Golf News – February 27, 2017

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KING OF THE BEAR TRAP

Cobra Puma Golf pro Rickie Fowler went pound for pound at the Honda Classic, outdriving the competition with his king equipment

CARLSBAD, CA  – COBRA PUMA GOLF athlete Rickie Fowler out drove the competition in a big way, bombing drives with his KING F7+ Driver, to capture his fourth career victory at The Honda Classic.  In an effort to find more fairways, Fowler shaved an inch off his driver length this week, using a 43.5″ KING F7+ driver, helping him average 303.9 yards through four rounds and ranked T17 in driving accuracy. In addition, Fowler recently put three new KING wedges in the bag, and is currently leading the TOUR in overall scrambling for the year and sand-save percentage.

“A great win for Rickie this week on a tough course,” said Bob Philion, President & CEO, COBRA PUMA GOLF. “Rickie certainly put on a show out there, pounding his KING F7+ driver! We are proud to put our latest and greatest COBRA and PUMA Golf products to the test on Tour, and we are looking forward to an exciting 2017.”

Fowler’s PUMA Golf apparel, accessories and footwear are from the brands new 2017 Spring/Summer collection. Key pieces from the week included:

• TITANTOUR IGNITE Hi-Tops: Constructed for extreme stability and performance and comfort with IGNITE foam for energy return cushioning.
• Pounce Stripe Polo: This go-to polo provides a heathered fabric, fit for all occasions and dryCELL technology, helping keep Fowler dry and comfortable this week in the humid Florida weather.
• 6 Pocket Golf Pants: This pant is engineered to provide comfort, fit and performance; featuring a UV resistant finish to shield from the sun, while DRY CELL Technology draws sweat away from your skin to keep you dry and comfortable during golf.

You can learn more about Rickie’s gear at Puma Golf. Cobra Golf.

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Keswick Hall & Golf Club Earns Prestigious Forbes Five-Star Award

Venerable Virginia resort honored for outstanding experience for third consecutive year

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) – Keswick Hall & Golf Club – the esteemed 600-acre boutique resort set in the scenic hunt and wine country of central Virginia – has earned the prestigious Forbes Five-Star Award in recognition of its exceptional level of luxury and service for the third year in a row.

This is the 59th annual list of Forbes Travel Guide’s Star Rating winners – the global benchmark for hotels, restaurants and spas. The publication uses a team of anonymous expert inspectors to evaluate more than 500 criteria at properties in 162 destinations across 42 countries. The scoring system weighs the quality of the facility at 25 percent and the service at 75 percent with a strong focus on graciousness, thoughtfulness and a sense of personalized service.

Keswick Hall & Golf Club is one of just 175 hotels to earn Five-Star status. Of the three Virginia properties to make the esteemed list, it is the only full-service resort. In addition to world-class accommodations, it features multiple dining options and a variety of on-site leisure activities including golf on the 18-hole, Pete Dye-designed Full Cry course.

“Being honored with the Forbes Five-Star Award for the third consecutive year indicates we are satisfying our goal to pamper our guests with a gorgeous property, world-class resort amenities and stellar customer care,” says Greg Sligh, President and Managing Director. “We endeavor to create the ultimate retreat for those seeking the ‘best of the best’ in a resort experience.”

Keswick Hall & Golf Club’s elegant 48 guestrooms and suites offer a full range of top-of-the-line amenities including premium bedding and linens, luxurious bath items, complimentary high-speed Internet access, snacks and beverages, and other in-room convenience and entertainment options. The Spa offers a full menu of soothing and relaxing treatments to enhance the experience.

Keswick Hall & Golf Club’s acclaimed Fossett’s restaurant features superb seasonal menus accented by classic cooking techniques and Southern inspiration. The dining experience is enhanced by the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows providing spectacular panoramic views of the estate’s rolling landscape and beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains on the horizon. The hotel maintains its own “Chef’s Garden,” providing an ample supply of year-round produce and herbs.

