This website is dedicated to the game of “Sandlot Golf,” a version of the game of golf that is played with minimal equipment and not on actual maintained golf courses, but rather on informal courses laid out in vacant fields, parks, etc.
The website was inspired in part by the remarks of current (but hopefully for not long), US President Donald Trump who famously said in an interview with Fortune magazine that:
I think I’m in a minority, but I feel differently about golf. I feel golf should be an aspirational game, something people aspire to. People should come to golf, golf shouldn’t come to them…
Golf should be something beautiful, elegant, something people aspire to play eventually.
Is that elitist?
It may be elitist, and perhaps that’s what golf needs. Let golf be elitist. When I say “aspire,” that’s a positive word. Let people work hard and aspire to some day be able to play golf. To afford to play it. They’re trying to teach golf to people who will never be able to really play it. They’re trying too hard. Because of the expense of playing, and the land needed, golf is never going to be basketball, where all you need is a court.
All these great athletes, you know what they do when they retire? They do nothing but play golf. Basketball players, hockey players, football players, all they want to do is golf.
Let it be aspirational instead of bringing it down by trying to get players to do it when they’re 15 years old and they’re also learning other sports. I think it’s very damaging to the game.
Since that time, major golf organizations have tried to distance themselves from Trump’s remarks (not only on this subject but his issues on race, gener, etc.), as seen in this link: http://www.pgatour.com/news/2015/07/02/golf-organizations-distance-donald-trump.html
Donald Trump says the golf industry supports him because “they know I’m right.” Four leading golf organizations said he’s wrong.
The PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, USGA and PGA of America said Wednesday that Trump’s views on Mexican immigrants and his opinion that golf organizations are behind him are not accurate.
In an interview with Golf Channel, Trump said he has received “tremendous support” from the golf world “because they all know I’m right.”
“In response to Mr. Trump’s comments about the golf industry ‘knowing he is right’ in regards to his recent statements about Mexican immigrants, we feel compelled to clarify that those remarks do not reflect the views of our organizations,” the joint statement said. “While the LPGA, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and USGA do not usually comment on presidential politics, Mr. Trump’s comments are inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf.”
Trump has a golf portfolio that includes 18 courses that are either open or being built, some of which are scheduled to host events by all the organizations in the joint statement.
The problem I see is that the major golf organizations have spoken out, but also are too compromised by Trump’s financial role in owning so many golf courses. Moreover, the efforts to actually fight against the Donald’s basic case against inclusion in golf have been lackluster at best, or given up on (see Golf.com: Tour Confidential — TaylorMade’s Hack Golf Initiative Appears to be Dead
This is where Sandlot Golf (SLG) comes in.
The idea of SLG is to make golf cheaper, easier and more fun for more people to play. The concept is simple — to take the ethos of old school sandlot baseball, stickball, pick-up/street basketball, street football, anarchist soccer and other less formal versions of sports, and extend it to golf.
If this intrigues you, read on.