Nike Golf Pays Tribute to the Iconic Nike Dunk Shoe with the Introduction of the Nike Dunk NG

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Nike Golf Pays Tribute to the Iconic Nike Dunk Shoe with the Introduction of the Nike Dunk NG

BEAVERTON, Ore. (August 23, 2011) – There will be a familiar iconic shoe showing up on the feet of Nike Athletes Michelle Wie and Anthony Kim.  Both young athletes will be sporting the new Nike Dunk (NG) Golf shoe. Wie will debut the colorful shoes at this week’s Women’s Canadian Open and Kim will wear them in the coming weeks on the PGA Tour.

A Nike brand franchise with a wide appeal, the Dunk has history, heritage, and a consumer cultural connection that Nike Golf respects and celebrates.  The new Nike Dunk NG, which inspires individuality and personal expression, will now be available for golfers starting January 1, 2012.

Staying true to the original Nike Dunk which was created 25 years ago, Nike Golf has kept the original last to ensure that the Nike Dunk NG feels just the same as the Dunks that people have grown to love without compromising performance for golf.  With golf specific spikes on the outsole and golf specific waterproof leather, the Nike Dunk has been transformed to perform on the course.

Keeping in line with the strong personality and attitude of the Nike Dunk, the Nike Dunk NG allows athletes to show their true colors on the course.  The energy of Soar Blue, Safety Orange, Court Green for men and Spark, Orange Glow and Mint for women allow consumers to have a bold, athletic look while coordinating with the apparel from the Nike Golf Sport Collection.

The Nike Dunk NG comes with two sets of shoelaces, allowing athletes to either accentuate the bright color of the shoe or to opt for traditional white.  With full-grain waterproof leather, the Nike Dunk NG can battle the elements of poor weather conditions.  The Scorpion Stinger Spikes ensure that traction is not an issue for the Nike Dunk NG.

A TOUCH OF NIKE DUNK HISTORY

The original Nike Dunk was created as a basketball shoe in 1985.  After it was introduced to the world, the Nike Dunk started a commotion when basketball teams began wearing them to match their uniforms.  New to the scene and already making a lasting impression, the Nike Dunks enjoyed a widespread following and massive popularity almost instantly. This new expression of style lasted through the years and Dunks have become the prized shoes for sneakerheads as well as fashion statements for anyone looking to add vintage style to their shoe collection. Now the Nike Dunk enters golf.

Key Features:

*  Full-grain waterproof leather
*  2 sets of shoelaces
*  Full-length contoured sockliner
*  Rubber cupsole
*  Authentic Nike Dunk fit and feel
*  2-Year Limited Waterproof Warranty
*  Scorpion Stinger Spikes and tri-LOK system

Nike Dunk NG – Mens
MSRP: $160.00
Available: 1/1/2012
Colors: White/Black-Soar; White/Black-Granite; White/Cargo Khaki-Safety Orange

Available: 3/1/2012
Colors: Midnight Fog/Prism Blue-Black; White/Court Green-Black

Nike Dunk NG – Womens
MSRP: $130.00
Available: 1/1/2012
Colors: White/Mint Candy-Granite; White/Black-Spark

Available: 3/1/2012
Colors: Black/White-Check; Orange Glow/White

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Located in Beaverton, Oregon, Nike Golf designs and markets golf equipment, apparel, balls, footwear, bags and accessories worldwide. Nike Golf is passionately dedicated to ushering in the future of this great game by developing ground-breaking innovations that enable athletes to perform at their physical and mental peak.  For more information on Nike Golf, visit our Web site at http://www.nikegolf.com

. To follow Nike Golf on Twitter visit http://www.twitter.com/nikegolf and to become a fan on facebook visit http://www.facebook.com/nikegolf . Editors and journalists in the U.S. seeking editorial information and downloadable images, visit http://www.nikegolf.com/presscenter

.  For international journalists, please contact Nike Golf’s public relations representative in respective countries for information.

Edwin Watts Golf Offers End of Summer Blowout Sale on Select Golf Clubs From Leading Equipment Manuf

Edwin Watts Golf Offers End of Summer Blowout Sale on Select Golf Clubs From Leading Equipment Manufacturers

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla., August 23, 2011…Teeing it up during the dog days of summer just got more appealing, as Edwin Watts Golf Shops, LLC, (EWGS), one of the world’s largest specialty golf retailers, today announced the end of summer golf club blowout sale, offering the best deals of the year on select drivers, iron sets, fairways and hybrids from the top brands in golf.  The spectacular savings will be taking place at select Edwin Watts Golf Shops from now until September 5, 2011.

