TRAVEL TUESDAY – HONDA CLASSIC

Unlike last week at Riviera, the PGA Tour heads to a place that’s open to the public. This week we stop at The PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.  PGA National boasts 5 Championship courses on the property. All of the courses are challenging and provide a wide-range of skill to conquer each course. With all of the hoopla around the Tiger returning, all eyes will be on “The Champ” this week.

CONSIDERING A VISIT?

Whether it’s a family vacation, business or buddies trip, – PGA National welcomes all.  

PGA National – Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

In fact, the only unwelcoming part of PGA National is the famed “Bear Trap”, which consists of Holes 15, 16 and 17. These holes were a part of the 2014 re-design by Jack Nicklaus.  The Bear Trap has quickly become one of the toughest stretches of golf on the tour. Spectators flock to this popular spot of the course as it’s where the party takes place.   PGA National also just re-opened the Palmer Course after going through a renovation of its own in 2017.  Read more here.

As you can see, lot’s of exciting things are happening at PGA National, so if you’re interested in paying a visit you can check out some of their packages here.

OTHER TOP FLORIDA RESORTS

TRUMP NATIONAL DORAL

Trump National Doral – Doral Miami, Florida

If South Beach is more your thing, then we highly recommend taking a visit to Trump National Doral.  Doral showcases 4 courses of its own, most notably the Blue Monster.  The rush of beating the sunset at this resort is never in order. You can practice well into the night with their state of the art LED-lite practice range and putting green. Check out more on Trump National Doral here.

STREAMSONG

Streamsong Resort – Bowling Green, Florida

If you’re looking to go off the beaten path, there’s no doubt that Streamsong Resort will satisfy those looking for seclusion.  In 2017, both Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue were ranked inside of the Top 15 on Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Public Access courses.  Oh yeah, and it gets better, they just opened their 3rd course, Streamsong Black, which has received nothing short of rave reviews.  Check out more on Streamsong Resort here.

ARE YOU PLANNING YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE?

Ship Sticks will help transport your clubs to wherever you are playing or staying. We have simplified the travel experience for thousands of golfers across the globe. We all know that with the airlines, your clubs may not make it to its final destination and if they do, they may not all be in one piece. Let us simplify your next golf adventure. Grab a quote today and start planning!

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Travel Tuesday – LA’s Finest

Travel Tuesday – LA’s Finest

Better known as the “The Riv,” Riviera Country Club plays hosts to this week’s Genesis Open. This week we welcome back THE Tiger Woods. All eyes will be on the Tiger, as he jumps back into the tour.

Riviera Country Club – Pacific Palisades, California

Architect

Architect, George Thomas’ trifecta of golf design in Los Angeles starts with Riviera Country Club, which is his claim to fame. He considers The Riv to be his masterpiece course. The pristine design showcases the beauty of L.A., while challenging every golfer that plays the course.

More Than The Fame

Los Angeles Country Club – Los Angeles, California

While Los Angeles is better known for its stars, the golf is just as supreme. With neighboring George Thomas tracks like Los Angeles Country Club and Bel-Air Country Club, L.A. certainly put their name on the map for golf.  All of the courses have one thing in common. They are rich in history and have played host to some of the country’s biggest professional and amateur events.

Bel-Air Country Club – Los Angeles, California

From the public eye, all three of these courses are pretty tough tracks to get a tee-time on. Luckily, we have gathered up 2 local resorts that you should consider checking out. Terranea Resort which is just to the north and Pelican Hill to the south.  If you’re looking for the best bang for your buck on the course, it’s Terranea. If you’re seeking world-class golf and amenities, then Pelican Hill is the place to be. They feature 36-holes which are nestled along the coastline of the beautiful Newport Beach.

Planning Your Next Adventure

Next time you’re heading out on your next adventure be sure to pencil in the pristine courses of Los Angeles, California. Don’t worry about how you are going to transport your clubs there, Ship Sticks has your covered from pick up to return. They will pick up your clubs directly from your house, business, hotel or country club and deliver them to wherever you request. You name the place and Ship Sticks will be there. Grab a quick quote, while you plan your next trip.

