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Historic Golf Clubs Toast A Summer To Savour …

Historic Golf Clubs Toast A Summer To Savour

During a spectacular summer of golf, a group of historic golf clubs will celebrate a number of important milestones that coincide with The Open and the Seniors Open returning to Scotland. Links with History, which features some of the finest courses in Fife, has announced a run of notable anniversaries as well as confirming encouragingyear-on-year booking figures.

The group was formed around four clubs, five courses and a shared golfing legacy stretching back 700 years. Featuring links, heathland and parkland courses designed by some of the legends of the game including Old Tom Morris and James Braid, Links with History celebrates golf’s golden era.

Not surprisingly, the courses are popular with visitors and this year alone, the group has seen a healthy rise in confirmed bookings with May’s figures showing a 25% increase compared to last year. In particular, celebrations will be in full swing at Lundin Golf Club which will mark its 150th anniversary in 2018. Founded in 1868, Lundin Golf Club is regarded as one of the finest links courses in the country after hosting prestigious events such as Final Qualifying for the Open Championship, World Junior Open and the East of Scotland Amateur Championship.

The club will add to this tally in July when it hosts Final Qualifying for the British Senior Open which is being staged at nearby St Andrews. Commenting on the special anniversary, Lundin Golf Club’s captain, Brian Main noted: “It is a privilege to be captain of Lundin Golf Club and a great honour to be captain during a year where the club celebrates a great milestone.”

Originally laid out by Tom Morris, Lundin Golf Club is nestled in Fife’s East Neuk and commands stunning views across the Firth of Forth. Further along the coast, the world’s seventh oldest golf club is also marking an important year that is being shaped almost entirely by women.

Crail Golfing Society’s ladies club champion, 14-year-old Anna McKay, recently signed for a new four-under-par ladies course record on the historic Balcomie Links. What’s more, the club will welcome 90 of the best women golfers in Europe aged 50 and over in September as they compete for the coveted British Senior Ladies’ Amateur Championship.

With a field containing past Curtis Cup players along with winners of a number of national titles, hosting such an event is particularly pleasing for Crail’s first female captain: “It is a great privilege to captain a cornerstone club of Scottish golf like Crail,”said Pam Smith. “The club is special. To be the first woman to hold such a respected position in a year that will showcase so much ladies golfing talent is a real thrill.”

Not to be outdone, Scotscraig Golf Club has seen remarkable growth in its junior section helped in part by a new pathway scheme that has introduced the game to over 75 children from local schools. The initiative has helped the club build its junior section to over 60 members who now enjoy new junior tees, a small four-hole course and a new junior mascot.

“It’s wonderful to see the club investing in the next generation of golfers,” noted Scotscraig Golf Club captain George Anderson. “Scotscraig has a great history. It’s the 13th oldest club in the world with great names like Old Tom Morris and James Braid associated with it. But we are also looking to the future and are creating a club that has a vibrant membership, an open-door policy to visitors and encourages its young players.”

Scotscraig, which will also host Final Qualifying for the British Senior Open, was originally laid out over six holes but was extended to nine in 1888. Thirty five years later, the course was redesigned with the assistance of James Braid; a member of golf’s Great Triumvirate.

Similarly, Old Tom Morris was commissioned to lay out the original course at Ladybank Golf Club which also consisted of six holes. However, while Ladybank prepares for its 140th anniversary next year, the club is also investing in its facilities by refurbishing the clubhouse entrance, upgrading visitor and member locker rooms, improving toilets and shower amenities and introducing new signage.

The club has also signed an exclusive multi-year deal with AA/John Deere machinery to supply its greenkeeping machinery and will host Final Qualifying for the British Senior Open in June. “It’s been a busy time,” noted Gordon Simpson, managing secretary at Ladybank. “We’re making a lot of improvements both on and off the course, particularly in the clubhouse. This is part of an ongoing programme of developments across the board that will raise Ladybank’s status to where it belongs for a club with such an important history.”

Links with History is a group of great golf courses and glorious histories. The clubs involved include former Open Championship Final Qualifying venues as well as trailblazers from golf’s golden era. For more information, visit www.linkswithhistory.com.

