Home of Golf

A bit of a stiff breeze today at St Andrews and as always when visiting an Open venue when the grand stands and tented village are not there I am amazed at what it looks like. There is something very special about the Old Course and the whole of St Andrews that makes it an even better place a morning in March than a Sunday in July when it is full of people. This atmosphere where golf is in the middle of town and the course an integral part of the landscape is quite unique.

This time I am with the other Home Unions at the Golf Forum where things relevant to all golf bodies in the UK are discussed. Obvious items are declining membership figures, initiatives to capture the nomad golfer and the ambition to find better ways to support the improving player. There is one thing however that really captures my attention: Thank you notes. I remember when I first got involved in coaching. Pia Nilsson had just come off the tour in the US where many times players had kept their accommodation costs down by staying with members. Pia was big on thank you notes because she knew what they had meant to her and to the people she had been helped by.

Another time where I have seen the importance of thank you letters was when I coached the European Palmer Cup team. Having been a college coach for many years, Gregg Grost, knows how to keep patrons and sponsors involved for future years and hence the list forwarded to players held important names and addresses. Many are those who love to be associated with appreciative youngsters who might make it all the way to the top. End even if they don’t – getting into the habit of saying thank you is not such a bad thing. Perhaps we can all try a little harder?

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