What It’s Like: To play golf for the first time

I was reluctant on playing but now I know, I just had to be a little more patient.

Although I've never done it before

Hearing the sound a golf ball and golf club make when they connect is exhilarating. Seeing the ball race through the sky and now,  your that much closer to the hole. The instant gratification drives you to do even better the next time. I can’t wait to hit it again and see how much farther I can go.

Until now, mini putt and video games have been the closest thing to golf that I’ve ever tried. One would think living in Ontario I would have taken advantage of all the courses at my disposal. I think the fact I can’t swing a baseball bat to save my life has played a vital role in keeping me away from any sport where hitting the ball with a stick is involved. Now I know, all I had to do is be more patient.

Our cart pulled up to the first of nine holes at the Stuart Lake Golf Course. I’ll admit I had no idea where to start.  Bev Playfair, who has been golfing over 15 years, agreed to take me out and give me the rundown. She handed me a ball and told me to remember exactly what it looks like. Easy enough. She then handed me a tee, and told me to pick my club. Wow, there are so many. Drivers and irons and putters, oh my. Bev calmly explained each club’s purpose and it made sense. The big one or wood is to hit far, the solid metal ones or irons are also to hit long but with more accuracy, the wedge is for short distance, and the chipper is to chip and the putter is to putt. Ok I think I got it. I chose my wood and then stood back to watch Bev take her shot. Wham. The ball launched more-than-half way to the flag. It looked easy enough so I eagerly tried only to swing-and-miss, swing-and-miss and swing-and-miss.

“Keep your arms straight, and bend your knees slightly. Move forward just a tad and when you swing feel the follow through,” said Bev.

I stepped back to take a practise shot and ‘swish’, the club swept perfectly through the grass.

“Good now do it again but hit the ball,” said Bev.

I stepped forward, now with my knees bent, arms straight. I raised the club, swing, follow through, and I hit it!

“That was great distance, even if it is off the green a bit. Most people don’t get it that far on their first try,” said Bev.

Now I know why I had to remember what the ball looked like.

Bev and I continued through the course and I did surprisingly well. About three-to-one to Bev. For those who know the course, I proved to be a quick learner on hole three where I hit on the first try missing all the brush and obstacles. Felt good to know many folks don’t always make that one as clean a shot. By hole four I realized the need for golf gloves and by hole nine I was ready to pack it in. And although we didn’t keep tab that day, I definitely won. Not by score but by trying something new that I had always been afraid to. Now that I know what I am capable of, perhaps I will be golfing more often.

Thanks to Bev Playfair who was a patient and humbling teacher, and to Dave Burgess for pushing me to try.

 

Just Posted

Nisga’a leader named UNBC chancellor

Dr. Joseph Arthur Gosnell is the first Indigenous leader to assume the role

Fire forces 36 people at Vanderhoof care home to evacuate

No one was hurt after the fire at Stuart Nechako Manor

Repen: FOI data proves Telkwans being ripped off by ICBC

Former Telkwa mayor received a response from ICBC and says the results don’t look good for residents

Fires still burning near Telegraph Creek

BC Wildfire Service assures residents of a proactive plan heading into wildfire season

Northwest entrepreneurs pitch their plans for cash prizes

ThriveNorth announces 12 finalists in this year’s business challenge

VIDEO: Killer whales hunt for seals in Vancouver harbour

Bigg’s killer whales feed on marine mammals like seals, sea lions, dolphins and even other whales

VIDEO: B.C.’s waving granny gets incredible send-off from school kids

Tinney Davidson has been waving at students on their way to school for over 11 years, but is moving in a month

Struggling B.C. adoption agency elects new board that intends to keep it open

The previous board announced that Choices would close May 31

Vancouver man, 19, charged in human trafficking case involving teen girl

The 16-year-old girl was reported missing and later discovered in Vancouver

Blaine, Wash. inn owner, charged with smuggling people into B.C., granted bail

Robert Joseph Boule ordered to turn away anyone indicating a plan to enter Canada illegally

RCMP arrest B.C. man following threatening Vaisakhi Facebook post

Post made reference to pressure cooker bomb at massive Surrey parade

Another illegal dump of 200 Dungeness crab discovered in northern B.C.

DFO confident new site related to larger April 2 dump

Northern B.C. high school student reaches 100,000 followers on YouTube

Voice actor, animator, Jericho Fortune has more than 30-million views on his channel GTAGAMER222

Most Read