Monday, February 19, 2018

Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Headlines New Courses Offering StrackaLine Greens Guides

Golfers Can Use Same Greens Guides Professional Golfers Are Using to Aid Putting

(SAN DIEGO, Calif.) – The Ocean Course at Hammock Beach, a highly acclaimed Jack Nicklaus design in Palm Coast, Fla., headlines a quartet of courses recently scanned by StrackaLine that now offer professional greens guides to golfers.

Winter Haven (Fla.) Country Club, The Club at Savannah (Ga.) Harbor, and Onion Creek Country Club have also joined the StrackaLine family.

The Ocean Course, which reopened in late 2017 after completing a renovation in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, is a consensus top 100 public layout. Winter Haven is one of Central Florida’s most prestigious private clubs, Savannah Harbor, a Troon managed course, plays through the historic city’s tidal wetlands, and Onion Creek is one of Central Texas’ most storied clubs.

“We are delighted to offer StrackaLine Greens Guides for the Ocean Course, Winter Haven Country Club, the Club at Savannah Harbor, and Onion Creek Country Club,” said Jim Stracka, president of StrackaLine. “All four courses offer a premium experience, and our StrackaLine Greens Guides will help golfers play their best. The StrackaLine library now includes more than 700 courses and it’s growing.”

StrackaLine scans courses for $1,500 and that includes 100 greens guides for resale. The scanning process takes five hours to complete and is unobtrusive to the golfer experience.

StrackaLine’s quality and accuracy have led to widespread adoption on the PGA, LPGA and Web.com tours, in addition to their use by more than 300 Division I college teams.

The greens maps, which feature easy to read arrows, allow players to view contour and fall lines, in addition to slope percentage, anywhere on the green.

StrackaLine now has 700+ courses scanned, including some of the nation's most prominent layouts. Use of the greens guides at the highest levels of the game surged throughout 2017, and the company now counts nearly every Division I golf program, including last year’s national champions, among its users.

Professional usage has helped drive interest in the StrackaLine Greens Guides, and the technology is just as valuable to "regular" amateur golfers hoping to improve their score.

For golf course owners and operators, the technology can be used to improve pace of play and help ensure quality course conditions. StrackaLine offers hole location software that allows superintendents to utilize a proprietary algorithm to help set hole locations.

StrackaLine will continue to add to its library of golf courses throughout 2018. It takes just eight minutes to scan and capture an entire green and the StrackaLine team can complete an 18-hole course and practice green in five hours without disrupting play.

For more information on how to order a greens guide or have a course scanned, go to www.StrackaLine.com.

Entry Forms Available for 45th Annual Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships

(RELEASE) - Entry Forms are now available for the 45th annual Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships, an international junior event for boys and girls aged 3 through 18.

Play will be at two golf courses in Quincy, Illinois, with competition in seven age divisions for boys and seven for girls (3-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15 and 16-18).

Little People’s is a ranked tournament for Junior Golf Scoreboard for boys and girls 10-18, a ranked event for Global Junior Golf Rankings and boys and girls 5-19, and is a ranked tournament for GolfWeek/Sagarin for boys and girls 14-18.

Boys and girls 5 through 14 can try to qualify during Little People’s for the 2018 IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championships. Players can also win exemptions to the 2019 Future Collegians World Tour, and can qualify for the Future Champions Golf National Championship, the Little Master Junior Golf Tour of India, the 2018 and 2019 GM Junior Tour European Championships, and 2018 PLAY Junior Golf Tour events in Canada.

Entry forms and information on the tournament and associated events can be found at www.littlepeoplesgolf.com, under Registration.

For any questions, contact Tournament Director Nan Ryan at jrgolfer@littlepeoplesgolf.com, or call or text 217-257-5718.

USGA Announces 2018 U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying Sites

Schedule features 25 qualifiers, including four international sites, between May 2-17

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) - The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced sectional qualifying sites for the 73rd U.S. Women’s Open Championship, which will be contested May 31-June 3, 2018 at Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Ala. It will be the first U.S. Women’s Open conducted in Alabama.

Sectional qualifying, conducted over 36 holes, will take place at 25 courses, including four international sites, between May 2-17. The championship is open to female professionals, and female amateurs with a Handicap Index not exceeding 2.4.

“The U.S. Women’s Open is the ultimate test in women’s golf, and sectional qualifying is the first step in that journey,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “Our partners at allied golf associations throughout the country, as well as several international organizations, play an important role in helping determine a worthy champion. We thank them for their efforts and look forward to the 73rd playing of the U.S. Women’s Open this May.”

Online player registration begins on Wednesday, March 7 at champs.usga.org. The entry deadline is 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 25.

For the fifth consecutive year, Women’s Open sectional qualifying will be conducted in England, Japan, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea. Two courses return as international sites: Buckinghamshire Golf Club in Buckinghamshire, England, on May 14, which will host for the fourth consecutive year, and Ohtone Country Club in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, on May 8, which also hosted a sectional qualifier in 2016.

Dream Park Country Club in Incheon, the Republic of Korea, and Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club in Shanghai, the People’s Republic of China, will host their first Women’s Open sectional qualifiers on May 14 and May 16, respectively.

Industry Hills Golf Club, near Los Angeles, Calif., will host Women’s Open sectional qualifying for the 10th consecutive year on May 3. The club was also a sectional site in 1980 and 1982. Additionally, Industry Hills’ Eisenhower Course is scheduled to host U.S. Open local qualifying for the 11th consecutive year on May 16. La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, Calif., and Ka’anapali Golf Course in Lahaina, Hawaii, will also host both U.S. Women’s Open sectional qualifying and U.S. Open local qualifying.

Two past USGA championship sites will host Women’s Open sectional qualifying: Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J., on May 2 and Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas, on May 14.

Two U.S. Women’s Open champions advanced through sectional qualifying: Hilary Lunke (2003) and Birdie Kim (2005). Lunke advanced through local and sectional qualifying.

The USGA accepted 1,709 entries for the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., which was won by Sung Hyun Park of Korea. The record of 1,873 was established for the 2015 championship at Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club.

Considered the world’s premier women’s golf championship, the U.S. Women’s Open is one of 14 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. The championship was first contested in 1946 and its winners include Betsy Rawls (1951, 1953, 1957, 1960), Mickey Wright (1958, 1959, 1961, 1964), Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1948, 1950, 1954), Susie Maxwell Berning (1968, 1972, 1973), Hollis Stacy (1977, 1978, 1984), Annika Sorenstam (1995, 1996, 2006), Juli Inkster (1999, 2002), Karrie Webb (2000, 2001), Inbee Park (2008, 2013), Se Ri Pak (1998), Cristie Kerr (2007), Paula Creamer (2010) and Michelle Wie (2014).

For 2018 Women’s Open information and tickets, visit uswomensopen.com.

2018 U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying Sites (25)

Wednesday, May 2 (2)
- Canoe Brook Country Club (North Course), Summit, N.J.
- Indiana (Pa.) Country Club

Thursday, May 3 (1)
- Industry Hills Golf Club (Eisenhower Course), City of Industry, Calif.

Friday, May 4 (1)
- Sugar Mill Country Club (White/Red Course), New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

Sunday, May 6 (1)
- Ka’anapali Golf Course (Royal Course), Lahaina, Hawaii

Monday, May 7 (2)
- Dunwoody Country Club, Atlanta, Ga.
- Elgin (Ill.) Country Club

Tuesday, May 8 (2)
- La Purisima Golf Course, Lompoc, Calif.
- Ohtone Country Club, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan

Thursday, May 10 (1)
- Locust Hill Golf Course, Charles Town, W.Va.

Monday, May 14 (11)
- Arizona Country Club, Phoenix, Ariz.
- Contra Costa Country Club, Pleasant Hill, Calif.
- Deerwood Golf Club, Kingwood, Texas
- Hermitage Country Club (Sabot Course), Manakin-Sabot, Va.
- Las Colinas Country Club, Irving, Texas
- Rainier Golf & Country Club, Seattle, Wash.
- Stillwater (Okla.) Country Club
- The Ranch Country Club, Westminster, Colo.
- TPC Prestancia (Stadium Course), Sarasota, Fla.
- Dream Park Country Club, Incheon, the Republic of Korea
- Buckinghamshire Golf Club, Buckinghamshire, England

Tuesday, May 15 (1)
- Bermuda Run (N.C.) Country Club (East Course)

Wednesday, May 16 (2)
- Cape Cod National Golf Club, Brewster, Mass.
- Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club, Shanghai, the People’s Republic of China

Thursday, May 17 (1)
- Seagate Country Club, Delray Beach, Fla.

Sectional qualifying sites and dates are subject to change. For the most up-to-date list, visit champs.usga.org. For more information about the USGA, visit usga.org.

