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Tour Edge Signs Scott McCarron to Logo Staff D…

Tour Edge Signs Scott McCarron to Logo Staff Deal for 2019
Two-time winner in 2018 will expand club usage with Exotics

Tour Edge announced today that Scott McCarron has officially signed a deal to play and endorse Tour Edge Exotics and to play their metalwoods on the PGA Tour Champions in 2019. McCarron will feature a Tour Edge Exotics logo on his left sleeve.

McCarron served as an Exotics CBX hybrid staff player in 2018. He played Tour Edge Exotics CBX hybrids all year en route to two PGA Tour Champions victories and a 2nd place finish in the Charles Schwab Cup.

This year, McCarron will be wearing a Tour Edge Exotics logo for the first time and will also expand his club usage to other categories with Tour Edge Exotics clubs.

“I love the Exotics hybrid and what it has done for my game, it is a great fit and a low-spinning,  hot faced hybrid that has me hitting more hybrids off the tee and in general because I have complete faith in the club,” said McCarron. “I am also proud to add their logo to my gear as I love what Tour Edge is doing as a company.  They are a long-established U.S. owned and operated company that builds their premium clubs in the United States. I am looking forward to testing their Exotics drivers and fairway woods to find a home in my bag as well.”

Club Car Introduces Hands Free Robotic Caddie …

Club Car Introduces Hands Free Robotic Caddie as Fun, Tech Offering and Experience

Nancy Lopez to Demo Club Car’s Tempo Walk at PGA Merchandise Show, Forum Main Stage  

Nancy Lopez, LPGA Tour Player of the Year and Hall of Fame Golfer will be on the Main Stage at this year’s PGA Merchandise Show January 23

at 2:00 pm to demonstrate and introduce Club Car’s Tempo Walk, a new robotic hands-free caddie (PHOTOS ATTACHED)

Lopez, known for her trademark swing tempo, will “talk and walk” in step with the stylish new hands-free autonomous golf caddie unit. Tempo Walk provides golfers with the enjoyment of walking the course, enhancing play and fostering health and wellness. The new Tempo Walk offers state-of-the-art wireless technology including GPS yardage and hands-free remote control to maneuver easily around the course.

The Tempo Walk complements Club Car’s technology portfolio and the Tempo brand, providing fitness focused golfers who enjoy walking the course with a caddy-like experience and course operators can now offer a fresh, functional and environmentally friendly cart option to customers.

Blending tradition and technology similar to its recently launched Tempo Connect golf car (with the Shark experience), Tempo Walk’s stylish hands-free autonomous golf caddie unit makes walking the course pleasant and easier than traditional push carts, electric or otherwise. It is constructed with a durable aluminum frame, contains a lithium ion battery which holds a 36-hole charge, can move up to 7 mph and weighs 95 pounds. Additional technology features include a USB port and touchscreen tablet with GPS yardage while traditional offerings – a cup holder, cooler, divot repair and sand bottle, are also included.

Tempo Walk units have been introduced to select courses coast-to-coast in 2018 through a shared revenue program so course operators can rent the units to their patrons. Rental rates for Tempo Walk will be determined by the courses. With a compact frame size, four Tempo Walk golf caddies can fit into the space of one golf car, another benefit for course operators. For more information about the Tempo Walk visit Club Car Booth #2928 at the PGA Merchandise Show or visit www.ClubCar.com

Golfplan unveils Thai resort 18 in shadow of B…

Golfplan unveils Thai resort 18 in shadow of Buddha Mountain

With a December christening here at Chee Chan Golf Resort, the course architects at Golfplan (www.golfplan.com) have again showcased their skill at integrating world-class golf holes with signature elements in the local landscape and culture.

Here by the Gulf of Siam, the dominant element is the Chee Chan Buddha, whose serene likeness has been carved into a limestone escarpment some 110 meters high. “Buddha Mountain” is one of the region’s best known tourist and devotional attractions. Today, his gilt-edged visage is visible from nearly every spot on the 220-acre property, including the entire opening hole.

“We couldn’t afford to miss that opportunity — to start golfers on their spiritual journey under the watchful eye of Siddhartha Gautama,” said Golfplan Partner David Dale. “The Buddha invites a decision on the very first tee: play conservative to the right/lower landing area and approach the green uphill, over deep bunkers — or drive more aggressively (left of the center bunker) to create a downhill approach to unguarded putting surface.

