The Pellucid Perspective - March 2018 - 8

PHOTO BY JOHN RAULLI

GOLF COURSE
OPERATIONS

Gleneagles operator turns course
into life changer
By Jim Dunlap

PHOTO BY JOHN RAULLI

E

very realtor knows that the secret to a project's success
is location, location, location. For many years, as the
McLaren Park neighborhood of San Francisco decayed

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around him, Gleneagles Golf Course proprietor Tom Hsieh
lamented the downside of that real estate mantra. Then, the
ever resourceful Hsieh hit upon an ideal way to turn his struggling 9-hole course into a community resource with the potential to both change lives for the better and attract attention
- and golfers - to the Gleneagles site.
Today, the long history of deferred maintenance on the
course is being swept away in a flurry of activity courtesy of
students at the Mario De La Torre Pre-Apprenticeship Training Academy which is located on the Gleneagles property. The
course has become a hub of community involvement, both for
those individuals seeking a trade and for residents or visitors
ready for a round of golf or perhaps some FootGolf or Disc
Golf, both of which have layouts on the property. Hsieh is
firmly convinced that not only has the Training Academy provided free labor and positive public relations for the course,
but that the Gleneagles model may well become a guidepost
for other struggling urban courses.
"We had to reimagine ourselves as a community resource,"
March 2018



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Pellucid Perspective - March 2018

TOC
More munis embrace golf “rationalization”
Unlikely owner rescues course from closure
Toptracer bringing revenue within range
Gleneagles operator turns course into life changer
February golf weather impact: Double-digit decline continues
hilly course operators not flying high
Slow play no cause for no play
The Pellucid Perspective - March 2018 - TOC
The Pellucid Perspective - March 2018 - More munis embrace golf “rationalization”
The Pellucid Perspective - March 2018 - 3
The Pellucid Perspective - March 2018 - 4
The Pellucid Perspective - March 2018 - Unlikely owner rescues course from closure
The Pellucid Perspective - March 2018 - Toptracer bringing revenue within range
The Pellucid Perspective - March 2018 - 7
The Pellucid Perspective - March 2018 - Gleneagles operator turns course into life changer
The Pellucid Perspective - March 2018 - 9
The Pellucid Perspective - March 2018 - 10
The Pellucid Perspective - March 2018 - February golf weather impact: Double-digit decline continues
The Pellucid Perspective - March 2018 - 12
The Pellucid Perspective - March 2018 - 13
The Pellucid Perspective - March 2018 - hilly course operators not flying high
The Pellucid Perspective - March 2018 - 15
The Pellucid Perspective - March 2018 - Slow play no cause for no play
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