Got Ideas Readers Chime In
The course I play, a 1,200-yard 9-holer, is the stepchild of three much longer courses which are maintained by the Los Angeles City Parks and Recreation Department in the Griffith Park area of L.A. While others hang around waiting for their tee times and pay upwards of $30 for a round at the longer courses in the same system, this little gemis the perfect course for amateurs, beginners, better-players-now-seniors, and the seasoned golfer who just wants some irons and putting practice. Players make the circuit in everything from flip-flops to top-of -the-line FootJoys, [using everything from] from off-the-rack to custom-fitted clubs, and you'll see the range of tee shots from big Berthas to 9 irons.'Kriss Wagner, Glendale, Calif.
My wife considers me a golf snob (I say purist), but there must be a place for people who are interested in the game to get the necessary experience that we purist (snobs) demand they have before we let them on our muni's. My son is 8 and goes to the range with me. I can't take him on a course, and there are plenty of other entertainment activities vying for his time and interest. My wife has him in music, dance, soccer, karate and on and on. But I can't take him with me to the muni until he is 10. That makes no sense.'Dwight McLeod
So there seems to be some willingness to rethink things. But others rankled at what they perceived as suggestions to change the game for the worse.
I heard you out and you couldn't be more incorrect. Call me an old-timer. I have played golf for 46 years. I welcome anyone to the gameHowever, respect for the traditions of the game should be maintained. Asking someone to wear proper attire isn't asking too much. The clothing need not be new or expensive (much of my golf wardrobe is neither), only neat and clean. 'Roger Denny
If a person is going to play a game, they should acclimate to that game! There are already too many people playing who haven't bothered learn the rules of the game, the history of the game, or basic golf etiquette. (Etiquette-I had to look up the spelling, but I know what it means on the golf course.) I play on public courses. Trust me, a decline in rounds played by a few percentage points would be a welcome sight in my area. 'Ron
Fewer rounds would be a good thing? Ron, if you think you pay too much now, just wait until demand really dips. But here I owe an apology. I should have been clearer: I never meant to suggest that those who play a full 18 and who prefer to follow the games most rigorous traditions should have to share the course with those who take a more relaxed view. Some restaurants require gentlemen to wear jackets, some dont. Theres no reason there cant be a selection of golf courses of all sizes to accommodate varying tastes in game, dress, and atmosphere.
As to a strict line on what people wear, Im as devoted to my iron as the next guy, maybe more. But can public golf in its current state afford to be so persnickety? And beyond golf, the hard truth is this: In a free society, the only sartorial right you really have is to dress yourself. Everyone else is on their own. God Bless America.
I liked this economically realistic e-mail from a man who insists on playing his own way, even though he doesnt get as many rounds in as he did before the birth of his child.
Oh, and I suck. I have played for about nine years and range from mid-80s at best, high 120s at worst, and most often barely break 100. I use foot wedges and mulligans quite often, but I don't care. It makes me happy, and if I'm happy then I will come back and keep spending money on green fees. I consider myself a golfer even though I don't always play it down and count every stroke, but I also can't hit my drives 200 yards straight away, so if a foot wedge here and there makes the difference between a happy 101 or a mad as heck 120, I'll take the foot wedge happy 101 any day of the week.'Brent
Some people went out of their way to see at least two sides of this multi-faceted issue.
With all due respect I can not disagree with you more. I grew up in a lower middle class family and became a caddie at age 14. I am now a member of a private club. I have seen golf from all sides. The one area I don't care for is people who come out to a full 18 holes, for any reason, that don't know at least some etiquette.
I do agree with you about other facilities. I have seen enough pitch and putts in my life (that's where I started, never have had a professional lesson and now I am an 8 handicap) to know that's where people should go.'Stephen M. Carew
And speaking of realism:
Golf should be fun and the more folks we can include, the better the game's overall health. Since all sports go through evolutions, why not golf as well? 'John Huttenlocker, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
Thanks to everyone for reading and writing. And keep your opinions coming.
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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18