Many players are challenged to break their golf habits. I know I sure am, however there comes a time where every golfer has to decide their future and what direction they plan to take with respect to their game. They either dial it up or dial it back depending on their life situation and what their future plans they expect to achieve. They may not like the fact that a decision must be made and they try to avoid it, yet all golfers come to that fork and have to live with their choices. It is all part of every golfer’s journey.
It is interesting that I seem to approaching one of those forks myself. Over the past 40+ years, I have invest a great deal of time, effort and money to establish my current golfing situation. Through it all, golf has been an important three season past time and the support my darling wife has provided has been invaluable. As I move to a different stage in my golf game, I do not expect that support to change so fortunately I can remove that as a factor. What, you may ask, is driving my potential change to my game.
That is a great question. After two years of travelling an hour one way to play golf at my home course of Osprey Links, I decided to move to the local 9 hole course of the Mattawa Golf and Ski Resort. I live 10 minutes away, it takes much less time to play, and the cost is lower. These three factors are very important, yet I am unsure of the challenge of playing the Mattawa Golf Course. The final decision for the move came down to time.
Over the past two years, the time for one round of golf ranged from 6 to 8 hours for regular rounds and 7 to 9 hours for competitions. By the time I drove, practiced, played and stopped for a beverage my day was basically over. The overall time to play one round of golf was getting tiresome at the end of last season. So, I decided to make the change and start playing locally.
With the move, I am unsure if I want to continue trying to try play at a high level of golf or to throttle back and just enjoy looping the course. This is an important decision and one that I will have to ponder over the next few months. There are several other factors that are included in my decision, but they are further down stream. For now, I have taken the first step to see if playing locally offers a better time management situation or ifmy original thought process for the change was worth the time.
I am not leaving golf that is for sure, but I do think I can open other doors to different life possibilities by playing locally. I guess time will tell.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!