Golf Club Marketing

US golf courses’ revenues are sharply falling in 2009

By: 2009. 12. 10.

As it was expected golf courses' revenues declined significantly not just because of the economic climate, but also the stubborn attitude of golf course owners and managers. These golf course managers should understand that as a result of…

Affiliate with me and gain new golf club members

By: 2009. 11. 18.

By reading Commission Junction's web site, it came to my mind that affiliate marketing could be implemented in the golf industry as well.  For those who are not familiar with this marketing tool, here is a brief explanation:Affiliate…

An ancient golf promotion website

By: 2009. 10. 29.

Today I found a website of a golf promotion company, called Links Marketing&Promotions. I felt like I am back in the late 90's. No introduction who they are what are they doing (although from menu names you can…

Golf courses’ media mix and social media – part 2

By: 2009. 10. 26.

In my previous post I highlighted how and why golf courses should incorporate social media in their media mix. What I forgot to write in that post, is how branding changed in the last couple of years due…

Golf courses’ media mix and social media

By: 2009. 10. 25.

This week I participated in an interesting debate on LinkedIn.com about social media's role in golf courses' media mix. Some people said that it is a conservative industry, others that golf courses' marketing managers are lazy. While working…

Golf loyalty card programs – how it works

By: 2009. 10. 19.

Slowly golf season is getting to the end for 2009. It is time to plan our new year's strategy. In my previous post I wrote about co-branded golf cards as a possible path to generate repeated purchase, increase…

Are co-branded golf cards the last resort for golf courses?

By: 2009. 10. 13.

Today I received a direct mail from Golf Magazine. Golf Magazine is launching a co-branded card with Visa (MasterCard also offers co-branded credit cards). I started to think how we can use this idea in golf course marketing.…

Asian golf balls are rising

By: 2009. 10. 08.

While golf ball manufacturers are stampeding us into lure of branding, it is worth to look around in golf ball market. When I am considering to buy new golf ball, I always consider my wallet size and handicap…

Golf industry’s Superbrands

By: 2009. 10. 04.

I was reading one of Golf Business Development's edition about a non-profit organization called Golf Environment Organisation(GEO). They claim about themselves that they are an international non-profit organization working to integrate the social, environmental and economic benefits of…

Golf Digest’s latest golf award – so what?

By: 2009. 09. 24.

New year, new competition. 64 golf clubs, 46,000 people participated and 600,000 criteria evaluations were collected in the latest survey of Golf World (Golf Digest). Such survey and competition was relevant and useful when there was no online…

Who cares about Golf Digest’s TOP100?

By: 2009. 09. 12.

Many publishers (e.g. Golf Magazine, Golf Digest) think if they create TOP50/100/200/500 lists of companies, influencers etc. Sounds familiar? Yes, of course. We also know that the unhidden goal to sale more copies. In the era of web…

Golf sponsorship budgets are in danger

By: 2009. 09. 07.

As a groundswell, the collapse of the American automotive and financial sector arrived to the golf industry by significant cuts in golf sponsorship budgets. The sponsorships shrunk by 3.7% according to IEG LLC.  As one of the major…

Do we read golf clubs’ direct mails?

By: 2009. 09. 02.

When I am asking time to time, golf course marketing managers about what kind of communication channels do you use to reach golf club members or prospects, the answer is electronic direct mails (eDM), electronic newsletters. Few days…

Can we maintain the current green fee pricing policy?

By: 2009. 08. 23.

Before I went to volunteer on the 28th European Senior Golf Championship (by ESGA; 19-22 August 2009.) as a LiveScore counter, I launched a forum topic on LinkedIn.com about  green fee pricing policy. I received some very interesting…

How can a golf club contribute to a local community?

By: 2009. 08. 16.

As my reader Breki, wrote me that golf courses are also feeling the disadvantages of the recession, but it has another aspect as well. In the current economic situation when we are reconsider how we would like to…

Domestic tourism can also help golf courses in recession

By: 2009. 08. 15.

In the latest edition of The Economist, the magazine is reporting how badly is the recession hurting Europe’s tourism industry. Yes it is true that in Europe's most popular tourism destination countries like Italy, France and Spain, the…

How can we reduce Golf course allergy symptoms and play better?

By: 2009. 08. 14.

One of the reasons I like to play golf is the breathtaking environment. Although it is really nice that we are playing in the most attractive places of our countries, but if you have allergy, then it is…