The Rules of Golf and how they are presented may change — to clarify their intent — but the principles must remain intact as this is the code that lends order to and defines the game.
The essence or spirit of the game of golf is the foundation of its integrity and it in turn relies on the integrity of those who choose to play it.
Subconsciously we are attracted to this game because it allows us to satisfy an instinctive urge to evaluate ourselves while enjoying some of the other less essential, but gratifying bi-products such as a beautiful environment, socializing with and competing against like-minded people, while gaining the benefits of exercise. This is truly what defines this 500-year old game of golf and it has remained so ever since.
Attempts to address the decline in participation have introduced activities unrelated to the true essence of the game and may therefore be in vain.
The honor and integrity as well as the many traditions golf presents is that which makes it so subconsciously attractive and significant deviation from these must be very carefully considered while keeping the basic principles of the game in mind.
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Frank and Valerie