Greenbrier Upgrades Volunteer Packages

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Volunteer Package Fantastically Upgraded

White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. – (May 26, 2016): As a result of the overwhelming response in ticket reservations following last week’s announcement that The Greenbrier Classic is providing complimentary tickets to this year’s event, the need for volunteers has grown greater than ever before.

“The response has just been tremendous,” said Jim Justice, The Greenbrier Owner and CEO and The Greenbrier Classic Chairman. “We are expecting tremendously higher fan numbers than we’ve ever had, and with more people on the grounds, we need more volunteers to help make sure things run smoothly.”

The volunteer program has been updated for 2016, making the benefits of joining the team much greater. One lucky volunteer will win $20,000.

Each volunteer will receive and official tournament golf shirt, an official tournament outerwear piece and the choice of either a tournament hat or visor. Each volunteer will also receive a volunteer credential for all seven days of competition, a Greenbrier Classic commemorative volunteer pin, a meal voucher for each shift worked, a voucher for 10 percent off tournament merchandise and the choice of either a round of golf for one on The Meadows Course or a complimentary spa treatment package at The Greenbrier Spa.

All volunteers who work four to seven shifts will receive a one-night complimentary stay at The Greenbrier. All volunteers who work eight or more shifts will receive a round of golf for two on The Old White TPC, The Greenbrier or The Meadows Course, as well as a complimentary two-night stay at The Greenbrier.

“Our volunteers are as important as anything we do with The Greenbrier Classic,” said Justice. “They are a big reason this tournament has been so successful over its first six years, and we want to make sure they’re rewarded appropriately.”
In addition to these unprecedented incentives, volunteers will have a chance to win cash in a jackpot.

At the completion of their fourth shift worked, volunteers will earn a raffle ticket. For each additional shift worked after the fourth shift, they’ll receive one additional raffle ticket. At the end of the tournament, a ticket will be drawn, and one lucky winner will win $10,000 cash and $10,000 to be donated to the charity of his or her choice.

The Greenbrier Classic, an annual PGA TOUR FedExCup event, will take place July 4-10 on The Old White TPC Course, the oldest course on the PGA TOUR. To sign up to volunteer, visit www.greenbrierclassic.com/volunteers or call 888-598-7380.

About The Greenbrier

The Greenbrier is a distinct and spectacular luxury mountain resort situated in the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. It’s best known as “America’s Resort” and is synonymous with world-class, authentic, southern hospitality. The Greenbrier experience, beginning in 1778 offers a luxurious respite to discerning guests from around the world.
The grand scale architecture, Dorothy Draper décor, immaculate attention to detail and legendary gracious service set The Greenbrier apart from all others. Guests walk in the footsteps of Presidents, celebrities and generations of families who regard The Greenbrier as a “one of one” destination.

The 710 perfectly appointed Signature Resort Rooms, Classic and Historic Suites, Legacy Cottages and Estate Homes are situated on our breathtaking 11,000-acre playground. Play five championship golf courses (including The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s private course) or experience 55+ activities including professional indoor and outdoor tennis, Off-Road Driving and Falconry. The private, guests-only Casino Club features table games, slot machines and simulcast racing.

Our full-service, 40,000 square-foot world-renowned spa is widely recognized as one of the most luxurious mineral spas in the world, and our Retail Collection is comprised of 36 boutiques, shops and hand crafted works of art. In addition to The Main Dining Room, The Greenbrier Restaurant Collection is comprised of 19 restaurants, cafés and lounges featuring traditional, award–winning southern-inspired cuisine. The Greenbrier Clinic has been practicing diagnostic medicine since 1948 and in 2014 was expanded to include a full-service MedSpa and Plastic Surgery Center. With the purchase by native West Virginian Jim Justice in 2009 and a $350+ million restoration, The Greenbrier is now once again the leading luxury resort in the world.

