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The insights of Jack Nicklaus

November 30th, 2016

On Day One of the HSBC Golf Business Forum at the Marriott Sawgrass Resort and Spa Jack Nicklaus returned to a topic on which he has addressed this audience before, namely his concern that golf’s problems are caused in great part by changes in the golf ball and the distance it travels. “Courses have had to change along with it. It’s now a slower game and more expensive than before, and that can’t be a good thing,” he said.

It’s both topical and controversial so well worth a careful read.

Geoff Russell, Publisher

gbc@golfbusinesslinks.net

@GBNPublisher

 

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