Donald Trump says Bernie Sanders could be the worst thing to happen to golf. Could he be right?

Sharon Wong
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  • According to Donald Trump, he is not your enemy if you’re a golfer. Bernie Sanders is.
  • Could he… have a point?

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If you’re a golfer who hates Donald Trump, you might find yourself resenting the man’s inescapable presence in your favourite game. With his bulldozing ways abroad and his penchant for spoiling the fun for everyone else, he’s probably the single worst thing to happen to golf’s reputation in years. But if you’ve heard the man tell it, you’re really not helping yourself any if you cast your vote for political rival Bernie Sanders.

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“The guy wants to tax you – think of it – this guy wants to raise your taxes to 90 percent. No, no, think. You’ll have to move out – I love this area by the way, I’ve been here many times. Great golfing area, right? We love it. No more golf – no more golf. You won’t have any golf anymore. You won’t have any money left to be golfing.”

We wouldn’t go so far as to say we agree, but his statements do give one pause enough to lower those pitchforks (and heavy titanium drivers) for a second. As much as sites like us are trying to bring golf into the consciousness of the average millennial, we do have to acknowledge that it’s not exactly an everyman’s sport even in this day and age. With its expensive specialised gear, prohibitive club costs and the effort and acreage it takes to maintain a course, golf has always catered to budgets of the wealthy and upwardly mobile. With a 90% tax increase in place, we can only imagine the sport becoming even more elusive to the general populace. Only those with the heftiest bank accounts will be able to keep on playing as ever. With a much smaller pool of golfers, the cost to play will be dispersed among fewer people and each person will be shouldering a heavier portion of it than before. We can only imagine that such a predicament would make life harder for both you, the golfers of the next generation, and us, a publication that caters to you.

But perhaps you feel differently. Could an America run by Bernie Sanders be a nightmare for millennial golfers? Or could the exclusive nature of the sport itself change in a wildly different economy? As ever, we eagerly await your input.