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10 Jun 2016 

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09 Jun 2016 

Dina Lohan Sentenced for 2013 DWI, Has Driver's License Suspended



Dina Lohan was sentenced today to 100 hours of community service in Nassau District Court in New York stemming from a September 2013 DWI arrest.

The mother of actress Lindsay Lohan also had her driver's license suspended for one year, will have to use an interlock device -- which will only let her start her car if she's sober -- for a year and ordered to participate in a drunk-driving program and victims impact panel.

She was also fined $3,000.

Read: Dina Lohan Pleads Guilty to DWI

Related: Dina Lohan Arrested and Charged With DWI

Lohan was arrested last year for driving 22 mph over the speed limit along the Northern State Parkway in Oyster Bay. She had a blood-alcohol level of 0.2 percent.

Lohan, 51, pleaded guilty last month and accepted a plea deal.

Lohan's lawyer, Mark Jay Heller, also sent a statement to ABC News.

"In spite of the fact that the District Court of Nassau County dispenses the sternest DWI Sentences in America, which traditionally provides for a period of incarceration and three years of Probation, Dina Lohan's Sentence did not provide for any period of incarceration or Probation, in light of Dina Lohan's exemplary record with no prior arrest history and in deference to the Nassau County Screening Evaluation of Ms. Lohan which concluded that she has no alcohol or substance abuse issues," the statement read.



He continued, "Clearly, it was recognized that Dina Lohan has been a life-long resident of Nassau County, a good and loving Parent to four children and the arrest was borne out of an isolated act of indiscretion on the occasion of her 50th Birthday. Dina Lohan is happy to put this unfortunate event behind her."

08 Jun 2016 

Many U.S. country clubs modernizing for survival | Reuters



BOSTON When summer kicks off, members will find a fully updated Westwood Country Club with a redesigned golf course, new pool house with a better snack bar, and a teen center.

The nearly $7 million project temporarily closed the Vienna, Virginia, course but was seen as an investment in its viability, a way to retain members and attract new ones. With less than 30 days of construction left, the club will be a place "to be proud of for years and years to come," General Manager Paul Flood says.

Senior members, however, were less convinced. As the vote to proceed neared back in 2010, they questioned whether, given the economic climate, the club could afford to take on new debt. They doubted the proposed $50 per month dues increase would be enough to help pay for the project while revenue was lost during construction. A few members threatened to quit.

Forget tee times - in recent years private clubs in video golf games the United States have dealt with budget battles, dwindling membership, and even lawsuits. In the last five years the economic downturn has forced scores of Americans to relinquish their memberships rather than pay average annual dues of $7,000 and initiation fees that can range from $5,000 to $500,000.

Dozens of clubs facing cash shortages or foreclosure have closed. Others, trying to avoid major cutbacks, have reduced fees and modified admission requirements.

With few exceptions, clubs that survived the recession have undertaken sweeping makeovers, often pitting long-held traditions against the need to attract the next generation of members. Enticements often include state-of-the-art fitness or business centers, children's programs, gourmet dining and even relaxed rules.

"This debate is playing out at every single club," says Steve Graves, founder of the consultancy Creative Golf Marketing. "More seasoned members inevitably resist change, but the clubs flourishing today are more casual, more family-friendly and more women-friendly."

Potential new members are finding updated facilities where they can spend weekends with family and friends at very discounted prices. As Graves puts it, "Clubs are really offering members more for their money than ever before."

NOT YOUR GRANDPARENT'S CLUB



While the county's most renowned clubs - think New Jersey's Pine Valley or California's Cypress Point - remain out of reach for all but a select few, many clubs are still struggling to regain their financial footing despite the slowly improving economy.

According to the National Golf Foundation, about 160 18-hole private and public golf courses closed in 2011. Country clubs saw sales - new memberships - shrink nearly 1 percent during the last two years on top of losses racked up during the recession, according to financial research firm Sageworks Inc.

While there was steady growth through the early 2000s, overall membership has dropped by as much as 30 percent at some clubs since 2008.

As a result, clubs that once offered membership by invitation only are advertising markdowns on initiation fees or eliminating them and lowering annual dues. Others are featuring trial memberships with money-back guarantees, or they have opened their courses to the public, charging a per-day fee for a round of golf and use of the facilities. "We're seeing a serious price correction," says Jim McLaughlin, senior vice president at Troon Golf, a club-management group based in Arizona.

Consider the Shady Canyon Golf Club discount golf retailers in Irvine, California, where the original initiation fee of $300,000 was reduced to $125,000 in 2011. Myrtle Beach's exclusive Members Club has cut initiation fees to $12,500 from $45,000 in 2005. Shaker Ridge Country Club in Albany, New York, has waived its $6,000 initiation fee through June.

In Arizona, the Pinnacle Peak Country Club is offering potential members between the ages of 35 and 45 the option of putting down a fully refundable $5,000 deposit for a one-year trial membership before committing to a $35,000 initiation fee. Monthly dues are reduced 75 percent.

THEN THERE'S THE FINE PRINT

Enticing as these offers might be, a contract is a contract, and it should be carefully read. Dues can increase. Extra charges such as food minimums or cart fees can add up.

Some clubs refund some or all of an initiation fee if a member leaves, but it can take several months or even years before the money is repaid.

Ask the 36 members of Pinnacle Peak who sued the club to recoup some $1.5 million they say they are collectively owed. After close to 70 members left during the recession, the club changed its bylaws in 2011 to end quick payments for departing senior members. That lawsuit was dismissed in March, but similar litigation has been filed against other clubs from Arizona to Florida.

It also pays to understand clubs' financial health, especially those doing away with initiation fees.

Such fees are used to pay down debt or for capital projects, Graves notes. Without them, a rundown club will stay that way, or members can expect assessments when funds are needed.

