Thursday, December 22, 2022
Friday, December 16, 2022
Quechee, Vt. Four-season Lifestyle Community Earns Regional Award for Exceptional Quality and Contributions to Golf
(Hartford, Vt.) – Quechee Club was recently named New England Golf Course Owners Association (NEGCOA) 2023 Course of the Year. Announced at NEGCOA’s annual meeting and conference in December, this longstanding award recognizes four key areas of golf course operations: the exceptional quality of the course, the exceptional quality of ownership and management, outstanding contribution to the local community and to the game of golf.
Incoming NEGCOA president, Dave Frem commented, “The Quechee Club deservedly won the NEGCOA’s Course of the Year Award. The overall quality of its golf and club experience is exceptional, and it is a fantastic partner in the community, both in fostering a welcoming environment for all and in support of local charitable endeavors. Yet, it doesn’t rest on its laurels. With a priority on planning for the future and creating grow-the-game initiatives for youths and adults, it is well-positioned to be a successful club for many years to come.”
Quechee Club is home to two championship 18-hole courses, consistently ranked by Golf Week and Golf Digest as “Top 200 Residential Courses in the U.S.” and “The Best Golf Courses in Vermont,” respectively. Golf operations are led by TJ Anthoine, PGA, executive director of golf and recreation sports; and the course is maintained by a team led by Ken Lallier, CGCS, property director.
With record-breaking increases in golf course utilization and rounds played this year, the course conditions and facilities continue to remain a top priority for the Club. A project totaling $3.1 million, the shared golf course and ski hill irrigation system replacement project is anticipated to be completed next year. In addition, this past fall the Club embarked on its largest project in history; this multi-year campus-wide renovation project will include new storage buildings for golf and ski operations, the addition of electric carts, as well as affordable housing options for employees in the form of dormitory-style rooms.
“Quechee Club is a very special place to live and play golf,” said Brian Kelley, CCM, PGA, general manager and chief operating officer of the Club. “And the people behind the Club are really the heartbeat of this campus—our team of associates, our Board of Trustees, Committees and more than 1,400 member residents and their families; they are the common thread weaved throughout our Club’s most recent successes.”
Interest in golf has grown exponentially at Quechee Club, especially among younger demographics. The Club’s Junior Golf School has increased from 350 registered students in 2016 to more than 1000 in 2022, while the PGA Junior Team for players 13 and younger has grown 900 percent over the past five years.
Each year, the Club opens the courses to Vermont Golf Association and New England PGA tournaments and hosts the annual Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) Classic Golf Tournament, which has contributed to raising millions of dollars for the organization over its existence.
For more information, visit quecheeclub.com.
Thursday, December 15, 2022
A young Jordan Spieth at Brookhaven Country Club
Golf superstar will lend his expertise to the world’s largest owner and operator of membership clubs
(DALLAS) – Invited and three-time major winner Jordan Spieth today announced a strategic partnership in which Invited receives an investment from Spieth, and Spieth signs on as a strategic advisor and brand ambassador of the company.
Invited and the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation will also partner on a series of charitable and community efforts benefitting youth organizations, American veterans and military families. Additionally, Invited will host a series of fundraising events at Invited clubs across numerous states and create further member programming in order to raise funds for Spieth’s Foundation.
“I was introduced to the game and grew up playing at Invited’s first club - Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas. I’ve witnessed first-hand how Invited’ clubs unite people and build relationships that reach well beyond its fairways, greens, and courts,” said Spieth. “I’m excited to work with the team at Invited to help grow the company and leverage their unmatched platform to create an even greater impact in our communities. The partnership makes perfect sense as golf continues to expand in exciting ways, reaching new audiences while growing the impact on those who need a helping hand.”
“Since his incredible rise from Junior golf into the professional game, Jordan Spieth’s achievements as a player are astonishing. And while he has already accomplished more on the course than most will in a career, his focus on philanthropy and altruism will leave an even greater impact than any trophies he lifts,” said Invited CEO David Pillsbury. “Our clubs play an integral role in the lives of communities and our members where they play, celebrate, and build life-long friendships. We take great pride in our clubs and the ways in which they connect social, charitable, family and business elements of a community. We see an incredible opportunity to have Jordan’s investment and expertise join in the momentum our clubs have as pillars and hubs in the communities we call home.”
Invited, formerly ClubCorp, is a lifestyle hospitality brand founded in 1957 on the traditions and values of acceptance. With these founding principles in mind, the company announced a full rebrand in April of this year with the name and fundamental belief that everyone is “Invited”. The new name conveyed the appropriate hospitality emotion and appeal to match the lifestyle and hospitality service that the company and its members and guests have become accustomed to.
36-Hole Golf Retreat on N.C.’s Lake Lure Ideal for Groups of All Sizes
(LAKE LURE, N.C.) – Amid record demand for golf stay-and-plays – Rumbling Bald – the 36-hole golf sanctuary on Lake Lure an hour east of Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains, announces its winter and spring golf packages for 2023.
Winter rates start at $308 per golfer for two nights lodging in a Rumbling Bald vacation rental and two rounds on its Apple Valley and Bald Mountain Golf courses. Three-night, three-round and four-night, four-round options are also available for $452 and $574 per golfer, respectively. Spring rates start at $363 per golfer for two nights and two rounds, $501 for three nights and three rounds and $640 for four nights and four rounds.
Rumbling Bald will again offer its popular Weekday Specials starting April 1, 2023. Rates start at $330 per person for two nights and two rounds, $452 for three nights and three rounds, and $574 four nights and four rounds. Weekday Special rates are available for any combination of Sunday through Wednesday nights only. Rates include all taxes and fees and are based on full occupancy (blackout dates apply).
Lodging options geared specifically for golfers include the Apple Valley Studios (across from Apple Valley) and two- and four-bedroom Fairway Villas situated along Bald Mountain just steps from its first tee. Via its wide variety of spacious vacation rentals, Rumbling Bald can accommodate golf groups of all sizes. Luxury vacation homes are also available for extended stays and golf rounds can be added a la carte.
“We can’t wait to welcome golfers to Rumbling Bald in 2023 and showcase all the enhancements we’ve made to the golf courses, practices facilities and amenities,” says Rumbling Bald General Manager Jeff Geisler. “Whether it’s a foursome or large group, we provide a relaxing, fun golf experience that provides an escape from the day-to-day grind.”
Rumbling Bald continues to extend complimentary golf rounds to leaders of groups of 12 or more when booking their first trip to the property. The Large Groups 12+ Comp is ideal for PGA Professional-member trips, small tournaments, or large golf buddy trips. The shoulder- and off-seasons are ideal for group play, with ample value and typically a faster pace of play than the peak spring and fall periods.
