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'The home of Golf' ... or...'The home of white-pointy-hatted Southern rednecks'!!
Along with the other errors pointed out already (the R&A Golf club does not organise the Open, does not own or control the golf courses, does not set the rules of golf), the Royal and Ancient Golf Club does not describe itself as the Home of Golf: it describes St Andrews as the Home of Golf, which is what golfers think.
I don't understand, why is it we are pushing for this and just what exactly is this negatively influencing?Don't get me wrong I am all for equality in every form, but isn't this just a case of misappropriated hysteria and shouldn't some things be left as they were - I think some times it's good to retain a sense of history as long as it isn't hurting anyone!!! Devils advocate..................
I have a 6 year old daughter and I'd like her to play golf one day with me. Let's be a bit more inclusive about this. 65 makes a valid point. The R&A is probably the most famous golf club in the world. Do they not have an obligation to set an example? Shouldn't clubs like the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers show a bit of honour? Wouldn't that truly be in keeping with the spirit of golf?
Some of the rudest members of golf clubs I've come across are men particularly older ones. At times they look at you as if you have 3 eyes and a tail. If members observed a bit more etiquette on and off the course allowing people to play through etc with good grace clubs would be better. I recently left a male only club (bruntfield links) and joined a mixed club (north berwick). Never looked back
All this talk of women only gyms, I think you'll find Gentlemen's clubs have been around since the dark ages!Regardless of that The R&A are the 1 club that every other looks to for direction as the home of golf. Great example it is setting. I thought the LTA were backward but the R&A (seperate governing body) make them look like pioneers!The 'sport' of golf should be ashamed and speak out.
The St Andrews Links Trust manages the public courses in the town on which anyone can play. There are several clubs in the town that play over the 7 public courses and most if not all are men only or women only. The people of the town seem to be happy with this so lets stop telling them what to do. The town and courses are the Home of Golf not any particular club!
I am amazed by some of the highest rated comments. I like my golf (as a spectator) but I can't believe some of the views on here. There is no excuse for any club let alone the most prestigious club them all to close its doors to women members! Simply narrow minded and backward and shame on any of you who came up with pathetic excuses to keep your oh so precious status quo.Wake up it's 2012!
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Excuse me 51. I beg to differ. I have been invited into the royal and ancient golf club, had lunch and played the old course as a 'guest' of a member. I suggest you get your facts right before you go spouting off about something you clearly no nothing about! The old course may not be run byt the royal and ancient but being a 'member' does give you all the normal playing rights one might expect.
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