Tuesday, January 16, 2018

TPT Golf to Support College Golfers with Play Golf In College

(RENENS, SWITZERLAND) - TPT Golf has chosen Play Golf in College to lead its college golf program. With TPT Golf, Play Golf in College will identify and support elite junior golfers and college golf programs around the country with TPT Golf shafts and shaft education.

Play Golf in College is led by Brad Sparling, a golf instructor and former college golf coach at Duke University and Ohio State University. His Ohio-based company works with elite golfers around the country to help them develop all aspects of their game and navigate the college golf recruitment process.

"Every single golfer we've seen fitted so far has increased their accuracy and improved their distance with a TPT Golf shaft," Sparling says. "Through this collaboration with TPT Golf, we're going to make sure the best players in the country have access to the very best golf shafts. The technology is incredible and elite golfers will love the improved dispersion and feel of the shafts."

Each of TPT Golf's 11 different shaft models is created with the company's revolutionary "Thin-Ply Winding Method," a fully automated manufacturing process that gives TPT Golf the ability to independently tweak each shaft design parameter with the ultimate precision. The robot-driven process ensures unrivaled consistency and unlocks superior performance for golfers of all abilities.

"TPT Golf has created a new and different way of making a golf shaft, and it's a better way," says TPT Golf Director Sebastian Sebayang. "With Play Golf in College, we're going to ensure elite junior golfers and college programs have the shafts and the education they need to take their game to the next level."

TPT Golf's newest shaft, the 15-LKP-LT-LW, will be officially launched at the 2018 PGA Show in Orlando. The low torque, lightweight shaft is designed specifically for the needs of high-speed golfers. In 2017, the 15-LKP-LT-LW was used to earn three wins on the professional Tours: the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, the Turkish Airlines Open (European Tour) and the Indonesian Masters (Asian Tour).

For more information on TPT Golf, visit tptgolf.com.

Out is In for 2018 Outer Banks Golf

(OUTER BANKS, NC) – Those looking for an ideal 2018 golf escape should get ready to bask in Coastal Carolina warmth and sunshine — with a wee bit of influence from ocean breezes. In recent years, North Carolina’s fabled Outer Banks (OBX) have begun to transform themselves into a true golf destination offering an array of courses more closely tied to nature’s coastal elements than most along the East Coast.

“The Outer Banks has everything a golfer is looking for when going on a golf vacation – well-manicured courses, great restaurants, a variety of housing options and unique activities other than golf,” says long-time Kilmarlic Golf Club Director of Golf Bryan Sullivan, a former North-South Amateur champion and an All-American at the University of North Carolina.

Sullivan’s Kilmarlic Golf Club is a popular Tom Steele design nestled along the marshland of the Albemarle Sound and host course for both the 2004 and 2009 North Carolina Opens. The wonderful mainland course provides a pure OBX layout with water and wetlands virtually in play at all times.

Host to an annual autumn collegiate event, Kilmarlic is also ideally located just five miles west of the bridge that connects the mainland to the barrier island.

“In 10 minutes,” Sullivan says, “I can have my feet in the Atlantic Ocean.”

In terms of its setting, with several holes playing along a rugged coastline Nags Head Golf Links is one of the most exposed golf facilities to the wind along the state’s coast. A Scottish-style course, Nags Head GL is also considered one of the finest. The capricious breezes off sound-side waters create different challenges every time you play it.

Designed by Bob Moore — who clearly followed the adage “don’t mess with Mother Nature” when crafting this gem — the Nags Head layout incorporates the best of links-style golf against a backdrop as dramatic as you’ll find anywhere up and down the Atlantic Seaboard.

The front and back nine closing holes along the sound are particularly spectacular. Nags Head’s bar and restaurant, not surprisingly, is home to the most dramatic sunsets in town, with views not only across the immediate Roanoke Sound, but towards three other sounds (Albemarle, Croatan and Pamlico) that flow into it from the north, west and south as well.

Currituck Club is “sculpted on the type of land where golf began,” says its architect, the renowned Rees Jones, who designed a 6,800-yard masterpiece among 600 acres of dunes, wetlands, maritime forests and sound seascapes. There is, not surprisingly, plenty of water on the course, most of it on the front nine, but unlike Nags Head, most of the water at Currituck Club comes in the form of marsh and wetlands.

Jones is known for moving large amounts of dirt during construction, which is part of the reason his finished product offers a true, championship feel. You won’t find a weak hole at Currituck and the par-3s are particularly stunning, including two that play over water. The best is arguably the signature sixth, located at the hub of the front nine where four holes converge, which plays anywhere from 150 to 200 yards over water, with stunning views of the sound off in the background.

Currituck Club is demanding from tee to green, with undulating fairways that require an accurate tee shot and large, contoured greens that make lag putting among the most challenging elements of the design. Like its OBX brethren, Currituck Club plays longer than its yardage might indicate, as it is designed directly at sea level and is bolstered by constant wind especially along the homeward stretch, where the breeze is almost always in the golfer’s face.

The Pointe Golf Club is located on the rural mainland side of OBX and across the four-lane highway from Kilmarlic. A traditional Russell Breeden design, the course is also said to be the first in the country to have the A-1 bentgrass — a dense, disease-resistant strain — installed across its corridors.

This, of course, is only natural given that the site is a former turf farm combined with rolling farmland. In addition, the management at The Pointe has always devoted itself to providing the finest course conditions imaginable.

The Pointe is also the area’s most player-friendly design and features a peaceful setting with no houses. In fact, it is the only course in the area that is not in a residential community. At a par of 71 with five par-3s, The Pointe can usually be played in four hours, which means more time back at the beach.

Meanwhile, the seventh hole at The Carolina Club is one of the most memorable offerings along the entire North Carolina coast. An island green aged to perfection can create that kind of legend. The 166-yard one-shotter features a TPC Sawgrass-type island green with water, water everywhere. It’s truly an experience to be had.

Still, The Carolina Club is more than a one-hole wonder. As the longest OBX course, it will delight you with liquid challenges that are often compounded by ever-shifting ocean breezes. The Pointe’s sister course features a strong mix of holes with several scenic par-3s (in addition to its signature island green No. 7) and two good risk-reward par-5s to complete each nine.

The Carolina Club’s positioning as the first course heading into town from the north and last one on the way out makes it the ideal play on either side of your OBX golf vacation.

Outer Banks 2018 golf package and travel planning information is available at www.PlayOBXGolf.com or 800-916-6244.

Sun Mountain Introduces Supercharged Golf Bags

(Missoula, Montana) – New for 2018, Sun Mountain is supercharging two of its top-selling golf bags with portable power packs. The bags have an external USB port wired to a portable power pack capable of recharging a mobile phone and powering a mobile device. Supercharged C-130 cart bag will be golf shops in June with a retail price of $279.99 and the Supercharged 4.5 carry bag will be in stores by August at $249.99.

The Supercharged golf bags come equipped with a 7800 mAh rechargeable, portable power pack capable of recharging a mobile phone three times. This power pack has two USB ports, one standard and one rapid-charging, allowing recharging of multiple devices at the same time.

Sun Mountain President Ed Kowachek explained, “The ability to recharge on the go is important to the ever-increasing number of golfers who use their mobile phones to run GPS apps and stream music on the course.”

Supercharged C-130 offers all the award-winning, golfer-friendly features that have made the C-130 the top-selling golf cart bag including a 14-way top with a putter well, an abundance of pocket space, Smart Straps that offer a better way to secure the bag to a golf cart, an easy-access range finder pocket, and now the elegantly integrated portable power pack. Supercharged 4.5 is a supercharged version of the Sun Mountain 4.5LS carry bag. Both bags are available in three different colors: black; navy/white/red; and desert camo.

For the Sun Mountain retailer nearest you call 800-227-9224 or visit www.sunmountain.com.

FLUX Golf Passes Performance Threshold with New Face Tech

(SEATTLE, WA) - FLUX, a golf design studio and proven innovator in face insert technology, breaks a long-standing performance barrier in 2018 with DARtech. The patent-pending and USGA-conforming putter face geometry produces positive RPM (topspin) instantly upon striking. In other words, FLUX offers performance through tech, not technique.

Imparting forward roll at a positive-degree launch angle seems simple enough, yet throughout the history of golf this goal has proven elusive. Through a combination of advanced material science and 10 years of R&D in face design, FLUX has cracked the code with the DARtech (Directional Angular Rotation) insert, a progressively angled face pattern offered in stainless steel and polymer. This disruptive innovation is featured in FLUX’s 2018 UNITY putter line.

