The social benefits of playing golf

Hollie's Golf scribe Pat Little muses about the social benefits of playing golf.

One of the reasons golfers tend to live an average five years longer may be because of golfing’s unique social nature.

There is no confusing golf’s social attributes.  It’s a rare game, attracting those who like the company of others as well as those who don’t. It , entertains an extremely wide variety of individuals.

Golf captivates common denomination groups, magnetizing those who are business makers, corporate staff workers, family generations, friends, and sporting teams, amongst others.  In strange, surreal and undefined ways, the game bonds them.

In our workday lives, there is stress in any orientation, but least of all on golf courses. And when it comes to meeting new people what environment can offer so unoffendingly as golf.

Here’s an example.  Imagine the reader in a movie theatre with many open seats.  A stranger approaches and asks if they could sit with them?  While I personally don’t see what’s wrong with it, most might think twice.

But on a golf course, it’s recognized as a natural, normal way to join up when playing the game with others.  It’s a bonding key to a social door, and deep down; I think most everyone exists for the companionship of another.  If that were not so, I doubt marriages and relationships would exist. On the same level, it keeps people youthful, because play is involved.

Today, experts will testify loneliness appears on the rise amongst the elderly and young alike, claiming it ages the human.  Why suffer?

If you want to meet new people, play golf.  I suggest you call a pro shop and book some lessons with a competent golf professional or ask a seasoned friend about the game.

If you do decide to venture out to play though, remember two things:  golf is the reality game of a lifetime, and not to be misunderstood.  By that I mean it takes the same approach to learning golf as raising children.  Nothing less, so don’t think it’s like ordering a hamburger.  That’s the bad side.

The upside is you can play all your life practically.  Second, be liberal and understanding of people on golf courses, for like anywhere else, they can be critical, demanding, friendly, lovely, exhausting or exuberant.  It doesn’t matter.  What does is that you are a part of the act.  It keeps you youthful.

Today you may meet someone foolish.  Tomorrow it may be your next best friend.

So, if you feel inclined to be social, Ladies Nights begin at the Hollies May 7, while Men’s Nights begin May 8.