So imagine my surprise when these words were uttered by a friend after I mentioned I’d just got my better half out to play golf. “Well that’s it then, the last great sanctuary we had and you’ve blown it now. The last place where we could actually talk golf non stop for 4 hours and you’ve gone and put it all in jeopardy”. Did I hear correctly? Was he getting stuck into me for getting someone into golf? I did hear correctly and he was.
And so a few weeks of deep thought on the potential ramifications of this situation began.
The first obvious thought is that if your partner is into golf then YOU will get to play more golf. However, the golf day or weekend away with your mates is potentially at risk! Those comments like, “Where’s your handbag?” and “Does your husband play?” after a putt is left short would have to be, well, left in the bag so to speak.
The biggest drawback to the whole situation began to emerge on the second or third game out together. She started hitting the ball well, very well. As a sportsperson herself, the hand-eye coordination was all there and a dreadful thought came over me. What if she beats me? What if this small idea became a hobby, and then a sport, and then a single figure handicap where I’d be carrying the bags in the club pennants? My reaction was to hold off on the small tips for a hole or two while I got back to at least a dormie situation but the sort of money the LPGA women are winning these days sprang to mind. They also have some of the finest swings in world golf and a new, vicarious thrill of professional golf opened up to me.
It hasn’t quite reached those dizzying heights of professional sport yet but it has all gone swimmingly. I think I did lose that game of matchplay that day (maybe a few shots given here and there) and as remarkable as it may seem, she didn’t get as hooked as I thought she may. Not yet anyway. She respects the game, enjoys a hit now and then and it all resulted in a weekend at Bonville Golf Resort as a Christmas present soon after. And if that’s the result of anyone trying to introduce your partner into golf, then I’m sure many of you may be hinting at a trip to the driving range this weekend. Just the two of you.
– thanks to Perth correspondent, Piers Lewis for his ideas on this article.