How Women-Friendly Is Your Golf Course?
Answer these ten questions and then the BONUS questions. Does your facility? (One point for each "yes" answer plus bonus points)
- Affordable introductory group lessons?
2. Provide clubs at no charge for beginner lessons?
3. Advertise programs and events for women using the word "fun" or "no pressure" or "beginners welcome"
4. Designate a visible section of the bulletin board (in Pro Shop or Locker Room) to promote women's events and news?
5. Offer written handouts with basic information for new golfers including etiquette and pace of play?
6. Offer on-course playing lessons (or supervised play) for new golfers at affordable prices?
7. Offer 9-hole rounds (or shorter) at 9-hole rates (or less)?
8. Offer a choice of playing formats in leagues and outings for non-competitive women golfers as well as competitive golfers?
9. Provide customer-service training to your employees specifically about women customers?
10. Attractively display women's golf clothes and accessories in a visible portion of the pro shop? ADD POINTS – maximum 10
DEDUCT 3 points from total if facility does NOT have clean, attractive women's rest rooms both on and off the course.
BONUS POINTS!!!! ADD 5 points for Diaper-changing table in men’s rest rooms.
BIGGER BONUS!!! Add 5 points if course has a set of "playable" tees -- 4500 yards or less. (new recommendation you will read about is for 4000 yard set of tees. Distance off the tee is very related to the swing speed of the golfer and recreational women golfers "tend" to have slower swing speeds than men. It is very challenging for most women to learn to swing faster (kids learn that under newer theories). But my golf colleague, Karen Palacious Jensen, reminded me to check to make sure that I was hitting the ball on"sweet spot" of my driver-- and I made an adjustment that made a difference. Ask your golf instructor to explain and measure whether you are hitting that sweet spot (the pro puts a piece of paper on the face of the driver that shows where it is making contact with the ball).
HERE'S HOW I GRADE….
8-15 (or more) points = definitely "women-friendly"
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WHAT TO DO NEXT....
If the golf facility where you usually play golf does not meet your standards (and my grading), then it's time for women to take a bigger role in leadership.
My favorite and most popular article about how to do that is "Why Women Golfers Must Be Leaders" and my advice about leadership is: