AHEAD Renews Agreement as Official PGA of America Merchandise Licensee

AHEAD Renews Agreement as Official PGA of America Merchandise Licensee

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (Feb. 21, 2017) – One of the country’s top headwear, apparel and accessories brands for the green grass, resort, collegiate, and corporate markets, AHEAD, announced it has extended its agreement with The PGA of America as an official merchandise licensee for its spectator events, including the 2017 PGA Championship to be played at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.

This multi-year agreement will extend the relationship through 2018.

AHEAD values its 17-year relationship with the PGA of America and the opportunity to play a significant role in the annual PGA Championship, Sr. PGA Championship, and the 2016 Ryder Cup.

“Under the leadership of Mike Quirk, the PGA has tried some innovative new concepts that we are proud to be a part of,” said Anne Broholm, CEO of AHEAD.

AHEAD is a leading supplier of headwear to the PGA of America, USGA, Ryder Cup, and numerous PGA Tour events in addition to more than 5,000 green grass and resort shops throughout the world.

“AHEAD has been a long-time partner of the PGA of America and it’s relationships like this that contribute to the success of our annual events,” said Paul Levy, President, PGA of America.  “We appreciate AHEAD’s commitment to the PGA and are excited to extend our agreement.”

AHEAD is best known for its premier headwear collections that feature original approaches to logo embroidery options.  Founded in 1995, AHEAD has been able to capitalize on the golf industry’s desire for high-quality graphics on headwear and an array of men’s and women’s apparel.

For additional information about AHEAD, visit www.aheadweb.com.

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Founded in 1995, AHEAD is a multi-dimensional brand with a proven track record of success distributing headwear, apparel, and accessories to the green grass, resort and corporate markets. Its single focus of providing quality products, with innovative, high-quality design, and merchandising concepts has led to 19 years of continued growth and expansion. Among active professional golfers who wear AHEAD gear on the course are Jim Furyk, Sean O’Hair and Brittany Lincicome. Golf legends Jack Nicklaus and ANNIKA wear AHEAD exclusively.

PGA National Resort & Spa Unveils Dramatic New ‘Bear Trap’ Statue

PGA National Resort & Spa Unveils Dramatic New ‘Bear Trap’ Statue


(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.)PGA National Resort & Spa, host of the PGA TOUR’s upcoming Honda Classic played Feb. 23 – 26, has unveiled a dramatic new statue honoring its famous Jack Nicklaus-designed “Bear Trap” on its acclaimed Champion Course.

A replica of the iconic snarling Bear statue that welcomes (and warns) players on the mighty Champion layout that they are now entering one of the most difficult three-hole stretches in the game (holes No. 15 through 17), noted Wyoming sculptor Ben Foster created the new seven-foot, 700-pound ursine design from the same mold as the original.

The new statue, called “The Glare of the Bear,” stands sentinel at the front of the resort. Revealed just in time for the multitudes descending on the resort to enjoy the Honda Classic, all spectators and resort guests are welcome to snap group photos and selfies with the roaring grizzly fashioned out of silicone bronze.

“I looked through many, many wildlife photos to make sure to capture the aggression of a big mature grizzly in its natural habitat,” says Foster. “It was really something else sculpting this.”

“Taking a picture at The Bear Trap is one of the most popular activities at our resort, but the original is usually accessible only for our members and guests playing the Champion Course,” says Greg Saunders, Vice President, Managing Director. “This magnificent new bear statue residing at our front entrance gives everyone the opportunity to capture this iconic memory offered here at PGA National.”

The Champion Course is regarded as one of the top layouts in the U.S. The Bear Trap is hailed by USA Today as “one of the toughest stretches in golf,” and is known to strike fear into the hearts of golfers, professional and amateur alike. In last year’s Honda Classic, tournament winner Adam Scott took a 37-hole, bogey-free streak into the Bear Trap before making a quadruple seven on the par-3 15th. Needing to avoid a similar late-round meltdown on Sunday, Scott stayed dry on Nos. 15 and 17 on his way to a one-shot victory over Sergio Garcia.

For more on PGA National Resort & Spa:
www.pgaresort.com, 561.627.2000.

About PGA National Resort & Spa

Fresh off its comprehensive multi-million dollar revitalization, PGA National Resort & Spa is a world-class golf, spa, vacation and meetings destination. The South Florida locale offers 90 holes of championship golf on five courses including the famed Champion Course, home to the popular PGA TOUR Honda Classic and legendary “Bear Trap.”

