Gas or Electric?

October 31, 2015

One of the more interesting debates we’ve had in Managing Golf Facility Operations with PGA Professional Warren Pitman is whether to invest in gas or electric golf carts. Leasing vs. purchasing is another argument altogether, but if you lease, the company you’re leasing from is responsible for routine maintenance and repairs, there’s no capital expense, and the lease payments are tax deductible. Plus, you get to replace your fleet every 3-5…


The 10-Minute Stretching Routine Every Golfer Should Do

October 30, 2015

Golf is a lifetime sport, and it should be. But the activities we do and the positions we put our bodies into for an extended period of time at work or at school leave us susceptible to some nagging injuries that can pop-up out on the golf course or at the driving range. There are things we do in our everyday lives that cause pain and discomfort before we ever pick up a golf club….


Guest Speaker: Leisure World Director of Golf Visits GAA

October 28, 2015

One of the benefits of attending the Golf Academy of America is that the school has a great reputation in the golf industry. It’s also extraordinarily well-connected, and it’s not uncommon for GAA instructors to invite industry professionals to speak to different classes on various issues. For example, Todd Sones, who was recently named one of Golf Digest‘s 50 Best Teachers in America, is on the school’s national advisory board and will be…


Five New Irons Turning Heads

October 27, 2015

Even those who aren’t golf equipment fanatics will admit that it’s an incredibly vibrant industry-within-an-industry. Each week, there seems to be new woods, wedges, putters, or irons coming out of Carlsbad, California, Phoenix, Arizona, and everywhere steel, titanium and tungsten are cast and forged. The Golf Academy of America tries to stay on top of all the cutting-edge equipment, but Spring and Summer of 2015 were particularly interesting if you found yourself in the market…


USGA Releases 2016 Edition of Rules of Golf

October 26, 2015

The R&A and the United States Golf Association today announced the publication of the 2016 edition of the Rules of Golf that takes effect on Jan. 1, 2016. The new Rules book is the culmination of the normal four-year review cycle and is a collaborative work by The R&A and the USGA that applies worldwide to all golfers. Among the most significant of the changes in the 2016 edition of the…


The Golf Academy’s Favorite Training Aids

October 25, 2015

The Golf Academy of America has five campuses nationwide: Arizona, Dallas, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, and San Diego. They are home not only to experienced staff and faculty but to some of the latest golf technology. The equipment is used to improve the playing abilities of the student body and to educate students on the golf swing so that they in turn can pass their expertise along to others. From simple…


Golf Academy Gives Back

October 24, 2015

One of the things I like most about attending the Golf Academy of America Phoenix is the number of volunteer opportunities available to students from one semester to the next. This morning, 20 GAA students volunteered their time to help caddie for kids at the Gettin’ In the Game Junior National Championship (JNC) at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler. We got to wear real caddie bibs with the player’s names on…


Golf Academy Club Teams Ranked in Top 15

October 23, 2015

If you don’t think there’s any good golf being played at the Golf Academies of America, think again! The fall tournament season sure has been an exciting one. After big wins in regional tournaments for the National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA), four Golf Academy of America club golf teams have been ranked among the best in the nation. The NCCGA has released its 2015 Fall Rankings. Of the more than…