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Vol 26 No 3

Your Guide to Golf in Colorado

Summer 2018

Open for Play! 21-month renovation project complete! Page 26

Women’s golf brand has a new line of fun graphic tops this Summer. Page 18





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Golf Anti-Counterfeiting Group Seized 2 Millionth Counterfeit Product Milestone marks group’s commitment to its mission, continued impact in battle to keep golf real The U.S. Golf Manufacturers AntiCounterfeiting Working Group (The Golf Group) announced that it has reached a historic milestone in its ongoing battle against fakes — the seizure of the 2 millionth counterfeit product since the group was formed more than a decade ago. The landmark seizure was achieved during two successful raids conducted in collaboration with local law enforcement authorities in Dongguan, a major industrial center in Guangdong province, China. The milestone reinforces the group’s commitment to fighting illegal counterfeiting while protecting consumers, the brands and the game of golf. “The seizure of the 2 millionth piece of counterfeit golf equipment is a validation of our efforts as a group and an inspiration for us to keep fighting to protect the consumers, the brands and the game that is so important to all of us,” said Stephen Gingrich, Vice President of Human Resources,


This is a message to “ counterfeiters everywhere

that we are more committed than ever to putting an end to the production and sale of these fake products.

Global Legal Enforcement, at Cleveland Golf Company. “We are proud of what we’ve accomplished but we know there’s still work to do. This is a message to counterfeiters everywhere that we are more committed than ever to putting an end to the production and sale of these fake products.

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And we are more committed than even to keep golf real.” The raids were carried out by local government law enforcement authorities in Dongguan and took place in April and May. In total, authorities seized more than 36,000 counterfeit golf products, including grips, club heads and shafts. The raid is the latest successful shutdown of efforts to produce, distribute and sell counterfeit golf products worldwide. The raids that took place this spring included the seizure of 350 club heads, 300 golf shafts, and more than 35,000 golf grips, which were counterfeits of a variety of brands. Since 2004, The Golf Group’s collaboration with worldwide government enforcement authorities has led to the seizure of more than two million pieces of counterfeited gear, including clubs, club heads, shafts, grips, balls, bags, gloves, and apparel imitating some of the game’s most trusted brands. Additionally, the group has been vigilant in pursuing legal action to shut down more than 1,500 websites selling counterfeit products and accessories. “The group has been together for more than a decade and we have made a lot of great progress,” said Kristin Strojan, Legal Counsel Trademark and Brand Protection

at TaylorMade Golf Company. “We’re working more closely with authorities every day, finding new ways to identify and shut down counterfeit operations. We know there are still counterfeiters out there but we also know we’re making it a lot harder for them to stay in business. Combine that with our education efforts for consumers and we think we’ve got a winning formula in the battle against fakes.” About the Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group The Golf Anti-Counterfeiting Group consists of six of the most well-known golf companies in the world—Acushnet Company, whose brands are Titleist, FootJoy and Scotty Cameron; Callaway-Odyssey; Srixon, Cleveland Golf and XXIO; PING; PXG, TayorMade. Formed in 2004, the Golf Anti-Counterfeiting Group has supported the efforts of international law enforcement and government agencies to conduct raids and investigations of counterfeit operations, as well as raise public awareness of the issue. Since its inception, the Golf Group’s legal efforts led to the shutdown of more than 1,500 websites and authorities have seized more than two million counterfeit golf products. D



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Paul Named Honorable Mention All-American

20th Buffalo Golfer To Earn All-American Recognition

Yannik Paul, who set or shared in 23 records over the course of his golfing career at the University of Colorado, has been named to the honorable mention PING AllAmerica team, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Thursday. Paul was CU’s team leader in stroke average at 70.24, which was also good for fourth in the Pac-12 Conference and 11th in the nation, and in the process set the CU single-season record; he broke his older twin’s (Jeremy) mark of 70.66 set in 2015-16. His spring average of 69.64 shattered the old best as well, and became the first school record for an average under 70 in any category. He was the team leader or tied for the lead in 21 statistical categories, perhaps the most impressive the fact that he has just six holes out of 612 worse than bogey all year (four doubles and two triples). Paul became CU’s first golfer to earn first-team All-Pac 12 recognition when honored this past season, when he became the seventh player in school history to play in four NCAA Championships, and the 25th to play in four conference championships.

