The Sea Pines Resort Announces Love Golf Design to Renovate Ocean Course

The Sea Pines Resort Announces Love Golf Design to Renovate Ocean Course

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.)  – The Sea Pines Resort announces Love Golf Design, the course architecture firm founded and headed by PGA TOUR star Davis Love III and his brother Mark, will redesign its historic Ocean Course.

Based on Georgia’s St. Simons Island, Love Golf Design has done numerous course designs and renovations in the region including Retreat at Sea Island (Sea Island, Ga.), Laurel Island Golf Club (Kingsland, Ga.), and the Love Course at Barefoot Resort (Myrtle Beach, S.C.). Love is a five-time winner of the RBC Heritage held on lauded Harbour Town Golf Links.

The Ocean Course is steeped in Hilton Head golf history as the first course built on the famed island in 1962 by prolific architect George Cobb. Mark McCumber, a 10-time PGA TOUR winner, remodeled the original design in 1995. Love Golf Design will perform and oversee a total renovation of the entire layout. The course will close for play next Oct. and reopen in Sept., 2016.

“Sea Pines is one of my all-time favorite places to play so we’re excited to redesign the Ocean Course to be in line with the great golf offered by Harbour Town Golf Links and Heron Point,” says Love. “It’s an honor for us to work with one of the world’s premier golf destinations.”

The project follows completed enhancements by Pete Dye to his Heron Point design, which reopened for play on Sept. 22.  Dye’s team softened the green surrounds and contours, enlarged several greens, and added ornamental landscape beds throughout the layout. The putting surfaces were transitioned to Tif-Eagle Bermuda grass.

Next May, after the 2015 RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links will close for the summer as its fairways will be changed to cutting-edge Celebration Bermuda grass. Harbour Town’s greens will additionally be reseeded with Tif-Eagle Bermuda, the same grass on the putting surfaces since 2001, and the irrigation system will be replaced.

“We’re thrilled to have a great champion like Davis Love III and his exceptional design team working on the Ocean Course,” says Cary Corbitt, Vice President of Sports and Operations. “Our continual goal at The Sea Pines Resort is to offer world-class golf.”

Earlier this year, the legendary Lowcountry destination opened its new Plantation Golf Club clubhouse and golf learning center serving Heron Point and the Ocean Course. The amenities of the 23,000-square-foot clubhouse include an expansive pro shop; Live Oak, Lowcountry-inspired cuisine; 2,000 square feet of event space; and spacious men’s and women’s locker rooms.

For more information on golf at The Sea Pines Resort: http://www.seapinesgolf.com, 866.561.8802.

About The Sea Pines Resort

Situated on the southernmost tip of Hilton Head Island, the legendary Lowcountry destination features five miles of unspoiled beaches, 21 clay tennis courts, 14 miles of bike and walking trails, horseback riding, Eco-Adventures, water sports, and the 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve filled with wildflowers, wetlands and more than 130 species of birds. As the first Eco-planned destination in the U.S., The Sea Pines Resort has become the blueprint for numerous beach developments around the country.

One of the crown jewels in the world of golf, The Sea Pines Resort is home to Pete Dye’s classic Harbour Town Golf Links (home of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage) Heron Point by Pete Dye, and the Ocean Course. Its new Plantation Golf Club and world-class golf learning center are recent additions to its superlative golf amenities.

Guests may choose from an array of accommodations, including 300 villas, 100 rental homes and the luxurious 60-room Inn at Harbour Town, a Forbes Four-Star boutique hotel and Preferred Hotel Group member. The resort’s best-in-class collection of golf courses, amenities, meeting facilities and accommodations makes Sea Pines one of the most sought-after leisure and group destinations in America.

November 13, 2014 |  Category:
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TRANQUILO GOLF CLUB NOW OPEN AT FOUR SEASONS RESORT ORLANDO AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

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The long-anticipated Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando has officially opened, enabling Resort guests and locals the opportunity to play on the stunning 18-hole championship course. Unique to Central Florida for its varying elevation, abundant wildlife and protected wetlands, the name Tranquilo pays homage to the Resort’s Spanish Revival design and tranquil setting, featuring many southern live oak trees with delicate Spanish moss.

