Golf is the Tie That Binds
I still hate to lose at anything, but I learned early on to accept the losses in golf. Some of the best lessons in life come from golf.
The golf course can be a very humbling place and it enhances in a person those traits that are fundamentally solid, such as honesty, integrity, and fortitude.
Golf is also very isolating, because it is a fundamentally individual sport. You can play in a foursome, where you can enjoy the company of others. But especially in competitive rounds, golf is almost entirely an individual endeavor. You play against the course and the elements, and you play against your own demons. You also play against the virtues which you bring to the game itself. And every now and again, you play against someone who has brought the better virtues to the game.
This game is fun and can provide lots of entertainment for you and your friends, but there are a few important lessons that golf can teach you.
It is a Lifetime Pursuit, and There Are Plenty of Lessons to Learn
This past weekend, I played an amazing round of golf at three courses that graced our weekend. The first course “ Avondale Golf Course ” is a gently rolling, tree-lined gem in the heart of Jacksonville's Avondale neighborhood. Its winding, hilly layout is drivable but challenging with deep bunkers and water coming into play on 14 holes.
My second 18 holes were played at a second everyday course with a little more elevation “ Bayard Pointe Golf Course ” in the beautiful golf community of Bayard Pointe.
The final round was played on a course that I haven't played in a while “ Del Webb’s River Club in Orange Park. I like to think that our golf course was designed more for beginners and "rusty" players as I ended up playing to my handicap on the first day.
During a regular week, the trips back and forth to these courses with my fella on club shuttle is a lot of fun, just the two of us.
There are so Many Ways to Enjoy This Game
Professional golfers are trained to be in perfect positions at all times. Statistically, it makes the playability a lot easier, but it isn’t what makes the game of golf as enjoyable as it should be.
The game of golf is just not about whacking the golf ball as far as you can. The sport is a great way to exercise because you will be working that core of yours. It can bring friends and family together. You get to play in a great clothing that no one sees anywhere else.
You can skip golf for quite a long time, but once you play it again, it’ll make you feel like you had never left.
This is a great game for seniors! It’s safe to say that anyone who can walk can play golf. It’s an excellent way to get out of the house. It is not complicated but a really fun project that can be enjoyed with anyone. It does not take a lot of time but the prize is a great experience. You can do it anywhere, the expenses are low and you do not require any specific skills to play it.
This is a Great Game
It can be played by anyone, at any age, of any level of physical ability. And it only takes one. No partners are necessary. You can play it alone as you walk the golf course, one ball always ready to be hit (on a good day), and one club always ready.
You can play it any time you have a spare hour.
If your goal is to win tournaments or climb the rankings, that can be done. But you can also play every day just to enjoy the game, get some fresh air, socialize with those you enjoy, work on your short game, and putt with your friends.
If you’re a parent, you can play with your kids, one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do.
If you’re a student, you can play during your spring break or in the summer, or whenever you have nothing else to do or when you need a break from studying.
Yes, it’s that accessible. Golf deserves the respect and admiration it has received. And golfers are treated with more admiration than those who play any other sport.