Sunday, February 28, 2021

Desert Course at Cabo del Sol to Reopen March 1

Brilliant Tom Weiskopf design ranks among the finest tests of golf in Los Cabos

(Los Cabos, Mexico) — The Desert Course at Cabo del Sol, a Tom Weiskopf creation that will celebrate its 20th anniversary later this year, will reopen for play March 1. The course, closed several months ago due to COVID-19 restrictions, fully partakes of the region’s ocean-mountain-desert ecosystem. Routed in mountain foothills high above the Cove Club, the Jack Nicklaus-designed gem formerly known as the Ocean Course, the Desert Course is a classic test prized by shotmakers. All 18 holes on the 7,049-yard, par-72 resort venue serve up panoramic views of the glittering Sea of Cortes.

“We’re happily anticipating the reopening of the Desert Course,” said Erik Evans, Cabo del Sol’s director of golf. “As life in Los Cabos gets back to normal, we’re finding that golfers continue to travel here to enjoy a safe social distancing sport that’s more popular now than ever before.”

As part of the club’s “Healthy, Happy & Safe” initiative, Cabo del Sol is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA) and the Health Department of Mexico to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Rigorous cleaning, sanitation and disinfection procedures have been expanded and enhanced above the club’s already high standards.

Chiseling holes into rugged terrain crisscrossed by canyon-like arroyos and winding barrancas, Weiskopf produced a masterful layout in the Desert Course. Dished-out fairways are framed by granite rock outcrops and a dense cactus forest punctuated by multi-armed cardon cacti similar to the saguaro of the Arizona desert. The variety of cactus on this well-groomed spread—barrel, jumping cholla, organ pipe and many more—is astonishing. Ocotillo, palo blanco, mesquite and gnarled torote trees also flourish here. Created with a great deal of sensitivity to the Baja environment, the holes appear airlifted into the desert.  

Broad fairway corridors with few forced carries instill confidence from the multiple sets of forward tees, ensuring an enjoyable experience for players at all ability levels. Large, sculpted bunkers marked by dramatic capes and bays signpost the fairways and defend the greens. Subtly contoured greens, a Weiskopf trademark, provide tantalizing targets, their long slopes, gentle rolls and distinctive tiers requiring a sure touch with the putter.

While the fairways are wide, the Desert Course presents a handful of semi-blind tee shots that make landing areas appear narrower than they really are. With its numerous risk-reward options, this well-strategized test needs to be played more than once to learn its nuances.

Pace and variety are the Desert’s strong suits. Drivable par fours at the fourth and seventh holes are balanced by sturdy par fives at the third and 12th holes, each a cross-country quest aimed into Pacific headwinds that calls for three solid shots to reach the green. The dazzling downhill par-3 16th hole, the sea flooding the horizon beyond the putting surface, requires better players to funnel the ball to selected pin locations on the large, sloping green. Average players can bail out to safe right side to avoid trouble on the left.

“With its dramatic views of the Sea of Cortes, the Desert Course at Cabo del Sol is one of the most unique desert layouts I’ve designed,” Weiskopf said. “The rare natural beauty of the ocean, mountain and desert environment provides an ideal setting and some of the best terrain for golf anywhere in the world. My design incorporates traditional bunkering, expansive greens, wide fairways, multiple tee placements, natural waste areas and spectacular ocean views. It’s one of the most scenic courses I’ve designed.”

The Desert Course is served by Cabo del Sol’s stately 40,000-square-foot clubhouse, which fuses colonial and traditional architecture with modern amenities to create a distinctive Mexican hacienda design. Marked by stone floors and high-beamed ceilings, the clubhouse features an expansive golf shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and picturesque views from its open-air verandas and landscaped terraces. 

Cabo del Sol is convenient to two on-site hotels: Hacienda del Mar Los Cabos, a beachfront resort conceived as a traditional Mexican village; and Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos, an all-inclusive hotel with guest rooms perched on a bluff above the Sea of Cortes. 

Through May 31, green fees for the Desert Course are $225 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; and $175 after 11:00 a.m. All-day rate drops to $165 starting June 1. Tee times: 866 231-4677; or e-mail reservations at Website:

Suzy Whaley, Bridgestone Reactiv, Monahan Among Winners In 27th Annual ING Industry Honors Awards

– PGA of America President Suzy Whaley, Bridgestone Tour B Reactiv Golf Ball and Bushnell Wingman were among the winners in the 27th Annual ING Industry Honors awards program. Results in eight categories were announced Thursday via a ZOOM Presentation.

Also, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan received the special ING Spirit Of Golf Award for his leadership in helping the PGA Tour set the standard worldwide for bringing professional sports safely back during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The ING Industry Honors program recognizes outstanding achievement in the golf business. The non-profit, media-based networking organization International Network of Golf conducts the awards program.

Nominees in all categories are submitted throughout the year from anyone in the golf industry. Sub-committees that include experts in each category then trim the entries to the top three in each category. ING members then vote electronically to determine the winners, who are announced and recognized at the Industry Honors Presentation Press Conference. Holly Geoghegan of Golf Marketing Services is the committee chair.

Whaley, the first female President of the PGA of America spearheaded the Golf Emergency Relief Fund, which offered financial help to workers affected by COVID-19. She also helped craft the Back2Golf protocols that kept courses running safely.

Bridgestone Golf and Pyramid Putter each won their respective Product Ingenuity-Golf Equipment categories for their cutting edge products. The Tour B line features a Reactiv cover that’s built with an “impact modifier” that yields firmer performance on faster strikes for more ball speed, and softer performance on slower swings for increased spin.  The key to Pyramid Putter is a directional groove design that imparts spin to help keep the ball on line. Hit a ball on the heel and the grooves impart a clockwise gear effect. Hit it on the toe and the grooves impart counter-clockwise effect.

The Bushnell Wingman, a GPS Bluetooth speaker, won the Product Ingenuity-Technology category. It wirelessly connects to a smartphone to play music on the course, and it has a few hidden surprises. The Wingman will announce the distance to the front, middle and back of the green.

Other winners included Katherine Roberts, Founder, Yoga for Golfers in the Player Development Category; SuperSpeed in the Product Ingenuity-Training Aids category; Skechers in the TV Commercial category and Zero Restriction in the Digital/Print Ad category.

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2020 ING Industry Honors Winners/Finalists

Suzy Whaley
Business Achievement

            Winner: Suzy Whaley, President, PGA of America

            Other Finalists: Howard Milstein, Chairman, 8AM Golf; Tom Stine/John Krzynowek, Co-Founders, Golf Datatech.

Player Development

            Winner: Katherine Roberts, Founder, Yoga for Golfers

            Other Finalists: Gary Gilchrist; Operation 36

Print Advertising

            Winner: Zero Restriction – “Get out. Stay out.”

            Other Finalists: Casa De Campo; TaylorMade Golf

Product Ingenuity – Emerging Companies-Golf Equipment

            Winner: Pyramid Putter

            Other Finalists: Edison Forged Wedges; Never Looz Golf Bags

Product Ingenuity – Market Leaders- Golf Equipment

            Winner: Bridgestone Tour B Reactiv Golf Balls

            Other Finalists: Callaway Mavrik Driver; TaylorMade P790 Irons 

Product Ingenuity – Technology

            Winner: Bushnell Wingman GPS Speaker

            Other Finalists: FlightScope Mevo; Tagmarshal

Product Ingenuity – Training Products

            Winner: SuperSpeed

            Other Finalists: Sure-Set; Wellputt Mat

TV Commercial

           Winner: Skechers – “I Love You”

          Other Finalists: Bridgestone Golf; American Century Investments

The R&A to Submit Planning Application for New Golf Facility in Glasgow

Photo: R&A

(St Andrews, Scotland)
— The R&A is submitting a planning application to Glasgow City Council for the construction of a new community golf facility that it is hoped will open in the summer of 2022.

The project aims to redevelop the existing public course at Lethamhill to create a family-focussed venue that provides access to a nine-hole course, Par 3 course, putting greens, short-game area, adventure golf and a 25-bay floodlit driving range for visitors to enjoy a wide range of golf activities, including shorter forms of the sport.

