Originally Posted by WUTiger
I walked two rounds of the Western Open at Butler National back in 1974. Even back then, it was a nearly impossible course for the average golfer.
It has lots of forced carries across water, a factor which women's golf advocates say make courses too difficult for the average female. If they did admit women, would enough show up to cover the cost of building another set of tee boxes?
I've seen famous courses where the average woman has a sporting chance from the front tees. Butler National is not one of them.
First, lets clear this up... Butler National is in no way shape or form struggling for money. Nor would they need to ever worry about funds to cover course renovations required, should they ever decide to modify the course to make it easier for female members by putting in new tee boxes.
1.) It was already established that by Butler National changing their club policies to accept females would pretty much place the club at the top of the list to host a future US Open - or Fed Ex Cup stop like the BMW Championship. And by doing so, would generate approximately $4 to 5 million in funds for the course.
2.) You can't forget the fact that members of Butler are some of the financially elite business moguls in Chicagoland area...The club has a prestigious membership... They could more than afford the changes.
The other thing is I don't understand why people care or get worked up over Butler National and their male only policy.
They built the club in 1972 purely as a golf course facility only. The clubhouse was built for males only - there are no facilities for women. They did this intentionally so that they could use the annual membership funds to sync back into the golf course grounds, rather than spend it on facilities like pools, etc. etc... That females or children (family memberships) often include and are interested in using. Therefore, they wanted to be a golf only facility - and felt a male only membership would not push to pull funds away from the course (as would a possible female membership) - and push for funding larger facilities for tea parties, weddings, etc. etc. Taking away from the pure golf focus.
Plain and simple... It's a private golf club, and they can do whatever they wish. And given that many of their members are actually members of multiple country clubs - they don't have to answer to their wives. Their wives know Butler is a golf club. End of story. And lets be honest... These 'dudes' are not answering to their wives.