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Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe For most of us it truly is, “The Most Wonderful Time of The Year.” We should all understand and appreciate the depth of those simple lyrics. The “birds” are headed down for the winter to spend some cash on the warm and sunny courses of Florida AND the PGA Show and the Diamond Resorts Invitational, which is a star-studded blast. We will be getting together with our out of town guests for some friendly golf outings along with fairway family times and maybe some sibling rivalry rounds, as well. I’m trying to make a valid recommendation to all the golf industry while we have the opportunity to forage through this annual flock of revenue. Be the best and the brightest, friendly, warm and welcoming. Make your guests happy to be here; you can be fun and professional at the same time – look at how we do it – keep them laughing and make someone’s day. We Floridian’s, as business owners, have a unique situation with regards to all types of travel, hospitality, and the various outdoor leisure activities our wonderful state has to offer. Florida is home the largest and perhaps the greatest collection of golf courses in the world. We’ve been through the recent Hurricanes of Harvey and Irma and it appears we have collectively, for the most Greg Corbo, Dana Gordon and defending part, recovered in time for when Champ Mark Mulder at Tranquilo Golf Club at it really matters – when the Diamond Resorts Invitational Media Day world flocks to our Sunshine state. The only way to get better, get through it, is to surround yourself with people who believe in you. This past year I was reunited with an original Golf Central member, who literally helped me get the magazine started 18 years ago – former Managing Editor, Greg Corbo. For the last few months not only was he working at the prestigious Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., “Corbs” was prospecting every golf media outlet to send leads for feature stories and promotions to share with out readership. Greg has been on the road, in the air and on the Islands, which you can see on both social media sites, Golf Central Magazine, and Turf Life in print on pages 18, 30, 32, and 40. Golf Travel feature the DR, Gorgeous Cart Girl at DRI Media Day Tranquilo, and a Turf Life spread of photos on his Fall experience at Baltusrol. His heart in the camera lens and, his unique styles of putting the experience in words has been a boost for us heading into 2018. There’s comfort in knowing when you’ve worked with someone before, we both know what we’re gonna’ get. I’m very proud to roll with Corbs to all the events we’ve worked since his arrival in early December. We’re Everywhere….. We’re Everywhere!! It makes us more relevant, more present, and just more of what our supporters deserve. Important things are formed; your smile, your hope and your courage can be validated by an old team member. He’ll say, ‘let’s do it to it!” Watching him inspires me to expect more from myself. I’ve enjoyed the high-fives and fist-bumps over the last month – everyone, keep ‘em coming – positive vibes. “Your vibe attracts your Tribe!” Remaining positive in a negative situation is not naïve – it’s Leadership!
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Daphne's Headcovers Founded in 1978 Daphne’s Headcovers created the novelty headcover niche. With quality and function as their motto the now global company has stayed true to their course. From Alligators to Zebra’s Daphne’s Headcovers represent the best in quality, fit and creativity. These aren’t your give away headcovers these are, excellent, make your smile to the depth of your heart, something special headcovers that represent your favorite animal or character. From conception to completion, each design is developed with an emphasis on quality, form and function and attention to even the minutest detail. Daphne’s Headcovers can be found on the top professional golfers bags in the world. With over 200 touring pro’s choosing Daphne’s you are in good company when you add one to your bag. The company’s core value is “we must do good while we are doing well” and we love this! Daphne’s supports a philanthropic spirit and works to make the world a better place via their charitable donations. If you are looking for a great quality product, made by a caring company then Daphne’s Headcovers are the golf club covers for you. Find them at www.daphnesheadcovers.com or ask for Daphne’s Headcovers at your favorite golf shop.
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Tattoo Golf Tattoo Golf continues to think outside the tee box with the launch of the coolest men’s golf pants in town! Designed with the demand of sporting movement in mind, these golf pants are constructed using their ProCool fabric technology for maximum comfort and breathability. The open weave combines the required functions of maximum moisture wicking and heat movement away from the body while allowing cool air to continually penetrate and circulate. These may quite possibly be the most comfortable pants you will ever wear - they are so light and comfortable that you may feel like you have no pants on at all! The designs are created using a sublimation print technique which producing stunning graphics but with a super-soft feel. From the crazy to the subtle, Tattoo Golf’s got you covered! Grab one for yourself or outfit your entire team, you’re gonna look great! www.tattoogolf.com
TPT Golf Graphite Shafts TPT Golf™ has released a new range of graphite golf shafts. Using ‘Thin Ply Technology’ (TPT) carbon fiber materials and a patented manufacturing process developed by its parent company, North Thin Ply Technology SARL, TPT Golf™ is setting new standards in shaft performance. The patent-pending manufacturing process enables golf shafts to be made with exceptionally accurate fiber placement in a highly uniform way around the shaft. This method creates a spineless shaft and overcomes the inconsistencies sometimes seen in shafts produced by the more-traditional table rolling methods. TPT shafts provide exceptional feel, leading to tighter shot dispersion, low spin and increased distance. North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) is a serial innovator with a track record of producing performance-enhancing solutions in the high performance sports arena. The Swiss-based company began by developing a process for producing America’s Cup yacht sails, extended its portfolio to products used in the lightweight bodywork of F1 race cars, skis and snowboards, and then moved into materials technology found in satellites and luxury composite watches (Richard Mille). The record-breaking, solar-powered aircraft “Solar Impulse” also relied on NTPT-produced materials for its epic journey. www.tptgolf.com for more information. Golf Central • Volume 18, Issue 6
Diamond Resorts Invitational™
Lightning in a bottle Flaskey created the event in 2013 by utilizing his relationships with professional golfers, PGA TOUR
Also committed are country music artists Cole Swindell and Lee Brice. The two artists will be competing in the tournament and preforming as featured entertainers during the week’s festivities. Tournament week kicks off Thursday, January 11 with the fifth-annual Brian Gay Pro-Am presented by Diamond Resorts International®. Gay, a four-time PGA TOUR winner and longtime Orlando resident, will be hosting the 18-hole celebrityamateur competition, which will feature foursomes comprised of three amateurs and one celebrity or
officials and colleagues at the
PGA TOUR Champions player.
Golf Channel and in Major League
Baseball. From there, it has grown
To find more information go to DRIGolf.com. 1-day pass is $30, 3-day pass is $60.
to achieve its current stature. The Diamond Resorts Invitational™ is now nationally televised on the Golf Channel and is the first PGA TOUR Champions Challenge Season event of 2018. Since its conception, the event has raised over $2.3 million for the Florida Hospital for Children. It is an increasingly coveted invitation among professional golfers, Major League Baseball players and other benefiting Florida Hospital for Children
golf-loving celebrities. This year, both PGA TOUR and
We caught lightning in a bottle, said Michael Flaskey, CEO of Diamond Resorts International®. The tournament has been
LPGA champions will compete for $750,000 over the 54-hole tournament. Celebrity participants will play for a $500,000 purse. Threesomes will include one Champions Tour or LPGA professional and two celebrities. All
an enormous hit. It is
professionals and celebrities will play
now nationally televised
their own ball and compete from
on the Golf Channel and included on the PGA TOUR Champions Challenge Season schedule. Best of all, we’ve raised some serious money for the Florida Hospital for Children.
the same tees for 54 holes. In this singular format, the competition will be a distinctive thrill for players and spectators alike. Among early commitments there is Brittany Lincicome, the seasonopening LPGA champion of the 2017 Pure Silk Bahamas Classic.
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growing the game
The First Tee Celebrates 20th Anniversary in Orlando The meeting kicked off with a perfor-
The First Tee, a youth development
Head of Corporate Social Responsibil-
mance by Javier Colon, winner of the
ity and Global Diversity & Inclusion
inaugural season of the NBC televi-
at Northern Trust, Chicago, Connie L.
sion show, “The Voice.” Throughout the
Lindsey; and Dr. Ken Blanchard, leader-
meeting attendees heard from a variety
ship expert and co-founder of The Ken
of speakers including activist, fund-
raiser, and TED Talk speaker, Dan Pal-
Golf Channel personalities Todd
lotta; businessman, educator and New
Lewis and Lauren Thompson emceed
York Times bestselling author, Stedman
The First Tee Gala Dinner on Saturday,
Graham; Executive Vice President and
where eight “outstanding participants”
organization introducing golf and its inherent values to young people, hosted its 20th Anniversary Network Meeting in Orlando. Hosted at Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, more than 1,000 representatives were in attendance. This is the largest showing for The First Tee’s biennial gathering, demonstrating the network’s growth. Launching in 1997, the organization is now reaching more than 5.3 million young people annually through programs offered at golf courses, in elementary schools and at youth centers. Representatives from each of those areas were in attendance, as well as select participants, and for the first time, alumni. 14
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will be presented with college scholar-
is the Outstanding Participant & Leader-
Tee’s in-school and after-school partners
ships courtesy of The First Tee Founding
ship Summit and the inaugural Alumni
together to interact and learn practical
Corporate Partner Shell Oil Company.