Montrose names the day for historic relaunch M…

Montrose names the day for historic relaunch

Montrose Golf Links has released details of its historic and unprecedented decision to rename the fifth oldest golf course in the world. The announcement includes timings for the name transfer as well as confirmation of a special pricing event and the launch of a visitor experience package, all of which will coincide with the unveiling of the retitled links course.

The debut of The 1562 Course will take place in July following the return of the Open Championship to Carnoustie. It will officially mark the start of the Montrose Open Week which will be contested between 25-29July and will this year accentuate international participation in the event. More importantly, the competition will not only be the first to be played over the celebrated 1562 Course but it will also be the first ever Montrose Open to be concluded on a Sunday.

The tournament will also provide the launch-pad for The Montrose Experience – a special packaged visitor day that includes a round on The 1562 Course, whisky tasting and a gift pack containing special merchandise from the famed Scottish links. It marks a change of focus at the Angus venue, which has hosted prestigious tournaments including the World Hickory Open (2013); the Europro Tour (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) and Final Qualifying for the Senior Open Championship (2016).

According to Jason Boyd, PGA professional and operations manager at Montrose Golf Links, the new visitor focus and the revitalised Montrose Open combined with the relaunch of The 1562 Course are key components of an integrated plan to better recognise 450 years of golfing heritage at the renowned east coast venue.

“The idea is to bring an important piece of golfing history into the public’s consciousness,” he said. “Golf was first recorded here in 1562. It was shaped by some of the biggest names in golf and has been the setting for remarkable matches and international tournaments. It is a special place and The 1562 Course is a direct link to the golfing past that established this great game. We intend to celebrate that fact this summer through a series of special events reconnecting Montrose with its golfing past. Coinciding this with The Open being played at Carnoustie – we couldn’t be more excited!”

He continued: “We have a number of special initiatives planned, including the relaunch of the course to start the Montrose Open Week. We will also host a special celebratory 1562 Sunday on 5th August when green fees will be offered at a special rate of £15.62 per person based on a four-ball group. It is going to be sensational summer.”

The spectacular east coast course features seven cliff-face holes and is widely regarded as one of the most natural links layouts in Scotland. Shaped by some of the leading names in golf including Willie Park Jr, Old Tom Morris and Harry Colt, it has twice hosted Open Championship Final Qualifying and regularly appears in the most prestigious golf rankings.

The renaming of the course to better reflect its illustrious history is the key factor in the name-change, according to Boyd. “Montrose has a unique place in golf’s history and it is high time we celebrated that fact,” he noted. “In Scotland, we sometimes feel uncomfortable showcasing what makes us special. I know that international visitors who visit Montrose relish the opportunity to play on ancient links turf with stunning views across the North Sea. The new name and The Montrose Experience have been devised to accentuate these points. We are embracing what makes Montrose special.”

The rebranded 1562 Course will be unveiled as part of the opening ceremony at the Montrose Open Week. Those interested in booking The Montrose Experience should contact Montrose Golf Links, or visit the website – www.montroselinks.com

Montrose Golf Links features two traditional links courses; The Medal and The Broomfield and is located a 30-minute drive from Carnoustie – host of the 147th Open Championship – and 1 ½-hrs drive from St Andrews.

Golf enthusiasts will find themselves on top o…

Golf enthusiasts will find themselves on top of the world thanks to the ‘Golf Break’ package being offered by the iconic Kulm Hotel St. Moritz (www.kulm.com) to guests staying two nights or more in the Swiss Engadine Valley this summer.

In addition to unlimited access to the par 27 Kulm Golf St. Moritz, the package includes one complimentary green fee at either the parkland, links-style layout at Samedan or its sister course at Zuoz, which weaves its way along the majestic mountainside and in between pine forests; both these 18-hole courses are under half an hour’s drive from the Kulm Hotel.

The Engadine Valley has a reputation as a golfer’s paradise due to the spectacular Alpine panoramas of fertile green valleys and dramatic mountain backdrops set against deep blue summer skies.

