The right decision
Congratulations to The R&A for its exclusion of Muirfield from the Open rota. As a subscriber to Golf Monthly I always look forward to your biennial Top 100 course rankings. I have always been disappointed, however, when men-only courses such as Muirfield, or very exclusive courses such as Loch Lomond, rank so highly.
Surely a club such as Muirfield must score very badly in both your ‘Facilities’ and ‘Experience’ scoring criteria, when half the population cannot even use the facilities or have any sort of experience there? Logically five out of ten must be the maximum score possible in those categories.
A breakdown of the criteria scores when arriving at the Top 100 list would be interesting to see. Simon Stokes, Cardiff
I have covered the subject of the disappointing result of the membership vote and its damaging impact on the image of the game in the editor’s letter (page 10) but it’s important to get the facts correct when it comes to accessibility at Muirfield. Lady golfers are very welcome to play as visitors on designated visitor days, it’s only membership that is currently not an option. As such we wouldn’t mark Muirfield down in the rankings on visitor experience although we do for clubs such as Loch Lomond where unaccompanied visitors are not able to play. However, we have had discussions in the office about whether or not the vote has taken a little of the shine off the thrill of visiting Muirfield. It’ll no doubt be on the agenda when we publish the new Top 100 rankings in December. in the years of my youth. Daly was a neighbour of my family when he won The Open Championship in 1947 and through him I became a golf addict, which has lasted a lifetime.
I vividly recall sitting in Fred’s shop prior to the 1951 Open at Portrush and being instructed to watch a “young fella from Tuam who one day will be among the world’s greatest players.”
Fred’s words and prophesy turned out to be true and I had the pleasure of watching all three play many times.
So it’s farewell to ‘Himself’, but in the words of Bill Elliott, not in sadness but in joy through living in the same era as three real gentlemen. Peter Hughes, Burnham
I believe in a dress code. I take pride in my dress code and my game, which I believe breeds integrity. Plus, it reminds me that I have entered a different environment, one which involves etiquette and respect to others. I also think that if standards slip just to get more people into the game, then the integrity and etiquette of golf could suffer.
Surely there are other means of introducing young members, rather than reducing or eliminating the dress code? Other sports have one too. Tony Capeling, South Shields