Anyone else miss Golfsmith?

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Tanner25Tanner25  6448Members Posts: 6,448
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Was thinking, now that Golfsmith is gone and DSG and Golf Galaxy are one and they mainly cover the popular brands. Ping, TM, Titleist, Callaway. I loved the many choices golfsmith provided outside of the major, oems - like Tour Edge, Cobra, Cleveland, Srixon, Mizuno, Wilson and more. Plus they had sleeves of balls, too. It's a shame.
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  • the bishopthe bishop  3540Members Posts: 3,540
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    Well for the major OEM brands you miss PGA SS carries most of those. I miss the Snake Eyes brand clothing for their inexpensive layering pieces for winter/cold weather golf.
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  • deadsolid...shankdeadsolid...shank  14800ClubWRX Posts: 14,800
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    I did like being able to buy a sleeve of balls to try. Golf Galaxy doesn’t do that?



    But if you have a Scheels nearby they sell by the sleeve. And have a solid selection.
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  • tdk8180tdk8180  2413Members Posts: 2,413
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    I miss my Golfsmith store in Novi, MI.



    I have replaced that void with the Golf Galaxy in Troy and the Golf Galaxy in Utica.



    Of course there is Carls Golfland in Plymouth and Bloomfield Hills



    And Miles of Golf



    And some smatterings of Pro Golf Stores



    And theres the Royal Oak Golf Center where my buddy Don can build and tweak equipment



    And the golf sections at the 12 Dicks Sporting Goods locations



    And my pro shop







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  • rainkingjrrainkingjr  2692Members Posts: 2,692
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    I really liked Golfsmith. Especially back in the old days when they were making some really nice components. I still love the Tour Cavity Forged irons that were designed by Tom Wishon.
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  • just plain billjust plain bill  1488Unregistered Posts: 1,488
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    in austin (their HQ) they had a huge driving range. my sales people moved over to golf galaxy, so that's a plus.
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  • elwhippyelwhippy  3294Members Posts: 3,294
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    I loved the fact your could switch between OEM and component companies. And the ability to set up an account and buy shafts etc. In the UK the aftermarket shaft market is both limited and very expensive since Golfsmith folded.
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  • hybrid25hybrid25 michigan 1587Members Posts: 1,587
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    I still have a set of snake eyes irons that I made up. They are pretty much shovels, but none the less, I like them every now and then.
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  • jimb6golfjimb6golf  1662Members Posts: 1,662
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    It was fun being able to walk thru their large stores and trying all kinds of equipment and clothes. DSG is a joke and typically has a few clubs but usually older models. I'm lucky I have Joe and Leigh's in my area but there isn't much else around.
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    in austin (their HQ) they had a huge driving range. my sales people moved over to golf galaxy, so that's a plus.




    The Raleigh store had a driving range, too. Not large. but, a cool way to check out clubs.
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  • SubaruWRXSubaruWRX  3528Members Posts: 3,528
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    eBay and other online stores cover all I need. I never bought much in store unless there was a good sale anyway.
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  • Jeri6gtJeri6gt Friday Hacker  271Members Posts: 271
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    Nope
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  • dbleagdbleag  2908Members Posts: 2,908
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    I worked at one for a few months - it was pretty fun and also cool to see what used stuff came in.
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  • K.ipK.ip  100Members Posts: 100
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    I think it varies greatly from location to location but for me, it’s an overall yes



    A few stores you would find some very knowledgeable folks (less so towards the end) and just big enough to wander around
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  • cb24cb24  1715Members Posts: 1,715
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    It was nice to hit balls there from time to time and try to find decent used sets but overall they were bad, so I don’t miss them
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  • jschwarbjschwarb  826Members Posts: 826 BST Banned
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    When I first got into golf 20-plus years ago, my first big mail-order purchases were from Golfsmith. Loved their catalogs.
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  • sailfishchrissailfishchris Long Island NY 938Members, ClubWRX Posts: 938
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    I miss them for club building material..... epoxy and such. I bought a case of 30/60 epoxy when they were liquidating
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  • Tanner25Tanner25  6448Members Posts: 6,448
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    dbleag wrote:


    I worked at one for a few months - it was pretty fun and also cool to see what used stuff came in.




