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from the publisher

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Beverly Wise, Holly G, Melahn Cable,Terrie Purdum and Greg Wise

Open Invitation Since its inception 23 years ago,

I have always had one goal in publishing Golf Central Magazine; to make golf more fun, less intimidating, inclusive, more diverse, and enjoyable for everyone. The variety of our features, special sections, and fun profiles, such as Cart Girl and Bachelor of the Month, have reflected that along with the countless stories we have shared about the people who are making a difference and shaping the game for future generations to play. Golf continues to evolve and grow alongside the industry and its organizations which lead the way. In 2018, the LPGA Women’s Network and the industry consortium We Are Golf launched the campaign, #inviteHER, to encourage more women to play golf. According to the National Golf Foundation, the percentage of women on the course rose to 25% in 2021, up from 19% a decade ago. Even more exciting is the jump among junior golfers, where more than 35%, or 1.1 million, are girls, compared to 15% in 2000. On January 1, 2019, officials from the USGA and R&A, golf’s governing bodies, released a new and modernized version of the Rules of Golf. This represented the most sweeping changes in the rules in 60 years. Common sense infractions were eliminated, and the rules (reduced from 34 to 24) were simplified and made easier to understand improving the pace of play and making golf more fun. Kudos to the USGA and R&A! Recently, another bold move by golf industry icon ClubCorp, the 65-year-old privately held lifestyle and hospitality company with a portfolio of 151 owned and operated golf and country clubs, announced its rebranding roll-out with a new name and corporate vision, “Invited.” The word “INVITE” is not new for me. Perhaps it’s my effervescent Tennessean nature, but I love sharing everything good about this game and have made it my personal mission to make the game more fun and inclusive. I enjoy everything about golf - the atmosphere, the environment, the beauty - and most of all the people, the players, and the volunteers. My invitation remains open (as it always has). Whether I’m in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida or the Carolinas, come tee it up with me. One sweet whiff of that freshly cut green grass and you will be hooked forever.

Publisher: Terrie L. Purdum Editor in Chief: Shannon Coates Graphic Design: Melahn Cable, Photojournalists: Greg and Beverly Wise Photographers: Lynn Pelham, Brion Price, Peter Hakansson Mike Coonan, Becky Galloway, Madison Coates Senior Correspondent: Rick Harris, Sr. International Correspondent: Dove Jones Inflluencer/Ambassador: Chad Smith Contributing Writers: Jay Golden, PGA; Greg Wise, Bob Bolton, Greg Corbo, Dennis Dumler, Margie Dumler, Elisa Gaudet, Mike Jamison, Ron Heller, Rich Styles, Fred Seely, Deb Shuck, JL Quebbeman, Linda Williams-Sieg Editor Emeritus: Joel Jackson, CGCS Retired Turf Tender: Rich Havyer Social Media Muse: Madison Forni Regional Partner: Doug Hollandsworth, Founder-Georgia Golf Trail

Golf Central Magazine is published monthly by: Sand Hill Publishing & Public Relations 4313 Berwick Dr, Lake Wales, FL 33859 NEW PHONE: 863.875.6863 E-mail: ©2022 Golf Central Magazine. No portion of this publication may be reprinted without the prior written permission of the Publisher. Editorial contributions are welcome, but Golf Central Magazine assumes no responsibility for unsolicited proposals, manuscripts and photographs. All materials submitted not accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope will not be returned. Mailing, electronic mailing or faxing of contributions constitutes an expressed warrant on the part of the contributor that all material is original and does not infringe on the rights of others. Golf Central Magazine retains all reprint rights and reserves the right to edit any submitted material to meet our specifications for publishing and or use in advertising or promotion. The Publisher and staff are not responsible for any loss or grievance by any person or persons whatsoever, due in any way or in part to the content of this publication. The Publisher reserves the right to refuse to accept any material deemed inappropriate or in bad taste.

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The Tribute at Otsego Resort, a Gary Koch Design

Volume 23, Issue 2 Cart Girl 24 Lisa Peden Cuisine on the Green 26 4 Rivers Smokehouse FEATURE 32 Fallen Oak at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Fore Your Health 38 Big Max Golf Bachelor 18 Ryan Curtiss Golf Fore Charity 46 Patty Berg Pro-Am



Golf Travel 12 Louisiana Golf Trail


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Improving Performance 50 Tour Aim Special Events 10 Golf Central Magazine 23rd Anniversary


Stay & Play 28 Little Sandy – Amelia Island Resort Turf Life 52 Audubon International: Gaylord Springs Golf Links 54 Performance Nutrition Superstar: Ron Holmes, Jr 56 Pine Creek Turf 58 Turf Pirate’s Journal 60 Rounds 4 Research

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special events

Golf Central Magazine 23rd Anniversary & Masters Watch Party

We so enjoy our events with Golf Central Magazine. We had another successful day of achieving our mission of Ovarian Cancer Awareness and raising funds for much needed cancer research. AdventHealth was the big winner at the end of the days activities that included the $5,000 Putting Contest, Raffles and Silent Auction. Many of the sponsors were on hand to display their products. We had 50 States Vodka giving some very cool vodka (Azalia Drinks) samples for everyone. The craft vodka is a partnership with former Michigan running back Gerald White. Gerald enjoyed the time with our supporters talking about the new business venture. We also had a mermaid at the event! Yes, Emily Alexandra Emily, The American Mermaid, formerly known as The Florida Mermaid. Through her years being a diver, mermaid, and ocean conservationist, Emily decided to create a cosmetic 10

line that not only was good for your skin but safe for the oceans and coral reefs. Also participating with a very cool auction item, were the folks from Ice Cream Sunscreen that started creating products to make healthy skin protection from the sun a fun and playful thing to do. We would to congratulate Greg Wise on being the finalist for the Putting Contest sponsored by AloeMD. Chris Hardy from AloeMD made sure all of the putting contest qualifiers had a sample of their new product AloeMD Plus, a patented formula that helps reduce pain and inflammation quickly. All activities were hosted again by Mercedes-Benz of North Orlando, both Walter Grundorf and Wayne McShane were on hand to highlight their dealership. Mai Linh and Ricardo Achong were very happy winners on the 3/Day & 2/Night Stay and Play package from Hammock Beach Resort. Again, there were some awesome auction and raffle items.

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golf travel

Laissez les bon temps rouler – Let the Good Times Roll!

Although the Cajun French version of “let the good times roll” was developed in the French Quarter of New Orleans… I felt compelled to borrow this term for your trip around Louisiana and the joie de vivre (joy of living) that truly explains our love of the game of golf. Louisiana is a “Sportsman’s Paradise” for fishing, or hunting, but golfers have nothing to fear, when it comes down to ample… quality, challenging golf – all around the state. The Louisiana Golf Trails was developed to connect golfers with other experiences in Louisiana. Look… we all know that golf is a simple 4-hour game (that might be thinking a little too optimistically, or could share some of my personal sarcasm), so what do you do with the balance of your time. The well-known Audubon Golf Trail consists of 16 golf courses around the state and covers all 3 regions of Louisiana.This original “Golf Trail” has connected those 16 courses with 6 other opportunities for you to experience the culture around Louisiana. I would call the Louisiana Golf Trails… “GOLF &” 12

“Golf and Fishing Trails” – Not just a hobby to pass the time – fishing is a way of life. From their lakes, rivers, and marshes to the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana has the fisherman in you covered. Check out the Cypress Bend Golf Course in Many, LA. At this location you are literally minutes away from

completing your challenging round on their mind-blowing golf course and dropping your line in the water with a guide that knows where the hot spots are on Toledo Bend Lake. “Golf and Gaming Trails” – Known as “Las Vegas South” – you find yourself chipping in on the 5th hole at Koasati Pines in Kinder, LA, and throwing

