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3 minutes ago, theorangeman said:

 

Yeah, that's what I was starting to think as well, not about you, but me 😉

 

I play solo mostly because we moved to a new town during the pandemic and haven't tried socializing much right now.  I also don't like planning things around my round but instead just like to jump on the course when I can.  I live across the street from #6 tee box on my course so I usually wait for an opening, and then jump on and play.  The other thing about playing solo is that I can get nine in at just 85-90 minutes (walking) which makes it easier to fit in right before dinner.  

 

I play probably 6x a week (mostly 9 holes).  Since August, I've lost 20 lbs which has largely come from so much walking on the course (and nixing the late night eating).  This has helped me immensely with my wife not getting on my case as much for how much I play.  I just point to my stomach  🙂

 

I wish I was closer to the club, it's about 45 minutes away. But I have never seen more that 5 cars in the lot and the lot only fits about a dozen cars. 

 

The way the course is arranged it's easy to tee off of 1, 5 or 8. So depending on who is in front of me I either follow or jump ahead.

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You never know when a chance encounter in golf will affect your life.   I was an engineer by education. I hated it after 6 months. All that time studying and I hated it!   I became

I have a story somewhat similar to the OP. I had a good career going in a specific maintenance arena, and was a site manager. I took another opportunity to move to a similar job simply for t

Not quite as cool of a story as OP's, but I've definitely had some small world encounters that have given me pause.  Of note, about 9 or 10 years ago, I was on a buddies trip to Pinehurst.....first ti

Haven't had any big job opportunity encounters, and my wife doesn't play, although I keep trying to get her into it.  Biggest impact has been going to a guy to get my irons looked at has turned into he is now one of my best friends.  Although I am far from where I want to be on this front, it is also a way to have a competitive outlet.  

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On 1/6/2021 at 4:33 PM, shoot4par said:

Negatively 😂 

Its an outlet and a recharge. Golf is an opportunity to get out of one's head and enjoy nature. The ability to line up your brain with your physical body in a non-reactionary way is a powerful exercise. Seldom can you find something that muddles the waters of art, calculation and physical action, the way that golf achieves this end. 

At times, its beneficial in making connections but I can't say thats the case for me personally. I've met some friends because of the game, don't get me wrong but its not some commercial tool for me. Its ironic because you always hear, "business deals are made on a golf course." 

 

I think it used to be the case that "business deals are made on the golf course" but in the western half of the US, the movers and shakers are much more likely to be into lifestyle sports.  In silicon valley, a deal is much more likely to be made while sitting in the saddle on a lunchtime 20 miler vs on the golf course.  Busy professionals don't have time to play for 5 hours; at least not many that I know.  Most of the people who golf around here are retirement age.  

 

It sucks, but that is the world today.  Golf amongst professionals is going the way of the 3-martini lunch. 

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Most of my best friends are golfers, my career, while not as interesting as @Soloman1 grew because the people I worked for loved golf as much as I do.  If you can't build relationships while spending 4 hours with someone on the course, then I can't help you.  You learn more about someone on the golf course than you do at the office, I know that for sure.  

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On 1/7/2021 at 9:35 AM, Soloman1 said:

There's nothing wrong with wanting to play by yourself. It's pretty hard to do if you're not a member of a private club, though.

It can be, and I enjoy it occasionally, more for practice, it's like going to the range for me, it helps get the head straight sometimes.  but it really isn't "fun" like playing with friends is.  I enjoy having several balls in my pocket and going around a course hitting some shots etc.  Best practice there is.  

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37 minutes ago, dlygrisse said:

It can be, and I enjoy it occasionally, more for practice, it's like going to the range for me, it helps get the head straight sometimes.  but it really isn't "fun" like playing with friends is.  I enjoy having several balls in my pocket and going around a course hitting some shots etc.  Best practice there is.  

If you ask me it's the best practice there is. I once joined a goat track for 2 seasons on a new member special. Each year was about the cost of 15 large range buckets.  It was 5 mins from my house. I'd go after dinner by myself and the place was a ghost town.  I'd play multiple balls from a variety of distances. Played the same 3 or 4 holes. Never saw the whole course in the two years I was a member.  My game definitely got better during those 2 years.  Now I generally hate the range and practice.

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Golf taught me so many life lessons it’s hard to overstate the importance it’s played in shaping who I am - hard work, mental toughness, perseverance, the value of practice, mental toughness and so much more - never mind the joy it brings to just tee it up on a nice day.  All brought in large part by golf and competitive golf.   
 

