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There Once Was A Problem That Needed To Be Solved… In the middle of her high school match, Megan Little was slightly embarrassed as she once again tucked her ball marker into the elastic band of her skirt. As she was getting ready to putt, she glanced over to see her competitor digging around in her bag in a desperate way. The thought of ‘what is she doing’ immediately crept in. And then, the realization that ‘there has to be a better way to hold and find your ball marker’. There are many options for holding a ball marker, but for women, those options are reduced if they don’t wear a hat, a belt, or pants. Not to mention that most skirts don’t have a functional pocket. With a lot of hard work and some failed attempts, Little came up with a product that is not only fun but also functional and fashionable. The product is called Golfbanz. With many colors to choose from (Black, Pink, Silver and Marine Blue) and ball marker choices, GolfBanz offers something for everyone. They are made of a flexible athletic material that is washable and stretchable to fit over the hand and then snug to the wrist.   The marker is held to the GolfBanz using a patented magnet/pocket combination.   GolfBanz are available at a starting point of $14.99, which includes the GolfBanz and choice of ball marker.  Executive packages including multiple markers and premium case are available as well.   GolfBanz are USA Made and Patent Pending. For more information, visit www.GolfBanz.com. 8

Jack Nicklaus Introduces His Own Golf Ball Line Golf’s greatest champion, ambassador and philanthropist is combining his passions into one industry-shaping business with the announcement that Jack Nicklaus introduced a line of golf balls, with an emphasis on simplifying the game, as well as giving back to the game and to charity. Nicklaus is introducing three golf balls-Nicklaus Black, Nicklaus Blue, and Nicklaus White--to accommodate three skill levels of player, using the traditional tees from which they typically play. The balls, which will begin shipping in November, will initially be sold exclusively online at www.nicklaus. com and through golf/pro shops at the more than 200 Nicklaus Design courses nationwide. A percentage from every golf ball sold in those shops will be donated directly back to the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation to support pediatric programs and hospitals nationwide, while visitors to Nicklaus.com will have the ability to support the Foundation with voluntary contributions.   "We all know that the game of golf can be challenging enough, so we are trying to simplify the decision-

making process of selecting the right golf ball and at the same time provide consumers the highest-quality golf balls and at a price that encourages charitable support," Jack Nicklaus said. «By buying these balls, players will get the added benefit of supporting these wonderful charities that help children in need as well as the families that dearly love them.   "The idea of creating three balls corresponds to the teeing areas golfers typically play. The Nicklaus White ball is designed for the players who might typically play the forward or white tees.  Nicklaus Blue is designed for players who would typically play the middle or blue tees.  And, finally, Nicklaus Black is designed for the single-digit or better golfer who generally plays from the back tees."   To find out more about the new Nicklaus Golf Ball, including product specs, features and benefits, or to place your advanced order today, visit www.nicklaus.com. Customers and fans are invited to share their feedback via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by using hash tag #nicklausgolfball.  Arizona Golf Central • Volume 3, Issue 4

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KINGMADE Jerky a Big Hit with Professional Golfers KINGMADE Jerky is a relative newcomer to the beef jerky industry but it’s quietly been building a legion of fans on both the PGA and LPGA Tours thanks to professional caddie Jeff King, who created the product and owns the company. King, a caddie for the past 16 years, admits it was out of total boredom one weekend that he decided to try making his own beef jerky in his kitchen in McKinney, Texas. What resulted after weeks of tinkering with recipes and cooking methods was a frenzy at every tour stop with players and caddies lining up to buy the product. “I always enjoyed eating beef jerky but the stuff I found in convenience stores and gas stations was terrible,” said King. “I knew there had to be a way to make a premium grade jerky and satisfy the healthconscious tastes of the players out on tour.” Such was King’s instant success, that he found he was making over 170 pounds a week to meet demand. Today, over 100 tour players eat KINGMADE Jerky. Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, Davis Love III, Ricky Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Candie Kung, Yani Tseng, Azahara Munoz and Jane Park 10

are just a few who enjoy this healthy, high protein snack. “It’s hands down the best I’ve ever had,” said Matt Kuchar. “I’ve always enjoyed going around the country tasting handmade jerky, and nothing’s close to this stuff for its flavor and tenderness.” The company’s thematic is “Superior Sustenance for Active Sophisticates” and marketing efforts will focus on attracting the active consumer who enjoys outdoor activities and needs a

convenient and healthy snack to fuel their athletic pursuits. What makes KINGMADE Jerky so delicious is that King uses one hundred percent flank steak with spices. Importantly, KINGMADE has five times less sodium and sugar than any of its competitors and does not add any MSG or nitrites. King no longer makes the jerky in his kitchen. Instead, he sought the expertise of C&C Processing in the midwest. A well-established, familyowned meat processing plant, C&C worked with King to produce the exact same excellent tasting, high quality jerky that came out of King’s kitchen. It was a eureka moment. With C&C overseeing KINGMADE’s production, King was able to get back to what he loves the most, caddying on tour. Beef Jerky is a $2 billion dollar a year industry and KINGMADE Jerky is ready to take on its competitors. As King likes to say, “we are a premium protein for a different kind of carnivore.” KINGMADE Jerky comes in three flavors: Sweet Chili Pepper, Classic and Buffalo Style. The product sells for $8.00 for 2.25 ounces, and also is available in one pound bags. For more information and to place orders, visit the company’s website at www.kingmadejerky.com. Arizona Golf Central • Volume 3, Issue 4

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Jeff Eckart Where were you born? Did you grow up there? I was

born and raised in St. Helens, Oregon. (about 30 min NW of Portland).

What do you do for a living (or when you aren’t playing golf)? I’ve been a PE/Health Teacher (3 years) and high school baseball and basketball coach (9 years) in Portland, but upon moving to Scottsdale in early September, I’m now working at three golf courses and a valet job!

Do you have a favorite designer for suits, shoes, etc?

I really like Kenneth Cole clothes, watches, and shoes, as well as Alfani and Calvin Klein suits. Athletic wear is definitely Nike.

Aside from golf, what do you prefer for fun and relaxation?

I like to play hoops, be outdoors in any way (camping, boating, snowboarding), and watch as many sporting events as possible (both live and on TV).

What’s your take on cuddling?

I do vote for cuddling...especially if I can work a back-scratch out of the deal! The only deterrent is being in a warm room and that I need my own space afterwards.

Who would you like to have with you on a deserted island?

Jennifer Lawrence, for obvious reasons...she is great with a bow and arrow!

What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy foursome? Tough question, but probably Michael Jordan, John Daly (the old one), and Kramer from Seinfeld.

Boxers or briefs?

BOTH—boxerbriefs

What is the last book you read?

Dang! To be honest, Fifty

Shades of Grey.

Who is your favorite comedian?

I love Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, but probably Dave Chappelle.

What is your favorite course to play?

Easily Bandon Dunes on the Southern Oregon Coast. Absolutely amazing!

What was your best golf shot ever?

Tied with a buddy on the 18th hole, we had $20 on the line for a skins game. I had a downhill 55 foot putt (yes, I paced it off) for birdie. It broke left, then broke right, and did a full loop around the rim and dropped in. He was so pissed! 12

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Where did you grow up? I’m a midwestern girl. St. Paul, Minnesota.

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? Well, everyone says bird.... but I’ve already taken flight lessons, and got my solo certificate (yes, I learned to fly!) So I’ll choose something else. I am an artist, and am not satisfied unless I am creating something every day. So, perhaps spinning a pretty and very ornate spider web all day would be creatively exciting. So, yes, I’ll say spider.

Do you enjoy playing golf and are there any golfers in your family? I do! I’m not very good... but I think golf is wonderful. My father is a lover of golf, and has played for many, many years.

What do you feel makes this club special? The staff–such a wonderful group of people. Also, all the giant old majestic trees we have here make it a great course to play in the hot summer. We have plenty of shade, which is hard to find on golf courses in the desert.

What is your favorite part and least favorite part of being a cart girl? My favorite thing about being a beverage cart girl is working outside. Even in the heat. Working outside doesn’t feel like work. I love being in nature. My least favorite part is cooking hot dogs at the snack bar. I am vegan AND a raw foodist... so this has always been a tough one for me.

What is your most memorable moment working as a cart girl? Working on the course during that giant dust storm we had...the Haboob! It was CRAZY! I was stuck out in the middle of the course and couldn’t see 2 feet in front of me. Scary, yet SO beautiful and exciting!

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on the golf course? A guy was stretching before his tee time. He took his driver out of the bag and went through the motions of hitting a ball. At one point he swung a little harder....and I guess he forgot the head cover was still on it, and it flew about 3 miles up in the air and landed on a lady’s head. The funny part is that I could tell he was really embarrassed, and he acted cool, looked around to see if anyone noticed it was him that did it.... and pretended it didn’t happen! HILARIOUS. This was like 9 years ago...and I still laugh about the episode.

Do you have a favorite comedian?

Louis C. K.

What is your idea of a perfect date?

Perhaps doing something wild that neither of you have done before. And laughing the entire time is important. Doing thrilling or fear inducing stuff amps up your adrenaline, which dissolves your walls and turns you both on. Yes.