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3 Courses Short On Yardage But Not On Fun

If you haven’t noticed lately, short courses are popping up everywhere, particularly at some of the country’s finest golf destinations.  Some courses are new, while some have been around for a while and are being revived.  When visiting a big-time golf destination, the goal is to get in as many rounds possible.  This is where short courses become favorable to a variety of golfers. Whether you’re growing your game as a beginner, trying to squeeze in some golf on your arrival or departure day or simply not up for walking 36 holes, these courses are for you. Most short courses can be played in under 2.5 hours which to some is more idealistic than the typical 5.

As the future of golf is ever changing… one thing is for certain, there is never a shortage of fun. We’ve rounded up 3 short courses that you should check out on your next bucket-list trip!

Bandon Preserve – Bandon Dunes Golf Resort  Bandon, OR

Carved out of the sand dunes alongside the Pacific Ocean you will find Bandon Dunes’ par 3 track. Bandon Preserve features 13 holes, all of which make you soak up the views before you think about putting your tee in the ground. Designed by the dynamic duo of Coore & Crenshaw, each par 3 hole is both stunning and challenging.  Depending on the wind direction you could end up using most of the irons in your bag, even your putter.  A tradition here is that you leave your wedges in the bag on the last hole and test you long putting game. We know that sounds weird but depending on the pin location it’s perhaps your best play.  Bandon Preserve is the perfect place to finish off the day with your buddies over some cold beers and Pacific sunsets. 

Take a peek at “The Preserve” here

Goat Hill Park – Oceanside, CA

Saved from being shut down just a few years ago by John Ashworth & Co., Goat Hill Park delivers one of golf’s most unique places to visit.  With a motto of “World Class | Working Class”, Goat Hill is a place for everyone…even your dog.  While the layout is extremely fun, many of the par 3’s will truly test your game.  Once you step out of the car at Goat Hill you feel as if you just landed at the local hangout spot built for golfers of all ages and backgrounds.  The mix of golf is just as good with an extremely fun and challenging layout of 9 par-3’s and 9 par-4’s on the card.  They’re even building a 3-hole layout for kids, called The Playground.  Everything about this place is truly unique and needs to be a must-play if you’re in the San Diego area.

Get more plugged into the people’s park of Oceanside here

The Cradle – Pinehurst Resort   Pinehurst, NC

Appropriately named considering it’s a baby-sized course, the Cradle might be short on yardage but it’s certainly not short on fun.  The Cradle is the latest addition to Pinehurst Resort, designed by Gil Hanse.  Kids even play free when accompanied by an adult.  With yardages ranging from 50 – 130 yards it’s a short course that will really test your wedge game, as well as your creativity.  Since we’re talking Pinehurst, you know there’s history behind the course.  The Cradle was actually built where the first nine holes of sand were carved out back in 1898.  Sitting just steps away from the revamped putting course, The Cradle makes for the perfect finish to your day while you settle any unfinished business on the Thistle Dhu.

Learn more about Rockin’ the Cradle here

What’s To Come

Sand Valley is opening up The Sandbox in 2018 and there are plans already in place to open up a par-3 course by our friends up north, at Cabot Links.  The future of golf might be getting shorter allowing for more fun while on the course.

Next time your planning a trip to these large destination courses, keep these short courses in the back of your mind. You’ll be thankful you did!

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Ship Sticks Honored by National Golf Foundation’s NGF GOLF 100 – the Inaugural List of the Top 100 Businesses in Golf

NGF Recognizes and Celebrates the Leading Companies in the Golf Industry

 

Jupiter, FL – January 16, 2018 – The National Golf Foundation (NGF), the only trade organization that works with every sector within the golf industry, today released its inaugural list of the Top 100 Businesses in Golf.

This biennial list recognizes the successful companies, organizations and associations that are of fundamental importance to both consumers and facilities involved in the game of golf. With eight different industry segments represented, the U.S.-centric NGF GOLF 100 offers comprehensive insight across all sectors including apparel and equipment companies, turf equipment and supply companies, course builders and management companies, as well as industry associations, media, retail and technology.

