|PGA of Australia Launches The Greg Norman Medal|
Greg Norman received one of the greatest honors of his life last month by the PGA of Australia with the launch of a new award, the Greg Norman Medal. The Greg Norman Medal will be presented annually to the best male or female Australian professional golfer on the world stage. The inaugural award will be presented in 2015 at a gala in December.|
|"I am deeply grateful and honored to have this prestigious award named after me, which will hold a place of pride and prominence in my heart. Australian golf is in a great place right now, and I hope the young players out representing our country are inspired that hard work and perseverance can lead you to great things. My dream is to see others go on and achieve even more than I did." – Greg Norman|
Get the full story at PGA.org.au
|The Greg Norman Medal will be presented annually to the best male or female Australian professional golfer on the world stage.|
|GNGCD’s Ellerston Debuts in GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Courses List|
Each year, a panel of 100 voters from 15+ countries evaluate a ballot of more than 450 candidates to determine GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Courses in the World. Everyone from PGA Tour legends to world-renowned architects to golf-industry leaders weigh in, and the result is an authoritative assessment of the best courses our game has to offer.|
This year, one of GNGCD’s tracks made its debut at No. 73 in the world – the highest ranked among the six new courses to the list this year.
Located in New South Wales, Australia – four hours northwest of Sydney – the ultra-exclusive Ellerston is an Alister MacKenzie-inspired design and is lauded by GOLF Magazine as “one of the strongest, most option-laden tests in the Southern Hemisphere.”
Set in the rugged bush country of the Upper Hunter Valley, the muscular, drama-filled design features plentiful forced carries over deep gullies and ravines. Most of the course is set in a valley, with Pages Creek influencing play on half the holes. Immaculate conditioning pairs with Norman's Sandbelt-style bunkers and chipping areas, tangles of buffalo grass and a collection of ridge-top targets, to form a beautiful if brutal test of any player's golf skills.
See the full list at GOLF.com.
|Set in the rugged bush country of the Upper Hunter Valley, the muscular, drama-filled design features plentiful forced carries over deep gullies and ravines.|
|Behind the Scenes at GWSE: Jason McCoy|
Jason McCoy has been jet setting the globe with Greg Norman Golf Course Design since 1992. Today he serves as Senior Vice President and our resident good ol’ boy in the office.
|Jason worked with Pete Dye for seven years, working on projects like Harbour Town Golf Links, Crooked Stick, Brick Yard Crossing and Kiawah Island.|
Born in Huntington, WV and raised in Lakeland, FL golf has been part of Jason’s DNA since he was a young boy. His father was an avid golfer and introduced him to the game at age 10 and no more than six years later he was working as the Assistant Superintendent at Carpenters Home Golf & Country Club in Lakeland.
After a brief stint in the U.S. Air Force cut short by an injury, Jason returned to what he knew best and received a degree in Science & Turf Grass Management from Lake City Community College. It was during a summer between semesters, working at Old Marsh Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, where Jason met the legendary Pete Dye. After witnessing Jason’s innate talent, Pete told him to “give him a call” when he graduated in the fall of ‘85 and the rest, as they say, is history.
Jason went on to work for Pete for the next seven years, working on projects like Harbour Town Golf Links, Crooked Stick, and Brick Yard Crossing and then ultimately his favorite, Kiawah Island, home of the War By Shore and where he met his wife of 25 years.
In the fall of ‘92 Jason and Pete started work on the Medalist where Jason linked up with Greg, the two of them clicked, and from there Greg Norman Golf Course Design was born.
|Q. What are your favorite projects that you have worked on with Greg in the past 23 years?|
A. With over 100 courses to date, it is hard to pick just one because they are each special for their own reasons. I would have to say Medalist, Doonbeg and Meadow Brook stand out and my all-time favorite would have to be TPC Sugarloaf.
|Q. What can you say about Greg Norman as a golf course designer?|
A. Greg is one of the most well-traveled player-designers in the world. The vast diversity and variety of courses he has seen and played certainly gives him a leg up on the competition. In addition to that, I would say that Greg knows golf course design from the ground up better than any of the player-designers out there. From the piping and irrigation to construction to the visual aesthetic, he is best in class.
|Q. What is the craziest or most extreme thing you have ever seen on a golf course?|
A. We travel to every corner of the world and have seen a lot! I have to say that the armed guards and automatic weapons present in some countries and site visits never cease to amaze me.
