Playing Golf In the Cold and Wind

The last two rounds of golf have really challenged my game. With gusts up to 65 kph (40 mph) and temperatures around 10° C (50° F), I found the playing conditions very tough. Before Padraig and his crew from the northern shores of Ireland start laughing at me, I think it is fair to say that for our area, these were very tough conditions. It challenged all my play making abilities to a point where I realized that I have some work to do with respect to my mid iron play. But this is a good thing…..right?

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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

Golf With Friends and Etiquette

As per our weekly routine, on Saturday and Sunday my friends and I converged on our home course for a round at golf. Starting at 7:08 am, we enjoy the weather, the friendship and loads of fun as we walk the course. Our 3 hour and 15 minute round is often filled with jokes, jabs, laughs, and the odd barrage of colourful language. It is something that we all look forward too and rarely miss.

We have played together for years and sometimes this familiarity creates certain learning opportunities. Today, for instance, was a lesson on surrounding the player making the shot. I happen to be taking the picture, but I could easily be interchanged with any of my friends.

With a military competition coming up, we will start to tighten the rules, focus on etiquette, and take a bit longer to make our shots. But, for now all is normal. The picture below is definitely something that would not happen during competition. As you can see, all the players have stopped to watch one of the guys take his shot. The sun is still quite low in the horizon, so standing behind the player gives the best opportunity to track the ball.

Golfing with Friends

Can I have a bit of space?

However, as I stated before, our familiarity and comfort of playing together for years does lead to the odd etiquette breach. As you can see, we have the shooter surrounded. Everyone is standing within 10 feet of the player and in his sight line. This type of configuration is not uncommon for us because the fellas were likely talking all the way down the fairway. We would not give it a second thought that something was amiss.

As we inch closer to the competition (in less than 2 weeks) all of us will be more cognizant of where we stand, how close to be to the shooter, and at what angle to stand of the player making the shot. We will focus on proper etiquette and make sure that we are aware of it during the competition.

The point to this diatribe is that etiquette is very important in golf. Understanding the finer points of where to stand, being ready to play when it is your turn, and not interfering with a player’s routine is quite important. The only way to fully understand the proper etiquette in golf is to ask questions and be aware of your surroundings.

Golf is a gentlemen’s game and etiquette is very important. Arnold Palmer has identified 10 important etiquette points that are good to know. If you have any other questions about etiquette, drop me a line. I will find you the answer.

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

Playing Golf with Friends

How often do you golf with friends? When you do, are they golfers or friends who just wanted to golf? One of the great things about golf is that it can be shared with anyone. Through the years, golf has been the conduit to meeting some great people.

My job has me moving every few years and last fall, before I left, my co-workers wanted to go golfing.  For years we talked about golf and I guess they wanted to see if I was all talk. So, one faithful afternoon we all decided to hit the links and turn our talk into action.

Golfing for FunAs we discussed the details of when and where, one of the guys was talking about his clubs.  Well, clubs might be a stretch.  He had three clubs plus a putter.  His golf bag was, well, a bag.  Yup, a green bag. His golf shoes were sandals and his attitude towards golf was awesome! He did not worry about anything, I mean anything.  If he it the ball into the woods, he smiled.  If he lost a ball, he smiled. If he…..he smiled. His was the perfect attitude for playing golf with friends!

DSCF7278Our other playing partner was a bit more serious.  He loves golf and likes to play often.  He works on his swing by going to the range, practices his chipping and putting, and is getting better all the time. He also has the perfect attitude for golfing with friends. His expectations are higher, but his temperament is great. He also smiled throughout the entire round. He did not worry about anything except having a great time.

As the day progressed, we talked about a great many things – some golf related, most not.  It was a great opportunity for us to get to know each other better and enjoy golf. It was a fantastic send off and hopefully, we will be able to get another round in this year.

Golfing provides many opportunities to meet great people.  Through the years, I have met many interesting people on the links. I have been fortunate to have always heard ‘yes’ when I asked to join a group. I have never refused anyone to join our group. Meeting friends, new and old, is the aspect I like the most about golf.

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