Monday, October 31, 2022
Solheim is being honored by the PGA of America for his decades of work in the golf industry and dedication to the junior game
(FRISCO, Texas and PHOENIX) – John A. Solheim, the Executive Chairman of PING in Phoenix, Arizona, and son of founder Karsten Solheim, has been named the 2022 PGA Distinguished Service Award recipient by the PGA of America.
Solheim will be honored on Wednesday, Nov. 2, as part of the 2022 PGA Annual Meeting at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix.
Since 1988, the PGA Distinguished Service Award honors outstanding individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf. Among the recipients are three U.S. Presidents (Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton), Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Barbara Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Vince Gill, Bob Hope and Lee Trevino.
One of the game’s true innovators, Solheim, who began working for his father as a teenager in the family garage in 1959, is a renowned inventor and forward thinker. With more than 170 U.S. patents to his name, he has influenced the design of golf clubs and bags across the industry, helping PING become one of the most trusted manufacturers in golf and recognizable names in sports equipment.
“John Solheim has set an industry standard for how a golf company should run, and his love and dedication for creating the highest quality products has elevated the bar for all equipment manufacturers,” said PGA President Jim Richerson. “But what is truly admirable about John, and what speaks to his character, is his commitment to growing golf through youth participation and helping physically challenged adults, children and military Veterans discover a love for the game.”
“I’m very appreciative to receive such a prestigious honor from the PGA of America,” said John Solheim. “I’ve been blessed to spend my entire career in the golf industry. It’s allowed us to continue building a family business, which is very enjoyable for me to now guide our strong third generation in their leadership positions and still allow me to do what I enjoy most, design and develop future products.”
PING, under Solheim’s watch, has sponsored more than 50 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) tournaments and created thousands of playing opportunities for juniors. In 2002, Solheim personally created the PING Junior Solheim Cup for girls ages 12-18, modeled after the Solheim Cup, which was founded by Solheim’s parents in 1990. PING is also a supporting partner of PGA Jr. League, which provides an introduction to the game for kids 17 and under in a fun team environment.
Under Solheim’s leadership, PING expanded its club fitting services for physically challenged golfers. He’s advanced that further by integrating those efforts into physical rehabilitation for wounded and disabled Veterans, ensuring they can enjoy the game.
Solheim and PING also collaborated with Bubba Watson to raise funds for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, leading to the development of the Bubba Watson and PING Golf Motion Analysis Lab—which uses state-of-the-art equipment to measure real 3D motion, force and muscular activity to develop personalized care plans for children with orthopedic and neurological conditions.
As a company, PING has flourished under Solheim’s leadership. It became the first club manufacturer to be ISO certified, a distinction given to companies that meet a set of established quality standards to meet and exceed customer and stakeholder needs.
PING is also a founding member of the United States Golf Manufacturers Council, which works with governmental agencies on international trade matters and anti-counterfeiting efforts. The USGMC also works with golf’s ruling bodies to improve upon the equipment rule making process.
“To lead today requires unbelievable research in every category, and I promise we won’t stop,” said Solheim. “Much of our success is directly related to our relationships with the PGA Professionals who have represented and helped promote our products for more than 60 years. Early on, my father, Karsten, recognized that the PGA’s role and expertise would have a big influence in custom fitting our clubs to help golfers play better, and enjoy the game more. To be recognized by the PGA is especially meaningful and one of the biggest highlights of my career.”
Thursday, October 27, 2022
Retail partnership launches with GOLFFOREVER Training System immediately available for purchase online and in hundreds of stores by November 15
(Aspen, CO) – GOLFFOREVER – the leading at-home golf fitness training system that helps golfers play without limits – proudly announces that its popular GOLFFOREVER Swing Trainer is available at DICK'S Sporting Goods, (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, and Golf Galaxy. The Swing Trainer is now available online at dicks.com and golfgalaxy.com and will be in more than 100 DICK’S and 110 Golf Galaxy brick-and-mortar stores, featuring all-new packaging, by November 15.
“DICK’S Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy are the gold standards in retail and we’re honored the GOLFFOREVER Training System will be available for purchase in their stores,” said Stacy Borkowski, GOLFFOREVER VP of Sales. “This is a special milestone for our company; one that will go a long way toward materializing (Founder and CEO) Dr. Jeremy James’ vision of helping golfers everywhere improve their bodies and play the game without limits. We’re excited to support the visionary teams at DICK’S and Golf Galaxy and anticipate a long and fantastic relationship ahead.”
The GOLFFOREVER Swing Trainer embodies two golf training tools in one and is a key piece of equipment used in the GOLFFOREVER app. It’s an asymmetrical resistance training bar that builds strength and mobility for your swing at home like no other workout equipment can. It’s also an optimized D3 swing-weighted heavy warmup club that promotes thoracic mobility to help you loosen up at the course properly, unlike heavily overloaded golf training aids that only target your hands and wrists. Like every piece of equipment used in the GOLFFOREVER app – the 4.9 App Store-rated vehicle that delivers users personalized daily video workout and recovery plans from top PGA Tour doctors and trainers – the Swing Trainer comes to life with hundreds of step-by-step pre-round warmups, stretching routines, strength workouts and pain-relief protocols.
Earlier this year, Scottie Scheffler, the 2021-22 PGA Tour Player of the Year, started working with the groundbreaking product just weeks before winning four PGA Tour events, including the Masters, which catapulted him to the top of the world rankings. Scheffler uses the Swing Trainer daily at PGA Tour events and joined the GOLFFOREVER team as its marquee ambassador in May. He will be featured in stores on packaging and retail displays.
“We are proud to introduce the GOLFFOREVER Training System to our customers at DICK’S and Golf Galaxy, just in time for the holiday season,” said Eric Smith, Vice President of Golf at DICK’S Sporting Goods. “With this exciting new launch, we continue to offer innovative golf products to our customers so they can safely train and play better golf.”
Retailing at $199.99, the Swing Trainer includes a 44.5-inch training bar; two power-grade, soft, sweat-resistant 15-inch rubber grips with five specialized training zone demarcations; two easy-to-attach polymer carabiners; light- and medium-resistance latex training cords with nylon safety sleeves; a universal nylon door anchor; two quick-interchangeable weighted balls for warming up and speed training; and two interchangeable hand grips that transform the training cords into universal exercise tubing used in the GolfForever app’s warmups and workouts.
For more information, visit GolfForever.com.
(Girona, Spain) – PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness has been recognized as one of Europe’s finest golf and wellness experiences, affirmed by the latest edition of the game’s leading ranking list.
In the Golf World Top 100 Resorts of Continental Europe 2022*, PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness places fourth, continuing its reign as the No. 1 ranked golf resort in Spain, and solidifying its standing as one of Continental Europe’s premier destinations.
Chris Bertram, Editor of the Top 100 Golf Resorts in Continental Europe, said: “PGA Catalunya is not just one of Europe's finest resorts but one of the best in the world. A sign of its all-round quality is the fact that it features in the top 10 in Europe in three categories: 'courses', 'accommodation' and 'best for families'.
“That demonstrates how it can satisfy anything from groups of avid golfers to couples, families and non-golfers. The competition for the top five has never been fiercer and any resort worthy of that ranking is very special indeed.”
In addition to the recently upgraded Stadium Course, a long-established Spanish no.1 layout* and a Top-25 course in Europe deemed “a fair test for any level of golfer with a balance of risk and reward” by Chris Bertram in the latest ranking, and its sister design, the Tour course, PGA Catalunya also boasts two accommodation options: the 5* Hotel Camiral, a member of The Leading Hotels of The World, offering chic interiors and luxury accommodation, as well as a state-of-the-art Wellness Centre, and LAVIDA Hotel, aimed at the active traveller, both in close proximity to the resort’s other amenities which promote physical and emotional wellbeing.
Ongoing enhancements at the European Tour Destinations venue, which form part of a long-term €53 million development programme, include seven new wellness-focused Camiral Suites, designed to offer guests a unique retreat experience with access to large private living spaces equipped with personal fitness accessories, healthy in-room nutrition and a direct link to the Wellness Centre.
