Ed Schmidt Jr., publisher,
The Golf Travel Guru Blog
Music on the course. With the advancement of Bluetooth technology and directional speakers, music on the golf course
is becoming more acceptable, especially
for fun-oriented group outings. Music puts
everyone in a good mood and provides an
incentive to some non-golfers—who might
think golf is boring—to give it a try.
Expanded food and beverage choices.
More healthy choices like turkey burgers
and lower-sodium hot dogs are increas-
ingly offered as well as innovative chef-in-
spired selections appealing to all age
groups. Craft beers and creative, original
cocktails by a mixologist are popular with
More emphasis on
Planners are encouraging more non-golfers
to get involved so they
don’t miss out on the
networking and socialization opportunities.
They can participate in
a variety of ways such
as taking pictures for
social media, serving as
bartenders on the tees
or being a forecaddie for
Shorter events. Three-hole, six-hole and
nine-hole tournaments that can be played
in less than two hours are increasingly popular. These days, it’s difficult to block out six
hours for an 18-hole round of golf so planners are coming up with events to shorten,
but not diminish the golf experience.
Entertainment golf. It’s a great way for
people who love golf and novices who are
intimidated by golf to enjoy the game to-
gether. Topgolf and Drive Shack are night-
club-style complexes with
large, arcade-like, lighted
targets and restaurant and
full bars serving cocktails
and craft beers.
Use the course technol-ogy. Some golf resorts
are really going all out
with technology options,
and planners should take
advantage. You can tie into
all of the existing screens
Golf resorts are staying in the game for the next generation by offering innovative new ways to play and other features. Incorporating the latest echnology, moving away from traditional play
and even taking the game off the course are among the
trends leading the way. We spoke to three golf experts to
get their take on what’s hot for 2019.
BY KATE CRIPE
ED SCHMIDT JR.
Elevating tech, teambuilders, F&B and other aspects of the game