Monday, November 24, 2014

The Golf Book

The sport of golf is measured in centuries, yet the past two decades have marked the most compelling transformation of the game.  To celebrate twenty years of Golf Channel's twenty-four hour coverage, author Chris Millard and some of Golf Channel's favorite on-air personalities recount the best stories of the era in The Golf Book: 20 Years of the Players, Shots, and Moments That Changed the Game.

Featuring a foreword by golf legend Arnold Palmer, The Golf Book is filled with stories from top players, colorful insights from on-air talent and celebrity viewers, essential lists and sidebars, and stunning photographs of legendary golf courses around the world.  It also reveals the unlikely circumstances, as well as a story of twists and turns that ultimately launched sports' first niche television network, which has become the favorite destination for golfers around the world.  In the twentry years since founders Arnold Palmer and cable entrepreneur Joe Gibbs launched Golf Channel, the network has emerged as the authoritative voice of the game.

In The Golf Book, readers can relive the greatest major championships, the top shots, and some of the moments that players wish never happened.  Among them Payne Stewart's last and greatest victory at the U.S. Open, Tiger Woods' masterful chip at the 2005 Masters, the U.S. vs Europe duels at the Ryder Cup, and Jean Van de Velde's epic meltdown in the Barry Burn.

The Golf Book is a lavishly illustrated account of those momentous twenty years.  The book also looks ahead to the future of the sport, from the return of minimalism in golf-course design, to the rise of the sport in Asia, and to golf's inclusion in the 2016 Olympics.  The Golf Book is the ultimate, must-have gift book for anyone who loves the sport of golf.

The Golf Book is available now through various retailers including Amazon

About the Author
Chris Millard is a contributing writer at Golf World.  In 2012 he was awarded first prize in magazine feature articles by the Golf Writers Association of America.  His work has also appeared in Golf Digest, The New York Times and Masters Journal.  He is also an accomplished author.  Among his books are Golf's 100 Toughest Holes; Nicklaus by Design, co-authored with Jack Nicklaus; and a history of the famed National Golf Links of America, slated for publication in 2015.

Friday, November 21, 2014

DV8 Sports Attracts New Generation of Players with Worldwide Debut of Patented Golf Equipment & Bag Design

“Golf Without Obstacles” Comes to Market With Innovative Design and Technology in Time for Holiday Gift-Giving 

NEW YORK - In time for the busy holiday gift-giving season, DV8 Sports, a new company responsible for re-inventing sports equipment and committed to growing the participation of golf, has brought to market a patented golf equipment and bag design for people on the go. A game-changing twist on standard sports equipment, DV8 Sports’ innovative golf clubs allow for more people to enjoy the game regardless of where they live, how they travel or what they drive due to the clubs’ portability, affordability and industry-first technology. Available now, DV8 clubs can be purchased at

Unveiled during a private event at Golf and Body NYC, New York City’s first members-only golf and fitness club, DV8 clubs liberate users from heavy, tough-to-transport equipment and bags. Instead of lugging around 40-plus pounds of equipment (or struggling to find storage at home or on the go), DV8 users get a regulation set of clubs in a stylish, durable, backpack-style bag, all weighing less than 15 pounds, making them the ideal choice for motorcyclists, sports car enthusiasts, apartment dwellers, vacation home owners, frequent travelers and new players just learning the game.

DV8’s patented, stainless steel coupler technology, which allows up to 14 titanium and stainless steel club heads to be interchanged on one or two custom shafts in less than three seconds, with no tools or torque wrenches required. The entire system is roughly one-third the weight and one-quarter the size of a traditional set. The DV8 bag also features a tablet compartment positioned to enable users to record their swing or practice while watching downloaded instructional videos.

“After five years of designing, testing and developing our product, we are excited to introduce the world to golf without obstacles,” said Richard Stamper, president and CEO, DV8 Sports. “Our clubs represent more than golf, they represent game expansion, lifestyle cohesion and accessibility through innovation. With our one-of-a-kind technology, new players and pros alike can play whenever they want, no matter where they are.”

