Arccos Golf Introduces Restricted App for Tournament Play

Arccos Golf Introduces Restricted App for Tournament Play

(STAMFORD, CT) – Arccos Golf, LLC – maker of the #1 Performance Tracker in Golf – launches the Arccos Restricted app for tournament play, which is permitted when Local Rule is in effect (see USGA Decision 14-3/0.5).

Arccos Restricted tracks shots live, bringing a player’s current hole to life via bird’s-eye visuals overlaid on GPS imagery, and automatically saves that data to the cloud. This allows a player to review and breakdown their performance after the round is complete. The app also turns your iPhone into a GPS rangefinder for nearly 20,000 courses, providing precise distances to the front, middle and back of each green.

“With adoption of our full system exceeding even our high expectations, we’ve responded to requests for an alternate version of Arccos specifically engineered for tournament play,” says Sal Syed, Arccos CEO. “Arccos Restricted is an outstanding solution for those players who want to use the Arccos system during competitions, while still having post-round access to our renowned Tour Analytics platform.”

The complete version of ARCCOS™ – golf’s only GPS + Shot Tracking + Tour Analytics system – was recently honored with the “Top Buyer’s Choice Award” at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show as determined by a distinguished panel of PGA Professionals and merchandisers.

Requiring no alterations to pre-shot routines, additional devices, tapping or other hindrances to enjoyment and improvement, ARCCOS features a set of 14 virtually weightless sensors. Easily attached to the end of a club grip, each sensor is paired just once via Bluetooth to the company’s free iPhone app.

Now available at Apple Stores, select golf retailers and pro shops nationwide, and http://www.arccosgolf.com, ARCCOS is more than just a great tool for the individual users. Top instructors rely on the system to help their students recognize and correct faults, such as club distance gaps, noticeable shot dispersion patterns and other problem areas.

Led by a team of Ivy League engineers, rocket scientists, PhD’s and designers, Arccos Golf is named after a function of advanced mathematics.

For more information or to view a demo video: arccosgolf.com.

Get social: @arccosgolf, Facebook

About Arccos Golf, LLC

Arccos Golf, LLC provides game-changing connected technology products for golfers. The company aims to revolutionize the golfing experience by integrating GPS shot tracking with a sophisticated platform that generates comparative data which helps golfers truly evaluate their game. Arccos is led by CEO, Sal Syed and COO, Ammad Faisal, two dedicated golfers, entrepreneurs, and childhood friends. Based in Stamford, CT, Arccos is a Callaway Open Innovation Partner with venture capital funding provided by LaunchCapital.

TURNBERRY ISLE MIAMI TEES OFF NEW SPONSORSHIP WITH LAETITIA BECK

TURNBERRY ISLE MIAMI TEES OFF NEW SPONSORSHIP WITH LAETITIA BECK

Iconic Aventura Golf Resort Announces Sponsorship Deal with First Female Israeli Professional Golfer Laetitia Beck

AVENTURA, FL – Renowned South Florida golf resort Turnberry Isle Miami, is pleased to announce an exclusive sponsorship with budding professional golfer, Laetitia Beck. Beck made her debut at the 2014 Women’s British Open as the first Israeli woman to play golf professionally. In December 2014, the 22-year-old became the first Israeli golfer to qualify as a fully-fledged PGA or LPGA Tour player.

“Laetitia is a true trailblazer in the world of golf and her outstanding junior and college accomplishments firmly established her reputation as one of golf’s rising stars,” said Ray Waters, President of Turnberry Isle Miami. “We are proud to sponsor such an inspiring young woman and we wish Laetitia the best of luck in her inaugural season.”

Turnberry Isle Miami is an award-winning golf resort in South Florida known for its two championship golf courses redesigned by Raymond Floyd. A preferred destination for celebrities and influencers, the resort recently hosted former NBA star Alonzo Mourning’s charity golf tournament, Zo’s Hall of Fame Golf Groove, in December. In addition to the pristine courses, Turnberry also features two celebrity chef restaurants; the brand-new Corsair by Scott Conant, and Michael Mina’s award-winning Bourbon Steak.

