Every year, the faculty that I work with has an end of the year staff party. This year it was decided that we would go golfing, playing a round of 9 holes. This proposal piqued my curiosity and evoked my imagination.
The thought of me driving any motorized vehicle is a bit hilarious to think about in the first place, let alone one that goes off-road along an uneven terrain. The thought of then stepping out of said vehicle to whack a tiny ball hundreds of feet using my gross (like the play on words?) motor skills and hand-eye coordination was only going to predictably lead to frustration.
The solution: I asked to only putt once our team was on the green and to be a passenger in the golf cart.
The result: I had a really great time! I sunk the putt on the last hole helping our team make par in our golf scramble game. Want to watch me putt? Check out when I totally missed the hole on YouTube. It takes a lot less force and much more control to putt than I anticipated. Fortunately, everyone was encouraging of letting me simply experiment with this sport.
While I was out on the course, I made the following observations about the culture of golf:
1.) The setting is gorgeous. We had a really nice day and I was able to bird watch (one of my favorite activities) while my colleagues teed off. I was so engaged watching a great blue heron fly across the pond that I forgot I was in the middle of a game!
2.) I love the accessories! I had no idea there were so many items golfers can purchase to enhance their game. I was surprised to learn about magnetic place holders that can connect to gloves or a visor when not in use and the Never Bend grips that can be placed on putter handles so you never have to bend down to pick up a ball on the green again!
3.) Riding in the golf cart was certainly a fun experience; driving one should be a sport in itself.
4.) Golfing is a fun way to spend time with friends and celebrate summer!
If you enjoy playing golf, you may want to check out UCP-CM’s annual golf tournament on June 20th , 2011, starting at noon, at Wapicada Golf Course. It’s $90 per golfer, and all the funds raised go to support a great cause. More information is available on the UCP-CM homepage.