Branson/Lakes Area Welcomes Dads with Golf, Special Playing Offers and Off-Course Choices

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Branson/Lakes Area Welcomes Dads with Golf, Special Playing Offers and Off-Course Choices

 (BRANSON/LAKES, MISSOURI) – Known as “Golf’s Ozark Mountain Oasis,” the Branson/Lakes Area golf destination is a place where players – and Dads! – can enjoy first-class golf, an array of off-course activities and substantial value.

 Pointe Royale Golf Village sells “A Day at The Pointe.”  The special includes 36 holes and a choice of breakfast or lunch for $89.  “The Pointe” also offers a “7-Day Pass.”  For $250, it includes unlimited golf for seven consecutive days.  A golfer who plays one round each day would average a greens fee of approximately $35. Visit www.pointeroyalegolf.net or call 417.334.4477.

 Pre-pay for your round at Branson Hills Golf Club and lock in a rate of $89 plus tax.  It includes one round, any day at any time, which means paying $10 less for the most-coveted tee times (mid-mornings on weekends).  Considering Golfweek Magazine ranks Branson Hills the No. 1 course in Missouri, that’s a solid savings.  Please call Head Professional Dan Davis to purchase: (417) 337-2963 x 101

For locals, the rate is even better – $69 from May through October.  The local rate is valid for one local resident (with ID) and up to 3 guests.  This price is offered to those living in Taney, Stone, Christian & Green counties in Missouri, and Boone or Carroll counties in Arkansas.  A driver’s license with current address is required at registration.

 Consider either of those courses for Father’s Day rounds, or select from other great Branson golf options including LedgeStone, Thousand Hills, Top of the Rock and Buffalo Ridge Springs.  Visitwww.explorebranson/golf for more information.

 Beside golf, there are other options and activities that Dad may appreciate.   Chateau Grille’s Champagne Sunday Brunch at Chateau on the Lake (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) is a great place to celebrate before teeing off.  Call early to make your reservations (888-333-5253).

 The Branson Landing is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and the party coincides with Father’s Day weekend. Start celebrating Dad on Saturday night, June 18, with a free 8 p.m. concert featuring Prince Ivan, Trey O’Dell and a fireworks-filled finale provided by Gateway Fireworks Displays.

 The celebration doesn’t end then, though. Surprise Dad on Sunday, June 19, with a live performance by the Taneycomo Festival Jazz Orchestra, beginning at 7 p.m.  See many more options for Dad at:http://www.explorebranson.com/blog/spend-fathers-day-branson#sthash.SmDukHgP.dpuf

About Branson/Lakes Area Golf

The golf destination is home to several esteemed courses with two more currently under construction. Existing courses include the following:

 ·         Pointe Royale Golf Village, www.pointeroyalegolf.net, 417.334.4477

·         Thousand Hills Golf Resort, www.thousandhills.com, 800.487.0769, 417.334.4553

·         LedgeStone Country Club at StoneBridge Village, www.ledgestonegolf.com, 417.335.8187

·         Top of the Rock Golf Course, http://www.topoftherock.com/Page/Golf.aspx, 417.339.5343

·         Branson Hills Golf Club, www.bransonhillsgolfclub.com, 417.337.2963

·         Holiday Hills Resort and Golf Club, www.holidayhills.com, 417.334.4838

·         Don Gardner Golf Course, http://www.bransonparksandrecreation.com, 417.337.8510

·         Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course, http://www.topoftherock.com/buffalo-ridge-golf-course/,  417.339.5430

For more information about Branson/Lakes Area Golf, visit www.facebook.com/BransonGolf or www.explorebranson.com/golf

About Explore Branson
Branson is a one-of-a-kind family vacation destination nestled in the lakeside beauty of the Ozark Mountains — and an incredible value — with dozens of live performance theaters, three pristine lakes, championship golf courses, an international award-winning theme park, dozens of attractions and museums, a Historic Downtown district, shopping galore, a full range of dining options, and a host of hotels, motels, resorts, RV parks, campgrounds and meeting and conference facilities.

Branson is less than one day’s drive for one-third of America’s residents. With low-cost flights to the Branson Airport (BKG – www.flybranson.com) and nearby Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF), it has never been easier to access Branson.

