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GolfNow for Samsung

GolfNow for SamsungThe “Made for Samsung” program, which rolled out last year, has attracted a variety of brands looking to deliver exclusive experiences and benefits to Samsung Mobile customers. The program includes top brands like CNN, Expedia and The Weather Channel – all creating custom versions of their apps for Samsung devices. Now available in the Galaxy app store is the GolfNow app, “GolfNow for Samsung,” which offers all same great features as the Android and iOS versions, but with a unique customer service line for Samsung customers and additional discounts. This new version of the GolfNow app currently is being promoted to more than 3 million Samsung customers looking for an exclusive golfing experiences.

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Daily golf course management best practice #4 – Using utilization information

Knowing rounds, revenue and utilization by daypart will help to tell the full daily story. Many small business operators record a daily diary post. The post includes highlights, lowlights, weather and sales data information. If the data is limited to rounds and revenue sold for the day, the operator is not recording enough data to help inform future decisions. All golf operators should establish consistent dayparts and always view the business by dayparts. This will help in finding opportunities for rate increases, round increases and staffing improvements. Below is an example report including dayparts.

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Royal Portrush joins GolfNow

Royal PortrushRoyal Portrush Golf Club, host venue for the eagerly anticipated 2019 Open, has teamed up with GolfNow to enable golfers to book their golf rounds online for the first time in the famous club’s illustrious history. This new partnership will see the club’s two courses – The Valley and The Dunluce Links – open to a global audience.

“We are extremely proud, and we are looking forward to taking the Royal Portrush brand to a global audience, with particular exposure within the United States through our various channels, including GolfNow, Golf Channel and Golf Advisor,” said GolfNow Vice President Brian Smith.

Wilma Erskine, chief executive of Royal Portrush Golf Club, added, “We are delighted to extend our global reach through our partnership with GolfNow. The potential in terms of taking our brand to new customers and new markets, and ultimately increasing sales from tourists and travelling golfers, is hugely exciting. GolfNow‘s worldwide platform will not only make it easier for customers to book a round at Royal Portrush, but will also ease pressure for our staff and free up time spent on phone calls and emails.”

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All the news from the PGA Championship

PGA Live From Desk-400wideStory lines abound this week during the 99th PGA Championship, the fourth and final men’s major championship of 2017. You can count on Golf Central Live From the PGA Championship to deliver all the news you’ll need throughout the week – more than 60 live hours total – from Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. Golf Channel’s on-site news presence will feature multiple strategic camera locations, including adjacent to the driving range, short game area and putting green to give viewers an inside-the-ropes perspective as players in the field prepare for competition.

Other Golf Channel shows originating from Quail Hollow include Morning Drive and The Golf Fix, as well as expanded digital coverage from the team.

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GolfNow partner qualifies for World Long Drive Championship

Nate Clingersmith World Long DriveAs a spectator, the pumped-up, rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere of a World Long Drive competition is something to behold. But what if you were actually competing?

Just ask GolfNow partner Nate Clingersmith, head golf professional at Lora Bay in Ontario, Canada. Nate is riding high from winning the regional qualifier, “Bash for Cash”—recently staged in Canada, less than 20 minutes from Niagara Falls—and earning an exemption into the Volvik World Long Drive Championship finals in early September at the Winstar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla.

Success at the “Bash” didn’t come easy, as Nate was down to his final ball during two of the event’s five rounds. But in the final round, he crushed a 391-yard drive to better two-time World Long Drive champion Carl Wolter and one other competitor to advance to Oklahoma.

Nate’s been competing in long drive events for the past five years—narrowly missing out on advancing by one spot two years running—but finally broke through in 2017.

“I’ve always watched on TV and wondered how I would stack up against the world’s best,” he said.  “Being a club pro, I’m always on the other side, but now I’m one of the competitors and it’s exciting to finally find out how far this ride will go.”

Voted one of the top Canadian public courses by Score Golf magazine, Travel & Golf magazine and Fairways magazine, Lora Bay overlooks the city of Thornbury, Ontario, with gorgeous views of Georgian Bay.

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Golfers vote for favorite courses in DJ sweepstakes

DustinJohnson-sweeps540Nearly 200,000 entries already have poured in to the Drive with Dustin Johnson sweepstakes from golfers hoping for their chance to play with the world No. 1. But they are not the only ones who could be teeing it up with DJ. When golfers enter to win, they have the opportunity to select their favorite golf course for an extra sweepstakes entry. And if your course gets the most votes, a grand-prize package will be yours, too! You and a guest will have the opportunity to play one of Florida’s hottest courses with Dustin Johnson, as well as put some custom TaylorMade clubs in your bag.

So far, more than 30,000 golfers have voted for their favorite course, and the competition looks to be heating up, with leading vote-getters located in the southeast, California and the Southwest. But not to fear. There’s more than four weeks left, so you still have time to get your golfers motivated!

Here’s how:  print out the sweepstakes poster and encourage your golfers to enter the Drive with Dustin Johnson sweepstakes from GolfNow. When they enter on, they will have a chance to vote for your course.

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