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the dice on tables at Coushatta Casino Resort. LOOK…I have never heard a golfer yell “7 come 11” on the first tee at any golf course, especially when we play for money. But I did hear one of our players yelling… “give me an easy 4,” on the first hole at Tamahka Trails Golf Course that is part of Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, LA. “Golf & Culinary Trails” – Really… do we need to explain this one? A study not long ago found that Louisiana was the nation’s happiest state. Want to make me happy? Serve up some fresh Gulf seafood or boudin, or even andouille sausage gumbo… and although I may have just shot well above my normal score on the golf course… I am going to have a smile on my face as I bite into a fresh hot Beignet. Enough said! “Golf & Craft Beer Trails” – Imagine a great round of golf… a great Cajun dinner and you are strolling through a small town and find a Craft Brewer. You settle in for a cold one and enjoy their unique flavor and vibe that sets them apart from the next. Maybe it’s the water… maybe it’s the other ingredients… or maybe it’s just the atmosphere that takes you away as you listen to the history of their special town. Those problems that you may have had on the golf course seem to melt away. Preparing you for the next round on the golf course. “Golf and Music” – Say what? The birthplace of jazz, zydeco, Cajun, and swamp pop, music is engrained in the soul of Louisiana. From the main stage

at the lavish casinos… right down to the Street Performers… Louisiana Music, can be found everywhere. I’ll bet the next day on the golf course; you will be hearing those tunes filtering through the trees. “Golf and Distillery” – Now we are talking. The Big Easy? – No… those legal “Speakeasy” – where you nestle up to the bar… talking about your heroic shots of the day and sipping on some “World Class” Bourbon being distilled in the back room. Take a tour, see how it is done. Okay… so the golf that day, just got a little easier to take, while preparing for the next day. The folks of the Louisiana Golf Trails made it easier for all of us. They have established 3-day itineraries that truly fit all of these “Golf &’s” that you have been reading about. Check them out at: Laissez les bon temps rouler Golf Central • Volume 23, Issue 2


competitive spirits

Grey Coast Irish Whiskey Grey Coast Irish Whiskey is a collaboration between Northern Ireland native Graeme McDowell – the 2010 US Open Champion and Ryder Cup legend, and family owned Boann Distillery – a

highly acclaimed and world-renowned whiskey producer located just north of Dublin, Ireland. The Grey Coast reminds us that sometimes where you started, and the journey itself, is just as important as the destination. The Grey Coast is a marker of our history and accomplishment. An encouragement to dream our dream. A celebration of our friends and family. And a nod to life well lived. This whiskey represents not only Graeme’s story, but the story that lives inside of each and every one of us. We all have a story to tell; Grey Coast wants to hear yours. This brand encourages you to share your journey. It was made to toast the memories we’ve made and the memories we’re yet to make.

Grey Coast Irish Whiskey is crafted using a unique combination of casks and barreling techniques that give Grey Coast its inviting and unforgettable flavor profile. The flavor from ex-bourbon barrels is complemented by Oloroso

sherry casks, combining Irish heritage with American influence to create delightful notes of warm vanilla, spiced fruit, and honeycomb that dance together in the glass, allowing you to discover a whole new world of flavor. We want to know what your Grey Coast is! Post a brief video, or a photo and caption, with the hashtag #whatsyourgreycoast on Instagram. Tag us @ greycoastwhiskey and follow us to see if your story gets featured. For more information visit


McDowell Mule

Welcome Home. Welcome to the Grey Coast.

White Rocks Ingredients: • 1.5 oz. Grey Coast Irish Whiskey • 2 oz. fresh grapefruit juice • 2 oz. ginger ale • 3 dashes Angostura bitters • Grapefruit slice In a mixing glass, add all ingredients (except for ginger ale) and shake well with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass with ice and top with ginger ale. Garnish with grapefruit slice. Enjoy.


Ingredients: • 1.5 oz. Grey Coast Irish Whiskey • 1 orange wheel • 1 lemon wheel • 2 oz. ginger ale • 2 oz. tonic water • 3 dashes Angostura bitters Muddle the orange and lemon wheels in a highball glass. Fill the glass with ice cubes. Pour whiskey into the glass, top with equal parts ginger ale and club soda. Garnish with a lemon slice. Enjoy.

Ingredients: • 2 oz. Grey Coast Irish Whiskey • 0.5 oz. fresh lime juice • 4 oz. ginger beer • Lime wedge and fresh mint Fill a copper mug with ice. Pour in the Grey Coast Irish Whiskey and lime juice. Top the glass with ginger beer and gently swirl with a spoon, once, to mix. Garnish with a lime wedge and fresh mint. Enjoy.

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On Course Foundation Kicks Off Annual Fundraising Campaign On Course Foundation kicked off its annual fundraising campaign during Military Appreciation Month (May) to benefit wounded veterans who use golf as a vehicle for physical and mental recovery, and harvest newfound confidence into careers in golf. Corporate and individual contributions of financial and business resources are earmarked to expand On Course Foundation’s impact in new regional markets across America. The organization currently conducts free programs in 15 states which help active and retired, injured Service members develop golf business and playing skills. Sponsors include Apollo Wealth Management, Barclays, Charles Schwab, CSX, J.P. Morgan, KPMG, Callaway, Clubessential and Summit Golf Brands. Countless individual donors also salute the military, the game of golf and vastly improving lives which otherwise would have spiraled downward. “Golf is an extremely powerful tool,” says John Simpson, Founder of On Course Foundation and former agent to Nick Faldo and 17 major tournament winners. “The support we receive betters those who sacrifice their lives for our freedom; they go from unhappy to happy, and their transformations to enjoy family, professional, social, financial and athletic aspects of life are incredible beyond words.”


Thousands of On Course Foundation members have benefitted from the organization’s golf education and career services. Exhibiting profound changes of character, they are placed in full-time jobs with Callaway, ClubCorp, Marriott Vacations, TaylorMade, Topgolf, TPC Network and other golf companies, golf courses, clubs and resorts. Members

also learn playing skills with many achieving low, single-digit handicaps and qualifying for the annual Simpson Cup where U.K. and U.S. teams square off in Ryder Cup-style matches. Testament to On Course Foundation programming is Shad Newton, a National Guard veteran who sustained traumatic brain injury and right hip nerve damage in combat in Afghanistan: “The organization saved my life. It got me out of the house and on the course with my brothers and sisters in arms; otherwise, I would have ended my life a long time ago. Rehab through golf is an outlet for us to experience other than four walls.” To further exposure to the golf business, 10 On Course Foundation members worked at Augusta National during the 2022 Masters tournament. Others will help produce the Royal and Ancient’s Open Championship, the PGA Tour’s Charles Schwab Challenge and the PNC Championship. In 1999, Congress designed May as Military Appreciation Month, a time to pause to remember the sacrifice and service of past and present members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, Space Force and National Guard. May also marks Military Spouse Appreciation Day and Armed Forces Day. There are more than 4.5 million wounded, injured and sick Service people in the U.S. www.oncoursefoundationusa. org, info@oncoursefoundationusa. org, 407.529.2674. Golf Central • Volume 23, Issue 2

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Ryan Scott Curtiss

golf bachelor

Photos by Greg (Jersey) Corbo

Aside from golf; what do you prefer for fun and relaxation? Bass fishing. What golf apparel do you like to wear? Greyson shirts and Peter Millar or Dunning shorts and pants. Whom do you most admire for their inner and outer beauty? My momma and my sister What three things would you need to survive on a deserted island? Beef, water, and music. Who would you like to have with you on the same deserted island; and why? My oldest and dearest friend Luke. He’s always been able to show me different perspectives of the same situation and he’s very resourceful and jovial. Also, my current main squeeze whose name shall remain anonymous. Just hearing her voice and feeling her presence or looking at her makes me happy. What do you find to be the most annoying habit people demonstrate on the golf course? Whining. I love drinking wine, but I hate listening to it.

Where were you born? Did you grow up there? Tampa, Florida born and raised. Is “acting your age” overrated? For sure, I think it’s preposterous to relate a mentality with a number. What do you do for a living? Caddie What would you like to do for a living? I always dreamed of being a Navy seal, a fighter pilot, or an MLB umpire. 18

Name the three most important things to you in this world. My mother, my sister, and my ability to learn and grow from all of the bad decisions and mistakes I’ve made. Given the choice; would you select love, success, or money to keep yourself happy? Before I reached enlightenment, I would have said money. But now that I have found inner peace, I can deal without any of these. What do you fear the most? Disappointing my family.

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What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy golf foursome? Alistair McKenzie, Moe Norman, and Tiger. What are some of your great accomplishments? Recognizing and addressing my mental health issues from the past. Relaxed evening at home, or nightclub and cocktails? I mean I don’t mind the occasional trip to the nightclub but home is where the heart is. Last time you spewed something through your nose from laughing so hard? Oh boy! I’m sure it happened in the last couple days. This is something I do often because I’m constantly eating or drinking while I drive and listening to podcasts. Favorite comedian? Dave Chappelle and Ron White.

