Saturday, December 9, 2017

Make a Golf Getaway to Marriott’s Shadow Ridge in Palm Desert, CA

Stay-and-Play Package Lets Golfers Experience One of Coachella Valley’s Top Courses

(PALM DESERT, CA) – Golfers can turn their holiday season into an unforgettable golf getaway in sunny Palm Desert, CA at Marriott’s Shadow Ridge. It’s as easy as a one-foot putt: stay in a luxury villa and enjoy a few free rounds at one of the area’s finest courses – all at a great rate.

Golfers get two rounds of golf at world-class Shadow Ridge Golf Club, complimentary range balls and GPS golf cart with a prepaid stay of two nights or more, now through January 18, 2018.

Widely considered a golfing Mecca—and said to have the greatest concentration of golf courses in the world—the Coachella Valley is home to the spectacular Nick Faldo-designed Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Golf Club and the renowned Marriott Golf Academy.

TripAdvisor ranks Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Golf Club as a top 5 in Coachella and the course was recently listed in the 2018 edition of Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses.

After golf, it’s time to enjoy the spacious villas at Marriott’s Shadow Ridge. Each villa provides all the conveniences of home and selections range from guestrooms—perfect for weekender golf trips—to multi-bedroom villas. Stay-and-players have access to all the resorts amenities.

It’s truly the perfect golf getaway: Playing a few rounds at one of the area’s finest and most-challenging course and staying in a spacious villa at Marriott’s Shadow Ridge resort, all in beautiful, sunny and warm Palm Desert, CA.

Book by December 17, with travel dates through January 18, 2018 to save big on this golf getaway. To book, visit Marriott.com and enter code ZJ2 in the Corporate/Promotional code box when making your online reservation, visit http://bit.ly/2tpcwjR, or call 1-800-VILLAS-9 in the U.S. and ask for promotional code ZJ2.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Tagmarshal Pace-of-Play System Earns Raves at Carnoustie Golf Links

(CARNOUSTIE, Scotland) – Tagmarshal – the golf course intelligence and pace-of-play system used by golf courses, country clubs and resorts globally – is achieving high-quality results at Carnoustie Golf Links’ Championship Course, host of the 2018 Open Championship and one of Golf Digest’s top-30 courses worldwide.

After only two months of management, clubhouse staff and player assistants deploying Tagmarshal technology, golfers’ rounds were reduced by an average of 17 minutes. 88% of play was on or within 10 minutes of appropriate pace, including a 183% improvement in the number of golfers on pace.

“I can’t imagine operating without Tagmarshal as it enables us to further enhance golfing experiences, improve service delivery and pace of play and generate additional revenue,” says Colin Sinclair, Head Golf Professional at Carnoustie. “Tagmarshal is invaluable and at the forefront of how we will manage our course operations in the future.”

A recent USGA survey shows 74% of golfers believe appropriate speed is critical to enjoyment of their rounds. This is the impetus for Ballybunion Golf Club (Irish Open), The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (2021 PGA Championship), Whistling Straits (2020 Ryder Cup), Erin Hills (2017 U.S. Open), East Lake (2017 TOUR Championship) and many others to adopt Tagmarshal.

“The actionable data insights gained by tracking Carnoustie members and guests are a testament to Tagmarshal’s effectiveness,” says Bodo Sieber, CEO of Tagmarshal. “As an ‘eye in the sky,’ our platform presents a unique opportunity to turn pace into an asset instead of an obstacle for golfers and course operators.”

Partnering with Tagmarshal has allowed courses to become pace setters with improved operational efficiencies, saving costs and adding prime tee times that routinely realize more than $100,000 in annual incremental revenue. Superintendents also use Tagmarshal data to better manage pin placements, wear patterns, hole set-ups and operational efficiencies.
More information: carnoustie.com and tagmarshal.com.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

New Golf School Opens at Barnsley Resort

Golf professional Travis Nance joins the team to lead new programming

(RELEASE) - The team at North Georgia’s award-winning Barnsley Resort announced the opening of its new Golf School and the addition of Travis Nance as the new master teaching professional.

