Sep 4, 2019

Club Champion Extends Existing Financing Program

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  9/04/2019 05:38:00 PM   No comments
A firm believer in custom fitting, Club Champion is now offering a longer time for financing your golf clubs and work.

Golf Club fitting is a process in which a certified club fitter creates a set of clubs that will match your swing.

Club Champion has no fitting sites in Canada but many throughout the U.S. It offers an “agnostic fitting,” meaning it has no allegiance to any one manufacturer and can offer hundreds of clubheads and shafts from dozens of brands.




Press Release

Custom club fitter now offers 18 months special financing to customers

Willowbrook, IL -- Club Champion is making it easier than ever to lower your scores: the nation’s #1 custom club fitter now offers no interest on club purchases made at Club Champion using the Synchrony Sport card, if paid in full within 18 months. Minimum monthly payments are required under this new program, which took effect on September 1, 2019.

“We recognize that custom clubs, especially a full set, can be a financial undertaking,” said Nick Sherburne, founder of Club Champion. “We also know that our process helps people play better golf, and we’re excited to be able to offer that service to a wider array of golfers through this new program.”

Sherburne was careful to note that Club Champion sells golf clubs for the same price as the manufacturer; when aftermarket shafts or other upgrades are added for premium performance, that may mean a higher price tag. This new financing program will help customers pay for their upgraded game gradually.

Previously, Club Champion offered a six-month version of this financing program to help break down the cost of new clubs. Under the new iteration, customers will have the same no-interest offer for approved buyers. Interest will be charged from the purchase date if the promotional purchase is not paid in full within 18 months.

“Club Champion is an innovative golf fitting retailer who provides its customers with customized products using state-of-the-art technology to meet their needs,” said Neeraj Mehta, chief executive officer, Payment Solutions, Synchrony. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with Club Champion to help make better golf more accessible for their customers.”

There is no minimum purchase required to take advantage of the new program. Club Champion customers can apply ahead of time for pre-approval. The master fitters on-site at each Club Champion location can help facilitate an application as well.

"By working closely with Synchrony, we were able to develop a custom solution to ensure the best possible program for our customers,” said Brian Burke, EVP of Finance at Club Champion. “Synchrony has provided significant support and guidance to get the updated program rolled out, and we are excited to continue our partnership."

For more information on the new financing program, please visit clubchampiongolf.com/finance.

Sep 3, 2019

7 Must-have Points on Your Golf Bucket List

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  9/03/2019 07:41:00 AM   No comments
Golfing is one of the most interesting and exquisite sports out there. It is a very complex game in which you have to invest lots of concentration and dedication. There are many ways in which you can enjoy this sport and a very dedicated golf player has a bucket list in the mind. We listed some of the best must-have points on your golf bucket list to help you fully enjoy this amazing sport.

1. Go to one of the master championships

 

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What better way to observe the best players in the whole world than watching them show off their skills live? The master championships are very diverse and they take place in multiple places all over the world. They are a great opportunity to see some of your favorite sports players and to enjoy your beloved sport at the same time. It is also a great opportunity to meet other sports fans from your region and to discuss the tactics and golf courses after the championship.

2. Take your friends to the golf course

  

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  Even though golf may seem like a very solitary sport, the truth is that most of the sports are best enjoyed near friends. No matter your skill level and the level of your friends, the golf course will give you a great opportunity for socializing and this way you will be able to enjoy both the company of your friends and your favorite sport. Golf is very enjoyable in groups and you might even draw your friends in your favorite game for a weekly basis.

3. Attend golf club social events

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   Golf clubs are usually surrounded by a very elegant vibe and they show this during the club events. The members of the golf clubs are usually the ones that constantly practice their skills on certain courses but in most of the cases, you will be able to attend these events even without being in the club. These events are a great opportunity to meet people that have the same passion as you.

  You will also be able to observe the etiquette of the senior members. One of the most enjoyable parts of these events are the evening events when you will be able to enjoy a delicious glass of wine and maybe a cigar. And to choose a cigar suitable for social events, we recommend one produced by H.Upmann.

4. Enjoy a cigar on the Pebble Beach

 


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   Pebble Beach Golf Club is one of the most famous in the world and the amazing view offered here will make your game amazing. Many people come here just to observe the beach and to listen to the waves that crash on the beach.

  To complete this amazing experience, what can be better than smoking an amazing H.Upmann Magnum 46 on the beach? This cigar is excellent for such occasions thanks to the elegant shape, medium strength, and amazing aroma.

