In Bureau County, Illinois, it is not golfing weather. It is winter — it is cold, dark, sometimes icy and sometimes snowy. Yes, folks, I believe that winter is here. It’s not so much that the cold, darkness, ice and snow bother me, it is the mere fact that it is cold, dark, icy and snowy. I know, I know, a ridiculous statement, but it’s the way I feel. Not golfing weather. Golfing needs sunshine, warm temperatures and green grass.
I dream of warm weather; I yearn for warm sunshine; I think I can smell green grass. Yes, folks, I am a golfer. For some of you, that is enough to read of this column. I understand. We golfers can be a different breed.
Golfers are, many of them, obsessed with all parts of the game. Of course, as some of you have heard me say before, “far” is definitely the predominant of those obsessions. How far did my drive go; how far to the pin; how far ... We dream of hitting the ball far, and of course, close. For you non-golfers, the idea is to hit it far off the tee, far in the fairway and close to the pin. See, it is actually a simple game— hit it far and close, and put the ball in the little round hole in the ground by taking as few shots as possible.
Being an amateur who takes a lot of strokes, I use the “I want to get my money’s worth” line to compensate for too many strokes. Sometimes that works to make me feel better, but no matter, I keep going back, looking for the illusive far and close. I just know that one of these days I will hit it just like that, just like I dream.
We golfers share other obsessions including the brand golf clubs we use, the golf balls we hit, the shoes we wear, the color and length of our tees, the weather being good or bad when we want to play, what time of day will be the best for our next game, and many more. You get the idea.
As someone who works away from home, I also obsess about how to keep my house clean and meals made without interfering with my golfing time. I tell myself I can do housework when the weather is not nice. Just a warning — you might not want to visit my house in the spring, summer or fall without advance notice — I will probably not be home, and my house will probably not be company quality!
One thing to look forward to this winter, as during the winter of 2012, are the monthly dinners arranged by our favorite golf course owners. Our first dinner in January was a fun-filled night of dinner, conversation and a golfing version of “Family Feud.” We all knew how to laugh, but we didn’t know too many of the answers! Last year we played our own version of “The Newlywed Game.” Even though most of us were not newlyweds, we didn’t know many of the answers then either. What color is your wife’s golf bag? How many golfing hats does your husband have? Most of us could not get the answer. We closed down the restaurant and made our way home to dream of the illusive “far” and our next opportunity for fun off and on the course.
Now that it is definitely winter, I have to find some new activities. My husband gave me an iPod Shuffle for Christmas. I keep planning to take it and myself for a walk, but I just can’t seem to get out of the house when it is 20 degrees. I need to whip up some energy and enthusiasm — maybe next week. If I get myself going for walks, will it help my golf game in the spring? Hmmm, maybe it will. Maybe a good walk every day will help me achieve the dreamed of far and close or at least bring the warmth and brightness of spring here sooner rather than later.
Nita Wyatt of Wyanet can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.