Golf News Roundup January 7, 2020

Golf News Roundup January 7, 2020

Golf News Roundup January 7, 2020

Here’s some random golf news for January 7, 2020

Golf Heritage Society’s Columbus Golf Collectables Trade Show Jan 10 – 11

The Columbus Golf Collectibles Winter Trade Show will take place Jan. 10-11 near Columbus, Ohio at the Dublin Embassy Suites by Hilton.

“This is a wonderful event with a rich tradition,” said Dr. Bern Bernacki, president of the GHS. “It’s become an annual ‘must’ for collectors around the Midwest and throughout the country.

“This event is free to the public and features very interesting and varied golf collectibles. And for those who have potential golf ‘treasures’ at home that they’ve wanted to learn more about, free appraisals are offered.

“Everyone interested in golf history should attend.”

To attend or to exhibit at the event, call Gary Wyckoff at 937-593-1444 or 937-441-1483.

Club Champion Introduces Member Rewards Program

The benefits add an additional $1,000 value to a custom club fitting

Willowbrook, IL — Club Champion is upping their game: the nation’s #1 custom club fitter now offers over $1,000 of added benefits through a new Member Rewards Program when customers make qualifying purchases

Included in the many benefits is a free or discounted fitting, complimentary practice time using TrackMan in the fitting bays, free installation on grips purchased at Club Champion, free loft and lie adjustments on Club Champion clubs, golf ball discounts and more. Program qualification begins when $1,000 or more in Club Champion purchases have been made; that amount can be reached cumulatively so long as purchases are made within 12 months.

The program was designed specifically to add value to an already immersive experience. The national club fitter has over 35,000 hittable head and shaft combinations in stores for customers to demo, as well as industry-leading technology and the most highly trained fitters in the market. The fitting experience at Club Champion is modeled after Tour-level fittings, and involves no brand bias. The structure works: custom-fit golfers see an average gain of 22 yards off the tee and drop an average of six strokes per round. All of this already sets Club Champion apart from the crowd and this new Member Rewards Program sweetens the deal.

Daytona Beach Golf Club North Course

Daytona Beach Golf Club’s North Course Reopens To Rave Reviews

DAYTONA BEACH, FL. — Daytona Beach Golf Club’s North Course has reopened to rave reviews following a renovation project that included the installation of new greens and the re-routing of the back nine.

A 36-hole municipal facility, Daytona Beach Golf Club (DBGC) closed its North Course on May 9 and reopened Nov. 2 after installing pristine, new TifEagle Bermudagrass greens. TifEagle thrives in Daytona Beach’s subtropical climate, and it’s among the new ultradwarf Bermudagrasses that produce fast, smooth putting surfaces throughout the year.

In addition to installing TifEagle, the North Course’s greens were also restored to their original USGA specifications, an effort that expanded the putting surfaces between three and nine feet in diameter. Larger greens translate into more pinnable areas, which enhance the layout and help reduce wear and tear.

“It’s been great,” DBGC’s Director of Golf, Brian Jaquet, said of the reception to the project. “Everyone likes the new greens and the layout.”

While the course was closed for the installation of new greens, Jaquet and his staff added new tees on two holes and re-routed the back nine. Previously, the North Course concluded with a pair of par 5s, which were also the layout’s hardest holes.

What was once the 17th hole is now the par 5 10th, a move that had a domino effect on the home nine that left only No. 18 on the same position on the scorecard after work was complete.

A new tee was installed on the seventh hole, providing an additional 35 yards of length to the now 410-yard par 4. A new tee on the 18th added 20 yards to the hole, stretching it to 543 yards. The new tees only impact golfers playing from the tips, which are 6,413 yards.

“For the price you can’t go wrong,” David Hottenstein wrote in a 5-star Google review of DBGC in November. “Played both North and South courses. North is definitely more challenging of the two. Both are fun and very well maintained.”

The surging Daytona Beach golf scene is home to more than 20 courses, including several of Florida’s best public layouts. LPGA International is home to the acclaimed Jones and Hills courses, while Golfweek magazine ranked Victoria Hills among the state’s top 15 public designs.

The area is also home to three members of the historic Florida Golf Trail: DBGC’s Donald Ross-designed South Course, Riviera Country Club and New Smyrna Golf Club, another Ross layout.

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JW Marriott Miami Turnberry

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & SPa Introduces Enhanced Course and Stack & Tilt Camp

The redesign of JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa’s two world-class 18-hole golf courses has been completed. Re-imagined by golf icon Raymond Floyd from the original Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design, the “Soffer” and “Miller” courses offer members and resort guests improved playing conditions and faster greens. The resort, a coveted destination for golfers from across the globe, has also announced they will host the Stack & Tilt golf camp in May 2020 under the direction of co-founder and PGA and Tour Coach, Andy Plummer. The impressive roster of PGA golf pros on staff, variety of golf packages and educational programming and enhanced championship golf courses make JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa the go-to golf resort in the Southeast.

The $1 million plus upgrades were implemented to modernize both courses to create ideal playing conditions for all levels of players from novice to professional. Key among the improvements to the Soffer Course is the addition of all brand new TifEagle greens, which provide a more consistent green speed and better playing conditions for all players. The Soffer course has five sets of tee boxes that can accommodate all levels and the Miller Course has six sets of tee boxes. Additionally, there is a newly added fairway bunker on the eighth hole; more land has been added to the ninth hole and a new tee complex for the tenth and16th holes. Updates to the Miller Course include new tee boxes on the ninth and tenth and a brand-new front driving range, chipping and putting greens.

Amenities at the courses include:

  • On-course refreshment cart
  • Forcaddies services available November 1st – April 30th
  • 36 holes of championship golf
  • Electric carts with GPS
  • Private lessons and group clinics
  • Driving range, chipping and putting greens
  • Premium Callaway rental clubs
  • Dedicated planning staff
  • Recently opened and updated Pro Shop

Customers are automatically enrolled in the program once qualifying purchases are made, and Club Champion is retroactively including purchases from 2019 to honor customers who have recently joined the custom-fit ranks. For more information on the new membership program, including details and exclusions, please visit

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