i've agree with you. Blake knows his jazz and the people on this board seem to care about golf and not the politics behind the organization! Kudos to Blake!
I can't find the reply button. Well, I was bummed out about the pdga, and I did intend to join. But, they are not presenting a good image of themselves at the moment. I DO NOT believe that they should expect casual players to pay dues even if they do not participate in tournaments. I believe you can love the sport without doing tournaments.
I don't remember who posted it (I wanna say Blake, but I do not want to misquote someone), but I agree with whomever said that there are better places to budget your money. If I have a choice between joining and taking my gf out to dinner, guess who wins?
Someone presented a good case to me saying that it was only the price of a few discs to join. I think they are right, but the more I think about it, the more I think I'd rather have those few discs...
I actually still have the check I was about to send off for membership. The more I think about it, the more I think the money could be better spent on gasoline to drive up to either Austin or Live Oak to play a round.
Am I supporting the sport? I'm not sure. I know I'm not supporting members so that THEY can play tournaments.
When I was trying to decide whether to spend some money on an item I wanted, someone on the board e-mailed me and told me that if I was a serious player, it was money well-spent. I asked, "how do I know if I'm a serious player?" He said that if I'm traveling to play, I am a serious player.
One of the roles that their board served was as follows: I cannot play as much as I'd like to, so I make up for it by participating in an asynchronous discussion.