Saturday, January 27, 2007

Growing the Game Final Thoughts

I’m not usually in the habit of writing on the week-end, but I will today. I began this week by saying “I felt like Canadian Golf had finally made the first real step towards trying to develop players and the long term health of the game – something I believe should be a priority for all of us.” I was excited to write about an initiative that seemed proactive, but now I feel like I've waded into the middle of something that I want no part of.

Programs that Clearly Make a Difference

1. The Future Links Program
2. The Girls Club
3. The Take a Kid to the Course Week – I expect to receive information on this to post on Monday. Any attention I can give to a program is good.

Which is the Plan?

1. The Play Golf Summit – all the organizations coming together to produce the Play Golf Strategic Plan – is this still relevant or not? I’m still not sure what the plan is.

2. The Long Term Player Development Guide – brings most organizations to the table - but they didn’t include the Golf Course owners?

So how do I feel at the end of the week? Good that I can go find one of the excellent programs listed above to have my children learn a little more about the game. I now know more than I did about where to find the programs, who to contact and what I should expect. This whole exercise was excellent for that. I may even write about my oldest son’s experience if I can manage to put him in one.

I feel sad because I expect politics to hinder any cohesive plan from coming together. I give credit for the individual programs and the attempts to all come together, but there must be some pretty deep seated problems for what I have observed or heard from individuals this week. I’m not a reporter or member of the media - this is my personal blog. I just wrote about this because I’m the father of a golfer and a former junior program participant (thanks Graham Gunn – I still remember).

I don’t plan on following this up except for Monday’s report on golf course growth (or lack of) from National Golf Foundation. You’ll see where I have a personal interest in growing the game.
Does my agenda cloud this too, you tell me Monday?

Final - Final Thoughts: http://thecaddyshack.blogspot.com/2007/02/final-final-thoughts.html

8 comments:

The Armchair Golfer said...

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Thanks,
The Armchair Golfer

Anonymous said...

ian,

as a product of a junior golf program, it strikes me that, while instruction is good, what we enjoyed the most was the unbridled joy of spending hours upon hours with our friends, in our own competitive way, in the fresh air. while we loved it when the pro gave us help, and we were in awe watching what al balding could do with a golf ball when he did a 45-minute clinic, what i remember most is those afternoons when, having already played 18 in the morning, we would go out again as a mixed 4-ball eightsome. AND NO ONE OBJECTED! i thank the folks at kawartha for giving us that opportunity.

i'm not sure we need all these golf organizations as much as we need enlightened golf course management. this is where your future members are coming from - put a club in their hands and let them have at it. trust them to respect the traditions, and i think they will.

cheers,
peter
olympia, wa

ps. i've not had the pleasure of meeting graham gunn, but a friend of mine had a lot of good things to say about him when he went to graham for a swing change (graham was at carleton golf and yacht (ottawa) at the time).

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