If you think there’s been an incessant stream of negative stories about the business of golf lately, it isn’t just your imagination.
Golf has captured the attention of mainstream media, but in many cases, it isn’t Rory McIlroy’s emergence as a premier player, the promise of 16-year-old Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., or any other positive aspect of the game that’s drawing the focus.
It’s a topic that we in the industry are already familiar with and, it’s probably fair to say, don’t want to be reminded about when we turn on the TV or open a magazine.
Most recently, GNN linked up to this story from CNBC about investors banking on the decline of the golf industry by “short-selling stocks,” but that’s not the only article to pain a grim picture of the industry this past summer.
Many of us within the golf industry may want to argue these stories in whole or in part, but it’s unlikely that these articles are going to affect the participation of our established golfers.
The question is, however, will they affect people who are considering taking up the game. Will such stories have a negative effect on participation in the future?
That’s the topic for this week’s GNN Poll.
You can vote below or on the GNN home page and, as always, your thoughts are welcome in the Comments section below.
Will recent mainstream media stories about the decline of the golf industry have a negative effect on future participation?
- YES (71%)
- NO (29%)