Read the ways Currie Golf Courses continue to grow a strong programming for golfers of all ages.
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General Manager Paul Milholland at Currie Municipal Golf Course in Midland, Michigan takes pride in Currie’s beautiful course conditions and junior programming options.
Question: How many overall participants did we have through your programming? Answer: We hosted a total of 515 participants throughout our different programming options at Currie. 26 of students were enrolled in our adult classes and 175 were involved in either junior camps, The First Tee program, and/or our PGA Junior League. We also held private lessons, which generated $27,889 in revenue.
Q: Summarize your plan for continuing to grow your facility’s programs. A: We’re excited to continue our partnership with The First Tee at Currie because we fully believe in The First Tee’s successful junior program model. We will also continue to host a PGA Junior League, a Drive, Chip and Putt practice program, and a Junior Fun Day during the LPGA Meijer Classic week. At the Junior Fun Day we typically see around 250 participants. Our favorite programs are the Three-Day Junior Camp and the Currie Program. Our Currie Program enables juniors to play organized events on every Monday in the summer.
Q: What are the strengths to your facility and location? What are the challenges that you face? A: Our greatest strength is the size of our facility. Currie has 27 regulation holes, a 9-hole par 3, a 9-hole Foot Golf course, and a driving range. This allows us to host a variety of events and host golfers at all different skill and interest levels.
A challenge we face is the lack of volunteers to help with our programs. We also like to provide clubs to those that don’t have a set but we have a shortage of junior sets.
Q: Why do people come to you and why do they stay? A: Our courses and driving range are in good condition, which stands out to our guests. We pride ourselves on our organized and professionally managed lesson programs. Our staff and volunteers are “junior golfer” friendly, creating a welcoming, relaxed environment to guarantee a fun experience. We even offer all juniors 15 and under, to play the Par 3 for free on weekends. This drives a lot of young golfers to come and continue to play at Currie Golf Courses.
Q: Please share a story of a student (current or former) who has stood out because of their passion for learning and playing the game, personal growth, improvement, tournament success or major achievement such as winning an award, earning a scholarship or becoming a PGA Pro. A: Noah Williams is an 11-year-old who plays at 3:30PM every Wednesday at Currie. Noah was born with a serious heart defect, undergoing multiple surgeries and living with a pacemaker. He calls golf “peaceful” and loves the game for that reason.
While I may be a mentor to Noah, I have also gained a lifelong friend through this courageous boy. Read more about Noah’s story on 9&10 News.
Q: What is your drive to grow the game? What gives you the most joy on a daily basis? A: My love and passion for the game drives me to share that joy with others. My fulfillment comes from watching people enjoy playing, listening to their personal stories and successes, connecting with individuals, and developing their skills.
Q: Why did you choose golf as a career? A: I started playing golf when I was 14 and competed in junior golf and high school tournaments. Afterwards, I worked at local golf facilities and fell in love with the business and customer service aspect. It was then I realized my passion for golf could be my career.