PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan Named World Golf Foundation Chairman for 2018 

 

PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan Named World Golf Foundation Chairman for 2018 

(ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.) – World Golf Foundation (WGF) – the organization uniting the golf industry to support initiatives to grow the game – announces Jay Monahan, PGA TOUR Commissioner, has been named WGF Chairman for 2018 by the Board of Directors. He succeeds LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan.

Monahan was appointed the fourth commissioner of the PGA TOUR on November 7, 2016, officially taking office and succeeding former Commissioner Tim Finchem on January 1, 2017.

“I look forward to continuing to work closely with the members of the World Golf Foundation in our efforts to find new ways to bring this great game to a broader, younger, more diverse audience,” said Monahan. “We are excited about the state of our sport and confident that with continued collaboration, we can ensure its future growth and success.”

Monahan, who joined the PGA TOUR in June 2008 as Executive Director of THE PLAYERS Championship, had served as Deputy Commissioner since April 1, 2014; he assumed the additional title of Chief Operating Officer in early 2016, working directly with Commissioner Finchem on the entire scope of the TOUR’s business operations and strategy.

Monahan came to the PGA TOUR from Fenway Sports Group (FSG). He served as FSG’s Executive Vice President, leading the sales and business development team for the property ownership and representation divisions. Additionally, he directed FSG’s sponsorship sales operations for Boston College Athletics, the Boston Red Sox, Major League Baseball Advanced Media and NASCAR’s Roush Fenway Racing, among others.

“Commissioner Monahan’s leadership will be critical as we address several issues of importance to the game,” says Steve Mona, CEO of WGF. “Raising awareness and promoting the game’s health, economic, environmental and charitable benefits are all key priorities and he will be instrumental in leading our efforts in these areas.”

Along with Monahan, other WGF Board members include: Pete Bevacqua, CEO of the PGA of America; Mike Davis, CEO/Executive Director of the USGA; Will Jones, Executive Director of The Masters Tournament Foundation; Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the PGA European Tour; Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, and Mike Whan, Commissioner of the LPGA.

For more information, visit www.worldgolffoundation.org.

About World Golf Foundation

The World Golf Foundation is a non-profit organization that unites the golf industry to support initiatives that enhance growth and access to the game. Founded in 1993 and supported by major international golf organizations and companies, WGF oversees the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum, The First Tee, GOLF 20/20, WE ARE GOLF and other programs.

Villa del Palmar Resort & Spa Offers Unlimited Golf & Sport Fishing Package

LORETO, Baja California Sur, Mexico (January 25, 2018) — What’s better than playing the newly completed Rees Jones-designed golf course along the Baja Peninsula or fishing in the indigo waters of the Sea of Cortez? Doing both in the extra-special “Unlimited Golf & Fishing Package” offered by Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto.

Guests can play continuous rounds of golf, as many as desired, at the dazzling new Danzante Bay Golf Club – featuring 18 holes overlooking the ocean – and go fishing in an area once described by Jacques Cousteau as the “aquarium of the world” on a privately chartered boat.

The “Unlimited Golf & Fishing Package” also features lodging for three nights in a Deluxe Studio Suite at Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa, a Villa Group property that features 4,447 acres of unspoiled beauty along one of the most breathtaking spots in the hemisphere.

The package is available now through May 30th, travel window from now until December 20th, 2018. Guests can choose either an all-inclusive or European package option.

The all-inclusive package rate, at $1,056 per person, based on double occupancy, includes:

Three nights in a deluxe studio suite at Villa del Palmar
All meals at resort restaurants
Domestic and international beverages at resort restaurants
Unlimited golf, with use of golf cart and practice facilities
One day-trip of fishing on a panga boat
For non-fishing guests– an appointment at Sabila Spa for a treatment, facial, or wet area access
$25 credit at Sabila Spa (may not be combined with other certificates)
The European package rate, at $836 per person, based on double occupancy, includes:

Three nights in a deluxe studio suite at Villa del Palmar
Continental breakfast for three mornings
Unlimited golf, with use of golf cart and practice facilities
One daytrip fishing on a panga boat
For non-fishing guests– an appointment at Sabila Spa for a treatment, facial, or wet area access
$25 credit at Sabila Spa (may not be combined with other certificates)
Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at the Islands of Loreto boasts stunning views of the Sea of Cortez and Sierra de la Giganta Mountain Range, three outstanding restaurants, five swimming pools, the luxurious Sabila Spa, beautiful beaches, tennis courts, miles of hiking trails and sport fishing.

