Thursday, November 30, 2017

PGA Golf Club’s Ryder Course to Re-Open December Dec. 1 Following Complete Renovation

(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) – PGA Golf Club‘s acclaimed Ryder Course is set to re-open to the public Friday Dec. 1 following a complete renovation to enhance year-round playability and overall appeal.

All new drainage was installed, bunkers underwent a complete overhaul and Celebration Bermuda, a hybrid strain widely favored for its durability and quick recovery, was installed on all fairways. In addition to its impressive drought resistance and shade tolerance, the hearty grass presents a striking blue-green hue for great color contrasts.

“Our dedicated staff has accomplished an impressive transformation that cements PGA Golf Club as a top golf destination in Florida,” says Jimmy Terry, PGA Senior General Manager. “The stunning renovations are shining examples of our dedication to providing great course conditions day in and day out to our club and PGA members, as well as guests.”

Each hole is reframed with native and ornamental grasses, providing a new look and feel. Tees are Sea Isle Paspalum, a hybrid, while greens are TifEagle Bermuda, consistent with all the other putting surfaces on the property. Bunkers are newly renovated and refaced with Celebration, found on fairways and tee and green surrounds. New tees installed in the fairways now provide a short but fun golf course for the novice player.

The renovation is the final piece of a $10 million multi-year property-wide investment. Adding to the energized atmosphere at PGA Golf Club is the modernized, 20,000 square-foot clubhouse. Furthermore, the impressive Dye course re-opened last year following a re-grassing project, and the touted Wanamaker Course underwent similar enhancements in 2015.

The Wanamaker’s jump to No. 20 in Golfweek’s 2017 “Best: State-by-State Courses You Can Play” rankings – joining the No. 23 Dye Course -- makes PGA Golf Club one of only a handful of properties with two layouts on the respected list. Updates to the Ryder Course should allow it to follow suit.

PGA Golf Club members can tee it up on the iconic Ryder Course beginning Friday, Dec. 1. A media day is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 13; media members interested in playing should contact Adriana Vizcaya at or 772.467.1300 ext. 125.

For more information about PGA Golf Club or to book starting times, visit or call 772.467.1300.

Getting There: PGA Golf Club is less than a two-hour drive from Orlando and Miami – and under three hours from Tampa, Fort Myers and other Florida population centers. PGA Golf Club is conveniently located 50 minutes north of Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) off Interstate 95 in Port St. Lucie. PBI offers nearly 100 nonstop flights to more than 25 cities in the U.S. and Canada.

Known as the “Ultimate Golf Destination,” PGA Golf Club is home to three distinct golf courses at the facility. The entertaining layouts were designed by renowned architects Tom Fazio, Jim Fazio and Pete Dye.

Sea Pines Country Club Recognized as One of America’s Healthiest Clubs

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) – Sea Pines Country Club (SPCC) – the lone private club within Sea Pines featuring golf, tennis, multiple pools and fitness – was awarded an 88 percent on America’s Healthiest Club’s Health Report, making it one of the country’s healthiest private clubs.

The rigorous Health Report is based on a comprehensive evaluation of seven club categories: strategy, membership, fitness, food and beverage, golf, tennis and human resources. SPCC scored over 90 percent in strategy, fitness, food and beverage, golf and tennis.

“Keeping our members healthy, happy and fit is a priority and an integral part of our lifestyle design approach,” says Robbie Ames, general manager and chief operating officer of Sea Pines Country Club. “Being recognized as an industry leader reinforces our commitment to playing an active role in the long-term health and well-being of our members.”

Ames is also a founding member of The Wellness Project that examines health and wellness as a driver of growth and stability at private clubs. Ames, the brother of PGA Tour winner Stephen Ames, developed a deep understanding of how fitness impacts everyday life while caddying for his brother for three and a half years. 

Because of shifting demographics and new member priorities, premier private clubs have expanded member offerings to promote an active, vibrant and healthy lifestyle. Utilizing industry best practices, SPCC has installed health and wellness as a cornerstone of the club. This includes the upcoming expansion and renovation of the fitness center and upgraded member dining options to provide a variety of fresh and healthy menu items. The club also incorporates fresh vegetables from the on-site vegetable garden that was planted this fall. 

“Sea Pines Country Club has embraced the national trends that show health and wellness as a driver of member growth, retention and experience,” says Rick Ladendorf, Founder and President of America’s Healthiest Clubs. “Its programs will enable members to live healthier lives and fully enjoy the club’s amenities.”

The club is currently undergoing a $2.7 million upgrade to numerous facilities. A $450,000 indoor and outdoor pool renovation project was completed in April. It entailed modernizing the existing saline indoor pool, the 24-meter outdoor pool, outdoor deck and building a brand-new children’s splash pool.

Membership is by invitation only. For more information, contact Karen Fleming at 843-671-2345 ext. 243 or Learn more about Sea Pines Country Club at

Product Review: Antigua Apparel

Men's Digital and Women's Beyond
Antigua apparel has been around for as long as I can remember - more than 35 years, in fact. But like all successful companies, the product has evolved over time to meet the wants and needs of today's consumer.

While Antigua can be seen across many sports markets - the company holds licenses with major professional sports leagues; including the NFL, NBA, MLS, UFC, MLB, NHL and myriad colleges and universities - its roots are in the golf market.

We recently took several pieces of Antigua out for testing and were quite impressed.

Men's Voyage and Women's Travel
First, let’s look at the tops, since they are the closest thing to your skin as you play. The men’s “Digital” and women’s “Beyond” both boast the company’s Desert Dry technology. This moisture-wicking gear is designed to keep you dry and comfortable under any situation - moving moisture away from your skin and to the fabric where it can be released into the air.

I think back to when I first began playing golf. I doubt Desert Dry was even a thought in anyone’s imagination. Those heavy cotton shirts we all wore would become loaded down with sweat as the round progressed on a hot, summer day. The golf swing is difficult enough without having to fight your clothing!

Beyond the moisture-wicking technology, Antigua has constructed both shirts to flow with the golfer. Lightweight and soft, the material moves gently throughout the swing. While built for an athletic fit, there’s ample room in the armpits to not constrict or restrict.

The golf shirts are great, but unless you live in South Florida, Arizona or Southern California, there’s a chill in the air and you’d better layer up. Antigua offers a wide range of outerwear and we tested out two - The “Voyage” for men and “Travel” for women.

Both are from the company’s Performance-72 line. They are lightweight, but provide ample warmth.

The Voyage is a 1/4-zip pullover with open bottom. It won’t ride up on you as you swing. It also features a stand-up collar and, when fully zipped, does not choke the wearer. Why offer the option of zipping if a normal human can’t zip it? Thank you, Antigua.

The Travel is a full-zip, knit “motorcycle” jacket. This piece is as sleek and stylish as it is functional. Move over, “little black dress” and make room for Antigua’s Travel (or pair the two together when the evening air turns chilly).

These four pieces don’t even scratch the surface of Antigua’s offerings. Whether it’s tops, bottoms, outerwear or even headwear and luggage, the company has you covered. Check out for everything a golfer needs to stay in fashion, while keeping up the high demand for playability.

New K-MOTION Software Update Pushes Boundaries of Golf Training, Instruction

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) - K-MOTION Interactive – the pioneer of innovative human motion training for the golf, baseball, fitness, physical therapy industries and beyond – has released K-VEST 7.8, the latest software for its wearable athletic measurement and training solution, which accelerates a golf instructor’s ability to identify swing patterns and deliver the most effective training drills.

