MEMBERSHIP BARRIERS FADE?
I feel that golf has finally moved with the times and started to cater for the average golfer. When I first got interested 30 years ago, there was not only a membership fee, but also a substantial joining fee. It ruled me out at the time, and I didn’t return to the sport for 15 years. Now, my local club offers all sort of deals, including a £35 clubcard which offers discounts every time you play. On top of this, they run eclectic tournaments for a £5 entry fee, so I can play in proper comps even as a casual golfer. If the draconian approach had continued, I’d never have got involved again or been able to enjoy the game with my 15-year-old son. SIMON THORPE, SOUTHAMPTON