On a recreational scale, most would say golf is healthy, but not thriving. Good courses have tee times stacked from dawn ‘til dusk during the heart of the season, but some other courses just aren’t as popular. There was a golf course design boom in the latter part of the 1990s and early 2000s but now that bubble has burst, and a lot of those courses now sit empty or unfinished, making beautiful plots of land lay ugly.
There’s also this crucial fact: to many, golf isn’t fun. The rounds take five hours. The holes are too long. Their fellow golfers are too rude, and going to the driving range and acting like Happy Gilmore is more enticing than trying to make your first ace.
Changes must take place.
This past week the New York Times highlighted two different organizations trying to bring golfers back to the course. It’s needed. The National Golf Foundation says there were three million less players in this country in 2009 than there were four years prior. And American golfers played 24 million fewer rounds of golf last year than they did five years ago.