Part of a luxury master-planned community adjacent to the coastline of Baja’s inland Pacific marine sanctuary, Danzante Bay Golf Club has five sets of tees, ranging between 4,916 and 7,237 yards, and features wide fairways and greens that must be carefully judged but are never unfair. Most of the entrances to the greens are open — allowing approach shots to run on safely — while the holes along the cliffs feature strategically placed collection areas to keep errant shots from taking the plunge into the blue water below.

Along with the changing terrain, the winds can be different day to day and even during the day, conditions that influence shot value and strategy.

The resort is just a two-hour flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) via Alaska Airlines and is accessible seasonally with direct WestJet flights from Calgary, and from Tijuana via Calafia Airlines.

For more details, visit www.villadelpalmarloreto.com, call (800) 790-4187, or email reservaciones.vdpl@vgloreto.com.

For additional information on Danzante Bay Golf Club, visit www.danzantebay.com.

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About Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto: Baja’s First Million Star Resort

Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto is a luxury destination resort on the Sea of Cortez, off the eastern coast of the Baja peninsula overlooking Danzante Island (one of five in the region). Flanked by the rugged Sierra de la Giganta range, the Villa del Palmar is the first and only resort to occupy one of the Gulf of California’s last virgin coastlines. The resort features 181 new, spacious, beautifully appointed Deluxe Ocean View, one, two and three bedroom Suites with terraces and stunning ocean and mountain views, timeshare options, three restaurants offering gourmet dining, an attentive English-speaking staff, five swimming pools, a 39,000 square-foot Sabila Spa and Wellness Center, two tennis courts, beautiful beaches and a mild and warm climate year-round.

Guests can enjoy PADI-certified SCUBA diving lessons and snorkeling tours in the protected indigo waters that explorer Jacques Cousteau once dubbed the “Aquarium of the World.” Outdoor adventurers can also experience tours of the nearby Danzante and Del Carmen Islands atop an inflatable APEX boat, as well as swimming, world-class fishing aboard the “Mad Dash” tournament boat, paddle boarding, kayaking, whale watching and mountain biking. With shuttle service priced at $10 per person round trip, guests can explore the historic town at the Islands of Loreto and visit the 1697 mission that made the town famous. The area is also known for its wildlife, including the 900 species of fish off the coast and in an area that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second largest National Marine Park. Hotel perks include a spa and fitness center, massages and salsa dance lessons. Travelers can take a short flight from LAX on Alaska Airlines or from Calgary, Canada aboard WestJet, Canada’s most-preferred airline, to the Islands of Loreto.

The resort was named the 16th best resort in Mexico by Trip Advisor. In 2015, Travel Weekly magazine recognized the Islands of Loreto with a 2015 Silver Magellan Award in the Adventure Destination category. Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto was also recognized as Mexico’s Leading Beach Resort in the 22nd and 23rd annual World Travel Awards. It also earned recognition as Mexico and Central America’s Leading Resort by the same prestigious organization.

Carr Golf to Showcase 2018 / 2019 Tour Itineraries, Event Calendar at PGA Merchandise Show

Carr Golf to Showcase 2018 / 2019 Tour Itineraries, Event Calendar at PGA Merchandise Show

 

(DUBLIN, Ireland) – Carr Golf  – Ireland and Scotland’s premier provider of unforgettable golf vacations – will exhibit as part of the Golf Ireland booth (#3273) at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Jan. 23 – 26.

Carr Golf will also host nightly fun gatherings during the week for its partners, media and clients at Topgolf Orlando adjacent to the Convention Center.

