Governor Gretchen Whitmer is hearing from the golf leaders in our state regarding golf being a sport that can be practiced with social distancing guidelines.
Believe me, she has been hearing it a lot. The Michigan Golf Alliance is a united front for a $4 billion industry in our state with a lobbyist. Most of the communications with government is behind the scenes.
And she has responded.
You can play golf this weekend, just without a cart and by paying online and by staying six feet away from others and maybe even wearing a mask. Consider it, please.
The point here: Golfers, DO NOT BLOW up this opportunity by abusing the situation.
The Governor’s Mansion is near a golf course. She can see you.
SOME HAVE ABUSED THE RULES
A few weeks ago, on social media a photo of a first-tee situation made the rounds. It was from a private golf club in the Grand Rapids area (not naming because the entire club should not be shamed) and it showed about 30 people, including two carts, surrounding a first tee.
It was in total defiance at that point of the Executive Order restrictions, but this course is surrounded by homes of members who can pull the carts they own from their garages and golf on “their” course. The 30 or so folks were also not practicing the six-foot margin. It looked like an outing where all the groups were going off the first tee in the middle of the summer, only with a lot fewer carts.
I’m sure many of them felt it was within their rights, civil disobedience and all that.
The problem: It is not the way to show that golf can be played with social distancing guidelines. If fact, it shows golfers are unable and unwilling.
The course in Grand Rapids was not the only one where abuse was witnessed. Reports came from Lansing, Detroit and more.
It wasn’t a good look for golf folks.
GOLF CAN’T WIN THE BIG ARGUMENT
A segment of society already views golfers incorrectly as just a bunch of privileged fill-in-the-blanks.
We have some golfers like that, but most are what I call regular folks golfers who just love to play their local courses, play in their leagues, take a golf trip or two up north each summer and enjoy the outdoors. And most golf courses are simply small businesses that depend on the discretionary income of those regular golfers.
Golf can’t win the argument against people losing their lives.
Golf can be played safely and within the guidelines. Honestly. Be happy to carry your own clubs and walk. Get over not having the cart, which to many are essential for their golf because they caddie the clubs, hold the beer and even the speakers for some tunes.
We can’t golf that way right now.
Just be glad we can golf. Follow the rules and show the Governor it can be a safe sport. It enhances the chance we can get back to your favorite type of golf sooner.
Be happy. Go play. Just don’t blow it.
Photos from Greg Johnson Media