Grayton Automatic Luxury Watch Launches August 1

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Grayton: A New York Design with Automatic Luxury

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

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

 Grayton: A Collection of Automatic Multi-Generational Watches

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

 Grayton: Revolutionizing the Watch Industry via Social Media

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

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

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

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

Ypsilanti Named One of Livability.com’s Top 10 Best Cities for Singles, 2015 #ypsilanti

Ypsilanti Named One of Livability.com’s Top 10 Best Cities for Singles, 2015
Inaugural list identifies and ranks America’s top cities for singles
Nearly three in 10 U.S. households now have exactly one person in them. But not all cities are created equal for those looking to find someone – whether to marry or just to be single together. With this in mind, Livability.com has named Ypsilanti a Top 10 Best City for Singles, 2015. Ypsilanti offers a high concentration of singles, lots of ways to meet new people, and plenty of options for that first, second or third date.

When choosing the best cities for singles, our editors started by looking at places where there are plenty of singles to choose from, looking at the percentage of unmarried people, the percentage of the population in prime marriageable age (20 to 34), and places where large percentages are living alone – all Census data. Our friends at Esri then helped us find places where people are doing single-ish things. These cities tend to have higher-than-average rates of people who go to art galleries, bars, nightclubs and pool halls. They have more residents who are likely to dance, sing karaoke and go to romance movies. We subtracted points for places where people play a lot of computer games (Get out of the house, people.) and added points for people using dating sites and apps.

Finally, our editors added in a couple of measures to find places that are good for everyone, like demographic diversity and cost of living.

“Some people want to stay single. Some people don’t,” says Livability editor Matt Carmichael. “These cities are great for people who are single, as well as those looking to find someone not to be single with.”

Ypsilanti is experiencing a surge of young, creative types, making it one of the best cities for singles, especially those who dig an artsy, small-town vibe. Singles far outnumber married people in Ypsilanti, and residents tend to use dating apps and online sites at a higher rate than most Americans. Ypsi’s primary entertainment districts – downtown and Depot Town – are filled with shops, restaurants, and bars, which make it easy to find places to meet new people or go on first dates. Newcomers often find it easier to break into the Ypsi dating scene by joining gyms, volunteering or attending club events like bike rides, fun runs and art events.


Top 10 Best Cities for Singles, 2015

  1. Carrboro, NC
  2. Hoboken, NJ
  3. West Hollywood, CA
  4. Oxford, MS
  5. San Marcos, TX
  6. Ypsilanti, MI
  7. Ames, IA
  8. Miami Beach, FL
  9. Athens, GA
  10. Moscow, ID

 

BirdieBox Collaborates with Graeme McDowell on ‘G-Mac Box’

BirdieBox Collaborates with Graeme McDowell on ‘G-Mac Box’

Includes Products Hand-Selected by the Former U.S. Open Champion

(SCOTTSDALE, AZ) – BirdieBox – the leading provider of curated golf and lifestyle products – announces the launch of the “G-Mac Box,” a custom offering from Ryder Cup stalwart and former U.S. Open champion, Graeme McDowell.

Including an assortment of collectable items preferred by McDowell, the boxes are available through BirdieBox.com at two price points ($149.99, $79.99), each boasting a total value nearly double the retail cost. Among the items included are a polo shirt by G-Mac by Kartel, Srixon Z-Star golf balls, a logoed glass from McDowell’s own GolfBeer Brewing Company, Srixon TOUR hat, stainless steel flask with built-in shot glass and Bluetooth earbuds.

“From my golf game to my clothing and craft beer lines, I work hard and make sure things are done the right way at the highest standards possible,” said Graeme McDowell. “BirdieBox have done a great job at creating an offering of products for my fans, that relate directly to me and my game, at a great price.”

Available beginning the week of The Open and running through the 2015 Holiday season, the “G-Mac Box” may be purchased online for shipment throughout North America and Europe. The exterior of each box will arrive handsomely appointed with G-Mac imagery, logo and messaging.