The new update is the first 3D measurement and training software that allows instructors to capture, compare and analyze every swing during a lesson. K-VEST 7.8’s advanced algorithms automatically display swing averages to help coaches identify the root cause of inefficient motion. Instructors can now develop training programs based on the entire swing profile rather than a single swing.

The company’s patented technology creates the complete end-to-end training solution, allowing instructors to seamlessly detect a student’s wasted movement, plan the precise drills to correct the movement and ensure the drills are done perfectly every time.

“K-VEST 7.8 supplies coaches and professionals with the most accurate motion data and analysis tools in the industry,” says K-MOTION CEO Michael Chu. “By giving them the tools to succeed, our coaches deliver superior instruction that results in accelerated and retained improvement for their students. Simply put, we have created the most effective training solution on the market.”

For golf coaches, K-VEST 7.8:
- Raises the bar on real-time measurement of the swing by allowing coaches to evaluate player averages rather than a single swing
- Creates deeper understanding of the swing by eliminating the problem of making generalizations about a player’s swing based on a single data set
- Makes it possible to take 3D measurement on the course to easily transfer skills from the lesson to the real world

According to Golf Digest, seven of the top-10 golf instructors in America, as well as Major League Baseball and National Hockey League teams, use K-MOTION products for better training. Fitness coaches and physical therapists are also brand ambassadors.

K-MOTION is the industry leader in wearable, motion-training technology that makes athletes better faster. Through patented real-time audio and visual cues, athletes can connect perception and reality and master perfect motion in seconds. K-MOTION creates a seamless connection between player and coach through its cloud-based improvement sequence of measure, assess, coach and train.

For more information:, 603.472.3519.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Doug Weaver Honored by Carolinas PGA

Longtime Director of Golf Instruction at Palmetto Dunes Resort Doug Weaver named 2017 “Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year” from the Carolinas Professional Golf Association

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC) — Doug Weaver, longtime Director of Golf Instruction at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, was named 2017 “Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year” by the Carolinas Professional Golf Association (CPGA) for his outstanding service as a golf instructor. He will be formally honored on February 18, 2018 in Greensboro, NC.

Established in 1923, the Carolinas PGA Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association has grown to be the largest of the PGA’s 41 sections with almost 2,000 professional members. The CPGA embraces North and South Carolina, as well as a small portion of southern Virginia, with more than 800 golf facilities.

“It is a real honor to be awarded the CPGA’s 2017 Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year,” said Weaver, a former PGA Tour pro. “The thrill of my workplace is being with a student who experiences the exhilaration of improving their golf game and helping them overcome barriers to playing the game.”

Weaver has made numerous contributions to golf instruction within the Section for many years. He hosts private and group lessons, conducts weekly clinics, volunteers time to free lessons for people of all ages, hosts Mental Golf Workshops, instructs lessons for young children while using songs to help them remember how to play, assists with Special Olympics programming, regularly writes articles for newspapers and magazines, and serves as the Hilton Head High School golf team’s assistant coach.

A PGA Member since 1989, Weaver has instructed outstanding golfers like Luke Carpenter (Adams Tour Member), Evan Muscari (won West Virginia US Open Qualifying and college golfer at Concord College), and Freddy Reyes (a Drive, Chip, and Putt finalist at Augusta National).

Additionally, Weaver was a member of the PGA President’s Council from 2005-2010 and has received numerous awards and recognitions including the 2002 Growth of the Game Award from the PGA Foundation and induction into the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame earlier this year.

In 2016, his colleagues voted Weaver as Golf Digest magazine’s No. 2 Instructor in South Carolina and he was named the Hilton Head Island PGA chapter's “Teacher of the Year” — an honor Weaver also received in 2012.

The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy grows golf with its daily offerings of private lessons, classes and multi-day schools.

“I love sharing golf with all people,” Weaver said. “My staff at Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy and I enjoy growing golf and partnering with Boys and Girls Club, Boys and Girls Scouts, Special Olympics, HHI Chamber of commerce activities, Rotary, the local high School teams and more. I’m privileged to work with and for Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, which commits to excellence in everything they do.”

To sign up for one of Weaver’s free, Monday clinics at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort or any of its other world-class golf instruction programs, call 866-744-7558 or visit

Golf Points Index Introduces Innovative Scoring and Handicap System

(Toronto, Canada) — Golf Points Index (GPI) launched a new golf scoring and han‎dicap system based on points earned on each hole in relation to par in order to keep score and track your progress

GPI was developed in order to provide golfers with a more equitable, engaging, entertaining, and fun way to keep score and track progress. GPI awards a 1/2 point for a double bogey, 1 point for a bogey, 3 points for a par, 5 points for a birdie, and 8 points for an eagle. All other results get a 0.

GPI founder and President Ron Zevy admits that the genesis for the system came because of frustration about the current stroke based scoring system. "How can a birdie only be worth one stroke less than a par‎ when it is much much harder to achieve?" remarks Zevy.

While GPI is not the first points based scoring system, Stableford is widely used in the UK, and the PGA tour employs a modified Stableford System for one event, it is the first and only which incorporates the point totals into a working handicap index.

The GPI Handicap is the average nine hole point total over the last 180 holes played. It allows players of different levels to compete on an even playing field. A player with a GPI of 12, for example, will give an opponent with a GPI of 8 a 4 point lead in a nine hole match.

The free website and mobile apps allow the golfer to enter their point totals and the system will calculate current GPI in addition to GPI for individual golf courses. A golfer can play as many or as few holes as they like and still enter a point score for their index.

In addition to being free, GPI does not require the golfer to belong to a golf club in order to register. GPI will be a boon to the millions of recreational golfers who do not carry a traditional handicap but would still like a way to benchmark and track their progress. While beneficial for golfers of all ages and levels, GPI is especially geared to junior golfers, mid to high handicappers and seniors.

The First Tee, the world's largest junior golf organization, has recognized its merits and the first wave of chapters have already signed on to pilot the system in 2018.

For more information about GPI, visit or e-mail

Rickie Fowler is Ushering in a New Age of Golf Instruction

Rickie Fowler is teaching virtual reality golf lessons for cheap

(Los Angeles, CA) - PGA Tour pro Rickie Fowler has teamed up with Success Co. to launch its virtual-reality coaching platform. The 28-year-old will be the first ambassador of the site. Fowler already has three lessons available on the site and two bonus videos in 2D. Fowler will cover every aspect of the golf swing from hitting a tee shot to putting on the greens. The lessons are designed for golfers ages 12-70 to improve their game through simple step-by-step tips from this PGA Tour professional.

The most intriguing part is the lessons cost between $4.99-6.99 to download.

"The inspiration for Success Series was to bring major global sporting talent into people lives in the form of teaching/instruction and creating access to these world class athletes leveraging the immersive environment that virtual reality brings to the user," said Success Co. CEO Anthony Puntoriero in a statement. "The idea was really sparked around capitalizing on the VR technologies and the ability to scale content globally bringing Success Series into people lives and growing sports not only in global reach but through cutting edge technology."

Puntoriero serves as a CEO and Chairman of the Board of Success Co. and in this capacity, is responsible for strategic partnerships, business development, talent acquisition and overall business strategy. Puntoriero, a technology and advertising space innovator, is playing a key role in digital education and its exploration of Virtual Reality. He has a successful track record of growing companies and creating value.

