Is Olympic Golf Really Necessary?
“You Know You Are a Golfaholic if:
You take your own putter to the Miniature Golf Course.
not pick up lost
golf balls while
they are still
~ Mark Twain
August will see golf as a sanctioned event in the Rio de Janeiro
Olympics. Rio has a host of problems, financially bankrupt, unsafe
water, public health and safety concerns, plus political unrest, which
may keep many Olympic fans away from the games.
Golf has been added this year and again for 2020 for the first time since
1904. The professional golfers of today did not grow up practicing
that five-foot putt on the practice green to win Olympic Gold. They
dreamed of Green Jackets, Claret Jugs and Wanamaker trophies.
The Olympics does not offer a purse for its winner, however, most
medal winners find commercial success from selling their name as
their brand. Professional golfers already have established brands,
earning millions of dollars in prize money and endorsement deals.
The fact is themodern professional golfer does not need theOlympics. Golf
ball, equipment and apparel manufacturers need the Olympics to spread
their wares around the world and bring in additional revenue streams.
The Zika Virus has given the top male golfers a good excuse to bow
out of the 2016 Olympics and have given the game somewhat of a
black eye in the process.
We cover golf in the Olympics from several angles this month and
attempt to give you all the information you will need to watch the
coverage from Rio on your big screen.
The Loop reversible golf course, featured on our cover this month,
officially opened for play at the end of June and it is a must-play for
serious golfers. It is truly golf, the way it was meant to be played.
We hope you enjoy reading the August issue of NWO Golf Links and
I hope to see you on the Back 9.
NWO Golf Links