The Importance Of A Golf Course

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There is something special about a golf course in the morning. Over the last 5 years, I have spent a lot of mornings on a golf course. Before I got my driver’s license I would have my grandparents take me to the golf course in the morning and get picked up later in the day. Once I got my license, I would drive to the course early in the morning and be one of the first people out on the course so I would have the entire course to myself to practice on. As a sophomore in high school, I got a job at a golf course. I started out working on the maintenance crew watering the course at 5:30 every morning. After a few months, I moved my way over to the clubhouse washing carts and picking range balls. Finally, this last summer, I worked my way up to …show more content…
Growing up, all of my coaches stressed that they were not only teaching us skills specific to a sport, but life skills as well. Hard work, dedication, persistence, and grace were all things learned through sports that were subsequently applied to my life as a whole. After realizing that my career in competitive organized sports was essentially over—or at the very least in the midst of an extended hiatus—I got the opportunity to take those skills that I had learned through years of competition and apply them to life. I realized that I was moving into an exciting and important time in my life—a new hole if you will—and that I needed to approach it with the same intensity and dedication that I would practice or compete with. In a recent interview, Tiger Woods described his approach to success, “I think every great champion who has ever lived would say, yeah, they’re selfish in certain aspects. That’s how you got there. You had to put in extra time in the weight room, extra time running and running, extra time recovering, extra time running their plays or hitting shots or doing the things that other people didn’t do I dedicated myself to work, dedicated myselWf to the process of bettering myself, and searched to find things that would allow my competitive spirit to continue to burn” (Rubenstein, 2015). Luckily for me, golf is a lifetime sport, so I will …show more content…
I am a very self-critical person, and I consider that to be my best and worst quality. On one hand, I always strive to be better, but on the other hand, I never truly find satisfaction. There is nothing that I am less satisfied with than myself, and more specifically my body. Because of this, I decided I would make the commitment to change myself for the better. Hitting the gym and changing my diet was the first step towards self improvement, and while I am still in the very early stages, I find myself more content than I have been in a long while, because I am once again dedicated to a process. In an article for The New Yorker, Kathryn Schulz sums up the appeal of the grind, “In its more modest connotation, the phrase [‘through it’] simply means to keep going. But the grander meaning is that “through it” means “past it.” That is the runner’s great article of faith: that a better mood will supplant a worse one, pain will ease up, joy will kick in” (Schulz, 2015). Once again I find myself working hard with a concrete goal in mind, and the idea that one day I will achieve that goal is what gets me out of bed in the

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