The Unplayable Lie: The Untold Story of Women and Discrimination in American Golf

Marcia Chambers, Author, Donna Ruvituso, Editor
Marcia Chambers, Author, Donna Ruvituso, Editor Pocket Books $21 (228p) ISBN 978-0-671-50151-8
Reviewed on: 05/29/1995
Release date: 06/01/1995
Chambers, an editor at Golf Digest and a columnist for the National Law Journal, presents a thorough, if somewhat dry, history of what she calls the ``grass ceiling.'' She focuses on discrimination against women in so-called private golf and country clubs. As she demonstrates, the vast majority of them are not strictly private; despite their paid memberships, most enjoy property tax breaks and conduct business with the public in their bars, restaurants, pro shops and other facilities. Women rising in the corporate ranks want to use the clubs for networking and are embarrassed by having to accord with gender-based tee-off times, especially on weekends, and by other indignities, both major and minor. Chambers cites instances in which discrimination has been hobbled, if not eliminated, and offers suggestions for those who want to mount similar campaigns, whether by fighting from within the system or by taking the issue to the press and legislatures. First serial to Golf Digest. (June)