Pro Golfer David Games To Teach At Long Beach Rec Park Course

Professional Golfer, David Games, Returns to Long Beach to Teach at Recreation Park Golf Course

November 17, 2011 Long Beach, CA –  David Games, the accomplished junior golfer from Bellflower, California, has recently returned to southern California and is now providing golf instruction at Recreation Park Golf Course, 5001 Deukmejian Drive,
Long Beach, CA 90804.

Before coming back to California, Games had been touring throughout the U.S. and Britain, playing in professional tournaments including Nationwide Tour events; PGA Tour, U.S. and British Open qualifying events; SCPGA events and on mini tours.
“I’m happy to be back where it all started for me,” Games said.  “I grew up playing golf in the Long Beach area, where junior programs were heavily supported by the golf community. I have a real fondness for this area, and hope to be able to give back through my teaching and coaching.”

Games started playing at the Compton Par-3 Golf Course at the age of 6. He won his first tournament when he was 9 years old at Little Rec and went to the finals of the Long Beach City Match Play at Big Rec when he was 13 years old. He earned a full athletic scholarship to Stanford University, where he competed from 1978-1982, and made all Pac-10.

Games believes that his successful record as a competitor brings a unique learning experience to his students.  “I think my passion for the game, and the wide range of experiences I’ve had as a competing professional, will help my students have an appreciation for the game,” Games continues.  “Plus, I believe a great way for golfers to improve their skills is to learn from a skilled player.”

In addition to teaching at Rec Park, Games intends to play a schedule of tournaments in 2012, and compete in Champions Tour Qualifying School in the Fall of 2012.

Lessons can be scheduled with Games by calling or texting 831-241-2363. For more information, visit http://www.recparkgolfschool.com.

To schedule an interview or request additional information, contact Cheryl Games at 831-241-2364, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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FALDO GOLF INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES INSTALLATION OF TRACKMAN PRO AT ORLANDO, FLORIDA LOCATION

FALDO GOLF INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES INSTALLATION OF TRACKMAN PRO AT ORLANDO, FLORIDA LOCATION

ORLANDO, Fla. – November 14, 2011…The acclaimed Faldo Golf Institute (FGI) by Marriott, one of the nation’s leading golf schools created by legendary Six-Time Major Champion Sir Nick Faldo, today announced that TrackMan Pro has been installed at the Orlando, Fla., facility, located at Marriott’s Grande Vista resort.
Using Doppler radar – the same technology employed by the military for tracking missiles – TrackMan analyzes the golf swing and entire flight of the ball from impact to landing, displaying the ball’s 3D trajectory in real time, while delivering 22 swing and ball flight parameters/data points on every shot.

TrackMan Pro, which features TrackMan Performance Studio software, will be incorporated into FGI’s golf programming, as the team of Faldo certified instructors will utilize the system for video and numerical swing analysis.  All Faldo certified instructors will be fully trained on TrackMan capabilities, including instruction, fitting, and skill-assessment best practices, to ensure the new technology is properly integrated into the curriculum, as TrackMan’s two software packages are considered the industry standard for precision, stability and ease of use.   

“We are thrilled to install the TrackMan Pro system at the Orlando facility, further enhancing what is already an incredible golf instructional experience,” said Bill Nault, Vice President, Marriott Golf.  “Our team of certified instructors and students of all skill levels will benefit from the most sophisticated swing analysis technology in the marketplace.”

TrackMan Pro is the choice of the PGA Tour, USGA and R&A for swing and ball flight analysis.  A staple on professional tours, with leading club fitters, manufacturers, retailers, universities, academies, instructors, players and broadcast TV, TrackMan Pro is considered the industry standard for accuracy, flexibility, reliability and ease of use.

Recognized by Golf Digest as one of America’s 100 Best Clubfitters, the renowned Clubfitter’s WorkshopTM is offered so each student is properly fit with equipment that will help them reach their full potential.  Randy Doucette, hand-picked by Sir Nick Faldo himself, has served as the Master Clubfitter at the Orlando, Fla., location since its inception, and has worked closely with many Tour players and celebrities to ensure they are equipped with a properly fit set of clubs when teeing it up.  The addition of TrackMan Pro adds a new dynamic to the club fitting experience.

