Me, Shane Ryan, I’m not just thrilled, not just thrilled, but downright blessed to kick off this discussion about music on the golf course. My only regret is that my take on this controversial issue is so categorically correct, so infallible, that I think most readers will be imbued with a sense of utter righteousness upon finishing it and leave the article without seeing what my colleagues have to say. . I guess that’s a risk we’ll have to take.
My opinion (perfect): On a golf course, no one should have to listen to someone else’s music.
Notice I’m not saying it’s wrong listening to music while playing golf, or that the music itself should be banned. I am not advocating Taliban policy on American golf courses. I like music too! I’m just saying if you want to listen to music you have to use modern technology to make sure no one else can hear it because they might not want to hear it and that’s a dumb move to make it heard if they don’t. do not want.
Use headphones. Have a small radio on your cart but keep the volume super low. I do not care. I also don’t care if your music is “good” or “bad” or somewhere in between, because that “good” music is going to be bad for someone else.
Call me grumpy, call me stuffy, call me whatever you want, but it’s disrespectful and selfish to expose other people to your music on a golf course, where those others might find it distasteful or distracting. They can go there, like me, for a little peace, and that peace can include the calm of the outdoors that you are now spoiling. If you do, stop!
There are exactly two places in the world where you can play your music for me, and that’s if I come to your party or if I take your car. Maybe at the beach? I do not know. I don’t want to get into beach politics. The golf course, however, is no such place.
I’ll go one step further: you shouldn’t even ask a stranger you’ve been matched with if they’re “ok” to play your music. I’m the kind of idiot who will just say “no”, but the majority of people will hear this question and be forced to say “yes” because they don’t want to look tense or create tension before the start. of the turn. So they’ll say yes, and have a bad time ’cause they won’t Actually want to hear your music, and now they’re mad at you for holding them hostage. It’s a no-win situation; even when I was asked and said “no” in the most polite way possible, the trick is pre-spoiled because the other guys hate me. Simply asking puts the other person in a terrible situation. Don’t.
So please listen to music while you play golf. Don’t make me do it too.
Stephane Hennessy: Music helps us cement unforgettable memories on the course. Let me get sentimental for a second. I played at Golf de Bayonne a few years ago. It happened to be my late father Gerry’s birthday – he had been deceased for just over a year. He worked on construction sites in a town in Jersey City for most of his life. When someone started playing one of my dad’s favorite bands (The Allman Brothers) during the tour, I really felt like they were there to experience this special place with me. Without music on the course, I would not necessarily have felt this connection.
Christopher Powers: As with any discussion in 2022, you have to CHOOSE A SIDE when it comes to music on the course versus no music on the discussion on the course. In reality, it’s a much more nuanced discussion than that, and I can make great arguments for both. For me, it depends on the music. I’m very here for yacht-rocky type tunes that give off an extremely chill vibe that puts the whole quartet at ease. It’s when someone starts blasting other types of music, which I won’t name so as not to offend anyone, where I can sometimes lose my focus.
For me, golf is always about trying to get the ball in the hole in as few strokes as possible, and I like to put all my focus and energy into doing that when I play. Being relaxed helps me do that. It’s the relentless, relentless, loud music that doesn’t help me do that. The final verdict is yes to music for me, as long as it’s not so loud and irritating that I turn into Shooter McGavin and scream DAMN YOU PEOPLE IT’S GOLF NOT A ROCK CONCERT
Joel Beall: I’m a sound pro, and while this vote is synonymous with music, allow me to offer a slightly different melody. For all the tranquility and peace that can be found in the sport, ending a round at sunset with a baseball broadcast on a summer evening is an unparalleled serenity. It’s oddly comforting to hear the sounds of a game and the voices of a crowd draped against the dying light and loneliness of the course. The same goes for football on a fall afternoon, a tailgate that trades the parking lot for a slightly greener sidewalk (or, if you play public golf, maybe not.) Like someone who often finds himself playing solo, having a broadcast in your ear ensures you don’t take that walk alone.
Colman Bentley: Play music at a volume that distracts other golfers is the equivalent of taking a phone call at a funeral. You put your own comfort above the comfort of others and you probably don’t even realize it because you’re that kind of person. This, in a nutshell, is everything that is wrong with modern society. If there’s no one else and your playmates are ready to clown around, come on, boss. If not, save the songs for the drive back. Also, a parting thought before I ride the high horse: it’s always best to assume that your taste in music sucks. If I wanted to listen to Machine Gun Kelly at 105 dbs, I would have driven my little sister to the mall.
Sam Weinman: I feel the same about music on the golf course as I do about kids on airplanes. I know both belong. I just prefer not to deal with other than mine. When you consider how subjective music is – and how fickle golfers are – the only way to get an entire quartet to agree on the same type of music would involve a sufficient level of alcohol, and that is a whole other subject of debate.
Daniel Rapport: Simple enough, really: play it loud enough that the players in your party can hear it, but not the party behind or in front. Just do your best to follow this rule. You know, spirit of the game and all. If nearby bands pick up a few notes, which seems inevitable, it’s not the end of the world, but you know when you’re blasting music. Don’t blast the music. I also feel like the rules relax considerably after 3pm. If you want your game to feel like the US Open, play in the morning.