The Chatter for Growth is Growing……..
As a golf executive recently said to me; “we have had enough talk about growing the game, we need to do it!” I agree. Golf is a great sport, maybe the greatest, but we keep looking for reasons and barriers to the game’s growth. Anyone reading this understands three of the standard barriers to the growth and success of golf; It’s is costly (especially in the beginning), it takes several hours to play, and it is difficult to play well. And yes, we as an industry seem to have taken much of the fun out of the sport.
Which one of the three do you believe is the greatest inhibitor? I believe it is the difficulty barrier. When will golfers play more often? When they acquire new clubs and when they are playing good golf. Heck, when a golfer is playing well, they are looking for a "game," reverse that and the clubs get locked away for what could be a long hiatus. What to do?
Ø Educate all who serve the golfer on the real economics of golf today. Ignite motivation!
Ø Create a program to teach new golfers the game for FREE or for a nominal fee in group sessions
Ø Build “sample” sessions on learning golf for all residents within 20 minutes of your club
Ø Build a simpler fee structure that rewards times played, not holes played
Ø Create a long term supervised practice program for all golfers. These can be held after 5:00
The golf professionals are the quarterbacks for growth. Reward them for new rounds played as they invest their time for the game.
It’s time to stop the chatter…………….