Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas Receives Prestigious Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award

(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 – has received Golf Digest’s prestigious 2021 “Editors’ Choice Award” in the “Best Resorts in the Americas” (Caribbean / Bermuda category). 

The Editors’ Choice Awards annually honors the “best of the best” in the golf industry across 30-plus categories. This is the fifth consecutive year Casa de Campo has received the coveted tribute. The legendary resort’s Teeth of the Dog course, Pete Dye’s masterpiece design, is additionally No. 32 in Golf Digest’s “World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.” 

“We’re thrilled to once again be recognized with this significant honor from such a leading industry publication as Golf Digest,” says Jason Kycek, senior vice-president of sales and marketing. “Accolades such as the Editors’ Choice Award are a prime example of the success of our never ending quest to be in the highest echelons of the world’s finest golf destinations.” 

Casa de Campo is currently offering its exceptional “Golf Buddies in Villa” stay-and-play package for spring getaways in paradise starting from $699 (per night, per villa) through April 30. The offer allows golf groups to enjoy a “world of their own” in a three- to five-bedroom luxury villa with one daily round of golf (per person) on three celebrated Pete Dye designs: Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore or the Links.

Breakfast for the group is prepared right in the villa each morning along with daily housekeeping, dedicated concierge services, and free WiFi. Complimentary replay rounds are available daily on Dye Fore or the Links. A preferred replay rate is also available on Teeth of the Dog for $75 per person (plus taxes). For golf rounds, a shared cart and practice balls on the resort’s state-of-the-art range are also included. 

The resort’s new world-class Golf Learning Center is a “must visit” when on property. Highlighted by Trackman and BODITRAK technology, it features two indoor hitting bays for rapid game improvement, year-round training, individual and group golf lessons and schools, and expert club-fitting and repair. Residing on 21 acres of “pure grass,” the PGA Tour-quality facility also showcases practice greens for honing putting, chipping, and pitching games as well as unlimited use of the pristine outdoor range for full shots. On-course instruction is also available. 

In the aftermath of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 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.

Casa de Campo additionally offers a COVID testing center at the resort if documentation is needed for return travel. 

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

Catch Seven Former Masters Champs when the Mitsubishi Electric Classic Returns to Duluth this Spring

Vijay Singh and Mike Weir among players who previously captured Augusta’s green jacket

(ATLANTA) — Golf fans will have the opportunity to watch seven former Masters Tournament victors in action when Georgia’s only PGA TOUR Champions event returns to TPC Sugarloaf May 10-16.

Vijay Singh reached new heights as a professional when he captured his first Masters Tournament win in 2000. Singh earned his green jacket with an approach to eight feet on No. 17 and by birdying No. 18 to claim victory by three strokes over Ernie Els. Singh has 34 PGA TOUR victories and four TOUR Champions triumphs. 

Mike Weir recorded just the fourth bogey-free final-round by a winner in the history of the Masters to win in 2003. Weir sunk a 6-foot putt for par on the 18th hole to force a playoff where he defeated Len Mattiace with a bogey on the first extra hole. This is Weir’s first appearance at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic. 

World Golf Hall of Famer José María Olazábal won the 1994 Masters by three strokes over third-round leader Tom Lehman, and added a second green jacket when he finished the 1999 tournament two shots ahead of Davis Love III.  With six PGA TOUR titles and 23 international wins to his credit, Olazábal competed on seven European Ryder Cup teams between 1987 and 2006 and served as captain in 2012, recording a stellar resume of 18 wins overall.

Additional green jacket winners in this year’s field include:

World Golf Hall of Famer Sandy Lyle, who had a breakout year in 1988 when he was the one-stroke victor over Mark Calcavecchia, was the first British winner of the Masters.  The Scottish resident and five-time European Ryder Cup player also captured four titles and two major victories during his time on the PGA TOUR.

Mark O'Meara, who closed birdie-birdie to edge Fred Couples and David Duval and win the 1998 Masters Tournament, is a World Golf Hall of Famer with three PGA TOUR Champions victories.  

Ian Woosnam holed an 8-foot par putt and edged out Olazábal for a one-stroke victory at the 1991 Masters. Woosnam has one PGA TOUR Champions victory. 

Previously announced golf legend and two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langerhas also committed to the tournament. The five-time Charles Schwab Cup Champion captured his titles in 1985 and 1993. 

“Welcoming these athletes, who have stood victorious on one of the biggest stages in golf, is an honor, and we’re thrilled they are part of this year’s field,” says Monte Ortel, executive director of the Mitsubishi Electric Classic. “These players represent a who’s who of golf and bring a rich history of play to our tournament.” 

These previous Masters champions will be joined by 73 other PGA TOUR Champions professionals who are vying for a $1.8 million purse while also earning points in the race for the Charles Schwab Cup. The remaining field will be released in the coming weeks. 

In response to COVID-19, the Mitsubishi Electric Classic is following all State of Georgia and PGA TOUR health guidelines to ensure the safety of athletes, fans, staff and everyone else involved with the tournament. 

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PGA TOUR Announces Fortinet as Title Sponsor of Napa Tournament

Fortinet Championship to kick off 2021-22 FedExCup Regular Season September 13-19 at Silverado Resort and Spa

(PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA AND NAPA, CALIFORNIA) – The PGA TOUR announced today that Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, will become the title sponsor of PGA TOUR’s Napa tournament, to be named the Fortinet Championship. The six-year agreement begins as the kickoff event of the 2021-22 FedExCup Regular Season at Silverado Resort and Spa, September 13-19, 2021.

The Fortinet Championship dates to 2007, with the event moving from CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin to Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa in 2014. With its present location, the event has been the TOUR’s season-opening event each season since 2014, with the exception of the 2019-20 season.

“We are thrilled to welcome Fortinet to the PGA TOUR family with the Fortinet Championship leading off the 2021-22 FedExCup Regular Season in September,” said Tyler Dennis, PGA TOUR President. “Napa is an extremely popular stop for our players, their families and our fans. We look forward to having Fortinet help grow the event to maximize charitable impact for the Napa Valley community.”

Net proceeds from the Fortinet Championship will benefit non-profit organizations in the areas of STEM, women and minorities in technology, as well as veterans reskilling programs. 

“Fortinet is excited to partner with the PGA TOUR as both our organizations are committed to trust and creating exceptional experiences – ensuring players and customers are set up for success to overcome even the most trying conditions and challenges,” said John Maddison, EVP of Products and CMO at Fortinet. “This partnership will benefit our community, customers and local nonprofit organizations. We look forward to hosting the Fortinet Championship in Napa.”   

Fortinet’s mission is to make possible a digital world that organizations can always trust by protecting edges, data and content, people, devices and systems. Fortinet delivers the most innovative, highest-performing network security fabric to secure and simplify organizations’ IT infrastructures. Fortinet is a leading global provider of network security and SD-WAN, switching and wireless access, network access control, authentication, public and private cloud security, endpoint security, and AI-driven advanced threat protection solutions for carriers, data centers, enterprises, and distributed offices. 

Silverado Resort and Spa hosted the PGA TOUR from 1968-80 before returning in 2014. The venue has produced a prestigious list of winners including Jack Nicklaus (1969), Tom Watson (1978), Ben Crenshaw (1980) and Johnny Miller (1974-75). In addition, Silverado was a PGA TOUR Champions venue from 1989-2002.

All four rounds of the Fortinet Championship will be televised on Golf Channel, featuring a 156-player field, 500 FedExCup points and a $7 million purse. Stewart Cink, the winner of the 2009 Open Championship and a member of four U.S. Presidents Cup teams and five U.S. Ryder Cup teams, is expected to defend his 2020 title. For more information visit:

TaylorMade Golf Company Announces Dustin Johnson Spider Limited Commemorative Edition Ahead of the Season’s First Major

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) 
– As the golfing world returns to Augusta just six months after Dustin Johnson’s record-breaking performance, TaylorMade Golf Company honors his major championship victory by announcing the Dustin Johnson Spider Limited Commemorative Edition putter.  

