The Future of Golf in America

The Future of Golf in America

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qAs a golfer, open your mind when reading this treatise on the sport and its future. We all must consider where golf is headed and how best to protect the traditions of the game. I think qThe Future of Golf in Americaq is vitally important.q --Ben Crenshaw, former Masters champion qGeoff Shackelford is a sane voice from deep in the trees. In his new and important book, qThe Future of Golf In America, q he's here to tell us that bigger is not better. His call is the same one Henry David Thoreau made from a different wood: 'Simplify, simplify.'q --Michael Bamberger, qSports Illustratedq senior writer and author of qTo the Linkslandq A galvanizing new book from one of America's leading golf writers, qThe Future of Golf in Americaq reveals how the tradition-rich sport has been kidnapped by equipment manufacturers and knowingly deregulated by its governing bodies. The author of eight previous books including qThe Golden Age of Golf Designq and qGrounds for Golf, q Geoff Shackelford charges that the slumping golf industry responds to unregulated technology by lengthening and narrowing courses at great expense, even as golfers flee the sport because golf takes too long, is too difficult and too expensive. Offering new commentary and analysis, along with essays from the qLos Angeles Times, q qLinks, q qGolf Magazine, q qGolf Worldq and qGolfdom, Shackelford chronicles several astonishing mistakes made by the once-respected United States Golf Association. He observes that the momentum gained from Tiger Woods' positive effect on golf's popularity is being squandered by an ill-advised emphasis on commercial interests. Shackelford urges the USGA to re-shoulder its responsibilities whilesuggesting how the PGA Tour can restore excitement to its championships for the good of the sport. He offers solutions to rejuvenate golf by emphasizing course design elemHow Golf Lost Its Way in the 21st Century (and how to Get it Back) Geoff Shackelford. Think about it. Company A introduces the Classic Course Ball, and a prestigious club like Pine Valley or Cypress Point starts selling it in their shop. Members use it in ... such a ball. Company representatives and other golf big- wigs like to hang out under Augustaa#39;s big oak, and they will always want (and need) this perk.

Title:The Future of Golf in America
Author:Geoff Shackelford
Publisher:iUniverse - 2004-01-01


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