ECCO® Golf Launches Fred Couples ‘Signature Edition 1992’ Commemorative Shoe

ECCO® Golf Launches Fred Couples ‘Signature Edition 1992’ Commemorative Shoe

(LONDONDERRY, NH) – Danish company ECCO – a leading manufacturer of innovative footwear – announces that a Fred Couples ‘Signature Edition 1992’ version of its acclaimed Casual Hybrid model will be available at select retailers worldwide beginning early April.

Co-designed by Couples, the shoe commemorates his two-stroke victory at the 1992 Masters. Produced in a limited run of 1,992 pairs, it boasts an eye-catching white/green color combination and is laser-engraved with Couples’ distinctive autograph on the lateral (outer) side.

“The Masters is a really special tournament for me and I always appreciate the support ECCO provides,” says Couples. “I thought we could do something really fun with the Casual Hybrid this year and am thrilled by the design we created.”

Retailing for $200, the Fred Couples ‘Signature Edition 1992’ model combines a sleek sneaker look with a premium leather upper and advanced performance technologies. Highly water repellent via the proprietary ECCO HYDROMAX™ treatment, the shoe is built atop the patented E-DTS outsole. This boasts approximately 100 moulded traction bars that deliver nearly 800 traction angles to promote superb grip in a variety of conditions.

“Fred and the Masters are a magical pairing and each year the world tunes in to see his performance at Augusta National,” says Michael Waack, Head of Global Golf at ECCO. “None have been better than when he slipped on the Green Jacket, so it’s fitting to celebrate that exceptional victory with a very distinctive shoe.”

Like all ECCO golf shoes, this new Casual Hybrid is crafted at company-owned factories using the Direct-injection Process. This bonds the upper and outsole unit, creating a one-piece shoe construction without the use of glue or stitching. Benefits include a firm, water-tight seal, lightweight flexibility and out-of-the-box comfort.

The ECCO Golf collection is also endorsed by scores of other Tour stars worldwide, including Ernie Els, Graeme McDowell, Thomas Bjørn, Marcel Siem, Thongchai Jaidee, Will Wilcox, Na Yeon Choi, Caroline Masson, Jennifer Johnson, Sadena Parks, Kendall Dye, Line Vedel Hansen, Pernilla Lindberg, Therese Koelbaek, Sophie Giquel-Bettan, Liz Young, Sally Watson, Linda Wessberg, Emily Kristine Pedersen and Nanna Madsen, among others.

About ECCO

More than 350 million pairs of ECCO® shoes have walked the earth since 1963, when Karl Toosbuy founded the company in Denmark. ECCO is one of the few major shoe manufacturers in the world to own and manage every step of the shoemaking process - from leather production through manufacturing in its own factories and all the way to its stores. ECCO’s Scandinavian design philosophy, “The shoe must follow the foot”, is guiding the company. ECCO creates high-comfort, functional, stylish shoes and timeless bags, accessories, small leather goods and shoe care products. Still family owned, ECCO is headquartered in Denmark and employs more than 19,500 people of 57 nationalities worldwide. ECCO products can be found in the 1,100 ECCO stores and 14,000 other sales locations in 85 countries.

ECCO USA is based in Londonderry, New Hampshire. For more information:, 800.886.3226

March 17, 2015 |  Category: Equipment
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PGA Tour Pros Spieth, Harman to Headline Boys and Girls Clubs 2015 Golf Invitational

PGA Tour Pros Spieth, Harman to Headline Boys and Girls Clubs 2015 Golf Invitational, Tuesday, July 7

2013 and 2014 JDC Classic Winners Jordan Spieth and Brian Harman to Attend

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MOLINE, IL – The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley (BGCMV) announced today that PGA Tour professionals Jordan Spieth and Brian Harman will again appear at its annual golf fundraiser, Tuesday, July 7, at Short Hills Country Club in East Moline, IL.

Spieth was PGA Tour rookie of the year in 2013 and 2013 John Deere Classic (JDC) champion. Harman was the 2014 JDC champion – marking the second year in a row that the eventual JDC champion started the week by appearing at the BGCMV golf event.