“Maintaining a high standing among Europe’s premier golf resorts is an achievement in itself,” said David Plana, PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness CEO. “We are so pleased to see the numerous enhancements and developments made over the last few years be this well received – and continue to build our journey to become one of the leading golf and wellness resorts in the world.
“We are confident the continued investment in the golf courses, improvement to the customer experience and development of resort amenities will further establish PGA Catalunya as a must-visit luxury resort for not just golfers, but all types of visitors looking to experience the wonders of the Costa Brava.”
PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness has established its position as one of Europe’s premier luxury lifestyle destinations, with a 300-hectare forested estate, sport and leisure facilities, range of dining choices, nature trails and more, all located within a 20-minute drive from neighbouring Girona. The resort makes the perfect location for golfers, sports enthusiasts, remote workers, retreat seekers and their families visiting this unique region in the north-east of Spain.
PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness’ list of accolades include placing 18th in the World’s Top 100 Resorts (Golf World, 2021) and being voted 2015 Golf Resort of the Year for Europe (IAGTO), as well as being ranked among the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses by Golf World.
For further information about PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness, visit www.pgacatalunya.com
Zero Friction, the company known for delivering cutting edge products to golf enthusiasts of all skill levels, designed the B-52 designed with a 392 dimple pattern to create less spin and dispersion than a traditional 496 dimple ball. This 20% reduction in dimple pattern generates greater ball velocity and reduces spin resulting in longer drives.
“The goal was to build a high-quality distance ball in a value pack so we made this 15-ball package,” said Zero Friction Founder & CEO, John Iacono. “To sum it up -- more distance and more balls for a reasonable price.”
Combined with the Zero Friction 3-prong tee, which reduces 66% tee surface coverage, distance and accuracy will be your weapon. The 392 dimple pattern also rolls smoother on the green for more accurate putts. The B-52 Bomber’s 2-piece construction travels up to five yards longer 85 compression outer core shallow 392 dimple pattern allows for less friction in the air and on the green.
For more information, see the Zero Friction catalog, visit www.zerofriction.com, or call 630-317-7700.
5-Pocket, Chino Editions Launch Apparel Line for Pacific Northwest Golf-Lifestyle Brand
(TACOMA, Wash.) – TRUE linkswear (TRUE), purveyors of comfortable, modern golf footwear designed for the rigors of walking amid the elements, today announces the debut of its All Day 5-Pocket and All Day Chino Pants for men.
“All Day” is a technically designed collection of pants built for comfort, versatility and performance. The line complements TRUE’s ever-growing collection of walking-focused golf shoes, including the recently released FS-01 model. All Day waist sizes range from 28 to 38 inches with 32-inch inseams and a durable yet flexible fabric blend of 92% nylon and 8% spandex. Both the 5-Pocket and Chino Pants are available in six colors: black, charcoal grey, khaki, olive, coffee and lunar.
“Expanding TRUE beyond shoes and into apparel is part of our decade-long dream of creating golf’s ultimate lifestyle brand for those entrenched so deeply in the game they demand more from their gear on and off the course,” says TRUE President Jason Moore. “All Day Pants are engineered with our Northwest perspective combining the durability and weather-ready engineering of climbing pants with a modern, upscale aesthetic. We’re blurring the line between high-performance and ultimate comfort.”
The All Day 5-Pocket and Chino Pants feature classic silhouettes updated with modern touches. The 5-Pocket Pant embodies a denim profile with slim tapering, while the Chino pays homage to a classic trouser silhouette with an athletic cut and feel. Functional material caters to an active lifestyle without looking overly technical. The durable nylon material is stretchable, comes in a matte finish and is water and stain-resistant while remaining highly breathable for warmer days. These technically designed pants perfectly match all-day, all-season wear in any climate or condition.
All Day 5-Pocket Pant Features
Slim/tapered fit, 4-way stretch, abrasion resistant nylon, natural matte finish and feel, DWR water and stain resistant coating, highly breathable, concealed zipper cell phone/passport pocket, secure YKK back zipper pocket, elastic key loop, and high visibility reflective back cuff piping.
All Day Chino Pant Features
Slim/straight fit, 4-way stretch, abrasion resistant nylon, natural matte finish and feel, DWR water and stain resistant coating, highly breathable, cell phone/passport pocket, secure YKK back zipper pocket, elastic key loop, and high visibility reflective back cuff piping.
For more information: www.truelinkswear.com; @truelinkswear.
(Wentworth, UK) – Laguna Resort Singapore, one of Asia’s leading golf resorts, has become the latest venue to join the European Tour Destinations network.
Opened in 1993 and situated on Singapore’s east coast, Laguna Resort Singapore has a rich history of hosting European Tour Group events and in February 2023 the DP World Tour will return once again as part of a three-year agreement to be the home of the Singapore Classic.
Mark Bates, Director of Golf, said: “After completing upgrades on the Masters Course, re-designing the Classic Course and launching our new clubhouse and five-star hotel resort, we are excited to welcome golfers from all over the world.
“Guests playing at Laguna Resort Singapore will have the opportunity to play two courses, which have the distinction of being venues on the DP World Tour.
“Being part of European Tour Destinations will help us to elevate our standards and connect to global golfers through a network of true world-class facilities.”
Ian Knox, Head of European Tour Destinations, added: “We look forward to working closely with Mark and his team to capitalise on the benefits of Laguna Resort Singapore hosting the DP World Tour Singapore Classic over the next three years and continuing to elevate the venue as one of Asia’s top destinations.”
Located within 10 minutes of Singapore’s Changi Airport, Laguna Resort Singapore is home to 36 holes of golf, in the Classic and Masters Courses.
The Classic opened in 1993, before a full redesign in 2017, and is one of the most dramatic tests of golf in Asia, featuring more than 140 bunkers, five water features and undulating greens, while the Andy Dye-sculpted Masters Course places a premium on accurate approach shots and astute course management.
Golfing guests now also have the opportunity to stay at the five-star Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore hotel, comprising 198 tastefully decorated rooms and suites, eight pavilions, indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces, as well as a variety of gastronomic options.
Other facilities include three swimming pools, three tennis courts, a putting green, gym and Dusit Thani’s signature Devarana Spa.
For more information about Laguna Resort, Singapore, visit: www.lagunaresort.sg
For more information about European Tour Destinations, visit: www.europeantourdestinations.com
One of the fastest growing golf brands will reveal its new 2023 product line at the upcoming show
(LOS ANGELES, CA) – Award-winning producer of golf rangefinders and accessories, Blue Tees Golf, confirms that the company will participate in the 70th PGA Show in Orlando, Florida, January 24-27, 2023.
Blue Tees Golf is committed to the green grass community and their rapid growth in the golf industry is a direct reflection to the relationships they’ve culminated with PGA Pro Shops and Golf Specialty retailers across the nation.
“We look forward to exhibiting at 2023 PGA Show and connecting with our customers and the golf community,” said Blue Tees Golf CEO Chris Markham. “The PGA Show is the perfect platform for us to showcase our new and exciting 2023 catalog as well as our new booth that truly reflects our next gen brand.”
We invite PGA Show attendees to visit the Blue Tees Golf booth 2401 where they can personally experience the advanced line of Blue Tees Golf accessories and rangefinders, all priced at a fraction of the cost compared to the competition. If you prefer to schedule a meeting, reach out as follows:
Sales: Taylor Hebert, Vice President of Sales, Taylor@blueteesgolf.com
Media: Vanessa Price, Director of Media Relations, VanessaMarie@readthegreensgolfmedia.net
For more information, visit www.blueteesgolf.com / Instagram: @blueteesgolf.
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Elite Junior Golf Camps Feature Top College Golf Programs and Coaches Dec. 17-18
(LOS ANGELES, CA) – College Golf Experience (CGX) will host the first-ever Top100 Showcase Camps, bringing together top-ranked boys and girls junior golfers with powerhouse college golf coaches and programs at The Wigwam Resort outside of Phoenix, December 17-18, 2022.
