Playing along amid ‘boorish behavior’
My wife and I have played quite a lot of golf during our retirement travels over the last 10 years. The unusual treatment that we have received at various venues no longer surprises us (“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 26).
Most big resort courses understand that they must cater to all of their customers, and we find that their employees in the golf operations have been well-trained, well-selected, or both.
Many other golf facilities seem not to care. They tend to hire starters who are old men brought up to believe the women should have lunch ready when the men are finished playing. They are full of "honeys" and "dears" while emphasizing that the woman needs to keep moving so that she doesn't slow the rest of the players.
I can't count the number of times we have been told at registration that we were paired with another twosome. When we arrive at the first tee, we will see two players in the fairway and have to wait for them to clear out. Of course, it was the trusty old starter who made sure that they wouldn't get stuck with a woman in their group. Then we watch all 200 of their shots for the next four hours.
One time at a local course, we were shuffled back behind two different groups at the first tee. The head pro tried to defend his old-guy starter but soon realized he had no case. He reluctantly refunded our money but made no staffing changes.
Women who are bitten by the golf bug learn to put up with this kind of boorish behavior because they just want to play. Casual golfers, men or women, will find some other activity that values their participation and treats them fairly.
St. Augustine, Fla.
It suits their game to a tee
In response to Charlie Jurgonis' letter (“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 26): As far as teeing up on the fairway, I've had anyone I play with who is new to the game tee it up from anywhere.
If a ball goes into a bunker, take the ball out and move it ahead of the hazard. They have more fun and don't slow the pace of play.
Once they gain some confidence, they play it as it lies, unless they want to tee it up.
We're out for a fun time, not to win a tournament. (Of course, we hit the range a few times to get the basics down first.)
Tiger Woods’ ‘aged reality’
Extremely well-written (“Carnoustie offers Woods best shot to win,” June 26). One of the most enlightening articles I have read on this incredible legend turning the corner of aged reality.
Tony C. Key
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