Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Golf Channel's Big Break Series Selects PGA National as Backdrop for 23rd Season


Premiering Monday, Feb. 2, Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL to Showcase the Newly Renovated PGA National Champion Course and the Famed ‘Bear Trap’ 

Melanie Collins Returns to Co-Host Alongside Tom Abbott 

Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL Cast to be Announced Mid-January

ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2014) – Golf Channel’s popular Big Break competition series will head to South Florida for its 23rd season, featuring an all-male cast of 12 aspiring golf professionals who will encounter one of the most challenging finishing stretches of holes in all of golf: The Bear Trap.

Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL, premiering Monday, Feb. 2 at 9 p.m. ET and produced in partnership with Discover The Palm Beaches and VISIT FLORIDA, will take place at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The newly renovated Champion Course at PGA National, home to the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic and the famed Bear Trap, will headline the roster of courses hosting the series. The ultimate winner will receive an exemption to a 2015 PGA TOUR event, along with cash and other prizes. The cast will be announced in mid-January.

“Big Break is a cornerstone of our original productions franchises, and we are excited to host the series at PGA National Resort & Spa, which has a tremendous amount of history,” said Jay Kossoff, Golf Channel vice president of original productions and Big Break executive producer. “Our goal is to place our competitors in pressure situations while showcasing an elite golf destination. With The Bear Trap as the backdrop, the pressure will be even greater for our competitors trying to advance each week throughout the season.”

HOST GOLF COURSES
: Filmed on location in September, the series will unfold on four of PGA National’s award-winning golf courses, headlined by the famed Champion Course, which underwent a course redesign in 1990 by Hall-of-Famer and acclaimed designer Jack Nicklaus, and then went through a renovation in 2014. Part of the renovation was a tweak to the design of No. 14 – the prelude to The Bear Trap (Holes 15-17) – which included bringing the green closer to the water on the right.

“The Champion Course is a thinking person’s golf course,” Nicklaus said. “You’ve got to figure out whether to attack the greens or whether to be conservative. That, to me, is what golf is all about. I’ve always put a premium on accuracy, rather than power. This golf course definitely has those elements, and I look forward to seeing those elements come into play.”
  • The Champion – Home to The Honda Classic, the Champion Course was first redesigned in 1990 and renovated further in 2014. It features The Bear Trap – a demanding stretch of holes (15-17) that is widely known as one of the toughest in golf. 
  • The Palmer – Named after its designer, Arnold Palmer, the course is a subtle nod to the game's Scottish roots and is a true risk / reward layout. Its 18th is one of the most scenic and picturesque par 5s on the property. 
  • The Fazio – A complete renovation of the resort’s Haig Course, The Fazio was modernized by Tom Fazio II and is a splendid shot maker’s design. 
  • The Squire – Named after Gene Sarazen and designed by George and Tom Fazio, The Squire is a test of accuracy and precision and is the most exacting of the courses at PGA National. 
Tom Abbott returns as co-host for Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL, and will be joined by Melanie Collins, who made her Golf Channel debut as co-host for Big Break Florida in early 2014.

“Home to more than 160 public and private golf courses – from executive to championship level – The Palm Beaches offer the most impressive golf experience in Florida. In fact, historically, this is where Florida’s first 18-hole golf course was built,” said Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO of Discover The Palm Beaches. “Viewers who tune into Big Break this winter will witness what the region has to offer golfers.”

“It’s going to be thrilling to watch the Big Break contestants test their mettle against The Champion and mighty Bear Trap in competition,” says Joel Paige, Vice President and Managing Director of PGA National. “Over the 11 episodes, both the players vying to advance and viewers at home will see why we’re one of the world’s top golf destinations and the only Florida resort with five golf courses.”

“Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL is the continuation of a relationship between VISIT FLORIDA, NBC Sports and Golf Channel that will showcase Florida as a preferred destination for leisure travel,” said Paul Phipps, Chief Marketing Officer for VISIT FLORIDA. “With nearly 1,500 courses to choose from in the Sunshine State, we look forward to this unique opportunity to reach Big Break’s audience of avid golf enthusiasts.”

