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With award-winning dining experiences, a booming craft beer scene and exceptional year-round golf on courses along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, plus Jerry Pate’s Kiva Dunes and Arnold Palmer’s Craft Farms in Gulf Shores, from the mountains to the coast, you can take it all in.

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Publisher: Terrie L. Purdum Editor in Chief: Shannon Coates Editor Emeritus: Joel Jackson, CGCS Retired Chief Fertilizer Spreader: Eric Rasberry Associate Editor/Photographer: Greg Corbo Photographers: Lynn Pelham, Brion Price, Peter Hakansson Mike Coonan, Becky Galloway Senior Correspondent: Rick Harris, Sr. International Correspondent: Dove Jones

Regional Partner: Doug Hollandsworth, Founder-Georgia Golf Trail Contributing Writers: Jay Golden, PGA; Greg Wise, Bob Bolton, Greg Corbo, Elisa Gaudet, Mike Jamison, Mike May, Ron Heller, Rick Styles, Fred Seely, Deb Shuck, JL Quebbeman, Linda Williams-Sieg

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Pin High As many of us realize, our paths in life occasionally take us on a way that leaves us with dog poop on the soles of our shoes. In the words of Robert Frost, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” We have a goal, and sometimes the way is scattered with obstacles; we still need to maintain focus. Pin High achieves this. Knowing that you are aligned with your goal, you can adjust your steps to realize success. Pin High may be negatively viewed as a consolation prize, in reality, it is an organic process (as is stepping in shit). The anxieties of life cannot be avoided with a pin sheet (if so, our children would be issued one at birth!). We need to continuously be aware of where we are placed concerning the pin; consistently, we will gain turf. Recognize that golf is one of the few instances in life when falling into a hole is a positive thing! Depth perception in humans occurs in the 5th month of infancy; yet older infants do not fear falling “they seem to be enthralled by the drop-off, not fearful of it…[they] come to rely more on visual information about how their movement is controlled relative to the environment.” As golfers, we recognize that the game is actually, one person and one focus all to reach a point in the distance. It is how we respond to the factors in our environment that determines our level of success. In essence, Pin High is to be celebrated as a triumph; the goal is still within our sights and we are heading in the right direction (sure beats getting lost!).

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Volume 20, Issue 5 Bionic Gloves Golf Bachelor 14 Juan Pablo Arrazola Carolinas Golf Central 28 Cummings Cove Golf & Country Club Cart Girl 32 Deanna Laterza Celebrity Corner 10 American Century Championship Cuisine on the Green 24 Chef Ben Izzo

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Florida Golf Central 18 Central Florida Golf Card Georiga Golf Central 10 North Georgia Mountail Golf Golf Bachelorette 16 Brittany Daniel & Allie Bodeman Golf Travel 40 French Lick Resort Growing The Game 22 Veteran’s United Immersion Program Special Events 30 Polk County Hall of Fame 42 World Amateur 56 Tennessee Big Shots World Long Drive


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celebrity corner

30th Anniversary Celebrity Golf Tournament Proves Major Success for Destination

On its way to attracting a record number of spectators, 91 celebrities for the week, and international media exposure for Tahoe South, the financial impact of the recent American Century Championship has been estimated at $30 million. “The massive impact on lodging, dining, activities, events, gaming, entertainment, shopping, airport activity, non-profit organizations, and myriad businesses directly and indirectly

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involved with the event is proven,” said Carol Chaplin, president and CEO of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “Additionally, as a result of network television, national and social media coverage, the event positively reflects the community’s singular vibe and personality and confirms the branding and reputation of Lake Tahoe as a premier destination.” The stellar field of sports and entertainment celebrities, spectacular summer weather, and a favorable formula of long-term success has led to the continued growth and popularity. Led 10

by repeat champion and former Dallas

Century Investments, NBC Sports, the

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Gold-

LTVA, Edgewood Tahoe, Korbel, ad-

en State Warriors megastar Steph Curry,

ditional sponsors and the community

entertainment icon Justin Timberlake,

continues to exceed expectations,” said

local favorite Charles Barkley, 16 Hall

Chaplin. “Every year fresh ideas and

of Famers, 22 currently active NFL and

creativity help expand the appeal.”

NBA All-Stars, as well as entertainers,

The ACC has raised well over $5

actors and comedians, the field had the

million through the years for national,

turnstiles spinning to establish a new

regional and local non-profits with

attendance record of 60,550. And that’s

enthusiastic expectations for this year’s

not counting the 300 or so boats that


pulled onto shore along the infamous par 3, 17th hole. “The partnership between American

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By Mike May

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North Georgia Mountain Golf: It’s The Real Deal and heading to the Georgia hills for a few autumn golfing thrills. When you play Innsbruck Re-

As we transition

from the late summer into the fall, golfers should seize the opportunity to play in the mountains of north Georgia. And, go play before Old Man Winter arrives. To give you an idea of the exciting holes and courses that await your arrival, here’s a list of nine of the best golf holes from six of the northern-most courses along the Georgia Golf Trail. “Mountain golf in Georgia in the fall is spectacular,” said Doug Hollandsworth, Founder, Georgia Golf Trail. “The temperature is ideal and the views of the trees with their cornucopia of colors is refreshing.” After reading this story, don’t be surprised if you unable to resist the temptation of packing an overnight bag, grabbing your clubs,


sort and Golf Club (98 Schwarzwald Strasse, Helen, Georgia; 706-8782100), your most memorable tee shot will be on the downhill par-three 15th hole. The descent from tee to green is massive – at least 150 feet. You won’t need nearly as much club as the yardage would normally indicate. A well-struck shot will seemingly hang and drift forever. The Sky Valley Country Club (568 Sky Valley Way, Sky Valley, Georgia; 706-746-5302) has a thrilling downhill, par-3 experience. It’s the 15th, which is Sky Valley’s signature hole. Here, there’s a 60-foot elevation drop from tee to green. Pick the right club and commit to a solid swing. Don’t just hit and hope! At Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa (6321 Highway 76, Young Harris, Geor-

gia; 706-379-4613), the 1st hole is an attention-getter and demands maximum concentration. The tee shot at the first is struck from a raised tee to a fairway which sits well below the tee box. It’s a tee shot which you will want to hit well since the hang time will be significant. Tee it high and let it fly! Brasstown Valley’s 8th hole is a left-to-right short par four where a small lake borders the right side of the hole from tee to green. A fairway bunker and a greenside bunker must be avoided on your tee shot and your approach to the green. The signature hole at Highland Walk (1415 Bryant Park Road, Royston, Georgia; 706-245-6770) is the 17th, which is special, scenic, and a selfie ‘hot spot.’ The tee boxes at the 17th are raised and terraced. Your tee shot is struck over a ravine to a narrow fairway. Once you find your tee shot, go pin-seeking to a flag perched on a

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raised, sloping green. At the 17th, pars are precious and birdies are celebrated. At Highland Walk, the view of the 7th green from the tee is fascinating. The tee shot is one of the most exciting tee shots in Georgia. Because of a massive drop in elevation from the tee to the fairway, the hole is not as long as it appears on the card. That downhill tee shot is followed by an uphill approach to the green. Two of the best holes at the Chestatee Golf Club (777 Dogwood Way, Dawsonville, Georgia; 706-216-7386) are the 1st and 17th. The tee shot on the 1st – a left-to-right dogleg par five -- is struck from an elevated tee to a spacious landing area. A solid drive will give strong players a chance to reach the green in two, which brings eagle into the equation. Chestatee’s signature hole is the par-three 17th. It’s a sightseeing spectacle. From the tee, the 17th provides golfers with a spectacular view of the Chestatee River. At Old Toccoa Farm (596 Curtis Switch Road, Mineral Bluff, Georgia; 706-946-GOLF), be prepared to snap

a few pictures when you play the 8th. While standing on the tee of this par four, you’ll see the Toccoa River and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance, just beyond the green. This view causes you to stop, pause and admire. It’s a great golf hole, too! When you play Innsbruck, Sky Valley, Brasstown Valley, Highland Walk, Ches-

tatee, or Old Toccoa Farm, consider an overnight stay at either Amicola Falls State Park Lodge in Dawsonville or the Unicoi State Park Lodge in Helen. It will bring variety and diversity to your trip. For information on Georgia Golf Trail travel packages, please call 1-833-877-6988 or access



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Juan Pablo (JP) Arrazola

Where were you born? Did you grow up there?

love, success, or money to keep yourself happy?

Barranquilla Colombia, moved to Florida in 2011.

I think love is enough to keep yourself happy, but money makes everything so much easier.

What do you do for a living?

What do you fear the most?

Play lots of golf and some personal training.

Running out of motivation.

What would you like to do for a living?

What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome?

