Kaua‘i Golf Courses Earn ‘Golfweek 2017 America’s Best by State’ Distinction

 

Kaua‘i Golf Courses Earn ‘Golfweek 2017 America’s Best by State’ Distinction


(KAUA‘I, Hawaii) – Princeville Makai, Poipu Bay and Ocean Course at Hōkūala are “Golfweek 2017 America’s Best Courses You Can Play By State” a distinction recently bestowed by the national media outlet based on expert ratings completed during the preceding 12 months.

“Kaua‘i is proud to have a trio among the top 20 courses listed in golf-rich Hawaii, including all three in the top 11,” says Sue Kanoho, Executive Director of the Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau. “Add our Puakea and Wailua golf courses, and our island destination shines even more brightly. We invite golfers worldwide to visit and judge for themselves. Visit www.gogolfkauai.com and start planning; we’ll be waiting for you.”

Hundreds of Golfweek raters review thousands of courses annually prior to rating them in several categories. The category scores are aggregated and the total points determine the order of rank in the various “best-of” lists the media outlet publishes.

Perennially recognized for their high-end excellence, Princeville Makai Golf Club (St. Regis Princeville Resort), Poipu Bay Golf Course (Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa) and Ocean Course at Hōkūala Resort feature stunning ocean views and world-class designers (Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and Jack Nicklaus).

Puakea Golf Course and Wailua Golf Course, both outstanding values and favorites among travelers and locals, are highly regarded for their exceptional layouts where coconut trees, lush mountains, ravines and / or Pacific Ocean vistas proliferate.

Golfweek raters have confirmed what golfers who love the Garden Isle have long known – that Kaua‘i is a special place with unique qualities, an amazing oasis where playing the game is an unforgettable experience, and after-golf activities are equally astounding.

Kaua‘i offers more than 50 miles of white sand beaches – more beach per mile than any other island in Hawaii — with approximately five percent of the island developed for commercial and residential use.

For more information about Kauai Golf and to learn about the latest news and specials being offered: visit www.gogolfkauai.com and www.facebook.com/kauaigolf


About Kaua‘i Golf


Princeville Makai Golf Club (www.makaigolf.com, 808.826.1912)

• Re-opened in 2010 following an extensive renovation. The Makai Course has since been ranked by Golf Digest as one of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses” in 2015
• Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the 18-hole Makai Course incorporates serene lakes and stunning ocean coastline; the leisurely 9-hole Woods Course winds through native woodlands against a backdrop of lush mountains
• The St. Regis Princeville Resort offers Halele’a Spa and The Kaua‘i Grill by Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Ocean Course at Hōkūala (formerly Kauai Lagoons) (www.hokualakauai.com, 800.634.6400)
• Named one of the “World’s Most Beautiful Golf Courses” by MSN Travel
• The championship 18-hole Ocean Course features the longest continuous stretch of ocean holes in Hawaii with over ½ mile of oceanfront golf.
• The front nine holes are highlighted by the par-3, fifth green encircled by a tropical Mango and Guava tree forest
• The only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf experience on Kaua‘i

Poipu Bay Golf Course (www.poipubaygolf.com, 800.858.6300)
• Along with Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa, Poipu Bay has been honored by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top golf resorts in the U.S.
• Named to Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses” 2013-2014 and Golfweek’s “Americaʻs Top 100 Resort Courses” 2017
• Home to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 1994 through 2006, it has frequently hosted players like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and other major champions
• The Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa completed a renovation in 2012 and features a water playground with river pool, waterfalls, a saltwater lagoon, tennis and the celebrated Anara Spa

Puakea Golf Course (www.puakeagolf.com, 866.773.5554)
• Rated “Best of Kaua‘i” in 2014-16 by local golfers, ranked the No. 15 best course in Hawaii by Golfweek
• Golf Course Architect Robin Nelson used the natural layout of the land when he planned the course, testing all levels of play
• Puakea’s 18 holes treat golfers to beautiful views of Mt. Ha’upu and deep lush ravines on several holes, which served as the backdrop to the original Jurassic Park movie
• Owned by AOL co-Founder Steve Case