“We have much to learn from the Buddha, who taught us a ‘Middle Way’ between sensual indulgence and uncurbed asceticism. For golfers the larger message is unambiguous: Relax and keep it in the fairway.”

The Dec. 12 grand opening at Chee Chan Golf Resort punctuates a busy end-of-year period during which Dale and his partner in Golfplan, Kevin Ramsey, unveiled and otherwise celebrated a series of projects that cannily place golf in disparate cultural contexts:
• In October, the firm opened the full 18 at Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa, in Uganda, where Ramsey designed an enormous man-made lagoon that divides holes 1 & 9 from 17 & 18, accommodates the property’s sparkling new marina, and integrates the entire property directly with its primary attraction, mighty Lake Victoria itself.
• Ramsey also applied the finishing touches this fall to Tabori Hills, a resort track to open next year in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Thanks to Ramsey’s routing, this cliff-top design will afford golfers stunning, long views of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi (where downtown patrons can access the resort by gondola).
• Dale couldn’t make Chee Chan’s grand opening; he was in Korea, debriefing with PGA Tour officials following The CJ Cup, which is contested over his feted design at The Club at Nine Bridges (#41 on GOLF Magazine’s world top 100). Dale watched most of October CJ Cup from the sleek, modernist teahouse behind the 14th green.

“South Korean designs must, according to local custom, feature teahouses in the middle of each 9,” Dale explained. “We spent months routing and rerouting that stretch of the back nine at Nine Bridges — to create the perfect perch for that teahouse. We did the same on the homeward stretch to create dramatic views of Mt. Halla, which is sacred to the Korean people.

“At Chee Chan, the cultural aspect was ready-made and close by, but we accentuated the experience over and over again. By my count, holes 5, 6, 11, 14 and 17 all play toward Buddha Mountain — 11 and 17 afford golfers excellent views of a Buddhist temple nestled into a different hillside. The experience is unique precisely because it’s so unique to Thai culture.”

Formed in 1972, Golfplan has been introducing golf to new markets and maximizing cultural experiences for nearly 50 years. Based in Santa Rosa, California, USA, it is the most international firm in all of course architecture, having creating more than 218 original designs in 32 different countries (if master planning and renovation are considered, make that 85 countries). This sort of sustained, diverse productivity is one reason GolfInc magazine named Dale and Ramsey among the “Top 10 Most Powerful People in Asian Golf” for 2016.

Golfplan has worked extensively in Thailand. Their designs at Panya Park, Panya Indra and Mountain Shadow (down the road from Chee Chan, in Pattaya) all remain popular — and profitable, Dale is quick to add. But those courses were built in the 1990s.

“It’s a privilege to work again in Thailand, especially on a site so unusual. This is flat, coastal country here by the Gulf — but we had fully 25 meters of elevation change to work with at Chee Chan,” Dale reported. “The eye is naturally drawn to the escarpment featuring the Buddha, but the property is ringed by these limestone karsts — some are 150 meters tall! The perimeter holes play uphill to their bases, then back down again. These enormous features give the entire course both an amphitheater feel and a pleasing sense of seclusion.

“In this environment, it’s tempting to shape the golf course in competition with these large features. But I think we struck the right balance. The contour is flamboyant but toned down through the landing zones. There are several cavernous valleys that separate the holes, which tend to melt over and between these landforms. With the introduction of drought-tolerant bahia grass to frame and accent all this, it’s a pretty stunning tableau.”

Buddha Mountain was created on the northern face of Khao Chee Chan in 1996, to commemorate His Majesty the King of Thailand’s golden jubilee. It’s been a major domestic tourist draw ever since — enough to invite subsequent development of a water park, winery and shopping district. With new accommodations and world-class resort golf added to the mix, this corner of Pattaya (just 90 minutes from Suvarnabhumi International Airport) is a fully fledged destination unto itself.

“I love golf,” said Narit Chia-Apar, founder of Chee Chan Golf Resort and chairman of the developing entity, Chartered Square Holding Company. “I know how golfers think and what they want. I know the level of service that is expected, and so I built the course based on the needs of myself as a golfer, and not just as an investor. Whatever I see fit to give the best impression for our visitors, I will make sure that we have it here.”

