Golf

What’s the deal with golf, schmoozing and corporate America? Doesn’t it ever bug you that this particular stereotype is so prevalent? It makes me unjustifiably dislike golf and I realize that’s just silly. How come it’s golf and not tennis or croquette or darts or billiards? Why golf? Who set the corporate schmooz standard and why?

I tried to golf once. Well, I tried to use a golf club at a driving range once. I did so directly following a date with the batting cages. It’s best not to follow up hitting a still ball with one that’s flying at you. Instead of trying to tap the golf ball, I was trying to kill it as one might a baseball. I didn’t make contact once. But I did wake up more sore than the day after I first tried Bikram yoga.

I think I’m premenstrual today. I’m totally ready to spar.

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  1. Golf is for people who are scared of pool halls.

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  2. I love golf. Sure there’s a stereotype associated with it, but that’s not your typical golfer. The fact is, golf requires time and other resources (money, equipment, etc) to play. So while there are a lot of public courses out there, there are still quite a few that are expensive, and others that are exclusive. Is this a bad thing? Not in and of itself. If you want to get indignant about it, get wound up over the environmental impact of golf courses. Because of its rapid growth and popularity, there are a lot of new courses being built, and with them come the pesticides, fertilizers, and development that a golf course brings. However, I would say that golf is a LOT like wine. Wine drinkers have their own stereotypes (albeit unfair ones), their own language, and their own opportunities to waste spectaculare amounts of money (try getting a vintage Chateau Lafitte-Rothschild from your birth year). Like most stereotypes, these are based in some fact, but it would be unfair to condemn either (golf or wine drinking) on them.

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  3. You should hear Toby Joe go on and on about having to listen to a bunch of uppity vegetarian/vegans talk about why they are just that while eating at vegetarian restaurants. What you wrote reminded me of that.

    It’s a good thing I’m good at almost nothing and therefore not into much enough to talk about it.
    And I didn’t say this above, but I imagine golf would be a blast. I just haven’t had the opportunity to do it.

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  4. Golf is great when you have the time to get away and something stressful that you want to get away from. I started playing in my 20’s. I was on a road trip with with a friend and was having car trouble. I spent several hours on the course and then I realized that I hadn’t thought about the car all day. It was great. Then there is Mark Twain who describes golf as “a good walk spoiled.”

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  5. I’ve always wanted to learn to play golf.

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  6. I love to golf. I suck at it, but I can usually get at least one shot that makes me say “that’s what I came her for.” (and a hundred and seventeen more that I’d just as soon forget.)

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