Play golf full time!

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

Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Rory McIlroy.

I like to going to the beach, eating, and working out.

Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails?

What golf apparel do you like to wear?

Nike, and J. Lindeberg.

Depends on how I’m feeling, but most likely relaxed evening at home.

Whom do you most admire for their inner and outer beauty?

Favorite comedian? Jim Carrey

My mom!

Steak, chicken, or seafood? All of them!

What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island? A boat, gas, and coconuts.

What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on 14

the golf course?

When they don’t know what pace of place is and they never let anyone through.

Movies: comedy, drama, action, romance? Comedy.

Last book you read?

Name the three most important things to you in this world.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Given the choice; would you select

I’m a great cook.

Love, Family, and Money.

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What golf apparel do you like to wear?

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Where were you born? Did you grow up there?

I was born in Boynton Beach, FL but grew up in Palm City, FL.

What do you do for a living?

I work as a Project Analyst for a CRO company, Worldwide Clinical Trials

What would you like to do for a living?

I’ve always wanted to be a detective, I like solving problems and mysteries!

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

I really like anything outdoors. Hiking, fishing, going to the 16

Whom do you most admire for their inner and outer beauty?

I would say my mom. She is one of the strongest and nicest people I know!

Steak, chicken, or seafood? Cheese

Tell us something about yourself that only your closest friends know. I love to cook and I love to watch crime shows!

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Yes, I still feel like I should be in college!

Pizza, diet coke, and matches.

Who would you like to have with you on the same deserted island; and why?

What do you do for a living?

What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course?

What would you like to do for a living?

My doggie Iris…she is the best company!

I HATE when people get angry and yell or throw clubs. If someone acts out during a round I will avoid golfing with them

Name the three most important things to you in this world. My family, my friends, and my dog

Given the choice; would you select love, success, or money to keep yourself happy?

I would pick success. Love and money will come with success.

What do you fear the most? Spiders

Sr. Coordinator for the LPGA Foundation and Girls Golf – Outreach and Partnerships. Helping to grow the game of golf and teaching little girls.

Play golf !

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

Go to the beach, watch ID Channel, UGA Football, and scuba diving.

What golf apparel do you like to wear? Nancy Lopez is my all-time favorite!

Whom do you most admire for their inner and outer beauty?

Missy Elliott – she is a true inspiration and I love her music.

What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island?

What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome?

Potatoes, my cell phone, and a margarita machine.

What are some of your great accomplishments?

My friend Allie, (in this pic) because we have the same birthday and love all the same music, tv shows and food.

My BF Brittany and my sisters.

I feel like I have had many great accomplishments both on and off the golf course, but I am most proud of the work I did in my 5 years at the LPGA growing the game of golf and opportunities for young girls through the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program.

Favorite comedian?

Dave Chappell, makes me laugh without fail.

News, current events; hardcopy or on-line?

None, I find myself much happier when I don’t check the news all the time.

Favorite charity to support?

Who would you like to have with you on the same deserted island; and why? What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course?

Overthinking and analyzing every shot. So annoying and slow.

Name the three most important things to you in this world. My family, friends, and cat Luna.

What are some of your great accomplishments?

Having my first Hole-in One in February and then having another one 3 weeks ago! Two in the same year! I also completed my open water dive certification and went diving with sharks in the Bahamas.

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Brittany Daniel Where were you born? Did you grow up there?

Douglasville, GA – I grew up about 30 minutes from there in Carrollton, GA

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Last time you spewed something through your nose from laughing so hard? A story my friend Jennifer Bermingham told about her meditating with our friend Alexis.

Favorite comedian? Amy Schumer

Movies:…comedy, drama, action, romance? Comedy, for sure!


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Hidden Lakes Golf Club

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Looking for an enjoyable time playing golf on a well-conditioned public course at reasonable rates? This New Smyrna Beach golf course will surprise and delight you. The par 69 golf course has six par threes, nine par fours and three par fives. Owned and operated by self-proclaimed, “genuine golf nuts,” Hidden Lakes strives for the best course conditions in the area. This 18-hole design winds through large pines and stately oaks along the pristine Turnbull Bay estuary and around beautiful lakes and winding creeks. With a variety of long and short holes, Hidden Lakes offers a fair and fun challenge to golfers of all skill levels.

Kissimmee Bay Country Club is located only 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport and 25 minutes from downtown Orlando as well as all major tourist attractions in the area. Designed by renown local architect Lloyd Clifton and opened in 1990, Kissimme Bay was cut out of a dense majestic oak forest. This 6,830 yard, par 71 southern style championship layout provides a challenging test of golf and is a true delight to play. It is graced by the presence of century-old oaks, lofty cypress trees, a dozen challenging water hazards and an ever-present gallery of friendly Sandhill Cranes. With one visit to Kissimmee Bay Country Club, you will understand why it was nominated one of America’s “Best New Courses” by Golf Digest.


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Mount Dora Golf Club

(352) 383-3954

Mount Dora Golf Club is billed as “the longest 5,700 yards in Florida” which is high praise for this par 70, 88-acre challenge with tight tree-lined fairways, postage stamp greens, and rolling hills that provide a variety of sidehill, downhill and uphill lies to keep the best golfers on their toes. “The Old Course” built in 1945, is a featured course in the Florida Historic Golf Trail ( Enjoy this hidden gem and step back in time, where golfers can choose to walk or ride, enjoying the game in a truly peaceful and old school, charming and traditional golf setting.

Oaks National Golf Club

(407) 483-3700

Oaks National was awarded GolfAdvisor’s “Top 25 Most Improved Courses in the U.S.” (2016). Designed by legendary golf course architect Karl Litten, Oaks National Golf Club is a “staple” in the Osceola County area. Their newly installed Champion Bermuda G12 greens makes these putting surfaces some of the best in Florida. This 18-hole layout sits amidst 100-year old magnificent oak trees that are the signature of this championship course. Graceful sloping fairways wind around a multitude of pristine bodies of water home to wild turkeys, herons, eagles and hawks providing a “gallery” of nature at it’s finest. Come enjoy Oaks National Golf Club, where the beauty of Florida and great golf come together!

Orange Lake Golf Club

(407) 239-1050

Orange Lake Resort is a 54-hole golf facility located just minutes from world-famous Disney World on Hwy 192. Boasting an 18-hole championship course designed by Arnold Palmer, The Legends at Orange Lake Resort offers two distinct nines. Scottish-style golf is featured on the front nine; while the towering pines, majestic oaks, winding fairways and flowing water on the back nine are reminiscent of the Carolinas. The Reserve at Orange Lake consists of 18 holes and expansive greens that were specifically redesigned to be in harmony with our carefully preserved wetlands to give you the taste of natural Florida.

Remington Golf Club

(407) 344-4004

Whether you’re brand new to the game, or a seasoned veteran, Remington Golf Club has something to offer every golfer and most importantly – a fantastic, fun golf experience. The contemporary design of this strikingly beautiful course, with its abundant water features, generous landing areas and scenic landscaping, offers a fair but challenging golf experience. This graceful balance is a testament to the artistry of the course design team of the Clifton, Ezell & Clifton Golf Design Group. Remington Golf Club was recognized by Golf Digest Magazine, as one of the Best New Course in 1996 and continues to be a favorite of “locals” in Central Florida.

Rio Pinar

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Rio Pinar has been a fixture in Orlando for more than 50 years, since it first opened back in 1957. The rich history at Rio Pinar includes hosting the PGA Tour’s Florida Citrus Open from 1966 to 1978, and the LPGA’s Lady Citrus Open event from 1979 to 1982. Some of golf ’s greatest legends have played on our championship layout including PGA Tour stars Arnold Palmer, Julius Boros, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Hale Irwin, along with LPGA World Hall of Fame Members Patty Sheehan, Nancy Lopez and Beth Daniel. With recent clubhouse and course renovations, Rio Pinar is one of Orlando’s most historic and classic golf courses.

Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club

(352) 243-0411

Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club, located northwest of Orlando, provides a golf experience that will WOW! you with its scenic views and dramatic elevation changes you won’t see anywhere else in Central Florida. A popular venue for local tournaments and charity events, Sanctuary Ridge is not your “typical” Florida golf course. Slightly off the beaten path, yet nestled in one of Central Florida’s fasted growing golf communities. Make sure to carve out some time for a delicious meal in The Ridge Grill prepared by one of Orlando’s top executive chefs. The hills are alive at Sanctuary Ridge!

