KOHLER Golf Season Set to Open This Weekend at Whistling Straits & Blackwolf Run

KOHLER Golf Season Set to Open This Weekend at Whistling Straits & Blackwolf Run

Golf Digest Magazine Editors’ Choice Awards Includes The American Club and Kohler Golf Academy

KOHLER, Wis. – April 13, 2017 – The 2017 KOHLER Golf season begins Saturday, April 15, at both award-winning golf venues with the opening of the Irish course at Whistling Straits and the celebrated Original Championship Course at Blackwolf Run. The restaurants and golf shops at both Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run will be open seven days a week. The Straits course at Whistling Straits and the River course and Meadow Valleys routings at Blackwolf Run are slated to open later this month.

Released in timing with the start of the KOHLER Golf season, is Golf Digest magazine’s May edition that features the second annual Editors’ Choice Awards highlighting the “best in golf” in travel destinations, gear and gadgets, style and fitness products. For the second straight year, The American Club resort hotel at Destination Kohler was featured in the Americas Resorts – Midwest category. The Kohler Golf Academy is also included in the Golf Academies – Midwest category. Another Kohler Co. property, The Old Course Hotel, was featured in International Resorts – Great Britain and Ireland category.

 

To view the official Kohler Golf Rates & Policies for the 2017 season, visit the following website: http://www.americanclubresort. com/golf/golf-rates

For reservations, please call 800-344-2838 or visit DestinationKohler.com for more information. Stay up to date on resort news and happenings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Whistling Straits
Whistling Straits is made up of two links-style courses – The Irish, offering an intriguing mix of links-style dunes and The Straits, offering a rugged lakeside experience. The Straits hosted the 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA Championship – which was the most profitable Championship in combined ticket and hospitality sales – and will welcome the Ryder Cup in 2020.

About Blackwolf Run
Kohler is also the home of the highly praised Blackwolf Run, which is made up of two distinct courses – The River and The Meadow Valleys – that are separated by the Sheboygan River. Blackwolf Run was named by Golf Digest as “The Best New Public Course” in 1988 and has hosted Majors such as the 1998 and 2012 U.S. Women’s Open Championships.

About Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate Group
The Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate profile includes The American Club, boasting the first and only Forbes Five-Star hotel property in Wisconsin, and world-renowned championship golf courses Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run. Acquired in 2004, its sister property, The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in the birthplace of golf, St Andrews, Scotland, is a AA Five Red Star property and recognized as one of the most luxurious resorts in the world.

About Destination Kohler
Herb Kohler created Kohler Co.’s Hospitality & Real Estate Group with the reclamation of The American Club, the first and only Forbes Five-Star hotel in Wisconsin, and then built world-renowned championship golf courses, The Straits at Whistling Straits and The River at Blackwolf Run. The resort is named one of the top three golf resorts in North America, by Golf Digest Magazine. Kohler Waters Spa is the only Forbes Five-Star spa in Wisconsin and one of 56 in the world. The resort features 12 dining establishments from the Four-Star Immigrant to traditional pub fare at Horse & Plow and rustic country gourmet at River Wildlife. The resort is located in the Village of Kohler, Wisconsin, one hour north of Milwaukee and two and a half hours north of Chicago.

Forbes and AAA Honor The Sanctuary At Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Forbes Travel Guide and AAA honor The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort with coveted Five Star and Five Diamond Awards South Carolina oceanfront hotel’s spa also gains top rating while The Ocean Room restaurant obtains Forbes Four star and AAA Four Diamonds

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC – For the ninth year in a row, the Forbes Travel Guide has awarded The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort with their highest awards — Five Stars. No other hotel in South Carolina earned a Forbes Five Star award in 2017. AAA awarded The Sanctuary Five Diamonds for the 11th year in a row.

Additionally, the Forbes Travel Guide recognized The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort with Five Stars for the ninth year in a row. The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the resort’s high-end steakhouse, earned both Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond awards. It is one of only six steakhouses nationally to earn both Forbes Four Stars and AAA Four Diamonds. There are no Five Star or Five Diamond steakhouses.

“It is an honor to receive these distinguished and coveted awards,” said Bill Lacey, General Manager of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. “To win them year after year is a tremendous credit to our staff who has continued to maintain the highest standards of service making The Sanctuary one of the finest destinations in the world.”

