Pinch Me I Must Be Dreaming

by Dave Bisbee on June 19, 2011

o_golf_hawaii_2011I could hardly believe my ears and eyes while watching the U.S. Open…and not just because of what Rory McIlroy was doing to Congressional and the field, (more on that later)…but because of the coverage of the other golf match that was being conducted in our nations capital. The President of the United States and the Speaker of the House playing what was referred to as a round of…wait for it…business golf! Wow!! I nearly fell out of the recliner. It was like validation wrapped in vindication and stamped with the Presidential seal.

Speaker Boehner referred to the golf course as a place that “business gets done”. Party politics aside you gotta love that one of our country’s leaders actually said that out loud. Now the fact that our National Championship is being contested a drive and a five iron away from Washington D.C. is probably the reason this story even made it to the air.

I would be surprised if we even would have heard anything about it had the Open been playing at Pebble Beach, however, it did make it to the air and if the USGA, PGA, LPGA, NGF, and any other organization doesn’t seize this opportunity to leverage the positive light that was finally put on our game then shame on them. I know that I intend to get as much mileage out of the opportunity as I can.

Bob Costas made the “golf summit” coverage even better by talking about the game being maligned by many as a frivolous undertaking and an example of corporate excess and turning that sentiment around by showing how the game provides an atmosphere to build rapport with someone, in a setting that is far from the cameras and sound bites that come from inside the beltway. This could be the shot in the arm that the golf industry has been looking for…let’s not waste it.

Holy McIlroy Batman

Speaking of positive things on the golf horizon… what Rory McIlroy’s record romp at Congressional so far has done is capture the attention of just about everybody. Golf needs another superstar just like every other sport. Be honest, you don’t watch a sport for sports sake…you want to see the Michael Jordan’s, the Wayne Gretsky’s, and  the Peyton Manning’s stand above their peers. For a long time golf had that in Tiger Woods.

Now we need the next big thing… a big hitter with swagger and the ability to make their would be challengers look inferior even when they themselves are playing their best. I think Rory could be the next dominate player. One thing is for sure I will be glued to the telecast today in hopes of witnessing history and just maybe the dawn of a new era in the game. Go get em Rory!  

Dave Bisbee

Dave Bisbee has been around the golf business for 30 years and brings to Biz Golf Guru his experience as both a business owner and golf professional. Dave will serve as the anchor for the Biz Golf Guru team of contributors by offering his unique insights of business golf as seen through the eyes of someone who has managed golf courses, golf companies and as a golf teaching professional.

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