Participation in golf is low and courses are trying to capture retention anyway possible. Here are a few new ideas golf courses could use to increase participation. Some of these ideas I heard on Real Sports while some others are from myself and friends. Tell me what you think or add some new ideas to the list that the USGA may listen to.
1.) Night vision goggles with glow in the dark golf balls for night golf.
2.) Burro Golf- instead of using golf carts a burro carries the groups’ golf clubs.
3.) Dog Golf Course- a golf course where you can bring your dog. Instead of hiring a caddy, a golfer hires a dog handler. Or if a golfer is a hacker the dog can chase the ball and find it.
4.) 3 foot wide holes- makes getting the ball in the hole much easier.
5.) Soccer Golf- similar to Frisbee golf but kicking a ball down a golf course.
6.) All you can eat and drink golf- for a flat fee a golfer can get a round of golf and all the beer and food in that round.
7.) Synthetic grass golf course- a 9 hole course that is all synthetic grass or AstroTurf. This limits water costs plus most driving ranges only allow golfer to hit off synthetic mats anyway.
8.) A $40 golf course but you can only play for 2 or 3 hours- if a golfer gets 18 holes in then great, but if they play slow and only get 5 holes complete in 2 hours then that’s it and the marshal will ask the golfers to leave.
9.) Covers on sand traps and water hazards- this is kind of like bumpers for bowling. The covers can be removed to non-beginners.
10.) Keep it the same- slow, stuffy, traditional, loaded with rules and regulations, difficult, expensive, and not retaining old golfers or obtaining new golfers.