Warm Weather Dramatically Increases Late Season Play at Upper Midwest Golf Courses

Green Golf Partners Sees Significant Uptick in November and December

Above Normal Temperatures Abound with the Holiday Season in Full Swing

11 Dec, 2015, 15:14 ET from Green Golf Partners

CHICAGO and INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Indianapolis-based Green Golf Partners (GGP), which manages 17 golf courses in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and the Southeast, is experiencing significant growth in rounds played with unseasonably warm weather in the upper Midwest continuing well into December.

"This continued stretch of blue skies and warmer temperatures have created additional 'bonus' revenue that goes directly to our golf properties' bottom line," said Matt McIntee, CEO of Green Golf Partners.  "General managers at our courses from Des Moines to Milwaukee and from Indianapolis to Chicago are working overtime to meet the unprecedented demand for serious and casual golfers who want to play before snow blankets the courses."

So Why is there Warm Weather in December?

Mike Halpert, deputy director at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, said earlier this week that the warmth in the Midwest and Eastern U.S. cannot be tied to El Nino just yet. The conditions in the upper atmosphere over the mid-latitudes, where most of the U.S. land mass is situated, has not shown the classic El Nino pattern. Moreover, Halpert said that an atmospheric phase known as positive North Atlantic Oscillation (+NAO) is responsible for the current mild pattern in the Midwest and Eastern U.S. 

Since December 1, the National Weather Service has reported temperatures as high as the upper 50's to low 60's during the day.   The average temperature this time of year normally is around 36 degrees in Chicago  That is an unusual blessing for dedicated amateur and professional golfers alike.

"It's the holiday season and Mother Nature has given an early present to amateur golfers who are continuing to play this year," said Roy Michael, General Manager for Jester Park Golf Club in Granger, Iowa.  "We did more than 120 rounds on Tuesday and 130 on Wednesday. Most courses in the area do not reach that level in their prime time season during the summer."

Here is a sample of GGP golf course rounds played and greens fees revenue growth for November 2015 vs. November 2014.

 

December 1 – 10, 2014 – 2015 Rounds Played and Greens Fees Revenue Growth

Sample GGP Run Facilities

Rounds Played 2014

Rounds Played

2015

Revenue Growth 2015

Kemper Lakes Golf Club (Private) Kildeer, IL

0

62

n/a

Twin Bridges Golf Club

Danville, IN

32

222

594%

University of Illinois

Savoy, IL

90

225

150%

Jester Park Golf Club

Granger, IA

8

590

7,275%

New Berlin Hills

New Berlin, WI

39

442

1033%

 

November 1 – 30, 2014 – 2015 Rounds Played and Greens Fees Revenue Growth

Sample GGP Run Facilities

Rounds Played 2014

Rounds Played

2015

Revenue Growth 2015

Kemper Lakes Golf Club (Private) Kildeer, IL

146

627

329%

Twin Bridges Golf Club

Danville, IN

453

1058

134%

University of Illinois

Savoy, IL

802

1628

103%

Jester Park Golf Club

Granger, IA

564

1341

138%

New Berlin Hills

New Berlin, WI

421

1338

218%

 

The National Weather Service forecast in the upper Midwest for Friday calls for increasing cloudiness later in the day with highs in reaching the mid 50's.  On Saturday, it will be unseasonably mild with record highs in the lower 60s anticipated.

Green Golf Partners delivers world–class management and operations expertise for an increasingly broad array of third-party clients in a diverse number of national and regional golf markets.

About Green Golf Partners
Green Golf Partners is one of the fastest growing golf course management companies in the United States.  The senior management team with over 100 years of experience combined is considered to be some of the leading golf course management experts in the game of golf in the world.  The entire Green Golf Partners team believes that celebrating the game and emphasizing fun is critical to the long-term success at the projects with which they develop.  The Green Golf Partners portfolio features courses in five states across the country including such notable properties Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Illinois, and the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club in Belleair, Florida.  For more information, go to http://www.greengolfpartners.com.

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