1. GRAA at Demo & Fitting Day
  2. Sailfish Sands
  3. Junior Golf
  4. Onboarding

CommonGround Golf Course – A GRAA Top 50 Public Facility

CommonGround Golf Course is a busy facility in scenic Aurora, Colorado. The club’s PGA Director of Golf Operations, Ben Pennymon, has been on the job for just six months, but was eager to share the many amenities available to golfers at his new home course, a four-time GRAA Top 50 Public Facility. Big-time tournaments and an array of player development programs are just the start at CommonGround Golf Course.

Innovation and Creativity at Stonebridge Golf Club 

Nick Jacobi is a PGA Master Professional at Stonebridge Golf Club in Monroe, North Carolina. His facility is very active, both through on-course play, and on its stellar practice facility. He shared some thoughts on the importance of a good range on customer engagement, player development and the success of the business in general.

The Country Club at Castle Pines – A Double Award Winner

Winning one Golf Range Association of America award is special. Two awards are twice as nice! That’s what you hear at The Country Club at Castle Pines these days. Cade Hassle is their PGA Head Professional and boy does he have a story to tell – renovations, new amenities and as fine a golf experience as you’ll get at a private club.

Just a Phone Call Away – Maintaining the Student-Teacher Relationship

Every teacher wants his or her students to grow and prosper. For golf coaches, that progress is all relative – success could mean breaking 100 or winning a major champiosnhip. Ed Oldham has students on both ends of the spectrum. This story is about his relationship with the newest major champion on the LPGA Tour, Jennifer Kupcho. After regular lessons and face-to-face engagement through her middle and high school years, how does it work now, with her traveling internationally and Ed in Colorado? It’s a cool and interesting story.

PGA HOPE – About More than Just Golf

Golf touches people in different ways. Based on one’s life experiences, the game can mean so much more than the score at the end of a round. This is particularly applicable to veterans. Through PGA HOPE, PGA Professionals are changing lives and saving lives. Here’s an inspirational story of just three of those professionals.

Five Questions with John Scarperia – Tex-Net Inc.

Tex-Net Inc. is a long-time GRAA partner, located in Florence, New Jersey. Owner, John Scarperia runs the company with his wife Annette – and what an interesting company it is. John sat down to tell us the story of his business, and describe a history that dates back to his grandfather in the 1940s .

The Masters’ World Class Practice Facility

Ever been to The Masters? Yeah, me neither. But Brendan Elliott, a former national PGA Youth Player Development Award winner, has been enough for both of us. He offers us a look inside the grounds of Augusta National, at a practice facility like none of us has seen before.

GRAA Growth of the Game Teaching Professional – Joey Anders, PGA

Joey Anders is the quintessential PGA Profressional. He cares about his students and the game of golf. He sees a problem or a void, and he strives to rectify the situation. He’s been doing it for two decades, but only now is being recognized with awards for his efforts. Of course that’s not why he does it, but it’s always nice to be appreciated. Here’s his refreshing story – from the court to the course!

LPGA*USGA Girls Golf – A Distinctive Junior Golf Program and So Much More

There are programs in golf that promote the game, but more importantly, help develop our juniors into stellar people. Girls Golf, an LPGA*USGA endeavor, is one of those vital initiatives. LPGA Professionals National President Marvol Barnard and LPGA Foundation President and LPGA Professionals Chief Teaching Officer Nancy Henderson shared some time to tout the wonderful growth they’ve seen in the Girls Golf program for our April issue of Golf Range Magazine.

GRAA Award Winner Profile – Georgia Golf Center

Danny Elkins and Chris Asbell are long-time dedicated PGA Professionals who have grown the game of golf at Georgia Golf Center since 1994. They have an impressive resume of awards for teaching and playing, and have built their business to become a leader in practice facilities in the Atlanta area. As a GRAA award winner, we wanted to highlight the facility and the efforts of its owners.

Programming for Younger Ages – Keeping It Positive

Teaching juniors is not about the technical aspects of the swing. It’s about fostering a love for the game at an early age that leads to a desire to study those technical components to achieve one’s goals. Bridget Ackley is the 2021 South Florida PGA Section Youth Player Development Award winner, important recognition in a busy and competitive PGA Section. In this article, she shares her philosophies and practices on teaching young juniors.

Investing in Your Range – Tee It Up Golf Driving Range

The range revolution continues! After more than three decades of golf range ownership, Nick Franze still has his finger on the pulse of golf. His facility in Central Florida offers the best range technology in the business with Toptracer Range and is a shining example of how to grow and maintain a golf business amid the ups and downs.

Five Questions with Jason Fierro – Full Swing

Technology has changed the game of golf, and Full Swing is at the center of that revolution. The company’s COO Jason Fierro shared some time recently to sing the praises of their products, explain the technology and drop some names of the best players in the world who are using Full Swing products to maintain their elite level of skill.

Bringing New Golfers to the Range – David Impastato, PGA

Participation growth in golf usually coincides with growth in the businesses of the PGA Professionals facilitating the programs and managing the green grass facilities. David Impastato has done many things in the game, and his golf academy is flourishing. Check out our profile on Impastato, and witness the evolution of his stellar company, teaching the game, growing the game and giving back to the community.

GRAA Growth of the Game Teaching Professional – Cody Carter, PGA

Cody Carter is one of the bright young stars in the PGA. His education and experience, gained through networking and collaboration throughout his career, are vital to his students’ success. Here’s a profile of a pro with a passion for coaching.

Planning Your Summer Junior Programming

It’s April, and summer fun is just a couple of months away. As school winds down for kids across the country, summer golf camps, clinics and specialty programming are just heating up. Are you ahead of the curve or fallen behind? Check out this piece on summer programming for juniors and get inspired to start promoting your agenda.

Always Look to Get Better

Brendon Elliott, the 2017 PGA of America Youth Player Development Award winner, is back this month to share his feelings on adapting as coaches and businesspeople. The pandemic has altered life for many Americans, and adapting to their changing needs will not only benefit those vital relationships, but one’s business in general.

Five Questions with Derwynne Honan – Dragonfly Golf

Dragonfly Golf powered by Guided Knowledge is changing the landscape of real-time remote golf coaching. With its super innovative full body smart suit, they’re using 3D motion technology to capture, analyze and blueprint the golf swing. Check out our Q&A with Global Sales and Business Development Director Derwynne Honan and experience the exciting future of golf coaching – after all, the future is now.

Randy Chang, PGA – Building Athletes Out of His Golfers

The Golf Range Association of America (GRAA) crowns many champion award winners every year. These Growth of the Game Teaching Professionals are why the game is thriving and the future looks bright. Randy Chang is among the best of the best. Personable and intelligent, Chang cares about the progress his students make, and strives to help them excel. Here’s an intro to the wonderful world of golf according to Randy Chang, PGA.

Diversity in Golf Coaching and Mentorship – Wono Yoo, PGA

Golf’s future looks bigger and brighter than ever, with youth and diversity ever-growing. Wono Yoo has traveled a long way to achieve his dream of being a PGA Professional. From South Korea to Lincoln, Nebraska, here’s the inspiring path taken by one of the PGA’s fresh new coaches.