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Treys Garden

Bare foot golfing illegal?

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Ok, i'll admit I'm an old fashioned country girl who some may call a redneck.  I grew up playin golf on the back 9 as they say down south :).  I recently got thrown off a golf course--i won't say where for the time being--because i wouldn't wear shoes.  i have excellent grip with my toes and other parts of my bottom half and shoes always cost me a few strokes.  the head pro "head jerk!!" had me escorted off the course because of this but i think i won a few fans in the process.  he said it was illegal because of some type of liability but i have read the ENTIRE declaration of independence and i see nothing but a sexist trying to protect the good ol boys club in my opinion. should i take this to court??  thanks in advance.

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I think you should absolutely take this to court.  If the court won't listen, then take it to the street.  No justice, No Peace!

The Declaration of Independance was written for EXACTLY this type of situation.  Make me wear shoes?  When you pry them out of my cold, dead hands!

Seriously, though - they're probably worried that you'll step on a nail or something and sue them.  Many courses have dresscodes, too - I was once forced to wear a collared shirt.  If it means that much to you - why not just tee off in shoes and then take them off on the second hole or as soon as you're out of sight of the clubhouse?

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I've played bare foot too. Enjoyed it. Pro's underwear was in a bundle and pinching the blood supply to his brain. Probably could not deal with something out of realm of normality.

I have golfed in Vibram Five Finger shoes this year. The next thing to barefoot.

I walk and carry my clubs for 18 hole rounds.

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The club is free to make the dress code rules it wants.  Wear shoes or find a different club.

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thanks for the feedback.  i know a guy that has a friend that is in law school so I bet he will know what to do and how much i can sue for.

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Originally Posted by Treys Garden

thanks for the feedback.  i know a guy that has a friend that is in law school so I bet he will know what to do and how much i can sue for.

I think that's an incredibly good strategy.  I don't know if the club or pro are members of this forum . .but if they are, and if they have seen this thread . .I bet some shorts need changing down South tonight!

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thanks for the feedback.  i know a guy that has a friend that is in law school so I bet he will know what to do and how much i can sue for.

Sounds like you're gonna be set for life.......probably going to OWN that golf course!

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I would be more concerned about your feet and the affect of fertilizers and pesticides.  Your skin is a decent barrier to chemical absorption, but not perfect.  I love going barefoot (beach guy myself) but I am also a chemical engineer and understand the nature of chemicals and the solvents they use with these chemicals.

The Pro may be a jerk, but the intent may be for your safety.

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Originally Posted by Treys Garden

Ok, i'll admit I'm an old fashioned country girl who some may call a redneck.  I grew up playin golf on the back 9 as they say down south :).  I recently got thrown off a golf course--i won't say where for the time being--because i wouldn't wear shoes.  i have excellent grip with my toes and other parts of my bottom half and shoes always cost me a few strokes.  the head pro "head jerk!!" had me escorted off the course because of this but i think i won a few fans in the process.  he said it was illegal because of some type of liability but i have read the ENTIRE declaration of independence and i see nothing but a sexist trying to protect the good ol boys club in my opinion. should i take this to court??  thanks in advance.

Standard policy at every course I've ever played is that you wear some sort of footwear.  Some courses even require proper golf shoes, not sneakers.  Many won't allow flip-flops (a stupid thing to try and play golf in anyway).   My home course in Colorado is just about as liberal and minimal for a dress code as any place I've ever played, but shoes and shirt of some sort were mandatory.  It has nothing to do with sexism or grip.  It is simply a widespread standard policy, applied to make and female equally.  Sorry to inform you, but the Declaration of Independence has nothing to do with it.  You might have an argument if there were a bunch of guys playing barefoot, but I seriously doubt that was the case.

And trust me, going ballistic on the head pro won't win you any fans among the players at most courses.

(I hope I didn't just take the bait here..... I should have read farther before posting....  Oh well.

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Originally Posted by boogielicious

I would be more concerned about your feet and the affect of fertilizers and pesticides.  Your skin is a decent barrier to chemical absorption, but not perfect.  I love going barefoot (beach guy myself) but I am also a chemical engineer and understand the nature of chemicals and the solvents they use with these chemicals.

The Pro may be a jerk, but the intent may be for your safety.

Stop bringing reason and logic to this conversation! Bad boogie, bad!

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Originally Posted by Fourputt

Standard policy at every course I've ever played is that you wear some sort of footwear.  Some courses even require proper golf shoes, not sneakers.  Many won't allow flip-flops (a stupid thing to try and play golf in anyway).   My home course in Colorado is just about as liberal and minimal for a dress code as any place I've ever played, but shoes and shirt of some sort were mandatory.  It has nothing to do with sexism or grip.  It is simply a widespread standard policy, applied to make and female equally.  Sorry to inform you, but the Declaration of Independence has nothing to do with it.  You might have an argument if there were a bunch of guys playing barefoot, but I seriously doubt that was the case.

And trust me, going ballistic on the head pro won't win you any fans among the players at most courses.

(I hope I didn't just take the bait here..... I should have read farther before posting....  Oh well.

Hook, line and sinker.

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I don't want to stir up a hornets nest so I am going back to the golf course and I'll be wearing shoes...until I tee off ha. I can't wait to see the head pros face. He'll probably think its funny but if not my friends friend in law school will be with me and eager to take the case so to speak. Hopefully there is no drama as I simply am exercising my rights. Golf is fun and should stay that way!
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Originally Posted by Treys Garden

I don't want to stir up a hornets nest so I am going back to the golf course and I'll be wearing shoes...until I tee off ha. I can't wait to see the head pros face. He'll probably think its funny but if not my friends friend in law school will be with me and eager to take the case so to speak. Hopefully there is no drama as I simply am exercising my rights. Golf is fun and should stay that way!

Ok, definitely a troll.

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Why stop at shoes?  If your friends friend who's in law school is going to be there go the whole way and play in a swim suit.  Move over Norma Rae and make room for Treys Garden.  This could be a landmark case in golfers rights.

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Why stop at shoes?  If your friends friend who's in law school is going to be there go the whole way and play in a swim suit.  Move over Norma Rae and make room for Treys Garden.  This could be a landmark case in golfers rights.

Why stop at the swim suit?   Golfer's need more distractions anyway.

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