Apr 19, 2017

Door Could Now Open for the Excellent Garcia

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  4/19/2017 07:47:00 AM   No comments
Sergio Garcia won the first Major Championship of his career at the US Masters earlier this month, in what was his 73rd attempt in one of golf’s four biggest tournaments. The Spaniard held his nerve in a play-off with England’s Jordan Rose to claim the Green Jacket ahead of his fellow Ryder Cup teammate.

Credit: Gary Player via Twitter

Garcia had already recorded top five finishes in the US Masters, US Open, Open Championship and the US PGA Championship, however, he had struggled on the final day of those events in the past. Now that he has broken his maiden, Garcia could taste further success before he retires and it may well come later this year.

The US Masters winner’s next chance of a Major Championship will come at Erin Hills at the US Open in June. He was fifth in this tournament 12 months ago when Jimmy Walker prevailed at Baltusrol.

Arguably Garcia’s best chance of another Major success will be with the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. The Spaniard plays link golf very well and has been very unlucky in the past not to win an Open. Garcia is 16/1 in the latest golf odds for the Claret Jug at the course in Merseyside.

In the 2017 US PGA Championship Garcia will have plenty of experience of playing at Quail Hollow Club as the course has hosted the Wells Fargo Championship since 2003. The European golfer was second in the US PGA Championship in 1999 at the age of just 19, while he also ended the tournament in a tie for second in 2008 behind Padraig Harrington.

Rose Can Recover from Masters Heartache

It may take a number of months for Rose to recover from the disappointment of losing in the play-offs of the US Masters, where he was looking to win his first Green Jacket. The 36-year-old led by three shots on the final day at Augusta and also held the lead going into the 16th hole. Unfortunately for the former US Open Champion, he was unable to shake off Garcia and ended up on the wrong side of the playoff result.

Credit: ESPN via Twitter

Rose played extremely well for four days in Georgia and if he continues playing the kind of golf he did this year, his wait for his first Masters win is surely almost over.

The Englishman is eighth in the current world rankings, one place behind Garcia. His last tournament win was at the Olympics last year where he picked up the gold medal in Brazil.  Rose will be one of the fancied players to do well in the US Open later this year. He handled the tough conditions of the event better than anyone in 2013 to prevail by two strokes for his first Major success.

Rose has been one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour over the last couple of years but his last win in the US was at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in 2015. The world number eight will be bidding to end that wait for a Tour win this year, and by the time the US Open comes around, he will be ready to strike once again.

Mar 29, 2017

Rickie Fowler's Masters Scripting Includes Thursday's "Flagstick Camo"

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  3/29/2017 09:41:00 PM   No comments
Really love what Puma Golf has done with Rickie Fowler's apparel scripting for the Masters. The "Flagstick Camo" apparel Rickie will be wearing is a special edition outfit put out by Puma Golf with the first Major of the season in mind. The outfit is designed with a unique camo pattern, inspired by iconic golf holes (Augusta National - The Masters).

Rickie Fowler's Puma Apparel for the 2017 Masters

From Golf Digest:
Puma Golf is selling a limited-edition collection of these pieces that includes everything from a camo hat to camo shorts to camo shoes. You'll see Rickie wearing the Flagstick Camo GoTime cap ($28), which has a white front panel and two camo back panels; the polo ($75), which has camo detailing on the collar and front pocket; the pants ($90), which have pockets that are highlighted with camo trims; and his own custom camo hi-tops, which he'll unveil on Masters Thursday.

Mar 26, 2017

Hilton Head Island Perfect Spot For Spring Golf

By Sean Crogie   Posted at  3/26/2017 03:59:00 PM   No comments

Although Spring seems far off here in the Ottawa area, Spring is in full bloom south of the border on Hilton Head Island. From the Robert Trent Jones Course at Palmetto Dunes to Heron Point by Pete Dye at The Sea Pines Resort. The courses are amazing places to play this game of golf we love. Nothing like being able to swing the clubs early before our season opens here in Ottawa. Next Spring I know where I'm booking my Spring Getaway.