Traditionally, pro golfers and low handicap players have overcome the natural tendency for the ball to spin backwards off the club face with stroke styles that change the attack angle of the club. DARtech now offers the ability for all players to experience the same benefits of overspin combined with launch angle consistency without having to change their stroke.

Lead Design Engineer J.A. Bergquist has made The Quest for the Perfect Roll his mantra for over a decade, and his over 40 production putter designs have borne results with wins on the PGA, LPGA, Champions and Web.Com tours. “With FLUX, I feel like this journey to create consistent roll in a golf ball has come to its nexus,” states Bergquist. “Years of innovation have led to this point: the most balanced and consistent putter we have ever brought to life, and at the PGA Show, you can feel this synergy for yourself.”

Visit FLUX GOLF at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Booth #920 or at www.FLUXGOLF.com.

Antigua Announces Early Spring '18 Styles

(PEORIA, AZ) - Antigua Group, Inc. - one of the nation's leading designers and marketers of lifestyle and golf apparel under the distinguished Antigua brand - has released its early Spring 2018 styles.

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"Antigua's men's Spring '18 performance golf apparel demonstrates the proliferation of self collar polos that represent current fashion trends as much as they are the ideal styling choice to showcase our proprietary patterns," says Sean Gregg, VP of product development and marketing support. "Though the self collar polo style dominates the men's polo shirt offering this season, the flat knit fashion collar hasn't taken a backseat. When this collection was being conceptualized, integrating the sophisticated and sport-aligned flat knit collar was so important that specific fabrications were designed to pair with this classic style."

Style Exchange integrates the fashion flat knit collar smoothly into the tonal top portion of the dramatically engineered chest design. It uses this season's fashion shades in the upper body and sleeves while partitioning the balance from the placket on down with a seasonal accent-to-white-to-heather-grey neutral hombre stripe that finishes the pattern repeat. Exchange is constructed in a fine gauge jersey, and includes spandex for maximum comfort and stretch. It's stylized with vertically set striped cuffs.

Style Liquid also employs the flat knit collar as a complement to the fabric. A carry forward from last season, it again demonstrates that a pique fabric can be more than utilitarian. Its two-color stripe fabric has been knit into a variegated auto repeat that takes advantage of the pique's birds-eye construction -- creating an iridescent effect that's emphasized alongside solid color stripes, offering a unique color appeal to this otherwise classic pique polo.

Style Aerial shares the same two colors of this season's palette as Liquid, and was created in a supple poly/spandex jersey construction. Its main fabric color showcases the rich, bright colors of this season's collection while the one-inch repeating pinstripe is a subtly contrasting accent color. It's available in eight vibrant color combinations.

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For Spring '18, Antigua has placed an emphasis on engineering styles with obvious chest placement accent designs. Five uniquely designed garments with equally uniquely designed patterns have been developed to spotlight this trend. Style Unite subtly uses multi-color end-on-end feed stripes intermittently paired, while engineered chest panel style Unite defines the chest stripe trend. Made of the softest poly/spandex jersey and sewn with a self-fabric collar with perpendicularly cut cuffs, Unite is a must-have garment this season in any of its five color combinations.

Style Dimension rounds out Antigua's initial Spring '18 new designs. It's a contemporary print with asymmetric linear accents set against a tonal seasonal color background. The contemporary performance golf polo incorporates the same linear pattern used as accents in tone-on-tone shades throughout the fabric design. Its self-fabric collar completes the updated look and achieves a complete print color matching.

Find Antigua on the web at: www.Antigua.com and ShopAntigua.com. Like Antigua on Facebook at: facebook.com/Antigua. Follow Antigua on Twitter at: twitter.com/AntiguaWear. See Antigua YouTube videos at: youtube.com/AntiguaWear.

U.S. Open’s Long Island Return Highlights 2018 USGA Championship Schedule

Women’s Open Moves to May; Inaugural Senior Women’s Open Slated for July

(LIBERTY CORNER, N.J.) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) confirmed the sites and dates for its 2018 championship schedule, which includes 14 annual championships and four international competitions. The season begins with this weekend's fourth Latin America Amateur Championship, which will be played from Jan. 20-23 at Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago, Chile.

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., will host the 118th U.S. Open from June 14-17, the club’s fifth U.S. Open. The 73rd U.S. Women’s Open moves in advance of the U.S. Open and will be played May 31-June 3 at Shoal Creek in Shoal Creek, Ala. The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., will host the 39th U.S. Senior Open from June 28-July 1. The inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open is slated for July 12-15 and will be played at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill.

“The courses hosting in 2018 are excellent partners and we appreciate their efforts in preparing to conduct exemplary championships,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “The USGA has always honored the history of the game, so it is fitting that we are returning to two of the Association’s five founding clubs. Shinnecock Hills is the lone venue to host U.S. Opens in three centuries and Chicago Golf Club was founded by Charles Blair Macdonald, a major figure in early American golf.”

This will be the 10th time the U.S. Open has been played on Long Island. Shinnecock Hills hosted the second U.S. Open in 1896, with James Foulis defeating defending champion Horace Rawlins by three strokes. In 1986, Raymond Floyd shot a final-round 66 to break out of a tightly bunched field to win by two strokes. In 1995, Corey Pavin clinched his two-stroke victory over Greg Norman with a memorable 4-wood approach to the final green. In 2004, Retief Goosen outlasted Phil Mickelson by two strokes to claim his second U.S. Open title.

The U.S. Women’s Open will begin in the month of May for the first time since 2001 and is part of a reorganization of the USGA’s championship schedule. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, Shoal Creek will host its third USGA championship. It previously hosted the 1986 U.S. Amateur and 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur championships.

The inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open will be the 12th USGA championship at Chicago Golf Club. The championship is open to both female professional and amateur players with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 7.4 who have reached their 50th birthday as of the first day of competition. The format for the 120-player field will mirror the other USGA Opens. Chicago Golf Club, the oldest golf club in the U.S. in continuous use at the same location, was renovated in 1923 by Seth Raynor and remains largely unchanged today.

The Broadmoor will host its eighth USGA championship with the U.S. Senior Open and the sixth on its East Course, originally designed by Donald Ross. Eduardo Romero became the second Argentinean to win the Senior Open in 2008, while So Yeon Ryu won the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open in a playoff. In 1959, Jack Nicklaus won the first of his two U.S. Amateur triumphs, while Annika Sorenstam claimed the first of her three U.S. Women’s Open titles in 1995. The East Course also hosted the 1962 Curtis Cup Match.

The 40th Curtis Cup Match, a biennial competition between female amateur teams from the United States and Great Britain and Ireland, will be contested at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y. The USA Team will look to reclaim the Curtis Cup June 8-10, in between the U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Open.

Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links will host the 118th U.S. Amateur from Aug. 13-19 with Spyglass Hill Golf Course serving as the stroke-play co-host venue. The two courses also combined to host the U.S. Amateur in 1999. The Golf Club of Tennessee will be the host site for the 118th U.S. Women’s Amateur, the 16th USGA championship in the Volunteer State.

The 71st U.S. Junior Amateur and 70th U.S. Girls’ Junior championships will be played the same week, July 16-21 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., and Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif., respectively. The 38th U.S. Mid-Amateur and 32nd U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur will also be held the same week, Sept. 22-27 at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club and Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Mo., respectively. The Junior Amateur and Mid-Amateur champions will earn full exemptions from qualifying into the 2019 U.S. Open, while the Girls’ Junior and Women’s Mid-Amateur champions will be exempt into the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open.

2018 USGA Championship Schedule
April 28-May 2 - 4th U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball, El Caballero Country Club, Tarzana, Calif.
May 19-23 - 4th U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, Jupiter Hills Club (Hills & Village courses), Tequesta, Fla.
May 31-June 3 - 73rd U.S. Women’s Open, Shoal Creek, Shoal Creek, Ala.
June 14-17 - 118th U.S. Open, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.
June 28-July 1 - 39th U.S. Senior Open, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo.
July 12-15 - 1st U.S. Senior Women’s Open, Chicago Golf Club, Wheaton, Ill.
July 16-21 - 71st U.S. Junior Amateur, Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J.
July 16-21 - 70th U.S. Girls’ Junior, Poppy Hills Golf Course, Pebble Beach, Calif.
Aug. 6-12 - 118th U.S. Women’s Amateur, The Golf Club of Tennessee, Kingston Springs, Tenn.
Aug. 13-19 - 118th U.S. Amateur, Pebble Beach Golf Links & Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Pebble Beach, Calif.
Aug. 25-30 - 64th U.S. Senior Amateur, Eugene (Ore.) Country Club
Sept. 22-27 - 32nd U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, Norwood Hills Country Club, St. Louis, Mo.
Sept. 22-27 - 38th U.S. Mid-Amateur, Charlotte Country Club & Carolina Golf Club, Charlotte, N.C.
Oct. 6-11 - 57th U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club, Vero Beach, Fla.