Solheim Cup to Highlight 2019 Ladies European …

Solheim Cup to Highlight 2019 Ladies European Tour and LPGA Schedules

2019 Solheim Cup to be played on the world-famous PGA Centenary Course at The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland, from Sept. 13-15, 2019

European and U.S. Points Races to conclude at Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open and CP Women’s Open respectively

With just eight months to go until The 2019 Solheim Cup, the battle for spots on Team Europe and Team USA will intensify with the 2019 Ladies European Tour (LET) and LPGA seasons about to commence.

The 2019 Ladies European Tour season tees off this week in Abu Dhabi, where the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open will be played on Jan. 10-13 at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, where a number of European players, including Charley Hull and Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, will be looking to earn Solheim Cup points.

The 2019 LPGA season will kick off Jan. 17-20 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. with the inaugural Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, which features nine Americans who have won an LPGA title in the past two seasons.

The prestigious biennial contest between Europe and USA returns to Scotland for the first time since 2000, with The 2019 Solheim Cup being held at the world-famous PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles from Sept. 13-15.

Scotland’s own Catriona Matthew, a nine-time Solheim Cup participant, will make her debut as captain for Team Europe, alongside assistant captains Laura Davies, Suzann Pettersen and Kathryn Imrie.

The 2019 European Solheim Cup Team will consist of the top three players on the LET Solheim Cup points rankings, the top five eligible players from the Rolex Women’s World Rankings and four players selected by Team Europe Captain Catriona Matthew and European Solheim Cup points are doubled for 2019.

The cut-off to earn points for Team USA will be the 2019 CP Women’s Open, which will be held Aug. 22-25 at Magna Golf Club in Ontario, Canada. The 2019 Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, to be held at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland from Aug. 8-11, will serve as the cut-off for players to earn Solheim Cup points for Team Europe and the full team, including the captain’s picks, will be announced on Monday, Aug. 12, in Scotland.

With U.S. captain Juli Inkster set to be at the helm for a record third time, the Americans will head to Scotland as the two-time defending champions, having mounted a furious Singles comeback in Germany in 2015 to take a one-point win. Also returning for a third-straight Solheim Cup will be Inkster’s assistant captains Pat Hurst, Wendy Ward and Nancy Lopez.

Solheim Cup points, that determine eight of the 12 American golfers who make the team, will be worth one and a half times as much for the 2019 season as they were in 2018 and they will double for each of the five majors (ANA Inspiration, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, U.S. Women’s Open, AIG Women’s British Open and The Evian Championship).

The increase in awarded points means players can make big moves in a hurry by carding top-20 finishes during 2019. For example, a player who captured 40 points for an LPGA win in 2018 can earn 60 points for winning the same event in 2019.

Two other slots will be awarded to the top two Americans on the Rolex Women’s World Rankings who are not already among the top eight in Solheim Cup points. The final two players for Team USA will be selected by captain Juli Inkster.

Team Europe Solheim Cup Points

Georgia Hall (ENG), 88.83
Anne Van Dam (NED), 80.00
Carlota Ciganda (ESP), 66.88
Pernilla Lindberg (SWE), 65.00
Caroline Hedwall (SWE), 50.00
Azahara Munoz (ESP), 49.70
Charley Hull (ENG), 46.00
Anna Nordqvist (SWE), 41.25
Celine Boutier (FRA), 35.00
Becky Morgan (WAL), 30.00
Olivia Cowan (GER), 24.38
Felicity Johnson (ENG), 23.50

As it stands for Team Europe:

Georgia Hall, Solheim Cup Points
Anne Van Dam, Solheim Cup Points
Carlota Ciganda, Solheim Cup Points
Anna Nordqvist, Rolex Women’s World Rankings
Charley Hull, Rolex Women’s World Rankings
Caroline Masson, Rolex Women’s World Rankings
Pernilla Lindberg, Rolex Women’s World Rankings
Azahara Munoz, Rolex Women’s World Rankings
Captain’s Pick
Captain’s Pick
Captain’s Pick
Captain’s Pick

Team USA Solheim Cup Points

Lexi Thompson, 265
Jessica Korda, 232
Danielle Kang, 227
Lizette Salas, 220
Nelly Korda, 218
Marina Alex, 199
Brittany Lincicome, 172
Austin Ernst, 169
Megan Khang, 167
Angela Stanford, 161
Cristie Kerr, 157
Brittany Altomare, 154

