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 http://www.scgolfpanel.org. For more information about Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and its many golf packages, call 877-567-6513 or visit http://www.PalmettoDunes.com.

### 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 http://www.PalmettoDunes.com. 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 http://www.GreenwoodCR.com. 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

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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 http://www.kingsmill.com 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 http://www.kingsmill.com for specific details or call (800) 832-5665.

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March 13, 2015 |  Category: Tourism
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OMNI HOTELS & RESORTS SPONSORS AUSSIE MATT JONES ON PGA TOUR

OMNI HOTELS & RESORTS SPONSORS AUSSIE MATT JONES ON PGA TOUR

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 http://www.omnihotels.com/destinations/golf.

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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 http://www.arccosgolf.com, 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: arccosgolf.com.

    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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    TURNBERRY ISLE MIAMI TEES OFF NEW SPONSORSHIP WITH LAETITIA BECK

    TURNBERRY ISLE MIAMI TEES OFF NEW SPONSORSHIP WITH LAETITIA BECK

    Iconic Aventura Golf Resort Announces Sponsorship Deal with First Female Israeli Professional Golfer Laetitia Beck

    AVENTURA, FL – Renowned South Florida golf resort Turnberry Isle Miami, is pleased to announce an exclusive sponsorship with budding professional golfer, Laetitia Beck. Beck made her debut at the 2014 Women’s British Open as the first Israeli woman to play golf professionally. In December 2014, the 22-year-old became the first Israeli golfer to qualify as a fully-fledged PGA or LPGA Tour player.

    “Laetitia is a true trailblazer in the world of golf and her outstanding junior and college accomplishments firmly established her reputation as one of golf’s rising stars,” said Ray Waters, President of Turnberry Isle Miami. “We are proud to sponsor such an inspiring young woman and we wish Laetitia the best of luck in her inaugural season.”

    Turnberry Isle Miami is an award-winning golf resort in South Florida known for its two championship golf courses redesigned by Raymond Floyd. A preferred destination for celebrities and influencers, the resort recently hosted former NBA star Alonzo Mourning’s charity golf tournament, Zo’s Hall of Fame Golf Groove, in December. In addition to the pristine courses, Turnberry also features two celebrity chef restaurants; the brand-new Corsair by Scott Conant, and Michael Mina’s award-winning Bourbon Steak.

    The exclusive partnership with Beck will see the Turnberry Isle Miami logo featured on Beck’s apparel and golf bag during the 2015 LPGA Tour. The golfer will also make a number of public appearances at the resort including meet-and-greets with club members and resort guests. The sponsorship also includes web-based activities for Beck including participation in interactive online chats and social media postings.

    About Turnberry Isle Miami Tucked away on 300 tropical acres between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Turnberry Isle Miami is a Mediterranean-style retreat with a culture of authenticity, spirited service and enriching experiences. The resort is renowned for its two championship golf courses redesigned by Raymond Floyd, Celebrity Chef Scott Conant’s new restaurant Corsair, Celebrity Chef Michael Mina’s award-winning Bourbon Steak restaurant, three-story Spa & Fitness Center, the elite Cañas Tennis, three relaxing pools, 40,000 square feet of meetings space, beach club on the Atlantic and engaging kids camps all within reach of 408 spacious guest rooms and suites. An Autograph Collection property, Turnberry Isle Miami is a recent Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Hotel and recipient of Four Star Status for its award-winning Spa & Fitness Center. For more information or for reservations, call 1-866-612-7739 or visit http://www.turnberryislemiami.com.

    To receive regular updates and news, follow @TIsleMiami on Twitter and Like the Facebook page.

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    DST Golf’s Compressor Used by Four Top-12 Finishers at WGC Cadillac Championship

    DST Golf’s Compressor Used by Four Top-12 Finishers at WGC Cadillac Championship DST Golf’s Compressor Used by Four Top-12 Finishers at WGC Cadillac Championship

    Cutting-edge Warm-up Clubs Trusted by More Than 35 PGA Tour Players

    (SALISBURY, England) – DST Golf – developer of award-winning warm-up clubs featuring patent-pending Delayed Strike Technology – confirms four of the top-12 finishers at the WGC Cadillac Championship used the revolutionary DST Compressor warm-up club when preparing for tournament play on the practice range at Trump National Doral.

