FALLEN OAK AT BEAU RIVAGE TO HOST VGA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OCT 8-11

 

FALLEN OAK AT BEAU RIVAGE TO HOST VGA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OCT 8-11

PINEHURST, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2017) – For the second consecutive year, the Veteran Golfers Association (VGA) will host its National Championship in Biloxi, Miss Oct. 8-11 at Fallen Oak, the Tom Fazio-designed championship course ordinarily reserved exclusively for guests of MGM Resort International’s renowned Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. The tournament features a field of regional winners that qualified over the course of the year for the opportunity to play for the title.

The 2017 VGA Tour included more than 200 tournaments at military, public and private courses, with more than 2,500 veteran golfers participating. Like the tour events, the VGA National Championship features three divisions of competition: Veteran, Combat Wounded and Family. Within each division are four handicapped flights and an open handicap Women’s flight.

The championship tournament at Fallen Oak is expected to have the same emotional impact as last year’s event in Biloxi, once again putting the service, sacrifice and patriotism of its participants in the competitive, national spotlight. Wounded veterans and Purple Heart recipients will make up nearly half the field, and competitors will range from enlisted personnel to three-star generals.

“MGM Resorts International and Beau Rivage are very honored once again to host the VGA National Championship for military veterans who will travel here from all over the United States,” said Fallen Oak Director of Golf Rick Gehr. “For these players, this tour championship is more than a game or friendly match. Rather, it’s about the benefits they derive from the camaraderie and sportsmanship of competition, and we’re proud that our award-winning golf course and resort here in Biloxi continues to be their destination of choice.”

“The regional qualifiers provided an exciting run-up to the championship with numerous playoffs, narrowly eliminating some excellent golfers” said VGA President Joshua Peyton, a retired Army Captain and Army Ranger. “Just qualifying to play in this year’s championship at Fallen Oak is a significant accomplishment for our fellow veterans.”

Founded in 2014, the VGA is a national non-profit organization offering U.S. military veterans the opportunity to enjoy competition and community through golf. Membership is open to all U.S. veterans – wounded, non-wounded, disabled, active duty and retired – as well as to their families, including parents, siblings and dependents who are at least 18 years old.

The VGA’s mission is to enhance the lives of veterans and their family members through the camaraderie and sportsmanship of golf. The VGA also focuses on Post Traumatic Growth initiatives to help veterans and families cope with combat-related injuries. Using golf as an alternative activity, these veterans can choose a more productive way to deal with the challenges that impact their everyday lives.

More information on the 2017 tour and championship event is available at www.vgachampionship.org.

About the Veteran Golfers Association
The VGA is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to promoting the game of golf to veterans and their family members. The VGA develops programs that allow its members to compete, socialize and remain physically active through the game of golf. For more information visit us at www.vgagolf.org.
Images and videos are available upon request, and the VGA welcomes interviews with the Veterans.

About Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
Located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Biloxi, MGM Resorts International’s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino was named one of 2017’s top 10 “South’s Best Resorts” by Southern Living. The AAA Four Diamond resort features 1,740 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, 10 restaurants, four nightclubs and bars, a 85,000-square-foot gaming area, a 1,550-seat theatre, an upscale shopping promenade, a world-class spa & salon and Fallen Oak, a Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course. For more information and reservations, call (888) 567-6667 or visit www.beaurivage.com.

BestOutings.Com: The Easy Way To Attract, Create, and Manage A Successful Golf Outing

BestOutings.Com: The Easy Way To Attract, Create, and Manage A Successful Golf Outing

Alpharetta, Ga. (September 6, 2017) – When Mike Last of Geronimo Solutions—which provides technology that connects businesses with non-profits—set out to change the way the golf industry handles requests from non-profits and manages extra inventory while also helping charities, he never imagined that he would become a matchmaker. But the more Last put non-profits and charities together, the more he realized a piece of the puzzle was missing: A way for these non-profits to find the best golf course to hold their next outing.

And so BestOutings.com was born.

