BestOutings.Com: The Easy Way To Attract, Create, and Manage A Successful Golf Outing

BestOutings.Com: The Easy Way To Attract, Create, and Manage A Successful Golf Outing

Alpharetta, Ga. (September 6, 2017) – When Mike Last of Geronimo Solutions—which provides technology that connects businesses with non-profits—set out to change the way the golf industry handles requests from non-profits and manages extra inventory while also helping charities, he never imagined that he would become a matchmaker. But the more Last put non-profits and charities together, the more he realized a piece of the puzzle was missing: A way for these non-profits to find the best golf course to hold their next outing.

And so BestOutings.com was born.

A simple-to-use website—it promises “point, click and golf!”—BestOutings.com serves both sides of the outing equation equally well by providing all the necessary tools.

Today, BestOutings.com is the most comprehensive golf course guide ever to support outing planners, supported by the most comprehensive outing product / services directory in the marketplace.  In the past five months, the site has already received (and distributed to courses) 163 outing quote requests and been visited more than 67,000 times by event planners.

For tournament planners, BestOutings.com provides valuable information on more than 13,000 courses in the U.S. and Canada. And rather than forcing the event coordinator to call numerous courses to provide information about holding an event, BestOutings.com offers a one-click “submit your tournament request” tool that collects all the important criteria, from number of players, budget, and possible dates, and distributes those quote requests to the best area courses.

For golf courses, BestOutings.com does the hard work of gathering requests for quotation and promoting the venue, providing a complete listing (logo, photo, description, outing and membership links) for all participating courses, along with any “outing specific” promotions the courses may be running.

Additional support may be found in the site’s comprehensive directory of hundreds of companies that provide outing prizes, awards, products, hole-in-one insurance, even software, as well as a blog of “best practices” articles with tips for both outing planners and venues. Through its sister site, TravelPledge.com, outing coordinators can find a wide variety of fun experiences to convert into donations at raffles and auctions.

Whether planning an outing or managing the course where outings are held, the only site that makes the perfect match is BestOutings.com.

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About Geronimo Solutions

Geronimo Solutions provides technologies that help businesses connect easily and seamlessly with non-profit organizations.  Its platforms enable golf courses and resorts, management companies, vacation rental managers, golf professionals, restaurants, and others to leverage the promotional reach of thousands of non-profits.

In just three years, more than 5,000 non-profits have created accounts with Geronimo and use its straightforward “TravelPledge” fundraising solution. More than $8.3 million per year in golf-related gift certificates are available to participating non-profit organizations that agree to promote participating golf facilities at fundraisers and to host events at participating courses.   Both private and public courses are benefiting from the platforms.

Several solutions have been developed for the golf industry including OneSpareTeeTime.com (for courses), OneSpareGolfVacation.com (for resorts), and OneSpareLesson (for instructors).

Arcis Golf Recognized Among Inc. Magazine’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Arcis Golf Recognized Among Inc. Magazine’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies
Earns #171 Overall and #2 in the Travel & Hospitality Category

Dallas-based Arcis Golf, one of the country’s leading owner-operators of golf courses, is ranked No. 171 on the newly released 2017 Inc. 5000 list recognizing the fastest-growing private companies in America and also earned the No. 2 rank in the Travel & Hospitality category.

With 2,456% growth in revenues over a three-year period, the distinction on the 36th annual Inc. 5000 list places Arcis Golf among such prestigious company as Microsoft, Domino’s Pizza, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, Vizio, Intuit, Chobani, Oracle, Zappos.com and many other well-known names – all past recipients of the Inc. 5000 recognition.

The 2017 Inc. 5000 is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company achieved a staggering three-year average growth of 481%. Arcis Golf’s growth was over 400% higher than the average of this year’s fastest growing companies on the Inc. 5000 list. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $206 billion and the companies on the list collectively generated 619,500 jobs over the past three years.

“We honor just one thing: real achievement by a founder or a team of founders. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great–usually from scratch,” said Eric Schurenberg, president and editor-in-chief of Inc. Magazine. “That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as entrepreneurs know better than anyone.”

In less than four years, Arcis Golf has skyrocketed from a small start-up to the 2nd largest owner and operator of U.S. golf facilities within the hospitality and leisure space through strategic acquisitions, with nearly 70 high-quality private and daily fee facilities positioned in or near major metropolitan areas throughout the United States.

