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VISIT THIS FIRST PAGE DURING THE 2015 SOLHEIM CUP -- SEPTEMBER 18-20 -- IN GERMANY.

I WILL BE THERE AT THE ST.LEON GOLF CLUB -- REPORTING ABOUT THE COURSE, THE MATCH-PLAY FORMATS, THE GALLERIES, THE WINNERS, THE LOSERS, THE TEAM OUTFITS, THE CAPTAIN'S STRATEGIES -- MY OBSERVATIONS AND OPINIONS.  LINKS TO ARTICLES ON OTHER SITES I REPORT  FOR WILL BE POSTED HERE.

TO UNDERSTAND THE SOLHEIM CUP, READ

“Almost Everything You Need To Know About The 2015 Solheim Cup”at

                                      www.womensgolf.com or  https://www.womensgolf.com/2015-solheim-cup-nancy-berkley                                                                

 

Founder

BE HAPPY, BE HEALTHY. LIVE LONGER, PLAY GOLF™ 

Did you know that studies have shown that women who play golf live longer? Think about it:  Golf is a mind-body exercise (the best kind) as well as providing  the physical exercise of walking even when using  a cart.  Playing golf helps women maintain balance, flexibility and posture.  Need proof:  Look at the women playing golf at your club.  Aren't there some amazing 80-year and 90-year old women?  Further evidence:  Read "Brain, Heal Thyself" in the February 6, 2015 issue of the Wall Street Journal. Walking two miles a day has shown in studies to prevent dementia, alzheimers and Parkinson's Disease.  

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As founder and President of Berkley Golf Consulting over fifteeen years ago, I am a recognized expert in the history-- and future growth -- of women's and girls' golf in the U.S.  As the LPGA has extended its global reach along with other global women's golf tours such as the Ladies European tour (the LET) and with the growth of women's golf in Japan, Korea, China and Australia,women's golf is now a worldwide sport. The timing is perfect for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 and the historic return of golf to the competitions.  

My mission as an advocate of womens golf is simple: To increase the number of women and girls who play and enjoy golf!   Berkley Golf Consulting.com (also www.nancyberkley.com)  is both an informational resource with personal editorial comments.  I have always maintained an honest and independent voice about women's golf.   

My services include writing about golf for women golfers and junior girls AND consulting and advising golf industry associations, facility professionals, golf course management companies about how to grow the game at their own facilities.  I offer educational programs to women golfers as well as to PGA of America professionals.   

My expertise is based on decades of playing golf recreationally beginning in college and during my years as a lawyer and marketing executive.  With fifteen years of additional research about women's golf and more recently junior-girl golfers, I am a committed advocate to growing women's golf both as players and also as fans.  

My experiences on golf club boards and committees along with participation in industry organizations provides me with a unique understanding of the barriers women may sometimes feel and experience. 

I know that these barriers can be overcome by understanding why women want to play golf. why they should play golf  and what a facility needs to do to keep them playing golf.  For specific information about my background and qualificatios, ABOUT NANCY_CV    

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MY FREE HELP LINE.  IF YOU HAVE A QUICK QUESTION, JUST USE THE CONTACT FORM ON THE "FREE HELP LINE" TAB.  IF I CAN ANSWER YOUR QUESTION IN FIFTEEN MINUTES OR LESS, IT'S MY GIFT BACK TO THE GAME OF GOLF AND THE WOMEN WHO PLAY IT.

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NEWS:  I WAS INVITED TO WRITE FOR AN OUTSTANDING WOMENS GOLF WEBSITE -- www.womensgolf.com.  AND QUICKLY ACCEPTED: www.womensgolf.com.  The publishers are very experienced with social media and have an excellent sense of what women golfers want to read about.  The formats are easily read on ipads and small mobile devices. Most important for me, is that they welcome my opinions about women's golf news and my "op-ed" articles.  I am in good company with contributing writers Deb Vangelow and Karen Palacios Jensen (both members of the LPGA Teaching Division).  

SEE MY MOST RECENT ARTICLES:  all on www.womensgolf.com

"ADVICE FOR WOMEN PLAYING BUSINESS GOLF"    My article gives key advice on topics women may not have thought about when playing "business-golf."  And, I explain why you don't have to be an expert golfer to play with clients and colleagues.  

"MATCH PLAY OR STROKE PLAY - WHICH DO YOU LIKE?