Combine Golf with Gastronomy & Wellness at Argentario Golf Resort & Spa in Tuscany, Italy

(Tuscany, Italy) - A relaxing combination of golf, gastronomy and wellness is on offer this Easter (March 30 to April 2) at the mesmerizing Argentario Golf Resort & Spa located on the Monte Argentario promontory in the picturesque Maremma region of Tuscany in Italy.

The luxurious Argentario offers all the charm, tranquillity and beauty of a Tuscan hideaway with sleek, modern design, state-of-the-art facilities and exceptional service.

The resort’s Easter breaks, which start from just over Euros 1,000 for two people, include three nights sleeping in one of a range of spacious junior suites that feature sophisticated black furnishings with contrasting light oak floors, each with their own private wooden terrace overlooking the golf course and Tuscan landscape beyond. If booked before February 28, guests receive a 10% discount.

Whilst staying at the well-appointed resort, guests can enjoy golf over the par 71, 6,218 metre course that provides panoramic views over the Orbetello Lagoon, the Tyrrhenian Sea and the surrounding rugged hillside as the golf course weaves in and out of olive groves and natural Mediterranean vegetation.

Off the course, there is an Espace Wellness Centre and MediSPA where guests can unwind. The 2,700 m² spa includes a fitness centre with Technogym equipment, bio-sauna with chromotherapy, Kneipp circuit, heated indoor swimming pool with saline water, six massage cabins and tanning showers plus numerous other services.

Guests can then indulge themselves in a gastronomic Easter Lunch, created by chef Riccardo Cappelli, in the stylish Dama Dama Restaurant, named after the fallow deer that occasionally roam the resort. The cuisine is based on the flavours and colours of the local terrain with dishes prepared using authentic produce from small, carefully-selected local farms and, at certain times of the year, directly from the hotel’s vegetable garden and orchard.

Other facilities available in the Easter package include access to the golf practice area, tennis courts, jogging paths that skirt the golf course and edge of the forest and a small football pitch.

Argentario is easily accessed from Rome Fiumicino Airport by car in just an hour and a half whilst Rome Ciampino and Pisa are just over two hours away.

The Argentario Easter packages for two people start from Euros 1,132 – book before February 28 and enjoy a 10% discount - and include:
· 3 nights in a design junior suite
· Easter Lunch (water and coffee included)
· Daily buffet breakfast
· Spa access with use of pools, gym, fitness courses, sauna, Kneipp circuit, Turkish bath, thalassotherapy
· Use of golf driving range, tennis courts, jogging paths and small football pitch
· Garage Parking
· Wi-fi internet

If you book by 28 February 2018, a discount of 10% is offered:
· 1,020 Euro (instead of 1,132 Euro) in a Tuscany or Gallery Junior Suite
· 1,263 Euro (instead 1,402 Euro) in a Travel Club Junior Suite

For more information & reservations: T: +39 0564 810292 | E: booking@argentarioresort.it

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Roman Guy Launches Italy Trip Planning Service

Modern Italy Tour Operator Expands Their Services to Provide Experiences of a Lifetime in Italy to Everyone

(NEW YORK, NY) – The Roman Guy, a tour operator in Italy, recently launched Italy Trip Planning. The Roman Guy is known for the unforgettable experiences they provide visitors, delivered with the highest standards of customer service in Italy and a modern approach to tourism.

Through their new Italy Trip Planning service, The Roman Guy will organize your entire vacation from when you leave the U.S. to when you arrive back home. They take care of everything, so you can be on vacation. You can trust their experts to create an itinerary based on what you want to get out of the experience: accommodations, transportation, activities and even a local phone. Based on the ground in Italy, their team holds the keys to an "Italy" you can only experience with the help of local experts.

Their Italy Trip Planning is a no-commitment service. Multiple alterations can be made to your itinerary at no cost. They don’t ask for a penny until you’re 100% happy and ready to book your vacation. Their priorities are to make sure their clients have fun, avoid the crowds and feel like a VIP.

With extremely high standards of American-style customer service, often not found in Italy, The Roman Guy has cultivated unique and creative ways to see Italy, through their own experiences. In finding new ways to experience the well-known attractions and sharing the lesser-known hidden gems, The Roman Guy goes out of their way to make sure they are giving visitors the experience of a lifetime, from organizing a special agreement with the Colosseum and Vatican Museums, to gaining VIP access to attractions, to taking clients behind the scenes to visit underground and peculiar places in Rome they never knew existed.

The Roman Guy tours focus on culinary and cultural immersion, curated from their relationships with local Italian providers to handcraft unique Italy vacations for all types of travellers. Their destination focus is on Rome, Florence and Venice; as well as other destinations such as Amalfi, the Tuscan countryside, Sicily and more.

GOLFERS: The Roman Guy can build a customized tour for golfers, featuring many nice courses around Italy. They also can put together a mixture of golf and wine trips and, of course, if the men come with their wives, they can set up some excursions where the wives go shopping while the men play golf.

To book your trip now, call +1 888 290 5595 or visit https://theromanguy.com/.

Zero Friction’s Colorful Supertube Package Delivering As Promised For Golf Retailers

(OAK BROOK TERRACE, IL) – Zero Friction has earned a reputation for bringing creative products like the DistancePro GPS Glove and performance golf tees to the market. Now the company has turned its creative vision to packaging.

Zero Friction introduced Spectra Supertube packaging to its retail clients in December, and the results have been overwhelmingly positive. The Supertube includes one Universal Compression Fit golf glove, three Spectra Matte Finish golf balls and 10 ZFT Maxx 3-prong golf tees, all color-matched.

“The Supertube is pretty much perfect,” said Todd Bentrup of Golf Discount of St. Louis. “The company did everything right with it. The display is very visual.  The vibrant colors stand out because the tubes are clear and there is no oversized lettering to block the colors. Customers are drawn to the display.”

Mike Pedo of New York Golf Center agrees.

“The Supertube is a big thumbs up for me,” said Pedo. “We sell a lot of them. It’s a great price point at $19.99. I really like the attraction of having all the products the same color.”

Color has been a cornerstone for many of the Zero Friction products. And company president John Iacono saw an opportunity to utilize their colorful products in a way that would benefit their retail shop partners.

“More and more golfers are adding color to their game, and our product line addresses that trend,” said Iacono. “Our Supertube provides an attractive, affordable and simple method for golfers to purchase products they all need.”

Zero Friction is responsible for establishing the performance tee market and bringing to light the importance the tee plays in the game of golf. Since its debut in 2005, the Zero Friction Tee has been the #1 performance tee on the PGA TOUR with over 70 PGA TOUR victories.

The Spectra golf ball is a high quality 2-piece distance ball finished in 6 matte colors: White, Lime, Red, Lemon, Orange and Fuchsia. The large, super-fast core provides explosive distance, high launch and longer roll off the tee.

“Our Spectra golf balls create a higher visual appeal for the player,” said Iacono.  “Other countries have been selling colored golf balls for years. It was just a matter of time before colored balls caught on in the US.”

Zero Friction’s weather resistant performance glove takes the guesswork out of finding the perfect size. Unlike any other golf glove, Zero Friction uses its patented compression-fit technology to deliver outstanding precision, flexibility and comfort to every golfer that puts one on. And they come in a rainbow of colors.

The Supertube combines all those quality, colorful products into one value-packed purchase.

“The Supertubes are just that – super,” said Kyle Gerrard of Blue Mash Golf Course in Maryland. “They are perfect for our junior camps. The fact that they offer a bunch of different colors makes it fun for the kids.”

Bentrup of Golf Discount of St. Louis is especially pleased with the quality of the products.
“The compression fit glove has enough strategic flex zones that will expand if needed to provide the right fit,” he said. “They are a nice addition to the package. We received an initial shipment of 30 Supertubes and blew through them really quickly. We had to get a second shipment they were so popular.”

To learn more about Supertube, or to view the entire line of Zero Friction golf products, visit www.ZeroFriction.com.

Palmilla Golf Club Debuts New RoboGolfPro Teaching Aid

(Los Cabos, Mexico) – Palmilla Golf Club in Los Cabos, Mexico recently debuted a new swing training aid called the RoboGolfPro. Palmilla Golf Club is the only location in Los Cabos with the revolutionary training aid that allows golfers to build their perfect swing by taking them through the correct movements with the help of video and mechanical training.

