John Muir Coast Festival In East Lothian Was Great Success

East Lothian's John Muir Coast Festival. Photo Credit: Rob McDougall/Greg MacVean
East Lothian’s John Muir Coast Festival. Photo Credit: Rob McDougall/Greg MacVean

The John Muir Coast Festival was ‘allround’ success

Outdoor enthusiasts and families stepped into a world of adventure with the FIRST ever John Muir Coast Festival, which took place at the weekend in East Lothian from 22nd to 24th April 2016. John Muir, the famous conservationist and founder of America’s national parks, was born in Dunbar where his love of the great outdoors began. The festival was inspired by Muir’s advocacy of the benefits of an outdoor lifestyle. From East Lothian’s first ever night golf event to an ultra marathon and wakeboarding competition – the festival had something to suit everyone.

Night Golf at John Muir Coast Fest. Photo Credit: Rob McDougall/Greg MacVean
Night Golf at John Muir Coast Fest. Photo Credit: Rob McDougall/Greg MacVean


“The first ever John Muir Coast Festival proved to be incredibly successful event as thousands of locals and outdoor enthusiasts from across the country took part in the array of events, from East Lothian’s first ever night golf event at Dunbar Golf Club, which sold out in 4 days of the tickets going on sale, to an ultra marathon and wakeboarding competition – the festival had something to suit everyone” commented  Councillor John McMillan, Spokeperson for Economic Development & Tourism.

As part of the John Muir Coast Festival, there was an amazing opportunity to play in East Lothian’s FIRST night golf tournament at Dunbar Golf Club on Scotland’s Golf Coast. Only 30 miles from Edinburgh, Dunbar Golf Club is an Open Championship Qualifying Venue and one of the most beautiful examples of a classic links course in Scotland. This Festival gave individuals the opportunity to not only experience this excellent golf course, but the exclusive chance to play it in the dark. In partnership with the fantastic Night Golf Company (www.thenightgolfcompany.co.uk), this unique experience of golf at night, using revolutionary LED golf balls and marking equipment led to an early sell out of tickets. Using the Texas Scramble format, teams of four tested their skills against fellow night golfers across 6 holes in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.  

“This was certainly a novel event and the lasting memories will be the fits of laughter and enjoyment that emulated from all parts of the course, without of course, being able to see the individuals involved” said Gael Pollitt, Captain of Dunbar on East Lothian’s First ever Night Golf event which kick started the John Muir Coast Festival. Night Golf organiser, Mark Goodwin, commented ‘It was a new record attendance on Friday night at the John Muir Night Golf event’. To watch the video of the John Muir Night Golf click here.

The weekend also saw the launch of the first Foxlake Outdoor Festival, an exhilarating day of fun for all the family! Set within the beautiful surrounding of Foxlake Adventures, home to Scotland’s first cable wakeboarding park and the UK’s only ropes course constructed over water. Visitors spent the day listening to fantastic live music, sampling local food and drink, watching some of the UK’s finest wakeboarders, and embracing new adventures  giving wakeboarding, FoxFall ropes course, segways and zorbing a try. There were guaranteed thrills for adults and children alike, with a spectacular fireworks display concluding the day!

 “We felt that the inaugural Foxlake Outdoor Festival was a big success with tickets selling out over 10 days prior to the event. On the day the weather was a bit chilly but it didn’t stop the vibe on the site being warm and relaxed. Throughout the day we had Ultra Marathon runners crossing the line, pro wakeboarders making a splash on the lake and a chorus of screams and laughter from the inflatable village all to the soundtrack of great live music!! All in all a great day at the lake” Foxlakes Managing Director, James Barbour commented.

The John Muir Stone Stacking challenge saw hundreds of visitors come to Dunbar for this unique competition, the first of its kind, with a blend of the towns best Musical Talent and a great array of artists and artwork on display made for a perfect beachside day. The competition was fierce with locals competing against visitors from the rest of the UK and the creative displays and balancing skills was great. This event is the perfect way to reconnect with the outdoors, finding your inner creativity and this competition will hopefully become a regular fixture on the calendar. 

Having the beach wheelchair charity from North Berwick providing accessibility to the east beach and seeing the many young families have a go themselves was truly inspirational, East beach hasn’t seen such a crowd in a generation and this competition was a great way to showcase using such a wonderful location in spite of the environmental changes this beach has seen. The entire John Muir Festival which featured such a unique blend of outdoor pursuits highlights once again why East Lothian and especially Dunbar is the perfect destination for all generations and for all abilities to come and reconnect with Nature, something John Muir, I am sure, would have been proud of.

