FRED COUPLES SIGNATURE GOLF COURSE BREAKS GROUND AT TWIN DOLPHIN GOLF CLUB

FRED COUPLES SIGNATURE GOLF COURSE BREAKS GROUND AT TWIN DOLPHIN GOLF CLUB
Naturalistic layout perched above Santa Maria Bay slated open in late 2018

Los Cabos, Mexico – March 29, 2017 – Ohana Real Estate Investors has unveiled design plans and commenced construction on its Fred Couples Signature Golf Course at the Twin Dolphin Golf Club. Scheduled to open in late 2018, the golf course is set within Twin Dolphin, a 1,400-acre master-planned community.

When it opens, the course will be the first Fred Couples Signature Golf Course in Los Cabos. Couples is working with Todd Eckenrode of Origins Golf Design, the architect of record. “We want this to be a course that all players can enjoy,” Couples said. “With its multiple sets of tees, it will vary in length and will feature undulating greens, dramatic elevation changes, impeccable fairways and natural bunkering.”

Todd Eckenrode added, “We were meticulous in our mission to honor our surroundings. We’re building around the land, using local materials whenever possible and integrating and preserving natural features such as rock outcroppings, mature flora and landforms like arroyos in the golf routing.” Designed to pay tribute to the land, the layout, inspired by classic Golden Age courses, will feature an ocean view from every hole.

Rather than mass-grading and re-planting landscaped areas after the course is built, an environmentally-sensitive clearing plan has been established. The design team is grading from the center lines out to the perimeter of each golf hole and leaving the surrounding native vegetation intact. A buffer will be left on the perimeter of each golf hole to protect the natural beauty along the periphery of the course. Golf and landscape irrigation will utilize non-potable water from an on-site reverse osmosis desalination plant and wastewater treatment facilities.

“The Twin Dolphin Golf Club will reinvent the typical golf experience with unexpected amenities at every turn,” said Neil Johnson, Ohana’s director of residential real estate. “We are bringing the clubhouse experience onto the course and changing the way amenities are experienced. On-course amenities will include food and drink options that will be available in new and very exciting concepts offering indoor-outdoor dining and relaxation areas. The buildings will have a residential feel and will be something that people who are not even playing golf will want to tag along and experience.” Guests will enjoy highly personalized on-course service staff, a full practice range, short-game practice chipping areas, practice putting greens, a full-service clubhouse, on-course amenities and caddies.

Practice facilities will include individual hitting stations with laser-measured yardages to target greens. Each hitting station will be equipped with player amenities. In addition, state-of-the-art instructional video and computer systems will be available to guests as part of the instructional program.

The course will be available to residential owners within the Twin Dolphin community, including Maravilla Los Cabos and Montage Residences Los Cabos; as well as Montage Los Cabos, a deluxe 122-room oceanfront hotel expected to open in 2018. The development occupies the site of the former Hotel Twin Dolphin, an iconic property now honored in name by the community and its golf club.

“Montage Los Cabos on Santa Maria Bay is the absolute best location for a resort in all of Los Cabos,” said Alan Fuerstman, founder and CEO of Montage Hotels & Resorts. “Its stunning natural setting, gentle swimmable beach on the Sea of Cortes, and its proximity to all that Cabo has to offer sets the stage for an extraordinary Montage resort.”

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About Los Cabos:
Situated at the tip of the 1,000-mile long Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos is home to award-winning hotels, resorts, championship golf courses, rejuvenating spas and world-class sport fishing. With a unique landscape of dramatic desert and dazzling beaches, Los Cabos is an exotic escape favored by celebrities, couples and families within easy reach of most U.S. and Canadian cities. For more information, images and videos from Los Cabos, visit www.visitloscabos.travel, follow us on Twitter @LOSCABOSTOURISM and visit us on Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.

SCI-CORE Ultimate Practice Ball Gives Golfers Realistic Feel, Safe Indoors

SCI-CORE Ultimate Practice Ball Gives Golfers Realistic Feel, Safe Indoors

New Ball Adds To Swing Coach Club Training Success

Logan, Utah (March 29, 2017) – Safe indoors and outdoors, the newly released SCI-CORE practice golf ball is designed as a solution for golfers who want a realistic feel and result wherever they have enough space to swing a club.

