Club Apologises for Refusing Service to Turbaned Sikh

March 10, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Indian Weekender

A Sikh businessman in Auckland, who was refused service at a golf club bar recently because he was wearing a turban, is happy the matter has been resolved amicably.

Kharag Singh, 45, owner of the Everglade 4 Square supermarket and keen golfer, says he was refused service at the Aviation Country Golf Club bar in Auckland on Sunday, February 28, after the day’s pennants competition, which his Manukau Golf Club team won.

As is normal after-match tradition, the team members made their way to the club’s bar for a few drinks where he was told by the bar manager that he couldn’t serve Singh because of his headwear.

Singh, who has been playing golf in New Zealand for more than 10 years, told the Indian Weekender that he was even more embarrassed by the situation as his teenage son was standing right behind him, bewildered by the situation. Teghbir Singh, 15, also a keen golfer, also wears the traditional Punjabi headwear.