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Quick 9: Quinn Godfrey, PGA of Canada, Head Associate Golf Professional – St. George’s Golf & Country Club

Designed by world-renowned architect Stanley Thompson, St. George’s Golf and Country Club has hosted the Canadian Open six times – 1933, 1949, 1960, 1968, 2010 and 2022.

The championship course in downtown Toronto opened for play in 1929, and over the years there have been several enhancements to the club and course.

Measuring more than 7,000 yards, the Par 72 course finishes with two very taxing par 4s, culminating with a finish on a steep and heavily bunkered green at 18.

Quinn Godfrey, PGA of Canada, the Head Associate Golf Professional at St. George’s, took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with us about his daily routine and running the course.

How would you describe your morning routine to kickstart your day? 

Make a coffee while headed out the door and drive to work. Once I get to the golf club, I try to check in with all staff areas to see how the morning has gone so far. Once I get to my desk, I typically open up my emails, check my daily/weekly calendar and finally open up all my tabs I need for each day. 

This will consist of the tee sheet, Weather Network, and of course, Tagmarshal. 

Has golf always been your first love? 

Growing up in Canada, everyone played hockey. Golf was just something we did in the summers to keep busy. I was the typical golf kid in the summer, and would get dropped off at the golf course each morning and picked up before heading home for dinner.

Tell us about your role at your golf course. Why is it important? 

The Golf Professional’s role at any golf course is important because it’s most often the first and last department you interact with when you get to the course. The Golf Pro’s role is to organize and manage the golf operations team for success.

Why has your course decided to invest in Tagmarshal? 

Like everyone else, we saw a huge increase in rounds since COVID and wanted to better understand how golfers move around our golf course. We have a world-class golf course that is considered one of Stanley Thompson’s best. It can be a challenge for players of all calibers and we wanted to know how long it really takes to play 18-holes. 

After researching a few different companies, our Golf Committee and management team made the unanimous decision to implement Tagmarshal.

Since implementing Tagmarshal, how have your golfers responded to the on-course experience?  

Almost all golfers saw this as a positive for the club. It helps start the conversation on the 1st tee with each group and is a subtle reminder that pace of play is being monitored at the Club. Once the round started, a lot of them forgot they even had the bright green tag on their bag. It allows our shop staff to have easy access to view every group on the golf course.

Describe Tagmarshal in three words.  

Quick, Accurate, Easy 

What is your dream golf destination? Why? 

For anyone outside of Canada, if you haven’t visited Cabot Links or Cabot Cliffs in Nova Scotia, I would highly recommend it. 

However, my personal dream golf destination would be the West Coast, starting in BC and driving south to California, hitting all the great courses along the way.

Your best golf moment? 

3 hole-in-ones so far to my name. One in front of my best golfing buddy and one in front of baseball legend Russell Martin.  

If you could be a caddie on Tour, whose caddie would you like to be and why? 

If you do not answer Tiger Woods to the question, we are not friends. Rory McIlroy would also be pretty cool to see him outdrive guys that are twice his size. 

ABOUT TAGMARSHAL

Tagmarshal, the market leader in on-course optimization technology, provides courses with full, real-time operational oversight and reporting, giving golf operators the tools to manage pace and flow of play effectively, resulting in enhanced player experiences, increased efficiency through automation, and additional revenue generation.

Tagmarshal’s technology has collected over 1 billion data points from more than 30 million rounds of golf and has relationships with in excess of 500 partners, including Hazeltine, Whistling Straits, Baltusrol, Fieldstone, Bandon Dunes, Serenoa and Erin Hills.

Tagmarshal partners with several golf management groups, private, daily fee, public and resort courses, including 35 of the Top 100 US courses, as well as many $30-$50 green fee courses, which are seeing excellent results using the system.

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DRIVER$: Inside the Golf Industry with Jon Last & David Klein

Tagmarshal CEO Bodo Sieber joins Sports & Leisure Research Group’s Jon Last and David Klein, co-hosts of the “Driver$” podcast, to explore how his company’s latest technology seeks to enhance golf facility revenue within a crowded market.

CHAPTERS
(1:30) The origins of Tagmarshal
(3:59) Optimizing the economic engine of golf courses through data   
(7:25) Integration challenges across facility management software  
(10:10) Macro perspectives on deployment of technology at golf facilities

ABOUT TAGMARSHAL

Tagmarshal, the market leader in on-course optimization technology, provides courses with full, real-time operational oversight and reporting, giving golf operators the tools to manage pace and flow of play effectively, resulting in enhanced player experiences, increased efficiency through automation, and additional revenue generation.

Tagmarshal’s technology has collected over 1 billion data points from more than 30 million rounds of golf and has relationships with in excess of 500 partners, including Hazeltine, Whistling Straits, Baltusrol, Fieldstone, Bandon Dunes, Serenoa and Erin Hills.

