Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday Joins the Nextgengolf Team as National Sponsor

 

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday Joins the Nextgengolf Team as National Sponsor

Golf’s Most Popular Destination Teams Up With Game’s Leading Millennial Outreach Program

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – As golf continues to look for ways to attract more young players, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday has entered into a sponsorship agreement with Nextgengolf, an organization that targets competitive and recreational millennials to help engage them with the game.

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, the driving force behind the Grand Strand’s emergence as America’s most popular destination, is now a national sponsor for Nextgengolf. As part of the program, Nextgengolf will annually host a minimum of four events, including one national championship, in Myrtle Beach, and the Grand Strand will have a marketing presence at 185 Nextgengolf events across the nation.

“Introducing the game’s next generation of players to the virtues of a Myrtle Beach golf trip is vital to the continuing strength of our market,” said Bill Golden, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s president. “Nextgengolf is the game’s leading grassroots effort to engage millennials with the game, and we are looking forward to a creative partnership that will promote the long-term health of the Myrtle Beach market and the game.”

Myrtle Beach will be the official Spring Break destination for Nextgengolf. The Nextgengolf team will work with the Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday staff on promotion and branding of other opportunities such as Bachelor Party, Buddies Trips and High School Golf Team Training.

Nextgengolf connects with golfers in their 20s and 30s through their two core team-based golf services the National Collegiate Golf Club Association (NCGCA, college students) and the City Tour (young adults).

“We are excited to be partnering with Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday,” said Kris Hart, Nextgengolf, CEO. “Myrtle Beach has the right recipe for success for the go-to golf destination in the US for young adults. We look forward to our partnership and showcasing what Myrtle Beach has to offer to our community.”

The NCGCA targets golfers who aren’t playing on a collegiate team but want to continue to push themselves in a competitive environment. There are 115+ regional NCGCA tournaments throughout the country and unlike varsity collegiate golf, NCCGA club teams are co-ed, student-run and inclusive. Some campuses have hundreds of students in their golf clubs.

The City Tour, which launched in 2014, appeals to recreational and competitive golfers throughout the summer who are between 18 and 39 years old. Starting on June 10th, there will be monthly events in 20 cities in 2017 with more than 15,000 golfers under the age of 40 expected to participate. The City Tour season ends on September 16th and 17th with the City Tour Championship at Myrtle Beach’s own True Blue and Caledonia.

For more information, visit www.MyrtleBeachGolfHoliday.com or NextGenGolf.org.

About Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is a non-profit trade association comprised of 64 championship golf courses and 67 golf package providers in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. Founded in 1967, the organization continues to be the driving force behind the growth of the region’s thriving golf market. The originator of the “Stay and Play Package,” Golf Holiday provides non-biased information about accommodations and golf courses to assist golfers in making the most informed decisions when planning for their next vacation.

Golf Holiday also hosts eight events and tournaments annually to help to foster the continued growth of the game. In addition to hosting the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament each spring, Golf Holiday runs the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship, the world’s largest single-site amateur golf tournament, the Palmetto High School Golf Championships, the Veterans Golf Classic, Preseason Classic, March Championship, Calabash Cup and the Myrtle Beach Fall Classic.

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

About Nextgengolf
Between the NCCGA and City Tour, Nextgengolf is the leading entity for golfers in their 20’s and 30’s in the US. At the core, the of is organization runs great golf tournaments and is in golf experience business. Beyond running great events, Nextgengolf works hard to provide meaningful content and information to young adults and the golf industry at large. The organization does not focus on the best golfers, rather it supports “the rest” and cares about the future sustainability of the game.

Recently Re-Opened Gold Course Hosts Two Popular July Events Golden Horseshoe Invitational & Jones Cup Father/Son Tournament Return

Williamsburg, VA (July 12, 2017) – Colonial Williamsburg’s recently renovated and re-opened Golden Horseshoe Gold Course will host two popular annual events this month: Golden Horseshoe Invitational and Jones Cup Father/Son Tournament.  Open to the public, both golf tournaments draw players from throughout the Mid-Atlantic and beyond to play the destination’s historic and award-winning courses.

