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Madden’s on Gull Lake to Open April 25-27

Madden’s 85th Anniversary Festivities

Madden’s, a resort facility in our family of EMGA courses, is kicking off its 85th season with a Hickory Stick Golf Tournament on the resort’s historic Pine Beach East. The tournament will take place on Saturday, April 26 at 1p.m. as a part of the resort’s official opening weekend celebration from April 25-27. Participants in the tournament will play 18-holes and must register as a team of two to be eligible. Participation in the Madden’s Hickory Stick Golf Tournament is $50 and players are encouraged to dress in their best 1920s attire. In addition to the tournament, guests at Madden’s can rent hickory stick golf clubs throughout the 2014 season.Close up view of golf ball on tee on golf course

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Why Public Golf Courses are Better Than Private Clubs

Long live public golf courses

As the golf industry works diligently to regain solid footing both private and public golf clubs are adjusting to the new normal. golf buggy and golf bagWill the industry boom again like it did before 9/11? Perhaps, but over time. Meanwhile, golfers have plenty of choices when deciding how to spend their golf dollars. Private golf clubs have stepped up with incentives and either reducing or eliminating initiation fees. Daily fee courses have added to their offerings, honed in on lessons and the customer experience and in the end, the golfer is the big winner! If you have the means and you’re considering a private golf membership versus playing daily fee courses, here are a few good reasons why public golf courses are the better than private clubs.

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Five Good Reasons to Play Golf Again

Get back in the game

It’s been well documented over the past several years that golf has had its share of challenges. Golfer getting ready to take a shotIn the late 90’s early 2000’s, we saw rapid growth of golf courses all over the country. In this time some remarkable golf courses opened nationwide. However, in the past few years the golf industry has seen a number of golf courses close and a number of golfers leave the game. Well, guess what? Golf wants you back! Here are five good reasons to play golf again:

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