sorry mate of marya, have been away or i would have replied earlier.
but where to start... i find golf to be a nepotistic and socially exclusive sport and it is this that forms my objection to the game.
a golf course takes up an extremely large area of green space for its purposes, supposedly this space is free for all to use. i would like to picnic on a golf course because it is my right to do so and your comment on this only serves to point out how exclusive golf can be.
i do not object to football/rugby pitches because these tend to use a defined area within a green space that everyone CAN use.
i think your point about "depriving local children" is a bit strange considering the fact that you would deprive them of an education ("If I was to choose between a golf course or a new Portobello High School, I certainly know what I would vote for") an odd priority if you ask me but perhaps you think all children should recieve their education on a golf course.
i think there are plenty of places for children and adults to take the fresh air in porty, surely you don't have to be playing a game of golf to enjoy it? and, lets be honest, golf is hardly the best exercise a body can get, is it now?
finally, i do not know any professional golfers but i do know plenty of rubbish ones and i don't think any of them would describe golf as a "minority sport". we live in scotland - the home of golf. it is very well funded and provided for unlike a proper minority sport like skateboarding...[/u][/i]