Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GOLF 20/20 Reports Game’s Direct Economic Impact in Florida Increased to $8.2 Billion in 2013


Findings Will Be Shared at State Capitol on Feb. 5 during ‘Florida Golf Day’ 

(ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.) – GOLF 20/20 – the collaboration of leading organizations representing all segments of the United States golf industry – reports golf’s direct economic impact in Florida was $8.2 billion in 2013, an increase from $7.5 billion in 2007.

The size of Florida’s direct golf economy is larger than key state industries like amusement and theme parks ($5.4 billion) and medical equipment and supplies manufacturing ($6.5 billion). When indirect and induced economic activity driven by the golf sector is taken into consideration, total impact increases to $11 billion.

The state’s golf industry supports 132,532 jobs and $3.6 billion in wage income. Florida is home to 1,103 golf courses, the most of any U.S. state.

“Golf brings thousands of visitors to Florida each year, spurs new residential construction and creates demand for myriad goods and services,” says Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation, administrator of GOLF 20/20. “The health and growth of the game in Florida has a direct bearing on jobs, commerce, economic development and tax revenues for communities and industries throughout the state.”

Top representatives of Florida’s golf industry will travel to Tallahassee for “Florida Golf Day” on Thursday, Feb. 5 and share these findings about the game’s economic impact, as well as its youth development programs, sustainability practices and environmental benefits.

Participating organizations include the PGA of America, PGA TOUR, LPGA, USGA, Club Managers Association of America, National Golf Course Owners Association, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, World Golf Hall of Fame, World Golf Foundation, The First Tee, Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association, Florida Turfgrass Association, Florida Chapter of Club Managers Association of America, North and South Florida Sections of the PGA of America, Florida State University PGA Golf Management Program, Florida State Golf Association and Golf Channel.

The Florida Golf Economic Impact Study by SRI International is based on several core segments (golf facility operations, golf course capital investment, golfer supplies, tournaments and associations, and charities) and enabled categories (real estate, hospitality and tourism).

For more information: www.golf2020.com.


About GOLF 20/20
GOLF 20/20 is a unique collaboration of all segments of the golf industry, from associations and manufacturers to golf course owners / operators and the media. It was launched in 2000 and is designed to unite and activate the industry around key strategic initiatives that increase participation and retention, involvement and interest in the sport.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2015 Post PGA Show Report


The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show, the "Major" of Golf Business,
Launches 2015 Golf Season on an Optimistic Note

Newest proucts showcased; game's top teachers and industry leaders present,
Golf Channel provides multiple days of live coverage on an Optimistic Note

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The 62nd PGA Merchandise Show – “The Major of Golf Business” – concluded in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, bringing together more than 1,000 companies and brands introducing new and innovative golf equipment, apparel, accessories and services to more than 41,000 attending PGA Professionals, buyers and industry leaders from 79 countries.

The 2015 edition of the PGA Merchandise Show saw exciting product introductions in every sector of the business, with over 6,600 PGA of America Professionals in attendance (a six percent increase over 2014) and an additional 1,000 International PGA Professionals, some 12 hours of live television coverage by the Golf Channel, the highest attended PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day, strong participation in educational sessions and compelling industry presentations to grow the business of golf and participation in the game.

"The PGA Merchandise Show creates an extensive array of opportunities for a growing number of PGA Professionals, golf buyers and industry leaders,” said PGA of America President Derek Sprague. “The PGA Show's continued growth and support from all of the major brands, coupled with the energy and enthusiasm we saw throughout the week, is a terrific start to 2015.”

