1. April Golf Range Magazine
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Bringing New Golfers to the Range – Severna Park Golf Center

After almost two decades working in golf abroad, PGA Professional, Shay Smart, has returned to the U.S. to help Severna Park Golf Center build on the momentum it’s seen amid COVID-19. He shared some time to chat about the exciting things happening at the Maryland practice facility.

GRAA Award Winner Profile – John Prince Golf Learning Center

John Prince Golf Learning Center is a 2020 GRAA Top 50 Stand Alone Facility. An integral part of the Palm Beach County Golf family of courses and ranges, John Prince has programs in place to engage the many new golfers they’ve welcomed to the game amid the pandemic, and offers many vital amenities that new and seasoned golfers look for in a practice facility.

Staffing Your Range for Exceptional Service and Member Engagement

Washington Golf and Country Club recently renovated its course and built a state-of-the-art teaching, practice and dining facility for members to enjoy. PGA Director of Golf, Jay Dufty walks us through the operation and discusses the staffing required to serve their members, in this Golf Range Magazine feature.

Staffing Challenges in 2021

Cathy Matthews-Kane is not only the PGA General Manager of the Country Club of Colorado, but an officer in the Colorado PGA Section. She has her own business to attend to, as well as aiding others in their endeavors for success. She alerts our readers to the shortage of qualified job applicants and explains her methods of overcoming the challenge.

Staffing a Youth Academy

Brendon Elliott, PGA Founder of Little Linksters Golf Academy, shares his thoughts on staffing an academy such as his with participation more brisk than ever and finding qualified employees a growing challenge.

Investing in Your Range – Covered and Heated Bays

The days of stashing the golf clubs in the closet after Labor Day are over. Golfers want to play the game they love 365 days per year, and there are many PGA Professionals and golf range operators who are catering to that desire. We highlight a few of them here.

Ken Schall Launches a Mobile Custom Fitting & Club Repair Van

With a successful indoor fitting, teaching and club repair studio already in place, Ken Schall, PGA has recently expanded his services to a mobile van that serves golfers at their club. He’s at Echo Valley in Des Moines for the most part, but has plans to take his van on the road this summer!

Women Leading on the Range – Golf at Apawamis Thrives

Monique Thoresz is a leader in the Metropolitan PGA Section and a top PGA instructor. She writes a piece for Golf Range Magazine that highlights the steps she and her colleagues at The Apawamis Club have taken to rejuvenate the desire for golf among their membership.

Five Questions with Noah Horstman, PGA

The Southern Oregon Golf Academy has grown a lot in just a few years. By fostering relationships and providing an array of services, PGA Professional, Noah Horstman, has found the right formula to build his business while growing the game of golf.

Player Development Programming that Drives Growth

Player development drives growth in golf. Helping golfers play better is a catalyst to increased play and spending across the industry. Here, we discuss some of the measures PGA Professionals are taking to teach, engage and promote – driving growth for the long-term.

TPC Harding Park’s practice facility now features “cutting-edge technology”

Richard Humphreys, of Golf Course Architecture, shares news out of TPC Harding Park, in San Francisco, with the installation of Toptracer Range and a renovation of its practice facility. Golfers in the Bay Area now have a proven tool to aid in their practice and boost the fun they experience at the range.

GRAA New Facility Profile – The Yards

The Yards is a new 15-hole golf facility down the road from TPC Sawgrass. It’s an innovative concept that is changing the game for beginners and just about any other golfer who chooses to tee it up in their free time. Read about our interview with Director of Golf, Zach Vinal, and you’ll be adding The Yards to your list of courses to play.

Bringing New Golfers to the Range: Two Demographics – One Mission

PGA Professionals are often viewed as pillars in their community. But that honor must be earned by engaging golfers and the public at large. Dennis Johnsen is unselfishly serving his neighbors in the Chicago suburbs with two new programs that offer golf as an outlet when many people need it most.

GRAA Award Winner Profile – Scott Hassee, Franklin Bridge Golf Club

Scott Hassee is a PGA Professional, author and a GRAA award winner. He’s a young golf pro with the future of the game in his hands. By sharing his extensive knowledge of the golf swing, mental and course management aspects of the game, he’s growing the sport for the long-term – trusting hands to be in for sure.

Investing in Your Range – Forest Creek Golf Club

Forest Creek Golf Club in Round Rock, Texas had some recent renovations that have bolstered the practice experience for golfers and increased the player development options for its PGA Professionals. The practice facility and course saw some major changes, and our writer, John Torsiello, highlights the upgrades in this piece about one of the latest GRAA Top Range Renovation Award winners.

Women Leading on the Range – Kandi Comer, PGA

Kandi Comer is in her second season at Orchard Creek in Virginia. Since her arrival in 2020, membership has skyrocketed and player development programming is more expansive than ever. She talks to Golf Range Magazine to highlight how she’s done it.

Five Questions with Jennifer Hudson, PGA

Jennifer Hudson is one of a class of exceptional young professionals in golf. She is growing the game among her members on Nantucket Island, and building a business that promotes camaraderie among golfers and provides networking opportunities for aspiring women professionals. She shares some time to answer our questions.

Tour Talk – Christina Kim, LPGA

In our continuing series of conversations with some of the best players on Tour, Garrett Johnston chats with LPGA star, Christina Kim. Always entertaining on the course and behind a microphone, lets see what she had to say to our writer in this edition of Tour Talk.

Women Leading on the Range – Sarah Bejgrowicz-Lewallen, PGA

PGA and LPGA Professionals had to think differently in 2020 and that continued innovation is just as vital this year. At Governor’s Club, not only did they revise programming to allow for smaller, more familiar groups of students, but they turned their driving range into a par-three amenity for members. We learn the details in this piece.

Bringing New Golfers to the Range – Heidi Richardson, Encinitas Ranch Golf Course

Heidi Richardson is an award-winning PGA Teaching Professional in Encinitas, California. She has shared her expertise with us before, and in this month’s issue, she highlights her recent efforts to retain new golfers for the long-term.