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Canadians Five Under After Three Rounds In The Bahamas

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-01-15 20:08
Toronto’s Albin Choi and Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont., are tied for 21st with one round to go at the Web.com Tour’s opening event in the Bahamas. Each are at five under after Choi shot a three-under 69 and Gligic shot a 71 in Tuesday’s third round of the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic. That leaderboard […]
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Puma Golf Introduces Its Play Loose Collection

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-01-15 19:57
Puma Golf has introduced its Play Loose Collection, a head-to-toe assortment of apparel, accessories and footwear reflecting the relaxed vibes of surf culture, designed to bring an element of fun to the golf course. Rickie Fowler will debut the collection at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, renowned for its views of the Pacfic. […]
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North Carolina community unveils flexible short course

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2019-01-15 15:03
Balsam Mountain Preserve, a conservation-oriented residential community in the Blue Ridge Mountains, recently unveiled Palmer Practice Park, a new state-of-the-art golf practice facility designed by Arnold Palmer Design Company. The facility is located steps away from Doubletop Village, an upcoming mountain hamlet of 23 new residential cottages, dining and recreational amenities all currently under development and scheduled to open in early 2020. 
 The uniqueness of the Palmer Practice Park stems from its design, which represents golf’s evolving nature by providing a richer, more interactive golf experience compared to standard one-dimensional driving ranges. The new park also opens up the game to golfers of all ages and skill sets with the built-in flexibility to play as a par 3 course or a “choose your own adventure” pitch and putt. As Balsam Mountain Preserve attracts an increasing amount of multi-generational families, this hybrid facility illustrates how it continues to grow to meet the needs of its expanding community.  “Arnold Palmer’s mission was to share his love for the game in hopes of growing the sport,” said Thad Layton, vice president and senior architect for Arnold Palmer Design Company. “Balsam Mountain Preserve is staying true to that mission with the new Palmer Practice Park. As one of the few golf courses implementing this radical design, it is leading the charge in introducing golf to a whole new generation.” As one of only a handful of existing golf parks within the United States, Palmer Practice Park will provide Balsam residents an exclusive golfing experience in an unparalleled natural setting. Sitting at 3,400 feet above sea level, the park is centrally located between the 10th hole and the new village center and will overlook the Arnold Palmer Signature golf course and Plott Balsam Mountain Range. Spanning five acres, the practice facility will feature six unique greens, three bunkers and multiple teeing grounds, creating an unlimited number of ways to set the course up day to day. This variety will ensure the course never plays the same way twice, while also promoting a low-pressure, smaller-scale game that will appeal to golfers of all abilities. Players will still have the option of a practice range with a full length of 260 yards, in addition to the par 3 and pitch and putt course options.  “A driving range that doubles as a par 3 course is quite rare. Typically, the targets on a driving range are not puttable due to the barrage of balls and resulting pitch marks,” Layton said. “We overcame that obstacle at the Palmer Practice Park by partnering with Tour Greens to create synthetic surfaces that would look and play like real greens without having to worry about repairing pitch marks. This gives us the ability to shift gears from a range to a par 3 setup without delay.” ]]>
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Vietnamese course establishes maintenance employee pipeline