Course Design

Originally built in 1992 and designed by Tom Fazio as Disney’s Osprey Ridge, Fazio re-designed the course for its launch as Tranquilo Golf Club.  Enhancements included creating a completely new hole and renovated bunkers, plus improved visibility and airflow by enhancing the landscape design, in addition to a fully renovated clubhouse.  The course is a Par 71, with a yardage of 6,901 and four sets of tees to accommodate all skill levels.

“I am very proud of the transformation of the Tranquilo Golf Club golf course.  Since the course opened more than 20 years ago, it has been considered among the best courses in the region, and the recent upgrades and improvements to the course will surely solidify that reputation for many years to come,” says Tom Fazio of Fazio Golf Design.

Charlie Kent, Director of Golf for Tranquilo Golf Club and a member of the PGA of America since 1993, brings more than 25 years of experience in golf course management.  He notes, “The Osprey Ridge course was so well-regarded by golfers for many years.  We are very proud of the renovation work and enhancements the Fazio team completed and we’re confident golfers who were fond of the former layout will truly be able to connect with the course once again.”

The course is certified by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program for golf by the National Audubon Society, and just received its re-certification this past September under the leadership of Rusty Wilson, Golf Course Superintendent and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America member.  The addition of native plants and trees, as well as the creation of naturalized areas on the golf course to provide water and food for local and migratory wildlife, was a key factor in the course’s certification.

As part of the enhancements, all of the greens were resurfaced with Tiff Eagle Bermuda grass, in addition to improvements to drainage in many key areas of the course.  To accommodate the development of Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Fazio created a new par three 16th hole, which Kent describes as one of the signature holes.  This beautiful spot on the course is framed by southern live oak trees and a natural sand area that runs from the tee area to the green. Measuring 163 yards from the back tee, it presents a scoring opportunity for the golfer, as Kent notes golfers will be more challenged by the 17th and 18th finishing holes.  The 18th hole, a finishing Par 3, offers 217 yards fronted by a large bunker and a pond to the left. With the stunning backdrop of Four Seasons Resort Orlando in the distance, this hole presents a memorable completion to the round.

Tranquilo Golf Club Highlights

The course is available for individual tee times, available up to 60 days in advance for registered Resort guests, and is open to the public for tee times 30 days in advance.  Guests of Tranquilo can enjoy the full-service clubhouse, featuring locker rooms, and a Golf Shop featuring a variety of retail offerings. From a full line of logo wear and accessories, ranging from hats to jackets and even leather logo iPad cases, the Golf Shop is open daily from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.  Complimentary shoe shine and bag storage is also available at the clubhouse.

Tranquilo offers custom Four Seasons golf carts that include a state-of-the-art GPS navigation system with two-way communication, a ball washer, and coolers stocked with bottled water.

Family play is encouraged, and the course offers special golf carts that accommodate a family of four.  In addition, children 12 and younger play free with an adult, and children ages 13-18 golf at half price.

Plancha

Plancha is the Cuban American restaurant located at the golf clubhouse.  Helmed by Chef Pedro Sanchez Negron, who brings 16 years of experience and a strong background in Latin/Caribbean/Spanish cuisine, Plancha offers a true delight for the culinary senses. The flavourful menu includes dishes such as empanadas; a smoked bacon and black bean soup; La Plancha burger with chorizo, maduro and smoked gouda cheese; El Cubano sandwich; churrasco flat iron steak; marinated chicken; and much more. Dessert is not to be missed at Plancha, with specialties such as the Tres Leches; traditional flan; and the chocolate banana torta. 
Frank Reilly, Restaurant Manager, brings nine years of food and beverage management experience to Plancha, which is open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  Plancha features a full bar plus a cigar bar, with an expansive lakeside terrace and outdoor smoking lounge area perfect to enjoy an “après golf” cigar.  The Plancha Cigar is a custom hand-rolled cigar made exclusively for Tranquilo Golf Club. Currently, two custom Plancha Cigars are available: shade grown and sun grown, offered in five different sizes.  Additional cigars from Davidoff, Padron and Romeo Y Julieta are also offered in the Plancha humidor.

