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November 1, 2013

David Bahr: Create Partnerships for Capital Investments

dave-bahrDavid Bahr is the PGA head professional at Maketewah Country Club in Cincinnati, Ohio.

David Bahr on the importance of creating partnerships for capital investments: Recently, we partnered with Xavier University and built a new indoor practice facility at Maketewah Country Club. The $1.5 million facility includes a conference room, member lounge, food service, offices, 3,000-square foot putting green and four hitting bays with the ability to roll up garage doors to hit outside. Bob Philion, the Cobra Puma Golf president, is an alumnus of Xavier. As a result, we’re proud to have a Cobra Puma Golf regional fitting center, currently the only one in the country, incorporated into the design, along with a Foresight Sports launch monitor and a four-camera V1 video system. Additionally, the Xavier men’s and women’s teams have team rooms with lounges.

David Bahr on the business impact of creating partnerships for capital investments: Since opening the new facility, our clubfitting business has picked up significantly. In fact, hard goods sales are up 20 percent and we’re now selling more Cobra equipment than ever before, let alone an increase in lesson sales. The new facility has also helped us grow the membership with more than 50 new members. The partnership has allowed not only Maketewah the room to grow and remain successful, but it allows Xavier to have a world class practice facility to benefit from as well.

If you would like to email the author of this Best Practice directly, please email dbahr@maketewah.com