Dear Golf Industry Professional
I’m not sure what triggered it but the topic of pace-of-play and its deleterious effect on golf participation and frequency has gotten renewed press. The treatment that we’ve read has covered the gamut from reasoned to ridiculous so we felt obligated to weigh in with our analysis along with a respected operator’s perspective on how they’re dealing with it and what they’ve learned over multiple years of “applied” best practice (vs. Pellucid and others’ theoretical best practice). Click below to find out whether the optimal round is 4 or 4 1/2 hours (we can definitively agree that it’s not 5+):
In addition, the June issue covers the following topics in our inimitable “edutainment” style:
Contributing Editor Stuart Lindsay sheds light on the increasingly inconvenient truth that your customer is no longer your own. Through various technology tools and the increasing ability to compile and homogenize disparate info (i.e. a computer’s IP address to an identifiable email or retargeting based on web-browsing cookies and location information), the behavior and identity of your customer is increasingly available through 3rd parties for a price. It’s now “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” time.
Contributing Writer Harvey Silverman looks into a recent media rant by a random GolfWorld (Golf Digest) contributor opining that, even for people of moderate means, “Golf costs too much.” It kind of reminds us of that old annoying TV commercial with Robert Haft of Crown books sitting atop a pile of books whining “Books cost too much.” Click on the above to get Harvey’s rebuttal to Brad Zimmerlis’ assertion that golf could fix all its ills if it just discounted more.
Plus the monthly Industry Scorecard (the only integrated scorecard of multi-source performance indicators) including the May weather impact results (ugly) and the April YtD Utilization (down, rounds up but well short of the much-better weather). We also chart the monthly timeseries for the year of Golf Playable Hours and Utilization while our Market Focus continues working down through our updated Top 25 scorecard with the 5th healthiest major US golf market, New York, NY. Rounding out the issue, our Comings & Goings section catalogues, classifies and comments on 11 activities during the past month and the big news of Discovery’s purchase of Golf Digest for a fraction of the previous transaction value. Did they still overpay? We’ll find out in the upcoming years.
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