Golf is a game of honor, right? That’s exactly why the USGA does not trust us to post scores when played as a single.
To further support the key System premise of peer review, scores made while playing alone will no longer be acceptable for handicap purposes.
A hell of a lot of golfers I know play by themselves. We call penalties on ourselves, right? But we can’t be trusted to record our own scores?
This is one of the many reasons I no longer pay the out-of-touch USGA to be a “member.” Yeah, no more cheapo free U.S. Open hat for me. Other than the hat there was seriously no benefit. None. Oh, wait. I did get a free notepad with about 10 sheets of paper on it for, you know, those times I use paper.
I’m inspired to post these comments because of the fantastic commentary written by my friend Golf Blogger. Check out his article The USGA Just Called Me A Liar. John (Golf Blogger) nails it.
This rule shows once again that the Golf Lords of the USGA are out of touch with the peasant’s game.
The lack of average golfer representation is, I think, at the root of the USGA disconnect. The USGA doesn’t represent me, or anyone I know.
That’s a birdie if I ever read one. Nice job John.
Sort of like gun control laws, all this rule will do is affect golfers who follow the rules. The Saturday group that allows illegal drops, gimme putts inside the leather of a 58″ club, and mulligans will still do those things. Those players will still win all the net games and come in at one billion under par in corporate/charity scrambles. We will still hate them.
And what will the USGA do about rounds punched in after the fact, on apps and computers? I often punch in my UGA (Utah Golf Association) scores the evening of my round when I’m at my computer. Will the USGA require an email address of the “witness” in order to allow the posted score? Come on.
Does this grow the game? No. Then again, the USGA doesn’t care about growing the game. It cares about growing the USGA.
The days of proofreading, editors, grammar, and common sense in the golf media world are long gone…
So Steve Williams learned of Tiger Woods se scandal in a new book? It’s amazing it took him until 2015 to learn about the 2008 scandal, being so close to Tiger and all. Nice job Digest.
On a side note, I’m not interested in Steve Williams or anything he has to say.
Wow the Reset Cup seems to have just finished and now the reacharound season is upon us! Yes, the PGA Tour 2015-2016 season starts THIS WEEK. I’m not sure I’m ready to start ignoring the season so soon.
I anticipate the next time I’ll be tuning in to watch professional golf on TV will be on April 4th, 2016 for the Masters Tournament (if I’m still alive).
Sports Illustrated has an interview with Kenny G. In the interview they ask him all sorts of questions about Tiger Woods, golf, courses he’d like to play. But they failed to ask him the ONE thing he is fully qualified to comment on… playing the Kazoo.
We are constantly bombarded with golf’s bad press and the whining that the game is dying, shrinking, and losing players by the thousands. So what’s the answer? Raise green fee prices!
Wingpointe Golf Course
A local course is going to be shut down here in Salt Lake called Wingpointe. It’s the airport course. As its life comes to an end, they’re offering a farewell price of $25 per round, with cart, roughly half of what that would normally cost. Guess what? The place is jammed. We called for a tee time and the entire sheet was jammed.
Price goes down, demand goes up.
Price goes up, demand goes down.
Simple economics, right? So why the hell do many who manage golf courses not get this? What’s better? Having a course with 10 players on it at $50 a pop, or a course with 100 players on it at $25 a pop? And what about the money those extra 90 players spend on range balls and in the cafe? Some may even buy some balls or even apparel and gear in the pro shop. How much more could the course make in BEER sales alone with an extra 90 players a day?
Another shop in town gets that. A certain times of year, like when they are aerating, they offer smoking deals like the 50% off one above. Guess what? The course is packed. And when it offers those great prices it builds up a customer base. It builds up relationships with customers who will come back.
I know all this is just crazy talk. You golf courses and dumb municipalities who run them go ahead and carry on. When you’re sucking wind and losing money, go ahead and raise your prices even more. Run the rest of your remaining customers off. You might as well go out of business sooner. Perhaps someone will buy your course for pennies on the dollar and run it better than you.