What Millennials and Generation Z Think About the Game of Golf
Aug. 4, 2015
Comprised of Millennials and Generation Z (those born after 2000), they’re the next generation of golfers.
On Wednesday, over 150 golf courses throughout Northern California welcomed kids aged 6-to-18 from the NCGA’s highly successful Youth on Course program for what was the first ever Youth on Course Day.
What made the inaugural event such a hit? Participating Youth on Course Members were able to play any YOC facility in Northern California for just $1. That’s right, a buck.
While the price can’t be beat, it wasn’t just that, however, that brought the kids onto all the fairways, including those at Poppy Hills Golf Course.
It was also simply a love for the game.
On the flip side, there are too however, some areas where they think golf needs some tinkering.
So what are today’s kids thinking about when it comes to golf?
Some of the things they love:
- “You can meet someone new every time you’re on the course.”
- “The game is diverse. There are different courses, and you can meet different people from around the globe.
- “I love that it’s an individual sport and you are your own team. In the end though, it’s all about fun.”
- “I love that it’s a game you can play for the rest of your life.”
- “Golf strengthens your mental capabilities. It’s an endless pursuit of perfection.”
Some of the things that make golf cool:
- “Hitting a great shot.”
- “Being your own coach.”
- “The scenery. It’s great to be outside.”
- “You can really get to know someone during a round, maybe make a friend.”
Some of the things they don’t like:
- “Golf can be frustrating. It’s hard to keep your mental game going. All it takes is one bad shot.”
- “I wish you could play two balls. It’s frustrating to miss a 3-footer on the green. You want another try.”
- “Golf can be more outgoing with etiquette, things like the dress code.”
- “Sometimes there’s a lack of honesty on the course. Someone may move their ball up a bit on the green. There’s a resistance to call someone out on that.”
- “It costs too much.”