The Accelerate Golf Podcast
Ever wondered how scratch golfers got to that level of play? And why you are still stuck shooting in the 80s? Or been curious about the economics of your local club? Or that of hosting a tournament?
Welcome to the Accelerate Golf podcast, where we explore different aspects of the golf industry by simply talking to people and listening to their stories so that you – the listener – can understand the business of and the opportunities within this beautiful game. We speak with club professionals, general managers and other industry professionals to understand the business of golf.
The golf we watch on TV is simply not relatable for 99% of golfers out there. Why not learn from someone who not too long ago was in the same boat as you are in now? Really good amateur golfers who figured out how to break par consistently despite having jobs and families and not being able to work on their games on a daily basis. How do they reach and maintain that level of play? We speak with club champions from around the world on their journey from good to great.
Meet Chris Watson, a four time club champion playing out of the Tashua Knolls Golf Course in Trumbull, Connecticut. Walk with him on his golf journey from junior golf to the New Canaan High School team to Division 3 golf at Bethany College, West Virginia. Hear about his attempt to get on the PGA Tour and how he rekindled his love for golf. Learn to play each hole from the green back, how to own your swing, and stay competitive by sharpening your short game. Understand the importance of consistency and staying balanced, and how to enjoy the game with family and friends.
Marc Bayram, the Head Golf Professional at Timberlin Golf Club in Berlin Connecticut, takes us behind the scenes on how he manages the golf operations at a busy public golf course. Walk along his golf journey from high school to college golf to becoming a Class A PGA professional, discussing the challenges he overcame on the way to becoming the 2020 PGA Connecticut Section Teacher of the Year. Learn how the business of golf works, including working with the town government, the importance of good mentors, and how to grow the game of golf through youth and adult programs. Above all, hear how Marc’s love of the game served as a beacon throughout his career and how he still works hard to improve his own game!