Though Amish country is the backdrop for the 2015 U.S. Women's Open at Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, Pa., the notion of Amish golf didn't occur to us until the folks at PennLive.com answered what was apparently a burning question among its readers: Are the Amish allowed to golf?
It seems like a somewhat silly question. Amish folks shun electricity and some modern conveniences, but golf has been around for over 500 years. To call it a modern development is to call democracy newfangled. So, yes, Amish folks are allowed to play golf and, according to the report, do on a regular basis at courses in the Lancaster area.
"We get a lot of Amish here," said Evergreen Golf Course clubhouse attendant Bonnie Noll. "Those three guys are more or less regulars."
The Amish who play have the option to ride in carts, which they apparently often do, and show up to play wearing typical Amish garb: white shirt, black pants and suspenders. However, there's often a collared shirt underneath the stereotypical button-down.
So, there you have it.