“Someday when you’re my age, you’re going to be golfing a lot with your friends and family, just like me,” my dad said to eight-year-old me. “And when you have kids of your own one day, you will teach them how to golf, just like how I’m teaching you right now.”
As a child, I didn’t think I’d like golf. But after playing more often every year since I was eight years old, I can tell you that I’ve never been more wrong in my life. Golf is a sport unlike any other, and when you’re playing well, it’s an amazing feeling. You become so locked in to every shot and every slope on the course, that just a slight gust of wind or someone talking during your swing is all it takes to throw you off your game.
Golf is the relaxing “get away from reality” sport, where you learn to tune out the world around you and strictly focus on what is right in front of you. I realized how much I enjoyed playing golf, so I poured every ounce of determination and passion into the game that I was beginning to love.
I played on my country club’s junior golf team, and most of my teammates were older than me. They all hit the ball farther and straighter than anyone I’ve ever played with before, which inspired me to be as good as them one day. As I kept golfing with my team, I began capturing their passionate golf mentality and started winning more of my matches. I built friendships with my teammates and even some of my opponents, both of which I still golf with to this day.
Those who know nothing about golf assume it’s pretty simple. “How hard can it be? You just pick up the club and hit the ball straight.” That’s just flat out wrong, as a lot more goes into it. There’s preparation, skill, technique, and mental toughness. It’s a difficult sport to master, and while I’ve nowhere near mastered it, I enjoy playing it for several reasons.
- If you are often bored, picking up a new hobby would broaden your horizons.
People are often hesitant to start new hobbies because they don’t know if it’ll be the right fit for them. Well, you don’t know unless you try. You may find a newfound passion for the rest of your life.
2. You can golf at any age.
Literally. If you want to start golfing as a toddler like the pros did, go for it. If you want to go when you’re old and ride a golf cart, go for it. Nothing is stopping you from golfing if you want to.
3. You want to exercise and reduce stress.
If you want to live a healthy life, exercising is key. Whether it’s working out your muscles or just walking outside, exercising regularly is a good habit to get into. And golf combines both! Golf is a very peaceful and slow-paced sport, which is why it helps people relax and reduces their stress levels. Spending time outdoors with your friends/family, listening to music, and having a great time, will definitely get your mind off of your busy life.
4. You don’t need to belong to a country club to go golfing.
There are thousands of public golf courses in the world, and probably one near you. Take advantage of these courses because you don’t need to pay the expensive membership fee if you don’t want to. Just head over there, pay the guest fee for how many holes you’re playing, and tee off.
5. If you do belong to a country club, you gain friendships and connections.
Country clubs hold all sorts of events, from golf/tennis tournaments, formal dinners, or basic social gatherings. It is a great way to meet new people and create lasting friendships.
6. You want to be a professional golfer.
Every kid who grows up playing sports has a dream to play professionally one day and be among the best in the world. So, if your goal is to play on the PGA or LPGA ([Ladies] Professional Golf Association) Tour, do everything you can to achieve that goal. Practice a whole lot, focus on the mental side of the game, and always work on your swing until you are comfortable with it. Also, try to find a good balance between golf and your social life. Don’t be like Tiger Woods and strictly focus on golf, causing you to miss out on a happy and normal childhood.
7. Other family members of yours also golf.
Golfing could be something that your entire family enjoys, so you use it as a way to spend time with them. But if your family doesn’t play golf, you could be the one to introduce it to them and help create everlasting memories together. Personally, I always golf with my family and love doing it. When my parents and I would visit my grandparents in Florida, they’d take us golfing on this beautifully designed course, and we’d play a friendly match among ourselves to see what family members reign victorious. Then afterwards, we’d have dinner at the clubhouse and my grandfather would take me to the men’s locker room and show me the lockers of all these professional golf legends who belong to the club, most notably Arnold Palmer. I thought it was the coolest thing ever.
8. You want to get away from your family and have a good time with friends.
I can see it now. It’s a warm, Sunday afternoon in early fall. There is a slight breeze that brushes up against you ever so gently. You and your friends golf 18 holes, while wagering a few dollars here and there. Afterwards, you go to the bar, have some food and drinks and watch the four o’clock football games. Then you move over to the fire pit and watch the 8 o’clock game as the day swiftly turns to night.
9. Golfing is good for business relationships.
If you have a job where you want to get to know your clients, do it over golf. The expenses will most likely be covered by you or your company, so your clients will appreciate it and want to continue the partnership. Plus, they’ll get to see a non-working side of you, where you can get to know each other on a more personal level.
10. You can travel around the world.
Beautiful golf courses come in all shapes and sizes. Some are curved to fit alongside cliffs overlooking the ocean, some are squeezed in between peaks on a mountain, and some are just downright beautiful with its tall palm trees and colorful array of flowers, sitting on top of a luscious layer of bright green grass cut ever so finely. What I’m saying is that you should explore what the world has to offer, both on the golf course and off.
I hope that you can relate and take an interest in at least one of my reasons as to why you should play golf. I understand that golf isn’t for everyone, but it’s a fun, easy-going sport that you should try at some point in your life. And if you have a good time and enjoy yourself, then you have me to thank. I take cash or check, whatever works best for you.