Golf News for Friday, April 18, 2014

Arnie, Golf Channel’s three-night, primetime television event about the life and legacy of Arnold Palmer, became the most-watched original production in Golf Channel history, according to Nielsen viewership data. From Sunday, April 13, through Tuesday, April 15, 1.75 million unique viewers tuned into all or part of Arnie. Additionally, #Arnie trended nationally on Twitter during all three premieres. [... more » ]

"It's reassuring to know that the Ottinger family, a name synonymous with premium golf in the region, has purchased Atlantic City Country Club. They have been an important partner to the Greater Atlantic City Golf Association with Ballamor and Scotland Run," said Tom Sullivan, President of the Greater Atlantic City Golf Association. [... more » ]

A 27-hole Rees Jones design that meanders along the historic Rockfish Valley, Stoney Creek Golf Course is as relaxing as it is challenging, with a trio of nines that blends seamlessly into the natural surroundings of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. [... more » ]

"We have the most accomplished master club fitters in the world managing The Club Fitter's Workshop at each location, and the partnership with TaylorMade-adidas Golf will provide them with more resources to enhance the overall experience for students of all ages and abilities," said Bill Nault, Vice President, Marriott Golf. [... more » ]

"We're very excited to once again bring the Academy on the road to gorgeous Lake Tahoe and the charming Greenbrier Resort," said Annika Sorenstam, the first and only woman to ever shoot 59 in an LPGA event. "The Destination Golf Experiences are an excellent opportunity for us to teach our 'Winning Approach' without golfers visiting our Orlando facility." [... more » ]

"We are excited to introduce Tathata Golf to our membership and the potential it has to improve the amount and quality of golf instruction," said Curt Hudek, Executive Director of the Southwest PGA Section. "Tathata, in its truest sense means 'suchness,' a sense of complete understanding and all-knowing." [... more » ]

Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course is excited to be hosting the Second Annual Bayonet Black Horse Golf Expo on Saturday May 10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 20 companies have already committed to attending the event, including major club manufacturers, apparel companies, golf accessories, local hotel partners, and wineries. There will be complimentary club fittings, adult and junior clinics. [... more » ]

"Couples enjoy the concept because it's not just golf, golf, golf," said Surry County tourism director Tammy Johnson. "They tee off in the morning, visit a winery in the afternoon, and head out for a nice dinner in the evening." [... more » ]

The company is pleased to announce that the Crystal Springs Resort in New Jersey has hired CahootZ. Crystal Springs, one of the largest golf resorts in the world, has retained the firm to raise awareness of their golf experience and brand, increase golf and lodging revenues, assist in the launch of the NJ GolfFest, and identify regional and national golf marketing platforms [... more » ]

"Being acknowledged by your peers in an area of your profession is very gratifying," said Adams. "What means the most to me is the daily effort of the entire team at The Founders Club. Having a successful merchandise program requires the dedication and hard work of everyone in the golf shop." [... more » ]

"This year was yet another fantastic event at Champions Retreat," said Grand Slam champion Gary Player. "It has been a wonderful start to the annual GPI series, and I continue to be inspired and amazed by the tremendous work that can be accomplished when business people, athletes and celebrities come together in support of a common cause." [... more » ]

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Pablo Larrazabal jumps in lake to escape hornet attack in Malaysia
A strange scene turned scary Friday at the Maybank Malaysian Open, as Pablo Larrazabal jumped into a lake to escape an attack from a swarm of hornets. The Spaniard was in the fifth fairway at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club when he reportedly swatted a hornet off his nose, which caused several others to begin to attack him. In total, Larrazabal was stung more than 20 times around his head and neck before finally jumping in the water as a last resort. For more...

Rees Jones' Kohanaiki course: An exclusive golf club on Hawaii's Big Island
An ailing economy kept Rees Jones' 7,329-yard layout at Kohanaiki from opening until May 2013, but it was certainly worth the wait. Kohanaiki will be the private playground of property owners, although there is limited public access on Monday for Hawaii residents. For more...

Take a tour of the brand new Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami
Shortly after purchasing the resort, Donald Trump shut down Trump National Doral Miami's Blue Monster Course and called upon architect Gil Hanse to re-imagine and embolden the iconic south Florida layout. Now stretching to more than 7,500 yards, the new design promises an even more dramatic finish for the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. Matt Ginella showcases some shots from a recent round on the all-new Blue Monster. For more...

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