"ALMOST EVERYTHING THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SOLHEIM CUP" 

JUST POSTED August 23, 2015:"MY CONVERSATION WITH LPGA COMMISSIONER MIKE WHAN"  IN OUR 90-MINUTE INTERVIEW WE TALKED ABOUT HIS STRATEGY FOR THE LPGA, HIS ROLE AS A LEADER AND WHAT HE SEES IN THE LPGA'S FUTURE.  HIS ANSWER TO MY "BLANK-CHECK" QUESTION MAY SURPRISE YOU.  See www.womensgolf.com or link: https://www.womensgolf.com/mike-whan-nancy-berkley/

 

   FLASH!!!  FINAL SOLHEIM CUP TEAMS ANNOUNCED

SOLHEIM CUP TEAMS CONFIRMED as of August 25, 2015: 

TEAM USA: Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr, Michelle Wie, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel, Angela Stanford, Gerina Piller, Alison Lee and Lizette Salas and Captain’s Picks (announced August 24th): Paula Creamer and Alison Lee.   (All of the selected team members were among the 16 women golfers who joined Juli at CordeValle Golf Club, south of San Francisco, CA, for a "getting to know you" weekend.)

TEAM EUROPE: Anna Nordqvist of Sweden, Azahara Munoz of Spain, Sandra Gal of Germany, Carlota Ciganda of Spain, Suzann Pettersen of Norway, Gwladys Nocera of France, Charley Hull of England and Melissa Reid of England and Captain’s Picks (announced August 25th): Catriona Matthew of Scotland, Caroline Hedwall of Sweden, Caroline Masson of Germany and Karine Icher of France. All four Captain’s Picks were on the 2013 Solheim Team. Team Europe has two players from Germany who can expect lots of cheering from the galleries.  Women golfers represent 39% of all golfers in Germany -- the highest percentage of women golfers in any country in Europe.

An observation:  In the 2013 Solheim Cup matches, Team USA wore lots of face paint to build team enthusiasm. But Juli Inkster suggested in her Golf Channel Interview on August 24, 2015, that the spirit of her 2015 team may be a more internal competitive spirit based on what I view as "confidence-driven performance."  She told players to bring their lunch boxes to the Solheim... which means, practice! practice! practice.  

VISIT THIS WEBSITE FOR UP-T0-DATE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SOLHEIM CUP.  I WILL BE REPORTING IN DAILY FROM ST.LEON-ROT GOLF CLUB IN GERMANY.

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To understand more about the format of the Solheim Cup matches , read my article:  

“Almost Everything You Need To Know About The 2015 Solheim Cup”at

www.womensgolf.com or  https://www.womensgolf.com/2015-solheim-cup-nancy-berkley

THE SOLHEIM CUP WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1990 BY KARSTEN SOLHEIM -- THE FOUNDER OF PING GOLF EQUIPMENT. 

THE COMPETITION IS HELD EVERY OTHER YEAR --- ALTERNATING BETWEEN THE US AND EUROPE.

 

 

THE WOMEN'S 2015 SOLHEIM CUP IS SOMETIMES CALLED THE "WOMEN'S RYDER CUP. (They are similar) BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 18 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 20, TWELVE PROFESSIONALS GOLFERS FROM TEAM USA WILL COMPETE AGAINST TWELVE PROFESSIONAL GOLFERS FROM TEAM EUROPE AT THE ST. LEON-ROT GOLF CLUB IN GERMANY (JUST OUTSIDE HEIDELBERG AND MANNHEIM)  www.solheimcup.com   

I reported on the 2013 Solheim Cup played in Colorado.  See tab SOLHEIM CUP 2015 on left for background and articles about the 2013 Solheim Cup and articles that explain the history and the "match-play" format. Also read my opinions about why the US Team lost to Team Europe in the 2014 Ryder Cup matches.... similar challenges.

I WILL BE AT THE 2015 SOLHEIM REPORTING FOR www.womensgolf.com, www.golfforher.com and on this website.

Although most writers and observers are concerned with "who" makes the team, my concern is "how" the Captains create the emotional foundation that inspires a team to perform at their their very best.... when only the very best performances win.   

 

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NOTE:  YOU MAY HAVE BEEN FORWARDED DIRECTLY TO THIS PAGE FROM www.cybergolf.com/womensgolf or to an article Iwrote about a particular subject for Cybergolf. I have written over 130 articles for and about womens golf that have appeared on the "womens golf" section of Cybergolf.com,a prominent builder of websites for golf facilities.  

THE CYBERGOLF ARTICLES ARE STILL AVAILABLE:  See and read them on the "CYBERGOLF ARTICLES" tab (on left side of this HOME page).  Use a "search" for a particular topic among the entire list of articles -- for example, search "LPGA" or "tournament".

Most Recently see (July 31, 2015):  "How Time Flies - A Decade of Reflections on Women's Golf" 


CONGRATULATIONS TO BROOKE HENDERSON FOR HER VICTORY AT THE  CAMBIA PORTLAND CLASSIC  ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 16..  

She is the 3rd youngest golfer (under the age of 18) to win an LPGA Tour event.  (She follows in the footsteps

of Lexi Thompson and Lydia Ko.  BROOKE'S VICTORY IS NOW THE LATEST ENTRY IN THE "HISTORY TIMELINE" Tab.  Brooke

has successfully petitioned LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan to waive the age-18 requirement for admssion to the LPGA Tour.


