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Better golf marketing in minutes: 5 tips you need to try!

Nov 07, 2019

Leverage the Value of Distance-Control with a Free Wedge Fitting

It’s a tantalizing question that instructor Rob Noel posed to golfers in his database: “Do you really know how far your wedges carry?” Many players who care about scoring aren’t sure at all, and it weighs on their minds when they’re inside 130 yards trying to pull a club. Noel invites them to a “Free Fit Friday,” in the noon to 4 p.m. time slot, featuring TrackMan for accurate measurement of carry distances. Structure of the afternoon was based on 30-minute sessions for each participant, with the chance, in Rob’s words, to “turn yourself into a scoring machine!” Benefit to the teaching professional is profit off wedge sales as well as an intro for non-students to see how competent and dedicated this academy’s coaches and clubfitters really are.
 

Use Nameplates as Rewards and Recognition for Regulars

Golfers see their names on cart signs, bag tags and lockers, so why not on the range? Even if you all you use are plastic plates that with an erasable surface, players will still enjoy seeing those beautiful words—their own first and last name. The plates you order could even have pre-printed titles, like “Golfer of the Week” or “Fast-Improving Student” or “Top 20 Most Improved.”. You don’t have to have one of these plates ready for every student every time—instead use them as an incentive for people who don’t yet have one, as well as a reward and retention tool for lesson-takers who are in your book already.
 

Hand Out Impact Decals on the Range

In the GolfWorks online catalogue you’ll find iron impact decals in rolls of 200 for $30. That works out to 15 cents apiece, a very small price to pay for the chance to create a meaningful connection with a range user who isn’t your student but seems like a good candidate. Make up a small poster showing a half-dozen used decals with off-center hits, blurred dimple patterns and other indicators of sub-optimal impact, topping it with the headline: “What Do These Marks Mean?” On a select basis, invite golfers to take 3 or 4 decals with them when they pick up a basket of balls, then upon their return they can show you the imprinted decals. It will likely be the first time they’ve ever used impact decals or impact tape, which makes this a great conversation-starter potentially leading to lesson signups.
 

“My Golf Teacher Reached Out to Me!”

Apparently this was the excited thought that went through the minds of 10 students who received texts from New Jersey-based instructor Brian Dobbie. The question Dobbie sent to his students, none of whom were currently active in his book, was disarmingly simple—he asked: “How is your game?” The message went out to the 10 golfers simultaneously and results came back to Brian quickly. All 10 golfers responded and the outreach resulted in Dobbie booking three standard lessons plus one playing lesson. He puts this nice success down to “the importance of following up,” in all kinds of different ways—including a quick, simple text.
 

Take Lessons in a Skill besides Golf and Blog Your Progress

Instructors are often advised to take lessons in tennis, guitar, fly fishing or some other motor skill, in order to remind themselves what the motor learning process is like from the student’s side. But if you ever do take this advice, don’t miss the opportunity to bring your golf students inside the process of what you’re being taught, how you’re going about practicing and what kind of progress you’re making. It will increase their respect for you (especially if you practice faithfully!) and it will build a narrative quality into your messaging, as your progress continues.


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beyond yelp reviews

Beyond Yelp reviews: consider a secret shopper

Nov 07, 2019

Go through checkout at a big retailer and the cashier is bound to ask, “Did you find everything you were looking for?” Apparently there is research telling Target, BestBuy, and the other big boxes that consumers would spend more money if store inventory were somehow different or if items were displayed differently—so they constantly ask us about it.

Public-facing businesses—and golf instruction is no exception—can learn something from watching chain stores dig for data about the customer experience. The extreme way of doing it involves the trained “secret shopper,” hired from a legitimate agency and posing as a customer. Online reviews have reduced the need for secret shoppers, but they’re still around, supplying objectivity and professional reporting.

A marketing specialist with expertise in golf shop retailing, Jackie Beck, got hired a few years back to do some secret shopping in the instruction category. Beck was given a list of 50 contacts—academies as well as solo teaching pros—and told to proceed as any curious golfer would. She studied the instructors’ websites, checked on prices, called or emailed to inquire about available services and in some cases attempted to book a lesson.

In a presentation that Beck later made to a gathering of coaches—some of whom were among the 50 she had secret-shopped—her report had the attendees studying their own websites on smartphones, real-time, as she went through actual examples of what she saw working and not working. In many cases there were broken links within websites, long scrolls to get to important content, missing information, weak photography and a general failure to “tell the customer what makes this teacher a great choice.”

Beck found a disconnect between golf shops and the lesson tee, especially for teachers who are independent contractors at public courses. The staff in those shops are trained to promote the golf operation but not the lesson business. Beck addressed this issue, asking: “Is the golf shop delivering messages to you, with accurate information about people who have called asking about instruction? If you suspect that’s not happening, have a few people you know and trust call in, inquiring about golf lessons.” Consider “hiring" a former junior golfer who went on to study marketing or management at college then returned home with a degree. Trade a 3-lesson series for an objective report on what the customer experience was like, in fine detail.

Beck understands that instructors have to address the operating details of their business in small doses. “Prioritize the things you want to check on, and take them one or two at a time,” she advises. Are golfers arriving on-property and getting confused about where to go? Are there messy or cluttered spaces they would find unpleasant. Is noise a problem at certain times and places? Are the restrooms clean? Are the range balls noticeably deteriorating?

Unlike a BestBuy or a CVS, golf facilities aren’t chains that all look alike. That gives the instructor a chance to liven up the surroundings and add a little sparkle, making return visits more enjoyable.

“Your teaching skill is the big draw, but a golfer’s overall experience will play a part in whether they want to come back,” says Jackie. “If it’s a $75 lesson and they feel the experience was worth $100 they will automatically come back.” It takes a long time to learn how to teach effectively, and yet being around for a long time can dull your eye and ear for what’s pleasant, interesting and appealing about the details of a visit.

One final point Beck makes is focused on programming, and the need to bring flexibility to it. “Some instructors will schedule a ‘Chips and Sips’ clinic for women and be overly concerned about whether chipping can be taught properly in this type of setting,” Beck observes. “I say, ‘Who cares?’ The women are happy. Some nights they’ll be fine with skipping the golf part altogether—let them!” If you have reservations, ask directly whether social-night only is of interest to the participants. “Ask and listen,” Beck repeats. “We have to get over the idea that we know better than the customer.”

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Instruction Programming

Instruction Programming: What to offer and how to explain it

Nov 07, 2019

Golf instruction comes in a wider variety of formats than it used to. To expand their audience, teachers keep adding programs of different types. We’ve seen instruction tailored so that it’s more social, more technology-based, more focused on scoring, more geared toward women, or otherwise customized.

Lately a new line of thinking has come along to offset this programming trend. Special formats and event-based teaching are still being offered and continue to attract golfers. However, they’re getting pushed to the side and kept separate from the “main course” product, which is long-term coaching relationships that remodel golf swings and produce significant game improvement.

Research shows that rewiring a golfer to truly change motor patterns takes months or even years, plus steady practice to attain interim goals. The results are dramatically pleasing to the golfer, and the coach-student relationship that develops is a big source of job satisfaction for instructors. In good part the happy ending is due to the long and emotionally painful span of time in which the embarrassed golfer has dealt with a sense of futility about their play. A fair number of people commit to long-term coaching right at the point where they’re ready to quit the game.

Meanwhile, financial compensation to the teacher improves significantly when the lesson book is filled out far in advance with these every-week or every-other-week clients. Eventually this scenario leads to rate increases. Next time you hear of an instructor who raises rates, check to see if they have a growing stable of committed long-term students—you’ll find this is virtually always the case.

Because the long-term student is so valuable—and because he or she is always going to be a minority within of the instruction-minded population—the coach needs a “sales funnel” with a very wide feeder end. That coach also needs a “gateway” product, usually called a New Student Assessment or New Student Evaluation, that large numbers of players will undergo.

