Meet Matt, Jon, and Justin. Three high school friends that love golf and traveling to new cities to play with their buddies. Their trips were great, but the planning was excruciating. The guys decided to solve their problem. The three are the founders of GolfForeIt.com, a membership-based website that will plan every aspect of your trip. Their goal is to capture the true essence of a golf outing. Not just the course and lodging, but the other aspects such as where to eat and drink and what to do in each city. Check out this awesome episode of G&E The Podcast | Golf and Entrepreneurship. It was my first group interview, and these guys are hilarious. This episode is highly entertaining while providing fantastic insights into what it is like to start an online business. Enjoy!
Maurice Allen is a Professional Long Drive Competitor with an incredible list of achievements in the sport. Maurice grew up playing just about everything but golf. He picked up the game in 2011 as the result of a bet. He quickly developed a passion for the game and went all in towards becoming a professional long drive competitor. Now, Maurice is ranked eighth in the world and was the 2015 & 2016 Volvik Long Drive European Tour Champion. To get to this point was not an easy road for Allen. He has a remarkable story to success filled with its fair share of ups and downs. Check out the podcast and feature to hear more about Maurice's inspirational story to becoming a premier World Long Drive Competitor.
This week on G&E The Podcast | Golf & Entrepreneurship we have on Brad Franklin. Brad is the inspired mind and creator behind the men's golf apparel company, Bradley Allan. Brad began his career in golf as an Assitant Professional. He transitioned into the golf apparel industry when Ralph Dunning asked him to join his new label, Dunning Golf. Brad spent six years with Dunning and eventually became the Head of Design for both Tommy Hilfiger Golf and AUR Golf. One day, Brad was inspired but a comment his wife made and started researching and designing his line. The culmination of his efforts, Bradley Allan. Check out the Podcast and the feature to go along with it to hear Brad discuss what it is like to start your own clothing line, his lessons learned from his past positions, his love for golf and design, and so much more.
Andrew McCombe is a serial entrepreneur. Founder of Search 4 Scratch, Golf University, and Golf Getaway, Andrew picked up golf seven years ago and has not looked back since. Immediately, Andrew was fascinated by the game. Having a very entrepreneurial mindset, he thought to himself how can I get paid to play golf. Andrew visualized what that would look like and created his first business in golf, Golf Getaway TV. From here, Andrew created Golf University and eventually Search 4 Scratch and the program and documentary that goes along with it. The Search 4 Scratch documentary is a fantastic concept. Give six amateur golfers the ability to practice and live like a pro for four months. Andrew gives them the life of a professional athlete. They have a world class coach in Larry Montague, a sports psychologist, and Andrew with his background as a mindset coach. Check out the podcast to get a first-hand look inside the mind of an eternal optimist. Andrew has a very gifted mindset towards entrepreneurship, and it was a pleasure to have him share it with me.
Episode 10: How LuxGolf Founder, Travis Bruinsma, Created Australia’s First Luxury Golf Touring Company
Travis Bruinsma, the founder of LuxGolf, has created Australia's first luxury golf touring company. As entrepreneurs do, Travis saw a problem and came up with a solution. While traveling, he was not satisfied with the quality of golf touring companies. These experiences, coupled with the strict exclusivity of playing Australia's top courses, lead to his creation of LuxGolf. Now, LuxGolf has expanded into New Zealand and Hawaii and has established partnerships with Porsche and Callaway. Travis doesn't plan on stopping there as he has big ideas for himself and his company into the future.
Edmund “EQ” Sylvester is the Founder of the Freedom Golf Association, a charity dedicated to bringing joy and a sense of freedom to the special needs community through their inclusion in the game of golf. EQ was a successful businessman and entrepreneur. In 2010, EQ sold his company with plans to retire and enjoy his passions of golf, photography, and spending time with his grandchildren. In 2011, he suffered a terrible infection that led to a near-death experience. He left the hospital a triple amputee. EQ took a situation that would crumble many and turned it into a foundation that helps thousands of people have better lives through golf. Read the article and listen to the Podcast to hear about EQ’s remarkable journey and the lesson’s learned along the way! If you are as inspired by his story as we are, please visit the link in the article to donate to the Freedom Golf Association and help EQ on his mission to make lives better through golf.
Carolina Romero, aka, The Fit Golfer Girl has an incredible story with golf & entrepreneurship. Carolina grew up in Bogota, Colombia playing golf since the age of 9. She had a fantastic junior golf career that lead to a scholarship to the University of South Florida. Upon graduating, she got a dream finance job but quickly realized it was not her calling. For the next five years, Carolina used every free moment she had while working full-time to pursue fitness. Now she works full-time in golf & fitness and is building her most recent venture, The Fit Golfer Girl. Carolina has an phenomenal work ethic and entrepreneurial mindset. Do not miss the opportunity to listen to her talk about her story in episode 8 of G&E The Podcast.
Douglas Rose is the founder of Douglas Rose Co, a high-end leather goods brand that makes beautiful golf bags and accessories. Doug has a fascinating story to launching his brand. With no prior experience in the fashion world, Doug went to LinkedIn and began reaching out to people who had experience in leather goods and lived in New York. He contacted over a 100 people telling them his story. A few responded and the 18-month journey towards creating Douglas Rose began. Check out the Podcast and listen to our fantastic interview with Doug as he discusses the learning curve behind jumping into a new industry, developing social capital, the new Douglas Rose Portrait Series, his friendship with Webb Simpson, and so much more.
Drew Binsky is a full-time travel blogger and an avid golfer. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, he moved to South Korea to teach English. In his free time, he dedicated 40+ hours a week towards building his travel blog. Now Drew travels the world working as a full-time blogger. He has visited 95 countries and has played golf in 18 of them. Listen to this week's podcast to hear Drew talk about the process of building an online brand, how to grow a following, his love for golf, and more.
Max Colman and Cat Vickers are the founders of Max Golf Protein, the first golf specific protein drink & bar. Max and Cat personify the hard work and dedication that goes into building a brand from scratch. The duo spent their first two years working full-time jobs, using nights and weekends to build the foundation of Max Golf Protein. The drink officially launched in 2015, expanding rapidly ever since. In this week's article and podcast, Max and Cat talk about the incredible dedication and hard work needed to build a business, how to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of entrepreneurship, why they have grown so quickly, and more.
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