Island Resort & Casino: Sweetgrass Opens, Destination Prepares for New Sage Run Course this Summer

Golf packages are now available at the Upper Peninsula’s premier golf destination

Escanaba, MI – Spring and golf season have finally arrived in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula, and Island Resort & Casino, located just outside of Escanaba, and its award winning Sweetgrass Golf Club have opened for the season. The resort is also preparing to open the third new golf course in Michigan in three years, Sage Run, when it comes online July 10.

Michigan has long been known as one of the top states for golf and the scenic Upper Peninsula region has quickly joined the ranks as a top golf destination thanks in large part to the growth and expansion of golf at the Island Resort & Casino.

Sweetgrass Hole 1, a 320 yard par 4
Sweetgrass Hole 1, a 320 yard par 4

Sweetgrass, designed by Paul Albanese, ranks among Golfweek’s Best Courses, as well as recognition by GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest as a Best in State. Sweetgrass features an open layout with some of the game’s most exciting greens to putt (Redan, Biarritz, Island, and Double-green). In addition, the course features some wonderful strategic holes including the famous island green No. 15, and some spectacular finishing par 5 holes on each side.

Sweetgrass is also part of the “Road to the LPGA” with its Symetra Tour Island Resort Championship (June 22-24) featuring the future of women’s professional golf.

Opening July 10, 2018 will be the Sage Run course, also designed by Albanese, which provides a different and fun golf experience. The land at Sage Run is 180 degrees in contrast from its sister course Sweetgrass with its prairie links style. The course meanders through beautiful Upper Peninsula hardwoods and open vistas including up and around a natural drumlin or ridge providing a scenic variety of shots creating a fun thrill ride for golfers.

Golfers seeking to escape the stress of the big city and experience a scenic and peaceful golf vacation among the rugged beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula should plan a trip to the Island Resort.

The Island Resort & Casino golf packages combine the best golf in the region led its Sweetgrass and new Sage Run courses. The fully customizable packages offer 1, 2, 3, and 4-night lodging options with up to four rounds of golf. Package prices range from $95 – $758 depending on the time of year and single/double occupancy. Golfers will also receive $5 promo cash, $5 Bingo coupon, $5 drink coupon, $5 dinner coupon per night, and $5 off spa services at the luxurious Drift Spa.

The destination is easily accessible via a pair of regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette connecting through Detroit, Saginaw, Lansing or Grand Rapids.

About Island Resort & Casino

Located in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula 13 miles west of Escanaba, Island Resort & Casino is one of the Midwest’s largest golf, casino and entertainment resort destinations spanning over 408,000 square feet. The resort features over 300 guest rooms including elegant suites and a 42 –site RV Park. The casino offers an all new poker room, craps, blackjack, Spanish 21, three card poker, let-it-ride, roulette, and bingo.

The resort amenities also include the luxurious Drift Spa offering a variety of high-end spa services with access to the resort’s salt water pool, steam rooms and sauna. Multiple dining options include the signature 5 Bridges Steak and Seafood House, 5 Bridges Pub, Firekeepers Restaurant, T. McC’s Sports Bar, Coral Reef Grille, Signature Subs & Pizza and The Coffee & Custard Shop featuring items from The Bakery. The Island regularly hosts headline entertainment in the intimate 1315 seat Showroom as well as weekly bands and comedy entertainers in Club 41. The Island Convention Center provides the perfect venue for special events, business meetings, and weddings.

Award-winning golf has become the centerpiece of the Island Resort & Casino. Sweetgrass, ranked among Golfweek’s Best Courses, as well as recognition by GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest as a Best in State ranking, features an open layout with some of the game’s most fun greens to putt (Redan, Biarritz, Island, and Double-green). Sweetgrass is also part of the “Road to the LPGA” with its Symetra Tour Island Resort Championship featuring the future of women’s golf. New for 2018 will be the Sage Run course, also designed by Paul Albanese (Sweetgrass) providing a different kind of golf experience where holes flow through the hardwoods and around a drumlin ridge.

