Smoking Ban On Golf Courses
By Kickntrue on 5/7/09
A number of golf courses across the country are banning smoking on the course. Cigar smokers are crying foul.
For the cigar-smoking golfer, 18 holes and a stogie rank with peanut butter and jelly or gin and tonic among life's ideal combinations.

That's why recent efforts across the country to ban smoking on public golf courses are being greeted by those players like a triple bogey. In the balance between individual rights and public health, weekend duffers feel authorities have become unreasonable.
I'd be interested to hear what you guys think. I don't really care, because I don't smoke, but also kind of like the smell of a good cigar. I could certainly live without cigarette smoke, but in the end, it is outdoors. At the same time, every non-smoker has been in an ourdoor situation with hanging smoke that is still awful.

USA Today


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Clint24 says:
I love this. Im allergic to the cigarette smoke and can't stand it at the course we own. I wish we would do this. WDE
5/7/09
 
spombert says:
I suspect it will happen over time....like everything else with smoking. I do smoke cigars on the course. It will be sad if it happens but I am slowly coming to the conclusion that the only place I will be able to enjoy in future years is on my patio. I would not be surprised if I just quit someday.
5/7/09
 
Jattruia says:
18 holes and a stogie go perfectly together. I certainly don't smoke every round, and i can honestly say that during the rounds i haven't smoked, i have NEVER been bothered by smoke on the course. You're outside on a course spread over how many acres? How the hell close do you have to be to a smoker to even smell the smoke? This is just lame.
5/7/09
 
klangdon says:
i can understand in and around the clubhouse. i can't stand smoke. but i can't remember a time that it has bothered me on the golf course. if a smoker isn't in your own group, doesn't seem like your going to be getting much second hand smoke to me.
5/7/09
 
iluv5pam says:
i'm with klangdon on this one. i do occasionally smoke a stogie, but honestly, unless you are waiting at the teebox, or within the group, the amount of open air and space, versus the amount of smoke, fail to make much of an impact to health or comfort of surrounding players. i can see an issue with litter that this may help, but really, most courses i've been to don't really have that issue.
5/7/09
 
Ben Crane says:
Just don't throw your cigarette/cigar remains on the greens when finished and there should be little problem. The same goes for sunflower seeds. Are we going to regulate this country to the point you have to get permission to use the bathroom?
5/7/09
 
terpsno1 says:
I don't mind the smoking so much as long as I'm not riding in a cart with a smoker

The thing I can't stand is all the Butts laying around the greens & Tee boxes. Smokers think the world is their ash tray.
5/7/09
 
aaronm04 says:
That's ridiculous. Cigars are to golf what beer is to NASCAR.
5/7/09
 
kidputter says:
I smoke cigarettes. I collect my butts in an empty beer can and dispose of them at the end of the round. I can't smoke in my home, local bar, the clubhouse or anywhere indoors in public. Leave my golf course alone. Don't like the smoke, stay away from me. If you're that anal about it, I don't want you that close to me.
5/7/09
 
BlaqShamrokk says:
Awesome, I'm so sick of smokers, especially on the golf course!!
5/7/09
 
JWHpurist says:
A regulation such as this is "Total BS" and an infringement on individual choice and expression!! Smoke from Cigars and cigarettes (Is Cool) and dissipates rapidly outside and is much less objectionable than the smoke created by burning piles of "Deadfall" from the forest floor Cleanup". Do I have to stop that too? Any Course that adopts this restriction can go "Straight To Hell"!! JWHpurist
5/8/09
 
tgrayj1980 says:
its one thing if golf courses were indoors but they're not therefore if you have a problem with the smoke step away from the person or ask them to stand a little away from you.. i dont smoke but its not right to discriminate someone when they are outside
5/8/09
 
mmontanaro says:
I understand the whole "we're outside" argument, and don't necessarily disagree with it. Having said that, I recently was in a tournament where the other 3 in my foresome smoked cigars like chimneys. It was disgusting and I went home smelling like a saloon. It was gross. So you can say being outside your exempt you from smoking, but the problem is your proximity to others, not being closed in. When the other person in your golf cart is smoking, you're smoking. A couple of wacks with my 9-iron usually gets them to put it out, though...
5/8/09
 
komega19 says:
This is just another ploy to further emphasize the "nanny-ism" of the citizens. we can't possibly know what's best for us, so we need someone to tell us. This is ludacrous! Whether or not they are in your group is of no issue, perhaps in the same "cart", I would buy.. but otherwise, BS!!! And as for those concerned anout folks who leave buts and stoges on the greens, well, they arfe just idiotic! If they "reall" knew what grades of fertilizers are spread.... wow, they would be better served to just lick the fairway from tee to green.
get another cause! I would never play a course that banned sticks!
5/9/09
 
terpsno1 says:
"And as for those concerned anout folks who leave buts and stoges on the greens, well, they arfe just idiotic! If they "reall" knew what grades of fertilizers are spread.... wow, they would be better served to just lick the fairway from tee to green."

Komega - Please Explain to me what fertilizer treatments on a golf course has to do with Smokers being litter bugs and throwing their butts all over the course. I actually have no problem with smokers outside - but every smoker I know throws their butts on the ground, out of the car window etc. That my friend is just being inconsiderate & Piggish.

Every public course I play is littered with cig butts - It is disgusting
5/9/09
 
chief says:
I AM A SMOKER.I CANNOT ENJOY A SMOKE IN MY FAVRITE LOUNGE.ICANNOT ENJOY A SMOKE AT A SPORTS EVENT. I CANNOT ENJOY A SMOKE IN MY OFFICE. GOLFING IS A PASSION.AS OF NOW, I CAN ENJOY MY SMOKE ON A GOLF COURSE. PLEASE ALLOW ME TO BE OUTSIDE,SHOOTING MY 94,AND WALKING MY COURSE. NOW THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT CARTS ONLY. WHERE IS THIS COUNTRY GOING TOO.
5/9/09
 
kyfrydan says:
The whole idea of banning smoking "stinks" :)
5/10/09
 
papajoehermit says:
Ban smoking in the clubhouse. OK. Ban smoking in the restaurant. OK. Ban smokers who leave their butts on the greens, tees, or fairways. OK. But DO NOT ban cigar smoking on open air golf courses. That's ridiculous!!! If someone wants to ban smoking on a golf course, build an indoor golf course, climate controlled, and then you may have a right to ban smoking. Until then, shove off!
5/10/09
 
meatball413 says:
Wait....you mean to tell me that the giant pit of sand next to the green is not an ash tray?
5/11/09
 
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