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Lake Balls – How are they retrieved?

Friday, March 4th, 2016

For a guy who doesn’t play golf (or even one who does), the retrieval of ‘Lake Balls’ is somewhat of a mystery!

So in order to find out, The Social Golfer asked leading Lake Balls provider Scott Phillips of Premier Lake Balls, how it’s done…

Lake Balls – The Collection

Premier Lake Balls DiverFirstly, let’s start with the basics – this should never be undertaken without professional supervision.

Water on the golf course isn’t just a hazard to those playing, it can be laced with chemicals, laden with bacteria that can cause lockjaw and a plethora of other infections.

And of course, in some countries, they are home to snapping turtles, poisonous snakes and alligators.

So think again before diving in head first to retrieval your ball, following a wayward shot.

Whilst many may assume there is some wizard tech machine used to collect the Lake Balls, it’s much more lightly that it will be a ‘frogman‘ or in today’s parlance ‘A certified Scuba Diver‘.

In some quarters, and especially those working in the industry, these Lake Balls are often referred to as  ‘white gold’.

Although we wouldn’t use a sieve to find them… it’s basically a simple process of diving to the depths.

And given the hazards stated above, it no surprise that we lose between 3-5 divers a year (on average), paying with their life!

Lake Balls – The Numbers

As with many things in life, one man’s loss is another man’s gain, and there are many divers livelihoods that hinge on the misfortunes of the golfer.

Of the estimated 100 million missing golf balls recovered each year, in various countries, roughly three times as many never get found.

However, around 2.5 million make their way into Premier Lake Balls warehouse.

As they arrive in their pallets, awaiting their next chance to play, these Lake Balls are processed in massive ball washers, that are able to accommodate 20,000 balls a time.

Lake Balls – The Cleaning/Grading

Processing at this point is pretty quick. Once washed and dried, the grading starts.

This is the labour intensive part, as ensuring we grade the Lake Balls to the highest standard ready for resale on the website is paramount.

With this done, we can then start pricing and tagging by size, brand, and/or range.

And with new ball prices having continued to climb in recent years, more and more golfers now prefer to purchase 2nd hand Lake Balls.

Which is not only good for your pocket but also on the environment.

Often many of our balls look like new, once cleaned” Said Scott.

Premier Lake Balls

Lake Balls – The Cost

Given the labour cost in this retrieval process, there very small margins to be made but each ball represents a small profit to both the retriever and the supplier.

However, there is a profit to be made in ‘quantity’ and with the lake balls retrieval market continuing to grow, there is a happy future ahead for the industry.

Ask any traditional golf ball retailer about Lake Balls and they’ll  tell you that any ball pulled from a pond is an inferior product.

Sorry, but that is a thing of past with the introduction of surlyn covers (replacing balata balls) as this do not deteriorate in water and they perform exactly the same as a newly boxed ball, that is three times the price.

In short, buying used Lake Balls via a respected retailer such as Premier Lake Balls, will not only save you money at a time of economic uncertainty but it could also save the planet.

Thanks Scott, who knew!

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By Ian Mullins

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Nearest Pin and Longest Drive Markers…

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
Nearest  Pin and Longest Drive Markers

Nearest Pin and Longest Drive Markers

As you know, we are always on the look-out for new products and this month we are enthusing at the invention of these new and innovative Nearest Pin and Longest Drive Markers by Golf Marker Systems.

For many years, we’ve all be using the flimsy and cumbersome Titleist markers that are provided by the course. However, this new ‘waterproof’ and attractive design is a real sea change.

However, how many times have you done this and had the markers returned soggy and wet? The crisp paper now nothing more than a mushy unreadable mess? Or you try to write your name but the whiteboard and pen are so wet it’s impossible?

No more  scribbling names in the wet and covering with a plastic bag, just use the waterproof paper and pencil. We ordered this product in time for the TSG Par 3 Championship at Pedham Place Golf Club and loved them!

Nearest Pin and Longest Drive Markers – The idea…

Nearest Pin and Longest Drive Markers

Nearest Pin and Longest Drive Markers

The GMS team began to experiment with different options on how he could create an all weather marker. In the beginning, they explored how they could still add names to the marker without changing the concept.

This led the trial of magnets, which worked well but were not cost effective or viable. They needed to find something that could be written on but withstand the rain whilst still being lightweight and look professional.

After two years of development the company found the solution and have been overwhelmed with the response to the product. They have taken orders from clubs such as The Royal St Georges, Loch Lomond and Ham Manor amongst many others.

Nearest Pin and Longest Drive Markers – Not just for golf clubs…

However, not just an accessory for golf clubs, these Nearest Pin and Longest Drive Markers are being used by golf societies and charities all over the UK and as far away as Australia.

They come in a number of colours and sizes and you can add any image or logo to the front, making them unique. They can also make for handy travel sized marker for your golfing holidays too.

TSG OFFER: We have arranged a 10% discount off all purchases in September and October for TSGers, just use the using the following code when purchasing: SOCIAL

Visit – www.golfmarkersystems.com