To learn more about Rumbling Bald’s golf courses and packages, visit www.rumblingbald.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To book packages directly, or to speak with a golf vacation planner, call (828) 694.3072. Golfers are advised to call, email or check the website for course maintenance and closure schedules. Rates include all taxes and fees and are based on full occupancy (four players in a two-bedroom villa or two in a one-bedroom studio).
Photo Credit: Roger Neve
Couples Captured 1992 Masters Wearing Ashworth’s Iconic Golfman Logo; World Golf Hall of Famer Will be Outfitted in 2023 Apparel Line that Blends Classic Look with Performance Fabrics
(La Quinta, CA) – On the heels of announcing Ashworth Golf’s return to the US marketplace, Newtimes Group, a global leader of retail supply chain management, today announced World Golf Hall of Famer and 1992 Masters Champion Fred Couples is back as the face of Ashworth Golf.
Couples, who was outfitted in one of Ashworth’s classic polos when he captured the green jacket in 1992, will help reinvigorate the brand as he brings back the iconic Golfman logo when competing on the PGA TOUR Champions and other professional events around the world.
“I am thrilled to be back with Ashworth Golf and once again wearing the Golfman logo as I represent this legendary apparel line,” said Couples. “Ashworth was right there with me when I won the Masters and it was part of my success during so many memorable victories. Golfers the world over love this brand.”
“It’s been 30 years since his historic win at Augusta, and Fred is still one of the most popular and respected golfers of all time,” said Eddie Fadel, President, Ashworth Golf. “It’s only fitting that he returns to the Ashworth Golf family as we relaunch the iconic brand in the US with a commitment to quality, style and performance.”
Revered by passionate players since 1987, Ashworth is the original, authentic golf apparel brand, and it is this distinction and extraordinary heritage that sets the brand apart. Backed by a reputation for creating golf clothes that deliver a full range of motion and comfort all day, Ashworth Golf blends classic style with fine yarns and performance fabrics born off an innate understanding of the golfer’s movements.
Couples will be outfitted in a selection of items from the Spring and Fall 2023 lines, all developed to withstand the rigors of the course and the elements, integrating a mix of tradition and innovation, while offering golfers the ultimate in fit, function, style and performance. The new line will feature a modern-day version of the original cotton polos from Ashworth, combining technical fabrics with natural fibers, while offering an authentic yet classic look that meets the demands of today’s discerning golfer at every level of the game. Blending the highest quality cotton with just the right level of performance microfiber enhances fit and all-day comfort, as well as the proper amount of stretch during the golf swing.
Now, thanks to Newtimes Group, the Ashworth Golf brand will have additional resources, and a competitive advantage in supply chain operations. For more information on Ashworth Golf visit https://us.ashworthgolf.com/, or check out the brand’s social media pages located at @ashworthgolf.
Topgolf Callaway Brands and First Tee Expand Partnership to Reach More Young People from All Backgrounds
The organizations build on a shared commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and empowering young people
(PONTE VEDRA, FLA. and CARLSBAD, Calif.) — First Tee®, a youth development organization that helps kids and teens build their strength of character through golf, and Topgolf Callaway Brands Corp. (NYSE: MODG) (the “Company” or "Topgolf Callaway Brands”), a global leader in golf equipment, apparel and entertainment, are expanding their longtime partnership. Through the new partnership, Topgolf Callaway Brands will support initiatives that are helping expand First Tee programs, especially in underserved and underrepresented communities, including networkwide access to Topgolf.
“Topgolf Callaway Brands is proud to support First Tee’s mission to empower children and teens through golf,” said Chip Brewer, President & CEO of Topgolf Callaway Brands. “We are excited to become a First Tee Trustee and through our shared values, provide more access and opportunities for youth in the communities we serve.”
Topgolf Callaway Brands has been supporting First Tee since 2001. The Company is expanding their support and becoming a First Tee Trustee on the heels of the First Tee’s 25th Anniversary Network Summit held in Dallas, November 16 – 18, 2022. The Summit brought together more than 600 representatives from First Tee’s network of 150 chapters to celebrate the organization’s anniversary and continue to build momentum for the future with robust workshops and training sessions. The Summit concluded with a networking event at Topgolf.
“We believe in creating experiences that are just as fun as they are meaningful, and Topgolf Callaway Brands is an ideal partner to help us expand our reach,” said Greg McLaughlin, First Tee CEO. “Since launching the organization 25 years ago, it has been our priority to reach young people from all backgrounds, and we are grateful for the support from Topgolf Callaway Brands that will help further our efforts.”
Founded in 1997, First Tee is celebrating 25 years of enabling kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum, First Tee creates active learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence and resilience that kids can carry to everything they do. These character education programs are offered at golf courses, schools and youth centers in all 50 states and at six international locations.
To learn more about First Tee, visit firsttee.org.
The host venue of the 2023 Solheim Cup and Troon announce a new collaboration
(Finca Cortesin, Marbella, Spain) – Troon, leader in club management, development, and marketing, has announced a new collaboration with 2023 Solheim Cup host venue, Finca Cortesin. The collaboration will see Finca Cortesin, the first Spanish venue to host the Solheim Cup, able to connect to Troon’s network of over 850,000 golfers, as well as have access to marketing opportunities, including the Troon magazine, Troon’s digital and email marketing platforms and Troon.com.
In addition, over 250,000 full members of the participating Troon Privé and Troon Advantage programs will also receive exclusive news about Finca Cortesin.
Mark Chapleski, Executive Vice President at Troon International commented: “I am absolutely delighted that we have partnered with the exclusive Finca Cortesin facility. Through our collaboration, we will be able to assist the Finca team to further enhance their positioning in the US and international markets. Troon will also be on hand to support Finca Cortesin management in any field of expertise they may require as they continue to consolidate and grow their truly amazing brand. We are excited to be part of the Finca Cortesin journey.”
Set on a 215-hectare estate and surrounded by undisturbed nature, Finca Cortesin is centred around six main areas; an award-winning hotel, exceptional real estate, Cabell Robinson designed Championship golf course, outstanding spa and sport facilities, the magnificent Beach Club and an exclusive shopping area.
Celebrated for its exquisite facilities and service levels, Finca Cortesin is a unique resort in one of the most tranquil and sought-after enclaves of the Andalucia coast, not far from the picturesque village of Casares and less than a mile from the beach.