This truly unique design is built to mirror the specs of DJ’s winning Spider. A seamless solid black crown is absent of any sightline, allowing him to aim with the topline while also promoting reliance on feel at address and during the putting stroke. In addition, it features a short slant hosel, a Counter Core SuperStroke GT 1.0 grip and two 9g weights placed in the heel and toe.  

Subtle green accents have been added on the sole and back badge as a nod to the iconic venue, while a specialty box completes a springtime vibe. It’s outfitted with the 2020 Season’s Tradition putter cover he used the week of his victory.

"Growing up in South Carolina, winning in Augusta was my dream. When that dream finally came true last fall, I was speechless. The win was special for many reasons, as is the putter that helped me get the job done." -Dustin Johnson

The putter has been in DJ’s bag for 13 of his 24 PGA Tour wins, including his second major championship and the two victories leading up to it.  

During the week of his major triumph, he rewrote record books with the lowest 72-hole score in tournament history at 20-under-par. He dominated off the tee, hitting 77% of fairways while averaging 307 yards. In turn, he dominated from the fairways, hitting 60 greens in regulation for a total of 83% and led the field in proximity to the hole (30’8”). With only four dropped shots on the week, he set another record for the fewest bogeys made by a tournament champion. 

While his ball striking was superb, his work with the putter cemented his wire-to-wire victory. On the 12 greens he missed, DJ one-putted to save par nine times. In the final round, he closed the door on the field with birdies at holes 13, 14 and 15 – making putts of 13, 7 and 6 feet, respectively.

"This putter means a lot to me. For the golfers that get one, I hope it means as much to them." -Dustin Johnson

Here are marquee moments and stats from DJ’s 2020 major victory:

- Strokes Gained Putting (6-9ft): +.902 (1st)

- Total Strokes Gained Putting: +1.38 (6th)

- Led the field in GIR (82%)

- Led in Proximity to the Hole (30’8”)

- No. 1 in Strokes Gained Approach (8.78)

- No. 2 in Strokes Gained Off the Tee (4.92)

- Sets a new tournament scoring record of 20-under-par

- Fewest bogeys (4) across 72 holes

- 2nd major championship

- PGA Tour career victory 24


The Dustin Johnson Spider Limited Commemorative Edition will be available for preorder on March 31, 2021, and for purchase on April 9, 2021, at and select retailers at an MSRP of $499.99 USD. A limited number are available for sale. It is only available in 35” length with a black chromed stepped steel shaft, gray Surlyn Pure Roll™ insert and Special Edition Super Stroke Counter Core Pistol GT 1.0 Green/White grip. RH only.  

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Unboxing a Goofy Gopher from Groovy Guy Gifts

Groovy Guy Gifts has everything the guy in your life could want. Today, we unboxed a Goofy Gopher headcover. This not only differentiates your golf bag from the plethora of bags at the bag stand, it also provides an extra layer of security. If someone with bad intentions is patrolling the club while you're enjoying the 19th hole, a headcover from Groovy Guy Gifts hides what you're packing. It could be a $500 PXG driver or something from the bargain bin at Play It Again Sports!

It's not just the Goofy Gopher, either. Groovy Guy Gifts offers Tiger's famous Tiger, a Moose, Zombie, John Daly's Lion and more.

Want a putter cover? Groovy Guy Gifts has those, too.

It's not just golf. Groovy Guy Gifts sells wallets, drinkware, knives, baseball bats, etc ... and they can all be personalized!

To learn more, click HERE.

Precision Pro Golf Partners with Buffalo Agency to Lead Public Relations

– Precision Pro Golf has selected Buffalo Agency (Buffalo) as its public relations partner to promote the company’s popular rangefinders and other products in North America.

Established in 2013 by a group of avid golfers who believed too many players were being priced out of the rangefinder market, Precision Pro Golf sets out to design high-quality, attainable alternatives. The brand has continued to bring innovative solutions to the industry for nearly a decade, purposefully avoiding the one-size-fits-all design mentality and instead designing their own products with specific audiences in mind.

“Precision Pro has rapidly evolved since our first rangefinders hit the market, and Buffalo will help tell the story of how we’ve transitioned from a simple budget-friendly option to a true technology innovator,” says Clay Hood, CEO of Precision Pro Golf. “Our commitment to pushing boundaries and innovation sets us apart in the rangefinder category and we look forward to announcing the next generation of products with the support of the Buffalo team.”

Buffalo will elevate Precision Pro Golf’s brand awareness with consumer and trade media across North America and build on the success and rapid expansion the brand has experienced since inception.

“Golf participation is the highest it has been in decades and Precision Pro is uniquely positioned to capitalize on this growing demand,” says Lauren Nodzak, Buffalo Agency Managing Director. “Buffalo will elevate brand awareness through rich storytelling that emphasizes key product launches and Precision Pro’s dedication to redefining the rangefinder category through groundbreaking technological advancements.”

Precision Pro offers a variety of rangefinders and accessories, including the popular NX7, NX9 and NX9 Slope models. On all rangefinders, Precision Pro offers free shipping, a 90-day money back guarantee and the only free lifetime battery replacement program in the industry. New for 2021 is the patented MYSLOPE feature available in the Precision Pro Golf app, which takes into account a variety of factors to provide personalized distance readings to the user. This differentiator exemplifies the company’s philosophy of measuring improvement, not just distance.

Customer service is a hallmark of Precision Pro, as indicated by its Precision Care package. Beyond the 90-day money back guarantee and free lifetime battery replacement, the company also offers a two-year warranty and guaranteed trade-in allowance, wherein they provide customers a 30% discount for trading in existing Precision Pro Golf product toward the purchase of new ones.

To learn more, visit

Bag Boy Celebrates National Walking Day

— The Bag Boy Company is encouraging golfers around the country to take part in the upcoming 14th annual National Walking Day.

Taking place on April 7th, National Walking Day is a way for the public to come together and highlight the many health benefits that walking brings. In addition to promoting heart health, walking even just 30 minutes a day improves circulation, strengthens bones and muscles, promotes weight loss and helps to prevent age-related memory decline.

With the substantial health benefits that walking brings, Bag Boy wants to help golfers everywhere implement more walking into their daily routines. One of the easiest ways golfers can do this is through walking the course.

Made exclusively for the walking golfer, Bag Boy offers a variety of 3-wheel and 4-wheel push cart options. Leading the way as Bag Boy’s most popular push cart, the revolutionary Nitron push cart’s one-step auto-open technology makes it the easiest opening and closing cart in golf.  The 4-wheel Quad XL is another popular push cart option, featuring a compact fold size and easy two-step open/fold.

To further encourage healthy walking habits, Bag Boy recently introduced its Tracker push cart accessory. Utilizing Bluetooth technology, the Bag Boy Tracker app allows you to connect your mobile device to Bag Boy’s Tracker accessory.  While walking with your push cart, the app accurately records your time, distance and calories burned through one convenient display screen.

“The benefits that walking the course brings are immeasurable,” said Perry Hilbert, Sales Manager at Bag Boy. “We hope our push carts and Tracker accessory will help golfers to create long-lasting, healthy habits on the course.”

For more information on Bag Boy’s push carts and accessories, visit or call 1-800-955-2269 for more details.

Golf Heritage Society to Feature Live Video Chat with Dr. Bob Jones IV, Grandson of Bobby Jones Jr.