Golf took me around the country, met lots of good people, paid for my college and continues to expose me to more new experiences as time goes on.  
 

There has been nothing quite like it in my life and I’m extremely glad to have been a kid when Tiger was just getting started and the game exploded in popularity.  I picked up a club, started playing, won a junior tournament and it’s been my sporting passion ever since.   
 

Suffice to say, the game means a great deal to me and I’m super pumped that I now get to share that with wife and kids - we play as a family and it’s pretty much the best.  
 

Lifelong passion = golf.  For me. 
 

 

 

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I've lived with golf most of my life.  My dad took me to a course that no longer exists at 11 and I never seriously cared about any other sports since then.  My personal life is the outcome of golf.  My best friend has played with me for decades, he happens to be my wife's cousin.  First met my would be wife at 14 at my club.  Had to chase her for way over ten years until she realized that grinders too have something special LOL.  She doesn't play now but she knows how to hit the ball with a steady draw.  My wife's family are all golfers, I've known them all my life so I enjoy my in laws when we get together, we're like a golf brotherhood in fact.  And my elder daughter's name is the name of my golf course.  It was just by chance, but a few months after the baby was born an old member of the club congratulated me on my daughter and the name I'd chosen "after" our course.  The funny thing is my girl is now a teenager and she doesn't believe my wife or I never picked her name because of the golf course.  

 

And a lot of life as a diehard am golfer is pretty much what Hawkeye tells on playing, travelling, practicing and the never ending juggling between work, family life and the game.  I can still play with my dad which is great so far.  Especially because we've come to terms on the golf course, our only ground of disagreement LOL.  

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So I turned to golf to save my sanity and now my over golfing has caused tendonitis in my shoulder and can barely play now. Not being able to play only makes my mood worse. 

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It has helped me to realize that I am awful at golf. I'm also addicted to it. It's a great place to get away either by myself with my thoughts or with a few buddies to swap stories. It's kind of like a 4 hour version of deer camp with a bit less debauchery. I've had some good times with my father who recently passed, I've witnessed one of my best friends hit a hole in one and I've gotten a good amount of solid life advice as well as some terrible golf tips.

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Some great stories. Golf is pretty darn good even when we play poorly.

 

When I was younger, there was nothing better (well, OK, except for some of the women...) than being on the range in the morning as your footsteps marked a path in the dew to our spot to hit from. The cool air, the dew, the sound of golf balls colliding into a pile from the basket or bag made me forget everything but golf. The solitude of hitting wedges in the crisp morning air is something of magic.

 

 

 

 

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Especially with the way stuff is, the club gives me a reason and place to be safe outside at least 200 yards from anybody. That's so nice.

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Me and the lady planned a trip to Amish Country this weekend. We planned to leave around 2 pm and she is always a couple hours late so I thought I'd get 18 in before we left. I come home to dishes, picture frames shattered on the floor and a note on my fridge " (MY NAME) cares about golf more than his girlfriend" LOL. At least she knows my priorities are straight. 

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Me and the lady planned a trip to Amish Country this weekend. We planned to leave around 2 pm and she is always a couple hours late so I thought I'd get 18 in before we left. I come home to dishes, picture frames shattered on the floor and a note on my fridge " (MY NAME) cares about golf more than his girlfriend" LOL. At least she knows my priorities are straight. 

 

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Me and the lady planned a trip to Amish Country this weekend. We planned to leave around 2 pm and she is always a couple hours late so I thought I'd get 18 in before we left. I come home to dishes, picture frames shattered on the floor and a note on my fridge " (MY NAME) cares about golf more than his girlfriend" LOL. At least she knows my priorities are straight. 

 

Were you home and [would have been] ready to go by 2 PM?

 

If so, I fail to see the problem. You held up your end of the scheduling.

 

If not, I fail to see the problem. What, you were going to miss out on home-churned butter? I'd rather go play golf than attend a barn-raising anyway. 

 

(Sorry if I come across as criticizing the Amish on the internet. But the good news is that they won't read it anyway...) 😉 

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Were you home and [would have been] ready to go by 2 PM?

 

If so, I fail to see the problem. You held up your end of the scheduling.

 

If not, I fail to see the problem. What, you were going to miss out on home-churned butter? I'd rather go play golf than attend a barn-raising anyway. 

