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It Appears Mike Tyson Will Never Become A Member Of A South Korean Golf Club Now

For those golfers out there who have had the fortuitous experience of leaving the public course behind and gaining admittance to a posh private golf club, you are undoubtedly aware that many of them insist on strict adherence to a laundry list of archaic rules and bylaws from a stuffier era long since past. For example: long pants are a must, collared shirts (no, not “collard” shirts, Pac Man Jones, but thanks for trying) only, shoes with soft spikes, one is never to drive their cart on the fairway unless one does so in a zig-zag fashion, a casual sense of institutional racism and of course, an insistence that one never looks the help in the eyes or shows them any modicum of respect are merely a beginning to the laundry list of edicts – commandments if you will – that these private courses require members and guest to follow.

Apparently, private golf courses in South Korea can be even more draconian than their counterparts here in the U.S., especially after the country’s National Human Rights Commission upheld a course’s right to refuse membership to a man who had an overabundance of tattoos.

The man in question has tattoos on his shoulder, chest, arms and back and because of them, much to his chagrin, he was denied membership at an unidentified private golf club. The man filed a complaint with the Commission only for them to assert the private club’s right to refuse membership to “those who create a sense of incompatibility or give inconvenience to others.” The Commission added in its ruling (via Yahoo!/AFP):

“The skin of players may be exposed while changing (clothes) and showering at the club, and there is a chance that people may feel uncomfortable with such tattoos.”

Indeed. Yet it is still perfectly acceptable for those with no sense of shame to gallivant about the locker room butt-ass naked, showing no respect or sense of decorum when they sidle up right next to others who may not wish to see another man’s balls at eye level while they are tying their shoes. Seriously, what is the deal with those jagoofs? Is it so hard to wrap a towel around one’s waist?

In the end, this is occurring half a world away and will have little to no effect on someone like me. But what about globetrotters like Mike Tyson, who have tattoos and long to become a member of a South Korean country club? Will no one think of them?

Poor Iron Mike. I just hope they don’t have these kind of conservative rules at private golf clubs in Bolivian.

S.Korean golf club’s tattoo ban upheld [Yahoo!/AFP]