LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

December 23, 2016

Welcome to eSouthernGOLFzine.com, the Southeast’s #1 on line digital magazine for everything golf. For up to date news and reviews on courses, products and places to play, you only have to scroll our pages of information. Our staff of experienced writers are here to bring you, our readers, the latest articles for you to enjoy. Thank you for visiting.

The Great Danes, Thorbjorn Olesen and Soren Kjeldsen, claimed the first-ever World Cup title for Denmark at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia. Rickie Fowler and Jimmie Walker represented the USA and tied for second with France and the big surprise team from China.

Matt Kuchar and Harris English won the Franklin Templeton Shootout at the Greg Norman designed Tiburon Golf Club, managed by Troon Golf, in Naples Florida. David Duval and step son Nick Karavites won the PNC Father & Son Challenge at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club, designed by Greg Norman, at the Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando.

Diamond Resorts International is bringing big time golf to Central Florida in January. Celebrities from professional sports and entertainment will tee it up with the PGA Tour Champions at the Tranquillo Golf Club at the Four Seasons Resort in Disneyworld. Additionally, LPGA stars Brittany Lincicome and Lexi Thompson will be joining the old guys. The event is to raise money for the Florida Hospital for Children. You can get tickets at over 200 Walgreen’s stores for 30% off on the 3 day pass or daily admission. Go enjoy!

Well, it is official. Tiger is back and has signed a deal with Bridgestone to play their B-S330 golf ball, joining Brysan DeChambeau, Matt Kuchar, Fred Couples, Brandt Snedeker, Karrie Webb, and Stacey Lewis all with Bridgestone balls in their bags. Tiger opened his Oasis short course at the Diamonte Resort in Cabo San Lucas last month which can be played as a 12 par 3 hole or a as regular size 3 hole configuration in just over an hour.

Golf is looking up. There are not many new courses opening in the USA, but what is happening that golf clubs throughout the country are making substantial improvements to their existing courses. Just to name a few around Florida – The PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Plantation Palms in Land O’ Lakes, Harmony, Oaks National and Champions Gate in Osceola County, Huntington Hills in Lakeland, Pinecrest in Avon Park, Tiburon in Naples and Pelicans Nest in Bonita Springs.

At my home club at Stonegate Golf Club in Poinciana, both of our 18 hole championship courses are going through major renovations of bunkers, improvements to the daily care of the tees, greens and fairways and clearing of under brush in the rough. It makes a Duffer like me feel good when I play a well manicured and maintained golf course. I hope you feel the same way. Remember to thank the course Pro or Superintendent for a job well done. They take pride in their work, but could use a pat on the back to know we appreciate them.

Well, we have been doing this for over three years now and Alan and I take pride in what we deliver to you our readers and subscribers. I hope you like the new look of our home page, enjoy our special offers for golf throughout the year. Tell your friends about us and Go Play! Happy New Year .

In January, we will be attending the PGA Merchandise Show and Demo Day. As in the past, we will let you know our take on the latest and greatest gadgets and whoop ti dos. Every so often someone actually brings a new invention of some sort that takes us by storm. Longevity is the key, and ease of use the other. We will let you know what we find or not come February.

Check out our special offers for some great savings on some great golf courses. Go Save & Play!

David J. Daubert – Editor

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