Additional features including a café, fitness studio, indoor simulator and movie theatre, education room and retail area are also being planned as part of a central hub that would offer views north over nearby Hogganfield Loch to the Campsie Fells and south to the City of Glasgow.   

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We want to make golf more welcoming and inclusive for people of all ages and backgrounds and so we need to appeal to them by offering a variety of fun and affordable activities that entice more families and young people into the sport.

“We are excited by the prospect of establishing a facility in the very heart of the local community in north-east Glasgow that provides an accessible pathway into golf and inspires people to get out, have fun and experience the many health benefits that playing golf with family and friends can provide.”

In collaboration with Glasgow Life, the views of local stakeholders including current golfers, community groups and elected representatives are being considered to assist in shaping the development of the facility to create a destination that truly appeals to local people. 

Work is also being carried out with the Golf Foundation and Scottish Golf to devise future participation and education programmes that use Glasgow Life’s existing Active Schools network to connect local schools with the new facility and inspire young people to experience playing golf in a fun and relaxed environment.

Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life and Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council, said, “This project is a great example of innovative thinking which protects and enhances resources relied on by the local communities and the whole city. It delivers an incredible facility for golfers while at the same time offering families more opportunities to discover the joy and health benefits of taking part in sport.

“The prospect of creating such a fantastic venue in what is already a well-used hub is something everyone can be very enthusiastic about, and we’re looking forward to working with The R&A and engaging with groups and clubs in the local area to develop a facility which is the first of its kind in Glasgow.”

The R&A has been working closely with the Seven Lochs Partnership and leading sustainability professionals to establish clear commitments to delivering positive environmental, health and social benefits to the local community and ensure best practice in sustainability is used throughout the facility. 

A new network of public nature trails that link into existing walking routes of the Seven Lochs Wetland Park is being planned for use by visitors to the urban heritage and nature park, which seeks to promote health and well-being and enhance biodiversity.

Councillor Maureen Burke, Chair of the Seven Lochs Partnership, said, “The R&A’s plans for Lethamhill will be a fantastic addition to the Seven Lochs Wetland Park and will help to make the park a great place to discover and explore nature on your doorstep.

“This is a great opportunity to show how golf can promote wider well-being and environmental benefits and we look forward to working closely with The R&A to create new habitats for wildlife, design nature trails around the golf course and develop outdoor learning activities for local schools.”

Friday, February 26, 2021

Gull Lake View – Stoatin Brae Golf Course Earns National Golf Course of the Year

Family-owned golf resort in Southwest, Michigan recognized for its long-standing community service, environmental stewards, and giving back to the game.

(AUGUSTA, MI) – The Stoatin Brae Golf Course at Gull Lake View Golf and Resort in Augusta, Mich., has been named the “National Golf Course of the Year” by the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA). The announcement was made recently during the NGCOA’s Golf Business Conference 2021, held virtually alongside the annual PGA Merchandise Show January 25-27.

Known officially as the Jemsek National Golf Course of the Year Award, the honor recognizes members demonstrating four criteria: exceptional quality of the course, exceptional quality of ownership and management, outstanding contribution to its community, and significant contribution to the game. The Course of the Year Award winners come from the NGCOA’s core membership, which make an outstanding contribution to the game of golf in their markets and are model operations to their peers.

Stoatin Brae is the fifth Michigan golf course to receive the national recognition. The course was recognized for its several areas of community impact like the course’s work with the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Special Olympics, women’s and junior golf programs including Youth on Course, as well as the Audubon Society.

“This is truly an honor to be recognized by the NGCOA and alongside so many top golf course facilities across the country,” said Bill Johnson, Vice President of Gull Lake View. “Gull Lake View has been part of the fabric of the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek community for six decades impacting area golfers. This recognition is a testament to the Scott family and Darl Scott’s vision that continues today with Stoatin Brae.”

Going on its fourth generation with the Scott Family at the helm, and as one of the largest family-owned golf resorts in the U.S. with six championship courses, simple-yet-charming lodging, and multiple dining options, Gull Lake View is a fun and rewarding experience for everyday golfers. This is the ultimate golf destination where working-class buddies can have a similar kind of experience and camaraderie as golfers have at the nationally acclaimed high-end destinations, without breaking the bank. Gull lake View is also a favorite among families, women, and kids looking for a fun golf destination with variety.

In 1963, Darl Scott, an entrepreneur at heart and golf course superintendent at nearby Gull Lake Country Club, decided to build and open his own public golf course. As the story goes, Darl and his wife Letha worked hard, first building the West and then along with his son Charlie, built the East course. Charlie also worked with his dad designing and building the Stonehedge North and South courses. In 1988, the family acquired its fifth course, Bedford Valley near Battle Creek, a popular William Mitchell parkland design that has hosted multiple Michigan Opens.

Stoatin Brae, which means Grand Hill in Scottish Gaelic, was a departure from the normal pattern of growth at the resort. The course is only the second course of the six that was not designed and built by the talented Scott family with landscape architecture backgrounds. The decision by the family was to collaborate with Renaissance Golf Design and its A-Team of senior associates, Brian Schneider, Eric Iverson, Don Placek and Brian Slawnik. The highly acclaimed course, a magnificent design situated on a picturesque bluff overlooking the Kalamazoo River Valley, marries a minimalist classic links-style with architectural elements from golf’s golden design era of the 1920s and 1930s to create a stunning and memorable golf experience.

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Galvin Green Attracts Growing Number of Younger Golfers

— Leading high-performance golf clothing brand Galvin Green has seen a surge of interest from younger golfers amongst its customer profile over the past year. 

The largest percentage of purchasers of its award-winning Multi-layer garments are now golfers aged between 25-34 years old, which is also the fastest growing age range for the brand. While the number of younger golfers aged 18-25 buying Galvin Green between 2019 and last year almost doubled. 

The brand credited with having the largest market share of the waterproofs sector across the UK & Ireland has seen evidence of an increasing number of younger golfers turn to its products since 2019. This trend is especially true in the UK, Europe’s largest golf market.

Garments like the revolutionary GORE-TEX SHAKEDRY jacket, the versatile INTERFACE-1 hybrid jackets and the thermal INSULA hoodies and sweaters have appealed to the middle-aged category of golfers in greater quantities than ever before.

“Having had a strong presence in the market for more than two decades, the perception might be that Galvin Green clothing would appeal more to the older golfer, but this latest data refutes that view and confirms the broad appeal of the ranges across all age groups,” said Tom Romano, General Manager of Galvin Green USA.

The latest 2021 Part One range that becomes available this month, reflects the level of interest in lightweight, colourful golf clothing designed to help men, women and junior golfers perform at their best in all weather conditions.

“Pre-orders of the latest range have been strong, and we anticipate a good reaction to the collections from golfers of all ages once courses begin to reopen,” Romano added.

To assist retail customers place orders more efficiently this year, the brand has introduced a new, more advanced B2B platform that provides:

- Enhanced product information and garment details;

- A new streamlined product search function;

- An in-depth account dashboard with key statistics and data against previous years;

- Simplified order entry; and

- Improved account features to view order history, track deliveries and manage invoices.

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Swing Align Introduces the GOAL POST for Improved Putting

Innovative Training Aid Grooves Square Alignment and Center Face Contact

(Oceanside, CA) – Creators of the innovative Swing Align training aid (which helps golfers improve and maintain alignment, rotation, swing plane and connection in the golf swing), are proud to release the company’s first training aid specifically for putting, the Goal Post. A simple-yet-effective and compact learning device, the Goal Post attaches easily to the head of most putters to supply instant feedback on the quality of each stroke as the user develops consistent aim, alignment, path and a square face at impact.

The lightweight Goal Post frame rests across the topline with two alignment posts positioned at the toe and heel of the putter face forming a gate. The Goal Post rewards a square putter face and center-face contact. If the putter face is open or closed, the ball contacts the posts on the takeaway or return stroke and veers off-line, providing instant feedback. Users know they have made a good stroke and square, solid contact when they see the ball clear the posts and roll on the proper line.

