Eagles, Birdies, and Pigeons Highlight 2018 French Lick Resort Golf Packages


Eagles, Birdies, and Pigeons Highlight 2018 French Lick Resort Golf Packages

New options add to the Buddy trip, couples, and girlfriend golf getaway experiences

French Lick, IN – One of the country’s premier historic golf destinations, French Lick Resort, nestled among the Hoosier National Forest in southern Indiana, has been a place that legends, champions, and golf aficionados have been experiencing since the early 20th century.

Serious golfers in the Midwest and nationwide seeking a historic golf adventure and experience the only golf destination in the world that features a combination of hall of fame designers Donald Ross and Pete Dye together with two historic hotels should consider French Lick Resort.

Golfers can now book 2018 golf packages, which includes a variety of new offerings along with its popular mainstays like the Hall of Fame and Donald Ross Experience packages. Whether it’s a buddy trip, couples retreat, or a girls-getaway, you will find a package to suit your needs.

Eagles, Birdies, and Pigeons Package

Take your best shots on the golf course and now off the course with this ultimate experience that combines golf with the adventure of sporting clays on the new 73-acre shooting range. Located along the Lost River behind West Baden Spring Hotel, twelve stations offer a wide variety of targets and trajectories. This golf and sporting clays package includes two-nights lodging at either hotel, a day of golf on both the Donald Ross and Pete Dye courses together with a 50 target/50 shells sporting clays package on the day of arrival or departure. This package is available for groups of 12 or more.

French Lick Springs Hotel – starting at $737 per person based on double occupancy West Baden Springs Hotel – starting at $797 per person based on double occupancy Single occupancy rates available on request.

Hall of Fame Package

The resort’s most popular golf package and the best way to experience this award-winning golf destination includes playing the resort’s two legendary courses designed by Hall of Fame architects – Pete Dye and Donald Ross. Each are ranked among the Top 100 in America’s Greatest Public Courses and are currently ranked as the No. 1 and 2 Courses You Can Play in Indiana.

The package includes a one-night stay at either resort hotel, a day of unlimited golf on The Pete Dye Course, a day of unlimited golf at The Donald Ross Course, unlimited use of the driving range and practice facility, bag storage, and shuttle service.

French Lick Springs Hotel – starting at $559 per person based on double occupancy; or $649 per person based on single occupancy West Baden Springs Hotel – starting at $589 per person based on double occupancy; or $709 per person based on single occupancy A $30 forecaddie fee (per person, per round) is required at The Pete Dye Course and is not included in package pricing. Forecaddie available on request at The Donald Ross Course.

Donald Ross Experience

With over 100 years of history, The Donald Ross Course at French Lick offers the chance to experience golf the way it was meant to be played. Experience old-school links golf on a classic Ross course situated in the rolling hills of the countryside. This package includes two days of golf on The Donald Ross Course plus overnight accommodations at either resort hotel. Carts are included for all rounds, as is complimentary shuttle service to the course.

French Lick Springs Hotel – starting at $334 per person based on double occupancy; or $428 per person based on single occupancy West Baden Springs Hotel – starting at $354 per person based on double occupancy; or $468 per person based on single occupancy Forecaddie available on request at The Donald Ross Course.

The Pete Dye VIP Learning Experience

When it comes to a high-end exclusive golf experience and some of the best golf instruction in the country, French Lick Resort is one of the leaders, and they have now combined the two creating the Pete Dye VIP Learning Experience. Serious golf aficionados will spend four-nights at either hotel, three-days of golf on the Pete Dye Course, and four-hours of private personalized instruction at the Pete Dye range with top instructors and some of the leading swing technology to improve your game. Call for pricing.

For more information and to view additional golf package options, visit http://www.frenchlick.com/golf/packages or call our reservation specialists at (888) 936-9360.

