Why Golf Should Be Archery

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A Youth of Golf Torture

Few sports have caused me physical injury, but unfortunately, golf is one of them.

"How can this be?" you might ask. Was I hit in the head with a flying golf ball or golf club, or run over by a rogue golf cart?

No, friends, it was worse than that.

After years as a child and teen, trying to watch and understand golf on television at home and irriated by the whispering of the announcers, I thought that I could never learn to play the game. Then, during my first year in college, an old golfing friend asked me to come with him while he played on the university golf course and he would teach me how to play. "Finally!" I thought, "I will be able to understand golf and learn how to play it and appreciate it when I watch it."  

He was not a very good teacher. 

After this individiual's "lesson", I had been injured and decided that actual golf lessons must be more on the order of Astronaut Training.

Golf Challenges

Yes, I was as frustrated as trying to play amongst Kanagroos at Anglesea Golf Course on the Great Ocean Road. AngryAussie at YouTube and Wordpress pegged the feeling just right for me (see the video above).

You see, I had never held a golf club before, only a croquet mallet - when I was 8 years old. Further, there had been no sports for girls in the K-12 of my upbringing, so I had no clue. My Marching Band experience was certainly no preparation for playing golf, except in the endurance it had given me for walking. That was very useful, but I had never even played miniature golf and had not been able to see the grip that golfers were using on television. However, I thought that my "friend" knew what he was doing, because he had played golf for several years.

Now in the 21st Century of Elightenment, I see that perhaps I should have been taken to a driving range first - or even a miniature golf course. However, that was not done in these Golfing Dark Ages.

My old acquaintance - I'll call him "Mel" - drove me to the university golf course where he played regularly and took me to the first tee. He was wearing golfing gloves, but said that I did not need such gloves as a beginner. Then he taught me a "baseball grip" on the club, stating that he liked baseball better anyway. I began to wonder about his teaching skills.

After completing the first hole (4 strokes for me on a Par 3- not too bad for a beginner), we approached the second tee and teed off. A group of 3 middle-aged male golfers teed off next for Hole 2. My second swing for that fairway missed the ball and all three of these older men approaching us began yelling and cursing loudly about beginners on the course. Mel told them to play through, and they did so, but with more yelling. I was taken aback by the bad manners, because I'd never heard this on TV.

It was slow going and we played 18 holes that I will never forget.

After completing the first hole (4 strokes for me on a Par 3 - not too bad for a beginner), we approached the second tee and teed off.

A group of 3 middle-aged male golfers teed off next for Hole 2. My second swing for that fairway missed the ball and all three of these older men approaching us began yelling and cursing loudly about beginners on the course.

Mel told them to play through, and they did so, but with more yelling. I was taken aback by the bad manners, because I'd never heard this on TV.

It was slow going and we played 18 holes that I will never forget.

Aftermath of a Bad Golf Day

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Ouch!

By Hole 4, my hands had something like rug burn over the palms. By Hole 18, my hands were somewhat blistered as well and I was very tired, but felt good about completing the round. Actually, I was also glad it was over.

Although the round took a long time, because my club grip was not working well, I couldn't figure out another grip, and my hands hurt; no other golfers yelled or cursed at me, so that was a plus. Mel kept saying that the baseball grip was the only one that was any good. Hmmm...

That evening, I used appropiate measures to cleanse and soothe my hands. However, the next morning, my hands were significantly swollen. I could not write well for several days and this was before computers, so I had difficulty taking notes in classes.

Soon, I talked with some long-time golfers and learned just how incorrectly Mel had instructed me. Therefore, I never went golfing with him again. I did learn to play miniature golf and to understand something about the game of golf so that I was able to finally enjoy watching it on television and occasionally at the yearly Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. I've also come to respect many fine golfers.

As Frustating as Kangaroos on Fairways - Vid of AngryAussie

The Long Bow

 This bow has been strung. Do not store wooden bows in this status or hang them on the wall by the string, because it will destroy the power of the wood.
This bow has been strung. Do not store wooden bows in this status or hang them on the wall by the string, because it will destroy the power of the wood.

Archery Golf, I Understand.

