What is there to like about golf? I cannot answer this question as to me it is a good stroll interupted. I do appreciate the level of skill involved in putting, or driving, however there is so much dead space in between anything happening, that it amazes me it is followed by spectators the world over.
I have played golf many times in my life. I admit not to a high standard. My motivation for playing was always to talk business with others who were obesessed with the game. My clubs were all brough from charity shops, which meant they cost a grand total of £55. This was very amusing to the guys would play golf with. I would pretend they were borrowed from friends, but they seemed to guess I had bought them on the cheap. Whilst playing I often wondered quite why a game too so long to just put a ball in eighteen different holes. I was informed that there is plenty of time to talk, so socially there is great value to the game. Why not just go for a walk then? You are not allowed to talk whilst shots are taken, so the social side of the game, something that draws many to take it up, can only happen whilst walking around, silly club bag in tow.
Walking is great exercise. Low impact, and very good for the breathing and the heart. Why then do so many people, who look like they need a bit of exercise, drive round the courses in buggies? If golf is there as a part of their exercise regime, where is this exercise coming from? The golf swing? It does make me laugh as I see over weight ladies and gentlemen driving themselves around in golf buggies, hopping out for their shot, then back into the buggy fifty yards down the course. Wouldn't they benefit from some of that exercise?
Another thing that bothers me is the lack of excitement for most of a game. So little happens. I admit I understand that a great putt, or even a hole in one, can be deemed exciting. How often does that happen in a game? How does such a boring sport entice so many spectators, and have so much money running through it? I did a lot of business on the golf course, and that buainess was done whilst walking between shots and holes. That business, however, could just as easily have been done in a bar, or restaurant. I could even have done it in the office, where all my pens, paper and computers all resided. Thanks to golf I had to try and close accounts dodging rain, and furiously making notes on a mobile phone.
I have no problem with golf being popular as each to their own. I just do not understand it's draw. Walking around with a bag of clubs, for those that can be bothered. Driving around in a little battery cart for those who don't fancy the walk. Occasionally stopping to drive or putt. Then more walking and driving. Maybe if there were only three holes it would be more bearable. I believe that people play golf because they think they have to to fit in with their particular social class. I cannot believe that a game so dull would be able to last and grow, unless it was due to people playing it to fit into a particular social group, or class. Golf is a good walk ruined in my opinion. I know that is an old quote. But to me it is so obviously accurate.