October 2, 2012

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Sally J. Sportsman

DUBLIN, Ohio (October 2, 2012) – Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design (www.frystraka.com), a partnership with worldwide reach in award-winning golf-course design, will be featured on Living Golf, a weekly program on CNN looking at the business, technology, travel and fashion of the game. The segment, to air multiple times during October, will highlight upscale golf in Italy, and will include an interview with Jason Straka, a principal of Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design.

Dana Fry and Jason Straka are designing a new golf course at PGA of Italy National Resort and Spa, near the town of Aulla, in Tuscany, Italy, under the auspices of Hurdzan-Fry Environmental Golf Course Design. The Living Golf program for October, in which Straka will discuss what it is like working in Italy, is a follow-up to a previous show, which aired a few years ago and also focused on the advancement of golf in Italy.

“It is an honor for us to be part of this program, which is broadcast around the world, centering on the development of golf in Italy,” Straka said. “Golf is more than ever a global game, and Italy is an important part of that growth.”

The half-hour show was filmed at Castiglion Del Bosco, a luxury resort also located in Tuscany. Both Castiglion Del Bosco Golf Club and the new golf course at PGA of Italy National Resort and Spa will be overseen by the Dellanzo Group, a Swiss asset-management company with five-star golf, club and resort management at the core of its services.

About PGA of Italy National Resort and Spa

The golf course at PGA of Italy National Resort and Spa, overlooking the Apennine Mountains, will cover hilly terrain, blending with the surrounding rolling Tuscan landscape. The layout will border a revamped ‘borgo’ (village), lending it a typical historical Tuscan flair. Several streams and a small lake will provide natural water features.

In addition to the golf course, the resort will include new and restored homes in the centuries-old Tuscan villages of Quercia, Malacosta and Sannaco. The resort property, not far from Portofino, features serene, unspoiled natural views of the countryside, yet has easy access to nearby city airports. The development will provide opportunities for all generations of a family to unite through sport, including golf, as well as a myriad of other activities.

About Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design

Award-winning golf-course architects Dana Fry and Jason Straka announced in 2012 the formation of their new golf-course design partnership, Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design. After having worked together for nearly 20 years, they now bring their collective design experience, talent and renowned client dedication to their new venture.

Although the pair collaborates on all projects, Fry resides in Hong Kong, China, while Straka remains in the United States, so that they can have worldwide reach and serve their global clients. In addition, the new company has associates based in Lisbon, Portugal; Milan, Italy; Beijing, China; and Porto Alegre, Brazil.

While the partners are accepting clients under the new company banner, they continue to serve their existing clients from Hurdzan/Fry Environmental Golf Course Design, along with Dr. Michael Hurdzan. To that point, Fry and Straka would like to acknowledge and thank their former partner and mentor, Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan, for the many years of leadership, friendship and support.

For more information, see www.frystraka.com.