TPC Myrtle Beach Poised To Host Star-Studded NCAA Regional Championship

TPC Myrtle Beach

TPC Myrtle Beach Poised To Host Star-Studded NCAA Regional Championship

No. 4 Wake Forest, No. 8 California Highlight 14-Team Field

MURRELLS INLET, S.C. — TPC Myrtle Beach, one of America’s premier public golf courses, is in near perfect condition as it prepares to host the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional May 13-15 as part of the Division I Men’s Golf Championship.

Fourteen of the nation’s best collegiate teams, including five top 25 squads, and five individuals will compete for the opportunity to  advance to the NCAA Championship in Fayetteville, Ark., at the end of month.

The Myrtle Beach Regional field is headlined by fourth-ranked Wake Forest and No. 8 California, which is led by Collin Morikawa, the nation’s second-ranked collegiate golfer. Among the five individuals who earned the right to compete in the regional was Coastal Carolina’s Zack Taylor.

There will be six 54-hole regionals conducted across the nation May 13-15. The top 5 teams and lowest-scoring individual not on a team from each regional will advance to the NCAA Championship.

Completing the Myrtle Beach Regional field (Sagrin ranking in parenthesis) are: Texas Tech (No. 18), Illinois (No. 23), Florida State (No. 25), UNLV (No. 34), Oregon (No. 35), Ohio State (No. 52), Northwestern (No. 54), Oregon State (No. 62), Cal State Fullerton (No. 67), Middle Tennessee State (No. 110), VCU (No. 134) and Robert Morris (No. 259).

The four individuals joining Taylor are Davidson’s Jack Lang, Florian Schroedl of Fairleigh Dickenson and Bobby Bai and Kyler Tate from the University of Central Florida,

“TPC Myrtle Beach is a layout capable of challenging the best players in the world, and it will help identify the teams and individuals most deserving of advancing to the 2019 NCAA Championship,” said Steve Mays, president of Founders Group International. “The course is in pristine condition, and we can’t wait to welcome golf’s next generation of stars to Myrtle Beach.”

Admission to the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional is free. Parking will be at Inlet Square Mall and a free shuttle service will transport spectators to TPC Myrtle Beach.

TPC Myrtle Beach, a layout that has hosted the Senior PGA Tour Championship and the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship, will provide an idyllic venue. The 7,000-yard layout places a premium on ball-striking but the regional championship could be decided by a pair of  memorable risk-reward holes on the back nine.

The short par 4 12th hole, which plays just 333 from the tips, is reachable off the tee but trouble looms in the form of heavy woods that run the entirety of the left side of the hole.

TPC’s signature hole, the par 5 18th, is always full of drama. At 538-yards from the black tees, the green will be reachable in two for anyone who finds the fairway off the tee, but water that plays to the left edge of the green adds considerable risk to the challenge.

The one aspect of the of Lanny Wadkins-Tom Fazio design everyone will be talking about is its superior conditioning. TPC Myrtle Beach, which has been ranked among America’s “100 Greatest Public Courses,” by Golf Digest, has continually improved under the stewardship of Founders Group International (FGI), delivering a golf experience that exceeds the lofty expectations associated with the TPC brand.

In 2018, Fazio’s design team led a project that included the installation the Better Billy Bunker system, an effort that has greatly improved bunker conditioning and helped TPC Myrtle Beach continue to deliver a PGA Tour quality experience to players.

For more information on TPC Myrtle Beach, please visit www.TPCMyrtleBeach.com.

About Founders Group International
Founders Group International (FGI) is the foremost golf course owner-operator company in the Southeastern United States. Formed in 2014 through various purchases and the 2015 acquisition of National Golf Management, FGI owns and operates 22 golf courses (423 holes) in and around Myrtle Beach, S.C., America’s seaside golf capital.
 
Those courses include Pine Lakes Country Club, the “granddaddy” of Myrtle Beach area courses; TPC Myrtle Beach, host site of the 2019 NCAA Division I men’s golf regional and Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship; and Grande Dunes Resort Club, home of the Grande Dunes Golf Performance Center.
 
FGI administers www.MBN.com, a leader in online tee time bookings, as well as package outlet Myrtle Beach Golf Trips. With the help of Golf Insider’s 100 percent player-generated course ranking system, thousands of golfers plan and assemble their ideal golf itineraries through FGI’s assets, including “top-100 caliber” courses Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, King’s North at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club, and more than 80 other Myrtle Beach area courses.
 
More information about Founders Group International is available at www.foundersgroupinternational.comwww.mbn.com or MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com.

