- Regular contributor to The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland)
- Con to the question "Is Golf a Sport?"
“Of course there is a very good reason why golf hasn’t been in the Olympics since 1904. It’s not a sport. How can something that includes an umbrella as part of its essential equipment be taken seriously, let alone be dignified as a sport?
At best golf is a game, a gentle pastime to while away the time as one becomes too old for genuine sport. I readily accept to play it well requires a modicum of skill. But again, so does darts and ludo [a board game], and I don’t detect a clamour for their inclusion in the Olympics…
Even the old cliché about golf being a good walk spoiled no longer holds good. Passing the local golf course I noticed lines of strange vehicles resembling the issue of an unnatural congress between a milk float and an invalid carriage. I am reliably informed that these are golf buggies that save golfers the inconvenience of walking between swipes.”
“Doug Marr: Golf Should Not Be an Olympic Sport,” heraldscotland.com, July 15, 2016
- Involvement and Affiliations:
- Regular contributor to The Herald, Aug. 2003- Present
- Consultant, Acorn Consulting
- Head Teacher, Assistant Inspector for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education, and senior teaching fellow, Aberdeenshire Council, University of Aberdeen, Feb. 1987-June 2012
- Recipient, Commander of the Order of the British Empire, 2001
- MA, History Education, University of Aberdeen, 1969
- MEd, University of Aberdeen, 1969
- Plays squash
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- Pro & Con Quotes: Is Golf a Sport?