About Us

“The game of golf itself is greater than the industry that governs it.”


“A world with too many golfers”


 “To create a worldwide community for like-minded people to share, discuss and support grow the game of golf initiatives.”

We all are aware of the current challenges being faced in the golf industry. National and international governing bodies are trying to combat issues such as declining participation and the ageing demographic of players, while trying to attract a new generation of players into the game.

The ‘industry’ is like a big ship trying to change course to steer away from crashing into the rocks while trying to outrun a major storm.

It is a slow, tedious process to change direction quickly and in the end our ship still may not escape hitting the rocks. Hopefully it has taken the right course of action but we won’t really know until the storm has passed.


Grow the Game Central is all about taking a ‘grass roots’, ‘bottom up’ approach to supporting the numerous grow the game initiatives happening  worldwide. Some initiatives are being instigated by governing bodies or various golf clubs and others by golf entrepreneurs in various locations around the globe.

The strength, motivation and passion of many individuals working together can be very powerful and can eventually impart change

You could say individuals are like little speed boats. They can change direction and speed up or slow down as required. They can also take a variety of routes to arrive at their final destination.

By themselves, they may not be big enough to make the overarching changes necessary for the industry as a whole. But, if we can all navigate in the same direction and with same purpose, we can be very powerful and achieve growth.


Many grow the game initiatives being trialled today have great merit but don’t garner enough financial support to get off the ground.

Our Grow The Game Central web platform has been designed to connect anyone who is serious about growing the game.

Here is how you can get involved now!


Join our on-line forum to discuss what is happening locally and internationally with growing the game of golf. 


Send us news or best practices from your part of the world. There is great strength in sharing knowledge.


Not sure how to help grow the game? Support an initiative happening anywhere in the world.


We are at an evolutionary stage in the game’s existence. Now is the time to foster the creativity, entrepreneurship of a strong community network.

We can leave our dependency on growing the game to the governing bodies or we can get involved and personally make a difference.

Grow The Game Central connects like-minded people in the golf world who love the game, make a living off the game and/or are passionate about growing the popularity of the game.

It’s time individual golfers, clubs, facilities and commercial entities all take an active role in promoting and ensuring the ongoing health of our sport.

With a grass roots approach, when the grass grows high enough it does get noticed!


Mike Orloff headshot 2009 v2Mike Orloff is a US and Australian PGA Member with more than 22 years of industry-wide experience working for two of the biggest international golf management companies in Australia and the USA.

He launched his company Golf Industry Central in July 2008 which has continued to grow a strong presence in the Australasian region providing recruitment, operations, and marketing services along with keeping everyone up to date on the industry news.

Based on the Gold Coast, Australia, Mike has been consulting to clients directly in recent years as well as via workshops and conferences in New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia.

Mike is passionate about growing the game that has had an enormous impact on his life.

When he was 16 years old, Mike took up the game after it was suggested by his cousin on a family holiday as a pastime when the surf was not happening.

Over time, with motivation and support from his brother Bill, Mike became more proficient with the game and got serious about playing for a living. He ended up taking a slight detour and making a career of the golf industry instead, moving up the ranks within the biggest golf management company at the time in the USA.

This career path brought Mike to Australia where he continued to develop his marketing skills and met his wife Chelsea. The game of golf has changed Mike in many positive ways and has given him direction and passion in life.

This Grow The Game initiative is a way for Mike to give back to the game that has been so beneficial to him, personally and professionally.

Please join Grow the Game Central to help achieve our vision:

“A world with too many golfers.”