The wonderful cycle of golf

2010-03-24 00:00

IF you ever get a chance to talk to one of your old club members, one who has been playing the game for most of his or her life, it is well worth the time to have a chat with him or her.

Old club members will tell you that when they started playing golf they had a lot of fun on the course and didn’t take it too seriously. Then, as they became more proficient and the ball generally went where they actually intended it to go, they enjoyed the game more. They became a member of a golf club and they played more often, in fact, regularly. Their handicap reduced and they loved it. Their handicap became lower than they ever imagined it would and they even practised hitting golf balls fairly often in an effort to improve even more.

They expected to play well each time they played and they became good amateur golfers. Strangely, the better they became, the less they enjoyed it when things did not quite go the way they expected. They didn’t smile much on the golf course — golf was a serious matter. They continued to play week-in and week-out, year after year, no matter what.

Then as the years went by, in spite of buying the latest forgiving irons, hi-tech metal woods and the best golf balls, the standard of their game gradually deteriorated. Their scores were higher. The standard of their golf of the past was lost. Just as they accepted getting older, they accepted their higher handicap. Their expectations were not so high anymore, and then something happened. You guessed it. The game became much more enjoyable. They are almost back to the beginning. The difference is that now they are older and wiser. They smile more. They have time to enjoy the sunshine, the scenery, the birds and they even have time to stop and smell the flowers. It’s the wonderful cycle of golf. Many nongolfing readers may not believe this, so go ahead and ask an old golfer­.

 

Last week’s results

The Saturday afternoon storm over the city prevented both Victoria Country Club and Maritzburg Golf Club from completing 18 holes of competition golf.

 

From the 19th hole

I was in Pick n Pay the other day pushing my trolley around, when I collided with a young guy pushing his trolley. I recognised him as a new member of the country club where I have been a member for many years.

I said to the young golfer: “Sorry about that. I’m looking for my wife and I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going.”

The young golfer said: “That’s okay. It’s a coincidence, I’m looking for my wife too. I can’t find her and I’m getting a little anxious.”

I said: “Well maybe we can help each other. What does your wife look like?”

The young golfer said: “Well, she is 24 years old, tall with long blonde hair, big blue eyes, long legs, big boobs and she’s wearing tight white shorts, a halter top and no bra. What does yours look like?”

I said: “Doesn’t matter. Let’s look for yours.”

Most old golfers are helpful like that.

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