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Master Course Management in Golf: 15 Proven Tips to Elevate Your Game

Want to know the secret behind lowering your golf scores? It’s not just about perfecting your swing—it’s also about mastering course management in golf. Making smart decisions on the course can change the game. This article cuts straight to the chase, offering 15 proven tips to help you navigate the course with savvy, from essential shot strategies to club selections that could shave strokes off your round. Ready to play smarter?

Dave Vanslette

February 24, 2024

Assessing the Minimum Wage Increase and Impact on Labor Savings in Golf: A Cost-Benefit Analysis

Navigating the effects of minimum wage increase and the impact it has on labor savings in golf is a key challenge for the golf industry. This article provides a straightforward analysis of how these changes impact labor savings in golf and examines the methods facilities are adopting to maintain economic stability. With a focus on real-world impacts and actionable insights, we aim to illuminate the path forward for course owners and superintendents adjusting to new wage realities.

Dave Vanslette

February 17, 2024
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Stride & Swing: The Top Benefits of Walking Golf Courses Explored

Dave Vanslette

January 20, 2024
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7 Tips to Reduce Turf Damage Using a Golf Cart GPS Tracker and Golf Cart GPS

Golf cart tracking, golf cart GPS, and geofencing solutions have become more of a necessity given the increase in golf rounds over the past few years and the associated turf compaction.

Dave Vanslette

January 26, 2022
September 27, 2023
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How long does it take to play golf? 10 findings from the data.

The distinction between "How long does it take to play golf" and "how long is a round of golf" are important to understand.

Lou Riccio

February 9, 2021
September 27, 2023
Pace of play guru, Dr. Lou Riccio

The Problem of Pace of Play Management Defined

Why do people play golf? It’s because of many wonderful things including the exercise, the fresh air, the competition, the camaraderie, and the club associations.

Lou Riccio

January 16, 2021
September 27, 2023
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Why I Started a Tech Company in the Golf Industry Which has been Neglected by Tech

I’ve had many different jobs over the years. Growing up on Long Island’s North Shore, I spent a lot of time on golf courses and landscaping at homes or estates. This part of Long Island is largely known as the “Gold Coast” due to the wealth which benefited a kid like me who was ambitious and lacked resources.

Dave Vanslette

December 17, 2019
October 12, 2023

Is Pace of Play the Real Issue for Golfers? (Hint: NO)

Pace of Play has been, and continues to be, a widely discussed issue in golf for at least the past 25 years.A USGA Survey highlights that 74% of players say pace of play is critical to their golf experience.Asking people if they care about pace of play is like asking how important price is to your buying decision — nearly everyone would like a product to be cheaper!In an American society where the average amount of leisure time per weekend day is 1 hour 57 minutes, any time waiting for anything would be viewed as an issue.

Dave Vanslette

October 28, 2019
October 12, 2023

2 Takeaways From 2018’s Golfdom Summit

2018 was the first time we had committed ourselves to an ‘event’ like the Golfdom Summit and thought that documenting our experience was valuable. Prior to committing to the Summit that year in 2018, the FAIRWAYiQ team decided that we needed to adopt a few principles in order to meet Golf’s operators where they were at; and in turn, we would listen to the market and develop a product that would help them manage their labor and equipment more efficiently.

Dave Vanslette

December 22, 2020
September 27, 2023
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Golf Cart GPS & Pace of Play – Part 1: Factory Physics

What is behind slow pace of play in golf? Here is a look into the structure of a golf course and what mechanisms produce its pace outputs.

Dave Vanslette

January 5, 2021
September 27, 2023

Golf Professionals and Superintendents: Partnership

The relationship dynamics between golf operations and maintenance are similar to those seen in most any other industry where different departments work on separate and sometimes conflicting goals.

Dave Vanslette

December 17, 2019
October 12, 2023

Management Tips For Golf Superintendents From 49ers Coach Bill Walsh

It is no secret to those in the golf business, that one of the biggest problems for superintendents is labor. This is no small issue since over 50% of maintenance budgets are devoted to labor!

Dave Vanslette

December 22, 2020
September 27, 2023
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Golf Cart GPS and Tee Time Intervals - Can they be Used to Improve Pace of Play?

Optimized tee time intervals are a critical piece in maintaining a fluid pace on a golf course - or a good pace of play. In our article on Factory Physics - Part 1, a golf course is a factory that produces rounds of golf played by golfers.

Dave Vanslette

December 21, 2020
September 27, 2023

Can Bluetooth change maintenance operations?

Our mission at FAIRWAYiQ, for maintenance, is to limit the amount of unnecessary data entry by Superintendents. What we were missing in 2019 was the ability to accurately know, with precision, which people operated certain equipment units and vehicles on 2nd and 3rd tasks. The FAIRWAYiQ partnership with taskTracker (Advanced Scoreboard), while still growing and integrated in our 2020 plan, was limited in 2019. It was limited primarily in knowing who operated the 2nd and 3rd tasks during the day. The uncertainty in 2nd and 3rd tasks would sometimes require Superintendents to add extra data components. It was something we found to be, quite frankly, unacceptable.

Dave Vanslette

February 21, 2020
September 27, 2023

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