Meet Michael Herzog, PGA Teaching Professional of Golf Etc. Bismarck
Who got you interested in golf and at what age?
My mother got me interested in the game at a very early age. She is amazing in so many ways! She was a golf shop manager for over 15 years in my hometown. I was often with her at work during the summers at the young age of 7 and after school, assisting in picking the practice range, cleaning and participating in junior golf programs. While participating in the junior golf programs, my love for the game grew immensely, and I knew then that I wanted to be a PGA Professional when I was 13, because of how they (my mentors) conducted themselves, how they taught me values of the game, how they played the game honestly, holding yourself accountable, integrity, honesty, how to interact and play smart in competitive tournaments, meeting new friends and creating lasting friendships.
You’re a PGA Golf Pro, what does that detail?
Becoming a PGA Professional has been one of the best decisions I ever made and some of the busiest times of my life… I can set one thing clear about a PGA Professional…you don’t get to play golf all the time! Lol! Often people ask me what it is like to play golf all the time….Being a PGA Professional in my field, is well beyond that. Being a PGA Professional not only adds value to any facility you work at (brings knowledge, revenue, customer service & interaction, advice, lessons, marketing, recruitment, retention, etc) but you serve to help grow the game and make it better then when you started. If anyone is ever interested in learning more about becoming a PGA Professional, I would love to visit with them and share how rewarding it is as a profession.
Describe the business for me?
Golf Etc. Bismarck is a locally owned and operated golf shop offering pro-line equipment for men, women and juniors. We have an in-house club repair shop, performance fitting center, 5- high-definition golf simulators and a snack bar. We offer the latest selections of equipment, apparel, bags, balls, gloves, gift items and more. Our trained and certified staff will assist our customers in finding the right golf equipment to fit their game.
How long have you been in the business?
The business which was started by the Hall Family has been in business for 3 years, and going nowhere fast! We have amazing customers who value honesty, commitment and a great deal! We just finished celebrating our 3 years this past week and look to continue to serve our golf enthusiasts and help promote the game.
You have golf simulators, how many do you have?
5 HD Golf Simulators.
Do you have leagues?
Yes, we offer a very fun and competitive adult virtual golf league that runs in the Fall (October to December) and Winter (January to March). We have several different formats and offer great prizes each week. Participating in Fall and Winter league is the best way to stay loose for the upcoming golf season and keep the swing consistent.
How many people can play together?
We recommend four to a simulator bay, but we can accommodate up to six per simulator bay.
How many different courses do you offer?
We offer over 30 different courses that provide a very fun and virtual realistic play on the golf course. HD Golf is by far the best simulator out there on the market!
What services do you offer?
We offer the best in custom club fitting, lessons and club repair. We have been recognized by Golf Digest and KZG as Top Club Fitters in the World something we really strive for as a business, to provide the best experience and equipment for our customers.
Do you offer golf lessons?
Yes. I love teaching. It’s my passion and its drives my motivation for purpose and value in giving back to others. I offer lessons to ages from 4-74, both in group or in private settings. It’s never too late to start to learn the game that lasts a lifetime!
What product lines to you carry?
We can the biggest selection club manufacturer and product lines in the Bismarck/Mandan and the surrounding areas. We offer Taylormade, Callaway, Odyssey, Cure, Ping, Cobra, Srixon, Cleveland, KZG, Vega, Tour Edge, Wilson Staff, Mizuno, US Kids Golf and Adams Golf.
How do you shift your business in our outdoor golf season, to still be productive for you?
Our business slows slightly, but we will still be very busy still with lessons, US Kids Golf Camps, PGA Junior League, club fittings and club fit builds. We have four full time staff that work hard and keep within our mission of promoting the game and phenomenal service to our customers.
What are your hours?
In the summer (April – September) our hours are Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm and closed on Sundays and in the winter (October-March) our hours are Monday – Saturday, 9am -10pm and Sundays, 12pm-6pm.
Do you have any specials you offer?
Yes, every month we will offer great deals on accessories, bags, balls, clubs, apparel, etc. We also promote great savings on our Facebook page too!
What advice would you offer to gofers?
Golf is literally the only sport that you can play for a lifetime both indoors and outdoors, with the conditions outside never the same. You will create lifetime friendships and everlasting memories. So go out and seek lessons, join a league, engage, practice and have fun!