The Symposium on Affordable Golf: Taking On Golf's Biggest Challenges

For the past three years a diverse group comprised of teaching professionals, golf business people and recreational golfers have met at Southern Pines Golf Club for the Symposium on Affordable Golf, a two day event focused on preserving the health and sustainability of the game.

The 2013 gathering will take place on October 28th - 29th and will feature outstanding speakers from all walks of golf. As in past years, the Symposium is open to anyone with a connection to golf and/or a concern for its future ...and it's free.

I've written about the Symposium on Affordable Golf... and its exceptional founder, Richard Mandell...  in the past, and though I haven't yet been able to attend the event, I hope to eventually change that.  In the meantime the Symposium website has videos of each year's talks. The topics are timely and the exchange of ideas allows one to look at golf's challenges from a variety of different perspectives, which make them well worth watching.

Information about attending the Symposium on Affordable Golf is on their website.


  1. Affordable is a relative term, but when it comes to bringing underrepresented demographic groups into the game (ie: those who are not wealthy, mature, white males) cost is going to be a significant factor and it goes way beyond greens fees. Basic lessons, equipment and practice are essential before greens fees are even considered, so it's a whole infrastructure that has to be made less expensive in order to grow the game. Hopefully the symposium will generate ideas/actions that might lead in that direction.

  2. GOLF has to be introduced early on - just as kids play soccer and hockey and other after-school extra-curricular sports - so BASICALLY it gets on their schedule - even if it's just an hour or so on a golf range hitting a bucket of balls

    the other thing is NOT to expect instant results like hitting a baseball or catching a football nor expecting it to be similar to miniature golf

    too bad caddying has gone the way of the five cent root beer because in my mind it was the best foundation for an introduction to the game for the young person - and how many past players started as caddies historically until the golf car became pervasive and invasive

    i would eliminate all the formality and sterilization and let the kids just go have a shot at it with their peers



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