Originally Answered: Golfs racism - Is the Masters in Georgia the last remnant golfing racism?
It ended a LONG time ago. The problem is, golf's outlying bodies make it seem like golf isn't inclusive. The equipment makers and "signature" courses (the ones we hear the most about) are the worst offenders.
Equipment makers (OEMs) like Nike, UST/Mamiya, Sun Mountain and Callaway charge obscene amounts for their clubs, bags, balls, shoes, shafts, etc. It's disgusting, especially considering all their stuff is made in the same 10-12 foundries in China and Taiwan. Yup, by the same workers, with the same machines, with the same quality standards. People are taught that clones, like those offered by Diamond Tour Golf or GigaGolf, or lesser-known component brands like Acer and Dynacraft, offer the EXACT SAME playability as the "big boys" at a fraction of the cost. So, these same people have it beat into their heads that if you aren't playing what the pro's play, don't bother showing up. It's sad, and needs to be stopped. There are affordable options everywhere you look... it's just that the "big boys" don't want anyone to know that.
And those "signature" courses? It's another joke. They make the same drab courses: fairways too narrow, rough too high, too many trees (trees aren't bad; where they're used is), super-manicured greens, bunkers and fairways. They all have to be over 7,000 yards- in the hopes of hosting a Major championship someday. Oh, and the "signature" part? That term means someone famous, either a former/current player, or a well-known golf course designer, built the course. Those famous architects get paid handsomely for their work... Jack Nicklaus has said he gets paid at least $2M per course. These courses are too long and too hard to play. They cost WAY too much to maintain. Who ends up paying for this? We do... the maintanence fees and the architects pay gets reflected in our greens fees. People are programmed to think these are the only courses, but they aren't. They read about Pebble Beach, Augustan National, or wherever... they see their local courses and think they're the same way, so they don't stop. Most good courses can be played for very little.
So, there isn't racism in golf. Shoal Creek was the last to get it through their heads, and that was a long time ago. But there's a PERCEPTION that certain "types" of people can't play, because they can't afford to do so. That couldn't be farther from the truth, but that PERCEPTION needs to be changed. Unfortunately, those that truly control golf (the OEMs, mostly) don't want that to happen.