Golf, The Most Honorable Sport
Ever wonder why golf is growing in popularity and people who don't even
play go to tournaments or watch it on TV? These truisms may shed light
on reasons why:
How many of you golfers know the answer to this one?
During a discussion among the club's membership board at St. Andrews in
1858, one of the members pointed out that it takes exactly 18 shots to
polish off a fifth of Scotch. By limiting himself to only one shot of
Scotch per hole, the Scot figured a round of golf was finished when
the Scotch ran out.
- Golf is an honourable game, with the overwhelming majority of players
being honourable people who don't need referees.
- Golfers don't have some of their players in jail every week.
- Golfers don't scratch their privates on the golf course.
- Golfers don't kick dirt on, or throw bottles at, other people.
- Professional golfers are compensated in direct proportion to how well
- Golfers don't get per diem and two seats on a charter flight when they
travel between tournaments.
- Golfers don't hold out for more money, or demand new contracts, because
of another player's deal.
- Professional golfers don't demand that the taxpayers pay for the courses
on which they play.
- When golfers make a mistake, nobody is there to cover for them or back
- The PGA Tour raises more money for charity in one year than the National
Football League does in two.
- You can watch the best golfers in the world up close, at any tournament,
including the majors, all day, every day for $25 or $30. The cost for a
seat in the nosebleed section at the Super Bowl will cost around $300 or
- You can bring a picnic lunch to the tournament golf course, watch the
best in the world and not spend a small fortune on food and drink. Try
that at one of the taxpayer funded baseball or football stadiums. I
brought a Coke into OriolePark at Camden Yards last year, and an usher
came to my seat and told me I had to dispose of it, or I would not be
allowed to stay in the stadium.
- In golf you cannot fail 70% of the time and make $9 million a season,
like the best baseball hitters (. 300 batting average) do.
- Golf doesn't change its rules to attract Fans.
- Golfers have to adapt to an entirely new playing area each week.
- Golfers keep their clothes on while they are being interviewed.
- Golf doesn't have free agency.
- In their prime, Greg Norman, Arnold Palmer and other stars, would shake
your hand and say they were happy to meet you. In his prime Jose Canseco
wore T-shirts that read "Leave Me Alone."
- You can hear birds chirping on the golf course during a tournament.
- Ladies are welcome players.(except at the Masters)
- At a golf tournament, (unlike at taxpayer-funded sports stadiums and
arenas) you won't hear a steady stream of four letter words and nasty
name calling while you're hoping that no one spills beer on you.
- Tiger Woods can hit a golf ball three times as far as Barry Bonds can
hit a baseball.
- Golf Courses don't ruin the neighborhood.
- This is a slice of golf history I thought you might enjoy. I never knew
Why there were 18 holes before this. Why do full-length golf courses
have 18 holes, and not 20, or 10 or an even dozen?
Now you know!
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