DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Daytona Beach is well-known for its white sand beaches, family vacations, and its reputation as the World Center of Speed, but golf is an increasingly vital part of the Central Florida oasis.
The area’s popularity as a golf destination is enhanced by the package offerings of Homewood Suites, which is perfectly-equipped to host a foursome or two taking a golf buddies’ trip. The hotel offers studio and two-bedroom suites along with a complimentary, hot breakfast buffet each morning and cocktail hours each evening from Monday through Thursday.
Packages at Homewood Suites, located directly across from Daytona International Speedway, start at $348 per person for a three-night and three-round offer. The courses available in the package include:
— The Hills Course at LPGA International was designed by Arthur Hills in 1997 and stretches out to 6,894 yards from the back tees. Hills created a layout with pine tree-lined fairways bordered by water hazards and marshland with small greens. There are five sets of men’s tees at the Hills Course along with three sets of women’s tees. It will be a challenge no matter which tees are chosen.
— DeBary Golf & Country Club has been a U.S. Open qualifying site three times and been a U.S. Senior Open qualifying site, a testament to the quality of the layout. Designed in 1990 by Lloyd Clifton, DeBary was created from land that was once an orange grove and runs through a residential community. However, on most holes, houses are hidden by a buffer of trees and vegetation. DeBary plays 6,776 yards from the back tees.
— Halifax Plantation Golf Club in nearby Ormond Beach was designed by Bill Amick in 1993. It plays through corridors of oak trees more than 100 years old intermingled with native pines. It’s a hefty 7,128 yards from the championship tees but there are four sets of men’s tees and two sets of women’s tees from which players at every handicap level can find a comfortable yardage.
Homewood Suites enjoys an ideal location – it’s just yards from ONE DAYTONA, the area’s newest retail, dining and entertainment complex – making it an ideal spot for golf groups looking to have a good time on and off the course.
COBRA GOLF’ CELEBRATES THE YEAR’S FIRST MAJOR WITH LAUNCH OF NEW CAMO, SPECIAL-EDITION KING F9 SPEEDBACKTM DRIVER
Cobra Golf today unveiled a new, special edition design of its esteemed KING F9 SPEEDBACK™ Driver designed to help golfers celebrate the first Major of the year. The KING F9 SPEEDBACK Special Edition Camo Driver features a one-of-of-kind custom camo aesthetic that matches the apparel script and custom COBRA x Vessel bag COBRA PUMA GOLF athlete Rickie Fowler will don in Augusta. This custom camo pattern blends the outlines of the United States and state of Georgia in a layered design for a sophisticated, fresh look on the course. Packed full of technology, the KING F9 SPEEDBACK Camo driver delivers the perfect combination of performance, sound and feel with a cool, camo look.
The KING F9 SPEEDBACK Special Edition Camo Driver, which comes with a sleek COBRA Camo headcover, is equipped with a Project X Even Flow Blue 65g shaft in a one-of-a-kind military green colorway to match the driver (available in extra-stiff & stiff flex in the 9° loft, and in stiff & regular flex in the 10.5° loft). To round out the look, the driver features a Lamkin Crossline CONNECT black grip with military green accents. The new camo driver will be available beginning today and features a MSRP of $499.
5 Bridgestone Golf Balls Earn Gold Medals in 2019 Golf Digest Hot List
COVINGTON, Ga. – (April 2, 2019) – Bridgestone Golf, the #1 Ball-Fitter in Golf, announced today that 5 of its 2019 premium golf ball models received gold medal designation in the 2019 Golf Digest Golf Ball Hot List, including its ground-breaking, newly launched e12 SOFT golf balls.
In the Over $35 category, Bridgestone’s award-winning TOUR B series (which includes four primary models – TOUR B X, TOUR B XS,TOUR B RX and TOUR B RXS) added to its trophy case with all 4 balls yielding Hot List gold. The TOUR B family, which replaced the company’s popular B330 line, provides golfers with exceptional feel, accuracy and distance. Bridgestone utilized the data from measuring more than 2.5 million swings in the R&D process to determine how specific design characteristics benefit different types of players. The fruits of this labor showed as Bridgestone’s TOUR B was the only golf ball family to earn 5-star ratings (the highest a product can get) in both the innovation and performance categories.