He was also CU’s co-Male Athlete of the Year for all sports, sharing the honor with skier Ola Johansen. “Yannik being named to the All-America team is recognition of an outstanding year,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said.

“It is a bi-product of all of his hard work and determination. He is now in a special group of Buff greats.” He is the 20th Buffalo to earn some kind of All-America recognition, the fifth in the 12 years that Edwards has been at the reins of the CU program. All were named honorable mention: Edward McGlasson (2006), Patrick Grady and Derek Tolan (2009) and Jeremy Paul (2016). Grady is now CU’s assistant coach. This past season, Paul also led in subpar rounds (24), rounds of par or better (26), top 20 finishes (eight), birdies (143) and in average by round for the first (70.55), middle (70.08) and final (70.09) rounds. He tied for second in the Pac-12 Championships, as his 68-69-68-67—272 (-12) effort was four back of medalist Justin Suh of USC. He also placed 12th at the NCAA West Regional in Stockton (71-69-72—212, -4). His top finish was his first major win, as he was co-medalist in ASU’s Thunderbird (67-6669—202, -11), just the sixth time at CU a player scored three rounds in the 60s in the same event (and then went out the next time

at Pac-12s and did it four straight). He set the school mark of 10 straight subpar rounds, breaking the mark of eight he had set earlier in the spring. The last seven of those rounds were in the 60s, tying that school mark. Also set the school single-season record with nine tournaments under par (he held the old mark of seven with his brother Jeremy), with the last five of those in a row, also a school best. His 16 rounds in the 60s were the second-most in a single-season in school history. Paul’s career average of 72.11 is second only to Jeremy’s figure of 71.72 in CU history. He posted subpar cumulative scores in 22 of 47 tournaments (tied for the most), with 24 top 20 finishes (sixth most at CU), 13 top 10 efforts (tied for eighth) and eight top 5 (sixth). He had 73 rounds of par or better (one shy of the school best, 74 by his brother), 63 career subpar rounds (second to his brother’s 66), 37 of those in the 60s (also second to Jeremy’s 40). Paul finished his career with 11 rounds of par or better, the first 10 of which were subpar, both of which were also records. D

“Same valley, different climate”. Gypsum Creek is the only golf course in the valley which attracts locals and visitors to ski in the morning and golf in the afternoon. Pete Dye championship 18 hole golf course with the longest season and best value around! Open March – December (snow permitting).

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Nestled within stunning massive red rock formations, our challenging, mountain-style golf course offers a panoramic view of natural red rock formations and the Denver skyline. The Clubhouse’s intimate and relaxed atmosphere, combined with attentive service, superior food quality and a full social schedule provide member families and friends a central gathering space. Whether playing on our Championship style 18-hole golf course, relaxing by the pool, or savoring a meal, Red Rocks Country Club provides the perfect setting for making special memories in our newly renovated Clubhouse. 303-697-4438 303.352.2030 16235 W. Belleview Avenue, Morrison, Colorado 80465

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Golf your way through South Suburban Parks and Recreation South Suburban Parks and Recreation offers four diverse public golf courses for all abilities, including the challenging, 18hole championship Lone Tree Golf Course; the regulation 18-hole South Suburban Golf Course, and adjacent 9-hole, par-3 golf course; the executive, 18-hole Littleton Golf Course; and the 9-hole executive Family Sports Golf Course. Each course has its own personality and unique features.

Lone Tree Golf Course in Lone Tree

The 18-hole, Arnold Palmer-designed, par-72 championship course features rolling fairways and greens and offers players incredible views of Denver and the Front Range. With five sets of tees, players can choose tee boxes to match their handicap. New this season, check out the short game area adjacent to the driving range. Ask about our full-service tournament service. We can accommodate groups up to 144 players for golf, and 300 for banquets. We’re booking now for the remainder of this season or next year. Call 303.790.0202.

South Suburban Golf Course in Centennial

Play a round against a picturesque mountain backdrop at this regional favorite!

South Suburban is a superbly maintained, 18-hole regulation course, with a suburban vibe and setting. Both avid and beginner golfers enjoy playing here. The adjacent 9hole, par-3 golf course is a great choice for those who are learning the game, or those with limited time. After your game, enjoy drinks and food at the South Suburban Golf Course Bar and Grill, a casual indoor/outdoor restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Dine alfresco on the patio overlooking the golf course.

