What in the world is a ‘female friendly’ golf course??
As we try to get more and more women into the game of golf it seems prudent to discuss how women are treated at golf courses around the world and more importantly, in your own back yard.
It is well-known that golf has been dominated by men for decades. There are attitudes toward women that transcend just the players themselves. The facilities, i.e. golf courses, where women play are either part of the enlightened group of owners, managers and pros or they still exist in the dark ages. There are some very simple and easy ways to determine very quickly if the golf course where you go to play is ‘female friendly’.
Here’s a quick list which is not meant to be all-inclusive:
- When you first arrive at the course do you feel welcome or do you sense that you are invisible to the staff?
- Is the Pro Shop stocked with items of women’s golf clothing, golf equipment and golf accessories? Additionally, is the area where these items are displayed bigger than a small corner hidden towards the back?
- Is there a designated Ladies Rooms inside the Clubhouse or Pro Shop? It would be hard to imagine a violation of this as that is typically a code requirement but you just never know.
- Are there on-course restrooms? Women don’t have the ‘luxury’ of unzipping and relieving themselves in bushes, behind trees and who knows where else!!
- Does the starter ‘warn’ you about slow play and keeping pace when he obviously overlooked giving that same warning to the previous groups of male golfers?
- Does the course have Forward Tees available with a groomed tee box, not an afterthought set up on what used to be the rough?
- Is the forward tee box aligned so that it actually allows the golfer to set up in the direction of the fairway?
- Is there a ball washer at the forward tees?
- Do you get the ‘eye’ if you try to tee off on anything but the forward tees? Another way of checking this out is to find out if the forward tees are referred to as the Ladies Tees. The real truth is that there are a lot of men that should be playing from these tees but their egos won’t allow them so they instead slow up play on the course because their game isn’t strong enough to play further back. The chosen set of tees should be determined by the ability of the player NOT the sex!
- Finally, when you get back to the clubhouse, is there a “Men’s Only” Grill but no “Women’s Only” one?
Hopefully, this gives you a base or a barometer to see if the golf course you play is worthy of your business. If not, perhaps you can work with the management or owners of the golf course to provide some suggestions to help them get into the 21st century.
You may have other criteria that you use to assess the courses where you play. Feel free to pass those along in our comments section below. I would like to compile a list of female friendly golf courses around the globe to post on this blog so feel free to give us the name and location of the golf course you feel qualifies and we’ll check it out.
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