5. Visit the oldest golf course in the world

 
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  Scotland is known as the birth land of golf so it is natural that it has the oldest golf course in the world. It is located in the beautiful Musselburgh and it has a very long and rich history. Every golf enthusiast should go and visit the place where one of the best sports in the whole world was born.

6. Play golf at staggering heights

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  The highest golf course is called Yak Course and it is located in Northern India. The place is famous for its amazing view and great atmosphere. The golf course is very large and it can be enjoyed by many players. This place is simply amazing and worth visiting.

7. Play golf under the ground


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Golfing is great but imagine completely switching your normal view for a huge cave. There are many golf courses found underground and they are becoming extremely popular. They are usually very cool and they offer a truly unique experience. This is one of the most interesting things to do as a golf fan and you will enjoy every minute you play here.


Aug 26, 2019

Jin Young Ko Plays Flawless Golf To Capture CP Women’s Open

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  8/26/2019 08:08:00 AM   No comments
Bernard Brault,  Golf Canada ©2019


Press Release


JIN YOUNG KO SETS TOURNAMENT SCORING RECORD
 
TO CAPTURE 2019 CP WOMEN’S OPEN

- Brooke Henderson earns Sandra Post Medal as low Canadian -
- News and notes from Magna Golf Club for Sunday, August 25th -


AURORA, Ont. – Jin Young Ko played flawless golf again Sunday at the CP Women’s Open to capture her fourth LPGA Tour title of the 2019 season.

Ko, who shot an 8-under-par 64 Sunday at Magna Golf Club, has now gone 106 holes without a bogey. She beat Nicole Broch Larsen, whose runner-up was her best career LPGA Tour finish, by five shots. 

Lizette Salas and Brooke Henderson tied for third at 19-under. 
Jin Young Ko’s winning score of 262 (-26) is a new CP Women’s Open tournament scoring record. She beat the prior record – held jointly by Ariya Juanugarn in 2016 and So Yeon Ryu in 2014 (265, -23) - by three shots. 

 “It was (an) incredible crowd out here, and then lots of fans here and Koreans, too,” said Ko of the final round, where she was grouped with Broch Larsen and Henderson. 

Ko has won two majors already this year – the ANA Inspiration and the Evian Championship – along with the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. She leads the Rolex Rankings as the world’s No.1-ranked golfer, as well as the season-long Race to CME Globe. 

Ko started to pull away on the back nine, where she made six birdies. 
Ko also has a Canadian connection, as she uses PGA of Canada professional Gareth Raflewski has her short-game coach. Ko said Raflewski helped her totally revamp her short game after spending two weeks together in Florida earlier this year.

“I changed everything about my short game, like (my) setup or clubs or mind, everything. And then he help me a lot on the course or off the course, too,” said Ko. “So, I want to say to thank you.”

Ko revealed she was debating staying in South Korea this week versus travelling to play the CP Women’s Open, but a tasty Canadian treat helped change her mind. 
“I like Canada and I like ice cappuccino. That's why I wanted to play this week,” she said with a laugh.

Henderson and Ko walked with their arms around each other as they walked up the 18th hole at Magna. Henderson admitted she knew as the round went on there was a point when she wouldn’t be able to catch Ko.

“She’s world No.1 for a reason,” said Henderson. “She’s had an unreal season. I don't even know, is it four wins now? Four wins on one of the toughest tours there is. There is so much talent out here. To get one win is hard; to get four is really cool.”

The LPGA Tour heads to Portland for the Cambia Portland Classic next week – a tournament Henderson has won twice. 

Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver will play host to the 2020 CP Women’s Open. 

BROOKE HENDERSON WINS SANDRA POST MEDAL AS LOW CANADIAN

Although Brooke Henderson was unable to defend her CP Women’s Open title, it was still a fantastic week for her. A tie for third earned Henderson the Sandra Post Medal as Low Canadian. 

Henderson, who shot a 3-under-par 69 Sunday, finished seven shots back of Jin Young Ko. 
Earlier this year, Henderson topped Post herself as the winningest Canadian golfer of all time on the LPGA Tour. 

“I feel like I'm getting better every year on the LPGA Tour, which is a great feeling. I feel like if I can just continue to make small improvements good things can happen in the future,” said Henderson as she looked ahead to what’s to come. “It's exciting knowing that I can compete against the best in the world every single week and have chances to win championships.”

Henderson, who has won twice ready this year, called this week at Magna Golf Club “incredible.” The tournament enjoyed record walk-up and corporate hospitality sales and was the second-most attended CP Women’s Open in history.

