Friday, October 24, 2014

Mystical Golf - A Myrtle Beach Golf Journey You Won't Regret

It's a sad time of year for Canadians as winter seems to be lurking closer day by day.  With the sun rising later each morning, the glistening dew on the grass is being replaced by a silver frost, and golfers line up at the course, reluctant to accept the reality that the 2014 golf season might be over.  As gloomy as this may seem, this post is not meant to be discouraging or disheartening, quite the opposite, as I bring news of hope and encouragement.

As the northern golf season is coming to a close across the country, several southern US regions continue to thrive and flourish.  The visions of green fairways, the smell of fresh cut grass and the pursuit of shooting par, don't have to be relegated to office daydreams.  The Myrtle Beach has become a personal favorite of mine as an October/November golf getaway destination.  More specifically, the three courses at Mystical Golf (Man-O-War, The Witch & The Wizard) have earned a permanent place in my heart.  These three uniquely designed courses with creative layouts will challenge the most experienced of golfers, but can also be enjoyed by higher handicappers.

As additional incentive, Mystical Golf is currently offering fantastic fall Stay-N-Play packages, such as this 3 days/3 nights/3 rounds of golf package starting at $258 per person:

Enjoy a 3 day, 3 night, 3 round golf package for as little as $258 per person at our Mystical Resort Golf Villas. This includes FREE daily breakfast at IHOP, a FREE steak dinner at Logan's Roadhouse, Free daily lunch at the courses, 2 FREE beers or beverages with each round (excluding the complimentary round), and more during your stay. Enjoy a 3 day 3 night , 3 round + 1 complimentary round (your selection at the time of booking) too!
  • Play each of The Witch, The Wizard and The Man O'War Golf Courses with green and cart fees included.
  • Stay at our 3 bedroom Mystical Resort Golf Villas each with beds for 4 golfers
  • Lunch each day at the golf courses ($30 value)
  • 2 beers or beverages with each round ($24 value) 
  • Range balls with each round ($12 value)
  • $15 gift card for a Golf Shirt from any of our pro shops ($15 value)
  • Breakfast each day ($30 value at IHOP good 24 hours a day)
  • Cart fee ($24) replay rate on the day of play at the Mystical Golf Courses - only when space is available ($36 value)
  • One steak dinner at Logan's Roadhouse includes non-alcoholic beverages and taxes. ($30 value)

For more information on this and other Stay-N-Play packages or to make a reservation visit: or call 843-282-2977

Here's a brief into to the three Mystical Golf courses:

The Witch: Awarded 4-1/2 stars by Golf Digest, The Witch has got a lot of character, which makes for a breathtaking golf course that will challenge your skill set. The narrow layout sits regally on 500 acres of tranquil cypress groves and wetlands teeming with flora and fauna. We were told ahead of time that well-placed tee shots to manicured fairways and razor-sharp iron approaches would be rewarded. I guess my irons weren't sharp enough, cause I feel victim to the Witch on more than one occasion. 

With over 4,000 feet of bridges snaking through a magnificent swamp and wetlands, it made for a 'Mystical' journey around the course where we were also told to be on the lookout for wildlife. Although we didn't spot any cranes, bald eagles or black bears we did happen upon a half dozen alligators who kept a watchful eye one us. I would say the Witch is a must play while in Myrtle Beach.

The Wizard: You'll be astonished from the moment you arrive at The Wizard. The Majestic castle style clubhouse has to be the coolest golf course clubhouse that I've ever seen. The unique medieval architecture of the clubhouse alone is worth the visit. But now that you're here, you might as well play a round...

The Wizard is a golf treat. Much more forgiving than the Witch, there are still plenty of challenges including the ever present deep bunkers, mound-framed fairways, and dry gullies throughout. Golfers’ journeys crescendo with a one-two punch. No. 17 – a classic par-3 ­– requires a well-struck iron onto a Royal Dornoch-style green perilously flanked by water on all sides. The robust par-4 18th is a land unto itself with an island tee, island fairway and peninsula green testing your nerve and skill. Par these two stalwarts and you’ll moonwalk to the 19th hole in the old-world, castle-style clubhouse.

