Rockwind Community Links Earns Colorado Avid Golfer…

Rockwind Community Links Earns Colorado Avid Golfer Magazine 2020 “CAGGY Award” as a Best Golf Experience in New Mexico

Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs, New Mexico, was recognized by Colorado Avid Golfer with one of its annual “CAGGY Awards.”  The magazine’s staff cited Rockwind as a “Best Golf Experience” in the Travel Category for New Mexico.  Only four golf courses in the state were selected as a top staff pick. 

Rockwind, which opened in May 2015, has received numerous awards from leading golf publications including: Golfweek’s ranking at #2 in New Mexico in their Best Courses You Can Play in each state list; inclusion in Golf Digest’s 2017-18 Best in State course ratings at #7; named one of Golf Digest’s Best New Courses of 2015; and cited as a Top Five New Golf Development in the World by Golf Inc. Magazine.  Most recently, Golf Advisor named Rockwind as One of the 24 New Courses That Shaped the 2010s.   

About Rockwind Community Links

The main course, which offers five sets of tees with playing lengths ranging from over 7,100 yards for the accomplished player down to approximately 4,200 yards for the forward “express” tees, has been designed to embrace the flat nature of the southeastern New Mexico landscape, keeping irrigation to a minimum and the turf fast and firm. The design provides challenging features such as large elevated greens, disguised bunkers and interesting ground contours.

Architect Andy Staples has incorporated characteristics typically found on courses along the eastern seaboard of the U.S. built during the turn of the 20th century.  Rock walls line fairways and a large interior lake is in play on a few holes that attractively punctuates the course routing. The 9-hole par-3 course called Li’l Rock is meant to complement the dual-ended practice range and short game area.  It was built to facilitate walking, families, beginner golfers and kids.  The length of shots ranges from a sand wedge to a driver.  Rockwind Community Links also is a site for The First Tee of Southeastern New Mexico.  For more information, visit www.rockwindgolfcourse.com or call (575) 397-9297.

Photo Credit: Tony Roberts

Volvik Announced as Title Sponsor of 10th Annual Founders CupThe…

Volvik Announced as Title Sponsor of 10th Annual Founders Cup

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced today that Volvik, the golf ball manufacturer, has signed on to become the official 2020 title sponsor of the newly renamed Volvik Founders Cup. The 10th edition of the Volvik Founders Cup will be played in Phoenix, Ariz. on March 16-22, 2020, at the Wildfire Golf Club.

“We are proud to participate as the title sponsor of this event that honors the founders of the LPGA and does so much to grow the game we all love through the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program,” said Don Shin, President of Volvik USA. “Volvik plays a vital role in growing the game by offering high-quality, attractive golf balls for players of every skill level, and by bringing a wide array of colors and a unique matte finish into the golf ball market.”

With this announcement, Volvik continues a successful partnership with the LPGA Tour. Since 2011, Volvik has been an official marketing partner of the LPGA. The company was the title sponsor of the LPGA Volvik Championship between 2016 and 2018 at the Travis Point Country Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Currently, Volvik sponsors the Symetra Tour’s Volvik Race for the Card, with the top-10 players on the Symetra Tour Money List by the end of each season earning LPGA Tour Membership for the following year. The company also has eight LPGA Tour players on staff.

“Volvik has made a clear, and consistent commitment to our LPGA players, our LGPA events, and to the future of women’s golf worldwide,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “Our 13 Founders would be excited to know that companies like Volvik have not only raised the bar for women’s golf, but also support The Founders Cup – an event that pays as much ‘forward’ as it does to the current stars.”

The Volvik Founders Cup was created in 2011 to honor the 13 Founders of the LPGA, celebrate the talented players currently on Tour and invest in future generations through donations to the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program. The new partnership continues this mission in an event that has raised more than $4 million for the Girls Golf program and boasts a list of champions that includes LPGA Hall of Fame members Karrie Webb and Inbee Park as well as current World No. 1 Jin Young Ko.

This year, a 144-player field will compete for the $1.5 million official purse. In 2019, Jin Young Ko jumpstarted her historic sophomore LPGA Tour season when she closed with bogey-free rounds on the final two days of the tournament to earn a one-stroke victory over Yu Liu, Carlota Ciganda and Jessica and Nelly Korda. It was Ko’s first of four wins on the year, including two major championships at the ANA Inspiration and The Evian Championship.