On the practice range, inside the living room, or out in the backyard, the bright orange SCI-CORE practice golf ball is a great solution for practice virtually anywhere.

The SCI-CORE “real feel” practice golf ball is the heaviest practice ball on the market at 20.5 grams (0.72 ounces) – roughly half of a regulation golf ball. It is this extra weight that provides a “real feel” and allows for a maximum flight of 130 yards on full swings. Yet, with its condensed, patent-pending polymer foam construction, the SCI-CORE ball also floats on water for easy retrieval.

The SCI-CORE ball has a durable non-marking glossy cover, with a traditional dimple pattern for accurate flight characteristics. It is designed for extensive use, retains its shape, and will not crack over time. The SCI-CORE ball is so soft it won’t break a glass window and the cover does not leave scuff marks.

Developed by the creators of the Swing Coach Club training aid, the SCI-CORE “real feel” practice golf ball is available in a six-pack for $14.95 and comes with a lifetime warranty.

For more information and to order a six-pack of SCI-CORE “real feel” practice golf balls, access the Swing Coach website at www.swingcoachclub.com.

Agentry PR to represent made-in-Italy, luxury resort wear brand SCARCI

Agentry PR is pleased to announce the representation of made-in-Italy, luxury resort wear brand SCARCI.

SCARCI is an Italian resort wear brand inspired by travel, yachting, culture and the arts. The brand offers paramount quality, exclusive fabrics, and creative designs for men and women who demand quality, comfort, style and sophistication SCARCI‘s exclusively designed, ready-to-wear resort collection is conceptualized and developed as unique, fashion forward Italian clothing with a classic feel. SCARCI is dedicated to exceptional detail and luxury craftsmanship that is evident from a single glance across the room.

The brand features shirting, shorts, and skirts for men and women at a luxury price point.

Men’s shirting is offered between $130-$425,   Women’s shirting between $120-$300

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SCARCI is available at www.scarci.com as well as 6 luxury 5-star resort hotels and is expected to open its first retail location in Vegas in 2018.

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Global sporting icons touch down at ANA Inspiring Women in Sports Conference to lift LPGA’S First Major to new heights

Global sporting icons touch down at ANA Inspiring Women in Sports Conference to lift LPGA’S First Major to new heights

Celebrated athletes Billie Jean King, Maria Sharapova, Aly Raisman and Lexi Thompson share their inspiring stories to sell-out audience

RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA, March 29, 2017 – Some of the world’s most celebrated and inspirational sports stars landed into the second annual ANA Inspiring Women in Sports conference ahead of the LPGA’s first major of the year, the ANA Inspiration.

Amongst the sporting icons tennis legend and social justice pioneer Billie Jean King, former world No. 1 tennis star Maria Sharapova, three-time Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Aly Raisman and ANA Inspiration champion Lexi Thompson briefly traded golf swings for tennis strokes on the 18th hole before sharing their inspiring stories to a sell-out audience at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

The historic golf tournament which was founded by Dinah Shore is credited with providing much early momentum and support to empower women in sport. The tradition of a new conference was added to the tournament week line-up last year and offers a perfect platform to continue breaking down barriers and inspiring future generations with an impact that goes far beyond the game of golf.

Hosted by two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion, Julie Foudy, the event saw Paralympic swimmer Victoria Arlen receive the 2017 ANA Inspiration Award.

Four Seasons Resort Lanai Now Offers Exclusive Logoed Merchandise Online

FOUR SEASONS RESORT LANAI NOW OFFERS EXCLUSIVE LOGOED MERCHANDISE ONLINE

LANA‘I, HAWAI‘I, March 23, 2017 – For golfers who enjoy collecting for their bucket list of the world’s best golf courses, Four Seasons Resort Lâna‘i, is selling its logoed resort merchandise, including a complete lineup of golf apparel, online for the first time.

