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Meadow Links & Golf Academy

2017 GRAA Top 50 Golf Range / Stand Alone Facilities

Meadow Links & Golf Academy

Matt Starr, Head Golf Professional

10999 Mill Road

Cincinnati, Ohio 45240

http://www.greatparks.org/golf/meadow-links-and-golf-academy

mstarr@greatparks.org

Facility Amenities:

  • Grass Tees (70)
  • Bays with Mats (50)
  • Accurate Yardage Measurements on Tees to Targets
  • Short Game Practice Area
  • Lighting for Night Use
  • Grass Putting Green
  • Covered Areas

Additional Amenities:

  • Heated Bays (39)
  • Golf Shop (1,600 Sq. Ft.)
  • Food & Beverage
  • Ball Flight Monitor

Type of Range Targets:

  • Flags
  • Bunkers
  • Built-up Greens
  • Fairway Cuts

Instruction provided.

Number of PGA Professionals: 6

Clubfitting services provided.

Number of range balls dispensed on range per year: 2,000,000

Number of range balls in inventory: 95,000

New balls are acquired: Annually

Best range promotion: This year we made a major change to our natural grass practice area. In years past we used to charge an hourly fee and limit guests to an hour of practice time or give them the option to purchase more time. This year we eliminated the time limit. We raised the usage fee by $1 to $14 and offered guest a place to practice for an unlimited time period and unlimited range balls. The change has been well received as our revenues are up 23% so far year to date with a few months left to go in the season.

Special programs:

We host an annual In-Reach program which is a partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools. We offer a six-day camp to 90 students who don’t have experience with the game for FREE. Kids are provided clubs and a snack and given 12 hours of PGA Professional instruction.

We are a host site for the First Tee Program. We run spring, summer and fall programs for the PAR and PLAYER levels of the First Tee.

We are the host site for the PGA HOPE program which offers free instruction to military veterans. 2017 was our second year involved in the program and we saw our participation double over last year with 48 veterans taking part in our programming. We also started a veterans league which we hope will continue to gain numbers as we get into next spring. Working with a local doctor we hosted our annual free amputee clinic. We host a clinic for those that have a prosthetic limb and require some adaptive equipment or swing thoughts to help them play better golf. This year 25 individuals participated in the clinic.

We host several events for the Special Olympics including the two day State Tournament with over 230 participants. We host a free clinic for any Special Olympic participant and their partner as they prepare for the state qualifier and hopefully the state tournament.

We run a program with a local school to introduce the game to Chinese exchange students. The students vary in age from middle school and high school and vary in their ability to speak English, so some groups are more challenging than others. We introduced the game to over 100 exchange students this year.

This winter we plan to go into three schools and provide golf instruction during physical education classes.