Top100 Boys Showcase Camp and Top100 Girls Showcase Camp will take place simultaneously on different courses at The Wigwam. Nationally ranked junior golfers who have already signed up to attend include: Boys - Class of ’24: #59 and #82, Class of ’25: #15, #20, #26, #36, #46, #62, #69, #71, #72, #80, #98, Class of ’26: #9, #28, #31, #35, #52, #83, #90, #102, #125, #131, #134; and Girls – Class of ’25: #39, #49, Class of ’26: #48, #73, #76, #100.
At the Top100 Showcase Camps, juniors and their parents will experience all things college golf including one-on-one engagement with coaches, education seminars on college golf and the recruiting process, along with open Q&A sessions. Juniors will also receive on-course coach engagement during simulated college golf practice and tournament rounds, all while experiencing real-time evaluation and personalized feedback from coaches to help them on their path to finding the right collegiate program fit.
While all junior golfers are welcome and eligible to attend this unprecedented gathering of coaches and juniors, the top-125 juniors in their classes have been invited to take part in this showcase camp. CGX camps are open to any and all entrants limited only by number of participants, gender, and age.
“The ultimate goal of the Top100 camp is to show the junior golf landscape that camps play an important role in the path to collegiate golf. Whether you are looking at a NAIA, DIII or Top 25 DI program, camps can be a catalyst to helping juniors find their fit and their spot at the next level,” CGX CEO Joshua Jacobs says. “Unifying top-ranked junior golfers and their parents with the best coaches and programs gives all participants the opportunity to build early and meaningful connections, thus serving a critical role that cannot be filled by a competitive event.”
Below is the list of confirmed coaches attending the Top100 Showcase Camps:
Top100 Boys Showcase Camp Coaches
Ryan Hybl (Oklahoma), Bruce Heppler (Georgia Tech), Cole Buck (Stanford), J.C. Deacon (Florida), Michael Beard (Pepperdine), Greg Sands (Texas Tech), John Handrigan (Notre Dame), Mike Small (Illinois), Alan Murray (Washington), Jeff Quinney (Oregon), Alan Bratton (Oklahoma State) and Brennan Webb (Tennessee).
Top100 Girls Showcase Camp Coaches
Brooke Riley (Stanford), Ryan Potter (Wake Forest), Carrie Forsyth (UCLA), Amy Bond (Florida St.), Ria Scott (Virginia), Gerrod Chadwell (Texas A&M), Beth Wu (Florida), Tiffany Joh (USC), Justin Bubser (Arizona), Erynne Lee (Princeton) and Maddi Swaney (Oklahoma State).
To reserve a spot at the Top 100 Showcase Camp, or for more information on future dates and locations, visit www.collegegolfx.com/camps/#upcoming.
(PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.) – The PGA TOUR’s TPC Network today announced an agreement with European Tour Destinations, a network of world-class golf venues which all have a close association with the European Tour Group. Through this alliance, members of the TPC Network and those of European Tour Destinations will have the benefit of being able to play at any of the championship courses in both networks.
This partnership also acts as an extension of the relationship between the PGA TOUR and the European Tour Group – providing eligibility for European Tour Destinations to enjoy privileges of the TPC Passport program.
“We are extremely excited to strengthen our relationship with European Tour Destinations,” said John Hugghins, senior vice president of TPC Network operations. “This partnership adds incredible value, as we can offer the most consistent level of experience at the highest rated golf courses - no matter where you are in the world.”
Members of European Tour Destinations and TPC Network clubs now receive access to world-class golf venues spread out across the world. This premium concierge program is designed to deliver the consummate golf experience for members when they travel, offering playing privileges at all the private, resort and destination properties in both networks.
“With the strengthening of relationships between our two Tours through our strategic alliance, working with the TPC Network seemed an obvious fit,” said Ian Knox, head of European Tour Destinations. “We are delighted that members at our network venues will now have access to the TPC Passport program and we look forward to welcoming TPC members to many of our world-class destinations.”
To learn more about the PGA TOUR’s TPC Network, please visit www.tpc.com. To learn more about European Tour Destinations, visit www.europeantourdestinations.com.
Pioneering Golf Simulator Company TruGolf Teams Up with NFL Star Ezekiel Elliott to Unveil New State-of-the-Art APOGEE Launch Monitor
APOGEE is the Newest Camera-Based Launch Monitor by TruGolf and the First-Ever to Feature a Proprietary Voice Control System
(SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) — TruGolf, the nation’s leading virtual golf simulation company, announced today its new launch monitor, APOGEE - the latest camera-based system that accurately measures club and ball data without the use of marked clubs or specialty golf balls. In tandem, Dallas Cowboys Star Ezekiel Elliot, former NFL Wide Receiver Brice Butler, and PGA National Teacher of the Year Mike Malaska have joined the TruGolf team as brand ambassadors.
“We are thrilled to announce the launch of APOGEE, given the monumental growth of indoor golf over the last few years,” said TruGolf CEO Chris Jones. “This is an exciting time for the golf simulator market. In addition to launching a product that meets the needs of the golf industry, our diverse group of ambassadors comprised of golf experts like Mike, and Zeke and Brice who are driven by their passion for the game, makes for a compelling testament to APOGEE’s appeal to golf fans of all skill levels.”
The launch of APOGEE continues TruGolf’s long legacy of pioneering innovation within the indoor golf space. APOGEE boasts leading-edge features and software that increases Pace of Play and enhances user experience, making it the most technologically advanced launch monitor available. New features include: Instant Impact, a powerful onboard processor that sends shots instantly for the most realistic gameplay experience, and the APOGEE Voice Assistant, a voice command system that allows users to navigate gameplay within rounds and practice sessions without walking to the touch screen, dramatically accelerating the Pace of Play for indoor golf.
“I’m excited to join TruGolf as an ambassador and support the launch of a revolutionary product that is changing the golf game,” Elliott said. “APOGEE is at the forefront of golf technology and appeals to players of all levels, while also creating new opportunities to enjoy a love for the game, and also work to improve.”
TruGolf has been a pioneer in the golf technology space for more than 30 years. Specializing in golf simulators and virtual golf software, the company recognized the unique growth opportunity of indoor golf as a solution to the problems facing the game. “Whether we are talking about Pace of Play, drought, or public course closures – we know that one of the main strategies to successfully grow the game and retain all these new players is going to happen indoors,” said Chris Jones. Last year, the National Golf Foundation estimates there were over 24 million off-course participants.
Joining the TruGolf Team is 2011 PGA National Teacher of the Year, Mike Malaska. “Golf simulators are a major factor in the future of the golf industry,” Malaska said. “I’m proud to be a part of the TruGolf team, and recognize that APOGEE is the most accurate and easiest Launch Monitor to use. These guys are like the Tesla of golf, with exciting new tech and a great vision for the future of the game. I’m excited to see how many more people are introduced to golf through TruGolf’s commitment to developing the best indoor golf solutions on the market.”
APOGEE works in tandem with E6 CONNECT, the industry standard in golf simulation software known for its intuitive user interface and highly detailed course recreations. Users will receive access to 90+ World Class Courses, in addition to 4 unique driving ranges, 13 short game ranges, statistical tracking, and more.
APOGEE will be available for purchase on the TruGolf website (www.trugolf.com) and select retailers on November 15, 2022. For additional information please visit the TruGolf website and social media pages.
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
(LAKE MARY, FL) – Z.ONE EV America, the developer and producer of next generation Korean golf cars and Lithium batteries, has selected Jamison Golf Group as its’ agency of record.
As agency of record Jamison Golf Group will help lead Z.ONE EV America in its launch and expansion efforts in the U.S. by successfully developing and implementing its Advertising and Public Relations Programs for its NanoIntech Lithium-Ion (NMC) Batteries Powered by LG Energy Solution and its United Smart Electric Vehiclesâ (USEV) DY Innovate Street Legal Low Speed Vehicles (LSV).
Working In collaboration with LG Energy Solution and NanoIntech Energy Solution, Z.ONE has developed and commercialized a new lithium battery technology and design, NanoIntech Lithium-Ion (NMC) Batteries Powered by LG Energy Solution, which outperforms its rivals in the market.
