Despite recent industry efforts to change that view, the "old golfer" image is clearly alive and well in the minds of many. At least that's the impression I came away with after a quick perusal of Twitter recently.
Some were quite matter-of-fact about it...
Golf is such an old people thing
— X Tragic ☢ (@SimplyRuthless_) August 1, 2012
...while others were more emphatically dismissive.
I encountered one young lady who seemed to thoroughly enjoy interacting with her on-course elders...
I love walking around ACC Golf Course & talking to all the sweet old people <3 preshhhh.
— Casey Hurdle (@saracaseyhurdle) August 1, 2012
... and another who definitely didn't.
Golf Is For Old People. *Runs Away*
— Sky is Neela (@SkyisNeela) July 26, 2012
so One Direction golfs now. well, now i need to really learn how to golf soon.
— eryn. (@1DLoove_x) August 1, 2012
The French apparently aren't immune to the sport's new sex appeal, "One Direction is on the golf course. Admit it, you suddenly have a strong desire to play golf"
JLS. Olly Murs. One Direction. Tous (ou presque) réunis sur un terrain de golf.. Vous avez soudainement très envie de jouer au golf, avouez.
— Cupcake au saumon (@MJFabulouis) August 1, 2012
Does Golf Make 1D sexy, or does 1D make golf sexy? That question was answered.
Golf doesn't make One Direction sexy..One Direction make golf sexy. x
— Hipsta Please✌ (@PhamJammie) August 2, 2012
...and so much for the overweight, aging golfer stereotype.
Do all hot guys golf? Bieber and One Direction..
— Payton Artrip (@bieber_luvr6) August 1, 2012
...just the #facts from Mexico "Since One Direction started playing golf the sport's become sexy"
Desde que los One Direction juegan golf, este se ha vuelto un deporte sexy.
— Princesa Unicornia (@anyzzinga) August 1, 2012
...and I think this fan expresses the views of many,
When i used to think of golf i thought of old people…. Now i think of hot british/irish boys…
— Whore for horan∞ (@hazzas_boo_bear) July 28, 2012
Well, I detect a definite change in attitude there, don't you? Anyway, you can follow @OneDirection and @Harry_Styles @zaynmalik @Real_Liam_Payne @NiallOfficial & @Louis_Tomlinson on Twitter. I'm guessing you'll see them (and their fans) playing more and more golf. Just be careful with their music and videos, because I don't care if you're young or old, or male or female... listen to their music for just a short while, and you're very liable to find yourself addicted.