For more information, visit www.islandresortandcasino.com.

Giants Ridge Earns Prestigious Editors’ Choice Award from Golf Digest

Giants Ridge Earns Prestigious Editors’ Choice Award from Golf Digest
(BIWABIK, Minn.) – Giants Ridge – Minnesota’s leading golf resort set in the rugged beauty of the Mesabi Iron Range – has received a prestigious “Editors’ Choice Award” from Golf Digest in the “Best Golf Resorts in the Americas” category.The acclaimed golf destination was the only Minnesota property to earn the coveted accolade. Now in its third year, the Golf Digest “Editors’ Choice Awards” annually honor the “best of the best” in 38 industry categories. The news is featured in the recently-released May issue.

“We’re thrilled Golf Digest recognizes the exceptional golf experience we provide,” says John Kendall, Director of Golf. “Our two distinct layouts offer 36 thrilling holes at an unbeatable value.”

Giants Ridge’s two championship courses – The Quarry and The Legend – rank among the top in the state. The aptly-named Quarry, built on the site of a former sand quarry and iron ore mine, has consistently earned a spot on Golf Digest’s bi-annual list of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” since 2005.

Additionally, The Quarry was recently rated the “Best Course You Can Play” in Minnesota by Golfweek. This is the fourth consecutive year the dramatic layout has earned the top spot.

Although both designed by renowned course architect Jeffrey Brauer, both The Quarry and The Legend have a unique layout and character. Dramatically raised tees and hazards forged from reclaimed and repurposed mine land set The Quarry apart from other courses. Carved out of the Superior National Forest, The Legend is a true “northwoods” course featuring towering pines, giant fairways and majestic views of Wynne and Sabin Lakes.

In addition to Golf Digest and Golfweek honors, Giants Ridge and its courses have received accolades from Golf Magazine, My Golf Spy, WorldGolf.com and Golf Advisor.

About Giants Ridge

Set amongst the beauty of Minnesota’s northwoods, Giants Ridge, located in Biwabik, Minn., is a four-season, family-oriented resort. Giants Ridge has grown from a local ski hill (long ago) attracting local, day visitors, to a four-season recreation destination attracting 100,000 guests each year from Minnesota, the United States and Canada.

Giants Ridge features two nationally-recognized 18-hole championship-caliber golf courses and a ski resort ranked among the very best in Minnesota. The Legend at Giants Ridge and The Quarry at Giants Ridge are ranked among Minnesota’s best golf courses. For skiers, Giants Ridge boasts 35 downhill runs, more than 60 km of world-class cross country ski trails (which once served as Olympic training grounds) and one of Minnesota’s hottest terrain parks as well as a snow tubing park. The resort also offers miles of year-round recreation trails, including an expanding mountain bike trail system (which will be among the top destinations in the mountain biking world), water recreation, unbeatable lodging accommodations, dining, shopping and much more. It is an easy one-hour drive from Duluth and three hours from the Twin Cities.

More information: www.giantsridge.com, 1.800.688.7669

NextLinks Joins “Shot in the Dark” Project at Indian Wells Golf Resort

 

NextLinks Joins “Shot in the Dark” Project at Indian Wells Golf Resort

Indian Wells, Calif. – NextLinks, one of the golf industry’s hottest trends in the effort to grow participation through fun-based accessibility at non-traditional venues, is pleased to announce its strategic involvement in the “Shot in the Dark” nighttime golf experience which recently broke ground at the award-winning Indian Wells Golf Resort (Indian Wells, Calif.).