About French Lick Resort

French Lick Resort is a Midwest travel destination that includes West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and the French Lick Casino. Restored to its historic glory after a $560 million renovation, this resort in the rolling hills of Southern Indiana features 686 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot casino; meeting and event space totaling 163,000 square feet; 45 holes of golf, including two of the state’s top-rated public courses in The Pete Dye Course at French Lick and The Donald Ross Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms; and an array of fine dining and family-friendly entertainment and recreation options. Visit www.frenchlick.com

Celebrate This Holiday Season On A Cornucopia Of Golf Courses With Founders Group International

Pine Lakes Country Club Golf Course Review
The clubhouse and putting green at Pine Lakes Country Club

Celebrate This Holiday Season On A Cornucopia Of Golf Courses With Founders Group International

Founders Is The Premiere Golf Course Owner In America’s Golf Capital, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

November 7, 2017, Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Founders Group International (FGI) is inviting golfers to celebrate the holidays in the warm South Carolina weather on any of its 22 golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area. You could say they have a cornucopia of courses to test your skills as we lead into the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

“From the beginner golfer to the most skilled, FGI has a golf course for an enjoyable round,” said Steve Mays, acting president of Founders Group International. “The weather is just starting to cool down to below 70 degrees and the heavy summer crowds are gone. It’s a great time to enjoy this fall weather on a course that fits your skill level.”

Myrtlewood Golf Club (read GolfBlogger’s Myrtlewood Palmetto Golf Course Review), in the heart of Myrtle Beach, is one of the most popular courses in the area because it’s in the middle of Myrtle Beach and just right for the average golfer. The Palmetto course has a traditional design that offers gentle sloping fairways with a variety of hazards, bunkers, and large, subtle undulating greens. PineHills course uses mounding and water hazards to challenge the mainstream golfer. Both courses are along the Intracoastal Waterway and surrounded by some of Myrtle Beach’s top attractions.

Pine Lakes Country Club (read GolfBlogger’s Pine Lakes Country Club Review), known as the Granddaddy of Myrtle Beach golf, is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. Built upon natural dunes less than a half mile from the ocean, it features numerous freshwater lakes and rolling fairways. Designed by architect Robert White, the first president of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America and a co-founder of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, Pine Lakes has surpassed its initial glory after a complete restoration. This year, the course brought back the traditional Scottish garb and the clam chowder for what it’s so well-known, making it a must-visit on the next Myrtle Beach golf trip.

Grande Dunes Resort Club (read GolfBlogger’s Grand Dunes Resort Review) offers a challenging game of golf. Its spectacular layout, a Roger Rulewich Group design, is positioned on a high bluff creating a spectacular view of the Intracoastal Waterway. The par-four No. 9 runs right along the estuary. And, the No. 14, a downward lying par three crosses a dammed section of the Waterway, providing a beautiful background from the tee box. Named the “National Golf Course of the Year” by the National Golf Course Owners Association of America, it was also the host site of the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship.

To book tee times on these, or any of FGI’s 22 courses, go to foundersgroupinternational.com.

Grande Dunes Resort Club
About Founders Group International

Founders Group International (FGI) is the foremost golf course owner-operator company in the Southeastern United States. Formed in 2014 through various purchases and the 2015 acquisition of National Golf Management, FGI owns and operates 22 golf courses (423 holes) in and around Myrtle Beach, S.C., America’s seaside golf capital.

Those courses include Pine Lakes Country Club, the “granddaddy” of Myrtle Beach area courses; TPC Myrtle Beach, host site of the 2019 NCAA Division I men’s golf regional and Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship; and Grande Dunes Resort Club, home of the Grande Dunes Golf Performance Center.

FGI administers www.MBN.com, a leader in online tee time bookings, as well as package outlet Myrtle Beach Golf Trips. With the help of Golf Insider’s 100 percent player-generated course ranking system, thousands of golfers plan and assemble their ideal golf itineraries through FGI’s assets, including “top-100 caliber” courses Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, King’s North at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club, and more than 80 other Myrtle Beach area courses.

More information about Founders Group International, is available at www.foundersgroupinternational.com, www.mbn.com or MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com.

Inaugural Rolex Series Concludes At The DP World Tour Championship, Dubai


Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 – From 16 – 19 November the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai will host the final tournament of the Rolex Series, the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. The European Tour’s top golfers will be vying to crown their season as champion and, for those leading the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex, win the coveted Race to Dubai title.

First held in 2009 and becoming part of the innovative Rolex Series in 2017, the DP World Tour Championship is the season finale of the European Tour, of which Rolex has been a partner since 1997. Over this 20-year partnership, Rolex has cemented its place at the heart of the game in Europe, and the introduction of the Rolex Series offers players the chance to compete in a new premium tournament category on the European Tour’s International Schedule.

