Golf News – May 12, 2023

America’s Leading Menswear Designer Joins Forces With Footjoy for a New Collection Called “The Back Tees” Featuring Polos, Sweaters, Sweats, Trousers and Golf Shoes

NEW YORK, NY – How would the most iconic players in golf history dress if they stepped onto the links today? The answer is the Todd Snyder x FootJoy Collection. Titled “The Back Tees”, the collection was inspired by the golf fashion of old-school greats on and off the course. The styles borrow from the traditional codes of American menswear and place them in performance technical fabrics.

For this collaboration, Todd and the FootJoy team set out to create contemporary interpretations of 60s and 70s golf style. The team emphasized refined fabrics–including pique polos, mercerized sweaters and cotton/cashmere sweatshirts–then reinterpreted these iconic athletic styles in a thoroughly modern way. The collection features apparel in blacks, blues, olives and as well as geometric and jacquard prints, and two new premium pebble-grain leather golf shoes based on FootJoy’s Wilcox and Field Premiere Series models.

“I am so excited to be working with FootJoy again to create a collection worthy of the pro tees, we’ve taken some of our favorite design details from the golden age of golf–including the luster of mercerised cotton sweater polos and the brogueing on a bespoke golf shoe–and combined them with state-of-the-art technology and modern style.” says Snyder. “Because one thing that I’ve learned in my years on the links is that you can’t always be the best player in your foursome, but if you’re wearing our collection you can certainly be the most stylish.”

“Todd has been an ideal partner for us,” says Chris Tobias, Vice President, FJ Footwear. “He understands both the world of modern men’s fashion and the needs of the modern golfer, allowing him to reinterpret classic, iconic looks into FootJoy products that are a pleasure to play in.”

Since their debut collection in spring 2021, the duo’s partnership has filled a gap in the marketplace and has proven itself to be a strong customer acquisition and retention strategy. “We have seen consistent 50% year-over-year sales growth since our first launch in 2021, demonstrating the strength of our partnership with FootJoy. Our elevated menswear-inspired take on the sport continues to resonate with our existing customers and especially new customers.” says Alejandro Rhett, Chief Product Officer of Todd Snyder. “People discovering Todd Snyder for the first time through golf have proven to be a valuable long-term customer, returning back to convert through our mainline collections again.”

The FootJoy and Todd Snyder Collection drops May 18th.

Visit Todd Snyder HERE

PING Slam PLD Limited Pal 2 drops Tuesday, May 16

PHOENIX, AZ – The PLD Limited Pal 2 putter, the second of four precision-milled PING putters celebrating the brand winning all four major championships in 1988, will be available for purchase on pingpld.com, beginning at 2 pm ET on Tuesday, May 16.

Known as the “PING Slam,” the celebration recognizes a historic achievement that had never happened before 1988 and hasn’t happened since for any putter brand. Precision-milled versions of the four winning models (Pal, Pal 2, Zing 2 and Anser), respectively, are available each Tuesday of this year’s four major championship weeks, giving collectors a rare opportunity to own a part of PING’s storied putter history.

The putters are fully machined and custom built by PING WRX master craftsmen at the company’s headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. Each putter is serialized for authenticity and includes a custom headcover unique to each of the four major events.

Only 88 of each model of the handcrafted putters are being offered via pingpld.com for $990 (limit one per customer) during the corresponding major’s week. On December 5th of this year, collectors will have the opportunity to purchase one of 35 complete sets of the PLD Limited “PING Slam” putters for $4,990 (limit one per customer), which will include a custom-designed display unit.

The PLD Limited Pal 2 honors Jeff Sluman’s win at the 1988 PGA Championship and follows the Pal limited edition model, which celebrated Sandy Lyle’s Masters win that year. Those were purchased quickly on Tuesday of this year’s Masters as golfers eagerly anticipated the launch of the unique collection.

“The buildup and attention the ‘PING Slam’ PLD Limited Pal model received during last month’s Masters was fun to see,” said PING Executive Chairman John A. Solheim. “We even gave one to Sandy Lyle at Augusta and he used it to sink his final putt of his last Masters. It was Sandy’s win with the original PING Pal putter at the 1988 Masters that put us on the path to this amazing accomplishment. That brought back some very special memories for me, and we were very honored by his gesture on his last hole.

In consultation with Solheim, PING’s engineers and historian scoured the company archives, reviewing old images and carefully measuring putter heads to retain the integrity of the four classic designs during the milling process. They even visited the PING Gold Putter Vault to study and analyze each model’s intricacies to ensure Karsten’s original designs remained intact.

As part of PING’s Putting Lab Design (PLD) program, the PLD Limited concept offers collectible PING putter designs and celebrates the company’s unmatched putter success and heritage. The PLD Limited Anser Patent 55 putter was introduced last year and acknowledged the 55th anniversary of the granting of the Anser patent. Four versions were made available throughout the year, and each sold out in less than three minutes via pingpld.com.

Visit PING Golf HERE

Rumbling Bald Spring, Fall and Weekday Golf Packages Available for Groups of All Sizes

LAKE LURE, NC  – Rumbling Bald – the 36-hole golf sanctuary on Lake Lure an hour east of Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains – offers Spring/Fall Packages on weekends and Weekday Packages for groups of all sizes throughout the year.

Spring/Fall Packages (Thursday – Sunday) start at $363 per golfer for two nights lodging in a vacation rental and two rounds on Apple Valley and Bald Mountain golf courses. Three-night, three-round and four-night, four-round options are also available for $501 and $640 per golfer. Rumbling Bald’s popular Weekday Packages (Sunday – Wednesday) began April 1, with rates starting at $330 per person for two nights and two rounds, $452 for three nights and three rounds, and $574 for four nights and four rounds.

Lodging options geared specifically for golfers include the Apple Valley Studios (across from Apple Valley) and two-bedroom Fairway Villas situated along Bald Mountain just steps from its first tee. Via its wide variety of spacious vacation rentals, Rumbling Bald can accommodate golf groups of all sizes. Luxury vacation homes are also available for extended stays and golf rounds can be added a la carte.

Apple Valley
“As the days continue to get longer and sunnier, this is the peak golf season here in North Carolina and the Lake Lure area,” says Rumbling Bald General Manager Jeff Geisler. “The Bermuda turf grass has greened up, especially the Champion Bermuda greens on Apple Valley installed in 2020. For many folks, it’s been a busy start to the year. We’re excited to welcome golfers to Rumbling Bald for some real rest and relaxation.”

Rumbling Bald extends complimentary golf rounds to leaders of groups of 12 or more when booking their first trip to the property. The Large Groups 12+ Comp is ideal for PGA Professional-member trips, small tournaments, or large golf buddy trips. The shoulder- and off-seasons are ideal for group play, with ample value and typically a faster pace of play than the peak spring and fall periods. While situated near the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Rumbling Bald enjoys temperatures similar to Charlotte, the largest neighboring city.

Bald Mountain
To learn more about Rumbling Bald’s golf courses and packages, visit www.rumblingbald.com or email jdoran@rumblingbald.com. To book packages directly or to speak with a golf vacation planner, call (828) 694.3072. Golfers are advised to call, email or check the website for course maintenance and closure schedules. Rates include all taxes and fees and are based on full occupancy (four players in a two-bedroom villa or two in a one-bedroom studio). Rates include all taxes and fees and are based on full occupancy (blackout dates apply).

Visit Rumbling Bald HERE

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