Over 125 years ago, in 1891, the Kulm Golf St. Moritz, nestled among pines on the high Alps with stunning vistas over Lake St. Moritz, became the first 9-hole course in Switzerland. A course upgrade in 2001 by local designer, Mario Verdieri, improved the greens and brought the layout up to date. The mountainous nature of this course makes it physically challenging, but refreshment is close at hand, as the hotel’s Chesa al Parc restaurant is located in the grounds only a few metres from the start of the course.

Two years later, Samedan became the first 18-hole golf course in Switzerland to open its doors and this year celebrates its 125th anniversary. A classic, parkland course with a touch of links, Samedan is set mainly on the valley floor, though the course does offer some gently undulating holes. It is characterized by broad fairways flanked by ancient, giant larch trees, some of which are over 700 years old, whilst numerous water hazards made up of a series of ponds and streams ensure it is a testing challenge of golf. Samedan is just a 10-minute drive from the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz.

In 2003, these two courses were joined by the Zuoz-Madulain course – or simply Zuoz – just a 20-minute drive from St. Moritz. Despite being a relatively young course, the combination of undulating fairways, multiple elevation changes, receptive greens and its attractive setting so close to nature have made it extremely popular with golfers. In contrast to the golf course in Samedan (with its level terrain and plentiful lakes and streams), Zuoz is set on a few different levels and flanked on one side by natural, thick pine forest. 

 Also included in the ‘Golf Break’ package are a sumptuous daily breakfast buffet and Gourmet Dine Around (half board), reduced green fees at Samedan and Zuoz for those wishing to play an extra round, a 25-minute AktiVital Massage as well as unlimited free access to the state-of-the-art, 2,000 sq m Kulm Spa St. Moritz, tennis courts and use of all the open mountain railways in the Engadin/St. Moritz region and public transportation in the valley (bus and Rhaetian railway). 

 To qualify for the ‘Golf Break’ offer, simply book two consecutive nights at the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz between 22 June and 1 September 2018; rates per person for two nights start from CHF670  (approx £495) in a single room and CHF640 in a double room (based on two people sharing a double/twin room). Additional nights can be booked on request and complimentary green fees are offered to all those booking for four nights or more.

Reservations can be made by phone on +41 81 836 80 00 or by e-mail via reservations@kulm.com.

Golf Course Architect Tripp Davis To Celebrate…

Golf Course Architect Tripp Davis To Celebrate Grand Opening of The Ransom Course at the University of Oklahoma Golf Course

Tripp Davis and Associates will unveil The Ransom Course, a four-hole loop practice course, at his alma mater the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman, Oklahoma, on May 11, 2018.  The official May 11 opening precedes the university hosting one of the six NCAA Men’s Golf Regional Championships on May 14-16. 

The practice course features 15 bunkers and four different green styles – a Perry Maxwell green, an A.W. Tillinghast green featuring Tillinghast’s signature bunker styles, a pushed-up Donald Ross green and a Seth Raynor green.  The greens are Pure Distinction bent grass, the fairways are Latitude 36 Bermuda, the tees are Zeon Zoysia and Latitude 36, and the rough is Astro Bermuda. 

The Ransom Course, part of the golf facility for the OU golf teams, takes practice to another level with holes that can be played as a par three, par two or par four from a wide combination of distances and angles.  Players can practice their 100 yards or less shots from approaching bunkers and multiple fairway angles around the four greens.  “The key is giving players the ability to practice in a realistic environment and experience real on-course situations,” said Davis.  “We designed a course with the highest level of practice variety that is beyond the typical driving range and short game area.”

In 2017, Davis and his team completed the 18-hole Jimmie Austin (OU) Golf Club renovation that brought out the naturalistic attributes of the site in order to embrace original designer Perry Maxwell’s styles and influences.  TDA’s Master Plan focused on the golf course, practice facilities, entry road, parking lot and clubhouse to allow the property to be maintained per design intent from a visual, strategic and playability perspective.  With the changes to the Jimmie Austin Golf Club and the addition of The Ransom Course, Davis believes that OU will have one of the very best university golf facilities in the country.