The exclusive partnership with Beck will see the Turnberry Isle Miami logo featured on Beck’s apparel and golf bag during the 2015 LPGA Tour. The golfer will also make a number of public appearances at the resort including meet-and-greets with club members and resort guests. The sponsorship also includes web-based activities for Beck including participation in interactive online chats and social media postings.

About Turnberry Isle Miami
Tucked away on 300 tropical acres between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Turnberry Isle Miami is a Mediterranean-style retreat with a culture of authenticity, spirited service and enriching experiences. The resort is renowned for its two championship golf courses redesigned by Raymond Floyd, Celebrity Chef Scott Conant’s new restaurant Corsair, Celebrity Chef Michael Mina’s award-winning Bourbon Steak restaurant, three-story Spa & Fitness Center, the elite Cañas Tennis, three relaxing pools, 40,000 square feet of meetings space, beach club on the Atlantic and engaging kids camps all within reach of 408 spacious guest rooms and suites. An Autograph Collection property, Turnberry Isle Miami is a recent Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Hotel and recipient of Four Star Status for its award-winning Spa & Fitness Center. For more information or for reservations, call 1-866-612-7739 or visit http://www.turnberryislemiami.com.

To receive regular updates and news, follow @TIsleMiami on Twitter and Like the Facebook page.

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DST Golf’s Compressor Used by Four Top-12 Finishers at WGC Cadillac Championship

DST Golf’s Compressor Used by Four Top-12 Finishers at WGC Cadillac Championship DST Golf’s Compressor Used by Four Top-12 Finishers at WGC Cadillac Championship

Cutting-edge Warm-up Clubs Trusted by More Than 35 PGA Tour Players

(SALISBURY, England) – DST Golf – developer of award-winning warm-up clubs featuring patent-pending Delayed Strike Technology – confirms four of the top-12 finishers at the WGC Cadillac Championship used the revolutionary DST Compressor warm-up club when preparing for tournament play on the practice range at Trump National Doral.

The Compressor features a scientifically-curved shaft that is engineered to replicate the shape of a normal shaft in the optimal impact position. The innovative design helps players learn how to control the club face through impact and compress the ball, which leads to improved consistency, control and accuracy.

“Nothing is more important than the impact position; the moment of truth for any golf swing,” says DST Golf Founder and CEO Bertie Cordle. “When golfers see and feel the proper hand alignment at impact, they have the potential to improve their whole game. The missing link in golf has been the ability for players to replicate the key position of the greatest ball strikers in history. With DST Golf, this is now possible.”

In addition to the DST Compressor, the company’s CR-10 clubs help enable a gradual move to a traditional club by incorporating the amended sole angle and hand alignment marker of the Compressor with a standard shaft. The specific sole angle of the CR-10 helps players locate, train and perfect the optimum club head movement through impact before assuming use of their own clubs.

To find out more about DST Golf, including access to in-depth technology videos and player testimonials, visit http://www.dstgolf.com.

Get social: Facebook, @DSTGolf

About DST Golf

Based in Salisbury, England, DST Golf was founded by former European Challenge Tour player, Bertie Cordle in 2013. Cordle taught at a number of top flight golf academies in the UK, Portugal and Germany and spent three years studying the biomechanics of ball striking which culminated in the design and development of DST Golf’s patent pending technology.

Chasing the Sun on Hilton Head Island’s Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

During the longest winter in recent memory, heat-seekers are busy finding the best package deals available. Which is why many savvy golfers set up shop at Hilton Head Island’s renowned Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (March 2015) — A quick scan of the PGA Tour schedule leaves little wonder why the world’s best golfers jumpstart their seasons by flocking south like geese to Florida for a quartet of March clambakes. Three short weeks following the Floridian finale at Arnie’s place, there’s a little gathering in Augusta, Ga., called the Masters. “I’ll get my game razor-sharp in Florida,” the players say to themselves, “then head to Augusta ready to roll.”

