The 2015 PGA Merchandise Show has arrived. It’s the biggest annual gathering in the golf business. “The Show” serves as a platform for PGA Professionals, Industry leaders, Agents, Superintendents, General Managers and golf enthusiasts. There are over 1,100 interactive exhibits by leading golf brands and companies and it’s estimated that more than 40,000 people will attend the show from all 50 states and over 70 countries.
Golf Channel will have live coverage throughout the day and Sirius XM Radio will do special programming, so even though you might not be present, you can still learn about the latest products and programs designed to grow the game.
Monday is mostly a day for companies to host meetings with sales representatives to review 2014 sales numbers and projections for the new year. I attended two separate functions for my partners, AHEAD and Cutter and Buck. This has become an annual tradition, and it’s nice to catch up and have some fun.
Tuesday was the 13th annual PGA Show Demo Day at Orange County National. It’s the largest outdoor demo in the world where all the biggest names in golf showcase their products so you can test the latest in technology. There are also workshops and opportunities to try all of the instructional aids.
Wednesday is the first official day of the show. Last year I hit the opening shot, which was fun and I admit I was a little nervous. Not as nervous as Colonial of course, but there were still a few thousand people gathered to watch.
It’s been well documented that I like to cook. I grew up cooking with my Mom in the kitchen and I loved spending that quality time with her and the tasty dishes we would make. After many hours in the kitchen I decided to learn a little more about food and nutrition, so I studied those subjects in school. I found them very interesting, but just like golf swing philosophies change over time, so do many food and diet trends. However, I am a believer in “lagom,” a Swedish word that translates to just right or the correct balance. That means you can eat the basic healthy food groups but also sprinkle in some sweets or treats on occasion.
As an athlete in competition, I was always conscious about what, when, and how much I ate. My body was my engine and wanted to make sure I field it with the right fuel to run properly. Even though I do not compete any more, I still care about what I put into my body as I want to be healthy and active, so I can keep up with our kids. As I am sure those of you with little ones can relate! I thought it would be fun to start sharing some of my favorite recipes on a regular basis that are easy to make and good for the body. Of course, these are solely my personal opinions. As they say, “consult with your doctor first” if you have any concerns.
Heat oven to 395 F
Mix all dry ingredients except (dried fruit and maple syrup)
Drizzle the maple syrup with your hand or spatula
Spread out on two baking sheets and roast for 10 minutes or until slightly browned
Let cool, add the dried fruit and enjoy!
Here is a good breakfast option: some fresh, healthy ingredients that you mix quickly. We like to make a big batch that lasts for a couple of weeks.
Family-Friendly ANNIKA Course at Estonian Golf & Country Club to Break Ground in 2016
(ORLANDO, Fla.) – ANNIKA Course Design – Hall-of-Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam’s golf course architecture business – announces it will design its first course in Europe at Estonian Golf & Country Club.
Located 20 minutes outside Estonia’s capital city of Tallinn, the ANNIKA Course is part of a coming-soon, seaside, family-leisure resort and spa. Annika is currently drafting course plans with European Golf Design (EGD), the golf course design company of the European Tour and IMG. Ground-breaking is scheduled for 2016; plans call for the course to open in concert with the resort’s first 50 rooms in 2019.
Annika was selected both for the caliber of her design work – she has designed five courses worldwide to date – and her appreciation of a project targeting families and golf tourists from Scandinavia and the rest of Europe.
“It’s exciting to be designing my first golf course in Europe, especially one that is close to home,” says Annika, a native of Sweden and 10-time major champion. “The golf industry has been talking a lot about the need to develop golf facilities that are more flexible and family friendly, and Estonian Golf & Country Club is actually making it happen.
I grew up in the kitchen helping my Mom bake during the holidays. It is a tradition that I share with our kids today. One of our favorite treats are Cinnamon Buns.
1.76 oz. of yeast
4 tbsp of butter
1 1/4 cup of milk
1/4 cup of sugar
1 pinch of salt
3 1/3 cup of flour
4 tbsp of butter
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
How to make:
1. Melt butter in a pan. Add the milk. When the liquid reach 98.6 F add the yeast. Stir.
2. Add the sugar, salt and almost all the flour (save some for later).
3. Stir the mixture by hand or machine until even and smooth.
4. Cover and let it stand in warm area to rise for 30 min.
5. During the raising time, mix the filling butter with cinnamon to a paste.
6. Take the dough out from the bowl and start slowly to roll it out on a floured area. Roll it to a square 12X12. Add the cinnamon / butter paste evenly. Start rolling it from one side. Cut the big roll into 1-inch pieces.
7. Take the pieces and add individually into paper forms on a baking tray.
8. Cover tray with towel and let it stand to rise for an additional 20 min.
9. Brush the rolls with egg and add the pearl sugar.
10. Bake in the middle of the oven at 480F for 10 min.
For the adults, this goes well with a “Dirty Snowman.” This Northstar Resort treat is hot chocolate mixed with Absolut Vanilla vodka, Baileys, and Hazelnut liqueur. Put a little whipped cream on top and it is delightful! Cheers
The ANNIKA Academy is once again offering 20% off select golf programs, sets of individual lessons, and Callaway club fittings. Purchases made now through December 31 will receive the 20% discount, and can be redeemed at any time* in the future. Take advantage of this once a year sale to save up to $1850 on our incredible Soren-Slam program that includes a clinic, lunch and 9-holes with me on top of incredible golf instruction, or lock in a great rate on a set of six individual lessons with one of our ANNIKA Academy Instructors*, including Charlotta Sorenstam. Looking to get fitted for new clubs? This is the perfect time to lock in the savings, and get a fitting at the ANNIKA Academy – one of only 16 Callaway Performance Centers in the country.
It’s been well documented that I like to cook. I grew up cooking with my Mom in the kitchen and I loved spending that quality time with her and the tasty dishes we would make. After many hours in the kitchen I decided to learn a little more about food and nutrition, so I studied […]