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Mass. Courses Mull Alcohol on the Links

Thirsty golfers want state to lift legal ban on beverage carts
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2008 4:27 PM CDT
Mass. Courses Mull Alcohol on the Links
Many Massachusetts golfers want a ban against alcohol on golf courses relaxed.   (Getty Images)

Massachusetts, one of two states in the US that ban serving alcohol on golf courses, is contemplating loosening the law, the Boston Globe reports. Proponents of the ban argue that dry links keep the grounds relaxing and family-friendly, as well as free from course-clogging drink stops. But thirsty duffers and clubs that are already flouting the law appear to have the upper hand.

"I don't think it has any place out there, to tell you the truth," said one golfer. "Right now, you can go out with family, you can go out with kids, you can go out with a group of friends, and you don't have to worry about anyone being rowdy." Counters a course manager: "Without being licensed on the course to sell, you can't monitor and you can't control" consumption. (More golf stories.)

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