Golf News – April 24, 2019

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PING announces agreement with Arccos Golf to offer Smart Set technology

PHOENIX, AZ – In PING’s continuing quest to help golfers optimize their performance through on-course data access and analysis, PING President John K. Solheim announced a collaboration with Arccos Golf that includes offering its Smart Grip and Smart Sensor technology on all PING golf clubs through the company’s custom-order process.

Solheim also announced Golf Pride as PING’s exclusive supplier of the Arccos Smart Grip, which is engineered with an embedded sensor to automatically record and analyze every shot taken during a round of golf when paired with the Arccos Caddie app.

“With our long-time focus on data collection and the ability to improve product performance and custom-fitting techniques through expert analysis of a golfer’s tendencies on the golf course, it’s a tremendous opportunity for us to join with Arccos to help bring more visibility to the benefits of playing ‘smart’ golf,” said Solheim. “They’ve pioneered the game-tracking category and are recognized as the clear leader when it comes to providing on-course ‘caddie advice’, performance tracking and post-round analysis. Now golfers can realize the benefits of the Arccos technology on PING clubs through our custom-order program, which offers both the Smart Grip and Smart Sensor technologies.”

The agreement includes a 90-day free trial of the Arccos Caddie app, widely recognized as golf’s leading performance-tracking software application and the game’s first artificial-intelligence platform. To access the PING version of the Arccos Caddie app, golfers will need their entire set, including a putter, equipped with Smart Grips, Smart Sensors or a combination of both. After the free trial period, golfers can purchase a 1-year subscription for $99.99 through Arccos.

Solheim sees the collaboration with Arccos as a natural extension of PING’s long-standing research into ball-flight tracking – first started by his grandfather, Karsten Solheim, back in the early 1970s with the invention of PING Man, the company’s robot.

“We’ve been tracking and studying ball-flight data since the early days of PING Man through a variety of methods,” said Solheim. “We were the first golf company to purchase a TrackMan® and now with Arccos, average golfers have access to data previously only available to tour professionals. The app collects true distances from actual shots hit on the course, tracking your best and average shots while being smart enough to ignore your extreme misses. This ‘intelligence’ leads to club recommendations that give you the best opportunity to play your best.”

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Destination Kohler Announces Whistling Straits & Blackwolf Run Course Openings and Stay-and-Play Packages

KOHLER, WI – Destination Kohler – Wisconsin’s golf leader and home to four internationally acclaimed Pete Dye-designed courses across Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run – announces the openings of the Straits Course at Whistling Straits and River Course at Blackwolf Run on Friday, April 26. The Irish Course at Whistling Straits and Meadow Valleys Course at Blackwolf Run opened April 17.

Kohler Golf has collectively hosted six Major Championships with the Straits gearing up to host golf’s preeminent international competition, the 2020 Ryder Cup. A ceremonial symbol linking the past, present and future of the Ryder Cup, the Silver Putter plaque is currently on display at Whistling Straits for guests to enjoy.

Destination Kohler is taking reservations for the popular “Dye-Abolical” and “Golf Kohler” stay-and-play packages. The three-night “Dye-Abolical” package includes four rounds of golf per person, one each on The Straits and The Irish courses at Whistling Straits and The River and Meadow Valleys courses at Blackwolf Run. Cart, caddie and forecaddie fees are included, along with a 30-minute golf lesson and gift pouch with logoed items. Complimentary replays are available on The Irish and Meadow Valleys courses. Golfers also receive a 20% discount at the Forbes Five-Star Kohler Waters Spa. Package rates begin at $1,014 at the Inn on Woodlake and $1,191 at The American Club, based on double occupancy.

Destination Kohler’s American Club is the Midwest’s only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond hotel in Wisconsin. Sister property, the boutique Inn on Woodlake, re-opened in 2018 after a year-long expansion and features new suites that are well-appointed for group travel.

To book, please call 855-444-2838. Groups of 12 or more are invited to ask about Ultimate Buddy Trip options. Favorites include Ryder Cup-inspired tournaments and pairing parties, special happy hours, 19th hole celebrations, team shirts, locker room name plates, and logoed tee gifts.

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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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