Arnold Palmer single-handedly took golf out of country clubs and into the mainstream. Quite simply, he made golf cool.
About a week before the sad day when Arnold Palmer and Jose Fernandez both died, I had come across another tribute for someone less well-known that also provided valuable reminders of things we shouldn’t take for granted and traits we should strive to develop and display.
In most cases, any reasonable dues increase is affordable by the members…but to the club itself, it is a huge liability if the dues increase doesn’t pass. Over time, it sets the stage for club failure.
Nike learned a lesson in the 14 years it sold golf equipment that took me 30 years to figure out: You can’t buy a golf game with a new driver or set of irons.
If I were part of a family searching for places to possibly join, I think I’d be more inclined to notice, and be intrigued by, a property that stood out with unique and compelling words like “family” and “sports” in its name.
This Presidential election year is especially agitating, for obvious reasons. But the number-one irritant remains the same: Political ‘experts’ who think they know what kind of people belong to country clubs, and how they’ll vote.