Vicente Rubio Morch, Managing Director Finca Cortesin said: “We are looking forward to collaborating with Troon as we enter an important year for Finca Cortesin. With the hosting of the Solheim Cup in 2023 increased access to the US market, which is already a significant market for the resort, will become even more important. This collaboration will not only help us strengthen our position in the US but will also allow us to take advantage of Troon’s expertise in a number of fields when needed.”
Finca Cortesin recently underlined its status as a world-class golf destination by receiving multiple accolades at this year’s World Golf Awards in Abu Dhabi. Renowned for its immaculate conditioning and outstanding service, both on and off the course, the Andalusian resort was named ‘Europe’s Best Golf Venue’, ‘Spain’s Best Golf Course’ and ‘Spain’s Best Golf Hotel’.
In less than 12 months, Finca Cortesin will welcome the best female golfers from Europe and the United States of America as they host the first ever Solheim Cup to take place in Spain and the Costa del Sol. The event will take place between September 18-24, 2023 with Team Europe looking to secure a hat-trick of triumphs.
For more information on Finca Cortesin and its facilities, visit fincacortesin.com.
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
The 50TH annual Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships, for boys and girls ages 3 through 18, will be played June 19-21 at two golf courses in Quincy, IL. Throughout the past 49 years, more than 24,000 young golfers have played in Little People’s. Many of them are now instrumental in golf in some way, and a good number are now playing on one of the professional golf tours or on their college or high school teams.
Entry Form and additional information on the 2023 Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships will be available on February 1 at www.littlepeoplesgolf.com, or call or text Tournament Director Nan Ryan at 217-257-5718.
Puerto Rico Tourism, Golf Niche Thriving; Island to Host Latin America Amateur Championship Next Month
United States Golf Association, R&A, and Augusta National Combine to Drive the Latin America Amateur Championship to be Held on the Island, Jan. 12-15, 2023
(SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO) – Puerto Rico tourism is setting records in many key visitor categories and the invigoration and momentum is being replicated by many of its niches, not the least of which is golf.
New records in visitation, visitor spending, and tourism jobs have been achieved making 2022 one of the best years in island history. Likewise, golf has achieved several firsts, including being the first non-mainland venue to host a United States Golf Association (USGA) championship – the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball last April – and Puerto Rico will debut as the host site of the Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC), Jan.12-15, 2023 at Grand Reserve Golf Club in Rio Grande.
The LAAC is backed by the USGA, R&A (Europe’s governing golf body), and Augusta National, home of the iconic Masters Tournament. The winner of the LAAC earns a berth into the 2023 Masters and the 2023 Open Championship in the United Kingdom. These are two of the game’s most hallowed competitive events.
“Tourism continues to lead the economic resurgence of Puerto Rico, and golf is an important microcosm, as these industry-leading organizations and events demonstrate,” said Brad Dean, CEO, Discover Puerto Rico, the island’s Destination Marketing Organization (DMO).
Additionally, the PGA TOUR annually conducts the Puerto Rico Open in the island, meaning that virtually each of the top golf organizations have deemed that the island holds first-class qualities that are up to the standards of their discerning brands.
The LAAC will be broadcast on an ESPN Network channel two days during the tournament. This will showcase Puerto Rico golf, the island, and several of its players to the world. Puerto Ricans scheduled to complete in the LAAC include Jeronimo Esteve, Diego Saavedra, Max Alverio, Kelvin Hernandez, Robert Calvesbert, and Roberto Nieves. Nieves nearly won the 2022 LAAC and hopes to build on that momentum next month during the 2023 tournament.
Golf in general and Puerto Rico specifically began prospering during the pandemic, stemming from the inherent safeness and ideal social distancing found in the game and on the Island. It has flourished ever since, ushering a new boom era for the game.
Sixteen of Puerto Rico’s 18 golf courses are open to the public. The other two allow play by guests staying at their resort. Golfweek rates several of the Island’s courses among the best in the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica and the Atlantic Islands.
Island courses range from luxury resort to municipal, spread throughout Puerto Rico with several clustered near historic San Juan. Oceanside views, coconut trees, and mountain and rainforest vistas frame their settings. Price points, terrain, layout style, and related amenities are varied and complementary.
Traveling to the Island is convenient with many choices as it is the air hub of the Caribbean. Further traveler friendliness is found in Puerto Rico’s bilingual culture, U.S. currency, and no passport required for American citizens.
For more information on the Island, travel guidelines, golf courses, resorts and hotels, and other destination attractions, visit DiscoverPuertoRico.com.
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
(Indian Wells, Calif.) – The 2022 Troon Challenge sponsored by Callaway Golf® concluded over the weekend with the National Finals at Indian Wells Golf Resort in Indian Wells, Calif. Now in its 20th year, the Troon Challenge is Troon's largest amateur golf event, attracting more than 1,500 golfers annually competing in regional qualifying events across the United States for a chance to play in the National Finals. 70 two-person teams (140 golfers) represented their home clubs in the National Finals played on Indian Wells Golf Resort’s award-winning Celebrity and Players courses, competing in both Gross and Net Divisions over the 36-hole, two-day event, held December 10 and 11, 2022.
“Congratulations to all of the finalists who earned their way to stunning Indian Wells Golf Resort for the National Finals, especially the winning teams from The Boulders and Monarch Beach,” said Kris Strauss, Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, Troon. “This may have been our best Troon Challenge season yet, from the interest in the many qualifiers, to the support of our event sponsors, to an amazing finale host venue in the City of Indian Wells and Indian Wells Golf Resort. We are already planning the 2023 event and building upon what is a great tradition in the Troon Challenge.”
Troon developed the Troon Challenge in 2003 as a way for amateur golfers to compete in fun, competitive, well-run golf events at Troon-affiliated facilities. The National Final has been held in a warm weather destination in late November or early December since the event’s inception, and provides qualifiers with an opportunity to play for prizes and bragging rights.
The 2022 Troon Challenge was sponsored by Callaway Golf, along with supporting partners, AHEAD, cbdMD, Golf Invite, Toptracer, and Pepsi, with scoring powered by Golf Genius. For more information, visit www.TroonChallenge.com.
Blue Tees Golf continues its green grass expansion with one of the world’s most influential golf course management companies
(LOS ANGELES, CA) – Award-winning producer of golf rangefinders and accessories, Blue Tees Golf, proudly announced today that the company has become an Invited Partner.
“We’re thrilled to partner with one of the best golf course management companies in North America. Their influence at green grass will help Blue Tees Golf connect with the most prominent golf clubs domestically. This relationship also validates Blue Tees Golf and its position in the marketplace,” said Blue Tees Golf VP of Sales, Taylor Herber. “This partnership is a significant step for Blue Tees' green grass growth, and we look forward to building strong relationships with Invited clubs across the US.”