The exclusive logoed merchandise allows guests who have vacationed at the resort—or anyone who aspires—to own a piece of Lâna‘i’s magic. Showing off the beautiful logo, which is in the shape of the island and depicts its upland and seaside geographies, identifies the wearer as someone who appreciates superb golf, and places them among a proud group of Lâna‘i lovers.
“We have fans of the Four Seasons Resort Lâna‘i around the world sporting our logo and sharing stories about their visits,” said Scott Ashworth, Director of Golf. “It doesn’t take much prodding to get them to recap their rounds at Manele Golf Course, to revisit the resort’s magnificent ocean views and vistas, or to share tales of their other island adventures. The logo evokes memories and now, with the online shop, it’s particularly convenient to buy souvenirs and great gifts from Lâna‘i.”

Apparel options include shirts (active, luxury, sport, and military camo), t-shirts, outerwear, sweaters, shorts, swimwear, robes, and hats. In addition to a large inventory for men and women, there is a selection of shirts available for youths. Customizable accessories, such as scarfs and throw blankets, also can be ordered, along with glass barware. Shoppers can choose where they want to place the logo and customized embroidery options, such as monograms, with all purchases.

For a complete look at the merchandise offerings, visit Four Seasons Resort Lanai Catalog.

The Signature Jack Nicklaus Manele Golf Course is one the premier 18-hole layouts in Hawaiʻi, with a reputation for excellence in design and playability. Built on lava outcroppings, the course features three holes on cliffs which use the Pacific Ocean as backdrop and as a water hazard. The five-tee concept challenges the best golfers – tee shots over natural gorges and ravines must be precise.

The resort’s 213 guestrooms and suites are in a series of low-rise buildings spread along the Pacific coastline and surrounded by Hawaiian botanical gardens, providing a private residential experience. Guests enjoy the signature ONE FORTY restaurant, Malibu Farm, NOBU LANAI, a spa and wellness program, variety of complimentary activities, luxury retail boutiques, and tennis, as well as an array of land, sea, and air activities.

Four Seasons Resort Lâna‘i, Hawaii’s exclusive island adventure, is located on a pristine island offering a simpler pace of life; it truly reflects Hawaii as it was intended to be. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Four Seasons at 1-800-321-4666, visit your travel professional, fourseasons.com/lanai, or join our online communities at Facebook @FourSeasonsResortsLanai, Twitter @fslanai and instagram @fslanai. To contact the Manele Golf Course pro shop, call 808.565.4000.

Introducing the PXG X Collection: Ultra-Low Spin Drivers, Fairway Woods & Hybrids

Introducing the PXG X Collection: Ultra-Low Spin Drivers, Fairway Woods & Hybrids
New PXG X Collection Goes Like Hell, Sounds Like Heaven

Scottsdale, AZ (March 29, 2017) – PXG (Parsons Xtreme Golf) today announced the release of new drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids. The new PXG X Collection is engineered for extremely low spin, incredible distance, and unmatched sound and feel.

Buzz surrounding PXG’s 0811X driver began last May, when PGA TOUR Professional James Hahn clinched a victory at the Wells Fargo Championship with an early prototype in his bag. Not long after, Charles Howell III reached out to PXG founder Bob Parsons saying, “this driver is so fantastic you’ve got to release it now.”

PXG didn’t release the club.

“We didn’t release the driver at that point because we knew several ways to make it even better,” Parsons shared. “For me there are three things that go into the experience of hitting a club – performance, sound and feel. It doesn’t matter how much we spend. It doesn’t matter how long it takes or how many iterations. Each one of those things has to be right.”
PXG continued to explore new materials and refine processes in an effort to exhaust all possibilities for making a better golf club. As a result, the ultra-low spin PXG X Collection features advanced technology that delivers exactly what PXG’s founder insisted on – superior performance, sound, and feel.

The PXG X Collection introduces a patented honeycomb TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) insert. A high-performance compound with vibration-dampening characteristics, TPE enhances sound and feel. The honeycomb structure increases efficiencies and helps to reduces the overall club head mass.

