Adrian Rubin


Adrian Rubin is a real estate developer managing multiple development projects all over the United States.
Adrian Rubin LogoWhen he is not spending time working or with his family, you can typically find Adrian on the golf course somewhere in Philadelphia or the greater Pennsylvania area.
The Beauty of Golf

Adrian Rubin considers golf to be an incredible sport for a multitude of reasons. Although Adrian had familiarity with the sport watching it on TV when he was younger, and playing recreationally on occasion,  he didn’t fully get into it until he was a bit older. Adrian picked up the sport more seriously when he found that it was an easy way to connect with colleagues and clients outside of work. In addition to being a great social sport, Adrian was pleased to find that golf provides an excellent way to clear his head, relax, and refocus. Golf is enjoyed in the great outdoors, and always provides an excellent opportunity for client outings as a literal breath of fresh air from the office and the day to day bustle of a big city. The golf course is a place where you can take a breath and do business at the same time without any distractions.

The Values of Golf

Adrian Rubin also believes that golf is one of the better-respected sports in terms of its traditional values. There are specific aspects of the game that you simply respect as a player, and Adrian believes that this should be the case in the business world as well. There are certain things that you simply don’t do on a golf course. Some of Adrian Rubin’s favorite golfers are Phil Mickelson, Rory Mcllroy, and Bubba Watson.

Golf Course Real Estate Today

The golf course is a spectacle in the real estate development community, as it is one of the biggest land purchases for a single operation. Although Adrian’s professional responsibilities are more focused on the infrastructure development of family homes, as an experienced industry leader, he is fascinated by the impressive size of golf courses. It is well-known throughout the industry that one of the better real estate development pitches is something called a “Golf Property.” These properties are typically residential homes build near a golf course, and there are over 2000 golf courses that surround residential properties in the United States. Over the years, golf has declined in popularity, and many golf courses have had trouble making enough revenue to keep up with their high land costs. Golf courses have been forced to innovate by deploying creative marketing strategies in order to obtain more customers and increase the value of the sport of golf. Simply put, the real estate value in golf is extremely difficult to keep up with for many courses because the rates are generally so high for so much land! In addition to your typical property taxes, golf courses come with their own set of requirements for maintenance and upkeep.

The Problem with Today’s Golf Economy

The average 18-hole golf course in the United States typically covers 125-150 acres of land. Think of how much time and money that can cost. Golf courses are known for their pristine and manicured appearance, this requires constant care and attention, and in order to maintain this , the property owners must commit to the management of this sort of care.

While the operations budget of a golf course is largely determined by factors like; location, actual size of the course, whether or not it is connected to a private country club and more, retaining two mechanics and a number of greenskeepers can easily run around seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars per year, although this can range from five hundred to a million or more… it all just depends. Of course this number can fluctuate based on the aforementioned factors and can change owing to current market conditions, but that is  a realistic figure to start from. Even, if you are looking at lower or mid tier public golf courses, the operating may be on the lower end of that spectrum, but it’s still on that spectrum.

Golf as a Form of Art

Adrian Rubin is very involved in the world of visual arts – this has been a lifelong passion for him. Although Adrian began his foray into the artworld more as an art historian learning about the classic painters, his interest has truly expanded to include modern and contemporary artwork as well as mediums other than the canvas and traditional sculptures. This expansive interest in artwork has even begun to crossover into how he views the experience of golf. Golf course architecture is its own field of study, since it differs so much from the various other fields of architecture. And in recent years, Adrian has noticed that when he is not putting on the green or thinking out his next play, he likes to take a step back and look at the course as a piece of art. He likes to challenge himself and try to think like the architect that made this green space. Although golf courses are in fact a chance to be outside , the  “natural” element and “greenery” is carefully selected and managed for the optimal golfing experience. So Adrian likes to let his mind wander a little bit and really consider the intention behind each component that makes up the composition of the golf course. He even considers looking at a printed copy of the layout of a golf course to be an interesting take on an artwork. What is the intention? How are the players interacting with the space? How does the design address the needs of both the players and the owner of the property? Is there anything unique about the space that might hint at a signature style of that particular architect? Although Adrian’s primary focus when he is on the green is always the game, as an art enthusiast, he can’t help but draw the connections between these two interests.

