Golf News – February 4, 2019

COBRA PUMA GOLF Pro Captures Sixth Professional Career Win With King F9 Speedback Driver In The Bag

CARLSBAD, CA – As millions geared up to watch the “Big Game” on Sunday, they were treated to an exciting Sunday finish at the Waste Management Phoenix Open as COBRA PUMA GOLF athlete Rickie Fowler worked to hold on to his 54-hole lead and capture his sixth career victory. After an exciting fourth round, including a bizarre series of events on the par-4 11th, Fowler came back and shot a final round 74 to win, equipped with a full bag of COBRA equipment, including his new KING F9 SPEEDBACK driver, Forged CB/MB irons, and his signature PUMA Golf Sunday orange apparel, accessories and footwear.

Fowler’s COBRA Golf equipment, which helped fuel his excellent play and ultimately his win, included COBRA’s KING F9 driver, which Fowler put in the bag ahead of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, features the brand’s breakthrough SPEEDBACK Technology, which, for the first time in golf, successfully combines a highly aerodynamic clubhead shape with low CG. SPEEDBACK is a game-changing advancement in the way a driver is engineered. The combination of an efficient aerodynamic shape and an engineered weight structure on the sole, improves club speed while maintaining a low, deep CG to create the most efficient transfer of energy to the ball. Fowler also switched out his 5wd this week for a new KING F9 SPEEDBACK 4iron which features SPEEDBACK Technology and PWRShell face technologies for the ultimate combination of distance and forgiveness.

Fowler brought his signature style and color to the course in apparel, footwear and accessories from PUMA Golf’s Spring Summer ’19 collection, including the Rotation Polo and Rotation ¼ Zip in a new Irish Green colorway, and his representative Sunday orange for the win! Additionally, throughout the week, Fowler showcased custom gear inspired by the Greenest Show on Grass, including all-new, custom P and Patch Caps, a PUMA x Vessel Tour Stand Bag and a PUMA x CRU Headcover.


Horseshoe Bay Resort Positioned as One of America’s Premier Golf Destinations

HORSESHOE BAY, TX Serious golfers are always on the lookout for new golf destination experiences. Horseshoe Bay Resort, nestled in the picturesque Texas Hill Country just outside of Austin, is putting the final touches on a $70-million resort and multi-course renovation that has the AAA-Four Diamond- and Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Award-winning property poised to become one of America’s premier golf destinations.

In 2016, Horseshoe Bay embarked on an expansive $7.5-million project to upgrade all three of its Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designs, Slick Rock, Ram Rock, and Apple Rock. The improvements to the courses and overall golf product has the resort community in position to earn nationwide attention and a rise in out-of-state rounds.

Before there was ever a Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Horseshoe Bay was home to three very distinct courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The Ram Rock course, constructed in 1981, has made its reputation as one of the toughest courses in Texas. Slick Rock, the first golf course built (in 1971) at Horseshoe Bay, features a classic parkland setting and classic elements of Jones’ renowned architectural sensibility. Wall-to-wall renovations to both courses have enhanced playability and fun from the forward and middle tees while maintaining each layout’s legendary challenge for scratch players.

The final course and renovation project, Apple Rock, will see much of the same renovations completed as its sister courses and will re-open in May 2019. The course offers some of the most picturesque views in the region. Jones Sr. strategically routed holes to take advantage of the many higher elevation points that overlook Horseshoe Bay and Lake LBJ.

Punctuating the re-opening of the Ram Rock and Apple Rock courses will be the unveiling of the luxe, new Cap Rock Clubhouse. Members and guests of Horseshoe Bay will enjoy the new Cap Rock setting with its expansive views of the courses and Texas Hill Country. It will feature a dining room and bar area along with a pro-shop, swimming pool, cabana, pavilion area for groups, and a practice/teaching facility.

In addition to the resort golf, Horseshoe Bay also offers a distinctive member-only experience with the Jack Nicklaus Signature design, Summit Rock (which opened in 2012). The course offers some of the most stunning scenery in Texas. Nicklaus routed holes along a high ridge, a setting that showcases spectacular views that stretch for more than 40 miles over the Texas Hill Country and Lake LBJ.

Complementing the championship golf is the highly-unique Whitewater Putting Course, a tropically-adorned 18-hole day/night real-grass putting course that sits adjacent to the hotel and is routed around the energetic 360 Sports Club (A full-service destination for pub food, cocktails and live sports on more than two dozen flat screen TVs). It is the perfect attraction for golf buddy groups, couples and families.

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Salish Cliffs Golf Club, Squaxin Island Tribe Join

Brand Initiative Promotes Native American Golf & Culture Travel™ Experiences today announces that Salish Cliffs Golf Club – an amenity of Little Creek Casino Resort, tribally owned and operated by the Squaxin Island Tribe – joined the Native American Golf & Culture Travel brand membership program and its proprietary website,

Native American courses are most often pristine, with no surrounding development. As the Creator intended. There are approximately 55 Native American courses located throughout the United States, with several clusters of proximate venues. They reflect tribal history and traditions. Cultural assets and experiences include tribal art, pow wows, history, food, tours, and more. The golf is superb, as are the affiliated hotels, resorts, casinos and cultural immersion. However, they’ve never been branded collectively.

The Squaxin Island Tribe celebrates its heritage and promotes the well-being of its people and enterprises whenever possible; in ways that respect tradition while enhancing its businesses. is ideally aligned to support this strategy, and the brand and website are synergistic assets that will benefit the tribe, casino resort, and golf club.

Located in Western Washington near South Puget Sound, Salish Cliffs is an 18-hole course designed by Gene Bates that has garnered national, state and niche acclaim (“Best Casino Course”, “Top 100 Resort Course”, and “Best in Washington”, to name a few).  With no surrounding development, the championship layout sprawls through a breathtaking Pacific Northwest setting amid the Kamilche Valley. A pair of towering, carved and painted totems frame the wood, glass and stone golf clubhouse, where the popular restaurant and well-appointed pro shop welcome visitors.

The resort hotel is adorned by an assortment of Native American influenced art that is as stunning as it is evocative. A totem, giant wooden wheel carving, and metal sculpture with salmon spawning are some items. Speaking of salmon, Salish Cliffs was the first course to earn Salmon-Safe Certification in North America, due to its eco-sensitive practices, in line with the tribe’s reverence for land, water, and wildlife. The Museum Library and Research Center hosts a wealth of information about tribal customs, history, architecture, artifacts, and legends.

Beyond golf, Little Creek Casino Resort features a full-service spa named Seven Inlets, alluding to South Puget Sound inlets used by the people from time immemorial. Other amenities include retail and coffee shops, cigar and wine bar, several restaurants, and live entertainment shows. A variety of hotel room types are available, and the casino provides non-smoking and smoking sections, table games, a poker room, and slot machines.

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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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