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.