Family that plays Topgolf together stays together
Last week, my daughter and her family were in Vegas for a vacation. One of the places they visited was Topgolf (“Topgolf scores few points for golf savvy,” July 10).
Nobody in her family plays golf or rarely watches it on TV. They described to me how much fun Topgolf was. It was like bowling, only golf. She said they spent $60 and were there for about 1½ hours, hitting balls, eating and hitting more balls. Their main goal was to have fun and see if they could even hit the ball. They did both. They didn't care that the clubs they were using weren't pro-line clubs, or about the quality of the golf balls. What they did do was make memories.
I asked her if she, her husband or their 14-year-old daughter would consider taking up golf, and she answered quickly with an emphatic, “No!”
She said first that it takes too much time to play, particularly for a beginner; second, the price of golf clubs and green fees is too high and it would take 10 hours to play on a real course.
She said there were many families there just like them: hitting balls, eating and having fun.
So, apparently, Topgolf is a great idea, even if you're not a golfer.
Scottish Open should be held on links course
I do not understand the European Tour's decision-making process as to which course will host the Scottish Open. With so many wonderful links courses to choose from, the tour picks Renaissance Golf Club, an American-style new course that was deluged with birdies and eagles and was described by some of the pros who played as “easy.” I am certain that's why so many journeyman pros did so well last week.
I know that the weather, with little or no wind, left the course unusually defenseless, but the genuine links courses, with their hard, running fairways, undulating greens and real rough, surely would have been a better test for the best players in the world. Next door to Renaissance, there are real tests: Muirfield, North Berwick and Gullane (last year's course), to mention a few.
I am sure that money played a large role in how the decision was reached. However, I would beg the powers-that-be to revisit that decision, for the sake of the players and fans alike. I don't believe that anyone wants to see pros playing easy courses, and the pros want courses that will bring out the best from the better players.
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