I wrote about this in a previous blog and anybody who has worked with me will tell you that technology isn’t my greatest attribute, but I’m getting better and I’ve been wondering lately how we can better incorporate it into our junior and beginner programs.
To hear me say that would surprise a lot of people. Personally, I’d just like to see kids out having fun. If they’re doing that, then their parents might be doing the same on the golf course and everybody wins. A golf course is a great place to grow up.
Yet, the importance of computers, tablets and smartphones to young people is no secret these days and we need to address that if we are to entice them to the golf course.
We already use technology to fit equipment, measure distances and track ball flight and I wonder if we can merge it in to catch the attention of youngsters.
Maybe, we use more computerized scoring at our events and make sure they know about it. We have a junior Facebook page where they can set up games. If we are to accomplish a successful transition to more technology, we’ll have to look at the game through young people’s eyes.
Times have changed and kids are intrigued by technology. I don’t have all the answers, but golf need to embrace it because it’s not going away.