Golf News – September 2, 2016

sea-island-luxury-lodge-2Play Where The Pros Play: Sea Island Unveils Package To Celebrate And Honor The American Team

Sea Island gives golfers a chance to win a piece of history with Ryder Cup bag signed by 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain and Sea Island resident Davis Love III

St. Simons Island, GA – September 1, 2016 – The 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team will be led by one of Sea Island’s most famous residents when Davis Love III and the American team arrive at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, to compete in the 2016 Ryder Cup (Sept. 27 – Oct. 2, 2016). In honor of this historic event, Sea Island, a Forbes Five-Star resort on the coast of Georgia and home to more PGA Tour players than any other golf community, will celebrate with a special package in honor of the Ryder Cup.

Available from Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, this special offer is open to a minimum of eight guests and includes a two-night stay at the award-winning The Lodge at Sea Island, daily breakfast, one warm-up session with Sea Island’s golf fitness guru Randy Myers (pending availability), two rounds of golf on one of Sea Island’s three championship courses and an option to add a complimentary third round, schedule permitting. Additionally, Sea Island will provide Ryder Cup format scoring and management for the group by a dedicated group golf professional from the resort’s golf staff. Sea Island’s package in honor of the Ryder Cup has a starting price of $1,200 per person based on double occupancy.

For any package booked in the month of September (for travel before the end of 2016), guests will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one 2016 Ryder Cup bag signed by 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain and Sea Island resident, Davis Love III.

Throughout his career, Love has been instrumental in creating one of the top training facilities in the country at Sea Island, which boasts an industry-leading Golf Performance Center with three of Golf Digest’s Top 50 Greatest Teachers. In addition to Love, other PGA Tour players who call Sea Island home include Zach Johnson, who was recently named to the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team, as well as Matt Kuchar, Harris English, Jonathan Byrd and Brian Harman.

For availability and reservations, please contact Richard Scott, golf sales manager, at 912-634-4450 or RichardScott@seaisland.com. For more information about Sea Island, visit seaisland.com.

1472028119Fourteen Golf Launches New TF-616 Irons And TF-Wedges

IRVINE, Calif. (September 1, 2016) – Premier club designer and manufacturer Fourteen Golf today officially launched its new TF-616 irons and is expanding loft options on the TF-Wedge series, both aimed at providing enthusiastic golfers with enhanced performance.

The TF-616 irons are aimed at mid-handicap golfers who needs forgiveness but who enjoys the pure feel of a soft forged iron. Oftentimes, mid-to-high handicap golfers must find forgiveness in cast irons that do not have the soft feel forged provides.

The TF-616 irons provide golfers with responsive feel and effortless launch by using a single material structure engineered with a deep undercut cavity in the manufacturing process, according to Masashi Kamoda, chief operating officer of Fourteen Golf. This special Fourteen Golf technology brings the greatest possible center-of-gravity depth to a soft forged iron, allowing for a reduction in loft that helps promote increased distance, Kamoda said.

“Fourteen Golf is excited to offer the new TF-616 irons, which have been designed specifically for mid-handicap players who have been looking for the soft feel of a forged iron while not wanting to sacrifice ease of use,” Kamoda said.

“In our longer irons, the center-of-gravity (CG) is set as deep as possible, helping to get the ball up in the air quickly and promoting a longer ball flight,” Kamoda explained. “In the short irons, the CG is placed as shallow as possible, with a higher CG height. This promotes well-controlled shots and a more penetrating ball flight.”

MSRP for TF-616 irons in sets of 4-iron through Pitching Wedge is $1,000. A P/A wedge is available for $145.

The TF Wedge series has been designed with input from Tour players, who like to create different shots using the same wedge. As a direct result of this Tour input, Fourteen Golf engineers rounded the toe and heel areas of the TF Wedges and actually removed the back portion of the sole in order to facilitate a variety of shots by merely opening or closing the face.

“Fourteen Golf’s TF Wedges rely on our original ‘reverse muscle-back’ design to provide enhanced stability while incorporating Tour-inspired innovations that enable more creative shot-making around the greens,” Kamoda said.

The TF Wedge series, which already comes in lofts of 52, 56, and 60 degrees, will be expanded to include 50 and 58-degree lofts. They have an MSRP of $150.

A premier designer and manufacturer of high-quality golf clubs, Fourteen Golf has been part of 70 professional victories since 2010.

The recently re-launched fourteengolf.com website makes it possible for golf consumers to order customized clubs online. Fourteen Golf designs and manufactures drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters.