Travis Nance
The Golf School is the latest addition to the resort’s existing golf programming and world-class Jim Fazio course. The new facility includes a 750 sq. ft. teaching studio offering an enclosed environment where students can tee-off from the bays out onto the driving range, making it easy to teach in any type of weather. Guests and members will have access to private golf instruction for all levels - novice to professional, PGA clinics and classes. Those looking for more in-depth instruction will soon have the opportunity to enroll in one and two-day golf school packages.

“With the opening of our new school, Barnsley is one of the only green grass facilities in North Georgia to offer custom fittings from four leading manufacturers - TaylorMade, Titleist, Ping and PXG - as well as corporate group activities, individual lessons, and technology-enhanced teaching opportunities under one roof,” said Buddy Nichols, director of sporting & recreation. “We’re really excited to offer our guests and members the state-of-the-art TrackMan technology that provides the most accurate feedback in the industry, in addition to a lot of fun, interactive gaming opportunities.”

Turning pro in 1998 and playing on the tour for eight years, Travis Nance is helping to bring the Golf School to life. Nance won over a dozen professional tournaments and was a PGA Qualifying School finalist in 2002. He joins Barnsley from his previous role as a teaching professional at the Darlington School Golf Academy, an independent school located in Rome, Georgia. Nance started his teaching career as a professional at Coosa Country Club, also in Rome.

The Golf School is just one element of the resort’s ongoing growth, as the current expansion will add 55 rooms with the new Inn at Barnsley Resort, and more than 9,000 square feet of indoor event space with the Georgian Hall, both scheduled to debut in March 2018.

PGA National Resort & Spa Announces Michelle Lepore as Midwest Account Director

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – PGA National Resort & Spa – South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation and spa destination – announces Michelle Lepore as Midwest Account Director.

With more than 30 years of leadership in sales and hospitality, Lepore comes to PGA National from Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa in Palm Beach where she served as senior sales manager. Previously, she worked with Sonesta Hotels and Resorts as well as the Convention Visitors Bureau of both Palm Beach County and Miami. She also played a pivotal role in opening Loews Miami Beach. Lepore is a graduate of Florida State University.

“Michelle’s vast experience in sales and hospitality will be a great asset in our continuing quest for exceptional client relationships,” says David Fine, Senior Vice President, Sales and Market Development. “With her strong relationship-building skills and thorough knowledge of the industry, she is an excellent addition to our team.”

More information: www.pgaresort.com, 855.233.1444.

StrackaLine Greens Guides Enjoy Banner Year, Look Forward to 2018 Growth

Golf’s Best Professional and Collegiate Players Use Revolutionary Guides

(San Diego, Calif.) - StrackaLine, one of golf's leading technology companies, vaulted to prominence in 2017 as leading players on every major professional tour and 250+ collegiate teams began using the company's laser-scanned greens guides.

Utilizing patented technology, StrackaLine creates topographical greens maps that are accurate down to the millimeter. The greens maps, which feature easy to read arrows, allow players to view contour and fall lines, in addition to slope percentage, anywhere on the green.

StrackaLine now has 700+ courses scanned, including some of the nation's most prominent layouts. Use of the greens guides at the highest levels of the game surged throughout 2017, and the company now counts nearly every Division I golf program, including last year’s national champions, among its users.

"StrackaLine Greens Guides are leading the game forward, allowing players of all skill levels to better read putts and improving pace of play," company president Jim Stracka said. "The use our greens guides receive on professional tours across the globe is a testament to the quality of StrackaLine, as is the usage by more than 250 college teams. We look forward to helping even more players properly read greens on their favorite courses in 2018."

"The books are awesome," a top 100 men's college coach said. "Kids that wouldn't even look at their yardage books are using them on every green."

Professional usage has helped drive interest in the StrackaLine Greens Guides, and the technology is just as valuable to "regular" amateur golfers hoping to improve their score.

The greens guides can be purchased in book form ($97/each) or accessed via the StrackaLine smartphone app ($179/course).

For golf course owners and operators, the technology can be used to improve pace of play and help ensure quality course conditions. StrackaLine offers hole location software that allows superintendents to utilize a proprietary algorithm to help set hole locations.

