Thursday, January 31, 2013

'Golden' Golf Package Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Colonial Williamsburg’s Gold Course

(WILLIAMSBURG, Va.) – One of America’s great golf courses – the Gold Course at Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club – turns 50 this year. To commemorate the occasion and give golfers the chance to experience this vibrant example of traditional golf course architecture, Colonial Williamsburg is offering a special anniversary package.

The “Golden Golf Package” includes:
* Two nights’ stay at the Williamsburg Lodge
* One round of golf per golfer per night’s stay
* Complimentary replay rounds (to be booked upon completion of first round)
* Complimentary Callaway golf club rental
* Complimentary Golden Horseshoe yardage book
* Complimentary personalized Golden Horseshoe golf bag tag
* Commemorative 50th anniversary logo golf pouch and golf balls

The package begins at $189 per person per night at the Williamsburg Lodge and is valid March 22 through Dec. 31, 2013. Package rates for the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites, Colonial Houses – Historic Lodging, Williamsburg Inn and Providence Hall Guesthouses are also available by calling 1 800 HISTORY (447-8679) or online at

The Gold Course, which originally opened in 1963, was designed by the dean of American golf course architecture, Robert Trent Jones Sr. Upon its completion, Jones called the Gold Course his “finest design.” It’s a prominent example of traditional golf course architecture, featuring pinched, often sloped landing areas as well as long approaches onto small greens.

It’s also one of the most beautiful courses in the United States, routed through mature woodlands and lovingly maintained. When the course debuted, Jones described it as “a natural arboretum.”  The course was awarded certified Audubon Sanctuary status in 2001.

In 1998, architect Rees Jones, one of Jones’ sons, renovated the Gold, making it more playable for higher handicap golfers. Today, the course stretches to 6,817 yards with a par of 71 and USGA slope rating of 144.

The Gold Course continues to earn accolades for its updated yet still demanding design: It is included on Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 You Can Play” list of public-access courses, and is one of the Top Six Robert Trent Jones Sr. courses named by Golf Digest, joining the likes of Ireland’s Ballybunion, Spain’s Valderrama, and California’s Spyglass Hill.  The Gold Course appears on Golf Digest’s list (February 2013) of America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.

Golden Golf Package play is available on all three Golden Horseshoe courses – the Robert Trent Jones-designed Gold Course, the Rees Jones-designed Green Course and the Spotswood nine-hole executive course.


Swingbyte’s Video Integration Fuels 350 Percent Increase in Orders for 2.0 Version of 3-D Wireless Swing Analyzer

(CHICAGO, Ill.) – Swingbyte announced that pre-orders for version 2.0 of the 3-D wireless swing analyzer taken at last week’s PGA Merchandise Show increased 350 percent over orders at the 2012 show.

Swingbyte 2 integrates video capability, including ball target recognition, into the swing analyzer’s mobile app. Golfers and instructors now have access to 3-D club data (including club path and face angles) and an accurate visual representation of body mechanics via a single app on mobile devices.

The ability to evaluate golf swings relative to the ball target and the direction of the club face at address while incorporating the benefits of video was a “big hit” with the PGA professionals and instructors, according to Brad Redding, director of instruction at The Members Club at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and a member of Swingbyte’s volunteer advisory board.

“I think Swingbyte is now pretty much the one-stop shop for golf instruction,” said Redding, a Golf Magazine Top 100 teacher. “It’s the complete package.”

Introduced in 2012, Swingbyte uses a lightweight sensor, advanced mathematical algorithms and Bluetooth connectivity to digitize a golfer’s swing and communicate in real time key swing measurements including club head speed, swing path and impact angles.

Video integration is being added to Swingbyte’s capabilities through a free app update, version 2.0, which will be available this spring. The Swingbyte app featuring Intelligent Target Recognition technology initially will be available for Apple devices with iOS 6 (and above) mobile operating systems. Android compatibility will follow later this year.

Students and instructors can capture video by using an iPad or iPhone. The app enables simultaneous, side-by-side and synchronized review of video with Swingbyte metrics and precisely trims and edits nonessential footage.

Swingbyte also announced the April launch of the Swingbyte 2 sensor. Swingbyte 2 features a completely redesigned form factor that aligns the Swingbyte sensor’s center of gravity with the club shaft’s center, permitting greater ease of alignment and resistance to the post-impact twisting that can affect sensors without aligned centers of gravity. Other benefits of Swingbyte 2’s redesign include a lower profile, an electronic power switch and covert LED lights. Both Swingbyte and Swingbyte 2 will be compatible with 2.0 software.

The original Swingbyte can be ordered through the company’s website,, and purchased at more than 1,800 AT&T retail stores. Swingbyte’s price of $149 includes the Swingbyte unit, the free Swingbyte app and an online account that includes additional analytics, community rankings and personal trends.


Popular Demand: Spring Golf at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island

There are plenty of reasons why every year, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island remains one of America’s most enjoyable spring golf destinations

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC) — Need a good reason to pack up your favorite foursome and visit Hilton Head Island’s Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort this spring? Well, other than the fact that Golf Digest just named Hilton Head Island among America’s Top 10 Best Buddies Golf Trips destinations, here are four other reasons for you to consider:

1. Great Location: The largest barrier island off the Atlantic coast between Long Island and the Bahamas, Hilton Head Island luxuriously rests along the Intracoastal Waterway conveniently located 40 miles north of Savannah, Ga., and 90 miles south of Charleston, S.C. One of America’s finest resort Meccas from the second half of the 20th century until today, this enchanting haven is made all the more appealing are its unspoiled sea marshes, creeks and lagoons, and 12 miles of broad Atlantic beach.

2. Great weather: Hilton Head Island encompasses 42 square miles of semi-tropical, Lowcountry geography warmed by the Gulf Stream and framed by palm trees, live oaks and rolling dunes. Springtime blooms early and falls leaves late in Hilton Head’s perennial climate. There are days in the middle of December that edge up to the high 70s and low 80s. Even the months between November and February — when the average high temperature on Hilton Head is 62.5 degrees — are among the most popular times of the year for locals and savvy out-of-towners.

3. Great courses: Golfers from around the world have recognized the superior facilities at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, showcased by its sterling trio of world-class golf courses designed by legends of the industry: The renowned Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course; the Arthur Hills Course, where collegiate stars like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson honed their talents; and the George Fazio Course, designed by George Fazio with construction work headed by his nephew, famed architect Tom Fazio. Each of these outstanding layouts has been named South Carolina Golf Course of the Year and is rated four stars or better by Fodor’s Golf Digest Places to Play.

Always striving to remain ahead of the golf industry curve, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has created a golf app for a golfer’s smartphone that will answer questions in real time such as: “What’s the best way to play this hole? How will I ever get around that sand trap?” Or perhaps, “I’m getting hungry. Wonder where can I get lunch or a cold drink after I get this hole-in-one?” Golfers can keep track of yardage with the app’s built-in GPS and enter their score into a mobile scorecard that also allows them to engage in live competition with others in their group. Golfers also use the app to check information about each hole on each course (par, handicap and playing tips), and when you make that hole-in-one, the app makes it easy to brag about it on Facebook.

4. Great Deals: The best Hilton Head Island has to offer is all at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Golf, beach, restaurants, accommodations, bars, amenities and incredible golf deals: Stay there, play there ... or stay AND play there ... you get more for your money at Palmetto Dunes. Act now to take advantage of these offers:

 • 4 days / 3 nights in a resort view villa.
 • Two rounds of championship golf.
 • Includes free tennis, resort dining & merchandise discounts.
 • Two rounds starting from $129 per person, per night — Call 877-601-4322 for reservations.

 *Above rates valid February 2 - March 5, 2013. Rates will vary seasonally and some restrictions may apply. Price includes all taxes & resort, green & cart fees. Subject to availability. Package cannot be combined with any other offers. Three round packages available.

 • Play two or three rounds of golf.
 • Choose between three courses: Jones, Hills & Fazio — Call 877-601-4322 for multi-round rates.

 • 4 days / 3 nights in a resort villa with three rounds of golf on your choice of three courses.
 • Includes complimentary range balls & yardage books & on-site group coordinator.
 • Starting from $399 per person, per night for groups for 12 or more players.
 *Valid Now - March 13, 2013.

Ask about fourth round free and group leader plays free. Call 866-306-4330 or visit for information.


Tour-Proven TVD-K Grind Joins Vokey WedgeWorks Exclusives Lineup

New Model Inspired By Bob Vokey’s Work With Adam Scott, Jason Dufner 

(FAIRHAVEN, Mass.) – Personalization meets performance with Master Craftsman Bob Vokey’s newest addition to the WedgeWorks Exclusives lineup, the Titleist Vokey Design TVD-K.

The Vokey TVD-K, available this March through WedgeWorks on, is the result of Vokey’s recent work with PGA Tour players such as Adam Scott, Jason Dufner and Ben Crane to develop a sole that is playable in a variety of conditions.