Winter Pines Golf Club

(407) 671-3172

Open dawn to dusk, Winter Pines Golf Club is a classic, old-style, challenging municipal 18-hole golf course in the heart of Winter Park, FL. Winter Pines opened in 1968 and still maintains its original classic design, featuring challenging 200-yard par 3’s and our #1 handicap hole, a 400-yard par 4. Providing affordable rates and presenting all levels of golfers with a good test, both novices and avid golfers will be challenged and surprised by this sneaky and difficult par-67 layout. GOLFADVISOR rates Winter Pines a 4 out of 5 stars with more than 412 reviews. Come discover why!

Zellwood Station Golf Club

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Tucked away in the rolling hills just five miles Northwest of Apopka and 15 miles from downtown Orlando, Zellwood Station Country Club offers a special treat - hilly terrain, great greens and very memorable golf holes. Zellwood Station boasts two par 4`s that are driveable (264 & 266 yards) offering great hopes for marking an eagle on your scorecard. The ninth, nicknamed “Train Wreck” will definitely get your attention before making the turn. Holes 12 thru 16 dogleg around a cavernous dry lake dubbed “Crater Junction”- hit this hazard and it is all over! The stout par 3, 17th hole, measures 243 yards exceeding any on the PGA TOUR! Fun and wickedly challenging, once you`ve played Zellwood Station, you’ll want to come back and conquer it again! Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 5


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Golf Offers Networking Lesson for Immersion Interns Veterans United Home Loans, the country’s largest VA home lender is in its second class of Immersion Interns. One of the program’s activities was a golf tournament to teach the interns the game of golf as a networking tool to use as they progress in their careers. Each intern was paired with an experienced golfer from Veterans United who could teach them proper technique, course etiquette along with the rules. The event was incredibly successful as several of the interns expressed an interest in continuing to learn more about the sport. It will definitely remain part of the Immersion program’s curriculum for future classes. The Immersion Internship Program was launched in May 2018 with 12 interns coming to Columbia, Missouri. The intent of this nationally sourced diversity internship is to immerse students of color in the mortgage industry, the Columbia, Missouri community, and the company culture. Key Immersion Internship Program highlights: • Some of the metro areas that the 2019 Immersion Interns are from include Detroit, Miami, Atlanta, Fayetteville, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago and Houston. • Interns are placed in departments across the company for 10-12 weeks, including several rotational programs. • Interns develop proposals and programming for Inclusive Impact Institute, a local nonprofit organization that is working to create diverse and inclusive communities through events, programs and experiences. • Weekly volunteering opportunities at organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Food Bank, the Boys and Girls Club, Woodhaven and True North • Interns lead weekly or bi-weekly small groups based on their personal interests to team members across the company. • Culminating presentation to company executives • Paid housing for the duration of the internship 58% of interns from the 2018 inaugural Immersion class have went on to full-time positions or 22

Anthony Tewogbade are continuing internships with Veterans United Home Loans. Veterans United Home Loans was recognized by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) as a 2018 Residen-

tial Diversity and Inclusion Leadership award winner. The annual awards recognize MBA members for their leadership efforts in diversity and inclusion in two award categories: organizational diversity and market outreach strategies Téa Zeigler is an Atlanta native and recent graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) with a degree in Physical Therapy. This fall she will be starting her master’s program in Human Resources Management at Concordia University at St. Paul. Téa is passionate about music, meditation, and volunteering in an effort to become an asset to her community and make a difference. Shyane Shade is a fourth year student from Atlanta, Georgia currently attending Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) with a major in Information Technology and concentrations in cyber-security and mobile applications. Shyane’s dream career after graduation is to become a White Hat Hacker because she enjoys the thought of being able

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Shyane Shade to use her skills to exploit the weaknesses within a company’s network and assist in creating solutions to remedy them before problems arise. Anthony Tewogbade is a Houston native and current senior at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri pursuing a degree in Business Administration. His primary interests include cars and sports. Anthony is still exploring options for after graduation that will best fit his individual talents and allow him to grow both personally and professionally. After

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Tykia Maxwell his internship, he is leaning towards pursuing a career in the mortgage industry. Matthew Maxime is a senior at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) from Miami, Florida studying Economics with a minor in Business. At his university, Maxime is involved in the School of Business and Industry’s “Exchange” Recruitment Company, the Chief Financier’s Organization and Marching “100”, the university’s nationally recognized marching band. After graduation, he plans to pursue

a career as a Financial Analyst. Tykia Maxwell is a senior at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) majoring in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Tykia serves in a multitude of leadership organizations such as Student Government Association, FAMU Electoral Commission and Volunteer Services Program. Her plans after graduation are to pursue a higher education by obtaining a graduate degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

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cuisine on the green

shucking oysters & steaming lobsters.

Largo to further his experience in

Following his passion Ben attended

everything seafood. What was meant

Johnson & Wales University in Provi-

to be a 6 month contract turned into a

dence RI. After graduating with his

2 year stay before eventually moving

Bachelor’s degree in culinary arts &

to St Petersburg. Ben has now lived

food service management he began

here 3 years working at the Vinoy

traveling the country gaining knowl-

renaissance. Starting as the Chef of

edge in his craft. From New England

Fred’s cellar, then transitioning to

to the Florida Keys and everywhere

the Vinoy Club Grill Specialty Chef.

in between, he worked in every type

He currently over sees all aspects of

Growing up in a house full of good

of kitchen imaginable from Korean

food & beverage for the golf resort,

cooks, Ben was introduced to food at a

BBQ food trucks, to white table cloth

bringing the members a creative

young age. The Massachusetts native

resorts. In 2014 after finishing a

fusion of his new England roots,

was first introduced to the industry

contract as executive sous chef on

with his gained knowledge Asian,

working summers down Cape Cod

Mackinac island MI, he moved to Key

French, & Florribean flavors.

Chef Ben Iozzo Ben Iozzo

The Tiger Woods ingredients: Tiger shrimp, lardons, smoked cheddar grits and housemade barbecue sauce


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golf history

By Mike May

Come Play Today ‘Golf As It Should Be.’ That’s the customer-service philosophy of those that work at the Clearwater Country Club (525 North Betty Lane, Clearwater, Florida). In fact, the work ethic of those who work at the Clearwater Country Club ( is to provide a casual and welcoming atmosphere in the clubhouse and the pro shop for every golfer that walks through the door, with no exception. That customer-service philosophy remains intact today – nearly 100 years after the Clearwater Country Club was first opened. Located in downtown Clearwater along Florida’s Gulf coast, the Clearwater County Club is an urban ‘green lung’

Clearwater Country Club – Today which is perfectly situated, especially

head to the beach in the afternoon,

if you also like the beach and minor

and then go watch baseball at night.

league baseball. The Clearwater Coun-

Designed by British golf course ar-

try Club is five minutes away from both

chitect Herbert Strong, efforts to build

Clearwater Beach and Spectrum Field

this course started in 1920. In 1921,

where the Class A Clearwater Thresh-

nine holes were officially opened. Mrs.

ers play. Spectrum Field is also the

Daniel Simonds, who helped subsidize

spring training home of the Philadel-

the cost of building the country club’s

phia Phillies each March. Here, it’s

new clubhouse, struck the inaugural

possible to play golf in the morning,

tee shot. Historical accounts report that Simonds hit a solid drive down

April 25, 1960 – the 18th Green

the fairway. In 1923, another nine holes were opened, which gave golfers what they always wanted -- an 18-hole golf course. In 1940, golf course architect Perry Maxwell and his son Press Maxwell were hired to improve many parts of the golf course, especially the greens. As you would expect with a golf course with nearly a century of history, the Clearwater Country Club is one of the 53 golf courses that are part of the Florida Historic Golf Trail. “We are proud of our affiliation with the Florida Historic Golf Trail and we publicize it,” said head golf pro Greg McClimans, who started working at


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Ladies teeing off in 1932 caters to ‘snowbirds,’ as it offers seasonal

the club in 1976 as an assistant.

and short-season memberships for those

Today, the Clearwater Country Club is a par-72 layout, which features four sets

part-time residents. It’s also worth not-

of tees playing from 5,300 to 6,200 yards.

ing the Clearwater Country Club was

The course features Bermuda greens,

named “Best Golf Course in Clearwater”

tees, and fairways, as well as full prac-

in a 2014 poll conducted by the Clearwa-

tice facilities, a fully stocked pro shop,

ter Gazette Readers Poll. If you want to enjoy ‘Golf As It Should

and a restaurant, where breakfast and lunch are served daily. The practice

Be,’ then call the pro shop (727-446-2240)

facilities feature a driving range, short

to reserve a tee time. I can promise

game area, and a large practice putting

that you will encounter a delightful golf


course, that is complemented by a casual and welcoming atmosphere.

When you play the Clearwater Country Club, your round will be interrupted by a passing train. Yes, twice a

dous shape,” added Mc-

day, a train rolls through the middle of

Climans. “We have a great

the golf course, traveling along the CSX

superintendent, Kevin Vereb,

Railroad. In addition, the Clearwater

who does a remarkable job

Country Club’s layout is impacted by

with a great crew.”

