French Lick Resort – A Legendary Dye and Ross Golf Experience

French Lick Resort – A Legendary Dye and Ross Golf Experience

2019 golf packages highlight Dye, Ross, and Improving Your Game

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.

Regarded as one of the Best Golf Resorts in the America’s by Golf Digest, serious golfers nationwide seeking a buddy trip 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 2019 golf packages including its popular mainstays like the Hall of Fame and Donald Ross Experience packages. Whether it’s a buddy trip, couples retreat, girls-getaway, or improving your game, you will find a package to suit your needs.

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. Package prices start at $559 at French Lick Springs Hotel, and $589 at West Baden Springs Hotel based on double occupancy.

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. Package price starts at $334 at French Lick Springs Hotel, and $354 at West Baden Springs Hotel based on double occupancy.

Golfers can also experience the ultimate sampler for golf aficionados. The Double and Triple Play golf packages combine playing the Ross and Dye courses with the nearby Sultan’s Run Golf Club, another Top 10 course in Indiana. Package pricing starts at $289 for the Double Play, and $719 for the Triple Play.

Improve Your Game – French Lick Game Changer Golf Academy

Golfers who need to sharpen their game should take advantage of French Lick Resort’s “Game Changer” Golf Academy, which can give a boost to golfers of all skill levels. The three-day golf school experience covers all aspects of the full-swing and short game and includes three nights lodging at either resort hotel. The lesson includes video swing analysis, on-course sessions, and unlimited golf at The Donald Ross Course at French Lick and The Valley Links Course. Package pricing starts at $1,009.

Golfers looking for the quick fix whether it is short game, putting, or iron shots, the Rapid Recovery Golf Academy can get you back on track. This includes four hours of intensive instruction and unlimited golf on the Ross and Valley Links course. Package price starts at $514.

Custom packages can be built especially for groups of eight or more by contacting French Lick Golf Group Sales Manager, Alex Whiteman. Alex is a PGA Professional dedicated to creating the best golf experience available. 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.

LPGA Pro-Am Open To The PUblic

LPGA Pro-Am Open to the public 

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 25, 2019 – Kingsmill Resort, home to the Pure Silk Championship and the famed River Course is teeing up two golf experiences you don’t want to miss during this year’s tournament, May 20-26, 2019. It’s two opportunities on Monday and Wednesday, where players of all handicaps are welcomed and can make their own history alongside LPGA pros, plus gain insider tips from the pro and how they plan to conquer the course. It’s a scramble format, so there’s no pressure, just fun!

The excitement starts with a player’s reception, so participants will get a chance to meet all the pros in attendance, and after the Pro-Am, they can stick around to enjoy clubhouse tickets and catch all the action during the Pure Silk Championship.

Check out the package details below.

Monday, May 20, Pro-Am Package

One playing spot in the Monday Pro-Am with one LPGA Tour player

  • Players’ Reception after the Pro-Am with LPGA professionals in attendance
  • Accommodations in a resort guest room on Sunday, May 19th
  • Onsite practice round at Kingsmill on Sunday, May 19th (Tee times to be determined)
  • Pro-Am Participant Badge and one Guest Badge (Weekly access to the tournament, Wednesday – Sunday, for Clubhouse and Grounds)• Eight Single Day Clubhouse Tickets
  • One preferred parking pass, valid Monday – Wednesday• Exclusive tournament gift package
  • Autographed team photo

Wednesday, May 22, Pro-Am Package

  • One playing spot in the Wednesday Pro-Am with two LPGA Tour players
  • Invitation for one and a guest to the Tuesday evening Pairings Party (May 21st)
  • Pro-Am Participant Badge and one Guest Badge (Weekly access to the tournament, Wednesday – Sunday, for Clubhouse and Grounds)
  • Ten Single Day Clubhouse Tickets
  • One preferred parking pass, valid Monday – Wednesday• An exclusive tournament gift package
  • Autographed team photo

F or more information or to register, contact Kristen Ward, Kristen.ward@kingsmill.com, 757-253-3990. 

About Kingsmill Resort

Kingsmill Resort is Virginia’s Only AAA Four Diamond condominium 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.

Boyne Golf Offers Great Escape Golf Vacation

BOYNE Golf: Experience the “Great Escape” to America’s Summer Golf Capital

All-inclusive unlimited golf package is America’s best golfing value in Northern Michigan

Petoskey, MI – If quality and quantity of great golf help define a premier golf experience, then make sure to visit one of the leading golf destinations providing those elements, Boyne Resorts in northern Michigan, America’s Summer Golf Capital.