International Competitions
Jan. 20-23 - 4th Latin America Amateur, Prince of Wales Country Club, Santiago, Chile
June 8-10 - 40th Curtis Cup Match, Quaker Ridge Golf Club, Scarsdale, N.Y.
Aug. 29-Sept. 1 - 28th Women’s World Amateur Team, Carton House Golf Club, Dublin, Ireland
Sept. 5-8 - 31st World Amateur Team, Carton House Golf Club, Dublin, Ireland

To learn more, visit usga.org.

TecTecTec Bringing Amazon’s No. 1 Selling Golf Laser Rangefinders to Retailers

Debuting New ULT-X Model at 2018 PGA Merchandise Show, Booth #1215

(Vannes, France) – TecTecTec – maker of technologically-advanced yet affordable laser rangefinders for golf, which are Amazon’s No. 1 category seller – is opening its doors to traditional retailers in North America for the first time. The entire portfolio of golf laser rangefinders will be on display at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL., on January 24-26.

The company will be debuting its latest model, the ULT-X. This new rangefinder carries a variety of top-notch performance features such as Vibrating FlagSeeker technology and a quick toggle to disable slope functionality when elevation-adjusted distance readings are not permitted during tournament play. On display to see at Booth #1215, the ULT-X will officially be available to the golfing public later this year.

“Our footprint continues to grow in North America; retail partnerships will enable a wider audience to experience the TecTecTec difference,” says Renan Lore, Director of TecTecTec. “Built to improve all golfer’s on-course performance, the ULT-X rangefinder offers the most advanced attributes to date while maintaining a modest price. The PGA Show is the perfect way to kick off our 2018 season.”

In addition to the ULT-X, the TecTecTec product line contains a variety of cutting-edge models including the popular VPRO500 and VPRO DLX, which are order-ready for retailers. An exclusive PGA Show offer includes a silicone case with each VPRO500 model. All rangefinders come in standard and “S” editions, which utilize PinSlope Technology to calculate elevation-adjusted distance to the target. TecTecTec rangefinders are engineered to the highest standards and priced sensibly for all budgets.

Three unique scanning modes are available with each model – Pinsensor measures overlapping targets, including flagsticks and wooded areas; Target Priority displays distance of the closest subject; and Scan Mode helps read distances to hazards. Precise within one yard, the company’s renowned products have an ultra-clear, multi-layered optical lens for excellent visual clarity and 6x magnification with diopter adjustment.

More information: www.us.tectectec.com

Yatra's UNiCHARGE to Debut at PGA Golf Show

Stop by Booth #3718 to learn how this versatile mobile charging station is changing the game

(RELEASE) - Join Yatra on January 24-26, at the PGA Golf Show in Orlando, Florida, as they debut UNiCHARGE. This universal, fast charging solution enhances and fosters a more connected golf experience. UNiCHARGE resolves charging needs, provides an excellent revenue model, and keeps players relaxed on the green.

UNiCHARGE is a mobile solution to fast charging your smart devices on the go. The slim portable power bank (size of iPhone 5) pack an incredible punch, bringing your device from 0-70% in less than 30 mins while anywhere on the course. Built-in cables provide seamless connection and can change with technology.

UNiCHARGE provides a serious revenue model for courses that elect to charge golfers for the use of a UNiCHARGE power bank. At just 5 dollars per round to rent, the system pays for itself in less than a month. On average, courses will net a 10x revenue on the rental system. Many private courses have adopted the Perk (free) system, which facilitates positive member feedback on convenience.

“We are very excited to be a part of the PGA show in 2018,” said Yatra founder Roy Sharda. “We’ve had tremendous interest from golf courses looking to offer their community mobile charging. We are looking forward to showcasing our solution. Now more than ever, golfers are streaming music, using GPS and need to stay connected while on the course."

UNiCHARGE Highlights:
• Custom Branding Options – Fully customize and display company logos and designs on the illuminated UNiCHARGE system.
• Compact – Fits easily on countertops or host stands. Each charging system holds 8 ultra-slim power banks for multi-customer use.
• Universal – Each power bank comes with built-in detachable Lightning and Micro USB cables, individually equipped with USB ports permitting their replacement as technology changes.
• Convenient – Allows customers the peace of mind to keep their devices with them while charging on the go.
• Quick Charge – UNiCHARGE power banks are equipped with 8, 4000mAh lithium polymer batteries that power the iPhone or Android device from 0-70% in 30 minutes.
• Theft Protected – Each charging station uses Luna Pulse Technology to charge each individual power bank, therefore allowing it to only be charged while resting in the base station. GPS technology can also be used as a theft deterrent.
• Battery Superiority & Cable Durability – Yatra has partnered with Intertek—a global leader in R&D quality control—to test product quality.

“From the green to the restaurant, golf courses can put the station to use anywhere on their property,” said Steve Smith, Operations Director at Yatra.

UNiCHARGE completely sold out of its first run after debuting at the National Restaurant Association’s annual expo in May and is already gaining national attention in the restaurant and lounge markets of Las Vegas, New York City, and Chicago. It can be found at such fine dining establishments as STK Steakhouse, Prime and Provisions, and Chicago Cut Steakhouse.

To learn more, stop by Booth #3718 at the PGA Golf Show in Orlando, Florida. For samples or additional information, visit www.shopyatra.com or contact brooke@veteranpr.com.

Ak-Chin Indian Community to Host 'Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun' World Long Drive Association Event in May

(Maricopa, Ariz.) – The Ak-Chin Indian Community has partnered with the World Long Drive Association (WLDA) to host the “Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun” on Monday and Tuesday, May 14 and 15, 2018. A portion of the officially sanctioned WLDA event will be televised in primetime on Golf Channel on Tuesday, May 15th. The Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun will take place adjacent to Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino on a natural grass golf range (with stadium seating) being constructed for the event.

The event will feature a 32-man field competing in the Open Division based on World Long Drive rankings, along with a Women’s Division field of 16 competitors. Qualifying rounds will narrow the field to eight men and four women advancing to take part in the televised portion of the competition on Golf Channel. As part of the WLDA tour event festivities, there will be two-days of open qualifying on May 11-12. In addition, a World Long Drive Pro-Am will be held on Tuesday, May 15 at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club.

The Ak-Chin Indian Community is located adjacent to Maricopa, Ariz., a half hour from Phoenix-Sky Harbor Airport. Enterprises that make up the Ak-Chin Indian Community destination include Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, Ultra Star Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle and the Troon Golf-managed Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club is ranked as one of the Top 100 courses in the country by Golfweek and Golf Magazine.

"The Ak-Chin Indian Community is excited to partner with Golf Channel to bring World Long Drive to Maricopa, Arizona," said Ak-Chin Tribal Chairman Robert Miguel. "We think this event will bring people to our Community where they can enjoy our local entertainment options, including Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino, UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle and Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club."

“The creation of this new event in partnership with the Ak-Chin Indian Community will allow the World Long Drive Association to expand its television presence in 2018 by showcasing some of golf’s most dynamic athletes and personalities competing from an exciting venue in the heart of one of the game’s most prized golf destinations,” said Phil Piazza, Golf Channel senior vice president of programming.

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino is undergoing a multimillion dollar transformation and expansion project including a new hotel tower, casino floor expansion and parking garage. The new hotel tower is slated to be completed in advance of the 2018 event.

For more information on the Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun, visit http://www.akchinsoutherndunes.com/WLD/.

For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.

Monday, January 15, 2018

PGA National Resort & Spa Offers ‘Sunsational’ Golf and Spa Getaways

Opportunity to Play Newly Renovated Palmer Course Headlines ‘Gold Golf’ Stay-and-Play Package

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – PGA National Resort & Spa – South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation and spa destination – announces a trio of exceptional packages ideal for fun and relaxing getaways this winter and spring.

Resort guests can now take full advantage of the newly transformed Palmer Course after undergoing a recent comprehensive renovation. Through April 30, players can experience The Palmer through the popular Gold Golf stay-and-play offer starting at $319 (per person, per night, double occupancy). Additionally, nightly luxury accommodations are included with private balcony or terrace, full breakfast daily in the Palm Terrace, one round per day as well as unlimited range balls and complimentary bag storage.

