Top 3 reasons why the 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic is the perfect summer event for golf fans

The PGA Tour event within the Detroit city limits is a must-attend tournament for golfs fans in 2022.

In only three years, the Rocket Mortgage Classic has created a unique vibe as one of the more exciting stops on the PGA Tour calendar.

With the Detroit Golf Club as the setting, the tournament allows golf fans an opportunity to watch the game’s best compete on the historical track designed by the legendary Donald Ross. And at the same time, the innovative updates from tournament organizers make it one of the most fan-friendly setups for all ages.

As expected, tickets for a PGA Tour event like the Classic can go quickly. So if you’re looking to make this year’s tournament (July 28-31) part of your summertime memories, getting a head start on the journey is always a good plan—a plan which should include making TicketSmarter the go-to spot for your ticket needs.

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The online reseller is perfect for navigating ticket-buying options for professional golf tournaments. It’s safe, simple and eliminates the hassles and unknowns of finding what you need while providing a 100% purchase guarantee. That way, golf fans can focus on enjoying the power and excitement of attending the tournament, without the worries that are oftentimes common in the digital ticket marketplace.

So, are you ready for the PGA Tour action in the Detroit city limits?

The 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic has all the elements to continue building on the event’s reputation, with even more inventive additions around the grounds, plus an entirely new storyline that didn’t exist in the previous three tournaments.

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Coming into full bloom: Once left for dead, The International has now blossomed into a thriving club thanks in large part to its members

As the season changes from spring to summer, the leaves (and allergies) make many golfers fully aware that everything is in bloom. As another golf season commences at The International Golf Club in suburban Boston, it has become quite apparent that …

As the season changes from spring to summer, the leaves (and allergies) make many golfers fully aware that everything is in bloom.

As another golf season commences at The International Golf Club in suburban Boston, it has become quite apparent that the club is blossoming into one of the top private clubs in the New England area.

Situated less than an hour from the downtown Boston in Bolton, The International has everything a golfer searching for a golf-intensive club could ever want – two 18-hole championship courses with marquee names attached to them, a practice facility that could turn anyone into a range rat, and white-glove service from a staff that truly enjoys catering to anyone’s needs or requests.

What they do not have – besides a pool, tennis courts and other amenities associated with country clubs, not private golf clubs – is the pretentiousness commonly found at many places boasting a 100-plus-year history. Established in 1901, The International instead offers a welcoming atmosphere where everyone is a friend. And like a famous Beantown bar, a place where “everyone knows your name.”

Credit that to the membership, which runs 160-plus strong and is sure to grow once the Coore & Crenshaw renovation to the Pines Course is completed next year. The world-renowned course design team is refining the Geoffrey S. Cornish/Francis Ouimet original design by re-routing some holes and allowing the land to influence the features. Coore and Crenshaw also are removing several tee boxes to help with the flow of the course and creating stunning tree-lined corridors that will test The International’s strong playing membership.

“Our job is to wed holes to the ground as we see them in a natural way,” says Crenshaw. “That’s what we attempt to do – we like to see the ground with no preconceived notions on what to do. I think we can do a fantastic job with this golf course.”

“We will study the Pines Course more as a landform in its raw state as if no golf course exists,” Coore adds. “We don’t want to view this as restoring an existing course and be too influenced by its features. The potential for interesting golf at the Pines Course is very high.”

The members eagerly await testing their golf mettle on the revamped Pines Course. The serious golfer knows the clout the Coore-Crenshaw name presents – they also know the ownership group, Escalante Golf, places a premium on its golf amenity and that the course will offer the ultimate experience.

“We’re super pumped about the Pines Course renovation and what’s to come,” says The International member, Evan McCullough. “Seeing the vision there and seeing both Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw on property makes us incredibly excited about what’s next.”

Fueling this excitement is Escalante’s continued promise of preserving the club’s 120-year legacy and reimagining the club ever since they acquired it out of bankruptcy in 2021. Part of that vision included making the club fully private and updating its infrastructure and two championship layouts. A year ago, Tripp Davis and Associates revamped the Oaks Course by enhancing the tees and bunkers on the Tom Fazio design, as well as the property’s expansive practice areas.

The Oaks Course updates have received numerous accolades and praises, even from what could be the harshest critics – the club members. And that is perhaps the biggest allure to the club and the most important pillar in Escalante’s plans for The International – building a membership that shares in the responsibility of shepherding a new era of golf at the club.

“Everyone is friendly, from the staff to the members,” McCullough adds. “With any golf club membership, you want to come to a place where you can be comfortable, happy, and be amongst people that are enjoying golf just as much as you. The vibe at The International is doing just that.”