A simple-to-use website—it promises “point, click and golf!”—BestOutings.com serves both sides of the outing equation equally well by providing all the necessary tools.

Today, BestOutings.com is the most comprehensive golf course guide ever to support outing planners, supported by the most comprehensive outing product / services directory in the marketplace.  In the past five months, the site has already received (and distributed to courses) 163 outing quote requests and been visited more than 67,000 times by event planners.

For tournament planners, BestOutings.com provides valuable information on more than 13,000 courses in the U.S. and Canada. And rather than forcing the event coordinator to call numerous courses to provide information about holding an event, BestOutings.com offers a one-click “submit your tournament request” tool that collects all the important criteria, from number of players, budget, and possible dates, and distributes those quote requests to the best area courses.

For golf courses, BestOutings.com does the hard work of gathering requests for quotation and promoting the venue, providing a complete listing (logo, photo, description, outing and membership links) for all participating courses, along with any “outing specific” promotions the courses may be running.

Additional support may be found in the site’s comprehensive directory of hundreds of companies that provide outing prizes, awards, products, hole-in-one insurance, even software, as well as a blog of “best practices” articles with tips for both outing planners and venues. Through its sister site, TravelPledge.com, outing coordinators can find a wide variety of fun experiences to convert into donations at raffles and auctions.

Whether planning an outing or managing the course where outings are held, the only site that makes the perfect match is BestOutings.com.

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About Geronimo Solutions

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

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

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

Fall Golf in French Lick Combines Pete Dye, Donald Ross, and Spectacular Color Views

 

Fall Golf in French Lick Combines Pete Dye, Donald Ross, and Spectacular Color Views

French Lick, IN – Golfers in the Midwest seeking a premier destination to experience fall colors combined with championship golf should proceed directly to French Lick.

Nestled among the Hoosier National Forest, at one of the highest elevation points in the Midwest, is one of America’s premier golf resorts, French Lick Resort.

Over the next few months, the resort’s historic and championship level golf is the perfect activity among the hardwoods that turn to scarlet, rust, gold and orange and frame views that extend 40 miles in many directions. It is one of the most spectacular fall color golf opportunities anywhere in the country.

Fall golf is right around the corner and savvy golfers will be impressed by the colorful views and value. The best way to take advantage of this prime golfing season is through the Hall of Fame Package, and this fall is the last chance to experience the 100th Anniversary Donald Ross Package.

Hall of Fame Package

The resort’s most popular golf package and the best way to experience this award-winning golf destination in the fall 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.

100 Years of Legendary Golf Package

In celebration of the Donald Ross Course 100th anniversary in 2017, a limited-edition package is still available through the fall season. Take a step back in time and experience the history of Donald Ross at French Lick. This package includes a one-night stay at either resort hotel, two days of unlimited golf on The Donald Ross Course with cart, breakfast at Hagen’s Club House Restaurant and a LIMITED EDITION collectible gift with a retail value of $299.

For more information and package pricing, 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 $600 million historic restoration and casino development spread dramatically across 3,000 scenic acres. It encompasses both the French Lick Springs Hotel and the West Baden Springs Hotel, which have been fully restored to their original sophistication and luxury, and combine for 689 rooms just one mile apart. The casino, built adjacent to the French Lick Springs Hotel, opened in 2006. West Baden Springs, with its spectacular massive dome, opened in 2007 after having not been used for its original luxurious purpose since 1932. Other facilities and amenities at this world-class golf resort destination include two spas with a 36 treatment rooms (they continue to offer the Pluto Mineral Springs bath), over 51,000 square feet of gaming space, 165,000 square feet of meeting space and a variety of dining and entertainment options. Free shuttle buses serve golfers and visitors from around the world. Visit www.frenchlick.com

Caledonia Golf Vacations Unveils Golftoberfest Stay-and-Play Package Featuring Caledonia and True Blue

Caledonia Golf and Fish Club
Caledonia Golf and Fish Club

Caledonia Golf Vacations Unveils Golftoberfest Stay-and-Play Package Featuring Caledonia and True Blue

Golfers Can Enjoy 3-Night, 4-Round Package at Two of America’s Top 100 Public Courses

Pawleys Island, S.C. – As the fall golf season approaches, group leaders that want to enjoy the game’s best combination of top 100 golf and value are flocking to the Golftoberfest package offered by Caledonia Golf Vacations.

