Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cog Hill's Dubsdread Makes First Appearance On GOLF Magazine's Top 100 Courses In The U.S.

(LEMONT, Ill.) - The newly renovated Cog Hill Golf and Country Club's Dubsdread, has been named to the GOLF Magazine's 2009 Top 100 Course in the U.S. list. The Jemsek-owned golf facility and home course of the PGA Tour's BMW Championship is ranked 87th . Cog Hill was one of 14 courses that made the list for the first time.

"This is one of the industry's toughest list to get on because it combines public, private and resort courses, so the competition is very tough and we are thrilled to make this list for the first time," said Frank Jemsek , CEO, Cog Hill Golf and Country Club. "The renovation by Rees Jones has been very well received by our customers, the raters and earlier this month by the PGA Tour players. They all have been very positive about all the changes, especially the greens and bunker work. We are pleased to continue to provide Chicagoland golfers one of the best daily-fee experiences in the country."

After undergoing a $5 million renovation by renowned golf course architect Rees Jones, Dubsdread reopened in May 2009. The original routing of the award-winning Dubsdread remains intact. The comprehensive renovation upgraded the course's features and restored the strategy, design integrity and overall character inherent in the work of original architects Dick Wilson and Joe Lee. Average golfers will continue to enjoy the beauty and playability of this traditional style golf course while the best players in the world will encounter a challenging, but fair, test.

The biennial Top 100 Courses in the U.S. list appears in GOLF Magazine's October issue. The rankings were determined by a panel of 100 members, which is comprised of Ryder Cup players, architects, amateur champions, photographers, journalists, historian and course connoisseurs. Each panelist ranks the course on design rhythm, creativity, setting and conditioning.

Cog Hill was the only public course among the six Illinois courses that made the list. The other courses that were ranked are; Chicago Golf Club (No. 15), Medinah No. 3 (No. 36), Shoreacres (No. 43), Olympia Fields North (No. 86), Butler National (No. 93).

Cog Hill Golf and Country Club is one the premier public golf facilities in Chicago. Located in Lemont, Ill., Cog Hill features 72 holes of championship golf, a year-round learning center and a newly-renovated 35,000 sq. ft clubhouse. Dubsdread is the home of the PGA Tour's BMW Championship. For information on Cog Hill, call 866.264.4455 or visit


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

31st Annual Angels Baseball Foundation 65 Roses Golf Classic

Warrior Custom Golf is proud to support the ''31st Annual Angels Baseball Foundation 65 Roses Golf Classic'' benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation held Nov. 2 at the Los Coyotes Country Club in Buena Park, California. 1979 Angels MVP Don Baylor and Angels Manager Mike Sciosia will co-host the event in an effort to raise funds to find a cure for the devastating disease, Cystic Fibrosis. Since the events inception, it has raised close to $5 million dollars to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

In 1979, after he saw the devastating effects of Cystic Fibrosis, Don Baylor decided he wanted to do more. Don Baylor and the Angels took the offense by trading baseball bats for golf clubs to create the Sixty-Five Roses Golf Classic. The event continues to receive support from Angels Manager Mike Sciosia and the Angels Baseball Foundation.

This year's tournament in its 31st consecutive year is expected to attract 230 golfers and generate over $250,000. "The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation would like to thank Warrior Custom Golf for getting involved with this event and in turn helping children with Cystic Fibrosis," said Erin Ehlers Director of Special Events for the So Cal-Orange County Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Proceeds from the event will go to support the continual work of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation which started back in 1955, when a group of parents set their sights to advance understanding of this disease, to create new treatments, provide specialized care for children and to find a cure.

Special guest eleven year old ''Emily Daskas'' who is battling with CF will be performing at the event. Emily's family is extremely active raising funds for a cure. Each month Emily takes over 1100 pills, takes 180 breathing treatments, has 15 hours of vest treatments and spends 120 hours on a feeding tube. Each month! While the treatments and doctor's visits take many, many hours, this has not slowed Emily down.

To learn more about Emily visit

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit donor-supported organization, is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.

The Foundation is the leading organization in the United States devoted to cystic fibrosis. It funds and accredits more than 115 CF care centers, 95 adult care programs and 50 affiliate programs, and has 80 chapters and branch offices nationwide.

To learn more and to help make a difference visit


Mizuno Introduces The MX-300 Irons With Y-Tune Pro

The Ultimate 'player's' Game Improvement Iron

(Norcross, GA) - Mizuno, maker of the world's finest irons, introduces the Grain Flow Forged MX-300 irons, a perfect players spec iron with game improvement technologies to provide a level of forgiveness that every player can use. The MX-300 irons feature a traditional appearance with a minimal progressive offset, a compact head size and modest sole width to deliver the look for an aggressive player profile, while Y-Tune™ Pro technology provides enhanced feel and ball flight control, with added forgiveness.

Y-Tune Pro technology utilizes a specially configured cavity back design that provides the perfect amount of mass behind the hitting area for unmatched solid feel and workability, while simultaneously providing an enlarged sweet spot area for increased playability. The MX-300s feature a milled pocket cavity in the 3-7 irons which allows for the redistribution of 17 grams of discretionary weight low and deep to provide a high penetrating launch, while the scoring irons (8-GW) utilize a solid power bar design for maximum solid feel and pin attacking precision.

The MX-300s are Grain Flow Forged from 1025E "Pure Select" mild carbon steel for the ultimate in soft, solid, and consistent feel. The sole of the MX-300 is dual cambered with generous leading edge bevel and rolled trailing edge to minimize turf drag and reduce digging through impact, providing pure ball striking from any lie. In addition, the MX-300s feature a double nickel chrome plated finish for durability and modified U-grooves, designed to conform to the Condition of Competition 2010, for the ideal spin rate in all playing conditions.

"We realize that there are many players out there looking for some added forgiveness, but prefer a more traditional head shape and profile in the playing position." said Dick Lyons, Vice President and General Manager, Mizuno USA Golf Division. "The MX-300s are the perfect iron for those players. Our patented Grain Flow Forging process is going to provide feel you can't find anywhere else, while Y-Tune Pro Technology allows for enhanced workability and ball control with an expanded sweet area for increased playability. You just can't ask for anything more."

The MX-300 irons will be offered in right hand models with True Temper Dynalite Gold XP shafts (R300,S300) standard, and a Mizuno/Golf Pride M-21 58 Round grip. The suggested retail price for a set (4-GW) of MX-300 irons is $900. Custom shaft and grip options, as well as length and lie options are available through Mizuno's industry leading Custom Club department. The MX-300 irons are available in stores now. For more information on the MX-300s visit


Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau Unveils Redesigned Web site

Interactive Site More User-Friendly for Four County Golf, Outdoor Sports Destination

(POCONO MOUNTAINS, Pennsylvania) – The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau – overseeing tourism throughout the region for 75 years – today announces the unveiling of its redesigned, easy-to-navigate Web site

Consumers will find valuable information, special offers, exclusive blogs, full event listings and interactive features – including videos, social networking opportunities and more – throughout the site.

The Pocono Mountains, known for myriad outdoor activities, hundreds of championship golf holes and breathtaking scenery – within close proximity to major cities along the East Coast – allows visitors to effectively find data and book their next trip with the easy-to-use site. Customization tools like Google maps, “Trip Planner” and virtual postcards are featured on

“Whether planning a one-day visit, weekend getaway or extended stay, the enhanced Web site takes visitors on an online tour of the area,” says Carl Wilgus, President and CEO of the PMVB. “We want to make finding information and booking a trip as easy as possible. The new site makes it seem as if one of our representatives is literally in the room with you.”

Visitors to can plan a plethora of four-season outdoor activities as well as find the ideal place to stay, dine or shop with the valuable online toolkits. In the coming months, the site will add a Buyers Guide and an Ask the Expert section where consumers can interact with those who know the Pocono Mountains best.

While golf, swimming and boating dominate the warmer months, skiing and other popular snow sports make the Pocono Mountains one of the country’s must-visit, four-season destinations. With the close proximity to major metropolitan areas such as New York City, Philadelphia and New Jersey, the Pocono Mountains is a value-laden, activity-filled destination for individuals, groups and corporate outings, families or couples.

For more information on the area, visit the brand new or call 800-POCONOS (800-762-6667).


GolfWorld Readers’ Choice Awards Hand Top Honors to Circling Raven

Gene Bates Design Ranks No. 2 Nationally in ‘Overall Value’ and No. 5 in ‘Quality of Course’

(WORLEY, Idaho)GolfWorld magazine readers cast more than 46,000 votes and 600,000 criteria evaluations which led to its just released second annual Readers' Choice Awards, and Circling Raven Golf Club came out a resounding top choice.