Played on the world-renowned Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, the DP World Tour Championship is a challenging tournament, befitting the season finale. The Earth Course’s sparkling white bunkers and deep green fairways are inspired by the best courses in Europe, providing the perfect setting to crown the season’s best golfer.

Defending champion and Rolex Testimonee Matthew Fitzpatrick said: “I’m looking forward to returning to Dubai to defend my title. This year Rolex celebrates its 50th anniversary supporting golf, and it’s a privilege for me to be a part of the Rolex family and experience that support first hand. The Rolex Series highlights Rolex’s continued commitment to our game and has been an exceptional addition to the season, enabling both European Tour players and fans to enjoy an elevated level of golf, closer to home.”

Founded in 2009, and now spanning 47 tournaments in 26 countries, the Race to Dubai is a season-long competition for European Tour golfers that demands sustained quality and excellence throughout the year. On completion of the DP World Tour Championship the leader of the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex will be crowned the 2017 winner.

Rolex Testimonee Jon Rahm, ranked number five in the Official World Golf Rankings and already a Rolex Series winner, is a strong contender to win the Race to Dubai. At number four in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, a strong finish for the Spaniard at the DP World Tour Championship could see him join fellow Testimonees Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald as winners of the prestigious Race to Dubai.

Joining the 23-year-old Fitzpatrick and 22-year-old Rahm in Dubai will be a number of remarkably talented young golfers and fellow Testimonees who belong to the Rolex New Guard. Like their iconic predecessors Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, also known as ‘The Big Three’, these young players are eager to leave their mark on the sport, ushering in a new generation at the top of the men’s game. Among them are Haotong Li, Thorbjørn Olesen and Thomas Pieters and who have eight European Tour wins between them. Fellow Testimonees competing in Dubai include two-time Major champion Martin Kaymer, and two-time European Tour winner Nicolas Colsaerts.


Nicolas Colsaerts
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Martin Kaymer
Haotong Li
Thorbjørn Olesen
Thomas Pieters
Jon Rahm

Martin Kaymer (2010)
Luke Donald (2011)

Matthew Fitzpatrick (2016)

Commencing in 2017, the Rolex Series is the premium tournament category on the European Tour’s International Schedule. Presently comprising eight tournaments, staged in a variety of golfing locations around the world, Rolex Series events will offer a minimum prize fund of US$7 million.

The 2017 roster of Rolex Series tournaments include: the BMW PGA Championship (May 25-28); the HNA Open de France (June 29-July 2); the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation (July 6-9); the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open (July 13-16); the Italian Open (October 12-15), the Turkish Airlines Open (November 2-5); the Nedbank Golf Challenge (November 9-12); and the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai (November 16-19), where the leading golfer of the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex will be crowned.

Rolex, the Swiss watch brand headquartered in Geneva, enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its Oyster and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities, as well as philanthropic programmes.

 Innisbrook Resort Re-opens North Golf Course After Greens Renovation

Innisbrook North


 Innisbrook Resort Re-opens North Golf Course After Greens Renovation

Restoration of all 18 greens still honors the original design of course architect Larry Packard

 PALM HARBOR, FL., November 3, 2017 – Innisbrook, a Salamander Resort has completed the renovation of the putting surface on all 18 greens on its popular North Course, one of four championship layouts at the Tampa Bay-area resort. The course officially celebrated its re-opening today with a ribbon cutting ceremony on the 18th green.

The six-month renovation process began on June 5 using a no-till method of turf replacement, resulting in a firmer, more consistent playing surface.  The greens were planted with TifEagle Bermuda Grass – the same exceptional putting surface the PGA TOUR professionals raved about in this year’s Valspar Championship on Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course.

“The North Course is re-opening with an exceptional putting surface that our guests and members will truly enjoy playing,” said Innisbrook Managing Director Mike Williams. “We never rest on our success as a nationally recognized PGA TOUR venue, and the popularity of the North Course offers yet another championship golf venue that attracts golfers from all over the world.”

The renovation project also included the conditioning of the bunkers, general maintenance and clearing of all storm canals, and some trimming and pruning to reduce shading and create access to the greens as originally designed by Larry Packard. The sizes of the greens were also expanded where shrinkage had occurred over the years, allowing for additional pin placements.

