Golf News – May 24, 2024

Bushnell Golf Unveils Phantom 3 Slope Handheld GPS

OVERLAND PARK, KS – Bushnell Golf, the definitive #1 brand in golf distance measuring devices, today unveiled its latest golf GPS device, the Phantom 3 Slope. A revamped version of Bushnell Golf’s handheld golf GPS, the Phantom 3 Slope features a large, easy-to-read touchscreen display, offering golfers slope compensated distances at a touch.

Building off the success of the previous model, the Phantom 3 features several new features including slope compensated distances, auto-prompt score entry, auto course and hole recognition, a round timer and an odometer. With the Phantom 3 Slope, golfers can enjoy the ease and convenience of accurate GPS distances around the course. Ideal for both cart riders and walkers, the device features an integrated BITE magnetic cart mount and belt clip accessory.

“Our mission at Bushnell Golf is to create accurate, easy-to-use distance measuring devices for golfers of all levels, and the Phantom 3 Slope does exactly that,” said Nathan Duke, Bushnell Golf Global Product Manager. “With an upgraded touchscreen featuring intuitive UI and slope compensated distances, the new Phantom 3 is packed with all of Bushnell Golf’s latest innovations and is the perfect addition to our GPS product lineup.”

Preloaded with more than 38,000 courses, the Phantom 3 Slope provides golfers with front, center, and back distances for every hole. The device also offers GreenView with movable pin placement, which provides the golfer with another level of accuracy, ensuring that golfers will always have the information needed to hit each shot with confidence.

Phantom 3 Slope Features:

  • NEW Patented Slope Compensated Distances
  • NEW Touchscreen with Intuitive UI
  • NEW Auto Course & Hole Recognition
  • NEW Auto-Prompt Score Entry
  • NEW Round Timer & Odometer
  • Front, Center, Back Distances
  • Up to 6 Hazards per Hole
  • GreenView with Moveable Pin Placement
  • Shot Distance Calculator
  • 38,000+ Preloaded Courses
  • Integrated BITE Magnetic Cart Mount
  • 14+ Hour Battery Life
  • Bushnell Golf Mobile App Included

Offered in four distinct colors (Red, White & Blue; Neon Green; Orange and Black), the Phantom 3 Slope will be available at Bushnell Golf retailers nationwide beginning in June.

Visit Bushnell Golf HERE

Broomsedge Golf Club Begins Sodding Fairways and Tees

REMBERT, SC – Broomsedge Golf Club – the latest headline addition to the flourishing South Carolina golf scene – has reached a major construction milestone as sodding of its golf course begins.

The Broomsedge design and build team, led by co-architects Kyle Franz and Mike Koprowski, has selected Tifway 419 Bermuda grass for the fairways and tees. The greens will be sprigged with another strain of Bermuda, TifEagle, once average temperatures increase in late spring. The course will not have any maintained rough, as fairways will bleed into native areas containing the club’s namesake broomsedge grass and other flora. Sodding and sprigging of all 18 holes is expected to be completed by August, with the course ready for preview play in October.

Broomsedge is located in the Sandhills region of the Palmetto State, 30 minutes east of Columbia. Amid a setting reminiscent of North Carolina’s famed Pinehurst Resort and the aforementioned Old Town Club, Franz and Koprowski have set out to capture the tenets of classic golf course design practiced and perfected by masters like Donald Ross, George Crump and George Thomas. Inspired by these three legends of Golden Age architecture, Broomsedge features a flexible design capable of testing the country’s most elite amateurs while remaining enjoyable for players of all abilities. But no matter a player’s index, strategy will always be of paramount importance. Some design highlights include:

  • Putting surfaces with classic contouring that ties into the surrounding topography
  • Preservation of shot values off the tee, while still providing enough width to maintain the fundamental importance of angles to strategic design
  • Incorporation of property boundaries into lines of play; this is reminiscent of the Old Course at St. Andrews and others built more than a century ago
  • Several holes that may change par from day-to-day depending on tee locations and weather conditions
  • 20 green sites for 18 holes, further promoting setup flexibility

Blessed with an exceptional soil profile, the club’s 235-acre site possesses unusually dramatic elevation changes for the Carolina Sandhills. It is made even more unique by an assortment of valleys, ridgelines, spines and chasms. These attributes allowed Franz and Koprowski to move a minimal amount of dirt when fashioning playing corridors and green sites across the course’s intimate 156-acre footprint.

Koprowski, who discovered the land in 2021, was so confident in its immense potential for great golf that he bought it himself before having any fellow investors. He and Franz are focused on leveraging its enviable natural characteristics with a routing that is a throwback to bygone days of course design.

“As new builds have been increasingly focused on maximizing size and scale, ours is a departure from this trend,” said Koprowski. “For example, from the first tee players will be able to see no fewer than 15 different green sites. We’re creating something a bit more scaled down than what’s currently popular in golf design, and reflective of how courses were conceived and routed 100 years ago.”

“The piece of land Mike found for Broomsedge may be the best I’m working on right now,” added Franz. “It’s not only a great site, but the design is really cool as we’ve created a course that will challenge the best players yet still be extremely fun for higher handicaps.”

Since purchasing the land in 2022, Koprowski has been gradually joined by a collection of co-founders, all of whom are passionate about creating a club that combines classic golf course architecture with a fun and relaxed vibe. Their shared vision for Broomsedge also includes hosting significant amateur championships in the near future.

As golf course construction and grow-in wraps up, master planning for the club’s next phase is well underway and highlighted by the development of onsite lodging. Comfortable yet well-appointed cottages are expected to be available by Q2 2025. They will be built just steps away from the driving range, practice putting green, clubhouse and first tee.

“Our goal at Broomsedge is to cultivate a small and engaged membership that shares a deep appreciation for the game,” said David McFarlin, a club co-founder and its director of membership. “Many of our initial members are accomplished amateurs, representing an impressive nationwide collection of private clubs, who’re seeking a place to gather with other elite players.”

Visit Broomsedge Golf Club HERE

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