Golf Digest: Bay Harbor among Best Resorts in the Midwest

Golf Digest: Bay Harbor among Best Resorts in the Midwest

Boyne Resorts flagship property recognized by Golf Digest editors

Petoskey, MI – The Inn at Bay Harbor, the flagship property for BOYNE Golf, one of the largest golf destinations in north America, received the Editors’ Choice Award by Golf Digest as one of the Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest.

The publication’s annual review of “The Best Things in Golf” by its editors appears online at Golfdigest.com featuring the Best Resorts in the Americas. The listing recognizes resorts throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Canada.

The scenic Inn at Bay Harbor and Bay Harbor Golf Club, located along a five-mile stretch of Lake Michigan in Northern Michigan, was recognized by the editors as one of the best resorts in the Midwest region. Bay Harbor joined other elite destinations from the Midwest including The American Club, Erin Hills, Forest Dunes, French Lick Resort, Giants Ridge, and Sand Valley.

“We are thrilled to be recognized once again by Golf Digest,” Bernie Friedrich, Boyne Resort’s senior vice president of golf operations, said. “The combination of these two unique properties, the spectacular location along the shores of Lake Michigan, and the service level provided to our guests makes this one of the top golf destination experiences in the country.”

Named a “Top Resort” and “Top Spa” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler, the Inn at Bay Harbor has been a must-experience destination since opening in 1998. It became a member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection Hotels in 2016.

The shoreline destination, designed in homage to the grand hotels of the late 19th century, features 111 newly renovated guest rooms including one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites, as well as 22 Lakeside Cottages, 13 Crooked Tree Cottages, world-class spa amenities, and a variety of dining options and meeting space.

Complementing the beautiful Inn at Bay Harbor are 45 scenic golf holes overlooking Lake Michigan. Bay Harbor Golf Club (Golf Digest Top 100 Public Course) features 27 holes designed by Arthur Hills, which plays as three different course combinations. The Links/Quarry, Quarry/Preserve, and Preserve/Links combinations meander along the bluffs of Lake Michigan, trek through a rugged old limestone quarry, and wander through beautiful northern Michigan hardwoods. Crooked Tree Golf Club is perched on bluffs high above Bay Harbor. The course was sculpted through century-old hardwoods and the back nine opens to breathtaking views of Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan.

Beyond the world-class golf Boyne Resorts’ Michigan properties are centered amid one of America’s most beautiful vacation spots. The scenic Lake Michigan beach towns of Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, and Petoskey are minutes away, and a side trip to Mackinac Island is easily managed. Guests can enjoy award-winning spas, waterfront dining, sandy beaches, water sports, gaming, microbreweries, wineries, hiking, biking, tennis, zip-lining, shopping and more capped by the spectacular northern Michigan sunsets.

For more information, visit  http://www.innatbayharbor.com and http://www.facebook.com/innatbayharbor.  

About BOYNE Golf

Boyne Resorts has been named one of North America’s “Premier Resorts” (Gold) by GOLF Magazine. The Inn at Bay HarborandBay Harbor Golf Club, Boyne’s flagship properties, feature 45-holes including three golf course combinations designed by Arthur Hills (Links/Quarry, Quarry/Preserve, and Preserve/Links), and the scenic Crooked Tree Golf Club, with one of the most beautiful and iconic hotels in America, all set along a scenic five-mile stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline. 

Boyne Highlands, rated the No. 1 Golf Resort for Value by Golf.com, features 72 holes of premier golf design. The Heather, the 2019 NGCOA Course of the Year, was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., while the Hills Course was crafted by Arthur Hills. In addition, the resort features The Donald Ross Memorial, which is a rendition of the legendary architect’s great holes from around the country, and the always-fun Moor course. The Highlands is the perfect buddy trip destination for golfers who like to play as many holes as they can during the long summer daylight hours northern Michigan features.

Boyne Mountain not only features two fun 18-hole courses (The Monument and Alpine), along with the charming Mountain Grand Lodge & Spa, it is also the leading family friendly golf destination in the region with the Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, junior golf camps, and various kid golf programs. Golf Digest named Boyne Mountain one of its “Top-10 Destinations for Family Golf Trips.”

For more information, visit BOYNEGolf.com.

Giants Ridge Receives Coveted Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award

Giants Ridge Receives Coveted Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award

(BIWABIK, Minn.) – Giants Ridge – Minnesota’s leading golf resort set in the rugged beauty of the Mesabi Iron Range – has received the coveted “Editors’ Choice Award” from Golf Digest in the “Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest” category.

