The game of golf has come a long way over the past few decades and golf clubs It has largely moved with the times in an effort to attract and provide a new generation of players with different views and outlooks on life.
Gone are the days of men-only bars and the requirement to wear knee-high socks with shorts, but some clubs continue to cling to somewhat old principles that are overly hypothetical and can seem discriminatory or backward in thought. For golf to thrive moving forward, clubs need to offer complete inclusion and get rid of any rules that make the sport look tiring and timeless – this is the image we have to lose. Here are 6 golf putter rules that get in the way of the game.
The dress to wear
Golf clubs don’t really need any kind of guidance The dress to wear Anyway, though, the instructions can come in handy for those who are starting out. The vast majority of those who choose to play golf, choose the right outfit for an outdoor activity, and whether that outfit has a collar or hood, includes a backcoat or a Jacobite lifter, it really doesn’t matter. If someone chooses an outfit that isn’t fit for purpose, they’ll realize it pretty quickly when they go out on the track and won’t choose it again. If they choose to dress like the Wali, that’s their prerogative. Likewise with the old school:
Jacket and tie rules
If people like to come to the club wearing a jacket and tie and want to wear a jacket and tie after their tour, great. They will look and feel smart and their approach should be commended. But that should not be a requirement. It makes life very awkward for visitors who may be on vacation or on tour who haven’t packed up on tweed. It can also be a bit uncomfortable on the warmest days of summer. If, instead, a jacket and tie were the preferred but not required attire for certain parts of the club, many would stick to it but those less prepared would still be able to enjoy a drink and eat after their tour.
Member guest rules
We need to attract more people to become golf club members One of the best ways to do this is for existing members to introduce guests to the tour or the day. But sometimes, the rules for doing so seem restrictive and immediately alienate those potential members from the club’s format.
Members’ guests are only accepted after a certain period of time, members’ guests are only allowed into the club when accompanied by the member who introduced them, only one or two guests are allowed at a time… Members’ guests need to make them feel like a proper member on the day they visit. This is the best approach to getting as many as possible to go from being a guest member to being a member.
Juniors are the future of golf, and as nearly every club will say, we can make more of the sport. There is something that will turn the little ones away from playing golf, and it is facing rules that stop them from doing things and make them feel like naughty kids. Rules regarding when youngsters can book appointments, and rules about youngsters not allowed in the bar if not accompanied by an adult – these discourage young people from participating. Nor the rules that prohibit The youngsters play in the adults’ competitions.
Men’s Club Championship
The club championship should simply be – the club championship. By playing from scratch and coming off the same tees, the club’s championship should be open and can be won by any member – from junior to senior – and he or she will be the club’s champion of the year. Many clubs still refer to the Men’s Club Championship as the Club Championship.
Telephone and TV rules
Let’s face it – the smartphone is an essential part of modern life. We depend on it, we book flights on it, we pay for things with it… it’s here to stay. If the club still had one of those banners hanging an old looking mobile phone with a red line through it, the younger generation would think it was comical and a clear indication that they were somewhere they shouldn’t be, somewhere inhabited by “old pancakes”.
Also, the clubs without TV in the main bar or lounge area. Will young people want to pay to be members of a club where you can’t watch the last round of big golf events or, say, the Wimbledon final in the main seating area?