Pro Golfer Tees Up at the U.S. Open as First Competitor Sponsored by Wine Spectator

New York, NY (June 18, 2015) — Wine Spectator magazine, a publication of M. Shanken Communications, has announced it will be sponsoring professional golfer Thomas Aiken starting with this week’s U.S. Open. The sponsorship is for three years.

“It is an honor to wear the Wine Spectator logo, especially given my close friendship with Marvin Shanken, who I greatly admire for his competitive spirit in the business world,” says Aiken. “I must also admit, I love wine!”

Aiken, 31, a South African native, won the Order of Merit on South Africa’s Sunshine Tour in 2014, awarded to the player who earns the most prize money on South Africa’s professional golf tour over a minimum of nine tournaments. Aiken has also won three times on the European Tour, his most recent win coming at the 2014 Africa Open. Currently ranked 132nd in the Official World Golf Ranking, this is Aiken’s debut in the U.S. Open, one of professional golf’s four major tournaments. Aiken has also played in the Open Championship seven times, with his best result a tie for 7th in 2012; and has played in the PGA Championship twice.

Aiken has also been a mainstay at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Played in Scotland over several course, it is the European Tour’s equivalent of the PGA’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am. For the last seven years Aiken has teamed with M. Shanken Communications chairman and Wine Spectator owner Marvin R. Shanken in the tournament.

“I have been rooting for Thomas for many years,” said Shanken. “Having him represent Wine Spectator means the brand will be exposed to an affluent and highly desirable audience worldwide.”

This year marks the 115th playing of the U.S. Open. The tournament is being held at Chambers Bay Golf Course, which runs along Washington’s Puget Sound. It is the first time the course has hosted the U.S. Open. The first round begins Thursday, June 18, at 7:00 am PDT. Aiken tees off at 2:06 p.m. PDT alongside American Daniel Summerhays and New Zealand’s Danny Lee.

About Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches more than 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (WineSpectator.com), mobile platforms, and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, and delivers expert reviews of more than 15,000 wines each year. The magazine also runs the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation, which has raised more than $20 million to support wine and food education and scholarship programs over the last 30 years. Foundation beneficiaries have included the University of California, Davis, Department of Viticulture & Ecology; the Culinary Institute of America; Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration; Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute; and Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. Marvin R. Shanken is the founder and chairman of parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc. whose roster also includes lifestyle publications Cigar Aficionado and Whisky Advocate, and industry journals Shanken Impact Newsletter, Market Watch, and Shanken News Daily.

Reynolds Plantation and Ritz-Carlton Lodge Celebrate Women’s Golf Month

REYNOLDS PLANTATION AND THE RITZ-CARLTON LODGE, REYNOLDS PLANTATION CELEBRATE WOMEN’S GOLF MONTH THROUGHOUT JUNE
Newly-launched “Swing and Spa” package available through November

Greensboro, Ga. – June 18, 2015 – The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation and Reynolds Plantation are celebrating Women’s Golf Month throughout the month of June. Georgia’s premier golf getaways, located on picturesque Lake Oconee, are offering exclusive packages, giveaways, clinics and more to salute female golfers and kick off the summer.

“Reynolds Plantation remains one of the leading golf destinations in the country, and we’re thrilled to celebrate Women’s Golf Month here this June,” said Corwin Parker, golf sales manager at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation. “Our property features 117 holes of golf throughout six distinctive courses, and we’ve curated a series of exclusive offers and packages to highlight our unique setting, acknowledge female golfers and celebrate their enthusiasm and involvement in the classic sport.”

The special offers require a confirmed stay at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, and are as follows:

Swing and Spa Package

  • The “Swing and Spa” package at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation invites golf lovers to hit the greens not only in June but through November. The package can be personalized for one or two golfers and includes the following:
    • Overnight accommodations in a resort view guest room, lake view guestroom or executive suite
    • American breakfast(s) in Georgia’s Bistro or through in-room dining, tax and gratuity included
    • One 18-hole round of golf on guest’s choice of either The National or The Landing Courses (The Oconee and Great Waters courses may be played for an additional $50 fee)
    • Additional rounds available on the same course and same day at a reduced rate
    • $150 spa credit(s) to be used towards spa treatments including signature services such as the “Off the Greens Manicure” or “Golf Tonic Massage”
    • Transportation to and from golf courses
    • Swing and Spa starts at $569 per night, and a two-night minimum is required. The package launched in June and will be offered through Sunday, November 15. To reserve your stay, please call the resort’s concierge at 706.467.0600.

