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Maybe Pigs Really Can Fly!

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 15:07 Monday, 23 September 2013 14:49

by: Gayle Moss (www.golfgal.ca)

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I was reading the latest edition of Golf Business Magazine this week and the Message from the CEO was, to say the least, disturbing.
 
Although I am well aware of the state of the golf industry and the lack of women in the game, it still upsets me when I read that less than 20% of golfers in the U.S. are female -- especially when 40% of German and Austrian golfers are women.
 
I tried to find out what percentage of Asian golfers have two X chromosomes, but couldn't locate any data (if you have some, please share).
 
But given their domination on the LPGA Tour, I expect their numbers are higher and growing, especially in Korea.
 
But my level of frustration really took a massive spike when I learned from a recent sports industry survey of 40,000 people that out of 123 leisure activities in the U.S., golf ranks 112th in terms of participation by women -- it's behind martial arts, rugby and football. Seriously....Rugby!?

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Play It 'Black' At University Golf Club

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 10:36 Monday, 23 September 2013 09:59

by Gayle Moss (www.golfgal.ca)

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"If you build it, will they come?"  
 
Well, they did for Kevin Costner's character in Field of Dreams, but any smart product manager knows, like the movie, that is pure fantasy when it comes to building successful products and services people want to buy, including tee times.
 
Most golf course designers and architects consider themselves visionaries when it comes to building public courses, but IMHO many miss the mark when designing courses for “the public”.
 
I’ve played many public courses in my golf career and it seems to me that too many designers forget to ask themselves this fundamental question before they start to dig, “Who am I building this for?”

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Cape Breton’s Highlands Links: A True Masterpiece Worth Restoring Properly

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 00:55 Sunday, 22 September 2013 16:27

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Gord Montgomery (iG)

Governments rarely, if ever, listen to individual voices. But just in case someone from the Feds has their ear to the ground, I hope they hear this: Finish the work on one of this country's great golf masterpieces, Highlands Links in Ingonish, Nova Scotia.

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Nova Scotia Golf

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 00:55 Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:29

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Gord Montgomery (iG)

Most people don't want to come to hole No. 15 during a round, not because it's always a tough hole bur rather because it signals the start of the end of a round. At Bell Bay Golf Club in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, it signals something else — the start of a great four-hole stretch.

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Sunset Ranch Golf & Country Club – Kelowna’s Breath Of Fresh Air

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 September 2013 17:00 Saturday, 07 September 2013 16:10

by Gayle Moss (www.golfgal.ca

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In a recent trip to the Okanagan to play some golf, my 'golfguy' and I decided to venture away from the highly advertised and expensive resorts you always hear about, and check out a course that we’d never played before – Sunset Ranch Golf and Country Club (sunsetranchbc.com), just a few minutes from the Kelowna airport.
 
The course and clubhouse came highly recommended by Diane Fru of Golf Fore Gals (GFG) – a multi-course golf club in B.C. for women of all skill levels, of which I am a member.
 
“At GFG we live by one rule -- ‘If it’s not fun, we don’t do it,” said Diane. “Which is why we love playing Sunset Ranch; we always leave with a smile on our faces.”
 

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