If you thought the silliness that goes on in golf hit its peak a couple of weeks ago when Ted Bishop was ousted as PGA of America president for his little girl remarks about Ian Poulter, don’t jump to conclusions.
What happens in the months leading up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro could conceivably star Curly, Larry and Moe as the Gil Hanse design that is supposed to be the showpiece in golf’s return to the Olympics comes together.
The game celebrated the announcement in 2009 that golf would be played for the first time since 1904, even if others from outside the game criticized the decision.
Golf is a global game, with particular strength in Asia right now, even if there are participation challenges here in North America and whether Olympic golf can do anything to change that is arguable, but to put the game on such a grand stage can be nothing but positive.
So, top-level players from countries around the world are excited about possibly becoming Olympians and schedules have been readjusted to accommodate the games in Rio.
The 2016 RBC Canadian Open, likely to be played at Coppinwood in Uxbridge, Ont., will be sandwiched between the British Open and the PGA Championship as the PGA Tour has juggled its schedule.
The trouble is that the grand stage that golf is looking to play upon isn’t looking so grand right now as land disputes and the latest request to move three holes to accommodate a wildlife preserve have added to the ongoing saga.
We’re less than two years until the Olympics and it appears the test event that was supposed to take place next year is out of the question.
Time challenges already exist and who knows what’s coming down the pike from the courts, given the golf course’s history thus far?
Kathy Bissell brings up a legitimate point in this column from the Bleacher Report. What’s Plan B? Can another golf course be substituted for the one being built? If so, can the replacement course prepare itself in time?
When will the panic button be pushed?
Land disputes and environmental concerns are matters that should have been dealt with long before this, but the blame game isn’t the priority right now. Coming up with a potential and realistic alternative is becoming a necessity.
As this plays out, we’re not only talking about 2016, but also golf’s fate in future Olympics.