Adams & Adidas Giveaway
Reynolds Plantation golfers will receive a ticket for every round of golf played in June for a chance to win a custom fitting at The Kingdom, the property’s state-of-the art club fitting facility, a driver and two fairway woods or a new golf wardrobe courtesy of Adidas.

Dori Carter Golf Clinic
Guests can join LPGA professional Dori Carter for an exclusive golf clinic on Friday, June 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the Oconee course. Complimentary wine will be served.
To RSVP, please call the Reynolds Plantation member concierge at 706.467.1111.

Sip & Chip
On Saturday, June 27, from 4 to 6 p.m., board the Spirit of Oconee at the Plantation Marina, and cruise to the Great Waters course for a golf clinic. Complimentary wine will be provided on the
cruise, and light hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served following the clinic.
To RSVP, please call the Reynolds Plantation member concierge at 706.467.1111.

Women’s Demo Day and Trunk Show
On Saturday, June 20, from 1:30 to 5 p.m., Reynolds Plantation will entertain female golfers on the Oconee course with a trunk show featuring Adam’s golf clubs and Adidas shoes.

Reynolds Plantation and The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee are located just 75 miles from Atlanta and offers 30 acres to explore. For more information about summer offers, events and packages, please visit http://www.RitzCarltonLodge.com.

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About The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation
An AAA Five Diamond resort, The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation is known for its meticulous Ritz-Carlton service enhanced by an abundance of gracious Southern hospitality. Situated within Reynolds Plantation on 30 acres of stunning shoreline property on Georgia’s Lake Oconee, the resort features access to 99 holes of championship golf designed by Bob Cupp, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio and Rees Jones. Additional highlights include: 251 newly refurbished rooms with resort and lake views; a newly-enhanced 27,600-square-foot, full-service spa and fitness center; more than 18,000 square feet of recently-renovated meeting space including expansive indoor meeting and pre-function spaces; the Sandy Creek Barn, a restored 1820s classic wood beam barn; fine low-country cuisine at Georgia’s Bistro, updated classics at Linger Longer Steakhouse, casual dining at Gaby’s by the Lake and lakefront Chiminea dining; and outdoor activities ranging from fishing, swimming, waterskiing, jet skiing, paddle boarding and wakeboarding to horseback riding and hiking. For more information and reservations, please call toll-free (800) 826-1945, (706) 467-0600 or visit www.ritzcarltonlodge.com.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 87 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information or reservations,
visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, and for the latest company updates, visit news.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

About Reynolds Plantation
Reynolds Plantation, located between Atlanta and Augusta, Ga., is situated along more than 374 miles of Lake Oconee shoreline and features six championship golf courses, dining, swimming pools, pedestrian trails, marinas, a tennis center and a wellness campus. Reynolds Plantation is also home to The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, a 251-room lakefront resort and spa, which was named a 2014 AAA Five Diamond Lodging and 2014 Forbes Four-Star resort. The community is located about an hour and a half from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. For more information, visit www.reynoldsplantation.com.

President of Catalunya lends his support to Spain’s bid for The 2022 Ryder Cup

President of Catalunya lends his support to Spain’s bid for The 2022 Ryder Cup

Artur Mas, President of Generalitat De Catalunya, formally backed Spain’s bid for The 2022 Ryder Cup by welcoming Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills to Barcelona..

The formal reception was a conclusion of the evaluation visit originally conducted by Ryder Cup Europe in March 2015 – the schedule for which was curtailed by the Germanwings disaster.

President Mas was joined by senior leaders from across the region of Catalunya to reinforce the institutional support for bringing The 2022 Ryder Cup Match to Spain.

Speaking of the visit, Richard Hills said: “For us, political support is important and something we take into consideration when making our evaluation. It is encouraging to see institutional support, led by President Mas, for bringing The Ryder Cup to Catalunya”.

Speaking of the Spanish bid, Mr Hills added: “The Costa Brava Barcelona 2022 bid has many strengths and I am impressed by the progress made to date. In July, we will make a further evaluation visit to PGA Catalunya Resort. Spain has an obvious important historical link to our event through Severiano Ballesteros and has some very patriotic support from Sergio García, Miguel Ángel Jiménez and José María Olazábal.”

Spain is the only country on mainland Europe to have previously hosted a Ryder Cup. When asked about this, Mr Hills replied: “The fact that Spain played host to the 32nd Match at Valderama in 1997 is no impediment to hosting the event again”.

