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HERE'S THE LATEST NEWS IN THE WORLD OF GOLF AND TRAVEL

Here’s how GOLF ranked the
Top 100 Courses in the World

Any “best” or “greatest” list is, at its core, a study in subjectivity, our Top 100 Courses in the World ranking being no stranger to the whims of human taste. We’re more than fine with that, if for the only reason that the folks who rate courses on GOLF’s behalf have the keenest eyes in course architecture. We empower and hold accountable a group of 80 well-traveled — and well-connected — golfers/aficionados, each capable of expressing their own sense of design excellence at the highest level. (READ THE FULL STORY...)


THINGS TO DO IN GULF SHORES/ORANGE BEACH, ALABAMA
Staying Safe In The Age of Pandemic

What’s happening in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach? This brief article is about “social distance-friendly” ways visitors can experience our little slice of paradise at Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama. (READ MORE DETAILS...)

Treat yourself to a Golf Trip in England’s Lake District 

Lake District, England - July 2020:  With the reopening of Linthwaite House (https://leeucollection.com/UK) in the Lake District on 31st July, it’s time to treat yourself to a golf trip in one of England’s most popular holiday destinations that promises plenty of space and fresh air in the great outdoors. Part of the Leeu Collection, the stunning hotel in Cumbria, England has teamed up with the nearby Windermere Golf Club to offer a ‘Golfing in the Lakes’ package that combines a two-night stay at the luxury property with 18 holes of golf for two at one of Cumbria’s most delightful and scenic golf courses, and a three-course set dinner at Michelin-starred Simon Rogan’s newest restaurant Henrock. (READ MORE OF STORY...)


Italy's Argentario Golf Resort & Spa in Tuscany
Reopens its Luxury Hotel & Independent Villas

Tuscany, Italy, June 2020: The Argentario Golf Resort & Spa (www.argentarioresort.com), one of Italy’s premier golf and wellness destinations in the Maremma region of Tuscany, has reopened and is ready to welcome guests once again to its luxury hotel and independent villas this summer and autumn. (READ THE FULL STORY...)


Tifosi to Donate Face Shields

 

Americans and people throughout the world have faced challenging times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And while our lives have been forever changed, we do believe that we can get through this together, but not without healthcare workers on the front lines who continue to fight for us.

 

Supplies continue to run low across the United States as the infection spreads, putting healthcare professionals at risk of contracting or spreading the virus. Tifosi has commissioned professional grade face shields for health care workers. The face shields are made with a thick anti-fog plastic that will cover the entire face, forehead foam to protect and ease pressure after long hours of use, and an elastic band to secure the shield. (READ THE FULL STORY....)


Where Tradition Meets Technology:
GolfLogix Introduces Printed Green Books to Help Every Golfer Read Greens Like a Pro
The traditional paper yardage books just got an upgrade with cutting-edge green contour data for more than 14,000 courses nationwide. (READ MORE...)

Georgia Country Club Nominated for Two Golf Advisor Golfer’s Choice Awards
Osprey Cove Named Top 25 Value Golf Courses in the U.S. and Best of Georgia Golf Courses
 
St. Mary’s, Ga. (February 24, 2020) –Osprey Cove, located in St. Mary’s, Georgia, has been awarded “Top 25 Value Golf Choices in the U.S.” and “Best of Georgia Golf courses” by Golf Advisor’s Golfer’s Choice. Golf Advisor Golfers Choice awards are based on ratings from Golf Advisor’s 2019 community of recreational golfers.
 
The Golf Advisors Golfers’ Choice “Top 25 Value Golf Courses in the U.S.” honors golf courses that deliver exceptional value to the members and golf community. Golf Advisor’s Golfers’ Choice “Best of Georgia Golf Courses” honors golf courses in Georgia that excel in membership, play and growth. The courses must offer public access and receive at least one review in 2019 to be eligible for the award. (READ MORE...)

WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM IS HERE
You may have heard that changes are coming with regard to GHIN and the way handicaps are calculated. CLICK HERE to read an article from Golf.com that highlights some of those changes featured with the new World Handicap System.

UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
TO ISSUE ARNOLD PALMER STAMP IN 2020
 
The United States Postal Service announced recently that it will be recognizing Arnold Palmer with the issuance of a nationwide stamp as a part of its 2020 stamp program. 
 
The U.S. Postal Service will honor Palmer for his positive impact and compelling story, rising from humble beginnings to become a globally revered champion. The U.S. Postal Service notes, “with drive and charisma, he helped transform a game once seen as a pastime for the elite into a sport enjoyed by the masses.”  (READ MORE...)

