Some Thoughts on Golf !

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Grounds crew work on the #13 green during the Friday round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Friday, April 6, 2018, in Augusta, Georgia. [ANDREW DAVIS TUCKER/THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE]

Some people link golf to sports like bowling or billiards. Not particularly something you want to watch unless you understand the game fully and know the participants well enough to be cheering one or more toward the grand first prize. Serious golf fans are loyal and just as radical (in a subdued manner) as any professional football fan can be.

As a spectator sport golf ranks high on the television ratings. It is highly unlikely anyone has seen the World Cup void of fans on any given year. The collective silences and cheers of golf fans exude a respect for the game. That respect is the attention grabber.

As with any sport, the interest of the young people is a natural part of survival. Without future golf players there is no future to golf.
Since golf has been around for arguably five centuries it is not a concern that the sport will ever die away completely or vanish like a lost civilization. Fresh new blood keeps the arterial channels flowing more freely though.

The diversity of golf is found most obviously in the participants of golf. Any level of physically fit persons can choose golf as a sport.
It is known to be beneficial exercise. When golf becomes a set part of your scheduled regimen it is very likely extra pounds will come off.
Any societal level of persons can play golf. It is not
the game of the rich and famous, on the contrary there are many affordable public golf courses emerging.

Whether you are male, female, young or mature golf is a game of competitive spirit. We must not forget it is a patient competitive spirit. Not only are you competing against other golfers you are also being constantly challenged by difficult golfing conditions and courses.
A public or private golf course has its fair share of challenging factors on the fairways, in the sand traps and across the rolling hills.
The most appealing challenge for most golfers is the challenge of improving your game.

You might have seen the cartoons where the golfer has a club wrapped around a tree limb in frustration or yet another where it appears Zen golf might be a new fad. Either account can be considered a fair account when you are talking about a sport with diversity, versatility and class. If you have never golfed in your life, think about it the next time you have some free time. You might be surprised how much fun golf can essentially be.

Thanks for Reading,

Bob Elliott


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