Here are two things we now know to be true:
The odds of getting COVID-19 from a surface is incredibly small.
The odds of getting COVID-19 outdoors from brief encounters (a few minutes, even) with other people is incredibly small.
I think people are under the quite false impression that if you get one "viral particle" on you, you can become infected. The number appears to be at least 1000.
I think players like Karlson or Doughty are a pretty comparable style. They don't do what Orr did because they can't, not because they don't want to. Obviously the game has changed, but it's changed from when #99 changed too. In a way, that supports your argument as well, because I think Mario's game translate's better to today than Wayne's would.
To piggyback on that, Orr wasn't even super high up in per-game totals during his career:
657 games, 270 goals (0.411 GPG) and 888 points (1.41 PPG). Over Gretzky's NHL career he got 0.60 GPG and 1.92 PPG while Lemieux over his whole career got 0.75 GPG and 1.88 PPG.
That's in spite of only playing 12 seasons in the NHL.
The city owned courses of Houston (most importantly Memorial Park) open on June 1st. Limited tee times. There were already 1200-1500 people per day trying to get tee times before COVID. It was extremely hard to grab tee time. I figure less tee times will make it even harder, though one could argue less people might be trying to golf....but at the other public tracks in the area that doesn't appear to be true!
I have a handful:
- Play twice a week. It's been years since I played golf regularly. After some great conversations with my wife (and her best friend's husband also wanting to) we just joined the local country club. Fantastic course, 7 minutes from home. I have no more excuses.
- Get my HC to 8 or better. 5 years ago, the last time I was playing a lot, I was a 6. 8 is pretty realistic for me, as long as......
- Stay pain free. I have problems with Tennis elbow when I play a lot. I love the range, but I'm going to have to manage this if I want to reach my other goals.
- Really teach my 10 year old son the game. He got into it last year, and can hack it around the course. Funny thing about hockey players, golf seems to come easy. This year, at a more prestigious club than the goat track we played last year, I want to focus on rules, etiquette, and respect for the game. He can work on his swing at golf camp!