Here’s the top three things I learnt about the industry in November

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir November 30, 2015 12:36

The issue of handicapping is a highly emotive one

We probably get more communication from industry professionals about the handicapping system than anything else, a subject that everyone seems to have an opinion on.

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So when the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) revealed its revised handicapping system had been updated and the new changes will come in at the start of 2016, we were inundated with emails and comments on our website stating that the current system is not fit for purpose, with usually each author detailing their own alternative. Which was often met with a reply agreeing that the present setup has pitfalls, followed by a comment that their substitute would be even worse.

The top professionals do care about the state of the grassroots game

Earlier this year we reported on Lee Westwood, who called for hole cups to be enlarged to attract more beginners to golf to address the decline in participation in the game, and now Greg Norman has called for a raft of changes to also be enacted, including music to be played in buggies.

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By facing criticism from established clubs and amateur golfers who may be averse to these proposed changes, these pros probably have more to lose by making these calls, but it shows how passionately they care about the future of the sport.

Golf club management has some outstanding professionals in it

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And they seem to be getting younger every year. The winners of Manager of the Year and Newcomer Manager of the Year, who both brought in changes that led to hundreds of new members joining, are both in their 30s, but in truth, all eight of the finalists for the Manager of the Year awards were outstanding professionals. The industry has a very secure future with people like them leading it.

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir November 30, 2015 12:36
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