In the $26-35 price point category, Bridgestone’s newly launched e12 SOFT took home gold as well. In fact, the e12 SOFT was 1 of only 2 surlyn covered balls to earn gold in the category. The new e12 SOFT builds off of the innovative 3-piece, surlyn construction of the popular e6 golf ball with an added dimension of power coming from the new active acceleration mantle layer. The e12 SOFT was unveiled at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show to tremendous fanfare, which showed, as the ball earned the 2nd highest demand score in the mid-tier category.
“At Bridgestone Golf we have a larger body of data on consumer golf swings than any of our competitors by a wide-margin, thanks to our pioneering Ball Fitting program that was launched 12 years ago,” said Elliot Mellow, Golf Ball Marketing Manager – Bridgestone Golf. “We use that data to design a wide array of golf balls to fit golfers of all stripes from Tour stars like Tiger Woods to weekend recreational players trying to break 90. The fact that Golf Digest has recognized us for driving innovation in the golf ball category in 2019, awarding 5 of our balls with gold medals, is additional validation of our approach.”
For more information on the company’s entire offering of golf balls and for help selecting the right ball for you, visit bridgestonegolf.com.
About Bridgestone Golf
Based in Covington, GA, Bridgestone Golf USA manufactures premium golf balls, clubs and accessories under the Bridgestone and Precept brands. The company started making golf balls in 1935 and today has more golf ball design patents than any other company. Beginning in 2006, Bridgestone revolutionized golf ball selection with its custom ball-fitting program, identifying a golfer’s ideal golf ball based on personal swing characteristics. Today, as the #1 Ball-Fitter in Golf, Bridgestone has conducted over 2.1 million fittings via a combination of live-fitting, online selection and its B-FIT App. The consumer data gathered from ball-fitting continues to inspire Bridgestone’s innovative new golf ball designs, yielding industry-leading performance products for the entire range of players, from recreational golfers to the best in the world. Bridgestone Golf is proudly represented on international professional tours by icons such as Tiger Woods, Fred Couples, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau and Lexi Thompson. Bridgestone Golf USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bridgestone Sports Co. Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo. More information: bridgestonegolf.com.
South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel Ranks 13 Myrtle Beach Layouts Among Palmetto State’s “Top Courses for Public Play”
MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com Can Book all 13 Courses Recognized by Panel
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — South Carolina is one of America’s most golf-rich states, and Myrtle Beach is the epicenter of the Palmetto State’s offerings, a fact reconfirmed by the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel.
The SCGRP recently released its biennial list of the “Top Courses for Public Play” and 13 of the 32 Palmetto State courses recognized reside along the Grand Strand. The SCGRP doesn’t rank courses by number, though Caledonia Golf & Fish Club was cited as the region’s best.
Joining Caledonia on the prestigious list were the Fazio, Love and Dye Courses at Barefoot Resort, TPC Myrtle Beach, Grande Dunes Resort Club, Pawleys Plantation, Heritage Club, Pine Lakes Country Club, Prestwick Country Club, Tidewater and True Blue Golf Club.
The Myrtle Beach courses that made the SCGCRP list vary greatly, but the one common denominator they share is the ability to booked through MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com.
Caledonia’s spot atop the region was hardly a surprise. The Mike Strantz design is a consensus top 100 layout, showcasing the natural lowcountry beauty of Pawleys Island, where four of the state’s best are clustered within a Dustin Johnson drive of each other.
Less than a mile from Caledonia are its sister course, True Blue, a layout renowned for the size of its fairways, greens and waste bunkers, and Heritage Club, a Dan Maples design that is home to some of state’s most daunting greens complexes.
Pawleys Plantation is just minutes away and the back nine of the Jack Nicklaus design is one of the state’s most scenic. Six of the nine holes play along a tidal saltmarsh, highlighted by the unforgettable 13th, a par 3 that plays to a peninsula green.
TPC Myrtle Beach, a Tom Fazio and Lanny Wadkins design that has been ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, hosts the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship.
Barefoot Resort is one of America’s premier multi-course properties. The Fazio Course, which hosted the championship match of Big Break Myrtle Beach, is a stern test while the Love Course, which features the faux ruins of an old plantation home on the front nine, will offer the chance to score.
The Dye Course will host the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am for the 17th consecutive year this spring and traveling golfers enjoy the layout as much as the professionals and celebrities that tee it up there.