For more information about all of the events which took place during the John Muir Coast Festival click on http://www.visiteastlothian.org/johnmuirfestival.asp

Award-Winning Sweetgrass Golf Club Set to Open 2016 Season on Friday, April 29

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Award-Winning Sweetgrass Golf Club Set to Open 2016 Season on Friday, April 29

(HARRIS, Michigan) – Thanks to the relatively mild winter, Sweetgrass Golf Club is set to welcome 2016 season players on Friday, April 29.

Designed by Paul Albanese, Sweetgrass is an award-winning amenity of Island Resort and Casino.  The 18-hole championship course hosts an annual Symetra Tour “Road to the LPGA” event, in which the rising stars of women’s golf compete.  The Sweetgrass layout features historic rescued bridges and a unique collection of greens (Redan, Biarritz, Island and Shared greens).

For players who enjoy organized golf events, Sweetgrass has the following two primed for May:

  • May 9: 3-Man Men’s Senior Scramble, including prizes, age divisions and Mexican Buffet
  • May 16: 2-Woman Scramble, including prizes, Italian Buffet and more

The resort’s popular golf package, the Perfect Foursome, starts at $230 per person in spring 2016 and includes a 2-night stay and three rounds of golf at Sweetgrass, TimberStone and Greywalls.  All three are ranked among Golfweek’s “America’s Best Courses You Can Play By State.”  Various other package combinations – as short as one-night stay/one round of golf and as long as four-night stay/three rounds of golf – are also available.

Sweetgrass provides a dedicated on-site golf concierge and VIP Room where groups enjoy comfortable living room-style seating, private dinners, gaming tables, beverage service, televisions and direct access to the golf course, pro shop and open fire pit.

Sweetgrass will have a companion course that’s of a completely different design and feel. As yet unnamed, it is undergoing construction with a planned 2017 debut.

For more information, see http://www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com or call 906.723.2251.

About Island Resort & Casino

Owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community, a band of the Potawatomi Nation, Island Resort and Casino is located in the unspoiled beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Boasting more than 1,200 slot machines and 24/7 Vegas-style gaming, the entertainment destination offers slot machines, craps, Blackjack, Spanish 21, Three-Card Poker, Let It Ride, Roulette, Bingo and more. The resort’s award-winning poker room features live action as well as a full tournament schedule.

The Island hosts top musical headliners from a variety of genres in the intimate, 1,327-seat Island Showroom. Lodging options at the resort include finely appointed guest rooms, 14 elegant suites and a 42-site RV Park, opening the 2016 season on May 1. The property is easily accessible via a pair of regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette.  It is an easy, scenic 4-hour drive from Milwaukee and two hours north of Green Bay.

For more information, see http://www.islandresortandcasino.com/.

Midwest’s Largest Golf Collection, BOYNE Golf, to Begin Season April 29

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Midwest’s Largest Golf Collection, BOYNE Golf, to Begin Season April 29

(PETOSKEY, Mich.) BOYNE Golf – home to 10 premier courses spanning three resorts in the heart of “America’s Summer Golf Capital” – is opening its first four courses for the 2016 season on Friday, April 29.Arthur Hills at Boyne Highlands Resort, The Alpine at Boyne Mountain Resort, Crooked Tree Golf Club and The Links / The Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club lead the way.

BOYNE Golf’s other layouts – all within a short distance of each other and in close proximity to Lake Michigan – are opening on a rolling basis over the coming weeks.

Friday, May 6

  • Donald Ross Memorial at Boyne Highlands
  • The Moor at Boyne Highlands
  • The Monument at Boyne Mountain
Friday, May 13
  • The Heather at Boyne Highlands
  • The Preserve / The Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club
  • The Quarry / The Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club

“Our courses are in fantastic early-season shape and came through winter very well,” Bernie Friedrich, Boyne Resorts’ senior vice president of golf and resort sales. “It’s a special year for BOYNE Golf, with two milestones as The Heather celebrates its 50th anniversary and Bay Harbor Golf Club its 20th year. We’re looking forward to a great season.”

Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., The Heather’s debut is widely credited as the spark that started the northern Michigan golf boom. Consistently ranked among the state’s Top 20 layouts, The Heather is one of four courses that helped Boyne Highlands rank as the U.S.’s favorite “Golf Resort for Value” in Golf.com’s inaugural “Golfers’ Choice Awards.”

A variety of anniversary-themed promotions are planned, the first of which is $50 rounds on The Heather on June Thursdays after 1 p.m. Visit this link to book: www.boyne.com/golf/Heather50 (Promo Code: Heather50th).

The specials are being complemented by the return of popular stay-and-play packages at all three properties like “Play the Bay” and the “Great Escape Golf Vacation.”

BOYNE Golf’s academy is once again offer a full menu of instruction programming, including its new Power Clinic, which focuses on techniques to hit the ball further off the tee. Other innovative highlights for 2016 include the return of GolfBoards to Boyne Highlands and 140 new state-of-the-art EZ-GO carts at Boyne Highlands (80) and Boyne Mountain (60).

With courses designed and inspired by renowned architects like Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Arthur Hills and Donald Ross, BOYNE Golf’s three flagship resorts offer experiences to suit players of all ages and abilities.

Boyne Highlands Resort

  • Arthur Hills (18) – Tumbling terrain and wide fairways deliver enjoyment for all skill levels
  • Donald Ross Memorial (18) – Replicates classic, memorable holes created by namesake
  • The Heather (18) – Flawlessly-conditioned Robert Trent Jones design appeals to purists
  • The Moor (18) – Traditional layout highlighted by a variety of dogleg holes
The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort
  • Bay Harbor Golf Club
    • The Links (9) – Setting on windswept cliffs along coastline evokes game’s ancient roots
    • The Preserve (9) – Tree-lined holes dominate before dramatic lakefront finish
    • The Quarry (9) – Distinctively nestled in abandoned shale quarry
  • Crooked Tree Golf Club (18) – Recently redesigned Nos. 16-18 enhance playability and charm
 Boyne Mountain
  • The Alpine (18) – Fun and fair; annual host of Michigan PGA Tournament of Champions
  • The Monument (18) – Panoramic vistas combine with hole-by-hole tribute to golf history

Beyond golf, BOYNE’s unique on-property amenities include award-winning spas, waterfront dining, sandy beaches, Avalanche Bay – Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, and adventure sport venues. They are supported by historic, lakeside resort towns Charlevoix, Harbor Springs and Petoskey all a short drive from Mackinac Island. Following in Hemingway’s footsteps, taking in the famous northern Michigan sunsets, enjoying the casino and exploring acclaimed microbreweries like Petoskey Brewing mean golf isn’t the only game in town.

More information: www.BOYNEGolf.com, info@BOYNE.com, 844.634.5315

About BOYNE Golf

BOYNE Golf offers the largest collection of courses (10) in the Midwest shared among three resorts in northwest Michigan’s Petoskey area: Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, and The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort in Bay Harbor. Golfers play up to 72 holes daily thanks to the region’s long daylight hours and ideal temperatures. With courses suited to a wide range of playing abilities, accommodations for every taste and budget, world-class amenities and memorable off-resort attractions, BOYNE is a premier destination for vacationing golfers, families and meeting planners.

Volvik Creating A Name For Itself With Sponsorship, Innovation, Quality

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Volvik Crystal Golf Balls

Not only is Volvik making a name for itself in the United States and especially Southeast Michigan sponsoring the LPGA Volvik Championship at Travis Pointe Country Club (May 23-29), the up-and-coming golf ball manufacturer is also changing the way golfers look at golf balls when it introduced the world’s first ever matte finish golf ball –the VIVID– at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show in January.

Now, the LPGA Volvik Championship and Miles of Golf also have partnered with Volvik USA to create the commemorative orange ChadTough VIVID logo ball. A sleeve of the ChadTough VIVID logo balls are available only with a purchase of a $30 ChadTough Orange Ticket package for Saturday, May 28th. The tournament will donate $10 from the sale of each Orange Ticket directly to The ChadTough Foundation. These tickets must be purchased by Sunday, May 15th.

The VIVID is a premium, 3-piece ultra-performance golf ball that is the first of its kind to the US market. It is essentially the same construction as Volvik’s best-selling new Crystal ball, but instead of a Crystalline translucent cover, Volvik’s world-leading R&D team has figured out how to apply a matte finish to one of the longest golf balls on the market without sacrificing distance or durability. This makes the VIVID even more visible and attractive to a broader market that is seeking something cool and unique.

