Local Golf Courses Band Together

3/5/2013 -

Local Golf Courses Band Together
Greater Portland Golf Association offers deals and variety for area golfers


PORTLAND, Maine – Citing a national trend by occasional golfers who like to play different golf courses, four courses in Greater Portland, Val Halla Golf Course (Cumberland), Riverside Golf Course (Portland), Nonesuch Golf Course (Scarborough) and Dunegrass Golf Course (Old Orchard Beach), have banded together to form the Greater Portland Golf Association (gPGAme). Each course was built in a different era and offers a unique experience to the occasional golfer or golfer looking to try something new and different this season.

Starting this weekend at the Portland Golf Expo, golfers can purchase gPGAme multi-play passes (five, ten and fifteen play; and both 9-hole and 18-hole options) to use at the four difference courses. The association will also offer other benefits including member club reciprocals, handicapping services through GHIN and single play discounts. Setting this association apart from other multi-course products is the weekly Friday night scrambles and monthly gPGAme tournaments. Both the scrambles and tournaments will rotate between the four courses and not compete with existing course scrambles and/or tournaments.

“Most of our residents work in Downtown Portland so the Greater Portland Golf Association provides access to public golf within 20-25 minutes of getting out of work,” says Brian Bickford, Director of Golf at Val Halla. “You will be able to go to one website and know whether the course you want to play is busy or not.”

“We want to provide access to golf in Greater Portland and make it easy to book a tee time,” says Dan Hourihan, owner of Nonesuch and Dunegrass. “By running Friday night scrambles and a small tournament series, golfers will have the opportunity to play all of the courses over the course of the summer.”

In a joint presentation to both Boards of the Riverside Golf Association and the Val Halla Golf Association, there was unanimous agreement that this will engage the “occasional golfer” who likes to play multiple golf courses.

“The more we engage occasional golfers the more likely they will become regular golfers. The pass has also received praise and support from the National Golf Foundation,” says Sally Deluca, Director of Recreation and new division head overseeing the operations of Riverside Golf Course.

“Offering the same products over and over and expecting a different result is just not the way to run a business in these times. We have a real opportunity to embrace change and grow business at our courses together!”

For more information, visit gPGAme.us or stop by the gPGAme booth at the Portland Golf Expo on March 9th and 10th.

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