GolfWorld readers think so highly of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe owned and operated course located in the Idaho panhandle – a scenic, short drive from Spokane Airport (GEG) – that they voted it No. 2 nationally in the all-important “Overall Value” category, top five for “Quality of Course”.

Only erstwhile Ryder Cup competition venue Kiawah Island scored higher in the all-important “Value” category. Kiawah, Bandon Dunes, Whistling Straits and TPC Sawgrass were the only four properties to score higher than Circling Raven in “Quality of Course.” Of course, these courses have hosted Ryder Cup, USGA and or PGA of America championships.

“Critical acclaim is important and we value it to a high degree because it means we’re doing many things exceptionally well,” said Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel CEO David Lasarte-Meeks. “However, being honored by GolfWorld readers – and so highly for value and course quality – is particularly gratifying. These are people who spend their hard-earned dollars to play and who deliver unvarnished objectivity through their votes.”

Value and course quality aren’t the only two categories where Circling Raven shined. It scored so high in the categories of service, food/dining, course conditions, speed of play, and golf pro shop that it not only earned a place in GolfWorld’s Readers’ Choice Top 50 Resort Courses, but it ranks No. 19 overall.

Considering the vast majority of Top 50 Resort Courses cost almost double Circling Raven to play it’s no wonder it scored so well in “Overall Value.”

Complete results can be found at:

Circling Raven is an amenity of the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel. This is the second national honor Circling Raven has recently received for its value. Golf Digest magazine ranked Circling Raven No. 17 in its “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses Re-Ranked By Price” list (September 2009 issue), which was only available to members of the publication’s esteemed “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” list for 2009-10.

Also ranking high on the GolfWorld Readers’ Choice list is Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course, which is a beautiful 30-minute drive from Circling Raven. Both courses are on the Idaho Golf Trail’s northern loop and offer stay-and-play packages, both individually and together.

For more information about Circling Raven Golf Club or Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort & Hotel call 800-523-2464 or visit


Monday, September 28, 2009

Longaberger Golf Club Extends Season with Value-Laden Stay-and-Play Packages

Award-winning Central Ohio Course Celebrates 10 Years of Great Golf, Unmatched Customer Service

(NASHPORT, Ohio) – Longaberger Golf Club – recognized by Golf Digest, GolfWorld, Golfweek and GOLF magazine as one of the best courses in the country – today announces value-laden stay-and-play packages throughout the remainder of the 2009 season.

The award-winning Arthur Hills design in golf-rich central Ohio partners with The Longaberger Company’s The Place Off the Square to provide championship golf and welcoming accommodations. Each stay-and-play golf package also includes a continental breakfast at the hotel and two rounds of golf, per person, at Longaberger Golf Club.

“The dazzling fall foliage makes late-season golf at Longaberger Golf Club an experience that tests the mind and body,” says Joseph Livingood, senior vice president of Billy Casper Golf, which manages Longaberger Golf Club. “Having The Place Off the Square nearby is a win-win for golfers – unbeatable golf and a comfortable place to unwind following a great day on the course.”

Fall and winter rates are:
• Oct. 5 through 31, 2009
o Monday through Thursday - $185 per person
o Friday through Sunday - $200 per person
• Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2009
o Monday through Thursday - $125 per person
o Friday through Sunday - $160 per person

All rates include 18 holes and a cart and assume two golfers, double occupancy. Single occupancy and non-golfer rates are also available.

In its 10th-anniversary season, Longaberger Golf Club ranks No. 57 in the United States (out of roughly 13,500 public access courses) in GOLF magazine’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” list and Golf Digest included it in its rankings of ”America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.” Longaberger Golf Club came in as the No. 4 course overall in “Top 50 Public Courses” GolfWorld Readers’ Choice Rankings and Golfweek magazine’s “America’s Best Courses You Can Play 2009” rankings had it as Ohio’s No. 1 course.

Among the most dramatic holes on Longaberger’s 7,243-yard parkland-style layout is the par-5, No. 4 that plays 565 yards from the back tees with a 150-foot elevation drop from tee to green. The course is defined by panoramic natural beauty, rolling hills and immaculate playing conditions. A 25-acre natural grass driving range and practice facility, with target greens and a chipping, pitching and bunker area, ensures golfers of any skill level can hone their games in a secluded, finely-appointed setting.

Longaberger’s stately 60,000-square-foot clubhouse features elegant banquet facilities, a dining room, grill room and pro shop. The club is a favorite among wedding and social event planners, as well as golf outing and tournament coordinators throughout Ohio.

For more information about Longaberger Golf Club, or to reserve a tee time, visit or call 740.763.1100.


California State Golf Association Formed to Benefit CA Golfers

(SAN DIEGO) - This marks the start of a new golf association in California, The California State Golf Association. The CSGA is the first alternative association available to golfers in over 80 years. Starting this September, golfers will be able to benefit from the CSGA's new outlook on golf services at a lower cost. The CSGA is committed to utilizing cutting edge technology, and promises to work with member courses to develop programs and increase member play.

While the organization and its approaches are fresh, the CSGA staff and executive team are not new to the golf industry. Executive Director Ray Tippet brings over 23 years of knowledge in golf administration to the CSGA. Tippet has worked closely with most of the golf courses in the Southern California region. As a member of the USGA Handicap Procedures Committee and the USGA Handicap Committee, Tippet also has experience with handicapping services on a national level. Tippet states, "We understand that in today's current economic climate many are concerned with minimizing expenses. The CSGA has implemented a business model that allows us to provide top-notch service and quality local support for our members at an affordable cost."

In 2010, other golf associations will be mandated without option to switch to a different system for handicap computation services. Recognizing that many clubs have become accustomed to the handicapping system currently in place, CSGA has retained the services of Integrated Data Company, who has provided handicapping services to all clubs in Southern California for over 40 years. The IDC system allows golfers to post scores, receive index revision emails, view the Golfer's statistical package, and see trends calculated on the web. The CSGA has also hired Lori Atchley of IDC Help Desk in order to provide local support for our clubs. Atchley is prepared to offer the same excellent service and support that Southern Californians have become accustomed to. "I have used the IDC system for over 7 years and have been very pleased with the services. As a Handicap Chair, I have all the tools necessary to preview and make necessary changes without delay. As a member, I have instant access to all that I need on the Internet. The IDC system provides super features for the 'Real Time' world we live in." Bob Rudy, Handicap Chair of the President's Club

A distinct aspect of the CSGA is the diversity among board representatives. The CSGA board consists of men and women that vary in age, ethnicity and socioeconomic backgrounds. With this wide range of perspectives, the CSGA board is able to provide a more representative voice for all golfers. "I simply wanted to be involved with an association that has years of experience and mirrors the diversity of the citizens of our great state." Marsha Lee, Board Member of the CSGA
The California State Golf Association is a non-profit organization established to provide golf clubs and individual members with a new alternative to golf administration. With over fifty years of collective experience in the industry, the CSGA executive team is proud to provide members with handicapping, tournaments and club based programs. The CSGA's philosophy is to make the golfing experience a positive one for all by putting the golfer and golf clubs first and developing core programs that operate on cutting edge technology. For more information, visit the CSGA website:


Kaua‘i Courses, Resorts Thrive in GolfWorld 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards

Multiple Properties Earn Acclaim on Nature-Kissed ‘Garden Isle’

(KAUA‘I, Hawaii) – Readers of GolfWorld magazine cast so many votes for the golf courses and resorts on Kaua‘i that the island’s golf-and-resort-lifestyle destination emerged as perhaps the nation’s most esteemed.

More than 46,000 votes and 600,000 criteria evaluations were cast overall in GolfWorld’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards, and the courses at The St. Regis Princeville Resort (Prince and Makai courses), Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa (Poipu Bay) and Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club (Kaua‘i Lagoons) garnered distinction as a result.

In the “Top 50 Resort Courses” category Princeville ranked No.11 nationally, Poipu Bay No. 17, and Kauai Lagoons No. 50.

A fourth Kaua‘i course, Puakea Golf Course in Lihue, was recognized alongside its sister courses on the island for earning among the highest point totals in golf-rich Hawai‘i.

GolfWorld readers rated the Kaua‘i courses so well that several earned Top 10 distinction in various criteria, with Princeville coming in No. 1 in Off-Course Amenities and Poipu Bay at No. 7, underscoring the resort destination attributes Kaua‘i visitors can enjoy after golf.

