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More than 70% of golfers cheat, according to a recent poll by

Think golf is a gentleman’s game? Think again. According to a recent poll by, more than 70% of golfers cheat at the game.

Of the 10,000 readers surveyed, 7,120 confessed to cheating. It seems 71% of golfers don’t have a firm grasp on basic USGA rules. In fact, the number of cheaters may be even higher, as many respondents confessed on behalf of friends and family members as well. It seems some readers see cheating at golf as a genetic predisposition, as if it ‘runs in the family’. Still others are powerless in the face of peer pressure since ‘all the guys are doing it’.

So much for the purists. According to most cheaters, it’s all about winning. Excuses for cheating ranged from the mundane to the bizarre. Some see cheating merely as a feature of their go-getter personality “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying”. Others offered tips on how to cheat, which included everything from fudging the numbers to poking opponents with clubs. One reader even offered this innovative suggestion: “bring your wife along to keep score…in your favor of course. While she’s there, she can also get the drinks and carry your clubs.”

What does all this mean? Publications Director, Doug Carey, suggests keeping a close eye on your golf partners. “Next time you’re out on the greens,” he says, “remember, it’s a jungle out there.” is one of 40 regional golf and travel publications under the umbrella of Best known for its 'Hall of Shame' where golfers freely post their worst scores of the week, it also serves as a forum for golfers looking to exchange tips on everything from cheating to charming the ladies on the course. has been featured in numerous publications including Sports Illustrated, and has been profiled on talk shows throughout the country.


Publishing since 1995, is a debt-free, profitable dot-com chain that has successfully generated revenues through advertising, lead generation, tee times and private label golf packaging. The company's online publications have garnered international awards, including Forbes 'Best of the Web' Award for the past four years, and have received national recognition in Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and GolfWeek.


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