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March 31, 2009
No Hype: Best Golf-

Travel Value in 10 Years

It's true. Primo golf-vacation destinations are doing big-time deals and discounts, bending with the economic times and bending over backward to make your golf trips happen.

There's such a flurry of high-value, low-cost, "say-WHAT?" deals going down that Golfpac, which last year arranged 120,000 domestic and international golf rounds and 55,000 room nights, can barely keep up with the updates. But they do, posting them in their Hot Deals department and hollering to their customers to hop all over packages such as these:

  • Sheraton Wild Horse Pass ($278). A spectacular setting for golf, near Scottsdale, Arizona. Third night is free in this package, with two rounds of golf with cart at the Whirlwind Golf Club.
  • Westin Mission Hills ($358). If you stay three nights, your fourth night is free—and you'll play on world-class golf courses by Pete Dye and Gary Player. A great offer from one of Golfpac's favorite resorts, located in Rancho Mirage, California.
  • The TPC Sawgrass Summer Swing ($540) (see photo). This deluxe getaway includes three nights at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort, home of THE PLAYERS Championship, and three "pinch-me" rounds of golf at the TPC Stadium and Valley Courses.

March 30, 2009
Precision Putter:
Square Angles, Bold Lines

Product: Envision TR putterPrice: $199
Insert options: Black, red and green. The black insert, according to STX, is the softest, followed by red (medium feel) and green (harder feel).


Overview: STX, best known for its Soft Face Insert Technology, is extending its Bob Engman Signature Series with a spring introduction of the Envision TR putter.


Key Features:

  • Square angles and bold lines to ensure a proper address. STX says the square-shaped head distributes weight farther out toward the heel and toe for a higher moment of inertia.
  • The geometric shapes, according to the company, make it easy for you to see when the putter is not properly aligned throughout your stroke.
  • STX says a proprietary double-bend shaft on the Envision TR moves the hands forward for proper alignment.

STX Envision TR Putter


BTW, who is Bob Engman? He's the STX Chief Club Designer. A world-renowned sculptor with works in the Hirshhorn Museum, the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, Engman is also a three-time senior champion at Merion Golf Club in Philadelphia.


March 26, 2009

Homecoming Scotland 2009—

2 Free British Open Passes


Rather historic:

For the first time in our Club's history, you and other members could be in with a chance to win a pair of free passes to the British Open. That's huge! The 2009 quest for the coveted Claret Jug returns to Turnberry, Scotland, July 16-19. So, how do you like your haggis?


Specifics on passes:

We're not skimping by just offering passes to practice rounds. Nope. These five-day passes cover a practice round and then all the building drama, Wednesday through Sunday, of what is golf's most historic championship. After all, Scotland is the home of golf. So enter the sweepstakes and, with a spot of luck, attend for free.


What a year to go!

Check this out.

The first ever Homecoming Scotland year is being celebrated with over 300 events and festivals throughout Scotland, commemorating all things Scottish, including:

  • Tributes to the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns' birth
  • A "Here's to you!" to Scotch whisky
  • Exhibitions, concerts and festivals celebrating Scotland's innovations, scientific contributions (think Dolly the sheep) and culture
  • Golf, of course. When not attending the Open, play some of the 550 Scottish courses. What makes golf in Scotland special is the quality of the courses and the warm welcome you'll receive.

Enter to win British Open passes!


March 25, 2009

Wow—Wales and Scotland!

Boasting new golf courses and supportive tourism infrastructures, these golf destinations have the welcome mat out in 2009:

Wales: Remember how the 2006 Ryder Cup showcased Ireland as a golf destination? Get ready for the same to happen to Wales, which will host the Ryder Cup in 2010. Wales will shine because: It has more than 170 courses Green fees are about one-third less than Scotland and Ireland Wales has more castles per square mile than any country. Who doesn't like castles?


"Must play" courses:


Machrihanish, Scotland:

The quaint, uncommercialized Machrihanish will introduce itself as a bonafide golf destination in May with the debut of David McLay Kidd's Machrihanish Golf Club, laid out by Old Tom Morris in 1879, plus such world-renowned courses as Turnberry, Prestwick and Royal Troon.


March 18, 2009

Golf Value? Go West

Examples of great golf value when you head west:

New Mexico: If the economy's got you down, go to New Mexico where postcard beautiful courses, affordable green fees and value-priced, stay-and-play packages are the draw.

Recommended:

1. Pinon Hills, a desert layout in Farmington that's regarded as one of the nation's best municipal-golf experiences. $33 weekdays, $38 weekends. Play rolling fairways framed by pinon and junipers, and shoot over sandstone canyons and wide arroyos.

2. Golf on the Santa Fe Golf Trail is a marketing alliance featuring eight championship courses in high-desert settings. Included is the spectacular Ken Dye-designed Paa-Ko-Ridge course in Sandia Park, $59 Monday-Thursday. Washington State University

The Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Washington, promises to be one of the best new daily-fee courses in 2009. Designed by Tacoma-based architect John Harbottle III, the housing-free layout stays true to the natural contour of the land as it weaves through the Palouse hills.

The nearly treeless course has only 49 bunkers, half the number found on most new courses. Palouse Ridge, $39 to $91 for non-residents, is home course of the Washington State University men's and women's golf teams.


March 16, 2009

Getting the Shaft

Product:

Motore F1 Series shafts (released last month).

Overview: The Motore F1, says Fujikura, stores energy during the downswing and releases the energy just before impact, while maintaining the shaft and club's stability. You can match your swing to one of three shaft weights.

Payoff: Fujikura says Motore's "smart" shaping of the tip leads to improved distance and accuracy in all clubs while minimizing weight. This shaping allows the tip end to accelerate faster than conventional tips, according to the company.

Quote: "Motore means 'engine' in Italian," says Fujikura President Dave Schnider, "and we believe this is a very fitting name, as the shaft has been recognized as the engine of the golf club."

TOUR debut: The Motore F1 Series line made its debut during the Hawaii swing of the PGA TOUR. Fujikura introduced the Motore F1 Series shafts January 29th at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. And Pat McCoy, Fujikura's TOUR manager, says: "At the PGA TOUR Q-School, with just a handful of prototype designs, our Motore 80 HB became the leading model of hybrid shaft at the event."


March 11, 2009

Golf in AM and Spa in PM

Spas: The golf getaway lifesaver

Huh? Say your significant other doesn't really share your love affair with golf. No problem. About a decade ago, golf resorts realized spas were an integral part of the resort experience. Today, you can scarcely name a top-notch golf resort that doesn't have a full-service spa.

No hard-sell. Golfers don't need to hard-sell non-golfers, who can luxuriate in a spa or workout at a resort fitness center while their loved ones are roaming fairways.

Treatments for golfers? Sure. In addition to a wide range of massages and facials, most resort spas offer treatments specifically designed for golfers. According to the International Spa Association, (ISPA), men account for 31 percent of all spa goers.

Tip: In your pre-trip golf vacation planning, research thoroughly to make sure the golf courses and accompanying spas are equal in quality level and overall experience.

A suggested sampling: The golf-resort spa is a global phenomenon popular from Scotland to China and everywhere in between. Here's sampling of the many spa/golf possibilities:

American Club

The Boulders

The Broadmoor

Gleneagles Resort

Marriott's Canyon Villas