SERIES FORMAT: Golf Channel’s Big Break show concept pits highly skilled golfers against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness. During Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL, competitors will be subject to skills challenges from tee-to-green, including two of the series’ signature challenges, the popular “Glass Break” and “Flop Wall.” One contestant will be eliminated each week, with the last player standing awarded his Big Break, an opportunity to compete on the PGA TOUR.

For the past 22 seasons, Golf Channel’s Big Break competition series has proven to be the launching pad for many aspiring professional golfers looking to take that next step in their golf careers, including PGA TOUR winners Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey and Matt Every, and U.S. Solheim Cup participants Kristy McPherson, Gerina Piller and Ryann O’Toole, all playing full time on the PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour, respectively. Several other past Big Break competitors will be competing on the world’s top tours in 2015, including Tony Finau (PGA TOUR), Mallory Blackwelder, Katy Harris, Sadena Parks and Jackie Stoelting (LPGA Tour) and Rick Cochran, Hugo Leon, James Nitties, Justin Peters and Mark Silvers (Web.com Tour).

Become a fan of Big Break on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/BigBreak

Follow Big Break on Twitter @BigBreak


About Golf Channel
Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. Golf Channel, co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and now part of the NBC Sports Group, is available in more than 120 million homes and 83 countries worldwide. Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, as well as a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s highest-quality news, instruction and original programming. Golf Channel’s digital platforms, headed by GolfChannel.com, are the leading golf destinations on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf. Fans are able to enjoy 24/7 live streaming of Golf Channel content through Golf Live Extra and select programming is simulcast via SiriusXM’s PGA TOUR Radio. In addition, Golf Channel connects the world to golf through a wide array of digital services including Golf Channel Mobile; GolfNow, the world’s largest online booking platform; GolfAdvisor.com, a golf course ratings and review portal; the interactive Golf Channel Academy instructional app; and the Golf Channel Am Tour, the world’s largest amateur golf tour.


About Discover The Palm Beaches
Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 38 cities and towns and 15 tourism districts, commonly referred to as, The Palm Beaches, Florida. Tourism is among Palm Beach County's major industries generating an annual economic impact of nearly $7 billion in the local economy, producing $30 million in bed-tax revenue, lodging sales of approximately $623 million and supporting 60,000 jobs.


About the PGA National Resort & Spa
PGA National Resort & Spa offers the complete resort experience. Its recent $100 million revitalization blends a new atmosphere of contemporary luxury with a grand history as one the world’s premier golf destinations. Home to the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic and five award-winning golf courses, it also features nine restaurants and lounges, eight pools, 19 tennis courts, croquet courts, conference facilities, and health and racquet club. The resort's celebrated Spa at PGA National is a masterpiece of wellness with 32 treatment rooms, “Waters of the World” collection of mineral pools, full-service salon, spa boutique, healthy cuisine and 100 different treatments. Visit PGAResort.com.


About VISIT FLORIDA
As the Sunshine State’s No. 1 industry, tourism was responsible for welcoming 93.7 million visitors in 2013 who spent $76.1 billion, generating 23 percent of the state’s sales tax revenue and employing nearly 1.1 million Floridians. For every $1 spent on tourism marketing, VISIT FLORIDA – the state’s official tourism marketing corporation – generates more than $390 in tourism spending and $23 in new sales tax collections, paid by visitors, not residents. VISIT FLORIDA promotes tourism to Florida through sales, advertising, promotions, public relations and visitor services programs. As a public/private partnership, VISIT FLORIDA serves more than 12,000 tourism industry businesses, including major strategic alliance partnerships with The Hertz Corporation, LEGOLAND Florida Resort, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Universal Orlando Resort and Disney Destinations. To learn more about VISIT FLORIDA, please go to www.VISITFLORIDA.org or follow our corporate blog at www.SunshineMatters.org.

Auburn’s Jimmy Brandt Wins Golf Channel’s Big Break Myrtle Beach Reality Competition Series

(Photo credit: Mark Ashman/Golf Channel)

Brandt Defeats Toph Peterson 3&1 in Tuesday’s Season Finale

Brandt Earns Exemption to the 2015 Valspar Championship and More Than $100,000 in Cash and Prizes

ORLANDO, Fla. – Jimmy Brandt (Auburn, Ala.) defeated Toph Peterson (Logan, Utah) 3&1 in the championship match on Tuesday’s finale of Big Break Myrtle Beach, Golf Channel’s 22nd season of its competition franchise.

