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
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· 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

GustBuster “The World’s Smartest Umbrella” receives Editors’ Choice Award from Golf Digest Magazine for Best Golf Umbrella

gustbusterFarmingdale, NY – GustBuster, the World’s Smartest Umbrella, is ALWAYS relevant and ALWAYS newsworthy. GustBuster’s unique wind-release technology and superior craftsmanship have been making headlines for years, and guess what…they’ve just done it again!

The May 2016 issue of Golf Digest Magazine has hit the newsstands and its official…GustBuster has received the Editor’s Choice Award for Best Golf Umbrella!

It started 50 years ago when Golf Digest named America’s 200 Toughest Golf Courses, and it evolved into what has become the definitive measure of quality in architecture: America’s 100 Greatest Courses. Golfers have looked to Golf Digest’s rankings as the complete service guide for best public courses, resorts and destinations from the 50 states to around the globe. Our individual rankings from Best Teachers to Best Clubfitters have proved an invaluable tool for players trying to work on their game or get equipment suited to their swing. Golf Digest’s Annual Hot List, launched in 2004, is universally considered by golfers and the industry as the ultimate review of golf clubs and balls in the marketplace. Now, for the first time, we extend our service franchise into rating the best of everything in the total golf lifestyle….we’re proud to reveal the inaugural Golf Digest Editors’ Choice awards.

“We’re very excited to be recognized by the editors of Golf Digest Magazine and to receive the Editors’ Choice Award for Best Golf Umbrella,” said Steve Asman, President of GustBuster Umbrellas. “Golfers worldwide have always looked to Golf Digest for advice and recommendations on what equipment they should play. I think it’s wonderful that they’ve extended their editorial coverage and created the Editors’ Choice Awards to include products like umbrellas. To have them select GustBuster as the Best, even though I already knew it was, is a true honor.”

GustBuster’s patented wind-release vents and flow-through design can withstand winds of more than 55 M.P.H. making it the ultimate wind umbrella. It’s the only UN-Flippable, UN-Flappable, UN-Leakable umbrella in the world. The joints and ferrule of the GustBuster are constructed of a combination of Ultra High-Density Poly-Carbonate, Carbonized Steel and Aluminum and won’t break or turn inside-out. The GustBuster umbrella uses nylon that is a strong 190 thread per inch blend that won’t tear, which is why it’s backed by the manufacturer with a lifetime repair or replacement warranty. GustBuster has revolutionized the way we look at and design umbrellas. It’s the World’s Smartest Umbrella™ because of its superior technology.

Volvik Creating A Name For Itself With Sponsorship, Innovation, Quality

Volvik Crystal Golf Balls
Volvik Crystal Golf Balls

Not only is Volvik making a name for itself in the United States and especially Southeast Michigan sponsoring the LPGA Volvik Championship at Travis Pointe Country Club (May 23-29), the up-and-coming golf ball manufacturer is also changing the way golfers look at golf balls when it introduced the world’s first ever matte finish golf ball –the VIVID– at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show in January.

Now, the LPGA Volvik Championship and Miles of Golf also have partnered with Volvik USA to create the commemorative orange ChadTough VIVID logo ball. A sleeve of the ChadTough VIVID logo balls are available only with a purchase of a $30 ChadTough Orange Ticket package for Saturday, May 28th. The tournament will donate $10 from the sale of each Orange Ticket directly to The ChadTough Foundation. These tickets must be purchased by Sunday, May 15th.

The VIVID is a premium, 3-piece ultra-performance golf ball that is the first of its kind to the US market. It is essentially the same construction as Volvik’s best-selling new Crystal ball, but instead of a Crystalline translucent cover, Volvik’s world-leading R&D team has figured out how to apply a matte finish to one of the longest golf balls on the market without sacrificing distance or durability. This makes the VIVID even more visible and attractive to a broader market that is seeking something cool and unique.

“Matte finishes are all the rage these days, from football helmets to cars,” said Jon Claffey, National Director of Sales and Marketing of Volvik USA. “The VIVID is the first matte finish golf ball and it really makes for a golf ball that stands out in the air and on the ground. This increases visibility and speed of play, while making course management and ball striking better due to enhanced awareness of where your golf ball is. There truly is nothing else like the VIVID!”

The VIVID is a 3-piece, 80-compression ball that has tested as one of the longest golf balls on the market today, especially for slower to medium swing speeds to gain extreme distance. This golf ball is unique in the fact that it combines Volvik’s neon colors with an amazing matte finish plus all the performance that the Crystal ball has become famous for.

Volvik is also updating its premium, three-piece Crystal model—the company’s flagship product. A 322-dimple pattern with will help create a higher and farther ball flight for the new version of the Crystal.