“Based on the last two years, it seems that attending the Boys and Girls Clubs golf outing is good luck if you want to win the John Deere Classic,” said Gregg Ontiveros, Group O CEO and BGCMV 2015 Invitational Co-Chair. “We appreciate the support that Jordan and Brian provide for our local kids – and for helping make the Invitational such a special event.”

The BGCMV 2015 Invitational offers attendees a full day of golf and networking, culminating with a mini-pro-am shootout with Spieth and Harman.  Other highlights include:

  • A variety of hospitality stations and music located across the course
  • Amazing silent auction and golfer swag bags
  • An on-the-course after party (open to non-golfers), including music and dinner

    “The Invitational is a fun way that all of us can come together for a great cause – and help kids develop skills for a better future,” said Ontiveros, “Many of last year’s participants told us it was the best golf event they’ve ever attended – and we’re looking to build on that this year.”

    Now in its 14th year, the Invitational has helped raise more than $1.5 million since 2002.  This year’s fundraising goal is $300,000, with all proceeds benefiting the BGCMV. Title sponsors for the 2015 Invitational include US Bank and Group O.

    For more information or to register for the event, please visit


    The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley (BGCMV) has been serving the needs of area young people since 1994. It is a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a national organization of non-profit, non-sectarian private agencies serving young people in clubs nationwide. BGCMV serves over 600 members at three locations:

    Moline Club – 406 7th Street, Moline

    Davenport Club – 1702 Iowa Street, Davenport (First Presbyterian Church)

    The Club (Teen Center, serving members 13 and older) – 1122 5th Avenue, Moline

    For more information, please visit

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    More Improvements Coming At Bay Hill


    Greens to undergo comprehensive re-grassing following the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard

    ORLANDO, FL. (March 17, 2015) – Bay Hill Club & Lodge, one of the top golf resort destinations in America, is planning a comprehensive re-grassing project on the putting surfaces of its Championship Course following this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard. Acknowledging that a 2009 upgrade of the greens did not meet an anticipated level of excellence, club officials announced their intentions to install TifEagle Bermuda grass, a project that is consistent with several other upgrades that have occurred at the club in the last year. The decision was made after the club found that portions of some greens on the Championship Course were not 100 percent healthy after a harsh winter. However, tournament officials of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard anticipate that though some areas are aesthetically weak, the greens will be in tournament shape and will not have an adverse effect on playability or scoring.

    “We always strive to have the very best playing conditions, not only for the tournament, but also for our members and guests,” said Roy Saunders, vice president of Bay Hill Club. “By taking this step, the club is positioning itself to better achieve its overall objective of offering superior conditions throughout the year.”

    The re-grassing process to be undertaken is called the “no-till method,” which will ensure that all of the topographical features and contours will be preserved. The project will commence in May and should be completed by early August. Chris Flynn, the Director of Grounds for Bay Hill Club’s 27 holes, will be working closely this week with Bland Cooper, Competitions Agronomist for the PGA TOUR, to ensure that the greens remain in the best possible condition during the 37th edition of the prestigious invitational tournament hosted by Arnold Palmer.

    An upgrade of the greens is just the latest improvement to the Palmer-designed Championship Course. In the months leading up to this year’s tournament, Flynn has overseen a number of upgrades that dramatically improve the overall golf experience for both daily play and for competitors in this week’s invitational.

    Those measures include the infusion of new “G-Angle” bunker sand that is approved by the PGA TOUR spread over Bay Hill’s 84 bunkers. The G-Angle sand is a more angular sand that holds up the ball better and makes it more difficult for balls to bury in the bunkers. Additionally, five more acres of fairway are available after Flynn expanded the fairways to reflect the original course design intent. The approach areas and bailout areas around the greens also were expanded. Finally, an aggressive tree-trimming program has improved the visual presentation of the course as well as restored shot values.

    Located just minutes from downtown Orlando and area attractions, Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge is the site of the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard golf tournament.  The 70-room property features 27-holes of golf, the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy, tennis on four Har-tru and two DecoTurf courts, a full service spa and salon, fitness center, a heated Jr. Olympic-size pool, three dining locations, 3 lounges, and 9,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.  For reservations call (888) 422-9445 or (407) 876-2429.

