Friday, January 31, 2014


Sports radio and television personality and author ANN LIGUORI has been named ‘Celebrity Ambassador’ for Heathrow Country Club and The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes, two Concert-owned properties in Longwood, Florida. “We are extremely pleased and fortunate to have Ann join our Team and provide us with a wealth of media experience and expertise”, said Nate Kalb, Director of Operations of the combined Heathrow and Legacy Clubs.

Ann is the golf and tennis correspondent for WFAN Radio and CBS Sports Radio Network, writes a column for and hosts the weekly ‘Sports Innerview with Ann Liguori’ radio show on NPR affiliate WPPB 88.3 FM Ann serves as Vice President on the Board of the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association. Ann’s book, ‘A Passion for Golf, Celebrity Musings About the Game,’
is out in second edition. Liguori has a lists of ‘firsts’ in the broadcasting world – the first woman to host a call-in sport’s show on WFAN-NY 660 AM, the first all-sports radio station in the U.S., where she hosted a weekly call-in sports show, ‘Hey Liguori. What’s the Story,’ for 23 years; the first woman to host her own prime-time, weekly series on The Golf Channel. ‘Conversation with Ann Liguori’ aired the first five years of TGC’s inception. And Ann Liguori Productions owns and distributes the long-running ‘Sports Innerview’ cable series, hosted and produced by Ann and features over 600 half-hour interviews with top legends in sports and entertainment.

As Celebrity Ambassador for the two properties, Ann will be actively involved in promoting the benefits of membership as well as the unique qualities and facilities each club offers for special events, fund raisers and business gatherings.

The combined Legacy-Heathrow duo offers 36-holes of Tom Fazio and Ron Garl golf via a limited number of dual-access memberships. For some, the pairing combines the top-notch Fazio golf experience, 10,000 sq. ft. clubhouse and luxury men's locker room of Legacy with the full amenities of Heathrow - which include 13 tennis courts, Olympic-sized pool, fitness facility, and much more. The clubs have offerings for the avid low-handicap golfer or the new golfer just learning the game, as well as outstanding junior camps and programs including golf, tennis, and swimming. According to Nate Kalb, "There is now a totally unique offering in the North Orlando market: we have combined the two best private clubs in the Lake Mary, Heathrow, and Longwood areas." Mr. Kalb went on to say that "this is clearly the best private club value in Central Florida - members can get two top-notch clubs for a reasonable price."

About Concert Golf Partners
Concert Golf Partners is an active golf club owner-operator based in Newport Beach, California. The company was formed by Peter Nanula, founder and CEO of Arnold Palmer Golf Management from 1993 to 2000, and has a significant pool of capital to buy and operate large-scale private clubs with over $3 million in annual gross revenues located in major metro areas. Concert Golf has now acquired 7 clubs and mortgages in the last 2 years.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Cutter & Buck’s Fall ’14 Men’s Collection Features
New Deliveries, Introduction of Aquapel by Nano-Tex

Eco-friendly, next-generation water repellent provides advanced protection
SEATTLE (Jan. 20, 2014)Cutter & Buck’s Men’s Golf Collection combines superior performance with a clean, modern look that works for an active lifestyle.  For Fall 2014, the company continues to focus on an all-weather wardrobe that transitions seamlessly from summer to fall, and includes sophisticated pieces that move easily from the course to the clubhouse and feature bold, new color anchors.
The Fall line is highlighted by three versatile new deliveries – Liberty Bay, Seattle Prep and Mercer Square – the launch of the Summit half-zip, which represents an evolution from the company’s popular Vital Half-Zip, and the introduction of the Nano CB DryTec Coast Half Zip.  Significantly, the Half Zip features the addition of Nano-Tex Aquapel, a next-generation water repellent that provides advanced protection against rain and spills to its outerwear apparel.

According to Jake Rawson, Cutter & Buck’s global director of sales-golf, the Half Zip is a fashion-driven addition to the Fall ’14 collection.  With color blocking, waterproof fabric and raglan sleeves, Rawson predicts the Summit “will become a staple” in the men’s line.

Rawson further anticipates that customers will also embrace Cutter & Buck’s Fall ’14 offerings that feature the Nano-Tex Aquapel technology, which provides protection from the elements without the bulk, packs easily, and dries quickly for lightweight, breathable weather protection.  Instead of using fluorocarbons, Aquapel keeps garments clean and dry with an eco-friendly hydrocarbon polymer, which modifies the fabric on a molecular level.  Garments treated with this water-repellent polymer retain their natural breathability and comfort, and have increased durability for long-lasting wear.

