Golf News – April 19, 2019

Exclusive Innovations Fuel Lamkin’s New Line Of Sink Fit Putter Grips

SAN DIEGO, CA – Lamkin Corporation, the original manufacturer of premium golf grips – has announced the launch of its new line of SINK FIT putter grips. Designed to deliver exceptional feel, promote a smoother stroke and enhance putting accuracy, SINK FIT grips are offered in three shapes and two distinctive materials to deliver the perfect putting solution to all types of golfer.

Available now, the new SINK FIT putter grips feature a unique profile contour to promote proper wrist alignment and hand positioning for a more controlled, consistent putting stroke. These innovative contours are offered in traditional Pistol, Skinny Pistol or a Straight shape made with Lamkin’s proprietary new GENESIS material that delivers a highly responsive feel with enhanced surface traction. The Pistol and Straight shapes are also available in an ultra-lightweight polyurethane material.

Each of the variations in the SINK FIT line includes Lamkin’s proprietary FINGERPRINT technology. Using intricate, densely spaced patterns, micro-textures are created that produce a smoother surface feel while maintaining superior levels of traction. This technology, along with the ergonomic contours throughout the line, deliver the key benefits of SINK FIT, but as Bob Lamkin, CEO and President of Lamkin Grips’ explains, there were many more considerations when creating a line of performance enhancing putter grips.

With functional performance advantages across the line, the new SINK FIT grips will help all types of golfers SINK more putts in 2019, and with the variations in shape, material and even color, there will also be one sure to FIT every preference.

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Forest Dunes – THE LOOP Reversible Design Offers Unique Golf Experience

ROSCOMMON, MI – Forest Dunes, the award-winning golf destination located in northern Michigan, has evolved into one of the most unique golf experiences in the country. Featuring Tom Doak’s reversible design (The LOOP) and one of Tom Weiskopf’s best course creations, Forest Dunes is truly one of a kind.

The LOOP opened in 2016 to rave reviews across the industry. Golf Digest named it the Best New Public Course, and GOLF Magazine named it the Best New U.S. Course You Can Play. The two different layouts, Black-clockwise and Red-counter clockwise, alternate directions on a daily basis.

New for 2019; The LOOP will allow golf carts. The course was designed for walking and is especially walker-friendly, and golfers can choose to enhance their experience with the professional caddie fleet offered by CADDIEMASTER, the world’s leading caddie company.

Forest Dunes will again offer the popular golf opportunity called THE DUAL, in which golfers play The LOOP in both directions in one day.

With The LOOP’S normal rotation of alternating routings on a daily basis (Red on even dates and Black on odd dates) there are three months (May, July, August) with 31-days where the even/odd schedule does not work, which created this unique opportunity. The DUAL days include a two-person best-ball team event, where golfers play one direction (course) in the morning, then play the other direction (course) in the afternoon for a 36-hole one-day experience.

The LOOP is the only reversible course of its kind using 18-green complexes, which are the heart and soul of the unique design. Doak showed his genius as this generation’s iconic designer creating fun green complexes that had to be approachable and interesting from 360 degrees, while at the same time making it feel like you are never playing the wrong way.

Doak also added his version of a Redan hole, which is No. 4 of the Red Course, a par 3, and plays as the Redan green on No. 13 of the Black Course (clock-wise), the longest par 3 on the course.

New for 2019 is the exciting HillTop Putting Course, a two-acre 18-hole putting course routed over some fun undulating terrain and pines.

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What’s New in Pure Michigan Golf: PGA Tour Returns, New Courses Open, NGCOA Course of Year and Hickory Golf

LANSING, MI – Michigan is one of the leading golf destinations in the country and often referred to as America’s Summer Golf Capital. More than 650 public golf courses and world-class resort destinations featuring courses designed by some of the game’s premier designers and bountiful stay-and-play package options attract travelers from across the nation.

PGA Tour Returns to the Motor City
For the first time in 10-years, the PGA Tour makes its return to the Motor City with the Rocket Mortgage Classic. The event will take place June 24-30 at the historic Detroit Golf Club and will mark the first time ever that a PGA Tour event will take place within the city limits of Detroit.

Later in the summer, many senior golfers who will make a return visit to a familiar place. The PGA Tour Champions stops at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc for The Ally Challenge, September 9-15.

New LPGA and Symetra Tour Events Bring Together Best and Future of Women’s Golf
The LPGA Tour and The Dow Chemical Company have joined forces to bring a new women’s professional event to Michigan. The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, a 72-hole team event, will debut at Midland Country Club July 17-20. In addition, the Meijer LPGA Classic will return to Grand Rapids at Blythefield Country Club June 11-16.

The “Road to the LPGA” Symetra Tour featuring the best young talent in women’s golf, will return to Michigan in 2019. Beginning in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula in Harris, with the ninth annual Island Resort Championship June 21-23 held at the award winning Sweetgrass Golf Club. Finally, the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship August 16-18 at Battle Creek Country Club concludes competition.

New Golf Courses Prepare to Open Full Time in 2019
Over the past four years, Michigan has jumped back into new course construction, further solidifying its place as a top golf destination. The Loop at Forest Dunes, Tom Doak’s innovative reversible golf course and Stoatin Brae at Gull Lake View both opened to rave reviews. This year, Sage Run at Island Resort & Casino and The South Course at Arcadia Bluffs will open full-time.

National Golf Course of the Year Honored in Michigan
The Heather at Boyne Highlands, part of the BOYNE Golf properties, a trio of resort destinations with 10 golf course in northern Michigan, was named the 2019 Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA). The NGCOA selected its winner based on four criteria: quality of golf course, quality of ownership and management, outstanding contributions to the local community, and significant contributions to the game of golf.

CLASSIC MAJOR: Belvedere Golf Club Preparing to Host 2019 U.S. Hickory Open
Historic Belvedere Golf Club in Charlevoix will host the major among hickory golf majors – the National U.S. Hickory Open on the historic grounds that has hosted legends such as Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen and Tom Watson. The championship attracts an international field of golfers who play with antique pre-1935 hickory-shafted golf clubs or authentic replica hickory clubs.

Pure Michigan 18 Highlights Best Golf Holes
Michigan’s more than 650 public golf courses make the state one of the top golf destinations in the country. To bring attention to this golf mecca, Pure Michigan showcased 18 signature holes that represent significant beauty and challenge in the Pure Michigan 18 video series. Well-known courses from across the state were featured, including Harbor Shores Golf Club, The Jewel, Stoatin Brae, and Eagle Eye Championship Golf Course to name a few.

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Michael Feland

Born in Houston, TX, raised in New Orleans, LA, Mike and his family currently live in Orlando, FL. Mike is a First Tee Level 1 Certified instructor and enjoys sharing his love for the game with the Orlando area youth that participate in The First Tee of Central Florida program.

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