Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort will host the Bright House Networks Celebrity Golf Tournament on June 7, 2013. The Legends at Orange Lake championship course will host the event. The resort is pleased to play host to important fundraising events like this one, where local Orlando stars will tee off to improve the lives of families in Central Florida. Over the past 10 years, Orange Lake Resort has served as the host site to charitable golf tournaments that have raised more than $6 million towards important causes.
To support player development programs while encouraging families to tee it up together, Marriott Golf announced the full schedule for the 6th Annual International Family Golf Festival program. This year-long series of one-day family golf events will take place at 32 leading Marriott Golf-managed destinations throughout the world. La Iguana Golf Club in Costa Rica will kick off this year's festivities as the first international property to host an event on May 12, while Camelback Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., will be the first domestic property to host an event on May 19.
North Florida PGA Executive Director and CEO Rich Smith announced the culmination of an 18-month search with the selection of Reunion Resort as the new home site of the NFPGA. Smith was joined at the event by Salamander Hotels & Resorts Founder and CEO Sheila Johnson, and World Golf Hall of Fame Member Annika Sorenstam.
The partnership with Reunion, which is located just outside Orlando and is managed by Salamander Hotels & Resorts, creates a series of milestones within the PGA Sectional structure, including:
• It is the first time any of the PGA's 41 sections has chosen a resort as its home base
• Reunion is now the largest home site of any PGA section at 2,300 acres and with 54 holes of golf
• NFPGA members enjoy privileges at the only resort in the world with golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. Reunion is also home to the ANNIKA Academy, an innovative instructional facility designed by Annika Sorenstam, and the Frank Thomas Putting PAD.
The ANNIKA Intercollegiate, a new college golf tournament co-founded by the ANNIKA Foundation and Golfweek, will be held September 27-30, 2014 at Reunion Golf Resort.
The 54-hole, stroke-play event will take place on the Reunion Watson Course and feature 12 teams from the top Division I women's programs. Also scheduled for the tournament weekend is a gala reception during which Annika will present the inaugural ANNIKA Award to the nation's best female player in college golf.
Edwin Watts Golf Shops announced that six Edwin Watts Golf Shops were honored among Golf Digest's America's 100 Best Clubfitters, including the Turkey Lake Superstore in Orlando, Florida.
In addition to the six locations that received the America's 100 Best Clubfitters distinction, the clubfitting operation remains a priority at all 90+ Edwin Watts Golf Shops throughout the U.S. In fact, to further enhance the in-store club fitting experience, customers can now take advantage of the new ARC (Advanced Robot Certified) Club Matching System, powered by Robofit Technology. Expert clubfitters utilize the Company's in-store launch monitors and swing analysis software, and this system enables golfers to quickly and easily choose clubs that best match their swing and will optimize their performance.
Little Linksters Association for junior golf development has recently announced the 2013 schedule for their 100-Hole golf marathon fundraisers in Orlando, Florida. The "Little Golf, Big Purpose" 100 Hole Marathon had its inaugural event in 2012 at Orange Lake Resorts Legends Walk course. For 2013, the fundraising effort will grow to a six event "series" which will benefit the Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf Development.
"We are very excited about our upcoming 100-Hole marathon series and scholarship fundraiser program" says PGA Golf Professional Brendon Elliott, Founder of The Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf Development. "In our first year as a 501c3 we made some tremendous strides forward" Elliot says.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary and presented by CenturyLink/Prism, Golfweek's Golfest at The Villages invites golfers to try and buy the latest golf equipment, apparel and accessories, all while enjoying a weekend full of golf-centric activities. Highlights include "The Villages Golf Entertainer of the Year" competition, the CenturyLink/Prism Par-3 Challenge, the Columbia Par Car $1 Million Hole-In-One Challenge, special pricing on select equipment and much more.