Additionally, each club incorporates an ultra-strong, lightweight carbon fiber crown, instead of heavier titanium or steel. Reducing mass in the crown area allows the weight to be repositioned in the sole of each club for optimal launch conditions. The matte black crown also reduces reflections and helps to eliminate distractions.

PXG’s Precision Weighting System leverages high-density tungsten and low-density titanium weights. The weights provide a significant amount of moveable mass in the club head that can be easily adjusted to influence spin and draw or fade bias.

“The clubs in the new PXG X Collection go like hell, and sound like heaven. They are simply in a class of their own,” Parsons added.

The PXG X Collection complements the original PXG 0811, 0341, and 0317 series as a club option for players who desire ultra-low spin, without sacrificing forgiveness.

The PXG 0811X driver is available in 9, 10.5, and 12-degree loft options. For players who prefer a lighter weight driver, PXG has also released the PXG 0811LX.

PXG 0341X fairway woods are available in 2, 3, 5, and 7-degree loft options, while the PXG 0317X hybrids are available in 17, 19, 22, 25, and 28-degrees.
To learn more about the PXG X Collection or to schedule a fitting, visit www.PXG.com.

About Parsons Xtreme Golf – PXG, A YAM Worldwide Company

Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG) is based in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company was founded by Go Daddy founder, businessman and philanthropist Bob Parsons in 2014. Leveraging breakthrough technology and sophisticated manufacturing processes that integrate high-performance alloys, PXG produces the finest golf clubs in the world. The company has more than 100 global patents issued for its proprietary designs.

PXG clubs are currently being played on all three major U.S. Tours. PXG’s professional staff includes PGA TOUR winners James Hahn, Billy Horschel, Charles Howell III, Zach Johnson, Chris Kirk, Ryan Moore, Pat Perez and Charl Schwartzel and LPGA players Christina Kim, Lydia Ko, Brittany Lang, Alison Lee, Ryann O’Toole, Sadena Parks, Gerina Piller and Beatriz Recari.

Mystical Golf Announces Exceptional Late Spring, Summer Stay-and-Play Packages

Mystical Golf Announces Exceptional Late Spring, Summer Stay-and-Play Packages

Highlights Feature Play on Three Acclaimed Courses, Villa Accommodations, Numerous Extras

 

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) Mystical Golf – offering “Myrtle Beach’s finest 54 holes of golf” on its celebrated Witch, Man-O-War and Wizard courses – announces stay-and-play packages ideal for exceptional vacations to the “Golf Capital of the U.S.”

Mystical Golf’s trio of courses are consistently recognized by Golf Channel to be among Myrtle Beach’s “five best courses” and “best values.” The Witch and Man-O-War courses are ranked in the “Top 15 Courses in South Carolina” in Golf Channel’s Golf Advisor rater reviews.

 Man-O-War’s 15th hole ranks among GOLF Magazine’s “Five Most Memorable Island Greens” alongside No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass, the “Alcatraz” hole at PGA West’s Stadium Course and Coeur d’Alene Resort’s movable, floating putting surface. The Witch is praised by PGA.com for presenting one of America’s “great ninth holes” and The Wizard has earned 4-1/2 stars from Golf Digest.

 Through Sept. 6, the three-day Gold Package starts as low as $99 (per person, per day, taxes included).  It includes three rounds with cart on each of the much-admired Mystical Golf layouts (plus one complimentary round), three nights’ lodging in well-appointed three-bedroom villa (four beds), free iHOP breakfast daily (available 24 hours per day), and a gratis steak dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse (includes non-alcoholic beverages, taxes).

 Over the same time span, the Silver Package begins at $89 (per person, per day, taxes included) and features all the components of the Gold Package except the complimentary round, daily breakfast and steak dinner. Both stay-and-plays offer one complimentary golfer for booked groups of 20 or more players.

“Simply put, we offer the best stay-and-play packages in the U.S.,” says Claude Pardue, President and CEO. “Our three courses continue to draw nothing but raves from our first-time guests, loyal repeat customers returning year after year and the major golf media.”