“We selected Jamison as our launch partner in the U.S. because of the company’s extensive golf industry expertise and experience,” said James Park, Z.ONE EV America CEO. “We’re ready to hit the ground running and provide our next generation products to consumers and golf cart industry professionals right away.”
While collaborating with DY Innovate, USEV has developed and commercialized a street legal Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) called “Innovate™”, which can seat up to eight passengers, offers automotive components and is safer and more comfortable than traditional LSVs.
“We’re thrilled to have the pleasure of working with Z.ONE EV,” said Mike Jamison, president of Jamison Golf Group. “We cannot wait to introduce their cutting-edge products right here in the U.S.”
For more information, visit JamisonGolf.com.
Second Generation of the VERO Tour Ball
(BUFFALO, N.Y.) – OnCore Golf announces the highly anticipated VERO X2 is now available on OnCore’s website. This second generation of tour-level golf ball from the VERO family is a four-piece ball boasting a super-fast core and a high modulus, metal-infused mantle connected to a thin, cast urethane cover by a nano-engineered transition layer. The VERO X2 has a higher compression rating than the VERO X1 – 95 vs. 85 – and firmer feel optimal for players with high swing speeds.
Leveraging the same unique architecture as the VERO X1, the VERO X2 delivers low driver spin and a high, wind-penetrating trajectory for even greater distance and accuracy. This same combination brings an optimized spin profile with irons and a trajectory engineered for stopping power on firm greens.
“The VERO X2, previously only accessible to professional golfers, is now available for purchase online,” said Keith Blakely, CEO. “Instead of spending $600 for the latest driver promising 2 – 3 mph higher ball speed, we believe the better investment is in the ball itself, which our testing shows delivers much more improvement in initial ball velocity off the tee. We’re confident high swing speed golfers will quickly see the distance, control, and accuracy benefits it provides over the top name-brand tour balls.”
On course, the VERO X2 is played by many of OnCore Golf’s professional golfers including Erik Compton (PGA/Korn Ferry Tour) and Louis Kelly (various tours). Louis Kelly became the first golfer to win a tournament playing the VERO X2 at the 102nd New Jersey Open Championship (July 2022).
“The OnCore VERO X2 ball is the best ball I’ve ever played” said Kelly. “It delivers unmatched consistency in flight, exceptional distance, and a soft feel around the greens.”
OnCore Golf continues to push the design envelope of conforming balls meeting the USGA’s limits on maximum initial velocity and overall distance while delivering their proprietary high moment of inertia (MOI) that pushes mass to the perimeter of the golf ball resulting in a more forgiving ball with straighter ball flight and reduced spin decay for greater distance. Golf Digest named the VERO X2 to its annual Hot List in June 2022.
For more information or to purchase the VERO X2 ($50 per dozen MSRP), visit http://www.oncoregolf.com/products/vero-x2/.
(PHOENIX) — With a focus on golfers in search of new technology engineered to deliver precise control and consistency, PING introduced the i230 irons and iCrossover today. The newest entries into PING’s popular “i” series are now available for custom fittings at authorized PING retailers around the world.
“The new i230 irons and iCrossovers are for avid players who want to get better,” said John K. Solheim, PING CEO & President. “In the i230 iron, we’ve engineered a lot of performance into one design. It has the precise control and consistency of a players iron with an amazing feel while offering the forgiveness of a game improvement iron. It reminds me a lot of the iconic PING EYE2 iron in that it will appeal to so many player types, from the tour pros to everyday golfers. It’s really packed with performance.
“We’ve re-branded our Crossover category into the ‘i’ family to target golfers who most likely play one of our blade-style irons. The tour-inspired head size and sole design along with higher ball speeds help it to transition more seamlessly as a long-iron alternative. We’ve also added hosel adjustability, a highly beneficial innovation allowing golfers to dial in their trajectories for the first time in an iron-style design. We believe this re-design will greatly improve its appeal and find its way into a lot more bags on tour and other competitive settings.”
i230: A Players Iron Everyone Can Play
Advancements to the activated elastomer technology in the i230 iron allowed PING engineers to save significant weight, which is re-allocated within the clubhead to position the center of gravity (CG) low for more distance and control while increasing the moment of inertia (MOI) for added forgiveness. The low CG combines with greater face bending to deliver higher ball speeds. The elastomer reinforces the face, providing more consistent bending and energy transfer across the entire face, resulting in approximately three more yards of distance in player testing. Its higher MOI is largely due to tungsten toe and tip weights, which help make it the most forgiving “i” iron to date.
“The i230 iron sits in the middle of our iron offerings, so it requires us to balance a variety of performance attributes,” Solheim said. “It needs the precision and solid feel of a players iron while offering the forgiveness a lot of golfers expect from a PING iron. We also want to provide more distance in a way that is predictable and repeatable to ensure it meets the precise gapping needs of the best players in the world. I’m excited to report our research and early tour feedback confirms we’ve achieved all that and more. It has a little bit of everything to deliver a lot of performance.”
Pleasing Impact Experience
Through extensive modal analysis, PING researchers isolated undesirable frequencies within the clubhead and precisely positioned a re-engineered cavity badge to damp their effect to ensure a pleasing feel and sound. The four-piece badge combines a thin 304 stainless steel cap with an injection-molded thermoplastic that is secured to the cavity with high-strength adhesive. The activated elastomer supports the face and sits in a toaster-style pocket, which is concealed behind the multi-material badge, creating a clean and appealing cavity design.
“Feel is one of the most important attributes in a players iron,” said Solheim. “Golfers who rely on precise iron play require exceptional feel to control their ball flight. The i230 iron is engineered to provide consistent feel from every club in the set. The soft elastomer and the cavity badge work in concert to ensure they not only feel great, but they sound even better.”
The long irons (3-5) are slightly more compact than the tour-proven i210, producing more consistent clubface delivery and accuracy, while the rest of the set is designed with similar blade lengths. The sole design is also similar, with a rounded lead edge and ample bounce to promote smooth turf interaction for clean and solid strikes. The precision-milled MicroMax grooves deliver consistent launch and spin results for more accuracy in the long irons and greater control in the short irons and wedges, especially in wet or grassy conditions where the grooves and hydropearl 2.0 chrome finish help ensure lower launch angles with high spin rates.
“Meeting the needs of our tour pros, who have already won with it, is an important element of the i230 iron,” Solheim said. “Their validation of this design goes a long way in giving golfers the confidence that they can also benefit from its technology. The changes to the blade lengths and shaping are very subtle but are designed to improve the playability and the accuracy of the entire set, especially the long irons. They inspire a lot of confidence when you look at them in the address position.”
Multi-material construction: 431 stainless steel body; activated elastomer insert; 304 stainless steel/injection molded TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) cavity badge; tungsten toe/shaft tip weights; hydropearl 2.0 finish
AVAILABLE: 3-9, PW, UW in 10 color codes (lie angle). Black color code is standard.
LOFT OPTIONS: Standard, Power Spec and Retro Spec
STOCK SHAFTS: Dynamic Gold 105 (R300, S300) & PING Alta CB Black (SR, R, S)
OPTIONAL STOCK SHAFTS: PING AWT 2.0 (R, S, X), Dynamic Gold (S300, X100), Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100), KBS Tour (R, S, X), Nippon NS Pro Modus Tour 105 (R, S, X), Elevate MPH 95 (R, S), UST Recoil 760 ES SMAC (A), 780 (R, S)
STOCK GRIP: Lamkin Crossline Black
U.S. MSRP: $205 per club with stock steel shaft; $220 per club with stock graphite shaft
A Players Crossover
With similar sole shaping, including the rounded lead edge and ample bounce, the iCrossover seamlessly fits into an i230 iron set in place of long irons. The blade lengths are slightly shorter with less offset than previous crossover generations, making it more compact while providing a tour-style appearance. The standard shaft length builds also are approximately one-quarter inch shorter than the previous models to transition into a set more easily, providing more control and tighter dispersion patterns with similar distance. The precision-milled MicroMax grooves and matte-black hydropearl 2.0 finish deliver consistent launch and spin results for more accuracy.