The 25th Annual Golden Horseshoe Invitational will be held July 15 on the Gold Course, while the Jones Cup Father/Son Tournament, named for the Golden Horseshoe’s renowned father/son golf course architects Robert Trent Jones Sr. and his son, Rees Jones, will be held July 22-23.

Tournaments held at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club are frequently contested over two 18-hole, side-by-side, father-son layouts, the Green Course, designed by Rees Jones, and the Gold, ranked number 79 on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.  The adjacent executive-length Spotswood Course rounds out Golden Horseshoe’s golf offerings.

The Gold’s complete renovation added Northbridge Bermuda turfgrass on the fairways and surrounding roughs, and 007 Bentgrass on the greens. The bunkers were rebuilt using the “Better Billy Bunker” construction technique to improve the drainage, look, and playability. The practice putting green was expanded and a popular new short-game practice range was added with “target greens.”

As part of the restoration project, the Gold Course Clubhouse ladies’ and men’s locker rooms were redesigned, lobby featuring historic golf artifacts display expanded, and a full-service bar and relaxing lounge area refreshed.

Events and tournaments are coordinated by a veteran planning staff who are experienced experts at custom designing group gatherings and tournaments, including national championships.

Revenue from golf play on the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club’s three public courses supports The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, keeping this vital piece of American history alive and thriving.

For additional information call 800/648-6653 or access www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/golf.

 

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The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation preserves, restores and operates Virginia’s 18th-century capital of Williamsburg. Innovative and interactive experiences highlight the relevance of the American Revolution to contemporary life and the importance of an informed, active citizenry. The Colonial Williamsburg experience includes more than 500 restored or reconstructed original buildings, renowned museums of decorative arts and folk art, extensive educational outreach programs for students and teachers, lodging, culinary options from historic taverns to casual or elegant dining, the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club featuring 45 holes designed by Robert Trent Jones and his son Rees Jones, a full-service spa and fitness center, pools, retail stores and gardens. Philanthropic support and revenue from admissions, products and hospitality operations sustain Colonial Williamsburg’s educational programs and preservation initiatives.

 

GOLF FITNESS PIONEER ROGER FREDERICKS CREATES NEW PROGRAMMING AT OMNI LA COSTA RESORT & SPA

GOLF FITNESS PIONEER ROGER FREDERICKS CREATES
NEW PROGRAMMING AT OMNI LA COSTA RESORT & SPA

“How Posture Affects Every System in Your Body – and Your Golf Swing”

CARLSBAD, Calif. (July 5, 2017) — Roger Fredericks, the innovative golf instructor and renowned fitness expert, has joined the staff at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa to create a curriculum of golf swing analysis and flexibility programs, seminars and workshops for the Omni La Costa Golf Performance Institute (GPI).

Fredericks, one of the original pioneers of the golf fitness movement, is infusing cutting-edge training elements into the Golf Performance Institute’s holistic instructional program, with a focus on improving golfers’ flexibility and posture.

“You can’t play consistent golf with poor flexibility and/or bad posture,” says Fredericks, who has worked with thousands of golfers, including more than 70 PGA TOUR players, seven members of the Hall of Fame and each of golf’s “Big Three” – Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and the late Arnold Palmer. “By far, the most neglected aspect of golf instruction is analyzing an individual’s flexibility and posture and explaining to them how their lack of flexibility is directly contributing to their golf swing faults.”

At Omni La Costa, the “Golf Swing Analysis and Flex Program” includes a golf lesson at the GPI practice facility, plus a flexibility and gait analysis. Fredericks then breaks down each golfer’s swing based on flexibility limitations, and creates a custom, personalized flexibility program for the student.

“Roger is a great teacher and motivator,” said Gary Sims, managing director of Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. “His experience and knowledge are invaluable and will help us further the rich tradition of the golf and fitness lifestyle at La Costa.”

The mission of the Omni La Costa Golf Performance Institute is to fuel golfers’ passions for the game in a variety of ways, help them play better and have more fun playing golf. The GPI uses numerous different disciplines to address the needs of each individual golfer.