Additionally, Arcis Golf has built a strategy and an irreplaceable and distinctive portfolio, along with a best-in-class leadership team, that is delivering industry-leading organic and same-store growth. This differentiated approach is reinventing the modern club experience, making it more relevant to today’s consumer lifestyles.

“The Inc. 5000 recognition is such an honor and a tribute to our company and leadership team’s innovative approach to this business,” said Arcis Golf CEO Blake Walker. “We are finding and implementing new ways to engage our customers, through unrivaled programming and amenities, game-changing technology, and unprecedented experiences. I’m honored to work with such a talented team.”

Arcis Golf has allocated millions of dollars in major capital improvements in its facilities nationwide and has grown to 3,900 employees.

Arcis Golf will be among the companies honored at the 36th Annual Inc. 5000 Conference and Gala, to be held Oct. 10-12 in Palm Desert, Calif. For more information visit www.inc.com.

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About Arcis Golf

Arcis Golf is the premier operator of public and private golf clubs in the United States and an industry leader, providing dynamic direction and unrivaled amenities that complement diverse playing experiences. Arcis Golf properties tailor each element of the golf and country club experience to a level of excellence designed to exceed the needs and expectations of family, friends, co-workers, and guests of all ages. Established in March 2013, Arcis Golf is comprised of exclusive private club and daily-fee golf operations. The Arcis Golf portfolio is supported by Arcis Equity Partners, LLC through strategic acquisitions that build and sustain the company’s leadership position in upscale golf and club experiences.

Topgolf Goes To Canada

 

Topgolf and Cineplex Announce Partnership to Bring Sports Entertainment Venues to Canada
Cineplex will open multiple Topgolf venues across Canada

DALLAS and TORONTO, July 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Global sports entertainment leader Topgolf® and Cineplex (TSX: CGX), a leading entertainment and media company, today announced an exclusive partnership that will bring Topgolf’s sports entertainment experience to Canada. The joint venture will see the opening of multiple Topgolf venues in markets across the country during the next several years.

“Throughout the years, Canada has been the top-requested country among our fans asking us to expand outside the United States,” said Topgolf Entertainment Group Co-Chairman and CEO Erik Anderson. “We’re thrilled to continue our growth in North America and introduce Topgolf as a destination for entertainment and socializing where Canadians can play golf even when there’s snow on the ground.”

“We continue to identify new opportunities to grow and diversify our business and are very pleased to introduce this incredible entertainment and sports concept to Canadians,” said Cineplex President and CEO Ellis Jacob. “As one of the country’s leading entertainment companies, this relationship with Topgolf is a natural extension of our business and leverages our existing expertise, experience and infrastructure in the Canadian market.”

Through the premium experience of play, food and music, Topgolf inspires people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. Guests can enjoy point-scoring golf games using microchipped balls that instantly score themselves, showing players the accuracy and distance of their shots on a TV screen in their hitting bay. Topgolf locations are typically three-level, 65,000-square-foot venues that feature a chef-driven menu, top-shelf drinks, big screen TVs and music in climate-controlled hitting bays for all-seasons comfort. Year-round programming includes events for kids and families, social leagues, groups, golf tournaments and instruction.

Cineplex will manage the venues’ day to day operations, working closely with Topgolf to ensure the best guest experience in Canada. Predominately known as Canada’s largest and most innovative film exhibitor, Cineplex operates in the film entertainment and content, amusement and leisure, and media sectors. In addition to welcoming more than 75 million guests annually through its circuit of 164 theatres across Canada, it also owns and operates The Rec Room, Canada’s social destination for eats and entertainment, and an online eSports platform. Cineplex is also one of America’s largest providers of amusement games and arcade solutions.

“Cineplex has decades of experience running high-volume entertainment businesses, which makes them the perfect partner for Topgolf,” said Topgolf International COO Zach Shor. “Their company culture and expertise with real estate, location based entertainment and multi-unit operations will be major assets as we work together to introduce Topgolf in Canada.”

