When the Play Golf Summit was held in Toronto five years ago, it almost seemed as if the challenges facing golf had been eliminated and we were heading into a golden era for the game.
Yes, that is an exaggeration, but the vibes coming out of that meeting of the minds were extremely positive after constructive discussions about the state of the game, according to most who attended it.
You wonder, though, if all of the positive talk will culminate in anything of substance, the way it seems when politicians decide to form committees or launch further studies, which always seems to evaporate the topics at hand into a mist of inaction.
As I mentioned in this blog last week, any strategy for growing the game, junior golf or any other important issue won’t mean much until the people at the grassroots of the game buy into it.
The Play Golf Summit led to the formation of the Play Golf initiative that seemed more focused on the industry than the people who will actually grow participation after being introduced to the game. That Play Golf initiative has since gone away, leaving the impression that the original summit was pointless.
You decide whether it was or wasn’t, which is the topic of this week’s GNN Poll.
It’s not a bad thing to have the industry convene and discuss the state of the game if it leads to meaningful action on the issues of the day. Did the first Play Golf Summit do that and would you like to see that meeting of the minds take place again?
That’s our question of the week.
Would another Play Golf Summit be meaningful or pointless?
The new poll question is up on the home page and waiting for your vote. There’s plenty to discuss on this matter so feel free to expand your thoughts in the Comments section below.