Michigan Golf News |
February 2, 2007 - Vol. 7, No. 5
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AMERICA'S VALUE GOLF DESTINATION
THINK SPRING: THE OSPREY COLLECTION OF FINE COURSES
******* SHOW TIME *******
LONDON GOLF SHOW - FEBRUARY 9-11
MICHIGAN GOLF SHOW-MARCH 10-12
Edited by Art McCafferty-Producer/Publisher, GLSP
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WMGS BIGGER AND BETTER
³Golfers will find everything they need here to get the most of out of their games,² said Show Manager Carolyn Alt. ³And they won¹t even need a tee-time.²
Highlights of the West Michigan Golf Show, produced by ShowSpan Inc:
With over 250 booths of golf destinations, golf equipment and merchandise, golfers will get a jump start on the upcoming season and their vacations plans. The top courses and resorts from throughout the state and the U.S. will be represented as will a host of retailers offering the newest clubs, balls, bags, apparel and accessories at the best prices.
Headliner and Equipment Guru Frank Thomas, Technical Advisor for Golf Digest as well as The Golf Channel, will speak Saturday on a variety of topics including: Is Today¹s Technology Really Farther and Straighter?; What¹s in Your Bag?; and Your Game and Future Technology.
On stage Friday and Saturday will be two-time Michigan PGA Teacher of the Year Dave Kendall, of the Kendall Academy at the Miles of Golf center in Ann Arbor. Kendall is a teacher to some of the best players in the state.
The first 100 people entering the Show each day will receive a free sleeve of Srixon Softfeel golf balls.
Show patrons will be able to have their picture taken with the famed Wanamaker Trophy presented to the winner of the PGA Championship, won last year by Tiger Woods at Medinah. The Wanamaker Trophy will be on display as part of an exhibit by the 2008 PGA Championship to be held at Oakland Hills, Bloomfield Hills, MI.
The ever popular Par-3 Challenge will test golfers with an indoor, fully landscaped golf hole, courtesy of Everett¹s Landscaping and Southwest Greens. With qualifying shots all weekend benefiting Big Brothers/Big Sisters, one lucky finalist on Sunday will take a crack at holing an ace and earning $25,000 in cash.
The Lake Express $10,000 Putting Challenge is back as a Show favorite where putters try to sink a 15-foot & a 25-foot putt to qualify for one chance at canning a 50-foot putt and winning ten grand. And with proceeds supporting local charity
Friday night is also ³Ladies Night² filled with special events, seminars and giveaways just for women, including the 2nd annual Executive Women¹s Golf Association Fashion Show presenting 60 golf outfits from some of the top apparel names in the industry. Free gifts to the first 100 women at the show.
For more information, call 1-800-328-6550
Marquette County Golf with Marc Gilmore, Frank Guastella, Mike Beckman and Peter Allen This past fall, we had the opportunity to visit Marquette County and sample some of their golf inventory, namely, Greywalls and Chocolay Downs. Other courses that are included in their golf packages are Gentz's Homestead Golf Course, Red Fox Run and Wawonowin CC http://www.marquettecountry.org/recreation_golfing.php We also recommend the excellent Landmark Inn for lodginghttp://www.thelandmarkinn.com/
Our reporters for the show are Mike Beckman and Peter Allen and their guests are Marc Gilmore of the new Greywall GC and Frank Guastella of Red Fox Run. We also take the viewer for a little tour of Marquette, the Upper Peninsula's largest city.
Golf-lovers can now replace the blank screen in their home with this beautiful image collection of great golf courses from the renowned golf classic by James W. Finegan, ³Where Golf is Great.² Also included in this collection are maps of Scotland and Ireland with course locations, insightful descriptions of these courses, and an ambient music soundtrack to accompany this hour-long, continuous presentation of imagery.
The 16.7% increase in rounds for December pushed up the year-to-date figure to 0.8%. So calendar year 2006 rounds were up nearly one percent from 2005. The Southeast finished the year with the largest increase (4.5%) followed by Central/South Florida (3.4%). The Southwest was down more than any other region (-1.1%).
Rounds Played, 2006 vs. 2005 Source: NGF/Allied Golf Associations
Preliminary reports show that overall attendance increased by more than 3 percent to 45,019 -- compared to 43,549 in 2006.
Meanwhile, the influential PGA Professional and buyer attendance figures increased significantly as well -- by a projected 14 percent year-over-year. Final independent audited attendance reports will be available in six weeks.
Golf's market leaders, such as Callaway Golf, TaylorMade Golf, the Titleist Performance Institute, Srixon, Nike Golf, adidas, Cutter & Buck, MacGregor, Ahead, Ashworth, Tehama, Gear For Sports, Bridgestone, the Greg Norman Collection and more were among 1,250 exhibitors within 520,000 net square-feet of interactive exhibit space.
Taken from a PGA release.
In releasing the data, NGF said it was not an alarming occurrence, but a confluence of events openings returning to more normal levels and weaker facilities being culled.
In the late 1980s, the number of openings was about 100 per year. There followed a wave of increased construction in the 1990s that peaked in 2000 with nearly 400 openings. Since then the wave has subsided to near historic levels.
The culling of courses is not viewed as a negative by NGF. The organization expects overall course supply to stop expanding in the absence of increases in demand. It is primarily the weaker courses that are closing and, in many cases, owners who sell are profiting from long-term real estate appreciation. Finally, a better quality overall golf supply means a better quality experience for players.
NGF recorded a 56 percent jump in the number of closures between 2005 and 2006, from 93.5 to 146. These 146 closures represent about 1 percent of the total supply of golf courses in the U.S. Closures were primarily public (97 percent). They were disproportionately short courses (executive and par-3) 20 percent were short courses vs. 8 percent of total facilities. And, they were disproportionately stand-alone 9-holers, 46 percent vs. 28 percent of total facilities. Closures were predominately values courses; with nearly half having peak green fees under $25. Closures occurred in 39 of 50 states.
Taken and edited from a NGF release.
Sports clichés provide a kind of shorthand, according to Dr. Powell, author of Best Sports Clichés Ever, available at http://www.BestSportsCliches.com. They communicate ideas quickly and clearly. In business, they are used to compliment, reprimand, motivate, and set goals.
"We have a love/hate relationship with clichés. Although we complain about them, we are enamored with them. That's because they always seem to fit. Quite frankly, in some ways we can't live without sports clichés," says Powell.
Dr. Powell thinks there's something very comforting about clichés. We have heard them since we were young, so they bring back pleasant memories of watching games with our mom or dad.
Powell has compiled the top 10 sports clichés used in business.
1. He's a team player.
Taken and edited from a press release fromWendy Fiorentino
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