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Allen Edmonds Honors Collection of shoes debuts

The new Allen Edmonds Honors Collection, a line of golf shoes and accessories, became available Monday in the company's 33 retail stores and online at allenedmonds.com with a special introductory price of $295 available through April 10. The shoes will have a suggested retail price of $345 after the introductory promotion. Introduced in January at the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show, the Honors Collection shoes bring almost a century of classic, handcrafted style, comfort and time-tested performance to players.

The shoes are made in Port Washington, Wis., using 360-degree Goodyear welted construction for greater stability while maintaining flexibility. They feature fine premium leathers and a performance system, and provide specially engineered designs including a soft cork layer between the insole and outsole for custom-like orthotic comfort. The Honors Collection features five new styles specific to golf, each suited to distinct performance and styling. Every shoe comes in multiple widths. Like the company's dress shoes, Allen Edmonds golf shoes will be available for Allen Edmonds' Recrafting services. In 2010, Allen Edmonds recrafted 60,000 pairs of shoes, making it the world's largest cobbler. Ben Crenshaw wears the shoes in competition.

Free online game features famous courses

The free online World Golf Tour game at www.WGT.com re-creates famous golf courses in virtual reality using HD photography and patented technology, and has added two new world-class courses to its portfolio and made the hottest driver on the PGA Tour available in its virtual pro shop. Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, which hosts the PGA Tour's Heritage tournament, was designed by Pete Dye in consultation with Jack Nicklaus. WGT players are invited to participate in a closest-to-the-hole challenge for a chance to win 500 WGT virtual credits. The other notable addition is Hilversumsche Golf Club, one of Europe's top 100 courses and host of the European Tour's KLM Open, and it is also hosting a closest-to-the-hole competition ending today with the chance to win virtual prizes. The game has also added TaylorMade's R11 driver, 3-wood and hybrid to the WGT Pro Shop. Other courses recreated by the game include St. Andrews, Oakmont and Bethpage Black. WGT.com launched in October 2008, and company executives claim site visitors play more than 5 million rounds per month.

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