Archive for the ‘Proshop’ Category

Fun Stuff all in one Place

By: purgatorygolf on September 10th, 2013

We have consolidated all of our fun stuff onto one web page so you can easily find it. It is very cleverly titled “Fun Stuff,” and you can find it at the top left hand side of our web page anytime you want now. It has all been available for a while, but it has been shared in bits and pieces on our blog so you had to sort of dig to find something. But not anymore. Now you can find:

Purgatory Golf Ball iPhone case


Golf themed flip-flops


So don’t forget, Fun Stuff is at the top left hand side of all of our web pages when you need to find a cool golf gift.

Blair Shadday New Head Pro at Forest Hills Country Club

By: purgatorygolf on February 28th, 2013

Blair has landed his dream job of head professional at Forest Hills Country Club. So tomorrow is his last day here at Purgatory Golf Club. We are so happy for him, and his new club is very lucky to have him on board. If you have time, please wish him luck, and of course call on him at his new venue when summer comes. There are many things he has done that were above and beyond the call of duty;

  • Helping Dick Merchent with his computer and new cell phone,
  • Ordering every StarTAC in existence for Mike when he was still holding on to that ancient phone for dear life,
  • Playing golf with Clay, encouraging him, and appreciating every word he has to say,
  • Carrying Tenna’s bags in when everyone else seems to be too busy talking 😉

And of course all the long hours and responsibilities that come with being a golf professional. I’ve put links to the videos Blair has starred in below. The most special one to me is “How to have a successful golf outing.” Blair didn’t have any warning. Brian House was here one day, and since outings are his area of expertise, Blair was available and I asked him to do the interview. He stepped right up to the plate, with no hesitation, and did a great job. There is no doubt in my mind that kind of ‘jump in’ attitude will serve him and his new club well!

2013 PGA Merchandise Show

By: Tenna Merchent on January 25th, 2013

The PGA Merchandise Show is going on right now in Orlando. We spent the whole day there yesterday. We studied the app and made favorites so we could make sure we saw the vendors we were most interested in visiting. Mine were:

  • The new product zone, where only brand new products are allowed, and I got in trouble for taking pictures. BTW, there are no signs saying no photography.
  • My preferred GPS vendor, and I liked what I saw, but sadly one of the reps was very sexist. That has motivated me to make sure we have a very strong policy statement on treating every guest with respect, no matter what their appearance.
  • Yardage books

Dick Merchent’s of course was the range ball vendor machine. He was in heaven looking at that equipment.

Clay Merchent was thrilled to get to meet Scotty Cameron, definitely the pinnacle of his week.

For us it’s a time to kick the tires on things we’ve already been considering. We say hi to old friends, and consider new things. We don’t actually make purchases, because we’re not impulse buyers. But it is a great opportunity to see some of the latest and greatest in our business.

Next week we’ll make the orders 😉

The PGA Merchandise Show, What Do You Want to See?

By: Tenna Merchent on January 17th, 2013

The 2013 PGA Merchandise Show is Next Week in Orlando Florida! As golf geeks, we can’t wait for this show every year. We get to see all the new cool:

  • Equipment, drivers, hybrids, putters, wedges
  • Golf balls
  • Men’s clothes
  • Women’s clothes
  • Children’s clothes
  • Shoes, belts, hats
  • Ball marks
  • Awards
  • Spinner vans, yes they have decked out spinner vans

You name it, if it exists at a golf course it will be at the show. There is a whole section devoted completely to brand new products. Some of them are crazy, do you really want a picture of your little girl on your driver head? But some are really cool like the Switch belts we started carrying last year.

If you have trouble with focus, this can be a challenge. It is soooo HUGE, I actually bought a backpack that has a scooter that flips down so I can make around the whole show this year. We go with definite goals of what we have to see, and what would be nice to see.

That’s where you come in, is there anything you want to see. I can take pictures, probably some video, ask questions, get prices if there is anything you want me to investigate, I have 6 days to add it to my list.

So, what do you want to see from the PGA show?

Congratulations Blair!

By: Tenna Merchent on August 9th, 2012

Earlier this week Blair Shadday, assistant golf professional here at Purgatory Golf Club won the Indiana PGA Assistant Championship with a three-round total 216 at Meridian Hills Country Club. Blair has also won 3 out of the last four Assistant Championships. When we were talking about it, he said that he was surprised how nervous he was, being the leader and the player that was expected to win. That is a lot of pressure, but Blair loves the game of golf.

I remember one day I was attending a social event at Purgatory Golf Club, and I went back to my office to get my camera and tripod to take some sunset pictures. Blair and I were talking and I said “I’m just more comfortable with a camera in my hands,” and he replied, “I understand, I’m definitely more comfortable with a golf club in my hands!” Blair has the golf bug as deeply as anyone I know, and I obviously know a lot of golfers.

I’ve taken a few pieces of some video we shot for another project and stitched them together so you can get an opportunity to have a little insight into Blair’s personality. He’s very special, and we are lucky to have him here at Purgatory Golf Club. We hope you enjoy the video!

You can read more about his win at

Gorgeous Golf Painting Junior Sportswear

By: Tenna Merchent on July 26th, 2012

We have some amazing new sportswear in for our juniors. I’ve included photos of just two styles. I hope to post more later. They are unisex t-shirts, incredibly soft, when our boys got theirs, they put them on immediately, and they both slept in them that night. The t-shirts display artwork from several of our favorite holes at PuratoryGC on both the front and the back, and the PGC logo appears on the back of each shirt.

We also have similar sportswear available for adults, and even aprons, napkins, and beach towels. If you ever see a piece of our artwork that you would like to have on a product we carry, please let us know, and we’ll see if we can make that happen. Hope you love the new items as much as we do!

Play the 13th hole with Blair Shadday

By: Tenna Merchent on June 7th, 2012

Get to know Blair Shadday as he warms up on the driving range, putts, and then shows us his strategy on the very long 13th hole.

Pink Sparkles

By: Tenna Merchent on April 21st, 2012

Sometimes you just need something new to cheer you up, and get you motivated to do your work. This pink & sparkly ink pen with golf ball beads, and female golfer charm is the perfect pick-me-up!

Pink sparkle with golfer

We have a small selection we have prepared for Ladies night, we hope you love them as much as we do!



By: Tenna Merchent on March 16th, 2012

KnickersWe saw this company at the PGA show in Orlando this January. They were certainly eye catching, and coordinated to the hilt, our question to you is, “Would you really wear these?”