The idea for DV8 was sparked in 2009 when founder and inventor Pat Brady witnessed an airport altercation between four travelers, their golf bags, briefcases, luggage and a taxi. Inspired by that experience, Brady began development of an innovative club design that would travel smaller while delivering similar performance to traditional clubs. In terms of performance, the clubs have been subjected to extensive durability and player testing and compared to three of golf’s leading brands at Golf Labs, an independent golf test facility in San Diego. In those tests, DV8 clubs performed exceptionally well, showing no statistically significant performance difference from traditional clubs.

Deemed the most successful golf equipment campaign to-date on Kickstarter, DV8 clubs come in three different shaft flexes: stiff, regular and ladies/senior. DV8 clubs can be purchased online now in set bundles starting at $499.95 for the Starter Package (four clubs, DV8 bag and shaft), $699.95 for the Practice Package (seven clubs, DV8 bag and shaft) and $899.95 for the Play Package (10 clubs, DV8 bag and shaft) with the option to customize the front bag flap color. The graphite shaft and individual club heads, i.e. wood, iron, hybrid and putter can also be purchased individually. For more information or to place an order, please visit

About DV8 Sports
Founded in 2009 by accomplished inventor and engineer Pat Brady, holder of more than a dozen patents on a range of technologies, telecommunications executive Don Akerberg, and Callaway Golf and sporting goods veteran Richard Stamper, DV8 Sports, owned and operated in Atlanta, defies convention by offering a first-of-its-kind, patented solution to golf without obstacles. Designed for golfers who demand a compact, convenient alternative to traditional golf equipment, DV8 Sports offers full and partial sets of golf clubs that fit in a bag, no bigger than a college student or commuter backpack, allowing users to play golf whenever they want, wherever they can. For more information, please visit

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Feherty Returns with 11-Time PGA Tour Winner & 2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson

Emmy-Nominated Host David Feherty Travels to Johnson’s St. Simons Island Home

Tuesday’s Episode is First of Three to Wrap 2014 Season; Subsequent Episodes to feature Doc Rivers and Dan Patrick

ORLANDO, Fla. – David Feherty travels to the Georgia coast for an in-depth conversation with PGA TOUR pro Zach Johnson when Feherty returns to Golf Channel, Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 10 p.m. ET.

Set among towering palms of St. Simons Island, Johnson sits down with the Emmy Award-nominated Feherty to cover the breadth of Johnson’s career and how the late bloomer has become one of the most unlikely champions on the PGA TOUR. A product of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Johnson played multiple sports growing up and, although fueled by competition, was only able to have a modicum of success in golf – never any better than the No. 2 player on his high school and college teams. Asked by Feherty if he loves golf, Johnson replied, “I played all these team sports … and I loved them, but they passed me by. The prowess, the speed and everything that goes along with that. So golf kind of picked me.” He has gone on to win 11 times on the PGA TOUR and capture the 2007 Masters Champion title.

Gorging on Southern barbecue, Feherty and Johnson also discuss his dominate short game, his love of bent grass greens and the Miss Shrimp Festival Queen (his wife, Kim) who captured his heart.

Season 4 of Feherty concludes with Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers on Dec. 2 and Dan Patrick, NBC’s Football Night in America co-host and host of The Dan Patrick Show, on Dec. 9. Feherty originally debuted in June 2011 as the most-watched original series in Golf Channel history. David Feherty, Emmy nominated this year for Outstanding Sports Personality, has gone one-on-one with celebrities across golf, sports and entertainment, including former President Bill Clinton, basketball Hall-of-Famers Bill Russell and Charles Barkley, actors Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson, and golfers Tom Watson and Greg Norman.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hilton Head Golf Island Announces Warm Weather Winter Escape Stay-and-Play Packages

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – Hilton Head Golf Island – a collection of 31 of the Lowcountry’s premier golf courses – announces an assortment of warm weather winter escape stay-and-play packages at the area’s marquee resort and golf destinations.

With average temperatures in the 60s and 70s during its coldest months, Hilton Head offers a welcome respite from the freezing weather found in most of the country. The perfect destination for golf enthusiasts seeking year-round play, the winter months welcome incredible value and plentiful tee times.

