I’m always interested to see how the Canadian golf industry views itself and if the GNN Poll is any indication, its self-image needs improving.
For example, we asked a familiar question in November about whether the golf industry promotes mediocrity and the result was pretty much the same as it was when we asked that same question a few years ago.
The majority, or 78 per cent, said yes, the game does promote mediocrity, which is concerning in an era when new ideas are required to kick start participation, particularly among those who have never played the game or those who might be considering leaving the game due to affordability or other issues.
In the case of those who aren’t familiar with golf, another GNN Poll in December asked if the industry is presenting a fun atmosphere to potential newcomers. An overwhelming majority. or 93 per cent, said no.
The question of participation is always a guess since there is little in the way of actual numbers to actually put a label on it. When GNN asked in August what readers’ takes on the current state of the industry was, 46 per cent felt it was scraping along the bottom.
Another 43 per cent said the industry is holding its own, nine per cent said it was turning a corner and just two per cent said it was in fine shape.
In June, the GNN Poll asked if golf is too dysfunctional to progress on important issues. The majority, or 63 per cent, said yes.
The GNN Poll is not presented as anything other than a readership survey. Having said that, its findings are worthy of consideration.
For the findings of these and other GNN Polls, click here.