“The NGF GOLF 100 is intended to highlight the depth and vitality within the sport,” said Joe Beditz, President and CEO of NGF.  “The diverse list of companies and organizations contains not only the well-known brands that golfers see on TV, but celebrates a host of other innovators and influencers throughout various business segments that contribute to golf’s almost $70 billion impact on the economy.”

Eight distinct weighted criteria were taken into consideration when assessing individual companies and organizations for the NGF GOLF 100. Financial success was a key component based on an evaluation of annual revenue, overall growth rate and trajectory. Additionally, companies were assessed on their influence throughout the golf industry, their innovations, their prominence and leadership both within the sport and their category, and their contribution to the growth and vitality of the game.

The NGF GOLF 100 is not a ranking, instead a grouping selected companies and organizations by sector. Created to give an overview of golf’s commercial breadth in the U.S., the list recognizes the broad array of businesses important to the game.

“We are honored to be among the Top 100 Businesses in Golf,” said Nick Coleman, CEO & Founder of Ship Sticks. “We strive every day to simplify the travel experience for golfers around the globe. Because we are golfers ourselves, our passion for our brand is reflected in our mission to provide superior customer service. This award further validates that we have gained the trust across the golf industry.”

The NGF GOLF 100 evolved from the NGF’s expertise in research that includes market intelligence in the areas of golf participation, consumer behavior, course operations, facility development, travel, retail and consumer confidence. In addition, the NGF has its finger on the pulse of the golf industry through its consulting practice and continuous examination of golf supply, demand and trends that impact the golf businesses.

“As an organization that works closely with companies throughout the golf business, we have a unique perspective on category leadership and innovation,” said NGF Chief Business Officer Greg Nathan. “Consulting and driving business success is part of our DNA. This is our way to recognize those who enhance golf courses and the experience for golfers.”

The NGF GOLF 100 is available today at The Q (www.thengfq.com), the organization’s new communications platform focused on the business of golf.

The National Golf Foundation in 2019 plans to release an International list of the top businesses in golf that are based or do a majority of their business outside the U.S.

About the National Golf Foundation

The National Golf Foundation, founded 1936, is driven by its mission to foster the growth and vitality of the game and business of golf. The NGF holds a unique position as the most trusted and preeminent provider of market research, marketing databases, business insights and programs that support every segment of the industry. For more information, please visit www.ngf.org.

About Ship Sticks

Ship Sticks provides a door-to-door shipping solution for the traveling golfer who desires a hassle-free traveling experience. As the most reliable and cost-effective shipping service available, Ship Sticks has partnered with the world’s finest Golf Resorts, Country Clubs and Hotels to allow for an effortless shipping experience. Shipping golf clubs and luggage with Ship Sticks allows you to save time and money at the airport by avoiding the long check-in lines, crowded baggage terminals, and expensive baggage fees. Whether your clubs are being picked up from your home or office, Ship Sticks guarantees an on-time delivery to wherever you’re staying or playing. For more information, please visit www.shipsticks.com.

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Bend is Booming – 3 Places You Can Tee It Up.

When you think of destination golf you typically think Scottsdale, Palm Springs, Myrtle Beach, and Orlando.  There’s another destination city, however, looking to join in the mix and it might not be where you think it is. Bend is booming and trust me, you’ll want to be apart of it!

While Bandon Dunes has captured the eyes and hearts of many, it’s the high Desert and not the Dunes that’s putting the city of Bend, OR on the golf map.  Believe it or not, Bend is one of the fastest growing cities in the entire country.  If your the “outdoorsy type” that likes to mix in some great golf with some fun activities such as whitewater rafting, fly fishing, kayaking, and even skiing, then you may want to consider adding Bend, OR to your bucket list.

The Golf Scene

Centrally located in Bend, there’s Sunriver Resort. Here you’ll find just about any and every activity under the sun. Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains you’ll find 3 championship caliber golf courses, along with a 9-hole family-friendly course.  If you’re looking to pair golf with the great outdoors (cue up John Candy and the Old 96’er here), then this is definitely the spot for you!

