LET­TER OF THE MONTH

Golf Australia - - 19TH HOLE -

IDEAS TO GROW THE GAME As I set­tle in for some night read­ing and Euro PGA golf view­ing on a cold Mel­bourne night, I must con­cur with Ken Lock­ery and the sub­stance of his Let­ter to the Ed­i­tor (GA Au­gust 2018).

So to ex­pand on his fi­nal words, how can we grow the game?

For me, the key is en­cour­ag­ing younger play­ers to take up the game. So what in­cen­tives can be of­fered to our youth to play the game, be­come mem­bers and con­sol­i­date a solid fu­ture for the best sport in the world?

In­ter­me­di­ate mem­ber­ships for those un­der 35, which cost half that of full mem­ber­ships are a win­ning recipe with my son and his mates. They give younger play­ers ac­cess at a good price and over time the game will do the rest.

More sta­ble­ford events on weekly com­pe­ti­tion days. They speed up play and still pro­vide a chance to post a score for those learn­ing the nu­ances of our great game.

Golf is such an ad­dic­tive ac­tiv­ity. In­tro­duc­ing our chil­dren to it with­out try­ing to turn them into an­other Tiger or Anika does work. My 30-year-old con­stantly talks about the imag­i­na­tion re­quired to hit the shots re­quired on any given hole. His en­thu­si­asm is grow­ing by the week.

Let’s also work on en­sur­ing that equip­ment is af­ford­able and ap­peal­ing to younger gen­er­a­tions. Rickie Fowler is a clas­sic ex­am­ple of a player who makes golf fun. His dress sense, flair and re­laxed per­son­al­ity sees him set­ting trends amongst our youth – our fu­ture.

Fi­nally golf needs more time on free-to-air tele­vi­sion. I know that watch­ing our pros in ac­tion is all I need to get the juices flow­ing. Be­cause golf gives us so much we all have a part to play in en­sur­ing it pros­pers for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Bruce We­myss Narre War­ren LESS WA­TER FOR BET­TER GOLF I couldn’t be­lieve some of the rub­bish that was get­ting around Twit­ter and Face­book dur­ing The Open Cham­pi­onship, in re­la­tion to the colour of the Carnoustie course. One per­son even had the ig­no­rance to call the great lay­out a goat track and ques­tioned why they were play­ing the Bri­tish Open on such a course. It is peo­ple like this that un­for­tu­nately some­times find their way onto the com­mit­tee of a golf club and are then mak­ing de­ci­sions about their golf course. The fact is ev­ery course should be us­ing less wa­ter and we, as golfers, should en­joy play­ing on good qual­ity turf that is not nec­es­sar­ily lush. It might be burnt off but still good to play off. Who cares what colour the grass is? Dar­ren Hodges Via email [Dar­ren, you will no doubt find Mike Clay­ton’s story, start­ing on page 48, to your lik­ing. En­joy!]

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