When questioned about the other bidding nations, Richard Hills concluded: “We have four very strong candidates. I foresee narrowing it down to one being the hardest part of this process.”

Ryder Cup Europe will announce the successful host for The 2022 Ryder Cup Match in Autumn 2015.

Find out more about the bid: www.costabravabarcelona2022.com

U.S. Open Played On Reclaimed Quarry

U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE PLAYED ON RECLAIMED SAND, GRAVEL QUARRY
Course Highlights Industry’s Sustainability

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 18, 2015– The 2015 U.S. Open, hosted by the Chambers Bay Golf Course on Puget Sound, Washington, is the first championship match played on a reclaimed sand and gravel site.

“The Chambers Bay golf course is just one high profile example of an aggregates operation that went on to a higher purpose of serving its community,” said National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association President and CEO Michael W. Johnson. “It exemplifies the sustainability of the stone, sand and gravel industry and shows what an asset an operation can be to future generations.”

Johnson, an avid golfer himself, noted that many former aggregates operations are transformed into parks, municipal water reservoirs, golf courses and amusement parks. Some are simply filled in and returned to their original state.

Over time the Chambers Bay site has been used as a paper mill, industrial center, several lumber companies, a railroad center, and eventually one of the most successful quarries on the West Coast.

Throughout its history, different aspects of the quarry changed hands numerous times before it was consolidated by Lone Star Northwest. Eventually it was bought by Glacier Northwest, a subsidiary of the CalPortland Company.
Ron Summers, Senior Vice President at CalPortland Company and one time manager of the site, has played the course. He said the underlying layer of sand and gravel makes the course hard and fast.

“It is going to be a challenging and exciting U.S. Open,” Summers said.

“Steilacoom grade” aggregate from the quarry was some of the best in the region and highly sought after because of its extreme hardness. It is estimated that 95% of Seattle was built on the site’s sand and gravel.

“The aggregates industry is central to American prosperity,” Johnson added. “There is nothing significant built in this country that doesn’t begin with a rock and the Chambers Bay course is no different. If the aggregates industry is doing well, America is doing well.”

NSSGA is the leading advocate for the aggregates industry. Its members – stone, sand and gravel producers and the equipment manufacturers and service providers who support them – produce the essential raw materials found in homes, buildings, roads, bridges and public works projects and represent more than 90 percent of the crushed stone and 70 percent of the sand and gravel mined annually in the United States. Production of aggregates in the U.S. in 2013 totaled more than 2 billion metric tons at a value of $18.6 billion. The aggregates industry employs approximately 100,000 highly-skilled men and women.

Chambers Bay History:
The area was originally settled by the Steilacoom Indian Tribe, who thrived in the region for more than 400 years.
Soon after Europeans discovered Puget Sound in 1792, Hudson Bay Company established trading posts and the non-native population began to grow. Thomas Chambers, a prominent judge and businessman, built the first flour, grist and saw mills in the area. He ushered in an era of industrial growth. Today a golf course, park, elementary school and creek are named after him. Ironically, Chambers never set foot in the area that now bears his name.

In 1890, the federal government contracted with the Pacific Bridge Company to begin mining the area for use in Army forts around the Sound.

The different aspects of the quarry changed hands numerous times before it was consolidated by Lone Star Northwest. Eventually it was bought by Glacier Northwest, a subsidiary of the CalPortland Company.

The quarry stretched from the waters of Puget Sound more than 3500 ft inland. In 1992, the property was purchased by Pierce County, Washington for $33 million. With an additional $21 million investment, the Chambers Bay Golf Course, designed by famed course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., opened on the site in 2007.

Since Washington state had never having hosted the U.S. Open, Chambers Bay with its sand base was a natural choice for the tournament.

Due to the unique geological make up and being adjacent to Puget Sound the links-style course emulated the great Scottish course, St. Andrews. According to the course’s website, “Chambers Bay may be the closest recreation of a Scottish links land course this side of the Atlantic.”

It features a 70-foot tall sand dune covering seven acres, fairways the width of a football field and 60-foot long tees make this a dramatic course, with elevation changes, bunkers and greens providing character and playability.

