Another month and another ill-informed, destructive newspaper article attacking public golf, and this time it comes via The Australian newspaper.
Nikki Gemmell is a wonderful Australian author and journalist but her latest opinion piece in The Australian “Reclaim the Fairways” is a woefully misguided and ill-informed attack on public golf.
Gemmell’s piece attack’s golf in general and she regularly confuses the very accessible Australian public golf with that of the more expensive, private club golf.
It’s a frustrating read, especially for those of us who prefer and cherish the grassroots, openly accessible public version of the game that does inhabit space within all of Australia’s big cities.
Rod Morri has again gone into bat for golf and penned an articulate response for Golf Australia Magazine.
The Misinformed Attack on Public Golf addresses each of Gemmell’s arguments in good faith, despite Morri being dismayed by the number of misconceptions in the original article.
“Like so many non-golfers, Nikki Gemmell has a view of the game which is completely inaccurate and, in many instances, blatantly wrong.
Yet she is confident enough in those views to espouse them – without any apparent research or consideration of opposing points of view – in a national newspaper.
I don’t point any of this out to be disrespectful to Nikki Gemmell. She is a best-selling author and highly regarded in her field.
But on this particular topic it is difficult not to get frustrated with having to correct the same misconceptions over and over again.”
It remains to be seen if any of them will respond or accept the invitation.
This is lengthy but I think important. It's also a good opportunity to make a public, open invitation to @CloverMoore, @NikkiGemmell and @JennaPrice to join us on the @_GoodGoodGolf podcast for some civilised discussion to better understand each other's point of view. https://t.co/513Pc80G2I
— Rod Morri (@Rod_Morri) February 22, 2021