Contested at the Fazio Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., the match was all square through nine holes, with Brandt winning three out of the first five holes on the back nine to take a commanding lead. After Peterson failed to convert his par on 17, he conceded the hole to Brandt, who closed out the match 3&1.

“I can’t believe it, this is surreal right now,” said an emotional Brandt following the conclusion of the match. “This is going to change my life. Biggest win of my career and the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.”

As champion of Big Break Myrtle Beach, Brandt will receive an invitation to compete in the PGA TOUR’s Valspar Championship, March 12-15, 2015. In addition, he will receive:

  • $75,000 in cash, including $5,000 courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods, $10,000 courtesy of Macanudo and $10,000 courtesy of Adams Golf.
  • Full, exempt status to the 2015 SwingThought.com Tour with all entry fees paid.
  • An endorsement contract from Adams Golf.
  • $10,000 in car rental credit courtesy of Avis Car Rental.
  • $10,000 in travel credit courtesy of Travelocity.
  • A seven-day, six-night all-expenses paid return trip to Myrtle Beach with accommodations provided by North Beach Plantation and six rounds of golf that can be played at any of Myrtle Beach’s 100 premiere golf courses.
As a result of winning challenge prizes during the course of the series, Brandt also earned:
  • $7,500 cash, courtesy of Macanudo
  • $2,500 in car rental credit courtesy of Avis Car Rental
Peterson earned the following challenge prizes during the course of the series.
  • $10,000 cash, courtesy of Macanudo
  • $2,500 shopping spree, courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • $500 in travel credit, courtesy of Travelocity
  • $2,500 in Avis Car Rental credit
SERIES FORMAT: Produced in partnership with Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and South Carolina Tourism and filmed at Barefoot Resort and Golf in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in June, Big Break Myrtle Beach featured a cast of 12 (six men and six women). Contestants were eliminated each week, with the last player standing being awarded his or her Big Break.

Golf Channel’s Big Break show concept pits highly skilled golfers against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness. For the past 21 seasons, Golf Channel’s Big Break competition series has proven to be the launching pad for many aspiring professional golfers looking to take that next step in their golf careers, including PGA TOUR winners Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey and Matt Every, and U.S. Solheim Cup participants Kristy McPherson, Gerina Piller and Ryann O’Toole, all playing full time on the PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour, respectively. Several other past Big Break competitors will be competing on the world’s top tours in 2015, including Tony Finau (PGA TOUR), Mallory Blackwelder, Katy Harris, Sadena Parks and Jackie Stoelting (LPGA Tour) and Rich Cochran, Hugo Leon, Justin Peters and Mark Silvers (Web.com Tour.)

Become a fan of Big Break on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/BigBreak

Follow Big Break on Twitter @BigBreak


About Golf Channel
Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. Golf Channel, co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and now part of the NBC Sports Group, is available in more than 120 million homes and 83 countries worldwide. Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, as well as a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s highest-quality news, instruction and original programming. Customers of participating cable, satellite, telco and other video subscription services, are able to enjoy 24/7 streaming of live Golf Channel content through GolfChannel.com and Golf Channel’s mobile application, Golf Live Extra. Golf Channel’s digital platforms are the leading golf destinations on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf, as well as services that connect the world to golf.


About Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is a non-profit trade association comprised of 79 championship golf courses and 99 golf package providers in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. Founded in 1967, the organization continues to be the driving force behind the growth of the region’s thriving golf market. The originator of the “Stay and Play Package,” Golf Holiday provides non-biased information about accommodations and golf courses to assist golfers in making the most informed decisions when planning for their next vacation.

Golf Holiday also hosts seven events and tournaments annually to help to foster continued growth of the game. In addition to hosting the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament each spring, MBGH manages the World Amateur Handicap Championship – the world's largest single-site amateur golf tournament, the Palmetto High School Golf Championships, the Veterans Golf Classic, and the Myrtle Beach Never Forgets Memorial Golf Outing.


About South Carolina Tourism
Tourism is a top industry in South Carolina, with a total economic impact of more than $17 billion annually and employing one of every 10 people. SCPRT’s primary mission is to market the state as a preferred destination for vacations and travel. For more information, visit www.DiscoverSouthCarolina.com.


