2006 PGA Merchandise Show: no more "buddy trips?"
Here’s some semi-depressing news for all of us traveling golfers: we’re getting old. Or, maybe we’re just feeling guilty. In any event, “buddy trips” are down and family golf vacations are up. That’s the latest news from the 2006 PGA Merchandise Show and Convention in Orlando.
A study by PGA Magazine and an Orlando-based ad agency revealed, at the show, some interesting tidbits about those who like to travel and play golf. We’re not hitting the road with four or five buds, playing 36 holes a day and going on late-night Hooters benders as much. We’re taking our wives, children and even grandparents. Does this represent the decline of Western civilization or the growing influence of televangelists? Who knows?
That’s why you may be seeing more “non-golfer” activities at resorts, like spas for the ladies and stuff to do for the kids. The grandparents? Well, they’re on their own.
I hate to see this happen. Buddy-trips are a time-honored, valued tradition in this country. And with golf having a hard time attracting new players, will buddy-trips vanish forever as an American institution? Hell, Myrtle Beach has risen to the top based on this theme. It’s just a matter of time before all those great sports bars and “gentlemen’s clubs” will be replaced by shopping malls and other girl stuff.
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