Stevenson Creek which runs through

In the winter, Vereb and

the golf course and comes into play on

his crew focus on keeping

several of the 18 holes.

the course in tournament-

It’s worth noting that the course

ready shape for the 250 to

record at Clearwater Country Club is

270 golfers who play there

a 60 by local PGA pro John Mansfield,

every day.

which is a sign the course has wellmaintained greens. “Our greens are always in tremenGolf Central • Volume 20, Issue 5

One of the interesting aspects of the Clearwater Country Club is that it specifically

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carolinas golf central

By David Theoret

Waterfall on the course at Cummongs Cove Golf & Country Club

Fun, Relaxing, Enjoyable Mountain Golf In 1938, chemist James Cummings sold his successful pharmaceutical companies in Buffalo and Toronto and began his search for the ideal, temperate climate where he could escape the extreme Buffalo winters. His search lead him to Hendersonville, NC, where he spent part of each year raising cattle on his farm, overlooking the French Broad river. For the rest of his life, he made it a priority to give back to his three favorite cities – Buffalo, Toronto and Hendersonville - funding hospital and church projects. Cummings Cove is located on the gentle slopes where James Cummings’ cattle once grazed, in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. It’s a mountain community and the Cummings Cove Country Club serves as its centerpiece. Whether you’re on the golf course, in the clubhouse at the restaurant or in the pro shop, you’ll enjoy the same mountain views that James Cummings saw when he decided to make this area his new home. The golf course at Cummings Cove offers golfers 5 sets of tees. From the back tees, Cummings Cove plays 6,415 yards. This may not seem like a lot, but remember, we’re talking mountain golf. The Bermuda fairways lead to Bentgrass greens. There’s a lot of elevation change yet very few extreme uphill shots. From the Gold tees, the course 28

has a rating of 72.4 and a whopping slope of 134. Seniors typically play from the appropriately named Silver tees (5,133/69.5/127), while ladies will move up to 4,821 (65.4/113). No matter your skill level, you’ll find a set of tees to match your abilities. Golf Course Superintendent Tim Wemple was at Cummings Cove When the course went through its redesign. He told me that there were big changes in the layout of the course. For example Number 10 went from being a par 4, that required a tee shot over water to a small landing area, followed by an approach shot over water to the green. Ron Clark from First Tee Mountain Golf said that when you played the hole in the early spring, you could go for the green off the tee by skipping the ball across the ice on the pond. Wemple also mentioned that many of the changes have made the course a lot easier to maintain. Cummings Cove is full of memorable holes but what I will remember most is the stretch from 12 – 15. Each hole is unique and distinct in its own right. Twelve is a short dogleg right par 4 with a blind tee shot. Play out to the left of the tee; if you try to fade it around the corner, don’t go too far right or you’ll never see that ball again. Keep it in the fairway and you’ll have a short iron or wedge in. Number 13 is a long par 3 that plays slightly uphill. The green is

wider than deep and well protected by sand. Par is a good score here. Fourteen is a long par 5 that doglegs slightly left and features water all down the left side. Play your drive and layup shots down the right side but beware of the fairway bunker about 80 yards out from the green. The water sneaks back into play just left of the green. Number 15 is one of the best risk/reward opportunities on the course. It’s a dogleg left par 4; the only thing you can see is a bunker about 225 yards straight out. Play your tee shot left of the bunker and you’ll have an upward approach shot of around 135 – 155 yards, Cut the corner off the tee, carry the rough and you can get it down to under 100 yards. It’s your choice. Cummings Cove ends with back-to-back par 5s and gives you a chance to get a couple of lost strokes back. All in all, the golf course is in fantastic condition and is a lot of fun to play. The staff is as friendly and as outgoing as the members; it’s obvious they love what they’re doing and have fun doing it. The views are incredible; stand on the 16th green and look out over 50 miles of mountain vistas. In the springtime you’ll see more shades of green than a leprechaun with a hangover! Like most country clubs, the clubhouse at Cummings Cove is the center of community activities; it’s also a great place to catch the beautiful mountain Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 5

sunsets. It sits on a high knoll overlooking the golf course and lake with the mountains in the distance serving as the back drop. The views don’t let up when you enter the dining room as walls of glass wrap around the room and you can see the everchanging panorama. The clubhouse is reminiscent of a mountain lodge, with massive wood beams and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace; it’s a great place to host a special event. Recently, the clubhouse went through a massive renovation. The old pro shop has been taken over by a multipurpose/ card room. The pro shop is now an 1,100 ft. standalone building. Inside the golf pro shop, you’ll find premium golf club rentals as well as quality clothing from manufacturers such as Antigua, and golf balls and accessories from companies like Callaway, Titleist, and Bridgestone. The golf course at Cummings Cove is open for anyone to play; you don’t need to be a member, however memberships are available. In fact, the only way to become a member of Cummings Cove is to be a resident of the community; that way you can experience all that Cummings Cove has to offer on a regular basis. All residents are required to have at least a Social Membership. Cummings Cove has been named “One of America’s Best 100 Best MasterPlanned Communities” and offers three levels of membership: The Golf Membership gives members full use of all Cummings Cove facilities. A Sports Membership includes some golf and full use of all other facilities. As a Social Club Member, you have complete use of the clubhouse, tennis facilities and pool. Electric personal golf carts are permitted; If a household member is using their personal cart for a club golf event, the club will provide a golf cart for the other household member, free of charge. With a vibrant and diverse membership, the Club participates in many civic and charitable projects in addition to a wide array of sporting and social activi-

Cummongs Cove Golf & Country Club Hole #18 ties. Members can enjoy an afternoon on the course, indulging in in nine holes of golf, followed by dinner and a glass of wine at the clubhouse. With more than 60 indoor and outdoor activities to participate in, there’s bound to be something for everyone. If not, start your own group! Depending on the season, the club serves both lunch and dinner. During the season, members enjoy holiday parties, dances, bridge and golf tournaments and other special events. Every month sees something new going on whether it’s a seasonal party, sock hop or a mystery “whodunit” night. Outdoor activities come together at the Sports Complex, which is home to the fitness center, pool pavilion and tennis courts, all with spectacular mountain views. If tennis is your game, the men’s and women’s groups are eager to welcome newcomers; if you haven’t played in a while and want to get back in the game, just show up on Saturday for the “show-up mixer.” The less competitive atmosphere is great way to meet other players and get those tennis juices flowing again. There’s two state-of-the-art HydroCourts which maintain an even playing surface throughout the day and are easy on the joints. Four pickleball courts let you take advantage of the fastest growing racquet sport in the world; lessons and clinics are available for both. Step inside the fitness center and you’ll find an exercise classroom with a cushioned floor; perfect for Pilates, aero-

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bics, NIA and more. You’ll also find Precor cardio-training equipment, a Cybex weight training circuit and a free weight area. Both the men’s and women’s locker rooms have showers. While you’re working out, you’ll have a great view of the Blue Ridge Mountains through the tall windows that wrap around the building. After a good workout – and a quick shower – pay a visit to the Pool Pavilion, where you’ll find a large swimming pool and hot tub. There are tables and chairs to relax in after swimming a few laps along with restrooms and showers. Your best friend is always welcome at Cummings Cove and frisbee is one of the most popular games at the dog park. A two-gate staging area behind six-foot high chain link fence provides a secure place for owners to let their dogs run and play. Access to the park requires a $50 annual fee; all dogs must be registered and show proof of up to date vaccinations. One of the greatest things about Cummings Cove Golf & Country Club is that the atmosphere within the club makes you feel right at home. Some say it’s the relaxed mountain lifestyle, others say it’s the people. Members have come from several different places, all in search of the things James Cummings was looking for: natural beauty and a mild climate; without the stress of a big city. And, since most of the members feel the same way, newcomers to the club find it easy to make friends. Ask any of the members what they like most about Cummings Cove and most will tell you that it’s the people. If you’re looking to relocate to Western North Carolina, Cummings Cove deserves your consideration. An outstanding golf course, the lure of mountain scenery, along with the creeks and lakes that are created have become an attraction to those relocating into the area. For more information on Cummings Cove or to plan a visit, give them a call (800.958.2905), drop them an email ( or visit their website at 29

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Photo by Greg Corbo

Bartow’s Mike Estridge and Herbert Dixon at Bartow GC.

