One of Phoenix’s Top Courses Cited for Superb Conditioning and Off-Course Amenities

Phoenix, Arizona (November 11, 2019)Raven Golf Club, perennially ranked among the top golf courses in Phoenix, has been cited among the city’s ten best by Money Inc. Magazine. Listed at number 8, Raven Golf Club offers a world-class combination of superb golf, excellent service, and abundant amenities in the foothills of South Mountain.  

The spectacular Gary Panks/David Graham-designed 7,078-yard, par-72 championship golf course provides golfers with an exhilarating challenge from five sets of tees. An expansive practice range, Tour Striker Golf Academy run by Martin Chuck, and True Spec state-of-the art club fitting affords golfers all the practice, instruction, and equipment support needed to improve their games and enjoyment.  

Previously named Best Public Golf Course (2018) by Phoenix New Times, Raven Golf Club was also cited as #5 “Golf Course in the State” and “#1 “Guest Service in North America” by Arizona Magazine.  Its location, within minutes of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, makes it an easy trip for locals as well as the ideal first or last stop for visiting golfers. 

According to Money Inc.’s editors, Phoenix is Arizona’s golf paradise thanks to breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, 325 days of sunshine, abundant wildlife, and dozens of award-winning courses.   

“This is a tremendous honor and very deserving recognition for the all-encompassing scope of our facility,” said Kevin Weber, General Manager of Raven Golf Club. “Our management team appreciates the significance of being among the top ten clubs in a very robust and competitive golf market.”

Off course, the club offers a Grill 36—a popular après-golf bar, restaurant, and patio—as well as significant space for special events and weddings.  Adjacent to the clubhouse is a year-round 3600-square foot, climate-controlled pavilion that accommodates banquets for up to 175 people.  There’s a spacious wedding and events lawn, as well. 

Raven Golf Club is owned by Arcis Golf, recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America and premier operator of public and private golf clubs in the United States with a current portfolio of 65 properties in 14 states from coast to coast.  

In Phoenix, Arcis Golf owns and operates six public golf courses and three private clubs, offering a wide range of golf, culinary and lifestyle amenities.  Course designs span the most notable names in architecture, from Bob Cupp to Arnold Palmer to Perry Dye.  Programming extends well beyond golf to encompass wellness and fitness, culinary and cultural experiences. Frequent and reciprocal play programs are available across the Phoenix portfolio, as are special events and entertainment. 

An industry leader, providing dynamic direction and unrivaled amenities that complement diverse playing experiences, Arcis Golf is committed to reinventing the golf and country club lifestyle experience to a level of excellence that exceeds all expectations.  For additional information access the website at 

F-MAX Airspeed Family – Cobra’s Most Forgiving and Lightest Club Offering

F-MAX Airspeed Family


New F-MAX AIRSPEED Family of Woods Become Even Lighter to Maximize Swing Speed and Distance

Carlsbad, Calif. (November 12, 2019) – COBRA Golf, a leader in golf club innovation and design, introduced today its newest iteration of its popular F-MAX franchise, offering the company’s lightest, easiest to hit collection of clubs ever.  Continuing its focus on weight-savings and forgiveness, COBRA’s new F-MAX AIRSPEED men’s and women’s Drivers and Fairways deliver a new level of lightweight performance, maximizing clubhead speed, distance and forgiveness for players with moderate swing speeds.

The COBRA Golf F-MAX AIRSPEED line is anchored by new and improved Drivers that have been re-engineered with new weight saving technologies.  A new Carbon Fiber Crown replaces titanium to save 10-grams of discretionary weight that can be re-distributed low and back in the clubhead to maintain a MOI of 5,000, delivering a clubhead that is 2 grams lighter without sacrificing stability and forgiveness.  Additionally, a 5-gram lighter AIRSPEED shaft, and 6-gram lighter, 41g Lamkin midsize grip design yields 11 grams in weight-savings, bringing the total overall weight to an unbelievably light 285 grams – 13 grams lighter than its predecessor. In addition, the F-MAX AIRSPEED Drivers utilize a new PWR Ridge design on the Carbon Fiber Crown to assist with alignment and improved aerodynamics. Straighter, more slice resistant shots, are made easier with internal, back/heel weighting and offset hosel design that delivers higher trajectories. For players who prefer a traditional, square setup at address, the F-MAX AIRPEED Drivers are also available in a straight neck model.  