Summit. Both are interactive and edu-
strategies for delivery of The First Tee
cational events focused on developing
Throughout the three days, attendees will participate in educational classes
and honing skills to become leaders in
To learn more about The First Tee and
featuring professional speakers and
their communities. Also taking place is
its 20th anniversary, visit thefirsttee.
networking sessions at which they can
the Outreach Summit, bringing The First
exchange best practices. “This is a special moment in time for The First Tee,” said Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee. “This week we will look back and celebrate the success of positively impacting more than 14 million young people since 1997. At the same time we will be inspired to drive forward and be positive force for good.” Barrow, who has lead the organization for the last 18 years, will retire at the end of this year. Former Nickelodeon executive, Keith Dawkins, will take over as CEO in January. Held in conjunction with the meeting Golf Central • Volume 18, Issue 6
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Escape to the
Mountains Balsam Mountain Preserve is a lowdensity, conservation-orientated private retreat set on 4,400 acres in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville. Surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest, the Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Balsam Mountain Preserve was created as a “community within a park.” Of the many wonderful amenities offered, the Arnold Palmer Signature golf course stands out as perhaps the most distinctive feature of the
Boarding House at night community. With elevations approaching 3,800 feet offering dramatic views in every direction and a new state-ofthe-art practice range that will include several pitch-and-putt holes for casual recreation and honing members’ short game, few other courses rival. The soon to be added “golf park” concept is part of the larger new development, The Doubletop Village, currently underway. The Doubletop Village will include a Members’ Grille, Tavern, General Store along with multipurpose activity and event lawns, all designed by leading club architect Kuo Diedrich of Atlanta. A collection of 23 new single-
family turn-key cottages, designed by renowned residential architect Harrison Design, are in the design development stage and reservations will be available this summer. Balsam Mountain has engaged Arnold Palmer Design Company to design
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and execute renovations on the Pre-
less expensive to maintain, allowing the
North Carolina. Homes and homesites
serve’s Arnold Palmer Signature Course,
superintendent to reallocate funds to
are currently available throughout the
in addition to the execution of the new
mountain community. Average homesite
“golf park” practice range. The focus of
The golf course renovation is the one
sizes are 2 acres and average home sizes
the current renovations will make the
of the major projects under the new
are 3,500 – 4,000 square feet. Home-
course more playable while remaining
owners of Balsam Mountain Preserve
sites range in price from $100,000 to
faithful to Palmer’s original design. Vice
and the first of many under a plan that
$700,000 and homes from $700,000 to
President and Senior Architect for Arnold
will allow the construction of several
the $3,000,000’s. For more information
Palmer Design Company Thad Layton is
improved amenities as well as the afore
or to inquire about homes, homesites
overseeing the master-plan.
mentioned Double Top Village. All of
or membership opportunities, call the
this will put Balsam Mountain at the
sales office at (866) 452-3456 or visit
forefront of private communities in
The renovations will concentrate on bunker design, configuration and placement on the course’s 18 holes. When the course was built 10 years ago, it was de-
100 Boar Ridge Rd
signed with deep, steep-walled bunkers that have proven exceptionally challenging even for experienced golfers and also challenging to maintain. The new master plan will not only change the layout and location of the bunkers, it will make them shallower, a modification that will render the overall course more approachable for all players while still challenging the skills of advanced golfers. Furthermore, this relatively simple tweak demonstrates the timelessness of a course that serves as a monument to the late Arnold Palmer. An added bonus: the improved design will make bunkers Golf Central • Volume 18, Issue 6
By Greg Corbo photos by Greg Corbo
caribbean golf central
Doing it right in Dominican Republic PGA Tour coming to Corales Golf Club, March 19-25
Dusk at Secrets Cap Cana is just the beginning of your day.
Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa Looking for a can’t miss slam dunk golf getaway this winter to relax and recharge amongst the spoils of luxury with proximity to the equator? In Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, the weather is never questioned here a mere 1285 miles from the sultriness of the sun. Hailed as the “King of The
Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa in Punta Cana, an adults only all inclusive getaway is just over a year old
The super friendly staff at Secrets Cap Cana is all smiles
Swim out suites at Secrets Cap Cana offer the spoils of luxury Caribbean” with up to 26 golf courses “You Can Play”, DR was luckily unscathed by Hurricane’s Harvey, Irma and Maria back in September and is open for play in more ways than one. The all-inclusive, adults only Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa in Punta Cana is celebrating its year anniversary since opening in November 2016 is highly 18
recommended as great place to make home base. This Five-Star property and World-Class Spa by Pevonia, overlooking the Caribbean situated on the white Juanillo Beach provides all the necessary amenities for unlimited luxury. Secrets Cap Cana was recently awarded the “Gold Magellan Award” by Travel Weekly in the category “Overall
Luxury Resort” due to its high standard of service and excellence within the travel industry. The resort sits on a sprawling 30-acre gated community defined by Dominican décor greeting guests with champagne in an opened-air lobby upon arrival while providing an intimate sense of seclusion. When it comes accommodations, daytime activities, dining and nightlife, Secrets Cap Cana is a cornucopia of Caribbean hospitality. All suites (numerous upgrades and preferred packages available) provide furnished balconies offering refreshing views of the Caribbean with 24-hour room and concierge services with a daily restock of your own private bar. Hope you like Presidente? A crisp Pilsner brewed locally – and rather quite replenishing after an active day outdoors. Golf Central • Volume 18, Issue 6
The Par 3 13th hole at Punta Espada plays 250 yards across the Caribbean from the Black Championship tees When it comes to dining, Secrets offers up to seven different international a la carte restaurants with no reservations necessary. From fresh local seafood, to Pan Asian Cuisine, guests will find an array of eating options at any stop. Make sure to set your day in motion at the Market Café where breakfast is more like brunch with a wide assortment of fresh fruits, juices, pastries, meats, cheeses and huevos ordered to your liking. Along with numerous day-time watersport activities and live nightly entertainment, top shelf spirits
can be found at any of the resort’s 4 bars served with a smile by the warm and welcoming Dominican staff.
Punta Espada Golf Club Just a few miles from Secrets Cap Cana, is the highly acclaimed Punta Espada Golf Club. Ranked #1 Best Golf Course (Golfweek) in the Caribbean and Mexico, Punta Espada also holds the distinction of being ranked #76 in the World You Can Play. Opened in 2006, this stellar Jack Nicklaus design was home to the Champions Tour Cap Cana Championship from 2008-2010. Eight of the holes are played either over or along the Caribbean coast. The panoramic vistas are so spectacular and mesmerizing, it’s easy to lose focus on golf. “Dominican Republic is the ideal getaway for golfers; with our one-of-
The Natural cliffs and stunning views at Punta Espada Golf Club make it more than memorable.
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a-kind natural landscapes and worldacclaimed golf infrastructure, it is no surprise we are the Golf Capital of the Caribbean,” said Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. “Sunny skies, cool ocean breezes and lush fairways alongside hospitable staff, are certain to set the stage for a dream golf getaway for beginners and pros alike.” Punta Espada is also home to Eden Roc Resort Cap Cana – a super private lodge, beach club and spa located on the grounds of the golf club if you’re looking for a complete escape in isolation. Eden Roc was rated by TripAdvisor 2017 Traveler’s Choice as a Top 25 Luxury Hotel in the Caribbean. Being on the property alone makes you feel privileged. A guarantee is for certain when you finish your round at Punta Espada Golf Club … you will immediately begin to wonder … “When can I do this again?”
Casa de Campo Resort & Villas Roughly 50 miles west of Punta Cana is the Dominican gateway city of La Romana -- also home to the world renowned Casa de Campo Resort and Villas. The
The private Beach Club at Casa de Campo Resort & Villas Casa de Campo compound, a tropical playground situated on 7,000 acres contains three very prestigious courses designed by legendary Hall of Fame architect Pete Dye. Dye’s longtime masterpiece “Teeth Of The Dog” is ranked #39 You Can Play In The World. Carved from the rugged Dominican coastline while staging and incredible collection of oceanic par 3s and inland holes, “Teeth Of The Dog” is simply a “Bucket-List Must” for any golf guru. It has been the longtime showcase island attraction along with “The Links” and “Dye Fore” are two other wonderful golfing excursions near the Chavon River which will also capture one’s attention in exotic natural surroundings. A world-class marina, beach
club and Mediterranean influenced villas and suites, Casa de Campo is also home of Altos de Chavon, an impressive replica of a 16th-century artisan village. Do not hesitate on this one, just go, you will not be disappointed. Promise.
La Cana Beach and Golf Club at Puntacana Resort Pete’s Dye’s son, P.B. Dye also left his mark on the island by designing three compelling nines at the 27-hole La Cana Golf and Beach Club just min-
Golfers embrace the challenge of the do-or-die par 3s at Casa de Campo's "Teeth Of The Dog." Photo By Tony Korologos
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Golfers enjoy the backdrop of the Tortuga Bay at La Cana utes from Secrets Cap Cana and Punta Cana International Airport. Each nine “Tortuga,” “Hacienda,” and “Arrecife” offer both scoring opportunities and head scratching challenges on a well-groomed piece of property with 14 holes on the emerald green waters of the Tortuga Bay and Caribbean Sea. If you’ve never seen a “volcano bunker” before, you certainly will encounter a few at La Cana. This 27-hole variety is conducive in terms of flexibility and getting around in ample time to hit the beach before Happy Hour where perhaps the fun and relaxation is just beginning?
The pristine conditions at P.B. Dye's La Cana Golf & Beach Club will leave you wanting more
The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship Demonstrating its enticing pull of the world of golf, The PGA Tour will make its first ever Tour stop in DR from March 19-25, 2018 at the Tom Fazio designed Corales - a dramatic experience along impressive terrain featuring six Oceanside holes. The finishing three holes dubbed “The Devil’s Elbow” will certainly challenge some of the world’s best in the 132 player field. The club will also showcase a newly renovated clubhouse and additional recent course enhancements were implemented. Clearly, the Dominican Republic has ground to stand on when making a claim as the “Golf Capital of the Caribbean.” Golf Central • Volume 18, Issue 6
Chef Scott Conant
Chef David Bustamante
Topgolf’s mouthwatering menu doesn’t just happen on its own. Rather, at each Topgolf venue across the globe, you’ll find a team of the best in culinary masterminding and crafting a delicious menu. In the series, Topgolf Chef Showdown, they selected eight of their top chefs to go head-to-head, competing to have their original dish featured on the fall menu where YOU can taste it for yourself. Hosted by Scott Conant, celebrity chef, author and restaurateur, Topgolf turns the heat up in the kitchen. Only one finalist emerged and it was Chef David Bustamante with his Harvest Bowl.
From left tor right: David Bustamante (Topgolf Naperville), Charles Kamback (Topgolf Jacksonville), Jessica Choi (Topgolf Las Vegas), Nicole Sherwood (Topgolf San Antonio), Christine Scialla (Topgolf Fort Worth), Matt Woods (Topgolf Hillsboro), Koby Grace (Topgolf Edison) and Rob Slater (Topgolf Webster) 22
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PANAMA Panama is on many
avid golfers’ bucket lists for journeying through the Canal on a cruise ship – not for quality golf and lifestyle, but that is changing. The country has become a hotspot for expat retirees who enjoy yearround outdoor activities, especially golf and a high standard of living that doesn’t break the bank. If you qualify you get more than In the past the only attraction to Panama was going through the Canal - west to east in the AM - East to West in the PM - Average cost for container ships starts at about $400,000
affordable golf down the fairways to heaven – Panama gives its new residents a variety of very useful benefits to stretch that retirement income into more rounds and enjoyment on and off the course.
