Third Annual Symposium On Affordable Golf

By Patrick O' Brien and Chris Hartwiger, agronomists, Southeast Region
October 31, 2012

 Featured speakers included immediate past presidents from the USGA (Mr. Jim Hyler – on left) and GCSAA (Mr. Bob Randquist, CGCS - on right).

On Oct. 29 and 30, golfers and varied industry professionals gathered at Southern Pines Country Club in Southern Pines, N.C. to discuss key issues facing golf today. The USGA Southeast Region agronomists and approximately 100 others attended the Third Annual Symposium on Affordable Golf, a conference developed by golf course architect Richard Mandell featuring numerous talks and discussions focused on keeping golf affordable.

A few of the major themes discussed included the following highlights from two very influential speakers:

  • Jim Hyler, immediate past president of the USGA, continued to stress the central message of his USGA presidency that firm and fast playing conditions combined with reduced inputs, namely water, are key elements of sustainability in golf. He hopes to change the mindset of golfers on these issues. 
  • Bob Randquist, CGCS and immediate past president of the GCSAA, referred to Al Radko’s 1977 Golf Journal article Green is Not Great: Golf is Played on Grass, Not Color and emphasized that reducing water can improve playing conditions for golfers. He noted that he has decreased water use at Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton, Fla., by 50 percent since he arrived 14 years ago.  

Mr. Mandell developed a survey called “The Golf Experience – Your Way” and results were reviewed. This survey asks golfers what they value when playing golf.  By better understanding what golfers prefer, perhaps areas can be identified where costs may be reduced or even eliminated without adversely affecting the golfer experience. To date nearly 800 respondents have taken the survey. A link to the survey can be found below and we encourage you to take the survey and forward it to others.  

The Golf Experience Survey

Source: Patrick O'Brien 770-229-8125 or patobrien@usga.org  and Chris Hartwiger 205-444-5079 or chartwiger@usga.org

 

Partner Links
AmEx image
AmEx image
AmEx image
AmEx image
Chevron
   

The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.


Chevron image
Rolex
   

Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.



Rolex image
IBM
   

IBM has partnered with the USGA to bring the same technology, expertise, and innovation it provides to businesses all over the world to the USGA and golf's national championship.

IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website, www.usopen.com, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit http://www.usopen.com/IBM

AmEx image
Lexus
   

Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

For more information on Lexus, visit http://www.lexus.com/

AmEx image
American Express
   

Together, American Express and the USGA have been providing world-class service to golf fans since 2006. By creating interactive U.S. Open experiences both onsite and online, American Express enhances the USGA’s effort to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.

For more information on American Express visit www.americanexpress.com/entertainment


AmEx image