The Sanctuary, which opened in August 2004, features 255 rooms and suites, also joins its sister property, The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, VA, in achieving the coveted Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond awards. The Sanctuary’s other sister property, The Inn at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, earned Forbes Travel Guide Four Star award.

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is an oceanfront hotel and spa and is part of Kiawah Island Golf Resort, which features five championship golf courses, two tennis centers, 18 dining establishments and a variety of recreation and nature programs. It is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.

Forbes Travel Guide’s 2017 Five and Four Star awards feature properties in destinations throughout North America, as well as our newest international ratings. The North American winners include 81 Five Star hotels, 39 Five-Star restaurants and 30 Five Star spas.

For more information about The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, visit www.kiawahresort.com
For more information about Forbes Travel Awards, visit www.forbestravelguide.com

FAU Study Shows Golf Courses Boost Home Prices and Provide a Positive Draw for Potential Property Buyers

FAU Study Shows Golf Courses Boost Home Prices and Provide a Positive Draw for Potential Property Buyers

 

            BOCA RATON, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2017) – While golf courses around the country face an uncertain economic future, homes adjacent to them continue to command higher prices from prospective buyers, according to a new study of real estate transactions in South Florida by faculty at Florida Atlantic University.

            Looking at more than 10,000 transactions from properties in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties that sold and closed in 2015, the researchers at FAU conclude that having a property adjacent to a golf course adds between 8 percent and 12 percent to property value on average. 

            “Preliminary results from statistical pricing models suggest that properties receive a pricing boost,” said Ken Johnson, Ph.D., a real estate economist and an associate dean of graduate programs and professor in FAU’s College of Business. “Thus, there is strong evidence to concluded that golf courses remain a positive draw to potential property owners.”

            With more than 800 golf courses closing in the United States in the last decade, residents, developers and municipal officials around the country are facing decisions on whether to convert underperforming golf properties to housing developments or keep them as golfing communities. 

            “The strong statistical evidence supporting a pricing boost for being adjacent to a golf course should help property owners, developers and city officials make quicker and more financial fair decisions,” said Ksenija Bogosavljevic, a graduate student who’s working with Johnson on the study as part of ongoing research on the viability of golf course communities.

            In South Florida, Johnson acknowledged that there are many golf courses trying to decide whether or not to continue in the face of failing financial performance. Many golf properties are declining into a state of repair that could negatively impact adjacent property values. On the other hand, the remaining demand for golf and being adjacent to courses could create a market scenario whereby being adjacent to a course could actually add a premium to property value, on average, he added.   

            “Uncertainty over value destroys deals, and these findings reduce that uncertainty and should result in quicker resolutions one way or another,” said Johnson, coauthor of the Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent (BH&J) Index. “In the end, no one wants a vacant course.”

– FAU –

About Florida Atlantic University
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

Arccos Driver Named ‘Accessory of the Year’ by SCOREGolf

Arccos Driver Named ‘Accessory of the Year’ by SCOREGolf
(STAMFORD, CT) – Arccos Golf – maker of Golf’s #1 Performance Tracker – confirms its Arccos Driver performance tracking and live competition system was named SCOREGolf’s 2016 “Accessory of the Year” in the organization’s annual Younger Awards, recognizing outstanding achievement in the golf industry’s equipment and business categories.Presented by SCOREGolf’s Rick Young, the honor concluded a banner year for Arccos, which has seen its products widely heralded as among the game’s most innovative and beneficial technologies by leading media outlets and other influential voices.Providing golfers with an entirely new opportunity to battle their friends and take on the world, Arccos Driver is a single-sensor system that automatically detects each drive. It then uses technology found in all major smartphones to record second-shot position without the need for tagging or other annoying disruptions.

“Arccos data tracking and GPS technology is a game changer and ranks right up there with golf’s best technology-forward products,” says Young. “Arccos Driver is effectively a sample size, offering users full shot tracking for tee shots while providing dependable GPS functionality.”

