Former professional golfer and social media expert, Paige Spiranac, is one of the top voices in golf.
Spiranac is the No. 1 most followed and interacted with personality in golf on social media. She has nearly 3 million followers on Instagram where she gets a number of fan interactions every day.
She also has her own podcast, “Playing A Round With Paige Renee,” which is one of the top-ranked golfing podcasts every week.
Paige Spiranac is one of the top followed voices in the world of golfing, so what did she have to say to her fans recently?
In a new tweet, Spiranac said, “We can talk about golf equipment all day long, but would love if more of the focus was on inclusion, pace of play, and making the game less expensive.”
Golf has always been a sport that is considered for the “rich.” It is often even used as a business outing for people with a lot of money. However, Spiranac, as well as others in the industry, want to work to make golf a more accessible sport to more people.
Paige Spiranac Inclusion, Pricing
Spiranac is always interactive with her posts on social media. When she tweets, she also responds to comments. One user asked if she meant making equipment or green fees less expensive.
She replied, “Both. I wish there were better, less expensive club options for new golfers. And also some courses overcharge for poor course conditions and experience. They just pack as many people on as possible which then also impacts pace of play.”
The high prices for everything makes it hard to get into golf. The prices for a set of clubs and a round of club can be absurd.
According to Golfweek, the cost for an 18-hole public golf course with a golf cart is $36. However, an annual membership can be anywhere from moderatly-priced to six-figures. Top courses charge more. For example, a round at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas is between $495 to $635.
Spiranac has long shared her views on making golf a better sport. She is also an advocate for anti-cyberbullying, women’s empowerment, body positivity, and inclusivity in sports.
Inclusivity in Golf
The issue of making golf a more inclusive sport has long been an important issue. Not only in terms of money but helping other minority groups pick up the sport.
An article from LPGA Women’s Network shares the perspective of several women in the industry. They discussed where there are opportunities in golf to make a positive change in the long run.
Karen S. Carter, the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Dow, talked about how important it is for more women to play golf. “Not only do we need to have women with a seat at the table, but we also have to have women on the course with a club. There are so many critical business conversations that happen on the golf course that women should be included in. In order to be included, we need to have an effective game—it doesn’t have to be perfect, but we have to understand the etiquette and have the confidence to get out there.”
White men are the majority of professional golfers. That is also the case for everything related to golf — from commentators to executives. Many are saying that it’s time for that to change and the price could be the largest factor in making that happen.
An article titled “Am I too poor to play golf?” from Golf Digest explained just how expensive the sport has become. The writer said that they were exploring a golf course on the West Coast while traveling. The green fee was more than their weekly salary.
The problem with golf is it’s more than just green fees. It’s $20 for new balls. It’s $200 for a range finder. For clothes, tees, gloves, and even lessons the price can become more than just a hobby.
New initiatives like Topgolf have helped create a faster-paced, less expensive, and more appealing version of the game to more people.