“Graeme was a natural choice for us as a guest curator, he has great style and the game to back it up,” says Pat DePirro, CEO of BirdieBox. “A true gentleman within our sport, we feel that this box resonates with those interested in pursuing the best of the golfing lifestyle.”

Among the scores of organizations and individuals who have turned to BirdieBox in the past include Major League Baseball, Under Armour, Els for Autism, Arizona Coyotes, Dallas Stars, National Kidney Foundation, Bob Uecker Classic, Cure NF with Jack, Celebrity Golf Classic with Kevin Nealon, TPC Scottsdale, Ready Golf and Zo’s Winter Groove for The Alonzo Mourning Foundation.

Beyond the company’s event, charity and organization services, personal monthly subscriptions that remove the hassle from shopping and gift-giving are available at BirdieBox.com. Packages include a selection of the hottest golf, lifestyle and nutritional items from major brands. Offered in one-, three-, six- and 12-month options, subscriptions start at $49.95 per month while retail value of each delivery is $100 or more.

More information: www.BirdieBox.com. Get social: @BirdieBox.

About BirdieBox

Launched in January 2014, BirdieBox is an eCommerce platform with three core focuses. These include a monthly subscription service delivering a curated box of premium golf and lifestyle gear every month, a specialty box service commemorating major champions and holidays, and BirdieBox Events, a new and hassle-free way to source unforgettable tee-gifts for corporate, charity or country club outings and tournaments. The highly trained staff work closely with event organizers to create a truly unforgettable package. Adorned with a logo of the customer’s choice, each finely-appointed, custom-curated assortment is hand-selected to match designated preferences and impress guests. The company is devoted to ensuring a positive and fun customer experience.

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Women on Course Hosting ‘Clinics Across America’ to Celebrate Women’s Golf Month

 

(RESTON, VA) Women on Course – America’s premier networking organization that introduces like-minded women to one another through golf and its amazing lifestyle – is celebrating Women’s Golf Month by hosting “Clinics Across America” to encourage and increase female participation in the game.

On Tuesday evenings in June, highly entertaining and educational clinics teach basic fundamentals and sharpen skills of female golfers in Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego and other major markets. For $10, participants receive 60 minutes of professional instruction in a fun and supportive environment, range balls and glass of wine (age appropriate).

Starting times vary by course; to register for a clinic near you: www.womensgolfmonth.com, 703.940.3511.

“We are thrilled to provide women nationwide with the opportunity to learn this incredible game,” says Kimberly Cayce, Chief Operating Officer of Women on Course. “Initiatives like Women’s Golf Month encourage women to take up golf, increase visibility and awareness for women golfers and send a message across the industry that women matter.”

Last year, women played 5.3 million golf rounds (21.5%) and are among the game’s largest growing demographics. With females representing 36% of all beginners and 40% of latent demand (interested non-golfers), Women on Course is introducing to and retaining tens of thousands of women in golf.

“Now more than ever, women are talking about and following golf like never before,” says Donna Hoffman, President and Founder of Women on Course. “We proudly contribute to golf’s popularity by constantly developing innovative ways to engage women and get them hooked.”

Women on Course’s unique approach of shifting focus away from score and competition has resonated across America, helping boost memberships by 200% in 2014. More than 2,000 annual golf and non-golf events serve nearly 20,000 women to improve golf skills and form lasting personal and business relationships.

More information: www.womensgolfmonth.com/2015-events, 703.940.3511.

About Women on Course
A division of Billy Casper Golf, Women on Course provides supportive and interactive settings for women to experience the golf lifestyle. Members and guests are encouraged to learn and play golf at their own pace through:
A “Play Your Own Way” choice allows beginners to add their own rules to relieve stress and keep up with more experienced golfers

A “Score 5 to Survive” format – tee shot, fairway approach, chip, two putts – promotes using different clubs without slow play
Fashion, fitness, travel and luxury components surrounding the world of golf are incorporated into Women on Course programming. Members enjoy free gifts; special access to private clubs; discounts on greens fees, apparel, equipment, wine and other products; golf and educational resources; contests; and forums.

