SPORTS HISTORIANS HAVE TRACED THE GAME OF GOLF BACK MORE THAN 500 YEARS TO THE WILDS OF SCOTLAND…BUT THEY’RE STILL ASKING THE SAME QUESTION: WHY IS GOLF SO POPULAR?
There are many who contend that when Kevin Costner heard the whispered words, “If you build it, he will come,” he really should have built a golf course for a more satisfactory ending to the movie Field of Dreams.
Dreams are certainly what keep most golfers returning to the first tee. It’s the anticipation of driving the ball 250 yards perfectly straight down the fairway, of that impossible chip shot from the rough to within six inches of the hole, of knowing for sure that the next round you’ll play is going to be your best.
Doctors tell us that golf is healthy. It’s a 900-calorie exercise schedule that will relieve your stress, reduce your blood pressure, ward off dementia, and make you feel like a million dollars when you make that tricky putt.
And all of that before you take a good look around and remember that they always plan golf courses in the most beautiful part of town . . .
As for the game itself, no one described it better than the late, and wonderfully great, Arnold Palmer: “Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening—and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.”
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