The Ranch Country Club’s widely respected head golf pro Ed Oldham recently attended the PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit and the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. Here are some of the highlights he shared:
Days 1-2: The Teaching and Coaching Summit is an event that takes place every other year and features two full days of presentations by some of the game’s top teachers. The presentations that I liked were from Mike Adams, James Sieckmann, Cameron McCormick and Dr. Bhrett McCabe. Learn more about all of the presenters here.
Day 3: I attended the PGA Demo Day, which is held each year at Orange County National Golf Course. Orange County National in nearby Winter Garden, Fla. The club’s 360-degree driving range was surrounded by golf vendors. I checked out some fun goods and services, including a “golf bike” — a bicycle designed to be ridden on a golf course. There was also the Golf Board — a skateboard-like vehicle. Here’s a fun video from Golf Board:
I also attended a golf-swing clinic led by PGA pro and two-time Masters Champion Bubba Watson. It was fun to watch him hit shots in person. I ended the day with an educational seminar organized by some of the brightest minds in golf today, including the legendary Tiger Woods’ coach, Chris Como. For a sense of Como’s approach to teaching, check out these tips he shared with Golf Digest:
Days 4-5: I headed to the Orange County Convention Center for the PGA Merchandise Show, where I attended more workshops and visited with vendors. The big buzz around the show was Tiger Woods’ announcement that he is switching to TaylorMade golf products — a brand The Ranch Country Club sells in its golf pro shop. Woods’ endorsement still moves needles in golf.
In addition to the opportunities this conference provides to learn about innovation in the golfing goods and services, I greatly benefited from chatting with my peers from around the country. Knowing what they are doing and what works (and doesn’t work) for them and their clients helps ensure The Ranch Country Club remains one of the most desirable golf memberships in metro Denver. I look forward to implementing a few new ideas this year.