“The fans, the crowds, so good. Record-breaking really. So that's really special,” Henderson said. “I feel like I made a lot of birdies and hopefully made it pretty exciting for them. T3, I couldn't really ask for anything more. It would've been very difficult to catch Jin Young today.”

Henderson said, from start to finish, she had a great week and enjoyed being a proud CP ambassador and CP Women’s Open defending champion. 

“I feel like I handled it really well,” said Henderson of the extra responsibilities this week. “There were a lot of extra things I had to do, but overall it was really fun. Just to be able to play well in front of all these people, and, you know hopefully, make their weekend a little bit better, that's all I really want.”

Now Henderson looks ahead to Vancouver in 2020, with a fire already burning to return to the winner’s circle. 

“I'm really excited to play Shaughnessy. I've never played it; only heard amazing things.” added Henderson. “I think it'll be fun to get back out on the west coast. I tend to play pretty well out there, so that's exciting. To finish I guess T12 in Ottawa, the win and then T3 this year, I feel like I'm trending in the right direction and hopefully I can get another top finish.”


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Aug 21, 2019

Brooke Henderson Poised To Defend Her CP Women’s Open Championship

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  8/21/2019 08:14:00 AM   No comments
Refreshed and ready to defend her CP Women’s Open Championship. Brooke Henderson the poster child for everything that's great about the LPGA is clearly the favourite this week at Magna Golf Club
in Aurora, Ont. Unfortunately what was suppose to be a week attending as media at Magna covering the event fell through but I'll be keenly eyeing social media and the Golf Channel as Brooke looks to defend.

Bernard Brault,  Golf Canada ©2019






Press Release

BROOKE HENDERSON FEELING GREAT HEADING INTO 2019 CP WOMEN’S OPEN TITLE DEFENSE

Defending champion Brooke Henderson told media Tuesday that she feels great heading into Thursday’s opening round.

“It's amazing. I played nine holes yesterday and nine this morning and the course is in incredible condition. I think it's going to be a lot of fun for all of us girls to go out there and probably try to make a lot birdies and shoot low scores,” said Henderson. 

Henderson, who earlier this year defended her title at the LOTTE Championship in April and won the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give in June (her ninth LPGA Tour title), is now, at 21, Canada’s winningest golfer on the LPGA or PGA Tour. 

She looks to become the first person since Lydia Ko (2012-13) to win back-to-back CP Women’s Open titles. If she were to win this week, she would also become the first Canadian to win multiple CP Women’s Opens. 

“To have won the CP Women's Open last year is probably the highlight of my career so far,” said Henderson. “Just being with all the great fans from the nation and just having so much attention on me and then still being able to perform as well as I did and execute those shots under pressure was really exciting for me.”

Magna Golf Club, Henderson said, has been a pleasure to play. Mike McMahon, the head golf professional at the club, has walked around with Henderson both Tuesday and Monday and has provided her with some tips. She said ball striking will be key this week. 

“The fairways are pretty generous and the greens are very large. I think if you can be really precise on approaches with your ball striking you'll hit it to the right slopes, right quadrants on the green. That'll be really important to give yourself a good look at birdie,” she said. “It's in amazing shape. It's going to be a lot of fun. I do think if the conditions stay as they are right now there will be some low scores. I think that will be fun for fans as well.”

Every year since 2016 Henderson has won twice on the LPGA Tour and has ascended as high as fifth on the Rolex Rankings this year. But still, the CP Women’s Open is a highlight on her calendar. 

“To win the CP Women's Open last year was incredible. Do I think I'm going to do it again this year? I'm going to give it all I have, my best shot,” she said. “Like I said, I'm going to give it my all, see what I can do, and hopefully post a solid round on Thursday and give the fans something to cheer about.”

Henderson is one of 15 Canadians to play in this year’s CP Women’s Open, including Lorie Kane of Charlottetown, PEI – making her record-setting 29th appearance. 

12-YEAR-OLD MICHELLE LIU TO MAKE ANTICIPATED CP WOMEN’S OPEN DEBUT

Age is just a number, but this week at the CP Women’s Open, it’s an important one.
After finishing as top Canadian at last month’s Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, Michelle Liu, of Vancouver, earned a spot in the CP Women’s Open.


At just 12 years old, she is the youngest person to ever tee it up in Canada’s national open. 
“I feel like I'm getting pretty famous,” said Liu. “I think it's a new experience for me, so I would say that's definitely pretty cool.”

