Time for action!
We recognised that ultimately these aims could only be partially attainable if they were pursued by the bodies which govern the game - The R&A and the USGA. To persuade them to act may have seemed to many people a lost cause, but we were not deterred.
We began our campaign by establishing this website and then launching our survey to find out what golfers the world over thought were the main reasons for the game’s decline and the ways in which, particularly, it could be less time-consuming.
And now, lo and behold, look at what has already happened: The R&A launched its own survey, which brought in a masssive 65,000 responses from all corners of the world. We added our own research figures to that.
These impressive steps forward were followed by a major conference in St Andrews entitled ‘Time for Golf’ which was introduced by new CEO Martin Slumbers with these words:
I believe it’s time to make golf more accessible, more affordable and a people sport again.
The two-day conference which followed covered a very wide range of suggestions which are now under review by The R&A prior to their taking action.
All that gives us great hope that the very principles we stressed at the launch of our Campaign will before long lead to action by our ‘governors’. While not wishing to muddy the waters by pursuing the Campaign during the R&A ’s deliberations, we shall be knocking on the CEO’s door in due course to enquire about progress!
We’ll keep you posted.