Maumee golf facility named to top 50 listWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
The Golf Range Association of America (GRAA) has named The Golf Performance Institute of Toledo (The Golf PIT) a Top 50 Range in the Stand Alone Facility category of its annual awards.
Fifty winners were also named in three other categories: Public Facility, Private Facility and Growth of the Game Teaching Professional. The full list of winners will be announced in January.
The owners of The Golf PIT, David Graf and Jim McGurk, have more than 20 years of experience in golf instruction. They recently finished a complete renovation of the facilities at the old Maumee SportsMall Driving Range with the aim to provide a first-class practice facility for golfers of all skill levels. The grand opening was Dec. 1.
Graf said he and McGurk are humbled and excited to receive this award from the GRAA.
“This is a great honor for any golf facility to be recognized as one of the very best in your field,” Graf said. “For The Golf PIT and our staff, this is especially meaningful and validates that our vision of developing a ‘world class’ practice facility in Northwest Ohio is not only possible but can be achieved.”
The owners believe that for golfers to reach their maximum ability they need improvement in six areas.
- Properly fitted equipment
- Top instruction
- Year-round practice facility
- Proper fitness
- Mental focus
- A retail experience to answer all equipment questions and options
To that end, the new owners of The Golf PIT installed new mats, improved the indoor hitting areas and added a fully stocked pro shop, Titleist Performance Fitness facility, expert club repair and even a sports psychologist on staff.
“The Golf PIT is dedicated to bringing the ‘private club’ experience as it relates to personalized service and perceived quality to a public practice facility,” Graf said. “By making a significant investment in the practice facility — new range balls, improved grass tees, new artificial grass mats, new heaters for the hitting bays — along with offering tour-quality club fitting, club repair and golf instruction, we feel that we have the finest facility in the Midwest to improve anyone’s golf game. One of The Golf PIT’s main objectives is to grow the game by offering affordable practice and instruction to all levels of players.”
The GRAA has been promoting improved golf range practices and helping golf ranges grow business for more than 20 years. It hosts four national golf trade conferences annually and co-manages Demo Day at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., every January. Its mission is to help golf range facilities increase their revenues, make golf entertaining and help grow the game of golf.
The Golf PIT is committed to be the leading golf practice facility in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan for the occasional and serious golfer alike.