AUDUBON GOLF TRAIL
Expands to 18 Premier Golf Courses

Submittted by: Dave Daubert
 
Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser recently announced the addition of three top courses to Louisiana’s Audubon Golf Trail, bringing the total to 18. The trio includes LaTour Golf Club along Bayou Lafourche in Mathews; Oak Knoll Country Club in Hammond; and Koasati Pines Golf Club at Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder. Trail members undergo a rigorous screening process to ensure first-class courses with high standards of customer service and top-quality maintenance. (READ MORE...)
 

SOUTH CAROLINA'S SANTEE AREA
A HIDDEN GEM FOR GOLFERS
 
Santee's Palmetto Traverse: Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’…Keep ThosePutts a Rollin’
 
SANTEE, S.C. - An 18-hole, 35,000-square-foot putting course opened in mid-2019 at Lake Marion Golf Course in Santee, S.C.
 
“Palmetto Traverse” is located at Lake Marion Golf Course adjacent to the Lake Marion Villa & Townhouse Complex. The layout was designed by golf course architect and Donald Ross restoration specialist Kris Spence and Spence Golf Design.  (READ MORE...)

 MILE SQUARE GOLF COURSE CELEBRATED ITS 50th ANNIVERSARY
MILE SQUARE Golf Course Kicked-Off a Five Day Celebration in Honor of their
50th Year in the Fountain Valley Community
(1969-2019)
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA. – MILE SQUARE Golf Course, a cornerstone of the Fountain Valley community for the past 50-years, known for its signature David Rainville designed golf courses, incomparable putting greens, first class banquet rooms, and unforgettable weddings, proudly announced today that the facility has reached its 50th year in business. This incredible milestone was celebrated with a “50” inspired promotion at the MILE SQUARE Golf Course, located at 10401 Warner Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA, from Monday, July 1st through Friday, July 5th.
 
Festivities kicked-off with reduced green fees, and free golf caps. On Monday, July 1st, and on Tuesday, July 2nd, golfers can play either the Players Golf Course, or the Classic Golf Course for only $50, which includes green fees, a golf cart, and a free 50th Anniversary commemorative golf cap. (READ MORE...)

I REMEMBER ARNOLD PALMER
By Bill Hensley

I was a junior at Wake Forest in 1948 when Arnold Palmer enrolled on a golf scholarship.

He was accompanied by Marvin (Buddy) Worsham, his friend and golfing pal. Since I was sports editor of the student newspaper, I was in contact often with Palmer and other members of the team, covering some classic matches involving such fine players as Mike Souchak and Art Wall of Duke and Harvie Ward of North Carolina. (READ THE FULL STORY...)


Breakthrough Golf Technology Introduces New Stability Armlock Putter Shaft
 
Richardson, TX - Breakthrough Golf announces an addition to its revolutionary Stability Shaft. Introducing the new Stability Armlock Putter Shaft. Designed with the same advanced technology and performance benefits as the original Stability shaft. The Armlock Stability will feature a steel core wrapped with a highly twist-resistant outer graphite wrap, that reinforces flexural rigidity; over the typical flex point of the shaft, which is closer to the putter head. 
 

Stability uses a scientifically advanced multi-material design with new geometries never

used in putter shaft design before. A shaft that has the same look, solid feel and weight as traditional steel putter shafts. The Stability Shaft delivers the face squarer at impact for improved accuracy and solid feel and has a lower launch for a predictable roll, resulting in better distance control.(READ MORE...)


THE DEMISE OF PUTTING ON TOUR...
 
While perusing the improvements in golf equipment over the years, I came across data analysis that caused several rereads! Using Shotlink data, I looked at putting stats on Tour    from 2003 to now. Using putts made at specific distances, the make percentage is LOWER today than 2003! Given the advances over the last 15 years, better, more consistent greens, millions of dollars invested in putter head designs, contour books showing every break every grain pattern and not the least, the arrival of sophisticated putting instruction, my first reaction was "this can't be right."  (READ MORE OF THIS ARTICLE...)
 

Bag Boy Launches Electronic Tech Accessories

Richmond, VA –  The Bag Boy Company is proud to announce a new line of five electronic tech accessories featuring the Mini Soundbar, Electronic Hand Warmer, 3-in-1 Fan, Bluetooth Speaker and Solar Charger. “Our goal was to transform our push cart into the ultimate walking machine,” said Pat Gallagher, Dynamic Brands Product Manager. “Then, we took it a step further and made universal attachments, so these accessories are portable and can be used in any setting.”  (READ MORE...)