“Matte finishes are all the rage these days, from football helmets to cars,” said Jon Claffey, National Director of Sales and Marketing of Volvik USA. “The VIVID is the first matte finish golf ball and it really makes for a golf ball that stands out in the air and on the ground. This increases visibility and speed of play, while making course management and ball striking better due to enhanced awareness of where your golf ball is. There truly is nothing else like the VIVID!”

The VIVID is a 3-piece, 80-compression ball that has tested as one of the longest golf balls on the market today, especially for slower to medium swing speeds to gain extreme distance. This golf ball is unique in the fact that it combines Volvik’s neon colors with an amazing matte finish plus all the performance that the Crystal ball has become famous for.

Volvik is also updating its premium, three-piece Crystal model—the company’s flagship product. A 322-dimple pattern with will help create a higher and farther ball flight for the new version of the Crystal.

“Volvik is the first global golf ball brand to emerge in over a decade,” said Claffey. “We believe our commitment to sponsor the LPGA and host our very own tournament in Ann Arbor follows right in line with Volvik becoming the fastest growing ‘new’ golf ball manufacturer in the US market. We soon hope to be a household name in any household that plays golf and we believe we are well on our way.”

ABOUT THE LPGA VOLVIK CHAMPIONSHIP

The LPGA Volvik Championship will run from May 23-29 with the four-day tournament played May 26-29 over Memorial Day weekend at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It will feature a full field of 144 players competing in a 72-hole showcase for a purse of $1.3 million. There will be a full week of activity beginning on Monday, May 23 including the Pro-Am on Wednesday, May 25. For information call 734.707.0789 or go to www.volviklpga.com

ABOUT VOLVIK

Volvik is the #1 Color Golf Ball on Tour with over 75 professionals using Volvik’s ultra-high-performance color golf balls on the world’s professional tours. Since 2012, players using Volvik golf balls have earned over $8.5 million in prize money on the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, Champions Tour,Web.com Tour, Ladies European Tour, LAGT and Symetra Tour with 14 victories and over 100 Top 10 finishes.

Volvik has experienced more color golf balls in play on the world’s professional tours than any other manufacturer in the history of golf.

Volvik is dedicated to the production of specialized 3- and 4-piece multi-layer golf balls that feature 41 worldwide patents. In over 30 years of golf ball production, Volvik has developed a reputation based on highly innovative development, quickly becoming one of the most significant and trusted golf ball manufacturers in the world.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR GOLFWEEK FATHER & SON TOURNAMENT

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR GOLFWEEK FATHER & SON TOURNAMENT

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 18, 2016) – Golfweek is bringing its annual Father & Son Open to Streamsong Resort Golf & Spa in Streamsong, Florida, this Father’s Day weekend (June 17-19). For more than three decades, this special event has been inviting players to experience three days jam-packed with timeless tradition and friendly competition.

“The Father & Son Open is always one of my favorite events of the year,” said Director of Events Armand Cimaroli. “It’s different than any other tournament we do – completely centered around fun, family and celebration – and that really makes it unique.”

The 2016 Golfweek Father & Son Open – which is open to amateurs and professional golfers of all ages – features a two-man, 36-hole Modified Chapman format and will be played on Streamsong’s Red and Blue Courses. The field will be divided into flights, with prizes awarded to the top teams in each flight.
Throughout the weekend, participants will also get to enjoy an opening night shootout, tee gifts, the Father of the Year luncheon and an awards luncheon.
As a key component of the tournament, Golfweek will also present its 2016 Father of the Year award, an annual honor recognizing a father who has made a notable impact on the game. This year’s award recipient is South African native Johan Immelman, who was former Commissioner of the Sunshine Tour and previous board member of the Canadian Tour. He also founded “Golf 9/12,” a program that invites participants all over the world to tee it up at their local course on Sept. 12 each year to honor the unity that prevailed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Golf is a family affair for the Immelmans, with Johan’s two sons being heavily involved in the game as well. Youngest son Trevor – 2008 Masters champion – has 11 professional victories, represented the international side in two Presidents Cups and is a former U.S. Amateur Public Links champion. Mark, Johan’s oldest son, is the golf coach at Columbus State University and instructor at Bull Creek Golf Course in Georgia. He is also a PGA Tour commentator on the Sirius/XM PGA Tour Network where he hosts a weekly show called, “On the Mark.”
Space for the Golfweek Father & Son Open is limited, and slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit GolfweekEvents.com for full event details and to register today.