“Not a single aspect of club design was overlooked when we were trying to maximize the weight savings in this line,” said Tom Olsavsky, VP of R&D for COBRA Golf.  “We even use an unpainted shaft with clearcoat and a decal design to save two extra grams of weight over a typical painted shaft. That is a perfect illustration of the level of detail than went into making these clubs as lightweight as possible.”

COBRA’s new F-MAX AIRSPEED Fairways employ similar weight-saving innovations as the driver, such as a new lightweight Carbon Crown, and a 5-gram lighter AIRSPEED shaft design.  Additionally, a low profile, shallow face design lowers the CG for higher launch while back/heel weighting creates draw bias to help create draw bias trajectory. 

The COBRA GOLF F-MAX AIRSPEED Drivers and Fairway Woods are available as stand-alone products or as a part of COBRA’s 13-piece Complete Set.  See below for details:

  • Men’s F-MAX AIRSPEED Driver ($329) – Available in both right-hand and left-hand versions with a 40-gram COBRA AIRSPEED shaft in stiff, regular and lite flex. Comes in a sleek black/blue colorway.  Player’s choice of offset or straight neck hosel comes standard. Available lofts include 9.5°, 10.5° and 11.5° in right-hand and 10.5° in left-hand.  
  • Men’s F-MAX AIRSPEED Fairways ($219) – Available in both right-hand and left-hand versions with AIRSPEED shafts (50-gram in stiff, regular and 45-gram in lite flex,). Comes in a sleek black/blue colorway. Available lofts include 16°, 20° and 23° in right and left-hand.  
  • Women’s F-MAX AIRSPEED Driver ($329) – Available in offset only in both right-hand and left-hand versions with a 40-gram COBRA AIRSPEED shaft in ladies flex. Comes in a striking black/lilac colorway and 11.5° (RH only) & 15° of loft (LH/RH).
  • Women’s F-MAX AIRSPEED Fairways ($219) – Available in both right-hand and left-hand versions with a 45-gram AIRSPEED shaft in ladies flex. Comes in a striking black/lilac colorway and available lofts include 19°, 23° and 27° in right and left-hand.  

COBRA’s F-MAX AIRSPEED clubs are also available in a complete set, an all-in-one package designed for beginning to intermediate golfers that are seeking the perfect, easy to hit set that offers maximum distance and forgiveness. The set comes standard with a premium cart bag, featuring a 14-way top, 9 zippered compartments, a velour-lined valuables pocket, an insulated beverage cooler, and a shoulder strap featuring COOLFlow EVA foam for maximum comfort.

  • F-MAX AIRSPEED Men’s Complete Set ($1,299) – The set includes the choice of lite flex, featuring an 11.5° driver, or a regular flex set featuring a 10.5° driver. The standard complete set comes with a Driver, 3W, 5W, 4H, 5H, 6i-PW, SW and a COBRA blade putter.  Available in right hand only in a black/blue colorway.
  • F-MAX AIRSPEED Women’s Complete Set ($1,299) – Comes standard with a premium, full feature cart bag (same features as the men’s version), 15° – ladies flex Driver, 3W, 5W, 7W, 5H, 6i-PW, SW and a COBRA mallet putter.  Available in right-hand only in either a black/lilac or white/copper colorway. *White/copper colorway is only available in the complete set, not as separates.

The F-MAX AIRSPEED drivers, fairways and complete sets are available beginning January 10, 2020 in store and at 

COBRA PUMA GOLF is a corporate division of PUMA SE and combines two strong brands that provide a full range of offerings to the golf industry. COBRA PUMA GOLF is an inclusive company for golfers of all abilities, attitudes and styles who enjoy the game. The portfolio includes COBRA Golf’s high-performance drivers, fairways, hybrids and irons, as well as PUMA Golf’s SportLifestyle including footwear, apparel and accessories to help golfers Look Better. Feel Better. Play Better. Fusing performance and style, COBRA PUMA GOLF brings a focus on innovation, technology, compelling design and superior performance with an edge to the global golf marketplace. COBRA PUMA GOLF is a part of PUMA SE, one of the world’s leading lifestyle companies that designs and develops footwear, apparel and accessories.  For more information, visit and

Project Golf Expands Its “Introduction To Golf Series”

Project Golf Expands Its “Introduction To Golf Series”
Three Myrtle Beach Area Courses to Host Series Designed to Bring New Players to the Game

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Project Golf, a Myrtle Beach-based initiative dedicated to growing the game by increasing access to facilities and quality instruction, is bringing its “Introduction to Golf” series to three more Grand Strand courses this summer.