Some of the categories in which Kaua‘i courses and resorts were honored with among the highest scores include “Reputation/Prestige”, “Hotel Accommodations”, “Speed of Play”, “Food & Dining”, “Service” and “Overall Value”.

“We are humbled by the numerous honors that GolfWorld readers have bestowed upon us,” said Sue Kanoho, Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau Executive Director. “Kaua‘i offers unique recreational options and values to visitors and residents, so we say ‘mahalo nui loa’ for this recognition, and we hope it entices visitors to experience our great courses, resorts, beaches and other amenities.”

Complete results from GolfWorld Readers’ Choice 2010 can be found at:

For more information about the Garden Isle, visit or call 800-262-1400.


Friday, September 25, 2009

Product Review: Nike STORM-FIT Elite

We’ve all been there … The weatherman said “20 percent chance of rain” so you figured there’s an 80 percent chance of no rain. You don’t need to be a mathematician to figure out that equation.

With math and science on your side, you book a tee time. Sure enough, you’re three holes into your round and it starts raining. Edward Murphy – of Murphy’s law – was right.

Most golfers fail to carry an umbrella, so they either run for cover or play through the rain drops – getting soaked and heading toward a miserable feeling and corresponding horrible score. Those who carry an umbrella stay relatively dry, but hurry shots in an effort to get back under their portable cover.

If most golfers have no protection from the rain, while some have umbrellas, you can imagine the fraction of overall players with the foresight to pack a rain suit in their bag. I have been one of those players – a rare breed with an umbrella strapped to the side of my bag and a rain suit inside my bag. Yet I ALWAYS chose the umbrella over the suit. Why?

First, let’s address the annoying noise most rain suits make when moving. Petty, yes, but still enough to make me leave it in the bag.

Second, I’ve never been able to swing freely in a rain jacket. They’re too constricting if you buy one to fit and too large if you buy one that allows you to swing.

Third, they’re hot. They just don’t make them to breathe, so mid-summer rounds when days are hot are made even worse by cooking inside a cheap rain suit.

I could go on, but I’d just be piling on. Besides, if you can’t say anything nice …

Well, thanks to the folks at Nike Golf, I can finally say something nice and leave the umbrella on the bag. The new Nike STORM-FIT Elite jacket and pant are the answers to any foul-weather golfer’s prayers.

Developed through valuable insight generated from Nike Golf Tour athletes and consumers, the STORM-FIT Elite outerwear accommodates the athletic movement of the golf swing because the four-way stretch material provides extended range of motion. To reduce weight and bulk, the Nike STORM-FIT Elite features no-sew bonding technology of which Nike introduced in its apparel and rainwear in 2007. They’re waterproof, windproof and breathable.

And the look is sharp, too. You’ll want to wear the jacket on cool mornings when there’s zero chance of rain and you won’t look foolish keeping it on after the round.

The pants are much more than your standard rain pant, too. For one, they have a snap and zipper like actual pants – making them much easier to get on. Also, the pockets are two dimensional – useful as “stand-alone” pockets or easy access to the pockets in your original pants.

The STORM-FIT collection is not cheap, but worth every penny. Golfers, like any other consumers, get what they pay for and they’re paying for comfort and quality with this product. The STORM-FIT Elite products in the fall/holiday 2009 line come in Full Zip Jacket (available in black or red, MSRP $300), Half Zip Jacket (available in black or red, MSRP $260), Short Sleeve Half Zip (available in black or red, MSRP $200) and Pant (available in black, MSRP $200).

Our recommendation: Buy this product and pray for rain.


Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort Earns Golf Digest Award Ranking

(ARLINGTON, Texas) - The two Jeffrey D. Brauer-designed courses at the Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort in Biwabik, Minnesota highlight the resort's placement as one of North America's top golf resorts by Golf Digest magazine, as released in its October 2009 issue.

Only 75 resorts made the rankings and Giants Ridge was listed at No. 46, making it the highest ranked Minnesota resort on the honor roll. This marks the initial time the northeastern Minnesota golf resort has claimed such a prestigious tribute.

But this is not the first time Giants Ridge has been listed as a top resort. In 2005, Giants Ridge earned mention as a Top 5 Mountain Resort by Golf For Women magazine and in 2003 was named as one of the top six golf destinations in the world by Golf World magazine.

The backbone of the golfing experience at Giants Ridge is the two Brauer-fashioned courses at resort. The Legend, which opened in 1997, and the Quarry, which first welcomed play in 2003, have been staples of various "Best of" lists throughout their existence.

The Legend at Giants Ridge received a prestigious 4½-star golf rating five years in a row from Golf Digest, which has also named it as the top public golf course in Minnesota in 1999. The Legend was recently ranked in the latest Golf Digest list of Best Public Courses as No. 3 Public Golf Course in Minnesota and as the 72nd Best Public Course in the Nation.

The Quarry has earned even higher acclaim, and this year was named Minnesota's No. 1 public golf course as well as the nation's 20th best public track by Golf Digest and as the No. 2 public golf course in the state by Golfweek magazine. The Quarry was listed as the top golf course you can play in Minnesota by Golfweek in 2008, and has earned Golf Digest's 4½-star ranking every year since 2004.

"My work in Minnesota is among my best, with both courses at Giants Ridge in Golf Digest's Top 100," said Brauer, who is the principal of Arlington, Texas-based GolfScapes, Inc. "One critic told me that he had no idea that both courses were designed by the same golf course architect, which, I think, is the highest tribute I have received. It says I designed with what I had, as I was able to utilize the nature of The Legend course and the man-made quarry at The Quarry course to create two distinct golf experiences at one great resort."

The Golf Digest ranking of top golf resorts was created with the help of Golf Digest's 900-plus course-rating panelists, who also produce our biennial ranking of America's 100 Greatest Courses. They rated hundreds of U.S., Canadian, Mexican and Caribbean golf resorts on a scale of 1 ("awful") to 10 ("perfect"). Golf Digest averaged their ratings and multiplied the result by 10 to come up with a score for each.

"This impressive rating highlights the quality golf of The Legend and The Quarry and puts Giants Ridge on the map along with some of the nation's most outstanding golf resorts such as Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Sandestin, and Bandon Dunes," said John Kendall, director of golf at Giants Ridge.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Nike Golf Announces Debut of New Nike Tour Premium Golf Shoe

(BEAVERTON, Ore.) - Nike Golf is introducing a new shoe that combines premium performance with a luxurious look and feel. The new Nike Tour Premium shoe is the iconic brand's innovative take on a traditional, classic, premium golf shoe, with the addition of Nike's renowned performance-enhancing technology. Nike Golf athlete Stewart Cink will be putting the new Nike Tour Premium in action this week at the TOUR Championship. This shoe will be available at retail Oct. 1 with an MSRP of $250.

Featuring soft, full-grain leather uppers for maximum support and great feel, the Tour Premium is designed to meet the exact needs of golfers who place a premium on performance, without wishing to compromise on comfort.

Adding backbone to the new Tour Premium is a TPU Stabilizer that extends above the traditional outsole to provide more lateral support and aid weight transfer working with the foot's natural motion. Cushioning around key contact areas, such as the heel, provide concentrated comfort for a luxurious feel with a secure fit. This is further enhanced by a full-length contoured removable sock liner and leather linings.

The Nike Tour Premium utilizes the Power Platform TW outsole, which stabilizes the foot for better balance, smoother weight transfer and more power through impact. The outside push plate of the outsole provides support and control through the backswing, while the inside plate flexes to help maintain contact with the ground through impact. The result is a stronger push through impact for more power through the swing.

Optimal traction is offered by the use of Champ's Tri-LOK Scorpion Stinger Spikes and directional resistance nubs, which are designed to control rotational movement and keep the golfer perfectly balanced at all times.

The Nike Tour Premium includes the following features and benefits:
* Rich full-grain leather
* Zoom Air heel unit
* Full-length contoured sockliner
* Nike Power Platform TW outsole
* Scorpion Stinger Spikes and Tri-LOK system
* Sizes: 7-12, 13, 14 (medium width) and 7.5-12, 13 (wide width)
* 2-year limited waterproof warranty
* Available in 3 color options: Black/Gunmetal-Gunmetal, White/Bronze-Chino and White/Bronze-Dark Cinder-Chino


Product Review:

Times are tough. The economy is in the tank and people are cutting corners at every turn. Grocery stores are increasingly selling their in-house brand over name brands golfers are getting an extra season (or two) out of golf shoes. Those accustomed to playing upscale courses are looking for special rates or settling for more play on their local municipal tracks.