Littleton Golf Course in Littleton

The par-63 executive, 18-hole course is a great choice if you’re looking to play a round on a naturally beautiful course. The title may say executive, but the challenge of the course is anything but that. Littleton Golf Course features 2 par-5s, 4 par-4s, and a grass putting range, a practice putting green and bunker. Check out the club’s brand new renovated main entrance, with new landscaping and tables, and a new cart staging area. Littleton Golf Course is located adjacent to the South Platte River and the Mary Carter Greenway Trail.

Littleton Golf Course is a 2018 CAGGY winner for “best conditions at a public course” as voted by staff at Colorado AvidGolfer. Come see why it’s a favorite, metroarea golf course! After your game, unwind at the Centennial Grill, and peruse the merchandise at the golf and tennis pro shop.

Family Sports Golf Course in Centennial

Family Sports Golf Course features the metro’s only heated and lighted double deck driving range, open year-round, late at night! Adjacent to the driving range is an award-winning short game practice area featuring 2 large practice greens, 2 bunkers, and the ability to hit up to 75 yard-long pitch shots. The 9-hole, par-31, executive golf course is perfect for those short on time, or those wanting to practice their short game. In addition to South Suburban’s PGA teaching staff, GOLFTEC provides individual outdoor lessons to every level or player, from beginner to the serious, competitive golfer, onsite at Family Sorts Golf Range. After a round, or a bucket of balls, stop by the Avalanche Grill for a drink or bite to

eat. The grill’s outdoor patio offers beautiful views of the mountains and is a great spot to watch the planes take off and land from Centennial Airport. Whichever course you choose, South Suburban’s professional golf staff enjoys helping people learn golf and improve their game. The teaching professionals offer private and group lessons for youth, teens, and adults.

Juniors play for free program

Kids, age 17 and under, play golf for free at the golf courses on Saturday and Sunday after 5 p.m. At South Suburban Golf Course, juniors can golf for free after 6 p.m. We encourage youth to get out on the course and experience all aspects of the game.

Live Music on the Patios

Live bands perform at Lone Tree Golf Course, every Sunday, 4-7 p.m.; and at South Suburban Golf Course, every Friday, 6-8:30 p.m. Along with great music, enjoy food and drink specials. D For more information, visit ssprd.org, and follow us on Facebook: @ssprdco; Instagram: @ssprd; and Twitter: @ssprd.

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year round and have great rates. Challenging, 18-hole championship Lone Tree Golf Course; the regulation 18-hole South Suburban Golf Course, and adjacent 9-hole Par-3 golf course; the executive, 18-hole Littleton Golf Course; and the 9-hole executive Family Sports Golf Course. Each course has its own personality and unique features.

1. Family Sports Golf 6901 S Peoria St | 303.649.1115 2. Littleton Golf 5800 S Federal Blvd | 303.794.5838


3. Lone Tree Golf 9808 Sunningdale Blvd | 303.799.9940 4. South Suburban Golf 7900 S Colorado Blvd | 303.770.5500


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Featured Instruction

The Poker Chip Drill to help putting distance control By GOLFTEC DIVOT Contributing Writer

Two Great Shots at Two Great Deals

Putting is an art. The ability to aptly read small undulations in the green, start the ball on the proper line and ensure it has the correct speed, after all, can require the acute touch of a masterful artist. Putting, however, is also a science. Especially when it comes to distance control, since blowing putts 6 feet past on one hole then 4 feet short on the next can often feel like an unsolvable math equation. Sound familiar to your own triumphs and struggles on the green? Well, here’s a component of your putting that, if improved, can help to combine the best of both the art and science: angle of attack. The vertical measurement of how the club is moving through the ball at impact, angle of attack is just as important with the putter as it is with the driver. Among other inconsistencies, a stroke that moves too downward into the ball can impart varied spin, and a stroke that’s too upward can create contact issues. Both can lead to lack of putting distance control, so let’s boil it down to a simple drill that can ensure your putting angle of attack is right on the money. The Poker Chip Drill for angle of attack and putting distance control A general guideline for the putting stroke is to have the attack angle moving slightly upward at impact. The Poker Chip Drill helps you do just that by stacking two poker chip ball markers and setting up to them as if the ball were there, then making a stroke while trying to

