Behind the List with Ned Graff
General manager and director of golf at Hershey Country Club
Q: What makes the Hershey Country Club so attractive to business executives looking for a quality golf and leisure experience?
A: We have an offering for everyone, whether they are a golfer, tennis player, pool enthusiast or a food lover.
Our golf courses offer a wide variety of styles of golf that can meet the skill level of every player. The historical West Course, an area favorite, is a traditional-style course that players of all levels would enjoy. The East Course is the most challenging course, in my opinion, as it is a long yardage for a par 71. There are many uphill shots into the greens. ...
The Links course is a gem. It is unique to the area, as it has many attributes like a links-style course with long fescue, well-placed bunkers and large greens.
We offer great instruction from all of our nine PGA professionals. We provide individual instruction for players of all levels. We provide company weekly clinics to introduce their staff to golf and offer clinics during outings.
Our members have access and receive a discount at all the Hershey Entertainment & Resorts dining venues except Devon and Houlihan's but have the ability to bill back to their member account at all the outlets. That gives them a total of 10 high-quality restaurants that are available via their membership.
How will the impending closing of Hershey Links impact what the Hershey Country Club as a whole has to offer?
Despite the fact that we will no longer have the golf course and the Highlands Grill, we are proud to offer our members a suite of offerings, including 45 holes of premier golf, the pool, tennis courts, access to HE&R restaurants with a discount, Hersheypark tickets for all the seasons plus Sweet Lights tickets, preferred seating access to concerts, and member rates at both The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge.
Please talk about some of special packages that Hershey Country Club offers and which are best suited to executives.
For traveling golfers, we offer two golf packages and other opportunities: a Short and Sweet package offering one round of golf during each night of their stay; (and) an unlimited package to play as much golf as you like during your stay.
We do offer twilight rates and a 9 by Nine rate to play in the first hour of tee times for nine holes that includes rental clubs and a cart for the nine holes of golf.
Hershey Country Club does offer corporate memberships in which a company can have five designees under their membership.
Talk about how Spring Creek Golf Course fits into the collection and what it can offer the children/families of executives that visit the area.
Spring Creek is a fun, nine-hole course. It ... can be played by all players, from beginner to expert. ... It fits a great family setting of relaxed golf for the enjoyment of all.
Spring Creek was voted the No. 2 short course in the state of Pennsylvania.
About Ned Graff
Education: Bachelor's degree in marketing from Jacksonville University
Family: Wife Mitzi; daughter Julia, 17; son Campbell, 16
Lives in: North Londonderry Township
Hobbies: Spending time with family, movies and lawn care
Fun fact: Graff played two years on the PGA Mini Tours. He had a great experience but learned, he said, "I would not be making a living through my playing ability."