I like playing golf both in a group and on my own. I find each composition or combination of players adds its own dynamic to the game. Obviously, in a scramble format, multiple players are needed and desired to make up a team. And depending on the personalities, that team could play very well together or not. Lately, my teams have met with some success on the podium, but mostly our dynamics is what has made each round better and more fun than the last.
Having said that, there is nothing like walking a solo round of golf early in the morning with my thoughts and the sound of nature. It is quite invigorating.
Golf is a social sport and I have discussed this in the past. I like to check from time to time to see if others feel the same way. And according to my recent poll, players still like the group setting over any other combination.
I believe each make of a golf group has it merits. I enjoy playing golf with others because of the social aspect. We laugh, joke, discuss, and pester each other around the links. My usual group of Blair, Rick, and Darin makes each round more interesting and a whole lot of fun. As we are all retired (or at least semi), we can play in the morning and still have the rest of the day to do other stuff.
However, I also like to play solo early in the morning. I find it mentally stimulating to loop the course carrying my clubs, absorbing what nature has to offer. Watching the sun rise over the trees as the light glistens off the morning dew is breath-taking. The air is fresh and crisp; my lungs are overjoyed with the purity of each breath. Listening to the birds awaken with each melody provides soothing sounds as my feet dance across the fairway. Lastly, the unique sound of my club hitting the ball has a clarity unheard of at any time of the day. All of these sensations make playing solo in the early morning worthwhile. It is almost spiritual.
I love to play golf. Regardless of when or with whom, I enjoy hitting the links and chasing my golf ball around the course. There is something that makes me happy when playing, so I do not see a reason to stop anytime soon. Do you?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!