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For those applications, there are plenty of non-lethal alternatives.
That said, I do have weapons, but only for entertainment purposes. I would rather pull a crossbow with a rabbit blunt or a Tazer to disable anyone without the noise and danger posed by discharging a firearm. Most of my neighbors are my friends after all.
Guns have their place, but I prefer not to use them for personal protection and on the golf course.
Which brings us to the thread topic:
A golf course is the last place I would fire any weapon. First of all, it is a place I go to relax, not have an altercation with other golfers.
Just listening to two drill instructors yelling at each other for 15 minutes yelling so loudly that people could hear them clearly from 150 yards away on a grassy field, was enough of a "bad" situation for me. If I hear a weapon discharged, that would pretty much be the last time I go to that course.
Some personal encounters:
Some drunk guy yelled at me after I hit "into" them. In reality my stray shot hit a cart path and went off in their general direction. I just brushed it off and he just drove on, with no incident. I think I posted this incident sometime this year. No big deal.
Another man threatened me and my son and a Pastor and his son, and we just blew it off and continued the conversation as if the threat was not made. We scoffed at him afterwards in passing, but again, no big deal. The kids hit near him, about 10 yards away. He got upset. He got over it after our talk.
Even today, one of my foursome yelled at another member of my foursome for not playing when he was ready. The person yelled at was also a senior and just let is slide.
This type of thing happens all the time when you have hotheads on the course, tempers rise with bad play, but I'm not going to let this ruin my day and make me change the way I do things (like carry a concealed weapon).
Every encounter has a peaceful or if it comes to "that" there is always a non-lethal solution. It just seems so easy to take those alternatives, even if you're not a big dude like @Golfingdad.
Being close to a city, we have a lot of peace-officers on the course who always carry. There are not a lot of arguments on the course for that reason and we keep the matches capped at $20 so we can all afford to keep our cool and keep things peaceful. One of the officers showed us his Ruger 10/22 takedown which he keeps in his bag! it screws into 2 pieces with scope and 30 round clip-very cool!