Co-founder Geoff Cunningham explained that Linksoul’s company ethos is also inspired by old-school approaches to golf in Scotland and Ireland. “If you go back, it’s a super communal game,” he said. “For example, when it started, each family in the community had a hole that they had to take care of. And still to this day, when you play out there, it’s this whole different experience. It’s a gathering space. You’re in nature. You’re walking. They don’t use carts at all.”
He continued, “Our goal is to make golf more inclusive, and also to focus less on the performance aspects and more on the communal and natural aspects. There’s so much to the game as a practice – like yoga, like surfing – where you can go do it and get in tune with yourself, and get in tune with your friends, and connect with nature. It doesn’t need to be based on your score and your swing.”
Goat Hill Park is also home to the Caddie and Leadership Academy, a training program for at-risk kids and teens. “I grew up caddying, and I caddied to help put myself through college, and then I caddied on the tour,” said John. “I feel like it was such a big help to me to grow as a person, to get people skills and life lessons and that kind of thing.”
“There’s gotta be a bigger picture,” he added.