Ranked top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including ““Best Courses” and “Best Weather,” Hilton Head Golf Island has a variety of seasonal vacation packages available:
  • The Heritage Golf Collection – “Couples Winter Golf Escape:” Enjoy five nights in an ocean-view room at the newly-renovated Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa and five rounds of golf at any of seven Heritage Collection courses including Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club, Shipyard Golf Club, Palmetto Hall Plantation Club and Oyster Reef Golf Club. Package also includes daily breakfast at The Westin, 10 percent off spa services at The Heavenly Spa by The Westin, complimentary range balls and a $100 card for use at the golf shop and clubhouses. Based on double occupancy, packages start at $155 per person, per night. Valid through February 2015. For package and reservation information: 843.681.1706,
  • Palmetto Dunes – “Unlimited Golf Vacation Package:” Stay four days and three nights in a resort view villa and play two days of unlimited golf at each of the resort’s championship courses, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills and George Fazio. Guests also enjoy two hours of complimentary tennis court time (daily), preferred rates on all other resort activities as well as dining and merchandise discounts. Rates start at $140 per golfer, per night and include all taxes and resort fees. Valid through Feb. 28, 2015. For package and reservation information: 877.567.6512,
  • Old South Golf Links – “Par 5 Package:” Just over the bridge in the charming mainland town of Bluffton is the acclaimed Old South Golf Links. Package includes four nights at the Hilton Garden Inn with complimentary breakfast, and five rounds per person including one round each at Old South Golf Links; Hampton Hall Golf Club, The Country Club of Hilton Head or Bear Creek Golf Club (choice of two); Palmetto Dunes Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills or George Fazio (choice of one); and Sea Pines Resort Heron Point or Ocean Course (choice of one). Starting at $675 per person in a double occupancy standard room, price includes sales and accommodations tax. Valid through Feb. 2015. For package and reservation information: 843.837.2610,
  • The Sea Pines Resort – “Stay-and-Play Villa Golf Package:” Experience three nights in private villa accommodations and one round each at Harbour Town Golf Links, Ocean Course and Heron Point by Pete Dye. Offer is full of extras including complimentary green fees on afternoon replays on the Ocean Course and Heron Point (cart fee not included), range balls and 10 percent discount on retail merchandise and food and beverage at the resort's pro shops and restaurants. Packages start at $177 per golfer, per night, inclusive of all taxes and fees, based on quad-occupancy. Rate valid through Feb. 28. 2015. For package and reservation information: 1.800.SEAPINES,

“The comfortable temperatures and lower humidity in the traditionally off-season months of December, January and February make the island a popular destination year-round,” says Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association and Vice President of Sports and Operations at Sea Pines Resort. “These stay-and-play packages from the area’s finest resorts and courses are offered at an incredible value this time of year, and we encourage everyone to come enjoy the Lowcountry sunshine.”

As one of the nation’s foremost golf capitals, Hilton Head Island is the preferred vacation destination of golfers seeking a high-concentration of world-class quality courses, an unspoiled natural environment, beautiful resorts and inns, and old-fashioned Southern hospitality The legendary coastal Carolina destination has invested more than $200 million in upgrades in the past two years that are already finished, or under construction, transforming Hilton Head Island into the freshest resort town in America.

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

About Hilton Head Golf Island
Hilton Head Golf Island features 30 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.

Friday, November 14, 2014

ESG Weekly Golf Recap

This weeks recap has a little bit of everything, from unique photo shoots, to sweet trick shots and more.  Hope you've all had a great week.  Keep it on the short grass...

Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood Hit Balls Out of a 2,000 Year-Old Amphitheater

In this installment of "Ridiculous Promotional Photo Shoots Tournaments Make Players Do," Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood turned a 2,000 year-old amphitheater in Turkey into a driving range. The trio are in Turkey this week for the European Tour's 2014 Turkish Airlines Open, which starts on Thursday.

