A form of golf was played long before, some saying a version in the Netherlands many, many years before, but as far as the modern day version goes, Scotland seems to be recoznised as the home of golf.
St Andrew’s is a links course, being close to the sea where farming was difficult if not impossible. That piece of land became St Andrew’s, the bunkers where there was a natural hole. Here you played 9 holes out & returned for the next 9. There is a lot of interesting history about that. Some bunkers are so deep I think my club would break before I ever got out of it.
When you think about the beautiful courses you either play or see on TV, the links courses are basically free of trees. The terrain is difficult and deceiving.
Golf can be the most frustrating game imaginable. One day you play so well and think you have finally figured it out only to find yourself playing your worst game the next day.
Whether you play, watch on TV or enjoy being a spectator, golf is a super great game to challenge yourself.
I realize a lot of people would not agree with me but I really think that is because you do not fully understand the game. For the uninitiated, it just appears that someone uses a golf club and hits a ball until it finally drops into the cup but there is so very much more than that.
Personally I love playing the game. For one thing, anyone can play in their neighborhood or a local course. Those who prefer can join a private club, but either way, that does not make you a great golfer.
You can purchase inexpensive equipment or spend a fortune but that will not help you either.
For the average weekend golfer who plays regularly then you will find your average score and be delighted when you score way below.
What matters is you are outside, getting exercise, walking for a few hours, playing with friends and forgetting any stresses at work or elsewhere. Win, win situation. It is also a super fun way for the family when the kids are at least 8 years old and introduce them the game. When they grow up, they may find that so many business deals can be done out on the course.
For a professional golfer who is one of the few that excel at the game, they too, suffer the highs and lows of day to day play.
Tournament play lasts 4 days so you need to really be consistent to get the win. After two days there is a cut with those not making the top 70 going home, no pay check.
They need to have a team around them, a coach, trainer, caddie, perhaps a sports psychologist etc. Injuries occur, not from physical contact as a team sport but having your body move in ways that are just not normal hour after hour. Eventually it catches up with you.
Everyday is like playing on a different course as conditions change in weather, wind direction, rain, tee off positions and holes moved. Those playing in the morning very often face a very different course to those teeing off in the afternoon.
Quite often the hole they are playing on is not even visible from the tee off box.
After the 4 day tournament when a player starts to feel more comfortable with that course it is time to head off for the next weeks event. Another week away from family unless somehow it is possible for them to attend occasionally.
Other sports are played usually on a field, rink, oval, that is a basic size, with conditions not coming into play. For those who do play an outdoor sport, if weather challenges you, at least the size of the field remains the same.
If you have never played, been interested in or caught a bit on TV, take time out to realize how difficult a seemingly simple game can be. You may be surprised how difficult, challenging and great it is.