Golf Business

Jon Podany CCO USGA

What will be the top commercial priorities of the USGA in the coming years?

By: 2022. 06. 22.

Recently - at the U.S. Open, at The Country Club, Brookline - I had the chance to interview Jon Podany the Chief Commercial Officer of the USGA. This is what you can read here. Jon Podany, Chief Commercial…

How can the Wisconsin Golf Tourism Week revive the golf tourism in Wisconsin?

By: 2022. 06. 16.

The forecasts by WTTC and Oxford Economics say if the vaccine and booster rollout will continue at pace, then - it is not a dream - the tourism industry is likely to outperform 2019 levels ($1.87 trillion) by over…

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How can Golf Lottery help to drive nationwide charities?

By: 2022. 06. 07.

The name - Golf Lottery - of the initiative might be misleading. However, this is a bold & creative charity solution/platform. I only found one statistic about golf's money-raising capabilities. In 2019, the PGA Tour and its tournaments…

Jeff Price COO PGA of America

What are the latest fan experience innovations of the PGA of America?

By: 2022. 05. 23.

The 104th PGA Show is just over with the victory of Justin Thomas. Rolex re-established its partnership in 2021 when it regained the role of Official Timekeeper and Official Partner of the PGA of America and its PGA…

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How does ICON Management Services fit into Troon’s portfolio?

By: 2022. 05. 17.

In the last four years, Troon is trying to diversify its portfolio and looking for new areas where it can utilize its club business expertise. This is how I explain the acquisitions of Peter Burwash International and Cliff Drysdale…

Penha Longa Golf Resort introduces new female professional, Susana Mendes Ribeiro

What is the significance of Penha Longa Resort joining R&A’s Women in Golf Charter?

By: 2022. 05. 13.

Knowing the women's golf participation statistics (26% - the share of registered adult female golfers in 2021) in Europe and in Portugal (20% - the share of registered adult female golfers in 2021), Penha Longa Resort's latest initiative…

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What helped Pleasington Golf Club to enhance the member experience the most?

By: 2022. 05. 12.

Perhaps it is no exaggeration to say that Pleasington Golf Club (since 1891) is a real hidden treasure in North England. Pleasington Golf Club is featured in Golf Monthly’s Top 100 Hidden Gems for 2022.  In the last…

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Who are the winners of the Foremost Golf Industry Member Awards for 2021?

By: 2022. 05. 09.

Quantum Workplace says "Organizations with formal recognition programs have 31% less voluntary turnover than organizations that don't have any program at all. And they're 12x more likely to have strong business outcomes." If you give regularly, honest, and…

2022 Porsche European Open with PGA Tour stars

What are the 5 reasons to visit the 2022 Porsche European Open in June?

By: 2022. 05. 05.

I know there is a difference between the size of the prizes at the BMW PGA Championship ($8 Million) and the Porsche European Open (1,75 Million Euros; June 2-5; Green Eagle Golf Courses’ Porsche Nord Course). For the…

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The club industry staffing crisis

By: Chris Duffy CCM 2022. 04. 11.

One year ago, no-one would have believed that Tiger Woods would play the Masters. Two years ago, no one would know the effect the Covid-19 pandemic would have taken on the club industry. Seven years ago, I didn't…

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How did the Burhill Group reaccredit its golf clubs as GEO Certified?

By: 2022. 04. 06.

I would say being GEO Certified should be a fundamental requirement for golf clubs. Golfers are worried about climate change. They are reducing their use of plastic, cutting food waste, and recycling, among other activities. It is really…

Vattanac Golf Resort golf academy

A full-service golf academy is ready to impress us at the Vattanac Golf Resort

By: 2022. 03. 29.

My interviewee Nikolaj Kromann Jørgensen (COO, TrackMan) said "We see most range facilities and public golf courses, and many private clubs, evaluating how they can create more value for their customers and members at the driving range." A good example of…

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Here is how you can understand better your golf club customers’ needs

By: 2022. 03. 21.

Perhaps it is no exaggeration to say that the last two years have been outstanding for the golf industry. Wherever we look we can see significant growth in golf participation and golf equipment sales. NGF’s participation research shows…

Golf Saudi 1st Arabic Golf Education & Training Programme Announced

What is included in Golf Saudi’s 1st Arabic Golf Education & Training Program?

By: 2022. 03. 18.

The Saudis are methodically and thoroughly building the foundation of their golf industry. A good example of this is Golf Saudi's 1st-ever Arabic golf education and training program. The program is centered around providing job opportunities for Saudi…

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Can PGA Pros take 100% control of their business with oneXp app?

By: 2022. 03. 15.

The App Annie State of Mobile 2021 study found Consumers migrated more of their physical needs onto mobile; spend hit new heights at $143 billion at 20% growth YoY.Mobile took over mindshare at 3.5 trillion hours on Android…

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The 2021 AIG Women’s Open at Carnoustie Golf Links is changing perceptions

By: 2022. 03. 07.

I think the question has arisen in you too whether a major international competition - like the 2021 AIG Women’s Open at Carnoustie Golf Links - could affect the perception of golf. Apparently, it can. The 2021 AIG…

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How is Birchwood Park Golf and Country Club redesigning its services?

By: 2022. 03. 03.

I spoke to Stephen Norton, General Manager at Birchwood Park Golf and Country Club, to discuss how the demands of golf club management have changed since the start of the pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, we were actually…

North Berwick Golf Club GM Elaine McBride

How does North Berwick Golf Club live up to its guests’ & members’ expectations?

By: 2022. 01. 10.

The North Berwick Golf Club honored double-winning European Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew by reopening a clubhouse lounge in her name last December. That’s why I thought I’d ask a few questions from Elaine McBride, the general manager…

Concor Golf GNK Golf with great bunker

What should Concor Golf improve at GNK Golf’s 4 Nicklaus championship courses?

By: 2022. 01. 04.

You probably haven't heard much of the Luxemburg-based Concor Golf yet even though it was founded by golf industry veteran Jon Schauder (20+ years at Troon). What really caught me in Concor Golf’s results-oriented approach and low-risk proposition…

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How does Reflo make sustainable golf apparel?

By: 2022. 01. 03.

A couple of years ago, I asked (among others) Kristin Hinze, the Global Head of Merchandising at Puma Golf, when golf clothing will be environmentally friendly and sustainable. I just met Reflo sportswear manufacturer who manufactures sustainable &…