Boyne Resorts, collectively one of the largest golf and resort attractions in North America and featuring one of the Best Golf Resorts in the America’s by Golf Digest, is a trio of resort destinations with 10 golf courses, all within a 45-minute drive of one another. And the best way to experience this quality and quantity of great golf is through an unrivaled all-inclusive golf vacation package – BOYNE Golf’s Great Escape.

The “Great Escape Golf Vacation” started over 30-years ago as a way to entice golfers to visit northern Michigan on extended-stay golf trips. Over the decades, it evolved and became North America’s best golfing value and the perfect destination for a buddies’ golf trip, couple’s golf getaway, or simply a golf escape with friends.

The Great Escape satisfies the golf appetite for all and includes five-nights lodging at Boyne Highlands Resort or Boyne Mountain Resort (Sunday check-in/Friday check-out), welcome reception, gift package, breakfasts and dinners daily, and UNLIMITED golf on seven of BOYNE Golf’s championship courses at Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain, and Crooked Tree.

Boyne Highlands offers up the National Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), The Heather, designed by Hall of Fam designer Robert Trent Jones Sr., as well as the Donald Ross Memorial, Arthur Hills and the Moor courses. Boyne Mountain features the Mountain and Alpine courses. Crooked Tree Golf Club near Bay Harbor is also a scenic option.

Golfers also have the option to custom-build the package. They can select which golf courses to play, including Boyne’s flagship property, Bay Harbor Golf Club. Choose from a variety of dining options (Boyne Country Club, Bay Harbor Golf Club or Young American’s Dinner Theatre), as well as obtain Odawa Casino gaming vouchers, merchandise packages, spa treatments, custom club fitting, and instruction. It all can be built into a one week Great Escape.

The package pricing starts at $949 per person and runs for 19 weeks during the golf season from May 7 through Sept. 15.

If the “Great Escape” is to many swings for you, then consider one of Boyne’s daily unlimited golf packages which start at just $127 per day.

For more information about Boyne’s Great Escape visit http://www.boyne.com/golf/great-escape-golf-vacation, email info@BOYNE.com, or call (844) 634-5315 to book today!

About BOYNE Golf

Boyne Resorts has been named among the Best Golf Resorts in the America’s by Golf Digest and one of North America’s “Premier Resorts” (Gold) by GOLF Magazine. The Inn at Bay HarborandBay Harbor Golf Club, Boyne’s flagship properties, feature 27 holes with three golf course combinations designed by Arthur Hills (Links/Quarry, Quarry/Preserve, and Preserve/Links), and one of the most beautiful and iconic hotels in America, all set along a scenic five-mile stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline.  

Boyne Highlands, rated the No. 1 Golf Resort for Value by Golf.com, features 72 holes of premier golf design. The Heather was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., while the Hills Course was crafted by Arthur Hills. In addition, the resort features The Donald Ross Memorial, which is a rendition of the legendary architect’s great holes from around the country, and the always-fun Moor course. The Highlands is the perfect buddy trip destination for golfers who like to play as many holes as they can during the long summer daylight hours northern Michigan features.

Boyne Mountain not only features two fun 18-hole courses (The Monument and Alpine), along with the charming Mountain Grand Lodge & Spa, it is also the leading family friendly golf destination in the region with the Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, junior golf camps, and various kid golf programs. Golf Digest named Boyne Mountain one of its “Top-10 Destinations for Family Golf Trips.”

Beyond golf, Boyne is centered amid one of America’s most beautiful vacation spots. The scenic Lake Michigan beach towns of Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, and Petoskey are minutes away, and a side trip to Mackinac Island is easily managed. Guests can enjoy award-winning spas, waterfront dining, sandy beaches, watersports, gaming, microbreweries, wineries, hiking, biking, tennis, zip-lining, shopping and more capped by the spectacular northern Michigan sunsets. For more information, visit BOYNEGolf.com.

Nicklaus Course at Bay Point Golf Club Set to Re-Open Following Hurricane Michael Cleanup

Nicklaus Course at Bay Point Golf Club Set to Re-Open Following Hurricane Michael Cleanup

Premier Destination Golf Course Features New Greens and Bunkers

Panama City Beach, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2019)Bay Point Golf Club at Sheraton Bay Point Resort and KemperSports announce The Nicklaus Course at Bay Point will re-open for public play on March 1, 2019, following extensive cleanup and repairs from Hurricane Michael.  As the only Nicklaus Design in Northwest Florida and one of the premier destination golf experiences in the Florida Panhandle, the course presents newly renovated greens and bunkers.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the work our team has put in at Bay Point to get The Nicklaus Course back into playing shape,” said golf general manager, Ryan Mulvey.  “It has been a very difficult time for our community since the storm hit in October, but this golf course has been a real rallying point for our team and the work we’ve done has helped provide a sense of normalcy for all of us.”

