Over the years I have heard a number of people say “golf needs to be easier to get more people involved” or “I would play more if it didn’t take me so long to get through a round”. That’s a load of crap.
Bro, if you wanted to get through a round faster, take a cart, play 9, and stop playing from the back tees (you and I both know you can’t reach that par 5 in two from the lady’s tees anyways).
For two centuries people have been playing this game with wooden clubs and leather balls. That’s when men were men and there weren’t any orange body suits (I’m talking to you Rickie Fowler). No, the way to bring people into the game of golf is to get rid of half of the rules.
I am firm believer in freedom and golf has become a goddamn dictatorship. You have to where a collared shirt and Khaki’s, you can’t wear jeans, kids can’t play before 1:30pm, no cellphones in the clubhouse, etc… Talk about alienating a vast majority. Bernie Sanders would relate better in rural Mississippi then most golf clubs will with the majority of the world.
Moral of the story, I am sick of hearing people talk about making the holes bigger or introducing mulligans as a legitimate part of the game. If you want more people to enjoy the game, eliminate the meaningless etiquette rules. It’s. That. Simple. But you won’t because that’s not what you want. You want to pretend to help while you sip cognac and smoke Cubans.