Branson/Lakes Area Courses Earn “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” List Honors

bransonBranson/Lakes Area Courses Earn “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” List Honors

(BRANSON, MISSOURI) – Buffalo Ridge Springs and Branson Hills earned top placements in GOLF Magazine’s biennial 2016-17 “Top Courses You Can Play” by state course rankings, determined by a panel of experts who review courses throughout the country.

To determine the best-in-state list – subtitled “The Best Courses Near You” – GOLF Magazine raters scrutinized thousands of courses in numerous categories to yield aggregated numerical ratings.  Buffalo Ridge Springs (No. 1) and Branson Hills (No. 3) took two of the top three positions in Missouri, making the Branson/Lakes Area the go-to destination for upper echelon golf.

 “This distinction for Branson/Lakes Area courses helps people understand the high quality of our golf,” says Lynn Berry, Branson/Lakes Area CVB director of communications.  “Buffalo Ridge Springs and Branson Hills are the tip of the iceberg.  Other area courses include LedgeStone, Thousand Hills, Pointe Royale and Top of the Rock, to name some, and there are two more under construction that are scheduled to debut in 2017 and 2018.”

 A “Top 100 Public Course” in America upon its debut in 1999, Buffalo Ridge Springs re-opened in 2014 after a nuanced transformation guided by visionary conservationist and owner Johnny Morris with course architect Tom Fazio.  Adding new approaches, water features and bunkers, Morris and Fazio redesigned the layout to bring players in close contact with nature, including native grasses, rock outcroppings and free-ranging buffalo from nearby Dogwood Canyon Nature Park.

 Along with the Jack Nicklaus-designed Top of the Rock – which Hall of Famer Gary Player calls “the best par-3 golf course in the world” – Buffalo Ridge Springs is a host course each spring for the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge.

 The layout at Branson Hills – formerly known as Payne Stewart Golf Club – meshes water, hardwoods and undulating terrain into a scenic, scintillating round. The clubhouse displays museum-like tributes to golfers who established their playing excellence in Missouri, including Payne Stewart and Tom Watson.

 The course was designed by Chuck Smith with consultation from Bobby Clampett, currently playing on the PGA Champions Tour and commentating on CBS Sports golf broadcasts.

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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, a Town Center-style shopping complex, 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 – and nearby Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF), it has never been easier to access Branson.

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BOYNE Golf’s Bay Harbor Golf Club Ranked Among U.S.’s Top 100 Courses by GOLF Magazine

boyne 823BOYNE Golf’s Bay Harbor Golf Club Ranked Among U.S.’s Top 100 Courses by GOLF Magazine

Play Acclaimed Links / Quarry Course, Experience Reimagined Inn at Bay Harbor with
‘Endless Summer Special’

(PETOSKEY, Mich.) BOYNE Golf – home to 10 premier courses spanning three resorts in the heart of “America’s Summer Golf Capital” – announces its Bay Harbor Golf Club has once again been ranked among America’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” by GOLF Magazine.

Designed by Arthur Hills, the 27-hole club’s Links and Quarry nines have been mainstays in the bi-annual rankings since opening in the mid-1990s. Overlooking Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, The Links is reminiscent of Ireland’s famous seaside courses. Miles of shoreline form a backdrop of incomparable beauty, with undulating fairways and slick putting surfaces framed by scrub-covered dunes.

Widely heralded as one of the world’s most unlikely locations for golf, The Quarry winds its way through an immense, abandoned shale quarry. Impressive gorges surrounded by stone cliffs, natural ponds and a gentle waterfall are hallmarks.

Panelists remarked: “Hills’ 27-hole creation wows with jaw-dropping holes that skirt Lake Michigan and complements the sizzle with a prime collection of strategic holes that zigzag among trees and rock outcroppings. As visually arresting as the Links holes are at water’s edge, the real drama amps up on the Quarry, which must be carried, or considered, on nearly every hole.”

“We’re humbled by Bay Harbor’s long-standing recognition from GOLF Magazine’s course ratings panel,” says Bernie Friedrich, Boyne Resorts’ senior vice president of golf and resort sales. “The uniqueness of Bay Harbor Golf Club’s three nines have stood the test of time and provides each golfer who plays with a truly one-of-a-kind experience.”