The full-service tour company specializes in unrivaled customer care for groups of all sizes and premier “one-of-a-kind” itineraries featuring luxury accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, fine dining, caddies and anything else needed for stress-free, extraordinary golf vacations. Carr Golf additionally works directly with a multitude of North American PGA club professionals on incentivized member and association getaways.

Carr Golf just announced its 2018 Ryder Cup Package for the celebrated biennial event taking place at France’s Le Golf National, Sept. 27 – 30. The five-night stay (Sept. 26 – Oct. 1) in the center of the dramatic “City of Light” features four- and five-star accommodations, daily breakfast, gifts, Ryder Cup tickets to the final practice day and opening ceremony (Sept. 27) as well as three days of competition and trophy presentation (Sept. 28 – 30). Daily ground transportation to and from the hotel and Le Golf National is included.

Carr Golf also recently announced packages for the 2019 Open Championship (July 18 – 21) to be played at Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush Golf Club for the first time since 1951. Along with the opportunity to attend the historic event, the offer includes luxury accommodations, tee-times on several of the world’s finest links courses and a personal driver.

Carr Golf will showcase a wide array of unique events including the 29th Annual World Invitational Father & Son Tournament (Aug. 8 – 12) and 11th Annual World Invitational Father & Daughter Tournament (July 23 – 26), both held on Ireland’s Waterville Golf Links. Carr Golf announced the 2nd Annual Donald Ross Invitational Tournament to be held in September 2019 on Scotland’s renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Club as well as nearby Castle Stuart Golf Links and Brora Golf Club.

The nearly 30-year-old company has been experiencing unprecedented demand for itineraries featuring the great links courses of Scotland and Ireland. Carr Golf can currently guarantee August 2018 tee-times on Muirfield Golf Club, Royal County Down, Old Head Golf Links and Ballybunion Golf Club.

Carr Golf works closely with numerous additional world-class layouts including The Old Course in St. Andrews, Portmarnock Golf Club, Portstewart Golf Club, Royal Troon, Tralee Golf Club and Lahinch Golf Club as well as lesser known “must play” gems including Carne Golf Links, Enniscrone Golf Club, Dooks Golf Club and Ardglass Golf Club.

For more information on Carr Golf: www.carrgolf.com1.855.617.5701 (U.S. toll free) or +353.1.822 6662.

About Carr Golf Travel

For nearly three decades, Ireland-based Carr Golf Travel has built its impeccable reputation on creating the ultimate golf escapes to exceptional courses in Ireland and Scotland like Ballybunion, Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Waterville, The Old Course at St. Andrews, and Turnberry. Deeply passionate about the game’s history and traditions, the family-owned company creates, plans and implements customized and unique itineraries that include tee times, luxury accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, fine dining, caddies and anything else needed for stress-free, unforgettable golf vacations and memories.

Joe Carr, the company’s late founder, was one of Ireland’s greatest golf heroes with over 40 championship victories including three British Amateur titles. He was the recipient of the Bobby Jones Award (1961), Walter Hagen Award (1967), and played in three Masters Tournaments at Augusta National. In 1991 he was the first Irishman to be honored with Captaincy of the Royal & Ancient and in 2007 he was the first Irishman to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Today, Joe’s son, Marty, operates the business as executive chairman. His brother Roddy is also actively involved. Named winner of Golf Digest’s Editors’ Choice Award for “Best Tour Operator” in 2016 and 2017, Carr Golf Travel hosts numerous prestigious annual events including the World Invitational Father & Son Tournament, Invitational Father & Daughter Tournament, Donald Ross Invitational and a number of Invitational Links Pro-Am tournaments in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland’s southwest. Moreover, the company is at the forefront of corporate event implementation, as well as developing itineraries built around the Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup, College football and NFL games in London.

