Golf Industry Customer Service Not Up to Par

November 13, 2015

A common topic of conversation in our classes at the Golf Academy of America is customer service and specifically, as it relates to the golf industry. I can tell you this: the Golf Academy of America Phoenix Campus 3rd Semester Graduating Class of April 2016 doesn’t think the customer service in the golf industry is all that great. At one time or another, just about every single one of us has recounted a…

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Why Vitamin D Is the Most Important Dietary Supplement

November 12, 2015

In my opinion, the last two weeks of Anatomy, Exercise and Bio-mechanics with Dr. Jordan Mackner have been the two most interesting weeks of the semester so far. We’ve been talking about nutrition, and Dr. J says one of the most important supplements a person can take is Vitamin D. A common misconception is that Vitamin D is a vitamin. It’s actually a hormone, and every cell in our bodies has…

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Guest Speaker: USGA Rules Official Visits Golf Academy

November 11, 2015

Today was a special day at the Golf Academy. Dr. Robin Farran, the USGA Rules Official who usually teaches Advanced Rules of Golf, paid our Advanced Rules class a visit. Dr. Farran has taught Advanced Rules at the Academy for several years now, but an illness that put him in the hospital for several weeks forced him to miss this semester. In his unofficial welcome back Wednesday, this Rules official was back in…

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Todd Sones: The Art of Golf Instruction

November 10, 2015

This week, short game guru Todd Sones is making his annual campus visit to the Golf Academy of America Phoenix. Todd serves on the Golf Academy National Advisory Board and visits all five campuses at some point during the year. Todd is one of the main reasons why I decided to attend the Golf Academy. I had the good fortune of being able to take a lesson from him outside Chicago in…

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Rules of Golf Officiating

November 9, 2015

If you’re like me, the Rules of Golf really come alive when you can go out onto the golf course and see the different scenarios for yourself. I believe that’s the thinking behind the Advanced Rules of Golf officiating assignment we all have to take this semester. In addition to serving as Rules Officials for at least one of our Monday tournaments, we also have to take (and pass) an on-course assignment. PGA…

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Golf Facility Operations Field Trip: Ken McDonald

November 6, 2015

In Golf Facility Operations with PGA Professional Warren Pitman, we’re learning how to run a golf course from the inside-out. There are a lot of things happening behind-the-scenes that the customer doesn’t see, whether it’s properly managing the tee sheet or taking stock of inventories. That’s why today’s field trip out to Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe (one of the City’s two municipal courses) was so important. It was a…

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Nutritional Considerations: Inflammation & Pain

November 5, 2015

Today’s Anatomy, Exercise, and Biomechanics lecture was a very eye-opening one. Earlier in the semester, we had asked Dr. Jordan Mackner about nutrition as it relates to athletic performance, and what we got was some “food for thought.” The big thing I learned today: diet is a driver of pain and inflammation in the body and predisposes a person to inflammation. The energy stored in food is measured in terms…

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Arizona Golf Resort

November 5, 2015

Arizona Golf Resort is located in Mesa, right across Power Road from Leisure World. It was designed by Arthur Jack Snyder and opened in 1960. Snyder is credited by the American Society of Golf Course Architects with 47 original designs including Ken McDonald in Tempe and Legend Trail in Scottsdale. This is a resort golf course. There aren’t a lot of hazards on the course – water comes in play on just three holes…

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