At the age of 22, Puntoriero launched his first business in construction which he successfully sold in 2008. Following the sale, he developed an interest in sports, particularly sponsorship. Puntoriero spent time traveling with professional golfers on the PGA tour, during which he discovered that many of these players, ranked outside of the world’s top 50, were contending in tournaments and getting valuable global television coverage yet had minimal annual sponsorship, if any at all. Puntoriero launched Instant Sponsor, an advanced sponsorship procurement technology platform, as an effective solution to connect these players and companies of all sizes.

There was no question in Puntoriero's mind that Fowler would be the perfect athlete to sponsor as he started up this new business venture.

"Rickie was the only golfer we wanted to target for Success Series and that is because of who he is on and off the course," Puntoriero said. "Rickie's brand and character has defined the new era of golfer and he is the ideal ambassador to take golf into the homes of sports fans globally - His message is infectious and he has genuine passion for helping people get better at the game. He's an amazing role model and proof that hard work and dedication can take you to the top in whatever you choose in life."

For more information, visit

Tiger Woods Set to Return to Competition at Hero World Challenge with Eight of Top-10 in the World

Airing on Golf Channel & NBC, Thursday-Sunday

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Tiger Woods returns to competitive golf this week at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, where he’ll make his first professional start since withdrawing from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February. Eight of the top-10 players in the world are among the elite 18-man field, including World No. 1 Dustin Johnson. Golf Channel will carry the first two rounds on Thursday-Friday, along with early-round coverage on the weekend leading into live coverage on NBC.

Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott and Marc Leishman headline the field at the Australian PGA Championship, airing Wednesday-Saturday on Golf Channel, live and in primetime.

Louis Oosthuizen and Darren Clarke lead the field at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritiues Open in an event co-sanctioned by the European and Sunshine Tours.

Hero World Challenge
Dates: Nov. 30-Dec. 3
Venue: Albany Resort, Albany, Bahamas

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
12:30-4:30 p.m. (Live) / 5:30-9:30 p.m. (Replay)
12:30-4:30 p.m. (Live) / 5:30-9:30 p.m. (Replay)
Noon-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 5:30-9:30 p.m. (Replay)
11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live) / 5-10 p.m. (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern)
2:30-5 p.m. (Live)
1-4 p.m. (Live)

Golf Central Pre and Post Round Coverage on Golf Channel (Eastern):
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. / 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Live)
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. / 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Live)
10 a.m.-Noon / 5-5:30 p.m. (Live)
10-11 a.m. / 4-5 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:
Woods set to return: Tiger Woods will make his first competitive start this week since withdrawing from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February. Also serving as tournament host this week, Woods returns following spinal fusion surgery earlier this year.

Elite field: The 18-man field features eight of the top-10 players in the world for the 72-hole event that features no cut.

Matsuyama defends: Hideki Matsuyama finished two shots ahead of Henrik Stenson to win last year’s event.

Headlining the field: Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Hideki Matsuyama, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka, Kevin Kisner, Matt Kuchar, Daniel Berger, Kevin Chappell, Patrick Reed, Tommy Fleetwood, Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren and Francesco Molinari.

NBC Sports Group Broadcast Team
- Play by Play: Steve Sands (Golf Channel) / Terry Gannon (NBC)
- Analyst: Curt Byrum (Golf Channel) / Gary Koch (NBC)
- Tower: Peter Jacobsen / Todd Lewis (Weekend, Golf Channel)
- On-Course: Notah Begay / Jim Mackay / Arron Oberholser (Golf Channel)
- Interviews: Todd Lewis (Golf Channel) / Steve Sands (NBC)


Australian PGA Championship
Dates: Nov. 30-Dec. 3
Venue: RACV Royal Pines Resort (Championship Course), Gold Coast, Australia

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
8 p.m.-1 a.m. (Live)
9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. (Live)
9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
9:30 p.m.- 1 a.m.

Broadcast notes:
Varner defends: Harold Varner III won by two shots over Andrew Dodt to claim his first European Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Sergio Garcia, Marc Leishman, Adam Scott, Harold Varner III, Cameron Smith, Curtis Luck, Jonas Blixt, Brett Rumford, Mike Weir and Matt Jones.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
- Host: Jay Townsend
- Play by Play: Patrick Walsh
- Analyst: Wayne Grady / Ewan Porter / Grant Dodd
- On-Course: Alison Whitaker / Todd Woodbridge


AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open
Dates: Nov. 30-Dec. 3
Venue: Heritage Golf Club, Domaine de Bel Ombre, Mauritius

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
1:30-3:30 a.m. / 5:30-8:30 a.m. (Live)
1:30-3:30 a.m. / 5:30-8:30 a.m. (Live)
3:30-7:30 a.m. (Live)
3:30-7:30 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast notes:
Headlining the field: Louis Oosthuizen, Darren Clarke, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jamie Donaldson, George Coetzee, Scott Hend, Sam Horsfield, Gregory Havret and Darren Fichhardt.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team
- Play by Play: Dom Boulet
- Analyst: Tony Johnstone / Denis Hutchinson
- On-Course: Dale Hayes

Keswick Hall’s Full Cry Makes Major Move in Golfweek’s ‘Best Resort Courses’ Rankings

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) – Keswick Hall & Golf Club – the acclaimed 600-acre luxury resort set in Virginia’s scenic Hunt Country – announces its Pete Dye-designed Full Cry at Keswick Golf Club has risen to No. 38 in Golfweek’s just-released “Best Resort Courses” list for 2018.

This move comes on the heels of Full Cry vaulting to No. 43 on the 2017 list.  Golfweek’s coveted rankings annually showcase the finest resort courses in the U.S. The layout is also ranked No. 4 in both Golfweek’s and GOLF Magazine’s 2017 list of “Best Courses You Can Play” in Virginia. In 2015, Full Cry was named one of Golf Digest’s “Best New Courses” in the U.S.

“We are honored that Full Cry continues to move up so dramatically in the rankings of the major golf publications,” says Robert and Molly Hardie, owners of Keswick Hall & Golf Club. “Our goal to create one of the premier golf courses in the U.S. has been extremely successful and provides our members and guests a truly special place to play the game they love.”

The world-class resort just announced a major renovation of its Forbes Five-Star 48-room hotel will begin in early 2018. During the renovation Full Cry will remain open, as will the golf clubhouse with its Club Grill restaurant, spa, fitness center, driving range and members’ pool. Also unaffected will be the property’s full-service pavilion pool and tennis facilities. The hotel is scheduled to reopen in Spring 2019.

For more information on Keswick Hall & Golf Club visit or call 434.979.3440.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tripp Davis and Associates Prepares for Soft Opening of San Antonio’s Historic Oak Hills Country Club

(Norman, OK) — The historic Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio is preparing later this week for a soft opening of the Tripp Davis renovation/restoration project which has been in the works for the past two years.  The official re-opening will take place in Spring 2018.

Originally designed by the legendary A.W. Tillinghast in 1922, Oak Hills has hosted 34 PGA TOUR and USGA championships over the years, including the 1960 and 1961 Texas Opens won by Arnold Palmer.

The work by Tripp Davis and Associates included building a new practice facility, upgrades to the irrigation system, drainage enhancements around the site, rebuilding the subtle redesign of the greens, bunkers and tees, grassing the greens with a new Bermuda – G12 (a new variety used by Quail Hollow in preparation for the 2017 U.S. PGA Championship), and taking the course from being all Bermuda tees, fairways and roughs to almost all areas being Zoysia – L1F on the tees, Zeon in the fairways and around the bunkers, and Cutlass and Jamur in the roughs.