Call 1-800-296-0463 for help planning your next vacation, convention or reunion. See more at: http://www.explorebranson.com

Limited Tickets Available For 2016 PGA Championship At Baltusrol

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2016 PGA Championship Tickets Sold Out for Sunday Championship Round at Baltusrol
Limited Tickets Remain Available for Other Championship Rounds

Springfield, N.J. (May 24, 2016) – The PGA of America today announced a sellout of daily tickets for the Sunday, July 31, Championship round at the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club. The PGA Championship—which annually features one of the deepest international fields in golf and includes the most top-100 world-ranked players of any event in golf—will be played at historic Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey, July 25-31, 2016.

 “We are thrilled to announce a Sunday sellout, which speaks to the anticipation surrounding the return of championship golf to Baltusrol Golf Club,” said Ryan Cannon, 2016 PGA Championship Director. “We encourage those interested in purchasing tickets to act quickly and join us for what is sure to be a memorable week.”

 Tickets for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Championship rounds remain, but are expected to sell out quickly. Tickets for practice rounds—which begin on Monday, July 25—also remain available and are a great opportunity for fans to see the best players in the world close up and in a more relaxed environment.

 How To Purchase 2016 PGA Championship Tickets

All remaining daily tickets to the 2016 PGA Championship can be purchased online at PGAChampionship.com. Prices and details for remaining tickets are as follows:

 ·         The Wanamaker Club Ticket Package: Provides access to the grounds and Wanamaker Club all seven days of the 2016 PGA Championship, including Sunday. The Wanamaker Club is a pavilion located in close proximity to the Lower Course. Amenities include air conditioning, televisions, an outdoor patio, restrooms, and upscale food and beverage options available for purchase. Each Wanamaker Club ticket package ($575) comes in the form of seven individual daily tickets (one for Monday; one for Tuesday, etc.).

·         Daily Grounds Tickets – Limited quantities of individual daily grounds tickets are still available for practice rounds on Monday ($25), Tuesday ($30), and Wednesday ($35); as well as Championship rounds on Thursday ($90), Friday ($100), and Saturday ($115).

 Juniors 17 years of age and younger will be admitted onto the Championship grounds free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Each ticketed adult at the PGA Championship is permitted up to four (4) junior grounds admissions per day at no additional charge. Junior tickets must be picked up onsite at the Admission Sales & Will Call Office at the Championship main entrance on the day of admission. Junior tickets cannot be obtained in advance, but will be available regardless of a sellout.

 Complimentary grounds access to the PGA Championship is also available for select military personnel (Active Duty, Military Retirees, Active Reserve, National Guard, Department of Defense Civilians with ID, and accompanying spouses).

 Follow @PGAChampionship on Twitter, and find us on Facebook, to keep up with news from the PGA Championship all year long.

 About the PGA Championship

The PGA Championship features one of the deepest international fields in golf, the fairest setup, the only all-professional field among golf’s majors, and where golf enthusiasts also are embraced as part of the event. Many of golf’s greatest champions, from Walter Hagen, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, and Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, and defending champion Jason Day have had their names inscribed on the Wanamaker Trophy. For more information, visit PGAChampionship.com.

 About the PGA of America

Celebrating its Centennial, the PGA of America represents the very best in golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.org, follow @PGAofAmerica on Twitter, and find us on Facebook.

 About Baltusrol Golf Club

Baltusrol Golf Club, synonymous with championship golf, sits at the base of Baltusrol Mountain in Springfield, New Jersey, only a stone’s throw from New York City. With a rich heritage that dates back to 1895, Baltusrol is considered one of the country’s premier golf clubs. Its two championship courses, the Lower and Upper, have played distinguished roles on the national golf stage since their creation by Golden Age architect A.W. Tillinghast. Over its 120-year history, Baltusrol has hosted 16 major championships, with the PGA Championship returning for the second time in July 2016. Recognizing its historical significance and place in the world of golf, the National Park Service recently designated Baltusrol a National Historic Landmark.