A distinguishing highlight at PGA National is its new 33,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Sports & Racquet Club (SRC). The impressive new facility features the latest exercise equipment, indoor racquet ball court, three aerobics studios with new sound systems, five-lane saltwater lap pool, spin room with video road mapping, indoor volleyball court, two Pickleball / POP tennis courts, and19 Har Tru tennis courts (11 lit for night play). PGA National is also home to the new Johan Kriek Tennis Academy, a world-class training facility run by two-time Australian Open champion Johan Kriek. Elite junior- and high-performance programs focus on stroke production, point construction, match play, video analyses, fitness, gym and mental training.

PGA National offers customized suites ideal for weddings, golf “buddy trips” and spa aficionados. Its numerous multi-use settings include a permanent, lakeside wedding venue with stunning vistas; scenic Lakeside Lawn perfect for receptions; iDeck – a new 3,000-square-foot terrace ideal for indoor / outdoor dining and entertaining; “Bar 91” 19th hole bar and grill; 40,000 square feet of self-contained conference and event space; and eight on-site restaurants and lounges including its acclaimed chef-driven Ironwood Steak & Seafood.

The Spa at PGA National is a 40,000-square-foot oasis of tranquility featuring 32 treatment rooms and areas with 100 diverse treatments, the exclusive “Waters of the World” outdoor mineral pools, full-service salon and relaxing lounge areas.

Conveniently located within easy driving distance of major Florida population centers, the AAA Four Diamond resort is 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), one hour from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and 90 minutes from Miami International Airport (MIA).

Lamkin Launches Special Edition Grips to Celebrate Season’s First Major Championship

Lamkin Launches Special Edition Grips to Celebrate Season’s First Major Championship

Limited Green and Yellow Option Offered in Popular Z5 and SINK Models

(SAN DIEGO, CA) – Lamkin Corporation – the original manufacturer of premium golf grips – is now offering Special Edition versions of its popular Z5 and SINK models that celebrate the season’s first Major Championship, available for a limited time through www.LamkinGrips.com.

The Z5 Majors Edition ($7.99) is comprised of traditional green and white rubber with bright yellow paint trim and cord in the upper zones. All Z5 grips are designed with five distinctive zones, scientifically engineered to promote proper hand placement and the ideal grip pressure with every swing. Its multi-compound foundation is combined with a functional network of textures and patterns to deliver enhanced comfort, control and consistency for unmatched performance. Available in Standard and Midsize.

On the green, SINK grips (starting at $12.99) promote proper wrist alignment with curved-handle profiles in either a square or rounded shape to steady the hands for a smooth putting stroke. The Special Edition version includes traditional green with yellow and white accents and is available in both 11 and 13-inch options.

“The first major of the year is not only an iconic tournament, but it also signifies the beginning of the golf season in many parts of the world and we wanted to commemorate it in a fun way,” said Bob Lamkin, President and CEO of Lamkin. “The Z5 is the most advanced grip we’ve ever created and has been tremendously well received, so we’re thanking our customers by building a limited version to go along with the sought-after SINK.”

Lamkin has been an industry leader for more than 90 years and offers a variety of grips which include the new Z5, Wrap-Tech, and UTx Wrap along with trusted classics like the Crossline and Crossline Full-Cord. The company’s famed products are preferred by PGA Tour superstars Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker and Miguel Angel Jimenez and many others.

Lamkin products are unrivaled in quality thanks to world-class engineering, premium materials and handcrafted, repeatable production techniques. Other Lamkin offerings include SINK putter grips, the popular R.E.L ACE 3-Gen, and Tour Van options crafted according to Tour player specifications.

More information: www.LamkinGrips.com or 800-642-7755. Get social: @LamkinGrips.

About Lamkin Grips

Lamkin Grips’ golf heritage dates back to 1925 when founder Elver B. Lamkin began manufacturing golf’s first leather grips. Today, the family-owned business delivers the industry’s widest assortment of performance-enhancing golf grips that continue to earn loyal customers worldwide. Through their ongoing dedication to unequaled product quality and service support, Lamkin Grips is passionately committed to connecting golfers to a more confident, consistent and enjoyable game.