“Nearly half the strokes a golfer takes in any given round are putts. If you want lower scores, you have to practice putting with purpose and correct feedback. The Goal Post makes that easy, instructive and fun,” says Swing Align Founder Chris McGinley. “A square putter face at set-up, throughout the stroke, and especially at impact, is going to deliver solid contact, and better roll, every time. With immediate feedback, golfers can groove a consistent stroke to deliver a square face every time.”

Goal Post provides immediate feedback on face alignment at address with the device’s bright green posts making it easy to see if the face is square to the target line. To make aiming the face even easier, the adjustable alignment rod attachment hovers above the ball and face of the putter. The combination of three aiming lines (the center alignment rod and the heel and toe posts) maximizes the golfer’s Vernier Acuity, the ability to easily see when multiple line segments become even the slightest bit misaligned.

Aiming your putter face square to your intended target line was never easier!

The center Alignment Rod mounts on the back and adjusts so regardless of your set-up posture, the length or lie of your putter, it can always be positioned perfectly centered between the two goal posts. As an option, the alignment rod can be lowered closer to the toe to line up with the toe side edge of the putter head to help you see the path of your stroke as you putt.

Practicing with the Goal Post will sharpen a golfer’s ability to make consistent strokes and pure center-face contact that results in on-line, true-rolling putts and better distance control. As the golfer improves his stroke, the small rubber bumpers can be moved from the bottom of the posts (near the putter face) out to the end of each post to create a narrower opening and a more challenging practice session.

“Golfers need a guide to help them consistently set-up and deliver the face squarely at impact. The Goal Post provides a way for you to improve and maintain good putting habits as you develop an understanding and innate feel for their putting stroke. Using the Goal Post over time yields more consistency, more confidence, more holed putts and lower scores,” McGinley says.

The Goal Post:

- Promotes a square putter face at set-up and impact

- Helps golfers develop solid, center-face contact on more putts

- Promotes better roll with improved distance control

- Fine tunes a golfer’s putting aim and alignment

- Trains proper setup and stability through the putting stroke


The Goal Post stores easily in your golf bag and is perfectly suited for practice at the course or at home. This highly effective new training aid is available now for $39.95.  For more information on The Goal Post and all Swing Align products, visit

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Swing Align, Swing Align Short Game and the new Goal Post have been developed by golf industry veterans with more than 60 years’ experience, and with input from PGA Tour players as well as top golf instructors. Each device provides instant feedback to both see and feel proper positions and technique to ingrain good golfing habits.

Titleist and FootJoy Named Presenting Partners for the National High School Golf Association

Also become Presenting Partners of NHSGA’s annual High School Golf National Invitational

(FAIRHAVEN, Mass.) — The National High School Golf Association announced that Acushnet Company brands Titleist and FootJoy have been named Presenting Partners for the NHSGA and its annual High School Golf National Invitational.

Acushnet is the global leader in the design, development, manufacturing and distribution of performance-driven golf products, which are widely recognized for their quality excellence. Titleist, the #1 ball in golf and one of its leading performance equipment brands, and FootJoy, the #1 shoe in golf and one of golf’s top performance wear brands, will bring their support to high school golfers, their parents and coaches.

Throughout the next year, Titleist and FootJoy will engage with the High School Golf community by providing support, educational opportunities and special programs for coaches looking to purchase products through their local PGA Professional. Public or private, suburban or rural, large or small, Titleist and FootJoy are dedicated to helping all high school golfers and coaches succeed.

For the participants attending the 2021 High School Golf National Invitational at Pinehurst Resort in June, Titleist and FootJoy will be onsite, providing a memorable experience for the best boys and girls high school golfers from across the country. The prestigious National Invitational is the largest, strongest, most diverse and inclusive high school golf tournament in the country.

“High school golf coaches are mentors, guidance counselors and teachers,” said Peter Broome, Senior Vice President, Titleist Brand & Industry Relations, Acushnet Company. “As the conduit to our next generation of golfers, they are important stakeholders in the game. On behalf of Titleist and FootJoy, we appreciate the important role they play and we are excited for this opportunity to partner with the NHSGA, as together, we enrich the high school golf experience.”

“Titleist and FootJoy have a long history and commitment to PGA Professionals and high school golf coaches, who work tirelessly to coach and train student athletes into becoming not just great players, but quality young men and women,” said PGA President Jim Richerson. “We’re thankful that Titleist and FootJoy have decided to extend their support and dedication to the over 220,000 boys and girls who play high school golf. It’s special to play high school golf. With Acushnet as our partner, the high school golf experience is going to elevate even more.”

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Unboxing the Z Star Series Golf Balls from Srixon

SRIXON launched the seventh generation Z-STAR Series golf ball. The Z-STAR and Z-STAR XV are available in Pure White and Tour Yellow and feature a 0.6mm cover that is thicker than previous generations for enhanced spin and control around the greens. When paired with the revolutionary FastLayer Core that dramatically increases ball speed to deliver maximum distance, the new generation offers an unparalleled feel.

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Tunica National Golf & Tennis Ranks No. 1 on Golfers Choice 2021 List: Best Golf Courses In Mississippi

Golf Pass Rankings Recognize Tunica National Golf & Tennis as Best in State Golf Experience

(Tunica, MS) — After an unbelievable golf season in 2020, Tunica National Golf & Tennis continues to be recognized for its excellence as the best (public) course to play in Mississippi by customer reviews on GolfPass’ list of Golfer’s Choice 2021 Best of Mississippi.” This marks the third consecutive year that Tunica National has lead the best public golf courses in the state category on this list.

“We are very proud to have received this amazing recognition. Our progress in the last few years – through the coordinated efforts between the City of Tunica and KemperSports – is simply amazing,” said General Manager Bob Wolcott. “Tunica National has become a golf destination for many golfers in the southeast, and one of the best public golf experiences in our market.”

“We are proud that Tunica National has been recognized once again at the top golf courses in the state,” said Billy Willis from the Tunica CVB. “This award is evidence of the dedication and pride of many individuals who have done an outstanding job of maintaining this facility as an award-winning amenity for Tunica.”

GolfPass is the leading source of golf course ratings and reviews by golfers. Golf Advisor named the top-rated courses in each state according to customer ratings and reviews. For a complete list follow this link-  Golfers' Choice 2021: Best golf courses in Mississippi (

About Tunica National Golf and TennisTunica National is North Mississippi's signature destination for exceptional golf and tennis. Designed by Mark McCumber, this public 18-hole course features Champion Bermuda greens, gently rolling zoysia fairways, tee boxes with six markers, and generous landing areas. Built with an exceptionally pleasing design, the clubhouse at Tunica National is capable of handling parties, functions and meetings both large and small. With Murphy’s Bar and Grill, and a large conference room on-site, you and your guests will have all the amenities you need for an enjoyable meeting experience.

For more information on Tunica National Golf & Tennis visit or call 662-357-0777.

Thirty-four KemperSports Client Courses Score High Marks with Golf Advisor Reviewers, Earn 2021 Golf Advisor Golfers’ Choice Awards

Payne's Valley at Big Cedar Lodge

(NORTHBROOK, Illinois)
– Thirty-four KemperSports client courses have been recognized with a 2021 Golfers’ Choice Award, an honor based on reviews from Golf Advisor’s community of recreational golfers from coast to coast. KemperSports’ clients ranked among the best in several categories, including top in the nation, state, short golf courses, most improved, best value, pace of play, and off-course amenities areas. Additionally, 20 courses were listed in the top 10 of their respective Best of State Golf Course rankings.

“At KemperSports we are most proud of the connection we are able to make with golfers,” said Steve Skinner, CEO of KemperSports.  “These awards are a direct result of the great work our General Managers and staff do to understand the needs of the golf customer and deliver a memorable experience. Congratulations to all of our properties on this achievement.”