“We were honored to be selected to renovate and restore this storied golf course,” said Tripp Davis.  “Everything we did at Oak Hills was to better reflect Tillinghast’s design tendencies and to make this a great golfing experience for the members.  I’d also like to add that Superintendent Riley Maxey has done a great job, both in playing a key role during construction and in establishing over 3,000,000 square feet of new turf.  Landscapes Unlimited and Shaper Steve Page were great partners in the process."

“Tripp Davis was the best golf course architect for Oak Hills Country Club,” said Kris Glaubitz, the club’s General Manager and Chief Operating Officer.  “He provided our club with a master plan of what he felt would address our immediate and long term goals of returning the course to tournament quality conditions.  From that plan, he worked diligently to use his expertise of A.W. Tillinghast’s work and his design tendencies to enhance our course features that already existed and even added a few ideas of his own that have been received well by the Members of the Club.  Tripp understood the Club’s governance structure and worked cohesively with the committees, Board of Governors and the staff.  We look forward to continually working with Tripp in the future.”

For more information about Tripp Davis and Associates, visit or call 405-447-5259.

Troon Selected to Manage Alpine Country Club in Highland, Utah

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Troon, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing, has been selected to manage Alpine Country Club in Highland, Utah. Troon Privé, the private club operations division of Troon, will manage the family-centric club located approximately 30 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Alpine Country Club sits at the base of American Fork Canyon and features beautiful views of the majestic Wasatch Mountains. The Club was organized and chartered in 1958. In 1959, the club’s 18-hole William Neff, Sr.-designed golf course opened for play. In recent years, the course has undergone numerous renovation and improvement projects to modernize and enhance the golf experience. The 7,031-yard, par-72 course is widely praised for its smooth, fast greens, superb conditioning, scenic beauty and quick pace of play. Over the club’s 58-year history, the course has hosted the prestigious Utah State Amateur tournament eight times, including most recently in 2016.

“With the Wasatch Mountains towering over the property, Alpine Country Club is a stunning course and club,” said Rob DeMore, president, Troon Privé. “Our team is thrilled to get started at Alpine and will look to further elevate the club and take it to the next level in terms of service, food and beverage offerings, experience and more.”

In addition to an award-winning golf course, Alpine Country Club also features a vibrant member social calendar as well as an 18,000 square-foot clubhouse with multiple dining options for members and guests. The club’s swimming complex includes an L-shaped six lane pool, three-meter springboard, a waterslide, an oval wading pool with frog slide, locker rooms and a bar and restaurant.

“We look forward to working with Troon in elevating the member and guest experience at Alpine Country Club,” said Kerry Jones, board president, Alpine Country Club. “I have been absolutely impressed with the professionalism and thoroughness of Troon throughout this process. Our members are looking forward to utilizing the benefits of the Troon Privé Privilege and Advantage programs as we travel and play at other Troon-managed clubs around the world.”

The Troon Privé Division currently manages nearly 70 private clubs, half of which are member owned. Members of Troon Privé-managed clubs have exclusive access to extraordinary golf and lifestyle benefits around the world. All members can choose to receive Troon Privé Connect, Troon’s digital magazine developed specifically for the private clubs, as well as access to experience packages through Privileged Connections and premium tickets to sporting and concert events at the best price. Qualified members receive reciprocal access to other private clubs in the portfolio at a preferred Privé Privilege rate, and up to 50 percent off at Troon Golf-managed resort and daily fee facilities around the world through the Troon Advantage program.

For more information on Alpine Country Club, visit or call (801) 226-1736.

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Tiger Woods to Play New Bridgestone TOUR B XS Golf Ball at Hero World Challenge

(COVINGTON, GA) – Bridgestone Golf – innovator of premium golf balls, clubs and accessories – announces brand ambassador Tiger Woods will compete using the company’s new TOUR B XS golf ball during the 2017 Hero World Challenge, taking place November 30 through December 3 at the Albany resort on New Providence island in The Bahamas.

Woods had previously played the Tour B330-S and made the switch following rigorous testing, during which it was determined the XS provided optimal distance, control and consistency. These gains are the result of a softer urethane cover, enhanced aerodynamics and improved 330 Dual Dimple design.

“I am more confident in the performance of the TOUR B XS than any other ball I have ever played,” says Tiger Woods. “It is incredibly long off the tee, while offering excellent feel and spin around the green. The consistency it provides gives me complete confidence that I can hit any shot the situation calls for.”

“Tiger is easily one of the most discerning players in the world and only makes equipment changes when he sees a true performance benefit,” says Angel Ilagan, Bridgestone Golf President and CEO. “Just like Tiger went through the fitting process to find the ball that best suits his game, we strongly encourage amateurs to get fit and identify the Bridgestone model that will help them optimize their own performance.”

The TOUR B Series includes four models – X, XS, RX and RXS (each $44.99) – and represents Bridgestone’s most technologically advanced golf balls to date. Using data from more than 3 million in-person and online ball fittings, combined with insights from leading third-party industry sources, Bridgestone identified the needs of specific player types and drew on more than 1,000 golf ball patents to determine which of its proprietary technologies would most benefit each.

Each model features the proven characteristics that have made Bridgestone Golf among the most respected names in the industry. The benefits of these features include:
Accuracy – Gradational core provides optimal energy transfer to create low side-spin and high ball velocity for incredible distance and accuracy gains
Consistency – Seamless cover design utilizes injection molding technology to stabilize ball flight on all shots
Distance – Aerodynamically superior dimple profiles provide different player types with vastly enhanced length and control
Feel – SlipRes cover technology increases friction by creating more stability between the ball and club for enhanced control with irons and wedges

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United States Air Force Installs Power Tee at Chibana Golf Course, Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan

Other military bases using Power Tee include Fort Sam Houston Golf Club in Texas and Bay Breeze Golf Course at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi

(Ponte Vedra, Fla.) – Golf-Tech, the world leader in golf range automation, has installed Power Tee at the United States Air Force Base at the Chibana Golf Course at the Kadena Air Force Base on the island of Okinawa, Japan. Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX and the Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS have been enjoying using Power Tee for over a year now and many others are considering adding it to their facilities. Power Tee makes practicing golf more productive and enjoyable by allowing golfers to hit more quality shots per practice session in a controlled environment, thus building confidence in the mechanics of their game.

Endorsed by professionals like the 2018 Ryder Cup Captain, Jim Furyk, and elite golf instructor, Mitchell Spearman, Power Tee is credited with helping golfers get better faster because they practice with no interruptions such as re-gripping the club and the stance realignment that usually accompany the manual teeing up process. Golfers simply wait for the ball to automatically appear and then swing to develop a rhythm that increases muscle memory.

 According to Martin Wyeth, Golf-Tech founder, CEO and creator of Power Tee, there are so many benefits to the system. “It’s great for clubs and practice facilities to provide all golfers a means to perfect a swing in a consistent, fun and focused practice session,” he said. “It’s perfect for junior golfers who have a more difficult time concentrating and it’s ideal for our Wounded Warriors who may have restricted mobility as they can hit more balls.”

 Wyeth also noted more than 50 percent of the commercial golf ranges in the United Kingdom are currently automated with Power Tee. “Now we are eager for every golfer in USA to learn about Power Tee and how it can improve his or her game. And are extremely proud to be working with the United States Armed Forces supplying our servicemen here and overseas with something they will not only benefit from but enjoy.”  he added.

Colin Baesler, PGA professional and golf course manager at the Kadena Golf Complex noted customers are really enjoying the addition of Power Tee to the driving range. “Our entire membership, regardless of skill or fitness level is benefitting from the advantages Power Tee provides because it offers something for everyone,” said Baesler. “It’s especially beneficial for junior golfers since they can get through a lot more instruction in a lesson period when they don’t have to bother with teeing up golf balls. We are incredibly happy to have this available to our customers.”