About 30 minutes up the road, you’ll find Brasada Ranch.  Over the past 3 years, Brasada Ranch has been picking up awards like gimme putts staking its claim as the “Best Resort in Pacific Northwest” by Conde’ Nast Traveler.  Like Sunriver, Brasada offers activities galore both on and off the course.  On the course though, it’s Brasada Canyons, which features the Cascade Mountains as the backdrop while you climb up to 4,000 feet above sea level to some amazing views.

If you really want to zone in on the golf then it might not get any better than Pronghorn Resort, which features 2 eye-catching courses.  They’ve even built a brand new lodge for those looking for a little “stay and play” action.  The golf is good, real good.  In 2017, the Jack Nicklaus Signature course landed at number 38 on Golf Magazines Top 100 “places you can play”.  If you’re staying at Pronghorn you will want to consider adding Tetherow to the itinerary as well, located just down the road. 

Bend, OR is not only a family-friendly destination but a buddies destination, particularly for those looking to mix golf with a little bit of fun and relaxation!

Get a quote for shipping your Sticks to Bend, OR here.  

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Shipping Service – 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid.

These days, you should be doing everything and anything to take care of your members and guests. Why? Because if you’re not doing it someone else will.  So why aren’t you offering a shipping service to your clientele? After all, don’t they deserve the best options!

Rental FOMO (Fear of missing out on club rental revenue)

Are you a resort and have Rental FOMO? Our service caters to golfer’s who are passionate about using their OWN equipment, not someone else’s. Our customers would rather drag their gear onto the plane if it meant not dealing with a set of loaner’s not fit for them. If anything, Ship Sticks should make a nice complement to your rental program. We’ve even figured out ways to help you drive revenue, completely wiping out the fears of Rental FOMO.

Afraid the service will be too much of a hassle?

Aside from physically attaching the label to the travel bag or box for your member or guest, our team literally can take care of the rest! This includes monitoring and arranging pickups, resolving any issues that may pop-up during transit, and communicate with the destination that packages are coming their way. It’s a completely free, outsourced service that you can implement right away. And you can trust us, we’ve been doing this since 2011 and have developed relationships with over 3500 facilities across the world. We will also take the time to customize our service to your needs. On top of that, we provide you with all the tools you need to succeed, including free shipping supplies.

Rather than asking yourself what’s in it for me, shouldn’t you be asking what’s in it for my member or guest!

Question the reliability of shipping?

What happens if your member or guest decides to fly with their golf clubs and they don’t make it with the airlines? They’re likely ripping their hair out on the phone for hours with the airline, getting nothing in return (besides a headache). Paying out of their own pocket for rentals it is!

With Ship Sticks, we will track your equipment in real-time from the moment they are picked up until the moment they deliver. We know exactly where your bags are and when they need to arrive. We even have the capability of expediting service when an unforeseen situation arises. And if we can’t get your equipment to you before you hit the first tee, we’ll cover the costs of rentals and other items you need for the day.

For the longest time, shipping was too expensive of an option for most. Thanks to millions of traveling golfers across the world we’ve been able to change that and offer the most aggressive rates the industry has to offer. And if all of this wasn’t enough, shipping with Ship Sticks has an on-time success rate around 95%, better than the airlines. Don’t be afraid, embrace shipping services – your members and guests will thank you for it!

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Golf Bag Delivery | Hottest Golf Trends You’ll See in 2018

Are you already scheduling a golf bag delivery with us for your big 2018 trip? We hope you’re headed to Eastern Europe! With the new year right around the corner, this year’s trends will showcase a little bit of old and something new. So, here’s what you should know about the hottest golf trends of 2018 when planning your next trip:

All Things Tiger

The GOAT is back. Tiger has always and will always be at the forefront of golf – no matter where his game is at. But, Tiger admitted late this year that he’s swinging with no back pain once again. So, we can once again drool over those PGA Tour Facebook videos of seemingly impossible hits that only Tiger can handle.

Eastern European Destinations

You’ll still be traveling across the pond for some amazing golf in 2018. But, hop, skip, and jump away from your favorites in Ireland and Scotland, and instead book your travel for places more East like Costa Navarino in Greece or Ypsilon Golf Resort Liberec in the Czech Republic.