Fredericks has helped legions of golfers and non-golfers, both on and off the course, with his golf instruction, flexibility and posture techniques. His newest infomercial, The Posture System, which also features football legend Joe Theismann, is beginning to air nationwide.

In addition to being Arnold Palmer’s personal coach for many years – along with 14 Hall of Fame athletes and coaches from other sports — Fredericks has studied physiology and biomechanics with the leaders in the sports medicine industry.

“We have created some exciting programs at Omni La Costa,” Fredericks said. “It is an ideal setting and I’m excited to join forces with AJ Avoli and creating some great programs combining my fitness programs with the GPI state of the art technology. La Costa is obviously a first class facility – rich in tradition of fitness and golf. Our programs are a perfect fit.”

One of 11 Omni golf resorts coast-to-coast, La Costa is recognized as one of the country’s historic golf destinations. Recent renovations have resulted in two distinctive playing experiences – the Champions Course and the Legends Course – that reflect La Costa’s rich golf tradition.

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About Omni Hotels & Resorts

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

GOLF TOURISM ENGLAND LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

 

GOLF TOURISM ENGLAND LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

New digital offering highlights diverse array of golf holidays available in England

Golf Tourism England (GTE), the membership body representing the golf tourism industry in England, has unveiled its new website showcasing the outstanding quality of golf England has to offer across several regions of the country.

GTE’s new website features detailed functionality highlighting the quality on offer for the international golfer, allowing the user to tailor their perfect holiday. Filters include searching by airports, seaports, architects, regions and types, guaranteeing a user-friendly experience and ensuring detailed information is provided for every region.

With the support of the Discover England Fund, administered by VisitEngland, GTE has been able to develop and launch its fully-comprehensive website, giving golfers the option of selecting and comparing courses, local hotels and attractions while providing links to bookable packages offered by operators.

England’s Golf Coast offers an excellent example of the type of package offered on the site. A trip to the region on the Southport Golf Tour will see you play courses including Formby, Hillside and West Lancs, and of course, this year’s Open Championship venue, Royal Birkdale. With the addition of other timeless links courses and off-course attractions, England’s Golf Coast embodies all that GTE is about.

Andrew Cooke, CEO of Golf Tourism England said: “We are delighted with the new digital offering we are now able to provide, showcasing the magnificent courses we have here in England. The launch allows us to show off a quickly evolving platform which we believe will meet and surpass the expectations of the international golfer looking for their next holiday.

“With an extraordinary number of golf courses and attractions across the country, we are keen to continue to grow our partnerships and provide visitors with even more choice. With strong imagery, helpful links and engaging content, we are confident that this platform demonstrates England’s growing on and off-course offering in a really effective way, ensuring we are able to continue to promote England as a very attractive proposition for the overseas golfer.”

Andrew Stokes, Director of VisitEngland said: “This project was designed to inspire more golfers to visit as they view the diversity of the tourism experience on offer in England driving in-bound tourism and its economic benefits across the regions of England.”

Go to GolfTourismEngland.com for more information or click here to view a video showcasing England’s golf offering.

For further information contact Jed Moore: JMoore@GolfTourismEngland.com or visit www.GolfTourismEngland.com

 

About Golf Tourism England

  • Golf Tourism England is the membership body that represents the golf tourism industry in England, committed to the delivery of a first class golf travel experience across England.
  • It was set-up in 2014 to promote England as a major golfing destination, and is responsible for the strategy and implementation of marketing activities that benefit its members.

 

About the Discover England Fund

  • In November 2015, the Government announced a £40 million Discover England Fund; an unprecedented opportunity for English tourism. The fund aims to deliver world-class bookable tourism products joined up across geographies and/or themes; including integrated transport and technological solutions to provide an end-to-end customer experience.
  • The three-year funding will support: a number of projects and pilots in year one (2016/17) to test and develop product development approaches and; a small number of large-scale collaborative and innovative bids that deliver world class product ‘itineraries’ in years two and three (2017-19)
  • The fund will support the growth of one of England’s most successful export industries, inbound tourism. Tourism is an industry that delivers jobs and economic growth across the English regions – generating £106 billion a year and employing over 2 million people, with a strong domestic market. England has seen record tourism spend in the past year from both domestic and international visitors. The number of domestic overnight trips taken in England grew by 11% in 2015 while inbound visits have shown strong regional growth in the first nine months of 2015 – plus 23% to North East, plus 12% to the North West and plus 6% to the South West for example.

