Grapehunter, on 02 December 2012 - 01:53 AM, said:
Serious question... Is golf really in "trouble"? Is there any real quantifiable evidence suggesting that our beloved game is suffering in any way? Any empirical data indicating a major shift in the overall health of this great game?
I've been hearing it for years and yet I still find myself stuck behind groups of 4 and sometimes groups of 5 at a not so cheap golf course on a weekday during peak work hours. So where's the proof? Or is it all a bunch of whining?
There's plenty of empirical data available, how you choose to interpret it, is another matter. "Golf" experienced a "boom" when Tiger joined the Tour and brought new people into the game ... most of whom finally realized that golf just isn't as easy as it is on TV, so they quit the game.
Unfortunately, the influx of new "players" during the Tiger years, cause the USGA, PGA, PGA Tour, OEM's, golf retailers and golf course developers to expand their operations. In today's market, all these entities need to reduce staff, budgets and expectations ... "cut backs" ! They don't like it, so half of them are claiming the sky is falling and the others are talking about "growing the game".
Who really cares? All sports (particularly "lifestyle sports") are cyclical ... they go up, they go down. It wasn't long ago, that Racquetball was the hottest game in town and no one was riding a bicycle. Now, you can hardly find an operating Racquetball Club and can't drive (2) miles, without getting cut off by some dope, wearing a billboard made from skin-tight spandex.
Edited by BrianL99, 02 December 2012 - 07:15 AM.