Wailua Golf Course (www.gogolfkauai.com/wailua-golf-course/, 808.241.6666)
• Regarded as one of the most beautiful municipal courses in the U.S., Wailua was recently named the No. 3 public course in Hawaii by Golf Channel
• The course’s original holes date back to the 1920’s; the course expanded to 18 holes in 1962 under the direction of Hawaii Golf Hall of Famer Toyo Shirai
• Easily accessible from the Lihue airport, the scenic public course is a favorite of island golfers and tourists alike

Freedom Golf Association Hosts Annual Golf Outing at Cog Hill June 9

Freedom Golf Association Hosts Annual Golf Outing at Cog Hill June 9
Event highlights group’s achievements in making golf a reality for people with special needs

Illinois’ growing momentum in advancing the adaptive golf movement, which makes playing golf a reality for persons with special needs, will be on center stage Friday, June 9 at the Freedom Golf Association Annual Golf Outing at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Illinois. The Annual Golf Outing teams up special needs golfers with able-bodied golfers and serves as an inspiring showcase for the great strides that have been made in the adaptive golf movement.

two men standing on golf courseAn estimated 200 people-50 foursomes-are expected to participate in this annual tournament, described as a “fun gathering of FGA friends” that is organized by the Freedom Golf Association. Able-bodied and special needs golfers from the Chicagoland area, age 10 and above, are encouraged to take part in this tournament, organized as a shotgun, best ball tournament played on Cog Hill’s #2 course (Ravines).

The tournament registration and warmup period runs from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. After announcements at 7:45 a.m., the shotgun tournament begins at 8 a.m. Following the tournament, a cocktail reception, awards ceremony and luncheon begin at approximately 2 p.m. If the weather is inclement and the tournament is cancelled, rain checks for play at Cog Hill will be distributed, or a new date will be announced at the event.

Individuals can join a foursome (four able-bodied golfers plus a special needs golfer) for $200; full foursome packages are available for $700. The reception, awards ceremony and luncheon is included in the price. Those who would like to cheer on the golfers from the gallery and attend the reception and lunch can reserve their seat for $50. There will be raffle awards, event awards, plus a live and silent auction.

Golf outing reservations can be made at https://campscui.active.com/orgs/FreedomGolfAssociation#/selectSessions/1844101 .

 

Volunteers are welcome! Anyone who wishes to help run the tournament June 9 should call FGA at 630-455-6018.

Understanding Adaptive Golf
Adaptive golf is the term that encompasses a growing number of local, state and national initiatives to make golf available to persons who have physical, intellectual, or sensory challenged individuals. Included among these are “wounded veterans,” many of whom suffer from PTSD.

instructor helping participantTo make it possible for people with disabilities to play golf, a variety of adaptive strategies have been adopted. Among them are Single Rider carts for the non-ambulatory, adaptive golf clubs, golf courses that have been made more accessible, changes in rules as written by the USGA. Golf swings, grips, and prosthetics may be also needed to allow the disabled to play the game.

On a national level, the United States Adaptive Golf Alliance (USAGA) was formed in 2014. Presently there are 17 chapters across United States, speaking with one voice, and bringing adaptive golf to over 10,000 disabled individuals annually, of which approximately 23% are wounded veterans.

An Opportunity for Sponsorship
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there are 57 million disabled persons in the country. 18 million of them want to play golf, according to the PGA Foundation. This makes supporting organizations such as Freedom Golf Association very attractive and rewarding for organizations, as there is a large number of potential golfers among those with special needs. The growth of the adaptive golf movement underscores the need for more funds to support these types of programs.

Participant with trophyFGA receives support from thousands of donors. Major golf and sports-related companies and organizations who have supported FGA include FootJoy, Titleist, Bridgestone, Ahead, Under Armour, BMW Championship, Encompass Champions Tour, and the Tiger Woods Foundation. Corporate sponsors and partners include Hinsdale Bank & Trust, Mo lex, Comcast, AlphaGraphics, Rytech, Buddig, RIC, GE Capital and, ATI. Foundations that support FGA include Amvets, the First Non-profit Foundation, the National Alliance for Accessible Golf, Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation, Kids Golf Foundation, and The First Tee of Greater Chicago. Golf facilities that partner with FGA include Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, Downers Grove Golf Club, Naperbrook Golf Course, Meadowlark Forest Preserve Golf, Rich Harvest Farms, White Pines Golf Dome, MQ’s Golf Dome, Buffalo Grove Golf & Sports Center, and River Bend Golf Club.