 

About VisitBritain/VisitEngland

  • As the national tourism agency – a non-departmental public body funded by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), VisitBritain/VisitEngland plays a unique role in building England’s tourism product, raising Britain’s profile worldwide, increasing the volume and value of tourism exports and developing England and Britain’s visitor economy.
  • Working with a wide range of partners in both the UK and overseas, our mission is to grow the volume and value of inbound tourism across the nations and regions of Britain and to develop world-class English tourism product to support our growth aspirations.
  • For further information and to access the latest in-depth market intelligence and statistics visitvisitbritain.orgwww.visitbritain.com & www.visitengland.com  for consumer information.

 

OMNI LA COSTA RESORT & SPA WELCOMES ROBOGOLFPRO® TO THE GOLF PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE CURRICULUM

 

CARLSBAD, Calif. (June 27, 2017) — Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is excited to announce the addition of RoboGolfPro®, the only swing training system that allows golfers to discover their ideal swing.

RoboGolfPro® is a revolutionary device that allows golfers to instantly feel their perfect swing by taking them through the correct movements with the help of video and mechanical training. Omni La Costa is the robotic training system’s only location in Southern California.

“The technology that goes into the RoboGolfPro® system is an essential element to the holistic approach to game improvement that is fundamental to the Omni La Costa Golf Performance Institute,” said AJ Avoli, director of the Omni La Costa GPI. “There is nothing else like the RoboGolfPro®.”

The RoboGolfPro® swing trainer was developed by Scot W.R. Nei, who has been successful as a tour player, equipment designer and instructor. The robot-like arms on his RoboGolfPro® take the student through the motion of the perfect swing, creating the “aha moment” by combining the feel and understanding of what the swing should be.

“RoboGolfPro® allows the instructor to get inside of the golfer’s mind, to create cognitive development and motor learning patterns that have instant success,” said Nei, who has joined the Omni La Costa GPI staff as a guest instructor. “It is ideal for RoboGolfPro® to be part of the curriculum at Omni La Costa, where so many exciting things are happening in golf instruction.”

Led by Avoli, one of Golf Digest’s “Best Young Teachers in America,” the Omni La Costa GPI offers a combination of physical, mental and high-tech programs designed to help golfers of all levels improve and gain a better understanding of their games. Among the other technology on hand is state-of-the-art computer technology that aids in visual learning, along with proven teaching tools such as the mySwing 3D Motion Capture System, Trackman and FlightScope launch monitor systems.

An eight-acre practice facility has recently been renovated for the resort’s Golf Performance Institute, and features both grass and high-quality mat hitting surfaces. The short-game area boasts both an 8,000-square-foot target green and 10,000-square-foot putting green.

This summer the Omni La Costa GPI will debut a golf-centric psychological program being developed for the resort by the world-renowned Chopra Center, which is also located on property.

One of 11 Omni golf resorts coast-to-coast, Omni La Costa is recognized as one of the historic golf destinations in the country, with two distinctive courses. The Champions Course and Legends Course were renovated in 2011 and 2013, respectively, by Pascuzzo & Pate Golf Course Design, adding length and enhanced strategic values, while upholding the integrity of the original 1960s Dick Wilson layouts.

For more information about RoboGolfPro® and the Omni La Costa Golf Performance Institute, visit www.omnihotels.com/hotels/san-diego-la-costa/golf/academy or call (760) 804-7431.

