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.
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GolfBuddy - the pioneer of voice golf GPS in Europe - has launched golf’s most versatile and wearable audio unit to date with the sensational new VS4.
For golfers looking for a small, light, easy-to-use golf GPS that can be worn any way they choose on the course, the GolfBuddy VS4 is unrivalled.
It comes supplied with a bespoke designed wrist strap - turning it instantly into a ‘watch’ GPS. The VS4 simply clicks in place, leaving the user to either view distances on screen or press the facia button to hear it talk!
It also comes supplied with a hard clip-on case, which means the VS4 can be attached easily to a belt, shirt pocket or cap.
And in a new development, two additional accessories are available which make the VS4 the most versatile golf GPS there is.
Firstly, a retractable cord and mount (RRP £19.95) is available which allows the golfer to clip the unit to a belt loop, or golf bag karabina and pull it closer whenever they need a distance reading.
And secondly, an innovative flip-up leather case (RRP £15.95) lets the golfer simply lift up the unit to see the screen when it’s clipped to a belt - a big plus for any golfer whose waistline might normally hinder sight of the unit! (GolfBuddy VS4 has a flip-screen mode which turns the display 180 degrees to make the most of the new leather case).
Some of the key GolfBuddy VS4 technical specifications include:
- Visual and Audio distances given
- Dynamic Green ViewTM with green shape display
- Large numbers only display
- Shot Distance Measurement
- Auto Course & Hole Recognition
- Distances to Front, Middle, Back
- Mute button
- Yards/Metres selection
- Manual hole change option
- Preloaded with free courses & no annual fees
- White/Gold or Black/Red colour choices
Dynamic Green View™ technology always shows front, middle and back distances directly from the golfer’s angle of approach, however wayward they might have been!
And this ensures that GolfBuddy distances are more accurate than those brands that only display static front, middle and back of the green distances in a line from the centre of the fairway.
The company’s accuracy is unrivalled. Around the world, GolfBuddy uses teams of expert mappers to walk courses and create ground-verified data maps that give supreme accuracy.
This dedication to accuracy gives golfers the most reliable distance readings available. GolfBuddy is one of only two brands that commit to mapping courses on foot.
And as with all GolfBuddy products, there are no expensive annual membership fees and no hidden costs to download courses or access premium features - which can cost up to £45 a year extra with other brands.
The VS4 is ready to go right out of the box with access to over 8,000 courses in Europe and North Africa and over 37,000 globally in more than 130 countries. GolfBuddy VS4 has an RRP of £159.95.
GolfBuddy is based in La Palma, Ca, with product development and course data management centres in Korea, one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-quality electronic products.
GolfBuddy is a Corporate Partner with the PGAs of Europe as its ‘official handheld GPS rangefinder’.
For more information about GolfBuddy visit http://www.gpsgolfbuddy.eu
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E-Z-GO® Giving Away Dream Golf Experience
‘Diamond Golf Getaway’ quiz finds your ideal golf destination
AUGUSTA, Ga. — To celebrate its 60th anniversary, E-Z-GO is offering a once-in-a-lifetime golf experience for one lucky winner and three friends.
The E-Z-GO Diamond Golf Getaway will take the winner, and three friends to round out his or her foursome, on an expenses-paid trip to play their choice among a selection of renowned golf courses, including Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pinehurst No. 2, Sea Island Golf Club, or a course along Alabama’s famed Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The prize includes a round of golf for four at the course of the winner’s choosing, plus first-class airfare and luxury accommodations for four during the trip.
To enter the contest, participants are asked to take a short, fun online quiz at http://www.diamondgolfgetaway.com that matches their golf skills and vacation preferences with one of the four ultimate golf experiences. People also can take the quiz via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/4ezgo. Participants also can enter the contest by visiting their local E-Z-GO Authorized Dealer, or via postcard entry. Each entrant can enter the contest up to four times.
“E-Z-GO is privileged to be the brand of choice for some of the biggest ‘bucket list’ courses in golf,” said E-Z-GO President Kevin Holleran. “We’re excited to celebrate our diamond anniversary by giving someone an opportunity to experience one of golf’s most storied and renowned destinations.”