Out of the pool of players who come through the gateway—and their total could be 100 or more over a season—perhaps 20 to 40 percent will enter long-term programs. They’ll buy lessons in 10-packs, 20-packs and 30-packs, and they will make the journey from frustrated and par-deprived to become mid-80s or even single-digit players. Their investment in the coach-student collaboration is key to the golf instructor’s business plan and yearly income. Both parties win.

How does this model impact programming and your menu of instruction options? It starts by putting the New Student Assessment front and center, where it can do its job of filling up the wide end of your sales funnel. Lots of options and details about formats and special events will confuse your best prospects, i.e, the people who legitimately want to improve. They scroll through academy websites, see all the diversity and intricacy and get overwhelmed. In many cases these golfers have spent a long time postponing the decision to try and end their frustration. They need simplicity and a clear path to improvement.

Instructors have long used programming to let people know they are up on the latest developments in the field, from TrackMan diagnostics to AimPoint green-reading to the use of a communications “locker” for sharing video, notes and practice plans. There’s logic to this, but again it’s a possible source of confusion and even intimidation. There are students who in general are impressed by technology, but there are others who shy away from it. Telling people about your certifications and the tech tools in your teaching bay is well and good, but you can do it in descriptive copy that’s distinct from your programming information. Don’t let it detract from the messaging that encourages new students to come meet you and get assessed.

The other extreme is clinic programming that’s fun, social, relaxed and looks inviting on the club calendar. Nothing wrong with this, either. Just don’t let it cloud the message about long-term coaching and how to get started on it.

On your website you can do all this through clear communication that keeps the gateway product, a New Student Assessment or whatever you use, separate from your tech talk and from the fun, “intro” events you offer. In email marketing you can offer the specials and one-offs selectively, and let people know they are “events” that don’t come up on the schedule regularly. In social media messaging you can carry along the same approach.

Being versatile is a good thing and having lots of ways to meet golfers is valuable. Getting the best return on your investment in training, tech and marketing is always about having a filled-out lesson scheduler that stretches weeks or even months into the future, booked up with thrilled students who rave about you.

Create a gateway product, build a sales funnel to feed it, and tailor your menu of services so that you and your best customers achieve meaningful rewards over the long haul.

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Videos

Kelly Morrow, PGA

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.


Chef Ponzio

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.


Transition to Ride

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.


News

Women's Golf Day

GOLF Business Solutions partners with Women's Golf Day

May 02, 2019

Supporting women in the game of golf

ORLANDO, Fla.(May 1, 2019) – Celebrating women in golf, GOLF Business Solutions has partnered with Women's Golf Day to support its June 4 event and the organization’s efforts that encourage women and girls to get more involved in the game.

"Our team works continually to provide solutions for our partners, and collaborating with Women's Golf Day to provide our partners with unique access is one of those solutions,” said Jeff Foster, senior vice president, GOLFNOW and Emerging Businesses. “Growing the game through increased female participation is good for everyone, and the attention we will help to create for this day is another step in the right direction. We hope to see hundreds of new golf facilities participating in 2019."   

As part of the partnership, GOLF Business Solutions will launch various marketing initiatives to encourage GOLFNOW's 7,000+ golf course partners to host Women’s Golf Day activities. Providing an incentive, registration fees will be waived for all GOLFNOW courses that utilize its Plus  service – a $79.99 value! All other GOLFNOW partner courses will be receiving a 20 percent registration discount.

Women’s Golf Day is a one-day, four-hour experience that is becoming a global movement. It combines golf with social and networking activities and allows every woman the opportunity to explore the various golf-related options in her local community. Over the past three years, the event has been hosted by more than 900 venues in 52 countries. It has engaged a community of more than 50,000 women. 

The rapid rise in the number of women playing golf isn’t just a trend. It's real evidence that women have become an important segment of the game – not only socially, but economically as well. Savvy golf course operators already know this and over time have taken steps to accommodate the needs and wants of the female golfer.

Courses utilizing Plus should contact their GOLF Business Solutions representative for directions on how to register for free.