Yes, things are blossoming quite nicely at a club once left for dead.

Tale of the long ball: How a driver fitting session helped one intrepid golfer gain 24 yards

With the golf season in full swing, it’s time to update you on our year-long, custom-club-fitting research project. Previously, we outlined the parameters of the study. We require each participant to play multiple rounds with their current driver …

With the golf season in full swing, it’s time to update you on our year-long, custom-club-fitting research project. Previously, we outlined the parameters of the study. We require each participant to play multiple rounds with their current driver and the brand-new one that was custom-fit at Club Champion. The hook is that we’re following them each step of the way. More to the point, the Arccos Caddie shot-tracking system, which includes sensors on the clubs, is being used to gather valuable data on every on-course shot.

We’ll continue to collect data throughout the season, but early returns are positive. One player, Alex Caron (Age: 37/Handicap index: 10.0), has tallied 5.5 rounds with his old gamer and 9.5 rounds with the new, custom-fit one. Caron, a lawyer who specializes in class action litigation, antitrust cases, etc., bought his current driver after a 10-minute fitting on the range with a club company rep.

During the initial fitting for the new driver at Club Champion, Caron learned that his gamer was in the “optimal” zone for several baseline readings. “I thought we’d have our work cut out to beat it,” said Jimmy Leuck, a Master Club Fitter and Builder at Club Champion. Beat it, they did, with the newest model from the same club brand that Caron had been playing. During the fitting, Leuck used the TrackMan launch monitor to compile comparative numbers for several head-and-shaft combinations. For further verification, he powered up the monitor on the day Caron picked up his new custom-fit driver (below).

From the numbers above, it’s clear the new club delivers indoors on the simulator. But, how would it fare on the golf course in real-game conditions? In a word, fantastically. “I’m loving the driver. It’s been awesome from the very first shot,” said Caron, who played Division 1 college soccer and didn’t get serious about golf until after graduation. “I can go at it and trust it for longer drives and I’ve become pretty comfortable working it both ways. I’m more confident with it, which is saying something because my old driver was often my favorite club.”

Alex Caron at Club Champion

Boastful? Nah, just the facts. Alex appreciates what the new driver can do for him. “I think the lighter shaft and maybe the [shaft] puring process allow me to square it up more consistently. Plus, there’s a bit of extra speed across different points on the clubface and the head seems to be more forgiving,” he said. “In the first two rounds, I hit every fairway on three of the four nines, and a couple of ones that missed were just off the edge. That’s unheard of for me.”

The on-course stats collected by the shot-tracking system confirm that he’s driving it much longer, with added control.

Take note of the Strokes Gained category. With the new driver, Caron’s better off by 0.4-strokes per shot. That’s a four-stroke improvement (assuming 10 drives per round).

Not surprisingly, the handicap index is trending downward. After starting the season at a 10.0 index, he was 8.1 on the latest revision. “The club’s the total package. I’m feeling great confidence because of the improved distance and accuracy,” said Caron. “Keeping it in play has really helped me score consistently. Having no fear of giant misses, and trusting the workability, make it so much more enjoyable to play with.

Edel Golf launches new SMS Irons

Edel Golf’s “no outliers” philosophy toward equipment development is on full display with the new SMS Irons.

Edel Golf’s “no outliers” philosophy toward equipment development is on full display with the new SMS Irons. With a significant focus on fitting—something that separates Edel from the competition—the irons feature weighting technology that is designed to help improve a golfer’s game based on their swing, not the typical static norms you’ll find in most irons.

Find your fitter for the Edel SMS Irons here

History awaits the 2022 U.S. Open at The Country Club

Will you be there for the memorable moments?

The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts has been one of golf’s greatest stages for dramatic history, and the 2022 U.S. Open has a script that’s primed for another blockbuster.

For the golfers, it’s the shot at PGA Tour infamy, a chance to raise the U.S. Open Championship trophy and become part of the elite names who have won the storied major before them.

For the fans in attendance, it’ll be the opportunity to watch the world-class field of golfers—every tee shot, fairway approach and putt—while walking a course that is genuinely part of American golf’s origins.

And for both, it’ll be a historical experience that is unique to 2022.

Founded in 1882, the iconic and exclusive grounds just outside of Boston is the oldest country club in the U.S., and one of five founding members of the United States Golf Association. And for the fourth time, the course will be an 18-hole setting for the U.S. Open.

But it’s not just any typical 18 holes at The Country Club from June 13 to June 19.

The 7,300-yard-plus layout—configured from the 27 holes that make up the two courses at the club—will provide a modern-day chapter to the longstanding golf lore, a sequence of holes that differs from the order played in past majors and the 1999 Ryder Cup. Plus, an inclusion of a hole that’s remained unused in a major since the 1913 U.S. Open.

