The Coolest Courses to Play During the Hottest Summer Months

Coolest Courses to Play During uSmmer

It happens every year: the summer heat wave invades, and you find yourself shooting the same score as the temperature. And that’s no way to spend your golf vacations.

Southern states like South Carolina and Florida boast an outrageous golf scene, both being touted at times as the “golf capital of the world.” But with their stunning variety of courses comes an equally stunning number on the temperature scale during summer months.

Every golfer deserves a round in the 70’s, but you might need a few special golf trips to make it happen. When June, July, and August roll around, try these courses to keep you cool while you’re playing 18.

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Off the Ball: A Guide to Today’s Quirky Golf Trends

Shaking Up a Serious Game

Golf is serious. We get that. But if you’re taking stress and tension to the course because you think you have to play perfectly to be a good person, you’re doing it wrong. Instead, remind yourself that golf, in the end, is a game and should be enjoyed—not simply endured. Go on and show your personality or appreciate the humor of the whole thing! We’ve got the definitive list of funky equipment and quirky but entertaining golf clothing, and you might just find something useful that you can add to your own golf bag (or outfit) that will make you smile or show off your awesome personality.

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The World’s 7 Toughest Golf Courses

Toughest Courses

Learn about Some of the Most Challenging Golf Courses in the World

Are you up for it? While many courses cater to players of all skill levels (and rightly so!), some courses are intense enough to tempt even the most laid-back personalities to commit murder and mayhem in sheer frustration.

Displaying a little of your dark side is not necessarily a bad thing, though, if you’re looking for a way to pit your skills against the diabolical genius of a course designer and the elements. Will you be bored playing any of these courses? Absolutely not. Will you list any of them as your top favorites for frequent play? Maybe, maybe not. But rest assured that you will not walk away the same player as you started, and the experience you have at any of these courses will haunt you forever. In a good way.

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15 Golf Courses for Every Golfer’s Bucket List

Luxury Tropical Golf Course

Any serious golfer needs to have a bucket list of courses to visit in a lifetime. These courses should represent the best aspects of the game that you hope to capture: the courses, the views, the locations, and the pleasure of playing.

We have 15 amazing golf courses you can add to your list. Whether you’re just creating your bucket list or adding to it, make sure these courses make the cut.

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Ship Sticks Booth

Ship Sticks Booth at the PGA Expo

The Ship Sticks team had a blast at the recent PGA Expo in Las Vegas. We meet some great people in the industry and formed some powerful relationships.

To top everything off, we had one of the best booths at the entire event, see picture below to see our booth.

Here is a quick recap of the event:

  • Nick Coleman was interviewed by Win McMurry of the Golf Channel.
  • Met with current clients and signed up over 25 new accounts.
  • Developed relationship with several golf vacation/destination companies to be sole provider of their golf bag shipping.
  • Continued to grow our Brand Recognition with the PGA of america, country clubs & consumers.

Ship Sticks Booth

ship sticks booth

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Ship Sticks Partners With Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship to Provide Golf Bag Shipping to Participants

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (August 21, 2012) – Ship Sticks, a fast growing golf-bag-shipping company, signs on as partner to Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship to provide golf bag shipping to participants. Ship Sticks is creating a co-branded, micro-site to provide World Am golfers an easy and affordable golf-bag-shipping solution on https://worldamgolf.shipsticks.com/ship

“Ship Sticks is a truly premier golf bag shipping company, and we are delighted to offer our players the opportunity to take advantage of their services,” says Jeff Monday, tournament director, World Amateur Handicap Championship. “Using Ship Sticks will make travel easier and provide players the peace of mind that comes with using a company that specializes in taking care of and delivering golf clubs.”

Ship Sticks’ micro-site allows World Am guests to use an affordable, white-glove delivery service, risk free, while implementing customer service responsibility for shipping golfers’ clubs to and from the facility on time and within budget. Through Ship Sticks’ preferred relationships with the nations leading logistics providers, the company is able to offer superior pricing and service.

The World Amateur Handicap Championship is set to take place August 27 – 31, 2012, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. For more information, please visit www.worldamgolf.com. For more information about Ship Sticks, please visit www.shipsticks.com.

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Ship Sticks Provides Golf Bag Shipping Solution Through Micro-Sites For Facilities and Events

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (August 20, 2012) – Ship Sticks, a fast-growing golf bag shipping company, announces today a solution to golf bag shipping for facilities and events through cobranded micro-sites that provide an easy and affordable way for golfers to ship their clubs to and from.

“Many of our guests travel extensively, and Ship Sticks provides an added convenience for busy golfers,” says Jim Lombardo, head golf professional at Erin Hills.

“Ship Sticks is a truly premier golf bag shipping company, and we are delighted to offer our players the opportunity to take advantage of their services,” says Jeff Monday, tournament director, World Amateur Handicap Championship. “Using Ship Sticks will make travel easier and provide players the peace of mind that comes with using a company that specializes in taking care of and delivering golf clubs.”

“The co-branded shipping site is a win-win for any facility or event and its guests as we bear the responsibility of shipping a golfer’s clubs on-time and at a reasonable price with a guarantee,” says Nicholas Coleman, CEO, Ship Sticks.