Soon, the picturesque nine-hole Putting Course at Indian Wells will be illuminated nightly with colored lasers projecting an entertaining array of NextLinks putting games. Learning golf can be intimidating for non-golfers, so NextLinks is introducing putting games aimed at breaking down these barriers while maintaining authentic playability for serious golfers. Think of games like “Golf Horse,” “Golf Darts,” “Golf Shuffleboard,” and “Golf Corn Hole.” Click on the link to view a simulated rendition of the project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJqF–hkF70&app=desktop

The complete “Shot in the Dark” experience at Indian Wells– which is on pace to debut with a soft opening in late April/early May — will include music, a full-service outdoor bar, a chef-curated food truck operation and a driving range adorned with 20-ft inflatable, glow-in-the-dark targets that react with lights and sound effects when struck by glow-in-the-dark golf balls.

NextLinks announced its presence as a key player in the “alternate golf experience” arena by showcasing its groundbreaking indoor/outdoor golf technology and business concepts at the recent PGA Merchandise Show. The golf experience is driven by proprietary software that seamlessly blends golf simulator play with realistic short game shots and putting on expertly-designed artificial putting greens, as well as outdoor venues on real putting surfaces.

“The golf industry is about to see Indian Wells shatter the paradigm of how and when a golf operation can give its clientele a five-star experience,” says NextLinks president and CEO Dave Shultz. “When it’s too dark to play the two top-ranked golf courses at Indian Wells, the practice area comes alive. For non-golfers, it’s a party zone that presents the game in a fun and unintimidating way. For serious golfers, it’s a cool way to enjoy real golf in a setting that’s never existed before.”

Indian Wells general manager Steve Rosen is anxious to see what expanding the concept of “golfable hours” will do for the bottom line at the famed 36-hole golf property. “We expect this new ‘entertainment zone’ to become a major nighttime attraction for the resort and the entire Coachella Valley, not just golfers and guests at Indian Wells,” Rosen says.

Rosen also sees “Shot in the Dark” as a popular venue for group business. “Large golf groups who want to continue the competition among friends or corporate meetings looking for a fun way to promote team building, will find this nighttime golf entertainment spot a truly unique and one of a kind experience.”

The NextLinks golf experience is powered by its proprietary skill differentiated games and Pinpoint Spotlight Technology. The system simultaneously tracks multiple players’ places in various games while guiding them through play with colored lasers projected on to the green. “I always pictured the prototypical NextLinks venue indoors, but this Indian Wells project, using existing infrastructure at a world-renowned golf resort is an eye-opener,” Shultz says. “The combinations and variety of games we’ll offer is vast because we’ve electronically mapped the entire nine-hole putting course, which already had awesome design features. The games will play quite differently depending where you are on the putting course.”

Players will be able to choose to play NextLinks-powered games (by the hour) from a touch-screen menu then play them on the real-grass Putting Course.

Rosen approached the NextLinks team looking to create a “Top Golf-like attraction” at Indian Wells. “We’re serious about engaging younger people who can potentially become our next generation of golfers and traditional golf programming simply isn’t enough to attract them to the game,” Rosen says. “Shot in the Dark brings the energy of a sports bar or popular lounge right to the heart of our golf resort, which is surrounded by four hotel properties (with a total of 1,500 rooms).”

While Indian Wells is the first traditional golf course operation to use NextLinks technology, Shultz does not think it will be the last. “Golf courses everywhere are looking for ways to make their venues fun and to keep golfers engaged there for longer hours. Indian Wells is about to show them exactly how it’s done,” he says. “Not every “Grow the Game” initiative has to be a loss-leader. You can bring new people to the game while growing your core revenue streams with solutions that fit your budget. I think Shot in the Dark is going to prove that in a big way.”

For more information on this project, visit www.nextlinks.com and http://www.indianwellsgolfresort.com/.