TVD (“Tour Van Design”) models are built with the same unparalleled craftsmanship and technology that have made Titleist Vokey Design wedges the #1 wedge on the PGA Tour since 2004 and the most played wedge at every level of competitive golf.

Vokey TVD-K wedges are available in three loft/bounce combinations (56.12º, 58.10º and 60.10º) and two new finishes (California Chrome and Graphite Ion), to go along with all of the personalization options available through WedgeWorks.

The TVD-K 56º features a wider, more cambered sole than any of the sand wedges available in the Vokey Design SM4 lineup. The wider sole makes the TVD-K 56º a very playable club from the bunker. The 58º and 60º TVD-K models feature a full sole with higher bounce, suitable for neutral to digger swing types in a variety of conditions. All WedgeWorks TVD models (TVD-M and TVD-K) feature the maximum-performing Vokey SM4 grooves, featuring 100-percent inspected, tight tolerance, aggressive groove edges at the limits allowed by the Rules of Golf.

“The TVD-K is the evolution of the TK grind that we had on tour and as a limited release in WedgeWorks,” Vokey said. “It has a wider sole, with more camber. It has enough bounce to be very forgiving out of the bunkers but still allows shotmaking around the greens. It’s been popular with a lot of guys I’ve worked with on Tour including Adam, Jason and Ben.”

Every wedge in the Exclusives line is fully customizable and built by Vokey and his team in Carlsbad, Calif. WedgeWorks gives golfers the opportunity to craft wedges that fit both their game and personality – from length, lie and loft, to toe engraving, personalized stamping, paintfill, grips, shafts, ferrules and shaftbands.

“WedgeWorks has been a dream come true for me,” said Vokey. “For the first time we have Tour, R&D and Custom in one place. We take our influence from the Tour and try to constantly improve by offering more custom features and options to the wedge enthusiast.”

LOFT/BOUNCE COMBINATIONS: Vokey TVD-K wedges are available in three loft/bounce combinations: 56.12º, 58.10º  and 60.10º. Available in both RH and LH.

NEW FINISHES: TVD-K models feature two exclusive finishes, the plated California Chrome or the unplated Graphite Ion (pictured).

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: Vokey WedgeWorks Exclusives TVD-K wedges will be available in March through WedgeWorks on or by custom order, with a suggested retail price of $160 plus personalization packages. See for complete options and pricing information.


Casa de Campo to Host 9th Annual Spring Shootout

Teeth of the Dog

(La Romana, Dominican Republic) -  The 9th Annual Casa de Campo Spring Shootout will be held from April 21-25, 2013, at the finest resort in the Caribbean. The 54-hole stroke-play event—open to all amateurs, male and female, with a handicap—will be played over the top golf courses in the islands: Pete Dye’s world-famous Teeth of the Dog, Dye Links, and Dye Fore layouts.

After a practice day on Sunday, April 21, the tournament will be conducted the following three days among 10 flights of men and 6 flights of women golfers. Winners from each flight will compete in a shootout over Teeth of the Dog on Wednesday, April 24, until four players—two men and two women—remain. They will battle over the Dog’s 9th hole until individual champions are crowned.

The Spring Shootout also includes a first-night cocktail party and dinner, awards banquet, and a number of prize drawings.

Rates for golfers competing in the shootout begin at $1,705 per person for a four-night stay and include:
* Golf Lodge or Elite accommodations
* Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
* Drinks at all Casa de Campo hotel bars and restaurants
* Unlimited drinks at the Oasis Bars and beverage carts during tournament rounds
* Unlimited green fees, carts, range balls, and club storage
* Tournament entry fee
* Gift pack
* Round-trip transfers from La Romana, Punta Cana, or Santo Domingo airports
* Tax and service charge

Extra nights can be booked beginning at $232 per person and include all meals, drinks, green fees, and more.

For more information, call the golf reservations office at (809) 523-8215 or visit


SwingSmart Golf Swing Analyzer Wins ING Industry Honors Award in ‘Product Ingenuity – Emerging Companies’ Category

Market Leader Recognized for Ability to Improve Performance of All Players

(NORTH BARRINGTON, IL) – NewSpin Golf – maker of the award-winning SwingSmart golf swing analyzer – won the Product Ingenuity award in the Emerging Companies category during the International Network of Golf (ING) Industry Honors program at last week’s PGA Merchandise Show.

Recognized as one of the best ways for any player to improve on-course performance, SwingSmart features a small (less than 1 oz.) Bluetooth-enabled sensor. This unique device ($249.99) clips to a golf-club shaft and wirelessly communicates with a free app for iPads, iPhones or iPods, presenting detailed, easy-to-interpret analytics on:
* Key Stats – Tempo, swing speed, face angle, angle of attack; info on each and optimization tips provided within the app by world-renowned instructor Peter Kostis
* Path and Plane – “3-D Swing-View” shows 360-degrees of a player’s swing motion, highlighting the exact route of the club head from any angle
* Putting Results – More than just a full-swing tool, the system provides info on a player’s putting stroke to help them reduce scores on the green
* Personal Best – Data from a golfer’s best swings can be saved and used as points of reference

“There were a number of great products in this highly competitive category and winning further validates SwingSmart as the clear leader in digital swing analysis,” says Angelo Papadourakis, CEO of NewSpin Golf. “For the first time, users have instant access to information directly applicable to their own unique swings and are able to use this data to achieve lower scores and have more fun.”

The ING Industry Honors program recognizes outstanding achievement in the golf business. Nominees in a dozen categories are submitted throughout the year from golf industry participants. Sub-committees then trim the entries to the top three and ING members vote electronically to determine the winners.

Developed by a team of expert software designers, the SwingSmart app is extremely user friendly, fun and effective. The tracked stats and “3-D Swing View” provide a real-time snapshot of how the club is being manipulated through impact, so players can adjust where necessary and learn what’s successful for their individual games. An effective practice tool for the off-season, SwingSmart features a special training mode that provides the key stats necessary to help players learn the proper swing motion, without the pressure of hitting a ball.

Designed and assembled in the USA, SwingSmart’s portable sensor module comes with a personal carrying case and rechargeable battery that lasts more than four hours. Widely recognized by PGA Professionals as a way to augment lessons, the app is available for free download via the iTunes store and will soon be offered on the Android Marketplace.

GOLF Magazine recently named SwingSmart the “Best App for Instant Feedback,” praising among other things the involvement of Kostis – one of “America's 50 Greatest Teachers” according to Golf Digest – for his contributions toward making SwingSmart an invaluable learning device.

More information:, @SwingSmart,

Power, Feel, Control – Exotics XCG6 Hybrid Delivers It All

(Batavia, IL) ‐ The Exotics XCG6 by Tour Edge is designed to offer great feel, power, and excellent control in a classic “pear‐shaped” design.

The XCG6 boasts a maraging steel cup face and a tungsten steel sole and body. Maraging steel is used in the face over stainless steel because it possesses superior strength without losing malleability. As a result, the club face can be made thinner and harder to launch the ball with less spin and at faster ball speeds.

Tour Edge engineers designed the club with a heavier, tungsten steel sole that offers extreme heel and toe weighting. This perimeter weighting provides a high moment‐of‐inertia for reduced club head twisting and greater forgiveness.

Making every shot easier to hit, the XCG6 has a shallow face height and a cambered sole that takes on difficult lies with ease. What’s more, the hexahedron sole weighting moves mass back into the
heel and toe areas for added forgiveness even on off‐center hits.

The XCG6 hybrid features Tour Edge’s lifetime warranty and 30‐day play guarantee. It is available in the Matrix Ozik and the Graphite Design Tour AD graphite shafts for $199. For more information, call (800) 515‐3343 or visit


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

PING signs world-champion swimmer Michael Phelps to play its custom-fit clubs

(PHOENIX) – World-champion swimmer Michael Phelps, one of the most accomplished athletes in the history of sport with more than 70 medals in international competition, has reached agreement with PING to play a full set of the company’s custom-fit clubs as he focuses his athletic efforts on the game of golf. His official debut representing PING starts today at the Annexus Pro-Am at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he’ll be paired with Masters Champion Bubba Watson.

Phelps is the subject of this year’s “The Haney Project” on Golf Channel, an eight-episode reality show documenting his efforts to improve his golf game under the guidance of renowned instructor Hank Haney. The series premieres February 25. The native of Baltimore will play 14 PING clubs, including the new G25™ driver, fairway woods, hybrids and irons. For his short game, he’ll rely on the new Tour Gorge® Groove wedges and Scottsdale® TR™ (True Roll) putter.