New Trajectory Tuning 2.0
A first in an iron-style design, the adjustable hosel provides eight settings for loft and lie to help dial in a golfer’s desired ball flight. The lightweight hosel is clearly marked to allow for quick and easy adjustments, with a range of ±1.5° loft and lie in various combinations. The standard setting is the stated loft of the club at 1.5° upright.
“We looked closely at our fitting and Arccos data and discovered the vast majority of our crossover users were better players who use one of our blade irons,” Solheim said. “So, we shifted our focus to engineering a crossover that better fit the needs of that type of player. The iCrossover performance results have been exceptional. Its shape looks great, the ball speeds are higher, and it sounds very powerful. The addition of the adjustable hosel is a huge benefit to help players at that level dial in their ball flight.”
Multi-material construction: 17-4 stainless steel body; forged, maraging steel face; tungsten toe/shaft tip weights; matte-black hydropearl 2.0 finish
AVAILABLE: 2XR (18° loft) 40 1/8” std. length, 3XR (20°) 39.50”, 4XR (22.5°), 39.00”
TRAJECTORY TUNING 2.0 HOSEL: 8 loft/lie settings
STOCK SHAFT: PING Tour 2.0 Chrome 85 (R, S, X)
OPTIONAL STOCK GRAPHITE SHAFTS: PING Alta CB Black (SR, R, S), Mitsubishi Kai’Li White 80 (S, X), Project X HZRDUS Smoke Red RDX 70HY (5.5), 80HY (6.0, 6.5)
STOCK GRIP: Golf Pride 360 Tour Velvet (six sizes)
U.S. MSRP: $275 per club with graphite or steel shafts
Perfect Options for Golf Lovers
(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – Rain or Shine Golf – the leading resource helping all golfers create their dream at-home simulator setup – has published a list of holiday gift ideas to help anyone find the perfect gift for the golfer in their life.
Available on the company’s website, the guide includes options in a variety of price points to suit a wide range of budgets. Ideas include everything from advanced portable launch monitors to hitting mats and simulator packages that utilize the company’s proprietary components. View the full list here or please see below for descriptions of products and packages:
HomeCourse Retractable Enclosure: A fully retractable indoor golf simulator screen that allows you to turn your living room, garage, or basement into an indoor driving range or golf simulator studio within seconds.
FlightScope Mevo+ Launch Monitor: Mevo+ will be a true game changer for golfers. A 2021 Golf Digest Editor’s Choice for best launch monitor under $2,000, the FlightScope Mevo+ breaks the boundaries of what a launch monitor at this price point should provide.
SwingTurf Golf Mat: The perfect combination of quality and affordability, SwingTurf reacts authentically, giving realistic feedback on miss-hits. With the 3 year warranty, it’s durable and will last through countless practice sessions.
SkyTrak Launch Monitor and Golf Simulator: A serious gift for a serious golfer. One of the best game improvement tools a golfer can have, this launch monitor provides feedback on shots while offering fun games and simulated courses the whole family can enjoy.
SkyTrak SwingBay Golf Simulator: Looking to go big this holiday. A golf simulator will be the gift that the whole family will never forget! An all-in-one golf simulator that brings the golf course indoors –comes with everything for an at-home golf simulator.
SwingBay & SwingBay Packages: Take the guessing game out of building your at-home simulator withSwingBay packages complete with the SwingBay golf simulator screen and enclosure.
HomeCourse Packages: Choose from the industry-leading FlightScope Mevo+ package or SkyTrak package with a truly portable and state-of-the-art retractable golf screen technology from HomeCourse that allows golfers to turn any space into a driving range or golf simulator studio within seconds..
DIY Impact Screens: The perfect gift for the DIY golfer. Get 10% off all DIY Impact Screens for Cyber Monday only.
“With winter weather around the corner, we are thrilled to offer our customers a wide array of products and gift ideas that will help golfers keep their games sharp all year round,” says Shawn Foley, Co-Founder of Rain or Shine Golf. “Whether you are new to the game or an avid golfer, there is something for everyone in our Holiday Gift Guide.”
Taking advantage of its price match guarantee program, customers can earn free shipping on orders to the lower 48 states, safe and secure ordering via SSL encryption technology, manufacturer warranties on every order and financing options to help individuals spread out payments.
To learn more about Rain or Shine Golf, visit www.rainorshinegolf.com.
Friday, October 21, 2022
(Missoula, Montana) – The new Mid-Stripe Stand Bag and collection of matching accessories from Sun Mountain is like a window back in time perfectly merged with modern features. Mid-Stripe offers the classic looks of a vinyl golf bag paired with modern conveniences like a bag top with a built-in handle and dual shoulder straps. Mid-Stripe is available as a single or dual strap stand bag and offers matching accessories such as the Boston Bag weekend bag, alignment stick cover, golf towel, wooden tees, and more to come. Mid-Stripe Stand Bag comes in variety of awesome color combinations, each with the distinctive Mid-Stripe design. Mid-Stripe golf bags retails at $369.99. For the retailer nearest you, visit www.sunmountain.com or call 800-227-9224.
Sun Mountain’s Director of Design, Seth Enes said, “The Mid-Stripe is a fresh lifestyle collection with a twist from the past. It’s a throwback to 1981 when the Sun Mountain Sports brand was created. And it fits into the trend of a more casual-style on the golf course with a sporty look.”
Mid-Stripe Stand Bag offers seven pockets including a full-length apparel pocket, two velour-lined valuables pockets, and a beverage pouch. All pockets feature Vislon zippers throughout for ease of use and durability. The shoulder straps offer quick-release buckles so can switch from a dual strap to a single strap easily. Mid-Stripe golf bags come with matching Mid-Stripe wooden tees and a chrome plate, that the company will customize with your initials.
Beyond the single strap and dual strap Mid-Stripe Stand Bag, additional items in the Mid-Stripe Collection include the Mid-Stripe Boston Bag. The Boston Bag will carry what you need if you’re heading to the course, the gym, or an overnight trip. The side pocket on the Boston Bag is large enough for a mobile phone, wallet, or keys. The two larger pockets offer room for a change or two of clothes and a pair of shoes. The shoe pocket is even reinforced to protect against crushing. Boston Bag is available in the same array of colors as the golf bags and retails at $249.99.
Additional matching accessories include Mid-Stripe alignment stick covers, golf towel, and wooden tees.
For the Sun Mountain retailer nearest you call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.
Thursday, October 20, 2022
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
(RELEASE) — In a market dominated by golfers who prefer to walk, the title of Europe’s #1 push cart and golf bag brand is something that BIG MAX is rightfully proud of. Having held the #1 spot for push carts for almost 30 Years, this has become the benchmark for success in the business, however, founder of BIG MAX Thomas Reiter has recently shifted the brand’s definition of success to create a legacy that shows market leadership in more than one way. He explains.
“I’m incredibly proud of everything we have achieved with BIG MAX. From an idea in 1994 for a 3 wheel push cart we have created arguably the biggest push cart and golf bag brand in the world. All from Austria, where we are not known for world leading golf brands! We now have manufacturing facilities and distribution networks all over the world but with that growth and success comes an inevitable environmental impact which I believe we have a duty to recognize and address.”
Innovation is at the heart of all BIG MAX products, and that ethos has now spread to the manufacturing processes themselves. This is perhaps best shown in the brand’s recent switch to a new system for powder coating all of its push and electric carts. Thomas continues.
“Last year we decided to remove the use of solvents from the finish of our carts. You need to take a lot of care when using and disposing of solvents, and the reality is that even if you dispose of them safely, they are still a pollutant. So we decided to create a solution that gave a strong protective finish without any solvents. Our engineers have developed a powder coating treatment that means we don’t buy any solvents, don’t have to pay for disposal and the factory workers don’t have to use hazardous materials. We have actually created a more environmentally sound, safer and less expensive method for producing a great finish on the carts.”
This ethos of innovating to create more sustainable practices is driving changes throughout the BIG MAX business. And with an initial investment in R&D, many of the practices are producing solutions with multiple benefits.