Ship Sticks offers its partners complimentary micro-sites that allow any golf facility to add an affordable, white glove delivery service, risk free, while implementing customer service responsibility for shipping golfers’ clubs to and from the facility on-time and within budget. Recently, Ship Sticks has created micro-sites for Erin Hills, site of the 2017 U.S. Open, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, the number one rated golf resort in North America by both Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine, and the Golf.com World Am, the largest and most fun-filled amateur golf tournament on the planet.

Ship Sticks will be attending and exhibiting at the 2012 PGA Expo, August 20-22, 2012, at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada to educate consumers on their product, including the ease and benefits of co-branded micro-sites. On Tuesday, August 21, and Wednesday, August 22, Ship Sticks will be on the show floor in booth 703.

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Wailea Golf Course

Fun in Paradise

Wailea Golf Course
There may be no better world-class golf destination than the Hawaiian island of Maui. The weather’s perfect year-round, the courses are perpetually kept in immaculate condition, and the layouts are both challenging and enjoyable for all skill levels. Oh, and the views of the Pacific are simply stunning at most of the courses. The “musts” to play:

At the northwest corner of the island, both Kapalua Resort courses — the Plantation and the Bay Courses — are vastly different from one another. Winding through the West Maui Mountains, the Plantation perpetually ranks among the planet’s best. It hosts the PGA Tour opening event every year. Wide fairways and large greens help offset the course length and the wind, which can gust at any time. Thankfully, the holes are contoured to move errant shots back toward the fairway. The 18th hole – the Plantation’s longest — stretches 663 yards from the tips, but it’s all downhill. There are jaw-dropping views from the elevated tee box, which may be the island’s single-best vantage point.

Meanwhile, the Bay is located down near sea level, about a mile from the Plantation clubhouse. It’s hilly, has plenty of water hazards and bunkers, and meanders right down to the shore – all the while being player friendly and allowing you to score well. Front nine holes traverse through massive trees and tropical plants. The par-3 5th is Maui’s only hole that plays directly down at the ocean. The back nine then weaves through elevation changes, hills and ravines. The 16th hole – replete with a split fairway — is ranked as one of Hawaii’s best par-4s.

Wailea GoldAbout 75 minutes south of Kapalua is the Wailea area, a four-mile beach stretch with four outstanding resort courses. Wailea Golf Club’s Old Blue course is perpetually ranked as one of the most enjoyable Hawaii courses. This 40-year-old gem lets you have fun without taking away the challenge. It packs vivid scenery and wide-open fairways, and is an ideal vacation course to play in that you don’t have to think too much. It’s the perfect antidote after an evening of drinking Lava Flows. Greens are large, and all putts break towards the ocean. Beware, though: Winds pick up as the day goes on.

Old Blue’s two sibling layouts – the Gold and Emerald Courses – were both designed by renowned course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The Gold is the more-demanding of the two, with a plethora of lava rock waste areas. At 7,078 yards, it’s Maui’s second-longest course from the tips. The greens are large, but hold the ball well. The views are simply amazing, as they are on the Emerald Course, where every hole offers a window to the Pacific. The Emerald plays in the same fun spirit as Old Blue, but with a little bit more bite. The fairways seem narrower and the greens larger. But even slight mis-hits tend to find the fairways.

Finally, Makena Beach & Golf Resort is another Wailea-area jewel designed by Jones, Jr. While enjoyable and fantastically maintained, it can be difficult at times thanks to less-than-forgiving hills and hazards. The course makes you think through every shot before you swing. Fairways are relatively narrow, and there are plenty of traps in play. Perhaps the prettiest par-3 in the state is the 12th hole, a 185-yarder over a canyon and facing the ocean.

Beware, though: These courses can spoil you for life. Your courses back home will seem so mundane forever after.

If you want to learn about an affordable way of shipping golf clubs, then you definitely need to check out ShipSticks.com

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New Easy Payments Options

New Easy Payments Options

We have made it even easier to ship your sticks through Ship Sticks through our updated payments screens.  We know you thought it was easy before, but now we give you a simpler payment interface with new payment options including Club Billing.

1. Welcome to radio buttons!

We now present you all your available payment options in easy-to-use radio buttons making it clear which options are available to you without having to click a drop-down menu to browse.

2. Forgot to login?

We’ve all found ourselves in this position.  You start a ship, you get to Step 3 where you select a payment type and you realize that you’re not logged in.  In the past, you would have to either re-enter your credit card information or start the ship over after logging in.  Now, you can login directly from Step 3 after which all your available stored payment options will be available without having to restart the shipment.

3. Want to use a different credit card?

Go for it.  We’ve begun work to support having multiple credit cards stored with your profile.  You can set a default, but you can have back-up cards as well.  Perfect for pros who do a lot of shipping.

4. Get Club Billing!

With Club Billing you don’t need to use a credit card to pay for a ship. Pro’s and Pro Shops can now be billed with a monthly statement. ShipSticks Club Billing plans make check-out is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3!  You can apply directly from Step 3 by clicking the Request club billing link.

Give it a try, ship now!

 

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