Audubon International has recognized Kapalua Golf’s Plantation…

Audubon International has recognized Kapalua Golf’s Plantation Course for 25 years of certification as an Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary. Audubon International recently presented Kapalua Golf General Manager Alex Nakajima with a plaque commemorating the achievement. Kapalua Golf is currently following Maui Mayor Victorino’s mandated shutdown and hopes to reopen for play in the coming weeks.

Through participation in the Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary for golf program, Kapalua Golf’s Plantation Course has been involved in numerous environmental projects, including adopting a comprehensive environmental management program focused on wildlife and habitat management; conserving energy and reducing water use; utilizing integrated pest management techniques; naturalizing areas; managing resources in an environmentally responsible manner; and outreach and education.

“We’re very proud to count Kapalua Plantation Course among our members,” said Christine Kane, CEO at Audubon International. “They made environmentally sustainable golf course management an integral part of their operating principles long before it became an accepted option. Their leadership has already brought many benefits to their community over the past 25 years and will continue to do so long into the future.”

To reach certification in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) for Golf Courses, a course must maintain a high degree of environmental quality in several areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management. After designation, courses must go through a recertification process every three years. Kapalua Plantation Course is one of is one of 858 courses in the world to be designated as a certified ACSP for Golf course.

In addition, Kapalua Golf Facilities Director Kalani Kaleiopu worked with the Pu’u Kukui Watershed, the largest private nature preserve in the state of Hawaiʻi, to include native plants and signage around the Plantation Course clubhouse. A four-minute video, showing native plants, their history and significance to the islands, is currently on rotation in the Plantation Course clubhouse for all guests to see.  

“Throughout the 2019 refinement of the Plantation Course, we went to great lengths to maintain our Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary status,” said Alex Nakajima, general manager, Kapalua Golf & Tennis. “Director of Agronomy Andrew Rebman and our entire agronomy team deserve a ton of credit for managing our natural resources in an environmentally responsible way, while growing-in and maintaining a championship-level golf course.”

Kapalua’s Plantation Course reopened in late November 2019 following a 9-month, multi-million dollar enhancement project. Original Plantation Course architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw oversaw the refinement project along with Troon’s Design, Development and Agronomy team and Golf Channel personality Mark Rolfing. During the 9-month project all 107 acres of fairways, tees and rough were grassed with Celebration Bermuda grass, while all greens were grassed with TifEagle Bermuda grass. A capillary concrete liner system was installed in all 93 course bunkers, allowing the bunkers to better weather heavy rain events.

For more information on Kapalua Golf, visit www.GolfAtKapalua.com or call 1-877-KAPALUA.

Audubon International has recognized Kapalua Golf’s Plantation…

Audubon International has recognized Kapalua Golf’s Plantation Course for 25 years of certification as an Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary. Audubon International recently presented Kapalua Golf General Manager Alex Nakajima with a plaque commemorating the achievement. Kapalua Golf is currently following Maui Mayor Victorino’s mandated shutdown and hopes to reopen for play in the coming weeks.

Through participation in the Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary for golf program, Kapalua Golf’s Plantation Course has been involved in numerous environmental projects, including adopting a comprehensive environmental management program focused on wildlife and habitat management; conserving energy and reducing water use; utilizing integrated pest management techniques; naturalizing areas; managing resources in an environmentally responsible manner; and outreach and education.

“We’re very proud to count Kapalua Plantation Course among our members,” said Christine Kane, CEO at Audubon International. “They made environmentally sustainable golf course management an integral part of their operating principles long before it became an accepted option. Their leadership has already brought many benefits to their community over the past 25 years and will continue to do so long into the future.”

To reach certification in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) for Golf Courses, a course must maintain a high degree of environmental quality in several areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management. After designation, courses must go through a recertification process every three years. Kapalua Plantation Course is one of is one of 858 courses in the world to be designated as a certified ACSP for Golf course.

In addition, Kapalua Golf Facilities Director Kalani Kaleiopu worked with the Pu’u Kukui Watershed, the largest private nature preserve in the state of Hawaiʻi, to include native plants and signage around the Plantation Course clubhouse. A four-minute video, showing native plants, their history and significance to the islands, is currently on rotation in the Plantation Course clubhouse for all guests to see.  

“Throughout the 2019 refinement of the Plantation Course, we went to great lengths to maintain our Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary status,” said Alex Nakajima, general manager, Kapalua Golf & Tennis. “Director of Agronomy Andrew Rebman and our entire agronomy team deserve a ton of credit for managing our natural resources in an environmentally responsible way, while growing-in and maintaining a championship-level golf course.”

Kapalua’s Plantation Course reopened in late November 2019 following a 9-month, multi-million dollar enhancement project. Original Plantation Course architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw oversaw the refinement project along with Troon’s Design, Development and Agronomy team and Golf Channel personality Mark Rolfing. During the 9-month project all 107 acres of fairways, tees and rough were grassed with Celebration Bermuda grass, while all greens were grassed with TifEagle Bermuda grass. A capillary concrete liner system was installed in all 93 course bunkers, allowing the bunkers to better weather heavy rain events.

For more information on Kapalua Golf, visit www.GolfAtKapalua.com or call 1-877-KAPALUA.