“Trackman is the tool the pros use and we are proud to provide it exclusively to our students at the Faldo Golf Institute,” said Sir Nick.  “It takes the guess work out of analyzing adjustments for quick positive results.”

Faldo Golf Institute by Marriott combines the teaching philosophy of the legendary Sir Nick Faldo with the world class service and hospitality of Marriott International to provide a full-service golf school experience perfectly suited for golfers of all ages and abilities.  From low-handicap elite golfers seeking a competitive advantage, to newcomers to the game seeking an introductory program that is matched to their needs, the Faldo Golf Institute offers distinct learning programs for everyone.

About Faldo Golf Institute by Marriott
With locations in Orlando, Fla. and Palm Desert, Calif., Faldo Golf Institute by Marriott combines the teaching philosophy of the legendary Six-Time Major Champion Sir Nick Faldo, with the world class service and hospitality of Marriott International, providing expert instructional programming at two desirable Marriott Vacation Club destinations.  From low-handicap elite golfers seeking a competitive advantage, to newcomers to the game seeking an introductory program that is matched to their needs, Faldo Golf Institute offers distinct programs for everyone.  For more information on all programs and packages offered by Faldo Golf Institute by Marriott, golfers should call 888-463-2536, or visit GoFaldo.com.

About Marriott Golf
Marriott Golf manages 60 golf courses at 44 locations in 12 countries, offering more than 1,000 holes of championship golf.  Marriott has been managing golf operations since 1970 and is one of the world’s premier golf operators.  Marriott provides golf management and consulting services to a variety of operational environments including resort, private club, daily fee, golf school and franchises.  For more information, visit http://www.marriottgolf.com.

Click here for Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) company information.

About TrackMan
TrackMan™ is an easy to use indoor/outdoor radar-based solution for analyzing the impact conditions and resulting ball flight in golf. TrackMan™ provides the industry’s most accurate real-time data and graphics on ball launch, flight, and landing. TrackMan A/S, headquartered in Vedbæk, Denmark, is the developer and owner of TrackMan™ technology. TrackMan™ technology includes a comprehensive patent portfolio of granted patents and pending patents applications.

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CHAMP Dominates Leaderboard at Nationwide Tour Championship

CHAMP Dominates Leaderboard at Nationwide Tour Championship

Continues Trend of Top Finishers Relying on Brand’s Superior Traction and Stability

(MARLBOROUGH, MA) – MacNeill Engineering Worldwide – The World Leader in Sport Cleat Technology® and maker of innovative CHAMP spikes, high-performance golf tees and accessories – confirms the top-three finishers, and five of the top-seven, relied on its renowned cleats during the recent Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island Club in Charleston, SC.

Under high-pressure conditions with 2012 PGA Tour status on the line, these players and many others trusted the CHAMP products that have been used by 27 of golf’s last 33 major tournament winners. These include the acclaimed ScorpionSTINGER™ and new Zarma® cleat with patented cushion technology that collectively have helped establish CHAMP as the #1 Brand on Tour®.

“CHAMP cleats provide the foundation for golf’s most successful swings,” says Harris MacNeill, President and CEO of CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide. “We devote exceptional resources to research and development to ensure all players relying on our products experience the optimal traction, stability and comfort for which our brand is known.”

Beyond the cleat category, CHAMP recently launched the Zarma FLYtee™. Drawing from MacNeill Engineering’s unrivalled 80-year heritage of industry-changing solutions, the FLYtee has quickly become one of the most-used tees on Tour. Made with durable, environmentally-friendly materials, its six-pronged head and shallow cup reduces friction, increases distance and improves accuracy.

With more than 100 active distributors, CHAMP is the world’s largest manufacturer of replaceable cleats. The company produces more than 140 million spikes annually and is the dominant global brand in football, soccer, golf, baseball, cricket, rugby and other sports.

For more information: http://www.champspikes.com, 1-800-OK-CHAMP.

