Arguments all over the world take place day-in day-out over which sport is the best with everyone believing their sport is the best of them all. Ultimately it comes down to a matter of opinion, and of course you know where I’m going to stand! So here are my reasons as to why golf is the premier sport on the planet!
Golf is known for its un-written rules like never walking on your playing partners’ putting lines, removing your hat and shaking hands at the end of each round, and the way everyone in the group gets together to help look for strayed golf balls. The game teaches good manners and respect, and this is something we should be very proud of as golfers.
2: THERE’S NOTHING BETTER THAN PLAYING A LOVELY COURSE ON A SUNNY DAY
Golf on a warm day (plenty of those over here) with your pals on a lovely course cannot be beaten.
3: THERE’S PLENTY OF DIFFERENT FORMATS
You can play Medal, Stableford, Texas-Scramble, Foursomes, Greensomes, the list goes on. There are so many different ways to score and enjoy your golf meaning that it never gets boring.
Golf is such a versatile game. You can play golf on your own or with up to three of your mates at one time. Four is when you’re feeling rebellious.
5: YOU CAN COMPETE WITH ANYONE DESPITE CONTRASTING ABILITIES
Thanks to the handicap system, golfers of all different abilities can compete against one another on a level playing field. You can compete against a professional. In what other sport can you do that in without a blindfold or a weapon? What other sport could you play as an amateur on the same places that the top Pro’s compete? How many amateur soccer players can go and play at Wembley or the Nou Camp!
6: YOU CAN EAT AND DRINK WHILE YOU PLAY
You can walk down the fairway eating anything from a banana to last night’s dinner out of a Tupperware container. What other sport can you do this in? This is the same with beverages. If you fancy a coffee you can have one, if you fancy a beer that’s doable, or why not bring your own hipflask and celebrate a birdie with some Brandy?
7: DIFFERENT WAYS OF TRANSPORTING YOUR CLUBS
There are various ways of transporting your clubs. Most golfers carry; or you can use a trolley or a buggy. You can even transport them on a Mobility Chairs.
8: NO AGE LIMIT
Tiger Woods started playing when he was two, and the world’s oldest golfer is 103. Every club has its senior section and every club has its junior section. Golf is enjoyed by people of all different ages which are unseen in most other sports.
9: YOU CAN PLAY AS MANY HOLES AS YOU WANT
You can play the standard 18 or nine but if you fancy less. it’s usually easy enough to just play certain loops of three or four holes. If you’re feeling ambitious you can play 100 holes in a day, just make sure you wake up early.
Golf can be extremely rewarding. It’s also very painful, agonising, and frustrating but that just makes it even more rewarding when it all comes good, and it does, eventually. That feeling when you first break 90, 80 or even 70 is a momentous occasion and makes you realise all the pain was worth it and go back for more.
11: YOU CAN PRACTICE ANYWHERE (LITERALLY)
You can practice at the club, on the range, the garden, the living room and even the toilet
12: PROFESSIONAL CAREERS ARE LONGER IN GOLF THAN MOST SPORTS
Take Tom Watson for example. If he was a footballer he’d have retired 30 years ago. Yet in 2009 at the age of 59 he came one shot away from winning the Open Championship at Turnberry.
13: YOU CAN PLAY AS A TEAM OR AN INDIVIDUAL
Golf is commonly played as an individual game but can be played as a team event in all sorts of different varieties. You can have teams of any number: pairs, three-balls, fourballs or 12-man Ryder Cup style teams.
14: NO ROUND OF GOLF IS EVER THE SAME
If you’re a member of a golf club or Society you’ll inevitably have been asked “don’t you get bored of playing the same course over and over again?” Well the answer is always no. The conditions are never the same, the company is never the same, and your golf is certainly never the same. Every single round of golf is different and that’s why we love it and keep coming back to it.