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Last book you read? To Kill a Mockingbird in 8th grade is the only book I can remember reading start to finish. I’ve always had poor reading comprehension skills and too much energy to sit still to try to learn or improve them. News, current events; hardcopy or on-line? I don’t keep up with anything mainstream because everyone is so biased, I can’t stand it. Favorite charity to support? I like to support the homeless in Tampa. This isn’t an actual charity I just go find them when I have clothes, shoes, and occasionally beer and food to give to them. What else would you like for us to know about you? I’m a little shocked and very honored at your interest in me for your magazine.


living on the links

By Stephen Jara

Courtesy of Wycliffe CC

A Club with a Successful Real Estate Program adds Membership Sales, Delivers Consistant Branding and becomes a Lucrative Income Stream Coming out of the Covid Hangover, many private clubs have witnessed a spectacular phenomenon with membership and home sales. The frenzy continues in several areas of the country, and we have not experienced any drop of momentum, maybe a leveling off to the market. The question hangs out there, did you and your club benefit from this trend? Membership waiting lists are longer than ever at most clubs and the wait time could be 10+ years before prospective members are able to join. The flurry of home sales inside gated golf communities since the pandemic hit have been unprecedented. In the last 2 quarters of 2020 and all of 2021 home sales reached unheard values and any decent property to hit the market was gobbled up with buyers paying well over 170% of the list price in some locations. 22

In 2022, an inventory shortage resulting from the rage the year prior has slowed the number of transactions; however, prices are soaring in many locations. So, what does this mean to the private club? Clubs that have an on-site real estate operation experienced an incredible profit. Board Members and Club Managers are hearing about this success and are looking into the opportunities of developing their own real estate operation. Private Club Realty Group is a consulting and managing real estate

group, helping private clubs develop and manage an in-house real estate department. Understanding the challenges that private clubs are facing today, we can customize a specific “plan of action” for your Club. We work with the Board of Directors, General Manager, Membership Director, and the associated committees throughout the process. We provide absolute dedication to the club’s best interest. You can expect a comforting experience while working side by side with our team as we provide a tailored comprehensive approach to meet your needs and objectives. • Provide a review and analyze your community’s real estate sales • Facilitate a customized in-house real estate operation • Periodic review of your community real estate operations Golf Central • Volume 23, Issue 2

• Develop a plan of action to assist in telling your club’s story

3 Options to consider: 1 In-House real estate brokerage PCRG will work with the Club to completely develop and implement an In-House Real Estate Operation. From National & State compliance, hiring staff, assisting with budgets, and developing operating systems we will work hand in hand with your club to implement a successful real estate brokerage. 2 Manage your preferred real estate company Many clubs have developed an exclusive partnership with a local real estate company. PCRG will manage and ensure the outside brokerage is complying to your agreement as well as providing exclusive services to the club. We can also assist in developing a program to fit your club and find the right partner. 3 Manage local real estate agents in your community

Another option for clubs to promote real estate in their community is to select several local real estate agents and provide leads to them. PCRG will work with your club and those agents to ensure your club branding and club story is being used. We will develop programs, events and collateral for outside agents to use in marketing and promoting your club.

About us: Stephen Jara and Jill Christu

and real estate experience, including The Bear’s Club, Woodfield CC, Jupiter Hills and Loblolly. Understanding the club mentality and requirements it takes to successfully meld a new program is most important. We are currently working with several clubs and would like to discuss the opportunity to see how we can work together and promote your club. Visit or give us a call at (561) 436-1000.

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On the PGA TOUR®, vision is a golfer’s most important equipment. Transitions lenses adapt to changing light to help golfers see more comfortably in all light conditions and help protect eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

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Transitions and the swirl are registered trademarks and Transitions Adaptive Lenses is a trademark of Transitions Optical, Inc. ©2012 Transitions Optical, Inc.

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cart girl

Lisa Peden Where did you grow up? Deltona, FL Which group of people did you associate most with in high school? Athletes and Service Clubs What is your favorite sport to play? Golf & Tennis Favorite to watch? Golf & Baseball Do you enjoy playing golf? I Love it! I have been playing since I was 4 years old. Are there any golfers in your family? Yes, my husband and 3 kids all play What do you feel makes this club special? Pete Sands the GM at Mayfair has given me an incredible opportunity. I am not only a cart girl, I’m also a LPGA Teaching Apprentice. I am currently in the LPGA TEP Program in Level 2. Without the support of Mayfair, I wouldn’t have had the accessibility to teach. It’s hard to get in at a course and be able to teach right off the bat. I have a great Ladies Clinic on Monday mornings and a junior program thanks to them. What is your favorite part of being a cart girl? Interacting with the public. My Saturday & Sunday morning skins groups are very good to me. We are Family!! If you weren’t a cart girl, what would you be doing? Coaching Golf or working on a Golf Tour. I am currently working with the East Coast Women’s Pro Tour. Mark Berman the tour owner, has given 24

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me a great opportunity to see how a tour is ran and the amount of hard work that goes into it. It’s a lot of work, but getting to know the players and watch them perform is very inspiring. What type of music do you prefer? 80’s Rock & Alternative What hobbies do you enjoy? Sports, playing cornhole, crafting and taking rides in my 97 Jeep Wrangler. Favorite comedian? Pete Davidson Favorite type of movie? Comedy Favorite charity to support? Alzheimer’s Association What else would you like for us to know about you? Someday I would like to visit Yellowstone. I love seafood. I played collegiate golf for UCF and I am the Seminole High School Girls Golf Coach. Lisa with her students, Ava and Haylie

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cuisine on the green


John Rivers

Founder & CEO 4Roots and 4R Restaurant Group Following a 20-year career

in healthcare, John Rivers retired as President of a $1.5 billion company to pursue a lifelong dream of opening a restaurant. In 2009, John created his first concept, 4 Rivers Smokehouse, which quickly became one of the fastest growing restaurants in the Southeast. The business grew to 22 locations to include John’s other concepts, the Southern-inspired COOP, the Mexican themed Cantina at Disney Springs, and the farm-to-table 4Roots Café. 4 Rivers garnered national recognition being named “The South’s Best BBQ” by Southern Living, and the “#1 BBQ Restaurant Chain” by MSN. Born out of John’s garage, the “barbeque ministry” remains at the heart of the company’s mission to lift up those in need and help build better communities. The culmination of the 4R Foundation’s work, the Orlando based 4Roots Farm will serve as a community campus to inspire revolutionary change in Florida’s food system through education on sustainable and regenerative farming, advancements in agriculture technology, and research in culinary medicine via the launch of the Culinary Health Institute. Author of The Southern Cowboy Cookbook and graduate of Florida State University College of Business, where he served on the Board of Governors, John has been named one of the Restaurant Industry’s Power 20 Leaders by Restaurant Business & News, Restauranter of the Year by Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, and Orlando Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful, 15 to Watch”. John had the honor of cooking at 26

the prestigious James Beard House in New York City, and was twice named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. John serves on the FDACS Food Security Advisory Council and the Department of Agriculture Innovation

Committee for the State of Florida, and is a member of the Florida Governor’s Council of 100. John lives in Winter Park with his wife and two children, and serves on the boards of numerous school, church, and local charitable organizations.

Smokehouse Corn Chef Jeff Palermo – 4 Rivers Smokehouse Serves 8- 10 Ingredients: 12 Ears Fresh Corn, or two 16-ounce bags frozen sweet corn 1/2 Cup Scallions, white part only 1/3 Cup Olive Oil 1 Clove Garlic, finely minced 1/4 Cup Scallions, green part only 1 Can Rotel Original diced tomatoes and green chilies 1/3 Cup Cilantro, chopped Taste Coarse Salt Taste Freshly Ground Pepper Procedure: Shuck corn and shear off kernels with a sharp knife over a bowl; set aside. Discard cobs. Sauté scallion whites in olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat, stir in garlic and sauté for 2 minutes being careful not to brown. Add scallion tops and sauté for 1 minute. Stir in corn and cook for 8 to minutes or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Add Rotel tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in cilantro; adjust seasoning to taste. Serve hot. Chef’s Tip: Add a couple of tablespoons of sugar while simmering if corn isn’t quite sweet enough. Golf Central • Volume 23, Issue 2



The experiences you’ll take away can’t be recorded on a scorecard. With world-class, award-winning golf, a luxurious spa, championship sporting clays courses and exquisite cuisine, The Omni Homestead Resort was made for making memories. Discover more than 30 recreational activities, all conveniently

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located on a 2,300-acre mountain estate.


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stay & Play

Little Sandy... Provides new opportunities for golfers of all ages in a Big Way!