For guests interested in tackling the famed Champion Course, home to the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic, the Champion package is the quintessential option. Beginning at $399 (per person, per night, double occupancy), it features one round of golf daily on The Champion as well as luxury accommodations with private balcony or terrace and full breakfast each day in the Palm Terrace.

Perfect for a weekend filled with pure bliss, dive in to a whole new level of relaxation with the Waters of the World package, providing an oasis away from the hustle and bustle. The offer features luxury accommodations with private balcony or terrace, full breakfast daily in the Palm Terrace, one 50-minute spa treatment per day, access to the Waters of the World mineral pools and unlimited use of The Spa amenities. Rates start at $289 per person, per night (based on double occupancy) from Jan. 1 – April 30.

“Our habitual warm, South Florida weather provides a haven for our guests looking to escape cold climates this winter and spring while savoring our active lifestyle,” says Greg Saunders, Vice President, Managing Director. “We cordially invite you to come enjoy our five championship golf courses and luxurious amenities and experience first-hand why we’re one of the premier resorts in the U.S.”

Guests can also enjoy the new high-tech 33,000-square-foot Sports & Racquet Club featuring a wide array of fitness activities and classes, including pickleball and tennis on the 18 Har-Tru tennis courts (11 lit for night play). Not to be missed is a visit to The Spa, which recently renovated its ladies lounge with sleek new furnishings, contemporary décor, steam rooms, saunas and indoor whirlpools. PGA National features exceptional dining options for all tastes including its chef-driven Ironwood Steak & Seafood restaurant.

Fees and taxes are additional on all packages. A surcharge is required for all rounds on The Champion and Palmer courses.

For more information, visit www.pgaresort.com or call 800.863.2819.

Destination Kohler Releases 2018 ‘Dye-Abolical’ and ‘Golf Kohler’ Stay-and-Play Packages

Guests are Invited to Pair with New Inn on Woodlake Multi-Bedroom Suites to Create Exceptional Group Golf Experience   

(KOHLER, Wisc.) – Destination Kohler – Wisconsin’s golf leader and home to four acclaimed Pete Dye-designed courses across Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run – is now taking 2018 reservations for the popular “Dye-Abolical” and “Golf Kohler” stay-and-play packages. Destination Kohler is the Midwest’s only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort-hotel and recently selected by Conde Nast Traveler as the #1 resort in the Midwest.

The three-night “Dye-Abolical” features four rounds of golf per person, one each on The Straits and The Irish courses at Whistling Straits and The River and Meadow Valleys layouts at Blackwolf Run. Cart, caddie and forecaddie fees are included along with a 30-minute golf lesson and gift pouch with logoed items. Complimentary replays are available on The Irish and Meadow Valleys and golfers receive a 20% discount at the Forbes Five-Star Kohler Waters Spa.

Rates (based on double occupancy) start at $987 for accommodations at the AAA Three-Diamond Inn on Woodlake and $1,116 at The American Club, Wisconsin’s only Forbes Five-Star property.

“Golf Kohler” differs only in terms of stay (two nights versus three) and rounds of golf (three versus four). Play on The Straits – three-time PGA Championship host and 2020 Ryder Cup venue – and The River – recently ranked among Dye’s greatest golf course designs by GOLF.com – is included. Rates begin at $761 at the Inn on Woodlake and $851 at The American Club.

“We’re the only resort in the world featuring four golf courses by Mr. Dye, who is widely regarded as the greatest architect of his generation,” says Dirk Willis, PGA, GM & Group Director – Golf, Kohler Co. “Given the rising popularity of buddy trips and our team’s unrivaled focus on guest service, it’s the perfect time to lock-in one of the Inn on Woodlake’s 10 new multi-bedroom suites.”

Destination Kohler opened the new two- and four-bedroom suites on Jan. 1, after a year-long expansion project. All feature a central common area with a large flat screen TV and fireplace, plus kitchenette with beverage refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker and sink. Bedrooms are configured with either two twins or one king bed and feature a large flat screen TV, minifridge, coffee maker and private bathroom with double vanity and walk-in KOHLER shower. A patio extends the floor plan of some of the four-bedroom models.

The boutique Inn on Woodlake also boasts an updated and more spacious lobby. The central common space, or Atrium, will continue to offer complimentary breakfast to guests, and has been expanded to now include a cocktail bar and a patio with direct access to the popular putting green overlooking Wood Lake.

To book, please call 866.446.5170. Groups of 12 or more are invited to ask about Ultimate Buddy Trip options. Favorites include Ryder Cup-inspired tournaments and pairing parties, special happy hours, 19th hole celebrations, team shirts, locker room name plates, and logoed tee gifts.

For more information: DestinationKohler.com, 866.446.5170.

ECCO Golf Launches BIOM HYBRID 3

Revolutionary TRI-FI-GRIP Outsole Provides Exceptional Traction, Stability

(LONDONDERRY, NH) – ECCO – a leading manufacturer of innovative footwear – announces the launch of ECCO BIOM HYBRID 3 featuring the ECCO TRI-FI-GRIP outsole with a multi-purpose zonal performance structure for optimal traction and stability.

Specifically engineered to move with the foot through the swing, the multi-purpose zonal performance structure is focused on three key segments:
- Zone 1 centers on delivering outstanding lateral stability throughout the swing.
- Zone 2 forms the middle of the outsole and is designed to enhance walking comfort through the round and beyond. It also features a durability region in the heel where shoes can be prone to wearing.
- Zone 3 is a specially engineered rotational section designed to optimize the movement in the forefoot through slim, rounded lugs which promote fast and easy rotation through the swing.

The latest evolution of the brand’s multi-award winning ECCO BIOM HYBRID franchise, ECCO BIOM HYBRID 3 boasts a supple Yak leather upper protected by a waterproof GORE-TEX membrane, for exceptional flexibility and protection from the elements.

“We approached this project with the question: ‘How can we make the best, better?’ By combining our new TRI-FI-GRIP innovation with the same technological features created by the BIOM last, I believe we have achieved our goal,” says Lead Designer Andrzej Bikowski. “The fact that all ECCO BIOM HYBRID 3 models offer complete waterproof GORE-TEX construction further exemplifies our commitment to progress and excellence.”

Available in bold options for men and women, additional features of ECCO BIOM HYBRID 3 include:
- An ECCO Racer Yak leather upper with supreme breathability and durability
- 100% GORE-TEX waterproof protection, guaranteed for three years
- The option of a BOA closure system for optimum fit
- ECCO Freedom Fit mixing a snug heel setting with a roomier forefoot area that allows toes to move naturally
- BIOM NATURAL MOTION technology brings the player closer to the ground while offering an anatomical last shape with superb cushioning and advanced support
- Removable Ortholite inlay soles, offering long-term cushioning, enhanced breathability, moisture management and the option of extra width

As is the case with all of the golf shoes in ECCO GOLF’s Spring/Summer 2018 Collection, ECCO BIOM HYBRID 3 is crafted at company-owned factories that utilize FLUIDFORM technology to bond the upper and outsole unit, creating a one-piece shoe without the use of glue or stitching. Benefits include flexibility, durability and a lightweight construction.

ECCO GOLF shoes are worn in competition around the world by Fred Couples, Ernie Els, Smylie Kaufman, Peter Hanson, Thomas Bjørn, Lydia Ko, Minjee Lee, Caroline Masson and Gerina Piller, among others.

For more information: www.eccousa.com, 800.886.3226.

Swannies to Showcase 2018 Spring and Fall Collections at 2018 PGA Merchandise Show

Casual, Stylish Golf Apparel on Display at Booth #6587

(Minneapolis, MN.) – Swannies – creator of stylish, comfortable and fun clothing popular among millennial golfers – will exhibit its 2018 spring apparel range and preview fall offerings at Booth #6587 during the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida January 24-26.

Swannies spring lifestyle selections feature a range of versatile polos, outerwear, hats and accessories including the Lakes Rain Jacket and waterproof Delta hat. Designed for modern, casual wear, fall highlights include a fresh, functional backpack, hoodie and joggers. Like all Swannies apparel, the items are competitively priced for the everyday golfer.

“We’re positioning ourselves to be the go-to brand for millennial golfers – a crucial, unique and growing demographic,” says Adam Iversen, Co-Founder of Swannies Apparel. “Our 2018 line is driven by our vision to make the game more enjoyable for the average player through style, comfort and convenience.”