Blue Tees Golf is committed to the green grass community and their rapid growth in the golf industry is a direct reflection of the relationships they have developed with PGA Pro Shops and Golf Specialty retailers across the nation.
For more information: www.blueteesgolf.com / Instagram: @blueteesgolf
Monday, December 12, 2022
(SUBMITTED) — Golf simulators have become an increasingly popular way for golfers to practice their game in the comfort of their own home. As technology advances and more people are looking for ways to enjoy their favorite sport year-round, the demand for realistic golf simulator designs and installations is rising. Let's explore the various options available when designing and installing a golf simulator, as well as considerations to be made when deciding which system best suits your needs. At InHome Golf we can design anything to your specs and needs!
Golf Simulator Design and Golf Simulator Installation is a comprehensive process that helps golf enthusiasts immerse themselves in the game of golf. With high-tech virtual reality technology, golfers can experience playing on the world's most exclusive courses right from the comfort of their own home. The design of a simulator starts with an assessment of space availability, including measuring size and available lighting to ensure realistic play conditions. Professional installers will then create a 3D model in order to design a custom simulator layout that meets the individual needs of each golfer.
Golf simulators are a great way for experienced and novice golfers alike to practice their game without having to leave the comfort of their own home or business - especially in the winter! With the latest advances in technology, golf simulator design has never been easier or more efficient. Installing a golf simulator can be done in as little as one day and with minimal disruption to your space or InHome Golf can design and install the ultimate 'Man Cave' complete with Tv's and even a wet bar!
Whether you are looking to install a single bay simulator in your home, or an expansive commercial facility with multiple hitting bays, InHome Golf has something for every golfer’s budget and lifestyle needs. From indoor driving ranges to virtual putting greens, today’s golf simulators offer incredibly realistic experiences that recreate the feeling of being out on the course. With professional installation services available, you can rest assured knowing that your system will be up and running quickly and efficiently.
Types of Golf Simulators
Golf simulators are an exciting new technology that can revolutionize the way people play golf. They provide a realistic golfing experience in any setting, allowing players to practice their skills even when they cannot get on the course. It's no surprise that many players of all skill levels are turning to golf simulators for a more enjoyable and convenient way to enjoy the game.
There are several types of golf simulator designs available on the market, each offering its own unique features and benefits. Portable versions offer convenience for those who want to move their simulator from location to location as needed, while custom studio-based designs provide greater accuracy and real-time data analysis capabilities. Additionally, there is a wide range of software programs available which offer varying degrees of realism and customization options. With careful consideration of your individual needs, you can find a golf simulator design that will best suit your style and budget. InHome Golf has designed and installed almost every brand of launch monitor and software system there is on the Golf and Sport simulator market.
At InHome Golf we only use the very best of products on the market, we have proprietary and custom fit impact screens, Uneekor, Apogee, Bravo and Full Swing Launch Monitors, and all of the latest software to make it all come together.
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Friday, December 9, 2022
New Location on Show Floor (Booth 2261) Includes a Fairway
(OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL) – Zero Friction, LLC announces it return to the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL. The maker of high-quality, technologically advanced products will showcase it golf products in a new spot – booth number 2261 — which will include an indoor fairway. The annual show will be held at the Orange County Convention Center from January 24 – 27, 2023.
“We are coming in big this year,” said John Iacono, founder and President of Zero Friction. “We moved locations and have expanded our space so buyers can test our products. We think the new booth layout and indoor fairway is going to be a hit with attendees. We are excited to see it all come together.”
“Many know Zero Friction for our colorful line of gloves, balls and tees, but we also have a line of golf bags which offer both style and convenience on the course,” said Iacono.
The most popular ZF golf bag is the Wheel Pro Push Cart, a three-in-one, multi-functional push or pull golf cart bag, which was introduced earlier this year. It has received rave reviews from many in the industry including golf writer Jason Bruno.
“John Iacono, owner of Zero Friction, and his team continue developing ‘outside the box’ products to take your golf experience to the next level,” said Jason Bruno of LinksNation.com. “What impressed us the most was how quickly you could transition from one phase to another – literally 30 seconds to go from carry bag to cart bag.”
For more information on Zero Friction, see the 2023 Zero Friction catalog, visit www.zerofriction.com, or call 630-317-7700.
(ROCKPORT, TX) — Edison Golf Company, maker of the revolutionary Edison Forged Wedges, has extended its special promotion of $40 off per wedge through midnight Saturday, December 31, 2022.
“We’ve had such a fantastic response to our holiday promotion that we’ve decided to extend it though the end of the year,” said Terry Koehler, Edison founder and Director of Innovation. “Whether you're trying Edison Forged Wedges for the first time or filling in your set . . . or even getting a back-up set (a great idea for practice!), there's never been a better time to upgrade your wedge game.”
“Did you know less than 15% of golfers – regardless of skill level – say that their wedge play is a strength of their game? And almost 40% say it is the absolute weakest part of their games,” added Koehler.
“That’s because traditional wedges have always been designed specifically for the skills of elite tour players who spend years perfecting their wedge games. Robotic testing proves that these traditional ‘tour design’ wedges are the most difficult clubs in our bags with which to attain consistent results, especially for recreational golfers. That has driven my work on wedges for over thirty years.”
In contrast, the Edison Forged wedges were designed for serious recreational golfers and feature a distinctly different weighting arrangement that distributes up to 25% more mass above the impact point to dramatically improve distance control and forgiveness, while also increasing spin. They also feature the patented and proven “Koehler sole”, which combines both a high and low bounce into each wedge for optimum versatility. Quality forged construction and Edison’s durable chrome finish combine to deliver exquisite feel while significantly extending the useful life of the wedges.
The Edison Forged wedge performance superiority can easily be experienced with Edison’s Risk-Free Trial program, where you can try any Edison wedge for up to 30 days on your course, hitting the shots you face every round. According to Koehler, "A fair comparison of an Edison Forged wedge to any other brand will almost always show the Edison Forged wedges to deliver more consistent distance, improved spin and more penetrating launch angles.”
Koehler, who also writes a popular weekly blog as The Wedge Guy on GolfWRX.com, has spent more than 40 years designing golf clubs, the past 30 of them focused on wedges. His work in wedges dates to the early 1990s with his patented sole design, which incorporated two distinct bounce angles in the sole of each wedge to deliver versatility for any lie and swing path. He pioneered raising the CG (center of mass) of wedges with Reid Lockhart, and his EIDOLON wedges of the early 2000s were the first to introduce CNC-milled grooves in mainstream wedges as well as thicker upper section of the wedge clubhead. Koehler’s design philosophies were further advanced with his breakthrough progressive weighting in the SCOR wedges of 2011-2014 and the Ben Hogan TK wedges of 2015-2017.
