If you’re somebody of my vintage, did you ever think at any time back in the 1970s, marijuana use at golf clubs would even be considered an issue at golf clubs?
Of course, the attitude towards wacky tabacky back then was quite different than today, when the thought of a joint being pulled out on the golf course still seems unlikely.
But is it in this day and age?
I would imagine it goes on more than we think and maybe even did back in the ‘70s, but these days, with such a relaxed attitude towards pot and more of a slap on the wrist for simple possession, will the tokers get a little more daring?
The majority of respondents to a GNN Poll said no, but surprisingly, to me anyway, about a third of respondents see marijuana use becoming an issue at golf operations in the near future.
Do you see recreational marijuana use by players becoming an issue at golf operations in the near future?
More tolerance of marijuana use is a sign of changing times, a topic that isn’t exclusive to the golf industry, which is really a microcosm of society overall. As society adjusts, so must all businesses and marijuana use is just one example.
We’ve all heard of social media fails when somebody says something that they later regret. Golf had a big one in 2014.
Towards the end of the year, PGA of America president Ted Bishop found himself in controversy over remarks he’d made on social media about Ian Poulter, calling him a “l’il girl” in a public feud about the Ryder Cup.
Bishop was condemned by some for what they saw as a sexist remark and he was eventually removed from office, although many saw that move as being extreme, according to a GNN Poll in November.
Should PGA of America president Ted Bishop have been removed from his position over social media comments he made that many saw as sexist?
There was a time, not so long ago, when such a statement would have been overlooked, but Bishop paid a big price in today’s society when tolerance is close to zero on such matters.
In the past few months, we’ve seen allegations in entertainment, media, sports and politics of sexual assault, bullying, harassment, etc. and like Bishop, people have had reputations damaged.
In many cases, how these matters were handled have come under scrutiny and been criticized, so we asked readers in December if their places of employment are properly prepared to deal with such circumstances. Most said yes.
Does the golf operation where you work have official codes of conduct, dispute procedures or company policies to prevent or deal with cases of inappropriate behaviour?
The establishment of acceptable codes, procedures and policies dealing with such cases could be a moving target and it would be prudent for golf operators to watch the news and see how other businesses are dealing with such matters.
Things could change quickly and perhaps a consultation with a lawyer or somebody trained in human resources would be a good idea.
What you think may be an acceptable way of dealing with an issue can change quickly. That applies not only to golf, but society in general.