People tell me that they hate golf. It is a tough game. A game, mind you because I don’t believe that it is a sport. Sure, people can call it a sport but to me sports require running, hitting, jumping or swimming and during the game of golf if you find yourself doing any of these activities well let’s just say I wouldn’t think you were playing the game the way it was meant to be played.
During my last round I realized why I truly enjoy the game. The game allows me the time to think about nothing at all. Nothing. I leave the harbor and all things boats behind. Grass, dirt, lakes and trees are what fill my view. I am not competitive by nature and am certainly not motivated to beat an opponent. Frankly I don’t give a damn about my score or whether or not someone beats me or vice verse.
I think a lot of people perceive golf to be a game for rich white folk. This may be true for those who choose to play behind private gates but I see it as $15 for four and one half hours of freedom . Where I golf, you can be paired up with an executive one day and a postman the next. It doesn’t really matter as the game tends to level the playing field once you walk down the first fairway. No, golf isn’t an elite game, it is a just a game played in a park that you aren’t allowed to walk your dog in.
I look down at my ball and think of nothing but that ball and where I want it to go. I am not thinking about boats, bottom paint, customers, creditors, land lords or regulators. If I were to think about those things, my ball would surely misbehave. The emotion of experiencing nothing but the course, your personal efforts, success and failures. All within the boundaries of a park. A lifetime of experiences obtained in under 5 hours.
Golf like life allows the participant to challenge himself. It allows them the opportunity to recover from bad decisions and poor execution. The game rewards skill and proper execution. A completed scorecard is merely a representation of cascading rationalizations. You see when you look back upon a hole or a round played your score merely represents the choices you made and the technique you applied. I love the game.