Exciting year coming to a close
The focus of this issue is family. Truly, the backbone on any club, anywhere.
Since the Great Recession, clubs throughout the Philadelphia area have made a concerted effort to include the entire family in all activities, from golf to swimming to tennis to fitness.
Although times proved trying back then, the industry as a whole has emerged on the other side with a fresh take as it pertains to life at the club.
I, for one, believe the industry is in a much more stable place with families taking advantage of the many services of our dynamic Member Clubs.
The Family Matters section provides examples of what area facilities are doing to welcome mom, dad and kids. Some ideas are tried and true, but some are truly unique and may inspire your club’s next program.
I’ve said it before, and will restate here again, if you play one more round of golf or share one more family dinner at your club, the game will continue to ‘matter.’
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It’s been a banner year for tournament participation on all levels.
More than 4,000 entries were processed this year for individual tournaments. Another 5,382 players took part in the BMW GAP Team Matches. By year’s end, the Association will conduct 11 Member Play Days, with the field averaging more than 100 players each. Our other programs, such as the Parent/Child League and Winter Series have also fielded strong numbers.
We at the Golf Association of Philadelphia want to thank you for taking time to support the game’s growth in the region. We are humbled by your ongoing endorsement of the organization’s activities.
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We are winding down Year 1 of our partnership with the Delaware Valley BMW Centers – proud presenters of the BMW GAP Team Matches and BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship.
As a result of our growing relationship, Executive Director Mark Peterson, Vice President T. Quinn Spitzer and I were invited to the BMW Championship Pro.-Am. at Conway Farms outside Chicago, Ill.
It was held the Tuesday of the Championship. Mark had the opportunity to play and was fortunate enough to be paired with Major winner Jason Day. Quinn and I observed from inside the ropes. What a thrill.