Pine Lakes Country Club was Myrtle Beach’s first course and the layout continues to charm golfers more than 90 years after its opening in 1927.
Grande Dunes, with seven holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway, is on the short list of Myrtle Beach’s best. Joining Grande Dunes on any list of the area’s premier courses is Tidewater, which has eight holes that play along either the Intracoastal Waterway or Cherry Grove Inlet.
Prestwick Country Club has long been one of the Grand Strand’s most underrated courses. The Pete and P.B. Dye design offers a stern test of golf and enjoys a reputation for always being in superb condition.
French Lick Resort – A Legendary Dye and Ross Golf Experience
2019 golf packages highlight Dye, Ross, and Improving Your Game
French Lick, IN – One of the country’s premier historic golf destinations, French Lick Resort, nestled among the Hoosier National Forest in southern Indiana, has been a place that legends, champions, and golf aficionados have been experiencing since the early 20th century.
Regarded as one of the Best Golf Resorts in the America’s by Golf Digest, serious golfers nationwide seeking a buddy trip golf adventure and experience the only golf destination in the world that features a combination of hall of fame designers Donald Ross and Pete Dye together with two historic hotels should consider French Lick Resort.
Golfers can now book 2019 golf packages including its popular mainstays like the Hall of Fame and Donald Ross Experience packages. Whether it’s a buddy trip, couples retreat, girls-getaway, or improving your game, you will find a package to suit your needs.
Hall of Fame Package
The resort’s most popular golf package and the best way to experience this award-winning golf destination includes playing the resort’s two legendary courses designed by Hall of Fame architects – Pete Dye and Donald Ross. Each are ranked among the Top 100 in America’s Greatest Public Courses and are currently ranked as the No. 1 and 2 Courses You Can Play in Indiana.
The package includes a one-night stay at either resort hotel, a day of unlimited golf on The Pete Dye Course, a day of unlimited golf at The Donald Ross Course, unlimited use of the driving range and practice facility, bag storage, and shuttle service. Package prices start at $559 at French Lick Springs Hotel, and $589 at West Baden Springs Hotel based on double occupancy.
Donald Ross Experience
With over 100 years of history, The Donald Ross Course at French Lick offers the chance to experience golf the way it was meant to be played. Experience old-school links golf on a classic Ross course situated in the rolling hills of the countryside. This package includes two days of golf on The Donald Ross Course plus overnight accommodations at either resort hotel. Package price starts at $334 at French Lick Springs Hotel, and $354 at West Baden Springs Hotel based on double occupancy.
Golfers can also experience the ultimate sampler for golf aficionados. The Double and Triple Play golf packages combine playing the Ross and Dye courses with the nearby Sultan’s Run Golf Club, another Top 10 course in Indiana. Package pricing starts at $289 for the Double Play, and $719 for the Triple Play.
Improve Your Game – French Lick Game Changer Golf Academy
Golfers who need to sharpen their game should take advantage of French Lick Resort’s “Game Changer” Golf Academy, which can give a boost to golfers of all skill levels. The three-day golf school experience covers all aspects of the full-swing and short game and includes three nights lodging at either resort hotel. The lesson includes video swing analysis, on-course sessions, and unlimited golf at The Donald Ross Course at French Lick and The Valley Links Course. Package pricing starts at $1,009.
Golfers looking for the quick fix whether it is short game, putting, or iron shots, the Rapid Recovery Golf Academy can get you back on track. This includes four hours of intensive instruction and unlimited golf on the Ross and Valley Links course. Package price starts at $514.
Custom packages can be built especially for groups of eight or more by contacting French Lick Golf Group Sales Manager, Alex Whiteman. Alex is a PGA Professional dedicated to creating the best golf experience available. To view additional golf package options, visit http://www.frenchlick.com/golf/packages or call our reservation specialists at (888) 936-9360.
About French Lick Resort
French Lick Resort is a Midwest travel destination that includes West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and the French Lick Casino. Restored to its historic glory after a $560 million renovation, this resort in the rolling hills of Southern Indiana features 686 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot casino; meeting and event space totaling 163,000 square feet; 45 holes of golf, including two of the state’s top-rated public courses in The Pete Dye Course at French Lick and The Donald Ross Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms; and an array of fine dining and family-friendly entertainment and recreation options. Visit www.frenchlick.com.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 25, 2019 – Kingsmill Resort, home to the Pure Silk Championship and the famed River Course is teeing up two golf experiences you don’t want to miss during this year’s tournament, May 20-26, 2019. It’s two opportunities on Monday and Wednesday, where players of all handicaps are welcomed and can make their own history alongside LPGA pros, plus gain insider tips from the pro and how they plan to conquer the course. It’s a scramble format, so there’s no pressure, just fun!