The PGA Merchandise Show covered 1 million square feet of interactive exhibit and demonstration space in the Orange County Convention Center West Concourse Exhibit Hall. Among the 1,000 exhibiting companies and brands, the game’s hottest new companies and established market leaders showcased the latest technology in golf with new product introductions from industry leaders such as Adams Golf, Bridgestone, Callaway, Cleveland/Srixon, COBRA PUMA GOLF, Mizuno, Nike Golf, PING, TaylorMade Golf Company, Titleist, Tour Edge, Wilson and Yonex. The latest fashions were in the spotlight from golf, resort and lifestyle apparel leaders such as adidas, AHEAD, Antigua, Ashworth, Bobby Jones, Callaway Golf Apparel, Chase 54, Cutter & Buck, Dunning Golf, EP Pro, Fairway & Greene, FJ, Full Turn Direct, Greg Norman Collection, Izod Golf, J.Lindeberg, Lacoste, LinkSoul, Nike, Oakley, Peter Millar, PING Apparel, Polo, Puma, Sport Haley, Straight Down, Sunice, Tommy Hilfiger Golf, Travis Mathew, Under Armour, and Zero Restriction.

More than 200 exhibitors were new to the PGA Merchandise Show in 2015. “This is the place to be, isn’t it?” said Adam Heindorff, founder of Links & Kings, an accessories company specializing in high-end leather headcovers and bags for the past four years. “I can see how being here is key for building relationships, finding new customers and establishing your branding. I can show people our entire collection in person, in a way you can’t do over the Internet or out of your trunk.”

PGA of America Professional attendance grew by six percent, while overall industry attendance increased by one percent to total more than 41,000 PGA Professionals, retailers and industry leaders from all 50 U.S. states and 79 countries. The top five countries (outside of U.S.) represented in attendance were Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Korea and Sweden. The top five U.S. states represented in attendance were Florida, California, New York, Georgia and North Carolina. A focused marketing campaign to grow the number of PGA Professionals and key buyers attending the PGA Show, created a more valuable business-to-business environment with more qualified buyers on the floor to impact exhibitor business.

“We are pleased to have welcomed even more PGA Professionals to the PGA Merchandise Show as they are important influencers to the business of our exhibiting companies,” said PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions Senior Vice President and General Manager Ed Several. “As ‘The ‘Major of Golf Business’ for our global golf industry, the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show was a tremendous start to the new year and a valuable way for our community to meet face-to-face to be inspired by each other and make a positive impact on the growth of the game and the industry.”

In total, Golf Channel’s news franchises broadcast 12 hours of live coverage over four days from an expanded set located in the heart of the PGA Show floor and incorporating new production elements like the overhead “Fly Cam,” a unique camera technology made popular in televising football and other sports. Suspended above the PGA Show floor, the Fly Cam spanned 1,200 feet giving viewers an aerial viewpoint of all of the excitement inside the Orange County Convention Center. Golf Channel’s PGA Show Fly Cam set a record for the longest span of any camera of its type used for indoor events. The Fly Cam is widely known for its use in televising action sports and downhill skiing.

Morning Drive, Golf Channel’s morning news and lifestyle show, covered the PGA Merchandise Show Tuesday-Friday, kicking off with live reports from the PGA Show’s Outdoor Demo Day at Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge on Tuesday and from the PGA Show floor Wednesday-Friday. Golf Central, the network’s evening news show, also reported live throughout the week and featured interviews and segments.

Additionally, more than 1,400 media representatives from 29 countries came to the PGA Merchandise Show to cover the newest golf products, trends, industry announcements and newsmakers of the game. Daily video and blog reports are available at www.PGA.com and the daily PGA Show News, the official daily publication of the PGA Merchandise Show, is available at www.PGAmagazine.com. A social media campaign promoted content at #PGAShow on multiple social media platforms, and was widely successful resulting in huge engagement for both #PGAShow and #DemoDay.

PGA Show Week kicked off with a veritable Hall of Fame of golf instructors, teachers and mentors sharing their expertise with a capacity crowd of 900-plus PGA Professionals during the 14th PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit presented by OMEGA, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 18-19, at the Linda Chapin Theater of the Orange County Convention Center. The Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers Hall of Fame inductees were celebrated at a reception following the first day of the Summit.

