I have been involved in golf as a Tour Operator for the last 20 years and am saddened by the decline in playing numbers across Europe - due to cost, pace of play and the game becoming dull due to the disproportionate amount of time spent walking as opposed to playing (ever tried getting a teenager to go for a walk?!?).
Paul Worster, Golf Course Manager, Minchinhampton Golf Club
I think that we need to be more positive about the game. There are many good things and it is not all doom and gloom although there are some aspects that need fixing. We need to put across that golf is a healthy, safe, economic and well-run sport which offers the family a great chance to play together and stay together.
Owners and architects - especially those who are involved in bringing increasingly expensive to build and maintain facilities to the marketplace - do have an opportunity to reduce their overheads and increase the visibility of the game by taking the lead and altering their over-powering designs to the betterment of the game.