The three-night four round deal features golf at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Club, a pair of Mike Strantz designs that are ranked among America’s top 100 public courses by Golf Magazine.

The deal, which includes accommodations at True Blue condos, allows golfers to enjoy the pair of premier courses in any combination they would like starting at $639. October is the heart of the Myrtle Beach area’s peak fall season when temperatures are ideal – the average high is 77 – and the South Carolina humidity has receded.

Caledonia, which is equal parts art and architecture, plays through a stunning piece of lowcountry land that was once home to a thriving rice plantation. The live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, the marshy waters of the Waccamaw Neck, and Strantz’s architectural brilliance combined to make Caledonia one of America’s premier public golf experiences.

Golf Channel’s travel guru Matt Ginella wrote of the course, “I could never imagine a trip to Myrtle and not heading down to Pawleys Island to play Caledonia Golf & Fish Club.”

A round at True Blue, while completely different from a design perspective, is no less captivating. Everything about the 7,126-yard layout is big – the fairways, the greens and most of all, the fun.

Strantz used waste bunkers, which frame many of the course’s fairways, to craft a layout that is among the area’s most visually stunning.

Golf Magazine’s travel expert, Joe Passov, said of True Blue, “From the late, great Strantz’s sublime design to the helpful staff to the tip-top course conditions, this dramatic, watery layout remains a must play in Myrtle Beach.”

For more information on Caledonia, True Blue and Caledonia Golf Vacations, go to www.FishClub.com.

New TFi 2135 Satin Putters from Cleveland Golf Provide Total Speed Control and Perfect Alignment

New TFi 2135 Satin Putters from Cleveland Golf Provide Total Speed Control and Perfect Alignment

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Aug. 28, 2017 — CLEVELAND GOLF® unveils new alignment and speed control technologies in the updated TFi® 2135 Satin putter models. Featuring a new tour satin color scheme, high-contrast alignment lines and a customized milling pattern on each of the five head shapes, the new putters are available for presale Aug. 28, 2017 and officially launch Sept. 15, 2017.

Since its founding in 1979, Cleveland Golf’s innovative putter designs have pushed the limits of technology, look, and feel. The new TFi 2135 Satin putters continue this tradition, with putter advancements designed to improve alignment, soft feel, and speed control.

Speed Optimized Milling on the TFi 2135 Satin putters adjusts energy transference so that every putt rolls to the same distance regardless of where it is struck on the face. Because MOI varies across models, the amount of ball speed correction has been individually customized to each of the five shapes, ensuring every model employs the precise level of speed correction required for consistent distance control.

“Traditional putters come up short when you hit the ball even just a bit toward the heel or toe,” said Jeff Brunski, Director of Research and Development at Cleveland Golf. “We lowered ball speed on center strikes and added ball speed on off-center strikes to produce uniform distance no matter where you strike the ball.”

“The exact magnitude of these changes varies slightly based on the shape and weighting of the putter model. So we’ve actually produced a different face for every model within the family to make sure each one provides perfect distance control.”

The 2135 Alignment Technology used on each TFi 2135 Satin putter provides perfect alignment on every putt. With sightlines raised 21.35 millimeters off the ground—the exact radius of a golf ball—the technology delivers accurate alignment feedback regardless of address position. The new putters improve upon previous generations of 2135 Alignment Technology with 50 percent higher contrast sightlines that make precise alignment even easier.

The putters’ multi-material head construction uses True Feel Innovation®: a Polymer TPU face insert that dampens vibrations and enhances feel. Paired with face milling that’s three times deeper than previous models, the new TFi 2135 Satin putters strike the ball with exceptionally soft feel.