For more information about Power Tee, call (877) 769-3781 or visit

Jack Nicklaus, Nicklaus Design to Oversee 'Reno' of Great Waters Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee

Work to Commence in June 2018 with Fall 2019 Re-Opening

(Greensboro, Georgia) – Great Waters, the highly-acclaimed Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee, will undergo a total renovation starting in June 2018, and will involve personal input from Mr. Nicklaus and oversight from his award-winning Nicklaus Design Team. The Great Waters renovation will be led by Design Associate Chad Goetz, who has been with Nicklaus Design for 18 years and is one of the few designers in the world who has earned membership into both the American Society of Golf Course Architects and European Institute of Golf Course Architects.

Perennially ranked among America’s Greatest 100 Public Courses by Golf Digest, Great Waters—which celebrates its 27th anniversary this year—will receive a total turf replacement, new greens, bunkers, tees, water features, and irrigation systems, as well as cart path replacement.  Drainage and other elements of the course’s infrastructure, plus an assessment of the trees, and the practice facility are included in this comprehensive reinvention of the community’s premier golf course. The Nicklaus layout has stood the test of time and will remain loyal to the original design.

Work is to begin in June 2018 with an expected re-opening in Fall 2019. This restoration is the latest in an ever-widening list of improvements made to the golf courses, clubhouses and other facilities since MetLife’s investment in Reynolds Lake Oconee in 2012.

“Our desire is to keep the course true to Mr. Nicklaus’s original vision while modernizing the course where appropriate - and prudent - and adding length where available,” said Rabun Neal, president of Reynolds Lake Oconee.

Great Waters is a dramatic layout that offers some of the most breathtaking golf scenery in the Southeast. The parkland-style front nine plays over rolling hills and through thick forest, with water in play on six holes, most notably the par-4 fifth, where a creek crisscrosses the fairway and cuts in front of the green; a stone wall and the Nicklaus Bridge add to the hole’s splendor. The gorgeous ninth is the first of the lake holes, the water edging in along the right side of the green.

The back nine is a completely different experience, as the final eight holes are on Lake Oconee. Playing on the lake-encircled peninsula, the back-nine holes include the short par-4 11th, where the green juts into the lake,  causing left-side hole locations to make the flagstick appear to be floating. The par-3 14th is one of the most photographed holes in the Southeast, its green sitting along the Lake Oconee shoreline.

“The first time I went to Reynolds, I knew we had the potential to have a great golf course,” says Nicklaus.  “I think we found it then, and now more than a quarter of a century later, a wonderful golf experience remains but is in need of a little updating. It’s one of the really great pieces of property with which I have ever had the experience to work.”

Already recognized among the “25 Best Golf Communities in North America” by GOLF Magazine, Reynolds Lake Oconee is not only fine-tuning one of its world-class golf courses, but is enhancing its long-established reputation as an outstanding place to live.

Reynolds Lake Oconee has 117 holes of golf, all designed by legendary golf architects, including Nicklaus, Rees Jones and Tom Fazio. In addition to golf, the Reynolds community offers a wide array of recreational opportunities along the more than 350 miles of Lake Oconee shoreline.

Vacation guests at Reynolds can choose from individual cottages within the private gates, while enjoying a variety of amenities. Accommodations also are available at The Ritz-Carlton. A variety of vacation packages are available.

For additional information contact Reynolds Plantation Properties at (800) 800-5250, or visit

Monday, November 27, 2017

Product Review TecTecTec VPRO500 Rangefinder

If you’re serious about improving your golf game, you need a rangefinder. That said, not every budget can easily absorb the cost. Enter TecTecTec - maker of the No. 1 budget-friendly rangefinder on the market.

Why spend $300 to $400 on a rangefinder when TecTecTec’s VPRO500 comes in at less than $150 and boasts all the bells and whistles?

In a nutshell, the VPR500 measures up 540 yards with a +/- 1 yard accuracy. Shoot anything - flags, trees, or hazards - and know your distance instantly.

One complaint I get with people unsure about using a rangefinder is target accuracy. They don’t know if they’re shooting the flag or a tree behind the green. That 10-20 yards can mean the difference in up to two clubs! The VPRO500 takes the guess work out with its clear 6x magnification.

Beautiful simplicity of the VPRO500
As someone who is on the verge of needing glasses for better vision, I was pleased to learn about TecTecTec’s diopter adjustment functionality, which delivers a clear view whether you’re nearsighted or farsighted. If you've "tuned in" binoculars, you know the function.

What I appreciated the most - beyond the accuracy - was the ease of use. The hardest thing for me, literally, was inserting the battery. It’s a little embarrassing to share that, but it makes my point ... The VPRO500 is easy to use, right out of the box - no tutorials necessary.

There are two buttons on the device - power and mode. Turn it on and choose one-of-three modes:
- Pinseeker mode lets you accurately measure overlapping targets, perfect for measuring the distance to the pin and wooded areas;
- First Target Priority mode displays the distance of the closest subject, helpful when measuring the distance to the flag on a green with woods in the background; and
- Scan mode is useful when checking the distance of various hazards.

The VPRO500 is lightweight, compact and has a waterproof body. No need to keep it in the bag if there’s a chance of rain.

The VPRO500 comes equipped with a protective case, free CR2 battery to get you started, a wrist strap (if you choose to attach), microfiber cleaning cloth and a quick-start guide for easy setup.

Check out the VPRO500 and another five models at The company also sells a hunting rangefinder for the outdoorsman on your holiday list.

PGA National Resort & Spa Announces Cyber Week ‘Flash’ Sale

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – PGA National Resort & Spa – South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation and spa destination – announces a “flash” sale with 25% off rooms or 10% off rates for golf and spa packages from Dec. 4 through May 31, 2018.

To receive the discount, book from 7 a.m. on Nov. 27 (Mon.) to 11:55 p.m. ET on Dec. 3 (Sun.) by calling 855.233.1444 or by clicking HERE.

PGA National is home to 90 holes of championship golf on five distinctly diverse courses including its famed Champion Course, former Ryder Cup host and current venue of the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic, headlined by its legendary “Bear Trap” three-hole stretch. The resort has the distinction of being home to both the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and Dave Pelz Scoring Game School.

Guests can also take advantage of the newly transformed Palmer Course, originally designed by legendary Arnold Palmer, which reopened on Nov. 10 after undergoing a comprehensive renovation. Most notably, golfers will discover all 62 bunkers have been modernized and reshaped to improve sight lines off the tee as well as on approach shots into the greens. All 18 fairways were re-turfed with scientifically-advanced Celebration grass which provides prime playing conditions year-round.

The resort’s newly revitalized 40,000-square-foot European Spa with 32 treatment areas is highlighted by the exclusive "Waters of the World" outdoor mineral pools. The outdoor resort pool is a tropical family-friendly oasis. The resort’s impressive 33,000-square-foot Sports & Racquet Club recently underwent a multimillion re-invention as well. Eight on-site restaurants and lounges cater to every culinary taste and need.

This offer is based on availability for new bookings only and not valid on existing reservations, group reservations, or with any other offer. A one-night, non-refundable deposit applies at the time of booking. For stays Dec. 23-31, 2017 and Feb. 17-24, 2018, a two-night, non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. Tax and resort fee not included.

More information:, 855.233.1444.

