The Game of Golf and Me

Arizona - Wild Horse Pass
Arizona – Wild Horse Pass

I was never a very good golfer. I really started golfing simply to be part of my brother’s and my father’s sport. I had learned to golf when I was young and then, as I say, I took it up again to be with my family when in my late twenties.

I don’t play now very much. I feel that I need to play often to enjoy the play. I’m left handed, and I play golf right handed. I don’t know if that has limited my experience, and reduced my skill, or if I’m just not that coordinated? At any rate, I’ve never gotten much better than hovering around a 95-100 score. From what I’ve been told, that puts me in the better half of hackers, but it is not even remotely the game that my brothers play. Even my dad, who of course was much older than me, was always better than I was. But I persisted nevertheless and I’ve had fun with it.

My Dad
My Dad

Over the years I have golfed at many very nice places. I’ve played at TPC-Sawgrass (the PGA Championship Course), Doral (the Blue Monster), several courses throughout the south. I’ve played in California (near to Las Vegas), and even on St. Thomas – U.S. Virgin Islands (Mahogany Run). I’ve played at Disney World. Some of the many places I’ve played over the years, I can no longer remember the names of the course or club.

So while I’ve never been a great golfer, I’ve enjoyed the ambiance of golf. I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie. I’ve really had some wonderful times playing and being with people that I’ve enjoyed. This was especially true early on when being with my brothers and father.

This all is leading to a short story about my hometown course, about which I will post soon. I wanted to first give the reader a sense for my view of the sport of golf and my own limitations. I see golf as pleasure and unlike many around me who are in competition when they play, the experience of golf is to be with people I care about first and foremost. What I like about it has to do with those people and then after that how the game is played, along with the associated experiences at each event.

I’ve never played to win although I tried. I feel like I win just being out there.