What is your favorite charity to support?

For the last several years I have been supporting The Jane Goodall Institute. Chimpanzees are our closest living relatives and they are becoming extinct. I had an art show last year where I sold 13 large paintings of Chimpanzees. I sold all of them, and donated 50% of the proceeds to The Jane Goodall Institute. This makes me happy, but the chimps still need our help. 14

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Skyline Country Club You want a club where it’s easy to make friends and build enduring relationships. A solid, healthy established club where you can cater to your passion for golf. Or tennis. Or swimming. Or fitness. Or, all of them. A club set high in the mountains above Tucson. With stunning views from its elegant clubhouse as you enjoy award-winning cuisine. This sounds like what you want in a club, doesn’t it? We thought so. Welcome to Skyline Country Club in Tucson. The Culinary Team, led by Issa Moussa, strives to offer our members the finest dining available in the Southwest. For more than 30 years Chef Moussa and his team of professionals have created memorable dining experiences for all who come to the Club. Skyline does everything from baked goods and pastry to sumptuous salads to awe inspiring buffets and menus. Originally from the Mediterranean region, Executive Chef Moussa ‘s love of food developed at a young age when he would help his mother cook meals for the homeless at their church. He began working with grains, stews, rice, and all kinds of fish.  His family moved to the United States when he was very young, and he knew he wanted to pursue cooking as a career by the time he reached junior high school.  He began working in the kitchen at Skyline Country Club in 1978 where he honed his skills as an ice sculptor in addition to creating scrumptious dishes 16

to the delight of Skyline’s exclusive membership and guests.  Executive Chef Moussa also works with aspiring chefs in Skyline’s kitchen and teaches upper-division culinary courses at Pima Community College. For more information, please visit www.skylinecountryclub.com.

Issa Moussa, C.E.C., H.O.F. is Skyline’s Executive Chef. He has graced the Club with his award winning cuisine for 33 years.

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Dominican Republic -—More Than You Expect Discovered by Columbus on his first voyage, there is no place quite like the Dominican Republic. With a history that is a mix of European, African and native Indian cultures, the food, art, music, sports and religion all reflect this diverse country. For the adventure tourist, this Caribbean country offers a diverse array of tropical rainforests, desert expanses, alpine ranges and steamy mangrove swamps. It’s a playground for trekkers, mountain bike enthusiasts and water-sport junkies. In the north and east, visitors are invited to relax at one of the many luxurious resorts. Food is one of the mainstays of this culture. As a former Spanish Colony, many of its dishes carry a familiar Latin American feel. Lots of rice, beans, meat and seafood can be found in their cuisine. After a hearty meal, Dominican’s come to life with baseball. It’s much more than a national pastime—it’s a major source of pride and identity. Almost 40% of the players in U.S. leagues come from the Dominican Republic and surrounding Latin American countries. And then there is the cigar. For many North American’s, the land is distant and a mystery but the cigar is appreciated and enjoyed. The Dominican Republic has become the ultimate paradise for cigar lovers and with exports they easily compete on the same 18

level as the Cuban market in Europe. With all there is to see and do, this beautiful country also boasts some great golf experiences. 26 golf courses provide ample reason for the Dominican Republic to be a great golf destination. Punta Espada is already listed among the world’s finest, with the renowned GolfWeek ranking it as the best golf course in the Caribbean and Mexico. Eight holes play along and over the sea. From all points of Punta Espada,

golfers are blessed with extraordinary views of the Caribbean, where the sea contrasts against the emerald fairways and the perfect greens. Challenging stroke play and beauty are entwined in this outstanding par 72 course, which hosted the inaugural PGA Tour’s Champions Tour in April 2008 - The Cap Cana Championship. For more information, please visit www.puntaespadagolf.com. Sprawling over 370 acres of picturesque coastline, the world-class Playa Grande Golf Course, designed by

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celebrated architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., is known as “the Pebble Beach of the Caribbean” by the golf community. With 10 holes playing directly on the ocean, this 7,085-yard course winds along the coastline, providing amazingly open vistas, cliff-side fairways, and sloping greens. With respect for the legacy created by his father, world-renowned golf designer Rees Jones will renovate the Playa Grande Golf Course to enhance the golfing experience and challenge golfers at every skill level. The Playa Grande Golf Course is currently under renovation. There are always 9 holes available to play and delivery of the fully renovated golf course is expected within the second half of 2014. For more information, please visit www.playagrande.com. Ranked as the number one course in the Caribbean and 43rd in the top 100 courses, worldwide, by Golf Magazine, Pete Dye´s classic Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo Resort attracts the best professional and amateur golfers in the world. “The opportunity to carve out Teeth of the Dog was a once-in-alifetime experience,” Pete Dye wrote in his book, Bury Me In a Pot Bunker. “Without proper heavy machinery to crack the coral, the tireless Dominican crew used sledgehammers, pickaxes and chisels.” The result was a true masterpiece! Tricky shots such as a devilish dogleg and signature Dye obstacles captivate the world´s best. Toss-in trade winds courtesy of Mother Nature and “seven holes created by God,” said Dye, who lays claim to creating only the other eleven, and you discover the magnetic force of this

Punta Espada Hole #6 amazing course. For more information, please visit www.casadecampo.com.do. Two courses at the Punta Cana resort are worth a visit. The Corales was designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 2010, Corales is an exclusive and dramatic 18hole course with six Caribbean Oceanside holes. Designed along the natural cliffs, bays, ocean coves and the inland lakes and coralina quarries, Corales Golf Course rates among the World’s finest Golf Experiences. The exhilarating challenge culminates playing the Devil’s Elbow, Corales’s last three holes. The Devil’s Elbow features the striking eighteenth hole with a dramatic forced carry over the cliff lined Bay of Corales, an inspired capstone to a memorable and breathtaking golf experience.

After that experience, drive over to La Cana for 27 holes consisting  of three nines; Tortuga, Hacienda and Arrecife. This Punta Cana golf course features 14 holes with ocean views of the crystal blue Caribbean Sea.  Designed by P.B. Dye, this course has become a favorite of golfers from all over the world, and keeping  in line with Punta Cana Resort & Club’s efforts to be as environmentally friendly as possible, La Cana Golf Club was the first course in the Caribbean to use paspalum, a grass seed that can be watered using sea water. Golf Magazine has compared La Cana to Pebble Beach and declared it the “number one course in the Caribbean.” For more information on either of these, please visit www.puntacana.com.

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Orange Tree Golf Club– Play The Game in Grand Style The Orange Tree Golf Resort in Scottsdale, a desert oasis set on 128 lush acres what once was an orange grove, is probably not one of Arizona’s best known golf vacation destinations. It is, however, one you should seriously consider. The course, designed by Johnny Bulla in 1957, lives up to its reputation of beauty and excellence. Bulla traveled and played the tour with his close friend, Sam Snead, and after placing third on the money list in 1941, moved to in Arizona in 1946. The Orange Tree is the product of a grand age of golf course design in Phoenix from one of professional golf’s early ambassadors. Originally called Century Country Club and opened in what was then near the edge of town, on the site of a former orange grove at 56th Street and Shea Boulevard, the Orange Tree has become a mainstay in Scottsdale. A visit to Orange Tree Golf Club is a refreshing walk-in-the-park day playing a traditional all-turf Bermuda grass golf course on wide and shady treelined fairways. Camelback and Mummy Mountain backdrops on several holes, 20

together with accents of tropical foliage, water features and swaying palm trees produces an overall desert-oasis ambiance throughout the day. The championship course has a longstanding reputation as one of the best traditional courses in the state. The parkland layout is an interesting contrast to the desert golf courses that Scottsdale is known for. The lush, grassy landscape is accented by tall trees and golfers can enjoy nice views of the scenic surroundings. The elevation changes are minimal but the

greens are gently sloped and they are kept in excellent condition. The course has several lakes that come into play as well as numerous strategically placed bunkers that appear both along the fairways and greenside. Orange Tree Golf Resort’s somewhat tight fairways are mostly straight and some are bordered by residences, but there are a few gentle doglegs thrown into the mix. Orange Tree is an excellent test of golf for players of varying skill levels. The course par is 72, the course rating is 71.3, and the slope is 122. The course will play well for a golfer with a straight, confident tee-shot. A golfer with a natural left-to-right fade will struggle on this course and lose several balls in bordering front-yards. But be advised, the challenge is not about length at Orange Tree, it’s about controlling your golf ball. Those same stately shade trees which produce the pleasant ambiance at Orange Tree also define the line of play. You must be able to shape your tee ball at-will, both to the right and to the left. Launch it on the wrong line and you’ll either catch a tree at lift-off, end up raking one of several strategically placed fairway Arizona Golf Central • Volume 3, Issue 4

bunkers, or be stymied by trees when your tee ball comes to rest. The trees do serve another purpose, though. They help to keep the golfer protected from the afternoon heat. The front-9 plays the shorter of the two and finishes with a traditional 3-hole stretch. No. 7 is pure 3-par golf; it’s a great setting to just relax and hit a proper golf shot. No. 8 defines 4-pars of the era; 414 yards bending right to left around bunkers in the left-hand side of the fairway landing area. The par-4 9th is all about strategy, your choices and your execution. It’s only 376 yards and there’s not a fairway bunker in sight, but water shimmers in the distance. The back-9 is a bit longer and offers similar strategic choices as water features threaten four holes. At the 408-yard par-4 11th, the water protects the front right side of the green. It’s hidden from view if you’re well back in the fairway so before you play your second, take a quick moment to go up and have a look, you’ll be glad you did. Water lurks short and to the left of the green at the par-3 12th and another lake must be carried with your tee ball at the par-5 13th. The 403-yard par-4 18th at Orange

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Tree is a strong finisher and one of the best tests of the day. The left-half of the tree-lined fairway ends at a lake approximately 265-yards from the tee, the right-half continues unimpeded to the green, producing a peninsula-style green-complex wrapped by water front, left and rear. Orange Tree is a complete test for the

skilled golfer and provides a genuine chance to savor the grand style of golf course design in Phoenix from days gone by. These are artful golf holes that appear harmless at first look. Upon closer inspection, precise lines of play and carefully controlled yardages are required to score well. For more information, please visit www.orangetreegolfcourse.com.

