Cell Phones on the course ruin what golf is all about
just don’t get it. Golf is one of the few getaways of the modern, tech world, where we can lose ourselves for four hours. We can forget the troubles of paychecks, girlfriends, and bosses and replace them with more acceptable troubles of sand, trees, and the occassional bad etiquette.
Who wouldn’t choose the latter?
But for some reason, I keep finding more and more cell phones in use on the golf course. This is everything from someone trying to strike a sale, to buddies calling up friends to see what’s going on that particular night. Am I alone in saying I’ve seen a laptop sitting shotgun in a golf cart?
It’s that bad, and I’d love to see it gone. But it’s difficult. It’d be one thing to be playing with some buddies and maybe get on their case if they’re busting out their celly to excess, but what if you are paired up with someone who just won’t shut up on it, and even leaves his ringer on while on the links? Is it a breach of etiquette to tell the person you just met and probably won’t play with again to kindly heave his Nokia into a nearby creek?
I suppose it’s merely the ever-increasing fast pace of American culture. A culture in which we make more money than 100 countries put together. Yet when a virus is reported, we aren’t reaching for masks or immunity shots, but Dr.’s Norton and McAffee. Cell phones are unattachable to us these days. When’s the last time you left your house without it and didn’t feel naked? If you remember, you’ve got a certain innocence I would starve for.
And one quick question: Why is it people are always on their phone everywhere from their car, to the line at the bank, to restaurants, to the bathroom (please, I’d rather never receive anymore calls from people on the can)? Do we have that much to say and do we have to tell someone that INSTANT?. The more words we use, the more meaningless they become.
Bottom line, we should all look forward to our rounds of golf, because for that period of time in the afternoon we CAN’T be reached. We can enjoy our round, free of any technology but our Titanium equipment, NASA engineered balls and GPS yardage systems.
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These places need to start a mandatory ban on cellphone use on the course.
Why must everyone feel the need to be reachable at every minute of the day? The golf course is the last bastion of peace and quiet and enjoyment. I refuse to let anyone ruin my game just because they feel the need of importance. If anyone cannot go for 2-4 hours without the need to "check in", please stay home.
A good friend of mine is guilty of placing constant calls on his cell phone while golfing, and I rarely play golf with him anymore for that reason. I play largely for the peace and quiet, and the relaxation of a good golf round. Listening to ringer tones, and the loud ridiculous conversation that ensues is very irritating in golf and other venues, and is inherently dangerous in other venues (such as driving).
Why most people cannot seem to separate from their phones is beyond me. I believe a majority of frequent cell phone users cannot seem to discriminate the differences between true emergencies vs. informational and other calls. They cannot place themselves in a peaceful venue, without the requirement for a cell phone, and allow others to peacefully exist on the golf courses, beaches, restaurants, and other relaxing places.