There are many faces of golf today.
The PGA Tour. 7500+ yard course, 330+ yard drives
The LPGA Tour. A game more relatable with modern equipment.
Golf course management company’s are ruining the game.
Inner city muni golf is terrible.
Country club golf is held as the pinnacle as long as you are at a top club.
Society golf. Dinners, drinking, smoking, foursomes, caddies, 2.5 hr rounds, friends & fun.
Then what I call the Anti-golf crowd popping up now. There motto is more or less; Golf is whatever you want to make it, fun courses, blades, persimmon, balata, walking, anti pga tour tour and corporate golf and all the like. Golf doesn’t have to be old and stuffy. How about fresh and hip? An ode to what golf was and is all about, camaraderie with a twist of coolness.
In general, golf has plenty of room for more great, boldly designed courses that are interesting. Tom Doak’s new courses, the loop and his future course at Sand Valley (par 68 6,000 yards) are a fresh breath to the landscape.
The PGA Tour brand is bad for the game of golf. That needs to change. The Match (or A Match as some might call it) was monumental, for showing us the potential of what the game of golf can look like going forward.
In large part Americans need to open their minds from how golf going forward should look, to how it can and probably needs to look to survive. The game is shrinking every year for a few simple reasons. Let’s change that and the direction of the game in all aspects.