Exciting and discouraging, exciting and embarrassing, joyous and depressing; no activity on Earth spans the entire emotional spectrum like golf, and that’s why we love it!
This October 4, celebrate National Golf Lovers Day by recognizing one of the most popular sports in the world. Hit the links and play a round while enjoying some competitive and friendly laughs with your fellow sufferers. While golf can drive even the best players crazy, hitting a single good shot means you can’t wait to play again. In other words, “just grab it and break it.”
SCHEDULE OF NATIONAL GOLF LOVERS DAY
1894 – The USGA is born
Delegates from Newport Country Club, Saint Andrew’s Golf Club, Yonkers, New York, The Country Club, Chicago Golf Club, and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club meet in New York City to form the United States Golf Association (USGA).
1889 – Golf embraces “the bird”
The term “birdie” was accidentally coined by golfer Ab Smith, when he hit a “bird with one stone” at a tournament in Atlantic City.
October 17, 1860 – The first professional golf tournament is held
The oldest golf tournament in the world is the Open Championship, which was first played at Prestwick Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland.
1457 – Golf outings
The modern version of golf emerged in Scotland when King James II officially recognized the game.
NATIONAL GOLF LOVERS DAY ACTIVITIES
Experience a new course
Playing in a different environment can help you improve your golf game, so accept an invitation from a friend to play at a private country club or to visit a new public course.
Take a golf lesson
Learn to play or improve your game by letting a professional train you. Almost all golfers will admit that they need help with their swing, and the lessons can help you improve dramatically. Remember, as the legendary Jack Nicklaus said, “Don’t be too proud to take lessons. I’m not.”
Plan a trip to a major tournament
Check out the PGA calendar and select the best time and place to attend your first big golf event. Whether you’re enjoying the coastal beauty of 17-Mile Drive at Pebble Beach, admiring the spring azaleas in Augusta, or honoring the roots of golf at The Open in Scotland, golf is swinging back!
5 FACTS TO IMPRESS YOUR GOLFING FOUR
The rare über shot
The average golfer has a 12,500 to 1 chance of hitting a hole in one.
The 17th of wet ‘n wild at Sawgrass
More than 100,000 golf balls are thrown into the water at the famous 17th “island hole” on the Stadium field in Sawgrass each year.
Caddies are French
The French word “cadet” means “younger child” and is where the word “caddy” comes from.
You’re not alone
Only 20 percent of golfers have a handicap under the age of 18, and a golfer with a handicap of 18 or more is called a “ghost golfer.”
Space golf? Yes!
Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard took a golf ball with him to the moon, where a flick of his 6 iron made him the first person to play golf in space.
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL GOLF LOVERS DAY
It’s a great hobby
Golf is a rare hobby that combines exercise, outdoor activities, time spent with others, skill, and friendly competition. Anyone can pick up a club and play the course, which makes golf a great way to spend time outdoors and away from computer screens, televisions, and the daily grind.
Have you heard of a runner’s euphoria? Golfers have their own version and it takes place on an uncrowded golf course, leisurely walking through the green landscape, moving at a leisurely pace while soaking it all up.
It’s for everyone
The fact that men, women and children can play golf equally on the same golf course is one of the greatest benefits of the game. It is the perfect combination of social event and exercise. Also, there is something about the humble nature of golf that brings everyone together. No one is immune from shame, and that is liberating for family dynamics.