I am messing around in my living room with live from the PGA playing for probably the 4th time on the golf channel. I finally stopped what I am doing as I'm about to go to bed and caught a nice segment on municipal golf courses. They then cut to the analysts as they talk about their experiences on public golf courses. It set about a chain of thought. I forgot how rare it is to see a tournament of this caliber on a public course. A truly affordable option for your regular Joe.
I sit here thinking about so many topics surrounding the golf world and how they seem to prioritize the private or expensive course. For instance the USGA potentially rolling back the golf ball. This serves to save the private courses from having to lengthen the courses at the cost of the every day golfer hacking away at their local municipal. The majority of the pros seem to have grown up on a country club. There are some exceptions, but they are almost discussed as succeeding in spite of having to play public golf. Open up a golf magazine and you are provided in depth pictures of courses that you'd have to donate a kidney to get on.
I love seeing the highlighting of public golf and how it can be key to growing or maintaining the game. But, I feel like it's just lip service from these guys since they are currently on one if the most famous public courses. Just another talking point for the week. I could be wrong. I just feel like it's a novelty this week.
I get why private courses are so highly regarded. They are typically beautiful courses with a lot of $$ backing them. But, I feel like there isn't enough talk or recognition of the every day affordable public course.
I particularly like the segment on the other local public courses. I wish they would focus a little more on the local golf scene at some of their other stops.
Just a rambling thought from a Muni golf guy who's too tired to spell check. Just wanted to type this out as it was fresh on my mind.
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