Key Golf puts focus on course maintenance

The key to Key Golf Management’s appeal is its ability to provide top-notch maintenance and golf course care services so owners and general managers can focus on revenue-making components such as tee sheet, food & beverage and pro shop operations.

“We’re not a Troon, we’re not ClubCorp,” said Kip Wolfe, principal of the Henderson, Nev.-based company. “Our niche is maintenance. That allows operators to do what they do best.”

Tourism helps Spanish courses offset declining player base

An increase in golf tourism in Spain combined with the country’s enhanced grow the game efforts have helped to balance out the declining number of players in the country, according to a new report from KPMG.

Since 2010, the Royal Spanish Golf Federation has lost 18 percent of its players, according to the Spain Country Snapshot report published by KPMG’s Golf Advisory Practice. There are now 270,463 registered golfers, with an average golf participation rate of 0.58 percent, compared to 0.92 percent for Europe overall.

5 keys to happy staff

As a golf course operator, you have a set of goals for the year. Based on the property type, you want more members, paying more in dues, or you aim for a full tee sheet every day. In addition, all courses are looking to grow their events business. It feels as if every golf course property is moving along the same path, trying to succeed in almost the same way. While there are basics we all need to handle well in order to present a great facility, there is a road few seem to travel in becoming a golf course that drives loyalty and growth: an educated, happy work team!

Palo Alto to reopen as Baylands, under OB Sports management

After a restoration, the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course will reopen with a new name and a new manager — OB Sports Golf Management. 

The William F. Bell design is scheduled to re-open on May 26thas Baylands Golf Links, after a refresh by architect Forrest Richardson. The course has been closed since July 2016. 

Golf's economic impact grows 22%

Golf’s economic impact in the U.S. has grown by 22 percent in the past five years, according to a survey released by Golf 20/20 last week. 

The report found that golf generated $84.1 billion of economic activity, and supports 1.89 million jobs and $58.7 billion in compensation.

U.S. golf facilities generate $33.3 billion, with an additional $28.5 billion in tourism spending. There is $6 billion made from sales of golf equipment, apparel and media.

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