About MacNeill Engineering Worldwide / CHAMP

Celebrating 80 years of unparalleled engineering innovations, MacNeill Engineering Worldwide has been a pioneer in cleat technology since it introduced the world’s first locking spike, SURE-LOK. The world’s largest manufacturer of replacement cleats specific to various sports, the company has produced several industry-changing systems under the CHAMP brand and become the No. 1 choice of Tour golfers. Along with its signature Zarma® and ScorpionSTINGER™ cleats, the high-performance Zarma FLYtee™ was introduced in early 2011. With distribution in more than 100 countries, MacNeill / CHAMP is headquartered in Marlborough, MA, with offices in Europe and Asia.

Nike Golf Introduces the VR Pro Limited Edition Fairway Woods Providing the Ultimate in Tour-Level P

Nike Golf Introduces the VR Pro Limited Edition Fairway Woods Providing the Ultimate in Tour-Level Performance

-The VR Pro Limited Edition fairway woods are already in the bag of Nike Golf Athletes Stewart Cink, Francesco Molinari and Tiger Woods-

BEAVERTON, Ore. (November 15, 2011) – To achieve top-level performance on every shot in the arsenal, Nike Golf has created the VR Pro Limited Edition fairway woods.  With the demanding standards of Nike Golf athletes, the VR Pro Limited Edition fairway wood provides shot-shaping distance, green-seeking accuracy and consistent reliability.

Already in the bag of Nike Golf athletes Stephen Ames, Stewart Cink, Simon Dyson, Francesco Molinari and Tiger Woods, the VR Pro Limited Edition fairway woods are currently available at retail.  The tour-driven design of the VR Pro Limited Edition fairway wood has a head shape that is slightly pear, with a mid-to-low face height made from 455 stainless steel.  This design addresses the tour athlete’s need for great feel and maximum confidence to attack the target from anywhere.

A leader in innovation, Nike Golf utilizes the recognizable variable Compression Channel technology to increase speed at more spots on the club face, delivering greater distance on draws, stingers, high cuts, fades or straight bombs.  The full-length Compression Channel combined with the variation in the depth of the channel in specific locations, allows the consumer to generate more ball speed which translates to greater distance.

The new MRC Diamana ‘Ahina shaft incorporates Mitsubishi Rayon’s signature Multi-Dimensional Interlay technology (MDI) to deliver a stiffer mid and tip section than its predecessor.

The Nike VR Pro Limited Edition fairway wood is a perfect complement to the VR Pro Limited Edition driver; both are designed for golfers who prefer more traditional wood shapes and who demand tour-level performance.

VR Pro Limited Edition Fairway Woods
Availability:  November 1, 2011
Loft/Flex Options:  3/15 degrees (RH/LH); 5/19 degrees 9.5 (RH/LH).  All available in: X, S, and R flex
MSRP:  $275.99 (MAP/Street price: $225.00)

Dancin’ Dogg Golf Introduces Melbourne Golf Club Replication for OptiShot Infrared Simulator

Dancin’ Dogg Golf Introduces Melbourne Golf Club Replication for OptiShot Infrared Simulator

Iconic Australian Track Further Enhances Premium Course Library

(TRAVERSE CITY, MI)—Dancin’ Dogg Golf—maker of the OptiShot Infrared Simulator, the ultimate in-home virtual golf system—has expanded its premium course library to include Melbourne Golf Club, a hyper-accurate replication of an Alister Mackenzie design that consistently ranks as Australia’s No. 1 layout.

A two-time host of the biennial competition between American and International squads, Melbourne Golf Club is well-known for its reachable par 5s and spectacular yet well-guarded par 3 holes. With signature large, undulating greens it has repeatedly been rated among the “Top 100 Courses in the World” (GOLF Magazine) and “Top 100 Best Golf Courses Outside the United States” (Golf Digest).

It’s thanks to our in-house design and development teams that we’re able to deliver this kind of truly unparalleled experience in time for the upcoming competition,” says Brandon Theophilus, CEO of Dancin’ Dogg Golf. “This means that OptiShot users can test their skills on the same pressure shots their countrymen are about to face Down Under.”

Available by download at http://www.dancindogg.com, Melbourne Golf Club ($49.95) is joined in the OptiShot premium library by replicas of other world-famous courses and major championship host sites, including Atlanta Highlands, Capitol Club, Cogs Corner, Jones Lake, Monterey Classic, Old Scot, Ponte Vedra, Royal St. Marks and Whispering Dunes.

