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By Alice & Danny Scott

ORLANDO ESCAPE

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Destinations

Northwest Ireland: Links Golf on Steroids By David DeSmith

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Samuel Byrd: A Champion at the Plate & the Tee

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Travel for All BY TIMOTHY BRANCO The golf travel industry offers thousands of destinations, resorts and courses throughout the country and across the globe. Golf travel is a growing industry offering large corporate and convention events, private and public club trips and the largest sector in the industry, individual and small group golf vacations. One of the newest and most popular sectors in the industry is “Stay Play & Watch,” PGA Tour, LPGA Tour & Champions Tour events. Hawaii Golf Tourism is focusing on “Tour Week” golf vacation packages in January to April this upcoming year. Another growing golf travel sector “Stay Play & Train” allows players at all levels time to learn, practice, and play with professional guidance to ingrain good habits and to better enjoy the game. The National Golf Foundation reports that 8.2 million golfers played golf while traveling in 2017. These numbers are expected to increase, especially with so many golfers traveling as retirees and those with grown families who typically have more free time for golf. Golf travel is truly a part of the game and every golfer has their own personal bucket list of great destinations. With every journey there is that first step and with golf travel, it is in the planning. Allinclusive golf vacations make the process very easy and golf travel agencies are well versed on the facilities and regions and all they have to offer. If you are choosing a road trip visiting facilities here in the Northeast, then be sure to give yourself enough time for off-the-course activities to explore local attractions and the region. The most common mistake made by many is to cram too much golf in too little time, stop and smell the roses and enjoy. This is our Annual Golf Travel Planner, it is chock-full of great destinations, incredible resorts and spectacular places to play near and far. I Hope you enjoy the issue and share it with your friends and family. We like to think of it as a 4-season guide to golf travel from the Northeast. Travel well, play well, and enjoy the sights and sounds along the way.

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ARNOLD

PA L M E R

A Life

FOR

THE

LOVE

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Golf BY TIM BRANCO & JACK ROSS

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n 2001, Arnold Palmer appeared at The Greater Hartford Open to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this prestigious PGA Tournament. The tournament was created by members of the Jaycees in Hartford, Connecticut and held at the esteemed Wethersfield Country Club in 1952. The Greater Hartford (then called The Insurance City Open) was home to Arnold Palmer’s first PGA Tour win in 1956. From 1955 – 2011, he would go on to win

92 times on the PGA Tour, the Champions Tour and International competitions including seven majors. He was by all measures the King, though he never acted that way. He cherished life and the game of golf, his presence in the game was legendary. In the history of all sports no one individual has ever single handedly transformed a game like Arnold Palmer did with golf. He gave golf as a gift to us all, to embellish, to love and to share with others we love. NORTHEAST. GOLF | AUG US T / S E P TE M B E R 2 0 1 9

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In 1997, The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund honored Arnold Palmer with the first Francis Ouimet Award for his Lifelong Achievement to Golf at Copley Place in Boston. Mr. Palmer was involved in the Ouimet Fund for over 20 years thanks to the efforts of Richard “Dick” Connolly, Jr. who served as his financial advisor and was a close personal friend. It was at a Francis Ouimet banquet that I met Mr. Palmer for the first time and was awestruck by his innate ability to make every introduction something special. There were 1,500 people at the event, the largest golf banquet in the world. Arnold, with his warm handshake, strong eye contact and genuine sincerity, may have met them all. He spoke of life, of golf, of friendships and family. He brought the room to tears as he said he would leave Boston in the morning for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. for prostate cancer surgery.

IN 1997, THE FRANCIS OUIMET SCHOLARSHIP FUND HONORED ARNOLD PALMER WITH THE FIRST FRANCIS OUIMET AWARD FOR HIS LIFELONG ACHIEVEMENT TO GOLF AT COPLEY PLACE IN BOSTON. MR. PALMER WAS INVOLVED IN THE OUIMET FUND FOR OVER 20 YEARS THANKS TO THE EFFORTS OF RICHARD “DICK” CONNOLLY, JR. WHO SERVED AS HIS FINANCIAL ADVISOR AND WAS A CLOSE PERSONAL FRIEND.

In the years following, I had numerous opportunities

to meet and chat with him at various tournaments, press events and even served as a marshal alongside him at The Bank of America Championship, held at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, Mass. from 19992005. I was always amazed by his memory and his ability to recollect names and small details about so many people he met even casually in life. My most cherished memory of Mr. Palmer was during one of my stays at Bay Hill on my birthday in 2015 when we had some time to chat about life and golf. Mr. Palmer said to me, “do something every day that you're proud of, and it will be a good day”. They are words I try to live by.

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LATROBE COUNTRY CLUB

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eacon Palmer, Arnie’s dad, served as superintendent and golf professional at Latrobe Country Club until his death in 1976.

But it was his son, Arnold, who made the biggest impact on the game of golf, and later purchased his beloved club in 1971. In the early 1960s, Deacon and Arnold formulated the plans to expand the original 9-hole course to 18-holes. When Arnold bought the club, further modernization commenced but the course and the unpretentious clubhouse have never lost their original charm. Arnold Palmer returned to Latrobe every summer throughout his adult life to the home perched on a hill overlooking the entrance to the club where he loved nothing better than to play golf with his close circle of friends, have lunch in what is now the Palmer Grille, and tinker with clubs in his workshop. In his essay on Latrobe in the book

, Palmer

observed that he always returned to Latrobe because “it is my home, and by that, I mean it isn’t just where I came from and where I grew up, but it’s the home that’s in my heart.” His house was 100 steps from his office and two minutes from the first tee. He noted, “Home is where I can go play eighteen holes of golf, and the only attention I’ll receive for most of that round is a wave from a friend or an acquaintance.” At Latrobe Country Club Arnold Palmer is still with us. His locker was locked with all its contents still inside. Members no longer see him at his table in the grill, hitting balls on the range, jogging or riding his bicycle on the cart paths, or treating the staff to hot dogs at the snack bar at the turn on Mondays when the course was closed. But make no mistake, Latrobe retains Palmer’s spirit of kindness to all he encountered and his passion for the game of golf. Today, you don’t have to be a member of the club to play Arnie’s home course. If you stay at one of the guest houses at the club, you can be a member for a day at Latrobe. The course affords fine views of the mountains; the signature hole is the par-3 12th, where the ride up the hill to the tee box provides a panoramic vista. A journey to Latrobe is a trip through golf history. You won’t see Arnie, but you will feel his presence. And of course, you can enjoy an “Arnold Palmer” in the clubhouse after your round. For information visit latrobecountryclub.com.

