With Father's Day coming in just a couple Sundays, we wanted to share some of our favorite, relevant golf memories, and ask you to share some of your own.
My dad is the reason I play golf. He took up the game in his childhood in New Jersey and has been an avid player ever since. His handicap has hovered between 8 and 11 for my entire life.
While I was growing up, he worked for a large multinational corporation. In his place of business, as in most, many people across the organizational were golfers. So golf was both a leisure activity and a business aid for him.
He got me hooked at age six, as we'd hit balls and then play the first two holes at the suburban club we belonged to. Then nine holes. Then 18. My first taste of competitive victory on the golf course was with Dad, in the annual club Parent/Child tournament when I was seven or eight.
Playing golf with my dad thrust me into the world of adults from an early age, because once I started showing some level of ability, I ended up accompanying him on casual rounds of golf with some of his colleagues. I had to be polite and well-behaved in order to continue being allowed to hang out in that world. He disregarded the divide between generations that has tended to exist on golf courses, which helped me learn to interact with people both older and considerably more powerful than myself.
For seven years we played in the Father & Son Team Classic, a three-day event held every year in Myrtle Beach, and I was often the youngest competitor in our flight and one of a small handful of young kids in the field of hundreds of teams. Many other, older father-son pairs probably initially rolled their eyes when they saw I'd be in their group, but I'd like to think I impressed them by playing fast, adhering to golf etiquette and generally behaving like an adult. I have my dad's trust in me to thank for that.
Here are some other golf-with-dad reminiscences from the Golf Vacation Insider circle:
From Craig Better, Editor of Golf Vacation Insider...
My dad and I approach golf very differently. He considers any water hazards, bunkers, sloping fairways, etc., to be cruel and unusual punishment inflicted by a "diabolical" architect. I consider them fun and interesting challenges. He gets upset if he loses a ball...that he found. I just grab another one from the new sleeve I overpaid for in the pro shop. Yet while playing, he remarks about the hard work of the greenkeepers; he is always considerate of the groups behind us; he never fudges his score; and he’s happy to go out with beginners who want to get (or get back) into the game. So, while playing golf highlights our differences, the spirit of it reveals how similar we really are.
From David Baum, Editor-in-Chief of Golf Odyssey...
One of the most special things about golf has been getting to share it with my son. In fact, he is about to graduate from high school and we are taking a father-son trip to Scotland to celebrate - and yes, I expect to win our trip-long match!
From Tom Dunne, golf writer and friend of Golf Vacation Insider...
I actually found out I was going to be a dad for the first time on Father's Day. This was back in 2009. I was blogging about the US Open at Bethpage that year. I got caught in the 100-year rain storm the day before the tournament started, and for the rest of the week it was almost impossible to keep your feet dry. The whole place was just mud. Between that and the long hikes through traffic up and down the LIE [Long Island Expressway], by Sunday I was sick as a dog. I stayed home and watched the (not-to-be-completed) final round on TV, flat on my back on the couch. I remember Mickelson was putting when my wife came in and told me I was going to be a dad. I was incredibly happy, of course, but my first thought was, "Man, I'd better get my life together!" It's an open question whether that ever happened, but so far, so good!
What are your favorite memories of Father's Day golf (or any rounds) with your father or, if you're a father yourself, golf with your children? We'd love for you to share them below!