Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to celebrate the many wonderful things in our lives. As people in Canada travel long distances to share in the festivities with family and friends, it is time to reflect and give thanks. Personally, I like Thanksgiving because of the friendships, joy and love expressed among best of friends, family, old acquaintances and people we are meeting for the first time.

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Take Time to Enjoy Your Round of Golf

I am feeling nostalgic today. It has been just over 10 months since my stem cell treatment and my recovery is still ongoing. I am doing very well and I am blessed to have many awesome things in my life. After kicking the ugly “C Monster” to the curb twice, I realize many things that were important no longer have any real impact on my life. One aspect that has become more important is to enjoy my round of golf before, during and definitely after a round.

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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!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to celebrate the many wonderful things in our lives. As people in Canada travel long distances to share in the festivities with family and friends, it is time to reflect and give thanks. Personally, I like Thanksgiving because of the friendships, joy and love expressed among best of friends, family, old acquaintances and people we are meeting for the first time.

By reflecting quietly, I realize how grateful I am for all those who have touched my life. Sometimes it is an encouraging word from a stranger, that unexpected phone call, or a random text from someone you are missing that reminds me of how truly blessed I am. Reaching out to those special people in our lives is a fantastic byproduct of Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a special day. I wish you and your family all the best on this day of thanks! And if all else fails, remember:

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I am a grateful golfer! Time to eat some turkey!

A Duck Sighting!

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Hello Duck!

The duck is the topic of many happy conversations at The Grateful Golfer. It is a competition between best friends who have found a way enhance their time on the links. If you want to read more about the duck, check out a recent update at the following link or type duck in the search function on the right and see the whole story!

Every golfer needs a duck!

Every golfer needs a duck!

This duck has travelled. It has experienced 20+ courses in Canada, several courses in the UK, and is resting comfortably in Brussels at the moment! Amazingly, this little duck keeps showing up at the strangest places.

At this time, Kirk is hitting the links and is increasing the adventures of the duck as we speak. His pics show that the duck challenge is alive and well because he is taking our little friend (part of the deal as caretaker of the duck) on a golfing adventures. Kirk did not talk about his game, but

Enjoying a few cool ones after a tough time on the links!

Enjoying a few cool ones after a tough time on the links!

knowing him he will under play his score in order to fleece me for more strokes for the next time we play.

Kirk, thanks for the update. I can see from your smile that your round did not put you are not in a fowl mood.

I am looking forward to our next match for the duck!

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