Playing alone by choice.

Had a fellow that played at a course I was at that played exclusively by himself. He told me he enjoyed the challenge of the game and the time alone away from everyone. I practice by myself on the course, but rarely play a round.
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  • davep043davep043 Members Posts: 3,010 ✭✭


    Had a fellow that played at a course I was at that played exclusively by himself. He told me he enjoyed the challenge of the game and the time alone away from everyone. I practice by myself on the course, but rarely play a round.


    I can't say I completely understand that preference, I enjoy spending time with my friends (old and new) on the golf course, but if he can work it out, that's great. Obviously its inappropriate to expect to play alone at busy times, but if you can find times when the golf course is empty, have fun with it.
  • Some people really enjoy the solitude and just getting away from it all.
  • r0scoer0scoe Hardcore Hacker Members Posts: 67
    I play solo all the time and enjoy it because I can take a few extra shots for practice
  • VNutzVNutz Members Posts: 6,039 ✭✭
    I understand this completely. I'll take playing golf any way I can get it. I do love playing with friends and family, but I also love playing the game for myself, me against the course. Not much better than a quiet relaxing round first thing in the morning, just me, my thoughts and the course.
  • LijkaLijka Posts: 150 ✭✭
    As someone that works on a golf course I can tell you that walking 18 after work on a summer evening is so much different than a foursome with carts. I’m sure you guys already know this but to me it’s two completely different experiences. I guess it just comes from spending so much time on the course. If I could only play once a week I’d definitely be looking to play as socially as possible.
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  • FergusonFerguson Executive Member VAMembers Posts: 4,431 ✭✭
    On vacation one time making tee times. Had a day to myself while the rest of the gang went to the pool. The pro shop asked if I wanted to play alone or with someone. I randomly selected a twosome on the tee sheet. Showed up, had a great time. One of the guys and I hit it off pretty well. Fast forward 15 years - we did a business venture together and he is now one of my closest friends.



    Playing alone is not fun for me. Golf is a catalyst. It is amazing who you can meet when playing golf.
  • Tag56Tag56 Posts: 94 ✭✭
    I play alone most of the time. Mainly because I just moved to the area I live in about a year ago and don't really know anyone that plays golf around here. My schedule is different than most people as well. Adds up to a lot of golf by myself. I don't mind it though, usually play 2 balls when I am alone.
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  • wrmillerwrmiller Members Posts: 1,569 ✭✭
    Moved back to AZ a little over a year ago. Discovered a close (6 mi.) semi-private course than I can afford to play. During the week, especially late morning/early afternoon the course is fairly empty and if you want to play it will be by yourself. This works out great for me.



    While I do like playing with others sometimes, I prefer playing by myself the majority of the time. To me, golf is a contest between me and the course. I'm not a social butterfly that requires the presence of others in order to have a good time on a golf course. Sometimes playing with others can be fun, but more often that not they are a distraction. I'm not interested in helping others find their ball, nor do I want the 'helpful suggestions' from some guy who can't break 90.



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  • MtlJeffMtlJeff MontrealMembers Posts: 28,163 ✭✭


    Some people really enjoy the solitude and just getting away from it all.




    I agree, i love playing with my friends but there's something fun about a late night round alone too



    When i had no kids, i typically played 4 rounds a week, 2 weekend rounds with my friends and 2 late night weekday rounds which i preferred playing alone for the reasons you say. I'm away from work, away from having to chat...just enjoying the walk
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  • DK<80DK<80 Posts: 271 ✭✭
    I have yet to have an enjoyable experience playing by myself. I tend to pace my play based on waiting on others in a group...so if I'm not waiting on anybody else and I'm "up" each shot I'm not spending much time before I hit. It basically feels like practice to me and I can't keep the feel of a round together.
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  • NJpatbeeNJpatbee Posts: 1,484 ✭✭
    I enjoy playing with friends and family, especially my grandson. I have also met some good people getting paired up and enjoyed those times. I do enjoy some solo rounds and know the patterns of play on my home course and play when there is no one anywhere near me. I used to play some practice rounds as well as official rounds before they changed the rules making all solo rounds ineligible for handicap purposes.
  • ShamblesShambles Members Posts: 3,548 ✭✭


    Had a fellow that played at a course I was at that played exclusively by himself. He told me he enjoyed the challenge of the game and the time alone away from everyone. I practice by myself on the course, but rarely play a round.




    I almost always play alone these days by choice. Mostly because I'm no longer certain I can finish a round and do not wish to abandon anyone on the golf course. I find playing alone much more convenient, and the starter is very much aware of my health problems. More often these days I find staying at the clubhouse and having a leisurely meal adequate, but then, my lubhouse has gotten very much better with their menu.







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  • Z1ggy16Z1ggy16 Members Posts: 7,170 ✭✭
    When I'm trying to work on something specific, I'll often go play twilight at like 6pm. Usually only a few people on the course and it's not too hard to get out there alone. I like this because if I am trying something new to bring to the course... sometimes the pressure or fear of failing in front of others can hold you back. If you're out there alone, you don't quite have that pressure and it can allow you to perform better.



    It's odd... I never play bunkers well when I'm in group play but if I go out and play alone, I hit my bunker shots so much better. It's like I have this irrational fear of looking bad in front of people on a shot I know that I need work on.
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  • FlyingLaw1FlyingLaw1 Members Posts: 774 ✭✭
    I prefer to play with others--usually friends/golf buddies. I don't mind playing a lone though.... especially if I'm working on things or demoing a club. I can also play really fast a lone. Yesterday I walked 18 in 2 and a half hours. Great way for me to get a round in and get some exercise.
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  • caniac6caniac6 Members Posts: 2,654 ✭✭
    I play alone several mornings a week. I play 9, and, sometimes, I am ahead of the mowers. Sometimes I test clubs and balls, or I'll hit extra putts or sand shots. Twice a week I play 18 with a good group of guys. I really enjoy both playing alone, and with the group.
  • Sean2Sean2 #TheWRX (Callaway Trip) Members Posts: 30,826 ✭✭


    Some people really enjoy the solitude and just getting away from it all.