 

MANY VISITORS COME TO THIS SITE LOOKING FOR NUMBERS .. ABOUT WOMEN GOLFERS... WOMEN'S GOLF SCORES... AGES OF WOMEN GOLFERS AND HANDICAP INFORMATION.  THAT INFORMATION IS LOCATED IN THE "HOW MANY GOLFERS" TAB.  

BUT HERE ARE SOME ANSWERS TO FREQUENT QUERIES -- ABOUT THE NUMBERS:

What is the average score of women golfers?  Let's look first at the USGA Handicap System scores.  The average official handicap of women golfers who report on the GHIN system is 26.  The median handicap is just about the same.  But that number can be misleading because many women do not report their handicap on the GHIN system.  Many golf facilities use state golf organizations for registering handicaps.  State systems or other "club-systems" still use the official USGA Handicap Index formula but just aren't included in the average. A bigger issue is that not ALL women even maintain "official" handicaps.  My guess is that probably one-third of the women golfers in the U.S. do not keep handicaps and that those women probably do not play competitively or all that often and have higher scores.  If ALL women golfers in the U.S. posted their scores, my estimate is that 50% of all women golfers would score over 100 on most golf courses.  

How many rounds of golf does the "average" woman play.  The reported average is usually around 18-20.  But the statistics for rounds used in computing the "average" does not include play at Par 3 courses or Executive coures.  And "average" is misleading. The most recent figures from the National Golf Foundation report that women between the ages of 18-34 play about 11 rounds per year.  In contrast, women 65 and older play an "average' number of 45 rounds per year.   It is very difficult to talk "averages." A more meaningful statistic is that about one-half of all women golfers in the U.S. play six or less rounds a year.  So in answer to "How many rounds do women golfers play?"  My answer is:  "NOT ENOUGH!"  Only 20% of golfers in the U.S. are female.  Compare that to Germany with 39% female golfers or the Netherlands and Sweden where 33% of all golfers are women.    

 

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BACK TO SCHOOL MEANS BACK TO GOLF FOR MANY STUDENTS.  

IF A CHILD MENTIONS THAT THEY ARE LEARNING GOLF IN THEIR GYM OR PHYSICAL FITNESS CLASS, THEY ARE RIGHT.  "THE FIRST TEE" PROGRAM -- THE LEADER IN BRINGING THOUSANDS OF GIRLS AND BOYS TO THE GAME OF GOLF -- ALSO SPONSORS "THE FIRST TEE NATIONAL SCHOOL PROGRAM".  

If your school is not participating in the National School Program, check on line at www.lpga.com for a girls golf program near you or www.thefirsttee.org for a local program after school.  Your local golf facility will also be able to direct to you an affordable and convenient kids golf program.

A question I am frequnetly asked is:  What is the right age to introduce a child to golf?   My suggestion is the right time is "their" time... when they think its fun to putt on a putting green or to hit balls on the range.  Safety first!!! Set the rules on golf ranges and never allow a child to walk behind other bays.  See the article in CYBERGOLF ARTICLE TAB "Why Teach Golf to Kids."

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                                             WHAT IS THE BEST GOLF RESORT FOR WOMEN IN THE U.S?  

Your problem is solved.  See the list of the top full-service resorts with women-friendly golf courses.  Check out www.gottagogolf.comJune magazine issue and a list of ten resorts plus a "wild-card" pick.  The nomination committee was composed of women leaders in the golf industry -- enjoyed being part of this group that really knows what women like.  

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Yes, that's a wonder woman holding a golf ball.  We need more women golfers to be involved in taking leadership roles at their golf facilities.See article "Wonder Women Needed for Women's Golf" on ARTICLES tab -- (click the Article on left column)

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Do you wonder whether there is a dress code for women golfers on the LPGA Tour?  Yes, indeed there is. It's very "short" -- that's a pun.  There are no restrictions on length of skirts, skorts or shorts!!  No requirements about collars on shirts. But "fitness attire" is not permitted.  Hmmm.... maybe golf facilities should think about loosening up their dress codes.   What do you think?  Tweet your thoughts to @nancyberkley or @womensonlygolf 

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Women's Golf turns to fitness and fashion.  

In the 2015 U.S. Women's Open in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Michelle Wie wore a NIKE sleeveless v-neck top -- attire not permitted at many golf clubs in the U.S.  (women's tops must have sleeves OR a collar).  But let's watch the Ricoh Women's British Open July 27 to August 2 in London England.  European dress codes for women are much more "relaxed than in the U.S.  Let's see whathe women of the Ladies Euroepean Tour (theLET) are wearing?

Almost old news:  What did you think of Lexi Thompson on the cover of the May 2015 "Fitness" issue of Golf Digest magazine that features Lexi bare-breasted with just a towel wrapped around her neck to suggest at least some decency?  Sex sells more sex, but it won't sell golf rounds.    Compare her 2015 cover on Golf Digest with Lexi as a 12-year old on the cover of Golfer Girl Magainze (see www.golfergirlmagaziine.com) for archives of theGolferGirlMagazine.