    For more information, contact Ramona Hurley, Absolute Thinking, at (727) 967-2487 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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    March 17, 2015 |  Category: Tourism
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    Hills and RTJ Courses at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Among South Carolina’s Most Popular

    The Arthur Hills and Robert Trent Jones Courses at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island named among the state’s most popular public-access golf courses.

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (March 2015) — President Obama’s love of golf in Hawaii is well documented. When Bill Clinton was president during the late the 1990s, he began annually visiting Hilton Head Island’s Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. President Clinton’s favorite of the resort’s three outstanding golf courses — the Arthur Hills Course — is once again a mainstay among the South Carolina Top 30 “Best You Can Play.”

    The Hills Course was joined by the Robert Trent Jones Course at Palmetto Dunes Ocreanfront Resort among the 30 selected for the 2015 “Best You Can Play” list by the South Carolina Golf Rating Panel. The list was comprised of the panel’s choices for best open to public play in each of the state’s four regions and was announced at the organization’s March 14 spring meeting at Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club.

    The Hills Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, where collegiate stars like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson honed their talents, takes full advantage of the natural beauty of this South Carolina sea island. A careful blend of beauty and challenge with stands of palmetto trees lining its graceful fairways, the Hills Course was named the 2009 Course of the Year by the South Carolina Golf Course Owners Association.

    The Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course is consistently rated among the best courses in the Southeast. The Jones Course’s signature hole, the dramatic par-5 10th, is one of only two oceanfront holes on Hilton Head Island. The South Carolina Board of Directors of the National Golf Course Owners Association named the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course the 2003 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year – a feat also achieved by Palmetto Dunes’ George Fazio Course in 2014.

    The South Carolina Golf Panel is composed of 125 golf enthusiasts that represent a diverse range of occupations, handicaps, and backgrounds. The group’s objective is to promote excellence in the state’s golf course design and operation through competitive ranking, education and public advocacy.

    The “Best 50” courses, public or private, are chosen in even-numbered years and the “Best You Can Play” are announced in odd-numbered years. Criteria used in judging include routing, variety, strategy, equity, memorability, aesthetics and the golfer’s experience.

    “There are so many outstanding course that you’re really splitting hairs in the voting,” Michael Whitaker, the panel’s executive director, said in discussing the rankings. “When you think about the number of really good public golf courses in this state and reduce that number to 30, it’s a daunting task. It is our good fortune to live in a state where even some of the finest courses do not make the ‘best’ lists.”

    Twenty-five of the 30 courses honored are located in the tourist meccas along the Atlantic Ocean. Twelve are on the Grand Strand between Little River at the North Carolina state line and Pawleys Island, and 13 in the Lowcountry area that includes Charleston and Hilton Head Island.

    “That’s no surprise,” Whitaker said. “Given how golf has become such a vital part of the state’s tourism industry, the coastal areas naturally have developed high quality courses for public play. You can play any number of courses in the state and leave with a ‘wow’ impression. Remember, these are courses the public can play. Add the many wonderful private courses in the state and you see how fortunate golfers are in South Carolina.”

    Information on previous rankings can be found on the organization’s website For more information about Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and its many golf packages, call 877-567-6513 or visit

    ### About Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is a 2,000-acre resort destination located in the middle of Hilton Head Island, S.C., bounded by 3 miles of Atlantic Ocean beach on one side and a sheltered Intracoastal Waterway marina on the other. The resort features three world-class golf courses, an award-winning tennis center, an 11-mile inland salt-water lagoon system for kayaking and fishing, and Hilton Head Outfitters for bike rentals, canoes, kayaks, fishing and much more. The Mediterranean-style Shelter Cove Harbour deep-water marina, located right across from Palmetto Dunes, features waterfront shopping and dining and a wide variety of charters, including nature cruises, dolphin tours, sport crabbing and fishing. For information about activities or reservations, please call 877-567-6513 or visit About Greenwood Communities & Resorts Based in Greenwood, S.C., Greenwood Communities & Resorts has been a leader in the creation and management of award-winning residential and resort communities in the southeastern United States since 1978. Beginning with the award-winning Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., and now including communities like The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Big Canoe near Atlanta and The Ponds in Charleston, Greenwood’s mission has always been to create memorable places that foster meaningful and fulfilling lives. For more information, please call 843-785-1106 or visit Contacts: Martin Armes (919-608-7260) & Brad King (336-306-9219), .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    March 17, 2015 |  Category: Tourism
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    New Spring Golf Packages from Kingsmill Resort