Additional package highlights include two free beers and lunch at the course each day, complimentary daily range balls, instant replay round for cart fee only, and $15 gift card toward a golf shirt. Extra night stays are available at a moderate cost per person.

 Mystical Golf’s three layouts are highlighted by wonderfully fun elements including the only back-to-back island greens in the game (Man-O-War), a front nine of dramatic holes weaving through secluded swampland teeming with wildlife (The Witch), and a splendid layoutreminiscent of Scotland and Ireland’s classic courses complete with authentic sod-faced bunkering and castle-style clubhouse (The Wizard).

For Mystical Golf information: www.mysticalgolf.com, 843.282.2977.

About Mystical Golf

 The Witch sits on 500 acres of tranquil cypress groves and wetlands teeming with flora and fauna. Tactical play is rewarded on the par-71, 6,702-yard layout. With 4,000 feet of bridges wending through swamps (front nine) and rolling hills (back nine), golfers may spy cranes, bald eagles, alligators and black bears. 

 Man-O-War is revered for its back-to-back island greens and water features touching every hole.  With a commanding 141 slope rating, the par-72, 6,967-yard layout is offset by straight-forward shots and excellent, bent-grass greens.

 Reminiscent of classic, wind-swept links courses in Scotland and Ireland, The Wizard presents deep bunkers, mound-framed fairways and dramatic elevation changes. Trademark stone bridges and an Old-World, castle-style clubhouse add character to the par-72, 6,721-yard shot-maker’s course.

 The Witch, Man-O-War and The Wizard are in the heart of Myrtle Beach and within 15 minutes of Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), beaches, accommodations, restaurants and other attractions. A short distance from I-95 and other major thoroughfares, Mystical Golf courses are easily accessible.  More than two dozen cities – including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York and Washington – offer direct flights.

Exotics CBX Forged irons; a MATERIAL ADVANTAGE It’s official, the CBX forged player’s irons have arrived!

Batavia, IL (March 16, 2017) – Tour Edge, Golf’s Most Solid Investment, is pleased to officially introduce the Exotics CBX forged irons, a MATERIAL ADVANTAGE in a player’s club. A limited number of the new CBX irons were shown at the PGA Show in Orlando, FL in January and were immediately celebrated for the visual styling and performance. Now ready for a full introduction into the market – the CBX forged irons feature new, softer materials, CNC milled face and cavity for the utmost in stability and forgiveness without sacrificing the feel and workability which is imperative in a player’s iron.

The Exotics CBX irons are triple forged from Japanese S25c Carbon steel delivering a softer feel on every shot and substantial forgiveness in a blade. Tour Edge engineers CNC mill the faces for perfect flatness. The square grooves are also CNC milled for 100 percent USGA compliant grooves. Every groove is computer laser engraved ensuring that every club head will pass USGA inspection. The CBX forged irons give players confidence knowing each club being used is USGA approved.

The cavity in the CBX forged irons is designed for the most advantageous MOI and forgiveness by CNC milling to insure the deepest cavity possible in a player’s iron.

“The CNC milling allows us to control the depth precisely ensuring we take as much material out and place it in the flange area for more forgiveness and higher launch,” explained David Glod, President and Founder of Tour Edge Golf.

The CBX forged irons are designed for performance and boast a premium traditional shape with a moderate offset for distance with workability. A dual level flange gives enhanced feel, especially on shots struck low on the face, and good acoustics from a forged cavity.

All players benefit from added feel enrichment on every shot and the CBX forged TPE alloy insert helps dampen vibration on mishits especially in a blade.

Premium high-performance stock shafts options: True Temper XP 95 (R, S); True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT (R, S, X); KBS Tour Steel (R, S, X); Mitsubishi Recoil graphite shafts. Custom premium shaft options include: KBS C-Taper, KBS C-Taper Light; Dynamic Gold Tour Issue; Dynamic Gold.

Projected ship date is April 4, 2017. The CBX forged irons suggested retail pricing: $125 per club stock steel shaft, and $150 per club in Recoil graphite and custom steel shafts. Every Tour Edge club comes with a lifetime warranty and a 30-day play guarantee. Pre-orders can be placed with an authorized dealer.

