Women in Golf

But despite the struggle, women golfers continue to thrive in the sport.

Annika Sorenstram, Kathy Whitworth, Mickey Wright and Babe Zaharias: Greatest Women Golfers
Annika Sorenstram, Kathy Whitworth, Mickey Wright and Babe Zaharias: Greatest Women Golfers
  • Annika Sorenstram, Kathy Whitworth, Mickey Wright and Babe Zaharias: Greatest Women Golfers
    Annika Sorenstram, Kathy Whitworth, Mickey Wright and Babe Zaharias: Greatest Women Golfers
    Annika Sorenstram, Kathy Whitworth, Mickey Wright and Babe Zaharias: Greatest Women Golfers
    Annika Sorenstram, Kathy Whitworth, Mickey Wright and Babe Zaharias: Greatest Women Golfers

Golf has a reputation of being a gentleman's sport. Male dominance of the sport is so strong that women golfers have had a long history of struggling to prove that they are worthy to be on the golf course. Women golfers have been subjected to limited access in the golf course, some clubs even bar entry to women. Such prejudice is so prevalent that it seems impossible to think that golf's foremost champion is a woman, Queen Mary of Scots. Just at the recent US Masters, the Augusta National Club came under fire for their “men only” policy. But despite the struggle, women golfers continue to thrive in the sport. Even golf resorts, like Canoa Ranch, are recognizing the women market for golf. Their Arizona golf packages include spa and other features that appeal to women.

Women have always been natural players on the golf course. Babe Didrikson Zaharias, one of the greatest female golfers of all time, said, “Golf is a game of coordination, rhythm and grace; women have these to a high degree”. Zaharias is an all-around sports girl who also plays basketball, bowling, and she is even an Olympic medalist for track and field. She has won a total of 82 tournaments both in amateur and professional ranks. Kathy Whitworth is another legendary woman golfer. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Whitworth tallied the most number of tournament wins for women at 87 and she had been named Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Player of the Year seven times. However, it is Mickey Wright who is considered the best woman golfer of all time. She counts golf legend Ben Hogan as one of her fans. According to Hogan, Wright's swing is the best he had ever seen.

Golf will never run out of women who will brave hazards and wayward golf balls. More young women golfers are following the passion of Queen Mary of Scots. Annika Sorenstram's achievements are challenging Mickey Wright for the title of the best woman golfer. She has 72 LPGA titles and her career earnings exceed 22 million dollars – a great feat for a woman golfer. Michelle Wie is golf's poster girl. A child prodigy, she started playing golf at age four and went on to win golf championships in Hawaii at age 11. She was the youngest member of the LPGA and she turned pro just before her sixteenth birthday.

The status of women in golf continues to improve. The golf course is no longer just a man's world, women are finding their place on the green. Affordable Arizona golf packages just like Canoa Ranch offers hope to encourage more women to keep on investing in their passion for golf.