Golf News Roundup January 24, 2021
In the news this week: Kevin Hall, Boyne Golf, Forest Dunes, Stability Golf, Myrtle Beach, Founders Group, Youth on Course, Perfect Motion and PXG.
Deaf Golfer Kevin Hall Gets Exemption Into AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
As a deaf golfer myself, I am happy to see that Kevin Hall has been granted an exemption into the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Hall, 38, is a veteran of the Korn Ferry Tour and a standout player on the Advocates Professional Golf Association Tour (APGA), where he has won three events.
The APGA was established in 2010 as a non-profit organization with the mission to bring greater diversity to the game of golf. The APGA Tour Board of Directors works to accomplish this by hosting and operating professional golf tournaments, player development programs, mentoring programs and by introducing the game to inner city young people. In addition to conducting up to eight tournaments awarding $250,000 in prize money annually, the APGA conducts the Charlie Sifford Player Development Program to aid young minority golfers.
Hall played his collegiate golf at Ohio State and was the 2004 Big 10 Champion, winning by 11 strokes.
This past fall, Hall gained national attention for his sign language introduction to the Masters.
BOYNE Golf Properties Recognized Among Top U.S. Golf and Ski Resorts
Michgian-based Boyne Resorts has had four of its golf resort properties nationwide listed among the 25 best U.S golf and ski resorts by the writers’ of Golf Pass, the leading consumer digital golf membership platform powered by NBC Sports Group.
“Golfers and skiers are always at odds. Skiers can’t wait for snow to fall. Golfers can’t wait for snow to melt. Despite their differences, golf and skiing form a formidable twosome at resorts around the country. These two leisure pursuits anchor the summer and winter seasons, keeping these unique resorts open year-round,” said Golf Pass in the article published in December.
Leading the way on the list for Boyne Resorts are BOYNE Golf in Michigan, including Boyne Mountain Resort and Boyne Highlands Resort (1), along with Sugarloaf (2) and Sunday River (20) in Maine, and Big Sky Resort (8) in Montana. They join other high-profile golf and ski destinations like Keystone, Omni Mount Washington, Park City, Stratton Mountain, and Sun Valley.
Forest Dunes’ The Loop Ranked 88th In The World
Britain’s top golf publication Today’s Golfer, in conjunction with Golf World, recently ranked The Loop as No. 88 on its list of the Top 100 In The World You Can Play list.
The Loop was one of 23 courses from the United States.
Designed by renowned architect Tom Doak, The Loop is a reversible course that alternates routings daily between the red (even calendar days) and black (odd calendar days). Using the same 18 greens and fairways, the two courses play totally different.
Today’s Golfer noted: “US publications tend to treat each course on this reversible 18 separately, but we wanted to celebrate Tom Doak’s brilliant concept, routing and shaping by combining them. The sum of these parts is a truly remarkable achievement. Black tends to be rated over Red, but there’s precious little between them.”
This is the first world recognition for The Loop by any publication. Royal County Down in Northern Ireland was proclaimed the world’s top public-access course. Pebble Beach was the top ranked course from America at No. 6, while Pinehurst #2 was No. 8.
Stabilty Golf Black Matte Putter Shaft Back In Stock
I’m a fan of the stability putter shafts. You can read my Stability Putter shaft review at the link.
The latest from Breakthrough Golf Technology is the stealth black matte shaft. The Stability Black is designed with a stealth black matte shaft and glossy branding. It plays like the Stability Tour model
Stability Black is a Limited-Edition model and will retail for $299.99; which are now back in stock after an unprecedented demand of the initial launch.
The Rewards Package, Myrtle Beach’s Best 2021 Stay-And-Play Offer, Is Unveiled
Golfers Can Choose Among FGI’s 21 Courses, Receive $100 Gift Card
Myrtle Beach’s Founders Group International offers a 4-night, 4-round Rewards Package that allows golfers to choose among FGI’s 21 courses, including some of Myrtle Beach’s most acclaimed layouts. Each player also receives a $100 gift card, good for use on food and beverage and in the pro shop. The fourth night of accommodations at Myrtlewood Villas is also free, further enhancing the value of a package that starts at $425.
Headlining the courses golfers can play as part of the Rewards Package are the Grande Dunes Resort Course, TPC Myrtle Beach, Pawleys Plantation and King’s North at Myrtle Beach National.
Among the other courses golfers can play are: Aberdeen Country, Burning Ridge, Colonial Charters, Founders Club, Litchfield, Long Bay, SouthCreek at MBN, West Course at MBN, PineHills Course at Myrtlewood, Palmetto Course at Myrtlewood, Pine Lakes, River Club, River Hills, Tradition Club, Wild Wing – Avocet, Willbrook and World Tour.