During the two-week blowout sale, customers will enjoy an additional 10 percent off select sale clubs in the $100 – $299 total sale price range; 20 percent off select sale clubs in the $300 – $499 total sale price range, and 30 percent off select sale clubs of $500 and up total sale price range.

“As the summer golf season comes to a close we are delighted to offer unbelievable savings on select equipment from the game’s leading brands,” said John Watson, CEO, Edwin Watts Golf.  “In addition to the lowest prices of the year on name brand equipment, our trusted store associates, ‘The Watts Guys,’ will be available to custom fit golfers with equipment that matches their swing characteristics.”

For 43 years, Edwin Watts Golf has been offering the freshest assortment of golf equipment & apparel, electronics and related golf accessories from the top brands in golf.

About Edwin Watts Golf
Edwin Watts Golf Shops, LLC (an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners, Inc.), headquartered in Fort Walton Beach, Florida is one of the world’s premier specialty golf retailers. The company operates as an integrated, multi-channel retailer, offering the freshest assortment of brand name golf equipment, apparel, and accessories through its 95+ domestic Retail Locations, eCommerce Internet site (http://www.edwinwattsgolf.com), Telephone/Catalog/Direct Mail sales (1.800.874.0146) and Digital Catalog (http://www.edwinwattsgolf.com/catalogs). Edwin Watts Golf touts a team of highly experienced and knowledgeable sales associates who can assist customers of all skill levels with lessons, performance fitting, special orders and repair services. The combination of the highest level of customer service, price match guarantee and reputation as the most trusted retailer in golf for over 43 years has earned the organization the right to be known as America’s Golf Club.

Beyond The Rainbow Foundation Hosts Aloha Team Classic 2011

Beyond the Rainbow Foundation is pleased to announce the schedule of activities for the Aloha Team Classic – 2011.  This 4-day golf event is being held in Maui for the 6th year October 17 – 20.  During the first 5 years, the event raised over $65,000 which has been granted to several different non-profit agencies which provide services to help Maui youth.

This annual golf event is for amateur teams comprised of 2 individuals playing on 3 magnificent golf courses on Maui.  We are excited to have several LPGA tour professionals join us again to give our tournament participants the opportunity to “Play with a Pro” and to share their tips and tour experiences with the local community at an afternoon clinic on Thursday.

The schedule of activities is as follows:

Monday October 17th                     Sunset Welcome Reception
                                                      5:45pm – 8:00pm

Tuesday October 18th                     7:00am         Bus departs for Kahili Golf Course
                                          8:30am         Round 1 – Kahili Golf Course
                                          1:00pm         Lunch
                                          2:30pm         Bus returns to Kapalua

Wednesday October 19th             8:00am         Round 2 – Kaanapali Royal Course
                                          12:30pm       Lunch
                                          3:00pm         LPGA Clinic (Open to the Public) – Kaanapali

Thursday October 20th                   8:00am         Round 2 – Kapalua Plantation Course
                                          12:30pm       Lunch – Plantation Restaurant
                                          6:30pm         Dinner Finale

Registration for the event includes all of the above activities at $1475 per person.  A non-player package for the 2 evening events is $295.  The option to play 2 of the 3 rounds with an LPGA player is $800 per player for each member of the 2-person team.  Special accommodation packages are available starting as low at $95 per person, double occupancy.

An amazing golf trip for 2 to Australia has been generously donated to Beyond the Rainbow Foundation and will be auctioned live during the dinner finale on Thursday, October 20.  The 8-day trip includes round trip travel from Honolulu to Melbourne, 7-night accommodation at the Riverwalk Hotel, 3 rounds of golf at The National Golf Club, Heritage Country Club and Riversdale Golf Club.  Participants will also have the opportunity to dine at one of the area vineyards located in Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula.  This trip is personally hosted by Bruce and Rosalie Heymanson for travel between January 10 – March 10, 2012.  With an approximate value of $5,000USD, this is sure to be a magnificent venture for the winning bidder.

For further information, please contact:
Stuart Katz
Tournament Chairperson
808-665-5815

Mahalo!
Deborah Katz
President, Beyond the Rainbow Foundation

UST Mamiya Proforce AXIVCore Shafts Used by Winner of Wyndham Championship

UST Mamiya Proforce AXIVCore Shafts Used by Winner of Wyndham Championship

(FORT WORTH, TX) – UST Mamiya – maker of the world’s finest carbon fiber golf shafts – reports the winner of the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship relied on its Proforce AXIVCore Tour Black shafts in his driver (69 gram, x-flex), three-wood (79 gram, x-flex) and five-wood (89 gram, x-flex).

Continuing the trend of strong showings for UST Mamiya users, the champion carded four rounds in the 60s while earning his first PGA Tour victory at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, NC. The win adds to the company’s list of titles this season, which include seven on the PGA Tour.