It’s a similar approach for vacationers looking to jumpstart their spring seasons. Which is why many savvy travelers are taking advantage of attractively priced package deals at renowned places such as the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island. Every April the week after the Masters, fans of world-class golf — or at least a great time — flock to Hilton Head for the PGA Tour’s popular island event, The Heritage.

LINKS Magazine recently selected the World’s Top 25 Golf Islands and Hilton Head ranked No. 7 on the auspicious list. LINKS said Hilton Head enjoyed the “Biggest Selection of Accessible Courses.”

“More than two dozen to choose from, at every price level,” the magazine wrote of Hilton Head, “and most of them with plenty of available tee times.”

The Palmetto Dunes’ “Group Golf Stay and Play Package” gives participants three rounds of golf per person for groups of 12+ with a 4 day/ 3-night stay in Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Choose from the resort’s three championship golf courses designed by architects Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills and George Fazio, and receive a fourth round free plus free replays when you book by March 31, 2015.

The Package also includes 4 days /3 nights in luxury resort 2 bedroom villas at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, as well as preferred rates and priority access to all resort activities and amenities, along with a 10% discount on non sale hard goods, 20% discount on non sale soft goods at all pro shops.

Those looking to enjoy some world-class golf, tennis and much more this winter at the most family-friendly resort around should try Hilton Head Island, S.C., and its venerable Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort — and be sure to stay a while. For more information about Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and its many golf packages, call 877-567-6513 or visit http://www.PalmettoDunes.com.

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About Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is a 2,000-acre resort destination located in the middle of Hilton Head Island, S.C., bounded by 3 miles of Atlantic Ocean beach on one side and a sheltered Intracoastal Waterway marina on the other. The resort features three world-class golf courses, an award-winning tennis center, an 11-mile inland salt-water lagoon system for kayaking and fishing, and Hilton Head Outfitters for bike rentals, canoes, kayaks, fishing and much more. The Mediterranean-style Shelter Cove Harbour deep-water marina, located right across from Palmetto Dunes, features waterfront shopping and dining and a wide variety of charters, including nature cruises, dolphin tours, sport crabbing and fishing. For information about activities or reservations, please call 877-567-6513 or visit http://www.PalmettoDunes.com.

About Greenwood Communities & Resorts
Based in Greenwood, S.C., Greenwood Communities & Resorts has been a leader in the creation and management of award-winning residential and resort communities in the southeastern United States since 1978. Beginning with the award-winning Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., and now including communities like The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Big Canoe near Atlanta and The Ponds in Charleston, Greenwood’s mission has always been to create memorable places that foster meaningful and fulfilling lives. For more information, please call 843-785-1106 or visit http://www.GreenwoodCR.com.

CHAMP® Launches SLIM-Lok Spike Fastening System

CHAMP® Launches SLIM-Lok Spike Fastening System

Facilitates Thinner, Lighter, Stronger Outsoles in High-Performance Golf Shoes

(MARLBOROUGH, MA) – CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide – CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide – The World Leader in Sport Cleat Technology® and maker of innovative CHAMP spikes, high-performance grips, golf tees and accessories – announces the launch of SLIM-Lok, the thinnest, lightest and strongest spike fastening system available for golf footwear.

The patented integrated, built-in locking ring, allows shoemakers to create thinner, lighter designs engineered to bring golfers closer to the playing surface. An added bonus is all SLIM-Lok spikes and materials are compatible to every TRI-Lok® and Fast Twist® shoe ever made. It also greatly simplifies the spike changing process while virtually eliminating the risk of spike loss during rounds. An exclusive CHAMP technology, SLIM-Lok is trusted by scores of leading OEMs – including ECCO®, New Balance®, Nike®, OGIO®, TRUE Linkswear™ and Under Armour®

“We’ve been able to develop a superior system by combining our unrivalled manufacturing heritage and expertise with the latest material and tooling technologies.” says Harris MacNeill, President and CEO of CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide. “SLIM-Lok is also precisely aligned to the needs of modern golfers seeking greater stability, cushioning and lightweight comfort.”

