Golf News – June 7, 2024

TaylorMade Golf Launches New Golf Ball Plant in Korea, Its Third Vertical Integration of Its Golf Ball Supply Chain

CARLSBAD, CA – TaylorMade Golf unveiled its latest golf ball innovation with the official opening of its expanded golf ball plant facility at TaylorMade Golf Ball Korea (TMBK). TaylorMade Golf Ball Korea becomes the company’s third global golf ball plant, joining its facilities in Liberty, South Carolina and Taiwan.

TaylorMade created TMBK following the acquisition of Nassau Golf Co. Ltd in 2021 and has invested substantial resources in the facility to significantly increase capacity to meet the global demand for TaylorMade’s growing golf ball business and portfolio of innovative golf ball technologies.

Located in Cheongju, South Korea (approx. 2hrs south of Seoul), TaylorMade has focused on modernizing the TMBK facility, infrastructure and digital technology to increase the production from core to cover of its cast urethane and ionomer golf balls. TaylorMade’s renowned five-layer TP5/TP5X golf balls will be produced in TMBK, as well as its cast urethane Tour Response and ionomer cover products, including the SpeedSoft model.

As part of a modernization of digital capabilities, the facility will also produce TaylorMade’s visual technology products such as TP5/TP5x pix, MySymbol, Tour Response Stripe and SpeedSoft Ink.

With a rapidly growing global golf ball market share, the addition of the TaylorMade Ball Plant Korea to TaylorMade Ball Plant Liberty (South Carolina) and TaylorMade Ball Plant Taiwan enables the company to better service its global markets that are all experiencing increased demand for its golf ball models.

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The Pines Course at The International Prepares to Begin Its Next Chapter

BOSTON, MA – The International – New England’s preeminent 36-hole, “pure golf” private club – announces the reimagined version of its Pines course is on schedule to welcome limited member play this fall.

Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the renowned golf course design team and founders of the firm Coore & Crenshaw, are wrapping up the project they began in 2022. Over the last two years, they have created a new golf course that takes greater advantage of the land’s interesting topography, unique landforms and mature vegetation. Not a single hole corridor or green site remains from the prior version of The Pines, which was best known for decades as America’s longest golf course. This emphasis on length has been replaced by Coore & Crenshaw’s signature preference for golf courses that look natural, are strategic and can be enjoyed by all levels of play.

It is believed The Pines will be the first new 18-hole course to open in Massachusetts in more than a decade.

The Pines is only the second course Coore & Crenshaw have designed and built in New England; the first is the highly acclaimed Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Massachusetts, which opened in 2005.

Further evidencing the club’s appreciation for golf’s golden era, The Pines will be one of the region’s few courses to feature fescue grass on tees, fairways and in the rough. Fescue grass courses are typically found in Scotland and Ireland, places where the game was first played. These turf conditions, when combined with Coore & Crenshaw’s elevated course architecture, will allow for greater shot diversity and foster an ever-evolving, engaging golf experience on holes framed by sandy waste areas, wispy fescue and stately pitch pines.

Sodding and grow-in of the fescue playing surfaces will continue in the coming months. Other final project tasks include installing new bunker sand, edging perimeters of bunkers, trimming and clearing trees, establishing fairway / rough lines, seeding the practice putting green, and initial mowing of tees, fairways and bentgrass greens.

The Pines was originally designed by Geoffrey Cornish with help from legendary amateur golf champion Francis Ouimet. When it opened in 1955, the course measured 8,040 yards from the back tees and combined steeply pitched greens with challenging bunkers. Nearly two decades later, famed architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. was hired to soften several greens and bunkers but he also lengthened the course to an astounding 8,325 yards.

This calling card began to lose its luster this century, however, as golfers became less focused on course difficulty as a measuring stick for quality. Instead, they have signaled a preference for courses that are strategic, walkable and enjoyable to play for all skill levels.

“The Pines will check all of these important boxes,” said Celano. “With our recently renovated Oaks course, we now combine 36 holes of exceptional golf with a welcoming club environment and culture rooted in a deep respect for the game and its treasured traditions.”

The International is building a membership that will share in the responsibility of shepherding a new era at the club.

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