Golfchat Articles Worth Reading

Golfchat is a loose organization of keen, like-minded golfers who willingly share their views on golf. Although we do not always agree, the discussions are lively and informative. The recent theme of alternate ways to bring players to the game brought two additional articles (to my own) that I think are worth a read.

The first is from Mike Johnny from @36aday golf blog. His article titled Mike Johnny: Golf’s Own Six-Pack, discusses Jack Nicklaus’ view on changing the format of playing golf and here is a snippet of what he says:

Jack Nicklaus has likely forgotten more about the game of golf than I will ever know. And with 5 or even 6 hour rounds becoming more prevalent on and off the PGA tour, he has proposed 12-hole rounds as an alternative, for recreational golfers anyway.

You can read the rest of the article by clicking here.

The next good read is from Rodney Whitty: Alternative Traditions. He too addresses the need for how players pay for their rounds and if they can only play for 14 holes, then maybe only paying for 14 holes is a solution. Rodney has his own golf blog that can be found here. I recommend your read the entire article, but here is a little teaser:

Not having time is a popular excuse for those not getting out for golf in the evenings or weekends. Even with time off, are 18 holes in their plans?

You can read the rest of the article by clicking here.

I hope you enjoyed the articles, including mine from yesterday, and take away some differing ideas on how courses can approach golf in the future. Regardless of where you stand on the idea, it is always great to discuss and debate the merits of all golf thoughts. And that is what you get here at The Grateful Golfer.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

4 thoughts on “Golfchat Articles Worth Reading

  1. The Men’s Group at our club plays 9 Holes every Thursday night starting at 6 PM after Daylight savings time goes in to effect. It is a great way to get out during the week after a days work. A little Golf, a little dinner and home by 9 – 9:30

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  2. I did enjoy the articles. I can’t say I fully understand their views, but I haven’t had to suffer through more than one or two 5+ hours rounds here in the 20 years I’ve been playing so I am not the target audience.

    I only know of one course around here that has that issue regularly. And for them, it is a relatively recent thing. They stopped putting a ranger on the course to keep players from falling behind which I believe is the main cause of the issue there. And even there the issue is really only during the winter season. By next month, I will be able to play that course in under 4 hours easily once the snowbirds have left for the year.

    But my real question is who wants to play just 6 holes? That I have real trouble understanding. If there is something that keeps me from playing a full round on a full sized course, I would rather spend my time on a par 3 course or the range than just play 6 holes on a full sized one. It is both better for my game and more satisfying in my opinion.

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    • Kevin

      Thanks for weighing in. Some courses are over used and 5 and 6 hour rounds is not uncommon. Especially for public courses. It is possible to wait on every shot and that is when I need to go do something else. The courses I play do not have a ranger either, it does causes slow play issues from 8 am until 2 pm. Out side of those times, the course seems quiet. Very much a cost verses value for the ranger. Thanks for reading the articles.

      Cheers
      Jim

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