FGA works with corporations and organizations to tailor their support. FGA acknowledges sponsors through website exposure, media, newsletter and more. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sally Ruecking, Director of Development and Personnel, by email or by telephone at 630-455-6018.

About Freedom Golf Association
Freedom Golf Association (FGA), a 501(C)3 non-profit organization, is the leading adaptive golf organization in Illinois and is a charter member of the United States Adaptive Golf Alliance. FGA was founded in July 2012 by Edmund (E.Q.) Sylvester. E.Q. is a director of the Western Golf Association (WGA), member of the United States Senior Golf Association (USSGA), and a triple amputee. FGA is dedicated to bringing joy and a sense of freedom to the special needs community through their inclusion in the game of golf.

FGA believes that all special needs individuals deserve a chance to accomplish the same things as any others do and work towards bringing a positive transformation to their lives. FGA contributes to the positive development of those with special needs through the magic of golf.

FGA works to assist individuals with disabilities in many ways:

  • Provides professionally run instructional clinics and golf events
  • Engages children, adults and veterans with special needs in FREE golf instruction with other classmates
  • Conducts adaptive golf training workshops to increase the number of qualified golf coaches to instruct individuals with special needs
  • Provides leadership and collaboration with nationally recognized organizations on how to expand/grow adaptive golf programs


Based on its growing understanding of the needs of disabled golfers, the FGA has developed a ground-breaking Adaptive Golf Enhancement Program™ that increases the golfing ability of special needs golfers. FGA’s golf coaches learn this six-step process, which helps them to better understand and enhance the capabilities of special needs golfers.

To assist coaches and special needs golfers in determining what adaptive measures would be most beneficial, FGA recently invested in what they call a “personal swing sensors and computerized program” to 1) measure the disabled golfer’s initial swing path and limitations; 2) develop an appropriate exercise program to improve flexibility and range of motion; and 3) to chart the golfer’s progress, using the initial swing measurements as a baseline.

In 2016, FGA provided more than 1,300 adaptive golf lessons. In the same year, 110 special needs golfers went out and played on the course. Ten individuals became trained FGA Adaptive Golf Coaches, growing the total number to 42.

79 cents out of every dollar received goes to FGA’s special needs golf programs and events. FGA has helped 40 Chicagoland courses become accessible to the disabled community.

For more information about the Freedom Golf Association, please visit the official website at www.fgagolf.org. Contact FGA by phone at 855-342-4465 or 630-455-6018, or by email at playgolf@fgagolf.org. Donations to Freedom Golf Association can be made at www.fgagolf.org/donate.html.

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OMNI GOLF RESORTS RECOGNIZED BY GOLF DIGEST EDITORS

The Omni Barton Creek Fazio Canyons
The thirteenth at Fazio Canyons is a 357 yard par 4.

OMNI GOLF RESORTS RECOGNIZED BY GOLF DIGEST EDITORS

Winners all noted for great courses in beautiful settings along with exceptional service

DALLAS, Texas (April 17, 2017) – Three “bucket list” golf resort destinations from the Omni Hotels & Resorts golf collection are winners in their geographic regions among the “2017 Best Golf Resorts in the Americas” by Golf Digest magazine, as part of its annual Editors’ Choice Awards.

Winners, which appear in the May issue of the magazine, include:

  • Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas (“Best Golf Resorts In The Southwest”)
  • The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia (“Best Golf Resorts In The Mid-Atlantic”)
  • Omni Mt. Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire (“Best Golf Resorts In The Northeast/New England”)

“We appreciate the editors of Golf Digest magazine recognizing the excellence of Omni’s most outstanding golf destinations,” said Jon Hunter, vice president of operations for Omni Hotels & Resorts. “Each of the three Omni winners is special in its own right and they all merit being regarded among the elite resorts selected throughout the country.”

Golf Digest editors recognize resorts throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Bermuda, and Canada for the Editors Choice Awards. These resorts routinely offer multiple courses, often with layouts that are fun to play and feature impressive scenery.

Resorts earn high marks for having hot-ticket rental clubs available and golf shop merchandise that goes beyond the obligatory logoed shirt. Well-appointed accommodations and attentive service are high on the list, as are unexpected extras such as live music at breakfast, a fruit basket at the turn, and being handed a steaming scented towel coming off the 18th green.