“I know how difficult the game of golf is, but I’m really serious about getting better and the experts at PING have already helped me a lot,” said Phelps, who first started playing golf five years ago. “They looked at my swing on the range and dialed me into clubs that perfectly fit my stance and swing. Considering how tall I am and the length of my arms, they showed me how important and beneficial it is that I play with custom-fit clubs. Once I had clubs that were built specifically for me, my ball flight improved right away. PING has a long history of helping golfers play better, so I’m excited to see how much I can continue to improve my game with the help of their equipment.”

As the custom-fitting pioneer and leader, PING welcomed the opportunity to help Phelps in his quest to improve his golf game. His 6’ 4” height, long arms and large hand size make him a perfect subject for custom fitting. PING’s club technicians built his G25 irons one inch over standard length, three degrees upright and with grips 1/32-inch over standard size. PING Wrx, the company’s custom shop, added a few special touches to the clubs, including painting the clubs with gold and red, white and blue accents.

“Michael is a legendary sports icon, and we all watched with great pride as he represented the United States while dominating his sport in international competition over the last decade,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “We’ve custom-built his clubs to ensure he has every chance to improve and we believe he’ll dedicate himself to golf with the same intensity he gave to swimming. His global presence as a golfer will bring PING tremendous exposure and just as importantly, shed additional light on the game in general.”

Phelps, 27, is widely recognized as the greatest swimmer of all time and one of the most accomplished athletes in the history of sport. Over the course of his 16-year career, Phelps amassed more gold medals, world championships, and world records than any other swimmer.  He established the Michael Phelps Foundation in 2008 to help promote the sport of swimming and encourage active and healthy lifestyles, especially for children. Phelps hosts the Michael Phelps Foundation Golf Classic that serves as an annual fundraiser for the Foundation.


CHAMP Spikes Trusted by Winner of Farmers Insurance Open

(MARLBOROUGH, MA) – CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide – The World Leader in Sport Cleat Technology and maker of innovative CHAMP spikes, high-performance golf tees and accessories – confirms its renowned spikes were used by the winner and six top-10 finishers at the Farmers Insurance Open, according to Darrell Survey.

Capturing his 75th PGA Tour victory, the champion trusted the unique blend of metal and plastic traction technology in the acclaimed ProStinger model at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA. This continues the trend of the world’s top players selecting CHAMP spikes, which have been used by 30 of the last 40 major winners.
“Around the world, professionals and amateurs alike have discovered the performance-enhancing qualities provided by our spikes,” says Harris MacNeill, President and CEO of CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide. “This fact is validated each week by the legions of Tour players that trust the superior traction, stability and comfort inherent to CHAMP products.”

The #1 Brand on Tour, CHAMP spikes were used by three of the four major winners in 2012 and are available in a variety of options, including the popular ScorpionSTINGER and Zarma.

Beyond the cleat category, the company offers a wide range of products, including the Zarma FLYtee. Drawing from MacNeill Engineering’s unrivalled 80-plus year heritage, the FLYtee line has quickly become one of the most-used tees by leading professionals worldwide. Made with extremely durable materials, its six-pronged head and shallow cup reduces friction, increases distance and improves accuracy.

With more than 100 active distributors, CHAMP is the world’s largest manufacturer of replaceable spikes. The company produces more than 140 million spikes annually and is the dominant global brand in football, soccer, golf, baseball, cricket, rugby and other sports.

For more information:, 1-800-OK-CHAMP.


Using Miura Golf Irons K.J. Choi Finishes Strong at Farmers Insurance Open

(Vancouver, B.C.) - Veteran PGA Tour and worldwide star K.J. Choi used Miura irons to turn in a solid T9 performance at last week's Farmers Insurance Open on the PGA Tour. And now golfers can get the K.J. Choi Special Edition irons by Miura, a limited edition of the exact same irons Choi used to play so well at Torrey and in other tournaments.

The irons Choi played at Torrey are the same ones he used to win the 2011 PLAYERS Championship. The K.J. Choi Special Edition irons are based on Miura's popular CB-501 model. The 4-PW set, which also includes two special wedges (54 and 59 degrees), features distinctive graphics, KBS shafts, and PURE Grips. Only 300 sets have been made -- or ever will be -- and they're selling quickly.

The K.J. Choi Special Edition irons by Miura come in a specially made wood display box -- but they're also playable. A letter of authenticity signed by Choi and master clubmaker Katsuhiro Miura accompanies each set, and every club bears its set's distinctive number in a "001/300" format.

In honor of Choi's excellent play at Torrey, golfers can buy a K.J. Choi Special Edition by Miura set for just US $2,100, including shipping in the U.S. and Canada (overseas shipping charges may be slightly higher). Interested golfers can check to see what numbers are available by sending an email to

Part of the proceeds from each set of these special irons will benefit the K.J. Choi Foundation in its broad-based work to help the children of Korea and the world gain the educational and other benefits they deserve.

More information on Miura products can be found at


Nike Golf Brings RZN Tour Performance Technology to an Amateur Golf Ball

(BEAVERTON, Ore.) – Nike Golf utilizes innovative RZN technology to create revolutionary distance for amateurs with the ONE RZN golf ball.

ONE RZN is the latest edition to the RZN family, incorporating groundbreaking technology into a golf ball suitable for a wider range of players. ONE RZN features the same larger, softer RZN core found in the new Nike 20XI tour ball, but with a slightly different formulation. This formulation is dialed and designed for increased distance when it counts.

RZN replaces conventional rubber cores with a radical new game-changing material. RZN is a highly neutralized polymer that’s faster and lighter, engineered to produce longer distance and more controlled shots.

With tour proven results, Nike Golf ball engineers sought to enhance the already innovative RZN technology. Refining the formula to increase core size and performance, engineers worked to create an even faster engine for the new generation of golf balls. This larger, softer RZN core improves feel off all shots while maintaining driver distance.

“With ONE RZN, we are able to bring revolutionary advances in golf balls to a wider range of athletes,” said Rock Ishii, Nike Golf’s Product Development Director for golf balls.  “There’s not a product out there in this category of golf ball that has technology of this magnitude.”

ONE RZN will be available in two versions, ONE RZN and ONE RZN X.  With ONE RZN, players can expect to experience longer and straighter shots with softer feel on impact.  ONE RZN X will deliver longer, more penetrating shots by generating maximum velocity on impact.

Both versions of the ONE RZN will be available globally, Feb. 1 with a street price of $29.99.


Gulf Shores Golf Association News & Notes

Destination Partners Announces New Promotions, Giveaways

(GULF SHORES, ALABAMA) – The Gulf Shores Golf Association – a collection of nine fun, popular and acclaimed courses on Alabama’s Gulf Coast – announced that Glenlakes Golf Club will provide free lunch as part of its golf packages this year, an example of the value-added approach the area’s member courses offer players.

Golfers who book packages with tee times before noon from now until March 11, and before 1 p.m. after March 11, receive a complimentary lunch at Glenlakes, the links-style, 18-hole championship course featuring new Champion Bermuda turf greens. Lunch includes a ham or turkey sandwich, chips, fountain soda and cookie.

“The Glenlakes special is indicative of how Gulf Shores’ courses and accommodations offer special bonuses to ensure guests enjoy our destination and value their overall experience,” said Gulf Shores Golf Association Executive Director Duncan Millar. “Our Facebook and Twitter pages are great ways to learn what’s happening in Gulf Shores, both on and off the golf course.”

Below is a sampling of "starting-at" stay-and-play rates, good through May 18. Prices include all taxes and fees and are based on four nights and three rounds of golf at three different pre-determined courses. An Unlimited Golf option is available with any package for a nominal fee:

Two-Bedroom Golf Villa
Rate: $76.77 per person, per night for golf and room
Description: Quad occupancy in a two-bedroom golf villa with one king bed, two twin beds and a sleeper sofa.

Three-Bedroom Gulf Front Condominium 
Rate: $113.16 per person, per night for golf and room
Description: Quad occupancy in a three-bedroom gulf front condo with one king bed, one queen bed and two twin beds.

For more information, or to sign up for a free subscription to the Golf Gulf Shores monthly newsletter, call 1.888.815.1902, or visit The website offers quick, customized quotes based on golfers’ preferences for accommodations, rounds and access to the destination’s many events and activities.

Golf Gulf Shores Offers Free Trip Giveaway at Golf Shows
The GSGA will be giving away a beach golf vacation at several golf shows throughout the country in February and March. The grand prize package includes a three-night stay for four golfers in a two-bedroom suite, provided by Staybridge Suites Gulf Shores, and eight rounds of golf to be played at any of the nine signature courses.

The golf shows with corresponding dates are:
Feb. 1-2: Oklahoma Golf Expo (Tulsa, Okla.)
Feb. 8-10: West Michigan Golf Show (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Feb. 15-17: Minnesota Golf Show (Minneapolis)
Feb. 22-24: Chicago Golf Show
Feb. 22-24 Kansas City Golf Show (Overland Park, Kan.)
March 1-3: The Toronto Golf & Travel Show
March 8-10: Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Golf Show (Irving, Texas)

To view current news, photos, events and special offers, “Like” us on Facebook at or follow the GSGA on Twitter at

Golf Gulf Shores Adds New Lodging Partners
Golf Gulf Shores has added three new lodging partners to provide visitors with even more accommodation options: Gulf Shores Plantation (Mandoki Hospitality), Meyer Vacation Rentals and the Wharf Vacation Rentals.