StrackaLine will continue to add to its library of golf courses throughout 2018. It takes just eight minutes to scan and capture an entire green and the StrackaLine team can complete an 18-hole course and practice green in five hours without disrupting play.

For more information on how to order a greens guide or have a course scanned, go to www.StrackaLine.com.

Vineyard Vines Partners with Club Car on Exclusive Patchwork Golf Cart Design

(Stamford, CT) – vineyard vines, a brand best known for its whimsical neckties and smiling pink whale logo, announced its partnership with Club Car, a global leader in golf, utility and consumer vehicles, and a brand of Ingersoll Rand. Inspired by their passion for golf and created with a nod to the brand’s East Coast roots, the collaboration features a special edition vineyard vines Patchwork Onward® vehicle emblazoned with its signature heritage patchwork print. Featured online at vineyardvines.com, the vehicle is a consumer offering from Club Car and will be available for purchase through the vineyard vines catalog, at clubcar.com and select Club Car dealers.

“Club Car is a classic brand and we have always been a fan of their expression of freedom and fun. We’re thrilled to be working with a company that aligns with so many of our core values and offer our customers a new kind of ‘Every day should feel this good’ moment, ” said Shep Murray, vineyard vines CEO & co-founder. “Partnering with Club Car was a natural fit for us,” said Ian Murray, vineyard vines CEO & co-founder. “We’re excited to bring to market a new collaboration that represents our commitment to living the Good Life.”

“Our relationship with vineyard vines brings a fun twist to Club Car and the Onward brand,” said Ross Atherton, consumer vehicle leader for Club Car. “Like vineyard vines, Onward is a brand that resonates with fun, on-the go types and outdoor enthusiasts and families so we think it’s a perfect match.”

Designed for all lifestyles from active families to golf enthusiasts, the vineyard vines Patchwork Onward ranges from $12,399 for the electric model to $12,999 for the gas model. The personal vehicle was created with ample room and colorful construction with the option to be used on and off the course. For more information, please visit vineyardvines.com/clubcar.

For more information, visit vineyardvines.com, www.ingersollrand.com and www.clubcar.com.

Change of Venue Announced for 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship

Bandon Dunes replaces Chambers Bay, which will now host the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

(FAR HILLS, N.J.) – The United States Golf Association announced that the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be relocated from Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., to accommodate a turfgrass transition project at Chambers Bay.

“The USGA is extremely grateful to owner Mike Keiser and Bandon Dunes, a trusted supporter of amateur golf, for agreeing to host the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball while this work occurs at Chambers Bay,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director of Championships and Governance. “We also acknowledge the foresight and initiative of everyone at Chambers Bay in undertaking this work.”

The ongoing turfgrass project, which will transition the putting surfaces at Chambers Bay from fescue to Poa annua grass, will provide long-term benefits to the facility, which is an important asset to the community and region, according to Matt Allen, general manager of Chambers Bay. The course hosted the 2015 U.S. Open and is owned by Pierce County and operated by KemperSports.

The 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship will be contested May 25-29. The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball consists of 128 two-player sides and requires two courses for the stroke-play portion of the championship. The specific courses at Bandon Dunes that will be used for the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball will be announced at a later date.

Chambers Bay will now host the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship from May 22-26. The Home Course in DuPont, Wash., will serve as the stroke-play co-host for the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball.

“Both of these sites are excellent championship venues and are unwavering in their support of amateur golf; they offer the USGA an opportunity to continue to conduct exemplary Four-Ball championships while providing an ultimate test for the players,” said Bodenhamer. “In addition, both of these Pacific Northwest communities have always offered a warm welcome to the USGA, its championships and the competitors.”

Previously, Chambers Bay was the site of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and 2015 U.S. Open Championships, while Bandon Dunes has hosted the 2006 Curtis Cup Match, the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur, the concurrent U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships in 2011 and the inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship in 2015. Bandon Dunes is also scheduled to host the 2020 U.S. Amateur Championship, which marks seven USGA championships hosted in 15 years.