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The Poker Chip Drill

Distance Control

clip off the top one only. If you hit both ball markers, it’s likely your angle of attack is moving too far downward. If you miss them entirely, it’s likely your angle of attack is moving too far upward. Once you get the hang of consistently knocking off the top marker, replace with a ball and start hitting putts with the same stroke. After a little practice, your improved attack angle should start helping with distance control and you’ll soon notice those frustrating three-putts are a thing of the past! Talk to a local GOLFTEC Coach to learn more drills that will help you play your best golf. Visit: golftec.com for more information. For more information or to find a location close to you, please visit the website at: www.golftec.com. D


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USGA Celebrates Success of 39th U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor with Announcement to Return in 2025 Historic venue to host third U.S. Senior Open and ninth USGA championship COLORADO SPRINGS - At the closing trophy ceremony of the 39th U.S. Senior Open – held during The Broadmoor’s centennial celebration – the USGA announced that it will return to The Broadmoor Golf Club, in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 2025 for the U.S. Senior Open Championship. This will be the third U.S. Senior Open and the ninth USGA championship contested at The Broadmoor. “Beginning with the U.S. Amateur in 1959, The Broadmoor has been a gracious and wonderful host and a valued partner to the USGA, helping us to showcase the world’s greatest players on the game’s grandest stages,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “This has been a tremendous week of golf and a great celebration of the game, and we are excited to bring the championship back to Colorado Springs in 2025.” Donald Ross designed The Broadmoor’s East Course, which opened for play in 1918

and is now a combination of holes from Ross’ original layout and holes designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1952. The course sits on the southern edge of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of more than 6,300 feet. “The Broadmoor is thrilled to have the opportunity to host its ninth USGA championship, the U.S. Senior Open in 2025,” said Jack Damioli – President/CEO of The Broadmoor. “This opportunity would not be possible without the support and partnership of the city of Colorado Springs, El Paso County and the state of Colorado. Colorado has a storied history of hosting golf’s biggest events, and we are privileged to once again stage a national championship.” The U.S. Senior Open will be the 34th USGA championship held in Colorado. Prior to the 2018 U.S. Senior Open, the USGA last conducted a championship in the Centennial State in 2012, when Cherry Hills Country Club hosted the 112th U.S.

Amateur. In 2019, Colorado Golf Club in Parker will host the 39th U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship from Sept. 14-19. USGA Championships at The Broadmoor • 1959 U.S. Amateur (East Course): Jack Nicklaus def. Charles Coe, 1 up • 1962 Curtis Cup Match (East Course): USA def. Great Britain and Ireland, 8-1 • 1967 U.S. Amateur (West Course): Robert B. Dickson by one stroke over Marvin “Vinny” Giles III (285-286) • 1982 U.S. Women’s Amateur (South Course): Juli Simpson Inkster def. Cathy Hanlon, 4 and 3 • 1995 U.S. Women’s Open (East Course): Annika Sorenstam by one stroke over Meg Mallon (278-279) • 2008 U.S. Senior Open (East Course): Eduardo Romero by four strokes over Fred Funk (274-278) • 2011 U.S. Women’s Open (East Course): So Yeon Ryu def. Hee Kyung Seo (281-34-3 – 281-3-6-4)

• 2018 U.S. Senior Open (East Course): David Toms by one stroke over Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jerry Kelly and Tim Petrovic (277-278)

The U.S. Senior Open Championship First played in 1980. The championship is open to any professional and amateur golfer who is 50 years of age with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4. Future U.S. Senior Open Championships • June 27-30, 2019: The Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind. • June 25-28, 2020: Newport (R.I.) Country Club • July 8-11, 2021: Omaha (Neb.) Country Club • June 23-26, 2022: Saucon Valley Country Club, Bethlehem, Pa. • 2023 and 2024: TBD • Dates TBD, 2025: The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Attention ladies... golf just got graphic