“Because we are manufacturing in large numbers, we can choose factories that share our vision for sustainability and invest in businesses that want to minimize their environmental impact. I see this again as part of leading. If we can show that manufacturing can be done in a cost effective and sustainable way, then other factories and brands will inevitably follow suit.”
“We have worked with one factory in Vietnam for 28 years, and we have grown together with a shared vision for sustainability based around the idea of “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”. We have reduced our energy consumption by fitting 423,538 square feet of solar panels to run our machines. This number of panels also reduces the temperature inside the factory by 6 to 10 degrees (Fahrenheit) making for a better working environment and reducing the need for any air conditioning. We collect rainwater from the factory roof into 1.58 million gallon water tanks, using it across the factory and for watering the trees and flowers. We have reduced the number of welds in every cart and use robots in the process to improve efficiency as the by-products of welding causes air pollution. We recycle all waste plastic and putting it back into our supply chain, making sure none is wasted. And all of our trolley packaging now comes with zero plastic and all non-essential plastic is removed from packaging across the whole business.”
“One of my favourite innovations is the use of re-cycled plastics to create a protective cover for our Aqua golf bags. Once you Take the cover off the bag, you turn it upside down and it becomes a clothing carrier. I love this because it uses recycled plastics, it reduces our plastic use where the Aqua bags used to arrive in plastic covers, and it re-uses a part of our packaging for another purpose. To get all 3 R’s is fantastic!”
In addition to the developments in manufacturing practices BIG MAX has recently announced an ambitious environmental initiative called Trees for Trolleys with the Jane Goodall Institute. As part of the launch of its 2022 line of electric trolleys, BIG MAX has committed to the reforestation of tropical Ugandan forests by planting a tree for every electric trolley it produces. In addition, BIG MAX will help fund projects that promote awareness in local Ugandan communities of the environmental importance of re-forested areas, train forest rangers to monitor and protect the forest, and promote ongoing research into the local eco-system.
“For us, being market leaders means a lot more than just sales. If we can lead the way in creating business practices and manufacturing processes that reduce impact on the environment, then we are being successful. I know that I speak from a privileged position of having had a lot of traditional ‘success’ but that is why we can show the way to others. We have invested in these processes, but we are now showing that sustainability and business success are compatible. In many cases we are actually reducing our costs. To be able to make these changes at BIG MAX makes me very proud. My aim now is to keep innovating so that we can truly say that we are ‘successful’ in all areas of the business.”
BIG MAX USA — www.bigmaxgolf.com
Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Brady, Stephen Curry, Mike Trout and More Among the Stars Ushering Golf into the Future
(AUSTIN, TX.) — GOLF+ – the leading VR golf application on the market – has secured investments from some of the biggest names on the PGA Tour, NFL, NBA, and MLB to propel its revolutionary platform forward and fulfill the company’s vision of making golf more accessible for everyone.
Led by Breyer Capital, the star-studded list of investors includes Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Brady, Stephen Curry, Mike Trout, and Ben Crenshaw. These individuals recognize that GOLF+ has created a new pathway to enjoy the sport that is appealing to players of all levels, and an onramp to grow the game globally. Other investors include financier Jimmy Dunne, 1800contacts Founder Jonathan Coon, former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano, Pennybacker Capital Founder/CEO Tim Berry, Kendra Scott CEO Tom Nolan, Silicon Labs Founder Nav Sooch, Stephen Curry’s production company Unanimous Media, BoostVC, and Capital Factory.
Designed to be complementary to traditional golf, the GOLF+ VR experience removes typical barriers such as time restraints, greens fees and weather to allow users to play anywhere, anytime. For those who have never picked up a club in the real world, it offers a stress-free way to learn, play and practice at their own pace. Avid golfers can enjoy realistic physics and life-like replications of the most iconic courses in the world. In less than a year since launch, the platform’s hundreds of thousands of golfers have played over six million rounds on the platform.
“GOLF+ has the potential to bring the game that I love to millions of households worldwide,” says Rory McIlroy. “The platform makes the sport so much more accessible to new audiences while also additive to experienced green grass golfers. This fun, immersive experience brings golf into the virtual era, and I believe it will have a positive impact on the game of golf.”
Jim Breyer, who led Facebook’s first institutional funding round in 2005, added that “virtual and augmented reality hardware should progress dramatically over the next 5-10 years, and I believe that GOLF+ will build upon their market-leading position. From the first moment that I met the GOLF+ team, I knew that they had both the technical expertise and passion for golf to bring the sport into the metaverse.”
Co-Founders Ryan Engle and Rob Holzhauer fell in love with golf at a young age. Their goal since day one has been to create a platform where golfers can come together in a virtual environment and compete, socialize, and have fun, just as they would in the real world.
“I feel so fortunate to have discovered golf at an early age – it excites me that so many younger and first-time golfers are discovering the game in VR,” says Jordan Spieth. “Once they experience their first great shot, or compete with friends, these new players get a taste of what makes golf so special.”
GOLF+ has evolved substantially over the past few years. The company originally launched an augmented reality putting app on the iPhone App Store in 2018, before launching a VR putting game called Pro Putt and a VR Topgolf venue in 2020. Committed to representing all aspects of golf, the company added full course play in late 2021 and became GOLF+. In the first ten months of full course play, more than 500 million shots have been hit by GOLF+ players.
“We’ve spent countless hours honing the GOLF+ experience to be as close to the real sport as possible, but it’s not an alternative or replacement to traditional golf,” says Engle, GOLF+ Co-Founder and CEO. “It’s a new way to experience the game and our goal with GOLF+ is to bring golf into the lives of as many people as possible.”
GOLF+ is currently available on the Meta Quest 2 platform for $29.99. The game comes standard with Valhalla Golf Club, host of the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup, as well as three other fictional course designs. Users can add the famed Ocean Course at Kiawah Island and Wolf Creek Golf Club for just $7.99. The Pro Putt mini-golf game and virtual Topgolf hangout are also available free of charge. GOLF+ allows for both single-player and multiplayer options, making it ideal for solo practice or a social round.
For more information, visit www.golfplusvr.com.
(Huntington Beach, Calif.) – Srixon/Cleveland Golf is excited to introduce acclaimed football star Reggie Bush as an ambassador in a full equipment contract deal.
“We are thrilled to have Reggie join our Team Srixon ambassador program. His passion for golf made this partnership an easy choice, and we look forward to creating outstanding content with Reggie going forward,” said Noelle Zavaleta, Marketing Communications Director.
The Southern California native is widely regarded as one of the most electric college football players of all-time. During his college career, Bush earned All-American honors twice and was voted the best player in the nation in 2005. After college, Bush was drafted to play professional football and went on to play 11 seasons at the highest level.
Bush now works as an on-air college football analyst for Fox Sports, with the program ‘Big Noon Kickoff’ gaining positive reviews. His media presence is very prominent with over 5.2 million followers across his social media channels.
When he’s not in the broadcast booth, Bush spends his time on a new passion – golf. “This is a dream come true for me,” he said. “I’m happy to be a part of Team Srixon and to promote this great sport to a new audience. Srixon/Cleveland Golf makes outstanding products and these clubs fit my game perfectly.”
Bush is a regular at PGA TOUR Pro-Am’s and has participated in the Icons Series, helping Team USA to victory in the 2022 event. Through his 619 Charitable Fund, Bush has hosted his own golf fundraisers to support causes close to him.
Bush will be gaming the following Srixon/Cleveland Golf products:
- Srixon ZX5 9.5° Driver
- Srixon ZX 18° Fairway
- Srixon ZX 20° Utility
- Srixon ZX5 4-PW Irons
- Cleveland RTX Full-Face Black Satin 50°, 54°, 58° wedges
- Cleveland Golf Prototype Putter
- Z-STAR XV DIVIDE
Complimentary Vehicles Available Exclusively for Guests
(PINEHURST, N.C.) – Pinehurst Resort, host venue for the 2024 U.S. Open, today announces the renewal of its exclusive partnership with BMW of North America to provide guests with complimentary access to the latest BMW vehicles during their stay at the resort via the “Guest Drive Program.”
