Golf News – August 18, 2022

ECCO® GOLF Ambassador Lydia Ko Honors Heritage with Custom BIOM® G5 Design

LONDONDERRY, NH – ECCO – a golf footwear innovator – announces that ambassador Lydia Ko has combined her South Korean and Kiwi heritage with a custom version of the brand-new ECCO BIOM®G5 shoe as part of the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2022 collection.

Reflecting both her personality and dual-nationality roots, Ko designed her ECCO BIOM® G5 with hibiscus flowers styled on one side of the shoe and silver ferns on the other, South Korea, and the country in which she grew up, New Zealand, respectively.

In addition, Ko’s signature is emblazoned on the inside of the shoe, along with her logo on the tongue, a fitting tribute to one of the biggest stars in the game who has nearly 30 tour victories and two major championships to her name.

“I’m extremely excited to join forces with ECCO GOLF to create my own unique take on the brand-new BIOM® G5 shoes,” Ko said. “ECCO GOLF is renowned for raising the bar for golf shoe design, and it’s fantastic that I have had the chance to stamp my personality on this new style.

“The features we have added to the BIOM® G5 are very close to my heart, and it’s going to be really cool walking the golf course week-in-week-out with the silver ferns and hibiscus flowers on my feet. Hopefully I’ll be wearing them to lift plenty more trophies in the future.”

ABOUT ECCO BIOM® G5

Advanced, athletic performance is mixed with a premium, progressive and sporty design in the new ECCO BIOM® G5. The next generation of the BIOM® phenomenon is engineered with ZARMA-TOUR®spikes, which are combined with innovative hybrid grooves for superb traction and stability.

BIOM® NATURAL MOTION technology with an updated last, allows the foot to move more naturally while supplying anatomical, low-to-the-ground support and stability as well as a snug fit. Whatever the weather, GORE-TEX technology offers 100 percent waterproof protection and the BOA® lacing system is designed to provide the wearer with a premium, simple lacing option that offers a snug, easily adjustable fit.

ECCO FLUIDFORM™ Direct Comfort Technology ensures a finely-tuned balance of cushioning and rebound, while creating an integral, flexible and durable bond without the compromises common with stitched and/or glued assemblies.

Fashioned from embossed ECCO Performance Leather and a sporty mesh, the shoe has a contemporary, athletic design, including an eye-catching midsole and color blocks on the side. A low toe profile gives it a sleeker silhouette with the women’s shoe offering a more refined and feminine aesthetic.

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Rumbling Bald Announces Late Fall, Early Winter Golf Packages Amid High Demand

LAKE LURE, NC – Rumbling Bald, the 36-hole golf retreat on Lake Lure an hour east of Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains, has released its late fall and early winter golf packages amid high shoulder season demand.

Starting at $300 per golfer for two nights and two rounds on Rumbling Bald’s marquee course, Apple Valley, late fall and early winter package rates are offered from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31. Three-night, three-round and four-night, four-round options are also available for $400 and $514 per golfer, respectively. Rates include all taxes and fees and are based on full occupancy in a villa or studio (blackout dates apply). Bald Mountain, Rumbling Bald’s mountain style-course will be closed from Nov. 7 through Dec. 31 and reopens on Jan. 1, 2023.

Lodging options include the Apple Valley Studios (across from Apple Valley) and two- and four-bedroom Fairway Villas situated along Bald Mountain just steps from its first tee. Via its wide variety of spacious vacation rentals, Rumbling Bald can accommodate golf groups of all sizes. Luxury vacation homes are also available for extended stays and golf rounds can be added a la carte.

Rumbling Bald continues to extend complimentary golf rounds to leaders of groups of 12 or more when booking their first trip to the property. The Large Groups 12+ Comp is ideal for PGA Professional-member trips, small tournaments, or large golf buddy trips. The shoulder- and off-seasons are ideal for group play, with ample value and typically a faster pace of play than the peak spring and fall periods.

For golfers who want to experience both courses in the early fall, golf packages are still available to book for select dates between Sept. 18 and Oct. 31, starting at $347, $477 and $608 for two, three and four-night / round options, respectively. Additional nights and rounds can be added, subject to availability.

Visit Rumbling Bald Golf HERE

PGA National Resort to Showcase Renovation of The Champion Course

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – PGA National Resort – South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation,  culinary, events and spa destination – announces its famed Champion Course will reopen for resort guest and member play on Sept. 2 after an extensive bunker renovation on the Jack Nicklaus-designed layout.

Led by Nicklaus Design, construction over the summer resulted in all bunkers on The Champion Course being rebuilt or eliminated to ensure the absolute best in playability and strategy. The Champion’s bunkers account for more than two acres of the celebrated 18, which hosts the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic annually. The bunkers are now equipped with new subsurface drainage, “Better Billy Bunker” liners, and eye-catching G-Angle sand.

In addition to the impressive bunker renovation, The Champion Course now also features a major rework of its cart paths as well as new sod throughout. The upgrades join the stunning results of the resort’s recent $100 million transformation touching most every aspect of the legendary South Florida destination. PGA National Resort’s 99 holes of extraordinary golf also now features two new bold and innovative Andy Staples-designed layouts which both opened in 2021 to rave reviews, The Match and The Staple courses.

The mighty Champion Course with its notorious “Bear Trap” has long been feared and revered as one of the most challenging in the game. Resort guests can try and tackle The Champion Course this fall when taking advantage of the popular Gold Golf Package with rates starting at $560 (per person, per night, double occupancy).

The exceptional stay-and-play is highlighted by luxury accommodations with private balcony or terrace; grab-and-go breakfast each morning; one round of golf daily on The Fazio, The Match or The Estate courses as well as play on The Champion Course and The Palmer Course available with a surcharge; unlimited range balls / golf bag storage; and complimentary access to the resort’s state-of-the-art Sports & Racquet Club.

Additionally, as part of the substantial investment, the resort launched six new culinary concepts showcasing signature restaurants, including James Beard Award nominee and “Top Chef” winner Jeremy Ford and multiple James Beard Award nominee Lindsay Autry. Guests can enjoy a new high-end chocolatier, ice cream shop, brand-new kids club, and a reimagined 40,000-square-foot Spa, just a few of the latest offerings throughout PGA National Resort.

A golf lover’s dream location, PGA National Resort features extraordinary instruction at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, and Full Process Golf – the world’s first science-based and statistical data-driven training system for golf improvement – located at its off-site Estate Course. PGA National Resort additionally offers state-of-the-art club fitting.

Visit PGA National Resort HERE

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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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