The RoboGolfPro swing trainer was developed by tour player, equipment designer and instructor, Scot W.R. Nei.  The robot-like arms on the RoboGolfPro take students through the motion of their perfect swing, creating the “aha moment” by combining the feel and understanding of what the swing should be. PGA TOUR professionals Vaughn Taylor, Bryson DeChambeau and David Toms all work with the RoboGolfPro. Taylor, while working with Nei and the RoboGolfPro, won the 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

“Working with the RoboGolfPro allows the student to see immediate results,” said Jaron Higgens, a PGA Teaching Professional at Palmilla Golf Club.  “It is amazing the work that can be done both on and off the Robot.”

Higgens recently moved to Los Cabos from Calgary, Alberta Canada, where has been teaching with the RoboGolfPro for the last year. “I’m excited to bring this new technology to Los Cabos and the Palmilla Golf Club,” added Higgens.

Instruction with Higgens and the RoboGolfPro is available through Palmilla Golf Club. For more information on Palmilla Golf Club and the RoboGolfPro, visit www.palmillagc.com or call +52-624-144-5250.

Troon, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing, manages the golf and club operations at Palmilla Golf Club.

For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.

PEAKVISION Sunglasses Under New Ownership

Named 1 of 9 top items at 2018 PGA Merchandising Show by Orlando Sentinel

(CONWAY, SC) - PEAKVISION, the sunglasses that took the golf world by storm with its unique, patented Dual-Zone/Zero Distortion lens, is under new ownership. David Feaser of Conway, South Carolina, who’s been in the sunglass business for 30 years as the owner of Shades of George (www.shadesofgeorge.com), bought PEAKVISION company assets and all the patents for the popular lenses from the original company in May 2017, and is running the company as President/CEO.

Nicholas Feaser is National Sales Manager of PEAKVISION. The father-son team is committed to growing the brand and giving back to the golf community.

The Orlando Sentinel named PEAKVISION one of the top nine items at the PGA Merchandising Show this year. Read the article HERE.

“PEAKVISION lenses have such great clarity and high definition that it provides three times more visual information on the green for an impeccable read,” says David Feaser. “Everywhere we go, golfers come up to me and tell me they’re the best sunglasses on the market. These sunglasses visually ‘Change you Game,’ and help you make better putts and save strokes on the green.”
“Let’s face it,” Feaser continues. “Your round is won or lost on the green so if you can save one or more strokes off your game, who wouldn’t want to try these sunglasses? Most golfers take their sunglasses off or put them on their hats or head while they putt. Your eyes during that moment are adjusting to more visual information, which makes putting even more difficult. With PEAKVISION Sunglasses, it provides a continuity of visual information and you don’t have to take the sunglasses off. In fact, you’ll want to leave them on!”

PEAKVISION offers a line of Jack Nicklaus-signature sunglasses as well. “The JN1 and the JN5 in the collection reflect the high standards of Jack Nicklaus himself,” adds Feaser. All PEAKVISION styles are available and are currently on-sale by ordering on-line at www.peakvision.com.

PEAKVISION will be partnering with the Myrtle Beach World Amateur in Myrtle Beach, S.C., August 27-31, 2018 by providing PEAKVISION Sunglasses to the winning golfers.

The easiest way to order PEAKVISION is to go on-line at www.peakvision.com. PEAKVISION ships the same day the order is placed.

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Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Showcases World-Class Golf Academy

Start 2018 Golf Season with Exceptional Instruction, Expert Club-Fitting

(FARMINGTON, Pa.) – Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – the acclaimed luxury resort in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania – features an array of exceptional instruction programs and expert club-fitting for the 2018 golf season.

The state-of-the-art Nemacolin Golf Academy offers topnotch instruction led by PGA Professional Eric Johnson, a Golf Digest “Top 100 Teacher.” Highlights at the world-class facility include individual lessons, TrackMan Golf Radar Solution, SAM Putt Lab, V1 Video System, BodiTracks as well as one-, two- and three-day golf schools.

The Golf Academy additionally offers expert club-fitting for custom-made equipment ideal for everyday golf aficionados and junior players as well as professionals. The latest technology is used to accurately analyze individual swings and build the perfect clubs for consistent, enjoyable golf.

“The Nemacolin Golf Academy is one of the premier locales in the U.S. to improve your game,” says Mike Jones, director of golf and recreation. “Our never-ending goal is to help our members and guests take advantage of the expert teaching and technology we offer and elevate their enjoyment and skill to the next level.”

In addition to the Golf Academy, Nemacolin showcases two extraordinary courses designed by Pete Dye.  Shepherd’s Rock opened last July to rave reviews. The 7,151-yard layout presents golf in a spectacular setting, as the rolling bucolic terrain provided an ideal canvas for Dye and co-designer Tim Liddy. The course offers plenty of challenge and fun for players of all abilities and is a perfect complement to the resort’s lauded Mystic Rock course.

GOLF Magazine named Shepherd’s Rock “Honorable Mention Best New Course You Can Play.” Golfweek tabbed Mystic Rock No. 1 among “Best Courses You Can Play in Pennsylvania,” and Golf Digest ranked Mystic Rock in the top-60 of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.” The resort also received the coveted “Editors’ Choice Award” from Golf Digest in the “Best Golf Resorts in the Americas” category.

For more resort information: www.nemacolin.com, 866.399.6957.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

11 Troon Facilities To Host Drive, Chip and Putt Qualifiers in 2018

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing, is pleased to announce that 11 of its affiliated facilities have been selected to host local or subregional qualifying events for Drive, Chip and Putt in the 2018-2019 qualifying season.

Conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), Masters Tournament and the PGA of America, Drive, Chip and Putt is a free youth golf development initiative for boys and girls, ages 7-15. Local qualifying opportunities will be held in all 50 states throughout the months of May, June, July and August. Entrants will play in girls’ and boys’ divisions in four age categories, with scoring centered around golf’s three fundamental skills (Driving, Chipping and Putting). Top performers at the local level will advance through subregional and regional qualifiers in July/August and September, respectively, at some of the nation’s most acclaimed venues and championship sites. From these qualifiers, 80 finalists – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to compete in the National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday, April 7, the eve of the 2019 Masters Tournament.

In recent years, finalists have either come through qualifiers at Troon locations or call Troon-managed facilities their home clubs. In 2014, Raina Ports of El Conquistador Golf & Tennis in Oro Valley, Ariz., made it to the finals and placed second overall in her division. Grant Herrenbruck and Tate Herrenbruck from Salina Country Club in Salina, Kan., both made it to the finals in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, Sarah Lydic of Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club, a Troon-managed facility in Ocean View, Del., also earned one of 80 spots in the National Finals.

Troon Drive, Chip and Putt host locations for this year’s qualifying season include:
- Troon North (Scottsdale, Ariz.) – June 6, 2018
- Seaview Golf Resort (Galloway, N.J.) – June 10, 2018
- Golf Club of Estrella (Goodyear, Ariz.) – June 27, 2018
- El Macero Country Club (El Macero, Calif.) – July 3, 2018
- Marin Country Club (Novato, Calif.) – July 10, 2018
- Reunion Golf & Country Club (Madison, Miss.) – July 12, 2018
- The Golf Club at Champions Circle (Fort Worth, Texas) – July 14, 2018
- World Golf Village (St. Augustine, Fla.) – July 21, 2018
- Chateau Elan Golf Club (Braselton, Ga.) – July 23, 2018
- Knollwood Country Club (Elmsford, N.Y.) – July 23, 2018
- The Powder Horn Golf Club (Sheridan, Wyo.) – August 4, 2018

Online registration for Drive, Chip and Putt local qualifying is now available at www.DriveChipandPutt.com.

For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.

Part-time Approach Helps Karrie Webb Choose Life Over Golf

By Andrew Spence

(ARTICLE) - Karrie Webb is hopeful that scaling back her job to “part-time” will keep her fresh enough to gain some work-life balance and extend her career.

Webb, 43, will chase her sixth national title and 42nd LPGA win when she tees off in the ISPS Handa Australian Open at Adelaide’s famous Kooyonga Golf Club tomorrow.

However, unlike past years when it was the first of six events in seven weeks for Webb, the tournament in South Australia could be one of only about 10 this year on the global LPGA Tour.

“I think this will be my 23rd season and golf’s a 12-month commitment. As the years have gone on I’ve still put golf first but the last handful of years I haven’t felt good about always choosing golf,” Webb told reporters at Kooyonga today.

“I’m trying out the part-time schedule this year … so hopefully I can take part in some life events and still play some golf, because I still feel like there’s a little bit left there.”

Webb is also considering playing some events on the Legends Tour in the United States, which she will be eligible for once she turns 45.

“I guess I’m not quite ready to put the clubs away. I’ll see if I can do both and we’ll just assess it as time goes on.”

Now ranked No. 98 in the world and the fifth highest ranked Aussie behind Minjee Lee (16), Katherine Kirk (56), Su Oh (78) and Sarah Jane Smith (84), Webb last won the Australian Open in 2014.