Guests of the “Cradle of American Golf” will have the opportunity to explore the unique beauty of North Carolina’s famed Sandhills region behind the wheel of their preferred “Ultimate Driving Machine.” Pinehurst Resort’s “Guest Drive Program” is available to all registered guests with a valid driver’s license from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays.
The new program features a wide selection of BMW’s newest and most exclusive offerings, allowing guests to experience firsthand the full spectrum of BMW’s cutting-edge technology and class-leading comfort features while carving up scenic roads in their model of choice. Pending available inventory, the 2023 program will also usher in access to BMW’s all-new fully-electric vehicles – the BMW iX Sports Activity Vehicle and the BMW i4 Gran Coupe.
“We’re energized to extend this official partnership with BMW through 2024,” says Pinehurst Resort Vice President of Sales and Marketing Eric Kuester. “BMW's passionate customer base values the inspired innovations and experiences that a world-class golf destination like Pinehurst Resort offers. That connects with our brand positioning as we continue to evolve and advance our guest experiences.”
Introducing new electric driving experiences for guests connects with Pinehurst Resort’s sustainability initiatives of the last decade-plus. Several courses, including Nos. 2, 3 and 4, have undergone restorations and reimaginations, significantly reducing the amount of irrigable turf and overall water usage. The 43-room Manor Inn was completely renovated in 2019 following LEED® standards, and the venerable Carolina Hotel is undergoing significant upgrades to all guest and conference rooms, hallways, the lobby and Coffee House.
For more information, visit www.pinehurst.com.
Two-Day Boys & Girls Camps Launching in California, Florida, and New Jersey
(LOS ANGELES, CA) – College Golf Experience (CGX), a college golf education program with exclusive endorsement from the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), announces, in partnership with the Ivy Golf Institute (IGI), a series of educational junior golf camps hosted exclusively by Ivy League coaches. Camps are designed to offer insights for junior golfers and their parents on playing college golf in the Ivy League. Together, IGI and CGX are creating a new pathway to playing college golf in the Ivy League in an educational, immersive, and fun setting at various locations across the country throughout the year.
To register for an upcoming Ivy Camp, visit: https://collegegolfx.com/camps/#upcoming.
“In partnership with Ivy Golf Institute, we strive to teach, motivate, and inspire campers, while supporting these highly academically-minded players and families with the tools to help them find their fit in college golf,” said CGX CEO, Joshua Jacobs. “Our Ivy camp series is an exciting opportunity to create unique and transformational experiences for juniors and their parents with esteemed coaches from the most prestigious institutions in the country.”
Coach participants for the Fall and Winter camps are listed below:
Ivy Boys Fall Camp - Princeton Men’s Head Coach Will Green, Columbia Men’s Head Coach Rich Mueller, and Cornell Men’s Head Coach Matt Baughan.
Ivy Girls Fall Camp - Princeton Women’s Head Coach Erika DeSanty, Columbia Women’s Head Coach Amy Weeks, and Penn Women’s Head Coach Mark Anderson.
Ivy Boys Winter Camp - Dartmouth Men’s Head Coach Rich Parker, Columbia Men’s Head Coach Rich Mueller, and Penn Men’s Head Coach Clay White.
Ivy Girls Winter Camp - Yale Women’s Head Coach Lauren Harling, Dartmouth Women’s Head Coach Alex Kirk, and Penn Women’s Head Coach Mark Anderson.
“The partnership between Ivy Golf Institute and College Golf Experience is reshaping the camp model for junior golfers interested in playing at elite academic institutions. Representing nearly every golf program in the Ivy League, we are determined to build meaningful connections with all participants and their families, while supporting and guiding them as they embark on one of the most crucial decisions of their golfing lives,” said Erika DeSanty, Head Women’s Golf Coach, Princeton University.
Players attending the Ivy Golf Institute Camps will participate in simulated college golf practice and tournament rounds while engaging with the Ivy coaches throughout the experience. Juniors and their parents will also attend education seminars led by the coaches on college golf, the recruiting process, course management and strategy, along with experiencing real-time feedback on their games via skill assessments and challenges similar to what coaches work on with their teams.
“CGX is a first-class operation driven to educate junior golfers about college golf while also leveraging a unique partnership with Ivy League schools. I’m incredibly honored and excited about working CGX camps and sharing my experience,” said Rich Mueller, Head Men’s Golf Coach, Columbia University.
To learn more about CGX and other dates and locations, visit www.collegegolfx.com.
Initiation Fee Increased to $50,000, Waitlist Implemented for “Young Executives”
(LAKE ANNA, Va.) – Cutalong at Lake Anna, Central Virginia’s premier master-planned private golf community situated northwest of Richmond, announces an increase in membership initiation fees to $50,000, while instituting a waitlist for the popular Young Executive & National membership options.
Cutalong sits on the shores of scenic Lake Anna and provides a peaceful retreat for busy families and retirees alike. The community is located within driving distance of several cities, including Charlottesville (39 mi); Richmond (58 mi); Washington, D.C. (86 mi); Baltimore (123 mi); and even Philadelphia (223 mi). Features include an 18-hole golf course and multiple luxury and custom home options, and plans call for a private marina and amenities for the whole family to enjoy.
Through a unique combination of golf tournaments and community events bringing members and non-members together, membership has skyrocketed at Cutalong and solidified its status as the region’s preeminent place to live and play.
“The buzz around the lake has been palpable, and we are excited to enter the next stage in our growth as a premier golf community,” says Brady Noland, Director of Golf at Cutalong. “We look forward to continuing to provide a first-class experience for our members both on- and off-the-course.”
Drawing inspiration from classic designs from the most noted course architects in the sport, the Cutalong golf course produces a distinctive experience on the highlands above Lake Anna. The layout also draws from the rich mining history on the property with actual spoil mounds and railroad timbers found on some holes.
Off the course, Cutalong will offer 891 single-family homes, golf villas and member cottages perfect for those looking for a first home, second home or place to retire. More than 50 stay-and-play units are also planned, which will allow guests to enjoy everything Cutalong has to offer.
Lake Anna is truly a hidden gem in Virginia, attracting nearly 2 million tourists annually and offering stunning scenery paired with a tight-knit social scene including live music, wineries and breweries. The only golf course in the area, Cutalong is the ultimate destination for golfers of all levels who want to experience a charming lakeside community.
About Cutalong at Lake Anna: www.cutalonglakeanna.com.
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
USGA returns to Cleveland, Ohio, for 2027 U.S. Girls’ Junior, 2033 U.S. Senior Amateur and 2039 U.S. Women’s Amateur
(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) — The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced on Monday that Canterbury Golf Club, in Cleveland, Ohio, will be the host site for the 2027 U.S. Girls’ Junior, 2033 U.S. Senior Amateur and 2039 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships. The club has previously hosted five USGA championships, including two U.S. Opens.
“We are thrilled to return to Canterbury Golf Club to conduct these three USGA championships,” said Mark Hill, USGA senior managing director, championships. “The USGA is excited to restore our relationship with this historic club and its enthusiastic golf community on such a fantastic layout. We know the club and its membership will provide an exceptional experience for our players as they compete for these coveted titles.”
These will be the sixth, seventh and eighth USGA championships held at Canterbury Golf Club, which last hosted the 1996 U.S. Senior Open, captured by Dave Stockton, who held off a hard-charging Hale Irwin to win by two strokes. The club also hosted the 1979 U.S. Amateur (won by Mark O’Meara), the 1964 U.S. Amateur (won by William Campbell), the 1946 U.S. Open (won by Lloyd Mangrum) and the 1940 U.S. Open (won by Lawson Little).
Canterbury Golf Club has also hosted the 1973 PGA Championship (won by Jack Nicklaus), four Senior Tournament Players Championships (1983-1986) and, most recently, the 2009 Senior PGA Championship (won by Michael Allen).
