25 April 16  |  Golf   |  

Golfing in Florida Has a Mystic Quality That Transcends Ability and Skill

The list of culprits is long and sad: Moe, Curly, Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack), Julius Caesar Dithers (founder of J.C.Dithers Construction Company and Dagwood Bumstead’s boss) and Peter Griffin.

They put it in their fictitious heads that they can actually swing a golf club and hit a little ball making it land hundreds of yards away near a small hole. But only and always disaster ensues (if only golfing in Florida were this simplistic).

Then comes the inevitable rage, the ugly tantrums put on public display. It’s almost a perpetual rite of emotional passage, a mad passion that believes violence and raw, unleashed frustration can somehow reverse their ineptness.

Bad golfers even have their own associations: Bad Golfers Association and Bad Golfer.  You’d think that when golf scores keep climbing well into the triple digits, players would consider resigning from the sport and pursue other forms of recreation. But golfing has its allure, on so many fronts. The clothes, the course, the golf cart, the golf balls. If it weren’t for the fact that the dang golf ball was so hard to hit, golfing might be an invigorating and serious occasion. But what’s the fun in that?

What makes bad golfers so bad? And if you’re a bad golfer – or having a bad day at golfing – why should you care?

You shouldn’t, according to one view from American Golf. If you’re having a bad day on the course (or if every day is a bad day), your attitude should be: Who cares?

No One Cares How Other Players Perform

If you’re swinging your club mightily to send the ball clear across the blue sky to reach a distant hole, and it dribbles forward six inches, who cares? Why shouldn’t you care when your ball drops into the water for the 14th time, gets stuck in the sand or seems to move mysteriously (then returns imperceptibly back to the tee) causing you to miss it entirely?

Because no one else cares or thinks otherwise. Sure, your macho (or feminine) ego may be bruised and battered and your conscience seared after fudging so many numbers on your scorecard. But self-described bad-golfing experts say it doesn’t matter. The only one who gets upsets or casts a condescending glance at that wild swing which unhinged three vertebrae is you.

Man hitting a ball out of a sand trap

“You’re terrible, so what? It has nothing to do with how athletic you are,” said Tyler Pringle with American Golf. “Learning to swing a golf club is an awkward movement, especially as a beginner, and it takes thousands of repetitions to even begin to figure it out. Anyone who has played the game for a good amount of time knows this, and I guarantee they can remember being just as terrible at the game when they first started. And nobody cared.”

While we at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club certainly understand the frustrations golf may bring to nonfiction players of the real world, we know a deeper quality lies at the heart of the game.

“Golf is extremely humbling,” Pringle said. “It’s one of the primary lessons the game teaches. You’re going to suck for a long time. Even when you get decent, you’re still going to top the ball and hit atrocious shots from time to time. But golfers share a common bond and insight into understanding this.”

At Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club Golf Club, we know skill levels may vary – from player to player, from day to day, even from hole to hole. But we don’t care. Our goal is to make way for you to have fun and to enjoy the beauty of our 18-hole championship course designed by Ron Garl. The course has recreated tribute holes from the some of the world’s finest courses including Augusta, Royal Troon, Baltusrol, Muirfield and St. Andrews.

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