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Jim Stewart says
Organizations like First Tee are trying, but it’s been very slow. Other than the issues you raise above, I’m not sure how to make golf more inclusive. Part of the issue, I think, is that playing golf is relatively expensive. In addition to poor people of color, not a lot of poor white kids are taking up the game, either.
Stephen Altschuler says
Thanks for your thoughts, Jim. Yes, the First Tee is trying to reverse the trend, and kudos for that. I’d like to see more studies which uncover the causes of what we’re talking about here. On a front line, first tee, “Hi, good to meet you. I’m Steve…” basis, golf is inclusive, for the most part. If it is mainly economic, as you say, then perhaps that can be fixed with more financial breaks for disadvantaged Black and Brown people who may yet take up the game if they could afford the instruction and green fees. I hope those studies do happen, because I think the current situation is not sustainable for the health of the game within our ever-increasing national diversity.