I agree with @Fourputt
. The USGA has started two programs, Play it Forward and While We're Young, to address issues with difficulty and pace of play. These are two of the reasons that may have contributed to the decline as some articles suggest. We haven't even given them time to work. Play it Forward is ideal for reducing difficulty IMO. Some courses need to add more forward tees for woman and seniors. Woman are half the population and a huge growth opportunity.
One of my local courses is starting to do this. On some par 3 holes, my wife would have to use a driver to my 7 iron, and I am not a long hitter. They are adding more tees to make the club choice more even and reduce difficulty. This is the key to adding woman to the game. And marketing toward women is almost negligible.
I believe there are more reasons for decline, like economics and the explosion of many new sports in the last 20 years. Adding a new way to play with different equipment will hinder more than help IMO.
Both of those iniatives are for existing golfers, four putt on the other hand is terribly misinformed on his assessment of the games & status, your club on the other hand should be commended for its efforts.
There isn't a great CEO of any company in America that does not look out for its long term growth......why that is considered bad to some people, consumers at that is beyond my comprehension. Is this an occupy wall street mentality????
Don't jump to conclusions about me, okay? My home complex had worked on addressing this sort of issue more than 20 years ago. They offer a quality golf experience to players of all styles and abilities. With an 18 hole, 7000 yard championship course; a 9 hole, par 31 executive course; and a 9 hole par 3 course with holes from 80 yards to 195 yards, they can meet most any player's needs. I feel that this sort of diversity is all that is really needed to encourage new players, junior players, and experienced players of all levels. Special clubs, oversized holes, and other gimmicks are simply unnecessary overcomplications.
And just as an addendum: The complex turns a $750,000 profit on a bad year. It can approach $2,000,000 on a good one.