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Women enjoy own "golfing society"
I really enjoyed the article by David Droschak about The Outpost Club ("The Outpost Club: A throwback idea thrives," March 16). There has been a version of this for women in the U.S. for years. It was originally called the Executive Women's Golf Association, but last year merged with the LPGA to become the LPGA Amateurs Golf Association.  

Though it has chapters in cities across the U.S., it also allows members to visit other chapters and welcomes them heartily to play events at those chapters. There is no home course. All play is done on local courses, most public, but there are some special events at private courses. There are national competitions in stroke play, match play teams, and scramble teams. There are special travel events arranged through travel partners, such as this year's Solheim Cup.

It's a great opportunity for women — and men as there are no restrictions on membership — to play locally, nationally and internationally. The program has other benefits — free admission to all U.S. LPGA tournaments. And it is inexpensive, with an annual registration fee of about $125-150, and very reasonable local green fees for all events.

— Robin Dea | Vancouver, Wash.

Johnston fulfills role as good guy
I was fortunate to be paired with Bill Johnston in a pro-am at The Vintage Club almost 40 years ago. After we finished our round where my game had been less than stellar, Bill said "let's to the range." ("Bill Johnston: A fading story worth revisiting," March 9)

He worked with me for over an hour and refused to accept any payment. He was doing what Bill Johnston always did — fulfilling his responsibility to be a good guy to his partner in the pro-am. I doubt that would happen today. 

I kept in contact with Bill for many years, but lost contact about 12 years ago. You can imagine how excited I was to read Gary Van Sickle's article about him and learn he was doing well. He is what being a golf professional is all about.

— Mike Timbers | Bonita Springs, Fla.

The OC perpetuates stereotype
I was disappointed by your shilling for The Outpost Club. Generally, I feel you strive to be objective and avoid being a sycophant to players or the sport in general. ("The Outpost Club: A throwback idea thrives," March 16)

Providing contact information for the organization turns the article into an infomercial. However, the story about the Cruit Island Golf Club and the $14 fee sealed it for me. 

By the way, I apparently am not a sophisticated golfer. I don’t know the code as I have not been a member at a private club. In fact, I am ashamed to say, as it speaks to my lack of sophistication, I worked at a private club. 

One of the challenges the sport of golf faces is the cultural gulf between the private club player and the non-club member. Another club that purports to promote and respect the history and traditions of the game only reinforces the stereotype that private club members are the true stewards of the game.

The tone of The OC operators is arrogant, elitist and exclusionary. 

— Michael Kukelko | Oak Bluff, Manitoba

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