It’s an idea I’ve struggled with for years, most notably when I was touring Ireland with her and yearning to play all the beautiful courses I was missing out on because I couldn’t abandon her for several hours during our vacation. We love to travel and always find ways to have fun wherever we go, but wouldn’t it be even better to bring clubs and try out new courses while visiting new places?
Not only would it be an added incentive when vacationing, but if she got into it, it would make it less difficult to hit the links when home. It isn’t ideal, after all, to ditch your spouse for half the daylight hours on a weekend. Besides, I think I read somewhere that freshly cut grass is an aphrodisiac for women.
The question is, would the trade off of golfing more often and in new, exciting places be worth the sacrifice…? For instance, for someone like myself who isn’t typically a big drinker, a certain amount of leeway is taken on the golf course. Under most circumstances, I wouldn’t consider cracking open a beer before 10AM appropriate, let alone taking a shot of Fireball. But if someone in my group sinks a birdie putt on hole 2, you better believe I’m taking a shot at 8:22 AM. The golf course is an exception to certain rules, an exception that my wife wouldn’t likely get on board with.
There are other factors of the golf course experience that probably wouldn’t translate over very well to the couples format. Admiring or even awkwardly flirting with an attractive beverage-cart girl certainly comes to mind. I also don’t look forward to being beaten by her. It’s not that I consider it emasculating for a woman to be better than me at a sport, especially one that’s based more on precision than strength, but she can be be one hell of a gloater!
My own mother, who doesn’t golf very much, still enjoys reminding my father, a lifelong golfer, about the hole-in-one she got about 35 years ago. My wife insists that golf is easy because “you’re just doing the same motion every time.” I try to convince her that it isn’t so simple, but given how high my handicap is, she probably would quickly surpass me.
I’m still on the fence about this, so maybe some other Eagle Vision Golf visitors have some experience in this area and wouldn’t mind sharing their stories with me to help me decide.