The PGA Merchandise Show began with an exciting opening as two-time Masters Champion and three-time Ryder Cup team member Bubba Watson joined PGA President Derek Sprague for the televised Opening Ceremony on Wednesday morning, Jan. 21. Additionally, Watson made several special appearances at the PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day and during PGA Show Week.

The PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA offered a compelling program of diverse industry presentations. Programs featuring top instructors, new equipment and technology, golf in the Olympics, women’s initiatives, youth programming and player development complemented three busy days of the newest golf merchandise, product testing, demonstrations, fashion shows, education sessions and professional networking events at the annual PGA Merchandise Show.

The Olympic Golf Forum attracted a standing-room only audience to learn the latest news on the return of golf to the Olympics after 111 years to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016. On the panel were Peter Dawson, president of the international Golf Federation; Ty Votaw, vice president of the IGF, LPGA Tour player Suzann Pettersen; PGA Tour player Graeme McDowell; former LPGA Tour player Amy Alcott and Gil Hanse, president of Hanse Golf Course Design, the architectural firm in charge of course construction.

“The growth of the game is worldwide,” said Dawson. “Golf in the Olympics will lead to extra exposure and extra government support for the game.”

PGA Show Week also featured a strong line-up of outdoor instructional workshops, daily keynote sessions, certification programs and classroom seminars which created a comprehensive educational calendar at the 62nd PGA Merchandise Show. The daily keynote education sessions, Jan. 21-23, began each conference day and featured presentations by Jeff Fromm, a millennial marketing expert; Todd Anderson, renowned PGA Golf Instructor; and Dr. Paul Schempp, a well-regarded authority on achieving excellence. The keynote sessions led a schedule of more than 40 classroom seminars during PGA Show days at the Orange County Convention Center. Additionally, PGA Professionals Mike Malaska and Stan Utley, along with PGA/LPGA Professional Nancy Quarcelino, renowned instructor Dr. Jim Suttie and sports medicine expert, Dr. Tom LaFountain presented one-hour outdoor golf instructional workshops during the PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day, Jan. 20, at the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge in Winter Garden, Fla. Also on Jan. 20, the PGA of America offered a jump start session for the CPP Player Development certification and FlightScope presented a condensed FlightScope® Academy program.

The PGA Merchandise Show traditionally attracts international industry leaders, top CEOs, influential retailers and scores of celebrity endorsers from the realms of professional golf, golf instruction and entertainment. In 2015, two-time Masters Champion and three-time Ryder Cup team member Bubba Watson, joined PGA of America President Derek Sprague in the grand opening and was among a long list of participating celebrities including Jordan Spieth, Graeme McDowell, Annika Sorenstam, Jesper Parnevik, Natalie Gulbis, Greg Norman, Lexi Thompson, Paula Creamer, Blair O’Neal, Ken Griffey Sr., Ken Griffey Jr., Sterling Sharpe, Anfernee Hardaway, plus top teachers such as Butch Harmon, Michael Breed, Hank Haney, Stan Utley, David Leadbetter, Mike Malaska, Jim Mclean and many more.

In addition to the busy marketplace among nearly 10 miles of aisles, PGA Show days were full of professional learning opportunities during industry presentations at the PGA Forum Stage, in the PGA Education Conference and at daily presentations on the FIT to W.I.N. (wellness- instruction- nutrition) stage, sponsored by the Titleist Performance Institute.

Attendees also enjoyed an energetic PGA Show floor featuring interactive exhibits, hundreds of vendor specials and promotions; plus some 47 equipment testing bays at the Indoor Demo Days; daily fashion shows, the FIT to W.I.N. sports performance pavilion, a centralized New Product Zone for a one-stop shopping of the newest golf merchandise; numerous specialty exhibitor pavilions including the Golf Travel Pavilion, women’s accessories pavilion, PGA Partners Pavilion, New Exhibitor Discovery Zone, and several international exhibitor pavilions, plus an Inventor’s Spotlight Pavilion for patented products not yet available at retail.