Barefoot Resort (Mondays), True Blue Golf Club (Tuesdays) and Blackmoor Golf Club (Wednesdays) will each host “An Introduction to Golf,” beginning mid-July and running through the middle of August.

The six-week series will focus on everything from booking a tee time and using the bag drop to on-course playing lessons, laying the foundation for new golfers to enjoy the game. Each session is limited to 21 students and they will be divided into three groups, moving through stations that focus on the short game, putting and the full swing.

“Our team of PGA professionals takes the time to work with each student and ensure they understand key concepts and can execute the golf swing,” said Gene Augustine, the director of Project Golf. “What I really love about the program are the social connections it creates. Project Golf facilitates an enduring relationship between players and the game by cultivating a pool of new-golfers students can play with, by providing discounted tee times, and by creating Project Golf play dates at local courses.”

Each session will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and be led by PGA professionals. The cost of “An Introduction to Golf” is $120 and golf equipment will be provided.

Project Golf launched “An Introduction to Golf” at Arrowhead Country Club and Prestwick Country Club this spring, and the sold-out sessions were a hit.

To register for “An Introduction to Golf” program, please visit For more information, contact Gene Augustine at 843-282-2668 or via email at

TecTecTec Rangefinders Now Available through DICK’S Sporting Goods

TecTecTec Rangefinders Now Available through DICK’S Sporting Goods
and Golf Galaxy Online Retail Stores

Special Father’s Day Flash Sale on June 12

Read The GolfBlogger’s TecTecTec ULT-X Review

(Vannes, France) – TecTecTec – maker of technologically-advanced yet affordable laser rangefinders for golf – announces its most popular models, including the VPRO500, VPRO500S and ULT-X, are now available through the DICK’S Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy websites.

On June 12, all TecTecTec rangefinders sold through these channels will be included in a special Father’s Day Flash Sale at the reduced rate of $20 off. Details on participating models include:

  • VPRO500 (S) — The best-selling, water resistant VPRO500 is accurate within one yard, features 6x magnification, and can lock onto a flag up to 540 yards away. The “S” variant includes an optional slope function to calculate elevation-adjusted distances.
  • ULT-X — The company’s most advanced model features Target Lock Technology (TLT), which vibrates when a target is identified, as well as optional slope function. Advanced optics and state-of-the-art components provide exceptional clarity and the most precise distance readings of any rangefinder on the market – accurate plus or minus 0.3 yards up to 300 yards.

“DICK’s Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy are among the most trusted names in athletic equipment and the perfect retail partners for our unique brand of premium, yet affordable rangefinders,” says Renan Lore, Director and Founder of TecTecTec. “With advancements in technology and manufacturing techniques it is no longer the case that golfers need to be spending $500 on a high-quality rangefinder, as our products outperform other leading brands and often cost half the price.”

TecTecTec was established to provide products of exceptional quality at consumer-friendly rates. The highly talented team of industrial engineers helps customers save money while providing access to some of the most tech-forward products in golf.

Like all TecTecTec models, the aforementioned options were engineered with an ultra-clear, multilayered optical lens and multiple scanning modes to help golfers in any situation. These include: Pinsensor measures overlapping targets including flagsticks and wooded areas, Target Priority displays distance of the closest subject, and Scan Mode helps read distances to hazards. Additionally, all TecTecTec rangefinders are equipped with a CR2 battery, wrist strap, microfiber cleaning cloth and quick-start guide for easy setup.

About TecTecTec

Founded in 2014, TecTecTec is headquartered in France with representation in Houston and Bali, Indonesia. Progressive thinking, innovative research and development, manufacturing with the tightest quality controls and unwavering customer support led to TecTecTec rangefinders becoming annual bestsellers on Amazon. Beyond golf and hunting products, TecTecTec manufactures cameras, drones, projectors, security systems and speakers.