Rate Structure

Tranquilo Golf Club offers a seasonally based rate structure. For the introductory period of November 2014 through January 16, 2015, between the hours of 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, it is USD 155.00 per player for a round of 18 holes.  From 2:00 to 4:00 pm, it is USD 105.00 per player.  A special option is the “7 for 77” - guests can enjoy seven holes on the course for USD 77.00.  This is an ideal option for a parent who wishes to wake up early and golf before enjoying family time, or for the golfer who wants a quicker golf experience to enjoy more of Four Seasons and the destination’s offerings.  The play time is estimated at 90 minutes for seven holes.

From January 17 through May 25, 2015, rates will increase to USD 195.00 from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm; and USD 125.00 for 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  From May 26 through September 24, 2015, rates will be USD 95.00 for 7:00 to 10:00 am; USD 75.00 for 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; USD 55.00 for 2:00 to 4:00 pm; and USD 47.00 for seven holes.  For September 25, 2015 through January 15, 2016, rates will be USD 175.00 for 7:00 am to 2:00 pm; USD 115.00 for 2:00 to 4:00 pm; and USD 77.00 for seven holes.

All fees include the greens fee, cart fee and practice balls before the round, plus all day use of the driving range, chipping green/bunker and putting green.  Rental clubs are available for USD 75.00 and shoes are available for USD 20.00.

Tee times can be reserved online or by contacting the Resort directly at 407 313 7777.

Lessons

Rod Cook, Director of Golf Instruction and PGA member since 1996, is available to accommodate private or group instruction for all skillsets. Cook joined Four Seasons Resort Orlando from Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, where he served as both Head Golf Professional and as Marketing Manager.  Previously, he served as Head Golf Instructor at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. An avid golfer, Cook has won more than 20 professional tournaments in his career and is on the advisory board for Titleist and Summit golf brands.  All lessons at Tranquilo Golf Club include a custom video swing analysis that is e-mailed to the golfer. For more information regarding lessons, contact Cook at 407 313 6888.

Membership Option and Events

Tranquilo Golf Club offers several different membership options. The Full Membership is for two people (spouse, partner or child under age 19) or the Corporate Membership (available for two business associates), and each includes a private locker, storage of clubs, charging privileges, complimentary use of rental clubs, a 20 percent savings in the Golf Shop, and exclusive access to special events. Membership is offered at USD 10,500.  Membership and event inquiries can be directed to Kimberly Chase, Director of Golf Membership and Events, at 407 313 6723.

Scott Blanchard, Head Golf Professional, is highly familiar with overseeing golf tournaments. Blanchard brings more than 22 years of experience in golf, beginning his apprenticeship at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando and working his way up to head golf professional, a position he held for 12 years. Most recently, Blanchard was director of golf at the nearby private Isleworth Country Club.  During his tenure at these prestigious local clubs, Blanchard was involved in many high level tournaments.

Tranquilo Golf Club is ideal for golf tournaments and events of all sizes. The accessibility of the course to Four Seasons is a key benefit to golfers.  Just a serene two minute walk, the course also offers shuttle service for guests.  Shotgun start times are offered at 8:00 am or 1:00 pm, and tee times are spaced 10 minutes apart to allow for a leisurely pace of play.  A picturesque lakeside banquet event space at the clubhouse offers an ideal place for tournament lunches or dinners for groups of up to 150.  Options range from box lunches to full-course plated or buffet menus, as well as customized on-course food and beverage offerings, such as innovative bar and appetizer stations.