Some highlights are: • One time Duty tax exemption for household goods up to $10,000 • 100% Duty exemption for importing a new car every two years • 50% off entertainment anywhere in the country) movies, concerts, sports) • 50% off hotel stays Monday – Thursday • 30% off hotel stays Friday – Sunday Classic and timeless design of the Club de Panama Golf - Home to the Web.com's Panama Claro Championship
Hard to have a bad day on the course when this awaits after your round - and the beach is just steps away, too
• 25% off all airline tickets • 25% off all restaurants. • 15% off fast food restaurants • 20% off medical consultations, • 15% off hospital bills (where insurance doesn’t cover • 15% off dental & eye exams • 25% discounts on utility bills • 50% reduction in closing costs for home loans • 0% off professional & technical services
Best souvenir - A Panama Hat (Casco Viejo- Old Quarter)
The diversity of the capital is symbolic of the entire country – it showcases a fascinating blend of history as the now fashionable Casco Viejo (Old Quarter), a UNESCO world heritage site, dating back to the 1600s lies within walking distance of the luxurious 5-star hotels, hip boutiques and ultra-modern architecture of modern Panama City. There are restaurants featuring every imaginable type of cuisine to delightful street food. Book an evening Golf Central • Volume 18, Issue 6
Panoramic of the new capital city on the left and Casco Viejo Old Quarter on the right
The setting and golf are wonderful but the Paella is to die for at Vista MarGolf & Beach Resort featuring dinner and a cultural performance of traditional dance, or boogie the night away at a trendy nightclub. As you venture outside the capital this blend of history and modern resorts and real estate ventures is evident all along the coasts. Panama is unique in that you can actually watch the sunrise over the Atlantic and set over the Pacific Oceans in a day.
Visiting golfers won’t be bored on a weeklong visit or as a retirement destination, and new golf developments are in the planning stages. Some of the highlights are – Club de Golf – Located only 11 miles from the city center – its mature and stately design has hosted the Web.com’s Panama Claro Championship since 2004. The current layout pays homage to the original layout built and designed in 1922 by workers on the Canal. It may surprise some that Panama has a rich history of championship golf, the former course hosted many Panama Open Championships whose winners included legends of the game Arnold Palmer, Roberto de Vincenzo and Sam Snead. Summit Golf Club – The other classic golf course in Panama is The Summit Golf Club, originally built in the 1930s for American workers on the Panama Canal. Completely renovated to modern standards it features challenging and scenic elevation changes and wonderful green complexes. Buenaventura Panama Golf Resort – On the other end of the spectrum is wildlife on the Summit Course inckudes Capybaras the world's largest (harmless basically) rodent
Casco Viejo Old Quarter from the water
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the Buenaventura Golf Club located at the ultra-luxurious JW Marriott Resort, two hours outside Panama City. This meticulously maintained Jack Nicklausdesign is one of Panama’s newest courses and a modern challenge of well-placed bunkers and menacing water hazards. It also is built to accommodate the today’s long hitters measuring over 3,00 yards from the tips. Lucero Golf & Country Club – The top-rated course in Panama is also one of the most desired expat retirement communities. Located at 3,000 feet in the northern mountainous region of Panama it enjoys more of a moderate year-round climate than Panama City and the surrounding beach communities. The course was designed by Michael Poellot and is known for its dramatic elevation changes offering spectacular and unique views of the Jaramillo and Talamanca Mountain ranges. Other stand out courses include the new private Jack Nicklaus designed Santa Maria Golf & Country Club in Panama City; Vista Mar Golf & Beach Resort, another Michael Poellot-design, managed by Kemper Sports and featuring a wonderful marina and to die for cuisine; Tucan Country Club and Resort - an expat favorite for its laid back atmosphere and welcoming membership; Mantarraya Golf Club, often cited as the best value course in Panama located at the Royal Decameron Beach Resort and is also one of the most scenic as the layouts weaves among water features and mature specimen trees and the BlueBay Coronado Golf & Beach Resort located on the Pacific Ocean only an hour drive from downtown Panama City. Panama has a modern airport that services one of the world’s longest flights from Dubai to Panama City direct. Golfers flying from the South have a much shorter route of only a few hours with reasonable airfare and minimal time change – if any. Copa Airlines flies direct from Houston, New Orleans, Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Washington, DC, allowing you to be on the links day of arrival. 25
Antigua’s Spring 2018 Collection is Trend-Setting
Antigua Group, Inc. - one of the na-
Overall, color plays a key role in how a collection is merchandised for both
tion’s leading designers and marketers
buyers and end customers. This new
of lifestyle and golf apparel under the
collection includes two different color
distinguished Antigua brand – is setting
palettes, providing endless merchandis-
trends for Spring 2018 with its women’s
ing options. One color palette groups
bold vibrant colors, including Boysenand early 90’s fashion. Thankfully the
berry, Cherry, Poseidon, Spearmint
market by storm is the holographic
holographic effect of today’s world is
and Sunflower. The alternative palette
effect. Textile prints, trims, accessories
slightly less plastic looking and more
features softer bright shades like Man-
and even hair and nail color all utilize
organic in feel. Instead of creating
darin, Oceanside, Meringue, Iris and
some form of a hologram. Some mani-
fabrics that appear holographic,
Rose. This color-on-color trend makes
fest as a true multi-color holographic
designers have been using foil prints,
what was once a basic polo suddenly
effect, while others offer a more subtle
screen prints and heat transfers. All are
appear original and contemporary. Sev-
combination of light bright shades that
soft against the body and allude to the
eral styles in the collection mix colors
give the appearance of a prism light
effect of a sunset, both simultaneously
from both palettes, in which each deep
calming and visually stunning.
shade is mixed with a soft shade. The
The first trend taking the fashion
Regardless of how it’s used, the
hologram is a trip down memory lane bringing flashbacks of the late 80’s 26
Another major trend is mixing deep vibrant colors with soft bright colors.
soft color takes the bold color down a notch and makes it feel both modern and wearable. Golf Central • Volume 18, Issue 6
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Pulte Homes Raises Nearly $100,000 in a Single Day for the Children’s Home Network in Tampa Over $98,000 was raised by the West Florida Division of Pulte Homes at its second annual Building to Make Lives Better Charity Golf Tournament benefitting the Children’s Home Network in Tampa. Proceeds raised will sustain the Children’s Home Network’s Pulte Promise Center, a completely renovated vocational building made possible with the donations garnered from last year’s tournament and named after Pulte Homes. Proceeds will also help cover educational programs and initiatives provided for the children at the Network’s campus. The Pulte Promise Center is now used for continued learning by Kids Village, a residential treatment program, specializing in children ages 6 to 18, who are victims of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. “All of us at Pulte Homes are proud to be partnered with the Children’s Home Network,” Strickler said. “The enormous effort on the part of generous donors and contributors to this event is moving, and we are pleased to join hands with the entire Tampa community to assist these very deserving at-risk children and families through this incredible charity,” Strickler continued. Pulte’s partnership with the Children’s Home Network has resulted in over $175,000 raised within the span of one year.
Presenting the check at the second annual Building to Make Lives Better Golf tournament hosted by Pulte Homes at Avila Golf & Country Club in Tampa are:(L to R) Irene Rickus, president/CEO, The Children’s Home; Sean Strickler, president/West Florida Division of Pulte Homes.
Mario Correa, Johnny Migliacci, Jim Phillips, Scott Baker
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Where did you grow up? I grew up in Long Beach, California. I moved to Orlando when I was 10 years old. What is your favorite sport to play? Favorite to watch?
My favorite sport to play and watch is soccer. My parents were born and raised in Colombia so we grew up watching it! Can’t wait for the World Cup 2018!
Do you enjoy playing golf? Are there any golfers in your family? No golfers in my family but yes, I really enjoy play-
ing golf! The game can definitely be rewarding and maddening at the same time, but there’s something about hitting a good shot that satisfies the soul!
If you weren’t a cart girl, what would you be doing? If I had the luxury, I would go to school full time.
What is your memorable moment working as a cart girl?
When a group of golfers had me play a hole with them and my drive was amazing!! It felt so good, they were definitely impressed. You never know the outcome in golf so I was impressed and surprised myself.
What type of music do you prefer? Mmm, that’s a very hard
question! I think it depends on my mood but if I were listening to music while golfing I would listen to reggae because it soothes my soul.
Melissa e Aguirr What hobbies do you enjoy? I really enjoy watching movies, playing video games and of course, traveling!
Favorite comedian? Ali Wong. I watched her stand up on Netflix and I was literally crying.
Favorite type of movie?
I love romantic comedies! I’m a sucker for love.
Favorite charity to support? My favorite charity to support is Smile Train. No child deserves to suffer and face teasing and bullying because of their physical appearance. I want them to feel confident and know they are beautiful.
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Where were you born? West Islip, NY Did you grow up there? Grew up in Northeast PA, town called
High school group you hung out with the most; nerds, jocks, stoners, preppies? Jocks, for sure, my close friends and I all played either baseball or football. Me personally, I played baseball and was the catcher on our state championship team.
What do you do for a living? Assistant Golf Professional at Reunion Resort and Club in Orlando
What would you like to do for a living? Being a golf pro is what I love, especially being at such an amazing place like Reunion, I wouldn’t change it for any profession. Aside from golf; what do you prefer for fun and relaxation?
Going to the beach is always an option down here in Florida, but aside from that, going to see a baseball or football game. Whenever I go back to visit my hometown in the winter, skiing is my big addiction.
Tell us about your first kiss?
It was at a school dance in 6th grade, my first “crush” I guess you could call it. I can’t remember a time where I was more nervous.
Matthew P. Mortell Steak, chicken, or seafood? Is there an “all of the above” option? I guess steak if I had to pick one, however.
What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island? A golf club, a golf ball, and a pair of sunglasses What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? Golfers not filling in divots. There’s nothing worse than hitting a ball right down the middle of the fairway, only to end up in an unfilled divot.
Name the three most important things to you in this world. Family, God, and Friends.