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, more than 7,000 PGA Professionals, invited golf retailers and media – an event record attendance and increase of nine percent over last year – previewed the newest equipment, training aids and accessories from more than 100 top golf companies to create the world’s largest professional demo event at the 2015 PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day at Orange County National Center and Lodge in Winter Garden, Fla. Additionally, renowned PGA Professionals Mike Malaska and Stan Utley, PGA/LPGA Professional Nancy Quarcelino, instructor Dr. Jim Suttie and sports medicine expert Dr. Tom LaFountain presented one-hour outdoor golf instructional workshops directly on the range of OCN.

Bill MacAskill, PGA head professional at the Bridges Golf Club in Winona, Minnesota, was among the thousands of PGA Professionals at Demo Day, “Hitting clubs and seeing ball flight is the only way to truly test equipment, and every equipment maker is here to answer all of my questions.”

PGA Merchandise Show Winners

Award-winning PGA Professionals and top golf buyers voted three new products as the top new products among new merchandise displayed in the PGA Show New Product Zone. 2015 products were:
• Front Nine (socks), Stance is dedicated to the spirit of individuality with a design philosophy that believes in expression and function. www.stance.com
• Harbor Isle Hat/Bag Set, Fashion accessories including headwear, totes and scarves. Specializing in sun protection with style for both men and women. www.physicianendorsed.com
• Switch Grips, SwitchGrips manufactures interchangeable putter grips where golfers can change the shape, size, weight and color in a matter of seconds without ever having to cut the putter grip off again. www.switchgripsusa.com

Organized in partnership with the United Inventors Association (UIA), the Inventor’s Spotlight pavilion showcased golf inventions not yet available at retail. UIA representatives voted top inventions:
• Best in Show ~ Capillary Concrete, specialized professional drivers and specialized heavy equipment. www.sternberggolf.com
• Best Innovation ~ Tour View Golf, Tour View's newest design allows the player to customize the size of the containment circle with Tour Views telescoping clip action. www.tourviewgolf.com
• Best Marketing ~ AeroGolf, The Golf Aero™ System is a system of interchangeable arrowheads [AeroHeads™] and arrow shafts as well as integrated one-piece arrows, each of which is differently designed for different aerodynamic environments. www.aerogolf.us

Influential PGA Professionals and golf buyers voted two exhibitors new to the PGA Show as recipients of the Top Buyers Choice Awards. The 2014 winners were:
• Arccos Golf, arccosgolf.com, GPS and Live Stat Tracking System (Equipment/Products & Services Category)
• Icon Shoes, www.iconshoes.com, limited edition fine art on premium leather shoes, handbags and small leather accessories(Apparel Category)

PGA Shows – Save the Dates 2015 & 2016

The next U.S. PGA Golf Show, the 2015 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience is August 17-19 at The Venetian Hotel and Casino during Fashion Week on the famous Las Vegas Strip. On the international scene, the PGA Merchandise Show-China is scheduled for March 13-15, 2015, in Beijing. The 2016 U.S. PGA Merchandise Show is scheduled for Jan. 26-29 in Orlando, Fla.

For more information on the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show and upcoming PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions events, visit www.pgashow.com.



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

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cobra Puma Golf Extends Partnership with Rickie Fowler

CARLSBAD, Calif. – COBRA PUMA GOLF, a leader in performance golf equipment, apparel and footwear, has announced that longtime PGA Tour Staff Professional, Rickie Fowler, has signed a long-term extension with the company.

Fowler, who enjoyed his most successful season on the PGA Tour in 2014 with a record-setting top-five finishes in all four majors, will continue to play COBRA Golf clubs and wear PUMA Golf apparel, footwear and accessories. Embodying the COBRA PUMA GOLF spirit, Fowler’s distinctive style, determination to succeed, and unbridled energy, makes him a perfect ambassador for the brand.