  • The Omni Homestead’s golf tradition dates back more than 100 years. The Cascades Course, designed by William S. Flynn in 1923, has a legacy that includes eight USGA championship events and numerous PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions events. The Old Course, originally built in 1892 as a six-hole course, is a Donald Ross design. Both historic courses make the most of their breathtaking mountain setting, particularly spectacular waterfalls and rushing stream of Cascades Gorge.
  • Omni Mt. Washington’s spectacular grounds are home to the iconic Mount Washington Course, built by Donald Ross in 1915. The course combines shot-making challenges with panoramic views and tight target shots characteristic of a mountain course. The resort’s nine-hole Mount Pleasant Course, which first opened in 1895, has challenged golf enthusiasts for generations.
  • Omni Barton Creek is home to four 18-hole championship golf courses that appeal to a wide variety of skill levels. The original Fazio Canyons course is ranked among the best in Texas; the Crenshaw Cliffside course offers a traditional-style layout with large varying greens; the Palmer Lakeside course is located nearby at Lake Travis; and the Fazio Foothills course features cliff-lined fairways along waterfalls and limestone caves.

Located in some of the country’s most beautiful destinations, Omni Golf’s collection of 12 golf resorts feature a total of 25 golf courses coast-to-coast designed by award-winning golf architects, some of whom are also legendary champions of the game. Each golf resort is complete with luxurious accommodations and superior service, on and off the course.

Omni golf destinations offer challenges for golfers at all levels of play, so pros, amateurs, and their families alike can find courses to enjoy, creating distinct golf vacations in prime locations on legendary fairways and greens.

For more information about the Omni Golf Collection, visit www.omnihotels.com/destinations/golf or call 1-800-The-Omni (1-800-843-6664).

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ABOUT OMNI RESORTS & HOTELS

Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America. With over 20 world-class golf courses and award-winning spa retreats, to dynamic business settings, each Omni showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants and unique wellness options.  Known for its distinguished, personalized service, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every customer interaction, with a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program and the company’s “Power of One” associate empowerment program. The brand is frequently recognized by top consumer research organizations and travel publications and was ranked “Highest in Upper-Upscale Segment Guest Satisfaction” in the J.D. Power 2016 North American Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM. As a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), Omni’s loyalty program is further expanded through the DISCOVERY® loyalty program offering members additional global benefits. Committed to reducing hunger, Omni is on a mission through its Say Goodnight to Hunger initiative to help provide more than 18.2 million meals each year for food banks to feed children, families and seniors in communities in which it operates. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.

Medinah Country Club Dedicates “Golf For Life” Program

Medinah Country Club Dedicates “Golf For Life” Program
Seven tees, dedicated instruction, and special events make golf more fun for everyone

Medinah, Ill. (April 18, 2017) – When Medinah Country Club’s No. 2 Course reopens in June, it will not only show off a modernized look but feature a unique set-up specially designed to complement a system of encouragement and instruction meant to motivate golfers of all levels to hone their skills, play more rounds, and have more fun.

Called “Golf For Life,” the system gives golfers—from scratch players to virtual newbies—specific targets to work toward while allowing them to improve within the confines of their abilities. Key to the program is the modification of Medinah’s historic No. 2 Course to allow for placement of seven tee boxes on each hole, along with the introduction of special events with new and exciting formats to be tested.

Golf For Life, developed by Medinah Country Club’s director of golf Marty DeAngelo, is an adaptable program with many benefits. Each member meets with the golf professional staff for a game evaluation and then begins a structured system for improvement.

DeAngelo said the golf staff and teaching professionals will review all their students and assign each one of the seven tee boxes as a place to begin. “As students work on their games, recommendations for improvement to the next sets of tees will occur,” DeAngelo said.

Course No. 2 at Medinah Country Club, one of America’s most iconic golf venues, reopens in June following a year-long restoration program that keeps the layout relevant to the game as it is played today.

Without changing the routing or topography, the total area of fairways and approaches on Course No. 2 has increased by more than 50 percent, from 21 to 34 acres. Some of the widened corridors now connect on adjacent holes—a unique feature on modern courses but not uncommon during golf architecture’s “Golden Age” nearly 100 years ago.