With 33 successful venues already operating in the United States and United Kingdom, Topgolf and Cineplex are planning potential locations in large urban centres across Canada. Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

About Cineplex
A leading entertainment and media company, Cineplex (TSX:CGX) is a top-tier Canadian brand that operates in the Film Entertainment and Content, Amusement and Leisure, and Media sectors. As Canada’s largest and most innovative film exhibitor, Cineplex welcomes 75 million guests annually through its circuit of 164 theatres across the country. Cineplex also operates successful businesses in digital commerce (CineplexStore.com), food service, alternative programming (Cineplex Events), cinema media (Cineplex Media), digital place-based media (Cineplex Digital Media) and amusement solutions (Player One Amusement Group). It also operates a location based entertainment business through Canada’s newest destination for ‘Eats & Entertainment’ (The Rec Room), and an online eSports platform for competitive and passionate gamers (WorldGaming.com). Additionally, Cineplex is a joint venture partner in SCENE, Canada’s largest entertainment loyalty program.

Proudly recognized as having one of the country’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Cineplex employs over 13,000 people in its offices across Canada and the United States. To learn more, visit Cineplex.com or download the Cineplex App.

About Topgolf
What started with twin brothers developing a technology to make golf scoring fun, has turned into a global brand focused on connecting people in meaningful ways. Today, Topgolf continues to blend technology and entertainment, golfers and non-golfers, children and adults – to create an experience that makes socializing a sport for everyone. No matter the occasion or who you share it with, we believe every great time starts with play, is fueled by food and beverage, moved by music and made possible through community. Every Topgolf venue features dozens of high-tech, climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round comfort, a chef-inspired menu for year-round deliciousness and hundreds of Associates eager to help create the moments that matter. With 33 venues entertaining more than 10.5 million Guests annually, original content shows, next-gen simulator lounges, competitive tours, pop-up social experiences and the world’s largest digital golf audience, Topgolf is truly everyone’s game. To learn more and view exclusive digital content, follow @Topgolf or visit www.topgolf.com.

Bridgestone Golf Named IMG Academy’s Official Golf Ball Provider

Bridgestone Golf Named IMG Academy’s Official Golf Ball Provider

(COVINGTON, GA) – Bridgestone Golf – Innovator of premium golf balls, clubs and accessories – is joining forces with the acclaimed IMG Academy to assist in the development of numerous young golfers who attend the school and partake in its popular camps. The new relationship will designate Bridgestone as the Official Golf Ball provider of the Academy.

Bridgestone will support IMG’s talented youth by providing award-winning golf balls as well as donating a variety of high-quality clubs and accessories for use by general student and camping populations. The relationship ensures that IMG athletes have access to the best available equipment, while Bridgestone can build brand loyalty by introducing its products to potential long term golfers, many of whom will go on to play at the collegiate and professional levels.

IMG Academy has an outstanding reputation for helping young athletes achieve their full potential in a variety of sports, including alumnus Paula Creamer, an LPGA Superstar and Bridgestone Golf ambassador. This announcement marks the latest prominent organization to select Bridgestone as their preferred equipment provider, joining the University of Oklahoma and Vanderbilt University among others.

“We want our athletes and campers to have access to first-class equipment and are supremely confident in Bridgestone’s ability to deliver it,” said IMG Academy Director of Golf Neil Coulson. “We are proud to align with such an outstanding company who is so well respected in the industry.”

As part of the agreement, Bridgestone receives prominent branding throughout select IMG facilities, including the golf instruction and performance center.

“IMG Academy has established itself as one of the premier facilities in the world for junior athletes and routinely cultivates outstanding talent,” says Heather Arnold of Bridgestone Golf. “The programs are top-notch and we look forward to helping the next generation of IMG students and campers achieve and surpass their golfing goals.”

Separating Bridgestone from all other ball manufacturers is the company’s unique and proven approach to new product development. It introduced a proprietary Ball Fitting System in 2007 and uses the data gathered to drive research and development. This real-world understanding of player needs has led to numerous technological breakthroughs. More information on the company’s ball, club and accessories offerings are available at www.bridgestonegolf.com.

The company’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 Hudson Swafford, Bryson DeChambeau, and LPGA Tour stars, Paula Creamer and Karrie Webb.

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.