    Golf Balls Now Fly Where Cannon Balls Once Flew

    Please return any found minie balls to the golf pro shop

    The River Course, Williamsburg, Va. – March 14 2015 – Golf is a war that the golf course usually wins. So why not play on a real battlefield? While there are many golf courses in the United States, few are on former battlefields and sacred ground. At Kingsmill Resort, the only AAA Four Diamond condominium resort in historic Williamsburg, Va., golfers literally walk in the footsteps of the Jamestown settlers and soldiers of the American Revolution and Civil War. The grounds are also home to the 11th staging of the LPGA Kingsmill Championship held May 11–17, with players challenging Kingsmill’s River Golf Course for a $1.3 million purse.

    The Unlimited Golf Package offers the best of Kingsmill’s golf experience starting at $448 per person based on double occupancy for two nights and includes unlimited rounds of golf on the River and Plantation courses, breakfast, use of a golf cart, complimentary transportation to local attractions, accommodations and full resort access. Are you a golfer in need of a quick getaway? This is your best bet. Drop off your luggage and the golf cart will be waiting for you.

    With the Signature Golf Package for one night at $189 per person based on double occupancy, golfers are treated to a breakfast buffet and 18 holes of golf on the River or Plantation courses. If you are bringing an army of four, sign up for the Foursomes Golf Package. Accommodations in a three-bedroom condo for two nights, limitless rounds of golf – with cart – on the River and Plantation courses, and complimentary use of the driving range, fitness center and pools are included for a starting rate of $575 per person. All golf packages are available March 1–Nov. 30.

    Kingsmill Resort’s one- to three-bedroom condominiums, with kitchens and spacious living areas, are ideal for golfers who want to rise early and enjoy a round all day. Golfers who need R&R after a day on the course may opt to take advantage of Kingsmill’s riverfront location and amenities: a brand new fitness center and spa, four on-site restaurants, tennis courts, fishing, indoor/outdoor pools and a full-service marina.

    For more information, visit for specific details or call (800) 832-5665.

    Kingsmill Resort is an AAA Four Diamond condo resort and member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Located on the James River off I‐64 between Richmond and Norfolk, the property is within minutes from Williamsburg’s numerous destinations including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, The College of William & Mary, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.

    For more information, visit for specific details or call (800) 832-5665.

    Media Contact: Kosi Harris / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) / 917-749-1797

    March 13, 2015 |  Category: Tourism
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    DALLAS (March 10, 2015) – Omni Hotels & Resorts today announced its sponsorship of PGA TOUR player, Matt Jones. The Australian golfer was winner of the 2014 Shell Houston Open.

    If their first tournament together is any indication, Omni and the veteran Australian golf star are going to really enjoy their new relationship. Jones made his debut as an Omni-sponsored player at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on February 12. He sported his Omni-branded polo and golf bag as he tied for seventh place, his best finish of the season. Jones shot rounds of 65-66-67 to put himself in the final group of the nationally televised closing round. He followed up his Pebble Beach performance in Los Angeles the following week, finishing in a tie for 14th place at the Northern Trust Open.

    Jones’ partnership with Omni Hotels & Resorts extends through the 2015 season, during which he will be featured in special events and contests. As part of this partnership, Jones will stay at several Omni properties throughout the tour schedule including Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate during the Arnold Palmer Invitational, March 19-22.

    Located in some of the country’s most beautiful destinations, Omni Hotels & Resorts golf courses are designed by award-winning golf architects, some of who are legendary champions of the game. Each golf resort is complete with luxurious accommodations and superior service, on and off the course. Omni golf destinations offer challenges for golfers at all levels of play, so pros, amateurs and their families alike can find courses to enjoy, creating distinct golf vacations in prime locations on legendary fairways and greens.

