Women golfers should pay cheaper green fees than men at the golf course
Maybe I’m not taking my pills - or this coffee’s gone bad. I just wrote a column proclaiming Augusta National (and every other private club) should offer small blocks of daily public tee times. Click here to read it.
Now, I’m announcing another long-standing belief of mine that might be considered off the deep end in the conservative golf world: Female golfers’ green fees shouldn’t be the same as men. They should get a discount.
The first reason is simple and rational. How long of a golf course do they play compared to the Y-Chromosome? Men play 6,000-7,000 yards of golf. Women play 4,500-5,500 yards. They see less course, so let them pay a little less. I say 10-20% off is a pretty fair deal for everyone involved.
The second reason is a little sexist, but it’s often true. Women spend more money in the golf shop than men (especially on a golf vacation), getting those pretty visors and sweater vests. What they spend off the course will make up for what they are discounted on it.
Women also don’t spray the ball into other fairways and houses, endangering other players and causing lawsuits to the golf course. And they sure never drive golf carts recklessly and damage them.
The babes also play faster. I’d estimate over half the women I’ve seen on the golf course don’t take practice swings (my grandma was the fastest golfer I’ve ever played with and quite good, too, but she also played with grumpy, retired newspaper men a lot). Hardly any women I know even take a moment to line up their shots from behind the ball. Perhaps they feel like they’re inconveniencing their impatient husbands as they fiddle with their Blackberry in the golf cart waiting to get to their big, macho drives.
Lastly, fellas, we should remember that women pay wayyyyyyy more for haircuts than us.
The golf industry has been wondering aloud for years about how to increase the number of female golfers picking up the game, as well as rounds played by women each year.
My idea is as good of a start as I’ve ever heard.
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Over and over I see women who would never have tried the game, attend our events because of the affordable price point, and become part of the golf lifestyle.
Thanks for the response, Brandon.
I agree that our differences are a result of our different environments. But to be fair, I've been around the game enough to understand what you're saying. It just depends on the audience. I've also taken golf vacations or attended pga tournaments with my guy friends who have definitely spent more time in the pro shop than me or other girls...and older couples as well. But again, it's contingent on many things and per individual/couple.
Men do "beat up" the course more so than the women. Yes, the average woman hits the ball thin and rolls it up the fairway - short but straight. The men, on the other hand, hit it fat and rip out the biggest divots. This all carries over to ball marks on the greens too. I bet men create more ball marks on average than women. I think that could be a decent argument for woman to pay less...
Anyhow, I was joking about women paying more. I am in complete accord that more women should be introduced to golf, but i think it's going to take more than just lower green fees. Plus, stereotypes like the ones you mentioned will only exacerbate the situation.
I'm going to have to recommend that you spend a few hours watching nothing but Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity talking to Dennis Miller. That'll capitalism you back up.
Personally, the babe thing doesn't bother me at all.
Only kidding Heather, Patricia, Jessica et al. Just seeing who is paying attention...
Seriously, the ladies at my club made us get rid of the 'ladies tees' and the 'red tees'. We now have back tees (blue, men's), middle tees (white, men's forward), front tees (red, ladies) and forward tees (gold, seniors). All tee boxes are USGA rated and sloped separately for all players. Our scorecard is now 11 1/2 X 14 inches. Our carts now have to use steering wheels from old 1956 Buicks because only those are big enough to accommodate this big a scorecard.
Life is tough in old Catonsville (Baltimore), the land of pleasant living...
The older clubs years ago would not let women be members but had to relent so if they want to join pay the money.