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Get "Tee'd" Off at Skin Cancer Golf Charity Helps Teach Skin Cancer Prevention Being a golfer, you or someone you know probably has had skin cancer or precancerous lesions. The statistics on skin cancer are staggering: 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. This year in the United States over 2 million skin cancers will be detected and one person dies every hour from melanoma. Each year more skin cancers are diagnosed than breast cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer combined! While skin cancer is prolific in society, it is epidemic in the golf commu-

nity. Due to the extended amount of time that golfers and golf professionals spend in the sun, they have a higher risk of developing skin cancer than the general population. Since much of the sun damage that is accrued as a child, causes skin problems as an adult, educating junior and collegiate golfers on sun protection is critical. The good news is that while skin cancer is the most common type of cancer and can be deadly, it is also the most preventable and the most curable form of cancer when it is detected early. That is where the Sun SafeTee® Program comes in. The Sun SafeTee Program ( www.sunsafetee.org ) is a unique 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to teach sun protection strategies and to provide opportunities for the early detection of skin cancer specifically to the golf community. The concept for this stemmed from the founder’s personal experience with skin cancer, along with his love of golf and fueled by the increasing skin cancer rates across the United States. Helping to create the Sun SafeTee Program was dermatologist Curt Littler, M.D. the son of U.S. Open Champion Gene Littler. The Sun SafeTee Program has created a consortium of golf organizations to deliver a consistent, informative and branded message of sun protection from the time someone enters the game of golf as a child, into high school, through college and beyond. Some of the groups joining Sun SafeTee in this effort include:

o The First Tee has designated Sun SafeTee as their National Sun Protection Content Provider

o The Men’s Collegiate Golf Coaches and the Women’s Collegiate Golf Coaches integrate Sun SafeTee into their golf programs.

o The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) is a partner with The Sun SafeTee Program.

o The Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSAA) has partnered with Sun SafeTee to provide sun 22

protection education and skin cancer screenings to its members

o In conjunction with Sun SafeTee, Golf Instruction Icon, David Leadbetter is holding a golf tournament to raise awareness about sun protection for golfers.

o Most recently Annika Sorenstam’s ANNIKA Foundation has partnered with Sun SafeTee

Sun SafeTee has a wealth of information about sun protection on their website www.sunsafetee.org. There you will find information about what clothing to wear for sun protection, what to look for in a sunscreen and how often to apply sunscreen (did you know most sunscreen only last for 2 hours?). You will find testimonials from Mr. Arnold Palmer, Hunter Mahan, Johnson Wagner, Chris Stroud and Scott McCarron. There are also instructional videos including how to apply sunscreen without getting it on your grips! You can follow Sun SafeTee on facebook and Twitter. For more information or to support the Sun SafeTee Program and make a tax deductible donation, visit www.sunsafetee.org. Arizona Golf Central • Volume 3, Issue 4

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Up Close and Personal at Tahoe South. Since 1990, over 400 of the nation’s top professional athletes and Hollywood’s finest have converged at scenic Edgewood Tahoe for a week of camaraderie while competing for a share of the annual American Century Championship $600,000 purse.

Be Here – For the 25th. The success of NBC Sports’ American Century Championship is attributed to the fans and spectators that have supported Tahoe Celebrity Golf Week over the years. Plan early to be at Edgewood Tahoe next July for this exciting celebration.

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proprietary 5-step process. 1. Sellers request a quote for a watch using the online quote form (www.crownandcaliber. com). The form will prompt the seller for information concerning the make and model of their watch, along with its condition and whether or not box and papers are included. The quote form takes about 30-seconds to fill out and includes an option for sellers to upload photos of the watch. There is no limit on the number of watches a seller can send. Crown and Caliber even accepts entire estate collections.

A Luxury Craigslist It all started with a couch for sale on Craigslist. Shortly after that experience, Hamilton Powell founded and funded Crown and Caliber. In an age when people can use the Internet to buy and sell virtually anything from cars to iPhones, Powell wondered why there was no safe, secure vehicle for watch owners to sell their valuable watches. “There are many ways for people to sell or broker a luxury watch,” Powell said. “But very few of those options provide an easy and beneficial solution to the seller.” Many people still elect to sell their watch on Craigslist, on eBay or to a local jeweler. But each of these options has challenges for the buyer. Crown and Caliber came on the scene in 2012, as the first-ever online company focused exclusively on buying watches, and the Atlanta-based company has quickly revolutionized the way people sell their luxury timepieces. “We purchased our first watch in May 2012 with only a staff of two,” Powell said. “Today we’ve bought thousands of watches and have the ability to purchase a watch up to $500,000 in value. 24

And now we have a staff of 13 helping guide sellers through every step.” The company purchases high quality, luxury timepieces such as Breitling, Cartier, Omega, Rolex, and Tag Heuer. Crown and Caliber allows sellers an easy, quick and safe way to sell their luxury watch through the company’s

2. Sellers receive information about what Crown and Caliber can offer for a watch within three business days. The quote is based on the specific model number of the watch and the condition in which it is represented. 3. Once the quote is accepted, Crown and Caliber sends pre-paid and insured packing materials to the seller for use when sending the watch. Crown and Caliber insures the watch for the value of the quote (unless otherwise specified). The shipping process is quick and simple, and customers can even have FedEx pick up the package from their home. The safe, streamlined process doesn’t even require customers to spend money on shipping or insurance. 4. The Crown and Caliber facility is equipped with coded entry, state of the art security, and secure safe storage. Customers can be assured their watch is insured and protected. Once Crown and Caliber receives the package, certified watchmakers authenticate the watch and verify that it is in good working condition. Then, a firm offer is made that will fall within the range of the initial quote. Arizona Golf Central • Volume 3, Issue 4

5.  Payment is processed on or before the day after a customer accepts our offer. Customers can choose between direct deposit or check. Crown and Caliber gathers market data from many sources such as its own proprietary database consisting of over 20,000 watches, online marketplaces and international/domestic dealers to determine the true market value of a watch at any given time, ensuring customers receive the most accurate and up to date pricing available. Crown and Caliber is also a member of the Better Business Bureau and has enjoyed the status of a trusted partner with this network. “We pride ourselves on our valuation process and our ability to offer customers top dollar for their watches,” Powell said. “We also offer unbeatable customer service, and we’re always ready via the phone or email to help walk someone through the process or answer any questions a customer may have.” Once purchased, Crown & Caliber sells the watches to its network of domestic and international collectors and watch enthusiasts. The aspect of the company that is most important to Powell is the Buying Time Program. “A watch measures the most important thing we all have: time. But we don’t all have the luxury of time,” Powell said. “Each year, thousands of children in third world countries needlessly die due to sickness that can easily be avoided with

proper treatments. So our goal is to ‘buy time’ for some of these precious children.” With each watch Crown & Caliber purchases, the company provides 12 children with essential medical treatments, such as deworming treatments, dehydration-based treatments, and antibiotics. Crown & Caliber’s Buying Time Movement supports MAP International, which serves the medical needs of disadvantaged children in South America and Africa. To learn more about Crown & Caliber, please visit  www.crownandcaliber.com.

