In their blogs this week, both Tiffany Gordon and Kyle German discuss how golfers are apparently placing less importance on taking lessons these days. You can read Tiff’s blog here.
The concern is that, unless they improve and enjoy the game more through better skills, high handicap golfers and even mid-handicappers who think they can take their games to the next level on their own might leave the game out of frustration.
The formation of such a trend may be for a few reasons.
Instant gratification. People just want to play, instead of spending time on the range.
With the economic concerns so prevalent today, any disposable income they may have is devoted to playing the game with their buddies instead of learning it.
Unless there are indoor hitting areas or it’s an indoor range, the nasty weather many of us have been experiencing the past few years may have something to do with it and when it is nice out, once again, the priority is on playing instead of learning.
It may just be a reflection of overall declining participation in the game.
It could be a combination of all of the above.
Whatever the reason(s), the last thing golf needs right now is to have more people giving up the game because they’re not improving, leading to fewer rounds being played.
After seeing Tiff’s and Kyle’s blogs, I got to wondering what other aspects of a golf operation are being hit hard these days and that brings us to this week’s GNN Poll.
With so many golf operations reporting that rounds are down these days, which aspect of your operation feels the spinoff effect most?
Certainly, instruction is one area that will feel the effects of declining participation, but what about pro shop sales, or food and beverage? It could vary from golf course to golf course, which is why we need to hear from you.
When rounds are down, which of the following aspects of your golf operation gets hit the hardest with the spinoff effect?
- Food and beverage (48%)
- Pro shop sales (33%)
- Instruction (19%)
As always, feel free to tee it up and offer an expanded opinion in the Comments section below.