Modern life is hectic. So hectic, in fact, it seems we have just bypassed spring and hurtled straight to the summer. Well, it felt like that down south over the weekend anyway.

Ne’er cast a cloot till May be oot? Sod that. Who needs a transitional period of gradually warming temperatures which leads to you tentatively discarding the semmits and long johns when you can just suddenly fling off the layers and strip to the bare essentials with all the panting gusto of Caligula preparing to host one of his more effervescent social gatherings.

In sunny St Albans, the weather certainly played its part in making the GolfSixes a shining success. You can have all your innovation, your engagement and your razzmatazz but if Mother Nature doesn’t play ball then sitting huddled in a bleak grandstand while shielding yourself from driving rain tends to be about as enjoyable as watching someone tilling a field. No amount of pyrotechnics or jaunty, let’s-have-some-forced-fun announcers will change that.

Thankfully, the sun shone down on the sixes. This is not your normal golf event and that’s exactly the point of it all. When you’re confronted by eruptions of dry ice, non-stop music and celebrity interludes, it’s easy to lapse into a grumbling, muttering mood of crotchety fustiness.

There were plenty of, what you may call, regular golfy folk taking it all in who suggested that the GolfSixes “just wasn’t for me.” That’s fair enough, but those are not the people it’s trying to lure in, even though they are more than welcome.

The sizeable number of young families, children and women ambling around during an event that’s shorter, faster and, importantly, less pompous provided a snapshot of the markets those in charge of the game are desperately trying to tap into.

If it has encouraged and inspired just a few more girls and boys, not forgetting mums and dads, to give the game a shot then it will have served a valuable purpose. How they get on when faced with the more traditional reality of the game, meanwhile, is another question

There is clearly some growing momentum behind the GolfSixes, with cheery overtures being made by higher ranking players, particularly on the women’s tours, about wanting to become involved.

Let’s face it, these kind of events are often defined by the names who are there. With all due respect to Gavin Moynihan and Paul Dunne, the Irish duo who took the ultimate honours with some terrific golf, they are hardly box-office draws.

Getting one or two marquee players involved would be the ideal scenario for those looking to grow the concept.

Of course, the continued issue for golf in general is exposure. The talk of reaching out to new audiences is admirable but the sixes, like all the major tour events, was only available to those with satellite television. In that sense, it is difficult to get away from the notion that people who watched the golf on Sky over the weekend were the people who routinely watch the golf on Sky over any other weekend.

You are already preaching to the converted, not spreading the golfing gospel. Therein lies the problem and one the custodians of the game, who have plunged into bed with the satellite broadcasters, must have some concerns about. Or you’d like to think they have. The chronic lack of golf on terrestrial television does little for the game’s wider appeal.

Keith Pelley, the chief executive of the European Tour, deserves credit for his willingness to try things. It’s not an easy task. There is a tendency within golf for people to groan and grouse that the game is too stuck in its ways but then continue to groan and grouse with sneering indifference when someone actually comes along with a bit of forward thinking.

Talking of forward thinking, Andrew McKinlay, the new chief executive at Scottish Golf hosts his first press sit-down today. With the governing body and its constituent Areas at loggerheads following March’s grisly AGM, agreeing on a joined-up vision for the future seems as far away as ever.

Good luck, Mr McKinlay, you’ll need it. But he doesn’t need me to tell him that.