The Concession gets the gift of time

Oh, so you think you know your golf trivia?
What is the first thing that stands out when you visit some of the exclusive clubs around the world? 

Here are some hints:

There are only 40 of them world wide. They can be found at historic courses such as Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, Muirfield Village, Carnoustie and Torrey Pines.

There are only a few clubs in Florida where they can be seen and one is in East Manatee County.

TPC at Sawgrass and Bay Hill also have them.

If you don't know, you are not smarter than a fifth grader!

Rolex clocks.  Go to the head of the golf trivia class if you guessed it right.

clockface.jpg Just last week Rolex installed two two-faced clocks at The Concession.  Both stand 10-feet high. One is located at the bag drop when you check in. It also can be seen from the No. 10 tee box. You cannot miss it.  The other one is near the putting green behind the practice facility.

The Rolex clocks didn't cost The Concession one dime other than installing them. Rolex also maintains and services them for life of the clocks at no charge.

 "It is a pretty exclusive club," said general manager Bruce Cassidy Jr. "You can't buy them. They (Rolex) provide you with the clocks.

 "It is the slow summer season and not many members have seen them," added Cassidy. "But the ones who have think they are charming and add a touch of class."

The members of The Concession have co-designer Tony Jacklin to thank for this idea.

Jacklin won a tournament in Japan 40 years ago and when one of his prizes was a Rolex watch. They have serviced it for him ever since at no charge.

While watching a Rolex commercial on television, Jacklin got the idea it would be nice to have a Rolex clock at The Concession.  It was just after he had returned from the Open Championship at St. Andrews several years ago.

One of Rolex's commitments to sports is preserving timeless moments. The company has been doing it since 1967 when it initiated a relationship with Arnold Palmer.

So Jacklin contacted longtime friend Scott Kelly, who is the marketing director for the European Tour. Kelly pitched the idea to Rolex, and it was a done deal.
It was Jacklin's idea to name a golf club The Concession after the 1969 Ryder Cup when Jack Nicklaus conceded a 2-foot putt to Jacklin at Royal Birkdale. It preserved a tie for the European team, but the Americans retained the Cup.

If Jacklin would have missed that putt in front of thousands of Brits, it would have been an outright U.S. victory. Years later, Nicklaus said he didn't want to embarrass Jacklin, who several months earlier had won the Open Championship.bagdrop.jpg

Some 47 years later, Jacklin and Nicklaus combined to design The Concession. Now, there are two Rolex clocks to recognize those timeless moments.
Concession notes --- The new head pro at The Concession is Barry Hinckley.  A graduate of Stetson University, Hinckley, 40, was an assistant at Scioto Country Club before taking The Concession post.  Scioto, a Donald Ross designed tract near Columbus, Ohio, was the home course for Nicklaus while growing up in Columbus.

The Concession and the Ritz-Carlton Members Club will host the Caddie/Member National Championship Nov. 6-8.  For more information


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