Golfers should take an etiquette test…74% of golfers directly blame greenkeepers if the course is below expectations…almost half of golfers repair pitch marks badly. These are just some of the fascinating findings after Today's Golfer surveyed selected BIGGA members recently, and published the results in their latest issue.
Today's Golfer acknowledged that golfers are quick to criticise when they feel elements of the course are unsatisfactory, but slow to praise greenkeepers when the course looks good and plays great. So they contacted BIGGA and together we came up with the survey. Its aim was help golfers across the UK understand in more detail the skill and hard work that enables them to play on well maintained courses and show greater appreciation of the huge amount of work that goes into maintaining a golf course - and hundreds of BIGGA members responded.
Today's Golfer enjoys a large readership and BIGGA hopes that this survey will not only raise the profile of greenkeeping but also educate golfers on the intricacies of the industry.
It's clear that communication and education are the key words when it comes to increasing the respect golfers have for greenkeepers, and a lack of understanding of a greenkeepers' role is a real bugbear.