If I were a member at Augusta (yeah, right- I’ll never make enough money to pay a week’s dues!), I’d support admitting women. But that’s really irrelevant here.
Let’s face it- the women who are pressing get into Augusta (and other exclusive all-male clubs) are not doing so because they love golf, or because they’re enchanted by the lush greenery of the club grounds. When women press for membership in private all-male clubs, it’s because they believe it’s a good career move. It’s an article of faith among feminists that private clubs are the headquarters of the “old boy network.”
Martha Burk knows NOTHING about golf (she proves it every time she opens her mouth) and cares less. If she wants women at Augusta, it’s because she’s convinced it’s a place where multi-trillion dollar deals are made over a round of golf and a few martinis at the 19th hole, and she wants women to get a piece of the action.
I’m far too poor to get in the door at Augusta National (or the Century Club, or any of the formerly all-male “bastions of power”), so I can’t say whether she’s right. But her beliefs are shared by so many women, I’m afraid that whenever women are (inevitably) admitted, they’re going to be very disappointed by what they find.
What if they find that Augusta (like the Century Club) is a place filled with boring, rich old farts who just sit around smoking cigars and sipping cocktails? Worse yet, what if they find that existing male members aren’t eager to socialize or “network” with them?
I’m serious- I have NO doubt whatsoever that the day is coming when a female executive or lawyer fights her way into an exclusive all-male club, and finds (to her horror) that none of the male members are eager to talk business with her over drinks, that no one is eager to have her in their golf foursomes, and nobody is making the slightest effort to invite her into the old boy network. What then? This is a real problem, because when women insist they have a “right” to join Augusta National, what they’re REALLY saying is, “I have a Constitutional right to the friendship and patronage of wealthy, powerful men.”
When female club members find they’re NOT being invited to join foursomes, or to discuss business after a round of tennis or squash, I solemnly and seriously predict that we’ll see ANOTHER huge lawsuit. It’s only a matter of time before a female executive sues her fellow club members on the grounds that…
“THEY WON’T PLAY WITH ME!!!”