Golf is the craziest game ever invented. First, take a prime piece of real-estate and cut out 18 park-sized manicured lawns throughout the landscape. Then hit a little ball with a club in the little hole at the end of each lawn -- fewest hacks wins the game.
Recreational players will be equipped with a cart to drive around the property. While you play, there will most likely be an attractive girl driving a cart around selling you alcohol and tobacco. How long will it be before courses in Washington and Colorado start selling marijuana to their golfers?
It would be a surprise to find out that some recreational golf courses are not already selling recreational marijuana. If weed is not on the menu at the clubhouse, I would not be surprised if the new golfers' creed is B.Y.O.B.; Bring Your Own Bowl! And if you forgot to B.Y.O.B., just find the maintenance crew. Country clubs with members and employees who smoke is nothing new, as documented in the 1980 golf classic “Caddyshack.”
It's the same for some pros. PGA Tour member Robert Garrigus claims, “plenty of guys on the Nationwide Tour... smoked in the middle of the round... You could go in the Port-a-John and take your drags." To the golf community, this information is nothing new. However, that information rarely surfaces.
What will happen when marijuana use becomes more acceptable in both conversation and advertising? The PGA could become the first official major professional sport to have a marijuana-based sponsor, especially when PGA fans and athletes are toking behind the willow tree off the seventh green.
Golf in general is too high-brow to budge until marijuana first becomes less of a taboo on the public links. Imagine an entire country club created for a pothead golfer. Concessions carts will have different strands available for purchase, dress codes will be eliminated, and the greens will have holes as big as basketball hoops. That doesn't seem much different from country clubs today.
The biggest group opposed to this simple plan will be the retired get-off-my-lawn crowd, which happens to be golf's largest demographic. Prepare for this morbid thought when it comes to country club membership: the WWII veterans are dying off, the brave from Vietnam are moving in, and my Gulf War friends are right behind them. Golf's next generation could change the social tone of the sport forever.
Golf constantly tries to get more people interested in the game. Golf's younger demo is growing, but they don't want to dress like they are going to work or feel like they're being watched like a hawk while they play. They also want the freedom to spark up some ganja on the tee box.
Golf has needed to take the 3-iron out of its butt for a long time. The new laws for recreational marijuana use may have created a way to enjoy all recreations. In the world of mainstream sports, ironically, golf maybe the first place we see it.