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And The Award Goes To… The Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa has been named the Marriott Golf “Property of the Year.” Wildfire Golf Club is the first two-time winner of the Marriott Golf award.   The Property of the Year award is based on customer experience, turf condition and performance excellence in golf sales, round improvements, program development, personnel development and more. JW Marriott Desert Ridge’s Wildfire Golf Club received outstanding marks for golfer satisfaction, overall golf experience and gift shop offerings. The golf club was selected from a managed portfolio of 44 clubs located in 12 countries.   Wildfire Golf Club features two scenic 18-hole championship golf courses designed by PGA legends, Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo that span across 151-acres with picturesque mountain views. The Wildfire Golf Club has been known to test the skill level of all golfers, while providing some of Arizona’s most breathtaking views and atmosphere the Valley of the Sun has to offer. Wildfire

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Golf Club first earned the Marriott Golf Property of the Year in 2004.   Wildfire Golf Club is home to the RR Donnelly LPGA Founders Cup and is a multi-award winning club including «Top 75 Golf Resorts in North America» by Condé Nast and “Best Resort Course in the Southwest” by ����������������������������������� Travel & Leisure Golf. The club offers a complete practice facility, two putting greens, a chipping/bunker green, an all-grass driving range and state-of-the-art GPS in each golf cart. Its 2,500-square-foot Wildfire Golf Shop ranked one of GolfWorld’s Top 100 Best Golf Shops in 2008, and carries the latest in attire and equipment.   AAA Four Diamond award-winning JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is set on 316 acres in the Sonoran desert featuring sweeping views of the crimson-hued McDowell Mountains and wandering waterways that weave through the breathtaking lush oasis. Fiery Arizona sunsets and the picturesque, cactus-studded desert add to the resort›s serene setting.   �������������������������������� Upon arrival at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, guests are greeted

by majestic palm-lined pathways, splashing fountains and a spectacular tumbled marble grand lobby with stunning floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing desert vistas. Guest room balconies overlook wildflower gardens, swimming pools, lakes, waterways and golf course or mountain views. The largest luxury resort in Arizona features 950 guestrooms (including 81 suites), 240,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, 10 dining experiences, Marriott›s first Revive Spa – a 28,000-square-foot facility – eight tennis courts and four acres of elaborately landscaped pools including the Lazy River with serpentine slide. All of this is addition to the two championship golf courses and Wildfire Golf Club. JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is located where Phoenix meets Scottsdale, just 20 minutes north of Sky Harbor International Airport, with easy access to the Loop 101 freeway. For more information about JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa located at 5350 E. Marriott Drive in Phoenix, call 480-293-5000, or visit  www.jwdesertridgeresort.com.

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By Karen Palacios-Jansen

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Reverse the Reverse A common mistake high-handicappers make to generate power is to overswing. The thinking behind this may be that a longer swing will create longer drives. Unfortunately, the reverse occurs and the longer you swing on the backswing: the less power is generated on the downswing. A longer swing usually only produces what is called a ‘reverse pivot.’ The reverse pivot occurs when the golfer’s back leg is straight, the spine tilts towards the target and the body weight is shifted towards the front leg. People who reverse pivot generally lack power and slice or pull the ball.

Off-Course Drill

UPHILL LIE DRILL: Uphill lie prevents reverse pivot. We can simulate an uphill lie by setting front foot on a golf bag or rasied surface. The uphill lie tilts your spine from behind the ball and forces you to keep your knee flexed and this gets you behind the ball.

The Uphill Lie Drill-An uphill lie on the golf course will prevent a reverse pivot. It is almost impossible for you to overswing and tilt towards the target when you are standing on an uphill lie. We can simulate an uphill lie off the course by setting the front foot on a golf bag or raised surface. If you are in a gym, place your foot on a medicine ball. The raised surface will simulate an uphill lie and roundedness of the ball will challenge your stability and improve your balance and coordination. The uphill lie tilts your spine behind the ball and it forces you to keep your back knee flexed preventing you from over-swinging and reverse pivoting.

REVERSE PIVOT: The reverse pivot occurs when the golfre's back leg is straight and the body weight is shifted to the front leg. People who reverse pivot generally lack power and slice or pull the ball.

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The Southwest was built on legends and trails. To this day, people are still in search of the elusive treasure left behind in the hills and mountains. If you follow your map (i.e. GPS) to north Scottsdale, just on the border of Cave Creek and Carefree, the treasure chest opens up to a challenging but fair golf course, situated within a scenic, natural Arizona desert environment. The picturesque greens mix with the Sonoran desert to offer stunning views of nature and wildlife. Tranquil sunsets, desert tortoises, and even a bobcat have all been spotted in and around the course. Playing at Legend Trail is a treat in and of itself, but if you want to score well, take advantage of their interactive course map online. Each of the 18 holes takes their name from the desert surroundings. Starting at Nature’s Bounty (hole 1) to the Finishing Touch (hole 18), you are sure to get a swing up on your opponent. Using the aerial computer image, as well as actual pictures of each, hints about the layout are given as well as tee markers and yardage. Challenges along the way include sand traps, a pond, trees, Saguaro cacti, and the new TifEagle ultra dwarf, small bunkering. The wide fairways, island tees and 30

desert vistas have catapulted Legend Trail into the top 100 courses named in Golf Magazine. It has also been named as one of the top 100 WomanFriendly Fairways by Golf For Women magazine. It gets better. Golf Digest magazine rates Legend Trail with 4-1/2 out of 5 stars for “Best Places to Play.” But Legend Trail is more than a rating and a panorama of scenery. As part of the Scottsdale Golf Group, they are the definitive leader is golf services. Scottsdale Golf Group consistently delivers the ultimate in branded golf experiences for corporate clients and discerning golf customers--experiences that are on par with those enjoyed by professional golfers. Under the guidance of golf industry expert Shelby Futch, Scottsdale Golf Group has grown

from the undisputed leader in golf instruction to become a master of club operations, management, and consumer marketing services as well. You can expect world-class golf services from Scottsdale Golf Group--and get them. Other courses in the Scottsdale Golf Group are Hillcrest Golf Club, Painted Mountain Golf Resort, Orange Tree Golf Club, Red Mountain Golf, Corte Bella and River Crossing. Designed by Rees Jones, Legend Trail is a golf facility that also offers state of the art instruction, catering, and shopping. Sure, many golf courses can try to boast the same, but Legend Trail is host to the famed John Jacob’s Golf School and Academies. If you would like to brush up on your skills, you can attend a two or three day school, or if you’d prefer private, semi-private, or group lessons, they have something for you. After over 35 years teaching golfers of all skill levels to consistently hit better shots and shoot lower scores, the Golf Academies lessons are scheduled at your convenience & tailored to your needs. No course is complete without great food. The Cantina at Legend Trail offers a variety of Southwestern and Mexican inspired dishes. It is the perfect 19th Arizona Golf Central • Volume 3, Issue 4

hole. Whether you choose to dine inside and surround yourself with the Cantina’s ambiance or enjoy the views from our spacious patio, the staff at The Cantina will provide you with a unique and memorable experience. Breakfast dishes like Huevos Rancheros, Cantina Pancakes and the Fresh Fruit Plate are always hearty to get you primed for the day.

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Burgers, sandwiches, and fish tacos grace the lunch menu, and Deep Eddy Cocktails, beer, and fountain drinks round out the rest of the day. If you forgot something or would just like some new clothes or equipment, the Golf Shop is the place. Over 1900 square feet of apparel, equipment, accessories, and novelty items are perfect for you or as a gift. If you’re not sure what to give, gift cards are available, and can even be used for the classes. The shop features top line merchandise for men including Straight Down Clothing, Slazenger, Cutter & Buck, Ashworth,

Fairway & Greene, Nike, and many more. The women’s apparel line includes JoFit, Tehama, Nike, EP Pro, and Ashworth. Whether you need a sweater vest to keep you warm on a chilly Arizona morning or a pair of shorts for that warm afternoon tee time, Legend Trail is able to fulfill your many needs and wants. The next time you are on searching for a serious new preferred golf location, on vacation and need a place to play a round on Saturday, want to get lesson that will guarantee you better strokes or just want to experience what this facility has to offer, Legend Trail Golf Club is a place you shouldn’t pass up. It’s spectacular golf at a one-of-akind location. For more information, please visit www.legendtrailgc.com.

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Behind Every Good Man… It’s a saying that has been around for close to a hundred years. And unlike everything you read on the internet, there seems to be truth to it. ‘Behind every good man is a good woman.’ It’s not sexist. It’s just sensible. Being successful requires help and input. Who better to encourage and provide feedback than your partner in life? Let’s take a look at some of our beloved golfers to see if the adage holds true. Gary Player has been married since 1957. He and his wife now have six children and 21 grandchildren in the family tree. They were 14 years old when they went on their first date. At 77 years old, Player recently posed nude in ESPN. Chances are good he has that body because his wife makes sure he takes care of himself! Another lifelong married golfer is Jack Nicklaus. The Golden Bear and his wife are still going strong after getting married in 1960, before he turned pro. In addition to taking care of Jack, she is an active chairwoman on the board of his children’s health organization. Arnold Palmer is a seven-time major champion. He was married to Winnie Palmer for 45 years before she died in 1999 from cancer. Mr. Palmer knew that a wife was a good investment in life because at 75 years old, he married again and said he felt “like a 25-year-old.” Lee Westwood married the sister of one of his fellow Ryder Cup players in 1999. Her brother once told Sports Illustrated, “I told Lee that if he wanted to marry my sister, he had better start making more money on the golf course.” It’s probable that she helped him achieve that challenge. As a true testament to partnership, when Phil Mickelson’s wife was 32

diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, he took time off then to be at her side. He would go on to win the Masters in 2010 for a third time and who doesn’t remember that memorable hug with his wife after the victory? The list goes on and on. Padraig Harrington and his wife have known each other since childhood and married since 1997. Ernie Els is a four-time major champion and married his wife in Cape Town in 1998. Both are very committed to autism awareness concerns, as their son Ben is afflicted with the disorder. Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Luke Donald and Bubba Watson are all married with supportive wives. Brandt Snedeker’s wife is even a very vocal Twitter supporter of her husband and his talents. But, of course, for all the good that be found to support the prov-

erb, there is always a counterpart. John Daly, whose personal life has been anything but smooth or personal, has had four wives since 1987. His most recent wife allegedly attacked him with a steak knife in 2007, no doubt contributing to the demise of their relationship. Greg Norman, also known as ‘The Shark’, has been married three times. Divorcing first in 2006, and then remarrying in 2007 for a short 2 years, he is now hoping that the” third times a charm’ axiom works for him. And, finally, any golf list would not be complete without a shout out to Tiger Woods. You know the story. There was a wife but there were also a lot of other women. Guess it just goes to show that ‘too much of a good thing’ isn’t always good!