Women on Course hosts golf, lunch, happy hour, wine and spa activities in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Scottsdale, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington, DC and other major markets. Upcoming Destination Events include the “3 Day Desert Oasis” event in Scottsdale, AZ, a three-day weekend event at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort.

For more information: www.womenoncourse.com, 703.268.5078.

About Billy Casper Golf

Founded more than 20 years ago in cooperation with the late golf legend Billy Casper, the company is the largest owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts in the U.S. with more than 150 properties in 29 states. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia with regional offices across America, BCG specializes in course and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse operations, food-and-beverage, merchandising, golf instruction, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management.

Company highlights include BCG Spectrum, BCG Private and BCG Select management solutions; Buffalo Brand Invigoration Group, the in-house golf-sport-lifestyle PR, strategy development, integrated marketing, social media and design firm; BCG Ventures featuring proprietary, innovate programs like the annual “World’s Largest Golf Outing,” Women on Course and Casper Labs, the testing ground for FootGolf, GolfBoard, Billy Casper Digital network and other programming which drive engagement.

More information: www.billycaspergolf.com, 703.761.1444.

Strong Dollar Spurs U.S. Golfers to Join Trump International Golf Links & Hotel

Strong Dollar Spurs U.S. Golfers to Join Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg in County Clare, Ireland

Strengthening U.S. dollar against the Euro increases demand for membership at one of the most prestigious Links Golf Course in Ireland

County Clare, Ireland (March 3, 2015) – If you haven’t been cheering on the dollar yet, now is the time. Thanks to a strong dollar, the joining fee at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg on the coast of County Clare, Ireland, is the best deal in the game: International Membership is now available from $16,800* for a family membership, which include a spouse, and children up to age 25. The annual dues for this iconic club are a mere $3,600* annually.

When guests become a member of Trump International Golf Links, Doonbeg, they will also gain access the 17 other golf courses within the Trump Golf portfolio worldwide. Each of these courses, from Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey, to Trump Golf Links in Ferry Point, New York, are truly spectacular.

Membership also offers exclusivity to guests on a whole other level. Members are treated to a world class links golf course, with 5-star accommodations in one of the most beautiful destinations, on Ireland’s wonderfully rugged south west coast. Direct flights from many US cities, ensure members can fly over on a Friday evening and be on the first tee Saturday morning, with a pint of Guinness in hand.

Trump International Golf Links, Doonbeg was opened in 2001, with the spectacular par-72 layout which plays over 7,000 yards from the championship tees. Changes in wind speed and direction off the Atlantic Ocean mean the course plays differently almost every day.

In February 2014, the club was purchased by Mr. Donald Trump. He immediately set out a plan for significant improvements to the course, with a vision to deliver a golf experience unparalleled in Ireland. To realize his vision, he enlisted one of the most highly rated Golf Links architects in the world, Dr. Martin Hawtree, to re-design the course. Since October 2014, the course has undergone major renovations which will completely change many holes and establish Trump International Golf Links, Doonbeg, as one of the truly great Links Golf Courses. The renovations will soon be complete for an official re-launch in June 2015 in advance of The Great Irish Links Challenge tournament (also in June).

Away from the golf course, there is so much more for guests to enjoy. The property is the only Links Golf Course in Ireland which boasts a 5-star hotel as well. Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg has the inviting ambiance of a country manor home overlooking Doughmore Bay. Each of the hotel’s rooms and guest suites are individually designed with hand-selected antiques, reclaimed woods and bespoke furnishings and fabrics. With fine dining by Executive Head ChefGreg Budzyn, who spends his time creating dishes which infuse international flavors with locally sourced ingredients, to the White Horses Spa, a world-class sanctuary of wellness and rejuvenation designed by internationally recognized Irish-born designer Clodagh O’ Kennedy, there is something for everyone at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg.