Other GOLFNOW partner courses who wish to participate in Women’s Golf Day can click here for more information or register to host the event with the code GOLFNOW2019.  

 


NBC Sports Group Launches GOLF Business Solutions

NBC Sports Group Launches GOLF Business Solutions

Feb 28, 2019

NBC SPORTS GROUP LAUNCHES GOLF BUSINESS SOLUTIONS, PROVIDING SINGULAR SOURCE FOR ALL SERVICES OFFERED BY ITS FAMILY OF GOLF BRANDS

Comprehensive Business Solutions from GOLFNOW, GOLF Advisor, Revolution GOLF, GOLF Academy, GOLF Am Tour Now Consolidated Under One Umbrella Brand

GOLF Business Solutions Website Launches Wednesday, Jan. 23, During PGA Merchandise Show

NBC Sports Group today announced that business services once offered separately by its GOLF brands portfolio will combine under one umbrella brand called GOLF Business Solutions. The new GOLF Business Solutions will be formally introduced at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show, displaying at booth #2173 and located adjacent to GOLF Channel’s Morning Drive stage.

As a comprehensive offering of solutions designed to help any business looking to connect with the sport of golf operate more efficiently and effectively, GOLF Business Solutions simplifies the way companies like GOLFNOW, GOLF Advisor, Revolution GOLF, GOLF Academy and GOLF Am Tour have previously served their partners. Once offered separately by each business, GOLF Business Solutions will provide the complete spectrum of services for virtually any need within golf, including technology and operations, brand management, advertising, sponsorships, event planning and management, content development, and more.

“GOLF Business Solutions is very much a customer-centric brand, built on the recognition and trust GOLF Channel has earned as an innovative leader within the golf industry for more than two decades,” said Jeff Foster, senior vice president, GOLF Business Solutions. “Whether you’re a supplier, instructor, resort operator or any business looking for a solution within golf, we’ve made GOLF Business

Solutions a destination that is relevant and purpose-built to support their business needs through best-in-class technology, marketing and services.”

One of the primary points of connection for customers of GOLF Business Solutions will be a new website, which has launched in beta, with an official debut on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in conjunction with the PGA Merchandise Show. Easily navigated, it will feature information on a broad spectrum of services relevant to various customer categories, including:

  • Golf Facilities: technology and operations, purchasing, consulting and support, marketing for golf courses, practice ranges and other off-course facilities.
  • Instructors: brand management, consulting, website design and management for golf instructors.
  • Suppliers: distribution, advertising, partnerships and content creation for product companies.
  • Golf Outings: event planning and management; marketing support for charity/fundraising and/or professional outings.
  • Hospitality & Tourism: operational support, technology and marketing support for resorts and other travel destinations.
  • Media: TV and digital exposure through partnerships, advertising, sponsorships, content integration.

GOLF Business Solutions’ website also will include The Index, featuring compelling and relevant business-to-business editorial content that will offer information, insight and thought leadership designed to help professionals working within the golf industry run their businesses more effectively and contribute toward their success.

This tailored content for golf industry professionals will include informational tips, best practices, online learning series, white papers, podcasts and video, including roundtable discussions featuring leaders from all segments of the industry.

About GOLF Business Solutions

GOLF Business Solutions is a complete spectrum of business-to-business services offered by the family of golf brands within the NBC Sports Group portfolio and managed by GOLF Channel. Building off the recognition and trust of the GOLF brand, the comprehensive offerings of GOLF Business Solutions are designed to meet virtually any need of businesses interested in investing in golf, helping them to become more efficient and effective. Included are services offered by GOLFNOW, GOLF Advisor, Revolution GOLF, GOLF Academy and GOLF Am Tour.