Having shot a few arrows in the back yard as a teen, I took two archery courses in college and enjoyed this sport very much. Thus began my sporting "career." In Asian studies courses, I learned that archery, especially longbow archery, is used in the martial arts, and this has served me well. I have also learned that the golf club and the golf ball can be used as weapons, although I've never had occasions to use them in this manner.

An interesting revelation, however, is the sport of Archery Golf.

Not an uncommon sport, Archery Golf, is played on the regular golf course. Each golfing shot comprises the firing of a single arrow down the fairway in the direction of the golf Hole. The first arrow is fired from the tee and the remainder from where the previous arrow landed. At the end of a Hole, the arrow is fired into a four-foot circle on the green at ground level beside the Hole.

If you're careful and have the course to yourselves, archers and golfers can play against one another.

It's a lot of fun!

Golf Accidents

Where to Play Archery Golf

American bow hunter Howard Hill wrote the first set of Archery Golf rules in 1928. Thereafter, he won 7 Archery Golf tournaments himself. Subsequently, he began Howard Hill Archery Company (Montana) in the 1950s and it is still in business today. Many archers name Howard Hill as the greatest archer that ever lived. Among other honors in many countries, he was inducted to the ABC Bow Hunter's Hall of Fame in 1975, in the year of his death. He was nicknames The Babe Ruth of Archery.

ARCHERY GOLF SYSTEM® in Italy is an enjoyable recreational activity designed for tourists and sporting enthusiast. This original system was invented and developed by Mr. Eugenio Ciocca, a certified instructor of the Italian Archery Federation. See the link for more information.

Archery Golf is also played in Cuba, Australia, England, Israel, and to a lesser extent, in the USA. It is beginning to increase in popularity and spread to other countries. In America, check with your local archery clubs or golf courses.

Archery Golf - Vid in Spanish only

Golf Legends

From among the golfers I admire, Payne Stewart is a standout. His too-short life is commemorated with the Payne Stewart Award, described in the video below. The award is presented to golfers that display personal and professional character as well as a passion for golf, matched by their enthusiasm for life.

The Payne Stewart Award

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Comments 16 comments

mikeq107 8 years ago

Great Hub patty ;0)

I marvel at how such a small ball can humble even the greatest of people:)

For the longest time I could never get the hang of it and then one day I began to slam balls long and straight.. I could not figure it out ? as i was a social golfer and thankful if i ever hit a good one!! then it struck me! That year I had learned to play chess and had become so use to stareing at the board so keeping my eye on the ball became second nature LOL

Mike ;0)

Ps in Ireland we had sheep and cows


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Hi mikeq107 -

Sheep and cows indeed; it makes sense. - I was surpised by the kangaroos, though. Never thought of it before.

Come to think of it, I probably should have stuck to chess. :)

Patty


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William F. Torpey 8 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

Enjoyed reading this, Patty -- and seeing the photos and videos, too. Nevertheless I think I'll stick to golf. I saw a lot of cowboys and Indians when I was a kid and loved to see those arrows flying, but when I tried to shoot one at a resort in Pennsylvania the arrow just wobbled and fell down about five feet in front of me. But I am the proud owner of a golf ball with Payne Stewart's signature on it. It's always nice to see Larry, Moe and Curley, especially holding golf clubs.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Isn't frustrating when sports equipment defies us like that? :) I've never learned how to serve a tennis ball - over the fence every time.

A Payne Stewart keepsake like that is certainly a treasure you'll always enjoy. Now, if I could only find the short subject the Stooges did in Judo uniforms, I'd be happy.

It's always edifying when you visit and comment, Willilam!


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sixtyorso 8 years ago from South Africa

My feelings about golf mirror yours Patti!.

You can see my take via the hubmob if you wish. but I think your story is great!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

I will certianly read your Hub as well, sixty. Looks like most readers like Miniature Golf best so far. :)


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal

Archery golf... now that must be fun. Do you think I can start practicing it on a regular golf course? I hope other golf players do not mind :D

Now seriously, that was new for me I never heard about this sport before. Thanks for sharing it in such an enjoyable writing style ;)

BTW, I´m waiting for Hup to invent the new hubgolf but in the meanwhile I´ll try to find places to try and play the archery golf ;)


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Reg Brittain 8 years ago from South Burlington, VT, USA

Awesome hub! I am way not into golf.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

funride - Hmmm...I think one must locate a golf course that sponsors archery golf days LOL :) Imagine what would happen if a team of archers strolled onto the first tee and began to shoot? I can see golfers plunging into sand traps for safety.