Bump & Run Apparel, a women’s golf brand, has a new line of fun graphic tops this summer. Featured on the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive during their launch at the PGA Merchandise Show in 2017, its graphic top collection offers something for every female golfer. Many colors, cheeky sayings, and two flattering styles, Bump & Run has revealed that hipster never gets old. Made with super soft modal, these luxurious tops are perfect for fun tournaments, the driving range, brunch with friends, or wherever your day takes you. Why fall in love with Bump & Run? Its features and benefits demonstrate that golf apparel really can encom-

pass the modern-day style of women today: versatile, wellmade, timeless, comfortable, low maintenance, and made in Los Angeles. Their brand has become its own fashion trend, saying it’s okay to the be the best-dressed player on, or off, the course. Dreamed up on a golf course in beautiful Barbados by two friends, Bump & Run Apparel is athleisure apparel for a lifestyle that includes golf. Its two owners took up golf later in life and instantly fell in love with the game. With both women also active in other sports and activities, they realized they needed clothes that would allow them to move

from the golf course to school drop-off, meetings, and evening cocktails, all while looking stylish. The company’s mission is to encourage and inspire more women to play more golf. Through its clothing line and lifestyle blog, Bump & Run helps motivate women to embrace the sport and realize the amazing rewards golf has to offer! Bump & Run’s new graphic top collection is available for purchase at www.bumpandrunapparel.com. All summer long they are running spotlight sales. Sign up for the newsletter to receive sale announcements and for a chance to win a FREE graphic top! D




What began as a family getaway, over the course of almost a half century, The Golf Club at Fox Acres has become a unique retreat where the woes of the outside world can be replaced by a multitude of entertaining outdoor activities, especially golf. The golf club, which began life as 38 pine-laden acres and a log cabin, has grown more than tenfold and the club now includes 15 lakes, trails for skiing and fishing. In short, Fox Acres is a refuge in DIVOTMagazine.com l Summer Issue 2018

which the splendors of nature can be absorbed in all the ways that can bring a family together – whether it be day spent fishing, an early morning hike through a flowering meadow or the mere silent contemplation of the overwhelming serenity. And for those who are addicted to Golf all 18 holes Fox Acres provides one of the most acclaimed golfing getaways in the

state, with holes that meander through the rock outcroppings and the trees that close in to form a barrier against the outside world.

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STAY & PLAY Come play Breckenridge’s 27 hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. After a day of teeing off stay at Beaver Run Resort, nestled between mountain and Main Street. Beaver Run Resort has everything you need for your Rocky Mountain escape. CALL OR GO ONLINE FOR GREAT RATES!

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Nice Drive

2018 Dodge Challenger GT It‘s normal to think that a muscle car has an aggressive look, a big engine, rear-wheel drive, and a tiny back seat. Well Dodge wants you to think different when it comes to the 2018 Challenger GT. Even though you'd never be able to tell that the GT is different from other Challengers just by looking at it, this new Challenger offers owners the option of driving in all four seasons. With the smaller V6 engine and allwheel drive, this is the first real attempt by any automaker to turn a retro muscle car into a real wintercapable vehicle. Like all Challengers, the GT feels big when you drive it, but the added all-wheel drive traction provides more stability and security. And yes, it has enough power to impress but not so much that you find yourself continually getting into

trouble. The front wheels can accept up to 38 percent of the power, but it's rear-biased most of the time. The ride is a little on the firm side, but personally that’s what I like. The GT will get to 60 in six-seconds, which is decent given its additional AWD weight and smaller V6 engine. Just don't try to drag race other muscle cars, unless it's in the snow. The brake pedal feel is good, and the steering is surprisingly precise with good feedback. Even though the GT is heavy, the performance suspension provides responsive handling and makes it easy to take corners at higher speeds. Muscle cars might seem behind the times when it comes to tech but the

2018 Challenger has done more than catch up. Uconnect 4C is one of the best systems out there and the menus are designed well. Physical controls are big and easy to use while driving, especially audio and climate controls. As you can see by the pic above, this vehicle has the same iconic muscle car look with its bulging rear haunches, hood vents, and large circular headlights. The front end bears the exact same look as the

Challenger SXT with the slim twin grille, and overhanging hoodline which provides a hint of evil. Muscle cars typically do not provide much room, but the Challenger GT actually does very well compared to the competition. And yes, it will hold you and your playing partners golf clubs. The base price is just over $33K. For more information please visit www.dodge.com/challenger