Beau Welling, Designer

The Wooks had a Bluegrass song “Little Sandy Queen,” and truly begins to tell the story of the new golf course, aptly named “Little Sandy,” at Omni International – Amelia Island Resort, Florida The little sandy queen has got a hold of me… She paints the scene, just like a peaceful dream, She’s turning olive green, she’s the prettiest girl I’ve seen. So, attending opening day of new golf courses are fun events… but when


they come with a true connection to so many possibilities for those who challenge “Little Sandy” – nothing could be better to share. The Beau Welling design for Little Sandy was intentional to create an environment that promotes camaraderie and community. Enjoy the soft music as

your take a stroll around this masterpiece. Playability and a fun atmosphere were the focus of Mr. Welling to cater to families and those new to the game. Little Sandy will challenge you to a strategic test of golf with bold and contoured greens for the more experienced golfers. One notable feature is the 10th hole that plays to an island green presenting a dramatic close to the round. Featuring 10 holes nestled around Red Maple Lake, Little Sandy ranges from 70 to 125 yards. There is also an 18-hole putting green to test your skill. Playing through a picturesque lowland oak marsh habitat, Omni Amelia Island Resort’s new short course provides a traditional, yet fun-focused golf experience for all ages and abilities. The course offers an idyllic setting as nearly all holes are played along Red Maple Lake’s water that contrast sandy native grass areas, dunes, and diverse wildlife habitat. “My intent was to develop Little Sandy to be a challenge to all, especially right-hand golfers that will have Red Maple Lake in their site path, all 10 holes,” stated Mr. Welling. At this time, Little Sandy is open exclusively to registered Omni resort guests and members of The Amelia Island Club. Golf Central • Volume 23, Issue 2

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Bartow Golf Course Continues After 100 years As One of Florida’s Top Public Golf Courses A Florida Historic Golf Trail Club Tucked within the

city limits of Bartow in Polk County, Florida, just 38 miles east of Tampa, sits a sporty but challenging golf course that is proud to be part of the Florida Historic Golf Trail. Bartow Golf Course, a linksstyle design built in the 1920s, has remained true to its original mission of providing quality affordable golf and excellent food offerings to residents and visitors. Today, this well maintained jewel of a course offers an enjoyable golf experience for players of all ability levels. The Par 72 course, thought to be designed in part by Donald Ross, features four sets of tees ranging from 5200 yards to 6600 yards with no homes to interfere with the natural vistas. Known to area golfers as the “TOW,” the layout blends naturally with stands of oaks and multiple water hazards and also is a peaceful haven for a variety of wildlife. The small elevated greens have been preserved in keeping with the course’s original traditional style. As part of an ongoing upgrade program to attract more golfers, Bartow recently installed a new irrigation system that covers the footprint of the course. Four new forward tees on holes 3, 8, 13 and 18 also were added and new sand was replaced in all the bunkers.

Bartow Golf Club Hole 2 Fairway According to long time head golf pro, Chris Banks, “Bartow Golf Course provides a great experience to all men, women & youth golfers. It also proudly hosts many charitable events in Polk County.” In 1925, Bartow hosted an exhibition match that featured Cyril Walker, the 1924 U.S. Open champion who defeated Bobby Jones at Michigan’s

Oakland Hills Country Club. The course has been home to the Youth Villa Classic for the past 59 years, an event which helps raise money for the Sherriff Youth Ranch in Bartow. For more information about Bartow Golf Course and to book tee times, please visit the website at or call the pro shop at 863-533-9183.

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Join us for the much-anticipated return of the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic and Gala Monday July 18th, 2022 at 6PM. Oheka Castle 135 West Gate Drive Huntington NY11743 In 2010, we launched the charity event which has drawn a wide variety of celebrities from the world of professional sports and entertainment. After an unfortunate COVID-19-related hiatus, we were excited to bring it back last year and expand its purpose at the same time by partnering with SHER organization founded by Anzhelika Steen-Olsen. As a result, our typically golf-centric event will boast their second annual women’s empowerment luncheon which will be followed by the evening gala celebration. The beneficiaries of this year’s Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic are Pop Earth, a non -profit focused on providing holistic health services and options for those with special needs, including Autism and other developmental disorders. As well, Kids Need More Organization, providing programs where children, families and young adults coping with cancer and illnesses can celebrate life in a safe and positive environment. Among the noteworthy celebrities already lined up to hit the links are Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck, actor Hisham Tawfiq, country singer Jillian Cardarelli, Bernard Hopkins, Scott Ferrall, Jim Trotter, Merril Hoge, Neil O’Donnel, ESPN host Kevin Weeks and NFL Network Host, Brian Baldinger, Brian Kilmeade & Pete Hegseth (Fox and Friends)and Jeff Hoffman, founder of Priceline and Chairman of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, to name a few.

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By Logan Henry

A MISSISSIPPI MASTERPIECE The template is straight out of a Faulkner novel: the lush landscape featuring magnolias sharing ground with pecan groves and majestic oak and pine trees blanketed over rolling ridges. Those ridges are dotted with large lakes, winding streams and marshes hosting a wealth of flora and fauna. That template is what renowned golf architect Tom Fazio had at his disposal when he crafted the award-winning Fallen Oak, MGM Resorts International’s answer to an exclusive golf experience unmatched by any course in the Southeast. Located in Coastal Mississippi between New Orleans, Louisiana and Mobile, Alabama on a 510-acre plot adjacent to the De Soto National Forest, sits this naturalist’s dream. Fallen Oak presents golfers a picturesque and challenging experience that combines Southern charm and ambiance with golf at the highest caliber. This work of art is just 20 miles north of the Biloxibeachfront Beau Rivage Resort & Casino and available exclusively to guests of 32

the resort. “Fallen Oak offers dramatic elevation changes rarely found so close to the coast, as well as tremendous vegetation that was incorporated into the routing of the golf course,” Fazio said. Fallen Oak features tiff eagle Bermuda grass, sand-capped fairways, zoysia grass flanking the bunkers and creeks, and Bahia grass in the native areas. To handle the Mississippi rainfall and to keep them as firm as possible, Fallen Oak greens are equipped with a SubAir System, which allows the course to control excessive moisture content by vacuuming the water out of the greens. In addition to removing excess moisture, It allows for the exchange of hostile gases and moisture out of the soil and helps stimulate the flow of oxygen – a key product of photosynthesis. Such is his respect for the inherent beauty of the existing terrain that Fazio designed the paved cart paths – which wind across 10 wooden bridges that span the wetlands – to be hidden. Plans

are in place this summer to resurface all bridges and decking. “MGM Resorts’ Mississippi masterpiece will undergo several enhancements in 2022 to continue to raise the bar on the Fallen Oak experience,” said Director of Agronomy Matt Hughes. “We have evaluated each of the bridges and the cart paths and we will be upgrading them this year,” said Hughes. “Most of the damage that occurs on the paths are from tree roots expanding underneath the cart paths. The roots lift and create voids where breaks occur. We will be removing some trees to help prevent new panels from breaking, but this will not interfere with Fazio’s design intent or playability.” “We are currently looking at new bunker sand to use in all the bunkers and have been evaluating numerous sands. We have chosen a sand that performs excellent in this climate and has optimum playability.” Hughes said plans are also underway to plant additional specimen trees at Golf Central • Volume 23, Issue 2

Hole No. 5 at MGM Resorts International’s award-winning Fallen Oak in Mississippi.

Built to resemble an Acadian-style Southern mansion, Fallen Oak’s 12,000-square foot clubhouse houses a 1,000-square foot pro shop, locker facilities and a 70-seat lounge and restaurant. The back veranda offers panoramic views of the 18th hole and the majestic live oak that gives Fallen Oak its name.

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Fallen Oak to create more natural beauty. “Most are being planted in native grass areas and will create groves of live oaks and magnolias,” said Hughes. “Live oaks are very resilient and stronger than most oaks and will mitigate future tree damage from storms.” “Between Fallen Oak’s inherent beauty and MGM Resorts’ commitment to quality, we look forward to continuing to offer a world-class golf experience,” said Hughes. One round and golfers know why Fallen Oak is consistently ranked as the best course in Mississippi by Golf Digest and Golfweek, and since its 2006 opening has held the No. 2 position on Golfweek’s Best Casino Course list, trailing only its sister MGM Resorts’ course Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. For reservations or more information, call (877) 805-4657 or visit

Architect Tom Fazio designed Fallen Oak’s cart paths to be hidden. This summer all bridges and decking are being resurfaced.