BOYNE Golf Receives ‘Premier Resorts’ Recognition from GOLF Magazine

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Midwest’s Largest Collection of Courses Elevated to ‘Gold’ Status in 2016-17 Rankings

(PETOSKEY, Mich.) – BOYNE Golf – home to 10 premier courses spanning three resorts in the heart of “America’s Summer Golf Capital” – has been named one of North America’s “Premier Resorts” by GOLF Magazine.

BOYNE Golf was elevated from “Silver” to “Gold” status in the 2016-17 rankings announced in June’s issue. It also received Honorable Mention recognition for “Value,” one of five key categories highlighted by editors.

“This acknowledgment is a testament to the golf experience we offer,” says Bernie Friedrich, Boyne Resorts’ senior vice president of golf and resort sales. “We’re extremely proud of BOYNE Golf’s standing as one of only two resorts in the Great Lakes region to achieve at least a Gold rating.”

The Premier Resorts rankings have been traditionally based on four criteria: golf, lodging, food and drink, and service. For the first time, this year’s list incorporated votes from Golf.com’s “Golfer’s Choice Awards,” which tabbed Boyne Highlands the U.S.’s “Best Resort for Value” in 2015.

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 Champion
  • 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 Boyne City, 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 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 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.

More, Better, Faster: New Airline Service Announced for Branson/Lakes Area Golf Destination

More, Better, Faster: New Airline Service Announced for Branson/Lakes Area Golf Destination

(BRANSON/LAKES AREA, MISSOURI) Daily airline service from Branson Airport (BKG) will commence July 15, great news for golf travelers who wish to play in North America’s brightest rising-star golf destination.

“We’re grateful that more people will soon be able to more conveniently access Branson Golf,” says Branson/Lakes Area CVB Director of Communications Lynn Berry. “The collection of existing golf courses are more popular than ever, and with two new courses under construction – one by Gary Player, the other by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw – the destination is growing in quantity and quality.”

With several of the state’s top-rated courses, courses that host the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf – a Champions PGA TOUR event at Big Cedar Lodge – and an array of complementary golf layouts by leading designers, the Branson/Lakes Area in southwest Missouri is increasingly on golfers’ must-visit list.

Elite Airways will offer daily non-stop service from Branson to Denver (DEN) and Houston (IAH) with connections to over 100 markets nationwide.  The Branson Airport, Elite Airways and Great Lakes Airlines have teamed up to launch this new program.  Daily service starts July 15.

Customers can book non-stop flights between Branson and Denver or Houston at EliteAirways.com, or connecting ones through those cities.  The full range of flight options is also available on your favorite travel websites such as United.com, Expedia, Travelocity, or Orbitz.

The new Elite Airways’ service will deliver more than 100 connections to major U.S. cities with multiple flight options.  Flights are available now at FlyBranson.com.”

Elite Airways and Great Lakes Airlines have entered into a codeshare agreement permitting the use of interline e-ticket and baggage agreements with legacy airlines including United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Airlines making the connections seamless for the customer.  This arrangement will enable customers to purchase a single ticket from over 100 cities to Branson on United.com or on their favorite on-line travel website such as Expedia, Travelocity or Orbitz.  For details visit FlyBranson.com.

Branson Airport previously announced seasonal service on Branson AirExpress to New Orleans, LA and Austin, TX.  That service is available to book now and will fly from May 27 – August 14.

About Branson Airport
Opening its doors May of 2009, Branson Airport LLC is located in the heart of the Ozarks and centrally located in the Midwest.  The airport also boasts a state of the art FBO, Branson JetCenter and a full service travel agency.  For more information on Branson Airport LLC and any of its subsidiaries please visit FlyBranson.com.

About Elite Airways
Elite Airways was founded in 2006 by airline veterans looking to provide a better travel experience for their passengers.  Elite operates charter service for various professional and college athletic teams, celebrities, and corporate clients.  On February 16, 2016, Elite was approved by the US DOT as a US Part 121 Air Carrier. Elite has a fleet of Bombardier 50-seat and 70-seat jet aircraft. Elite provides schedule airline service to markets throughout the United States.

