Golf News – September 30, 2015



One-of-a-kind Experience Will “Make Manele Your Own” for You and Your Friends

LĀNA‘I CITY, HI, September 29, 2015 –What golfer hasn’t dreamed of having his or her own golf course? No crowds, no waiting for tee times, open just to friends, the professionals there just to help you.

That dream can now be a reality at the Manele Golf Course at the Four Seasons Resort Lānaʻi, only nine miles from Maui.

The “Make Manele Your Own” golf experience is a dream-come-true opportunity to possess the best of Hawai’i golf, where every hole on a magnificent Jack Nicklaus Signature design offers heavenly views of the Pacific.

One of the elite venues in the game, the breathtaking Manele layout is built on lava outcroppings, featuring three holes on the cliffs. Its signature hole is No. 12, a par 3 where the tee area is 150 feet above the crashing surf, challenging golfers with a dramatic shot to the green.

Having earned numerous awards since opening in 1993, the Manele Golf Course is the No. 2-ranked resort course among all Hawai’i Golf destinations (Golfweek magazine) and No. 32 among all resort courses in the United States.

The Four Seasons Resort Lāna‘i also has earned the Premier Golf Resorts Gold Medal from GOLF magazine and with recent improvements made to the overall golf experience at the Manele Golf Course, golfers continue to discover something new every time they play.

The “Make Manele Your Own” golf experience is priced at $10,000 and includes:

  • Private access to all golf facilities for up to 20 golfers
  • Unlimited golf on the Manele Golf Course
  • Ground transportation to and from the golf course
  • Morning cocktails
  • Individual amenity packages for all golfers
  • Golf clinic and lessons with the professional staff, as desired
  • Luxurious lunch reception at VIEWS restaurant
  • Custom-fit Foot-Joy golf shoes for the group
  • Commemorative photos for all in the group

“Having a secluded island seemingly all to yourself is something magical no golfer will ever forget,” said Scott Ashworth, the Manele director of golf, who is recognized as one of the most distinguished golf professionals in Hawai’i. “You’ll enjoy an intimate, personalized golf experience with an incredible bonus — stunning views from every hole that just may make you take your eye off the ball.

The Manele staff of PGA golf professionals will be on hand all day, available for golf tips and “course knowledge” before, during, and after play. Each guest will have unlimited access to iced towels, logoed caps, cold beverages, and snacks during play. Even the sunscreen is included.

The “Make Manele Your Own” experience is available through December 15, 2015.

For more information about the “Make Manele Your Own” experience call (808) 565-2222.


Callaway Golf Announces New Apex Irons and Hybrid

Today Callaway Golf Company has officially announced new Apex Irons, new Apex Pro Irons, and Apex Hybrids. The new Apex clubs, which will be available to golfers by the end of the month, advance the Apex product line that is widely regarded as establishing a new performance standard in the iron category since it launched two years ago.

In the new Apex Irons, we have for the first time precision engineered our industry-leading face cup technology into a forged iron to promote increased distance. This set also features a multi-piece construction with more offset in the longer irons, a more compact shape with less offset in shorter irons, and advanced forging for incredibly soft feel.

The new Apex Pro Irons are a forged performance set built specifically for skilled players. They incorporate Tour influenced shaping and design with a classic look, progressive flow weighting that optimizes Center of Gravity (CG) for playability and control, and soft feel that better players prefer.

And the Apex Hybrid is the first hybrid for the Apex and Apex Pro player. It has a longer, more iron-like blade length with a Neutral CG bias, controlled ball flight, and workability from precision shaping. The new hybrid also delivers high ball speeds from a forged face cup, and an Internal Standing Wave that helps move the CG for versatility on various shots.

The new Apex Irons (available lofts: 3-SW) and new Apex Pro Irons (available lofts: 3-AW) will be available at retail on October 30, and golfers can pre-order them starting October 16 on Both iron sets will have a retail price of $1,199.99 for steel shafts and $1,399.99 for graphite shafts. The new Apex and new Apex Pro sets will both have a wide selection of no upcharge shaft options, including popular shafts on Tour.

The Apex Hybrid (available lofts: 2H-5H) will be at retail and online on on December 4, and golfers can pre-order them starting October 16, with a retail price of $219.99 each.


Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Introduces The BH1 Stand Bag

Ben Hogan Golf E(FORT WORTH, TEXAS: September 29, 2015) – Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company is pleased to announce the release of its BH1 Stand Bags, blending the best of carry bags and cart bags into a hybrid stand bag.

The new BH1 Stand Bag has been engineered to blend the best features of both carry and cart bags to create the quintessential golf bag with all the features necessary to satisfy walkers and riders alike. Light enough to carry comfortably, the BH1 Stand Bag offers plenty of storage for those who prefer to ride and want all their gear and accessories with them at all times.

Highlights of the BH1 Stand bag include:

• Popular 5 way top desired the most by golfers
• Seven zippered pockets offer the ultimate in organization and are easily accessible, whether your bag is strapped on a cart or standing upright on the retractable legs
o Velour lined and waterproof valuables pocket
o Waterproof garment pocket
o Velour lined range finder pocket
o Two larger garment pockets
o Two ball pockets
o Cooler pouch
• Full length dividers for easy club removal and organization
• Dual strap harness for stress free carrying
• Towel holder and umbrella holder
• Light enough to carry and sturdy enough to ride

The BH1 Stand Bags come in four different Ben Hogan combinations: white, blue with white trim, blue with red trim and the classic Hogan red, white & blue with grey accents. All are adorned with the iconic Ben Hogan signature. Suggested retail price is $209. Pre-orders for holiday delivery are now being taken at

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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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