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For the diehard fans of direct-to-consumer golf ball maker OnCore Golf, the wait is over. For the first time since launching its award-winning four-piece VERO X1, the Buffalo-based company rolled out the new and enhanced ELIXR three-piece Tour ball in April to much fanfare. The original ELIXR debuted in 2018 and was OnCore’s first golf ball engineered specifically for players with high swing speeds. The flagship model brought together a unique mix of advanced materials to deliver an exceptional combination of distance, spin, control and feel off the club face. The first generation ELIXR went on to win numerous awards including back-to-back Golf Digest Hot List Gold Medals in 2019 and 2020. “With the response to our launch of the original ELIXR, we knew we’d created a ball for serious golfers that represented a legitimate challenge to the competition,” says OnCore Golf Co-Founder Bret Blakely. “The ELIXR’s performance led to the development of the four-piece VERO X1 for golfers with even higher swing speeds and lower handicaps. We’re now focusing our attention back on the ‘gateway tour ball’ that started it all and has continued to receive rave reviews from a wide range of players, media outlets and equipment testers.” Like the original, the 2022 ELIXR provides golfers with perimeter weighting for greater accuracy and reduced side spin off the driver. A unique polybutadiene core delivers outstanding coefficient of restitution (CoR) for higher ball speed, resulting in more carry and roll. Additionally, a slightly firmer cover with a 350-dimple pattern (up from 318) and mid-compression ball specification delivers a pure feel off the club face and gives the ELIXR superior greenside control, durability and unmatched performance in its category. While ELIXR’s overall performance has increased OnCore is pleased to announce the price has not. The new ELIXR retails for $29.99 per dozen with additional discounts available to loyalty members and for bulk purchases. More information will be available in the coming weeks at

Swag Golf and McLaren Racing announced today a multi-year licensing agreement to create McLaren branded golf putters, headcovers and accessories. Swag is celebrating the news with its initial product drop, which will include Miami-themed McLaren designs on headcovers, ballmarkers, and one of Swag’s signature putters. Designed to commemorate the 2022 Miami Grand Prix, F1 fans, golf enthusiasts and everyone in between can try to snag their own Swag when the product drops on May 4th in anticipation of the Miami Grand Prix on Sunday May 8th. “It’s impossible to think of Formula 1 racing and not think of the iconic McLaren Racing team. We’re excited to expand our Swag style to visually capture the characteristics of McLaren’s F1 fan base through limited products and fan engagements throughout the Formula 1 season,” said Nick Venson, founder and chief executive officer, Swag Golf. “We are delighted to be partnering with Swag Golf. This collaboration is a fantastic way to celebrate our first F1 race in Miami, and we are excited to commemorate this with the initial product drop. We look forward to creating more McLaren branded golf putters, accessories and headcovers throughout the season,” said Lindsey Eckhouse, Director, Licensing, eCommerce & esports, McLaren Racing. Since 2018, Swag has built a loyal following of fans in the golf community and beyond. McLaren is the latest to join Swag’s extensive licensing portfolio which includes MLB, WWE®, Kraft-Heinz, Capcom, Topps, Vienna Beef and more. Fans are encouraged to follow Swag on social media (@SwagGolfCo) for the latest company updates, product releases and ambassador signings. For more information, or to snag some Swag of your own, please visit Golf Central • Volume 23, Issue 2

fore your health

Speeding Up Play Can Lead to a Longer Life Do you want to speed up the pace of play and add years to your life? Well, researchers at the University of Leicester have found the perfect combination that allows golfers to do just that! In a study of over 400,000 adult U.K. participants, researchers found that “… as little as 10 minutes of brisk walking a day is associated with longer life expectancy, and that brisk walkers have up to 20 years’ greater life expectancy compared to slow walkers.” Rick Oldach, U.S. CEO of European

used information contained in people’s

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genetic profile to show that a faster

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biological age. The build-up of these

walking pace is indeed likely to lead to

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senescent cells is believed to contribute

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to a range of symptoms we associate

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“BIG MAX has long argued that walking the course is beneficial

Tom Yates, the Senior Author

to health, social interaction and

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and Professor of Physical Activity,

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that playing golf, and particularly

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walking the course, has a positive

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fantastic thing for getting more people

impact on physical, social and mental

wrote, “Whilst we have previously

walking the course and improving the

health. But to see that brisk walking

shown that walking pace is a very

pace of the game.”

between shots can add so significantly

strong predictor of health status, we

to a golfer’s life expectancy and speed

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By Hailey Estes


Gene Siller tragically passed at Pinetree Country Club. Almost one year later, his legacy of service lives on. TRAGEDY ROCKS THE GEORGIA GOLF COMMUNITY On July 3, 2021, Gene Siller was murdered on the tenth hole of Pinetree Country Club where he served as Director of Golf. When his staff alerted him of a white pickup truck near the tenth green, he was the first to investigate. In a tragic case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Siller encountered a crime in progress and was shot and killed. A humble, generous and wellloved man, Siller’s death was felt throughout the golf world. His wife, Ashley, was determined to preserve his legacy for their two sons to remember their father. 40

Ashley Siller addresses participants at the first annual Gene Siller Red Pants Memorial Golf Tournament.

THE GENE SILLER MEMORIAL GRANT Immediately following Gene’s death, the Siller Family received an outpouring of support. A GoFundMe campaign set up by Pinetree Country Club member Dianne McPherson raised thousands of dollars to support Gene’s family. Ashley was adamant that the funds should be used to share Gene’s love for golf and commitment to mentorship. Out of a tragedy, the Gene Siller Memorial Grant was born. The Gene Siller Memorial Grant or “Red Pants Grant”, an homage to Gene’s flashy wardrobe and the red pants he wore on the day

his passing, was established to provide financial assistance to Georgia-based junior golfers. The grant seeks to support underserved youth looking to learn, play and compete in golf. In the first year of the grant’s existence, over 20 juniors applied to receive the inaugural grants which will be awarded in June of 2022. The Siller Family looks forward to award multiple $3,000 grants to support the golf pursuits of several Georgia youth.

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$460,000 Raised During Inaugural Honda Classic Cares Play Yellow Birdie Bash Over $460,000 was raised by South Florida PGA Professionals who made 1,070 birdies during the Honda Classic Cares Play Yellow Birdie Bash April 18th at PGA National. The funds raised will impact the South Florida PGA Foundation and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. The 44 PGA Professionals who competed took on PGA National’s newly redesigned, Match course and the newly introduced, par-3 Staple course. With each birdie made backed by donor pledges, the 22 teams played a scramble format for 81 holes, vying to make as many birdies as possible. “We made a lot of birdies today, and the fact that it was for the kids,

we would stand over a putt and

of, ‘’ said South Florida PGA Executive

say it is for the kids, that is what it

Director, Geoff Lofstead. “We have been

is all about,” said Lynn Valentine,

able to raise a lot of money to help a lot

PGA of Broken Sound Club.

of local charities here in south Florida.”

The $460,000 raised marks the

The historic day ended with a

largest single fundraiser that the South

special ceremony including speeches

Florida PGA has ever administered. Eric

from Ken Kennerly, executive

Veilleux, PGA and Ryan Fountain, PGA,

director of the Honda Classic,

representing the Bear’s Club, earned

Lofstead and Jack and Baraba

the top fundraising team with over

Nicklaus, founders of the Nicklaus

$77,000 raised. Ryan Leahey, assistant

Children’s Health Care Foundation.

golf professional at the Bear’s Club

Each speaker expressed their

and Jeff Hall, PGA director of golf at

gratitude towards every PGA

Stonebridge Golf and Country Club,

Professional and to all the donors

carded the most birdies with 64.

that made this event possible.

“Honestly I didn’t really know what

“Thank you for helping us touch so

expectations to have today, but I would

many hearts,” said Barbara Nicklaus.

say what happened today, far exceeded

“that is what it is all about.”

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The Cadillac Invitational, held at Fiddlesticks Country Club in Fort Myers, raised $10,000 for the South Florida PGA Foundation. Cadillac, a longtime partner of the South Florida PGA, supported this event to raise money for the South Florida PGA Foundation and its community outreach programs which annually enhance the lives of the south Florida community. The 21 South Florida PGA Professionals teamed up with three amateurs each to compete in this inaugural event in a twoteam best-ball format. Winning the event was Jon Pazdera, PGA and his team from Cypress Lake Golf Club, with a net team score of 15-under, three clear of the lead. In addition to the team score, there was a three-way tie for low professional at even par between Pazdera, Nick Marcoaldi, PGA of Esplanade Golf and Country Club and Andrew Zullo, PGA of Bay Colony Golf Club. Golf Central • Volume 23, Issue 2


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Stephanie Connelly-Eiswerth at the PGA Professional Championship

PGA Professional Championship On Sunday, April 17th, eight PGA Professionals from the North Florida Section competed in the PGA Professional Championship at Omni Barton Creek Resort. Greg Koch (RitzCarlton Golf Club - Grande Lakes Orlando), Rod Perry (Crane Lakes Golf & Country Club), Stephanie ConnellyEiswerth (San Jose Country Club), Jennifer Borocz (North Florida Section), David Damesworth (Orange Tree Golf Club), Joseph Sabatino (Hidden Lakes Golf Club), Matt Borchert (Isleworth Golf & Country Club) and Jonathan Mansfield (Clearwater Country Club). Borchert tied for 11th place and earned a spot in the Team of 20, punching his ticket to the PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

speakers will be taking the stage to deliver presentations highlighting the importance of leadership. 2022 NFPGA Golf Professional of the Year Bill Filson

will serve as the morning keynote speaker, sharing his insight into how to utilize the culture of excitement to entice both customers and employees alike. Filson will share how to grow the game through inclusion and create an engaging environment that fosters customer loyalty. PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh will serve as the afternoon’s keynote speaker. Inspired by David Novack, New York Times bestselling author and host of the “How Leaders Lead” podcast, “Learning from Leaders” will be a conversation-style presentation with Waugh sharing his journey and explaining how he gets things done! In the afternoon, elections for President, Vice President, Secretary and Tournament Chair will be held during the Business Meeting. The Celebration of Members will take place on Sunday, June 5th, at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The ceremony and dinner will honor all of the recipients of the 2022 NFPGA Section Awards and the NFPGA Hall of Fame inductees.

