I've been thinking a lot lately about how I can play more golf.
I'm at the point in life where I just can't squeeze out the time. I have two middle school children and the few weekends that I do have off from work are spent at ball games. And I wouldn't have it any other way.
I think there are many golfers out there that are in the same boat. We want to play but don't want to spend time away from the kids. Attitudes about family activities have evolved over the years but the golf business has not changed its model. The majority of golf courses are ready for play at 8 a.m. This time of year in most places you have daylight as early as 6am. It would be great to get the ball in the air at first light. Mom's and Dad's could get in 18 holes and be home and ready for the kids by 10 a.m.
I know that golf course superintendents are rolling their eyes reading this thinking that there is no way to get a course prepped by first light. But the industry has to find creative ways to get more people on golf courses more frequently. Lets get crews in early and get lights on mowers.
And while we are at it let's explore ways to speed up play. Reducing rough height and slowing green speeds is a big part of that equation. Twilight speed tournaments that are 6,9, or 12 holes can get golfers to the course on the tail end of a hectic day.
I realize I'm slinging spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks. But I really feel there are solutions out there that aren't widely utilized. These are some of my ideas. What are yours?