“Proforce products have become synonymous with elite performance, as shown by the numerous victories across all major Tours worldwide,” says Robb Schikner, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of UST Mamiya. “We have a vast catalogue of shafts – including the next generation of Proforce that will launch at the end of the year – to fit any player’s unique swing DNA, resulting in maximized distance, accuracy and confidence.”

Likened to the precision of Lexus automobiles, all UST Mamiya carbon-fiber shafts are made using handcrafted, repeatable production techniques that incorporate world-class engineering and premium-selected raw materials. Tight tolerances, constant taper design and low-resin content combine to enhance feel during the golf swing. UST Mamiya shafts have remained the top-selling aftermarket option in the United States the past four years.

The company produces a variety of shaft models, including the renowned ATTAS and Proforce lines, which have received significant usage on major professional tours internationally.
Knowing that every golfer who installs a new shaft will also need a grip, UST Mamiya offers a line of premium offerings, with groundbreaking new models being introduced in 2011. They include the Pro DV, Comp DV and ST1 putter grips.

About UST Mamiya

Since 1991, UST Mamiya graphite shafts are favored by recreational and competitive golfers worldwide. In 2009, UST (U.S.) and its parent company, Mamiya-OP (Japan), combined operations, including research, development, production and materials-sourcing talents.  Distributed in 30-plus countries, UST Mamiya provides shafts to consumers, retailers, club-fitters and original equipment manufacturers Adams, Bridgestone, Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, Mizuno, Nike, PING, Taylor Made, Titleist, Wilson and more. Company R&D and manufacturing facilities are in the U.S., Japan, China and Bangladesh. UST Mamiya advisory staff includes renowned instructors among GOLF Magazine’s “Top 100” and at Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.”

For more information:  http://www.ustmamiya.com, 817.267.2219.

Nike Golf Athletes Suzann Pettersen and Oliver Fisher Shine with Big Wins on Their Respective Tours

Nike Golf Athletes Suzann Pettersen and Oliver Fisher Shine with Big Wins on Their Respective Tours

-Both Nike athletes won with Nike VR clubs, Nike Method prototype putters and Nike 20XI balls –

Beaverton, OR (August 22, 2011) – Nike Golf athletes Suzann Pettersen and twenty-two-year-old Oliver Fisher emerged as champions at the Safeway Classic and the Czech Open on the LPGA and PGA European Tours, respectively.  Both Nike athletes won with a bag full of Nike Golf products, including the new Nike 20XI golf ball and Nike Method prototype putters.

Pettersen, who came off of a recent win at the Ladies Irish Open, delivered a stunning performance in the final round by shooting a 7-under-par score of 64 to position her in a sudden-death playoff and overcome a 9-shot deficit. She sealed her victory with a par on the first playoff hole.  This is her third win this year with the Nike 20XI–X golf ball and second victory with the new Nike prototype putter. This new Nike Method prototype features a unique mallet shape with a high MOI providing overall stability and performance. It will be available at retail on November 1, 2011.

On the PGA European Tour, Fisher claimed his first career victory and displayed nerves of steel by making six crucial birdie putts with his Nike Method putter en route to his two-stroke victory. The Nike Method franchise has been extremely successful on the respective professional tours all over the world having won 26 times, including three PGA Tour major championships. Fisher joins fellow Nike athlete Pettersen as the first professionals to win on the global tours with the new 20XI ball since its North America launch in April.  The Nike 20XI ball is scheduled to be introduced at retail globally on February 1, 2012. The 20XI ball features game-changing resin core technology that is faster and lighter than traditional rubber cores. A faster and lighter core results in longer distance and more controlled shots.

Both athletes also used the Nike VR Woods, Hybrids, Irons and Wedges. The Nike VR franchise has more than 80 worldwide wins including three major championships.

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Pettersen’s Nike Golf Arsenal

Driver:  Nike VR STR8-FIT 9.5-degree
Fairway Woods:  Nike SQ Dymo 3-wood/13-degree
Hybrids:  Nike VR 18-degree
Irons:  Nike VR Pro Combo (4-PW)
Wedges:  Nike VR Blade 48-degree; Nike VR 53 and 59-degree
Putter:  Nike High-MOI Method Prototype
Ball:  Nike 20XI-X
Apparel:  Nike Golf Women’s Collection
Footwear: Nike Lunar Links

Fisher’s Nike Golf Arsenal:

Driver: Nike VR Pro Ltd 8.5 driver
Irons:  VR Pro Combo Irons 3-9
Wedges: VR Pro Wedges 46, 52, 59
Fairway Woods: VR Pro prototype 15-degree fairway wood
Hybrids: VR Pro hybrid 18-degree
Putter:  Nike Method prototype putter
Ball: 20XI–X
Apparel: Nike Golf Border and Tech Range
Footwear: Nike Lunar Control