Liu finished the Canadian Women’s Amateur, which took place this year at Red Deer Golf and Country Club, at 1-over par. She finished tied for 12th, one shot better than Team Canada National team member, Brigitte Thibault. 

Liu said her big goal this week was to just play well and enjoy herself. 

“I definitely do hope for a lot. I know there are a lot of great players here in the field. I think it was 96 out of the top 100 players, so I definitely say (making the cut is) going to be pretty hard,” she said. “I hope for a lot and I expect a little bit less.”

Liu, who is entering grade eight, said she also plays volleyball and basketball when she’s not golfing. Art is one of her hobbies – she has a web comic with a few friends – and she started a foundation called the Hope for Girls Foundation to pay for school supplies for girls in the Northern part of the Guangzhou province in China.

But while she’s fairly busy off the golf course, this week is about what’s happening on the golf course for Liu, who has already teed it up with some LPGA Tour winners including Christina Kim, and practiced alongside her idol, fellow Canadian Brooke Henderson. 
“I'm looking forward to being able to play with even more great players, especially in like the environment of a professional golf tournament,” said Liu. “I think it's definitely going to be a challenge for me and my mental game to be able to focus and like keep my mind on each and every shot.”

Aug 2, 2019

5 Stay & Play Golf Resorts You Don’t Want To Skip

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  8/02/2019 10:21:00 AM   No comments



As an avid golfer, I have traveled throughout the United States to try my hands at different golf courses and see how well I can handle them. Year after year, I visit different resorts and play a round or two on their courses. Because of this, I think it’s safe to say that I know a few good places for people to unwind and enjoy this game, either alone or with their family. I have decided to write this article to tell readers about my personal top 5 stays and play golf resorts. I thought about their overall quality, so these places do not only include magnificent golf courses, but they also offer everything necessary to make your vacation as pleasant as possible.





1. The Wisp Resort in Maryland

I recently went to this resort and I must admit, I was dumbstruck when I saw it. Besides its enormous size, I couldn’t believe the variety of activities guests could take part in. The Lodge offers a heated pool, a fitness center, whitewater rafting, and even a mountain coaster! The best part of it all is the price. For a few hundred bucks, I was able to enjoy 4 days filled with adventure. I really liked that The Wisp Resort offers two golf courses, so it is impossible to get bored by them while you stay here. The Fantasy Valley and Lodestone courses combine variety, challenge, and scenery into the perfect blend. I cannot describe the feeling of putting surrounded by thick forests with the mountain right beside me, like a silent titan watching my game. 36 holes are more than enough to satisfy even the pickiest of golf junkies. I wholeheartedly recommend this resort to anyone who wants variety and quality at an OK price


2. The Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina




Kiawah Island Golf Resort has been ranked by GolfDigest as the #1 gold Resort in South Carolina and as soon as you arrive here you will understand why. You can stay in a hotel or in private homes but, in my opinion, the best choice is to stay in one of their villas. They offer luxurious rooms with breathtaking views. This resort caters mostly to people who want to relax and it presents many ways in which to do so: pools, fishing, spa days, tennis, and many other activities. The best part, however, is the golf. They have 5 different courses! That’s a total of 90 holes! I had to see it to believe it. They differ in size and difficulty, so everyone can play, from newbies to pros. I was extremely excited to know that I was playing on the same course on which Tiger Woods played. The Ocean Course gave me one of the most fun games I have ever played in my life, and it also cemented The Kiawah Island Golf Resort into this list.



3. The Skamania Lodge in Washington
The Skamania Lodge makes its guest feel at one with nature. Surrounded by the forests, this hotel gives one of the most mesmerizing views a person could see. The Columbia River, the waterfalls, the wooded areas make it feel like a fairytale destination. The Lodge offers dozens of different activities, for both adventurous types and people who just want to relax. Zip lining, hiking, whitewater rafting, fishing, horse riding and golfing are among some of the activities which will guarantee to keep you occupied and engaged throughout your stay. The golf course is incredible, it almost seemed like it was created naturally and the man just found it there. When you are alone, surrounded by the forest and you hear different birds chirping while the sun gently washes your face, the golf game seems to go by in a matter of a few minutes. I was pleasantly surprised by its difficulty. Although incredibly beautiful, at first I thought it would be a walk in the park. After a few holes, though, I realized that I had to bring my A-game as the bogeys started piling up. I highly recommend readers to try this lodge, with my only warning being that with the heavenly scenery, you might even forget about playing golf!


