If you are a frugal consumer like me, you are always looking for deal. As a golfer, I am even more concerning when purchasing the plethora of stuff to meet my golfing needs. There are many ‘golf stores’ willing to sell us anything we ask for, but not always at the cheapest price. This is why it is important to shop around to find the best deal. However, with all the deals possible possible our local Pro Shop is often overlooked!
Many golfers immediately discount their local pro shop because they feel that the prices are too high. They do not really check the prices, but just assume that a small shop does not provide the same discount deals as the larger. I can say that when making a specific purchase, never overlook your local pro shop. You would be surprised at the ‘haggling’ that can be done with your local professional.
The overwhelming responses outside of the poll indicated that they think it is very important to support their local pro shop. I agree. If we do not support local golf courses, then we cannot expect them to stay in business for long.
I have three quick instances where dealing with my local pro shop saved a fair bit of cash I could use towards other golf equipment.
First were my Titleist golf clubs. I approached Mike Clare of Roundel Glen Golf Course about if could make me a deal for new set of AP2s. As it turned out, he was also a Titleist distributor and set me up for a fitting. After having all the specs, he ordered my new clubs. He also threw in a set of better quality grips for free. When the deal was completed, I saved $250 dollars without the upgraded grips.
Second, I purchased two Vokey Wedges at the Pinewood Golf Course. Dan Carrigan, a local professional, and I talked about what I wanted to pay and he was able to beat the price at any store. I purchased 2 wedges from him and walked away happy.
Lastly, Jeff Rogerson at Osprey Links Golf Course is always approachable. He ran a shirt sale two years ago that no one could beat. Additionally, if we talk about other equipment, he is always willing to discuss options with any member or visitor. Jeff is definitely the man to talk too in the summer when I need golf supplies.
The local pro shop is often overlooked as a place to buy golfing equipment. I have found they are easy to talk to and will be straight up about the price. If they cannot beat another deal they will tell you; this is how I like to do business. Generally, most pro shops have a reasonable selection and have the opportunity to ‘haggle’ over the price. Local professionals are all about customer service and running a viable pro shop is part of how they do it.
So, the next time you are looking for a deal, at least stop in at your local course and see what they have to offer. You might be surprised!
Do you support your local pro shop?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!