Bartow GC legends entering Polk County Hall of Fame


Bartow’s Herbert Dixon and Mike Estridge were inducted into the 2019

of Fame and the World Golf Hall of

won two consecutive Florida junior

Fame. Dixon has won more than 50

college state titles while he was at

Polk County Sports Hall of Fame. Both

tournaments during his competi-

Polk State College. He was the team

recognized for long term accomplish-

tive career, including a professional

captain at the University of Florida.

ments within the game.

victory in the United Golf Association

“It’s a great honor,” said Es-

Dixon is going in thanks to his

Tour stop in Jacksonville in 1951, for

tridge. “I’ve truly been blessed. I

contributions as a professional golfer

which he paid the entry fee by pick-

never thought about it. I’ve always

at the height of the Jim Crow Era. He

ing fruit.

enjoyed my golf, I never made it seem like work.”

is still active on the links despite be-

Estridge, 70, is also no stranger

ing 99-years old. This will be Dixon’s

to Polk County golfers either. An-

third Hall of Fame induction, who

other Bartow native, Estridge began

2019 class are Jack Meyers, 61, builder

caddied at Bartow as a youngster.

his career at Mulberry High School,

of the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex

The Bartow native is also a member

where he played basketball and golf.

(Auburndale) and stock car driver Joe

of the African American Golfers Hall

Estridge has won the Youth Villa Clas-

Nemechek who won four times on

sic seven times from 1967 to 1989 and

the main NASCAR tour.

Joining Dixon and Estridge is this

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October 10 - 16, 2019

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cart girl

a z r e a Lat

n n a e D Where did you grow up? Bloomfield, New Jersey

Which group of people did you associate most with in high school?

Literally everyone, I made friends with every different group there is!

What is your favorite sport to play? Favorite to watch?

I loved playing soccer my whole life but I enjoy watching football the most.

Do you enjoy playing golf? Are there any golfers in your family?

I have to say that I am not the best at golf. It definitely takes a few tries for me to make contact with the ball but, I still enjoy trying! No one in my family plays golf.

What do you feel makes this club special?

The members 100%. Everyone is so different yet so cool and they make every day more enjoyable.

What is your favorite part of being a cart girl? What is your least favorite part?

My favorite part about being a cart girl is that I get to socialize with so many different people daily who have gone through so many different paths in life. It’s also relaxing at times but then so fun when everyone’s visiting the cart. My least favorite would be having to sit out there when it’s really cold and windy. I get numb.

Do you think the cart girls should be able to dress differently? How you prefer dress if you were given a choice? 32

I like my uniform, but if I had to change one thing it would be getting shirts without sleeves because the farmers tan lasts until next season!

What type of music do you prefer?

Depends on the day, but I love country, edm, and r&b.

What hobbies do you enjoy?

I enjoy working out and hiking. I love being outdoors.

What is your idea of “the perfect date”?

Definitely one that involves a lot of food, comfortable clothes, and relaxing.

Favorite charity to support?

One that helps with global cleanup and animals.

What else would you like for us to know about you?

I find pleasure and happiness in helping others. After my time is up being a cart girl, I want to go around the world to help those in need. I have a love for traveling as well, and I plan to continue traveling as much as I can. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 5

By Belinda Theoret

fashion forward

It All Started With a Skort!

We’ve heard this story before. Lady takes up golf. Likes the sport and gets serious about it. Meets new friends. Can’t find a thing to wear. Starts golf apparel company. Becomes very successful. OK, it may not always end that way, but I think it’s safe to say that for Susan Hess and her Golftini Apparel Company, the future’s so bright, she better wear shades! Golftini’s philosophy is that when you look your best, you feel your best, and when you feel your best, you play your best. Hess herself is a firm believer in dressing for success, in fact she says that she makes a conscious effort to be fashionable in all other areas of her life so why would she do anything different on the golf course? As Hess set out to bridge the gap between golf and fashion, she started with a few printed and patterned skorts, which are still the company’ bread and butter. As things progressed, polos, pants, jackets, vests, and ponchos were added and what started out as “a few skorts” soon became a full collection of on-trend outfits for on and off the golf course and all with the Golftini spin. Each piece is designed in a classic pattern, but with unique, modern details. To shop: 34

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feaature Boca Grove Golf & Tennis Club

is a private members-only country club offering diverse amenities and a cherished lifestyle to the most discerning individuals. Established over 35 years ago on a 300 acre stretch of flourishing orange groves, Boca Grove is a welcoming community of members who enjoy superior living and simple luxury. Whether playing golf, hitting the courts – tennis and pickleball, enjoying a culinary experience or working out at our state-of-the-art fitness center, members at Boca Grove enjoy a full range of amenities and activities that offer something for everyone. Boca Grove Golf & Tennis Club combines exclusivity and comfort; offering members and their guests a boutique lifestyle set in an oasis of uncompromising 36

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beauty with facilities and activities that encourage healthy mind, body experiences, a strong sense of community and lasting friendships. Touted as “Gary Player’s first American home,” the most successful international golfer of all time lived and raised his children within our gates. Boca Grove was the original site of the Quadel Senior Classic, a tournament on the Champions’ Tour won twice by Arnold Palmer and once by Gary Player before moving to a course that could accommodate the growing number of spectators. We continue to have an excellent relationship with Mr. Player, who at 83 years young, remains very active in golf, health and fitness. On property you will see his influence in our honey beehives as Mr. Player takes his coffee with organic honey. You will see we value and seek to emulate his strong belief in nutrition and fitness as a lifestyle. We offer advice and programs designed to strengthen your body and your game, be it golf or tennis. On a recent visit to our club, Mr. Player shot a round with our team professionals, here is a little insight into their favorite holes and why:

contour to it, and since the hole is set with the prevailing wind, coming into and off the left, it makes for a true challenge, each and every time. Lastly, one of the best features of the hole, is that it plays into a wonderful panoramic view of the Clubhouse verandah, so you’re guaranteed to receive either an applause for an aptly played shot or holed putt, or perhaps the odd jostle from a friendly member onlooking.”

Dan Pendola, PGA – Head Golf Professional “My favorite hole at Boca Grove Golf & Tennis Club is hole #11. It is a great looking, 403-yard dog leg left. The tee shot plays slightly uphill and the approach slightly downhill. It demands a long tee shot up the right side to avoid the bunkering up the left side of the fairway. But be careful, if you go too far up the right side there is a slope from the edge of the fairway down to a row of hedges. Your tee shot must be precise because the entire hole is flanked by out of bounds stakes.

After a great drive in the fairway and preferably on top of the slight uphill climb to the peak of the fairway, you should have about 150 yards left to a green that is well framed by large palms and live oak trees. It really is a great look when you are trying to attack the pin from this slightly elevated vantage point. The green is well guarded by bunkering on the left side and a drop off to a grass bunker on the right. You might try to bail out to the right side of the green to avoid the bunkering on the left, but an up and down from the right is no bargain. The green is gently sloped from

Shawn Costello, PGA – Director of Golf “My favorite hole at Boca Grove Golf & Tennis Club is the 9th hole. It is a terrific Par 4 that plays to over 420 yards from the back-teeing ground. There are a set of deep bunkers, strategically placed in the landing zone off the tee. These bunkers lend the appearance of a slight double dogleg, however in play, it is more of an illusion than reality. The second shot is over a low-lying pond which is flanked by two optically pleasing bunkers. The green is generous from left to right however quite shallow from front to back. It has a significant amount of Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 5

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back to front, so keeping your approach to the pin under the hole is crucial if you want to avoid a fast putt down the slope. Overall, the 11th hole can play as a beast into the wind but down wind, you will see it more as a beauty. Not only for the beautiful framing of the green, but for the shorter club you could have into the difficult approach to the green.”

