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Annika Sorenstam: Ladies’ locker rooms are ‘small, old, very dated and not welcoming’

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Annika Sorenstam has taken aim at how golf clubhouses treat its female members to highlight how authorities are failing to get more women and girls into golf.

The most successful female golfer in the sport’s history was speaking at a Women’s Leadership Forum, an online event hosted by the R&A and Mastercard, and was asked what she thinks could be done to encourage more women and girls to play the sport.

In response, the 10-time major champion hit out at the condition of ladies’ locker rooms, calling them “small, old. very dated, and not welcoming”.

“Just from a club standpoint, I think the language – even the basic things like a pro shop – is a big deal if you are new to golf. Also the ladies’ locker-room, it’s almost as though it’s a last-minute thought. There’s just nothing to it. It’s small. It’s old. It’s very dated. It’s just not welcoming. It’s not fresh.

I think there are few things we need to do to invest in these clubs and I’m not talking about fancy country clubs. Let’s make golf attractive in the sense of being welcoming. It’s not just about hitting 7-irons and holing putts.”

Sorenstam also believes that the dress code is an area which golf clubs need to update, claiming there are too many rules and how the game can learn from other sports.

“There’s a lot of things we can work on to make golf clubs a place you want to go to. I think the dress code needs to change. If you want to get people involved, you can’t have all these rules. There are a lot of things we can do, and a lot of it is the perception of golf. Let’s start making golf cool again.

Let’s look at other sports and see what they are doing to make it welcoming for young people. There has to be a fine line where we can preserve history and tradition because I think that is what golf is about but, at the same time, how can we modernise it and share what we have?”

Sorenstam has recently been elected as the new president of the International Golf Federation and will enter her new role on January 1, 2021.

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9 Comments

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  1. Ned

    Dec 6, 2020 at 5:40 am

    I see more and more senior ladies playing but they are at a disadvantage. The men have 3-4 sets of tees including senior tees but the ladies have one. They need to include a ladies senior tees because most of this ladies can’t hit a driver over 125 yards.

  2. PCsux

    Dec 5, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Let’s do it right. Women represent about 20$ of golfers. So let’s make their locker rooms 20% of the size of the men’s. Makes sense, no favoritism. Or better yet let them open up their own courses if they feel slighted by the men who started and built their clubs and courses. Quit whining and bitching and DO something constructive for yourselves if you don’t like how things are. Complaining and acting as the victim achieve nothing but division between groups.
    Dress codes are for the course or club to decide. Don’t like it don’t go there. There are many munis and public course that have no or very little dress codes. That’s welcoming to anyone. And probably don’t have locker rooms either to complain about.

  3. Nack Jicklaus

    Dec 5, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Ill take a dirty old shack with an angry old man inside taking your money and no bathrooms any day over a fancy, updated, and perfect country club environment. Just give me a good course and leave out the other unnecessary wastes. That $5 million dollar clubhouse bill just gets added to our membership/green fees. Make golf less expensive and you’ll make it “cooler” and more diverse. Poor kids will never be able to play golf regardless of skin color.

    • Ned

      Dec 6, 2020 at 5:35 am

      Agree they need to make it more affordable then more people could enjoy this great game.

  4. AOC

    Dec 5, 2020 at 10:38 am

    They need to start doing more to attract black and brown people. Maybe some hip hop music in the pro shop, sell 40oz malt liquor and Popeyes chicken in the snack bar.

  5. Gianni Still Sucks

    Dec 4, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    No one goes to a course for the locker room. Who cares? Golf has plenty of new comers as it is due to the pandemic. No one is complaining about these non issues.

  6. John

    Dec 4, 2020 at 11:32 am

    ITS ABOUT TIME SOMEONE SPOKE UP.

  7. John

    Dec 4, 2020 at 11:31 am

    A guy perspective:

    WAY TO GO ANNIKA.

    THIS GAME IS BEYOND STUFFY.

    GET YOUNG PEOPLE INTO THE GAME!
    LETS RID THE GAME OF THE ATTITUDES, CLOTHING RULES AND GENERAL SNOBBERY.

    GO GET EM GIRL.

  8. RAY

    Dec 4, 2020 at 11:31 am

    AGREE 100%

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