About IMG Academy

IMG Academy is one of the world’s largest and most advanced multi-sport training and educational institutions. IMG Academy helps countless youth, adult, collegiate and professional athletes reach their full potential in and out of sport by providing world-class teaching and coaching, tailored programs and professional facilities. Based in Bradenton, Florida, IMG Academy also serves as a training and competition venue for amateur and professional teams, a host site for a variety of events, and a hub for sports performance research and innovation.

More information: bridgestonegolf.com.

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.

Mizuno bolsters its professional roster

Mizuno bolsters its professional roster
Mizuno Continues Momentum, Locks In Game’s Top Talent

Norcross, Ga. (April 12, 2017) – Fueling its strong start in 2017, Mizuno is coming off a successful weekend at golf’s first major championship. Mizuno had nine players – including a pair of former champions – put their clubs in play last week in Augusta.

“We pride ourselves in making the best equipment in the world for dedicated athletes who push themselves to pursue better,” said Ryan Ellis, golf brand manager for Mizuno USA. “In this rapidly changing and opportunistic marketplace, we purposefully chose to expand our Tour presence with players that align to our brand values, in an effort to continue to drive our brand and business forward.”

Of those who have put Mizuno in play, five new golfers have agreed to become brand ambassadors. PGA TOUR players Jhonattan Vegas, Nick Watney and Lucas Glover join rising Web.com Tour stars Keith Mitchell and Seth Fair as the newest members of the Mizuno family. They join Luke Donald, Chris Wood, Adam Schenk and Stacey Lewis in giving Team Mizuno a formidable lineup.

Vegas, a native of Venezuela, has tallied five professional victories, including two on the PGA TOUR. Last year, he won the RBC Canadian Open to cement his status on the PGA TOUR for 2017, where he has compiled five Top 20 finishes this season.

Watney, a native of Sacramento, Calif., has 10 professional wins, including five on the PGA TOUR punctuated by the 2011 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. Since putting Mizuno in the bag, Watney has pieced together an impressive run. He’s compiled consecutive Top 15 finishes at the Honda Classic and Valspar Championship.

Glover, who earned All-American honors at Clemson University, is a four-time winner on the PGA TOUR, including the 2009 U.S. Open. A native of Greenville, S.C., Glover has fought his way back onto the PGA TOUR with a strong finish to close out 2016. He recently earned a Top Five finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational to keep his solid play going.

Mitchell, a former All-American at the University of Georgia, has emerged as one of the top young players on tour. Through March 19, he ranks in the Top 25 on the Web.com Tour money list. Mitchell made his PGA TOUR debut at the Valspar Championship where he finished T11 with a six-under 278.

Fair, a native of Indianapolis, has recently transitioned to full-time play on the Web.com Tour. In 2016, he competed on the Latin America Tour, finishing in the Top 10 on the tour’s money list thanks to five Top 10 finishes and eight Top 25 finishes overall.

Connect with Mizuno on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@Golf_Mizuno) to keep up with product news, Tour updates and custom content and fitting tools.

About Mizuno USA:
Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufactures and distributes golf, baseball, softball, running, and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear for North America. Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in greater Atlanta, Ga.

GOLFTEC Drives to #1 Position in Custom Club-Fitting with Launch of New Component Program

GOLFTEC Drives to #1 Position in Custom Club-Fitting with Launch of New Component Program

(Englewood, Colo) –
GOLFTEC – the world leader in golf lessons and top employer of PGA Professionals – has taken its acclaimed TECFIT® custom club-fitting program to a new level by now offering an extensive array of component club head/shaft combinations in addition to leading-edge technology and software that combines swing characteristics with ball flight data to help properly identify the optimal equipment for each student.The program is being rolled-out across more than 30 centers in key markets for the beginning of the 2017 golf season, which positions GOLFTEC as the No. 1 component club-fitting provider based on total facilities operated. All GOLFTEC centers will implement the new system within a year. Beyond diverse equipment options prominently on display, the company will now have dedicated fitting specialists onsite to work with students and their coaches to deliver a TOUR-like fitting experience.

In order to provide the best possible components, GOLFTEC has partnered with

True Spec Golf to offer unique shaft options and fulfillment of custom orders for equipment built to the tightest tolerances from top OEMs including Callaway®, TaylorMade®, Mizuno® and PING®.Operating more retail doors than anyone in golf and continuing to rapidly expand, GOLFTEC is already among the leaders in the club-fitting category with nearly 20,000 TECFIT sessions annually. The new program is designed to further grow merchandise sales and complement its industry leading instruction plans. Both bolster the company’s mission to help people play better golf.