TEETH OF THE DOG NAMED #9 “BEST CARIBBEAN GOLF COURSE” IN USA TODAY’S 10 BEST READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

Teeth of the Dog Golf course

TEETH OF THE DOG NAMED #9 “BEST CARIBBEAN GOLF COURSE” 
IN USA TODAY’S 10 BEST READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 
The Pete Dye Designed Course at Casa de Campo Resort & Villas is 
Consistently Ranked Among the Best Courses in Latin America
 
LA ROMANA, D.R. (February 15, 2017)  Casa de Campo Resort & Villas is in good company after Teeth of the Dog was named the #9 “Best Caribbean Golf Course” in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards after the Pete Dye designed course was nominated by Caribbean golf experts and ultimately voted on by USA TODAY readers.
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote in various categories. Experts Liliana Erasmus (10Best), Alan Hale (GolfThere), Melanie Reffes, and Larry Olmsted (Forbes.com) were chosen based on their expertise of golf travel and the Caribbean region.
Opened in 1971, Teeth of the Dog was the first Dominican Republic course to use the sea to dramatic effect, putting it on the global golfing map. Its name derives from the jagged rock formations jutting into the Caribbean on which Dye placed tees and greens. Three of its four par-3 holes play over waves to the greens. In total, it has seven holes next to the sea and 11 with ocean views.
“We’re incredibly proud to be named amongst the best Caribbean golf courses by the experts and readers of USA TODAY,” said Andres Pichardo, president of Casa de Campo Resort & Villas. “Casa de Campo takes pride in its collection of three golf courses designed by famed golf architect Pete Dye, especially Teeth of the Dog, which is consistently ranked as one of the best in Latin America and the Caribbean.”
Up next at Teeth of the Dog is the 13th Annual Spring Shootout, an annual favorite at Casa de Campo and en event that has become the most popular spring event in the Caribbean. The tournament is a 54-hole stroke play tournament using Stableford Scoring with net and gross divisions in each flight. The Shootout will be played on the Teeth of the Dog, the remodeled Links and Dye Fore. The men’s field will be divided evenly into five flights and the ladies will do battle within three evenly divided flights according to handicaps. A minimum of 20% of the players in each flight including the net and gross winners will compete in a shootout on Saturday afternoon. The shootout will be played on the Teeth of the Dog. A number of players will be eliminated on each hole until we end up with two men and two ladies. These four players will play number 9 on the Teeth of the Dog until we crown an overall man and lady champion.
All Readers’ Choice winners can be found at 10Best.com – a standalone travel media site – that is promoted across USA TODAY Travel Media Group’s digital and mobile products. The website provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. 10Best.com, acquired by USA TODAY in January 2013, averages 5 million visitors per month.
Additional information about the Casa de Campo Resort & Villas golf program can be obtained by calling the Golf Department Offices at 809-523-8115, seding an email to golf@ccampo.com.do or  golfevents@ccampo.com.do, or by visiting www.casadecampo.com.do.
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About Casa de Campo Resort & Villas 
Casa de Campo Resort & Villas – a member of The Leading Hotels of the World – attracts affluent travelers with the offering of spacious hotel rooms, suites and luxury villas. Expect gourmet cuisine and fine wines and spirits throughout the destination’s restaurants and bars, a 370-slip Marina & Yacht Club, Polo & Equestrian Club, La Terraza Tennis Center and 245-acre Shooting Club. Spanning 7,000 tropical acres on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, this luxury Caribbean destination is also home to three of the game’s most difficult courses all designed by Pete Dye, including Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and Links. Casa de Campo is also home to Altos de Chavón – an artisan’s village modeled after a 16th century Mediterranean city with boutique shops, museums and a 5,000-seat Grecian-style amphitheater inaugurated by Frank Sinatra in August of 1982.
For ease of arrival, La Romana International Airport (LRM) is five minutes from check-in and serviced by JetBlue Airways (now with direct flights from JFK three times a week) and seasonally by American Airlines (non-stop service from MIA). A short drive away, Santo Domingo (SDQ) and Punta Cana (PUJ) operate daily direct flights from all major U.S. airports. For more information, please call 1-800-877-3643, or visit www.casadecampo.com.do.
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Topgolf Recycles Golf Equipment to Entertain Military Troops

Topgolf Recycles Golf Equipment to Entertain Military Troops

Topgolf donated 11,000 clubs and 21,000 balls in 2016 for U.S. military entertainment through charity organization Bunkers in Baghdad

DALLAS – Feb. 22, 2017 – Global sports entertainment leader Topgolf® is putting its gently used golf equipment to good use. Today the company formally announced its partnership with Bunkers in Baghdad, a New York-based charitable organization that ships supplies to overseas troops seeking leisure-time entertainment and/or physical rehabilitation.  