 

November 13, 2014 |  Category: Tourism
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Hilton Head Golf Island Announces Warm Weather Winter Escape Stay-and-Play Packages


(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – Hilton Head Golf Island – a collection of 31 of the Lowcountry’s premier golf courses – announces an assortment of warm weather winter escape stay-and-play packages at the area’s marquee resort and golf destinations.

With average temperatures in the 60s and 70s during its coldest months, Hilton Head offers a welcome respite from the freezing weather found in most of the country. The perfect destination for golf enthusiasts seeking year-round play, the winter months welcome incredible value and plentiful tee times.

Ranked top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including ““Best Courses” and “Best Weather,” Hilton Head Golf Island has a variety of seasonal vacation packages available:

  • The Heritage Golf Collection – “Couples Winter Golf Escape:” Enjoy five nights in an ocean-view room at the newly-renovated Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa and five rounds of golf at any of seven Heritage Collection courses including Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club, Shipyard Golf Club, Palmetto Hall Plantation Club and Oyster Reef Golf Club. Package also includes daily breakfast at The Westin, 10 percent off spa services at The Heavenly Spa by The Westin, complimentary range balls and a $100 card for use at the golf shop and clubhouses. Based on double occupancy, packages start at $155 per person, per night. Valid through February 2015. For package and reservation information: 843.681.1706, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Palmetto Dunes – “Unlimited Golf Vacation Package:”  Stay four days and three nights in a resort view villa and play two days of unlimited golf at each of the resort’s championship courses, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills and George Fazio. Guests also enjoy two hours of complimentary tennis court time (daily), preferred rates on all other resort activities as well as dining and merchandise discounts. Rates start at $140 per golfer, per night and include all taxes and resort fees. Valid through Feb. 28, 2015. For package and reservation information: 877.567.6512, http://www.PalmettoDunes.com.

  • Old South Golf Links – “Par 5 Package:” Just over the bridge in the charming mainland town of Bluffton is the acclaimed Old South Golf Links. Package includes four nights at the Hilton Garden Inn with complimentary breakfast, and five rounds per person including one round each at Old South Golf Links; Hampton Hall Golf Club, The Country Club of Hilton Head or Bear Creek Golf Club (choice of two); Palmetto Dunes Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills or George Fazio (choice of one); and Sea Pines Resort Heron Point or Ocean Course (choice of one). Starting at $675 per person in a double occupancy standard room, price includes sales and accommodations tax. Valid through Feb. 2015. For package and reservation information: 843.837.2610, http://www.OldSouthGolf.com.

  • The Sea Pines Resort – “Stay-and-Play Villa Golf Package:” Experience three nights in private villa accommodations and one round each at Harbour Town Golf Links, Ocean Course and Heron Point by Pete Dye. Offer is full of extras including complimentary green fees on afternoon replays on the Ocean Course and Heron Point (cart fee not included), range balls and 10 percent discount on retail merchandise and food and beverage at the resort’s pro shops and restaurants. Packages start at $177 per golfer, per night, inclusive of all taxes and fees, based on quad-occupancy. Rate valid through Feb. 28. 2015. For package and reservation information: 1.800.SEAPINES, http://www.SeaPinesGolf.com.

    “The comfortable temperatures and lower humidity in the traditionally off-season months of December, January and February make the island a popular destination year-round,” says Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association and Vice President of Sports and Operations at Sea Pines Resort. “These stay-and-play packages from the area’s finest resorts and courses are offered at an incredible value this time of year, and we encourage everyone to come enjoy the Lowcountry sunshine.”

    As one of the nation’s foremost golf capitals, Hilton Head Island is the preferred vacation destination of golfers seeking a high-concentration of world-class quality courses, an unspoiled natural environment, beautiful resorts and inns, and old-fashioned Southern hospitality The legendary coastal Carolina destination has invested more than $200 million in upgrades in the past two years that are already finished, or under construction, transforming Hilton Head Island into the freshest resort town in America.