Youth on Course Expands Affordable Junior Golf Access Across All 50 States
Nationwide Membership Fueled By Landmark Year
Youth on Course — the non-profit organization dedicated to opening doors, supporting dreams and transforming the lives of young people through opportunities on and off the golf course – is expanding nationwide, bringing life-changing growth and learning experiences to 2.8 million junior golfers across all 50 states.
Leading up to this moment and amidst a pandemic, 2020 was historic for the organization. A few notable highlights include:
- A 56% increase in membership, now totaling more than 120,000 and eclipsing one million rounds played
- Subsidized a total of 400,000 rounds, an 100% increase from the previous year and generating a total of $2.8M back to golf courses from unused tee times
- Amidst a challenging year, fundraising support exceeded expectations with nearly $1M generated from the 100 Hole Hike and the establishment of a long-term partnership with NBC Sports’ GolfNow which includes a RoundUp donations program and development of a custom booking engine
Juniors nationwide ages 6-18 may sign up for a Youth on Course membership at www.youthoncourse.org/join. In partnership with Allied Golf Associations, GolfNow, PGA and LPGA Sections and golf course management companies, Youth on Course will sign on facilities in more than 10 new regions throughout the year to provide expanded access to affordable play and off-course growth and learning experiences.
For individual courses looking to join Youth on Course’s network, general managers and head professionals can sign up their facilities by filling out an online interest form. In return, facilities will receive subsidies for each round played at $5 or less during one of the designated times for Youth on Course members.
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Golf Classic Unveils New Format
Grande Dunes, Pine Lakes, Wild Wing Avocet, World Tour To Host 22nd Annual Event
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Golf Classic (NLEOMGC) has unveiled an exciting new course lineup and team format for its 22nd annual event. The NLEOMGC will be played Oct. 31 – Nov. 4, 2021 on four of Myrtle Beach’s most popular layouts – Grande Dunes Resort Club, Pine Lakes, Wild Wing Avocet and World Tour.
The NLEOMGC is open to all golfers and doesn’t require a handicap. The event is capped at 288 players and will feature two and four-person teams.
In addition to golf, players relish the social component of the event, including a scoring party, raffles and a nightly dinner/happy hour at the Crown Reef Resort, the event’s host hotel.
For more information or to enter the event, visit www.NLEOMGC.com.
PerfectMotion Introduces “PPI” Motion Efficiency Metric
PerfectMotion® has upgraded the user experience in its industry-leading A.I.-powered, motion training mobile app by introducing the PPI, PerfectMotion® Performance Index. PPI is a numerical measure of motion efficiency from 0 to 100. As golfers work with the app toward the goal of repeatable, efficient body motion with every club, their PPI scores help them measure their success, track improvements, focus their efforts and challenge themselves.
PPI is a moving average, similar to a handicap, computed as an overall measure over a golfer’s last 300 swings and putts, and individually, for BALL and NO BALL training sessions for each club. As a golfer improves their motion efficiency, their PPI increases. Golfers now have a simple, objective measure of performance for their drives, irons, wedges, chips and putts used to help them achieve the ultimate goal of the PerfectMotion® app: lower handicaps, effortless distance and automatic accuracy.
“The app and its AI allow golfers to train with purpose, eliminating their key faults one at a time,” says Rich Kosowsky, PerfectMotion® founder and CEO. “The PPI simply measures that progress. It goes up as a golfer eliminates the most severe fault, scores more perfect motions in a session, and graduates to higher skill levels. We all know how passionate golfers are about performance and data. And unlike a handicap, which requires playing rounds to improve, golfers can improve their PPI anywhere and anytime, with or without a ball. All they need is their phone.”
ALL-NEW PXG 2021 0211 Collection Delivers Red Hot Performance at Lower Prices
PXG Expands its Global Offerings with the Introduction of Game-changing New Driver, Fairway Wood, Hybrid, and Iron Technologies
Scottsdale, Ariz. (January 7, 2020) – PXG’s new 2021 0211 Collection offers a new line-up of irons, hybrids, fairways, and drivers that deliver game-changing performance at a killer price.
Six years ago, PXG launched its lineup of high performing, but expensive clubs. Now, PXG has identified a new opportunity – specifically, the opportunity to serve a broader group of golfers by deliver a lineup of clubs at an much lower price.
“It has always been PXG’s mission to develop the world’s finest golf equipment, and the PXG 2021 0211 Collection is no exception,” said PXG founder and CEO Bob Parsons. “0211s are an easy choice for players who simply want a sexy set of clubs that deliver unbelievable performance at a price you wouldn’t expect – certainly not from us.”
The All-New PXG 2021 0211 Collection leverages many of PXG’s leading technologies, such as its advanced DualCOR System, Honeycomb TPE inserts, ultra-thin clubface, and adjustable weighting. In its metal woods, the Collection also introduces a railed sole geometry and innovative new head shapes to support an ideal balance of distance and forgiveness.
For more information, visit PXG’s website (link above)