Golf Course Industry - Tue, 2019-01-15 11:05
In preparation for its opening in 2019, Hoiana Shores Golf Club has secured a long-term pipeline of trained staff through its innovative investment in the Quang Nam-based Golf Operations and Maintenance Vocational College, the first such golf-specific enterprise in all of Asia. The first graduating class of maintenance staffers will join the grounds crew at Hoiana Shores GC in January 2019, while the inaugural class of caddies started on Dec. 10, 2018. All students from this program are guaranteed employment with Hoiana Shores GC.  After five years of supplying staff directly to Hoiana Shores (in addition to its sister hotel and casino development next door), the school itself will be turned over directly to Quang Nam Peoples Committee.  “Vietnam today is widely seen as the most active course development market in the world — there are 45 courses now in operation and another 20-plus in some stage of development,” said Ben Styles, vice president of golf & residential development at Hoiana Shores GC. “Nowhere in the country has development been so active than here on the Central Coast. There has been an explosion of development, golf and otherwise, and Quang Nam Province has wisely supported this activity with a local tourism college that has trained of thousands of resort and hotel workers to date. “However, a golf course has specific needs when it comes to staff. Even someone with superb hospitality training doesn’t know how to handle a greens mower — or read the undulations of golf greens, or handle point-of-sale software specific to golf shops. This is the first program with a specialized autonomous ‘bricks and mortar’ home ever created in Asia and judging from the reactions we’ve received from within the golf industry, it’s poised to meet a glaring need.” Hoiana Shores GC, designed by Robert Trent Jones II, will “soft open” this summer with a grand opening scheduled for late 2019. Since his 2007 arrival in Vietnam, Styles, a native Australian PGA member, has witnessed first-hand the development boom. He did so while developing and/or managed a handful of the country’s elite golf properties. Labor, staff and training have been persistent issues throughout his tenure, he says.  “This problem isn’t particular to Vietnam. We’ve all seen how golf courses across Southeast Asia open in a certain condition, with certain agronomic and hospitality standards, only to abandon those standards over time,” Styles said. “That’s a result of staff not being trained up properly by the time the original superintendent, director of golf or the original general manager moves on. At the same time, here in Danang and Hoi An, demand for skilled staff has clearly outpaced supply." The Golf Operations and Maintenance Vocational College (GOMVC) is part of HOIANA-Quang Nam Vocational Training Centre, located in Duy Phuoc district, some 10 kilometers from HOIANA in a formerly derelict school complex. According to Styles, Hoiana Shores has so far spent more than $300,000 rehabbing and outfitting the college, which, on account of the curriculum here, surely boasts the most manicured school grounds in all of Vietnam. The first class of 24 students arrived in October 2018, in the course maintenance curriculum. Technically, they arrived as employees of Hoiana Shores GG. When they graduate in January 2019, they will transition directly to their work at the golf property proper, where the grassing of golf holes is already underway.  Meanwhile, 25 caddie and golf operations students, who started their own distinct curriculum, will be fully trained prior to the soft opening in June.  Hoiana Shores GC superintendent Rob Weiks is the turf expert who supplied an international-standard syllabus for the course maintenance curriculum at GOMVC. His HSGC colleague, director of golf Kelly Nguyen, did likewise on the caddie and operations front. Each graduate, in either track, will receive the first-ever accredited degrees for Golf Operations and Maintenance in Vietnam.  “Without those degrees accredited by the Vietnamese government, golf course workers in Vietnam are not recognized as professionals with legitimate wage-earning positions,” Styles said. “That may sound like a bureaucratic fine point, but it’s not. Right now, golf course workers are not so recognized, by the government, and so they cannot do things like go and get a bank loan, for example. This accreditation is a huge development for VN nationals who work in the golf business.” Styles was quick to point out the assistance GMOVC has received from golf industry companies like LinksShape, the outfit now building the RTJ II-designed course at HSGC. Hong Kong-based LinksShape donated its time in constructing an on-campus fairway, two putting greens and a bunkered short game area— so students can practice agronomic technique on authentic golf course features. Styles also cited the contribution of Sports Turf Solutions, which has supported the venture by donating the full complement of maintenance equipment — for the students to learn and practice on. “We’ve received so much support — I think because people in the golf industry recognize the need and want to see it succeed, then replicated all across Southeast Asia,” Styles said. “Obviously, Hoiana Shores has self-interest here: We’re creating a direct pipeline of talent for 5 years. After that time, however, we shall hand over the college to the province, whereupon we anticipate the program will continue to provide that talent pipeline for our resort — and golf properties across the country. It’s our desire and commitment to build up a sustainable golf industry where Vietnamese talents are prepared to run it.”]]>
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Voices: Sandra Post Previews The 2019 LPGA Tour Season