– The Golf Heritage Society ( will present a live video conversation  between Dr. Bob Jones IV, grandson of golf legend Bobby Jones Jr., and Connor T. Lewis, GHS Region 3 Director and host of TalkinGolf History. The video chat, available exclusively to GHS members and supporters, will be presented March 31 at 8 p.m. EST free of charge.

Dr. Bob Jones IV
“We are proud to announce this new GHS programming feature, which will be of great interest to GHS members,” said Dr. Bern Bernacki, president of the Society. "Bob will share memories of his grandfather from his unique perspective, offering a distinctive glimpse into the life of Bobby Jones.”

Anyone interested in tuning into this special event is invited to join the GHS at

Dr. Bob Jones IV, a clinical and sport  psychologist in private practice at the Behavioral Institute of Atlanta, in Sandy Springs. He holds advanced degrees in theology and clinical psychology, and has done further post-doctoral training in neuropsychology. In addition to his work as a psychologist, Dr. Jones is the president of Jonesheirs, Inc., and is committed to preserving the legacy and image of Bobby Jones.

For information or to join the GHS, visit

Duca del Cosma Appoints Golf Industry Veteran to Drive East Coast Sales

New York-based David Schuster joins luxury Italian footwear brand’s sales team

(NORTH PALM BEACH, FL.) — Duca del Cosma, the luxury golf footwear brand that combines stylish Italian designs with top-quality materials and expert handcrafting, continues to drive its line of golf shoes forward in the American market with the appointment of one of the most experienced golf industry salesmen in the Northeast. 

David Schuster is the latest addition to the Duca del Cosma U.S. sales team. A New York-based rep with almost 30 years of sales experience, he joins the growing Duca del Cosma sales team to represent and support the golf clubs in his respective territory of New York and Connecticut.

Having held senior positions with other premium fashion brands like Hartmax, Trybus and Paul Betenly, David now acts as an independent Sales Representative. He also represents Sunice/Bobby Jones golf apparel.

“There is great potential for Duca del Cosma in the New York area and I’m excited to be part of the brand’s impressive journey,” said David. “The unparalleled attention to detail that goes into the design process of Duca del Cosma shoes is second to none and I fully expect the shoes to be a big hit with my golf retail partners and their customers,” he added.

“We are thrilled to be strengthening our sales team with the addition of such an experienced golf rep as David,” said Steve Gray, VP of Sales for Duca del Cosma in North America. “I am certain that he will make a big impact in New York and Connecticut as we continue to gain significant momentum in the U.S. golf market,” he added.

David will be offering his golf retail partners a wide variety different styles from the latest Duca del Cosma men’s line designed for wearing both on and off the golf course. They include the classic ELDORADO and CAMELOT spikeless shoes, plus the sportier FLYER model. Among the standout shoes in the sparkling women’s collection are the stylish KING CHEETAH and MARQUESSA animal print models, plus the more casual ESTI line.

Remaining in the Line for 2021, are the popular men’s LA SPEZIA and women’s FESTIVA shoes, which were both selected by Golf Digest in its ‘Best Golf Shoes of 2020’ guide.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Soon-to-Open Gil Hanse Designed ‘New Course’ Highlights Enhanced Sustainability Approach at Les Bordes

Viable, sensitive management of all three courses, estate at forefront of property’s commitment to nature

(Loire Valley, France) – Set to be unveiled this summer, the New Course at Les Bordes is one of the golf industry’s most talked-about new design projects and is at the heart of a comprehensive new eco-strategy devised by the luxury estate to deliver improved sustainability on and off the golf course.

The exclusive French venue is working in association with the Golf Environment Organization (GEO) and following its ‘On Course’ environmental stewardship program to implement a 3-year plan that provides improved efficiency and a more sustainable performance across all areas of its estate.

As well as improving sustainability on its three courses – including the New Course, designed by acclaimed architect Gil Hanse and due to open on July 1 – Les Bordes is adopting a more enhanced approach to conservation across its other sectors, including its array of sports and lifestyle facilities, general estate services and management of hundreds of acres of natural woodland habitat in the Sologne Forest.

Lee Strutt, golf superintendent and estate manager at Les Bordes, said: “The sustainable management of all three courses and the wider estate is at the forefront of our long-term approach to the environment.

“We started implementing ways in which our operation can be run more sustainably to improve efficiency in 2020 and this will continue as we work through the GEO program. The New Course has been a main focus area for us to deliver better sustainability but there are many other environmental management practices that can be used across the wider estate, and we are aiming to introduce these over the next two years.”

A 90-minute drive south of Paris, Les Bordes Golf Club is a private members’ club and features 46 holes of golf – the 18-hole Old and New championship courses and the 10-hole Wild Piglet par-3 course.

The first golf course to be designed by Hanse in continental Europe, the New Course fits harmoniously into its surroundings. The fairways blend seamlessly into the natural vegetation and trees thanks to the care and attention implemented by Hanse and his team to preserve the habitat.

With a hard-wearing fescue grass species used for all fine-turf areas of the par-72 layout, the course design has created low maintenance areas, meaning maintenance costs have been significantly reduced with less irrigation, fertilizer and pesticides required.

The New Course has been planted with 250,000 new heathers to expand the catchment area for wildlife that benefits from the extended heather swathes. Most of the course furniture has been made using recycled material from the estate or material that has been locally sourced. 

A new maintenance and water-management program has been implemented across the three courses to make fairways and greens firmer and faster, reducing irrigation levels and the electricity costs of the irrigation pumping station. The promotion of healthier turf has helped Les Bordes reduce the nutrient supplements needed by 40 percent.

The far-reaching benefits of Les Bordes’ upgraded eco-strategy can also be seen away from the golf courses, with the estate management team planning further improvements over the next two years to enhance the environment.

Among the measures being proposed is the development of a green-waste program – using grass cuttings and leaves to generate composted material for use around the estate including in the horse paddocks and the landscaping of the venue’s new residential properties – and increased woodland management to improve the visual appearance and screening of areas.

A review of both birds and animals’ natural habitats on the 1,400-acre estate, identifying where numbers could be increased to enrich the environment, is also set to take place alongside a drive to improve Les Bordes’ approach to recycling, waste and packaging. In addition, within the GEO program, there is a further incorporation of the clubhouse, hotel and service areas planned, including investigating the installation of light fittings that use less energy, with proximity sensors that automatically turn off light in rooms not used.

“These are early days for the estate in terms of improving our sustainable environment management but, with the changes that have been made on the golf courses, we have already made great progress,” said superintendent Strutt. “Everyone at Les Bordes has a long-term commitment to improving the estate by using sustainable practices that benefit the surroundings, are environmentally responsible and enhance the experience that we offer to our members and their guests.”

The July opening of Hanse’s New Course illuminates three years of investment at Les Bordes, developing a community where all family members have endless possibilities for fun and adventure. Completed on-site amenities include natural swimming lakes and pools, beaches, water sports, go-karting, fishing, equestrian, petting farm and biking and walking trails.

Future investment plans include an announced partnership with Six Senses for the transformation of the 19th century ‘Chateau Bel Air’ into a luxury hotel and spa, a village square with shops and restaurants and a variety of residential villas in various styles, as well as an equestrian centre, an organic farm, an art gallery and outdoor amphitheatre. | 

‘Primland Cares’ Online Auction Goes Live Monday; Proceeds Benefit Patrick County Food Bank

Spa Getaways, Tree House Lodging, Fly Fishing, Wine Tasting, Golf Items and More Available

(MEADOWS OF DAN, VIRGINIA) – Primland, the boutique resort located on 12,000 acres in Blue Ridge Mountains, launches its 2nd Annual Primland Cares Online Auction on Monday, March 29 with proceeds going to the Patrick County Food Bank and the Primland Employee Assistance Program. 

Bids can now be entered at The auction ends on Wednesday, March 31 at 8 p.m. ET.

