Partner Spotlight

Austad’s Golf

The First Tee of South Dakota is grateful for our partnership with Austad’s Golf.  We can not say THANK YOU enough for their continued support.  We are pleased to highlight them as our Partner Spotlight. Continue reading below on how Austad’s Golf got started and how they support The First Tee of South Dakota with the Austad’s Invitational.

In the words of Dave Austad, President, read how it all got started.  “At Austad’s, we’ve been helping golfers have more fun on the course for over 50 years.  A true family business, we’re now in our 3rd generation and are proud to be a company with a rich history, yet thoroughly modern at the same time.  Our company motto is, “Play Better, Have Fun, Shop Austad’s” and we live that motto every day.

The year was 1963, JFK was President, Arnold Palmer had some new competition each week with a young golfer named Jack Nicklaus, and my dad, Oscar Austad, started the first Golf catalog in America from our home. It truly was a family business. Mom would type up the catalog, us kids would put labels on them, and everyone helped pick orders when they came in. People thought my dad was crazy for starting a golf catalog. After all, up until that time, you had to go to a Pro shop to be custom fitted. There was definitely a demand for good quality golf equipment at fair prices because Austad’s exploded with growth. Today, we operate 9 retail stores all in the upper Midwest, with the motto “Bend over backwards to take care of the customer and they will be your friend for life.” I think dad’s business motto is still true today, but don’t take my word for it. Check out the testimonials and ratings our customers give us. We would be honored to serve you as well. Hope to hear from you soon.”

Austad’s Golf & The First Tee

Austad’s Golf is proud to support The First Tee of South Dakota!!  Since 2006, Austad’s Golf has hosted The Austad’s Invitational, an annual golf tournament held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  At this unique event, participants have the opportunity to meet and interact with The First Tee of South Dakota participants.  All proceeds from this event benefit The First Tee of South Dakota and we’re proud to have raised over $300,000 for this great organization.

This premier golf tournament is made even more unique with our great connections to vendor partners like Titleist, Ping, Callaway, TaylorMade, FootJoy and more.  It’s truly a one-of-a-kind event that golfers mark on their calendars year after year. Interested in participating in The Austad’s Invitational?  Email Shawn at soppold@austadgolf.com