What do you fear the most? Not seeing Tiger Woods win another golf tournament, that would be terrible…
What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Bill
Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? Relaxed evening at home, the only club I go to is a Country Club Favorite comedian? Kevin Hart Movies:…comedy, drama, action, romance? Comedy or Action Last book you read? Angels and Demons by Dan Brown Favorite magazine? This one, of course. Favorite charity to support? Anything that supports the photo by Greg Corbo 32
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Chuck Moore, Superintendent at the award-winning King and Prince Golf Course, St. Simons Island, Georgia for 23 years ~ has received the coveted award of ‘Superintendent of the Year’ 2017 from Georgia GCSA (Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association ~ founded in 1949). A graduate of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, Moore received his turf degree while completing a fall internship at the King and Prince Golf Course, and then graduated with honors. His long career that began as part of the golf maintenance crew in 1995 brought him full circle back to St. Simons Island as head superintendent in 2000 where he has excelled throughout numerous renovations and golf course transformations. In an organization with approximately 400 golf courses throughout Georgia, the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association selected Chuck
Georgia GCSA Superintendent of the Year 2017
Moore for this year’s honorarium. ‘The Georgia GCSA award is given to an individual who has expressed outstanding dedication, care and commitment to the Georgia Golf Course Superintendent Association, the golf industry at large and his/ her community.’ The association has 735 individual members, one of the largest chapters within the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Chuck states “It’s a great honor for me to be recognized by my peers in the business. It was a total surprise and really gives me satisfaction to know that we, my crew of six, a mechanic and assistant…WE must be doing something right at our Club. I’m just so proud!” Chuck and his team take meticulous care of 90 acres of golf course land located at the north end of St. Simons Island. Chuck’s responsibilities include everything outside of the clubhouse: grasses, bunkers, tee markers, lake banks, trees, woods, fairways, greens, practice facility, iconic marsh island holes and overall property maintenance. According to Rick Mattox, General Manager and Director of Golf at The King and Prince Golf Course since 1990, “Chuck is the finest man I have known in my golf career. Receiving this lifetime honor and being recognized
by his peers that very few people get to experience, he wears the banner of his association with great pride along with his deep love of his family. We are all honored to know and work with Chuck”. photo by Greg Corbo
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I’m enjoying a tropical adult rum concoction at Flippers, The Abaco Club’s beachside bar and restaurant, watching the sun go down over picturesque Winding Bay—a riot of pinks, reds and oranges in the sky melting into the many hues of blues and greens that comprise the bay on my first night back at The Abaco Club. It’s been more than a decade since I last looked out over this pristine bay and much has changed under the current owner, Southworth Development, but thankfully much more has stayed the same. Southworth has no intention to overbuild this slice of paradise as happens too often these days. Their goal is to enhance the members’ and guests’ experience with exceptional facilities and services while maintaining the laid back, unspoiled and uncrowded atmosphere that makes this destination so desirable. David Southworth and his partner Joe Deitch are visionaries having created some exceptional resort and real estate properties from the dirt up, but where they really excel is masterfully bringing existing properties to their full potential, which is what they have done and are continuing to do with ongoing investment at The Abaco Club. 36
One of the most obvious changes is that there is life back in the destination as evidenced by the lively and international convivial group at the bar with me. There’s a charming young couple from Scotland, another family from Ireland, members from as far away as South Africa and many more from the Southeast. Lucky readers of Golf Central can easily make it a weekend escape as the property is less than 200 miles from the Florida coast and serviced by a variety of flights from Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Miami as well as direct on Delta from Atlanta. The new
facilities at Marsh Harbour airport (15 minutes from The Abaco Club) feature not only a well appointed commercial terminal but a private aviation side that is constantly busy with planes arriving from near and far. The secret is out on The Abaco Club, a private international sporting club occupying one of the greatest tracks of real estate in the Bahamas. It is self-contained on a private peninsula. There are 2 ½ miles of pristine pinkish, sugar soft sandy beach, forming a crescent around the crystal clear waters of Winding Bay, the championship golf
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course occupies the heart of the property and offers fantastic views over the bay and then climbs in elevation to a dramatic finish on a steep hill overlooking the deeper waters of the Atlantic. As varied as the terrain is the accommodation product. There are luxury multi-million dollar homes, charming 2- to 4- bedroom perfectly appointed self-contained cottages and wonderful beachside single-bedroom cabanas. Kristi Hull, Director of Sales, has been with the property since it opened in 2004. “The ownership by Southworth has made my job a lot easier.” said Hull. “The investments they have made by completely renovating and updating the dining facilities, beach toys and golf course, in addition to their dedication to making sure the infrastructure is exceeding the expectations of our home owners, members and guests alike—it has spurred
existing owners to reinvest in their properties, as well, to the betterment of everyone. Currently, the one-bedroom cabanas are being updated that are available for purchase from $400k per unit.” Hull, continued, “While The Abaco Club is private, we allow guests to vacation in our rental units for three visits before joining. Currently you do not need to purchase real estate to be a member and International Memberships Golf Central • Volume 18, Issue 6
are a tremendous value with dues starting at $10k per year. Other categories of membership are also available and priced accordingly.” “The rental pool is very popular and for avid golfers one of our most popular rental cottages is Seabreeze—Darren Clarke’s 4-bedroom, home away from home named after his favorite libation. Located at the top end of the property just steps from the Cliff House dining room and picturesque infinity pool, spa and gym. His terrace offers unpanelled views across Winding Bay, Sugar Cay and the azure waters beyond offering the promise of great fishing. It also is a short golf cart ride (there are no cars on property) down the hill to the golf facility.” “Guests of Seabreeze quickly discover, while there is a collage dedicated to the Claret Jug, his trophy for winning the 2011 Open Championship, the photo
he cherishes most is the prominently displayed image of him and his prize Permit catch. Darren loves our championship golf course, but his passion when he’s here is the world-class deep sea and bonefishing.” “Another of our international golf professional homeowners, South African Thomas Aiken, loves to don his scuba gear and discover the abundant sea life in the waters just steps from his home. 37
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welcoming lighthouse, the swimming pigs and the gentle green turtles.“ What I was most interested to see on my return was the improvements to the already respected championship golf course rated the top course in the Bahamas since opening and designed by the renowned architectural duo of Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie. I wasn’t disappointed. The routing and design were already world-class but what Southworth did was make the course not only visually more dramatic but also eminently more enjoyable to play by adding large waste areas lining the majority of the fairways. The waste areas are not difficult to get out of but prevent players of all abilities from spending too much time looking for and losing balls in the surrounding scrub and bushes. The course is characterized by elevation changes, especially on the challeng-
That is what makes The Abaco Club so enjoyable—bringing members and guests from around the world. There are so many activities on land and at sea for them to explore their passions and then meet back to share stories of the day.” “Our next major sports facility investment will be a marina facility. We recently purchased 20 acres just outside the property, adjacent to our members’ and locals’ favorite off-property restaurant and bar—Pete’s Pub, and their world-renowned art gallery and foundry. While there is a small marina currently there having our own marina will be a welcome addition for our members and guests that have boats. It will also allow members and guests to more easily take off for fishing expeditions and day trips to the neighboring islands, as well as, sightseeing highlights that include Hopetown and its candy cane-striped
ing closing four holes; lush fairways; stunning views and green complexes that are interesting, diverse and well guarded. And when you do reach the dance floor, you are rewarded with exceptional putting surfaces reminiscent of the undulating greens you’d find on the links courses of Scotland. The course is no “amenity”, it will again play host to the Web.com Tour’s, Bahamas Great Abaco Classic this January 18-24. The tournament will be televised on the Golf Channel and holes to watch are the signature 4th and 17th, both par 3s with spectacular backgrounds that will distract players from hitting exacting shots. The 4th looks out 38
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to the turquoise waters of Winding Bay, while the 17th has the deep royal blue of the Atlantic as its backdrop. The tournament and your matches may well come down to the par-5 18th which demands an exacting tee shot to the fairway carved from the coral hillside and features a well-guarded—by deep bunkers— elevated green. Whether you are spending a weekend, a week or longer, you won’t tire of playing the course. Ever-changing wind conditions—velocity and direction—make each round a new experience. The golf facility also features a 3-hole short game course, putting green and driving range, in addition to hosting a variety of competitions throughout the year and offering excellent instruction and clinics by the PGA professional staff. I’m looking forward to returning to The Abaco Club during Daylight Savings. While the weather is great in the winter, visiting in the summer is just as enjoyable, due to the breezes, and the extra daylight gives me more time for having fun in the sun. You can use the wide variety of beach toys to explore above and below the waters of Winding Bay and the private Sugar Cay, walk and sun on the beach, indulge on spa services, work off the exceptional cuisine—especially the coconut French toast—in the gym, read a book poolside above the bay, playing a few sets on the tennis courts and generally have more time enjoy sunsets, cocktails and socializing with my many new friends. For more information on Real Estate and Membership opportunities and to schedule your visit, contact, Kristi Hull— email@example.com. http://theabacoclub.com. Golf Central • Volume 18, Issue 6
By Greg Corbo photos by Greg Corbo
The Course Beautiful Host of the 2016 PGA Championship and upcoming 2018 U.S. Junior Championship, Baltusrol Golf Club comes alive for the eye in late October as colors from A.W. Tillinghast’s dual championship courses merge into the backdrop of the brawny Baltusrol Mountain where wildlife is abundant. While much of the attention
and history has been played out on the longer Lower Course (ranked #39 Golf Digest), the Upper Course (ranked #61) tends to be preferred by the membership for its aesthetic beauty and seclusion sitting along the base of a mountain where slope and gravity command your attention. In 1985, Baltusrol became the first club
#4 Upper Course
in the country to serve as host venue for the Men and Women’s U.S. Open’s on different courses. Baltusrol is one of four golf clubs in the Nation to be designated as a National Historic Landmark. The others being Oakmont Country Club (Oakmont, PA), Merion Golf Club (Ardmore, PA) and Pinehurst Resort (Pinehurst, NC).
#6 Upper Course #14 Upper Course
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#4 Lower Course
#6 Lower Course
#5 Lower Course #11 Lower Course
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Tour Edge –
A Fresh Look at the Market Provides Clarity for 32-year-old American Company ing that there is even more room for the company to grow into. Tour Edge manufactures and
You’ve probably noticed that there is
sells golf clubs under three distinct brand names: Exotics,
a lot of noise coming out of at Tour
Hot Launch and Bazooka.
