As to the financial reward of playing golf, well now, that is a matter on an entirely different but top drawer level. The highest ranking masters of the 18 hole golf course will all grump in agreement before sinking yet another eight foot putt. It takes years to reach the level of the multimillion dollar stakes. And yet the masterful designers of some the world’s most famous courses could just end up telling you that emphasis should be place on sheer enjoyment.
Wouldn’t the best coaches in the world be encouraging the youngsters of today to just enjoy their swing. Come to think of it, a majority of readers may never reach the stakes of the pro golfing circuit. That should not matter. Elsewhere, life still goes on. Good to know that the challenges of playing golf, whether as part of a pro-am arrangement or out alone amongst the links, does help instill that spirit of competitiveness.
And yet you see this happen tragically so often. Instead of enjoying the fresh country breeze, you see red-faced individuals having it out with their putters, sinking themselves, not the ball, in mounds of frustration. To teach hot-tempered guys a good lesson, never a better place than the bunker then. Look at it this way. As a beginner, with so much to master, none of which can be done overnight, time spent in the bunker could serve as a useful character building exercise.
One of the greatest attributes of a fine golfer is that of patience. A steady wrist, cool, calm and collected, is always required to sink one putt after another for an even par record, or better. But the failures on the course could teach a guy the art of humility.