THE irrepressible Gary Player talks about longevity in golf and also weighs into the debate about the length of some modern golf courses in the latest edition of a new Australian based magazine that focuses on the golf industry.
And when a 74 year old with 164 professional wins starts talking about durability in golf you think he might have something to say on the subject.
“Longevity is the beautiful thing about golf. In most other sports athletes have to retire in their 30”s,” Player says in the latest edition of Golf Industry Central Magazine, a free online publication.
Many ridiculed Players’ fitness routine when he first went on tour in 1953 and the South African says other professionals doubted he had a future.
“…people said Gary Player would never last,” the winner of nine Majors and 19 Champions Tour events says. “I was known as a nut, but now all the modern day players are working out.”
Player also speaks about modern course design and says his philosophy when designing a new venue is to build a course “that the weekend golfer, who is the heart of the game, can enjoy.”
He says club committees should stop trying to build courses for pros with the usual futile aim of attracting major tournaments.
“Think of your members,” Players says. “We have got to build beautiful courses where members, who have been working all week, can come out and relax.”
You can read the full story, and many other interesting articles focussing on the golf industry, by first going to the Golf Industry Central website and downloading the free February magazine edition.
The website, run by golf industry management and operations specialist Mike Orloff, offers a host of international and local golf industry news, job listings and operational advice.