Spring 2018 Tee-Off Times

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Golf Course of the Year Award Having a beautiful golf course is not all it takes to earn the distinction of Golf Course of the Year. The MGCA Course of the Year Award honors a member meeting four criteria: exceptional quality of the course; exceptional quality of ownership and management; outstanding contribution to its community; and significant contribution to the game. The MAJESTIC AT LAKE WALDEN is a 27 hole Jerry Matthews design located on some of the most beautiful property in Michigan. “Majestic” is truly a great description for this course. Matthews and Mother Nature have indeed ensured that you will want to come back time after time. It’s a championship golf course open to the public in 1994, set in a Northern Michigan environment - less than 1 hour from downtown Detroit. Breathtaking views and abundant

Managing partner Bill Fountain is flanked by golf director Steve Tannar and superintendent Justin Peckens.

partner and developer at The Majestic. When you go to extremes it’s legitimate to use words like “extraordinary” and “exemplary” when describing your experience at the Majestic. Operating partner Bill Fountain, along with golf professional Steve Tannar and superintendent Justin Peckens lead a team dedicated to their community. “Give them a little sugar” is one of the mantras of Bill Fountain. The main word here is “give” and the team at the Majestic finds themselves giving back to the community in many, many unique ways. Fundraisers for the community, the Michigan Golf League Championship, golf balls falling from the sky from helicopters, turkeys being traded for golf rounds, whatever it takes the Majestic gives to the community, the Association and the customer. No other business gives back to the community the way golf does and the Majestic is a leader in this regard. The Majestic is the Michigan Golf Course Association’s Golf Course of the Year.

The Majestic staff, owners and families joined together to celebrate.

wildlife can be found amongst mature hardwoods, meadows and land surrounding Lake Walden. “We try to do things for our guests that are unexpected and out of the ordinary,” said the late John Dodge,

The Orca Report: Power in Numbers

Providing Golf Course Operators with Business Boosting Performance Data A lot has changed since the “tee sheet” was actually made of paper. Mike Loustalot and his team have spent the better part of 30 years paving a digital path for modern tee sheets, point-of-sale and tee time marketing systems. They also helped create the model, technology, and sales and marketing strategies that became GolfNow.com. Now they have turned their penchant for innovation into a commitment to becoming the leading provider of trusted and validated data for golf course owners and operators with The Orca Report.

“Every golf course operator needs to know that pricing decisions are being made based on fact, not fiction,” said Loustalot. “The best way to do this is by comparisons based on trusted data collected electronically and validated from the tee sheet.” Similar to the hotel industry’s STAR Report, The ORCA Report produces a series of detailed reports driven from individual golf course data to use as a management tool. The reports rely on four Key Performance Indicators, an acronym of Continued on page 18




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