We’ve talked a lot about how we keep the wave of golf participation generated by the experiences in 2020, but what about creating the next wave ourselves?
I sometimes wonder if the differences between generations, when it comes to preferences, are as great as we think.

Yesterday, we considered preferred learning environments at different age group levels for lady golfers. Writing it, I was reminded of a story Neil Lockie, then Director of Golf at Jonathan’s Landing, told me:

Neil described inheriting a small group of female learners in their teens. Just three girls. He realized as he got to the range to conduct his first session that there wasn’t a lesson tee booked, so he decided to take them out on the course and give the lesson via a 4-hole scramble.

The girls apparently loved it and demanded that all future lessons should be in the same format. Neil went home proud of his initiative.

“When time for the lesson next week came around, 7 girls pitched up. I got away with a 7-girl scramble, but then the next week 12 girls arrived on the tee, and I needed help.”

It’s a cool story of a program that quickly grew to 27 teenage girls. Meredith Lobeck, from Granite Bay, California, has commented that she uses a similar approach for all of her learner classes for the ladies, whatever their age. Andree Martin at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club,
the same.    

But what about 50+ males? Would they enjoy learning this way? Would they prefer it to the one-on-one lesson tee?

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