I think it’s time the world of golf just laid it all out on the line. Let’s face it, golf is a kind of an elite upper class sport. As much as the golf hiercarchy makes a big deal out of “bringing golf to the masses” you have to admit it takes money to play golf. there’s equipment, which costs big bucks to get good stuff. Then there’s green fees and golf balls, not an inconsiderable expense for folks working with a recession restricted budget. And of course, if you want to play in a really nice place, there’s sky high guest fees and membership dues, which can run thousands of dollars.
This point was brought home to me when I saw the reaction to Tiger Woods hocking a loogie onto the green the other day and the tremendous reaction from the horrified golf press. Like they haven’t done it. I think back at all the streams of spit coming from Major league Baseball and the NFL and I have to wonder just how pretentious can this sport get? And I love golf. Of course, I’m the guy in jeans and tennis shoes hacking away on a local course and drinking a few beers along the way. and it still costs me more than I really want to spend.
Of course, if you’re going to spend big bucks, maybe you might get offended by a loogie. For guys like me, the whole affair ain’t worth a bucket of spit. Hock away Tiger.