Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Golf madness hits home…sort of

Things in my neighborhood look a little different this week. You see, just a short walk from my home is the site of this year’s PGA Championship tournament. I’m not a golfer (only a mini-golfer), but it has been kind of exciting watching the big signs, tents, etc. go up gradually over the last few weeks and know that the national sports spotlight (at least for golfers) will be on my neighborhood this weekend. What’s more, I just learned (too late, of course) that I probably could have rented out my house for the week for $6,000 to people traveling here for this major tournament!

Now, I actually think I might enjoy playing golf if I were to try it. But, here’s the thing…I don’t understand the draw of watching other people golf. I’ve tried watching it on TV with my golf-loving dad, and I almost always end up taking a good nap (no offense, dad). I’ve seen the die-hards watch it intensely at the country club restaurant I worked at during college, and I don’t know if I can ever get as excited about a birdie as they do.

Nevertheless, I am planning to try watching at least part of the tournament on TV. I’ll let you know how it goes. And for the golfers out there…please explain to me the proper way to watch golf and enjoy it. Do I need to study up on the players and terminology ahead of time? Is knowing Tiger Woods good enough? Should I dress in a polo shirt and visor just to look the part? Or do I just need to start playing it myself to truly understand? Help me become a fan!

Now here’s some entertaining golf…


  1. Trying to watch-much less enjoy-golf on TV without actually PLAYING the game is tantamount to sitting on shore and watching scuba diving; "Look, there's a bubble." Enjoying golf on TV can only be enjoyed if you play the game yourself. Only then can you appreciate their talent and shot-making ability. So, either pick up the game yourself, or stick to watching "So You Think You Can Dance," or of course, hockey.

  2. I have to agree with your dad Jen. Both Krista and I are golf lovers and I can say for sure that playing is what makes watching fun. I can also tell you, however, that Krista will still sleep while I watch Tiger so you may find the same thing happening to you.