KemperSports-managed and partner properties featured on Golf Advisor’s Golfers’ Choice lists include:                                                                            

Golfers’ Choices: Top 50 U.S. Courses

·       The Wilderness at Lake Jackson (Lake Jackson, Texas)

·       Streamsong Black (Streamsong, Florida)

Golfers’ Choices: Best of State Golf Courses


·       Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club (Dinuba)

·       Desert Willow Golf Resort, Firecliff (Palm Desert)

·       The Links at Bodega Harbour (Bodega Bay)


·       Streamsong Black (Streamsong)

·       Streamsong Red (Streamsong)


·       Harborside International Golf Center, Port and Starboard (Chicago)

·       Cantigny Golf (Wheaton)


·       Sand Creek Station (Newton)


·       Whiskey Creek Golf Club (Ijamsville)

·       Links at Perry Cabin (Saint Michaels)


·       The Jewel Golf Club (Lake City)


·       Tunica National Golf & Tennis (Tunica)

·       Old Waverly Golf Club (West Point)

·       Mossy Oak Golf Club (West Point)


·       Mountain Top at Big Cedar Lodge (Hollister)

·       Buffalo Ridge at Big Cedar Lodge (Hollister)

·       Top of the Rock Golf at Big Cedar Lodge (Ridgedale)

·       Ozarks National at Big Cedar Lodge (Hollister)

·       Shoal Creek Golf Course (Kansas City)

·       Payne’s Valley at Big Cedar Lodge (Hollister)


·       Wilderness Ridge Golf Club (Lincoln)

New Jersey

·       Skyway Golf Course at Lincoln Park West (Jersey City)

New York

·       Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course (Lewiston)


·       Sheep Ranch (Bandon)

·       Bandon Dunes (Bandon)


·       The Wilderness at Lake Jackson (Lake Jackson)


·       Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, Gold Course (Williamsburg)


·       Chambers Bay (University Place)


·       Sand Valley (Nekoosa)

·       Mammoth Dunes (Nekoosa)

Golfers’ Choice: Top 25 Most Improved Golf Courses

·       Buffalo Creek Golf Club (Rockwall, Texas)

·       Chambers Bay (University Place, Washington)

Golfers’ Choice: Top 25 Golf Course Values in the U.S.

·       The Wilderness at Lake Jackson (Lake Jackson, Texas)

Golfers’ Choice: Top 25 Golf Courses for Pace of Play

·       Streamsong Black (Streamsong, Florida) 

Golfers’ Choice: Top 25 U.S. Golf Courses for Course Conditions

·       Streamsong Black (Streamsong, Florida)

Golfers’ Choice: Top 25 Course Layouts

·       The Wilderness at Lake Jackson (Lake Jackson, Texas) 

Golfers’ Choice: Top 25 Golf Courses for Off-Course Amenities

·       Streamsong Resort (Streamsong, Florida)

Golfers’ Choice: Top 25 Short Golf Courses

·       Mountain Top at Big Cedar Lodge (Hollister, Missouri)

·       Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge (Hollister, Missouri)

Every year Golf Advisor compiles its best of lists from authentic golfer reviews. Criteria for the lists looks at each facility’s conditions, value, staff, layout, pace and off-course amenities. The number of reviews for each course plays a factor in rankings and reviewers are weighted based on past activity with their reviews.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

USGA Announces 11 Final Qualifying Sites on Road to 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines

Nine U.S. sites, along with Canada and Japan, will host final qualifying; entries open Wednesday

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) — The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced the 11 final qualifying sites for the 121st U.S. Open Championship, which will be played at Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course), in San Diego, Calif., on June 17-20, 2021. Torrey Pines is hosting its second U.S. Open.

Additionally, online player registration for the 2021 U.S. Open will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 24 ( and will continue through Wednesday, April 21 at 5 p.m. EDT.

Final qualifying, conducted over 36 holes, will be held at nine U.S. sites. One is set for Monday, May 24, in Texas, while eight are scheduled on Monday, June 7: two in Ohio and one each in California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York and Washington. For the 16th consecutive year in which international qualifying has been contested, Japan will host a qualifier, on May 24. A final qualifier will be contested for the second time in Canada, on June 7.

All U.S. Open qualifying was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the same reason England will not host a site this year. An exemption category will be added in which players can earn entry based on the three-event U.S. Open 2021 European Tour Qualifying Series (Betfred British Masters, Made in HimmerLand presented by FREJA and Porsche European Open, May 15-June 6). The top 10 aggregate point earners from those events, who were otherwise not exempt, will earn spots in the U.S. Open field.

“The U.S. Open is a uniquely democratic championship that offers thousands of golfers of all backgrounds a chance to qualify through a traditional two-stage process that was established in 1959,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships. “Allied Golf Associations in the United States, along with the Japan Golf Association, Golf Canada and the European Tour, collaborate to provide players with a qualifying path to the U.S. Open that celebrates and reinforces the theme ‘From Many, One.’” 

The Columbus, Ohio; Purchase, N.Y.; and Dallas sites will use two courses. In Columbus, Brookside Golf and Country Club and The Lakes Golf and Country Club will combine to host final qualifying for the 15th time. Eight players from the Columbus qualifier made the 36-hole cut in the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. Chesson Hadley, who tied for ninth, and a pair of rising amateurs at the time, Collin Morikawa and Brandon Wu, were among that group.

Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club will join to host final qualifying in Purchase for the 16th time since 1963. Dallas Athletic Club’s Blue and Gold Courses will host the Dallas qualifier. The club is hosting the 36-hole qualifier for the 10th time, but first since 2011. Three players from the Texas qualifier in 2019 made the cut in the U.S. Open.

U.S. Open final qualifying returns to Woodmont Country Club, in Rockville, Md., for the 33rd time in the last 35 years, with only the North Course used for the seventh consecutive time. Springfield Country Club in Ohio will host final qualifying for the 12th time in 14 years. The Bear’s Club, in Jupiter, Fla., is a final qualifying site for the third time in the last seven years.

Piedmont Driving Club, in Atlanta, Ga., Rolling Hills Country Club, in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., and Meadow Springs Country Club, in Richland, Wash., will each host final qualifying for the first time.

Canada is once again a host for U.S. Open final qualifying. RattleSnake Point Golf Club, in Milton, Ontario, will use its CopperHead Course. Harris English, who won the Sentry Tournament of Champions last month, was among five players from the Canadian qualifier who made the 36-hole cut at Pebble Beach. The Royal Golf Club in Hokota, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan joins Canada as an international final qualifying site. 

To be eligible for qualifying, a player must have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 1.4, or be a professional. Local qualifying, which will be played over 18 holes at 108 sites in the U.S. and one in Canada, takes place between April 26-May 18.

Ken Venturi (1964) and Orville Moody (1969) are the only players to win the U.S. Open after qualifying through both local and final play. Gene Littler (1961), Julius Boros (1963), Jerry Pate (1976), Steve Jones (1996), Michael Campbell (2005) and Lucas Glover (2009) won after advancing through final qualifying.

In 2019, the USGA accepted 9,125 entries for the championship at Pebble Beach, the eighth consecutive year that entries topped 9,000. The record of 10,127 was established for the 2014 championship at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2, in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.

The 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines was both historic and dramatic. Tiger Woods outdueled Rocco Mediate, who advanced to the championship through the Columbus, Ohio, final qualifier, in a 19-hole Monday playoff to win his third U.S. Open title and record-tying ninth USGA championship. It was Woods’ 14th professional major championship victory.

2021 U.S. Open Final Qualifying Sites (11)

International (2)

Monday, May 24

- Asia – The Royal Golf Club, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan

Monday, June 7

- Canada – RattleSnake Point Golf Club (CopperHead Course), Milton, Ontario

United States (9)

Monday, May 24

- Dallas Athletic Club (Blue and Gold Courses), Dallas, Texas

Monday, June 7

- Rolling Hills Country Club, Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.

- The Bear’s Club, Jupiter, Fla.

- Piedmont Driving Club, Atlanta, Ga.

- Woodmont Country Club (North Course), Rockville, Md.

- Century Country Club & Old Oaks Country Club, Purchase, N.Y.