Hurricane Michael hit Panama City and the eastern tip of Panama City Beach where Bay Point is located as a Category 4 storm. Cleanup of the Nicklaus Course included the removal of trees, extensive debris removal and repairs to the clubhouse and cart storage facility.  Clean-up and debris removal continue at the almost 50-year-old Meadows Course.

Prior to the storm, the overhaul of The Nicklaus Course, which began June 25, 2018, included the conversion of all 18 greens from Tif-Dwarf Bermuda grass to Ultra-Dwarf Tif-Eagle Bermuda, creating more consistent putting surfaces with a better tolerance for lower mowing heights and faster green speeds year-round. Twenty-three renovated green-side bunkers complement the greens and include sand and drainage throughout, promoting a better playing experience from around the greens

Originally designed by Bruce Devlin in 1986 (as Lagoon Legends) and renovated by Nicklaus Design in 2005, Bay Point Golf Club is the only Nicklaus Design golf course in Northwest Florida. The par-72 Nicklaus Design championship layout stretches over 7,100 yards from the back tees with a challenging course rating of 74.3 and slope of 143. The course has hosted numerous regional and local events, including the USGA U.S. Open Qualifier in 2016. Bay Point Golf Club is also a home course of the Florida State University Women’s Golf Team.

Bay Point Golf Club is owned by Torchlight Investments, LLC and managed by Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports.

For more information about Bay Point Golf Club or Sheraton Bay Point Resort, visit www.baypointgolfclub.com or www.sheratonbaypoint.com and connect with the Bay Point Golf Club socially on Facebook and Instagram.

About KemperSports
Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports operates golf facilities as well as athletic clubs, lodging venues and major sporting events, including nationally ranked courses and tournament venues such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort,  Sand Valley Golf Resort, Streamsong Resort, Desert Willow Golf Resort and Chambers Bay, host of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the 2015 U.S. Open. For more information about KemperSports, visit http://www.kempersports.com.

About Sheraton Bay Point Resort

As a quintessential Florida vacation destination, Sheraton Bay Point Resort, is nestled along the historic St. Andrews Bay, creating a distinct coastal experience as the only AAA Four Diamond rated hotel in Panama City Beach. Speckled by palm trees, pines and moss-draped oaks, the 320-room resort features a modern design, five dining options, 60,000 sq. ft. of event and meeting space, a private bay beach, two pools as well as a full service spa, tennis courts, watersports, boating to Shell Island and the only Nicklaus Design course in Northwest Florida. Following Hurricane Michael, the property is currently closed and making preparations to welcome guests back to the celebrated resort. For more information, please visit www.SheratonBayPoint.com or connect with Sheraton Bay Point Resort on FacebookInstagram or LinkedIn.

Sheraton Bay Point Resort is managed by Crescent Hotels and Resorts and is the only full-service Marriott International property in the region. 

PGA Value Guide Debuts New Leaderboard Trade-In Program

PGA Value Guide Debuts New Leaderboard Trade-In Program at 2019 PGA Merchandise Show

(RALEIGH, NC) – PGA Value Guide – the national standard for golf club values –  introduces a new Leaderboard Trade-In Program for PGA Professionals designed to provide additional incentives for trading in used and un-hit clubs, at booth #1385 at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida, January 23 – 25, 2019.

The PGA Value Guide helps golfers get the best value for their trade-ins through fair club assessments and additional trade-in incentives. The new program will provide further benefits to PGA Professionals to ensure they are receiving the highest values when trading in their used and un-hit clubs.

Benefits of the Leaderboard Trade-In Program for PGA Professionals include:

  • 2% year-end bonus check for facilities who trade-in $5,000 of equipment in a calendar year
  • Trade-in day event marketing support, including facility signage
  • Concierge service to assist in the trade-in process    
  • Price matching and exclusive promotional codes for in-line products
  • $25 bonus per every $500 of trades
  • Free shipping on all trades greater than $100

“The PGA Value Guide is already trusted by over 7,000 PGA Professionals to find the fairest price for their used equipment,” says Ed Byman, CEO. “This new program offers additional incentives to ensure our users are receiving maximum value from their trade-ins so they can continue to stock and sell the latest equipment on the market.”