Endorsed by two-time World Long Drive Champion Jamie Sadlowski, Arccos Driver (MSRP: $49.99) delivers real-time data for tee shot distances, fairways hit and more. Additional features include:

  • Distance & Accuracy Stats for every drive and round
  • Advanced GPS for 35,000+ courses worldwide
  • Personalized Challenges based on performance history
  • Live Leaderboards for daily, weekly, monthly and customized competitions
  • Social Bragging via one-touch posting to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Precise Shot Detection that distinguishes between real and practice shots
  • King of the Hole game turns any par 4 or par 5 into a virtual long drive competition

“SCOREGolf sets the standard for golf magazine journalism in Canada and the staff is renowned for its objectivity,” says Arccos CEO Sal Syed. “Arccos Driver adds a heavy dose of fun and social competition to the statistical analysis that has made our premium, 14-sensor system a global sensation.”

To start playing with the system, users simply attach the ultralight (less than 12g) sensor to the grip end of any driving club and pair it just once to a smartphone using the free Arccos Driver app for iOS or Android. The Arccos Driver sensor uses a standard watch battery (CR2032). This lasts up to 50 rounds, with charge level monitored via a battery indicator within the Arccos app.

Arccos Driver is part of the company’s expanding catalog of offerings and is joined by two 14-sensor platforms, the original flagship Arccos Golf and the new Arccos 360.

Boasting low-profile sensors that are more than 50% smaller and lighter than the original Arccos system, Arccos 360 ($249.99) showcases a powerful new shot detection algorithm that increases accuracy and virtually eliminates the need for editing. It delivers data on distances hit, club averages, driving accuracy, greens in regulation, sand saves, putts and more.

By accessing the Tour Analytics web dashboard, Arccos users and their instructors can gain valuable insights via deep dives into stats, playing patterns and rich data comparison for every club, shot, hole and round.

Developed in conjunction with golf’s most renowned statistician, Peter Sanders, Tour Analytics draws from his work with PGA Tour star Zach Johnson and many others. It breaks down a player’s handicap into five key components – driving, approach, chipping, sand game and putting – helping golfers:

  • Understand exactly how each part of their game contributes to scoring
  • Compare data in each of the five components with golfers of similar handicaps
  • Evaluate patterns across their entire golf history, supporting refinement of on-course tactics 

For more information: arccosgolf.com.

Get social: @arccosgolf, Facebook

About Arccos Golf, LLC

Arccos Golf, LLC provides game-changing connected technology products for golfers. The company aims to revolutionize the golfing experience by integrating GPS shot tracking with a sophisticated platform that generates comparative data which helps golfers truly evaluate their game. Arccos is based in Stamford, CT, and its venture capital funding is provided by LaunchCapital.

Henrik Stenson launches performance eyewear collection for golf at the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show

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Henrik Stenson launches performance eyewear collection for golf at the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show
(Norrköping, Sweden) – Displaying further evidence of his commitment to golf and golfers, Henrik Stenson today announced the launch of his own eyewear brand, featuring a fantastic new collection of sunglasses developed specifically for golfers. Henrik Stenson Eyewear will showcase in Booth #3177 at the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show held January 25 – 27th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

Golf fans around the world are well aware that sunglasses have been crucial to Henrik’s success on the golf course. Suffering allergies and sensitivity to sunlight, Henrik wears a wrap-around design that, combined with lens technology, is optimized for golf performance. Thanks to his special requirements and experience, Henrik has gathered a huge amount of knowledge in the field of eyewear technology, and he is now ready to share this in the form of his own brand of sunglasses: Henrik Stenson Eyewear.

“I know how important it is to protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses that are suited to the task. Playing golf means exposure to hazardous sunlight and reflections for hours at a time so eye protection is essential, especially for children. With this in mind, we are also developing a special performance collection designed specifically for junior players,” said Stenson.

“For your protection and performance” is the motto that will drive the development of Henrik Stenson Eyewear products. Stenson is personally involved in product development, and this has produced direct results in “PowereyeTM” – a special lens technology for performance eyewear. The PowereyeTM lens provides complete protection from the harmful rays of the sun, both Blue light and UV radiation. It effectively cuts glare as well as other visual and optical interference, thus helping to prevent eye fatigue. Moreover, the PowereyeTM lens enhances contrast so that fairways and greens appear more distinctively, while simultaneously maintaining natural color balance.

PERFORMANCE, STREET AND OPTICAL
In addition to HS Performance for golfers, the eyewear brand will feature a Street collection of sunglasses for off-course use, as well as a special Optical range of frames for graded lenses. Retail sales will commence from selected outlets in early 2017.

For additional information about Henrik Stenson Eyewear and press materials visit their website at www.henrikstensoneyewear.com and you are invited to our Booth #3177.