OptiShot (MSRP: $399.95) connects with Windows computers via a plug-and-play interface and requires only 8-½ feet of swing space. With their own clubs, up to four players per round can compete by hitting real balls, foam balls (provided) or no ball at all. Infrared sensors on a durable swing pad precisely record club-head speed, face angle, swing path, distance, tempo, face contact and ball flight. In addition to Core courses that come with the system, OptiShot users can practice and compete on the par-3 option or a realistic driving range.

Dancin’ Dogg Golf was recently ranked one of America’s fast-growing entrepreneurial companies by Inc. Magazine, placing No. 358 on the prestigious Inc. 500 list for 2011. This honor was based on the company’s 951.2% revenue growth from 2007 through 2010. That increase was fueled by exceptional demand for OptiShot, a fun, accurate, affordable and easy-to-use golf simulator that allows players to improve their games from the comfort of home.

About Dancin’ Dogg Golf

Based in Traverse City, MI, Dancin’ Dogg Golf was founded in 2005 and specializes in developing innovative technologies. The company was recently named to the prestigious Inc. 500 list as one of America’s fastest-growing entrepreneurial companies. Other distinctions include winning SoreGolf’s 2010 Research & Development Award. Dancin’ Dogg’s product range is highlighted by the OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator and its expanding library of world class courses that golfers play anytime, anywhere. Durable and built to last, OptiShot comes with a 180-day warranty and has been heralded by leading authorities nationwide, including GOLF Magazine, Golfweek, Sports Illustrated, Wired and Golf Channel.

For more information: http://www.dancindogg.com, http://www.facebook.com/dancindogg, 866.941.3644.

AB Golf Designs Custom Leather Head Covers Selected by Fred Couples for Team USA Players

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AB Golf Designs Custom Leather Head Covers Selected by Fred Couples for Team USA Players
Addition to Patriotic Collection Available for Purchase as Ideal Holiday Gift

(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) – AB Golf Designs – the market leader for attention-grabbing specialty head covers and accessories – confirms that Fred Couples provided a special edition of its custom-made leather head covers to Team USA players and assistant captains for the international competition taking place November 17-20 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Constructed of 100 percent genuine premium quality leather in a rich blue color, the head covers feature an embroidered United States Flag and the competition logo. They are further distinguished by diagonal white stripes and stitched numerals to identify each club. A consumer version is now available exclusively through the company’s website, priced at $70 per piece, or as three and four-piece sets at $175 and $235, respectively.

“When Freddie first saw the design and materials, his reaction was ‘these are awesome,’ and he couldn’t wait to give them to the team,” says AB Golf Designs co-owner D.J. Langer. “These custom-made head covers look tremendous and will elicit a real sense of national pride among his players.”

The custom-made leather head covers join AB Golf’s exceptionally popular Patriotic collection, which includes nationally-themed boxing gloves, the USA Guitar and an eco-friendly red, white and blue Throwback design. In September, Solheim Cup captain Rosie Jones presented the USA Boxing Glove as a gift to team members, assistant captains, family, friends and past captains. The head cover was highly recognizable on the event’s final day as Jones sported it on her right hand during the dramatic conclusion of play.

“Our brand pillars are creative designs, superior quality products and exceptional customer service,” says co-owner Chip Burley. “We’re taking those aspects to the next level with our new leather head covers, which further strengthen our connections to the higher end of the market.”

Steve Pate, Christina Kim, Yani Tseng, Maria Hjorth and Paige McKenzie are among the scores of other Tour stars to use AB Golf head covers in competition. Additional Patriotic Boxing Glove models are available for Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan and the U.K.

Well established as the No. 1 provider of custom solutions for leading corporations nationwide, AB Golf’s recent designs include a rock hopper penguin for Allianz Insurance, a gecko for Geico Insurance, a bottoms-up peacock for NBC, a “blizzard” for Dairy Queen and a French fry box for McDonalds. The company has also produced a “Sparky” mascot for Arizona State University, Bucky Badger for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Oklahoma’s Sooner.

AB Golf Designs products can also be found at better golf retailers throughout North America, online at amazon.com and through distributor agreements in the U.K., EU and Asia-Pacific regions.
For more information, please visit http://www.abgolfdesigns.com or call 888.439.8379.