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Keep A Napkin On Your Lap And Ask To Have The Salt Passed To You!

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the same face-to-face communication ethics? Integrity, sincerity, and patience, for example, are tête-à-tête necessities. Are these going away? They will argue that they have MORE to deal with now that we are in a digital age. Change does not necessarily mean that tradition has become obsolete. In fact, these timeless truths are things we teach our children. Simple. Straightforward. Necessary. There is old wisdom, just like raising children in this new day, and these rules should apply if you are to engage in social media, whether you are a pro, an amateur, or just a spectator. TIPS for RAISING CHILDREN: (i.e. Apply to Social Media Habits)

In the reality of social media, everything you need to know about wise communicating has been taught by “Raising Children 101”. Great advice for a child you say. Actually, it’s for all of us. Let’s explore our social media habits and those of our favorite golf icons. Although I’m not in the generation that grew up with Facebook, these ‘kids’ are now expecting MORE and MORE information and connection. It is not enough to just read a book or watch a movie or event. Just watching their favorite athletes on TV or seeing highlights of the game the day after is insufficient. They now want those backstage passes to give feedback and meet the band. They don’t want front row seats anymore; they want to be in the batter’s box or on the sidelines listening to the trash talk of the players. “Give me instantaneous connection with my athletes!” The athletes have responded to the demands and are using Facebook and Twitter to talk about their games, further their future business opportunities, create their “brand” and stay connected to fans. Companies are as well. Harry Arnett, Callaway Golf’s director of marketing, told golfweek.com that for them, “It’s pretty much the centerpiece of everything we do. It’s critical for us because that’s a very engaged group of fans of our brand that are also up to speed on the fastest ways to communicate with their friends and other golfers.” Tony Hawk and Shaq are a couple of top sports stars active on Facebook and 34

Twitter. They love the hype. One fan notes, “It is insane how common Twitter has become in the sporting world. It appears that every athlete, coach and analyst has their own account.” Sadly, however, it has become headline news as of late due to “unsportsmanlike conduct.” Chad Ocho-cinco of the Cincinati Bengals and Larry Johnson formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs seem to use Twitter as a medium for trash talk. Shame shame; where’s the class? In golf, we have our top 9 as well according to pga.com (Thanks to social media, Facebook to be exact, they posed a “who’s your favorite tweeter” question to fans and got their answer) 9. John Cook 8. Andres Gonzales 7. Hunter Mahan 6. Graeme McDowell 5. Bo Van Pelt 4. Rickie Fowler. 3. Ian Poulter 2. Bubba Watson. 1. Jason Dufner. Some of these guys may not have a personality on the course, but off, they show it all on social media, especially Jason Dufner who has quite the wit off the green. They have been on par with branding themselves wisely by providing substantial content and intelligent answers to golf debates. Many contribute to the community frequently and, with class, engage among their followers; they are “social”. So back to my earlier tangent, from a virtue perspective--should we question whether the millennials are still valuing

1. Don’t interrupt Since this is not face-to-face, you probably wonder how can one interrupt? Overtweeting (or posting) is a way of overstaying your welcome or dominating a conversation. Unless you are personally witnessing a hurricane in Arizona, don’t give a play by play of your day. It clogs the system and really is unnecessary. You have to have a sifter in your head. Tweet or post the rocks and let the sand sift through. This is one thing the big 9 had in common. They had valuable things to say which didn’t need to be tweeted 20 different ways. Another big no-no is choosing to tweet or post while you are actually in the middle of doing something, like DRIVING or DINING with a friend. Be in your moment and wait your turn.

2. When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first. Not a bad idea! It is pretty sad when you need to borrow someone’s tweets without giving them credit. Be original. If you cannot be, don’t press those buttons. If you must retweet, put RT, and then put the @ username. Think about it, if you are a writer you need to think like one and be polite (don’t plagiarize). While I’m at it, proofread. Nothing is more annoying than typos. You had time to type 140 characters, so you have time to reread it.

3. Keep negative opinions to yourself; the world is not interested in what you dislike. But doesn’t negative sell? Yes. That is Arizona Golf Central • Volume 3, Issue 4

the problem. I think you are better than that, and I think you have class, especially if you are a golfer. I also know that you are building a brand (or selling YOU) when you are in the public eye and you have to ask yourself, who do you want to be: spreader of good or spreader of trash? Do you want to add value or detract?

4. It’s not all about you. You talk. They listen. They talk. You listen. We live in a bit of a narcissitic time, and it is easy to get caught up in the “This is MY post/MY tweet/MY thought. You must read and respond and acknowledge my brilliance.” Rickie Fowler, although a fine golfer, tends to show that, yes, he lives the dream life. For him, it is all about his outfit, his culinary experience or his photo shoots. He is Rickie Fowler after all. But the fact that he knows this is disconcerting. However, for us Joe Schmoes out there, here is a tip: Unless you are a pro athlete, don’t tell us you are at the gym. AND unless you have a personal chef, and your Eggplant Parmesan was made with 14 K gold bread crumbs and served by Rickie Fowler, it is just not that interesting. We all understand that your dinner was one of the best of your life, but let’s face it; your dinner at Joe Bob’s Kitchen is not news breaking. Also, “checking in” on Facebook is an odd feature. Great…let me tell everyone I am at XYZ at 2am. At that point, you are going to need your 2000 virtual friends to come help you when someone has broken in to your empty home.

say thank you, or to send a private note to someone sharing appreciation, is a classy move. It never gets old to be humble.

7. Don’t call people mean names or make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak. Remember there is a human on the other side of the screen. Enough said. It is up to YOU: Take ownership of your life, your golf game, and your social media habits! Before we part ways, remember ONE LAST tip. This one is the most important of them all:

8. Keep a napkin on your lap and ask for the salt to be passed to you. What does this have to do with social media you may ask? Nothing! GO have a meal with a real friend and take a break WKP GWcover wrap ad 2_7.25x9.75 2/14/12 3:31 PM Page 1

from your virtual ones. Then go play a game of golf phone free (unless you are using it to take a picture of the beautiful outdoors). And as a golfer, you know manners are key.

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This is what I like about John Cook. Known as “Cookie”, he may not have quantity tweets, but he definitely gives his fans quality. He deals with the latest topics and gives his sincere opinion. Before you hit that final send, post or tweet button, reread, rethink it. Also, please share information with close friends before posting it on Facebook. Let’s say you have just played golf with a good buddy, and you have shared that you may be looking for another job. Next thing you know, he has posted this on his Facebook page for his 1700 friends before checking with you. One of his friends is your boss’s sister’s husband’s niece. Can we say awkward?!

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6. Be appreciative and say “thank you.” Graeme McDowell (GMac) seems to really appreciate his fans. He treats them like he would another pro, and he loves to engage with them. You may post an idea or a question to your circle, and you get many responses. To be grateful and Arizona Golf Central • Volume 3, Issue 4

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Course-Record Breaking Breakfasts! A long day at the course requires high performance foods that supply essential nutrients needed for consistent energy and maximum endurance. Take the first step to eating like a pro by setting-up for success with a better breakfast. Many consider a high fiber cereal with a low-fat milk to be a “healthy” way to start the day. Unfortunately, this typical meal can ruin your round with high amounts of sugar, refined carbs and minimal nutrients.

Avoid the Bogey Breakfast!

Orange Juice (8 oz) = Sugar 21 g, Carbs 26 g Raisin Bran Crunch (3 cups) = Sugar 60 g, Carbs 135 g Milk (1 cup) low fat 1% = Sugar 13 g, Carbs 12 g Banana (1 large) = Sugar 21 g, Carbs 29 g Sugar 115g, Carbs 202 g Yikes! The sugar content in this so-called “healthy” breakfast is equivalent to 3 cans of coke! Improve your performance by eating a breakfast higher in protein, healthy fat and lots of vegetables. Got Power? Protein helps build muscle mass needed to crush your driver off the tee. In addition, protein provides the most post-meal satiation and increases your metabolism by 30%! Don’t forget the fat! Fats keep you full with long-lasting energy, perfect for high levels of mental concentration and physical stamina. To maximize nutrients, include vegetables at breakfast, especially green leafy or cruciferous vegetables, such as kale, collards, spinach, mustard greens, broccoli, cabbage, etc.