Edge lately. This is a company that
With their new Exotics CBX, Tour Edge
has always prided itself on offering the
has produced their most attractive tour
best pound-for-pound technology to
design yet with fairway woods and
price in the game and while that hasn’t
hybrids that were designed to reduce
changed, there is a serious buzz build-
spin with the world’s first Titanium
ing around the new Tour Edge products.
face, Stainless Steel body and Car-
The 32-year old American owned
bon Fiber sole combination design.
and operated company is now defin-
They are also the only fairway
ing their niche even more for each
woods and hybrids on the U.S.
different product they offer. This
market featuring a Titanium face.
has led to 25% growth year over year
“Our new Exotics CBX line has
for the greater Chicago-land area
established us as the industry
company with the market dictat-
leader in Titanium and golfers’ love
Tour Edge founder, President and Master Club Designer David Glod the PGA Tour Championship winner/ FedEx Cup Champion without paying players to use their equipment. “Our new Exotics CBX line has established us as the leader in Titanium and golfers love Titanium due to the distance gains it adds,” said Glod. “It’s also the lowest spinning metalwoods available, which makes it an ideal product for the tour and for better players seeking major distance.” Hot Launch has forged a name
Titanium due to the distance gains it adds,” said Tour Edge founder, President and Master Club Designer David Glod. Independent robot tests that have shown the Exotics CBX to average more than 16 yards longer in distance than several of the best selling fairway woods on the market. “All Exotics products embrace new materials and manufacturing methods,” said Glod. “We call it our material advantage and it’s the very DNA of all Exotics products; CBX is our latest example of this ethos.” Exotics clubs have earned 10 PGA TOUR victories and over 50 Top 10 Finishes on PGA TOUR and have been in play by the World #1 player and by 42
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for itself as a producer of high-quality premium game improvement golf
to Get Fit. Spend Less. Play Better. All Exotics and Hot Launch
clubs from driver to wedge. Hot Launch
clubs are hand-built in the United
has proven to provide the greatest
States and every Tour Edge club
custom fit value in golf and includes
comes with a Lifetime Warranty
an unprecedented guaranteed 48-
and a 30-day play guarantee.
hour custom fit delivery program.
These are programs no one else in
“With our new Hot Launch 3 line
golf offers with their golf clubs. One
that is coming out, we took lessons
thing is for sure, Tour Edge just does
we learned from working with Exot-
things differently from other club mak-
ics and have made it so those manu-
ers. Their commitment to making the
facturing techniques are trickling
best performing golf clubs for every
down to all of our other Tour Edge
player type is leading the way for them.
products,” said Glod.”This is why Hl3
The future certainly looks bright for
is the best is in its class in looks and
Tour Edge based on their new prod-
performance by a large margin.”
uct offerings for 2018 and beyond.
The other big focus that Tour Edge is investing into is custom fitting. 65%
For more information on Tour Edge, visit their website at www.touredge.com.
of the game’s 5 million serious golfers have been custom fit, according to Golf Datatec. So what about the 20 million golfers out there who haven’t been? The #1 and #2 reasons golfers do not get fit are due to A) it takes too much time and B) because it’s too costly. With HL3, Tour Edge has the answers to open the customfit flood gates to all golfers. From driver to wedge, HL3 gives you equivalent premium performance of other popular brands– at half the price! And with their unprecedented 48 HOUR DELIVERY GUARANTEE all custom order HL3 clubs are guaranteed to be delivered within 48 hours! These facts have helped Hot Launch be a major player in the custom fit market as while custom fitted club prices are soaring, Tour Edge is the only manufacturer calling on you Golf Central • Volume 18, Issue 6
An Immersive Experience
From Golf Course to Whiskey Wonderland
Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. (F&R), today announced that it will soon open “Whiskey Ranch,” a 112-acre whiskey wonderland that will serve as the home for the premier artisanal distillery’s second location.
Then and Now Founded in 2010 by Leonard Firestone and Troy Robertson, F&R is 44
currently located in a revitalized preprohibition warehouse just south of downtown Fort Worth, Texas at 901 W. Vickery Blvd. This location will remain open for continued production and innovation, tours, and more. Whiskey Ranch sits on a historic golf course, previously called Glen Garden Country Club, where legends Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson began their careers. F&R has preserved the famous grounds, maintaining the golf course for charity and private events. When open, Whiskey Ranch will allow F&R to cater to its rapidly growing consumer demand by increasing production of its award-winning TX Whiskey and TX Straight Bourbon, all while maintaining the same quality, craftsmanship, and attention to detail.
Whiskey Ranch will provide a unique and immersive experience. A grand stone entrance and winding paved road leads visitors across a pastoral setting to the front of the property, which was intentionally designed to showcase dramatic views of Downtown Fort Worth in the background. The visitor center, or Ranch House, is the hub of activity at Whiskey Ranch. Guests will be led to a dedicated check-in area before arriving at the Ranch Store, a 2,000-square-foot retail area showcasing F&R products along with local goods from Texas artisans. Handmade caps adorning each bottle of TX Whiskey is an F&R signature, and a cap-making station will allow guests to create their own. The “Barrel Breezeway,” with barrel racks that mimic the rick house on property, leads to the Tavern and the Oak Room. The Tavern is available for tastings and features a large custom bar, comfortable seating, and historic golf memorabilia on display. Around the corner is the Oak Room, with a floor-to-ceiling tiered rock fireplace, sealed concrete floors, oversized round chandeliers with industrial pendant Golf Central • Volume 18, Issue 6
lighting and plenty of natural light. The Oak Room is intended for corporate and private events of any kind and can accommodate approximately 175 people. Opening from the Oak Room is a twosided wraparound covered patio with additional seating for 130, called the Back Porch. This area features two outdoor fireplaces and views of the lake and newly designed 18th hole. Also outside is an open courtyard, which welcomes whiskey lovers with lush greenery and a firepit.
What Sets It Apart Whiskey Ranch will be the largest whiskey distillery west of the Mississippi, the only one on a fully functioning 18-hole golf course, and the first with a 50-foot copper column still in full view, along with the world’s first “doubler” designed with site windows for public tours. The site has four deep water wells, which will be used to craft the beloved TX Straight Bourbon. For more information, please visit www.frdistilling.com.
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grip it & sip it
Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
opened its doors in February
1989 in Clermont, Florida and sits on a 127-acre estate in gently rolling countryside some 25 miles west of downtown Orlando. This area was once the center of the State’s grape industry. After years of phenomenal growth, Lakeridge ranks as Florida’s largest premium winery, and remains a pioneer in the development of premium and sparkling wines from the native Muscadine grape varieties Noble, Carlos and Welder, as well as Vinifera varieties to include Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery overlooks 80+ acres of planted vineyards, pioneering the production of native muscadine grapes. Every year, the vines provide an abundant crop of grapes - the building blocks for our award-winning Lakeridge wines.
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
COLOR & AROMA
rich garnet color with a lovely plum nose and dense fruit with layers of complexity.
Hints of mocha, vanilla and blackberry envelop the fruit with a ripe entry of cherries and cassis showcasing a full, well-structured palate. Textured and rich, the velvety mouthfeel is balanced and generous, leading to a rich lingering finish.
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Tranquilo Golf Club to become private course for Resort guests and members only Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort announces a new way for locals to experience Central Florida’s only Five Diamond Award rated property. Two new membership offerings are now available: a Golf Club
with our team’s renowned guest service, members are going to love calling Four Seasons their club.”
Golf Club Membership Tranquilo Golf Club, the only course
is a Par 71, with a yardage of 6,901 and four sets of tees to accommodate all skill levels. New for 2018, the Golf Club will be updated with an enhanced practice facility including a Par 3 course and putting area. The practice facility
Membership at Tranquilo Golf Club and
affiliated with a Five Diamond resort in
features a 400-yard double-ended driv-
a Resort & Golf Club Membership, which
Orlando, is unique to Central Florida for
ing range with a two-acre (.8 hectare)
provides access to the Resort’s incred-
its varying elevation, abundant wild-
natural grass teeing area, a chipping
ible five-acre (two hectare) water park,
life and protected wetlands. The name
and pitching area totaling 14,000 square
recreation amenities including the Fit-
tranquilo pays homage to the Resort’s
feet (1,300 square metres), and an 18,000
ness Center, and more.
Spanish Revival design and tranquil
square foot (1,670 square metre) putting
setting, featuring many southern live
course. Tranquilo Golf Club is certified
lando opened its doors, there has been
oak trees with delicate Spanish moss.
by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary
substantial interest in both a golf and
The 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed course
program for golf by the National Audu-
“Since Four Seasons Resort Or-
Resort membership,” says Thomas
bon Society, and is home to a nationally
Steinhauer, Regional Vice President
televised PGA TOUR Champions event,
and General Manager of
the DRI Invitational.
unparalleled in this region. Combined
Resort Orlando. “We are
The Golf Membership will include
thrilled to announce that membership
golf on the 18-hole course, unlimited
is now an option for those seeking to
use of the practice facilities, special
experience a premier resort lifestyle. In
member events, and special rates for
addition to an outstanding golf course,
guests of members. In addition, mem-
the recreation amenities offered are
bers will receive 15 percent savings on
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purchases in Plancha, the Cuban Ameri-
entitled to the Golf Club Membership
can restaurant at the Golf Clubhouse,
benefits plus the added amenities in-
and at the Golf Shop; 10 percent savings
cluding the five-acre (two hectare) water
Explorer Island water park includes a
on guest room rates at Four Seasons
park, Fitness Center, movies by the pool,
winding lazy river complete with a rap-
Resort Orlando; and 10 percent savings
use of basketball and sand volleyball
ids section, two water slides, an interac-
in the Resort’s two retail boutiques,
courts, and use of the Hideout game
tive splash zone with water cannons,
Wardrobe and Fable.
room featuring X-box, billiards, pinball
a family pool, and much more. Family
With the transition of Tranquilo Golf
and numerous other games. Plus, the
fun abounds, with activities including
Club from a public to exclusive course,
member can entertain up to four guests
table tennis, bocce ball, beach volleyball,
the course will cease play to the public
at the Resort pools. Additionally, mem-
and a rock climbing wall. The Hideout at
on February 1, 2018.
bers will receive 20 percent savings on
Explorer Island is a separate freestanding
Resort & Golf Club Membership
tennis court time, 10 percent savings on
building offering the latest gaming sys-
dining in Capa, Ravello and PB&G, and 10
tems, billiards, pinball and other games.
