For years golfers have been going away on a golf trip. It is one of the great alluring qualities of the game. Pack in as much golf as possible … and as much fun as possible.
Unfortunately, the end result is often that the weary golfers pack in as many double bogeys and triple bogeys as possible. It is not unusual for golfers to ramp up their game for the much-awaited golf trip, only to discover that they are playing worse by the end of the trip.
Many factors contribute to this recurring phenomenon. Now, Barefoot Resort – the heralded collection of four golf courses in Myrtle Beach – offers a solution. Make the next golf vacation a learning experience.
“We have one of the top practice and teaching facilities in the Myrtle Beach area, says Barefoot Resort General Manager Dave Genevro. Golfers would be well-advised to think of it as something more than just a spot to hit a few quick warmup balls before hurrying off for a round of golf.”
Barefoot Resort features four championship golf courses – opened simultaneously on a historic day in 2000. The four courses were designed by renowned architects Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Davis Love III and Greg Norman. But it also features an enormous practice facility with a huge, lighted grass-tee range, putting green and short game practice area. All of this is set adjacent to a popular restaurant and sports bar – designed to service the needs of the hard-at-work practicing golfers.
For all of those reasons, Barefoot Resort and the practice-as-much-as-you-play strategy, are the topic of the July episode of the award-winning Traveling Golfer television show.
“For years I see golfers come to Myrtle Beach – play as much golf as possible, enjoy themselves as much as possible but, unfortunately, leave the area frustrated with their golf games,” explains Alasdair Dyer, director of instruction at Barefoot Resort. “They wear themselves out, then can’t understand why they are hitting the ball sideways by the end of the week.”
In this latest episode of the Traveling Golfer, viewers will get an inside look at a prescription that will make their next golf trip the greatest learning experience of their golf careers. The formula includes three easy steps:
- After a round, instead of adjourning immediately to the nearest watering hole, take some time at the range to review both the good swings and the bad swings of the round and work on a remedy.
- Schedule a series of lessons, again preferably after a morning round. Discuss with the professional what went wrong during the preceding round.
- Go home with a prescribed training aid, designed to address the fundamental flaw in the golf swing. Reinforcement after a series of lessons is as important as the lessons themselves.
“We are here to help the golfers, but we can help most when the strengths and weaknesses of their games are fresh in their minds,” says Dyer. “Combining golf with instruction and practice is the best way to go back home playing better, instead of worse.”
“I have been coming on golf trips to Myrtle Beach every year since 1986,” reveals Traveling Golfer host Tony Leodora. “Many times more than once a year. I know this phenomenon all too well.
“Many years ago, when I was much younger and a bit too active during the evening hours, a wise old golf writer told me: ‘Sonny, you can’t be John Travolta at night and expect to be Johnny Miller on the golf course during the day.’ Now I see the wisdom in that lesson.”
During this latest episode, viewers get another look at Barefoot Resort, a further look at the practice facility and a detailed explanation of some of the top training aids available on the market. Dyer explains how many of these training aids can make a difference.
The July episode of the Traveling Golfer airs as a scheduled weekly feature show on NBC Sports and NBC Sports + throughout four markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. NBC Sports airings are 10:30 a.m. on Sundays, 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m. on Thursdays. NBC Sports + airs the show at 8 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. In addition, the show airs nationally, two times every day, on the Fun Roads Network (funroads.tv/schedule) – in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Wichita, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Washington State, North Dakota, Raleigh, Orlando, San Jose, Albany and Boise markets. Additionally, national and international expansion has taken place via connected TV on Roku, Amazon Fire, SelectTV and GlewedTV – including the new WingDing Network, available on demand and in 50 million households worldwide on Roku.
The Traveling Golfer also airs a number of times throughout the month on “Rivertalk” on HTC-4 in Myrtle Beach.
The show also airs on the Traveling Golfer network of websites … including The Golf Director Network and The Myrtle Beach Golf Channel (see full list of sites on travelinggolfervideo.com).
As part of every Traveling Golfer show there is the additional feature, “Tech Talk”, hosted by Tour Edge Golf experts, such as President Dave Glod. With years of experience as a club maker, Glod presents an inside look at the research and development of high-quality golf equipment.
Responding to golfers’ never-ending demands to learn more about interesting golf courses and golf resorts across the country and around the world, well-traveled host Tony Leodora created the Traveling Golfer so he could take viewers on video trips to some of the most exciting golf locations. In each of the last eight years, the show has been honored by the International Network of Golf with one of its prestigious awards. In four of those years the Traveling Golfer was named the No. 1 Golf Television Show in America.
The Traveling Golfer is a series of monthly shows hosted by Leodora, who has more than 20 years of experience in televised golf. The featured destination stays on the website for one month, before being replaced by a new show. Alternate shows also air in a two-month rotation. All old shows are archived for continued viewing on the YouTube Network and on the home website, www.travelinggolfervideo.com.
For more information about the Traveling Golfer, or to find out how a property can be featured on the show, call TL Golf Services at (610) 721-8186 or e-mail Tony Leodora at tony.leodora@TL-golfservices.com. .