The Duran Group’s distributor division, Tight Brands, has been selected as the exclusive distributor for Henrik Stenson Eyewear in North America and Canada. “Henrik has achieved his goal of creating the highest performing lens for golf”, stated Tony Duran President/Founder of The Duran Group. “Take the Iceman Challenge and experience the best.”

Salamander Hotels & Resorts Announces Restoration of the Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort

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SALAMANDER HOTELS & RESORTS ANNOUNCES RESTORATION OF THE OCEAN COURSE AT HAMMOCK BEACH RESORT
FLORIDA RESORT HAS RECENTLY RENOVATED LOBBY, ONE-BEDROOM SUITES AND MEETING SPACES

PALM COAST, FL – December 6, 2016 – Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the luxury hotel company founded by Sheila C. Johnson, has unveiled restoration plans for The Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida.

The Ocean Course, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design, is famed for its six Atlantic Ocean-hugging holes and thrilling closing stretch named “The Bear Claw.” The extensive restoration work, which is being undertaken in conjunction with Nicklaus Design, includes re-grassing all fairways, greens and rough with the salt-tolerant Platinum Paspalum as well as reconstructing each tee box, bunker and green complex. The course is scheduled to re-open in October 2017, while Hammock Beach’s other championship layout, the highly-rated Conservatory Course, continues to accommodate guest and member play.

The Ocean Course restoration work follows a number of enhancements at Hammock Beach. The resort recently reimagined its grand lobby to now feature beautiful new flooring, contemporary furniture and lighting, and a brand new sushi bar. It also upgraded 75 of its spacious one-bedroom suites, including installation of new carpet, furniture, updated artwork, flat-panel televisions and reconstructed kitchenettes. All 15,000 square feet of Hammock Beach’s indoor meeting and event space were also updated with new carpet, wall coverings and lighting. In addition, the resort has refreshed the décor in its Delfinos Italian restaurant and is currently updating the interior design in its Loggerheads Lounge.

The Ocean Course has been closed since October when high winds and storm surge from Hurricane Matthew caused damage across the majority of its holes. The resort’s owners and management team have taken a long-term view regarding conditioning and have opted to conduct a complete course restoration.

“After numerous expert analyses and recommendations, we determined that a full restoration was best to ensure that The Ocean Course will re-open as one of the finest resort courses in America,” said Terry Bechtold, Hammock Beach Resort’s managing director. “Upon completion, we will be able to offer one of the finest grass surfaces on which a golfer can play.”

Nestled along northeast Florida’s shoreline in Palm Coast, Hammock Beach Resort features more than 300 spacious accommodations, including a 12-story tower of luxury suites. In addition to its golf experience, the amenity-rich resort offers a rejuvenating ocean-inspired spa and fitness center, multiple restaurants and bars, a multi-level pool complex with adult and children areas, and one of the most relaxing, unspoiled beaches in the state.

For more information, call Hammock Beach Resort at 866-841-0287 or visit www.hammockbeach.com. Hammock Beach Resort is located at 200 Ocean Crest Drive, Palm Coast, FL 32137.

About Salamander Hotels & Resorts

Salamander Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company’s Signature Collection includes the stunning Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-inspired property near Washington, D.C.; The Henderson, a 170-room grand beach resort in Destin, FL; NOPSI New Orleans, a new 217-room luxury historic hotel conversion in New Orleans opening in spring 2017; and Hotel Bennett, a 179 luxury hotel in Charleston, SC, opening in fall 2017. The company’s Golf Collection includes Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, which hosts an annual PGA TOUR event at its Copperhead Course; Reunion Resort in Orlando, which features Signature courses by Palmer, Watson and Nicklaus; and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, FL, an Atlantic Oceanfront property with lauded designs by Nicklaus and Watson. For additional information, visit www.SalamanderHotels.com.

Mystical Golf announces outstanding 2017 Myrtle Beach getaway packages

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Mystical Golf announces outstanding 2017 Myrtle Beach getaway packages

 MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Mystical Golf – offering “Myrtle Beach’s finest 54 holes of golf” on its acclaimed Witch, Man-O-War and Wizard courses – announces two stay-and-play packages perfect to start the 2017 golf season in style.

