What To Do When You Have A Golf Prodigy In The Family

As a golfing enthusiast, it was expected for me to want one of my kids to fall in love with the sport one day. This way, even when I’m already a senior citizen, I could still play with them. Yes, that was indeed why I brought my eldest daughter to the golf course ever since she was a wee baby.

My friends teased me about it while my wife found it ridiculous, but no one stopped me from doing so. Hence, I bought a set of kiddie golf clubs for my daughter on her third birthday and even hired a pro golfer to teach her on Sundays. Though she was not very enthusiastic about it at first, she learned to love golfing over time. Some days, she would ace her exams and ask me to take her to the golf course as a reward.

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When I talked to her golfing teacher one time, she said, “Mr. Johnson, your child has the potential to be a professional athlete someday. Her swings are already precise, even if our lessons only began not too long ago. With proper training, she could easily beat other golfers at her age.”

When I dreamed of my child loving the same sport that I loved, I did not expect to get a golf prodigy in the family. But I’d be damned if I said I did not like the idea. Luckily, my daughter was into trying golfing professionally, so I discussed our next steps with my wife.

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Take The Child To Golfing Tournaments

The first thing I did was book tickets for all of us for the golfing tournaments happening around the country. After all, though my daughter already saw people play in the club that I was a member of, those were nothing but friendly matches. She had never seen anyone compete for a gold medal or trophy in real life.

When I looked at my child during the match, it was as if we were watching Disney on Ice, and her favorite characters were dancing and singing in front of her. She was in so much awe that only her eyes were moving, following the players’ movements, while her mouth was hanging open.

As soon as we strapped her in the back seat after the game, my daughter asked, “When’s the next match, Dad? I want to watch them again. They’re so cool!” My wife and I couldn’t help but laugh at her enthusiasm and then search for her upcoming tournaments.

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Introduce Her To Young Golfers

Over the summer, the golf teacher invited my daughter to attend a ten-day golfing camp. She said that other young golfers would come to town to learn more about the sport. She also asked other professional golfers who already made a name to come by, inspire the kids, and play with them.

Even if my daughter did not ask for my permission, I would have allowed her to go to this summer camp. I mean, where else could she get an opportunity to bond with aspiring and inspirational golfers at a young age? If she decided to pursue golf as a profession, they could turn into valuable connections for her in the future.

As expected, the summer camp had a positive impact on my kiddo. When we picked her up, she was still bubbling up in the excitement and wanted to know if we would let her train for real. Of course, the answer was a resounding yes.

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Avoid Pressuring Your Kid

You see, no matter how much I wanted my daughter to be a pro golfer, I did not want to push her to become one. We let her go to the summer camp and the other tournaments to figure out if she wanted to lead that kind of life. If she didn’t, that’s okay. If she did, then that’s incredible!

Outside the golf course, we encouraged my kid to try various sports like soccer and baseball. Doing so would help her realize that she had many options and that she did not need to settle with golf alone. And when she followed our advice, she became a friendlier and brighter ball of sunshine.

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Final Thoughts

Having a daughter for a golf prodigy was a thrilling experience. She started competing at the age of 12 and ranked high immediately, considering she was a novice golfer. Although we did not pressure her into it, she started showing interest in playing out of the country someday and possibly representing the United States to different golfing tournaments.

My wife and I could not be happier upon hearing this news. It was not the medals that we were after, no. We were glad to know that our daughter already had an inkling of what she wanted to do in life and how she could achieve it. We could never ask for a better blessing from God.

Is It Safe To Go Golfing? Depends On Where You’re At

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The sport of golf has become a provocative topic during these times, apparently because it is the perfect sport that observes proper social distancing guidelines. In addition, a golf course is also a sports facility – just like a baseball field or a tennis court. Indeed, COVID-19 has affected almost 1.5 million people around the world, as reported by John Hopkins University. In the United States, there are over 430 coronavirus cases and almost 15,000 deaths.