About NextLinks

In the Spring of 2015, David Shultz, a veteran technologist, followed his passion for golf and began working to realize his vision for NextLinks and REALiTEE Golf, immersive golf experiences designed to make golf accessible to beginners as well as seasoned golfers. Shultz spent more than two decades as an electrical engineer and operations executive at General Electric. As an aviation electronics technician in the United States Navy, Shultz discovered a knack for problem solving on the avionics systems of A-6 and F/A-18 aircrafts. The seasoned technologist was also a key team member on the Boeing 787 development project while at General Electric. NextLinks is a fully scalable business opportunity meaning venue owners with 850 square-feet of space up to 100,000 can license this unique golf entertainment platform and develop a fun alternative golf experience. Using proprietary software that seamlessly blends golf simulator play with realistic short game play and putting on expertly-designed putting greens, NextLinks revolutionizes indoor golf for participants of any skill level. Visit www.Nextlinks.com.

Follow Nextlinks at www.facebook.com/NextLinksGolf as well as on Twitter and Instagram: @nextlinksgolf.

Twenty-Eight Teams Will Compete in 20th Annual Palmetto High School Golf Championship

Caledonia Golf and Fish Club Review
The fourteenth at Caledonia is a 415 yard par 4.

 

Twenty-Eight High School Golf Teams Prepare to Compete in 20th Annual Palmetto High School Golf Championship

Teams From 9 States, Including California and Texas, are Traveling to Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Twenty-eight teams from nine states are poised to play in the 20th annual Palmetto High School Golf Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C., March 29-31.

The 54-hole, college style event begins on Thursday with a qualifying round at True Blue Golf Club. Based on qualifying scores, teams will be flighted for 36 holes of stroke play competition.

Friday and Saturday rounds will be played at True Blue and Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, both of which are ranked among America’s top 100 public courses.

The field is highlighted by Boiling Springs (S.C.) High School and its No. 1 player, Trent Phillips, the fifth ranked junior boy in America, according to Golfweek.

Current PGA Tour players Rickie Fowler, the 2006 champion, and Harris English are among the Palmetto’s distinguished alums.

Caledonia is ranked 29th on Golf Magazine’s list of the Top 100 You Can Play, a ranking of America’s best public courses, and True Blue is 77th on the prestigious list. Both layouts are Mike Strantz designs that offer distinct, yet equally dramatic and memorable experiences.

Caledonia, which is equal parts art and architecture, plays through a stunning piece of lowcountry land that was once home to a thriving rice plantation. A round at True Blue, while completely different from a design perspective, is no less captivating. Strantz used waste bunkers, which frame many of the course’s fairways, to craft a layout that is among the area’s most visually stunning.

For more information, go to www.PalmettoHSGolf.com.

 

Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge To Add Two-Acre Short Game Facility

 

Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge
To Add Two-Acre Short Game Facility

Facility Will Also See Upgraded Driving Range and Irrigation System

ORLANDO, March 22, 2018 – The Arnold Palmer Design Company, a golf course architecture firm under the Arnold Palmer Group, today announced in the spirit of its founder’s constant and never-ending pursuit of perfection, Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge will add an extensive two-acre short game facility and make improvements to the driving range following the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard.

The initial enhancements will start with the short-game facility and will feature four greens of varying shapes and sizes along with a collection of bunkers built to different depths and design styles to simulate on-course scenarios. For an image, click here.

“It is important for us to design a facility that showcases on-course scenarios not only found at Bay Hill, but other situations players would find when playing at other top clubs around the world,” said Brandon Johnson, APDC architect and vice president. “The new short game area will allow members and guests to get lost in their practice sessions honing basic shots or experimenting with a variety of recovery shots that incorporate flat pitch slopes, nobs, false fronts, backboards and various bunkers styles.”

To make way for the short game facility expansion, the ninth hole on the Charger Course will be redesigned into an exciting drivable par four. In addition, the Championship Course will get a new state-of-the-art irrigation system installed. This new system will allow the superintendent to manage water outputs more efficiently and accurately resulting in firmer, faster playing conditions on healthier turf grass.

About Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge: Located just minutes from downtown Orlando and area attractions, Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge is the site of the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard where the PGA TOUR competes each March.  The 70-room property features 27-holes of golf, the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy, tennis on four Har-tru and two DecoTurf courts, a full-service spa and salon, fitness center, a heated Jr. Olympic-size pool, three dining locations, three lounges, and 9,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.