When utilizing the PGA Value Guide Trade-In Network, PGA Professionals also receive a 30% bonus on Un-Hit Clubs, an annual marketing kit, subscription to a digital newsletter and the option to be featured on the PGA Value Guide Facility Locator Map, providing free exposure for their businesses.

Millions of golfers turn to the PGA Value Guide during their search for new and pre-owned golf clubs to ensure they receive the highest overall trade-in value. Users are also able to research and find current promotions, pricing on new and pre-owned equipment, product specifications and reviews, as well as online and offline retailers staffed by PGA members.

Higher introductory price points and longer product lifecycles have resulted in unprecedented trade-in value. In fact, the PGA Value Guide impacted more than $1 billion in golf equipment sales since the inaugural edition in 2004.  

For More Information on the PGA Value Guide: https://valueguide.pga.com/

About Global Value Commerce

GVC is the trusted destination for buying and selling previously played golf equipment at GlobalGolf.com3balls.com and TaylorMadeGolfPreOwned.com.  Its PGA Value Guide catalogs vast product information, sets industry standards on pricing and is used by millions of golfers to calculate credit or cash for their trade-ins.  The value guide’s complementary trade-in network boasts more than 7,000 PGA Professionals who monetize golf club inventory, notably exchanges, demos and un-hit overstock.  The company’s websites, including the company’s latest acquisition, upscale apparel retailer FairwayStyles.com, also sell new golf gear. With its global headquarters in Raleigh, NC, GVC employs 130 people, including PGA members and other golf-equipment experts who develop extensive content about product attributes and advise customers about how different types of equipment make them better players.  Distribution centers in North Carolina, Utah and the new facility in Mississauga, Ontario total 100,000 square feet and house more than 400,000 units at any given time.

More information:  globalvaluecommerce.com, 866.843.0262

Cordillera Ranch Set to Open State-of-the-Art Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch

Cordillera Ranch Set to Open State-of-the-Art Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch

Facility to Feature Hitting Bays with Flightscope Launch Monitors, Swing Catalyst 3D Motion Plate

(BOERNE, Texas) – Cordillera Ranch – the Hill Country’s premier luxury golf community – is nearing completion of its Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch and poised to become one of the top instruction facilities in the state.

Designed by renowned architect Jim Terrian, the Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch will feature two bays on the west end of the club’s Practice Park. Each bay – sophisticatedly constructed by industry leader Tim Cutshall – will have a Flightscope Launch Monitor, which provides an innovative combination of 3D Doppler Tracking and image processing. Cutshall, who was recently featured in LINKS Magazine, installed the radar so that it integrates with camera and video data, and provides instructors and students launch characteristics of each shot.

Each bay will also have a three-camera system integrated with the Flightscope Launch Monitor to provide instant feedback on every shot and help instructors develop a custom plan for improvement. Flightscope technology will also improve the Cordillera Ranch instruction staff’s club fitting capabilities.

The Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch is scheduled to open later this spring.

In addition, the Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch will be one of the few facilities in Texas to offer the Swing Catalyst 3D Motion Plate. The flagship swing analysis system provides a unique combination of the state-of-the-art pressure plate technology (Balance Plate) and a highly-advanced force plate. This enables instructors to study detailed foot pressure data and center of pressure patterns. The 3D Motion Plate also provides horizontal and vertical force measurements of the amount of torque and ground reaction forces generated during each swing. This data is invaluable information for analysis throughout the golf swing as the ground is the source of power and energy in the swing. The 3D data is perfectly synchronized with high-speed video images and Flightscope Launch Monitor technology.

“We’re adding the finishing touches to the Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch and eagerly awaiting its unveiling to our members,” says Director of Instruction Bryan Gathright. “All of this incredible technology, combined with our instructors’ passion for making our members better players, certainly makes the future of golf instruction at Cordillera Ranch exciting.”

Set on pristine land in the Texas Hill Country, Cordillera Ranch boasts a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that meanders through valleys and oak-covered terrain. Many holes offer views of the Guadalupe River Valley and feature strategic bunkering, craggy limestone canyons and thought-provoking risk-reward shots. The Dallas Morning News ranked the Cordillera Ranch golf course fourth in its Texas Golf 2018 ranking of the state’s best layouts, and listed the par-3 16th hole among the state’s “Best” and “Most Beautiful” golf holes.

