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Callaway Gardens Selects Yamaha as Golf Car Supplier

Callaway Gardens, the beautiful 2,500 acre resort located in Pine Mountain Georgia, has chosen Yamaha Golf-Car Company to supply fleet golf cars, utility vehicles and beverage carts for the Resort’s two outstanding golf courses, Lake View and Mountain View, plus multi-passenger golf cars for resort guest rental, according to Marc Bauer, Vice President of Resort Operations and Wyatt Detmer, Director of Golf at Callaway Gardens.

On a recent visit to the Resort, I dined with Vice President Bauer who told me, “After extensive research on the major brands of Golf-Car Companies, we found Yamaha to have the best value, performance and service, and that is why we chose them.”

The announcement comes fresh off the launch of Yamaha’s Drive 2, the next generation of gas and electric golf fleet vehicles, and the company’s latest expression of refined, luxurious technology. Highlights of the new Drive 2 lineup include a gas car that is nearly as quiet as an electric car, the first independent rear-suspension ever built for use in a golf car, the new design lines on the body panels and a 34% larger dashboard.

“We’re very proud to partner with Callaway Gardens, an award-winning and first class resort whose admirable mission is to provide a reserve for personal enjoyment through recreation, education and embrace of natural wonders,” said Tom McDonald,
President of Yamaha.

For more than 65 years, Callaway Gardens has provided “a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world” for millions of visitors. Owned and operated by the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Callaway Gardens includes a garden and resort, just north of Columbus, Ga. Highlights of the Resort include a Butterfly Conservatory, large Discovery Center, gorgeous Waterside Chapel, inland sand beach, nature trails, water sports and Florida State Circus performers. The wonderfully appointed Lodge with meeting space, Spa Prunifolia, tennis, Treetop Ropes Course, Zip lines and Birds of Prey show are some of the features guests may enjoy when visiting.

“Golf is one of Callaway Gardens most important outdoor resort assets and recently, we are endeavoring to improve the total golf experience. Our new partnership with Yamaha does just that by enhancing the golf experience with a superior product design and fresh new look,” stated Callaway Gardens President and CEO, Bill Doyle. “The business-to business partnership is also a proud moment for our region. With Yamaha’s world-class manufacturing facilities in nearby Newman, its just feels right doing business with a neighbor.”

“Equally as exciting is expansion of four and six passenger golf car rentals, now up to 45 in the fleet, for our Callaway Gardens guests to reserve. I have always felt that, besides a bicycle, a golf car is a great way for the family to experience the outdoor beauty of the Gardens. Yamaha’s new Drive 2 QuieTech EFI gas engines are extremely quiet allowing the sounds of nature to be the only thing you hear while riding through our property and not disturbing the wildlife as well. Guests will find the new fleet available at the Discovery Center, which is centrally located in the Gardens,” added Doyle.

As part of the partnership with Callaway Gardens, Yamaha will become a Gold Sponsor of the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation Charity Golf Tournament. Yamaha will also be the Official Golf Car of the Resort’s spectacular Holiday Light & Sound Show, Fantasy in Lights, and promotional partner in the annual Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament.

In addition to Callaway Gardens Resort, Yamaha has a significant presence at other world class resort destinations such as the magnificent Reunion Resort near Orlando, Florida, Mission Inn Resort & Club, celebrating its 100 year old El Campeon golf course, and 24 courses at 10 locations on Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

For more information on Yamaha visit online at YamahaGolfCar.com. For more information about Callaway Gardens call 800-463-6990 or visit CallawayGardens.com

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Dave Daubert

Lehigh University graduate, Procter & Gamble retired. Previously a Managing Editor and Feature Writer for a regional golf monthly magazine for 11 years. Married to wife Carol and residing in Solivita, an active adult community in Central Florida

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