“Volvik is the first global golf ball brand to emerge in over a decade,” said Claffey. “We believe our commitment to sponsor the LPGA and host our very own tournament in Ann Arbor follows right in line with Volvik becoming the fastest growing ‘new’ golf ball manufacturer in the US market. We soon hope to be a household name in any household that plays golf and we believe we are well on our way.”

ABOUT THE LPGA VOLVIK CHAMPIONSHIP

The LPGA Volvik Championship will run from May 23-29 with the four-day tournament played May 26-29 over Memorial Day weekend at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It will feature a full field of 144 players competing in a 72-hole showcase for a purse of $1.3 million. There will be a full week of activity beginning on Monday, May 23 including the Pro-Am on Wednesday, May 25. For information call 734.707.0789 or go to www.volviklpga.com

ABOUT VOLVIK

Volvik is the #1 Color Golf Ball on Tour with over 75 professionals using Volvik’s ultra-high-performance color golf balls on the world’s professional tours. Since 2012, players using Volvik golf balls have earned over $8.5 million in prize money on the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, Champions Tour,Web.com Tour, Ladies European Tour, LAGT and Symetra Tour with 14 victories and over 100 Top 10 finishes.

Volvik has experienced more color golf balls in play on the world’s professional tours than any other manufacturer in the history of golf.

Volvik is dedicated to the production of specialized 3- and 4-piece multi-layer golf balls that feature 41 worldwide patents. In over 30 years of golf ball production, Volvik has developed a reputation based on highly innovative development, quickly becoming one of the most significant and trusted golf ball manufacturers in the world.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR GOLFWEEK FATHER & SON TOURNAMENT

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR GOLFWEEK FATHER & SON TOURNAMENT

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 18, 2016) – Golfweek is bringing its annual Father & Son Open to Streamsong Resort Golf & Spa in Streamsong, Florida, this Father’s Day weekend (June 17-19). For more than three decades, this special event has been inviting players to experience three days jam-packed with timeless tradition and friendly competition.

“The Father & Son Open is always one of my favorite events of the year,” said Director of Events Armand Cimaroli. “It’s different than any other tournament we do – completely centered around fun, family and celebration – and that really makes it unique.”

The 2016 Golfweek Father & Son Open – which is open to amateurs and professional golfers of all ages – features a two-man, 36-hole Modified Chapman format and will be played on Streamsong’s Red and Blue Courses. The field will be divided into flights, with prizes awarded to the top teams in each flight.
Throughout the weekend, participants will also get to enjoy an opening night shootout, tee gifts, the Father of the Year luncheon and an awards luncheon.
As a key component of the tournament, Golfweek will also present its 2016 Father of the Year award, an annual honor recognizing a father who has made a notable impact on the game. This year’s award recipient is South African native Johan Immelman, who was former Commissioner of the Sunshine Tour and previous board member of the Canadian Tour. He also founded “Golf 9/12,” a program that invites participants all over the world to tee it up at their local course on Sept. 12 each year to honor the unity that prevailed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Golf is a family affair for the Immelmans, with Johan’s two sons being heavily involved in the game as well. Youngest son Trevor – 2008 Masters champion – has 11 professional victories, represented the international side in two Presidents Cups and is a former U.S. Amateur Public Links champion. Mark, Johan’s oldest son, is the golf coach at Columbus State University and instructor at Bull Creek Golf Course in Georgia. He is also a PGA Tour commentator on the Sirius/XM PGA Tour Network where he hosts a weekly show called, “On the Mark.”
Space for the Golfweek Father & Son Open is limited, and slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit GolfweekEvents.com for full event details and to register today.

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Colonial Heritage Club Named Virginia’s Best Golf Course by GolfAdvisor

Colonial Heritage Club Named Virginia’s Best Golf Course by GolfAdvisor
(WILLIAMSBURG, VA) – Colonial Heritage Club has been named the “No. 1 Golf Course in Virginia” by GolfAdvisor, the trusted home for hundreds of thousands of reviews and recommendations for golfers by golfers.

Under Billy Casper Signature management since January 2015, the parkland-style layout near historic Williamsburg, VA topped more than 300 eligible courses with 4.5 (of five) stars. To determine its top-10 list, GolfAdvisor weighed user-based reviews measuring courses’ overall design, conditioning, customer service and affordability.

“We are very excited that golfers rate Colonial Heritage Club as Virginia’s best,” says Chip Harris, General Manager of Colonial Heritage Club. “GolfAdvisor ‘judges’ are often tough on clubs, so this honor is especially well-deserved.”

“Pristine playing surfaces, personable staff and satisfied golfers are trademarks of the clubs we manage,” says Frank Denniston, Senior VP of Billy Casper Signature. “Chip Harris and his team continue to amaze by consistently treating members and guests to high quality experiences.”