“The Fall ’14 Collection is filled with great transitional layering pieces that double as outerwear and include two fabrications –poly interlock and poly-wool,” Rawson said.

The poly-interlock fabrication is featured in the Coast Half Zip Vest, which is a long-sleeve layer that provides all-weather coverage with Aquapel and 50+ UPF UV protection making it the perfect on-course performance layer, rain or shine.  Featuring clean lines and contrast trim detail, bar tacks, and pop accents in Particle (electric green), the vest is available in Explore (bright purple) and Electric (deep blue).

Poly-wool, Rawson explained, is an all-weather fabric that is soft to the touch and has both wicking and temperature-regulating properties to keep the wearer comfortably cool in the summer months, and cozy warm as the weather cools down.  A key poly-wool piece is the Nano CB DryTec Coast Mercer Island Half Zip, a long-sleeve layer with clean lines, a poly-wool face interlock mesh back, 45+ UPF UV protection and tonal stick detailing, an open bottom and drop-tail hem. It is available in Locker (grey) and Black.

For additional information, contact Cutter & Buck at (800) 713-7810 or visit its web site at
About Cutter & Buck
Cutter & Buck, the prominent sportswear and active wear company, is a lead apparel partner of the PGA of America for its spectator events and an official licensee for NFL fan gear and lifestyle sportswear. It is also a recipient of the prestigious Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) designation. The company's products are of superior quality and known for distinctive, functional designs suited to an active lifestyle.  Cutter & Buck apparel is available worldwide through golf shops and resorts, specialty retail shops, via an excellent corporate sales program, as well as online at

AHEAD, Jack Nicklaus Extend Longstanding Headwear Partnership

AHEAD, the innovative headwear, apparel and accessories company, announced today that it has renewed its relationship with golf legend Jack Nicklaus to represent the company's headwear line and license the iconic Jack Nicklaus and Golden trademarks for the exclusive branded collection.
Photo“AHEAD has been a valued partner for 12 years, and they have met and exceeded our demands for creating the highest quality headwear for our collection,” said Jack Nicklaus, globally recognized as Golfer of the Century.  “The true test comes from golfers and the Nicklaus Design golf courses which have chosen AHEAD and enjoyed that association. I have always demanded the best from myself and my partners, which is why I selected AHEAD.”
Nicklaus is considered the most decorated champion in the game’s history with 120 professional victories, including a record 18 professional majors. Nicklaus now spends his time as one of the world’s most acclaimed golf course designers.  His company, Nicklaus Design, is considered the industry leader with close to 380 courses open for play in 36 countries and 39 states. The firm has created more than 75 courses ranked in various national and international top 100 lists, and no fewer than 95 Nicklaus Design courses have hosted a professional tournament or significant national amateur championship.
“To continue our affiliation with Jack Nicklaus is both an honor as well as a tribute to AHEAD as a steward of the Nicklaus marks,” said Anne Broholm, CEO, AHEAD.  “We are proud to be affiliated with a legend whose passion for excellence parallels our pursuits here at AHEAD.  We are thrilled that Jack continues to choose AHEAD as his headwear brand of choice and we look forward to the continuation of this special partnership.”
Nicklaus will continue to appear in AHEAD’s headwear catalog, point-of-sales materials and on the company web site.
Two other golfing legends—Arnold Palmer and Annika Sorenstam—also wear AHEAD products.  Active players representing AHEAD headwear in 2014 are Jim Furyk and Retief Goosen on the PGA Tour, and Brittany Lincicome on the LPGA Tour.
AHEAD has established partnerships with the USGA, PGA of America, and Ryder Cup, as well as  numerous PGA Tour events, PGA Retirement Plus and the ANNIKA Foundation.
For additional information on AHEAD, visit its web site at

About AHEAD |
Founded in 1995, AHEAD is a multi-dimensional brand with a proven track record of success distributing headwear, apparel, and accessories to the green grass, resort and corporate markets. Its single focus of providing quality products, with innovative, high-quality design, and merchandising concepts has led to 19 years of continued growth and expansion. AHEAD is a leading supplier of headwear to the USGA, PGA of America, Ryder Cup and numerous PGA Tour events in addition to more than 5,000 green grass and resort shops throughout the world. Among active professional golfers who wear AHEAD gear on the course are Jim Furyk, Sean O’Hair and Brittany Lincicome. Golf legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Annika Sorenstam wear AHEAD exclusively.