About Great Lakes Airlines

Incorporated in 1979, Great Lakes Airlines is a regional airline operating as an independent carrier and as a codeshare partner with United Airlines. Great Lakes Airlines also has electronic ticketing interline agreements with United, American Airlines and Delta Airlines. Through these relationships, customers are able to purchase connecting flights through the partner airlines, as well as share other benefits such as baggage transfer.

About Branson/Lakes Area Golf

The golf destination is home to several esteemed courses with two more currently under construction. Existing courses include the following.

  • Pointe Royale Golf Village, www.pointeroyalegolf.net, 417.334.4477
  • Thousand Hills Golf Resort, www.thousandhills.com, 800.487.0769, 417.334.4553
  • LedgeStone Country Club at StoneBridge Village, www.ledgestonegolf.com, 417.335.8187
  • Top of the Rock Golf Course, http://www.topoftherock.com/Page/Golf.aspx, 417.339.5343
  • Branson Hills Golf Club, www.bransonhillsgolfclub.com, 417.337.2963
  • Holiday Hills Resort and Golf Club, www.holidayhills.com, 417.334.4838
  • Don Gardner Golf Course, http://www.bransonparksandrecreation.com, 417.337.8510
  • Buffalo Ridge Springs Golf Course, http://www.topoftherock.com/buffalo-ridge-golf-course/,  417.339.5430


For more information about Branson/Lakes Area Golf, visit
www.facebook.com/BransonGolf or www.explorebranson.com/golf

About Explore Branson
Branson is a one-of-a-kind family vacation destination nestled in the lakeside beauty of the Ozark Mountains — and an incredible value — with dozens of live performance theaters, three pristine lakes, championship golf courses, an international award-winning theme park, dozens of attractions and museums, a Historic Downtown district, shopping galore, a full range of dining options, and a host of hotels, motels, resorts, RV parks, campgrounds and meeting and conference facilities.

Branson is less than one day’s drive for one-third of America’s residents. With low-cost flights to the Branson Airport (BKG – www.flybranson.com) and nearby Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF), it has never been easier to access Branson.

Call 1-800-296-0463 for help planning your next vacation, convention or reunion. See more at: http://www.explorebranson.com

Most Recent PGA TOUR Winner Committed to Greenbrier Classic

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White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. – (May 10, 2016): James Hahn, who made headlines over the weekend by holding off some of golf’s biggest stars to win the Wells Fargo Championship, will be a part of the field for The Greenbrier Classic this July.

Hahn, who once quit golf to sell shoes, picked up an unlikely victory Sunday in Charlotte, finishing 9-under-par for the 72-hole tournament, two strokes better than Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler. He then got the best of Roberto Castro in a sudden death playoff to earn his second PGA TOUR victory. Hahn’s other win on golf’s main stage came in the 2015 Northern Trust Open.

The 34-year-old, who was born in Seoul, South Korea, and went to college at the University of California, is no stranger to The Greenbrier Classic. The 2016 Greenbrier Classic, which will be held July 4-10 on The Greenbrier’s Old White TPC Course, will be Hahn’s fourth straight.

A professional since 2003, Hahn finished tied for 41st at 3-under-par in his first Greenbrier Classic appearance in 2013. He made the initial cut in 2014 but failed to survive the secondary cut after a rough third round. Last summer, Hahn posted his best Greenbrier Classic performance. His 11-under-par score was good enough for a tie for sixth.

“He has been a regular at The Greenbrier Classic, and we’re thrilled to see him coming back again,” said Monte Ortel, Executive Tournament Director, The Greenbrier Classic. “What he was able to accomplish at the Wells Fargo Classic was such a great story.”

Hahn isn’t the only player at the top of the Wells Fargo leaderboard planning on a trip to The Greenbrier Classic.

Castro, who narrowly missed out on his first PGA TOUR win when he hit his tee shot into the water on the first playoff hole, has also committed to The Greenbrier Classic. This will be his fourth appearance in the annual PGA TOUR, FedEXCup event. His best finish came in 2012, when he tied for seventh.

