The Friday edition of Hutch’s Blog talked about the apathy that seems to be so prevalent in the Canadian golf industry these days and I’ve received a few e-mails and Comments about that blog, which you can read by clicking here.
GNN encourages such discussion, which indicates that there is concern for the way golf is headed and what type of future it has in a world of electronics and a ton of other options, both recreational and social, that can draw people away from the golf course. How much concern is out there is today’s question.
Concern is the first step towards dealing with problems, but there is usually more work to be done and the question becomes are golf operators/business owners willing to go that extra mile in order to find a fix?
While there is no question that some golf operators/business owners are willing to change or do something different, we wondered in Friday’s blog how many of them are willing to step beyond their comfort zones?
After decades in the industry, those who are established may have – either consciously or subconsciously – decided that there’s no point in reinventing the wheel and take a business-as-usual approach.
Many within the industry, as it is with all baby boomers, are at least thinking about retirement these days and just willing to ride it out until the end of their respective careers without going through the added hassle of evolving to meet a changing world.
The more inventive among us may be hesitant to suggest or fight for programs geared for juniors or women. After all, a recent GNN poll indicated that many within the industry do feel inhibited when it comes to voicing their opinions.
Somebody who got in when golf was at a high point in the 1990s may not be looking at the business as a toy anymore and only want to turn a profit as best they can without sinking any more money or time into it.
There are several possible reasons for this apathy, but there’s no doubt it exists. We had our say on Friday and now, it’s your turn.
How rampant is apathy in the golf industry?
- Apathy is taking over the industry (39%)
- The people who care are still the majority (37%)
- The people who care/don’t care is about even (24%)
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