First and foremost let’s take a step back and think about the game itself. Golf is a SOCIAL game. Traditionally you play in a group of four and you spend the best part of four hours, enjoying both the course and the companionship. However, increasingly I hear of how golf clubs are not ‘social’ places. So much so, that one of our members recently wrote to me with the following shocking statement from a lady golfer…. “I quit my golf club in Surrey because in 8 years I only met 3 people” This female member went on to say…”Last year, whilst volunteering at Wentworth, I met Graham Yates (ex-Chair of England Golf), who believes that R&A & England Board are dinosaurs and he was rapidly losing faith in their ability to save the sport.” Which doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence? Another TSG member commented, that he joined a club having been assured that he will be introduced to new members, invited to join club events and competitions and yet six months on, he has never heard from the club or met anyone at the club beyond a few head nods. He finds the atmosphere in the club ‘cliquey’ and worse, hugely discriminating towards women and juniors. How did this situation arise? In short, because golf clubs are so stuck in their ways that refuse to acknowledge or understand...Read More
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