5 ways to prep for a successful 2018 season

The Show is over.  You are back behind your cold, dank desk.  The Show was solid, and you had a great time.  With old friends and new, you are working hard to build a stronger golf shop, a better experience for your members and guests.  What should you be doing now that the Show is over, and the weather channel is not yet prepared to build a warmer day for your members?  Here are 5 thoughts about planning for a successful 2018:

Renovation of the year: Deadline one month away

Golf Inc.'s Renovation of the year competition deadline is Feb. 23 and the magazine is accepting entries. This award honors the best renovations or restorations in the world for the past year in two categories — private club and public course. 

A winner, runner-up and three finalists will be selected in each category, assuming there are enough quality entrants. Winners will be featured in the May/June issue of Golf Inc. Magazine. Projects completed anywhere in the world between Nov. 1, 2016 and Jan. 31, 2018 are eligible.

Top golf bringing new players into golf, survey shows

Topgolf is helping bring more players into golf, acting as a bridge to turn non-golfers into passionate golfers, according to a recent study by the National Golf Foundation.

Topgolf, which is growing quickly with 40 venues and 13 million guests in the past year, blends technology and entertainment to revamp the driving range and make it an entertainment complex. 

The NGF looked at two types of Topgolf guests: those who play traditional on-course golf (golfers) and those who don't (non-golfers).

BCG adds Castle Oaks

Billy Casper Golf assumed management of Castle Oaks Golf Club in Ione, Calif. on January 1st. BCG was chosen to oversee golf course maintenance; marketing; sales; staffing and training; merchandising; food and beverage; golf instruction and financial management for Castle Oaks. Operations will be locally-managed by a professional golf and agronomic team, and supported by both a regional and national team that provide expert guidance and direction in all facets of the business.

KemperSports adds Diamante Country Club

The only private membership club in the central Arkansas residential community of Hot Springs Village has selected KemperSports to manage its club.

Diamante Country Club opened in 1995 and ranks as one of the top golf courses in the state, including recently being ranked by Golf Digest as the No. 3 best course in Arkansas.

“We are thrilled to partner with Kemper to manage Diamante Country Club,” said Board President Rich Van Leeuwen. “We chose KemperSports for their significant private club experience.”

High fives: 5 thoughts on the PGA show

Here we are, already into the new year.  With a strong economy and jobs' story, there is great hope that golf will find a solid place in this year of plenty.  This is a special time of year for many in this business: for the sun belt clubs, the true season has begun.  For the next three months golfers from the north will be swinging, eating, and drinking at courses in California, Arizona, and Florida.  It is the "holiday" season for these areas, as they become the oasis' of golf.  This is also a special time because the annual PGA Show is set to happen next week.  It is a grand tim

Barton Tuck turns over management of Wingfield to his son

After more than 30 years in the golf business, Barton Tuck is taking a breather.

Just days into 2018, Tuck appointed his son, Noel, as the president and chief executive officer of Wingfield Golf Management Services. Noel has long been groomed for the job, as he’s worked with his father for many years, including a decade with the family’s first golf company, GolfSouth, which owned and operated 30-some properties in the Southeast, predominantly in coastal states from New Jersey to Florida.

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