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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Golf Bag Delivery | How Lexi Thompson is Leading the LPGA

Audience call-in penalties and wrist injuries in 2017 aren’t keeping Lexi Thompson from working toward her best year yet in 2018. With one of the biggest golf controversies of the year looming over her head, Thompson’s rise to household name status in her sixth tour year has made her one to watch.

Thompson won two LPGA Tour matches with six runner-ups last year, earning the GWAA Female Player of the Year. But, it won’t stand alone on her trophy shelf. Thompson put in work after controversially missing first at the ANA Inspiration, winning the Race to CME Globe and setting a new LPGA Tour single-season scoring record, with an average stroke play of 69.114. That earned her the Vare Trophy.

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“2017 was an extremely challenging year for me and my family, both on and off the golf course.  But with the support, love and guidance of my mom, dad, and brothers, I was able to overcome these challenges and go on to have my best year as a professional golfer,” shared Thompson with the LPGA.

At 22 years old though, we have a hard time believing that this is her peak. With Michelle Wie still on a winless streak, the LPGA community has been in need of a fresh and exciting face. And with the hopes of an LPGA and PGA Tour mixer, we can’t wait to see what Thompson brings to the course this season.

Are You in Need of a Golf Bag Delivery Service?

If you’re ready to see Lexi Thompson alongside the likes of Michelle Wie and Lydia Ko dominate the year up close and personal, get ready to use our golf bag delivery system. Our reliable shipping services make traveling for golf a breeze. So, practice your swing, prep your bag, and start shipping!

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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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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 Shipping | How Are Millennials a Golf Game-Changer?

That boy you see behind the wheel of a golf cart – no, he’s not your caddy. Rather, he’s the one you’re competing against for course records. Millennials are making golf mainstream, and a slower pace of play due to Instagram photoshoots isn’t the only evidence.

According to the National Golf Foundation’s annual study on golf participation in the United States, 36 percent of players are ages 18 to 39. And, upwards of 15 million more millennials are interested in the sport. Soon, this age range will make up for the majority of players.

But, it isn’t the physical sport that’s attracting the younger generation. It’s the lifestyle. Humor and lightheartedness have made their way into all platforms of media, making golf and players more approachable and entertaining. (Let’s not forget 2011’s Golf Boys music video.) And, social media alone has filled with short videos, photobombs, and witty captions.

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Another added “cool factor” is that we’re not only seeing the Jordan Spieths and Ricky Fowlers hit the greens. Team sports athletes, like two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, and pop culture influencers, like singer Niall Horan, are showing an affinity for the sport, creating a fan base crossover.

However, conflicting reports claim that millennials are doing the exact opposite and are instead destroying the traditional game. That’s why it’s important to look past course play. Upscale, game-based driving ranges, like Top Golf, continue to pop up, trending course time downward.

Golf is evolving. And its accessibility is making it a viable option for young people to get involved and reap the benefits of a game that lasts a lifetime.

Are you looking for golf bag shipping?

Ship Sticks makes golf bag shipping a breeze. In just a few simple steps, you can have your gear awaiting your arrival. So, sign up to ship now!

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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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The Open Championship at St Andrews

The Open Championship at St Andrews

St. Andrews, known as the home of golf, is recognized as one of the oldest and most iconic golf course in the world. In fact, golf began at St. Andrews in the 1400s. Today, the town of St. Andrews owns seven challenging public golf courses including the famous Old Course.

The Open Championship is the oldest major championship in golf and St. Andrews plays host every five years. The Old Course has hosted the Open a record 28 times dating back to 1873, more than any other course.

History and the Old Course

The inaugural Open at St Andrews was played in 1860 and has produced some of the most legendary champions in golf. However, the first Open Championship at St. Andrews was held in 1873 and won by Tom Kidd. Kidd was presented with the first Claret Jug and, to this day, the winner of the Open Championship receives the iconic trophy.