In addition to the brand’s apparel, Swannies will showcase its brand-sponsored, millennial-focused Party Scramble events, a fun-filled format created by Swannies where golf teams compete in a traditional nine-hole scramble with three party games – cornhole, beersby and kubb – between holes. After the brand’s successful inaugural event last August, the 2018 Swannies Party Scramble series will hit 16 metro areas including Chicago, Cincinnati, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Tampa, Tucson, Washington D.C. and more.

To schedule an appointment, contact adam@swannies.co.

More information: swannies.co.

2018 World Long Drive Schedule Announced; Five Events Live in Primetime on Golf Channel

New Televised Events Include Stops in Arizona, Atlantic City & Tennessee

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – Coming off record viewership and a season fueled by emergent dynamic personalities, the World Long Drive Association (WLDA) today announced its 2018 schedule, which will feature five televised events airing live on Golf Channel. The announcement comes following September’s Volvik World Long Drive Championship that was televised in nearly 80 countries around the world as Justin James and Sandra Carlborg claimed their respective World Championship belts.

The five televised events are an increase from three in 2017, and collectively account for half of the 10 events on the 2018 World Long Drive schedule, each airing live and in primetime on Golf Channel. Featuring both the Open and Women’s Divisions, three new events are coupled with the return of the Clash in the Canyon (Mesquite, Nev., Tuesday, April 24) and the 2018 Volvik World Long Drive Championship (Thackerville, Okla., Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 4-5), which will be staged at the WinStar World Casino & Resort for the fourth consecutive year. The new events include:
· Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun (Maricopa, Ariz., Tuesday, May 15)
· Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash (Atlantic City, N.J., Tuesday, June 5)
· Long Drive Classic presented by Niswonger Children’s Hospital (Kingsport, Tenn., Monday, August 13)

“World Long Drive has quickly emerged as an exciting spectacle in our sport, with record viewership in 2017 driven by a younger audience gravitating toward the dramatic storylines and personalities playing out live in primetime,” said Molly Solomon, executive vice president, content, Golf Channel. “In two years, the number of televised Long Drive events has increased from one in 2016 to now half of the schedule in 2018. It’s a testament to the men and women making an impact on the growth of this sport, bringing a whole new appreciation to hitting it long.”

Jonathan Coachman Joining WLDA Telecasts in 2018
Veteran sports broadcaster Jonathan Coachman will lend his voice to Golf Channel’s live coverage of WLDA events in 2018, serving as play-by-play host at each of the five televised events. Most recently, Coachman worked as an anchor for SportsCenter, having spent nearly 10 years at ESPN where he also contributed to the network’s coverage of The Masters on multiple occasions. Prior, he spent 10 years as a professional wrestling commentator.

 One additional event is scheduled to be staged in the fall, being contested as part of the 2018-2019 season:
· Catawba Classic – Hickory, N.C. (November 3-4)

Showcasing the truly global nature of World Long Drive, several events will be staged in 2018 through officially sanctioned WLDA international partners, including stops in Germany, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Additionally, an all-encompassing international qualifier will be staged (late summer) featuring a minimum of four exemptions into the Open Division of the Volvik World Long Drive Championship in September.

Expanded Coverage in 2017 Leads to Most-Viewed World Long Drive Season Ever
Golf Channel’s expanded World Long Drive coverage in 2017 featured three televised events, the Clash in the Canyon in June, Mile High Showdown in July and Volvik World Long Drive Championship in September. Across all telecasts (live and replay) airing on Golf Channel and NBC, 6.4 million unique viewers watched at least some portion of World Long Drive events in 2017, +295% vs. 2016, and the most-viewed season of World Long Drive on record (2013-2017). Wednesday night’s coverage of the World Championship in September was the second most-watched Wednesday live telecast on Golf Channel in 2017, behind only Day One coverage of the PGA TOUR’s Dell Match Play. (Metrics reflect full season viewership or event premiere week audience in accordance with data released by The Nielsen Company.)

To view the 2018 World Long Drive Association schedule, visit www.worldlongdrive.com.

PING Introduces Spring Product Line-up

(PHOENIX) - Setting new standards in combined MOI and forgiveness for a driver, PING today introduced the new G400 Max driver along with the G700 irons, Glide 2.0 Stealth wedges and PING Vault 2.0 putters. The new products are available for pre-order beginning today.

“We’re on a mission to help golfers play better, and we know that starts with clubs that deliver across-the-board performance gains,” said John K. Solheim, PING president. “The new G400 Max is engineered with the same technology as the original G400 but we’ve optimized the size to gain even more forgiveness, which leads to tighter dispersion and lower scores. With the addition of the Max to the G400 driver family, golfers now have four fitting options to ensure they’re getting the most out of their game. If you struggle finding the fairway with consistency, the Max is likely the best fit for you.”

G400 Max Driver
In the G400 Max driver, PING achieved its all-time high MOI measurements by optimizing the crown and face design in the larger-profile, multi-material head. The forgiveness gains are attributable to the 460cc head and nearly four times the discretionary weight created by Dragonfly crown technology and the thin, forged face. Its high-density tungsten back weight wraps around the back of the sole to help bring the combined MOI (heel/toe and high/low) over 9,900 gram cm2. Its CG position is lower and farther back than any current driver on the market to make it the most forgiving driver in golf – surpassing the current G400 driver.

“Our engineers focused on increasing the forgiveness of the driver while maintaining the distance gains and powerful sound of the original G400 driver,” said Solheim. “It’s remarkable how long and straight the G400 Max flies. The forgiveness is off the charts and leads to tighter dispersion, which reveals just how consistent your distance and accuracy results will be on the golf course. We encourage all golfers to get fit and look closely at their dispersion, not just their one best shot on a launch monitor.”

The added forgiveness has also appealed to a number of tour professionals, including PING Pros Aaron Baddeley and Seamus Power, who put the G400 Max in play at last week’s Sony Open in Hawaii.

The unique forging and patented heat-treatment process of the G400 Max’s T9S+ face powers a thinner, hotter impact area that is precision machined to elevate ball speed across the entire face. The forged face was also instrumental in producing the powerful feel of the driver.

Adding to the appeal of the G400 Max driver is the innovative color-shifting paint technology of the Alta CB shaft. This premium copper shaft paint transitions to nearly black to reduce distractions as golfers address the ball. The counter-balanced design of the Alta CB allows for more mass in the head to increase energy transfer.

G400 Max Driver Technology and Specifications:
Multi-material construction: Cast Ti 8-1-1 body, forged T9S+ face, high-density tungsten back weight, lightweight aluminum/thermoplastic adjustable hosel
Loft options: 9⁰ & 10.5⁰
Head weight: Std. (206g)
Head volume: 460 cc
Std. length: 45 3/4" (Alta CB); 45 1/4" (PING Tour and aftermarkets)
Loft adjustability: Up to +-1⁰
Stock grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 in six sizes (Blue -1/16", Red -1/32", Aqua -1/64", White Std., Gold +1/32", Orange +1/16")
U.S. MSRP: $435
Shaft options: PING Alta CB (counter-balanced) 55 (SR, R, S, X), PING Tour 65, 75 (MSRP: $35 upcharge) (R, S, X), Alta Distanza 40 (MSRP: $35 upcharge)
Aftermarket shaft options (MSRP: $75 upcharge): Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver Dual-Core TiNi 60 (R, S, X), Project X HZRDUS Yellow 75 (5.5, 6.0, 6.5), Aldila X-Torsion Copper (50R, 60S)

Glide 2.0 Stealth Wedges
The Glide 2.0 Stealth wedges’ 8620 carbon steel head and precision-milled grooves deliver a softer feel and higher-spinning shots for greater control. The tour-inspired Stealth finish, which yields less glare and makes the head appear smaller, is applied using a QPQ (Quench Polish Quench) process for added durability. This wedge fits the game and the eye of players for whom performance and appearance go hand in hand.

A patented precision wheel-cut half groove near the lead edge on the 56⁰, 58⁰ and 60⁰ improves engagement with the ball (specifically low on the face) to significantly increase spin and control from all conditions. The wheel-cut milling process was developed by PING’s engineering and manufacturing teams to enable grooves with a sharper edge radius, which increases interaction with the cover of the ball at impact, creating more friction for improved spin and trajectory control. The grooves in the lower-lofted wedges (46°, 50° & 52°) are milled with a 20° sidewall and a .005" edge radius for optimal full-shot performance. The higher-lofted versions (54°, 56°, 58° & 60°) are milled to a .004" edge radius and a 28° sidewall to impart more spin, especially around the greens.

“The tour player response has been exceptional,” said Solheim. “The players first comment about the Stealth finish, which not only looks cool, they like how it makes the head appear smaller and it limits reflections on bright days. Once they feel it and see how much spin and control the grooves provide, the wedges go straight in the bag.”

