Is Golf Meant For All?

The 2016 presidential candidate, Donald Trump, who is a real estate magnate and a business tycoon are rumoured to own fifteen different golf courses. His golf interests have been quite a topic of discussion lately. Attention is focused on his golf partners who include the PGA and Cadillac. Many pundits state that the sport has lost touch the young people and those efforts ought to be taken to with them back. Not only youth participation but also the sales of the golfing equipment are low.

History of Golf

Stick and Ball games have been quite popular for centuries. It is a game played over eighteen holes. The game was first originated in Scotland. The history of golf has been preserved and has been included and represented in various museums. The world golf hall of fame also presents a history of the sport along with many others.

Sport of business

Many business deals have been finalised on the golf course. Statistics show that more deals close with the ball and stick in the environment than luncheons. Businessmen keep their golfing talents well hidden. This is despite the fact that so much business is being transacted on these very same golf courses from this link .

Popularity of golf

The year 2006 showed close to thirty million golf players. The game has hit a bit of a rough patch since then. There are a few reasons for why fewer Americans are now playing golf. The most important one could be the slow pace of the game. Playing a full round of eighteen holes takes more than four hours. It is honestly not practical to take away from the daily chores and routines and disappear for hours together at the golf course.


Secondly, the reputation that golf is truly a game for the elitist and the rich is genuinely believed by people. America’s economy is troubled enough for such a belief. It is being pursued only by the truly rich and wealthy. The middle and the low-income golfers have taken the hit badly. The membership numbers are reducing in time. Public courses shutting down by the local governments send the same message. It is time to prioritise the expenses in the right direction. Golf is a luxury sport.The third reason would be the constant addition of complexity to the game. Golf designers are involved in making the game more and more difficult to play and win. The courses are longer and tougher. The golfers and their hi-tech and fancy equipment are put to test in many ways.

The star to inspire

Tiger Woods was the face of the game. He was popular because of the game and then, he made the game more popular than ever before. After his fall from grace, the attraction and the popularity of the game also fell. There has been no one since to take up the mantle and pull up the socks literally. There should be someone with the power to ignite the game the way Tiger Wood did.

Newer versions of the game

In order to renew interest in the game, there have been invented new versions of Golf. Footgolf, for instance, is being talked about with interest. It is a combination of football, golf, and top golf. This includes hitting of golf balls onto some huge and coloured targets at outdoor sports bars.
True and passionate golf lovers see this move as a cheapening the game. Time will tell if this is really a success or just another lame game.
Many athletes dream of resorting to playing golf after retirement. This includes basket ball players and tennis players. All they seem to want to do at the end of their careers in their respective games is to play golf. This is the aspiration that is needed to make the game flourish and not by shoving the game down the throats of fifteen year olds.

Does it need motivation?

Any game that is sold too hard is a bad sign. Golf is a beautiful and elegant sport that people should aspire to play on their own. It cannot be shoved down people’s throats in order to be made a success.

Is golf an elitist game?

There are people who believe that playing golf is a status symbol. There are many who earn extra well just to be able to afford the game. The expenses that could incur during the course of establishing golf as a career are exorbitant and formidable. It is not an easy decision to take as a family to wipe out the entire savings in one go just to fund the golfing career of a child that might or might not even take off in the first place. This is one of the main obstacles that have prevented many from entering golf as a game to be a part of.
This act of staying away from the game has led people to believe that it is meant for the elite and the rich.

 

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Many athletes dream of resorting to playing golf after retirement. This includes basket ball players and tennis players. All they seem to want to do at the end of their careers in their respective games is to play golf. This is the aspiration that is needed to make the game flourish and not by shoving the game down the throats of fifteen year olds.

 

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