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Honours Even As The Golf Course at Adare Manor Is Unveiled To The World

HONOURS EVEN AS THE GOLF COURSE AT ADARE MANOR IS UNVEILED TO THE WORLD

Rory McIlroy & Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington & Shane Lowry share the spoils in ceremonial Exhibition Match to officially launch The Golf Course at Adare Manor and announce the return of the JP McManus Pro-Am in 2020

It was honours even as the combined talents of Rory McIlroy & Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington & Shane Lowry cut the ribbon on The Golf Course at Adare Manor, set to quickly become one of the world’s most celebrated layouts.

With each pair returning a four-ball better ball strokeplay total of four-under-par 68, the match was witnessed by 1,500 spectators and marked the official opening of the wholly reconstructed Tom Fazio-designed championship course at Adare Manor. As a result of their joint success, each pair will donate €250,000 to their chosen charities, including The Rory Foundation, The McGinley Foundation, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and the Padraig Harrington Charitable Foundation.

Following the match, the players were quick to praise the quality of the golf course, which will now be fully open for play among members and guests, and complement the recently refurbished Manor House.

Four-time Major Champion, Rory McIlroy, said: “The Golf Course is absolutely incredible. With the weather we’ve had for the last few months, to have a course presented like this is phenomenal, so that’s credit to all of the work of the greens staff over the winter. It was a fantastic day.”

One of the most significant developments in Irish golf in recent years, the Exhibition Match drew much attention from global media, who earlier attended a press conference where it was announced the high-profile JP McManus Pro-Am will return to Adare Manor in 2020. The star-studded occasion, which has previously attracted the likes of 14-time Major winner, Tiger Woods, and World No.1, Dustin Johnson, and raised over €100 million for charity in five previous editions, will take place over The Golf Course at Adare Manor from 6-7 July 2020.

Following a two-year reconstruction commissioned by the ownership of the Adare Manor resort, the McManus Family, The Golf Course at Adare Manor is now open to the golfing world. In bringing to life the 7,509-yard championship layout using practices and products like no other in history, the Fazio Design team has established a course capable of hosting the world’s most prestigious golfing events.

Colm Hannon, Chief Executive Officer of Adare Manor, said: “The Exhibition Match to officially open The Golf Course at Adare Manor has been a huge success and we owe a great deal of thanks to each of the players – Rory, Padraig, Paul and Shane – who have made this such an entertaining and memorable day for all of our guests.

“With the support of the McManus Family, we are also delighted that this occasion will benefit a number of very worthy causes and create an instant legacy for the golf course.”

Bridgestone Golf Launches e6 SOFT Lady Edition

Bridgestone Golf Launches e6 SOFT Lady Edition

Available Nationwide in time for Mother’s Day

(COVINGTON, GA) – Bridgestone Golf – innovator of premium golf balls, clubs and accessories – unveils the e6 SOFT Lady Edition, featuring a pearl white finish and pink Bridgestone marking, side stamp and packaging. The new model is available now at www.bridgestonegolf.com and select retailers nationwide.

The e6 SOFT is among the most popular models in the company’s extensive catalog. It is designed as a high-performance ball with soft feel that produces incredibly straight distance by lowering side spin in drivers and long irons. Control and touch around the green are excellent thanks to advanced mantle and cover properties, while distance and accuracy are further enhanced because Delta Dimple Technology minimizes air resistance.

“Female buying power has increased almost three-fold since we launched the e6 Series and we wanted to make sure we are providing options that meet the preferences of a wide variety of golfers,” says Elliot Mellow, Golf Ball Marketing. “Unlike competitors, we don’t advocate that most recreational golfers play a Tour level ball, rather we engineered the e6 series to benefit players looking to hit more fairways thanks to a more forgiving golf ball.”

The e6 series, consisting of the e6 SOFT and e6 SPEED, is designed to help players find the fairway more frequently in order to set up scoring opportunities. They are ideal for mid-level golfers seeking outstanding performance in a variety of areas. While both are engineered to provide accuracy by reducing side spin, the e6 SOFT caters to players seeking a specific feel, while the e6 SPEED is built for distance.

Beyond the e6, Bridgestone Golf designs a diverse portfolio of golf balls to meet the needs of all players, including the TOUR B X, TOUR B XS, TOUR B RX, TOUR B RXS, Extra Soft and Lady. More information on the company’s ball, club and accessories offerings are available at www.bridgestonegolf.com.

