RKOG Blog 2017-10-11T20:28:28+00:00

Golf in the Kingdom

Posted by Brianna McCormack on October 12, 2017
Category: Uncategorized

Imagine being dropped in the middle of a golfer’s dream, surrounded by everything you could possibly need or want to become a better player. When you visit the Reynolds Kingdom of Golf presented by TaylorMade, you won’t have to pinch yourself, because the experience is entirely real. From custom club fitting to data-driven technology to world-class instruction, the Kingdom provides every chance to maximize your golf potential. The final piece of the puzzle is you. The Kingdom has expanded its reach and now can help golfers of every ability with high-tech tools that heretofore were only available to the best players in the world. At the new Kingdom, you can be treated like a tour pro, no matter your handicap. “My husband says seeing Rob [Bowser, Manager of Player Development and TPI Certified Instructor] at the Kingdom is like going to the therapist,” says Cristina Pardo, who moved to Reynolds in 2013 and frequents the Kingdom. “The experience here is like therapy for your golf game.” The Kingdom debuted in 2007 as a club fitting experience that gave members and guests the same treatment as the pros when being fit for the latest in TaylorMade golf equipment. In most cases, players could have their clubs built in the TaylorMade tour trailer in time to take home with them after their visit to Reynolds. Now, the Kingdom encompasses 16 acres with a 7,600-square-foot facility, including a 2,100 square-foot expansion that opened in March,

For an eight-year-old, Canon Mullen has an impressive collection of trophies and medals, but earning an invite to Augusta National Golf Club and the 2018 Masters would be extra special. Mullen’s road to the Augusta National Golf Club began in early June, when he placed in the top three of his age group at the Drive, Chip, and Putt local qualifier hosted at The Landing at Reynolds ake Oconee. This advancement presented Canon with the opportunity to compete in the sub-regional qualifier of the National Drive, Chip and Putt Championships at The Landings Club in Savannah, GA. Along side six junior golfers from Reynolds, including four in the girls division – Kallyn Black, Lilly Kent Rainey, Kelli Scheck and Jane Monachello – and two in the boys division –Collin Garofalo and Max DuPree – Canon prevailed, finishing second overall in his age group with a total score of 92, just a few points shy of the qualifier’s winning score. “His combination of athleticism and dedication resulted in him being able to advance this far,” says Jose Lopez, PGA Professional at Reynolds and the coach of Canon. “Canon has taken the Georgia junior circuit by storm this year. It’s not only a thrill to watch him exceed, but it’s an honor to help him achieve his dreams.” What’s next stop for young Mullen? The Regional qualifier on September 16th at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. If Mullen is successful, then he

Seven junior golfers from Reynolds Lake Oconee will be sharpening their games this month in preparation for the sub-regional competition of the national Drive, Chip and Putt Championships on Sunday, July 30 – each keeping their dream alive to advance to the finals next April at The Masters. Four girls – Kallyn Black, Lilly Kent Rainey, Kelli Scheck and Jane Monachello – and three boys – Canon Mullen, Collin Garofalo and Max DuPree – all placed in the top three of their age groups to advance through the local qualifying level recently at The Landing at Reynolds Lake Oconee. Each of the advancing golfers is a member of Reynolds Lake Oconee or participates in the Reynolds First Move Junior Golf program, designed for boys and girls to learn and improve technical skills while developing a strong understanding of course management. The year-old program, under the direction of Rob Bowser, Player Development Manager for the Reynolds Kingdom of Golf presented by TaylorMade, provides a fun, supportive, and positive learning environment for players to work hard, reach their potential, and become “golfers for life.” The next level of Drive, Chip & Putt competition is to be held at The Landings Club in Savannah, with the top two in each age group advancing to regional competition later this summer. Only the winners of the regional earn a trip to Augusta National for the finals (April 1, 2018). At The Landing at Reynolds Lake Oconee competition on June 15 – as with all levels

Winner of the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Qualifier hosted on The Landing golf course at Reynolds Lake Oconee, 12 year-old Rylan Black, isn’t stopping anytime soon.  Previously a travel baseball player, Rylan “caught the bug” for golf and has been playing ever since.  Since April, Rylan has participated in 10 tournaments, winning the Restore Pros Summer kickoff played at Double Oak Golf Club and finishing fourth in the Athens Ford Classic at the University of Georgia Course. In the few short months that Rylan has focused solely on his golf game, he has taken Georgia’s junior golf by storm, performing extraordinary well in tournaments held by both the Georgia State Golf Association and Athens Area Junior Golf Tour (AAJGT). Rylan has seven more tournaments until the Tour Championship which will take place on The Landing golf course at Reynolds in November. Chris Manzi, Executive Director of AAJGT, mentioned that “he is a great competitor and is doing well in his age group, currently in 5th place.” When Rylan isn’t competing, he can be found practicing and attending Reynolds Kingdom of Golf’s First Move Junior Golf Program, led by Player Development Manager, Rob Bowser. First Move Junior Golf focuses on athletic development and golf specific skills training. The program’s unique

Integrating superior equipment technology with innovative golf instruction, The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf, presented by TaylorMade, has been transformed into the premier full-game improvement experience in golf and will now be operated by Reynolds Lake Oconee. Reynolds has continued their exclusive partnership with TaylorMade as the presenting sponsor of the Kingdom of Golf. With this sponsorship all guests will continue to have access to the TaylorMade MATT-T system and instant gratification through the building of clubs in the onsite TaylorMade Tour Trailer. Furthermore, the Reynolds Golf Academy, under the direction of Top 100 instructor Charlie King, has been fully integrated into The Reynolds Kingdom of Golf to provide golfers with a total golf experience. “Game improvement is a cornerstone of the Reynolds lifestyle,” said Mark Lammi, Vice President of Golf Operations for Reynolds Lake Oconee, which has assumed ownership and operation of The Kingdom. “By extending our long-time partnership with TaylorMade and adding in the world class instruction of Charlie King’s team, we will have one of the most premier game-improvement centers in the country.” “Taking over the ownership and operations of these platforms means we will be able to continue to offer the existing world-class services of each business, while also allowing us to focus on our current initiatives which include more access for our resort guests and an increase