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A New Women's Golf Website www.golfforher.com

See  www.golfforher.com  This website is for women golfers of all skill levels and includes information ... from where to take your first lessons to how to handle competitive golf. I was a member of the World Golf Foundation Women's Committee that established this new communication for women golfers.... girls, too.  See the article on the CYBBERGOLF ARTICLES TAB about the new website.

Women golfers should check the site often and DEFINITELTY sign up for the weekly Newsletter.  

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!!!!  THE NUMBER OF WOMEN (AND GIRLS) PLAYING GOLF IN THE UNITED STATES.

HOW MANY WOMEN GOLFERS ARE THERE IN THE U.S.?

ARE WOMEN GOLFERS IN THE U.S.INCREASING OR DECREASING... GROWING OR DECLINING? The question asked most often on this website.

NEWS FOR YEAR-ENDING 2014: THE NATIONAL GOLF FOUNDATION RELEASED SUMMARY PARTICIPATION DATA FOR 2014.  

THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THE NUMBER OF WOMEN AND JUNIOR GOLFERS APPEAR TO HAVE INCREASED.  

BUT SINCE THE RECENT REPORT DID NOT INCLUDE A BREAKDOWN OF CERTAIN SECTORS,

I HAD TO MAKE SOME ESTIMATES -- MARKED WITH AN ASTERISK*.

 

NUMBER OF GOLFERS IN THE U.S. AS OF YEAR-ENDING 2014 WHO REPORT PLAYING AT LEAST ONE ROUND OF GOLF

SOURCE:  NATIONAL GOLF FOUNDATION, JUPITER, FLORIDA

 

all

numbers in     millions    

   

 

 1998   

 

 1999

  

2000

 

2001

 

2002

   

2003

   

2004

   

2005

   

2006

   

2007

 

 

2008 

 

           

 

2009 

           

 

2010

 

      

 

2011     

 

 

2012

 

 

2013

 

 

 

 

*

2014

Adult

Female 18+

4.7

4.4

4.9

6.3

5.6

6.4

6.1

6.3

6.5

6.0

5.2

 

  4.8

 

4.7

 

  5.1

 

  4.4

 

 4.5

*est

 

4.7

Adult

Male 18+

18.4

18.9

20.9

20.2

20.4

20.6

19.7

19.8

19.7

20.1

20.5

  

 19.6

 

18.2

 

 

18.2

 

18.2

 

17.2

 

*

15.8

Total Adults

23.1

23.3

25.8

26.5

26

27

25.8

26.1

26.2

26.1

25.7

  24.4

23.6

   23.3

 22.6

21.7

21.5*

 

 

 

 

 

Girls 6-17

0.5

0.4

0.4

0.6

0.7

0.7

0.8

0.7

0.6

0.7

0.6

0.6

0.6

  0.5

 0.6

 0.8

*1.0

Boys 6-17

2.6

2.4

2.5

2.8

3.2

2.9

3.4

3.2

3.0

2.8

2.3

2.1

1.9

  1.8

 2.0

 2.2

*2.2

Total Juniors

3.1

2.8

2.9

3.4

3.9

3.6

4.2

3.9

3.6

3.5

2.9

2.7

2.5

  2.4

 2.7

 3.0

*3.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

26.1

26.1

29

29.8

29.9

30.6

29.8

30.0

29.8

29.5

28.6

27.1

26.2

 25.7

 25.3

24.7

24.7

 

 

*asterisk in 2014 numbers are Berkley estimates derived from National Golf Foundation reports AND

the National Golf Foundation always cautions about drawing too many conclusions from small increases or decreases 

in the numbers because could result from sampling errors.

BUT HERE IS MY CONCLUSION (UNTIL FURTHER NUMBERS ARE RELEASED)  

THE NUMBER OF WOMEN AND GIRLS PLAYING GOLF IN THE U.S. IS INCREASING.  

WHY?  STAY TUNED.  ANALYSIS WILL FOLLOW UPON NGF RELEASE OF ANNUAL 2014 PARTICIPATION REPORT.

For a good summary of the what women can do to increase participation, see my article "Advice to Women Golfers" in the Articles Tab on this website.

Looking at the bigger picture:  the number of women golfers IN THE WORLD is probably increasing.  The LPGA -- especially the LPGA Tour -- is now a uniquely global tour. It is attracting women golfers and fans particularly in Korea, Thailand, Japan along with Spain, Norway and Sweden, where women's golf has always been strong.  

