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This type of “grow the game” initiative might actually work

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Let’s be honest: “Grow the game” is a phrase we’re all tired of hearing. Likewise, the doom and gloom participation figures purporting to signal the end of golf are tiresome as well. That said, exploring creative solutions to ensure the future of the game is vital, unless we’re content with pre-Tiger Woods levels of participation (or lower).

Golf Digest’s Mike Stachura, operating outside of his usual equipment-related territory, filed an excellent look at the program New York’s City Parks Foundation is running to introduce young people to the game.

(Credit: CityParks Foundation)

(Credit: CityParks Foundation)

Stachura writes,

“The idea started in 2000 with Mike Silverman, director of sports for City Parks Foundation, a nonprofit whose sports, arts, education and city development programs reach almost half a million people each year in New York’s more than 350 parks, recreation centers and schools. Now, more than 1,000 kids a summer get to experience golf twice a week. Nearly half are eligible for free lunch programs in school.”

“The organization’s summer golf programs are completely free, and hundreds of kids have access to golf cards that get them on 10 of the city’s public golf courses for a $1 green fee. Its junior learning center, wedged into a previously ignored corner of Dyker Beach Golf Course, offers a practice range, practice putting green, short-game area, clubhouse and classroom, as well as a six-hole short course, at no cost.”

More wide-ranging than initiatives like The First Tee, this program hits all the notes: Low cost. Access to donated clubs. Non-traditional golf options (short game areas, six-hole short course). Lessons with engaging teachers. The opportunity to tee it up at a variety of venues.

Not only should more programs like this exist (USGA, are you listening?), but support should extend beyond the nonprofits that facilitate them. Courses can not only generate goodwill by getting involved, but also have a hand in creating future customers.

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  1. Mat

    Aug 27, 2017 at 6:13 am

    I think anyone under 16 should be able to always play free under four conditions:
    1) They play forward tees
    2) They pick up on doubles / keep pace
    3) Course has space (paying customers first, of course)
    4) They have their own bag

    My summers would have been very different…

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (8.16.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Stinger headcover giveaway from Robert Mark Golf.

SuperStroke now providing NCAA team grips.

How do you like this blacked out flat-stick from Olson Putter Co, WRXers?

Pretty lefty creation from Cushman Custom Golf.

Drew Harvie with a great shot of Mickelson National Golf Club near Calgary.

More sprinkle divot tools on the way today from Tyson Lamb.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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Bryson DeChambeau’s latest message to slow play critics: “Screw all y’all haters”

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Just a few of days after vowing to step up his attempts to improve his pace of play, a video has surfaced from this Wednesday’s Pro-Am at Medinah of DeChambeau defending his pace at last week’s event and attacking his critics.

The video which you can see here at the Twitter account @DMeyer06, appears to be taken on a fans Snapchat account, and within it DeChambeau states

“I was never on the clock last week, y’all can say whatever you want, but we’re having a fu**ing good time. So screw all y’all haters”

DeChambeau’s message in the Snapchat video looks to contradict the statement he posted to his Instagram account on Monday where he said

“I’m constantly trying to improve and I will do my very best to improve my pace.”

DeChambeau is currently in action at this week’s BMW Championship where he posted a score of 1 under par in his opening round.

 

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (8.15.19)

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Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Tiger’s one-handed putting drill in action at Medinah.

Embrace Putter’s PXG Stormtrooper flat-stick up for grabs.

Would any WRXers dare putt with “The Gaijin” flat-stick?

Summer hotdog covers from Swag.

Stunning shot of Pinehurst Country Club courtesy of Channing Benjamin.

Sweet looking Trigonometric copper blade from GEOM Putters.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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