Remember when Facebook used to be about staying in touch with friends, organising social events and maybe the occasional ‘poke’? Nowadays it’s just full of angry rants from people disappointed with the tardiness of South Eastern Railways or their overripe avocados from M&S.
Lee Westwood took to his Facebook page yesterday for a rant of his own, but he may actually have a point.
“Golf is absolutely not doing enough. It needs to be promoted better – the R&A, the USGA, the PGA Tour, the European Tour, the Asian Tour, the South African Tour need to do more to encourage young players to take up the game – there’s a very poor percentage that are women golfers in Britain.
“It needs to have the stigma taken away from it that it’s an old man’s game and that it’s for the ‘toffs’ if you want to call it that. It needs to be more available to the man in the street. I’m from a working class background and I started playing on a municipal golf course – there needs to be more municipal golf courses and golf needs to be made more available to everybody.
“Obviously golf could be made less expensive. It needs to be quicker, with a shorter format – five hours on a Saturday or Sunday is too long to be out of the house. It needs a two-hour format. The hole maybe needs to be made bigger, made easier – it’s a tough game that can become painful at times so it needs to be made fun.”
Do you agree with Westy’s comments? What would you do to help grow the game?