The excitement starts with a player’s reception, so participants will get a chance to meet all the pros in attendance, and after the Pro-Am, they can stick around to enjoy clubhouse tickets and catch all the action during the Pure Silk Championship.
Check out the package details below.
Monday, May 20, Pro-Am Package
One playing spot in the Monday Pro-Am with one LPGA Tour player
Players’ Reception after the Pro-Am with LPGA professionals in attendance
Accommodations in a resort guest room on Sunday, May 19th
Onsite practice round at Kingsmill on Sunday, May 19th (Tee times to be determined)
Pro-Am Participant Badge and one Guest Badge (Weekly access to the tournament, Wednesday – Sunday, for Clubhouse and Grounds)• Eight Single Day Clubhouse Tickets
One preferred parking pass, valid Monday – Wednesday• Exclusive tournament gift package
Autographed team photo
Wednesday, May 22, Pro-Am Package
One playing spot in the Wednesday Pro-Am with two LPGA Tour players
Invitation for one and a guest to the Tuesday evening Pairings Party (May 21st)
Pro-Am Participant Badge and one Guest Badge (Weekly access to the tournament, Wednesday – Sunday, for Clubhouse and Grounds)
Ten Single Day Clubhouse Tickets
One preferred parking pass, valid Monday – Wednesday• An exclusive tournament gift package
Autographed team photo
F or more information or to register, contact Kristen Ward, Kristen.firstname.lastname@example.org, 757-253-3990.
About Kingsmill Resort
Kingsmill Resort is Virginia’s Only AAA Four Diamond condominium resort. Located on the James River off I-64 between Richmond and Norfolk the property is within minutes from Williamsburg’s numerous destinations including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, The College of William & Mary, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.
BOYNE Golf: Experience the “Great Escape” to America’s Summer Golf Capital
All-inclusive unlimited golf package is America’s best golfing value in Northern Michigan
Petoskey, MI – If quality and quantity of great golf help define a premier golf experience, then make sure to visit one of the leading golf destinations providing those elements, Boyne Resorts in northern Michigan, America’s Summer Golf Capital.
Boyne Resorts, collectively one of the largest golf and resort attractions in North America and featuring one of the Best Golf Resorts in the America’s by Golf Digest, is a trio of resort destinations with 10 golf courses, all within a 45-minute drive of one another. And the best way to experience this quality and quantity of great golf is through an unrivaled all-inclusive golf vacation package – BOYNE Golf’s Great Escape.
The “Great Escape Golf Vacation” started over 30-years ago as a way to entice golfers to visit northern Michigan on extended-stay golf trips. Over the decades, it evolved and became North America’s best golfing value and the perfect destination for a buddies’ golf trip, couple’s golf getaway, or simply a golf escape with friends.
The Great Escape satisfies the golf appetite for all and includes five-nights lodging at Boyne Highlands Resort or Boyne Mountain Resort (Sunday check-in/Friday check-out), welcome reception, gift package, breakfasts and dinners daily, and UNLIMITED golf on seven of BOYNE Golf’s championship courses at Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain, and Crooked Tree.
Boyne Highlands offers up the National Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), The Heather, designed by Hall of Fam designer Robert Trent Jones Sr., as well as the Donald Ross Memorial, Arthur Hills and the Moor courses. Boyne Mountain features the Mountain and Alpine courses. Crooked Tree Golf Club near Bay Harbor is also a scenic option.
Golfers also have the option to custom-build the package. They can select which golf courses to play, including Boyne’s flagship property, Bay Harbor Golf Club. Choose from a variety of dining options (Boyne Country Club, Bay Harbor Golf Club or Young American’s Dinner Theatre), as well as obtain Odawa Casino gaming vouchers, merchandise packages, spa treatments, custom club fitting, and instruction. It all can be built into a one week Great Escape.
The package pricing starts at $949 per person and runs for 19 weeks during the golf season from May 7 through Sept. 15.