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BAY HILL CLUB & LODGE

ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST AUTHENTIC GOLF DESTINATIONS CONTINUES TO BE PERFECTLY PALMER

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n 1965 Arnold Palmer first visited the Bay Hill

history of golf. Many know it from the annual PGA

and hospitality that makes you feel like you’re

Club for an exhibition. Mr. Palmer was living in

TOUR stop, the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented

not only welcome but special in a Bay Hill way.

Pennsylvania and had been looking for a winter

by Mastercard or for the new innovative two and

In your room, you are treated to the life story of

home for his family. Arnie knew almost immediately

a half acre short game area that garnered national

Arnold Palmer, a documentary produced by the

that he had found a property he wanted to own; a

attention for the Arnold Palmer Design Company

Golf Channel. It provides a vision into a life that

quiet secluded golfer’s paradise to winter with his

when unveiled in October 2018 but few know of

changed the world of golf forever. Open only to

family. In 1970 Arnold Palmer entered into a 5-year

the magic that exists just minutes from Walt Disney

Club members and registered guests staying at the

lease with option to buy, which he did in 1975. He

World and Universal Orlando.

Bay Hill Club & Lodge, the breathtaking course

approached the PGA Tour to move the Florida Citrus

sweeps across 270 acres along the shores of the

Open to Bay Hill and in 1979 The Bay Hill Citrus

in Orlando as a private club that also doubles as a

Butler Chain of Lakes. The new Perfectly Palmer

Classic (later known as the Bay Hill Invitational)

70-room lodge open to visitors. Its combination of

experience allows non-members to walk in the

was born. In 2007 the tournament was renamed The

intimacy and luxury is tough to find in Orlando

footsteps of a man who positively changed golf and

Arnold Palmer Invitational.

where courses are often huge golf resorts. Upon

impacted lives. For reservations visit bayhill.com

Bay Hill continues to be a special place in the

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THE 90 FOR 90 CELEBRATION

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his year the Arnold Palmer organization launched the 90 for 90 campaign to celebrate moments of his life from June 13th, leading up

to what would have been Mr. Palmers 90th birthday on September 10th. The launch of the program began at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Club in June highlighting Arnie’s dramatic victory in the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills, his partnership purchase of Pebble Beach, as well as his final U.S.

THERE HAVE BEEN COUNTLESS ACCOUNTS AND INTERVIEWS ABOUT THE LIFE AND MEMORIES OF ARNOLD PALMER BY SOME OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS REPORTERS AND JOURNALIST IN THE WORLD.

Open at Oakmont in 1994. Fans and supporters can join the celebration at www.blog.arnoldpalmer. com and share their reactions and Palmer memories using #AP90for90. The highlighted moments will cover the full spectrum of Palmer’s life, including family, his love of aviation, his business prowess, the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation and of course, his incredible golf career. More than just historical notes, the 90 moments are meant to emphasize the positive impact Palmer had on the world and to inspire others to live their best. There have been countless accounts and interviews about the life and

memories of Arnold Palmer by some of the most prestigious reporters and journalist in the world. One of my personal favorites was done by author/ broadcaster Matt Adams and host of Fairways of Life. The interview took place the year before his passing, just prior to the 2015 Masters. In the interview Mr. Palmer said, ‘I miss most of all, playing golf with friends” and he spoke in volumes about his love for the game. When asked how he would like to be remembered, he said, “I suppose, that I have made a contribution to Photo Courtesy of MDCM Photography

the game, to make it a little better”. Yes, Arnold you did.

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Streamsong® Red

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dedicated to each guest’s enjoyment. Streamsong Resort features the grotto-style AcquaPietra™ Spa, replete with indulgent treatments conducted by skilled professionals, as well as more active recreational opportunities that include guided bass fishing, sporting clays, tennis, archery and nature trails. A lakeside infinity-edge pool offers yet another way to pass the time while enjoying the year-round temperate weather. And with five fine and casual dining options, each serving extensive menus and expertly crafted cocktails, finding the perfect meal or nightcap is amazingly effortless. Golfers of all skill levels will be thrilled to learn that Streamsong Resort is the only destination in the world where players can experience three distinct golf rounds, all among Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses, designed by four legendary architects — Streamsong® Red, a lake-dotted layout with striking landforms, rolling terrain and open savannah designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw; Streamsong® Blue, a course revered for its elevation


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Change of Scenery Travel With A PGA Professional BY NICK HEIDELBERGER, NEPGA

Golfers in New England are familiar with the annual routine: Cram

Many golf Professionals are helping their members combat this

as many rounds as possible into the limited months and weeks be-

routine by taking advantage of Travel Pro-Am opportunities – allowing

tween the soggy spring and the always premature first blizzard of

members of their club to enjoy a completely different golf experience

the fall. Golf season in the Northeast seemingly grows shorter and

than they get day-in and day-out at their home course. The New

shorter each and every year, forcing players to scratch the prover-

England PGA annually hosts two wildly popular Travel Pro-Ams, bring-

bial golf itch furiously while the fleeting opportunity presents itself.

ing dozens of players to the United Kingdom each October, and Las

The result can be dozens of indifferentiable rounds at the nearest

Vegas each November.

track with the same like-minded trio of buddies.

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The concept is simple – the professional registers for the all-inclu-


While the Las Vegas getaway appeals to a large crowd, the bright lights and sleepless nights aren’t for everybody. Some prefer a more historic adventure where the golf experience simply cannot be replicated. Those players might be more interested in hopping sive event and gathers a team of amateurs.

the 2019 tournament sold out all 46 spots in

The NEPGA takes care of the rest, from hotel

under an hour.

accommodations and tee times at exclusive courses to meals and tournament parties. Rick Durocher, PGA, Assistant Golf Professional at Cyprian Keyes Golf Course in Boylston, Mass., has made the Vegas stop a can’t-miss for just shy of two decades. “I think I’ve been in Vegas for probably 16

links and parkland courses in Europe and Great Britain. 2019 will mark the sixth consec-

For Durocher, the prestigious courses are

utive year the NEPGA has hosted a Pro-Am in

only part of the appeal. The all-around expe-

Great Britain & Ireland, annually touring cours-

rience with ‘round-the-clock entertainment is

es that make up The Open Championship

what he believes sells the experience. “With Shadow Creek and Southern Highlands, this is going to be the best year with three really good courses,” he said. “Everything is taken

to 19 years,” Durocher recalled. “I was at Con-

care of when you get there. You’ve got to

cord Country Club for 15 years and I probably

have somebody who probably likes to gamble

went 14 years with them, and I’ve gone three

at night. The amateurs get to see me play, and

or four since I’ve been at Cyprian.”