Philip Gabes – First Golf Professional “My favorite hole without question is the Par 4 18th hole. Although it is not a long hole, playing at 360 yards from the Tour tees, it requires two strategically placed shots to give yourself a chance at

a birdie. You have a few options off the tee, you could lay back and give yourself a longer approach shot in. This may be smart to avoid the looming water running along the right side of the hole. However, if you choose to be aggressive you can give yourself a short iron into this two-tiered green. With an approach shot over water, there is no good place to miss this green as there is a bunker along the right side of the green and grass swells to the left. It’s important to put yourself on the same level of the green as the flag, otherwise a three putt may be in your future. Luckily, regardless of your score you

have a view of the clubhouse on this scenic finishing hole.” At Boca Grove, you can rest assured you’re amongst friends while enjoying the lifestyle you deserve. We have a full spectrum of members, ranging from families to retirees to a thriving non-resident golf program. You’ll find a dynamic sense of community among our members, who share a common passion for exquisite living and the highest quality services. Members enjoy a nationally recognized tennis program, a fitness complex, and an array of casual and fine dining options, and of course, our Jim Fazio-designed 18-hole, championship golf course. With NO TEE TIMES, you’ll

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always receive the special treatment you value. The clubhouse was renovated and reintroduced to the membership in October of 2017. A brand-new concept restaurant, a sports bar with five large screen televisions and all the amenities one would expect, had a soft opening for Super Bowl Sunday in February 2018 with its official opening with March Madness 2018. Chippers Sports Bar has become the place to eat, meet and be merry at Boca Grove. Finally, all of our bunkers were renovated in July 2018. Conveniently located near premier shopping and fabulous restaurants, and less than six miles from the beach, Boca Grove boasts more accessibility to beautiful South Florida than any other club in the area. So take your lifestyle to the next level at Boca Grove Golf and Tennis Club, the epitome of superior living. Discover more about this prestigious, members-only golf and country club and boutique-style residential community and recreational oasis in the heart of Boca Raton. Please contact Jennifer Jolly at 561.717.9733 or for information on our Membership options as well as our exciting “Glimpse of the Grove” stay and play program that allows you to cherish the lifestyle as a member. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 5


goflheader travel

By Greg Wise

A Hidden Treasure is Now Found Nestled among the gentle rolling hills of the Hoosier National Forest is French Lick Resort. Within the resort is the magnificent “West Baden Springs Hotel.” A very opulent 243 guest room and suites hotel. But, for me the West Baden has a secret… a secret for golfers… that when you visit, causes you to conger up all kinds of golf memories from the past. And for those young people visiting, it will ensure that the history of golf is well taken care of and a true learning experience. In a quiet set of rooms on the first floor – in plane view I might add – is the “Legends Hall of Fame.” I can truly admit that I missed this gem the last time I visited French Lick, but never-again. French Lick Resort has been invit-

ing ladies to play Professional Golf at French Lick since the early 1950’s. The golf staff, headed by Director of Golf, Dave Harner, has assured that the Legends Hall of Fame is well documented in a way that you will enjoy the rich memories. Taking in all the history items… I stumbled across a cover of “Golf World” magazine dated August 1st, 1958 and displayed was coverage of the French Lick Open. Headline read “Five-Putt Loses…” Louise Suggs, aided by Mrs. Marlene Hagge’s five-putt 71st green, came from behind to win July 27th with a 72-hole total of 300 over the French Lick Sheraton Course in Indiana. FIVE-PUTT… Okay… at that point I wasn’t feeling so bad after playing the 102-year-old, Donald Ross course the

day before. Just a stroll through what I call “Memory Lane” is well worth your time. Look the sun is up just so long to play golf during the day and you must go adventuring out. French Lick is a town of rich history outside the Resort. I ventured into the French Lick Museum and boy was I shocked. Now, I knew growing up in Northern Indiana that NBA Hall of Fame Member Larry Bird was from French Lick, but what I didn’t know was what Paul Harvey would say… “The Rest of the Story.” Amazed at all the pieces of history that have been preserved in one location, including how French Lick got its name. I believe that the most amazing thing I have seen in a long time, was an exhibit of the “Hagenbeck and Wallace Circus.” A complete diorama display of the working circus traveling by the rail system out of the French Lick area. Talk about the “kid in a candy store” feeling. These exhibits were outstanding. Worth your time, during your visit to French Lick Resort.

What’s Next for French Lick Resort The Ladies come back to town for the Senior LPGA Championship – presented by Old National Bank, to benefit Riley Children’s Foundation, October 9-16, 2019. Time to book your experience at French Lick! 40

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By Greg Wise

special events

It All Comes Down to 1 Winner! So, what do you call an event that starts out with over 3,200 participant… played over 34 different locations and then after 4 days of play… on the fifth day… it plays down to 1 winner? The 36th Annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship in the Golf Capital of the World, in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. While competition is what initially attracts golfers to the World Am, it’s only part of the event’s story. At the heart of the World Am’s appeal is the camaraderie among its participants. On the 3rd day of play… practicing on the range, I felt a tap on my shoulder and a gentleman said Greg Wise, it’s been a while since we have seen each other. Mike St. Clair from Virginia. Someone I played with 3 years ago. What a great surprise. So much of this camaraderie and kinship is fostered at the World’s Largest 19th Hole. Each night of the event, the 19th Hole overtakes all 120,000-square feet of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, providing participants with free food and drinks, live entertainment, celebrity guest appearances, a golf expo and more. Remember that number of beers consumed at the 19th Holes? Now throw in the fact that Crown Royal and Tito’s Vodka are sponsors of the 19th Hole… Now you understand that 3-hours every night creates a unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Among the big names that joined media personality and tournament emcee Charlie Rymer at the 19th Hole this year are Golf Channel personalities, Damon Hack, Chantel McCabe and Geoff Shackleford, social media influencer Paige Spiranac, famed instructors Michael Breed and Hank Haney, and billiards legend Ewa Mataya Laurance. In addition to a bucket list golf experience, World Am players will also receive a gift bag that includes a Chase 54 polo, a pullover, a logoed hat, a PGA Tour Superstore gift card and an assortment of other goodies. So… it’s time to plan for your bucket list experience in 2020. The 37th Annual World Am will be played Aug. 31 - Sept. 4. 42

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Life is full of numbers. So, let’s take a quick fun journey around the numbers of the World Amateur Handicap Championship. 3,200+ Golfers Playing in 2019 49 US States (sorry Alaska, no players registered this year 20+ Countries Represented 49 Playing Categories by age and handicap 7 Players that have never missed a World Am 49 Countries represented since 2012 34 Number of golf courses used simultaneously each day 56 Exhibitors at the 19th Hole 67 Flights 85 Volunteers 88.1 Average score in 2018 10,302 Longest distance traveled by a participant 12,860 Rounds That Will Be Played In 2019 World Am alone 19,320 Beers consumed at 19th hole 31,145 Estimated number of golf balls used 50,000 Estimated unique players over 36 years $100,000 in gift cards paid 1,111,500 Estimated strokes in 2019

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Patriot Golf Day® has become the largest grass-roots golf fundraiser in America – a joint initiative of The PGA of America and the USGA, Patriot Golf Day enlists the support of public and private golf facilities across the country. Funds support Folds of Honor, providing educational scholarships to the children and spouses of service members killed or disabled while serving in America’s Armed Forces.

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Dave Dell Wins SFPGA Senior Professional Championship Presented by Cadillac Few in the field knew Dave Dell’s name, but they now know he has game. Dell, who moved this year from Massachusetts to Naples, introduced himself to the South Florida PGA Section Wednesday by winning the SFPGA Senior PGA Professional Championship Presented by Cadillac at Turtle Creek Club. Dell shot a 4-under 68 to finish at 9-under 135 and win by two shots over Mike Gray of Indian Creek. Dell made just one bogey while missing one green in 36 holes. “I know there are a lot of great players in the section and I wanted to see if I could hang with them,” said Dell, who was the PGA Head Professional at Springfield Country Club. “I thought if I played my best, I might be able to scrape a top-10 finish. I didn’t expect to win.” Dell started the final round with a two-shot lead, but Gray shot a


4-under 32 on the front nine to catch him. Dell regained the lead with birdies at the 13thand 15th holes. “I tried not to think about it, but I knew my lead was gone,” Dell said. “I was able to make a couple of putts.” Gray matched Dell’s 68 to finish at 7-under, a shot ahead of three-time champion Mike San Filippo. Gray made 10 birdies in the two rounds. I finally made some putts,” Gray said. “I only missed one green if you don’t count the collar. “I never met Dave until this week. He was steady, kept it in play and rolled his ball really well.” The top eight finishers, as well as champion Dell, earned spots in the Senior PGA Professional Championship Presented by Cadillac on Oct. 3-6 in Austin, Texas. Also qualifying by finishing tied for fourth were John Lee (67-139) of Imperial Golf Club, Alan Morin (68-139) of The

Falls Club of the Palm Beaches. John Nieporte (70-141) of Trump International and Mark Mielke (68-141) of High Ridge were sixth. The final four spots were decided in a five-man playoff at 1-over 145. Advancing were Roger Kennedy Jr. (68) of The Country Club at Mirasol, Joe Kern (73) of Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club, J.C. Anderson (74) of The Club at The Strand and Craig Watson (71) of First Tee of the Palm Beaches. First alternate is Joe DeMino (72) of Gleneagles Country Club. San Filippo, Mielke and former Senior British Open champion Pete Oakley (73-145 already were exempt into the Senior PGA Professional Championship. The SFPGA Senior PGA Professional Championship Presented by Cadillac, staged by the South Florida PGA, is supported by Golf Channel, John Deere and Exactus.