Man-O-War: This was possibly my favorite of the three courses. I found Man-O-War to be a happy medium between the two other courses. But don't get me wrong, Man-O-War is no pushover; featuring water on every hole it is the only course in Myrtle Beach that also boasts a 100-acre lake. 

You’ll also find rare back-to-back island greens as well as the stout par-4 ninth completely surrounded by unforgiving H2O. Its commanding 141 slope rating is offset by massive, bent-grass greens – making putting a joy – and tantalizing par 5s begging golfers to go for glory. With no holes playing or even looking the same, the grand illusions and magic of Man-O-War make it a Myrtle Beach must play.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Chase54 Introduces Transformational Technology

New Heat Retention Outerwear Available in Fall Collection

CHASE54 presents innovative Heat Retention technology, proving that change of season can be seamless and comfortable on and off the course. The company introduced the new innovation at last year's PGA Merchandise Show and garments are now available online. The process is the ultimate recycling system wherein energy absorbed from surrounding energy sources is transformed into heat moving into the fabric and reducing the need for a bulky insulation. The fiber qualities come from within, as the functions are added to the yarns during its liquid phase, becoming an all-inclusive part of the composition. 

The new Luke Quarter-Zip Pullover is created with this nano-technology in an exclusive polyester two-toned pique fabric, also presenting UPF30 Protection. The dynamic technology actively absorbs energy from the sun, the body and also artificial light. Once captured, it transforms to heat and is locked away in the fabric for enduring warmth. The fabric is incredibly elegant for possessing such strong technical features, therefore transitioning well from the course to daily life. Because the piece is categorized within CHASE54's signature DryFuze™ moisture-wicking category, the golfer maintains excellent temperature balance.

• DryFuze™ 2-tone polyester pique is perfect for mid-layering year round
• Heat Retention by CHASE54 captures and holds light energy from sunshine, body heat or even artificial light and transforms it into heat - keeping players warm and ultra-comfortable.
• Moisture wicking
• Side pockets for stashing your personals
• "YOUR FIT" is neither baggy nor fitted
• Imported

"The technologies we embark upon at CHASE54 just keep getting better and better; and fusing fashion and function is what we excel at," says Lulu Faddis, Chief Designer and Creative Director. "We are so scientifically savvy when it comes to fabric, ensuring technologies are not simply topical but come from the innate features of the's a priority to us to use only the best of the best," she adds. "Our TEAM54 Tour Pros say the Luke is a versatile piece for layering on chilly mornings or breezy winter afternoons," Faddis adds. "Transitional pieces like this can be worn on course, in the office, out for coffee or for a fall walk," she adds.

To learn more, visit or contact Amy Yanda-Lee: 877.718.2121 x 801 or

ABOUT CHASE54: Based in New York and with a new design room and studio in La Quinta, CA, Chase54 is a lifestyle brand created for golfers and beyond. Founded and backed by 30 years of garment manufacturing excellence and more than 400 million garments produced, Chase54 offers golf apparel for both men and women with phenomenal styling and superior fabrics, all at an incredible value. To learn more about the brand, visit

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wilson Staff Set For January 2015 Release of New D200 SuperLight

CHICAGO, – The new D200™ family from Wilson Staff, designed for the Distance player seeking distance and accuracy, blends The Right Light technology™ with other groundbreaking club head technologies.

Each of the clubs in the new D200 family embodies The Right Light™ technology, which optimally
positions limited available mass to create a powerful, balanced, solid-feeling and sounding golf club.
Wilson Staff research and testing shows that players of all calibers benefit from swinging lighter clubs because they apply the same amount of effort, but achieve greater distances due to increased club head and ball speeds.