|Q. What is the most valuable lesson you learned working for Pete Dye?|
A. Pete knew how to talk to everyone from the guy digging the ditch to the owner of the golf course. He could always get on your level and be respectful and communicate with you no matter who you were. I think Greg and I both learned this from Pete and carry it with us to this day.
|Q. The question that you get asked the most often: what is like to work for Greg Norman?|
A. I will just say this: I have been fortunate enough to know three great men in my life - my father, Pete Dye and Greg Norman.
|McCoy: "I have been fortunate enough to know three great men in my life - my father, Pete Dye and Greg Norman."|
|Franklin Templeton Shootout Tickets On Sale October 12th! |
The 27th Franklin Templeton Shootout returns to Tiburón Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples Dec. 7 – 12, 2015. Hosted by Greg Norman, this one-of-a-kind competition features 24 of the world's top professional golfers playing on two-man teams in a mixed-format of modified alternate shot, better ball, and scramble.|
For sponsors, fans, and TOUR professionals alike, the Shootout offers an intimate yet exciting atmosphere that should not be missed.
Tickets go on sale October 12th online, and October 22nd in stores:
|Collier Club: $85/Day or $195/Week|
|Upgrade Your Experience! Enjoy tournament action with 24 of the PGA TOUR's best golfers in the Collier Club, an exclusive, elevated hospitality suite situated between the 8th & 17th greens on Tiburón's Gold Course. This upgraded venue is ideal for entertaining top clients, business associates and friends.|
|18th Green Daily Reserved Seating: $55 Thursday/Friday and $65/Saturday|
|Reserved 18th green grand stand seating. Limited availability. For more information, please call the tournament office at (239) 254-9770.|
|Weekly Grounds Ticket: $80|
|All week pass to the tournament grounds. Access to public seating throughout the course Tuesday – Saturday.|
|Tournament Daily Grounds Ticket (Thursday through Saturday): $30 in advance, $35 Tournament Week|
|Daily pass to the tournament grounds. Access to public seating throughout the course.|
Visit www.franklintempletonshootout.com or call the tournament office (239) 254-9770 for more information.
|The 27th Franklin Templeton Shootout returns to Tiburón Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples Dec. 7 – 12, 2015.|
|More than $45,000 Raised for Wounded Warrior Project at Troon Facilities during World’s Largest Golf Outing|
On Monday, August 3, 11 Troon® facilities joined a total of 132 golf courses across America hosting the fifth annual World’s Largest Golf Outing that raised more than $1 million, a record high, for Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).|
Through a portion of player entry fees, contests and 100% of donations, participating Troon courses contributed $46,046 to WWP, the national organization that honors and empowers injured servicemen and women, their caregivers and families. Of the 12,300-plus participants, nearly 600 – including 44 WWP Alumni – teed it up at Troon courses from New York to Hawaii to make meaningful differences in the lives of Wounded Warriors.
*Greg Norman partnered with Troon in 2014 as a principal investor and he sits on the board of directors.
|Cathedral Lodge Grass Laying|
Cathedral Lodge, a new GNGCD design in Victoria, Australia has celebrated a landmark occasion with the official grass laying last month. The project will take the better part of the next two years to complete, but we hope to have 6-7 holes playable by March 2016.
|The official grass laying occurred last month.|
In April 1997 David Evans, owner and driving force behind Cathedral Lodge, travelled to Augusta National with his late father Ron to witness the Masters and visit Augusta National Golf Club for the first time. He credits that trip and the subsequent trips to Augusta as the sole reason for building Cathedral Lodge.
However the concept today is a private, picturesque and quality golf course built for a small group of members in the tranquil surrounds of Thornton, Victoria, which certainly fields the vision of what is now coming out of the ground. The aim is to create an extraordinary golf course where members can play with their families and guests and experience a U.S.-style club golf.
|Cathedral Lodge was inspired, in part, by owner David Evans' affinity for Augusta National.|
A Day in the Life of Greg Norman|
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|Greg Norman Estates, 1998||GWSE Board Meeting||With Coach, Mentor and Friend, Charlie Earp|
|1988 MCI Heritage with Jamie Hutton||Practice Round with John Daly at 1989 US Open at Congressional||1997 British Open with Greg Norman, Jr.|
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