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Phil Mickelson might be Arizona State's new interim assistant golf coach, but don't expect to see him driving the van

Apparently Phil Mickelson is taking the research part of his participation on the PGA of America's U.S. Ryder Cup Task Force pretty seriously. How else do you explain the five-time major champion, who became rather vocal about the dynamics of overseeing a golf team after the Americans' loss at Gleneagles in September, accepting the job as an interim assistant coach for the Arizona State men's golf team?

OK, so maybe there are other factors that might help shed light on the hiring, which was first reported by Golfweek.

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Top 5 Bubba Watson Shots of His Career

Bubba Watson is a seven-time PGA Tour winner. He’s won the Masters twice, including the most recent in 2014. Before turning professional, Watson was a stand-out collegiate player at the University of Georgia, where he helped the Bulldogs to an SEC title in 2000. Needless to say, Bubba knows a thing or two about hitting golf shots.

While golf fans might have mixed opinions on Watson off the course, everyone agrees that he is one of the greatest shotmakers of our generation. His recent win — and the manner in which he won — at the 2014 HSBC Champions reminded us of that fact. He is a true force to be reckoned with, and the pool of “Bubba’s Greatest Shots” is deep.

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The Best Trick Shot Video Compilation I've Ever Seen

This one doesn't need any explanation.  Sit back and enjoy the Bryan Bros, George and Wesley Bryan demonstrate their own methods for playing golf.

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Cobble Beach - A Four Season Resort Community & Golfers Paradise

As the 2014 golf season winds to a close across Canada and the Northern USA, I was thankful to have the opportunity to squeeze in one more late season golf course visit. Nestled away at the south end of the Bruce Peninsula (two hours northwest of the Greater Toronto Area), sits Cobble Beach, one of the most serene golf communities I've ever visited. This four season waterfront resort and residential enclave, is an undiscovered slice of paradise on the shores of the stunning Georgian Bay. Although the days of the golf season have all but dwindled away, as one season comes to a close, another is set to begin, with plenty of year round activities to keep visitors and locals entertained.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Grand Wailea - 'Tis the Season

With the frost and snow bringing an end to the golf season in Canada and Northern USA, there remain some spots where the fairways are always green and the golf never ends.   With Christmas quickly approaching, what better time for planning a winter family retreat?

'Tis the Season of Aloha 2014 at Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

Wailea, Maui, HI – A treelighting ceremony, Santa arriving on Hawaiian voyaging canoe, and a gingerbread village built by na keiki (children) from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui (BGCM) are all reasons to celebrate the holidays in Hawaii. The month of December 2014 is themed `Tis the Season of Aloha at Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort on the tropical island of Maui, and Grand Wailea celebrates the holiday season with aloha (love and caring, the breath of life). Many of the December month-long activities and programs benefit local charities including Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui, The Maui Food Bank and Women Helping Women.

On Saturday, December 6, more than eight miles of white lights are strung along the monkeypod trees lining the driveway to Grand Wailea for the Treelighting Ceremony. In the center of the magnificence, is a live Christmas tree reaching 25 feet and waiting to be lit by children from BGCM. Carolers stroll the lobby singing traditional and Hawaiian holiday songs, special ukulele and hula performances by BGCM are instant photo opportunities, and guests can make an ornament in The ROCK family activity center to hang on the lobby tree with Grand Wailea donating $1 to BGCM for each ornament made.

Santa makes an appearance twice: Breakfast with Santa is December 14 in Grand Dining Room Maui and families can have their photo taken with the bearded one. Santa and friends arrive by Hawaiian outrigger voyaging canoe on December 24 at 10 a.m. at Wailea Beach fronting Grand Wailea. Hundreds of children are expected to turn out to see Santa sail in on Mo`okia o Pi`ilani of Hui o Wa`a Kaulua. The canoe is Maui’s voyaging canoe and culturally significant.

An Aloha Friday Series in Botero Lounge features Hawaii recording artists, spa events benefit Women Helping Women, art events assemble glass artists from across the country, Hannukkah and Christmas are celebrated, dive-in movies, mermaids and more keep families entertained all month while leading up to the New Year’s Eve party where guests ring in the New Year in Grand-style with dancing, party favors and a fireworks show on Wailea Beach.