In order to help customers find the perfect ball for their games, Bridgestone offers two quick, easy and comprehensive fitting options:

  • BFIT Golf Ball Fitting App – Free to download, the app turns the iPhone into a mobile launch monitor by utilizing the camera to analyze the user’s swing and recommend the best Bridgestone ball for his or her game.
  • New Online Fitting Tool – Available at www.bridgestonegolf.com, it accommodates the full spectrum of players. The “Quick Fit” option easily determines the best ball for novices while the in-depth “I Know My Game” presents detailed questions to assist experienced golfers to find the perfect fit. The “I’ve Been Measured” path allows users to input launch monitor data, ensuring the most accurate recommendation possible.

Bridgestone Golf’s professional staff includes 14-time Major Championship winner Tiger Woods, FedExCup champion Brandt Snedeker, Olympics bronze medalist Matt Kuchar, Masters winner Fred Couples, rising stars Bryson DeChambeau and LPGA stars Lexi Thompson and Cheyenne Woods.

About Bridgestone Golf

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

More information: bridgestonegolf.com.

Big Max Wins Third Straight Golf Digest Editors Choice Awards

 

BIG MAX WINS THIRD STRAIGHT GOLF DIGEST EDITORS CHOICE AWARDS WITH NEW BLADE IP

With the latest generation of its ‘Game Changing’ Fold Flat technology, BIG MAX has secured a Three-Peat of Golf Digest Editor’s Choice Awards for Best Push Cart

BIG MAX, Europe’s No.1 push cart brand is celebrating a Three-Peat of accolades in the Golf Digest Editor’s Choice Award for ‘Best Club Transport – Push Cart,’ with the new BLADE IP push cart taking the 2018 title.

Following the success of the AUTOFOLD FF in 2016 and BLADE Quattro in 2017, the BLADE IP had a lot to live up to. But with an advancement in BIG MAX Fold Flat technology and addition of innovative new features, the BLADE IP impressed the Golf Digest editors and delivered the recognition that had been earned by its game changing predecessors.

Upon learning of the award, Thomas Reiter, owner of BIG MAX commented, “From our previous success with the AUTOFOLD FF and BLADE Quattro we know that U.S. golfers and the U.S. media love our Fold Flat technology. So when we designed the BLADE IP with an improved mechanism and the flattest fold yet, we were very excited to show it to the world. We knew that the team had developed something very special, so to have Golf Digest recognize the developments is incredibly satisfying for me and a real reward for the hard work that the whole team has put in.”

The success of all three of BIG MAX’s award winning carts is based around the folded size. And with the BLADE IP coming in at a just 34 ½” x 24 ½“ and an incredible depth of less than 5” it is the Flattest of the BIG MAX carts and hands down, the most easily stored and transported push cart on the market.

The BLADE IP is as practical on the fairways as it is for transport and storage. Multiple features such as double foot brake, integrated drink holder and storage compartment in the handle, along with ball, tee and double scorecard holder, keep all a golfers’ necessities close to hand. Multiple Quick Lok and Quick Fix bases finish the package, ready to take any BIG MAX accessory such as umbrella holder, GPS holder, or sand bottle holder.

When the BLADE IP hits the stores in May, it will be the latest in the line of Game Changing Carts from BIG MAX and following this endorsement from Golf Digest is set to get more U.S. golfers walking the course than ever before.

Available in Black, Black/Lime, White, White/Lime, Phantom/Red, the BLADE IP retails at $349.99 and will be in stores from May 2018. For more information please visit www.us.bigmaxgolf.com

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About BIG MAX

BIG MAX has been Europe’s #1 push cart brand for over 15 years following the unprecedented success of the world’s first 3 wheel push cart the Ti1000. Available in virtually every country that plays golf, BIG MAX is a name that has become associated with quality and innovation. It’s most recent advancement, Fold Flat technology, has seen BIG MAX pioneer push carts that fold down completely flat, in some cases to less than 5” deep. BIG MAX has furthered its reputation for innovation with its AQUA and DRI LITE technology that in the last quarter of 2017 matched BIG MAX push carts by becoming #1 golf bag and travel cover brand in Germany, a traditional marker for # 1 in in continental Europe.

Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany, announces inaugural Weiskopf Invitational

The golf course at The Club at Castiglion del Bosco, Europe’s finest golf and wine experience. (photo credit – Aidan Bradley)
Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany, announces inaugural Weiskopf Invitational
– New golf event marks 45th anniversary of Tom Weiskopf’s 1973 Open victory –
– Celebrated course architect returns to his only Continental European design –
– Members & Guests invited to exclusive event at Italy’s only private golf club –
(Montalcino, Italy – April 4, 2018) The Club at Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany, has announced the inaugural Weiskopf Invitational, a new golf event to be hosted by former Open Champion and acclaimed course architect Tom Weiskopf.
The exclusive two-day event will mark the 45th anniversary of Weiskopf’s Open victory, one of five titles he won during an extraordinary season that elevated him to among the top three players in the world.
It will also serve as a homecoming to Castiglion del Bosco, Weiskopf’s only course design in Continental Europe and regarded as a landscape masterpiece.
David Waters, General Manager of The Club at Castiglion del Bosco, said: “Opened in 2011, the golf course at Castiglion del Bosco is one of the finest private courses in Europe. The genius of Tom’s design is that the holes are naturally blended into the soft curves and contours of the hills and grasslands. As Tom himself said, ‘It looks as if the course has been there 100 years’.”
David Waters continued: “We are honored that Tom will be returning to Tuscany to host this prestigious international event, which will become an annual fixture for members, guests and invitees.”
The Weiskopf Invitational is one of a series of exclusive international golf and wine events around the world hosted by Castiglion del Bosco’s founders and proprietors, Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo.
Tom Weiskopf said: “It’s an honor to be hosting this event and I am very much looking forward to returning to Castiglion del Bosco, playing some golf with the members and spending time with my wife, Laurie, in what is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
“It was a privilege to work with Massimo Ferragamo to create a golf course on this very special estate. The Tuscan landscape has everything an architect would wish for: mature trees, undulation and water features. It turned out to be a spectacular golf course.”
The Club at Castiglion del Bosco is Italy’s only private golf club, offering members Europe’s finest golf and wine experiences, including privileged access to the estate’s winery, producer of prestigious Brunello wines.
Golf and wine go hand-in-hand at Castiglion del Bosco and the golf course includes a short 19th challenge hole, The Brunello Hole, where members play for a Magnum of Brunello before retiring to the clubhouse.
The Weiskopf Invitational will take place May 18-19, 2018.

V1 Sports Introduces New and Improved iOS Golf App for Golfers

V1 Sports Introduces New and Improved iOS Golf App for Golfers

Leading golf swing video analysis platform delivers innovative new app to help golfers improve their game.

Ann Arbor, MI – V1 Sports (V1), producers of the leading golf video instruction technology platform for teaching pros and golfers, has released a new V1 Golf IOS App and it is receiving rave reviews from golfers across the globe.

The V1 team listened intently to their customers and is confident that the V1 Golf 2.1 app builds upon the functionality that makes it the most-awarded swing analyzer app in the world.

“The new release is an example of our passion for empowering instructors and golfers to be their best,” Chris McGinley, CEO of V1 Sports, said. “By asking the right questions and listening closely to our users, we continue to help them improve.”

Targeted at golfers, the new release is the largest update since the app debuted in 2010 and is loaded with enhanced features and a new user interface that better facilitates golf instruction and mobile learning.

The new app helps golfers capture their swing on video and share it with their V1 teaching pro, so that they can receive digital lessons and instruction at home, on the range, or on the road. The app allows V1 instructors to deliver lessons created with V1’s Pro software that include video, telestration, voiceover and content directly to their students’ mobile device.

The V1 Golf app also allows the golfer to have fun learning by analyzing their swing using the tools and content. In addition, the V1 Golf Plus subscription allows golfers access to one of the largest libraries of tour swings for comparison and exclusive tips and drills.

Long time users and newcomers alike are giving the release two thumbs up.

“V1 Golf App 2.1 is terrific…record your swing, edit the video, then analyze it with a variety of helpful tools. For those of us who work on improving our game. I don’t know how it gets any better than the new V1 golf app,” said one user testimonial.

Another said: “Wow, I haven’t used everything yet, but man it looks fantastic! Trimming was awesome, and playback was in portrait or landscape. I’m very happy so far!”