percent savings on Spa and Salon treat-
Additionally, adults can find their sanc-
Members of the Resort & Club are
The Resort’s five-acre (two hectare)
tuary at The Oasis adult pool, for ages 21 and up, featuring cabanas and poolside cocktail service. Tennis aficionados will enjoy the three Har-Tru tennis courts and a variety of clinics, matches and more offered in partnership with Peter Burwash International. A spacious lakeside Fitness Center is available 24-hours a day, with fitness classes ranging from yoga to cardio offered on a weekly basis. For more information on the new membership offerings available at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, visit The Club online or contact Kimberly Chase, Director of Membership, 407 313 6778. Golf Central • Volume 18, Issue 6
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By Mike Jamison
If you live in Central Florida
you have probably had the thrill of taking visitors to Walt Disney World for their first visit to the world-famous theme park. The look on their faces and the joy in their voices is priceless.I had a similar task in November when I conducted the 2nd Annual Citrus Golf Trail Media Classic in the Sebring, Florida area. Most of the participating media had never been to Sebring, knowing it only as the home of Sebring International Speedway and a lot of orange groves. Their reactions to the golf courses, accommodations and restaurants of the Citrus Golf Trail were similar to those of first-time visitors to the Magic Kingdom. They were surprised, excited and anxious to see the next adventure. The Citrus Golf Trail is located in the center of Florida among cattle ranches and orange groves, offering a glimpse of what the state use to be before the arrival of Walt Disney just an hour away, and the glitzy resorts that dot each coastline. The relaxed and welcoming nature of the folks who live and work here is reflected in THE place to stay for a golf getaway in Sebring – Inn On The Lakes. Set in lush landscaped gardens, this relaxed lakeside hotel offers a true home-away-from-home feel, with a terrific restaurant and bar – Chicanes – that serves a free hot Dinner at Cowpoke’s Watering Hole in Sebring
The 7th green at River Greens
Citrus Golf Trail Media Classic participants have dinner at Chicanes Inn on the Lakes. breakfast as part of every golf package. Inn On The Lakes is where the Citrus Golf Trail Media Classic kicked off its three-day event. Owners Phil and Christine Hatfield welcomed the attendees as if they were long-standing returning guests, of which the hotel has plenty. Your first visit to his property will create a positive and lasting impression. The group then headed for its first golf course, Sun ‘N Lakes, where they were warmly greeted by General Manager Jim Kurtzeborn. Sun ‘N Lakes is a 36-hole complex that has hosted several major events, including the PGA Latinoamerican Qualifier every January and the Canadian Tour. The most highly touted of the two championship tracks is Deer Run, a classic Don Dyer design featuring length and challenging greens complexes. The 18th hole is a beautiful par three that requires carry over water into a large, tiered green. The Par 72 Turtle Run Golf Course is a Charles Ankrom’s design demands accuracy over distance. After a great day of golf at Sun ‘N Lakes, the attendees settled in at one of
the premier dining and nightlife spots in the Sebring area, Cowpokes Watering Hole. Whether you’re looking for a place to sit down for dinner or a nightclub with a unique feel, this is the perfect place to start your night off right. With a combination of entertainment, food, and operating hours that can’t be beat, you’ll get all the elements of the
Lunch at Eighteen East Main restaurant
18th green and Clubhouse at Highlands Ridge North
First green at Pinecrest GC
Brian Stefan (High Heat metalwood) and Berndt Stoertebek (Zero Friction ProDistance GPS Glove) were prize winners perfect night out at one location. This restaurant has been making smiles and filling stomachs for more than 30 years. A classic Donald Ross design awaited the media on Day Two. Pinecrest Country Club was designed by Ross in 1926 and was recently restored so the Ross features were brought back to life. False fronts on many of the greens and bunkers that epitomize the Ross design theory are evident throughout the layout. There are no condos or homes bordering the fairways. This course was routed through beautiful orange groves and natural wooded areas. In the late 50s, Pinecrest hosted the first nationally televised PGA event, the World Championship of Golf. It featured big names like Sam Snead, Gardner Dickinson, Don January and the winner, Dr. Carey Middlecoff. The Pinecrest Hotel was a favorite getaway for celebrities from sports, entertainment and politics before being razed in 2007. Among the frequent guests were Babe Ruth, Al Capone and Franklin D. Roosevelt. After golf the group headed to Eighteen East Main, a terrific restauGolf Central • Volume 18, Issue 6
rant with a delicious story in downtown Avon Park. A retired police officer from Indiana grew tired of playing golf every day, so he decided to get into the restaurant business. In owner David Ailstock’s own words: “We all try really hard to give you a great dining experience. Most of the time we succeed, but if something’s wrong, give us a chance to make it right before you yell at us! We just want a good time too.” Eighteen East consistently offers a good time and great food, including the best burger that will ever pass through your lips. The afternoon round featured a true gem, River Greens Golf Club in Avon Park. Owned and operated by the Rodney Davis family, River Greens places great emphasis on accuracy and strategy, and features a drivable par 4 on the front. The final three holes on each side are as beautiful and challenging as you can find anywhere. And if Master PGA Professional Bob Forward is on property when you visit, be sure to spend a very entertaining few minutes with him. A gourmet meal at Chicanes in Inn On The Lakes awaited attendees following golf. This restaurant never disappoints, whether you are having sandwiches in the lively bar or a full-course meal in the restaurant that overlooks Little Lake Jackson. The final round of golf was played at Highlands Ridge Country Club’s challenging North Course, one of the club’s
two championship tracks. The North is designed by world-renowned architect Dave Harman who patterned it after Kauri Cliffs in New Zealand, which was recognized as Golf Digest’s Best New International Course of 2001. You get a links type feel when you play Highlands Ridge North. The Citrus Golf Trail Media Classic ended with an awards luncheon at the Chateau Elan hotel at the Sebring International Raceway, and a tour of the world-famous track. Chateau Elan features a wonderful dining and entertaining experience. If you’re there for one of the races, you’ll work up quite the appetite watching all those cars race around the track. Quench your thirst with a trip to the Hairpin Lounge. The media ended their trip with a thrilling close up view of a major race team testing for the 12 Hours Of Sebring held every March here. Sebring International Raceway is America’s oldest road racing track, with over six decades of storied history. The Citrus Golf Trail offers tremendous value, with memorable golf at unbelievable prices. Packages include accommodations at Inn On The Lakes, breakfast and a round of golf starting at $99 per day. Go to www.visitsebring. com and click on the golf option. You’ll be as surprised and delighted as the members of the media who competed in the Citrus Golf Trail Media Classic. 51
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tests your golf aptitude and it starts on the first tee as the first hole is considered “the hardest first starting hole in Georgia,” as your opening tee ball is a downhill shot into a blind bend. It also requires you to ring a bell in the fairway after you have hit your approach
A Georgia Gem For golf enthusiasts in Georgia who are looking for a refreshing, exhilarating, and energizing golf experience in a natural setting, consider a stay-andplay golf outing at The Creek Golf Course at Hard Labor State Park (1400 Knox Chapel Road, Social Circle, Georgia; phone: 706-557-3006). Despite its negative-sounding moniker, visiting this state park is anything but laborintensive. Instead, it’s relaxing and enjoyable. Located just north of I-20, about an hour’s drive east of Atlanta, The Creek
Golf Course comes highly recommended. The Creek’s geographic locale has prompted Hard Labor State Park General Manager Steve Phillips to say that The Creek is “not close to anything, but not far from everything.” Not surprisingly, The Creek Golf Course is one of the 20+ destinations on the Georgia Golf Trail. The Creek is also affordably priced as Golf Digest Frugal Golfer has listed The Creek as the “4th sweetest deal in the USA.” In addition to being a fairly priced golf experience, the course also
shot to the green. Another memorable hole at The Creek is its Signature Hole – the 14th. Here, the water wheel and bridge that are located on this hole form a backdrop that make it one of the most peaceful and picturesque backdrops in the region. “The Creek at Hard Labor State Park golf course is one of those courses that has it all,” said Doug Hollandsworth, founder of the Georgia Golf Trail. “The Creek was stunning scenery, a great layout, and some tough par 3s. The Creek is just one of those courses you just want to keep coming back to play again and again. Karl Gross is one of the most professional golf course pros I have met in my years of being in the golf industry. The state park golf courses in Georgia are called ‘Hidden
The Creek Golf Course at Hard Labor
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Gems’ and the Creek is certainly one of them. They also have a great meeting facility for companies or outings.” According to Karl Gross, the Head Golf Professional and General Manager at The Creek, one of the key members of his team is golf course superintendent Bill Bradburry. Gross admits that taking care of a golf course is a science and Bradburry knows his craft. “Bill is aware of weather patterns and knows when to apply chemicals to the greens and when to roll the greens, which have Champion Ultra-Dwarf grass,” said Gross. “As a result, our greens are true and smooth throughout the year.”
To help improve the growing climate for grass, a few trees have been
state park include bicycling, birding,
park – Hard Labor State Park -- is some-
removed which has helped elimi-
fishing, geocaching, horseback riding,
what odd, but it is thought to have origi-
nate some of the shady areas on the
kayaking, and boating.
nated from slaves who once tilled the
Playing golf at The Creek is such a
fields every summer in this area or the
delightful experience that it’s worth
American Indians, who lived in the area
nature lovers, so if two of your pur-
playing on back-to-back days which
and found the creek difficult to cross.
suits are golf and Mother Nature, then
means you should pack an overnight
It’s time to seize the moment and
The Creek Golf Course is a must-play
bag and spend the night in one of the
make plans for your refreshing, exhila-
locale for you. Besides the sightsee-
20 cabins located in the park.
rating, and energizing golf experience at
This state park is also a haven for
ing and golf, other things to do at this
Admittedly, the name of this state
The Creek at Hard Labor.
Happy New Year! from
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Snake River Sporting Club is a Dream Come True Situated between 1,000 acres of verdant scenery with nearly seven miles of private access to the famed Snake River in Wyoming, Snake River Sporting Club offers an authentic western experience to adventurous travelers this spring and summer. The private club recently began offering luxury overnight lodging to the public with its Discovery Village, an intimate collection of four Restoration Hardware-furnished, 1-bedroom “tiny homes” each with their own fire pit and patio surrounding a communal open space. As accessories to the Discovery Village Units are two covered wagon bedrooms, one of which has a king bed and the other includes four bunk beds. Perfect for families, the homes start at $525 per unit in prime summer season, less in shoulder seasons and winter. It’s really like a taste of the West in albeit, comfier conditions. In the warmer months, guests and members can also experience: • World Class Golf: Ranked by Golf Digest as the “No. 1 Golf Course in
Wyoming” for 2017 and “No. 1 private golf course in Wyoming for 2017 by GOLF.com,” the Tom Weiskopf-designed masterpiece course fully opens for season play in May, welcoming guests and Club members to play over 7,500 yards of stunning western landscape. • Equestrian Center: Offers boarding, and trail rides through open fields of the Snake River Bend Ranch and rodeos. • Outdoor Pursuits: Hiking and biking trails weave throughout the property and into the bordering Bridger-Teton National • Forest, as well as designated archery and shooting clays courses. • Fly-Fishing: A partnership with Orvis offers a summer of fly fishing on the Snake. A team of Orvis Instructors offer a series of one and two-day schools ($279-$489) from June – October. • Water Sports: Rafting, kayaking and paddle boarding on Club waterways and the famed Snake River.