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Night Golf

Glow-in-the-dark golf became cool a couple years ago but was more geared toward kids in a putt-putt setting. In 2018, don’t be afraid to invite the guys out for a game at dusk. With an array of glow-in-the-dark golf balls and accessories, it can be a super fun alternative to your mid-morning round.

Sport-Centric Clothing

Golf is a sport, yes. But, the apparel has always been more reflective of “yacht club casual”. The traditional straight leg pants or pleated skirts, and polos are going to slowly but surely move out. With golf becoming more accessible and mainstream, sporty looks like Jason Day’s Air Jordan 1s and Michelle Wie’s athletic racerback tank tops are going to be more popular (even with the new dress code rules for tour players).

Are you interested in golf bag delivery?

Golf bag delivery can make your next trip a total breeze. That’s because, with Ship Sticks, all you need to do is schedule your shipment and pack up your bags. You soon will be on your way to your next bucket list trip. So, schedule your next shipment today!

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Now Airing New Ship Sticks TV Commercials

Check out our two newest commercials airing on Golf Channel, CNBC, Travel Channel and more.

4 Buddies

Wherever your love of golf takes you, whoever it takes you with, count on Ship Sticks to take your clubs. The process of shipping has never been easier. All it takes is a couple of minutes and a few clicks on our scheduling page. Ship Sticks will ship your clubs from your home to any golf destination you desire.

Planning for a golf trip with friends has never been easier. With Ship Sticks, your clubs will be ready upon your arrival. Check out our latest commercial featuring 4 Buddies who used Ship Sticks for their most recent golf trip. Their hassle-free experience allowed them to have an enjoyable time while on the course.

Simply The One

Are you deciding where your next golf trip may be? No worries. In our recent commercial, we feature key resorts that we partner with. There are many pleasures and challenges that set golf destinations apart. Although, the one thing they have in common is that they count on Ship Sticks to take your clubs there with care. Ship Sticks will ship your clubs from your home to your golf destination, wherever it may be. Allow yourself a few minutes on our site to grab a quote. When you’re prepared, simply book your shipment, and your clubs will be ready and waiting at the golf shop so you can be playing. Check out our newest commercial, Simply the One, and in no time you will be booking your next golf trip. Bandon Dunes, Pinehurst, Sand Valley and Sea Island Golf Resorts all offer once in a lifetime experience to their guests. Allow us to be the option of transportation as you check these resorts off your golf destination bucket list.

Always remember, we simplify the way you travel. Make it Simple. Make it Ship Sticks.

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8 Fantastic Golf Resorts in Portugal to Visit on Your Next Trip to Europe

8 Fantastic Golf Resorts in Portugal

Winter’s on the way, and you should be too. As the temperature continues to drop, likely golfers around the world will be making their way to guaranteed “hot” spots to enjoy the pleasant contrasting weather. Instead of competing for space in Hawaii or Australia, why not consider Portugal for your next winter getaway?

Currently home to more than 40 golf courses, Portugal is one of Europe’s most popular golfing destinations. Even better: its mild climate and agreeable weather is available year-round! Travel through a champion course or simply saunter along the Lisbon coast for a personal golf experience. Portugal’s affable climate is the perfect setting for a memorable round while keeping the winter blues away.

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Golfing Down Under: The 8 Courses You Must Play on Your Next Australian Vacation

Golfing Down Under

It’s that time of the year: the Australian Open.

As you read this, golfers from around the world are preparing to return to Australia’s legendary golf courses and resorts in anticipation of the Stonehaven Cup. The Australian Open continues to draw in impressive numbers to its robust golfing community, warm weather, and stunning attractions.

Whether you’re ready to follow the holes or play a few of your own, you’ll always have options in Australia. Some of the region’s treasured resorts have once been home to the prestigious tournament and boast a rich history and well-groomed landscaped. But, if you’d simply like to enjoy 18 rounds on the green under the warm sun, any of Australia’s 18,000 golf courses will do.

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