Better Breakfast Formula Protein + Fat + Vegetables = Success Birdie

Wild Salmon + Cream Cheese + Spinach + Tomatoes + Capers Poached Eggs + Hollandaise Sauce + Artichoke Hearts + Mushrooms Omelet + Goat Cheese + Asparagus + Red Pepper Hard-boiled Eggs + Avocado + Tomato + Cucumber Chocolate Whey Protein Smoothie + Coconut Milk + Avocado

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Cheesy Scrambled Eggs + Corn Tortilla + Chives + Tomato Salsa Scrambled Eggs + Sausage + Green Peppers + Red Potato Plain Yogurt + Walnuts + Strawberries + Chocolate Stevia Sprouted Toast + Almond Butter + Apple Slices Oatmeal + Coconut Milk + Blueberries + Vanilla Stevia

Clubhouse Leader (19th Hole Menu)

Eggs Benedict: 2 poached eggs, grilled turkey, tomato & avocado Hold the English muffin Add 2 poached eggs & tomatoes Omelet: 3 eggs, portobello mushroom, tomato, & goat cheese Hold the toast & jam Add smoked salmon & steamed spinach Steak Skillet: sirloin steak, mushrooms, onions, green onions & jack cheese Hold the toast & jam Add spinach & side of fresh berries

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special events

Inaugural Hot Shots Golf Tournament On a cool morning in October, GarageFly.com and the Arizona Biltmore Adobe Course hosted the inaugural Hot Shots Golf Tournament to benefit the 100 Club of Arizona. The tournament featured “19 Hot Shots” in honor of the Arizona heroes who died in Yarnell. The Biltmore allowed all 18 tee boxes on the Adobe Course to be moved in order to make the yardages on every hole between 145 and 191 yards, all “hole-in-one possible.” A brand new

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car from 18 Valley car dealerships was sitting on each of those tee boxes, allowing players to have 18 opportunities to shoot for a hole-in-one to win a new car. In addition, the practice green was transformed into a Long Putt Contest, with the winner taking home a 55” flat screen TV. The Hot Shots Tournament was developed and executed by GarageFly.com with the intent to host this tournament to benefit the 100 Club of Arizona for

years to come. Since GarageFly.com’s beginning in 2008, they have worked to support the 100 Club of Arizona as their charity of choice. The 100 Club’s mission is to provide immediate financial assistance to families of public safety officers and firefighters who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty, and to provide resources to enhance their safety and welfare. For more information, please visit www.100club.org.

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drivrer showcase

Fister Golf Model I

Wilson Staff D-100 One of the best drivers for 2013 and thats why we have it on our Golf Central Preferred list. The Wilson Staff D-100 driver is the brand’s lightest yet, the Right Light™ technology delivering faster clubhead speeds which result in greater distances. Wilson’s enhanced cup face design and variable face thickness technology helps fire the ball off the face quicker and works in combination with the variable thickness in the clubface, giving the driver a larger sweet spot for plenty of forgiveness on off-centre drives. All none-essential weight has been moved lower in the clubhead, helping the driver attain a deeper centre of gravity and heighten the launch angle, which increases the MOI to aid forgiveness. For more information visit www.wilson.com

The Model I incorporates 3-time RE/ MAX World Long Drive Champ Sean “The Beast” Fister’s knowledge of long-driving into technology that can benefit golfers of all skill levels. The Model I features: 1. Billet Fire Forged SP700 Beta Ti Face that provides superior strength and a more consistent CT in and around the impact zone. 2. Accordion Compression Chamber which incorporates a series of three cavities designed to absorb and redistribute the stress forces, typically encountered at impact, away from the face of the clubhead. 3. Variable Crown Thickness which removes discretionary weight from areas where it is not needed to offer lightweight performance. 4. Precision Tongue-and-Groove Body Construction joining the body to the face that ensures a more consistent body shape and dimension. Available through www.fistergolf.com

Cleveland Classic XL

Tour Edge XCG7 The Exotics tradition continues with the XCG7 drivers bringing premium technology to today’s techno-savvy consumers and increasing commercial viability by offering two club heads-XCG7 and XCG7 Beta. Our testers enjoyed both these drivers, giving it one of their picks for 2013 Golf Central Preferred driver of the year. The XCG7 adjustable driver is available in two different club heads, 440cc (Beta) and 460cc. It features upgraded performance in a 6A4V titanium, 460cc driver head that produces easy-launching and high trajectory with added forgiveness. The new driver incorporates added adjustability with loft options from 8.5 to 12 degrees in ½ degree increments. The XCG7 drivers features Tour Edge’s lifetime warranty and 30-day play guarantee. It is available in the most popular shafts on the market; Fujikura Fuel and Tour and the Matrix Ozik White, Red and Black Tie shafts. Suggested retail: XCG7 $299.99; Beta $349.99. For more information, call (800) 515-3343 or visit www.touredge.com 42

Our Testers fell in love with the Cleveland Classic XL. The Classic XL Custom, is Cleveland Golf’s first adjustable driver. It features persimmon graphics, but with a blacked-out color scheme, a 20cc larger head, an adjustable hosel and an adjustable weight port. The 12-way adjustable hosel allows golfers to adjust the loft of the driver as much as 1.50 degrees higher or lower in 0.50-degree increments. It also gives golfers the ability to adjust face angle as much as 1.5 degrees up or down in 0.75-degree increments. The Cleveland Classic XL Custom Driver is available in lofts of 7.5 (RH only), 9 and 10.5. The head is shipped with a square face angle and a standard lie angle of 61.5 degrees. The total club weight is 285 grams with a 45-inch stock shaft, giving it a swing weight of D5. Weights of 3, 7 and 11 grams are included with purchase, along with a Cleveland wrench. For more information, visit www. clevelandgolf.com or facebook.com/ClevelandGolf.

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product showcase

➊ Antigua The new 2014 Antigua women’s collection features bold ombre stripes, lightweight mélange fabrics and textured jacquards. It’s all about sheer comfort, as these garments incorporate innovative poly yarns that allow for softer, smoother, and more comfortable fabrics.  Necklines have also become more open and fun. In fact, several of the polos have non-traditional necklines. Limitless is a model that features a dye-cut neon zipper. Another style, Pristine, has an open scoop neck with contrast V-stitching. It’s these neckline innovations that allow the product to look new to the customer. Although these styles still have the required collars, they’re far from being traditional polos. As for color, neons that are popping up in everything from home furnishings to accessories and cosmetics. Thus, the 2014 Spring color palette includes versions of neon and ultra-bright hues. These pop colors, coined Citrine, Candy, Sherbet and Grapeade, are tastefully added to garments in small doses and utilized in contrast stitching, insets, zippers and tipping. www.antigua.com.

 

➋ Sunice 2014 Tornado Collections Breathable, extremely lightweight and ultra quiet jackets backed by a four-year waterproof guarantee are what define the Tornado Collection. Sunice FlexVent™ for 2014 introduces new 2 new styles of a full zip jacket and a pullover. Versatile, full stretch, highly breathable, and waterproof, this proprietary fabric technology is perfect for playing golf in heavy rain or varying temperatures with its performance features and extreme comfort. Our FlexVent™ fabric is one of the most waterproof stretch fabrics on the market. With its uniquely soft hand feel and super quiet stretch laminate, we believe this is the future in waterproofs. www.sunice.com.

➌ ClubCrown ClubCrown manufactures high-tech films that are professionally installed on the crowns of drivers, fairway woods and hybrids. The New York-based company teaches retailers its patented 10-minute installation process. Consumers bring their clubs to ClubCrown’s retail partners, to have the product installed. The films are available in hundreds of designs, colors, patterns, universities and logos. ClubCrowns are extremely durable and are highly resistant to bubbles, ripples and peeling. They add roughly one swing weight and are removable. Plus, they conform with USGA rules and conform to the Rules of Golf. www.clubcrown.com.

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➍ Nexbelt Not one…but two PINK offerings for the Ladies from Nexbelt “The Belt With No Holes”. On the left is the Power Pink – Gem Series golf belt featuring a Pink lightly textured leather strap with a brilliant chrome buckle and hand laid rhinestone gems.  On the right is the Pink Sleek Series golf belt which features a Pink lightly textured leather strap with a brilliant chrome buckle with matching leather face. Both feature a buckle that flips down to reveal a hidden ball marker! Nexbelt’s unique ratcheting system allows you to adjust the belt to your waist in ¼” increments guaranteeing a precise comfortable fit every time. Belts are cut to fit and will accommodate up to 40” waist. Starting at $49.99 Visit www.Nexbelt. com to purchase.  