The “Diamond Golf Getaway” promotion will end Dec. 31, 2014. More details about the promotion, including official rules and a complete list of contest entry methods, can be viewed online at http://www.diamondgolfgetaway.com. To find your local E-Z-GO Authorized Dealer, visit http://www.ezgo.com/dealer_locator.
About E-Z-GO E-Z-GO, a Textron (NYSE: TXT) company, is a leading global manufacturer of golf cars, utility and personal transportation vehicles. Products sold under the E-Z-GO brand include RXV® and TXT® fleet golf cars, Freedom® RXV and Freedom TXT personal golf cars, E-Z-GO Terrain™ and Express™ personal utility vehicles, and the 2Five® street-legal low-speed vehicle. E-Z-GO also produces the Cushman® line of heavy-duty material carriers and utility vehicles, the Bad Boy Buggies® line of off-road utility vehicles for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts, and TUG™ ground support equipment for the aviation industry.
Founded in 1954 in Augusta, Ga., E-Z-GO became part of Textron Inc. in 1960.
About Textron Inc. Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information, visit http://www.textron.com.
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JAMAICA INVITATIONAL PRO-AM “ANNIE’S REVENGE” ATTRACTS AMERICAN FILM INDUSTRY CELEBRITIES
David Arquette, John Swetnam and Michael Botti to Participate in Pro-Am in Montego Bay
KINGSTON, JAMAICA – September 22, 2014 – American actor and director David Arquette, Writer/Producer John Swetnam of Mad Horse Films and Producer Michael Botti headline the list of celebrities set to take part in the Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am “Annie’s Revenge,” presented by Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum, October 29 – November 2, 2014. The Jamaica Tourist Board event, now in its ninth year, has continued to grow over the years attracting the Hollywood stars for this year’s staging.
Arquette, who has appeared in Scream, and its sequels, and more recently in “Happy Face Killer” released earlier this year, will join Swetnam, whose two movies “Step Up” and “Into the Storm” are currently in theatres. Botti, producer of “Fire With Fire” starring Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson and Josh Duhamel joins his industry associates who will tee off on Cinnamon Hill and White Witch, two of Jamaica’s best championship golf courses.
Described by many players as the best Pro-Am in the region, Arquette, Swetnam and Botti will make their tournament debut on the majestic fairways in Montego Bay. Persons interested in playing with the celebrities can register online now and pay the premium rate being offered to be part of their team. This will be on a first come basis.
“We are pleased to welcome the participation of these celebrities from the American film industry for this year’s Jamaica Invitational Pro-Am. Their interest in the event is an excellent testimonial of the caliber of this golf championship. We hope their presence will help enhance the Annie’s Revenge brand as we continue to grow this tournament to become one of the premier golf events in the Caribbean,” said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism.
Hosted by IBEROSTAR Grand Rose Hall, the event is organized and produced by The Golf Connection LLC. Teams consisting of five players, to include a professional and four amateur golfers, will compete over 54-holes, playing both courses, as they vie for the Jamaica Pro-Am Championship trophy. In addition to the competitive golf, the five-day event also includes nightly receptions, spectacular tee prizes for all players and the opportunity to win a host of prizes and awards.
Event sponsors American Airlines, Cobra Puma Golf, IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts, and The Golf Connection LLC donate contest prizes and awards valued at more than US$10,000. PGA Golf Professionals who host participating teams compete for a total prize purse of US$35,000 between the Appleton Shootout and Annie’s Revenge.
Golfers interested in participating in the Pro-Am can secure their team spot by booking on http://www.jamaicaproam.com or calling 484-762-1185. For more information on Jamaica and its golf offerings, please visit http://www.visitjamaica.com/things-to-do/active-and-relaxing/golf or to learn more about the tournament check out the Annie’s Golf EMagazine at http://joom.ag/hnlb.
