Twitter Goes Wild After Gym CEO Labels Golf 'A Rich People's Sport'

Humphrey Cobbold attacked golf and tennis in his plea to open gyms as soon as possible...needless to say it didn't go down well with golfers

Gym CEO Labels Golf 'A Rich People's Sport'
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PureGym CEO Humphrey Cobbold attacked golf and tennis in his plea to open gyms as soon as possible...needless to say it didn't go down well with golfers

Twitter Goes Wild After Gym CEO Labels Golf 'A Rich People's Sport'

Yesterday was a big day for golf in England after the sport's return was confirmed for 29th March in the government's first phase of re-opening the country post-lockdown.

Whilst that date might not have appeased many in the golf world for being too late, some may think that golf is opening too soon compared to other things.

One industry that is desperate to re-open is the health and fitness sector, and it will be re-opening, according to the government's plan, on 12th April.

This decision clearly didn't go down well with PureGym CEO Humphrey Cobbold, who attacked golf and tennis in his call for gyms to re-open sooner.

"It's all very well to hear that tennis and golf will be reopening at the end of the month, but let's be honest, those are rich people's sports," the gym owner told Sky News.

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Needless to say, these comments did not go down well with the golfing population.

Golf has long been trying to rid itself of the outdated and innacurate generalisation that it is for the upper classes.

The game is more accessible than ever and offers up wonderful mental and physical health benefits in a safe environment for all ages, genders and races.

Perhaps it is this outdated stereotype that has brought the game to a hault during these lockdowns.

Here's how Twitter reacted to the Pure Gym CEO's comment:

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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. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, 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 has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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