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TPC Myrtle Beach Poised To Host Star-Studded NCAA Regional Championship

TPC Myrtle Beach

TPC Myrtle Beach Poised To Host Star-Studded NCAA Regional Championship

No. 4 Wake Forest, No. 8 California Highlight 14-Team Field

MURRELLS INLET, S.C. — TPC Myrtle Beach, one of America’s premier public golf courses, is in near perfect condition as it prepares to host the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional May 13-15 as part of the Division I Men’s Golf Championship.

Fourteen of the nation’s best collegiate teams, including five top 25 squads, and five individuals will compete for the opportunity to  advance to the NCAA Championship in Fayetteville, Ark., at the end of month.

The Myrtle Beach Regional field is headlined by fourth-ranked Wake Forest and No. 8 California, which is led by Collin Morikawa, the nation’s second-ranked collegiate golfer. Among the five individuals who earned the right to compete in the regional was Coastal Carolina’s Zack Taylor.

There will be six 54-hole regionals conducted across the nation May 13-15. The top 5 teams and lowest-scoring individual not on a team from each regional will advance to the NCAA Championship.

Completing the Myrtle Beach Regional field (Sagrin ranking in parenthesis) are: Texas Tech (No. 18), Illinois (No. 23), Florida State (No. 25), UNLV (No. 34), Oregon (No. 35), Ohio State (No. 52), Northwestern (No. 54), Oregon State (No. 62), Cal State Fullerton (No. 67), Middle Tennessee State (No. 110), VCU (No. 134) and Robert Morris (No. 259).

The four individuals joining Taylor are Davidson’s Jack Lang, Florian Schroedl of Fairleigh Dickenson and Bobby Bai and Kyler Tate from the University of Central Florida,

“TPC Myrtle Beach is a layout capable of challenging the best players in the world, and it will help identify the teams and individuals most deserving of advancing to the 2019 NCAA Championship,” said Steve Mays, president of Founders Group International. “The course is in pristine condition, and we can’t wait to welcome golf’s next generation of stars to Myrtle Beach.”

Admission to the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional is free. Parking will be at Inlet Square Mall and a free shuttle service will transport spectators to TPC Myrtle Beach.

TPC Myrtle Beach, a layout that has hosted the Senior PGA Tour Championship and the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship, will provide an idyllic venue. The 7,000-yard layout places a premium on ball-striking but the regional championship could be decided by a pair of  memorable risk-reward holes on the back nine.

The short par 4 12th hole, which plays just 333 from the tips, is reachable off the tee but trouble looms in the form of heavy woods that run the entirety of the left side of the hole.

TPC’s signature hole, the par 5 18th, is always full of drama. At 538-yards from the black tees, the green will be reachable in two for anyone who finds the fairway off the tee, but water that plays to the left edge of the green adds considerable risk to the challenge.

The one aspect of the of Lanny Wadkins-Tom Fazio design everyone will be talking about is its superior conditioning. TPC Myrtle Beach, which has been ranked among America’s “100 Greatest Public Courses,” by Golf Digest, has continually improved under the stewardship of Founders Group International (FGI), delivering a golf experience that exceeds the lofty expectations associated with the TPC brand.

In 2018, Fazio’s design team led a project that included the installation the Better Billy Bunker system, an effort that has greatly improved bunker conditioning and helped TPC Myrtle Beach continue to deliver a PGA Tour quality experience to players.

For more information on TPC Myrtle Beach, please visit

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, 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.
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Golf Digest: Bay Harbor among Best Resorts in the Midwest

Golf Digest: Bay Harbor among Best Resorts in the Midwest

Boyne Resorts flagship property recognized by Golf Digest editors

Petoskey, MI – The Inn at Bay Harbor, the flagship property for BOYNE Golf, one of the largest golf destinations in north America, received the Editors’ Choice Award by Golf Digest as one of the Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest.

The publication’s annual review of “The Best Things in Golf” by its editors appears online at featuring the Best Resorts in the Americas. The listing recognizes resorts throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Canada.

The scenic Inn at Bay Harbor and Bay Harbor Golf Club, located along a five-mile stretch of Lake Michigan in Northern Michigan, was recognized by the editors as one of the best resorts in the Midwest region. Bay Harbor joined other elite destinations from the Midwest including The American Club, Erin Hills, Forest Dunes, French Lick Resort, Giants Ridge, and Sand Valley.