About Golfweek
Founded in 1975, Golfweek is the most authentic, authoritative and independent voice in golf. Serving enthusiasts who are truly passionate about the game of golf, the Golfweek brand includes Golfweek magazine, the Golfweek Digital Network, Golfweek Mobile, Golfweek Events, Golfweek Custom Media, The Golf Wire and TurfNet.com. Golfweek is part of Turnstile Media Group, which specializes in developing diverse media platforms that engage and strengthen the communities they serve. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Turnstile Media Group is also the parent of Professional Artist, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, Central Florida Senior and Turnstile Connect.

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WE ARE GOLF, Topgolf Expand Partnership for National Golf Day 2016

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Free Lessons Offered at Topgolf’s 21 Venues on May 18
(ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.) – WE ARE GOLF – a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners – today announces it will once again partner with Topgolf for National Golf Day 2016, offering free golf lessons at the company’s 21 venues nationwide.

Taking place on Wednesday, May 18, Topgolf is attempting to set a company record for most golf lessons taught in one day. Any guest who visits a location on May 18 will receive a free five-minute golf lesson. Slow-motion video swing analysis through the Topgolf U instructional program is also available.

“Last year’s partnership with Topgolf engaged thousands of its guests who are not core golfers and may not have been aware of National Golf Day and the impact of the game across America,” says Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation. “Through Topgolf, we are able to reach millennials and engage new audiences by showing how golf is fun, young and cool.”

New for this year, WE ARE GOLF will host a “National Golf Day Launch Party” on Tuesday evening, May 17, at the Hawk ‘n’ Dove on Capitol Hill and Topgolf will serve as a partner, providing giveaways to attendees.

“We are proud to celebrate the golf industry on National Golf Day by offering our guests a fun, free and easy way to improve their swing,” said Topgolf Entertainment Group Co-Chairman and CEO Erik Anderson. “With the recent relaunch of our Topgolf U instructional program, Topgolf is doubling down on our commitment to help grow the game by exposing our guests to the sport in a high-energy, innovative and non-intimidating atmosphere.”

For National Golf Day’s ninth consecutive year, golf industry leaders will meet with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss golf’s nearly $70 billion economy, $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits. Throughout the day, participants will share stories about the game’s 15,000-plus diverse businesses, impact on nearly two million jobs across America, tax revenue creation, tourism and ecological value.

National Golf Day in April 2015 was the most successful to date with more than 100 Congressional meetings in one day. Globally, the #NGD15 Twitter campaign eclipsed 37.6 million impressions and reached 19.8 million accounts, including 3.3 million users in a one-hour span.

To join the conversation, visit the WE ARE GOLF social media hub. Use #NGD16 and @wearegolf on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to show your support for the industry and share why golf is more than a game to you.

About WE ARE GOLF

WE ARE GOLF, created in 2010, is an industry coalition that communicates the economic, charitable and environmental impact of golf, as well as 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, impacts close to two million jobs and generates nearly $4 billion in charitable giving each year.

For more information, please visit www.wearegolf.org.

About Topgolf

Topgolf is a global sports entertainment community creating the best times of your life, with 24 locations serving 8 million guests annually. Players hit golf balls containing computer microchips that track each shot’s accuracy and distance while awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. Each venue offers an upscale and playful experience, featuring an impressive food and beverage menu, music, games, climate-controlled hitting bays, and hundreds of HDTVs. Topgolf also brings fun, interactive experiences to the community through its Topgolf U lessons, leagues, tournaments, KidZone parties, and social and corporate events.

To learn more about Topgolf, follow @Topgolf or visit www.topgolf.com.

Colonial Heritage Club Named Virginia’s Best Golf Course by GolfAdvisor

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Colonial Heritage Club Named Virginia’s Best Golf Course by GolfAdvisor
(WILLIAMSBURG, VA) – Colonial Heritage Club has been named the “No. 1 Golf Course in Virginia” by GolfAdvisor, the trusted home for hundreds of thousands of reviews and recommendations for golfers by golfers.

Under Billy Casper Signature management since January 2015, the parkland-style layout near historic Williamsburg, VA topped more than 300 eligible courses with 4.5 (of five) stars. To determine its top-10 list, GolfAdvisor weighed user-based reviews measuring courses’ overall design, conditioning, customer service and affordability.