The ‘Founders’ Perch’ tradition, where LPGA Founders and legends of the game sit behind the 18th green to greet players as they finish rounds, will continue with founders Shirley Spork and Marlene Hagge, and the 2020 LPGA Pioneers. The tournament will also host their Women’s Leadership Forum for the second consecutive year. New for 2020, the event will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the LPGA and the event’s 10th anniversary with a Founders Museum that will feature official memorabilia from legends of the LPGA Tour. The 2020 Volvik Founders Cup will also debut the Founders Food Fest, featuring food samples and select beverages from a variety of local community vendors.

Race to Costa Del Sol Starts in AustraliaNew season-long race…

Race to Costa Del Sol Starts in Australia

New season-long race commences this week, with the Geoff King Motors Australian Ladies Classic, the first of 25 LET tournaments in 18 countries this year

A new Ladies European Tour season starts on Thursday with the Geoff King Motors Australian Ladies Classic at Bonville Golf Resort in New South Wales, the first event on the 2020 Race to Costa del Sol.

The Race to Costa del Sol, which is the official LET ranking from 2020, offers a €250,000 bonus pool to the top three finishers. The Race begins in Australia with the first of 25 LET tournaments spanning 18 countries in a greatly enhanced 2020 LET schedule and concludes with the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino in Spain in late November.

The new era begins at Bonville Golf Resort, situated halfway between Sydney and Brisbane on the beautiful Coffs Coast, where an international field of 151 competitors will play on “Australia’s Favourite Golf Course” 2016-2019, according to Golf Australia Magazine’s Favourite Golf Courses poll. The defending champion, Marianne Skarpnord, will be joined by fellow 2019 tournament winners Diksha Dagar, Annabel Dimmock, Esther Henseleit, Nuria Iturrioz, Céline Herbin, Meghan MacLaren, Christine Wolf and Anne van Dam as well as many of the LET’s rising stars from Q-School.

It will tee up a fortnight of competition Down Under, with the Women’s New South Wales Open taking place at Dubbo Golf Club the following week.

The action then moves to the other side of the Indian Ocean for the Investec South African Women’s Open at Westlake Golf Club, followed by the Saudi Ladies Championship at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.

The main European leg of the schedule begins with the Jabra Ladies Open at Evian Resort Golf Club, in early May, followed by the La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational at La Reserva Club de Sotogrande and then the Mithra Belgian Ladies Open in Naxhelet.

The Lalla Meryem Cup, which is co-located with the men’s Hassan Trophy at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, will be followed by an innovative mixed field event, the Scandinavian Mixed Hosted by Henrik & Annika at Bro Hoff Slott Golf Club, where European Tour and Ladies European Tour members will go head-to-head for the first time on the same course, competing for one prize fund and one trophy.

The players will remain in Europe for the Dutch Ladies Open at Rosendaelsche Golfclub and the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open at Club de Golf Terramar.

The Evian Championship, which has been played as the fifth major since 2013, will take place in mid-July. After everyone catches their breath for a week, a new event, to be revealed soon, will be played in the United Kingdom in early August, alongside the Tokyo 2020 women’s Olympic Golf Competition.

The UK swing continues with a fortnight in Scotland and the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club, followed by the AIG Women’s British Open, the final major of the year, at Royal Troon.

The European odyssey continues with the TIPSPORT Czech Ladies Open at Golf Course Karlstejn, the Creekhouse Ladies Open at Kristianstads Golfklubb, the VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open at Golfpark Holzhäusern and the Lacoste Ladies Open de France at Golf du Médoc.

The action then moves to Asia for the Ladies European Thailand Championship at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club, the Hero Women’s Indian Open at DLF Golf and Country Club and a new event in the Philippines, before moving on to the Middle East for the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic at Emirates Golf Club and then to Africa, for the Magical Kenya Ladies Open, at Vipingo Ridge.

The LET then returns to Europe for the season finale at the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino, one of the most popular stops of the year, where the winner of the season-long competition will be crowned.

The Race to Costa Del Sol begins this week… join the conversation at @LETgolf using the hashtag #RaceToCostaDelSol.

Ladies European Tour Partner

Costa Del Sol Tourist Board

In 2020 the Costa Del Sol Tourist Board became a partner of the Ladies European Tour by sponsoring the Order of Merit, which will be called the Race to Costa del Sol.

Costa del Sol Tourist Board is dedicated to the promotion of Costa del Golf and provides advice and support to its partners throughout the golf industry. The Costa del Sol has been recognised as a top European Golf Destination by IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) and is the exclusive destination in continental Europe of PGA Germany.

