Fallen Oak Biloxi Mississippi Re-Opens After Enhancement Renovation

Anthony Webber. Editor-at-Large. iGTN. MGM Resorts newly-renovated Fallen Oak reopens for play. The original course architect Tom Fazio oversaw the project which involved regular infrastructure maintenance, as well as strategic improvements to enhance the golf experience.   Set in an oasis on the edge of the DeSoto National Forest, Fallen Oak will offer golf with traditional fine grasses, wide fairways and massive greens. Fazio has worked his magic once again and uplifted the award winning course, perennially ranked among the top courses in the country and recently named 30th on the “Top 100 Courses you Can Play” by GOLF Magazine.   MGM Resorts International remains committed to maintaining and improving Fallen Oak’s elite world- class golf experience. The newly-remolded course is more player-friendly for the average to high handicap golfer and more strategic for the good golfer. The enhancement project involved the reshaping and movement of bunkers. With more than 20 bunkers removed, the remaining bunkers have been rebuilt using state-of-the art construction techniques...
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PGA National Palm Beach Gardens Florida Re-Opens Nicklaus-Renovated Champion Course

Anthony Webber. Editor-at-Large. iGTN. PGA National Resort & Spa’s acclaimed Champion Course – the Jack Nicklaus-designed host of the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic and home of the famous Bear Trap – has re-opened after a major re-grassing with cutting-edge Celebration Bermuda, and renovation of the 14th hole.   Celebration Bermuda grass is now on fairways, green surrounds and tees of The Champion Course, making the popular layout even more eye-catching and playable. The new turf will resonate with the world’s best golfers who annually play in the Honda Classic – one of the top events in professional golf – as well as the thousands of resort guests who play the course.   In addition to seven Honda Classics, The Champion Course hosted the 1983 Ryder Cup, 1987 PGA Championship, 18 Senior PGA Championships and this year’s final stage of the Web.com Q-school.   “The Celebration Bermuda will provide us with major-like conditions,” says Lukus Harvey, PGA National Resort & Spa’s Director of Agronomy.   “The Honda Classic field...
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New Line of Self-Buttoning Shirts Simplifies Dressing for Handicapped Golfers

Anthony Webber. Editor-at-Large. iGTN. Many of us stand in our closets in the morning staring at our racks of clothes agonizing over what to wear that day, but worrying about how we are going to get dressed never crosses our minds.   For the 1 million people living with Parkinson’s disease and 50 million people living with arthritis in the United States – dressing is a daily challenge.   A task as simple as buttoning a shirt in the morning is physically challenging for some. MagnaReadyTM, the first fashionable dress shirts infused with a magnetic closure system, solves the problem of difficult to navigate buttons making dressing independently a possibility again.   Conceptualized in a moment of necessity when her husband began to have trouble buttoning his shirts due to Parkinson’s, MagnaReadyTM is the latest creation from former children’s clothing designer, Maura Horton.   MagnaReadyTM is a patent-pending line of high-quality dress shirts. Hidden inside the placket of a MagnaReadyTM shirt are powerful magnets that...
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DV8 Sports’ Golf Clubs Liberate Golf Travelers from Heavy Tough-to-Transport Golf Clubs and Golf Bags

Anthony Webber. Editor-at-Large. iGTN. DV8 Sports, a new company committed to growing participation and enjoyment of golf, today announced a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the launch of its patented, portable golf equipment and bag design.   The 35-day campaign seeks funding to fuel DV8 Sports’ first production run and a broader market launch later this year.   DV8 clubs liberate users from heavy, tough-to-transport clubs and bags. Instead of muscling 40-plus pounds of equipment around on a golf trip, DV8 users get a regulation set of clubs and portable backpack style bag, all weighing less than 15 pounds.   DV8 clubs will come in three different shaft flexes: stiff, regular and ladies/senior.   The secret to golf without obstacles is DV8’s patented coupler technology, which allows club heads to be interchanged on one or two custom shafts. The set is carried in a stylish, super durable backpack with club head changes taking less than 3 seconds with no tools or torque wrenches required.   The entire...
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Only APP to Offer Free USGA Compliant Handicaps and a Scorecard Picture Service – TheGrint

Anthony Webber. Editor-at-Large. iGTN. Thanks to TheGrint, golfers worldwide now have the opportunity to secure a free United States Golf Association (USGA) compliant handicap among a multitude of additional game-enhancing and social media features.   TheGrint has officially launched its new free mobile application to golfers everywhere in both iPhone and Android versions.   It is the most comprehensive statistical and social golf APP available today and offers a wide range of services free to golfers of all levels and backgrounds, whether they have a home golf course or not.   The APP is available on TheGrint.com and iTunes and was developed by TheGrint Group based in Coral Gables, Florida.   In addition to a free USGA-compliant handicap, TheGrint provides golfers a feature for nearly every game obsession, including:   GPS Rangefinder- to easily find yardages right from the palm of your hand via your phone (premium offering).   Scorecard Picture Service – to upload and calculate your scores and hole-by-hole stats in 45 seconds into your personal database (premium...
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Grand Golf Resorts of Florida Ultimate Sportsman’s Package Combines Golf and Professional Sports Events

