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.