It's a two fold deal for me. Reason 1:
I started playing at age 40 because literally all the guys I work/ed with played. I made fun of them for chasing a little white ball around what amounted to football fields of grass...lol. One day, one of the guys took me after work to play 9 holes. Let's just say, I was hooked!
After I started playing regularly and joined a league, I became obsessed with getting as good as I could. Being a competitive athlete in and out of school for many years, all things athletic were more or less doable for me. Then came Golf! I am convinced it is THE hardest sport/game on earth to be good at! I love the challenge. I love that it makes me work for everything.... and what worked the day before, probably won't work today. I love that it isn't easy just because I am/was a good athlete.To this day, I am no where near as good as I would like to be. That's ok..... I can get around a golf course just fine, and I have a ball doing it!
The other reason I love golf:
I've had a lot of trouble, heartache and sorrow in my life, the last two years. Golf has been a God send for me. The golf course is a beautiful, tranquil place to be when I play alone. I talk with God a lot out there.... about a lot of things. I cherish my time on the course alone with God and my thoughts. When I play alone, it isn't about the score..... it's way more important than that.
Through these last two years, My buddies have played with me, drank beer and whiskey with me, and cried with me on the golf course. You know who your friends are through times like these.... and who they aren't.
I love golf because golf can be many things and mean different things at different times in your life.