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PGA Show Demo & Fitting Day – Better Than Ever

After a couple of turbulent years of ups and downs due to COVID, the PGA Show is back in full swing, and its Demo & Fitting Day is set to amaze and astound all in attendance. With the top club manufacturers in the game and a slew of other vendors, speakers and professionals on hand, the Demo & Fitting Day agenda is one you won’t want to miss.

The Inaugural GRAA Awards Conference – Connecting Through Conversation & Camaraderie

The Golf Range Association of America held it first GRAA Awards Conference last fall at Talamore Golf Resort, near Pinehurst, North Carolina. With guest speakers, special presentations and a full agenda of discussion, the PGA Professionals and range owners and operators in attendance took home a wealth of new knowledge, as well as motivation and inspiration for a stellar 2023.

Preparing for a Career in Golf – SUNY Delhi Golf Management Program

The SUNY Delhi Professional Golf Management Program is preparing young men and women for a significant career in the golf industry. Through an array of hands-on and classroom lessons, the PGA instruction team covers all the topics needed for student success, and more. Here’s their story, with comments from the professors, as well as some very successful products of their hard work.

Opening Minds to a Career in Golf and Hearts to Mentoring Others

PGA Professional Chuck Scoggins employs seasoned juniors from his programming to assist and advise with his younger juniors. Whether at putting and chipping stations, or on the course during a playing lesson, these high schoolers learn how to be mentors and role models, while being introduced to golf on the other side of the lesson tee. Read this inspirational piece about the monumental impact Scoggins is having on his young golfers.

GRAA Top 50 Private Facility – Muirfield Village Golf Club

Muirfield Village Golf Club, in Dublin, Ohio, has all the amenities of the best private golf clubs in the country. Founded by Jack Nicklaus five decades ago, this storied club has many wonderful golf tales to tell. PGA Director of Golf and PGA of America national award winner Larry Dornisch takes us behind the scenes, to better understand what this facility has to offer. Just beware of the occasional Golden Bear!

Investing in Your Range – Braemar Golf Course

With six GRAA Top 50 Public Facility awards, and counting, Braemar Golf Course has a full menu of golfing opportunities for all sorts of golfers year-round. Their story of growth and investment in their club is one that many municipalities should follow. The adage “If you build it…” stands true for this Minnesota golf course. Here’s their story, as shared by their PGA Director of Golf.

Growth of the Game Teaching Professional ELITE MEMBER – Rob Stocke, PGA

Rob Stocke is not your cookie-cutter PGA Professional. No, he’s even better. With interests such as motorcycles and music, Stocke’s teaching acumen has been recognized by the Golf Range Association of America (GRAA) many times, and within the Georgia PGA Section a decade ago. He’s an interesting guy with some fun tales. Here’s his entertaining and motivating story!

Bringing New Golfers to the Range – Chicago Highlands

Chicago Highlands is a pristine private club just outside Chicago, Illinois. With an array of amenities and great PGA Professional staff, the members at Chicago Highlands enjoy all that golf has to offer, as well as those benefits of private club membership. Patrick Crow is their PGA Director of Golf. He shared his insight on the business of golf, and on his club, specifically, in this edition of Bringing New Golfers to the Range.

Thankful for So Many Winter Golfing Opportunities

It’s wintertime, and the golf continues. With awesome technology in outdoor ball-tracking systems and indoor golf simulators, driving ranges are serving their clientele year-round, and indoor simulator studios and bars are cropping up all over the place. It’s all very good for the game, and very good for this writer, as you will read. It’s the time of year to ponder what we’re thankful for – thank you for your patronage and interest in our publication!

Five Questions with Steve Scott, PGA

Steve Scott is best know for a simple gesture of sportsmanship made more than a quarter century ago. Since that fateful August afternoon in 1996, Scott has become a PGA Professional who is growing the game in many ways, including running his own traveling golf club. He is an author, broadcaster and ambassador for the game. Scott may have lost that match to Tiger way back when, but golf is the real winner for having him play such a big part in its recent history. Here’s this month’s Five Questions feature with Steve Scott, PGA Professional and legendary competitor.

