Trouble in golf paradise

MANILA, Philippines—Not a few members of the Manila Golf and Country Club have voiced their opposition to recently passed rules that, at best, are aimed at curbing “abuses” by patrons and their guests but, at worst, seem to solidify—in a bad way—the establishment’s reputation as a venue of the upper class.

One such change is a rule that prevents nonmembers from entering the golf club’s premises beyond a designated waiting area near the lobby. So a guest who happens to arrive a little earlier than his host cannot enter the clubhouse, and instead has to be segregated in the nonmembers’ area that highlights their nonelite status, explained one aghast member (“a place where the messengers, couriers and assistants wait”).

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