then they get to see me off the course too. You

After each trip, the envy back at the club

the Atlantic Ocean to play some of the finest

New England golf season, giving competitors a taste of golf glory to close their season. The timing of the trip keeps travelers motivated to be playing their best throughout the late sum-

and it’s a good time. I chat up the golf be-

bers to participate.

cause I think it’s fun, I think it’s great playing out

it up and people knew I went and who went

flies and it’s always good conditions because

with me and that’s how we got some different

the sun is out 360 days a year.”

groups,” Durocher added. In 2019, for the second consecutive year, the NEPGA is bringing groups to some head-turning courses, including Shadow Creek and Southern Highlands. TPC Las Vegas replaces Siena as the third course in the rotation. The 2018 escape gave participants an added bonus when Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson announced that their highly publicized Match would take place at Shadow Creek within the same calendar month as the NEPGA trip. Given the perennial success of the Las Vegas excursion, it’s no wonder

Championship venue Carnoustie. The expedition, which takes place each

kind of let your guard down a little bit maybe,

there. You’re at a little bit of altitude so the ball

historic Scottish courses, including 2019 Open

October, coincides with the final weeks of

would grow, inspiring more and more mem“At Concord, we’d get back and we’d talk

rota. Participants this year will experience six

mer, and the incredible experience fuels their itch throughout the long winter months. Whether you prefer the non-stop action Las Vegas offers, dare to brave the elements overseas in exchange for an authentic and historical links golf experience, or have always been intrigued by another golf destination, an annual golf trip should be on your list. Next time you’re in the Pro Shop, ask your Professional if there are travel opportunities at your club. It just may be the shakeup that transforms your golf season from ordinary to extraordinary. Visit NEPGA.com to learn more about New England PGA Travel Pro-Am tournaments, and stay tuned in early 2020 for next year’s lineup and registration.

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COEUR D’ALENE RESORT AND SPA BY ALICE & DANNY SCOTT

THE DESTINATION: Coeur d’Alene (CDA) is the pinnacle of Northern Idaho’s panhandle, rich with mountain, streams and lake scenery for hiking, biking, fishing, water activities and distinctive golf. The focal point is Lake Coeur d’Alene, one of the most picturesque in the northwest. Boutique shops and restaurants line the quaint downtown streets of CDA and extend to the Riverstone community. Keeping with the beauty of nature, moose sculptures pop on corners and municipal utility boxes are covered in colorful murals. The Venue Coeur d’Alene Resort and Spa is 20 stories high, literally towering over Lake Coeur d’Alene. The lobby aquarium mesmerizes those waiting to check in/out or meet another party. A deluxe room on the 15th floor feels like a honeymoon suite where couples may take court from the balcony over the marina and lake subjects below. Eleven dining spots deliver culinary options all with lake views. A wine tour segues to fine dining at Beverly’s on the 8th floor. Live entertainment at the adjacent lounge winds up the evening. Concierges book lake cruises, boat rentals or concerts and special happenings at the Hagadone Event Center above the famous floating green. The BLU infinity pool and beach club sit below. The Spa Coeur d’Alene offers a full menu of pampering. This is resort lake living at its finest. The Golf The floating island green might be the iconic draw for CDA Resort Golf Course, but it is an entire experience. Guests hop aboard a classic wooden boat for a cruise across the lake to the golf dock where their caddy greets and guides them through the facilities. Chair massages are complimentary during warm ups. Range targets are out in the water using floating balls.

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Manicured landscaping appears like televised backyards of the rich and famous. Many of the holes view the lake for a crescendo of fine golf up to the floating 14th green which can be shifted from 140 to 220 yards from the shore. It’s not gimmicky. The all-natural marvel is freshly renovated with 5 million pounds of dirt, sand, grass and trees. A little “Putter” boat ferries golfer to and from the island. The Floating Green Restaurant gallery above makes the par 3 drive more nerve wracking and birdies more exciting. And More The adjacent Tubbs Hill is a fun, easy hike around the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Old Mission State Park is 30 minutes away for history


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enthusiasts with Sacred Encounters. Choose from many day trips like

Idaho State has been an awakening. We love the idyllic

Lewiston for jet boating into Hells Canyon. The Lewis and Clark Valley is an

scenery and CDA Resort is on our top list for family/buddy/gal

epic historical trail and tale but also a new AVA with very worthy wineries.

trips, intimate or solo getaways.

CDA Casino Resort and Circling Raven for more golf and gaming is just 45 minutes away. Our Takeaway Golfers who traversed all 50 states say that Coeur d’Alene

The Journey The Spokane International Airport is 40 minutes to drive or shuttle to Coeur d’Alene, with connections from major cities in the U.S or Canada. The resort is conveniently

Resort is their absolute favorite and we understand why. The intimate lakeside

located near the interstate. Extend the journey from other

experience emanates superior service. It has the 3 Ps of a great golf vacation

northwest airports for unlimited adventure, more golf and

– super People, a Place that is special. and the “Parfecta” course.

ultimate road tripping.

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NORTHWEST IRELAND

Links Golf On Steroids

Ballyliffin

BY DAVID DESMITH out to be (mostly) right. Over the course

Western Ireland, which is situated along

Then the three of us met at Dublin Airport,

Northwest of Ireland didn’t look good.

The forecast for our buddies’ trip to the

of seven rounds in seven days, 126 holes

the northern stretch of the Wild Atlantic

threw our stuff into a rental car, and set

Seven straight days of rain. Not showers—

in all, Ray, my other friend Doug and I

Way. But I’d played a few of the courses

off for what we hoped would be seven

or scattered showers. Rain. The kind that

encountered rain on just eight of them.

in this part of the Emerald Isle, knew how

unforgettable days of Irish links golf.

creates rivers in your shoes. But we had a

We quickly nicknamed our prescient

stellar they were, and I wanted to see

secret weapon: my friend Ray.

forecaster “Ray O’Sunshine.”

more. So we booked a great package

stop, about two hours northwest of the

via the golf-travel experts for this corner

airport in Northern Ireland, was a resort

of the world, North and West Coast Links.

called Lough Erne. Set in the heart of

“Don’t worry,” he said. “It never rains when I go on a golf trip.” And Ray turned

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We weren’t disappointed. Our first


the Fermanagh Lakelands, it’s the perfect place for a

excellent food and drink before having a nightcap on

the Glashedy, one of two fine links courses at Ballyliffin,

warm-up round on arrival day. Built on 600 hilly acres,

the veranda overlooking the lough as the sun set (at

“The Links in the Sky” because you really do feel like

the course winds up, down and around Loughs Erne

10:30pm!).

