Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Here's Something":
It's post like this commenter's that fuel inaccurate
information on the internet....
Golf courses can be commercial "if" they
are public. If the course is a private club that charges dues, it is considered
differently in the eyes of the government (not for profit non-share captial
corporation). These organizations will have bylaws, boards of directors and
Public or semi-private courses are commercial
The way the club has been incorporated dictates the
structure. Each type of operation will have different taxation burdens.
am curious as to why you want or care what the clubs pay in taxes. You have to
remember the value is based on it's commercial value and in some cases these
courses are not on prime land that can be used for anything else. They are also
zoned for the use they have and re-zoning is not a painless exercise. I am sure
they pay their good share.
Augusta National does not ban
women. I was there last month at the Masters with 3 female members of my family
and I saw a lot of females there. There has also been women playing the course.
Duke University's golf team (men and women) have used the course in the past.
Augusta National however, does not allow a woman to be a member.
Traditionally the CEO of IBM has been given a membership to the club. Given the
rules of the club, they did not extend that to IBM's CEO. The real impact to
golf is that IBM is a sponsor to PGA golf events. Augusta does not really care
about their sponsorship however because they buy blocks of TV time and the event
is shown without any commercials. Until you have been there, you can call it
ignorant wisdom, but this is a place that is trying to retain values that this
club was founded on. As a private club, they can do whatever they want in my
Women are not allowed to be members of the Royal and Ancient in
Britain. They can however be a member and play the courses at St. Andrews
(including the Old Course).
One thing that North Americans run into when
attempting to play in Britain is that some courses (St Andrews included) require
a validated handicap. Is that discriminating? It certainly keeps the hacks off
I didn't ignore the foregoing. I tried to publish it and for reasons unknown to me it wasn't happening.
So now you have it as a post with my apologies.
And thank you for a very informative comment
I just have one query. What were the values the Augusta National was founded on that compelled them to exclude women from membership?
Not that I want to join I'm just curious as to what "values" they might be.
I can think of many woman situations where men might not be
welcome or even want to be there. But I don't think I could argue them as a value principle.