Playing Golf With New Friends

Playing golf with friends is always fun. Playing golf with new friends is something I thoroughly enjoy and yesterday I had a chance to expand my circle of grateful golfers. My wife is from a small town in Ontario and recently reconnected with an old friend, Michele. Little did I know I would be the beneficiary of this re-connection as I was invited to golf with her husband Jacques. He brought his brother Gilles and an old mutual friend Glen who I knew from years ago. We decided to meet at the Mattawa Golf and Ski Resort for a quick round and to take the chance to get to know each other.

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Grateful To Make Friends on the Golf Course

One of the reasons to play golf is to meet new people and expand our circle of friends. I am always open to meeting other keen golfers and the other night during Men’s Night, I met a friend’s friend. It was a planned encounter because Andre and I have conversed on line through The Grateful Golfer mediums.

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Friendship and Golf – Do they Go Together?

I play plenty of golf with my friends. In fact, most of my games are with the same group of three players and it never gets old. Friends for many years, workmates as well, it seems natural that we all meet at the course three or four times a week to chase a little white ball. We are close friends on and off the course. Yet, I wonder how far that friendship actually goes when it comes to golf.

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Recently I asked the following question about giving up a sure hole in one and three quarters of the respondents would not pass it on:

I guess I am not surprised by the results because most players do not have the elusive ace, so keeping it for themselves seems reasonable. Then I started to wonder if I would give up this miracle shot to one of my friends. I know this sounds a bit selfish, but I would not pass it on in and here is why.

If I was the recipient of the give of a guaranteed hole in one I am not sure I would take it. This does sound a bit crazy, but I think it would lessen the experience. Shooting a hole in one is a fantastic experience, but knowing that I received one with zero chance of fail does not help the players have the entire experience of talking, recounting, or bragging about their intended shot.

Of course, when it comes to just about anything else, we are there for each other. There is no question that golf and friendship go hand in hand. I have said many times in the past that golf is a contact sport and that still holds true. Whether with friends or meeting new people, fostering and developing friendships is all part of playing golf.

Do you play golf with friends often?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

Golfing Mafia

How often do you plan a round of golf with friends? For many, they do not like playing with anyone else; it is their friends or nothing. Normally, this staunch approach to golf goes unnoticed by most in the golfing community.

Through the years, I was a member where a cadre of older players who rarely play with anyone but their friends seem to control the comings and goings at the course. Actually, these groups are like a little golfing mafia who set the tone for the entire course. Continue reading

Golfing With Ben Hogan’s Grandfather

While playing my first men’s night yesterday, my friend Blair and I teamed with Stewart Hogan. The format for the fun event was a 3-4 man scramble with a shotgun start. Blair and I showed up early at the course as twosome as one of our friends dropped out at the last-minute. But, as with all fun events, the coordinator at Osprey Links Golf Course leveled the teams and sent “Hogie” (who was a single) out with us.

The purpose of men’s night is to meet the different members of our course and to have a fun competition. Generally, most nights the same groups play with each other, however, Blair and I are always looking for new players to play a round with because golf is a contact sport. On a side note, Wayne Halm’s golf blog – Golfing on Kauai – exemplifies this aspect of golf. This is how we met Hoggie. Continue reading