Heather Gardens Executive 9-hole Golf Course. It’s the most beautiful 9-hole public golf course you’ve never seen. Heather Gardens Executive 9-Hole Golf Course is not just superb, it’s “out of sight” – literally out of sight. So, it’s no wonder how you may have overlooked this urban gem. Yet, you can find it easily. It’s close to the junction of Parker Road and I-225, and near Yale Avenue. Set in the urban enclave of Heather Gardens, this public 9-hole executive course is open to golfers, young and old, and challenges even the most talented golfer. Heather Gardens’ traditional design is enhanced by its lush, treelined fairways, elevated greens and well-positioned bunkers. The 2,461-yard, par 32 course provides a challenging yet fair test for golfers of all skill levels.

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Eagle Ranch Golf Club is located in the beautiful small town of Eagle, Colorado, just 30 minutes from Vail. The majestic Colorado Rocky Mountains provide a spectacular setting for this Arnold Palmer Signature Design Course. The course opened in 2001 as part of a new, master-planned residential community called Eagle Ranch. With the addition of the golf course and other fantastic amenities such as an outdoor pool, ice rink, recreation trails and fitness center, Eagle is an idyllic place to live and play. Even with the proximity to world-class ski areas, Eagle is known for its “hole in the sky”, meaning we enjoy a long golf season from late March to early November.

(970) 328-2882 www.eagleranchgolf.com 0050 Lime Park Drive, Eagle, CO 81631

Bella Rosa Golf Course

Bella Rosa Golf Course located in Frederick, Colorado is a 9-hole, par 35 regulation golf course that opened for play in 2006. Measuring 2,974 yards from the blue tees, Bella Rosa offers something for every player. • Well-stocked golf shop • Driving range/practice facility • Restaurant • Golf club repair service • Individual/group instruction

Book your league or golf outings now for the 2018 season! We offer great rates!

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Hidden spring hinges, rubber components to absorb moisture at the frame tips, adjustable silicone nose pads, maximized viewing angles, state of the art lens materials for optimum visual clarity, there is as much technology at work in the sunglasses golfers wear these days as in the drivers and fairway woods they swing with. No more excuses about whiffing on a swing because of glare or frames slipping from sweat. Still, premium manufacturers like Bolle, Serengeti, Costa Del Mar, Revo and Oakley are constantly toiling to bring improvements to the visual game. Whether a golfer has a prefer-

ence for plastic lenses which are lightweight, impact- and scratch-resistant, or glass lenses that have the greatest clarity and are scratch resistant, one of the key components of quality sunglasses is polarization. “For many, if not most, sunglass buyers, polarization is extremely important. There is simply no other technology better at neutralizing the negative effects of glare. And while it does add cost, consumers definitely recognize the value of opting for polarized sunglasses,” Jim Katz, Marketing Consultant for Bolle/Serengeti said. Because golfers are able to enjoy their sport in a wide variety of settings from the mountains and deserts to beach layouts, one of the improvements centers on the filtering abilities of lenses that

adapt to changing light conditions. “A good thing for both changing settings (i.e. desert, ocean courses) but also evolving conditions (sunset, fog..) are photohromic lenses which change tint depending on current availability of light,” explained Katz. “You start out your round on a sunny day but by the back 9 it becomes overcast, well those automatically adjust for the differences.” While protection from UV rays are key, more and more manufacturers are also offering polarization to their models again with the aim for improving truer vision, but also to fight an element faced in other activities. “Golfing sunglasses share traits with water sports where a key is reducing glare, particularly on the greens so one can see the breaks better,” Al Perkinson Vice President of Marketing for Costa

Del Mar Sunglasses said. Technology aside, inspiration from fashion coming from the street is at the core of where the trend in the active lifestyle sunglasses market is going. “Creating a lens technology that adapts to different light levels in these different environments that is at the same time using fashions from the street using a palette of frame styles and colors is the market trend,” adds Perkinson. “Being able to go from golfing to an activity in town to biking to casual activities is strong”. Concerning current trends regarding frames, Jenny Gordillo, Costa Sunglasses International Sales Manager states: “We have seen a shift from higher wrapped around sunglasses to flatter styles. Customer preference is moving towards more versatile frames that blend performance with style, as

customers are becoming more educated and interested in protecting their eyes without compromising style and comfort.” Even if one offers the full gambit of technical components including tinting, polarization, photochromic lenses, mirroring, scratch-resistant coating, anti-reflective coating, UV coating, it remains very important for a golfer to feel a personal sense of style and manufacturers are aware of this. Never before have sunglasses both on and off the course been available in such a wide range of frame colors and lens tint options. With the dizzying array of choices, it is enough to give one a headache, but that won’t happen if you apply the same diligence to your next pair of sunglasses as you do your sand wedge. Look for substance in addition to fashion, it will be worth it. D

The Stryker from Revo is a bold, oversized square frame. Inspired by the surfers of the West Coast of America.