As states in America have gradually debated on the non-essential issue during the pandemic, golf courses have fallen into the confusing category as either being potentially hazardous places or a safe recreational space for people to play in. The outcome is a hustle between golf enthusiasts looking to do some healthy physical activity during this outbreak. Some political leaders have decided to have the golf courses in their cities closed until further notice. Consequently, over 50% of America’s golf facilities have been ordered closed because of the recent pandemic or weather conditions. Facilities that have remained open, on the other hand, claim that it has been tough.

Golfers And The PandemicSo really, do general stay-at-home guidelines apply to avid golfers? Just as there are plenty of things, people, and places during the pandemic, the rules somehow depend on where you are at right now. The outcome is a mixture of guidelines that have pushed golfers to cross boundaries just to sneak a couple of holes. Right now, there are 32 states that allow the playing of golf in the middle of this outbreak, while about one-third of the states consider golf as a non-essential.

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Confusing quarantine and shelter-in-place orders have left a lot of golf players doubtful whether or not their favorite courses would welcome them this year. Many government leaders have not specified which recreational activities they considered essential, which has made the whole thing more uncertain. The governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, elucidated that he gave a no for the opening of the Evergreen State. In New York as well, Governor Andre Cuomo modified the city’s list of essential services to add only parks and other open spaces on it, but not golf courses. The governors from Nevada and Texas have also done the same.

However, there are other states where their leaders’ decisions changed. An article describes how Ned Lamont, Connecticut Governor, first considered golfing as a non-essential but just a few days after changed his decision after the city’s golf association sent an email pleading him to reconsider. Now, the Nutmeg state golfing activities are open and welcome.

Similarly, the officials in Ohio previously stated that golf was not allowed, as it was a non-essential. Days after, the health department at that turned its decision and allowed golf courses to open as long as golfers follow strict social distancing requirements and to comply with the one-person-per-cart rule.

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Despite the turnarounds of some officials, Wisconsin was not one of those cities. The officials were firm in their decision to keep the golf courses in their areas closed for public health and safety. Governor Evers denied the ‘Let Wisconsin Golf’ petition even if the signatures of the petition reached 65,000. And in Florida, one of the cities that are home to the most number of seniors, Governor Ron Desantis agreed to open their golf courses with exceptions to some counties, such as Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade.

In summary, the major areas where golf is permitted to operate include Missouri, Alabama, Colorado, Alaska, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Nebraska, Virginia, Utah, and Wyoming. States, where the game is not currently permitted, are California, Maine, Michigan, Illinois, Nevada, Maryland, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Wisconsin, and Washington.

Classic Golf Books To Read While You’re In Quarantine

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Is it safe to still play golf amidst the pandemic? Yes, with the necessary precautions, you can. But most, if not all, golfers have agreed that the golf course will have to wait. They’ve set up their DIY mini golf grounds in their backyards, basements, and even in their living rooms. The others, though, have called a timeout on playing the game and instead chose to take the advice of some gurus – to read a book or two about golf while they’re stuck at home in quarantine. If you’re an avid golfer and now sitting on your couch with just a few golf shows to watch on television, you might as well get a hold of these classic golf books that you can read while you’re in quarantine.

The Last Stand of Payne Stewart: The Year Golf Changed Forever

Written by Kevin Robbins, this book was published on the 20th anniversary of Payne Stewart’s death. Quite sad, really, but Stewart was an important character and an excellent golf player – he should be remembered and celebrated for his life and his death. The United States Golf Association voted unanimously for this book to be awarded the Herbert Warren Wind Book Award. This is the second book written by Robbins.

Dead Solid PerfectIn these dull and sad months, a little humor is such a blessing. Dan Jenkins has given us that in this classic fiction about the PGA Tour and climaxing with the Open Championship of the USGA on its 87th year at Heavenly Pines. Some language is a bit broad and obscene, and some even incorrect (it is fictional, after all), but it is truly funny no matter many times you read it.

