This is the Golf Business podcast brought to you by the National Golf Course Owner's Association (NGCOA), the leading voice for today's owners and operators. Each episodes features guests and discussions about some of the most important matters in our business. Hosted by former NGCOA president Charlie Birney.
This podcast is supported by Yamaha Golf Carts, the official golf cart partner of NGCOA.
Episode 82: Rhett Evans (CEO, GCSAA) | Shaun Hansen (Toptracer)
Hear from Rhett Evans, CEO of the GCSAA, (1:00–38:45) as he chats with NGCOA CEO Jay Karen and Secretary of the PGA of America Don Rea. Learn how the GCSAA is continuing to lead the way on sustainability, including providing operators and lawmakers with critical science-based data to combat negative environmental stereotypes that golf often faces. Plus, with new potential legislation shaking things up in Washington, how will golf course owners and superintendents adjust their operations to meet current challenges and be prepared for future hurdles?
Then, listen in as Michael Williams welcomes Shaun Hansen with Toptracer, (39:00–56:00) for a House Chat segment as they go behind the scenes on Toptracer technology, which has taken the golfing world by storm. Hear how their technology is providing incredible experience for golfers and reshaping ranges from coast to coast. What are the benefits course owners are seeing when they add Toptracer to their facility? Plus, learn why the historic home of golf at St. Andrews even added it to their range.
Episode 81: Rock Lucas + Del Ratcliffe (Owner to Owner) | Steve Tanner (PGA Jr. League)
Hear from course owners Rock Lucas of Charwood Golf Club and Del Ratcliffe of Ratcliffe Golf Services (00:45–21:15) as they highlight challenges they’re noticing early in 2022, as well as opportunities on the horizon. In our first "Owner to Owner" chat of the year, learn how Rock and Del are adjusting operations to stay profitable considering the labor climate and record inflation levels. Plus, with all of the innovation and technology sweeping across the industry, how are they deciding on what's the most beneficial for their bottom line?
Then, listen in as Michael Williams welcomes Steve Tanner, Senior Director of Player Engagement at the PGA of America, (21:30–40:00) to this “House Chat” segment as they dive into how the PGA Jr. League is reshaping youth golf in America. Hear about the exciting and innovative programs offering kids access and opportunity to the game, as well as valuable life skills. How do course owners contribute to this success... and if they aren't already involved, how can they play a part?
Episode 80: Jim Daily + Adam Besvinick (LinksDAO) | Jason Pearsall (Club Caddie)
Hear from the founders of the new crypto-based LinksDAO (1:15 - 47:45) during their recent appearance on Golf Business LIVE with NGCOA CEO Jay Karen and Secretary of the PGA of America Don Rea. Jim Daily and Adam Besvinick discuss crypto’s unmistakable emergence in the golf industry, and share plans for how their “DAO” club membership model would function in this digital concept… and what owners and operators should know going forward.
Then, Jason Pearsall of Club Caddie talks to Michael Williams (48:00 - 1:01:30) on the most recent episode of NGCOA’s brand new series Golf Business LIVE with Michael Williams. Jason and Michael dive into all things technology and spotlight how golf management software is evolving to meet the needs of today's golf facility workforce and their customer’s expectations.
Episode 79: Will Robins (Owner, WRGolf Coaching) | Chris Novak (PGA HOPE)
Hear from renowned golf instructor Will Robins (1:45 - 34:00) during his recent appearance on Golf Business LIVE with NGCOA CEO Jay Karen and Secretary of the PGA of America Don Rea. Find out Will’s take on the current state of golf facility instruction and his vision for future coaching models, which could transform the bottom line at your club.
Then, Chris Novak of PGA HOPE talks to Michael Williams (34:00 - 45:30) on the most recent episode of NGCOA’s brand new series Golf Business LIVE with Michael Williams. Chris shares incredible and inspiring stories surrounding PGA HOPE, what it means for our nation's Veterans, and how course owners and operators can play a crucial role in this program.
Episode 78: Golf Business Conference Sponsors: Tony Schaffer, President, HALO DAS ; Ken Reynolds, VP Sales and Marketing, aboutGOLF
In this House Chat segment, Tony Schaffer, President, HALO DAS discusses HALO DAS wireless solutions to take your facility to the next level when it comes to operational efficiency and the delivery of outstanding customer experiences. Today’s staffing challenges and customer expectations demand innovative solutions and HALO DAS delivers.
In this House Chat segment, Ken Reynolds, VP of Sales and Marketing, aboutGOLF, and Golf Business Conference 2022 sponsors, discusses aboutGOLF gaming and simulation systems and their mission to connect golfers with others and to make golf available … anytime, anywhere, and by anyone ... because together is better for the future of golf.
Episode 77: Owners Allison George, Toad Valley Golf Course, Iowa and Rock Lucas, Charwood Golf Club, South Carolina; Ben Vainer, Founder & CEO, Tee Commerce
In this Owner to Owner segment, Allison George, Toad Valley Golf Course, Iowa and Rock Lucas, Charwood Golf Club, South Carolina talk about labor challenges at golf courses, creative solutions, and how they are working to support high demand, and their view towards 2022.
In this Inside Golf Business segment, Ben Vainer, Founder & CEO of Tee Commerce, will share with owners the financial benefits of e-commerce and an online pro-shop, including zero financial risk to maintain shop inventory. How do you compete and win in an evolving market where customers are shopping from home? Tune in and learn how!
As a course owner, one of my favorite things about this industry is the collaborative nature of other operators and professionals in the golf biz. Great podcast. I am so glad I found this!!! I’ve listened to almost all of the episodes over the past month. Useful info- and reminds me that we are in this together!