Diversity or Uniformity?
As you probably know, many golf courses are struggling – public and private.
And, as you probably know, many people struggle to play decent golf.
I think both situations are related. The problem with both is the idea that one size fits all. Too many golf courses try to be everything to everyone. Sort of like the restaurant that has every type of food on the menu … it’s usually all bad.
Trying to make everyone swing the same way is also a recipe for failure.
Let me make a leap. You know how we’re always hearing about “celebrating our diversity”? Ironically, I think what many people who say that really mean is this – that they can make ALL types of people exactly the same.
I don’t think they like diversity at all. They want to take away the uniqueness of people and turn them into highly functioning robots.
This attitude has spread to all areas of our society.
We’ve become process driven instead of results driven. Process driven takes away creativity and uniqueness. Let people find a new way to get a result. Let people find a unique way to hit a golf ball. Let people find a unique way to run a golf course.
The “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”? I still believe in it. But, that’s the opposite of trying to make everybody the same.
GM and Head Golf Professional