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A Season in Dornoch: Golf and Life in the Scottish Highlands

Lorne Rubenstein stayed in Dornoch village, North Scotland, while writing this book. He was honored to spend time at the famed Royal Dornoch Golf Club, where he wrote his experience of golf and of the people he met, including Don Greenberg, who was a sportswriter. He was also a caddie and a member of the Royal Dornoch.

The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever

Mark Frost, the author of this book, is also part of the team that created the popular television show in the 90s called Twin Peaks. Frost is a golfer himself and has written a total of three books about the sport. This book, on the other hand, talks about a golf match that happened because of Eddie Lowery, a wealthy businessman who used to be a caddie for golf player Francis Quimet in the U.S. Open. He challenged the rest of the expert golfers saying that amateurs Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi, both working for him, can beat any of these expert golfers. The match happened when another rich man took the challenge, bringing his challengers Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan.

To Win and Die in Dixie: The Birth of the Modern Golf Swing and the Mysterious Death of Its Creator

This is an unlikely yet exciting read about the story of a British golf master, J. Douglas Edgar. He visited the United States in 1919 and trained Bobby Jones. J. Douglas won two times at the Canadian Open but lost during the PGA Championship in 1920 against Jock Hutchinson. His golf and his life ended when he was killed in 1921, for mysterious reasons, although much has been said about him having an affair with a married woman.

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A Life Well Played: My Stories

This is a beautiful book with an even more beautiful title written by Arnold Palmer. He writes here with his co-author Dave Shedloski, a contributor at Golf Digest. There are three series in this book, each recounting different aspects – life, golf, and business. Ultimately, the final lesson is something that is worth remembering. Palmer writes that he would love to be recognized as someone who is a caretaker of golf, ‘just the way my father was before me.’

Team Building Through Golf

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Every company regularly conducts team building activities. Some hire a consulting firm to organize their team building events to make it memorable and a source of motivation afterward. But it is usually suggested that you create and organize your team building activity rather than hiring a consulting firm. This is because no consulting firm knows the culture of your company and the personalities of your employees better than you do.

Various sports can be used as team-building activities. Some individuals feel that sports would not be enjoyable as team building because not everybody can be good at sports. However, golf can be a good team-building activity even for individuals who have not played it before.

Organizing A Team Building Activity Using Golf

In organizing golf as a team-building activity, you will need to choose a style of play, choose an excellent area to play, specify the rules and do something that will make the employees feel excited about the team building activity.

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Typically, each team will be composed of individuals who have very different levels of experience and skill in golf. Some may have played a lot of golf, while others may not have played at all. In the office, the employees also have very different levels and sets of skills. This makes golf an excellent and appropriate team building activity. To take into consideration the team members’ varying levels of skill in golf, you could play a type of golf game called the Scramble or the Scramble Stroke. In this type of play, all members of the team would each hit a shot. The team then decides which shot was the best.

Also, team members would each hit a shot from the location of the best shot. And they again decide which shot was the best. They repeat this cycle until the golf ball enters the hole. The number of strokes each team makes is counted. The team with the lowest number of strokes wins. The Scramble or the Scramble Stroke lets each member of the team contribute. Contributing to the team effort is also what you want to foster in your office environment.

Choosing a good location to play golf as a team-building activity is essential. Unfortunately, non-golfers are often unwelcome in several golf courses. So do not conduct your team building activity at the nicest golf course you can find, such as at a country club. There are smaller private golf courses or municipal golf courses where they do not mind non-golfers playing.

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It would be better to choose a golf course with only nine holes rather than one with eighteen holes. Finishing eighteen holes with several teams of many players would take too much time. The golf course should have golf clubs for rent available since some of your employees may not own their own set of golf clubs. It is also a good idea to choose a golf course that has a restaurant or a meeting room where you can give out awards.