Boyne Resorts has been named among the Best Golf Resorts in the America’s by Golf Digest and one of North America’s “Premier Resorts” (Gold) by GOLF Magazine. The Inn at Bay HarborandBay Harbor Golf Club, Boyne’s flagship properties, feature 27 holes with three golf course combinations designed by Arthur Hills (Links/Quarry, Quarry/Preserve, and Preserve/Links), and one of the most beautiful and iconic hotels in America, all set along a scenic five-mile stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline.
Boyne Highlands, rated the No. 1 Golf Resort for Value by Golf.com, features 72 holes of premier golf design. The Heather was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., while the Hills Course was crafted by Arthur Hills. In addition, the resort features The Donald Ross Memorial, which is a rendition of the legendary architect’s great holes from around the country, and the always-fun Moor course. The Highlands is the perfect buddy trip destination for golfers who like to play as many holes as they can during the long summer daylight hours northern Michigan features.
Boyne Mountain not only features two fun 18-hole courses (The Monument and Alpine), along with the charming Mountain Grand Lodge & Spa, it is also the leading family friendly golf destination in the region with the Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, junior golf camps, and various kid golf programs. Golf Digest named Boyne Mountain one of its “Top-10 Destinations for Family Golf Trips.”
Beyond golf, Boyne is centered amid one of America’s most beautiful vacation spots. The scenic Lake Michigan beach towns of Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, and Petoskey are minutes away, and a side trip to Mackinac Island is easily managed. Guests can enjoy award-winning spas, waterfront dining, sandy beaches, watersports, gaming, microbreweries, wineries, hiking, biking, tennis, zip-lining, shopping and more capped by the spectacular northern Michigan sunsets. For more information, visit BOYNEGolf.com.
Nicklaus Course at Bay Point Golf Club Set to Re-Open Following Hurricane Michael Cleanup
Premier Destination Golf Course Features New Greens and Bunkers
Panama City Beach, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2019) – Bay Point Golf Club at Sheraton Bay Point Resort and KemperSports announce The Nicklaus Course at Bay Point will re-open for public play on March 1, 2019, following extensive cleanup and repairs from Hurricane Michael. As the only Nicklaus Design in Northwest Florida and one of the premier destination golf experiences in the Florida Panhandle, the course presents newly renovated greens and bunkers.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the work our team has put in at Bay Point to get The Nicklaus Course back into playing shape,” said golf general manager, Ryan Mulvey. “It has been a very difficult time for our community since the storm hit in October, but this golf course has been a real rallying point for our team and the work we’ve done has helped provide a sense of normalcy for all of us.”
Hurricane Michael hit Panama City and the eastern tip of Panama City Beach where Bay Point is located as a Category 4 storm. Cleanup of the Nicklaus Course included the removal of trees, extensive debris removal and repairs to the clubhouse and cart storage facility. Clean-up and debris removal continue at the almost 50-year-old Meadows Course.
Prior to the storm, the overhaul of The Nicklaus Course, which began June 25, 2018, included the conversion of all 18 greens from Tif-Dwarf Bermuda grass to Ultra-Dwarf Tif-Eagle Bermuda, creating more consistent putting surfaces with a better tolerance for lower mowing heights and faster green speeds year-round. Twenty-three renovated green-side bunkers complement the greens and include sand and drainage throughout, promoting a better playing experience from around the greens
Originally designed by Bruce Devlin in 1986 (as Lagoon Legends) and renovated by Nicklaus Design in 2005, Bay Point Golf Club is the only Nicklaus Design golf course in Northwest Florida. The par-72 Nicklaus Design championship layout stretches over 7,100 yards from the back tees with a challenging course rating of 74.3 and slope of 143. The course has hosted numerous regional and local events, including the USGA U.S. Open Qualifier in 2016. Bay Point Golf Club is also a home course of the Florida State University Women’s Golf Team.
Bay Point Golf Club is owned by Torchlight Investments, LLC and managed by Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports.
