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Avery Ranch Golf Club – The Ideal Golf Club in Austin, Texas

Designed by the former Jack Nicklaus designer Andy Raugust, Avery Ranch Golf Club is golf in Austin, Texas at its finest. The golf club was rated the ‘Top Luxury Course’ by Avid Golfer Magazine in 2013.

 

The golf course location is in the northwest of Austin and the middle of Texas Hill Country. Andy Raugust fused the course perfectly with the surrounding to create a magnificent Austin golf experience that many clients can’t seem to forget hence the excellent reviews the golf club receives in authority sites such as Texas Outside and Golf Advisor among others.

 

There are quite some reasons why people consider Avery Ranch Golf Club a top golfing destination. These include the following reasons.

 

  1. The experience.

If you ask any golfer, he or she will tell you that one of the things that make golf enjoyable and fun as it is is the experience in addition to the challenge.

 

With several excellent reviews by previous clients, it can be safe to assume that Avery Ranch Golf Club is one of the best golf destinations in Central Texas. It can be the ideal place to hold your next golf event.

 

  1. The welcoming environment and the excellent services.

The environment and services at the golf club set it miles apart from its competitors.

The staff is competent, and their hosting services are likely to not only be welcoming but also satisfactory. The golf club prides itself on associating with industry professionals whose expertise are often guaranteed to please its clients.

 

Furthermore, the services at the golf club are top notch. Accommodation, course conditions and customization available to clients offered by the golf club are unlike any other. In fact, the course conditions are perfect such that the golf club was regarded as the ‘Top Luxury Course’ by Avid Golfer Magazine.

 

Besides, the layout is likely to sweep you off your feet. Customization offered exclusively by the golf club is likely to leave its clients delighted, and with memories they hardly erase.

 

Some of the customization offered include logoed golf balls, personalized coolers, and customized golf shirts among others. All these can give players an experience they will remember for quite some time.

 

  1. The golf club can customize events.

The golf club can customize events to meet the needs of the clients. Regardless of the number of players, the golf club can guarantee excellent services.

 

Additionally, there quite some local golf tournaments that take place in Avery Ranch Golf Club so residents cannot feel left out. Besides, the golf club provides a PGA golf professional to assist you in getting the best out of your subscription.

 

Avery Ranch Golf Club is the ideal place to golf. In addition to the experience, the course comprising of fairways and waterways and more offers a great environment to test and improve your golf skills.

Matt Nagy Is Next Man Up As Chicago Bears Head Coach

The Chicago Bears hired former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as the franchise’s 16th head coach. The Bears hope that Nagy can develop promising young quarterback Mitchell Trubisky while helping the league’s first franchise from one of their worst stretches ever.

The hiring of Nagy takes place a week after Bears former head coach John Fox was terminated after three seasons with the team. During Fox’s tenure, the Bears went 14-34 and registered the second lowest team winning percentage in franchise history.

The Bears were 5-11 in the 2017 season and have not accomplished a .500 season since 2012.

The 39-year-old Nagy is a protégé of Andy Reid and has worked under the veteran NFL coach for ten years in both Philadelphia and Kansas City. Nagy took over the play-calling duties for the Chiefs last season and his performance drew praise from quarterback Alex Smith.

In his coaching duties with Chicago, the former Delaware University quarterback will work at developing Trubisky who was the second overall pick in last year’s NFL draft.

Nagy was coaching at a high school and working in real estate when he worked as an intern at the Philadelphia Eagles training camp for the 2008 and 2009 NFL seasons. Nagy would accept a significant decrease in income to become a coaching assistant with the Eagles in 2010.

The Bears General Manager Ryan Pace is depending on Nagy to salvage his reputation after trading up in last year’s draft to use the No.2 pick to secure the services of a quarterback that had only started 13 NCAA games.

Other candidates that had been in the running for the Bears head coaching position were Eagles quarterback coach John Filippo, Vikings offensive coordinator George Edwards, and Vic Fangio, the team’s own defensive coordinator.

Green Bay Packers Clear Aaron Rodgers to Start in Week 15

The house that Vince Lombardi built at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin has experienced a franchise impasse during its 2017-18 NFL season.

During an exhilarating game by the Green Bay Packers against their division rival Minnesota Vikings on October 15, 2017, starting Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sustained a punishing tackle by a Vikings defender, which injured his right collarbone and caused a fracture.