Giving back has been a tenet of the luxury boutique resort since it opened. Last year it raised $62,500 in response to the pandemic, to help those in need as COVID-19 drastically altered people’s lives.

“Primland is honored to help the good people in our wonderful community,” said Primland VP Steve Helms, who grew up in Patrick County. “The Auction items are unique, creative, and exceptional. There are things for every individual’s tastes and preferred leisure activities. Everyone was so generous with their bids last year, and we hope to surpass the benefit total this year.”

Sample auction items include participating with PGA TOUR multi-time winner Jay Haas in his namesake Golf Skills Challenge, Tree House Romance Package, three-night mountain family getaway, private romantic dinner in the resort’s new Schlumberger Wine Cellar, and much more.

View auction items at Bidding begins Monday (3/29) at 8 am ET. 

Conde Nast Traveler readers voted Primland the Best Resort in the South last year and one of the best in America. For more information, visit

Unboxing NEFT Vodka

NEFT Vodka is a super-premium sipping vodka that comes in a portable and unbreakable barrel, ensuring it's kept cold for up to 6 hours. Quickly emerging as a leader in the category, the brand is founded upon the premise that a premium vodka should be able to stand on its own, enjoyed neat, solely for its taste.

Southwest Airlines to Launch Nonstop Flights to Myrtle Beach from 10 Destinations

Golf Bags Will Fly Free to the Golf Capital of the World

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) — Southwest Airlines has announced launch dates for nonstop flights from 10 cities to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and along with Southwest’s Grand Strand-bound passengers, golf bags will fly free to the “Golf Capital of the World.”

One of America’s most popular airlines, Southwest will begin providing year-round service to Myrtle Beach near the end of this year’s peak spring season.

Beginning May 23, 2021, Southwest will launch nonstop service between Myrtle Beach and Baltimore, MD (BWI), Chicago, IL (MDW), and Nashville, TN (BNA); and  additional  nonstop  service  to  Dallas,  TX  (DAL)  and Pittsburgh,  PA (PIT) will  begin  May  29. Service  to  five  (5)  additional destinations will begin on June 6, 2021 and include: Atlanta, GA (ATL), Columbus, OH (CMH), Indianapolis, IN (IND), Kansas City, MO (MCI) and St. Louis, MO (STL). In addition to the nonstop offerings, Myrtle Beach is accessible on Southwest Airlines this summer from 50+ cities through same-plane and connecting itineraries.

Six of Southwest’s 10 flights to Myrtle Beach will come from the Central Time Zone, providing Myrtle Beach a nonstop to link to the golf-crazed Midwest.

“Southwest Airlines coming to Myrtle Beach is great news for golfers,” said Bill Golden, CEO of Golf Tourism Solutions, the agency responsible for promoting Myrtle Beach as a golf destination. “The decision to begin service from 10 different markets is a testament to the destination’s strength. While Myrtle Beach has long been popular amongst golfers from the Midwest, the flights from St. Louis, Nashville and Kansas City, in particular, are a game-changer for us in those markets.”

Destination                 Frequency of Service to Myrtle Beach

Atlanta                         1x Daily

Nashville                      2x Daily

Baltimore                     3x Daily

Chicago                        2x Daily

Columbus                     5x Weekly

Indianapolis                  5x Weekly

Pittsburgh                     5x Weekly

Dallas                           2x Weekly

Kansas City                   2x Weekly

St. Louis                        2x Weekly

Myrtle Beach International Airport enjoys nonstop flights from 50+ cities, more than any airport in South Carolina, and it’s home to the Palmetto State’s lowest average fares.

Visit to view specific itineraries.

For more information on the Myrtle Beach golf scene, visit

Six in a Row for BIG MAX in Golf Digest Editor's Choice Awards

— BIG MAX, Europe’s No.1 push cart brand is celebrating the sixth consecutive Golf Digest Editor’s Choice Award for its innovative line of push carts after the AutoFold FF won in the Compact Push Cart category.

“It really is testament to the quality of the AutoFold FF’s design, that 5 years after it won its first Golf Digest Editor’s Choice award it has won again, this time in the Compact Push Cart category,” commented Rick Oldach, CEO of BIG MAX USA. “Since that first win in 2016, we’ve won a Golf Digest Editor’s choice award for the Blade Quattro and secured a three-peat of wins for the Blade IP. Each of those wins has reflected the advances we’ve made as a brand, so this award is a worthy recognition that the AutoFold FF is still in the very top class of push carts.”

The success of the AutoFold FF is based on the folding mechanism that is still unique in the market. All three wheels automatically fold under the cart in one simple movement, leaving a Flat Folded unit that is small enough to fit in virtually any car trunk with a golf bag on top. When combined with its robust construction, 5 year manufacturer warranty and neat practical features such as large storage compartment, foot brake and Quick Fix points for accessories such as umbrella holder, the Autofold FF is the gold standard for stylish practicality on the course. 

Oldach concludes, “To win such a prestigious award six years in a row is an incredible achievement. We know that our products are of the highest quality, and our 42% market share in Europe supports that. But to get a second back to back three-peat is beyond any expectations and shows golfers worldwide that BIG MAX really is the global leader in push cart design.”   

The AutoFold FF is available in golf stores nationwide as well as on the BIG MAX website at

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Testing the Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor

We were at Topgolf Las Vegas to test the Mobile Launch Monitor from Rapsodo. It uses your phone's Bluetooth and camera to give you all there information you need ... AND it traces your shot, just like you see on TV.

Friday, March 26, 2021

‘Primland Cares’ Online Auction Goes Live Monday; Proceeds Benefit Patrick County Food Bank

Spa Getaways, Tree House Lodging, Fly Fishing, Wine Tasting, Golf Items and More Available

(MEADOWS OF DAN, VIRGINIA) – Primland, the boutique resort located on 12,000 acres in Blue Ridge Mountains, launches its 2nd Annual Primland Cares Online Auction on Monday, March 29 with proceeds going toward the Patrick County Food Bank and the Primland Employee Assistance Program. 

Beginning at 8 a.m. ET on Monday, March 29, bids can be entered at RallyUp ( The auction ends on Wednesday, March 31 at 8 p.m. ET.

Giving back has been a tenet of the luxury boutique resort since it opened. Last year it raised $62,500 in response to the pandemic, to help those in need as COVID-19 drastically altered people’s lives.

“Primland is honored to help the good people in our wonderful community,” said Primland VP Steve Helms, who grew up in Patrick County. “The Auction items are unique, creative, and exceptional. There are things for every individual’s tastes and preferred leisure activities. Everyone was so generous with their bids last year, and we hope to surpass the benefit total this year.”

A sample of Auction items include a spot in the annual Jay Haas Golf Skills Challenge, Tree House Romance Package, three-night mountain family getaway, private romantic dinner in the resort’s new Schlumberger Wine Cellar, and much more.

To view a complete list of auction items or to bid starting Monday at 8 a.m. EST, visit 

Conde Nast Traveler readers voted Primland the Best Resort in the South last year, and one of the best in America. 

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New Flights to Hilton Head, Free Golf at Pinehurst, Bald Mountain Reopens

News and notes from around the Carolinas golf scene:

Hilton Head Golf Island Ramps Up Air Service

Have you ever wondered if you could fly directly in to Hilton Head Island? I mean, it’s only five miles wide and 12 miles long, right? Well, as a matter of fact you can via several major carriers and numerous direct flights. Touch-down to tee-off can take place in under 30 minutes … light work.

And in 2021, air service to Hilton Head Island is really taking off (sorry, had to do it); feel free to click here for an overview of new seasonal American Airlines routes for Hilton Head Island Airport and year-round Southwest routes for Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport.