All three Mystical Golf courses are consistently recognized by Golf Channel to be among Myrtle Beach’s “five best courses” and “best values.” The Witch and Man-O-War courses are ranked in the “Top 15 Courses in South Carolina” in Golf Channel’s Golf Advisor rater reviews.

From Jan. 1 – May 22, the three-day Gold Package starts at $93 (per person, per day, taxes included). It includes three rounds with cart on each of the much-admired Mystical Golf layouts (plus one complimentary round), three nights’ lodging in well-appointed three-bedroom villa (four beds), free iHOP breakfast daily (available 24 hours per day), and a gratis steak dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse (includes non-alcoholic beverages, taxes).

Additional package highlights include two free beers and lunch at the course each day, complimentary daily range balls, instant replay round for cart fee only, and $15 gift card toward a golf shirt. Extra night stays are available at a moderate cost per person.

Offered during the same time span, the Silver Package starts at $83 (per person, per day, taxes included) and features all the components of the Gold Package except the complimentary round, daily breakfast and steak dinner. Both stay-and-plays offer one complimentary golfer for booked groups of 20 or more players.

“Our mild winters and sunny springtime here in Myrtle Beach are ideal for golf vacations for those suffering through the cold and inclement months of January through April,” says Claude Pardue, President and CEO. “We offer everything needed for a fun getaway while playing three of the best courses you’ll find anywhere.”

Mystical Golf’s three layouts are highlighted by wonderfully fun elements including the only back-to-back island greens in the game (Man-O-War), a front nine of dramatic holes weaving through secluded swampland teeming with wildlife (The Witch), and a splendid layout reminiscent of Scotland and Ireland’s classic courses complete with authentic sod-faced bunkering and castle-style clubhouse (The Wizard).

Man-O-War’s 15th hole ranks among GOLF Magazine’s “Five Most Memorable Island Greens” alongside No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass, the “Alcatraz” hole at PGA West’s Stadium Course and Coeur d’Alene Resort’s movable, floating putting surface. The Witch is praised by PGA.com for presenting one of America’s “great ninth holes” and The Wizard has earned 4-1/2 stars from Golf Digest.

For Mystical Golf information: www.mysticalgolf.com, 843.282.2977.

 

About Mystical Golf 
The Witch course sits on 500 acres of tranquil cypress groves and wetlands teeming with flora and fauna. Tactical play is rewarded on the par-71, 6,702-yard layout. With 4,000 feet of bridges wending through swamps (front nine) and rolling hills (back nine), golfers may spy cranes, bald eagles, alligators and black bears.

Man-O-War is revered for its back-to-back island greens and water features touching every hole. With a commanding 141 slope rating, the par-72, 6,967-yard layout is offset by straight-forward shots and excellent, bent-grass greens.

Reminiscent of classic, wind-swept links courses in Scotland and Ireland, The Wizard presents deep bunkers, mound-framed fairways and dramatic elevation changes. Trademark stone bridges and an Old-World, castle-style clubhouse add character to the par-72, 6,721-yard shot-maker’s course.

The Witch, Man-O-War and The Wizard are in the heart of Myrtle Beach and within 15 minutes of Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), beaches, accommodations, restaurants and other attractions. A short distance from I-95 and other major thoroughfares, Mystical Golf courses are easily accessible. More than two dozen cities – including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York and Washington – offer direct flights.

 

Wilson Unveils FT Tour V6 Irons

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FG TOUR V6 IRONS
The Ultimate Feel, Feedback and Forgiveness

Wilson Golf unveils the newest addition to the award- winning FG Tour line, the Wilson Staff FG Tour V6 Irons.

Engineered to enhance the Feel player’s game, the V6 Irons are an evolution of the highly acclaimed V4 Irons, our most played iron on the PGA Tour by two-time champion Kevin Streelman, Tour winner Troy Merritt and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington.

“There is no feeling that compares to hitting a ball pure o the face of a forged FG Tour Iron,” said Streelman.“The V6s are the best looking irons I’ve ever played and the tungsten sole technology helps make every shot count.”

The newly added 20-gram tungsten insert is built to increase launch angle without increasing spin rate, which adds forgiveness in the long irons.
This makes for a well-balanced and consistent iron with accuracy, impact stability, and generous distance. The insert on the split heel and toe on the 3, 4, 5 irons and centered on the 6, 7 irons.

Mass concentrated in the impact area delivers a solid, muscle back-like feel and helps players shape their shots. It is also complemented by a back cavity design that provides feedback and some forgiveness on off-center hits.

