Why Attending Big Golf Events Matters To Club Members
In a recent Q & A, Shawn Cox, director of Golf at The Grand Golf Club at Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego, California, talks about the benefits of attending major golf events like the Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup, The Masters, Open Championship, U.S. Open and PGA Championship.
How does attending major golf events impact your members?
Major Championships are events to remember for a lifetime. They’re like weddings and graduations where you recall who you shared the experience with for the rest of your life.
Can attending a major golf event inspire your members to improve their golf game, renew enthusiasm and take more lessons?
Anytime you see 50,000 people so pumped up to watch golf, it gives you the itch to get back to the course and lower your handicap.
If you (the pro) accompany members to the major golf event, what benefits do you get from socializing with them away from the confines of your club and golf course?
It’s fun to be the expert on some of the lesser know players competing as well as guide the members to some of the best vantage points to watch the play.
When you have traveled to play golf with a group, what elements of the trip were beneficial to you?
It’s all about relationships. There isn’t a better place to form them than on the golf course.
Other attributes of attending a major golf event include:
–Golf’s superstars compete in the biggest events so its an opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with just about every marquee player.
— It’s the ideal vacation experience that combines being part of a world-wide event and making new friends.
— The chance to feel the buzz around the driving range, practice putting green and practice rounds.
— An opportunity to combine attending the event with playing nearby great golf courses.
— A pre-organized, escorted event trip is ideal for beginning golfers and those who don’t have the time or inclination to urge enough friends to take the trip.