Matt Borchert, final round of the PGA Professional Championship

Annual Meeting One of the biggest NFPGA events of the year is almost here again! The 43rd Annual Meeting presented by Global Golf Sales will be taking the stage at a new venue this year: the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort. The Yamaha Annual Meeting ProPro will take place on the newlydesigned Florida Course at Grand Cypress on June 7th. Two keynote 44

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Patty Berg Pro-Am raises $29,000 for college scholarships The 45th Annual Patty Berg Pro-Am Golf Tournament, held at Cypress Lake Golf Club, raised $29,000 to support scholarship programs for young golfers in Southwest Florida. This year’s tournament attracted a sold-out field of 72 members and 24 professional golfers to Cypress Lake Golf Club, a pristine private course in Fort Myers that offers subtle contours of the land, distinctive natural features and plentiful wildlife. Proceeds from the Patty Berg ProAm support the Patty Berg Scholarship Program through the Southwest Florida Junior Golf Association, which provides well-rounded youth golfers with college scholarships. Recipients must be SWFJGA members for at least three years and display good sportsmanship, a positive attitude, citizenship and competitive courage. “The Patty Berg Pro-Am is a great way our members and sponsors can come together and give back to the local community,” said Jon Pazdera, the club’s director of golf. “Golf clubs across Southwest Florida host a variety of fundraising events, but the Pro-Am has a

Cypress Lake Golf Club - Patty Berg Pro-Am check presentation different feel because of its long history and impact on the sport.” Berg, a Hall of Game golfer who is credited for opening doors for female

golfers across the world, was a founding member of Cypress Lake Golf Club in 1959 and continued her membership until she passed away in 2006. During

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her illustrious professional career, Berg won 60 championships on the LPGA Tour and her 15 major titles is the most among all female golfers. Today, Cypress Lake Golf Club is home to the world’s largest collection of Berg’s artifacts and memorabilia after the golfer permanently loaned a collection of her trophies, medals, plaques, photos and other historic relics. In 2021, the club dedicated a three-dimensional “Pop Art” assemblage based on rediscovered artwork from illustrator Anthony Ravielli to celebrate Berg’s achievements on and off the golf course. “Patty Berg meant so much to golf worldwide, but especially here in Southwest Florida, where she donated her time and resources to help youth golfers improve their game,” said Ed Rodgers, general manager of Cypress Lake Golf Club. “The Pro-Am and other fundraising events are our way of continuing her legacy of improving the sport for the next generation of golfers.” Hole-in-One sponsors for the Patty Berg Pro-Am included Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida, FineMark National Bank & Trust and “In Memory of John Schramm.” Eagle sponsors included Winged Foot Title, Bushwood Tree Co., Pinestraw of South Florida and Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. In July, Cypress Lake Golf Club will host the Patty Berg Championship, one of PGA South Florida Section’s. Golf Central • Volume 23, Issue 2

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georgia golf trail

By Mike May

Brasstown Valley 11th green

A Georgia Golf Trail Triple Play If you want to enjoy the Great

so good that each one is worthy of a same-day replay or a next-day repeat.

Outdoors, reconnect with Mother

On their own, each destination has a

Nature, and experience stay-and-play

multitude of recreational endeavors,

golf at three of most secluded, well-

in addition to golf, which makes each

designed and well-maintained golf

place an attractive place in itself for

courses in Georgia, keep reading.

you and your family. And, on their own,

Those three destinations are

each location has access to overnight

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa in

accommodations that will guarantee

Young Harris, Georgia; the Currahee

you a good, er great, night’s sleep.

Club in Toccoa, Georgia; and the

Nestled among the mountains of

Arrowhead Pointe Golf Club, located

North Georgia, Brasstown Valley Resort

in the Richard B. Miller State Park,

& Spa is the quintessential mountain

near Elberton, Georgia. They are

golf getaway. Even though Brasstown

three of the finest golf courses on the

Valley is located in the mountains, the

Georgia Golf Trail and in the entire

golf course was built in a valley, which

state of Georgia, for that matter.

justifies its moniker – Brasstown Valley.

“Any trip through the mountains of

Here, the atmosphere is refreshing,

North Georgia is incomplete without

relaxing, and re-energizing. The golf

visits to Brasstown Valley, Arrowhead

course is very well maintained, cleverly

Pointe, and Currahee Club,” said Georgia

designed, and entertaining to play. It’s

Golf Trail Founder Doug Hollandsworth.

the real deal. It all starts with a tee

“It’s a spectacular journey through

shot from a raised tee to a fairway

north and northeast Georgia.” On their own, each golf course is 48

Dogwood Tree at Currahee Club

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time will be significant. After that, the golf course winds its way through wildlife preserves, ponds, and streams. At all times, you have spectacular views of the surrounding mountainous terrain, especially from behind the 11th green. Go play Brasstown Valley! The Currahee Club experience begins when you step foot onto the driving range where you’ll see striking images of the surrounding countryside. Then, walk into the majestic 48,000-squarefoot clubhouse which sits adjacent to the driving range. Here, enjoy firstclass dining and breath-taking views of Lake Hartwell from the veranda. Then, make your way to the first or tenth tee so that you can enjoy the featured attraction: the Jim Fazio-

Arrowhead Pointe GC 14th green looking at Lake Richard B. Russell

designed par-72, 18-hole golf course which is worthy of its championship label.

The tee shots at the first and

tenth holes, when struck well, will have lots of hangtime. And, it just gets better from there. The golf course maintains premiere playing conditions yearround, highlighted by outstanding bent grass greens. Go play Currahee Club! While Arrowhead Pointe deserves to be called the ‘Crown Jewel’ of the Georgia Golf Trail, it should share that label with Brasstown Valley and the Currahee Club. At Arrowhead Pointe, the water views are stunning -- with 10 of the 18 holes skirting Lake Richard B. Russell. The 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th holes are perched on a strip of land that is surrounded by Lake Russell on three sides. The degree of difficulty of those four holes is superseded by their

Currahee Club 17th Tee

joint magnitude of beauty. Arrowhead Pointe – designed by Georgia native golf course architect Denis Griffiths – is a fair, creative and imaginative layout, which includes many scenic views of the nearby lake. There are no homes at Arrowhead Pointe, which is consistent with the state park golf course theme of “no crowds, no houses, no noise.” Go play Arrowhead Pointe! For more information about Brasstown Valley, Arrowhead Pointe, and Currahee Club plus other golf courses along the Georgia Golf Trail, access Golf Central • Volume 23, Issue 2


improving performance

Born of necessity, Tour Aim targets one of golf’s most common problems

Bring Your Game Into Proper Alignment


ne of the breakthrough products at the 2022 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando was a training aid called Tour Aim. Like many golf training products, Tour Aim was designed by a frustrated avid golfer, turned inventor and CEO. With a full-time job and a young family at home, Noah Wolf found himself spending more time on the driving range than on the golf course. After hitting ball after ball and not paying attention to his alignment and aim, he noticed some bad swing habits developing. These habits translated into higher scores and lots of lost balls on the golf course. Despite trying various swing aids and alignment rods, nothing seemed to help. Wolf hit the digital drawing board and invented Tour Aim with the sole focus of making golf practice drills more effective and efficient. Using standard 5/16 alignment sticks, Tour Aim’s hard-plastic, durable practice board offers a variety of angles and directions to place your sticks. This allows golfers the ability to visualize and internalize the feed-


back and feeling of properly aligning your feet, taking aim, and swinging confidently down the intended target line. Within three months of using his Tour Aim prototype, Wolf’s handicap dropped from 11 to 6. He knew he was on to something. Dubbed the “Swiss Army Knife” of alignment tools at the PGA Show, Tour Aim is an extremely versatile and intuitive golf trainer. Tour Aim works with the full swing, chipping, pitching, and even putting. From the range to the practice green, golfers can focus on the key fundamentals: feet-and-shoulder alignment, aim, swing and stroke path and clubface angle at impact. Most importantly, Tour Aim is not a complicated trainer; it provides true target aim and it works on every aspect of your game. Given the vast array of training aids on the market, the simple yet clever design of Tour Aim has received high praise from some of the top golf instructors in the country. Notably, Golf Digest recently recognized Tour Aim as one of its 2022 Editors’ Choice Award winners.

