The Last Bastions Of Bigotry

A year after the P.G.A. banned discrimination on the tour, private golf clubs have made, at most, token changes

When the U.S. men's pro-golf tour vowed last summer to stop holding its tournaments at clubs that discriminated on the basis of race, the decision was hailed as somewhat akin to Jackie Robinson's arrival in major-league baseball in 1947. The Professional Golfers' Association heard a sudden outcry against holding the 1990 championship at all-white Shoal Creek Country Club in Birmingham -- and against the widely known but long-ignored fact that 17 of its 39 tour courses were at private clubs with no black members. The P.G.A. quickly imposed antibias rules, and Shoal Creek admitted its first black as an "honorary" member....

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