“Rickie defines the new generation of golf – his progressive approach to the game, on and off course, is in line with the values of COBRA PUMA GOLF,” said Bob Philion, president and CEO of COBRA PUMA GOLF. “He is a dynamic, passionate and determined golfer who has been an integral part of the COBRA PUMA GOLF family since he first turned pro. His commitment to the brand is unwavering and we are excited that he will continue his professional career with us.”

The 26-year-old American turned professional in 2009 and has been a PUMA ambassador since the commencement of his professional career. Today, Fowler stands 10th in the Official World Golf Ranking and is set to kick-off the 2015 season in the US at the Waste Management Open in Scottsdale, Arizona. Fowler is also part of PUMA’s new multi-media Forever Faster marketing campaign which recognizes athletes who stand out as individuals through both performance and personality.

“I’m extremely proud to be part of an innovative, exciting and creative company,” said Fowler. “COBRA PUMA GOLF and I have shared incredible success over the last five years and I’m looking forward to the next chapter.”

WHAT’S IN THE BAG:
  • FLY-Z+ driver – Orange; 10o; weight forward; MRC Diamana Whiteboard 73x shaft 
  • FLY-Z+ 3wd Fwy - Orange; 14o; Aldila Tour Blue 73x 
  • BioCell+ 5wd – Orange; 18.5 o ; Aldila Tour Blue 70X 
  • AMP CELL Pro Iron 4-9 MB KBS C-Taper 125s+ 
  • Fly-Z+ Forged 3i Matrix hm2 
  • Tour Trusty 47°, 51°, 55°, 59° RF Grind Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 

For more information about COBRA PUMA GOLF’s athletes and brand ambassadors, please visit www.cobragolf.com.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

World Golf Foundation - Industry Leaders Launch ‘Golf For Her’ Website


Content to Highlight Beginner Programs, Women-Friendly Courses, Networking Events 

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – World Golf Foundation – the non-profit organization that develops and supports initiatives that positively impact lives through the game of golf and its traditional values – today at the PGA Merchandise Show launches a new women’s website, www.GolfForHer.com, designed to increase women’s participation in the game.

A revolutionary collaboration with the major entities in golf, the resource site is designed to attract and support female golfers of all ages and abilities. Contributing organizations include the LPGA, the PGA of America, the PGA TOUR, The First Tee, the USGA, ClubCorp, the Executive Women’s Golf Association, Golf Digest and GOLF 20/20, a subsidiary of the World Golf Foundation.

Select website features:

· Individual sections for new players, recreational players, competitive players and juniors.
· Details on beginner programs, such as Get Golf Ready, which starts at $99 for five group lessons.
· Information on women’s networking opportunities, golf outings and charity events across the country.
· Tips about rules of the game, etiquette, equipment and instruction.
· News updates from women’s professional, collegiate, amateur and junior golf.
· Information on America’s best women-friendly golf courses and female instructors.
· Live social media feeds with real-time updates, spurring direct connectivity to the sources that matter to women golfers.

“The ‘Golf For Her’ website is an engaging tool to introduce new and encourage existing female players by showcasing the fun, networking and lifestyle aspects of the game,” says Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation. “We strive to make it an innovative and appealing content aggregator for women golfers to visit and refer to others. The focus will be fresh, organized information while also embracing the emotional and human interest side of the game.”

“This a place where women golfers can find answers to their questions,” says GolfForHer.com launch ambassador Stacy Lewis, the No.1 player in women’s golf. “We’re all so quick to jump on the internet these days for answers, so this site makes perfect sense. Anything we can do to get more women into the game and to help them be more comfortable on the course is great.”

Lewis’ tips for new women golfers, juniors and parents will be featured in several sections throughout the site.

To visit the new website, go to www.GolfForHer.com.


