As we conclude our look back on 2012 through the GNN Poll, here are a few random polls that you will find interesting.
One came after a report that rounds in the United States were up as much as 7.5 per cent in 2012. The feeling I get is that most respondents to that poll feel rounds are up, but not that significantly.
Most saw that report, at best, being a one-year spike, possibly due to weather, as 56 per cent believed it’s not enough to see it as an emerging trend.
Another 38 per cent said they had no indication that rounds are increasing, while only six per cent felt the report indicated a developing trend, both here and in the U.S.
Last fall, it was announced that the PGA Tour would take over what was the Canadian Tour and call it PGA Tour Canada.
The majority of respondents believe that the PGA Tour brand will help the struggling tour attract sponsors and fans, with 37 per cent saying chances were good and another 26 per cent saying chances were excellent.
On the other side of the ledger, 21 per cent said the PGA Tour’s chances were no better than before, while 16 per cent said chances of improvement were only fair.
Golf shops appeared to be slowly changing in 2012 as 55 per cent of respondents said the golf shop where they work sells non-traditional apparel items such as tee shirts and jeans, even if they’re not allowed to be worn at the club.
According to another GNN Poll, most respondents, or 59 per cent, see changing dress codes and other traditions as part of evolution and they’re fine with it, while 32 per cent see it as golf courses desperate for money and they’re against it.
Nine per cent said they don’t like a lot of the changes, but they’ll tolerate them.
Last year also saw a lot of attention paid to the issue of belly putters and the USGA’s and R&A’s contemplation of a rule that would prohibit the use of an anchored stroke on the greens, which was eventually handed down even if the practice has been used for years.
Most respondents felt the debate left golf with a black eye, with 67 per cent saying it made golf look amateurish. However, 33 per cent felt that golf’s governing bodies were handling the situation well.
Back at home, the industry believes that Canada is still among the top golfing nations in the world, with 77 per cent saying it’s in the top five in terms of rounds played per capita.
What do you believe? You’re a GNN contributor with your thoughts and opinions through the GNN Poll and Comments section. You don’t need to be a blogger to help us see what the golf industry is thinking.