you’re playing half your round at the top of the world. At

and Castle Hume, with creative greensites, strategic

From Lough Erne, we proceeded onward to our

bunkering, exhilarating views of the lake, and water

links golf destinations, which in this part of Ireland are

Enniscrone—and on its back nine in particular—you’ll be forgiven if you think you’re playing in the Swiss Alps. The

that came into play on no fewer than 11 holes. The

often characterized by giant sandhills and massive

Sandy Hills course at Rosapenna (one of two there) got its

exhilaration extends to the rest of the resort, which has

dunes that make you feel very small and ill-equipped

name from the dunes that are your constant companions.

the look and feel of a stately French Chateau. We didn’t

as you do battle with them. At Ballyliffin GC’s Glashedy

And at Carne, where there are 27 decidedly superb holes,

spend much time in our spacious rooms, preferring

Course, Enniscrone GC and Carne Golf Links, you play

you’ll be overlooked on at least 24 of them by dunes that

to relax in the restaurant and bar, where we enjoyed

in and amongst these imposing dunes all day. I call

often rise five stories or more into the sky.

Carne Golf Links

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What makes all these courses even more attractive is the fact that you’ll pay much less to experience them than you will Ireland’s other famed trophy courses.

Enniscrone

Lough Erne

That said, there’s an equal amount

All Images courtesy of AirSwing Media

Portsalon

Mount Falcon

masterpieces, as evidenced by its

Abbey where the fishing, falconry and

to Shannon and Dublin, the Northwest of

of fun to be had at sea level. Golf at

annual hosting of the West of Ireland

clay shooting vie with the exquisite

Ireland is a cinch to get to. And trust me,

Portsalon GC dates back to 1891, and

Championship.

dining for top billing; and finally the

once you’re there you’ll be welcomed

Knightsbrook Hotel, Spa and Golf

with kind smiles and enjoy experiences

the course still has the feel of a classic

In addition to Lough Erne, we

links layout, with tumbling fairways,

thoroughly relished our stays at

Resort in Trim, County Meath, a large

on and off the golf course that you’ll

penal pot bunkers, and an amiable

Ballyliffin Townhouse, where we

and comfy hotel where we ended

never forget. Rain or shine.

antique patina—even when you play

sampled their Irish whiskies late into

our journey and tried to stay awake

it in a ferocious four-club wind as we

the night; the lux Radisson Blu in

(accompanied by more whiskies) to

description of these courses and

did. Then there’s County Sligo GC,

Letterkenny—a town whose dining and

watch the conclusion of the U.S Open

what it’s like to enjoy a golf vacation

where you play some higher holes and

pub scene led to more sampling; the

from Pebble Beach.

in the Northwest of Ireland, go to:

some lower ones that are all strategic

Mount Falcon Estate, an Irish Downton

Ballyliffin

Ballyliffin

With direct flights from the eastern U.S.

For a much more comprehensive

www.northeast.golf/northwestireland


“Come and Experience World Class Links Golf in Ireland”

www.northandwestcoastlinks.com

Package 2

Package 1

West & Northwest Ireland Tour DATE Day 1

GOLF COURSES Arrive into Dublin Airport Meet your Driver & Travel to Enniscrone Play Enniscrone Golf Club

ACCOMMODATION

Mount Falcon Estate

North of Ireland Tour DATE Day 1

GOLF COURSES

ACCOMMODATION

Arrive into Dublin Airport Meet your Driver & Travel to Baltray Play Co. Louth (Baltray) Golf Club

The Bushmills Inn

Ballyliffin TownHouse

Day 2 Play Castlerock Golf Club Day 3 Play Ballyliffin GC – Glashedy Links

Day 4 Play Ballyliffin GC – Old Links

Ballyliffin TownHouse

Day 4 Play Ballyliffin GC – Glashedy Links

The Bushmills Inn

Day 5 Play Portsalon GC

Ballyliffin TownHouse

Day 5 Play Royal Portrush GC – Dunluce Links

Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

Day 6 Play Ballyliffin GC – Glashedy Links

Ballyliffin TownHouse

Day 6 Play Royal County Down GC

Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

Day 7 Transfer to Dublin Airport

Depart Dublin Airport

Day 7 Transfer to Dublin Airport

Depart Dublin Airport

Day 2 Play Carne Golf Links Day 3 Play Donegal (Murvagh) GC

Mount Falcon Estate

Both Packages Include: • Six Nights’ Accommodation (Twin or Single Occupancy) • Full Irish Breakfast Every Morning • 7 Rounds of Golf • North & West Coast Links on call throughout your Trip to answer any queries

Royal Portrush

The Bushmills Inn The Bushmills Inn

North & West Coast Links will customize any package to Ireland. Just email paul@northandwestcoastlinks.com or john@northandwestcoastlinks.com and they will take good care of you.


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PLAY AWAY

ANYONE!

BY ALICE & DANNY SCOTT

ClubCorp, the largest owner and operator of private golf and country clubs has introduced Play Away - an offer that traveling golfers will not be able to resist. Yes, membership has its privileges and ClubCorp membership not only extends those privileges to 200 private golf, country and city clubs for country club members, but now any golfer even without a home club can Play Away at those same clubs 100 miles or more away from home or additional addresses. 42

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in Chicago with a panoramic view of the skyline. Pair the beverages with exquisite cuisine. While in LA, Play Away travelers may enjoy the vibrant atmosphere at City Club Los Angeles with world-class dining and spectacular views of the ocean, LA Live or the Hollywood sign throughout the club. Experience Gospel Brunch at House of Blues. Local talent performs traditional and contemporary Gospel songs. An all you can eat buffet features a carving station, southern treats such as chicken and waffles plus scrumptious desserts. Extra Travel Perks Experience a luxurious stay with savings at Omni Hotels & Resorts, an indulgent spa day with specials at the Biltmore’s Red Door Spa and so much more. Members enjoy special offerings at more than 1,000 hotels, resorts Dreams Come True

and entertainment venues, as well as access to some of

Play Away memberships starting at $60 per month

the most sought-after tickets across the country for major

include two complimentary* green fees per club, per

sporting events, concerts and theater performances.

month, 21-day advance tee times and free* TaylorMade

Play Away Fitness

loaner clubs. That is any time you travel 100 miles or

As part of your Play Away membership, maintain

Superstition Mountains and the Four Peaks.

more away from home. Affordable play at these private

your daily workouts and relax beyond the course at

venues is a dream come true for golfers on the go.

sports clubs, fitness centers, resort-style pools and tennis

Where Pros Play

facilities. Elevation Athletic Club at The Hills of Lakeway

More than 200 private golf, country and city clubs

in Austin spans over 22,000 square feet. Step into a

immediate family has access to benefits, including your

include the best in the country.

highly energetic fitness environment with special views,

spouse and children under 23 who live at home or attend

inventive lighting, and upbeat music. If in the valley of the

college full-time. You are also welcomed to bring guests

California, home of LPGA ANA Inspiration for 45 years

sun, the Sports Club at Seville Golf and Country Club in

when enjoying your Play Away Membership benefits;

where the winner leaps into Poppie’s Pond.