A few quick facts about “Golf Island” to ponder:

-Hilton Head Golf Island is a collection of 26 premier resort and daily fee courses located on-island and off-island in the surrounding areas of Bluffton, Beaufort, Parris Island and Fripp Island.    

-The concentration of courses on the island, which is only 70 square-miles, is one of the highest in the U.S., making it one of the best setups for 36 holes a day.

-Located along South Carolina’s southern tip, temperatures are five to 10 degrees warmer than other parts of the state in the winter, spring and fall, making for a true year-round golf environment. In the summer, well, it’s just plain hot. But wow, does that heat ever feel good on the back.

Pinehurst Resort Announces Availability of Popular ‘Summer Tee Package’ 

I’ve mentioned it before, but there’s value to be had at The Cradle of American Golf in the shoulder seasons. One example, year-after-year, is Pinehurst Resort’s Summer Tee Package. This popular stay-and-play offers a third night and fourth round of golf, free, with a two-night stay in any of its three hotels, on-site luxury villas or spacious condos.

Starting at $1,335 per person and running from May 27 through June 26, the Summer Tee Package features lodging at the historic Carolina Hotel, Holly Inn, the Manor, Carolina Villas and Condos at Pinehurst, as well as a selection of nine championship caliber layouts including Donald Ross’ famed No. 2, Gil Hanse’s reimagined No. 4, and Tom Fazio’s Centennial, No. 8.

Between rounds, golfers can relax with a drink in hand while enjoying the Hanse-designed Cradle Short Course, with nine-holes compactly sited on 10 acres adjacent to the resort clubhouse. Situated next to The Cradle is the 75,000 square-foot 18-hole putting course, Thistle Dhu, calling to mind the legendary Himalayas Course at The Old Course at St. Andrews.

Chock-full of value, the Summer Tee Package also includes Pinehurst’s famous Southern breakfast and three-course dinner, daily, cart fees, club storage and unlimited use of the world-class practice facilities, complimentary shuttle service. The resort offers a variety of unique dining experiences, including casual fare at The Deuce overlooking the 18th hole of No. 2 and fine dining at the 1895 Grille in the historic Holly.

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Bald Mountain Reopens After Enhancements

It’s official … bald is beautiful and Bald Mountain is back.  

The original W.B. Lewis-designed mountain-style golf course, will open April 1st after undergoing a series of enhancements in January and February to beautify its surrounds, increase overall playability and restore original shot values.

Throughout the 6,300-yard par-72 layout, tree canopy coverage was reduced, allowing for more sunlight to penetrate areas around tee boxes and green complexes. On several dogleg holes, tree lines were restored to their original borders, providing golfers more options on approach shots into greens. New turf was installed on several tee boxes and in fairways running up to green complexes.

As part of an ongoing investment in the property and golf physical plant, new signage has been installed on both Bald Mountain and Apple Valley and throughout the entire 3,000-acre Blue Ridge Mountain retreat. Both courses also feature new E-Z-GO cart fleets, bag drop areas and water coolers, and both practice ranges have brand-new performance-engineered mats and spacious hitting bays.

As the peak spring golf season gets underway, Rumbling Bald recently rolled out its 2021 golf packages. Starting at $345 per person, the “Hole-in-One” package features a two-night stay, two rounds of golf on Apple Valley and Bald Mountain, breakfast both days and complimentary, unlimited range balls. Lodging options abound, including the recently updated Apple Valley Studios and two- and four-bedroom Fairway Villas.

Paying homage to the 2021 Ryder Cup at Destination Kohler’s famed Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, Rumbling Bald is offering a limited availability “Ryder Cup Package.” Expert golf vacation planners are available to design an exciting, Ryder Cup team formatted event for golf groups in search of an unforgettable experience.

The Ryder Cup Package starts at $589 per person and includes: three nights lodging; three rounds of golf scored and handicapped; complimentary replays on either course; a team shirt and hat; private, one-hour opening reception with wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres and unlimited use of the practice facilities.

For groups of 12 or more, Rumbling Bald offers gratis golf for group leaders upon booking their first trip to the property. The “12+ Comp” is ideal for PGA Professional-member trips, tournaments, or large golf buddy trips.

Srixon Introduces Q-STAR TOUR DIVIDE: Start Seeing Double

— SRIXON, a global leader in golf ball technology and innovation, announces the all-new Q-STAR TOUR DIVIDE. This exciting new golf ball offering from Srixon officially launches in North America on April 15, 2021.

“The new Q-STAR TOUR DIVIDE looks great, but it’s so much more than that,” said Brian Schielke, General Manager at Srixon. “Easier putting alignment and increased visual feedback on your chip and pitch shots really adds to the greenside performance. It’s a ball every golfer must try.”

The Q-STAR TOUR DIVIDE is different, featuring a new thermoplastic urethane cover that has been infused with bright pigments rather than being painted on. The 50/50 Matte Urethane Cover delivers a high contrast, matte cover that provides the same tour-level spin and stopping power you’ve come to expect from the original Q-STAR TOUR.

With DIVIDE’s unique two-tone cover construction, putting alignment comes easy with a 360° line, while every shot will produce a strobe effect to help show off the speed and direction of spin.

DIVIDE might not look like a classic golf ball, but it still delivers true tour performance. Featuring the same FastLayer Core and 338 Speed Dimple Pattern found on the classic Q-STAR TOUR, DIVIDE provides the distance and control expected from a tour-caliber golf ball.

Key Technologies Inside Q-STAR TOUR DIVIDE:

- New FastLayer Core: The new FastLayer Core offers distance and soft feel without compromise due to a gradual transition from soft inner core to firm outer edge.

- 50/50 Matte Urethane Cover: The high contrast, matte cover makes spin visible and putting alignment easy. It’s cast from soft urethane for tour-level spin and stopping power.

- 338 Speed Dimple Pattern: Providing a penetrating ball flight in any conditions, the 338 Speed Dimple Pattern increases lift and reduces drag to maximize distance.

Retail Information and Pricing

Price: $32.99

U.S. Retail Launch Date: April 15, 2021

ECHO Robotics: Death to Fun or Start of Something Special?

Will the RP-1200 autonomous range picker from ECHO Robotics be the death of fun (trying to hit the poor guy driving the range picker) or the beginning of something special for driving ranges and golf courses across the world?

USGA Seeks to Enhance Female Golfer Engagement Through New Collaboration with Fore the Ladies

Organizations will join forces to elevate and support women’s golf

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) – In its continuing effort to increase opportunities for more women to play and embrace the game, the United States Golf Association (USGA) announces a collaboration with Fore the Ladies, Inc., a nonprofit female-based community that brings women together to participate in golf through accessibility and approachability. 

Founded in 2019 by USGA staff member Abby Liebenthal, Fore the Ladies marries her two passions, engaging golf fans through the USGA and promoting women’s golf. In addition to clinics, a fitness series and larger events, Fore the Ladies fosters inclusivity with its Ladies of Golf series on the “Fore the Ladies” podcast. The USGA will collaborate with Fore the Ladies to introduce its listeners to women who work in, play and love the sport across the USGA network – expanding its list of competitors, media, leaders, prominent recreational golfers and others who help to power the $84 billion industry.  

“Women play a pivotal role in the game and in its future and it is our responsibility to do all we can to connect them with inspiring female role models and provide inspiration on how to get involved and stay involved,” said Craig Annis, chief Brand officer of the USGA. “We look forward to working with Fore the Ladies as we strive together to elevate and expand the role that women play in golf.”  

The collaboration is the latest in a series of USGA initiatives to actively elevate and highlight the role that women play in the game, an effort that began in 1895 with the inception of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. It is one of the USGA’s three oldest championships along with the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open, both of which were founded the same year. 

Most recently, in cooperation with SheIs, the USGA launched the “Women Worth Watching” campaign, a long-term commitment by the association to use its championships and platforms to celebrate female athletes while promoting equality and diversity in sports and society. 