Situated 30 minutes northwest of San Antonio, Cordillera Ranch boasts 0.25-acre villas, one- to 10-plus acre estates, including valley-view, golf course and Guadalupe River frontage, as well as hilltop home sites. Cordillera Ranch’s seven on-site, resort-style amenity clubs – Golf, Tennis and Swim, Spa and Athletic, Social, Rod and Gun, Equestrian and River – are all available under one membership. This trailblazing model continues to attract a wide array of buyers from throughout Texas and the United States.

The Cordillera Ranch clubhouse was recently named the Most Beautiful Clubhouse in Texas by Architectural Digest. Community honors continue to roll in as well, as Where to Retire Magazine named Cordillera Ranch one of the “50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the U.S.,” and San Antonio Magazine tabbed it one of the best neighborhoods in the area. 

Considered one of the top addresses in the San Antonio area, Cordillera Ranch continues to grow at an impressive pace – with nearly 800 homes completed (and more than 1,200 lot sales) in the community. At final build-out, Cordillera Ranch will total approximately 2,500 homes and preserve 80% of the land in its natural state.

The year 2018 was an exciting and successful one for Cordillera Ranch. The Vista Office and Visitor Center, housing the offices of Cordillera Ranch Realty, DH Investment Company, Pasadera Builders and the Cordillera Ranch POA administration, recently opened. Additionally, the community is constructing the Lodges at Cordillera Ranch, boutique onsite accommodations for property owners and club members’ guests. The first phase of Lodges will include two units with a total of 10 available rooms and are scheduled for completion by Q2 2019.

For more information: www.cordilleraranch.com, 888.66.RANCH.

About Cordillera Ranch

Cordillera Ranch is an 8,700-acre master-planned residential community located north of San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country. It offers residents on-site recreational activities and boasts 0.25-acre villas, one- to 10-plus acre estates, including valley view, golf course, Guadalupe River frontage and hilltop home sites.

Residents of the gated community can join The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch, featuring seven resort-style clubs in one location – The Golf Club, The Social Club, The Tennis and Swim Club, The Equestrian Club, The Rod and Gun Club, The Spa and Athletic Club and The River Club. Cordillera Ranch is undertaken by Cordillera Ranch Development Corp., a subsidiary of Texas-based DH Investment Company.

For families with school-aged kids, the community is situated in the prestigious Boerne Independent School District. Newsweek recently ranked both Boerne ISD high schools among the top 3 percent in the country. Also, an education analysis group listed five Boerne ISD elementary schools among the eight best in the San Antonio area, including the top four spots.

And then there’s San Antonio – recently ranked 10th in the Milken Institute’s “Best Performing Cities” list, which evaluates small and large cities by tracking job growth, wage and salary growth, and the size and concentration of high tech industry. Also, the U.S. Census Bureau recently tabbed Boerne as one of the fastest-growing areas in the country.

Inaugural Kissimmee Family Golf Classic June 20 – 23

From the Nicklaus Course At Reunion

Inaugural Kissimmee Family Golf Classic to be Played on Three of Central Florida’s Premier Courses June 20-23

First-Ever Event Will Celebrate Familial Bonds Golf Helps Create

Kissimmee, Fla. — With a star-studded golf course lineup and an idyllic host destination, the first annual Kissimmee Family Golf Classic will be played June 20-23, 2019. The 54-hole, team scramble event is open to any combination of family members and will be a celebration of the bonds the game helps create.

Cost of entry is $799 for a team of four. Tournament rounds will be played at the Nicklaus and Watson courses at Reunion Resort, one of Florida’s premier golf facilities, and Celebration Golf Club, an unforgettable co-design of industry legends, Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Sr.

Entry also includes a VIP welcome gift package, breakfast and lunch each day at the tournament, and on-course contests.

“Kissimmee has so much to offer as both a golf and family vacation destination, the decision to launch this tournament was a natural one,” said John Poole, Executive Director, Experience Kissimmee. “Golf and family are inextricably linked for so many players. It’s a multi-generational game, allowing for special time spent with parents, grandparents, and children in a fun, stress-free environment.”

The schedule of events for the Kissimmee Family Golf Classic:

June 20: Welcome Reception

June 21: Nicklaus Course at Reunion Resort, 8:30 a.m.

June 22: Watson Course at Reunion Resort, 8:30 a.m.

June 23: Celebration Golf Club, 8:30 a.m.
       Closing Ceremonies/Farewell Awards Reception, 1:30 p.m.