Reg - me neither, but I can at least enjoy watching it now.


The Old Firm 8 years ago

Nice hub Patty. Like you, I'm not into golf, - in my case either too busy or too broke, (but I do have a#4 wood within reach as I type this, for Jackalopes, Gay Bears, income tax inspectors and other low life who get past the elective eels, only to play a round with of course... I,m totally pacifist, ask my victims!) I have done a bit of archery though, on a hunting course in a pocket of bush, where the targets resemble -- Jackalopes, Gay Bears, income tax insp.. gee, golf and archery are similar aren't they.

I think that golf archery would be fun to play. And very little chance of abusive businessmen wanting to play through.

Have you come across golf croquet? It's rather popular around where I live although I can't be bothered myself. it apparently livens up a rather sedate game and is of course much cheaper to take up. Only one mallet instead of umpty-ump clubs, tees balls gee-gaws, nick-knacks and gins in the nineteenth afterwards.

By the bye I'm in the market for offers on seven million redundant elective eels, the same number of military pogo-sticks, one gay bear, a number of iridescent Shirley Temple photographs, and a virtually unused DIY Jackalope taxidermy kit, although I may gift the last to Tinkerbell the Bear; he? seems very keen to use it. (If you read this B.T., I strongly suggest that you buy it and save yourself from a lot of discomfort at the hands of a sweat but furious bear.)


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

I played some type of golf croquet as a child, without instructions, so it must have been incorrect play but, I liked the sounds of the wooden croquet balls bonking together. I wonder if the elective eels might play on pogo sticks - instead of water polo it could be Lawn Pogo. There's money in there somewhere, I'll bet -- Pogo stick croquet might make you an income. Perhaps we'll work up some drawings of it. There is also Chaos Ball, played with a golf ball, a soccer ball, a broom, a golf club, a tennis racket, and a shovel...

Meanwhile, much success to you on auctions of iridescent Shirleys and such.

Always good to hear from you, The Old Firm.


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The Old Firm 8 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

To clear up a few points:

1) The photos are rather plain but Shirley has a definite glow on - can fry an elective eel at ten paces!

2) Tinkerbell is sweet, not sweat. I came to this site first by an odd route and found that I couldn't edit after posting.

3)Golf croquet is a "for real" sport, check out the following links. I recommend persevering with the longer one, it leads to a delightful exercise in small town journalism by a probable cub reporter.

http://www.croquet.org.nz/index.php?id=golf

http://www.hbtoday.co.nz/localsport/storydisplay.c...

or go to google, golf croquet, Grandma sees the funny side of a hairy ride.

4) Isn't listening to the more intimate moments of wooden croquet balls a form of voyeurism?

Do you have the recipe for Jackalope Pie or should I ask The Mighty Hunter when I find Where he's hiding?

Cheers, TOF


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thank you so much for the Links to Enlightenment for Golf Croquet :) I see that it is indeed real, will study its rules, and look for it on Cable TV. I hope I can find a tournament to watch.

As for listening to the private moments of the music of the wooden spheres, I have had no such opportunity for so many years that the point is now moot.

And yes, yes, I shall have to print that recipe for Jackalope Pie very soon...


David Jacob 6 years ago

Interesting, but did you know that there is an Archery Golf course where ONLY Archery golf is played? In central Wisconsin a course was layed out in the mid 50's, and as far as I know is the only golf course dedicated to just archery in the US. It is a 18 hole course with holes ranging from 100 yards to 350 yards. Many holes are level, but some are uphill, others downhill, and there is one hole that is over a gully. It is a blast!


Melvoid 6 years ago

I have a video on youtube showing the Archery Golf course in central Wisconsin. I probably can't put the url here, but if you Google "Archery Golf in Wisconsin" or go to YouTube and search "melvoid," you'll find it.


Henry Luna 5 years ago

Archery is simply the most exciting hobby there is! I love archery.........

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