About Barefoot Resort & Golf
Barefoot Resort & Golf is a 2,300 acre residential golf community of uncompromised excellence. Located across the Intracoastal Waterway, it is connected to North Myrtle Beach by a historic swing bridge. Designed with a vastly different approach than most resort developments, Barefoot Resort & Golf strives to preserve the natural integrity of its coastal lands.

In one of the most ambitious golf course projects ever to hit the “Grand Strand”, Barefoot successfully opened four championship courses simultaneously, making it the only time a developer has opened four new courses at the same time in the United States. Our venue was designed by golf's most inspired architects; Greg Norman, Davis Love III, Tom Fazio and Pete Dye. Each one fulfilled their goal in creating distinctive, visually striking and fun to play courses. Rated as the ‘Golf Course of the Year’ of the Myrtle Beach area and South Carolina state, Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play and Top 100 Courses in America, it’s no secret why Barefoot Resort & Golf is one of the most sought after golf destinations in the country.

Centrally located in the “Seaside Golf Capital of the World,” Barefoot Golf Vacations at Barefoot Resort offers an endless assortment of possibilities. Everything you need can be found at the resort or just a short drive away. The most requested golf package is the “Buy 3 and get 4th round free” on the Barefoot Resort Courses. There is no need to drive all over town with this all inclusive package. The package includes three nights lodging at a three diamond rated resort, four rounds of golf on four championship courses, all cart fees, taxes and daily breakfast at the Resort Clubhouse. For information on how to book your next golf vacation head on over to www.barefootgolfvactions.com and fill out a no obligation custom golf quote.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Esquire Network To Premiere Entire 10-Part Season of Original Series "The Short Game" On Demand Beginning December 22


Documentary Series Follows Youth Prodigy Golfers and their Parents Throughout 2014 Tournament Season

LOS ANGELES - Esquire Network announced today that it will premiere the entire original series THE SHORT GAME On Demand beginning December 22. This will mark the first time the network has premiered an entire series On Demand prior to its network premiere (Tuesday, January 20 at 10/9c). Beginning December 22, all 10 episodes of THE SHORT GAME will be viewable on the network's mobile app Esquire TV NOW and online at: www.esquiretv.com/now, and on multiple MVPD partners, including Comcast, Charter, Time Warner, DirectTV, Verizon and Cablevision.

"We know that our viewers want to watch our programming whenever and wherever they choose," said Adam Stotsky, Esquire Network president. "And THE SHORT GAME is the perfect series to premiere in its entirety On Demand. The relationships that these young golfers have with their fathers - who also serve as their caddies - is incredibly intense, and the high-stakes nature of the competition is both dramatic and compelling. You'll want to watch until the very end."

THE SHORT GAME follows eight of the very best 7-and 8-year-old golfers in the United States as they navigate school, family life and the series of tournaments that lead to the ultimate test of skill and dedication - the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship. These young phenoms hailing from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds, face real pressures on the course from their own sense of competitiveness, but also from their parents.

In early 2014, another Esquire Network original series, FRIDAY NIGHT TYKES, started a national conversation about children and competitive sports. THE SHORT GAME continues that discussion, taking an in-depth look at each of the golfers and their families to learn more about what this level of play means for them emotionally, financially -- and who has the most at stake, the kids or their parents.

In the quest to be the best golfer in the world, is this too much pressure for kids this age, or are they just going for their dream hole-in-one?

THE SHORT GAME is produced for Esquire Network by Goodbye Pictures, with Rich Bye serving as Executive Producer, and Andy Robertson as Co-Executive Producer. Rafael Marmor and Christopher Leggett serve as Executive Producers for Delirio Films. Josh Braun and Lisa Singer Haese also serve as Executive Producers.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Jimmy Brandt and Toph Peterson Advance to Compete in Big Break Myrtle Beach Finale, Airing Tuesday December 16



More than $100,000 in Cash and Prizes on the Line for Winner of Golf Channel’s Reality Competition Series 

Champion to Receive Exemption to Compete on the PGA TOUR in the 2015 Valspar Championship 

ORLANDO, Fla. – In a season that started with 12 competitors, Golf Channel’s Big Break Myrtle Beach reality competition series has narrowed the field to the final two – Jimmy Brandt (Auburn, Ala.) and Toph Peterson (Gilbert, Ariz. / Logan, Utah) – who will face off in an 18-hole singles match on the season finale, Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 9 p.m. ET.