They should have fewer rules so that the non-golfers will not have a hard time playing. Each team should have at least one golf player who knows the rules of playing golf as well as the proper etiquette on the golf course.

Using Awards As An Incentive

Awards can make team building activity more exciting and fun. All members of the winning team (as well as the teams in second place and third place) should have identical awards. You can also give awards to individuals such as the person with the longest drive. The golf pro of the course can assist in choosing the individuals to award. You can also give out fun awards, such as the individual wearing the most outlandish attire or the individual with the shortest drive.

2016 Scottsdale Open Tournament: How To Achieve Your Golf Goals

If you’re new to the golf world, you may want to consider trying out on tournaments just like the 2016 Scottsdale Open Tournament so you can enhance your skills and achieve your golf goals!

Open Tournaments

In the 2016 Scottsdale Open Tournament, they started the event by first introducing their veteran players and introducing the newbies as well. In open tournaments like these, it’s critical to keep a keen eye to all the people playing since this is going to help you in observing people’s strategies, meeting the experts, and fully-immersing yourself to the extreme golf experience.

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In golf, it’s essential to have good weather since this will significantly affect how you may do during the game. In an open golf tournament, the event is being opened to all. In this case, anyone can join! If you’re looking for another avenue to improve yourself in your craft, it’s going to be very helpful if you try out for these activities more often.

Newbie Tips

Every champion once had their baby steps, and to get to that level, you have to do your part. With that, here are some few tips on how you can slowly, but surely, achieve your golf goals:

Be Proactive In Taking Lessons

It’s through these lessons that you will get the hang of the sport, and eventually be good at it.

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Purchase Second-Hand

Unlike other sports, in golf, it’s kind of hard to retrieve your ball after hitting it. Since you’re still beginning, try buying second-hand equipment first so you won’t feel bad if you lose a new and original one.

Focus On Yourself

In a golf course, there may be a lot of intimidating people who will be watching you mess up as you practice. But, pro tip: don’t mind them. They’ve all been through where you are, and there’s no need to be pressured by them! You’ll get there, believe me.

Save Up On Energy

If you’re new, you might be shocked to know that one round usually lasts up to 4 hours and counting. With this, it’s important to save up on energy since it’s going to be a long ride until that last hole!

Keep in mind that practice makes perfect. Hope these steps will help you in golf.

10 Reasons To Get Your Kids Into Golf – Part 2

Hello, and we’re back! But before we begin with Part 2, you might want to give Part 1 (10 Reasons To Get Your Kids Into Golf) a read. Otherwise, if you have already read it, continue with this one. Enjoy

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Gold Can Provide Important Life Lessons To Your Child.

Golf, like any other sport, has its own rules that the players should follow. And, having your kids play golf, teaches them to follow the rules at such a young age. They will learn to be honest, unlike professional golf tournaments where it will be broadcasted in TV, co-players are the only people watching your shots.

It promotes the kids to have patience, being a kid and a beginner, they can’t score a shot if they rush it. They need to learn to take one step at a time. Golf teaches them how to be patient, which is a virtue in life. 

Playing sports will teach them that there’s always room for improvement. No one started as an expert; they practice and practice until they have achieved the skill that they aimed for, and that goes the same for golf. 

It Can Also Be A Source Of His College Scholarship.

There are athletics scholarships in every university, and most students are coveted to this one. Being a student on an athletic scholarship benefits from the support system of their administrators, and it broadens their horizons as they play a competition either away or at home.

Because of the broad social circles that they make during college as they represent their university when they compete, athletes find it easy to land a job.  

The skills and traits they developed as athletes might be beneficial in their professional life – teamwork is number one; getting along with their team is the same as getting along with their officemates and colleagues. So encourage your kids to start playing early. The earlier they start, the higher the chances that they will land an athletic scholarship!

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This Is Another Way To Spend Time With Family Especially When Dad, Mom, Brothers, And Sisters Love Golf Too.

