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 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

Golf Industry / June 29, 2017
Why golf coaches should care about collegiate club golf

Why golf coaches should care about collegiate club golf

By Kris Hart

Club golf NCCGA helping students

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As a college golf coach, your main priority is building the best team possible to win golf tournaments and championships. Since the number of roster spots on college golf teams continues to decline and the demands of a college golf coach continue to increase, don’t waste your team speaking with students who cannot immediately benefit your golf program. Leading students to club golf, through the NCCGA (National Collegiate Club Golf Association), can be beneficial to you for a number of reasons:

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Golf Industry / June 19, 2017
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday becomes Nextgengolf’s 2nd National Partner

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday becomes Nextgengolf’s 2nd National Partner

By Kris Hart

As many of you have seen Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday joined Srixon / Cleveland Golf as the 2nd National Partner of Nextgengolf. The Nextgengolf staff and our players are very excited about the partnership and cannot thank the MBGH team for their commitment to the game. As part of the Nextgengolf community, what does this mean to you?

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Topics: sponsor myrtle beach

Golf Industry / April 4, 2017
Hiring for Golf Courses - 3 Underappreciated, Important Employees

Hiring for Golf Courses - 3 Underappreciated, Important Employees

By Kris Hart

Hiring great employees is crucial for the success of any business. For those of us in the golf industry, and more specifically managers at a golf course, hiring entry level landscapers is just as important as hiring a fantastic PGA Professional. If you are a PGA Professional, Golf Course Owner, Club Manager, or in a position hiring for golf courses, focusing on hiring great people for the below 3 undeappreciated positions can make or break the success of your business.

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Topics: Golf Course

Golf Industry / February 17, 2017
The Best Jerky Has Ties to Golf

The Best Jerky Has Ties to Golf

By Kris Hart

Did you know your favorite jerky has deep ties to golf? In 2016, Nextgengolf added Chef’s Cut Real Jerky as a partner of our organization. The reviews were overwhelming and conclusive: The players loved it the new golf snack.

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Topics: golf snacks Chef's Cut

Golf Industry / January 30, 2017
6 of Our Favorite Golf Shirts

6 of Our Favorite Golf Shirts

By Kris Hart

Over the last few years, we have seen some awesome golf t-shirts with unique messages that are funny, patriotic, or enlightening. We thought sharing a few of our favorite golf shirts would be something of interest to those of you looking to get some fresh golf swag before the 2017 golf season kicks off at the Sony Open.

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Topics: Golf Fashion

Golf Industry / October 6, 2016
5 Reasons Why Club Golf Teams Should Have a Golf Coach

5 Reasons Why Club Golf Teams Should Have a Golf Coach

By Kris Hart

One of the best parts about being a club golfer is that the students call the shots. It is a difficult job being a Club President, especially for those large golf clubs on campus like the University of Delaware which has over 125 players in the club! As a NCCGA Club President, I would encourage you to think about having a golf coach for your team this fall. Since some of the most successful teams in the NCCGA have golf coaches, I thought it would be worthwhile to highlight 5 reasons why your team should consider getting a coach.

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Topics: Club Golf

Golf Industry / August 24, 2016
4 tips for PGA Professionals to grow golf at a local college campus

4 tips for PGA Professionals to grow golf at a local college campus

By Kris Hart

If you are a PGA Professional looking to grow your business at a local college or university, below highlights 4 simple tips which can help you grow your golf lesson business and gain revenue for your golf course.

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Topics: pga professional

Golf Industry / August 10, 2016
5 websites offering free golf marketing advice

5 websites offering free golf marketing advice

By Kris Hart

As a golf course owner or PGA Professional, wouldn’t it be nice to get some free golf marketing advice versus having to hire the National Golf Foundation or a large consulting company to come into your business and help you understand your customers?

As the CEO of Nextgengolf, a golf entrepreneur and one of those “millennial golfers”, I’m offering some free advice to anyone affiliated with a golf course. Some people would charge you to run a “study” about your customers, but why not hear it from the horse’s mouth for free. Below are 5 websites that provide real time, quality, customer feedback for you and your business. Let me know if the below free advice for golf professionals is helpful for your golf business.

Download more marketing guides for your golf course

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Topics: Golf course marketing

Golf Industry / June 23, 2016
4 Careers in Golf You've Never Thought About

4 Careers in Golf You've Never Thought About

By Kris Hart

Are you thinking about working in the golf industry? If you are planning to have a full time career in golf, the most likely scenario would be as a PGA golf professional at a local country club. There are 29,000 PGA Professionals in the world and becoming a PGA Professional is a great opportunity for anyone looking to work in the golf industry. If you are not looking to go pro on tour or become a golf professional at a local golf course, below highlights 4 careers in golf you probably have never thought about (but might want to).

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Topics: Golf Careers

Golf Industry / May 11, 2016
10 tips for PGA Pros looking to attract millennial golfers

10 tips for PGA Pros looking to attract millennial golfers

By Kris Hart

It is not surprising the millennial generation is playing less golf than their parents were 20 years ago given factors out of the control of the golf industry such as hours in the day and technology usage. At Nextgengolf, we get requests from PGA Professionals every day asking how to best attract millennial golfers to their facilities. For those of you interested in getting more players to your facility, here are 10 tips which can help you attract millennial golfers and keep them coming back.

Resources for PGA Professionals

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Topics: Millennial Golf pga professional