The Russians are going to tee off in space outside the ISS. No I'm not joking. It's a scheme by a golf ball company for publicity.
The safety issues surrounding this don't really seem to be that high. So I'm at a loss to understand comments like these:"Is this the right message to be sending to taxpayers in America, Russia, Europe and Japan — that it's OK to do a stunt like this?"
Yes. It is.
It sends the message that space is open to commercialization and the private sector. Going down that course means regular people are getting involved with space. That's never a bad thing.