial meeting. Further, it will be the first to be held on an odd year to avoid same-year conflict with future Summer Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, following a decision by the IGF Administrative Committee to hold every future World Amateur Team Championships beyond 2022 on odd years.

Consequently, the World Amateur Team Championships will be held one time in consecutive years, with the 2022 Championships scheduled for two courses near Paris. Le Golf National, host of the 2018 Ryder Cup Match and future host of the 2024 Olympic golf competition, and Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, host of 33 editions of the Lancôme Trophy as well as other esteemed international tournaments, will host the men’s and women’s championships.

Dubai will represent the 30th women’s championship for the Espirito Santo Trophy and the 33rd men’s championship for the Eisenhower Trophy, in light of the cancellation of the 2020 World Amateur Team Championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, the IGF announced the cancellation of the event, which was scheduled for this month. That decision followed the IGF’s announcement in February that the event, originally to be held in Hong Kong, China, was moving to Singapore due to ongoing social unrest in Hong Kong.

First held in 1958, the World Amateur Team Championships include up to 72 countries competing in 72 holes of stroke play competition. Each country fields two or three players with the two lowest scores counting per round.  

Friday, October 23, 2020

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas Announces Exceptional Fall Golf Events

Play Three Pete Dye Classic Layouts Including Celebrated Teeth of the Dog

(LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic) – Casa de Campo Resort & Villas – home to the Caribbean’s premier, luxury golf experiences, including the iconic Teeth of the Dog course – is showcasing an array of  golf events perfect to enjoy its three celebrated layouts and world-class amenities. 

The legendary resort is home to a trio of lauded Pete Dye-designed layouts: Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and The Links. Since opening in 1974, Teeth of the Dog is widely recognized as the No. 1 course in the Caribbean. Golf course architecture aficionados call Dye Fore “the most underrated course in the Caribbean.” The Links showcases Dye’s genius for creating thrilling green complexes. 

The 2nd Annual Couple’s Golf & Spa Retreat will be held Oct. 21 – 25. The event includes three days of competition in shamble, scramble and best ball formats with participants also enjoying the resort’s luxurious spa and myriad amenities including lodging. The all-inclusive four-night stay starts at $1,774 (per person, double occupancy). 

Held Nov. 23 – 29, the new Sancocho Golf Open is a unique celebration of the many delights of the  Dominican Republic bringing together the country’s incredible cuisine, the world’s best rum and cigars as well as exceptional golf on the resort’s trifecta of  layouts. For golfers, the all-inclusive six-night / five-round package starts at $2,500 (per person, double occupancy) and is loaded with extras. Non-golfer packages start at $1,900 (per person, double occupancy). 

On Nov. 29 – Dec. 5, Casa de Campo Resort & Villas invites all golfers to participate in its 15th Annual Casa de Campo Twosome Championship. Featuring superior accommodations and numerous additional fun activities, the event will be played on the property’s three outstanding golf courses with two rounds on Dye Fore, one round on The Links, and two rounds on Teeth of the Dog. Ideal to also enjoy all the many amenities Casa de Campo offers, prices start at $2,353 (per person, double occupancy). 

The Casa de Campo Women’s Getaway with Suzy Whaley is a four-day / three-night event from Dec. 4 – 7. Whaley – recent President of the PGA of America, renowned PGA Professional and one of the game’s top instructors – will host the fun Caribbean get-together. The stay-and-play is all-inclusive and starts at $1,799 (per person, double occupancy). The many highlights include unlimited green fees on all three courses and personal instruction by Whaley at the resort’s state-of-the-art Golf Learning Center.  

For each event, Casa de Campo also offers an array of fully appointed villas perfect for golf groups and families. The villa options range from three to 11 bedrooms with stylish living areas, a private pool as well as endless creature comforts. From secluded Garden Villas highlighting the area’s abundant flora to the tranquil splendor of the Caribbean coast in an Oceanfront Villa, each style offers contemporary designs. 

Daily breakfast, private maid service and full access to a wide range of on-site activities are additional highlights of villa stays. 

For more information on all events, call 809.523.8115 or e-mail

“We are excited for our guests to visit us here in paradise and enjoy our outstanding schedule of autumn golf events to finish 2020 in style,” says Jason Kycek, senior vice-president of sales and marketing. “Fall is the perfect season here in the Dominican Republic to savor an extraordinary vacation and experience our top-rated golf courses, superlative accommodations, luxury amenities, and wide range of activities few resorts can match.”

