Galena Balloon Race Is June 20-22


Thousands Flock to Great Galena Balloon Race June 20-22, 2014
Fun-Filled Annual Event Raises Funds for JDRF & Camp Herkto Hollow,
Includes Family Activities All Weekend Long

GALENA, Ill. (May 27, 2014) – The staff at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa ( has started to plan for one of the most popular summer events in Galena: the 13th Annual Great Galena Balloon Race.  Weekend events take place from Fri. June 20 through Sun. June 22, 2014 and benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Camp Herkto Hollow.

“This event draws thousands of people to Galena year after year,” said Thomas Ruhs, general manager at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. “Visitors will experience a spectacular three-day adventure with multiple balloon races, two night glows, balloon rides, a helium balloon release, a classic car show, live music, wine and beer sampling events, and activities for the whole family.”

Eagle Ridge is the host sponsor for the balloon race, and all activities take place on the North Course Practice Range at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. Typically weekend events surrounding the Great Galena Balloon Race raise nearly $15,000 for JDRF and Camp Hertko Hollow, which uses the money to fund research to find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes, a disease directly that affects over 12,500 people in the tri-state area.

Event Schedule

FRI. JUNE 20, 2014

6:00 p.m. Balloon Launch: Kickoff event

6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Family Activities

Face painting, inflatable bounce houses and obstacle course, balloons and more

Tethered balloon rides

Food & beverage concessions

Live music

Camp Hertko Helium Balloon Launch: participants launch and track their own helium balloons while raising money for JDRF’s Camp Hertko

6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Ale Fest

For guests 21 and over, Ale Fest features over 100 fine craft beers. Admission is $25.00 and includes beer samples, a tasting glass and guide, and live entertainment. Tickets are available at Family Beer & Liquor and Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa.

8:45 p.m. Night Glow Extravaganza: Watch as the balloons light up the evening skyv

SAT. JUNE 21, 2014

6:00 a.m.  “Crack of Dawn” Balloon Race. All balloons will participate and rides are available.

5:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. Family Activities

Collectors Car Show: Members of local car clubs lovingly display more than 40 collector cars. Clubs include Antique Town Rods of Galena, High Point Cruisers of Scales Mound, Mainstreet Cruisers of DBQ and the Southwest Wisconsin Auto Club.

Tethered balloon ridesv
Food & beverage concessionsv
Live music

Camp Hertko Helium Balloon Launch: participants launch and track their own helium balloons while raising money for JDRF’s Camp Hertko

5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Wine Flights

For guests 21 and over, Wine Flights features nearly 100 wines. Admission is $25.00 and includes a tasting glass, a wine guide, and samples of all wines. Tickets are available at Family Beer & Liquor and Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa.

6:00 p.m. The official Great Galena Balloon Race begins

8:45 p.m. Night Glow Extravaganza: Watch as the balloons light up the evening sky

SUN. JUNE 22, 2014

6:00 a.m.  “Crack of Dawn” Balloon Race.  Last chance to see all the balloons until 2015. Rides are available.

Lodging and Packages

More details about packages and weekend events are available online at, or by calling (800) 892-2269 with questions or to make reservations.

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About Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is located 150 miles west of Chicago in the heart of The Galena Territory, a 6,800 acre recreational, residential and resort community nestled amid the rolling hills of northwestern Galena, Ill. The resort grounds include 63 holes on four award-winning golf courses, and accommodations that range from quaint Inn rooms to more than 250 villas and distinctive homes. Eagle Ridge has 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space and beautiful conference homes which regularly accommodate corporate groups, banquets and weddings. Other features include award-winning restaurants, the tranquil Stonedrift Spa, and an incredible selection of outdoor activities including miles of biking, hiking and horseback riding trails, as well as tennis, hot air balloon rides, boating and fishing on the picturesque 225-acre Lake Galena. For reservations or additional information, call (800) 892-2269 or visit

About JDRF,

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence and a working plan to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $530 million in charitable research in 17 countries.

About Camp Hertko Hollow,

Camp Hertko Hollow is dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth who have diabetes. The goals at camp are: Recreation, Education, Regulation and FUN! Campers enjoy traditional camp activities while learning about living with diabetes. Meeting other youth and counselors who have diabetes is also a great benefit from the experience.

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

444 Eagle Ridge Drive

Galena, IL 61036

Toll Free: 800.892.2269 Local: 815.777.5000 Fax: 815.777.4502

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BirdieBox Partners with Bubba Watson and Fancy on Special Father’s Day ‘Bubba Box’

BirdieBox Partners with Bubba Watson and Fancy on Special Father’s Day ‘Bubba Box’

(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) – BirdieBox – a monthly subscription service providing curated golf gear for personal use, as well as corporate outings and other events – announces the launch of its Father’s Day “Bubba Box,” a limited-edition collaboration with two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and leading online retail service Fancy.