Gulf Shores Plantation offers two- to five-bedroom fully furnished condos with kitchens and either a patio or balcony.  Meyer Vacation Rentals features gulf-front condos and houses with as many as 12 bedrooms.  Wharf Vacation Rentals has one- to four-bedroom condos overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and the Marina at the Wharf and is located amid shopping, dining, an amphitheater and marina.

Visit for more information on the wide array of lodging options available in the area.


Exotics XCG6 Titanium/Tungsten Fairway Delivers Driver‐Like Distance

(Batavia, IL) ‐ Since the introduction of Tour Edge Golf’s Exotics product line in 2004, the company has guaranteed its fairway woods will hit the ball further. In fact, Tour Edge is saying the new 2013 XCG6 model is the absolute longest fairway wood in golf and easily outdistances the competition.

Golfer’s use titanium in their drivers for a reason – it hits the ball further. That’s why the Exotics XCG6 features a 15‐3‐3‐3 beta titanium cup face, a high‐density steel body and a tungsten sole plate that are combo‐brazed for the ultimate in power and forgiveness.

According to Jay Hubbard, vice president of marketing for Tour Edge, “The XCG6 is monster long, compliments of the titanium cup face that provides to‐the‐limit COR even on off‐center hits. It also has a steel body that is almost as light as titanium, allowing even more mass to be placed in the heel and toe areas of the sole.”

The club’s heavy tungsten sole plate moves 65% of the total club head weight in the heel and toe areas for a higher moment‐of‐inertia, reduced club head twisting, and greater forgiveness.

The XCG6 has a hot face. The club’s Boomerang face technology offers multiple levels of variable face thickness that maximize the rebound from more points on the face. The club has a slightly deeper face and larger club head than previous models but retains a classic pear shape, mid spin design.

The Exotics XCG6 fairway wood features Tour Edge’s lifetime warranty and 30‐day play guarantee. It is available in the Matrix Ozik and the Graphite Design Tour AD graphite shafts for $299. For more information, call (800) 515‐3343 or visit


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

ECCO Golf Launches BIOM Zero Minimalist Natural Motion Shoe

Ultimate Walking Comfort Ensured by Lightweight, Flexible and Low-Profile Design Featuring Patented Street Outsole

(Londonderry, NH) - Danish brand ECCO - a leading global manufacturer of innovative footwear - launched BIOM Zero, its most minimal golf shoe ever, at the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL.

Offered as a limited-edition style in two colors and available to ship immediately, BIOM Zero weighs less than 10 ounces, making it the lightest golf shoe ECCO has produced. Built atop the patented Street outsole featuring the ECCO dynamic traction system (E-dts), its unique, direct-injected construction showcases unrivalled flexibility and an exceptionally low profile. These combine to provide full-length foot support and a Natural Motion experience that benefits the wearer.

"Our brand has been heralded for redefining comfort and now we're taking that to the next level," says Michael Waack, Head of Global Golf at ECCO. "We named BIOM Zero after the zero heel drop, but also because it's as close as you can get to a golf shoe that feels like wearing nothing and playing barefoot."

Additional features and benefits of BIOM Zero include:
* BIOM Technology - Anatomical shoe last that promotes a natural foot position
* Low-Profile - Closest to the ground of any ECCO golf shoe
* Caldera Leather Uppers - Full grain, stain resistant and easy-to-clean
* Hydromax - Premium, tanned-in water-resistant treatment guaranteed to last
* Second Skin Leather Lining - Wicks moisture while creating a rich, supple interior
* Direct Injected Midsole - A process, unique to ECCO in golf, that provides superior cushioning, stability and comfort via a one-piece shoe built without glue or stitching

The BIOM Zero retails for $190.

ECCO golf shoes are preferred by discerning players worldwide, and worn in competition by scores of Tour stars, including Fred Couples, Graeme McDowell, Thomas Bjorn, Thongchai Jaidee, Stuart Appleby, Andreas Hartø, Belén Mozo, Gerina Piller, Caroline Masson and Line Vedel Hansen.

ECCO USA is based in Londonderry, New Hampshire. For more information:, 800.886.3226.


Nike Athlete Tiger Woods Captures His 75th PGA Tour Victory

Woods wins with 14 Nike clubs in the bag

(BEAVERTON, Ore.) - Nike Athlete Tiger Woods secures his 75th PGA Tour win with a runaway victory at Torrey Pines. He ranks second in all-time PGA Tour career wins.

Helping capture his seventh Farmers Insurance Open victory was his full bag of 14 Nike Golf clubs, including his Nike Method 001 putter. The Method franchise features Nike’s polymetal groove technology, generating a faster forward roll at impact for increased accuracy. The Nike Method technology has been instrumental in Woods’ last five wins.

Relying on Nike’s VR Pro wedges, Woods electrified the crowds around the greens with his vintage-Tiger shot making.

“My short game was back to how I know it can be,” said Woods. “That allowed me to save some pars, save some birdies, and move my way up the leaderboard.”

In addition to featuring Nike Golf apparel from the Tiger Woods Collection, Woods also wore the Nike FREE-inspired TW ’13 footwear.

Nike Golf is off to a solid start in 2013 having won two of the first four events on the PGA Tour with Russell Henley and Woods, respectively. On the PGA European Tour, Nike athlete Scott Jamieson claimed the Nelson Mandela Championship title and new Nike athlete, Thorbjørn Olesen finished tied for second at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Woods’ Nike Golf Arsenal
* Driver: Nike VR Tour 8.5-degree (Graphite Design DI 6X)
* Fairway Wood: Nike VR Pro Limited Edition 3-wood/15-degree and Nike SQ II 5-wood/19-degree
* Irons: Nike VR Pro Blade (3-PW)
* Wedges: Nike VR Pro 56-degree and 60-degree
* Putter: Nike Method 001
* Ball: Nike ONE Tour D
* Footwear: Nike TW’13
* Apparel: Nike Golf Tiger Woods Collection

Nike Golf’s 2013 PGA Tour Victories
* Tiger Woods – Farmers Insurance Open
* Russell Henley - Sony Open

Nike Golf’s 2013 International Victories
* Scott Jamieson – The Nelson Mandela Championship (European Tour)


COBRA 'What's Your Fly?' Commercial Airs

COBRA Golf launched their first TV commercial in a series of several that will be released this year. The first, called "What's Your Fly?" features Rickie Fowler, Ian Poulter, Jesper Parnevik and "Regular Guy" trying out the AMP CELL Drivers and discussing their MyFly. It aired on Golf Channel recently and will continue to air during the golf season. 

To view the commercial, click HERE.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Club Glove Caddy Towel Used by Winner of Commercial Bank Qatar Masters

Golf’s Original and Best Microfiber Towel Preferred by Top Players Worldwide

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) – Club Glove – a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of premium golf bags, club covers, travel bags, accessories and luggage – confirms its renowned microfiber Caddy Towel was used by the winner of 2013 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

Trusting the popular white model, the champion earned his first European Tour title with a dramatic eagle on the final hole at Doha Golf Club in Qatar. Favored by the game’s elite, the contoured surface of the Caddy Towel ($19.95) is strong enough to remove dirt and debris from the club face and sunblock from a golfer’s hands, yet gentle enough to safely clean eyeglasses.

“Our Caddy Towel is preferred by Tour players, discerning amateurs and retailers across the globe who recognize its superiority, especially compared to lesser quality imitations,” says company founder Jeff Herold. “It’s now available in 14 colors – including brand new Navy, Mocha and Sungold options – and can be personalized to suit all preferences.”

Featuring more than 5 million yards of microfiber strands, each towel can hold 300 percent of its weight in water. Easily distinguishable at all PGA Tour events by its waffle texture and contrasting stitched trim, the pro-sized Caddy Towel is available in a tandem package with a Pocket Towel that comes as a gift with purchase. A $10 value, the Pocket Towel measures 8”x12” and is perfectly unobtrusive in a back pocket. Club Glove also offers a customizable 16”x24” Cart Towel, available for corporate sales.
Golf’s original and best microfiber towel was introduced in 2006 and rapidly gained a loyal following among players who favored its ultra-lightweight, super absorbent and virtually lint free design. The Caddy Towel is vastly preferred over all competitors by thousands of the finest public and private facilities nationwide, including Sports Authority, Golf Galaxy, Golfsmith, PGA Tour Superstores, Edwin Watts, Academy Sports and Worldwide Golf.