“We are thrilled to be recognized once again by Golf Digest,” Bernie Friedrich, Boyne Resort’s senior vice president of golf operations, said. “The combination of these two unique properties, the spectacular location along the shores of Lake Michigan, and the service level provided to our guests makes this one of the top golf destination experiences in the country.”

Named a “Top Resort” and “Top Spa” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler, the Inn at Bay Harbor has been a must-experience destination since opening in 1998. It became a member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection Hotels in 2016.

The shoreline destination, designed in homage to the grand hotels of the late 19th century, features 111 newly renovated guest rooms including one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites, as well as 22 Lakeside Cottages, 13 Crooked Tree Cottages, world-class spa amenities, and a variety of dining options and meeting space.

Complementing the beautiful Inn at Bay Harbor are 45 scenic golf holes overlooking Lake Michigan. Bay Harbor Golf Club (Golf Digest Top 100 Public Course) features 27 holes designed by Arthur Hills, which plays as three different course combinations. The Links/Quarry, Quarry/Preserve, and Preserve/Links combinations meander along the bluffs of Lake Michigan, trek through a rugged old limestone quarry, and wander through beautiful northern Michigan hardwoods. Crooked Tree Golf Club is perched on bluffs high above Bay Harbor. The course was sculpted through century-old hardwoods and the back nine opens to breathtaking views of Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan.

Beyond the world-class golf Boyne Resorts’ Michigan properties are 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, water sports, gaming, microbreweries, wineries, hiking, biking, tennis, zip-lining, shopping and more capped by the spectacular northern Michigan sunsets.

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About BOYNE Golf

Boyne Resorts has been named one of North America’s “Premier Resorts” (Gold) by GOLF Magazine. The Inn at Bay HarborandBay Harbor Golf Club, Boyne’s flagship properties, feature 45-holes including three golf course combinations designed by Arthur Hills (Links/Quarry, Quarry/Preserve, and Preserve/Links), and the scenic Crooked Tree Golf Club, with 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, features 72 holes of premier golf design. The Heather, the 2019 NGCOA Course of the Year, 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.”

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Tournament title sponsor marks countdown to storied event by announcing one-of-a-kind new upgrades designed to enhance the player and fan experience

FORT WORTH, Texas, April 30, 2019 — With less than one month to go until the start of the 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge, the tournament and Schwab are announcing a series of new initiatives that will pay homage to the tradition of this event and legacy of golf legend, Ben Hogan — while building a bridge to its future as one of the most modern and engaging events on the PGA TOUR.

In its first year as title sponsor, Charles Schwab and the tournament will introduce new programming that celebrates the players, golf fans and the Dallas-Fort Worth community. The one-of-a-kind elements — from a fully renovated and customized 1973 Dodge® Challenger that will be awarded to the winner, to a new Throwback Thursday-themed first round and a state-of-the-art fan engagement zone — will bring the event’s challenger spirit to life over Memorial Day Weekend.

“We are honored to play a part in the tradition of this historic tournament in Fort Worth and its longstanding support from the Metroplex community,” said Andy Gill, Charles Schwab’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We see so many parallels between this tournament’s history of competition and philanthropy and our own firm’s legacy and commitment to the State of Texas. That’s why we wanted to help bring a refreshing new approach to the event that we hope will carry through for years of value for the game and the community.”

Going Retro with Throwback Thursday – 73% off for fans

This year, The Charles Schwab Challenge will introduce a Throwback Thursday promotion – a true first for the game of golf. During the tournament’s first round on Thursday, May 23, PGA TOUR players are invited to wear throwback apparel designed to celebrate the classic golf styles of 1973 – the year Charles Schwab was founded. Volunteers and fans are also invited to get in on the action and wear their own throwback apparel as they cheer on the game’s stars. Fans dressed in throwback gear will unlock a fan-friendly 73 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks at the Colonial’s concession stands that day.

To further embrace the spirit of Throwback Thursday, fans who make a charitable donation to The First Tee of Fort Worth – a youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people – will also receive a commemorative Ben Hogan bobblehead, while supplies last.

Bringing Fans Inside The 5: Schwab Performance Center

A state-of-the-art fan engagement zone, “The 5: Schwab Performance Center,” will focus on the five modern fundamentals of both golf and investing, paying homage to tournament legend Ben Hogan’s ground-breaking approach to the game and Schwab’s modern approach to investing and retirement. The 5,000 square foot site includes a holistic, interactive training center that will allow fans the opportunity to get their golf swing analyzed and receive a custom golf lesson from GolfTEC teaching pros. Three simulators will also give fans the opportunity to compete each day in a closest to the pin challenge on the famous 13th hole and hit drives off the 18th tee at Colonial. Fans with tickets to the Charles Schwab Challenge can visit the Schwab Performance Center from May 23-26.