Tagmarshal partners with several golf management groups, private, daily fee, public and resort courses, including 35 of the Top 100 US courses, as well as many $30-$50 green fee courses, which are seeing excellent results using the system.

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Quick 9: Amanda Cookson, Director of Golf – FireRock Golf Club

Framed by natural grasses and trees and ragged handmade bunkers, FireRock Golf Club flows effortlessly over pastureland and across Savannah grasses and the Oxbow River valley.

Playing 7,183 yards from the tips, the Tom McBroom-designed Par 72 championship course is renowned for its immaculate conditioning, making it one of the most exciting and enjoyable golf courses in Southwestern Ontario.

We spoke with Amanda Cookson, FireRock’s Director of Golf, about her love for the sport and how the course has embraced technology to help enhance the player experience.

How would you describe your morning routine to kickstart your day?

Enjoy a coffee with the morning crew 20 minutes before their shift starts and plan the day based on what groups we are hosting, and catch up on last night’s game.

Has golf always been your first love?

No, I was a varsity basketball player for Laurentian & Western University. However, the golf season merged perfectly with my basketball training schedule during school, so it was a natural career progression into the golf world.

Tell us about your role at your golf course. Why is it important?

As Director of Golf, you handle a little bit of everything – HR, event planning, merchandizing, business operations, planning and forecasting. I personally find it extremely motivating to work with Golf Canada & Golf Ontario when we host high-level championships to deliver to and exceed their high expectations. It is also very rewarding working with not-for-profit organizations to host incredible tournaments to help fundraise for their great causes!

Why has your course decided to invest in Tagmarshal?

Keeping with the times to be at the forefront of the technical side of golf course management.

Since implementing Tagmarshal, how have your golfers responded to the on-course experience?

They appreciate the fact they can have a streamlined approach to golf logistics while having the opportunity to order meals to enhance their experience without slowing down their round.

Describe Tagmarshal in three words.

Efficient, Smooth and Engaging

What is your dream golf destination? Why?

Augusta National – the incredible history!

Your best golf moment?

Hosting Brooke Henderson for the LPGA Qualifier in 2014 while her dad was her caddie. We all knew what a star she was becoming and it was incredible to see her shoot our course record as a very young amateur golfer.

If you could be a caddie on Tour, whose caddie would you like to be and why?

Lexi Thompson – I would love to see her approach to the game and how she can stay so level-headed. But then again, she did turn pro at the age of 15 so by this time in her career she is a seasoned vet! 

ABOUT TAGMARSHAL

Tagmarshal, the market leader in on-course optimization technology, provides courses with full, real-time operational oversight and reporting, giving golf operators the tools to manage pace and flow of play effectively, resulting in enhanced player experiences, increased efficiency through automation, and additional revenue generation.

Tagmarshal’s technology has collected over 1 billion data points from more than 30 million rounds of golf and has relationships with in excess of 500 partners, including Hazeltine, Whistling Straits, Baltusrol, Fieldstone, Bandon Dunes, Serenoa and Erin Hills.

Tagmarshal partners with several golf management groups, private, daily fee, public and resort courses, including 35 of the Top 100 US courses, as well as many $30-$50 green fee courses, which are seeing excellent results using the system.

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Watch: 5 Ways Springhaven uses cutting-edge tech to automate operations and enhance the player experience

 

Topic: 5 Ways Springhaven uses cutting-edge tech to automate operations and enhance the player experience

Expert Guest: Forrest Lederer, Director of Outdoor Operations, Springhaven

Duration: 1 Hour

ABOUT TAGMARSHAL

Tagmarshal, the market leader in on-course optimization technology, provides courses with full, real-time operational oversight and reporting, giving golf operators the tools to manage pace and flow of play effectively, resulting in enhanced player experiences, increased efficiency through automation, and additional revenue generation.

Tagmarshal’s technology has collected over 1 billion data points from more than 30 million rounds of golf and has relationships with in excess of 500 partners, including Hazeltine, Whistling Straits, Baltusrol, Fieldstone, Bandon Dunes, Serenoa and Erin Hills.

Tagmarshal partners with several golf management groups, private, daily fee, public and resort courses, including 35 of the Top 100 US courses, as well as many $30-$50 green fee courses, which are seeing excellent results using the system.

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Webinar On-Demand: 5 Ways Springhaven uses cutting-edge tech to automate operations and enhance the player experience

While you missed our live webinar, “5 Ways Springhaven uses cutting-edge tech to automate operations and enhance the player experience,” here’s some great news – it’s now available to watch on-demand, in your own time!

Expert guest Forrest Lederer, Director of Outdoor Operations, Springhaven, walked us through how the course has automated aspects of on-course management, freeing up resources to create world-class player experiences.

ABOUT TAGMARSHAL

Tagmarshal, the market leader in on-course optimization technology, provides courses with full, real-time operational oversight and reporting, giving golf operators the tools to manage pace and flow of play effectively, resulting in enhanced player experiences, increased efficiency through automation, and additional revenue generation.

