Author: David Theoret

The Golfin’ Guy aka David (or Dave, but never Davey) Theoret grew up in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, where it was naturally assumed he would play hockey. Beginning at the age of 3 and continuing into his late 30's, he did just that. However, after one too many pucks to the head, he realized that golf was a lot easier on the body and took the game up. Whoever said hockey players were slow? Since that time, golf has become his passion – just ask Belinda. From 2003 until 2009, David ran the sales and marketing department of TravelGolf Media and took his team to over $1M in annual advertising revenue. While at TravelGolf, an editor told him he had a flair for writing and the lightbulb came on. He started writing articles about anything golf related: courses, destinations, resorts, shoes, apparel, equipment and training aids and sending them to websites and magazines. At first, his articles were picked up by a few golf websites and magazines, but the number steadily grew – enough that he could call it a career. Most days he’s on a course somewhere, either working or playing. Actually, to him playing IS work. Occasionally you’ll find him on the practice range reinforcing bad habits. David plays to a 12 handicap - unless there is money involved in which case it goes considerably higher. He currently resides in Lakeland, FL with his wife Belinda and their two "kids", Louie and Molly.

Concert Golf Partners is one of the fastest-growing private club ownership companies in the US. Their specialty is taking private clubs that are under performing and under-utilized, giving them an infusion of much-needed capital, and turning them around so that members can thoroughly enjoy their private club membership. Concert currently has over 30 properties in its portfolio, spanning 16 states from Massachusetts to Texas. While this is true for the majority of properties, it is not the case with the Club at Renaissance in Fort Myers, Florida. In fact, The Club at Renaissance is one of the most impressive private…

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No golf trip to Northern Michigan is complete without a visit to BOYNE Golf near Petoskey, MI. In my mind, no other Michigan golf resort offers the variety of golf courses that Boyne has. Golfers have the opportunity to play ten uniquely different golf courses; stay in a variety of accommodations designed to meet anyone’s needs and dine at some incredible restaurants. Recently, I was able to play several courses in the BOYNE Golf lineup including two of my favorite Highlands courses, the Arthur Hills Course and the Robert Trent Jones-designed Heather Course. The Hills Course is one of Hill’s…

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During a recent visit to Cider Ridge, I was told by several golfers that over the past few years, the previous management company had let the conditioning of the golf course decline dramatically. The club was recently sold to Zotan, LLC, a company led by PGA member Cory Etter that also owns Pine Hill Golf Course in nearby Anniston, AL. Etter and his staff have stepped up to the plate and are in the process of making Cider Ridge better than it has ever been. Many golfers I spoke with commented on the improved conditioning of the course and how…

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Most golfers in the Midwest know about Harbor Shores and these days it may not be much of a stretch to say that a good percentage of visitors to the Benton Harbor area are there because of Harbor Shores. For those unfamiliar with the property, Harbor Shores is a 530-acre mixed-use development with residential homes, hotels, a lakefront park, and a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. The course was built in 2010 when Benton Harbor, Michigan was a less-than-desirable place to live. Downtown buildings were being abandoned and the area had become a dumping ground for garbage, oil sludge, and…

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Herndon, Virginia-based Heritage Golf Group recently added another private club to their growing list of Florida clubs. In June, they acquired Deercreek Country Club on the south side of Jacksonville. The Club is across from The Avenues Mall and a mere 20 minutes from the beaches and downtown. This acquisition brings Heritage holdings within the golf industry to 32 clubs in 13 states. Other Florida properties include TPC Prestancia, TPC Tampa Bay, Venetian Golf Club, The Club at Pelican Preserve, and The Club at Boca Pointe. Deercreek Country Club opened in 1989 to rave reviews. It’s located within the gates…

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In a part of Florida that is known for prestigious private and resort golf clubs, the Amelia River Club has been recognized as one of the most prestigious courses in all of North Florida. The Club is located on Amelia Island, just north of Jacksonville and within minutes of the historic town of Fernandina Beach. It’s and a favorite of both local golfers and visitors to the Amelia Island area for many years. It’s not your typical daily fee facility; the fairways are always in pristine condition with well-manicured fairways and sculpted bunkers that lead to smooth TifEagle greens that…

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The Club at Longview in Waxhaw, NC was the vision of real estate developer Mel Graham. The property’s history dates back to the 1800s when it was first known as The Longview Black Jack Farm. In 1953, Graham’s father acquired a small piece of the property as an annex of the Graham Dairy Farm. Many years later, whenever a piece of land adjacent to what his father owned became available, Mel purchased it. Eventually, he had amassed over 1,000 acres. Fast forward to 2001. Mel’s vision for The Club at Longview is put in motion. When world-renowned golf course designer…

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In 1986, well-respected Jacksonville real estate developer Chester Stokes created a gated golf community in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Stokes’ vision for his new Marsh Landing was to make the development and country club a source of pride for himself and all of the residents. Although Marsh Landing was not a “bundled” community, there were more than 1,100 homes, and, with an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course, Stokes felt that the golf club would become sustainable. As expected, Marsh Landing became a very desirable place to live. Membership was at an all-time high and the club flourished. But when the economy…

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Raven Rock Golf Club is arguably Eastern Kentucky’s most breathtaking championship golf course. It’s part of a remarkable strip mine reclamation project that encompasses over 2,000 acres. The course was originally built by Jack Fykes for TECO Coal in 1995 as a 9-hole layout and 8 years later was expanded to 18 holes. It’s a stunning combination of Mother Nature’s handiwork and manmade features all blended together to create a golf course that will thrill and entertain golfers of all abilities. The golf course plays around a very large quarry and has wide fairways lined with prairie grasses that lead…

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Ask anyone who’s familiar with golf in Michigan where you can find the best courses in the state, and you may be surprised at the answers you get. Gaylord is always near the top of the list as is Kalamazoo – home to Gull Lakeview Resort and its six courses. Benton Harbor has the Jack Nicklaus-designed Harbor Shores Golf Club. But if you really want to play the best Michigan has to offer, you’ll have to go north, past Gaylord and Traverse City, over the Mackinac Bridge. Once you go over the bridge, take Route 2 West until you hit…

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