The North Course is one of four championship golf courses at Innisbrook, which is operated by Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the luxury hotel company founded by Sheila Johnson. The North Course is the second Salamander course to re-open in two days. On November 2, the Ocean Course at Hammock Beach re-opened after a 13-month restoration. Both courses are part of the Salamander Golf Collection.

 In addition to championship golf, the resort also features 500 spacious guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Institute, 11 tennis courts, the luxury Salamander Spa with 12 treatment rooms and state-of-the-art Fitness Center, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space.

 For additional information call 727.942.2000 or visit www.innisbrookgolfresort.com.

About Salamander Hotels & Resorts

Salamander Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila Johnson in 2005, the company has a luxury portfolio featuring two distinct collections. The Signature Collection includes the stunning Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-inspired property near Washington, D.C.; The Henderson, a 170-room grand beach resort in Destin, FL; NOPSI New Orleans, a new 217-room luxury historic hotel re-imagined which opened in July 2017; and Hotel Bennett, a 179-room luxury hotel in Charleston, SC, opening in summer 2018. The Golf Collection includes the famed Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, which hosts an annual PGA TOUR on its Copperhead Course; the elegant Reunion Resort in Orlando, which includes Signature Course designs from Nicklaus, Palmer and Watson; and the recently renovated oceanfront Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, FL, home to layouts by Nicklaus and Watson. All Salamander properties are members of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. For additional information, visit www.SalamanderHotels.com.


Renowned Swing Coach Rick Smith Enthusiastic About PGA Tour Season


Renowned Swing Coach Rick Smith Enthusiastic About PGA Tour Season

Golf’s renaissance man guides Brendan Steele to season’s first win on PGA Tour; prepares to launch The Rick Smith Golf Performance Center at Trump® National Doral Miami

Miami, FL – Rick Smith, one of golf’s leading swing coaches, has been very busy in his usual enthusiastic manner while preparing for the upcoming 2017/2018 PGA Tour season.

Kicking off the fall season, long-time Smith student Brendan Steele won the PGA Tour’s 2017-2018 season-opening tournament at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa Valley on Oct. 8. At the same time, Smith is preparing for the opening of the Rick Smith Golf Performance Center at Trump® National Doral Miami on January 1, 2018.

“I can’t say enough about how excited I am for Brendan and the work he has put into his golf swing,” Smith said. “The changes we have been implementing over the past few years are taking shape and putting him in a great position to be one of the top players on Tour. He is beginning to rise to the top in many of the key statistical categories on Tour including driving distance and strokes gained tee to green and off the tee, which is a testament to his dedication to improvement. Like last year, this win should set the tone for him to once again compete for the Fed Ex Cup.”

Beginning in January, Smith, whose successful and diverse resume includes being a top instructor, course designer, TV analyst, spokesman and communicator, will concentrate on the passion that laid the foundation for his industry success – instruction. He has been ranked as high as the No. 3 teacher in the world, and has worked with the likes of Golfer of the Century – Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Lee Janzen, Vijay Singh, David Duval, Paul Azinger, John Daly, Greg Norman, and Sang Moon Bae, among other top players in the world.

“I have had tremendous opportunities around the world to teach, design courses, and help promote the game, but my true passion has always been teaching all aspects of the game of golf and to help people get better,” Smith says. “This opportunity to bring my flagship performance center to Trump® National Doral Miami will allow me to focus on my passion for helping golfers of all levels from PGA Tour players, elite amateurs and beginners to improve their games.”

Smith’s current PGA Tour students like Steele, Rocco Mediate, Latin American Tour player Tyler McCumber, as well as other players, will now have one of the best teachers and facilities in the world to call upon when they want to improve their games.

During the development of the new Rick Smith Golf Performance Center at Trump® National Doral Miami, Smith will be assembling an elite team of instructors that will include key past teachers he has worked with along with a collection of top teachers that exemplify Rick’s swing philosophies he has implemented over the years.

“There are common fundamentals shared by all the best teachers, but there certainly is not one method or swing to play the game with,” explained Smith. “This has been proven over the years by the several different types of players’ golf swings we have worked with who have won multiple times on tour as well as major championships.”

Along with world-class instructors, state of the art swing technology and video analysis, the new performance center will serve resort guests, club members and visitors. This modern facility will provide a wide range of unique, fun, and non-pressure type programming in a relaxed atmosphere. This includes private lessons, half-day, full-day and multi-day programs, PGA Professional-member programs, group clinics, on-course programs, and junior programming.

