Why Is Golf So Special?


Golf must surely be one of the finest games of them all. The day you take your first swing must be the happiest day of your life. It is a view shared by many golfers, including myself, who just happened to stumble across this fine and noble sport.

But why is it so special?

I believe it is because the game demands both mental ability and physical skills. It is played outdoors in fresh air, and on corridors of lush green fairway. It is a game you can enjoy and play well into your old age. It is a game where you can play alone if you want to or, you can team up with your friends and play in good weather or bad.

And because of the handicap system it allows us all a level playing field where we can compete against even the low handicap golfers or professionals, and still have the chance of beating them. Golf does bring out the best in people and it is a game that builds character.

You can easily make new friends simply because you have something in common. There is high expectancy placed on each player to adhere to the rules of the game and not be caught cheating. In golf, you are not only playing against your opponent, but you are also playing against the hazards of the course and we must not discount the severe weather conditions that could severely affect our game.

It does take some practice and dedication to become good at this game, and we can never say we have mastered golf because we never will. All we can do is to play to the best of our ability on any given day. It is also a ‘character builder’ whereby, if things go badly wrong then you have no one else to blame.

You take the consequences for the decisions you make. Equally, you can take personal pride when things turn out right and you have won the day. There are no age barriers when it comes to golf. You can start at any time but should any one wish to take it up professionally then it could be suggested they start playing golf at around 9 to 12 years of age.