-NBC Sports Group-

Media Contact:

Dan Higgins
GOLF Communications
Dan.Higgins@golfchannel.com
407-355-4018


GOLF Advisor reveals most-anticipated ‘Best of’ list of the year

GOLF Advisor reveals most-anticipated ‘Best of’ list of the year

Feb 22, 2019

Top 50 Golf Courses in the U.S. Determined by Reviews from Recreational Golfers

This Year’s Top 50 List Includes Eight New Courses in the Top 10; 22 New Courses Overall

GOLF Advisor has revealed its annual list of Top 50 golf courses in the United States, the website’s most-popular and most-anticipated list determined by recreational golfers who shared their reviews throughout the year with the online destination for traveling golfers.

Unlike golf course rankings published by industry insiders who have access to golf courses the public may never have the opportunity to play, the GOLF Advisor Top 50  list is totally consumer driven – by recreational golfers, for recreational golfers. Ages, handicaps and budgets of golfers using the website run the gamut, so the more than 825,000 reviews GOLF Advisor has accumulated showcase the golf course characteristics that are the most important to avid golfers across the country, like pace of play, staff friendliness and value.

What makes GOLF Advisor’s Top 50 list unique and interesting is the potential for volatility year-to-year due to changes in consumer tastes. These swings can depend on a variety of factors – anything from course conditioning to new pricing. This year’s list includes eight new courses within the top 10 that were not included last year, and 22 new courses overall.

“This is our fifth Top 50 list since we launched GOLF Advisor in 2014 and the variety of our reviewers continue to evolve,” said Brandon Tucker, senior managing editor, GOLF Advisor. “While the list includes a sampling of bucket-list courses that are delivering on high golfer expectations, a large selection of the list features special, more reasonably priced courses that are excelling in their local or regional market.”

More than 2,800 golf courses of the 144,000-plus courses reviewed on GOLF Advisor in 2018 were considered, having received the minimum 10 reviews to qualify for the Top 50.

“Reading through the reviews, we are seeing evidence of reviewers choosing to book at a golf course based on what golfers like them have to say on GOLF Advisor about the total experience,” Tucker said.

Other lists released this week include:  Top 25 Most Improved Courses; Top 25 Courses Rated by Value; Top 25 Course Layouts in the U.S.; Top 25 Courses for Staff Friendliness; Top-Rated Courses for Pace of Play; Top 25 Courses Rated by Conditions; Top 25 Courses for off-course amenities; and Top Courses by state.

Below is GOLF Advisor’s list of Top 50 golf courses for 2018. An asterisk signifies a course which has never previously appeared on the list:

  1. Bethpage State Park/Black Course* – Farmingdale, N.Y.
  2. Atlantic City Country Club* – Northfield, N.J.
  3. Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass – Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
  4. Tobacco Road Golf Club* – Sanford, N.C.
  5. Pilgrims Run Golf Club – Pierson, Mich.
  6. Black Lake Golf Club* – Onaway, Mich.
  7. Yocha Dehe Golf Club at Cache Creek Casino Resort – Brooks, Calif.
  8. Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort/Snow Mountain Course – Las Vegas, Nev.
  9. Chariot Run Golf Club – Laconia, Ind.
  10. Mauna Lani Resort/South Course* – Kohala Coast, Hawaii
  11. Royal Manchester Golf Links – Mount Wolf, Pa.
  12. Pinehills Golf Club/Nicklaus Course* – Plymouth, Mass.
  13. Rams Hill Golf Club – Borrego Springs, Calif.
  14. Bear Slide Golf Club*- Cicero, Ind.
  15. Blackstone Golf Club – Marengo, Ill.
  16. World Woods Golf Club/Pine Barrens Course – Brooksville, Fla.
  17. Harbour Town Golf Links – Hilton Head Island, S.C.
  18. Seaview Golf Club – Bay Course* – Absecon, N.J.
  19. Kiva Dunes – Gulf Shores, Ala.
  20. Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort/Sun Mountain Course – Las Vegas, Nev.
  21. Ballamor Golf Club*- Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
  22. Barnsley Resort* – Adairsville, Ga.
  23. Waldorf Astoria Golf Club – Orlando, Fla.
  24. Fox Hopyard Golf Club* – East Haddam, Conn.
  25. Prairie Landing Golf Club* – West Chicago, Ill.
  26. Riverwood Golf Club – Port Charlotte, Fla.
  27. Indian Wells Golf Resort – Celebrity Course – Indian Wells, Calif.
  28. River Course at Sevierville Golf Club* – Sevierville, Tenn.
  29. Founders Course at Verrado Golf Club – Buckeye, Ariz.
  30. King and Bear Golf Course at World Golf Village* – St. Augustine, Fla.
  31. Royal Hylands Golf Club – Knightstown, Ind.
  32. Heron Glen Golf Course* – Ringoes, N.J.
  33. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club – Pawleys Island, S.C.
  34. The Links At Union Vale* – Lagrangeville, N.Y.
  35. White Horse Golf Club* – Kingston, Wash.
  36. Whirlwind Golf Club – Devil’s Claw – Chandler, Ariz.
  37. Maderas Golf Club – Poway, Calif.
  38. Lanier Islands Legacy Golf Course* – Buford, Ga.
  39. Harbor Links Golf Club at Sagamore Resort – Liberty, Ind.
  40. Quintero Golf Club – Peoria, Ariz.
  41. Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Club* – Lewiston, N.Y.
  42. Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course at Lake Richard B. Russell – Elberton, Ga.
  43. The Palmer Course at La Cantera Resort – San Antonio, Texas
  44. Pole Creek Golf Club – Tabernash, Colo.
  45. North Conway Country Club* – North Conway, N.H.
  46. Grand Cypress North/South/East – Orlando, Fla.
  47. English Turn Golf & Country Club – New Orleans, La.
  48. Trump National Doral Miami/Red Tiger* – Doral, Fla.
  49. TPC Myrtle Beach* – Murrells Inlet, S.C.
  50. University of Georgia Golf Course – Athens, Ga.

The GOLF Advisor online destination grew rapidly in 2018, expanding services for the avid traveling golfer, including the debut of a GOLF Channel series and the introduction of hosted golfing trips. User traffic to the website hit all-time highs for four consecutive months during the year.

About GOLF Advisor

GOLF Advisor is the ultimate digital destination for traveling golfers, who love to play, travel and learn more about how the sport of golf can be experienced around the world. Featuring more than 825,000 reviews of 14,000-plus golf courses, GOLF Advisor serves as a one-stop, customized experience for golfers of all levels to find honest recommendations from their peers – and to offer feedback of their own – about any golf course they play, anywhere, anytime. The GOLF Advisor portfolio also includes a GOLF Channel travel series, GOLF Advisor Round TripGOLF Advisor Getaways, which are premium travel experiences at world-class resorts and clubs; and GOLF Advisor Club, offering exclusive member benefits and perks. A veteran staff of award-winning writers provides complementary, expert editorial content about golf travel, architecture and history. GOLF Advisor also is home to the popular ”Best of” Lists generated each year from authentic golfer reviews.

-NBC Sports Group-

Featured photo: Bethpage State Park’s Black Course


Downloadable Resources

Chapter 6 - Procurement

The Playbook - Chapter 6

Feb 20, 2019

Time to think outside the procurement box

Group purchasing brings new profit possibilities to golf operations. Courses can stock up on products they already buy, as well as others they need at a significant cost savings. With significant cost savings and ability to earn points toward tech, satisfied golf courses see enough savings to make a difference. 


chapter 1

The Playbook - Chapter 1

Jan 17, 2019

Who doesn’t want to book more rounds and generate more revenue?

And while you’re at it, let’s solidify your position in your marketplace and start operating at peak efficiency. Private club, daily fee, municipal or resort course — all have the same goals in these competitive times. Finally, there’s one go-to source to help golf operations learn and activate best-practices throughout their operations.


The Playbook - Chapter 2

The Playbook - Chapter 2

Jan 17, 2019

Best practices for having the right product at the right time for the right price.

What started with the airline and hotel industries is spreading to restaurants, theaters … and golf courses. Dynamic pricing is the inventory strategy courses are using right now to maximize revenue.