GOLFZON To Conduct Closest to the Pin Contest, Display ARCADE Software at CES in Las Vegas

 

STERLING, Virginia, USA (December 20, 2017) – GOLFZON (www.golfzongolf.com) will conduct a Closest to the Pin contest and display its new ARCADE Software for alternative game play among other capabilities for its world renowned golf simulator during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Show in Las Vegas, NV, Jan. 9-12, 2018. GOLFZON is the only golf simulator company scheduled to be on site and will be located at Sands, Halls A-D, Booth No. 44322 in the Sports Zone, adjacent to Turner Broadcasting.

The CES Show, organized by the Consumer Technology Association, is a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that takes place every January in Las Vegas. The event drew 184,000 attendees and 4,000 exhibitors in 2017 and expects a similar or greater turnout during the second week of 2018.

The Closest to the Pin contest will be held daily from 2-3 p.m., with awards given out soon after. Approach shots on the short, par-3 seventh hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links will be used with each participant getting two shots. All participants will receive two GOLFZON-branded Titleist golf balls and each daily winner will receive an Apple iPad Pro.

Additionally, GOLFZON will have its ARCADE software (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GnC5FLC7Qo) available for play, presenting golf games such as darts and block golf for alternative ways to enjoy the sport. Videos for Strikezon, GOLFZON’s simulated baseball game, and GolfWith, the company’s golf GPS system, will be shown. GOLFZON’s new Radar Sensor, called “DrivingTalk,” used for measuring various statistics when practicing outdoors on a driving range, will also be on display at the booth.

“GOLFZON recognizes that consumers are interested in the latest in technological advances, therefore the CES Show in Las Vegas is the perfect place for us to show our simulators to those who are interested in golf and other developments,” said Tommy Lim, CEO of GOLFZON America. “Simulator golf has been instrumental in increasing the number of people who are being introduced to golf in the United States. Additionally, home entertainment and in a bar/restaurant atmosphere are displaying more cutting-edge technology. Products, like our new ARCADE software, show the capability of our simulators.”

GOLFZON began the first GOLFZON America Simulator Championship in mid-December at affiliated stores around the United States, Canada and Mexico. Winners will be determined in eight categories, with the final results scheduled for Sunday, January 14, 2018.

GOLFZON will have a large presence at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 23-26, with a first-ever appearance at Demo Day on Tuesday, Jan. 23 and two simulators at its Booth No. 3251 on the Orange County Convention Center show floor Wednesday-Friday Jan. 24-26.

 

 

Carolinas PGA Names Matt Daly Of Founders Group International Merchandiser Of The Year

Carolinas PGA Names Matt Daly Of Founders Group International Merchandiser Of The Year

Daly Was One Of Only Ten Award Winners In The Carolinas PGA Section To Be Honored
December 19, 2017, Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Carolinas PGA named Matt Daly of TPC Myrtle Beach Merchandiser of the Year. This award recognizes PGA professionals who demonstrate superior skills as merchandisers in the promotion of golf. The Merchandiser of the Year is chosen for outstanding results as far as merchandising techniques, shop operations, philosophies, innovations and performance. With more than 230 nominations this year, only 10 were selected by the Carolinas PGA Special Awards Committee to receive these honors.

Daly led his team to maintain a well-organized and continually updated golf shop, while generating excellent margins and shop statistics. He credits his mentors and experience while working at great golf facilities during his career for the honor.

“The staff at TPC Myrtle Beach and the support of the Retail Team at Founders Group International are all responsible for the success of the shop,” said Daly. “It’s truly a team effort. I just happen to be blessed with a very knowledgable, hard-working crew around me.”

Daly was promoted this year to regional operations manager for South end courses of the FGI portfolio, including Founders Club, Litchfield Country Club, Pawleys Plantation, River Club Golf Course, Willbrook Plantation, TPC Myrtle Beach, and Tradition Golf Club. He had been head golf professional at TPC Myrtle Beach since September 2016 and was previously the head professional at Grande Dunes Golf Club, Myrtlewood Golf Club, and Pine Lakes Country Club. He has held a Class A membership with the Professional Golf Association since January 2006. Daly attended Coastal Carolina University and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing with a specialization in golf management.