“It’s not easy to incorporate real innovation and technology in a forged, but the FG Tour V6 Irons do just that. From the tungsten inserts, to what was done to enhance feel and feedback in the impact area, to the sole design and thinner topline, every aspect was refined for better amateurs and tour players,” said Michael Vrska, Global Director of Golf Innovation.

Forged from 8620 carbon steel, the V6 Irons are clad in a nickel-chrome plating, a high-end mirror finish and completed with True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT shafts.

The FG Tour V6 Irons are available on WILSONGOLF.COM and select retailers in 4-GW stock sets on January 9, 2017 (MAP $999.99)

TUNGSTEN WEIGHTING
20 grams of tungsten, split heel and toe
in the long irons and centered on the mid irons, lower the center of gravity and provide optimal forgiveness across the iron set.

IMPACT AREA MASS
Maintains a solid, muscle back-like feel and workability, but with a back cavity design to provide feedback and forgiveness on o -center hits.

FORGED FEEL
The 8620 carbon steel is forged for the ultimate in feel, feedback and response. forgiveness across the iron set.

ABOUT WILSON SPORTING GOODS, CO.
Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a subsidiary of
Amer Sports, is one of the world’s leading manufacturer
of sports equipment, apparel
and accessories. Wilson Golf is a global leader in high performance golf equipment and uses player insights to design products that push golf innovation into new territories. Through its dedication to creating products that enable athletes at every level to perform at their best, Wilson has earned its place as a leader in sporting goods for over a century.

We Are The Mighty and Marine Corps Veteran and Comedy Superstar Rob Riggle Present: The Rob Riggle 2016 InVETational Golf Classic

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We Are The Mighty and Marine Corps Veteran and Comedy Superstar Rob Riggle Present:  The Rob Riggle 2016 InVETational Golf Classic

Veterans and Celebrities Compete for Best Scores and Biggest Laughs to

Raise Money and Awareness for Semper Fi Fund

Los Angeles, CA — Sept. 8, 2016 – We Are The Mighty (WATM), the military’s media and entertainment brand, and Marine Corps veteran, actor and comedian Rob Riggle present the inaugural Rob Riggle InVETational Golf Classic. The veteran-celebrity golf tournament will raise money and awareness for the Semper Fi Fund.  We Are The Mighty Presents: The Rob Riggle 2016 InVETational Golf Classic will take place at the world-class Valencia Country Club in Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2016.  In anticipation of the event, Riggle and Chris Bowers, veteran and Purple Heart recipient, filmed a series of comedic golf sketches, two of which were released today: Rob Riggle Sniper Golf Coach and Rob Riggle Cheats at Golf for Semper Fi Fund.

During this high-octane golf tourney, veteran and celebrity teams will contend for the lowest scores and most laughs to raise funds and awareness for the renowned Semper Fi Fund, one of our nation’s most respected veteran nonprofits. Semper Fi Fund provides immediate and lifetime support to post-9/11 critically ill and injured service members from all branches of the military. Since inception, Semper Fi Fund has assisted over 16,800 service members and their families totaling more than $133 million in assistance. Semper Fi (“always faithful”) is the motto for the U.S. Marine Corps.  Semper Fi Fund’s goal is to always be there faithfully helping heroes in need.

“The Riggle InVETational celebrates two of my greatest passions – veterans and golf,” said @RobRiggle. “I am excited to partner with We Are The Mighty, a media brand that veterans love and trust, and Semper Fi Fund, which assists thousands of veterans and their families. It’s truly an honor to serve my fellow veterans with this special event.” 

“We are honored to partner with Rob to give serious golfers and entertainers the chance to use their sport to bring attention to the great work of Semper Fi Fund,” said David Gale, WATM’s CEO and co-founder. “We Are The Mighty is committed to sharing the experiences of our nation’s military and will feature the inspiring stories of the veteran athletes participating on our platforms.”

Semper Fi Fund President and Founder Karen Guenther adds, “As a Marine veteran, Rob Riggle truly understands the sacrifices our nation’s military heroes make for us every day, and how important it is to be there to support these men, women and their families for a lifetime. We are thrilled to be working with Rob and WATM to bring attention to the many needs of recovering and transitioning veterans and their families.”