In the aftermath of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the legendary resort initiated its new “Casa Cares” program touching virtually every area of the property including significant investment in new equipment and employee training. The robust health and safety practices will continue to remain a top priority extend to updated procedures for its golf courses as well. A full list of the new measures may be found here.

Also, the government of the Dominican Republic, in a historic move, is providing complimentary travel and health insurance to all tourists staying in the country through Dec. 31, 2020. The insurance will cover all emergency hospitalization, medical, lodging, and airline ticket change fees if one becomes ill with COVID-19 while here on vacation. The insurance will be provided at no cost to visitors and is fully paid for by the government. 

For more information on Casa de Campo Resort & Villas call 800.877.3643, e-mail or visit:,,,

Arcis Golf Receives Significant Investment from Atairos

Supports Growth of Leading Operator of Golf Clubs in the U.S.

(DALLAS, TEXAS) – Arcis Golf, the premier operator of public and private golf clubs in the U.S., announced today that Atairos, an independent private company focused on supporting growth-oriented businesses, will acquire a substantial ownership position in the company. Atairos plans to support Arcis Golf’s expansion around the country, as well as management’s continued enhancements of the company’s award-winning member amenities. Funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group LLC (“Fortress”) will maintain a significant ownership stake in the company. 

"We're very excited to welcome Atairos as a new partner," said Blake Walker, Founder and CEO of Arcis Golf. "This investment will accelerate our vision for Arcis Golf—allowing us to expand our premier offering to more clubs around the country. I'm equally pleased that Fortress Investment Group will remain an investor. They have been a vital contributor to our growth and success over the past several years." 

Six years ago, Arcis was a small start-up. Today, with nearly 60 private, resort, and daily-fee golf clubs in 13 states and more than 5,000 employees, Arcis Golf is building a lifestyle company that reaches far beyond golf. In the past three years, Arcis Golf has invested more than $60 million across its portfolio in property upgrades, new amenities, personnel, training, and systems to maximize growth and future success. 

"Arcis Golf is an innovator and one of the most distinguished names in the golf industry," said Rachael Wagner, a Managing Director at Atairos. "The company is reinventing the golf club experience by tailoring its amenities to contemporary consumer lifestyles, while hiring best-in-class talent and creating family-friendly signature experiences. We are excited to partner with the Arcis Golf management team, and we look forward to supporting them to achieve our shared goals." 

"The management team of Arcis Golf has demonstrated strong leadership in executing a disciplined growth strategy over the past several years," said Suvin Malik, Managing Director in the Fortress Credit Funds business. "We look forward to working with Atairos and Arcis Golf management as the company takes this next step forward." 

Fortress has been the central financial backer of Arcis Golf since 2013, overseeing a period of growth and expansion through new course acquisitions and organic growth.  

Arcis Golf’s management team, led by Founder and CEO Blake Walker, will continue to run the company and execute its proven strategy.


Make Every Day Playable with FootJoy, the #1 Outerwear Brand in Golf

Get the gear you need to extend your season and play more golf in any condition

(RELEASE) — FootJoy, the #1 Outerwear brand in Golf, continues its commitment to Make Every Day Playable by offering golfers the best gear for staying dry, standing up to the elements and keeping you comfortable. 

FJ offers the most complete rainwear lineup in golf, proven in the harshest conditions so you can perform your best.  The new HydroSeries line of rain jackets, featuring DryJoys Waterproof Technology, includes several options that provide the ultimate protection wherever you’re teeing it up this Fall.

The newest introduction to HydroSeries is the all-new HydroTour rain jacket, designed to withstand the most extreme weather conditions, featuring the proprietary DrySeal Technology.

DrySeal Technology is designed to withstand the most extreme weather conditions that you will find on a golf course.  Comprised of a double collar, DrySeal utilizes an inner collar system with a stay dry cinch cord that keeps rain out, as well as drainage grommets to move water away from the collar opening, delivering maximum waterproof protection. 

Designed as FJ’s most innovative rain jacket, HydroTour features a 3-panel construction with fewer seams and premium, multi-directional stretch fabric, providing full range of motion throughout the golf swing while delivering maximum protection in cooler conditions.  The minimalist, yet highly protective jacket defends in cool, wet conditions and boasts a waterproof rating above 20,000mm of water column pressure, making HydroTour the perfect Spring or Fall rain jacket.

“We wanted to design a rain jacket that was the ultimate seal from the elements,” said PJ Skurla, Senior Apparel Designer.  “The combination of 3-panel construction with the DrySeal Technology collar minimizes any chance of rain water reaching the body, keeping you dry and comfortable in the worst conditions.”

HydroTour is available now, featuring four full-zip rain jackets and rain pants.

Rounding out HydroSeries are the popular HydroKnit and HydroLite rain jackets.  Both jackets are constructed from materials that deliver 100% waterproof, breathable protection. HydroKnit performs like a rain jacket with the feel of a mid-layer, while HydroLite is the perfect, lightweight summer rain jacket.

For the player who requires elite, all-weather protection, DryJoys Select LS, the lightest, most breathable and most waterproof garment ever produced by FootJoy, setting a new standard in rainwear.  

Specially engineered from a top-in-technology fabrication, DryJoys Select LS features a 2.5 Layer Construction that reduces weight while still providing full mobility.  This premium jacket offers thin, lightweight stretch that doesn’t impede your golf swing, with a soft, quiet and flexible feel.

This fabric is extremely lightweight, weighing less than a golf shirt, with the versatility to perform in even the most extreme weather conditions.

DryJoys Select LS is unique in the ability to offer a Water Proof Rating of 25,000mm, while also delivering unmatched breathability.

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PGA TOUR names Hyperice Official Recovery Device of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions

Hyperice becomes first sponsor of PGA TOUR Active; will activate on course at TOUR events

(PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA) – The PGA TOUR and Hyperice, the industry leader in recovery technology and pioneer of percussion, vibration, dynamic air compression and thermal technology, announced a new multi-year partnership designating Hyperice as the “Official Recovery Device of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions” and a “Sponsor of PGA TOUR Active.”

As part of the TOUR’s Official Marketing Partner program, Hyperice will activate and create custom content within PGA TOUR Active (, a new TOUR initiative highlighting health, fitness and lifestyles of professional golfers, where fans get an inside look into the techniques and activities helping the world’s best perform at their peak. The partnership will also introduce Hyperice’s range of products and technologies into the Player Performance Centers, state-of-the-art mobile fitness centers that travel with the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions to provide fitness equipment and care through its recovery technology to players on-site at tournaments throughout the season.     

“As an industry leader in recovery technology, we couldn’t be more pleased to introduce Hyperice to the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions players and trainers,” said Brian Oliver, PGA TOUR Executive Vice President of Corporate Partnerships. “By developing products inspired by professional athletes, and making recovery technology and education accessible to all, Hyperice will help ensure our elite athletes recover effectively to perform at their best each week over a long season.”

Founded in 2010, Hyperice has always centered its product development around the needs of athletes to aid in their pursuit of excellence by optimizing performance and expediting recovery, making innovative handheld percussion massage devices, vibrating foam rollers, heat and vibration wraps and ice compression wraps for training, faster muscle and tissue recovery.

Beyond this new partnership with the TOUR, Hyperice has also been heavily touted by professional athletes, recently welcoming professional golfer Rickie Fowler to join the lineup of influential, high-performing athletes who serve both as investors and ambassadors. The company is set to provide its flagship product, the Hypervolt, to TOUR players at the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD as well as every golfer on the PGA TOUR Champions and Korn Ferry Tour.

“Our partnership with the PGA TOUR is truly the first of its kind. In addition to delivering Hyperice recovery technology directly to players during tournaments to optimize performance, we’re able to give fans behind the scenes access to their favorite players’ health, fitness and recovery routines,” said Jim Huether, CEO of Hyperice. “Hyperice is committed to helping athletes worldwide move better and recover faster. Today’s announcement demonstrates the PGA TOUR’s commitment to elevating the sport and performance of its athletes. We’re also excited to have golf superstar Rickie Fowler join Hyperice as an ambassador and investor to help further advance our global health and wellness mission.”

"Hyperice has long been a part of my daily routine, so I’m very excited to have easy access to technology during play,” said Rickie Fowler, PGA TOUR Professional. “With fitness and body maintenance being a huge trend amongst us pros - especially during the time off at home - I love that the PGA TOUR has chosen the best in the business to share the importance of proper recovery to players, trainers and future generations of pros."

Throughout the partnership, PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions players and trainers will receive the latest products, research and hands-on training from Hyperice to aid their recovery, enhance their performance and improve health and movement. Furthermore, the TPC Network will become a Hyperice retail partner, selling products on-site at its 16 owned and operated TPC courses around the United States.

In addition, this partnership will increase brand awareness for Hyperice’s newly launched App, powered by HyperSmart technology, which seamlessly blends physical and digital activity to create an experience entirely customized to the user. With its new Bluetooth and artificial intelligence platform, it can recommend routines for body maintenance, recovery and performance goals by analyzing users’ wearable data.

For more information, visit and PGATOUR.COM.