“I get asked to endorse a lot of products and I usually don’t, but Tour Aim is a product I endorse and use for myself and my students,” said Kip Puterbaugh, Golf Digest’s “Best Teachers” and Director of the Aviara Golf Academy in Carlsbad, CA. For woods and irons, Tour Aim has two swing plane positions that allow the alignment sticks to be angled to improve the back swing and follow through. It helps to develop linear divot patterns and Tour Aim can be switched to new targets in seconds. “Tour Aim is so effective; I use it in my setup for every lesson. I wouldn’t teach without it,” said Robert Linville, Carolinas PGA Teacher of the Year and founder of Precision Golf School in Greensboro, NC. Tour Aim is sold separately or can be bundled with alignment sticks. It works for right and left-handed golfers. The board is lightweight and durable and can be used on any type of grass, turf, or mats. PGA discounts, team, wholesale, and affiliate pricing is available. For more information or to see our instructional videos, visit Golf Central • Volume 23, Issue 2

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Marriott’s Gaylord Springs Golf Links makes sustainable strides as an Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary

The City of Nashville is synonymous with entertainment, country music and southern hospitality…but to many people’s surprise, Nashville also boasts many prestigious golf venues. Only a few miles from the hustle and bustle of NASHVILLE’S Broadway, lies an 18-hole golf course that is synonymous with environmental stewardship, Marriott’s Gaylord Springs Golf Links. The Scottish links-style course is nestled alongside the Cumberland River and borders numerous wetlands. Marriott Golf recognizes their sensitive location and makes tremendous efforts to operate in a sustainable fashion. So much so that the Marriott Golf team pursued and achieved certification as an Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary for Golf. In 2019, Gaylord Springs Golf Links became an environmental leader amongst the city’s public golf courses and successfully achieved certification in all 6 ACSP for Golf focus areas: environmental planning, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation, water quality management, wildlife and habitat management, and outreach and education. Most recently, the course underwent a recertification site visit by Audubon International staff. Our goal here at Gaylord Springs Golf Links is to provide a championship quality golf course all while creating habitat for the diverse wildlife we have on property. The Nashville metro area is growing at a record pace and the demand for public golf is at an all-time high. This growth has also reduced habitat surrounding the golf course and in recent years we have seen an influx in wildlife calling our course home. We strive to be the example showing how a golf course doesn’t destroy habitat but can help to enhance it through the proper practices. Being located on the banks of the Cumberland River water quality and 52

the reduction of irrigation water usage is a high priority. We hope that golfers not only come to our course to enjoy the playing conditions but also take in all the scenery and wildlife that we have to offer.” – Chris Reavis, Assistant Superintendent, Marriott Gaylord Springs Golf Links

Wildlife on the course While playing Gaylord Springs Golf Links be sure to keep your eyes peeled for any one of the 30+ species that can be seen including eagles, Carolina chickadees, blue-winged teals, and many more raptors and songbirds. Supplemental habitat structures like blue bird and owl boxes, along with an osprey platform can be seen throughout. These structures are monitored regularly by staff and play a crucial role in restoring and maintaining the local populations of these species. But that’s not all…you’ll also find bats calling the limestone bluffs home and numerous small mammals that utilize the brush piles and fallen trees in out-of-play areas. The property’s habitat varies and

the extensive wetlands provide critical habitat for amphibians, fish and over twenty beavers found on the property! Even though beavers have the ability to destabilize and degrade banks, Gaylord Springs leaves nature’s engineers to contribute to the varying habitats throughout the course.

Best Management Practices Reduce Inputs One of the most responsible measures a golf course can make is to incorporate Best Management Practices (BMPs) into their day-today management. These efforts reduce the property’s environmental footprint by following responsible practices such as reducing pesticide and water use. To accomplish this, Gaylord Springs transitioned 6-acres of managed turf to drought and disease tolerant native grasses. This effort will not only minimize inputs but also expands habitat and food sources for many native species. In addition, during the cooler months, the property chooses not to overseed turf, thereby minimizing cultural practices and reducing irrigation requirements. Many golf courses across the country are stepping up and

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recognizing that the game of golf has a unique opportunity to provide green space in urban and developing areas. Thanks to the outstanding efforts and commitment of Superintendent, Chris Young, Assistant Superintendent, Chris Reavis, and Senior Director of Golf Grounds at Marriott Golf, David Robinson, Gaylord Springs Golf Links is a remarkable example of how sustainable management practices help golf courses become seamless extensions of nature. To learn more about how your golf course, resort or community can gain recognition for your environmental efforts and learn how to expand your initiatives through Audubon International’s numerous environmental certifications, visit Audubon International, an environmentally focused non-profit organization, offers members numerous certifications and conservation initiatives to protect the areas where we live, work, and play. Their certifications are designed to increase environmental awareness, encourage sustainable environmental efforts, and educate both their members and their communities.

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Ron Holmes, Jr. Golf Course Superintendent

Aquarina Countrry Club, Melbourne Beach, FL

SUPERSTAR Where are you from? Melbourne, FL

How did you get into the golf business? I started at Aquarina raking bunkers 12 years ago, after the course had been closed for several years. It didn’t take me long to realize just how much goes into maintaining a golf course. Growing up playing the course at its best, I knew I wanted to be a part of bringing it back to that level. I paid attention and learned as much as I could about the superintendent job that I ultimately wanted to have. Now I hope to use the knowledge and experience I’ve gained to keep the course in the best condition possible.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in the field? Try not to get overwhelmed by the things that are out of your control, everything is not always going to run smoothly. Keep your eyes and ears open to learn as much as you can about all the different moving parts of this profession. If you can’t figure something out, don’t be afraid to ask the more experienced people for help. There is so much information out there right now at your disposal, continuing education is key to progressing in this profession. Finally, make sure to take some time to play and enjoy the golf course you put so much work into.

What makes your course “stand out/outstanding”? The course was built right in the middle of a nature preserve, with an abundance of different wildlife on every hole. Even though it is only a par 62 course, there are many difficult aspects to it. Whether you are trying to carry 150 yards of mangroves or cut corners on drivable par 4’s, every hole has a unique challenge. I like that the golf course is owned and run by all Aquarina residents. Many of them volunteer on the course and as board members, helping to improve it and the surrounding community.

What Performance Nutrient products have helped you succeed? Prudent 44, NUTROL, Agra Rouse, and Kapre Exalt are some products we use regularly in our programs with great results. I would like to mention Mike Rowe (the superintendent that oversaw the grow-in of Aquarina’s golf course) with Golf Ventures, who was the first to suggest I try out some of these products.

Who is your mentor and why? I wouldn’t have been able to succeed in this position without the knowledge and training from the superintendents I have worked under. Jim Moller, Ollie Rhodes, and Mike Thornton, all showed me throughout the years the dos and don’ts of running a golf course. I will always appreciate their guidance. Overall though my greatest mentors have been my parents, Ron and Becky Holmes. They have always been there for me personally and professionally, to offer advice and point me in the right direction. I would not be here without their unconditional support. 54

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of Cook County is a family-owned turf farm focused on a quality product with customer service as an equal priority. Pike Creek Turf’s inception was made possible in 1989 with the vision and support of the patriarch of the family, Jimmy Allen. Jimmy credits the strong family bond as the main reason Pike Creek Turf has experienced success over the past 33 years. As part owner of Pike Creek Turf, he and his family run a very successful business providing quality turfgrass to clients all over the world. Jimmy and his wife, Quay, have been happily married for 59 years. “It is Quay’s support through the years that has enabled me to do what I have done. I certainly could not have accomplished any of this without her by my side,” he said. In addition to Quay’s help, their children and children’s spouses own and work for Pike Creek Turf. Their son, Jaimie Allen, runs the farm operations, and their daughter, Kim Allen Boling manages the office, personnel, collections, and marketing. Kim’s husband, Dake Boling, laser grades, fumigates, oversees field preparation, and plants the turfgrass fields on the farm. Jaimie’s wife, Lynne Allen, oversees administrative tasks. Surrounding the 72-acre pond, all three families live and work on the farm. Across the pond, they built the cottage and barn to host turf conferences, events and seminars at Pike Creek Turf.

Jimmy’s Life Jimmy was born and raised in Tifton, Georgia and has been working from the early age of 9-years-old when his mother got him a job delivering the newspaper for The Tifton Gazette. He said his mother taught him a lot of 56

Pike Creek Turf Family his bookkeeping skills in managing the collections from his newspaper customers. After six years running the paper route, he took a job washing cars at a service station in high school. While in high school, Jimmy was president of a state-widerecognized Key Club, and he played golf and baseball. He was offered golf scholarships to the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech, but he decided to play baseball at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC)

in Tifton during his freshman year. “While attending ABAC, I met my wife who I married within a year. One year after we were married, Jaimie was born. Then, 14 months later, Kim was born. Life was moving fast as we were 20 years old with two children,” Jimmy said. He transferred to Valdosta State College and graduated second in his class with a degree in accounting. While there, Jimmy played in a professional golf mini-tour where Golf Central • Volume 23, Issue 2

Harvesting Sod he placed in the top five in several tournaments. Due to his respect for his parent’s convictions of not playing golf on Sundays, he decided not to pursue professional golf after college. Instead of pursuing a career in golf, Jimmy went to work for Georgia Power. The Allen family moved to Atlanta for two years where he worked through an IBM training program as a potential management trainee. Next, he prepared for the CPA Exam by attending a CPA Review Course at the University of South Carolina. After passing the CPA exam, they moved back to Tifton where he opened his accounting practice. His firm quickly grew to 20 Certified Public Accountants and a staff of 40 employees.

