Eric Foster, MBA

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July 11, 2018

Craft Beer: The Ever Changing Tap

We all know that brands like Budweiser, Coors Light, Heineken and so many others will never be a thing of the past, but could they be competing with some local craft beers? In the past few years there has been a climb in the number of craft breweries popping up in our communities, and it has begun to spark an interest and even create a hobby with many beer drinkers. As someone who enjoys going to new local restaurants I […]
May 9, 2018

POA – A Seed Head Unlike Any Other

May is a great month; the sun is bright and shining high in the sky, the threat of frost is all but gone and flowers are in full bloom all around us. But while May is one of my favorite months, there is a down side during this time period that I must deal with every new season, Poa seed heads. For many, the term poa seed heads means nothing, but for those that do know the term you are […]
April 25, 2018

What Trends Will You Be Following This Season?

As somebody who loves attending weddings as much as I love to plan them there is nothing better than seeing what brides are doing at their weddings and what might be trending during that time. Year after year we see what trends brides are doing and what trends the wedding industry wants to see. It would take you a couple days to read through all of the trends that are arising, so I went thorough and picked out some of […]
April 18, 2018

2018 Is The Year of The Tiger

What should you expect for golf in 2018?  From the professional tours to your local courses to vendors, there is a lot to get excited about in 2018. Are you excited about the return of Tiger? With the USGA and R&A looking to alter some rules, the golf world is having discussions about major changes.  Technology is steadily making their footprint in golf and looking to make bigger splashes.  Watching golf has changed in 2017 and looks to continually enhance […]
December 20, 2017

Trees – A Big Problem for Golf Course Turf and Budgets

To a golfer, few things are as satisfying as playing a good game of golf on a course with mature trees lining each side of the fairway. Players come to the course for the game but also to appreciate the calming beauty that a golf course can offer. However, it has long been known that trees on golf courses can wreak havoc with turfgrass quality and playability. For us, trees and the work they create have become a part of […]
December 13, 2017

An Open Mind

I am a fan of new discoveries. The allure of the unknown has always interested me, especially the notion that what I hold to be true could very well turn out to be false. The turf industry is no exception when it comes to new discoveries. It seems every year there is a new piece of equipment to try, a new chemical to spray or a lost philosophy that will solve all our problems. Choosing which new discovery to try […]
December 6, 2017

Golf Outings From A to Z

Candia Woods along with most public access golf courses rely on golf outings to help generate revenue. Most golf outings take advantage of not only the golf aspect but also food and beverage making it an attractive opportunity for fundraising groups as well as the golf courses. Hosting a golf outing at Candia Woods is a combined team effort of all of our departments; Matt Evans, grounds, Doug Alderman, Mike Lloyd and Christina Desjardins with food/beverage and of course Craig […]
November 2, 2017

Wedges 101: Is the bottom of your bag right for you?

What’s your wedge set up? Do you know what your 100-yard club is, or how many degrees of loft are between each of your wedges. Do you have a preferred yardage with your favorite wedge? The reason I ask these questions to help you, the golfer play better from inside 100 yards. Don’t buy into the marketing hype of the big driver manufacturers about how they’ll… “Take strokes off your game with X club!” The only real way to take […]
October 11, 2017

Spikeless or Spikes … That Is The Question

When you golf, what type of shoes do you wear?   Spikes?  Spikeless?  Or another type of shoe?   Now, when talking spikes I do not mean the metal spikes. More talking about soft spikes.     Here are some Pros and Cons to the debate: Spikes Pros Traction – with a traditional look and ability to change worn spikes, these shoes offer maximum traction Course Conditions – plays off of the first point but in wetter conditions shoes with […]
April 18, 2018

2018 Is The Year of The Tiger

What should you expect for golf in 2018?  From the professional tours to your local courses to vendors, there is a lot to get excited about in 2018. Are you excited about the return of Tiger? With the USGA and R&A looking to alter some rules, the golf world is having discussions about major changes.  Technology is steadily making their footprint in golf and looking to make bigger splashes.  Watching golf has changed in 2017 and looks to continually enhance […]
October 11, 2017

Spikeless or Spikes … That Is The Question

When you golf, what type of shoes do you wear?   Spikes?  Spikeless?  Or another type of shoe?   Now, when talking spikes I do not mean the metal spikes. More talking about soft spikes.     Here are some Pros and Cons to the debate: Spikes Pros Traction – with a traditional look and ability to change worn spikes, these shoes offer maximum traction Course Conditions – plays off of the first point but in wetter conditions shoes with […]
September 6, 2017

Make-A-Wish: The Annual Weathervane Golf Fundraiser

Part 6 of our Guest Blog Series – This post is written by Ian Kelley for Weathervane Restaurants and Make A Wish. When it comes to making wishes on the golf course, most players probably pray for long drives and accurate putts — or perhaps a bit of divine intervention to escape from a deep, steep bunker. But for one very special day each September, golfers gather to help grant the wishes of children who have been diagnosed with a […]
August 2, 2017

Top Golf… Pros and Cons

Have you ever been to a Top Golf location? There are a multitude of games to play and each gives the player(s) a different experience. Top Golf In our signature game, players score points by hitting balls (assigned using our microchip technology) into any target. The more accurate your shot and the farther the distance, the more points you earn. Top Scramble Beginner, and experienced golfers compete mano-a-mano on a level playing field. Players are split into teams, and the […]
June 14, 2017

3 Myths on What Tees to Play

Have you ever played a course for first time and wondered, “What tees should I play from?”   Did you ask the starter/pro shop for advice?   Did you and your group just decide on a tees based on what other groups were playing?   Here are 3 Tee Selection Myths debunked: Myth #1 – Certain tees are for certain genders That’s right, all tees are for all genders.  In fact, the reason certain tees are called ‘Ladies Tees’ are […]
March 29, 2017

Mobile Golf Bag – New App to Add!

After what has been a long winter, it is time for you to dust off your Mobile Golf Bag!  For those who don’t have one, CLICK HERE to view my post about 5 Free Apps For Your Mobile Golf Bag (MGB).  As we prepare for the 2017 golf season in New England, I have a new app to put into your MGB.  The app is gottaGolf and it has loads of cool features but the one in particular I was […]
November 29, 2016

Golf Goals… Do You Have Them?

Do you set any golf goals?  Have you ever wanted to improve some aspect of your golf game?  If you have ever wanted to improve some part of your game, you need to have a plan. Not all goals are created equally.  These goals do not have to be all about scores.  Before you set your goals, you should set SMART goals, for a higher success rate.  SMART goals are defined:  Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely goals. For example: […]
October 18, 2016

5 Tips to Improve Your Pace of Play

Following the theme of my previous post [Click Here to read Pace-of-Play Myths], I will continue to tackle the pace-of-play elephant on the course. There is an abundance of resources but I found some tips on USGA.org and wanted to add some comments.  “Tee It Forward” unless you are consistently able to reach greens in regulation from the back tees. In other words, play from a set of tees that is comfortable for you – one where you are more […]
August 9, 2016

Pace-Of-Play Myths

This is the first part of a series in discussing pace-of-play   Have you ever asked a staff member at the course, “How’s the pace today?”  An answer to that question can set the tone for the round. You typically see golf courses’ pace-of-play policy being 4 hours to 4 hours and 30 minutes.  There are many factors that create pace-of-play issues, but I am here to debunk a few myths. Pace of Play Discrimination Slow play does not care […]