Glendenning strongly believes in supporting community and social projects. During the 2014 season Glendenning donated unlimited use of their facilities to the Mt. Pearl Special Olympics Golf Program, conducted a Breast Cancer, and Prostate Cancer fundraisers, where 100% of proceeds went to funding local Breast Cancer research and programs.
Glendenning also continues to be a strong supporter of Golf in Schools and regularly provides access to the Practice Range and Golf Course for a number of schools as a resource for their physical education program. This year we supplied several schools with the equipment required to start a golf program as part of their physical education curriculum.
Membership at Glendenning continues to grow and evolve in 2014. Specific initiatives to grow their membership in underutilized categories was a huge success with Young Adult Membership (Under 30 years old) grew from 30 to 42 members for an increase of 40%. Female Membership grew from 24 to 31 for an increase of 30%. Young Juniors (under age 14) grew from 17 to 28 for an increase of 65%.
Despite the presence of a big box golf retailer, Glendenning achieved the same overall net profits as 2013, which was a record year for the pro shop. The course partnered with an International Software company that specializes in designing Golf Course On-Line Shops. This venture was so successful that Glendenning became the #1 on-line store in their network and because of the success, the Golf Professional (Paul Kelly) was asked to sit on their customer advisory board.
During the 2014 season Glendenning’s Golf Professionals delivered formal instructional programs to approximately 265 children, ranging in ages from 4 to 18. Every one of our Junior Golf Programs was sold out with a waiting list. Glendenning’s FUNdamentals program for kids age 4 to 8 was exceptionally strong with over 80 participants. Glendenning’s Junior Membership was sold out for the 14th year in a row, with over 45 kids receiving instruction and unlimited access to the course seven days a week.
Despite the unusually long and harsh winter, Glendenning was in great shape from opening day, May 9th. This can be largely attributed to the fantastic work Scott Sleep and his crew did all last fall in preparing the course for winter. Members and guests have said week after week all season, that this is the best they’ve ever seen it.
In 2014 Glendenning’s already hugely successful Golf Leagues continue to wow participants. The Wednesday Men’s League had 326 registered participants while the Tuesday Ladies League had 247 regular participants. Every Tuesday and Wednesday from May – September the course and restaurant were filled to capacity with League play. Participants regularly comment that the focus on having fun at Glendenning is he key to their success.
Along with numerous club tournaments, Glendenning also played host to the Tri-Club City Championship and the inaugural Provincial High School Championship. Both of these events were extremely well received and produced exciting play and fantastic scores.
Throughout the year Glendenning hosted over 20 Corporate Shotgun Tournaments with most of these events being conducted with long term business partners.
Glendenning’s staff is what makes Glendenning such a special place to work and visit. A large number of staff have most of their adult lives invested in Glendenning and consider it a second home, not a workplace.
Ladies and Gentlemen accepting the award on behalf of Glendenning Golf is General Manager Patti Hamilton.