About AB Golf Designs

The market leader for attention-grabbing specialty head covers and accessories, AB Golf Designs offers a wide selection of premium-quality products at affordable prices, including high-quality collections in the novelty, animal, bling, charity and throwback categories.

Excelling in attractive pricing for the corporate, tournament and collegiate markets, the company provides low minimums, prompt turn-around and superb customer service for custom orders.
Originally founded in 2004 as Butthead Covers and focused exclusively on the namesake product line, the company changed ownership in 2009, expanded its collections and chose the AB moniker.
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LAGUNA LĂNG CÔ REPORTS FIRST SALES, DETAILS 2012 ANGSANA HOTEL, GOLF COURSE OPENINGS

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LAGUNA LĂNG CÔ REPORTS FIRST SALES,

DETAILS 2012 ANGSANA HOTEL, GOLF COURSE OPENINGS

LĂNG CÔ, Vietnam, 16 November 2011 — The developers of Laguna Lăng Cô have followed on the Angsana Properties Lăng Cô Sales Launch in late September with notice of the first property purchases, and a timeline for resort and golf course openings in 2012.

Developed and managed by the Banyan Tree Group, Laguna Lăng Cô will, upon completion, be the first fully and legitimately integrated destination resort in Vietnam. It will also be the largest, with more than 2,000 hotel keys under the management of eight international branded hotel and resort operators, award-winning spas, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Sir Nick Faldo, resort residences, convention and recreational facilities.

Banyan Tree Group marked an important milestone in the success of this project when, on 23 September, the first investor purchased a Pool Deluxe apartment at Angsana Properties Lăng Cô. Mr. Michael Ayling, Managing Director of Laguna Resorts & Hotels PLC, indicated this first sale and others are consistent with Banyan Tree Group’s expectation that 70 percent of Phase I buyers would be Vietnamese nationals.

“The level of customer interest prior to and throughout the late-September launch was very high indeed, so it was gratifying to confirm this first sale and reserve several more,” said Ayling, who spoke on site in Lăng Cô, along with the golf course designer Nick Faldo, to a gathering of around 40 domestic and international media.

“We fully expect the participation of international buyers at Laguna Lăng Cô, especially in later phases,” Ayling continued. “However, we’re convinced this first phase will appeal especially to the Vietnamese, who know a sound investment when they see one and already recognize Lăng Cô to be an especially beautiful and convenient perch on the Central Coast.”

Phase I of Laguna Lăng Cô is comprised of three key components:

• Angsana Properties Lăng Cô is the initial Phase I product to be launched. It is a condominium-style resort with a total of 197 units, to be open in mid 2012.

• The Nick Faldo 18-hole Championship golf course will come second. It too, is slated for a grand opening in the second quarter of next year.

• Banyan Tree Lăng Cô, a sophisticated portfolio of 129 high-quality villas designed in harmony with the surrounding landscape, will launch sales in early 2012.

It’s worth noting, Ayling explained, that sales at Angsana Properties Lăng Cô were initiated only when construction of the apartments were all but complete; only the furnishing aspect remains. Unlike many resort ventures, in Vietnam and elsewhere, construction progress at Angsana Lăng Cô is funded through an internal development fund in excess of US$200 million, meaning the realization of the property component, the resort and golf course are not dependent on property sales.

According to Ayling, this first apartment owner at Angsana Properties Lăng Cô, and all those to follow, are all entitled to membership in the Angsana Properties Owners Club, wherein members can book complimentary stays at other Banyan Tree and Angsana resorts around the world.

More relevant to their investment, owners are guaranteed a 6% fixed return for 6-years, and 60 days of complementary use every year. When owners are offsite, Ayling explained, purchased properties are included in the hotel inventory, where Angsana management looks after the investment.

“This is the formula that has proved so successful at our flagship development, Laguna Phuket,” Ayling said. “We at Banyan Tree didn’t invent the dynamic, but I daresay that no one in Asia has deployed it more effectively on behalf of real estate investors. The Banyan Tree brand is well-known for its prestige all over the world— it signals luxury and signature Asian heritage to resort guests, whose attraction to the resort in turn complements and enhances the investment in villa ownership.”