Every Tour Edge club comes with a lifetime warranty and a 30-day play guarantee.

For more information, call (800) 515-3343 or visit touredge.com.

World No. 1 LPGA Star Lydia Ko Surprises Top Junior Golfers in LA with Golf Challenge to Launch ANA Inspiration

World No. 1 LPGA Star Lydia Ko Surprises Top Junior Golfers in LA with Golf Challenge to Launch ANA Inspiration

All Nippon Airways – Japan’s Leading Airline – Brings Together Reigning ANA Inspiration Champion Lydia Ko and ANA Junior Inspiration Golfers for Surprise of a Lifetime

Rancho Mirage, CALIFORNIA, March 15, 2017 –The LPGA’s No. 1 golfer and reigning ANA Inspiration champion, Lydia Ko, took time during her off-week to surprise three top AJGA golfers in Los Angeles to officially launch the 2017 ANA Inspiration – the opening LPGA major championship of the season, held at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., March 27 – April 2, 2017.

 

On International Women’s Day, Ko visited Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. to surprise the three standout players – Elizabeth Wang from San Marino, Calif. (San Marino High School), Alyaa Abdulghany from Newport Beach, Calif. (Corona Del Mar High School) and Karah Sanford from Escondido, Calif. (Classical Academy High School) – who will compete in the ANA Junior Inspiration later this month for a chance to earn the final starting spot in the ANA Inspiration.

“The ANA Inspiration is one of my favorite tournaments and to have the chance to join ANA to play a part in the inspired journeys of three of the ANA Junior Inspiration qualifiers was an honor for me,” said Lydia Ko. “Jumping into Poppie’s Pond and putting on the ANA Inspiration Champion’s Robe is one of the most memorable moments of my career and I hope my success is an inspiration for the future of the game and I look forward to competing with these talented junior golfers for years to come.”

The juniors have earned entry into the newly upgraded and expanded ANA Junior Inspiration tournament, an official American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Invitational. The 54-hole tournament will run from March 23-26, 2017 and will be hosted at the same country club venue as the iconic LPGA major tournament. The 40 junior qualifiers will be paired with LPGA Legends during the final round on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course. The 20 person Legend field will be comprised of past ANA Inspiration Champions and Major winners.

Wang, Abdulghany and Sanford were ecstatic to meet the reigning ANA Inspiration champion and the world’s no. 1 player as she joined the trio for a Big Break-style challenge on the driving range and have the chance to chat with her about her game and what inspires her on and off the golf course.

More information on the ANA Junior Inspiration participants.
· Alyaa Abdulghany – Newport Beach, Calif. (Corona Del Mar High School): At No. 3 in the AJGA Rankings, Abdulghany is a three-time Rolex Junior All-American. During her AJGA career, the 17-year-old has earned 12 top-five finishes including one win at the 2016 AJGA Junior at Carlton Oaks. Abdulghany has signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Southern California and finished T11 at the 2016 ANA Junior Inspiration.
· Karah Sanford from Escondido, Calif. (Classical Academy High School): Sanford is a two-time Rolex Junior All-American and earned her first AJGA win in 2016 at the AJGA Junior All-Star at Morongo. The 15-year-old finished in the top 10 at seven of eight AJGA events she competed in during the 2016 season.
· Elizabeth Wang – San Marino, Calif. (San Marino High School): Wang is a four-time Rolex Junior All-American and AJGA Invitational Champion. The 16-year-old has competed with the AJGA since 2012, earning nine top-5 finishes including four wins. Wang also excels in the classroom and community as she was named a 2016 Transamerica Scholastic Junior All-American.

Reaction from the ANA Junior Inspiration qualifiers on the big surprise:
· Alyaa Abdulghany: “Meeting Lydia today was very relatable because she’s just two years older than me and I’m 17. It’s just something to aspire to and it’s really nice. I’m beyond excited to participate in the ANA Junior Inspiration. I have participated in this event for three years now, previously with the SCGA, and the memories and bonds you make with friends and LPGA Legends are unforgettable. Just to have the chance to qualify for a major LPGA Tour event is enthralling.”