As a quintessential Florida vacation destination, Sheraton Bay Point Resort, is nestled along the historic St. Andrews Bay, creating a distinct coastal experience as the only AAA Four Diamond rated hotel in Panama City Beach. Speckled by palm trees, pines and moss-draped oaks, the 320-room resort features a modern design, five dining options, 60,000 sq. ft. of event and meeting space, a private bay beach, two pools as well as a full service spa, tennis courts, watersports, boating to Shell Island and the only Nicklaus Design course in Northwest Florida. Following Hurricane Michael, the property is currently closed and making preparations to welcome guests back to the celebrated resort. For more information, please visit www.SheratonBayPoint.com or connect with Sheraton Bay Point Resort on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn.
Sheraton Bay Point Resort is managed by Crescent Hotels and Resorts and is the only full-service Marriott International property in the region.
PGA Value Guide Debuts New Leaderboard Trade-In Program at 2019 PGA Merchandise Show
(RALEIGH, NC) – PGA Value Guide – the national standard for golf club values – introduces a new Leaderboard Trade-In Program for PGA Professionals designed to provide additional incentives for trading in used and un-hit clubs, at booth #1385 at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida, January 23 – 25, 2019.
The PGA Value Guide helps golfers get the best value for their trade-ins through fair club assessments and additional trade-in incentives. The new program will provide further benefits to PGA Professionals to ensure they are receiving the highest values when trading in their used and un-hit clubs.
Benefits of the Leaderboard Trade-In Program for PGA Professionals include:
2% year-end bonus check for facilities who trade-in $5,000 of equipment in a calendar year
Trade-in day event marketing support, including facility signage
Concierge service to assist in the trade-in process
Price matching and exclusive promotional codes for in-line products
$25 bonus per every $500 of trades
Free shipping on all trades greater than $100
“The PGA Value Guide is already trusted by over 7,000 PGA Professionals to find the fairest price for their used equipment,” says Ed Byman, CEO. “This new program offers additional incentives to ensure our users are receiving maximum value from their trade-ins so they can continue to stock and sell the latest equipment on the market.”
When utilizing the PGA Value Guide Trade-In Network, PGA Professionals also receive a 30% bonus on Un-Hit Clubs, an annual marketing kit, subscription to a digital newsletter and the option to be featured on the PGA Value Guide Facility Locator Map, providing free exposure for their businesses.
Millions of golfers turn to the PGA Value Guide during their search for new and pre-owned golf clubs to ensure they receive the highest overall trade-in value. Users are also able to research and find current promotions, pricing on new and pre-owned equipment, product specifications and reviews, as well as online and offline retailers staffed by PGA members.
Higher introductory price points and longer product lifecycles have resulted in unprecedented trade-in value. In fact, the PGA Value Guide impacted more than $1 billion in golf equipment sales since the inaugural edition in 2004.
GVC is the trusted destination for buying and selling previously played golf equipment at GlobalGolf.com, 3balls.com and TaylorMadeGolfPreOwned.com. Its PGA Value Guide catalogs vast product information, sets industry standards on pricing and is used by millions of golfers to calculate credit or cash for their trade-ins. The value guide’s complementary trade-in network boasts more than 7,000 PGA Professionals who monetize golf club inventory, notably exchanges, demos and un-hit overstock. The company’s websites, including the company’s latest acquisition, upscale apparel retailer FairwayStyles.com, also sell new golf gear. With its global headquarters in Raleigh, NC, GVC employs 130 people, including PGA members and other golf-equipment experts who develop extensive content about product attributes and advise customers about how different types of equipment make them better players. Distribution centers in North Carolina, Utah and the new facility in Mississauga, Ontario total 100,000 square feet and house more than 400,000 units at any given time.
Cordillera Ranch Set to Open State-of-the-Art Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch
Facility to Feature Hitting Bays with Flightscope Launch Monitors, Swing Catalyst 3D Motion Plate
(BOERNE, Texas) – Cordillera Ranch – the Hill Country’s premier luxury golf community – is nearing completion of its Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch and poised to become one of the top instruction facilities in the state.
Designed by renowned architect Jim Terrian, the Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch will feature two bays on the west end of the club’s Practice Park. Each bay – sophisticatedly constructed by industry leader Tim Cutshall – will have a Flightscope Launch Monitor, which provides an innovative combination of 3D Doppler Tracking and image processing. Cutshall, who was recently featured in LINKS Magazine, installed the radar so that it integrates with camera and video data, and provides instructors and students launch characteristics of each shot.
Each bay will also have a three-camera system integrated with the Flightscope Launch Monitor to provide instant feedback on every shot and help instructors develop a custom plan for improvement. Flightscope technology will also improve the Cordillera Ranch instruction staff’s club fitting capabilities.
The Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch is scheduled to open later this spring.
In addition, the Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch will be one of the few facilities in Texas to offer the Swing Catalyst 3D Motion Plate. The flagship swing analysis system provides a unique combination of the state-of-the-art pressure plate technology (Balance Plate) and a highly-advanced force plate. This enables instructors to study detailed foot pressure data and center of pressure patterns. The 3D Motion Plate also provides horizontal and vertical force measurements of the amount of torque and ground reaction forces generated during each swing. This data is invaluable information for analysis throughout the golf swing as the ground is the source of power and energy in the swing. The 3D data is perfectly synchronized with high-speed video images and Flightscope Launch Monitor technology.
“We’re adding the finishing touches to the Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch and eagerly awaiting its unveiling to our members,” says Director of Instruction Bryan Gathright. “All of this incredible technology, combined with our instructors’ passion for making our members better players, certainly makes the future of golf instruction at Cordillera Ranch exciting.”
Set on pristine land in the Texas Hill Country, Cordillera Ranch boasts a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that meanders through valleys and oak-covered terrain. Many holes offer views of the Guadalupe River Valley and feature strategic bunkering, craggy limestone canyons and thought-provoking risk-reward shots. The Dallas Morning News ranked the Cordillera Ranch golf course fourth in its Texas Golf 2018 ranking of the state’s best layouts, and listed the par-3 16th hole among the state’s “Best” and “Most Beautiful” golf holes.
Situated 30 minutes northwest of San Antonio, Cordillera Ranch boasts 0.25-acre villas, one- to 10-plus acre estates, including valley-view, golf course and Guadalupe River frontage, as well as hilltop home sites. Cordillera Ranch’s seven on-site, resort-style amenity clubs – Golf, Tennis and Swim, Spa and Athletic, Social, Rod and Gun, Equestrian and River – are all available under one membership. This trailblazing model continues to attract a wide array of buyers from throughout Texas and the United States.
The Cordillera Ranch clubhouse was recently named the Most Beautiful Clubhouse in Texas by Architectural Digest. Community honors continue to roll in as well, as Where to Retire Magazine named Cordillera Ranch one of the “50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the U.S.,” and San Antonio Magazine tabbed it one of the best neighborhoods in the area.
Considered one of the top addresses in the San Antonio area, Cordillera Ranch continues to grow at an impressive pace – with nearly 800 homes completed (and more than 1,200 lot sales) in the community. At final build-out, Cordillera Ranch will total approximately 2,500 homes and preserve 80% of the land in its natural state.
The year 2018 was an exciting and successful one for Cordillera Ranch. The Vista Office and Visitor Center, housing the offices of Cordillera Ranch Realty, DH Investment Company, Pasadera Builders and the Cordillera Ranch POA administration, recently opened. Additionally, the community is constructing the Lodges at Cordillera Ranch, boutique onsite accommodations for property owners and club members’ guests. The first phase of Lodges will include two units with a total of 10 available rooms and are scheduled for completion by Q2 2019.
Cordillera Ranch is an 8,700-acre master-planned residential community located north of San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country. It offers residents on-site recreational activities and boasts 0.25-acre villas, one- to 10-plus acre estates, including valley view, golf course, Guadalupe River frontage and hilltop home sites.
Residents of the gated community can join The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch, featuring seven resort-style clubs in one location – The Golf Club, The Social Club, The Tennis and Swim Club, The Equestrian Club, The Rod and Gun Club, The Spa and Athletic Club and The River Club. Cordillera Ranch is undertaken by Cordillera Ranch Development Corp., a subsidiary of Texas-based DH Investment Company.
For families with school-aged kids, the community is situated in the prestigious Boerne Independent School District. Newsweek recently ranked both Boerne ISD high schools among the top 3 percent in the country. Also, an education analysis group listed five Boerne ISD elementary schools among the eight best in the San Antonio area, including the top four spots.
And then there’s San Antonio – recently ranked 10th in the Milken Institute’s “Best Performing Cities” list, which evaluates small and large cities by tracking job growth, wage and salary growth, and the size and concentration of high tech industry. Also, the U.S. Census Bureau recently tabbed Boerne as one of the fastest-growing areas in the country.