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-01-15 09:01
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member and former LPGA Tour player Sandra Post previews the 2019 LPGA Tour season, which gets underway at this week’s Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, near Florida. Click Play below to hear her chat with Hutch and please allow 10 seconds for the sound to cue up.
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Link: Where To Find Exhibitors At The PGA Merchandise Show

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-01-15 09:00
Trying to figure out which company is where at the Orange County Convention Center during next week’s PGA Merchandise Show? Click here for an alphabetical list of exhibiting companies and their booth numbers.  
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Scotty Cameron Adds Two New Mid-Mallets To Select Putter Line

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-01-15 08:59
Scotty Cameron has added two new mid-mallet models to his flagship line of Select putters. The Select Fastback 2 and Select Squareback 1.5 were developed through player feedback. The new Select models provide additional mid-mallet options for players seeking Fastback and Squareback head styles with specific neck configurations and performance characteristics. Select Fastback 2 Following […]
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CGSA Names John B. Steel Award Winner

Golf Industry Insider - Tue, 2019-01-15 08:59
The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association has announced that Mark D. Kuhns, CGCS and director of golf at the Baltusrol Golf Club is the John B. Steel Award recipient for 2018. The CGSA John B. Steel Award commemorates the CGSA’s first president, who was also the first superintendent to be inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of […]
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New York club hires Tripp Davis and Associates for bunker restoration

Golf Course Industry - Mon, 2019-01-14 14:08
Tripp Davis and Associates is overseeing a major bunker restoration project at The Powelton Club in Newburg, N.Y. The historic club in the heart of the Hudson River Valley was founded in 1892 and is one of the oldest clubs in the U.S. The course was originally designed by Devereux Emmet in 1926.  The TDA plan is to rebuild the bunkers in Emmet’s style with steep grass faces and strategic positioning, while keeping the overall square footage more manageable. The bunkers at Powelton had become too large, historically speaking, and Davis and team will carefully downsize the overall square footage throughout the golf course, in keeping with Emmet’s style of designing slender bunkers.  Functionally, TDA, along with golf course builder Frank O’Dowd of Intergolf, is installing better drainage, bunker liners and a better grade of sand so that the playing quality of the bunkers is better and the sand is easier to maintain over time. “We were honored to be selected for this renovation and restoration work at The Powelton Club and it was because of our knowledge of Devereux Emmet and our overall reputation for historical work and a track record of staying on budget,” Davis said. “Once we have completed our work, the members are going to see their golf course suddenly look ‘older’ with a more classic bunker style but with much better sand.  Even though bunkers are supposed to be places to avoid strategically, I am really looking forward to seeing the members play out of them.” Construction started in early October of 2018 and should be completed by spring 2019. ]]>
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Weekend Leftovers: Conners On The Rise, Weir To Appear On PGA Tour, Hendersons To Visit Orlando Show And More

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2019-01-14 12:33
His tie for third at the Sony Open in Hawaii vaulted Corey Conners from 38th to 19th in FedEx Cup standings. He also moved from 264th to 181st in the Official World Golf Ranking. It also makes him the leading Canadian candidate to play for the International team in the Presidents Cup later this year. […]
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Belchim USA’s ReLoad receives EPA registration