Brandt and Peterson will compete for the opportunity to make their lifelong dreams of playing alongside the world’s top professional golfers a reality. The winner of Big Break Myrtle Beach will earn a sponsor’s exemption to the PGA TOUR’s Valspar Championship (March 12-15, 2015) and more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.

In addition to the tournament exemption, the winner will receive:
  • $75,000 in cash, including $5,000 courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods, $10,000 courtesy of Macanudo and $10,000 courtesy of Adams Golf. 
  • Full, exempt status to the 2015 SwingThought.com Tour with all entry fees paid. 
  • An endorsement contract from Adams Golf. 
  • $10,000 in car rental credit courtesy of Avis Car Rental. 
  • $10,000 in travel credit courtesy of Travelocity. 
  • A seven-day, six-night all-expenses paid return trip to Myrtle Beach with accommodations provided by North Beach Plantation and six rounds of golf that can be played at any of Myrtle Beach’s 100 premiere golf courses. 

THE FINALISTS:
  • Jimmy Brandt (31, Auburn, Ala.) – Competing full time on the mini tour circuit, Brandt accumulated six victories and 16 top-10 finishes on the Hopkins Tour in 2012 and 2013. Brandt earned conditional status on the Web.com Tour in 2011 and 2012 via PGA TOUR Q School, and is looking to return to golf’s biggest stages. His father, who introduced him to the game, is his full-time caddie. 
  • Toph Peterson (28, Gilbert, Ariz. / Logan, Utah) – A graduate of Utah State University, Peterson is giving professional golf another push after stepping away from the game to start up a designer walking bag company. He currently is competing full time on various mini tours. 

Tuesday’s finale takes place at Barefoot Resort and Golf’s Fazio Course in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

SERIES FORMAT: Produced in partnership with Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and South Carolina Tourism and filmed at Barefoot Resort and Golf in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in June, Big Break Myrtle Beach features a cast of 12 (six men and six women) who are at different stages in their professional golf careers. Contestants are eliminated each week, with the last player standing being awarded his or her Big Break.

Golf Channel’s Big Break show concept pits highly skilled golfers against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness. For the past 21 seasons, Golf Channel’s Big Break competition series has proven to be the launching pad for many aspiring professional golfers looking to take that next step in their golf careers, including PGA TOUR winners Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey and Matt Every, and U.S. Solheim Cup participants Kristy McPherson, Gerina Piller and Ryann O’Toole, all playing full time on the PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour, respectively. Several other past Big Break competitors will be competing on the world’s top tours in 2015, including Tony Finau (PGA TOUR), Mallory Blackwelder, Katy Harris, Sadena Parks and Jackie Stoelting (LPGA Tour) and Hugo Leon, James Nitties and Mark Silvers (Web.com Tour.)

Become a fan of Big Break on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/BigBreak

Follow Big Break on Twitter @BigBreak


About Golf Channel
Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. Golf Channel, co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and now part of the NBC Sports Group, is available in more than 120 million homes and 83 countries worldwide. Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, as well as a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s highest-quality news, instruction and original programming. Customers of participating cable, satellite, telco and other video subscription services, are able to enjoy 24/7 streaming of live Golf Channel content through GolfChannel.com and Golf Channel’s mobile application, Golf Live Extra. Golf Channel’s digital platforms are the leading golf destinations on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf, as well as services that connect the world to golf.


About Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is a non-profit trade association comprised of 79 championship golf courses and 99 golf package providers in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. Founded in 1967, the organization continues to be the driving force behind the growth of the region’s thriving golf market. The originator of the “Stay and Play Package,” Golf Holiday provides non-biased information about accommodations and golf courses to assist golfers in making the most informed decisions when planning for their next vacation.

Golf Holiday also hosts seven events and tournaments annually to help to foster continued growth of the game. In addition to hosting the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament each spring, MBGH manages the World Amateur Handicap Championship – the world's largest single-site amateur golf tournament, the Palmetto High School Golf Championships, the Veterans Golf Classic, and the Myrtle Beach Never Forgets Memorial Golf Outing.