FOR THE RECORD:  COMPARE 2014 TO NATIONAL GOLF FOUNDATION OFFICIAL STATISTICS FOR 

YEAR-ENDING 2013

 *all

numbers in     millions    

   

 

 1998   

 

 1999

  

2000

 

2001

 

2002

   

2003

   

2004

   

2005

   

2006

   

2007

 

 

2008 

 

           

 

2009 

           

 

2010

 

      

 

2011     

 

 

2012

 

 

2013

Adult Female 18+

4.7

4.4

4.9

6.3

5.6

6.4

6.1

6.3

6.5

6.0

5.2

 

  4.8

 

4.7

 

  5.1

 

  4.4

 

 4.5

Adult Male 18+

18.4

18.9

20.9

20.2

20.4

20.6

19.7

19.8

19.7

20.1

20.5

  

 19.6

 

18.2

 

 

18.2

 

18.2

 

17.2

Total Adults

23.1

23.3

25.8

26.5

26

27

25.8

26.1

26.2

26.1

25.7

  24.4

23.6

   23.3

 22.6

21.7

 

 

 

 

Girls 6-17

0.5

0.4

0.4

0.6

0.7

0.7

0.8

0.7

0.6

0.7

0.6

0.6

0.6

  0.5

 0.6

 0.8

Boys 6-17

2.6

2.4

2.5

2.8

3.2

2.9

3.4

3.2

3.0

2.8

2.3

2.1

1.9

  1.8

 2.0

 2.2

Total Juniors

3.1

2.8

2.9

3.4

3.9

3.6

4.2

3.9

3.6

3.5

2.9

2.7

2.5

  2.4

 2.7

 3.0

 

 

 

 

 

Total Golfers

26.1

26.1

29

29.8

29.9

30.6

29.8

30.0

29.8

29.5

28.6

27.1

26.2

 25.7

 25.3

24.7

 

I SPOTTED "UNDER ARMOUR" AS A NEW GOLF FASHION TREND AT THE PGA LAS VEGAS FASHION SHOW LAST SUMMER 2014.  IT WAS CLEAR TO ME THAT THEY WERE GOING AFTER THE GOLF ATHLETE -- BOTH MALE AND FEMALE.  AND IN PICKING JORDAN SPIETH, THEY PICKED A GOOD ONE!  FOR WOMEN, I LIKED THEIR SLEEVELESS TOPS WITH JUST A HINT OF A COLLAR AND THE EASY STRETCH AND FIT OF THEIR SKORTS.

See http://www.cybergolf.com/womensgolf   The fashions I saw at the January 2015 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida inspired me to write an article:  "Women Golfers More Beautiful Than Ever." www.cybergolf.com/womensgolf  

Take a look at the newest designs and read my comments about why golf facilities and clubs need to take a closer and new look at dress codes. 

FROM MANELE BAY, LANAI, HAWAII...December 2015

Nancy Berkley and Director of Golf, Scott Ashworth, give a THUMBS UP! for the Manele Bay golf course on the Hawaiin island of Lanai a short distance from its neighbor island of Maui.  Manele Bay is a one of Jack Nicklaus' "signature" courses featured in the new book "A Golden Eighteen" by Roger Schiffman that highlights Nicklaus' favorite designs.   The Manele Bay course is a part of the Four Season Resort Lana'i.  Expect more grandeur as the entire island was recently purchased by Larry Ellison, retired CEO of Oracle.  The island also has an upper course that floats in the clouds which is currently undergoing  restoration planning by Nicklaus.  The Manele Bay course was built by Jack as a challenge for good male golfers, but the red tees -- and some white tees -- make the course very playable for women golfers of all skill levels. More to follow in a future article on www.cybergolf.com/womensgolf about why women will enjoy this beautiful golf challenge and experience.

 

SUZY WHALEY MADE HISTORY AS FIRST FEMALE OFFICER OF PGA OF AMERICA BOARD OF DIRECTORS.   Suzy Whaley was elected November 22, 2014 to the position of Secretary of the PGA of America Board of Directors, making her the first female officer of The PGA in its almost 100 year history.  See my article:  "It's About Time for Whaley" at www.cybergolf.com/womensgolf.

And Suzy Whaley's new position on the PGA Board makes it to my History of Women's Golf Timeline (click "HISTORY TIMELINE" tab on left side of page.)  Suzy's election followed closely the Shakepup on the PGA of America board... read on.

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CONTINUING INDUSTRY TRENDS TO WATCH FOR IN 2015

1.  Increased awareness of gender issues.  More golf facilities will have more women on their governing boards and important committees.  Fewer clubs will have men-only prime-time tee times.  More golf professionals will realize that women golfers can be their best customers.

2.  More attention to making golf facilities "family-centered."  Look for family golf carts, child-friendly short golf holes and more teaching professionals that are trained in how to teach children the game of golf.

3. More LPGA Tour golfers emerging as positive role models for the next generation of female golfers.  Thank you Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson to just name a few!

