Is Cycling/Mt Biking replacing golf as far as outdoor activities goes..
If I could ride on the golf course, that would be awesome. Think of the pump track you could build.
Golf, on the other hand, uses a lot of mountain bike territory and not in a good way.
YES!!!!!! Golf is dumb!!!!
Originally Posted by MtbAZ44
Yep. Pretty much threw my bag of clubs into a back corner of my shed once I made cycling a lifestyle. That was 6 years ago.
Sometimes, you need to go fast enough that the trail is a blur to find clarity. -- Wild Bill
Re: Is Cycling/Mt Biking replacing golf as far as outdoor activities goes..
Been mtb my wholr life but just started learning golf. Always said id pick it up when i got old and well i go 30 this week!
Anyway im loving golf but i have to say cycling and mtb is as good for business. Made more connections on the bike than the golf course so i think its replacing golf in that aspect.
We have a shut down course near me and its one of the funnest placest to ride ever! Natural step downs and lips everywhere. All the traps are grown over and make awesome jumps, best of both worlds!
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I'm going to take up golf when I'm too old to do anything fun.
Those are 2007 - 2012 articles, and here's one from August 2014.
Originally Posted by MtbAZ44
A Game of Golf? Not for Many Millennials - WSJ
Coincidentally we (my city, our IMBA chapter) have our bike park and some stalled single track on same property as city golf course. While the golf course committee has some struggles, we don't have a mountain bike community writing checks and giving time for their sport in the same way they do their gear.
With luck stalled single track expansion be behind us soon and awesome terrain too steep and deep for the golf course will be developed.
It's nice to have pump track, jump line a little single track and skills building features where the club house serves local beer.
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Middleton Bike Park Pump Track Mountain Bike Trail, Middleton, WI
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I wouldn't be too quick to say golf is dead, just not in the growth cycle it had. Road biking would sooner be the new golf than MTB riding.
I actually love golf, been back into it hardcore for the past year or so. Also, love biking, mostly for the adrenaline, but also for the same reasons... to be out in the nature and enjoy the good weather.
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Originally Posted by 3ftabove
"It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth
You're turning black metallic.
Golf is humorously expensive for what it is. I never understood why people spend so much to play it..
Riding a mountain bike (or any bike) is relatively cheap after the cost of the bike itself and is wayy more fun and exciting
Playing golf is great for if you just want a nice, relaxing day to goof around with some friends. Not all of my friends like cycling, but most will at least play a round of golf for shits and giggles. A game of "Best Ball" even means that you don't have to have any semblance of skill to enjoy playing, too. A $300 set of Walmart clubs is fine for me, and difference in cost of even a medium range bike means I could take those cheapo clubs to an 18 hole about 300 times, too.
How did the golf industry end up dying? Some thought that retired Baby Boomers would hit the links was part of it. But I think a big culprit had something to do with real estate market. Developers can sell houses for far more money if they back onto a golf course and the fancier the golf course, the bigger the premium. But not everyone who wants to live next to a golf course plays golf—so many courses sit relatively empty.
Some operators have cut back on watering and maintenance, allowing courses to exist in a more “natural” state. Others are grasping for new ways to sell to an audience, experimenting with faster-to-play courses and pay-as-you-go pricing. One course in B.C. is using eight-inch cups on the greens to make putting easier, while others propose going as big as 15 inches, roughly the size of a large pizza. One course is combining soccer and golf to appeal to kids who would prefer to kick a ball
Why Canadian golf is dying
I think a good compromise is mini-putt. Tiny courses low maintenance and a money maker... RIP golf
Eat your veggies
I'm also thinking I'll pick up golf when I'm older. 47 now, and still a few decades away from it with any luck.
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Here's Robin Williams impression about golf RIP
NSFW... funny as heck
BTW Robin Williams was an avid cyclist
Eat your veggies
RIP Robin, gonna miss ya.
For me it's not like I'm giving up on golf but we spend so much on other things (like keeping the whole family properly geared up for mt biking) that there isn't much left for things like golf or skiing. For both of those sports it's the cost to do it after the gear purchase that is keeping us away.
In 2006 I quit my golf league to ride more. I've played once this year. I've ridden a lot more than that.
In NE Ohio there are more golf courses than most anywhere else (it's true - even with our terrible weather). Some of the nicest ones, with housing, have closed. One has been purchased by the local park system. Another may also be developed as a park. Others have been developed for housing. The rates have come way down (we played for $1/hole last Friday, with a cart). I AM hoping that MTBing literally replaces golf and they open some of that terrain as a bike park.
Golfing is where I got the idea of enduro racing a long time ago: timing each hole as riders ripped through the swooping terrain (my local home course has some awesome elevation, rocks, and drops!). I started a thread somewhere (maybe not here) called "Golf Course Racing". I couldn't seem to sell the idea at the time, and timing seemed to be the biggest issue, but now look how popular enduro is.
It's never easier - you just go faster.
I never played golf anyway. It's too slow and boring. Not to mention you have to join a club and pay expensive fees. It doesn't cost anything to ride my bike. Of course you can spend a lot on a bike. But you don't have to pay to use it. And you can ride it around straight from home and don't neccessarily require a special place to ride. Except we need to take our mountain bikes to trails.
I'm 62 and have never had any interest in golf. It's hard enough trying to find the time for everything else I want to do, never mind a day-long game of sticks-n-balls.
Lots of my friends play, but have no interest in bikes, I guess it's too hard. Go figure.
Hold my beer and watch this!
Keep all the stuffed shirts on the golf courses and off the bike trails.
I like biking, snowboarding and golfing with an equal passion.
I'm fiscally screwed!
I'll be the dead old guy who leaves nothing behind for his kids except a gear locker.
I needed a PE credit in college and took golf. It was a fairly quiet and soothing thing to do, just whacking balls at the range for a little while.
But actually going out on a real course? Screw that. First time out on a "public" course and the others golfers were inconsiderate ***** to me. That was about the same time I was just getting into mtb riding. Haven't looked back. I haven't touched a golf club since.
That has been my experience with golfers.. Many years ago I worked on a golf course and prob 80% of the golfers were total arrogant *****.
It's funny to think there are folks out there that actually think it's a serious form of exercise...
I will say that being fit helps your golf game.... But playing golf won't make you fit...
My take on golf... Anything you can do with a cigarette in your mouth is not a sport.
This drives my mom crazy because she's a lifelong avid golfer.
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