“For us, it’s not just about being lightweight,” explains Michael Vrska, Global Director of Innovation. “The challenge with engineering The Right Light is optimizing the limited available mass for proper distribution among the head, shaft and grip to achieve the best performance for each club. Using our research from the predecessor D100 family, we continued to innovate The Right Light and fuse it with other advanced technologies, like adjustability in the new D200 driver.”

D200 Drivers (MAP: $299.99)
With a total mass of just 268 grams, the D200 driver is one of the lightest and fastest adjustable drivers on the market.

  • Reactive Face Technology increases the size of the face to provide more forgiveness on heel and toe impacts and increased MOI, and decreases the thickness around the lower half of the face to increase ball velocities on mishits.
  • A chemically-etched crown reduces weight and increases the thickness toward the face for structural support and durability.
  • Each 6-way adjustable hosel features three loft and three draw settings to optimize both launch angle and left-to-right ball flight. 9.0o, 10.5o and 13.0o models are available in right hand and the 10.5 o head is available in left hand.
  • SuperLight™ technology (achieved with a 189-gram head, a 44-gram UST Mamiya Elements Chrome shaft and a 25-gram Golf Pride Tour 25 grip) allows golfers to increase club head speed for maximum distance.
  • The Right Light™ technology, achieved through optimizing the distribution of the driver’s limited available mass with a chemically-etched crown and a thin variable face, allows golfers to swing even faster with the same effort.

D200 Fairway Woods (MAP: $249.99)
Maximum distance from the tee, fairway or rough can be obtained by the Carpenter Custom 455 maraging steel face insert combined with The Right Light technology.

  • The premium Carpenter Custom 455 maraging stainless steel face insert creates a thin, hot, high CT face for increased ball speeds and longer distances.
  • An increase in face area, especially in the heel and toe areas, promotes forgiveness and improved ball speeds on off-center hits.
  • Rounded sole designs yield versatility from all playing conditions.
  • 3- (15.0o), 5- (18.0o) and 7-wood (21.0o) models are available in right hand and 3- (15.0o) and 5-wood (18.0o) models are available in left hand.
  • SuperLight technology (achieved with a 49-gram UST Mamiya Elements Chrome shaft and a 25-gram Golf Pride Tour 25 grip) allows golfers to increase club head speed for maximum distance.
  • The Right Light technology, achieved through optimizing the distribution of the fairway wood’s limited available mass with a thin variable face, allows golfers to swing even faster with the same effort.

D200 Hybrids (MAP: $179.99)
Maximum distance and versatility can be obtained by the Carpenter Custom 455 maraging steel face design combined with The Right Light technology.

  • The premium Carpenter Custom 455 maraging stainless steel face insert creates a thin, hot, high CT face for increased ball speeds and longer distances.
  • An increase in face area, especially near the toe, promotes forgiveness and improved ball speeds on off-center hits.
  • Larger volume on stronger lofted heads provides forgiveness on longer shots.
  • More bulge (face curvature) in stronger-lofted heads transitions to flatter faces on weaker-lofted heads provide optimal gear effect and accuracy.
  • Multiple stock loft options perfectly distance-gap the set through custom fitting.
  • 2- (17 o), 3- (19.0 o), 4- (21.0 o), 5- (23.0 o), 6- (25.0 o) and 7-hybrid (27.0o) models are available in right hand and 3- (19.0 o), 4- (21.0 o) and 5-hybrid (23.0 o) models are available in left hand.
  • A 54-gram UST Mamiya Elements Chrome shaft and a 25-gram Golf Pride Tour 25 grip allow golfers to increase club head speed for maximum distance.
  • The Right Light technology, achieved through optimizing the distribution of the hybrid’s limited available weight with a thin variable face, allows golfers to swing even faster with the same effort.

D200 Irons (MAP: $599.99 steel | $699.99 graphite)
Headlined by a new innovation called Speed Sole Technology™, a thin face-to-sole transition allows the D200s to create driver-like CTs.

