Orlando is so much more than a magic kingdom, a high jumping killer whale or a web-spinning super-hero. Orlando’s Golf Courses rival those found anywhere in the world as evidenced by the nearly $800 million boost the local economy receives every year from golf visitors alone.
From the immaculate conditions you’ll find at Shingle Creek Golf Club, to the 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus designed perfection at Grand Cypress Resort, it doesn’t take long to realize that Orlando is the place to be if you like great year-round weather and challenging golf courses set in a tropical paradise.
Despite a depressed economy, golfers continue to flock to Orlando. Each year the PGA Show, held at the Orange County Convention Center, provides golf enthusiasts with over 1,000,000 square feet of exhibit, seminar and trade show space. Virtually every major manufacturer of golf related equipment and apparel is represented at the show, many of whom are increasing their presence for this years show.
Together with the exhibitors, nearly 40,000 club pros, retail personnel, PGA staff and other golf related personnel attend the show.
“Golf in Orlando is practically an industry unto itself” said Noah Telesnick, who’s latest venture is Orlando Golf Conditions, a website for golfers that features reviews of Orlando golf courses. “Numerous Pro shops, golf cart sales, golf apparel, vacation and luxury resorts are all supported by golf in Orlando”.
The reasons are clear why Orlando has become the Golf Mecca of the world, over 150 golf courses, highly rated public and private courses, and PGA Tournaments held every year at Disney and Bay Hill.
Orlando is home to not only some of the biggest tour players and PGA Tournaments, but also some of the most important corporations as well, The Golf Channel, Golfweek magazine, and Palmer Course Design all call Orlando Home.
Golfers will find a comprehensive guide to Orlando golf at Golf Orlando Florida. The site features listings for golf courses in the Greater Orlando marketplace with editor and user golf course reviews, golf lessons, blogs, and a social networking community. The community is free to join and allows golfers to connect with other golfers. Visit www.golforlandoflorida.com today.
“Shaq’s Mama Said Knock You Out” Charity Golf Tournament Featuring New “Soulful Midday Soiree” Returns to Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando Sept. 18, 2009
Reprinted from www.shinglecreekgolf.com
ORLANDO (June 25, 2009) – Orlando’s AAA Four Diamond Rosen Shingle Creek hotel and the championship Shingle Creek Golf Club are proud to welcome back Lucille O’Neal and her son Shaquille and friends for the “Sixth Annual Shaq’s Mama Said Knock You Out” charity fundraising event.
Taking place Sept. 18, 2009, this year’s “Shaq’s Mama Said Knock You Out Golf “ and new “Soulful Midday Soiree” will feature the ever-popular and exciting golf tournament at Shingle Creek Golf Club, followed by a fun-filled and nostalgic afternoon of good food, good music and good friends. Evoking a 1930s-style “Cotton Club” atmosphere, the “Soulful Midday Soiree” will feature smooth jazz, a hearty buffet of soul food favorites, as well as friendly back-room poker, table games, dancing and more.
Individual tickets to the star-studded “Soulful Midday Soiree” charity event are now available for $150 per person. Golf tournament tickets are available through event sponsorship packages ranging from $3,000 to $50,000. Golf tournament sponsorship packages also include tickets to the “Soulful Midday Soiree” and to a private VIP reception on Sept. 17. For more details including how to purchase tickets and sponsorship opportunities, call LO and Associates at 888-358-1082 or Deena Copeland at 813-286-8520, ext. 251 or visit www.ocqualityoflifefund.com.
Though Shaquille, or Shaq, is now the center starter for the National Basketball Association’s Phoenix Suns, he has a special place in his heart for Orlando, where he got his NBA start playing for the Orlando Magic in 1992 and where his mother Lucille resides. Shaq and his mother will be joined by friends including NBA legends named among the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History – Charles Barkley and Julius “Dr. J” Erving — as well as former Orlando Magic star and Atlanta Hawks radio announcer Dennis Scott. Other shining luminaries include Alonzo Mourning, Shaq’s teammate on the 2006 NBA Champion Miami Heat; Matt Geiger, former Philadelphia 76er NBA Star; Andia Winslow, LPGA Golfer; and Sam Jones and Jamal Wilkes, both retired NBA stars.
Shaq and Lucille’s event benefits the Odessa Chambliss Quality of Life Fund (www.ocqualityoflifefund.com), which was established in honor of Shaq’s grandmother and Lucille’s mother, who worked for more than 16 years as a nurse and passed away in 1996. The name for the fund comes from the O’Neal family, who said, “At the time of her death we learned that it is not the quantity of years one lives, but the quality of life that is important.” The fund honors the lifetime accomplishments of Odessa Chambliss by funding nursing and educational scholarships at colleges and universities, including the University of Central Florida, Bethune-Cookman University and Valencia Community College. Donations also fund cancer research.
“We’re so excited to be back at Shingle Creek and promise the event will be full of fun and laughter with plenty of great soul food, jazz and new friends to make,” said Lucille O’Neal. “That, combined with the fact that proceeds will go to a worthwhile cause, make this an event one you don’t want to miss.”
“The ‘Shaq’s Mama Said Knock You Out’ event is always one of the highlights of the year at Shingle Creek,” said Leslie Menichini, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Rosen Hotels & Resorts. “We are honored to be a part of this worthwhile cause. As always, we will do everything possible to ensure that it’s an impeccable time for attendees from the second they arrive until the moment they depart.”
To book a room for the event, guests may call the Rosen Shingle Creek reservations line at (866) 996-6338. For more information, visit www.rosenshinglecreek.com or call (866) 996-9939.
The 1,500-room AAA Four Diamond Rosen Shingle Creek is conveniently located at 9939 Universal Blvd., just off the International Drive tourist district and ten minutes from the Orlando International Airport. For more information, visit www.rosenshinglecreek.com or call (866) 996-9939.