Golf News – March 26, 2019

Nippon Shaft Wins Valspar Championship   

CARLSBAD, Calif. (March 25, 2019) – Nippon Shaft’s steel shafts played a key role in Sunday’s repeat victory by the 41-year-old Englishman, who became the first player to successfully defend his title at the Valspar Championship on the Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida.

The three-time PGA Tour winner played Nippon Shaft’s N.S.PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 TX-flex steel shafts in his irons and N.S.PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 X-flex in wedges, shooting an 8-under par total of 276 with rounds of 70-66-68-72 to win by one stroke.

It was the 161st worldwide professional victory for the MODUS³ shaft series and the seventh MODUS³ victory in the 2018-19 season.

“Sunday’s winner of the Valspar Championship has been using Nippon Shaft products for many years now and, needless to say, we are thrilled with his victory at Innisbrook,” said Hiro Fukuda, marketing and sales for Nippon Shaft. “He already has three top three finishes this year on the PGA Tour and we wish him continued success.”

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Arcis Golf Partners with Els For Autism

New Programs Include Fundraising and Awareness Nationwide

DALLAS, TX – Arcis Golf —the second largest owner-operator of private, resort, and daily fee clubs in the United States—will launch a nationwide campaign in April called “Arcis Round Up For Autism” that expands its partnership with legendary golfer Ernie Els and the Els for Autism Foundation.

In conjunction with April’s World Autism Month, the “Arcis Round Up For Autism” program at 60 Arcis Golf clubs around the country will encourage members, guests, and patrons to “round up” to the nearest dollar on any purchases of merchandise, food and beverage, or golf as a donation to the charity. Additional contributions will be accepted through September, with clubs or individuals raising or donating $15,000 or more invited to send a two-person team to play in the Els for Autism Golf Challenge Grand Finale event in mid-October.

“Arcis Golf is proud to support the Els for Autism initiative through the participation of our generous members and guests,” said Blake Walker, Founder and CEO of Dallas-based Arcis Golf. “Our goal is to promote the tremendous work of the foundation, as well as raise funds for programs that create a better future for people with autism spectrum disorder as one in every 59 children in the United States is affected by autism.”

The couple has devoted its efforts to The Els Center of Excellence, a world-class facility hosting leading-edge autism programs and services in Jupiter, Fla. Els for Autism is committed to helping those with autism fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive, and rewarding lives.

The partnership with the Els Foundation is one of several ways Arcis Golf supports organizations nationally. Arcis Golf recently renewed its support of the United States Adaptive Golf Alliance, providing resources at select Arcis Golf facilities around the country including access to golf courses and PGA professionals within the Arcis Golf portfolio, as well as fundraising opportunities through Arcis Golf members.

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Missouri Ozarks Garnering Awareness from Golfers Worldwide

BRANSON, MO – Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau (“Explore Branson”) continues investing in its golf product, which is increasingly garnering global attention and traveler demand driven by new, paradigm-shifting courses joining existing high-quality ones in the destination.

What appeals to both golfers and golf tour operators about Branson is simple. There are approximately 17,500 courses in North America, but only one place where they’re coming online so fast and so distinctly. The burgeoning golf development in the Branson area features a who’s who of golf legends and course designers, including Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Fazio and Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

A geological theme runs through the area golf product. Millions-year-old limestone formations were unveiled and integrated into the Mountain Top Golf Course (designed by Player), which opened for its first full season in 2018. Adding to its unparalleled attributes are its unorthodox length (13 holes) and playing locations – players choose the teeing area on golf holes, which means they provide a different experience with changing starting points.

Part of Big Cedar Lodge, Mountain Top joins Top of the Rock and Buffalo Ridge Springs with geology and conservation inspiration illuminating the Ozarks’ renowned natural gifts. Buffalo graze adjacent to the latter course. And Top of the Rock sits perched high above the expansive, pristine Table Rock Lake. The course clubhouse includes 150-year-old wood beams transported from a barn in Arnold Palmer’s hometown in Latrobe, Pa. (Palmer designed the mind-boggling all-synthetic-turf driving range.)

Two new courses will open in 2019 and 2020 – Ozarks National and Payne’s Valley – both highly anticipated because the former will be played along with Top of the Rock in the Legends of Golf tourney, and the latter is authored by Tiger Woods and his golf architecture firm, TGR Design. It is Woods’ first ever public course – and includes a spectacular 19th hole with remarkable stone outcroppings and waterfalls – bringing to five the number of new courses that will have recently opened in the destination. That’s supersonic speed compared to the turtle’s pace that is post-recession golf course development worldwide.

Golf is the newest Branson travel niche to gain extensive appeal there. Well known for its unique combination of “nature and neon,” Branson is an acclaimed live entertainment destination with scores of theaters, top-rated Silver Dollar City amusement park, and several lakes where boating, fishing and other outdoor activities make it middle America’s most visited destination.

Ozarks National and Top of the Rock are co-host courses of the PGA TOUR Champions Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge, April 24-28, 2019. Established Branson courses consistently rank among the best in the state. Branson Hills has been rated the No. 1 public course in Missouri, while Golf Digest bestows that distinction on Buffalo Ridge Springs. Thousand Hills, LedgeStone, and The Pointe at Pointe Royale are other popular options.

Meshed with the vast array of after-golf activities, Branson is tailor-made for intrepid travelers who love exploring best-in-kind places where there is an abundance of leisure, lodging, meeting, event, family, and dining options.

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