The Old Course is a links-style course that plays to a par 72 and 6,721 yards from the championship tees. The Old Course is famous for its use of double greens. Seven holes share the same green. The Swilcan Bridge is one of most famous landmarks on the Old Course. The bridge is over 700 years old, and players must walk over the bridge on the 18th hole. Many of the most iconic photos in golf occur on the Swilcan Bridge. The Old Course features 112 bunkers with the most famous 10-foot deep Hell Bunker on the 14th hole. The 17th hole, known as the Road Hole, is one of the most famous holes in golf.Players hit a blind tee shot over the corner of the Old Course Hotel, maneuver the difficult Road Hole Bunker short of the green, and sometimes face a bank shot off the stone wall, which lines the hole near the green.

Past Champions

Many consider The Open Championship the most coveted major. Due to the rich history of St. Andrews, players consider it even more special to win the Open Championship there. Naturally, some of the most influential names in golf have won at the Old Course. Notable champions include Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, among many others. Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, James Braid, John Henry Taylor and Bob Martin all have the distinction of winning the Open Championship twice at St. Andrews. In 2000 while playing the Old Course at St. Andrews, Woods set the scoring record at the Open Championship with -19 under par.

Ship Sticks

St. Andrews is one of the most popular golf destinations in the world. Allow Ship Sticks to assist with your golf vacation to the Old Course at St. Andrews. Ship Sticks transports your clubs from home and ships them directly to your golf destination. Once your golf is completed, Ship Sticks sends your clubs back home in time for your next round. Visit Shipsticks.com and let them simplify the way you travel.

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Reunion Resort

Reunion Resort

With world famous attractions such as Disney World, Sea World, and Islands of Adventure only a short drive away, Reunion Resort should be ranked among these top tourist attractions. Reunion Resort has its own 5-acre water park, with five pools, a peaceful lazy river and water slides galore.

However, the main attractions at the resort are their golf courses. Reunion Resort is the only golf resort destination that is home to three championship courses that were designed by three of golf’s greatest legends: Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Arnold Palmer. These three signature courses beautifully conform to their natural surroundings to provide a challenging, yet enjoyable experience for golfers.

Legacy Course

The Legacy Course designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer, is just as beautiful as it is challenging. The roller coaster-like terrain spans over the entire 6,916 yards of this par 72 course. The creation of a wide variety of risk/reward shots comes as a direct result from these significant changes in elevation.

Reunion Resort

Although the fairways tend to be quite wide, there are 80 bunkers and waste traps that have been strategically placed across the entire length of the championship course. Arguably the best hole on the Legacy Course, the par four 7th, is one of Palmer’s all-time best designs. The hole plays over a stunning water feature, through numerous bunkers, ending with a magnificent view of the towering resort behind the green.

Independence Course

The Independence Course was the first course to open at the Reunion Resort and was Tom Watson’s first Florida Signature Design. This links-style course is windswept and features fast, firm and wide rolling fairways. This 7,257 yard, par 72 course focuses on both strategy and power thanks to Watson’s creatively placed bunkers. The greens are fairly large and undulating which places an important emphasis on club selection.

Reunion Resort

Since the course serves as a frame to the property there is a nature preserve located on the side of each hole which provides amazing scenery and captures Florida’s natural beauty perfectly. Even though the resort is relatively close to the tourist hub of Orlando, the course offers a very rural atmosphere.

Tradition Course

Considered to be the most difficult course of the three, the Tradition Course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son. The parkland-style course is very smooth and flowing, and although it is very beautiful, it is also very deceptive. The course is spectacular at tempting golfers into taking risky shots in the hopes of gaining large payoffs. Unlike the other courses, the Tradition Course features small greens, narrow fairways, and has an abundance of water hazards.

The Tradition Course is the newest course at Reunion Resort and is also the largest, stretching to an impressive 7,300 yards from the championship tees. The tight fairways are lined with hundreds of oak, maple, and palm trees. With water hazards on nine of the eighteen holes, the course is as striking as it is tough. The course is hardly a walk through, but it is certainly destined to become one of Florida’s best golf courses.

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