➎ MeCam Wearable Hands-Free Video Camera Inconspicuous and lightweight body-worn camera lets you capture the world as you see it from your point of view •   Camera shoots 720p HD quality video and doubles as a 5 megapixel point and shoot camera •������������������������������������������������������������������������������    ��������������������������������������������������������������������������� Built-in LED infrared technology works in picture or video mode, for nighttime or lowlight conditions •   Weighs less than ¼ pound. equipped with pin clip to attach to shirt or can be worn as a necklace (cord provided) •  Removable SD card and micro-USB port lets you charge, upload, and share footage/pictures •  Control buttons on upper-side let you power on and alternate between video and camera mode •  80 minutes of continuous battery life •  Available in: black, white, lime green, electric blue, and fuchsia Available at: MeCam.me Price: $49.99 (4GB), $59.99 (8GB), $69.99 (16GB) Website: www.mecam.me

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product showcase

➊ ClubCrown

A ClubCrown is an innovative and exciting way to personalize and improve the look and style of any driver, wood or hybrid. ClubCrowns are installed on the crown of a club and come in over 400 different designs including country flags, collegiate, flames, carbon fiber, skulls, solid colors, animal prints, military, and many more. Finally, the golfer has a choice in how their clubs look! Offering this choice at a reasonable price is unprecedented and fills a major demand gap in golf! The finished quality is exceptional, and it looks like the club was painted by a manufacturer. ClubCrown has also revolutionized golf club refinishing as all of the designs offered will make any club look new. Our patented 15 minute installation process allows a certified installer to take a customer’s wood and completely transform it. The quality of our product is so good that most people think it is painted on. ClubCrowns add 1 swing weight to the driver, conform with USGA rules, protect the club from damage, do not bubble or peel, and are removable by the consumer. With over 300  different ClubCrowns, we have a design for everybody, including your favorite NCAA team! ClubCrown utilizes top of the line 3M films, the same material used on Bentley’s and Ferraris. The product will not bubble, ripple, or peel and is removable by the consumer. ClubCrown conforms with USGA Rules and the Rules of Golf. www.clubcrown.com

➋ Sweet Spot-It There is a new product on the market that is going to help you hit that sweet spot every time. It’s a patented impact marker called the Sweet-Spot-It. In just four easy steps, you will see how the club head contacts with the ball and get the instant feedback you need to improve consistency, increase distance, and take your game to a new level. The Sweet-Spot-It is THE alternative to any spray or impact tape currently on the market. Not only does it help you adjust your stance and swing for improved contact, the Sweet-Spot-It is also designed to be used as a ball marker for putt alignment. The Sweet-Spot-It is available in single and multi-packs - great for the range or a tournament. Starting at only $9.95, the Sweet-Spot-It golf impact marker will help you find the sweet spot in your golf game. For more information and to place an order, please visit www.sweetspotit.com.

➌ Datrek F-15 Cart Bag

Datrek has garnered accolades over the years for being the leader in the organizer top golf bags. The F-15 cart bag continues this tradition with its consumer-friendly features and sporty style. The bag is made of durable nylon fabric with a 15-way organizer top including full-length individual dividers. The top includes an oversized soft grip putter well and two soft grip handles for carrying and loading convenience. There is ample storage room in the F-15 cart bag with 10 pockets that are all easily accessible when the bag is on the cart. The pockets include an oversized ball pocket, a fleece-lined valuable pocket, full size apparel pockets, an insulated cooler pocket and a fleece-lined dry pocket with waterproof zipper. Additional features of the F-15 cart bag are an integrated trunk lift handle allowing for easy loading from car to cart, bag bottom with feet for added stability and a cart strap loop. For the golfer’s convenience there is a Velcro® strip for a golf glove, tee holder, divot tool, pen holder and umbrella sleeve. The lightweight F-15 cart bag weighs only 6.5 pounds. The F-15 cart bag is available in black with five accent colors − orange, royal, silver, lime green and red. The suggested retail is $ 199.95.

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➍ The Art of Fast Play:

Solving Golf's Maddening Problem of Slow Play

Pace of play is arguably golf’s biggest problem. Sam Dunn, an avid amateur golfer, has written a new book called “The Art of Fast Play: Solving Golf’s Maddening Problem of Slow Play.” The book was written to help amateur golfers understand how to play golf in four hours, the long-held standard of a proper pace. According to National Golf Foundation nearly 75 percent of golfers can’t break 90 and 45 percent can’t break 100. It goes without saying that when a foursome collectively hits nearly 400 shots there are many opportunities to waste time. But Dunn is convinced pace of play isn’t related to ability, pointing out that it takes a threesome of pro golfers, with caddies and forecaddies, five hours to play a round. He feels that all golfers, regardless of ability, can learn to play at a proper pace. The total number of golfers and rounds played has decreased in the past several years, and slow play is a big factor in this. Attracting new golfers hinges on making the game more enjoyable and a key part of this is reducing the time it takes to play. “The Art of Fast Play” is available through Vineyard Stories at vineyardstories.com and amazon.com for $14.95.

➎ Bag Boy Bag Boy, a company known for engineering and designing innovative push carts, golf bags and travel covers, has taken the technology from its popular Revolver series of golf bags and developed the revolutionary travel cover. The T-2000 ergonomic pivot grip is built into the top of the T-2000. The handle rotates 360 degrees to make changing directions simple, never having to let go of the travel bag. The T-2000 is available in three colors  ̶  red/black, silver/black, royal/black. The suggested retail is $189.95 (U.S.) and includes a one-year warranty.   For information on Bag Boy visit www.bagboy.com or follow on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/BagBoyGolf

➏ Orlimar Orlimar has been manufacturing and distributing golf equipment since 1959 and offers a complete line of performance golf products. Everything Orlimar has ever learned is now available in the The Driv-Brid. It’s a graceful alternative to some of the hardest-to-hit clubs. With the hottest material on the market, The Driv-Brid features a traditional shaped, low profile, stainless steel head with eight grams of weight strategically placed on the rear part of the sole to position the center of gravity low and deep, creating a high launch angle with a more penetrating ball flight. The Driv-Brid is available in right hand only with Project X graphite shafts by Royal Precision. The shafts are available in 5.5, 6.0, and 6.5. Custom shaft are available upon request. The Driv-Brid currently retails for $199 and is available in golf shops and golf specialty stores. For information on Orlimar call 888.502.4653 or visit www.orlimar.com. 

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G o l f . . . and a whole lot more Surrounded by majestic mountain views and the stunning High Sonoran Desert on the outskirts of Scottsdale, Ariz., Rio Verde is a private golf community like no other. Featuring two championship golf courses, an abundance of social activities and an elegant 27,000 square-foot clubhouse that serves as the cornerstone of the community’s social scene, Rio Verde is one of the premier active adult golf communities in Arizona. Call (877) 746-8373 for more information about Rio Verde Country Club’s special membership offers or to arrange a complimentary tour of the courses and facilities during your next visit to the Valley of the Sun.

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youngheader guns

Sam Triplett Sam Triplett has had a great summer playing in JGAA events and recently participated in the 41st Annual Junior America’s Cup, representing Arizona. He finished t-3rd individually in the event which featured 72 of the best juniors from the west coast. Sam just started his senior at Brophy Prep and has plans to continue his golfing career. Interestingly, his dad is Kirk Triplett, PGA/ Champions Tour Player. The elder Triplett played in the Junior America’s Cup as well, about 30 years ago or so. According to Sam, he started playing golf at a young age because the rest of his family participated. However, he started to get serious about the game the summer before his freshman year of high school and has been working hard to get better ever since. He credits the JGAA for the past few years and says “it has been a great organization to develop and refine my game”.

How old are you and does anyone else in your family play golf?

sionally, while my mom and twin brother play recreationally.

I am 17. My dad plays golf profes-

When did you start the game of golf?

I started playing golf at a very young age because my dad is a professional golfer and my life has been centered around the game of golf from the beginning.

Who are your mentors or role models and why? My main role model

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Who is your favorite PGA tour professional? Obviously, my dad is my favorite professional, but if I had to pick someone else it would be Louis Oosthuizen because I think he has the best swing on Tour.

is my dad and I try to imitate his work ethic, honesty, and overall character. I have seen where this has gotten him in his life and I hope I will be able to do the same.

If you could pick any foursome to be a part of, who would be the other three?

What is your most memorable moment in golf? My most memorable

What is the most favorite club in your bag and what clubs do you use? I use

moment is finishing tied for third at the Junior America’s Cup on Maui this past summer. I shot -7 for three days and it was the best tournament I have ever played in.

all PING clubs: Anser driver, G25 3wood, I20 hybrid, I20 long irons, S56 short irons, Gorge wedges, and a Scottsdale putter. My favorite club is my driver which I got a few weeks ago.

The other three would be Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Michael Phelps.