Reunion Resort features three award-winning golf courses and the brand-new Nicklaus Clubhouse. It is the only place in the world where players can test their skills on signature-designed courses by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tom Watson. The Nicklaus and Watson layouts will be hosting the Kissimmee Family Golf Classic, allowing tournament participants to enjoy nationally-acclaimed courses.

The Nicklaus Course, featuring a new state-of-the-art clubhouse, is a Parkland-style layout that is smooth and flowing with long horizon lines and elevated tee boxes and greens. It can be as deceptive as it is beautiful. An eight-time major champion, Tom Watson’s layout at Reunion is one of his finest architectural works. The layout, a Top 100 Resort Course, showcases wide fairways and large undulating greens, placing a premium on creativity.

“This is the first year of this event, and we believe it will grow quickly,” said Kevin Baker, General Manager of Reunion Resort. “The quality of golf, value, and beautiful weather will make the Kissimmee Family Golf Classic a favorite destination event.”

Celebration Golf Club has been ranked among the top 25 family golf courses in the U.S. and has drawn rave reviews for both the quality of its design and its commitment to customer service. Among the six sets of tees at Celebration are four between the 5,958 and 6,817 yards, helping ensure an enjoyable challenge for players of all skill levels.
 
“Families from around the world visit Kissimmee to enjoy its close proximity to legendary attractions. Plus, the value they receive at our area resorts, hotels, and restaurants is unmatched,” said John Bixler, General Manager of Celebration Golf Club. “The Kissimmee Family Golf Classic will combine all those elements in a tournament that will place equal emphasis on fun and competition.”

Kissimmee is a one-of-a-kind sunny golf and vacation destination, providing easy-access to world-famous theme parks, incredible outdoor adventures, and renowned cuisine. With an average high temperature of 73 degrees, January is an idyllic time for a golf getaway.

More information about the Kissimmee Family Golf Classic is available at www.kissimmeefamilygolfclassic.com.

Twitter: @FGClassic – Facebook/Instagram: @FamilyGolfClassic

About Experience Kissimmee:
Almost 50 years of vacation-making experience. More than 8,000,000 overnight visitors. And closer than a wave-of-a-wand away from world-famous theme parks and attractions, the Headwaters of the Everglades, extraordinary natural wonders, and plates for every palate. We’re Experience Kissimmee, the official tourism authority for Osceola County, Florida. (That means we oversee sales and marketing for the destination.) We’re also the Vacation Home Capital of the World®, with more than 45,000 accommodation options, including luxury resorts, family-friendly hotels, and over 22,000 vacation homes. Tap into the magic. Get inspired at EXPERIENCEKISSIMMEE.COM.

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Srixon Introduces the All-New Z-STAR Series: Built for Distance

Srixon Introduces the All-New Z-STAR Series: Built for Distance

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Jan. 14, 2019 — SRIXON®, a global leader in golf ball technology and innovation, announces the launch of the sixth generation Z-STAR Series golf ball. The Srixon Z-STAR XV and Z-STAR are available in Pure White™ and Tour Yellow™ and officially launch in North America on February 1, 2019.

“Distance is one of the major strengths of my game, and I trust the performance of the Z-STAR XV like nothing else on Tour,” said professional Cameron Champ, who currently leads the Tour in driving distance. “The exceptional ball speed and distance that I’m able to generate with the Z-STAR Series gives me the unique opportunity to compete at an elite level week-in-and-week-out.”

The sixth generation Z-STAR Series features the all-new FastLayer Core, a revolutionary way to make a golf ball core. It starts soft in the center and gradually becomes firmer around its edge. This greatly enhances ball speed for maximum distance performance, while maintaining exceptional feel at impact.

“The new Z-STAR Series golf balls are built on top of the heritage of one of the most successful, trusted Tour golf balls in the market,” said Jeff Brunski, Vice President of Research and Development. “The exceptional ball speed and distance of both Z-STAR offerings are driven by the new FastLayer Core technology, producing both outstanding ball speed and launch conditions tuned for the high swing-speed, better player.”

The new Z-STAR Series golf balls feature new Spin Skin technology with Slide-Ring Material (SeRM), a urethane compound that coats the cover of every Z-STAR Series golf ball. By taking unprecedented levels of shearing force without breaking its molecular bonds, Spin Skin with SeRM is able to dig deep into your wedge and iron grooves, dramatically increasing friction and maximizing spin for more control and more stopping power on every shot.

The all-new Z-STAR Series golf balls are the first and only in the world to use Slide-Ring Material, providing a competitive advantage that cannot be matched.