Nike Golf’s 2011 PGA Tour Victories

*  Lucas Glover – Wells Fargo Championship
*  Charl Schwartzel – The Masters Tournament
*  Jhonattan Vegas – Bob Hope Classic

Nike Golf’s 2011 International Victories

*  Oliver Fisher – Czech Open (PGA European Tour)
*  Suzann Pettersen – Ladies Irish Open (Ladies European Tour)
*  Simon Dyson – Irish Open (PGA European Tour)
*  Paul Casey – Volvo Golf Champions (PGA European Tour)
*  Charl Schwartzel – Joburg Open (PGA European Tour)
*  Pablo Martin – Alfred Dunhill Championship (PGA European Tour)

Nike Golf’s 2011 LPGA Tour Victories

*  Suzann Pettersen – Safeway Classic
*  Suzann Pettersen – Sybase Match Play Championship

Nike Golf’s 2011 Champions Tour Victories

*  John Cook – Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am
*  John Cook – Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai
*  John Cook – Montreal Championship

Nike Golf’s 2011 Japan LPGA Tour Victories

*  Kumiko Kaneda – Fuji-Sankei Classic

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Located in Beaverton, Oregon, Nike Golf designs and markets golf equipment, apparel, balls, footwear, bags and accessories worldwide. Nike Golf is passionately dedicated to ushering in the future of this great game by developing ground-breaking innovations that enable athletes to perform at their physical and mental peak.  For more information on Nike Golf, visit our Web site at http://www.nikegolf.com

.  To follow Nike Golf on Twitter visit http://www.twitter.com/nikegolf and to become a fan on facebook go to http://www.facebook.com/nikegolf .  Editors and journalists in the U.S. seeking editorial information and downloadable images, visit http://www.nikegolf.com/presscenter

.  For international journalists, please contact Nike Golf’s public relations representative in respective countries for information.

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ROOKIE HEDWALL TARGETS A RARE FEAT AT OMEGA DUBAI LADIES MASTERS

ROOKIE HEDWALL TARGETS A RARE FEAT AT OMEGA DUBAI LADIES MASTERS

DUBAI, Aug 21 – Rookie Caroline Hedwall stands an outside chance of completing a ‘grand double’ when the rising Swedish star makes her debut at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters to be held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein at the Emirates Golf Club from December 11 to 17.

Impressive victories at the Ladies Slovak Open and Finnair Masters and a couple of top-10 finishes have already assured the 22-year-old prodigy of the Ladies European Tour’s Rookie of the Year award and, if the script holds good, she could be in contention for the ‘Player of the year’ title as well.

Since the inception of the Ladies European Tour in 1978, only England’s Laura Davies, now a ‘golf in DUBAi’ ambassador, has the distinction of winning both the ‘Rookie of the Year’ and the ‘Player of the Year’ titles, a feat she achieved in her debut season in 1985.

“It would be nice to ice the cake with one final win in Dubai which, who knows, might be good enough to win the Henderson Money List (the official name of the Order of Merit),” said Hedwall, who is currently placed third on the list behind Japan’s Ai Miyazato (euro 363,079) and Melissa Reid of England (euro 196,410) with euro 195,817 in earnings from 14 starts in her first season as a professional on the Ladies European Tour.

“I strongly believe in destiny. If it has to happen, it will happen. I am not putting any extra pressure on me. It has been a great year and I would like to keep the momentum going,” said Hedwall, who will join Michelle Wie among other big stars in the starting line-up of the euro 500,000 event, promoted and organized by golf in DUBAi.

“I have never been to Dubai, but have seen it on TV. It looks pretty specially the (Majlis) course against the backdrop of shimmering skyscrapers. I am told by fellow golfers it’s a great place to play golf.

“The tournament is professionally run and the players are looked after well by the organizers. I am looking forward to playing in Dubai and savouring the Arabian hospitality,” said Hedwall, who hails from Osterlen, the home town of now Dubai-based Henrik Stenson.

“I think LET players are up there with the best. The very fact that LPGA players now play in Europe shows LET is becoming stronger every passing year,” said the Swede, who upstaged major champions and Ryder Cup stars by winning the inaugural PowerPlay Golf event at the Celtic Manor in Wales in May this year.

Designed to emulate the speed and success of Twenty20 cricket, PowerPlay Golf is played over nine holes instead of the customary 18 for championship golf, using the Stableford points system.

Before turning pro earlier this year, Hedwall enjoyed a successful amateur career, winning the European Team Championship in 2008 and 2010, the European Amateur Championship in 2007 and 2009, and the World Amateur Championship in 2008.

