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"Golf" - Robert L. A. Adams Thursday, October 14, 2010 2:01 PM What makes golf a distinctively different sport (from, say, football, basketball, soccer, etc.)? o Less well defined field of play o No time limit o Playing against the environment How is the theater of golf an example of "culture transfer"? o Golf began in NE Scotland, ensconced at St. Andrew's as a organized sport o Golf is clearly a Scottish sport (as opposed to Football, which no one is sure where it originated) o Limits to building a golf course How far can you walk, how far can you drive the cart? Precedence about a certain par for the course (i.e. certain numbers of par 3's, 4's, 5's) What is "culture transfer"? o The adoption of a certain aspect of another culture into one's own culture o Anything that is carried from one culture and is then accepted and ingrained into another culture How has the game changed? o Traditionally played by wealthy white males, elitist game Need equipment, land, time in order to play
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Unformatted text preview: o Create alternatives from the traditional private country clubs • Create public golf courses o Changed from an elitist game to one that was available to all • After WW2, incomes began to be spread more broadly and people began to have a little bit of a cushion • Many people spent money on past times such as golf • Golf became an amenity rather than a restricted opportunity • How do these changes reflect larger cultural changes in the U.S.? o Golf carts affected the game of golf… • Larger, longer courses • Faster travel around the course • Use of cart paths to protect grass and greens • More elderly participants/anyone with some disability towards walking the course • No caddies • More income for the course owners • People can bring bigger bags - more clubs, balls, etc. • Seasonality - broadens length of golf season, thereby producing more money • Loss of place and environment • Loss of exercise...
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