In the Fall 2017 issue of Women’s Golf Journal, an excellent series of essays are collected under the heading, “The Future of Golf”. After a well crafted overview of the sport and industry, two fine articles entitled “The Future of Competition” and “Future of Courses” are presented with authority and thought provoking insights on each topic. A complete read of this feature is necessary to glean all of the important takeaways, but there are a few key points worth of highlighting.
The most resonating element of the article is the concept of a six hole “round” of golf. The points made on the subject are undeniably relevant and worthy. This notion is catching wind in the golf administration circles such as the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association are considering rating six hole loops within the routing of its member Clubs. By having such a six hole rating, GHIN established handicaps can be based on a base number of six hole rounds. The time element and the fun element are greatly enhanced by such an initiative.
The other emerging point and trend are the type and style of courses being built today. Sweetens Cove in Tennessee is a wonderful example of top golf with sensible economics. The notion of bringing fun and imaginative designs to public and private establishments fosters a new era in golf. Again, the next generation will demand less expensive, more fun, high quality with less or no pretension.
Lastly, Women’s Golf Journal is a terrific publication. Certainly, its appeal is to all golfers with an emphasis on women’s golf. By all means, pick up a subscription and enjoy.