The Community Links White Paper

THE PURPOSE OF THIS PAPER IS TO IDENTIFY HOW TO APPROACH MUNICIPAL GOLF DIFFERENTLY.

Part I: The History of Municipal Golf

Part II: A Failing Model

Part III: Community Links- An Alternative for Success

Part IV: A Community Links Case Study

You may access this free White Paper by clicking here and downloading the pdf. We encourage you to share this resource- we did our best to make it printer friendly!

The Approach

COMMUNITY LINKS™ DOES THE FOLLOWING

1. Generates investment support for the golf course throughout local governments and their constituencies
2. Revitalizes an aging golf facility already in need of improvement
3. Emphasizes new golfer development programs for our communities' youth which instill healthy living, sportsmanship, integrity, and patience
4. Expands facility benefits to increase usage by non-golfers, and explores alternative revenue streams
5. Maximizes the efficient use of water, energy, and fuel

The benefits of a Community Links™ can best be summarized in three equally important parts: social, economic, and environmental.

Social Benefits- Community Links™ emphasizes all members of the community, not just golfers.

‣ Links residents to each other and to the facility, breaking down the traditional view of how a golf course can be utilized.
‣ Creates a strong golfing community on the course and in the clubhouse.
‣ Promotes health and wellness through exercise and "prescriptive" activities.
‣ Promotes nature through walking trails and other non-golfing activities.
‣ Emphasizes youth development and character building.

Economic Benefits- Community Links™ emphasizes bringing in more revenue.‍

‣ Families, kids and beginner golfers will feel more comfortable with unique player friendly options.
‣ More golfers can be brought in by improving the facility to a unique and affordable option in the area, focusing on families, kids and beginner golfers.
‣ New golfers can be brought in by updating practice areas and establishing new player programs.
‣ Non-golfers can be brought in by establishing versatile auxiliary areas/ activities; walking trails, community open space, picnic areas, dog-park near concessions, corporate events, farmers' markets, concerts, weddings, etc.
‣ Advocates cost reduction through sustainable initiatives (see below).

Environmental Benefits- Community Links™ emphasizes responsible use of resources.

‣ Irrigation upgrades save water, energy, money.
‣ Turf reduction where appropriate reduces maintenance costs and saves water, energy, money.
‣ The responsible stewardship of resources sets a good example for the community.
‣ Facility and resource efficient designs set forward thinking examples of doing the right thing.
‍‣ "Fast and Firm" playing conditions that use less water.

Great communal facilities that don't drain the coffers and are environmentally responsible are what all residents want and expect from their city and county amenities. Staples Golf believes Community Links™ does just that!

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