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Matt Borchert Repeats as NFPGA PGA Professional Champion

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Summer continues to heat up on the NFPGA Tournament front. Matt Borchert, Isleworth defends his PGA Professional Championship title on the spectacular Black Diamond Ranch Quarry course with a 3-shot victory over Greg Koch, Ritz Carlton Orlando. Matt finished at 10 under par buoyed by his first round 66 to set the tone. Southwest Chapter Champion Christian Bartolacci, finished solo third. The Quarry Course provided a great challenge supported by their great service and attention to detail. It was a special couple of days for the players. The National Car Rental Assistants Championship was hosted by Reunion Resort on the Watson Course. Colin Van Es, David Leadbetter Academy defeated Feilding Brewbaker, Pasadena Yacht & CC in a sudden-death playoff to take the title. Both players shot a pair of 68’s both days thus leading to the playoff. Reunion Resort is the homesite of the NFPGA and we appreciate their support and the privilege. The future looks bright for these young assistants and associates as they have proven they have game. Our Associates and Assistants are the future of our competitions and it’s humbling to see them come out with strong performances in their major championship. Our third Major of 2019 is the TeeSnap Match Play Championship. It’s no secret that Rod Perry, Crane Lakes Golf & CC is the man to beat and up and comer Baxter Reeves, Oceanside CC did just that! It took 20 holes to do it and Baxter came out on top this time. The Match Play title is probably 50

the toughest one to win as you must overcome 36 holes a day in the August heat to keep moving through the brackets. Baxter also claimed our Stableford Championship this season as well. A special thank you to our homesite Reunion Resort for giving us the Nicklaus Course to contest this major. Thank you to our title sponsor TeeSnap for stepping up to provide our players with such a great venue and championship. As stated, we are in the heat of our tournament season. The West Central Chapter finally determined their Chapter Champion and Women’s Champion. This time the weather cooperated.

Gary Koch, NBC Golf took a break from his busy schedule and won the title at the classic Belleair CC. Gary finished at 4 under to hold off Zack Verveacke, Green Golf Partners who finished at 3 under. This week Gary proved he was “better than most” within the Chapter. Jessica Negron, St. Pete Golf & CC dominated the WCC Women’s Championship with an impressive total of 7 under par at Belleair CC. Thank you to the members and staff at Belleair CC for the privilege of playing such historic venue. Mother Nature was kind this time and it was a special couple days of competition and fun.

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Come and Grow with Us!

By Fred Seely

freddy's fairway thoughts

• It didn’t take the #MeToo movement to get rid of “Ladies” on scorecards. You rarely see that today as the men who can put their egos aside can move way forward to have a good time. The other side of it isn’t good: too many low-handicap ladies play forward, instead of going back a tee box or two. • People who might be seen but we wish weren’t heard: Gary McCord. • Not many courses are visible from interstate highways but many of you have seen Baymeadows, just south of Jacksonville off I-95. It was a Desmond Muirhead-Gene Sarazen gem that opened in the 1960s and lasted until around 2000, when the area grew and the land was worth more for homesites. A big builder got hold of it but the residents sued, pointing out that their homes were purchased with the legal understanding that the course would remain a course. There have been years of back-and-forth and the builders now have prevailed, so the bones of the course are now being bulldozed. Most of us don’t have one holein-one in a year, much less two in a year, and we can only hope for two in one tournament. Meet Kevin Slayden of Jacksonville (center), who made two aces in the Jacksonville Amateur last month, one in the first round and the other in the third. He wasplaying with David Anthony of Jacksonville (left) and James Sokul of Lake Mary.

It’s bad enough that golf courses are closing, but to lose one

to tennis? The Wimbledon Club, which has the big tournament each summer, needs more space and is buying the adjacent Wimbledon Park Golf Course for almost $80 million. Can’t really blame the golf club’s members, though, as there are only 750 of them and that’s a nice check (or, as they say, cheque.) Still, it’s an incursion of another dying game into our beloved sport. This brings to mind the favorite joke of former LPGA Commissioner Charles Meacham: A man come home Sunday evening and his wife is crying. She says, “You played 36 holes on Saturday and 36 holes, today. You love golf more than me.” The guy thinks a minute, and says, “Well, I love you more than tennis.”

• People who should be admired: Those who figured out how to put a 52-week PGA Tour schedule into 40 weeks. • Florida football coach Dan Mullen finally made a holein-one and he managed to have two days of glory before Florida’s most famous coach, Steve Spurrier, out-staged him. Mullen is an occasional player but has the strength to hit a 7-iron into a hole that’s 173 yards away, as he did earlier this Jacksonville course owner Billy Maxwell celebrated his 90th birthday with a party at the TPC Stadium course. A former U.S. Amateur champ, PGA Tour winner and Ryder Cup player,Maxwell owns the Hyde Park public course. Among those helping celebrate was another U.S. Amateur winner (background,) Bob Dickson.

• People whose 15 minutes of golf fame have run out: Charles Barkley. • With courses closing, it’s nice to have one that is opening. But, alas, your chances of playing it might be slight. It’s a Pete Dye creation at White Oak Plantation, a 7,400-acre wildlife preserve north of Jacksonville that was put together 30 or so years ago by the late Gilman Paper CEO Howard Gilman and sold in 2013 to Mark Walter, the CEO of Guggenheim Capital and the majority owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gilman’s interests included golf (he also built Osprey Cove just across the Georgia state line) and he had a course which started as six holes and later was redesigned and expanded to nine by Steve Melnyk. There is public access to the Plantation’s extensive business campus and a zoo with exotic animals, but we hear the new golf course will be reserved for Walter and his high-finance and show biz pals. • People whose act has gotten old, as have they: Bill Murray. • One very good thing about the majors being pulled closer to together is that we don’t have an extended period of what my friend calls “summer camp” sports. You can watch just so much tennis, soccer and other TV filler. • People who need to take a long look in the mirror: David Duval. 52

year at the Reynolds Lake Oconee course in Georgia. He bragged about it to Spurrier when they met two days later and the return comment was, “Good, I’ve had six.” For those of you who don’t know (or care) much about Gator football, you might remember Mullen’s wife, who was once a Golf Channel anchor known then as Megan West. • People we just can’t seem to like: Patrick Reed. • A very good job is open as Ron Philo Jr. is leaving Sawgrass Country Club to go into business with his wife, Susan Bond Philo. The scramble is on for the position, one of the few remaining big-club jobs like they had in the good old days. • People who are becoming likable: Morgan Pressel. • The PGA Tour is catching it about slow play. Wrong place to look. We don’t have to play behind Bryson DeChambeau. So, let the Tour players worry about that. Can we ask the PGA of America what they’re doing to push their members to help us poor schlubs who wait and wait? • People who we’re glad aren’t into golfing: Megan Rapinhoe.

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Renovations at Reunion

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Reunion® Resort & Golf Club is in the midst of an extensive renovation project to all three of their signature courses. This $800,000 renovation includes installing new drainage lines and bunker liner for the greenside bunkers. “We are looking to continuously improve the golfer experience” says Kevin Baker, General Manager. “Our

courses have not seen this scale of renovation since the early days of the resort,” Baker continues. “The response from our members and guests has been overwhelmingly positive, they notice the improvement to the look and play of the courses.” The Nicklaus course portion of the project is unique due to the nature of

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Palmer 7, Sod going in the subsoil the course was built on. This soil is a clay and sand mixture that creates challenges to keep the bunkers from becoming contaminated. The bunker liner will create a barrier between the soil and bunker sand to help prevent future contamination. In addition to the bunker renovations, the Reunion team has been working with the Nicklaus design team to reduce the size of the bunkers to improve playability and allow for more efficient maintence. Reunion has seen immediate results from the improvements to the drainage lines. As other courses shift to cart path only during Florida’s rainy season, Reunion® has not needed to inforce this restriction during play. ONEGOLF, Inc, based in Ocala, Florida was awarded the contract for this project. With over 19 years of local and international experience in golf construction, ONEGOLF, was the perfect partner to support Reunion® Resort in making the course improvements. The project has been completed on the Arnold Palmer Course, is near completion on the Jack Nicklaus Course and the targeted completion for the Tom Watson Course is in October. All three courses have remained open during all phases of the renovations. Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 5


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I have been in the golf course maintenance business since I was thirteen years old. I worked summers and weekends through high school, college, and graduate school at Rolling Green Golf Club outside Philadelphia, PA. In 1995 I went full time as a laborer at Bardmoor/Bayou Club in Largo, Fl for a whopping $7.50 an hour to make sure I was committed to turf as a career. The next year I was an assistant supe with a management company outside DC. I went to turf school ‘98/’99 at Rutgers. I interned at Olde Florida in Naples for Darren Davis, current past president of the GCSAA. My first supe job was Copperhead at Innisbrook that following year. I was part of a renovation at that tour course with architect Larry Packard and director of golf Jay Overton. I instantly got the bug and spent the next ten years in “grow-ins” in central Florida. In September 2009 I came to the Resort at Longboat Key Club as the director of agronomy under plans for a 45-hole renovation. Longboat Key is a beautiful barrier island nestled in a salty environment mere yards from the Gulf of Mexico. Currently it has the 187 acres of PlatinumTE Paspalum in golf; it has proven to be the perfect grass for the perfect piece of paradise in our great state.


