A Letter to Golf
Dear Golf, I Love You
I love you.
I still remember the day I first met you, I was nine or ten. My Dad took me to have some lessons with my brothers, it was all so simple then, just hitting the ball was all the fun needed, no need to worry about all the intricacies of the game. How I wish I had been caught by your spell at that time. Alas it wasn’t meant to be.
We actually met again by chance: properly that is, six or seven years ago. At a time when I really needed you.
But that fateful day led me to you and I will be forever grateful that it did. As I have fallen head over heels for you. Meeting you has given me so much more than I could have ever hoped for.
You’ve given me the opportunity to work alongside you and with people as obsessed with you as I am.
This is a daily reminder to me of how much you mean to so many people. And how much a simple conversation about you can brighten the room instantly.
You’ve taken me to places I would have never dreamt off and introduced me to people I now call lifelong friends. Knowing these people, places and cultures gives me so much pleasure that I cannot begin to thank you enough.
You are unique, I don’t know anyone like you. I can go to any Golf Club in the world and even though I might not speak the same Language as my playing partners, in some way we do speak the same language. The Language of Golf.
You do not discriminate. Religion, race and sexuality have no bearing on you. You accept all, always. That is probably what I love most about you. You give an all-encompassing embrace to us all, in a world full of hate and confusion you are a unifier.
We will all have those moments on the course where we feel like Tiger Woods or Rory Mcilroy, or whoever your favourite golfer is. Where we hit the perfect shot at the perfect point and it’s those precise moments that will continue to bring us all back time and time again. Nothing else compares to that feeling of knowing just how great a shot you have just hit.
For that unique ability you have to bring all us together, I love you and I miss you.
Obviously this break from each other is much needed, there are bigger global issues ongoing. But I miss you and hope to come back as soon as possible. But this time apart from each other could turn out to be a positive. I have the time now to really appreciate how much you mean to me.
Please know that I will never take you for granted again and that when we are reunited I will love you more than ever.