The first thing users will notice about the V1 Golf 2.1 app is an updated video manager. A cleaner, more intuitive design that keeps swing videos and lessons better organized.

V1 users are dedicated to the game of golf, and V1 has created new tag, search and sort functions that help users navigate the swing videos they store.

One of V1’s avid users summed it up best: “I love the new and improved update. Perfect to store your swings and lessons. With access to PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour player swings, it’s a must have for everyone looking to improve and keep track of their golf game.”

About V1 Sports

Founded in 1995, V1 Sports (V1) is the leader in video swing analysis software. The V1 Golf game improvement platform delivers golf instruction by connecting golf professionals and golfers to improve performance. V1 is recognized as the pioneer in delivering seamless video lessons with integrated telestration and voiceover. V1 products capture, review and analyze swing video for the creation and sharing of golf lessons and instruction content. To date V1 has delivered over three million internet video lessons by its more than 6,000 PGA golf professionals, including many Top 100 instructors. V1 Pro HD software is used by the most respected coaches, instructors, athletes and training facilities around the world. The V1 Golf App also enjoys worldwide leadership among consumers as evidenced by millions of downloads. In 2016 and 2017 Golf Digest ranked V1 the No. 1 Video Analysis Software in its category. Visit www.v1sports.com. Follow V1 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/V1Sports and on Twitter @v1sports.

NextLinks Joins “Shot in the Dark” Project at Indian Wells Golf Resort

 

NextLinks Joins “Shot in the Dark” Project at Indian Wells Golf Resort

Indian Wells, Calif. – NextLinks, one of the golf industry’s hottest trends in the effort to grow participation through fun-based accessibility at non-traditional venues, is pleased to announce its strategic involvement in the “Shot in the Dark” nighttime golf experience which recently broke ground at the award-winning Indian Wells Golf Resort (Indian Wells, Calif.).

Soon, the picturesque nine-hole Putting Course at Indian Wells will be illuminated nightly with colored lasers projecting an entertaining array of NextLinks putting games. Learning golf can be intimidating for non-golfers, so NextLinks is introducing putting games aimed at breaking down these barriers while maintaining authentic playability for serious golfers. Think of games like “Golf Horse,” “Golf Darts,” “Golf Shuffleboard,” and “Golf Corn Hole.” Click on the link to view a simulated rendition of the project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJqF–hkF70&app=desktop

The complete “Shot in the Dark” experience at Indian Wells– which is on pace to debut with a soft opening in late April/early May — will include music, a full-service outdoor bar, a chef-curated food truck operation and a driving range adorned with 20-ft inflatable, glow-in-the-dark targets that react with lights and sound effects when struck by glow-in-the-dark golf balls.

NextLinks announced its presence as a key player in the “alternate golf experience” arena by showcasing its groundbreaking indoor/outdoor golf technology and business concepts at the recent PGA Merchandise Show. The golf experience is driven by proprietary software that seamlessly blends golf simulator play with realistic short game shots and putting on expertly-designed artificial putting greens, as well as outdoor venues on real putting surfaces.

“The golf industry is about to see Indian Wells shatter the paradigm of how and when a golf operation can give its clientele a five-star experience,” says NextLinks president and CEO Dave Shultz. “When it’s too dark to play the two top-ranked golf courses at Indian Wells, the practice area comes alive. For non-golfers, it’s a party zone that presents the game in a fun and unintimidating way. For serious golfers, it’s a cool way to enjoy real golf in a setting that’s never existed before.”

Indian Wells general manager Steve Rosen is anxious to see what expanding the concept of “golfable hours” will do for the bottom line at the famed 36-hole golf property. “We expect this new ‘entertainment zone’ to become a major nighttime attraction for the resort and the entire Coachella Valley, not just golfers and guests at Indian Wells,” Rosen says.

Rosen also sees “Shot in the Dark” as a popular venue for group business. “Large golf groups who want to continue the competition among friends or corporate meetings looking for a fun way to promote team building, will find this nighttime golf entertainment spot a truly unique and one of a kind experience.”

The NextLinks golf experience is powered by its proprietary skill differentiated games and Pinpoint Spotlight Technology. The system simultaneously tracks multiple players’ places in various games while guiding them through play with colored lasers projected on to the green. “I always pictured the prototypical NextLinks venue indoors, but this Indian Wells project, using existing infrastructure at a world-renowned golf resort is an eye-opener,” Shultz says. “The combinations and variety of games we’ll offer is vast because we’ve electronically mapped the entire nine-hole putting course, which already had awesome design features. The games will play quite differently depending where you are on the putting course.”