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Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner Merchandiser of the Year – Private: Marshall Carpenter, High Ridge Country Club, Lake Worth Merchandiser of the Year – Resort: Lara Pavloff, Biltmore Golf Course, Miami Salesperson of the Year – Jim Maitland, Imperial Headwear Player of the Year - Andrew Filbert, Bonita National Golf and Country Club, Naples Class of 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees: Kevin Murphy and Michael O’Brien Golf Pro of the Year Mark VanDyck
On November 13th, with the help of the Golf Channel’s Charlie Rymer, PGA and the entire staff at Parkland Golf and Country Club, the South Florida PGA conducted its Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner. The evening was very special as fourteen individuals were honored for their dedication and service to the South Florida PGA. In addition to the thirteen awards given annually, Hall of Fame inductees were honored. All those receiving awards had the opportunity to speak to those in attendance, recognize the individuals who have had an impact on their careers in golf along with their families. They shared stories, jokes and most of all gratitude. Special thanks to PGA General Manager, Frank Petitti, PGA Head Professional, Lance McAllister and the entire staff and membership at Parkland Gold and Country Club for their hospitality, and congratulations to all the awards winders on a job well done! Award Recipients include: Golf Professional of the Year: Mark VanDyck, Fort Lauderdale Country Club Teacher of the Year: Warren Bottke, PGA National Golf Club Horton Smith Award: Kevin Compare, Divot the Clown Corporation Bill Strausbaugh Award: Ken McMaster, Miromar Lakes Golf Club, Estero Player Development Award: Bill Scott, Don Law Golf Academy at Osprey Point Golf Course, Boca Raton Youth Player Development Award: Bill Scott, Don Law Golf Academy at Osprey Point Golf Course, Boca Raton Deacon Palmer Award: Joe Kern, Grand Harbor Club, Vero Beach Assistant Golf Professional of the Year: Mike Vanover, Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples Merchandiser of the Year – Public: Bela Nagy, Sandridge Golf Club, Vero Beach 56
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Mark Mielke Named Senior Player of the Year Mark Mielke, PGA Life Member, has been named the 2017 South Florida PGA Senior Player of the Year. Mielke’s outstanding performance on the course this season landed him at the top of the Senior Player of the Year point standings, earning 1,282.75 total points. This will be his first Senior Player of the Year Award in the South Florida PGA. Mielke finished in the top-10 in the South Florida Senior Open (T-5), the Florida Senior Open (T-5) and the SFPGA Senior Section Professional Championship (T-7), but his victory at the Naples Beach Club Senior Open in October helped cap off an impressive 2017 season. Mark also finished T-4 at the 29th Senior PGA Professional Championship held at Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition to his individual accomplishments, Mielke was on the winning teams for both the annual Challenge Cup and Senior Challenge Cup matches, having finished with an impressive 6-1-0 record during the two events. As a result of winning this year’s Senior Player of the Year, Mark has earned a spot in the 2018 Event Qualifier at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Championship or Chubb Classic, events on PGA TOUR Champions.
Team Golf Season Comes to a Close The 2017 Team Golf season has come to a close with the year ending Fall Championship at Weston Hills Country Club. Fifteen facilities from across south Florida competed in the season ending Championship for a chance to win the overall title. It was a tight race, but after the nine-hole competition the PGA Golden Bears from PGA National Golf Club took home first place. Team coach Steve Cox, PGA and his team of 8 junior golfers capped off a successful season by winning the Fall Championship. “SFPGA Team Golf is an integral dynamic of PGA National’s Junior Development Program. It’s capacity to grow the game is second to none. Congratulations to our PGA Golden Bears on their success and another championship season,” said Steven Cox, PGA, team coach of the PGA Golden Bears. In its fifth season, Team Golf continues to provide a fun and social atmosphere for young golfers to develop their skills at an entry tournament level. Since April, 66 total tournaments were conducted with six separate leagues and over 550 junior golfers participated this year. Over 50 PGA and LPGA Professionals, at both public and private golf facilities, helped form teams and served as the team coach at their facility. Teams are comprised of 6-12 players ages 6-14. Teams can be coed and the tournament format is a two-person scramble, playing 9-holes of stroke play. Leagues are separated by county and were located as far north as Indian River County, as far south as Miami-Dade County and as far west as Naples/Fort Myers. Thank you to all the PGA Professionals, host facilities and families who made Team Golf a success in 2017!
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By Steve Morris
Welcome New Executive Director Steve McMillen, PGA! After a thorough and comprehensive search process, the North Florida Section has selected a new Executive Director. Steve was the Executive Director of Golf House Kentucky. We look forward to Steve leading our Section to success into the future. Golf House Kentucky is the umbrella organization for Kentucky’s Family of Golf Organizations: Kentucky Golf Association, Kentucky PGA and Kentucky Golf Foundation. Steve brings 14+ years of experience as an Association Executive Director, having also served as the Executive Director of the Kansas City Golf Association. At Golf House Kentucky, Steve managed all operations of the Kentucky PGA Section, the Kentucky Amateur Golf Association, and the Kentucky Golf Foundation. Steve is a 1991 graduate of Baker University with a B.S. Degree in Economics and Business Management. He has completed the General Management curriculum of the PGA of America’s Certification Program. Steve’s proven track record of financial stability, operating multiple associations, and his ability to develop new business opportunities for the Associations he has served proved to the committee he can lead our Section to new levels of success going forward. Thank you to Rich Smith, PGA for his years of service, leadership and vision. We wish Rich well on his new endeavors. (Picture of ECC team) 58
The Annual Jerry Porter Cup Chapter Challenge came down to the last round! The East Central Chapter rallied to overtake the West Central Chapter to claim the Cup! This annual challenge is a round robin singles match play event that pits each of our four Chapters against each other. Whichever Chapter accumulates the most points wins! Ten of the best players from the Chapter Player of the Year races competed at Reunion Resort, our home site. Ironically, the West Central Chapter got off to a nice lead and ended up playing the East Central Chapter in the final round. It’s fun to watch our best players playing for pride and gathering for some camaraderie and fun to wrap up a competitive tournament season. The winning ECC team consisted of: Kevin
Crawford, Jubal Jerik, Ryan Hritz, Ben Huizinga, Daren Johnson, John O’Leary, Jim Kroll, Matt Borchert, Nick Frontero and Rod Perry. Well played gentlemen. (picture Rod and Donny and PGA TOUR logo) As our season has now concluded,
Player of the Year Rod Perry
, Crane our Lakes Golf & CC earned another exemption into the 2018 Valspar Championship! Our NFPGA Section Champion Donny Lee, Donny Lee Golf will be exempt into the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational! Thank you to the PGA TOUR for offering these special exemptions to our best players! It’s a special week for them as they get to test their games at the highest level.
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TOURISM. Itâ€™s a break for everyone. Our more than 66 million annual visitors arenâ€™t just good for the tourism industry, theyâ€™re good for everyone who lives here. Tourists pay over $436 million in sales taxes, they pay to improve our infrastructure and helped build many of the public venues companies and residents enjoy. They are a major reason that businesses not directly associated with tourism are thriving, too.
Over the years, tourist numbers have attracted the great dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities that exist here, and have helped create many other businesses who serve the needs of our growing metropolitan area. The bottom-line is that tourism creates jobs, businesses and a better quality-of-life for everyone. Including you.
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PGA Members Honored at 2017 PGA of America National Awards Ceremony PGA Golf Professional of the Year Darrell Kestner and PGA Teacher of the Year David Leadbetter led a contingent of 11 PGA Professionals who were honored during the PGA of America’s 2017 National Awards celebration at the Hilton Austin on Wednesday, Nov. 1, in conjunction with the 101st PGA Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. The recipients of the 2017 PGA of America National Awards included:
PGA Golf Professional of the Year: Darrell Kestner, PGA, Deepdale G.C.—Manhasset, New York
PGA Teacher of the Year: David Leadbetter, PGA, David Leadbetter Golf Academy—ChampionsGate, Florida
PGA Youth Player Development Award: Brendon Elliott, PGA, Little Linksters LLC— Deltona, Florida
Bill Strausbaugh Award: John Kennedy, PGA Life Member, formerly Westchester C.C.—Rye, New York
Horton Smith Award: Jeff Adkerson, PGA, Mississippi State University— Starkville, Mississippi
PGA Player Development Award: Tom Morton, PGA, Haggin Oaks Golf Complex—Sacramento, California
Patriot Award: Kevin McKinley, PGA, Treetops Resort—Gaylord, Michigan
Deacon Palmer Award: Sam Depe III, PGA, Hickory Heights G.C.—Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
PGA Merchandiser of the Year–Private Facilities: Mike Strlekar, PGA, Montclair G.C.—West Orange, New Jersey
PGA Merchandiser of the Year –Public Facilities: Mark Pfingston, PGA— Bear Dance G.C.— Denver
PGA Merchandiser of the Year– Resort Facilities: Zack Chapin, PGA, Arcadia Bluffs G.C.– Arcadia, Michigan
Herb Graffis Award*: Gateway PGA Section (parts of Missouri and Illinois)
“The 2017 class of national award recipients were all truly deserving of this recognition, having distinguished themselves as inspirational leaders, mentors, and pioneers among their peers,” said
PGA President Paul Levy. “The PGA of America proudly recognizes them for their unwavering commitment to represent the PGA Professional and the game of golf at the highest of levels.”