· Elizabeth Wang: “It was amazing. Lydia Ko has been my role model for a long time. She’s so great at such a young age and to be able to get advice from her it really was an honor. It would mean so much to me if I win the ANA Junior Inspiration and earn a spot in the ANA Inspiration. This even is such a great opportunity for us, and it is such an honor to have a chance to win and be able to play in an LPGA major steeped in so much history.”

· Karah Sanford: “It was awesome. I’m a Lydia Ko fan-girl, so it was pretty cool for her to come out and to support us. I can’t wait to head to Rancho Mirage to compete in the ANA Junior Inspiration for a chance to play in the first LPGA major of the season. It would be an amazing opportunity.”

“As the title sponsor of the ANA Inspiration and the Official Airline of the LPGA our vision and ambition for expanding the ANA Junior Inspiration came from a desire to give back to the junior golf community. For ANA, it is vital that our sponsorship inspires not only the players of today but the future stars of tomorrow,” said Mr. Hideki Kunugi, Senior Vice President of the Americas, ANA. “It was an honor for ANA to bring together the reigning ANA Inspiration champion, Lydia Ko, with three of the ANA Junior Inspiration participants who will have the chance to win a spot to compete against Lydia in golf’s first major of the year.”

The ANA Inspiration has a long history of being one of the most star-studded LPGA events of the year with legendary track-and-field athlete Caitlyn Jenner and women’s soccer superstar being part of the championship team of the ANA Inspiration Pro-Am and Olympic champions like Lindsey Vonn, Missy Franklin and Kristi Yamaguchi participating in the 2016 ANA Inspiring Women in Sports Conference – a tradition that will carry over to 2017 with a new set of sports stars.

For more information about the ANA Junior Inspiration including the full field of 40, visit the AJGA tournament website.

About the ANA Inspiration
The ANA Inspiration is golf’s first major and one of the LPGA Tour’s most prestigious events. Previously known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the tournament was founded in 1972 by David Foster and Dinah Shore and earned the designation as a major championship in 1983. Contested at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., since its inception, the ANA Inspiration holds the distinction of being the second oldest golf tournament continuously held at the same course. For many, the event is most distinguished by one of golf’s most beloved traditions: the champion’s leap into Poppie’s Pond, located adjacent to the 18th green. In 1988, the first champion’s leap into Poppie’s Pond was taken by Amy Alcott, and since has become one of the most anticipated and memorable traditions in golf. For more information on the ANA Inspiration, please visit ANAinspiration.com or call 760-834-8872. On social media, visit facebook.com/ANAinspiration, twitter.com/ANAinspiration or instagram.com/ANAinspiration.

About the AJGA
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls, ages 12-19) of more than 6,600 members from 50 states and 55 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf’s next generation.

TaylorMade-adidas Golf became the AJGA’s National Sponsor in 2016 after more than 25 years of support. Rolex, which is in its fourth decade of AJGA sponsorship, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2017, adidas joined the AJGA as a Premier Partner, serving as the Official Apparel and Footwear of the AJGA.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 830 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas, Stacy Lewis, Ariya Jutanugarn, Alison Lee, Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel.

About the ANA Junior Inspiration
The ANA Junior Inspiration features forty of the most talented junior golfers from around the world who will compete for the final starting spot in the LPGA’s first LPGA major of the season – ANA Inspiration. In previous years, the ANA Junior Inspiration had extended invites only to female junior golfers from Southern California via a partnership with the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA). In 2016, the tournament was extended by adding invites to 10 female junior golfers from ANA’s North American gateway cities – that number elevated in 2017 to 11 with the addition of Mexico City, ANA’s newest gateway. For the first time in its history in 2017, the ANA Junior Inspiration will become an official American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Invitational based on AJGA Rankings points, set to take place March 23-26, 2017, at Mission Hills Country Club. For more information, visit the AJGA tournament website.

