forward and my experience with the game of golf progresses, I
literally feel a change unfolding within my mind and throughout my life.  As this website is
golf-centric, I’ll spare you the ways my life is changing for the better.  Rather I will focus on
golf.

My experiences and feelings relative to the game lead me to believe that the game is
magical, especially for those who give their all to the game.  Furthermore, I find that the
magic inherent in the game is enhanced when the architecture of the course itself is of the
highest quality.  Playing golf on a well designed and laid out course can serve as an
inspiration for the golfer and this inspiration can transcend a specific round and continue to
intrigue the players for long periods of time.  This is when the game begins to take hold of
someone’s life and compel them to take the game to heart.

And here is what I have found particularly interesting about the game taking hold of my life;
I no longer am myopically focused on my score.  Now don’t get me wrong, I try my hardest
on each on every shot and I want to get that ball in the hole as efficiently as possible.  
However, the game means more to me than JUST my score.  In fact, I stumbled across a
website (http://www.keepersofthegame.org/Home_Page.php) that talks a lot about
preserving the game’s traditions.  In fact, I cut and pasted a few of their phrases together to
come up with a smooth flowing statement that seems to encapsulate what I now find
important about the game.

The essence of golf must not be lost in a world where change outpaces perspective and
winning is more important than honor.  More than most other games, golf has long been
associated with honesty, good manners, and high standards of behavior. Golf should
cherish that reputation and do all it can to keep it. Golf etiquette is part of it. So are the
basic character building elements of playing the ball as it lies and accepting the occasional
bad bounce of the ball.  Good manners must be universal. Honesty must be unquestioned.
Courtesy should be automatic.


A recent article presented to me by a friend of mine also provided some great examples as
to why I think there is so much more to the game then putting up a low score or becoming a
scratch golfer.  Here are some of those words from a December 11th, 1900 article in The
Scotsman:

“The New School is all for handicapping and medals and prizes.  Driving competitions and
putting contests have invaded the sanctity of the green; every little inland club must have its
monthly medal, its spring and autumn meeting, and its record score.  The good old
foursome or the single in its pristine simplicity no longer gives pleasure.”


Furthermore, a golf course architect by the name of John Low right around the turn of the
century (1900-ish) wrote the following words, “Golf is about the playing, not the winning.”  

I feel they are all totally correct.  The overwhelming societal pressure to win, to be the best,
to post a low score, and to be a low handicap golfer can overwhelm a person’s mind and
compel them to throw clubs, yell profanities, take a mulligan off the first tee, take “Gimme”
putts, and the like.  But why?  It is all done out of pride.  Pride that compels us to want to
post a certain score, pride to say how well we did, and/or the frustration that occurs when
those scores are not achieved.

However, I urge each and every one of you to remember, the fun of the game is in the
playing and if it is not fun, don’t play!