NextVR and FOX Sports Partner For Live Virtual Reality Broadcast of U.S. Open

NextVR and FOX Sports Partner For Live Virtual Reality Broadcast of U.S. Open

Network’s First U.S. Open Brings Historic First Live Multi-Camera VR Broadcast Experience

June 17, 2015, LAGUNA BEACH, CA – NextVR, a technology company pioneering capture and delivery of live and on-demand virtual reality experiences, and FOX Sports, the sports broadcasting arm for 21st Century FOX, today announced a partnership to bring live streaming VR to the 2015 U.S. Open. FOX Sports inaugural broadcast of this longstanding USGA tradition kicks off on June 18, 2015 with VR viewership available to fans visiting select hospitality areas of the course.

“Our ongoing efforts with NextVR are exactly the kind of relationships we are exploring with our new FOX Lab platform,” said John Entz, FOX Sports President, Production. “Virtual reality is most certainly delivering a new level of excitement to next-generation production possibilities and it will be great to gauge the reactions of the audiences who get to sample it at the U.S. Open this weekend on FOX.”

NextVR is leading the way in providing live, long-form broadcast quality content across all virtual reality devices, to a global audience. NextVR has tested and proven its live delivery platform with the NBA, NHL, MLB, and partnered with FOX Sports earlier this year to broadcast the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in California.

At the U.S. Open’s VIP tents, approximately 100-300 visitors daily can be immersed in NextVR’s live virtual reality experience. Five camera rigs will be placed at premium vantage points around the course. Fans will have the ability in real time, to virtually visit the most active holes and be instantly immersed in the action. NextVR will also live stream the U.S. Open VR experience to FOX Sports locations in New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver.

“We’re thrilled to be working with FOX Sports again and to be part of their inaugural U.S. Open coverage,” said DJ Roller, Co-Founder, NextVR.  “This demonstrates FOX Sports’ confidence in NextVR’s technology and their commitment to bring groundbreaking experiences to fans. It’s a major milestone for both companies.”

U.S. Open 2015 highlights as well as other premium experiences will be included on the NextVR portal, which will be available on all virtual reality devices, including Oculus, Samsung, Sony and others. The portal will enable fully-immersive content to be streamed with pristine quality using current home and mobile Internet connections

 
ABOUT NextVR

NextVR is the first and only technology company to enable the transmission of live, long-form virtual reality content in broadcast quality – leading the way for live and on-demand VR to become a mainstream entertainment medium.  NextVR is executing on a global scale to bring live sporting events, large-scale concerts, compelling cinematic productions, and more, to virtual reality – with technology that captures every detail of the scene and the action. Launched in 2009, NextVR has a vast IP portfolio with more than 23 patents granted and pending for the capture, compression, transmission, and display of virtual reality content. NextVR’s platform also allows fully immersive content to be streamed with pristine quality using current home and mobile Internet connections.  Founded by veterans in stereoscopic imaging technology, software development and an award-winning filmmaker – NextVR provides a deeply immersive experience.  For more information, go to  http://www.nextvr.com/

About FOX Sports

FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets.  Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships.  FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FOX Sports 1; FOX Sports 2; Fox’s 22 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports.  In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com, FOX Sports GO, Whatifsports.com and Yardbarker.com.  Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.

 

Architect James Engh Wants Fans to Enjoy Course during Symetra Tour’s Tullymore Classic

STANWOOD – Golf course architect James Engh is elated the LPGA’s Symetra Tour is stopping in to play the Tullymore Classic at Tullymore Golf Resort on the Fourth of July weekend, but not because he wants to see professionals take on the classic golf course he designed.

“I’m thinking about the people outside the ropes, visiting the resort, walking around, watching and having a good time,” said the award-winning Colorado-based architect who designed Tullymore for its 2002 opening. “I want them to see all the things that go with great golf – challenge, skill and the beauty of the course.”

The Tour staff will do the course set-up and Engh said tournament experts can make almost any golf course as easy or as hard as they choose. He just hopes they take advantage of the flexibility, versatility and variety of the course design.

“The thing I would recommend is that they change it daily because you have the ability to do that with the many distances and angles that can be played,” he said. “Tour golfers usually don’t like changes all that much. They get in this cocoon of concentration, and change messes with that. I think changing the distances and angles would make it more interesting to watch.”

The 54-hole stroke play championship will tee off on Friday, July 3, and conclude on Sunday, July 5. The top 144 up-and-coming professionals in women’s golf will compete for a purse of $100,000. The winner will earn $15,000 and have an opportunity to move into the top-10 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list. The top-10 on the year-end Symetra Tour money list earns LPGA Tour membership for the 2016 season.

