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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 169
RECENTLY I had the good fortune to spend a few minutes chatting with a golf industry person outside the normally hectic tournament or function environment. It was a rare opportunity to sit and actually talk instead of exchanging rushed greetings as our busy paths crossed briefly. It was during this conversation that I revealed, with pride, that for five years running I have played more than 100 rounds of golf. The look I received in reaction was startled to say the least. OK, I had to qualify the statement by saying almost half of those rounds are played at my home club on Saturdays, much like most Australian golfers, and that naturally my job allows me to play midweek golf more often than most. But my colleague, knowing I am married with two young children, was astonished at the frequency of my play. A nod most definitely needs to go to my wife, who understood from the moment we met that – unless a family commitment intervened – I would be playing golf every Saturday until they put me in the ground. However, during 15 years in the golf media, I have formed a theory that the closer you work to a golf course, the less likely you are to play it. Think about it: club pros on the whole rarely play their own course. General managers even less so – perhaps, I suspect, because many don’t want to deal with the inevitable looks or jibes from members as to why they’re on the course and not in the office. I remember visiting a club at which the golf-loving GM had been working for six months or longer. I asked him casually what he thought of the layout, to which he responded, “I have no idea. I haven’t played it yet.” So it was refreshing to visit a club recently and play with both the head pro and general manager and learn that they play most Wednesdays and that their membership embraces it. The GM will arrive early that day, perhaps 6am, work until midday before teeing off in one of the last groups in the competition field, perhaps to return to the office after the round. It was an eye-opener as to what was possible, yet this situation should be the rule rather than the exception. In an industry where we are trying to drive play – particularly during what is ‘Golf Month’ – those of us working in golf should be leading by example. After all, if we can’t manage to play more, how can we expect others to? I understand that some club pros have fallen out of love with golf and that years spent on Tour when playing the game was truly a ‘job’ removed any lingering desire to play socially. Likewise, some general managers are administrators first and only occasional golfers, if golfers at all. But I would argue that a monthly (at minimum) round on their course is essential to experience what golfers do and to see the layout from their perspective. From a member’s point of view, some of the onus lies with us. Next time you see the pro or GM of your club on the course, don’t resort to the obvious, knee- jerk reaction of, “Why isn’t he/she in the pro shop/office?” and instead applaud the move. We won’t get more golfers playing more golf if the people within the industry don’t show the way. OTG the VIEW LEADING THE WAY AS ‘GOLF MONTH’ CLOSES, INCREASED PARTICIPATION STARTS WITH AN INDUSTRY THAT SETS THE EXAMPLE. by Steve Keipert Golf Australia deputy editor Awarded #1 Overall Winner in the ‘2015 MyGolfSpy Most Wanted Driver Awards’ # 1 MOST WANTED DRIVER 2015 LEARN MORE
OTG Express 168
OTG Express 170