Best known for his roles in The Hangover, 21 & 22 Jump Street, Dumb and Dumber To, The Other Guys, Step Brothers, The Daily Show, Modern Family, among other popular movies and TV shows, tournament host Rob Riggle served 23 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and Reserves as a Civil Affairs Officer and Public Affairs Officer across the globe, including in Afghanistan. Riggle cares deeply about our veterans and has used his success as a comedian and actor to support those who have served our country.

We Are The Mighty presents The Rob Riggle InVETational Golf Classic in conjunction with charity golf tournament expert Bob Levey of Independent Events & Media. The tournament will be featured on www.wearethemighty.com and shared via WATM, Riggle and Semper Fi Fund social media feeds. Follow the hashtag #InVETational for updates.

Celebrity participants and veteran golfers from Semper Fi Fund’s athletics program will be announced in the coming weeks.

Related links:  

Site: www.InVETational.com

Promos:  Rob Riggle Sniper Golf Coach and Rob Riggle Cheats at Golf for Semper Fi Fund

Photos: www.invetational.com/photos

About WATM

We Are The Mighty (WATM) is the military community’s premier media and entertainment brand serving 133 million-strong American servicemembers, their families and those who support them. Our team of veterans and media professionals captures the diverse voice of our audience with great stories and quality content, innovative marketing and ground breaking events. As brand-builders, content creators and influencers, We Are The Mighty works with companies, nonprofits, government agencies, and anyone looking to reach this broad and loyal market. For more information, go towww.wearethemighty.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Semper Fi Fund

The Semper Fi Fund provides urgently needed resources and lifetime support for wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Case managers from the Semper Fi Fund work one-on-one with service members and veterans in order to understand and support their individual needs right now and throughout their lifetime. We keep our overhead low so that each donation has the greatest impact on the lives of service members and veterans. The Semper Fi Fund is one of only two veteran charities to receive an “A+” rating from The American Institute of Philanthropy and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. Learn more at  www.semperfifund.org, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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SCOTLAND AT ITS BEST – CELEBRATE ST ANDREWS DAY AT THE SALTIRE FESTIVAL

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SCOTLAND AT ITS BEST – CELEBRATE ST ANDREWS DAY AT THE SALTIRE FESTIVAL

The Saltire Festival is back for 2016 to celebrate St. Andrews Day and the Home of the Flag bringing together people from all over the world to celebrate Scotland’s fascinating heritage, wonderful culture, delicious food & drink traditions, best of Scottish music, arts, food & drink, innovation and entertainment. To celebrate, there are a number of exciting events taking place around the county, everything from Horse Racing and Night Golf, to Music and Comedy. We are delighted to announce our programme of events for this year’s Saltire Festival taking place from 24-30 November, details below.

The Saltire Festival
24 – 30 November 2016

The #SaltireBlue Tour
The festival ties in with the national Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and there will be some interesting lighting effects appearing on key landmarks and festival venues across the county as part of the #SaltireBlue tour – to highlight both East Lothian’s great attractions and its architectural wonders. This includes the Kelpie Maquettes which will be hosted at Musselburgh Racecoure and will be lit blue for visitors to admire. The maquettes were scale models of the Kelpies used as a construction guide for the full-size versions which are on permanent display at Helix Park in Falkirk. Other venues and landmarks to be announced!

Thursday 24 November
· Saltire Raceday – Musselburgh Racecourse
Enjoy a day of racing at one of UK’s most stylish racecourses.
Doors open at 10.30am, first race 12.55pm, last race 3.35pm
Tickets – Adult £20, Concession £15
Fish & Chip Package – £35, Pommery Pop Package – £35, Aberdeen Angus Burger & Beer Package – £35
Tickets available at www.musselburghracecourse.co.uk
· Scotland on Film – The Brunton, Musselburgh
7.30pm
Showing of the movie ‘Trainspotting’. A chance to refresh your memory of the cult classic film based on Irvine Welsh’s novel, ahead of the release of Trainspotting 2.
Pre screening supper available in the Bistro
Tickets – Early bird £5 until 30th September, normal price thereafter £7.50 adult, £6.50 concession
Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

· Prestonpans Battlefield: The Waverley Tour! – leaving from Prestonpans Train Station
Step back to the Victorian age, when tourists flock along the new railway to explore the battlefield made famous in Walter Scott’s hit novel Waverley! Tours are FREE!