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About Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa embodies “The La Costa Lifestyle” with programs and offers that pay homage to the resort’s storied legacy as the country’s original wellness destination and playground of choice for Hollywood’s jet set. Nestled among the beautiful coastal foothills of Carlsbad, Calif., the resort boasts more than 600 guestrooms, suites and villas, an adults-only pool and cocktail venue, 110,000 square feet of meeting and event space, an Athletic Club, exhilarating waterslides and 36-holes of golf on two distinctive courses. Honored as the #1 Wellness Spa by Spa magazine, the 43,000-square-foot Spa at La Costa includes a private pool, waterfall showers, café and therapeutic reflexology path. Acclaimed restaurants – Bob’s Steak & Chop House and Bistro 65 present coastal California cuisine with a focus on sustainability and seasonality in partnership with local farms. Also home to Premier Fitness Camp and the worldwide headquarters of The Chopra Center, Omni La Costa Resort & Spa offers continually evolving health and wellness programming. For more information, call (800) 854-5000 or visit www.omnilacosta.com.

About Omni Hotels & Resorts

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

OMNI GOLF RESORTS HONOR AMERICA WITH NATIONAL STARS, STRIPES AND EAGLES HOLE-IN-ONE CONTEST

(DALLAS, Texas, June 28, 2017) – Nothing sparkles like fireworks on the golf course more than a hole-in-one, and so to honor America, each of the 11 golf destinations in the Omni Hotels & Resorts collection is participating in the summer-long “Stars, Stripes & Eagles” Hole-In-One Contest.

Kicking off on the 4th of July and continuing through Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 4, 2017), Omni golf resorts from coast-to-coast will designate a par-3 for the daily Stars, Stripes & Eagles Hole-In-One Contest.

The hole will be marked with a special “stars and stripes” flagstick and golfers who are staying at the resort on a golf package will have the opportunity to win with a “firecracker of a shot.”

So the whole country can celebrate if a hole-in-one is made, golfers must post a video of their “eagle” that day on social media – tagging it #OmniGolf – to be eligible to win.

Guests who make a hole-in-one on the Stars, Stripes & Eagles Contest will receive their current stay complimentary (up to two nights), including their portion of the golf package, tax and resort charges. Additional guests are still responsible for their charges. Guests must be staying at the resort on a golf package to redeem prizes, which are non-transferrable and cannot be redeemed later. Some restrictions may apply.

Located at some of the country’s most beautiful resorts, Omni’s golf courses were designed by award-winning golf architects, many also legendary champions of the game.

Omni golf destinations offer challenges for golfers at all levels of play, so pros, amateurs, and their families can find courses to enjoy while creating memorable golf experiences.  Every Omni golf resort also features luxurious accommodations and superior service, on and off the course.

Golfers can participate in the Omni national Stars, Stripes & Eagles Hole-In-One Contest at the following destinations:

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

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About Omni Hotels & Resorts

Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business and leisure destinations across North America. With more than 25 iconic golf courses and 16 award-winning spas featured in dynamic locales nationwide, every Omni proudly opens its doors to share the true spirit of its destination. Reflected through local color, personalized service, unique wellness options, signature restaurants and creative culinary offerings, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every guest and a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program. As a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance, Select Guest is further expanded through the DISCOVERY® loyalty program offering members additional global benefits. Omni is committed to reducing hunger and is on a mission through its Say Goodnight to Hunger initiative to provide millions of meals each year for food banks to feed children, families and seniors in communities in which it operates. For information or to book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.

HIT THE ROAD, GOLFERS: OMNI’S ‘GUYS GOLF GETAWAY’ PACKAGE MADE FOR SUMMER ROAD TRIPS

 

DALLAS (May 16, 2017) — Omni Hotels & Resorts wants this summer to be all about golf and good friends, so it’s offering great golf packages for groups of “fore” or more at its 11 luxury destinations in the Omni Golf Collection.

Beginning today, the “Guys Golf Getaway” package features the full VIP treatment at the Omni golf resort of choice. That means playing in the footsteps of legends when teeing it up at historic tour venues like The Omni Homestead in Virginia, Omni Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, and Omni Bedford Springs in Pennsylvania, as well as iconic courses like Omni Tucson in Arizona or Omni La Costa in Carlsbad. And those are just a few of the great courses in the Omni Golf Collection.

