Just thirty-five minutes from Orlando and roughly one hour from Tampa, Mission Inn Resort offers the perfect play and stay golf getaway in Central Florida. Along with 2 world class golf courses, Mission Inn provides a variety of getaway options ideal for weddings, corporate outing or a simple romantic getaway. I was recently excited to experience two of the Top 25 rated courses in the US when I played El Campeon (rated #9) and Las Colinas (#3) while recording for a future episode of Golfin Around.
To begin, I was immediately greeted with 1,100 acres of rolling hill, groves of orange trees, lakes and the elegant Spanish Colonial architecture of the Mission Inn Resort. The accommodations available include Golf Resort Villa as well as deluxe hotel accommodations which in single and double rooms as well as a variety of suites. I was fortunate to stay in a one bedroom suite that had a separate living room, full kitchen and dining area, screened in porch and elegant bathroom. The amenities at Mission Inn were not only beautiful but they were beyond what I needed. I was able to cook myself breakfast before hitting the course and cook myself dinner once I returned as well as sit at a comfortable desk and work on my computer or sit on my balcony which overlooked the El Campeon golf course.
Along with access to 2 world class golf courses, guest have access to try trap & skeet shooting, freshwater fishing, hike nature trails, take a tennis clinic, enjoy a day in at the pool or bicycle throughout the resorts’ 1,100 acres.
Day one, I was able experience the beautiful El Campeon Golf Course. The El Campeón 18-hole championship course was designed by Chicago-based course architect, George O’Neil and built in 1917 – with further enhancements in 1926 by Charles E. Clarke of Troon, Scotland. El Campeon is one of Florida’s oldest golf courses and has elevation changes up to 85 feet over it’s rolling fairways and greens. This course’s signature hold is the par 5 of #17 which is a double dogleg with more obstacles on it then some entire courses!
Las Colinas is considered to be a more classically designed course than El Campeon. Designed by architect, Gary Koch, Las Colinas which is spanish for “the hills” was built in 1992 and has received recognition for “Best New Resort Course,” “Best Places to Play,” and “Top Fairways” by Golf Digest and Golf For Women. This 18-hole course was designed with wide open fairways, rolling hills and undulating greens that provide a variety of challenges along the way. The signature hole at Las Colinas is called “Alligator Alley”. The 12th hole is a par 5 that spans 493 yards along a tree-lined fairway and demands complete accuracy from the tee box to the flag in order to be successful.
If you’re looking for a beautiful resort and golfing opportunity easily accessible from many large cities in Florida than the Mission Inn Resort is a wonderful idea.
If there’s a golfer in your life—or if you’re a player—then you know how important it is to constantly improve the golf swing. The new Swing Coach training club is the ultimate training aid—and the only one necessary—for helping any golfer, at any level, who wants to get better fast.The new Swing Coach is simple to use: It looks like a golf club and you swing it like one, which propels a real golf ball attached to the special cradle in the club head. Make a swing, watch how the ball flies, and immediately know what is right and wrong with the swing.
Swing Coach will teach you to make the right swing at every speed, from pitch shots to drives, all with the same club. The secret to Swing Coach is its patented cradle technology.
Developed with guidance and collaboration from the world’s top golf coaches—led by Dean Reinmuth, who has coached numerous tour players including Phil Mickelson and is both a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher and Golf Digest Top 50 teacher—Swing Coach promotes making the proper smooth, accelerating swing by removing the urge to “hit” the ball.
Swing Coach is supported by a web site and full platform of instructional videos by Reinmuth, as well as simple explanations for analyzing ball flights and their meaning.
Just 15 to 30 minutes of practice with Swing Coach is all that’s necessary to see real improvement in golf swings and develop the muscle memory necessary to make perfect swings over and over again. It works for new and developing golfers as well as better players.
And if your game starts to slip, Swing Coach is in the bag to get you back on track in just a few minutes. No need to wait for an appointment with a teaching pro, get wired up, or stand still for video analysis. All you need is Swing Coach and your eyes and you’ll immediately know what you’re doing wrong.
