Let’s spend some time together… ’cause that’s what it is about. Why do we play golf? For some it is to get outside, get some exercise, enjoy a few laughs, hit the little white ball, and yes, to spend some time together.
My sister called me one day and said, “Let’s spend some time together.” Which I thought was a fabulous idea and wondered what she had up her sleeve. We had to figure out what we were going to do, which is often a challenge because we are sooooooo different. Much to my surprise, she suggested coming golfing with me! Why a surprise you ask? Well, as I mentioned before we are totally different. I am the “jockette” who loves all sports and has tried to play all sports. She is open to trying all sports and more enthusiastically excels in the arts. As she has told me many times, “Couch potatoes don’t need reconstructive surgery!” I have had several broken bones and have pins and screws holding me together…enough said.
The best part
We had a beautiful day on the course. We laughed, joked, and I am sure if anyone was listening, caused a disturbance on the golf course ☺She would pick up her ball if she hadn’t hit it well, and put it up by my shot. We took turns hitting out of the bunkers, sometimes I would hit her ball. Otherwise, it might come flying out because it had been thrown. I do believe that a multiple of “foot wedges” and “breakfast balls” (even though we teed off after lunch) and “mulligans” was used that day. Oh my! We did have fun.
The best part of it all, we were spending time together.
That is one of the things that I love the most about golf. Regardless of your ability, everyone can play together. It doesn’t matter how good you are, or how bad you are. If you want to keep score, the handicap system makes the playing field even at the end of the day. If you don’t want to keep score, you don’t have to. One person can, or no one can. Golf is a game that is played in a group, and everyone plays their own game. It can even be played as a team game.
I guess you are wondering why I decided to write about this today. Well, I have a story to tell you. A few years ago, I was looking for someone to play golf with. So I asked if they would like to go and play. They responded, “No way! You’re too good!” Now for some people that would have made them happy, but for me, it hurt.
I took up golf regularly in 2006, and I most certainly wasn’t “too good.” I had a long ways to go. I thought the person I had asked would join me and we would have fun out there. I ran their comment over in my brain and tried to remember if I had ever made anyone feel uncomfortable or unwelcome on the course. I laughed at myself when I goofed up and thought everyone was playing their own game. I didn’t ever tell someone how to play unless they asked my opinion. And believe me, back then I didn’t even know what I was doing…let alone anyone else!
It still hurt
Fast forward to this past week. Once again, I mentioned to someone, “If you ever want to go out and play I would love to go with you!” and the response was, “No way! You’re too good!” Well, it still hurt, and this is what I said. “That is too bad. I thought we could go and have fun. Would you like it if I responded to you,” I don’t want to play with you because you aren’t good enough?” That is how much it hurt.
It was a different perspective for the person to see.
I explained to her that golf is great because everyone, regardless of ability can go and play together. Golf is fantastic because we get to exercise outside and enjoy the view and the fresh air. Golf is one of the only sports that you can play almost as soon as you can walk to almost the day you die. I told her the story of golfing with my sister and how much fun we had.
And then I said to her, “If you ever want to go and play golf, let’s spend some time together… ’cause that’s what it is about.”
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