Updated Tiger Prop Bets; Hero Odds to Win

(RELEASE) - Inside one month of releasing odds Tiger Woods’ future and return to professional golf, has taken significant action on the plethora of props.

Below, you will find opening and current odds for Tiger Woods props. Listed is a breakdown of where the action has gone since October 31.

Also included are odds to win the 2017 Hero World Challenge. Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson are the favorites while Woods carries the longest odds at 45/1. He opened with 50/1 odds.

Bettors have wagered on Tiger Woods:
- Not retiring in 2018
- Playing in six or more events in 2018
- Playing in fewer than three majors in 2018
- Winning a PGA/Euro event in 2018
- Making three or more cuts in 2018
- Ranking higher than 1,180 by end of 2018
- Withdrawing from a tournament in 2018
- Not withdrawing from the Hero World Challenge
- Finishing in the top 5 at the Hero World Challenge
- Finishing last at the Hero World Challenge
- Carding three or more birdies during first round at the Hero World Challenge
- Carding four or more bogeys during first round at the Hero World Challenge
- Shooting 72 or under for first round at the Hero World Challenge

Odds to win 2017 Hero World Challenge
Justin Thomas +600
Jordan Spieth +600
Dustin Johnson +600
Rickie Fowler +800
Justin Rose +1000
Hideki Matsuyama +1100
Brooks Koepka +1100
Jason Day +1200
Marc Leishman +1600
Daniel Berger +1800
Patrick Reed +2000
Matt Kuchar +2000
Tommy Fleetwood +2000
Francesco Molinari +2800
Kevin Kisner +2800
Alexander Noren +2800
Charley Hoffman +3300
Tiger Woods +4500

Current odds:

Will Tiger Woods announce retirement from professional golf before January 1, 2019?
Yes +248
No -311

How many PGA Tour/European Tour events will Tiger Woods compete in during 2018 calendar year?
Over 5.5 (-193)
Under 5.5 (+144)

How many majors will Tiger Woods compete in during 2018 calendar year?
Over 2.5 (+118)
Under 2.5 (-143)

Will Tiger Woods win a PGA Tour/European Tour event prior to January 1, 2019?
Yes +300
No -2400

Tiger Woods best finish during 2018 calendar year (minimum playing field of 100)
Over 18.5 (-140)
Under 18.5 (+109)

How many cuts will Tiger Woods make during 2018 calendar year? (minimum playing field of 100)
Over 2.5 (-175)
Under 2.5 (+131)

Tiger Woods Official World Golf Ranking on January 1, 2019
Over 1180.5 (+130)
Under 1180.5 (-160)

Will Tiger Woods withdraw during any professional tournament prior to January 1, 2019?
Yes -615
No +408

Will Tiger Woods undergo back surgery in 2018?
Yes +130
No -160

Will Tiger Woods shoot 80 or worse in a round in 2018?
Yes -130
No +100

Will Tiger Woods withdraw during the 2017 Hero World Challenge?
Yes +287
No -360

Tiger Woods finishing position at 2017 Hero World Challenge
1st +2712
2nd +1584
3rd +1303
4th-10th +320
11th-17th -160
18th +281

Will Tiger Woods finish in the top 5 at the 2017 Hero World Challenge?
Yes +485
No -1035

Will Tiger Woods finish last (18th) at 2017 Hero World Challenge?
Yes +329
No -463

Will Tigers Woods hit fairway on first round tee shot on Hole No. 1 of 2017 Hero World Challenge?
Yes -160
No +130

Tiger Woods score on Hole No. 1 during first round of 2017 Hero World Challenge
Birdie +250
Par -120
Bogey or worse +160

How many birdies will Tiger Woods record in the first round of 2017 Hero World Challenge?
Over 2.5 (-226)
Under 2.5 (+174)

How many bogeys or worse will Tiger Woods record in the first round of 2017 Hero World Challenge?
Over 3.5 (-164)
Under 3.5 (+125)

Tiger Woods highest score on any hole during 2017 Hero World Challenge
Over 6.5 (-136)
Under 6.5 (+102)

Tiger Woods 18-hole score during first round of 2017 Hero World Challenge
Over 72.5  (+114)
Under 72.5  (-140)

Tiger Woods highest 18-hole score during any round of 2017 Hero World Challenge
Over 75.5 (-110)
Under 75.5 (-119)

Tiger Woods lowest 18-hole score during any round of 2017 Hero World Challenge
Over 69.5 (-107)
Under 69.5 (-123)

PGA Value Guide Launches Holiday Trade-In Promotion

(Raleigh, NC) – The PGA Value Guide – the national standard for golf club values – launched its second annual Holiday Trade-In Promotion for golfers to receive up to 30% extra value when they trade-in their golf clubs at

Golfers using the PGA Value Guide can select to receive either cash or PGA credit when trading in their clubs. This PGA credit can go towards the purchase of new golf equipment at one of over 5,000 local golf shops or online retailers, such as, all of whom employ PGA Professionals.

“The PGA Value Guide has long been the most trusted resource to help millions of golfers receive fair value for their golf clubs,” says Doug Smith, Vice President of Business Development at Global Value Commerce, owner of the PGA Value Guide.­­­­­ “The Holiday Trade-In Promotion brings consumers even closer to that new set of clubs by putting some cash in their pockets for the holiday season.”

Golfers use the PGA Value Guide to research current trade-in and resale values for thousands of models and brand name golf clubs. Consumers can view current trade-in promotions, product information and find local PGA Professional-staffed golf shops where they can get properly fitted into the latest golf club technology.

A recent consumer survey shows a record high 75% of golfers are interested in trading in their golf clubs. The timing couldn’t be better as today’s high performance drivers, fairway woods, irons and putters generally realize a good return on investment in-trade. The PGA Value Guide has been recognized as the national standard for golf club values since its 2004 inception.

PGA Professionals who use the PGA Value Guide benefit from national trade-in promotions, periodic trade-in bonuses and free exposure for their courses to millions of purchase-minded golfers.

More information:

Cyber Monday Golf Deals

Here's a collection of Cyber Monday deals from across the golf industry. Check back throughout the day as we'll update when more are released.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Exploring Great Golf in Branson, Missouri

I recently made a trip to Branson, Mo., to experience some of the great golf this growing destination has to offer. In addition to the courses we played - Thousand Hills, Buffalo Ridge Springs, Top of the Rock, Branson Hills, Mountain Top and Pointe Royale - the area will welcome a new Coore-Crenshaw course in 2018 and two new Tiger Woods designs in the years to follow. Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player will be in great (designer) company.

Much of this growth can be credited to Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops and the Big Cedar Lodge dynasty.

For those of you who only know the area as a country music hub and museum hot spot, it's time to Explore Branson and take in everything this Ozark Mountains oasis has to offer.

Check out the article at GolfWRX.
Actual buffaloes roam the grounds adjacent to Buffalo Ridge Springs
Buffalo Ridge unwinds with the Ozark Mountains as a background
Exposed limestone and waterfalls abound at Buffalo Ridge
Every hole (EVERY HOLE) is memorable at Buffalo Ridge
Crews work non-stop to discover unlimited beauty in this sinkhole
Hole No. 1 is a sample of amazing views at Top of the Rock
There's an island green at Top of the Rock (I carded a 2!)
Green surrounds are challenging and beautiful at Branson Hills
Mountain Top is a 13-hole, walking-only Gary Player gem
Exposed limestone is stunning at Mountain Top
Mountain Top allows golfers to create their own course throughout the round

KemperSports Partners with Tobacco Road Golf Club

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – KemperSports has been selected by the owners of Tobacco Road Golf Club to provide consulting services for the highly-acclaimed golf club. Widely considered one of the most ambitious golf course designs in the last 20 years, Tobacco Road will lean on KemperSports’ more than 35 years of industry expertise to further enhance the public golf experience.

