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  100% agree.   I have zero interest in sentimental "tradition." Golf thrives as a modern game.   Show me any British or European course that has features comparable to, say, the Bear Trap at PGA National. Tradition doesn't validate a boring ill-kept track laid down in the 19th century with only the crappy weather to add interest.   On a different but similar theme. I think there's a strong argument that winning the [non-major] Player's Championship is a significantly...
  I agree with this. Gotta say though - if that trend continues - the British Open will start to look like a novelty tournament. And Tiger's decisive victory at The Players Championship this year will look much more like a "major" win in comparison.
Probably not a popular opinion - but I miss the metal spikes, although the onus was on the golfer to tread carefully and respectfully on the greens.   The modern plastic spikes? To be be honest, anyone weighing 200+ may just as well wear New Balance on the golf course, rather than golf shoes. There is no noticeable difference in adhesion. And if you're going to walk the course, the New Balance will be more comfortable.
I agree with the national Championship for the United States logic.   But applying that same reasoning, I guess a more contentious question is why "The Open Championship" should not be formally renamed "The British Open" especially as most folks outside of the U.K. already call it that.
I think experienced golfers who head out on to the course with newbie golfers assume a responsibility here. Maybe kinda far fetched to say its like sitting in the passenger seat next to a kid with a learners permit, but it is a little bit like that if you are playing with someone who hasn't got the first clue what he is doing on the golf course.    I had the same I paid my money so I will play however slowly I wanna play conversation with a friend who started playing...
Perhaps the only solution is to find profitability in cheaper courses. That may mean building fewer upmarket courses spread over huge areas of land surrounding expensive housing developments, and find a way of making money from shorter, cheaper, 9 hole courses instead. Get back to golf for golf's sake, rather than the pre-recession idea of golf as a means for marketing real estate.
In this economy it all comes down to money.   I'm grateful there is an Air Force course near where I live that allows civilians to play and is cheap, otherwise I'd have to cut back on my golf. I can't afford $35 green fee, $15 cart fee and all the rest of it at the semi-private courses. The Air Force course charges $15 walking or $23 with a cart. So I walk a lot when it's cooler.   I also hope the civilian green fees help keep the course open for the Airmen.
I'll never understand giving an interest-free loan to the IRS for a year. I try and calculate my taxes so that I get a refund that covers my preparer's fee and basically end up each April with $0 refund/money owed. Usually I'm within a few bucks.   Worse still is the slimy industry that has grown around refunds for poorer people. "Hey, given Uncle Sam a 0% interest loan out of your pay check; then, the following year, claim that money back - best of all we'll roll...
Can't agree with that last part - have you ever visited the Deep South? Even in 2013, take a drive around on the other side of the tracks and you will see plenty of evidence of deep, residual, poverty. If you look at actual figures in something like American Factfinder via the U.S. Census, it's easy to find plenty of counties in the South where median family income is less than $20,000 per year. Look a little harder and you'll find many more counties where it's more...
I guess if one believes in a "sins of the fathers" type philosophy, then that argument holds water. However, I think the question, "Why should children live in poverty just because they had the misfortune to be born to irresponsible or impecunious parents?" would serve as an adequate rebuttal.   Admittedly, it can be very frustrating to witness the distribution of taxpayers' money through entitlements. A while ago, the city where I live suddenly repealed some of its blue...
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