• “I wanted to thank you again for allowing me the opportunity to attend the GRAA Boot Camp. The event was very well organized and the learning opportunities were tremendous!”

    - Paul Vasquez, Muroc Lake Golf Course

  • “The GRAA’s Golf Range Magazine and Best Practice e-mails do an unbelievable job portraying how to grow the game and take instruction to the next level.”

    - Michael Haywood, PGA, Tucson C.C.

  • “I am very supportive and appreciative of the GRAA’s efforts to emphasize golf ranges in every capacity. This organization has a huge potential to greatly benefit operators and PGA members.”

    - Joel Weitz, Vitense Golfland

  • “I was fortunate to attend the recent GRAA Boot Camp at Fiddler’s Elbow. Hearing Stephen Kay present and to be so engaging concerning practice facility design and me being able to talk to other operators, to learn what is working for them, were both truly valuable.”

    - Bob Issler, Tom’s River Golf Center

  • “The GRAA is a great resource for our business. It is a vehicle through which we can stay relevant, keep up with the latest and greatest and assist in running a top-notch operation.”

    - David Beltre, Chelsea Piers

  • “Thank you for bringing your GRAA Boot Camp to NJ – it was terrific! We got a lot of new ideas.”

    - Sue Delaney, Basking Ridge Country Club

  • “The GRAA Boot Camp was awesome! Great chance to meet and share with some of the best in the business! Keep it up.”

    - Jason Sedan, Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club

  • “We can be an isolated industry when we are in the midst of our busy seasons. As a GRAA member, we appreciate the connection to others in our industry that the magazine and best practices provide.”

    - Rick and Patty Kline, Sittler Golf Center

  • “Being a part of the Golf Range Association of America has given me the opportunity to network with fellow PGA Professionals who share the same passion for growing the game of golf.”

    - Adam Smith, Salisbury Country Club

  • “Golf Range Magazine has been a great resource for me and our facility to keep us up to speed on GRAA Best Practices and what is happening in the golf industry. I look forward to each issue to see what nugget of information will be helpful to our operation.”

    - Tiffany Faucette, 1757 Golf Academy

  • “Outstanding event! Meeting all of the astute fellow professionals and the private session the first evening with Lester George were the highlights of a great GRAA Boot Camp at Kinloch.”

    - Kevin Lovell, Winton Country Club

  • “I love to read the GRAA best practices and articles. New ways to do things or something a little different is hard to think of when we are all consumed in our own facilities. I also like that GRAA has incorporated videos, which is even more descriptive and love to see the visual aspect.”

    - Shawn Cox, The Grand Golf Club

  • “I actually learned something when I attended the GRAA Boot Camp, which is not always the case with those type of events. I was able to take away few ideas from the facilitators, and watching Keith Lyford reconfirmed that I am teaching the correct way to improve my students quickly.”

    - Phil Green, Home On The Range

  • “Since being named one of GRAA’s Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professionals my lesson book has exploded! I’m as busy as I can be. Thank you for this honor.”

    - Mike Richards, Mike Richards Golf Academy

  • “I have to say thanks to the GRAA for hosting their Boot Camps. Great agenda and excellent program!”

    - Patrick Casey, Brentwood Country Club of Los Angeles

  • “I love to read the GRAA best practices and articles. New ways to do things or something a little different is hard to think of when we are all consumed in our own facilities. I also like that GRAA has incorporated videos, which is even more descriptive and love to see the visual aspect.”

    - Shawn Cox, The Grand Golf Club

  • “As a three-time winner of the GRAA Top 50 Ranges, Red Ledges has received the positive recognition as one of the top private golf facilities in the state of Utah. This notoriety has brought numerous new golfing members and golf school students to Red Ledges, which has significantly increased operational revenues.”

    - Jon Paupore, Red Ledges

  • “GRAA allows me see what my peers are up to and that really helps me come up with new ideas for our practice areas and teaching programs.”

    - Steve Dresser, Steve Dresser Golf Academy

  • “The GRAA Boot Camp at Haggin Oaks was a great opportunity to brainstorm with fellow professionals and to get some fresh ideas to try at my facility!”