  • Speed Sole Technology creates a thin face-to-sole transition, yielding a 234 CT and an increase in ball speed.
  • Weight savings from the face and sole is redistributed to the heel and toe weight pods for increased MOI and forgiveness.
  • Set makeup consists of 4-PW/GW steel (R- and S- flex) or graphite (A-, R- and S- flexes) available in both right and left hand.
  • A 59-gram UST Mamiya Elements Chrome graphite shaft or an 85-gram True Temper SL85 steel shaft allow golfers to increase club head speed for maximum distance.
  • The Right Light technology, achieved through the redistribution of mass to heel and toe weight pods, allows golfers to make a balanced, solid-feeling swing.

UST Mamiya Elements Chrome Shaft Technology
The technologies within the UST Mamiya Elements Chrome woods, hybrid and iron shafts produce distance and accuracy for each club.

  • State-of-the-art carbon fiber features high end, mirror finish ion plating from the mid-section to the tip end to provide a premium look and performance.
  • Recoil Technology optimizes the spring effect and promotes the most efficient energy transfer from butt to tip to maximize ball speed and reduce ball dispersion.
  • Variable Wall Thickness technology create layers of graphite in each section of the shaft that vary for enhanced feel and better control and accuracy.
  • All shafts are available in A-, R- and S-flexes.

“The new D200 is lighter than the D100 even with adjustability,” comments Mathias Lundblad, Product Line Manager – Premium Clubs and Balls. “It allows Distance players to swing the Right Light on a loft setting that optimizes their trajectory. We’re excited to see their results.”

F-C-D Player Profiling System
Wilson Staff developed the F-C-D system to meet the technology needs of every golfer. Defining players into three categories, Feel, Control and Distance, this system matches club features and benefits with individual playing styles. The Distance player is defined as the golfer needing power, accuracy and a confidence-inspiring look at address.

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. That 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.

Monday, October 20, 2014

GolfNow Launches New Mobile App to Enhance Tee Time Search Experience

Premium Version of App Features Innovative On-Course GPS, 

Personalized Statistical Analysis Dashboard, In-Round Scoring

Now Available in iTunes, Google Play App Stores

ORLANDO, Fla., – GolfNow, the leading tee-time reservation and golf course technology platform, announced a new standard and premium version of its mobile app, now available in the iTunes App store (iPhone) and Google Play store (Android). Both versions display a modern, intuitive feel and utilize location services and Google Places to personalize the tee time booking experience by allowing golfers to easily search for courses in their area, and at more than 5,000 courses around the world. The advanced tee time search allows golfers to select a course and tee time based on several criteria including location, price, time of day, and rating, which is based on reviews.

The premium version ($29.99 annual subscription) of the new GolfNow app will benefit golfers long after they book a tee time and will include:
  • An innovative on-course GPS platform providing hole-by-hole yardages at more than 30,000 golf courses around the world
  • A personalized statistical analysis dashboard to help golfers improve their game
  • An in-round scoring function for up to four players with multiple game play formats
“We’re making the app smarter and more intuitive about where the golfer is, and what courses and tee times are most relevant to him or her,” said Mike Lowe, vice president of product and user experience, GolfNow. “The premium version of the app with GPS, statistics and scoring will provide avid golfers with the tools they need to monitor and improve their game in a fun and innovative way.”

Premium App Features:

On-Course GPS
The GPS function of the GolfNow app has access to more than 30,000 golf courses around the world. Once the user selects the corresponding course and set of tees to play from, the app displays an overhead satellite image of the current hole being played, with precise distances to the front, middle and back of each green from any point on that particular hole. Users can easily toggle through relevant yardages by sliding their finger on the screen to the desired distance (Ex: distance to a fairway bunker from the tee, distance to carry a hazard, lay-up yardages). A sidebar displayed on the right side of screen also features key yardages on each hole.