Also on Doonbeg’s doorstep lies an extensive array of activities from horseback riding to rock climbing, deep sea fishing to dolphin watching and more. Some of Ireland’s most popular attractions include The Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Ailwee Cave and The Aran Islands, all of which are located close to the hotel. A dedicated concierge assists all members with travel planning needs and exclusive privileges beyond.

Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg encapsulates an extraordinary experience where no two visits are the same, ensuring travelers will want to come back again and again. With every detail carefully considered, the standard of accommodation at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg is unprecedented, offering a distinct departure from generic hotel offerings and raising a new benchmark for the discerning guest.

Discover the many benefits of membership at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg by calling 844-366-6234 or emailing Brendan Murphy, Director of Membership & Real Estate at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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*Dollar rate is at current exchange rate levels

About Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg
Set along the Atlantic shores in County Clare, Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg is the only 5-star luxury coastal resort in western Ireland. The 400-acre property features 205 guest rooms and suites as well as a magnificent Greg Norman-designed championship links course and distinct dining by Tom Colicchio, Consulting Chef of the Lodge. The White Horses Spa, a sanctuary of wellness and rejuvenation designed by Clodagh, incorporates the essence of Ireland into all treatments, with skincare products by Kerstin Florian. Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Ireland is a member of Small Luxury Hotels.

Gary Player Joins PHIT America as Celebrity Ambassador

Gary Player Joins PHIT America as Celebrity Ambassador

Golf Legend Leads Star Athlete Roster in Fight Against Inactivity, Obesity

(SILVER SPRING, Md.) – PHIT America – the non-profit education and advocacy organization designed to combat the nation’s inactivity and obesity crisis – announces Gary Player, one of the greatest players in golf history, as a celebrity ambassador.

Winner of 165 tournaments, including nine Major Championships, Player achieved legendary status as one of only five golfers in history to claim a career Grand Slam winning the Masters Tournament (1961, 1974, 1978), U.S. Open (1965), The Open Championship (1959, 1968, 1974) and PGA Championship (1962, 1972). Additionally, Player is the only golfer in history to achieve the Grand Slam on the Senior Tour.

He credits his success on the course to the stringent exercise regimen maintained throughout his career.

“At age 78, I still complete a rigorous fitness routine, which includes 1,000 sit-ups daily,” says Player. “My greatest ambition is to spread the message to the youth of the world that your body is a temple – you cannot do anything without health.”

As a father of six and grandfather of 22, Player’s desire to instill the importance of an active lifestyle, especially in children, aligns with the message of PHIT America. Participation in youth sports is a way to get fit while also building self-confidence and developing skills such as discipline and dedication to setting and achieving goals.

Player joins an all-star roster of celebrity ambassadors including NFL icon Herschel Walker and Golf Channel instructor Michael Breed. Each PHIT America ambassador is selected due to a common vision. The collective goal is to create “A Movement for a Fit and Healthy America” by educating men, women and children about the importance of an active lifestyle to improve overall health.

“Almost 30 percent of Americans are totally sedentary and this has increased the last five years,” says Jim Baugh, Founder of PHIT America, former President of Wilson Sporting Goods and a 2011 inductee into the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame. “Inactivity is the prime contributor to the escalating health care costs we all face and Gary Player is setting a great example of how we can all work to create a more fit country.”

Since its January 2013 launch, more than 150 leading companies and associations from the sports, fitness, retail and media industries have contributed funds and services to support PHIT America.

The organization supports two pieces of legislation crucial to increasing the number of healthy Americans. When passed, the Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT) will allow people to use pre-tax medical accounts for physical activity expenses. The Physical Education Program (PEP) is a 14-year Federal grant from the Department of Education for schools to rebuild and revolutionize fitness programs.

Americans are encouraged to support PHIT America by visiting http://www.PHITAmerica.org to advocate, provide a donation or participate in health and wellness programs.

To view the entire list of PHIT America celebrities, click HERE.