Featuring an unprecedented assortment of golf gear hand-selected by Watson, the “Bubba Box” is available immediately in two options – Gold ($125) and Silver ($75). More information is available here.

The PGA Tour star is donating his proceeds directly to The Bubba Watson Foundation. Founded by Watson and his wife Angie, the charity’s mission is to enhance the everyday lives of people in need. It emphasizes helping and inspiring children, young adults and those associated with the U.S. Military.

Offered through and, packages boast a total value nearly double the retail cost. These ideal gifts include a PING Bubba Visor (BirdieBox global exclusive), Oakley Short Sleeve Greene polo, sleeve of Titleist ProV1 logo balls, KENTWOOL USA Performance Socks, special Bubba headcover from Daphne’s and free one-month BirdieBox subscription.

“Being a parent has totally changed my life for the better,” says Watson. “Golf is great, but family is sacred and being able to help families in need through our charity work is what the ‘Bubba Box’ is all about.”

“Bubba is not only among the best golfers in the world but one of the most respected humanitarians in the game today,” adds Pat DePirro, CEO of BirdieBox. “We believe in the Bubba Watson Foundation and everything it stands for and are excited to provide this best-in-class gear to our customers at an incredible value.”

More information: Get social: @BirdieBox.

About BirdieBox

Launched in January 2014, BirdieBox is a monthly subscription service that delivers a curated box of premium golf, lifestyle and nutritional items to subscribers’ doorsteps every month. The company is devoted to ensuring a positive and fun customer experience.

Removing all the hassle from shopping, BirdieBox uses the personal preferences of each subscriber as the basis for every delivery. The items include a selection of the hottest products from major brands – plus the current issue of Golf Digest – all packaged in a stylish gift box.

Offered in one-, three-, six- and 12-month options, the retail value of each delivery is nearly double the cost.

BirdieBox also prepares specialty boxes commemorating golf’s major championships, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Christmas. The items are carefully selected by the company’s team of golf retail experts. Beyond individuals, BirdieBox is an entirely new way to source an unforgettable gift for corporate, charity or country club events. The highly trained staff will work within a set budget to create a truly unforgettable package. Adorned with a logo of the customer’s choice, each finely-appointed, custom-curated assortment is hand-selected to match designated preferences and impress guests.

About The Bubba Watson Foundation

The Bubba Watson Foundation, Inc was formed in January of 2014 by Professional Golfer Bubba Watson and his wife Angie to enhance their ability to help those in need. Consistent with the Watson’s historical philanthropic activities, the Foundation’s mission is to enhance the every-day lives of people in need with a particular emphasis on helping and inspiring children, young adults, and those associated with the U.S. Military. It is our belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue their dreams while becoming productive and responsible members of society.

In furtherance of its charitable mission, the Foundation both supports existing organizations and administers programs of its own that enhance the physical, spiritual and social development of children, young adults and those associated with the U.S. Military.

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Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts Announces ‘Father’s Day Golf Getaway’

Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts Announces ‘Father’s Day Golf Getaway’

Features Three Nights Oceanfront Accommodations, Four Rounds of Championship Golf
at Famed ‘Big Cats’

(NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) – Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts (MBSR) – operator of the area’s premier oceanfront condo-hotel and vacation rental properties – announces the “Father’s Day Golf Getaway” featuring oceanfront accommodations and four rounds of championship golf at the “Big Cats” courses.

Starting at $475 per golfer, the package includes 72 holes of premier golf with one round each at Lion’s Paw, Panther’s Run, Leopard’s Chase and Tiger’s Eye. Dad will also enjoy four days and three nights in a one-bedroom condo with beach access at Avista Resort.

Available from Father’s Day weekend through August 31, these courses offer challenging layouts for golfers of all skill levels.

Avista Resort provides easy access to dining, shopping, sugar sand beaches and other area attractions on the world-famous Grand Strand. Through its knowledgeable golf desk, MBSR is able to completely turnkey golf vacations for any size group to meet any budget.

To book or for more information, visit or call (888) 571.4104.

About Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts

Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts is a collection of six oceanfront and ocean view condo-hotels in North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Avista Resort, Prince Resort, Horizon at 77th, Grande Shores, Seaside and the Towers at North Myrtle Beach all provide the comforts of full-service resort hotels with the space and luxury of condominiums.

Each property features modern décor that reflects a coastal lifestyle and breathtaking views of the pristine northern region of the world-famous Grand Strand. Elegant yet affordable, units are spacious one to three bedrooms with fully-equipped kitchens, washer / dryer, and private balconies. Most hotels have fitness centers, an array of indoor and outdoor pools, on-site dining and access to world-class beaches.