PALMILLA CELEBRATES ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY AS CABO’S GOLF PIONEER

PALMILLA CELEBRATES ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY AS CABO’S GOLF PIONEER

 Jack Nicklaus-designed course launched Los Cabos as an international golf destination 

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Los Cabos, Mexico – February 28, 2017 – Opened in 1992 and the first Jack Nicklaus Signature design built in Latin America, Palmilla Golf Club, the “Grande Dame of Los Cabos Golf,” is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

A vanguard facility that set the stage for upscale golf development in Los Cabos, Palmilla’s core 18, the original Mountain and Arroyo nines, was the first course in the hemisphere to take full advantage of the region’s unique mountain, desert and ocean ecosystem. This trio of elements, along with Cabo’s consistently sunny weather, sparked the imagination of developers and gave rise to future projects in Los Cabos. The golf club, which has a membership and accepts daily-fee play, is a prime amenity for guests of One&Only Palmilla, a legendary resort built in 1956 by the son of a former president of Mexico.

Chiseled into a box-shaped canyon framed by tall stony peaks on the outskirts of San Jose del Cabo, a colonial city circa 1730, Palmilla presents a target-style test stretched across a desert plateau. Holes skirt canyon-like gulches, cactus-studded hills and boulder-strewn arroyos. An upland spread with sweeping ocean views, the layout is framed by multi-armed cardon cacti—a cousin of the saguaro, only taller—as well as desert trees and smaller cacti. Several holes call for heroic carries over no man’s land from the back tees, but broad terraced fairways, generous bail-out areas and open-entry greens accommodate players of lesser attainment. Five sets of tees provide admirable versatility and strategic nuance. The club’s Ocean nine, added by Nicklaus in 1999, features a 600-foot elevation change from the first tee to the sixth green, transporting players from the mountains to the sea.

Badly damaged by Hurricane Odile in September 2014, Palmilla reopened the following April following an extensive $3.5 million clean-up and refurbishment. The club used the post-storm closure to refresh the entire facility. The computerized irrigation system, golf cart fleet and course maintenance equipment and outbuildings were upgraded or replaced. Bunkers were refilled with sand, irrigation lakes were restored and all playing surfaces, including tees, greens and fairways, were reconditioned by Troon Golf, which manages the golf course.

According to Jason Ballog, Palmilla’s director of golf, the storm thinned out the thick desert forest that encloses the layout, greatly expanding view corridors to the sparkling Sea of Cortes. “Judging from the pictures I’ve seen, the course looks like it did when it opened,” Ballog said.

In addition to the remedial work performed on the golf course, Palmilla’s hacienda-style clubhouse was completely redesigned, with a new check-in area and additional retail space in the wood-paneled golf shop.

The golf club’s cantina is headed by One&Only Palmilla executive chef Larbi Dahrouch. The expanded outdoor seating area, surfaced in native stone, is shaded by Cabo’s classic palo de arco, a woven stick roof that filters sunlight. The new mesquite grill and fryer is used to turn out burgers, quesadillas and fish tacos, but Dahrouch, a Frenchman, has significantly revised and upgraded the menu.  The top-shelf Margaritas are among the best in town.

Like the golf course, the iconic One&Only Palmilla took a hit from Hurricane Odile and reopened in April 2015 after a major refurbishment. Originally known as the Hotel Palmilla, the resort was patronized in the 1950s by famous deep-sea fishermen, including John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Ernest Hemingway and Dwight D. Eisenhower. The hotel was later transformed by South African entrepreneur Sol Kerzner into a world-class resort. Then as now, this elite retreat, a favorite of Hollywood A-listers, is set on a rocky promontory that juts into the azure-blue sea. The resort’s sandy beach is one of the few in Los Cabos where the water is calm enough for swimming.

Nicklaus, known as the ‘Golden Amigo’ for his role in spearheading the growth of golf in Los Cabos with his prolific output, returned to build five additional layouts at the tip of the Baja Peninsula after the 1992 debut of Palmilla. Yet this idyllic 27-hole facility celebrates its silver anniversary as the queen of Cabo’s golf courses.

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