Anthony Webber. Editor-at-Large. iGTN. The Grand Golf Resorts of Florida, a Salamander Collection, is offering sports lovers an exciting new package by which to enjoy the Sunshine State. The “Ultimate Sportsman’s Package” combines luxurious surroundings, world-class golf and tickets to some of Florida’s most exciting sporting events.   As the largest independent operator of golf resorts in the Sunshine State, the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida is renowned for its nine championship courses at Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, Reunion Resort in Orlando and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast. Four of the courses rank in Golfweek’s top 25 in Florida – a state with more courses than any other – and the resorts have hosted tournaments on the PGA, LPGA, Champions, Legends and Symetra Tours.   From the Gulf to the Atlantic, each resort also offers easy geographical access to a variety of professional sporting experiences including football, basketball, baseball and motor racing.   Starting at just $229 per person, the new two-night Ultimate Sportsman’s...
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American Golfers Vote Scotland as Top International Golf Destination

Anthony Webber. Editor-at-Large. iGTN. You might think you’re a golfer but unless you’ve played on one of the courses in Scotland you could be missing out on the best round of your life.   At least, that’s what a large number of Americans think according to the latest survey created by high-profile media outlet USA Today.   When they asked their readers to vote for their top ten courses from around the world, almost all of the results were courses across the United States of America; the only international destination to feature was Scotland, and it appears it doesn’t really matter which course you choose in the ‘home of golf’, they’re all equally as sought after.   Liking the idea of playing golf in Scotland and actually making the trip are two very different things, but it seems the distance across the ‘Pond’ doesn’t deter keen American golfers from making the journey.   Luxury self-catering cottage provider, holidaycottages.co.uk, is an independent family-run British company that boasts a portfolio...
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OpenTee Has Acquired GolfSwitch, the Pioneer in Online Tee Time Sales

Anthony Webber. Editor-at-Large. iGTN. Using GolfSwitch’s interface-technology, course operators will have the ability to present their tee time inventory on the new OpenTee platform. This union combines proven effective technology with dynamic far reaching database marketing to put the control back in the hands of golf course operators.   GolfSwitch has partnerships with over 3,700 golf courses worldwide, generates over 60 million dollars annually in tee time revenue for its clients and integrates with over 60 tee sheet providers worldwide.   The combination of GolfSwitch and OpenTee technologies and marketing databases is aimed at making OpenTee the leader in digital tee time marketing solutions for course operators.   “My original vision for GolfSwitch was to provide course operators with the tools they needed to leverage the Internet boom.  I think we’ve achieved our original mission and now I’m proud to pass the baton to OpenTee, a team fueled by new ideas and fresh perspective that will build on GolfSwitch’s success” said Larry Lippon, founder and CEO...
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Humorous True Story Tells How “America’s Worst Avid Golfer,” Angelo Spagnolo ….. Shot the Highest Score Ever Recorded in the 533 Years Since the Game of Golf was Invented

Anthony Webber. Editor-at-Large. iGTN. In 1985, “everyman” Angelo Spagnolo recorded the highest documented score – 257 – in the entire history of golf, including a 66 on one hole in Golf Digest’s “Search for America’s Worst Avid Golfer.”   In an article that would subsequently appear 15 years later, in the year 2000, Golf Digest regarded Spagnolo’s round at The Players Championship at Sawgrass as “One of the 100 biggest golf stories of the 20th century.”   “Yow,” says Spagnolo. “When I realized the company I was now in (Nicklaus, Palmer, Woods, etc.), it completely blew me away! How could this be?”   But Life’s an…Unplayable Lie does far more than chronicle this single unique accomplishment. It also details Spagnolo’s early struggles in every sport imaginable, tells of a strange golf match against a seventy-one-year-old first-year golfer that Spagnolo barely won, and details the entire bizarre process that led to his “winning” the title of “America’s Worst Avid Golfer.”   In addition, the book relays over twenty-five years’...
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Naples Voted to Top 10 Best Golf Destinations List by Readers of USA TODAY

Anthony Webber. Editor-at-Large. iGTN. Naples Florida in Southwest Florida, is one of the winners of the Best Golf Destination category in the 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest sponsored by USA TODAY. After being selected as a nominee by USA TODAY’s panel of golf experts, Naples came in at number five on the list, ahead of iconic golf destinations including Scotland and Pebble Beach, California.   Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from 10Best.com; relevant expert contributors and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. The nomination panel for each travel award category is displayed on its associated contest page. All voting is digital and the 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award contest is accessible on the 10Best.com website.   “Following closely after our destination’s selection as the Golf Destination of the Year for North America by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators, we are...
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