Suggested retail price is $129. Swing Coach is available starting November 15, 2016, via online orders or at major golf retailers starting in 2017. For additional information, access the web site at www.swingcoachclub.com.
Tour Edge Rally Wedge Designed for Exceptional Versatility
Hit the shots you’ve been dreaming about. I have been a Tour Edge guy for years now. Tour Edge has been in my bag since I found one of their fairway woods over ten years ago. They are a small boutique manufacturer who crafts with care. Now their newest offering is the “Rally Wedge”. Tour Edge Golf introduces the new Rally wedge designed to give players the freedom to be creative around the greens. If an approach shot leaves you with a challenging up-and-down, the Rally wedge will get you back to the green, no matter what kind of lie you have. Tour Edge engineers took great care in formulating the shape of the Rally wedge. The Rally’s high-toe allows players to open the head for high, soft-landing flop shots. The cambered sole is more rounded for minimal turf interaction regardless of lie conditions. Maximizing versatility, the concave flange incorporates a medium bounce angle for any turf or sand conditions. The Rally wedge is available in KBS Tour Black Nickel shafts, $79.99, and UST Mamiya Recoil shafts, $99.99, standard with a Lamkin UTx grip. Featuring four lofts: 54° with 13° of bounce, 56° with 13° of bounce, 58° with 10° of bounce, and 60° with 10° of bounce. Left hand is available in 56 and 60 degree models. All Rally wedges are 35.25” in shaft length with a 64° lie.
Golf Pride-The Smartest Golf Grips Known to Man!
Two companies are planning to turn your golf clubs into the world's smartest golf clubs. In a press conference at the 63rd PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, the world leader in shot-tracking technology announced that it has teamed up with the #1 Grip in Golf to make it easier for golfers to know more about their games.
Coming soon, GAME GOLF's high-powered shot-tracking technology will be embedded in Golf Pride's #1 performance grip model on Tour, the Tour Velvet, to produce the world's first, all-in-one, tech-enabled system for tracking golf shot performance on the course.
New GOLF PRIDE TECH ENABLED GRIPS delivering integrated GAME GOLF technology will be available in spring during the heart of the golf season in North America. The new grips have GAME GOLF GPS Sensor Tags seamlessly integrated into each grip so that there is no impact on club weight or swing comfort.
Golfers pull the clubs from their bags, touch the grip to their GAME GOLF device or Android phone, and hit their shots. GAME GOLF captures robust data on each shot that is visible on the GAME GOLF app, on any iOS or Android phone or watch,* or on the golfer's computer after the round.
Exclusive to GOLF PRIDE TECH ENABLED GRIPS, the Game Golf system also notifies the golfer when it's time to re-grip their clubs based on number of rounds played and the actual wear-and-tear. Some clubs get more use than others and the system will help you monitor the life left in each grip individually.
"In a short 18 months, we have become the only company that puts the power of golf data onto every mobile device, and soon, most integrated fitness watch platforms in the world, to make tracking your game as unobtrusive and easy as possible," said John McGuire, CEO of GAME GOLF. "This new venture with Golf Pride takes our technology one step farther with seamless club integration, so golfers can swing and see how to improve their games in real time."
"It is still early days, but there are exciting possibilities for this new sensor technology to enhance the golf experience. We believe that Golf Pride grips are a great delivery vehicle for this new technology and we are excited about this new partnership with Game Golf, said James Ledford, president of Golf Pride. "Game Golf has been an early leader in this space and Golf Pride has been fortunate to be the grip of choice for 80% of Tour pros and many more amateur golfers, so we think this partnership has a lot of possibilities and we are excited about this first generation Smart Grip.
The new grips have a sleek black and white high-tech design with a flash of GAME GOLF's signature red, and features Golf Pride's state-of-the-art rubber-blend compound with a non-slip surface pattern for maximum playability, comfort, and confidence.
The GAME GOLF tags easily embed into the cavity in the end cap of each grip without protruding, sitting flush at the top. New GOLF PRIDE TECH ENABLED GRIPS will automatically notify the user when it's time to re-grip, making it easier to play better and more comfortably on the course.
