Adapting to a new generation of golfers

Kris Hart

Kris Hart is the CEO of Co-Founder of Nextgengolf. A former varsity golfer, Kris has a passion for helping college students and young adults stay involved in the game of golf. Kris is a graduate of Bryant University.

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Golf Industry / May 13, 2019
Best golf apps for avid golfers

Best golf apps for avid golfers

By Kris Hart

If you are an avid golfer like me, finding golf apps that can help your game or entertain you while not distracting you on the course or drain your battery can be a challenge. Personally, if I am playing a competitive stroke play round, I like to leave my phone in the car to avoid calls and other distractions which can hurt my game. There are so many golf apps on the market these days but wanted to highlight a few of the best apps for avid golfers and the app features which I like most.
  • Golfshot – Course Flyover Feature – Being one of the most comprehensive GPS apps on the market, Golfshot provides some pretty impressive course flyover maps which can help golfers to see the hole, and to also view any penalty areas or bunkers that can affect your shots. If I'm mapping out a new course for a competitive round of golf, this app gives me a better insight on the course since most golf course websites may just have some small pictures of the holes without good features.
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Golf Industry / February 22, 2019
Golf industry leaders and how they impact the game

Golf industry leaders and how they impact the game

By Kris Hart

A colleague of mine at Nextgengolf said that before he started working here, he had no idea who does what in golf. This colleague is an avid golfer who grew up around the game but interesting enough, he did not know much about golf’s governing bodies and what they really do. I asked a few friends if they knew what the USGA, PGA, and CMAA did, and they had mixed answers. I thought it would be helpful to create a simple guide to golf’s most important associations and governing bodies so golf consumers can better understand the sport and what each organization does. Please note that the list below is not comprehensive, and each organization does more than what is described.

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Golf Industry / January 29, 2019
5 places to find awesome golf art

5 places to find awesome golf art

By Kris Hart

Considering I have zero artistic talent to paint a picture and I know nothing about art, finding and understanding golf art is certainly a challenge. Although golf memorabilia is appealing to me, my wife would never allow me to put up a picture of Arnold Palmer or Tiger Woods in our home. Over the holidays I spent some time looking for some really cool pieces and came up with 5 places that offer awesome golf art. Be sure to check out these cool golf art sites. Enjoy!

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Golf Industry / November 12, 2018
A list of every golf podcast

A list of every golf podcast

By Kris Hart

 

Photo Credit: Matt Adams Fairways of Life Golf Show

Are you a golf enthusiast looking for a good podcast? I was looking for a new golf podcast the other day and could not believe how many of them exist. Given Nextgengolf does not have a podcast, I thought it would be a good idea to highlight all the different golf podcasts so you can find a good one that is right for you. We break up podcasts into 5 categories including Professional Tours, Game Improvement, Junior Golf, Fantasy Golf, and Entertainment. Podcasts are certainly growing in popularity given there are 40 golf podcasts on this list! If we are missing any, please let us know
(info@nextgengolf.org) so we can update the list. The names on these lists are in no particular order. Happy listening!

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Golf Industry / November 6, 2018
Eight of the coolest golf tee markers

Eight of the coolest golf tee markers

By Kris Hart

Want your golf tournament or golf course to stand out from the crowd? Get some cool tee markers that everyone will want to take a picture. Be different than the standard blue, white, and red. Below highlights eight really cool golf tee markers we found that leave a lasting impression.

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Golf Industry / October 23, 2018
Networking - Why golf is a top networking tool

Networking - Why golf is a top networking tool

By Kris Hart

Golfers love to talk about golf, and it’s often described as an addiction or a passion. It’s no secret that golf is a very popular sport in America, especially in business communities. No matter what industry you are in, there is a good chance your company or management at the company are involved with the game of golf in some fashion. If you are looking for a secret weapon to networking, golf networking is the way to go. Here’s why:

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Golf Industry / September 12, 2018
11 signs of a good golfer

11 signs of a good golfer

By Kris Hart

As a former caddie for 12 years you see all kinds of golfers on the course. It’s always scary when you get a loop for a new person and don’t have any idea what type of golfer they are. Between playing golf for 20 years and experiences as a caddie, there are typically some themes on the course which suggest someone might be a good golfer. If you are new to the game, want to determine if the person you are paired up with is any good or if you just want to look good on the course, below highlights 11 tell tale signs that someone is a good golfer.

