Golf is a good walk spoiled.
~ Mark Twain
Anyone who has ever swung a golf club can attest to the frustration of the sport. The first couple times I ever played 18 holes, my score was around 150. Safe to say my arms were sore but I definitely got my money’s worth.
The origin of golf is somewhat unknown, however the first records of modern golf originated in Scotland. The basis is simple - hit the ball with metal like sticks into a small round hole. To actually succeed at this straightforward task is the tough part. Typically a golf hole can range from 200 yards to over 600 yards and each hole has a par number attached which indicates the number of shots it should take you to complete. Along the way you may encounter sand traps, water, long grass, trees and wildlife obstacles. Even the world's finest golfers cannot avoid trouble on a golf hole, it is their ability to recover that makes them so superior. Those who saw Phil Mickelson's 2nd shot on the 13th hole at the 2010 Masters can attest to that!
Golf's elite play on the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Tour or the LPGA for ladies. Tournaments are held almost weekly throughout the entire year, highlighted by the men's four major tournaments: The Masters, US Open, The Open Championship (British Open) and the PGA Championship. For those who think golf is for grey haired, retired folk you should check out some of today’s PGA young guns. Elfish Irishman Rory McIlroy at 21 led the 2011 Masters tournament for three days before an unfortunate meltdown. 23 year old Rickie Fowler’s style looks like it would be more suited to riding a snowboard than hitting the links, and while at 30 he is approaching “old man” status, Aussie Adam Scott can light up a TV screen with his handsome smile.
While golf can be challenging, requiring fitness and mental strength, it is a great social sport and many golf courses are located in beautiful settings. The East Kootenays are home to some of Canada's finest golf courses - St. Eugene, Trickle Creek, Greywolf, and of course the Fernie Golf and Country Club (FGCC). If golf isn’t your thing make sure you still check out the FGCC Clubhouse deck for some of the best views (and food) in town. FGCC is an excellent course for all abilities with very reasonable rates. Locals can play nine holes for under $25 on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the Clubhouse offers daily specials. The course also offers junior camps for the "prelinks" and "future links" as well as short game clinics, lessons and fun and competitive tournaments throughout the season.
Monday's have become my favorite day of the week in the summer. I look forward to meeting my girlfriends for a nine hole round of chatter and less than stellar golf, followed by a glass of red and a yummy Clubhouse burger. While I have reduced the amount of times I have to swing the club in a round I still have a long way to go. It is amazing how one good shot amongst many, many poor ones can keep you coming back for more.
Check out www.golffernie.com or call 250-423-7773 for a tee time at FGCC.