I never cease to be impressed by the complexity and depth of the golf industry. In addition to the obvious player components (and all that goes into producing them), such as balls, clubs and apparel, there’s a multi-level industry centering around building and maintaining courses: heavy equipment, seed, fertilizers, drainage, watering and on and on. And then there’s the marketing, and the publishing and on and on.
Here’s one I hadn’t thought about until recently: signage. Someone has to make all those tee signs, yardage markers, informational plaques and so on. For many courses, that company is Port City Architectural Signage, a Muskegon, Michigan based foundry.
Port City sent me a tee marker that they had done for the Tulsa Country Club as a sample of their work. It’s impressively heavy, cleanly cast and has a nice enameled blue background. This is the sort of thing that will last for decades. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it, but it’d be cool to have a similar one with an “R” on it for my last name, or a GolfBlogger logo. I’d put it in Mrs. GolfBlogger’s garden.
Port City makes its signs in bronze, aluminum, recycled plastics, zinc, copper and stainless steel. The can reproduce your logo, and also have an in-house design team to help you develop the perfect product.
While the focus of this blog is golf, I’ll also note that they can also do a wide variety of products for homes and neighborhoods—permanent plaques for the entryways to communities, for example, or address signs for palatial homes.
It’s good looking stuff, and I’m happy to give a shout-out to a Michigan company.