Colonial Heritage’s award-winning, 6,889-yard layout was designed by renowned architect Arthur Hills in 2006. Dense, tree-lined fairways, multiple elevation changes and undulated greens present golf experiences unmatched in the region while six sets provide entertaining challenges for all skill levels.

Among its memorable holes is the narrow, 530-yard par-5 No. 5 that requires an accurate tee shot and courageous approach to make birdie. Another highlight is the risk-reward, drivable 311-yard, par-4 No. 12 with a large bunker down the left.

Three of many rave reviews by GolfAdvisor users:
“This is a fantastic course. Spectacular signature holes, excellent greens and fairways, friendly and accommodating staff everywhere. A real gem.”
“The practice facility is amazing. The course is in great shape and challenging for all levels of play. It’s a must play for any golfer.”
“Everything about the facility was first class. Great driving range and outstanding short game area. As well maintained a course as I have ever been on. Loved the greens. Difficult, but I repeat, wow!”
More information: www.colonialheritageclub.com, 757.645.2030.

About Billy Casper Signature

Anchored in 25 years of successful club and resort management, Billy Casper Signature provides best-in-class services tailored to the unique golf, sport, leisure and hospitality requirements of private clubs and their members. Its custom, winning strategies create healthy returns for high-end member-equity, residential-inclusive, resort and other types of clubs.

With a powerful and proactive, lifestyle-based platform, Billy Casper Signature directs aggressive marketing and sales of memberships; grounds and building maintenance; clubhouse and restaurant operations; sports, fitness and spa activities; merchandising; special events; concierge services; staffing and “ACE the Member Experience” training; and financial management. Billy Casper Signature is the private club division of Billy Casper Golf and is headquartered in Reston, VA with regional offices across America.

More information: www.billycaspersignature.com, 703.761.1444.

 

Photos Courtesy of Billy Casper Golf.

Colonial Heritage Club Named Virginia’s Best Golf Course by GolfAdvisor

Colonial Heritage Club Named Virginia’s Best Golf Course by GolfAdvisor

(WILLIAMSBURG, VA)Colonial Heritage Club has been named the “No. 1 Golf Course in Virginia” by GolfAdvisor, the trusted home for hundreds of thousands of reviews and recommendations for golfers by golfers.
 
Under
Billy Casper Signature management since January 2015, the parkland-style layout near historic Williamsburg, VA topped more than 300 eligible courses with 4.5 (of five) stars.  To determine its top-10 list, GolfAdvisor weighed user-based reviews measuring courses’ overall design, conditioning, customer service and affordability.
 
“We are very excited that golfers rate Colonial Heritage Club as Virginia’s best,” says Chip Harris, General Manager of Colonial Heritage Club.  “GolfAdvisor ‘judges’ are often tough on clubs, so this honor is especially well-deserved.”
 
“Pristine playing surfaces, personable staff and satisfied golfers are trademarks of the clubs we manage,” says Frank Denniston, Senior VP of Billy Casper Signature.  “Chip Harris and his team continue to amaze by consistently treating members and guests to high quality experiences.”
 
Colonial Heritage’s award-winning, 6,889-yard layout was designed by renowned architect Arthur Hills in 2006.  Dense, tree-lined fairways, multiple elevation changes and undulated greens present golf experiences unmatched in the region while six sets provide entertaining challenges for all skill levels. 
 
Among its memorable holes is the narrow, 530-yard par-5 No. 5 that requires an accurate tee shot and courageous approach to make birdie.  Another highlight is the risk-reward, drivable 311-yard, par-4 No. 12 with a large bunker down the left.
 
Three of many rave reviews by GolfAdvisor users:

  • “This is a fantastic course.  Spectacular signature holes, excellent greens and fairways, friendly and accommodating staff everywhere.  A real gem.” 
  • “The practice facility is amazing.  The course is in great shape and challenging for all levels of play.  It’s a must play for any golfer.”
  • “Everything about the facility was first class.  Great driving range and outstanding short game area.  As well maintained a course as I have ever been on.  Loved the greens.  Difficult, but I repeat, wow!”

More information: www.colonialheritageclub.com, 757.645.2030.
 
About Billy Casper Signature
 
Anchored in 25 years of successful club and resort management, Billy Casper Signature provides best-in-class services tailored to the unique golf, sport, leisure and hospitality requirements of private clubs and their members.  Its custom, winning strategies create healthy returns for high-end member-equity, residential-inclusive, resort and other types of clubs.
 
With a powerful and proactive, lifestyle-based platform, Billy Casper Signature directs  aggressive marketing and sales of memberships; grounds and building maintenance; clubhouse and restaurant operations; sports, fitness and spa activities; merchandising; special events; concierge services; staffing and “ACE the Member Experience” training; and financial management.  Billy Casper Signature is the private club division of Billy Casper Golf and is headquartered in Reston, VA with regional offices across America.
 
More information: 
www.billycaspersignature.com, 703.761.1444.