“Engineered for more spin and control, the Z-STAR Series features a Spin Skin coating enhanced with SeRM, an extremely flexible material,” Brunski said. “Never before has Srixon combined so many technologies in one golf ball, to produce more friction for more spin around the green.”

The 338 Speed Dimple Pattern on each Z-STAR Series golf ball improves overall aerodynamics for better flight performance, even in the toughest wind conditions, with drivers, woods and irons.

The sixth generation Z-STAR XV features a softer urethane cover and Spin Skin with SeRM, which significantly increases greenside spin for more short game control. It features a four-piece construction with a smaller inner core and larger outer core for more distance off the tee.

“The new Z-STAR XV is hotter off the driver,” said four-time Tour winner Keegan Bradley. “It’s definitely longer with my irons as well. So, it’s a ball that’s going to help you throughout the entire bag.”

Similarly, the new Z-STAR golf ball features Spin Skin with SeRM, which increases greenside spin and short game control, while maintaining that soft feel. In addition, the 2019 Z-STAR employs a three-piece construction and slightly increased compression with a harder mantle layer for more ball speed, reduced spin and more distance.

Key Technologies:

·         New FastLayer Core: The FastLayer Core starts soft in the center and gradually becomes firm around its edge, giving high-speed players exceptional feel and enhanced ball speed for maximum distance.

·         4TH Generation Spin Skin with SeRM: A new coating with flexible molecular bonds digs deep into wedge and iron grooves, maximizing spin for more control and more stopping power.

·         338 Speed Dimple Pattern: The 338 Speed Dimple Pattern offers less drag and more lift to boost overall distance, while flying straight even in the toughest wind conditions.

Click here for photos, test results from the Z-STAR Series Product Manual, and to learn more about the latest offerings from Srixon.

The Srixon Z-STAR Series golf balls officially launch in North America on February 1, 2019, at a MAP of $39.99 per dozen….

WILSON GOLF ANNOUNCES NEW REDEFINED STAFF MODEL IRONS

WILSON GOLF ANNOUNCES NEW REDEFINED STAFF MODEL IRONS

Wilson Advisory Staff Member Brendan Steele Collaborates with Wilson LABS on
Next Generation of Staff Model Blades


CHICAGO, January 23, 2019 –  Wilson has officially announced the modernization of a timeless classic with the release of the all-new Wilson Staff Model irons. The company has a rich history of forged “blade” irons, many of which have been played by game’s greats. The new generation of Staff Model irons are an appropriate continuation of the brand’s most cherished product lines.

The Staff Model irons utilize a shape similar to that of FG Tour 100, while retaining Fluid Feel Hosel construction, which helps to move weight and enhance feel. This new Blade also features a milled diamond pattern which frames the score lines. Additionally, a milled face provides players with improved control and feel. The forged 8620 carbon steel is combined with a high polish mirror finish to give the blades a premium finish. For optimum feel, the irons also feature a bore through fluid feel design.  

After racking up two PGA Tour victories with the FG Tour 100 irons, Brendan Steele went back to the drawing board and collaborated with the Wilson LABS team to assist in the development of the new Staff Model irons. Brendan challenged the team at Wilson to create a more modern aesthetic, without sacrificing performance. Steele felt it was crucial to keep the execution consistent and was eager to incorporate his feedback on design, specifically maintaining a thinner top line at address. After two years of development, the new Staff Model blades were finally brought to life.

Steele’s hands on relationship with the brand has been critical to the development of new Wilson golf products. The two sides have worked very well together over the past few years, which made it a no brainer for Steele to officially extend his longstanding relationship with the brand for three more years, through 2021.  

“To be able to genuinely provide my insight on the next generation on FG Tour 100 irons was an experience I’ll never forget,” said Steele. “By design, we crafted the new Staff Model irons to have a similar look as the FG Tour 100, which was critical as I continue to evaluate changes to my equipment.”

The performance of the new irons speaks for itself. Gary Woodland was the first to debut the prototype irons and has seen early success. In his first event at the QBE Shootout in the Bahamas, Woodland made a hole-in-one on a 202 yard Par 3. Just three weeks later, at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui, Woodland led the field in Greens in Regulation, with an impressive 87.5% for the week using the Staff Model irons.

“Through precise performance and visually pleasing aesthetics, the Staff Model irons combine the look and feel demanded by today’s players,” said Jon Pergande, Global Innovation Manager at Wilson Golf. “Brendan’s influence on these irons was impactful and with the phenomenal expertise of the Wilson LABS team, we knew these irons were going to be an extremely polished product.”

