If you didn’t have an opportunity to participate in the inaugural Plus Performance Center taking place this week at Golf Channel’s world headquarters in Orlando, you have another chance. The first session quickly filled to capacity, so we’ve added a second workshop, scheduled for July 10-12. If you’re a golf course operator using GolfNow Plus Toolkit, the Plus Performance Center is your chance to discover the best ways to put this proprietary technology to work for you, with hands-on training and expert consultation. The Toolkit offers guidance and more than 10 data-driven enhancements that work in concert, ranging from algorithmic pricing to sales pipelines. If you’re not getting the most out of this technology, the workshop is just the thing to help you drive rounds and maximize revenue. Lodging for this invitation-only event will be provided by Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge, and you’ll also have the opportunity to check out Golf Channel’s production facility and studios. Contact your GolfNow representative for more information.
Let’s Play Golf week earlier this month was embraced by nearly 1,000 golf courses across North America who recognized that if you offer golfers new ways to engage with the game, it can have positive effects on your bottom line. Proof was in the pudding during the inaugural year of the joint GolfNow and Golf Channel initiative, with “Women’s Wednesday” and “Family Golf” headlining the five themed days as the two most popular of the week.
Kris Strauss, vice president of sales and marketing for Troon, appeared on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive on Friday to talk about his company’s year-round initiatives to promote junior and family golf. Troon Family Golf is offered at all 270-plus Troon facilities around the globe, where kids not only play free with a paying adult after 3 p.m., but also get free rental clubs and instruction when they play with Mom or Dad.
A recent NGF participation report states that the number of golfers between the ages of 6 and 17 grew more than 20% from 2011-2016. Also, in addition to the nearly 24 million golfers in the U.S., another 40.6 million are interested in playing. Troon has recognized the importance of player development on both ends of the spectrum – from youth to adult. GolfNow course partners that have embraced different strategies to attract new golfers, such as our Play Nine program, are taking the right steps to help fill their tee sheets on a more regular basis.
The runway to attract new golfers is long and wide open. What strategies are you incorporating that will allow your business take off?
More than 140 golf courses hosted Monday’s World’s Largest Golf Outing, which provided the perfect kick-off to Let’s Play Golf week. Initial reports indicate that WLGO 2017 may be the best ever since the event was launched in 2011. Elaborate opening ceremonies, appearances by local personalities and politicians, and other fun activities were just a few of the headlines that made it an event to remember.
Dubsdread Golf Course in Orlando, Fla., incorporated a local high school’s ROTC squad into a formal Opening Ceremony, which featured speeches by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and other dignitaries. Cranbury Golf Club in West Windsor Township, N.J., lined the driveway to their course with American flags and members from the local VFW provided a gun salute to start the tournament.
Let’s Play Golf week continues today with one the most popular themed day – “Women’s Wednesday.” Courses are offering special perks such as clinics, lunch specials and preferred rates. Equipment junkies are stoked to try out the latest equipment tomorrow, as part of “Test Drive Thursday,” and “Family Golf” on Friday will cap what is sure to be a very successful grow-the-game initiative for the nearly 1,000 courses that hosted part or all of Let’s Play Golf week.
With the Masters’ exciting finish, golf caught the eye of the entire sports world. Inspired golfers are taking their clubs out of storage and are primed to get out and play for the first time this year. With the majority of golf courses around the country now open for business, operators are searching for solutions to leverage this excitement and bring more golfers through their doors.
Nearly 1,000 courses across North America are participating in Go Play Week, May 1-5, hoping to attract new customers and provide their current golfers with something extra special. Beginning with the World’s Largest Golf Outing on May 1, many have also chosen to host one or more of the other themed days, which are designed for beginners, women, family and equipment junkies.
More courses than ever are incorporating GolfNow services into their business operations, helping them sell more rounds while saving money in the process. More than 1,000 course partners currently are benefiting from the performance platform offered by GolfNow’s Plus, which provides them with expert consultation and proprietary technology to help manage their businesses in a very competitive marketplace. Ride by GolfNow can save courses up to 35% on their business purchases, lowering overhead on more than just food and beverage. Several of the notable recent additions to Ride — which is free to all of our course partners — include agronomy products, such as fertilizer and chemicals needed to maintain prime course conditions; technology; fresh, locally picked produce; and environmental services.
Our advertising, social and on-air promotion is in full swing. Golfers will view our messaging and can book #LetsPlayGolf tee times by navigating to promotions.golfnow.com/letsplaygolf, then clicking on the day or event in which they’d like to participate.
Is your course ready for Go Play Week?
If you need to update your inventory in GolfNow Central, drop an email to GolfNowSupport@golfchannel.com, reference #LetsPlayGolf, and our Cares Partner Support team will help make the update for you.
Nearly 200 courses have chosen to participate in the World’s Largest Golf Outing, taking place on Monday, May 1. Golfers, too, are anticipating the chance to join with thousands of fellow golf lovers across North America for a day of fun, camaraderie and a chance to play for something bigger than themselves. It’s a terrific chance to play golf and give back, with proceeds benefiting two worthy charities: Fisher House Foundation and Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation.
WLGO is only the first of five themed days that week. With almost 1,000 courses participating in one or more event that week, #LetsPlayGolf should be a big deal.
If you’re hosting one of the themed events, there’s still time to plus-up your participation with the “better” and “best” event packages offered by our partners at Perfect Golf Event. Learn more at http://perfectgolfevent.com/goplayweek/.