Personal coolers brought onto the course
I want to get everyone's take on this. Almost all courses I play have a "No Coolers Allowed" rule, but I very rarely have been stopped, even when the starter sees me load onto the cart in the back basket. Now my cooler is soft and holds about a 6-pack (if that) and I never bring beer, mostly a few bottles of cold/frozen water, soda, or Gatorade and a bag of ice for cooling down and keeping the drinks cold. If I want beer during a round, I buy it before at the pro shop/cafe', at the turn, or from the beer cart.
Today was pretty hot and I arrived with my cooler. The Pro Shop informs us that there is no water on the course, so we if had extra water in our cars, it would be best to bring. We got to the starter and he said no coolers and I said it's just water that I froze and want keep it cold for the full round, I have no alcohol and he was welcome to confirm. He graciously said I believe you and we lined up for the 1st tee. Just then the cart person came by, saw the cooler and made us return it to our car. So now I had 3 bottles of frozen water and an iced tea that I put in the cart, not chilling, that got so warm by the 4th hole, it was almost undrinkable.
I get the reason for the no coolers for alcohol, but when the course does not put out water on a very hot day and doesn't allow a small soft cooler with chilled water, I think that is bush league.