    - Keith Lyford, Old Greenwood

  • “The past two years Liberty National has been given the honor of a GRAA Top 50 Golf Range. This is something we are very proud of and would like to thank GRAA for inspiring us to continue to improve our range operation through best practices and keeping us updated on industry trends. Thank you GRAA!”

    - Dan Schleichart, Liberty National

  • “Being involved with the GRAA is one of the best business decisions I have made. It helps me keep up-to-date with the latest information that is going on in the industry. I highly recommend you get involved.”

    - Rick Grayson, Rivercut Golf Course

  • “The GRAA Boot Camp was outstanding! Seeing the junior golfer so entertained by Nicole Weller was exciting to watch and good to see people like Patrick and Ryan of the GRAA willing to find the challenges that we face in the business.”

    - Lee Puddlefoot, Olde Hickory Golf and Country Club

  • “The GRAA Boot Camp was great and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to attend. Many best practices shared by experts at other facilities can only help to improve revenue and profitability at my facility. Even just implementing one idea learned from the GRAA Boot Camp makes it well worth attending.”

    - Joel Weitz, Vitense Golfland

  • “More than anything, the GRAA has provided me new ideas and ways to help people play better golf and enjoy the game more. The videos and articles in Golf Range Magazine often give me a different view on a training aid or fresh perspective on a drill/exercise that I may not have used for some time.”

    - Andy Hilts, GolfTec

  • “I got some great ideas from the GRAA Boot Camp, which got me thinking of different ways to implement programs at my facility.”

    - Fred Glass, Neshanic Valley Golf Course

  • “I am very supportive and appreciate of your efforts to emphasize golf ranges in every capacity. The GRAA has huge potential to greatly benefit operators and PGA members.”

    - Joel Weitz, Vitense Golfland

  • “The GRAA staff was great at keeping on track and initiating discussion at the recent GRAA Boot Camp at Trump National – Los Angeles. There was way more interaction than I have seen at past educational seminars. Keep up the good work!”

    - Chris Talerico, Santa Barbara Golf Club

  • “Loved the exchange of ideas at the GRAA boot camp. The GRAA staff kept the interest level high.”

    - Mimi Brown, Brown Golf Management

  • “The GRAA and its products provide me with a wealth of knowledge. As a teaching professional, the coverage the GRAA gives to instruction is invaluable to me, providing me with ideas and best practices from some of the best instructors in the country!”

    - Lou Guzzi, PGA, Lou Guzzi Golf Academy

  • “I always enjoy your Best Practices emails as they are chock filled with much, valuable information. Keep them coming!”

    - Judy Alvarez, The Florida Club

  • “Our association with the GRAA goes back several years now. In that time, Shadow Ridge Country Club has been recognized as the region’s leader in practice area and driving range development. We really enjoy your ‘best practices’ features.”

    - Gary Gabrielson, Shadow Ridge Country Club

  • “The GRAA is an amazing resource for all phases of golf. Their association encourages golf professionals and facility operators to get excited about utilizing our range to grow this great game. The GRAA’s information is extremely helpful and relevant in today’s world of golf.”

    - Kathy Gildersleeve-Jensen, Jensen Lindebald Impact Golf Academy

  • “The GRAA certainly acts as a resource and avenue to research great ideas from leading industry professionals.”

    - Chad Fleming, TPC Jasna Polana

  • “We pride ourselves and work very hard to maintain and grow our facility. It is always nice to be rewarded for our work, especially from a well respected and leading industry organization such as the GRAA.”

    - Phil Scally Jr., Scally’s Golf Center

  • “Having the opportunity to share my best practices’ with the GRAA community has encouraged great feedback from my peers that I have used to further enhance my own programs. It is important for professionals to share their innovative ideas to continue growing the game.”

    - Scott Shapin, Kenwood Golf & Country Club

  • “I really enjoy using the GRAA as a resource for my golf operations. From the best practices to equipment reviews, I can always count on the GRAA to help improve on what we do.”

