Have you ever been chased from the golf course! Through the years, I have left the course for only a couple of reasons and in all cases I have to point my finger at mother nature. To clarify, I have left the course after nine, but I do not really consider this being chased of the course. That was a matter of time or just not wanting to play the back nine. Being chased from the course, for me, occurs before or after the turn.
Recently, I asked the question to The Grateful Golfer community and I was not really surprised by their responses. Most were the same, however a couple of the answers were not part of the poll, but they did make me smile.
In most cases, lightning was the root cause for players to leave the course. Some because of rain, and a few less fell into the other category.
Slow play fit the other category the most. I will have to admit that there were some times that slow play was part of my decision to leave after nine holes, but never ‘before or after’ the turn. I think we can all agree that slow play is definitely a pet peeve of most golfers!
Just last fall, mother nature chased me from the course because of rain. We started off in a sprinkle, but by the 3 hole it was coming down. All the greens were soaked and by the end of six holes, Jean and I called “uncle” and walked into the club house for a warm coffee!
The best answer came from Tony Dear. When he told me, I was actually surprised! It made me laugh out loud…..
My first question I asked myself was “how do you run out of golf balls?” However, after a bit of reflection I guess I could see how this could happen. I guess this is why I carry a couple of dozen golf balls all the time! I am grateful to Tony for making me laugh.
Most golfers are fairly tough. It takes quite a bit to chase us from the golf course. However, there are times when safety is of concern (with lightning in the area) and leaving the course is the smartest course of action.
After that, it really comes down to how tolerant we are to what is thrown our way. Personally, if I commit to golfing, it is highly unlikely I will leave! How about you? Have you ever been chased from the course?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!