Love the “spectator sports” …you know, whether you are in the stands, at the bar, or on the couch – all you have to do is watch/eat/drink/cheer/boo. Totally entertaining. However, PARTICIPATING in a sport can, of course, be an enjoyable challenge. Depending. Since my aging body parts can no longer endure the rigors of skiing, tennis, and the like – GOLF seems to be a realistic option. And more so, since we are escaping Chicago winters in Florida – we can now play year-round. Ideal choice. Some thoughts on the game of golf... GOLF IS AGE-FRIENDLY. Unlike other sports, you can play into your 80’s +. Perfect. [caption id="attachment_1461" align="aligncenter" width="297"]Obviously a sport that's good for years to come Obviously a sport that's good for years to come[/caption] BEAUTIFUL SETTINGS. Play in peace and tranquility in a natural setting. You can enjoy scenic vistas. I once went to the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Course in California. I didn’t play there, but the view of the rolling greens and ocean from the BAR was breathtaking. (I recommend the strawberry Margarita.) REAL GOLF HAS RIDICULOUS RULES. The REAL GOLFER'S "bible" is called the PGA Rule Book,which elaborates on the following: • There are 34 major rules of golf • There are more than 100 sections and sub-sections to these rules • There are over 2000 explanatory decisions of these rules. HUH? The game of REAL GOLF probably has the most complicated rules of any sport. THE FAKE GOLF PHILOSOPHY. Well – I just say, “To hell with that, if I’m going to play this game – I will just play FAKE GOLF and I’ll make my own rules. Take the stress out of it, for God’s sake. No Score Keeping. I am totally against keeping score. What’s the point? And then you are supposed to COUNT not hitting the ball and swooshing the air as a stroke? I don’t think so. Good game or bad game? I judge the success of my game by how many balls I lose while playing 9 holes. (doubt that I would ever have the desire to play more than nine holes.) If I lose: • 1-4 balls = EXCELLENT GAME • 4-7 balls = AVERAGE GAME • Over 7 balls = TERRIBLE GAME - But who cares? Throwing the ball. I allow myself to pick up the ball and throw it on the fairway if it lands in a thick brush, on an incline, or just about any place that I don’t feel like hitting it from, including the dreaded sand trap. Don’t judge.
TIP: Even if you are not going to bother to keep score – you DO need to pick up a scorecard at the Pro-Shop. Because, on the golf score card there is an illustrated configuration of all the holes. If you are unfamiliar with the course, this can be extremely confusing. You really have no clue of the layout, otherwise. The consecutive holes go up, back, around, across the road and backtrack. Not user friendly.
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