For reservations or membership information, call (888) 422-9445 or (407) 876-2429.

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LAMKIN ‘EXTENDS’ ICONIC CROSSLINE GRIP LINE WITH NEW 1150 DESIGN

SAN DIEGO, 02 March 2018Lamkin Corporation, the original manufacturer of premium golf grips, has literally and figuratively, extended its iconic Crossline grip line with the introduction of the Crossline 1150, an 11.5” version of the classic grip with a reduced-taper shape and enhanced 360° Crossline pattern.

Featuring an extra inch in length and a straighter profile the new Crossline 1150 is designed to promote more precise and consistent short game shots. An ideal grip for a golfer’s wedges, the extra length enables players to choke down on the shaft while benefitting from a consistent feel from the straighter, reduced-taper profile.

The new grip has made it straight into the bag of Lamkin CEO and President Bob Lamkin, giving him an immediate improvement in the versatility of his short game, as he explains, “As soon as I tested the Crossline 1150 I knew it was going in the bag. The reduced-taper profile and Crossline design give it such a familiar feel and when you choke down on the grip, the extra shot control is exceptional.”

With an enhanced, logo-free pattern, the 1150 delivers all of the familiar traction and control that has made Crossline a firm favorite with the world’s top players for over 20 years, netting over 200 million dollars in worldwide Tour earnings. The new Crossline 1150 will surely add to that total, and also help every golfer add an extra dimension to their short game.

The new Crossline 1150 is now at www.LamkinGrips.com and from select golf retailers.

ABOUT LAMKIN GRIPS

Lamkin Grips’ golf heritage dates back to 1925 when founder Elver B. Lamkin began manufacturing golf’s first leather grips. Today, the family-owned business delivers the industry’s widest assortment of performance-enhancing golf grips that continue to earn loyal customers worldwide. Through their ongoing dedication to unequaled product quality and service support, Lamkin Grips is passionately committed to connecting golfers to a more confident, consistent and enjoyable game.

TOP-RANKED NCAA GOLF TEAMS RETURN TO REYNOLDS LAKE OCONEE FOR 13th ANNUAL LINGER LONGER INVITATIONAL,

TOP-RANKED NCAA GOLF TEAMS RETURN TO REYNOLDS LAKE OCONEE FOR 13th ANNUAL LINGER LONGER INVITATIONAL,

MARCH 17-20, 2018

Greensboro, GA (March 6, 2018) – Regarded as one of the best collegiate golf events in the nation, the 13th annual Linger Longer Invitational (LLI) at Reynolds Lake Oconee will take place at the award-winning Great Waters course, March 17-20, 2018.

The Linger Longer Invitational showcases leading collegiate players from around the country as they vie for the coveted individual and team titles in a 54-hole stroke-play tournament.

Three-time LLI team champions, No. 2-ranked University of Alabama, will return to Reynolds Lake Oconee to defend their title against a strong field of competitors, including four-time LLI champion and last year’s 3rd-placefinisher, the University of Georgia.

Some of the most competitive college golf programs in the country will contend for the title, including: Augusta University, Charlotte University, Kennesaw State University, Mercer University, Middle Tennessee State University, Ohio State University, Penn State, Troy University, University of Akron, University of Cincinnati, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and University of Virginia.

The 2018 event welcomes another stellar individual field, including some of the country’s top-ranked collegiate golfers.   Among them is Athens, Ga., native Kyle Mueller, a senior at the University of Michigan, who is ranked 7th and University of Alabama junior Davis Riley, who is currently ranked No. 9.

The first 12 years have seen many future PGA TOUR champions compete in the LLI, including Justin Thomas (Alabama), Rickie Fowler (Oklahoma State), Russell Henry (Georgia), Chris Kirk (Georgia), and Kyle Stanley (Clemson). Last year’s individual winner, Greyson Sigg (Georgia) is now on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, with four top-10 finishes.