With all that’s wrong, it is a welcome site to see something right. ( is that oasis in a troubled (golf) world.

According to its Web site, has been the industry leader in bringing golfers of all abilities great deals on every brand and style of golf ball available since 1995. They carrying more than 2 million golf balls in inventory at all times in their 40,000-square-foot fulfillment facility and distribute from centers in the United States and Canada – making receiving orders quick and easy.

American Golfer is interested in saving its readers money, so we put the Knetgolf product to the test. For reporting purposes, we took brand new Titleist Pro V1s, fresh from the box and refurbished Pro V1s from Knetgolf and marked them each to distinguish one from the other. These unique markings were the only visible difference and our tester wasn’t told which one was which. For a larger sample size in limited time, he played two of each for 36 holes.

The scores were added – and re-added – and the results were clear. After 36 holes with both balls, our golfer could not distinguish between the two and the two Knetgolf balls actually beat their competition by two strokes.

Knetgolf1: 74-73 – 147
Knetgolf2: 73-75 – 148
New1: 75-75 – 150
New2: 75-72 – 147

While the test was unscientific and could have been skewed by a few made putts beyond 30 feet, the look and feel is the same. From shaping shots to distance off the tee, when balls were struck well, they performed identically. They are, after all, the same balls. One just happens to come straight from the factory, while the other is a little “experienced.”

The savings at Knetgolf? About half the cost of new! And golfers can choose just about any model within any brand – from Titleist and Nike to Callaway and Top Flite.

We’ve been skeptical of refurbished balls in the past. If the best ball on the market sits at the bottom of a pond for a season, we’ll take a “bargain ball” over it any day. Because of that, we recommend you don’t take the cheaper way out by buying anything but their mint offerings. The savings are amazing either way.

If you’re still not sold, Knetgolf offers this refinished disclaimer:
”Used and refinished balls are subject to performance variations from new ones. Used & refinished balls are not endorsed by the original manufacturer and the balls do not fall under the original manufacturer's warranty. However, we believe strongly in this product, and back them up with a 100 percent money back guarantee.”


The Inn at Bay Harbor in Michigan Earns High Ranking on Golf Digest List

(BAY HARBOR, Mich.) - The Inn at Bay Harbor - A Renaissance Golf Resort located in Bay Harbor, Michigan has earned the No. 41 ranking on Golf Digest's prestigious 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America list. The rankings appear in the October 2009 issue currently on newsstands and can also be viewed online at

"The Inn at Bay Harbor is honored to represent Michigan as a top golf resort and proud to have achieved the best ranking of the select Michigan resorts privileged to be featured," said Bill Quiseng, The Inn at Bay Harbor's general manager.

To determine the 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America, Golf Digest called upon its 900-plus course rating panelists. The panelists rated hundreds of resort courses in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean on a scale of 1 ("awful") to 10 ("perfect") then averaged their ratings and multiplied the result by 10 to arrive at the score for each resort.

"For the big-game hunters of golf looking to knock off some of the best courses and resorts in the country, now is a good time to do it," says Matt Ginella, Golf Digest travel editor. "Almost every one of the 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America are offering unprecedented stay-and-play packages."

That includes The Inn at Bay Harbor, which rolled out the value-priced Luxury Stay and Play package earlier this summer bundling a night's hotel lodging with 18-holes at Bay Harbor Golf Club starting at $157 per person. To book a fall golf package, visit or call 800.462.6963.

The Inn at Bay Harbor is elegantly nestled along Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay and offers turn-of-the-century style with the quaint splendor of a grand Victorian inn. The resort offers 134 guest rooms including 84 suites and 23 Lakeside Cottages, a full-service spa and salon, several restaurants and conference facilities as well as the spectacular Arthur Hills' designed Bay Harbor Golf Club. The course features three distinct nine-hole combinations with The Links showcasing magnificent lake views set upon 150 foot bluffs; The Quarry course boasting terrain and elevation features of a former limestone quarry showcasing stone cliffs, natural ponds and gentle waterfalls and The Preserve amidst stately hardwoods, lush grasses, wildflowers and wetlands.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Canadian Rockies is Home to the Fifth-Best Golf Resort in North America

Golf Digest Bestows Elite Distinction on The Fairmont Banff Springs via its “75 Best Golf Resorts in North America” List

(ALBERTA, Calgary) – Canadian Rockies Golf – a collection of seven courses and three resorts which comprise the popular, upscale lifestyle destination – today announces that Golf Digest magazine has named The Fairmont Banff Springs No. 5 in the magazine’s biennial rankings list “75 Best Golf Resorts in North America.”

The top-rated property in Canada according to this best-in-kind Golf Digest list, The Fairmont Banff Springs course boasts an 18-hole masterpiece designed by legendary golf course architect Stanley Thompson, as well as the fun, popular 9-hole Tunnel Course. The Thompson 18 is widely considered one of the world’s great courses and features an inspired layout which winds through forests in the Bow River Valley and around towering, granite mountain peaks. Featuring Thompson’s top-notch, Golden Era of Architecture parkland style routing and 147 bunkers, the course is home to an array of unique holes which dazzle, none more than the “Devil’s Cauldron” – a fantastic, 200-yard par-3 hole which is considered by many as perhaps the world’s finest one-shotter.

When one’s golf round has been completed, the stunning resort hotel awaits to pamper and refresh. Castle-like in appearance and architecture, first built in 1888, it is the best of both worlds – glorious grandeur from yesteryear combined with all the finest modern amenities. The Willow Stream Spa, for example, is one of only nine Fairmont brand hotels worldwide to achieve this hospitality leader’s top tier of spa offerings. In addition to scintillating views of the Sulphur and Cascade Mountains, proliferating wildlife and the scenic Bow River, and an array of room styles and price points, guests of The Fairmont Banff Springs may opt for “Fairmont Gold” – an exclusive floor featuring 72 rooms, an expansive lounge and private concierge. Resort visitors can choose from more than one-half dozen, on-site dining options including authentic Canadian, Bavarian, French inspired, Italian and other cuisines.

To determine the 75 Best Resorts in North America, Golf Digest had its 900 course rating panelists rank each destination on various criteria including golf, food, lodging and service. The results appear on and in the October 2009 issue currently on newsstands.

The Fairmont Banff Springs is indicative of high quality courses and resorts found in the Canadian Rockies Golf lifestyle destination (
* The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge – home to another brilliant Thompson course design and resort
* Kananaskis County Golf Course – offering two acclaimed Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed, 18-hole courses
* Silvertip Resort – whose Rustica Steakhouse restaurant recently won a Wine Spectator accolade for excellence
* Canmore Golf & Curling Club – a family friendly, year-round club for sports enthusiasts
* Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club – an award-winning 18-hole course by Gary Browning includes preserved mine shafts bordering some holes and adding a popular, historic aesthetic

The collective brand tagline for these resorts and courses – with a combined 135, adrenaline-inducing golf holes – describes it well: “Canadian Rockies Golf: Historic. Dramatic. Untamed.”

The Canadian Rockies is an ideal destination for outdoor lovers and those looking for unspoiled nature and tranquility amidst abundant natural beauty. Attractions and amenities include award- winning spas, helicopter tours, hiking, fishing, rafting, gourmet restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools, horseback riding and many children’s programs.

To view the stunning topography, vacation options and learn more about the area visit Website visitors can view stay-and-play packages or request custom quotes for trips and packages or they may call 877.323.3633 for more information.


Callawassie Island Completes $4 Million Fazio Golf Course Renovation

(OKATIE, S.C.) - Callawassie Island residents will celebrate the eagerly awaited finale of their $4 million Tom Fazio golf course renovation with a ribbon cutting and champagne toast on the 9th green of the club's Dogwood nine at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 3. An Oktoberfest party will follow the toast and ribbon cutting.

The ceremony marks a new era in golf at Callawassie Island, where the sport shapes daily life for many of its residents.

"The economy has caused many other communities nationwide to put similar projects on hold," said Bob DeLuca, president of the Callawassie Island Club Board of Directors. "The club leadership, members, property owners and staff are proud to have completed this major renovation on time and on budget."

According to Callawassie Island Club Golf Course Superintendent Matthew Tacilauskas, the two-year renovation of all 27 holes rebuilt greens with sturdy, fast Mini Verde ultradwarf hybrid Bermuda grass, restored the courses' routing elements to Fazio's original design standards and installed a state-of-the-art irrigation system that reduces watering requirements by more than 50 percent. This system saved more than 30 million gallons of water between May 2007 and May 2008. The Dogwood nine were the last holes to be renovated and will be open for play after the celebration.