    - Don Hurter, Castle Pines Golf Club

  • “I have been using Golf Range Magazine to help me stay current and to learn about trends in the industry. I have found the articles particularly useful in learning about what others have done to stay ahead of the curve. They have also given me ideas on what I can do to make our facility better. Thank you for making us all better.”

    - Dale Abraham, Desert Mountain Club

  • “I support the GRAA in their Boot Camps, as well as all other opportunities to participate. Why? Because they do a tremendous job of recognizing the many deserving golf teachers across the country.”

    - Dana Rader, Dana Rader Golf School

  • “The GRAA is not just for driving ranges! Our golf courses benefit tremendously from our relationship with the GRAA. They provide us a wealth of knowledgeable resources in all facets of our operations from food & beverage to golf course maintenance and everywhere in between.”

    - Carl Filipowicz, Traditional Golf Properties

  • “The GRAA is a great resource for any driving range (stand alone, public, private or resort) to use for networking and operational information. Golf Range Magazine and the Best Practices are invaluable products that provide proven ideas that can help all facilities use the range to drive revenue and grow the game!”

    - Greg Mason, Waverly Municipal Golf Course

  • “Every PGA Professional should have a chance to attend a GRAA Boot Camp!”

    - Will Reilly, Royal Palm Beach Golf Academy

  • “GRAA best practices provide new and exciting ideas that we may be able to incorporate at TopGolf. Even if it’s not something that can be directly implemented at TopGolf, it tends to stimulate thinking towards related items that may be used at our facilities.”

    - Mark Caster, TopGolf

  • “The sharing of ideas from both the GRAA Boot Camps and Golf Range Magazine is excellent! In a challenging economy, with golf being down not only in rounds played, but equipment and apparel sales, we need to rely on each other to continue to drive ideas for our patrons, customers, and members.”

    - Dan Baker, Golf Galaxy

  • “The GRAA Boot Camp program is excellent. I will be looking forward to the next one!”

    - Tom Burley, Indian Wells Golf Resort

  • “In our highly competitive market, Golf Range Magazine is one of my best sources for proven best practices and operational issues that pertain to the range.”

    - Mike Woods, PGA, Haggin Oaks Golf Complex

  • “The GRAA Boot Camp is a very good networking experience. Meeting and building relationships with the sponsors is very beneficial. I have connected with PowerTee and now have an installation in Minnesota — A very good ‘win-win situation’ if notfor the Boot Camp at TPC Twin Cities.”

    - Jim Deutsch, University of St. Thomas

  • “The recent GRAA Boot Camp was upbeat and informative. It was wonderful to hear great speakers like Lou Guzzi and Stephen Kay. I left the Boot Camp with more ideas than expected and will definitely attend another.”

    - Sean Driscoll, Big Swing Golf Center

  • “I took away several ideas from the GRAA Boot Camp at Kinloch that I think will help enhance my business. Thought the ideas were good and learned a lot from others doing things differently. Loved exchanging ideas with different operators.”

    - Jay Perkins, Bel Air Golf Center

  • Golf Range Magazine, GRAA Best Practices and Boot Camp are all great ways to pick up new ideas that have been successful at other facilities in order to enhance my operation. Everything I’ve seen the GRAA do is a home run!”

    - Brian Varsey, Ocean Reef Club

  • “It was very exciting to be able to host a GRAA Boot Camp at our facility. Having taught at one the previous year, I knew it would be a very professionally run event attracting golf professionals from the area. The GRAA has really created a nice traveling product that is a must-attend if in your area!”

    - Nicole Weller, The Landings Club

  • “The GRAA best practices have been fun to read and always creative. Holding outings on the wedge range and hosting a demo day for women are just two ideas we have implemented.”

    - Mike Barge, Hazeltine National Golf Club

  • “Dancing Rabbit Golf Club greatly values our relationship with the GRAA and is very proud of the recognition we have received. The GRAA helps all facilities to offer and show the best ideas, amenities and services possible for all golfers to enjoy.”

    - Mark Powell, Dancing Rabbit Golf Club

  • “The GRAA provides valuable industry information from the top teachers in the game on player development and programming. My bottom line has been directly impacted from the information provided.”