Something old. Something new.

Something historic.

When considering such a one-of-a-kind, overall golf experience, it’s easy to see why the tournament has become a must-attend. And if you’re looking to make a trip to the 2022 U.S. Open, then TicketSmarter can help begin the memorable journey.

Whether you’re looking for tickets to practice rounds or any of the action from Thursday to Sunday—maybe even a Father’s Day gift—the online reseller has you covered. Each purchase is simple, safe and secure, and backed by a 100% guarantee that eliminates the hassles and concerns often associated with prime events like this.

So, are you ready for an unbelievable U.S. Open experience? Layouts aside, if the 2022 lineup of golfing greats continue the trend of the past three majors at The Country Club, then what a ticket it’ll be!

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The Simplicity of Golf: New portable technology that can serve a dual purpose

Companies have developed ways to make the game simpler, and one is to have products in your bag to serve two purposes.

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Over the years, companies have developed lots of ways to make the game simpler, but in this video, Golfweek senior writer David Dusek explains one of the ways is to have products in your bag to serve two purposes.

And why not have fun in the process? More and more companies are working to take advantage of all the technologies out there to help golfers play better golf, smarter golf, and — hopefully — to have a lot more fun.

In this installment of The Simplicity of Golf, we look at a few of the best ways to simplify and have fun, including a push cart that keeps stats and other items at hand, as well as a speaker that helps make for a great day on the course.

Sultan’s Run is a top golf destination in Indiana

Sultan’s Run is a premium, full-service, perennial award-winning golf course that is home to the most dramatic signature hole in Indiana. But it is not just one hole that makes this course special. Years ago, this lush land was home to Supreme …

Sultan’s Run is a premium, full-service, perennial award-winning golf course that is home to the most dramatic signature hole in Indiana. But it is not just one hole that makes this course special.

Years ago, this lush land was home to Supreme Sultan, a horse of history and literally a legend in his own time. It was over these hills and valleys of picturesque beauty where Supreme Sultan sired a record number of World Champion American Saddlebred horses. No place on earth can lay claim to this record.

This same ground recalls the heritage of Supreme Sultan, just as an engraved stone marks each unique and challenging tee box, memorializing the name of one of those World Champions. From its very beginning, this land was destined for greatness, but few would have predicted the creation of a world-class golf course that would entice champions.

Sultan’s Run opened in 1992 but then embarked on an extensive remodeling project in 1996 led by Tim Liddy, taking the golf course to the pinnacle of public golf. Tim says, Sultan’s Run offers “one of the best pieces of property I have ever had the privilege to work on. The #18 golf hole alone is incredible and worth the round of golf.”

Now in its 30th year, all 18 holes at Sultan’s Run Golf Club have been beautified in some shape or form, from entirely new bunkering and reconstructed greens to a complete rework of several holes. Upgrades have been implemented every year for the last decade. The end result is that Sultan’s Run is a world-class golf facility that golfers will talk about long after their round is done.

Sultan’s Run offers Zoysia tees and fairways and Bentgrass greens on 300 acres of beautiful views in the heart of Southern Indiana. It is an 18-hole Championship Course, Par 72 layout that meanders through lush wooded grounds and over swift peaks and valleys. Sultan’s Run hosts or has hosted many high-quality events and outings each year, including the Indiana PGA Southern Open, Indiana PGA Senior Open, Indiana Open Qualifier, Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame Celebrity Classic, Indiana High School Athletic Association Sectional 29, and various College and High School Conference Championships and Invitationals.  

For a multiple-course option, packages are available in partnership with French Lick Resort which is a thirty-minute drive. For more information, visit sultansrun.com or call 812-482-1009.

Sultan’s Run Golf Club
1490 N. Meridian Rd,
Jasper, Indiana

5 history-making storylines ahead of the 2022 Memorial Tournament

Possible signature moments from the famous Jack Nicklaus-designed Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Highlighted by bright-white sand bunkers and framed with hardwood trees and winding creeks, the Jack Nicklaus design at Muirfield Village Golf Club ranks as one of the most majestic golf courses in the world.

And each late May into early June, the immaculate landscape that stretches across the elevation changes in different shades of green takes the PGA Tour’s center stage.

Although it’s not a major championship, what the Memorial Tournament offers can rival any of the four slams.

The setup is prime for must-see moments, where risk/reward is the name of the game. Pressure-filled tee shots. Gutsy approaches. And challenging putts from the redesigned bentgrass surface, one of Jack’s latest tweaks to a legacy that began in the 1970s.

It’s why so many fans look to make Muirfield Village an annual golf trip or a checkmark on their bucket list. And if you’re hoping to attend this year’s Memorial Tournament, then TicketSmarter can help tee up the experience.