Details on distribution and pricing of GOLF PRIDE TECH ENABLED GRIPS powered by Game Golf will be unveiled later this spring.
INAUGURAL DIAMOND RESORTS INVITATIONAL CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT, JAN. 14-16, AT GOLDEN BEAR GOLF CLUB IN ORLANDO
70 Sports and Entertainment Celebrities to Compete for $500,000 Purse /Florida Hospital for Children as National Charity Beneficiary
Dec. 7, 2015 (ORLANDO, Fla.) – Sports and entertainment stars, including current and future Hall of Famers and Most Valuable Players will be teeing it up in the inaugural Diamond Resorts Invitational celebrity golf tournament (http://www.diamondresortsinvitational.com) at the Golden Bear Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 14-16, 2016. Josh Donaldson, Kyle Schwarber, Jerry Rice, Reggie Jackson, Roger Clemens and Larry the Cable Guy are among the early sign-ups for a tournament boasting a $500,000 purse with a $100,000 first prize, three days of live coverage on Golf Channel, with proceeds benefitting Florida Hospital for Children.
Celebrity participants Mark Rypien, the former Super Bowl winning Washington Redskins quarterback; Johnny Damon, the former Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees World Series champion; and Brian Gay, a PGA TOUR player and Orlando resident, voiced their enthusiasm for the multi-year event
Major League Baseball elite will be represented by Donaldson, American League MVP, Schwarber, the Chicago Cubs rookie star, Jackson, Clemens, and Hall of Fame pitchers Gaylord Perry and the Atlanta Braves rotation of John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux. The National Football League will feature Hall of Famers and Super Bowl MVPs Rice, Marcus Allen, Richard Dent, and Rypien among the 70 personalities competing in the 54-hole, modified Stableford competition. Entertainers in the field joining Larry the Cable Guy include Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty, country music artist Colt Ford, actor Jack Wagner, and Golf Channel broadcaster Lisa Cornwell. “We plan to make this celebrity golf tournament a world-class event,” said Michael Flaskey, executive vice president, chief sales and marketing officer, Diamond Resorts International®. “Diamond Resorts International hosts 1,500 events of a lifetime annually (special events for owners with various sports and entertainment personalities). This tournament reflects what we do best.
Tournament week begins Wednesday, Jan. 13 with the third-annual Brian Gay Invitational, presented by Diamond Resorts International®. Over the past two years, the Brian Gay Invitational has raised $1.2 million for Florida Hospital for Children. Brian Gay, PGA TOUR golfer and resident at nearby Windermere, will host an 18-hole celebrity-amateur competition featuring foursomes comprised of three amateurs and one celebrity. An evening gala and headliner concert at Mystic Dunes Resort and Golf Club, a Diamond Resorts flagship resort in Orlando, will complement the action.
ReggieJackson, known as Mr. October for his World Series heroics, is the Hall of Famer who played for the New York Yankees and Oakland A’s. Perry, the Hall of Fame pitcher for the Cleveland Indians and San Francisco Giants famous for allegedly applying foreign substances to the ball, was the first to win the Cy Young Award in both the National and American Leagues. Rypien was the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 1991 Super Bowl for the Washington Redskins and is a two-time champion in the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe. All three are Diamond Resorts Celebrity Ambassadors.
Military veteran Chad Pfeifer, who has pursued a pro golf career despite losing his left leg to an IED explosion in Iraq, is also playing. Pfeifer, a three-time winner of President George W. Bush’s Warrior Open and the 2011 National Amputee Tournament champion, is the first U.S. Army veteran amputee to compete on the Web.com Tour and is a Diamond Resorts Celebrity Ambassador. He finished fifth at Lake Tahoe in 2014, leading after the opening round. He recently starred in Golf Channel’s Big Break The Palm Beaches, Fla. and won the 2015 National Amputee Tournament.
Information on sponsorship opportunities that combine tournament celebrity-am playing spots with a chance to advance to the three-day tournament, client entertainment options, extravagant pairings and award parties, marketing exposure, gallery tickets and other special offers is available at: http://www.diamondresortsinvitational.com/sponsorship.