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Golf Australia Express : Issue 21
LIST THE 5 THINGS TO DO GOLF-WISE IN 2012 We love a sport that can be played in the most stunning places. And considering other sports or hobbies only present us the same old settings, golfers really are the blessed ones. Consider a round in Hawaii, Thailand, New Zealand, Canada, Japan or Ireland this year. Is there a better excuse to experience different settings, environments and cultures the world has to offer? Oh, and by the way a trip to Tassie doesn’t count. OK, the competitive aspect of golf is one of its endearing qualities. But scoring can also play havoc with your emotions. While pencilling in a three pointer is tremendously satisfying, inserting a wipe is downright infuriating. So liberate yourself from the shackles of scoring and jump off this emotional rollercoaster, even if it’s just once, by leaving the scorecard in the bag. You’ll play better and only remember your good shots. You can count on it. Nothing new here. As passionate golfers, we share the desire to fulfil this annual resolution. But when you consider playing golf has many health, social and personal benefits, it’s crazy so few of us actually do. So the time’s come to have a word to the boss in the office and the one at home about the importance of a weekly round in your heavy schedule. And if that doesn’t work, consider playing some holes in twilight or at dawn. The game needs you, too. The familiarity of playing your regular haunt is a reassuring sensation. You know the staff, where to go and importantly you know the intricacies of the course. But one of the beauties of golf is the different challenges each course offers. So whether it’s a course you drive by on the way to work, a public access track in your local area or a country course just out of town, the first-time experience will be worth exploring. Many family homes operate like passing ships in the night. With hectic lives it seems someone is always coming and someone else is going. Golf is a wonderful social medium that brings people together, so why not grab the kids, folks or better half and head for the course for some family bonding. After all, with a round likely to take more than five hours, a golf course is one place life doesn’t pass by at a frenetic pace. PLAY A ROUND OVERSEAS PLAY A ROUND WITHOUT SCORING PLAY MORE PLAY A COURSE FOR THE FIRST TIME PLAY A FAMILY FOURSOME