Medinah’s other two championship venues – Course No. 1 and Course No. 3 – were previously modernized and updated significantly through the years, with the latest work on Course No. 2 furthering the ongoing improvement of the club’s infrastructure. For the past decade, Medinah Country Club has allocated a major investment to the modernization of its greens, tees, fairways, and bunkers, as well as enhancing draining and storage capabilities and the overall growing environment.

Topgolf Offering Free Golf Lessons on National Golf Day

 

Topgolf Offering Free Golf Lessons on National Golf Day
Topgolf aims to attract new golfers with free lessons on April 26

DALLAS, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Global sports entertainment leader Topgolf® will celebrate National Golf Day on Wednesday, April 26, by offering complimentary five-minute golf lessons at 27 venues across the United States (excludes Las Vegas).

In partnership with WE ARE GOLF (WAG), a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners, Topgolf aims to attract new fans to the sport by helping people feel more confident in their swing. Any guest who visits a Topgolf venue on April 26 will receive a free, five-minute lesson from a golf professional. Slow-motion video swing analysis through the Topgolf U instructional program also is available. Last year, Topgolf venues taught 2,251 free lessons on National Golf Day.

“We are proud to celebrate the game on National Golf Day by offering our guests a free and easy way to improve their swing,” said Topgolf Entertainment Group Co-Chairman and CEO Erik Anderson. “Thanks to our Topgolf U instructional program, Topgolf is doubling down on our commitment to help grow the game by introducing our guests to the sport in a high-energy, fun and laid-back environment.”

In addition to Topgolf’s free lessons, WE ARE GOLF will host a National Golf Day launch party on Tuesday evening, April 25, at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Topgolf will serve as a partner, providing giveaways to attendees at the event.

“Topgolf has exhibited great interest in helping the golf industry with its growth of the game efforts, so partnering with them once again for National Golf Day is natural as we celebrate the event’s 10th anniversary,” said Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation and administrator of WAG. “In the last decade, the awareness of National Golf Day has grown significantly, and free lessons at Topgolf’s venues in major metropolitan areas will help us continue reaching and engaging new audiences.”

For National Golf Day’s 10th consecutive year, golf industry leaders will meet with members of Congress, the executive branch and federal agencies to discuss golf’s nearly $70 billion economy, $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits. Throughout the day, participants will share stories about the game’s 15,000-plus diverse businesses, impact on nearly two million jobs across America, tax revenue creation, tourism and ecological value.

National Golf Day 2016 included more than 150 Congressional meetings in one day and 429.2 million media impressions. Globally, the #NGD16 Twitter campaign eclipsed 52.2 million impressions, reached 17.7 million unique accounts and was a trending topic on Twitter.

To join the conversation, visit the WE ARE GOLF social media hub. Use #NGD17, @Topgolf and @wearegolf on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to show your support for the industry and share why golf is more than a game to you.

About WE ARE GOLF
WE ARE GOLF, created in 2010, is an industry coalition that communicates the economic, charitable and environmental impact of golf, as well as the health and wellness benefits of the game and the affordability and accessibility of golf, to Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and regulatory agencies.  The goal of WE ARE GOLF is to ensure that laws and regulations that impact the golf industry are equitable and appropriate to an industry that generates nearly $70 billion in economic impact annually, impacts close to two million jobs and generates nearly $4 billion in charitable giving each year.

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

About Topgolf
Topgolf inspires the connections that bring people together for unforgettable good times. Whether it’s a date night, girls’ night, happy hour, work breakfast, lunch hour or any other kind of hour, Topgolf makes socializing a sport – literally. Through the premium experience of Play, Food and Music, Topgolf is inspiring people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. Topgolf also brings interactive experiences to the community that facilitate shared moments and deep relationships through Topgolf U golf lessons, weekly leagues, The Topgolf Tour competition, KidZone parties, social and corporate team-building events, and the World Golf Tour (WGT) app. Each venue features high-tech, climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round comfort, delicious food and beverage, live events, music, hundreds of HDTVs and outstanding hospitality. With 31 venues entertaining 10.5 million Guests annually and the world’s largest digital golf audience, Topgolf is creating the best times of your life both in-venue and online. To learn more about Topgolf, follow @Topgolf or visit www.topgolf.com.