About Rick Smith
Rick Smith has achieved resounding success in golf as a teacher and course designer, excelled in written and verbal communication with all audiences and is regarded as one of the PGA Tour’s best sounding boards for swing advice. He was ranked as high as No. 3 among Golf Digest’s Top 50 Teachers, a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher since 1996, National Teacher of the Year, and voted No. 2 in the world at one-time by PGA Tour players.

Smith is one of the most respected instruction authors and television analysts. He is currently a teaching editor for Golf Digest Magazine and previously served as an instruction writer for GOLF Magazine. In addition, his love for hosting golf instructional shows on television began in 1994 when he developed “The Rick Smith Signature Series” seen worldwide by television audiences on ESPN International, TSN (Canada), and Fox Sports Net. At the Golf Channel, Rick became part of the “Dream Team of Instructors” which consistently offered viewers instructional tips to improve their golf games. He also hosted “Inside the PGA Tour” and has been a commentator and analyst for both NBC and ESPN telecasts of golf tournaments.

Beyond the golf swing, writing, and television, Rick is an accomplished golf course designer working alongside Phil Mickelson, as well as a spokesperson for some of America’s premier brands and golf products.

He currently operates the Rick Smith Golf Performance Center at Trump® National Doral Miami, and Rick Smith Golf Academies at Forest Dunes in Roscommon, Mich., and Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.  Visit www.RickSmith.com.

Kingsmill Fall Golf Packages

Cool temps don’t faze real golfers. If anything, the courses are less crowded and good deals are to be found. Take Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia where the LPGA plays each May. As the leaves fall, so do the prices, and back by popular demand is the Best Golf Package Ever ($139/person for one round of golf, AAA Four Diamond accommodations and breakfast overlooking the historic James River).
The package could be written on a scorecard:
  • One round of golf on the Palmer-designed Plantation Course
  • Accommodations for one night in a guestroom
  • Complimentary golf cart, range balls and club storage
  • Full hot breakfast in Elements 1010
  • Use of our new fitness room, indoor and outdoor pools
  • Transportation around the property and to popular area attractions (seasonally)
Available SundayThursday only. Rate starting at $139/person based on double occupancy. Some restrictions apply; Based on availability. Please call upon booking to schedule tee time to ensure preferred time. Available through March 15, 2018.
About Kingsmill Resort
Kingsmill Resort is an AAA Four Diamond condo resort. Located on the James River off I-64 between Richmond and Norfolk the property is within minutes from Williamsburg’s numerous destinations including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, The College of William & Mary, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.

Escape the Cold with Hilton Head Golf Island’s Winter Packages

Escape the Cold with Hilton Head Golf Island’s Winter Packages

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) – Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI) – ranked the top island in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler – offers golf lovers an ideal respite from the cold.

Featuring more than 30 member courses on Hilton Head and in the surrounding area, HHGI is known for its unique combination of Southern hospitality, temperate climate and world-class public and private designs sculpted by vaunted architects. A variety of winter stay-and-play packages further entice golf enthusiasts to visit as the temperature plummets up north.

The Sea Pines Resort’s “Villa Golf Package” features a round on each of the property’s three championship courses plus accommodations in a private, fully-equipped villa. Starting at $218 (based on quadruple occupancy), it is an ideal way to experience Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point by Pete Dye and Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III. Available through February, this four-day, three-night getaway also includes complimentary replays on Heron Point and Atlantic Dunes. For reservations call 843.842.8484.

Available through March, The Heritage Golf Collection’s “Golfer’s Dream Package” is perfect for those who want a variety of courses from which to choose. The deal combines three nights’ accommodations in a spectacular villa with three rounds on any of The Heritage Golf Collection’s five Hilton Head layouts. Starting at $105 (based on quadruple occupancy), additional perks include complimentary range balls prior to rounds, a 20% discount on pro shop merchandise and 10% dining discount at local restaurants. For reservations call 843.681.1706.

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s “Birdies and Beer Package” offers three nights’ accommodations in a two-bedroom resort-view villa, three rounds of golf on your choice of a trio of championship courses with cart, complimentary range balls plus breakfast and beers. Two hours of court time per day at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, pro shop and dining discounts and priority access to all resort activities and amenities are also included. Rates start at $160 (based on four-person occupancy) through February. For reservations call855.450.4861.

