Month: December 2017

Golf Simulators – Facebook forum offers insights on best and worst units You can also find out about launch monitors on the group discussion

I don’t know Harry Brandt personally, except to tell you that he is a devoted and passionate student of the golf swing. We both subscribe to Jim Hardy’s belief in the “One Plane” and “Two Plane” golf swings.

Now in Harry’s quest to assist golfers in their quest to fine tune their swings, Brandt has created a Facebook page Golf Simulator, Launch Monitor and Video Discussion Group.

In creating the page, Harry writes: “This group is for its members. I’d like the group to be as useful and effective as possible in helping people understand the features, pros, and cons of various tech equipment with as little bias as possible. I believe it will be important for people to be up front about what they own (since, so often, people think what they own must be tops  ) and also, it should be stated if they have past or present employment with or connection with a product or company under discussion. Let’s not let this group become a childish “mine is better yours” but a discussion group to allow everyone’s knowledge to improve. I have no problem with involvement of reps or people in the industry. In fact, it is often these people who are most knowledgeable and it will be useful to have them around. But their affiliations should be stated up front. Please let me know if you agree with this general principle and how you think it should be managed. Thanks!!”

There are already 266 members and lots of good insights on equipment and how to set up an indoor practice area. Hope this helps!

Here’s the link- https://www.facebook.com/groups/1936984393234085/?multi_permalinks=1944153565850501&notif_id=1514208323230757&notif_t=group_activity 

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French Lick: Donald Ross and Pete Dye at their finest

If the golf courses at French Lick Resort aren’t on your must-play list, adjust it. The Indiana boyhood home of NBA Hall of Famer Larry Bird also has two layouts that are turning the hoops hotbed into a golf playground as well.

Linkside Villa owners seek to join action against Omni on Ocean Links Golf Course residents fear course demolition will lower property vales

By Mike Lednovich, Editor/Publisher

Linkside Villas Condominium owners have asked a Nassau County Judge to include them in a lawsuit against the Omni Resort, claiming the demolition of the Ocean Links Golf Course by the Omni will adversely impact their property values.

In a motion to intervene filed Dec. 7 by Jacksonville attorney Charles Pillan, 37 condo owners are seeking to be included in the November lawsuit filed by the Amelia Island Club against The Omni to halt the demolition of Ocean Links. The Amelia Club claims The Omni is in violation of its agreement with the club which states The Omni agreed to provide two championship caliber golf courses. The Omni began demolishing Ocean Links without notice in early November. That work was stopped days later when The Club won a temporary injunction against The Omni to prevent any further damage to the golf course.

Linkside Villa owners claim in their motion that their units “and the common grounds which abut and overlook have an expansive view of several links (holes) of the Ocean Links course and Red Maple Lake between them.” The motion argues “the closing and demolition of Ocean Links would have a direct and immediate adverse affect on the property values and the use and enjoyment of the property owned by the (Linkside Villas) Associations’ members and they have common interest in this matter in that they will either gain or lose by direct legal operation and effect of any judgement entered in this action.”

In seeking to join the lawsuit, Linkside owners said they have no intention of raising any issues with the court that are not already stated in the Amelia Island Club lawsuit.

The preliminary injunction against The Omni remains in effect until all parties appear before a mediator. A date has yet to be set to determine the future of the Ocean Links Course.

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French Lick: Donald Ross and Pete Dye at their finest

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Mayakoba has something for everybody Greg Norman design course is a challenge

A nasty, into the wind par-3 skirts the ocean.

If you’re looking for a top flight golf experience as well as a great family vacation location then the tropical paradise of Mayakoba, Mexico has it all.

There’s never a bad time of year to visit Mayakoba and eachf year in November you can catch the PGA in action.

The 260-acre Fairmont Mayakoba is the just a short drive from Cancun and boasts an all inclusive complex that includes the PGA caliber El Camaleon Golf Club and a bevy of family friendly activities including bleached-white sand beaches, five fresh water swimming pools and meandering, turquoise blue waterways that are home to abundant wildlife.

“Mayakoba is quickly earning the reputation as one of the best golf destinations for the golfer who also wants to bring their family along for a great vacation,” said Jorge Franssen, Director of Marketing for El Camaleon. “There are so many things for a family to do here; we have that rare combination of golf and extraordinary non-golf activities.”

There are also seven other golf courses located within a 30 minute drive of what is known as the “Mayan Trail,” including the TPC Cancun, Riviera Maya Golf Club and the Golf Club at Playacar.

El Camaleon has become one of the favorite courses among PGA touring pros since it began hosting the Mayakoba Golf Classic in 2007.