 

(Sorry if I come across as criticizing the Amish on the internet. But the good news is that they won't read it anyway...) 😉 

 

Yes we couldnt even check in until 3 and it was a hour drive. I was home by 12 and had everything packed and ready to go. Keep in mind every trip we go on we leave 2-5 hrs late because she is notoriously late for everything. I just got the itch to golf again and its the first she's seen me giving attention to something else other than her. I even got her a set of clubs and try to get her and her son into it. Theres a million girls out there but only one game i love lol. 

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I'd probably weigh about 60-75 pounds more than I do, unless I had taken up some other type of physical activity instead of golf. Over the ten years before I started playing golf I was on a very very steady trajectory of gaining two pounds a year. Now with three decades of golf under my belt (so to speak), I am holding steady at about 15 pounds less than when I started. '

 

Walking nearly five miles at a time, 2-3 times a week really improves the old energy balance. And it ain't like I was going to eat less, either way. Once I retire I expect to substantially increase the frequency of playing. 

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It hasn't helped my career although I wish it did cause I could really use a career change now, also haven't developed any life long friendships or relationships. But it did help with depression so I'll give it that.

 

Backstory before golf I was a track and field athlete, specifically the shot put, I was fairly successful despite many injuries and setbacks. I thought I was free and clear of all of that and was even slotted to be an Olympic hopeful for the 2020 games way back in 2015/2016. So I got to training but being in a sport with little funding and a governing body that doesn't give a damn about half their athletes I was working 40 hours a week on top of training another 25-35 hours a week and I couldn't get all the rehab and recovery I needed. Just imagine working non stop 80 hours a week and then all your free time taken up as well, you can only do it for so long before you get burnt out. I'll save the details but I got burnt out, fed up, depressed, etc so I decided to walk away from a sport that I loved and basically entered a long depression as I didn't know what to do with my life and wasn't too motivated to do much else. 

 

Finally a year later my friends asked me if I wanted to go golfing as they had a charity tournament coming up and needed a 4th. I golfed years ago as a kid but gave it up to focus on the shot put. So I walked into the local golf shop, bought the cheapest set on the sale rack, bought a driver on clearance and filled out my golf bag with old stuff I had laying around. I think my second hole back I got a birdie and well I got hooked. It reminded me a lot of my old sport being an individual sport, being very technical and a constant challenge. 

 

I honestly do wish I had the time, money, weather and facilities near me to put in even half the time I did in my old sport as I'd be a pretty decent golfer. But it's not just that it's the time out golfing that I enjoy the most, it relaxes me even if I shoot 100+ I'm in a good mood, I'm happy, my mind is clear, I don't care about anything else going on in life while I'm on the course. I would love to find a private club one day that is reasonable where I could just walk on after work and play, I'd probably play min 9 holes daily after work. 

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Golf has affected my life in countless of ways as mentioned above, mental toughness and resolve, here in the uk we had to endure 2 national lockdowns so i had no golf for 6 months which was hard and also currently as my managers are messing me around at work which is trying my patients no end. 
 

its taught me self control and most important etiquette, (which isnt a problem when you have autism) 

 

A few quotes from the legend of bagger vance movie which i find perfect to golf and life is “everyone has to find their own authentic swing” “golf is a game that can only be played not won” and most important to me is “everyone must find their own place in the field” may that be business, work, or importantly golf ⛳️🏌🏻
 

 

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Golf has been twofold for me personally. It paid for my 4 year college education. I was lucky enough to get to travel all over and play this game trying to make a living at it. It was absolutely miserable to be honest. I had some incredibly minor success. It cost a lot of money chasing the dream for 4 years and really strained some friendships and personal relationships that I did not see coming. I'll call it the "dark side" of professional golf most people aren't privy to. If you can imagine a scenario where 7 days a week you are gambling or playing tournament golf knowing that if you lose, you might not be able to afford the next event unless you can get another sponsor check to help you out. It was a masterclass in mental discipline. It taught me how to be mentally confident in my abilities. It also taught me how to travel, how to budget properly, how to make the floor of an AirBNB somewhat comfortable. Truly I wouldn't trade the experience of those years for anything. 

 

Fast forward to now, and having regained my amateur status golf is still allowing me to travel and play competitively at a rate that surprises even me! I have a boss who is a golf nut who allows me to travel to Florida a few times a year for events, South Carolina, all over Virginia playing competitively. I thoroughly enjoy the game now, and to be honest I think I would beat 24 year old me to death 5 days a week. There is just a balance now that I didn't have back then. I have an amazing girlfriend who allows me to play as much as I want, a job that allows me to work "remotely" during tournament weeks. It has been such an integral part of my life for 20 years, and has helped shape me personally and professionally I really don't know where I would be without this game. 

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