Andrew Loupe, who finished in a tie for fourth with those big names at 7-under at the Wells Fargo Classic, will also play in the 2016 Greenbrier Classic, as will 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover, who finished tied for eighth at Wells Fargo at 6-under. Danny Lee, the 2015 Greenbrier Classic champion who was tied for ninth at the Wells Fargo Championship, will be back to defend his title, and Fabian Gomez, who also tied for ninth, will compete in the 2016 Greenbrier Classic, as well.

“We’re excited to have commitments from so many golfers who are playing so well right now,” said Ortel. “The Greenbrier Classic has always been extremely competitive, and it’s definitely shaping up to be that way again.”

For more information or to purchase tickets for The Greenbrier Classic, visit www.greenbrierclassic.com.

About The Greenbrier

The Greenbrier is a distinct and spectacular luxury mountain resort situated in the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. It’s best known as “America’s Resort” and is synonymous with world-class, authentic, southern hospitality. The Greenbrier experience, beginning in 1778 offers a luxurious respite to discerning guests from around the world. The grand scale architecture, Dorothy Draper décor, immaculate attention to detail and legendary gracious service set The Greenbrier apart from all others. Guests walk in the footsteps of Presidents, celebrities and generations of families who regard The Greenbrier as a “one of one” destination.

The 710 perfectly appointed Signature Resort Rooms, Classic and Historic Suites, Legacy Cottages and Estate Homes are situated on our breathtaking 11,000-acre playground. Play five championship golf courses (including The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s private course) or experience 55+ activities including professional indoor and outdoor tennis, Off-Road Driving and Falconry. The private, guests-only Casino Club features table games, slot machines and simulcast racing. Our full-service, 40,000 square-foot world-renowned spa is widely recognized as one of the most luxurious mineral spas in the world, and our Retail Collection is comprised of 36 boutiques, shops and hand crafted works of art. In addition to The Main Dining Room, The Greenbrier Restaurant Collection is comprised of 19 restaurants, cafés and lounges featuring traditional, award–winning southern-inspired cuisine. The Greenbrier Clinic has been practicing diagnostic medicine since 1948 and in 2014 was expanded to include a full-service MedSpa and Plastic Surgery Center. With the purchase by native West Virginian Jim Justice in 2009 and a $350+ million restoration, The Greenbrier is now once again the leading luxury resort in the world.

Tickets Available for Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass, ‘Road to LPGA’ Event

IRCTickets Available for Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass, ‘Road to LPGA’ Event
(HARRIS, Michigan) – Tickets are available for the annual Island Resort Championship, a Symetra Tour “Road to the LPGA” tournament played at award-winning Sweetgrass Golf Club.Top players on the Symetra Tour official season money list each year advance to the LPGA.  Dani Holmqvist, winner of the 2015 Island Resort Championship, finished 5th overall last season and earned her 2016 LPGA Tour Card.

Tickets cost $10 and bring admission to all three tournament rounds (June 24-26).  Ticket holders are eligible for daily prize drawings.

Purchase tickets at the Island Resort and Casino ticket office and from these non-profit organizations:
Bark River Harris School – Costa Rica Trip
Escanaba High School Athletics
Crystal Falls Girls Volleyball
Gladstone Boys Basketball
Ishpeming High School Girls Basketball
Kingsford High School Golf
Marquette High School Boys Basketball
Mid-Pen Girls Basketball
North Central High School Athletics
North Dickinson High School Athletics
Northern Michigan Drive AAU Basketball
Northern Michigan University Golf Team
Norway High School Athletics
Westwood Girls Basketball
The tournament schedule includes round one on Friday, June 24, 7:30 am-7 pm; round two on Saturday, June 25, 7:30 am-7 pm; and final round play on Sunday, June 26, 7 am-5:30 pm.In addition to seeing rising-star women golfers play, Sweetgrass is a beautiful setting with no surrounding development, featuring historic rescued bridges from the state and a unique collection of greens (Redan, Biarritz, Island and shared).

For more information about the course, tournament or casino call 906-723-2252 or 877-ISL-GREEN.