Bridgestone Golf Named Official Golf Ball Sponsor of Southeastern Junior Golf Tour

Bridgestone Golf Named Official Golf Ball Sponsor of Southeastern Junior Golf Tour

(COVINGTON, GA) – Bridgestone Golf – Innovator of premium golf balls, clubs and accessories – has been named the official golf ball sponsor of the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour (SJGT) and will provide players in every tournament with a dozen golf balls or their choice, including the Tour B330, B330-S, B330-RX and B330-RXS models.

SJGT operates between 35-40 events annually and estimates a membership of more than 1,000 junior golfers between the ages of 12-19. Beyond golf balls, Bridgestone will provide prizes for a variety of tournaments in the form of clubs and accessories, as well as work with the players in one-on-one golf ball fitting sessions to help them identify the model that maximizes their on-course potential.

“The Southeastern Junior Golf Tour is very excited and fortunate to announce Bridgestone Golf as its Official Golf Ball. This allows us to provide the next generation of golfers an outstanding product they can use to better their game,” says Todd Thompson, Executive Director of the SJGT. “We pride ourselves on scheduling events on quality golf courses, running affordable events and now putting Bridgestone products in the players’ hands. We see Bridgestone as a quality company that will grow with our great game and look forward to a long time relationship.”

“Bridgestone brand ambassador and PGA Tour winner Hudson Swafford is a product of the SJGT, which speaks to the incredible talent the tour has cultivated since its inception,” says Heather Arnold, Bridgestone Golf’s Tour Division Coordinator. “These young players will be the next generation of great collegiate and professional stars and we’re happy to help them progress by providing the best golf balls on the market.”

In addition to the SJGT, Bridgestone supplies product in an official and unofficial capacity to a variety of elite college golf programs in every major Division I conference. Bridgestone’s professional staff features 14-time major winner Tiger Woods, FedExCup champion Brandt Snedeker, Olympics bronze medalist Matt Kuchar, Masters winner Fred Couples, three-time major champion Nick Price, recent PGA Tour winner Swafford, Bryson DeChambeau, and LPGA Tour stars, Paula Creamer and Karrie Webb.

About Southeastern Junior Golf Tour

The Southeastern Junior Golf Tour was founded on the principle of giving junior golfers a chance to play competitive golf while building their resume for a potential collegiate golf career. In 1994 the SJGT held its inaugural event in Atlanta, Georgia and during that first year conducted six events for 60 members. In 2017 the SJGT will celebrate its 23rd season with between 35-40 events and a projected membership of more than 1,000 junior golfers. Over the last 23 years the SJGT has not only expanded in the number of events and membership, but has also extended the areas in which it administers tournaments. SJGT events can now be found in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

More information: sjgt.com

About Bridgestone Golf

Bridgestone Golf USA is based in Covington, GA and manufactures premium golf balls, clubs and accessories under Bridgestone and Precept brands.  The company started making golf balls in 1935 and, as the world’s largest tire manufacturer, leverages its 900 rubber polymer science engineers worldwide to produce high-performing products.  Customer swing and related data, captured through its popular, nationwide ball-fitting program, advises continuous advancement of ball technology.  Bridgestone Golf USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bridgestone Sports Co. Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo.

More information:  bridgestonegolf.com.

Travelers Can Now Plan Their European Getaway to Il Castelfalfi, The New Five-Star Hotel at Italy’s Toscana Resort Castelfalfi

Il Castelfalfi, the much anticipated five-star hotel in the heart of Tuscany, has opened its doors for guests traveling from across the world. The new hotel is situated on Toscana Resort Castelfalfi’s 2,700 acre estate and across from its first hotel, the 4-star La Tabaccaia. Once a ghost town, the 800 year old medieval village is now a one-of-a-kind embodiment of the Italian lifestyle nestled in the hills of Montaione and the ideal destination for vacationers seeking relaxation, endless activities, and accessibility to the popular sites in nearby Pisa and Florence.

Boasting 120-rooms, this “destination within a destination” adds an elegant flair to the breathtaking Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, whose grounds are three times the size of another European favorite, Monaco. Il Castelfalfi blends seamlessly into the Tuscan landscape and conveys the true spirit of its surroundings, marrying age-old tradition with modernity that respects the past and the importance of a sustainable future through its eco-friendly amenities.