The SLIM-Lok premiere is accompanied by the introduction of replacement golf spikes that fit in the millions of pairs of golf shoes currently in the marketplace which feature TRI-LOK and Fast Twist spike receptacles. This unmatched level of compatibility allows retailers to reduce inventory SKUs while eliminating consumer confusion.

SLIM-Lok replacement spikes are available in all of the company’s most popular models, including Zarma Tour® , ScorpionStinger™ and Helix®.

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

About CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide

Celebrating more than 80 years of unparalleled engineering innovations, CHAMP/MacNeill Engineering Worldwide has been a pioneer in spike technology since it introduced the world’s first locking spike, SURE-LOK. The company is the world’s largest manufacturer of replacement spikes specific to various sports, and the dominant global brand in football, soccer, golf, baseball, cricket and rugby.

The company has produced several industry-changing systems under the CHAMP brand and has become the #1 Brand On Tour®. Beyond its wide range of technically-advanced cleats and the Zarma FLYtee™, the company’s signature C Grips lines have gained a loyal following among players who recognize their superior feel, durability and performance characteristics. With distribution in more than 100 countries, CHAMP/MacNeill is headquartered in Marlborough, MA, with offices in Europe and Asia.

Salamander Hotels & Resorts announces enhancements to the famed Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Reso

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Salamander Hotels & Resorts announces enhancements to the famed Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort

Restorative improvements at the site of the Valspar Championship will honor the guiding principles of Course Architect Larry Packard

Innisbrook Resort’s three other layouts headlined by the highly regarded Island Course

PALM HARBOR, FL (March 12, 2015) – Salamander Hotels & Resorts today announced comprehensive enhancements to its famed Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort that will honor the guiding principles of legendary Course Architect Larry Packard.

The six-month restorative work will take place from May through October this year and includes replacing all fairways and rough, rebuilding each green, and reshaping bunkers to stay true to Packard’s masterful design. The announcement was made on the first day of the 2015 Valspar Championship presented by BB&T, an official PGA TOUR event, which is held annually at Copperhead. The tree-lined layout features rolling terrain and is rated by many professionals as one of the finest courses they play.

“Our vision is to respect and protect the vision of Larry Packard and his signature design, and continue to elevate the golf experience for our guests, members, partners and playing professionals,” said Sheila C. Johnson, Founder & CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, and owner of Innisbrook. “Our exciting restoration will accomplish this goal in an environmentally sensitive fashion and help maintain Innisbrook’s reputation as a one of America’s top golf destinations for years to come.”

Copperhead has hosted a professional golf tournament for the past 25 years and is home to the Snake Pit, which is one of the toughest closing stretches of holes in golf. It opened in 1972 and is one of four layouts at the resort designed by Packard, who passed away last year at the age of 101. An architect of over 600 courses, Packard lived at Innisbrook for more than 40 years while the resort’s steakhouse even bears his name. Innisbrook’s three other Packard-designed courses: Island, North and South will allow the resort to continue to provide excellent alternatives for its members, groups and guests. In fact, many local residents rank Island as their favorite Innisbrook course and it is often played by professionals tuning up for the Valspar Championship.

“I’ve always enjoyed playing The Copperhead,” said Luke Donald, who won at Innisbrook in 2012.  “It is one of my favorite weeks of the year. I’m very glad to hear that Innisbrook is doing so much to make sure that it remains a great test of golf for years to come.”

“As players, you judge a tournament by the course, by the facilities and by the people involved,” said Stewart Cink, the 2009 Open Championship winner. “The Copperhead is very well-designed.  There is a resistance to low scoring, but it is very fair.  The course is in great shape with pure greens and uniform fairways.  It makes for great golf and with this news, it sounds like Valspar and Innisbrook are doing their part to make sure it stays that way for years to come.

