I’ve been married for 5 years to a pretty avid golfer. A 7am on Saturdays, meetings on the course, travel for the sport kind of guy. For the most part I will say that he balances his time spent golfing really well … But I have noticed just how much time golf can require.
Personally, I’ve never had much interest. I prefer to spend my Saturday morning hours running lots of miles and I take my “work” meetings on the run. The environment of a golf course is nice, serene and I could sometimes be found hanging on the cart while he golfed in the later afternoon but I never thought to pick up a club. It seemed to me that golf and distance running could never be combined in my life.
Enter Play 9 golf.
Last week I was invited to take part in this new initiative that American Express, USGA and professional golfer Rickie Fowler are promoting called Play 9. The Play 9 program is encouraging golfers to fit a nine-hole round into their busy schedules, making the game accessible to more people. As it turns out many golfers find it challenging to regularly fit in a full round and playing 9 makes it easier to get more out of the game they love in less time. What I heard out of that was accessible and less time … exactly what was deterring me from the sport.
Oh yes and Rickie Fowler
In efforts to attend this event and not seem like a complete goon, I had a quick lesson on the range the weekend before. Result: fully enjoy the challenge of the game. Way harder than it looks.
Not feeling 100% confident to just go out on the course, I opted for another lesson on Play 9 day … which again went well and left me with a serious urge to golf?!
And a new found love for adorable golf clothes.
I finally put my skills into play with 9 holes this past saturday afternoon. After a hot and hilly long run, I showered up and headed back outside with my husband to his club. And its official, this golf skeptic now has a new hobby. The concept of playing 9 holes is so much easier for me to wrap my head around and the time spent is way more doable. I’ll be honest and say that after about 7-8 holes I was a little spent, but thats most likely because I was grossly over par for that majority of the holes. Oops. I figure with a little practice 9 holes will take me just about as long as a yoga class
For those of you who don’t golf, but are golf curious I highly recommend checking out the play 9 concept and program. And if you are a true beginner who wants to play with someone else that knows nothing, let me know!
The Play 9 WEBSITE has a ton of good info and some tips on how to get started, there are certainly some ettiquite things that are unique to the sport along with certain courses that participate in the Play 9 initiative.
Thank you to American Express for the foray into a new found hobby and the chance to Play 9!