“Having played college golf and being part of a National Championship Team here at OU in the 1980’s, I am fortunate to have a unique insight into the college game and how golf teams come together to practice.  Eliminating any barriers to how a golf course can be set up to mimic what players may find at any golf course around the country, and eliminating any barriers to how they can practice, is what is of value to a college golf program.  We are achieving that at Oklahoma.”

The Ransom Course is named in honor of OU alumnus Jerry Ransom who began playing golf as a college student at the Jimmie Austin Golf Course.  He is the main project donor and a long-time OU golf program supporter.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) selected the University of Oklahoma as one of the host sites for the 2018 and 2020 Men’s Regional Golf Championships and a 2019 Women’s Golf Regional Championship venue.  The University of Oklahoma is the home of the 2017 and 1989 Men’s Golf NCAA Division I Champions.  The OU Women’s Golf program has won six Team Conference Titles.   

For more information about Tripp Davis and Associates, please visit the website at www.tdagolf.net or call 405-447-5259.

The Links Golf Cup Ayrshire is a Must-play Exp…

The Links Golf Cup Ayrshire is a Must-play Experience for Links Lovers

The Links Golf Cup (www.linksgolfcup.co.uk/links-golf-cup-ayrshire/) in Ayrshire, known as ‘The Birthplace of The Open Championship’, has proved to be a must-play experience for links lovers since its inception in 2015 with this year proving to be no exception with just a final few spots available in this year’s field.

The event, which this year takes place from September 3 to 7, regularly attracts amateur golfers travelling from all over the world to this mecca of golf, drawn by the lure of exhilarating links golf on this wild and windy coastline.

Little wonder given the 72-hole individual Stableford tournament offers golf over four of the finest championship links courses in Scotland, namely Western Gailes, Gailes Links, Kilmarnock Barassie and Dundonald Links whilst the option of playing the nearby Open Championship venues of Troon, Turnberry and Prestwick on the event rest day make this event an irresistible opportunity to play five days of pure Scottish links.

In addition to providing the opportunity of playing such revered courses, The Links Golf Cup Ayrshire gives amateurs the chance to test their mettle against like-minded, international golfers, making it both a challenging and interesting experience.

At just over £300 per person for four rounds of golf, attendance at the presentation dinner and a goodie bag, The Links Golf Cup Ayrshire also offers unprecedented value when compared to the individual green fees rates alone at this time of the year.

Experienced golf event organisers, Hybrid Golf, launched The Links Golf Cup Ayrshire following the success of The Links Golf Cup East Lothian on Scotland’s east coast that it has now been running for seven years.

For more information & reservations, email andy@hybridgolf.co.uk or visit www.linksgolfcup.co.uk/links-golf-cup-ayrshire/

CNC Links will be hosting children’s gol…

CNC Links will be hosting children’s golf classes again this summer!  Classes start June 18 and go every Monday and Wednesday from 8-8:45 for four weeks.  Your child will be given instruction on grip, swing, chipping, and putting!  The class is just $45.00.  Call the Manitowoc Recreation Department at 920-686-3060 to register!

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Carnoustie Country Launches Legendary Campaign…

Carnoustie Country Launches Legendary Campaign and Website

As anticipation grows for The 147th Open at Carnoustie, a new website has been unveiled by Carnoustie Country as an online hub for the region’s 34 outstanding golf courses and accommodation providers. With preparations underway for the world’s oldest Major, Carnoustie Country has also unveiled a new legendary marketing campaign intended to underpin its reputation as a world-class golfing destination boasting a golfing legacy stretching back over 450 years.

Providing insider knowledge about playing golf and staying in the east of Scotland as well as detailing the very latest offers, the new Carnoustie Country website has been written and designed with the visiting golfer in mind. Featuring a chronological history of The Open at Carnoustie along with dedicated sections on links and inland courses – many of which were designed by legendary architects such as Old Tom Morris, Willie Park Jr and James Braid – the new website is brimming with information about golf in Angus, Perthshire and Fife.

Commenting on the new website, Cllr Ron Sturrock, spokesperson for economic development for Angus Council, said The 147th Open represented a huge opportunity for tourism in Scotland. “This year’s Open Championship will put Carnoustie Country in the spotlight with 600 million households watching events unfold on TV alone. The new website has been designed to ensure those viewers and the thousands of tourists who will visit Scotland this year have the information they need to help make the most out of their trip to Carnoustie Country. With details about our links, heathland and parkland courses as well as suggestions about where to stay, the new website is a fantastic resource for golf fans around the world.”

