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The future of golf 2 years 10 months ago #111546

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With tiger woods running into the personal issues, I think its finally time that the PGA and the industry will stop relying on him to make a comeback and save this "failing market" that they all fear. Where they failed was trusting him to save it all. They held onto the past, they tried to be patient, but at the end of the day he's an old dog stuck in his old ways now.

This being said, I don't wish anything to tiger except health and recovery. He has buried himself, his personal life, and his own business. To see someone we all have once revered fall is deeply saddening but it brings forth the reality that even the people we look up to are still human, can still make mistakes, and are still flawed by nature.
Golfsmith, once one of the leading chains in golf retail, goes bankrupt. We then see Dicks take over and put in Golf Galaxy.
We watched Nike Golf fall out of the equipment side and stick to apparel.
Golf courses and Driving ranges in Southern California are being hit with huge watering bills, leaving them in so much debt that they cant afford being operational any more.

The game is still losing players.

It seems people are scared. Scared to know what the future is for golf. We tried relying on Rory, Jason, Jordan, DJ, and a countless list of players to be kind of a "King" of the PGA and influence more people to play the game but lets face it, that wont happen again. We had a King, and he's gone. Arnie grew the game into what it is and its community. To ask these players to do what he did would be impossible, to ask players today to do what tiger did would be even more impossible.
So, what now? What do you see the future of golf going to? Where are private clubs being driven to? What are we as a golf community being driven into?

For me and my opinion, I think its time the small guys bring back the fun and find ways to support the industry better. More afternoon beer games, more after school golf programs, more seniors playing for fun in the morning for a good rate, more salesman in the field than in the stores, more interaction amongst everyone to grow the game. Let the elites have their own life but for the game itself and most the industry I believe it falls on the shoulders of the viewers and recreational players of the world. Arnold Palmer thought the game was more about them then the elites. He made the game more suitable for us in his time.

SO! what do you think? where can you see the game go in the future?

Re:The future of golf 2 years 10 months ago #111547

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I've been doing my part to bring back the beer games ❤️
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The future of golf 2 years 10 months ago #111553

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People don't read books, takes too long. People don't read nuanced articles with varying perspectives, takes too long and doesn't support the belief they already had. Twitter is huge because it's 140 characters or less, our attention spans are like gnats.
Golf will die a slow death until/if this changes, takes too long.
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Re:The future of golf 2 years 10 months ago #111555

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Ok, this might sound insensitive on my part but it's not. Trust me. OK, so Friday my buddy and I played 18. The problem is that when I tee off at 9-9:30 (after I take kids to school) I need to be done by 1. Generally this is doable BUT this time the starter paired us with two 80 year old guys. Nice guys but I drive the ball 290+ and it takes them 2-3 shots to get to my drive. When it takes us 5 minutes to play a hole, it takes them 15. The waiting and pace is painful as hell. I wish there were certain days and times for slow players to play. I also wish starters would pair like players to keep a good pace of play. I hate playing when I'm ansy from waiting all day.
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Re:The future of golf 2 years 9 months ago #111580

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Ok, this might sound insensitive on my part but it's not. Trust me. OK, so Friday my buddy and I played 18. The problem is that when I tee off at 9-9:30 (after I take kids to school) I need to be done by 1. Generally this is doable BUT this time the starter paired us with two 80 year old guys. Nice guys but I drive the ball 290+ and it takes them 2-3 shots to get to my drive. When it takes us 5 minutes to play a hole, it takes them 15. The waiting and pace is painful as hell. I wish there were certain days and times for slow players to play. I also wish starters would pair like players to keep a good pace of play. I hate playing when I'm ansy from waiting all day.

I don't think it's insensitive !!
I play with guys that play ... well bad, but they keep pace they pick up if the hole is going really bad . Best yet it doesn't affect us time wise.
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I do think that golf is dying a slow death... When I'm at the course, it's largely an older crowd.
Younger people don't seem to be interested in playing. The next generation is more of a 'couch crowd' who's idea of exercise is chasing an imaginary 'monster' from their smart phones.
We had a conversation at the club last week, after our round. That we expect this is the last generation that will support our local club and it will someday close due to rising costs and absence of interested players.
Golf isn't doing itself any favors either....$500 drivers, $2,000 set of irons, $350 putters, $50+ rounds of golf - yeah, hard to imagine why no one is jumping to play?!? Yes, I know you can buy a complete set much cheaper than those prices.
I just don't believe golf is really doing anything to promote the sport and get new players out there.
It's hard to rationalize paying $50+ for a 6 hr round on a weekend! It takes up the whole day.
Now, I play every Saturday at a standing 7:30am tee time in our "gaggle', but I'll be the first to say - they are not looking to add beginner's to the group, and they play for money - which newbies want no part of.

So...what's the answer? No idea, but it seems like there has to be some changes or the sport I love, will be a distant memory - much like croquet, horseshoes and badminton were to previous generations. Played by exception, certainly not routinely.
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