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Why Golf is a Game People Love to Play

Updated on November 16, 2012

fresh air and quality time

Many people don't understand why people love to golf. There are many aspects to the game of golf that if you don't actually participate in the game, you'd never understand. The walk, exercise and fresh air are just the beginning of the benefits. It's a great opportunity for quality time, it's an easy game to adjust to make it less stressful, and it doesn't need to be expensive to play. There are lots of ways to learn and practice the game as well. If you have the right attitude golfing can be one of the most rewarding ways to spend time.

it's a good workout

The first time I went golfing I was taken aback by walking through the beautiful course hitting the ball through forests, up hills, over creeks, ponds and valleys. The scenery was spectacular. The fresh air was breathtaking as was the landscape, and although manicured, I still appreciated the quiet calm and natural beauty that was surrounding me.

The walk that I thought was going to be a breeze starting getting a little less breezy as the holes went by. Walking and talking, hitting balls or attempting to hit balls, is actually hard work that kind of creeps up on you if you're not used to it; I was surprised. 18 holes takes 4 hour to 5 hours; that's a long walk. It can be an invigorating workout; stopping to swing and work your upper body; for 4 hours, and, some courses can be quite hilly, adding to the exercise portion of the course. Golf carts are always an option, but personally I like to walk because a big part of why I like to golf is the opportunity to have a really good conversation with your golf partners and that's harder to do if you're driving.

where business deals are made

Golfing lends itself up to the possibility to having meaningful conversations, or at least conversations that aren't being constantly interrupted; and there aren't many sports you can say that about. A secluded walk, privacy and, generally people turn off their cell phones on golf courses. It's usually looked at as an opportunity to get together and chat, discuss, make plans, be creative; it's where many business deals are made and I can understand why. This talk time gives an opportunity for detailed discussion if that's what is needed, on any subject.

There can be friendly competition during a golf game and that can be bonding ... or not. Golf can bring out positive and negative personality traits. Reactions to good and bad shots, to how others play, how you move through the course and play the game are reflections of the golfer. A look at someone's sense of sportsmanship, sense of humor, honesty (it can be very easy to cheat or bend the rules), and behavior under pressure can be revealed during a game of golf.

The game can be very stressful; some players take it very seriously, so it can affect the entire group that's playing. The stress of playing golf can be reduced by a using one simple strategy, making the game accessible to everyone.


Several years ago when playing golf I stopped keeping score. I didn't see the point in it. I knew that no one would be waiting at the 19th hole with a big fat check for me no matter how well I played. My game has gotten much better as a result.

My husband and I started playing golf as a way of spending time doing something fun together that we both enjoyed. The bonus was that we had great productive discussions while we were on the course. It was a very successful way for us to share our creative ideas and resolve issues. A good discussion would be ruined however, by the frustration of a bad hole or game. So one one day we both agreed to not keep score before we started the game. The game of golf took on a whole new perspective for us.

The stress and expectation of doing well on each hole was put to the side and we relaxed as we played. We had some good shots and some bad shots. We learned to play each hole one at a time and it didn't matter if it took a few shots; in the end we got the ball in the hole and that was what mattered.

I started focusing on relaxing when I swung the club, and I hit better. I stopped gripping the club like a baseball bat and I stopped hooking and slicing. We both started playing better and enjoying the game more. We got back to having a good time, being relaxed, enjoying each other and having those fabulous brain storming sessions in the fresh air and privacy that you can only get at a golf course.

Now I'm happy with a few good shots a game; I don't need every hole to be great, I'm not a pro, I play for fun, a few good shots keeps me wanting to go back!

golfing options

Golfing can be affordable too, especially when you are playing for the love of the game and not for the snobbery sometimes associated with the sport. I don't play at the most expensive courses, I love to golf and when I was doing it regularly it meant 3 to 5 times a week. No matter where you play when you play that much it adds up.

There's no need to play at the most expensive courses. Most golf courses are well kept and the challenge is to be able to play anywhere. I had a Tee-Off Golf discount book for years and would play the courses in the book that gave those discounts. The book is a great way to explore the courses in your area that you might not otherwise play at. I also played at the golf courses that had the best prices and were open to the public. I'm not a golfing snob. I just like to golf.

"Pitch and Putt" courses or Par 3's are also great to play golf. These small golf courses are great to learn on, to practice your short game and are a third of the cost to play. They also rent clubs, you only need a 9 iron and a putter. 18 holes will take 2 to 3 hours and it's a much shorter walk than a full size course. Driving ranges are a great place to hit a few balls and practice swinging. You can control how long you are at a range and how many buckets you hit, it doesn't require the same time commitment a game does and it's a fraction of the cost of a game.

That little golf ball can be hard to hit and to get it into a cup is even tougher. That's the challenge of golf. This sport is about challenging yourself and having fun doing it. Everything else that comes with the game is a bonus, and to me those bonuses make it a game worth playing ... btw it feels so good to get it into the cup!

Hopefully now you might have a better understanding of why people are drawn to golf. It has many appealing aspects which make it an enriching experience for many people.

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    • eye say profile image

      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      kidsview; glad I could help with gift ideas!

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      kidsview 6 years ago from Earth

      this hub has given me great gift ideas, I didn't realize why my dad loves it so much.

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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      hey claptona - I was out walking in the woods ;O) and forgot to approve your comment! thanks for reading!

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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      claptona; it is a great game and all in the perspective as you so cleverly point out; I prefer to look at it as a good way to make the walk better ;O)

      stephaniedas; good for you it's a very social game, I hope you enjoy it!

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      Stephanie Das 6 years ago from Miami, US

      Hey there,

      To be honest, I never got golf! I thought it was really boring, but then again, I've never actually tried it. That is why I read this hub. Looks likefun...I'm game!

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      John D Wilson 6 years ago from Earth

      Hi Eye,

      Great game, golf.

      Last professional sport where the player determines his wages.

      A very good way to ruin a nice walk in the woods!

      Nice Hub.