- Brookside Golf & Country Club & The Lakes Golf & Country Club, Columbus, Ohio

- Springfield (Ohio) Country Club

- Meadow Springs Country Club, Richland, Wash.

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Titleist Introduces Vokey Design SM8 Wedges in Slate Blue Finish

Unique, Premium Finish Available on all Vokey SM8 Models

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) — The overwhelming most played and best performing wedges in the game – Vokey Design SM8 –are now available in an ultra-premium Slate Blue finish.

Master Wedge Craftsman Bob Vokey has always stressed the importance of players having confidence in their wedge at address – and finish plays a key role.

“A player has to love their wedge when they look down at it,” said Vokey, whose short game tools account for nearly half of all wedges played on the PGA Tour.

The finish on the Vokey SM8 Slate Blue wedges is applied like a PVD finish, but with a unique material and more time intensive process that combine to provide a deep, rich slate blue color that is extremely durable.

“Very often, wedge finishes can be beautiful, but they won’t last,” said Vokey. “At the same time, the most durable finishes often aren’t stunning. Slate Blue combines the two. Not only will golfers love their wedge when they see it in the shop, the finish will last through the course of normal play.”

Consistent with all Vokey Design SM8 finishes, Slate Blue is available in all 23 loft, bounce, and grind options (both RH/LH), while supplies last. Slate Blue also incorporates the technology that sets SM8 wedges apart:

Groundbreaking Progressive Center of Gravity (CG) pushed forward of the face for increased MOI, improved consistency and softer, more solid feel.

100% Inspected Spin Milled grooves that are cut with a level of precision that is unique by finish, producing maximum spin.

Vokey Design SM8 models are also available in Tour Chrome, Brushed Steel, Raw and Jet Black finishes.

For assistance determining the right loft, bounce and grind, golfers can use the Wedge Selector tool on

AVAILABILITY AND PRICING: Vokey Design SM8 Slate Blue wedges will be available in golf shops beginning Friday, March 19th (MAP $199).

They will also be available for customization and purchase on

STOCK SHAFT AND GRIP: The Slate Blue stock setup features a True Temper Dynamic Gold S200 shaft and custom Blue/White BV Wings New Decade Multi Compound grip. Most custom shafts and grips are included at no up charge. Additional customizations such as character stamping are available for an additional fee.

A 'Subtle Bit of Swag' Carries Max Homa to Coveted Title at Genesis Invitational

Relying on local knowledge, clutch shot-making that included some wizardry with his wedge, as well as FJ gear from head-to-toe, Max Homa claimed the Genesis Invitational in a dramatic two-hole playoff Sunday. 

Max’s win is the latest validation for a new footwear category set to launch on March 15 – The Premiere Series, a modern representation of the classic golf shoe for men and women. Learn more about Premiere Series HERE.

“It’s really cool to have a shoe that looks awesome – really stylish, with a subtle bit of swag – and also be one of the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn,” said Homa.

“I’m getting a ton of comments on Instagram about my shoes – ‘oh, hey, those are cool, when can I get those’. People are more interested in my shoes than any shots I hit. I could post a hole in one video and I would still get more comments about these shoes than the shot.”

Designed in collaboration with several PGA Tour players, The Premiere Series will feature three new upper designs, inspired by the past but made relevant for today, including the all-white cap toe pattern worn by Homa on Sunday. Influenced by the discerning taste of the modern golfer, each collection uses soft, supple premium leather uppers and ultra-lightweight materials, as well as exquisite detailing that deliver distinctly modern classic styling.

While timeless in design, the Premiere Series is infused with performance innovation, led by the all-new VersaTrax+ outsole that is engineered to provide grip for any lie or angle, providing total traction coverage. The Premiere Series also delivers on comfort, featuring a Ortholite EcoPlush FitBed® that delivers perimeter stability in the heel as well as super-soft and comfortable custom underfoot cushioning.

The shoes have been tested by many of the world’s best players since July and have quickly become the shoes that more players on Tour are wearing than any other.

Homa has also been wearing FJ apparel this year and has gravitated towards printed styles in the athletic fit construction, including beverage-themed shirts he wore in Phoenix and the golf print shirt he wore on Sunday.

Max also prefers the Tour fit pants which feature a modern, tailored fit with a tapered leg and four-way stretch, easy care fabric.

“I like to have subtle hints of flavor in what I wear. I want you to look twice and say, ‘hey I like what you’re wearing’ without being too bold and in your face. I get that with the FJ apparel and it fits really nice as well, which is cool.”

Finally, Max chooses the Pure Touch Limited golf glove which are the standard in product leadership, innovation excellence and outstanding performance.

PUMA Golf's IGNITE FASTEN8 Shoe Features New FASTEN8 Fit System

Delivers superior fit and performance with ultra-premium looks

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – PUMA Golf introduced the newest addition to its popular spikeless franchise, the IGNITE FASTEN8, continuing to deliver premium comfort, top-notch performance and versatile style that golfers of all levels will appreciate. 

The IGNITE FASTEN8 ($120) family provides wearers added stability with a new, exacting fit, in multiple sleek designs, featuring both a traditional lace up style and PUMA’s proprietary DISC technology, and also a PRO version with a microfiber upper. The FASTEN8 lace version is also available in several eye-catching colorways for women ($100).

What differentiates this shoe from other spikeless options, is an all new FASTEN8 Fit System, consisting of 8 interior webbing support straps that are integrated into the lacing system. The 8 webbing straps are secured from underneath the foot and when the laces, or DISC, are tightened, each of the Fasten8 straps deliver an exceptionally secure, personalized fit for players with all foot shapes and sizes. The FASTEN8 also features a PWRCAGE (a TPU saddle integrated with midfoot support webbing straps) and PWRFRAME (an ultra-thin TPU frame placed in high stress areas) technologies, both of which contribute to greater overall stability during the swing and increased comfort while walking. 

Enhanced comfort and performance in a variety of turf conditions (or even for wear off the course) is provided by a strategically designed, organically-altered traction pattern in the sole, as well as IGNITE Foam in the midsole, which yields energy return and cushioning throughout the course of 18 holes. The FASTEN8 shoe features a non-stretch, waterproof and breathable mesh construction in the forefoot area for versatile performance in varying weather conditions and SOLESHIELD, a micro-thin TPU film that is vacuum-formed around the midsole to make cleaning off dirt and debris quick and easy. The FASTEN8 Pro features a microfiber upper, delivering conform, style and performance

“The new IGNITE FASTEN8 shoe continues to deliver the cool, classic style that has become synonymous with PUMA Golf, in a popular mix of colorways that will appeal to a wide range of players,” said Andrew Lawson, PLM, Footwear, PUMA Golf.“When you combine our innovative new FASTEN8 Fit System with PUMA’s other impressive footwear technologies you have a shoe that delivers true versatility, style and performance, all while ensuring the perfect fit and feel for every golfer.” 

IGNITE FASTEN8 and IGNITE FASTEN8 DISC are available in six colorways in sizes 7-14. IGNITE FASTEN8 PRO is available in five colorways in the same size range, while IGNITE FASTEN8 Women’s is available in sizes 5.5-12 in four colorways. Check out all the color offerings at The FASTEN8 family will be available online and at retail on March 2. 

Hilton Head Golf Island Announces Spring Golf Packages

RBC Heritage Accommodations, Birdies and Beer, Spring Fore 2021 Kick-Off Golf Season

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) — Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI), comprising 26 courses across Beaufort, Bluffton and Jasper counties, invites golfers to experience pure Lowcountry golf this spring with packages from The Sea Pines Resort, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and the Heritage Golf Collection. 

With March and April temperatures up to 10 degrees warmer than other areas of the Carolinas, HHGI offers golfers a head-start on the 2021 golf season. Between rounds, visitors to “Golf Island” enjoy award-winning restaurants, boating, fishing, biking, stand up paddle boarding and other island activities and amenities, all served with a healthy dose of Southern hospitality.

