Archive for April, 2010

Calverton Links – Demo Days and Golf School

I spoke to Steven Lee, head PGA professional at Calverton Links, they’ve got some great things planned for this summer. Demo Days April 24- Cobra/Titleist 10am-3pm April 25- Ping 10am-3pm May 2- Nike 10am-3pm July 11- Nike 10am-3pm — Half Day New Golf Improvement Course PGA Head Professional Steven Lee will take your game to […]

Cherry Creek Golf Links Events

Cherry Creek Golf Link has some great things coming up. Here’s a list of events May Demo Day… Date: Monday, May 17, 2010 Place: Cherry Creek Golf Links – Driving Range Time: 11AM to 5PM The Manufacturers attending include: Callaway Cleveland Cobra Nike Ping Taylor Made Titleist Tour Edge We will have all of the […]

Course Search Cometh –

The course search is here. Give it try… comments are welcome – either below or the contact form. The underlying data needs some clean up (read: I need to enter greens fees for all the public courses). [gc-search fees=yes title=’Search for Courses’ align=center beforetitle=’ ‘ aftertitle=’ ‘ beforewidget=’ ‘ afterwidget=’ ‘]

LIer Zguris expects golf club repair will never go out of style

Here’s a nice write up by Mark Herrmann of NewsDay on an interesting golf related job… — If you’re one of those golfers who has bent a putter over your knee and then needed the club to be fixed, or if you accidentally broke the shaft of an iron when your swing crashed into a […]

Bethpage News & Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play

In Bethpage news, spring green aeration takes place this week. So call ahead and each one of these course will be closed to complete the work. Bethpage Black reopens for the season on April 13th…get your dialing fingers ready.
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Golfweek named it’s top courses you can play. They include Bethpage State Park’s Black Course at #1 and Red Course at #9. Tallgrass jumps into the 8th spot, breaking the top 10 for the first time. Montauk Downs rounds out Long Island’s inclusions coming in at #14. Long Island National is dropped this year…Last year it came in at #15.

GolfWeek recognize’s these courses

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Golf is BIG Business in New York State

Here’s a news item from last month…

New York Golf Economy Report, commissioned by GOLF 20/20 for the New York Alliance for Golf Task Force and prepared by SRI International found that the golf industry is a major economic force in New York State . The study was released March 10, in Albany, N.Y., in conjunction with the New York State Turfgrass Association’s Advocacy Day.

The host of four U.S. Open Championships in the past ten years, New York has a deep history with the sport of golf. Home to over 800 courses and birthplace of USGA and the PGA of American New York and golf have long a history.

Here are some highlights from the report:

  • Total economic impact of $5.3 billion
  • 56,600 jobs
  • $1.6 billion of wage income.
  • Charitable giving attributed to the game of golf in New York approached $125.6 million in 2007
  • New York’s 818 golf courses, 64 stand-alone ranges and 86 miniature golf facilities generated more than $1.5 billion of revenues.
  • New York’s 38 golf resorts and nine annual championships spurred $520.2 million of golf-related tourism spending
  • Out-of-state shipments by New York golf apparel and equipment manufacturers and magazine publishers were approximately $352.3 million

The New York Golf Economy Report is supported by the New York Alliance for Golf Task Force is made up of following associations: Metropolitan and New York State Chapters of the Club Managers Association; Long Island, Hudson Valley and Metropolitan Golf Course Superintendents Association Chapters; Metropolitan Golf Association (MGA); the New York State Golf Association (NYSGA); the New York State Turfgrass Association (NYSTA); the Central, Metropolitan, Northeastern and Western New York PGA Sections and certified public accounting firm Condon O’Meara McGinty & Donnelly.
The report, prepared by SRI International, was commissioned by GOLF 20/20. The continued health and growth of the golf industry has a direct bearing on jobs, commerce, economic development and tax revenues.

Tillinghast, Raynor, MacDonald: Who Designed North Shore Country Club? –

Check out this very interesting article from the WSJ last week.

The ninth hole at North Shore Country Club.

Glen Head, N.Y.

Donald Zucker was elated when he signed the paperwork last fall giving him title to North Shore Country Club. Mr. Zucker, 78, is a lean, energetic New York City real-estate developer who fell in love with golf in his 50s and took his first lessons at North Shore, a 96-year-old club overlooking an inlet of Long Island Sound about 15 miles from Manhattan. He belongs to five clubs and considers himself a golf purist. His favorite way to experience the game is on foot, carrying a half-set of clubs in a skinny bag.

He had been actively looking for a golf club to buy, simply for the joy of ownership, for several years. A couple of deals fell through. But North Shore was the best. The club was for sale because the membership had been devastated by the recession. At least 10 families had been undone by investments with Bernard Madoff, and many others could no longer afford the annual dues exceeding $23,000. By the end of last season North Shore had only about 90 golf members and was $5 million in debt. Mr. Zucker paid $12.5 million for it in all.

Product Review: Antigua Golf Shirts

antigua-logoThe first thing you notice when you slip on an , it’s soft and light. After wearing these newer high tech materials; you won’t be running back to basic cotton anytime soon. Antigua’s version is called DESERT DRY™ (pictured to the below). I’m not sure what it’s made of, but it sure is comfortable. I’ve only put it through the wash once; it came out looking new. At $50 to $60 price point is a bit high. That said, I’ve seen shirts of this quality run over $100. All in all, I give this shirt a strong buy recommendation.

Here’s a little about a the company:deo-redshirt
Headquartered in Peoria, Ariz., The Antigua Group, and, through its license sports division, holds license agreements with Major and Minor League Baseball (MLB), the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA), along with numerous American universities and colleges for men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, headwear and outerwear. Antigua additionally designs, produces and supplies product for corporate America and specialty retail managed under its corporate division. Its golf division also holds license agreements with the PGA TOUR, LPGA and the PGA of America.