Sport: Soul Golf

The first tee is filled with foursomes; on the practice green, more players stand poised over putts. The game may be golf, but it bears scant resemblance to the pastime of the country-club set. The scene is Detroit's Palmer Park Municipal Golf Course, and among its players are some of the city's best—and best-known—black golfers. The aim is action, bankrolls are at the ready, and the style is straight soul. Indeed, to play Palmer Park is to take a lesson in lively ethnic semantics.

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