Additionally, the USGA has been an active supporter of LPGA*USGA Girls Golf since 1991, providing more than $2.5 million in chapter grant funding over the last six years, while the USGA Golf Museum and Library serves as the world’s leading institution for the collection and preservation of women’s golf history. 

“Our goal has always been to introduce more women to everything that golf has to offer,” said Liebenthal, USGA employee and founder of Fore the Ladies. “The ‘Fore the Ladies’ podcast allows us to amplify voices of women in the game and encourage listeners to get involved at our events and clinics. This collaboration will allow us to reach more women interested in golf and hopefully keep them in the sport for a lifetime.”

According to the USGA’s Handicap Index database, 21 percent of golf’s most avid players are women. National Golf Foundation (NGF) statistics show that the number of female golfers increased by 450,000 in 2020 – the biggest gain since 2007, while on-course play among women was up approximately 25 percent. The number of girls playing golf is also expanding, as the percentage of junior golfers who are female stands at 34 percent, compared with 24 percent female among the entire golf population. In 2000, according to the NGF, just 15 percent of junior golfers were girls. 

“I’ve seen firsthand how special Fore the Ladies and Abby Liebenthal are for women and the game of golf,” said Lindsay Cauthen, director of marketing at Pinehurst Resort and Spa. “Recently Pinehurst Resort hosted our first Fore the Ladies weekend with nearly 70 women from across the country and it was incredibly successful. We look forward to seeing this collaboration between the USGA and Fore the Ladies flourish and are thrilled to be along for the ride.”

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Pure Silk Championship Welcomes PGA Tour Operations Manager

(WILLIAMSBURG, Va.) – Originally from Lawrenceville, Ga., Steven Wood Graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelors in Sports Management. Wood began work with PGA TOUR in 2010 at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf. His work with the PGA TOUR spans 11 years and over 25 events including TOUR Championship, THE PLAYERS Championship, and the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, VA. Steven will serve as the Director of Tournament Operations for the 2021 tournament at Kingsmill. 

Announced this month, the tournament will operate with limited spectators onsite; however, fans of the event are encouraged to play in the Wednesday Pro-Am to experience an exclusive behind the ropes experience. 

All Wednesday Pro-Am participants must undergo a COVID-19 test prior to play as administered by the LPGA. 

Kingsmill Resort, is a AAA Four Diamond resort is a stunning James River escape featuring spacious accommodations including stand-alone, easy-access, two-story condominium buildings.  Kingsmill is known for its championship golf courses, a boundless range of recreational activities and leisure pursuits. There is something for the entire family, with fun choices like diving into the Sports Club pools or the famous Lazy River pool. Discover Warehem’s pond located just a short walk from Kingsmill’s full-service marina where jet ski, pontoon boat, kayak and paddleboard rentals await guests. Retreat with miles of jogging and biking trails. Relax and recharge in the resort’s world-class spa. The championship River and Plantation Courses will help guests ace their game. The 15 courts and two pickleball courts at Kingsmill’s Tennis Club are a haven for the racket set, and just the place to serve up a little fun. And don’t forget to savor a meal or two at one of the resort’s five exquisite dining venues.

For more information, visit or call (844) 419-0600. 

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Bushnell Laser Rangefinders Reign Supreme on PGA Tour

Pro XE

Darrell Survey Shows 98 Percent of Players Use Bushnell

(Overland Park, KS) – Bushnell Golf has been the preferred distance-measuring device on the PGA Tour for the last 15 years. The Darrell Survey Company, the golf industry’s leading independent and impartial arbiter of equipment use, reports 98 percent of the 2021 Players Championship field used a Bushnell laser rangefinder to obtain accurate yardages. 

Surveying 154 players during the Players Championship, 151 of those players named Bushnell as their preferred distance measuring device. Bushnell has become the perennial distance measuring device for the PGA Tour player and The 2021 Players Championship solidifies Bushnell as the clear choice for PGA Tour players.

The Pro XE has revolutionized golf laser rangefinders with the latest technology including Slope with Elements that accounts for incline/decline, barometric pressure and temperature to provide golfers and caddies the most precise compensated distances needed to execute precise shots and capture victories. The recent PGA of America decision to allow laser rangefinders in their upcoming majors will ensure players and caddies have the most accurate yardages.

“At Bushnell we strive to be the best, providing cutting edge technology and the most accurate distance measuring devices on tour. The Darrell Survey confirms Bushnell laser rangefinders are the most trusted brand on the PGA Tour,” said Derek Schuman, Senior Brand Manager at Bushnell Golf. “We are excited about the PGA of America’s decision because it will further show the benefits of using a laser rangefinder and will heighten awareness with players at the highest levels using our product during competitive tournament rounds.”

Bushnell introduced the Pro XE as the most advanced rangefinder, which is designed to cater to the avid golfer.  In addition, Bushnell has a stable of DMD’s that will provide the most accurate yardage readings for all golfers.

The Pro XE features include:

Slope with Elements: Tour-trusted compensated distances have been taken to the next level with “Elements.” Temperature and barometric pressure have been added to Bushnell’s patented Slope technology to give golfers the most precise compensated distances ever.

Slope-Switch Technology lets the golfer easily toggle in and out of Bushnell’s patented Slope function. This allows the golfer to conveniently utilize Slope to get compensated distances around the course when they need it and have a USGA-conforming device that is legal for tournament play when they need it.

- Enhanced Ultra-Bright Backlight Display

- PinSeeker with Visual JOLT Technology

- Built-in BITE Magnetic Cart Mount

- Ranges 500+ yards to a flag

- 7X Magnification

- Accurate within 1 yard

- Rubber armored metal housing

- IPX7 Fully Waterproof

- Newly Designed Premium Carry Case includes clip for golf bag and belt loop attachment 

For more information on the Bushnell Golf family of rangefinders, visit the company’s website at

Toptracer Launches “Driving Challenge” Game at Toptracer Range Locations Around the World

– Toptracer, the world’s leading ball-tracing technology, today unveiled “Driving Challenge,” which taps into golfers’ insatiable desire to drive longer and straighter. “Driving Challenge” joins a robust line-up of game options at its 350 Toptracer Range locations worldwide. 

Toptracer is on a crusade to grow the game through bold, innovative technology and gamifying the range experience. Toptracer’s “Driving Challenge” allows golfers of all skill levels to “grip it and rip it” in a risk vs. reward nine-hole game scoring both distance and accuracy. 

“The tee shot is golf’s most visceral experience. Toptracer has harnessed that raw power in a competitive nine-hole game created specifically for our range technology,” said Toptracer President, Ben Sharpe. “Our ongoing goal is to build an environment filled with traditional and non-traditional golfers who enjoy the game on their terms. We are providing a positive experience for people of all skill levels that elevates the entertainment value of the game.”

Each drive starts with a virtual flyover of the hole to help determine an aiming point, while a heat map shows players where best to place their drive to achieve maximum points. Up to eight users can simultaneously compete, teeing off on nine holes, all of them being par 4’s or par 5’s. Points are awarded for the length of the drive and its accuracy. If players don’t hit the fairway or the pin is obstructed from the next shot, there is a penalty. As with other game modes, players can sign into the Toptracer Range app to view progress and compare scores with friends. 

Check out the “Driving Challenge” and other new offerings such as virtual golf at Royal St. George’s, Bethpage Black and “Go Fish.” For your nearest location, visit

Dumbarnie Links To Host 2021 Women's Scottish Open

(FIFE, Scotland)
– Dumbarnie Links, Scotland’s newest true links golf course, will host the Women’s Scottish Open August 9 – 15, 2021. The co-sanctioned Women’s Scottish Open is an integral part of the golf calendar, sitting on both the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA schedules, and is held a week prior to the AIG Women’s Open. Trust Golf, part of the TCT Corporation, will title sponsor the Women’s Scottish Open this year, giving the prestigious event a major boost alongside a new long-term commitment from the Scottish Government. 

