Seven years ago, Tom Franklin helped launch the now-popular Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree program in golf enterprise management at UW-Stout.
Franklin, who has since retired as a professor and program director, is back with a book on the subject of owning and operating golf courses: “Sun-Up to Sun-Down: The Lives of Golf Course Owners.”
The book is published by Cardinal Publishing and is available in book stores and online through Amazon.com. A discussion of the book and signing will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Bookends on Main, 214 E. Main St., Menomonie.
“This is a book about the lives of golf course owners and operators, and the reader may be surprised by what they learn,” said Franklin, a retired psychology professor.
“Even though I was an avid golfer, I found that I had a lot to learn about the golf industry,” Franklin added, referring to his position as GEM program director beginning in 2006.
“‘Sun-Up to Sun-Down’ is a compilation of the personal stories of a diverse set of American entrepreneurs who by one path or another own golf courses,” Franklin said.
The stories are told in the owners’ words, based on face-to-face interviews conducted across the U.S. between 2007 and 2012.
“Big dreams, wild successes and dismal failures, realities and delusions are all part of the industry,” Franklin said. “The personal stories of golf course owners told in this book attest to their perseverance, breadth of skills and passion for the business of golf and the game of golf.”
More information on the GEM program is available here.