An Immersive Digital Golf Experience

Schwab is helping give fans an inside look at the challenging course at Colonial with help of four experienced PGA TOUR caddies, including Damon Green, Brennan Little, DJ Nelson and James Edmondson.

Through a series of digital videos that are available on, the firm is spotlighting all 18 holes at Colonial and what it takes to help prepare the game’s greatest players for this iconic tournament. Each video features a different caddie sharing his specific insight on how to play each hole and serves to illustrate Schwab’s longstanding belief that taking ownership of your future – or in this case, the golf course – starts with the things that you do today. Schwab has also launched a digital content series called “The Challengers,” which highlights several icons in the sport of golf that are challenging the status quo in their own fields – including  Hall of Famer and entrepreneur Greg Norman; golf course architect David McLay Kidd; golf course developer and founder of Bandon Dunes, Mike Keiser; former professional golfer and current men’s head golf coach at the University of Oregon, Casey Martin; and coming in June golf course architect Bill Coore.

Driving Off with a New Champion’s Prize

As previously announced, a fully renovated and customized 1973 Dodge® Challenger will be awarded to the winning player of the Charles Schwab Challenge. A complement to the iconic Leonard Trophy that has been awarded at Colonial since 1950 and the Scottish royal tartan plaid jacket (since 1952), the Challenger prize is a first for the tournament and is designed to celebrate the year Schwab was founded, the challenging nature of the course at Colonial and the challenging spirit of the event and its players.

The car will be on special display at the 10th tee during the tournament, until it is awarded to the player who will have his name etched on the Wall of Champions for 2019 at Colonial Country Club in Ft. Worth.

Charles Schwab & Co. signed on as title sponsor of the PGA TOUR’s Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club in 2018. Already a major sponsor of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions, the four-year agreement, which runs through 2022, marks the firm’s first-ever title sponsorship of a PGA TOUR event. It also reinforces Schwab’s commitment to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, which is home to the firm’s rapidly-growing presence in Westlake.

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About the Charles Schwab Challenge

As the Official Investment Firm of the PGA TOUR® and PGA TOUR Champions since 1997, Charles Schwab expanded its golf presence by assuming title sponsorship of the PGA TOUR’s annual tournament at Colonial Country Club beginning in 2019. The four-year agreement will run through 2022. The Charles Schwab Challenge is one of the country’s premier and longest-running PGA TOUR events, serving as a showcase for the game’s best players. The Wall of Champions at Colonial Country Club is populated by many of the game’s greatest names, with Fort Worth native and Colonial member Ben Hogan chief among them as the tournament’s only five-time champion, starting with the first two editions of the tournament in 1946-47.

About Charles Schwab & Co.

At Charles Schwab we believe in the power of investing to help individuals create a better tomorrow. We have a history of challenging the status quo in our industry, innovating in ways that benefit investors and the advisors and employers who serve them, and championing our clients’ goals with passion and integrity.

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The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW) is a leading provider of financial services, with more than 360 offices and 11.8 million active brokerage accounts, 1.7 million corporate retirement plan participants, 1.3 million banking accounts, and $3.59 trillion in client assets as of March 31, 2019. Through its operating subsidiaries, the company provides a full range of wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, asset management, custody, and financial advisory services to individual investors and independent investment advisors. Its broker-dealer subsidiary, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (member SIPC,, and affiliates offer a complete range of investment services and products including an extensive selection of mutual funds; financial planning and investment advice; retirement plan and equity compensation plan services; referrals to independent fee-based investment advisors; and custodial, operational and trading support for independent, fee-based investment advisors through Schwab Advisor Services. Its banking subsidiary, Charles Schwab Bank (member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender), provides banking and lending services and products. More information is available at and

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Giants Ridge Receives Coveted Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award

Giants Ridge Receives Coveted Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award

(BIWABIK, Minn.) – Giants Ridge – Minnesota’s leading golf resort set in the rugged beauty of the Mesabi Iron Range – has received the coveted “Editors’ Choice Award” from Golf Digest in the “Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest” category.