Nearly every major brand wedge on the market today exhibits a slightly thicker upper section, but none are as pronounced or as effective as even Koehler’s early designs.
All Edison Forged wedges are backed by a 30-Day Performance Guarantee. The company will let you play your Edison Forged wedges for 30 days to see how they will improve your game. If for any reason it's not the best wedge you've ever played, they will buy it back.
The Edison Forged wedges are custom crafted for each golfer and are available with a wide range of shafts and grip options through the company’s website at www.EdisonWedges.com. The holiday offer is $40 off per wedge, with no limit to how many you can purchase at that price. To take advantage of this special pricing, customers can use Discount Code EDISON40 at checkout. The offer is available through midnight Saturday, December 31, 2022.
Thursday, December 8, 2022
(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) – Golf Tourism Solutions, home to the game’s premier tournament operations staff, is taking over management of the 40th annual National Retired Military Golf Classic (NRMGC), a 72-hole event that will be held May 30 - June 3 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The NRMGC flights players based on player handicaps and is again expected to attract 600 players from more than 40 states to the Grand Strand.
GTS will be responsible for all aspects of the event, including marketing, registration and on-site operations.
“We look forward to not only running the National Retired Military Golf Classic but also celebrating its success in 2023,” said Scott Tomasello, GTS’ tournament director. “This is an event for American heroes who love the game of golf and it has long been one of the most popular events on the Myrtle Beach golf calendar.”
The event provides an opportunity for retired military personnel and their spouses to participate in a golf tournament aimed at providing camaraderie and competition. The NRMGC is an IRS approved 501(c) 3 charity that annually donates a portion of its proceeds to the Fisher House Foundation, the USO, Jr. ROTC and Folds of Honor.
"The upcoming 40th anniversary of the tournament is expected to be an amazing event and we're excited to partner with GTS and PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com to make it the best golf tournament yet for our military retirees," said MG (Ret.) Abe Turner, Tournament Chairman.
The NRMGC is one of 11 events the GTS tournament division will operate in 2023. Collectively the events will attract more than 6,000 players, account for more than 25,000 rounds of golf, and deliver millions of dollars in economic impact to the Myrtle Beach community.
Most notably, GTS runs the PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship, the world's largest single-site amateur golf tournament, an event that annually attracts more than 3,200 players from all 50 states and 15+ different countries.
Other events include the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship, the Palmetto High School Golf Championships, the GolfBuddy Veterans Classic, Brittain Resorts Classic, World Am Q School, GolfTrek Challenge, Golfweek Myrtle Beach Amateur, Saintnine World Couples, and the Short Par 4 Fall Classic.
For more information, visit nrmgc.com.
(PHOENIX) – A gold-plated, fully milled, stainless-steel PLD Anser Patent 55 putter is the fourth and final collector’s model being offered as part of a year-long celebration acknowledging the issuance of the Anser putter patent 55 years ago. It is available exclusively through pingpld.com beginning Monday at 2 p.m. ET.
Only 55 of the precision-milled, handcrafted putters, which are made in the USA and serialized, will be available via the website for $990 (limit one per customer). The first three models sold out within minutes, so those interested are encouraged to plan accordingly.
Choosing to gold-plate the final version of the collection is a tribute to the Anser’s unmatched record of winning, which led to its prominence in PING’s world-renowned Gold Putter Vault -- a tradition started by PING Founder Karsten Solheim in the early 1970s and home to more than 3,200 gold-plated PING putters, each representing a victory. Since its invention in 1966, the Anser has won more than 700 professional tournaments around the world.
“I can’t think of a better way to complete this wonderful celebration of the Anser putter and its game-changing patent,” said PING Executive Chairman John A. Solheim, who custom built the very first Anser putters in the family garage as a teenager. “Our tradition of awarding gold-plated PING putters to tournament champions has arguably created the most valuable collection of putters in the world. It’s a great source of pride for us, and golfers who have a chance to visit the Vault stand in amazement as they soak in its place in history. The Anser putter occupies the most space by far in the Vault, so it’s only natural we’d offer a gold-plated version to complete the PLD Limited collection.”
The Anser Story
Granted on March 21,1967, by the U.S. Patent office and assigned the number D207-227, the game-changing Anser patent set the standard in putter design that still dominates the winner’s circle today, including 20 major championships.
The history of the famous design is well-chronicled, from it first being sketched by Karsten Solheim on a 78-rpm record sleeve to his wife Louise’s idea to name the putter Anser, cleverly suggesting Karsten leave out the letter “w” in the word answer to ensure the name would fit on the back of the putter. Earning its first PGA Tour win at the 1966 Florida Citrus Open, just over a month after its introduction at the Phoenix Open, the Anser’s instant popularity changed the trajectory of the company practically overnight as demand grew so quickly it necessitated a move out of the family’s Scottsdale, Ariz., garage and into a small building in north Phoenix to keep up with production. The original building still stands at the company’s 50-acre headquarters.
The Anser is also famous for its influence on other putter designers in the golf industry, many of whom celebrated the day the patent expired.
“A lot of time has passed since the invention of the Anser putter,” said John A. Solheim, the youngest son of Karsten and Louise. “We think it’s important to remind the golf industry and some of the younger golfers that the familiar putter design they see with other brands’ name on it was created by Karsten in his garage in the mid-1960s. I was fortunate to be at his side building the first Ansers and continued to do so for many years. It was among Karsten’s many contributions to the game that eventually earned him induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, the only manufacturer to be so honored. We’re flattered that the design has had such a significant influence on putter design for the last 55 years and we think this is a great time to celebrate its continuing success by offering golfers a piece of PING history with the introduction of the PLD Anser Patent 55 model.”
(RELEASE) — A major, multi stakeholder project in golf, coordinated by the GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf, won the first ever Sustainability in Scottish Sport Award in Edinburgh on Wednesday night (7 December) in recognition of the environmental and social impact of Scotland’s incredible summer of golf.
The Scottish Sports Awards 2022, hosted by Team Scotland and sportscotland at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, celebrated a packed year of Scottish sport which included success at the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games and other events at home and abroad.
