Time to catch up as we move into the fall season. 2014 has been a busy year for Spirit Golf and we have lots of good news to share.
Earlier this year, we began an agreement with Warminster’s Five Pond Golf Club to provide a Professional Golf Management contract.
In July, we successfully opened the new J.R. Smith Learning Center for the Monmouth Ocean First Tee Chapter. The construction began in September of 2013 and we were all very pleased to see the three hole course located in Ocean County Park open on time for the summer sessions.
In August, we also signed an agreement with Mill Race Golf and Camping Resort. We are very pleased to be working with the Williams’ family to continue the wonderful traditions they have created the past 30+ years.
We are also pleased to announce two new additions to our executive team in 2014. Frank Draper took the position of Director of Business Development in March of this year. Frank has been an advisor and involved in the golf industry for over 15 years. Most recently Ron Stepanek was hired to head up our Southern Regional Office out of Palm Beach County Florida. Ron will be Spirit Golf’s new Director of Player Development. Ron most recently was Director of Player Development for 10 years for the PGA of America. We are excited to have both gentlemens’ vast expertise in the game and business of golf as part of our team.
Spirit Golf’s facilities also had some wonderful accolades in 2014.
- Both Five Ponds and Makefield Highlands Golf Clubs were named the Best of Bucks by Bucks County Courier Times Newspapers.
- Our team won four PGA Awards in 2014. Bob Doria , Public Merchandiser of the Year ( Bob’s second) and Ed Gibson, Player Development Award for the Philadelphia PGA Section. Mike Attara won both the Player Development ( Mike’s Sixth) and the Patriot Award for the New Jersey PGA Section.
- Makefield Highlands Golf Club won the Top 50 Best Driving Range (Public Golf Course) in the Country.
- Makefield Highlands Golf Club is also being honored as the 2014-2015 Club of the Year by the Pennsylvania Golf Course Owners’ Association.
It has been a terrific year and we are most excited by the number of rounds played at our facilities and the great conditions our golfers have come to expect. Our programming and instructional activities continue to grow at each of our facilities and we look forward to keeping the activities and fun going through the fall season.