Entries by Casey Bourque

John Brown’s PGA Show Recap – Hampton Connect, Mini Launch Monitors & Equipment

We had a great 2019 PGA Show. 

KPI Golf struck an incredible collaboration deal with MG Orender and Hampton Golf to deliver their new Hampton Connect club management software to the market.

John Brown and I go over some of the cool things we did and saw last week at the Show as well. We found some really fun devices making golf more fun. We also got to meet with a ton of equipment vendors and hit all the new stuff. 

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Exactly How Free Golf Lessons Are Helping Golf Courses Win vs. Slumping Demand

John Brown discusses the options that struggling and underperforming golf courses have. The first big misconception is that professional advice and exploratory conversations only come with hard sales pitches for club management contracts. This isn’t the case at all.

Either way, in his 5th decade in the business, John’s always got interesting things to say and value to bring. 

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Options for Underperforming Golf Courses

John Brown discusses the options that struggling and underperforming golf courses have. The first big misconception is that professional advice and exploratory conversations only come with hard sales pitches for club management contracts. This isn’t the case at all.

Either way, in his 5th decade in the business, John’s always got interesting things to say and value to bring. 

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The Good, Bad and the Ugly of Golf Course Ownership

John bought his first golf course at the age of 23. Ever since, he’s been involved with owning and operating golf facilities of all kinds around the country. In this podcast episode, he discusses the great things about club ownership as well as the downside that comes with it. 

Either way, in his 5th decade in the business, John’s always got interesting things to say and value to bring. 

Golf Courses Turning to Tumbleweeds

Now, I know all owners aren’t in it for the best of reasons…and it sounds like this one falls in that category – although I’m only hearing one side of the equation (lots of sour grapes of course). I do know that a golf course turning to tumbleweeds is NEVER the highest and best use of any property. 

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The Big-Time Advantages of Local Synergies Between Golf Courses – Clustering

The advantages for golfers when multiple golf courses team up is obvious. We get more holes to play golf on for our money. What’s really cool is that when one course is closed for business because of a tournament or course maintenance procedure, we’ve got other options. Not only that, golf is just more fun when you have more variety…otherwise it’s just too easy right?

The Business Case for Free Golf Lessons | Keynote at Golf Academy of America

KPI Golf’s Casey Bourque speaks at the Golf Academy of America campus in Orlando about the state of the golf business and why complacent golf courses are going to lose when the economy takes a turn. Radical ideas to attract Gen-Xers and Millennials are required to replace the Baby Boomers who are eventually aging out of the system. It’s a big-time land grab right now that won’t last long. 

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Golf Course Irrigation Expenses Threaten Existence of Private Club

The major elephant in the room was with golf course irrigation: This facility had to buy its water from the city as standard tap water. At the time, the irrigation water expense was $800,000 annually and growing – nearly $2,500 per golfing member. The prospects of survival was not good unless this issue could be resolved soonest.

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Family Oriented Pivot: Research Exposes Underserved Private Golf Market

We understood that the “young professional family” demographic in this particular geographic region had been an underserved private golf market segment. We adjusted accordingly on all fronts – and also very fortunate to be riding a revitalized economy with a general tailwind of growth and prosperity to boost our efforts.