The Guys Golf Getaway package includes access to all resort amenities, along with unlimited golf (per person/per night, including arrival/departure days) and an in-room welcome amenity featuring an Omni “Brewski Bucket” full of beer and chef’s selection of appetizers. Every member of the group also gets a $50 golf retail credit, daily breakfast, unlimited use of the resort’s practice facilities, and club storage.

Gal golfers and couples’ golf groups are welcome, as well—the more in the group, the merrier (and more competitive) it gets!
Package prices start at $275 per person (based on a three night stay) and vary by resort and visit dates.

Omni Hotels & Resorts offers golfers many great reasons to get the gang together for a golf trip, notably access to some of the finest courses in the United States. Located around the country, the Omni collection of courses offers a wide variety of scenic beauty and challenge, plus guaranteed fun for golfers of any and all skill levels.

Other properties in the Omni Golf Collection include Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Florida; Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, Calif.; The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C.; Omni Interlocken Hotel in Denver; Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida; and Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas.

For more information, visit www.omnihotels.com/destinations/golf or call 1-800-The-Omni (1-800-843-6664).
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About Omni Hotels & Resorts

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

Golf Digest Ranks Caledonia Golf & Fish Club Among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses

Golf Digest Ranks Caledonia Golf & Fish Club Among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses

Mike Strantz Masterpiece is a Consensus Top 100 Layout and Myrtle Beach’s Most Popular Course

Pawleys Island, S.C. – Golf Digest unveiled its biennial list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses in the June issue of the magazine, and a familiar name retained its place among the nation’s elite layouts. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Myrtle Beach’s most popular course, was 86th on the prestigious list.

The late Mike Strantz’s first solo design, Caledonia has been on seven of the last eight iterations of the Golf Digest list and is a consensus top 100 public layout. The course is No. 29 on Golf Magazine’s list of the Top 100 You Can Play and Golf Channel travel guru Matt Ginella ranked it No. 14 on his list of the nation’s top 50 public courses.

“Our goal every day is to provide the best experience possible at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club,” said Bob Seganti, director of operations at Caledonia. “With that in mind, it’s extremely rewarding to be ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest. The honor is a testament to dedication of everyone at the course – from the bag drop to the pro shop and our superintendent and his tireless staff.”

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. The live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, the marshy waters of the Waccamaw Neck, and Strantz’s architectural brilliance combined to make Caledonia one of America’s premier public golf experiences.

A round at Caledonia concludes at the iconic 18th hole, which requires golfers to carry water on the approach to a green the rests in the shadow of an antebellum clubhouse. A crowd is typically gathered on the clubhouse deck, enjoying the drink of their choice, and providing a gallery at the conclusion of an unforgettable round.

Golf Channel’s travel guru Matt Ginella wrote of the course, “I could never imagine a trip to Myrtle and not heading down to Pawleys Island to play Caledonia Golf & Fish Club.”

In addition to providing a premier golf course, Caledonia continues to deliver tremendous value, particularly when packaged with its sister course, True Blue Golf Club.

The Sizzlin’ Summer Special, which can be booked at exclusive rates through Caledonia Golf Vacations, is a 2-night, 3-round deal that includes golf at both True Blue and Caledonia and it starts at $339. Given that True Blue is No 77 on the Golf Magazine list and Ginella ranks it 41st on his list, the Sizzlin’ Summer deal is as full of quality and value as any summer golf package in America.

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

Led by Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Club, Architect’s Nine Membership Provides Golfers Special Access To Elite Courses

Caledonia 18th Green

Led by Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Club, Architect’s Nine Membership Provides Golfers Special Access To Elite Courses
Nationwide Program Features Six Top 100 Layouts

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Club, two of America top 100 public courses, are founding partners of The Architect’s Nine, a membership program that provides golfers special access to a collection of the nation’s best layouts.

