‘Let the Cart Girl Out to Play’: Golf Beauty Paige Spiranac Once Revealed Hurtful Comments She Received While Playing at a Golf Club

Published 11/16/2022, 7:59 AM EST
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 05: Paige Spiranac of the United States is overcome by emotion whilst talking about being a victim of Cyber Bullying during her press conference as a preview for the 2016 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club on December 5, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

The sport of golf has progressed a lot over the years. But for some, these progressions couldn’t come fast enough. Paige Spiranac once opened up about how she suffered abuse on the course. With over 3.7 million followers, Paige has the biggest social media presence in the golfing world. She often uses this to point out what she thinks is wrong, and there was one such instance, among many. The golfing beauty claimed that some clubs didn’t make women “feel welcome” and spoke of her experiences on the golf course.

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Paige claimed women needed more than just a membership 

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Back in 2021, Paige spoke of the decision the Pine Valley Golf Club made back then to allow female members. The president of the club, Jim Davis, claimed it was a progression and would put the club on the “right side of history.”

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Although Spiranac appreciated the change, she stated that by itself it wasn’t enough. They needed to be accepted too, she added. She claimed that they were not treated the best and said, “They don’t make you feel welcome.”

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 07: Paige Spiranac of the United States in action during her practice round as a preview for the 2015 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on the Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club on December 7, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Spiranac explained that she wasn’t sure if the club was ever going to fully accept women into their ranks. She said, “They [the club] are not going to fully allow people to be members and be accepted.” She believed that true change could only come about if all golfers were accepted and treated equally, irrespective of their genders.

Paige Spiranac narrated her personal experiences on the course

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Spiranac also mentioned her personal experiences that made her feel unwelcome. She spoke of how, when she was out on the course, she would often find guys spying on her. She said, “I’ve literally been on country clubs where guys are using range-finders to look at me from two fairways over.” The injustice with the golfing beauty didn’t stop there.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 09: Paige Spiranac of the United States waits to play her second shot at the 14th hole during the delayed second round of the 2016 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club on December 9, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

She explained that often people would call her a cart girl and once said“And I’ve had people, like, I’ll walk on, and they’re like, “Who let the cart girl out to play?'” All the experiences left Spiranac extremely frustrated and made her contemplate whether clubs could be a place where female golfers could play without looking over their shoulders.

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With her huge social media following, Spiranac made her voice heard in every corner of the world. Fans and followers reached out and stood by her. But will the support and resolve be enough to change the mindsets of those who refuse to progress? Only time will tell.

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Sheldon Pereira

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Sheldon is a golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is a Business graduate from Christ University, with a degree in Finance and Accounting. He also has an experience as a Senior Audit Associate at an MNC, but his love for writing made him follow his dream and switch careers.

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