From Caddyshack to Happy Gilmore. From Tiger to The Golden Bear. From Augusta to Pebble Beach. Wai Sallas, on Golf.
The grace and pageantry of football.
The international juggernaut, rugby.
The incredibly awesome ultimate frisbee.
And now, the granddaddy. Golf.
The game of golf is one steeped in tradition and the origins that of legend.There are names like Tiger, Golden Bear and Shark. Hallowed grounds like Augusta, St. Andrews and Pebble Beach.
It’s quite simple; you take a little round white ball and bang it around the course. The player to hit the little white ball the fewest amount of times wins. There’s best ball, and four ball, Nassau and Skins, Press and Wolf…OK, maybe it’s not as simple as it sounds. You do, however, have to be both mentally and physically tough. The game is also governed by the players themselves making it arguably the most honorable of games.
So how do you play?
1. There’s the drive.
2. The chip.
3. The putt.
For spectators, each year, the best of golf come together four times for a chance at immortality, an opportunity to win a Major Championship. Think of it as the Super Bowl four times (Well maybe 3 times and the PGA championship more of a Conference championship game). The most coveted Major tournament is the Masters, for obvious reasons.
Whether you’re a Cinderella story, golf pro, or the weekend warrior, the game can provide you with benefits well beyond 18 holes. Business professionals use it to close deals, college students use it to blow off steam, husbands and wives use it for couples therapy. The list is endless. Around 24 million people in the US play golf. You never know what you might find out there on the links.
So there you have it: Golf, explained.
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