As part of the plan to faithfully restore the intent and characteristics of Packard’s timeless design, Wadsworth Golf Construction Company – which was the original course builder – has been engaged to oversee the project work. Each green will be rebuilt to United States Golf Association specifications with TifEagle Bermuda grass, while several will be restored to their original size to allow for additional pin placements. Fairways will be replaced with Celebration Bermuda grass and a number of viewing areas around the greens will be modified to allow for larger tournament galleries in the future.

“This makes a significant statement by Salamander and Sheila Johnson to elevate this event for the Tampa Bay area, and is an important step toward ensuring our long-term commitment to this great event,” said Gary Hendrickson, Chairman and CEO of The Valspar Corporation.

The restorative project will also include the reshaping and rebuilding of Copperhead’s strategically placed bunkers. All tee boxes will be rebuilt and laser leveled, several will be expanded, and the forward tee length will be shortened to enhance the experience for junior, senior and women golfers. The length of the course for tour professionals, however, will remain at a challenging 7,340 yards.

“The Copperhead Course is a jewel on the schedule and this restoration will only enhance its standing among our players,” said Andy Pazder, Executive Vice President and Chief of Operations for the PGA TOUR.

In the spirit of recent sustainability initiatives by the United States Golf Association and the PGA of America, a new state-of-the-art irrigation system will be installed that will save 11 million gallons of water per year – enough to fill 1,100 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Prior to this year’s Valspar Championship, Salamander also added new sand to Copperhead’s bunkers, extended a number of tee boxes, and conducted multiple course aerifications and fertilizer applications.

Innisbrook is located at 36750 U.S. Highway 19 North, Innisbrook, FL 34684. For more information, visit at http://www.VisitInnisbrook.com or call (727) 942-2000.

About Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort
Operated by Salamander Hotels & Resorts and owned by Sheila C. Johnson, Innisbrook is situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling hills in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and is located just 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport. The resort features 72 holes of championship golf, 550 spacious guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Academy, 11 tennis courts, the luxury Indaba Spa with 12 treatment rooms and state-of-the-art Fitness Center, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. Part of Salamander’s Grand Golf Resorts of Florida portfolio, Innisbrook hosts the annual Valspar Championship presented by BB&T at its famed Copperhead Course. For additional information call 727.942.2000 or visit http://www.innisbrookgolfresort.com.

About Salamander Hotels & Resorts
Salamander Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company has a portfolio that features a collection of three stellar Florida golf resorts including Innisbrook Resort near Tampa, Reunion Resort in Orlando and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast; the luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-inspired property near Washington, D.C.; the development and management of The Henderson, a 171-room beachfront resort in Destin, FL; and the new Tryon Resort in Tryon, NC. For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit http://www.salamanderhotels.com.       

GolfTEC Launches ‘More Fairways on Sale’ Promotion for March

GolfTEC Launches ‘More Fairways on Sale’ Promotion for March

World’s Leading Golf Lessons Provider Offers Special Rates on Game Plans, Lesson Packs
to Help All Players Properly Prepare for the New Season

(Centennial, CO) – GolfTEC – the world leader in golf lessons – announces its annual March “More Fairways On Sale” promotion kicks-off this week at nearly 200 locations in the U.S. and Canada, providing special rates on the company’s leading-edge golf instruction programs, including game plans and lesson packs.

Offered throughout the month, this outstanding opportunity allows golfers to receive up to 20% off GolfTEC’s lessons that are taught one-on-one by Certified Personal Coaches in private, indoor bays that utilize proprietary teaching technology. Highly efficient and boasting a 96 percent success rate, GolfTEC lessons help golfer of all abilities maximize on-course performance and enjoyment.

“Over the past 20 years we have helped grow the game by creating better players who enjoy golf more and play more often because of it,” says Joe Assell, Co-Founder and CEO at GolfTEC. “Our March sale provides a strong early season incentive to experience our highly productive learning programs and first-rate coaches. This is an excellent way for all golfers to get a leg up on the competition for 2015.”