TPC Myrtle Beach is the only Myrtle Beach golf course to ever be awarded 5 stars by Golf Digest. Ranked among Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, Best In State, TPC has been chosen to be the host site of the 2019 NCAA Division I men’s golf regional. Designed by Tom Fazio, the course gives golfers the experience of PGA Tour-caliber golf. It’s been played by greats including Tom Watson, Gary Player and Lee Trevino.

The mission of the Carolinas PGA Special Awards Committee is to ascertain the most eligible winners in each of the annually awarded categories, which is accomplished by an enthusiastic commitment from each committee member afforded the responsibility of identifying and recognizing his or her peers as exceptional.

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.com, www.mbn.com or MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com.

AHEAD Has College Football Bowl Game Fans Covered

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AHEAD Has College Football Bowl Game Fans Covered

From traditional caps to knit hats, company offers wide range of team headwear

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (Dec. 12, 2017) – With the 40-game college football bowl season set to run for three weeks beginning in mid-December, it is estimated 1.7 million fans are expected to pour through the turnstiles and AHEAD has them covered.

One the country’s most recognized headwear brands, the company has unveiled new collegiate style offerings from its Team Division, including a vast assortment for men and women from traditional caps, visors and straw hats, ideal for the warmer and indoor bowl venues, to custom knit hats and headbands, perfect for colder outdoor game locations.

Founded 22 years ago, the company’s headwear is synonymous with styling, great fit, innovative ornamentation techniques and industry-leading alternative graphics.  AHEAD’s offerings of caps and knit hats can be emblazoned with the official collegiate team logo of one’s choice.

“Not only do we offer a wide range of headwear to suit all interests, tastes, and styles, but we have an unparalleled selection of styles and graphics of how the logo is applied to the hats,” said Anne Broholm, CEO, AHEAD. “More than anything, we take pride in the fact that all AHEAD headwear has unmatched attention to detail.”

Ornamentation options abound, Broholm noted, everything from direct embroidery to frayed twill patch.

She added the custom heather knit hats, complete with an inner fleece lining, are growing increasingly popular. Customers can choose to knit hats with or without a pom and cuff. Among men, Broholm said, two-tone hats are a hot trend.

The collegiate bowl season begins with five games on Saturday, Dec. 16, and culminates with the National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 in Atlanta.

Recently, AHEAD launched its first-ever consumer website – aheadusashop.com – making it even easier for consumers to order their headwear. A key feature of the site provides for consumers to personalize their headwear with as many as two lines on the back center of the hat.

For additional information on AHEAD, visit its website at aheadweb.com/. To order from its new consumer site, visit aheadusashop.com. To see AHEAD’s 2018 Team Catalog, visit aheadweb.com/web/guest/team.

 

About AHEAD www.aheadweb.com

Founded in 1995, AHEAD is a multi-dimensional brand with a proven track record of success distributing headwear, apparel, and accessories to the green grass, resort and corporate markets. Its single focus of providing quality products, with innovative, high-quality design, and merchandising concepts has led to more than 20 years of continued growth and expansion. AHEAD is a leading supplier of headwear to the USGA, PGA of America, Ryder Cup and numerous PGA Tour events in addition to more than 5,000 green grass and resort shops throughout the world. Among active professional golfers who wear AHEAD gear on the course are Jim Furyk and Brittany Lincicome. Golf legends Jack Nicklaus and ANNIKA wear AHEAD exclusively.

WILSON STAFF RE-SIGNS KEVIN STREELMAN TO TWO-YEAR DEAL

WILSON STAFF RE-SIGNS KEVIN STREELMAN TO TWO-YEAR DEAL


CHICAGO, December 12, 2017 – Wilson Staff is proud to announce today the re-signing of two-time PGA TOUR champion and Staff Advisory Member Kevin Streelman.

Streelman, who has accrued over $16 million in prize winnings as a professional, first signed with Wilson Staff in January 2011. This extended agreement will see Streelman continue his longstanding relationship with the historic Wilson Staff brand for at least two more years, through 2019.

“I trust Wilson Staff to provide me with the very best in equipment as I continue to compete with the world’s best,” stated Kevin Streelman. “I also know that Wilson has the utmost confidence in my golf expertise to provide feedback and aid them in the research and development of new products. I am thrilled to be continuing my very successful partnership with the Wilson and I am extremely excited for what’s to come.”

Streelman, a Chicago native, has close ties to Wilson Golf, as the iconic brand maintains its global headquarters in the Windy City. Streelman will continue to represent the iconic Wilson Staff shield alongside 3-time Major Champion Padraig Harrington, 3-time PGA TOUR Champion Brendan Steele, and fellow Americans Troy Merritt and Ricky Barnes.

“Kevin Streelman’s importance to Wilson Staff over the years has been immeasurable,” commented Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf. “His presence as an ambassador has been critical as we at Wilson continue to solidify our presence as one of the world’s finest golf brands. Streelman’s dedication to the research and development of our latest products helps us to bring the very best to the marketplace, each and every year.”

Streelman has played an integral role with the Wilson Staff brand since he signed in 2011, not only as an ambassador, but also as a trusted advisor to the R&D department as they continue to develop award-winning products year in and year out. Streelman will continue to play Wilson’s highly-decorated FG Tour V6 irons and PMP wedges.

Let’s take a look at what’s currently in his bag:

FG Tour V6 3-9, PW

FG Tour PMP 48° Traditional

FG Tour PMP 54° Traditional

FG Tour PMP 60° Traditional

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. Note: Pros often customize the clubs they use. Consumer club specifications may vary from models customized by Pros for tournament-play.

Raymond Hearn Golf Course Designs Improves the Schenectady Municipal Golf Course

Raymond Hearn Golf Course Designs Inc. (Holland, MI) Improves the Schenectady Municipal Golf Course (Schenectady, NY)

HOLLAND, Mich. – Raymond Hearn Golf Course Designs Inc. is making progress with remodeling improvements at historic Schenectady Municipal Golf Course in Schenectady, N.Y.

“I am proud to report that our team completed Phase 1 of the remodeling improvements this fall,” said Raymond Hearn, president and founder of Raymond Hearn Golf Course Designs, Inc. and member of the ASGCA.

Schenectady Municipal was one of the first courses built after The Great Depression in 1935 by Jim Thompson and A.F. Knight with funds from the Federal Emergency Relief Administration and Works Progress Administration.

Hearn said Union College (Schenectady, NY) supplied dozens of historic photos.

“Unemployed men savaged by the Great Depression were thrilled to work on the golf course when there was little work to be found if any in the United States,” Hearn said. “There are some remarkable photos of the original construction. In one photo, men using pick axes in 20 degree below zero weather are shown creating a trench for the herringbone drainage pipe and gravel.”

Hearn said his company’s goal is to restore lost features and remodel other features necessary to improve strategy and shot value considering advancements in ball and club technology that have rendered certain risk–reward scenarios obsolete. Also included are functional items such as improved tee size, drainage, irrigation, cart paths and tree removal.

“The site is a wonderful lay of the land routing that uses all the hills, kettles and kames created by glacier,” Hearn said. “This is municipal golf at its finest. It has been on honor for all the consultants involved to work with the City of Schenectady on this project.”

Brian Vinchesi of Irrigation Consulting, Inc. in Pepperell, MA, handled the irrigation design and Daniel Shrearer of Saratoga Associates in Saratoga Springs, NY, directed the permitting and engineering. XGD Systems of Stuart, FL, performed the construction and Mike Scesny, the golf course superintendent at Schenectady Municipal, oversaw the grow-in.

“It has been an outstanding job to this point by all involved,” Hearn said. “There is excitement generated by what we’ve accomplished so far, and we look forward to continuing with the other phases of the project as the City directs us.”

