Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Golf 101

For those of you that don't know my oldest son Stephen got a job this summer working at one of the local Private Golf courses, and it's turned out to be a pretty sweet job...he gets to work at 5:00 am and is home by 2:00 or 3:00pm giving him the rest of the day to play. Anyway one of his "Benefits" or "Perks" is that he can get us onto the course for free. Now I know a lot of my friends would be driving out to "Pick him up" from work everyday, and maybe sneak in a few holes while they were out there. Me I've never played golf in my entire life, with the exception of PlayStation, which I'm pretty good at, so it can't be that hard...right?

(almost worth it just to drive around in the golf carts)

So this last Thursday Stephen, Justin and myself decided it was about time we gave it a hard can it be?

(a swing, and a miss... This seemed to happen alot)

The Golf course is on the very north end of the Springs and it takes about 20 minutes to get out there...the whole drive out it's threatening to rain...and all I can think about is that we are going to show up on the evening news, and the lead in to the story would be something along the lines of..."3 stupid golfer's were struck by lightning tonight..." I mean, you can only tempt fate so far, and I think your crossing a line somewhere when you go out into an open grassy area and raise metal rods up into the air in the middle of a thunderstorm.

Luckily for us by the time we got there it was just a drizzle and by the time we got to the first tee, it was beautiful weather...slightly overcast, no wind...the PERFECT weather for golf.

(I think Justin got 3 feet of this shot)

We stopped at the driving range to hit some balls, and get a "feel" for it...out of a basket of about 25 balls I think I got 2 to make it off the ground and out to the 100 yard marker. I'm not a hugely competitive person....I'm more the do it because I enjoy it, and try to do better each time. I also am not 18-20 years old anymore, and I figured I'd be doing well to just keep up with my boys, It was kind of nice to find out that I was actually a little better than them, at least I could hit the ball straight 90% of the time. (I wonder if "larger" golfers can get more weight behind a swing...hmm)

(I think this was one of my better shots...I actually chipped it onto the green...I felt very "Tiger Woodsish")

Anyway we teed off and decided that since this was the first time, and in an effort not to tick off the team behind us, that we would just play best ball, and not keep score (Thank you, Thank you, Thank you...we would still be out there looking for balls if we hadn't)

Just a few observations about golf.
  • I can see how people could get "VERY" frustrated trying to hit that stupid little ball.

  • I think if I play about 2000 holes I could probably get better.

  • If I had to pay, I would have to be better.

  • Spending time with my boys...priceless
Will I go again...Yeah sure I's worth it just to be with my boys, plus I think in another 2 or 3 days those muscles won't even hurt anymore.


Vishous said...

Ok a few things...

First - Its a shame real golf isnt like wii golf right?? I HATE the real game of golf that. I end up throwing things. Even if it is only mini golf.

Second - Those are some nice shots!

Last but not least - I am concerned about you STILL wearing the Indiana Jones hat!

Mirm said...

Looks and Sounds like your packing in the quality time before Stephen heads out. What a great papa you are. Mine are still in the age where you can't wait for them to go to bed so you can think with the 2% of brain cells that are left.