Developing a comprehensive improvement plan for each student is the foundation of GolfTEC’s philosophy. All the Game Plans include a TECfit club fitting with coaches also teaching outside short-game and on-course lessons.

The renowned coaching staff is comprised of experienced professionals, most of whom have taught thousands of lessons. Each goes through a rigorous multi-week certification at GolfTEC University including continued advanced training to master the analysis of golf mechanics, the technology of the GolfTEC system and the most productive teaching techniques. Committed to strengthening the industry and hiring only the best staff, GolfTEC is the largest employer of PGA Professionals in the world.

To learn more about the March promotion please visit https://www.golftec.com/march-sale or call 877-446-5383.

About GolfTEC

The world leader in golf lessons has a 96 percent success rate among its students. The more than 600 GolfTEC Certified Personal Coaches at nearly 200 centers worldwide, including nearly 80 within Golfsmith stores, have given over 5 million lessons since 1995. All lessons are based on the company’s “Five Factors:” Fact-Based Diagnosis, Sequential Lessons, Video-Based Practice, Advanced Retention Tools, and TECfit club fitting. GolfTEC Improvement Centers can be found in almost all major U.S. cities, Canada, Japan and Korea. 

Be Treated Like Royalty at Monarch Beach Golf Links

Be Treated Like Royalty at Monarch Beach Golf Links
Unlimited golf, Pacific Ocean views, a luxurious spa make St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort your personal castle

Dana Point, Calif. (March 5, 2015) – It’s good to be the king. Or at least be treated like one.
St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort is rolling out the red carpet and giving guests the royal treatment as part of the “Unlimited Golf Getaway,” just unveiled by the luxurious Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond property in southern California’s beautiful Orange County.
The new package — which is good throughout the year — allows golfers as much golf as they like on the 6,600-yard, par-70 Monarch Beach Golf Links. Along dramatic bluffs, master architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. has fashioned a modern design inspired by the legendary seaside Scottish links. Amid sweeping views to the sea, Monarch Beach Golf Links is a well-crafted routing of tight fairways and rolling greens that provide challenges as well as enjoyment to golfers of all levels.

The resort is the recipient of a Silver Medal from GOLF magazine and has been rated 4.5 stars (out of 5) by Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play.” One of the best ways to make the playing experience is with your own “Golf Butler,” who can attend to your group for an additional charge.
And there’s much more to make guests, golfers or not, feel like a king or a queen for a day or however long they choose to stay.

The resort has a secluded private beach, the award-wining Spa Gaucin, six restaurants (all looking out over the blue Pacific), three swimming pools, a host of family-friendly programs, and the incomparable St. Regis Butler Service.

Furthermore, golfers can leave their clubs at home and take advantage of the resort’s popular “FLEX Set” rental program, that allows players to “mix and match” from the latest and greatest equipment, creating a set uniquely tailored to their games while testing the newest gear. And don’t forget to stop by the “Golf & Lifestyle” shop, an award-winning retail store at the golf course (one of the “Top 100 Golf Shops” recognized by Golf World Business magazine).

Rates for the Unlimited Golf Getaway package begin at $665 per night (single occupancy). Overnight valet parking included.
For more details about the Unlimited Golf package at The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, call (855) 878-5758, or visit stregismb.com/golf (please mention promo code LAPK).

About St. Regis Monarch Beach

The St. Regis Monarch Beach in Orange County, Calif., is a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond awarded resort with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and 400 exquisitely appointed guest rooms and suites. This resort, nestled along the coast in Dana Point, features the Robert Trent Jones-designed Monarch Beach Golf Links, access to one of the most exclusive beaches in Southern California, three luxurious pools, six ocean-view restaurants including the Chef Michael Mina’s lauded Stonehill Tavern, award-wining Spa Gaucin and the iconic St. Regis Butler Service. The resort prides itself on personalization and ensures that unique preferences are known and addressed flawlessly to ensure the highest quality of accommodations and satisfaction levels amongst guests.

