“Just another day in the golf industry” is how a few people I talked to reacted to news that Ben Sharpe has resigned for personal reasons as CEO of TaylorMade on Thursday. Sharpe will be replaced by David Abeles and you can read more in this story from Golf Digest. On Tuesday, Todd Harman resigned as president of Cleveland/Srixon and Cindy Davis retired as president of Nike Golf last October … On one hand, the Alberta government is talking about getting out of the golf business, but council in Wasaga Beach, Ont., is pondering getting in according to this story that GNN had in its Links section. Different parts of the country, but different perspectives … The fuss some make about brown becoming the new green in golf due to cost and water shortages makes you wonder how the game got started in the first place … A personal note: The revelry of the evening before was an important factor in this thought, but I remember peering out the window of the Marine Hotel overlooking the fairways of Royal Troon, next year’s British Open venue, and watching a desolate soul walk his dog on a windy, rainy morning. Wondering why anybody would go out a play in that barren landscape, we went and did just that, not at Royal Troon, but a nearby course. I still fondly remember that trip and all the golf played. A voyage to play links golf across the ocean is the ultimate for most, yet it’s the prime example of what golfers in North America would face if golf courses were to become more sustainable either through necessity or cost. They’d get used to it, despite their initial complaints … Tiffany Gordon made an interesting point in her latest blog when she pointed out that if a serious water shortage is coming within 15 years, as a recent U.N. report stated recently, it’s not that far off. Just for interest sake, I looked back at some of the news events of 2000 and some of the things that stand out are Y2K and thinking all our computers were going to crash, the infamous “hanging chad” presidential election and the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. It was also the year that Tiger Woods won nine times on the PGA Tour, including his famous shot from the bunker at Glen Abbey to win the Canadian Open, as well as the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship. He would complete the so-called Tiger Slam the following year. Tiff’s right, 15 years doesn’t seem like a long time if that global water shortage is indeed coming, but in Tiger’s case, sometimes that seems so long ago, given his recent struggles and absence of major championships … Just a thought, but if golf courses do become less pristine and goes for a more natural environment, will it mess with the heads of golf course rankers?
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