Clean lines and a comfortable fit make this classic aviator look in Revo’s Observer model a smart choice.

The ergonomic design of Bolle’s 6th Sense will optimize your field of vision, regardless of your activity.

The Carlo Large from Serengeti is a classical frame with refined details that give these sunglasses timeless elegance.

Costa Del Mar’s latest, the Rincon, has a classic West Coast straight bridge and offers 100% polarized lenses.

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Topgolf and ClubCorp Team up to Accelerate Innovation for Golf Industry

Topgolf enhancing ClubCorp member experiences at ranges and courses, while ClubCorp offers Topgolf guests new ways to enjoy golf Topgolf®, the global leader in sports entertainment with the world’s largest digital golf audience, is teaming with ClubCorp – The World Leader in Private Clubs® to grow interest and participation in golf among Topgolf’s 10.5 million players and ClubCorp’s 430,000 members. The strategic alliance results in Topgolf providing new technology and benefits for ClubCorp members, and ClubCorp providing special offers and experiences at ClubCorp clubs. "Topgolf is leading the next generation of the sport and constantly innovating to attract new fans to golf. Our alliance with ClubCorp signifies our commitment to not only help Topgolf guests transition to green grass, but also refresh how ClubCorp and Topgolf fans play both on and off the course,” said Topgolf Entertainment Group Co-Chairman and CEO Erik Anderson. While specific program elements are being finalized, Topgolf and ClubCorp leaders see opportunity to enhance the golfing experience across physical and digital platforms. For example, Toptracer Range, Topgolf’s newly released product for driving ranges, could bring a more interactive format to the private clubs’ driving ranges. Players can track their ball flight path as they hit, receiving real-time insights on speed, distance, angle and accuracy for a more interactive, gamified experience. “Both Topgolf and ClubCorp have been leading the industry in encouraging fun golf entertainment,” said ClubCorp CEO Eric Affeldt. “That’s why a ClubCorp and Topgolf collaboration is so interesting. With our more than 430,000 members across North America and Topgolf’s tremendous reach among new golfers and even non-golfers, we have an opportunity to introduce and re-

inforce the great game among a massive audience.” Topgolf plans to offer ClubCorp members special offers to visit its sports entertainment venues. Likewise, ClubCorp plans to provide added value to Topgolf Platinum Members with exclusive tournaments at ClubCorp properties, as well as special offers and programs at clubs across the country. “We’re thinking differently by giving people new ways to enjoy the game – on the course, at Topgolf, even on their phones and through other interactive experiences,” Anderson said. “This is just the beginning of what Topgolf and ClubCorp can do together.”

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Since its founding in 1957, Dallasbased ClubCorp has operated with the central purpose of Building Relationships and Enriching Lives®. ClubCorp is a leading owner-operator of private golf and country clubs and private business clubs in North America. ClubCorp owns or operates a portfolio of over 200 golf and country clubs, business clubs, sports clubs, and alumni clubs in 27 states, the District of Columbia and two foreign countries that serve over 430,000 members, with approximately 20,000 peak-season employees.

