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Southland: GolfBoard Making A Splash At Maderas

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Photo: Gabe Abdou

Maderas Golf Club recently doubled its GolfBoard fleet to eight. Go to here read more about GolfBoard’s success at Maderas: www.southlandgolf.com/articles/new-510-maderas-golf.html

Have you surfed the earth yet? Go to www.maderasgolf.com to see tee times and best rates and then contact the golf shop at 858.451.8100 to inquire about GolfBoard rental availability.

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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 cross@maderasgolf.com. You can find more information about Golfboard at www.golfboard.com. You can also find videos from the demo day at our Instagram account (@maderasgolf).

Photo Post: Day One of the 2014 West Coast PGA Show

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So the blog is still out in the desert doing bloggy stuff, but we’ve now reached our ultimate destination: the 2014 West Coast PGA Show in Las Vegas.

As you’re probably aware, the big industry show is in Orlando each year. The Vegas show, I’m told, is about one-quarter of the size and has more of a fashion focus, though the equipment companies and other elements of the industry (training aids, course services, etc.) are still present. And then you get your new business, which, for me, is the most entertaining part of the show. We’ll get to some of that in a second.

Anyway, this is just a few highlights about who’s here and what’s new that is in no way meant to be comprehensive. We’re here networking and gathering future blog material, but here’s a sample of the experience.

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This was my walk to work. I have to admit, I’ve had worse days at the office.

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We’ll start with a few local shout-outs. This is the Cobra Puma crew, smiling ear to ear after the year Rickie Fowler had in majors, particularly the PGA.

SKLZ PGA

And this is the crew from SKLZ, a friend of the blog. You will be reading much more about this seriously innovative and creative Carlsbad company down the road, but know that I learn something new every time I talk to them. You will enjoy being educated by them – & potentially trained.

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And here are our friends at Callaway Golf. You may recall that Callaway exhibited a military tank to promote its Tank putter at the Orlando show. Apparently that logistically didn’t work with the Venetian, so an over-sized driver had to do. Worked for me.

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This is Foresight, one of the launch monitor companies on the market and in use at some of the fitting studios, such as Fujikura. I’m a big believer in this stuff and am excited about the personalization trend to make this technology more affordable and accessible.

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Foresight’s new wrinkle is this kiosk, which gives your swing data instead of displaying on screen or viewing it on a laptop. The kiosk also helps you play more than 80 simulated courses. I really need to get around to writing that post about launch monitors and understanding the terminology and data. It’s worth knowing. If you haven’t heard the term “smash factor,” you’re my audience for that post.

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These are cooling visors made by a company called RealXGear based in Anna, Texas, which I now know is north of Dallas. You dip the visors in water and they keep you cool.

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They also make a personal mister that comes in a rechargeable can.

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OK, we’re all friends on the blog, right? We’ve known each other, what, 10 months now? We can talk have these conversations, right? OK …

No kidding this a men’s golf undergarment meant to keep your, well, “stuff” cool. It’s made by a “cool” company in Canada called 2 Under, utilizing a “cool” technology created in Canada and to keep us golfers cool here in the states. The technology actually utilizes sweat to create cool comfort below the beltline, or as it was explained to me, “it’s like air conditioning in your pants.” And there are puns galore where that came from, but I’ll just let a photo speak for all of them …

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In case that’s heard to read on your device, it says, “Joey Pouch.” I’ve got a pair now, so just call me Captain Kangaroo when you see me on the course.

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This is Golfboard, an electric board that replicates the feel of a skateboard/surfboard and can carry your golf clubs. You will definitely be hearing more about this, so I’ll keep it brief. You can think of this thing as a golf Segway of sorts. By the way, did you know the inventor of the Segway died riding a Segway? I think that merits Alanis releasing an updated version of “Ironic.”

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This is an app called Scan4Beer that allows you to order beer and other concession items from your cart on the golf course. I had a similar idea once, but there’s is better. Check it out.

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When people tell me I have a cool job, I don’t exactly object, but it’s sign like this that remind me their are levels beyond mine in the cool job hierarchy. Many of them are here.

No kidding, this is the show you pass to get to the PGA Show. The blog nearly stopped off and changed topics, but then we remembered our loyal readers and duty called. Hopefully none of you are holding that decision against me, but I wouldn’t blame you if you did.

That reminds me, I’ve got a “show” to catch.