Gilbert, Arizona has fitness, TRX and cycle rooms, 4 pools,

however, the complimentary* benefits do not apply

and sports courts. An indoor golf simulator augments

toward guests. Your guests will be subject to the Club’s

play beyond Seville’s pretty course with views of both

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On the Beach In the Outer Banks, North Carolina, Currituck Golf by Rees Jones is a turtle haven with little ramp accesses for in and out of ponds. Audubon aesthetics ramp up your game. Nags Head Golf Links is the course furthest south along the Outer Banks strip. Short target golf is the name of architect Bob Moore’s game here. Nags Head numbers 5, 14, and 15 along the water make it a sound decision for coastal play. In the clubhouse, climb two cases of wooden stairs for a knock out tower view as nice as the island lighthouses. Fine Dining Access Great food is a close second to great golf when it

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When you come to the Pinehurst, Southern Pines Aberdeen Area, you come to play. But we’re not just referring to the worldclass golf we’re known for. Here, shopowners along historic Main Street offer local treasures, and chefs craft a range of culinary delights. From hiking and shopping to sipping craft brews, discover a small town that’s big on memory making. We invite you to come and explore a vacation with a Southern Accent.

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Fall Golf...

In The Home of American Golf

Golf in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area of North Carolina is world-class anytime of the year, but visiting in the fall is an experience you will not soon forget. That time of year is one of the best kept secrets about golfing in the destination – cooler, crisper days, excellent course conditions, reasonable rates and with nearly 40 choices of where to play within a 15-mile radius, you can’t go wrong with a fall golf excursion in the Home of American Golf. With Pinehurst Resort hosting the 119th United States Amateur (August 12-18), you can watch play on FS1, then plan a trip to test yourself on the famed No. 2 Course and the Gil Hanse redesigned No. 4 Course, the layouts where that USGA Championship will take place. If you’re in town this fall, stop by the new Pinehurst Brewing Company as they celebrate their first anniversary on September 28th! If you can’t make it, don’t worry ... there will be plenty of craft beer, brisket and more when you arrive. Other dining options in the Village of Pinehurst include the Drum & Quill with the most extensive and creative cocktail program in the area, not to mention

great food! We also recommend Dugan’s Pub and Theo’s Taverna. Our Top 5 picks in the destination are Elliott’s on Linden, Ashten’s Restaurant, Ironwood Cafe, Chapman’s Food and Spirits and Hickory Tavern. While Pinehurst is on every golfer’s bucket list, choosing three to four courses (or more) to play this fall is not an easy choice. How about playing the Fifth Avenue of Golf, otherwise known as the Midland Road corridor. Choose from Talamore Golf Resort, Mid South Club, and of course, the historic Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club and its sister property, Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club. Fall packages at Talamore have additional options for golf at the Nicklaus-designed Legacy Golf Links, Longleaf Golf & Family Club, Southern Pines Golf Club, Deercroft Golf Club and Seven Lakes Golf Club. Plus, don’t forget other courses like the unforgettable Tobacco Road Golf Club, Dormie Club, Whispering Pines Country Club and many more. If you’re considering where to take your next golf vacation, let us provide some guidance for you. This summer, a television crew from Golf Channel spent three days in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen


“This destination (Pinehurst) has so much soul, so much history, so much prestige. To think you can walk down the fairways where all the legends of golf have walked and then seeing the redesign of No. 4, the new Brewery ... The Cradle, it’s just endless. Good vibe and great fun throughout the entire area.” -Matt Ginella Host, Golf Advisor Round Trip

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area documenting the destination for an upcoming• network special. Hosted by popular host, Matt Ginella, the Golf Advisor Round Trip show covered what’s happening not only at Pinehurst Resort, but also throughout the destination. The 30-minute special will air nationally on Tuesday, November 12th at 7:30pm EST, so be sure to tune in. “This destination (Pinehurst) has so much soul, so much history, so much prestige,” said Ginella. “To think you can walk down the fairways where all the legends of golf have walked and then seeing the redesign of No. 4, the new brewery, The Cradle, it’s just endless. Good vibe and great fun throughout the entire area.” The time is now to plan your fall golf vacation to the Home of American Golf. Aside from the packages we have listed here, we encourage you to visit www.homeofgolf.com/packages-deals for a full menu of the latest opportunities to visit the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area of North Carolina.

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Golfing in Ocean City, Maryland

If Ocean City, Maryland were a Tour pro, it would be the player who leads in the All Around statistical category — the place simply has everything going for it. Indeed, it’s safe to say that no other Mid-Atlantic golf destination offers such a rich variety of top-shelf activities as Ocean City.

That starts with the golf itself. Ocean City boasts

Distance stat is shorter, not longer. There’s a reason

day’s fun has come to a conclusion, you can return

17 championship layouts from the heavy hitters of

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to first-class oceanfront accommodations, from

modern course design. The list runs the gamut from

to Perfect”—it’s only a half-day drive from the

condos to luxury five-star hotels, lulled to sleep by the

Jack Nicklaus to Arthur Hills, and includes Pete and

golf-crazy Northeast. And, once you’ve made the

lapping waves and ocean breeze.

P.B. Dye, Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Jim Furyk. Adding

journey, you’ll find so many things to do and see

to the golf’s allure: Pristine conditioning, which is

beyond the fairways.

certainly part of the reason that many of these

Ten seemingly endless miles of beautiful sandy

Planning and booking this great golf getaway is also a breeze, thanks to the interactive OceanCityGolf.com website. Here you’ll find Spring

courses are perennially ranked among the best in the

beach is highlighted by a world-famous, three-mile

& Fall Stay-and-Play Packages that include two

state. Bayside Resort GC, a Jack Nicklaus Signature

boardwalk bursting with activities and events the

nights’ stay and three rounds of golf starting at just

design, and Hills’ Links at Lighthouse Sound GC, are

whole year through. Here and elsewhere, visitors

$171 per person weekdays and $188 weekends.

also both nationally ranked in the “Top 100 Courses

will be faced with difficult decisions about which

Affordability is just another attribute in Ocean City’s

You Can Play in the U.S.” list.

