Originally Posted by mvarley84
And I clearly said in my statement that as long as course etiquette and pace of play were being met, who cares what "rules" are followed or ignored...
I totally agree with you on this one. I don't really understand why we, as golfers, always have such a cow towards other people who want to bend the rules a little bit. So f**king what? If you are competing against somebody, then that is a whole different ballgame, but if you are just enjoying the game by yourself or with you friends, regardless of which rules you want to follow, you are, in my opinion, still playing golf.
When I was a kid and I came back from the park and my dad asked me "What did you guys do?," I would sometimes answer "We played baseball."
I don't ever recall him coming back with "No you weren't! Did you have umpires? Did you play with strikeouts and walks? What?!?! You had ghost runners! Go to your room, you are grounded for a week! AND DON'T EVER LET ME HEAR YOU REFER TO THAT AS BASEBALL AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Why? Because that would be ridiculous. I played baseball. When we went to the playground, even without fouls and winners outs, we played basketball. Even in my driveway with sneakers and cars in the way, we stilled played hockey. If you are at a course and you're whacking the ball into the hole, no matter what anybody on here says, you are golfing. You play golf your way, I'll play golf my way, and as long as everybody stays out of everybody else's way (etiquette and speed) we're all gonna be happy.