Nike Golf Unveils NG360 App Updates

Nike Golf Unveils NG360 App Updates

– Golfers can now share customized photos from their round, compare stats with friends and pros, and break down Tiger and Rory’s swings –

BEAVERTON, Ore. (May 8, 2014) – Nike Golf’s newest NG360 app update makes it easier than ever for golfers to share and compete with friends and other golfers around the world.

The NG360 app inspires, motivates and enables golfers to improve their game through a variety of digital tools available on any iOS mobile device. The app provides score and stat tracking, Nike+ friend leaderboards, swing analysis and gear recommendations, and with the latest updates, users can now share customized photos; analyze slow motion swing videos from Nike Athletes Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy; and see how they stack up against friends and Nike Golf Athletes with new Levels and Comparisons tools.

Customized Photo Sharing
Golfers can capture their round with a photo, upload the image from an iOS device, tag location and friends, and customize with an overlay that includes stats, scores, personal bests and “trophies.”

Learn From the Best
NG360 now enables golfers to break down Tiger and Rory’s swings with frame-by-frame slow-motion analysis.

Levels and Comparisons
Two additional features with the NG360 update, Levels and Comparisons, allow users to measure their performance in a variety of categories against other golfers and Nike Athletes. With the Levels tool, users can see how they stack up across scoring average, greens in regulation and putts per round to help pinpoint areas for improvement in their game.

The NG360 updates for iOS devices are available in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Sweden, Scotland and Germany. The app is available for free on the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch or at

The NG360 app will be available for Android devices in summer 2014.


Located at NIKE’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, Nike Golf designs and markets golf equipment, apparel, balls, footwear, bags and accessories worldwide. Nike Golf is passionately dedicated to ushering in the future of this great sport by developing ground-breaking innovations that enable and inspire athletes to become better. For more information on Nike Golf, visit our Web site at  To follow Nike Golf on Twitter visit and to become a fan on facebook go to To view Nike Golf videos subscribe to our You Tube channel at

WE ARE GOLF Returns to Capitol Hill for National Golf Day on May 21

WE ARE GOLF Returns to Capitol Hill for National Golf Day on May 21

Jack Nicklaus, Industry Executives to Meet with Congress about Game’s Economic, Charitable, Environmental, Fitness Benefits
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – WE ARE GOLF – a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners – returns to Capitol Hill for the seventh annual National Golf Day on Wednesday, May 21 to meet with Members of Congress and discuss golf’s nearly $69 billion economy, $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits.

Jack Nicklaus, 18-time major winner, will join golf industry executives in D.C. for The First Tee Congressional Breakfast. Golf’s leaders will meet with Members of Congress throughout the day to share stories about the game’s nearly 15,000 diverse businesses, two million employees, tax revenue creation, tourism and ecological value.

“Our primary goal is to communicate to Congressional members that golf is a major U.S. industry and generates almost $4 billion annually for charities – more than the MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL combined – with the majority of funds going to causes unrelated to the sport,” says Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation (WGF) and administrator of WE ARE GOLF. “The May 21 event is an ideal opportunity to bring industry stakeholders together on Capitol Hill to showcase the game’s benefits to society and explain why golf courses should be regarded like any other small business.”

Organizations participating include the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The First Tee, United States Golf Association, United States Golf Manufacturers Council, WGF and others.

National Golf Day will feature a day-long exhibit in the Cannon Caucus Room with live lessons for Members of Congress and staff from 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, host of “The Golf Fix” on Golf Channel, and LPGA Professional Dana Rader. Special exhibits and activities include a “Closest to the Pin” contest utilizing an aboutGolf simulator, the exclusive on-air provider for the Golf Channel and official licensed product of the PGA TOUR; state-of-the-art swing analysis from GolfTEC; Birdie Ball, the latest at-home training technology; and a Republican vs. Democrat “Putting Challenge.”

“We look forward to representing the two million men and women who rely on the golf industry to make a living while providing significant benefits to local communities,” says Rhett Evans, CEO of GCSAA and WE ARE GOLF Coalition Chairman. “When passing legislation, we want Congress to appropriately recognize the size and scope of the golf industry so we are treated similarly to other businesses.”

To join the conversation, visit the social media hub at From May 1-31, be sure to use #NGD14 and tag @wearegolf for Twitter and Instagram to show your support for the golf industry.


WE ARE GOLF, created in 2010, is an industry coalition that communicates the economic, charitable and environmental impact of golf, as well the health and wellness benefits of the game and the affordability and accessibility of golf, to Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and regulatory agencies.  The goal of WE ARE GOLF is to ensure that laws and regulations that impact the golf industry are equitable and appropriate to an industry that generates nearly $70 billion in economic impact annually, employs close to two million Americans and generates nearly $4 billion in charitable giving each year.

For more information, please visit