Celebrating the “best of the best” golf destinations, Giants Ridge joins notable properties including The American Club, Arcadia Bluffs, Forest Dunes, French Lick and Sand Valley on the prestigious list.

Located just over three hours from the Minneapolis – St. Paul metro area, Giants Ridge boasts two of the highest ranked layouts in state, The Quarry and The Legend. Although both designed by renowned course architect Jeffrey Brauer, each course features a unique layout and character.

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 rated the “Best Course You Can Play” in Minnesota by Golfweek for the fifth consecutive year.

As its name implies, The Legend offers flat-out legendary golf. Carved out of the Superior National Forest, the player-friendly resort course plays through towering pines and alongside glittering Sabin Lake.

“We’re honored to receive this prominent award from Golf Digest and be recognized in the highest echelon of golf resorts in the Midwest,” says John Kendall, director of golf. “Our staff strives to provide a memorable golf experience to our guests alongside splendid accommodations and exceptional customer service.”

Offering unbeatable value and 36 thrilling holes, Giants Ridge has long been considered one of Minnesota’s best golf destinations. 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 north woods, 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 thousands of 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), 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

Charlie Rymer Named Myrtle Beach’s Family Golf Week 2019 “Father of the Year”


Charlie Rymer with sons Charlie and Hayden during their younger days.

Charlie Rymer Named Myrtle Beach’s Family Golf Week 2019  “Father of the Year”

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – The Executive Committee of Family Golf Week, which includes the Father & Son Team Classic and the Parent & Child Team Classic, announced today the event will honor golf media personality Charlie Rymer as its Father of the Year at its July 2019 festivities in Myrtle Beach.

Rymer, the former PGA TOUR player best known for his years as an analyst and commentator at Golf Channel, recently relocated his family to the Myrtle Beach area as part of his new duties as “the voice of the Myrtle Beach golf scene” for Golf Tourism Solutions and its website, www.PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com. As he has with his current role promoting “The Golf Capital of the World,” Rymer quickly embraced this most recent tribute.

“Being named Father of the Year is quite the honor, and I’m not sure it would have happened without golf,” said Rymer. “In an era of many distractions, it’s very difficult to find time to communicate with your kids. Getting out on a golf course is the best way to relax and enjoy stress free family time.  It’s a place where we feel comfortable and can talk about life.  Or, just kick back and enjoy each other’s company.”

Rymer especially enjoys those times as his children have now matured to become young adults. The oldest of his two sons, Charlie, is 22 and is due to graduate from Florida State University later this year with a degree in economics. His younger son, Hayden, is 21 and enters his senior year at the University of Missouri in pursuit of an economics degree as well. Both sons share their father’s love of golf, and enjoy test their single-digit handicaps by spending quality family time on the links.

With this Family Golf Week honor, Rymer’s connections to golf, family and his home state now come full circle. Moving to Myrtle Beach with his wife, Carol, was a homecoming of sorts: Rymer grew up in Fort Mill, South Carolina; played junior golf extensively in Myrtle Beach; and annually vacationed along the Grand Strand before hosting the hit Golf Channel show “Road Trip: Myrtle Beach.”

“Charlie has roots here, and he’s big with junior golf,” said Mike Buccerone, president of East Coast Golf Events, the company that runs Family Golf Week. “I’ve been privileged to serve alongside Charlie on the board of Gene’s Dream Foundation to help further Gene Weldon’s lifelong mentoring impact on junior golfers. Charlie’s a good friend of this community, and we’re delighted he wanted to be involved. We’re all excited about it.”

The 22nd Annual Father & Son Team Classic and the Parent & Child Team Classic will be played July 17-20 on eight of Myrtle Beach’s best courses, many of which have been ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. The Love Course at Barefoot Resort, Glen Dornoch and Heritage Club are among the highlight venues for this year’s event.

Players can register for the tournament at FamilyGolfWeek.com. Entry fee is $995 per team and includes three rounds of golf, daily lunch, pre- and post-event functions, and a gift bag valued at $500. Included among the gift bag items are a $150 tournament gift card that can be used at host courses for food, merchandise and golf, a logo’d polo shirt, a dozen Srixon golf balls and more.

About Family Golf Week

Family Golf Week encompasses two events: The Father & Son Team Classic, now in its 22nd year, and the Parent & Child Team Classic. The Father & Son is a two-person team, 54-hole event that takes place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina every July. The event is not just for fathers and sons, but also for all relationships so long as there is a generational gap. The Parent & Child Team Classic is similar to the Father & Son Team Classic but incorporates all other relationships, such as mother and daughter or mother and son. As the largest father and son event in the world, the Father & Son Team Classic has always placed an emphasis on family bonds, particularly those created through memorable events and fun competition. For more information, visit http://www.FamilyGolfWeek.com or call 1-800-506-7511.

