Golf's Big Problem
By kickntrue on 5/18/10
Yesterday the Wall Street Journal had a great article by Matthew Futterman on the biggest problem facing golf; the lack of participation by kids. If you're limited on time- scroll to the bottom and click through to the article. It's a must read!
According to the National Golf Foundation's most recent participation report, the number of golfers age 6-17 dropped 24% to 2.9 million from 3.8 million between 2005 and 2008.I pretty much agree with the whole article including the fact that this is a serious problem facing golf in 10-15 years. There is a really interesting comparison sport, too- tennis. Basically tennis saw the same thing with their sport but made a couple very small decisions that has made it a growing sport with kids. Instead of saying, "kids play a sport based on the pros playing" they made decisions to make the game easier to learn at a younger age, and it's worked.
This really is an interesting article (and topic to discuss). Click through to the whole thing and feel free to comment on ClubSG in the comments below.
Golf's Big Problem - Wall Street Journal
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Great article. However, the people that need to be listening, probably aren't.
We have recently added a new set of tees at The Glen. All our juniors and many very elderly people are now able to easily reach the green in 2 or 3 strokes. It doesn't take too much time or money to make the game more accessible for our younger players. Our neighbours at North Berwick have a short course which adults are allowed to play but only if accompanied by a child. That is the way forward and both clubs have produced some excellent young golfers.
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