Mobiles a no-no on the greens

2013-03-30 00:00

WHEN the cellphone first hit the market, it was a novelty and after 20 years it has become such a part of our lives that we wouldn’t leave home without it.

Of course the latest smartphones are truly remarkable; they can perform many functions that we take for granted. It still seems incredible that you just press a few buttons and you can talk to a person on the other side of the world.

There are times when the cellphone is irritating and a menace and the damn thing should be switched off. For example, in the theatre, at a funeral, in a library, in a hospital ward or in church.

The golf course is definitely another one. Talking on a cellphone on the golf course is discourteous to one’s playing partners.

It’s even worse if it happens to ring, and can you imagine if it rang on someone’s back swing?

It is acknowledged that many businessmen play golf during the week, especially on Wednesdays. This is the day that most golf clubs hold midweek competitions. These guys are the main cellphone offenders; surely they can manage a couple of hours without the phone.

If something really important is about to happen business-wise, then they shouldn’t play golf that day, or alternatively switch on the phone at the half-way house to make a call or retrieve messages.

Even though there are still some golfers who don’t show consideration to their playing companions, things are improving; these days most golfers either leave their phones in the car or switch them to silent.

Cellphones are banned from courses where professional tournaments are played but it is almost impossible to control.

At one time cameras were the enemy to professionals, clicking away on back swings but these days technology has brought us a gadget that both rings and takes pictures. How times have changed. At least phones don’t cough or sneeze.

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