Rodgers had surgery performed on his fractured right collarbone four days after experiencing the game day injury. After that, the Packers placed their superstar quarterback on the injured reserve list. It was not known at that time whether or not Rodgers would be able to return to the field at some point late in the season.

However, the elite, 33-year-old signal caller posted a message to fans on his Instagram page late Tuesday night (December 12), which indicated that the Super Bowl-winning Rodgers has been cleared to start in the next Packers game against the Panthers on Sunday December 17, 2017.

“It’s been a long road from that day to this, but I’m happy to say I’ve been medically cleared to return,” Rodgers posted. “Thanks for all the love, support, prayers, and well wishes over the past 8 weeks and a big thank you to Dr McKenzie and our incredible training staff. #riseagain,” he continued.

Number 12’s impassioned message to fans was written below a picture of the rugged and tough touchdown passer resting on a hospital bed with a hairnet on under a white sheet giving a smile and a thumbs up. This eliminated any doubt about Rodgers being good to go. He has desperately desired to play during his speedy recovery.

“One of the big factors that played into this was Aaron Rodgers very, very badly wanted to play,” said television sports reporter Ian Rapoport during a Tuesday night show on the NFL Network.

“And that’s one thing that’s been clear the entire time with Rodgers is ever since he broke his collarbone, he was aggressive in his recovery to try to get ready for Week 15,” Rapoport went on to say.

The 7-6 Green Bay Packers are more than eager to have their warrior under center back after experiencing a subpar season in his absence. The focus for the team is to get back to its winning ways.

Soccer Instead Of Football In San Diego

There is nothing more gut-wrenching to hardcore football fans than the loss of their home NFL franchise. Many dedicated sports fans around the country have known the pain of watching their favorite team move from their current location to represent another area. The San Diego Chargers had lived in the area for well over fifty years. Their conflict with the city in trying to build a new venue was well documented. The negotiations drug out for many years until Chargers ownership decided to take advantage of a lucrative opportunity in Los Angeles. San Diego football fans were outraged and showed their displeasure by burning jerseys and protesting the move. However, it did not stop the inevitable circumstances.

 

Other cities that suffered the same fate have been able to rebound and acquire new NFL franchises. Houston, St. Louis, Cleveland and Los Angeles are all locations that lost their teams and were able to obtain another NFL franchise. Some made out better than others. St. Louis has lost two different NFL franchises over the years. Oakland lost the Raiders to Los Angeles and is losing them again to Las Vegas all due to failed negotiations over new stadiums.

 

San Diego remains an interesting destination for NFL owners. However, the previous issues remain with building a venue to host an NFL franchise. The city has looked to other methods to fulfill the entertainment void of losing the NFL. Soccer has become an attractive option. There are discussions of building a 30,000 seat soccer stadium where the old Chargers venue currently sits. There will also be room on the site for a new NFL-caliber football stadium should a franchise decide to move to San Diego. Expansion is also an option with the NFL. These types of transactions take many years to figure out. Developers of the San Diego site estimate a window of about 5 years for landing a professional football team. If there is no commitment by that point the space will be cited for housing development.

 

Coach Fisher Is Fired By Los Angeles Rams

Rams fans were absolutely stunned this Monday when the news came out that Jeff Fisher had been terminated by the LA Rams Organization. Fisher had been head coach of the team many years. Not long ago, he signed a two-year extension to his contract. His termination occurred just a few months into it. The interim head coach will be Jim Fassel who currently serves as special teams coordinator.

 

Kevin Demoff, executive vice president of football operations, commented that the firing was due to performance problems. He felt that the best way for the team to move forward is to focus on finishing the season with hope. The Rams organization is in a state of failure that it hopes to get out of by replacing its coach. It recognizes the need to make improvements across the board. The firing was largely prompted by the Rams losing eight of their last nine games. It was the straw that broke the horse’s back against head coach Fisher.

 

It may be that Les Snead the team’s general manager will be sacked in the near future too. Fisher had been with the Rams since 2012. His overall record with the team was 31 wins vs 45 losses. Under his leadership, the team did not manage to make any playoff appearances. Fisher was also criticized for selecting Jared Goff as his number one draft pick this year. The Rams organization felt that it had no choice but to terminate Fisher. You can read more about the difficult decision it had to make here.

