NAPLES, Fla. -- Segway Inc. and the Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla. announced that the Tiburón Golf Club will be the first in the country to offer the Segway® x2 Golf to its clients. The Club will have eight Segway Personal Transporters (PTs) in use at the Greg Norman-designed championship gold course by December 2006. Visitors to the 18th annual Merrill Lynch Shootout (www.mlshootout.com ) at Tiburón Golf Club will have the opportunity to see and try the Segway x2 Golf Nov. 8-12. WCI Communities, Inc., developer and operator of the Tiburón Golf Club, will also give away a Segway x2 Golf model to the winner of the “Closest to the Pin” contest at the 8th hole during the Merrill Lynch Shootout Pro-Am.
“The x2 Golf brings a new and innovative twist to the game, and we are pleased to be the first to offer the newest Segway technology at our Tiburón championship courses. We expect our golf program to flourish with the addition of the new Segway x2 Golf units,” said Gary Wilcox, general manager of the Tiburón Golf Club.
“We are delighted that The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort and Tiburón Golf Club, the #1 rated golf resort in Florida, will be the first to offer the Segway x2 Golf to its members and guests,” said Jason Barton, vice-president of sales at Segway. “The Segway x2 Golf experience furthers the reputation these world-class courses have for offering a distinctive golf program.”
Tiburón, among a half-dozen other courses across the U.S., has been utilizing the previous Segway PT golf model. This second generation model – the x2 Golf - features breakthrough LeanSteer™ technology that makes the ride even more intuitive, and a wireless InfoKey™ controller that provides added convenience and security. The Segway x2 Golf features a bag carrier, as well as a scorecard holder and special low-pressure tires that enable the x2 Golf to travel gently on the course, causing less damage to the turf than a golf cart.
According to Tiburón’s Director of Golf, Mark Bazley, their experience with the Segway golf models, which they began using in August, has been very positive, “A typical round of golf here usually takes at least four hours. But the Segway golf model allows you to play 18 holes in less than three hours.”
“Players who use the Segway products also find that it’s easier to talk because all four players can travel the course side by side, rather than having to split up into two separate golf carts,” Wilcox adds.
To book a golf package with the new Segway x2 Golf models, call The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples at (239) 254-3340. First-time riders are asked to participate in a 30-45 minute orientation to learn how to use the Segway x2 Golf. A $45 charge will be added to the greens fee at Tiburón for the Segway golf experience.
About The Ritz-Carlton, Naples / Tiburón Golf Resort
Only three miles away from the beach resort and accessible by a convenient hotel shuttle, the 295-room Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort is ranked as the #1 resort in Florida by Conde´ Nast Traveler magazine and as one of the top 15 luxury golf resorts in North America by Golf Digest. The golf resort is home to a pair of 18-hole signature Greg Norman golf courses at Tiburón and hosts the Merrill Lynch Shootout each November. The Tiburón Golf Course complex is complete with the Rick Smith Golf Academy where guests can receive one-on-one instruction from the world-renowned teaching pro.
Segway Inc. develops intelligent motion control technology known as Segway® Smart Motion™ that is embedded in the light electric transportation devices it manufactures, such as the well-known Segway® Personal Transporter (PT). Segway Smart Motion provides intelligent motion control that enables a device to monitor its environment, control its motion and make decisions about how it should move.Segway markets a full line of zero-emissions Segway PTs for sidewalk and cross-terrain use that deliver impressive energy efficiency – equivalent to 450 miles per gallon. The company’s line of Segway Robotic Mobility Platforms (RMPs) offers reliable, durable mobility solutions for robotic applications. Segway Inc., based in Bedford, N.H., has a worldwide distribution network of more than 250 retail points in 62 countries. For additional information about Segway and to find retail locations, please visit www.segway.com or call 1-866-4SEGWAY. Media materials and digital images are available at the Segway Press Center at www.segway.com/news.
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