American private clubs need to follow British model for access

Lots of good stuff in this week’s golf report for Crain’s Chicago Business. I write how golfers can play at the private clubs that host British Opens. There hardly is an open-door policy, but access is available. I’ve played several Open venues.

I wish that was the case at private clubs in the U.S. I write:

Nobody is suggesting that U.S. private clubs start offering two-for-one deals on Saturday mornings. The idea is to offer limited availability during the week.

Clubs could use this as a way to generate some additional revenue, an area of desperate need. Who knows? Perhaps some non-members will have such a great experience that they will want to become members.

In this week’s Inside the Leather video, Steve Olken and I talk about the wonders of the British Open. We love the quirky courses, the unpredictable weather and the chance to watch meaningful golf at dawn.

In this week’s video tip, swing coach Joe Bosco shows how doing a drill from your knees can improve your drives on the course. It’s all about tempo and keeping your posture.

Here’s the link to all things golf at Crain’s.

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