Today's Golfer (UK) - - FIRST TEE -

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

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