Tullymore can play well over 7,000 yards from the back tee positions with as many as six possible tee positions on each hole. The Symetra Tour works on courses around the country and will find the comfort zone for its players. Engh said he designed the course so that a comfort zone could be found for all golfers regardless of ability.

“There are a lot of interesting features on the course, like the quasi blind shot on No. 3, the risk-reward factors on the five par 5s, negotiating the wetlands and I hope these girls go out and appreciate the quality and the value of the setting and the uniqueness of the holes,” he said. “Of course, when you play at the level the pros play, they lock in and I think it’s very rare that they appreciate the aesthetics of a golf course. Still, Tullymore can be made difficult without having to trick it up. You just adjust the tees and pins and change the angles.”

Tullymore can challenge the pros Engh feels, but he doubts they will find it too difficult. He said designing a course today that would function only as a dramatic challenge to touring professionals without having to be tricked up would not make sense.

“It would be almost impossible for others golfers to play,” he said. “The gap between even an amateur scratch player and a touring pro is wider than ever. In the 60s they were in the same area code. Today a legit scratch player is probably closer to a 10-handicap player than to a touring pro. The professionals are that good and they hit it that far.”

Fans who attend the Tullymore Classic should enjoy the course as much as watching the players. When Engh first came to the property he was captivated.

“It had a lot going for it – great vegetation, mature trees and a wonderful sand base to work from,” he said. “Mix those things with existing wetlands and we came up with beauty and variety. The goal was to preserve what we found along the boundary of the wetlands and we did that creatively.”

Awards came quickly, too. Tullymore was named the Best New Public Upscale Course in 2002 by Golfweek, and it has been a regular among the Greatest Public & Resort Courses in America by Golf Digest in the last 13 years. Engh finished Tullymore while on a hot streak with awards. In 2003 he was Golf Digest’s Architect of the Year. Visit www.enghgolf.com for more about Tullymore’s designer.

ABOUT TULLYMORE: Two distinct world-class golf courses welcome golfers to Tullymore, including the award-winning Tullymore course. In addition, St. Ives Golf Club is a prime example of the best design work by Michigan’s own Jerry Matthews. The 36 holes of great golf wind amid 800 acres of glacier-carved rolling Michigan woodlands and wetlands in the captivating Canadian Lakes area.

The luxuriously appointed accommodations and premium amenities like the fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, and two comfortable clubhouses with great dining service options make for more reasons to visit and stay for a while. Choose from a getaway for two in the cozy inns, or a cottage, condominium or rental home for an unforgettable few days away or even a home away from home.

Tullymore was named Michigan’s No. 1 Golf Resort and one of the Top 50 Golf Resorts in the U.S. in the 2010 Golf World Readers Choice Awards. It has also been selected as a Silver Medal Winner – Premier Resorts 2010 – The Best Destinations in Golf by Golf Magazine.

Sponsorship opportunities, playing spots in the Tullymore Classic pro-am and some volunteer slots remain available. Visit www.tullymoreclassic.com for more tournament information and to be a part of the Tullymore Classic.

Visit www.tullymoregolf.com for resort information, and for reservations, call 1 (800) 972-3837 ext. 239.

Successful 2015 Firekeepers Casino Hotel Golf Championship At Battle Creek Country Club

INCREASES IN ATTENDANCE, SPONSORS AND CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS PROUDLY MARK A SUCCESSFUL 2015 FIREKEEPERS CASINO HOTEL GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP AT BATTLE CREEK COUNTRY CLUB

(Battle Creek, MI.) June 10 2015- FireKeepers Casino Hotel hosted the second annual FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship, June 2-7. FireKeepers partnered with the Battle Creek Country Club to bring the Symetra Tour-Road to the LPGA back to Battle Creek for the second year in a row.

“The tournament events, which spread out over a seven day period, were clearly a success on a variety of key levels. Through the hard work of the volunteer committee chair staff, FireKeepers Casino Hotel team members, the Battle Creek Country Club staff and their membership and the team of volunteers, the event was a great success,” says Vice President of Hotel Operations and Tournament Director, Kathy George. “The support of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, our 46 plus corporate and individual sponsors and the community helped us showcase Battle Creek very well to the players, the LPGA and the visitors from all over who came into town. In our inaugural year we were rated as one of the best stops on the Symetra tour and feel certain we will recapture this again for 2015.”