The Linger Longer Invitational has been held at three of Reynolds Lake Oconee’s six golf courses – twice at the Oconee (2006, 2007), followed by three years at the Landing (2008-2010), and at Great Waters since 2011. Great Waters, consistently ranked among America’s Greatest 100 Public Courses by Golf Digest, is a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, and will undergo a total renovation beginning in June.

One of the more unique provisions of the Linger Longer Invitational is the housing, which is provided by Reynolds Lake Oconee members. The host families are able to personalize the experience for the teams and provide a ‘home away from home’ during the competition.

For more information about the Linger Longer Invitational, including live scoring, please visit https://www.reynoldslakeoconee.com/linger-longer-invitational.

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About Reynolds Lake Oconee

Surrounded by more than 350 miles of majestic shoreline on Georgia’s historic Lake Oconee, the golf destination resort community of Reynolds Lake Oconee features six championship golf courses and is home to The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf presented by TaylorMade, a world-class instructional and club fitting facility. Located between Atlanta and golf’s legendary grounds in Augusta, Reynolds Lake Oconee is an outdoor recreation paradise that includes the Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds, award-winning tennis center, swimming pools, pedestrian trails, wellness campus, and full-service marinas to facilitate water sports. Guests can choose private accommodations that include luxury resort condominiums and cottages, or The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, a 251-room lakefront resort and spa named a 2016 AAA Five Diamond Lodging and 2015 Forbes Four-Star resort. Dining is available at ten distinctive culinary venues. Originally established in 1988 as Reynolds Plantation, Reynolds Lake Oconee is located roughly 90 miles from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.  For more, reynoldslakeoconee.com.

Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany, Introduces The Club, Europe’s Finest Golf and Wine Experience

The golf course at The Club at Castiglion del Bosco, Europe’s finest golf and wine experience. (photo credit – Aidan Bradley)
The golf course at The Club at Castiglion del Bosco, Europe’s finest golf and wine experience. (photo credit – Aidan Bradley)

(Montalcino, Italy – February 21, 2018) Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany, has introduced The Club, Europe’s finest golf and wine experience at Italy’s only private members’ club.

The exclusive new invitation to membership combines golf on an exquisitely presented private golf course with privileged access to one of the world’s most beautiful wine estates, prized for its internationally acclaimed Brunello wines.

For discerning golfers and wine lovers, membership of The Club at Castiglion del Bosco offers unparalleled privacy and a rare opportunity to retreat to the peace and natural beauty of the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Members and their guests also benefit from invitations to exclusive international golf and wine events at some of the most prestigious private clubs around the world, hosted by Castiglion del Bosco’s founders and proprietors, Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo.

David Waters, General Manager of The Club at Castiglion del Bosco, said: “By creating The Club we are introducing a unique private club experience combining exclusive golf and wine within an historic, 400-year-old Tuscan estate.

Castiglion del Bosco features one of the world’s most beautiful wine estates, prized for its internationally acclaimed Brunello wines.

“In the same way Castiglion del Bosco’s Brunello wines are recognized the world over for their excellence, The Club also has a global presence and our exclusive international golf trips and wine events will ensure the refined taste of Tuscany is celebrated and savored wherever Members come together.”

The golf course at Castiglion del Bosco is one of the finest private courses in Europe and the only Continental European design of Tom Weiskopf. The former Open Champion famously added a short 19th challenge hole, The Brunello Hole, where Members play for a Magnum of Brunello.

The estate’s organic-certified vineyards occupy 62 hectares of stunningly beautiful Tuscan hillsides, planted solely with the Sangiovese red wine grape variety responsible for the sought-after Brunello di Montalcino wines, of which Castiglion del Bosco is now one of the five largest producers. The state-of-the-art winery, named one of the top ten wineries to visit in Tuscany by Decanter magazine, regularly hosts tours and tastings, as well as private social events.