    Several courses in the Omni golf collection have a history and tradition of hosting PGA TOUR events, as well as national and international championship competition:

  • Omni Tucson National Resort hosted more than 30 events between 1965 and 2006, featuring one of the TOUR’s most challenging finishing holes.
  • The historic Donald Ross course at The Omni Grove Park Inn was not only a tour stop from 1933 through 1951 but also where the PGA of America was born.
  • Omni La Costa Resort & Spa’s history with both the PGA and LPGA Tours dates back to 1965.
  • Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa hosted the Champions Tour Legends of Golf from 1990-1994.
  • The Champions Tour Father-Son Challenge was played at Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate from 2003-2008.
  • The Omni Homestead Resort has hosted the U.S Women’s Open, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships, Curtis Cup and NCAA men’s championships, as well as PGA TOUR Champions Tour events.
  • The Bedford Springs Open, a precursor to modern tour events, was held at Omni Bedford Springs Resort in the 1930s.

    Jones, who turns 35 in April, is from Sydney, Australia. As a junior champion he competed at Arizona State University, where he was a first-team All-America selection. He turned pro in 2001 and has won close to $8 million on the PGA TOUR. He and his wife, Melissa, a former Miss Idaho, have two young daughters. # # # About Omni Hotels & Resorts Golf Portfolio Located in some of the country’s most beautiful destinations, Omni Hotels & Resorts golf courses are designed by award-winning golf architects, including legendary champions of the game. Each destination offers challenges for golfers at all levels of play, so pros, amateurs and their families alike can find courses to enjoy, creating distinct golf vacations in prime locations on legendary fairways and greens. Each of the 11 golf resorts (360 total holes) is complete with luxurious accommodations and superior service, on and off the course. For additional information or book tee times, visit

  • March 13, 2015 |  Category: Tours
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    Arccos Golf Introduces Restricted App for Tournament Play

    Arccos Golf Introduces Restricted App for Tournament Play

    (STAMFORD, CT) – Arccos Golf, LLC – maker of the #1 Performance Tracker in Golf – launches the Arccos Restricted app for tournament play, which is permitted when Local Rule is in effect (see USGA Decision 14-3/0.5).

    Arccos Restricted tracks shots live, bringing a player’s current hole to life via bird’s-eye visuals overlaid on GPS imagery, and automatically saves that data to the cloud. This allows a player to review and breakdown their performance after the round is complete. The app also turns your iPhone into a GPS rangefinder for nearly 20,000 courses, providing precise distances to the front, middle and back of each green.

    “With adoption of our full system exceeding even our high expectations, we’ve responded to requests for an alternate version of Arccos specifically engineered for tournament play,” says Sal Syed, Arccos CEO. “Arccos Restricted is an outstanding solution for those players who want to use the Arccos system during competitions, while still having post-round access to our renowned Tour Analytics platform.”

    The complete version of ARCCOS™ – golf’s only GPS + Shot Tracking + Tour Analytics system – was recently honored with the “Top Buyer’s Choice Award” at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show as determined by a distinguished panel of PGA Professionals and merchandisers.

    Requiring no alterations to pre-shot routines, additional devices, tapping or other hindrances to enjoyment and improvement, ARCCOS features a set of 14 virtually weightless sensors. Easily attached to the end of a club grip, each sensor is paired just once via Bluetooth to the company’s free iPhone app.

    Now available at Apple Stores, select golf retailers and pro shops nationwide, and, ARCCOS is more than just a great tool for the individual users. Top instructors rely on the system to help their students recognize and correct faults, such as club distance gaps, noticeable shot dispersion patterns and other problem areas.

    Led by a team of Ivy League engineers, rocket scientists, PhD’s and designers, Arccos Golf is named after a function of advanced mathematics.

    For more information or to view a demo video:

    Get social: @arccosgolf, Facebook

    About Arccos Golf, LLC

    Arccos Golf, LLC provides game-changing connected technology products for golfers. The company aims to revolutionize the golfing experience by integrating GPS shot tracking with a sophisticated platform that generates comparative data which helps golfers truly evaluate their game. Arccos is led by CEO, Sal Syed and COO, Ammad Faisal, two dedicated golfers, entrepreneurs, and childhood friends. Based in Stamford, CT, Arccos is a Callaway Open Innovation Partner with venture capital funding provided by LaunchCapital.

    March 12, 2015 |  Category: Equipment
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