Leveling the Playing FieldApril 18, 2018
Affirmations for GolfersApril 20, 2018
A perfect day on the golf course typically includes beautiful weather, great company, and a score you can be proud of. But seeing a group of young, music-blasting, phone-obsessed, neon-clad Millennials can have some shaking their heads at the direction this new breed of golfers is taking the game.
Millennials are one of the most unique generational makeups that have ever existed. Our mix of tech savvy intuition and passion for making our dreams our reality has put the traditional work-life balance off kilter. We long for a meaningful experience rather than just another job to fill our day (or at least pay back some of our student loans).
As a Millennial and a lifelong golfer myself, I understand the worry for the future of the game and its traditions, but as a member of this new generation of golfers, I want to help bridge that gap between the new, the traditional, and everything in-between to shed some light on some of the ways Millennials might golf a little differently.
Experiences Mean More to Millennials
Millennials long for a deeper, meaningful experience rather than just something to fill their time. We see the golf course as a space to make memories, especially ones that can be shared on social media platforms. Events such as, TopGolf have become more popular for Millennials because they add an out-of-the-box characteristic that is different than the traditional competition golfing formats. As much we love a golf scramble or best ball game, there isn’t much to be added to the format that makes it unusual or evolutionary.
Evolution of Gender Roles and Family Time
The golf course isn’t just for the boys anymore. The game has evolved to include women and children alike to enjoy and play for years to come. For many people, golf has become an avenue for quality family time, especially in a world where gender roles are blurred, and time together is extra meaningful. Many Millennials want to involve their families in all aspects of their lives, and not use the golf course as a getaway of their own anymore.
Clothes Don’t Define the Millennial Golfer
Adaptable and practical are two words that go hand in hand with the apparel of Millennials. While traditional clothing such as collared shirts and respectable pants are still quite popular on a golf course, a more athletic tone has been added to the golf apparel we see now. Comfort and practicality are huge factors in what we wear throughout our day. As much as I would love to wear a nice dress while tending to my kids and work endeavors, it’s just not possible.
Technology isn’t just essential; it’s like a dependable friend
If we have our phones out, it’s not that we can’t have a conversation with our fellow players in person. Sometimes we may want to post a picture of the course (golf courses are truly breathtaking in photos) or post a picture that everyone can look back on and laugh about. We can easily answer an email, send a text, and reply to a Facebook post all before we take our second shot in to the hole. This isn’t because we can’t look away from our phone, it’s just that we try to be as efficient as possible, regardless of our location.
As a Millennial golfer, I appreciate the class and grace that the game has emanated for years. I hope to share it with my own children someday, as it is a game that has brought me joy and has taught me so much about life and humility. I have found ways to evolve the game to my lifestyle, but it has never lost its traditional roots or foundation with these adaptations.
So, the next time you see someone on the course looking at their phone or jamming to music, don’t think of it as an out to avoid human interaction or socialization. This is simply just a way for Millennial players to enjoy their golfing experience, and to truly live in the moment.