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National Golf Day, Drones Save $, RE Tax Confusion & More

Is there anything politicians from the right and left can agree on?  YES!

This week, as a representative of the golf industry, I was invited and participated in National Golf Day. Nearly 250 people from around the country representing varying segments of the golf course industry descended on Washington, DC and held meetings with congressional representatives and staff to discuss issues relevant to the golf industry.

National Golf Day focused on the following issues for our elected representatives:

1. Environmental Issues facing golf, to include turfgrass research funding, the Clean Water Act and Pesticide permitting;
2. The Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act, which proposes allowing the use of pre-tax medical funds for qualified fitness and sports expenses (including golf expenses) of up to $2,000 per year;
3. Golf Business, Current Labor & Tax Issues, to include the H-2B Visa Program, Overtime Pay Rule and golf’s inclusion on the “sin list”.


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Technology firms seeking to introduce their products to the golf course industry have a challenge in bringing tech to one of the oldest – and most traditional – sports being played today.  A typical approach to a cash flow-sensitive client would be to sell products and services that deliver cost savings.  But to a golf course superintendent, one needs not only to appeal to the cost side of the equation, but also the impact on their most limited resource – time.

Unmanned Aerial Systems, more commonly known as Drones or UAS’ are being used by nearly every industry from farming to construction, movies, and real estate, with no signs of slowing down.  However, drones in the golf industry are just beginning to gain traction.  A new service called GreenLinkTM, aims to free up the resource that superintendents need most – time!


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With all the recent publicity surrounding proposed legislation in New York allowing towns in New York the option of assessing golf and club properties based on their highest and best use, I thought I’d share some observations to alleviate some of the confusion in other states.

There are some who view golf properties in general, and private clubs in particular as properties of such special use that they perceive that they rarely sell and never make money.  Neither statement is true.  However, those who believe this theory (including some tax court judges) advocate the use of the cost approach in these valuations which could not be more flawed.  Golf properties do sell and many are profitable.  Using proper appraisal techniques that are reflective of the market can solve most of these issues.


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