About South Carolina Tourism

Tourism is a top industry in South Carolina, with a total economic impact of more than $17 billion annually and employing one of every 10 people. SCPRT’s primary mission is to market the state as a preferred destination for vacations and travel. For more information, visit www.DiscoverSouthCarolina.com.


About Barefoot Resort & Golf
Barefoot Resort & Golf is a 2,300 acre residential golf community of uncompromised excellence. Located across the Intracoastal Waterway, it is connected to North Myrtle Beach by a historic swing bridge. Designed with a vastly different approach than most resort developments, Barefoot Resort & Golf strives to preserve the natural integrity of its coastal lands.

In one of the most ambitious golf course projects ever to hit the “Grand Strand”, Barefoot successfully opened four championship courses simultaneously, making it the only time a developer has opened four new courses at the same time in the United States. Our venue was designed by golf's most inspired architects; Greg Norman, Davis Love III, Tom Fazio and Pete Dye. Each one fulfilled their goal in creating distinctive, visually striking and fun to play courses. Rated as the ‘Golf Course of the Year’ of the Myrtle Beach area and South Carolina state, Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play and Top 100 Courses in America, it’s no secret why Barefoot Resort & Golf is one of the most sought after golf destinations in the country.

Centrally located in the “Seaside Golf Capital of the World,” Barefoot Golf Vacations at Barefoot Resort offers an endless assortment of possibilities. Everything you need can be found at the resort or just a short drive away. The most requested golf package is the “Buy 3 and get 4th round free” on the Barefoot Resort Courses. There is no need to drive all over town with this all inclusive package. The package includes three nights lodging at a three diamond rated resort, four rounds of golf on four championship courses, all cart fees, taxes and daily breakfast at the Resort Clubhouse. For information on how to book your next golf vacation head on over to www.barefootgolfvactions.com and fill out a no obligation custom golf quote.

Golf's Best Brands & Latest Innovations Featured at 2015 PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day - Jan 20


Golf’s Best Brands, Latest Innovations, and Top PGA Professionals and Golf Retailers Combine to Build the World’s Largest Professional Demo Event at the 2015 PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day 


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – PGA Professionals and golf retailers from around the world will attend the 13th PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day, on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, to test all the newest tools of the trade, discuss the latest advancements in technology directly with club designers and learn from many of golf’s leading instructors at the 42-acre premier practice facility of the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge (OCN), in Winter Garden, Fla.

Thousands of PGA Professionals and invited golf retailers will preview the newest equipment, training aids and accessories from more than 100 top golf companies to create the world’s largest professional demo event. Additionally, golf teachers will be able to learn from the best in their field when PGA Professionals Mike Malaska and Stan Utley, PGA/LPGA Professional Nancy Quarcelino, renowned instructor Dr. Jim Suttie and sports medicine expert Dr. Tom LaFountain present one-hour outdoor golf instructional workshops directly on the range of OCN.

“The PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day has evolved into a must-attend event as a prelude to the three busiest days of golf business at the PGA Merchandise Show,” said PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions Senior Vice President and General Manager Ed Several. “PGA Professionals and golf retailers enjoy the opportunity to personally test outdoors, in actual golf conditions, all the latest advancements in equipment, training aids and accessories that will help their members and customers better enjoy the game. They can do so while interacting with the biggest brands in golf that help drive their business.”

13th PGA Merchandise Show Outdoor Demo DayThe PGA Merchandise Show Outdoor Demo Day, exclusive to PGA Professionals, invited golf retailers and media, will feature more than 100 top golf equipment, training aids, performance wear and golf accessory companies within 200+ hitting bays, practice greens and the vendor village of the 42-acre practice facility of Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge.

Current participating companies can all be viewed at www.pgashow.com.

Thousands of PGA Professionals, retailers and media traditionally attend the PGA Show Demo Day’s packed schedule of manufacturer special events and demonstrations, plus PGA Tour and LPGA player appearances. The PGA Show Demo Day is open exclusively to registered PGA Professionals and media from 9:00 a.m. to noon with invited golf industry professionals joining the event until closing at 5:00 p.m.

