Music, Golf and Gambling Fairness – Fort Bragg Advocate-News

Golf Notes attended the Caspar Community Center Music Fundraiser on July 4th for the Noyo Radio Project. The event was held outside at the back of the community center and the bands used the back deck for their stage. It was great to be outside listening to local music from the Mendocino Coast and seeing friends.

While entering the event, I bumped into an old friend Richard Karch, named Rizerd Karch. Karch plays the base of the group Hot Club de Comptche. He also reads Golf Notes and asked me if I knew Bob Dylan played golf.

“What? Really?” Apparently in 2017 Dylan was playing golf and was listed among Golf Digest’s 100 Famous Golfers as having a handicap of 17. Not bad! Dylan is said to own an estate in the Scottish Highlands near a nine-hole course.

Last Wednesday I had the chance to play a round of golf with some of the longball collectors Brad Gardner, Chuck Allegrini and Dewey Turner. During the tour, Dewey revealed that he inserted headphones through which he could listen to music while playing. “Heavy metal?” I asked. Dewey responded with a resounding nod, “No.”

A few years ago, Golf Notes asked some of the best local golfers, “What is the most important aspect of the golf swing? Glen Beck replied, “Rhythm.” Okay, heavy metal wouldn’t be a good rhythm to swing in a club.

You would think that a waltz like the Blue Danube or the Vienna Waltz would give the swing a good tempo. But according to USGA (United States Golf Association) Rule 4.3.a.4: Listening to music or other audio material to eliminate distractions or to aid swing tempo is not allowed. The reasoning behind this rule is that in a USGA competition, everyone should be subjected to the same environmental environment.

In other words, if a horn is honking or someone is screaming, all golfers should be exposed to the same experience. Listening to music on a headset protects the listener from outside noise. The USGA and the NCGA (Northern California Golf Association) have a lot of rules as they should be. Golf needs guidelines and rules, but I can pretty much assure golfers with headphones that locally on the Little River course no one is going to complain.

Maybe in club championship competitions that would be a problem, but in everyday play? Rock On.

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