I’m one of those people who thinks if you’re not moving forward, you’re going backwards.
That’s not to say that we’re looking for 50 per cent growth in golf, but some people are proponents of this is who we are and this is where we are and we won’t be able to grow the game.
Even if where we are right now is our plateau for people playing the game, we shouldn’t just throw up our hands and say, `This is it. Get used to it.’ I think we still have to march on with Golf in Schools and other Golf Canada, PGA and NGCOA programs.
I just think there are things we can do to march forward. This could be the new norm, but we don’t have to be complacent. There’s always room for growth in any business or any industry and if this is the new norm, it doesn’t mean we have to accept it.
It could be two, three, four, five per cent growth, but we should always be looking for more kids, women and other demographics to take up the game and I don’t think the game has to change drastically.
We all go out and play golf for their own reasons. Do I want to play nine holes with my son? Do I want to play 18 with my friends or 36 because we’re avid golfers?
Everybody plays for a reason. There are only a certain few at the elite level who are looking to play college golf or PGA Tour golf or club championships. Let’s grow the game and let people decide if they’re going to be competitive golfers or social golfers.
I know people who love golf, but the only time they play is in tournaments and then, it’s mostly scrambles. Golf is what you make it and we want to make it open for more people to play.