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Golf Industry / August 3, 2018
Dell Technologies Championship: Labor Day in Boston

Dell Technologies Championship: Labor Day in Boston

By Kris Hart

Whether or not you are a golfer, attending a PGA Tour golf tournament is a must do for everyone. With so many options on Labor Day, I thought I would highlight why going to the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston this September is a great idea for any family looking for a fun and different activity.

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Golf Industry / June 16, 2018
10 signs of a bad golfer

10 signs of a bad golfer

By Kris Hart

For those of you new to golf or avid players that might be living under a rock, below are 10 signs of a bad golfer. Please note that these are just our opinions and someone who is a great golfer could fall into one of these categories. Just look at sign #10: A PGA Tour player follows this habit and he is an awesome golfer.

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Golf Industry / May 9, 2018
Golf jobs: 15 different jobs at a golf course

Golf jobs: 15 different jobs at a golf course

By Kris Hart

Looking for a golf job? Working in golf does have it benefits such as above average wages and complimentary playing privileges at the course! Despite the benefits, you need to consider some of the disadvantages such as working on weekends, waking up early, and providing excellent customer service to the members/patrons at a golf course at all times. The great news overall is that there are many options for part time, full time, and careers in golf if you are looking to getting a golf job.

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Golf Industry / May 7, 2018
5 tips for patrons at their first Masters

5 tips for patrons at their first Masters

By Kris Hart

Well, on my 20th anniversary of being a fan of golf, I attended my first Masters tournament in Augusta, GA. I feel very fortunate to have attended the event and experienced the tournament on Wednesday and Thursday of Masters week.

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Golf Industry / March 19, 2018
Millennial golf apparel - 5 reasons why Haus of Grey is one of the best

Millennial golf apparel - 5 reasons why Haus of Grey is one of the best

By Kris Hart

 

If you are part of the Nextgengolf community you may not be familiar with the name Haus of Grey. Big brands in golf such as Nike, Under Armour, and Travis Matthew are common in golf apparel, but did you know there are hundreds of golf apparel companies? Even though Haus of Grey may not be a household name to the common golfer, I am going to explain why Haus is the new official apparel partner for Nextgengolf and one of the best millennial golf apparel brands out there.

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Golf Industry / November 2, 2017
College Golf Combines provides an opportunity for students to get noticed by college coaches

College Golf Combines provides an opportunity for students to get noticed by college coaches

By Kris Hart

 

Although we hate to lose NCCGA players, every year a number of collegiate club golfers perform well enough to earn a spot on a varsity college golf team.  It’s not easy, but it all starts with getting noticed by a varsity college golf coach. We congratulate those students and are happy to say the NCCGA helped them achieve their dreams. Just look at how Cory Stamper, a Clemson Club Golferbecame a varsity athlete in 2014. If you are playing club golf in hopes of making a varsity team someday, you may be able to walk-on at your current university. However, it's more common that students will transfer to a different school that is seeking talent for their varsity golf team.

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Golf Industry / September 25, 2017
Have you heard of Sticks for Kids?

Have you heard of Sticks for Kids?

By Kris Hart

 

At Nextgengolf, we love hearing about great youth golf organizations growing the game. There are a number of great junior golf organizations out there, but we recently learned about a golf program called Sticks For Kids which provides underprivileged youths free golf clubs and the opportunity learn the game in a meaningful way. Sticks For Kids is run by the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) which is one of golf’s governing bodies that many of us probably did not know exists. Learn more about the GCBAA and their programming below.

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Golf Industry / August 25, 2017
Dell Technologies Championship– 4 best spots to watch on the course

Dell Technologies Championship– 4 best spots to watch on the course

By Kris Hart

 

Navigating golf courses for PGA Tour events is often difficult, especially if you are a first timer going to the tournament. If you're heading out to the Dell Technologies Championship Labor Day weekend, consider watching from one of the 4 best places to view at TPC Boston. 

The Front Nine

Hole 2 green and Hole 3 Tee box

The 2nd hole at TPC Boston is a reachable par 5 with a large pond protecting the green. Spectators will cheer if a player hits the green in two shots and boo if a player finds the water; making for an exciting hole. While waiting for players to clear the green on the 2nd hole, check out the tee shots on the long and difficult par 3, 3rd hole.

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Topics: Dell Technologies Championship