“We are very excited that golfers rate Colonial Heritage Club as Virginia’s best,” says Chip Harris, General Manager of Colonial Heritage Club. “GolfAdvisor ‘judges’ are often tough on clubs, so this honor is especially well-deserved.”

“Pristine playing surfaces, personable staff and satisfied golfers are trademarks of the clubs we manage,” says Frank Denniston, Senior VP of Billy Casper Signature. “Chip Harris and his team continue to amaze by consistently treating members and guests to high quality experiences.”

Colonial Heritage’s award-winning, 6,889-yard layout was designed by renowned architect Arthur Hills in 2006. Dense, tree-lined fairways, multiple elevation changes and undulated greens present golf experiences unmatched in the region while six sets provide entertaining challenges for all skill levels.

Among its memorable holes is the narrow, 530-yard par-5 No. 5 that requires an accurate tee shot and courageous approach to make birdie. Another highlight is the risk-reward, drivable 311-yard, par-4 No. 12 with a large bunker down the left.

Three of many rave reviews by GolfAdvisor users:
“This is a fantastic course. Spectacular signature holes, excellent greens and fairways, friendly and accommodating staff everywhere. A real gem.”
“The practice facility is amazing. The course is in great shape and challenging for all levels of play. It’s a must play for any golfer.”
“Everything about the facility was first class. Great driving range and outstanding short game area. As well maintained a course as I have ever been on. Loved the greens. Difficult, but I repeat, wow!”
More information: www.colonialheritageclub.com, 757.645.2030.

About Billy Casper Signature

Anchored in 25 years of successful club and resort management, Billy Casper Signature provides best-in-class services tailored to the unique golf, sport, leisure and hospitality requirements of private clubs and their members. Its custom, winning strategies create healthy returns for high-end member-equity, residential-inclusive, resort and other types of clubs.

With a powerful and proactive, lifestyle-based platform, Billy Casper Signature directs aggressive marketing and sales of memberships; grounds and building maintenance; clubhouse and restaurant operations; sports, fitness and spa activities; merchandising; special events; concierge services; staffing and “ACE the Member Experience” training; and financial management. Billy Casper Signature is the private club division of Billy Casper Golf and is headquartered in Reston, VA with regional offices across America.

More information: www.billycaspersignature.com, 703.761.1444.

 

Photos Courtesy of Billy Casper Golf.

Colonial Heritage Club Named Virginia’s Best Golf Course by GolfAdvisor

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Colonial Heritage Club Named Virginia’s Best Golf Course by GolfAdvisor

(WILLIAMSBURG, VA)Colonial Heritage Club has been named the “No. 1 Golf Course in Virginia” by GolfAdvisor, the trusted home for hundreds of thousands of reviews and recommendations for golfers by golfers.
 
Under
Billy Casper Signature management since January 2015, the parkland-style layout near historic Williamsburg, VA topped more than 300 eligible courses with 4.5 (of five) stars.  To determine its top-10 list, GolfAdvisor weighed user-based reviews measuring courses’ overall design, conditioning, customer service and affordability.
 
“We are very excited that golfers rate Colonial Heritage Club as Virginia’s best,” says Chip Harris, General Manager of Colonial Heritage Club.  “GolfAdvisor ‘judges’ are often tough on clubs, so this honor is especially well-deserved.”
 
“Pristine playing surfaces, personable staff and satisfied golfers are trademarks of the clubs we manage,” says Frank Denniston, Senior VP of Billy Casper Signature.  “Chip Harris and his team continue to amaze by consistently treating members and guests to high quality experiences.”
 
Colonial Heritage’s award-winning, 6,889-yard layout was designed by renowned architect Arthur Hills in 2006.  Dense, tree-lined fairways, multiple elevation changes and undulated greens present golf experiences unmatched in the region while six sets provide entertaining challenges for all skill levels. 
 
Among its memorable holes is the narrow, 530-yard par-5 No. 5 that requires an accurate tee shot and courageous approach to make birdie.  Another highlight is the risk-reward, drivable 311-yard, par-4 No. 12 with a large bunker down the left.
 
Three of many rave reviews by GolfAdvisor users:

  • “This is a fantastic course.  Spectacular signature holes, excellent greens and fairways, friendly and accommodating staff everywhere.  A real gem.” 
  • “The practice facility is amazing.  The course is in great shape and challenging for all levels of play.  It’s a must play for any golfer.”
  • “Everything about the facility was first class.  Great driving range and outstanding short game area.  As well maintained a course as I have ever been on.  Loved the greens.  Difficult, but I repeat, wow!”