About PHIT America

Founded in January 2013, PHIT America is a non-profit educational, social media, and advocacy campaign focused on overcoming the inactivity pandemic and obesity crisis in America by creating a “Movement for a Fit & Healthy America.” Over 130 companies along with sports ambassadors and celebrities are helping PHIT America to get more Americans more active, fit and healthier.

A few of the major PHIT America initiatives include passing key legislation. The Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT) will allow Americans will be able to use pre-tax medical accounts for physical activity expenses. The Physical Education Program (PEP) is a 14-year program supporting increased activity in local physical education programs throughout America. Both the PHIT Act and PEP Program will help mitigate rising healthcare costs by encouraging Americans to develop more active, healthy lifestyles.

PHIT America also just launched the Mayors Fitness Challenge a new, fun 10-week campaign in local cities around the U.S. designed to encourage active lifestyles through group exercise sessions, educational programs and community engagement.

For more information about PHIT America, visit PHITAmerica.org.

About Gary Player

Gary Player, often referred to as the Black Knight, symbolizes all that world class golf is or was ever intended to be. A champion in every sense of the word, he has won 165 professional tournaments worldwide and through the philanthropic efforts of his foundation generated over $50 million dollars for the education of underprivileged children. Player, a master of the game, and a world leader in golf course design is credited with shaping more than 325 courses worldwide.

When Gary Player won the US Open in 1965 at age 29, he became only the third golfer to win the Grand Slam, following Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen. Since then, only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have added their names to this elite group. Player has, to date, won nine major championships on the regular PGA Tour and nine on the Senior or Champions Tour. He is a three time President’s Cup Captain and in 2000 received South Africa’s Sportsman of the Century Award.

In addition to his 40 years of golf course design, Player currently serves as the Global Ambassador to the World Golf Hall of Fame and holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from St. Andrews University. His legendary career and humanitarian endeavors have been acknowledged by numerous awards, including the 2012 PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2006 PGA Tour Payne Stewart Award, and the 2003 Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Player has circled the globe in pursuit of sporting events, and after journeying over 15 million miles, or 25 million kilometers, he is widely recognized as The World’s Most Traveled Athlete™.  When not traveling to or from sporting events, Player divides his time between the South African stud farm, where he has bred over 2000 winning thoroughbred race horses, and his residence on Jupiter Island in Hobe Sound, Florida.
For more information about Gary Player, visit http://www.garyplayer.com.

MAUI ‘S NEW OCEAN VODKA CRAFT DISTILLERY DRAWS RAVE REVIEWS

(Maui, Hawaii) November 6, 2013 – For more than seven years, the Smith Family has worked diligently to bring their special Ocean Vodka from the Island of Maui to the far reaches of the world.  The opening of a new craft distillery for public tours and tastings on their 80-acre organic farm is a dream come true for the family’s mission: to create a superior, organic, value-added agricultural product from Hawaii that supports the local economy, competes globally on quality, operates with environmental responsibility and raises awareness for oceanic conservation.

More than five thousand visitors from around the world have toured the Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Craft Distillery in Kula since the April Grand Opening, and the reviews have been excellent.  Located a short drive from Maui’s Kahului International Airport, Ocean Vodka is produced about 1,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean, with breathtaking panoramic views of the North and South Shores of Maui, the West Maui Mountains and 10,000 ft. Mount Haleakala.  Ocean Vodka is the only spirit in the world distilled from organically farmed sugar cane, blended with deep ocean mineral water and powered by the sun.  Certified USDA Organic and 100% gluten-free, Ocean Vodka uses a proprietary column distillation process to produce an ultra-clean, award-winning spirit.  This pure refined spirit is blended with deep ocean mineral water, sourced from a depth of 3,000 feet off the Kona Coast of the Big Island, to make Ocean Vodka.  Minerals Calcium, magnesium and potassium, which naturally occur in ocean water, give Ocean Vodka a unique, mineral-rich flavor found in no other vodka. These minerals create a pleasant, distinctive taste and enhance flavors when Ocean Vodka is mixed with fresh juices.

