New ripple: Sports Authority - local store for years had 40' x 40' node with golf clubs - mostly SGI and boxed sets, majority of bags stacked 16 feet high in wall racks, and an 8 x 12 hitting bay (no electronics). Now, the store moved, and the new site has a golf section with more floor space than your average Dick's golf area. No hitting bay yet, but selection now equals what you would find at Dick's.
Have any of you seen Sports Authority expansion in your area?
Actually, the opposite. The SA near me (probably like 10 years old, maybe a bit less) closed off the room they used to use as a hitting bay. It never had a simulator, but at least you could hit a ball or two. They got rid of the putting green, don't have a dedicated golf employee, and shrunk the golf section to half its original size (the other half is now tennis). They very seldom have current-year equipment these days.
On the other hand, I've got two Dick's Sporting Goods near me, both with pretty sizable golf sections, though I have noticed that both are frequently understaffed and very often have their hitting bays completely roped off too.
We've also got a Golfer's Warehouse and a bunch of Golfsmiths nearby. The Golfsmiths used to be Golf Town (a Canadian company that was making inroads into the US market starting in Massachusetts), until they were all purchased, so they're set up differently that all of the other Golfsmiths I've been to. I tend to gravitate towards the Golfer's Warehouse because they offer cash rather than store credit for trade-ins.
When I was at school in Delaware, there was a Golf Galaxy and a brand new Golfsmith nearby. The Golfsmith was a bit bigger and nicer, but I never had a problem with the Golf Galaxy.
I am one of those 560 PGA Professionals looking for a job as of 12:00 today when I had to call my wife and tell her the news. I am sorry you aren't going to miss us, it's nice to know I busted my ass to try and give my store the same feel I had at the green grass level my entire career to our customers at Dick's but clearly it didn't matter. All you cared about was getting your plastic tees and cheap golf balls, begging for discounts etc.
I won't miss you either
Feel free to tell us what it was like. I don't presume to know enough about the inner workings of Dick's Sporting Goods to say that us not missing you was your fault. For all I know it was your managers' fault.
We've already had a couple guys say they didn't know Dick's even staffed PGA pros, so is that the fault of the PGA pros or were the stores understaffed in other areas, forcing the PGA pros to cover more of the store?