What will the changing face of golf bring?

2013-06-28 00:00

TODAY’S challenging economic climate has caused negative growth in those playing the game of golf worldwide. How’s that for a sentence?

That’s what most national golf associations are saying. It implies that the reason that golf isn’t attracting new people to the game is because it is becoming unaffordable. That may be so, but there may be other reasons that are just as relevant. It seems that there are so many more distractions for all of us these days. It’s life in the fast lane and it’s especially true for younger people. So the next most relevant reason seems to be time, or lack of it. A game of squash, for instance, played over an hour or two is acceptable, but the four to five hours to play golf is just too long, and that doesn’t include the postmortem at the 19th hole.

Of course, there are other sports that one can play that also don’t take very long. All this is a concern for the future of golf. Mister average-golfer probably isn’t too concerned about the game’s future, but he should be, because it will have an impact on the survival of individual golf clubs and nobody likes to see golf clubs closing down.

However, the latest golf statistics show that there is negative growth for male golfers in South Africa, but a 13% growth in women’s golf. One could hazard a guess as to the reasons for this, and there could be a few, but interestingly the growth in women’s golf is not only in South Africa, it’s happening in the rest of the world as well.

In the U.S, growing the women’s golf market has a higher priority than ever before and there are efforts to expand this segment across that country. One thing for sure, I would think that women golfers spend more money on apparel than men. Can you imagine, if the trend continues, in years to come, when 50% of golfers are female, the rule book will have to be modified. Have you noticed that the R&A rules of golf only refer to a golfer as “he”, “him” or “his”?

You will not find, “she”, “her” or “hers” anywhere in the book.

Golf rules have no gender, nor does this column. So whenever your scribe mentions “he”, please read it as “he” or “she”. Unfortunately, the English language doesn’t have a solitary word for both he and she, although words like “us”, “you”, “they”, “them” and “those” have no gender.

From the 19th hole:

Three old golfers, Sam, Harry and Fred, were sitting together after their weekly game of golf. These are some of the things they were overheard saying to each other. Sam said: “I’ve still got a good memory, I can remember my first day at kindergarten.”

Harry said: “That’s good, but I can remember my first birthday just like it was yesterday.”

Harry said: “That’s very good, but I have an absolutely remarkable memory. I can remember when I went to a party with my dad and went home with my mom.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.