What Makes Golf Different Makes it Great

Whether you’re an avid golfer, a recreational golfer or not a golfer at all, everyone has their own definition of the game. You might think that golf is the greatest game every played, but then again, you may argue that it’s not even a sport.

I’m not trying to change anyone’s opinion – in fact, I think that’s part of what makes golf great. We could ask all 25 million golfers in America what the game means to them, and I wouldn’t be shocked if we receive 25 million different answers. So rather than trying to brand the game with a single definition, we should ask: what is golf to you?

Next week marks the start of the inaugural GOLF 20/20 Ambassadors program, a network of 18 to 29-year-olds focused on determining what #GOLFIS to the millennial generation.

For me, #GOLFIS

  1. Challenging: I’m not sure if this is a good or a bad thing, but the pursuit of that illusive birdie makes it worth suffering through all the double bogeys, lost balls and pond shots.
  2. Friendship: It’s the reason that I started golfing, and it’s the reason that I continue to play. So many of my favorite memories are on the golf course with my closest friends.
  3. The game of a lifetime: You can start playing as soon as someone puts a club in your hands, and you can play until you can’t pick the club up. I might be the only college students I know who’s excited to get old and play golf everyday at 5:30 a.m.
  4. A love affair: The only thing more intense than my passion for the game each summer throughout high school was my golfer’s tan. After 36 holes each day for three months, my left hand was probably whiter than my glove.
  5. Fun: Whether I’m breaking 80 – which is a big deal for me – or riding the bogey train, golf is always fun. Four or fives hours to play a round of golf might seem like a long time, but the 18th-hole always comes too soon.

Join the conversation, and tell us what #GOLFIS to you.

By: Chase Russell

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