Players will be able to choose to play NextLinks-powered games (by the hour) from a touch-screen menu then play them on the real-grass Putting Course.

Rosen approached the NextLinks team looking to create a “Top Golf-like attraction” at Indian Wells. “We’re serious about engaging younger people who can potentially become our next generation of golfers and traditional golf programming simply isn’t enough to attract them to the game,” Rosen says. “Shot in the Dark brings the energy of a sports bar or popular lounge right to the heart of our golf resort, which is surrounded by four hotel properties (with a total of 1,500 rooms).”

While Indian Wells is the first traditional golf course operation to use NextLinks technology, Shultz does not think it will be the last. “Golf courses everywhere are looking for ways to make their venues fun and to keep golfers engaged there for longer hours. Indian Wells is about to show them exactly how it’s done,” he says. “Not every “Grow the Game” initiative has to be a loss-leader. You can bring new people to the game while growing your core revenue streams with solutions that fit your budget. I think Shot in the Dark is going to prove that in a big way.”

For more information on this project, visit www.nextlinks.com and http://www.indianwellsgolfresort.com/.

About NextLinks

In the Spring of 2015, David Shultz, a veteran technologist, followed his passion for golf and began working to realize his vision for NextLinks and REALiTEE Golf, immersive golf experiences designed to make golf accessible to beginners as well as seasoned golfers. Shultz spent more than two decades as an electrical engineer and operations executive at General Electric. As an aviation electronics technician in the United States Navy, Shultz discovered a knack for problem solving on the avionics systems of A-6 and F/A-18 aircrafts. The seasoned technologist was also a key team member on the Boeing 787 development project while at General Electric. NextLinks is a fully scalable business opportunity meaning venue owners with 850 square-feet of space up to 100,000 can license this unique golf entertainment platform and develop a fun alternative golf experience. Using proprietary software that seamlessly blends golf simulator play with realistic short game play and putting on expertly-designed putting greens, NextLinks revolutionizes indoor golf for participants of any skill level. Visit www.Nextlinks.com.

Follow Nextlinks at www.facebook.com/NextLinksGolf as well as on Twitter and Instagram: @nextlinksgolf.

TeeTime Tuesdays from Myrtle Beach on Facebook LIVE

Join the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, Myrtle Beach Oceanfront on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. (EST) for TeeTime Tuesdays on Facebook LIVE (@DoubletreeMYR).  We’ll spend 10-15 minutes showcasing top-rated area courses, chatting about golf trends and covering what’s happening on the Tour.

Here’s a schedule of where we’ll be through May:

  • Tuesday April 10th– Legends Heathland Course
  • Tuesday April 17th– Founders @ Pawleys Plantation
  • Tuesday April 24th– Legends Heritage
  • Tuesday May 1st– Founders @ Myrtlewood
  • Tuesday May 8th– Legends Parkland Course
  • Tuesday May 15th– Founders @ Myrtle Beach National
  • Tuesday May 22nd– Legends Moorland Course
  • Tuesday May 29th– Founders @ TPC Myrtle Beach

Considered by many as the golf capital of the world, Myrtle Beach offers exceptional play at a multitude of championship courses for players of varying skill levels. The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, Myrtle Beach offers overnight hotel guests golf privileges at 27 of the most desirable, difficult and scenic courses in the area.

PITCHFIX FUSION 2.5 NAMED “BEST DIVOT REPAIR TOOL” BY GOLF DIGEST

PITCHFIX FUSION 2.5 NAMED “BEST DIVOT REPAIR TOOL” BY GOLF DIGEST

NEW YORK (April 4, 2018) – Pitchfix, the global market leader in switchblade divot tools, announced its Fusion 2.5 was named “Best Divot Repair Tool” by Golf Digest in its 2018 Editors’ Choice Awards for the second consecutive year.

The Fusion 2.5 makes ball mark repairs easier for golfers and continues to help reduce pitch mark repair damage to greens. Pitchfix’s patented technology featuring a pronged metal retractable system out performs all other divot repair tools.

