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1 hour ago, bkuehn1952 said:

Here in the Mitten, we can play almost year round.

What'ch drinking?  (jk)

I'm usually done at the end of October and start mid April.    Davison must use a different calendar!  :whistle:

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I didn't have any choice.  Every adult male I came in contact with, in my Wonder Bread years, was nutty about golf.  Often as not (after church) we hit the battleship roast buffet at the country club.  Being somewhat competent, at golf, was a rite of passage.  It has never occurred to me not to play golf.

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13 minutes ago, Piz said:

I didn't have any choice.  Every adult male I came in contact with, in my Wonder Bread years, was nutty about golf.  Often as not (after church) we hit the battleship roast buffet at the country club.  Being somewhat competent, at golf, was a rite of passage.  It has never occurred to me not to play golf.

Please, share more about that battleship roast buffet...

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Why do I play golf....hmmm...interesting question.  

My ex-wife (first) had lots of uncles who all played golf and they would all end up at my home around the time of The Masters.  We would watch it and they would talk golf.  That was when I took an "interest" in the game.  

But, the real reason I play I think is best summed up by the Hardy Greaves character in the movie "Legend of Bagger Vance".

Rannulph Junuh:
You really love this game, don't you?

Hardy Greaves:
It's the greatest game there is.

Rannulph Junuh:
You really think so?

Hardy Greaves:
Ask anybody. It's fun. It's hard and you stand out there on that green, green grass, and it's just you and the ball and there ain't nobody to beat up on but yourself; just like Mister Newnan keeps hittin' himself with the golf club every time he gets angry. He's broken his toe three times on account of it. It's the only game I know that you can call a penalty on yourself, if you're honest, which most people are. There just ain't no other game like it.

So, that says it all for me...."There just ain't no other game like it".  And besides, I cannot find another form of self abuse I like this much.  

 

Edited by RickK

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11 hours ago, The Flush said:

I golf because I have more time and money than I have brains, and I don't have much time or money.

🤣

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11 hours ago, dennyjones said:

What'ch drinking?  (jk)

I'm usually done at the end of October and start mid April.    Davison must use a different calendar!  :whistle:

We breed our golfers tough (and liberal) in Ann Arbor!!

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Took it up when I was 57, just after I retired. I wanted male company, wanted to make sure I got exercise, and needed to kill time. The only problem is that I find it a real strain on my body. Elbows and shoulders suffer terribly

1 hour ago, bkuehn1952 said:

We breed our golfers tough (and liberal) in Ann Arbor!!

I'm just thinking what would happen to a golfer who is a liberal at my golf club. I live in an extremely right wing area, if my town was in the USA it would be real Trump territory. Liberals and lefties get served in hot dog rolls here 😁

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I play golf because I can. I use to be pretty good at this game. 

It's fun, and good exercise for me.

I also have a lot of long time friends who also play, so there's also that side of it. 

It's also quite possible that I just like smacking that ball around the course for a few hours each day. 

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52 minutes ago, Patch said:

I play golf because I can. I use to be pretty good at this game.

Ditto. Just like the the Toby Keith song, I ain't as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.

52 minutes ago, Patch said:

It's fun, and good exercise for me.

I'm not so sure about the fun part. 😉

53 minutes ago, Patch said:

I also have a lot of long time friends who also play, so there's also that side of it.

My friend that I have played with for years doesn't really play anymore. He has bone on bone arthritis in his thumb, and his hands shake so bad, he can hardly tee up a ball. 😳 Other golf friends have moved elsewhere.

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3 hours ago, Mr Puddle said:

Took it up when I was 57, just after I retired. I wanted male company, wanted to make sure I got exercise, and needed to kill time. The only problem is that I find it a real strain on my body. Elbows and shoulders suffer terribly

I'm just thinking what would happen to a golfer who is a liberal at my golf club. I live in an extremely right wing area, if my town was in the USA it would be real Trump territory. Liberals and lefties get served in hot dog rolls here 😁

No politics please. Last warning.

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There is nothing better than playing well at golf. ... And almost nothing more frustrating than playing poorly... I've done my share of both. 

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I play golf because it is a unique combination of things that I enjoy:

  • Physical athletic/coordination challenge
  • Psychological challenge
  • Lots of opportunity for pursuit of growth/improvement
  • Low impact compared to my previous sports (soccer, football, basketball)
  • Exercise (I walk/carry/push exclusively for the most part)
  • Outdoors
  • Personal time away from wife & children
  • Spend time with friends who play

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Growing up I played lots of different sports, but not golf. As I got older I took up golf just to get out and have some exercise and some challenge. As I retired I was too old to play other sports like fast pitch softball that I really enjoyed. Forget baseball, football or even basketball.   

So golf was the ideal sport to play. I really got into it and the more I played the more it challenged me. The more it challenged me the harder I tried until I became fairly proficient at it. After I got to the point I no longer could reach greens on most par 4s/5s in regulation it became a challenge to make par on those holes. I love this game so much I hate it at times, but I continue to challenge it as it also challenges me every round. 

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17 hours ago, Double Mocha Man said:

Please, share more about that battleship roast buffet...

It was pretty standard Sunday buffet fare when I was growing up.  My dad called it a battleship roast due to his time in the Navy.  They were about two feet in diameter and there would be a guy, in a chef's outfit, carving off thin slices for you with a long serrated knife.  Surrounding the massive joint were small, white, peeled and roasted potatoes...swimming in dark juice.  That's about it.

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Why I play golf, wow what a happy thought.

It is a connection to my past, the good times with my Dad on a course.  I can still remember 50 years ago this summer and the very first time i played.  My Dad gave me a Junior Club 7 iron & Putter and off we went together.  I still have both of those clubs.  

The joy of hitting a spectacular shot from an incredible lob wedge out of the rough last round to just hammering a Drive.  To see those shots and look at a PGA player on TV and say - I can do that, while not as consistent but still to see it done and do it.  I want no part of tackling Derrick Henry but i could play golf with Rory McIlroy, if he let me.

The uniqueness of the architecture of each and every golf course all over the world.  Are there really any two courses the same?  To see how the Local 9 was laid out to some of the most exclusive Country Clubs in the country (yes i have been lucky to know some people).  I find this so cool.

To step up on the 1st Tee and meet someone for the first time and know already have in common - Golf and from there you build a new friendship.  

Golf is literally the coolest sport there is, you can hit one completely laterally and bomb the crap out of a Drive and still see the Pros do the same thing and laugh at yourself and them as well.

So why i play the game - it fills me with Happy Thoughts

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I have Parkinson's in my right hand that was brought on by Agent Orange in Vietnam.

Diet and exercise will almost completely remove my tremor.  (I also take medications) 

That is mainly why I golf.

I also just enjoy the game. 

Retired Old Man

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Because crack is not socially acceptable... but golf is.

Both involve a small white object that completely rules your life.

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As a dapper gentleman I had the pleasure of playing a round with once told me, "You don't seem like you have enough sense to quit."

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