With the leaves turning and summer crowds beginning to wane, fall is an ideal time to experience Bay Harbor Golf Club and neighboring resort, Inn at Bay Harbor. Available select dates between Sept. 4 and Oct. 5, the “Endless Summer Special” begins at $174 / night and includes overnight accommodations, breakfast for two in The Sagamore Room and access to enjoy resort amenities, including golf.

Named a ‘Top Resort’ and ‘Top Spa’ by readers of Conde Nast Traveler, the Inn at Bay Harbor has been a “must experience” destination since opening in 1998. The next chapter in its history began in June when Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s curated portfolio of properties recognized for celebrating individuality, welcomed it into the collection.

The Inn is one of just 100 Autograph-branded hotels worldwide, each of which has been selected for its memorable guest experience, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details.

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BOYNE Golf’s three flagship resorts offer experiences to suit players of all ages and abilities.

Inn at Bay Harbor

  • 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 Resort
  • 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
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
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.

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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.

Island Resort & Casino’s Sweetgrass Named “Best Course You Can Play” by GOLF Magazine

IRCIsland Resort & Casino’s Sweetgrass Named “Best Course You Can Play” by GOLF Magazine

(HARRIS, Mich.)
– Sweetgrass Golf Club is rated one of the nation’s finest in GOLF Magazine’s “2016-17 Best Courses You Can Play” by state, a biennial compilation recognizing America’s best playing venues.

Designed by golf architect Paul Albanese of Albanese & Lutzke, Sweetgrass holds the No. 15 position in golf-rich Michigan.  The course and Island Resort & Casino are owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community, a band of the Potawatomi, and located in the pristine Upper Peninsula.

Immaculate conditions, rescued Michigan Department of Transportation bridges, no surrounding development and a unique collection of green styles are Sweetgrass hallmarks.  The Redan, Biarritz, island and shared greens are popular with all players – from every day golfers to professionals, including the Symetra Tour “Road to the LPGA” members who compete on them each summer.

“We strive to provide our resort guests and daily fee golf visitors with high-quality, memorable experiences,” says Island Resort and Casino General Manager Tony Mancilla.  “Having GOLF Magazine bestow this accolade upon Sweetgrass reinforces that we’re maintaining our commitment to excellence.”

Sweetgrass ( has previously received best-of honors from GOLFWEEK and Golf Digest magazines. This latest superlative follows news that the resort and tribe are building a second course – named Sage Run (also designed by Albanese) – for which a soft opening is planned for next year.

The resort’s highly popular golf package – the “Perfect Foursome” – starts at $260 per person and includes a two-night stay and rounds of golf at Sweetgrass and nearby TimberStone and Greywalls (all three ranked on Golfweek’s top-15 in the state).

Various other package combinations – as short as one-night stay/one round of golf and as long as a four-night stay/three rounds of golf – are also available.  Sweetgrass provides a dedicated on-site golf concierge and VIP Room where groups enjoy living room-style seating, private dinners, gaming tables, beverage service, televisions and direct access to the golf course, pro shop and open fire pit.

For the Golf Club & Tee Times: 906-723-2251 or 800-682-6040 ext. 2251

For Stay & Play Packages: 906-723-2252 or 877-ISL-GREEN

About Island Resort and Casino 

Boasting more than 1,200 slot machines and 24/7 Vegas-style gaming, the Island Resort & Casino ( 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 53-site RV Park, open until Nov. 30.

In addition to Five Bridges Pub and Five Bridges Steak and Seafood House, other on-site resort dining options include Firekeeper’s Restaurant, which specializes in casual dining, Coral Reef Grille and the new T. McC’s Sports Bar, with a menu that ranges from classic appetizers to burgers and specialty wraps.

The property is easily accessible via a pair of regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette and is also an easy and scenic four-hour drive from Milwaukee and two hours north of Green Bay. 

Club Glove introduces new features to the TRS Ballistic Premium Luggage line

trs ballisticHUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – Club Glove® – The leader in premium travel luggage, golf bags, club covers and accessories continues enhancing their TRS Ballistic line of premium luggage.