4. Golf becoming easier to play and more enjoyable for more golfers.  Lood for shorter tee options, less rough in key areas and more forgiving hazards for the beginner-to-average golfer.  Talented golf directors and golf course superintendents will be in greater demand than ever.

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NANCY BERKLEY ADDRESSED OVER 400 MEMBERS OF THE PGA CAROLINA SECTION

AT ITS ANNUAL CONFERENCE:  FEBRUARY 17, 2014, IN GREENSBORO, NC. 

MESSAGE:  THE PGA OF AMERICA HOLDS THE KEY FOR GROWING THE GAME IN THE U.S. ESPECIALLY FOR WOMEN GOLFERS.  A COPY OF THE PRESENTATION CAN BE FOUND ON THE "CPGA" TAB.

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GENDER DISCRIMINATION -- Is it holding back women from the game?
Are women treated fairly and legally on the golf course?  A warning to private clubs that they must stay "private" under state law in order to maintain gender-based tee times and events. 


Gender Discrimination is in the news again.. and it's not about Augusta. Recently, a husband and wife jointly sued the Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey because prime tee times were not open to both men and women.   A major issue will be whether the Plainfield Country Club which considers itself a "private club" and a recognized PGA Tour venue is in fact a private club.  The plaintiffs argue that because Plainfield holds major televised tournaments  and because they have one nine-hole course open to the public, they are a public club and subject to the anti-discrimination laws of New Jersey.  That would require that there be no gender-based tee times. Would it still be okay to have women and men's tee times during the week?  Could there be special group golf lessons and clinics just for women?  This is a case to watch.  

The UnitedStates Golf Association (USGA) conducts both the US Open and the US Women's Open.  Historically, although the US Open appears to be open to women as well as men, I decided to check it out.  A female has never qualified or tried to qualify for the U.S.Open.  That made me ask:  Is the Open really "open" to female golfers??  See my article about gender discrimination and gender opportunity.The dilemma of providing an environment where women are encouraged to learn and play the game without feeling intimidated is at the core of the dilemma.  See:  www.cybergolf.com/womensgolf for my my June 5, 2013 article titled:  "Gender Discrimination in Golf - Heads Up."
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DO YOU WISH THERE WAS A "OLD-FASHIONED" 
MAGAZINE JUST ABOUT WOMEN GOLFERS AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING?  FORGET IT!  
 
THE BEST WAY TO KEEP UP WITH THE NEWS IS REGISTERING FOR A FREE EMAIL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 
 
REGISTER FOR THE FREE
-- LPGA WEEKLY E-NEWSLETTER.  Go to the  www.lpga.com website to register.
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     --"WOMENSGOLF.COM.  Not just the news but the views as well in this rapidly growing resource for women golfers.

FOR GIRLS GOLF, SEE LPGA-USGA GIRLS GOLF PROGRAM on the www.lpga.com page and register for Girls Newsletter (it's great and girls love it.)
Advice to Adults Taking Kids to Golf Tournaments:  Observations of the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club. It's about Youth and the Future of the Game.

Click www.cybergolf.com/womensgolf   Here's the photo of me with my two grandsons, Coby and Alex at the Open.  We spent about four hours there (including lunch) -- that's about the limit for a 9 year-old and 7 year-old.  But we saw and experienced five essential events at the Open that will keep the boys coming back to the game and to tournaments.  A reminder that at most golf tournaments, children and juniors under the age of 17 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult ticket-holder is accompanied by an adult.
WEBSITE RE-DESIGN..
 
THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES NOW APPEAR ON THE "CYBERGOLF ARTICLES" TAB ON LEFT BAR:
 
DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE PENALTIES FOR SLOW PLAY IN THE LPGA, PGA AND USGA TOURNAMENTS?  TAKE MY SIMPLE TRUE/FALSE TEST.  Then you will understand what happened in the semi-final match of the LPGA Sybase Championship on May 20, 2012 between Morgan Pressel and Azahara Munoz.FALLOUT FROM THE MASTERS.
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WOMEN'S GOLF & BREAST CANCER - WHAT CHARITY TO SPONSOR?  Lots more choices!
It's that time of year when courses in the South begin their plans for next seasoon and courses in the North start the season.  Sure to be a topic is the "charity" tournament that many women's associations at clubs sponsor in support of breast cancer research and treatment.  The announcement by the Susan G. Komen Foundation regarding its support of Planned Parenthood's breast cancer detection programs made some courses rethink their designated charity.  The fallout is that women are considering charities other than the Komen Foundation for their breast cancer charity golf tournaments.  The above article and an earlier article ("More Choices for the Cure") are both on cybergolf.com/womensgolf  and offer a broad survey of charities aimed at funding breast cancer research, detection, treatment, and providing educational information.    The LPGA led the way in 1992 when it became the first professional golf association to officially sponsor a charity -- the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  I have no doubt that women golfers will continue to follow the lead of the LPGA and support organizations and charities who seek the cause, treatment and cure of breast cancer.