Women Leading on the Range – From Behind the Desk to On the Course

Award-winning PGA and LPGA Professional Juliet Little provides her expert opinion and analysis on women learning the game of golf. In this piece, she highlights the opportunities available to corporate women and the benefits of them learning the game of golf. Little’s insight is invaluable and her experience second to none, as she embarks on a new chapter in her career – business owner. Check out the link in the piece!

GRAA Growth of the Game Teaching Professional – Nick Kumpis, PGA

Nick Kumpis is a GRAA Top 100 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional. His background is in teaching and he is a mentor to the many Santa Ana Country Club members he coaches every day. Read his story here and better understand that the future of the game is in good hands, with PGA Professionals like Nick Kumpis on the lesson tee.

Bringing New Golfers to the Range – Brad Redding, PGA

PGA Master Professional Brad Redding has implemented a unique structure for his teaching business. With his home base in Knoxville, Tennessee, Redding hits the road several times each month to teach students at courses in South Carolina, Virginia and points west in Tennessee. Read about his efforts to grow the game and bring new golfers to the range!

Women Leading on the Range: A Refusal to Stay Grounded

Nikki Prichard is an up and coming star in the PGA of America, as exemplified by her rise after school from golf shop assistant to PGA Assistant General Manager. In this piece, she highlights what golf industry professionals can do when times get tough. She and the team at Arrowood Golf Course have created a stellar new amenity on their range, the details of which she shares in this month’s installment of Women Leading on the Range.

PGA Professional Brian Jacobs’ Top 10 Ways to Keep Students Engaged During the Winter

Brian Jacobs is improving the lives of his young students by mentoring them in reading, friendship and caring. His impact goes far beyond how well his junior golfers can hit a golf ball. Brendon Elliott, PGA introduces us to this award-winning PGA Professional in this piece on engaging students throughout the winter.

Investing in Your Range and Community: World of Golf – Florence, Kentucky

Ralph Landrum, PGA has done a lot in golf over five decades. His latest feat was a brisk jog through the streets of the Five Boroughs of New York City in his second NYC Marathon. His efforts to play the game and grow the game over his career have earned him awards, accolades and acknowledments. His efforts in the community are his best story, however. Read about them in this feature on Landrum and a career well-served.

Changing Lives Through Caddying – The Solich Caddie & Leadership Academy

The game of golf means so much to so many, and that endearment goes beyond the caliber of play and the scores on the card at the end of the day. The Solich Caddie and Leadership Academy is changing lives through what many consider the lost art of caddying. By placing high school students with golfer groups at a variety of public and private courses, Solich is making an impact that program participants will carry with them beyond golf, into school, family and future career endeavors.

Engaging Members During the Winter “Off-Season”

Engaging members and students during the winter months isn’t always easy. Many PGA Professionals put in an endless number of hours from spring to fall, and having those few months off during the winter helps charge their batteries. But, with today’s golf technology, and our increased ability to “keep in touch” thanks to social media, texting and FaceTime, most pros are staying connected to their members and students year-round. Here are some examples and some inspiration for you to do the same.

Five Questions with Hal Sutton

Hal Sutton is a true legend of golf. Chatting with him two years ago about his new academy was a joy, and reconnecting for this month’s Five Questions feature was a pleasure. He’s down to earth and a die-hard in golf. He shared his thoughts on several topics in this article and we thank him for the engagement.

GRAA Award-Winning Facility: Oak Marr Golf Center

Part of a group of stellar golf facilities in Fairfax County, Virginia, Oak Marr Golf Center is doing some special things to attract new golfers, and retain them as they journey through our great game. With instruction, playing and social opportunities, new GM Joey Sinclair, and his team are creating a welcoming environment and offering its community an entertainment venue for all to enjoy.