Matter of Opinion: The case for the independent golfer

England Golf’s plan to offer official handicaps to non-members has proven controversial with club managers but what do those in favour think? We asked a duo to explain why they’re backing the initiative

It’s one of the biggest issues in golf at the moment – and that’s saying something in a pandemic. England Golf’s plan to progress an independent golfer scheme has caused plenty of comment and, in some cases, led passions to run high. Critics of the proposal claim it will entice people out of club membership, while also threatening the integrity of Open competitions – which provide facilities with valuable revenue. But opinion is split....
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