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Jack Harrell Jr. Honored With the Wreath of Grass Award Florida Turfgrass Association member and Chief Executive Officer of Harrell’s LLC, Jack Harrell Jr., was honored with the Florida Turfgrass Association’s highest award, the Wreath of Grass, during the association’s 67th Annual Conference & Show at the Omni ChampionsGate Resort. The coveted Wreath of Grass award pays tribute to individuals who have shown outstanding service to the Florida Turfgrass Association and to the turfgrass industry. As CEO of Harrell’s LLC, Jack Harrell Jr. has continually shown commitment toward the Florida Turfgrass Association and the turfgrass industry through ongoing financial support, providing continuing education to industry members and representing the entire industry on its behalf via government relations work. Through Harrell’s Core Values, Harrell’s is instrumental in building a successful company that values employees, vendors and customers alike. Andrew Jorgensen, president of the FTGA, says “Jack has always been front and center providing support for any issue that a customer, an employee, an association or a community may be facing. Because of Jack’s vision, Harrell’s has become the No. 1 provider of solutions to the turfgrass industry. It is an honor to award Jack for his commitment.” Jack Harrell Jr. joins an esteemed list of recipients that dates to the inaugural award in 1960, including his father, Jack Harrell Sr., who received the award in 1999. “It’s an honor to receive this award due to many factors. First, the prestigious list of those who have won this award before me. Second, from a sentimental standpoint, receiving the same award as my father. Third, the Wreath of Grass is the first award I remember someone being presented when I entered this industry 41 years ago.” says Jack. Founded in 1952, the Florida Turfgrass Association provides strong leadership as an umbrella organization to make available funding for research; promote research and education; create legislative power; spon62

Jack Harrell Jr receives the Wreath of Grass Award from Andrew Jorgensen, president of the FTGA

sor an annual conference and trade show; and provide services, communications and networking opportunities for professionals in and associated with the turfgrass industry. Harrell’s LLC is one of the nation’s largest distributors of branded fungicides, herbicides and insecticides. Harrell’s produces top-quality, custom-blended fertilizers, specialty liquids and wetting agents. Harrell’s guarantees stringent quality control procedures, tight manufacturing specifications and careful selection of raw materials for each product that carries the Harrell’s name. It is also the world-class formulator and a leading world distributor of POLYON®,

the industry’s superior controlledrelease fertilizer technology. For more information about Harrell’s, including its Core Values to serve, honor and glorify God; take care of people; and grow their financial strength, visit Florida ranks No. 1 in the nation for turfgrass-related economic activity with total revenues estimated at $7.82 billion and a total employment of more than 173,000 jobs. Today, the FTGA continues to advocate for and promote the turfgrass industry with extensive research, continuing education and opportunities for turfgrass professionals to network with their colleagues. For more information, visit Golf Central • Volume 20, Issue 5



The pH of this.

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Looking out for the environment.

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Looking out for the health of the course. And that’s just over coffee.

So say thanks to your golf course superintendent. Or make that, thanks a million.

beyond in their outreach and environmental stewardship efforts this year with activities such as beekeeping exhibits, scavenger hunts, and a meet and greet with live birds. Participants also competed for awards in Community Engagement, Biodiversity, and Best Photograph. Christine Kane, CEO at Audubon International, says, “Our annual BioBlitz is a great way for golf courses to create an awareness among society of their

Audubon International’s BioBlitz 2019 Completed – Volunteers of All Ages Gathered on Golf Courses for Species-Counting Competition Wildlife is likely not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of golf. However, by their very nature, golf courses have a unique opportunity to provide significant natural areas for wildlife in an increasingly urbanized society. With this in mind, Audubon International, the not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to creating sustainable environments where people live, work and play, developed the golf course BioBlitz – an annual species counting competition that creates an opportunity for school


children, community members, golfers, and more to discover the natural habitats provided by golf courses. During this year’s event, nearly 1,000 volunteers visited golf courses worldwide to participate in Audubon International’s 5th annual BioBlitz. This event, sponsored by the United States Golf Association (USGA), provides a unique opportunity for golf courses to engage people of all ages and from all walks of life in showcasing and recording the abundance of wildlife found on their local golf course landscapes.

wildlife habitat value, especially in urban locations. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for community members from all walks of life to meet and learn about nature while getting outside and having fun.” Volunteers searching for plant and wildlife species at their local golf course included a remarkable combination of men’s, women’s, and junior golf league members, scout troops, local birding groups, club members, golf course employees, community members from surrounding neighborhoods, entire families, school children, and other nature enthusiasts. Over 5,400 species were recorded during this year’s BioBlitz.

Participating courses went above and

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Southwinds Golf Course in Florida received the Community Engagement Award with a total of 271 participants. Key to their success was both a Lady’s Night Out and a Junior BioBlitz session that included crafting both animal masks and birdhouses along with the hunt for wildlife. The course’s clubhouse also joined in by featuring a wildlife-themed drink menu throughout the event. Park Ridge Golf Course in Florida & Arrowhead Coun-

1st PLACE – Photo of a Red Fox. Photo Credit: Cheryl Glick Course: Southwinds Golf Course, FL

try Club in Illinois came in second and third place, respectively, for Community Engagement.

The award for Best Photograph also went to Southwinds Golf Course, for their photograph of a Red Fox on the course. Sharon Painter, Southwinds’ General Manager, says, “We make it a priority to educate our golfers of all ages about the habitat our golf course provides to the diversity of species that call Southwinds Golf Course home.”

Bay Oaks Country Club in Texas received this year’s Biodiversity Award, with 576 species identified on their course. Deborah Repasz, BioBlitz volunteer coordinator from Bay Oaks states, “We could not have had this number without the help of my fellow Galveston Bay Area Texas Master Naturalists. They diligently worked to find and identify as many species as possible using iNaturalist on their phones as well as field guides. We participate in BioBlitz to track the increase and decrease of species in the area while also hosting a fun event. Some were surprised to

2nd PLACE – Photo of an Egret. Course: Bay Oaks Country Club, TX

see what a golf course can support in flora and fauna. It isn’t all mown grass, sand, trees, and water!” A close second and third place for Biodiversity go to Naples Lakes Country Club in Florida with 508 species sighted and Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club, also in Florida, reporting 456 species. If you would like to get your local golf course involved in next year’s BioBlitz, please visit bioblitz/ for more information.

3rd PLACE – Event participants at Applewood Golf Course, CO. Photo Credit: Brit Stueven

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Gleneagles pays creative homage to forthcoming Solheim Cup with celebratory ‘tartan trim’ on The PGA Centenary Course

Gleneagles, the world-famous hotel and sporting estate and forthcoming host venue of The Solheim Cup, September 9-15, has paid a Scottish tartan

neagles’ greenkeepers used a host of

tribute to welcome the biggest event in

cutting techniques and state-of-the-art

gles will rise to 100 people for The Sol-

women’s golf.

machines to create this unique homage

heim Cup, where tournament standard

to mark the arrival of the biggest event

conditioning will also extend to The

in women’s golf.

King’s Course, host venue for The Junior

In a special ‘creative takeover’ of the 2nd hole on the Jack Nicklaus-designed PGA Centenary Course, greenkeepers

Craig Haldane, Golf Courses Manag-

The greenkeeping team at Glenea-

Solheim Cup, and The Queen’s Course,

have transformed the pristine fairways

er at Gleneagles, said: “This is our team

that will remain open for member play

of the iconic par 5, 516-yard hole into

doffing their hats to the heritage of

during the week.

a carpet of tartan with a painstaking,

golf in Scotland, showcasing turf care

four-hour cutting makeover!

innovation and skill, and celebrating

Gleneagles, added: “With the level

the arrival of what is set to be a global

of greenkeeping resource we have

celebration of women’s golf.”

invested in on all three championship

Showcasing technical expertise and industry-leading innovation, Gle-

Gary Silcock, Director of Golf at

courses - all prepared to tournament standard - there is an incredible opportunity for visiting golfers to experience our world-class hospitality after The Solheim Cup concludes, and enjoy what will be, quite possibly, the bestconditioned golf courses in the UK.” Currently ranked the #1 Golf Resort in the UK & Ireland*, Gleneagles will hold a unique position in golfing history when the September event concludes, becoming the first venue in Europe to have hosted both The Ryder Cup (2014) and The Solheim Cup. To book your 18-hole golf experience at Gleneagles, call: 0800 389 3737. For further information about Gleneagles, visit: 66

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