First to speak was Ken on the topic of ‘broadening the golf offering’. He talked about the upsurge in golf participation during the pandemic and the importance of adapting to a range of needs. The demand for shorter courses and quicker forms of the sport are increasing and the need to make golf courses more family friendly is becoming more important as golf is rapidly turning into a lifestyle choice, not just a sport.
Ken’s suite of solutions included:
Ken concluded with five things to note:
Kari joined the stage for a ‘spotlight on women golfers’. She advised on the need for holes to be designed by considering the physical characteristics of golfers, for example, the difference between female and male golfers is that women tend to have a slower swing speed with a lower carry and trajectory, and less spin. Most of the distance travelled is a roll along the ground rather than in the air. Women golfers tend to be shorter than their male counterparts and have difficulty seeing over hazards such as a flag if there is a rough in-between the golfer and the hole.
Without accommodating the differing needs, a course will be perceived as too difficult, less enjoyable and lead to the course being less likely to be played.
The final speaker was Caroline Munro, a BIGGA member and Greenkeeper at Bonar Bridge and Ardgay Golf Club in Scotland. Caroline discussed the may initiatives in place at the club to encourage and welcome the local community.
The session concluded with the views of the speakers on their vision of how a golf course should look in the future:
This Continue to Learn webinar was recorded and is available in Members Area of the EIGCA website ready for members to earn credits towards their CPD completion.