Tours of the Ocean Vodka Farm and Craft Distillery include: sustainable and organic farming practices through abundant fields of organic sugar cane; a local history of Hawaii sugar cane farming with species identification; Organic spirits distillation with state-of-the-art equipment, including a 60-foot tall column still; and Green manufacturing processes in a 6,000 square foot solar-powered bottling center.  The Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery utilizes solar panels to power 100% of the operations of the distillery and facility.  The sugar cane is organically farmed on rich, volcanic soils without the use of synthetic pesticides or herbicides, and mature sugar cane stalks are hand-harvested for processing.  The Martini Garden, a garden designed specifically for martini lovers, highlights fresh, local ingredients such as Kula lavender, local citrus, passion fruit, pineapple and strawberries.

“Our farm experience gives people an opportunity to learn about organic farming and sustainable production from a business that is expanding internationally,” says CEO Shay Smith. “Our tours add a special agritourism dimension to the traditional Hawaii vacation.  People come to Maui from all over the world and discover the refreshing taste of Ocean Vodka.  We are proud to be producing one of the most unique and highest quality vodkas in the world.”

Since inception in 2005, Ocean Vodka has given a portion of proceeds to oceanic preservation and conservation causes, such as Oceana and Surfrider Foundation.  The suggested retail price for Ocean Vodka is $32.99.  For more information about Ocean Vodka, please contact Don Freytag at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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Slammin’ Sam Beer Premieres at The Homestead Resort and Sam Snead’s Tavern

Slammin’ Sam Beer Premieres at The Homestead Resort and Sam Snead’s Tavern

Smoothest Beer in Golf™ Inspired by Legendary Sam Snead

(PINEHURST, NC) – Slammin’ Sam Beer Company announces The Homestead Resort and Sam Snead’s Tavern in Hot Springs, VA, have joined the growing list of fine establishments serving Slammin’ Sam™, a craft-brewed premium American lager inspired by the late Sam Snead, one of golf’s greatest gentlemen and champions.

Initially launched in early July at The Greenbrier Resort coinciding with the centennial of Snead’s birth, Slammin’ Sam is currently available in bottles and cans depicting vintage Snead images from the 1950s and 60s. A thirst-quenching premium lager geared toward active lifestyle consumers, Slammin’ Sam features an exceptionally balanced finish that makes it the Smoothest Beer in Golf.

“Dad would be real proud to know the place where he started caddying as a boy – and had so many great experiences – is now serving a beer with his name on it,” says Snead’s son, Jack. “If he were alive today I know he’d think this one is as smooth as his legendary swing.”

Made in Wisconsin by Stevens Point Brewery – a World Beer Cup multiple Gold Medal award winner – Slammin’ Sam showcases a proprietary recipe developed by Ray Klimovitz, recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Life Service Award from the Master Brewers Association of the Americas. It will soon be offered at renowned resorts throughout North America, as well as golf courses, restaurants, bars and other locations.

“Out of the gate, response to our beer, and the lasting resonance of the Snead name, has been off the charts,” says Casey Bierer, Founder and CEO of Slammin’ Sam Beer Company and a former producer-reporter with Golf Channel. “We’re working hard to meet demand and will soon announce a number of partnerships, including one with a U.S. Open host.”

Possessor of a prodigious, self-taught swing, Snead captured seven major championships and an all-time record 82 PGA Tour titles during a professional career spanning six decades. A player on seven and captain of three U.S. Ryder Cup teams, his countless honors include winning PGA Player of the Year (1949) and the Vardon Trophy (1938, 49, 50 and 55). Snead, who passed away in 2002 at age 89, is also a member of the West Virginia Golf Hall of Fame and World Golf Hall of Fame.

For more information: http://www.facebook.com/SlamminSamBeerCompany or @SlamminSamBeer.