Complimentary Shuttles will run from Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) to OCN every 20 minutes, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Shuttle transportation is strongly encouraged as parking is restricted. Vehicles without a parking pass will be directed to the auxiliary OCN parking lot. The last shuttle buses departing OCN for OCCC will be at 6:00 p.m.

The PGA Show Demo Day, organized by PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions and PGA Magazine, is presented by True Temper and Yamaha. Exclusive event sponsors include Champ (tee), Pukka Headwear (hat), True Temper (shaft),FlightScope (registration tent sponsor), Yamaha (golf cart), Sunice (outerwear) and Garmatex Technologies (shuttle bus). Great Shot Golf is a PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day special contest sponsor, hosting the Great Shot Million Dollar Shoot-out for attending industry professionals. PGA Professionals will receive 4 MSR Total credits for participating in Outdoor Demo Day.

Instructional Workshops at the PGA Show Demo Day
PGA Professionals Mike Malaska and Stan Utley, PGA/LPGA Professional Nancy Quarcelino, renowned instructor Dr. Jim Suttie and sports medicine expert Dr. Tom LaFountain will provide hands-on golf skill instruction during one-hour sessions at the teaching pavilion of the Orange County National Golf Center, on Tuesday, Jan. 20, during the PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day. PGA Professionals receive 1 MSR credit in the PGA Education category per session. Registration is available at www.pgashow.com on a first-come, first-served basis due to a limited capacity venue.

2015 Instructional Workshops Schedule:
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. - Dr. Tom LaFountain, Swing Faults and Body Posture - A Significant Relationship 
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - Nancy Quarcelino, PGA/LPGA, Teaching Philosophies - What Really Works 
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. - Mike Malaska, PGA, The Benefits and Downfalls of Technology and Teaching Aids 
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. - Stan Utley, PGA, Chipping it Close – Understanding the Club Face, Hands, Body Relationship 
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Dr. Jim Suttie, Golf Improvement Techniques 

Registration is now available at www.PGAShow.com with early registration savings through Dec. 15, 2014. Due to the limited capacity venue, registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration fee for individual workshops is $95 through Dec. 15, and $125 after Dec. 15. PGA Professionals receive 1 MSR credit in the PGA Education category per session.

FlightScope® Academy at the PGA Show Demo Day
A condensed FlightScope® Academy program will be held in conjunction with the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show Outdoor Demo Day, 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., at the Tooth Course of Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge. All attendees will be Certified FlightScope® Professionals after the completion of the course and an online exam. PGA Professionals will receive 5 MSR Credits (PGA Required). Registration is available at www.PGAShow.com. The registration fee with the purchase of PGA Education (excluding Instructional Workshops taking place also on Jan. 20) is $250. The Academy-only registration fee, without the purchase of PGA Education Jan. 21-23, is $350.

About the PGA Merchandise Show
The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show, held Jan. 20-23, 2015, in Orlando, Fla., will welcome some 1,000 top golf companies and brands and more than 40,000 industry professionals from around the world to the industry's annual global summit for the business of golf. The PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day, the world's largest professional golf testing event, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Orange County National Golf Center. During PGA Show days, Jan. 21-23 at the Orange County Convention Center, PGA Professionals, retailers and industry leaders will uncover the latest trends, source the newest golf merchandise, test the latest equipment, learn proven business best practices, network among peers and move forward the business of the game. The PGA Merchandise Show is organized in partnership with The PGA of America as a trade-only event.

Learn more about the event at www.PGAShow.com

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mystical Golf Announces 11th Annual Christmas Child Golf Tournament


Event Has Raised $148,000 for Area Children in Need

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) – Mystical Golf – owner and operator of The Witch, Man-O-War and The Wizard courses and celebrated by media as the “best 54 holes of golf in Myrtle Beach” – announces its 11th annual Christmas Child Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Dec. 20.

All proceeds directly benefit more than 250 South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia children in need by providing gifts and activities they would never have otherwise. They include trips to venues like Carowinds Amusement Park, monthly movies, bowling, putt-putt golf, Coastal Carolina College football games and an annual trip to the Alabama Theatre Christmas Show.

