Ak-Chin South­ern Dunes Golf Club Wins Player De­vel­op­ment Award From NGCOA

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SCOTTS­DALE, AZ – Ak-Chin South­ern Dunes Golf Club was awarded the pres­ti­gious 2017 Player De­vel­op­ment Award from the Na­tional Golf Course Owner’s As­so­ci­a­tion at this week’s NGCOA Golf Busi­ness Con­fer­ence in Or­lando, Fla.

The Player De­vel­op­ment Award rec­og­nizes the NGCOA mem­ber who through­out the year has im­ple­mented the most suc­cess­ful player de­vel­op­ment pro­gram, pro­vid­ing ef­fec­tive re­turn-on-in­vest­ment and an over­all wel­com­ing at­mos­phere for new and re­turn­ing golfers of all ages. Ac­cord­ing to the NGCOA, the re­cip­i­ent of this award must be well rounded in of­fer­ing pro­grams that en­cour­age non-golfers to come to the course, new golfers to come back to the course and be­gin­ning golfers to raise their level of play to core golfer.

“We are so proud and ex­cited to win this na­tional award,” said Brady Wil­son, gen­eral man­ager, Ak-Chin South­ern Dunes Golf Club. “Our teach­ing pro­fes­sional, Ben Meidl, is at the heart of this award for all of his ef­forts with our player de­vel­op­ment pro­grams. In ad­di­tion, our cur­rent and past head golf pro­fes­sion­als have all con­trib­uted and spent count­less hours to grow the game and de­velop new golfers.”

Ak-Chin South­ern Dunes, a Troon­man­aged fa­cil­ity, of­fers a multi-faceted ap­proach that at­tracts new golfers of all ages, gen­ders and de­mo­graph­ics. Ak-Chin South­ern Dunes has de­vel­oped pro­grams that are specif­i­cally tai­lored to the au­di­ence, in­clud­ing ladies clin­ics, ju­nior clin­ics and new golfer in­struc­tion and so­cial out­ings.

To as­sist in at­tract­ing new golfers, Ak-Chin South­ern Dunes cre­ated a “con­vert­ible” driv­ing range. The fa­cil­ity serves as a tra­di­tional driv­ing range dur­ing the day, but once the twi­light hours hit, the range con­verts into a six-hole par three short course. The club named the course #miniDunes to ap­peal to a younger au­di­ence, while also in­creas­ing so­cial me­dia aware­ness.

“#mini Dunes is our lab­o­ra­tory to grow the game,” added Wil­son. “We use the fa­cil­ity to in­tro­duce new golfers, young and old, to the game of golf.”

The club also en­gages the Ak-Chin In­dian Com­mu­nity and brings in women, ju­niors, and en­cour­ages new golfers from the Com­mu­nity to learn the game. Af­ter school pro­gram­ming tar­gets the Ak-Chin youth and in­cludes van trans­fers to/from school, com­pli­men­tary in­struc­tion, play on #miniDunes, com­pli­men­tary use of clubs and fun ac­tiv­i­ties mixed in such as SNAG golf games, wa­ter balloon fights, and “bunker jump­ing.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on Ak-Chin South­ern Dunes Golf Club, call 480-367-8949 or visit www.akchin­south­ern­dunes.com.

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