St. Augustine, Fla. (July 20, 2006) – Slammer & Squire at World Golf Village will host "Play Golf America Day" to offer golfers of all skill levels the opportunity to receive complimentary professional instruction. The first-of-its-kind event for Slammer & Squire will take place Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Slammer & Squire.
"Play Golf America Day" is a rare opportunity for golfers of all skill levels to receive free expert instruction. The event targets those interested in taking up the game, existing golfers looking to fine-tune their skills, or players who have taken a break and are looking to be re-introduced to the game.
"We are committed to offering programs that help expose the game of golf to new audiences," said Cathy Harbin, General Manager of the Slammer & Squire and King & Bear at World Golf Village. "The Play Golf America Day is sure to be a fun day that will go a long way to helping us achieve our objectives of growing the game."
Instructors—PGA Professionals from the North Florida Section—will give ten minute tune-ups and provide demonstrations on all aspects of the game from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Slammer & Squire driving range. A closest-to-the-pin contest will take place at 11 a.m. and a putting contest will be at noon. Bunker, chipping and putting clinics will begin at 12:30 p.m.
All "Play Golf America Day" activities will be complimentary. Prizes will be awarded to the contest winners and guests will be able to test the latest equipment from the best brands in golf today in a demo area.
"The Play Golf America Day at the World Golf Village will be a terrific golf experience for players of all levels," said Jerry Porter, Executive Director, North Florida PGA. "From avid golfers, to golf enthusiasts and newcomers to the game, this event will provide a fun-filled atmosphere that combines instruction, product testing, skills contests and some great golf giveaways."
For more information on the "Play Golf America Day" at World Golf Village on July 29, log on to www.playgolfamerica.com or call 904-940-6088.
About Play Golf America
The Play Golf America campaign is a complete package of growth-of-the-game programs targeting the adult population of various segments, including families, couples, women, and business professionals. Led by The PGA of America, this industry initiative is supported by the National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA TOUR, LPGA, USGA and GOLF 20/20.
Begun in January 2004, Play Golf America’s goal is to reach the millions of non-golfers who have expressed a desire to play, and the millions of occasional golfers who play between one and seven times per year. The campaign is designed to introduce people to the game of golf, enhance their skills and increase their frequency of play.
In support of the campaign, The PGA of America has developed an industry-sponsored web site, www.playgolfamerica.com, which serves as a link for consumers to access adult player development programs in their local markets that are of most interest to them. Programs featured on the web site are designed to be fun, affordable and informative so that adults and their families can enjoy the game, and former and occasional golfers can increase the frequency of their participation in golf.
Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2006, The PGA of America was founded in 1916, and is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the game of golf, while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession. The Association is comprised of more than 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals who are dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.
About Slammer & Squire and King & Bear
Slammer & Squire and King & Bear are two championship golf courses located at World Golf Village. The Slammer & Squire and King & Bear courses are designed to offer both enjoyment and challenge in a resort setting. Both courses have five sets of tees, tournament-ready course conditions year-round and have hosted nationally-televised events including a Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf tournament, a Champions Tour event and Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf.
Slammer & Squire and King & Bear, which consistently receive a four-and-a-half stars (out of five) rating by Golf Digest, are owned and managed by Birmingham, Alabama-based Honours Golf. Both courses feature Honours’ signature amenities including complimentary range balls, fresh chilled apples on the 1st and 10th holes, cool towels on the course for warm Florida days, as well as a Global Positioning System in every golf cart.
About World Golf Village
World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., home to the World Golf Hall of Fame, encompasses the flagship Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village and adjoining St. Johns County Convention Center; Grande Villas at World Golf Village, a Bluegreen Vacation Club resort; Laterra Resort & PGA TOUR Spa; two championship golf courses, the Slammer & Squire and King & Bear; and the PGA TOUR Golf Academy. Complementing these attractions is the PGA TOUR STOP retail center, several restaurants (including Murray Bros. Caddyshack), a 300-seat IMAX® theater and a variety of residential neighborhoods.