About Slammin’ Sam Beer Company

A new venture, Slammin’ Sam Beer Company holds an exclusive, worldwide license with the estate of Sam Snead, one of golf’s greatest gentlemen and champions. The company’s first introduction, Slammin’ Sam™, is a craft-brewed premium American lager with a refreshing taste and exceptionally balanced finish. Inspired by the legendary, self-taught swing of the PGA Tour’s all-time wins leader, it has been created to be the Smoothest Beer in Golf™.

Developed using a proprietary recipe developed by Ray Klimovitz, recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Life Service Award from the Master Brewers Association of the Americas, Slammin’ Sam is produced by the industry’s most respected contract breweries. Initially available at The Greenbrier Resort – which Snead called his professional home for more than 60 years – Slammin’ Sam will also be offered at other renowned resorts, as well as golf courses, restaurants, bars and everywhere beer is sold. Targeting golfers and all active lifestyle consumers, Slammin’ Sam is sold in cans, bottles, and kegs. The line’s packaging and marketing depict famous images of Snead from the 1950s and 60s.

Wine on the Links to Host Inaugural Event at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

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Wine on the Links to Host Inaugural Event at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

Orinda, California (February 1, 2012)  Brian Lamborn of Outdoor Wine Adventures recently announced the selection of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, OR to host the first annual Wine on the Links event.  Outdoor Wine Adventures is best known for their successful Wine on the Fly events for fly-fishing.

Lamborn made his decision after months of tough deliberation.  “There are so many terrific venues to choose from that I had a very difficult time making a decision.  I created Wine on the Links to combine my love of both golf and wine, and to provide guests with a trip-of-a-lifetime experience.  The core ingredients of the event are exquisite wineries and wines, outstanding golf, phenomenal service, and wonderful accommodations.  General Manager Hank Hickox and his Bandon Dunes team is one of the most highly-respected groups in the West, and the Resort was recently selected by Golf Digest as the No. 1 Golf Resort in North America.  I couldn’t be happier.”

Bandon Dunes’ Director of Marketing and Public Relations, B.R. Koehnemann, shares the enthusiasm.  “All of us at Bandon Dunes are excited about hosting Wine on the Links.  Brian has organized a terrific event, and we’re very much looking forward to this partnership.  At Bandon Dunes Golf Resort we are committed to offering a world-class golfing experience and Wine on the Links will be a great opportunity to deliver on that commitment.”

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According to Mr. Koehnemann, “Guests of Wine on the Links will be treated to a round on each of our four courses in addition to our brand new 13-hole Par 3 course, named Bandon Preserve.  These courses have a long-standing reputation as some of the best in the country, with challenging terrain and beautiful views.  In addition to all greens fees, the trip will also include individual caddies for each course.  Guests will enjoy four nights’ accommodations in our beautiful and private Chrome Lake Rooms.  With four full days of world-class golf and excellent wine and food, these rooms offer the perfect setting to relax; after a peaceful night’s rest, they’ll get back on the links for another outstanding day of golf.”

Brian Lamborn, also of third generation winery Lamborn Family Vineyards, has orchestrated a representation of wines from three outstanding boutique wineries.  Including his family’s winery, his three choices are the elite Napa Valley wineries of Bourassa Vineyards, Hendry Ranch Winery, and Lamborn Family Vineyards.  Bourassa Vineyards devotes much of the winery’s attention to the five Bordeaux varietals, each painstakingly hand-crafted in small lots.  Proprietor Vic Bourassa will be on hand pouring and describing many of these gems.  Hendry is a Napa winery rich in history and produces wines of even greater opulence. Mike Hendry will be at the event pouring his wines and sharing his knowledge.  Lamborn Family Vineyards produces just 1,600 cases a year of rich Howell Mountain Cabernet and Zinfandel, all crafted by cult “celebrity” winemaker Heidi Barrett of Screaming Eagle fame.  Brian Lamborn loves sharing his family wines and passion for them, and looks forward to doing so at Wine on the Links. Several thousands of dollars worth of wines will be poured over the course of the event.

