Rental Sets Making It Easier to Travel Light

By Adam BarrSeptember 10, 2009, 6:22 pm
It's a global game. In headlines, that usually means golf has worked its way into every corner of the world, with players of every nationality and ability level.

With me, it just means wherever I am on the globe, I wanna play.

Likely you’re the same. And while we all prefer to bring along the clubs-shoes-balls-and-all in this unfriendly baggage environment – and golf luggage is better than it’s ever been – well, there are times when you just don’t want to deal with all that. Especially when your bag is considered fat and overweight: 'One pound over? I gotta dump three whole sleeves of Pro V1s? Just WHERE did you people go to Evil School?”

Calm down. There’s always the rental option. And it’s not what it used to be. Once, golfers who forgot to pack their clubs or lost them to the mysteries of airline baggage “handling,” called off all first-tee bets when consigned to rentals, or simply bailed out and scheduled a massage. Now, they often find themselves playing better with the stand-ins.

“With the quality of our rental sets, there are many times that our rentals are upgrades [from a guest’s] personal equipment,” says Chad Campbell (not that one), director of golf at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. “Often the rental sets have proven to be more of a test run or a demo of a future purchase. We have had guests buy similar clubs from us following their round, as well as have them call us after they return home to find out exactly what they had because they want to purchase the same thing from their pro.”

And while getting people to whip out the checkbook isn’t necessarily the goal of providing rentals, it doesn’t hurt from a marketing point of view. Callaway Golf has rental sets at many top courses, but not for the narrow slice of sales revenue they generate.

“Rental clubs don’t represent a material gain in terms of sales,” says Callaway spokesman Tim Buckman, “but they provide terrific opportunities to get our products into the hands of golfers, as well as exposure for the brand.'

Well, that’s great for business, but what about our wandering games? Top courses and resorts, especially near the bigger cities, frequently get the luggage-lazy guest, the odd golf-outing participant, or the lucky business traveler whose work has finished early enough for a round before heading to the airport. Having clubs available for these kinds of serendipitous golfers is a crucial part of maintaining a resort’s high-end image.

“Most clubs and resorts provide access to top of the line equipment from the most reputable manufacturers,” Campbell said. “There are also many options available, such as stiffness of shafts – ladies, senior, regular flex, and even stiff shafts. Left-handed clubs are also readily available. Here at Pinehurst we are even able to provide left- and right-handed junior sets for all ages.”

Pinehurst has a relationship with Acushnet, so the resort provides Titleist and Cobra rental equipment, including Scotty Cameron putters. The junior clubs at Pinehurst are from U.S. Kids, and there’s no charge to rent those. Adults pay $75 per round. Pinehurst keeps 96 sets, so it’s usually not even necessary to make a reservation.

But don’t think in terms of sets. Or even just clubs.

“We put in a fleet of [100 sets of] clubs and shoes, based on what we know about golfer volume,” says Steve Friedlander, golf general manager at Pelican Hill Resort near Los Angeles.

Fleet? What is this, the Navy? Well, Friedlander does sometimes see his job as coming to the rescue of a big-city traveler who has the time for golf, but not the gear – hence the footwear. Other little additions that come with Pelican Hill’s Nike clubs include two sleeves of balls. The charge for all this one-day outfitting: $85.

Friedlander, a 25-year veteran of golf resort management, is a Nike staff member, but being so close to major golf manufacturers in southern California, he can even get special-request sets made up if a guest really wants one.

Sure, we all have a relationship with our own clubs. But seen another way, it’s always better to play than not play, right? With modern rental programs, the smart play is to swing east – and travel light.
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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.


Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.


Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 8:30 am

Tiger Woods begins the final round of the 147th Open Championship four shots off the lead. He's out at 9:25 a.m. ET on Sunday and we're tracking him.


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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 8:30 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.


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“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”