The courses joining Caledonia and True Blue as part of The Architect’s Nine are Tobacco Road, Sweetens Cove, Wine Valley, Wild Horse, Rustic Canyon, Southern Pines and Rackham. Six of the nine courses have earned top 100 honors and there are three Mike Strantz designs, two Donald Ross layouts and a Gil Hanse/Geoff Shackelford course participating in the program.

At a rate of $210 per month, paid annually, membership at The Architect’s Nine includes greens fees, a welcome package with tee gifts, 20% discount off rack rate greens fees for guests of members, a nationwide members forum, optional participation in an annual nationwide, season-long competition, and access to members-only merchandise.

For more information, interested members of the public should visit www.TheArchitectsNine.com or send a note to MemberServices@TheArchitectsNine.com.

The golf course lineup is highlighted by Caledonia, a consensus top 100 public course. The layout, which is equal parts art and architecture, plays through a stunning piece of lowcountry land that was once home to a thriving rice plantation. The live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, the marshy waters of the Waccamaw Neck, and Strantz’s architectural brilliance combine to make Caledonia one of America’s premier public golf experiences.

Everything about True Blue is big – the fairways, the greens and most of all, the fun. Strantz used waste bunkers, which frame many of the course’s fairways, to craft a layout that is among the Myrtle Beach area’s most visually stunning.

Golf Magazine’s travel expert, Joe Passov, said of True Blue, “From the late, great Strantz’s sublime design to the helpful staff to the tip-top course conditions, this dramatic, watery layout remains a must play in Myrtle Beach.”

Tobacco Road (Pinehurst, NC) – Designed by Mike Strantz. Golf Course Architecture’s #50 -Top 100 in the world. Golf Digest – #71, Top 100 Public Courses, Golf – #88, Top 100 Public. Golf Magazine – #6, Best in State. Golfweek – #7 Best in State.

Sweetens Cove (Greater Chattanooga, TN) – Designed by the firm of King-Collins, Golfweek listed this course at #59 on its Top 100 Modern Courses and named it the #1 Best Public Course in Tennessee. It also earned the highest average rating of all golf courses in TN, AL, MS, and LA in Tom Doak’s Confidential Guide to Golf Courses.

Wine Valley (Washington State) – Designed by Dan Hixson. Rated #3, Best in State by Golf Magazine and #3, Best Public Course in the State by Golfweek.

Wild Horse (Nebraska) – Designed by Dave Axland and Dan Proctor, Wild Horse was included at #77 on Golf Digest’s Top 100 Public Courses, #89 on Golfweek’s Top 100 Modern Courses and the best public course in the state.

Rustic Canyon (Greater Los Angeles, CA) – Designed by Gil Hanse and Geoff Shackelford, this course made Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Public Courses list, was rated the 5th best public course in California by Golfweek and the #11 Best in State by Golf.

Southern Pines (Pinehurst, NC) – Designed by Donald Ross and ranked #14 Best in State by Golf, this is where the locals tell you to go play when you visit the cradle of American golf.

Rackham (Detroit, MI) – Also designed by Donald Ross.

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The Green Mountains of Golf: Vermont’s Ski Resort Golf Courses

The Green Mountains of Golf: Vermont’s Ski Resort Golf Courses 

Vermont’s ski resorts are home to some of the United States top ranked golf courses. New and experienced golfers alike can find courses for them this summer that offer the perfect balance of challenge and ease, and of course, beautiful mountain views. Find out below what each course has to offer and where visitors can tee up for less this season.

Golf Course at the Woodstock Inn & Resort

Woodstock Inn & Resort
The Woodstock Country Club has been named one of the top 100 golf resorts by Golf Magazine. The Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed golf course at the Woodstock Inn & Resort is an 18-hole masterpiece of terrain features that excite the most seasoned player. Surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views of the Kedron Valley, the full-service club also features a pro shop, practice range, putting green, private lessons, and The Fairway Grill restaurant and bar. The golf course was also the #1 Ranked Golf Course in New England by Gold Advisor and ranked among the Top 25 Friendliest Courses & Top 25 Golf Course Conditions in the U.S. See picture to right. 