“We have one of the finest golf courses anywhere and a great practice facility,” said Yayoi Garcia, Golf Sales and Marketing Executive with the Greg

Norman designed El Camaleon course. “We have a 70 person fulltime grounds crew which means the golf course is in perfect condition year round.”

Surrounded by thick mangrove forests and tropical jungles, with crystal clear lagoons and canals lining many holes, El Camaleon is quick to please right off the first tee of the 500-yard plus par 5. Lurking just beyond driving distance for most amateurs is a humongous sinkhole or as they’re called in Mexico, a cenote, smack dab in the middle of the fairway. Because the golf course is built on limestone, there a numerous cenotes, but none as massive or menacing as the behemoth on number one.

With all of its natural beauty, it’s hard to stay focused on El Camaleon especially on the signature par-3, 15 hole, which is nestled adjacent to the beach of the Caribbean Sea. Hitting directly into a husky wind off the ocean ups the ante for the tee shot.

The mangroves and jungles, which protect Mayakoba from destructive hurricanes, are home to an array of wildlife including more than 270 species of birds, iguanas, crocodiles, monkeys and assorted other creatures that often sun themselves on the limestone rocks or frolic on the fairways.

Like most seaside golf courses, El Camaleon features paspalum greens that putt slightly slower. The greens feature subtle, often hidden breaks, but clean contact will produce an even roll.

Norman’s design has done an admirable job keeping the features of each hole interesting.

On the 5th, a par 5 at 554 yards, is bordered on the left by a sparkling waterway and once on the green, you see a gentle pond and a row of casitas of the Fairmont Mayakoba. Mangrove stands protect the hole all along the right side.

Number three is a short, 389-yard par 4 that challenges amateurs with two forced carries over water, making it the most intimidating hole on the front side. The entire hole is collared by mangroves and the green is elevated with large, deep bunkers on the right.

Hole 16 is a monster 450-yard-plus par 4 with mangroves lurking on both sides. A generous sized green sits left to right, but has bunkers both right and left so iron accuracy is a must.

Because of the dense jungle, mangroves and water features, be prepared to say ‘adios’ to a lot of golf balls on El Camaleon. Errant shots quickly disappear, with little prospect of being found.

For help with your game, El Camaleon is home to the Jim McLean Golf School that features a full driving range, putting greens and short game practice complex.

There’s no better place to decompress from the rigors of El Camaleon than the Fairmont Mayakoba resort. A gentle 40-minute cruise of the lagoons on an electric powered boat takes you thru limestone caverns and mangrove stands. On the banks of the canals you’ll see Pacific crocodiles and numerous freshwater fowl.

One of the best stress reducers is beer and chocolate. In Mayan culture, chocolate was one of their most value possessions so at the Fairmont Willow Stream Spa, the chocolate addict can be satisfied with the Chocolate, Food of the Gods full body treatment.

Follow the treatment with the Fairmont’s Mexican craft beer tasting activity that includes a selection of four “cervezas artesanales” that embody aromas of orange, vanilla and even chocolate.

“We have perfect golf and perfect days and nights of fine dining and activities.” Said Stuart McColl, Regional Director of Marketing for the Fairmont. “It’s all here.”

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French Lick: Donald Ross and Pete Dye at their finest

If the golf courses at French Lick Resort aren’t on your must-play list, adjust it. The Indiana boyhood home of NBA Hall of Famer Larry Bird also has two layouts that are turning the hoops hotbed into a golf playground as well.

Bag Boy debuts 3 new bags for 2018 2 new cart bags and lots of new colors

Richmond, VA – The Bag Boy Company, a golf industry leader since 1946, is proud to announce their 2018 bag line featuring 2 new cart bags – the Defender and the Revolver FX, along with a new stand bag, the TL Stand Bag. New colorways are also introduced in the Chiller Hybrid and Chiller Cart Bags. “We are excited to announce our new bag line, all 5 models include our innovative attachment system, TOP-LOK™ Technology,” said Pat Gallagher, Bag Boy Product Manager.

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“TOP-LOK™ Technology is a patented bag-to-cart attachment system designed to securely lock a Bag Boy bag onto a Bag Boy push cart preventing the bag from twisting or turning, eliminating the need for cart straps,” said Gallagher. “We created a secure attachment that was lacking in the traditional brackets and straps method. The benefit with TOP-LOK™ is your bag will no longer twist and turn, requiring readjustment in the middle of your round.” Here’s the link for the full lineup:

http://mailchi.mp/dynamicbrands.com/press-release-bag-boy-launches-2018-golf-bags?e=cd2962c8b4

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French Lick: Donald Ross and Pete Dye at their finest

If the golf courses at French Lick Resort aren’t on your must-play list, adjust it. The Indiana boyhood home of NBA Hall of Famer Larry Bird also has two layouts that are turning the hoops hotbed into a golf playground as well.