There were plenty of ideas bouncing around the room Tuesday when the Metropolitan Golf Association hosted its 2014 Public Golf Forum at Bethpage State Park. The program featured Dave Oatis, the USGA Green Section’s Northeast Director, Jonathan Gold, the regional player development from the PGA of America, and Jim Keegan, a managing partner at Golf Convergence and author of several books on the business of golf.
“If we have the attitude to keep doing what we’re doing, we’re not going to turn things around,” MGA executive director Jay Mottola said.
The event was organized by MGA director of member services and course rating, Kevin Kline, who recently added director of public golf development to his title.
Frankly, there needed to be more people in the room taking notes. The MGA revived this forum knowing that public golf facilities play a critical role in bringing people to the game. Next year, at least one representative from each of the region’s municipal and daily fee courses needs to be on hand. This is an important discussion.