Bloggers, Breakfast & Birdies at JW Marriott & TPC San Antonio on the Way to Rio

The Bloggers in High Velocity at JW Marriott San Antonio with cell phones down at rest for a moment!

The Bloggers in High Velocity at JW Marriott San Antonio with cell phones down at rest for a moment!

I was invited to the first #BBBatTPC media event ever. If you don’t know what #BBBatTPC is you are not far behind me. Mainly a Facebook guy I am getting into Twitter big time these days. That’s a hashtag and if you go to Twitter and hit #Discover on the header and search for BBBatTPC  you will see all the fun we had staying at the JW Marriott Hill Country and playing around at the TPC San Antonio.

This is a big deal for the PGA TOUR, priming the pump, so to speak the Sunday before the Champions Tour AT&T Championship on the AT&T Canyons Course. In a way, it reminded me of the Web.com Small Business Seminar I attended at TPC Sawgrass a few weeks ago. Social media and internet technology is coming, no, it’s already here to help enhance the golf experience and grow the game, attracting the younger folks.

CLICK here for a video summary of this FUN event!

Andy Reistetter with the BBB organizers- Sara Johnstone (social media consultant), Emily Kelly (PGA TOUR), GM Matt Flory and Lauren Harrison (Zimmerman PR).

Andy Reistetter with the BBB organizers- Sara Johnstone (social media consultant), Emily Kelly (PGA TOUR), GM Matt Flory and Lauren Harrison (Zimmerman PR).

I learned a lot about social media from the leadership team assembled for this event- Emily Kelly, Director, Business Development for PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties; Lauren Harrison, from the Zimmerman Agency; Matt Flory, the General Manager of TPC San Antonio and Sara Johnstone, a social media expert with HTSB Consulting.

I also learned a lot about this particular joint TPC and JW property. In fact it is a one-of-a-kind, first time ever to have both on the same property with the same ownership. Think about that. The person making the beds, cooking the food and setting up your golfing experience all work for the same owner.

This combo JW and TPC is one of only three golfing facilities to host two PGA TOUR events. Interestingly, TPC San Antonio and Pebble Beach Golf Links hosts both a Champions Tour and a PGA Tour tournament while the flagship TPC Sawgrass hosts THE PLAYERS Championship and the Web.com Championship. The Headquarter guys go a bit over the top with one and goes deeper with the other demonstrating that the future of the game is the golfers coming up through the system. San Antonio and Sawgrass utilize two courses whereas Pebble only has that one special links by Sweetwater Cove and the Pacific beyond.

JW Marriott Hill Country at TPC San Antonio, an awesome twosome!

JW Marriott Hill Country at TPC San Antonio, an awesome twosome!

Like other professional sports, namely baseball, basketball and football, the PGA TOUR has now entered the revenue field of naming rights. The two courses at TPC San Antonio, host to the AT&T Championship and the Valero Texas Open, are named the AT&T Canyons and AT&T Oaks Courses. You can get a dial tone anywhere in the meandering hill country with your AT&T phone while playing TPC Sawgrass, even where I hit it.

I learned from my fellow bloggers. I know that sounds like you, I and Tiger Woods all swing a club and make contact with a golf ball (most of the time) so we are all in the same category of golfers. Not all bloggers are created equal either though I was level par with one who has yet to purchase a smart phone and does his blogging by laptop PC.

Let me introduce you to some of the folks who I blogged with for a weekend at the JW Marriott and TPC San Antonio and had breakfast with. I had fun too even though they made all the birdies. Not a single one for me.

Ryan Heiman, shirt & tie designer!

Ryan Heiman, shirt & tie designer!

There was the minister from Minnesota named Ryan Heiman, who played in long sleeve traditional shirts and ties he designed. They are traditional only in appearance as his design modifications make them more functional than Polo shirts, namely skin protection from the sun too! Plus the biggest advantage is that you can sneak away from work, (even church?) for a few holes or a bucket of balls and no one is the wiser of it. Here is a guy who is trying to bring back the Gentleman’s Game. By the way, the name of his company, Vesti Ascendi, means to “dress up.” So dress up and play like a gentleman!

