PGA professional and golf instructor Rodney Green knows first-hand the importance of the game of golf as it relates to business, relationships, and networking.
Below, he shares his insight on why African Americans should be taking advantage of the game.
Why is it important for African Americans to further engage the game of golf?
I think that everyone should engage in golf, but obviously I’m a bit biased in that regard. There is no doubt that minorities who are in positions that require the building of networking and relationships to enhance their business, golf is absolutely a must. Golf is the sport of business.
What would you say to those that carry the notion that golf is too expensive or too difficult to participate in and enjoy?
Golf has become much more affordable over the years as golf courses are lowering their prices to produce more rounds. I would be lying if I said golf was easy, because it’s not. But if kept in the right perspective it can be very enjoyable.
What can be done to encourage more minorities to look to golf as a meaningful activity?
Finding a way to showcase the many affluent minorities who already play golf would be a great way to expose others to the game. As I mentioned earlier, Golf is the sport of business. But it is also a great way to establish friendships. I know men and women who get together annually for group golf trips throughout the country. They travel to some of the nicest resorts around just to play golf, get some relaxation, and spend time with friends.
Labor Day weekend you’re heading to the PGA National Resort and Spa to provide golf instruction at the Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge. What are you looking forward to?
For more than 13 years now I’ve been doing golf instruction at this event. There are attendees that are now playing in the competitive golf tournament portion of the event and a host of others that are playing in the social golf segment. It’s extremely gratifying as an instructor to see people who you introduced to game, and how they’ve continued to play golf over a decade later. I’m so excited to come back this year and meet a whole new group of students who will hopefully continue to enjoy the game of golf like the others have.
For more information on Rodney Green be sure to visit myteachingpro.com/rodneygreengolf.
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*This article has been revised from a previous publishing.