About Sweetgrass Golf Club   
Sweetgrass is ranked among Golfweek’s “America’s Best Courses You Can Play” by state.  It 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. Island Resort and Casino is building a companion course, as yet unnamed, which is planned for a 2017 debut. For information, see

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/.

Hilton Head Golf Island Unveils 2016 Late Spring / Early Summer Golf Packages

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Hilton Head Golf Island Unveils 2016 Late Spring / Early Summer Golf Packages

Three Premier On-Island Resorts Offer Golfers Special Prices on Lowcountry Getaways

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) – Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI) – the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ Golf Destination of the Year for North America for 2016 – announces a wide selection of stay-and-play packages available throughout the late spring and early summer.

 Boasting outstanding courses, exceptional value, pleasant weather and direct flights from major cities, Hilton Head Island remains a highly regarded golf destination. In addition to the IAGTO honor, Hilton Head Island has received accolades this year from Golfweek, Golf Advisor and the South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel.

 A selection of packages offered at www.hiltonheadgolfisland.com:

  • Heritage Golf Collection Family Fun in the Sun – Starting at $450 per person (based on a family of four), this package is comprised of seven nights’ accommodations in a resort view villa and a round of golf per person at Shipyard Golf Club or Port Royal Golf Club. A round of Foot Golf per person at Port Royal also is offered (carts not included), along with dinner vouchers for four and a Heritage Golf Collection VIP discount card. Subject to availability of accommodations, the package includes all taxes and fees.
  • Palmetto Dunes “Birdies and Beer Getaway” – Features four days/three nights in a two-bedroom villa at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, and three rounds of golf on the resort’s three championship layouts: Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront, Arthur Hills and George Fazio. Starting at $165 per golfer/per night, the promotion includes breakfast and beers via a resort gift card. Also included are range balls, dining and pro shop discounts, two hours of court time per day per villa at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, and preferred rates and priority access to all resort activities and amenities.
  • The Sea Pines Resort “Villa Golf Package” – Guests enjoy private villa accommodations for four nights and a round of golf at Harbour Town Golf Links and Heron Point by Pete Dye, with complimentary green fees for afternoon replays on Heron Point based on availability (cart fees apply). Starting at $174 per person, this offer also includes a warm-up bag of range balls per round, and complimentary wireless internet and use of The Sea Pines Resort Fitness Center.

 “These packages are ideal for everyone coming to Hilton Head Island – from golf getaways groups to families embracing the sport’s values,” says Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association and Vice President of Sports and Operations at Sea Pines Resort. “The late spring and early summer mark a great time to experience what this great destination has to offer.”

Getting to Hilton Head Island is easier than ever from East Coast and Midwest population centers. JetBlue Airways operates non-stop flights from Boston and New York City to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). Allegiant Air also flies non-stop into Savannah / Hilton Head from Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and other cities. Fourteen other locales offer non-stop service to SAV including Chicago, Detroit, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

For additional information about rates, restrictions and other package inclusions, or to receive a quote: www.hiltonheadgolfisland.com, 800.523.3373.

 About Hilton Head Golf Island

 Hilton Head Golf Island features more than 30 member courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort and Jasper counties. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy Hilton Head’s Southern hospitality and world-class public and private designs sculpted by vaunted architects Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones.

 Its territory encompasses many of the great golf courses and resorts of North America and is ranked top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including “Best Buddies Trip Destination,” “Best Accommodations,” “Best Couples Trip,” “Best Courses,” “Best Food and Drink,” “Best Weather” and “Best Value.” Hilton Head Island also was named the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ Golf Destination of the Year for North America for 2016. Home to the world-renowned Sea Pines Resort, the PGA TOUR makes its only South Carolina stop each April at Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.

 The Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association, in conjunction with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Visitor and Conventions Bureau and Chamber of Commerce, launched Hilton Head Golf Island to support the island’s thriving golf market through promotion of golf rounds and packages. 

The Sea Pines Resort Receives Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award

The Sea Pines Resort Receives Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award
(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) The Sea Pines Resort – Hilton Head’s premier vacation destination and home of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing – has received the inaugural “Editors’ Choice Award” from Golf Digest in the “Best Golf Resorts in the Americas” category.