 

Chargers Might Move to Los Angeles

The city of Los Angeles went for more than 20 years without having an NFL team. Obviously, it was not a great situation to have the second biggest city in the United States without a team in the country’s most popular sports league. However, the NFL thrived after the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raiders moved back to Oakland. It appeared as if Los Angeles would never get another team. There was talk about it on several different occasions. Nothing ever came of it. Then the Rams came back to Los Angeles for the 2016 season. Now it would seem that the Rams will be getting some competition in their new city. There are reports that San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos is going to move his team to Los Angeles. Nothing is confirmed at this point. Spanos has not sent an official notification to the league of his intention to move his team. Insiders in the Chargers organization are saying that the move is imminent.

 

The move of the Chargers to Los Angeles would not be much of a surprise if it eventually does come to pass. It has certainly been talked about quite a bit in recent years. It would be a big understatement to say the stadium situation in San Diego is not the greatest. Also, Los Angeles offers many more opportunities to turn his team into a national brand. The ability to market the team to a national audience would be much easier in a huge market. Spanos has expressed his desire to do this on many occasions. However, many people questioned his desire to pull the trigger on a move to Los Angeles if push came to shove. The news is obviously heartbreaking to Charger fans who will not have a team for the first time in 50 years.

 

 

 

Morales Acquisition Key to Blue Jays Potential

It didn’t take long for the Toronto Blue Jays to make one of the first major splashes of the MLB offseason with the free agent acquisition of Kendrys Morales. The veteran, who is expected to assume the Designated Hitter duties for the Blue Jays, definitely adds a boast a lineup who suffered to plate runs during their ALCS run against the Cleveland Indians. However on top of the sheer production that Morales will likely bring to the lineup, he also provides a veteran presence which perhaps the Blue Jays lacked during 2016 postseason.

 

While struggling to plate runs during the ALCS, I couldn’t help but look at the long faces of each and every Toronto Blue Jay expecting one of them to assume a leadership role and try and turn the tides in the series. However as each out went by the AL East wild card winner looked more and more frustrated while their bats were seemingly unable to figure out the Indians pitching. Ultimately, the series concluded with a torturous defeat in front of the Rogers Centre fans.

 

With the acquisition of Kendrys Morales, I look for a recent World Series Champion who has the ability to maintain a leadership role on a team with so much promise, especially on the offensive end. Moreover, the relatively low salary of Morales also keeps the door open for the Blue Jays to acquire a much-needed bullpen arm, which is an added plus.

 

 

Chase Field May be Sold to Out-of-State Investors

Chase Field, originally known as BOB(Bank One Ballpark from 1998-2005)may lose its Phoenix, Arizona ownership. It opened just in time for the Diamond Backs baseball team’s first expansion game. The Diamond Backs have complained recently to the stadium’s Maricopa County owners that the stadium is in bad need of repairs. Back in March, the team said that if their demands are not met, they might leave Chase Field and sue the country, except that they are not allowed to leave until their contract is up in 2024. In a poll that was recently conducted, most of the people side with Maricopa County. Maricopa County has rejected the Diamond Backs team request for $65 million dollars worth of repairs over a five year period. Some of the improvements that the Diamond Backs want include the locker rooms, concession stands, dug out, and heating and cooling systems.

The Board of Supervisors of Maricopa County are meeting today to discuss the negotiations. Part of the $60 million dollar price tag includes the desire to keep the Diamond Backs at the Phoenix, Arizona stadium through 2028 or even longer than that.

Diamond Backs’ team president, Derrick Hall, prefers that Phoenix takes over the ownership of the stadium instead of selling it to out-of-state investors. He thinks that if Phoenix becomes the stadium owners that they will create City Scape and a high-rise, mixed-use development.

Clint Hickman, Board Chairman believes that if a private investor takes over the financial responsibilities, it’ll benefit the taxpayers who will be relieved of public funding. Fans chipped in and raised $250 million dollars in order to restore the stadium, and the team chipped in over $200 million dollars for reconstruction 18 years ago. The potential East Coast investors, Stadium Real Estate Partners II LLC, want to create an entertainment and sports district to surround Chase Field. The investors are represented by Martin J Greenberg of Milwaukee, Wisconsin who said that the new owners want to have new entertainment and sports district as a way of making the downtown area more attractive and hopefully bringing in more revenue to Phoenix.