Billy Fuller, president of Billy Fuller Golf Design and a former superintendent at Augusta National, consulted with the Fazio team specifically on green design elements to accommodate the ultra high performance putting surfaces. East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta (home of the PGA Tour Championship), the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass (home of The Players) and TPC Myrtle Beach also feature Mini Verde ultra dwarf hybrid Bermuda grass on their championship courses

"The 27 holes of Fazio golf at Callawassie Island have become more challenging with better playability because of quality of the putting surfaces and the features within the green complexes," said Fuller. "The courses offer high aesthetic and strategic values resulting in tremendous playability for all levels from higher handicapped amateurs to the professional level. It is strategically exceptional and could attract many primary state and regional tournaments."

Hilton Head Island Amateur Golf Association players who competed on the already complete portion of the renovation earlier this year "raved about the condition of the Palmetto and Magnolia courses at Callawassie Island Club, where the firm, fast greens made for difficult scoring," according to Justin Jarrett of the Hilton Head Island Packet.

"When the majority of players complete their rounds at Callawassie, most would tell you that, strategically, the challenge and reward is there all the way around," Fuller continued.

Callawassie Island's golf courses and many other amenities complement its extraordinary natural surroundings, which include 11 miles of coastline, ancient live oaks, fertile salt marshes and an abundant population of Lowcountry wildlife. Its 27 holes of Tom Fazio golf provide superb play options for every skill level. Tennis activities anchored at Callawassie's six Har-Tru courts have attracted more than 200 dedicated members for the Callawassie Island Tennis Association with special events, clinics and competitions for both casual and competitive players.

Through the efforts of Callawassie's dedicated Ecology Committee, the island was the first area in South Carolina - and one of only 15 nationwide - to achieve the National Wildlife Federation's Community Wildlife Habitat certification. Ongoing conservation efforts and programs guided by the Ecology Committee will help protect Callawassie's natural beauty for future generations while enhancing residents' knowledge and appreciation of its Lowcountry habitat.

Now home to almost 500 families, 70 percent of whom live fulltime on the island, Callawassie hosts 26 active organizations ranging from the third-largest kayak club in South Carolina to book clubs for nearly any taste. The Callawassie community not only offers some of the Lowcountry's best golf and home values, it provides a range of lifestyle options with likeminded neighbors. Callawassie's enthusiastic residents include such a fascinating variety of individuals, from nationally recognized artists to corporate executives.

For more information, visit


Dallas Baptist Takes The Territory Classic

(Southwest Oklahoma) - A two-hour rain delay to start the morning couldn’t stop Dallas Baptist University from catching first-round leader St. Edwards University and eventually winning The Territory Classic in a one-hole playoff at The Territory Golf & Country Club in Duncan, Oklahoma.

Hosted by Cameron University, individual honors went to Abilene Christian’s Alex Carpenter who shot a 4-under 140 (74-66). Team standings follow:

* Dallas Baptist University 291, 287 - 578
* St. Edwards University 290, 288 - 578
* Abilene Christian 295, 284 - 579
* University of the Southwest 300, 296 - 596
* Newman University 300, 298 - 598
* Midwestern State 301, 297 - 598
* University of Central Oklahoma 305, 294 - 599
* West Texas A&M University 306, 295 - 601
* Arkansas Tech University 307, 295 - 602
* Cameron University 303, 302 - 605
* Southern Nazarene University 307, 303 - 610
* Delta State University 308, 305 - 613
* East Central University 314, 302 - 616
* Southwestern Oklahoma State 304, 312 - 616
* Texas A&M Commerce 319, 308 - 627
* Southeastern Oklahoma State 317, 311 - 628
* University of Incarnate Word 315, 316 - 631

The Territory ( – named a Top 50 Residential Course by Golfweek and one of Oklahoma’s Top 10 Courses by Golf Digest – is a Randy Heckenkemper design that unfolds of acres of rolling terrain.

With five sets of tees – ranging from 4,845 to 7,110 yards – the modified target-golf course offers playability and enjoyment to players of all ages and skill levels. The greens are an A1-A4 creeping bentgrass blend, the tees, fairways and roughs are Tifsport Bermudagrass and native vegetation frames the playing corridors.

Opened by Rick and Barbara Braught in 2004, The Territory has played host to two Oklahoma State Amateurs, an Oklahoma Senior State Amateur, an NCAA Div. II Super Regional and an event on the Adams Pro Golf Tour Series.

A private club where family-friendly activities are ever present, The Territory has opened its fairways to all via its popular stay-and-play packages. The luxurious, graciously appointed accommodations feature two-to-four spacious bedrooms, a living room, full kitchen and baths. Package pricing per person is:
* Single: $275 per night
* Double: $225 per night
* Triple: $195 per night
* Foursome: $175 per night

For more information on The Territory, call 580.475.0075 or visit


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Territory Classic Opens Strong

St. Edwards University Leads after Opening Round at Oklahoma's Award-Winning Golf Course - The Territory Golf & Country Club

(Southwest Oklahoma) - After the opening round of The Territory Classic, hosted by Cameron University, St. Edward’s University holds a one-stroke lead over Dallas Baptist University behind the play of Santiago Quintero’s 2-under-par 70.

Team standings follow:
• St. Edwards University 290
• Dallas Baptist University 291
• Abilene Christian 295
• University of the Southwest 300
• Newman University 300
• Midwestern State 301
• Cameron University 303
• Southwestern Oklahoma State 304
• University of Central Oklahoma 305
• West Texas A&M University 306
• Southern Nazarene University 307
• Arkansas Tech University 307
• Delta State University 308
• East Central University 314
• University of Incarnate Word 315
• Southeastern Oklahoma State 317
• Texas A&M Commerce 319

The Territory ( – named a Top 50 Residential Course by Golfweek and one of Oklahoma’s Top 10 Courses by Golf Digest – is a Randy Heckenkemper design that unfolds of acres of rolling terrain.

Opened by Rick and Barbara Braught in 2004, The Territory has played host to two Oklahoma State Amateurs, an Oklahoma Senior State Amateur, an NCAA Div. II Super Regional and an event on the Adams Pro Golf Tour Series.

A private club where family-friendly activities are ever present, The Territory has opened its fairways to all via its popular stay-and-play packages. The luxurious, graciously appointed accommodations feature two-to-four spacious bedrooms, a living room, full kitchen and baths. Package pricing per person is:
• Single: $275 per night
• Double: $225 per night
• Triple: $195 per night
• Foursome: $175 per night

For more information on The Territory, call 580.475.0075 or visit


Monday, September 21, 2009

Personal Golf Ball Imprinting System Released by Tin Cup Products

(FAIRFAX, Va.) - Tin Cup Products announced the release of the brand new Tin Cup Personal Imprinting System that allows the golfer to "make your mark." Tin Cup allows a golfer to create a personalized ball marker using a logo of his or her choice. Standard designs are available at or a personalized cutout can be requested online as well.

Per the USGA Rule (12-2) that requires golfers to be able to "identify" their ball during play, the Tin Cup allows the golfer to make their mark. The Tin Cup is composed of a 100 percent stainless steel shell that is then personally engraved with any type of logo or initials. The Tin Cup is then placed over the golf ball and the golfer can trace the mark onto their ball with a permanent ink pen.

Company spokesman, Cabell Fooshe, said, "The unique thing about the Tin Cup is that it allows golfers to personalize their own golf ball and it also makes it very easy to identify the ball out on the golf course."

The Tin Cup is 100 percent Made in the USA and patent pending. The company is marketing the product online, in golf shops and in golf retail stores. Visit their Web site at for more information.


Friday, September 18, 2009

Swing in the Smokies: Pack the Clubs for Unique Golf Experience

(HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C.) - Home to six amazing golf courses, Haywood County offers excitement from tee to green on every hole for golfers of all skill levels - all while surrounded by breathtaking views of the mountainous landscape of the Smokies.

Whether you’re looking for fun outings with family and friends or for a more serious competitive challenge, whether you’re a scratch golfer or 20-handicap with an unmatched love for the game, pack your bags - and your clubs, of course - and swing into the season in a spectacular setting.

Like the game of golf itself, there are plenty of ups and downs on these mountain courses. The setting for a round of golf is nothing short of spectacular, no matter where you might find yourself on the course. The golf courses in Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Canton, and Lake Junaluska are among the most unique in the East, with a mix of flat valley fairways, blind tee shots, major changes in elevation, and undulating greens - during the same round. Best of all, it’s affordable.