Il Castelfalfi’s additional features include:

  • Two elegant bars: Il Giglio Blu, overlooking the outdoor swimming pool, and Ecrù, in the hotel’s lobby and perfect for relaxation while tasting classic drinks or special recipes.
  • Fine dining: La Via del Sale, featuring authentic Italian cuisine that combines the freshest ingredients, handmade pastas and local recipes from Executive Chef Francesco Ferretti and an extensive wine collection.
  • La Spa, a 10,000+ square foot indoor wellness center includes an indoor-outdoor pool, treatment rooms, a relaxation area and tea room and a variety of areas designed for relaxation and rejuvenation including a sauna, bio sauna and steam bath.
  • More than 2,000 square feet of meetings space and a 2,000+ square foot gym.

Visiting guests are also welcome to experience the Toscana Resort Castelfalfi’s existing amenities, including the 27-hole Golf Club Castelfalfi, regarded as one of the most challenging in Italy, tennis courts, on-property cooking school, The Medieval Borgo (village) that is home to a dozen local shops, two additional restaurants, and activities such as truffle hunting and tasting the estate-produced wine.

The nightly room rates, starting at 320 euros, make this destination an accessible oasis, with a variety of accommodations from classic rooms to spacious suites, which either feature a terrace or private garden.

Toscana Resort Castelfalfi is much more than just a place for guests to rest their head. It’s a gateway to Italy for your readers. We’re happy to provide additional information, hi-res images or commentary from hotel executives.

BRADLEY ALLAN Launches its Spring Capsule Collection

BRADLEY ALLAN Launches its Spring Capsule Collection

Premium Seasonal Range Blends Modern-Classic Designs, Innovative Fabrications

(Toronto, Canada) – BRADLEY ALLAN – sophisticated, modern golf apparel designed for the golf course and beyond – announces the launch of its spring capsule collection featuring a bold, seasonally-inspired color palette and advanced technical fabrications for a rich hand and exceptional breathability expressed across a range of polos and outerwear.

Drawing inspiration from the start of golf season, the contrast-stripe and color-block designs are crafted from a cotton-polyester-spandex blend for superb breathability and hint of stretch for full range of motion. Polos featuring zipper plackets and snap-top buttons and a full-zip luxurious cotton-modal sweater highlight the collection.

“This is a carefully-curated group of fresh looks to excite stylish players as they gear up for the season,” says Brad Franklin, Founder and Designer of BRADLEY ALLAN. “Our premium materials coupled with cues taken from modern menswear positions us as a go-to for golfers seeking a brand that’s new and different.”

From veteran designer Brad Franklin, BRADLEY ALLAN celebrates classic designs while emphasizing a modern fit, innovative fabric blends and seamless transition to everyday wear. Drawing inspiration from current menswear trends, BRADLEY ALLAN allows golfers to enjoy technical performance without sacrificing their personal style.

For more information visit www.bradley-allan.com.

About BRADLEY ALLAN

Sophisticated modern golf apparel crafted to transcend the game, BRADLEY ALLAN represents a refreshing new direction. Created by true patrons of the sport, the line is rooted in golf’s traditions yet informed by the present.

Utilizing premium technical fabrics, fine details and subtle textures, Founder and Creative Director Brad Franklin works from a design ethos that fuses a refined aesthetic with exceptional functionality.

Franklin’s vision is expressed across a focused range of polos, knits, layering pieces and bottoms. Boasting a rich hand and proper fit, each distinctive garment is crafted to become a staple in a player’s wardrobe, now and for years to come.

Efficiently produced by some of the world’s most skilled boutique manufacturers, BRADLEY ALLAN offers a price-to-quality ratio that is second to none.

Introducing Beltology in Motion: a new golf initiative from the leading stretch woven belt brand

Introducing Beltology in Motion: a new golf initiative from the leading stretch woven belt brand

(New York, NY) March 29, 2017 — Men’s accessories brand Beltology is thrilled to announce Beltology in Motion: a new initiative bringing signature stretch woven belts to golfers across the country.

Beltology is a digitally native belt brand that designs and manufactures modern, expressive belts interwoven with flex, allowing for maximum comfort and flexibility, whether you’re at work or playing golf. Beltology styles are researched and tested; they meld style and science, giving serious players the perfect stretch for the perfect backswing. They also don’t have set holes, allowing adjustability after the 19th hole as well.

