We’ve all come to that crossroads in our golf career where we are faced with the decision of whether it’s worth it to keep playing. Maybe health issues arise, or you start a new family or job and leisure time is scarce, or maybe you just get sick of never improving your scores.
Yet despite the setbacks and the times we say, “Never again,” somehow we always end up returning to this game we love (and love to hate). So in honor of this upcoming Valentine’s Day, we present to you, 9 Reasons We Keep Falling in Love with Golf.
9. Hobbies Help
Golf is a rare hobby that combines exercise, the great outdoors, dedicated time with others, skill, and friendly competition. Anyone can pick up a club and hit the course, and golf is a great way to spend some time outdoors, away from computer screens, TVs, and the daily grind… and that escape is worth a few shank shots.
8. A Golf Vacation is Just the Best
There’s nothing better than taking a vacation somewhere warm, knowing that you’re going to spend some quality time on the links. Regardless of whether you’re planning a golfing buddies trip (which we highly recommend), or you’re planning a family vacation with a bit of golf on the side, a golf vacation is just the best. If you’re a private club Member and you love traveling, we recommend you consider joining either The National Golf Club or PREMIER. Both offer you multi-Club access to an expansive network of golf clubs and courses in popular vacation spots.
7. We Love Giving Golf Advice. And It’s Really Good Advice… We Swear.
We fully support the propagation of golf to your children, spouse (carefully worded advice, of course), and friends. Golf teaches us patience, focus, discipline, and humility – not to mention all golfers learn (whether we like it or not) to keep our anger in check, and how to stay positive and work for reward. The sport is nice for children especially as it gets them outside and active – and gives them a skill that they can continue to hone for the rest of their lives.
6. Golf: A Great Source of Vitamin D
Have we mentioned golf gets you outside? After sitting in a stuffy, fluorescent-lit office all day, don’t go home and sit in front of your TV (or computer again!). Get outside and enjoy the sunshine – or at least some great twilight golf! Then there’s weekend golf (or day golf if you’re that lucky!). Even if you 4-putt the day away, at least you get your daily dose of Vitamin D and have spent some time in the great outdoors.
5. Because We’re Just One Round Away from Getting Better…
Although non-golfers might think golfers are gluttons for punishment, we think that golf is fun because it challenges us and is never predictable. One day you might think about trying out for the next Open; while on another day, it might seem like you’ve forgotten everything you’ve ever learned about your swing. But every shank is worth that one glorious connection, where everything about your swing works, and your ball soars straight and true, further than you ever thought possible. It’s for that moment, and that next round where you’ll shoot your lowest score yet… that’s what golfers live for.
4. Golf Could Help Your Career
This was something my dad always told us, and hey – it turned out to be true! Golf outings are a great way to network in your career, especially if your company hosts an annual employee tournament. Not only does golf present a perfect opportunity to bond with your coworkers and colleagues, but you can host client appreciation tournaments, take vendors and prospects out on the course to pitch them ideas, and you can impress the top brass with your business & golfing acumen.
3. Two Words: Fantasy Golf
If you can’t play… play fantasy. The fantasy sports realm is for more than football fanatics. Pick 7 players each week and earn money for every player that makes the cut! Pay more attention to upcoming golf tournaments and root for your favorites to do well. Interested in playing? GOLFZING has a fantasy golf tournament, where you compete weekly for prizes!
2. Golf is Great Exercise!
That’s right, golf is great exercise for everyone. Walking from hole to hole might not be as intense as bicycling or running, but it gets the blood pumping, and swinging the club is a great way to maintain flexibility in your back, core, arms, and legs. Don’t believe us? Check out this blog we did on The Fitness of Golf, with a fun infographic. On average, you can burn 200 calories inn an hour at the driving range!
1. Golf is Fun
The number one reason we keep returning to golf and falling in love with it again is because, heck, golf is fun. A day out on the course calms your mind, keeps you fit and engaged, and even sparks a bit of friendly competition – with your friends and with yourself. Golf allows you to look inward and work towards improvement, and it reminds us all that we’re not perfect… but that doesn’t mean we stop trying! Whether you shoot a 72 or 144, there’s nothing like spending a couple hours, or even an afternoon, out on the golf course.
Did we miss any of the reasons you fall back in love with golf? Share your thoughts with us and Happy early Valentine’s Day!