XXIO Reveals the All-New XXIO Prime: Indulge in Distance

XXIO Reveals the All-New XXIO Prime: Indulge in Distance

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Jan. 18, 2019 — XXIO®, a global leader in premium lightweight golf equipment, introduces the all-new XXIO Prime, easy distance and easy accuracy for moderate swing speed golfers. The new XXIO Prime officially launches in North America on March 1, 2019.

“XXIO Prime is, quite frankly, the most unique and beneficial product ever available to moderate swing speed players. Period,” said Chuck Thiry, Vice President of XXIO USA. “People might think that is marketing hype, but they simply haven’t hit Prime yet.”

XXIO Prime Woods

The new XXIO Prime Woods feature a redesigned hosel structure and reduced stiffness at the tip of the driver shaft, making it easier for moderate swing speed players to shut the face at impact for longer, straighter drives.

Also, the new XXIO Prime Woods are lighter, making them faster while still remaining extremely easy to swing. A new forged cup face, made from Super-TIX® PLUS Titanium, is thinner, lighter and stronger for maximum COR across the entire face for more ball speed and enhanced distance.

“The speed increases, higher launch angles, and draw bias of the new Prime will show immediate results from swing one,” Thiry said. “It’s legit lightweight power for the players that absolutely need it the most.”

Key Technologies:

·         Super-Tix Plus Forged Titanium Cup Face: Forged from Super-TIX® PLUS Titanium, a lightweight yet high-strength alloy, the new Cup Face greatly increases distance performance thanks to a hotter sweet spot that’s noticeably larger than the previous model’s.

·         Unprecedented Lightweight Construction: The SP-1000 Shaft, with TORAYCA® T1100G carbon fiber and NANOALLOY resin, is strong yet extremely lightweight. That, along with weight savings in the grip and club head, produces woods that are remarkably fast and remarkably easy to swing.

·         Groundbreaking Forgiveness Features: With an expanded toe and narrowed heel, a tungsten-nickel inner weight that is low and deep, a lighter hosel repositioned closer to the center of the face, and finally, reduced stiffness at the tip of the shaft, this is our most forgiving suite of XXIO Prime Woods.

XXIO Prime Hybrids and Irons

Reach more greens in fewer shots with new XXIO Prime Hybrids. With an expanded COR across the face, a lower center of gravity, and a straighter ball flight, Prime Hybrids greatly enhance distance and ball speed from anywhere on the course.

Meanwhile, stick it close with new XXIO Prime Irons, providing more distance, more stopping power and a higher launch. Featuring a forged Super-TIX® PLUS Titanium face and CNC milled Speed Grove, new Prime Irons increase ball speed across the face for easier distance and easier accuracy.

Key Technologies:

·         Forged Maraging Steel Cup Face: Forged from Maraging Steel – a lightweight yet high-strength allow – the new Cup Face in the Prime Hybrids greatly increases distance performance thanks to a hotter sweet spot that is noticeably larger than the previous model’s.

·         Super-Tix Plus Titanium Face with Speed Groove: Made from Super-TIX® PLUS Titanium – a lightweight yet high-strength alloy – the new iron faces also feature a CNC milled speed grove that greatly increases COR for a larger, hotter sweet spot that improves ball speed for enhanced distance.

·         Unprecedented Lightweight Construction: The SP-1000 Shaft, with TORAYCA® T1100G carbon fiber and NANOALLOY resin, is strong yet extremely lightweight. That, along with weight savings in the grip and club head, produces hybrids and irons that are remarkably fast and remarkably easy to swing.

·         Groundbreaking Forgiveness Features: With an expanded toe and narrowed heel, plus a crown step that moves weight low and deep, this is our most forgiving suite of Prime Hybrids. Similarly, with two high-density tungsten nickel sole weights and an overall profile that is 3mm shorter than the previous model, this is our most forgiving suite of Prime Irons.

“The XXIO brand continues to grow and continues to impress the moderate swing speed men and women that we believe are the lifeblood of the sport,” Thiry said. “Those players seem to be responding to our focus, and moving forward, we’ll keep the focus on those core players and we’ll remain bullish on our prospects for continued success.” 

XXIO Prime officially launches in North America on March 1, 2019, at a MAP of $259.99 for a single graphite iron, $379.99 for the Prime Hybrids, $579.99 for the Prime Fairway Woods and $849.99 for the new Prime Driver.

For more detailed information on all of XXIO’s offerings click here.