The Costa del Sol is the leading destination for golfers who seek a wide variety of quality golf courses and ideal golfing weather through 12 months of the year. With over seventy golf courses, many of which were conceived by masters of golf course design, the Costa del Sol enjoys worldwide prestige. Many top-level championships have provided unforgettable days of competition on its courses: the Ryder Cup, the World Golf Championship, the Estrella Damm Masters and the Ladies European Tour Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de España.

Golfers of all levels visit this unique destination, year after year, to enjoy the golf, and explore all that this unique destination offers including top class restaurants, a vibrant nightlife, great shopping and a wide range of hotels, apartments and villas with an astounding array of services, combined with the legendary sights of Andalusia.

Race to Costa Del Sol

In 2020 the Costa del Sol Tourist Board will sponsor the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit, which will be called the ‘Race to Costa del Sol’ and will offer an additional bonus pool of €250,000, split between the top three finishers.

The player who tops the Race to Costa del Sol rankings will receive an additional €125,000, with the second highest finisher receiving €75,000 and €50,000 for the third placed player following the season-long race. The winner will also receive a 7-year exemption under category 2A regulations.

The Race to Costa del Sol tees off in Australia in February with the Australian Ladies Classic Bonville and will culminate at the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino in November.

The Race to Costa del Sol will showcase the tourism excellence of both the Costa del Sol and Andalusia whilst providing a tremendous incentive for Ladies European Tour members.

An image of the Costa del Sol can be downloaded here.

About the Ladies European Tour

Ladies European Golf Venture Limited, the company which operates the Ladies European Tour, is a joint venture collaboration between Ladies European Tour and the Ladies Professional Golf Association, which started on 8 January 2020 and was formed to increase playing opportunities for female golfers in Europe. Its board comprises 12 directors, including LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan, European Tour Chief Executive Keith Pelley, The R&A’s Chief Executive Martin Slumbers and the Chair of the LET, Marta Figueras Dotti. The entity will be led by CEO Alexandra Armas.

The 2020 LET season is the 42nd series of golf tournaments since the professional tour was founded in 1978 and marks the first edition of the Race to Costa del Sol. The LET Access Series is the official development tour of the LET, formed to give players an opportunity to compete and progress onto the LET and achieve their dreams in professional golf.  

Follow the LET at www.ladieseuropeantour.com and join the social conversation on https://twitter.com/LETgolf, www.facebook.com/LadiesEuropeanTour, Instagram @LETgolf, www.youtube.com/user/ladieseuropeantour and www.flickr.com/photos/ladieseuropeantour/.

Reflection Bay Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas Opens Annual…

Reflection Bay Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas Opens Annual Membership Program

Reflection Bay Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas Resort has announced its 2020 annual membership program. The award-winning Henderson, Nevada course is offering three levels of memberships which last for thirteen months from sign up date.

Annual Members have a wide range of privileges on the course, including:

Unlimited complimentary golf with no cart fees at Reflection Bay Golf Club and access to the Falls practice facility’s private practice tee practice area, featuring Titleist Pro V practice balls
Unlimited access to the Falls practice areas; putting and chipping greens
One complimentary lesson from PGA Tour golf pros Craig Barlow or Jeff Gallagher, with additional lessons at a 20 percent discount from the normal rate
Access to regularly scheduled group clinics with Barlow and Gallagher
One complimentary golf equipment assessment by HPGI Golf Factory club technician
15 percent discount on all equipment purchases with free fittings
One complimentary golf ball and wedge assessment and fitting

“This is the first year of our annual membership program,” said Eric Dutt, Reflection Bay’s manager of operations. “We’re excited to offer this program with so many perks to golfers who play often and are looking to improve their game.” Reflection Bay Golf Club was recently named the No. 1 golf course in Southern Nevada in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s annual “Best of Las Vegas” program.

In addition to golf related benefits, Reflection Bay’s annual members will receive invitations to  food and beverage events each year, prepared by celebrity chef Scott Commings. These events are exclusively available to members. Throughout the year, members will have VIP access for tee times, with discounts for guests, receive 20 percent off food and beverage items and receive 20 percent off of non-sale golf shop merchandise. Memberships also include access to up to three golf events per year, regularly scheduled Friday afternoon nine-hole games and Saturday morning 18-hole games.

