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Alcohol and Golf  

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  1. 1. How much do you drink when you play?

    • Not at all
      41
    • Rarely
      36
    • Occasionally
      27
    • Often
      16
    • Always or nearly all the time
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I have been doing all sorts of sports my whole life and I never acquired a taste for alcohol.  I also never developed the patience for sitting around in a bar talking for hours when I could be playing tennis or basketball.  Right or wrong my attitude was always... go have a few drinks and then let me run you around the court for a few hours, can't think of anything more enjoyable.

So alcohol and any sports just doesn't mix with me.  This doesn't mean I never drink.  I will occasionally have wine and I can certainly polish off a six-pack in a year or two.

John

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On 3/19/2016 at 11:17 AM, Tim Williamson said:

To what extent is alcohol a part of your golf game? Some of the guys I have played with start working on their buzz as soon as they get to the course in the early morning. One of them told me that he plays better when he's had a mixed drink to start things off. He went on to say that the more he drinks the better he plays. I consider some of them functioning alcoholics. How can being impaired help your golf game? When I started playing with this group I partook in the post game libations. I soon realized that this is not fun, especially the next day hangover. I love golf but I can do without the alcohol. I decided that the only way I can join in any post game gathering is with a non-alcoholic brew. Playing with a group where a good number of players use alcohol as part of their ritual has made me examine how I feel about the mixture of golf and alcohol. I see golf as an athletic pursuit. It requires focus and stamina. 

I absolutely never drink while playing golf.   Drinking and playing don't mix.   Only hacks think they play better impaired....................

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On 7/1/2016 at 9:35 AM, Dave2512 said:

Depends on what they have. There are some beers that I wouldn't drink for free and at the courses I play no pro bartenders so choices are few. If I am driving I don't period. 

That's why you bring your own.

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I don't mind tilting a few back while playing with my friends.

We usually start early so we cant get any till after the turn.

We don't get hammered when playing... I don't think that would be possible or fun.  I have seen some drunken fools while out playing.  They usually are trashing the course and slowing it down.  That's when you skip a few holes and play them later.

The best beers are usually at the 19th recapping the round and trash talking each other.

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Some friends and I were playing last summer and the course was really backed up. I had a pretty good front nine (41), but we had a lot of time to kill at the turn, so we had a "few" drinks at the clubhouse. Ended up with a 55 on the back, but I'm pretty sure I had a good time.

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I am always super amped up before a round.  There are times when I will have one or two drinks to calm me down.  On Friday this back fired on me. Playing a pretty tough course to get on in my area so I was very excited. Had one beer before heading to first tee. On tee lighting struck and all hell broke loose.  2 hour delay until we could go out.  I had about 4 beers and on the first tee realized I was drunk.  Started triple, double, double and started to sober up.  I can't golf drunk.

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When playing my local course,I have a beer after the 10th hole,two more after the 14th and a couple in the clubhouse after the round.

Can't wait to get back.

10 weeks without lifting a club.

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I've pretty much given up adult beverages and golf, which not that long ago would be crazy talk to me, I'm a drinker and being out there having fun demands a cold beer.

But I realized not long ago that even just one beer affects my game big time, and I'm no lightweight, mostly the tee ball gets too wild.

I'm OK with it though, I'd rather wait until after and drink to a good round than drown my sorrows.

 

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Rarely, but the times I do are basically write-off rounds. Had two rounds this Summer already where both were team scramble tournies for a bday and bachelor party.where maybe 10-12 drinks were had. 

Every other round is dry, and honestly, the one course where we got plastered for the bachelor party is one I always wanted to play seriously someday.

 

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For my Thursday league night, it is usually a pint of beer or two before the round, two more on the front nine, two more on the back nine, and a few more in the clubhouse after.  I still post my scores, and try my best, but Thursday is more about riding around the golf course and having fun with my buddies than about golf.  I definitely don't play better because of the beer, but generally, I don't usually play any worse either.  I can't drink like that every day of the week and function though, so days that aren't Thursdays, I tend to limit my intake on the course.

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My dad used to be friends with Mike Bullard, who was a successful NHL player. Every year, roughly 10-12 guys including my dad and Bullard would take a golf trip to Myrtle Beach in May. When Bullard was with the Penguins, the month of May was typically free. A few hockey players often tagged along, usually minor league guys.

One hockey player felt drunk after they had played 36, after ordering multiple beers every time the car girl came through. They figured out he drank 30 beers that day. He slept in my dad's car until the whole group had showered and was ready to go out for the night. They woke him up, and he decided to come with them and proceeded to drink all night.

Professional athlete. Canadians, man.

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Snooker pro Bill Werbeniuk was a legend for his drinking exploits. Below is a bit from his Wikipedia entry. 

 

Some of Werbeniuk's most famous feats of drinking include: 76 cans of lager during a game with John Spencer in Australia in the 1970s;[2]43 pints of lager in a snooker match/drinking contest against Scotsman Eddie Sinclair in which, after Sinclair had passed out following his 42nd pint, Werbeniuk was reported to say "I'm away to the bar now for a proper drink";[7] 28 pints of lager and 16 whiskies over the course of 11 frames during a match against Nigel Bond, in January 1990 – after which Werbeniuk then consumed an entire bottle of Scotch to "drown his sorrows" after losing the match.

 

Suffice to say he died pretty young.

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35 minutes ago, marcharing said:

Snooker pro Bill Werbeniuk was a legend for his drinking exploits. Below is a bit from his Wikipedia entry. 

 

Some of Werbeniuk's most famous feats of drinking include: 76 cans of lager during a game with John Spencer in Australia in the 1970s;[2]43 pints of lager in a snooker match/drinking contest against Scotsman Eddie Sinclair in which, after Sinclair had passed out following his 42nd pint, Werbeniuk was reported to say "I'm away to the bar now for a proper drink";[7] 28 pints of lager and 16 whiskies over the course of 11 frames during a match against Nigel Bond, in January 1990 – after which Werbeniuk then consumed an entire bottle of Scotch to "drown his sorrows" after losing the match.

 

Suffice to say he died pretty young.

Correction, rich, happy and young :-P

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