In golf, a glorious run of tournaments featured the Genesis Scottish Open, The 150th Open, Senior Open presented by Rolex, Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open, AIG Women’s Open, Hero Open and Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, with each event making comprehensive and deliberate efforts to integrate sustainability and climate action. These were played out on the iconic venues of St Andrews Links Trust, Carnoustie, Muirfield, Gleneagles, Dundonald Links, Fairmont St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Renaissance Club which provided the stage to showcase golf’s relationship with nature and the responsible management of these great links in improving habitats and ecosystems.
Coordinated by GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf, in partnership with VisitScotland, the event organisers and Scottish Golf, a consistent approach united efforts across venues, staging, legacies and communications, with activities integrating climate action, circular economy, social value and promotion of nature in their events.
GEO Foundation won the award ahead of other outstanding initiatives from Aberdeen Sailing Club, Adventure Oban and Ullapool Community Sports Hub Feel Good Festival.
Jonathan Smith, Founder and Executive Director of GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf, said: “On behalf of a truly collaborative effort across golf, we are extremely proud to receive the Sustainability in Scottish Sport Award. It is testament to the drive and ambition from so many people across golf in Scotland to build a better future for people and the planet. The eyes of the golfing world were firmly on the Home of Golf in 2022 and we are sure Scotland’s leadership in sustainability will be an inspirational example in the world of golf and beyond.”
Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland Chief Executive, , commented: "Congratulations to GEO Foundation and all the events involved this summer for making sustainability and climate action such an important and integral part of the planning, delivery and promotion. At VisitScotland, we are committed to tackling climate change and developing and promoting Scotland as a world-leading responsible tourism and events destination.”
VisitScotland is the first national tourism body globally to become a strategic partner with GEO Foundation to connect with and support the advancement of their non-profit mission to help accelerate sustainability in and through golf. The partnership builds on VisitScotland’s responsible tourism goals, including supporting the country’s transition to a low carbon economy.
In particular, the partnerships is ensuring the establishment of sustainability activities at leading golf tournaments along with a focus on boosting direct support for Scottish golf clubs. Club engagement will be delivered in collaboration with Scottish Golf, helping involve more Scottish clubs in actions that can help strengthen efficiency, sustainability and popularity of clubs across the country.
After a successful trade show season, the stylish apparel brand will present its new 2023 spring collection at the upcoming PGA Show
(MONTRĖAL, CA) – Swing Control, manufacturers of the performance-based golf and lifestyle apparel brand, today announced plans to again exhibit at the PGA Show in Orlando, Florida, January 24-27, 2023.
Swing Control will present their new wide-ranging line of shorts, skorts, pants, and dresses from the 2023 spring collection with buyers at booth #5667, located in the apparel section of the show floor.
“We are thrilled to exhibit at the PGA Show,” said Swing Control Brand Manager Josh Mark. “The event provides us another opportunity to connect personally with our key accounts and buyers who will appreciate our new on trend 2023 spring collection.”
Swing Control welcomes PGA Show attendees to visit the company booth #5667 where the new 2023 spring collection will be on display. If a scheduled meeting time is preferred, please reach out as follows:
Sales: Josh Mark, Swing Control Brand Manager Josh@swingcontrol.com
Media: Vanessa Price, Read the Greens GOLF Media, Inc. President VanessaMarie@readthegreensgolfmedia.net
GOLFFOREVER Swing Trainer Offered for $25 Savings with Free Shipping until Dec. 24
(Aspen, Colorado) — GOLFFOREVER, the industry-leading at-home golf fitness training system that helps golfers play without limits, will be offering consumers a Last Chance Holiday Sale offer of $174.99 (a $25 discount) on the GOLFFOREVER Swing Trainer for its retail carriers, as well as on Golfforever.com. All purchasers receive a free 30-day subscription to the GOLFFOREVER golf fitness training app and free shipping if purchased on Golfforever.com. The offer will run from Sunday, December 11, 2022, through Saturday, December 24, 2022.
Hot off a successful Black Friday sale and national TV campaign starring reigning Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, the Last Chance Holiday Sale gives golfers and gift-givers another discounted-price opportunity to discover the innovative golf fitness platform that Scheffler, the 2021-22 PGA Tour Player of the Year, cites as integral to his daily training routine.
“We are excited to close out our breakthrough year with one last incentive for consumers to experience the same training system that more than 100 tour players and thousands of regular golfers use daily at a special discount,” says VP of Communications & Strategic Partnerships, Jon Levy. “In a sea of gimmicks common to golf, we believe our success this year is due to the true benefits our training program and products, such as the Swing Trainer, can make on any golfer’s body and swing. If you’re serious about your game or just want to gain flexibility, strength and stay out of pain on the golf course, now’s the time to start with GOLFFOREVER.”
Over the past year, GOLFFOREVER has experienced massive growth since releasing its groundbreaking Swing Trainer and solidifying partnerships with leading golf industry institutions and retailers. It brought on reigning Masters champion Scottie Scheffler as an official brand ambassador, launched a pilot program with Invited, a marquee charity partnership with Folds of Honor, and landed in leading golf retailers such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy and PGA Tour Superstore.
The GOLFFOREVER Swing Trainer embodies three golf training tools in one and is a key piece of equipment used in the 4.9 App Store-rated GOLFFOREVER app, which delivers users personalized video workout and recovery plans from PGA Tour doctors and trainers. It’s an asymmetrical resistance training bar that builds strength and mobility for your swing at home. It’s a premium exercise band with handles and two resistance options for versatile training and stretching. It’s also a heavy warmup club optimized to a D3 Swing Weight that promotes thoracic mobility to loosen up at the course properly. Like every piece of equipment used in the app, the Swing Trainer comes to life with hundreds of step-by-step pre-round warmups, stretching routines, strength workouts and pain-relief protocols.
Normally 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; two interchangeable hand grips that transform the training cords into universal exercise resistance bands used in the GOLFFOREVER app’s warmups and workouts; and 30 days of full access to the GOLFFOREVER app for free.
Earlier this year, Scheffler, the 2021-22 PGA Tour Player of the Year, started working with the first-of-its-kind product just weeks before winning four PGA Tour events, including the Masters, which catapulted him to the top of the world rankings. He is prominently featured in the TV campaign and other advertising, and appears in the GOLFFOREVER app using the Swing Trainer in a similar capacity to how he uses it in his own daily routines.
For more information, visit GolfForever.com.
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
(Phnom Penh, Cambodia) – Vattanac Golf Resort, the luxury Troon Golf property, is celebrating a string of award wins following a magnificent 2022. The opulent golf resort is situated in the bustling, contemporary, and exciting city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia and boasts a string of amenities. These include 36-holes of Championship Golf, which are widely recognized as the best in the country, thanks to its Sir Nick Faldo design and top-level management from Troon.
