Central Station – January 2008

Southern hills tournament raises nearly $3,000 for Charity

BROOKSVILLE, FL –A recent charity golf tournament at the Southern Hills Golf Club raised $3,000 to benefit the Monique Burr Foundation for Children and The Spring of Tampa Bay. Since 2005, Southern Hills has raised more than $58,000 for children in the Tampa Bay area.The tournament’s first place winners were Golf Club member and Monique Burr Foundation board member Ed Bulleit along with his team of Paul Dellegatto, Kevin Hubert and Dr. Gene Ring. Second place was awarded to member Steve Erick, sales manager for Southern Hills Plantation Club, who played with guests Steve Combs, Dave Milliman and Marty Martinson. Third place went to members Jim Harvey and Jeff Thorson, along with Doug Draper and Jeff Huenink.

The highly acclaimed championship private course, designed by Pete Dye, offered a rare opportunity for non-members to be a guest of Southern Hills and play the course to benefit two worthy organizations. The tournament raised $1,500 for The Spring of Tampa Bay and $1,250 for the Monique Burr Foundation. The signature program of the Monique Burr Foundation is the Good Touch/Bad Touch sexual abuse prevention educational curriculum for Pre-K through seventh grade. The Foundation hopes to have this program taught in every school classroom – private, parochial and public – in every county in Florida. For more information about the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, visit www.moniqueburrfoundation.org.

Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club Announces Winter Golf Packages

TAMPA BAY, FL,– For more than 35 years, golfers worldwide have come to know Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club for its outstanding golf on four championship courses and exceptional service. Now you can add “extraordinary value” to the resort’s long list of accolades. The Preferred Golf package starts at only $299.00 per person, per night, and includes one round on both of the resort’s two top-ranked courses. Unlike other prominent golf resorts, there are no surcharges at Innisbrook. The PGA TOUR players already tout Copperhead as their favorite Florida course to play and the Island Course just became equally as impressive after $1.7 million in renovations. Both courses are ranked 4.5 stars out of 5 by Golf Digest’s Places to Play rankings. Copperhead was also just recognized as the #1 Rated Resort Course on Florida’s West Coast in Golfweek’s ranking of Top 100 Resort Courses in America. It is rare to find two courses of this stature at one resort setting.

Innisbrook’s Preferred Golf Package includes 18 holes of championship golf daily – with a bonus round of golf on your day of arrival or departure (so for a three night stay, that’s four rounds of golf at the same price). Our spacious guest room accommodations can also be upgraded to a suite with complete kitchen and living area and private balcony or patio. Breakfast is included daily, as is the use of the resort’s practice facilities, a daily golf clinic, club storage, and more. The special rate of $299 is offered January 17 – April 23, 2008. To book your golf vacation simply call 1 (800) 456-2000 and go on-line at www.InnisbrookGolfResort.com.

AHSF Tackles Renovations in Oslo, Dallas and Naples

NAPLES, Fla. — Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and Associates continues to rank among the busiest and most cosmopolitan course designers in the business, adding three refurbishment projects — in Oslo, Norway, Dallas, Texas, and Naples (Florida!) — to its portfolio of 130 renovations worldwide.
Some 5500 miles southwest of the Norwegian capital, AHSF partner Chris Wilczynski will break ground this April on a $6 million renovation of Forest Glen Country Club, a golf/real estate community here in Naples. This project would technically be termed a renovation, as the routing will remain virtually unchanged, but everything else — every green, tee, bunker and fairway, every blade of grass — has been reimagined and will be rebuilt accordingly.
Few places in the golf world have more respect and faith in the design approach of Hills/Forrest than Naples, where AHSF has designed more than 20 separate layouts, including Fiddler’s Creek and Bonita Bay, both ranked in 2007 among the nation’s top 40 real estate courses by Golf Connoisseur magazine.
Wilczynski, whose most recent design — the Wolfdancer Course at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines near Austin, Texas — was named among GOLF Magazine’s “Top 10 New Courses You Can Play” for 2006, is eager to work the same magic at Forest Glen.
In early 2008, Wilczynski and the AHSF team will also initiate a comprehensive master plan program at Columbian Country Club of Dallas, where extensive course improvements mirror the membership’s desire for club-wide change. Indeed, the club has already changed its name to Honors Golf Club Dallas.
In the Norwegian capital, ground was broken this fall on a major renovation of Oslo Golfklubb, the country’s oldest, most prestigious course and home club to LPGA star Suzanne Petterson. Hills/Forrest partner Steve Forrest is directing the $10 million project, alongside Oslo GK superintendent John Riiber.
The course will reopen for play in July 2008.
Hills/Steve Forest and Associates (AHSF) is based in Toledo, Ohio, in the heart of the American Midwest. But it has authored nearly 200 original course designs on three continents, to go with its impressive renovation portfolio.
Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest & Associates is one of golf’s most prolific and respected course architects, with more than 40 renovation and original design projects underway in Mexico, Canada, the United States and Europe.
For more information on Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and Associates, visit www.arthurhills.com, or call 419-841-8553.

The Glenlivet® City Links

ORLANDO, FL– This January, seasoned golfers and amateurs alike will have an inimitable opportunity to improve their game, as The Glenlivet brings the experience of a traditional Scottish golf course to the heart of the Orlando shopping district. Located in stylish Pointe Orlando, The Glenlivet City Links, complete with nine challenging holes, a virtual driving range and chipping area, will be housed in the former Metropolis space for two weeks before continuing on its national tour. In addition to practicing their swing, golfers can win a chance to attend an extraordinary trip to St. Andrews or Pinehurst, two of the world’s best-known courses. “Scotland is known for two world-famous exports. Golf, undoubtedly one of the most celebrated games in the world, and The Glenlivet, the most remarkable Scotch whisky out there,” says Ron Zussman, Brand Director of Glenlivet. “There’s no better way to practice your game during a lunch break than by heading to the nearest course – and we’re thrilled to bring The Glenlivet City Links to Orlando for the first time.”
The Glenlivet City Links will be customized to fit the various lofts and warehouses in each destination it travels to. This impressive course is beautifully landscaped with water hazards, sandtraps, bridges and carefully crafted greens, providing golfers in urban settings with an opportunity to golf on a piece of Scotland, without getting on a plane The course was designed by Arne Lundmark, president of one of the premiere golf course design companies in the country, and Thomas Shöner, renowned interior and architectural designer.
This year, The Glenlivet is proud to partner with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CF Foundation), a research and educational organization dedicated to the development of treatment and a cure for cystic fibrosis. There are no set green fees to play on The Glenlivet City Links; instead, a ‘pay-as-you-will’ policy has been implemented to benefit the CF Foundation.
Reservations are not necessary for participation in the City Links; the course is played on a first-come basis.