“In today’s competitive golf market, we felt that KemperSports was the right partner to help propel Tobacco Road into the future,” said Tobacco Road co-owner Mark Stewart. “The company’s institutional knowledge, deep relationships, national buying power and best in class programs will help to ensure the long-term peak performance at our course.”

Located just over 20 miles from The Village of Pinehurst in Sanford, North Carolina, Tobacco Road was built on land that was previously used for tobacco farming until sand mining and excavation shaped the landscape into dynamic land forms. The “Golden Age Architecture” layout was designed by golf course architect Mike Strantz – whose innovative course designs include Caledonia Golf and Fish Club as well as the renovation of the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Because of the unique site and architectural quality, Tobacco Road is widely recognized by the golf cognoscenti as one of the best golf courses in the Pinehurst area. 

In partnering with KemperSports, Tobacco Road will benefit from the company’s proven sales and marketing experience as well as gain access to KemperClub – an initiative that is designed to drive brand awareness and engage customers with special promotions and events at KemperSports golf courses.

KemperSports will work with Tobacco Road to integrate its proven best practices and programming, including True Service – the company’s proprietary customer service training program, which focuses on ensuring consistent delivery of genuine, helpful and friendly service to members and guests.

“Tobacco Road Golf Club is one of the most iconic golf course designs in the country, and we are privileged to help make this facility the best that it can be,” said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner. “We look forward to working with ownership to align goals and provide insight that will deliver positive results for the club.” 

Tobacco Road Golf Club adds to KemperSports’ portfolio of top-ranked courses as the club continues to receive high acclaim from national golf publications, including being ranked as the No. 6 Best Public Course in North Carolina by Golfweek Magazine and No. 88 on GOLF Magazine’s Top-100 Public Courses.

For more information on Tobacco Road Golf Club, visit

PXG Deploys Limited Edition Bat Attack Darkness Putter

(Black) Darkness Friday 2017

(Scottsdale, Arizona) – PXG dubs Black Friday, “Darkness Friday,” with the release of its limited edition Bat Attack Darkness putter.

The limited edition Bat Attack Darkness features a milled skull insignia and the number 26, representing the 26th Marine Corps Regiment that PXG founder Bob Parsons served with during the Vietnam War. Each club is uniquely numbered according to the order it was milled and comes with an exclusive Darkness grip by Super Stroke and a signature PXG Darkness head cover.

“The Bat Attack offers an incredibly clean and efficient design,” Parsons shared. “And the new, limited edition finish is undeniably sexy.”

Part of the PXG milled insert line of putters, Bat Attack is a modified mallet-style design with a face-balanced hang angle. The putter uses a double-bend shaft that creates a half-shaft of offset and weighted alignment wings that provide a subtle visual aid to improve consistency.

The Bat Attack is played on tour by two-time major champion and 12-time LPGA Tour winner Lydia Ko. “I like how the Bat Attack sets-up, the style, and the feel,” Ko stated. “It gives me a lot of confidence when I’m standing over a shot.”

Only 1,200 Bat Attack Darkness putters are being made. To learn more or to purchase the limited edition design, visit

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Product Review: Legendary Headwear with CLOUD-FIT Technology

If you’ve ever stayed at a luxurious hotel and had the pleasure of sleeping with a technologically advanced pillow, you know the joys of their cooling features. Legendary Headwear has now brought that comfort to their already-impressive hat collection.

Introducing CLOUD-FIT technology. The interior sweatband in this collection boasts memory foam that has been infused with temperature-regulating gel. The C200 mesh-back cap has instantly become one of my go-to hats on - and off - the golf course.

“Why this hat?” one may ask. Well, since getting serious about protecting myself from the damaging affects of the sun, I’ve given up the romanticized idea of bronze glow on my face and always don a cap. Problem is, I often overheat and spend half my time removing the hat and wiping sweat from my brow. Problem solved. The C200 with CLOUD-FIT tech is as functional as it is fashionable.

If you prefer fitted caps over “trucker caps,” Legendary Headwear also offers the Perfecto-C and Cloud Elite hats with CLOUD-FIT technology. Both are stretch fit (available in S/M and L/XL) and offer “half pipe” CLOUD-FIT. The Perfecto-C is constructed of cotton, while the Cloud Elite is made from Diamond Pro performance fabric, designed to wick away moisture.

Check out the entire catalog at

Circling back to protection from the sun ... I recommend pairing the hat with a generous dose of sunscreen (minimum of SPF 30) and sunglasses for UV protection. Stay safe and look great for years to come.

Audemars Piguet invited an Impressive 'Dream Team' to Dubai for Second Golf Invitational of the Year

Dream team members (left to right): Tyrrell Hatton, Andy Sullivan, Branden Grace, Danny Willett, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Peter Uihlein, Darren Clarke, Bernd Wiesberger

(Dubai) – Swiss Haute Horlogerie brand Audemars Piguet invited an impressive team of golf ambassadors in Dubai for its second Golf Invitational of the year.

Nine pro golfers joined the Audemars Piguet family at the Els Club to celebrate the end of the season. This unique family reunion gathered 72 Audemars Piguet watch collectors from all around the world, former Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke, 2016 Masters Champion Danny Willett, former world number one Lee Westwood, American pro Peter Uihlein, Englishman Andy Sullivan, 12-time European Tour winner Ian Poulter, Austrian player Bernd Wiesberger as well as last week-end’s champion Branden Grace and world number 16 Tyrrell Hatton as special guest.

Me and My Golf, the world number one golf Youtubers, acted as MC for the day, setting up a fun team challenge for the ambassadors on the driving range before sending them to captain their respective teams around the Els Club’s challenging 18 holes.

Through dedication and hard work, these athletes have constantly achieved the highest results and perfectly embody Audemars Piguet’s philosophy “To break the rules, you must first master them”. Bearing witness to its unfailing attachment to golf, Audemars Piguet has chosen to focus on this passion by effectively building one of the world’s finest team of golfers. Ben An, Bud Cauley, Paul Dunne, Emiliano Grillo, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Andrew Johnston, Romain Langasque, Renato Paratore, Xander Schauffele, Henrik Stenson and Vijay Singh complete the Audemars Piguet Golf Dream Team.

Join the #APGolf discussion @AudemarsPiguet on Twitter and @AudemarsPiguetExperience on Instagram. For more information, visit

Pinehurst¹s Dormie Club Under New Ownership, Joins Network of Private Destination Golf Clubs

(LINCOLN, Nebraska) — Dormie Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina has been purchased by Nebraska-based golf investment company Hainoa, LLC, making it the latest addition to the Dormie Network—a network of destination golf clubs. Under new ownership, the renowned Coore-Crenshaw club will see a number of immediate renovations and upgrades (including the construction of a new clubhouse, halfway house, and on-site lodging accommodations) as it gradually returns to its original status as a private course.

Dormie Club is a short drive from the Village of Pinehurst, an area widely known as the Home of American Golf. Though not far removed from area conveniences, the club’s size and layout seclude its golfers from roadways and residential real estate, providing an unadulterated pure golf experience.