Tagmarshal’s technology has collected over 1 billion data points from more than 30 million rounds of golf and has relationships with in excess of 500 partners, including Hazeltine, Whistling Straits, Baltusrol, Fieldstone, Bandon Dunes, Serenoa and Erin Hills.

Tagmarshal partners with several golf management groups, private, daily fee, public and resort courses, including 35 of the Top 100 US courses, as well as many $30-$50 green fee courses, which are seeing excellent results using the system.

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Education Series: How to use tech to attract off-course golfers to your operation

For the first time, according to National Golf Foundation (NGF) research, growth in off-course golf is now higher than in on-course golf. 

Off-course golf – real club, real ball, full-swing driving range or simulator-related – has illustrated the openness of that audience to technology as part of their experience, and their expectation that this extends into the on-course environment.

An estimated 2.5 million (10%) of today’s 25.6 million on-course players “credit their off-course experience(s) for getting them to the golf course,” with around half of on-course golfers agreeing that off-course “reengaged them” with the sport, according to a follow-up NGF study.

It’s clear that an opportunity exists for the industry to capitalize on this, appealing to an engaged and tech-savvy market segment to get them onto the course.

Here are 5 ways you can use technology to attract off-course golfers to your facility and turn them into repeat players.

1. Manage pace and flow of play effectively

Time is a barrier to entry for many off-course golfers who are interested in playing on-course golf.

With optimization technology like Tagmarshal, you can proactively manage pace and flow of play, steadily reducing average round times and addressing potential bottleneck issues before they affect the entire field. 

Knowing they will play their round in a clearly communicated time makes golf more accessible to time-stressed people, like parents or working professionals.

PRO TIP: Encourage ‘ready golf’ and have visible signage that outlines the rules and etiquette around doing so for new players.

2. Embrace player-facing tech

Off-course golf is largely centered around the use of technology and reveals a market segment that is comfortable on this front. Showing that on-course golf is embracing the myriad ways technology benefits players and courses helps with this transition.

When new players see GPS tracking devices in use, or screens around the clubhouse showing real-time pace-tracking measures like Tagmarshal’s Live Map, it reinforces that the golf space is rapidly modernizing.

PRO TIP: On courses using Tagmarshal’s 2Way 8inch screens, players can see to-the-pin yardage, pace of play and other real-time stats, mirroring some of what they’re used to off-course.

3. Allocate specific tee times for newer players

Courses need to balance the desire to attract off-course golfers with the importance of pace of play, given that 74% of players list pace as a top 3 factor impacting their experience.

To mitigate this, offer new players the opportunity to tee off later in the day when their pace won’t impact the rest of the field as much.

You can also offer shorter formats, like 9-hole rounds late in the afternoon, to encourage new players who may not want to (or are unable to) commit to a full round.

PRO TIP: Advise new players on which tees they should play from, to speed up pace and increase their enjoyment.

4. Upskill and empower your player assistants with data

USGA research shows that negative interactions with player assistants have the potential to derail a player’s enjoyment of their round.

Off-course players are used to having data and statistics readily available as part of their experience. If you can give your player assistants access to objective data, such as real-time pace updates on where each group is relative to your round goal time, new golfers are likely to respond well to their feedback, rather than the exchange adversely affecting their round.

PRO TIP: Train your player assistants to offer encouragement and advice wherever possible, creating a less intimidating environment for new golfers.

5. Get feedback to drive improvement

Embrace technology to elicit feedback from first-time on-course players, finding out which areas they enjoy and where they feel you could improve.

Companies like Players 1st, a customer experience management platform, will help you get rapid, quantifiable insight from those transferring to on-course golf.

If you listen to player feedback and adapt services to their needs, they will reward you with loyalty.

PRO TIP: Tagmarshal acts as a central hub for integrations, combining multiple data sets that all drive improvement, with player feedback as one such example.

CONCLUSION

Golf courses have been gifted an opportunity to attract an already engaged audience, with interest in taking up the sport five times higher among those with off-course experience than those without.

The conversion rate is steadily growing and the NGF estimates that two-thirds of those who have just taken up on-course golf have prior off-course experience 

By embracing the use of technology at your course, you can help attract first-time players and turn them into repeat players who remain loyal to your facility.

ABOUT TAGMARSHAL

Tagmarshal, the market leader in on-course optimization technology, provides courses with full, real-time operational oversight and reporting, giving golf operators the tools to manage pace and flow of play effectively, resulting in enhanced player experiences, increased efficiency through automation, and additional revenue generation.

Tagmarshal’s technology has collected over 1 billion data points from more than 30 million rounds of golf and has relationships with in excess of 500 partners, including Hazeltine, Whistling Straits, Baltusrol, Fieldstone, Bandon Dunes, Serenoa and Erin Hills.

Tagmarshal partners with several golf management groups, private, daily fee, public and resort courses, including 35 of the Top 100 US courses, as well as many $30-$50 green fee courses, which are seeing excellent results using the system.

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