The online reseller has your Memorial Tournament ticket needs covered, from practice rounds to the Sunday stretch. Backed by a 100% ticket guarantee, purchases are safe, secure and simple. Plus, like the great charitable efforts of the Memorial Tournament itself, TicketSmarter’s philanthropic mission is aided with each ticket sold.

So, are you ready to walk the grounds of the Golden Bear’s signature design?

Ahead of the truly a memorable opportunity, we’re looking at five storylines that could make the 2022 Memorial Tournament a must-attend, historical event.

The International sets the Gold Standard

In professional sports, there is always a “Comeback Player of Year” award or a feel-good story about an athlete or team who succeeded despite the odds or obstacles that stood in their way. The Boston sports landscape is no stranger to comebacks – …

In professional sports, there is always a “Comeback Player of Year” award or a feel-good story about an athlete or team who succeeded despite the odds or obstacles that stood in their way.

The Boston sports landscape is no stranger to comebacks – from the 2004 Red Sox team that overcame a 3-0 series deficit in the American League Championship Series to win four games in a row and send the hated New York Yankees home to Boston Strong, the city’s battle cry after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Golf also is notorious for producing these feel-good comeback stories – Ben Hogan’s championship run after his horrific car accident, that miraculous Sunday at the 1999 Ryder Cup at The Country Club in Brookline and Tiger Woods’ miraculous returns at the 2019 and 2022 Masters, all come to mind.

Another comeback in the golf and Boston landscapes is catching everyone’s attention, and it is happening on the west side of Beantown. The International Golf Club – a 36-hole golf complex in Bolton – shut its doors in 2020 and was left for dead. The golf courses went unmanicured, outside events were canceled and workers no longer had a place to get a W-2.

Then in February 2021, Escalante Golf acquired The International and immediately went to work on preserving the club’s 120-year legacy and expanding on its vision to reimagine the club. Part of that vision included making the club fully private and building a membership that shares in the responsibility of shepherding a new era of golf at the club.

Fast-forward to today and the comeback is nearly complete. Escalante immediately went to work on updating the club’s infrastructure and its two championship layouts, the Oaks and the Pines. Tripp Davis and Associates revamped the Oaks Course by enhancing the tees and bunkers on the Tom Fazio design, as well as the property’s expansive practice areas. The project began in March 2021 and was completed nearly seven months later.

The recently underway construction of the new Pines Course promises to be one of the most anticipated projects in New England golf in recent memory. The famed course architecture tandem of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw are laying a new golf course on top of the Geoffrey S. Cornish/Francis Ouimet original design and allowing the land to dictate the characteristics of 18 brand-new golf holes. Among various other modernizations, the Coore and Crenshaw team are carving out new corridors to complement their refinement of the existing, awe-inspiring tree-lined corridors to produce an end product that will be sure to bring excitement and greater challenges.

The club updates, along with the revamped Oaks Course and ongoing reconstruction of the Pines, have created quite a buzz in the Boston golf scene and sparked plenty of interest in private membership. Currently, more than 200 members call The International their golf home, with a projection of 300 by the end of this year. That is quite an amazing comeback in less than two years’ time.

“The Oaks redesign has been phenomenal with the elevation changes, new tee boxes and bunkers, which are second to none, and the scenic views,” says Evan McCullough, who joined The International this past September. “The Pines Course will keep its character; yet we [the members] are pumped about the renovation and what is to come from the Coore and Crenshaw team.

“The International is a golf club with 36 phenomenal holes, and that’s a huge selling point,” McCullough adds. “While the golf brings you in, it’s everything else that keeps you here – the food, the staff, the entire vibe – that has you coming back for more.”

For more information on joining The International Golf Club, visit TheInternational.com.

Professional golfer Maverick McNealy with lucky foursome take on TPC Las Vegas courtesy of Under Armour + Golf Galaxy

Roger, Marco, Rick, and Tom were the lucky winners of the 2022 Under Armour and Golf Galaxy sweepstakes. In the video above, the foursome joins PGA Tour pro Maverick McNealy for a dream round at TPC Las Vegas-which ranks #13 on Golfweek’s list of …

Roger, Marco, Rick, and Tom were the lucky winners of the 2022 Under Armour and Golf Galaxy sweepstakes. In the video above, the foursome joins PGA Tour pro Maverick McNealy for a dream round at TPC Las Vegas—which ranks #13 on Golfweek’s list of Best Courses You Can Play in Nevada. Of course, our friends at Under Armour and Golf Galaxy took care of them as well with gear head to toe. Stay tuned for future sweepstakes where you can be a winner!

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