    They had a nice used section including sets as well as this big rack thing of woods, hybrids etc.
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  • re_murphy13re_murphy13 Membership  353Members Posts: 353
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    Novi Michigan had an awesome used section and would make deals on all of it. I miss that store.
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  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Columbus, OH 7258Members Posts: 7,258
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    If they still existed I would literally chose them 90% of the time over GG.



    Their main store was less than a mile from GG’s main store here in Columbus.



    I went to Golfsmith quite regularly. I only went to GG a few times a year to see if they had anything I couldn’t find at Golfsmith.
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  • rightslicerightslice  160Members Posts: 160
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    Yes
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  • Scotty1140Scotty1140  4634Members Posts: 4,634
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    Novi Michigan had an awesome used section and would make deals on all of it. I miss that store.


    Tons of used clubs there. Massive putting green too. That was a bummer when that store closed.
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  • taylormade113taylormade113  900Members Posts: 900
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    I miss the Snake Eyes brand of clothing. Great price and loved the shirts.



    I was also a used club junkie and this place always scratched the itch.
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  • DavePelz4DavePelz4 A golf course in the Chicago area. 25120ClubWRX Posts: 25,120
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    I miss Phil, the club guy at the store in Aurora, IL. Not only a great guy but his work was flawless.
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  • augustgolfaugustgolf Golf with dignity Coastal NC 3939Members Posts: 3,939
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    Was fortunate enough to visit their Austin, TX HQ way back in the 70's - they had everything that you needed to do club building and/or repair.



    Was great, being able to walk around their entire facility, which, at the time, was considered massive, but paled in comparison to what they became as time went on.



    Yes - I do miss them, because they seemed to get most everything that they did "right" - except, how to continue their business practices as they grew.



    It is a task - dealing with success.....
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  • Krt22Krt22 East Bay 8030Members Posts: 8,030
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    My GS was bought out and turned into a GG, nice location, 7-8 hitting bays, nice clearance selection. That GG was then closed and incorporated into the local dicks. 1 bay and 1 trackman bay now, garbage clearance selection, much less used stuff



    Luckily there is still a Golf Mart which is better than both!
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  • the bishopthe bishop  3540Members Posts: 3,540
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    They had a Golf and Tennis superstore in Palm Desert that had a full size tennis court inside to demo rackets. Thought that was pretty cool.
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  • fairways4lifefairways4life  1556Members Posts: 1,556
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    Tanner25 wrote:



    in austin (their HQ) they had a huge driving range. my sales people moved over to golf galaxy, so that's a plus.




    The Raleigh store had a driving range, too. Not large. but, a cool way to check out clubs.




    I spent many of my lunch breaks banging balls at the Raleigh location. You could just pick up anything from the used rack and go hit it on the launch monitors. I ended up buying several clubs that way and always went there for new grips. The location was replaced by a golf Galaxy / Dick's and while it's really big and nice there's something just stale about it. There's not much of a used selection and they aren't as keen on people hitting on the launch monitors.
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  • Tanner25Tanner25  6448Members Posts: 6,448
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    Tanner25 wrote:



    in austin (their HQ) they had a huge driving range. my sales people moved over to golf galaxy, so that's a plus.




    The Raleigh store had a driving range, too. Not large. but, a cool way to check out clubs.




    I spent many of my lunch breaks banging balls at the Raleigh location. You could just pick up anything from the used rack and go hit it on the launch monitors. I ended up buying several clubs that way and always went there for new grips. The location was replaced by a golf Galaxy / Dick's and while it's really big and nice there's something just stale about it. There's not much of a used selection and they aren't as keen on people hitting on the launch monitors.




    + 1 It is just not the same. Also, the local GG/DSG's are never fully stocked with a limited club selection. I guess the internet sales are finally taking it's toll on the local retailer.
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  • uflorida1uflorida1  745Members Posts: 745
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    I miss going there to try things and then come home to the BST to make the purchase! :P Guess that’s why they aren’t around anymore. It’s all our fault! Great memories tho
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  • fairways4lifefairways4life  1556Members Posts: 1,556
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    There's nothing that will sucker more golfers into impulse purchases like having a whole bunch of used clubs for sale next to some hitting bays with launch monitors and giving a green light. You all know how we are -- find that one driver that's flying 5 yards further than our current gamer and that credit card is coming out before the ball stops rolling. It was a genius business model in that respect.
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