So, 2016 has been something in the same way that having the stomach flu and the norovirus at the same time is something.
Santa is listening to a 7-hour mix tape of Duncan Sheik, Joy Division, and Werner Herzog Polka so he’s a bit tied up (he’s also just finished eating 7 Arby’s Beef N’Cheddar sandwiches in one setting after butt-chugging a bottle of Jim Beam). Before Santa passed out while choking on that 7th Beef N’Cheddar he asked me to hand out some gifts to the local golf community. So here we go…
For the Public Courses in Howard County, Santa brought you a comprehensive social media campaign! The Twitter accounts at most Howard County courses are the equivalent of Twitter eggs. The Facebook pages aren’t much better. It’s a great way to engage with your existing players and…wait for it…hopefully find new players! If you haven’t sent out a tweet in over 12 months, what exactly is the point? Not saying you should be posting a dozen times a day, but weather-related updates, specials, or the occasional promotion is exactly what you should be using these tools for! And while you’re at it let’s give that photography a touch up and have something done that looks professional. People are visual. Have recent, relevant and professional photos (and while you’re at it, buy a drone and take some flyover photos of holes).
For Willow Springs Golf Course, Santa got you a new clubhouse. Seems the least he could do what with the old one having burned down. And don’t worry, it’s got a fully stocked pro shop and a grill with local beers on tap. A great option for golfers who want something shorter but still challenging.
For Hobbits Glen Golf Course, it’s a new bridge to replace the one that got damaged in the July storms that damaged downtown Ellicott City! No more backtracking!
Hey there Compass Pointe! For tweeting out cart path only on Christmas Eve (makes sense in the rain), you get an increased maintenance budget! So let’s really make your courses shine. Offer not valid on #1 on the South/West routing. It gets a big lump of coal.
For Waverly Woods Golf Course, Santa got you your very own Pace of Play program! Use this, and watch pace of play improve! Be amazed at on-course marshals enforcing pace of play guidelines and helping groups move along faster. Watch as weekend morning groups complete their rounds in four hours or less! You’ll be shocked when the slow-poke groups get named, shamed and moved along!
For the local area, Santa dug deep and got you an LPGA Tour stop! For a few years the LPGA had an event at Bulle Rock up in Havre De Grace, but that’s no more and the LPGA hasn’t been back in almost a decade. It’s time to end that. Williamsburg, VA and Atlantic City are NOT the DMV so quit trying to pass that off. Between UMD Golf Course, Laurel Hill, TPC Potomac, and Worthington Manor there are several fantastic layouts. Ideally, you’d have an event after the Williamsburg and before the DMV event and then go on to Atlantic City afterwards…so a nice mid-Atlantic swing.
Timbers at Troy…you’ve been naughty more than you’ve been nice of late, but Santa is going to give you karma and plenty of dollars to get your badly-needed bunkers and restoration work done. Let’s hope for a completion date in time for what Santa hopes will be an early start to spring. Golf in Howard County is best when you have everyone working to be the best.
Sligo Creek, Gunpowder, and Patuxent Greens…you get extended leases. Losing Sligo Creek or Gunpowder would hurt a lot of aspirational golfers in the area. Patuxent Greens is a tricky layout; I’d like to make it a point to play it in 2017.
For Renditions Golf course, you’re also getting some money to put into maintenance and signage. Seriously. Your course should be in better shape. Make it happen.
Enjoy some Christmas music (the first few seconds are off- then it gets better), and your holiday. A year-end roast and another Infomercial Review are forthcoming.