The region is home to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, the University of Virginia and numerous outdoor pursuits, drawing history buffs, wine lovers, sports enthusiasts and nature seekers year-round. Keswick Hall & Golf Club features newly refreshed upscale accommodations, spa services, fine dining at Fossett’s, and myriad amenities. Highly decorated, it has attained Condé Nast Traveler “gold” status, and is one of Travel + Leisure’s 500 “World’s Best Hotels.”

For more information on Keswick Hall & Golf Club visit keswick.com

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Project X Hzrdus: #1 Driver And Wood Shaft Model At The Honda Classic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (February 24, 2017) -Project X HZRDUS is tied as the #1 driver shaft model and the #1 wood shaft model at The Honda Classic on the PGA TOUR, according to The Darrell Survey.

Project X HZRDUS T1100, which was just released to the public this week, is the most used driver shaft at the event with 10 in play.

HZRDUS STATS:
• #1 driver shaft model: 17 in play
• HZRDUS driver shaft model breakdown:
o HZRDUS Black: 2
o HZRDUS Red: 3
o HZRDUS Yellow: 2
o HZRDUS T1100: 10
• #1 wood shaft model: 37 in play
• HZRDUS driver shaft model breakdown:
o HZRDUS Black: 13
o HZRDUS Red: 7
o HZRDUS Yellow: 3
o HZRDUS T1100: 14

HZRDUS T1100 is the lowest spinning and lowest launching shaft in the HZRDUS family. It is available in 65 gram and 75 gram models exclusively through Performance Fitting Centers. MSRP is $450.00.

For more information about Project X HZRDUS visit pxshaft.com

The Preserve At Oak Meadows: Course Renamed After Renovation

WHEATON, Illinois (February 21, 2017) – The fairways where the legendary Ben Hogan once walked now will be known as The Preserve at Oak Meadows.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County on Tuesday formally renamed what had been known for 30 years as the Oak Meadows Golf Course in Addison to reflect the $16.8 million transformation of the 288-acre property into something much more than 27 holes of flood-prone, 1920s-era golf.

The Preserve at Oak Meadows is the result of a major environmental restoration project resulting in a forest preserve that promises improved stormwater management, greater water quality in Salt Creek, enhanced habitat for fish and other aquatic species, and a premier 18-hole public golf destination rivaling any in the Midwest.

“The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is excited to give this incredible property a new name that more accurately reflects what it has become: a revitalized preserve – a place where conservation and recreation thrive together,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore. “We believe The Preserve at Oak Meadows is a model for how conservation agencies can blend ecological initiatives with golf and recreation.”

“Area residents have enjoyed golf at this location for nearly a century, but some may not have realized the many other benefits this property could provide,” said Forest Preserve District 1 Commissioner Marsha Murphy. “Our work to renovate the course exposes the true beauty of the landscape and its functions. The new name is a fitting tribute to our agency’s greater conservation purpose and sets the tone for a world-class golf experience.”

To accommodate the ambitious ecological and stormwater management aspects of the project, the number of golf holes was reduced from 27 to 18. The result is an entirely new golf course designed by nationally-known golf course architect Greg Martin.

Only 15 percent of the 288 acres is dedicated to fairways, greens and teeing areas, officials said. Improvements also include a connection to the regional Salt Creek Greenway Trail, making The Preserve accessible to hikers, joggers and cyclists.

The District and its partners, the DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup and DuPage County Stormwater Management, funded the restoration project. The River Prairie Group of the Sierra Club also supported the project’s initiatives.

One of the giants of the game, Hogan won the 1941 Chicago Open at what was then Elmhurst Country Club, an 18-hole private club at this location originally designed by prominent golf course architect Charles W. Wagstaff. The Forest Preserve District acquired the course in 1985, renaming it Oak Meadows, and later bought the adjacent Brookwood Country Club.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube pages.

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Matt Meeker

Matt lives in sunny Orlando with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy. He's also a proud coach with The First Tee of Central Florida who loves teaching kids about golf and life skills.

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2 Comments

  1. William Bacon

    Are y’all going to review the new Cobra F7 line?

    • We will eventually, but as of now we just have the new F7 hybrid and fairway wood on deck.

      As we always advise, if you enjoy our reviews and would like to see more from someone in particular, we suggest contacting them through their social media and website to let them know you enjoy our insight.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Bill

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