GolfNow.com Expands Online Tee-Time Service into Golf Mecca, Myrtle Beach

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 15, 2011, 2:40 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 29, 2010) – Golf enthusiasts planning their Myrtle Beach golf vacation now have a one-stop shop to conveniently book tee times – www.GolfNow.com.  More than 50 courses in Myrtle Beach – long recognized as one of the world’s premiere golf vacation destinations – have been added to Golf Channel’s online tee-time service, offering golfers the opportunity to book exclusive tee times directly through the website, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

GolfNow.com is the first national tee time booking service to enter the Myrtle Beach market.  Top area courses, such as Barefoot Resort’s Dye, Fazio and Love Courses; TPC Myrtle Beach; King’s North at Myrtle Beach National; and Caledonia Golf & Fish Club join the more than 2,400 golf courses throughout North America on the GolfNow.com platform.  The Myrtle Beach area, better known as “The Grand Strand,” hosts more than 1 million golfers playing more than 4 million rounds annually.

“Expanding into Myrtle Beach has long been a goal for GolfNow, and we are very excited to be offering consumers one easy, convenient location to book tee times at this premiere vacation destination,” saidGene Pizzolato, chief operating officer for Golf Channel New Media Ventures.  “Golf Channel continues to focus on developing innovative ways to promote the growth of golf and make golf courses across the country more accessible to the active recreational golfer, and we are very happy with the opportunity that this expansion presents.  We are excited to build on this roster of courses in Myrtle Beach as we head into 2011 and beyond.”

GolfNow.com offers access to golf courses from 45 states and is partnered with more than 2,400 courses across the U.S. and Canada. Through easy-to-implement solutions that sell tee times to golfers, GolfNow.com helps thousands of golf courses sell more rounds, increase revenues and, in turn, helps to grow the game. 

About GolfNow.com

Golf Channel’s GolfNow.com is managed and operated by GolfChannel.com, which ranks as a top golf destination on the Internet. Golfnow.com is the Internet’s largest and most comprehensive online tee time booking service, offering users the ability to book tee times at more than 2,400 courses nationwide at any time of day.  The tee time service is part of Golf Channel’s inventive online platform, a combination of sites designed to be the ultimate one-stop personal golf concierge service to help the recreational player enjoy every aspect of golf from getting the most up-to-the-minute golf news from around the world to help with how to play, where to play and what to play.  Golf Channel’s digital platform also serves golfers in the areas of travel and events – highlighted by the Golf Channel Am Tour, the largest amateur tour in the country with more than 800 tournaments in 60+ local chapters nationwide, providing casual players with a professionally-run golf tournament experience and access to play at some of the greatest and most challenging courses in their hometowns – and access to GolfChannel.com’s features and breaking news, a library of more than 2,500 instructional online videos, extensive product reviews, and tips from the most-trusted equipment experts.

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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.