While at Oklahoma State she was the 2010 NCAA Individual Champion, 2010 NGCA Player of the Year, 2010 Golfstat Cup Winner, 2009 and 2010 First-Team All-American, and Big 12 Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010.

“The presence of Caroline will bring fresh energy to the tournament. She has already shown flashes of her brilliance on the Tour and it would be tremendously exciting to watch this special talent,” said Mohamed Juma Bumaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi.

“She is already rated by many as the best player to come out of Europe since Annika Sorenstam and I am sure we’re going to see a lot of her in the near future.

“Sweden has a great reputation when it comes to producing world class female professional golfers. The dramatic rise of Caroline only underlines the truism. I wish her all the best and hope she keeps going strong and building on that already impressive resume.”

‘golf in DUBAi’ is backed by Omega as the title sponsor and Dubal (Dubai Aluminium) as the sponsor. The co-sponsors are: CNN, Emirates NBD, Gulf News, Jumeirah, Mercedes-Benz and Wasl while Dubai Duty Free, Carpetland and Motivate are the Patrons in golf in DUBAi’s drive to showcase the emirate’s vibrant golfing scene to a worldwide audience.

UST Mamiya Proforce V2 Shaft Used by Winner of Price Cutter Charity Championship

UST Mamiya Proforce V2 Shaft Used by Winner of Price Cutter Charity Championship
Win Caps Excellent Week as Company Claims No.1 Position in Wood and Driver Shaft Manufacturer Counts According to Darrell Survey

(FORT WORTH, TX) – UST Mamiya – maker of the world’s finest carbon fiber golf shafts – reports it captured the wood and driver shaft manufacturer counts at the Nationwide Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship with 80 products in play
during the week, including a Proforce V2 used by the winner in his 3-wood (86 gram, x-flex).

Over the last four events, UST Mamiya placed first or second in both wood and driver shaft counts. New product introductions have catapulted an impressive progression from a fifth-place standing in wood shafts and fourth in driver shafts at the season-opening Panama Claro Championship.

“Players on the Nationwide Tour and all major Tours worldwide increasingly rely on our products and are putting into play the shaft that matches their particular swing DNA,” says Robb Schikner, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of UST Mamiya. “Our cross-section of options suits the needs of all skill levels and the revolutionary new shafts Tour players are using will soon be made available for recreational golfers.”
Continuing the trend of strong showings for UST Mamiya users, the winner carded four rounds in the 60s at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield, MO, to capture his first Nationwide victory. The win adds to the company’s list of titles this season, which include six on the PGA Tour.

“Pat Dempsey, our Nationwide Tour representative, has excelled in educating players on how our shafts will enhance their performance with clear benefits,” adds Schikner.
Likened to the precision of Lexus automobiles, all UST Mamiya carbon-fiber shafts are made using handcrafted, repeatable production techniques that incorporate world-class engineering and premium-selected raw materials. Tight tolerances, constant taper design and low-resin content combine to enhance feel during the golf swing. UST Mamiya shafts have remained the top-selling aftermarket option in the United States the past four years.

The company produces a variety of shaft models, including the renowned ATTAS and Proforce lines, which have received significant usage on major professional tours internationally. 
Knowing that every golfer who installs a new shaft will also need a grip, UST Mamiya offers a line of premium offerings, with groundbreaking new models being introduced in 2011. They include the Pro DV, Comp DV and ST1 putter grips.

About UST Mamiya

Since 1991, UST Mamiya graphite shafts are favored by recreational and competitive golfers worldwide. In 2009, UST (U.S.) and its parent company, Mamiya-OP (Japan), combined operations, including research, development, production and materials-sourcing talents.  Distributed in 30-plus countries, UST Mamiya provides shafts to consumers, retailers, club-fitters and original equipment manufacturers Adams, Bridgestone, Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, Mizuno, Nike, PING, Taylor Made, Titleist, Wilson and more. Company R&D and manufacturing facilities are in the U.S., Japan, China and Bangladesh. UST Mamiya advisory staff includes renowned instructors among GOLF Magazine’s “Top 100” and at Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.”

For more information:  http://www.ustmamiya.com, 817.267.2219.
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Golfplan design shapes grand scope of Beijing Secret Garden

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Golfplan design shapes grand
scope of Beijing Secret Garden

SITAIZUI, China — The course architects at Golfplan will lead an international who’s who of development consultants in the planning, design and construction of Beijing Secret Garden, a four-season US$1 billion resort project 230 km northwest of the Chinese capital that will ultimately include world-class ski facilities, a Whistler-style real estate/commercial community, and seven golf courses.

