Cleveland Golf Clubs

By: James E Obrien

In the late '70s, Roger Cleveland founded a company that became well known for producing exquisite replicas of the classic golf clubs made during the two decades after the great depression and the second world war. After its initial success, the company quickly expanded and soon was producing a complete line of golf clubs and equipment, including, according to many, the best wedge in golf. However, expansion had its problems and in 1996, Cleveland left to become chief golf club designer at Callaway Golf.

Greg Hopkins was named president in 1997 and the company quickly began a period of extraordinary growth. Hopkins' goal was to develop a complete product line that would make high performance golf equipment available to every level of golfer. One of his innovations was the development of golf's first light density metal, CMMâ„? metal. The metal's light density properties allow the Cleveland club designers to easily distribute the club head weight for optimum performance.

In 2005, Cleveland Golf Company was acquired by Quick Silver, Inc. as part of the company's purchase of its Groupe Rossignol holding company.

Presently, Cleveland Golf operates from its headquarters in Huntington Beach, California. In addition to its tour sponsorships, including the Byron Nelson championship, Cleveland Golf is active in collegiate and junior golf. It sponsors numerous tournaments and clinics throughout the United States.

Touring professionals sponsored by Cleveland Golf include Bob Estes, Boo Weekley, Brett Wetterich, Craig Perks, Glen Day, Jerry Kelly, Joe Durant, Ken Duke, Kent Jones, Michael Putnam, Richard S. Johnson, Rod Pampling, Scott Gutschewski, Stephen Marino, Steve Flesch, Steve Lowery, Vijay Singh, Wes Short Jr., and Woody Austin. Cleveland Golf hasn't forgotten the ladies and also sponsors LPGA player Erica Blasberg.

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