By Adam Bowles, PGA
Greetings golfers! It is that time again to go to your garage or closet and dust off those golf clubs. Spring is an opportunity to give each of you a challenge. This year I want each and every one of you to play five more rounds of golf than you did last year. ‘Does not seem like very much does it? Well you will be even more surprised to know that if you played those five more times you could transform the golf industry. ‘Sounds like a fairly noble cause, right? And how is this possible you may ask? Well, it is absolutely achievable. If you would just play five more rounds this year you would not only help the golf course you choose to play but you would help all of the employees who work at that facility.
The golf course needs revenue to succeed and be able to pay salaries and expenses. You will also support all of the members or guests who play at that facility as they will have more friends to play a round of golf, too.
In my opinion there is no greater social environment in sports than golf. Not only will you help people, but you will help the golf suppliers in the industry. These are the people who make golf balls, golf gloves, clubs, tees, and the list goes on and on for things we use in a round of golf.
I think you may be starting to understand where I am coming from now. I really want golf to be a successful industry but it takes an army of people to support it. We have to get on board and try our hardest to support the game we love so much and the game that economist are saying is going down year after year. Some of those numbers are true when you look at the time it takes to play a round of golf, the price, the equipment cost, or the fact that most people under 35 are choosing to spend their money and leisure time doing other activities. But I am here to tell you that we can come together and change the future for our beloved game. Nothing makes me happier than to see a young person on the golf course for the very first time, or to see someone make their first par or birdie.
I am a true diehard lover of the game and hope we can stand strong and take golf to new limits. So grab your clubs and get out the door. Even if you only play five more times this year than you did last year, you will do your part in keeping our sport alive and healthy.
I hope to see you all out at the links soon, and good luck with your golf game in 2017. May it be your best year ever!
Adam H. Bowles, PGA, Golf Operations Manager, Bald Mountain and Apple Valley, 828-694-3040, firstname.lastname@example.org.