The second year of the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship saw vast improvements in the amount of community involvement. Volunteerism grew by 40 percent, with community members throughout Battle Creek volunteering in various capacities during the tournament week.  This year 48 golfer’s enjoyed housing through the generosity and kindness of Calhoun County residents and many golfers returned to the families that housed them in 2014. The biggest single sign that the regional community was excited about this year’s event was attendance, which doubled in 2015 compared to prior year.

The FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship benefactor was S.A.F.E Place women’s shelter, which aids women and children affected by domestic violence in Calhoun, Eaton and Barry counties. Thanks to the many attendees and sponsors, the amount of money the tournament generated for S.A.F.E Place increased 20 percent from last year.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is located just off Interstate 94 at Exit 104 in Battle Creek, Mich. The property features a 111,700-square foot gaming floor with 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, a live poker room and bingo room. FireKeepers also offers a AAA-rated Four Diamond resort-style hotel with 243 rooms, a functional multi-purpose event center capable of seating up to 2,000 guests, six distinctive dining destinations and multiple lounges and entertainment venues. For more information visit www.FireKeepersCasinoHotel.com.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.

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Billy Casper Golf, Sol Boards Partner to Showcase GolfBoard

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Billy Casper Golf, Sol Boards Partner to Showcase GolfBoard

(VIENNA, VA) – Billy Casper Golf (BCG) and Sol Boards have partnered to feature GolfBoard – the first and only substantive, surf-inspired, motorized golf vehicle built specifically for the sport – at numerous BCG owned and operated golf courses, country clubs and resorts across America.

The company will also serve as GolfBoard’s exclusive sales agent in central and northern New Jersey, and the greater Chicago, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Philadelphia and Washington, DC areas.

Conceived by Bally Total Fitness Founder Don Wildman and legendary big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton, GolfBoard allows riders of all ages to “surf the earth,” reveling in the fun, fast and active experience of GolfBoarding.

Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, GolfBoards are easy to use, ultra-durable and built with a safety-first mantra to provide golfers a more active alternative to riding in a cart. The four-wheeled board allows users to turn by intuitively shifting their body weight, and adjusting maximum speed settings from 6 to 14 mph via simple, one-touch stability bar switch.

“The experience of GolfBoarding is closer to surfing or snowboarding than anything I originally imagined was possible,” says Hamilton. “GolfBoards are becoming so much of a main attraction that we believe they will eventually be the transportation norm at courses.”

With GolfBoarders surfing directly to their own balls, pace of play has decreased 30 minutes or more per round, helping course operators shrink tee time intervals, and increase play and revenue without a large capital expenditure. Superintendents report GolfBoards don’t cause turf damage like other means of transport.

“GolfBoard is exactly what our BCG Ventures initiative seeks: a contemporary, exciting and differentiating identity to attract and retain players,” says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of BCG. “Not only is ‘GolfBoarding’ a thrilling and quick way to get around the course, its turf friendly and delivers ROI to our operations.”

Millennials and golf traditionalists are turning to GolfBoard in droves with industry pundits dubbing “GolfBoarding” a paradigm shift akin to introduction of two-piece golf balls, plastic cleats, metal woods and oversized drivers.

Available since April 2014, GolfBoard is now offered at almost 100 courses in the US, Canada, and Mexico. More than 300 additional private, daily-fee and resort courses are scheduled for product delivery over the next 90 days, and hundreds of individual golfers – including PGA Tour stars and A-List celebrities – have purchased units.

“After six years of R&D and 18 months of beta tests, the legend of ‘GolfBoarding’ has begun,” says John Wildman, CEO of Sol Boards. “With Billy Casper Golf taking lead, GolfBoarding will soon be conveniently available to most anyone — and it’s not just for millennials; AARP members are feeling decades younger when surfing fairways.”

Developed in conjunction with top engineers with experience building key components for military vehicles, and other highly specialized industrial-strength equipment, GolfBoards are uniquely designed. Features include a proprietary slip resistant 4wd posi-drivetrain for ultimate traction on steep hills and wet environments; a rugged suspension system and “Turf Max” tires for maximum stability; and a state-of-the-art automatic braking system to lock the GolfBoard into place upon stopping (riders just step off and hit their next shot).

Among the additional points of distinction:
A suspension system that allows the GolfBoard to flex on cart paths, bridges and rough surfaces for smooth and safe rides
Molded fenders to keep dirt and water from reaching players and gear
15,000-watt electronics for full hill climbing power without speed loss
Zero maintenance lithium ion battery technology with intelligent battery management system
4-pole brushed motors for smooth and simple acceleration and deceleration
Dual grip stability bar for ease of use and added secutity of beginner riders.
The GolfBoard battery has the capacity for up to 1,600 re-chargings and can be fully charged in just two to three hours. With a maximum range of 15 to 18 miles, a GolfBoard is typically recharged between rounds in one hour or less.