    For additional information or to receive a quote: http://www.HiltonHeadGolfIsland.com, 800.523.3373.

    About Hilton Head Golf Island

    Hilton Head Golf Island features 30 member courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort and Jasper counties. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy Hilton Head’s Southern hospitality and world-class public and private designs sculpted by vaunted architects Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones.

    Its territory encompasses many of the great golf courses and resorts of North America and is ranked top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including “Best Buddies Trip Destination,” “Best Accommodations,” “Best Couples Trip,” “Best Courses,” “Best Food and Drink,” “Best Weather” and “Best Value.”  Home to the world-renowned Sea Pines Resort, the PGA TOUR makes its only South Carolina stop each April at Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage.

    The Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association, in conjunction with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Visitor and Conventions Bureau and Chamber of Commerce, launched Hilton Head Golf Island to support the island’s thriving golf market through promotion of golf rounds and packages.

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    Billy Casper Golf Selected to Manage Lake Presidential Golf Club in Upper Marlboro, MD

    No. 3 in Golfweek’s 2014 ‘Best Courses You Can Play’ State-By-State Rankings
    (VIENNA, VA) – Billy Casper Golf (BCG) – the largest owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts in the U.S. – has been selected to manage Lake Presidential Golf Club (Upper Marlboro, MD) which ranks No. 3 on Golfweek’s 2014 “Best Courses You Can Play” state-by-state list.

    Headquartered in nearby Northern Virginia, BCG will turnkey all facets of the public-access Lake Presidential Golf Club operation, including course and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse activities, merchandising, golf instruction, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management.

    “Billy Casper Golf is honored to manage the award-winning Lake Presidential Golf Club,” says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of BCG.  “We are bringing several new programs to the club to build on its stellar reputation and cement it as a ‘must play’ for Mid-Atlantic golfers.”

    “Lake Presidential is blessed with a fantastic piece of property a stone’s throw from the world’s most powerful city,” says Bill Anthony of Ryko Development, owner of Lake Presidential.  “Golfers relish the topography and wild areas which are unrivaled regionally.”

    Named a “Top 10 New Course in the United States” by GOLF Magazine upon opening in 2008, Lake Presidential is less than 45 minutes east of Washington, DC and one hour south of Baltimore.  Golf Channel calls the course “the best kept secret in DC golf.”

    Developed by Landmark Land Company, the 18-hole, par-72, 7,230-yard layout winds its way through wooded terrain and rich, natural expanses.  Landing zones are generous off the tee and green complexes require precise approach shots, making Lake Presidential a balanced test for golfers of all skill levels.  Five sets of tees, handsomely groomed playing surfaces, white-sand bunkers and picturesque streams round out the excitement.

    At 570 yards, the par-5 eighth hole is as demanding as it is beautiful.  An accurate tee shot through trees sets up an approach to a narrow green guarded by bunkers and the course’s namesake lake.  The 225-yard, par-3 ninth and risk-reward 515-yard, par-5 18th also play around Lake Presidential for memorable finishes to rounds.

    Complementing the golf course is “The Institute,” Lake Presidential’s world-class, indoor-outdoor training facility.  Home to the TaylorMade Performance Lab – one of only 12 in the world – PGA professionals use the MATT (Motion Analysis Technology by TaylorMade) System for high-speed cameras and motion-capture technology that produces three-dimensional images of golfers’ swings.  A short-game practice area features a bunker, large putting green and spacious, all-grass driving range.

    The stately, 11,000 square-foot clubhouse includes a fully-stocked pro shop with the latest in equipment and apparel from top brands.  With a banquet hall accommodating 150 guests, Lake Presidential is a popular venue for corporate meetings, weddings and other catered functions.

    Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the grill offers indoor-outdoor dining and majestic panoramic views of the 30-acre Lake Presidential.  A complete menu of classic, American favorites, fully stocked bar and friendly wait staff make it a perfect spot for pre- or post-round meals with friends and family.