Personalized Statistical Analysis DashboardUsers can track and monitor their statistics and scoring trends within the GolfNow app on their profile page through a detailed dashboard to help golfers discern strengths in their game, and determine areas that need more attention. Users can record each shot from their round, which will automatically aggregate into their statistics dashboard, displaying on-course trends via several graphics to highlight not only their strengths, but also provide valuable data about their misses (Ex: tendency to miss the fairway to the right off the tee, miss approach shots short of the green, make too many three putts). The statistics dashboard tracks your handicap, fairways in regulation (FIR%), greens in regulation (GIR%), putts per round and scoring average, including a breakdown of average cumulative scores on par-3s, par-4s and par-5s.

In-Round Scoring
Users can keep score during their round for up to four players, using stroke play, match play and stableford formats, with an option to easily incorporate handicap indexes. Following the round, the user can send the result of the match to their playing partners, or share the round results with friends on social media platforms.

The standard and premium versions of the app will function on tablet devices until tablet-specific versions of the app become available. Both versions also include easy access to several Golf Channel digital properties, including Golf Channel Mobile, Golf Channel Academy and Golf Advisor. GolfNow app users also can personalize the app to their preferences, including having the option to create a “Favorites” list based on courses they frequent the most, in addition to being able to select a unique profile image.

About GolfNow
Founded in 2001, GolfNow uses leading-edge technology and offers nearly 2 million registered golfers more ways to stay connected to their favorite courses and tee times through the web, e-mail and mobile devices. GolfNow provides tee-time access and technology offerings to more than 8,000 golf courses around the world. GolfNow is part of the suite of digital businesses managed by Golf Channel, which is seen in more than 120 million homes worldwide through cable, satellite and wireless companies. For more information, go to

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mizuno Shock Wave Sole Technology Introduced in New JPX-850 Fairway Woods & Hybrids

JPX-850 Woods and Hybrids Deliver Higher, Longer Shots and Maximize Sweet Area

Norcross, Ga.  – Mizuno, a leader in golf technology and innovation, presents the dynamic, new JPX-850 Fairway Woods and JPX-850 Hybrids, featuring Mizuno’s new Shock Wave Sole™ Technology.

The JPX-850 woods and hybrids promise Mizuno’s most dynamic launch and distance characteristics to date, due to Mizuno’s new Shock Wave Sole™ Technology which provides greater club head flex on impact thus delivering more of the energy from the swing to the ball for increased distance. Moreover, a strategic weight shift of additional mass in the club head to the front and back adjusts the center of gravity (COG), increasing sweet area for easier launch on strikes direct from the turf.

In the Fairway Wood, Mizuno has also incorporated Quick Switch® Technology to enable easy, quick modifications to loft and lie angle. The end result is balanced performance, tremendous distance and ultimate forgiveness.

“For most golfers, it’s very challenging to attack pin locations from long range where shot trajectory needs to be high enough for the ball to land softly or ‘stick’,” said Chuck Couch, Vice President of Product Development, Golf Division, Mizuno USA. “With the JPX-850 woods, golfers are going to hit long range shots with a much higher launch angle, allowing them to go for the pin more aggressively than ever before.”

JPX-850 Fairway Woods
The JPX-850 Fairway Woods utilize a HOT METAL face design with an ultra-thin maraging steel for solid feel and explosive distance. Providing the maximum allowable limit of COR by the USGA, JPX-850 Fairway Woods utilize a Waffle Crown Design™ for greater COR area and increased ball speeds, while incorporating Mizuno’s innovative Mizuno Harmonic Impact Technology (H.I.T.) to deliver a solid feel and powerful sound at impact. Quick Switch® adjustability allows for a 4-degree range of loft adjustment in each.
  • Available Lofts: 15°(3W), 18°(5W), 21°, (Right-, Left-handed & Women’s)
  • Shaft: FujiKura Motora Stiff, Regular and Ladies
  • Grip: GP M-31 360
  • Other Options available through Mizuno’s Custom Department
  • Suggested Retail Price: $249.99
  • Available in-store: November 7, 2014