Founded in 1993, Malaysian developer VXL Group brings a wealth of experience to the Secret Garden, mainly in the form of real estate, resort and casinos projects it has spearheaded all over East and Southeast Asia. Indeed, Golfplan (http://www.golfplan.com) designed the publicly traded firm’s first golf project, 20 years ago — the Awana Genting Highlands G&CC, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, is one of 150 courses the Golfplan has designed in 50 different countries around the world.

Golfplan’s internationalist outlook is matched by its colleagues on the Beijing Secret Garden project. VXL Group has retained vertical architects Hornberger Worstel, the firm responsible for the new W Hotel San Francisco and The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, alongside Ecosign, the mountain resort planners who crafted Steamboat Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado, Hanazono Resort in Hokkaido, Japan, and Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada. Sasaulito, California-based SWA is responsible for the massive project’s sweeping landscape plan.

“There are big plans for this property, obviously, and we’re eager to get the golf portion of those plans underway,” said Golfplan partner Kevin Ramsey, who anticipates breaking ground on the first course early in 2012. “This year, the concentration has been placed on resort infrastructure. Golf will follow quickly, but the scale of the project necessitates proper roads, reservoirs and electrical capabilities first.

“The Whistler model is instructive. VXL Group has retained the ski architects who worked at Whistler. The golf and ski capabilities, in addition to the real estate and commercial developments there are clearly a model. Let’s remember Whistler played a big role in staging Vancouver’s Winter Olympics in 2010. Beijing Secret Garden has been designed to attract ‘world class winter sports events’. It doesn’t take a whole lot of imagination to see the ultimate goal here.”

Massive infrastructure requisites are quickly falling into place. The Chongli region, home to Beijing Secret Garden, is 50 kilometers east of Zhangjiakou City, which was recently linked by the ZhangCheng Expressway. The Zhangjiakou Airport opened to commercial air travel this year, and completion of the Beijing-Urumqi High Speed Rail, in 2012, will further ease access — Zhangjiakou will be the first stop on this line.

The focus of Beijing Secret Garden development is a valley that cuts through a dramatic landscape of mountains and broad grasslands. The Golfplan-designed course, the first of seven, will occupy either side of the main entry road, meaning it will be the first thing visitors see upon arrival.

The routing will “rock and roll through these big hills — it will make a statement visually, as our work always does,” Ramsey said. “This a ski area, but this will not be a Korean mountain course. The land is not so severe and there are no trees out there to speak of, just a few pockets of pine and birch. We’ll tie golf holes into those groves where we can, and an ambitious tree planting-scheme is planned.

“There will be at least three holes playing in and around elaborate water features, complete with waterfalls. But for me, the site here is the most spectacular feature. These hills are very broad. The air is so clear up here, such a distance away from Beijing. We have par-3s that play 60-70 feet downhill, and the views are very long. The setting is quite heroic, but also very peaceful.”

Golfplan is among the most prolific and respected course design firms in world golf, and it has played an integral role in China’s development as a golfing nation. The firm currently has 153 holes under construction on five different sites across the country.

The Beijing Secret Garden project, where Golfplan is slated to design all seven golf courses, was surely procured on the strength of its recent work in China — Qiandaohu Country Club in Zhejiang Province, for example, was named the country’s top new course by China Golf magazine in 2009, while the spectacular Weihai Point Golf Resort, opened in 2010, in Shandong Province, has garnered numerous international course design awards.

However, Golfplan was among the first western golf entities to commit itself to golf in China. It has been working here since 1984, designing courses like Grand Dynasty in Beijing and Orient Xiamen. Having introduced golf to so many new markets —to Indonesia in the 1970s, to China, Malaysia and Korea in the 1980s, to the former Eastern Bloc in Europe in the ‘90s, to Vietnam early in this century, and to India over the past three years — Golfplan partners understand how long market maturation truly takes.

“Beijing Secret Garden is an nuanced example of how far the Chinese market has come in the last 25 years,” said Golfplan partner David Dale, who will collaborate with Ramsey in Sitaizui. “Fact is, the first golf courses built here in China were not built well — golf was so new, it was very difficult to find or import construction expertise. It was equally difficult to match maintenance expertise with newly finished courses. Very few architects are happy with the way those early Chinese courses have fared over time, in terms of construction and maintenance. It’s a sign of how immature the Chinese market was at that time.

“We’re in a different place now, and it’s exhilarating to see the investment Golfplan made in this market, in so many people here, paying off. What we’re doing in India today — getting results from training our own construction and maintenance people, on the ground, as we design and build the golf course — is exactly what we did in China during the late 1980s and early ‘90s. That investment of time and expertise in Chinese course-building professionals is paying off today, not just at Golfplan projects but at course development projects across the country.”