The No. 1 golf travel bag brand at all PGA and Champions Tour events as confirmed by Darrell Survey, Club Glove is preferred by 90 percent of PGA Tour Players. Selected by six U.S. Ryder Cup teams, the company’s high-end, Made-in-the-USA golf bags have been a fixture at green grass and off course shops for nearly a decade and are available in stand, cart and Sunday versions. The famed Last Bag was honored by Golf World magazine as one of the game’s “10 Best Innovations,” recognizing its extreme durability and practicality.

More information: or 800.736.4568.


Twist to Fit and Dial in the Distance - Tour Edge’s New XCG6 Adjustable Driver

(Batavia, IL) ‐ Design to give golfers the ability to change their shot shape, Tour Edge’s new Exotics XCG6 driver features the company’s first ever adjustable hosel.

The XCG6’s Shot Control Technology (SCT) allows for the adjustment of four face‐angle/loft settings to optimize launch characteristics for maximum distance and control. With a simple twist of the SCT wrench, golfers can adjust the face angle, loft, and lie of the XCG6 driver. For example, to promote a draw or a hook, select the “C” (closed position) on the SCT hosel or the “U” (upright position) for slightly less draw. To hit a fade or slice, select the “O” or open position and for a mostly straight ball flight, select the “N” or neutral position. With the Exotics XCG6 driver, you simply twist the shaft to dial in the distance.

Loaded with technology, the Exotics XCG6 driver boasts an advanced multilevel face design that maximizes ball speed by incorporating multiple levels of variable face thickness. By thinning and thickening the forged titanium face, the XCG6 enhances feel and rebound across all striking points on the face. What’s more, the driver enhances forgiveness by maximizing heel/toe weighting compliments of four hexahedron weight pads that deliver a higher moment of inertia for greater stability and forgiveness.

The XCG6 driver features Tour Edge’s lifetime warranty and 30‐day play guarantee. It is available in the Matrix Ozik HD and Graphite Design Tour AD shafts for $349.

For more information, call (800) 515‐3343 or visit


STX Golf Redevelops Popular Sync 8 Putter

(BALTIMORE, MD) - STX Golf, known for producing classically inspired putters with a modern style, has renovated the Sync 8 Putter (SS8) from the PGA Tour winning Sync Series.

The Sync Series has garnered 12 PGA Titles including one major - the PGA Championship. Contemporary lines blended with high performance inserts is a determining factor to their success on tour and at retail. The company acknowledges the importance of the Sync Series within their line-up and decided to redevelop the SS8.

The SS8 Blade Putter is a modern adaptation to the classically designed blade. Its once angular top-line has been refined to soften the overall contemporary shape of the head.

The center of gravity remains precisely positioned at the impact zone due to the innovative, progressive muscle back and extended heel design.

The half offset, flare neck hosel has been appointed to keep the golfer's hands slightly forward during the putting stroke. Five grams have been removed from the overall toe weighted modern head and now weighs in at 355 grams. The black PVD finish adds to this modern putter. The SS8 features a 71-degree lie angle and 3-degrees of loft. Both 34-inch and 35-inch lengths are available.

According to STX Golf Marketing Manager Jason Dengler, "The redesign of the SS8 is simple but significant. Not only does the putter look more refined but the weighing changes make it easier to maneuver and control."

Each putter model in the Sync Series Collection features the STX patented Soft Insert Technology called "F.E.E.L." - Friction Enhancing Elastomer Layer. This exclusive technology dramatically increases the coefficient of friction to put a greater amount of forward roll on the ball and keep your putts on line. The Soft Face Insert keeps the ball in contact with the putter longer to also provide superior directional control, decreased ball skid and reduced ball deformation.

The black insert is the softest in the STX line. It delivers the highest friction and resilience rate with increased dwell time. Those characteristics are chemically formulated to get the ball rolling sooner and keep your putts on line. For a medium resiliency rate, the red insert offers an intermediate amount of dwell time for a firmer feel and true control.

The newly redesigned SS8 is available immediately. Suggested retail is $109.99. For more information on the SS8 Putter or the entire line of Sync Series Putters, visit the company website at or the STX Facebook.


French Lick Courses Listed Among Golf Digest America's 100 Greatest Public

(French Lick, IN) - The Pete Dye Course and Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort in southern Indiana have once again earned rankings among Golf Digest's elite list of America's 100 Greatest Public Courses. The two premier courses were also ranked as the two top public in the state of Indiana.

The publication's biennial review of America's top public courses appears in the February 2013 issue. Golf Digest used over 1,100 members of its Course Ranking Panel and asked each to submit ballots based on seven criteria including shot values, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, conditioning, and ambience.

"We are thrilled to once again have both the Pete Dye and Donald Ross courses ranked among America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses by Golf Digest," said Dave Harner, French Lick Resort's director of golf. "To continue having our courses recognized by arguably the leading golf publication and course raters in the country, and to have the best public courses in Indiana solidifies our destination as one of the top golf experiences in the country.

The Pete Dye course, ranked No. 17 on the list, joins four other top courses from the Midwest ranked among the top 20 including Whistling Straits (Straits), Blackwolf Run, and Erin Hills in Wisconsin, and Arcadia Bluffs in Michigan.

The Pete Dye Course, which was also selected among America's 100 Greatest Courses (No. 93) by Golf Digest in 2013, is regarded as one of the most breathtaking and exciting 18 holes of golf in the country. The course was carefully carved on a dramatic hilltop offering a variety of elevation changes, rugged and dramatic terrain, narrow fairways and challenging bunkers. There are spectacular views from every hole, some that stretch for over 40 miles overlooking the Hoosier National Forest.

The historic Donald Ross course, ranked No. 100 on the list, hosted the 1924 PGA Championship and recently completed a multi-million dollar restoration. The Ross course is a parkland gem meandering up and down the rolling hills a few miles from the French Lick Springs Hotel. The wonderful routing of the holes take full advantage of the many elevation points for the classic Ross greens which slope dramatically from back to front. It is one of only two public Ross courses in the state of Indiana.

French Lick Resort joins Kohler as the only resorts in the Midwest with multiple courses ranked among America's 100 Greatest Public Courses. It is also the only resort in the world that combines the classic history of Donald Ross and the modern day design of the legendary Pete Dye.

The Pete Dye Course is already on the national radar, having hosting the 2010 PGA of America's Professionals National Championship, the Big Ten Men's and Women's Championships in 2012, 2013, 2014, Indiana Open in 2012, and will be hosting the LPGA Legends Championships in 2013.

For more information or to book golf packages please visit or call (888) 936-9360.


New Golf Pride Z-Grip Patriot Delivers Performance with a Purpose

(SOUTHERN PINES, N.C.) - Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton's Golf Pride grips division will continue its support of the Folds of Honor Foundation.  As the two organizations begin their fifth year of working together, Golf Pride has refreshed the Patriot grip offering for 2013, with the new Z-Grip Patriot.  Like the previous Patriot, for every grip sold, Golf Pride will donate a portion of the sale to the Folds of Honor Foundation, a legacy foundation designed to provide educational scholarships for dependents and spouses of service members who were either killed or disabled in service to the United States.

The Z-Grip Patriot features the same red, white and blue patriotic color scheme as its predecessor, but in a new design that provides enhanced traction and superior moisture management performance for all-weather control.  The Z-Grip Patriot features the same pattern popularized by last year’s Z-Grip Cord, but comes in an all-rubber material construction for a softer feel.  The Z-Grip Patriot features a street price of $8.49 per grip and will be available in March 2013.  

“The original Z-Grip Cord was well received in 2012, but many consumers asked for it in an all-rubber model, too” stated Brandon Sowell, global sales and marketing manager for Eaton’s Golf Grip Division. “We recognized the opportunity to freshen the Patriot grip and give our customers what they wanted.  We have contributed more than $50,000 to the Folds of Honor Foundation through the first 4 years of the program and we expect with this new, innovative technology to continue to fuel those contributions.”

For more information on the Z-Grip Patriot and the entire 2013 Golf Pride product line, visit


Boxgroove Adds Fairwood Golf & Country Club

(BELLEVUE, Wash.) - Boxgroove (, an inventive, reliable online network offering golfers the opportunity to play private golf courses of their choosing, has added Fairwood Golf & Country Club, in Renton, Wash., to the selection of private courses Boxgroove members can play.

"Boxgroove members will enjoy playing this attractive golf course, located in a beautiful part of the country," said McRedmond Morelli, founder and CEO of Boxgroove. "Golfers of all ability levels will discover a scenic layout here, with a satisfying challenge to their games."

The Fairwood golf course at Fairwood Golf & Country Club, designed by William G. Teufel, ASGCA, opened in 1968. The 18-hole, par-71, regulation Blue-grass course features 6,316 yards of golf from the longest tees, with a course rating of 71.1 and a slope rating of 127.