JPX-850 Hybrid
Like the JPX-850 Fairway Woods, the hybrid utilizes HOT METAL technology and Rebound Crown Design with an ultra-thin maraging face to deliver the maximum allowable limit of COR by the USGA. Mizuno Harmonic Impact Technology (H.I.T.) creates the perfect sound at impact.
  • Available Lofts: 16°(#2), 19°(#3), 22°(#4), 25°(#5), 
  • Ladies Lofts: 22°(#4), 25°(#5) (Right Handed Only)
  • Shaft: FujiKura Motora Stiff, Regular and Ladies
  • Grip: GP M-31 360
  • Other Options available through Mizuno’s 
  • Custom Department
  • Suggested Retail Price: $199.99
  • Available in-store: November 7, 2014

The JPX-850 Fairway Woods and Hybrids will be available at golf and sporting goods retailers starting Nov. 7, 2014. For more information about the complete line of JPX 850’s, Mizuno Golf apparel and accessories, visit

Connect with Mizuno on Facebook and Twitter @Golf_Mizuno to keep up with product news, Tour updates and custom content and fitting tools.

About Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufactures and distributes golf, baseball, softball, running, track & field, and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear for North America. Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in Norcross, Georgia.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Golf Drones - Soaring Above the Fairways

I agree, this sounds like something straight out of a Sci-Fi film, but golf drones are the real deal.  These hi-tech aerial devices, called drones or quad copters, are not only raising the bar within the photography realm but are finding their place in many other industries.  For obvious reasons, we're particularly interested in their application within the wonderful world of golf.

Until recently, golf course aerial photographs and video fly-overs were a very costly and complex proposition.  In many cases this required the rental of a full sized helicopter, airplane or blimp, which as you can imagine, none of which are economical options.  Enter the golf drone, weighing in at approximately 1 foot cubed in size, which is proving to be a much more effective and efficient alternative.  Don't be fooled by its' relatively small stature, every inch of this flying machine is packed with cutting edge technology.  Mounted with an on board high definition camera, capable of shooting in 1080HD resolution, these contraptions (when piloted by a professional) are nimble and able to capture stunning high-definition photographs and video footage.  

With a range of around 400 vertical feet and about 450 yards, drones have quickly been gaining popularity in the golf industry.  One company, Golf Aerials, has been on the leading edge of this trending technology.  Focused solely on the golf industry, Golf Aerials provides a variety of aerial packages to golf courses across North America.  Options range from still shot photography packages, course promo videos, hole-by-hole video fly-overs and more.

I'm sure we'll continue to see the popularity of drones fly to new heights.  To me, it's a no-brainer for golf course operators, allowing them to professionally showcase their facility through a series of aerial videos (at a fraction of the cost of past alternatives).

If you're interested in more information on golf drones. please visit the Golf Aerials website at: 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cobble Beach Offers Fall Golf Play-and-Stays

Cobble Beach, the 600-acre golf resort community on Ontario’s stunning Georgian Bay, is offering play-and-stay packages through October and into November until the course closes for the season.

Located just over two hours north of the Greater Toronto Area, Cobble Beach features a thrilling, links-style Doug Carrick-designed golf course with views of the bay from all 18 holes. Accommodations include The Inn at Cobble Beach -- 10 tastefully-appointed guest suites above the clubhouse – and The Cottages at Cobble Beach, each featuring two bedrooms, wet bar and living rooms.

Inn packages start at $135 per golfer, for a one night stay and round of golf; Cottage packages start at $144 (based on quad occupancy, taxes not included). Two-night, two round packages are also available. Cobble Beach’s signature, Nantucket-style clubhouse houses a fully-equipped golf shop, Sweetwater Restaurant & Bar, resort-caliber spa and fitness center.

For more details visit: