Golf News for Wednesday, January 22, 2014 | Business

Worldwide Golf acquires Edwin Watts Golf Shops

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Worldwide Golf, a privately held company and the largest golf specialty retailer on the West Coast, today announced it has completed the acquisition of Edwin Watts Golf Shops, the largest golf specialty retailer in the Southeast United States. Based in Fort Walton Beach Fla., Edwin Watts Golf Shops opened its first store in 1968 and went on to become the dominant golf retailer in the region, and who offered the most comprehensive golf specialty catalog in the country.

In joining the Worldwide Golf portfolio of brands, Edwin Watts Golf Shops now operates alongside a stable of leading golf specialty retailers, including Roger Dunn Golf Shops, Van's Golf Shops, The Golf Mart and Golfers' Warehouse in forming a powerful national golf retail conglomerate.

"We believe that the acquisition of Edwin Watts Golf Shops is a perfect fit into our portfolio of brands, for among many business attributes, its main focus is the same as ours, which is outstanding customer service," said Al Morris, President, Worldwide Golf. "It has long been our mission to deliver the best customer experience in the industry, across all of our brands, and we accomplish this by offering state-of-the-art club fitting bays, employing the finest club specialists and implementing our famous 90-day guarantee."

Morris adds, "This acquisition will also give Worldwide Golf a national presence in the very competitive golf retail landscape, as Edwin Watts Golf provides us with the leading Southeast golf specialty retailer and rounds-out our formidable stable of brands that now operate from coast to coast."

Highlighting the acquisition, Worldwide Golf will immediately enhance the overall customer experience at Edwin Watts Golf Shops by offering their exclusive 90-day, 100% satisfaction guarantee both in-store and online at www.edwinwattsgolf.com. This return policy is simply the best in the industry and allows the customer to actually use their purchase for up to 90 days and then return it for full store credit if not completely satisfied.

As part of the acquisition agreement, Worldwide Golf will operate 45 stores in 13 states and will retain the highly valued Edwin Watts Golf Shops name. Additionally, Worldwide Golf will operate the five Uinta Golf Shops in Utah and rebrand those stores back to the original Uinta Golf name, which has tremendous brand equity for golfers throughout the state.

About Worldwide Golf Shops
Worldwide Golf, which has been operating as a golf specialty retailer since 1965 and is one of the nation's largest specialty golf retailers, currently owns and operates 35 stores in six states doing business as Roger Dunn Golf Shops in California and Hawaii, The Golf Mart in California, Vans Golf Shops in Arizona and Golfers' Warehouse in New England. The Worldwide Golf brands have been offering golfers quality products and the guaranteed lowest prices for 50 years all backed by the 90-day, 100% satisfaction guarantee.

About Edwin Watts Golf Shops
Edwin Watts Golf Shops, LLC, headquartered in Fort Walton Beach, Florida is one of the world's premier specialty golf retailers. The company operates as an integrated, multi-channel retailer, offering the freshest assortment of brand name golf equipment, apparel, and accessories through its 45 domestic Retail Locations, eCommerce Internet site (www.edwinwattsgolf.com), Telephone/Catalog/Direct Mail sales (1.800.874.0146) and Digital Catalog (www.edwinwattsgolf.com/catalogs). Edwin Watts Golf touts a team of highly experienced and knowledgeable sales associates who can assist customers of all skill levels with lessons, performance fitting, special orders and repair services. The combination of the highest level of customer service, price match guarantee and reputation as the most trusted retailer in golf for over 45 years has earned the organization the right to be known as America's Golf Club.

For more information on Worldwide Golf Shops, visit www.worldwidegolfshops.com. For more information on Edwin Watts Golf Shops, visit www.edwinwattsgolf.com.