The patented design is offered in four sole grinds (SS, WS, ES and TS) to ensure Glide 2.0 Stealth wedges can be fit to a golfer’s divot depth or attack angle and most common turf conditions.

SS GRIND  (46°/12°, 50°/12°, 52°/12°, 54°/12°, 56°/12°, 58°/10°, 60/10°)
An all-purpose mid-bounce sole with heel and trail edge relief to create versatility on touch shots around the green. Ideal for moderate attack angles and divots. Fits most golfers.

WS GRIND (54°/14°, 56°/14°, 58°/14°, 60/14°)
Full-sole design that provides turf security for players with a steep angle of attack. The reduced camber and added width prevent digging.

TS GRIND (58°/6°, 60°/6°)
A PING WRX-inspired design based on the Tour-proven half-moon grind. The TS grind facilitates shot making and precision from even the most difficult lies. The heel relief allows shots to be executed with an open face to difficult pins or from firm lies without fear of the lead edge sitting too high.

ES GRIND (54°/8°, 56°/8°, 58°/8°, 60°/8°)
Eye 2-inspired sole design provides the ultimate in bunker performance, resulting from the classic dish profile and the tapered hosel. A refined lead edge upgrades all-around performance with the iconic ES grind.

Glide 2.0 Stealth Wedges Technology and Specifications:
Std. grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet in six sizes (Blue -1/16", Red -1/32", Aqua -1/64", White Std., Gold +1/32", Orange +1/16")
Shaft options: Stock steel shaft -- PING AWT 2.0 Wedge; Stock graphite shaft -- PING CFS 65/70/80 (Soft R, R, S)

Aftermarket steel shaft options (no upcharge): True Temper Dynamic Gold (S300, X100), Dynamic Gold 105 (R300, S300), Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100) Project X LZ (5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5), True Temper XP95 (R, S,), Nippon NS Pro Modus 105 (S, X), KBS Tour (R, S, X)
U.S. MSRP: $150 per club w/steel shaft; $175 per club w/graphite shaft

G700 Irons
In the G700 iron, PING engineers put a high priority on creating an iron that offers power and forgiveness by leveraging the advantages of a hollow-body design and a thin, maraging steel face, creating PING’s longest, highest-flying iron to date.

“The desire for golfers to hit their irons farther continues to grow,” said Solheim. “We want to provide options that greatly increase distance without sacrificing other performance attributes, such as consistency, forgiveness and feel. With the G700 iron, we’ve been able to accomplish all of that in a very appealing design with a sound that screams distance from the moment golfers hit it.”

The hollow-body construction of the 17-4 stainless steel head allows for an internal geometry design that positions weight away from the face, creating a frame for metal-wood-like flexing and high COR to greatly increase ball speed and produce launch results that will amaze golfers.

Maraging steel, which is also used in the G400 fairway woods, hybrids and crossovers, is one of the strongest alloys in the world and is commonly employed in the aerospace industry, where strength and flexibility are necessities. Those properties make it an ideal face material to deliver more flexing for faster ball speeds that launch shots farther and higher.

“We’re seeing significant ball-speed increases in the G700 while maintaining the consistency and control golfers need to improve their iron play,” said Solheim. “It also has a great overall look, especially at address, and a premium finish. When golfers hit it, they’ll experience a sensation and sound that’s unlike any they’ve ever felt or heard.”

G700 Iron Technology and Specifications:
Multi-material construction: Hollow-body 17-4 stainless steel head, C300 Maraging Steel face, HydroPearl finish
Available 4-9, PW, UW, SW in 10 color codes (lie angle). Black is standard.
Std. grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet in six sizes (Blue -1/16", Red -1/32", Aqua -1/64", White Std., Gold +1/32", Orange +1/16")
Shaft options: Stock steel shaft -- PING AWT 2.0 (R, S, X); Stock graphite shafts -- Alta CB (counter-balanced) powered by AWT, UST Recoil 760 ES SMACWRAP (A), UST Recoil 780 ES SMACWRAP (R, S)
Aftermarket steel shaft options (no upcharge): True Temper Dynamic Gold (S300, X100), Dynamic Gold 105 (R300, S300), Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100) Project X LZ (5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5), True Temper XP95 (R, S,), Nippon NS Pro Modus 105 (S, X), KBS Tour (R, S, X)
U.S. MSRP: $160 per iron w/steel shaft; $175 per iron w/graphite shaft

PING Vault 2.0 Putters
The next generation of PING’s 100%-milled putters are crafted and engineered to provide tour-caliber touch and performance through proven innovations like precision-milled, patented True Roll Technology (TR), plus a new custom-weighting system. The new system offers sole weight options in steel (standard weight head), tungsten (15 gms heavier than standard) and aluminum (15 gms lighter than standard) to match a golfer’s feel and balance preferences.

“The PING Vault 2.0 putters are luxurious works of art that are engineered to perform,” said Solheim. “The craftsmanship and materials used in our milling and finishing processes ensure premium, eye-catching designs that appeal to the most discerning golfers. The ability to customize the weights provides golfers a putter uniquely built to fit their game.”

Precision-milled TR technology ensures full-face forgiveness for consistent speed off the face. The individually milled face pattern varies in depth and pitch across the face, which speeds up off-center impacts, improving consistency and ultimately leading to fewer three-putts.

“As we advance the technologies we apply in designing and manufacturing our putters, we’re able to offer more putter-fitting options than ever,” said Solheim. “The precision with which we mill the PING Vault 2.0 putters allows us to fine-tune the specifications that best match a golfer’s stroke and feel preference. With our new weighting system, we’re able to add or reduce the overall headweight to achieve the best balance for each player which will lead to more consistency on the greens.”

Golfers can choose from three premium finishes (Stealth, Platinum or Copper) in five models precision-milled from 303 stainless steel, including the new Dale Anser, which is inspired by one of the original Anser putter molds created by Allan Dale Solheim and detailed by his father, Karsten Solheim. The award-winning Ketsch mallet (Stealth or Slate finish) combines a fully-machined 6061 aerospace-grade aluminum body with a stainless steel sole plate for an extremely high MOI and offers exceptional alignment features. All the models are fit for stroke and designed with varying alignment aids to fit a golfer’s preferred look and alignment style.  As part of the custom building process that ensures optimal balance, putters between 34" and 36" in length are built with steel sole weights; models 34" and shorter feature tungsten weighting; putters built 36" and longer use aluminum weights.

Four proprietary PING Pistol tapered grips provide golfers with variances in shape and feel. The PP60 is a midsize, lightweight design with a foam under-listing and dominant flats for face awareness. The PP61 has an exaggerated pistol to fit the contour of the golfer’s hands, and a rubber under-listing for a softer response. The PP62 is a lightweight, oversized grip with a rounded profile. The CB60 is standard on custom counter-balanced putters in the line.

PING Vault 2.0 Putter Technology and Specifications:
Dale Anser (Blade)
- 350g, fully machined 303 stainless steel
- Available in Copper, Platinum or Stealth finish
- Slight Arc
- 35" std. length, 3º std. loft, lie angle adjustable +-4º
- U.S. MSRP: $325.00

Voss (Blade)
- 350g, fully machined 303 stainless steel
- Available in Stealth finish (Copper or Platinum available special order)
- Slight Arc
- 35" std. length, 3º std. loft, lie angle adjustable +-4º
- U.S. MSRP: $325.00

B60 (Blade)
- 355g, fully machined 303 stainless steel
- Available in Stealth or Copper finish (Platinum available special order)
- Slight Arc
- 35" std. length, 3º std. loft, lie angle adjustable +-4º
- U.S. MSRP: $325.00

ZB (Blade)
- 350g, fully machined 303 stainless steel
- Available in Platinum (Copper or Stealth available special order)
- Slight Arc
- 35" std. length, 3º std. loft, lie angle adjustable +-4º
- U.S. MSRP: $325.00

Piper (Mid-Mallet)
- 360g, fully machined 303 stainless steel
- Available in Stealth finish (Copper or Platinum available special order)
- Slight Arc or Straight
- 35" std. length, 3º std. loft, lie angle adjustable +-2º
- U.S. MSRP: $325.00

Ketsch (Mallet)
- 365g, fully machined 6061 aluminum head, stainless steel sole plate
- Available in Stealth finish (Slate finish available special order)
- Slight Arc or Straight
- 35" std. length, 3º std. loft, lie angle adjustable +-2º
- U.S. MSRP: $325.00

Operation Support Military Golf Partners with Industry Organizations

Non-Profit Raises Funds for “Reviving the Golf Courses that Revitalize Our Heroes”

(JACKSONVILLE, Florida) – Operation Support Military Golf (OSMG) – the non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance service members' morale, welfare, and recreation by improving golf courses and associated facilities at bases worldwide – today announces that it has partnered with leading golf industry associations.