In 2016, Topgolf donated 11,000 left- and right-handed golf clubs, 600 yards of turf squares and 21,000 golf balls to the charity. Topgolf will continue this equipment recycling initiative in 2017 as the company aims to open seven new venues this year.

“We are honored to partner with Bunkers in Baghdad to recycle our golf balls, clubs and turf and provide our military troops with a fun way to relax during their leisure time,” said Topgolf Entertainment Group Co-Chairman and CEO Erik Anderson. “We’ve received photos and notes from troops stationed all over the world using our equipment, and it’s a privilege to share a small piece of Topgolf with these soldiers who are bravely serving our country.”

Topgolf inspires people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. With 31 venues entertaining 12.2 million Guests annually and the world’s largest digital golf audience, Topgolf creates unforgettable, shared experiences through actively engaged associates and guests.

In addition to Bunkers in Baghdad, Topgolf is partnered with Folds of Honor to fundraise for educational scholarships for children and spouses of disabled or fallen service members. The company also offers a Heroes Discount to active-duty service members and veterans at all of its venues nationwide.

“The idea behind Bunkers in Baghdad is simple: we collect and ship golf equipment to our troops and vets around the world. Bunkers is busier than ever, and our partnership with Topgolf was really a blessing last year,” said Joe Hanna, founder of Bunkers in Baghdad. “Our troops truly appreciate anything we send them – especially a little slice of home. The majority of feedback we hear from our soldiers is, ‘Thank you for not forgetting about us.’”

About Bunkers in Baghdad

Bunkers in Baghdad is a not-for-profit charity that collects and sends new and used golf balls, clubs and equipment to US troops currently deployed in Afghanistan and 60 other countries around the world, as well as wounded warriors in all 50 US states. To date, Bunkers in Baghdad has shipped close to 8 million balls and more than 600,000 golf clubs to aid in recreation and rehabilitation from injuries. It also partners with 450 schools around the country through its Bunkers Buddies program, in which students write letters and send care packages to deployed troops, participate in fundraising activities, and organize equipment drives.

About Topgolf

“Whose ball went farther?” That simple question, asked out of age-old sibling rivalry, motivated twin brothers Steve and Dave Jolliffe to invent the world’s first microchipped golf ball. The ball was the genesis for Topgolf games in which players aim for giant dartboard-like targets on an outfield and get instant feedback on the accuracy and distance of their shots. Today, Topgolf is inspiring people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. Topgolf also brings interactive experiences to the community that facilitate shared moments and deep relationships through Topgolf U golf lessons, weekly leagues, The Topgolf Tour competition, KidZone parties, social and corporate team-building events, and the World Golf Tour (WGT) app. Each venue features high-tech, climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round comfort, delicious food and beverage, live events, music, hundreds of HDTVs and outstanding hospitality. With 31 venues entertaining 12.2 million Guests annually and the world’s largest digital golf audience, Topgolf is creating the best times of your life both in-venue and online. To learn more about Topgolf, follow @Topgolf or visit www.topgolf.com.

Bridgestone Golf Named Official Golf Ball Provider of University of Oklahoma Men’s Team

Bridgestone Golf Named Official Golf Ball Provider of University of Oklahoma Men’s Team

(COVINGTON, GA) –
Bridgestone Golf – Innovator of premium golf balls, clubs and accessories – is now the official golf ball provider of the University of Oklahoma Men’s Golf Team, which is currently the 4th ranked program in the nation.

The company is providing the Golf Program with custom-logoed versions of its popular Tour B330 and B330-S golf balls to ensure that the best product possible is available for preparation and competition. Each member of the Sooners has undergone Bridgestone’s industry leading ball-fitting analysis to identify the model that maximizes their on-course potential.

“When competing for national titles, it is important to know that our Golf Program has the best product available,” says Ryan Hybl, Oklahoma’s Men’s Golf Head Coach. “This relationship with Bridgestone provides me with full confidence that we are preparing and competing with the best golf balls on the market.”

