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Mosaic Clubs Announces Exciting Company Rebrand to Bobby Jones Links
Argentario Golf Resort & Spa in Italy
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...)
Inaugural GOLF Magazine + Nicklaus Design Challenge
Gives Golfers the Chance to Design their Perfect Hole
Everyday golfers can develop and test their design skills and vision in designing the ultimate par 4; Winning design will be incorporated into a future Nicklaus Design course
Nicklaus Design and GOLF Magazine, two brands under the 8AM Golf umbrella, have launched the inaugural GOLF Magazine + Nicklaus Design Challenge, a contest that gives everyday golfers a chance to test their design skills and submit their visions for the perfect par 4 hole.
The winning entry, as selected by the Nicklaus Design team and GOLF Magazine/GOLF.com editors and readers, will inspire the design of an actual par 4 on an actual Nicklaus Design course.
The winner will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, for a tour of Nicklaus Design headquarters and a round of golf at a Nicklaus Design course. (READ MORE ABOUT THIS CONTEST...)
IT'S GETTING PREDICTABLE...IN A GOOD WAY
REPORT FROM THE 2019 MEDIA CLASSIC
By: Jim Claggett
|The opener for some of us was Longbow Golf Club where Canadian Alena Sharp won the Visit Mesa Gateway Tour event back in 2014.
Another four-day trip to the Media Classic in Scottsdale and another buffet of golf courses to satisfy any golf appetite.
The opener for some of us was Longbow Golf Club where Canadian Alena Sharp won the Visit Mesa Gateway Tour event back in 2014 following up a second place finish the year previous.
It was fitting four Canadians were grouped together to tackle this track and I can report we did not play it as well as Alena did.
Longbow was designed by Ken Kavanaugh in 1996/97 and he returned in 2002/03 for a redesign.
(READ MORE OF THIS STORY...)
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 today 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...)
French Lick Resort Opens First-Ever
Sports Book and Sports Viewing Lounge
Ultimate Golf Buddy-Trip Destination Strengthens Guest Offerings for 2020
French Lick Resort, one of America’s greatest golf-resort destinations for group and buddies’ trips recently unveiled new world-class accommodations and exciting entertainment amenities in its 51,000 square-foot, single-level French Lick Casino. (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 is opening mid-August 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 CELEBRATES ITS 50th ANNIVERSARY
MILE SQUARE Golf Course Kicks-Off a Five Day Celebration in Honor of their
50th Year in the Fountain Valley Community
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 will be celebrated daily next week 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 will kick-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...)
Opens Stylish New Club House in Time for 2019 Golf Season
Tuscany, Italy, March 2019: The Argentario Golf Resort & Spa (www.argentarioresort.com), one of the most highly-regarded golf destinations in Tuscany, Italy, has opened a stylish new Club House in time for the 2019 golf season.
The new structure is home to the Pro Shop, Golf Secretary’s office and the Club House Restaurant & Bar, which boasts an extensive wooden terrace offering stunning views over the golf course and surrounding hills, the Orbetello Lagoon, often awash with flamingos, and the Gulf of Talamone in the distance.
The cutting-edge design of the Club House reflects the dramatic architecture of the nearby resort hotel that is characterized by its magnificent, light-filled atrium reception, its sleek, modern communal spaces and the super-chic furnishings in its rooms, suites and apartments. The impressive entrance to the Club House, for example, has been created by the installation of a striking decked walkway and gazebo created using natural materials. (READ MORE OF THIS STORY...)
CANADIAN NATIONAL GOLF COURSE OWNERS ASSOCIATION
ELECTS FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT AT ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Some history was made in Calgary last November when the National Golf Course Owners Association of Canada gathered for their Annual General Meeting.
First Woman President of Canadian National Golf Course Owners Association
Lesley McMahon, a golf course owner in Red Deer, Alberta was elected as president of the country-wide association making her the first female president in the not-for-profit group’s history.
McMahon, who was NGCOA Vice President the past two years says she was honoured to take over the helm.
“I honestly never thought in a million years I would be the president of this board. I am proud that they have the confidence in me to lead this organization.”
There are about 1,200 golf courses under the NGCOA Canada umbrella with 187 of those in Alberta where McMahon was Chapter President since 2008. This appointment carries some weight and makes her one of the people who can enact change in the game of golf in our country. (READ MORE OF THE STORY...)
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...)
Prominent Club Management Company Unveils
New Name and Plans to Expand Services and Offerings
Atlanta, Ga. – Atlanta-based Mosaic Clubs is excited to announce the company’s official transition to a new, reinvigorated brand celebrated by the highly anticipated adoption of a new name, Bobby Jones Links. The transition from Mosaic Clubs to Bobby Jones Links is part of an overarching mission to offer expanded services throughout the club management business. (READ MORE...)
GolfLogix Reaches 10,000–Course Milestone with Its Putt Breaks Feature
SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- GolfLogix, the complete game improvement app, has mapped a milestone 10,000 courses across the United States with its Putt Breaks feature
The game-changing feature provides golfers with intelligent green maps that auto-orient based the user’s position. It gives an accurate green read with one touch, showing every slope and undulation on the green’s topography and how putts will break. A bird’s-eye view of the green’s contours also helps golfers easily plan their approach and chart out chip shots. No other golf app provides golfers with this level of detail on the putting surface. GolfLogix has also created a light sensitivity mode that allows you to see green details under any light condition.
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 appears 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.
The 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 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...)