Key Innovations Inside TFi 2135 Satin Putters:

· High Contrast 2135 Alignment Technology raises the sightline to the exact center of the golf ball, providing accurate alignment regardless of eye position at address.
· True Feel Innovation uses multi-material construction to produce extremely soft feel.
· Speed Optimized Milling provides perfect distance control by adding speed on off-center hits.

The TFi 2135 Satin standard models are 1.0, Rho, Elevado and Cero; the counterbalanced models are 8.0 and Elevado CB. Standard heads with the midsized pistol grip are $149.99 MAP. Standard heads with oversized grips are $159.99 MAP. Counterbalanced models are $179.99 MAP.

ABOUT Cleveland Golf®:
Based in Huntington Beach, CA, Cleveland Golf is part of the DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD family and enjoys a strong presence on competitive tours worldwide. The professional staff includes Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley, Hideki Matsuyama, Inbee Park and many others. CLEVELAND GOLF® develops innovative short game solutions, producing advanced wedges and putters for a wide range of players that are designed to improve scoring from 125 yards and in. For more information, please contact Noelle Zavaleta at (714) 889-5853 or visit clevelandgolf.com.

Kingsmill Championship Will Continue through 2020

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., August 29, 2017 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and Kingsmill Resort announced today a contract extension for the Kingsmill Championship on Tuesday. Kingsmill Resort, which has held the Kingsmill Championship tournament annually since 2003, will renew its title sponsorship for an additional three years (2018-2020).

“We are thrilled Kingsmill Resort has extended our long-term partnership as it ensures that we will continue the rich tradition of showcasing the best golfers in the world, at one of the very best resorts in the world,” said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan.

“Everything at Kingsmill is first class –– from the beautiful resort, to the championship River Course, to the incredible volunteers, to the way they treat players and fans alike.”
The contract extension allows the LPGA to continue to add to the list of past Kingsmill Championship winners, which includes the likes of LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famers Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak and Karrie Webb.

“Kingsmill Resort is honored and incredibly excited to once again partner with the LPGA LPGA Tour as we announce the extension of a 35-year-old tradition of professional golf being played at Kingsmill Resort,” Kingsmill Resort’s Chief Operations Officer John Hilker said. “On behalf of our staff and the thousands of volunteers who make the Kingsmill Championship possible, we look forward to working within the Hampton Roads community to provide individuals, families and juniors an opportunity to create and share lifelong memories surrounding the game of golf.”

At the 2017 Kingsmill Championship, current World No. 2 Lexi Thompson famously skydived into her pro-am tee time and then went on to set a tournament scoring record and capture her eighth career win on the LPGA Tour. Thompson was thrilled to hear the LPGA is continuing its annual stop in Williamsburg, saying, “I’m excited to hear that the LPGA will continue to have the Kingsmill Championship. It’s always been one of my favorite stops on Tour with some of the best fans. I can’t wait to return to the Kingsmill Resort next year to defend my title.”

LPGA Tour players consistently rave about the Kingsmill Resort, especially three-time Kingsmill Championship winner and LPGA Tour veteran Cristie Kerr, who said at this year’s tournament: “I just love the feel of the place. It’s a big golf course. It’s a classic golf course with very good greens. I just love the layout.”

About the LPGA
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Symetra Tour, the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management.

The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives, such as LPGA*USGA Girls Golf.

Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via
www.LPGA.com. Join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/lpga, www.twitter.com/lpga and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo, and on Instagram and Snapchat at @lpga_tour.

Arcis Golf Recognized Among Inc. Magazine’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Arcis Golf Recognized Among Inc. Magazine’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies
Earns #171 Overall and #2 in the Travel & Hospitality Category

Dallas-based Arcis Golf, one of the country’s leading owner-operators of golf courses, is ranked No. 171 on the newly released 2017 Inc. 5000 list recognizing the fastest-growing private companies in America and also earned the No. 2 rank in the Travel & Hospitality category.

With 2,456% growth in revenues over a three-year period, the distinction on the 36th annual Inc. 5000 list places Arcis Golf among such prestigious company as Microsoft, Domino’s Pizza, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, Vizio, Intuit, Chobani, Oracle, Zappos.com and many other well-known names – all past recipients of the Inc. 5000 recognition.

