The Legends Golf Club Celebrates 1st AnniversaryNovember 5th marks the one year anniversary of the grand opening of The Legends Golf Club, and what a year it has been. It seems like just yesterday the Professional Golfers Career College opened our fourth campus as a means of providing our students with unparalleled access to hands-on experience. Beyond what the course offers to students, The Legends Golf Club is rapidly becoming a premier event destination in Southern California. In the last year the AJGA Junior Open, the CIF-SS Team Qualifier to State Regional Tournaments, the SAFE Tournament and the Student Venture Tournament selected The Legends Golf Club to be their home. In addition to these events, The Legends has hosted numerous clinics from world famous clinician, and former PGA Tour player, Wally Armstrong.
The truth is, though it appeared to have been an overnight transformation, the course’s success can be chalked up to dedicated teamwork, every single day. Nick Bland, Head Golf Professional, shares that “One of the things I love about my job is pouring blood and sweat into a property and project and seeing not just the aesthetic results, but also how we’ve had a community-wide impact on re-growing the game of golf in the area.” The Legends has become a truly one of a kind course and Bland continues, “My favorite event highlights are anytime we hold our ‘Masters Experience’ events. No one in the country besides Augusta itself does this.” So what exactly is the “Masters Experience?” PGCC students caddie for tournament players, outfitted in white jumpsuits and green caps after greeting their players in the parking lot and carry their bags to the course. Over the last year this type of extra-mile service has earned the course a loyal following, and that’s one of the most important things to Bland, and everybody on staff.
“We want to strive to become known in the local and surrounding areas to have the best customer service and overall experience. Not only is our golf course improving, we continue to hear great comments from our members and guests that our friendliness and ‘above and beyond’ approach is getting noticed.” Community outreach has been a priority from day-one, Bland continues, “The impact to the community is the biggest and most positive response. Even now, a year into taking over the property, there are still homeowners that stop by the clubhouse to give us their heartfelt ‘thank you’ for improving the golf course, the reputation, and their peace of mind.” Sandi Somerville, Chief Financial Officer and First Lady of Golf at PGCC, agrees “The course is looking great, and our men’s and women’s clubs are growing. We are so grateful for the continued support of our community!”
Beyond the scope of what the course has come to mean to the community, is the role it plays in the education of students at the Professional Golfers Career College. Seniors host open golf lessons every Thursday as a means of giving back, and learning to become better teachers. “Our Thursday Lesson Program is still is a big hit in the area, and we are seeing newcomers every week,” Bland noted, continuing, “engaging students to get first-hand experience in teaching the game of golf is one of the best classes at the golf college.”