As it stands for Team USA:

Lexi Thompson, Solheim Cup Points
Jessica Korda, Solheim Cup Points
Danielle Kang, Solheim Cup Points
Lizette Salas, Solheim Cup Points
Nelly Korda, Solheim Cup Points
Marina Alex, Solheim Cup Points
Brittany Lincicome, Solheim Cup Points
Austin Ernst, Solheim Cup Points
Cristie Kerr, Rolex Women’s World Rankings
Michelle Wie, Rolex Women’s World Rankings
Captains Pick
Captains Pick

Broken Sound Club Unveils Plans for Bold $30 M…

Broken Sound Club Unveils Plans for Bold $30 Million Transformation

Contemporary Reimagination of Clubhouse Adds Dining Options,
Expands Card Rooms, and Increases Amenities

 Furthering Broken Sound Club’s mission as a premier, forward-thinking community in South Florida, the 5-Star Platinum Club has unveiled plans for a $30 million transformation of its clubhouse and expansion of member amenities. With more dining options, increased capacity for its growing membership and “a lot more sizzle” planned for the “club destination of choice”, the enhanced vibrancy and amenities encourage members to “live young” through every stage of their lives. The clubhouse re-imagination is designed by the nationally acclaimed architecture and interior design firm, Peacock + Lewis, with anticipated completion by late 2020.

According to BSC Chief Operating Officer and General Manager John Crean, the new clubhouse plans reflect and enhance the distinctive Broken Sound Club member experience of “enjoying a life well lived and a game well played”. Set amidst
27 intimate residential villages and one of BSC’s two award-winning Audubon Sanctuary Certified golf courses – this transformation offers a varied choice of dining, entertainment and shopping amenities, expanded card rooms, breathtaking views and a contemporary look and feel.

President of the BSC Board of Governors Eric Bershad added that “With this exciting reimagination coupled with our special ‘home builders’ program for prospective buyers and flexible membership plans, it is an ideal time to call Broken Sound Club ‘home’.”

While celebrating its tradition of Mizner-inspired architecture, the new clubhouse design plans boast sophistication ‘inside and out’. With newly designed furniture and finishes, the new amenities will elicit an exciting and fresh vibe. More casual, alfresco and fine dining options with varied menus and flexible hours and expansion of member amenities will highlight changes.

PING signs Stewart Cink to equipment contract

PING signs Stewart Cink to equipment contract

Stewart Cink, the 2009 Open Championship winner with more than $37 million in career earnings, signed an agreement to play PING equipment, PING President John K. Solheim announced today. Cink will make his debut as a PING Pro at the Sony Open in Hawaii, which begins Thursday.

In addition to his major, Cink has five more PGA Tour titles and 13 wins on various tours since turning pro in 1995, the year he graduated with a degree in management from Georgia Tech University, where he played on the golf team. Born in Huntsville, Ala., the 45-year-old and his family live in Duluth, Ga.

“Stewart has a long track record of success and overall consistency, evidenced by his wins, top 10s in majors, and the fact that he has competed on five U.S. Ryder Cup teams and in four Presidents Cups,” Solheim said. “He has instant credibility, and we know him well because he has played PING irons for many years. Our tour staff has been impressed by his professionalism and his knowledge of equipment. We’re delighted to be associated with Stewart.”
Cink took up the game when his parents, single-digit handicappers, left him at a driving range before he was old enough to go on the course. He is an outdoor enthusiast who loves hiking, camping, biking and skiing. He called the move to PING a “natural progression.”

“Coming over to PING and formalizing our relationship is a great fit for me,” Cink said. “I have relied on PING irons for years and the tour guys always go out of their way to take care of my equipment needs and make me feel at home. The clubs and all the new technology keep performing better and better. I’m proud to be playing PING clubs and working with people who are passionate about what they do.”

As part of a multi-year agreement, Cink will play a minimum of 11 PING clubs, including a driver and putter. His headwear will display PING on both sides and he’ll carry a PING Tour staff bag. This week he’ll rely on a G400 LST driver, G400 fairway woods, i25 irons (4-UW), and a Sigma 2 Arna putter.

Financial terms and the length of the agreement were not disclosed.

