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Vacation News » Featured Columnists | By Scott Kauffman | April 27, 2010 9:25 AM ET

Pronghorn Set to Debut New PGA Tour Academy Facility

(BEND, OR) -- Pronghorn, a highly acclaimed upscale 36-hole private golf resort community, will soon be adding another jewel to its development with the opening of the Tour Academy. The Tour Academy provides a variety of diverse instructional programs--including golf schools, junior camps, and private lessons--to golfers of every skill level, ranging from beginners to PGA Tour players.

The Pronghorn instructional facility is the ninth academy location and is slated to open May 1, 2010.

 "We are thrilled to be opening an academy at such a prestigious and desirable golf destination," said John Fechter, president of PGA Tour Experiences .  "We are very much looking forward to providing the highest level of quality golf instruction to the local golf community as well as those who decide to make Pronghorn their golf vacation destination."

The Tour Academy at Pronghorn features high-speed video capture software integrated with a 1200-point press/balance mat and launch monitors that track club and ball speed, launch angle, spin rate, carry and total distance.  Also incorporated are the TOMI Putting Lab, K-Vest 3-D training, and Motion Analysis Technology powered by TaylorMade.  The TOUR Academy will offer a complete listing of programs for golfers of all skill levels, including one to five-day golf schools, group clinics, junior golf camps, private instruction, club fitting, fitness programs and much more. Instruction is offered year round and registration for these programs is currently underway.

"To be selected by the TOUR Academy team as a premier club in the Northwest is exciting, and raises awareness of Central Oregon as a world-class golf destination," said Tom Hix, managing member at Pronghorn for Pronghorn Investors, LLC.  "We look forward to welcoming TOUR Academy guests to Bend and our community."

TOUR Academy at Pronghorn  joins eight additional academies at equally desirable locations including TPC Scottsdale in Arizona; TPC Sawgrass, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, and World Golf Village, all in Florida; TPC San Antonio in Texas; Centennial Golf Club in New York; and TPC Las Vegas in Nevada. Plans include the opening of five additional Academy locations by the end of 2010.

 The TOUR Academy also announced that its instructors have been selected to train the Chinese National Golf Team. For a period of 3-weeks, the TOUR Academy instructors have been working with the Chinese team at its World Golf Village instruction facility. Plans are currently being finalized to send two instructors back to China to continue work with this group of aspiring golfers.

"I think our instructors being selected to train the Chinese National Golf Team speaks volumes in terms of the quality of our teaching professionals," Fechter said. "Each instructor has been trained to work with the golf professional as well as individuals who are picking up a golf club for the first time."

Featuring the only Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio-designed courses at one development in the West , Pronghorn is recognized as one of golf's must-play destinations. Seated below the Cascade Mountains in central Oregon's spectacular high-desert terrain, the club provides a refreshing challenge for all players, with five-star resort amenities to indulge in at the end of every golf school day.

A variety of off-course adventures are available resort guests and club members from guided fly fishing, to private scotch tasting dinners. With Central Oregon as our backyard, Pronghorn also has access to one of the nation's premier outdoor playgrounds. World class skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, fly-fishing, rock climbing, and white water rafting, to name a few, are all only minutes

Spring Island Rolls Out New Sports Complex

(SPRING ISLAND, SC) -- Spring Island, a 3,000 acre private community in the South Carolina Lowcountry, is investing in its future as demonstrated by the completion of a new 12,000 square foot state-of-the-art sports complex. The new complex includes a resort-style pool area, fitness center, tennis courts, croquet pitch, and outfitter center with equipment for the numerous outdoor pursuits that abound on Spring Island.

Among the many amenities and programs integrated into the new complex: zero-entry family pool, lap pool, tennis pro shop and six Har-Tru tennis courts, Pilates and yoga studio, cardio and weight training equipment, croquet pitch, treatment rooms for massage and physical therapy, and the Outfitter Center equipped for numerous sports and activities such as  kayaking, biking, fishing, boating, baseball, tennis, croquet, basketball and volleyball.

"While some communities are fighting with banks and others are hiding their heads in the sand, the property owners at Spring Island are investing in the future of their community with this new $5 million sports complex," said Craig Lehman, manager of Spring Island Realty.

Spring Island's new sports complex is located in the Walker Landing area, the social hub at Spring Island, housing the community dock, and the River House with restaurant, gathering room, and community post office.

Even before this new sports complex, Links magazine named Spring Island one of the "Best of the Best" private golf communities in its Premier Properties Guide. Spring Island was also named one of Golf Connoisseur magazine's Top 40 Golf Communities in America and was ranked in the top 25 in the country by Travel + Leisure Golf and Golfweek magazine.

Additionally, Spring Island earned the Urban Land Institute's Sensitive Development Award with an Official Statement of Special Award reading: "Spring Island is a purist's recreational community that focuses on protecting its environmental heritage. Its no- and low-impact land and habitat management philosophy emphasizes economic viability, community livability, and environmental sensitivity in preserving an authentic piece of South Carolina's Lowcountry for future generations."

Spring Island is a 3,000-acre island community in the South Carolina Lowcountry 25 minutes from Hilton Head and Beaufort, and 30 minutes by boat from Port Royal Sound and the open Atlantic Ocean. Spring Island is limited to no more than 410 families on the 3,000 acres with 1,200 acres protected as nature preserve. Spring Island offers the finest amenities man and nature can offer to including Old Tabby Links, an 18-hole course designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, world class fresh- and salt-water fishing, equestrian, tennis, quail hunting, nature center, fine and casual dining options, and a wide variety of educational pursuits.

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