About World Golf Foundation
The World Golf Foundation (WGF) is a nonprofit organization that develops and supports initiatives that positively impact lives through the game of golf and its traditional values. The Foundation, which was founded in 1993 and is supported by major international golf organizations and professional Tours, provides oversight to World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum, The First Tee, GOLF 20/20 and other industry initiatives in support of its mission. As sole founding partner of the World Golf Foundation, Shell Oil Company provides financial support and plays a lead role in charitable initiatives aimed at introducing golf to young people, and through the golf experience promotes scholastic achievement, community service and those values intrinsic to the game of golf: honesty, integrity and sportsmanship.

For more information about the WGF, visit www.worldgolffoundation.org.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Cabot Links to Host 2015 PGA Championship of Canada


Inverness, Nova Scotia’s Cabot Links plays host to the PGA Championship of Canada sponsored by Mr. Lube and presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf June 14-18

Acton, ON - The PGA of Canada’s most prestigious championship is set to be contested at the country’s most talked about golf venue.

Cabot Links plays host to the PGA Championship of Canada sponsored by Mr. Lube and presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf June 14-18.

Cabot Links, which debuted at No. 2 on SCOREGolf’s 2014 Top 100 Ranking and is currently No. 42 on Golf Digest’s World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, is located on the western shores of Cape Breton Island in Inverness, N.S.

“The PGA of Canada is very proud and excited to be headed to Cape Breton Island and the awesome Cabot Links,” said PGA of Canada president Constant Priondolo. “I truly believe that all the competitors who play in this year’s PGA Championship of Canada will come away singing the praises of the Cabot Links golf experience.”

Nestled between the rural community of Inverness and the vast Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Rod Whitman-designed course Canada’s first authentic links layout. The natural and rugged Nova Scotia landscape—dramatic seaside, undulating terrain, sandy soil—dictates the layout of the course with every hole affording an ocean view and five holes playing adjacent to the beach.

"We are thrilled and honoured to host one of Canada’s most storied championships, the PGA Championship of Canada—an event dating back to 1912 with decorated winners such as George Knudson, Moe Norman, Lee Trevino and Arnold Palmer—that continues to produce exceptional champions,” said Cabot Links managing partner Ben Cowan-Dewar. “We look forward to watching the PGA of Canada’s top-ranked players battle it out in this compelling format—a format that greatly complements the links style of golf offered here at Cabot Links.”

The PGA Championship of Canada will be the first professional championship Cabot Links has hosted since opening in the summer of 2012.

Since re-launching in 2011, the PGA Championship of Canada has been contested as a match play event with players from the four brackets—Stan Leonard, George Knudson, Al Balding and Moe Norman—looking to advance through the six rounds to capture the historic P.D. Ross trophy.

However, this year’s championship at Cabot Links will see a format change with the top 64 players from the PGA of Canada Player Rankings presented by RBC playing two rounds of stroke play. The top-16 players from the 36-hole stroke play portion of the event will fill our the four match play brackets—Stan Leonard, George Knudson, Al Balding and Moe Norman—with the eventual champion winning four match play rounds.

“The format change for this year’s PGA Championship of Canada is bound to be an exciting one,” said the PGA of Canada’s Managing Director of Championships and Events Adam LeBrun. “We feel the players who are playing the best will ultimately make it through to the match play portion of the event where the matches will undoubtedly tight, tough and exciting affairs.”

The player who sits atop the PGA of Canada Player Rankings presented by RBC at the conclusion of the PGA Championship of Canada earns an exemption into this year's RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont.

Currently Markham, Ont.’s, Bill Walsh sits No. 1 on the player rankings with 316 points, ahead of 2014 PGA Championship of Canada winner Dave Levesque of Montreal and 2013 winner Bryn Parry of North Vancouver.

Past champions of the PGA Championship of Canada include Moe Norman, George Knudson, Al Balding, Bob Panasik, Wilf Homenuik, Stan Leonard, Lee Trevino and Arnold Palmer.

The first PGA Championship of Canada was contested in 1912 at Mississaugua Golf & Country Club.


