The R&A Moves Forward To Make The Game More Female Friendly

While the rest of Scotland was voting on whether to undo the 300 year old Act of Union, the Royal and Ancient was meeting to decide whether to join the 21st Century and permit women members.

Scotland voted to stay, and the R&A voted to open its doors.

I have no idea of the particulars of the Scottish Independence movement, but the R&A decision was the correct one. While I fully support (in principle) the right of private organizations to choose their own membership, I think such restrictions are usually more harmful than good.

The best way to expand the game of golf is not through fifteen inch holes or other gimmicks. The best way to expand the game of golf is to make it more welcoming to women. Women constitute half (more or less) of the population, but I would be surprised if—on any given day—they represent more than 10% of the average course’s tee times. Double that, and the golf participation “problem” is solved.

Eliminating gender restrictions in the R&A is good step. But I think much of golf has a long way to go before we see gender equity in the game.

September 19, 2014 |  Category:
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Tom Brady’s Golf Laden Resume—And His Mistake

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Quarterback Tom Brady recently posted his 1999 college resume on his Facebook page. He had a job as an intern at Merrill Lynch, but also was an assistant manager at the University of Michigan Golf Course, and at the Polo Fields in Jackson, Michigan.;

Just one problem there. The Polo Fields are in Ann Arbor, and are some thirty miles from Jackson.

Perhaps he is geographically challenged. Or perhaps he never worked there. It is not possible to mistake Jackson for Ann Arbor. Then drive alone would clue you in.

Maybe it was one of those booster jobs where he didn’t have to show up. Or maybe the entire photo is a fake ...

 

 

September 19, 2014 |  Category: Michigan Golf
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Emerald Reef Golf Club, Fourth Hole, Sandals Emerald Bay Resort, Bahamas

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The fourth at Emerald Reef Golf Club at Sandals Emerald Bay is a 279 yard par 4. It requires a 175 yard carry over a lagoon inlet to a relatively narrow fairway bordered by jungle and a rock wall right and lagoon left. A sand trap wraps around the back, the right and a cut of the right front of the green. I twice nearly drove this green and was only a chip and putt from birdie.

This is a great hole because it rewards shorter, more accurate drivers of the ball with a good chance at birdie. Greg Norman said that he tried to have holes on the course that were playable by everyone, and this is a testament to his philosophy. I love this hole.

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A Properly Raked Sand Trap

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The beach at Sandals Emerald Bay in the Bahamas, first thing in the morning. They apparently run groomers on the sand every night.

September 19, 2014 |  Category: Sandals Emerald Bay Resort and Emerald Reef Golf Club
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IPhone 6 Golf Ball Case

September 19, 2014 |  Category: Ridiculous Golf Item Of The Week
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Nicolas Colsaerts Hits 447 Yard Drive

Nicholas Colsaerts hit a 447 yard drive during Thursday’s round at the Wales Open. That turned the 613 yard par 5 hole into a driver-wedge play for an Eagle.

Ridiculous.

The longest drive on the PGA Tour this year was Bubba Watson’s 424 yard shot during the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Maybe there’s something to the “roll back the ball” movement.

September 18, 2014 |  Category: PGA Tour
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Romantic Dinner At Sandals Emerald Bay

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One of the things couples can do at Sandals Emerald Bay is to have a romantic dinner on the beach. I spotted this table set up for its the evening and thought that the empty seats, along with the sand, water and rainbow in the background made a perfect shot. Sadly, the rainbow is not as striking in the photo as it was in reality.

September 18, 2014 |  Category: Sandals Emerald Bay Resort and Emerald Reef Golf Club
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