According to Golf Digest:
Bay Harbor among Best Resorts in the Americas

 

Boyne Resorts flagship property recognized by Golf Digest editors

 

Petoskey, MI – The Inn at Bay Harbor, the flagship property for Boyne Resorts, one of largest golf and resort attractions in North America, has received an Editor’s Choice Award by Golf Digest as one of the Best Golf Resorts in the Americas.

 

The publication's annual review of "The Best Things in Golf" by its editors appeared in the May 2018 issue and online at Golfdigest.com. The listing recognizes resorts throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Canada.

 

The scenic Inn at Bay Harbor and Bay Harbor Golf Club, located along a seven-mile stretch of Lake Michigan in Northern Michigan, was recognized by the editors as one of the best resorts in the Midwest region. Bay Harbor joined other elite destinations from the Midwest including The American Club, Erin Hills, Forest Dunes, French Lick Resort, Giants Ridge, and Sand Valley. (READ MORE...)



True Spec Golf Opens Fitting Facility
at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
 

CARLSBAD, CA - Custom club fitting leader True Spec Golf has officially opened a state-of-the-art shipping container fitting facility at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa's Golf Performance Institute in Carlsbad, Calif. Located just north of San Diego, within the iconic world-class resort, this is their first shipping container fitting studio stocked with a full studio fitting matrix, blueprint station, loft and lie machine, and Trackman. 

 

"We are thrilled to partner with Omni La Costa to open True Spec," says Tim Briand, Director of Fitting and Sales at True Spec Golf. "It's an amazing learning environment for golfers in one of the world's best golf settings. With two championship courses on site, it was an easy decision to bring True Spec to La Costa." (READ MORE..)


MONTHLY SUSCRIPTION GOODIE BOX FOR GOLFERS

At GoGolfandTravel.com, we receive a lot of products for testing and reviewing. When the iGC package arrived, we were surprised at the quality of very useful golf items in the attractive gift box. So, we took each item out one-by-one and gave them the test of usefulness, quality and value. They all met the test with high marks. There’s something in the package that every golfer can use.

The iGC provided us with the following:

  • Six (6) golf balls with urethane cover, three piece,
  • One (1) cabretta leather golf with magnetic ball marker,
  • Two (2) izzo “flatball” training aids,
  • Ten (10) golf tees (high durability, star pattern), and
  • One (1) ballmark/on course game sample from Vegas Golf the Game.

This is only a sample of the kinds of products a golfer receives with either a seasonal (March – September) or year-round subscription to the iGC package plan. The cost is the same for either subscription, $19 per month, plus $2.95 for shipping. (READ MORE TO ORDER...)


SkyTrak Releases Version 3.0 of the SkyTrak App

 

Winston-Salem, NC, – SkyTrak LLC, a joint venture of SkyGolf and SportTrak, announces the release of Version 3.0 of the SkyTrak app. Version 3.0 features an updated look and a variety of performance enhancements.    

“We are always looking to improve the experience golfers have with SkyTrak,” said Andy Allen, SportTrak Managing Director of Golf. “Version 3.0 updates the look and performance across all platforms and allows users to get the most out of their SkyTrak launch monitor. We recommend that all of our users update to Version 3.0 today!”

 

Version 3.0 software updates include:
Newly re-designed user interface
Enhanced practice range 3D environment
Complete rewrite and migration to UGUI system
Optimizations for all platforms
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

GULL LAKE VIEW GOLF CLUB & RESORT
ANNOUNCES OPENING OF NEW STOATIN BRAE GOLF CLUB

Renaissance Golf Design's Course is Attracting National Attention

 

AUGUSTA, MI – Golf designers are transitioning into a much-anticipated phase that puts the sheer enjoyment of the game – the fun of golf – at the forefront. Not long ago, the buzzword in new course construction was minimalist. Today, it’s maximizing the joy of the game. The new Stoatin Brae golf course at Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort in southwest Michigan takes this concept to heart. After a partial opening last fall, Stoatin Brae is ready to hit the ground running with 18 holes opening this spring. It’s charm and beauty is sure to resonate with golfers, and Stoatin Brae has everything a premier golf destination course needs – rolling topography, spectacular views and pure, uncompromising golf where the secret to a good round is hitting good golf shots. (READ MORE...)


SILVIES VALLEY RANCH IN OREGON OPENS NEW FRONTIER
RETREAT DEEP IN THE PURE WEST

Silvies Valley Ranch Resort, a unique boutique vacation destination in Oregon
is NOW open.


