Eternal damnation is the fate of anybody who doesn’t see golf the way a traditionalist does.
The intolerance of some in golf often turns vocal, which happened the other day to social media when he saw a photo of a Golf Bike that is being used at Calgary’s Glencoe Golf and Country Club this year.
According to this guys, the Golf Bikes are for people masquerading as golfers, but are actually disrespecting the game and its traditions. You can see more here.
He’s entitled to his opinion and can play the game however he likes, even if others apparently can’t, so we won’t use the guy’s name in this contribution.
First off, showing a Golf Bike on social media or here on GNN is not promotion or endorsement of the product, but an item of interest for people in the industry about something that is becoming a trend, either short-lived or long term.
Who knows at this point?
I wholeheartedly support this guy’s desire to walk, but it isn’t up to him to decide for others what means they use to get around a golf course.
I’ve walked courses across Canada and in Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and continental Europe and get where he’s coming from on that subject.
I’ve also had some memorable times riding a golf cart, which he’s also against. I would assume he’s against GolfBoards and segways, as well.
His theory is that golf is a walking game. End of story. That’s it, that’s all. In a nutshell, he wants it legislated that golf should be walking only, no exceptions except for possibly age/medical reasons.
In baseball, the introduction of the designated hitter, to the chagrin of many purists, took place in 1973 and it’s still being used by the American League.
Get over it.
If you’re talking about commitment to the “Royal & Ancient Game of Golf,” as he did, it should be noted that the R&A Golf Club of St. Andrews just voted a year and a half ago to allow female members. Maybe, he’s against that, as well.
Golf is also a social sport in the eyes of many, used to hang out with buddies, and mulligans, gimmes and foot wedges are a part of it.
As long as those people are not bothering this fellow, why would he even care as long as he’s allowed to enjoy the game in his own way? There’s room for both the competitive and social games as long as everyone pays attention to their own rounds.
Speaking of tradition, aren’t we conditioned to think that the four majors are the pinnacles of the schedule in men’s golf? It’s been that way as long as I can remember and emphasized by the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods over the years.
Then, along came the World Golf Championships and FedEx Cup playoffs to add to not only the majors but also the Players Championship. Let’s not forget the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup.
The problem is that these events are back-end loaded on the schedule, right when the latest marque event, the Summer Olympics in Rio, is taking place in August.
It’s been a week since Adam Scott, who’s made it clear for a long time that he’s isn’t excited about the Olympics, made it official by announcing he’ll skip the Rio games.
The controversy around that intensified as Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel also announced their decision to bypass Rio.
The criticism of Scott hasn’t eased up. In fact, it seems to be getting stronger, with questions about his patriotism. I’ve heard it said these players are affecting golf’s efforts to grow the game through Olympic exposure or that they’re only in the game for money.
For goodness sake, I’ve even seen some on social media says it’s an insult to George S. Lyon, the Canadian who last won in Olympic golf back in 1904.
You figure out how it’s an insult to Lyon because I can’t and the theory that the Olympics will grow the game is just that, with no real data to back it up.
The Olympic competition is no different than a regular PGA Tour event, a 72-hole stroke play tournament, with likely a weaker field.
It may draw some eyes from countries that normally wouldn’t see much golf, but it seems likely that will depend on the success of their countries. Otherwise, those eyes will be watching other Olympic sports going on in Rio.
Even if it does draw eyes from countries we normally don’t associate with golf, it doesn’t automatically translate into more people playing the game.
So, the exits of Scott, Oosthuizen and Schwartzel aren’t exactly ideal, but do you really want people competing who don’t necessarily see the Olympics as that big a deal, as others do? They don’t get that others may be of a different mindset.
I expect we’ll see more Rio WDs in the weeks to come because more than these three feel the same way. They’ve been conditioned to focus on the majors and the rest of the marquee events that jam the schedule around the Olympics.
Nobody is asking you to like their decision, but respect it even if their opinions are different than your own.
Even if you share the same game, expecting somebody to live by your rules is sheer arrogance.
Go about your business the way you see fit and let others do the same.
Nothing’s going to change, whether you like it or not.