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PGA Golf Club’s Ryder Course to Re-Open December Dec. 1 Following Complete Renovation
PGA Golf Club‘s Ryder Course is set to re-open to the public December 1 following a complete renovation to enhance year-round playability and overall appeal. All new drainage was installed, bunkers underwent a complete overhaul and Celebration Bermuda, a hybrid strain widely favored for its durability and quick recovery, was installed on all fairways. In addition to its impressive drought resistance and shade tolerance, the hearty grass presents a striking blue-green hue for great color contrasts. Each hole is reframed with native and ornamental grasses, providing a new look and feel. Tees are Sea Isle Paspalum, a hybrid, while greens are TifEagle Bermuda, consistent with all the other putting surfaces on the property. Bunkers are newly renovated and refaced with Celebration, found on fairways and tee and green surrounds. New tees installed in the fairways now provide a short but fun golf course for the novice player. The renovation is the final piece of a $10 million multi-year property-wide investment. Adding to the energized atmosphere at PGA Golf Club is the modernized, 20,000 square-foot clubhouse. Furthermore, the impressive Dye course re-opened last year following a re-grassing project, and the touted Wanamaker Course underwent similar enhancements in 2015.
2018 National Inclusive Golf Conference
The National Alliance for Accessible Golf (Alliance) announced its first Accessible/Inclusive Golf for Individuals with Disabilities Conference on Friday, January 26, 2018, in Orlando, FL. The event will be held in proximity of the PGA’s Merchandise Show to allow interested individuals to attend both events. Slated for 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Rosen Centre Hotel, the conference will feature speakers, panel discussions and collaboration on topics from the ADA to adaptive equipment to program development and program sustainability. Projected attendees will include PGA and LPGA golf professionals, current and prospective grant recipients, local program coordinators, and all those interested in inclusive opportunities. Registration is open.
Topgolf Names Troy Warfield as President to Oversee International Expansion and Toptracer Range
Topgolf Entertainment Group has hired Troy Warfield of British Airways to expand its global footprint of Topgolf venues as well as driving ranges that license its Toptracer Range technology. Warfield replaces former Topgolf International President Neil Allen, who is stepping into a new role as strategic adviser. The Topgolf International division is based in London and overseen by TEG Co-Chairman and CEO Erik Anderson.