Thanks to reader Pete for this intelligent discussion of golf issues between Mike Hurdzan, Richard Mandell, Tim Heirs, Bob Randquist and Jim Moore, courtesy of Golf Course News.
There is less reverence for the game now because of the changing demographic.
Maintenance is more important than design, and visual aspects are more important than playability. As an example, several of the Golf Digest top-rated courses are unplayable but have great views. But that’s what we have to deal with.
We need to have an easy point of entry into the game for people to help bring golf to communities. We need to be creative in bringing people into the game, and using existing facilities are the easiest way to do that.