Omni Casts Swing Vote for Presidential Treatment

Omni Golf Resorts Puts the “Swing” in Swing States


photoWith an historic election year in full swing, now is the time to cast those ballots by visiting some of the nation’s favorite golf destinations, known for making guests feel presidential. In honor of the quadrennial occasion, Omni Hotels & Resorts is offering special Presidential-themed golf packages throughout 2016 at all Omni golf resorts across the U.S.

Omni Hotels & Resorts knows how to treat guests like a commander-in-chief based on its rich history of hosting numerous American politicians and dignitaries dating back well over 100 years. From key primary states such as New Hampshire and Texas, to traditional battlegrounds like Florida and Pennsylvania, golfers can elect to get the presidential treatment at some of the nation’s finest courses and luxurious resorts, many of which have direct ties to presidential history, including:

  • Omni Barton Creek Resort, near Austin, Texas has hosted both the 41st and 43rd Presidents and is offering a unique “Father-Son Presidential Promotion” including a round of golf for $100 per player – representing the cost for greens fees in the 1990s – as well as a sleeve of balls imprinted with the American flag, and turndown cards featuring quotes from distinguished guests.
  • Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida — where President Ford played in a member-guest tournament in the 1980s — is debuting the “Running Mates” package, which includes a special rate of two rounds for two people, a $50 culinary credit, a special welcome amenity, and an optional upgrade to the Presidential Suite.
  • Omni Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire has a Cabinet’s-worth of golf candidates on  its ballot, including a package featuring unlimited rounds with cart; a buy-one, get-one-free promotion; and a “Presidential Peak Foursome” that promises complimentary golf to any group of four with the same surnames as any of the surrounding Presidential Range peaks (Jackson, Pierce, Eisenhower, Monroe, Franklin, Monroe, Jefferson, Adams, Webster, Madison, Reagan, and, of course, Washington).

Other Omni resorts with election year golf specials include:

Weather patterns mean these 2016 golf deals are not all available all year long. But given the nationwide presence of the luxury hotel brand, there’s always a Presidential Golf Package waiting to be sworn in.

For additional information or to book a tee time and overnight stay, guests may visit or call 1-800-The-Omni.

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About Omni Hotels & Resorts Golf Portfolio

Located in some of the country’s most beautiful destinations, Omni Hotels & Resorts golf courses are designed by award-winning golf architects, including legendary champions of the game. Each destination offers challenges for golfers at all levels of play, so pros, amateurs and their families alike can find courses to enjoy, creating distinct golf vacations in prime locations on legendary fairways and greens. Each of the golf resorts (360 total holes) is complete with luxurious accommodations and superior service, on and off the course.

For additional information or book tee times, visit

Live Radio Broadcast of 2016 Golf Industry Show

Top satellite radio golf program to broadcast live from the 2016 Golf Industry Show

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has announced that “Katrek and Maginnes On Tap,” one of the most popular programs on the PGA Tour Satellite Radio Network, will broadcast live Feb. 10-11, 2016, from the Golf Industry Show in San Diego. The association also will continue for the second year as a yearlong advertiser with the show to promote the superintendent profession.

The Golf Industry Show, which is held annually and directed by GCSAA, is an innovative education and trade show for owners and managers of golf facilities, including the association’s 18,000 members and the industries that market to those facilities.

“We are thrilled to have John Maginnes bring his popular radio show to San Diego and help communicate important issues within the golf management industry,” said Rhett Evans, CEO of GCSAA.

The radio show, on Sirius channel 208 and XM channel 92, is tentatively scheduled to air 5-7 p.m. (Eastern) on Feb. 10, and 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 11. Guests for Wednesday will include Evans and Herb Kohler, who is receiving GCSAA’s highest honor, the Old Tom Morris Award. Thursday’s guests will include incoming GCSAA President Peter Grass, a certified golf course superintendent, and entertainer Frank Caliendo.

The program is hosted by John Maginnes, a former PGA Tour player, who spent more than 15 years playing professional golf before starting a second career as a golf announcer in 2005. He won several times on the then Nationwide Tour and had a second place finish on the PGA Tour at the 1996 B.C. Open, where he was paired with a young rookie, Tiger Woods. But before it was all done, the affable journeyman found himself at Q-School trying to regain his PGA Tour status six times. It took a toll.

“Throughout my career, I knew that if I could just get a little bit better or a little bit worse, my life would have a better chance of making sense,” he humorously writes on his website.

An elbow injury finally ended his playing career, but when he picked up a microphone to cover golf, he found a home. He got started on television for the USA Network and then the Golf Channel. He joined the PGA Tour Radio Network in 2005 and has been a fixture there ever since. His notable interview guests have included Arnold Palmer, Fred Couples, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, John Feinstein, Nancy Lopez and Tom Watson.

Maginnes has also been a contributor for Golfweek and U.S. Airways Magazine.

About GCSAA and the EIFG
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

About the Golf Industry Show
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) presents the Golf Industry Show annually. It is an innovative trade show designed for the owners/operators of golf facilities, and the professional members of the golf course and club management industries. Featuring the GCSAA Golf Championships and the GCSAA Education Conference, as well as the largest exhibit floor in the industry, the event combines education, networking and solutions for golf course superintendents, owners/operators, general managers, chief operating officers, architects and builders.

The Golf Industry Show is presented jointly with the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), along with supporting organizations: the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA), the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), the National Golf Foundation (NGF) and the United States Golf Association (USGA). The 2016 event will be held Feb. 6-11 at the San Diego Convention Center. Visit

This Week’s Winners in Professional Golf!

Congratulations to this Week’s Winners in Professional Golf!

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PGA Tour: American Brandt Snedeker, Farmers Insurance Open (San Diego, California), $1,170,000 first place prize money, -6 under par.

Photo: Brandt Snedeker,
Photo: Brandt Snedeker,

Final Leaderboard:

Image: Final Farmers Insurance Open Leaderboard,
Image: Final Farmers Insurance Open Leaderboard,

Next Event: Waste Management Phoenix Open, Scottsdale, Arizona (Feb 4-7)

LPGA.comLPGA Tour: South Korean Hyo Joo Kim, Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic (Paradise Island, Bahamas), $195,000 first place prize money, -14 under par.

Photo: Hyo Joo Kim,
Photo: Hyo Joo Kim,

Next Event: Coates Golf Championship, Ocala, Florida (Feb 3-6)

EuropeanTourEuropean Tour: South African Branden Grace, Commercial Bank Qatar Masters (Doha, Qatar), €381,458 first place prize money, -14 under par.

Photo: Branden Grace,
Photo: Branden Grace,

Next Event: Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Feb 4-7) 

ChampionsTourChampions Tour: *Break in Schedule*

Next Event: Allianz Championship, Boca Raton, Florida (Feb 5-7)


Featured Image: Brandt Snedeker, 2016 Farmers Insurance Open Champion,

BIO: Keith Cook has been a writer/contributing editor at since 2013. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter: @_KeithCook and @LocalGolfer.