Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Episode 205 – Crash course: Catching up on golf’s new LIV Tour and the game’s local rec scene

Guy Cipriano, editor-in-chief of Golf Course Industry Magazine, joins The Nail to talk about the launch of the LIV Tour, a Saudi-backed golf league that is promising big bucks to steal some of the game’s big names (and ruffling the PGA Tour’s feathers in the process). The guys discuss the new league’s paradigm-shattering financial model, the backlash being faced by defecting PGA Tour stars like Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, and how the PGA Tour is responding to the most high-profile direct threat a major U.S. sports league has faced in more than a generation.

Plus, Cipriano dives into the recreational golf scene, including how the game is diversifying, what casual golfers are looking for from their local courses now, and where the industry is headed in the coming years.


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Intro/outro music: "The 3rd" by Anitek

Photos from Getty Images, Naples Daily News | Photo illustration by The Nail in the Coffin