Dumbarnie Links opened for play on May 29, 2020 and has since received the highest of accolades and praise throughout the golf world. The stunning Clive Clark design, located eleven miles from St Andrews, measures 6,905-yards and plays to a par of 72. Dumbarnie Links is built upon land that is part of the historic 5,000-acre Balcarres Estate.  Its 345 acres of genuine sandy links land offers unobstructed views over Largo Bay and the Firth of Forth, a 10-mile wide stretch of water, with views across to Muirfield, North Berwick and Edinburgh. The routing is a departure from the usual. Instead of the traditional out-and-back layout, Clark incorporated a mix of two big loops with elevated tees facing into the Firth of Forth.

First staged in 1986, the Women’s Scottish Open is played with a full 156-strong player field and has a $1.5 million (U.S.) purse. The event underlines Scotland’s commitment to growing women’s golf. Previous winners include Stacy Lewis in 2020, Mi Jung Hur, Ariya Jutanugarn, Mi Hyang Lee, Isabelle Boineau, Rebecca Artis, Trish Johnson as well as Scotland’s Carly Booth and Catriona Matthew who is a double winner.

“We are honoured to have been selected to host the 2021 Women’s Scottish Open and look forward to welcoming the players to our genuine links course,” said Dumbarnie Links Founder and Architect Clive Clark.

With travel restrictions in place since the Club opened, the Scottish golf community embraced the Links as their own and enjoyed many, many rounds at Dumbarnie, with golf journalist and Fife local Malcolm Campbell prophetically proclaiming on opening day: “You could play The Open Championship on this course right now! It is first-class as this piece of land was just made for a true links course.”

“August the 12th and day 1 of the Championship can’t come soon enough,” said David Scott, PGA, general manager, Dumbarnie Links. “The Team and I are so looking forward to welcoming the best women players in the world and showcasing Dumbarnie Links across the globe.”

For more information on Dumbarnie Links, visit or call 833-691-0403 in the U.S. and Canada, or 0-800-085-1280 in the United Kingdom.

PerfectMotion Welcomes Chicago-Based Catalyst Golf Performance to Its AI-Powered Coaching Platform

– Chicago’s Catalyst Golf Performance, led by owner and director of golf instruction Marty Evans, is the latest elite level team to join PerfectMotion and its AI-powered mobile app platform. Catalyst offers an end-to-end coaching solution inclusive of total golf training, fitness, strength and conditioning, the mental game and even nutrition, making it a favorite of golfers from all over the globe.

Helping golfers take control of their games with personalized practice programs is Catalyst’s mission. Evans and Catalyst’s fitness expert Tyler Langosch have created personalized instructional videos for the PerfectMotion platform and will present the innovative app to their current and prospective clients as a must-have tool for grooving repeatable, efficient body motion with every club.

“The energy and expertise of Catalyst Golf Performance and their total-game approach has impressed us immensely, so we’re excited to have the opportunity to work with them,” said PerfectMotion CEO Rich Kosowsky. “Catalyst’s approach of addressing the golfer’s fitness, total golf game and their physical and mental make-up has helped them grow their client base and presence, particularly on social media – where their charismatic personalities and overall expertise shine.”

Golfers anywhere can download the PerfectMotion game improvement app and choose Catalyst Golf (for Evans) and Catalyst Fitness (for Langosch) as their personal coaches, for FREE. Then, as they take swings, the app’s artificial intelligence pinpoints motion faults and automatically provides their custom instructional videos to correct the issue. Users can also choose to opt-in to personalized remote coaching with Evans or Langosch to speed the improvement of their game.

“We bring a no-stone-unturned mentality to training golfers and work closely with our students to build a plan to make them better and put them in a position so they’re comfortable in any situation they’re faced with on the golf course,” said Evans. “The data and feedback PerfectMotion provides makes us better at our jobs and it makes it easier to tailor a lesson plan to that golfer.”

Evans has Golf Instructor III, Junior Coach III, Golf Biomechanics II and Power Coach II TPI Certifications and is also a certified professional user of Trackman, Boditrak, Quintic Ball Roll and K Motion 3D Motion Capture. Evans and his team frequently post entertaining content on their various social media channels including this recent video showing golfers how easy PerfectMotion is to use indoors, outdoors or during at-home practice sessions, with any club in the bag.

Watch the video here:

For those who aren’t in the Chicago area, Catalyst’s PerfectMotion affiliation creates an excellent way to learn directly from one of the top teams in the game. They can be reached through the PerfectMotion app when users choose either Catalyst Golf (for Evans) or Catalyst Fitness (for Langosch) as their coach. The option for remote coaching through the app is a great perk at a very attractive price. 

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Kapolei Golf Club To Host 2021 LOTTE Championship

(KAPOLEI, Oahu, Hawaii)
– The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and LOTTE announced today that Kapolei Golf Club in Kapolei, Hawaii will now host the ninth edition of the LOTTE Championship in 2021. The tournament will be held April 14-17 and will feature a field of 144 players competing for a $2 million purse, with $300,000 awarded to the winner.

“We are excited to return to Hawaii and play the 2021 LOTTE Championship at the beautiful Kapolei Golf Club,” said Sean Pyun, the LPGA’s Chief Business Officer in Asia. “This event has been circled on the calendar for many after cancelling in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. We want to thank our partner LOTTE and Kapolei Golf Club for hosting us, as we look forward to showcasing the very best of the LPGA Tour on their beautiful golf course.”

The LPGA Tour returns to Kapolei Golf Club for the first time since it hosted the Ladies Hawaiian Open from 1996-2001. Designed by architect Ted Robinson, best known as the “King of Waterscapes” for his use of water features, Kapolei Golf Club will present fresh opportunities and challenges to a field that includes past champions Brooke Henderson, Cristie Kerr, Minjee Lee, Sei Young Kim and Hawaii’s own, Michelle Wie West. The golf club also hosted the PGA TOUR Champions’ event, the Pacific Links Championship, from 2012-2014.

“It is a great honor to host the 2021 LOTTE Championship at Kapolei Golf Club.  We are happy to work with LOTTE and the LPGA together and look forward to witnessing the LPGA players’ great performance at Kapolei Golf Club,” said Akira Kihara, COO, Kapolei Golf Club.

The LOTTE Championship was previously played at the Ko Olina Golf Club since its debut in 2012. In 2019, Brooke Henderson successfully defended her 2018 championship title and became the first consecutive winner in the tournament’s history. The 2020 LOTTE Championship was cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2021 LOTTE Championship will follow the COVID-sensitive no-spectator protocol, with broadcast coverage on Golf Channel during all four rounds from 7-11 p.m. EST.

For more information on Kapolei Golf Club visit or call 808-674-2227.

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Cameron Champ Joins Virtual Check Presentation Benefitting Mack Champ Scholarship, PVAMU Golf Program

– Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) Athletics held a virtual check presentation to the PVAMU Golf Program. PGA Golfer Cameron Champ joined the virtual meeting and presentation to the scholarship program established in his grandfather’s name.

Wendell J. Haskins and Friends donated a little over sixty-three thousand dollars to the Mack Champ Golf Current-Use Scholarship. 

After the presentation, Athletic Director Dr. Donald Reed, PVAMU Golf Coach Kevin Jennings, Cameron Champ, and his father Jeff Champ, Co-Founder of the Cameron Champ Foundation, responded to questions about the impact of the gift on the program. To date, the scholarship fund has received $203 thousand from various donors.