“This fall, playing golf in Waynesvilleand Haywood County will be a great value, even more so than years in the past, with better packages at better prices,” said Jeffrey Young, sales director at The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa.

“What makes Haywood County a unique destination for golf is the weather, the mountain backdrop and the people,” he added. “Golfers can enjoy great fall weather and really get to enjoy the short-range and long-range mountain views while the leaves change color.”

Now’s the time to start planning a golf trip to Haywood County for the fall season, when the mountains and valleys are transformed by the changing leaves into a cornucopia of color - perhaps the only distraction you’ll find on these peaceful courses. Visitors can choose from on-premises lodging or one of the 180-plus accommodations in Haywood County.

“The combination of natural scenic beauty and expertly designed, well-maintained courses really makes Haywood County a unique golfing destination,” said Lynn Collins, executive director of the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority. “Thanks to the mountain setting and comfortable, crisp mountain air, golfing couldn’t be more enjoyable and rewarding - a destination for golfers of all stripes.”

The golf courses include:

• Maggie Valley Club - an 18-hole, 6,500-yard, par 72 course is like two courses in one, with the flat Valley Nine serving as a "warm-up" for the Mountain Nine that features an 800-foot rise in elevation and an increased challenge. (866) 659-4725;

• The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa - a picturesque 27-hole course that features three separate and distinct par 35, 9-hole courses that start and finish at the clubhouse. The Blue Ridge Course is the most mountainous; the Carolina Course is the flattest; the Dogwood Course is the shortest. In any combination, a round here offers everything one might expect from a Western North Carolina golf course. (800) 627-6250;

• Springdale Country Club - an 18-hole, par 72 course that stretches more than 6,800 yards (from the tips), from the gradual elevation changes of the front nine toward Rocky Face Mountain, to the wide open fairways that await you on the back nine where Cold Mountain serves as a spacious backdrop. (800) 553-3027;

• Laurel Ridge Country Club - fast, undulating greens, lush tree-lined fairways and spectacular panoramic views highlight this 18-hole, par 72 championship course. From the back tees, the semi-private course spans 6,904 yards and offers every challenge expected of a mountain course, yet does it with a delicate balance of fairness and playability. (800) 769-1177;

• Lake Junaluska Golf Course - At this 18-hole, 5,034-yard course, length and distance takes a backseat to accuracy and placement. A number of blind shots, especially coming in, makes this a challenging but fun par 68 for the entire group. (828) 456-5777;

• Iron Tree Golf Course - this 9-hole, par 35 course features 2,616 yards (from the back tees) in a natural mountain setting that will “test your mental game and keep you entertained!” (828) 627-1933.

Ideally located in the middle of the Southeast, only hours from Atlanta and Charlotte, Haywood County offers golf enthusiasts a complete experience, whether they’re looking for a weekend getaway or a longer vacation.

“They can golf in the morning, hike in the afternoon, and have an array of dining and shopping at their fingertips,” Young said. “Or they can kick back on their balconies for some much-needed relaxation.”

Haywood County, North Carolina, “Where the Sun Rises on the Smokies,” is 554 scenic square miles of spectacular country, with beautiful mountains and valleys dotting the landscape. More than a dozen of its mountain peaks soar to elevations of at least 6,000 feet (more than any east of the Mississippi River), and the county is one of the highest, with a mean elevation of 3,600 feet, east of the Rockies. One of its most notable mountain peaks is Cold Mountain - the basis for the award-winning, best-selling novel by Charles Frazier and the ensuing 2003 major motion picture - at 6,030 feet. The county sits at the western edge of the state, with the Blue Ridge Parkway running along its southwestern border. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Pisgah National Forest are located in the northern section of the county. For more information about golfing in Haywood County and details about accommodations, restaurants and other attractions, call 800-334-9036 or visit


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Nike Unveils Latest in All Weather Protection Jackets

(BEAVERTON, Ore.) - Nike Golf has introduced new outerwear that is at the pinnacle of protecting golfers from extreme weather conditions.

The new Nike STORM-FIT Elite jacket and pant was developed through valuable insight generated from Nike Golf Tour athletes and consumers. As a result of extensive research and testing by the Nike Golf Research and Development team, the Nike STORM-FIT Elite outerwear features breathable laminate technology that completely protects the body from wind and rain.

One of the most important characteristics of the STORM-FIT Elite outerwear in accommodating the athletic movement of the golf swing is the four-way stretch material that provides extended range of motion. To reduce weight and bulk, the Nike STORM-FIT Elite features no-sew bonding technology of which Nike introduced in its apparel and rainwear in 2007. The no-sew technology reduces weight and bulk. A modern silhouette provides the golfer with a sleek look.

Offered in a full zip and a half zip as well as a short sleeved version, the Nike STORM-FIT Elite is seam-sealed making it waterproof, windproof and breathable. The new Nike outerwear also includes laser cut technology, which is located on the chest where it houses a zipper garage, and on the cuff of the sleeve. The cuffs on the sleeves highlight three sections of laser cuff Velcro, which provides comfortable range of motion and flexibility during the golf swing. While the laser cut technology serves as an important function, Nike Golf designers were able to create it as a subtle design enhancement.

STORM-FIT Elite Products in the fall/holiday 2009 line:
* Storm-FIT Elite Full Zip Jacket (available in black or red) MSRP $300
* Storm-FIT Elite Half Zip Jacket (available in black or red) MSRP $260
* Storm Fit Elite Short Sleeve Half Zip (available in black or red) MSRP $200
* Storm-FIT Elite Pant (available in black) MSRP $200

Key Features
* No-Sew Technology - To reduce weight and bulk as well as to keep golfers completely dry, Nike utilizes the no sew technology
* Seam-Sealed - Waterproof, windproof and breathable
* Stretch - 4-way stretch for extended range of motion


GOLF CHANNEL Premieres New Travel Documentary Series

(ORLANDO, Fla.) - GOLF CHANNEL cameras have captured the beauty of Ireland’s west coast for a pilot travel show titled Destination Golf: Ireland’s Wonderful West, airing Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET and filmed in high definition.

Monday’s pilot will show host Lauren Thompson on a week-long adventure through seven counties on Ireland’s western shore. She will visit several historic golf venues, including Donegal Golf Club, Connemara Golf Links and Waterville Golf Links and take in the rich history of the communities and Ireland’s night life, discovering there are no strangers in Ireland, only friends she has never met before.

Planned for an early 2010 premiere, Destination Golf will be a series of travel documentary shows featuring Thompson visiting many of the world’s top golf destinations on a quest to discover unique personalities and experience the ‘local flavor’ that defines the regions.

“Destination Golf will provide an excellent opportunity for GOLF CHANNEL to showcase some of the golf’s best travel destinations in a way our viewers have never seen before,” said Keith Allo, GOLF CHANNEL vice president of programming development.

GOLF CHANNEL will re-air Destination Golf: Ireland’s Wonderful West eight times through the end of October.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Adams Golf Launches Four New a7 Select Putter Models

(PLANO, TEXAS) – Adams Golf announces the introduction of a new line of putters, called a7 Select. The line consists of four classic, time-honored club head shapes: three blades and one mallet. Each features a soft stainless steel head construction, precision micro-milled faces and co-molded urethane technology (CUT Design) inserts for enhanced feel and weight distribution.

“The CUT Design inserts on the new a7 Select putters deliver an extremely soft feel and pure roll, especially with today’s golf balls,” said Tim Reed, Vice President of Research and Development at Adams Golf. “Golfers everywhere will also appreciate these putters not only for their quality of construction but also their value.”

All a7 Select putters will ship October 1 and will be available for $69.99.

Available Models:
* 60 Series – This 345 gram stainless steel heel/toe blade features a classic plumber’s neck hosel with a full shaft offset. Available right- and left-handed in 33-, 34- and 35-inch lengths.
* 61 Series – Featuring a high toe design, this traditional 345 gram blade putter with its flowing S-neck hosel has a half shaft of offset. Available in right-hand only in 33-, 34- and 35-inch lengths.
* 64 Series – The true heel-shafted blade design of this 305 gram stainless steel head features a three-quarter shaft offset. Available in right- and left-handed models in 33-, 34- and 35-inch lengths.
* 62 Series – Constructed of 355 grams of soft-cast stainless steel, the high-MOI of this mallet design features perimeter weighting, multiple alignment aids and a classic plumber’s neck hosel with a full shaft of offset. Available in right-hand only in 33-, 34- and 35-inch lengths.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Bag Boy Pushes Golfers to 'Walk the Course' for Health

(RICHMOND, Va.) - Burn more calories, improve your health and improve your score… simply by pushing your golf clubs around a golf course. It's become a trendy, fun and health conscious alternative to riding in a cart and/or carrying your bag.

