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August 30, 2012 - 1:18pm
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Steve Eubanks
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Jack Nicklaus
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Jack Nicklaus hopes to create a pilot program for future veteran services with his redesign of American Lake Veterans Golf Course in Tacoma, Washington.


Golf can be a wonderful rejuvenating gift, especially after sickness or injury. That is important point to remember during this Patriot Golf Day weekend.  


Whether it’s Harmon Heroes, Butch Harmon’s charity that helps wounded veterans get their lives back, or David Feherty’s work with the Troops First Foundation, the stars of our game do yeoman’s work to support our servicemen and their families. 


Jack Nicklaus has long led the way on that front. 


An avid supporter of American service personnel, Jack is now involved in making golf more accessible to those wounded in combat by donating design services to the American Lake Veterans Golf Course in Tacoma, Washington.  


Home of the 2nd Ranger Battalion / 75th Ranger Regiment, the Tacoma veterans’ hospital at American Lake built a 9-hole golf course shortly after World War II. In 1995, the VA eliminated funding for the course, so volunteers stepped in and kept the thing afloat. In 2004, the Friends of American Lake Golf Course foundation was founded to fund the course and underwrite plans to improve and modify it to accommodate handicapped as well as able-bodied veterans.  


Tacoma native Ken Still, winner of three tour events and member of the 1969 Ryder Cup team, introduced Jack to American Lake Veterans Golf Course, and Jack immediately jumped on board. 


"Golf has been a wonderful outlet for the men and women of our military who return from combat, many of whom are disabled," Nicklaus said. "(American Lake Veterans Golf Course) is the only course in America designed specifically for the rehabilitation of our wounded and disabled veterans.  You would not believe the stories of how golf has helped these veterans transition back into the mainstream, how the healing powers of golf have given these soldiers purpose, and helped them regain their lives and happiness."


Not only is Nicklaus Design donating services, Jack hopes this will become a pilot program for the more than 150 VA hospitals around the country.  



August 30, 2012 - 10:07am
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T.J. Auclair
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Ryder Cup


Juniors have a great opportunity come Ryder Cup week at Medinah in late September.
For the first time in history, juniors age 17 and under, will be admitted free of charge to Ryder Cup practice rounds on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 25-27), as long as they're accompanied by a ticketed adult. 
This is all part of The PGA of America's ongoing mission to grow the game and to provide great family entertainment value. 
August 30, 2012 - 1:03am
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John Holmes
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Black Diamond Ranch
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Sheer limestone cliffs are a unique feature of the Quarry Course at Black Diamond Ranch.

The Tampa Bay area has been getting plenty of attention this week, thanks first to Hurricane Isaac and then to the Republican National Convention. About 75 miles up the coast in Lecanto, Fla., however, is something else that warrants a headline – a multimillion-dollar renovation of the famed Black Diamond Ranch golf community in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of its creation in 1987.

Few golf facilities in the Southeast can match the topographical diversity of Black Diamond Ranch, the three-course complex best known as the home of course architect Tom Fazio’s famed Quarry Course. Unlike any other course in Florida, it was cut out of an abandoned limestone quarry and features a series of dramatic elevation changes prompted by sheer 80-foot cliffs plunging into lakes. It has consistently been ranked one of "America's 100 Greatest Courses" by Golf Digest and among the "Top 100 Courses in the U.S." by GOLF Magazine.

"Our goal is to build on Black Diamond's world-class reputation to ensure the club's long-term sustainability and exclusivity," said David McDonald, president of Escalante Golf, which bought the complex in March of 2011. "The comprehensive masterplan demonstrates a continuing commitment to our existing members, and is a point of pride and emphasis in attracting new members and residents who share our vision and values."

The project, which is just beginning, includes a major clubhouse redesign; numerous golf course enhancements including bunker renovations, course lengthening and amenity upgrades; and new residential products and memberships. The clubhouse’s new interior design features upgrades to the dining facilities, boardrooms, outdoor patios, flooring, furniture and mechanical systems. The second phase of the project will focus on the golf shop, retail environment and locker rooms.

Course architect David Whelchel has been hired to identify opportunities to lengthen and modernize the Quarry Course, as well as the complementary Highlands Course and Ranch Course. His improvements begin with the redesign and reconstruction of all 208 bunkers throughout the three courses and practice facilities.

For more on Black Diamond Ranch, click here.

August 29, 2012 - 3:34pm
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John Holmes
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Odyssey ProType Black putter
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The new ProType Black putters from Odyssey feature black heads, shafts and grips.

Odyssey has enjoyed great success this year with its ProType line of putters, and is now rolling out the latest additions to the top-of-the-line collection.

The new ProType Black designs incorporate feedback from hundreds of tour professionals worldwide and, says Odyssey, offer "an unprecedented integration of look, sound and feel."