Vattanac continues to go from strength to strength this year as it collects a raft of awards, including a bronze award for Best Golf Resort in Asia Pacific in 2022, ranking Vattanac Golf Resort as the number three golf resort in all of Asia Pacific. The prestigious and sought-after awards recognize and honor the best in the Asia Pacific Golf Industry and are widely regarded as the “Oscars” of the Global Golf Club Industry.
In addition, the West Course at Vattanac Golf Resort was voted as Cambodia’s Number One Golf Course at the 2022 World Golf Awards, the second consecutive year the West Course has received this accolade, and the third year one of Vattanac Golf Resort’s courses was recognized as Number One with Vattanac Golf Resort’s East Course receiving this recognition in 2020.
Vattanac Group Executive Director, Neak Oknha Vattanac Sam Ang, said: “The recognition as third ranked Golf Resort in Asia Pacific is confirmation of the incredibly bright future of Vattanac Golf Resort and Vattanacville. Alongside luxury hospitality products in Phnom Penh such as Rosewood Phnom Penh and Hôtel KVL, this award supports to showcase Cambodia as a high-quality hospitality destination and as a must-visit for the golf traveler seeking a high-end, endearing golf experience.”
DJ Flanders, Senior Vice President at Troon International commented, “This recognition is indicative of the commitment to excellence our Ownership and Associates have at Vattanac Golf Resort. I am confident that Vattanac Golf Resort will continue to be recognized as a premiere golf destination within Asia and Troon could not be prouder to be in partnership with Vattanac Golf Resort.”
“This is yet another celebratory milestone for Vattanac Golf Resort and recognizes the hard work and dedication of all of our people at all levels. From Associates and Management Teams, who deliver attentive and personalized experiences, Troon Golf for the backing, systems, and support, and to our Ownership whose vision for Vattanac Golf Resort is nothing short of mind blowing. It is incredibly rewarding to see these collaborative efforts recognized by our peers in the golf industry” said Chris Geraghty, General Manager of Vattanac Golf Resort.
Both the East and West Course of the Vattanac Golf Resort provide a spectacular setting around famous cultural expressions that include scale models of Khmer historical architectural sites, such as UNESCO Heritage Site Angkor Wat, Preah Vihear, Terrace of the Elephants, and Bayon.
The East Course is a strategic golf course that utilizes dramatic water features, creative bunkering, and various forms of native fauna to challenge golfers of all levels. The West Course has distinctive differences from the East Course, including narrower and more undulating fairways, a variety of unique water features, and testing Paspalum greens.
The night golf venue “Dragon Turn” with unique and significant character has been named by the lake’s shape that sits in the middle of three holes of this exciting 9-hole floodlit course. “Dragon Turn was voted as “The World’s Best 9 Hole Golf Course” in 2021.
Some of the unique features that the club provides include its standard GPS-equipped Golf Carts. Guests can also relax during their round of golf with a lovely meal or a refreshing drink while basking in the surroundings in one of their seven teahouses across East and West courses.
To find more information: https://www.vattanacgolfresort.com
To book your round of golf today: email@example.com
(Missoula, Montana) – Following the successful launch of the Granite Jacket and Vest, Sun Mountain is adding a reversible option in both styles. Granite II Reversible Jacket and Vest are more than just another puffy. Granite uses 37.5® insulation which retains body heat while preventing moisture build-up and overheating -- making it perfect for chilly days on and off the course. The reversible styles offer two distinct looks with a diamond, quilted pattern on one side and smooth finish on the other. Granite II Reversible Jacket and Vest are available now with a retail price of $219.99 and $179.99. For the retailer nearest you, visit www.sunmountain.com or call 800-227-9224.
The Granite collection is windproof and water resistant with 37.5 insulation, a patented technology that works to maintain an ideal core temperature. The sixty-gram insulation retains body heat, while active particles embedded in the insulation accelerate vapor movement to prevent overheating and moisture build-up. Further, 37.5 technology resists odors and is permanent and never washes out or gets tired.
Granite II Reversible Jacket and Vest offer a chest pocket and hand warmer pockets (accessible in both directions of the reversible styles), a zip-through collar with chin-guard, a shock cord at the waist, and are packable (fitting into the chest pocket for easy storage).
Granite II Reversible Jacket is available in Sage-Black, Steel-Pacific, Mirage-Platinum, and Black-Fiery Red with a retail price of $219.99. Granite II Reversible Vest is available Pacific-Steel, Platinum-Mirage, Fiery Red-Navy, and Black-Platinum with a retail price of $179.99.
Sun Mountain is also using 37.5 insulation in the Men’s and Women’s Colter II Jacket and Vest, Women’s AT Hybrid Jacket and Vest, and the Men’s Trapper Jacket.
For 40 years Sun Mountain has been a pioneer in the golf industry, revolutionizing golf bags, golf outerwear and golf carts. Sun Mountain's many innovations, including the first lightweight golf bag and modern stand bag, have made it the top golf bag company in North America. Within golf outerwear, Sun Mountain redefined golf-specific performance first with the windshirt, then fleece, and again with its four-way stretch, waterproof and breathable rainwear. The Sun Mountain Speed Cart® golf push cart transformed walking carts and created an entirely new category of golf products. Sun Mountain's "Ahead of Time Design" motto drives the company to continually design and refine golf equipment.
For the Sun Mountain retailer nearest you call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Custom fitter remains atop the fitting industry with more new additions
(Willowbrook, IL) – With additions from new brand partners like BADDAZZ Shafts and expansions within several brand lines, Club Champion has surpassed the 65,000 mark for in-store hittable combinations. The globe’s top club fitter and builder reached the 50,000 mark in January of 2021 and hasn’t looked back since.
“Another year, another milestone. 50,000 combinations was incredible, but we’re proud to say we’ve expanded our demo variety even further,” said Adam Levy, Club Champion CEO. “We challenge ourselves to offer the most extensive, in-depth fittings in the industry, and our vendor partnerships and the matrix of options available are key elements of our success.”
With over 20,000 head and shaft combinations for the driver alone, golfers won’t have to worry about finding the right fit at Club Champion. 65,000 is by far the largest number of hittable combinations available to consumers and ensures that Club Champion fitters can find results for any golfer since they have nearly every conceivable option at their fingertips.
Brand agnosticism is a key component in the company’s success — the only goal is to find the best numbers for the golfer in the bay. Big brands like TaylorMade and Callaway are represented alongside niche brands like Miura and PRGR. Club Champion also carries direct-to-fitter shaft brands and other options that aren’t widely available.