Suggestions for Beginners

Although golf was a sport that always interested Adrian Rubin peripherally, he found that the big push towards the game came when he was an adult. Choosing to dedicate a lot of time to this sport came easily as soon as he first set foot on the green. And while the integration of playing was pretty seamless in Adrian’s case, he definitely picked up more than a few pointers that he wishes someone had shared with him early on!

Stretch

First of all, take your time. Because golf is a slower game typically thought of as a leisure sport for mature players, newcomers may not take into account that while the pace is slower than other sports, it’s still requires physical demands. That being said, I would encourage newcomers to the game to warm up and stretch ( a little)  a bit before playing, and to definitely cool down and stretch once they complete the game. You may not even notice this while you are playing, but with each swing you are utilizing the whole of your body and you may be surprised to feel some aches and pains when you wake up the next day if you don’t stretch at the end of your game.

Golf Etiquette

While golf etiquette may change slightly from club to club, there are certain practices that you will find everywhere you go. First of all, be mindful of others and be respectful to the green. Your putting will undoubtedly leave divots in the green, so make sure that you repair these along the way. You want to leave the green so that the only hint that you had ever been there are the moist patches of turf from where you fell to the ground and wept in frustration for missing that hole in one by a centimeter. Try to keep your noise levels to a minimum – especially when there are other groups nearby. Don’t break others’ concentration by being noisy. Instead try to keep quiet and let others enjoy the serenity of the space. Also, remember that the player who is situated farthest from the hole is always entitled to play first. This has nothing to do with who is or is not on the green. Having a full grasp of the rules is important in maintaining a sense of etiquette around the people that you are playing with, but also remember that you should be courteous to the course itself and the players that will follow you. Also, remember that everyone was a beginner at some point, so let the rest of your party know, and don’t worry about making a mistake.

Train

Similar to the way that many newbies to the golf game are shocked by the fact that golf is in fact a physical game, others are surprised that your golf game can be significantly improved by making smart choices in the time that you are off the green. When you are just starting, it’s a good idea to spend a fair amount of time practicing the basic components of the game.  You can practice just your swing – with or without your club. Just focus on the proper form, consistency and follow through. You should also make sure that you are developing a fitness routine that involves a form of cardio and weight training. Design an exercise plan that addresses your current level of fitness, your fitness goals and takes into account any conditions that may be aggravated by certain types of exercise or movement. Then consult with your doctor about this plan. In addition to working on the fundamental elements of golf like your swing, your dead aim, your chipping distance and more – improving your overall health will undoubtedly improve your game. And of course it’s important that you fuel yourself properly for this fit lifestyle. Make sure that you are drinking a lot of water, nix junk food and soft drinks and make sure that you are eating enough protein. Don’t skimp on the vegetables. I wouldn’t say that following a strict diet is necessary, I think that just being conscious of what you eat, how much you eat and when you eat is enough. Don’t eat late, don’t eat junk, cut out things like alcohol and cigarettes and just try to eat healthy unprocessed foods. For some this is easier said than done, but being mindful of your nutrition will not only make you a better golfer, but it will improve the  quality and duration of your life.

Although Adrian Rubin is not a pro-golfer by any means, he loves every aspect of the game, and encourages that people with any inkling of an interest in the game try it out as it can easily develop into a lifelong passion and hobby.


Adrian Rubin loves playing golf because the game means a lot to him and his family. The real estate aspect of golf is simply something he thinks about from time to time, because as I said before, golf allows people to relax and let their mind wander to whatever they are interested in that moment in time.