Silvies Valley Ranch ResortThe development and design of new golf courses and resorts in today’s market are becoming few and far between.  Silvies Valley Ranch is named for a French trapper, Antonine Sylvaille who discovered the valley in the early 1800's. The 140,000 acre working ranch is located in the central eastern section of Oregon. This new family resort offers two 18-hole reversible golf courses, a 9-hole par-3 course, a 7-hole “gauntlet” course and authentic experiences of the Old West.  You ask, “When you have 140,000 acres, why build reversible courses?  Why not two typical 18-hole courses?”  Well, that’s why this is a good story for both the golfer and the family looking for a unique vacation experience.

We caught up with Dan Hixson recently and he answered our questions. Hixson is the golf course architect from just outside of Portland and one of only two high-powered golf course designers from that state.  He grew up in the Cottage Grove area and attended Oregon State College. Dan is the son of a club professional, raised on the golf course and a former golf professional.  He decided to form his own design business in 1999. Dan designed a couple of notable courses in the Northwest such as Bandon Crossings in Bandon, Oregon and Wine Valley in Walla Walla, Washington.  The other Oregonian star golf course architect is David McKay Kidd who designed the Bandon Dunes Course and Tetherow Golf Course in Bend. (READ MORE...)


POIPU BAY GOLF COURSE LAUNCHES NEW "OCEAN ELEVEN" GOLF PROGRAM

Golfers play holes 8-18 with early morning tee times

POIPU, Kauai, Hawaii – With sun-soaked days on an island known for its wealth of activities, Kauai visitors have a lot to fit into their schedule. Poipu Bay Golf Course’s new “Ocean Eleven” program allows golfers to take in the island’s best holes while still leaving time for other experiences.

Providing an early start to the day, the “Ocean Eleven” golf program at Poipu Bay Golf Course includes just 11 holes with tee times between 7-8 a.m. Golfers play holes 8-18, with the green fee, cart fee, GPS and bottled water included in the program rate. Price is $115 per person. Special club rentals available at $35. Tee times can be booked at 800-858-6300 or 808-742-8711. (READ MORE...)
 


OMNI HOTELS & RESORTS HIT THE SWEET SPOT

Golf professionals also offer help solving sticky situations on the course


DALLAS – Omni Hotels & Resorts have hit the sweet spot with its “Magic of Maple” promotion that features mouthwatering libations and menu items created from maple, being showcased this summer at its properties across the country. And at the 12 Omni Golf Resorts, golf professionals are sharing a sweet series of golf tips so golfers can handle “sticky situations” on their world-class golf courses.

Whether it’s dealing with a water hazard, handling a tricky lie around the green, or facing an impossible shot to save par – Omni’s professionals can help…before, during and after the round.

Omni Golf CoursesOmni golf professionals know what to do when things really get sticky (To see the full text for escaping these sticky situations on the golf course, visit https://www.omnihotels.com/blog/golf-sticky-situations:

“Playing out of a water hazard”
Simon Andres, Director of Golf at The Omni Grove Park Inn

If a shot winds up in a water hazard and you want to play it, you can. It all depends on the lie. … Pull on your rain pants, particularly if it’s one of the first holes of the day. You don’t want to spend all day in wet pants … Limit the damage – to your score and to your clothes. (READ MORE...)


PRIVATE VILLA, SPECTACULAR GOLF, PERSONAL CHEF,
AND MORE AWAIT AT PUEBLO BONITO’S MONTECRISTO ESTATES

All-inclusive package features unlimited golf at spectacular Quivira Golf Club

Los Cabos, Mexico -  Avidgolfers who want to savor the luxury of a private villa with friends and family while teeing it up to their heart’s content at Quivira Golf Club, the dazzling world-class course at Land’s End, can take advantage of an exclusive new package.

Designed for sophisticated travelers who demand the best, the ‘Ultimate Golf Package’ is a four-night, five-day experience offering plush, spacious accommodations at a Montecristo Estates villa, each with a private infinity pool, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi, maid and butler service. The richly furnished, beautifully appointed villas, set within an exclusive gated resort community, are designed in a Spanish Colonial revival style and feature panoramic ocean views. The Montecristo Unlimited Golf Package includes food and beverage at on-property restaurants and convenient shuttle access and transfers to the restaurants, bars and facilities of all four Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas in Los Cabos.

For golfers, the cornerstone of the program is unlimited play at Quivira Golf Club, a spectacular Jack Nicklaus-designed layout opened to acclaim in 2014. The 7,139-yard, par-72 course commences at sea level, scales sheer cliffs high above the foaming surf, meanders through massive dunes, rambles through desert foothills, and returns players to the thatched-roof clubhouse on the beach at the finish. With a view of the sea from every hole, Quivira has more oceanfront exposure than any other course in Los Cabos. (READ MORE...)