“Canterbury Golf Club is proud to continue its tradition of hosting national championships,” said Tim Cercelle, club president. “As we reengage our relationship with the USGA, it’s an honor to showcase our golf course to the world and play host to these prestigious championships that truly embody the spirit of the amateur game and support the next generation of golfers.”
Canterbury Golf Club’s 18-hole golf course was designed by Herbert Strong, who was a founding member of the PGA of America. It was routed to utilize the area’s natural topography, resulting in a demanding course with a wide variety of holes.
The 2027 U.S. Girls’ Junior will be the 42nd championship held in Ohio, and the second of the 2027 season, following the U.S. Women’s Open Presented by ProMedica at Inverness Club, in Toledo. The most recent championship in Ohio was the 2022 U.S. Senior Women’s Open at NCR Country Club, in Kettering. The 2029 U.S. Amateur Championship is also scheduled to be played at Inverness Club. The last USGA championship held in northeast Ohio was the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur, won by 15-year-old and future world No. 1 Lydia Ko at The Country Club in Cleveland.
The U.S. Girls’ Junior was first conducted in 1949 and is open to female amateurs who have not turned 19 on or before the final day of the championship and have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 9.4. U.S. Girls’ Junior champions earn an exemption into the following year’s U.S. Women’s Open Presented by ProMedica. Notable champions include Mickey Wright, JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Hollis Stacy, Nancy Lopez, Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson and Minjee Lee.
The U.S. Senior Amateur was first conducted in 1955 and is open to golfers who are 55 years and older and have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 7.4. U.S. Senior Amateur champions earn an exemption into the following year’s U.S. Senior Open, in addition to the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur for the following two years.
The U.S. Women’s Amateur is one of the USGA’s first three championships, having debuted in 1895 along with the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open, marking the beginning of women’s competitive golf in this country. The U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and runner-up receive exemptions into the following year’s U.S. Women’s Open. Notable champions include Lydia Ko, Danielle Kang, Morgan Pressel, Kay Cockerill, Juli Inkster and Babe Zaharias.
Monday, October 17, 2022
LPGA Jones Course
(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) – With clean up from Hurricane Ian well underway, the Daytona Beach Area continues to bounce back, including the area’s acclaimed golf courses, which are welcoming players for the popular fall season.
Home to nearly 20 courses, including LPGA International and a pair of Donald Ross designs, Daytona Beach is one of Central Florida’s most popular golf destinations, delivering the type of quality, value and good times group leaders relish.
Hurricane Ian brought high winds and rain, leaving golf courses to clean up debris and downed trees but largely avoiding any structural damage. Most of Daytona Beach’s courses reopened just days after the storm and now layouts across the area are hosting players with typically outstanding conditions.
“We are delighted to welcome golfers back to Daytona Beach,” said Lori Campbell-Baker, Executive Director for the Daytona Beach Area CVB. “Area golf courses were fortunate to avoid long-term damage, and players can look forward to their favorite Daytona Beach area courses being in prime condition on their next trip to the area.”
With an average high temperature of 76 degrees in November, 71 in December and 69 in January, Daytona Beach is an idyllic winter golf destination.
Among Daytona Beach’s most prominent layouts are the Hills and Jones courses at LPGA International and Victoria Hills, a Ron Garl design that has been ranked among Florida’s best public courses. Ross designs New Smyrna Golf Club and the South Course at Daytona Beach Golf Club join historic Riviera Country Club as members of the Florida Historic Golf Trail.
The area complements its golf offerings with an array of restaurants and nightlife that guarantee a good time long after the final putt drops. Daytona Beach also features an assortment of accommodations, highlighted by luxury oceanfront condos that serve as the perfect base for a golf trip.
For information on all of Daytona Beach’s golf offerings, visit DaytonaBeach.Golf.
Friday, October 14, 2022
SkyGolf Announces Special Discounts for Military, First Responders, Medical Professionals, Teachers and Student
(RIDGELAND, MS) — SkyGolf®, maker of SkyCaddie®, the most-trusted rangefinders in Golf, is proud to offer special discounts for military, first responders, medical professionals, teachers, and students. Customers who qualify will receive an exclusive discount code to use at checkout for 20% off their order (excluding SkyTrak). To get verified, they will need to visit verifypass.com/offers/website/www.skygolf.com.
“We are grateful to our military, first responders, medical professionals, teachers and students and we wanted to show our appreciation by offering a special discount to these groups. We understand the sacrifices you make to be of service to others and realize you often don’t receive much support,” said Jacqui Surman, SkyGolf Senior VP and COO. “This is our way of saying thank you and hope you can use our products to help you enjoy the game of golf more.”
SkyGolf features a line of award-winning SkyCaddie SX550 and SX400 rangefinders, the new LX2 smart watch and the LX5 and LX5 with ceramic bezel smart watches. All SkyCaddie devices are preloaded with over 35,000 best-in-class courses and feature Wi-Fi connectivity to streamline application updates and getting the latest course updates without connecting to a computer.
The large HD displays of the SX rangefinders, combined with HD quality course graphics, only available from SkyCaddie, provide the best view of the most-reliable information in the game to allow you to play your best golf. Unlike other rangefinders, which rely on satellite imagery that is often outdated and unreliable, only SkyCaddie walks the course to capture accurate and verifiable data to provide you with distances you can trust.
The SX550 and SX400 rangefinders include a host of patented technology and stroke-saving features developed by SkyCaddie to help its customers make better decisions on the golf course.
All rangefinders in the SX family feature the new Dynamic HoleVue™ with IntelliPath Technology that provides the distance to target as well as every other relevant attribute of the course, along and beyond your target line, without aiming a laser. So, now without wasting time to make multiple measurements, such as with a laser, you get distances instantly to all intervening hazards, end of fairways and other shot saving information in an instant to allow you to play like a pro and make the right club selection.
SkyCaddie’s new and patented Dynamic HoleVue™ feature rotates the fairway and orients the green from your current position and angle of attack as you move from the tee to the green. Now, you see everything between you and the green instantly without touching a button and get the distances you need to avoid hazards and play your best golf. So, in addition to SkyCaddie’s patented IntelliGreen® technology, golfers can now see the entire hole from their point-of-view.
With SkyCaddie’s patented IntelliGreen® technology, the exact shape of the green automatically rotates to match your angle of approach to provide all of the distances you need to hit more greens and avoid 3-putts. This proprietary feature gives you a chance to turn every shot into a scoring opportunity by providing front carry and back distances, depth of green, and distances to any other point on the green — simultaneously.
SkyCaddie PinPoint® technology will obsolete lasers by providing the ability to get distances to the pin while getting all the benefits of IntelliGreen. Simply enter pin sheet or zone information into the SkyCaddie® SX550 or SX400 to get distances to the hole, front, center and back PLUS the depth and true shape green... AND all of this information is on one screen that changes automatically based on your current position and angle of approach from anywhere on the course…whether you can see the flag or not. With the SX Series, you get more information, from more places, easier and faster and without aiming!
A new Shot Tracking feature allows you to track each shot you play, which clubs you used, how far you hit them, and where you hit them from. In addition, an array of automated features such as Auto-Course Selection, Auto-Hole Advance and Auto-Zoom, make the SX rangefinders basically "touch-free" from the parking lot to the 19th hole.
More features include: IntelliGreen® Pro that adds the ability to display major tiers, contours, false fronts, and mounds from your angle of approach to the green on selective courses; Shot Distance Measurement to help track how far the ball goes and help golfers to learn club distances; Target List View to give a quick list of all the targets ahead of on the hole; digital scoring options for Stroke and Stableford with handicapping; and Tee Box Selection, Gender Selection, Dual Green Support with a yards or meters option, Stat Tracking and a North Indicator.
Using the same next generation technology found in the SX family of rangefinders, the SkyCaddie LX2, LX5 and LX5C GPS smart watches include most of the dynamic features that golfers rave about in the SX550 and SX400 handhelds, giving golfers the most accurate information conveniently located on their wrist.
Simple wireless connectivity allows for the collection and storage of critical performance data in the SkyGolf 360 Cloud Service, making it available instantly to the user, instructors, or friends.
For more information, visit www.skygolf.com.