HOW TO HANDICAP A 12-HOLE TOURNAMENT WHEN PLAYERS ARE PLAYING DIFFERENT HOLES?

Try a 12-hole round?   It's trendy and is currently being promoted by Jack Nicklaus.  But what if players are playing a different set of 12 holes?  How can that be a single tournament?   The question:  How can you handicap a 12-hole tournament?  See my article onwww.cybergolf.com/womensgolf

TEE-IT FORWARD -- MAKING GOLF EASIER AND MORE FUN IN LESS TIME -- WILL IT HELP???

CHANGE CONTINUES ON THE HORIZON FOR WOMEN GOLFERS.  THE PGA AND USGA HAVE ANNOUNCED A "TEE IT FOWARD" INITIATIVE.  THE INITIATIVE WILL APPLY TO BOTH MALE AND FEMALE GOLFERS.  BUT IT WILL FORCE COURSES TO ASK:  ARE MY FORWARD TEES FORWARD ENOUGH?  SEE MY ARTICLE ABOUT FORWARD TEES IN A REVIEW OF A DOZEN COURSES IN COLORADO AND UTAH. SEE www.cybergolf.com/womensgolf. 

And another new initiative is "Connect With Her" led by Donna Orender and Suzy Whaley which is an outcome of the PGA of America's strategic study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group this past year and presented at Golf 20/20 (see reference to article about Golf 20/20 below) .  One of the high-priority goals of the Connect With Her program is to train and certify more female PGA golf professionals.  Bravo! and Brava!   Watch for my article about Liz McCabe, an intern at Beaver Creek Golf Club in Beaver Creek, Colorado and future member of the PGA of America:  "The Future of the PGA is Liz"

The GET GOLF READY program offered by many courses features learning the game in five affordable lessons.  The program which was initiated by the Golf 20/20 Conference is now managed by The PGA of America.  see www.playgolfamerica.com for more information.

CHANGE CONTINUES ON THE HORIZON FOR WOMEN GOLFERS.  THE PGA AND USGA HAVE ANNOUNCED A "TEE IT FOWARD" INITIATIVE.  THE INITIATIVE WILL APPLY TO BOTH MALE AND FEMALE GOLFERS.  BUT IT WILL FORCE COURSES TO ASK:  ARE MY FORWARD TEES FORWARD ENOUGH?  SEE MY ARTICLE ABOUT FORWARD TEES IN A REVIEW OF A DOZEN COURSES IN COLORADO AND UTAH. SEE www.cybergolf.com/womensgolf. 

And another new initiative is "Connect With Her" led by Donna Orender and Suzy Whaley which is an outcome of the PGA of America's strategic study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group this past year and presented at Golf 20/20 (see reference to article about Golf 20/20 below) .  One of the high-priority goals of the Connect With Her program is to train and certify more female PGA golf professionals.  Bravo! and Brava!   Watch for my article about Liz McCabe, an intern at Beaver Creek Golf Club in Beaver Creek, Colorado and future member of the PGA of America:  "The Future of the PGA is Liz"

The GET GOLF READY program offered by many courses features learning the game in five affordable lessons.  The program which was initiated by the Golf 20/20 Conference is now managed by The PGA of America.  see www.playgolfamerica.com for more information.

SHOULD COURSES BE SHORTER FOR WOMEN GOLFERS?  Arthur D. Little and his wife Jann Lemming think so!!
SEE THE 2015- RECENTLY RELEASED PGA REPORT OF THE ARTHUR D. LITTLE STUDY ON  www.golfforher.com 

See aRTHUR AND JANN'S STUDIES ON www.golfwithwomen.com.  The website promotes women's golf and is published by two experts:  Arthur Little and his wife Jann Lemming who used their own golf course to validate their theories.  Prominent among their suggestions is making the forward tees much much shorter.  They site the new 4200 yard set of tees at the Old MacDonald course at Bandon Dunes. 
I have been playing many courses this past summer in Colorado and Utah from the shortest tees and trying to decide whether tee length itself is what makes a course "women friendly".   They site the new 4200 yard set of tees at the Old MacDonald course at Bandon Dunes.   My initial conclusion is "yes" but there are a lot of ts.  In order to understand how tee length affects enjoyment of the game, women must understand the "slope" and "rating" of courses.   The Little's new website also will highlight "best practices" for growing women's golf.  The problem is that these best practices have been known for over two decades -- since Nancy Oliver founded the Executive Women's Golf Association in 1990.    The PGA of America also promotes best practices ideas and lists for its members on the members' site.  (Click my "Best Practice" tab which I modestly think is one of the best sources for best practices.)  It's not "best practices" that we need; we need the "best" golf professionals who are the gate-keepers at every course women play at.  FOR STARTERS:  EVERY GOLF COURSE SHOULD HAVE A VERY VISIBLE 50-YARD MARKER

BERKLEY TRAVEL:

TAKE A GOLF VACATION TO...
A NEW GOLF DESTINATION: :  Southwest Tuscany -- the Maremma region
See my  website  www.golfergirlcareers.com which includes the five interviews I did for Golfer Girl Magazine with women who played golf as a junior and how golf shaped their profession, jobs, career and life.  Any parent who wonders why their daughter should learn to play golf, will enjoy reading these interviews.  The interview with Jane Broderick  is also on golfergirlcareers.com.