PGA of America President, Paul Levy presents the PGA Youth Player Development Award to Brendon Elliott, PGA, Little Linksters LLC in Deltona, Florida
PGA of America President, Paul Levy presents the PGA Teacher of the Year Award to David Leadbetter of Leadbetter Academy in ChampionsGate. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America) Golf Central • Volume 18, Issue 6
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The Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables Secretary of State
Ken Detzner has deemed the Biltmore Golf Course, located in the city of Coral Gables in MiamiDade County, has been chosen as the featured course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail for the month of December. “We are pleased to feature the Biltmore Golf Course as a partner on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Secretary Detzner. “The hotel and golf course have been an integral part of this city’s scenic beauty and historical landmarks for more than 90 years.” By 1921, visionary developer George E. Merrick had massed 3,000 acres of undeveloped land on the outskirts of Miami, and set out to create a planned community he called “The City Beautiful” – Coral Gables. The crown jewel of the fledgling city was the Biltmore Hotel, which featured two 18-hole golf courses designed by Donald Ross. Ground was broken on the courses in 1925, and on January 2, 1926, Bobby Jones and Tommy Armour played a 36-hole exhibition golf match against Gene Sarazen and Leo Diegel to open the new MiamiBiltmore links. Jones and Armour won by a slender margin of one up. At the onset of World War II, the fed-
Miami Bltmore hotel and golf course
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eral government purchased the hotel complex for use as a veteran’s hospital and released 18-holes of the golf complex to a private entity that formed the Riviera Country Club. In 1945, the City of Coral Gables leased the remaining 18 holes of the Biltmore golf course from the federal government at $1 per year. In 2007, golf course architect Brian Silva completed a comprehensive restoration of the course. Working from original routing plans, aerial photos and Donald Ross’ notes, Silva recreated the authenticity of the 1925 layout. Most impressive are the bunkers. Silva identified long-abandoned or grassed-over bunkers, excavated them to their original depth and created a wavy-edged, filigreed look along the top edges. Today, the 18-hole, par-71, Biltmore Golf Course features five sets of tees playing from 5,200 to 6,700 yards. The strength of the championship Donald Ross golf course is its superb collection of par 4s. They range from drive-and-pitch gems to dangerous holes like the 450-yard 17th hole, which calls for a solid drive followed by an unerring approach over water to a bulk-headed green. “The Biltmore Golf Course is honored to be selected as the Florida Historic Golf Trail’s featured course for December 2017,” said Bob Coman, PGA Golf Central • Volume 18, Issue 6
Bobby Jones at Miami Biltmore 1928 Director of Golf for The Biltmore Hotel Golf Management, LLC. “Our 1925 Donald Ross designed layout annually hosts the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship, is home to the University of Miami Woman’s Golf Team and is headquarters for the Jim McLean Golf Schools. The Biltmore Hotel is a National Historic Landmark and offers luxurious accommodations and amenities to guests visiting Coral Gables. We look forward to continuing our rich traditions and serving the golfing needs of members and guests in the years to come.”
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Golf Central • Volume 18, Issue 6
By David Theoret
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Founders Club at Pawleys Island– Tried and True!
The Founders Club at Pawleys Island, about 20 minutes south of Myrtle Beach on Highway 17, opened for play in 2008 and attracts golfers because of its unique appeal: sand instead of long, unforgiving rough. The course was designed by Thomas Walker, former lead designer for Gary Player Design, on what used to be the Sea Gull Golf Club, a Gene Hamm design that dates back to 1966. Like much of the surrounding area, the original course was relatively flat. Walker changed the look and feel of the course by moving around over a quarter million cubic yards of dirt. The $7 million renovation project included a new Lowcountry-style clubhouse, overlooking the 18th green. Since Walker’s redo in 2008, Founders Club has received numerous accolades including one of the 30 Best Courses You Can Play in South Carolina by the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel in 2009 and again in 2011. Founders Club was also named Myrtle
Founders Club Golf Course #12 Beach Golf Course of the Year by the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association in 2011. As a result of all the renovation work, Founders Club features sloping fairways, bunkers, elevation changes, and mounding, lots of mounding. Overgrown rough has been replaced with waste areas filled with native beach sand, pine straw and grasses. Also sprinkled throughout the course are Lowcountry wetlands, towering live oak and pine trees and azaleas which, when in bloom, add to the beauty of the layout. You won’t find many traditional cart paths out here, instead what you have are waste areas that are in play. Another feature that sets Founders Club apart from other courses in the area are the Emerald Bermuda greens. This unique strain of grass withstands
the summer heat and requires less water than other grasses; it also has less grain. Five sets of tees allow players to choose their level of difficulty. From the Black Tees, Founders Club plays 7,007 yards with a course rating of 74.2 and a slope of 142. Big numbers from the Back tees. Mere mortal golfers will find that the White tees (6,394 yards/71.2 course rating/133 slope) will give them all the golf they can handle and allow them to leave with a little dignity. Seniors move up to just over 5500 yards while the Ladies will enjoy a length of 4,805 yards. Since you know your game better than anyone, picking the right set of tees will maximize your enjoyment. With such a premium on land in the area, there is no formal driving range. Instead there is a hitting net which can accommodate 6 players at a time and a practice putting green where you can also hit some chip shots.
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Number 2: Par 4, 390 yards (White Tees). Standing on the tee, this long par 4 looks intimidating, with water all down the right side and trees and a waste bunker down the left. The landing area is generous, so take advantage of it. Favoring the left side of the fairway will take the water out of play and give the best angle for approach into a large green with a long, narrow bunker on the right and a small deep bunker about half way back on the left. Keep it on play to the green and you could end up with a low score. Number 3: Par 3, 166 yards (White Tees). Because of the shallow depth of the green, distance off the tee is crucial. It’s all carry over water to an oval green set on an angle. A deep bunker in front Golf Central • Volume 18, Issue 6
Founders Club Golf Course #1 guards the right side. If the bunkers behind the green come into play, you weren’t listening when I talked about distance control. The green slopes gently back towards the water. Number 9: Par 5, 493 yards (White Tees). For most, Number 9 is the first hole you see when you enter the property; it’s the one right along the road. Most golfers will comment on the way the sand slopes down into the pond, making it a great looking hole. That being said, if you want to post a low score on this hole, it’s best to avoid the pretty sand and water! This hole can best be described as a narrow strip of grass surrounded by sand – and water. You’ll need to carry your tee shot over a large waste bunker and on to one of these narrow strips of grass – aka fairway. The landing area opens up, however two bunkers on the right and infringing water on the left come into play if you hit it too far. The fairway bottlenecks and then opens back up in the landing area with the right-side waste bunker creeping in and the water on the left. Success so far will leave a short iron into a large green protected front right and in the back by large penalizing bunkers. Par is a good score here. Number 12: Par 5, 491 yards (White Tees). Number 12 looks like a hole straight out of the yardage book of a Scottish golf course with a row of pot bunkers down the middle of the fairway. Most of the time, you want to hit the ball off the tee as far as you can down the middle of the fairway; on this hole it’s not advised! Most players will come up short of the bunkers and have to deal with them on their layup shot. Unless you’re a long ball hitter, you’ll want to hit your layup shot short of the pond and then play your approach shot about 120 yards to a large, receptive green with a deep bunker front left. The fairway is framed on either side by a waste bunker. Golf Central • Volume 18, Issue 6
A challenging but doable hole. Number 16: Par 3, 135 yards (White Tees). What makes this hole interesting is the deep pot bunker in the front middle of the green. You’ll play your tee shot over a small waste area on to the green. There’s really no bailout area here and you’re going to need to fly it on, so be sure to take enough club off the tee.
Last Word: Founders Club is a difficult but fair golf course. The waste bunkers and pine straw that have replaced the rough are a welcomed change; it’s easier to find your ball and hit out of a waste bunker than some gnarly rough. In fact, every hole has a sand challenge of some sort. There are only a couple of holes that require a forced carry, even for the ladies. Founders Club appeals to just about any type of golfer, whether you like to grip-it-and-rip-it or play it conservatively. Hit the ball as far as you can every time or layup and lay back and play it more strategically. You can play it differently each time. Some players feel that Founders Club plays tough. If you feel the same way af-
ter a few holes, consider playing one tee forward from where you normally play at another golf course. If all else fails, the PGA professionals at Founders Club are always happy to give you lessons and help improve your game. Start by hitting some balls into the net to get warmed up and then head out for some real-time on-course learning. Whether you’re coming down in the spring as part of a larger group or renting a home in the area during the summer months and just want to get away for a few hours, Founders Club welcomes you as a guest. And, if it’s been raining for a few days – as it’s known to do during the summer – odds are that the course is open and playable; it’s one of the best draining courses in the area. If you play a variety of courses in the area, you’ll find that Founders Club is one of the more unique, challenging and fun courses in the area. The Founders Club at Pawleys Island is a proud member of the Waccamaw Golf Trail. For more information or to book your next round, visit the website at http://www.waccamawgolftrail.com/ courses/show/the-founders-club/
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By Ken Pierce President, GolfGym, LLC
Dancing with the Stars & Practicing Golf My wife Vicki and I are big fans of the incredibly popular TV program Dancing With The Stars. One reason is that the competitors, many of which have never really danced in their lives, are expected to learn a new dance every week. Then they have to perform that dance in front of a live audience, three critical judges and the many millions watching on TV. No pressure right? In a previous article, I wrote about “Deep Practice” for golf. I pointed out that in his book The Talent Code, author Daniel Coyle is quoted as saying, “Greatness Isn’t Born, It’s Grown”. Deep practice, when done properly, works to develop any skill you attempt. This includes the skill of the golf swing to the skill of dancing a dance that you never performed before, to the skill of performing a perfect squat in your workout. A substance called Myelin is the material in the brain that insulates the neurons to speed up the signals from the brain to be able to perform better. The more you practice, make mistakes, and correct them immediately, the more Myelin will develop and speed up your progress. We were watching the show last week and it was the semi-finals. The couples had to perform two dances on the same night to get the highest score to make it to the finals. As I watched the dances, it dawned on me. This is a prime example of how Deep Practice works in developing a golf swing. Where we as golfers miss the mark is that we don’t recognize the mistake, correct it then start over again from the beginning. Usually we don’t even know 66
To develop a skill you must do three things: 1. Attempt the activity (skill). When you make a mistake, Stop! Do not go any further. 2. Make the correction in your mind and start again from the beginning. (This works much better if you have a coach or teacher helping to point out the mistakes) 3. Continue this process every time you make a mistake. Correct it and go back to the beginning. This is critical. what we did incorrectly so we keep swinging away until we hit a straight one. I am sure you have been playing with someone who is playing poorly, then stripes one right down the middle of the fairway. When that happens in my group, I immediately ask what he or
she did to achieve that great shot. The usual answer is, “I don’t know”. Golfers, listen up! In order to effectively and consistently develop a skill, you have to know what you did…good or bad. I will continue to be amazed at the skill that the dancers develop by making mistakes, correcting them and starting over. I can see the Myelin bulging around those neurons now. I request that the next time you practice anything, apply these principles. It won’t be easy, nor will you see results in minutes or maybe even days, but with dedication and commitment, a skill will be born. Deep Practice is also is a great way to a better and more effective workout. Performing ONE repetition WELL is more productive then performing a dozen poorly. For more information about Deep Practice, search YouTube for “The Talent Code” and “Deep Practice” Let the Myelin be with you!
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