In recent years, golfers and non-golfers alike have flocked to Beltology for its versatile styles, all-day comfort and modern materials. We even have some PGA Tour players who wear the belt on and off the golf course.

Each belt features premium (and often unexpected) materials and thoughtful details: a classic woven strap, leather trimming, and a custom buckle — all meticulously hatched with function in mind. The Litmus — a stretch full-leather belt in a range of neutrals — encapsulates Beltology meticulous attention to detail, craftsmanship and premium materials. By melding unmatched performance and unparalleled style, Beltology presents a superior golf belt.

“Golf is a natural fit! Traditional golf belts haven’t seen an upgrade in years. As golf fashion continues to develop and refine, belts have remained an afterthought or a very loud statement. Beltology belts give you the comfort and performance of an athletic belt with the versatility and sophistication of a luxury piece.” — Andrew Heffernan, Founder and CEO of Beltology

The collection is available exclusively at beltology.com and at select pro shops across the country. Prices range from $60 to $85.

About Beltology

Launched in 2014 by Andrew Heffernan and Anna Lundberg, the brand seeks to take belts from being a forgotten accessory to a foundation of individual style. The company is headquartered in New York City’s Lower East Side.

Please visit Beltology at beltology.com | @beltology.

Reserva Conchal Resort to Host PGA TOUR Latinoamerica’s Essential Costa Rica Classic

Reserva Conchal

Reserva Conchal Beach Resort, Golf & Spa to Host PGA TOUR Latinoamerica’s Essential Costa Rica Classic

(PLAYA CONCHAL, Costa Rica)Reserva Conchal Beach Resort, Golf & Spa – the luxury resort on Costa Rica’s scenic northwestern Pacific coast – will host the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Essential Costa Rica Classic May 1-7 on its Robert Trent Jones II golf course.

The inaugural tournament – sponsored by the Costa Rica Tourism Institute – is the first-ever PGA TOUR event in Costa Rica. The Essential Costa Rica Classic boasts 144 professional golfers from more than 25 countries. Customary for PGA TOUR Latinoamerica events, the host country can invite up to 30 of its own golfers.

“We are honored the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and the Costa Rica Tourism Institute chose our golf course as the site of this historic tournament,” says Carlos Rojas Soto, Director of Golf of Reserva Conchal. “The tournament will not only showcase our beautiful, championship layout, but also highlight Reserva Conchal as a premier destination for discerning golf travelers.”

The sporty, par-71 will be set up to play at 7,021 yards, its longest configuration from the back tees. Jones II’s brilliant routing meanders between the azure Pacific Ocean waters and lush greens of the neighboring “dry” tropical forest, exposing players to myriad elements. The returning nines feature breathtaking ocean vistas with unforgettable holes winding through lakes, rugged ravines and rolling hills.

Consistently ranked among the top-30 best in the Caribbean and Mexico, Reserva Conchal was the first course in Costa Rica bestowed certification by Audubon International. It boasts a world-class practice facility and learning center with four green complexes, bunkers, chipping and approach areas and an expansive practice tee. Single- and multi-day golf clinics are offered, including the PGA TOUR Academy featuring certified instructors from famed TPC Sawgrass.

Golfers have access to a wide spectrum of premium vacation residences at Reserva Conchal, with a variety of floorplans, bedrooms, amenities and settings. The luxurious, all-inclusive Westin Golf Resort & Spa Playa Conchal is nestled along a pristine stretch of white sand beach. The ultimate in elegance, the Westin features numerous restaurants, pools, fitness center and personal concierge services at the Royal Beach Club.

For more information:
www.reservaconchal.com, 855.851.5000.

About Reserva Conchal Beach Resort Golf & Spa

Perched on the edge of Costa Rica’s northern Pacific Coast on the brilliant white sands of Playa Conchal, Reserva Conchal Beach Resort Golf & Spa is the jewel of the Guanacaste region. Spanning 2,300 acres, it is home to the all-inclusive Westin Golf Resort & Spa Play Conchal, luxurious vacation residences and Costa Rica’s most renown golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II. Property owners enjoy access to the 60,000 square-foot Reserva Conchal Beach Club featuring an extensive swimming pavilion, modern workout facilities, fine dining and world-class spa.