Starting at $125 (based on double occupancy and six or more golfers), Fripp Island’s stay and play packageincludes nightly accommodations and 18 holes at Ocean Creek Golf Course with complimentary cart, range balls and afternoon replays. A great way to experience St. Helena Island – just north of Hilton Head – this package is available through December. For reservations call 843.838.1558.

“Combat the doldrums of winter with a getaway to the ultimate golf destination,” suggests Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association. “With direct flights available from 14 cities year-round, it’s never been easier to visit ‘Golf Island.’”

Offering unbeatable value, courses for players of all abilities and pleasant year-round weather, Hilton Head Island is one of the world’s premier golf destinations. In addition to being named the “No. 1 Island in the Continental U.S.” by Travel + Leisure magazine readers, Hilton Head has also received accolades from Golfweek, Golf Channel’s Golf Advisor and the South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel.

All packages are priced per person, per night. For more information on the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ 2016 North American “Golf Destination of the Year,” call 800.523.3373 or visitwww.hiltonheadgolfisland.org.

About Hilton Head Golf Island
Hilton Head Golf Island features more than 30 member courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort and Jasper counties. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy Hilton Head’s Southern hospitality and world-class public and private designs sculpted by vaunted architects Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones.

Getting to “Golf Island” is easier than ever from East Coast and Midwest population centers. JetBlue Airwaysoperates non-stop flights from Boston (BOS) and New York City (LGA / JFK) to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). Allegiant Air also flies non-stop from Indianapolis (IND), Cincinnati (CVG), Baltimore (BWI) and Pittsburgh (PIT), among others cities.  Fourteen other locales offer non-stop service to SAV including Chicago, Detroit, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

Its territory encompasses many of the great golf courses and resorts of North America and is ranked top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including “Best Buddies Trip Destination,” “Best Accommodations,” “Best Couples Trip,” “Best Courses,” “Best Food and Drink,” “Best Weather” and “Best Value.” Home to the world-renowned Sea Pines Resort, the PGA TOUR makes its only South Carolina stop each April at Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.

The Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association, in conjunction with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Visitor and Conventions Bureau and Chamber of Commerce, launched Hilton Head Golf Island to support the island’s thriving golf market through promotion of golf rounds and packages.



 Design Refresh at Award-Winning Bradenton, Florida Course Includes 22,000-Square-Foot Clubhouse

 Naples, Fla. – October 18, 2017 – Coral Hospitality (www.CoralHospitality.com), a full-service hospitality management company, today announced the completion of the second phase of its improvement project at Rosedale Golf & Country Club in Bradenton, Florida. Updates made during this recent phase, which represented a $750,000 investment, include a full interior renovation and design enhancements at the 22,000-square-foot clubhouse including the lobby, restaurant, bar, community room and pro shop. More than 500 members were invited to experience the new design, which exemplifies a contemporary coastal style, during a ribbon-cutting celebration on September 30.

“Rosedale Golf & Country Club is truly an incredible country club and we are thrilled to be able to provide our members and guests with an exceptional club centerpiece to socialize, dine and celebrate,” said Christopher Schaeffer, president of Coral Hospitality. “We were privileged to partner with a world-renowned designer, Clive Daniel Hospitality, to transform Rosedale’s clubhouse with a clean, transitional design.”

The newly refreshed clubhouse inspires casual elegance with a contemporary coastal style. The fresh, timeless design seamlessly incorporates beautiful, natural elements that bridge the gap between the Club’s impressive indoor and outdoor spaces. Guests will delight in a grand entrance experience at the main lobby – with striking white stone walls, sleek floor and wall coverings, fresh new art, welcoming furniture, lustrous lighting and more. A few more exciting changes include the addition of a new 100-inch-wide, wall-hung fireplace in the bar, which is complemented by a matching 60” wall-hung fireplace in the main dining room. A 72” round contemporary crystal chandelier adds a bit of glamour to the space and illuminates the Club’s newly added, custom-designed carpet featuring a floral motif, and new tables, chairs and tableware.