Richmond, Virginia-based The Bag Boy Company is sponsoring two golf events in October and encouraging golfers to walk the course. Thanks to their lightweight fleet of easy folding push carts, outfitted with smooth rolling maintenance-free tires that are simple to maneuver, golfers can experience a cool, fun and healthy way to navigate the course. During the week of October 5, Bag Boy will be supporting the immeasurable health benefits associated with pushing golf clubs around the course, while also helping to raise funds for worthy charities.

• Oct. 5 - Bag Boy will be sponsoring The PJ Gaier Memorial Golf Tournament at Stonehenge Golf & Country Club in Richmond. Gaier, a triathlete and exercise advocate, always insisted on walking the course when playing golf. Therefore, all participants will play the first 18 holes of the 36-hole event pushing a Bag Boy cart. Proceeds from this event will benefit Connor's Heroes Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting childhood cancer through direct assistance, awareness, and research. For more information, go to

• Oct. 10 - Bag Boy will host the 2nd annual "Walk The Course Day" at The Crossings Golf Club in Glen Allen, Virginia. Golfers that walk the course will receive discounted greens fees, and will have access to a complimentary Bag Boy push cart, enabling them to experience the health benefits of walking. The special day will include contests, promotions, discounts, raffles, health screenings and information from Bon Secours Sports Medicine and much more. Proceeds from greens fees, raffle sales and the sale of the Bag Boy push carts will be donated to The First Tee Richmond and Chesterfield. Call 804.261.0000, ext. 2 to reserve your Walk the Course tee time.
"Recent studies by medical experts reveal the health benefits associated with pushing your golf clubs around a golf course are immeasurable," said Craig Ramsbottom, President, The Bag Boy Company. "We are thrilled to participate in local events that help raise awareness to the health benefits of walking, while also supporting some very worthy charitable organizations."

Today, the walking golf cart market has transformed from a two-wheel pull cart to a three-wheel push cart and the new, ergonomically correct, user-friendly three-wheel designs can be found at all types of facilities including private, resort and high end-daily fee courses nationwide.

Founded in 1946, Bag Boy has become one of the most respected brands in golf by building a reputation for unmatched quality, unbelievable durability and unsurpassed innovation and design. Bag Boy designs, manufactures and distributes a full line of innovative golf bags, push carts, travel covers and accessories designed for a golfer's on-course convenience and comfort.

For more information about The Bag Boy Company and Bag Boy products, visit


Local Media Pros Launch

New Website Gives Philly-area Golfers Access to Golf News, Views, Scores and More from the Delaware Valley and Around the World

(Philadelphia, PA) - Local media veterans Joe Logan and Craig Ammerman announce the launch of (, a website intent on becoming the leading source of golf news, information, reviews, commentary and conversation in the region.

"We want to make an indispensible resource for all golfers in the region,” said Logan, former longtime golfer writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“To do that – to make it a website golfers visit daily – we’re constantly updating local and national golf news, adding interviews, scores and commentary, plus building a library of honest, discerning reviews of courses in the region,” added Logan. ”Personally, I’m excited about the potential of the discussion boards, where golfers in the region can talk to each other, share information.”

Said Ammerman: “We want to become the home of golf in the Philadelphia region."

In addition to exclusive news stories, features and reviews by Logan, will offer links to carefully selected national and international stories.

Launched in affiliation with the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP), will be unrivaled in its coverage of local tournaments. It will also offer a handicap service and a course finder with essential information (and website links) to more than 275 daily fee courses in eastern Pennsylvania, south Jersey, all of Delaware and northern Maryland.

About Joe Logan
Joe Logan spent 35 years as a newspaper reporter and columnist, including 26 years at The Philadelphia Inquirer. From 1996 until September 2008, when he left the paper, Logan was the Inquirer’s golf writer.

The author of "Playing a Round," a collection of 81 area golf course reviews that first appeared in the Inquirer, Logan has also written for Golf Magazine, Golf World, Golfweek, and other golf websites and publications. He has made frequent appearances on the Golf Channel and he is a regular guest on XM Radio’s Making the Turn on the PGA Tour Network Channel.

About Craig Ammerman
Craig Ammerman is past president of the Golf Association of Philadelphia (1999-2002) and former member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Golf Association (2002-2007). An avid golfer himself, Ammerman has worked as a rules official at more than 100 national, regional and local events, including all four major championships.

Professionally, Ammerman is chairman of Staywell Custom Communications, a health industry communications company, and executive vice president of its parent company, Stay Well. Earlier in his career, Ammerman spent 22 years in the news business, including executive editor of the Philadelphia Bulletin.


Monday, September 14, 2009

Golf Digest Recognizes Schmidt-Curley's Ross Course Renovation at French Lick Resort

Historic Golf Destination Ranked Among North America's Top 75

(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) - Schmidt-Curley Design - the full-service golf-course architecture, master-planning and construction-management solution - announces its renovation of the Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort was recognized in the October issue of Golf Digest.

French Lick Resort, located in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, was named one of North America's Top 75 Resorts after undergoing an extensive, $500 million dollar expansion and facelift. This was Golf Digest's first "Top Resort" ranking since 2006. More than 900 members of the magazine's Course Ranking Panel submitted ballots rating 400-plus resorts in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Schmidt-Curley spearheaded a multi-million dollar restoration of the Donald Ross Course, formerly known as the Hill Course at French Lick Springs C.C. Site of Walter Hagen's 1924 PGA Championship victory and known for its wildly undulating greens, the course is considered an iconic Ross design by many architecture aficionados.

After examining archived photos and blueprints of the course, Schmidt-Curley reclaimed 35 original bunkers and returned greens to their original square or rectangular shapes. It also tiled all bunkers, added new sand, installed a state-of-the-art irrigation system, made cart paths less conspicuous and returned the course to a Par 70. The project was completed in 2007.

"It's gratifying to know our meticulous work at French Lick has been so well received," says Indiana-native Lee Schmidt. "We took great pains to retain Ross' signature hallmarks, while adapting the course for today's modern game. We're extremely pleased with how the job turned out."

For more information about Schmidt-Curley's extensive design portfolio, visit or call 480.483.1994.


Friday, September 11, 2009

Premiere Myrtle Beach Golf Courses Offer New Special That Includes Free Golf

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) - The Glens Golf Group, located along the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach, S.C. is offering golfers the chance to play free with the purchase of at least three rounds of golf at any of their award-winning golf courses.

Golfers who book and play three or more courses during morning hours can receive a free 18-hole replay in the afternoon for each round purchased. The "Free Golf Special" includes all four of the Award-Winning, Scottish inspired courses at Glens Golf Group. The courses are Glen Dornoch, Heather Glen, Possum Trot and Shaftesbury Glen, which was recently named Myrtle Beach Area "Golf Course of the Year".

The "Free Golf Special" begins September 10, 2009 and runs through January 20, 2010. Golfers must book at least three Glens Group courses and replays must be booked after 1:30 PM. Replays can be pre-booked and are guaranteed. All free replay options are valid only for the same day and no rain checks will be issued for the replay rounds.

"This is a great opportunity for golfers to play some extra rounds of golf on our courses without the extra cost," said Jason Himmelsbach, director of marketing for the Glens Golf Group. "In these economic times when almost everyone is on a budget, this is a great deal. And, because we are guaranteeing replays, it's easy to plan.

More information on the "Free Golf Special" is available at Book online or call 888-999-9520.


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Now Three GolfStretcher Models

Fitness and flexibility are two of the most important factors to playing good golf. Most golfers spend little to no time warming up on the range before their round. A few minutes spent on the putting green does not help the whole body warm up. So is there a product on the market that can warm up the arms, shoulders, and back muscles in five minutes so golfers can hit long and straight right out of the gates? Yes.

The GolfStretcher is a revolutionary stretching device that is being tested by over 150 PGA Tour players and has been effectively warming up golfers of all ages for years. It is designed to be used for only minutes a day to increase flexibility in the shoulder turn - creating more distance off the tee. Many golfers believe the easiest way to add yards to their drives is by buying expensive golf equipment. While name brand drivers might guarantee more forgiveness, "buying distance" is simply impossible. Hitting the ball farther involves solid contact and a quick swing speed. Contact comes with consistency and swing speed comes from flexibility - something that nearly every golfer wishes he or she had more of. The GolfStretcher will increase the range of motion in the shoulders, arms, and back muscles to create a long and smooth backswing that will lead to increased club head speed and longer drives.

