Golf News – July 19, 2016

golfpridemulticompoundblackTop Players Trust Their Games To Golf Pride Grips Off The Tee and On The Greens At The Open Championship

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. … Power management company Eaton announced today that its Golf Pride Grips Division was the leading swing grip and putter grip brand played at the 2016 Open Championship this past week at the historic Royal Troon Golf Club.

The #1 Grip in Golf claimed 9 of the top 11 finishers, including the 2016 Champion Golfer of the Year, who relied on Golf Pride’s Brushed Cotton Cord Technology to negotiate the adverse weather that plagued Royal Troon.  In all, 110 players competing at the 2016 Open Championship trusted their games to Golf Pride grips, with the nearest competitor having 22.  Of the 110 players who put their game in Golf Pride’s hands, 24 played the MCC family of grips, offering a proprietary hybrid blend of rubber and cord performance geared at providing optimum all-weather performance.

“Over the past decade, 9 out of 10 Champion Golfers of the Year have relied on Golf Pride,” said Brandon Sowell, global sales and marketing director for Golf Pride. “We genuinely appreciate that our performance grips are trusted to combat the harshest weather conditions in pursuit of the prized Claret Jug and golf’s oldest major.”

Through the 2016 Open Championship, 80% of the top ten players in the Official World Golf Rankings trust their games to Golf Pride grips.  To view Golf Pride’s entire line of products played at Royal Troon visit  For more information on the unique ways in which Tour players install their Golf Pride grips click here for a behind-the-scenes look.

Eaton’s Golf Grip Division is the world’s largest manufacturer of golf grips, with manufacturing, sales and distribution facilities on six continents.  The division’s Golf Pride brand is recognized globally as the number one choice in grips among tour and recreational players, competitive amateur golfers, club manufacturers and club repairmen.  For more information, visit or visit us on Facebook at

2155873The Sea Pines Resort’s New Atlantic Dunes By Davis Love III Course To Open In Oct.

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) – The Sea Pines Resort – Hilton Head’s most celebrated golf and leisure retreat – announces its new Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III will open in October.

The layout is a complete reconstruction and recreation of the resort’s historic Ocean Course, the first built on Hilton Head. Love Golf Design, the firm founded by Davis and his brother Mark, has done numerous course designs and renovations in the region including Retreat at Sea Island (Sea Island, Ga.), Laurel Island Golf Club (Kingsland, Ga.), and the Love Course at Barefoot Resort (Myrtle Beach, S.C.).

Love and lead architect Scot Sherman have fashioned entirely rebuilt holes to accommodate modern shot values and frame scenic corridors. Atlantic Dunes features a pronounced seaside ambience and Lowcountry feel accented by coquina shells and seaside grasses. The project’s goal was to incorporate elements of the surrounding beachfront along with the area’s bounty of native pines and oaks lining the fairways.

The course will benefit both visually and strategically from restoration of natural sand dunes as well as the creation of new dunes blending seamlessly into the design. Tens of thousands of indigenous plants have been installed in these areas to complete the seaside feel. Atlantic Dunes playing surface is a blend of cutting-edge grasses matching the superior strains at the resort’s acclaimed Harbour Town Golf Links and Heron Point by Pete Dye.

As a five-time winner of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing played on Harbour Town, Love and his firm were the ideal choice to lead the effort to modernize the inaugural course on the island. “Sea Pines is one of my all-time favorite places to play and visit so we’re excited the redesign will be in line with the great golf offered by Harbour Town and Heron Point,” says Love.

“We’re thrilled to have a great champion like Davis Love III and his exceptional design team create our new Atlantic Dunes course,” says Cary Corbitt, Vice President of Sports and Operations. “Once it opens in October, few resorts anywhere in the world will offer 54 holes this good.”

For more information:, 866.561.8802.


Island Resort & Casino (Upper Peninsula) Names New Golf Course, Provides Project Details

(HARRIS, Michigan) – The second golf course that Hannahville Indian Community is building as part of its Island Resort & Casino will be called Sage Run, and like existing Sweetgrass, the name pays homage to Potawatomi tribal tradition.

“We selected sage because we wanted to highlight another of our four traditional tribal medicines – along with cedar, tobacco and sweet grass,” says Tony Mancilla, Island Resort and Casino General Manager and a tribal member. “The word ‘run’ in the name references the 10 holes that traverse significantly downhill on the course.”

Mancilla and course architect Paul Albanese – of the golf course architecture firm Albanese & Lutzke that designed and is constructing the new course – say Sage Run is progressing well.

“We’re planting nine fairways in mid-August through early fall, and the other nine next spring as soon as we can,” says Mancilla. “Our goal is to have a soft opening in Fall 2017 and a grand opening in 2018.”

Albanese also designed Sweetgrass, ranked one of golf-rich Michigan’s finest via Golfweek’s “America’s Best Courses You Can Play” program. He is excited by the course design overall and specifically as pertains to the drumlin running through Sage Run. A drumlin is a glacially formed geographical formation typically shaped as an elongated oval hill.

“Our goal was to use the drumlin so that golfers interact with it throughout their round,” says Albanese, a Harvard graduate who has designed and helped build courses worldwide. “We’ve been able to do that by routing down the drumlin in a number of places, and they’ll be really dramatic holes we believe players will enjoy immensely.”

Mancilla too believes Sage Run will impress golf enthusiasts, and he says it’s an ideal complement to Sweetgrass.

“Sage Run will provide an amazing ‘wow factor’ – there isn’t a weak hole on it,” he says. “It will be a resort-style course with Sweetgrass being more of a championship-style design. Golfers who play both will experience two very different designs with very different terrain. Whereas Sweetgrass is a prairie-style course with rolling, fescue-lined fairways, Sage Run is 75-percent tree lined with holes running up and mostly down the drumlin.”

Sweetgrass is host course of the Island Resort Championship, a Symetra Tour “Road to the LPGA” tournament.

Some of Sage Run’s more noteworthy design aspects include furry-edged bunkers, a number of short par-4’s – some with blind shots to greens that can be reached by tee shots carrying past the rise in front of them – and single-row irrigation, which elicits changing turf as it nears fairway edges and into the rough.

“When we discussed what style and character we wanted to create at Sage Run, we used Royal County Down as our original inspiration,” says Albanese, referring to the acclaimed Northern Ireland golf club that is rated among the world’s finest. “Sage Run will have that kind of rough and tumble appearance, with lots of earth tones, browns and tans – it’s what the landscape calls for.”

Albanese & Lutzke’s construction manager at Sage Run is Michael O’Connor. O’Connor has an impressive, deep resume that includes helping build some of the country’s most iconic courses including at Kiawah Island.

Additional information: or call 877-ISL-GREEN.

Matt Meeker

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