Homewood Suites Package Helps Drive Daytona Beach’s Golf Offerings

Homewood Suites Package Helps Drive Daytona Beach’s Golf Offerings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Daytona Beach is well-known for its white sand beaches, family vacations, and its reputation as the World Center of Speed, but golf is an increasingly vital part of the Central Florida oasis.

The area’s popularity as a golf destination is enhanced by the package offerings of Homewood Suites, which is perfectly-equipped to host a foursome or two taking a golf buddies’ trip. The hotel offers studio and two-bedroom suites along with a complimentary, hot breakfast buffet each morning and cocktail hours each evening from Monday through Thursday.

Packages at Homewood Suites, located directly across from Daytona International Speedway, start at $348 per person for a three-night and three-round offer. The courses available in the package include:

— The Hills Course at LPGA International was designed by Arthur Hills in 1997 and stretches out to 6,894 yards from the back tees. Hills created a layout with pine tree-lined fairways bordered by water hazards and marshland with small greens. There are five sets of men’s tees at the Hills Course along with three sets of women’s tees. It will be a challenge no matter which tees are chosen.

— DeBary Golf & Country Club has been a U.S. Open qualifying site three times and been a U.S. Senior Open qualifying site, a testament to the quality of the layout. Designed in 1990 by Lloyd Clifton, DeBary was created from land that was once an orange grove and runs through a residential community. However, on most holes, houses are hidden by a buffer of trees and vegetation. DeBary plays 6,776 yards from the back tees.

— Halifax Plantation Golf Club in nearby Ormond Beach was designed by Bill Amick in 1993. It plays through corridors of oak trees more than 100 years old intermingled with native pines. It’s a hefty 7,128 yards from the championship tees but there are four sets of men’s tees and two sets of women’s tees from which players at every handicap level can find a comfortable yardage.

Homewood Suites enjoys an ideal location – it’s just yards from ONE DAYTONA, the area’s newest retail, dining and entertainment complex – making it an ideal spot for golf groups looking to have a good time on and off the course.

For more information on a Daytona Beach golf trip, visit https://www.daytonabeach.com/things-to-do/golf/.

Myrtle Beach Courses Among South Carolina’s “Top Courses For Public Plan”

South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel Ranks 13 Myrtle Beach Layouts Among Palmetto State’s “Top Courses for Public Play”

The 18th Green At Caledonia.

MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com Can Book all 13 Courses Recognized by Panel

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — South Carolina is one of America’s most golf-rich states, and Myrtle Beach is the epicenter of the Palmetto State’s offerings, a fact reconfirmed by the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel.

The SCGRP recently released its biennial list of the “Top Courses for Public Play” and 13 of the 32 Palmetto State courses recognized reside along the Grand Strand. The SCGRP doesn’t rank courses by number, though Caledonia Golf & Fish Club was cited as the region’s best.

Joining Caledonia on the prestigious list were the Fazio, Love and Dye Courses at Barefoot Resort, TPC Myrtle Beach, Grande Dunes Resort Club, Pawleys Plantation, Heritage Club, Pine Lakes Country Club, Prestwick Country Club, Tidewater and True Blue Golf Club.

The 13th course honored by the panel was the famed Dunes Golf & Beach Club, a private facility that can be booked by select providers, including MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com, the area’s premier trip planning and booking resource.

The Myrtle Beach courses that made the SCGCRP list vary greatly, but the one common denominator they share is the ability to booked through MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com.

Caledonia’s spot atop the region was hardly a surprise. The Mike Strantz design is a consensus top 100 layout, showcasing the natural lowcountry beauty of Pawleys Island, where four of the state’s best are clustered within a Dustin Johnson drive of each other.

Less than a mile from Caledonia are its sister course, True Blue, a layout renowned for the size of its fairways, greens and waste bunkers, and Heritage Club, a Dan Maples design that is home to some of state’s most daunting greens complexes.

Pawleys Plantation is just minutes away and the back nine of the Jack Nicklaus design is one of the state’s most scenic. Six of the nine holes play along a tidal saltmarsh, highlighted by the unforgettable 13th, a par 3 that plays to a peninsula green.

TPC Myrtle Beach, a Tom Fazio and Lanny Wadkins design that has been ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, hosts the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship.

