I said there that I'd start this thread later today - so here it is.
I'd like everyone to pledge in this thread to introduce one new golfer to the game of golf.
And as you can imagine, I don't just mean "introduce them and then leave them to fend for themselves." I mean do whatever it takes to introduce at least one person to the game of golf, and get them to the point where they are hooked and are going out and playing on their own.
I think everyone here should pledge to essentially "create a golfer." It can be a badly relapsed golfer (i.e. someone who played ten years ago but hasn't played since, or something), a brand new golfer, someone who only plays once a year in your corporate scramble, something.
The golf course is a scary place for a lot of people, particularly adults. It can be an expensive game. Let's give them (or at least loan them) old equipment. Let's help them with the basics. Let's get them out to executive courses, teach them the basic etiquette of the sport, and show them just how fun it can be to whack a ball in a gopher hole outside for a few hours.
I love this idea, it would be great too if folks could share "success stories" and suggestions for how to get new people introduced to the game. I have a friend who I'd love to get out there, but he's in his mid 40's (like me) and is extremely self conscious about embarrassing himself out there. I'm sure he'd have no problem going out and whacking away at the driving range but I'm the last person who should be giving a beginner swing instructions (and I doubt he'll go get lessons until he gets "the bug" first).
This thread will serve as a place for people to both commit to the process, and to share ideas with others, and to share updates on their progress.
I've created three badges.
You can get the first when you sign up.
You can get the second when you've identified your "target" and have begun the process of introducing them to golf.
You can get the third when you feel you've "created a golfer." You will be the grand poobah of this project at that time, and then… you get to start all over again in 2015. :D
This is a call to action. I'm going to have Mike push this pretty hard, and I'll be doing my part as well, and we're going to make a dent in the universe, so to speak. Let's all do our role.