Offering players a chance to discover and enjoy the game with less difficulty, cost and time can provide more choices, fun—and play.
Golf instruction has moved well beyond just watching students bang buckets of balls on the range; modern technology now makes it possible to do a better job of analyzing, and fixing, swings—sometimes without even being at the same site.
Combined golf-and-fishing competitions, “deck putting,” and tournaments with twists and attractions geared to charitable causes and special tributes are just some of the ways clubs and courses now seek to avoid having too much of the “same old, same old” on their annual calendars.
As the numbers show growth in women’s participation in golf, courses and clubs are adding heavier doses of instructional programming to complement the traditional low-key, more casual outreach efforts.
Junior golf programs are growing up, as more targeted and relevant approaches are helping to overcome the next generations’ initial aversions to the game.
Cutting-edge retailing at today’s clubs has gone far beyond hoping for quick sales as golfers check in for tee times. Today’s top shops offer a shopping experience that may not even involve golf.