Celebrating the “best of the best” golf destinations, Giants Ridge joins notable properties including The American Club, Arcadia Bluffs, Forest Dunes, French Lick and Sand Valley on the prestigious list.

Located just over three hours from the Minneapolis – St. Paul metro area, Giants Ridge boasts two of the highest ranked layouts in state, The Quarry and The Legend. Although both designed by renowned course architect Jeffrey Brauer, each course features a unique layout and character.

The aptly-named Quarry, built on the site of a former sand quarry and iron ore mine, has consistently earned a spot on Golf Digest’s bi-annual list of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” since 2005. Additionally, The Quarry was rated the “Best Course You Can Play” in Minnesota by Golfweek for the fifth consecutive year.

As its name implies, The Legend offers flat-out legendary golf. Carved out of the Superior National Forest, the player-friendly resort course plays through towering pines and alongside glittering Sabin Lake.

“We’re honored to receive this prominent award from Golf Digest and be recognized in the highest echelon of golf resorts in the Midwest,” says John Kendall, director of golf. “Our staff strives to provide a memorable golf experience to our guests alongside splendid accommodations and exceptional customer service.”

Offering unbeatable value and 36 thrilling holes, Giants Ridge has long been considered one of Minnesota’s best golf destinations. In addition to Golf Digest and Golfweek honors, Giants Ridge and its courses have received accolades from Golf Magazine, My Golf Spy, and Golf Advisor.

About Giants Ridge

Set amongst the beauty of Minnesota’s north woods, Giants Ridge, located in Biwabik, Minn., is a four-season, family-oriented resort. Giants Ridge has grown from a local ski hill (long ago) attracting local, day visitors, to a four-season recreation destination attracting thousands of guests each year from Minnesota, the United States and Canada.

Giants Ridge features two nationally-recognized 18-hole championship-caliber golf courses and a ski resort ranked among the very best in Minnesota. The Legend at Giants Ridge and The Quarry at Giants Ridge are ranked among Minnesota’s best golf courses. For skiers, Giants Ridge boasts 35 downhill runs, more than 60 km of world-class cross country ski trails (which once served as Olympic training grounds), Minnesota’s hottest terrain parks as well as a snow tubing park. The resort also offers miles of year-round recreation trails, including an expanding mountain bike trail system (which will be among the top destinations in the mountain biking world), water recreation, unbeatable lodging accommodations, dining, shopping and much more. It is an easy one-hour drive from Duluth and three hours from the Twin Cities.

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SAN DIEGO, 4/30/2019 – Lamkin Grips , the innovation leader in golf grip manufacturing, has announced the introduction of two new models in its hugely popular SONAR line. The new SONAR TOUR and SONAR WRAP
grips add distinctive options to the unmistakable feel and all-weather performance of the SONAR grip family that was a runaway success for Lamkin in 2018.

Both additions to the SONAR line benefit from Lamkin’s proprietary FINGERPRINT Technology and GENISIS material. Lamkin’s proprietary FINGERPRINT technology distributes intricate and densely spaced patterns
throughout the grip’s surface. These micro-textures deliver a smooth, comfortable surface feel along with a high level of grip traction for enhanced comfort, confidence and all-weather control. Lamkin’s patent-
pending GENESIS material provides unrivalled grip comfort by combining a slightly softer feel than traditional rubber with durability that exceeds all comparable grip materials.

Designed in collaboration with Lamkin’s Tour ambassador Justin Rose, SONAR TOUR features the omni- directional grip traction provided by FINGERPRINT Technology combined with a firmer durometer Lamkin
GENESIS material for enhanced torsion control under the pressure of higher swing speeds. A unique finishing process preserves SONAR TOUR’s super-tacky surface feel, ensuring the Tour inspired design retains the
line’s comfortable quality. A traditional taper shape delivers a conventional feel and in a final nod to its Tour inspiration the grip is fitted with a logo down design, often preferred by the best players in the world.

SONAR WRAP provides the super tacky feel and all-weather performance of SONAR in a new wrap style model. The SONAR WRAP grip benefits from Lamkin’s proprietary FINGERPRINT Technology and patent- pending GENESIS material to deliver a grip that has unprecedented levels of comfort and traction. To further enhance the simulated wrap feel, SONAR WRAP includes an ergonomic ‘Progressive Skive’, with fluctuating spiral dimensions based on grip size and is available in both Standard+ and Mid Size+ variations.

