As GNN readers know, a new initiative called Hack Golf was introduced at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando to seek fresh ideas on how to deal with dwindling participation in golf.
If you haven’t read about Hack Golf, click here for a blog that was written immediately after that initiative was introduced in Orlando.
Participation has been a hot topic of conversation the past few years at the show. Certainly, that was the theme of the Golf 2.0 initiative that was discussed in Orlando back in 2012. You can read more about that here.
Golf’s most well-known luminaries and most powerful associations have identified the problems and expressed the desire to correct them, but the important ingredients still missing are actual solutions that are working on a large scale.
We’ll see what Hack Golf comes up with in its mission to grow the game, but are we trying too hard to grow the game? Is golf, as many believe, a niche sport that will appeal to only a small portion of the overall population or the country club set?
There are many of that mindset as Ron Sirak of Golf World acknowledged in this column recently. They believe the game should be pretty much left the way it is and we should just accept whatever happens in the future.
Sirak isn’t one of them. He says he’s seen several spikes in popularity over the years and even offers some suggestions to the USGA in order to boost participation.
What do you think? Is golf a niche sport or can it become a game of the masses? That’s the topic of this week’s GNN Poll.
You can cast your vote below or on the GNN home page and if you’d like to expand your opinion on this subject, please feel free to do so in the Comments section below.
Is golf a niche sport or can it appeal to the masses?
- It can be a game for the masses, but needs grow-the-game intiatives (51%)
- Niche sport. Leave the game as it is now (49%)