Corporate Headquarters: Lino Lakes, Minnesota
Category: Turf & Course Suppliers
Steve Garske, CEO
Mike Hilliard, President
Since being founded in 1955, Par Aide has been providing superior golf course accessories, including tee markers, flags, cups, rakes, maintenance equipment, practice-area products and other facility-related supplies to golf courses around the world.
The company’s story starts in 1954 when founder and self-trained pattern maker, Joseph S. Garske opened Progress Foundries in St. Paul, Minnesota. While attending a PGA meeting in St. Paul, Joseph was inspired to invent what he referred to as a “good ball washer.” In less than a year Joseph had designed his game-changing ball washer, created the tooling needed to produce it, and received a patent to protect it. With all of those aspects in place, Joseph took his product and pitched it to two golf-accessory companies. Both companies rejected the product and with that Par Aide was born.
In the years to come, Par Aide thrived under the leadership of Joe Garske, Robert F. Gerding, and, most recently, Steve Garske, Joe’s son.
While most golfers will associate the Par Aide name with ball-washers, the brand offers a wide variety of golf course maintenance and accessory products that span from the practice area to the tee box to the green. Products range from divot mix containers, 360-degree hole painters, bunker rakes, hazard markers, club washers, cup plugs, benches, shoes, cleaners, tee markers, trash receptacles, and their Accuform/Accuseed line of maintenance equipment.
While based in the U.S. Par Aide does have a large international presence, doing approximately 20 percent of their business internationally facilitated by warehouses located in the Netherlands and Singapore. Its global recognition mixed with a dedication to quality has made Par Aide a recognized name in the golf-accessory industry around the world.
Par Aide for years has represented one of the top companies in the facility-related supplies business.
Par Aide’s status in the industry has continued to elevate over the years, with a die-cast dedication to innovation and an emphasis on quality products. The company has enjoyed great success in its efforts to not only improve the on-course experience for golfers, but to provide value to golf course superintendents.
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