Sugarbush Resort
The Sugarbush Resort Golf Club celebrates its 55th anniversary this season. Enjoy midweek golf for just $55 from 7-9 AM or $35 rounds of golf on Thursdays with $35 Thursdays. Other events include Ladies Night and Burger Night on Fridays, Wood Fired Pizza Night on Saturdays, the Brew-Grass Golf Scramble in June, Junior Golf Camps, New England Craft Beer Open and many more. The club has made several improvements this season with a new roof on the clubhouse and over $30,000 in new equipment.

Stratton Mountain Resort
Rich in history and scenic beauty, the Stratton Mountain Golf Course offers one of New England’s finest golf experiences with 27 dynamic holes. Designed by noted architect Geoffrey Cornish, the Forest, Lake and Mountain nines offer a rewarding challenge to all who play them. Explore the links with friends with one of many Stratton golf events – including tournaments, demos and a golf exhibition. The Stratton Golf School offers proven programs designed to bring out the best in player’s games for lower scores and more fun on course. Book tee times and memberships online or by calling 1-800-STRATTON.
Stowe Mountain Resort
Stowe boasts two of New England’s finest courses, both on and off the mountain. In the heart of it all, visitors will find the Stowe Country Club; with its beautiful undulating fairways and manicured greens with 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains. On the mountain, Stowe Mountain Golf Club is the course that has caught the attention of the golfing world. Stowe Mountain Club, recognized by Golf Magazine as one of the “Top ten new courses in the United States that you can play,” meanders along the slopes of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, reaching an elevation of more than 1,800 feet. The resort course is available to Stowe Mountain Club members, as well as guests of the Stowe Mountain Lodge. 

Okemo Mountain Resort
Designed to honor the traditions of the game and the rolling Vermont terrain, Okemo Valley Golf Club features wide, emerald fairways framed with rolling fields of golden fescue. Moderate elevation changes, strategically placed hazards and undulating greens, are the hallmarks of this scenic course. Although truly punishing features are few, risk-reward is a course feature that grows with course knowledge. Nearby, in Windham, Tater Hill Golf Club offers plenty of challenge for golfers of all ability levels with a layout that features rolling fairways, spectacular views, cottage-style perennial gardens and the casual ambiance of an old Vermont hill farm. Call (802) 228-1396 for more information.

Mount Snow Resort
Mount Snow Golf Club, located in the heart of the Green Mountains offers some of the best in mountain golf. Vacation starts the moment visitors pull into bag drop, and lasts to the last sip of their favorite post-round beverage, with beautiful tees, greens, and fairways in between. Located in southern Vermont, and easily accessible from anywhere in New England – the feeling is far away from the everyday. Designed by renowned golf course architect Geoffrey Cornish, the length and mountainous undulations of the course provide a unique challenge, though there is forgiveness to be found in the wide fairways and expansive greens.

Killington Resort
Killington’s par 72 Championship Golf Course is scheduled to open for the season on May 27, 2017, featuring a brand-new fleet of golf carts plus GolfBoards, back by popular demand. The Killington Golf Course includes a practice facility with a 12,000 square-foot putting green and practice bunker, full-sized pro shop, private lessons, multi-day golf schools and junior specialty experiences. The course features league nights, tournaments all season long and gorgeous views of Killington Resort and the Green Mountains of central Vermont. Golf Season Passes are on sale now and include discount on “Bring a Friend” greens fees, Golf School programs, food at the Clubhouse Bar & Grill and gear at the Pro Shop.

Jay Peak Resort
Since it’s virtually impossible to make golf sound exciting (or fun) on paper, Jay aims to clutter golfers’ brains instead. To celebrate the Jay Peak Golf course, here are some inane facts and figures from Vermont’s Best Public Course, as rated by Golf Digest and Golf Weekly magazines. So, the next time folks hit the greens, they can spice up the game with a round of “Did you know?”

•Average golfers per year- 15,000

•Average balls lost per year- 52,129

•Course Record- 66 set by Bryan Smith, the resort’s former snow reporter.

•Number of holes with water hazards (and snakes)- 13

•Course Architect- Graham Cooke