“We can’t wait to welcome golfers back this year, and our golf courses, resorts, restaurants and merchants are all ready to help make it a trip of a lifetime,” says Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association. “Whether flying in to stay and play for a few days or driving here to relax for a couple weeks, our golf and lodging partners are available to customize the perfect golf getaway.” 

Featured golf packages and experiences for spring 2021: 

The Sea Pines Resort

The Sea Pines Resort, home of Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus’ famed Harbour Town Golf Links, is offering accommodation specials for the PGA TOUR’s upcoming RBC Heritage April 15-18. With a limited number of spectators this year, RBC Heritage accommodations at Sea Pines guarantee a place among the gallery at one of the TOUR’s most popular stops.

Lodging options include the Inn and Club at Harbour Town, the island’s top rated luxury hotel next to Harbour Town’s first tee and just a short walk to the clubhouse, and an array of golf villas and homes just steps from the course. Guests can purchase two tournament tickets, daily, for each room or bedroom during each night of their stay. Inn and Club at Harbour Town rates start at $599 nightly for a king or two queen room. Search villa and home rates at Sea Pines Hilton Head Vacations using promo code HERITAGE.

The package offers several additional perks: a $50 resort credit, complimentary private transportation, use of two adult bikes and parking (self or valet); complimentary use of premium beach chairs, umbrellas and towels as the Sea Pines Beach Club; and preferred rates at Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III and Heron Point by Pete Dye. All guests also have access to the pool at the Inn and Club and Sea Pines Resort Fitness Center.

For more information on rates or to book RBC Heritage accommodations, visit or call (866) 561-8802. 

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, home of three tournament-caliber layouts including the renowned Robert Trent Jones Course, is bringing back its wildly popular “Birdies and Beer Getaway” for 2021. Featuring three nights’ lodging in the resort’s vacation rentals and three rounds of golf on the Jones, George Fazio or Arthur Hills courses, the package is completely customizable with golf, accommodations and amenities. 

New for 2021, Palmetto Dunes announces special savings for golf groups of 16 or more. Group leaders who bring a group of 16 or more, stay at least three nights and book a minimum of three rounds of golf will receive complimentary golf during their trip. All rounds must be pre-paid and are based on the applicable group rate. The offer is available for stay-and-plays booked before May 31.  

For more information or to book visit or call (877) 460-0027.

Heritage Golf Collection

Heritage Golf Collection’s “Spring Fore 2021” package starts at $575 per player and features four nights’ accommodations in a spacious vacation rental villa (quad occupancy), unlimited golf on Heritage’s 81 holes of golf spanning 18-hole Oyster Reef, 27-hole Shipyard and 36-hole Port Royal, as well as unlimited range balls, cart fees and a $100 resort gift card. Showcasing layouts designed by Rees Jones, George Cobb and Willard Byrd, the Heritage Golf Collection offers golfers a variety of options, whether they prefer playing 18, 27 or 36 holes, daily.

For more information or to book visit or call (843) 681-1750.

PGA of America and GoodSport Media Launch ONYX Video Series ‘Standouts: Black Women in Golf’

Renee Powell, PGA Hall of Fame

Five-part series brought to you by AIG Life and Retirement features PGA Hall of Famer Renee Powell, Midnight Golf Founder Renee Fluker, PGA Members Jasmin Cunningham and Tiana Jones, LPGA Professional Alexis Belton 

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) — The PGA of America and GoodSport Media has launched the ONYX Video Series - Standouts: Black Women in Golf, five videos that will air now through April on, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. 

The inspirational five-part series brought to you by AIG Life and Retirement begins by documenting Midnight Golf Founder/President Renee Fluker of Detroit, whose groundbreaking inner-city program is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Midnight Golf, with year-round participation of Michigan PGA Section Professionals, has earned national recognition for matriculating more than 3,500 at-risk students with 90 percent enrolling in college. 

In 1996, PGA Hall of Famer Renee Powell (debuts Feb. 24) became the first Black woman elected to PGA Membership. This year marks the 75th anniversary of Clearview Golf Club, her family’s owned and operated facility in East Canton, Ohio. Clearview is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as the first Black-owned facility in America, after her late father Bill, also a PGA Hall of Fame Member, founded the course in 1946. 

Three alumnae of the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship—PGA Members Jasmin Cunningham of Providence, Rhode Island (March 1), and Tiana Jones of Parma, Ohio (March 15) ; and LPGA Professional Alexis Belton of Ruston, Louisiana, (April - exact date TBA) -- round out the series, while chronicling their unique journey to becoming impact-makers in the industry.  

“The women featured in ‘Standouts: Black Women in Golf' -- including three PGA Members -- have served as inspiring leaders and trailblazers for the golf industry and the game’s next generation," said PGA President Jim Richerson. "These videos trace their stories of hope, perseverance, accomplishment and triumph.” 

“We remain committed to supporting the PGA and building on our commitment to greater diversity, equity and inclusion in the world of golf and the workplace,” said Kevin Hogan, Executive Vice President and CEO, AIG Life & Retirement. “These five women and their powerful stories of dedication and perseverance serve as inspiring examples for the next generation of the golf industry.”

"We are really excited to share the stories of these incredible women and hope their stories will inspire new women and girls of all ages on and off the course, in business, in their communities and beyond,” said Paul Bremer, Founder, GoodSport Media.

Cunningham is now an Associate Account Representative at Titleist Headquarters in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, where she sits on the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee. 

Jones, a PGA Director of Instruction at Topgolf Cleveland, won the women’s individual title at the PGA Minority Collegiate Championship (now the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship) a record five times. 

Belton, a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University, is ranked No. 3 on the World Long Drive Tour and is the No. 1-ranked American. The winner of the 2013 PGA Minority Collegiate Championship women’s individual title, she is also in her second consecutive season on the Symetra Tour. 

Monday, February 22, 2021

Puerto Rico Golf Association Joins Family of USGA Allied Golf Associations

PRGA becomes 59th AGA and the first outside of the 50 states

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) — To further increase engagement across a new and diverse sector of golfers and to expand the impact of its core services, the United States Golf Association (USGA) announced Monday that the Puerto Rico Golf Association (PRGA) has joined its network of Allied Golf Associations effective this year.

The PRGA becomes the 59th Allied Golf Association (AGA), and the first outside of the 50 United States. This alliance provides the USGA with the opportunity to directly impact and engage with Latin American golfers throughout the Caribbean. The USGA and the PRGA have worked collaboratively for more than 50 years to engage with golfers through handicapping, Rules, championships and various initiatives.

Founded in 1954, the PRGA is a nonprofit organization committed to serving golfers and golf clubs in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. As the authoritative body for amateur golf in Puerto Rico, it promotes growth, preserves traditions and protects the integrity of the game for more than 10,000 golfers and 22 public courses. Additionally, the PRGA is a significant promoter of junior golf through “Golf Para Todos,” a program founded in 2001 that teaches the game to disadvantaged youths and is one of the organization's most important initiatives.

“For the last 67 years, the Puerto Rico Golf Association has strived to grow the game of golf on our island,” said Sidney Wolf, president of the PRGA. “We are honored to officially become the 59th Allied Golf Association, which will only benefit and further enhance the golf experience for our members and future generations of golfers.”

Since its inception, the PRGA has established and maintained a global presence in golf. It hosted the 2004 World Amateur Team Championships (WATC) and has developed golfers who have competed throughout the world under the Puerto Rico banner at the WATCs, the Latin America Amateur Championship, the Pan American Games and several regional championships, in addition to USGA and R&A championships. The PRGA also conducts USGA championship qualifiers and oversees more than 20 championships annually at all levels of the game.

The USGA works with its AGAs to serve the game at the local level by increasing golfer engagement, introducing the game to new audiences and improving the golfer experience. AGAs administer the USGA World Handicap System, inclusive of course rating, and serve as primary resources for USGA services, including governance, golf facility support and accessibility programs that benefit the long-term health of the game. Additionally, AGAs conduct more than 600 qualifiers annually for the USGA’s 14 global championships, which draw tens of thousands of competitors of all ages and backgrounds.