ORLANDO, FL (January, 2014) –  Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge is proud to have been named a recipient of the highly regarded 2014 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List Award The Gold List is considered to be the authoritative index of the world’s highest ranking hotels, resorts, and cruise lines selected by nearly 70,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers.  It is especially exciting to note the service related aspects of the Bay Hill guest experience received a well-deserved 100% ranking.  For more information or reservations call (888) 422-9445 or visit

“We are extraordinarily proud to receive this award and be in the company of such highly respected resort destinations throughout the world, shared Ray Easler, Vice President Hospitality and Operations.   Our guests consistently rate our amenities and service among the finest in the industry and we are committed to always providing an unforgettable experience. ”

Bay Hill is the winter home of legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, and the host site of the PGA TOUR’s Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard.   Visit this link to see the complete story of this treasured destination:  History of Bay Hill

Located just 20 minutes from downtown Orlando, Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge is the site of the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard golf tournament.  The 70-room property features 27-holes of golf, the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy, tennis on four Har-tru courts, a full service spa and salon, fitness center, four dining locations, and 9,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.  For reservations or membership information, call (888) 422-9445 or (407) 876-2429.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

IAGTO awards Costa Rica Golf Destination of the Year 2014

Costa Rica has made a name as a natural paradise in recent years and has become a world leader in sustainable tourism. The small country in Central America achieved another important milestone, receiving the 2014 Golf Destination of the Year Award for Latin America & Caribbean from the prestigious International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).

IAGTO is the organization of global commerce for the industry of the golf tourism. Founded in 1997, members of IAGTO includes 2,122 credited golf tour operators, resorts, hotels,  national tourism organizations, media  and businesses in 95 countries. Operating in 62 countries, these golf tour operators control more than 85% of the golf packages sold annually around the world.

 With a total of six championship courses in addition to some very fine 9-hole layouts, Costa Rica is considered to be a small, but indeed an exclusive insider tip for golfers. Due to all the exciting non-golf activities available in Costa Rica, this is just the right amount of good golf to create a memorable golf experience. The environments surrounding the courses put you in touch with Mother Nature at her finest. True to the country’s strategy of always acting in a most sustainable, social and eco-friendly way, all these courses are recognized by Audubon International ( for their environmental friendly efforts.

Some of the game’s top architects have their names on the courses, including the La Iguana Golf Course at the Los Suenos Marriott Beach & Golf Club, designed by Ted Robinson; the Reserva Conchal Golf Club at the Westin Golf Resort & Spa, designed by Robert Trent Jones II; the Four Seasons, designed by Arnold Palmer; and the Cariari Country Club, designed by George Fazio and built by his nephew Tom Fazio.

But Costa Rica not only scores with its golf courses but also with its excellent hospitality and gastronomy. The exclusive hotel selection ranges from the cherished and smaller luxurious resorts like The Springs Resort to prestigious and international luxury hotel groups such as Marriott Hotels, The Starwood member Westin Golf Resort & Spa Conchal and The Four Seasons  Peninsula Papagayo Resort.

“Costa Rica has grown tremendously as a destination since I started golf tour here in 1996,” said Landy Blank, owner of Costa Rica Golf Adventures. “The combination of new golf courses, year-round climate and the natural beauty of Costa Rica makes it perfect for golfers seeking a new adventure.”

Costa Ricans are the happiest people on the planet according to the “Happy Planet Index,” measuring the experienced well-being of its population, life expectancy and the ecological footprint of 151 countries in the world. That makes them very likeable and pleasant hosts, an important reason more to come over and experience an unforgettable golf holiday in Costa Rica.
For more information:
Landy Blank, owner Costa Rica Golf Adventures,, Tel: 1-215-554-2129, 1-888-672-2057 / +506-2293-9785

Golf & Body NYC Introduces Golf Clinics for Women

Golf & Body NYC Introduces Golf Clinics for Women
Group sessions start Feb. 11; designed for both beginning, advanced players
Gia Bocra Liwski
Golf & Body NYC, the private club in Manhattan that offers golfers the ultimate setting for enhancing their performance, is offering two five-session Women’s Golf Clinics, one group geared for beginners or for those who have never picked up a club, the other for advanced players.