Fun for all December Instagram Promotions include Elf on a Shelf (#AlohaElf,) surfing photos in the lobby (#GWSurf,) and a scheduled Maui Camera Club Instagram takeover on the Grand Wailea Instagram handle @GrandWailea.

For reservations or information, call toll free 1–(800)–888-6100 or visit for holiday calendar details, or follow @grandwailea on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Sea Pines Resort Announces Love Golf Design to Renovate Ocean Course

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – The Sea Pines Resort announces Love Golf Design, the course architecture firm founded and headed by PGA TOUR star Davis Love III and his brother Mark, will redesign its historic Ocean Course.

Based on Georgia’s St. Simons Island, Love Golf Design has done numerous course designs and renovations in the region including Retreat at Sea Island (Sea Island, Ga.), Laurel Island Golf Club (Kingsland, Ga.), and the Love Course at Barefoot Resort (Myrtle Beach, S.C.). Love is a five-time winner of the RBC Heritage held on lauded Harbour Town Golf Links.

The Ocean Course is steeped in Hilton Head golf history as the first course built on the famed island in 1962 by prolific architect George Cobb. Mark McCumber, a 10-time PGA TOUR winner, remodeled the original design in 1995. Love Golf Design will perform and oversee a total renovation of the entire layout. The course will close for play next Oct. and reopen in Sept., 2016.

“Sea Pines is one of my all-time favorite places to play so we’re excited to redesign the Ocean Course to be in line with the great golf offered by Harbour Town Golf Links and Heron Point,” says Love. “It’s an honor for us to work with one of the world’s premier golf destinations.”

The project follows completed enhancements by Pete Dye to his Heron Point design, which reopened for play on Sept. 22. Dye’s team softened the green surrounds and contours, enlarged several greens, and added ornamental landscape beds throughout the layout. The putting surfaces were transitioned to Tif-Eagle Bermuda grass.

Next May, after the 2015 RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links will close for the summer as its fairways will be changed to cutting-edge Celebration Bermuda grass. Harbour Town’s greens will additionally be reseeded with Tif-Eagle Bermuda, the same grass on the putting surfaces since 2001, and the irrigation system will be replaced.

“We’re thrilled to have a great champion like Davis Love III and his exceptional design team working on the Ocean Course,” says Cary Corbitt, Vice President of Sports and Operations. “Our continual goal at The Sea Pines Resort is to offer world-class golf.”

Earlier this year, the legendary Lowcountry destination opened its new Plantation Golf Club clubhouse and golf learning center serving Heron Point and the Ocean Course. The amenities of the 23,000-square-foot clubhouse include an expansive pro shop; Live Oak, Lowcountry-inspired cuisine; 2,000 square feet of event space; and spacious men’s and women’s locker rooms.

For more information on golf at The Sea Pines Resort:, 866.561.8802.

About The Sea Pines Resort
Situated on the southernmost tip of Hilton Head Island, the legendary Lowcountry destination features five miles of unspoiled beaches, 21 clay tennis courts, 14 miles of bike and walking trails, horseback riding, Eco-Adventures, water sports, and the 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve filled with wildflowers, wetlands and more than 130 species of birds. As the first Eco-planned destination in the U.S., The Sea Pines Resort has become the blueprint for numerous beach developments around the country.

One of the crown jewels in the world of golf, The Sea Pines Resort is home to Pete Dye’s classic Harbour Town Golf Links (home of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage) Heron Point by Pete Dye, and the Ocean Course. Its new Plantation Golf Club and world-class golf learning center are recent additions to its superlative golf amenities.

Guests may choose from an array of accommodations, including 300 villas, 100 rental homes and the luxurious 60-room Inn at Harbour Town, a Forbes Four-Star boutique hotel and Preferred Hotel Group member. The resort’s best-in-class collection of golf courses, amenities, meeting facilities and accommodations makes Sea Pines one of the most sought-after leisure and group destinations in America.