Offering all-year-round golf and a wealth of courses, Carnoustie Country has hosted The Open on seven previous occasions. The Claret Jug was last decided in Angus 11 years ago when Padraig Harrington edged out Sergio Garcia during an extraordinary play-off. As ever, Scotland’s enigmatic east coast provided a stern test and drama aplenty.

With golf being played in the region for over 450 years, one of the key objectives of the new website was to consolidate Carnoustie Country’s reputation as a world-class golfing destination. “One of the aims of the new website was to further secure Carnoustie Country’s growing reputation as a must-visit golfing destination,” noted Cllr Sturrock. “To do this we needed toestablish the right tone for the website and introduce eye-catching imagery to support our world-class offering. Our new online presence achieves this by combining an intuitive layout with compelling information in an easy-to-use resource.”

In addition to the new website, Carnoustie Country has also launched a wider communications campaign in the lead-up to and following The Open which will capitalise on the region’s championship links and some of Scotland’s finest in-land courses. Revolving around outstanding golf experiences, the initiative has been designed to capitalise on the region’s legendary status, cosy pubs and prized restaurants as well as the impressive variety of accommodation on offer.

In what will be an important year of golf for Scotland, the launch of the Carnoustie Country’s new website and campaign couldn’t have come at a better time according to Cllr Sturrock. “This year’s Open is in the middle of a run of major golf tournaments in Scotland starting with the Scottish Open and concluding with the Senior Open Championship in St Andrews. The new website has been perfectly timed to help Carnoustie Country members maximise this exceptional opportunity.”

Located just 45 minutes from St Andrews, Carnoustie Country is easily accessed from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen airports via excellent road and rail networks. Even closer still is the city of Dundee which was named by The Wall Street Journal last year as one of the world’s 10 must-see destinations.

StrackaLine, maker of the game’s premier…

StrackaLine, maker of the game’s premier greens guides, continues to add to its family of courses. Broadmoor Golf Club and Dormie Club are the newest courses to offer StrackaLine’s professional greens guides.

BIG MAX Makes Major Progress at Chambers Bay E…

BIG MAX Makes Major Progress at Chambers Bay

Europe’s leading golf push cart manufacturer, BIG MAX, is delighted to report on the addition of U.S. Open venue Chambers Bay to the roster of world class venues that choose the brand to provide their rental cart fleet.

The Washington State venue, that was host to the 2015 U.S. Open, joins an illustrious list of names such as the ‘Home of Golf’ St. Andrews Old Course, to choose the BIG MAX Fleet 333C for their rental fleet. Top of the range BIG MAX rentals also feature at Eisenhower Golf Club in Colorado Springs, as well as across all of the courses at St. Andrews’ Links Trust in Scotland, Ryder Cup venue Gleneagles and other notable U.K. courses such as Sunningdale and Kingsbarns.

The decision to invest in BIG MAX rental carts at Chambers Bay was relatively simple as the venue wanted a rental cart that reflected the quality on offer at the course, as Brent Zepp (PGA), Chambers Bay Director of Golf commented, “The brand we had been using as our pull cart at Chambers Bay was fine but nothing special.  When I visited the UK this past summer and saw the BIG MAX three wheel cart at almost every facility I had to take a look.  This cart is going to be a great upgrade for our guest and what’s good for “The Home of Golf” is good for Chambers Bay!“

The Fleet 333C from BIG MAX is the flagship model in the rental fleet range. A soft handle with large storage compartment, 2 Quick Fix and 2 Quick Lok bases for accessories and an ultra-smooth 3 wheel ride show off the cart’s quality, while robust BIG MAX construction delivers long lasting reliability.

With more venues choosing to stock quality rentals, BIG MAX’s drive to get more people walking the course is set to gain pace. And with the list of BIG MAX rental venues beginning to look like a Top 100 course list, golfers know that wherever you find BIG MAX you’ll find quality.

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