AGAs also have access to USGA-funded P.J. Boatwright Internships that provide immersive experiences for individuals of all backgrounds tailored to the unique needs of the 59 AGAs. Over the past 30 years, the USGA has invested more than $30 million in cultivating the future leaders of the golf industry.

“Adding the PRGA as a full-fledged AGA is a natural next step in our continued efforts to meaningfully engage golfers across all backgrounds,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “The PRGA is doing an exceptional job serving golfers in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean and we are proud to officially welcome them to the USGA family.”

As part of its ongoing efforts to create a welcoming and accessible game, the USGA released a Spanish version of the Rules of Golf app in February 2019 in conjunction with Rules Modernization. With support from the Mexican Golf Federation and the PRGA, the USGA also led the effort to translate into Spanish the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf, the Rules of Golf and the Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf.

Most recently, the USGA completed the translation of more than 700 Rules practice Q&As and launched a Rules page on in Spanish, which enables golfers to contact the USGA with Rules questions in their native language to promote a more inclusive and golfer-friendly experience.

USGA and The R&A Modernize Amateur Status Rules

— The USGA and The R&A have announced proposals for significant changes to the Rules of Amateur Status that govern the game worldwide. 

These proposals result from a modernization initiative that has identified a clear need to bring the Rules up to date to reflect today’s global amateur game and ensure that the Rules are easier to understand and apply.

The proposed Rules, along with explanations to key changes, have been posted on and and the organizations are now inviting feedback from golfers and stakeholders. Comments will be accepted through Friday, March 26, with the new Rules scheduled to be adopted on January 1, 2022. 

A comprehensive review of the Rules of Amateur Status began in late 2017, focusing on three main goals: to ensure the Rules are in the best interests of the game, reflect the modern game, and are easily understood and applied.

This review reaffirmed amateur golf’s important position in the game and the value in maintaining amateur status Rules to safeguard all the ways golf is played and enjoyed. 

The result is a set of Rules that redefine the distinction between amateur and professional golf and provide a condition of eligibility – amateur status – for amateurs who compete in golf competitions. 

As part of the modernization effort, it is proposed that the new Rules will identify only three acts that will result in a golfer losing their amateur status:

- Accepting a prize in excess of the prize limit.

- Accepting payment for giving instruction.

- Accepting employment as a golf club professional or membership of an association of professional golfers. 

To achieve this simplified approach, the following key changes are proposed:

- Eliminating the distinction between cash prizes and other prizes. 

- Using the prize limit as the only way an amateur can lose amateur status through their play (meaning that entering or playing a competition as a professional would not, of itself, result in the loss of amateur status).

- Removing restrictions from the Rules surrounding competitions such as long-drive events, putting competitions and skills competitions that are not played as part of a tee-to-hole competition; and

- Eliminating all sponsorship restrictions.

“Golf is unique in its broad appeal to both recreational and competitive golfers,” said Craig Winter, USGA Senior Director, Rules of Golf and Amateur Status. “We understand and value how important amateur status is, not only to those who compete at the highest level of the amateur game, but for the millions of golfers at every age and skill level who enjoy competitive events at their home courses. These updates should help simplify these Rules and ensure the health of the amateur game.” 

Grant Moir, Director of Rules at The R&A, said, “The Rules of Amateur Status play an important role in protecting the integrity of our self-regulating sport but the code must continue to evolve. This is particularly so in relation to the modern elite amateur game, where many of the players need financial support to compete and develop to their full potential, and the proposed new Rules will give much greater scope for this.”

The proposed new Rules are accompanied by an overview document and explanations that detail the rationale for why changes are being proposed and, in some instances, why they have stayed the same. 

Materials regarding the proposed new Rules, as well as a link to provide feedback can be found at or

Dormie Network Pledges $4.8M to Nonprofits Nationwide in 2021

(RELEASE) — In the second year of its giving initiative, Dormie Network has pledged to donate more than $4.8 million of in-kind support to nonprofit organizations across the nation. The national network of private destination golf clubs will leverage in-kind donations to support golf tournament fundraisers and gala events held by and benefiting nonprofits operating in a variety of areas and serving a range of missions.

Following a successful 2020 giving year and on the heels of announcing the Dormie Network Foundation, the network renewed its pledge of giving back and supporting its larger mission to grow the game of golf. Planned donations include stay-and-play packages and memberships to its national network of premier clubs, both unique opportunities to sample the Dormie Network experience. Dormie Network continues to partner with, a division of golf technology company GolfStatus that provides golf event management technology to nonprofits hosting golf fundraisers at no cost.

“I’m very proud of what we accomplished, and how the Foundation continues to evolve and grow,” said Brian Schenk, Dormie Network Chief Philanthropy Officer. “As our influence grows within the nonprofit sector, we’ll look for even more opportunities to further the impact of our in-kind donations.”

Through in-kind donations in 2020, the network realized nearly $1.2M for nonprofit partners; a trend toward more focused partnerships and fundraising has increased the network’s 2021 goal to exceed

$2M in financial impact. Last year’s Dormie Day of Giving events raised $25K for Folds of Honor, $25K for Youth on Course, and $30K combined for various local chapters of The First Tee. The network will host a Dormie Day of Giving event at each of its six private golf clubs in 2021 as well.

Nonprofits hosting golf fundraising events and/or galas with auctions are encouraged to inquire about opportunities for donations available through the Dormie Network 2021 giving initiative by submitting a request at

V1 Sports Partners with Golf Training Aid Experts Eyeline Golf

Eyeline CEO Sam Froggatte to provide putting education to V1 audience

(Novi, MI) – ln a move to offer more, and better, game improvement tools to its audience of amateur golfers and teaching professionals, V1 Sports recently partnered with golf training aid aficionados Eyeline Golf. Numerous Eyeline Golf products are now available in the online pro shop at and Eyeline founder Sam Froggatte, along with company president Grant Froggatte, will be creating content that educates golfers and instructors on practicing with feedback – especially in the area of putting. Eyeline Golf’s unique array of putting and swing training products have developed a loyal following among playing professionals on tours across the globe as well as amateurs in search of lower scores.

“Eyeline has actually worked with V1 for 15 years - not at this level, but we were talking about apps and the like 15 years ago,” Froggatte says. “V1’s customer set is looking for answers that V1 is identifying. So, expect to see a swing or stroke fault that V1 identifies and that Eyeline addresses to fix that fault. It may sound like: ‘Oh, looks like you're having an issue with your putter coming back outside, so let's train with this Eyeline product to help you bring the putter back on path.’ Nobody else in the industry can do this.”

Although Eyeline sells 75 products geared at helping golfers remedy every facet from full swing to putting stroke, the brand specializes in putting aids. “It's hard to find a putting issue that we can't solve or that we haven't addressed,” says Grant Froggatte. “That’s why right now, we have 16 of the top 20 Tour pros in the world rankings using our putting devices.”

Interestingly, the company started nearly 20 years ago when Froggatte was an aspiring golfer who wanted a mirror to help himself putt better. After he couldn’t find one good for watching his own putting stroke, he brought his own to market. After making putting-specific products for 15 years, the company diversified to full swing devices. Eyeline now makes a handful of putting mirrors and they collectively make up the company’s top-selling category.

“We’re thrilled to partner with such an established, well-respected company,” says V1 Sports CEO Bryan Finnerty. “Sam Froggatte’s never-ending commitment to innovation and finding solutions to make golfers better nicely complements our mission to help expedite their game-improvement journey. Playing professionals and serious amateurs trust Eyeline products so that further credits the brand’s reputation and speaks to the potential we have to offer fun and creative ways to help golfers improve.”

Currently, these Eyeline Golf training aids are available on

Putting Aids:

Groove+ Putting Laser

Classic Eyeline Putting Mirror

MyRoll 2-Color Golf Ball (3-Pack)

Groove Putting Mirror – Special Edition

Full Swing Aids:

Check Point Swing Laser

Impact Cube

Speed Trap 2.0

Tee Box Alignment Station 2.0

Practice T with Mirror

The enterprising Froggatte is a former Evans scholar at the University of Colorado and spent his pre-Eyeline days as sales rep for IBM and various golf companies. Today, nearly 600 professional golfers use Eyeline Golf training aids and Froggatte has developed his teaching acumen to a degree that greatly informs the design and features of his devices. “I tell golfers to work on one thing at a time. For instance, if the V1 Pro software tells me that the putter face into impact is open, the stroke is too long, and I'm not bringing it on the right path. I say just focus on the face first. Everybody’s swing has many faults. I just like to focus on one thing at a time,” he says.