Miura Debuts Left-Handed Models

Miura Golf is now offering a new Y Grind option in its popular left handed models while also introducing a LH putter model for the first time.

"With our operations based in Canada, where recent statistics indicate that some 30 percent of new golfers are lefties, we're always looking to better serve left-handers," says Bill Holowaty, Executive Vice President, Product Strategies of Miura Golf. "We are thrilled to offer some more options for those golfers -- first with our LH KM 006 putter in which Mr. Miura has delivered a LH Forged Putter that feels as good as it looks. Secondly, the Y Grind version of our LH Blade and Cavity Back models allows golfers to benefit from a refined leading edge and sole design that leads to better turf interaction and therefore produces more solid shots."  (READ MORE...)


SOUTH CAROLINA'S SANTEE AREA
A HIDDEN GEM FOR GOLFERS
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Santee Cooper ResortSANTEE, SC — A casual observer might think nothing ever changes around sleepy little Santee, South Carolina. While it’s true that this tiny lakeside town with a population of fewer than 900 has remained true to its roots dating back more than a half century, upon closer review you will discover that Santee has been quite busy lately making subtle but tasteful changes with the times.
 
Start with the new exit off I-95 with access to Santee that is going to open in 2016. There are high-powered Tesla charging hook-ups at Clark’s Inn & Restaurant, a new Conference Center, a 17,752-foot, state-of-the-art facility with three breakout rooms can host up to 1,200 people. The YMCA-run Santee Recreation Center and Waterpark, which opened last year, features an aquatics center with an 80,000-gallon pool separated into three sections for all ages, basketball courts, baseball fields, soccer and bocce fields and recreation pavilions — along with a thrilling, 300-foot slide that starts about 100 feet in the air and takes you on a tube down through the three loops.
 
And that doesn’t even include the golf, for which Santee has made its name through the years.   Check out the fully-equipped villas overlooking the beautiful Lake Marion Golf Course, situated alongside Santee National’s fairways or rising high above the big waters on Lake Marion’s north shore. Lake Marion has 24 villas available with 10 more currently under construction. “Santee is growing,” said Brock Hannay, Santee National’s office manager. “Everyone here has a vision.”  (READ MORE...)

Rea Schuessler Launching Gulf Shores Golf Academy in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Kiva Dunes is proud of the guidance and leadership Rea has provided during his four years as Director of Golf at Kiva Dunes and we welcome you to continue to learn the great game of golf from him in his new instructional academy through Honours Golf.

"In the last several years, Rea has developed a reputation among his contemporaries as being one of the most well-respected teachers in the area. Rea has instructed golfers of all skill levels, along with many of the area's best amateur and junior players. Now that Rea has associated himself with Honours Golf, I would encourage anyone to give him a call and let him teach you the game he knows and loves so well," Jim Edgemon, Kiva Dunes Properties.  (READ MORE...)


NEW GOLF ETIQUETTE QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE DEBUTS

Fitchburg, MA - Yves C. Ton-That, a rules official and best selling golf author, has written a new booklet called "Golf Etiquette Quick Reference. A Golfer's Guide to Correct Conduct".

This new pocket-sized guide supplements "Golf Rules Quick Reference", Ton-That's first guide that sold more than one million copies and is the best selling golf book in the U.S. It has been translated into more than twenty languages and according to Golf Digest is "the best effort yet to decipher the Rules of Golf." The new booklet covers everything golfers of all skill levels need to know, so that they can play any course in the world with confidence - from preparing for the round at home to enjoying a drink at the 19th hole to safety to courtesy to fixing divots, the code of conduct is explained in the usual concise and understandable way. The guide is also extensively illustrated in color and is the perfect complement to the Golf Rules Quick Reference.  (READ MORE...)

FOOT GOLF PLAYED IN OXNARD, CA

Oxnard, CA – Do you like the game of golf, but your golf swing isn’t ‘up to par’? No worries, if you can kick a ball, Otto Kanny, General Manager of River Ridge Golf Course wants to talk to you!River Ridge is getting its kicks these days by introducing a new form of golf, ‘FootGolf’. The first California course to offer the international sport, River Ridge has aligned itself with American FootGolf League in addition to the local soccer community, AYSO & Fusion Soccer Club to introduce the new form of golf that is rapidly gaining in popularity. How does it work? It’s basically golf, but instead of a golfer using a club to hit the ball, the player kicks a soccer ball into the hole. “With golf, we often hear three main concerns – it costs too much, it takes too long, and it’s too difficult of a game,” noted Otto Kanny. “The game of FootGolf solves all of these concerns allowing for all ages, and all skill levels to participate,” he added. (Read More...)


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