    - Jim Estes, Olney Golf Park

  • “The GRAA has been an outstanding resource for not only Fox Hollow training center, but the three other ranges in our golf system. Golf Range Magazine keeps us on the leading edge of industry best practices across the country.”

    - Mike Messina, Fox Hollow Driving Range

  • “Taking ideas that have been presented by Golf Range Magazine and GRAA best practices, then customizing those ideas to fit our facility has been so beneficial to Pine Meadow. My advice, read the magazine, read the GRAA best practices, you just never know where they may take you or your staff.”

    - Dennis Johnsen, Pine Meadow Golf Club

  • “The GRAA provides great information and covers a broad spectrum of topics to help me grow my business! I’ve kept in touch with many professionals I met at the Boot Camp, and have continually shared ideas.”

    - Brad Latimer, Smiley’s Golf and Learning Center

  • “Thanks so much for an informative GRAA boot camp. I can’t wait to do it again.”

    - Marty Stumpf, Farmer Brown’s Golf Center

  • “I read GRAA Best Practices and Golf Range Magazine. After reading the topics, I apply the practices that make sense for my operation and modify them to meet the needs of my customers. These have had a positive impact on my business.”

    - Rob Sedorcek, Country Club of St. Albans

  • “We can be an isolated industry when we are in the midst of our busy seasons. As a GRAA member, we appreciate the connection to others in our industry that Golf Range Magazine and the GRAA Best Practices provide.”

    - Rick Kline, PGA, Sittler Golf Center

  • “Being recognized as one of the GRAA Top 50 Private Ranges in the country helped our membership grow to a full 300 golf members. We look forward to gathering more ideas in the future from the GRAA, and continuing to improve our golf facilities and the service to our membership.”

    - Dave Bahr, Maketewah Country Club

  • “We have been very happy with our relationship with the GRAA. I read much of Golf Range Magazine each month and I archive the ‘Best Practices’ so that when we are looking at something new I can go back and see if someone has already had that experience. Having that information readily at hand is very valuable.”

    - Danny Elkins, Georgia Golf Center

  • “Having experienced a growth in junior golf, equipment fitting along with the plans of building a new short game facility, GRAA has been a great tool to help us find ways to improve our bottom line.”

    - Rob Clark, The Ledges of Huntsville Mountain

  • “In our highly competitive market, Golf Range Magazine is one of my best sources for proven best practices and operational issues that pertain to the range.”

    - Mike Woods, Haggin Oaks Golf Complex

  • “The GRAA boot camp I attended was informal, and educational. Learning from PGA National Teacher of the Year, Lou Guzzi, was a valuable experience. Definitely helped me improve as an instructor and the bottom line of my facility!”

    - Jason Blonder, Ash Brook Golf Course

  • “The golf architect talk at the GRAA Boot Camp was very eye opening! Great ideas to take back right away!”

    - Alan Manley, Augusta Technical College

  • “The GRAA has been tremendous for our practice range and golf club. It is our go to resource for creative ideas, promotions and vendor referrals.”

    - Stephen Clancy, Granite Links Golf Club

  • “Dulles Golf Center and the Chuck Will Golf Academy have had a long standing, positive relationship with the GRAA. Through seminars, Golf Range Magazine, and Best Practices, we have gained valuable information and ideas that not only improve our facility, but directly impact our bottom line!”

    - Chuck Will, Dulles Golf Center

  • “The GRAA is great to work with because their goal truly is to help get, and keep, people interested in the game of golf. The association is very adamant about helping to promote the best facilities and instructors who do that!”

    - Scott Hogan, Scott Hogan Golf

  • “GRAA Boot Camps are a wonderful forum for professionals to gather and get new information and exchange ideas that can make us better professionals and operators. The value of these events is immeasurable.”

    - Bill Abrams, Balmoral Woods

  • “Always great to hear ideas from the industries best. Great GRAA Boot Camp at Fiddler’s Elbow.”

    - Doug Holub, Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course

  • “The exchange of ideas at with other PGA professionals at the Mistwood GRAA Boot Camp and the practice facility design presentation were awesome and terrific. Great job!”