To learn more about Eyeline Golf, visit To see the Eyeline products V1 Sports has available for purchase, visit

Friday, February 19, 2021

Burgeoning Branson Golf Destination Beckons Visitors for Spring Break and Beyond

19th Hole at Payne's Valley

Country’s Fastest-Growing, Most-Compelling Place to Play Astounds with Array of Courses

(BRANSON, MISSOURI) – Planning golf trips now is particularly appealing as players anticipate the more golfer-friendly weather of March and April, and Branson is an ideal choice for those who want to experience what many are calling the country’s most compelling golf destination.

The Missouri Ozarks oasis earns high praise through its 10 golf courses, all public access, all near one another, and including Tiger Woods’ first-ever public course design – Payne’s Valley, an 18-hole extravaganza with a stunning bonus 19th hole called “The Big Rock.” When one sees the towering, 300-million-years-old limestone formations that surround the green (as does water )– with waterfalls cascading down them no less – they’ll understand that this special extra hole came by its name honestly.  

Add a variety of diverse yet complementary other playing options, wonderful restaurants and three lakes, and a plethora of other after-golf attractions, and it’s clear why Branson is a spring break destination for not only discerning golfers, but also everyone in the family.

“Explore Branson during spring break and you’ll leave having enjoyed what will surely be an unforgettable getaway,” said Lynn Berry, Branson CVB Communications Director. “Play great golf courses that are drawing global interest, then experience some of Branson’s many live shows, family attractions and other activities.”  

When considering where to stay and play in Branson, start by learning all that Big Cedar Lodge offers. In addition to a spectrum of wonderful lodging styles and Payne’s Valley – Tiger’s new course, the 19th hole of which he collaborated on with Big Cedar Founder Johnny Morris – the renowned resort includes four other layouts:

- Top of the Rock (9-hole par-3 course, Jack Nicklaus design)

- Mountain Top (13-hole par-3 course, walking only, Gary Player design)

- Ozarks National (18 holes, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw)

- Buffalo Ridge Course (18 holes, Tom Fazio and Johnny Morris design

Branson Hills Golf Club and the Hiltons at Branson (Hilton Branson Convention Center and Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing) combine to form another first-class stay and play option. Both hotels are located across the street from one another – Promenade on the waterfront at Branson Landing, Convention Center adjacent to historic downtown Branson. Branson Hills is a Chuck Smith-Bobby Clampett 18-hole course design, and it was voted one of the top 50 courses in the country in the Golf Pass/Golfers’ Choice awards this year.

Thousand Hills (Bob Cupp design), The Pointe, LedgeStone (Tom Clark design), and Holiday Hills complete Branson Golf’s roster of 10 courses, and each has earned appreciation for their playability and value. Thousand Hills has a variety of lodging options, from condos to upscale cabins, and Holiday Hills Golf Resort is a Holiday Inn Vacations Club property that is open to the public.

See below for the complete list of Branson Golf courses, or visit or 

Branson Golf

Branson Hills Golf Club, 417.337.2963

Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course, 800.225.6343

Mountain Top Course, 800.225.6343

LedgeStone Country Club at StoneBridge Village, 417.335.8187

Ozarks National, 800.225.6343 

Payne’s Valley, 800.225.6343

The Pointe, 417.334.4477

Top of the Rock Golf Course, 800.225.6343

Thousand Hills Golf Resort, 800.487.0769, 417.334.4553

Holiday Hills Resort and Golf Club, 417.334.4838

Red Rock Country Club To Host Las Vegas World Amateur Next Week

– The plush fairways and smooth greens of Red Rock Country Club will play host to regional amateurs Feb. 22-24 in the inaugural Las Vegas World Amateur.

Pro Turf International, the maintenance company for Red Rock Country Club, has all three courses in outstanding shape for the dozens of amateurs who will tee it up in the flighted 54-hole competition. The host courses are the private Mountain Course and two public courses, Arroyo and Siena.

“Our courses are in top condition this time of year anyway,” said PTI’s Regional Superintendent Jared Bumpus. “But they are especially so for this event. We know the players will enjoy competing on these great golf courses.”

Two Arnold Palmer designs – the Mountain and Arroyo await the field for the first two rounds. The final round will be played on Siena, a Brian Curley and Lee Schmidt design. All three courses feature spectacular views of the mountains and the Las Vegas skyline.

The Mountain Course plays over 7,000 yards from the tips. That includes the dramatic 615-yard finishing hole, a challenging par 5 called “The Falls David.” Water, a large fairway bunker and the bordering native desert areas make this a difficult driving hole, and the well-bunkered green makes going for it in two a real risk.

Arroyo provides a slightly different challenge. There are 68 bunkers throughout the course, but most fairways provide ample room off the tee. Golfers need to save their best for last at Arroyo. The 401-yard finishing hole requires accuracy and length, with a tee shot that must carry water. The approach shot should avoid two deep bunkers left of the green.

The focal point of Siena can be seen right out of the gate. Lake Siena is a quarter-mile-long lake with cascading waterfalls on the 1st hole of the course. Siena features an ideal blend of slender and ample fairways, easy and challenging green complexes, and straight and dogleg holes. Maybe the best hole is the last, a 400-yard par 4 that features a lake beside the green that will swallow wayward shots to the right.

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STITCH Golf Introduces The Riviera Polo

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— STITCH Golf announces the launch of the Riviera Polo-a classic staple that every wardrobe needs.

“We’ve been asked countless times to create a classic cotton polo-and we listened,” stated Brad King, CEO of STITCH. “The Riviera Polo is our first cotton polo. Dress it up, dress it down, and like a fine bourbon, this polo gets better with age.”  

Whether you are on the course or in the boardroom, the Riviera polo is the definitive classic, comfortable, cotton polo.

Constructed with 95% Egyptian Giza cotton and 5% spandex for an easy stretch, the Riviera polo is as comfortable as it is functional. Featuring self-stay collars, signature under buttons and vintage 3 button plackets the Riviera is available in four solid colors.

“STITCH Golf continues its innovation by incorporating cutting- edge technically advanced fabrics to create a rich hand feel with a sophisticated style all created and inspired for today’s modern golfer,” added King. “By creating cohesive looks with details that perform, STITCH Golf has made it easy to dress your game to match your style and personality.”

The Riviera polo is available for purchase at and leading golf, country clubs and select retailers. Stay connected with STITCH Golf on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @StitchGolf

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Unboxing Pure Pour—A No-Leak, Sterile, Antimicrobial Pour Spout

Pure pour puts a stop to bottle leaks and spillage (the No. 2 cause of beverage product loss, according to the National Restaurant Association). It fits virtually any bottle and includes a snug-fitting bug cap. Pure pour is made of FDA-approved food grade material, is dishwasher-safe and does not rust. All this adds up to it lasting up to three times longer than other pour spots.

Food & Beverage Directors … Take a look at this to cut losses and pad your profit margins.

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Unboxing the Brella 2020J Rain Gear

The Brella 2020J is a hybrid—combining an umbrella, rain jacket and poncho into one. With two outside pockets for storage of sleeves, phone, glasses or score card and a hood that peels back and secures so when you make a shoulder turn, the Brella is great for the golf course, hunting or just enjoying the outdoors even when the rain is falling.

The upper body is non-restrictive and roomy and you will have the same golf swing with the Brella on, or off, and the snaps can be undone for cross ventilation. The Brella also packs into the right pocket ... Push the Brella from the inside out into the pocket and you’ll be able to zip it up with a loop exposed to attach to your backpack, carabiner or belt.

Even better, the company can brand with resorts and other logos with MOQs.

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