Weekdays are for school and working days, and weekends are for family! Playing golf is one of the best ways to spend time with your family and lets you relax. By watching how their parents interact, children will learn how to behave in society.  

Family bonding teaches children the importance and the value of their time as a family together, and friends will not easily influence them.

Spending time with them helps improve communication between family members. It strengthens mutual respect, and less likely tried to hurt each other.

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Golf Is Super Fun!

What could you say to your kids otherwise? Playing golf is fun

Instead of staying at home all day, encourage your kids to have fun in the golf course. They will learn new skills, enhance their communication skills, meet new friends, and relieve some stress from staying at home. It helps them bond with their families, creates healthy habits, and a prelude to a healthy lifestyle. 

Now that you’ve read all the reasons why your kids should start golfing, what are your thoughts about it? The sport does provide many advantages for your child, and it is true – your child’s mental well-being, among many other things, is developed, which is a great thing. It is all around, and parents would love to have a well-rounded child.

10 Reasons To Get Your Kids Into Golf – Part 1

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Golf is a low-impact sport, perfect for kids and those “kids at heart,” alike. In this age of smartphones and computer games, teaching your sons and daughters to play and love Golf is filling them up with self-confidence. It is also about teaching them to socialize with other kids, and camaraderie, and it helps your kids to be physically active

Playing golf benefits your children with their mental health, physical growth, emotional stability, and social skills. With that, here are the ten reasons why your kids should learn to play Golf like right now.

Anyone Can Play Golf, And You Can Start Your Child At An Early Age Too.

One of the best things about Golf is, unlike most of the other sports, it doesn’t require a particular physique or even age. You don’t need to be 6 inches tall or have a bulk of muscles, or running skills. Your child can be two years old, like Tiger Woods, and be interested in Golf. Although, experts in the sport agree that you can start providing your child with formal golf lessons once they step the age of 5. 

There Is Minimal Risk In Playing Golf.

A low-intensity sport is an excellent place for kids to start. It won’t exhaust their small, and still growing bodies, and although low-impact, learning this sport even promotes overall health benefits without overworking yourself. Unlike basketball or other ball games where there is a higher chance of tackling severe injuries or collisions, Golf is a safe sport for kids to play in comparison.

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Golf Courses Provide A Safe And Positive Environment.

Golf is being played outside, in a green lawn with fresh air. Golf courses have a great positive impact, most of them landscaped beautifully, and maintained very thoroughly, allowing players and guests to enjoy the beauty of nature on-site

In Golf, Your Child Can Build Lifelong Friendships.

Since it’s an outdoor sport, you never know who your kids will meet in the field. Meeting new friends face-to-face improves their social ties, and widened their social circles. And it is easy to carry a conversation while you play since Golf can be played at a relaxed pace, you don’t need to run and catch to the other players. 

The Sport Can Prepare Your Child For Business. 

Kids talking about business sounds funny, but Golf teaches them etiquette, as it is an essential part of the game. It shows how the game should be played, so everyone maximizes the enjoyment, and it also teaches your child to respect his fellow players, and the game itself.

Kids will also learn small responsibilities like carrying their equipment, and arriving on time, small habits that can have a huge impact when he grew up in the future.Golf teaches you skills in decision making and strategies, which are essential in business. And many people in business play Golf as a way of bonding with their clients, and closing up business deals!

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It Is Also Time Spent Playing Outdoors.

Spending time outside can function as natural medicine. Instead of sitting in their chair, playing online games throughout the day and night, going out, and play Golf makes your kids appreciate the outside world! It is a perfect exercise for your kids, and at the same time, it helps them develop a healthier lifestyle, and avoid certain diseases while they are young.

So far, six reasons have been mentioned as to why Golf is best for your child. Next week, more reasons will be discussed.

