You might wonder what qualifies me to write this column. Not much I confess. I began playing this game when woods were persimmon and thread wrapped and putters looked like putters and many were hickory shafted. To really economize you went to Walgreens and bought Po-Do golf balls. My tour includes 30 plus years in the Midwest and 20 here in the SW. My golf adventure has been a fascination and a frustration, a joy and despair. You would think after all these years I’d be scratch or single digit. Not a chance. I’m a 15 give or take and happy with that.
I hope to give you, the reader, a thought, a chuckle, a snort as I look at the game. You’re welcome to comment, agree or disagree or call me a complete idiot.
Golf Is What You Make It
It’s one of the few sports I know that allow you to play as you wish. Play couples golf, play with your buddies, play by yourself, play pick-up games? Doesn’t matter, whatever floats your boat. Play for the fresh air, a little exercise, the challenge, the competition, the company or the solitude? Doesn’t matter, whatever you enjoy. Play fast, play slow (God forbid) does matter, but happens. Play loud, play quiet, give your buddies gas? Doesn’t matter, how you like it. Walk, ride, split, carry, push – your call. Play early, play late – your option.
Think of another sport you can play when you’re 5 or ninety. Think of another sport you can watch on the tube and play shot-for-shot with the big boys and the big girls.
The point is I don’t know of another sport that gives all these options and lets you make the game what you want it to be.
Now, let’s talk about how often you play – again purely your option. How much time do you have, how much $$ do you have, how often do you want to play? Frequency of play can also be determined by the weather. Most folks I know don’t play as often in the heat of our Summer, but for others, it’s not a problem if you pay attention to hot weather golf and hydrate. Personally, I’m out 3 or 4 times a week as is The Chief (do I need to explain to anyone who that is?) What’s the bottom line? That you enjoy it.
Lastly, let’s talk about where you play. Everyone has a favorite kind of course, be it traditional, links, target, etc. If you like trees, play the Tucson public courses, Rio Rico or go up on the Rim. Lots of water, try Ocotillo. One of the many pluses about our area is the variety of golf available – and the different price levels. Where else can you stand on almost any tee, see great desert country and beautiful mountains?
So what’s the bottom line? I quote an internet blog that says it all. “In golf you are the boss. You are in charge of making every move. The ball just sits there waiting for you to make your shot. You are 100% responsible for every play that happens. This is what makes golf so difficult, and yet so challenging and fun to play.”