The legendary Lowcountry destination joins notable properties like Pebble Beach Resorts, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Kiawah Island Golf Resort and Keswick Hall & Golf Club on the prestigious list. The resort’s iconic Harbour Town Golf Links was recently ranked No. 2 in Golfweek’s “Best Places You Can Play State-by-State” in South Carolina. The Inn & Club at Harbour Town – its 60-room boutique hotel – is currently rated No. 5 in Conde Nast Traveler’s “Best Hotels in the U.S.”

“We’re thrilled to add this coveted award from Golf Digest to our ever-growing list of accolades from major publications honoring the ‘best of the best,’” says Steve Birdwell, President. “We tirelessly strive to offer the finest golf experiences, luxurious accommodations, lavish amenities, and an emphasis on hospitality matched by few resorts.”

The Sea Pines Resort has made a series of recent multi-million dollar property investments including its magnificent new 44,000-square-foot Harbour Town Clubhouse. The 23,000-square-foot Plantation Golf Club, serving its Heron Point by Pete Dye and Ocean courses, was awarded the 2015 “New Clubhouse of the Year” by Golf Inc. The new family-friendly 25,000-square-foot Sea Pines Beach Club showcases an inviting seaside dining atmosphere with breathtaking views of the Atlantic.

Heron Point, the ideal companion layout for Harbour Town, was recently named “Golf Course of the Year” by the South Carolina Golf Course Owners Association. The Ocean Course will reopen later this year after a complete reconstruction by Love Golf Design – the architecture firm including PGA TOUR star Davis Love III, his brother Mark, and architect Scot Sherman.

For more information: www.seapines.com, 866.561.8802.

About The Sea Pines Resort

Situated on the southernmost tip of Hilton Head Island, the legendary Lowcountry destination features five miles of unspoiled beaches, 21 clay tennis courts, 14 miles of bike and walking trails, horseback riding, Eco-Adventures, water sports, and the 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve filled with wildflowers, wetlands and more than 130 species of birds. As the first Eco-planned destination in the U.S., The Sea Pines Resort has become the blueprint for numerous beach developments around the country.

One of the crown jewels in the world of golf, The Sea Pines Resort is home to Pete Dye’s classic Harbour Town Golf Links (home of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage) Heron Point by Pete Dye, and the Ocean Course. The property has recently gone through extensive redevelopment with its Sea Pines Beach Club and Plantation Golf Club both opening in 2014. The new 44,000-square-foot Harbour Town Clubhouse opened in March 2015.

Guests may choose from an array of accommodations, including 300 villas, 100 rental homes and the luxurious 60-room Inn & Club at Harbour Town, a Forbes Four-Star boutique hotel and Preferred Hotel Group member. The resort’s best-in-class collection of golf courses, amenities, meeting facilities and accommodations makes Sea Pines one of the most sought-after leisure and group destinations in America.

GustBuster “The World’s Smartest Umbrella” receives Editors’ Choice Award from Golf Digest Magazine for Best Golf Umbrella

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The May 2016 issue of Golf Digest Magazine has hit the newsstands and its official…GustBuster has received the Editor’s Choice Award for Best Golf Umbrella!

It started 50 years ago when Golf Digest named America’s 200 Toughest Golf Courses, and it evolved into what has become the definitive measure of quality in architecture: America’s 100 Greatest Courses. Golfers have looked to Golf Digest’s rankings as the complete service guide for best public courses, resorts and destinations from the 50 states to around the globe. Our individual rankings from Best Teachers to Best Clubfitters have proved an invaluable tool for players trying to work on their game or get equipment suited to their swing. Golf Digest’s Annual Hot List, launched in 2004, is universally considered by golfers and the industry as the ultimate review of golf clubs and balls in the marketplace. Now, for the first time, we extend our service franchise into rating the best of everything in the total golf lifestyle….we’re proud to reveal the inaugural Golf Digest Editors’ Choice awards.

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