Having participated in just about every sport at some point in my life, it is a wonder that the closest I have come to a real deal 18-hole golf course is the shooting range. I do fancy myself fairly capable with golf of the miniature variety; well, I can beat my kids . . . most of the time. As I approach my 40th birthday this summer, it seems golf is a sport that I might consider giving a swing for several good reasons . . .
1. You are never too old to golf. Perhaps, as with any sport, younger and stronger golfers are at an advantage, but if Fred Couples found his way into the lead during the second round of the Masters this year at the age of 52, an almost 40 year old like me may have many good golfing years to come.
2. Great golf courses are a fabulous excuse to travel more. It seems some of the top travel destinations also boast about their golf course resorts. If my better half and I took up golf, this would be a wonderful reason to travel to California, or perhaps Hawaii, and enjoy our new hobby and some time at the beach all in one vacation.
3. Shopping! What gal doesn't love a sport that gives you a reason to go shopping for new duds? A lady has to look stylish on the golf course. I see there are many golf shorts available for women, but those little skirts look much more feminine and fun. And maybe a matching visor to keep the harsh sun at bay? One cannot golf without the proper accessories!
4. Golf courses are gorgeous. Seriously, even people who don't play golf have to admit that when you drive by the sprawling, perfectly manicured green of a well maintained golf course, you wish you knew how to play and had an excuse to venture onto it. It is hard to imagine a more beautiful, pristine place to spend a couple of hours than a golf course.
5. You get to drive the golf cart. My eleven year old has a friend whose father owns a golf course and he let the boys drive the carts willy-nilly all over it last summer. Honestly, I was a bit jealous. Driving one of those little carts with the sun shining and wind blowing through my hair sounds like a pretty good gig to me . . . fore!
Jim Slater, "Age-defying Couples seizes share of Masters lead," Yahoo!News
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