Do you go golfing or do you play golf?

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  • Z1ggy16Z1ggy16 Members Posts: 7,262 ✭✭
    Tough to say which is right because I feel like the word 'golf' could be a verb or a noun. So both are probably right to use...Just a matter of what you prefer to say.



    Usually when I tell my wife I'm going to play 18, I say "I'm going golfing with X,Y,Z friend today at B time. Should be home by C time".
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  • Mr. GrumpyMr. Grumpy The Quintana Changeup, sit em dwn Members Posts: 2,294 ✭✭

    Ferguson wrote:


    Practice: Hit balls

    Play: Play golf





    I have found, although probably just a coincidence, that those who use the term “going golfing” also have a proclivity to shellfish allergies, find Dennis Miller to be funny, are driven to tell you about their brother's golf game on the first tee.




    Similar for me, I tell the wife I’m going to “hit a bucket of ball” or just simply “I’m going to play today”. She knows what it means.



    If she brings it up though, she asks “are you going golfing today”?




    Aye, and I always refer to golf as my mistress. I say "Wife, I'm goin to sweep the dew off the mistresses grass",,,, she know's what I mean... : D
  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 Countdown to The Masters! ClubWRX Posts: 17,716 ClubWRX
    edited Jan 23, 2019 7:00pm #34
    Dumb question.



    No difference to me, terms are interchangeable, use them both.



    (Hey, that's not all I said!)
  • LokiLoki Members Posts: 1,110 ✭✭
    I am going to go play golf.
  • Sonja HenieSonja Henie Members Posts: 108 ✭✭
    I play golf. I also run -- I don't jog.
  • MudguardMudguard Members Posts: 1,265 ✭✭
    Mr. Grumpy wrote:


    Aye, and I always refer to golf as my mistress. I say "Wife, I'm goin to sweep the dew off the mistresses grass",,,, she know's what I mean... : D




    Sounds like you have more than one mistress... How does your wife know which one?
  • oz dee ceeoz dee cee Members Posts: 474 ✭✭
    Playing golf. I always associate those who say golfing as a non golfer or non sports-like person.
  • Sonja HenieSonja Henie Members Posts: 108 ✭✭
    Almost as bad as "I hit a 92 yesterday" or "I hit a five in the first hole"
  • KAndyManKAndyMan JUST GOTTA SEND IT!!! Members Posts: 323 ✭✭
    I usually tell the wife "im going to go chase that stupid little white ball around". Usually with a joking/sarcastic tone.
  • Hateto3PuttHateto3Putt Smoking Makes You Look Cool! Members Posts: 6,277 ✭✭
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  • RSinSGRSinSG ClubWRX Posts: 3,073 ClubWRX
    I like Dennis Miller. But I like shrimp and lobster too. Scallops not so much.
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  • FergusonFerguson Members Posts: 4,701 ✭✭


    I play golf. I also run -- I don't jog.




    Mrs. Ferguson, an avid runner, despises the term jogging as a reference to running.

    That is why I often ask her, after she returns from a run, "how'd the jog go?"

    Oh, the anger in her eyes.
  • Mikey5eMikey5e Members Posts: 728 ✭✭
    I would suppose all of the high and mighty say they 'play golf', and wouldn't want to be associated with saying they are 'going golfing'. They don't want to insult their egos. All down to earth types rightly know that it really doesn't matter, just getting onto the course is what matters.
  • JShawJShaw Members Posts: 321 ✭✭
    I used to play golf. Now I go drinking with golf clubs on a golf course.
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  • DavePelz4DavePelz4 A golf course in the Chicago area.ClubWRX Posts: 24,339 ClubWRX
    Mrs. Pelz usually says..."Are you going to suck at playing golf again today?"



    She's rarely wrong.
  • dlygrissedlygrisse Members Posts: 13,131 ✭✭
    Do you play basketball or do you go basketballing?



    Yeah I know...you can go bowling, or skiing.....yada yada....



    I just cringe when hear people say "are you going to golf?" "I golfed"



    I am no grammar expert, and "going golfing" may be technically correct English....and in the grand scheme I REALLY don't care...but if I could offer a word of advice, If you don't want to sound ignorant then don't go golfing.....just say I am going to play golf.....the choice is yours.

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  • FergusonFerguson Members Posts: 4,701 ✭✭
    People that say "golfing" have houses that smell strange.
  • dlygrissedlygrisse Members Posts: 13,131 ✭✭
    edited Jan 24, 2019 12:58pm #50
    davep043 wrote:


    I play golf. I also play these clubs, I don't "game" them.




    I have noticed that if you are from Great Britain, you have a thick cockney accent, and you like to review every single club that hits the market on Youtube, then you "game" clubs. Besides that ever-growing demographic, I have never, ever heard anyone use that term in real life.
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  • dlygrissedlygrisse Members Posts: 13,131 ✭✭
    Ferguson wrote:


    People that say "golfing" have houses that smell strange.




    They also tell you they bought a set off "graphties" and want to tell you how to keep you head down in the middle of a restaurant when you happen to bump into them.

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  • deadsolid...shankdeadsolid...shank ClubWRX Posts: 14,671 ClubWRX
    Funny, we go the golf course, but to the bowling alley.
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  • DavePelz4DavePelz4 A golf course in the Chicago area.ClubWRX Posts: 24,339 ClubWRX


    Funny, we go the golf course, but to the bowling alley.




    DSS, what's the hot topic over on BowlingWRX.com?
  • AugustokAugustok Members Posts: 77 ✭✭
    I’m usually talking about my tee time as in My tee time tomorrow is 8:30. But I played golf yesterday, or I’m going to play tomorrow with the twilight group. I hate phrase The phrase “ I game whatever”
  • NJpatbeeNJpatbee Members Posts: 1,502 ✭✭
    I play golf and I fly fish. I do say that I am going fly fishing but never say I am going golfing. Why? That is what my father, uncles, and people living in my area when I was young said.
  • BKN1964BKN1964 Members Posts: 968 ✭✭
    edited Jan 24, 2019 2:15pm #56


    Funny, we go the golf course, but to the bowling alley.




    When I'm going to the bowling alley, I say I'm going to "play bowl".



    I used to say I was going to "roll a few lines", but people thought it was a reference to drug use, so I changed it.
  • bub72ckbub72ck Members Posts: 2,456 ✭✭
    Play golf for me. "Going golfing" and "gaming" clubs are irritating phrases to me.
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  • davep043davep043 Members Posts: 3,101 ✭✭
    bub72ck wrote:


    Play golf for me. "Going golfing" and "gaming" clubs are irritating phrases to me.


    I don't care enough to be irritated, those words aren't all that important. I just have my preferences.
  • dlygrissedlygrisse Members Posts: 13,131 ✭✭
    davep043 wrote:

    bub72ck wrote:


    Play golf for me. "Going golfing" and "gaming" clubs are irritating phrases to me.


    I don't care enough to be irritated, those words aren't all that important. I just have my preferences.




    Yeah....I don't ever call anyone out on it, in real life...just behind the key board. Now if on the other hand you are wearing jeans... image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />

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  • RuffingItRuffingIt Members Posts: 155 ✭✭
    english language is hard. and so are non-binary terms.
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  • SpicoliSpicoli Members Posts: 327 ✭✭
    I golf. I play golf. I am playing golf. I went to play golf. I'm not golfing, going golfing or...just golfing.



    BUT



    The real question is do you game your irons or are you gaming your irons?



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