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First, it interested me. Now I am obsessing on getting better... Besides, it keeps me healthy. And a nice tan.

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I brag about my ankle tan lines. My feet are close to being able to glow in the dark...

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Golf allows me to have "my time" away from work and family ... i.e., "sanity" check. Much better than having a mistress, if you think about it.

 

Then again, every now and then I have the need to fulfill "insane" equipment buying urges. I just rationalize this as "youthful" impulses ... something else that helps keep me sane.

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I played hockey and wrecked my knees (five surgeries between the two) and my surgeons had a big pow wow about me and gave me the news I was finished. But, they told me they knew where I could now go. Being a smart keaster (at that time) I told them the bar as there is always room at the bar for an x-hockey player lol. They said no, go to the golf course and play golf as you will find x-competitive people like yourself.

 

I've been totally mesmerized and hooked ever since.

 

The real kicker in this little saga as my brothers and myself were growing up we were fortunate that our family belonged to two golf clubs and Dad wanted us to join as juniors.We thought golf was for older people and sissies so we were not interested (shaking my head).

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Maybe it's a yin/yang thing. I need the frustration golf provides to balance my general happiness.

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I enjoy the challenge of me against the golf course.

 

I'd rather be outdoors than indoors.

 

I'm old and retired and it's something to do.

 

I belong to an equity club. If I quit the game who's going to buy my membership in this economy?

 

I love the game.

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Golf for me is different I think than a lot of folks. Yes, I love the game, I love trying to play good and get better, but for me, it's time with my friends. Being married with kids now, we all have a lot less time together than we used to, so the golf course or a golf trip, is where we relax, and let our hair down(or what's left of it). I would rather play a round of golf with my friends, than with strangers. I look forward to our annual golf trips all year.

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This says it all...

 

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Few reasons…

 

1: I'm no good at it - I am an extremely competitive person and when I excel at something (be it CCGs, Bowling, Disc Golf, etc…) I tend to suck ALL the fun out of an activity as I strive to push myself harder and harder and turn the activity into a 'job' of sorts. I'm no good at golf so I can actually still find fun in it.

 

2: It's peaceful. I can relax, enjoy nature, the occasional amazing shot and unwind after a long stressful week.

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I started because my Father and my brother both play, and I wanted to be able to go out and play with them... now it's a regular Sunday morning thing... Definitely a nice way to spend time with my family away from my family (wife and son)

 

 

Plus I love nature, and to me there is nothing better than being on a golf course alone with no one in front of me or behind me and just taking my time and relaxing...

 

I could care less about my score, but I would like to get better...

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I hear ya John :lol:

 

Golf for me is different I think than a lot of folks. Yes, I love the game, I love trying to play good and get better, but for me, it's time with my friends. Being married with kids now, we all have a lot less time together than we used to, so the golf course or a golf trip, is where we relax, and let our hair down(or what's left of it). I would rather play a round of golf with my friends, than with strangers. I look forward to our annual golf trips all year.

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-- the challenge of doing my best and reaching my potential

-- get outdoors

-- the exercise when walking and carrying

-- the competition

-- the camaraderie

-- a break from the daily grind of life

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There are a lot of reasons why I play golf, and that's why I love the game:

 

I can play golf by myself and enjoy the challenge of trying to beat the course.

 

I can play golf with my wife, my dad, my brother, my friends and enjoy the company.

 

I play golf to enjoy being outside.

 

I can play golf with a stranger and end up with a friend.

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I play golf because I will never master it. It represents the greatest puzzle that I can attempt. I love the idea that I can work on it for the next 40 years or so and enjoy the process more than the outcome.

Overall it is calming and soothing, although sometimes punctuated with loud profanity and a seven iron being buried in earth to the grip.

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There is always something you could do better. Nobody has that "Perfect" round... Always something more out there.

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I play because Golf is hard. It will always be hard, no matter how much or how little I practice. I enjoy trying to pull off the difficult shot, even though the smart play is tho lay up. I enjoy being outside on a mown field of grass. I like spending time with golfers (see job). And there is only one thing better in the world than watching the sun set into the Pacific Ocean from the 4th tee at Pacific Dunes with 3 really good buddies after a 39 hole marathon......

 

 

 

 

 

Plenty of vitamin D for sure...even with the ankle tan lines.

 

Funny story..

Before we were married, my wife worked at the local pool as a lifeguard, and I went to visit one afternoon. She was busy, so I decided to take a swim. About 20 min later, she calls me over, laughing her ass off. She tells me that the rest of the guards are talking about "some guy" who is swimming with his socks on. Turns out it was me.... I wasn't wearing socks, just a sock tan.

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