"I believe Boxgroove is an extremely valuable marketing tool for our club," said Rick Larson, PGA, head golf professional and director of golf at Fairwood Golf & Country Club, "and will only become more of an asset as partnerships emerge and membership numbers increase. Secondly, I feel Boxgroove is a valuable resource to our members seeking quality courses to play while traveling, adding real value to their membership.

"This also allows me, as a golf professional, more time, not having to make numerous phone calls or write e-mails verifying memberships."


Sunday, January 27, 2013

More Than 81k Consumers Help Bridgestone Create New e Series Golf Balls

(COVINGTON, GA) — After conducting 200,000 live consumer ball-fittings, Bridgestone Golf has cemented its place as the #1 ball-fitter in golf.  Of those 200,000 fittings, a total of 81,161 consumers have been fit into an e Series model (e5, e6, or e7). For 2013, Bridgestone Golf has tapped into that data to make the industry’s most successful distance performance series of balls even better.  For short video explanations from golf equipment expert David Feherty on how the new e-Series balls are better, click For a slightly more technical explanation keep reading. 

“Golfers may not care about the technicalities of dimple design, but they do care about getting the right trajectory and more distance for their game.” said Corey Consuegra, Bridgestone’s Golf Ball Marketing Manager. “Thanks to the best R&D Team in the business and our unique ball fitting database, the new balls perform better than any e Series product we’ve ever released, and offer solutions to consumers with varying trajectory needs. This is not a one size fits all game, and if you are like me, you want every opportunity to play this game better.”

All three e Series models have experienced an aerodynamic upgrade, utilizing Bridgestone’s new 326-seamless dual dimple pattern.  The new pattern features 6% larger dimples and 2.5% more surface area coverage to help reduce drag and increase lift for unparalleled distance performance. Below is more on each of the new e-Series balls: 

The e5 is an advanced 2-piece urethane construction designed for golfers wanting higher ball flight, more distance and greater control. A large gradational core contributes to longer carry distances, while its tour caliber urethane cover delivers tremendous feel into and around the greens.

The e6 is the softest multilayer golf ball on the market and in 2013 it is softer than its predecessor. Designed to help players eliminate slices and hooks, it reduces spin for straighter distance. A 3% softer surlyn cover and low compression core improve feel, while an anti-side spin inner layer helps keep the ball in the short grass.  Currently the top-selling e Series model worldwide, the new e6 ball is available in white, yellow and orange.

The ultimate distance ball is the new, multilayer e7 model - designed purely for faster, longer shots. The larger Dual Dimple and reactive surlyn cover combine to reduce drag and increase lift, while a speed-enhancing core and spin-reducing inner layer deliver explosive velocity and greater distance.

The new 2013 e5, e6 and e7 balls will feature a street price of $26.99 per dozen (MSRP $38 per dozen) and will be available at golf specialty stores and green grass retailers nationwide beginning February 1, 2013.

For more information on the entire Bridgestone Golf ball line and how to determine which ball is right for your game, visit or attend a free Bridgestone Golf ball-fitting in your area. The upcoming Bridgestone Golf ball-fitting schedule can be accessed at  Those who cannot get out to a ball fitting can chat live with one of Bridgestone’s expert ball-fitting technicians via Bridgestone’s free B-FIT service by visiting

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Circling Raven Golf Club Earns 'America's Greatest Courses' Honor From Golf Digest

Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel opens new signature restaurant, center bar area

(WORLEY, ID) - Circling Raven Golf Club - located in the scenic Idaho panhandle, adjacent to the recently expanded Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel - has been named to Golf Digest's biennial "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses 2013-2014" list.

Circling Raven ranked No. 7 on the "Best in State" list among all public and private courses in Idaho and was No. 96 overall. Golf Digest panelists score courses on seven criteria, including memorability, design variety and conditioning. The honor comes on the heels of Circling Raven being ranked No. 22 on Golfweek's "Best Casino Courses in the U.S." list in December.

"We are thrilled to be recognized by Golf Digest as a top course in America," said Circling Raven Director of Golf Tom Davidson, PGA. "This critical judgment is a testament to the quality of the golf course and the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort, which continually strives to improve the overall experience for our golfers and resort guests."

The Gene Bates design, set on 620 acres within an easy ride from Spokane International Airport, has earned multiple "Best-Of" awards from prominent national magazines since opening in 2003.

Circling Raven is one of numerous amenities at the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel, which is owned and operated by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and completed a massive expansion in 2011 that included the unveiling of Spa Ssakwa'q'n, a 15,000-square-foot, full-service venue, and nearly 100 opulent guest rooms.

Within the last two months, the resort also introduced two new dining options: Chinook Steak, Pasta & Spirits, which uses all local ingredients for its prime beef, homemade pasta and pizza, and Red Tail Bar and Grill, the center bar area featuring menu items reflecting the region and a glowing fire that creates a soothing ambiance.

Stay-and-play packages are available at or Also, visit to sign up for the Bear Paw E-News Blast to receive the latest news and offers from the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel and Circling Raven.


Friday, January 25, 2013

New multi-year contract extends long-time affiliation with Donald

(Norcross, Ga.) - Mizuno, a leader in golf technology and innovation, today announced an extension to one of the longest-standing equipment relationships in golf with world No. 3 Luke Donald signing to continue to be a brand ambassador for years to come. The agreement ensures that Donald, the world's premier iron player, will continue to play the Mizuno equipment that has led him to 13 professional victories, including his incredible 2011 campaign which propelled him to the top rank on both PGA Tour and European Tour money lists in the same year, a feat that no other golfer had ever claimed.

Known for his amazing iron and wedge play, Donald regularly provides Mizuno engineers with significant and valuable feedback throughout the development of new products. Donald has recently switched to Mizuno's Grain Flow Forged MP-64 irons and MP-T4 wedges - models designed hand in hand with the player. The equipment, forged at Mizuno's exclusive plant in Hiroshima, Japan is world renowned for the precision and quality favored by shot-makers like Donald.

Donald established his playing credentials with Mizuno during a standout career at Northwestern University. Donald signed on as a Mizuno Brand Ambassador in 2003 and has since recorded 13 professional tournament wins with Mizuno equipment.

In 2011 and 2012 Donald experienced the most prolific period of his career, holding the world No. 1 position for a total of 56 weeks. With four international victories in 2011 and top ranks on both PGA Tour and European Tour money lists, Donald was named the PGA Player of the Year and PGA Tour Player of the Year, becoming the first Englishman to win either award. He was also named the European Tour Golfer of the Year.

"I feel as if I am playing as well as ever at this stage in my career. Over the next few years I want to be in a position to win major championships and to continue to improve," Donald said. "We've refined my Mizuno equipment in the last couple of seasons and I'm really happy with what I have in the bag right now, so it gives me great pleasure to extend this relationship. Mizuno is the most precise, incredible club-maker out there, and I'm honored to represent this quality brand."

Akito Mizuno, Mizuno President and grandson of company founder Rihachi Mizuno, is equally delighted. "Luke Donald and Mizuno share a special long-term relationship that we are delighted to continue. Luke has become a very special friend to Mizuno over the years. He perfectly represents our company, and we look forward to what Luke will accomplish in the next few years."

Donald re-joins Mizuno's elite stable of world players including Jonathan Byrd, Charles Howell III, Marcel Siem, Chris Wood, Mayu Hattori and Jiyai Shin.


Caddy For A Cure Kicks off 2013 Season at Waste Management with Rickie Fowler

Charitable program begins year with PGA Tour fan favorite

(Coral Springs, FL) - Caddy For A Cure, Inc., the professional golf opportunity to go inside the ropes and caddy for a day with the world's best players, announced the 2013 kick off of its program in Phoenix at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The unique charitable fundraising program will be starting the year with rising superstar Rickie Fowler.

The 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played again at the famous TPC Scottsdale. The tournament dates are Jan. 28 through Feb. 2 and the caddy experience will be Jan. 30 during the Pro am competition.

Caddy For A Cure CEO and program founder Russ Holden said "We love kicking off our year at such an exciting event as the Waste Management in Phoenix, especially with a player like Rickie Fowler. Fowler loves giving back from this great sport and has participated with us multiple times in the past, becoming a huge supporter of our program." Holden continued, "Our caddy for the day had so much fun last year with us at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill he wanted to do it again. We are also honored to include a Phoenix area wounded warrior who will escort the group for the day." He concluded, "It will certainly be another great day in golf and for raising funds for charity."

Caddy For A Cure has been offering PGA TOUR caddy experiences for charity since 2003, and LPGA and Champions Tour experiences since 2010, with proceeds benefiting multiple causes. Benefitting charities include the PGA TOUR Birdies for the Brave military outreach, the PGA TOUR Professional Caddy Assistance Foundation, the LPGA Foundation USGA-Girls Golf program, the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund and families, and each participating player's and host site's charity. All program caddy experiences may be found from the Caddy For A Cure website at or you may contact Caddy For A Cure directly for more information.