4. The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in Pennsylvania

The Shawnee Inn Resort almost feels like a portal through time. The scenery and the architecture seem to fit together like two pieces of a puzzle and make the whole location feel like it is trapped in a bubble of its own, unaware of the outside world. The Shawnee Course is located on an island in the middle of the Delaware River. I really liked this because it gives you the impression that the golf course is designed just for you, that in the middle of the river you can escape from your problems in the mainland for a round or two. I highly recommend readers to try this resort in the fall, as this is the season when the course really shines. The brown and orange leaves make a beautiful contrast with the green grass of the course. Combined with a grey sky and a gentle wind, it makes it all look like a picturesque description ripped straight out of a novel.

5. The La Quinta Resort & Club in California

It would be a sin not to put what many consider to be a golfer’s paradise, La Quinta, into this list. The La Quinta Resort & Club was ranked the #1 golf resort in North America by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators. It offers luxurious hotel rooms, pools, tennis, shopping and hands down some of the best courses I have ever played. It offers 5 courses, but the ones at PGA West are the main attraction and the element that makes me come to La Quinta every year. Even though I may know them like the back of my hand, they are done so in a way that they are incredibly hard to master. Even though it can be a little bit on the pricey side, if you call yourself an avid golf player, trust my word on this one, it is mandatory that you visit La Quinta and get lost in countless hours of golfing.



About the author:

Sean Peterson, the founder of s, is a reliable provider of customized golf vacations, decided to share his knowledge of golfing and golf courses with the world. His company offers carefully-planned custom golf vacations with lodging, golfing, and a perfectly set itinerary to some of the world’s best golf destinations. Sean has a true passion for golf and in his free time (when he’s not playing golf), he likes to write articles on this topic and share his expertise.

Jul 23, 2019

Golf Course Review - Camelot Golf and Country Club

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  7/23/2019 09:49:00 PM   No comments
Every golf season I try to check off a few golf courses that haven't played yet and are on my bucket list. Some years these are courses outside of the Ottawa area, recently though I finally got to play one of Ottawa's best. Beautiful Camelot Golf and Country Club located in Cumberland and ranked 74th on ScoreGolf's Top 100 Golf Courses.

I had the opportunity a few years ago to play the premium private golf club when they were hosting the World Junior Girls Championship but things didn't work at the time. A recent phone call to General Manager Greg Richardson and a tee time was set for myself and family member to play.

Upon arrival both Ryan and Mack two very helpful Camelot staff got us set up and made us feel at ease for our first visit to play Camelot. We got paired with John a member who I can only say was awesome. Both as a guide around the course and as company on a beautiful Saturday in July. He was both genuine and calming. The tone was set for a perfect day of golf.





Camelot's golf course was designed by the renowned Canadian golf course architect, Thomas McBroom. I've played a few of McBroom's designs and you can always count on a challenging and memorable golf experience. Including what I always love in a golf course; variety.

Camelot has a course rating of 74.2 and slope of 139 from the back tees, we played the green/white hybrid tees on recommendation from John and it was perfect for our first visit to Camelot.

 “Camelot is really a combination of two characteristics. It’s links-style up in the meadowland where the holes are defined by the fescue roughs. The rest is situated in woodsy parkland. It’s a great contrast.” states McBroom.



The greens were in amazing shape considering the poor winter we had in Ottawa. Three were still recovering but you can tell the maintenance staff is working hard to get them back to normal. 



Love the tiered greens at Camelot. On most holes if you chip it close to the hole your ball will funnel nicely saving par or better.



Dave taking dead aim at the Par 5 12th hole aptly named the #Gauntlet. Thought I might be in the Muskokas when I came to the tee; beautifully designed hole with nice elevation changes and just enough hazards regardless of the tees you play from.

It was a great day playing Camelot. McBroom' design will challenge all levels of golfers just be sure and play from the right tees. The variety of holes, terrain and tiered greens are strengths of this golf course. With beautiful views of the Ottawa River and Gatineau Hills Camelot is a must play if you're in the Ottawa area.

Jul 14, 2019

Breakthrough Golf Stability Shaft Installation Video on Seemore Platinum M5 HT Mallet Putter

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  7/14/2019 08:19:00 AM   No comments
So much emphasis is placed on getting the right type of shaft in your irons and your driver. I was intrigued about what Breakthrough Golf Stability Shaft was doing so we got SeeMore Putters involved and got a custom install done on a Platinum M5 HT Mallet Putter. Here's the video of the install. So far I can see why they call this the Stability Shaft. It's solid and definitely instills confidence in your putting stroke. State tuned for more insight.







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