Friday 25 November
· The Foxlake Tartan Trail – Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar
Part of the Foxlake Fox Trail Running Series – a 10k night run with competitors asked to dress in Tartan and run through the forest lit blue to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day.

· The Saltire Whisky Dinner – The Macdonald Marine Hotel
7pm for 7.30pm
An evening of delicious, locally sourced produce accompanied by Scotland’s national drink.
Tickets – £35 per head
Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

· The Saltire Ceilidh – Archerfield Walled Garden
7.30pm
A fun family Scottish ceilidh with the ‘Smoking Barrel Ceildih Band’ accompanied by a locally sourced Scottish supper.
Tickets – £12.50
Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 031 665 2240

· The Saltire Live – The Brunton
7.30pm
An evening of entertainment compared by The Big Yin Revisited and headlined by ‘Simple Minded’ supported by local musical talent.
Tickets – Adult £14, Concession £12
Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

· Prestonpans Battlefield: The Waverley Tour! – leaving from Prestonpans Train Station
Step back to the Victorian age, when tourists flock along the new railway to explore the battlefield made famous in Walter Scott’s hit novel Waverley! Tours are FREE!

Saturday 26 November
· Scotland’s Golf Coast Twilight Golf – Dunbar Golf Club
From 5pm
Using LED balls and markers, this technological innovation opens up a whole new experience of Scotland’s national game. A social night of fun, encouraging golfer’s of all abilities to get involved.
Team entry £65, Individual £20
Tickets at (add Event Brite link)

· The Saltire Concert – The Brunton, Musselburgh
7.30pm
An evening headlined by Treacherous Orchestra, supported by Skerryvore and local musical talent.
Tickets – Adult £15, Concession £13
Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

· The Epicurean Adventure – Corn Exchange, Haddington – 5pm-10pm
A celebration of all of East Lothian and Scotland’s local produce, accompanied by cookery demonstrations and ides of how to create your very own St. Andrew’s menu.
Tickets – £6 available in person from Haddington Wines, Joe Forte Sports & Hilary’s Deli.

· Scotland through the Ages – The Brunton, Musselburgh
11am – 3pm
Historical re-enactors, with performances and workshops throughout the day telling the tale of Scotland’s history and how our innovations impacted the world.
Tickets – £5 per adult, kids free
Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

Sunday 27 November
· Saltire Comedy Club – MacDonald Marine, North Berwick
An afternoon and evening of Scottish comedy from 2pm to 9pm in a beautiful setting with spectacular views of the Bass Rock. A fun day for all the family concluding with a spectacular fireworks display!

2pm – 4pm
Comedy Club 4Kids – Featuring children’s entertainment.
Tickets £5 adults, kids go free. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

5pm – 9pm
The Saltire Stand-Up
Headlined by Fred Maccaulay with performances by Paolo Martini and stand up comedy with Jo Caulfield, Mark Nelson, Stu and Gary and Gareth Waugh Tickets – Early Bird £14 until 30th September, normal price thereafter £17.50
Tickets available www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

· Saltire Taste & Talk – Colstoun House 11am – 6pm
Taste talk sessions throughout the day with Wendy Barrie, Mary Contini, Sue Lawrence, Christopher Trotter and Mark Greenaway
Tickets – Early Bird Ticket £10 until 30th September, normal price thereafter £12.50
Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

· Saltire Trad Fest – Maitlandfield House Hotel, Haddington
4pm – 8pm
Headlined by Blazin Fiddles and featuring local traditional talent
Tickets – Early bird £12 until 30th September, normal price thereafter £16
Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

Monday 28 November
· An audience with Trina Gavan
A key Scottish speaker hosted in one of East Lothian’s most unique venues.

Tuesday 29 November
· Significance of the Saltire & Scottish Heraldry – Star Room, John Gray Centre, Haddington

Wednesday 30 November
· St. Andrew’s Day Concert – St. Mary’s Church, Haddington
6.30pm
A selection of choral and classical music performances to conclude the festival. Featuring performances from Alex Hodgson, Uke Can Do It, East Lothian Schools Orchestra and Preston Lodge Ceilidh Band.
Tickets – Early Bird £4 until 30th September, normal price thereafter £6
Tickets available at www.thebrunton.co.uk or Tel: 0131 665 2240

Further details and a list of all the events, ticket prices and booking details are available at www.saltirefestival.com