“It’s absolutely beautiful! Coral Hospitality has done a great job maintaining the golf course and club here,” said Debbie Judge, Rosedale Golf & Country Club member since 2014. “The clubhouse is a gathering place on Friday nights and there is always something to do other than just tennis and golf. We are so excited about this renovation!”

Rosedale Golf & Country Club features a par 72 course with a 22,000 square-foot clubhouse with bistro patio for entertainment and enjoyment. A three-time recipient of the Bradenton Herald’s People’s Choice Awards, Rosedale also features a Junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, five lighted Har-Tru tennis courts, a well-appointed fitness center, and an array of exceptional activities.

This second phase of renovations at Rosedale Golf & Country Club represent part of an overall $1.5 million investment at the property since CH6 Rosedale acquired it in October 2015. Coral and its equity partners have launched an aggressive golf growth strategy, committing $150 million and targeting South Florida-based courses and clubs between Tampa and Naples.

For additional information about Coral Hospitality, visit www.CoralHospitality.com or call 239-449-1800. Stay up-to-date on the latest Coral Hospitality news by following @coral_hosp on Twitter or by visiting our Facebook page.

About Coral Hospitality

Founded in 1988, Coral Hospitality is a full-service hospitality management and investment company with three distinctive divisions – Coral Hotels & Resorts, Coral Golf & Country Clubs and Coral Residences & Associations. A market leader that delivers unparalleled service and generates exceptional financial results for clients and investors, Coral takes a unique, full-service approach to the management of its portfolio of hotels, resorts, golf clubs, residences and spas. As a result, Coral isconsistently ranked in Top 5 in REVPAR growth among independent management companies. Coral Hospitality…leveraging powerful, world-class partnerships to create experiences that innovate and inspire.

Marriott Golf Selects OneSpareTeeTime for Charity Request Management

Marriott Golf Selects OneSpareTeeTime for Charity Request Management

Alpharetta, GA (Sept. 25, 2017) — Marriott Golf Corporation has chosen OneSpareTeeTime to help manage certificate requests from charitable organizations.  Additionally, Marriott’s domestic portfolio of courses will enjoy a free listing on BestOutings.com and will automatically receive outing leads from event planners in local markets.  Several Marriott properties are taking advantage of OneSpareGolfVacation, a platform to promote slow-season and last minute golf vacations to an affluent audience.

“Our courses will save time and receive free outing leads while our resorts generate added shoulder and low-season revenue,” said Brett Stark, Vice President of Marketing, Marriott Golf. The company’s golf portfolio offers both vintage courses and challenging new designs at exciting hotel golf resorts across the country.

Marriott Golf is the latest course management group to implement a new platform to handle golf certificate requests from charities.  By managing charitable requests to its properties, OneSpareTeeTime maximizes benefits to courses with slow periods on their tee sheets and to charities that hold fundraising events.

OneSpareTeeTime is a free online platform that completely streamlines charitable requests. Along with maintaining and tracking an inventory bank of available golf certificates (twosomes or foursomes), OneSpareTeeTime automatically provides high quality course promotional materials to charities for use at their fundraisers and on their websites.

“We’ve heard from dozens of course managers that they are inundated with requests from non-profit organizations,” explains Mike Last, founder of Geronimo Solutions, the company behind the OneSpareTeeTime platform. “Our solution leaves clubs in full control, saves a lot of time, promotes their courses, and even increases revenues, all while supporting great causes. It’s a win-win opportunity that more and more courses and non-profits are embracing with enthusiasm.”

Through OneSpareTeeTime each Marriott Golf course can now configure their certificate restrictions and promotional materials as well as gather key golfer and event planner data.  Additionally, the proprietary “SuperUser” dashboard allows senior management to view activity across the entire portfolio.

“This new platform will save our managers time and administrative work, while doing a great job of promoting our courses,” added Stark.

For additional information or for a demo, visit www.OneSpareTeeTime.com.

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About Geronimo Solutions

Geronimo Solutions provides technologies that help businesses connect easily and seamlessly with non-profit organizations.  Its platforms enable golf courses and resorts, management companies, vacation rental managers, golf professionals, restaurants, and others to leverage the promotional reach of thousands of non-profits.

In just three years, more than 5,000 non-profits have created accounts with Geronimo and use its straightforward “Travelpledge” fundraising solution. More than $8.3 million per year in golf-related gift certificates are available to participating non-profit organizations that agree to promote donor golf facilities at fundraisers and to host events at these courses.   Both private and public courses are benefiting from the platforms.

