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Maderas: Golfers, Start Your Golfboards

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Maderas Golf Club is proud to announce it has reached an agreement with Golfboard to be one of the first to provide the surfboard-like scooters to golfers in San Diego and Southern California.

Golfboard premiered two years ago at the West Coast PGA Show as an alternate way for golfers to traverse and experience golf courses in a style similar to surfing, skating or snowboarding. It has steadily gained traction and now Maderas will be one of 150 courses nationwide, and the first Troon course in California, to host the boards.

Golfboard will be available by the end of February at a rental rate of $20. There will initially be four boards available. The battery-powered boards can be reserved at the time of with making a tee time reservation. For advance reservations, please call the golf shop at 858.451.8100. Renters will be required to sign a standard insurance waiver.

Maderas Golf Club General Manager Michael Flickinger said course officials are counting on the novelty factor of Golfboard to draw new golfers.

“Maderas is committed to growing the game of golf, and we believe this will bring more young people into golf, particularly in Southern California, because it’s a vehicle they’re comfortable with, and it makes the game faster and more fun,” he said. “We see this an exciting new way for golfers to experience the game.”

Golfboard Representative Brent Duclos said bringing Golfboard to a Golf Digest Top 100 public course only further validates the vehicle’s value to the sport.

“Golfboard is ecstatic to work with Maderas, which is continually one of the top-rated public courses in the country,” Duclos said. “Not only will Maderas be one of the best places to play golf in Southern California, it will also be one of the best places to Golfboard! The undulating fairways coupled with majestic canyon views provide for a perfect Golfboarding canvas.

“The decision to host Golfboarding shows that Maderas is committed to providing the best all-around golfing experience for their patrons.”

Maderas will be the second course in San Diego to host Golfboard, on which clubs are caddied on the front and secured by a strap, similar as on a golf cart.

The process for Golfboard being considered at Maderas began with Director of Golf Hale Kelly riding it around the entire course for a safety check. Then came the National Golf Course Owners Association annual meeting, which Maderas hosted and where Golfboard held a demo day on two holes of the course. The enthusiastic and complimentary response of fellow owners helped sway Maderas’ ownership that Golfboard’s time had arrived.

Flickinger said Golfboard will have a high profile at Maderas and will be demonstrated frequently and upon request. It also fits Maderas’ overall intention to represent the Southern California lifestyle, which it does all the way down to the locally sourced items on its menu.

Flickinger said of Golfboard, “It’s a great lifestyle fit for a lifestyle sport.”

Questions or interview requests about Golfboard at Maderas can be directed to Maderas Director of Digital Marketing and Social Media Corey Ross at You can find more information about Golfboard at You can also find videos from the demo day at our Instagram account (@maderasgolf).

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Maderas: The Perfect Pairing – Kona Kai Resort and Spa & Maderas Golf Club

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Maderas Golf Club has entered into an exciting new partnership with the newly renovated Kona Kai Resort & Spa on Shelter Island to be the member golf benefit for San Diego’s “club of clubs.”

Kona Kai members will receive a special rate on green fees at Maderas that will allow them to experience both the best of the coast and the course in San Diego.

In May, the 129-room Kona Kai Club unveiled the results of a $25 million renovation designed to restore its status as San Diego’s most exclusive and acclaimed private club.

After a brief closure, the club has returned with revamped interiors, a transformed Vessel restaurant and dining experience, and an all-new, lavish spa. Touting luxurious amenities and impeccable service, the Kona Kai Club is primed to once again be “the crème de la crème of San Diego private clubs.”

Maderas General Manager Michael Flickinger says the partnership is a natural since the two clubs provide complimentary San Diego experiences.

“Maderas Golf Club is proud to have partnered with the newly renovated Kona Kai Resort Club,” he said. “Members of the exclusive Club are entitled to discounted green fees seven days a week when not relaxing, exercising, sailing or enjoying the private beach at Kona Kai.”

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For more information on Kona Kai, go to To inquire about membership, contact Hollan McBride at or 619.819.8176.

To book a tee time at Maderas, a two-time top 100 United States public course honoree by Golf Digest, call 858.451.8100.

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The following is a look at the club’s impressive renovation:

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