Accommodations will be at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Oregon.  Bandon Dunes is a golf lover’s dream come true with four distinctly different courses, all of which consistently place in the Top 25 of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 courses.  The cost of the trip is $4,750 based on double occupancy and includes: four nights’ lodging, four rounds of golf as well as a round on the new Par 3, all meals, four evening winery dinners, all wines, gratuities, and much more.  Reservations are limited to just 20 participants on a first come/first serve basis.  To learn more about this rare opportunity, please visit http://www.wineonthelinks.com, or call (877) 778-5663.

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American Artist Adriano Manocchia’s Expressive Golf Landscapes Available at St. Andrews Golf Art

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American Artist Adriano Manocchia’s Expressive Golf Landscapes Available at St. Andrews Golf Art

St. Andrews, Scotland (January 19, 2012)—St. Andrews Golf Art (http://www.standrewsgolfart.com),  currently is showcasing six leading contemporary artists whose golf specific pieces are sought after by private collectors, clubs and enthusiasts.  The prestigious online gallery carefully selected respected and established talent for its introduction in 2011 to art connoisseurs.

Adriano Manocchia brings a rather unique perspective to his art from past professional assignments and experiences.  He began his career as a photo-journalist and ran his own photo/film agency in New York City.  Adriano spent 12 years traveling the world to cover news events for television and print media.  Many of his assignments were at the White House.

In the 1980s, Adriano turned to painting full time, concentrating on wildlife and the great outdoors. His fluid style, dramatic use of light and a fascination with water were reflected in works of varying moods and nuances.  Accolades and awards brought Adriano immediate recognition from art critics and collectors.  A Bald Eagle painting was selected to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Constitution by the U.S. Bicentennial Committee.  Through his distinctive art, Adriano has supported Ducks Unlimited, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Trout Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, American Cancer Society and the Special Olympics.

Adriano’s mesmerizing landscapes (and waterscapes) brought him into the golf arena when the United States Golf Association in 1992 commissioned him to paint a series of oils of famous courses.  His first two efforts depicted the famous 8th hole at Pebble Beach and The Honors Course in Tennessee.  The two images were issued as prints and were sold to raise funds for the USGA/Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.  The success of this venture led to many more golf art commissions from private clubs in the U.S.  Most recently, Adriano created a major painting for the PGA TOUR that depicts the 18th hole at TPC Sawgrass, site of THE PLAYERS Championship, with the Tour’s spectacular clubhouse in the background.  The work is on display in the clubhouse’s Champions Room.
“I paint landscapes that have come from encounters with nature, trying not to make the paintings seem ideal,” Adriano explains.  “The light in my work has a photographic but painterly quality to it.  There is little doubt that I am a visual person.  And it is that incessant search for the visually stimulating that makes this voyage exciting.”

Adriano’s paintings have appeared in numerous publications, including Gray’s Sporting Journal, Flyfishing, Fly Rod & Reel, Collector Editions, Outdoor Life, Premiere (Monte Carlo), Wildlife Art, Conservationist, Pescare (Italy), Flyfishing Quarterly, Bugle, U.S. Art, Sporting Classics and Flyfisher (Japan).  His work also is reproduced in several fine art golf books.

Adriano resides with his family in upstate New York in the picturesque and art rich community of Cambridge.

About St. Andrews Golf Art

St. Andrews Golf Art was established with the intent of “Celebrating Golf’s Greatest” and new works by contemporary artists, as well as rare collectibles, will be added in the future.  Collectors may register online to receive updates on new releases in the company’s informative newsletter, including the launch of a collectors club in the future. 

St. Andrews Golf Art also welcomes inquiries for special commissions from golf clubs, corporate clients or individuals who appreciate the appeal of acquiring a significant piece(s) of art from one of the world’s foremost golf artists.  This could include incorporating a series of relevant pieces for a themed area, room or corridor of a clubhouse or private residence.

For further information, contact Alasdair Busby at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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