15 Things That Golfers Don't Agree On

Golfers enjoy nothing more than a healthy debate in the clubhouse before and after their rounds, here are some of the most popular arguments...

15 Things That Golfers Don't Agree On Where Should Bunker Rakes Be Placed?
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Golfers enjoy nothing more than a healthy debate in the clubhouse before and after their rounds, here are some of the most popular arguments...

15 Things That Golfers Don't Agree On

Golfers enjoy nothing more than a healthy debate in the clubhouse before and after their rounds.

Here are some of the most popular arguments heard in the clubhouses around the round...


Every golfing group has that player who could be perceived as a bandit, but they have an official handicap so how can you argue? They play well in the roll up and take the money most of the time but can't hit a barn door with a banjo in the Monthy Medal! Also, how many times should golfers play to their handicap? Should you play to your handicap in every round? Or once a month? Once a year?

Related: How often should you play to your handicap?

Tiger Woods

US Open Play-off Reduced

The 15-time Major winner divides opinion amongst golfers. He has had his personal life controversies but Tiger fans can put that to one side and focus on his on-course achievements, whilst some can't. Some believe he gets far too much TV time whilst some will happily sit down for five hours watching his every move.

The matchplay 90% shot allowance

Previously 3/4s, it was changed to 9/10 meaning a 5 handicapper would be giving a 15 handicapper nine strokes in a match (9.0 difference with 9/10s), as oppose to eight with the previous rule (7.5 difference with 3/4s). This is something lower handicappers aren't happy about whilst the higher handicappers won't see a problem.

Related: Golf's handicap allowances in matchplay explained

Rakes in or out

Or even half in, half out? It's a question that has no real answer. Ask a greenkeeper from one club and they'll tell you what's best but ask one from a different club and they might tell you something completely different. If they're outside the sand you've got a chance of hitting it or your ball resting up against it but it's the same story when they're inside the bunker too, plus the handles will be sandy!

Related: Golf's great debate: Rakes in or out?

Tiger or Jack

These two are certainly the greatest golfers of the past 50 or so years whilst they also have very strong arguments to be known as the greatest of all time. Tiger has more PGA Tour titles and more records, but Jack has more Majors.

Dress codes

Not much divides golfers' opinions more than dress codes. Collared shirts? Jeans in the clubhouse? Sock length and colour! Golf's dress code is contentious and different at all different clubs around the world. Some see it as an exclusive, 'stuffy' part of our game that puts newcomers off whilst others say that it is a tradition of golf that needs to stay.

Pace of play

Should you get round in 3 hours as a four ball? Or is 4 and a half hours suitable? Some golfers like to race round to get back to their families and other arrangements whilst others enjoy the relaxing nature of the game.

Related: 11 ways to improve golf's pace of play

Links or inland

Links courses are widely regarded as better if you look at the Golf Monthly Top 100 rankings and are what golf courses were originally, but there are many who'll tell you a day in the heather and pines at Sunningdale can't be beaten. Links or inland - which do you prefer?


Putter length? Putter grip length? 6 inches? Generous on the front nine then nothing on the back? Everybody has a different view on gimmes.

Ball in divot

You've hit your drive straight down the middle of the fairway and guess what, it's only ended up in a bloody divot! That's not fair is it? Well, according to the rules of golf it is fair because the game's principles are that you play your ball from where it lies...

Price of golf

A lot of players will feel that golf club membership or green fee rates offer pretty decent value for money, especially when you look at how much a top bicycle costs or a new fishing boat. Golf can be affordable across the country whilst some areas are more expensive than others. Another dividing financial element of the game is the price of equipment. 'Back in my day a driver only used to cost £200!' say some, however in the present day material, research, design and other aspects have pushed the prices up - is it worth it? Golfers can decide.

Masters or The Open

Sit back, sip a cold beer and enjoy the beautifully manicured fairways of Augusta along with some legendary drama as the golfing season gets underway. Or the world's oldest golf tournament played on some of the best links courses on planet earth, as players fend their way around battling the elements all in search of the fabled Claret Jug and Champion Golfer of the Year title. Masters or Open, which is better?

Sausage or bacon baps

Sausage or bacon sarnie?

A staple of the golfer's diet is the pre-match bacon butty, or do you go for sausage?

Pint or tea/coffee before

You need something to drink whilst you scoff down that bacon/sausage sarnie don't you - but is it alcoholic?

Carry bag or trolley

Look around the golf course and you'll mostly see trolley users so perhaps this is less divisive than we thought. However, many enjoy carrying their golf bag and the freedom of being able to step over the 'No Trolleys' rope and place your bag on tee boxes and wherever else you choose.

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x