Both taught by Gia Bocra Liwski, teaching professional at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, N.J., the clinics will be held every other Tuesday with the first session scheduled for Feb. 11.  Subsequent sessions are set for Feb. 25, March 11, March 25 and April 8.   The beginner group will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon, while the advanced group will convene from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

According to Liwski, a LPGA Class A Professional, the beginner clinics will provide a “soup-to-nuts” introduction to the game, with the advanced clinics focusing on preparations for the upcoming season.
“The beginner clinic will be conducted in a relaxed, intimate, non-intimidating setting,” said Liwski, who also has served as a teaching pro at Forsgate Country Club and Trump National Golf Club, both in New Jersey.  “We know that picking up the game can be overwhelming, so each session will introduce them to golf a little bit at a time.”

Those in the beginners’ group will learn the game’s fundamentals; become comfortable with its verbiage; review the essentials of what should be in one’s golf bag; explore attire options; and gain a confidence level about going out to play on a course.  Those in the advanced group will gain positive golf fundamentals for the optimum swing; dial in a pre-shot routine for both short game and full swing; learn new shots around the green; and find a perfect putting rhythm.  Attendees from each clinic all will receive a body/swing analysis.

Space is limited for both five-session clinics, which cost $750/person.  Golf clubs will be provided for those who don’t have them, and each person will enjoy full access to Golf & Body NYC’s facilities on clinic days. 

Those interested in signing up for either the beginner or advanced clinic should contact Jeannine Harrington, general manager, Golf & Body NYC, at 212.244.2626, or send an email to For more information about member and the club, visit

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Exotics at Its Finest: This is the Club the Brand Was Created for, Introducing the CB PRO

Tour Edge branched out with the Exotics brand in 2004, to use more expensive technology in products that were outside of the Bazooka price points. The past nine years has seen Exotics evolve into one of the best fairway wood innovators in the market. The limited edition CB PRO is the club Exotics was created for.
The new CB PRO combines the retro, smaller head size of the famous tour-winning CB2 fairway wood with an innovative sole function - Slip StreamTM - to create the ultimate fairway wood for accomplished players.
The patent-pending Slip StreamTM sole glides through the turf in remarkable fashion. The sole’s design dramatically minimizes turf contact, allowing the head to maintain maximum speed through impact. The unique Slip StreamTM sole is designed so that minimal turf contact occurs regardless of the attack angle and position of the head at impact. 

The CB PRO features Tour Edge’s premium beta titanium cup face with a hyper-steel body to produce maximum distance in a fairway wood. As a result, the CT reaches the USGA-allowed maximum of 250. The no-weld design combo-brazes the beta- titanium cupped face with the heavier hyper steel body. The
result, every single gram of excess weight is eliminated from the face and shifted to the sole for a lower center of gravity position in the compact head. The CB PRO also features the same trampoline face design found in the CB2 that combines multiple levels of face thickness. 

The unsurpassed technology found in the CB PRO is being combined with the hottest shafts available; Fujikura Speeder 757 and 661. Fujikura 661 is a 65-gram shaft that’s geared towards better players with above average speeds. The Fujikura Speeder 757 features a new upgraded version of the original Speeder 757 one that now has two layers of Triax Core Technology (used mainly in aerospace structures, Triax is a three-axis system of fibers that are woven in three directions rather than just two to stabilize the shaft) and additional Nano Alloy resin (high modulus carbon fiber). 

David Glod, president and founder, “When we decided to create the Exotics line, this is the type of club I had envisioned. It’s very exciting to be introducing a product of this caliber to the market; there isn’t anything else like it. Is it expensive? Yes, probably the most expensive fairway wood available to the public. But, it’s just that good combined with the Speeder shafts and it’s also packaged with a high-end, leather headcover from Stitch Golf.”

Tour Edge’s Exotics fairway woods come with Tour Edge’s lifetime warranty. Suggested retail is $499.99. For more information, call (800) 515-3343 or visit 

Located in Batavia, IL, Tour Edge manufacturers and sells golf clubs under both the Exotics and Tour Edge brands. Exotics golf clubs are for those who demand the finest performing golf clubs in the world. With experienced designers and smaller production runs, Exotics by Tour Edge can bring futuristic technologies to the marketplace months, even years, ahead of its time. Exotics’ manufactures the finest quality, high-technology golf clubs and hand-assembles them one club at a time. The company’s clubs are distributed throughout the United States and the world.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Happy New Year from The Pompano Beach Club in Bermuda

