Off the heels of last week’s coverage of Mark Herrmann’s column, “Is Golf In Trouble?’, where we got great comments, I came across Bloomberg BuseinssWeek’s ‘How To’ issue. Former Sun Microsystems Chairman/CEO Scott McNealy, makes some interesting suggestions…
I’ve excerpted from the article… First, McNealy takes on pace of play.
I’m not out to change the United States Golf Association rules, but there’s one change that I think golf needs: If you don’t finish in three and a half hours, your round doesn’t count. Do the math. It’s five miles to walk a golf course. Let’s say you walk at four miles per hour. That’s about an hour and 15 minutes. Let’s round that up to an hour and 20, because you have to zigzag around. That leaves you 40 minutes to hit about 100 shots. That gives you 30 seconds a shot. So you can finish a round of golf in two hours without breaking a sweat.
Next, McNealy makes some points about make the game easier for beginners.
I’m just not quite the same athlete as these guys on the pro tour. And neither is my 10-year-old or my wife. We need an on-ramp game for beginners and people who can’t afford the 10 hours a week on the range that it takes to hit a golf ball pure. Let them hit from a tee wherever they are on the course. Instead of a cup, have a bell that’s about a foot in diameter with a flag coming up out of it. Peg it in a part of the green away from the regular cup. As soon as their ball rings the bell, they’re holed out. This way you’re going to learn to swing and ultimately graduate to the tournament game.
FInally, McNealy takes on the purists.
In baseball, we have T-Ball. Is Major League Baseball going nuts because people in the park are using a big softball and throwing underhand slow pitch? No. Yet the second anybody says let’s have some new rules and a different game played on the golf course, everybody gets their khaki shorts in a bunch.
What say you? Should there be a shot clock? How leaving in pins and not marking golf balls?