Boosting events business with GOLF Business Solutions

Sep 19, 2019

EagleSticks Golf Club’s Kelly Morrow is boosting his events business with the help of GOLF Business Solutions’ Advanced Marketing Program – or AMP.

Learn more about our Advanced Marketing Program, HERE.

Medinah’s culinary team delivers at BMW Championship

Aug 22, 2019

While fans at last week’s BMW Championship kept a close watch on the FedExCup leaderboard, they probably paid little notice to the show being staged by the culinary staff at Medinah Country Club – a performance that proved just as compelling as the action on the course.

As the host golf course, Medinah’s culinary operation, led by Executive Chef Michael Ponzio, efficiently and seamlessly planned and served more than 33,000 meals throughout the week at the Chicago-area club. While the best golfers in the world competed for the win and a top position in this week’s season-ending TOUR Championship, Ponzio’s team catered to their every culinary need, while doing the same for their club members, and a large contingent of news media.

The sheer volume of just the food prep, alone, for the week was mind boggling. This included making more than 5,000 bagels from scratch, smoking more than 2,000 pounds of meat in their on-site smokers and hard-boiling more than 6,000 eggs. The team worked in multiple shifts around the clock.

“We had an incredible week and I learned how far our team could be pushed, especially considering many of the curveballs thrown our way,” Ponzio said. “To produce that kind of volume from scratch was quite an accomplishment. Food is such a big part of major golf events, and we truly executed a showcase of what we call the ‘Medinah experience.’”

Ponzio’s prep for the week was captured by GOLF Channel cameras and he was interviewed by Morning Drive co-host Gary Williams during the show’s Wednesday telecast on location at Medinah. The Chef also provided a look inside the Medinah F&B operation as part of the original GOLFPASS series, My Daily Routine, which is currently available as part of a vast video library accessible to anyone with a GOLFPASS membership.

Ponzio is keenly aware how golf course culinary operations – both big and small – can benefit from a group-buying program to help them succeed, like the Ride serviced offered by GOLF Business Solutions. The source of Ride as a procurement difference-maker is the immense purchasing power of Comcast, the $84 billion company that owns Xfinity, Universal Studios and the NBC networks, including GOLF Channel. Currently, more than 700 golf courses use Ride to save anywhere from 6 to 35 percent annually on agronomy, food-and-beverage and business supplies.

Medinah joined the Ride program in May and leaned on the service to help the club prepare for its big week. “US Foods was very helpful and accommodating,” Ponzio said. “Their online ordering system made things very simple and gave us the time-saving power to search and order on our own, without having to call a rep and wait for options. For example, if I wanted a snack mix, I could go online and search multiple options and just pick what I wanted.”

“We really did our homework leading into the week,” Ponzio said. “We talked with other chefs who have hosted big golf events before and worked with local farmers to bring in some really cool food options that created special, unexpected moments.

“It definitely had an impact,” he said, “I’ve never seen food talked about so much before during a golf telecast.”

To learn more about the GOLF Business Solutions food and beverage group purchasing programs, CLICK HERE.

Transitioning to Ride is a seamless golf solution

Jul 24, 2019

Group purchasing delivers bottom-line savings, period. Joining or transitioning to the Ride service offered by GOLF Business Solutions can be easy, seamless and stress free. Hear why from Matthew O’Connor, executive chef at Bonnie Briar Country Club in Larchmont, N.Y.

To learn more about our Ride program, CLICK HERE.

Savings create ‘wow’ items for your golf club

Jun 24, 2019

It would be tough to argue against the all-American hamburger as the staple menu item for any golf course operation – from the tiny muni to the high-end country club. They come in all shapes, sizes, and tastes as we see in this video from the Country Club at Castle Pines in Colorado. Watch how their signature burger is made and hear from Executive Chef Joe Martin how GOLF Business Solutions’ Ride buying service has helped them save money on all the ingredients they need to make this masterpiece, and much more.

To learn more about our Ride program, CLICK HERE.

Operator Stories: G1 technology creates better options for golf courses

Jun 13, 2019

Cloud-based technology in golf course management has become more common today, but finding a management system that provides the mobility to manage from anywhere at anytime, and enables operators to know their golfers better and puts them at the center of the experience is vital. Listen to industry professionals from GolfNorth and Twelve Stones Golf Club about how G1 has improved the way they do business.

To learn more about G1, CLICK HERE.

Mobile golf course technology creates a seamless operator experience

May 29, 2019

With ever-increasing recreational choices competing for their time, your golfers today might not be there tomorrow. The G1 golf course management platform is driven to not only to create a seamless experience for the golfer, but also help golf courses streamline their business.The mobility of G1 is key, offering golf course operators the capability to manage their business from anywhere, anytime on the device of their choice. Watch the latest roundtable video to find out how operators are attracting new golfers with G1.


Drive more business with golf course instruction

May 15, 2019

Golf course operators under the impression that they can't afford an instruction program should take a closer look under the hood. Instruction can be good for business and have little effect on overall expenses. A capable golf instructor can help increase golfer engagement, attract new golfers, and drive additional revenue through lessons and equipment sales. Listen to our GOLF Business Solutions experts discuss how they've seen business boom by adding course instruction.

To learn more about how GOLF Business Solutions can streamline your instructors business, CLICK HERE.

2019 PGA Show - New golf technology to adopt

May 02, 2019

A willingness to adapt to new technology involves an open mind and trust. In this GOLF Business Solutions Industry Roundtable video recorded at this year's PGA Merchandise Show, golf course managers from Myakka Pines and Stone Creek Golf Clubs share stories about how adopting new golf technology helped their businesses grow. 

Experts discuss how G1 platform creates simplicity and efficiency

Apr 18, 2019

Simplicity and efficiency – music to the ears of operators everywhere when it comes to golf course management. Hear from professionals on the front lines in this video roundtable about how the G1 cloud-based operating platform is creating the optimal golfer experience, while its technology is constantly evolving to meet their needs.

2019 PGA Show - Discover G1

Apr 03, 2019

Benefiting from new technologies to become more efficient with the resources that are most important to golf course operators (time and labor) can be as simple as an upgrade. Watch this GOLF Business Solutions Industry Roundtable video – recorded at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show - to discover what's available to you.