Few sports are as crazily frustrating and difficult as golf. But still, people have been falling in love with the game for hundreds of years (okay, maybe not Mark Twain, who called it “a good walk spoiled”…). We tracked down a group of Tour stars, architects, instructors and broadcasters and asked them what made them first fall for the game, and what keeps them coming back.
CEO of TGA Premier Junior Golf
“I was introduced to the game by my grandparents at age 3, and I fell in love with it because of its broad appeal and unpredictability. You can play on the same course in the same group with family, friends and people of all different ages and abilities. And no shot or condition is ever the same. It’s like life itself: there’s always something new to learn.”
Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
“Although I was born into a golf family, the moment that I first felt truly energized by the game came when I was 13 years old. I was playing with my brother, Rees, at Montclair Golf Club in New Jersey. We teed off on the par-three fifth hole toward an uphill green. I was too short to see here the ball went. We couldn’t find it anywhere. Then Rees looked in the cup and there it was: my first hole-in-one. From that moment, I was hooked.”