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Friday, April 25, 2014

Crystal Springs Grows The Game

In a major event designed to grow the game of golf, Crystal Springs Resort will debut the first annual New Jersey GolfFest May 16 – 18, 2014. The resort, located about an hour from New York in Northern New Jersey, is home to seven interesting and distinct golf courses.

“The future of golf is now,” enthused Art Walton, Vice President Crystal Springs Resort. “We’re excited to bring the 1st annual New Jersey GolfFest to Crystal Springs Resort, which is already acclaimed for both innovative and growth initiatives.”

The New Jersey GolfFest supports the PGA of America’s "Grow the Game" programming, allowing participants of all ages and skill levels to experience "The Future of Golf" firsthand.  The 3-day festival will span the Resort’s seven golf courses and includes an all-access Expo featuring world-famous golf instructor David Leadbetter, rides on a space-age Hovercraft, demos of the latest equipment, free club fittings and clinics, a 7-Star Membership competition, fun-filled family golf, and the exciting new crossover sport – FootGolf.

In addition, fest goers will enjoy special pricing on top brand clothing, clubs and golf related merchandise, live stage seminars and demonstrations, Beer and BBQ garden featuring a variety of BBQ and craft beers, live entertainment, an amazing golf trick shot artist and more.

GolfFest partners include Adidas, Game Golf, Golfboard, GoPro, Leupold, Neoteric Hovercraft, Nike Golf, Oakley, Orange County Golf Carts, TaylorMade, Titleist, U.S. Kids Golf, Vecci and more.

Apart from the main Expo, the weekend is highlighted by the following key events:

An Evening with David Leadbetter – Saturday, May 17
Enlightenment and entertainment from the man who invented golf instruction schools, David Leadbetter. He will present an up-close and personal perspective of the golf world as seen by a teaching legend. Guests then take a journey of a different kind when Mr. Leadbetter escorts them into the Resort’s award-winning wine cellar to enjoy world-class wines and hors d’oeuvres from 4-Star Restaurant Latour.                

David Leadbetter Experience – Saturday & Sunday, May 17 & 18
Four golfers will relish a personal, once-in-a-lifetime golf experience with David Leadbetter. Guests will enjoy an instructional session with the world’s #1 teacher – then it’s off to play 9 holes of golf with the legendary Leadbetter on the acclaimed Wild Turkey Golf Course, followed by a mouthwatering lunch at the Chef’s Garden.
New Jersey Long Drive Championship Qualifier – Friday, May 16
Golfers will have the chance to show off their power, skill and athleticism and qualify for bragging rights and an opportunity to win a 7-course membership.  Guests will enjoy a ceremonial first drive and demonstration by three-time REMAX World Long Drive Championship Finalist Matthew “Hoss” Vilade.

New Jersey Putting Championship – Saturday, May 17
New Jersey’s Top Moss Boss will emerge victorious in this 4th annual championship of the greens. The Grand Cascades Putting Course offers the ultimate challenge of putting skill on a spectacular 18-hole natural grass masterpiece.  The top four qualifiers compete for big prizes and a 7-Course Membership in an 18-hole final.

New Jersey FootGolf Open Presented by the American FootGolf League – Sunday, May 18
Sports enthusiasts will experience the newest and most exciting crossover sport to hit the United States – FootGolf!  A hybrid of golf and soccer, FootGolf is two great sports rolled into one – combining the precision and power of both sports to create one amazing playing experience.

Parent-Junior Golf Tournament – Sunday, May 18
A golf event for all ages as both adults and kids team up to compete for the title of Top Family at the kick-off event for the 2014 season at one of the Top 12 Short Courses in America.  Family-friendly Minerals Golf Club features oversized cups for the kids and has four-seater carts that can fit the whole family.

Kitchell on Kinesiology – Seminars offered Saturday & Sunday, May 17 & 18
Nationally Certified Golf Performance Therapist, Gary Kitchell, brings a wealth of knowledge as to what it takes to prepare for athletic competition. Guests will have access to the training programs of the Pros and learn how to individualize their training to meet the demands of the modern game of golf!

Friday Night Lights – Friday, May 16
This nocturnal event at Black Bear Golf Course features a 3-Club Challenge, Hit the Range Picker, Ultimate Putting Contest, SNAG Golf, and a grand finale competition for which even non-golfers can partake in…the Big Burger Bitedown.

Hickory & Scotch Golf Tournament – Friday, May 16
This amazing Scotch Foursome format event at Ballyowen Golf Course includes a special hickory club competition where participants must navigate an entire hole using circa 1932 hickory shafted clubs. After golf, players enjoy an Irish-style feast and scotch sampling.

A portion of GolfFest ticket sales will be donated to local fire, police and EMT organizations.

For more information and ticket sales, visit www.CrystalGolfResort.com

Among many other books, Dave Donelson is the author of Weird Golf: 18 tales of fantastic, horrific, scientifically impossible, and morally reprehensible golf

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