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Are golf clubs too strict or too lenient when it comes to their dress code?

Posted in Australian Golf,Golf,Golf Dress Code,Golfer Pacific by golferpacific on May 27, 2009


By Michael Court 

AM I just being an old fuddy duddy? Am I single-handedly helping drive people away from the game?

Maybe I am. But if I’ve learned, why can’t others?

I took a telephone call from a concerned reader the other day and his thoughts gave me a bit of a wake-up call.

He said that unless we drastically altered the dress rules at some of our golf clubs then we’d be driving people away from the game – and they would just go play some other sport instead.

Maybe he’s right.

Certainly many of our private clubs have strictly adhered to dress rules and calmly relay their message ‘those socks are not allowed on this course’ to many players before they get the chance to tee off.

I played at one private clubs a few months ago and before the corporate day began the secretary-manager welcomed everyone to the club and told them that ankle socks and socks with any logo other than this golf club’s logo were simply not permitted on the course.

And if they played in them they would be politely asked to leave the course.

Of course there was a rush to the pro shop as everyone who didn’t want to miss a game queued up to buy a pair of the club socks.

Even the host of the day’s activities, who would – or should – have been briefed before the day on the dress rules, was forced to fork out the $15 for a new pair of socks.

He didn’t complain though, and commented that it was actually a marvellous revenue maker for the club.

And true to his word, the sec-manager did appear on the course to ensure that everyone had adhered to his ‘order’.

Fair enough – it’s a private club – and they can do what they like.

But this caller told me his club was making members stick to their dress rules but was dropping their standard when it came to corporate days and what corporate players were being allowed to get away with – jeans, sneakers, board shorts, you name it – had been spotted at different times on these self-confessed part-timers playing golf.

That may be fair enough too – the corporate dollars are important and keep many clubs afloat.

Still you cannot have one rule for one and another for visitors now, can you?

I had a game at a country course on the north coast during the school holidays and when we came up behind an eight-ball of rugby league players, they were wearing boat shoes, footy shorts, singlets and one player even stripped off his singlet and jumped into a pond after hitting his ball in there.

I suppose he only did it for a stir – but you’ve gotta love that footy culture. And they were drinking beers in the hot sun.

And besides, they were at a sea-side country at a holiday resort town. So what can you expect?

It’s the middle-of-the-road clubs that appear to have the identity crisis. The clubs who would love to be able to afford to go private and bar public players from their links – but they cannot afford to.

I took my nephew for a game at the country course I just mentioned and thanks to his own Sydney club educating him – at the age of 14 – I was proud to say he looked like a golfer when he arrived on the first tee.

And subsequently he played like one too.

If learning the game of golf means learning how to dress as well, maybe it’s not such a bad thing to police the dress regulations that most clubs choose to ignore.

It’s all part of the education process … and everyone has to draw the line somewhere.

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How much will you pay to see Tiger this summer?

Posted in Uncategorized by golferpacific on May 21, 2009

US Open Golf

SPORTS fans in Australia – especially golf nuts – will be agreeably surprised when tickets go on sale in the next couple of weeks for the Australian Masters featuring the World’s No.1 golfer, Tiger Woods, to be played at Kingston Heath from November 12-15.

Golfer Pacific has been reliably informed they will not cost an arm and a leg.

In fact, a daily pass to the tournament will be ‘well under $100’ according to one source who added: “And I mean WELL UNDER $100!’’

If this is the case, then we doff our lid to tournament promoter, the oft-maligned International Management Group (IMG) and the Victorian government led by John Brumby, which has stumped up a large chunk of Woods’ $A4 million appearance money.

We understand neither the Brumby government nor IMG want to put a ticket to see Woods in action around the fabled Heath layout out of the economic reach of all but the wealthy.

GP suspects the Brumby government would see itself as a hypocrite if it used taxpayer’s dollars to fund Woods’ trip and then allowed the Masters to become an elitist event.

As for IMG, the company has been around too long to allow a repeat of the NZ Open experience a few years ago.

On that occasion, Woods received a fortune to play in the Land of the Long White Cloud, with organisers foolishly believing they would recoup their outlay in ticket sales.

They then went about asking a king’s ransom for a ticket and the public stayed away in droves.

New Zealand golf is possibly still recovering from that financial setback.

The cost of seeing Tiger play will compare favourably with other big sporting events hosted in Melbourne, including the Grand Prix, Australian Tennis Open Championship, the AFL Grand Final and the Boxing Day cricket Test.

And the average price of a good seat to the recent Coldplay concerts in Melbourne was about three times what fans will pay for a day following Tiger around Kingston Heath.

The cost of bringing Tiger to Australia will be well and truly covered before a ball is hit in anger and gate receipts – although substantial – will form only a small percentage of the general tournament revenue.

GP also commends Kingston Heath for restricting crowds to 20,000 a day.

Anything more would be folly and extremely uncomfortable for golf fans. It would spoil the experience.

 After all, there will be possibly six ticketed days to see Tiger – four in tournament play and two in his practice rounds.

The club also is mindful some fans will be first-time golf spectators and will do everything possible to make sure they enjoy it.

Roll on November!

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