The highlight of the golfers' year is the Open Championship. It takes place at St Andrews this year from 15 - 18 July with the practice on the three previous days. Thousands flock to watch the swingers and the putters do their best to win this austere trophy.
This year the R & A, which governs golf in St Andrews, has decided mobile phones will be banned from the Old Course during the Championship.
Spectators will be searched at the gates by guards to ensure players are not distracted by ringtones and camera flashes. The assistant director said the phone ban is also for security reasons. What security reasons?
To substantiate their ban further the assistant director stated " The search does, as a consequence, enhance the safety of the public, players and contractors etc.".
Ah so that's what it's all about. Public safety. Really? If they were so concerned about photography why aren't cameras being seized by the gate guards? Why aren't the public requested to put their phones on vibrate rather than ring?
My sympathy is with the few folk who take a couple of hours off to nip to St Andrews to see their hero in the flesh. They won't be able to do that because they'll be out of range from the boss and that could cause problems. Also I would be quite indignant that someone confiscated by mobile. What if the person is a doctor, the parent of a soldier in Afghanistan or someone who may need to be contacted urgently?
Bit by bit the Righteous chip away following their programme. I do hope there are plenty attending this event who refuse to hand over their own property to strangers. The event happens in the open air for goodness sake. It's not as if a golf course is an acoustic-friendly theatre.