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (www.gcsaa.org), American Society of Golf Course Architects (www.asgca.org) and Golf Course Builders Association of America (www.gcbaa.org) have pledged their proud support of OSMG (www.operationsupportmilitarygolf.org).

OSMG was created to serve those who have, do and will serve our nation by ensuring their Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) is not forgotten. Positive MWR is an integral component in the well-being and quality of life of our service members and their families.

There are 145 military base golf facilities located in 40 states and 11 overseas countries. In many cases, overseas golf courses are service members’ only safe and cost-efficient means of outdoor recreation, relaxation from work stress, and separation from their families.

Stateside military golf courses are provided zero government funding to operate and overseas courses receive minimal funding. They are required to be entirely self-sufficient. OSMG was founded to help fill this “non-essential” items void.

As a groundbreaking, global, military supportive, 501(c)(3) non-profit, OSMG's goal is to provide a $1 million infusion to each military golf facility. Helping increase accessibility for our wounded and aging veterans, reducing golf facilities maintenance costs through modernized equipment, and increasing overall visual enjoyment are just some of the specific benefits from the upgrades.

"Having these organizations unite for OSMG shows that they understand how important recreation and wellness programs are for service members' morale in general, and specifically through golf, with its camaraderie, competition, exercise, and outdoor activity," says OSMG Founder Jennifer Poth. "Many military base golf courses are falling into great disrepair due to longstanding budget constraints, and OSMG raises funds and in-kind donations for revitalization work that would not otherwise occur."

Military courses are spread throughout Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine bases. OSMG strives to rotate through the services, one base at a time, to equitably support each. The first revitalization is underway at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Fla., the city where OSMG is based. To date, most support for the renovation has come from in-kind contributions including that of Arnold Palmer Design Company (www.arnoldpalmerdesign.com) and MacCurrach Golf Construction, Inc. (www.maccurrachgolf.com)

For more information about OSMG, email contact@operation-smg.org, or call (904) 626-4374.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Carr Golf to Showcase 2018 / 2019 Tour Itineraries, Event Calendar at PGA Merchandise Show

(DUBLIN, Ireland) – Carr Golf  – Ireland and Scotland’s premier provider of unforgettable golf vacations – will exhibit as part of the Golf Ireland booth (#3273) at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Jan. 23 – 26.

Carr Golf will also host nightly fun gatherings during the week for its partners, media and clients at Topgolf Orlando adjacent to the Convention Center.

The full-service tour company specializes in unrivaled customer care for groups of all sizes and premier “one-of-a-kind” itineraries featuring luxury accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, fine dining, caddies and anything else needed for stress-free, extraordinary golf vacations. Carr Golf additionally works directly with a multitude of North American PGA club professionals on incentivized member and association getaways.

Carr Golf just announced its 2018 Ryder Cup Package for the celebrated biennial event taking place at France’s Le Golf National, Sept. 27 – 30. The five-night stay (Sept. 26 – Oct. 1) in the center of the dramatic “City of Light” features four- and five-star accommodations, daily breakfast, gifts, Ryder Cup tickets to the final practice day and opening ceremony (Sept. 27) as well as three days of competition and trophy presentation (Sept. 28 – 30). Daily ground transportation to and from the hotel and Le Golf National is included.

Carr Golf also recently announced packages for the 2019 Open Championship (July 18 – 21) to be played at Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush Golf Club for the first time since 1951. Along with the opportunity to attend the historic event, the offer includes luxury accommodations, tee-times on several of the world’s finest links courses and a personal driver.

Carr Golf will showcase a wide array of unique events including the 29th Annual World Invitational Father & Son Tournament (Aug. 8 – 12) and 11th Annual World Invitational Father & Daughter Tournament (July 23 – 26), both held on Ireland’s Waterville Golf Links. Carr Golf announced the 2nd Annual Donald Ross Invitational Tournament to be held in September 2019 on Scotland’s renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Club as well as nearby Castle Stuart Golf Links and Brora Golf Club.

The nearly 30-year-old company has been experiencing unprecedented demand for itineraries featuring the great links courses of Scotland and Ireland. Carr Golf can currently guarantee August 2018 tee-times on Muirfield Golf Club, Royal County Down, Old Head Golf Links and Ballybunion Golf Club.

Carr Golf works closely with numerous additional world-class layouts including The Old Course in St. Andrews, Portmarnock Golf Club, Portstewart Golf Club, Royal Troon, Tralee Golf Club and Lahinch Golf Club as well as lesser known “must play” gems including Carne Golf Links, Enniscrone Golf Club, Dooks Golf Club and Ardglass Golf Club.

For more information on Carr Golf: www.carrgolf.com, 1.855.617.5701 (U.S. toll free) or +353.1.822 6662.

TRUE Linkswear Introduces New Golf Shoes Inspired By the Northwest

(Tacoma, Wash.) — TRUE linkswear will release its NW Pack, the newest limited edition colorways for the TRUE Original golf shoe.

The TRUE Originals are a return to the core of what made the first TRUEs a game changer in golf. A minimalist shoe with zero drop, a wide footbed and the ultimate in comfort. The NW Pack limited release pays homage to the great Northwest, a place surrounded by a vast natural wilderness and some of the greatest golf available – these limited edition colors reflect that environment, the place TRUE linkswear calls home.

The NW pack was created to instill inspiration for your next adventure, on or off the links. Initially these new limited edition colors will be available exclusively online through TRUE linkswear’s website at truelinkswear.com.

Headquartered in Tacoma, Wash. TRUE linkswear is a golf company originally inspired by one thing: the lack of a comfortable golf shoe designed for (and by) the walking golfer. They set out to change the fundamentals of a golf shoe and introduced a revolutionary concept that forever changed what a golf shoe looks like, and where your golf shoes can take you. They want TRUEs to be your favorite shoes, not just your favorite golf shoes. To this end, every pair is designed to perform both on and off the course, keeping you comfortably in stride so you can #enjoythewalk through everyday life, no matter the weather.

Learn more about TRUE linkswear by visiting truelinkswear.com.

Dunning Signs Kevin Kisner

Dunning Golf is pleased to ring in the New Year with the announcement of signing PGA Tour player Kevin Kisner.

“I am really excited about my new relationship with Dunning. Their attention to quality, fit and performance is second to none. While on the course, I don’t have to think about my clothing and that’s what I am looking for to help me play my best,” said Kisner

Kisner joined the PGA Tour in 2011 and has notched two victories on the Tour thus far. The first being The RSM Classic in 2016 and the second win coming at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational in 2017. He was also a 2017 President’s Cup Champion as a member of the U.S. Team.

Kisner’s energetic attitude and competitive nature landed him on PGATOUR.com’s Top 30 Players To Watch for the 2017-18 Season. He finished 2017 ranked 12th in the FedEx Cup Standings and is currently 24th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

More information: dunninggolf.com

V1 Sports, Driven to Help Professionals Improve Business, Attends 64th PGA Merchandise Show

Visit V1 at booth #1259 to learn about its new products, software, and team members

(Ann Arbor, MI) – V1 Sports (V1), the leading golf swing video instruction platform, which is refocused and driven to help teaching professionals improve their business and earn more money, will be attending the 64th PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL, January 24-26.

During this year’s PGA Merchandise Show, V1 will unveil a wide array of new products, software launches and apps that will excite both professionals and consumers. In addition, the company has introduced new management and technical teams lead by new CEO, Chris McGinley, a long-time industry veteran who spent over 20-years with Titleist.

Teaching professionals at all levels will be impressed with the new software being introduced. This includes scheduling and billing software combined with the new V1 Account to help better manage students, lessons, drills, profiles, branding, social media, and sponsors, allowing instructors to operate and improve their business 24/7 from any device.

V1 will also be releasing new versions of its award-winning desktop software V1 Studio Pro and the V1 Pro App for iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets to help deliver better lessons. In addition, there is also five new Subscription Plans with simplified add-on pricing to provide the right solution to help instructors be more efficient, more effective, and grow their business.

To learn more about the new V1 products and meet the new team members at the 2018 PGA Show, visit us at booth #1259, or to set up an appointment, contact sales@v1sports.com.

For more information, visit https://v1sports.com/.

