Well, I thought you might wait a long time for a literate golfer to
come along and answer your question. (Please, no hate mail from my
fellow researchers who may be golfers!). I also thought that maybe we
could discover the lure of the game together. So, put on your funny
shoes, but, please, not the lime green outfit
According to the USGA, handicaps of recreational golfers have
remained unchanged in the last 25 years. Maybe that doesn't surprise
you, but consider the changes in the golf industry in recent decades.
Equipment is so high-tech now; golf clubs practically swing
What an amazing testimonial to the mystery and allure of golf. In
spite of evidence to the contrary, we continue to immerse ourselves in
the hope of beating this marvelous and crazy game.
From this we might discern that there is some continual striving to
master the game, hence its ability to remain interesting to members of
the zealous for a lifetime.
Happiness in Golf
Two men were playing a round of golf one day. Just as they were about
to start one of the holes, a funeral procession went by on the road
beside the course. One of the golfers, Clyde, takes off his cap and
stands with his cap to his chest, and waits for the entire procession
to go by. He then puts his cap back on and proceeds to tee off.
"Gee Clyde, that was a very nice gesture on your part. It was very
thoughtful and respectful of you to do that," his friend said.
"Well," Clyde replied, "I was married to her for 30 years, it was the
least that I could do."
From this we can deduce that, over the course of a lifetime, golf
might outlast a spouse, something in the nature of a faithful
The Humor Vault
The man who takes up golf to get his mind off his work soon takes up
work to get his mind off golf.
(Is it in the nature of an obsession? An addiction? That would explain
The Humor Vault
"Indeed, the highest pleasure of golf may be that on the fairways and
far from all the pressures of commerce and rationality, we can feel
immortal for a few hours." -Colman McCarthy
(Immortality? That can be a very powerful lure.)
"I'd give up golf if I didn't have so many sweaters." -Bob Hope
(Golf for the wardrobe? That was a surprise!)
"He enjoys that perfect peace, that peace beyond all understanding,
which comes at its maximum only to the man who has given up golf."
(Because it feels so good when you quit? I always thought P.G.
Wodehouse was a man of great insight.)
More quotes can be found at:
Here is a review I found of a book called, Golf Gave Me Something to
Love by Bob Thomas.
"Is golf an apt metaphor for life off the course? Do the lessons
learned -- or not learned -- hold any value beyond 18 holes? Can a
game transform a soul? If you say, "Yes," you'll love this story." If
you say "No," you need to read it . . . before it's too late."
Transform a soul? Heady stuff, that. Maybe the answer is to be found
in this book.
Review from Kiel Christensen, TravelGolf.com
Then I searched on Google Groups, to get some insight. Here are a few
quotes from the faithful:
Again, it's just part of the allure of the sport for me. Not just
the act itself. Golf offers such an all encompassing experience
compared to other sports I played in the past. And the people who
play the game are characters to the Nth degree. You gotta love it.
Subject: Re: "R&B"
Date: 2002-02-17 21:25:03 PST
To each his own, but I'm firmly in the camp that the allure of golf
is multi-layered. The competiton, the quest, the self-discipline, the
walking down the fairway, and more. All of these things combine to
create the complex compassion that we call golfing.
From: Jack Hodgson (jghiii@NETCOM.COM)
Subject: Re: Carts
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And then there is the philosophical:
I will be more specific. The secret to and the allure of golf lie in
the struggle between god-like effort and self restraint. You see,
with sufficient practice and dedication it turns out that practically
any person with resolve can play one hole of golf as well as almost
anyone else in the world.
From: E. Zundel (email@example.com)
Subject: On the art of writing; floating in the Fourth Dimension -
Newsgroups: alt.fan.ernst-zundel, alt.revisionism, rec.humor
And the very modest:
I like golf because I don't have to be fast, tall and strong to be a
From: Scott Newell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Re: Golfnhead
Lastly, I called my father, who has been a lifelong golfer. He plays
at least four days a week, and whenever I am stuck for a Christmas or
Fathers Day gift idea, I look for something golf related, confident
that it will please. The only problem is that he now owns almost every
golf-themed mug or book or desk accessory that there isIm running
out of ideas.
I asked him if he could explain the lifelong lure of the game, a
philosophical discussion that we had not had up to this point. He said
that, as he got older, he stopped playing most of the other sports
that he had enjoyed (and there were many). Golf was the only one left
that didnt hurt his knees.
So, yreka, I dont know about you, but this is almost more that I ever
wanted to know about golf. It was all very interesting, but, you will
probably still only have that aha! moment while hiking in the
mountains. Because, as Mark Twain said, Golf is a good walk spoiled.
On Google and on Google Groups
golf quotations OR stories OR sayings OR funny
quotations OR stories OR sayings OR funny "allure of golf"