“The fusion 2.5 is without a doubt the best ball mark fixer I’ve ever used,” said former PGA Tour and Champions Tour member, Chip Beck, a three-time U.S. Ryder Cup Team member and current Pitchfix Ambassador. “I like to repair my ball mark and several others each time I walk on a green and the Pitchfix Fusion 2.5 enables me to do it quickly and efficiently.”

Like all other Pitchfix products, the Fusion 2.5 is highly customizable for promotional gifts and corporate branding. Currently, Pitchfix products are available at many top U.S. retail outlets such as PGA Tour Superstores and green grass pro shops. For more information please visit www.pitchfixusa.com.

“We are honored that Golf Digest has again named the Fusion 2.5 the best divot repair tool available for a second consecutive year,” said Bart Fokke, CEO of Pitchfix. “We’ve worked hard to make the Fusion 2.5 a great tool for golfers throughout the United States and around the world. “

Among the features offered in the Fusion 2.5 are ABS rubberized handle for soft touch and grip, removable one inch ball marker, built in pencil sharpener, specifically designed for those small diameter golf pencils and broken tees, and 14 color options.

About Pitchfix

Founded in 2005, Pitchfix is the market leader for switchblade divot tools and other golf related products in Europe and Asia. It is renowned for its high standards in design and product quality. It aims to be the market leader in divot tools and other golf related products in the United States by designing, manufacturing and distributing an ever-growing line of high quality and innovative European designed products through selected U.S. distribution partners.

Pitchfix currently offers an array of diverse and innovative products for golfers worldwide: Fusion 2.5 Divot Tool; Fusion Single Pin Divot Tool; Original Divot Tool; Twister 2.0 Divot Tool; Classic Divot Tool; Hybrid Divot Tool; XL 2.0 Divot Tool; Alignmee Marker Alignment Tool and Hatclip Ball Marker.

Pitchfix currently has operational and manufacturing facilities in Hong Kong, China, the Netherlands and the U.S. In the U.S. the company recently opened three fulfillment centers with five customer facing/support employees to facilitate custom order processing and fulfillment. Custom orders are fulfilled within two to eight days of receipt. For further information go to www.pitchfixusa.com.

Twenty-Eight Teams Will Compete in 20th Annual Palmetto High School Golf Championship

Caledonia Golf and Fish Club Review
The fourteenth at Caledonia is a 415 yard par 4.

 

Twenty-Eight High School Golf Teams Prepare to Compete in 20th Annual Palmetto High School Golf Championship

Teams From 9 States, Including California and Texas, are Traveling to Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Twenty-eight teams from nine states are poised to play in the 20th annual Palmetto High School Golf Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C., March 29-31.

The 54-hole, college style event begins on Thursday with a qualifying round at True Blue Golf Club. Based on qualifying scores, teams will be flighted for 36 holes of stroke play competition.

Friday and Saturday rounds will be played at True Blue and Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, both of which are ranked among America’s top 100 public courses.

The field is highlighted by Boiling Springs (S.C.) High School and its No. 1 player, Trent Phillips, the fifth ranked junior boy in America, according to Golfweek.

Current PGA Tour players Rickie Fowler, the 2006 champion, and Harris English are among the Palmetto’s distinguished alums.

Caledonia is ranked 29th on Golf Magazine’s list of the Top 100 You Can Play, a ranking of America’s best public courses, and True Blue is 77th on the prestigious list. Both layouts are Mike Strantz designs that offer distinct, yet equally dramatic and memorable experiences.

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. A round at True Blue, while completely different from a design perspective, is no less captivating. 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.

For more information, go to www.PalmettoHSGolf.com.

 

NCAA Final Four Fun Awaits University of Michigan Fans in San Antonio

NCAA Final Four Fun Awaits University of Michigan Fans in San Antonio

San Antonio, TX (March 26, 2018) – March Madness has descended on the Alamo City, and there will be plenty of on and off-the-court action for Wolverine fans to enjoy during the NCAA Men’s Final Four from March 31 – April 2.

Final Four matchups will take place in San Antonio’s newly renovated Alamodome, which recently welcomed $60 million in upgrades to offer a superior fan experience. Renovations include enhanced video and surround sound, upgraded Wi-Fi coverage, brighter lighting and an expanded concessions concourse. The Alamodome’s H-E-B Plaza features 37,000 square feet of event space and will be a must-see for exciting pre-game activities.

