Today’s post isn’t so much a tip as it is a topic I’d like your opinion on.
I hear a lot of golf course and resort operators talk about how “we” need to make golf fit in better with, “today’s modern lifestyles,” or the golfer population will remain stagnant.
The problem is, “we” don’t seem to be doing much about it other than talking.
Recently, however, I visited a golf course that seems to be addressing the issue in a bold new way, by offering golf in a new format.
Here’s what I’d like to know: is this an option you’d like to see on your next golf vacation?
Check it out and tell me if you think this is a great – or terrible – idea for golf.
The idea itself is pretty simple: offering golf in less expensive and less-time consuming chunks than the typical 18-hole or 9-hole options.
For example, I recently played at the lovely Makefield Highlands Golf Club in Yardley, Pa., which offered a 6-hole and even a 3-hole option, albeit after 5:30 pm.
This is quite different from the equally interesting program we told you about at Maui, Hawaii’s Kaanapali Golf Resort called “Golf on Your Time,” which allows you a week to complete 18-holes.
No, in Makefield’s case, you only have to commit to the number of holes you can play right now.
A brief check of the Web turned up a handful of other courses offering 3-hole and 6-hole rates, but I was a little surprised to find that they were all, like Makefield, municipal courses.
Not a group I typically think of as being so customer-focused and on the cutting edge of inventory optimization. (By the way, these shorter rounds often command a higher cost-per-hole).
Anyway, I guess my questions to you are these:
Do you think 3- and 6-hole options are good for golf? That is, do you think they’ll fill a need that golfers are looking for and will attract more people to and/or keep them playing the game?
At the very least, are these options you’d like to have at the courses you play at home and on golf vacations?
And to the golf course operators reading this, can you tell us why you would or would not add mini-rounds at your facility? Would you only do it at off-peak times?
Personally, I’m not sure playing three holes would satisfy my golf craving. It seems more like a tease. Six holes might do it, though.
What do you think? Please share your comments below.
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