Golf Course Industry - Mon, 2019-01-14 12:02
Belchim Crop Protection USA has announce that ReLoad, a unique phosphate fungicide, has received approval for EPA registration, and is now available for state registration across the United States.
 ReLoad is a 53.6 percent Mono- and dibasic sodium, potassium and ammonium phosphite blend that works best in controlling Downy Mildew, and also offers an effective and preventative disease control option against Pythium blight (Pythium aphanidermatum) and anthracnose (Colletotrichum cereal). This highly concentrated formula works through a dual mode of action, both preventing oxidative phosphorylation – the metabolic pathway through which cells use enzymes to oxidize nutrients – and stimulating a plant’s natural defense against pathogen attack. Approved for and proven effective on a wide variety of crops as well as indoor and outdoor ornamentals and turf, ReLoad is a valuable tool in fungus prevention for golf course superintendents and growers alike.  “Growers have experienced significant marketable yield improvement when using this product, and we’ve also seen first-hand how it protects the beauty of golf courses across the globe,” said Tom Wood, general manager of Belchim USA. “We’re very excited to bring this unique formulation and its benefits to the United States.” The following states currently have also approved registration for ReLoad: Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, North Dakota, Nevada, South Carolina, Washington and Wisconsin, with more expected in the near future.]]>
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Voices: Brittany Henderson On Being On Brooke’s Bag And College Honours

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2019-01-14 08:41
Brittany Henderson will once again be by sister Brooke’s side as they kick off the LPGA Tour season at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions near Orlando. She has been a familiar face on Brooke’s bag, but she was also recognized for her outstanding college playing career at her alma mater last season. Click Play […]
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New Srixon Z-STAR Series Golf Balls Have FastLayer Core, SeRM Material

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2019-01-14 08:39
Srixon has announced the launch of the sixth generation Z-STAR Series golf ball. The Srixon Z-STAR XV and Z-STAR are available in pure white and tour yellow and officially launch in North America on Feb.1. “Distance is one of the major strengths of my game and I trust the performance of the Z-STAR XV like […]
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New Faces In New Places Among PGA Of Ontario Members Early In 2019

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2019-01-14 08:38
PGA of Ontario moves are already taking place so early in 2019 with new faces in new places at Golf Town Barrie, Cherry Downs, Essex Golf and Country Club and Barrie Country Club, among others. For a complete update, click here.
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Link: Holland College To Offer One-Year Golf Operations Program

Golf Industry Insider - Mon, 2019-01-14 08:37
After suspending its two-year golf club management program last year, Holland College in Prince Edward Island is now offering a one-year golf operations program that will begin in September. The Guardian in Charlottetown has more here.
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Canadian Successfully Defends South American Amateur Title

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2019-01-13 23:58
Chris Crisologo of Richmond, B.C., successfully defended the South American Amateur Open title he won a year ago in Argentina with a playoff victory on Sunday in Chile. Crisologo birdied the 18th hole to finish the final round with a three-under 69 and force the playoff against Luis Gagne of Costa Rica after both players […]
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Tour Roundup: Monday Qualifier Ties For Third After A Final Round 64

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2019-01-13 23:25
Corey Conners has earned his second top five finish of the 2018-2019 PGA Tour season, courtesy of his second consecutive 64 on Sunday in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii, where he tied for third. Conners, who shot a five-under 67 to earn one of four spots available in the field through […]
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Voices: Brooke Henderson Looks Ahead To 2019

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2019-01-13 12:01
Brooke Henderson kicks off the LPGA Tour season at this week’s Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, which includes only players who have won tournaments in the past two years. She looks back on an outstanding 2018 season in which she became the first Canadian in 45 years to win on home soil. Not only did […]
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Industry Voices: PGA Of Canada CEO Kevin Thistle Previews 2019

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2019-01-13 11:59
PGA of Canada CEO Kevin Thistle hits the ground running with the holidays over as he prepares for the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando in a couple of weeks, followed by the introduction of a new education program. Thistle chats with Hutch about what’s ahead in 2019. Click Play below to listen and please allow […]
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What Is/Would Be Your Top Priority At Next Week’s PGA Merchandise Show?

Golf Industry Insider - Sun, 2019-01-13 11:58
I’ll be in Orlando next week for the PGA Merchandise Show, an event I’ve covered for years and watched the evolution of the annual extravaganza at the Orange County Convention Center. Actually, the party kicks off at Orange County National with Demo Day on Tuesday of show week the focus as attendees look forward to […]
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