For the Love of the Game
I was a lucky guy growing up In Minnesota. My neighborhood was full of kids and we played baseball, football, and hockey all the time. It was way more fun than organized sports – we played for the shear love of playing the game.
We’ve always wanted to bring that basic fun of playing a game to Deer Run GC. That’s why I still play golf – I don’t play as well anymore, but I still love to play golf. I wish the powers that be would simplify the rules of golf and the whole etiquette thing would lighten up. It’s not brain surgery – I don’t buy into the whole silence and non-movement deal … just get up and hit it.
Now if people want to play heavy-duty golf, that’s another thing – go play in the State Am and State Open, etc. But your round of golf with your friends should be a lot more casual – even if some money’s riding on it.
In fact, the money should never matter – the winner should buy the drinks after the round. I have no issue with people gambling on their golf game – but I do have an issue if it’s about the money. I’ve seen too much money involved and it can cause hard feelings or even destroy friendships.
I believe that golf should be played for the joy of playing the game, and for the joy of being with good people.
Playing strictly for money seems to be the opposite of that. If it’s just frosting on the cake – fine. But, if it’s about the cash … go to Las Vegas.
Professional golfers are trying to make their living playing golf. They probably love golf – but it’s their job. They better take it seriously.
The rest of us need to relax and enjoy it. Just like when we played neighborhood sports as kids.
GM and Head Golf Professional