GOLFTEC Unveils Special Gift Packages for Holiday Season

 

GOLFTEC Unveils Special Gift Packages for Holiday Season

Multiple Options Offer Exceptional Savings, Help All Players Improve During Winter Months

(Centennial, Colo.) – GOLFTEC – the world leader in golf lessons and club fitting, as well as the top employer of PGA Professionals – announces special holiday packages for golfers and gift givers, allowing players to experience the company’s famed Swing Evaluations, Lesson Packs and TECFIT club fitting at a great value.

These renowned services are proven to help players of all skill levels improve and enjoy their time on the course exponentially. Available through December 31, the company is offering the following special bundles and promotions, more information is available at www.golftec.com/holiday:

  • Silver Holiday Package: 60-minute Swing Evaluation, one 30-minute lesson, one 30-minute practice session and one TECFIT club fitting session for $295
  • Gold Holiday Package: 60-minute Swing Evaluation, three 30-minute lessons, three 30-minute practice sessions and one TECFIT club fitting session for $395
  • 10% off all regular Lesson Packs and Game Plans
  • 10% off for existing GOLFTEC students
  • Swing Evaluations include video analysis, motion measurement, a fact-based diagnosis and recommendation of a specific game plan, which includes fundamental elements like course strategy and a TECFIT® club fitting session. A Swing Evaluation and TECFIT session can each be purchased for $125, respectively. While the majority of lessons are taught indoors in private bays, coaches also accompany players for on-course/outdoor lessons to ensure they are comfortable in real world situations.

“These Holiday Packages offer a way for golfers of any skill level to improve their swing and get fitted with the clubs that will help them play the best golf of their lives,” says Joe Assell, Co-Founder and CEO of GOLFTEC. “With climate-controlled indoor hitting bays, golfers can train proficiently during the winter months to ensure they shoot low scores come spring.”

Highly efficient and boasting a 96 percent success rate, GOLFTEC lessons are taught one-on-one by Certified Personal Coaches using proprietary teaching technology. Developing a comprehensive improvement plan for each student is the foundation of GOLFTEC’s philosophy.

GOLFTEC has taught more than 7 million lessons at nearly 200 locations worldwide. Committed to strengthening the industry and hiring only the best staff, GOLFTEC coaches are experienced professionals, most of whom have taught thousands of lessons. Each goes through a rigorous multi-week certification at GOLFTEC University, including continued advanced training to master the analysis of golf swing mechanics, the technology of the GOLFTEC system, and the most productive teaching techniques.

To learn more about GOLFTEC, please visit www.golftec.com or call 877-446-5383.

About GOLFTEC

The world leader in golf lessons and top employer of PGA Professionals has a 96 percent success rate among its students. Since 1995, GOLFTEC Certified Personal Coaches, the vast majority of whom are PGA Professionals, have given more than 7 million lessons. The company operates hundreds of centers worldwide and has a presence in almost all major U.S. cities, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. All lessons are based on the company’s “Five Factors:” Fact-Based Diagnosis, Sequential Lessons, Video-Based Practice, Advanced Retention Tools, and TECFIT® club-fitting. To date, more than 600 GOLFTEC Coaches work across a global network of Improvement Centers, consisting of both corporately-owned and franchise-owned locations and employees.

LOS CABOS A MAJOR PRESENCE ON GOLFWEEK’S TOP 50 ROSTER

LOS CABOS A MAJOR PRESENCE ON GOLFWEEK’S TOP 50 ROSTER

Nine Cabo facilities are ranked among the ‘Top 50 Courses of the Caribbean and Mexico’

Los Cabos, Mexico (Nov. 30, 2017) –  Golfweek’s Ultimate Guide to Golf Course Living and Great Escapes 2018 has been released, and once again Los Cabos shines on the publication’s list of the ‘Top 50 Courses of the Caribbean and Mexico.’ Nine golf facilities in Los Cabos, the alluring ‘Great Golf – Perfect Weather’ destination situated at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, appear on the list, with six courses in the top 20.

Golfweek’s updated Best Courses list is clear indication that Los Cabos has established itself as the undisputed Capital of Latin American golf. No other destination in Mexico boasts as many courses on the elite roster.