The highly anticipated 2010 opening of Dormie Club was met by rave reviews, including a No. 3 ranking in Golfweek’s list of best new courses. Designed by Bill Coore and two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw—who form one of the most renowned golf course architecture teams in the world—the 18-hole course features 110-foot elevation changes, three natural lakes, and an aesthetic that draws inspiration from the Scottish Highlands. “Dormie Club stretches across a massive 1,020-acre expanse of absolutely stunning land,” says Dormie Club’s Membership Director Mike Phillips. “It features a mix of pine trees and hardwoods and the beautiful 55-acre Coles Mill Lake that dates back to the early 1900s.”

Its Old World-design includes a number of reachable par fours, wind tunnels, bunkers positioned to stimulate creative strategy, and a 241-yard reverse Redan par three. The course features Bermuda fairways and tees with bent grass greens; it has five sets of tees and measures up to 6,883 yards with a rating of 73.7 and a slope of 138. It is currently ranked No.3 among the best courses you can play in North Carolina by both Golf Magazine and Golfweek and the 12th best course in North Carolina by Golf Digest.

Straying from its original concept, Dormie Club extended play to non-members almost immediately after opening and today remains a public course. As part of the Dormie Network, it will transition immediately from public to semi-private and eventually to private status with invitation-only membership by 2020.

Now under the management of Landscapes Unlimited, LLC, Dormie Club will see a number of critical course enhancements, as well as several large-scale renovations and improvements. Plans to construct a full-service clubhouse and halfway house are already underway. Landscapes Unlimited will also oversee the addition of lodging accommodations, including on-site cottages and executive suites.

“Dormie Club is a truly exceptional club that was conceptualized as and designed to be a high-end private course,” explains Zach Peed of Dormie Network. “Our vision is to make it one of the finest pure golf destination courses in the region.”

With the acquisition, Dormie Club joins the ranks of Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas; ArborLinks in Nebraska City, Nebraska; and Ballyhack Golf Club in Roanoke, Virginia as part of the Dormie Network. Corporate and national memberships include access to and full member privileges at all courses within the network—each of which is currently ranked among the top 10 in its respective state.

“Dormie Club is a renowned course,” says Peed. “It’s already a tremendous value to our current and future members, but the club’s incredible potential and the vision we have for what it can be make it an ideal addition to the Dormie Network.”

Golf Pride Users Sweep Season-Ending Points Races on All Four Worldwide Professional Golf Tours

(SOUTHERN PINES, N.C.) - Eaton announced that its Golf Pride Grips Division was the grip brand of choice for the winners of the recently completed 2017 Race to the CME Globe on the LPGA Tour and the 2017 Race to Dubai points competition on the European Tour. As the points season concludes, Golf Pride claimed all four points races adding its most recent victories to the already completed 2017 FedEx Cup and 2017 Charles Schwab Cup. 

With the conclusion of the points series season on all four tours, Golf Pride amassed a total of 140 victories in 2017, with the next closest competitor recording 13. In fact, the brand had 3 distinct performance grip models that claimed more victories than any of its competitors’ entire product lines. Golf Pride’s flagship MCC model claimed 24 victories, while the Tour-leading Tour Velvet won 61 events and the Tour Velvet Cord took 21 trips to the winner’s circle. The company’s fastest growing full cord grip, Z Grip, also achieved 12 tournament triumphs in 2017.

“The 2017 golf season is officially in the books, and we are very proud of Golf Pride’s showing on the worldwide professional Tours this year,” said Brandon Sowell, global sales and marketing director for Golf Pride. “We are honored to be the grip brand of choice for the best players in the world across all major Tours. Additionally, the fact that such a variety of our performance technologies continue to be trusted as the #1 Grip on Tour is validation for us to continually innovate.”

Each week, Golf Pride is the leading grip played from tee-to-green on TOUR with an average of 80% of pros trusting their performance technology in each event, without any paid endorsements.

For more information on Golf Pride’s entire 2017 product offering, visit

Tour Edge Announces Three Additional Lofts in New Exotics CBX Hybrid Line, New TrueLoft System

(RELEASE) - Tour Edge, Golf’s Most Solid Investment, officially releases three new lofts in their wildly-successful Exotics CBX hybrid line, making for six total lofts available in the new clubs that have earned significant usage and top finishes on the PGA Champions Tour.

The Exotics CBX hybrid is the first ever Titanium face, Stainless Steel body and Carbon Fiber sole hybrid design ever produced.

Tour Edge is adding three new lofts 17° 19°, 22° that will be available to tour players and consumers alike. The new lofts will begin shipping to Authorized Tour Edge retailers on December 15th.

Six different loft options makes the Exotics CBX the most extensive hybrid line available with more lofts available than any other manufacturer that has hybrids in play on the professional tours.

The Exotics CBX full line now consists of 16°, 17°, 18°, 19°, 20° and 22° in hybrids as well as four lofts in two different finishes available in the Exotics CBX Iron-Wood that was recently put into play on the PGA TOUR.

This unprecedented range in hybrid lofts provides a loft for every possible distance scenario and also provides the golfer the ability to expertly choose the best gaps for shots off the tee and/or shots from the fairway or rough. The Tour Edge R&D team expects an average of six to eight yards in between each loft, giving the Exotics  CBX a 36-48 yard distance range from 16° to 22°.

Tour Edge has implemented a new system for their Exotics CBX hybrids they call their TrueLoft System. Through extra quality control methods in the bending process of unfinished heads, plus a triple-check on loft and lie in the final stages of the club head making process, Tour Edge is committed to making sure that each  club head fits the exact loft that is listed on the club head.

“Tour players need to be dialed in to the exact yard with their hybrids, which can be a very hard feat to accomplish,” said Master Club Designer and President of Tour Edge David Glod. “With six available lofts and four more with our CBX Iron-Woods, we are making a commitment to the hybrid category like no one else in the  industry. We wanted to make sure that each loft serves its exact purpose and that is why we implemented the TrueLoft System in our R&D process. In the end, we end up rejecting more heads than what others would and that leaves us knowing that our investment is paying off in spades on the golf course.”

Tour Edge went the route of adding lofts instead of opting for an adjustable hybrid as they have done in the past despite the extra costs involved because of their non-willingness to sacrifice an additional 15 grams to the neck of the clubhead that is needed to facilitate an adjustable hosel.

“With Exotics, our design standards of efficiency and purity really go all the way to the top,” said Glod . “There is no wasted neck weight with these heads and there is zero face angle manipulation that is caused by a changeable hosel. The Exotics CBX design was made to be as pure of a tour design as they come so adding lofts  instead of adjustability was an easy call to make sure that we maintained that purity.”

The new Exotics CBX hybrid integrates new technology designed to push the boundaries of low-spin distance combined with tour-inspired feel and workability.

The new Exotics CBX fairway woods and hybrids were designed with a multimaterial construction that includes the top of the line in Beta Titanium, Hyper Steel and Carbon Composite materials. This unique combination of three different materials helps produce a penetrating ball flight that cuts through windy conditions  and lowers side spin rates for greater accuracy.

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

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

“All Exotics products embrace new materials and manufacturing methods” said Glod. “We call it our material advantage and it’s the very DNA of all Exotics products; the CBX hybrid is our latest example of this ethos.”

Highlighting the face is the Exotics variable face thickness (VFT technology) for forgiveness on off-center hits and to promote faster ball speeds. It is brazed to stainless steel behind the hitting area which allows the face to flex more at impact.

The CBX hybrid comes with premium high-performance stock shaft options: Project X HZRDUS Black, Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver Dual-Core Tini. The clubs come standard with Lamkin Z5 grips. The suggested retail price is $249.99.

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