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March 1, 2017

Golf Range News

Before Topgolf Orlando opens this fall, and right before the Arnold Palmer Invitational took place this month, residents and visitors got a slice of the social experience that is sweeping the nation. From March 10-12, sports fans, golfers and even non-golfers alike enjoyed food, drinks and music while crushing golf balls from the stands of Camping World Stadium into giant targets on the field. “We launched Topgolf Crush at Safeco Field in Seattle earlier this year, and the reception was incredible,” said Topgolf Media President YuChiang Cheng. “The sold-out event proves Topgolf has a fan base outside of the cities where we currently have locations, and we’re excited to give Orlando a preview of what they will experience at the venue when it opens this fall.” Camping World Stadium has hosted numerous college bowl games in the past, and was one of nine venues used during the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Thanks in large to a $5 million contribution from alumni Rich and Cindy Thawley, the new Spartan Golf Complex is now ready for the San Jose State University men’s and women’s golf teams. In total, the $10.2 million project, which broke ground in May of 2016, was funded entirely by private giving and results in the first-ever on-campus training facility for Spartan golfers.

Golf Channel Academy (GCA), the Golf Channel-backed network of elite PGA and LPGA Professionals, will launch junior golf camps this summer with marketing and administrative support from US Sports Camps (USSC), licensed operators of Nike Sports Camps. GCA Junior Golf Camps will appear in a handful of U.S. markets in 2017, with plans to expand nationwide in 2018 and 2019.