Three level of Memberships are available; practice only at $3,000, golf only at $3,500 and a full, both practice and golf privileges for $6,500 for a thirteen month time period from sign up.

For more information on the benefits of being a member or to purchase an annual membership, contact Kevin Eng at 702-904-7883 or keng@reflectionbaygolf.com. To learn more about Reflection Bay Golf Club, visit http://www.reflectionbaygolf.com or call 702-740-4653.

About Reflection Bay Golf Club

Reflection Bay Golf Club is set on a luxurious lake located 25 minutes east of the Las Vegas Strip. This 320-acre man-made lake is the centerpiece of the Lake Las Vegas residential resort community. Built in 1998, Reflection Bay Golf Club was designed by 18-time Major winner Jack Nicklaus. The course is designated as a prestigious Jack Nicklaus Signature Design and is one of only three Nicklaus-designed courses in Southern Nevada. Reflection Bay was host to the Wendy’s 3Tour Challenge from 1998 to 2007, showcasing the talents of such champions as Bubba Watson, Fred Couples, John Daly and Phil Mickelson. For more information, visit http://www.reflectionbaygolf.com.

Luxurious Accommodation Opens on Scottish LandscapeThe Villas at…

Luxurious Accommodation Opens on Scottish Landscape

The Villas at Renaissance are East Lothian’s NEWEST exclusive-use accommodation offering, overlooking the 2020 Scottish Opens venue, The Renaissance Club.

Located near to the beautiful seaside towns of Gullane & North Berwick, at the heart of Scotland’s Golf Coast, these stunning NEW luxury properties are unique to Scotland.  Decadently designed, overlooking the immaculate fairways of the stunning Renaissance Club, Home of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open 2020, they are easily accessible from Edinburgh Airport and just a 35-minute drive from Edinburgh’s main tourist attractions. The perfect base for exploring East Lothian’s local castles, spas, beaches and infamous golf courses; North Berwick, Gullane and Muirfield are all close by – this is the ideal venue to create unforgettable memories for any family, social, golfing or business occasion.

A soft opening for some of the world’s best golfers provided these new spacious accommodation some great feedback while the Rolex Series event was being held at Renaissance.

A veritable home-from-home, the Villas have a multi-generational appeal for those wishing to holiday with the family. Guests have the ability to hire both villas together as one exclusive use venue, or hire the villas separately – East Villa (Sleeps 12) or West Villa (Sleeps 16) on either a luxury catered or self catered basis.

East Villa is amazingly spacious and comprises of a formal dining room, which seats 40 around the formal dining / conference table on the ground floor. The house has six luxurious, individually designed bedrooms, all of which are ensuite and all of which can accommodate two people either in a double or twin. Four ensuite bedrooms are on the ground floor and the decadent master bedroom boasts its own dressing room and large ensuite bathroom. Upstairs, the generous layout compromises of two further bedrooms with ensuite facilities, a large dining kitchen, formal dining room, drawing room and TV lounge.

Similarly the ground floor in the West Villa comprises of four bedrooms each with their own ensuite bathrooms, again the master bedroom with its own dressing room. It is spacious with a formal dining room, which seats 12 around the formal dining table. There is also a luggage/golf store. Upstairs the generous layout compromises of a drawing room, large dining kitchen, formal dining room with bar and wine store, and a further two bedrooms, both with ensuite facilities. All bathrooms have under floor heating and also are fitted with heated towel rails. Rooms are calm and truly comfortable, with relaxing views over the Renaissance Club golf course, the sea, to Fife and beyond.

There are comfy sofas aplenty and three large dining tables to cater for between 12 and 40 people, making it perfect for families and groups of friends. The Villas also offer exceptional business facilities, including a conference room for up to 40 people with the latest in WiFi, digital presentation facilities, and even space for the ultimate car launch.

Outdoors, guests can work off their excesses on one of East Lothian’s 21 golf courses or take a stroll around the estate and explore East Lothian’s hidden beaches. A huge fire pit can be lit for barbeques or for warmth on colder evenings.

The property boasts impressive views of the Renaissance Club fairways and its Clubhouse with the Firth of Forth in the distance. The surrounding estates 550 acres of private woodland skirts the coastline and can be explored all year round via a series of well-maintained footpaths.

Completed this Autumn, the Villas’ beautiful surroundings, tranquil setting, excellent food, luxurious facilities, world-class golf and unparalleled service are what makes this new Scottish accommodation offering so special for any family, social or business occasion.

For availability and bookings visit the website www.trcvillas.com