“For years we have been the No. 1 provider of instruction in the world and now we’ve set our sights on gaining significant market share in equipment sales,” said Joe Assell, Co-Founder and CEO of GOLFTEC. “We’ve always approached club-fitting in the same way we’ve defined our instructional practices, which starts with an unbiased, fact-based diagnosis and our singular goal of helping students play their absolute best.”

Roll out of the new program will be supported by an aggressive marketing plan, creative advertising and launch promotions, including a discounted $95 TECFIT fitting fee and $100 towards any

Game Plan or Lesson Package.“We’re excited to partner with GOLFTEC on this initiative, as they have the most impressive footprint in the industry and touch an incredible number of passionate golfers,” said Hoyt McGarity, CEO of True Spec Golf. “The benefits that come with custom club-fitting have been extremely well documented and their sheer customer base combined with our expertise is a winning formula for everyone.”

The renowned GOLFTEC coaching team is comprised of experienced professionals worldwide, most of whom are PGA Professionals and have taught thousands of lessons. Each goes through a rigorous, multi-week certification at GOLFTEC University including continued advanced training to master the analysis of golf swing mechanics, technology utilized by GOLFTEC and the most effective training and club-fitting techniques. Committed to strengthening the industry and hiring only the best staff, GOLFTEC is the largest employer of PGA Professionals in the world.

To learn more about GOLFTEC, please visit

www.golftec.com or call 877-446-5383.

About GOLFTEC
The world leader in golf lessons and top employer of PGA Professionals has a 96 percent success rate among its students. Since 1995, GOLFTEC Certified Personal Coaches, the vast majority of which are PGA Professionals, have given more than 7 million lessons. The company operates hundreds of centers worldwide and has a presence in almost all major U.S. cities, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea. All lessons are based on the company’s “Five Factors:” Fact-Based Diagnosis, Sequential Lessons, Video-Based Practice, Advanced Retention Tools and TECFIT® club-fitting. To date, more than 600 GOLFTEC Coaches work across a global network of Improvement Centers, consisting of both corporately-owned and franchise-owned locations and employees.

Marriott Golf Celebrates 10th Anniversary of International Family Golf Festival

FAMILY & FUN ON THE LINKS…MARRIOTT GOLF CELEBRATES

10th ANNIVERSARY OF INTERNATIONAL FAMILY GOLF FESTIVAL

Golfing Families & Newcomers of all Ages and Skill Levels Enjoy a FUN Day of FREE Golf Activities at its Resorts and Golf Courses Throughout the World

 

ORLANDO, Fla., March 14, 2017… Since debuting in 2007, and always under the guidance of PGA/LPGA Professionals, tens of thousands of golfers – encompassing boys & girls, cousins, parents and grandparents of all ages and abilities – have enjoyed playing the game of golf alongside their family members at Marriott International’s Family Golf Festivals

 To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this global player development initiative, golfers are once again invited to join their family members for a special day on the links, as Marriott Golf today announced the schedule for the 2017 Annual Marriott International Family Golf Festival.  On Tuesday, April 4th, La Iguana Golf Course in Playa Herradura, Costa Rica will host the first of 27 scheduled Family Golf Festivals on the 2017 calendar.  These one-day family golf-themed events will take place at a premier collection of leading Marriott Golf-managed destinations throughout the world.

 The Marriott International Family Golf Festival is open to golfers of all ages and skill levels, and aligns with Marriott’s commitment to player development programs.  Golfing families are invited to Marriott Golf properties for a an exciting line-up of fun-filled activities, highlighted by FREE golf instruction, clinics, interactive golf games, contests, family golf programs, prize giveaways and much more. Supervised by PGA Professionals, each respective venue offers a welcoming environment where entire families, including women, boys and girls, military veterans, parents and grandparents can learn and play the game together.

 “Golf is a game that transcends generations, and we share a common commitment across our portfolio of resort lodging brands and golf courses  to ensure the game is accessible for families to enjoy together,” said Brett Stark, Senior Director, Golf Marketing & eCommerce, Marriott Golf.  “This is a fantastic player development initiative, and I congratulate everyone involved on 10 years of growth and excellence.”

