Golf News – January 5, 2023

Vessel to Release First of Its Kind Carbon Fiber Collection

CARLSBAD, CA – Vessel is pushing the boundaries of luxury golf and lifestyle innovation by designing a collection constructed with carbon fiber material. Sleek in design and functional in purpose, the 10 Year Anniversary Carbon Fiber Collection is a celebration of Vessel’s mission to craft carry solutions with innovation and intention.

In honor of its 10th anniversary, Vessel has partnered with Carbitex to bring the latest in carbon fiber technology to the Carbon Fiber Collection. The Carbon Fiber Collection features Omniflex, a flexible, textile-like material with no stretch, meant to mimic the performance of our traditional premium synthetic leather while increasing durability and functionality.

6-way Player III
Vessel’s most popular, flagship Player III is getting the carbon fiber treatment. The Player III is crafted with elevated details and a focus on functionality. An intentional divider layout maximizes organization and club protection. The Carbon Fiber Collection Player III combines premium synthetic leather with Carbitex’s patented Omniflex carbon fiber material along the front gussets of the side pockets, the range finder pocket handle, as well as the bottom carry handle.

14-way Lux Cart
Designed for an exceptional riding experience, the Lux Cart has extensive storage capabilities. An upper pocket swings over the cart strap and snaps down with a magnetic closure, securing your bag without restricting access to essentials and two additional front facing pockets. It also features two anti-microbial lined pockets and a lockable valuables pocket. The Carbon Fiber Collection Lux Cart is constructed of premium synthetic leather, chrome finishes and features Omniflex Carbon fiber on the front gussets of the side pockets, the magnetic rangefinder pocket,and on the bottom carry handle.

PrimeX Tour
For those who demand the most out of their equipment, the PrimeX Tour is the latest addition to the VESSEL Staff Bag lineup. In the Carbon Fiber Collection, the PrimeX Tour is adding Omniflex carbon fiber material to an already sturdy finish along the top collar, front gussets of the side pockets, the magnetic rangefinder pocket handle, and the magnetic beverage sleeves.

Icon LE Headcover
Complete the Carbon Fiber setup with an elegant protective cover for your driver. Constructed from the Icon LE Headcover is one of a kind featuring carbon fiber detailing.

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Wilson Expands its Professional Golf Advisory Staff

CHICAGO, IL – Wilson Sporting Goods Co. today announced that professional golfers Kevin Kisner and Trey Mullinax have joined its professional Golf Advisory Staff. The two join Wilson’s growing roster of golfers, including PGA TOUR players John Augenstein, Kevin Chappell, Quade Cummins, Padraig Harrington, Brendan Steele, Kevin Streelman, Martin Trainer and Kevin Tway; and LPGA Tour player Sophia Schubert.

Wilson’s Golf Advisory Staff also boasts a deep roster of DP World Tour players, including new additions Marc Hammer and Alexander Knappe. Hammer and Knappe join Benjamin Herbert, Joakim Lagergren, David Law, Hurly Long, Craig Mackie, Jack Senior, Paul Waring and Andrew Wilson, as well as Paul Lawrie on the Legends Tour and Sanna Nuutinen on the Ladies European Tour.

Mullinax makes his Wilson debut this week at the PGA TOUR’s Sentry Tournament of Champions after winning last season’s Barbasol Championship, while Kisner is expected to play his first tournament with Wilson at the Sony Open in Hawaii next week.

Kisner is fresh off his second-best season with five top-10 finishes including second and third place finishes at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and the Sony Open respectively. He was also a member of the United States Presidents Cup team that won its ninth-straight title and 12th overall.

“I am excited to be partnering with Wilson Golf. Wilson is a brand I’ve always respected; rooted in heritage but always looking for new ways to evolve,” said Kisner. “I’m quite particular about my equipment, and the clubs that I’ll be putting into play after extensive testing are second to none.”

What’s In the Bag:

Kevin Kisner:
Dynapower™ Driver
Dynapower 3-wood
STAFF® Model Utility 21° & 24°
STAFF Model CB irons (5-9)
STAFF Model 46°, 52°, 58° wedges

Trey Mullinax:
STAFF Model Utility 18°
STAFF Model Blade irons (4-9, PW)
STAFF Model 52°, 56°, 60° wedges

Visit Wilson Golf HERE

Tom Doak to Design Pinehurst Resort’s 10th Course

New Golf Course at ‘The Cradle of American Golf’ Slated to Open in 2024

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, NC – Pinehurst Resort will break ground on its first new golf course in nearly three decades this month, and it will be designed by Tom Doak, one of the most respected and decorated golf course architects of the modern era.

Located four miles south of the main resort clubhouse, Doak’s 18-hole routing is expected to open late spring of 2024, coinciding with the return of the U.S. Open to Pinehurst No. 2. The new course – the resort’s 10th – will incorporate rugged dunes mined at the turn of the 20th century accented by native sand and wiregrass. With natural ridgelines, intriguing landforms, towering longleaf pines, streams and ponds, Doak envisions a course that complements the resort’s other courses through its contrasts.

Doak recalls first visiting Pinehurst more than 40 years ago and playing and touring No. 2. He rated the storied Donald Ross design a perfect “10” in his famed book “The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses,” and was one of the most vocal supporters of its restoration by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 2010 prior to the 2014 U.S. Open.

“Tom Doak builds incredible golf courses on sand, and we’re excited to see what he’ll create in the North Carolina Sandhills,” says Pinehurst Resort President Tom Pashley. “We’ve worked with some amazing golf architects who’ve embraced our natural aesthetic and believe Tom will do something fantastic on this site.”

Landscape architect Angela Moser will serve as Doak’s lead design associate for this project. Moser’s impressive credentials include work at the Los Angeles Country Club’s North Course, Streamsong Black in Bowling Green, Fla., St. Patrick’s Links in County Donegal, Ireland, Te Arai Links in Tomarata, New Zealand and Ohoopee Match Club in Cobbtown, Ga.

In addition to Doak’s routing, Pinehurst envisions the potential for more growth in the area, which encompasses 900 total acres in Aberdeen. A variety of development opportunities will be evaluated with town officials, including additional golf, short course, clubhouse, guest cottages and other lodging.

“This exceptional property is a place where many of our dreams of the future can be contemplated,” says Pinehurst Resort CEO Bob Dedman Jr. “How those dreams play out will be determined over time, the same way the path forward revealed itself through recent additions like The Cradle, Thistle Dhu and the redesign of Pinehurst No. 4. Adding a Tom Doak design to our collection is another historic chapter in the story of Pinehurst. We can’t wait to read it.”

Widely known as the Cradle of American Golf, Pinehurst hosted more single golf championships – including the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup and PGA TOUR Championship – than any other site in North America. Golfers enjoy layouts designed by the game’s greatest architects, including Donald Ross, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Gil Hanse, Jack Nicklaus, Rees Jones, Tom Fazio and Ellis Maples.

Visit Pinehurst Resort HERE

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