If you’ve ever been to a golf course you’ve seen somebody smoking a cigarette or cigar, drinking a beer or some sort of alcoholic beverage. Those things are pretty much staples at golf courses around the United States.
But what if a joint, bowl or blunt became one of those staples? With the national opinion on marijuana changing rapidly, this may become a reality sooner than later.
The thing is, marijuana is already seen and even smelled on a golf course. It just isn’t quite accepted, yet. In a Golf World interview Robert Garrigus came clean about marijuana use in tournaments. Saying that golfers would take a few drags in the porta potties mid round when he was on the Nationwide Tour, now known as the Web.com Tour.
If you think about it marijuana and golf have been destined to be together. Dating all the way back to 1980 in the movie “Caddyshack”. There are multiple weed references in this movie and now it is 2017 and weed is actually legal in some states, it’s only a matter of time. In Washington state and Colorado there is four “weed friendly” courses where smoking a joint is the same as lighting up a cigar. In 2016 there was actually a tournament called “Fore Twenty Golf Tournament” in Oregon City, Oregon at Stone Creek Golf Course. The tournament featured vendors at all 18 holes. The vendors were all cannabis based. “I worked at golf courses and I saw the power of the people involved with things like golf tournaments” said founder of this tournament Matt Enos. “Golf is the best way to network, it attracts decision makers.”
Golf being a game of focus and keeping calm, it isn’t surprising that weed is finally becoming a part of the game. When it comes to the PGA Tour weed will probably never make its way into the tour. It is a performance enhancer, and legal or not it is still a drug, you can’t argue that. With drug testing in the PGA Tour that started in 2008, golfers would test positive and face the consequences. Those consequences sometime hefty as Dustin Johnson faced a six month suspension when he tested positive for cocaine.
Weed can sometimes have the opposite effect on golfers. “It made me less focused and it made me not really care, I just swung my hardest and didn’t care where it went.” Said an anonymous golfer who said the effects of marijuana and being high on the course actually hurt his game. “It was one of my worst rounds, but I had a blast doing bad.”
With all that being said it is hard to believe this movement will hit all golf courses. Public courses may bite at this concept more than private courses because it is another aspect they can sell to potential golfers. Why golf at one place when you can drive 20 more minutes down the road and smoke marijuana freely on the course? This will also be tough for those marijuana friendly courses because it may draw non-weed smokers away. If you look at private course it is a little harder to believe marijuana will ever make it onto the tee boxes. Already being strict with things like alcohol it will be interesting to see how private courses tackle this issue because player demand to smoke on the course is sure to rise in the coming years.
It is a fine line and it will be interesting to see how influential marijuana will become on the fairways.