Barefoot Resort is one of America’s premier multi-course properties. The Fazio Course, which hosted the championship match of Big Break Myrtle Beach, is a stern test while the Love Course, which features the faux ruins of an old plantation home on the front nine, will offer the chance to score.

The Dye Course will host the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am for the 17th consecutive year this spring and traveling golfers enjoy the layout as much as the professionals and celebrities that tee it up there.

Pine Lakes Country Club was Myrtle Beach’s first course and the layout continues to charm golfers more than 90 years after its opening in 1927.

Grande Dunes, with seven holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway, is on the short list of Myrtle Beach’s best. Joining Grande Dunes on any list of the area’s premier courses is Tidewater, which has eight holes that play along either the Intracoastal Waterway or Cherry Grove Inlet.

Prestwick Country Club has long been one of the Grand Strand’s most underrated courses. The Pete and P.B. Dye design offers a stern test of golf and enjoys a reputation for always being in superb condition.

For more information, visit www.MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com.

French Lick Resort – A Legendary Dye and Ross Golf Experience

French Lick Resort – A Legendary Dye and Ross Golf Experience

2019 golf packages highlight Dye, Ross, and Improving Your Game

French Lick, IN – One of the country’s premier historic golf destinations, French Lick Resort, nestled among the Hoosier National Forest in southern Indiana, has been a place that legends, champions, and golf aficionados have been experiencing since the early 20th century.

Regarded as one of the Best Golf Resorts in the America’s by Golf Digest, serious golfers nationwide seeking a buddy trip golf adventure and experience the only golf destination in the world that features a combination of hall of fame designers Donald Ross and Pete Dye together with two historic hotels should consider French Lick Resort.

Golfers can now book 2019 golf packages including its popular mainstays like the Hall of Fame and Donald Ross Experience packages. Whether it’s a buddy trip, couples retreat, girls-getaway, or improving your game, you will find a package to suit your needs.

Hall of Fame Package

The resort’s most popular golf package and the best way to experience this award-winning golf destination includes playing the resort’s two legendary courses designed by Hall of Fame architects – Pete Dye and Donald Ross. Each are ranked among the Top 100 in America’s Greatest Public Courses and are currently ranked as the No. 1 and 2 Courses You Can Play in Indiana.

The package includes a one-night stay at either resort hotel, a day of unlimited golf on The Pete Dye Course, a day of unlimited golf at The Donald Ross Course, unlimited use of the driving range and practice facility, bag storage, and shuttle service. Package prices start at $559 at French Lick Springs Hotel, and $589 at West Baden Springs Hotel based on double occupancy.

Donald Ross Experience

With over 100 years of history, The Donald Ross Course at French Lick offers the chance to experience golf the way it was meant to be played. Experience old-school links golf on a classic Ross course situated in the rolling hills of the countryside. This package includes two days of golf on The Donald Ross Course plus overnight accommodations at either resort hotel. Package price starts at $334 at French Lick Springs Hotel, and $354 at West Baden Springs Hotel based on double occupancy.

Golfers can also experience the ultimate sampler for golf aficionados. The Double and Triple Play golf packages combine playing the Ross and Dye courses with the nearby Sultan’s Run Golf Club, another Top 10 course in Indiana. Package pricing starts at $289 for the Double Play, and $719 for the Triple Play.

Improve Your Game – French Lick Game Changer Golf Academy

Golfers who need to sharpen their game should take advantage of French Lick Resort’s “Game Changer” Golf Academy, which can give a boost to golfers of all skill levels. The three-day golf school experience covers all aspects of the full-swing and short game and includes three nights lodging at either resort hotel. The lesson includes video swing analysis, on-course sessions, and unlimited golf at The Donald Ross Course at French Lick and The Valley Links Course. Package pricing starts at $1,009.

Golfers looking for the quick fix whether it is short game, putting, or iron shots, the Rapid Recovery Golf Academy can get you back on track. This includes four hours of intensive instruction and unlimited golf on the Ross and Valley Links course. Package price starts at $514.

Custom packages can be built especially for groups of eight or more by contacting French Lick Golf Group Sales Manager, Alex Whiteman. Alex is a PGA Professional dedicated to creating the best golf experience available. To view additional golf package options, visit http://www.frenchlick.com/golf/packages or call our reservation specialists at (888) 936-9360.

About French Lick Resort

French Lick Resort is a Midwest travel destination that includes West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and the French Lick Casino. Restored to its historic glory after a $560 million renovation, this resort in the rolling hills of Southern Indiana features 686 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot casino; meeting and event space totaling 163,000 square feet; 45 holes of golf, including two of the state’s top-rated public courses in The Pete Dye Course at French Lick and The Donald Ross Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms; and an array of fine dining and family-friendly entertainment and recreation options. Visit www.frenchlick.com.