Several solutions have been developed for the golf industry including OneSpareTeeTime.com (for courses), OneSpareGolfVacation.com (for resorts), and OneSpareLesson (for instructors).

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Reveals New Championship Trophy in Time for 2017 PGA TOUR Event


Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Reveals New Championship Trophy in Time for 2017 PGA TOUR Event

This Year’s Winner Will Raise The Howard Hughes Cup on the 18th Green at TPC Summerlin

LAS VEGAS – Sept. 25, 2017 – Shriners Hospitals for Children Open today revealed the tournament’s new championship trophy, The Howard Hughes Cup. The winner of this year’s PGA TOUR event, taking place October 30 – November 5 at TPC Summerlin, will take home the cup presented by The Howard Hughes Corporation®, along with $1.188 million which represents the winner’s share of the $6.8 million purse.

“The Howard Hughes Corporation has a long-standing partnership history with the tournament that has evolved through the years to become the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open,” said Kevin T. Orrock, President, Summerlin®, a premier development of The Howard Hughes Corporation. “As the host community of this golf tournament, Summerlin is exceptionally proud of its affiliation with the PGA TOUR and this event that raises critical funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children®. The introduction this year of The Howard Hughes Cup is the next evolution of our ongoing relationship and support of this tournament that takes place in our own backyard at the award-winning TPC Summerlin. Like many golf fans and Southern Nevadans, we look forward to a great week of championship golf, and we invite everyone to join us.”

The master planned community of Summerlin spans 22,500 acres along the western rim of the Las Vegas valley on land purchased by Howard R. Hughes in the 1950s. Named for Hughes’ grandmother, Jean Amelia Summerlin, the community is today home to more than 100,000 residents and has ranked among the country’s best-selling communities for decades. Its hallmark lifestyle is created in large part by a robust list of amenities that includes 10 golf courses, 150 miles of trails, nearly 250 parks of all sizes and more. The community is a premier development of The Howard Hughes Corporation which owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S.

Fans will have the opportunity to see The Howard Hughes Cup in person and take photos with it on Sept. 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. at a special event in the Dining Arroyo at Downtown Summerlin®. Additional details surrounding the display of the cup will be announced soon.

For more information on the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, visit www.shrinershospitalsopen.com or follow the tournament on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


About the 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

The 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open brings the FedExCup to Las Vegas as the PGA TOUR returns to the Las Vegas valley for the 35th consecutive year. Many of the top golfers in the world will participate in the competition and help support the mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children® from October 30 – November 5 at TPC Summerlin.

About Shriners Hospitals for Children® 

Shriners Hospitals for Children, a health care system of 22 hospitals that provides specialty pediatric care, conducts innovative research and offers outstanding medical teaching programs, was founded in 1922 by the Shriners fraternity, Shriners International.

Every year, Shriners Hospitals for Children provides care for thousands of kids with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate, in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. The health care system also provides medical educational opportunities and conducts research to improve the lives of children.

For more information, please visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China.

The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.

Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 227 countries and territories in 30 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2015, tournaments across all Tours generated a record $160 million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the all-time total to $2.3 billion.

The PGA TOUR’s web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

About Summerlin®

Developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation®, Summerlin began to take shape in 1990 and has ranked in the country’s top 10 best-selling master planned communities for nearly two decades. Located along the western rim of the Las Vegas valley, Summerlin encompasses 22,500 acres with approximately 6,000 gross acres still remaining to accommodate future growth, including infrastructure, open space and common areas, all within the master plan. The community is currently home to more than 100,000 residents who enjoy an unparalleled list of amenities. These include more than 250 neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 completed miles of trails, 27 public and private schools, 14 houses of worship, ten golf courses, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks and dozens of actively selling floor plans. Homes are available in a variety of styles – from single-family homes to townhomes – priced from the $200,000s to more than $2.5 million. For information on custom homesites in The Ridges please call 702.255.2500. Visit www.summerlin.com for more information.

About The Howard Hughes Corporation®

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Our properties include master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets spanning 14 states from New York to Hawai‘i. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC with major offices in New York, Columbia, MD, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas and Honolulu. For additional information about HHC, visit www.howardhughes.com.