Another Unique Design—M5 & M6 Irons from T…

Another Unique Design—M5 & M6 Irons from TaylorMade

By ED TRAVIS

After TaylorMade Golf made the announcement of a pair of drivers with a feature not seen since the days of persimmon woods and balata-cover balls, namely face screws in the M5 and M6 models, its not too surprising they would come up with another example of uniqueness and innovation in the new M5 and M6 irons.

The fourth generation of TaylorMade Golf’s M series irons includes the players-distance category iron M5 for low to mid handicaps and the M6 for mid to high handicaps. With the M6 firmly in the game-improvement category the M5 is aimed at those wanting more of a players-iron look but not ready to go all the way the recently introduced and well-received P760s.

The uniqueness of the M design starts with a Speed Bridge, a robust metal piece tying the topline to the lower part of the iron below the cavity back. TMaG says it is the result of “extensive use of computational modeling and optimization” and in effect stabilizes the head at impact without adding a lot of weight where it shouldn’t be. The Speed Bridge also has helps with the sound and vibration dampening but importantly works together with the sole slot (Speed Pocket) to produce more ball speed.

The Speed Pocket itself has been redesigned for more spin especially for hits low on the face and their testing shows it the M5 and M6 have higher ball speed than the 2017 M3 and M4. The design includes multi-material badges called Hybrar that are part of the iron’s back since the top of the head is stiffer due to the Speed Bridge the point where the face flexes the most is lower. Hybrar provides more efficient dampening.

Matt Bovee, Senior Manager, Product Creation talking about the M6 model was quoted saying, “At TaylorMade, we have always strived to push the performance envelope to give players maximum distance and forgiveness in our game improvement irons. Our new Speed Bridge technology allows us to do exactly that while improving sound and feel at the same time. “

The interior of the M5 and M6 haven’t been overlooked either. To help maintain ball speed across the face and making a larger sweet spot there is TaylorMade’s proven Inverted Cone Technology a configuration sometimes compared to an upside-down volcano.

Brand & Model:

TaylorMade Golf M5 and M6 irons

Key Features:

Speed Bridge from topline to below cavity

Hybrar Compression Damper

New Speed Pocket design

Inverted Cone Technology

Retail Price & Availability:

M5 $999 steel shafts and $1,199 graphite shafts

M6 $899 steel shafts and $999 graphite shafts

At retail Feb.1

Need to Know:

M5 and M6 have a structural metal bar stiffening the top line and a sole slot to give more ball speed with a thin face using TMaG’s Inverted Cone design. Additional vibration dampening and improved feel come from multi-material badges in the back cavity. Hosel is fluted to reduce weight and cavity is undercut to lower center of gravity. M5 is a players-distance iron (45° pitching wedge) with a more traditional looking head and tungsten toe weighting in the long and mid irons 4-7. M6 (43.5° pitching wedge) is a game-improvement iron with a wider sole and more offset.

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by E…

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA will make its debut as a Rolex Series event when the 2019 edition takes place from 16–19 January. First staged in 2006, it has been elevated to the top tier of events on the European Tour, featuring the best players in the world for four days of high intensity golf.

The showpiece tournament becomes the second in the UAE to be awarded Rolex Series status, joining the DP World Tour Championship, the finale of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.

Rolex Testimonee and three-time Major winner Brooks Koepka will be competing at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, aiming to clinch his first professional win in the Emirates. His presence highlights the tournament’s standing among the leading events played in the Middle East and validates its promotion to the Rolex Series.

The American had a phenomenally successful season in 2018. He won the US PGA Championship, defended his U.S. Open championship – the first player to do so since fellow Rolex Testimonee Curtis Strange won back-to-back titles in 1988 and 1989 – and was named PGA Player of the Year. Koepka, the Florida native who started his professional career on the European Challenge Tour, already has four wins on the European Tour and will be hoping to take his electrifying form into the new season.

Koepka said: “It’s been five years since I last played in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship but I’ve been wanting to return for a long time, so I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to test myself in such beautiful surroundings once again. I loved my experience on the European Tour when I was younger, and it’s always great to be back.”

Joining Koepka in Abu Dhabi will be several members of the Rolex family of Testimonees, including previous Rolex Series winners Thorbjørn Olesen of Denmark and Spaniards Rafa Cabrera Bello and Jon Rahm, who won the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the 2017 DP World Tour Championship.

HP’s approach at RCC

HP’s approach at RCC

Always a treat to play Finley

Always a treat to play Finley