    More information: http://www.lakepresidential.com, 301.627.8577.

    About Billy Casper Golf

    Founded more than 20 years ago in cooperation with golf legend Billy Casper, the company is the largest owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts in the U.S. with more than 150 properties in 28 states.  Headquartered in Vienna, Virginia with regional offices across America, BCG directs all aspects of course and property maintenance, staffing and training, clubhouse operations, food-and-beverage, merchandising, golf instruction, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management.

    Billy Casper Golf divisions: Buffalo Communications is the leading global golf-lifestyle public relations, branding, marketing-communications and creative services firm representing top brands in and related to golf.

    Buffalo Turf & Landscape Company provides golf course agronomic programs with a new fee-for-service structure that allows owners unfettered visibility into actual activities and costs.

    Women on Course is the nation’s premier golf-networking organization, further solidifying Billy Casper Golf’s commitment to grow participation in the golf lifestyle. More information: http://www.billycaspergolf.com, 703.761.1444.

    November 11, 2014 |  Category: Courses
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    Ohiya Casino Resort Develops Tatanka in Nebraska

    Niobrara, NE – The word Tatanka is a Lakota word that translates to buffalo, and the great buffalo will forever remain a part of the historic culture in northeast Nebraska.

    The Ohiya Casino Resort of the Santee Sioux Nation plans for Tatanka to become synonymous with great golf there as well.

    Golf course designer Paul Albanese has designed and is developing the new Tatanka Golf Club, which is scheduled to open in 2015. Seeding of the course was recently completed.

    “This is easily one of the nicest pieces of property I have ever been involved with, and it has been incredibly interesting,” Albanese said regarding the land that features bold movements of rolling hills and ridges with views that stretch for more than 30-40 miles.

    Ron Whitten, architecture editor for Golf Digest, described it as; “Nebraska’s Sandhills with trees,” as he included it among a group of sneak peaks in his listing of Best New Courses in 2014.

    During the construction, Albanese researched the history and culture of the Sioux Nation in order to incorporate cultural stories into the design. With each creation of a fairway, green and bunker his team would discuss ideas presented by the Sioux Nation.

    “We took the history and the culture of the area and the Sioux Nation, and used it as a design inspiration in a subtle and respectful way.”

    “We looked at the land forms and designed something that might reflect local stories. For instance, how a certain mountain looked and got its name would be the kind of thing we tried to incorporate. I remember a story about a medicine woman we used as inspiration.”

    In his research of the culture, area and natural landforms, Albanese found the Sioux have a great respect for nature.

    “I knew then we had to blend the golf course into the natural surroundings,” he said. “In beginning our process, myself, shapers, construction people, we all learned the stories. Some of the bunkers, though they may not literally look like something from a story, they were made with that story in mind. We looked at the clouds. We looked at the rocks, trees, all the natural surroundings and made the golf course fit there as if it belonged. One hole, inspired by a spiritual story, has a spirit bunker shaped after thinking about the story. It’s all very subtle, but impactful I feel to those who live there.”

    Many of the stories, of course, include the great buffalo. In this, Albanese opted for literal interpretation. In some fenced in spaces very close to the golf course, great buffalo roam.

    “You can actually hit a tee shot and have buffalo 20 feet from you,” Albanese said. “We were very careful on where and how we routed the golf holes close to the buffalo, but we felt it was important to have them within the course to be true to the culture of the area.”

    The resort decided upon a golf course as part of an expansion to give visitors a reason to stay longer. Albanese expects there will be an economic impact on the area in jobs and increased tourism.

    “This is a template used by other Native American tribes with casinos,” Albanese said. “They use the golf to create a destination resort, more of a weekend trip instead of a simple visit to the casino. Take a break from gaming, and play golf, that kind of thing.”

    The finished design is unique, each hole is different and memorable and each hole is named and derived from a different story from the Sioux culture. For Albanese it wasn’t as big a transition from his design work as some people might think.

