The RSG Tour

Back in the early 1980's, the state of the art in social networking was distributed electronic bulletinboards, usually implemented and maintained by underground programmers at universities and large companies who used their employer's computers and telephone modems to create a utility that allowed others to exchange messages on topics of interest.  The Usenet newsgroups facility was one of the largest such, linking many universities as well as several large corporations.  Early on a group dedicated to golf was created there.  As the software evolved and many more people got connected as it migrated from phone lines to the public internet, the number of newsgroups grew and the name of the golf group was eventually changed to "Rec.Sport.Golf" (usually known as RSG).  The group flourished with posts on equipment, courses, the pro tours, instruction, and especially clubmaking.  It attracted an international following, and by the early 1990s members of the group started organizing golf events to get people together.  The events are basically long weekends with 4 or 5 rounds of golf over 3 days and some sort of competition for bragging rights, along with lots of time to get together, share brews, stories, and lies. 

Sadly, Off topic and abusive posts were always a problem in the wide open world of Usenet, and RSG was no exception, and by the early part of the 21st century the level of noise in the group became intolerable, driving those more interested in positive exchanges about golf into other forums.  Interest in the get togethers remains high though, with large gatherings (20-30 people) played in Washington state, Columbus Ohio, Cincinatti, and the Washington/BC border towns, and smaller events played in Pittsburgh and eastern Pennsylvania. 

A large set of writeups on some of the RSG events of the past decade or so can be found  at Dave Tuttleman's RSG-Events Page

Other pages for events include:

Other RSG Gatherings have been played at Bandon Dunes, in Scottland, near Dallas, and in Atlanta.  In addition, many of the people attending these events will meet informally when they have a chance all over the country.

Warren Montgomery