Sad but true, Golfer Girl Magazine will no longer be published.  See the website http://www.golfergirlmagazine/ .com which will remain on online and will archive former issues.  All of the back issues are on line and girls and their parents will enjoy reading all the fun articles.   I was proud to be chairman of the Advisory Board and to worked withe the Hooton family for the past several years.  (More will follow about how Libby, Courtney and Chloe Belle are doing).

 www.golfergirlcareers.com  CAREERS IN THE GOLF INDUSTRY FOR JUNIOR GIRLS.    Every issue contained a "Careers in Golf" interview where I interview a woman who played golf seriusly as a junior and now uses golf in some other career -- other than golf professional or tour player. The first interview I did featured a landscape architect. Then came  a golf clothes designer, a golf magazine editor and this latest issue contains an interview with Eunice Cho, the founder of Bonjoc Ball Markers.   The most recent issue featured a golf course superintendnent who began her career as a tournament golfer -- but then had to take a detour because of a back injury.  My interest in careers in the golf industry goes back a long way.  I wrote the book "An Insider's Guide to Carreers in the Golf Industry" almost a decade ago for the National Golf Foundation.  It still is a classic and portions will be adopted and adapted for a revised www.junior links website to be published this spring.

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$$$  It's not a mystery:  Seven Simple Rules:  How to Advertise to Women? $$$

Rule 1:  Include a photo or drawing of a female golfer.   A picture is worth a thousand words.

Rule 2:  Use the word “women” as many times as possible.  Many times women think a program is just for men.

Rule 3:  Include beginning and ending time of the program.  Women are busy and they must know the schedule!

Rule 4:  Make it clear what skill level is required.   Especially include beginner golfers.  Women think they are "beginners" forever.

Rule 5:  Convey a “social” and “fun” experience.  Yes, some women golfers like competetion, but most don't.

Rule 6:  Provide free rental equipment if you are starting a program for beginners. 

Rule 7:  Offer value. 


Remember:  You can use the Free Help Line to ask Nancy a question about your advertising

BEST PRACTICS TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN WOMEN GOLFERS
Want to know what makes a golf course "Women-Friendly?  See
BEST PRACTICES tab on side bar and an easy to use check list.

 

CALL TO ACTION FOR WOMEN GOLFERS: GET INVOLVED.  It's that time of year, whether north, south, east west when another "season" of women's golf begins at most golf clubs.  This is your chance to get involved and make your opinions known.  I get quite a few "Dear Nancy" emails that complain that their golf professionals are just not interested in increasing the number of women golfers.  Don't tolerate it. There are only a handful of courses in the entire country that are so financially secure that they do not have to worry about more rounds and lessons.... and your course is probably not one of them.  My advice is to form a small group of about three women that other women respect and take your grievances "higher."    Yes, go over the head of the golf pro to the manager of club president.  If you don't have a women's golf group helping plan tournaments, this is the year to start one - officially or unofficially.  Read my article "Advice to Women Golfers"  (find it on the side bar under "Articles.")   And also look at the

"Best Practice List" and share it with your golf professional and other women golfers.  

 

"Nancy, thank you for your wonderful presentation.  I only wished my entire golf shop staff had been there to hear you."
-- Jeff Hoag, Owner/Manager, Scott Lake Country Club, Comstock Park, MI  (from Michigan Golf Course Owners Annual Conference) 

To purchase Nancy's book:  Women Welcome Here! A Guide to Growing Women's Golf, from the National Golf Foundation ($50), click  http://secure.ngf.org/cgi/catalogsearchdetail.asp?ITEMNUMBER=99GCM14&CategoryIDword=women

Contact Nancy using the Free Help Line tab on the left.

THIS WEBSITE IS ALWAYS BEING UPDATED, AND YOUR SUGGESTIONS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.  IT IS A COMPREHENTISVE WEBSITE THAT WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND HOW TO REACH THE WOMEN'S GOLF MARKET.  FOR IMMEDIATE HELP USE THE FREE HELP LINE TO SUBMIT ANY QUESTIONS.

 

Although most writers and observers are concerned with "who" makes the team, my concern is "how" the Captains create the emotional foundation that inspires a team to perform at their their very best.... when only the very best performances win.   Watch for my coverage and analysis.  (see my Cybergolf Articles on "Why Team USA Lost the Solheim Cup" (in 2013) and my article about why the U.S. men's team lost the Ryder Cup in 2014.   

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