About Jamaica Tourist Board The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2013. Also in 2013, Jamaica earned the WTA’s vote for the World’s Leading Cruise Destination, Caribbean’s Leading Destination and Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination for the seventh consecutive year. Additionally, the Historic Falmouth Cruise Port was recognized as the World’s Leading Tourism Development Project while Ocho Rios was named the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port and Sangster International Airport was voted the Caribbean’s Leading Airport. In Canada, Jamaica was voted the Favourite Honeymoon Destination by Travel Agents.
JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Mumbai and Tokyo.
For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Web site at http://www.visitjamaica.com or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/visitjamaica, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/visitjamaicanow, on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/visitjamaica, on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/myjamaica, or on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/myjamaicajtb. View the JTB blog at http://www.islandbuzzjamaica.com.
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Arccos Partners with Buffalo Communications to Promote Golf’s First System Combining GPS, Live Stat Tracking and Tour Analytics
(STAMFORD, CT) – Arccos Golf, LLC – maker of the first club-to-cloud™ system offering GPS, live stat tracking and tour analytics – has selected Buffalo Communications (Buffalo) to lead a PR and marketing program driving awareness, affinity and sales in the U.S. and Canada.
Launching at retail in October, ARCCOS™ ($399) features a set of 14 virtually weightless sensors. Each is easily attached to the end of a club grip. Once paired via Bluetooth to the ARCCOS iPhone app, the system seamlessly integrates with a golfer’s game, requiring no alterations to pre-shot routines, additional devices, tapping or other hindrances to enjoyment and improvement.
Along with GPS for more than 16,000 courses in North America, ARCCOS captures critical data for your game, providing players with instant access to information on distances hit, club averages, driving accuracy, greens in regulation, sand saves, putts and more. This helps golfers identify patterns and refine tactics before, during and after each round.
“We’re equal parts an innovative technology company and a group of serious golfers,” says Sal Syed, CEO and Co-Founder of Arccos Golf. “By combining our passions, we’ve created a truly novel solution that provides universal, real-time access to the same data the world’s best players use to improve performance.”
Further bolstering the system is the proprietary ARCCOS Tour Analytics platform developed in conjunction with golf’s most renowned statistician, Peter Sanders. Drawing from Sanders’ work with PGA Tour star Zach Johnson and many others, it automatically breaks down a players’ handicap into five key components – driving, approach, chipping, sand game and putting. This allows players to:
Gain insight into what every shot means Understand exactly how each part of their game contributes to scoring Explore comparative data in each of the five components from golfers with the same handicap Evaluate patterns across their entire golf history, supporting refinement of on-course tactics
More than just a great tool for the individual users, ARCCOS is utilized by top instructors. It helps their students recognize and correct faults, such as club distance gaps, noticeable shot dispersion patterns and other problem areas.
“Built by golfers for golfers, ARCCOS pairs leading-edge technology with an intuitive user experience to simply and easily capture and display data,” says Rich Katz, Managing Director of Buffalo. “It’s an incredible system that’s poised for rapid adoption across all sectors of the golf industry.”
Led by a team of Ivy League engineers, rocket scientists, PhD’s and designers, Arccos Golf is named after a function of advanced mathematics. The ARCCOS system is a Callaway Open Innovation Partner.
For more information or to view a demo video: http://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 stat tracking with a sophisticated platform that generates comparative data which helps golfers truly evaluate their game. Founded by dedicated golfers and entrepreneurs Sal Syed and Ammad Faisal, Arccos is based in Stamford, CT. The Arccos system is a Callaway Open Innovation Partner with venture capital funding provided by LaunchCapital.
About Buffalo Communications
Based outside Washington, DC, with offices in New York, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis and Raleigh, Buffalo works with leading golf, sport and lifestyle brands, destinations and communities. A fun, active, talented and passionate team of 30 professionals, it develops and implements powerful programs for client partners globally, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Spa
nning public relations, strategy development, integrated marketing, design and social media, Buffalo’s work helps businesses grow and thrive. Among the agency’s client-partners: ECCO, CHAMP Spikes, Club Glove, Galvin Green, Kaua’i Visitors Bureau, Kentwool, LPGA Tour, PHIT America, Fila Golf, PGA National Resort & Spa, Sea Pines Resort, STMA, Wolsey and the World Golf Foundation.