However, she said she feels ready to compete this week despite only playing one tournament since September.

“I feel quite fresh and ready to play this week. I’m pretty happy with the practice I’ve done, so we’ll just see what happens,” the North Queenslander said.

“I’ve come here the last few years and it’s the start of that hard slog (but) coming here this week, just with a completely fresh mindset and actually looking forward to playing, so that’s what I hope the part-time thing is.”

As Webb looks towards the twilight of her career, West Australian 21-year-old Minjee Lee is steadily marching towards the world’s top 10.

Lee won her maiden LPGA tournament in the United States in 2016 and tuned up for this week’s tournament in Adelaide with a win in the Victorian Open and a runner-up finish in the Canberra Classic last week.

She said her goal was to win this week.

“I don’t think anybody comes into a tournament not wanting to win,” Lee said.

“I think all the Aussies are getting stronger. It’s going to be a really great tournament, everybody’s playing well.”

The tournament’s LPGA status means it has prizemoney of about $1.65 million (US$1.3 million), significantly more than the $1.25 million on offer at the men’s Australian Open.

This week’s field will feature eight of the world’s top 20 players including So Yeon Ryu, Cristie Kerr, Lydia Ko, Brooke Henderson and Ariya Jutanugarn.

Eight past Women’s Australian Open champions including Webb, last year’s winner Ha Na Jang, Haru Nomura, Laura Davies and Catriona Matthew will also tee up to see if they can again hold the Patricia Bridges Bowl aloft.

Kooyonga was the home club of Sir Donald Bradman and has hosted the Men’s Australian Open five times but it will be the first time the national women’s open is played at the Lockleys course in suburban Adelaide.

It is the third year in a row the event has been held in Adelaide following successful events Royal Adelaide and The Grange.

South Australia has positioned itself as a hub for elite women’s sport and also hosts annual international cycling event the Women’s Tour Down Under.

It was announced this week that the South Australian capital will continue to host the Australian Women’s Golf Open until at least 2021.

This is a Creative Commons story from The Lead South Australia, a news service providing stories about innovation in South Australia.

BIG MAX Makes 'Major' Progress at Chambers Bay

U.S. Open venue, Chambers Bay, joins roster of the world’s top courses to choose BIG MAX rental cart fleet 

(RELEASE) - Europe’s leading golf push cart manufacturer, BIG MAX, is delighted to report on the addition of U.S. Open venue Chambers Bay to the roster of world class venues that choose the brand to provide their rental cart fleet.

The Washington State venue, that was host to the 2015 U.S. Open, joins an illustrious list of names such as the ‘Home of Golf’ St. Andrews Old Course, to choose the BIG MAX Fleet 333C for their rental fleet. Top of the range BIG MAX rentals also feature at Eisenhower Golf Club in Colorado Springs, as well as across all of the courses at St. Andrews’ Links Trust in Scotland, Ryder Cup venue Gleneagles and other notable U.K. courses such as Sunningdale and Kingsbarns.

The decision to invest in BIG MAX rental carts at Chambers Bay was relatively simple as the venue wanted a rental cart that reflected the quality on offer at the course, as Brent Zepp (PGA), Chambers Bay Director of Golf commented, "The brand we had been using as our pull cart at Chambers Bay was fine but nothing special.  When I visited the UK this past summer and saw the BIG MAX three wheel cart at almost every facility I had to take a look.  This cart is going to be a great upgrade for our guest and what’s good for 'The Home of Golf' is good for Chambers Bay!"

The Fleet 333C from BIG MAX is the flagship model in the rental fleet range. A soft handle with large storage compartment, 2 Quick Fix and 2 Quick Lok bases for accessories and an ultra-smooth 3 wheel ride show off the cart’s quality, while robust BIG MAX construction delivers long lasting reliability. Optional accessories such as basket with bottle holder, sand bottle holder and advertising sign space complete the offer, making the Fleet 333C an attractive option for any venue.

While the list of BIG MAX rental venues is starting to look like a Top 100 course list, it’s the desire to offer a quality package for every golfer that shines in the venues that choose BIG MAX for their fleet. If you’d like to learn more about the simple, affordable ways to bring quality rentals to your course, contact BIG MAX USA General Manager Mike McHugh at mmc@bigmaxusa.com or on 888-510-0560.

More information: www.bigmaxgolf.com

Adv3nture Jackets: Travel in Style - Make a Positive Impact on the Environment

(KICKSTARTER) - Built to make traveling more enjoyable, but so comfortable, you'll want to wear Adv3nture Jackets every day. The everyday travel hoodie, tactical full-zip fleece, waterproof windbreaker and performance parka all have amazing innovations, are premium quality, but they also integrate into each other. When traveling, it's tough to be able to pick two or three jackets that will work in any weather you'll experience. That's why these garments work with each other. When you combine them, you get the benefits of both.

For example: The hoodie is great for the plane. The windbreaker is great for a rainy day. But what if it gets unexpectedly cold and rainy? No problem. Zip the hoodie into the windbreaker for an insulated, waterproof jacket.

Founded by Zane Lamprey (host of of travel shows on National Geographic Channel, Travel Channel & Food Network), Adv3nture creates premium apparel for outdoor enthusiast who love to travel. This company was born on Kickstarter and, as it continues to grow, they still launch new products here with an amazing community of backers.

Like the Adv3nture Hoodie, that was backed by more than 13,000 people here Kickstarter, the new Voyageurs Hoodie and all Adv3nture Jackets are loaded with incredible innovations and plenty of features that you'll love every day. The premium garments are meticulously designed and manufactured to ensure that they are durable and comfortable and enhance your journey, whether you're traveling around the corner or around the world. Your Adv3nture Jackets are perfect for any season, and will be the perfect companion on your trip. But, they are destined to be your go-to jackets for every day use.

PILLOW CONVERSION
One of the cool innovations is the pillow conversion. Adv3nture created the first hoodie/jacket to covert into pillows, and the company is very excited about their new-and-improved pillow conversion. All of the hoodies and jackets convert into pillows in the same way - through a microfleece-lined inside pocket. Imagine using your Adv3nture pillow on a flight, as a passenger in a car, or staring up at the stars. It's so comfortable.

HOW DO YOU GET THEM?
Become a backer of this project and pick a reward. It's that easy.

You will essentially be pre-ordering one of the jackets. By getting your jackets here, you'll get a special backer discount, and you'll receive your apparel before it is available in stores.

After the campaign, you will be sent a survey, where you will tell us the style(s), size(s) and color(s) that you would like, as well as your shipping info. At that point, you will also be able to add onto your order. It will all make sense when you get your e-mailed survey. Just make sure the e-mail address associated with your Kickstarter is one you check often.

Donate as little as $10 and you'll be making an impact. That donation will plant one tree. You will also be added to the mailing list for tree planting events and happenings. These events/celebrations will be limited to a specific number of participants and you will have priority before we open it to the general public. Other levels of donations earn apparel before it's available in stores, while also planting three trees.

Watch videos, get involved and learn more about Adv3nture Jackets HERE.

Billy Casper Golf, Morningstar Golf and Hospitality Acquire Fox Hollow Golf Club (Branchburg, NJ)

(Branchburg, NJ) – Billy Casper Golf and Morningstar Golf and Hospitality lead a partnership group that has acquired the popular Fox Hollow Golf Club in Branchburg, New Jersey, about one hour west of New York City.

New ownership plans to commit significant resources to enhance course conditions, personable service and a full slate of activities for beginner, intermediate and highly-skilled golfers.

The semi-private Fox Hollow – voted one of the top northeast golf courses by readers of Garden State Golf Magazine – features a fun and challenging, 18-hole, 6,371-yard, par-70 layout rife with elevation changes. Golfers also praise the greens which are pristine, fast and contain more-than-occasional undulations.

Originally designed by Hal Purdy, once a construction supervisor for legendary architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., the course was completely re-modeled in 2000. It is augmented by a driving range with 20 grass tees and a bunkered practice green and spacious putting green. Private and group lessons are conducted by PGA professionals.

Individual, junior and corporate memberships are available, and greens and cart fees are reasonably priced.  In addition to hosting special events, the attractive clubhouse boasts a well-established restaurant with majestic views of the golf course.

“Fox Hollow represents a unique opportunity to combine complimentary resources of two leading course owner-operators,” says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of Billy Casper Golf. “The result will be an even higher satisfaction among members and public golfers.”

“Beautiful vistas, rolling topography and some of the best holes in central New Jersey define Fox Hollow – it’s a gem,” says Matt Galvin, President and CEO of Morningstar. “Billy Casper Golf’s marketing prowess and infrastructure, and Morningstar’s local presence and hands-on involvement, will elevate Fox Hollow’s attraction locally and regionally.”