About the PGA of Canada
Established in 1911, the PGA of Canada is the second oldest and third largest professional golf association in the world. The PGA of Canada is a non-profit Association comprised of 3,700 golf professionals across the country. The Association’s mandate is to develop, promote and support our Members as experts in the game and business of golf and, in so doing, serve both its Members’ needs and those of the golfing public through the Association’s varied programs and events. The Association consists of the National Office located in Acton, Ont., and nine Zone Offices across the country.

About Cabot Links
Located in the town of Inverness on the northwest coast of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Cabot Links represents a dramatic departure from the typical golf excursion. Recently awarded a spot on Golf Digest's "World 100 Greatest Golf Courses" (No.42), the Rod Whitman design incorporates the rugged Nova Scotian landscape, dramatic seaside, undulating terrain and sandy soil. Cabot Links features 18 holes of challenging links golf and the Resort is about to unveil its newest addition; Cabot Cliffs, the Coore-Crenshaw designed second course at Cabot, perched high on seaside cliffs with unrivalled ocean views. Cabot also features 48 rooms at the Cabot Links Lodge, exquisite dining at Panorama and Cabot Bar and a healthy dose of maritime hospitality at the Cabot Public House. Born out of our passion for authentic linksland golf and the very finest life has to offer, Cabot Links is waiting to reward you with unbelievable shots and unforgettable memories.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hilton Head Golf Island Announces 2015 Spring Golf Packages


Special Prices on Lowcountry Getaways Offered to Golfers

HILTON HEAD, S.C. – Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI) – a collection of 28 of the Lowcountry’s premier golf courses – announces a wide selection of stay-and-play packages available through May 2015.

With world-class courses, oceanfront views and pleasant temperatures, Hilton Head Island remains a premier destination for springtime golf escapes. Ranked top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including “Best Courses” and “Best Weather,” HHGI offers an array of exceptional golf course and accommodation options.
Sample packages include:
  • Palmetto Dunes – “Spring Stay-and-Play”: Stay three nights and play two rounds at any of the resort’s championship courses, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills and George Fazio. Enjoy additional resort activities including tennis, bikes, dining and merchandise discounts. Starting at $118 per person, per night, all taxes and resort fees are included. For package and reservation information: 877.567.6507, www.PalmettoDunes.com. Customized stay-and-play packages for groups of 12 or more are also available: Matt Krelis, 888-322-6921 or email mkrelis@palmettodunes.com.
  • The Sea Pines Resort – “Sea Pines Resort Group Golf Package”: Experience three nights in private villa accommodations and three rounds at Sea Pines’ championship golf courses (Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point by Pete Dye and Ocean Course) with complimentary green fees for afternoon replays at Heron Point and Ocean Course based on availability. This value-packed offer also includes a warm-up bag of range balls per round, a complimentary gift card, a personal on-site coordinator and the group organizer plays for free. Packages start at $199 per golfer, per night. For package and reservation information: Chris Beck, 843.842.1488 or email cbeck@seapines.com.
  • The Heritage Golf Collection – “Spring Stay-and-Play”: Enjoy a stay at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa with a round of golf at any of the seven Heritage Golf Collection courses on the Island. The four clubs, Port Royal Golf Club, Shipyard Golf Club, Palmetto Hall Golf Club and Oyster Reef Golf Club offer a different and unique golfing experience. Also included are complimentary range balls prior to each round and discounts on clubhouse dining options and golf shop purchases. Packages start at $150 per golfer, per night. Special price is based on double occupancy and is subject to change based on season. Visit us at www.hiltonheadgolf.net. For package and reservation information, please contact Vanessa Castaneda at vcastaneda@heritagegolfgroup.com or 843-381-1706. 
“These valued packages make spring the perfect time to head down to the Lowcountry’s elite golf destination,” says Cary Corbitt, president of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association and Vice President of Sports and Operations at Sea Pines Resort. “Every year we look forward to the return of the azaleas, the pristine greens and our out-of-town guests.”