More information: http://www.buffalocommunications.com, 703.761.1444.
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Batavia, IL (August 22, 2014) – The new E8 drivers deliver distance-dominating speed with adjustability options that allow players to fine tune power and control, and will bring Exotics to the forefront of the driver category. At the core of E8 driver’s technology is the center of gravity location and its ability to increase ball speed for legendary Exotics length.
E8 drivers are available in two options – E8 and E8 Beta – both feature superior adjustability with loft modifications and an interchangeable sole weight. A discerning feature of the E8 models involves the center of gravity (CG) location focusing on faster ball speeds. Engineers positioned E8’s CG slightly lower and forward for a higher launch, and faster ball speed with less spin. The Beta utilizes a higher, more forward CG position to produce a more penetrating trajectory, increased ball velocity, and minimal spin.
The standard E8 clubhead is customized with a 460cc titanium head and improved weighting with a noticeable lower profile. The driver’s forgiving construction also produces an easy-launching, high trajectory design for maximum accuracy and forgiveness.
The Beta driver is highlighted by a Beta Titanium face that delivers Exotics legendary power and feel. The Beta features a 440cc low-spin, deeper-faced head that produces a slightly lower, more boring trajectory.
The Power Grid has been refined in both models of the E8. The E8 clubhead’s channel is remarkably deeper, further enhancing the accordion effect and increasing spring-effect at impact. The Power Grid on the Beta models are strategically narrower than on the E8. This allows the center of gravity to be positioned closer to the face in the Beta, creating a powerful launch with minimal spin. In both models the cells within the Power Grid are aligned in offsetting rows, strengthening the design and allowing the cells to be made thinner for added flexibility and a more powerful launch.
Variable face thickness technology offers multiple levels of thickness that maximize the spring-like effect from more points on the face, especially in the heel and toe areas.
The E8 clubheads include loft options from 8.5 to 12 degrees in ½ degree increments. This advanced versatility gives players the ultimate control in achieving optimal distance and accuracy.
The E8 collection showcases an added adjustability option by incorporating an interchangeable sole weight. The driver comes standard with a 7-gram weight in the sole, but can be changed with the purchase of an optional weight kit. The three-piece weight kit includes a 5-gram, 10-gram, and 12-gram weight, kit-$49.99. Individual weights are available for $19.99. The driver’s swing weight can be adjusted by altering the weight in the sole, allowing players to further dial in their desired flight and feel.
A Tour-inspired matte black finish reduces glare at address and is the perfect accompaniment to the E8 drivers. The E8 drivers features Tour Edge’s lifetime warranty, 30-day play guarantee, and are projected to be in stores the beginning of October. Exotics drivers are available in the most popular shafts on the market; E8 is available with the Fujikura Pro/Pro Tour and Mitsubishi Bassara E-Series for a MSRP of $299.99. The E8 Beta driver is available in Aldila Rogue Silver and Black MSRP $399.99. For more information, call (800) 515-3343 or visit http://www.touredge.com.
Located in Batavia, IL, Tour Edge manufacturers and sells golf clubs under both the Exotics and Tour Edge brands. Exotics golf clubs are for those who demand the finest performing golf clubs in the world. With experienced designers and smaller production runs, Exotics by Tour Edge can bring futuristic technologies to the marketplace months, even years, ahead of its time. Exotics’ manufactures the finest quality, high-technology golf clubs and hand-assembles them one club at a time. The company’s clubs are distributed throughout the United States and the world.
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Sea Island Resort in Georgia is offering guests and locals a chance to meet Davis Love III, and then accompany the golfer on a paddleboard expedition.
The event, to be held Sept. 14, 2014 takes place from 3-9 p.m., starting at Village Creek Landing on St. Simons Island and concluding with a luau at Sea Island’s Rainbow Island.
Tickets are $65 for adults and $25 for children, which includes live music, food, paddleboard rental and transportation from Sea Island to Village Creek. This rain or shine event is open to the public but reservations are required and can be made by calling 1-855-572-4975 ext. 5111.
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