Boyne Golf Offers Great Escape Golf Vacation

BOYNE Golf: Experience the “Great Escape” to America’s Summer Golf Capital

All-inclusive unlimited golf package is America’s best golfing value in Northern Michigan

Petoskey, MI – If quality and quantity of great golf help define a premier golf experience, then make sure to visit one of the leading golf destinations providing those elements, Boyne Resorts in northern Michigan, America’s Summer Golf Capital.

Boyne Resorts, collectively one of the largest golf and resort attractions in North America and featuring one of the Best Golf Resorts in the America’s by Golf Digest, is a trio of resort destinations with 10 golf courses, all within a 45-minute drive of one another. And the best way to experience this quality and quantity of great golf is through an unrivaled all-inclusive golf vacation package – BOYNE Golf’s Great Escape.

The “Great Escape Golf Vacation” started over 30-years ago as a way to entice golfers to visit northern Michigan on extended-stay golf trips. Over the decades, it evolved and became North America’s best golfing value and the perfect destination for a buddies’ golf trip, couple’s golf getaway, or simply a golf escape with friends.

The Great Escape satisfies the golf appetite for all and includes five-nights lodging at Boyne Highlands Resort or Boyne Mountain Resort (Sunday check-in/Friday check-out), welcome reception, gift package, breakfasts and dinners daily, and UNLIMITED golf on seven of BOYNE Golf’s championship courses at Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain, and Crooked Tree.

Boyne Highlands offers up the National Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), The Heather, designed by Hall of Fam designer Robert Trent Jones Sr., as well as the Donald Ross Memorial, Arthur Hills and the Moor courses. Boyne Mountain features the Mountain and Alpine courses. Crooked Tree Golf Club near Bay Harbor is also a scenic option.

Golfers also have the option to custom-build the package. They can select which golf courses to play, including Boyne’s flagship property, Bay Harbor Golf Club. Choose from a variety of dining options (Boyne Country Club, Bay Harbor Golf Club or Young American’s Dinner Theatre), as well as obtain Odawa Casino gaming vouchers, merchandise packages, spa treatments, custom club fitting, and instruction. It all can be built into a one week Great Escape.

The package pricing starts at $949 per person and runs for 19 weeks during the golf season from May 7 through Sept. 15.

If the “Great Escape” is to many swings for you, then consider one of Boyne’s daily unlimited golf packages which start at just $127 per day.

For more information about Boyne’s Great Escape visit http://www.boyne.com/golf/great-escape-golf-vacation, email info@BOYNE.com, or call (844) 634-5315 to book today!

About BOYNE Golf

Boyne Resorts has been named among the Best Golf Resorts in the America’s by Golf Digest and one of North America’s “Premier Resorts” (Gold) by GOLF Magazine. The Inn at Bay HarborandBay Harbor Golf Club, Boyne’s flagship properties, feature 27 holes with three golf course combinations designed by Arthur Hills (Links/Quarry, Quarry/Preserve, and Preserve/Links), and one of the most beautiful and iconic hotels in America, all set along a scenic five-mile stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline.  

Boyne Highlands, rated the No. 1 Golf Resort for Value by Golf.com, features 72 holes of premier golf design. The Heather was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., while the Hills Course was crafted by Arthur Hills. In addition, the resort features The Donald Ross Memorial, which is a rendition of the legendary architect’s great holes from around the country, and the always-fun Moor course. The Highlands is the perfect buddy trip destination for golfers who like to play as many holes as they can during the long summer daylight hours northern Michigan features.

Boyne Mountain not only features two fun 18-hole courses (The Monument and Alpine), along with the charming Mountain Grand Lodge & Spa, it is also the leading family friendly golf destination in the region with the Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, junior golf camps, and various kid golf programs. Golf Digest named Boyne Mountain one of its “Top-10 Destinations for Family Golf Trips.”

Beyond golf, Boyne is centered amid one of America’s most beautiful vacation spots. The scenic Lake Michigan beach towns of Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, and Petoskey are minutes away, and a side trip to Mackinac Island is easily managed. Guests can enjoy award-winning spas, waterfront dining, sandy beaches, watersports, gaming, microbreweries, wineries, hiking, biking, tennis, zip-lining, shopping and more capped by the spectacular northern Michigan sunsets. For more information, visit BOYNEGolf.com.