    The Compressor features a scientifically-curved shaft that is engineered to replicate the shape of a normal shaft in the optimal impact position. The innovative design helps players learn how to control the club face through impact and compress the ball, which leads to improved consistency, control and accuracy.

    “Nothing is more important than the impact position; the moment of truth for any golf swing,” says DST Golf Founder and CEO Bertie Cordle. “When golfers see and feel the proper hand alignment at impact, they have the potential to improve their whole game. The missing link in golf has been the ability for players to replicate the key position of the greatest ball strikers in history. With DST Golf, this is now possible.”

    In addition to the DST Compressor, the company’s CR-10 clubs help enable a gradual move to a traditional club by incorporating the amended sole angle and hand alignment marker of the Compressor with a standard shaft. The specific sole angle of the CR-10 helps players locate, train and perfect the optimum club head movement through impact before assuming use of their own clubs.

    To find out more about DST Golf, including access to in-depth technology videos and player testimonials, visit http://www.dstgolf.com.

    Get social: Facebook, @DSTGolf

    About DST Golf

    Based in Salisbury, England, DST Golf was founded by former European Challenge Tour player, Bertie Cordle in 2013. Cordle taught at a number of top flight golf academies in the UK, Portugal and Germany and spent three years studying the biomechanics of ball striking which culminated in the design and development of DST Golf’s patent pending technology.

    March 12, 2015 |  Category: Equipment
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    Chasing the Sun on Hilton Head Island’s Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

    During the longest winter in recent memory, heat-seekers are busy finding the best package deals available. Which is why many savvy golfers set up shop at Hilton Head Island’s renowned Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (March 2015) — A quick scan of the PGA Tour schedule leaves little wonder why the world’s best golfers jumpstart their seasons by flocking south like geese to Florida for a quartet of March clambakes. Three short weeks following the Floridian finale at Arnie’s place, there’s a little gathering in Augusta, Ga., called the Masters. “I’ll get my game razor-sharp in Florida,” the players say to themselves, “then head to Augusta ready to roll.”

    It’s a similar approach for vacationers looking to jumpstart their spring seasons. Which is why many savvy travelers are taking advantage of attractively priced package deals at renowned places such as the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island. Every April the week after the Masters, fans of world-class golf — or at least a great time — flock to Hilton Head for the PGA Tour’s popular island event, The Heritage.

    LINKS Magazine recently selected the World’s Top 25 Golf Islands and Hilton Head ranked No. 7 on the auspicious list. LINKS said Hilton Head enjoyed the “Biggest Selection of Accessible Courses.”

    “More than two dozen to choose from, at every price level,” the magazine wrote of Hilton Head, “and most of them with plenty of available tee times.”

    The Palmetto Dunes’ “Group Golf Stay and Play Package” gives participants three rounds of golf per person for groups of 12+ with a 4 day/ 3-night stay in Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Choose from the resort’s three championship golf courses designed by architects Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills and George Fazio, and receive a fourth round free plus free replays when you book by March 31, 2015.

    The Package also includes 4 days /3 nights in luxury resort 2 bedroom villas at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, as well as preferred rates and priority access to all resort activities and amenities, along with a 10% discount on non sale hard goods, 20% discount on non sale soft goods at all pro shops.

    Those looking to enjoy some world-class golf, tennis and much more this winter at the most family-friendly resort around should try Hilton Head Island, S.C., and its venerable Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort — and be sure to stay a while. For more information about Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and its many golf packages, call 877-567-6513 or visit http://www.PalmettoDunes.com.

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    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 http://www.PalmettoDunes.com.

    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 http://www.GreenwoodCR.com.

    March 12, 2015 |  Category: Tourism
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