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[For more information on this and other projects from Golfplan call +1.207.526.7190, or visit ]http://www.golfplan.com]

About Golfplan
Partners David Dale and Kevin Ramsey are based out of Golfplan’s U.S. headquarters in Santa Rosa, Calif., while the famously globetrotting Ron Fream, the firm’s founder, now operates a satellite office from his home in Johor Bahru, just over the border from Singapore in Malaysia.

Since its founding in 1972, Golfplan has built some of the world’s most celebrated courses, in some of golf’s most exotic locations: Pezula, on South African cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean; Bali Handara, New Kuta and Jagorawi, in the tropical jungles of Indonesia; Shore Gate, in the storied sand barrens just a few miles from Pine Valley and the boardwalks of Atlantic City, New Jersey, in the United States; the 27 holes at Disneyland Paris; the mountainous Bonari Kogen GC, Japan’s top-rated resort course and recently rated no. 4 in the country; Pine Beach Golf Links in Haenam, South Korea, opened in 2009 on cliff tops that form the eastern edge of the Yellow Sea; and The Club at Nine Bridges in Korea — host to the Samsung World Championship and World Club Championship, firmly ensconced on the world Top 100 lists at both Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine, and recently named by GOLF as one of the top 50 courses to be designed in the last 50 years (#20).

 

PGA GRAND SLAM GETAWAY BRINGS GOLF TRAVELERS UP CLOSE TO MAJOR CHAMPIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Contact:    Michele Kruchkowski Cooper
August 16, 2011                                                       732-469-5700            
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PGA GRAND SLAM GETAWAY BRINGS GOLF TRAVELERS UP CLOSE
TO MAJOR CHAMPIONS
Golf Excursion to Beautiful Island of Bermuda Brings Golfers Up Close with 2011 PGA Championship Winner Keegan Bradley, Open Championship Winner Darren Clarke, U.S. Open Champion Rory McIlroy & Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel at 2011 PGA Grand Slam of Golf

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—It’s a golf getaway like no other, as it offers the chance to see golf’s four major winners (The Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship & PGA Championship) up close in a competition to determine the 2011 PGA Grand Slam of Golf champion.  The PGA of America recently introduced the PGA Grand Slam Getaway, an excursion for golf travelers to the beautiful island of Bermuda to play multiple rounds of golf while watching a season-ending showcase event that boasts the most difficult requirement in the game – a Major Championship.

The 29th PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which takes place at the Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda, October 18-19, will be headlined this year by 2011 PGA Championship Winner Keegan Bradley, 2011 Open Championship Winner Darren Clarke, 2011 U.S. Open Champion Rory McIlroy and 2011 Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel.

As part of the excitement surrounding the PGA Grand Slam of Golf and the island of Bermuda, which boasts seven spectacular golf courses, The PGA of America has created 3-, 4- and 5-night PGA Grand Slam Getaway golf packages that include: luxurious accommodations at The Fairmont Southampton; breakfast daily; admission for 3 days to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf event at Port Royal Golf Course; daily transfers to/from the hotel to Port Royal; and championship golf on the acclaimed Fairmont Southampton, Riddell’s Bay or Belmont golf courses.  The package prices, which include tax, range from $615-$1,170 per person, based on double occupancy, length of stay and rounds of golf.  Golfers interested in purchasing the getaway packages from The PGA of America can visit http://www.premiergolf.com or call 1-866-260-4409.

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf features a $1.35 million purse, with the winner receiving $600,000; second place $300,000; third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000.  TNT’s prime-time broadcast of the event reaches a worldwide audience of 88.9 million U.S. homes and international viewers in more than 100 countries. 

PGA Grand Slam Getaway Brings Golf Travelers to Major Champions

Hosted by the Bermuda Department of Tourism, Port Royal Golf Course, and the Fairmont Southampton Hotel, The PGA Grand Slam of Golf was established in 1979 and has grown from an 18-hole, single-day charity event to a 36-hole annual showdown that matches professional golf’s best against each other.  Ernie Els captured the 2010 PGA Grand Slam of Golf title at Port Royal.

The PGA of America

Celebrating its 95th year, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission of its founders: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf.  By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in a multi-billion dollar golf industry.  By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere.  The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.
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The Lakes at Castle Hills Chosen as New Site for World Headquarters of Hank Haney Golf Schools

Aug 16, 2011 09:43 ET

The Lakes at Castle Hills Chosen as New Site for World Headquarters of Hank Haney Golf Schools

World-Renowned Golf Academy and Staff Added to Castle Hills Golf Club as Part of Complete Course and Clubhouse Renovation by New Owner

LEWISVILLE, Texas, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/—Renowned golf instructor Hank Haney has chosen The Lakes at Castle Hills as home and headquarters for the Hank Haney Golf Schools and the site of a new Hank Haney Golf Academy. The Lakes at Castle Hills is located at 699 Lady of the Lake Blvd., in the Lewisville master-planned community of Castle Hills. The course (formerly The Golf Club at Castle Hills) has been renamed as part of the new ownership by Bright Realty.