The 2017 Inc. 5000 is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company achieved a staggering three-year average growth of 481%. Arcis Golf’s growth was over 400% higher than the average of this year’s fastest growing companies on the Inc. 5000 list. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $206 billion and the companies on the list collectively generated 619,500 jobs over the past three years.

“We honor just one thing: real achievement by a founder or a team of founders. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great–usually from scratch,” said Eric Schurenberg, president and editor-in-chief of Inc. Magazine. “That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as entrepreneurs know better than anyone.”

In less than four years, Arcis Golf has skyrocketed from a small start-up to the 2nd largest owner and operator of U.S. golf facilities within the hospitality and leisure space through strategic acquisitions, with nearly 70 high-quality private and daily fee facilities positioned in or near major metropolitan areas throughout the United States.

Additionally, Arcis Golf has built a strategy and an irreplaceable and distinctive portfolio, along with a best-in-class leadership team, that is delivering industry-leading organic and same-store growth. This differentiated approach is reinventing the modern club experience, making it more relevant to today’s consumer lifestyles.

“The Inc. 5000 recognition is such an honor and a tribute to our company and leadership team’s innovative approach to this business,” said Arcis Golf CEO Blake Walker. “We are finding and implementing new ways to engage our customers, through unrivaled programming and amenities, game-changing technology, and unprecedented experiences. I’m honored to work with such a talented team.”

Arcis Golf has allocated millions of dollars in major capital improvements in its facilities nationwide and has grown to 3,900 employees.

Arcis Golf will be among the companies honored at the 36th Annual Inc. 5000 Conference and Gala, to be held Oct. 10-12 in Palm Desert, Calif. For more information visit www.inc.com.

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About Arcis Golf

Arcis Golf is the premier operator of public and private golf clubs in the United States and an industry leader, providing dynamic direction and unrivaled amenities that complement diverse playing experiences. Arcis Golf properties tailor each element of the golf and country club experience to a level of excellence designed to exceed the needs and expectations of family, friends, co-workers, and guests of all ages. Established in March 2013, Arcis Golf is comprised of exclusive private club and daily-fee golf operations. The Arcis Golf portfolio is supported by Arcis Equity Partners, LLC through strategic acquisitions that build and sustain the company’s leadership position in upscale golf and club experiences.

Cleveland Golf Announces New Launcher Woods and Irons

Cleveland Golf Announces New Launcher Woods and Irons for Golfers Who Prefer to Launch the Ball High and Straight

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — August 7, 2017 — CLEVELAND GOLF® woods and irons are back with powerful technologies that help avid golfers experience faster ball speeds, more distance, and added control. Optimized for dedicated golfers who prefer forgiving clubs that launch the ball high and straight, Cleveland Golf’s new woods and irons will launch in North America on Sept. 15, 2017.

Since 1979, Cleveland Golf equipment has brought industry-leading performance to professional and amateur golfers alike. In keeping with that legacy, Launcher Woods and Irons combine Cleveland Golf’s most popular club technologies with new performance innovations that provide avid golfers with the distance, forgiveness, and control they demand.

Brian Schielke, Marketing Director at Cleveland Golf, explained why the company’s woods and irons are back: “When we looked into the woods and irons markets we saw a major disconnect. Prices are increasing dramatically while golfers aren’t seeing significant performance gains. So we set out to create new woods and irons with true performance benefits that are obvious the moment a golfer swings one of these clubs.

“When it comes to drivers, a big part of the problem is excessive adjustability. These features are nice for some golfers but are quite heavy, positioning weight in less than ideal locations.  It’s a major tradeoff in performance. By replacing those features with a lightweight hosel and weight positioned low and deep within the head, we built the Launcher HB driver with more forgiveness and incredible distance that will clearly show up on a launch monitor.”