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Topgolf inspires the connections that bring people together for unforgettable good times. Whether it's a date night, girls' night, family outing, happy hour, work breakfast, lunch hour or any other kind of hour, Topgolf makes socializing a sport – literally. Through the premium experience of Play, Food and Music, Topgolf is inspiring people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. D

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How committed and confident are you? By Kathleen Heiney DIVOT Magazine Contributing Writer

“Don’t hit the shot you think you should, hit the shot you know you can!” My favorite quote from Bob Rotella. How often have you stepped up to a shot and said “I should be able to get it there with this club” or “if I hit is just right it will be perfect” If you make the statement “I should” in a sentence, during a round, you clearly are not committed. Also, if you think you are going to hit it just right you are more than likely going to hit is just wrong. Why? Because you lack confidence! Golf is a game of misses. You have heard it several times but we continue to try and talk ourselves into thinking we “should” be able to do something different. Let’s go back to the quote. “Hit the shot you know you can”. So much of golf is shot commitment and confidence. When we question whether or not we should do something in a certain way, we are already questioning if we can. How well do you know your misses, fundamentals of the game, distance, swing faults etc.? Do you have a favorite distance? Do you listen to your gut when selecting a club? Are you familiar with your

Don’t hit the shot you think you should, hit the shot you know you can!

own swing faults? Do you have a routine to get you back on track? These are just a few fundamentals of golf to consider in helping you improve your shot commitment and confidence. Let’s talk about misses. I have been playing for over 40 years and I can honestly say I have had the same miss since I was 7 years old, to the right. I have certainly tried to change it but it still stays relatively right. That being said I now play my misses. It is predictable and that helps me create a committed shot. I have a favorite distance, 80 yards so I purposely will set myself up for that distance the best I

“I don’t believe in philosophies, I believe in fundamentals” - Jack Nicklaus

can. This helps me stay confident during a round. I go with my gut when choosing clubs, if I waiver I am more than likely not committed which results in a poor golf shot. These are a few examples of ways to help players create better shot commitment and confidence. We think we know our golf swing, game and misses, but most players do not. Most often we try to create shots in a round that we think we should not the ones we know we can. So how do we better understand and know our misses, distances, club selection etc.? We journal. The next 3 rounds take a journal on the course with you. Record your misses, how you recover, your favorite distances and most of all how these shots make you feel. The purpose of this is to create more confidence in the abilities you have not the ones you think you should. This will propel your game into a whole new world of committed shots and better confidence! D Kathleen Heiney is a LPGA Class A Professional, Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor. For more information please visit the following website: www.lincgolfandwellness.com.

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Course Feature

Thorncreek Golf Course... the long wait is finally over After closing for play on October 9, 2016, Thorncreek Golf Course has undergone a major 21-month renovation project.

The 26-year old golf facility, owned and operated by the city of Thornton, was in need of upgrades to enhance playability and improve the long term viability of the grounds. A great job was done by the redesign team of Baxter Spann Golf Course Architect, Landscapes Unlimited and city of Thornton Staff. The bulk of the project was building a state of the art irrigation system which gives the maintenance staff greater control and efficiency over watering the golf course and providing better playing conditions. The new irrigation system is 60% more green efficient than the old and uses 1520% less water. Also the Fertigation Injection System allows maintenance to run fertilizer applications through the irrigation system. Upgraded drainage systems and bunker renovations will help with keeping playing conditions consistent during the unpredictable weather conditions Colorado is known for. Big Dry Creek, impacting most of the front nine, underwent redesign to im-

prove flood control and enhance long-term sustainability. In terms of playability for the golfer, Thorncreek has changed the look and feel of most holes. All holes received new grass on all tees, fairways, greens and some rough areas. The first tee shot starting your day offers a different feel with the fairway bunker removed to provide a wider landing area. The green complex was rebuilt wider and larger to accept varying shot types. The

often criticized par 5 16th underwent the most drastic changes of any hole on the golf course. The drainage ditch that crossed the fairway in the landing zone has been removed thus creating an inviting tee shot for all players on a monster hole that can stretch 650 yards. The green was redesigned and moved 20 yards away from the hazard offering a more forgiving approach. Other holes with noticeable changes were: #6, #9, #12, #14, and #18.

Another exciting feature to the renovation is the change and feel of the clubhouse. The golf shop and inside seating area have a more modern feel. The highlight would have to be the new outdoor patio with bar seating and multiple tv’s for a fun environment with a great view of the golf course and mountains. This new all-weather space will be ideal for lunch, dinner and larger groups as well. A great job was done by D2C Architects, Mark Young Construction, and city of Thornton Staff. Lastly, the practice facility has been upgraded giving players a professional look with new target greens and a 320 square yard teeing area. The new 13,000 square foot putting green will be great for practice or a little pre or post-round putt-off within your foursome. For information and updates please go to www.thorncreekgc.com D


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