“Oklahoma Golf has established itself as one of the most competitive teams in the nation,” says Darrell Moy, Sr. Manager of Tour Operations. “It is an honor to work with such a well-respected program and we look forward to watching them compete throughout the season.”

Bridgestone introduced the Tour B330 and B330-S in early 2016 after more than four years of research and development. The catalyst for distance and accuracy gains over leading competitors is the patented TOURcore. Now six percent larger than the prior model, it produces even faster speed and less spin off the driver via Bridgestone’s gradational core formulation. For increased greenside control, both balls wear the breakthrough SlipRes cover, which increases stopping power without the usual negative effects of added driver spin.

In addition to Oklahoma, Bridgestone supplies product in an official and unofficial capacity to a variety of elite college golf programs in every major Division I conference. Bridgestone’s professional staff features 14-time major winner Tiger Woods, FedExCup champion Brandt Snedeker, Olympics bronze medalist Matt Kuchar, Masters winner Fred Couples, three-time major champion Nick Price, recent PGA Tour winner Hudson Swafford, Bryson DeChambeau, and LPGA Tour stars, Paula Creamer and Karrie Webb.

About Bridgestone Golf

Bridgestone Golf USA is based in Covington, GA and manufactures premium golf balls, clubs and accessories under Bridgestone and Precept brands.  The company started making golf balls in 1935 and, as the world’s largest tire manufacturer, leverages its 900 rubber polymer science engineers worldwide to produce high-performing products.  Customer swing and related data, captured through its popular, nationwide ball-fitting program, advises continuous advancement of ball technology.  Bridgestone Golf USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bridgestone Sports Co. Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo.

More information:  bridgestonegolf.com.

Golf Channel’s Morning Drive to Broadcast Live From Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship at TPC Myrtle Beach

Golf Channel’s Morning Drive to Broadcast Live From Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship at TPC Myrtle Beach

Golf Channel Stars Charlie Rymer And Chantel McCabe To Be On-Site 

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Golf Channel’s popular Morning Drive Show will broadcast live from the second annual Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship on Friday and Saturday mornings. Charlie Rymer and Chantel McCabe, two of the network’s most popular personalities, will be at TPC Myrtle Beach for the event.

Morning Drive will have three live hits from the tournament during the first two days, spotlighting the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship and Myrtle Beach, the game’s most popular destination.

The 54-hole, college style tournament will be played February 24-26. The field will feature 104 players – 72 boys, 32 girls – with golfers from 19 states and five countries.

Eight of the top 10 junior boys and 11 of the top 12 junior girls in South Carolina have committed to play in the tournament. Twenty participants have signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiate golf this fall.

With the support of Johnson, who secured the No. 1 spot in the World Golf Rankings with his win at Riviera Country Club on Sunday, the tournament will provide participants a PGA Tour-like experience, and the chance to challenge themselves against their peers from others parts of America and the world.

The Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship is being sponsored by Founders Group International, the Dustin Johnson Golf School, and Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday.

Johnson’s involvement with the tournament reflects his long-time commitment to junior golf, particularly in South Carolina, where he grew into one of the world’s best players. Through the Dustin Johnson Foundation, which is headquartered in Myrtle Beach, Johnson has donated more than $250,000 to junior golf, sponsoring numerous events throughout the state and helping cover entry costs for kids who need financial assistance.

WE ARE GOLF to Host National Mall Community Service Project in D.C. with Industry Leaders

WE ARE GOLF to Host National Mall Community Service Project in D.C. with Industry Leaders

April 25 Celebration to Commemorate National Golf Day’s 10th Anniversary

(ST. AUGUSTINE, FL) WE ARE GOLF – a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners – today announces it will host a community service project in celebration of National Golf Day’s 10thanniversary. The event will take place Tuesday, April 25 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. EST on the National Mall and will focus on beautification and land preservation.

In collaboration with Michael Stachowicz, Turf Management Specialist at the National Park Service, members of golf’s allied associations will assist with projects ranging from the U.S. Capitol Building to 7th Street. Activities include raking, overseeding, aerating, brushing walkways and sprucing up gravel pathways. All participants will be divided into teams and each will be assigned a captain who will oversee the project.

Additionally, PGA Professionals from the Middle Atlantic Section of the PGA of America will be on hand to provide helpful tips and mini lessons to those taking in the sights at the National Mall.