List of speakers on video:

- Cameron Champ, PGA Golfer

- Jeff Champ, father, Co-Founder

- Donald Reed, Ph.D., PVAMU Athletic Director

- Carme Williams, Vice President for Development

- Wendell Haskins, donor, Wendell Haskins & Friends ($63K+ donation)

- Kevin Jennings, PVAMU Golf Coach

- Glenn Weckerlin, Chevron, Executive Board, Cameron Champ Foundation

Link to virtual presentation:

Link to Donate to the scholarship

For more information, contact Candace Johnson, Executive Director of Marketing & Communications, or (936) 261-1566, or LaTonia Thirston, Assistant Director of Sports Information, or (936) 261-9106.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Forbes Ranks Branson (Missouri) No. 4 in its ‘Top 10 Best Places to Travel Now During the Pandemic’


Destination’s 10 Golf Courses and Other Activities Enable Safe Recreation and Social Distancing 

(RELEASE) – Both the golf industry and Explore Branson – the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the town and surrounding area in the southwest Missouri Ozarks – reported better than expected numbers in 2020, a trend that has continued into 2021. Now Forbes is doing the same.

It recently published its “Top Ten Best Places In America To Travel Right Now And Avoid The Pandemic,” and Branson is ranked No. 4 in the country. To compile this list, Forbes overlaid more than half a dozen maps and criteria like the CDC COVID Data Tracker, the Harvard-Brown COVID Risk Level Map, and TripAdvisor reviews, including current case counts, population density, average weather, public health guidance, proximity to outdoor activities, and drive times from at least two major American metropolises. It also looked at new cases per 100,000 people, 7-day rolling averages, total cases, and total deaths to assess the current coronavirus infection risk relative to historical trends dating back to the beginning of the pandemic.

That Branson fared so well in the Forbes’ compilation was an inspiring reinforcement, given that the study results mirrored state and regional trends and case numbers. The destination is known for its lakes, live entertainment theaters, family friendly atmosphere, and increasingly its rising-star golf destination. Golf plays a key role in Branson’s safe Forbes’ rating, given there are 10 courses, all of which provide inherently safe havens simultaneously enjoying recreation with friends whilst practicing social distancing.

“This list of best places to safely travel couldn’t come at a better time for Branson,” said Lynn Berry, Director of Communications, Branson Convention & Visitors Bureau. “With the weather becoming more pleasant by the week, our world-class golf destination, incredible hotels, resorts, restaurants and many other attractions are well-suited to provide guests with fun, safe, and memorable experiences.”

Branson has a variety of exceptional golf courses that are close to one another, hold critical acclaim, and offer great restaurants, lodging, and after-golf diversions. The newest – Payne’s Valley by Tiger Woods – is brand new and just recently opened for its first full season. Four other Branson courses are rated among the top 10 in Missouri – Ozarks National (No. 1), Buffalo Ridge (No. 2), Branson Hills (No. 3), and LedgeStone (No. 7). Additionally, Ozarks National and Buffalo Ridge were honored as “Top 100 Courses You Can Play in America,” ranking nos. 64 and 83, respectively (out of roughly 13,500 U.S. playing venues). 

Thousand Hills (Bob Cupp design), The Pointe, and Holiday Hills complete Branson Golf’s roster of 10 courses, and each has earned appreciation for their playability and value.

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Mystical Golf Showcases Stunning Course Conditions for Spring Getaways


Play Three Celebrated ‘Completely Green’ Myrtle Beach Courses, Deluxe Villa Accommodations

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) – Mystical Golf – showcasing "Myrtle Beach’s finest 54 holes of golf” on its acclaimed Witch, Man-O-War and Wizard designs – is currently featuring its trio of “completely green” courses ideal for exceptional spring “golf buddy” trips.

Spring is the ideal season to enjoy Mystical Golf’s outstanding course conditions which are unrivaled in Myrtle Beach and the region. The wonderful result of its longtime considerable yearly investments in overseeding with Ryegrass emulating the agronomic practices of top echelon courses like Augusta National, “wall to wall” emerald green fairways, rough and putting surfaces allow Mystical Golf visitors to savor the impeccable course maintenance few public facilities can match.

Mystical Golf also highlights the striking results of a comprehensive $750,000 renovation. The 142 bunkers on all three layouts were completely rebuilt and now display vibrant, eye-catching white sand creating an incredible contrast with the brilliant green fairways and greens.

Starting at $133 (per person, per day, taxes included), Mystical Golf’s three-day Gold Package features three rounds with cart on each of the acclaimed Mystical Golf layouts (plus one additional complimentary afternoon round), three nights’ lodging in well-appointed three-bedroom villa (four beds), free IHOP breakfast daily (available 24 hours per day), and a gratis steak dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse (includes non-alcoholic beverages, taxes).

Added package highlights include two free beers and lunch at the course each day, complimentary daily range balls, instant replay round for cart fee only, and $15 gift card toward a golf shirt in any of the three well-stocked pro shops. Extra night stays are available at a moderate cost per person.

The Silver Package begins at $123 (per person, per day, taxes included) and features all the components of the Gold Package above except the complimentary round, daily breakfast and steak dinner. Both stay-and-plays offer one complimentary golfer for booked groups of 20 or more players.

“Our guests constantly rave about the ‘incredibly green’ course conditions we feature here in spring,” says Claude Pardue, President and CEO. “We provide everything needed for a stress-free and wonderful golf getaway, so start the golf season off right here at Mystical Golf.”

Its three layouts are highlighted by wonderfully fun elements including the only back-to-back island greens in the game (Man-O-War), a front nine of dramatic holes weaving through secluded swampland teeming with wildlife (The Witch), and a splendid layout reminiscent of Scotland and Ireland’s classic courses complete with authentic sod-faced bunkering and castle-style clubhouse (The Wizard). 

Man-O-War’s 15th hole ranks among GOLF Magazine’s “Five Most Memorable Island Greens” alongside No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass, the “Alcatraz” hole at PGA West’s Stadium Course and Coeur d’Alene Resort’s movable, floating putting surface. The Witch is praised by for presenting one of America’s “great 9th holes” and The Wizard has earned 4-1/2 stars from Golf Digest.

For Mystical Golf information:, 843.282.2977.

AHEAD Partners with Golf Fights Cancer

(New Bedford, Mass.)
– AHEAD USA, the multi-dimensional brand with a successful and proven track record of creating headwear, apparel, and accessories for the green grass, resort, collegiate, and corporate markets, has forged an alliance with Golf Fights Cancer. The company will provide a selection of headwear available to supporters of the organization or venues where Golf Fights Cancer fund raising events are being held.

Part of AHEAD’s extensive cause marketing efforts, this particular relationship actually goes back to the founding of Golf Fights Cancer when AHEAD’s Chief Creative Officer Chuck Lord designed the charity’s original and distinctive logo, still being used to this day.

“When I first learned about Golf Fights Cancer in 2003, I was happy to lend our expertise and create the organization’s first logo,” said Chuck Lord.  “It has had staying power over the years and I’m excited to be able to apply it to an array of products and make it available to golfers everywhere in support of this worthy cause.”

Golf Fights Cancer is a non-profit organization that leverages the collective power of the golf community to make immediate positive impact on the cancer care experience for both patients and families.  Since 2003, GFC has granted over $7 million to 70 different cancer-related charities including financial relief programs, community hospitals, summer camps, wellness initiatives, survivorship programs, research, and more.

“Golf Fights Cancer is thrilled to be working with AHEAD and we are excited that golf fans everywhere can join our efforts to help make a difference in the fight against cancer,” said Golf Fights Cancer Executive Director Cheryl McGuire.   “We have a long history with AHEAD and are grateful for their efforts to broaden our impact.  It is exciting to give golfers around the country the opportunity to be a part of the GFC community.” 

For additional information about AHEAD, visit