Nicklaus Course at Bay Point Golf Club Set to Re-Open Following Hurricane Michael Cleanup

Nicklaus Course at Bay Point Golf Club Set to Re-Open Following Hurricane Michael Cleanup

Premier Destination Golf Course Features New Greens and Bunkers

Panama City Beach, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2019)Bay Point Golf Club at Sheraton Bay Point Resort and KemperSports announce The Nicklaus Course at Bay Point will re-open for public play on March 1, 2019, following extensive cleanup and repairs from Hurricane Michael.  As the only Nicklaus Design in Northwest Florida and one of the premier destination golf experiences in the Florida Panhandle, the course presents newly renovated greens and bunkers.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the work our team has put in at Bay Point to get The Nicklaus Course back into playing shape,” said golf general manager, Ryan Mulvey.  “It has been a very difficult time for our community since the storm hit in October, but this golf course has been a real rallying point for our team and the work we’ve done has helped provide a sense of normalcy for all of us.”

Hurricane Michael hit Panama City and the eastern tip of Panama City Beach where Bay Point is located as a Category 4 storm. Cleanup of the Nicklaus Course included the removal of trees, extensive debris removal and repairs to the clubhouse and cart storage facility.  Clean-up and debris removal continue at the almost 50-year-old Meadows Course.

Prior to the storm, the overhaul of The Nicklaus Course, which began June 25, 2018, included the conversion of all 18 greens from Tif-Dwarf Bermuda grass to Ultra-Dwarf Tif-Eagle Bermuda, creating more consistent putting surfaces with a better tolerance for lower mowing heights and faster green speeds year-round. Twenty-three renovated green-side bunkers complement the greens and include sand and drainage throughout, promoting a better playing experience from around the greens

Originally designed by Bruce Devlin in 1986 (as Lagoon Legends) and renovated by Nicklaus Design in 2005, Bay Point Golf Club is the only Nicklaus Design golf course in Northwest Florida. The par-72 Nicklaus Design championship layout stretches over 7,100 yards from the back tees with a challenging course rating of 74.3 and slope of 143. The course has hosted numerous regional and local events, including the USGA U.S. Open Qualifier in 2016. Bay Point Golf Club is also a home course of the Florida State University Women’s Golf Team.

Bay Point Golf Club is owned by Torchlight Investments, LLC and managed by Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports.

For more information about Bay Point Golf Club or Sheraton Bay Point Resort, visit www.baypointgolfclub.com or www.sheratonbaypoint.com and connect with the Bay Point Golf Club socially on Facebook and Instagram.

About KemperSports
Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports operates golf facilities as well as athletic clubs, lodging venues and major sporting events, including nationally ranked courses and tournament venues such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort,  Sand Valley Golf Resort, Streamsong Resort, Desert Willow Golf Resort and Chambers Bay, host of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the 2015 U.S. Open. For more information about KemperSports, visit http://www.kempersports.com.

About Sheraton Bay Point Resort

As a quintessential Florida vacation destination, Sheraton Bay Point Resort, is nestled along the historic St. Andrews Bay, creating a distinct coastal experience as the only AAA Four Diamond rated hotel in Panama City Beach. Speckled by palm trees, pines and moss-draped oaks, the 320-room resort features a modern design, five dining options, 60,000 sq. ft. of event and meeting space, a private bay beach, two pools as well as a full service spa, tennis courts, watersports, boating to Shell Island and the only Nicklaus Design course in Northwest Florida. Following Hurricane Michael, the property is currently closed and making preparations to welcome guests back to the celebrated resort. For more information, please visit www.SheratonBayPoint.com or connect with Sheraton Bay Point Resort on FacebookInstagram or LinkedIn.

Sheraton Bay Point Resort is managed by Crescent Hotels and Resorts and is the only full-service Marriott International property in the region. 

Cordillera Ranch Set to Open State-of-the-Art Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch

Cordillera Ranch Set to Open State-of-the-Art Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch

Facility to Feature Hitting Bays with Flightscope Launch Monitors, Swing Catalyst 3D Motion Plate

(BOERNE, Texas) – Cordillera Ranch – the Hill Country’s premier luxury golf community – is nearing completion of its Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch and poised to become one of the top instruction facilities in the state.

Designed by renowned architect Jim Terrian, the Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch will feature two bays on the west end of the club’s Practice Park. Each bay – sophisticatedly constructed by industry leader Tim Cutshall – will have a Flightscope Launch Monitor, which provides an innovative combination of 3D Doppler Tracking and image processing. Cutshall, who was recently featured in LINKS Magazine, installed the radar so that it integrates with camera and video data, and provides instructors and students launch characteristics of each shot.