CLICK here for Ryan’s Vesti Ascendi line of shirts and ties.

Andy Reistetter with Chip Gist doing an interview in front of the Wall of Texas Fame at TPC San Antonio.

Andy Reistetter with Chip Gist doing an interview in front of the Wall of Texas Fame at TPC San Antonio.

Another guy, Chip Gist is “Texas Bound for Golf,” even though he lives in Austin. I guess Texas is so big, you can be bound for other parts of it even if you live there. A great guy and a Texas historian of the game as you will see in a video interview he did in front of the Texas Wall fo Fame in the Clubhouse at TPC San Antonio. Chip is the concierge for the Texas Golf Trail so point yourself towards Texas and give him a call!

CLICK here for Chip’s Texas Bound for Golf Concierge Service

Tom Bedell capturing a Blogger in action, Ms. TPC San Antonio herself, on the 18th green.

Tom Bedell capturing a Blogger in action, Ms. TPC San Antonio herself, on the 18th green.

Tom Bedell is the only member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the North American Guild of Beer Writers. We are only opposites in that I came from a visit to the Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas and he was heading that way, but I do have an Android!.

 

CLICK here for Tom’s Golf & Beer Writings

CLICK here for Tom’s article on our fun at the #BBB@TPC

Our "BBBatTPC" official foursome- Andy Reistetter, Ed Schmidt, Ryand David and Chip Gist.

Our “BBBatTPC” official foursome- Andy Reistetter, Ed Schmidt, Ryand David and Chip Gist.

Ed Schmidt is another one of us golf travel gurus. Note that I inserted myself into that category just like the blogger label earlier. He is based out of Orlando, Florida (Golf’s second home to Ponte Vedra Beach), and has written over 2600 articles in a career spanning 26 years. For you math whizzers out here that is 100 articles a year or one about every three to four days. Definitely a golf guru and a good guy to play golf with. He yelled duck on the short par-4 sixth hole right before Heath McCall of Bunkers Paradise failed to call the warning shot and almost made the green not so much a paradise for me (in reality our other two playing partners had waved Heath up and I was daydreaming and not paying attention).

CLICK here for the Golf Travel Guru’s website

CLICK here for the Golf Travel Guru’s article on his visit to the JW Marriott Hill Country and the TPC San Antonio.

CLICK here for Heath McCall’s Bunker’s Paradise article on our entertaining Sunday at TPC  San Antonio!

Tim Halberg, the Golf Spy, went undercover for the BBBatTPC event as Ian Poulter.

Tim Halberg, the Golf Spy, went undercover for the BBBatTPC event as Ian Poulter.

I met a spy at the Bloggers, Breakfast & Birdies event, at least I think I did. I guess you are never too sure who is pretending to be a golfer these days. I did manage to figure out his identity- Tim Halberg. Sorry to out his like this, hopefully not as big a deal as the Lindsay Moran CIA deal. Maybe there is a book in this… Blown My Cover, My Life as a Golfer?

CLICK here to get to know Tim as a professional photographer.

CLICK here to check out the My Golf Spy website.

I don’t think Tim is the The Chief, more like Agent 59, I have seen his golf game and my wallet was lighter afterwards, he may be a Thief too!

That’s all for now from my new world of Twitter and Blogging… it is really easy… join Twitter and discover #BBBatTPC and discover the JW Marriott Hill Country and the TPC San Antonio, an awesome place in Golfing Paradise!

After a day full of Blogging, Breakfast and Golf (sadly no Birdies) I was ready for a nap! I guess I wasn’t the only one! More videos, pictures, & posts coming… what would you like me to write about?

Dufnering at TPC San Antonio with my blogger buddies!

Dufnering at TPC San Antonio with my blogger buddies!

 

 

 

 

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