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get golf active

World-Class Athletes Join In Fighting The Inactivity Crisis PHIT America is a non-profit education and advocacy organization designed to combat the nation’s inactivity and obesity crisis. Recently, they announced NFL great Hershel Walker, tennis legends Mike and Bob Bryan, fitness expert Denise Austin and Golf Channel instructor Michael Breed as its first celebrity ambassadors. Each of these PHIT America ambassadors – and those that will follow – were selected due to a common vision. Their collective goal is to create “A Movement for a Fit and Healthy America” by educating men, women and children about the importance of an active lifestyle to improve overall health. “Almost 30 percent of Americans are totally sedentary and this has increased the last five years,” says Jim Baugh, Founder of PHIT America, former President of Wilson Sporting Goods and a 2011 inductee into the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame. “Inactivity is the prime contributor to the escalating health care costs we all

face and our celebrities are helping create a more fit country, one person at a time.” PHIT America supports two pieces of legislation crucial to increasing the number of healthy Americans. When passed, the Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT) will allow people to use pre-tax medical accounts for physical activity expenses. The Physical Education Program (PEP) is a 12-year Federal grant from the Department of Education for schools to rebuild health and fitness programs. Representing the golf world, the host of “The Golf Fix” on the Golf Channel and 2012 PGA National Teacher of 52

the Year, Breed incorporates fitness activities into his instructional routines while encouraging students to walk while they play. For the average player, an 18-hole round roughly equates to a five-mile walk or four-mile run, resulting in up to 2,000 calories burned. AZ Golf Central Magazine was able to interview Jim Baugh recently for some insight into the program.

What inspired the PHIT movement? PHIT America was founded because this country is in the grips of an inactivity crisis. Almost 70 percent of Americans are either obese or overweight and 30 percent are sedentary. The numbers are staggering and continue to grow. A sedentary lifestyle is the prime contributor to the escalating health care costs we all face. The World Health Organization estimates $1 spent on physical activity can save $3.20 on future medical expenses. PHIT America educates Americans on the benefits and importance of an active life.

What do you think is the number one factor behind this health epidemic? Inactivity, inactivity, inactivity. As a nation we have become too sedentary. Team sport participation is dropping, physical education programs are being defunded and sedentary rates are increasing across all age groups. The Center for Disease Control agrees, say-

Jim Baugh ing “regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.”

Do you feel golf can change a person’s attitude toward wellness? Absolutely. Simply switching from riding in a cart to walking the course is an easy way to increase the health benefits of an activity you already enjoy. Playing nine holes of golf can burn almost 1,000 calories and cover 2.5 miles. Skipping the cart while playing a round or two each week can show people how easy it is to exercise.

How is PHIT working to make this health initiative sustainable? We recently announced the official launch of the Mayors Fitness Challenge (MFC), a fun 10-week health and wellness campaign designed to encourage community interaction through fitness and educational programs. The program initiates weight loss and promotes active lifestyles through group fitness activities. This includes participation in complimentary or reduced-rate exercise classes and regular weigh-ins to track overall progress. The 110 individuals who finished the challenge in 2012 lost an average of 19.8 pounds and learned valuable lessons to maintain a dynamic routine. Through the MFC and similar programs, we can help people jumpstart their fitness plans and show them firsthand the benefits of being active. For more info, visit www.MayorsFitnessChallenge.org. Arizona Golf Central • Volume 3, Issue 4

DEC. 15-21, 2013 The Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy’s Winter Golf Training Camp provides the perfect opportunity

for junior golfers to experience what our comprehensive training program is all about.

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To gain control of your direction and become a more effective player, you need to reverse the fault. Thus getting the hands and handle into the body on the downswing and the club head out.   If your swing is too shallow and directing itself to right field, this correction will give you the feel that the club head is now swinging slightly out to in. 

The club head will consistently and correctly contact the ball square on the club face, giving you a more predictable result with less curve.

About The Pro: Shane LeBaron is among the best young minds in golf instruction. He has worked with or studied under many of the countries elite teachers including Jim Hardy, Butch Harmon and Mike and Sandy LaBauve. Shane is a Level 3 Jim Hardy “Plane Truth” Certified Instructor, Top 50 US Kids Instructor and has also been nominated for the 2012 Golf Digest Best Teachers List. Additionally, he was named Golf Digest Best Teachers In the State for AZ in 2013-14 as well as nominated for Best in Valley 2014. He is a member of the Adams Golf Elite Teachers Division and currently has students playing on the Champions Tour, Web.Com Tour and Canadian Tour. Shane is the teaching professional The Wigwam Resort, Phoenix, AZ. 54

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jimbo the wino

Knowing Your Varietals more common varietals you’ll find in the tasting room, restaurants and evening spots…Let’s start with whites;

• Chardonnay (shar-dun-NAY) –

The king of whites, although Riesling may argue about that.

• Sauvignon Blanc (SO-vin-yon BLAHNK) –

Jimbo the Wino Nothing will give you away faster, whether in a tasting room or your favorite restaurant, then ordering up one of those Cabb-er-nets or perhaps a Murr-lott. I’ve experienced Zine-fan-dill and it’s certainly not Peanut No-i-are or Peanut Grigg-ee-oh although ‘ole MacDonald probably likes the sound of that. Will pronouncing the varietals as so prevent you from getting your wish? Of course not. Maybe they’ll be a little snicker here and there, but so what; at least you know what you want and the end result is wonderful. Nevertheless, it is my duty as Jimbo the Wino and, as a favor to all my tasting room buddies, to “show the way” to proper pronunciation. I even promise to share a little ditty about the varietal itself if you can stand it. So, here we go! First of all, a varietal is a “style or type” of wine, the most common being Red and White - Duh. However, there are Sparkling Wines like Champagne (sham-pan), Prosecco (pro-SEH-koh), Moscato (mas-kahtō), Desert Wines, Ice Wines and my personal favorite Port or as its referred to in its native Portugal - “Porto”. Believe me; the list could go on and on. With that said, here are some of the

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Also known as Fume Blanc. It’s great to sip while you wait for the coals to turn white in the BBQ.

• Pinot Grigio (PEE-no GREE-zho) –

• Grenache (greh-NAHSH) –

An easy drinking, well put together table red. Considered an everyday wine although to me every wine is an everyday wine. Go figure.

• Zinfandel (ZIHN-fan-dell ) –

The great chef Michael Chiarello called “Red Zin” “The Golden Retriever of wines, unconditional love both ways”. The best description ever and my personal favorite when it comes to RED’s. Zin is affordable, flexible and truly easy drinking.

In the US, it is referred to as “Pinot Gris”(PEE-no GREEZ)

• Viognier (vee-oh-NYAY) –

Which is white’s best kept secret, a wonderful white

• Riesling (REES-ling) –

Germany is king when it comes to this terrific varietal, however, more US wineries are producing Riesling every day. Riesling is a great food pairing wine.

Now for the reds; • Cabernet Sauvignon (cab-er-NAY SO-vin-yon)

The undisputed king of reds, big, bold and complex

• Merlot (mur-LO) –

First of all, don’t believe all the Sideways crap! Merlot is gorgeous!

• Pinot Noir (PEE-no NWA) –

To grow this grape is like dealing with a spoiled child. Very difficult. But, when conditions are ideal and winemaking is done right, what an amazing wine.

There are many choices out there and I promise you’ll end up settling on a couple of your favorite varietals if you haven’t already. Not only that, you can now pronounce them as astute as any wine snobomatic. Feels great, doesn’t it? Sure it does! And, always remember, whatever wine tastes best to you, is the best wine for you. OK my novice wine drinking brethren. It’s time for our wine of the month. One of my all time favorites wineries, Seghesio, has released their 2010 Cortina Zinfandel. Surprise! A Red Zin! Actually, this is a beautiful wine that pairs wonderfully with seasoned meats, especially on the Q, spicy cuisines and even a nice bowl of pasta with Sunday Gravy. Very versatile! You’ll find Cortina fruity when it first enters the tongue and finishes nice and smooth with a touch of spice. YUM! Cortina can be had for around $38 but drinks like a $60 bottle. Finally, if I would have to pick only three wineries to fill my home cellar, Seghesio would definitely be one of them. I absolutely adore their juice.

Jimbo The Wino

Arizona Golf Central • Volume 3, Issue 4

Seghesio Family Vineyards: Sharing Uncommon Ground

2010 Cortina Zinfandel

Established in 1895, when Edoardo Seghesio planted his first Zinfandel vineyard in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, Seghesio Family Vineyards produces award-winning wines that honor the history of Sonoma and the Seghesio family. Collected over a century, their 300 acres in preeminent growing regions—the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys—represent some of the oldest vineyards and proprietary clones. True to Edoardo’s vision, they strive to produce exceptional Zinfandel and Italian varietals. In the early 1900s, Seghesio Family Vineyards began purchasing fruit from growers in the Dry Creek Valley in recognition of the area’s great potential for Zinfandel. Their Dry Creek Valley appellation Zinfandel is sourced from some of the valley’s best benchland sites as well as from the estate-farmed Cortina vineyard, named for the dominant soil type of this area. Cortina is a gravelly loam that contributes to Dry Creek Valley’s reputation as one of the finest places in the world to grow Zinfandel. The 2010 vintage is the coldest on record over the past 40 years. Cool, wet, foggy spring conditions lingered into summer. Canopies were opened to take advantage of greater fruit exposure to encourage ripening and to stave off mildew pressure. In late August, a heat wave hit Northern Sonoma County.

Food Affinities: Herb-rubbed meats, spicy cuisine and hearty pastas. Tasting Notes: Bright aromas of dark cherry and black raspberry. Upfront fruit appeal supported with underpinnings of complexity and slight white pepper spice. Soft entry develops into warm, full mid-palate. Finish strikes ideal balance of tannins, fruit and acidity.

Grip it and Sip it.

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