The long-standing nature of Banyan Tree’s involvement is another key differentiator, Ayling continued. “Many hotel and resort operators lend their names to resort property ventures, where units are included as part of hotel inventory,” he said. “But the length of a typical hotel or resort operations contract is only 8-10 years. What happens when those recognizable brand names disassociate from the resort? Where does the new hotel brand leave the real estate investor? Laguna Phuket, for example, was founded in 1987, and the Banyan Tree brand has never left its management to anyone else. That is the long-term brand commitment we offer here at Laguna Lăng Cô.”

Returning to Lăng Cô for the second time in 12 months, Faldo was able to inspect the rough shaping work now complete on 14 of the 18 holes. “This golf course is shaping up nicely and already has some wonderful movement,” said the 6-time major champion, following his September site visit. “The diverse character of the terrain allowed us to incorporate some very interesting and unusual features.

“In addition to several views of the ocean, golfers will experience the course’s amphitheatre-like mountain backdrop and the rich variety of woodland, scrub and rocky outcrops that feature throughout the round,” Faldo added.

More information on Angsana Properties Lăng Cô may be found online at http://www.angsanaproperties.com. Sales enquiries may be directed to Hanoi hotline at +84 90 665 9988, and Ho Chi Minh Hotline at +84 90 685 9988.

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About Banyan Tree Holdings Limited

Banyan Tree Holdings Limited (“Banyan Tree” or the “Group”) is a leading manager and developer of premium resorts, hotels and spas in the Asia Pacific, with close to 30 resorts and hotels, 65 spas, over 80 galleries and 3 golf courses. The Group manages and/or has ownership interests in niche resorts and hotels. The resorts each typically has between 50 and 100 rooms and commands room rates at the high end of each property’s particular market.

The Group’s primary business is the management, development and ownership of resorts and hotels. This is centred around two award-winning brands: Banyan Tree and Angsana. Banyan Tree also operates the leading integrated resort in Thailand – Laguna Phuket, through the Group’s subsidiary, Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Company Limited.

Angsana Properties

Angsana Properties is a property brand that caters to the modern traveller seeking style and authenticity. Comprising contemporary and chic retreats, Angsana Properties are designed to create and deliver vibrant enlivening experiences for guests at work and at play. Each Angsana hotel, resort, spa and retail gallery exudes the spirit and experiences of its environment, while offering a strong sense of individuality infused with our Asian heritage. Facilities and services at all Angsana Properties are focused on enabling guests to draw the most of every moment.

Managed by the Banyan Tree Group, Angsana Properties Lăng Cô is the first launch of the Angsana Properties brand worldwide, to be followed by Angsana Properties Phuket and Angsana Properties Bintan at the end of 2011.

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ALGARVE REGION IN PORTUGAL TO HOST INTERNATIONAL GOLF TRAVEL MARKET 2012

THE ALGARVE REGION IN PORTUGAL TO HOST
INTERNATIONAL GOLF TRAVEL MARKET 2012

(Belek, Turkey – November 17, 2011) International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), organized by Reed Travel Exhibitions, today announced The Algarve region of Portugal, is to host the 15th edition of the world’s premier global event for golf tourism suppliers, buyers and media, from November 12-15, 2012.

António Pina, President of the Algarve Tourism Board, said: “It is with considerable pride that Portugal, and more specifically The Algarve, will once again host the prestigious International Golf Travel Market.

“With exceptional facilities and an enviable year-round climate, IGTM 2012 provides The Algarve with a significant opportunity to promote the region as a first-class golf destination,” he added.

The Algarve has been a magnet for golfers for over 30 years and boasts spectacular scenery, beautiful coastline, and is home to a selection of the world’s finest golf resorts and luxury hotels, all supported by a wealth of leisure facilities, high-class restaurants and vibrant bars.

Purpose-built for tourism in the 1970s, The Algarve has developed into a cosmopolitan destination, every year attracting nearly six million visitors who come to play the region’s 35 golf courses designed by some of the game’s greats, including Sir Henry Cotton, Arnold Palmer, Sir Nick Faldo and the late Seve Ballesteros.

António Pina added: “We look forward to welcoming global golf tourism suppliers, buyers, official dignitaries and media to The Algarve. Beautiful cuisine, fine wines and a warm welcome from the locals will ensure a memorable stay for everyone.

