Do a search for the phrase "golf has a reputation", and you'll see this kind of thing:
"...for being anachronistic in its social attitudes and etiquette."
"...for being a very white sport..."
"...for being elitist and traditionalist and ladies, in particular, can find it difficult getting involved in the sport."
"...of causing problems in marriages rather than assisting in reconciliation."
"...as a rather snooty sport enjoyed primarily by the upper-class."
"...for being slow, boring, uptight, and for senior citizens or tightly-wound people trying to do deals."
And those are some of the nicer ones. Golf is a wonderful sport that celebrates nature and unites all kinds of people, but the fact is, the game gets a lot of guff, some of it... admittedly... deserved.
The controversial, lightning rod side of golf was featured in an Forbes.com post by Meghan Casserly yesterday that suggests women are feeling increased pressure to learn and play golf in order to be more like "one of the guys" ...and have a chance of acceding to upper echelons of the corporate world. It's an interesting read and one that had lots of people