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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)

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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 (4.19.19)

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Tommy Fleetwood gaming the VTS Black shaft for this week’s RBC Heritage.

How do we like this TP Mills putter, WRXers?

I’m digging these headcovers from Dormie Workshop.

Masters champions dinner from another era?

Putter cover party.

This Scotty Cameron restoration job from JSD Golf Art Work looks to be going very well indeed.

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Very cool looking hat from Golf Sub70.

A photo which has caused a little stir on social media. Any thoughts, WRXers?

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????????Looking for opinions ???????? – – *Quick statement: I don’t give a $hit about pro athletes being allowed or not allowed to take certain supplements. Also think @philmickelson is the man* – – But it seems most of the internet doctors think this is Phil taking CBD. I recently started taking CBD at night to try and aid inflammation and a better nights sleep. Let me tell you, within 30 minutes I am out like a brick ????. I have noticed much better sleep and do generally feel better when waking up. – – SO my question is this, if it is in fact CBD-is there different kinds that I am missing out on for maybe energy/focus? If I took CBD while golfing, I would be sleeping in the cart. Educate me! ???? ???? – – – – – – – – – – – – #cbd #cbdoil #health #wellness #supplements #golf #golfing #golfislife #golfclub #golflife #views #golfgram #instagolf #golfphotos #playorperish #seamusgolf #golfphotography #golfswing #golfgame #fit #fitness #golfwrx #pure #outdoors #sendit #loveofthegame #themasters #tigerwoods #goat

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Torched copper blade from Geom Putters.

Dormie Workshop and Dunning Golf going all out on the creativity front.

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Fun times on a collab with our good friends at Dunning Golf. We combined golfs most technical fabric curated by Dunning, with some good old fashioned leather(Worlds oldest natural technical material). . Our teams took a couple hours to whip these prototypes together and are stoked on the outcome! Keep in mind, these won’t be going into production. These are a teaser of what is coming next!! This was more of a “Rev the engine” test project. . Dunning X Dormie has crafted a serious line of covers and alignment stick covers that will be combined with sick alignment sticks from Bubba Whips! This player package is still under wraps and will be released soon. For now you’ll have to imagine how PURE this next collection will be. Think PURE…TOUR PURE.???????????????? . . #pga #pgatour #collaboration #unitedstates #handmade #halifax #anaheim #gq #instagolf #golfdigest #madeincanada #dunninggolf #mygolfspy #usa #golf #golfdigest #golfwrx #golfchannel #bestcovers #clean #forbes#dunning#bubbawhips

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Distinct looking work on this wedge from Impact Golf.

Bravery in the bunker from TJ!

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (4.17.19)

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“Pure Land O’ Lakes buttery goodness” I like it.

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It only took a couple of rounds to decide – these @benhogangolf irons are staying in the bag! Pure Land O’ Lakes buttery goodness… ???? Of course that means they have to get the full treatment – gloss black paint fill, some @bbandfco flair, and the wedges have to match… so @vokeywedges SM7’s complete the deal. ???? I was so proud that my #witb had finally stayed the same for another season… thanks again @thpgolf for changing that!!! I’ll be doing a substantial update to the WITB blog post soon! . . . . . . #notrunofthemill #golf #?? #golfswag #golfaddict #golflifestyle #handmade #handcrafted #golfishard #liveunderpar #lovegolf #golfporn #golfislife #instagolf #instagood #dropbombs #whyilovethisgame #birdiebomb #libertyballmarkers #minimalistgolf #lessthan14 #thehackersparadise #golfwrx #mygolfspy #pga

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Tommy, Tommy, Tommy…

How about this patchwork from Swag Golf? Sixteen different headcovers rolled into one.

Sharp looking flame-painted copper tour blade from GEOM Putters.

Selection of cool looking custom ball markers and divots tools.

One for the Game Of Thrones fans out there.

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