“IGTM 2012 will provide an unrivalled opportunity for The Algarve to make a name for itself as a prime venue for major international events.”

PeterGrimster, Exhibition Manager of IGTM, said: “Portugal has been at the heart of the golf travel business for three decades and it has established itself as one of Europe’s finest destinations.

“The quality of golf courses and resorts in Vilamoura is outstanding, and combined with an excellent conference facility at The Tivoli Marina Hotel, we have all the necessary logistics to stage a truly fantastic event. We look forward to welcoming everyone to IGTM 2012.”

IGTM will take place November 12-15, 2012, the week after the World Travel Market, London, also a Reed Travel Exhibitions event.

For more information about IGTM, please visit: http://www.igtm.co.uk or visit http://www.iagto.com

Picture caption: Christopher Stilwell, Vice President, Algarve Tourism Association with Peter Grimster, Exhibition Manager, IGTM

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Rising airline fees for golf equipment transportation now a significant factor for UK golfers travel

Rising airline fees for golf equipment transportation now a significant factor for UK golfers travelling abroad, survey finds

Research for International Golf Travel Market reveals 52% of UK golfers, Europe’s largest source of golf travellers, say the increased cost of flying with their clubs now has a ‘big impact’ on their decision to go abroad or take a golf break at home

(November 10, 2011) Golfers in the UK, Europe’s largest golf market, say rising airline fees to transport sports equipment is now a significant factor in their decision to travel abroad or stay at home for a golf break, a new survey has found.

The research, commissioned by Reed Travel Exhibitions, organisers of International Golf Travel Market in Belek, Antalya, Turkey, November 14-17, 2011, found that 80% said the additional luggage fees impacted on their golf break planning, with 52% saying it had a ‘big impact’ on whether they flew abroad or booked a break in the UK.

More than 2,400 golfers – all readers of Golf Monthly magazine – were surveyed for the report, compiled by Sports Marketing Surveys Inc.

The report, which will be published at IGTM, details the key influences on UK golfers and their choice of golf holiday destinations.

Commenting on the findings, IGTM Exhibition Manager, Peter Grimster, said: “This is a startling finding and is indicative of price-sensitivity in the golf travel market.

“While a destination’s variety of golf courses, the price of the break and whether golf is part of the package remain the key influencing factors, clearly UK golfers are weighing up the additional cost of transporting their clubs in deciding whether or not to fly abroad for their golf break.”

According to SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC., there are 3.9 million golfers in the UK (of whom 1.6 million are regular golfers who play at least 12 times a year), the largest golf market in Europe. A quarter of these regular golfers take an annual break where the primary reason is to play golf – whether domestic or overseas – so factors such as additional airline fees for equipment will have a significant impact on international golf tourism.

Peter Grimster continued: “Overall, the research provides interesting insights into how UK golfers go about selecting their golf breaks, where they look for recommendations and advice, as well as the important factors that determine their holiday choices. We have also looked at the increasing role of social media as a channel of communication and influence.”

Copies of the research will be available from the press office on November 15, 2011.

For more information about IGTM, please visit: http://www.igtm.co.uk or visit http://www.iagto.com

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Picture caption: Peter Grimster, IGTM Exhibition Manager

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About IGTM
IGTM is owned by the world’s leading events organiser Reed Exhibitions (RE), which organises a portfolio of other travel industry events including World Travel Market, Arabian Travel Market and International Luxury Travel Market.

In 2010, RE held more than 460 events in 36 countries bringing together more than seven million people from around the world generating billions of dollars in business.

About Reed Travel Exhibitions
Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE), a business unit of RE, is the world’s leading provider of exhibitions in the travel and tourism industry. Its wide-ranging portfolio of events around the globe covers leisure travel, luxury travel and the meetings and incentives industry.

The 12 events are: International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), World Travel Market (WTM), Arabian Travel Market (ATM), International French Travel Market (IFTM), La Cumbre, International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), International Luxury Travel Market Asia (ILTMA), Asia Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) (owned by Melbourne Convention Visitors Bureau), Exhibition for the Incentive Business Travel Market (EIBTM), Gulf Incentive Business Travel Market (GIBTM), Americas Incentive Business Travel Market (AIBTM) and China Incentive Business Travel Market (CIBTM).