More information: www.colonialheritageclub.com, 757.645.2030.
 
About Billy Casper Signature
 
Anchored in 25 years of successful club and resort management, Billy Casper Signature provides best-in-class services tailored to the unique golf, sport, leisure and hospitality requirements of private clubs and their members.  Its custom, winning strategies create healthy returns for high-end member-equity, residential-inclusive, resort and other types of clubs.
 
With a powerful and proactive, lifestyle-based platform, Billy Casper Signature directs  aggressive marketing and sales of memberships; grounds and building maintenance; clubhouse and restaurant operations; sports, fitness and spa activities; merchandising; special events; concierge services; staffing and “ACE the Member Experience” training; and financial management.  Billy Casper Signature is the private club division of Billy Casper Golf and is headquartered in Reston, VA with regional offices across America.
 
More information: 
www.billycaspersignature.com, 703.761.1444.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC OPEN RETURNS TO CASA DE CAMPO FOR 2016

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC OPEN RETURNS TO CASA DE CAMPO FOR 2016

LA ROMANA, D.R. (April 13, 2016)- Casa de Campo Resort & Villas will once again host the Dominican Republic Open golf tournament from May 8-14, 2016, bringing some of the region’s best players to one of the region’s most highly regarded golf venues.

This international golf tournament, now in its seventh year, is part of the PGA Tour Latino America and will be played this year at the world-renowned Teeth of the Dog golf course. Designed by Pete Dye and built in the early 1970s, Teeth of the Dog is meticulously hand-carved from the rugged rock and coral of the Dominican coastline, and has earned its reputation as a hard-fought and challenging course.

Robert Birtel, director of golf operations for Casa de Campo, commented, “We are very pleased to once again host this remarkable event. Casa de Campo is recognized as the top golf resort in Latin America with three of the best golf courses in the region, therefore there’s no better place to determine a Dominican champion.”

The tournament will include 144 participating players representing 17 different countries from around the world to compete for a prize of US $175,000.

A Pete Dye signature course, Teeth of the Dog is the #1 ranked golf course in Latin America and #39 in the world by Golf Magazine. The course was also named “The Caribbean’s Best Golf Course” by World Golf Awards as well as the #1 golf resort in the world by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) for its collection of golf courses, professional facilities, luxury amenities, as well as its executive team’s commitment to service and exceeding guest expectations.

For additional information or to register for the DR Open 2016, please call 809-523-8115 or send an email to golf@ccampo.com.do.

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About Casa de Campo Resort & Villas
Casa de Campo Resort & Villas – a member of The Leading Hotels of the World – attracts affluent travelers with the offering of spacious hotel rooms, suites and luxury villas. Expect gourmet cuisine and fine wines and spirits throughout the destination’s restaurants and bars, a 370-slip Marina & Yacht Club, Polo & Equestrian Club, Jim Courier Tennis Center and 245-acre Shooting Club. Spanning 7,000 tropical acres on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, this luxury Caribbean destination is also home to three of the game’s most difficult courses all designed by Pete Dye, including Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and Links. Casa de Campo is also home to Altos de Chavón – an artisan’s village modeled after a 16th century Mediterranean city with boutique shops, museums and a 5,000-seat Grecian-style amphitheater inaugurated by Frank Sinatra in August of 1982.

For ease of arrival, La Romana International Airport, Casa de Campo (LRM) is five minutes from check-in and serviced by JetBlue Airways (now with direct flights from JFK three times a week) and seasonally by American Airlines (non-stop service from MIA). A short drive away, Santo Domingo (SDQ) and Punta Cana (PUJ) operate daily direct flights from all major U.S. airports. For more information, please call 1-800-877-3643, or visit www.casadecampo.com.do.

About Teeth of the Dog
Opened in 1971 and renovated in 2005, Teeth of the Dog is one of four Pete Dye’s designs at the Casa de Campo resort at La Romana on the southeast coast, and was the first Dominican Republic course to use the sea to dramatic effect, putting it on the global golfing map. Its name derives from the jagged rock formations jutting into the Caribbean on which Dye placed tees and greens. Three of its four par-3 holes play over waves to the greens. In total, it has seven holes next to the sea and 11 with ocean views.