 In addition to core events at the one-day Family Golf Festival, after 3 p.m. adults can take advantage of special rates and children can play golf for free as part of Marriott Golf’s “Kids Golf-4-Free” program. Launched in 2006, “Kids Golf-4-Free” enables kids up to 15-years old to golf for free when accompanied by a full paying adult after 3 p.m. In addition, Marriott Golf offers free lessons anytime to kids up to 15-years old when accompanied by an adult who is taking a fully paid lesson from a Marriott Golf instructor. 

The 2017 Family Golf Festival will take place at designated Marriott Golf properties on the following dates:

Property Name

Location

Date

La Iguana Golf Course

Playa Herradura, Costa Rica

4/4/2017

Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Golf Club

Palm Desert, CA

4/8/2017

JW Marriott Camelback Golf Club

Scottsdale, AZ

4/23/2017

Hollins Hall, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK

5/7/2017

Tudor Park, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Maidstone, Kent, UK

5/14/2017

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

Cayman Islands, UK

5/26/2017

Cattails @ MeadowView Golf Course

Kingsport, TN

6/4/2017

Forest of Arden, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Meriden, Warwickshire, UK

6/4/2017

Marriott’s Grande Vista Golf Club
Marriott Golf Academy

Orlando, FL

6/10/2017

Stone Mountain Golf Club

Stone Mountain, GA

6/25/2017

Marriott’s Orlando World Center Resort

Hawk’s Landing Golf Club

Orlando, FL

7/1/2017

Meon Valley, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Nr. Southampton, Hampshire, UK

7/1/2017

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes

Orlando, FL

7/1/2017

Royal St. Kitts Golf Club

Frigate Bay, St. Kitts, West Indies

7/1/2017

Gaylord Springs Golf Links

Nashville, TN

7/8/2017

Toftrees Golf Club

State College, PA

7/30/2017

Breadsall Priory, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Morley, Derby, UK

8/5/2017

Sprowston Manor, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Norwich, Norfolk, UK

8/6/2017

JW Marriott Desert Springs Golf Resort

Palm Desert, CA

8/6/2017

Westfields Golf Club

Clifton, VA

8/13/2017

Worsley Park, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Worsley Park, Manchester, UK

8/13/2017

St. Pierre, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Monmouthshire, Wales, UK

8/20/2017

Marriott’s Griffin Gate Golf Club

Lexington, KY

8/27/2017

JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

Marco Island, FL

9/9/2017

Son Antem Golf Club

Mallorca, Spain

9/16/2017

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Golf Club

Phoenix, AZ

9/24/2017

JW Marriott Starr Pass Country Club

Tucson, AZ

12/17/2017


Marriott Golf

Marriott Golf manages courses in 15 countries across five continents, offering nearly 1,000 holes of championship golf for Marriott International brands, including The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Westin, Sheraton, Gaylord Hotels, Le Meridien, Renaissance Hotels, and Marriott Golf Academy.  Marriott has managed golf operations since 1971 and is one of the world’s premier golf operators.  Marriott provides golf development expertise, golf management, and consulting services to a unique variety of hospitality environments including resorts, private membership clubs, daily fee courses, golf schools, and franchises. For more information, visit www.marriottgolf.com.

Thor Guard Selects Buffalo.Agency to Manage Public Relations

Thor Guard Selects Buffalo.Agency to Manage Public Relations
(SUNRISE, Fla.)Thor Guard – the world’s only lightning prediction system that provides the most useful, sophisticated, timely, reliable and accurate advance warning of the potential for lightning and other adverse weather conditions – has selected Buffalo.Agency (Buffalo) as its public relations partner.

The first full-service, integrated marketing solution dedicated to sport, industry and lifestyle segments, Buffalo will publicize the Thor Guard brand in mainstream consumer and trade media covering sports, technology, business, government, news, education and related topics.

“Thor Guard plays a vital role in saving lives and protecting business operations” says Bob Dugan, President and CEO of Thor Guard.  “Partnering with Buffalo.Agency will further cement us as global leader in protecting millions of people worldwide.”

