Golf’s Addiction


The Isle of Seil GC in Scotland where sheep, a handmower and a rake are the equipment used to maintain the course. We had a wonderful visit several years ago, click here to view our adventure.


Why do we play golf?

Is it because we love the outdoors and beautiful scenery?

Or the fact that we get some exercise even if we are riding in a golf car?

Or being sociable, again even if we are riding in a golf car and have only one person to be sociable with for most of the round?

Or because we like to compete?

Most of these factors contribute in part to the enjoyment of the game but are truly only wonderful by-products of why we play.

Yes, we do want to compete but most of all it is with and against ourselves.

We all have a subconscious urge to evaluate ourselves as exhibited in its simplest form by tossing a rolled up piece of paper into a distant waste basket across our office or living room to get that spine tingling sensation when we make it and exclaim YES.

This act we perform, indoors, getting little or no exercise, without an audience or supporting cast except for the ball of paper, the waste basket and you. Your reward is a true evaluation of yourself having accepted the appropriate challenge.

It is important to understand that only you can determine which is a fair challenge to elicit the tingle.

A waste basket the size of a tin can or as large as a whiskey barrel are equally inappropriate as these are either too challenging or not challenging enough.

Those who really care about the health of the game and those who play it need to clearly recognize why we play and through course design and set up provide the appropriate challenge if the game is to thrive.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, at the end of a round golfers should be asking, “Do I have time for another nine?” rather than saying “Thank goodness that’s over!”

Your thoughts are welcome below.



9 thoughts on “Golf’s Addiction

  1. it is presently an escape. When your wife is diagnosed with breast cancer it changes your outlook on everything you do. Presently golf is a gift that rebuilds the mind, the soul and the body. A golf course is a place not filled with doctors and nurses making life and death decisions. It is a place where I get to walk in a beautiful outdoor setting where the only pressing matter is the next shot. When you’ve been where we have been and seen what we have seen hitting a dead perfect 7 iron and watching it soar through a cloudless sky is a picture worthy of hanging in the Louvre.

    • Thank you so much for sharing your story with us and we wish you and your wife the very best. So glad that golf is helping you at this challenging time. Our thoughts are with you. Frank and Valerie

  2. In 2002 all 14 of my clubs were legal. That number is down to 2 or 3 at most. My custom-built fairway woods (all 6 of them) and my v-groove irons are no longer allowed. I suspect the real motive for these changes is to sell more new clubs. I have difficulty believing that real-wood woods are providing too much spin with their “square grooves” cut by a saw, while biggie-sized MOI and rebound faces adding 10 to 20 yards are preserving the game. I am ready to join another organization that has a single sheet of rules backed by non-OEM ethics.

  3. Having a fun group to enjoy the game with you is important. Being able to laugh at each other’s bad shots and applaud the good ones, and not getting mad at each other. We go by the rules of golf as close as possible. But we do roll the ball to a better lie. I hope the size of the hole does not change. If it does become larger, all the challenge would be gone. Putting is the most fun part of the game.

  4. Walking three nines a week, mostly carrying my bag, has helped stabilize my blood sugar. I’ve never used the nitroglycerine the cardiologist prescribed. Scoring? It’s analogous to what my grampa told me about fishing–each day golfing is added to my span. That’s a pretty good score.

  5. I wouldn’t mind seeing the hole enlarged to 4.5″ from the current 4.25, and the ball shrunk to 1.5″ diameter from the current 1.68, and par made inversely proportional to age

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