 Launcher HB Woods

The new Launcher HB Driver, Fairway Woods and Hybrids utilize performance technologies that help golfers launch the ball far and straight. The clubs employ a redesigned HiBore Crown, ultra-lightweight hosel, Flex-Fin Technology, Low and Deep Weighting and a Launcher Cup Face to deliver the distance and forgiveness sought after by most golfers.

Launcher CBX Irons

Launcher CBX Irons combine all of Cleveland Golf’s proven wedge spin technologies with a forgiving cavity back design. Progressive shaping, Feel Balancing TechnologyTM and a V shaped sole work in tandem to increase forgiveness. Tour Zip Grooves and Laser Milling produce high levels of spin from the fairway and the rough, providing dramatically improved control around the course.

 Launcher HB Irons

With the fully-hollow Launcher HB Irons, Cleveland Golf improves upon one of their most popular iron designs. The extremely forgiving irons use a high-strength steel face, HiBore Crown, and hybrid-like design to help golfers launch the ball higher and farther than typical cavity back irons.

Launcher Woods and Irons will be available for pre-sale at select retailers on Aug. 28, 2017 and will launch throughout North America on Sept. 15, 2017.

Launcher HB Driver Price:

  • $299.99 MAP

Launcher HB Fairway Woods Price:

  • $219.99 MAP

Launcher HB Hybrids Price:

  • $199.99 MAP

Launcher HB Irons Price:

  • Men’s 7pcs Steel Set: $699.99 MAP
  • Men’s 7pcs Graphite Set: $799.99 MAP
  • Women’s 7pcs Graphite Set: $799.99 MAP

Launcher CBX Irons Price:

  • Men’s 7pcs Steel Set: $699.99 MAP
  • Men’s 7pcs Graphite Set: $799.99 MAP
  • Women’s 7pcs Graphite Set: $799.99 MAP

 

ABOUT Cleveland Golf®:

Based in Huntington Beach, CA, Cleveland Golf is part of the DUNLOP SPORTS CO. LTD family and enjoys a strong presence on competitive tours worldwide. The professional staff includes Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley, Hideki Matsuyama, Inbee Park and many others. CLEVELAND GOLF® develops innovative short game solutions, producing advanced wedges and putters for a wide range of players that are designed to improve scoring from 125 yards and in.

 

THE LINKS AT PERRY CABIN BY PETE DYE TO DEBUT IN SPRING 2018

THE LINKS AT PERRY CABIN BY PETE DYE TO DEBUT IN SPRING 2018

St. Michael’s, Md. (Aug. 15, 2017) – The Links at Perry Cabin debuts Spring 2018 on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay. Created by renowned architect Pete Dye, the Links is an exciting, exhilarating 18-hole layout that plays through trees and over significant elevation changes.

“This golf course is exciting because it incorporates all of the Pete Dye mysterious things that he does,” commented Alice Dye, Pete’s wife and long-time design collaborator. “As you go along, it builds up and you see a little Pete Dye here and a few more Pete Dye elements there, and then you get to the 16th hole and the final three holes are so exciting.”

The Dyes describe The Links at Perry Cabin as a family “mulligan” because Pete worked on a course at the same site back in the 1960s with his late brother Roy Andy Dye before the developer went bankrupt. The new course—a total rebuild designed by Pete Dye with additional input from Alice and their son, P.B. Dye—is now part of the most luxurious resort in this part of the country.

It is also one of the most exclusive, being available only to club members and guests of the Inn at Perry Cabin.

“Several holes have a links-style feeling with continuous movement and some mounding that almost looks like natural sand dunes,” explained P.B. “The 7th has the same philosophy as the 9th hole at Yale, a famous ‘Biarritz’ hole with a big saddle in the middle of the green. It’s definitely not a hole that you see on the Eastern Shore, so it’s going to stand out.”

P.B. continued, “At the turn, you enter into an almost parkland-type course, holes 10 to 15 are in the woods with majestic old trees. You feel as if the course has been there for years. Then the last three holes—what we call the ‘Good Night Kiss’—golfers are going to remember, with a short par 4, a replica of the island green from TPC Sawgrass, and the 18th will be one of the most majestic finishing holes in golf.”

