Randy Myers is the Director of Fitness at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Georgia.
When implementing a golf fitness program at your facility, you must first have the space to do it. You don’t need an elaborate performance center from the outset, just a focused, effective one — starting small and growing slowly is fine. You’ll require a 20×20 space, with some mats and room to stretch, as well as kettlebells, dumbbells and medicine balls to highlight some basic stretching and strength training.
You can start bigger if your circumstances warrant, necessitating additional equipment like bikes, ellipticals and functional trainers. In a more comprehensive scenario, you might incorporate weight training machines and more. Of course, everyone’s needs are different, and the size and demands of your membership will often dictate how extensive to go initially. Starting small and growing an effective golf fitness program can work within a club’s budget, providing the foundation for something great going forward.
The most dynamic fitness programs are about the people — build a professional team that inspires members, like experts such as full-swing instructors, clubfitters, chiropractors, massage therapists
and fitness trainers. These individuals should know the game of golf, take lessons, play the game and be able to talk to golfers about golf. Their collaboration will grow your golf fitness program, regardless of its initial size, rendering a valuable amenity that your members will benefit from for years to come.