Ranked at No. 2, the Dunes Course at Diamante is the centerpiece of a 1,500-acre private resort community on the destination’s west coast. Opened in 2010, the Dunes Course is a 7,300-yard behemoth carved by Davis Love III into massive rolling dunes set back from the Pacific Ocean. This windswept, topsy-turvy links, which offers great diversity and spectacular views, rambles past huge blowout bunkers and tufted sand hills on its journey to and from the sea.

Chileno Bay (No. 8), a Tom Fazio-designed golf course characterized by graceful, flowing landforms intended to simulate rolling ocean waves, reopened last year with a new landscape scheme and bright white sand in its formal bunkers. The immaculately-groomed course, framed by desert foothills and sandy arroyos, features a sea view from every hole. The back nine builds to a crescendo at the long par-4 18th, which tumbles downhill to a well-defended, infinity-edge green. The otherwise-private club is accessible to guests of Chileno Bay Resort.

Querencia (No. 11), another brilliant Tom Fazio creation, is the centerpiece of a private 1,800-acre golf community set in rugged desert foothills high above the Sea of Cortes. Loosely translated as “sanctuary”, Querencia, known for its slick, multi-tiered greens, takes players on a roller-coaster ride across steep hills and bluffs, with several holes skirting the edges of deep canyons and rocky arroyos.

Cabo del Sol (Ocean), ranked No. 15 on Golfweek’s roster, is the course that put Los Cabos on the international golf map when it opened in 1994. Intent on producing the ‘Pebble Beach of the Baja’ on what he described as “the best piece of golf property I’ve ever seen,” designer Jack Nicklaus charted grand-scale holes across gently sloping terrain creased by sandy arroyos and backdropped by rugged mountains. Seven holes on this scintillating 7,111-yard layout skirt the Sea of Cortes. The Ocean Course was treated to a major bunker restoration last year.

Nicklaus also built Quivira (No. 17), which opened to acclaim in 2014 and boasts more oceanfront exposure than any other course in Los Cabos.  Grafted onto a jaw-dropping site at Land’s End marked by huge dunes, sheer cliffs and rolling foothills, this majestic layout, arguably the most daring, eclectic course Jack has ever designed, is an aesthetic tour de force and an unforgettable test from any set of tees.

Originally built as a resort course in 1999, El Dorado Golf & Beach Club (No. 18) is now a private resort community under the aegis of Discovery Land Co. The Nicklaus-designed layout, featuring rolling saddled fairways, huge bunker complexes and picturesque green sites, meanders through a pair of stark canyons divided by a huge rocky hill.  Four interior lakes and dramatic rock formations frame the holes.

El Cardonal at Diamante (No. 23), an inland layout with an “Old California” design motif, marked the architectural debut of Tiger Woods when it opened in 2014. The brawny 7,363-yard course meanders through sand dunes on the outgoing holes. The back nine ascends to higher ground and skirts a series of arroyos. Bold, flashed-face bunkers, reminiscent of the ones built by George C. Thomas at Riviera and Bel-Air in Los Angeles, create strategic options at each hole.

Listed at No. 34 on Golfweek’s Top 50 roster, Puerto Los Cabos will likely get a second look by the magazine’s raters next year. The club currently offers two distinctive nines designed by Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus. Both layouts are etched into foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains and are perched high above the Sea of Cortes.  However, a second nine by Nicklaus, slated to open in December, will result in a core 18 of new and reconfigured holes. A second nine by Norman is planned at the 2,000-acre resort community on the East Cape.

Perhaps the most underrated venue in Los Cabos is Cabo del Sol (Desert), which is ranked No. 35 on the list. Routed in mountain foothills high above the Ocean Course, the layout, Tom Weiskopf’s first design effort in Mexico, appears airlifted into rugged desert terrain crisscrossed by canyon-like arroyos. All 18 holes serve up panoramic views of the glittering Sea of Cortes. With its enticing blend of long and short holes as well as strategic risk-reward options, the Desert Course, marked by big sloping greens and large sculpted bunkers, presents a classic test and ranks among Weiskopf’s finest designs.

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