The first of many community outreaches is to grow family participation, and Fox Hollow is offering free golf to children with a paid adult after 3 p.m. daily.

Through association with the combined management team, Fox Hollow members now enjoy special opportunities to play Royce Brook Golf Club, Cranbury Golf Club and The Shore Club in New Jersey as well as Shawnee Resort in Pennsylvania.

More information: www.foxhollowgc.com, 908.526.0010; www.billycaspergolf.com, 703.761.1444; and www.mstargolf.com, 908.586.4361.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Johnson, Spieth, McIlroy & Woods Lead Field at Genesis Open in Southern California

Four Hours of Live Coverage on Golf Channel Thursday & Friday

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – World No. 1 Dustin Johnson will look to defend his 2017 title at the Genesis Open this week in Southern California, alongside Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. Golf Channel will carry four hours of live first and second round coverage Thursday and Friday, along with lead-in coverage on Saturday-Sunday.

Golf Channel also will carry live coverage of the LPGA Tour in primetime Wednesday-Saturday – from the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open – with So Yeon Ryu, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr and Lydia Ko in the field.

Bernhard Langer leads the field at the Chubb Classic in Florida, along with Scott McCarron, Steve Stricker and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

The European Tour will stage the inaugural Oman Open this week, featuring Race to Dubai leader Shubhankar Sharma.

PGA TOUR
Genesis Open
Dates: Feb. 15-18
Venue: Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Thursday 2-6 p.m. (Live) / 7-10 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 4-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-10 p.m. (Replay)      
Saturday 2-3:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 1-2:45 p.m. (Live) / 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)

Golf Central Pre and Post Round Coverage on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday Noon-2 p.m. / 6-7 p.m. (Live)
Friday 2:30-4 p.m. / 8-8:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday Noon-2 p.m. / 7-8 p.m. (Live)
Sunday Noon-1 p.m. / 2:45-3 p.m. / 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Woods returns to familiar spot for first time in more than a decade: Tiger Woods made his PGA Tour debut in this event as a 16-year-old amateur in 1992, and returns this week for the first time since 2006.

Johnson defends: Dustin Johnson finished five shots ahead of Scott Brown and Thomas Pieters to claim his 13th PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer, Thomas Pieters and Patrick Cantlay.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
- Play by Play: Whit Watson
- Analyst: Nick Faldo
- Tower: Matt Gogel
- On-Course: Curt Byrum
- Interviews: Todd Lewis

LPGA TOUR 
ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
Dates: Feb. 15-18
Venue: Kooyonga Golf Club, Adelaide, Australia

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Wednesday 9 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 2-5 a.m. (Thursday replay)
Thursday 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live)
Friday 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 5:30-7 p.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 9 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 5-6:30 p.m. (Sunday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Jang defends: Ha Na Jang won by three shots over Nanna Koerstz Madsen to earn her fourth LPGA Tour win.

Headlining the field: So Yeon Ryu, Ariya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Lydia Ko, Brooke Henderson, Minjee Lee, Jin-Young Ko, Moriya Jutanugarn, Jiyai Shin and Charley Hull.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
- Host: Mike Ritz
- Play by Play: Stephanie Brantz
- Analyst: Jane Crafter / Quentin Hall
- On-Course: Kate Burton / Alison Whitaker

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS 
Chubb Classic
Dates: Feb. 16-18
Venue: TwinEagles Club (Talon Course)

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Friday Noon-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 3-5 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-2:30 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:
Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Scott McCarron, Steve Stricker, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Colin Montgomerie, Jerry Kelly, David Toms, Jose Maria Olazabel, John Daly and Mark O’Meara.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
- Play by Play: Bob Papa
- Analyst: Lanny Wadkins
- Tower: John Mahaffey
- On-Course: John Cook / Arron Oberholser

EUROPEAN TOUR 
Oman Open
Dates: Feb. 15-18
Venue: Al Mouj Golf, Muscat, Oman

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Thursday 5-8 a.m. (Live)
Friday 5-8 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 4-7:30 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 4-7:30 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Inaugural event: This is the inaugural playing of the Oman Open. Previously, Al Mouj Golf has hosted the Challenge Tour’s season-culminating event for the past three seasons.

Headlining the field: Shubhankar Sharma, Thomas Bjorn, Thongchai Jaidee, Andrew Johnston, Chris Wood, Andy Sullivan, Darren Clarke and Sean Crocker.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
- Play by Play: Dougie Donnelly
- Analyst: Tony Johnstone / Ken Brown
- On-Course: Jay Townsend

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Arnold Palmer Design Company Commits Service to Operation Support Military Golf Project

Iconic Firm Supports Non-Profit’s Work at Naval Station Mayport’s Windy Harbor Golf Club;
Joins Organization in ‘Reviving the Golf Courses that Revitalize Our Heroes’

(JACKSONVILLE, Florida) – Operation Support Military Golf (OSMG) – the non-profit organization which exists to enhance service members' morale, welfare, and recreation by improving golf courses and associated facilities at bases worldwide – today announces that Arnold Palmer Design Company (APDC) will provide in-kind renovation work at Naval Station Mayport’s Windy Harbor facility.

The Arnold Palmer Design Company (www.arnoldpalmerdesign.com), led by Brandon Johnson, Vice President, Senior Golf Course Architect and ASGCA Associate, will assist in enhancing the practice facility at Windy Harbor. No stranger to paying it forward, Johnson joined the Arnold Palmer Design team in 2006 following a fruitful tenure as Manager of Design for The First Tee, where he was instrumental in assisting the budding youth development organization reach its 250 Phase 1 facility goals.

“Arnold Palmer Design Company’s assistance is invaluable and will enable service members and their families – past, present and future -- to benefit from bolstered morale, wellness and recreation afforded by the Mayport facility,” says OSMG Founder Jennifer Poth. “There are 145 golf courses at bases worldwide – 111 in the U.S. – and many are falling into disrepair due to zero dollars being appropriated for their upkeep.”    

“With gratitude, we are eager to assist Operation Support Military Golf and make life more enjoyable for the sailors and families of Naval Station Mayport who sacrifice so much on our behalf,” says Johnson.

In addition to the practice facility refurbishment, the cart barn and on-course restrooms will be replaced. However, funds and / or in-kind service for that work have yet to be secured.

“Brandon’s willingness – and that of his fellow Arnold Palmer Design VP Thad Layton – to support our groundbreaking military non-profit with their generosity, time and talent is appreciated more than we can put in words,” says Poth, who was inspired to found OSMG after the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing. “Mr. Palmer is forever a legend through his actions on and off the golf course and in uniform serving our great nation. To have his company and spirit involved with OSMG is an honor and privilege. We’re hopeful this will motivate others to help our mission.”

In addition to the Arnold Palmer Design Company, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (www.gcsaa.org), American Society of Golf Course Architects (www.asgca.org), Golf Course Builders Association of America (www.gcbaa.org), Sanford Golf Design (www.sanfordgolfdesign.com), and MacCurrach Golf Construction (www.maccurrachgolf.com) have pledged to assist OSMG (www.operationsupportmilitarygolf.org).  

OSMG was created to serve those who have, do and will serve our nation by ensuring their Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) is not forgotten. Positive MWR is an integral component in the well-being and quality of life of our service members and their families.

As a groundbreaking, global, military supportive, 501(c)(3) non-profit, OSMG's goal is to provide a $1 million infusion to each military golf facility. Helping increase accessibility for our wounded and aging veterans, reducing golf facilities maintenance costs through modernized equipment, and increasing overall visual enjoyment are just some of the specific benefits from the upgrades.

Military courses are spread throughout Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine bases. OSMG strives to rotate through the services, one base at a time, to equitably support each.

For more information about OSMG or to inquire about donations, email contact@operation-smg.org, or call (904) 626-4374.

PING Apparel Unveils Spring-Summer '18 Collection

(PHOENIX) – A focus on technological innovation, premium performance fabrics, superior comfort, and new color stories elevates quality and visual continuity across PING Apparel’s new Spring-Summer '18 collections for men and women. The clothing and accessories are available in select golf shops now.

“This collection re-emphasizes the high importance we place on performance for our clothing and for golfers – they are intertwined,” said Andy Solheim, PING Executive Vice President. “Our designers and our technology partners have done a great job elevating comfort, breathability and freedom of movement while tailoring every design to the modern game. Our clothing moves with the golfer, and the new fabrics, styles and colors put PING Apparel in a class by itself.”  

One key addition is Tekfit® Technology, which provides up to two additional inches of waistband stretch in select garments to improve freedom and range of movement. This hidden technology is fully breathable and maintains its stretch memory for the life of the garment. Tekfit is found in two new men’s shorts -- the Hendrick and the Bradley -- and in the ladies’ Livia skort.