Transition to Turfgrass While in college, Jimmy had earned a minor in forestry. During his accounting career, he used his knowledge to acquire land. He began searching for land, purchasing properties plentiful with timber, and selling the timber to replant new trees. “I had substantial land assets, and I could start a business with what I had accumulated from my accounting firm investments,” Jimmy said. Jaimie also earned an accounting degree, like his father. He graduated from the University of Georgia and worked for six months at the firm before telling Jimmy he wanted to farm. Since they had accumulated farmland over Golf Central • Volume 23, Issue 2

the past several years as investments, they had what they needed to start a turfgrass business. In 1989, they started Pike Creek Turf, planting 80 acres of turfgrass. The first few years Jimmy assisted Jaimie in running the pivot irrigation systems on the weekends. Eventually, they hired enough staff to operate the farm efficiently. In 1993, following her five-year employment at Tift Regional Hospital, Kim joined the family business. She brought a different perspective to the company with a four-year degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Valdosta State College. “My education as well as my work experience sufficiently prepared me to assist my family in the daily operations as well as the overall company decisions. I truly entered a different dynamic where I saw the world from an entirely new perspective when I began my journey with my family at Pike Creek Turf,” Kim expressed. Jimmy retired from accounting and sold his firm in 1996. He decided to utilize the marketing skills he had acquired during his time as an accountant. He began assisting in the area of marketing for Pike Creek Turf. Pike Creek negotiates roughly 100 contracts per year. Pike Creek Turf’s full-time traveling

salesman is Bruce Allison, who has over 40 years of experience in the turf industry. Jimmy explained that Bruce does an excellent job of visiting people. He invites customers to come to the farm for a farm tour and stay at the cottage to see the turfgrass for their project. “While at the farm, we show the customers the genetic purity that we grow in our grass, which is the key to our marketing plan. We fumigate all of our fields with methyl bromide gas. All of our fields consist of certified grasses only, with a small exception,” he said. “Bruce is an excellent representative of Pike Creek Turf with vast knowledge of turfgrass.” Al Kent, another 40-year veteran in the turf industry, serves as the Operation Manager who supervises the quotes and contracts for Pike Creek Turf. In addition, he oversees the road superintendents for the golf course projects. “Pike Creek Turf’s success is dependent upon all of the employees of the company which help to create our Pike Creek Turf family. Our success would not be possible without the support, hard work, and dedication of all our employees. We have a great group of people, and we are grateful for all they do to help make Pike Creek Turf successful,” Jimmy said. For more information on Pike Creek Turf, 57

By Anthony L. Williams, MG, CGCS, CGM

Turf Pirate Offif cialRules

(more like suggestions)

Welcome back Turf Pirates! I trust that you are well into another successful golf season and that you’re working on extending your Turf Pirate skills and legacy. I have been receiving a few inquiries in regards to the actual rules (More Like Suggestions) embraced by the Ancient and Honorable Tribe of Turf Pirates. For Example, Is there an actual list of rules? The short answer is YES! There are at last glance 35 rules in various stages of vetting and while these are very important to a Turf Pirate it is more important to note that Turf Pirates are generally free spirits and reserve the right of situational necessity to truly state if a rule was properly applied or necessary for that matter. That said, I thought in the spirit of edification we should once again cover a few of the rules. Note: there has never been a public release of all 35 Rules as they are always changing, not to mention the fact the Ancient

and Honorable Tribe of Turf Pirates are as a whole an elusive group operating on the edges of the known world. Here a few of the stable rules/guidelines from the galactic headquarters. Rule #25 No Regrets. An obvious axiom for any Turf Pirate or person of worth is to live in such a way that you have no regrets. This rule reminds us to be decisive and fair in all our dealings, personal and professional. Having no regrets as a focus is liberating as you stay in the present with an eye on the future and are not anchored with a stereotype or a negative experience from your past. Turf Pirates understand that each day must be challenged with 100% commitment to your journey and if done properly the synergy you create will amass a positive energy flow of hurricane proportions. No Regrets is more than words it is a waypoint that once embraced makes true joy not just possible but constant.

Anthony and the PGA rules officials gather during the playoff of the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson Tournament.


A not so rare photo of a Turf Pirate on Bourbon Street Rule #32 Travel and See New Worlds. It seems apparent that all Turf Pirates love to travel and it’s through wandering that we develop a deep love of food, spirits, culture and history. Ports of call vary from great turf and green spaces to festivals and celebrations. Bourbon Street in New Orleans’ French Quarter (see the attached photo of one of my Turf Pirate Walk-Abouts to this iconic destination) for example has lured Turf Pirates into extended adventures for years. There is a great Turf Pirate legend about Bourbon street muggers and one of the key note speakers for the 25th TOCA annual meeting held at the Hotel Monteleone, a famous hangout for legendary literary pirates, but that is another story. Travel expands your mind and perspective, so pack light and hit the road. Remember Turf Pirates that life is what you make and that the spirit of the rule is more important than the letter of law. Sow Good Seeds (Rule #21) and leave things better than you found them. Until next month my friends may the grass always be greener on your side of the fence. Golf Central • Volume 23, Issue 2

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Rounds 4 Research Auction Raises Record-Breaking $482,000 For Turfgrass Studies National program has raised nearly $2.5 million since 2012 The 2022 Rounds 4 Research fundraising program to support

turfgrass studies, administered by

the GCSAA Foundation sold 1,361

rounds of golf and yielded more

than $482,000 in its April 25-May 1

online auction, making it the most

successful in the program’s history

and an increase of $129,000 over

2021. The GCSAA Foundation is

the philanthropic organization of

the Golf Course Superintendents

Association of America (GCSAA).

The top bid was $10,100 for

the Dormie Network one-year

membership to six private clubs.

“Thanks to generous donors and

bidders who care about supporting

the game they love and for making

this year’s Rounds 4 Research auction

our most successful yet,” said Rhett


Evans, GCSAA chief executive

“We are proud to join other

officer. “Golf is more popular than

management companies and

ever, and it is wonderful to see

individual courses in being a part of

golfers and the industry come

this important effort for the good of the

together to ensure its future.”

game,” said David Nicholls, senior vice

The national campaign is presented

president of science and agronomy for

in partnership with The Toro Co.

Troon Golf. “Rounds 4 Research benefits

Several multi-course operators have

everyone who cares about golf because

also joined the effort to support

it is making sure that the game will

research, including ClubCorp, Dormie

be here for many years to come.”

Network, Founders Group International,

The program has raised nearly $2.5

GreatLIFE KC, KemperSports,

million since launching in 2012. For

Marriott Golf, the PGA Tour TPC

more information about Rounds 4

network of courses and Troon Golf.

Research, visit

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The pH of this.

The growth of that.

Too much moisture.

Not enough moisture.

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.

The Golf Ball Chair has landed! Love golf? You’ll love the new golf furniture range from Dimple Design. The amazing golf ball chair is gaining fans across the US, and from its home in the sun, in Florida, we met the Chair-Man himself Mark Beattie.

“ Golfer’s are loving the chair and it’s great to be able to finally see so many happy customers. ” explains Mark.

The Golf ball chair is a unique idea and ideal for use at home, in a clubhouse environment or at work! Made from heavy duty gel coat resin (like they use in yachts) with a leather upholstered seat and aluminum base, its designed to look good and feel even better! With an office chair, dining chair, bar stool and table also available there’s something for everyone and every room. The chairs are proving particularly popular with golfers who have installed their own swing studio/golf simulator at home. It’s the ideal finishing touch for a swing room or man cave, and is the perfect chair to watch the upcoming Masters coverage from, if you’re not lucky enough to attend yourself. We can now offer custom chairs too, that we can recolour the dimple part and even offer custom upholstery for customers who want something even more unique.

Golfers can find out more online at or on instagram at dimple_designedUSA For more information, to buy a chair or to arrange a viewing contact


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“ The range is growing too with a desk chair, bar stool and coffee table all available but of course the big egg chair is always the favorite, whenever anyone see’s it they can’t wait to sit on it! ”

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You love golf, you love the chair, you want the chair, you deserve the chair - just buy the chair. There are many reasons not to buy a golf ball chair, and we don’t have a fancy sales pitch but if you follow your heart, you only need one reason to treat yourself to something that will make you the happiest golfer you know.








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