Today, I would like to dive into the dark side of golf. Golf is a sport which means there is competition and sometimes money rides on that competition. As we learn by paying attention to modern professional sports, every advantage should be used to win. Sometimes, you don’t need a physical advantage but play a few golf mind games to get the best of your opponent.
The USGA rule book is one of the most quoted and feared books in the game of golf. We all want to play by the rules but we don’t always want to know if we are breaking any rules that result in stroke and distance. (Damn you OB and white stakes). There are however unwritten rules of golf that are not written down but rather passed down. These are the unwritten rules of golf my dad taught me.
Golf is a social game and includes a acceptable level of drinking and eating. One tradition is grabbing a bite to eat at the turn on your way to the 10th tee. In the old days, this might include a sit down for a ham sandwich with Grey Puppon and a high ball. Now a days, Ready Golf has turned the Turn into a fly by of a grab and go meal that is consumed bouncing down the 10th fairway. Let’s talk about what makes a good “meal” at the turn.
The rules and scoring are very simple. Each hole has three possible points. Each player has equal chance to earn each.
Bingo – First player to land on the green. On the fringe, does not count.
Bango – Once all players are on the green, the player closest to the hole wins the Bango point.
Bongo – First player to hole out wins this point.
Carl Hiaasen is a writer with 14 novels to his credit and writes for the Miami Herald. With support from his publisher, family and friends, he decided to pick golf up again after not playing since his teenage years. The journey is tracked in the book between chapters and diary entries dated by days since he started playing golf again. The goal of the book and Carl’s golf game is the member guest tournament at Carl’s local course.
George Fuller wrote this book with short stories or antidotes of his golfing experiences. He has played golf all around the world, written for magazines, and played with professionals and hackers alike. From this wealth of time on golf courses, he writes about all aspects of golf with a sharp wit and colorful humor.
Sometimes you don’t want to play one golf course but 18 different golf course in a day or in one round. Then I have the place for you: Architects Golf Club. This golf course in Phillipsburg, NJ can use the uncommon descriptive word for a golf course: variety.
To get the most out of the driving range, I find it best to spend half my time practicing chipping. I got tired of flubbing chips or sculling shots across greens. It paid dividends and my score dropped. Why ruin two shots to get you just off the green by having no faith in your chip shot?