Hank Haney is considered a world leader in golf instruction. Haney has taught over 50,000 golf lessons in his career, his students have won every major championship, he has worked with hundreds of top-ranked pros and is most known for the six years he spent coaching Tiger Woods and the 25 years he spent coaching Masters and British Open champion Mark O’Meara.

“With the great support of Bright Realty in creating a truly world class golf facility, coupled with the latest golf teaching technologies, we have a chance to make learning golf a great experience here at The Lakes at Castle Hills,” says Haney. “We are proud to include The Lakes at Castle Hills Academy as one of our premier teaching and training centers in Texas,” adds Haney.

“It is an honor to have been chosen as the site for Haney’s internationally recognized Golf Academy and its Golf School world headquarters,” said Chris Bright, Bright Realty CEO. “The world class golf services offered by Haney’s associates will complement The Lakes at Castle Hills, a 7,152-yard championship course and club which is currently undergoing a complete upgrade and renovation with plans to re-open in September.”

The Hank Haney Golf Academy at The Lakes at Castle Hills will feature Haney’s elite instruction and his award-winning staff, as well as an outstanding practice facility:

Instruction

Hank Haney Golf instruction is considered the finest in the world, based on the practical, experience and formal technical training of swing plane mechanics taught through the Hank Haney Certified method. Hank Haney Golf teaching methodologies at The Lakes at Castle Hills include a variety of personal and group lesson options, specialty seminars and workshops. The Academy features advanced state-of-the-art teaching and training technology including indoor swing lab offering Online Skills Coach video and motion analysis, Cool Clubs custom club fitting center and innovative studio devoted to the intricacies of putting.

Staff

The award-winning teaching staff at the Academy includes six full-time instructors led by Director of Instruction Peter Krause. Krause is a PGA National Teacher of the Year and a GOLF magazine Top 100 Teacher in America. He was awarded the Minnesota PGA Teacher of the Year six times and named Spalding Top-Flite National Teacher of the Year.

Facility

The Hank Haney Golf Academy at The Lakes at Castle Hills currently exceeds the standards of most golf practice facilities in Texas with enormous grass tees at either end of its 510-yard range and three full-length practice holes (a par-3, par-4 and par-5).

“Our partnership with Hank Haney speaks to Bright Realty’s commitment to the significant improvements underway at The Lakes at Castle Hills and the Academy,” says Bright. “Castle Hills is the fastest-growing community in the DFW area and has always offered outstanding amenities. The addition of The Hank Haney Golf Academy at The Lakes at Castle Hills is yet another unmatched amenity we offer the community,” adds Bright.

About Hank Haney Golf: Owner and founder Hank Haney believes that golf is a game for everyone. Hank has made it his goal to make golf fun and easy for everyone. As a leader in junior, amateur, and professional golf instruction, Hank Haney Golf focuses on individual performance, tour proven development plans based on the practical experience and swing plane mechanics taught through the Hank Haney Certified method. Hank Haney Golf provides golfers of all levels private, group and online golf instruction, personalized training plans, resources and tools necessary for game improvement. Hank Haney is also committed to mentoring pro’s to become better teachers, communicators and players through his international Teach the Teacher Seminar and advanced teacher certification program, Hank Haney PRO . http://www.HankHaney.com

About The Lakes at Castle Hills: The Lakes at Castle Hills is a full-service country club featuring the world headquarters of Hank Haney Golf Schools and a Jay Morrish-designed 18-hole championship course. The newly updated 7,152-yard course has undergone a complete renovation with greens reverted to their original design, reconfigured fairways with the addition of several lakes, fountains, premium grass and premium bunker sand. Future planned improvements include a redesigned club house with resort-style swimming, fitness, outdoor dining amenities and more. The Lakes at Castle Hills offers a wide range of event packages, casual and formal dining, and a full-service pro shop. The club is open for daily fee rounds until it becomes a fully private country club; a variety of membership options is currently available. For more information, visit http://www.thelakesatcastlehills.com .

About Castle Hills: Castle Hills is a 2,500 acre mixed-use golf course community. Located west of the Dallas North Tollway and Park Blvd., with easy access to Hwy. 121, Castle Hills has beautiful homes priced from $200s to more than $3 million, exemplary-rated schools, resort-like amenities including golf, amenity centers, swimming pools, lakes, parks, a hike-and-bike trail, custom homes in the gated Enchanted Hill neighborhood and the Castle Hills Village Shops for dining, shopping and monthly community events.  http://www.CastleHills.com .

SOURCE Bright Realty

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