“We look forward to giving back to the community and enhancing the beauty of the National Mall while engaging D.C. tourists through an interactive golf display,” says Steve Mona, Chief Executive Officer of World Golf Foundation (WGF), administrator of WE ARE GOLF. “This project will set the tone for National Golf Day on April 26 and further exemplify the industry’s commitment to charitable causes both on and off the golf course.”

National Golf Day celebrates the game’s nearly $70 billion economic impact, $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits. Industry leaders will meet with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss golf’s 15,200-plus diverse businesses, two million jobs impacted, tax revenue creation and tourism value.

To join the conversation, visit the WE ARE GOLF social media hub. Use #NGD17 and @wearegolf on Twitter and Instagram to show your support for the golf industry.

For more information on the community service project, click here. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Peggy Norton with WGF (pnorton@worldgolffoundation.org).

About WE ARE GOLF

WE ARE GOLF, created in 2010, is an industry coalition that communicates the economic, charitable and environmental impact of golf, as well the health and wellness benefits of the game and the affordability and accessibility of golf, to Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and regulatory agencies.  The goal of WE ARE GOLF is to ensure that laws and regulations that impact the golf industry are fair and appropriate to an industry that generates nearly $70 billion in economic impact annually, impacts close to two million American jobs and generates nearly $4 billion in charitable giving each year.

Thistle Golf Club Ranked 14th Best Course in U.S. By GolfAdvisor.com

Thistle Golf Club Ranked 14th Best Course in U.S. By GolfAdvisor.com

Golf Channel’s Travel Portal Ranked Courses Based on 10,000+ Reviews

Sunset Beach, N.C. – Using more than 10,000 user-submitted reviews, Golf Advisor compiled its list of the Top 50 Courses in the United States in 2016, and Thistle Golf Club, one of the Myrtle Beach area’s best layouts, was ranked 14th.
“We work every day to make Thistle a premier golf experience,” said Jamie Roderick, the course’s general manager. “The greatest endorsement you can receive comes from the players who play your course, which is what makes this ranking so gratifying for our entire team. We are thrilled with the honor and will work tirelessly to exceed the expectations of golfers in 2017.”

Golf Advisor is the travel portal for Golf Channel, the game’s leading media outlet.

A 27-hole facility, Thistle is a 4.5-star layout, according to Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play guide. The Tim Cate design is home to three distinct nines – the Cameron, MacKay and Stewart – and greens that are among the smoothest and fastest in the region.

The 15,600-square-foot clubhouse is home to memorabilia from the original Thistle, a nod to the facility’s heritage, that is on display in the clubhouse and it sets the tone for a day that features the best of the game’s past and present. On spring weekends, Thistle even brings in a bagpiper to fill the air with the instrument’s melodic sounds as golfers prepare to play.
The three nines at Thistle each offer a different, yet equally rewarding experience. The Cameron is the most open of the three nines, encouraging players to swing away with the driver but with just enough water to keep them from getting to comfortable. The MacKay nine is a more traditional, Carolina pine tree-lined layout, highlighted by the 526-yard (from the white tees) seventh hole. The Stewart has a true, links feel with rolling fairways framed by mounding and stacked sod bunkers surrounding the greens.

Located just across state line in Sunset Beach, N.C., Thistle is just minutes from downtown Myrtle Beach.
For more information, go to www.ThistleGolf.com.

South Georgia Stay and Play Packages

Veterans Memorial Golf Course at Lake Blackshear Resort

Golfers seeking respite from northern cold and snow can take advantage of the “Too Good To Be True” Package in south Georgia for just $190 per person.

The courses in the ‘Too Good to Be True’ Package include Meadow Links at George T. Bagby State Park & Lodge, Wallace Adams at Little Ocmulgee State Park & Lodge and Veterans Memorial Golf Course at Lake Blackshear Resort. These hidden gems boast famous golf course designers such as Willard Byrd, Dennis Griffin, and O.C. Jones of the Robert Trent Jones Family. The courses offer picturesque landscapes featuring rolling countryside hills and unique features such as pecan trees, loblolly pines and weeping willows.

 As part of the ‘Too Good to Be True’ promotion, guests can mix and match any course and lodging.  The $190 per person rate includes taxes and the following:

  • 3 Nights Lodging
  • 3 Rounds of Golf
  • Unlimited Practice Range Time
  • Daily Lunch in Clubhouse

 Guests may call (855) 509-4653 and mention the ‘Too Good to Be True’ package or visit www.GolfSoGa.com to book their stays today!