Solheim said the SS18 collection carries on with its Sensor Technology Platform – SensorWarm, SensorCool, and SensorDry – clothing custom-engineered to perform from base layer to outer layer to meet the demands of golf. “Sensor Technology is a meaningful, practical point of difference with PING Apparel, allowing us to take a big step forward in comfort and performance whether you’re playing in cool spring weather, the wind and rain, or midsummer heat.”
MEN’S
PING Apparel continues to innovate by sourcing unique performance fabrications direct from its mill partners. The Elliott blends polyester CoolMax, and elastane, resulting in full comfort for all-weather climates and temperatures. A new polo, the Harvey, is constructed with a unique peached fabric with a very soft and quiet hand. This space-dyed polo also features a concealed button-down collar and a three-button grown-on placket. A new butter-soft baby pique fabric is featured in the Quinn polo while the Connor uses the same soft, peachy feel of the Harvey. The Karsten II is made of a premium fabric blend of polyester, tencel and elastane.

The men’s color stories are Drift Away, Purple Haze, and Disruption. Drift Away features Seafoam green as the lead color, creating a contemporary collection. Seafoam offers a fresh, cooling mid tone and combines with black, silver and asphalt to give depth to this refined summer palette. Paired with white and grey toned neutrals, Seafoam presents a youthful appeal. Purple Haze is a sophisticated palette combining shades of rich plum paired with cool celestial blues and core navy, offering a smooth transition from winter to spring. Disruption combines vibrant imperial blue with pops of orange burst and with core navy and white to make a statement.

In outerwear, the Delta is an ultralight, full-stretch, 100% windproof jacket (the Nyla in the ladies line). This truly engineered jacket features stretch-mesh lining, back venting, and angled vents to the side panels. The Truman is a lightweight stretch ¼ zip with a ribbed inner collar for interest and features 50+ UPF sun protection.
LADIES
With its ladies collection, PING Apparel enables golfers to integrate premium, elevated sportswear with her everyday wardrobe. The line balances performance, style and comfort with classic looks. New collar silhouettes play with tradition in a feminine and relaxed look. Attributes include sophisticated and simple color blocking, overlapped and crossover details, back detailing, and minimal abstraction prints using soft geometrics and subtle textures.

The SS18 color palette works as a modular system with compatible colors. Amplified Pinks, combining bold, exotic and strong pinks, can be merchandised back to white and/or citadel grey. The key color in the Focus story is cobalt blue, offering sophistication with a hint of sportswear influence. Monochromes is a collection of linking pieces that work well on their own or across the other two color stories.  

Two new polos, the Sienna and the sleeveless Dee, feature the CoolMax fabric constructed of poly CoolMax, poly and elastane. A new peached poly fabric is featured in the Beau polo and a new, ¾ sleeve style called the Cora. In bottoms, PING Apparel added two colors to the popular Adele pull-on stretch pant, and the Livia skort includes Tekfit stretch waistband technology. Two new lightweight spring merino-wool sweaters highlight the layering options.

Knuth Golf’s High Heat 257+ Receives Rave Reviews after Launch at PGA Merchandise Show

(BONITA, CA) – Knuth Golf launched its breakthrough product, the High Heat 257+ metalwoods, at this year’s PGA Merchandise Show and the reviews have been off the charts.

“With its novel 3-trampoline technology the ball comes off so hot no matter where you hit it,” said Gary Van Sickle, President of the Golf Writers Association of America. “It feels like hitting a home run anywhere I hit it on the face.”

The High Heat 257+ technology is a result of a change to the 18-year-old CT Rule. "CT" stands for Characteristi3 clubs v1c Time, which is a USGA and R&A test that measures the amount of time the ball can stay on the face. This rule change permits a golf face to be much hotter with a CT above 257 and up to 275, but only in the large toe and heel areas.

The new technology, bringing more trampoline effect into the large toe and heel areas, was believed to be impossible to achieve, reflected by the fact that no brand had accomplished it in the two-year span since the rule change occurred. The highest ball speed has always been in the center of the face, and the CTs in the toe and heel areas have been in the low 200s compared to the low 250s in the middle of the face.

But designer Dean Knuth saw the possibilities, and made it happen with his new 3-trampoline technology instead of the traditional variable thickness technology. Now, High Heat is the only company in the market with CT values greater than 257 consistent with the USGA’s 2016 CT Rule.

High Heat 257+’s 3-TrampTech addresses two issues that affect most amateur golfers, both of which happen when golfers miss the center of the clubface. They are sometimes too far from the green to reach in regulation, or their approach shots end up short of the green. With High Heat 257+, amateurs will get more than their current average driving distance, and they will get their intended distance on approach shots even if they hit it on the toe or heel, leading to more greens in regulation.

“Not only will amateurs get increased distance on toe and heel hits with High Heat’s 257+’s 3-trampoline technology, they will get the same feel as a center hit with added confidence.” – Golf Talk Live.

High Heat has taken the golf industry by storm since entering the market in 2015 with a simple but crucial premise – design clubs specifically for amateur swings and performance needs. The High Heat driver, fairway woods and hybrids, featuring lower and deeper center of gravity, have all been named in numerous media “best products lists.” Customers rave about increased performance and lower scores with High Heat in their bag.

Now, with 257+, High Heat again beats the major brands to the punch.

“The hottest face in golf for the past three years just got hotter, so your mishits will go further,” said Tim Branco, publisher of Northeast Golf Magazine and GolfGearWeekly.com.

Knuth figured out a way to incorporate the now-conforming extra spring-like effect into the toe and heel of the already successful and popular line of High Heatmirror face v1 metalwoods. The end result with High Heat’s new technology is that there is a significant increase in ball speed on hits in the large toe and heel areas where the CT can be as high as 275. And it is a known fact that greater ball speed equals more distance.

His ability to bring this technology to fruition will certainly solidify Knuth’s reputation as one of the golf industry’s brightest minds. His early High Heat designs were ahead of all major brands incorporating a much lower and much deeper CG, for which he was the only club designer honored by Golf Inc. magazine as an “Innovator In Player Development” in 2016. And during his USGA days he created the USGA's Course Rating and Slope Rating System used in handicapping, which Golf Digest stated was one of the eight most important technologies in the past 50 years.

“Most amateur golfers struggle to hit the center of the clubface consistently,” said Knuth, a former USGA Senior Director. “It was with that thought in mind that we created our first High Heat clubs. Now, with this new 3-trampoline technology, amateur golfers will have an even bigger advantage when playing High Heat.”

Several golf instructors who tested High Heat 257+ at the PGA Show Demo Day sang its praises.

“Hitting on the toe, heel or center of the race of the High Heat 257+ driver felt great and the distance was the same for every shot,” said Jason Krier, PGA teaching professional from Pennsylvania. “You can’t miss. Amazing.”

Added Kevin Cloud, golf instructor from Connecticut, “I am impressed when I hit off the heel and toe of the 257+ the ball did not turn, and the heel shots appear to go further than hits on the sweet spot. Most of us fall short of the green on approach shots, but will not with High Heat 257+.”

And this from PGA professional Allen Van Valkenburg of Texas: “High Heat 257+ is fantastic. Off-center misses have been phenomenal. Hitting it has been inspirational. You can’t mishit it. Great clubs to have in your bag.”

High Heat 257+ drivers and fairway woods will be available for delivery in April 2018, and hybrids in June.

For more information on Knuth Golf, visit www.knuthgolf.com or call 410-353-0446.

ECCO Golf Announces Collaboration with Malbon Golf

Limited-Edition Hybrid High-Top Golf Shoe Designed Exclusively for L.A. Boutique

(LONDONDERRY, NH) – ECCO – a leading manufacturer of innovative footwear – announces the brand’s collaboration with Malbon Golf – a trend-setting golf apparel and accessories store based in Los Angeles – to release 100 limited-edition Malbon Golf x ECCO leather high-top hybrid golf shoes.

The Malbon logo will be showcased on the outside of the supple Yak leather upper, that sits atop the award-winning ECCO E-DTS hybrid outsole featuring approximately 800 traction points. Available for men and women in-store at Malbon Golf and on MalbonGolf.com, the partnership is testament to the ECCO vision of incorporating mainstream fashion elements into premium golf footwear.

“We worked directly with Malbon in the design process to create a unique style that speaks to both their brand ethos and ours,” says Thomas Dixon, product manager of ECCO Sport. “Comfortable, durable and sharp, these shoes perform as well as they look.”

“Malbon promotes golf as not just a game, but a lifestyle to be experienced through edgy, stylish apparel and accessories,” says Erica Malbon, Co-Founder of Malbon Golf. “By partnering with premium brands like ECCO, we are able to offer something truly authentic.”

