It’s a word I’ll never actually have to yell because I doubt that I’ll ever hit a golf ball far enough to feel the need to alert anyone. But I don’t care. I think I love golf. Now, my golf score (which I don’t even know because I play “for fun”) may not be my strongest attribute, but the more I learn about it, the more I’m starting to believe that golf may, in fact, be the perfect sport for me. Here’s why: SHOES! While other sports require specific clothing and shoes, I have yet to find a sport like golf that requires such expensive clothes, shoes and equipment. Now, this may be a drawback to some, but for someone who will use just about any excuse to shop and spend money, it’s a bonus. Plus with golf, if you look like you know what you’re doing — i.e., you are wearing and carrying the proper gear — people judge less (at least that’s my theory). And golf clothes are just adorable. End of story. BOOZE! There is drinking involved and sometimes food. Give me another sport (OK bowling, but I also love that) that allows a player to have a cocktail in-hand during almost 80 percent of the game. Heck — sometimes I’m eating and drinking. FREE RIDE! The golf cart. I always drive and it’s fun. What else do you need to know? SOCIALIZING! Again, very few sports allow players to have full-on conversations while participating. I may only see my fellow golf-league ladies once a week, but that’s all we need to completely catch up with each other. NO SKILLS REQUIRED! People play forever and never get good. Something some might find a drawback, I embrace. I’ve only golfed a handful of times, however, I’ve golfed with folks who have been golfing for decades. When they still hit the occasional sand or water trap or pull the old “swing and a miss” thing that I’m so good at, I feel confident that no one is singling me out as a “first season golfer.” FUN NEVER ENDS! It’s rare that a round of golf ends when the last putt has been sunk. It’s been my experience that the fun usually carries on to dinner or dinner and drinks or, in the best cases, a trip to the pro shop, dinner and drinks. All of that being said, you are probably well aware that I stink at golf. So, if you’re ever stuck golfing behind me, please FOREgive me. (Oh yeah, golf humor — another bonus!) Want to golf? Join us at the seventh annual CAWLM Lady Classic on Thursday, Sept. 19. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register!
Emily Caswell is the Managing Editor of CAWLM. She has a passion for fun, family, friends, shopping sprees, cold drinks and Lansing.