It’s fun writing a weekly blog. People always ask if I’m worried about running out of things to write about … no I’m not. I have a lot of leeway … sure, it’s a golf blog, but that’s not very limiting. And, I don’t have an editor assigning me stories or ripping apart what I write.
The reason I’m saying this, is because lately it seems that a lot of the online golf magazines are loaded with stories that are just space-fillers. I read some of them, and when I’m at the end of the article … I keep looking for more … “that can’t be it?”.
Read one the other day saying that golfers will never shake hands again … ever … even after this crisis is over. And the reasoning was just flat. Could have been interesting … but wasn’t. Just a space-filler.
Our golf course hasn’t needed a space-filler lately … we’ve been stuffed since we opened last Saturday. Thank God. We’ve been grateful … and the golfers have been grateful. It feels really good.
We started pretty bare bones: no carts, no range, no food & beverage. Just wanted make sure everything was manageable.
Of course we were/are concerned about safety … that’s priority #1. Yet, we were/are also concerned about perception. If it seemed like we weren’t taking precautions, we could hurt golf for the rest of the state. As I said, perception is very important. If you remember the show “Bewitched”, they had a neighbor – Gladys Kravitz – who lived for spying on her neighbors. I’m sure there are “Gladyses” out there who would love to take down a course or even golf in Minnesota.
So, we’ve now added carts, the range, and some beverages and snacks. However, the range and other practice areas are only for pre-round warm-up. There’s no other way we could manage it. Imagine if we had 50 people on the putting green … or 100 waiting to hit balls at the range. Gladys would have her big chance.
Hopefully, you’re getting out to play. As much as I love reading about golf … I’d rather play the game.
GM/Head PGA Professional