Ground Under Repair Discusses Golf Course Management

A gem of a course in Pennsylvania serves as our example


Remember when golf courses suddenly started opening up pretty much everywhere in the 1990s?  Notice how a number of them don’t exist anymore?  Running a golf course after golf’s Tiger-related boom can be tricky, and the courses that turned out better for it have become mainstays of the hobby golfer’s life.

Olde Homestead Golf Club in Pennsylvania is one such new classic.  Opened in 1994, OHGC is off the beaten path (roughly a half hour’s drive from Allentown) but it’s become a destination for the golf community of the eastern part of Pennsylvania.

To that end, I talked this week to Justin Smith, Olde Homestead’s general manager, about the course’s history and how it has managed to come out on the other end from the crowded market of seventeen years ago.  We also discuss the course’s superb sporting academy and its focus on junior golfers, as well as the importance of using future generations to grow the game.

As his is a course that has a par three ninth hole that finishes right in front of their clubhouse’s patio, we briefly touch on how even the hobbyist can be thrown off by the presence of a “gallery” of sorts.  The mental aspect of golf impacts us all, not just professionals.

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Tim Williams has been Sports Talk Florida's National Baseball Columnist since December of 2015. As a member of the STF team, Tim has written about Major League Baseball, the 2016 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament, the 2016 Olympic Games, the Ryder Cup, and Florida Gators Football. Tim has been covering sports since his days at Northeastern University's WRBB student radio, where he announced baseball and football as well as contributing to the coverage of Huskies Hockey, most notably the 2005 and 2006 Beanpot Tournaments. Since, he has written about a number of sports for a number of outlets, including Sports Talk Florida and the American Sports Network. Based in Boston but a Florida native, Tim Williams has a fan's perspective that goes beyond New England. In addition to his columns, you can hear this in The Pickup Game podcast that he has hosted since the Autumn of 2016. When he isn't writing about sports, he can often be seen on golf courses around Massachusetts.