Troon Launches New Troon.com WebsiteTroon® recently launched a…

Troon Launches New Troon.com Website

Troon® recently launched a new website (www.Troon.com) that will help the global brand to communicate and market over the next five-plus years, while better connecting members and guests to Troon-affiliated clubs. The new website was developed in partnership with Enspire for Enterprise, formerly doing business as Web.com for Enterprise, a recognized market leader delivering scalable digital marketing solutions to membership, franchise, co-op, and other types of networked businesses.

Built on the multi-functional WordPress platform, ease of use is critical to the new website. The interface leverages a mobile-first design methodology to ensure the optimal experience for today’s mobile site visitor, and incorporates website accessibility best practices throughout. The robust website features will continue to expand to help drive commerce to clubs, allowing visitors to actively engage the World of Troon directory, search for and make tee times, purchase Troon Cards and more. Through soon-to-be installed Application Programming Interfaces (API’s) visitors will also be able to personalize their experience, including personal welcomes, tracking and redeeming of Troon Rewards points (golf’s largest loyalty program with more than 500,000 members) and more. Website users can expect to see a similar user experience, graphics and functionality in the new Troon mobile app, which is expected to launch later in 2020.

The new website is also rich in fresh, ever-changing content featuring Troon-affiliated clubs and stories about the people, destinations and experiences that connect us all. Videos, podcasts, press releases, as well as Troon Magazine and Troon Privé Magazine content are all housed in The Clubhouse Section of the website while also rotating-in to the site’s homepage.

“Ultimately we will emerge from the Covid-19 crisis into a new world where engaging virtually, connecting remotely, and collaborating collectively will be important,” said Tim Schantz, president and CEO, Troon. “The new Troon.com will help our company and our affiliated clubs better connect with members and guests in that way.  It also allows our business development team to clearly and effectively communicate with potential clients through the ‘Partner With Troon’ section of the website.”

The new website also supports Troon’s new Moments Matter initiative which debuted in early April. The guest and member-facing resource helps Troon-affiliated clubs and their communities stay connected through these challenging times. Through the Moments Matter portal, Troon-affiliated clubs have access to content developed daily by Troon associates and corporate leaders around the world or through Troon partners. Facilities may then customize the content to fit their club needs, and then digitally deliver fresh programming to members, guests and followers on a regular basis. The infrastructure is also scalable, designed to easily incorporate the growing family of Troon brands into the website ecosystem.

“The new homepage, which shows a little bit of everything, is content focused (like many news sites), while the updated sitemap, content strategy, new club directory with map and list views, and the many user experience improvements are a result of countless hours of research and development. Since launching the site about a week ago, we are hearing great feedback from our guests, members and partners. Moving forward, we plan to migrate many of our brand websites on to this same website platform.”

For more information on Troon, visit www.Troon.com.

Wilson Launches All-New Staff Model Golf BallDesigned by Wilson…

Wilson Launches All-New Staff Model Golf Ball

Designed by Wilson Staff Advisory members, the Staff Model ball delivers best-in-class distance, spin and greenside control for advanced players.

Wilson Sporting Goods officially announced their new Staff Model golf ball. Designed for advanced players around the world, the Staff Model ball was built through direct feedback and critique from Wilson Staff tour professionals. The Staff Model golf ball is designed to provide the distance, spin and control lower handicap golfers seek in their game.

The new Staff Model ball features a 4-piece construction that delivers higher velocities for maximum distance and ideal spin for ultimate control and feel on approach shots when attacking the green.

“By leveraging our experienced and dynamic Advisory Staff, we were able to design a premier golf ball that provides tour-level distance, spin and control,” said Frank Simonutti, Global Director of Golf Ball Innovation. “Featuring a thinner cover and harder core, the Staff Model ball provides higher spin rates on iron shots and holds the maximum allowable initial velocity based upon USGA conformance for a more impressive velocity than traditional urethane covered balls.”

The 362-dimple pattern and cast-urethane cover provides golfers ultimate control and tour-level spin on iron and wedge shots. The hard, ionomer outer mantle and high CIS polybutadiene core delivers increased ball speeds for impressive distance. The Staff Model golf ball also possesses a HPF inner mantle to help give players the soft feel and maximum spin.

Finished with a modern Staff Model stamp, the all-new premium ball joins the Staff Model family of products designed for elite golfers.

Staff Model golf balls will be available for pre-order exclusively on Wilson.com as part of the new Baller Box subscription program starting Monday, April 20.

For more information please visit: www.Wilson.com/BallerBox

Gift Ideas from Swiftwick Socks – For every pair purchased,…

Gift Ideas from Swiftwick Socks – For every pair purchased, Swiftwick will donate a pair to medical professionals and support staff. 

Flite XT: It’s always hard to justify spending extra money on yourself for performance socks, so treat your mom or dad to some to help them enjoy every minute on their feet and make sure they stays blister-free. 

The Flite XT is specifically designed to provide ankle stability. GripDry fiber creates tiny micro treads that grip your shoes to keep you stable. Strong elastic wraps your ankle and heel for targeted support and extra protection for your ankles.

ASPIRE Twelve: Make a donation in honor of your mom or dad with your purchase of Aspire 12 compression socks. For every pair purchased, Swiftwick will donate a pair to medical professionals and support staff. This Buy One, Give One Initiative is going on through the end of the month. 

Plus, for every $5 donation collected at checkout, they will give another pair. By gifting our medical heroes the ASPIRE Twelve, we can provide them with quality compression socks that help to reduce fatigue and swelling from long days on their feet, promote increased blood flow, and prevent blisters. 

It’s their small way of saying thank you by helping to provide comfort to those keeping us safe.