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando Tranquilo Golf Club

Tranquilo Golf Club

Distance 6900 Yards – Back Tees Course Rating 72.3 – Course Slope 127 Hotel Guest Play Only

Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando was designed by Tom Fazio in 1992, and refitted by his team in 2014 for the Four Seasons opening. The course has been recognized as one of the top courses in Florida by Golf Digest, receiving 4½ stars out of 5. This certified Audubon Sanctuary course is truly magnificent, and Fazio’s links-style design with elevated greens and tees have made this course one of the finest in all of Florida. The new practice facility and short hole course are amazing offering expanded opportunities for instruction, group events and family play.

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando-Grand Lakes The ultimate name in luxury hotels is home to this fantastic Greg Norman signature layout. The Ritz Caddie Concierge program allows you to play like a pro, the first of its kind program in central Florida at a non-private club. The greens are impeccable and some of the best you will play anywhere - simply put, lush conditions, incredible service, knowledgeable caddies, excellent practice facilities and instruction. And of course, the unparalleled experience that is Ritz-Carlton is found throughout the entire resort from the Four-Star spa to multiple options for fine dining.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club

Distance 7122 Yards – Back Tees Course Rating 73.9 – Course Slope 139 Public Guest Play

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One of Orlando’s first true golf resorts recently completed a full renovation. The 45-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus is superb, including the newest 9 holes paying homage to The Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland with winding burns, double greens and deep bunkers designed over open meadows. Luxury Villas with 1-4 bedrooms, private baths and up to 2800 square feet are available with luxurious furnishings and added concierge services; the Villas are truly a home away from home. From the accommodations to the golf course and throughout the resort facilities, you will find all you’re looking for at Grand Cypress.


Rosen Shingle Creek Rosen Shingle Creek is a 1500-room luxury hotel with 9 dining choices, a full-service spa, and 4 swimming pools. Shingle Creek’s 18-hole championship course originally designed by David Harman, was completely redesigned by the Arnold Palmer Design Company in 2016. This five-star resort property is also home to the Brad Brewer Golf Academy. Shingle Creek Golf Club topped the list as the Best Golf Course in Orlando in 2018. The course has received numerous awards and accolades since opening, including being ranked as one of the top new courses in the United States by Golfweek magazine.

Shingle Creek Golf Club

Distance 7200 Yards – Back Tees Course Rating 75.1 – Course Slope 139 Public Guest Play

Reunion Resort

Reunion Nicklaus Course

Distance 7244 Yards – Back Tees Course Rating 75.7 – Course Slope 148 Public Guest Play

Reunion Resort & Golf Club is a 2300-acre gated community where guests are treated as members. This luxury destination resort provides superior, yet unpretentious service with a variety of accommodations including on-site fine dining, three unparalleled championship golf courses with expansive instructional facilities, water park, six swimming pools, and boutique spa. It is the only facility in Florida with three signature golf courses designed by golf legends, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Tom Watson. Once again in 2018, Reunion was recognized by Golf Digest in its “Best Courses” in Florida. The Nicklaus Course presents the most formidable challenge, but all three courses are spectacular.

Lake Nona Golf & Country Club There is no secret why so many Tour Professionals call Lake Nona home. The unsurpassed level of excellence and service has propelled the club to the highest level of recognition, “Platinum Clubs of the World”. Lake Nona’s Fazio-designed championship golf course has been a regular host of the PGA TOUR sanctioned Tavistock Cup. This amazing Golf & Country Club features a state-of-the-art fitness center, a guest lodge, and numerous other amenities. Tom Fazio’s design offers breathtaking lakefront vistas at this highly celebrated award-winning facility. If you are lucky enough to play as a guest or in an event, it will surely be very special.

Lake Nona Golf & Country Club Distance 7200 Yards – Back Tees Course Rating 74.6 – Course Slope 138 By Invitation or Event

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PUTTS & PINTS Around Maine

Like hot dogs and baseball, golf and beer go hand in hand as the perfect combination. If you are searching for these two things, Maine is the perfect place to go. With a total number of 76 breweries that comes out to be around 7.6 breweries per capita (per 100,000 adults of 21+), a golf trip to Maine can easily be paired with a great locally brewed beer. BY TUCKER BUTEAU

Nonesuch Golf Course and Nonesuch River Brewing (Scarborough)

Riverside Golf Course and Allagash Brewing Company (Portland)

Gorham Country Club and Sebago Brewing Company (Gorham)


One of the perfect places to play some amazing golf and to try some local beers, along

mustard, or a turkey and cheddar with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. However, since

with some great views and some fresh Maine food, is Belgrade Lakes Golf Club in Belgrade

you are in Maine, you might as well get a lobster roll or lobster BLT that is made with freshly

Lakes, Maine. Belgrade Lakes was ranked as the number one public course in the state in

caught Maine lobster from only an hour east of where you sit.

our latest “best of” issue. Nothing beats standing on the practice green, looking over the

The only thing that can complete your lunch while overlooking the Maine woods is one

Maine woods and the beautiful Belgrade Lake sitting right in the middle. The course takes

of the 12 local beers that Belgrade Lakes Golf Club has available. On their list you can

you through the Maine wilderness, continually giving you views of the real Maine. Keep

find beers from Definitive Brewing Company (Portland), Rising Tide Brewing Company

your club in one hand and your camera in the other.