Golf memberships are being sold, with playing and lodging privileges built into a limited number of founder memberships.

St. Michael’s, Maryland, is located about 60 miles from Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) and 90 miles from Washington, D.C. The area is easily accessible from Philadelphia (2.5 hours) and New York City (4 hours). Easton Municipal Airport, 20 minutes away, accommodates private aircraft.

For additional information, access the web site at www.linksatperrycabin.com, call 410-745-2300, or email Membership Director Ty Krause at tkrause@linksatperrycabin.com.

Senior LPGA and Symetra Tour Return to French Lick in 2018

Senior LPGA and Symetra Tour Return to French Lick in 2018

Hall-of-Famers, major champions, and future stars will compete on both the Pete Dye and Donald Ross courses

FRENCH LICK, IN – The legacy of women’s golf at French Lick Resort was on full display this summer with the Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank, the first ever senior women’s major championship, and the Symetra Tour’s Donald Ross Classic at French Lick.

The week-long celebration of women’s golf was such a success for both women’s golf and the primary charity, the Riley Children’s Foundation, that French Lick Resort moved quickly to set the dates for 2018.

The Senior LPGA Championship, won this year by Trish Johnson, will be contested next year October 15-17, 2018 while the Symetra Tour’s Donald Ross Classic at French Lick will be played July 12-14, 2018.

The Senior LPGA Championship is part of a five-year commitment with the LPGA Tour and televised on Golf Channel.

A field of 81 players, featuring a collection of past greats in the women’s game including LPGA Hall-of-Famers, current LPGA members and major champions over the age of 45, will compete on the spectacular Pete Dye Course. The 54-hole event offers a total purse of $600,000. The Symetra Tour’s 54-hole tournament played on the Donald Ross Course will have a purse of $200,000.

The history of women’s golf at French Lick dates back to 1957 where Louise Suggs captured the French Lick Women’s Open on the historic Donald Ross course. A few years later the LPGA Championship was brought to the historic site. In 1959 Betsy Rawls won the LPGA major followed by the legendary Mickey Wright winning the title in 1960. In 2013, the resort hosted The Legends Championship on the Pete Dye course and opened up the LPGA Legends Hall of Fame.

In 2018, the resort will add yet another chapter to women’s golf with these elite and historic players returning.

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ABOUT THE LPGA

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and head- quartered in Daytona Beach, Florida, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.comwww.facebook.com/lpga official, www.twitter.com/lpga, and

www.youtube.com/lpgavideo

ABOUT FRENCH LICK RESORT

French Lick Resort is a $600 million historic restoration and casino development spread dramatically across 3,000 scenic acres. It encompasses both the French Lick Springs Hotel and the West Baden Springs Hotel, which have been fully restored to their original sophistication and luxury, combine for 689 rooms and are located about one mile apart. The casino, built adjacent to the French Lick Springs Hotel, opened in 2006. West Baden Springs, with its spectacular massive dome, opened in 2007 after having not been used for its original luxurious purpose since 1932. Other facilities and amenities at this world-class golf resort destination include two spas with a 36 treatment rooms (they continue to offer the Pluto Miner- al Springs bath), over 51,000 square feet of gaming space, 165,000 square feet of meeting space and a variety of dining and entertainment options. Free shuttle buses serve golfers and visitors from around the world. Visit www.frenchlick.com.

ABOUT THE SYMETRA TOUR

The Symetra Tour — Road to the LPGA is the official developmental tour of the LPGA and concluded its 36th competitive season in 2016. With the support of its umbrella partner, Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. Since Symetra’s inaugural sponsorship year in 2012, the Symetra Tour has grown from 16 tournaments and $1.7M in prize money to $3.5M in prize money awarded over the course of 23 tournaments — the most events since 1988. With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 418 LPGA titles. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at www.SymetraTour.com, Facebook.com/RoadtotheLPGA, Twitter.com/Road2LPGA, and YouTube.com/Road2LPGA.