Squaw Valley And Alpine Meadows Will Be Connected Soon

Squaw Valley is a very large ski resort in the lake Tahoe area.  This resort is located very close to another large ski resort, Alpine Meadows.  Now, there are plans to unite the two resorts.  This will create an exceptionally large ski mountain.  In fact, it could very well become the largest ski resort in North America.

This mega resort will consist of two mountains, connected to one another with a gondola.  The gondola will be able to transport skiers and snowboarders from one mountain to another very easily.  The mountains will be connected at each of their bases, and it will be a very efficient system of transport between the two resorts.

The plans to connect the resort were made public quite recently.  In fact, the plans were first made public last year.  During this time, there has been a lot of work done to make this happen.  Andy Wirth is one of the individuals that is responsible for helping to make this happen according to Power Magazine.

Andy Wirth has pushed for the two resorts to be merged together, and it seems that his plans are going to come to fruition.    While it appears the two resorts will be connected, there have been some concerns voiced.  The snowfall amounts have been lower in some recent years.  However, this will not prevent the gondola from connecting the two mountains.

The gondola will be able to run, despite this. Andy Wirth has been a successful CEO of Squaw Valley for quite some time.  During this time, he has helped the mountain to grow and succeed.  There have been many new projects that have taken place during his leadership of the mountain.

Also, during the time he has been the CEO of Squaw Valley, a merger took place between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.  This merger has certainly been quite beneficial for both resorts, and it has improved both businesses.  It is expected to be even more beneficial for both mountains, when the two resorts are connected.  Learn more about Andy Wirth: http://www.powder.com/tag/andy-wirth/

The extremely large ski resort that will be created can be expected to be very successful.  It will likely attract a large number of skiers, due to it’s exceptional size and ideal environment for skiers.  Additionally, Andy Wirth has been the victim of a skydiving accident.

This accident has caused him substantial injury.  However, he has continued to do excellent work as the CEO of Squaw Valley.  In addition, Andy Wirth has continued to be active in outdoor sports himself. Read more: Update on CEO Andy Wirth and his letter

He has even worked to train Navy Seals at Squaw Valley.  He hasn’t let his injuries get in the way.  It can be expected that this merger will benefit both mountains.

Andy Wirth will continue to play an integral role in helping the ski resorts to succeed.  It can be expected that his efforts will continue to be successful.

Wirth pleased with end of Olympic Valley Incorporation move

Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, is ready to move on after it seems the move to incorporate Olympic Valley has ended, according to a story in the Reno Gazette – Journal. The battle over incorporation has gone on for years, but it was halted recently when California’s Local Agency Formation Commission released a study saying the town would not be viable financially.

Snow has also started falling early, so Wirth and ski resorts have good news on two fronts. While the battle raged, a four year drought wreaked havoc with many western ski areas. “This has been a very, very tough four years,” Wirth said.

Now Wirth hopes the community will work together on transportation needs and other issues apart from Olympic Valley. The valley was host to the 1960 Olympics and is now host to Sqauw Valley resort that Wirth runs.

Wirth had opposed incorporation moves, saying it was a threat to business and civic interests. He was relieved when the group pushing incorporation formally ended their efforts after the report was released.

Wirth’s company spent well over $100,000 opposing the measure, saing it wold result in higher taxes and decreased levels of service to the area.

“It was truly a recipe for disaster, for fiscal disaster,” Wirth said.

Backers said Wirth opposed it because he did not want to have to answer to a local city council. Now he only has to answer to county government on things like zoning.

For his part, Wirth noted the group pushing incorporation also spent a lot of money on their campaign, but it will not apparently come to voters any time soon.

Wirth has worked in the resort industry for 25 years, beginning his career at Steamboat Springs in 1986. In 2007 he was named executive vice president and appointed chief of marketing by Intrawest, who had bought Steamboat Springs that same year. In 2010 he left there to become president and CEO of Squaw Valley.

After taking over at Squaw Valley he directed a $70 million upgrade to the overall ski design and infrastructure. He also improved customer experience as the company went from the bottom 20 percent to the top 20 percent in customer satisfaction under his leadership. Nearby resort Alpine Meadows was merged with Squaw Valley in 2011 and now the two offer a combined ski ticket. Wirth is now CEO of both areas.