Visit their generous sponsors Emerick Construction, Sharpie pens, The Otter Company, Thorlos, the JetBlue Challenge and VedaloHD Sunglasses.


SkyGolf Unveils the New SkyCaddie Sport Series of Rangefinders at 2013 PGA Merchandise Show

Now SkyCaddie offers a Rangefinder for Every Golfer and Every Golfer’s Pocketbook

(RIDGELAND, Miss.) - SkyGolf, maker of the #1 Rangefinder in Golf, today unveiled the new SkyCaddie Sport Series of rangefinders at the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show (Booth #765) in Orlando. Now, SkyCaddie offers a rangefinder for every golfer and every golfer's pocketbook, including the SkyCaddie Watch, Gimme, Aire and the SkyCaddie Voice. The SkyCaddie Sport Series, starting at only $129, includes a broad range of sizes, formats and colors while providing golfers the most economic, accurate and reliable distance solutions at every price point. All Sport Series rangefinders are preloaded and ready-to-play out of the box with SkyGolf’s proprietary TruGround high-precision maps.

“We realize that there are competitive golfers at all skill levels who insist on every advantage, who want to win every match and demand the very best. For these golfers, we have the #1 rated and most trusted rangefinders in golf with our Tour Series that includes our advanced SGXw, SGX and the new simple, but highly accurate Breeze. And, then there are golfers who play for fun and the sport of game, who want simplicity without compromising reliability. With the introduction of our exciting Sport Series, SkyCaddie now has a rangefinder for every golfer and every retailer’s customer profile. Starting at only $129, we have a SkyCaddie to fit in any format, size and pocketbook, too,” said Richard Edmonson, CEO, SkyGolf. “SkyCaddie is #1 rated and trusted by more serious golfers than all other competitors combined thanks to the unmatched accuracy of our Tour Series. Now, with the Sport Series, golfers don't have to compromise on reliability to save money or to get a device in their preferred format. No one has more options than SkyCaddie when it comes to rangefinders and no rangefinder outperforms a SkyCaddie, unless it’s another SkyCaddie.”

Highlighting the new Sport Series from SkyGolf is the SkyCaddie Watch at an introductory price of only $199. This attractive, lightweight, comfortable and versatile watch is designed to provide unmatched distance performance in the watch category. It comes preloaded with up to 30,000 updatable course maps; easy-to-read front, center, and back of green yardages; intelligent automation – auto-course recognition, auto-hole advance and auto-distance update. The SkyCaddie Watch also offers high-performance multi-sport training versatility for running, biking and walking with an odometer and calorie counter. The stylish SkyCaddie Watch also makes a great everyday watch with an alarm clock, calendar and stopwatch.

For golfers who prefer an inexpensive handheld with large, easy-to-read numbers, SkyCaddie is introducing the Gimme. It’s a compact, easy-to-use and rugged rangefinder featuring up to 30,000 preloaded updatable course maps on a high-resolution, sunlight-readable 2.2-inch color display. In addition, the Gimme features large front, center, and back of green yardages; intelligent automation and more at the affordable price of only $169.

The Sport Series also includes the SkyCaddie Aire, a mini hand-held device that is priced perfectly at $129. The fun, stylish and petite Aire can be worn on a belt, hung off a bag or clipped to a pushcart. It features up to 30,000 preloaded updatable course maps on a 1.8 inch greyscale screen; easy to read front, center, and back of green yardages; and intelligent automation. The Aire also includes a calorie counter, an odometer to check miles walked or run and much more.

Rounding out the Sport Series is the SkyCaddie Voice. It’s golf's most accurate and reliable Voice GPS, offering distance information in multiple languages that will help golfers play better golf. No more searching for sprinklers or reading glasses. The SkyCaddie Voice is small, lightweight and easily clips to a cap, visor or belt. With a simple tap, the Voice announces distances to the center of the green. Double tap the Voice for front and back of green distances. The Voice is preloaded with 30,000 high-precision, ground-corrected course maps to offer trusted, reliable distance information. Enjoy auto-course recognition, auto-hole advance, auto-distance update and mark ball to measure any distance.

Edmonson adds, “Overall distance performance is determined by the combination of GPS accuracy and map accuracy. If either the GPS is inaccurate or the map is inaccurate, a golfer can get a wrong distance that can cost strokes. We have been able to offer this exciting and much more economical Sport Series by substituting conventional GPS engines used in competitive brands in the place of the highly acclaimed and unmatched accuracy of our proprietary and more costly TruePoint GPS engines used in our Tour Series of rangefinders. But, when compared to any other rangefinder brand in golf, the SkyCaddie Sport Series will deliver overall better performance due to the significantly more reliable TrueGround Maps, available only from SkyCaddie. Our TrueGround Mapping Technology corrects the errors known to be inherent in third party aerial imagery used by competitive devices. Only SkyCaddie walks each course with skilled mapping specialists utilizing survey-quality mapping instruments to make sure golfers have distances they can trust just like Tour caddies do for their Pro.”

The suggested retail price of the new SkyCaddie Watch is $199.95, while the traditional hand-held Gimme model is $169.95, the mini hand-held Aire is $129.95, and the SkyCaddie Voice is $149.95. All products are offered with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. In addition, members also earn SkyRewards and other discounts from SkyRewards Partners to save them more than three times the cost of nominally priced memberships, which start as low as $19.95 per year or even less with package offers.

Golfers can reduce the price of the Watch, Gimme, Aire or Voice even more with the SkyCaddie Trade-In program. By trading in a used SkyCaddie, laser rangefinder or unwanted golf clubs, many SkyCaddie purchasers are getting a new SkyCaddie practically for free. For more information on the Sport Series family of products, SkyRewards, SkyCaddie membership plans, and trade-in programs, visit


Mystical Golf Announces Value-Rich Spring Stay-And-Stay Package

Three admired Myrtle Beach 18s, spacious villa accommodations, numerous complimentary extras

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) - Mystical Golf -- owner and operator of the acclaimed The Witch, Man-O-War and The Wizard golf courses - announced its value-rich spring stay-and-play offer ideal for "golf buddy" trips.

Named "one of the best deals in the country" by Golf Channel and "best deal in golf travel" by Golf Vacation Magazine, the layouts are all rated from 4 to 4-1/2 stars by Golf Digest. Mystical Golf is additionally lauded as the "Best Value" in the Grand Strand by GOLF Magazine.

Beginning March 24, the spring package starts at $118 per person, per night (taxes included) and features:
* Three rounds with cart on The Witch, The Wizard and Man-O-War
* Three nights' lodging in well-appointed, three-bedroom golf villas (four beds)
* Complimentary iHOP breakfast daily
* Free steak dinner at Logan's Roadhouse (includes non-alcoholic beverages, taxes)
* Lunch, range balls and two beers free at the course each day
* $15 gift card toward a golf shirt
* Instant replay round for cart fee only

"Our thriving reputation as the perfect 'golf buddy' trip destination is what we're all about," says Claude Pardue, President and CEO. "We offer three marvelously diverse layouts, laser-like focus on course conditioning, spacious accommodations well-equipped with creature comforts and a host of enticing free extras."

Mystical Golf's centrally located golf villas offer easy access to and from Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), scores of restaurant / nightlife options and popular attractions like The Alabama Theatre, House of Blues, Broadway at the Beach and Murrells Inlet.

The Witch sits on 500 acres of tranquil cypress groves and wetlands teeming with flora and fauna. Tactical play is rewarded on the par-71, 6,702-yard layout. With 4,000 feet of bridges wending through swamps (front nine) and rolling hills (back nine), golfers may spy cranes, bald eagles, alligators and black bears.

Man-O-War is revered for its back-to-back island greens and water features touching every hole. With a commanding 141 slope rating, the par-72, 6,967-yard layout is offset by straight-forward shots and excellent, bent-grass greens.

Reminiscent of classic, wind-swept links courses in Scotland and Ireland, The Wizard presents deep bunkers, mound-framed fairways and dramatic elevation changes. Trademark stone bridges and an Old-World, castle-style clubhouse add character to the par-72, 6,721-yard shot-maker's course.

For Mystical Golf information:, 843.282.2977.

Getting There
The Witch, Man-O-War and The Wizard are in the heart of Myrtle Beach and within 15 minutes of Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), beaches, accommodations, restaurants and other attractions. A short distance from I-95 and other major thoroughfares, Mystical Golf courses are easily accessible. More than two dozen cities -- including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York and Washington -- offer direct flights.


Orlimar at PGA Merchandise Show, Demo Day

(Flushing, Mich.) - Orlimar launched its 2013 product line at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. New introductions are the Tour2 irons, milled-face putter series and TourGroove wedges. Orlimar is exhibiting in the equipment section on the show floor in Booth 1119.

