I ran across this article back in April and stashed it till now:
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole.
These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game.
Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years.
People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too long to play, is too difficult to learn and has too many tiresome rules.Go ahead and read the rest at the link; it's a pretty in-depth and decent article. I guess my main complaint, if you will, about golf is that it takes too much time, that's the main reason it never appealed to me.
But...and that's a BIG but...instead I do a sport where the mileage is measured in tens of miles and the time is measured in hours, or even days? What kind of sense does that make?
Well, I never said that Ultrarunning makes sense.