Since it’s initial debut in 2011, the TRS Ballistic line has continued to break new ground by making continual improvements to the luggage features; from the innovative connecting process to its state of the art wheelbase.  Some of the newer features include: a newly designed high impact wheelbase that allows for recessed storage of the retractable handle and added protection of interior goods, along with a new zippered compartment that stows the patented Train Reaction System adjustable straps when not in use. The newest of these features is the adjustable strap, which allows the user to connect multiple pieces of rolling luggage no matter the size and conveniently carries at your preferred height.

Following its inaugural launch, the TRS Ballistic luxury luggage line quickly became renowned as the world’s only self-balancing and connecting luggage system, which introduced a new standard in American made luggage. TRS Ballistic is strategically designed to meet the demands of the avid traveler and touring professional. Functioning as an interconnected luggage system, TRS Ballistic luggage creates a perfectly balanced train by attaching multiple pieces together; providing an effortless and almost weightless movement around and about airports and cities.

An avid traveler himself, Club Glove President, Jeff Herold, describes what inspired the idea behind the unique luggage line: “We wanted to come up with a more traditional style luggage that would be able to withstand the rigors of travelling on the PGA tour….our original duffels, though incredibly well built, with an almost military style were wonderful for our exclusive niche of clients; however, we needed to come up with something that appeared a little more mainstream in terms of style and appeal to the frequent traveler.”

Luggage, or suitcases – as it was once known – has seen dramatic evolvement over the past two decades, contingent to advancements in transportation. These days, the biggest concern travelers seem to have are how properly their luggage is being handled by third party personnel such as, TSA, airline baggage handlers, etc.

With this in mind, Club Glove strategically designs its luggage to withstand most, if not all, of the tribulations that come with travelling.

The TRS Ballistic luggage line will be displayed at the Club Glove booth during the PGA Fashion and Demo Experience taking place in Las Vegas, beginning August 15th through August 17th.

Club Glove is the undisputed number one professional and collegiate golf travel bag brand. Used by more PGA Tour players than any other brand in golf, the Last Bag was named one of the sport’s top 10 innovations of the last 20 years by Golf Digest. Their latest innovation in luxury travel, TRS Ballistic luggage, has taken the luggage industry by storm with pristine pieces that display sophistication and unmatched durability.

For more information regarding Club Glove USA or to purchase products see or call (800) 736-4568.  Get social with Club Glove USA on Facebook or Twitter.

Grayton Automatic Luxury Watch Launches August 1



Grayton: A New York Design with Automatic Luxury

New York – (Cision) – After 20 years in the watchmaking business, Grayton has enough time and expertise under its belt to form a reputation in the noble profession of horology, a profession mostly dominated by the skills and craftsmanship of mechanical watches. If automatic watches are synonymous with high cost and luxury then Grayton is as well.

When the idea came to launch the new brand Grayton Watches, in this extreme landscape, the NY design team did not hesitate. To satisfy his vision of automatic watches, the Grayton team chose accessible luxury by selecting the best components.

 Grayton: A Collection of Automatic Multi-Generational Watches

Grayton is a collection of automatic watches available in three sizes (44mm, 40mm and 36 mm) for men and women who are sick of the rapid turnaround of products in the market and want something that will last. A new generation, proclaiming its right to access a single timepiece carrier with authentic values, is underway.

 Grayton: Revolutionizing the Watch Industry via Social Media

To emerge and appeal to a connected generation hungry for products that possess quality, back to basics craftsmanship, and fair prices, Grayton has positioned itself with suitable price points below $300 USD. In a world where the average price of a quality automatic watch is on the market for at least $700 USD, this is astounding.

By going off the beaten track, the team at Grayton experimented with different strategies involving opinion leaders in the watch and fashion industry. In order to experiment with these leaders, a watch was sent to them -fully customized- in exchange for writing an objective review on the product. This approach was supplemented with the offer of discount coupons to generate cascading sales on the board.

 Grayton: Launching in the USA, for Every Citizen of the World

Grayton was born in New York and was inspired by the overall American design heritage. Surrounded by a multicultural team, Grayton Automatic Watches launched on August 1st, 2016 in the USA with the hope that offering an alternative choice for luxury would appeal to many.