"The PGA Show is the perfect venue to meet with our domestic and international customers and continue to strengthen our relationships," said Alex Resnik, product marketing specialist. "The demo day also provides a great opportunity to get our new products into the hands of golf professionals and retailers as we continue to rebuild the brand. Orlimar has been a supporter of the PGA and the PGA Show for a number of years and we are looking forward to another great show."

Orlimar kicked off the week Jan. 23 at the PGA Outdoor Demo Day at Orange Country National. Attendees were able to demo the new forged cavity-back Tour2 irons, the milled-face putter series which includes four standard putters and one belly putter and the new carbon forged TourGroove wedges. Along with new product introductions, Orlimar's full-line was available for demo including the popular Trimetal ZX woods and Trimetal ZXp irons. During the PGA Show, Orlimar has a daily drawing in its booth with product giveaways.

For information on Orlimar call 888.502.4653, visit


Axis1 Golf Introduces Joey at 2013 PGA Show

(West Roxbury, MA) - Axis1 Golf, makers of the worlds first perfectly balanced and torque free putters, introduced "Joey" at the 2013 PGA Show in Orlando.

"We are very excited to extend our product line at a new price point ($199.00) for us, with the introduction of Joey, said Phil Long, Axis1 Golf Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Joey was tour tested all last fall and the feedback from our tour professionals was outstanding."

"Joey is a more standard blade look featuring perfectly balanced, torque-free design that ensures the club face will never open up on you, which we as refer to as #NoAnchorRequired, Long added. Joey as features our patented heel counterweight that places the center-of-gravity perfectly centered on the sweetspot of the striking face and in line with the axis of the shaft. By placing the CG perfectly centered on the striking face the ball skids less off the blade resulting in better distance control."

Axis1 debuted "Joey" at the PGA Show Demo Day on Jan 23 and is on the show floor in booth #1011 in the Orange County Convention Center through Jan. 26.

For more information visit


Bobby Clampett’s On-Line Teacher Certification Program Launched at PGA Show

PGA Tour champion’s revolutionary approach to instruction gaining disciples

(BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.) - “The Impact Zone Training System by Impact Zone Golf,” the innovative approach to golf instruction created by acclaimed PGA Tour winner and popular television golf analyst Bobby Clampett, has launched its new online Teacher Certification Program, offering special pricing for professionals who register at the annual PGA Merchandise Show this week in Orlando.

Clampett, who next week begins his fourth season on the Champions Tour, founded Impact Zone Golf in 2009, largely in response to golf professionals who wanted to teach the system, as well as golfers who inquired about taking lessons, based on what they learned in his book, “The Impact Zone.”

“The reaction to our new system of teaching has been amazing,” Clampett said, “so we want to take the opportunity to meet the desire of so many professionals who want to join our mission to revolutionize the way the game is taught and learned.”

“The Impact Zone Training System” completely changes the way golfers and instructors perceive and interpret each golfer’s swing.  Clampett challenges the widely accepted theory of golf instruction that is too concerned with a golfer’s swing style, while overlooking its results and effectiveness.  “Impact-based” instruction puts the emphasis where it should be, Clampett professes: on consistently good shots and lower scores.

During the PGA Show – where Clampett is making a hugely successful debut – both the Basic Certification Program and the Advanced Level I Program are available at a reduced registration fee at

The Basic Certification Program includes standard certifications for Impact Zone Instructor, Impact Zone Coach, Impact Zone Associate Instructor and Impact Zone Associate coach.  Only those who have completed the Basic Certification Program are qualified to take the Advanced Level I Program.

For complete details about The Impact Zone Teacher Certification Program, visit (Instructors & Coaches link).


Bridgestone Golf Announces Kuchar Collection Caps

(COVINGTON, GA) — Bridgestone Golf, the #1 ball-fitter in golf, has co-designed a new line of headwear with Tour Team member and 2012 Players Championship winner Matt Kuchar.  Kuchar, who has become known for sporting uniquely cool caps on the course, has chosen six different colors of Bridgestone’s popular contrast stich caps to make up the Kuchar Collection.

The Kuchar Collection features caps in six of Matt’s favorite hues – Red/White/Blue, Pink, Canary Yellow, Grey, Lavender and Mango.

“Kuch made a name for himself with his strong play on the course over the last few years, but the golf world also has quickly has taken notice to his eye for coordinating his headwear with his apparel,” said Josh Kinchen, Golf Club and Accessories Marketing Manager – Bridgestone Golf, Inc.  “We have now given him a bigger platform for showcasing his sense of style, as these six caps were all designed by Matt.”

The Kuchar Collection caps will feature an MSRP of $24 each and will be available at golf specialty stores and green grass retailers nationwide beginning February 2013.  For more information on the Bridgestone’s entire 2013 product offering visit


LPGA Announces International Crown Global Team Competition

Biennial Team Event Launching in 2014 to Feature Eight Countries Battling for Title of World’s Best Golf Nation

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL) – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announces the International Crown, a first-of-its-kind, biennial, global match play competition commencing in 2014 that will feature teams from eight countries battling for the right to be “Crowned” the world’s best golf nation.

Showcasing the strength of Golf’s Global Tour, this even-year tournament will feature a four-day, match-play format with a total purse of $1.6 million – of which $100,000 will go to each member of the winning team. Each of the eight countries will be represented by four players.

“At the LPGA, we celebrate great players from all over the world on a weekly basis, but this is the first time we’ll pit country versus country for global bragging rights,” said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. “Only countries that have produced the best female teams can compete and only four players from any one country will be invited. The International Crown will take women’s golf to the next level and allow fans to rally behind their homelands. In sports, there is simply nothing greater than wearing your nation’s flag, fans singing your national anthem, and bringing the CROWN home.”

The inaugural tournament will debut July 21-27, 2014 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland, outside Baltimore.  In 2016, the Crown will be played at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois, host of The 2009 Solheim Cup.

Qualification criteria for the International Crown are:
* Eight teams based on cumulative Rolex Rankings of each country’s top four players at the conclusion of the 2013 CME Group Titleholders
* Four players from each country based on Rolex Rankings at date to be determined.

Whan formally announced the International Crown at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. If teams for the Crown were selected according to the current Rolex Rankings, South Korea, the U.S., Japan, Sweden, Australia, Spain, Taiwan and England would battle for the inaugural title.

“Our Tour is so global and we need this type of event,” said Stacy Lewis, the top-ranked American. “People always want to know why golfers from Asia are so good. Well, now we can see how all the countries stack up. The more we can showcase our Tour around the world, the better. Representing your country is the ultimate thing. Getting announced on the first tee when you are representing the USA, it doesn’t get any better than that. It’s a goal of mine to be in the event.”

The format of the International Crown will feature three days of Four Ball matches wherein countries will be seeded into two brackets with four countries in either bracket. Each country will play every other country in their bracket over the course of the first three rounds to determine which five countries will advance to Sunday singles play. All points from the Four Ball matches will carry over to Sunday's Matches where each country will play a singles match against every other country. The total cumulative points for the four days of competition will be used to determine the overall champion.

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“It’s like preparing for the Olympics,” said Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng, of Taiwan. “In Taiwan and in Asia, we don’t have a team event like this. This is a good opportunity for us to play for our countries. It’s really going to be awesome. Right now, we have three Taiwanese players that play fulltime on the LPGA Tour. Hopefully in the next two years, we can improve our junior program and get more Taiwanese players on the LPGA. This tournament will really help us with that goal.”

In a unique twist, prior to play on Saturday and Sunday, each team will turn in a sealed envelope with the name of one player who will represent their team if a playoff is necessary to break a tie the following day.

“Hosting The International Crown continues Caves Valley’s tradition of providing a demanding test of golf and world class hospitality to the very best players from around the world,” says Steve Fader, Chairman of Caves Valley Golf Club. “On behalf of our membership – from the U.S. and around the world – we are proud to welcome the world’s greatest female players to Caves Valley and Baltimore.”

“We are honored to have the International Crown at Rich Harvest Farms in 2016,” says Jerry Rich, Chairman and Owner of Rich Harvest Farms.  “We look forward to welcoming the wonderful spectators and fans of women’s golf including the youth in our community to witness this truly global tournament.”

The International Crown will feature a limited number of Ambassador Sponsors which will be announced in the coming months. This elite level of sponsorship associated with the International Crown will provide media exposure and premier hospitality as well as invitations to participate in the official pro-am of the event.

The International Crown is one of several unique concepts launched by the LPGA in recent years, including the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup and the CME Group Titleholders.

About Caves Valley
Designed by Tom Fazio, Caves Valley fully opened for play in 1991 and is ranked among the Top 100 Courses in the U.S. by GOLF Magazine. Situated outside Baltimore amid the natural beauty of Maryland's estate and hunt country, its 962 acres feature rolling hills, pastures, woods and wetlands. The club hosted the 2002 U.S. Senior Open Championship, 2005 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship and 2009 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship.

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