No mul­li­gans for nasty peo­ple in the game.

With many golfers al­ready lack­ing ba­sic eti­quette and com­mon cour­tesy on the course, it is time for rude golfers to re­spect oth­ers.

Golf Digest (Malaysia) - - Contents - BY PA­TRICK HO

We know mankind can­not be per­fect.

But, we also know that if there is a will, there is al­ways a way.

I am not here to de­liver a ser­mon to right the wrongs of oth­ers but I feel com­pelled to bring to light how “nasty” hu­mans can be.

A con­ver­sa­tion with an event man­ager of a high-pro­file ama­teur golf event brought back night­mares of my short stint as a pub­lic re­la­tions and sales man­ager at A’Famosa Golf Re­sort.

The event man­ager and her as­sis­tant re­lated to me how “evil” some dif­fi­cult golfers are over the phone.

The most dis­gust­ing habit that these Malaysians have are re­ply­ing way past the tour­na­ment en­try dead­line, and threat­en­ing these in­no­cent vic­tims that they will call their client to com­plaint if they do not change the terms just to suit their whim and fancy.

How can they ac­cuse an event man­ager for be­ing in­com­pe­tent when they did not read the terms and con­di­tions stated?

And this event man­ager and the team mem­bers en­dure this ev­ery year. And, they tell me that it is not just the rich golfers that act like spoiled brats.

The event man­age­ment com­pany’s story also brings back rude in­ci­dents that I have wit­nessed in my ca­reer.

And it per­plexes me why peo­ple just like to com­plaint with­out any rea­son.

This year, I at­tended an ilove­g­olf-Srixon event in TPC Kuala Lumpur and wit­nessed how rude and nasty a golfer can be.

A “gentle­man” made a rude re­mark at the break­fast buf­fet line. He ticked-off an in­no­cent kitchen staff for no rea­son, say­ing loudly: “Why no more scram­bled eggs? The or­ga­nizer got no bud­get to pay is it?!”

Thank­fully, the young man kept his cool and ex­plained to this nasty per­son that he is bring­ing out a new batch of scram­bled eggs.

My all-time favourite “nasty golfers” mem­ory has to be a lady golfer from Sin­ga­pore when I was at A’Famosa.

The mo­ment she ar­rived by coach, she was just rude when she had an op­por­tu­nity. Every­thing we did to wel­come her and her en­tourage was wrong ap­par­ently.

“Your wel­come drink tastes hor­ri­ble,” was her first com­plaint. Her sec­ond was equally un­called for, as even the food wasn’t up to her high ex­pec­ta­tions.

Her fi­nal com­plaint was a clas­sic as she scowled at me: “Your shower rooms are dirty and pa­thetic. I will never visit your golf course again!”

Upon check­ing with the shower room staff on duty af­ter “Madam Nasty” had left the re­sort, I dis­cov­ered that she had ver­bally abused the staff too, all be­cause of one wet tis­sue pa­per on the floor of the shower room cubicle.

While thank­fully there was only one pa­thetic hu­man from this group of golfers, greedy golfers are an­other group of hu­mans that fea­ture reg­u­larly on the “nasty golfers” list.

I chuckle when­ever I reg­is­ter for a golf tour­na­ment and ob­serve golfers who are never sat­is­fied with the items in the tour­na­ment goodie bags.

“Itu saja kah (Is that all)?” is a com­mon ques­tion you would hear them ask the staff at the reg­is­tra­tion ta­ble. And we ob­vi­ously know that some good­ies in these bags have a re­tail value of more than RM500.

So why have peo­ple be­come this way? This kind of ap­a­thy and be­hav­iour isn’t the pos­i­tive in­flu­ence that young golfers will ben­e­fit from.

I have more “nasty golfers” sto­ries to tell, but un­for­tu­nately I do not have the space in this col­umn.

But as a fel­low civ­i­lized hu­man be­ing, I ask of ev­ery­one to pause for a mo­ment. Be aware of your speech and ac­tions not just in golf, but life in gen­eral.

Let’s learn to re­spect oth­ers first and not feed the ego.

Happy golf­ing.

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