Will Golf Have to Take a Mulligan to Entice Millennials?

Combine sports

FootGolf, a combination of golf and soccer, has been offered by clubs in more than 30 states, including the PGA Country Club in Port St. Lucie, FL. FootGolf is capitalizing on the growing popularity of soccer (in 2012, ESPN revealed soccer as the second-most popular sport for those aged 12-24), and offers a lower price point and difficulty level. It also didn’t hurt that MTV’s Rob Dyrdek kicked off his final season playing FootGolf.

Make it easier

TaylorMade, a leading manufacturer of golf clubs, bags and accessories, recently sponsored a 15-inch cup tournament. They quadrupled the size of the hole from 4.25 inches to a 15 inch diameter with the goal of making the game faster and easier. In some cases the new holes have reduced the length of an 18-hole round from 4:30 to 3:45, and improved scores by 10 strokes.

Enhance the thrill

Extreme alternatives include the All Sports Golf Battle, created by the popular sports and comedy entertainment group, Dude Perfect. And Golf Channel recently announced a new reality competition series, Altered Course, where teams navigate re-imagined and extreme golf holes in excess of 700 yards.

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