(Portland), Orono Brewing Company (Orono), Tumbledown Brewing LLC (Farmington), and

While making the turn or after your round is finished, Tonka’s Deck and Snackbar is the

Foundation Brewing Company (Portland). If you are someone who does not enjoy beer,

place to be. With a deck overlooking the lake on the left, and the masterfully designed

then try one of Belgrade Lakes Golf Club’s specialty cocktails. One option is the Belgrade

split green of 9 and 18 in the front, Tonak’s is the perfect place to enjoy your drink and

Breeze: a vodka drink made with club soda and fresh lemonade. The other is the Blueberry

reminisce the round with your friends. Tonka’s is not a restaurant with servers and assigned

Hill, made with Maine maple whisky, Maine blueberry simple syrup, and fresh lemonade.

seating, but rather it’s a little booth attached to the clubhouse that you walk up to and

If you do not find yourself traveling to the Belgrade Lakes region, there are plenty of

order. Once you get your food, pick one of the tables on the deck and enjoy. On the

other options for you to enjoy Maine golf and it’s locals beers. Here is a list of golf courses

menu, you can find clubhouse staples like a ham and swiss with lettuce, tomato, and

and breweries that are just a short drive away from one another:

Sunday River Golf Club and Sunday River Brewing Company (Newry, Bethel)

Boothbay Harbor Country Club and Boothbay Craft Brewery (Boothbay)

Old Marsh Country Club and Hidden Cover Brewing Co. (Wells)

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Samuel Byrd: A champion at the plate and the tee BY JOHN MOLORI moniker “Babe Ruth’s Legs.” Byrd would play two more seasons in the Bronx before being sold to the Cincinnati Reds in December of 1934. Alas, his Major League career ended following the 1936 season. Overall, Byrd batted a very respectable .274 for his career. Gifted with superb hand-eye coordination, Byrd would seamlessly move to another sport where the goal is to hit a white ball with a stick. At age 29, he walked away from baseball to pursue his love of golf. While some may question the logic of departing Major League Baseball at a time when it ruled the sports landscape,

A

Byrd did not leave empty handed. s the 2019 golf and baseball

games and hit .270. Byrd was a tough

seasons roll into late summer,

out, adept at working a pitcher and

it is appropriate to examine

drawing walks. He also had a sweet

a little two-sport history lesson. While

swing that, slightly modified, would

many professional athletes are also

eventually serve him well on the golf

terrific golfers, Samuel Byrd was the

course.

only man to have played in a World Series and the Masters. Byrd was born in Georgia in 1907. In

importantly, his Yankees won the pennant and faced off against the

1929, at the age of 21, he joined the

Cubs in the World Series. This was the

New York Yankees. These Yankees were

Series of the infamous Babe Ruth called

the stuff of legend with a roster that

home run. In fact, it was Byrd who

included Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Leo

replaced the “Sultan of Swat” in left

Durocher, Tony Lazzeri, and Bill Dickey.

field in the ninth inning of the Game 4

An outfielder by trade, Byrd batted an impressive .312 for the Yanks as a rookie. In 1931, he played in 115

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clincher. Byrd replaced the slow-footed Ruth so often late in games that he earned the

He had studied the swing patterns of Ruth and many of the game’s greatest hitters. Specifically, Ruth taught Byrd about using the shoulders and entire body, not just the arms and hands, to swing the bat. Byrd applied this theory to his golf swing and by 1942, he was on the way to winning six PGA events: the New Orleans Open, Philadelphia Inquirer Open, Greater Greensboro Open, Chicago Victory National Open, Texas Open, and Azalea Open. Moreover, he played the Masters on five occasions. In 1940, he finished 14th in the field. He also scored third and fourth place finishes in 1941 and 1942 respectively. Byrd was runner up in the


1945 PGA Championship, finishing second to Byron Nelson. The 5-10, 175 pound Byrd was not physically imposing on the field or the course, but his focus and fervor allowed him to excel at the highest level in two of the most difficult sports to play. Byrd’s love of golf extended past his playing career. He would eventually own a par-3 course in Alabama where he would hire future famed golf instructor Jimmy Ballard. Byrd was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1974 and passed away in 1981 at age 73. In the annals of multi-sport stars, his name is erroneously ignored. While it is true that Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz and probable future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander have solid links skills, Sam Byrd sits alone in rarified air - the only man to play in baseball’s glorified Fall Classic and on golf’s hallowed ground at Augusta. John Molori is an author and columnist for numerous publications. Like him on Facebook at John Molori, Twitter @MoloriMedia. Email molorimedia@gmail.com.

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The Short Game

Puzzle BY ED TRAVIS

INDUSTRY EXPERTS GIVE INSIGHT ON PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER If a player wants to improve his or her scoring one of

is the correct equipment and there is a lot of information

going to sell equipment that doesn’t address scoring shot

the most important ways is to have a more effective short

out there about balls and wedges, but unfortunately

performance. True, the answer is multifaceted, but the

game. You know, those often head scratching little shots

much of it is misconstrued by amateur players. Northeast

fundamentals can be applied by all of us.

from inside 100 yards or just off the green sometimes out

Golf thought it would be interesting to ask the people

We asked the major ball and club makers their views the

of long rough or from a sand-filled depression. Right now,

who really do know, the club and ball manufactures

problem of getting the proper match in wedge bounce,

my sand game isn’t at a very high level of competence,

what they think. Just as no company is going to purposely

groove pattern and type of ball, but more importantly

so I defer calling them bunkers.

market a driver that hits the ball significantly less distance

how average players can more effectively stack the odds

no ball company, or for that matter club company, is

in their favor by the equipment they choose.

An often-overlooked key to better short game scoring

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there is a lot of information out

control, trajectory and spin. The

there about balls and wedges

golfer can then work their way

but unfortunately much of it is

back to full iron shots and off the

misconstrued by amateur players.

tee to confirm the best overall

Northeast Golf thought it would

ball for them.” president of Snell Golf, told us,

ball manufactures what they think.

“Choosing the golf ball with the

Just as no company is going to

short game is the best way to test

purposely market a driver that hits

and pick the ball for you. Golf

the ball significantly less distance

balls are much different from 100

no ball company, or for that

yards and in. The thinner, urethane

matter club company, is going

multi-layered balls will provide

to sell equipment that doesn’t

much lower launch, and much

address scoring shot performance.

higher spin into the green than the

True, the answer is multifaceted,

thicker 2-piece Surlyn covered balls.

but the fundamentals can be

If you are looking to improve in the

applied by all of us.

scoring zone, spin can only help

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everyone. Having balls spin back

club makers their views the

like the tour players may not be

problem of getting the proper

seen, but the balls may stop 5 feet

match in wedge bounce, groove

closer, which may help in saving

pattern and type of ball, but

par or eliminating some 3 putts. I

more importantly how average

have seen tour players do a demo

players can more effectively stack

on this, they hit a 3-piece urethane

the odds in their favor by the

ball with a wedge from 100 yards

equipment they choose.

and a thicker covered 2-piece

Specifically addressing the

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his or her scoring one of the most

Surlyn ball. Results were 10000

question of the ball Joe Gomes,

rpm spin for urethane with lower

Director of Communications for

launch angle, and 6500 rpm spin

Acushnet Company makers of

with the 2-piece ball, with much

the bestselling Titleist Pro V1 and

higher launch angle… this makes it

Pro V1x, offered the following:

tough for tour players to control the

“Golfers should choose their

2-piece balls and is why they do not

golf ball based on performance

play them in competition.”


