As a kid I spent summer days with my grandmother. She had a huge sewing room in her house where she ran her own drapery making business. My parents would drop me off in the morning on their way to work and I would spend the day with her and her assistant, mainly watching their TV programs. Everyone’s favorite was “The Price is Right”. I liked the crazy outfits and people’s excitement when they were told to come on down. My grandmother and I would try to guess the prices of everything. I think that show is the reason I like shopping to this day.
Over the years, I've spent of money on gym memberships that I didn't use, exercise DVDs, weights, and even a home Pilates machine which is now a clothes rack. When I started wearing my running shoes only to run errands, I had to re-evaluate some things. On the other hand, I actually use everything I've purchased as part of my golf habit. By my cost-benefit analysis, golf is the better bargain.
Golf is not a cheap sport to play, but it doesn't have to be very expensive for the casual golfer. There are deals to be had on everything. I bought a used set of golf clubs when I started playing and still use them. I have non-golf clothes that I got on sale at non-sports stores. I also have expensive golf clothes with all sorts of special NASA-level technology built in for optimum performance. I play the same in all of it and still suffer from a crazy slice. There are websites that offer discounts on greens fees and even lessons. You can even buy used golf balls at some sporting goods stores and pro shops.
The physical and mental health benefits are numerous. Walking a golf course, especially one with lots of hills, is great exercise. On occasion I carry my golf bag rather than use a cart for a bit more of a work out. If it’s hot, I drink lots of water to stay hydrated. The beauty and peace on the golf course, even in the center of the busiest urban area, is amazing. Peace of mind is priceless.
I encourage anyone who is curious about golf to take one lesson. The instructor will provide the clubs, balls and save you a spot at the driving range. If you have friends or family members that play, ask to meet them at the driving range. If you like it and decide to start playing, there is a way to play that won’t bust your budget.
Now get out there and play!