The flexibility exercises the GolfStretcher offers are designed to create muscle memory and promote a more consistent swing that can be repeated through the entire round. Most golfers would admit to feeling as though they swing differently on every shot. That is because they haven't correctly grooved their swings. Just minutes a day with the GolfStretcher will change that commonality felt by most golfers: inconsistency.

Recently, the GolfStretcher Team has introduced the "3 Product Family" to provide a customized GolfStretcher option for everyone. The "Original", "Pro", and "Tour" editions will now fit every size, stature, and level of flexibility as well as offer a wide price range to fit every budget.

1.) GolfStretcher "Original" - features rotating handles and is 36 inches long…it is far more effective than any golf club and will fit in many golf bags. $29.99

2.) GolfStretcher "Pro" - features rotating handles, a rotating shaft, and is adjustable in length from 24 to 36 inches. Since it collapses to 24 inches it will fit in most golf bags. The rotating shaft provides a more extensive stretching opportunity than the "Original" edition. $59.99

3.) GolfStretcher "Tour" - features rotating handles, a rotating shaft, and is adjustable from 24 to 45 inches. This extra width accommodates larger individuals, those less flexible, or those who desire to work their maximum range of motion. (Price includes a complementary GolfGrasp) $89.99

All editions are recommended by Golf Fitness Magazine and offer online video instructions at


Longaberger Golf Club Ranks No. 19 as Golf Digest Announces ‘America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses Re-Ranked by Price’

Award-winning Central Ohio Course Celebrates 10 Years of Great Golf, Unmatched Customer Service

(NASHPORT, Ohio) – As Golf Digest magazine re-ranks its most recent America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses biennial list (2009-10) – factoring in green fee prices at each member of the esteemed list – Longaberger Golf Club comes in at an impressive No. 19.

The result of this re-ranking, in essence, determines the nation’s best-value options at the Top 100 courses (August 2009 issue), including legendary designs such as Pinehurst No. 2, TPC Sawgrass and Pebble Beach. With a peak rate of $99 with cart and access to the club’s 25-acre practice facility, Longaberger Golf Club provides a premium golf experience at a fraction of the cost of other Top 100 tracks.

“Value and options are critical to golfers and this distinction from Golf Digest for Longaberger Golf Club demonstrates it is at the forefront,” says Joseph Livingood, senior vice president of Billy Casper Golf, which manages Longaberger Golf Club. “This is a public-access course with a private-club feel, and saving money is an added bonus.”

In addition to Golf Digest, Longaberger Golf Club has been honored by GolfWorld, Golfweek and GOLF Magazine as one of the best courses in the country. The Arthur Hills design winds through the rolling hills of central Ohio and panoramic sightlines highlight the immaculate playing conditions. With five sets of tees, the 7,243-yard layout challenges the lowest handicapper, while shrinking to manageable distance to accommodate each and every skill level.

In its 10th season of play, the club – which is at the center of a vibrant, greater-Columbus area golf destination – offers value-laden stay-and-play packages that make extended trips and weekend getaways extremely affordable. Golfers can stay at Longaberger’s hotel (The Place Off The Square) and play Longaberger Golf Club for substantially reduced rates.

For more information about Longaberger Golf Club, or to reserve a tee time, visit or call 740.763.1100.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Pocono Mountains Offer Autumn Stay-and-Play Packages, Breathtaking Scenery

More than 35 Courses and Resorts in Northeastern Pennsylvania Boast Unparalleled Fall Foliage

(POCONO MOUNTAINS, Pennsylvania) – The Pocono Mountains – home to hundreds of golf holes and dozens of historic courses in Northeastern Pennsylvania – showcase its brilliant autumn colors with a variety of stay-and-play offers throughout the four-county region.

The Pocono Mountains: Discover Golf's Great Destination Secret provides a 24-hour hotline (570-421-5565) with up-to-the minute information on best areas for viewing the vibrant colors. To truly experience this beautiful, authentic destination, there are several stay-and play options tailored to visitors’ and golfers’ desires; visit

Two fall foliage options are Buck Hill’s $35 midweek rate / $50 weekend rate – including carts – for the duration of 2009 and Fernwood’s Fall Golf deal which consists of midweek hotel accommodations and two rounds of golf per night for less than $170, double occupancy. Other packages include wine lovers, hiking and antiquing options with golf a reasonable addition for many.

More than 35 courses proliferate the region – including designs by renowned architects like Donald Ross, Jack Nicklaus and A.W. Tillinghast – offering challenges for avid golfers or par-3, nine hole options for beginners.

"It’s amazing to find a nature lover’s paradise considering our proximity to major cities like New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore and Washington DC," says Carl Wilgus, President and CEO of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. "Visitors can enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities as well as dining, shopping, antiquing, gaming and more under a dazzling fall setting. While our destination is enticing year-round, the colors of autumn add a unique dimension to the Pocono Mountains.”

Combined with the close proximity to New England and Mid-Atlantic states, people are choosing to stay closer to home rather than fight the rising travel. Instead of checking extra luggage, boarding planes and waiting in lines, smart vacationers are making the short, scenic drive to the Pocono Mountains.

If it's an overnight stay, a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, people are increasingly discovering the convenience and proximity of the Pocono Mountains golf properties and value-laden golf packages available via the destination Web site (

For more information on the area, visit or call 800-POCONOS (800-762-6667).


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Grand Lake Golf Club near Houston Reopens Course after Green Enhancements

(MONTGOMERY, Texas) - Grand Lake Golf Club just outside of Houston, Texas unveiled their new greens and open all 18 holes of the course Sept. 4. Grand Lake Golf Club had been undergoing a green enhancement program that included the conversation of the original putting surfaces to Tiff Eagle Bermuda turf.

"We are excited to open all 18 holes of Grand Lake Golf Club and are positive that area golfers will appreciate the new green surfaces," stated Cody Spivey the general manager overseeing operations at Grand Lake Golf Club. "The turf we used for the greens conversion, Tif Eagle, is actually a third generation Bermuda, that can offer improved putting speeds and consistency. This strain of turf has proven itself to be a superior Bermuda putting surface and is more hearty then the prior grasses that were used at Grand Lake. In fact, this turf will grow even better in heat and humidity and will provide for more consistent conditions year round," added Spivey

Grand Lake Golf Club features a 7,165-yard, par 72 layout that originally opened in 2003. Located in the Montgomery County, just outside Houston, Grand Lake offers a fun and memorable routing that takes full advantage of the surrounding landscape. For tee times and additional information on Grand Lake Golf Club, call 936 447 4653 or visit the clubs new Web site at


Top Collegiate Golfers Set to Test Skills at The Territory

Cameron University Hosts The Territory Classic at Oklahoma’s Premier Golf and Residential Community

(Southwest Oklahoma) – The Territory Golf and Country Club, an award-winning residential community near the town of Duncan, will play host to some of the region’s top collegiate golfers at The Territory Classic Sept. 21 and 22.

The Territory is no stranger to major tournaments. In just its first five years of play, the Randy Heckenkemper design has hosted the Oklahoma State Amateur twice, Oklahoma Senior State Amateur, an NCAA Div. II Super Regional and a stop on the Adams Pro Golf Tour Series.

“We look forward to seeing how these incredible collegiate golfers handle the many intricacies and nuances here at The Territory,” says Rick Braught, who along with his wife Barbara, owns the club.

In addition to host Cameron University, participating schools include: Abilene Christian, University of Central Oklahoma, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, East Central University, Arkansas Tech University, Texas A&M Commerce, West Texas A&M University, University of the Southwest, Southern Nazarene University, Dallas Baptist University, St. Edwards University, Delta State University, University of Incarnate Word and St. Mary’s University.

The modified target-style layout, which features multiple tees to accommodate any skill level, was named a Top 50 Residential Course by Golfweek and has been designated as one of Oklahoma’s best courses by Golf Digest. A state-of-the-art practice facility and three-hole short course where the teaching professionals conduct instruction for those looking to improve their game, also set The Territory apart.

A private club where family-friendly activities are ever present, The Territory has opened its fairways to all via its popular stay-and-play packages. The luxurious, graciously appointed accommodations feature two-to-four spacious bedrooms, a living room, full kitchen and baths. Package pricing per person is:
• Single: $275 per night
• Double: $225 per night
• Triple: $195 per night
• Foursome: $175 per night

For more information on The Territory, call 580.475.0075 or visit