Members of The Club also enjoy privileged access to Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, a five-star resort and spa within the estate. Offering 23 suites and 11 luxury villas set in restored 17th- and 18th-century farmhouses, it provides convenient accommodation for Members, their families and guests during visits to Castiglion del Bosco.

“Under the stewardship of Massimo Ferragamo, Castiglion del Bosco has become an internationally recognized estate,” continued David Waters. “An invitation to Membership of The Club at Castiglion del Bosco is a rare opportunity to join a unique private club and global family brought together by a shared passion for exquisite golf, Brunello wine and a love of Tuscany.”

Colorado Golfers Rank Arcis Golf Clubs Among “Best in State”

Colorado Golfers Rank Arcis Golf Clubs Among “Best in State”

Annual readers’ choice awards presented by Colorado Avid Golf Magazine cite four Arcis clubs

DALLAS, TX (February 21, 2018— Four Arcis Golf properties in Colorado have been honored for excellence in Colorado Avid Golfer magazine’s 2018 CAGGY Awards for the readers’ choice “Best in State.”  The 16th annual CAGGY awards for the Best of Colorado Golf were determined by close to 100,000 online votes tabulated by Colorado Avid Golfer, the leading golf lifestyle publication in the Rockies.

The venues – Arrowhead Golf Club in Littleton and Park Hill Golf Club in Denver, along with The Pinery Country Club and The Club at Pradera, both in Parker – garnered numerous honors.

Arrowhead Golf Club, a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design, was ranked No. 1 golf club in three categories, earning six “Best of Colorado Golf” honors in the Public and Resort division:

  • No. 1 Best Par 3
  • No. 1 Best Wedding/Party Venue
  • No. 1 Best Charity Tournament Venue
  • No. 2 Best Denver Region Course
  • No. 2 Best Opening Hole
  • No. 2 Best Après-Golf Experience

Also in the Public and Resort division, Park Hill Golf Club, the 1931-era classic design by Clark Hamilton, was named No. 3 Best Course For Women in Denver.  In the Private Club division, The Pinery Country Club and The Club at Pradera were cited the best in several categories.

The Club at Pradera, which features an adventurous, Irish-influenced design by Jim Engh, was rated the Best Overall Experience and Best Food, and golf professional Jason Witczak was named Best Instructor for Men.

The Pinery Country Club, which offers 27 holes of golf with panoramic vistas, and The Club at Pradera shared the distinction as Best Value in the Private Club division.

“These results are a testament to our unwavering commitment that every Arcis Golf property provides the ultimate club experience for our members and guests,” said Blake S. Walker, founder and CEO of Arcis Golf. “We are very proud that our Colorado clubs have been recognized for service, which exemplifies the top priority throughout our portfolio.”

An industry leader in providing inventive direction, unrivaled lifestyle amenities, and exceptional playing experiences, Dallas-based Arcis Golf has expanded its portfolio of owned and operated clubs to include 60 private, resort, and daily-fee clubs throughout the United States.

At every venue – whether owned or managed – Arcis Golf focuses on creating extraordinary experiences and forging emotional connections with members and guests. Over the past three years, Arcis Golf has invested more than $60 million in upgrades, amenities, personnel, training, and systems to maximize the growth and future success of its clubs.

Arcis Golf ranked No. 2 in ‘Travel & Hospitality’ and No. 171 overall on the 2017 Inc. 500 list recognizing the fastest-growing private companies in America.  In addition to its distinctive collection of clubs, Arcis Golf has built a best-in-class leadership team that is reinventing the modern club experience, making it more customized and relevant to the lifestyles of today’s consumer.