    “We try to get into all the stories and backgrounds that reflect the owners of the courses we design and build,” Albanese said. “Then we try to reflect those in the design.”

    Ohiya Casino Resort was the first casino in Nebraska, and was developed almost 17 years ago. It continues to be an ideal entertainment destination for those seeking excitement across the upper Midwest in northeast Nebraska, southwest Minnesota, southeast South Dakota, and northwest Iowa.

    It is located just a few minutes east of Niobrara, NE, and it offers a modern casino with high payouts, bingo, multiple dining options, comfortable hotel rooms, events and entertainment, and now world-class and inspired golf, too. Tatanka will soon stand for great golf as well.

    Visit http://www.ohiyacasino.com.

    October 28, 2014 |  Category: Courses
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    Golf writer Dan Jenkins to receive Old Tom Morris Award from Golf Course Superintendents Association

    Lawrence, Kan. (Oct. 28, 2014) - Dan Jenkins, one of a handful of writers in the World Golf Hall Fame and someone who covered each of the sport’s major championships for more than 60 years, will be the recipient of the 2015 Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

    Jenkins will receive the award Feb. 25 at the Opening Session, presented in partnership with Syngenta, of the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio. The award has been presented annually since 1983 to an individual, who through a lifetime commitment to the game of golf, has helped to mold the welfare of the game in a manner and style exemplified by Old Tom Morris. Morris, a four-time British Open winner, was the longtime superintendent at St. Andrews in Scotland until his death in 1908. Some of the past winners include Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw, Ken Venturi, Nancy Lopez and Annika Sorenstam.

    In addition to writing about golf for the last 30 years in his own biting, honest and often hilarious prose for Sports Illustrated and now Golf Digest, Jenkins has also published more than a dozen books, with his most famous being the football-themed “Semi-Tough” in 1972, to this year’s “His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir.”

    A native of Fort Worth, Texas, where he still lives, Jenkins, 84, began covering sports while he was still at Texas Christian University, before graduation, and the 1951 Masters was his first golf major. The 1951 U.S. Open later that year remains one of his most memorable, as legendary Ben Hogan shot a final round 67 at tough Oakland Hills (Mich.) Country Club to win.

    “There are few in the media who have ever written more compellingly about golf than Dan Jenkins,” said Keith Ihms, CGCS, GCSAA president. “Through his words, we have all felt closer to the greats of the game. We are thrilled to present Dan with the Old Tom Morris Award.”

    Jenkins has covered all the greats: Hogan, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. He has also known almost everyone who has mattered in sports, including Bear Bryant and Howard Cosell.

    “I’m honored to win this award, especially named for a guy who I’m almost as old as,” Jenkins quipped in reference to Old Tom Morris. “It’s terrific. I didn’t know a lot about grass, but I knew a lot of superintendents all around town. The profession has made a lot of progress. Courses nowadays are so consistently wonderful with all the things they can do with them.”

    Jenkins won his first writing award from the Golf Writers Association of America in 1957 while working for the Fort Worth Press and has been a frequent winner ever since. He earned the GWAA’s William Richardson Award in 2005 for his contribution to golf.

    His friend and golf writer colleague Jaime Diaz put it simply and best in addressing why Jenkins has won so many awards: “He has more talent than the other guys, just like Hogan, Nicklaus and Woods.”

    Even upon his World Golf Hall of Fame induction in 2012, when he joined fellow Texans Hogan and Nelson, Jenkins couldn’t resist offering a sample of his engaging and entertaining style.

    “There aren’t many writers in here,” he said. “It’s a small group, and I’m pleased to be part of it. I’d follow Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson anywhere.”

    Jenkins follows Nelson, along with other golf legends such as Palmer and Nicklaus as a recipient of GCSAA’s highest honor, but this time he leads the way as the first member of the media to receive the Old Tom Morris Award.