    - Ed Stevenson, Oak Meadows Golf Club

  • “It’s a pretty awesome publication that the GRAA has. Hats off to Rick Summers and his wonderful staff. The content is always great and relevant. I’m currently starting to implement some of the ideas I’ve seen in the magazine and emails.”

    - Greg Mason, Waverly Municipal Golf Course

  • “The GRAA Boot Camp was a great experience and I learned a lot. It was great having Mike Malaska there; he really kept things interesting and was very helpful with his insight. I look forward to more educational opportunities through the GRAA.”

    - Chris Talerico, Santa Barbara Golf Club

The Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range at The First Tee of Greater Richmond

2018 GRAA Top 50 Golf Range / Stand Alone Facilities

The Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range at The First Tee of Greater Richmond

400 School Street

Richmond, Virginia 23222

(804) 728-3857

http://www.playgolfrva.org/

mark@thefirstteerva.org

Facility Amenities:

  • Grass Tees (16)
  • Bays with Mats (13)
  • Short Game Practice Area
  • Lighting for Night Use
  • Grass Putting Green
  • Covered Areas

Additional Amenities:

  • Heated Bays (13)
  • Golf Shop (1,500 Sq. Ft.)
  • Food & Beverage
  • Indoor Simulator
  • 6-Hole Par 3 Golf Course (yardages ranging from 145 to 45 yards)
  • Trackman Hitting Bays (2)

Type of Range Targets:

  • Flags
  • Fairway Cuts
  • Sonix Targets

Instruction provided.

Number of PGA Professional Instructors: 2

Clubfitting services provided.

Total number of visits to range per year: 19,070

Number of range balls dispensed on range per year: 1,436,550

Number of range balls in inventory: 25,000 + 6,000 for the VCU Golf Team

New balls are acquired: Annually

Best range promotion: The Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range reopened in October of 2017. One of the best initial promotions the facility ran was a winter league on the brand new Trackman hitting bays which provided a unique way to promote golf courses from all over the world in our backyard at The First Tee of Greater Richmond. It also allowed for us to showcase the new technology offered at the facility in addition to touch points for future memberships once the traditional golf season started in March/April.

In addition to the winter Trackman leagues, another great promotion for the facility in 2018 included the Summer Happy Hour and Golf Series that was organized the last Wednesday of every month in May, June, July and August. This was an opportunity for the facility to partner with a local brewery, set-up ladder golf, corn hole, Kan Jam and play music on the range to create a different atmosphere than what our patrons may be accustom to during a standard week night. It also allowed us to invite the community, even the non-golf fans to enjoy what the driving range and par-3 golf course loop in addition to closest to the pin contesting in the Trackman bays.

Special programs: The mission of The First Tee of Greater Richmond is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. The program introduces kids to the game and its inherent values through programs in elementary schools, on golf courses and at youth centers around the country.

The First Tee of Greater Richmond impacts the community by positively influencing behaviors of young people and inspiring adults to mentor, coach, volunteer, donate to the cause and uphold mission, thus preparing youths to make sound decisions, exercise good character, and live satisfying, productive lives in which they can give back to the community.

Originally built in 2003, The Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range is a championship level practice facility for golfers of all skill levels. The First Tee of Greater Richmond operates this facility to fulfill its mission while hosting patrons and the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Men’s Golf Team. The facility offers a 6-hole par-3 course with Bermuda grass and Champion Bermuda greens built by nationally acclaimed architect Lester George. Additionally, a large grass range, practice greens and bunker, and two Trackman 4 simulator bays promote a wide variety of practice opportunities. Located in the heart of downtown Richmond, The Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range provides a premier experience for all golfers. Proceeds from the Elson Redmond Memorial Driving Range go back into serving the youth in our community through scholarship opportunities, The First Tee national playing opportunities, and funding equipment for our National School Programs.

As a non-profit ourselves we enjoy being a community partner and helping other non-profits by offering our classroom space for special events or back to school or networking functions. We closely partner with other organizations for field trips and golf instruction in conjunction with our life skills offerings. Some organizations include but are not limited to: LPGA Girls Golf Program, Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Richmond City Schools, Chesterfield County Schools, Henrico County Schools, and Hanover County Schools.