Lamkin CEO and President Bob Lamkin is thrilled with the response to the SONAR and excited to show off the line extension. He said, “The combination of GENESIS material and FINGERPRINT Technology in the SONAR grip delivers an ideal feel for such a wide audience of players. The two additions to the line add variations for golfers who have specific preferences in their grip style. I’m very excited about the success of the SONAR line and look forward to sharing the incredible feel of the new grips with golfers worldwide.”

SONAR TOUR available in Standard size
SONAR WRAP available in Standard+ and Mid Size+

Both lines are available at select golf retailers and at .

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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.

Charlie Rymer Named Myrtle Beach’s Family Golf Week 2019 “Father of the Year”

Charlie Rymer with sons Charlie and Hayden during their younger days.

Charlie Rymer Named Myrtle Beach’s Family Golf Week 2019  “Father of the Year”

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – The Executive Committee of Family Golf Week, which includes the Father & Son Team Classic and the Parent & Child Team Classic, announced today the event will honor golf media personality Charlie Rymer as its Father of the Year at its July 2019 festivities in Myrtle Beach.

Rymer, the former PGA TOUR player best known for his years as an analyst and commentator at Golf Channel, recently relocated his family to the Myrtle Beach area as part of his new duties as “the voice of the Myrtle Beach golf scene” for Golf Tourism Solutions and its website, As he has with his current role promoting “The Golf Capital of the World,” Rymer quickly embraced this most recent tribute.

“Being named Father of the Year is quite the honor, and I’m not sure it would have happened without golf,” said Rymer. “In an era of many distractions, it’s very difficult to find time to communicate with your kids. Getting out on a golf course is the best way to relax and enjoy stress free family time.  It’s a place where we feel comfortable and can talk about life.  Or, just kick back and enjoy each other’s company.”

Rymer especially enjoys those times as his children have now matured to become young adults. The oldest of his two sons, Charlie, is 22 and is due to graduate from Florida State University later this year with a degree in economics. His younger son, Hayden, is 21 and enters his senior year at the University of Missouri in pursuit of an economics degree as well. Both sons share their father’s love of golf, and enjoy test their single-digit handicaps by spending quality family time on the links.

With this Family Golf Week honor, Rymer’s connections to golf, family and his home state now come full circle. Moving to Myrtle Beach with his wife, Carol, was a homecoming of sorts: Rymer grew up in Fort Mill, South Carolina; played junior golf extensively in Myrtle Beach; and annually vacationed along the Grand Strand before hosting the hit Golf Channel show “Road Trip: Myrtle Beach.”

“Charlie has roots here, and he’s big with junior golf,” said Mike Buccerone, president of East Coast Golf Events, the company that runs Family Golf Week. “I’ve been privileged to serve alongside Charlie on the board of Gene’s Dream Foundation to help further Gene Weldon’s lifelong mentoring impact on junior golfers. Charlie’s a good friend of this community, and we’re delighted he wanted to be involved. We’re all excited about it.”

The 22nd Annual Father & Son Team Classic and the Parent & Child Team Classic will be played July 17-20 on eight of Myrtle Beach’s best courses, many of which have been ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. The Love Course at Barefoot Resort, Glen Dornoch and Heritage Club are among the highlight venues for this year’s event.

Players can register for the tournament at Entry fee is $995 per team and includes three rounds of golf, daily lunch, pre- and post-event functions, and a gift bag valued at $500. Included among the gift bag items are a $150 tournament gift card that can be used at host courses for food, merchandise and golf, a logo’d polo shirt, a dozen Srixon golf balls and more.

About Family Golf Week

Family Golf Week encompasses two events: The Father & Son Team Classic, now in its 22nd year, and the Parent & Child Team Classic. The Father & Son is a two-person team, 54-hole event that takes place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina every July. The event is not just for fathers and sons, but also for all relationships so long as there is a generational gap. The Parent & Child Team Classic is similar to the Father & Son Team Classic but incorporates all other relationships, such as mother and daughter or mother and son. As the largest father and son event in the world, the Father & Son Team Classic has always placed an emphasis on family bonds, particularly those created through memorable events and fun competition. For more information, visit or call 1-800-506-7511.