R&A chief says independent golfers are ‘critical’ to the game

As Scottish Golf launches its OpenPlay platform, R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers explains why the sport must embrace players who are not club members

Independent golfers are “critical” to the future of the sport and embracing them is “how we make the game better”, said the R&A’s chief executive Martin Slumbers. Speaking as Scottish Golf launched its OpenPlay platform, which will offer handicaps to non-club members in return for a monthly fee of £5.99, the head of the game’s governing body insisted bringing such players into the ecosystem of golf would provide a pathway to membership for clubs. “Our game is a club game,” Slumbers said in a video for Scottish Golf....
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