Foremost Golf celebrates its 30th birthday in October at its annual awards dinner at The Golf Show 2014 in Harrogate. It was established back in October 1984 when 26 PGA professionals formed a buying group operating out of a single room office in Burnham Beeches, but it has since diversified considerably and its membership has grown to almost 1,000 spread across all four of the home countries.
It was the first organisation to establish its own Golf Club Buying Group, helping its member clubs to operate more efficiently at a time when many are under more financial pressure than ever before. It is thriving and currently has just under 400 member clubs. The group was the first of its kind to utilise a centralised invoicing system and the first to launch both its own magazine and trade show. It has also embraced e-commerce and digital marketing.
Paul Hedges, CEO and a founder member of Foremost Golf stated, “A lot of water has passed under the bridge since Foremost Golf was established back in October 1984. Fortunately, amongst our members, we have some of the best and most dynamic PGA professionals who are rising to the modern challenges and ensuring a successful future for both themselves and Foremost. There will always be a place for quality PGA professionals provided they are prepared to work hard, adapt to changing market conditions and deliver what the clubs and the golfers need. That’s what we have been doing for the last 30 years and there’s no reason why we can’t do the same for the next 30 years and beyond.”