|GOLF Magazine Recognizes The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip: “Best New Courses of 2014”|
One of only 16 courses to join the elite “Best New Course” club in 2014, Greg Norman Golf Course Design’s The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip has been recognized by GOLF Magazine in the January issue. Located 2.5 hours southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, the links-style course has been lauded for excellence in design utilizing GNGCD’s signature “least-disturbance approach.” While Vietnam is not widely regarded for its quality of golf, it is an emerging, new-age destination, and The Bluffs Ho Tram is destined to put this country on the map.|
"This is one of only two pieces of land of this quality and character I have ever been given to work with -- the other being Doonbeg [in Ireland]," Norman said. "I'm a firm believer in using what Mother Nature gives us on a particular site. This one has it all."
For more information or to book your Vietnam golf vacation experience visit www.TheBluffsHoTram.com.
|Significant elevation changes complement shoreline vistas and the natural forest that surrounds the property.|
|Greg Norman Goes In Depth with Graham Bensinger|
Last month Greg sat down for an interview with Emmy award-winner Graham Bensinger to discuss golf, business, life and adventure for an upcoming episode of “In Depth with Graham Bensinger.”
|Graham Bensinger & Greg Norman at the January taping.|
Filmed at the Medalist Village, Greg had a “fire-side chat” and opened up about some never-before heard stories on racing cars, going head-to-head with a Great White Shark, trips to Cuba and his unlikely friendship with President Clinton.
This candid interview is not to be missed and will be airing the weekend of The Masters (April 12-13) through national, over-the-air syndication and regional sports television networks across the U.S. International television network Setanta Sports will air the episode in Canada, Australia, Africa, Europe and Asia. The interview will also be featured on Yahoo.com.
Check your local listings or visit www.GrahamBensinger.com for a complete list of programming.
|#FlipItAndRipIt: COBRA Golf Unveils the Fly-Z Driver Family|
Last year, COBRA Golf announced the return of Greg Norman to its Tour staff. In addition to being a global brand ambassador, he has collaborated with the R&D team on product development including the recently unveiled Fly-Z Driver Family.|
The latest in adjustable weight technology, the FLY-Z+ Driver features the all-new FlipZone weight technology – a revolutionary, moveable weight system engineered to provide two different flight paths in one club that enables maximum distance for any swing and any golfer.
Also included in the family is the FLY-Z, offering max distance with extreme forgiveness and the FLY-Z XL, providing distance with easy launch and draw. Starting at $279, additional information on each driver as well as the FLY-Z Hybrids and Irons can be found at www.cobragolf.com.
|Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy: Spotlight on Roberto Diaz|
The Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy, located in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. is one of the most distinctive golf learning centers in the country as it features the most comprehensive training programs for all ages and skill levels.
|Greg watches Bobby warm-up at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.|
The Tour Player Program provides professional players from the PGA, LPGA, Web.com, Hooters and other tours with the coaching and tools they need to train effectively during and between competitive seasons. Roberto Diaz has been a student of GNCGA since 2010 training under Scott Shobe and is currently enjoying his second year as a professional golfer on the Web.com PGA TOUR.
In 2014, the Mexican national achieved four “Top 25 Finishes” including a T4 at the Rex Hospital Open. He finished the season ranked 78th in money leaders, only three spots shy of the cutoff for attending the Web.com Tour Finals. Roberto was also the winner of the Gold Medal at the 2014 Centro American Olympic games held at Punta Tiburón, a Greg Norman Golf Course Design, located in his home town of Veracruz.
Follow Roberto’s road to success in the 2015 Web.com season here.
In addition to the Tour Player Program, Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy offers Junior Summer Camp, Adult Golf School, Full-Time and Post-Graduate programs. For more information visit www.GNCGA.com.
|Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy features comprehensive training programs for all ages and skill levels.|
|Get Ready for the Valero Texas Open|
With the Valero Texas Open rapidly approaching (March 23-29), tournament officials recently announced some of the early commitments to the player field, including six top-25 ranked players in the world and six past Valero Texas Open Champions. Players include:
|Steven Bowditch received a congratulatory phone call from fellow Australian Greg Norman following his 2014 victory.|
The Greg Norman designed AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio is a part of the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa and has played host to the Valero Texas Open since 2010.
- Steven Bowditch, defending champion
- Jim Furyk, currently ranked No. 7 in the world, has had top ten finishes at the VTO the past two years
- Matt Kuchar, currently ranked No. 10 in the world, finished fourth last year at the VTO
- Jimmy Walker, currently ranked No. 13 in the world, successfully defended his Sony Open title in Hawaii last month for his fourth PGA TOUR win in a 12-month span
- Billy Horschel, currently ranked No. 17 in the world, is the 2014 FedEx Cup Champion
- Graeme McDowell, currently ranked No. 20 in the world, will be making his first appearance at the VTO
- Zach Johnson, currently ranked No. 21 in the world, is a two-time VTO champion
- Additional returning Valero Texas Open Champions include: Martin Laird (2013), Ben Curtis (2012), Brendan Steele (2011), Justin Leonard (2000, 2001, 2007)
Established in 1922, the Valero Texas Open is the sixth oldest professional golf tournament in the world and the third oldest on the PGA TOUR. Past champions include Walter Hagen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Ben Crenshaw, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson.
To experience the excitement of PGA TOUR action paired with some good ol’ Texas hospitality:
For tickets and additional information: www.ValeroTexasOpen.com.
- General Admission Good-Any-One-Day Tickets: $20 each
- Patio at 17 Tickets: $75 per person, per day
- Cantina at 16 Tickets: $175 per person, per day
|Early commitments include top ranked players in the world and past Valero Texas Open Champions.|
This year is already off to a great start with so many exciting things on the horizon. I turn 60 this month, and have honestly never felt better. Physically, I am in the best shape of my life and mentally, I am enjoying the additional downtime for myself and my family that I have been afforded since curtailing my golf schedule.|
I am also extremely happy with where my business, Great White Shark Enterprises, is tracking to. I continue to say that we have only reached 20% of what the company is capable of, which motivates me every day to work harder and smarter. New partnerships with FOX and Troon will really be put into full gear this year and new GWSE ventures, like the Great White Shark Opportunity Fund, as well as storied ones, like Greg Norman Collection, continue to grow.
The first 60 have been great, and as I have said on numerous occasions, the first tee shot of the back nine of my life will be hit Feb 10th starting the next 60, which I know will be even better!
I leave you with some valuable lessons that I have learned in life, that you might find useful in yours:
- Set high standards. They will drive you to achieve.
- Learn the value of preparation.
- Be willing to change in order to succeed.
- Embrace failure, learn from it, and move on.
- Seek the advice of others.
- Stay in good physical condition. It will make a significant difference in your mental outlook.
- Victory is sweet, but how you handle yourself in defeat is often more telling.
- It takes time to establish something of value.
- Always over-deliver on the value proposition.
- Be humble and respectful.
- Expect the unexpected and deal with it in stride.
- Communicate openly, honestly and timely.
- ATTACK LIFE
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|St. Andrews with Greg Norman Jr.||With Muhammed Ali in Heckfield, England 1970s||Qantas Australian Open 1973|
|West Lakes Classic 1976||Presidents Cup with former President Bill Clinton||Designing with Pete Dye|
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