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Q: Golf ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Golf
Category: Sports and Recreation > Games
Asked by: zukies-ga
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Posted: 05 Apr 2005 14:36 PDT
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Question ID: 505429
Is golf a sport or a game ? What's the difference ?
Subject: Re: Golf
Answered By: alienintelligence-ga on 06 Apr 2005 10:53 PDT
Hi zukies

I will defer half of my answer to, and
reference as well, a fellow researcher's
answer to a prior question equivalent to
your second question, regarding the difference
between a sport and game:

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Subject: Re: Difference between a Sport and a Game
Answered By: cynthia-ga on 07 Jan 2005 04:40 PST
Rated: 5 stars

"You're confused because the word GAME has several meanings.  You can
play a game of sports, but you can't sport a game.  To illustrate
this, think of the Olympics.  They are called the OLYMPIC GAMES.  All
the competitions are in specific Sports.

Olympic Games - Official Website

The GAME is that world-class athletes --all good at different SPORTS
--COMPETE for medals, and future endorsements.

Pocket Billiards is a sport, and you can play different games [rule
sets] within the sport: 8-ball, 9-ball, etc..  [for those that
disagree, Pocket Billiards has been declared a Sport by the **Olympic
Committee --see below]

Football is a sport, and when you watch it, it's a game of football.

When I play Cards, which is a game, I play a "card game" or a "game of cards."

Swimming is a sport, and there is no game of Swimming.  Even a Swim
gathering is not a game, it's a Swim Meet.  This is the same for
fishing, rollerskating, skiing and similar activities.

Stamp collecting, like knitting, is a hobby.  There is no physical
exertion, no game aspect, it can be done "at your leisure."

In a game you can blame the referee (or the luck of the cards). In a
sport, win or lose, you always put forth your best effort.

Chess is competitive, and not physically demanding, so it is a game.

A game always has rules.  Sports require skills.  Uniforms are worn in
games, no matter what the sport.

Baseball is the sport, the "World Series" is a Baseball Game."


Unfortunately Golf isn't listed in her examples
so, to answer your first question if you will
allow me; I would say that golf is a game that
can be incorporated in the scope of a sport when
the 'manner of the game' includes direct competition
of teams or individuals, and/or a goal or point set
to claim a win/victory. So, if golf is played at
leisure then it would be solely a 'game' (of leisure).

Using a popular comparison site* of google
results, the term "game of golf" had 315,000
results vs. "sport of golf" at 18,900 results.
Doing a search on "golf is a game" had more
results (20,700) compared to "golf is a sport"
at (5,570) results. [ ]
[* not to be  considered definitive since many
things can contribute to results generated and
the results number presented with a search is a
"general sum"]

And finally as a more definitive means of
determining the most common use, I did a
search on google news for relevant, current
news, the terms, golf and game returned
[ ]
13,200 results compared to 3,610 for golf
[ ]
and sport. More defining is the fact that
when searching for golf and sport, the search
terms were not associated in the text, whereas
the search for golf and game, returned a
large amount of results where golf was
actually referred to as a game.

I think definitively this shows that the
general public would consider golf a game
as well. Generally speaking.


Search terms used:

"game of golf"
"sport of golf"

"golf is a game"
"golf is a sport"

golf game
[ ]

golf sport
[ ]

thanks for your question,
Subject: Re: Golf
From: myoarin-ga on 07 Apr 2005 10:23 PDT
That was correct, of course, but more simply:  Sport is a physical
activity for pleasure and not for gain (prof. sport excepted, of
course, but not a physical activity that produces something).  Some
consider mental games, such as chess, also to be a sport.   That
introduces the word "game", which is always a competion, one in which
there is a score, versus competitions that are races.  With
time-keeping, there is an impression of scoring, but really it is only
a matter of who finishes first, whereas in a game (not all card games)
the winner accumulates points.
Golf is therefore both a sport and a game.
The "Olympic Games" are, of course, a combination of games and races. 
Originally, there wasn't any counting of accumulated winners by each
country, a total O. Game's score, so to speak, but at latest the Cold
War - probably the 1936 Games in Berlin -  brought that.

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