Press Release

Hilton Head Golf Island Kicks Off New Year in Style with Spring Packages

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI) – ranked among the top three islands in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler – kicks off 2017 with stay-and-play packages perfect for spring golf getaways.

At Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, golfers play the course of choice with the “Players Golf Special.” Starting at $125 (per person, per night), it offers three nights’ accommodations in a two-bedroom resort-view villa, two rounds of golf with complimentary replays, logoed hat and golf balls and pro shop and dining discounts. The “Birdies and Beer Getaway,” starting at $160 (per person, per night), includes three nights’ lodging, three rounds of golf, pro shop and dining discounts, breakfast and beers. For reservations call 877.567.6513.

Robert Trent Jones Course at Palmetto Dunes

The Sea Pines Resort‘s “Villa Golf Package” presents guests with a world-class golf experience and lodging in a private, fully-equipped villa. Starting at $218 (per person, per night based on quadruple occupancy), it includes three nights’ accommodations, rounds on Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point by Pete Dye and Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III (complimentary replays on the latter two), range balls, special discounts on activities and more. For reservations call 843.842.1488.

Heron Point by Pete Dye at The Sea Pines Resort


In March, the Heritage Golf Group will roll out new deals for its five entertaining courses. An unlimited golf package starts at $150 (per person, per night) and features four nights’ accommodations at the Hampton Inn on Hilton Head Island, golf and daily breakfast. A two round, two night getaway is available for $195 (per person, per night) and includes lodging at the luxurious Westin Resort & Spa and two rounds of golf. Both packages come with free range balls and VIP Discount Cards. For reservations call 843.681.1709.

Old South Golf Links in Bluffton is offering two of its most popular packages. Beginning March 16, the “Par 3” package is $479 and includes two nights’ accommodations, one round on Old South Golf Links and two rounds on The Country Club of Hilton Head, Oyster Reef Golf Club, Hampton Hall Golf Club or Palmetto Dunes’ Arthur Hills or George Fazio courses. The “Par 4” package for $669 adds another night and round of golf with the inclusion of Palmetto Dunes’ Robert Trent Jones course. Rates include all sales and accommodation taxes; for more information call 843.837.2610.

At the nearby Fripp Island Resort, the “Spring Stay & Play” package starts at $125 (based on double occupancy and eight or more golfers) and includes nightly accommodations, daily round with cart on the Ocean Creek or Ocean Point courses, complimentary replays and range balls. For more information call 843.838.1558.

“Spring is the perfect time to visit Hilton Head Island,” says Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association. “With packages fit for every budget and group size, our collection of award-winning courses is the perfect spot for golfers to knock off the winter rust.”

Offering unbeatable value, courses for players of all abilities, pleasant year-round weather and direct flights from more than 20 major cities, Hilton Head Island is one of the world’s premier golf destinations. In addition to being named the “No. 1 Island in the Continental U.S.” by Travel + Leisure magazine readers, Hilton Head has also received accolades from Golfweek, Golf Channel’s Golf Advisor and the South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel.

George Fazio Course at Palmetto Dunes

All packages are priced per person, per night. For more information on the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ 2016 North American “Golf Destination of the Year,” call 800.523.3373 or visit www.hiltonheadgolfisland.org.

About Hilton Head Golf Island

Hilton Head Golf Island features more than 30 member courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort and Jasper counties. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy Hilton Head’s Southern hospitality and world-class public and private designs sculpted by vaunted architects Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones.

Getting to “Golf Island” is easier than ever from East Coast and Midwest population centers. JetBlue Airways operates non-stop flights from Boston (BOS) and New York City (LGA / JFK) to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). Allegiant Air also flies non-stop from Indianapolis (IND), Cincinnati (CVG), Baltimore (BWI) and Pittsburgh (PIT), among others cities. Fourteen other locales offer non-stop service to SAV including Chicago, Detroit, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

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 Presented by Boeing.

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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