Originally Posted by stogiesnbogies
I think we can all recount tales of the shoddy manner which women golfers are often treated at many clubs-private and public. I can assure you that it is no better for Blacks, Latinos or any other minority which attempts to play golf .....then the golf establishment scratches their collective heads and can't understand why the game is in decline...perhaps it has something to do with the manner in which these "New Majority" golfers are "welcomed", eh? LOL
Women have had to put up with a lot to play golf.
Women have taken to the courts and won lawsuits about access to the main dining room, and premium tee times. Here's the latest:
Phoenix Country Club ended up in hot water for claiming they provided, get this: "Separate but equal facilities" for men and women. One long-term male member got expelled from the club for telling a New York Times reporter he thought the policy was discriminatory. Here's base story from a couple of years ago: http://www.azcentral.com/business/articles/2010/03/17/20100317phoenix-country-club-lawsuit0318.html?nclick_check=1
One note on terminology: US whites are shifting to plurality status: the largest subgroup of a population which has no majority group.
As for good news, I see plenty of African-American, Hispanic-American and Asian-immigrant and Asian-American players at the upscale semi-private clubs in the area. Lots of good players among them. (Interesting mini-trend: Korean-born karate instructors who are switching over to being golf teaching pros)
A big change from the 1950s, when black World War II veterans resorted to federal court lawsuits to gain access to municipal courses - we're not even talking country clubs!
Back to present day... As for adding new players across the board, I see two drags: the continuing Recession, and parents who are so involved in their kids' lives that there's no adult time for those under age 40.