For 43 years a meteorological-solutions pioneer, Thor Guard’s constant innovation and unmatched value proposition that comes with scale has led to its dominance in various industries.  As the longest-tenured company in the category globally, Thor Guard has installed approximately 7,000 systems for golf courses, parks, schools and universities, cities and municipalities, air travel concerns, government agencies, mining and industrial companies, sporting events and broadcast media.

“We admire Thor Guard’s cutting-edge technologies and are excited to engage the market through storytelling,” says Rich Katz, Founder and Managing Director Buffalo.  “Testimonials from Thor Guard customers show how its system is an essential asset to the communities they serve.”

Properties with Thor Guard sensor technology constantly monitor local environments and predict whether there is enough dynamic energy migration to create a lightning strike, even with no visible evidence of lightning.  Recognizing “bolts out of the blue” allows more notification time to proactively manage potentially perilous weather situations.  Other lightning warning products on the market are based on detection and / or time of arrival (strike-first) to determine safety levels when lightning is in the area.

The “Who’s Who” of safe operations which use Thor Guard includes the United States Golf Association, PGA Tour Properties, European Golf Tour, American Junior Golf Association, PGA of America, Marriott Golf, University of Michigan, University of Miami,, LSU, Park Ridge Park District (IL) Downers Grove Park District (IL), Broward County (FL), Department of Homeland Security, NASA, Jet Blue, Fed Ex, Google, AT&T and the United States Tennis Association.  The universally-available system is widely utilized in a broad range of outdoor settings, climates and elevations in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Buffalo manages strategy development, public relations, integrated marketing, digital-social media and design work that increases awareness and sales for companies and organizations operating in more than 40 countries.  Its client roster of leading and emerging brands includes American Diabetes Association, CHAMP Spikes, Crown & Caliber, Dollamur Sport Surfaces, ECCO, Fila, Galvin Green, GolfTEC, Hydrapak, Kauai Visitors Bureau, Keswick Hall, LPGA, Nicklaus Companies, PGA National Resort & Spa, Scivation, Sea Pines Resort, Telluride Resort & Ski, US Club Soccer and World Golf Foundation.

More information: thorguard.com, 954.835.0900.

More information: Buffalo.Agency, 703.761.1444.

WE ARE GOLF to Host National Mall Community Service Project in D.C. with Industry Leaders

WE ARE GOLF to Host National Mall Community Service Project in D.C. with Industry Leaders

April 25 Celebration to Commemorate National Golf Day’s 10th Anniversary

(ST. AUGUSTINE, FL) WE ARE GOLF – a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners – today announces it will host a community service project in celebration of National Golf Day’s 10thanniversary. The event will take place Tuesday, April 25 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. EST on the National Mall and will focus on beautification and land preservation.

In collaboration with Michael Stachowicz, Turf Management Specialist at the National Park Service, members of golf’s allied associations will assist with projects ranging from the U.S. Capitol Building to 7th Street. Activities include raking, overseeding, aerating, brushing walkways and sprucing up gravel pathways. All participants will be divided into teams and each will be assigned a captain who will oversee the project.

Additionally, PGA Professionals from the Middle Atlantic Section of the PGA of America will be on hand to provide helpful tips and mini lessons to those taking in the sights at the National Mall.

“We look forward to giving back to the community and enhancing the beauty of the National Mall while engaging D.C. tourists through an interactive golf display,” says Steve Mona, Chief Executive Officer of World Golf Foundation (WGF), administrator of WE ARE GOLF. “This project will set the tone for National Golf Day on April 26 and further exemplify the industry’s commitment to charitable causes both on and off the golf course.”

National Golf Day celebrates the game’s nearly $70 billion economic impact, $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits. Industry leaders will meet with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss golf’s 15,200-plus diverse businesses, two million jobs impacted, tax revenue creation and tourism value.

To join the conversation, visit the WE ARE GOLF social media hub. Use #NGD17 and @wearegolf on Twitter and Instagram to show your support for the golf industry.

For more information on the community service project, click here. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Peggy Norton with WGF (pnorton@worldgolffoundation.org).

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 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 fair and appropriate to an industry that generates nearly $70 billion in economic impact annually, impacts close to two million American jobs and generates nearly $4 billion in charitable giving each year.