Respondents to last week’s GNN Poll said overwhelmingly that golf would be better served by putting more emphasis on family golf in its efforts to get more juniors playing the game.
While voting continues on that poll, the numbers as of this writing indicted that 92 per cent of respondents felt the game would be better off with more focus on family golf, while only eight per cent disagreed.
There’s little doubt that with programs such as CN Future Links and Golf In Schools, among others, that there is a admirable focus on getting youngsters to play the game and while there is indeed a need for such efforts, kids would also be motivated to play if mom or dad or sister or brother played as well.
If the game was to expand its efforts to include families, we’re talking about trying to attract the 25-44 age group that are starting families or would have junior-aged kids that they could encourage to play with other family members.
It won’t be easy because that demographic is typically paying off student loans, buying homes and starting careers, all factors that demand time and/or finances that could cause young people who have played the game to leave it or get in the way other young people just starting out in the game.
So this week’s poll is a Part B to last week’s and it only has to be an estimate while looking at your membership or the public golfers who inhabit the golf operation where you work.
How often would you estimate you see families playing at the golf operation where you’re employed?
- Occasionally (63%)
- Quite often (21%)
- Never (10%)
- All the time (6%)
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