What Golfers Look For In A Golf Course

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Are the expectations of golfers regarding the golf course practical and realistic? Since they see it on TV and have read in magazines about golf courses that are very green with lush grass and well-manicured lawns, golfers tend to believe that the golf courses they go to should also be just as pristine.Unfortunately, maintaining such natural standards in a golf course requires a considerable budget and intensive lawn management. This is often not feasible for many golf clubs. Not only is there a significant financial cost involved, but intensive lawn management can also lead to adverse environmental and social issues if such lawn management is not adequately implemented. This could lead to bad publicity for the golf club.

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With many golf clubs experiencing a decline in their membership, no golf club would want to endure bad publicity. There is a growing awareness of environmental issues among the general public. And legislation has become more stringent with regards to the environment. With such constraints, a limited budget would make intensive lawn management unsustainable or perhaps even impossible to implement.

There Are Several Reasons Why People Play Golf

Some people play golf to enjoy their free time and to have fun. Others play because they want to compete in tournaments, which is a good thing.

For some, they play the sport because they want to be challenged. Those who love to meet people join golf clubs because they want to socialize with others. And some play because they want to be immersed with Mother Nature.

A golf course should be able to meet these needs. It should provide a suitable level of play for the whole year. The playing surfaces should be consistent and fair. Also, the golf course should be challenging for an expert golfer, but at the same time, a beginner golfer should enjoy playing on the golf course as well. It should blend in with the local area’s natural landscape, and the course should provide excellent value concerning the cost of playing on the course versus the quality of conditions provided. The golf course management should also proactively and positively engage with the local community. And the business model should be sustainable for the golf course operator.

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The appearance of the golf course, such as the color of the grass and the characteristics of playing on it, will naturally change as the seasons and the weather conditions change. Golfers should be prepared for these changes. Part of the enjoyment and the challenge of playing golf comes from adjusting to the changing conditions of the golf course.

What is of prime importance in a golf course is fairness and consistency. The conditions that a golfer would encounter in the practice putting green should be the same conditions the golfer would meet in the eighteen greens of the golf course. The R&A states that playing conditions that are dry, fast, firm and true should be what golf clubs aim for because they are sustainable in the long term.

Such conditions provide a playing surface that is resilient and can be played on frequently. They also offer consistency, which rewards good shots. They lessen the need for chemicals and water. This reduces the impact on the environment. And because the cost of managing such conditions is lower, playing on the golf course can be more affordable.

Properly communicating this information to your golf course customers and your golf club members are essential to gain their support. You will have to encourage them to support a sustainable and environment-friendly golf course.

A Worthy Investment: 2014 Orlando Golf Industry Show

Golf, to some, is considered to be the game of the elites. Not everyone gets the chance to play such a prestigious sport. Attending the 2014 Orland Golf Industry Show made me realize how big of an investment it is. Regardless, your expected returns will be all worth it in the end. Here are two valuable lessons I’ve learned in investing in a golf course:

Convenience And Area

When looking for the perfect place to invest in a golf course, you should consider how accessible the area is. These properties should become one’s destination courses. To make sure this happens, it is a great idea to set it up near major transportation stops and routes. Making it easy to return to and allows for weekly and even daily visits from regular customers.

Also check the area for shops, recreational buildings, well-maintained homes and businesses, and other indicators of a healthy neighborhood. Setting up in a community that wouldn’t be attracted to such a sport would only end up as a loss. Make sure the audience of your golf property would be interested in it as well.

Risk And Patience

Investing in a golf course will require some time before you gain good returns. It also needs a considerable amount of courage since the risks will be high. Make sure that before investing, you are mentally ready for the problems you’ll face. These problems would include the availability of the land area, the maintenance and the equipment needed for the golf course.

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Strategic Planning

When investing in a golf course, also consider investing in other properties as well, such as real estate. These include packaging it with family homes, resorts, or hotels. By varying your options, you improve your chances of gaining profits. Most of the biggest investors use this standard method.

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Investing in a golf course will be difficult. With the right planning and enough patience, you will improve your chances in creating a profitable business. If you want to know more, don’t miss the next Orlando Golf Industry Show.