Upon first glance, the most distinctive aspect of the new putters is their color – stealth black. The heads feature a black PVD finish, the steel shafts have a black powder coat, and the grips are black and seamless. 

The heads are milled from 1025 Carbon Steel that, says Odyssey, performs like stainless steel but with a softer feel. The face of each putter features a deep, sharp milling pattern designed to increase interaction between the face and the ball for better feel, a truer roll and increased consistency.

“Our new ProType Black putters may be the coolest, most premium designs we’ve ever developed,” said Odyssey Principal Designer Austie Rollinson. “The ProType Black line is born from feedback given by the world’s best players, which yielded features such as thinner top lines and thicker faces, and the forged-milled 1025 Carbon Steel offers a uniquely soft feel.”

The ProType Black line will arrive at retail on Oct. 12 in three models -- #2 (a blade with a squared-off heel and toe), #9 (a blade with more of a rounded head) and 2-Ball.  The new product introduction retail price for the blade models is $269 and $299 for the 2-Ball.

August 29, 2012 - 3:29pm
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PGA Womens Instruction Clinic
The growth of clinics designed for women has increased dramatically over the past few years.


We ( get multiple press releases every day - too many to post typically - but nevertheless, important ones designed to incrementally grow the game on a local, regional or national level.
I stopped myself today to really open one up and read it - to give it a critical eye and test whether the courses are marketing themselves and their programs effectively. 
As luck would have it, the release I chose is about a golf clinic a continent away and designed for women. No real help, huh? 
But upon reading it, it made me wonder if there was anything similar in the Atlanta area - because this is definitely something I'd encourage and even sign my wife up for. Learn golf, shop a little (very little I hope...for my wife (only)), lunch, contests and a nice goodie bag to boot (the value of which already exceeds the cost of the clinic, and all lower than one round of golf!  
Oh and look - What a perfect opportunity to tell you about our new PGA clinic/events/programs search tool that can connect you to great golf programs in your area! (Click here)
In all seriousness, there are so many great opportunities for people who have an interest in learning golf - to go out and learn golf.  And for women, the upside and opportunities seem endless.  Golf courses are targeting you as the next great market....take advantage of this!
Here is the release I opened today - from a course/resort in Corning, Calif.
Corning, CA- Sevillano Links at Rolling Hills Casino Resort will host its 5th Annual Girls Club: Golf Fore a Cause Clinic on Saturday, September 29. Women 18 and older will participate in a fun-filled golf clinic from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Sevillano Links range & practice center (located directly behind Rolling Hills Casino & Resort at I-5 in Corning, CA).   The clinic is designed for women who want to learn the fundamentals of golf in a fun and relaxed environment and with an opportunity for networking, and celebration too. Experienced teaching pros will provide instruction on all aspects of golf-long and short game, chipping and putting.  
Besides quality golf instruction, participants will enjoy perusing a gallery of boutiques stocked with fashionable women's apparel and products (i.e. active wear, accessories, beauty & cosmetics, gift items, health & wellness services). In addition, the Pacific Women's Golf Association (PWGA) will be on site to share membership information for those seeking deeper engagement in the game of golf. The day will culminate with a scrumptious lunch.    
The $60.00 registration fee includes the Course of Action Golf Clinic, Tee Party and Boutique Open, Fairway to Food Luncheon, Celebrate Golf-Celebrate Life Raffle and Presentation, a goodie bag and a pair of Paula Creamer Collection sunglasses by Sundog Eyewear. Register now For more event details call the golf shop at (530) 528-4600. 
The Girl's Club clinic benefits Girls Inc. of Northern Sacramento Valley, a non-profit organization which prepares and empowers girls to lead successful lives and is sponsored by Rolling Hills Casino with the supporting endorsement of St. Elizabeth Community Hospital, Enjoy Magazine, and golf initiative  Doctors Orders: Play Golf. Sevillano Links is a proud supporter of the PGA of America's Golf 2.0 player development initiatives including Get Golf Ready. 
It is through the vision of the Paskenta Band of the Nomlaki Indians that Rolling Hills Casino & Resort continue to support initiatives that benefit others in the local community and beyond. 
To learn more about golf opportunities at Sevillano Links including tee times, stay & play getaways, tournaments & corporate outings plus PGA & LPGA lesson programs and clinics, visit: For more on Rolling Hills Casino Resort and its more than 800 slots and popular table games, several dining options, on-site hotel accommodations (The Inn at Rolling Hills and The Lodge-Vagabond Inn), RV Park & Travelers Center, pet care services, and nearby Clear Creek Sports Club, please visit: 
August 29, 2012 - 8:47am
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T.J. Auclair
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The eighth edition of the Junior Ryder Cup is set to take place Sept. 24-25 at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club.
The U.S. Team was announced recently. You can read about the team here.
Team Europe was announced today. Here's a closer look at its Team Europe.