We send you warm winter greetings and hope that 2013 was a good year for you! Despite the challenging economic times we’ve experienced the past several years, we are grateful to have hosted many of you at our resort and want to sincerely thank you for staying with us. Coral Reef Cafe
Thanks to you, we were recognized by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine several times last year. In their January issue, we were honored to have made their 2013 “Gold List” of properties for the Atlantic & Caribbean Islands. We continue to receive rave reviews regarding our cuisine – with our chefs’ superb work resulting in our resort being rated as one of “The 35 Best Island Resorts for Food” in the magazine’s June issue (we were ranked #14 overall and were one of only two Bermuda resorts to make the list).
This year, our Cedar Room’s dinner menu will be expanded to give you even more culinary options. The evening menu will continue to change on a nightly basis, you’ll just have more appetizers and entrees to choose from than in previous years. Thanks to those of you who took the time to fill out Conde Nast Traveler’s 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards survey because in their November issue, we received the #2 ranking out of all the resorts in the Atlantic Region!
We continue to re-invest in our property so that we can offer you the very best facilities possible. Here are a few of the recent enhancements we’ve made and will be making to our resort:
  • Deluxe Guest RoomThis past spring, all of our deluxe rooms were refurbished. Custom built dark mahogany furniture with sand colored granite tops were added to give our top room category a fresh new look. New draperies are currently being installed in all of our guest rooms.
  • Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows were added to our lower lobby, making our panoramic ocean views that much more spectacular!
  • The Sunset Lounge and Coral Reef Café were both renovated this past year, with new interior and exterior chairs added to each area. Upper Lobby
  • Our new ATV has enabled us to keep our beach well groomed and has proven to be an effective way to remove seaweed.
  • A printer was recently added to one of our lobby desktop computers, making it easier for you to print out boarding passes and other documents.
  • Living on an island in the middle of the ocean has its challenges – one of them being the internet. We are happy to report that our internet access is much better in our guest rooms thanks to major upgrades to our internet system.
  • We’re excited to announce that we are currently building another townhouse unit. It will have 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms and will be located adjacent to our tennis court, on the hillside above Cuda Cottage. We expect the townhouse to be ready for occupancy by mid-April. It should be popular with larger families and couples traveling together.
Those of you who like to travel in the spring, fall or winter can take advantage of our popular “4th Night Free” promotion. Click here for specific details or you can view the information listed on our website.
Golfers will be happy to know that we recently negotiated significantly reduced green fees at the adjacent Robert Trent Jones designed Port Royal Golf Course — widely recognized nowadays as the island’s top course (home of the PGA Tour’s Grand Slam event for the last five Octobers). Our annual spring and fall season Couples Golf Tournaments and Ladies Pro-Am Golf Classic (held in early March each year) continue to attract lots of participants — many of whom return to play in the events year after year. Tournament details (click here) are listed on our website for your reference purposes. We’ll be happy to mail you tournament brochures if you are interested.
On behalf of our family and the entire Pompano staff, we wish you a happy, healthy new year! Hope to see you soon!
Tom Lamb
Larry Lamb
Managing Director
General Manager

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa Commemorates 25th Anninversary With $25 Million Renovation

Following an impressive $25 million renovation to commemorate its 25th anniversary, the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa continues to assert itself as a premier destination for golfers in Southern California.

Boasting two Ted Robinson designed championship courses, The Valley and The Palm, and the first all-natural turf 18-hole putting course, The Greens, this golfing paradise offers sprawling picturesque mountain views with 35 acres of streams, lagoons, and waterfalls. Setting itself apart from other golf destinations across the country, the resort offers golf carts equipped with state-of–the-art navigation systems that revolutionize the golfing experience.

With this new technology, golfers are now able to:
·         View graphic layouts of each hole
·         Compute exact yardage to the pin
·         Monitor pace of play
·         Solicit playing tips from the courses pros
·         Order food to be picked up upon conclusion of the round

In addition, JW Marriott Desert Springs is also home to one of only a handful of Taylor Made swing analysis centers in the country. The highly-skilled team of golf instructors work with both novice and seasoned golfers alike to hone their skills during private one and three hour swing consultations.

With ideal year-long playing conditions, world-class instructors and over 100 pristine golf courses across Palm Springs, Southern California has become a hot-spot for golfers looking to hit the links on a year-round basis and I would love to discuss a Greater Palm Springs golf piece with you. For more information about JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa and its golf program, please visit