ECCO Golf shoes are crafted at company-owned factories that utilize FLUIDFORM technology to bond the upper and outsole unit, creating a one-piece shoe without the use of glue or stitching. Benefits include flexibility, durability and a lightweight construction.

ECCO Golf shoes are worn in competition around the world by Fred Couples, Ernie Els, Smylie Kaufman, Peter Hanson, Thomas Bjørn, Lydia Ko, Minjee Lee, Caroline Masson and Gerina Piller, among others.

For more information: www.eccousa.com, 800.886.3226.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Silvies Valley Ranch Debuts McVeigh's Gauntlet with Caddies that are the G.O.A.T.

Dan Hixson’s 7-hole challenge course to open at The Links at Silvies Valley Ranch in July 2018 with a truly unique caddie program – trained American Range Goats

(SILVIES, OREGON) – As far as caddies go, Steve Williams, Mike “Fluff” Cowan, Jim “Bones” Mackay and James “Tip” Anderson are a few of the G.O.A.T.s. Partnering with golf legends like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Arnold Palmer, they brought trust, honesty and guidance to the game, enhancing the play of all those who walked alongside them. In 2018, The Retreat & Links at Silvies Valley Ranch will provide the same type of on-course support for its guests when it debuts a new 7-hole challenge course, McVeigh’s Gauntlet, this summer, offering G.O.A.T. caddies to their guests - literally.

Born and bred at Silvies Valley Ranch, professionally trained American Range Goat caddies will be available for hire on McVeigh’s Gauntlet, the latest golf experience to open at The Links at Silvies Valley Ranch. Saddled up with a custom-designed goat caddie pack that carries drinks, golf balls, tees and a few clubs, the goats will join players on The Gauntlet, bringing an entirely new sense of whimsy, entertainment and fun to the golf experience.

“We’re taking the golf experience at Silvies Valley Ranch to a new level in 2018,” says Dr. Scott Campbell, veterinarian and owner of The Retreat & Links at Silvies Valley Ranch. “We’ve been developing an unprecedented caddie training program with our head caddie, Bruce LeGoat, to ensure that he and his team are ready for the opening of The Gauntlet this summer. We’re truly redefining both goat and golf operations at the ranch. Can you think of another course where its caddies were literally born, raised and fully educated on-property? We will get you a caddie who really knows the course and won’t give you any bad advice – and they work for peanuts!”

Designed by Dan Hixson, one of the most celebrated course architects in the Pacific Northwest, McVeigh’s Gauntlet joins Hixson’s 18-hole reversible layouts, the Hankins and Craddock Courses, and the 9-hole par-3 Chief Egan Course at The Links at Silvies Valley Ranch. A stunning 7-hole ridge course carved into a razor back, the course is challenging in design, yet fun and care-free to play in a short amount of time. McVeigh’s Gauntlet was designed to help players settle bets and test their accuracy on a series of par-3s and par-4s, while marveling at the views and the Western appeal of the ranch.

“Working with Scott on this project has been a lot of fun,” says course architect, Dan Hixson. “As a designer, having the trust, and space, to truly let loose and design not one, but four different courses with literally no boundaries, has been a rewarding experience. I’m eager for players to travel to Frontier Oregon to play each of the courses – they’re really unlike anything you’ve ever seen.”

Since opening to guests in summer 2017, its preview season, The Retreat & Links at Silvies Valley Ranch has made its mark in the industry as Golf’s Newest Frontier. With luxurious Western-inspired accommodations, fine dining options, an extensive Scotch collection, unique activities and two of the country’s first reversible 18-hole courses, the boutique eco-resort is a must-see destination for families, couples, buddy trips, corporate groups and visitors across the globe.

This April marks the official opening season for The Retreat & Links at Silvies Valley Ranch. For more information, call 1-800-SILVIES, email info@silviesvalleyranch.com or visit www.silvies.us.

Tiger Woods Announces TGR Foundation

(IRVINE, Calif.) - In fall 2016, Tiger Woods set a professional evolution in motion with the launch of TGR Ventures (pronounced ‘T-G-R’), an umbrella brand that marked the next chapter in the golfer, businessman and philanthropist’s legacy. Now the evolution continues as the Tiger Woods Foundation renames itself as TGR Foundation, A Tiger Woods Charity—the next phase in a longstanding plan for the educational nonprofit.

“Over the last 21 years, my foundation has grown to be larger than just me, and today I’m excited to announce our new name, TGR Foundation, that reflects this growth,” said Woods. “TGR Foundation belongs to the community and the students we serve. We’ve accomplished so much over the years, but we’ve just scratched the surface. I look forward to the next stage of our journey.”

Founded in 1996 as a means to provide more for children who have less, TGR Foundation will continue to transform young lives across the country and around the world with its innovative STEM-based curriculum, college-access programs and digital initiatives.

“The evolution of the Tiger Woods Foundation to TGR Foundation has been in the making for some time now,” explains foundation President & CEO Rick Singer.” The foundation took its first steps towards the transition to TGR in early 2017 with the launch of TGR EDU: Explore, an interactive, digital campus created in partnership with Discovery Education. We’re excited to be continuing a process we began over a year ago and to drive forward our initiative to reach millions of kids worldwide.”

Along with the launch of TGR EDU: Explore, early 2017 saw the unveiling of TGR EDU: Create, a program aimed at providing professional development and resources for educators involved in the vital subjects of STEM education and college access.

Having served more than 165,000 students since opening its doors in 2006, the Tiger Woods Learning Centers were renamed as the TGR Learning Labs last year. The learning labs remain a safe space, offering hands-on STEM-based classes and college-readiness programs to young people in Anaheim, CA, Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC, New York City, NY, Stuart, FL, and the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, VA.

A bedrock of the foundation for over a decade, the Earl Woods Scholar Program (EWSP) announced an expansion plan last year, to double its current number of scholars. Reinforcing its plans for growth, EWSP will expand into the Los Angeles market this year. To date, EWSP has helped nearly 200 scholars attend top universities around the country and boasts a 98% graduation rate.

“While the foundation’s name has changed to reflect its scale, reach and growth, our core focus of guiding underserved youth remains the same,” said Dr. Katherine Bihr, Vice President of Programs & Education for the foundation. “As we expand the scope of our programs, we are confident that under our new name, TGR Foundation, we will continue to be synonymous with quality education and the transformative work we are known for.”

Under his vision, Woods will continue to guide TGR Foundation in the important work of equipping low-income students with STEM and college-readiness programs and the mindset to persevere, so they can, in turn, thrive in school, their communities and the working world for years to come.

For more information, visit TGRFoundation.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TGRFound.

TPT Golf to Support College Golfers with Play Golf In College

(RENENS, SWITZERLAND) - TPT Golf has chosen Play Golf in College to lead its college golf program. With TPT Golf, Play Golf in College will identify and support elite junior golfers and college golf programs around the country with TPT Golf shafts and shaft education.

Play Golf in College is led by Brad Sparling, a golf instructor and former college golf coach at Duke University and Ohio State University. His Ohio-based company works with elite golfers around the country to help them develop all aspects of their game and navigate the college golf recruitment process.

"Every single golfer we've seen fitted so far has increased their accuracy and improved their distance with a TPT Golf shaft," Sparling says. "Through this collaboration with TPT Golf, we're going to make sure the best players in the country have access to the very best golf shafts. The technology is incredible and elite golfers will love the improved dispersion and feel of the shafts."

Each of TPT Golf's shaft models is created with the company's revolutionary "Thin-Ply Winding Method," a fully automated manufacturing process that gives TPT Golf the ability to independently tweak each shaft design parameter with the ultimate precision. The robot-driven process ensures unrivaled consistency and unlocks superior performance for golfers of all abilities.

"TPT Golf has created a new and different way of making a golf shaft, and it's a better way," says TPT Golf Director Sebastian Sebayang. "With Play Golf in College, we're going to ensure elite junior golfers and college programs have the shafts and the education they need to take their game to the next level."

In the last four months, TPT Golf shafts have been used to win four professional events on the PGA Tour, the European Tour, the Asian Tour and a World Golf Championship. The company's lineup includes 11 different shaft models ($499 each) that are available exclusively through the company's worldwide network of Authorized Fitters.

Golfers can visit tptgolf.com/wheretobuy to locate a TPT Golf Authorized Fitter in their area. TPT Golf is currently in the process of expanding its network of Authorized Fitters to offer more golfers around the world a new level of performance. Details of the expansion will be shared in the near future.