Reed Exhibitions is owned by Reed Elsevier, the world’s leading provider of professional information and online workflow solutions.

About Golf Monthly
Established in 1911 by double Open Champion, Harold Hilton, Golf Monthly is the world’s oldest monthly golf magazine
Written by golfers, for golfers, each issue comes packed with expert instruction advice from Golf Monthly’s top 25 Coaches and some of the biggest names on Tour, equipment reviews and advice on where to play and stay, plus star player interviews and coverage of issues affecting every level of the game. Quite simply it is the preferred choice of those who are serious about their golf.

About Sports Marketing Surveys
SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC. is an experienced and focused sports research business servicing the sports facility, equipment & sports’ goods industry.
It provides a full research service primarily for sports equipment manufacturers, for federations, retailers and sports venue operators where the general public or members play their sport. Service, solutions and insights will be provided to all those interested in participation rates, equipment and facility usage, sports brand images, retailer & end-consumer satisfaction, operating costs and associated areas. For more information SPORTS GOODS, SPORTS VENUES, SPORTS PARTICIPATION. 

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Dancin’ Dogg Golf Unveils Silver Package for OptiShot Infrared Simulator

Dancin’ Dogg Golf Unveils Silver Package for OptiShot Infrared Simulator

Cost-Effective Package Bundles In-Home Virtual Golf System, Accessories and Courses

( TRAVERSE CITY , MI )—Dancin’ Dogg Golf—maker of the OptiShot Infrared Simulator—announces the availability of the Silver Package that cost-effectively bundles its award-winning in-home virtual golf system with a wide range of accessories and 11 pre-loaded courses.

Available immediately at http://www.OptiShotGolf.com, the Silver Package includes OptiShot, a premium hitting net, stance mat and custom-designed OptiStix Driver. Representing a $200 savings, the package ships for free and is stocked with 10, pre-loaded virtual courses. As an added benefit, customers may also select one course from Dancin’ Dogg’s premium library of world-famous courses and major championship host sites. These include Atlanta Highlands , Capitol Club, Monterey Classic, Old Scot, Ponte Vedra, Royal St. Marks and Whispering Dunes.

“The Silver Package provides all the tools for golfers to create an affordable in-home golfing paradise,” says Brandon Theophilus, CEO of Dancin’ Dogg Golf. “Year-round and with their own clubs, users of all skill levels can utilize OptiShot to practice or challenge themselves on some of the world’s most memorable courses.”

OptiShot (MSRP: $399.95) connects with Windows computers via a plug-and-play interface and requires only 8-½ feet of swing space. With their own clubs, up to four players per round can compete by hitting real balls, foam balls (provided) or no ball at all. Infrared sensors on a durable swing pad precisely record club-head speed, face angle, swing path, distance, tempo, face contact and ball flight. In addition to Core courses that come with the system, OptiShot users can practice and compete on the par-3 option or a realistic driving range.

Dancin’ Dogg Golf was recently ranked one of America ‘s fast-growing entrepreneurial companies by Inc. Magazine, placing No. 358 on the prestigious Inc. 500 list for 2011. This honor was based on the company’s 951.2% revenue growth from 2007 through 2010. That increase was fueled by exceptional demand for OptiShot, a fun, accurate, affordable and easy-to-use golf simulator that allows players to improve their games.

About Dancin’ Dogg Golf

Based in Traverse City , MI , Dancin’ Dogg Golf was founded in 2005 and specializes in developing innovative technologies. The company was recently named to the prestigious Inc. 500 list as one of America ‘s fastest-growing entrepreneurial companies. Other distinctions include winning SoreGolf’s 2010 Research & Development Award. Dancin’ Dogg’s product range is highlighted by the OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator and its expanding library of world class courses that golfers play anytime, anywhere. Durable and built to last, OptiShot comes with a 180-day warranty and has been heralded by leading authorities nationwide, including GOLF Magazine, Golfweek, Sports Illustrated, Wired and Golf Channel.

For more information: http://www.dancindogg.com, http://www.facebook.com/dancindogg, 866.941.3644.