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said Hsieh, who has been the
course's leaseholder since 2004.
"We had to broaden our appeal to
non-golf activities and realize that
will be our future. We see courses
in our area closing, and we're losing lots of low cost access points
to golf. We didn't want to be one
of those statistics."
While the Academy trainees are providing both a positive
vibe and a willing labor force
to improve course conditions
and rounds are hovering around
17,000 annually, it has been a
hard road for Hsieh and his little
course.
"We were easy to overlook, one
of the forgotten neighborhoods of
San Francisco," Hsieh said. "In 1979, the city said 'We're done'
and a golfer named Eric Delambert took it over and ran it
for 24 years. When he retired, I was the sole bidder. They said
'You're not ideal, but we'll give you a ground lease.' That was in
2004, my first year in the golf industry.
"The first four years, rounds were declining, and then in

2008 we had the national recession, which wasn't good for
golf," Hsieh continued. "Then in 2010, six of our 10 greens
died a sudden death. Fortunately Thomas Bastis of Cal Club
Greens drew up a quick plan and a budget to resurface all 10
greens in eight weeks. We went to bentgrass, the first one in
our area to do that, and replaced all our old pushup greens.

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...are the ones
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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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