Greg Leicht to Serve as General Manager at Bear Creek

Former Southwest Section PGA president joins KemperSports at suburban Phoenix club

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) – KemperSports announced that industry veteran Greg Leicht will lead the team as general manager at Bear Creek Golf Complex in Chandler, Ariz.

Leicht joins Bear Creek with almost 30 years of experience in the Phoenix and Las Vegas-area golf markets, including general manager duties at The Phoenician Resort, Vistal Golf Club, Cascata Golf Club.

PGA Southwest Section president from 2014-2017, Leicht continues to play an active role on the board of the Southwest Section of the PGA of America. A PGA member since 1998, Leicht has been an elected officer of the Southwest Section since 2011. His leadership and commitment to giving back to the community through the game of golf led Leicht to implement programs that raised more than $700K for the Southwest Section Foundation during his tenure as president.

“Greg’s passion for the game and knowledge of the Phoenix golf market will be a tremendous asset to the team at Bear Creek,” said KemperSports CEO Steve Skinner.

Located 25 miles southeast of downtown Phoenix, The Bear Course delivers an “inland links” golf experience with firm and fast playing conditions across rolling desert terrain. The executive Cub Course provides a sporty alternative to the Bear Course’s championship layout. At just 3,500 yards and a par-59 routing, The Cub Course offers a fun alternative and a great golf course for beginning and junior golfers.

The complex also includes a robust practice facility with grassed driving range, short game area and two practice putting greens.

KemperSports has managed Bear Creek since August 2017.

For more information about KemperSports, visit www.kempersports.com.

Inventors Spotlight to Showcase Innovative Golf Products at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) — Inventors of new golf training and teaching aids, accessories and equipment will be able to gauge the interest of more than 40,000 attending PGA Professionals, golf industry leaders and media from around the world at the Inventors Spotlight during the PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 24-26, 2018, in Orlando, Florida.

Organized in partnership with the United Inventors Association (UIA), the Inventors Spotlight on the PGA Show Floor showcases new golf and golf lifestyle-related products developed by independent inventors. In addition to the business networking opportunity provided by the PGA Show, Inventors Spotlight exhibitors also participate in the UIA Awards Program, where their products are reviewed and top inventions are presented with one of three awards – Most Innovative Concept, Best Marketing, and the Pinnacle Award (Best in Show) – on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 1:00 p.m. Judging will be conducted by UIA experts, who will be in attendance throughout the PGA Show to answer questions associated with taking an idea to the development, patenting, production and product distribution stage.

"The Inventors Spotlight at the PGA Merchandise Show is a golf invention showcase unlike any other in the golf industry, and a favorite stop on the PGA Show Floor for industry influencers and product development experts," said PGA Merchandise Show Event Vice President Marc Simon. "In working with the United Inventors Association, we are pleased to provide a platform for inventors to introduce and demonstrate their golf-related innovations, receive feedback from leaders in the golf industry, and, potentially, secure new points of retail distribution."

About the Awards
Most Innovative Concept: This award recognizes a product (in development or finalized) that is truly unique in a product category. From a sketch through a fully developed product, this category looks at the overall innovation of the concept and how it fits into the category. Examples of this include: Does the product represent an innovative approach to the benefit it provides the consumer? Does the product take a novel approach to its function and design? Does the product solve a consumer problem in a new or creative fashion?

Best Marketing Effort: Marketing an idea effectively can be a daunting challenge. This award showcases inventors who develop and deliver an irresistible sales pitch that makes prospects acutely aware of the value they will derive from their product or service, in a clear and quantifiable way.

The Pinnacle Award (Best in Show): The successful development of a product takes talent, knowledge, and tenacity. As such, the Pinnacle Award recognizes the broadest range of efforts by the inventor, be it from design, market research, sales, fulfillment, manufacturing and quality. This category is judged on the entire process. Judgements on this award are based on the attention paid by the inventor to all phases of ideation, invention, and commercialization.

How Judging Works: Judging will be conducted by UIA experts, who will visit inventors at their booths to learn more about the product. Inventors will share attributes, demonstrate the product and be able to ask questions of the judges to further their invention. There is no fee required to participate in the UIA Awards Program.

Learn more about the UIA at uiausa.org. Attendance and registration guidelines are available at PGAShow2018.com/guidelines.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Galvin Green to Premiere Interface-1 Range at 2018 PGA Merchandise Show Booth #6161

Lightweight, Innovative Outerwear Technology Highlights Brand’s Part II Collection

(Växjö, Sweden) – Galvin Green – the world’s leading maker of high-performance and functional golf apparel and the No. 1 global golf partner of GORE-TEX – will debut its Interface-1 hybrid jacket range at Booth #6161 during the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida January 24-26.

Part of Galvin Green’s shell layer category, the Interface-1 line is exceptionally soft and incorporates stretch elements to move freely with the body for ultimate range of motion. Utilizing the latest innovative fabric technologies, Interface-1 jackets are completely windproof, water repellant and extremely breathable.

“Galvin Green is synonymous with performance and that comes with constantly pushing boundaries, looking for new ways to allow golfers to perform in all conditions,” says Steve Hendren, President of Galvin Green USA. “Our introduction of an ultra-lightweight, hybrid shell layer is testament to our commitment to serious golfers everywhere.”

To be showcased at the Galvin Green booth alongside highlights from the 2018 Part II Collection, the Interface-1 offerings are highlighted by the men’s Luke full-zip jacket featuring PRIMALOFT padding and the women’s Laureen full-zip jacket with breathable Insula fabric inserts combined with PRIMALOFT padding.

Based in Sweden, Galvin Green is a pure golf brand that developed the sport’s first apparel layering system – the Multi-Layer Concept – more than a decade ago. This distinctive approach uses leading-edge fabric technologies to ensure the dry comfort, thermal regulation and outer protection that helps players optimize performance.

Galvin Green is also the Official Team Supplier of Outerwear for the 2018 European Ryder Cup Team. Through this partnership, the company will provide its premium waterproof garments to the captains, vice captains, team members and their caddies during the matches at Le Golf National.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact tom.romano@galvingreen.com or 860.470.3360.

Learn more at www.GalvinGreen.com; get social at www.Facebook.com/GalvinGreen and @GalvinGreen.

At Marriott Golf Academy, Golf is Pathway to Wellness and Recovery for Members of On Course Foundation

(PALM DESERT, Calif.) - Recently, the Marriott Golf Academy at Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Palm Desert, California, hosted a 3-day event for On Course Foundation Members who have been wounded in combat. Under the watchful eye of the Academy’s senior instructors, the soldiers participated in full swing and short game instruction, a 9-hole team scramble, a short game skills challenge and an 18-hole event.

“We’re proud to host the On Course Foundation at our Marriott Golf Academies in Palm Desert and at Marriott’s Grande Vista Golf Club in Orlando,” said Brett Meabon, director of golf at Marriott’s Shadow Ridge. “Our instructors find it an honor to work with these veterans and show them how golf can be a pathway to wellness and recovery and can also provide career opportunities. Coaching them develops their golf skills and creates personal confidence and invaluable experiences they can share with friends, family and other veterans.”

Marriott Vacations Worldwide is a proud sponsor of the On Course Foundation, a charity that uses the game of golf as a way for wounded soldiers from the U.K. and United States armed services to recover, heal and thrive. The benefits of playing golf are key to their mental and physical recovery, improving both balance and limb coordination often with prosthetic devices. Camaraderie, competitive spirit and concentration are important, too, as they help service members find confidence within themselves.

To learn more about On Course Foundation, go to OnCourseFoundation.com.

PerryGolf to Exhibit at 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando

(WILMINGTON, NC) – PerryGolf has announced its participation at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.  PerryGolf will exhibit along with Visit Scotland in Booth #3373 from January 24-26, 2018.

PerryGolf is a leading provider of golf tours and cruises to dozens of the world’s most memorable destinations. PerryGolf arranges all aspects of travel for groups of men, women and couples including tee times, lodging, local transportation and airfare. The Company offers VIP Golf Coaches with Concierge Drivers for groups of 8 and 12 in the British Isles.

PerryGolf recently launched an all new website highlighted by QUICK QUOTES, the industry’s only true online trip calculator. Beginning on Monday January 15, visitors who generate a quote by February 28, 2018 will automatically be entered in a sweepstakes to win a $10,000 to any of the eleven destinations where the Company offers Custom Tours.

PerryGolf was founded in 1984 by two Scottish brothers, Colin and Gordon Dalgleish; and is widely known today as one of the leading providers of golf vacations to The Old Course at St Andrews Links.

Those interested in international golf travel are encouraged to visit www.perrygolf.com.