August 8, 2006
Ever wonder why golf is growing
in popularity and people who don't even play go to tournaments
or watch on TV? These truisms may shed light on reasons
Golf is an honorable game, with the overwhelming majority
of players being honorable people who don't need referees.
Golfers don't have some of their players in jail every
Golfers don't scratch their privates on the golf course.
Golfers don't kick dirt on, or throw bottles at, other
Professional golfers are compensated in direct proportion
to how well they play.
Golfers don't get per diem and two seats on a charter
flight when they travel between tournaments.
Golfers don't hold out for more money, or demand new
contracts, because of another player's deal.
Professional golfers don't demand that the taxpayers
pay for the courses on which they play.
When golfers make a mistake, nobody is there to cover
for them or back them up.
The PGA Tour raises more money for charity in one year
than the National Football League (NFL) does in two.
You can watch the best golfers in the world up close,
at any tournament, including the majors, all day, every
day for $25 or $30 while the cost for a seat in the
nosebleed section at the Super Bowl will cost upwards
You can bring a picnic lunch to the tournament golf
course, watch the best in the world and not spend a
small fortune on food and drink. Try that at one of
the taxpayer funded baseball or football stadiums.
In golf you cannot fail 70% of the time and make $9
million a season, like the best baseball hitters (.
300 batting average) do.
Golf doesn't change its rules to attract fans.
Golfers have to adapt to an entirely new playing area
Golfers keep their clothes on while they are being
Golf doesn't have free agency.
In their prime, Greg Norman, Arnold Palmer and other
stars, would shake your hand and say they were happy
to meet you. In his prime Jose Canseco wore T-shirts
that read "Leave Me Alone."
You can hear birds chirping on the golf course during
Ladies are welcome players.
At a golf tournament, (unlike at taxpayer-funded sports
stadiums and arenas) you won't hear a steady stream
of four letter words and nasty name calling while you're
hoping that no one spills beer on you.
Tiger Woods can hit a golf ball three times as far
as Barry Bonds can hit a baseball.
Golf Courses don't ruin the neighborhood.