Paulina Gretzky has covered magazines before but none of them have caused such a furor as her latest cover.

The precocious NHL heiress graces the cover of the May 2014 Golf Digest issue and not everyone is pleased to see the 25-year-old, no matter how hot she looks.

According to the New York Times (yes, the Grey Lady is reporting on the bikini babe now), a few L.P.G.A. pros aren't pleased with the magazine's cover girl.

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    Paulina in a Golf Digest photo shoot.

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  • Paulina Gretzky walks down towards the 18th green to see her fiance golfer Dustin Johnson finish up his third round of the Tournament of Champions golf tournament, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Kapalua, Hawaii.

  • Paulina Gretzky walks down towards the 18th green to see her fiancé golfer Dustin Johnson finish up his third round of the Tournament of Champions golf tournament, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Kapalua, Hawaii.

  • Paulina Gretzky is seen near the 18th fairway during the first round of the Tournament of Champions golf tournament, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Kapalua, Hawaii. Gretzky, daughter of hockey great Wayne Gretzky, is engaged to golfer Dustin Johnson who is playing in the tournament.

  • Paulina Gretzky watches the play of Dustin Johnson during round one of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club on January 3, 2014 in Lahaina, Hawaii.

  • Paulina Gretzky watches the play of Dustin Johnson during round one of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club on January 3, 2014 in Lahaina, Hawaii.

  • Paulina Gretzky watches the play of Dustin Johnson during round one of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club on January 3, 2014 in Lahaina, Hawaii.

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    Paulina Gretzky, left, and Ciara present the award for favorite male artist - soul/R&B at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

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    Paulina Gretzky at the 2013 American Music Awards

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    Paulina Gretzky and Justin Timberlake at the 2013 American Music Awards

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    Paulina Gretzky and Dustin Johnson at the 2013 American Music Awards

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    Paulina kisses Dustin Johnson after he won the HSBC Champions tournament.

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    SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 03: Paulina Gretzky watching Juston Johnson of the USA during the final round of the WGC - HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club on November 3, 2013 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

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    Dustin Johnson of the United States, left, and his fiancee Paulina Gretzky, right, embrace after winning the HSBC Champions golf tournament at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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    SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 02: Paulina Gretzky follows the play of Dustin Johnson during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club on November 2, 2013 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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    SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 02: Paulina Gretzky follows the play of Dustin Johnson during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club on November 2, 2013 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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    Paulina Gretzky, partner of Dustin Johnson of the USA nurses a Joey during day two of the Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club on October 18, 2013 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

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    Dustin Johnson of the USA nurses a Koala with his partner Paulina Gretzky as she nurses a Joey during day two of the Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club on October 18, 2013 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

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    Paulina Gretzky, partner of Dustin Johnson of the USA nurses a Joey during day two of the Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club on October 18, 2013 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

  • Paulina Gretzky watches the play of Dustin Johnson during the final round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club on September 22, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Paulina Gretzky watches the play of Dustin Johnson during the final round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club on September 22, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Paulina Gretzky follows the play of Dustin Johnson during the second round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 23, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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    A close-up of Paulina Gretzky's engagement ring.

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    Paulina Gretzky and Dustin Johnson celebrate their engagement.

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    Paulina Gretzky and Dustin Johnson at Wayne Gretzky's in Toronto.

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When asked for her reaction to the sexy cover, American golfer Stacy Lewis (ranked No. 1 in the world for a period in 2013) said she was irked that Paulina, who isn't a pro golfer, was on the cover.

"It’s frustrating for female golfers," Lewis said. "It’s kind of the state of where we’ve always been. We don’t get respect for being the golfers that we are. Obviously, Golf Digest is trying to sell magazines. But at the same time you’d like to see a little respect for the women’s game."

Nine-time winner on the L.P.G.A. Tour circuit Inbee Park has never appeared on the cover of Golf Digest, and when asked what she thought about the controversial decision to put Wayne Gretzky's daughter on the cover, she shrugged and said, "That’s just been the way it is for over 20, 30 years."

According to the Times, only 11 women since 1969 have appeared alone on the cover of Golf Digest. One of those women, Juli Inkster, also vented her frustration with the magazine.

"It’s frustrating because it’s Golf Digest," she said, "it’s not Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue. I think they should maybe recognize some of the great women golfers that we have. It’s like, what do you have to do to get a little respect? I’m guaranteeing you right now, it was not a woman editor who chose that cover."

Golf Digest editor-in-chief Jerry Tarde had this to say about putting the 25-year-old on the cover:

"Sports figures, celebrities and models have appeared on Golf Digest covers since the magazine's beginning. Paulina ranks at the high end of the golf celebrity scene today, and she has a compelling story to tell. She also might get some new people interested in the game."

In the cover photo, Paulina wears a tiny white sports bra, matching yoga pants and trainers as she leans on a golf club and flaunts her toned tummy and a hint of cleavage. The singer, who's engaged to pro golfer Dustin Johnson, has previously shown off her amateur skills on the golf course and even made a cameo in a TaylorMade Golf commercial.

What do you think of the cover? Should Paulina Gretzky be on the cover of Golf Digest?

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