Want to start an argument during your next dinner party? Ask your friends if it’s okay to use a cell phone during a round of golf.
When Golf Digest posed the question, via Facebook and Twitter, the responses varied from, “No way, BE RESPECTFUL!” to, “Of course, people, welcome to the 21st Century.”
Let’s start with those golfers who think seldom use is key.
I agree! Fully agree!
@golfdigestmag it is appropriate only if you're not holding up play or talking on the top of your lungs! Use respect and good judgment!—Duke (@golfandhunt) September 14, 2012
That’s a solid plan. But playing golf four days before your little one’s arrival, with or without your phone, is risky. You clearly live on the edge. I like it.
@golfdigestmag: I'm playing four days before wife gives birth, so phone's a must. Otherwise would be off on the course, camera excepted.— John Schwarb (@VFGolfInsider) September 14, 2012
- Dustin Warren, via Facebook: “I will not take or make calls during a serious round. But text Facebook and Tweet the whole round. Takes your mind off of bad shots and doesn't allow you to over think.”
A bunch of you use your smartphone as a GPS device (we recommend Golf Digest Live), making it a go-to resource during your round of golf. Others simply think that using your cell phone is a no-brainer in today’s hyper-connected world.
Can’t argue with this point.
@golfdigestmag it's the 21st century if your phone is on silent and using it doesn't distract or make noise it's fine!— Rich Auld (@RichyAuld48) September 14, 2012
- William M. Jones, via Facebook: “Yes. And you can use it as a ball marker if you lose your coin.”
- Kyle McGimsey, via Facebook: “I have my phone playing Pandora in the cupholder the entire round. Music makes the game even better!”
Lastly, there are the traditionalists who can’t loosen their grip on the cell phone-free policies that’ve dominated the golf industry for decades.
How can anybody disagree, Dave? But even the most fortunate among us can't always afford to enjoy a cell phone-free sanctuary for more than four hours. Setting your phone on silent and checking it seldomly doesn't make golf any less calming.
@golfdigestmag Not. Golf course is a refuge from the madness of life.— Dave (@DaveCC1109) September 14, 2012
That's poetic. Also quite true.
@golfdigestmag Isn't appropriate, because golf is silence, beauty: a moment to touch the infinite with our hands. the cell's ring is rude.— José ÿngel Domínguez (@joseandom) September 14, 2012
- Kyle Jones, via Facebook: "Look. Turn the darn thing off. You just paid, god knows how much to play and you slow things down for EVERYONE else. Turn the phone off."
Facebook: "I said never call me at the office!!!"
Right on, John. As George Dillon once said, "Real golfers go to work to relax."