The Golf Club Castelfalfi and Its Medieval Castle

Tuscany is a secret golfer’s paradise. 

In the 1990’s many prime courses were developed in the area taking advantage of the natural topography. One of the best golf courses is the Golf Club Castelfalfi. The scenic course has 27 holes and over 9,400 meters of hillside and greens nestled between olive groves. The Fairways are Fescue Arundinacea Greens – T1 Bent grass. The team at Castelfalfi was adamant that retaining and emphasizing the course’s natural features was crucial and that sustainable water management systems were put in place to collect and save precious rainwater.

The 18-hole, (Par 72) Mountain Course is 6,351 meters long with steep gradients and water hazards make the course among Italy’s most challenging layouts and attracting players from across the globe. The Mountain Course was remodeled from the the award winning architects Moroder and Preissman in August 2010. The course was designed to complement the natural topography of the land giving each tee individual character, and the pre-existing woodland providing a sense of privacy on each fairway. The course’s signature 9th hole, a par 3, perches on a spectacular slope, commanding panoramic views stretching from the Castello of Castelfalfi to the ancient hilltop town of Volterra. The resort recently opened the 9-hole, (Par 37) Lake Course in November 2011, with plans to extend it to a full 18 holes.

The Lake Course was designed by award-winning German golf architect Rainer Preissman with suitable play for all golf levels. The Lake Course starts out in a south westerly direction from the first tee and loops back to its beginning tracing the Tuscan landscape. Castelfalfi golf facilities also include a driving range with three lawn-teeing grounds, as well as 10 covered drives, two putting greens and a short pitch area. Half-rounds at Castelfalfi conveniently start and finish by the club house, where golfers can sit back and reflect on their day’s play whilst enjoying a spectacular view of the Tuscan countryside. The club house is set to be renovated in 2013 and will be constructed around two country villas offering an architectural design with a contemporary twist.

The Castle, the heart of Castelfalfi’s Borgo since the early Middle Ages, was inaugurated in May 2014 with a wonderful musical show, after having being renovated for a long time. On the Castle’s ground floor, which boasts a panoramic terrace overlooking the surrounding countryside and the golf course, an international restaurant offers a sophisticated cuisine based on the high quality of its local ingredients. Also, this floor hosts a wine bar and some multi-purpose spaces for private events, meetings and banquets. Michele Rinaldi is the chef that leads the restaurant La Rocca di Castelfalfi: a young chef from Bergamo who achieved his first Michelin star at the age of 27. After having worked in some of the most renowned Italian and international restaurants, Chef Rinaldi delights his guests by offering a classic cuisine combined with sophisticated techniques, without forgetting tradition and simplicity, and a particular attention to detail. The Castle is animated also by a cooking school that offers various cookery courses, from the classic ones, dedicated to home-made pasta and traditional menus, to the more creative bakery or finger food courses. In addition, even the new hotel will have its own restaurant. The Hotel La Tabaccaia, which opened in March 2013, now serves an delicious buffet breakfast with fine Italian espresso in the hotel lounge; guests can also enjoy drinks, including Castelfalfi’s own wines, in the hotel bar. The shops in the Borgo sell local products, including truffles, mushrooms, pasta and the estate’s olive oil and wine.

Discover the most hidden paradise in the Heart of Tuscany. Find your hideaway in the midst of everything.

Toscana Resort Castelfalfi is an 800-year old medieval hamlet in Tuscany lovingly being restored and developed to welcome visitors by its present owner, TUI AG, the world’s biggest tourism company. The Toscana Resort Castelfalfi project started in 2007 following a decades’ long migration of its inhabitants in the ‘60s, when locals moved to bigger cities for work. Only five inhabitants were living on the estate when TUI AG purchased the property. Castelfalfi covers more than 2,700 acres of vineyards, olive groves, woods, and lakes.
Location: Castelfalfi is located in Montaione, a village in the Province of Florence, in Tuscany.

Airports: Castelfalfi is 60 minutes away by car from Florence airport and 40 minutes away from Pisa airport.