Each bay will also have a three-camera system integrated with the Flightscope Launch Monitor to provide instant feedback on every shot and help instructors develop a custom plan for improvement. Flightscope technology will also improve the Cordillera Ranch instruction staff’s club fitting capabilities.

The Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch is scheduled to open later this spring.

In addition, the Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch will be one of the few facilities in Texas to offer the Swing Catalyst 3D Motion Plate. The flagship swing analysis system provides a unique combination of the state-of-the-art pressure plate technology (Balance Plate) and a highly-advanced force plate. This enables instructors to study detailed foot pressure data and center of pressure patterns. The 3D Motion Plate also provides horizontal and vertical force measurements of the amount of torque and ground reaction forces generated during each swing. This data is invaluable information for analysis throughout the golf swing as the ground is the source of power and energy in the swing. The 3D data is perfectly synchronized with high-speed video images and Flightscope Launch Monitor technology.

“We’re adding the finishing touches to the Golf Performance Center at Cordillera Ranch and eagerly awaiting its unveiling to our members,” says Director of Instruction Bryan Gathright. “All of this incredible technology, combined with our instructors’ passion for making our members better players, certainly makes the future of golf instruction at Cordillera Ranch exciting.”

Set on pristine land in the Texas Hill Country, Cordillera Ranch boasts a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that meanders through valleys and oak-covered terrain. Many holes offer views of the Guadalupe River Valley and feature strategic bunkering, craggy limestone canyons and thought-provoking risk-reward shots. The Dallas Morning News ranked the Cordillera Ranch golf course fourth in its Texas Golf 2018 ranking of the state’s best layouts, and listed the par-3 16th hole among the state’s “Best” and “Most Beautiful” golf holes.

Situated 30 minutes northwest of San Antonio, Cordillera Ranch boasts 0.25-acre villas, one- to 10-plus acre estates, including valley-view, golf course and Guadalupe River frontage, as well as hilltop home sites. Cordillera Ranch’s seven on-site, resort-style amenity clubs – Golf, Tennis and Swim, Spa and Athletic, Social, Rod and Gun, Equestrian and River – are all available under one membership. This trailblazing model continues to attract a wide array of buyers from throughout Texas and the United States.

The Cordillera Ranch clubhouse was recently named the Most Beautiful Clubhouse in Texas by Architectural Digest. Community honors continue to roll in as well, as Where to Retire Magazine named Cordillera Ranch one of the “50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the U.S.,” and San Antonio Magazine tabbed it one of the best neighborhoods in the area. 

Considered one of the top addresses in the San Antonio area, Cordillera Ranch continues to grow at an impressive pace – with nearly 800 homes completed (and more than 1,200 lot sales) in the community. At final build-out, Cordillera Ranch will total approximately 2,500 homes and preserve 80% of the land in its natural state.

The year 2018 was an exciting and successful one for Cordillera Ranch. The Vista Office and Visitor Center, housing the offices of Cordillera Ranch Realty, DH Investment Company, Pasadera Builders and the Cordillera Ranch POA administration, recently opened. Additionally, the community is constructing the Lodges at Cordillera Ranch, boutique onsite accommodations for property owners and club members’ guests. The first phase of Lodges will include two units with a total of 10 available rooms and are scheduled for completion by Q2 2019.

For more information: www.cordilleraranch.com, 888.66.RANCH.

About Cordillera Ranch

Cordillera Ranch is an 8,700-acre master-planned residential community located north of San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country. It offers residents on-site recreational activities and boasts 0.25-acre villas, one- to 10-plus acre estates, including valley view, golf course, Guadalupe River frontage and hilltop home sites.

Residents of the gated community can join The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch, featuring seven resort-style clubs in one location – The Golf Club, The Social Club, The Tennis and Swim Club, The Equestrian Club, The Rod and Gun Club, The Spa and Athletic Club and The River Club. Cordillera Ranch is undertaken by Cordillera Ranch Development Corp., a subsidiary of Texas-based DH Investment Company.

For families with school-aged kids, the community is situated in the prestigious Boerne Independent School District. Newsweek recently ranked both Boerne ISD high schools among the top 3 percent in the country. Also, an education analysis group listed five Boerne ISD elementary schools among the eight best in the San Antonio area, including the top four spots.

And then there’s San Antonio – recently ranked 10th in the Milken Institute’s “Best Performing Cities” list, which evaluates small and large cities by tracking job growth, wage and salary growth, and the size and concentration of high tech industry. Also, the U.S. Census Bureau recently tabbed Boerne as one of the fastest-growing areas in the country.