About Sol Boards / GolfBoard

A product of Sol Boards of Bend, Oregon, GolfBoard is a new, easy-to-ride electric powered 4wd board that adds fun and excitement for golfers of all ages and athletic ability. There are two versions of the GolfBoard: a commercial-grade Courseboard ideal for rental fleet use, and a personal use Sportboard with detachable stability bar that allows users to advance to “freeriding.” A wide selection of custom fender colors, decks and graphics and are available as are affordable personal and fleet leasing options via GB Leasing.
More information: www.golfboard.com, 888.328.2841.
About Billy Casper Golf

Founded more than 20 years ago in cooperation with the late golf legend Billy Casper, the company is the largest owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts in the U.S. with more than 150 properties in 29 states. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia with regional offices across America, BCG specializes in course and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse operations, food-and-beverage, merchandising, golf instruction, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management.

Women on Course Hosting ‘Clinics Across America’ to Celebrate Women’s Golf Month

 

(RESTON, VA) Women on Course – America’s premier networking organization that introduces like-minded women to one another through golf and its amazing lifestyle – is celebrating Women’s Golf Month by hosting “Clinics Across America” to encourage and increase female participation in the game.

On Tuesday evenings in June, highly entertaining and educational clinics teach basic fundamentals and sharpen skills of female golfers in Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego and other major markets. For $10, participants receive 60 minutes of professional instruction in a fun and supportive environment, range balls and glass of wine (age appropriate).

Starting times vary by course; to register for a clinic near you: www.womensgolfmonth.com, 703.940.3511.

“We are thrilled to provide women nationwide with the opportunity to learn this incredible game,” says Kimberly Cayce, Chief Operating Officer of Women on Course. “Initiatives like Women’s Golf Month encourage women to take up golf, increase visibility and awareness for women golfers and send a message across the industry that women matter.”

Last year, women played 5.3 million golf rounds (21.5%) and are among the game’s largest growing demographics. With females representing 36% of all beginners and 40% of latent demand (interested non-golfers), Women on Course is introducing to and retaining tens of thousands of women in golf.

“Now more than ever, women are talking about and following golf like never before,” says Donna Hoffman, President and Founder of Women on Course. “We proudly contribute to golf’s popularity by constantly developing innovative ways to engage women and get them hooked.”

Women on Course’s unique approach of shifting focus away from score and competition has resonated across America, helping boost memberships by 200% in 2014. More than 2,000 annual golf and non-golf events serve nearly 20,000 women to improve golf skills and form lasting personal and business relationships.

More information: www.womensgolfmonth.com/2015-events, 703.940.3511.

About Women on Course
A division of Billy Casper Golf, Women on Course provides supportive and interactive settings for women to experience the golf lifestyle. Members and guests are encouraged to learn and play golf at their own pace through:
A “Play Your Own Way” choice allows beginners to add their own rules to relieve stress and keep up with more experienced golfers

A “Score 5 to Survive” format – tee shot, fairway approach, chip, two putts – promotes using different clubs without slow play
Fashion, fitness, travel and luxury components surrounding the world of golf are incorporated into Women on Course programming. Members enjoy free gifts; special access to private clubs; discounts on greens fees, apparel, equipment, wine and other products; golf and educational resources; contests; and forums.

Women on Course hosts golf, lunch, happy hour, wine and spa activities in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Scottsdale, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington, DC and other major markets. Upcoming Destination Events include the “3 Day Desert Oasis” event in Scottsdale, AZ, a three-day weekend event at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort.

For more information: www.womenoncourse.com, 703.268.5078.

About Billy Casper Golf

Founded more than 20 years ago in cooperation with the late golf legend Billy Casper, the company is the largest owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts in the U.S. with more than 150 properties in 29 states. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia with regional offices across America, BCG specializes in course and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse operations, food-and-beverage, merchandising, golf instruction, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management.

Company highlights include BCG Spectrum, BCG Private and BCG Select management solutions; Buffalo Brand Invigoration Group, the in-house golf-sport-lifestyle PR, strategy development, integrated marketing, social media and design firm; BCG Ventures featuring proprietary, innovate programs like the annual “World’s Largest Golf Outing,” Women on Course and Casper Labs, the testing ground for FootGolf, GolfBoard, Billy Casper Digital network and other programming which drive engagement.