Strong Dollar Spurs U.S. Golfers to Join Trump International Golf Links & Hotel

Strong Dollar Spurs U.S. Golfers to Join Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg in County Clare, Ireland

Strengthening U.S. dollar against the Euro increases demand for membership at one of the most prestigious Links Golf Course in Ireland

County Clare, Ireland (March 3, 2015) – If you haven’t been cheering on the dollar yet, now is the time. Thanks to a strong dollar, the joining fee at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg on the coast of County Clare, Ireland, is the best deal in the game: International Membership is now available from $16,800* for a family membership, which include a spouse, and children up to age 25. The annual dues for this iconic club are a mere $3,600* annually.

When guests become a member of Trump International Golf Links, Doonbeg, they will also gain access the 17 other golf courses within the Trump Golf portfolio worldwide. Each of these courses, from Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey, to Trump Golf Links in Ferry Point, New York, are truly spectacular.

Membership also offers exclusivity to guests on a whole other level. Members are treated to a world class links golf course, with 5-star accommodations in one of the most beautiful destinations, on Ireland’s wonderfully rugged south west coast. Direct flights from many US cities, ensure members can fly over on a Friday evening and be on the first tee Saturday morning, with a pint of Guinness in hand.

Trump International Golf Links, Doonbeg was opened in 2001, with the spectacular par-72 layout which plays over 7,000 yards from the championship tees. Changes in wind speed and direction off the Atlantic Ocean mean the course plays differently almost every day.

In February 2014, the club was purchased by Mr. Donald Trump. He immediately set out a plan for significant improvements to the course, with a vision to deliver a golf experience unparalleled in Ireland. To realize his vision, he enlisted one of the most highly rated Golf Links architects in the world, Dr. Martin Hawtree, to re-design the course. Since October 2014, the course has undergone major renovations which will completely change many holes and establish Trump International Golf Links, Doonbeg, as one of the truly great Links Golf Courses. The renovations will soon be complete for an official re-launch in June 2015 in advance of The Great Irish Links Challenge tournament (also in June).

Away from the golf course, there is so much more for guests to enjoy. The property is the only Links Golf Course in Ireland which boasts a 5-star hotel as well. Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg has the inviting ambiance of a country manor home overlooking Doughmore Bay. Each of the hotel’s rooms and guest suites are individually designed with hand-selected antiques, reclaimed woods and bespoke furnishings and fabrics. With fine dining by Executive Head ChefGreg Budzyn, who spends his time creating dishes which infuse international flavors with locally sourced ingredients, to the White Horses Spa, a world-class sanctuary of wellness and rejuvenation designed by internationally recognized Irish-born designer Clodagh O’ Kennedy, there is something for everyone at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg.

Also on Doonbeg’s doorstep lies an extensive array of activities from horseback riding to rock climbing, deep sea fishing to dolphin watching and more. Some of Ireland’s most popular attractions include The Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Ailwee Cave and The Aran Islands, all of which are located close to the hotel. A dedicated concierge assists all members with travel planning needs and exclusive privileges beyond.

Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg encapsulates an extraordinary experience where no two visits are the same, ensuring travelers will want to come back again and again. With every detail carefully considered, the standard of accommodation at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg is unprecedented, offering a distinct departure from generic hotel offerings and raising a new benchmark for the discerning guest.

Discover the many benefits of membership at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg by calling 844-366-6234 or emailing Brendan Murphy, Director of Membership & Real Estate at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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About Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg
Set along the Atlantic shores in County Clare, Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg is the only 5-star luxury coastal resort in western Ireland. The 400-acre property features 205 guest rooms and suites as well as a magnificent Greg Norman-designed championship links course and distinct dining by Tom Colicchio, Consulting Chef of the Lodge. The White Horses Spa, a sanctuary of wellness and rejuvenation designed by Clodagh, incorporates the essence of Ireland into all treatments, with skincare products by Kerstin Florian. Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Ireland is a member of Small Luxury Hotels.