The CAGGY awards divided facilities into two categories (Private, Public and Resort), with voting for Instruction and Travel Destinations as well. The CAGGY awards can be viewed in the Spring edition of the magazine, as well as online at www.coloradoavidgolfer.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 enhance the golf and country club lifestyle to a level of excellence designed to exceed the needs and expectations of family, friends, co-workers, and guests of all ages. Capitalizing on the resources developed to support its growing portfolio, Arcis Golf also provides professional management services to third-party owners under its Arcis Advantage division.  The company is supported by Arcis Equity Partners, LLC through strategic acquisitions that build and sustain the company’s leadership position.

 

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ARCIS GOLF ACQUIRES TPC VALENCIA

ARCIS GOLF ACQUIRES TPC VALENCIA

 

ARCIS GOLF ACQUIRES TPC VALENCIA

DALLAS (Jan. 30, 2018) — Arcis Golf, the second-largest owner and operator of golf facilities in the United States, has acquired TPC Valencia from FivePointÒ, a developer of mixed-use, master-planned communities in California.  The upscale, private club is located in Valencia, Calif., approximately 35 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles in the Santa Clarita Valley.

TPC Valencia, which opened in 2003, was designed by PGA TOUR Design Services, in consultation with two-time major champion Mark O’Meara.  The par 72 course stretches 7,218 yards at championship length with a routing that offers sweeping valley views, complemented by an adjacent majestic oak preserve, and large greens.  The club’s stunning 32,400 square-foot “Old California” ranch-style clubhouse evokes a feeling and sense of casual elegance.

Arcis Golf’s footprint in the Santa Clarita Valley now includes both this facility and Valencia Country Club, the venerable Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design, which the company also owns. The two clubs are literally “across the street” from one another along Interstate 5.  This burgeoning market includes several affluent communities throughout the valley and 21,500 future homes in nearby Newhall Ranch.

The company plans significant capital reinvestment in both golf courses and clubs, as well as enhanced service levels, a robust travel reciprocity program, amenities, and programming to further broaden the appeal for members and guests.  Upon completion, the club will be rebranded as part of a multi-club lifestyle amenity to the community.

“We are excited to add this facility to our growing collection of one-of-a-kind lifestyle properties,” said Blake Walker, Founder and CEO of Arcis Golf.  “This club fits perfectly with our strategy of owning and operating exceptional golf clubs and enhances our ability to deliver differentiated experiences to our members and guests within the greater Los Angeles region.”

“We are proud of our role in bringing this great golf club to our community,” said Don Kimball FivePoint’s local community president.  “TPC Valencia has established its position among prominent private clubs across Southern California and has elevated the quality of life here in Valencia and the Santa Clarita Valley. We thank the members and the entire community for its support over the past 15 years.  We are confident these member relationships and great memories will continue to grow under the new ownership.”

A club industry leader in providing inventive direction and unrivaled lifestyle amenities that complement exceptional playing experiences, Dallas-based Arcis Golf has expanded its portfolio of owned and operated clubs to include over 60 private, resort, and daily-fee club clubs throughout the US.

At every venue – whether owned or managed – Arcis Golf focuses its resources on creating extraordinary experiences and forging emotional connections with members and guests. During the past three years, Arcis Golf has invested more than $60 million in upgrades, amenities, personnel, training, and systems to maximize the growth and future success of its unique collection of clubs.

Arcis Golf ranked No. 2 in ‘Travel & Hospitality’ and No. 171 overall on the 2017 Inc. 500 list recognizing the fastest-growing private companies in America.  In addition to its distinctive collection of clubs, Arcis Golf has built a best-in-class leadership team that is reinventing the modern club experience, making it more customized and relevant to the lifestyles of today’s consumer.

To learn more about Arcis Golf, visit www.arcisgolf.com.

 

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 enhance the golf and country club lifestyle to a level of excellence designed to exceed the needs and expectations of family, friends, co-workers, and guests of all ages. Capitalizing on the resources developed to support its growing portfolio, Arcis Golf also provides professional management services to third-party owners under its Arcis Advantage division.  The company is supported by Arcis Equity Partners, LLC through strategic acquisitions that build and sustain the company’s leadership position.