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Win with McCormick & Schmick this Father\‘s Day

McCormick and Schmicks of Arizona invites you to enter to win the golf experience of a lifetime. The national grand prize is a three-day trip for two to one of Golf Magazine’s "Top 100 Courses You Can Play" and includes airfare, hotel accommodations and a day of golf at either Pebble Beach, Whistling Straits, Bandon Dunes or Pinehurst. Visit either of the two McCormick & Schmicks Arizona locations (2575 East Camelback Road in Phoenix or 8777 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale) by June 19 to enter. See below for more details.

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Memorial weekend ACCESS special

McCormick Ranch invites ACCESS AZgolf members to play two of the finest resort layouts in Scottsdale for a sizzling rate of only $49 Memorial Day weekend. The special is good Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30, and includes golf cart, range balls and the use of a GPS system. Call 480-948-0260 to book your tee time and be sure to mention you are an ACCESS AZgolf member. As with all ACCESS specials, you’ll show your ACCESS card when you check in to get the preferred rate.

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‘Tee It Forward’

To help golfers have more fun on the course and enhance their overall experience by playing from a set of tees best suited to their abilities, The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association have partnered to support “TEE IT FORWARD,” a new national initiative to be proposed for golf facilities nationwide from July 5-17. TEE IT FORWARD encourages all golfers to play the course at a length that is aligned with their average driving distance (see chart for guidelines). Golfers can speed up play by utilizing tees that provide the greatest playability and enjoyment. The program will be promoted this week, at the 72nd Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, and at both the U.S. Open Championship in June and the U.S. Women’s Open Championship in July. “Simply put, TEE IT FORWARD can make golf much more fun for millions of people,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “We believe that by moving up to another set of tees, golfers will experience an exciting, new approach to the game that will produce more enjoyment and elevate their desire to come back and play even more golf.” Barney Adams, the founder of Adams Golf, provided the concept that led to TEE IT FORWARD. By playing from forward tees, amateur golfers have the chance to play the course at the same relative distance as a touring professional would over 18 holes. The playing field is leveled by giving golfers the opportunity to play from distances that are properly aligned with their abilities. With many more golfers hitting approach shots with 6- and 7-irons instead of hybrids and long irons, their chances for enjoyment increase. Also, playing from forward tees should result in fewer overall shots, shorter distance traveled on each hole, and potentially, fewer lost balls. “The passion that golfers have for our game has the potential to be enhanced by the TEE IT FORWARD initiative,” said Jim Hyler, president of the United States Golf Association. “This is an innovation that we think will appeal to golfers of all skill levels because it gives them a new challenge that better aligns with their abilities. We hope that TEE IT FORWARD will be embraced by players and golf facilities across the country.” TEE IT FORWARD is not necessarily about creating a new set of tees—many facilities already have multiple tees in use every day. It is about changing the mindset of golfers in a positive way—encouraging people to consider setting aside playing from 6,500-6,700 yards and moving up to a length of 6,000-6,200 yards or moving from 6,000-6,200 yards to 5,700-5,800 yards. The 6,700-yard course that many amateur golfers play today is proportionally equivalent to a PGA Tour player competing on a course measuring 8,100 yards—700 yards or more longer than a typical PGA Tour layout. Jack Nicklaus, who shares the record with Walter Hagen for most PGA Championship titles with five and also shares the U.S. Open record with four victories, is a proponent of TEE IT FORWARD. “I love the game of golf but I will be the first to tell you that there are things about our game we need to improve,” Nicklaus said. “Now The PGA of America and the USGA have come together to develop ways to that can make the game more attractive and more enjoyable. TEE IT FORWARD is the first of many initiatives we have discussed together, and I think families around the country will enjoy alternate formats like this to make the game more fun. “All of us deeply involved in the game constantly encourage golfers of all skill levels to play the proper tees, but too often golfers want to bite off as much of the golf course as they can. What ends up suffering is their scorecard and their overall enjoyment. This program should help stimulate people to play the proper tees and maximize the golf experience.” TEE IT FORWARD also coincides in July with The PGA of America’s Family Golf Month, which has approximately 2,200 facilities already registered for that national initiative. About the USGA The USGA annually conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and 10 national amateur championships. It also conducts two state team championships and helps conduct the Walker Cup Match, Curtis Cup Match and World Amateur Team Championships. Each year, more than 35,000 players representing more than 80 countries submit entries to play in USGA championships. The USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries. The USGA writes and administers the Rules of Golf, conducts equipment testing, provides expert course maintenance consultations, and, since 1920, has been a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history, and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org. About The PGA of America Celebrating its 95th year, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission of its founders: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in a multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.

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Golf Fest comes to ASU Karsten

May 20-21 ASU Karsten will host Golf Fest 2011. Attendees will receive a certificate good for a FREE round of golf at ASU Karsten Golf Course redeemable June 1, 2011 through September 25, 2011. The certificate is valid all day Monday through Thursday and after 12 p.m. Friday through Sunday and holidays. A $15 cart fee applies. Paid admission also includes a one-year subscription to Golf World or Golf Digest.

Meet and get incredible deals from all the top golf club companies, clothing manufacturers, golf resorts, golf courses and other golf company products and services. There will be giveaways, freebies, contests and raffles, as well as a variety of live stage presentations and driving range exhibitions with lessons specifically geared for juniors, female and male golfers of all levels. For more information go to www.golffestshow.com.

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New course added to ACCESS AZgolf

We’re always looking to add value to ACCESS AZgolf, which is why we’re excited to introduce the newest course where ACCESS members can get preferred rates. Through Sept. 23, enjoy 18 holes of golf at Arizona Golf Resort, a large bucket of balls and a hamburger or hot dog for $25. Call 480-832-1661 to reserve your tee time. If you’re looking to take a staycation this summer, we invite you to experience well-appointed accommodations, a full hot American breakfast and all of the golf you can play (includes cart and range balls) starting at $59 per night single occupancy, $79 double occupancy. Call John Mousley at 480-832-3202 ext. 7174 to book your reservation. As with all ACCESS specials, you must have the card to get the savings! Don’t have it yet? Get ACCESS today!