Golf News Roundup – April 24, 2021
In golf news this week are items from Omni La Costa, Honma, Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor, Club Champion, Mistwood Golf Club in Chicagoland, Club Champion and Ahead with Women’s Golf Day
Omni La Costa Wins Golf Digest Editor’s Choice Awards
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa Named Among “Best Resorts in The Americas” and “Best Golf Schools and Academies” in Golf Digest’s 2021 Editor’s Choice Awards
A.J. Avoli also named to Golf Digest’s “Best Young Teachers” List for the fifth time
Carlsbad, Calif. – The accolades continue to pour in for Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Southern California’s premier golf and luxury resort and newly-named host site for the 2024, 2025 and 2026 Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships. The famed resort received two prestigious Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Awards for 2021, being named among the “Best Resorts in the Americas” and the “Best Golf Schools and Academies.”
Complementing the world-class golf at Omni La Costa, the highly-acclaimed Golf Performance Institute is a 2021 Golf Digest Editors’ Choice “Best Golf Schools and Academies” winner. Offering Southern California’s most comprehensive game improvement and fitness program, including private lessons and golf clinics with Golf Digest “Best Young Teacher” A.J. Avoli, who is trained on state-of-the-art technology, like the RoboGolfPro®, which precisely tracks your swing in order to identify necessary adjustments. The resort’s new partnership with Ryan Faust from Fausty Golf focuses on improving swing speed through unique training methods. Omni La Costa is also home to the acclaimed Dave Pelz Scoring Game School. The Golf Performance Institute is also home to a True Spec master club fitting location.
Honma Releases Limited-Edition T//World GS RED Driver
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CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA – Iconic golf equipment brand Honma released itsT//World GS (Gain Speed) family of clubs to instant acclaim earlier this spring. Now, the brand known for beautifully crafted performance announces its new, very limited-edition GS Red driver is now available. The exquisitely designed red driver delivers the same game improvement technology as the original T//World GS model, bringing players of varying abilities increased club head and ball speed with maximum forgiveness.
In Asian cultures, the color red represents happiness, beauty, vitality, good luck, success, and good fortune. Honma’s Chairman chose the club’s distinctive striking hue to adorn the driver’s crown, sole and shaft and inspire the bold and confident golfer. The GS Red shaft comes with an all-red Vizard shaft, made in Sakata, Japan, designed for straight flight and unmatched performance.
The exclusive opportunity to make a bold statement includes a limited inventory in North American of 9.5- and 10.5-loft GS Red drivers, $599.99, available this spring and summer through Honma’s online retail store.
Rapsodo and Golf Digest Collaborate to Launch Coach Connect™, an All-in-One Coaching Platform
Rapsodo, creator of the Mobile Launch Monitor (MLM) and leading brand in golf data analytics, and Golf Digest, the world’s number one golf media brand, today announced the availability of its new virtual golf instruction platform – Coach Connect. The digital platform combines Rapsodo’s leading launch data from the MLM with Golf Digest Schools’ instruction eco-system featuring premium instruction from the game’s top teachers across the country for a remote and COVID-friendly teaching experience for players of all abilities, designed to help improve the games of golfers anytime and anywhere.
Rapsodo’s Mobile Launch Monitor is a portable monitor that gives players the ability to analyze their swing by monitoring distance, ball speed, launch angle and more directly on their iOS mobile device or tablet. Golf instructors, pros, coaches and amateur players can now access the all-in-one golf coaching platform in both Rapsodo’s MLM app, as well as Golf Digest Schools Connect via the Golf Digest Schools mobile app.
Coach Connect is the only subscription-based virtual coaching platform on the market that seamlessly incorporates industry leading launch data to provide coaches with a better understanding of the students’ skillset and progress. This platform provides a virtual avenue for coaches and players to communicate, organize lessons and track progress.
Mistwood Golf Club Designated a ‘Best Golf Schools & Academies’ in the Midwest by Golf Digest
Bolingbrook, IL – Mistwood Golf Club, a Chicago area 18-hole golf course with a 5,000-square-foot state-of-the-art golf and training facility, has been recognized as a ‘Best Golf School & Academy’ in the Midwest by Golf Digest’s 2021 Editors’ Choice awards. The Performance Center at Mistwood, first-time recipient, is committed to servicing golfers of all abilities and creating a unique, fun experience with award-winning staff and technology. This is the sixth year Golf Digest has released the annual Editors’ Choice awards and the list of winners include a multitude of products that are geared to help golfers play better, smarter, and healthier.
In 2020, Toptracer was installed at the Mistwood Performance Center, further elevating the course’s public golf experience. The facility also features 11 heated hitting stations for all-season practice, and two teaching/club fitting bays utilizing all of the latest in state-of-the-art technology. Technologies within the facility include: two Trackman’s, SAM PuttLab, Quintic Ball Roll, GC Foresight, Boditrak, a V1 Sports branded academy, dedicated full-service club repair and club building studio, and a full-service bar with 16 flat screen televisions throughout the facility.
Most recently, the Performance Center at Mistwood Golf Club was honored as a Top 50 Public Range by Golf Range Association of America (GRAA), and is a multiple time recipient of Golf Digest’s Top 100 Club Fitters.
Club Champion Hits Milestone With 82 Locations
Nation’s #1 Club Fitter Eclipses 80 Stores In Q1
Willowbrook, IL — Custom club fitter Club Champion announces the opening of three new fitting studios this month, located in Williamsville, NY; Myrtle Beach, SC; and Tucson, AZ. The brand now has 82 stores nationwide and is looking to continue their expansion later this spring.
The new studios feature two indoor hitting bays with TrackMan launch monitors for analyzing performance, a SAM PuttLab system to find the perfect putter, and a build shop for repairing and assembling golf clubs by hand. The roughly 3,000 square foot spaces also include a demo matrix to display the head and shaft options that make up their 50,000+ hittable combinations.
The newest stores are located at:
- 7660 Transit Road, Suite 150, Williamsville, NY 14221
- 1768 Pine Island Road, Unit 104, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
- 635 W. Ina Road, Tucson, AZ 85704
The studios are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information can be found at www.clubchampiongolf.com or by calling (888) 340-7820.
AHEAD is Official Headwear Partner of Women’s Golf Day 2021
Company Creates Headwear to Celebrate June 1 Global Event
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (April 20, 2021) – For the sixth year, AHEAD is pleased to be the official headwear partner supporting Women’s Golf Day (WGD). On June 1, 2021 AHEAD will join more than 50,000 women and girls, 900 golf courses and 68 countries around the world participating in this international one-day event, which was created to engage, empower, and support women and girls through golf.
AHEAD’s official WGD headwear showcases the event’s iconic logo and is offered in the distinctive red, white, and black associated with Women’s Golf Day. Golf courses participating this year that wish to carry AHEAD merchandise should email [email protected].
AHEAD’s long-time partner, professional golfer, and businesswoman Annika Sörenstam, has also pledged support for Women’s Golf Day through her ANNIKA Foundation. AHEAD and Sörenstam have enjoyed a long-standing partnership, with the golf legend exclusively wearing AHEAD apparel on the course.
Women’s Golf Day is completely unique in the sporting world, being the only one-day, global celebration of female sport. Launched in 2016, the annual event now takes place on the first Tuesday in June and continues to grow each year as the sport continues to rise in popularity.
Venues can still register to host an event for Women’s Golf Day 2021 by visiting www.womensgolfday.com and going to “Register a Location.”