    Yes. We have a guy at our course who always plays alone, unless he is required to pair up with someone.
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  • acemandrakeacemandrake Posts: 293 ✭✭
    Solo golf = Freedom & Zen



    Freedom to play whenever and how much you want.



    Zen because you clear your mind while feeling peaceful and relaxed.
  • MarkripMarkrip Boss fan 62 Members Posts: 1,579 ✭✭
    I used to be a runner before my body decided it wasn’t a good idea anymore. That hour was just me with my thoughts just trying push myself to try and get a better average mile time. I golf by myself often and it kind of has that same feeling. Just me getting some time to myself and working on my game. I play with a regular group and really look forward to it each week. I enjoy both. They are different experiences.
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  • Joe V.Joe V. Members Posts: 252 ✭✭
    I only enjoy playing alone when I'm walking, otherwise things move too quickly and I can never get in a proper rhythm. I played a nearly empty course the other day riding in under two hours and just could never get it going.
  • MountainGoatMountainGoat Mid-MarylandMembers Posts: 1,575 ✭✭
    I prefer to play alone because doing so allows me to swear freely and completely without having to worry if anyone can hear me.
  • Rapatt95Rapatt95 wow Posts: 568 ✭✭
    I play alone a lot, it’s especially fun if I don’t even see anyone else on the course.



    Don’t get me wrong, I’ll play with anyone, anywhere, on any course. But 4 straight hours of not hearing or saying a word, all while playing golf, there’s something about it
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  • McgeenoMcgeeno Members Posts: 1,944 ✭✭
    I can slam beers and play with buddies, I can go tournament style and play for cash, I love my Friday date night with my wife. We do 18 holes and then go for dinner.



    I also love playing by myself when the course is empty.



    Such an awesome game,
  • monkeyboymonkeyboy Lefty Boomers Posts: 659 ✭✭
    I prefer to play alone, but it is very difficult to do due to volume of people playing.



    Reason = I don't like most people.



    seriously...when I get paired up with randoms, there will typically be 2 really good guys and 1 jackwad.



    You know, the guy who cannot keep his mouth shut - the smelly guy, the annoying guy, the one who gives you tips, the one who complains about every shot.



    I'd love to play more rounds alone.
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  • GolfChannelGolfChannel Orlando, FloridaMembers Posts: 1,636 ✭✭
    Honestly, it depends on the course, but more often than not I prefer to golf alone. When I golf with others I feel like I cater to those I golf with versus playing my game, almost as if the people I golf with are a guest in my own home. That said, I am an annoyingly slow and methodical golfer.
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  • davep043davep043 Members Posts: 3,010 ✭✭


    Honestly, it depends on the course, but more often than not I prefer to golf alone. When I golf with others I feel like I cater to those I golf with versus playing my game, almost as if the people I golf with are a guest in my own home. That said, I am an annoyingly slow and methodical golfer.


    I chuckled, but you are a real rarity....a slow golfer who admits to being slow. I'd encourage you to learn to play a little faster, hopefully then you could just feel like you're playing along with other people, rather than catering to them. Good luck!
  • GolfChannelGolfChannel Orlando, FloridaMembers Posts: 1,636 ✭✭
    davep043 wrote:



    Honestly, it depends on the course, but more often than not I prefer to golf alone. When I golf with others I feel like I cater to those I golf with versus playing my game, almost as if the people I golf with are a guest in my own home. That said, I am an annoyingly slow and methodical golfer.


    I chuckled, but you are a real rarity....a slow golfer who admits to being slow. I'd encourage you to learn to play a little faster, hopefully then you could just feel like you're playing along with other people, rather than catering to them. Good luck!




    My father was in the military and my Grandfather was a veteran who after his service was a margin pro-golfer. Once he moved out of golf and into a career with the VA to start a family he helped run tournaments for the PGA. I grew up playing with my Grandfather since my father was almost always away. The man never took any round for granted, he was deliberate in everything he did on the course, but he enjoyed every round.



    I golf the same way. I'm not ashamed to admit I am slow. To play the game in any other manner I would consider it to be a disservice to my Grandfather.
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  • Under2hoursUnder2hours Posts: 1,392 ✭✭
    I have my morning group (first off usually on the weekend). I actually love my spouse and we spend time together. I don't want 6 hours at the course unless 36...... To me alone with my ipod (and listening to podcasts) is relaxing and can relax and speed through the round. I love the tranquility of the golf course.



    Pounding balls & going to the range grows old in 15 minutes. Add to that great exercise playing 18 in UNDER2HOURS....... image/taunt.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':taunt:' />
  • ChristopherMcDonaldChristopherMcDonald Members Posts: 2,396 ✭✭
    When I worked at a private club here in southern california there would be week days where it would be dead. I would change out of my servers attire and hit the course by myself for 9/18/27 (we had 3 9's) whatever the time allowed for.



    Being out there, almost completely alone (since the course was empty) just had something majestic about it. I have since moved onto a career so those opportunities to play alone and enjoy the peacefulness of it all are slim to none. One of the few things I miss about working at that place.
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  • BarfolomewBarfolomew #worstWRXer Members Posts: 1,213 ✭✭
    Best way to put serious work into game.....hit multiple shots at your own speed etc that you cant do in a group but I like talkin **** too
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  • dhartmann34dhartmann34 Posts: 651 ✭✭
    I play solo when I jump on the course randomly....but I enjoy playing with people because it puts extra pressure on my game.
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