If I was just starting out, or thinking about picking up golf, I would be in the same boat as you: scared, not sure where to start and intimidated. Yes, it can be expensive. Yes, it is difficult to learn. Yes, it is time consuming. But, if you put forth the effort and time, you will be forever grateful. In this post, I am going to try and convince you why you should pick up the sport I love so dearly. I will also give you tips on cutting costs, ways to make the game more fun and lessons you can learn along the way. Buckle up, here we go.
There will always be reasons not to do something, but here are the reasons why you should start playing golf, now.
Values. The game is built on the foundations of honesty, integrity, competition and relationships. Golf is the only game in which you are your own referee, where you hold yourself accountable for choosing between right and wrong. It takes a special type of person to call a penalty on themself, even if it means losing the match.
Memories. Some of my most memorable and heart-warming memories revolve around golf. I have never been more nervous in my life than standing on the 18th tee with a two shot lead, out of bounds markers lining both sides of the fairway, then needing to sink a slippery downhill left-to-right five-foot putt for my first and only AJGA victory. Or spending my entire summer at the golf course- teeing off when there is still dew on the ground and finishing up 36 holes when the sun is going down. However, I will never ever forget making my first hole in one on Mother’s Day while playing with my mom. What a special moment that was.
People. Golfers are some of the nicest / most well rounded people in the world. Golfers are humbled by the difficulty of the game, willing to take on challenges, and used overcoming difficult situations.
Business. There are more deals closed on the golf course than anywhere else. As the old saying goes, “A bad day on the golf course beats a great day at the office.”
Leisure. There are very few things more relaxing than spending part of your day on the golf course. When I need to clear my head or spend time by myself, I go to the golf course. It seems like everything slips my mind and the course becomes my therapist. There are no deadlines or meetings on the course, just you and golf Gods.
Competition. Doesn’t matter whether you are 5 or 85 years old, there is always a way to make golf competitive. Competition will sharpen you game, introduce you to other people and teach you sportsmanship.
Complaint #1: It’s too expensive.
I hear this all the time. Someone goes out and spends $1,000 on a brand new set of clubs, then buys shoes, balls, tees, gloves, hats, shirts, divot repair tools, towels, socks, and the list goes on… You don’t need that stuff. There are many online outlets like ebay.com and 3balls.com, or golf stores where you can buy used clubs and balls. Then, you can use GolfMatch to find courses in your area at prices you can afford J
Complaint #2: Golf is too hard to learn.
Again, something that is always said to be a negative, but it doesn’t have to be. Golf is a tough sport, everyone knows that, but who cares? You shouldn’t view the steep learning curve as daunting, but rather just find other individuals who are at the same point in the learning curve as you. Feeling comfortable with the other golfers in your group is key.
Golf has changed my life and made me a better person, no harm in seeing if it will do the same thing for you!