Golf News – May 16, 2019

French Lick Resort – Golf Digest Selects Indiana Golf Destination Among Best Resorts and Courses

FRENCH LICK, IN – The accolades continue to pour in for French Lick Resort, Southern Indiana’s iconic golf and vacation destination. The historic resort has been recognized by Golf Digest among the best resorts and courses in America.

The resort was selected among the Editors’ Choice Award by Golf Digest as one of the Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest and most recently its Pete Dye and Donald Ross courses were ranked among the publication’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The Pete Dye Course moved up two spots to No. 17 on the list and the Donald Ross Course was ranked No. 99.

The publication’s annual review of “The Best Things in Golf” by its editors appears online at featuring the Best Resorts in the Americas. The listing recognizes resorts throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Canada.

Since the early 1900’s, golf has been an integral part of this resort area. Tom Bendelow designed the first course here in 1907 followed by the great Donald Ross ten years later. In 2009, Pete Dye created a visually stunning masterpiece, which has quickly become one of the most highly acclaimed courses in the country. Both courses are ranked among the Top 100 in America’s Greatest Public Courses and are currently ranked as the No. 1 and 2 Courses You Can Play in Indiana.

The Pete Dye course achieved a rare double honor in 2009 by being selected as America’s best new course by the two leading golf publications in the country – Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine. It is located on a dramatic hilltop, which is one of the highest points in the state of Indiana and offers panoramic views of the Hoosier National Forest that stretch as far as 40 miles.

As for the historic Donald Ross course, it underwent a $4.6 million restoration project in recent years that brought the course back to Ross’s original genius plans. It is a parkland gem that meanders up and down the rolling hills a few miles from the main resort. It was site of the 1924 PGA Championship won by the legendary Walter Hagen and has hosted other golf greats and celebrities including Gene Sarazen, Chick Evans, and Bing Crosby.

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Callaway® Big & Tall Apparel – Performance Doesn’t Stop At XL

MIAMI, FL  – Callaway® Apparel is committed to designing innovative, performance-driven clothing to help golfers succeed on and off the course, no matter how they are built. Callaway’s Big & Tall apparel offers a range of extended sizes so you have access to the latest performance apparel technology. Callaway Big & Tall apparel is engineered with a full array of performance features to make sure you look, feel and play your best every time you step on the course.

Polos & Outerwear
Callaway Big & Tall polos feature a wide array of performance attributes and are available in sizes 1X-5X and LT-4XLT. Whether it is SWING TECH™ construction, engineered ventilation, or Opti-Dri moisture wicking, these polos don’t just fit, they perform. And performance doesn’t stop once the temperature drops. From mid-weight layering for your early morning round to rainwear and thermal jackets for blustery conditions, Big & Tall Weather Series offers versatility and maximum range of motion, regardless of size or forecast.

With flex fabrics for added stretch and an active waistband in all of our shorts and pants, we make sure you have extreme comfort and range of motion from top to bottom. Big & Tall pants are available in a vast array of sizes up to 56 waist and 38 inseam. The same goes for our performance shorts with multiple offerings from sizes 42-56 Big and 36-42 Tall.

Callaway Big & Tall products are available at leading golf and country clubs nationwide and select national retailers including Golf Galaxy, Dillard’s, Destination XL, Westport Big & Tall and more.

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Gull Lake View Resort Thrives – ‘It’s “All in the Family” Business’

AUGUSTA, MI – Gull Lake View Golf Resort remains one of the largest family-owned resorts in the U.S. and now, with one of the most talked-about new golf courses in country, the venerable destination looks excitedly toward its next generation.

Brian Schneider, Eric Iverson, Don Placek and Brian Slawnik, senior associates for Renaissance Golf Design of Traverse City, collaborated with Gull Lake View owners, the Scott family on the acclaimed new Stoatin Brae course, a magnificent design situated on a picturesque bluff overlooking the Kalamazoo River Valley that marries classic links-style playability with architectural elements from golf’s golden design era of the 1920s and 1930s to create stunning and unforgettable golfing experience. Oh, and by the way, you can play it for just $59 at twilight!

Stoatin Brae is destination golf at its finest and now, as the sixth course at Gull Lake View, makes one of the Midwest’s greatest “value” resorts for families and buddies’ trips an intriguing vacation option for the golfing purists and golf architecture aficionados alike. With some of the most plentiful and affordable quality golf in the region, it’s no stretch to call Gull Lake View “The Golf Resort of the People.”.

The Scott family, seemingly ever expanding its friendly, welcoming golf community, opened a sixth golf course in 2016. Stoatin Brae, which means Grand Hill in Scottish Gaelic, is the name of the course that marked a departure from the normal pattern of growth at the resort while at the same time reminding the family of previous decisions.

Stoatin Brae offers views for miles over natural undulations and reestablished prairie grasses, and the wind is seemingly always in play.

The resort’s lineup of courses currently includes the Gull Lake West course, the East course, Stonehedge South, Stonehedge North all very near the main resort campus, as well as Bedford Valley near Battle Creek, which the family purchased in 1988. Bedford Valley is a popular parkland William Mitchell design, which blends well with the designs of the family.

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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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