As a top travel destination, San Antonio offers incredible attractions such as its five Spanish Colonial missions, including The Alamo, which are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The world-famous River Walk is now 15 miles long and offers opportunities for river barge tours, hiking, biking and kayaking. Thrill-seekers can get their adrenaline fixes at SeaWorld San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas, while Morgan’s Wonderland, a theme park designed with special needs in mind, offers fun for all ages and abilities. For those who enjoy pairing basketball with a bit of culture, the Broadway Cultural Corridor is home to some of San Antonio’s finest museums including the San Antonio Museum of Art, The Witte Museum, The DoSeum, and the McNay Art Museum, plus the San Antonio Zoo and the San Antonio Botanical Garden.

San Antonio is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year and was recently named one of the “Best Destinations in the World” for 2018 by “National Geographic Traveler” for its rich culture, incredible cuisine, year-round events and abundance of entertainment and attractions.

Here’s a sampling of what’s in store for your NCAA Final Four getaway to San Antonio:

NCAA Final Four Fan Activities

The NCAA and the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee will host several free and low-cost fan events during Final Four weekend. At the Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One fans can enjoy interactive sports activities, special performances, photo ops, prizes, autograph sessions and more. The March Madness Music Festival, presented by AT&T, Coke and Capital One, will feature free concerts on two stages from top national performing artists. On Reese’s Final Four Friday on March 30 at the Alamodome, fans can watch all the Final Four teams practice, hear from each head coach and stay for the National Association of Basketball Coaches Reese’s College All-Star game to see top student athletes from around the country play on the Final Four Court. Final Four Dribble presented by Buick is a free event at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 1, where thousands of children will dribble through San Antonio’s downtown streets. For additional details on all of these Final Four events, please visit ncaa.com/finalfour.

Theme Park Thrills

Six Flags Fiesta Texas will be open to Final Four fans who want to catch some thrills before the big games. A wonderland of sky-scraping rides, water attractions and live shows, Six Flags Fiesta Texas is the “Thrill Capital of South Texas.” The theme park offers rides and adventures for all ages. Check the website for park hours.

Aquatica San Antonio, SeaWorld’s Waterpark™, will debut its new high-speed racing water slide, Taumata Racer® this spring. Named for a famous hill in New Zealand, Taumata Racer allows riders to zoom downhill head first on foam bodysurfing mats in one of six side-by-side lanes. Plus, don’t miss SeaWorld San Antonio’s newest roller coaster, Wave Breaker™: The Rescue Coaster, inspired by SeaWorld’s more than 30,000 animal rescues.

Culinary Hotspots

In October 2017, San Antonio was designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy for its multicultural culinary heritage and vibrant dining scene, which has evolved from “Tex-Mex” to “Tex-Next.”

At Pearl, a former 1800’s brewery reincarnated as a bustling mixed-use community, visitors will find the third campus of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. Tucked among the area’s picturesque green space and unique retail shops are more than 20 acclaimed restaurants, a craft brewery, coffee shops and cocktail and wine bars.

Just minutes from downtown and all of the NCAA action, lies the Southtown neighborhood, which offers a bustling culinary scene among an eclectic mix of hip art galleries intermingled with the charming 1800s German architecture of the King William neighborhood. Longtime dining favorites such as Taco Haven and the Guenther House are sidled up against newer eateries such as Italian hotspot Battalion and the laid back Friendly Spot.

Craft Brews & Cocktails

San Antonio has a colorful history as a beer city, once serving as home to several large breweries including Lone Star and Pearl. Today, the city is home to an evolving collection of craft breweries. Near downtown, you’ll find Alamo Brewery where beer is brewed just a half mile from its namesake, bicycle and pedestrian-friendly Blue Star Brewing Company, HighWheel, which produces beer inspired by flavors around the world, boundary-pushing Freetail and Southerleigh at Pearl.

You’ll find an abundance of margaritas worth writing home about in San Antonio, but for those seeking to explore beyond tequila and lime, the city offers a variety of unique cocktail bars. Paramour offers stunning views paired with playful cocktails. At Haunt at the historic St. Anthony Hotel, each drink is named for a spirit of the property’s past. For bespoke cocktails served in settings reminiscent of bygone eras, Juniper Tar, The Brooklynite and Bohanan’s Bar fit the bill.

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