    About GCSAA and the EIFG

    The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at http://www.gcsaa.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

    The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at http://www.eifg.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

    October 28, 2014 |  Category: Business
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    Hilton Head Island Ranked Among ‘Top 10 Golf Islands in the World’ by LINKS Magazine

    Hilton Head Island Ranked Among ‘Top 10 Golf Islands in the World’ by LINKS Magazine

    (HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) – Hilton Head Island, the renowned South Carolina Lowcountry destination, is ranked among the “Top 10 Golf Islands in the World” by LINKS Magazine.

    Hilton Head is in elite company alongside entire countries and continents on the list including Great Britain and Australia. With its warm coastal breezes, golden beachfronts and lush fairways, Hilton Head Island is the preferred vacation destination of golfers seeking a high-concentration of world-class quality courses, an unspoiled natural environment, beautiful resorts and inns, and old-fashioned Southern hospitality.

    In addition to the No. 7 ranking, the island was also recognized for “Biggest Selection of Accessible Courses.”

    Enthusiasts can find a collection of 30 championship courses in the Lowcountry including The Sea Pines Resort’s Harbour Town Golf Links, host of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage, and LINKS Magazine’s selection for “Best Course.” Legendary designers like Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, Gary Player and Davis Love III are represented throughout the island.

    “LINKS Magazine is a golf aficionado’s resource, and we have a great deal of respect for its editorial content,” says Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association and Vice President of Sports and Operations at Sea Pines Resort. “Our island attracts the world’s best golfers via the RBC Heritage – one of players’ favorite events on TOUR – as well as the millions of amateur and recreational golfers who stay and play on the island.”

    Two other acclaimed courses complete Sea Pines’ trifecta of golf including Heron Point by Pete Dye and the Ocean Course. Another trio of can’t-miss courses includes Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s renowned Robert Trent Jones and Arthur Hills layouts as well as the 2014 South Carolina “Course of the Year” George Fazio design.

    For a complete Lowcountry golf vacation, the Heritage Collection features four prestigious clubs with 135 holes including two unique courses at Palmetto Hall Plantation, three layouts at Port Royal Golf Club, and the renowned Rees Jones design at Oyster Reef Golf Club.

    The region is also home to a plethora of leisure activities and culinary experiences. Guests will enjoy 12 miles of pristine beachfront; more than 350 tennis courts in all three Grand Slam surfaces; 60 miles of multi-use trails; kayaking in the tidal waters of the coast; in-shore and off-shore fishing in the Atlantic; sailing and boating through the intracoastal waterways; horseback riding or hiking the 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve filled with wildflowers, wetlands and more than 130 species of birds; and water sports including jet skis, parasailing, surfing, windsurfing, paddle boarding, water skiing and more.

    Hilton Head is emerging as a foodie’s paradise, with a fistful of famous chefs opening island eateries. The menu is always fresh on the island dining scene with mouth-watering local seafood, farm-to-table produce, and Lowcountry staples like Anson Mills stone ground grits, oysters and soft-shell crab. The myriad of restaurants offer a variety of price points and dining options from casual kid-friendly dining to elegant four-star establishments.

    For more information: http://www.HiltonHeadGolfIsland.com, 800.523.3373.

    About Hilton Head Golf Island

    Hilton Head Golf Island features 30 member courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort and Jasper counties. Golf enthusiasts enjoy Hilton Head’s Southern hospitality and world-class designs sculpted by such vaunted architects as Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Arthur Hills and Robert Trent Jones.

    Its territory encompasses many of the great golf courses and resorts of North America and is ranked top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including “Best Buddies Trip Destination,” “Best Accommodations,” “Best Couples Trip,” “Best Courses,” “Best Food and Drink,” “Best Weather” and “Best Value.”  Home to the world-renowned Sea Pines Resort, the PGA TOUR makes its only South Carolina stop each April at Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage.

    The Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association, in conjunction with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Visitor and Conventions Bureau and Chamber of Commerce, launched Hilton Head Golf Island to support the island’s thriving golf market through promotion of golf rounds and packages.

    September 27, 2014 |  Category: Tourism
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