Youth on Course Partners with Secret Golf to Provide Online Instruction

More than 30,000 Juniors Nationwide to Benefit from PGA TOUR, LPGA Expertise

(PEBBLE BEACH, CA) — Youth on Course — the organization renowned for its record-breaking national growth to provide affordable golf access – has partnered with Secret Golf, one of golf’s fastest-growing digital media instruction companies, to provide an online learning program to all 30,000 members.

Using the Secret Golf platform, youth spanning 23 states will have access to an educational curriculum and exclusive video content library from PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour players. A premium service with no cost to Youth on Course members, Secret Golf is the first multi-channel company to offer personalized digital lessons from current and former Tour professionals.

“Youth on Course and Secret Golf share a mission to provide access to the game for players of all skill levels,” says Adam Heieck, Youth on Course Executive Director. “Secret Golf’s mobile platform allows for seamless connectivity to the communities we serve, while stimulating engagement for juniors with the game.”

Having already partnered with four new state golf associations in 2018 (Colorado Golf Association, Golf Association of Philadelphia, Greater Cincinnati Golf Association, Iowa Golf Association), Youth on Course continues to gain momentum in its alignment with Secret Golf, who recently announced a relationship with the Houston Golf Association.

“Affiliating with Youth on Course allows us to highlight the importance of receiving proper instruction at an early age,” says Steve Elkington, Secret Golf Co-Founder and 10-time PGA TOUR winner. “The ability to learn directly from TOUR professionals will facilitate proficiency and fuel the passion for the game among the next generation of golfers.”

To increase their aptitude, players will receive unlimited coaching on proper grip, set up, backswing, downswing, short game, putting and strategy. Tour trainers include World Golf Hall of Fame member Jackie Burke, PGA Champion Jason Dufner, Ryan Palmer and Pat Perez, to name a few. Team Secret Golf’s LPGA staff features two-time LPGA Tour Player of the Year Stacy Lewis, U.S. Open winner Brittany Lang, Gaby Lopez and Gerina Piller.

Registration information will be available on both secretgolf.com and youthoncourse.org.

BetDSI Sportsbook Posts Genesis Open odds; Tiger Prop Bets

(RELEASE) - BetDSI Sportsbook has posted odds to win the 2018 Genesis Open at The Riviera Country Club. BetDSI also released props on Tiger Woods’ performance at the tournament as well as his TV time. Woods has 35/1 odds to win the event.

Current odds: https://www.betdsi.eu/sportsbook-betting/golf-odds/tiger-woods-props/

Tiger Woods is 35/1 to win the Genesis Open
Genesis Open Odds
Dustin Johnson +510
Jordan Spieth +1210
Rory McIlroy +1210
Justin Thomas +1800
Paul Casey +2200
Phil Mickelson +2200
Tommy Fleetwood +2800
Marc Leishman +3500
Chez Reavie +3500
Tiger Woods +3500
Daniel Berger +4000
Bubba Watson +4500
Branden Grace +4500
Kevin Chappell +4500
Matt Kuchar +4500
Alex Noren +4500
Brendan Steele +4500
Thomas Pieters +4500
Ollie Schniederjans +4500
Pat Perez +5000
Patrick Cantlay +5000
Xander Schauffele +6000
Adam Scott +6000
Keegan Bradley +6000
Charles Howell III +6000
Charl Schwartzel +6600
Tony Finau +6600
Rafa Cabrera-Bello +6600
James Hahn +7000
Kevin Streelman +7000
Bill Haas +7500
Beau Hossler +8000
Adam Hadwin +8000
Jason Kokrak +8000
Jimmy Walker +8000
Haotong Li +8000
J.B. Holmes +8000
Harris English +9000
Francesco Molinari +9000
Charley Hoffman +9000
Kevin Na +9000
Shane Lowry +9000
Ryan Moore +10000
William McGirt +10000
Kyle Stanley +10000
Martin Kaymer +10000
Martin Laird +10000
Jhonattan Vegas +10000
Austin Cook +10000
Cameron Smith +11000
Bryson DeChambeau +11000
Ted Potter Jr. +12500
Field (Any golfer not listed) +1000

2018 Genesis Open Props
Will Tiger Woods make the cut?
Yes -140
No +110

Will Tiger Woods be within 5 strokes of lead at any point Sunday (must make cut for action)
Yes +140
No -170

Will Tiger Woods hit ball into pot bunker in middle of No. 6 green?
Yes +150
No -180

How many fairways will Tiger Woods hit in first round?
Over 4.5 (-120)
Under 4.5 (-110)

Tiger Woods driving accuracy percentage
Over 32.5 (-115)
Under 32.5 (-115)

Will Tiger Woods receive more broadcast time than winner during final round (must make cut for action)
Yes -150
No +120

More broadcast time during 2018 Genesis Open
Tiger Woods -115
Field -115

Tour Edge Exotics CBX Hybrids, Fairway Woods Earn 3rd Place, Three Top 10’s on PGA TOUR Champions

Exotics CBX is #2 Most Played Hybrid Model at Boca Raton Championship

(Boca Raton, FL) - PGA Champions Tour professionals using the new Tour Edge Exotics CBX hybrids and fairway woods earned a 3rd place finish and three Top 10 finishes at the Boca Raton Championship on the PGA TOUR Champions Sunday.

Seven new players playing Exotics CBX this week marks 19 professionals representing 87 PGA TOUR victories to have put the spin killing hybrids and fairway woods into play over the last seven events on the PGA TOUR Champions.

According to the Darrell Survey, 12 Exotics CBX hybrids and fairway woods were put into play this week in Boca Raton. With nine hybrids in play, Tour Edge was the #4 ranked manufacturer in the hybrid count and Exotics CBX ranked as the #2 most played model at the Boca Raton Championship.

“There is no doubt now that the Exotics CBX are the fastest growing metalwoods on the PGA TOUR Champions and on any other professional tour in golf,” said Tour Edge President and Master Club Designer David Glod. “We also have some exciting developments with Exotics CBX fairway woods, hybrids and Iron-Woods making their way onto the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour. The word is spreading that if you want the distance and accuracy of a Titanium face in a hybrid or fairway wood, there is only one game in town.”

• The 3rd place finisher was a new Exotics CBX user who put in an 18 degree Exotics CBX with an Aldila Tour Green shaft. He played the Exotics CBX to perfection in the last round with five birdies and no bogeys en route to a 67 on the scorecard. The player now ranks 6th in the 2018 Charles Schwab Cup standings after earning $115,200 this week.

• A 5-time PGA TOUR winner played an Exotics CBX fairway wood for the fourth event in a row and finished T7 with the club this week. The player has scored three Top 25 finishes out of the four events he has played the c

• The current #28 ranked player on the PGA TOUR Champions played an 18- degree Exotics CBX hybrid with an Aldila Tour Blue shaft to a T10 finish.

• The low round of the event was recorded with a 64 in the 2nd round of the event by a player using a 16-degree Exotics CBX hybrid with a Fujikura ATMOS shaft. The player finished T24, giving Exotics CBX four players in the Top 25.

After a 3rd place finish to start the 2018 season in Hawaii and another 3rd place finish in Boca Raton, Exotics CBX metalwoods have earned two Top 5 finishes and four Top 10 finishes to start the 2018 season. This week the Champions Tour season moves across southern Florida to Naples for the Chubb Classic held at TwinEagles Golf Club.

The new Exotics CBX fairway woods and hybrid were designed with a multi-material construction that includes the top of the line in Beta Titanium, Hyper Steel and Carbon Composite materials.

This unique combination of three different materials helps produce a penetrating ball flight that cuts through windy conditions and lowers side spin rates for greater accuracy.

They are currently the only Titanium face fairway woods and hybrids available for sale in the US market.

The Exotics CBX hybrid’s higher CG is located slightly forward in the club head through the use of a carbon fiber in the sole, which is significantly lighter than stainless steel. This helps to increase ball speed and reduce spin, which makes for less dispersion Tour Edge’s extremely thin Beta-titanium cup-face enlarges the ideal hitting area on the clubs.

It is brazed to stainless steel behind the hitting area which allows the face to flex more at impact, while the Speed Ramp sole design o provide reduced turf interaction so the club can maintain its speed through the hitting area. This has led to independent robot tests that have shown the CBX to average more than 16 yards longer in distance than several of the best selling fairway woods on the market.

Six different loft options in the Exotics CBX hybrids (16°, 17°, 18°, 19°, 20° and 22°) makes the Exotics CBX the most extensive hybrid line available with more lofts available than any other manufacturer that has hybrids in play on the professional tours.

The Tour Edge Exotics CBX fairway woods, Exotics CBX hybrids and Exotics CBX Iron-woods are currently available at select authorized Tour Edge retailers. To find a Tour Edge retailer near you, call (800) 515-3343 or visit www.touredge.com.