More information: www.billycaspergolf.com, 703.761.1444.

USA.Golfbreaks.com delivers golf vacations of a lifetime to play UK and Irish links

Now offering sweepstakes for seven-night golf vacation in South Wales

CHARLESTON, SC (June 2015) — Whether it’s the greatest tee time of them all at the Old Course in St Andrews or an Irish links odyssey, the golf travel experts at Golfbreaks.com are now assisting Americans with their golf vacation of a lifetime in the British Isles — and at a price that won’t break the bank.

Founded in 1998 just outside London, England in the shadow of Windsor Castle, Golfbreaks.com has arranged golf trips for more than 1.5 million British and Irish golfers, establishing a reputation for expert service and great value.

This award-winning and highly respected company — a partner of both the European Tour Properties and The PGA of Great Britain & Ireland — is now helping American golfers take the stress out of arranging their golfing pilgrimage. That means taking care of everything from tee times and hotel rooms to flights and ground transportation … as well as offering the very best prices and packages to suit all budgets.

Built on the principles of outstanding choice, value and service, the privately owned company now has an American office, based in Charleston, SC, and recently launched a website specifically for American golfers, USA.Golfbreaks.com — which will surely inspire anybody who has ever dreamed of teeing off at legendary links such as St Andrews, Royal Birkdale, Turnberry, Royal County Down or Royal Porthcawl.

As part of this launch, American golfers are now eligible to win a seven-night golf vacation playing five of the most spectacular golf courses in South Wales. Golf in Wales is golf as it should be — offering unspoiled natural landscapes, breathtaking views, the warmest of welcomes wherever you go and the opportunity to play at your own pace. And while the legendary names of Scottish and Irish courses might top the global rankings lists, the likes of Royal Porthcawl, Royal St David’s and the famed Twenty Ten Ryder Cup course at Celtic Manor need little introduction to savvy golfers who flock to the fairways of Wales.

The winner receives a seven-night golf vacation to South Wales for four people, including three nights bed and breakfast at the Marriott Cardiff hotel, four nights bed and breakfast at the Dragon Hotel in Swansea, five rounds of golf at Pennard, Twenty Ten course at Celtic Manor, Ashburnham, Machynys Peninsula and Royal Porthcawl, and car rental for the duration of the stay.

Register by July 8 at … USA.Golfbreaks.com/sweepstake

“Our brand and identity in the UK and Ireland has been built upon proving to golfers that we will save them time and money,” said Daniel Grave, a founding partner of Golfbreaks.com and CEO of Golfbreaks USA. “We save golfers time by booking all their tee times, doing all the running around for them, putting their trips together. And we save them money by getting them the best possible price — a price that is not only better than the competition, but also better than the price they would get if they tried to book the trip themselves.

“Many companies target the very top end (of the golf market). We believe there is an opportunity to go for more of the mass market here in the U.S. We want to try to educate American golfers that it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to play golf in the British Isles. There are ways to do it, playing wonderful golf courses at a fraction of the cost and yet still having that unique golfing experience.”

“America is a hugely important market for us,” said Grave. “We already arrange trips for thousands of UK golfers to play legendary venues like Pinehurst, Kiawah Island, Pebble Beach and Sawgrass — and now we are excited to do the same for American golfers going the other way. Playing links golf in the UK and Ireland is a unique and special experience, and one that is more affordable than you might think.”

Following every trip, Golfbreaks.com sends each individual trip organizer a detailed survey regarding their experience and the Golfbreaks.com service. More than 98 percent return with a very good/excellent rating of the overall service — and say they would book with Golfbreaks.com again.

Learn more at (855) 699-5853 or USA.Golfbreaks.com.

ABOUT GOLFBREAKS.COM
Golfbreaks.com (established in 1998) is a specialist golf travel company, with its headquarters in Windsor, UK, and offices also in Charleston, SC, and Copenhagen, Denmark. Its aim is to save golfers time and money, by providing a unique one-stop service that makes booking golf vacations as simple as possible. With an expert team that is passionate about golf and travel, the company is known for delivering outstanding service at unbeatable prices. Golfbreaks.com is an Official Partner of The PGA of Great Britain & Ireland, European Tour Properties and also GolfNow, the leading tee-time booking and golf course technology and services platform. Learn more at (855) 699-5853 or USA.Golfbreaks.com.