TRADITION VERSUS VALUE

Gone are the days when people joined a country club simply because their parents belonged or to garner respect in local business networks. And corporate sponsorships are hardly as common as they used to be.

"For the price they're paying, members expect a lot and they want good value," says Frank Vain, president of the golf consultancy McMahon Group, based in Missouri. "Clubs have to feel like a 52-week vacation getaway less than 20 minutes from home."

Today, vying for attention in hectic two-income households, clubs must appeal to the whole family. Vain suggests that spending on capital improvements, even for cash-strapped clubs, is often the best way to attract these people.

Michigan's Midland Country Club began a complete renovation about four years ago of its golf course and clubhouse. It added fitness and day care facilities and an aquatics center modeled on Disney World water parks. In winter, golfers can play on new indoor simulators.

Steve Pederson, Midland's general manager, says there was initial resistance to the investment from some long-time members. "But we showed them that, for the longevity of the club, we had to appeal to a younger generation," Pederson says. "The model of the old club is pretty much broken."

In time, he adds, longtime members became some of the most frequent users of the fitness club. Since mid-2008, Midland has recruited nearly 400 new members, and it has nearly reached its capacity of 825 members.

Child-focused programming pays off, too. At Brynwood Golf and Country Club in New York's Westchester County, a Troon-run club, members were offered the choice of a free event at the club or a junior set of golf clubs. "Ninety-five percent chose the golf clubs," says McLaughlin, emphasizing a way country clubs can appeal to youngsters.

And most private clubs can afford to relax a little. Lifting bans on blue jeans, mobile phones, and children in dining facilities can also go a long way to attracting new members.

"If I have to change my clothes to eat at the club, I'm not coming," says McLaughlin. "Club rules today need to reflect America of tomorrow, not yesterday."

Members at Westwood Country Club still maintain a dress code, but Flood says family has long been part of its fabric, including a hardy junior golf club, family tennis socials, and a kids center that opened two years ago.

The extensive renovations already are having an impact: Flood says the club recently decided to raise its initiation fee.

(The author is a Reuters contributor.)

(Editing by Lauren Young and Jilian Mincer)

07 Jun 2016 

Specification of TaylorMade R7 Iron

Gary Adams started TaylorMade in 1978. The company manufactures golf equipment such as irons, drivers, woods, putters and wedges. TaylorMade golf shopping makes these clubs for men, women and children. It also makes other types of equipment, such as balls, bags and accessories. The TaylorMade R7 Iron is a series of irons that TaylorMade produces.

About--The R7 Iron is manufactured by TaylorMade. The series is available for both women and men. Both graphite and steel shafts are available with different flex types. The irons are noted for large club heads and tungsten weights that can be added.

Loft--The loft angle is the angle of the club face in relation to a straight vertical line. Shorter hitting irons and wedges have higher loft angles than longer hitting clubs. Higher loft angles allow for the ball to be hit higher in the air and roll less when it lands. Lower loft angles are used for longer distance and more ball roll. The TaylorMade R7 3-iron has a loft angle of 19 degrees. The loft angle of the 9-iron is 39 degrees while the sand wedge is at 54 degrees.

Offset--The offset is discount golf online the distance between the hosel and the edge of the club face. The hosel is where the shaft and the club head connect. Long irons tend to have larger offsets than wedges and short irons. A large offset is useful for cutting down on a golfer's slice and allowing the ball to be hit straighter. The offset of the R7 3-iron is 6 mm. The 9-iron's offset is 4 mm while the sand wedge and lob wedge both have an offset of 1 mm.



Length--Club length is simply the length of a club's shaft. Long irons typically have longer shafts than short irons and wedges. The R7 length is a feature that golfers generally get customized in relation to their height and arm length. The R7 3-iron comes with a club length of 38.75 inches. The 9-iron's length is 35.75 inches while the sand wedge is 35.25 inches long.

Lie Angle--The lie angle of a club is the angle between the shaft and the club head. Wedges and short free golf game irons will usually have a larger lie angle than long irons. The lie angle of the TaylorMade R7 3-iron is 61 degrees. In comparison, the 9-iron's lie angle is 64 degrees while the sand wedge is 64.5 degrees.

07 Jun 2016 

Tips For Storing Electric Golf Cart In Winter

Storing your golf cart in winter is important to keep your cart in good condition. You have to store your cart properly to use them again in the summer when it is the season for the game again. If you are looking for informative tips of how to store your electric golf cart in winter, then take internet golf store a look at these points.

If you are having an electric cart, then the most important part that has to be well maintained is the battery of the cart. You have to take more care in maintaining the batteries in good condition. It includes washing and cleaning your batteries and replacing the worn out or damaged ones to a new one. You should also keep them charged fully at regular periods. When cleaning the batteries, check whether cells caps of the batteries are attached securely. You should unplug the charger before removing it for cleaning. First, start by cleaning the battery compartment. You should also spray some battery neutralizer on the exterior part of the batteries. Along with the top of the battery, if it is made of metal, you should also spray the neutralizer on the other parts like the interior walls of the battery panels, between and down the battery racks etc. You then have to scrub the top golf warehouse and sides of your battery with a paint brush. In order to neutralize the acid and prevent drying of the battery, you should rinse the battery with a mixture of baking soda and distilled water. Using tap water should be avoided as it can damage those batteries.

When working with the battery, be careful in handling them. Never handle them bare hand, but always protect your hands with gloves. You should then clean and tighten the connections of all the battery terminals. Check whether the cables are also tightened and are not corroded. An equally important thing is checking the water levels of the battery. If low, refill the cells with water. But never overfill them. The last thing you should do after proper cleaning of the batteries is charging them fully.



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