The golf course is a tranquil location where golfers can commune with nature and enjoy scenic beauty. It is a place where anyone can challenge themselves to be a better player and in some cases person. It is my “happy place”!
A few months ago, a follower of The Grateful Golfer asked my opinion about some playing music while playing golf. He also recommended I write an article about this very topic. At that time I had no frame of reference, well that ship has sailed!
I was playing men’s night and our group was on the par 3, 8th tee at Osprey Links Golf Course. Cruising down the 9th fairway was a group of 20 or 30-year-old players with their music playing. I did not recognize the songs, but heard them played on the radio as top forty hits.
The music was loud enough so that other groups on holes 1 and 7 could hear the songs as well. I would not consider the music blasting, yet it definitely was disrupting the peaceful nature of the golf course. Driving to their next shot, the players stopped and had to wait for others to clear the green. As we all do, they started a conversation. Well, they were speaking over the music which made their disruption even more abrupt!
After experiencing music on the golf course, I can categorically state that I do not in favour of it. I find it annoying and intrusion of my personal space. Most of us find it difficult to play when the grounds keepers are working and making noise, but we understand that this a necessary disturbance.
Music played through a speaker has no a place on a golf course. It is disturbing to the players in the vicinity and should not be allowed. If someone wants to use music as a motivator to enhance their personal experience, I suggest they use ear buds. Unless….
Thanks for posing the question about music on the golf course. I hope this answers your question.
I am a grateful golfer. See you on the links.