Friday, October 7, 2022


Readers tell us: Do you like to play golf?

By Emily Woodbury

Why do golfers always carry a spare pair of trousers with them? In case they get a hole in one. Ha!

On May 12th we asked you if you like to golf (or play golf, as reader Barry pointed out in the comments). Golf, in my opinion, is one of those things you either love or hate. The comments on this poll prove that. You are all very divided on playing golf as a sport: some of you really love it, and others of you really hate it.

Personally, I am not a golf fan. I do enjoy a good game of mini golf though, and there are lots of mini-golf places near Seattle (in fact, there are even some bars with mini-golf courses inside of them!). However, I am a big encourager of getting people outside, so if playing golf is going to get you outside and moving around, heck, play golf and I’ll come to cheer ya on!

According to the results of this poll, a combined 34 percent of you play golf often or sometimes. An additional 29 percent of you have played before but don’t enjoy playing, but 31 percent of you have never played at all. A smaller 6 percent of you don’t like to play, but you do like to watch it (on TV or in person, we didn’t specify).

Here’s what a few of you had to say in the comments:

Julie writes, “Watching golf is like watching paint dry. Actual golf looks about as fun as painting. At least when you are done painting you have something to show for it 🤣.” Well, Julie. I agree. And Dave does too. He commented, “Let’s see, hit a ball as far as you can and then go CHASE it????? I think not!!!!” Thanks for the chuckle, you two.

Reader David Harrison does make a good point though. He says, “I have played golf for many years and thoroughly enjoy it. … The game is a multitude of things, a test of skill, character, marvelous exercise if you walk, perfect opportunity to spend quality time outdoors with children and grandchildren, parents and siblings, and it need not be overly expensive. Golf balls do not fly straighter on expensive courses. For retired RVers like my wife and I it is a lovely time together.” Well said, David! Yes, indeed!

And I’ll let Judy G. have the last word here with her favorite golf story. She left a comment saying, “East Glacier, MT, has a golf course used by many tourists. As I walked my dog nearby, a golfer came running to the walkway along the road shouting ‘There’s a BEAR on the golf course!’”

Take care, folks. Enjoy your games.


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2 years ago

“A good walk spoiled”

2 years ago

Loved playing golf. Just with my close friends and with couples. It became a passion until my wife and I said stop it’s too much. We live on a golf course and now Just watch It. We continued to carry our clubs in the MH for several years and gradually quit playing.
Three friends quit before I did one still plays. Do I miss it. Yes I miss couples golf. But I watch from my hone and that’s on too now.

bill pearson
2 years ago

I think a lot of people do not understand the mystic of golf. It is not about just hitting a ball then chasing it down through a grass field. It is about challenging your body to do a specific series of motions that are not normal to us. There are several sets of skills that a golfer tries to excel at and each takes a different set of skill sets. Putting, chipping, driving are only a part of it.

A golfer strives to understand how a course is designed so they can come up a with a plan to do the best they can and compete against the designer of the course. It challenges the mind, the thought process and tries ones patience when the body does not respond the way you need it too. The whole game is designed to play against oneself.

“Golf is a compromise between what your ego wants you to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do.” and being a little self abusive helps too!!

As the great Chi Chi Rodriguez said “Golf is the most fun you can have without taking your clothes off.”

2 years ago

The boss took all of us out to golf one work afternoon. I got thru a couple of holes with them and spotted the club house thru the trees and informed the group that they could meet me there when they finished.

Joseph Weinstein
2 years ago

You missed, “I don’t play often, but I enjoy it.” I only play in Charity Events.”

2 years ago

I’ve never tried it but it looks interesting. Trouble is,I’m too cheap. Just the other day I was talking to a friend’s son and he told me the course he likes locally is $35. Now, I could afford that but then I think, for that I can take wife and I to dinner. Or get my oil changed or???. And some people in our resort play 3 or 4 times a week? Like I said. I’m cheap.

James LaGasse
2 years ago

I use to golf, wasn’t a great golfer but enjoyed the company, after a series of injuries to my hip, shoulder and right knee I just couldn’t play anymore. I don’t miss it, I just found other activities I could enjoy with friends.

2 years ago

If it’s nice enough to golf then it’s nice enough to fish…