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Marriott Golf Debuts College Links ’16 – Golf Discount Program For Students – In Conjunction With Back To School Season

Student discount program provides college students with great golf opportunities that fit their budget; special student pricing at 17 Marriott Golf managed golf courses

ORLANDO, Fla., August 31, 2016…As college students across the U.S. prepare for a new semester, Marriott Golf, one of the world’s premier golf operators and the golf management organization of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), has debuted College Links ’16, a golf discount program specifically designed for College students.

Active college students who enjoy the game of golf will have an opportunity to tee-it-up at a premier collection of Championship golf courses throughout the school year, with special pricing to better fit their budgets. As part of the College Links Program, beginning September 1, 2016, student golfers presenting a valid college ID can take advantage of discounted twilight green fees/carts, ranging from just $29 – $69. The year-round program is available after 3 p.m. any day of the week at participating Marriott Golf courses, and all tee times can be made up to three days in advance. In some cases, select Marriott Golf properties will even extend the hours that the special offer is available, further enhancing the value of the program.

“We recognize budgets are tight for many college students that enjoy the game of golf, thus, this program will provide more opportunities for this important sector to experience our collection of Championship golf courses, at very reasonable rates,” said Brett Stark, Senior Director, Marketing & eCommerce, Marriott Golf.

Participating courses in the College Links campaign represent some of the country’s premier championship venues, including: Wildfire Golf Club, Phoenix, Ariz.; Camelback Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Starr Pass Country Club, Tucson, Ariz.; Desert Springs Golf Resort, Palm Desert, Calif.; Shadow Ridge Golf Club, Palm Desert, Calif.; Grande Vista Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.; Hawk’s Landing Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.; Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grande Lakes, Orlando, Fla.; The Rookery & Hammock Bay, Marco Island, Fla.; Stone Mountain Golf Club, Stone Mountain, Ga.; Griffin Gate Golf Club, Lexington, Ky.; Toftrees Golf Club, State College, Pa.; Gaylord Springs Golf Club, Nashville, Tenn.; Cattails Golf Club, Kingsport, Tenn.; Westfields Golf Club, Clifton, Va., and La Iguana Golf Course, Playa Herradura, Costa Rica.

In total, 17 golf courses located at Marriott Golf-managed properties will participate in the College Links Program, which will provide college students with the opportunity play better and more golf throughout the school year. For more information or to book tee times at a participating property, please visit marriottcollegelinks.ezlinks.com.

unnamedBobby Weed Golf Design Renovates Spanish Oaks Golf Club

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (August 31, 2016) – Bobby Weed Golf Design (bobbyweed.com) has been retained for some on-course upgrades to the golf course at Spanish Oaks Golf Club, a private club in Bee Cave, Texas, near Austin, in the Hill Country. The course, which opened on October 26, 2001, is an original Bobby Weed design.

“Spanish Oaks is a growing club, an outstanding development with a young, vibrant membership and with fantastic amenities,” said Bobby Weed, president and CEO of Bobby Weed Golf Design. “The intent is to improve overall conditions on a more consistent level, and to accommodate future events and challenge the best players in the country.

Spanish Oaks Golf Club is the site of the 2016 Texas Mid-Amateur, to be played Sept. 23-25. The club also hosted the 2013 Trans-Miss Golf Association Four-Ball Championship.

“What makes Spanish Oaks so special,” Weed said, “is Daniel Porter, its founder and chairman. He is very passionate about the game of golf and the community at Spanish Oaks.

“He’s always been a competitive golfer, having played college golf at the University of Houston. He’s a successful businessman, but more importantly, he has had a great vision for this club and golf course.”

The Renovations

The renovation project at Spanish Oaks Golf Club includes work on the practice areas as well as on the golf course.

In the short-game area, bunkers have been added, the two greens have been enlarged and more hitting area has been added surrounding the greens, resulting in greater practice variety. The main tee on the driving range will be expanded, as will the tee area at the far end of the range. At the far end, an academy building will be constructed, with two hitting bays as well as another short-game area and putting area.

“When we finish, we should have some of the finest practice facilities of any private club in Texas,” Weed said.

On the golf course, Bobby Weed Golf Design is renovating every bunker, installing state-of-the-art subsurface drainage and new sand to allow the bunkers to play more consistently and more firmly throughout the year. Some of the bunkers are being enlarged to restore them to their original shape, as over time many had grown in or edged out. Visibility of all the bunkers will be improved by raising the floors and lowering the fronts to where they once were.

Scott Hamilton, golf course superintendent, is overseeing the day-to-day improvements and coordinating with Cornerstone Golf and Signet Golf on the course improvements.

Additional upcoming and future improvements include adding five to seven new championship tees throughout the golf course.

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Matt Meeker

Matt lives in sunny Orlando with his wife who allows his golf obsession to stretch the limits of normalcy. He's also a proud coach with The First Tee of Central Florida who loves teaching kids about golf and life skills.

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