As part of the Play Golf America campaign to draw new golfers into the game, the PGA of America and the National Golf Course Owners Association team up for Take Your Daughter to the Course Week.
Take Your Daughter to the Course Week is, this year, the week of July 10-16. It's the seventh year of the program that is, as its name indicates, designed to introduce golf to more young girls by encouraging their fathers and/or mothers to bring them along for a round of golf or an outing at the driving range.
Many of the courses taking part in the promotion offer clinics for young girls during the week; all of them offer some sort of deal. It might be that girls play free when accompanied by a parent; or there might be some overall discount.
It's a worthwhile program, one that wouldn't seem to have any drawbacks for golf courses. One wonders, then, why only 28 golf courses in Texas have, as of this writing, signed up to take part in Take Your Daughter to the Course Week.
Twenty-eight? There are somewhere around 1,000 golf courses and practice facilities in this state, and only 28 have so far registered? That's pathetic.
But it's apparently a national trend. So far, only 700-something courses across the U.S. are taking part in Take Your Daughter to the Course Week. Again, pathetic.
You can see which courses in Texas are taking part by visiting this page on the Play Golf America Web site.
If your home course is not yet registered to take part in the program - and chances are it isn't, given that only 28 Texas course have signed up so far - then call the GM, Director of Golf, or head pro, and tell them to get off their duffs and help encourage more young girls to play golf.