Here’s the top 3 things I learnt while editing Golf Club Management in May

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir May 28, 2015 11:36

From helping your greenkeepers by drinking beer to using an 82-year-old man to showcase why golf club membership is something positively unique, May was a fantastic month for the industry.

There’s a lot of opposition to ‘giant holes’

Not just from traditionalists in the industry but when we ran the story that ‘master greenkeeper’ Laurence Pithie said that making the hole cups on greens much larger would encourage new people to play the game, would mean beginners would enjoy the game more and would be good for the environment, many people on social media – even ones that really embrace change in golf – dismissed it as a gimmick.

Personally I like the idea and have asked the few clubs I’ve found that have tried larger holes to provide me with some data on what results it has led to.

Drinking beer can be good for your golf club’s environment

It’s probably not the excuse that many members needed, but maybe a few at Beauchief GC in Yorkshire can use it if they are berated for coming home late and worse for wear.

The club has decided to replace the environmentally unfriendly sand in its bunkers with a literally greener alternative – glass from the club’s beer bottles that has been ground down.

Joe Canetti is an inspiration to me – and should be to every golf club

Joe is an 82-year-old man who has beaten cancer and the pain of his wife dying, and seemingly loves life because he cycles, plays golf regularly and enjoys being a member of a golf club.

He inspires me because I want to be like him when (or if) I reach his age.

But he should also inspire just about every golf club to say ‘he is what is so special about being a member of our establishment’.

What else provides such physical and social benefits to possibly otherwise lonely and sedentary elderly people?

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir May 28, 2015 11:36
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