JetBlue Airways is currently running a special non-stop from Boston (BOS) and New York City (JFK) to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). Rates are as low as $59 for one way travel on select dates through March 30, 2015.

For additional information or to receive a quote: www.HiltonHeadGolfIsland.com, 800.523.3373.


About Hilton Head Golf Island
Hilton Head Golf Island features more than 20 member courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort and Jasper counties. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy Hilton Head’s Southern hospitality and world-class public and private designs sculpted by vaunted architects Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones.

Its territory encompasses many of the great golf courses and resorts of North America and is ranked top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including “Best Buddies Trip Destination,” “Best Accommodations,” “Best Couples Trip,” “Best Courses,” “Best Food and Drink,” “Best Weather” and “Best Value.” Home to the world-renowned Sea Pines Resort, the PGA TOUR makes its only South Carolina stop each April at Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage.

The Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association, in conjunction with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Visitor and Conventions Bureau and Chamber of Commerce, launched Hilton Head Golf Island to support the island’s thriving golf market through promotion of golf rounds and packages.

For additional information: www.HiltonHeadGolfIsland.com, 800.523.3373.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wilson Staff Claims Three Golf Medals and Two Silvers as Part of 2015 Golf Digest Hot List


Wilson Golf Adds to Hot List Repertoire With Gold Medals for D200 Family and FG Tour V4 Irons 

ORLANDO, Fla. – Wilson Staff has officially been awarded three gold medals along with two silvers in the recently announced 2015 Golf Digest Hot List. Wilson Staff’s newest line of drivers and irons, the D200, was highlighted as its biggest winner with both the D200 driver and D200 irons taking gold medals. In addition, the tour-proven FG Tour V4 irons garnered gold medal recognition while the D200 fairway woods and D200 hybrids received silver medals, respectively.

The Wilson Staff FG Tour V4 irons, designed for the Feel (F) player seeking a sleek setup, ultimate feedback and shot-shaping control, feature tungsten weighting and improved sole camber and bounce for improved distance, versatility and optimal ball flight. The FG Tour V4s were rigorously tested and are currently played by Wilson’s Advisory Staff members, including PGA Tour professionals Kevin Streelman, Ricky Barnes, Troy Merritt and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington, as well as European Tour stars Marcel Siem, Paul Waring and Anthony Wall.

The Wilson Staff D200 family is designed for the Distance (D) player seeking accuracy. The D200 family incorporates Right Light Technology, which optimally positions limited available mass to create a powerful, balanced, solid-feeling and sounding golf club. The D200 irons feature Speed Sole Technology that allows for a thinner face-to-sole transition resulting in driver-like CTs, faster ball speeds and longer distance. With a total mass of just 268 grams, the D200 driver is the lightest adjustable driver on the market and employs Reactive Face Technology to achieve ultimate forgiveness on heel and toe impacts.

“The D200 line of drivers and irons is a game-changer for Wilson Staff,” said Tim Clarke, Wilson Golf President. “We are focused on delivering world-class products that not only our tour players can win with, but our amateur following can play their best golf with. The recent Golf Digest Hot List credentials further validate to the golf community that our innovation is better than ever.”

The 2015 recognition builds upon the great tradition of the D, or Distance, line of equipment. In 2013, the D100 received Hot List recognition as the only non-adjustable driver on the market. More importantly, the launch of the D200 marks the first time that Wilson Staff achieved Hot List medals for its entire family of equipment.


About Wilson Golf
For 100 years, Wilson Golf has designed, manufactured and distributed premium and recreational golf equipment throughout the world. Since 1914, Wilson Staff irons have won 61 major championships, more than any other iron manufacturer in history. The winning tradition continues today by delivering the highest quality equipment to all golfers to enhance performance on the course and overall enjoyment of the game.


About Wilson
Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a division of Amer Sports, is the world’s leading manufacturer of sports equipment, apparel and accessories. 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.