A (MIKE) KAHN AND GOLFMAK, INC.
case you don't know who I am - it's me, Michael A Kahn, with over
50-years in golf. Today, I'm a golf business consultant and a golf
course trader under my company name, Golfmak, Inc (real estate license
working out of First Tampa Financial Group, Brokerage in Tampa,
Florida). I am a former golf course owner, manager, a former licensed
superintendent, and a former carded assistant golf professional
most recent consulting engagements included three golf courses in
upper New York State, a community golf course in Maryland, and an
executive golf course in Indiana. I have become involved professionally
in hundreds of golf courses for various reasons - consulting, brokering
or financing. I've worked in Michigan, Texas, Georgia, the Carolinas,
Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky,
New York, several other States and in Canada.
I'm an old guy but I have a young mind. I created my own web site
(this one) before most people my age even heard of the Internet.
I was using Google back when people were still laughing at the name.
My email address is over 10-years old. My domain was registered
in August, 1997.
have managed (or owned) just about every kind of golf facility imaginable:
a lighted par-3 golf course,
an executive golf course, a resort golf course, a 900-member private
golf course, a 27-hole public golf course, a 36-hole semi-private
golf course, and a (lighted) driving range. I've managed swimming
pools, dining rooms, tennis courts (hard and clay surfaces), hockey
rinks, curling rinks, fitness centers, and a lodge.
successfully managed a well known Sarasota, Florida golf course
through Chapter-11 bankruptcy (1996 through 1998).
managed construction projects, designed clubhouses, irrigation installation
and programming, and planned complete golf course marketing campaigns.
brokered a deal in Naples, Florida (Lely Resorts) that triggered
one of the largest single golf course transactions ever - the acquisition
of 39 golf courses by the largest golf company in the world December
devised and planned one of the first tee time re-seller programs
in the industry while working with North American Golf Club in Tampa,
have managed bentgrass in Ontario, New York, and Michigan and Bermuda grass in Florida.
I have shoveled snow off greens in Canada, and treated for mole
crickets and fire ants in Florida. I recently oversaw the installation
of Champion ultra-dwarf Bermuda grass on 18-greens at a Tampa golf
course. This amazing new Bermuda hybrid putts as much like bentgrass
as you'll ever see.
have brokered over $100 million in golf course trades, and financed
about the same amount. When called upon for interim management for
a golf course with financial problems, I have been 100% successful
in putting the facility back on track.
have consulted several companies developing golf industry products
including Point of Sale systems (The Leading Edge Accounting and
POS for golf courses), and GPS systems (Uplink).
I once owned a string of golf retail stores and a complete franchise
my career I pioneered:
one time I could par a golf course. It's a little tougher for me
these days. I think I'll have to live to my 80's to shoot my age!
ran a 5-pin bowling alley in Toronto, Canada in 1960. I broke in
Brunswick's first automatic pin setters. I completely re-designed
them. My design is still used today. Really!
Canada I devised and implemented a learn-to-play-golf program introducing
over 5,000 people to golf from 1964 through 1988. The program targeted
men, women, seniors and children - who had not yet played golf.
few years ago at The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs Virginia, I
enjoyed time with late golf legend, Sam Snead. He watched me hit
balls with his 4-degree driver on the Homestead practice range (he
couldn't see the ball land out there, but he told me where every
one wound up). We discussed great players and he told me the best
striker of a golf ball he ever saw was the late, great Canadian
pro golfer, Moe Norman. Snead raved about Moe's accuracy with every
club in the bag.
Norman was my teaching and touring pro at a golf center in Peterborough,
Ontario, Canada in 1964. I played a few rounds with Moe back then.
Nobody would believe what Moe could do with a golf ball - until
they watched him play. I don't bother telling what I saw him do,
because they don't believe me either.
here to help:
Via email, I've helped hundreds of high school and college students
with projects related to golf or the golf business. If you have
any questions about golf, about your club, your game, your swing,
your project, equipment, etc., write me at: email@example.com.
I try to answer any and all emails asking me for information or
advice about golf or the business.
been around this business a long time. That's who I am and golf is my business.