MORE Golf, a new American golf club manufacturer, has broken onto the scene with its individualized nature. With unique weighting and adjustability options, these clubs were manufactured to not only be fitted, but to also improve scores, which fits perfectly with Club Champion’s main ideology.
Additionally, BADDAZZ Shafts come from a more familiar brand — with a twist. From the mind of Victor Afable of VA Shafts, BADDAZZ Shafts are a newer player in the equipment industry that creates a high-quality, moderately priced series of driver and iron shafts that complement and enhance the benefits of custom fitting. With high performance and a lower price, golfers will find these shafts on more courses as time goes on.
“There’s no such thing as ‘good enough’ at Club Champion,” Levy said. “Our tagline says it all — with a better fit, you achieve lower scores, and it’s our job to be better than the others so you can play at your best.”
To learn more about Club Champion and their 65,000+ hittable head and shaft combinations across more than 60 brands, visit clubchampion.com.
New “Ultimate Fit” caps feature comfort, cooling material
(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) – In its near-30-year history, ahead has had a keen knack for shaking things up, continuing to evolve, and bringing new items to the marketplace. The latest innovation—to be introduced for delivery in early 2023—will be the new Ultimate fit cap series featuring the next evolution of the ahead’s signature Sphere performance fabric.
Two caps will debut with the new AeroSphere tech fabric, which will take the best-selling polyester-spandex hat and make it even better. Designed to dramatically help with cooling and moisture wicking, as well as evolve the fit, the Stratus (structured) and Frio (unstructured) styles will be formally introduced at the PGA Show in January 2023.
Ahead will begin shipping the “one-size-fits-most” Ultimate Fit styles—a hybrid between the company’s Mid-Fit and Classic Fit styles—in early 2023.
“Our customers look to us as aesthetic leaders,” said Chuck Lord, Chief Creative Officer, ahead. “So, we are constantly looking at how we can improve upon what we offer, while not straying too far from what our customers have long loved about our Sphere performance caps. The Ultimate Fit designation speaks to the fact that these hats are literally the best fitting hats ahead has ever designed.”
Along with improved moisture wicking and breathability, both caps will have a Dry-Fit sweatband to provide more stretch for comfort, and an SPF 30+ sun protection rating. Both styles utilize a thinner, updated closure, replacing the typical hook-and-loop closure. The Stratus will have a D-ring stretch micro-Velcro closure in back to give wearers even more play in the fit, while the Frio closure features performance Velcro tabs with the ahead signature elastic loop pull.
Both the Stratus and Frio caps are offered in a robust color palette with nearly two dozen colors in each style – ensuring broad allure, including for the university market.
The new AeroSphere fabric caps—along with ahead’s entire Summer/Fall headwear, apparel, and accessories lines—will be featured at ahead booth #5957 at the 2023 PGA Show, Jan. 24-27, taking place at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center.
For further information, visit aheadweb.com. To access the company’s online shop page, visit aheadusashop.com.
Top100 Boys and Girls Camps in December become first-ever camps to script players' apparel
(LOS ANGELES, CA) – College Golf Experience (CGX) has named adidas Golf the official apparel and footwear sponsor of its CGX Top100 Boys and Girls Camps. Every camper will receive two adidas Golf shirts, outerwear and shoes, and will be scripted on what to wear at camp each day.
“At adidas Golf, we encourage and inspire young golfers to grow their game so we are absolutely thrilled to sponsor an organization that is dedicated to providing the resources they need,” said Steve Splavec, managing director of NAM and LAM at adidas Golf. “Not only do they have access to an exceptional group of collegiate coaches, but they’re now also being scripted in our performance products to further create a realistic college golf experience for their participants. It’s a fantastic opportunity and we’re excited to support it.”
The program will debut at CGX’s first-ever Top100 Showcase Camps, which brings together top-ranked boys and girls junior golfers with powerhouse college golf coaches and programs at The Wigwam Resort outside of Phoenix on December 17 and 18.
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, and skill development and challenges similar to what college players work on with their teams. 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.
“Having adidas Golf as our apparel and footwear sponsor supports our mission of giving CGX campers a true college golf experience,” says CGX CEO Joshua Jacobs. “These camps are designed to open the eyes of juniors and their families to the realistic pathways they have to college golf by letting them experience the genuine environment with top college golf coaches on the men’s and women’s sides.”
To reserve a spot at the Top100 Showcase Camp, or for more information on future dates and locations, visit www.collegegolfx.com/camps/#upcoming.
Monday, December 5, 2022
Grand Prize Includes Titleist Club Fitting and Trip to Casa de Campo
(LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic) – Casa de Campo Resort & Villas – home to the Caribbean’s premier, luxury golf experiences, including its iconic Teeth of the Dog ranked No. 20 in Golf Digest’s “Top 100 Courses in the World” – announces its partnership with TrackMan’s 2022-23 Virtual League featuring a grand prize trip of a lifetime to the world-class destination.
In collaboration with Titleist and Casa de Campo, the TrackMan Virtual League is available to amateur golfers all over the world. The tournament consists of five individual competitions which began on Dec. 1 and runs through April 30, 2023. Anyone over the age of 13 is eligible to participate at a TrackMan-powered commercial facility, from their local course with TrackMan technology or in a private TrackMan simulator.
The league includes six handicap flights and five nine-hole rounds each month on Teeth of the Dog and Dye Fore. Each player will have two attempts to post their best nine-hole score and winning scores will be manually verified by TrackMan. The top three players each month win prizes provided by Titleist. Details can be found here.
New for 2022–23, all players receive one entry into the grand prize drawing for each round they play. The reward includes a four-night stay for two, including flights and an all-inclusive food and beverage package, three rounds of golf for two on Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and The Links courses, one full set of Titleist clubs with professional on-site fitting and one golf lesson per person. The more one plays, the better their chances are of winning.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for all golf lovers to compete amongst friends, colleagues and players across the globe and potentially join us here for an unforgettable experience,” says Robert Birtel, director of golf operations. “TrackMan has been such a crucial partner for our onsite golf experience, so we could not be more thrilled to host those who are as enthusiastic about their technology as we are.”
Teeth of the Dog has long been a “bucket list” layout for those seeking to play one of the top 50 golf courses in the world. Dye’s design hallmarks are all present: railroad ties, vast waste areas, peninsula greens and tees, hand-sculpted putting surfaces and a unique assortment of pot bunkers. “The Heaven 7” oceanfront holes are astoundingly beautiful, causing Dye to famously quip: “I created 11 holes and God created seven."
The resort’s 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 skills as well as unlimited use of the pristine outdoor range for full shots. On-course instruction is also available.