Additionally, as a Christmas gift, kids are presented with a new pair of shoes of their own choosing. Last year’s event raised more than $16,000, bringing total donations since 2003 to $148,000.

"The proceeds from our Christmas Child Golf Tournament help bring joy and hope to children at a crucial time in their lives,” says Claude Pardue, President and CEO of Mystical Golf. “We’re thankful to the golfers participating in the event as there is nothing more important than providing hope to children who have gone through so much.”

This year’s tournament will once again be played on The Wizard and Man-O-War golf courses. The format is Captain’s Choice. Prizes with be awarded for “Longest Drive” and “Closest to the Pin.” Raffle and mulligan packages will be available for purchase. The cost is $65 per player or $260 per team (lunch included). Hole and green sponsorships are available for $100 each, or $345 per team. The entry deadline is December 17.

For more Christmas Child Annual Golf Tournament information, contact Randy Broughton at 843.236.8000 or Randy.Broughton@mysticalgolf.com.

For more information about the Pardue Children in Need Fund: www.mysticalgolf.com.

Getting There
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.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cobble Beach Announces ‘Discovery Weekend’ Packages


Waterfront Golf Resort Community Offers Luxurious Accommodations, Tours and Winter Activities

(KEMBLE, Ontario) – Cobble Beach – Georgian Bay’s extraordinary waterfront golf resort community two hours northwest of Toronto – announces an exclusive series of “Discovery Weekend” packages available late January through March, 2015.

Designed to showcase one of Canada’s most sought-after residential enclaves, rates start at $390 per person (tax and gratuity not included) based on double occupancy and feature an incredible array of amenities and activities including:
  • Two nights accommodations at the award-winning Inn at Cobble Beach, including continental breakfast and lunch Saturday 
  • Welcome cocktail, dinner, and curated wine tasting drawing from Cobble Beach’s extensive collection 
  • Cross-country skiing or snow-shoeing on more than 18 kilometers of groomed trails 
  • Play on the new state-of-the-art, high definition golf simulator featuring 28 courses including Carnoustie, Congressional, Royal Troon, Turnberry, Innisbrook and Quail Hollow 
  • Choice of manicure or pedicure at The Spa at Cobble beach and use of the fitness center 
Guests will also have the opportunity to meet the developers, as well as participate in an interactive community tour and overview. The McLeese family founded Cobble Beach in 2007 and is deeply engaged in its exciting evolution.

“Cobble Beach is a four season destination and we are excited to roll out the red carpet for guests to learn more about the resort lifestyle we offer,” says Rob McLeese, President of Cobble Beach. “The Inn is the perfect escape from the stresses of urban living, and omnipresent views of Georgian Bay from around the property are both breathtaking and cathartic.”

Cobble Beach recently introduced the Blue Bay Villas and The Grove by Reid’s Heritage Homes, true lock-and-leave, attached residences. Walkout water views, full basements, and turnkey landscaping and maintenance are a few highlights of easy living. Those seeking custom, detached product for year-round or seasonal ownership have myriad design and location options from three best-in-class builders, or they can commission their own.

For more information about Cobble Beach real estate, visit www.livecobblebeach.com. To inquire about or book the Discovery Weekend Package, call 877.781.0149. Offer not valid with other packages, promotions or specials and is subject to availability.


About Cobble Beach
Just outside the city of Owen Sound, two hours northwest of the Greater Toronto Area, Cobble Beach is one of Canada’s top golf destinations and most sought-after residential enclaves. The 600-acre development on Ontario’s stunning Georgian Bay opened in 2007, anchored by a thrilling, Doug Carrick-designed, links-style course with omnipresent water views.

Cobble Beach’s diverse mix of year-round and seasonal detached homes includes villas, townhomes and luxury estates linked by a pedestrian friendly network of streets and sidewalks. More than 14 kilometers of hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing trails promote symmetry between work, play, indulgence, health and wellness.

A Nantucket-style clubhouse features a five-star restaurant, bar, resort-caliber spa and fitness center, and 10 tastefully-appointed guest suites at The Inn at Cobble Beach. Guests also have access to The Cottages at Cobble Beach, each with two bedrooms, wet bars and living rooms. The Cottages offer the luxury of an all-inclusive resort with the relaxation and privacy of home.