Bridgestone Golf’s Golf Ball

shots from 100 yards and in are

Fitting Manager Adam Rehberg

hit with wedges, there are many

said, “It’s very important to also

variables to consider. Some of

consider what performance you

the key variables are obviously

want greenside as well as off the

loft, clubhead type, shafts, club

tee and with your irons. For the

lengths and even grip type, and

most part, golfers do not compress

we would want those to be fitted

the ball enough to activate

properly just like the rest of the

anything except the cover on

clubs in the bag. More specifically

the short shots, so cover design

on wedges, soles are much more

becomes critical to selection for

varied than irons and deserve

short game. If you are wanting

special discussions. A specific

to spin the ball aggressively, then

player’s swing type with the

you should gravitate to the TOUR

wedges is the key determining

B XS or TOUR B RXS. These balls

factor in the type of wedge sole

have very soft urethane covers. If

that a player should use. Think of

you want a ball that allows for a

the sole of a wedge as a modifier

bump and run approach, the e12

of performance through the

will be a great option as this ball is

ground, since all these shots will

designed for lower spin which can

need some ground interaction

be tremendously helpful off the

to be effective unless a golfer is

tee and with longer approaches.

purposely trying to blade a shot

For hit and sit performance a

with the leading edge, through a

slightly firmer urethane cover

rough lie. Shots off of fairway lies:

like TOUR B X or TOUR B RX is the

A player with a steeper angle of

way to go. It would offer more

attack is one who typically takes

spin and check than a Surlyn

deeper divots on these shots and

cover 3-piece, but less aggressive

will benefit from having a wider

greenside spin than the XS versions

sole and a higher bounce angle.

mentioned previously.”

A player with a shallower angle

Jeff Newton in Callaway

of attack, or more of a brushing

Golf’s Global Communications

stroke with shallow divots, will

responded, “Regarding golf

do better with less bounce

ball: All of the characteristics

and thinner soles. As usual,

mentioned below play a role in

most players are somewhere

how balls perform from 100 yards

in the middle, so this is why a

and in – how they work together

versatile type design is usually

as part of a total performance

the most popular.

package. In general, all things

Bridgestone Golf’s Club

being equal, a softer urethane

Marketing Manager Zack

cover will provide more greenside

Kupperbusch added that, “Sole

spin, but it is the total package

Design - Unique sole grinds

and construction of the ball.”

can help players achieve their

Talking about wedges and

specific shot preferences. For

how different designs in relation

example, if you play a wedge

to individual swings impact

with a heavier heel grind, you

the ability to “hit it close” Tom

can expect to be able to open

Olsavsky Vice President of

the face up a bit more for

Research and Development at

versatility around the greens

Cobra Golf said: “Since most

and out of the bunker. Groove

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Design - Generally speaking,

prevents the wedge from digging

the more spin the better when

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Related to loft…typically within

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and swing speed, we find most

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we recommend playing a wide

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golf on really firm or really soft

accelerated wear will occur, too.”

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grind with your swing type

Manager at TaylorMade Golf

will improve contact and

went a bit further. “With wedges,

maximize spin. The importance

it’s vital to have a wedge that is

of the grooves becomes more

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Callaway’s Newton was

are somewhere in the middle,

Marketing Director at Cleveland

green. It’s lower leading edge

Golf, Brian Schielke, talked

makes it a more precise tool.

about both the ball and the

A low bounce wedge can be

wedge. “Before we even get into

detrimental, though, for people

bounce or grooves, selecting

with steep swings or those who

the right wedge model is the

play in in very soft conditions. On

most important. If your short

the contrary, a higher bounce

game is tour-caliber, a compact

wedge is primarily suited for

blade wedge like RTX 4 will help

soft conditions/soft sand or for

you score the best. If your short

players who have a steep angle

game is not perfect, you will play

of attack. The increased bounce

your best with a wedge that


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our Cleveland CBX wedge. In

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Find a trusted fitting location and

the short game and from out of

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the bunkers, a club like our Smart

a launch monitor compared to

Sole can instantly make the short

wedges with fresh grooves.”

game easier. Therefore, playing

engineer summed it up well

most important thing.”

and reminded us about proper gapping of lofts and overall

material of your ball. If you like

considerations for the wedges

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we carry. “When choosing

need a soft urethane covered

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golf ball like Srixon’s Z-STAR to

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scenarios for each club, and

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ionomer-covered ball like Srixon

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Overall compression - or hardness

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need to be considered in order

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you further refine your short game

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Putt One of These Wands in Your Bag BY GREG SAMPSON

Everyone knows that your putter is used for the most strokes in every round of golf you play. Some golfers have that trusty flat stick they just can’t give up and others, like me, are constantly tinkering with a new wand in hopes of finding that magic stroke that saves pars and drains more birds!

Here is a look at some of the putters I have tested so far this season:

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The name of this putter speaks volumes because it is magical and that’s why its in my bag. For those of you that have been around the game for decades think of a “bullseye” with a rear flange. This center shafted putter is a heavy one allowing for a pendulum stroke and is toe weighted which is perfect for an arced stroke.

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SACKS PARENTE SERIES 54M sacksparente.com | $600-$1200

This putter is a true diamond in the rough. Their patented Ultra Low Balance Point technology is such a stroke changer. You can feel the head square and release at impact. Additionally you can customize grip, hosel position, length, shaft and putter crown. I have never been a big fan of a mallet, but I can confidently say that now I am.

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This award winning traditional looking mallet is sweet on the eyes and provides an even sweeter roll. The Champagne Silver finish speaks elegance while the Honeycomb milled face produces exceptional feel. This putter is a winner in my book. No wonder more tour players are adding Bettinardi putters to their bags!


CLEVELAND HUNTINGTON BEACH SOFT 1 clevelandgolf.com | $130

This plumbers neck blade has impressive feel. It features Speed Optimized Face Technology which results in amazing distance control no matter where the ball strikes the face. I also loved the custom fill colors you can select at checkout to really make the putter your own.

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This full sized mallet putter truly is a dream. With the interchangeable weights you can customize to your stroke, but their patented Multiple Line-detector Activation technology is the real game changer. The white sight line really improves your alignment resulting in better lags and more holed putts.

SUB70 SYCAMORE 002 MID-MALLET golfsub70.com | $180

I was very impressed with the sleek matte carbon black finish of this putter and the sound off the face as well. Weighing a little more than most putters on the market at 390 grams it produces a better tempoed stroke. The benefit of this brand is that all products are sold at factory direct pricing. You just can’t beat the value here.

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