Are you a golf widow? Luckily I’m not, he only plays every now and then. My mum’s partner goes every weekend though without fail. Neils so fussy with his clubs and outfit when he plays. It’s like a military operation getting everything ready. I wouldn’t mind he now only plays a few times a year sometimes but even that takes forever to prepare for. The process starts the week before when has to go and have a session at the range.
He used to play regularly and go away for weekends with the lads playing. He has played all over the UK, and also abroad. His one big must have though, is the right outfit. I remember a few years ago, he was getting ready for a charity competition in which he would be doing a 4 ball with his new Managing Director. Everything had to be perfect, the strap on his bag, the right clubs, the right clothes, shoes, just everything!
Until that night I didn’t realise just how much stuff golfers needed. I genuinely thought the clothes were just normal t-shirts and smart office pants. Well, how wrong was I? They have special pants and t-shirts to play in. They do just look like smart pants though when you watch it on television.
Now Neil only plays every so often, he ends up buying a new outfit every time he plays because he keeps saying oh I don’t play anymore and either selling or donating his clothes to charity. It’s his birthday in a few weeks and he is playing in a charity competition so I have been looking around and came across Galvin Green. I am going to get him some new pants and a top. Hopefully he takes care of these ones.
I have encouraged Neil to get back into playing regularly now the boys are older. His main issue is that he doesn’t want to pay a membership fee and then not get the use out of it. Brian my mum’s partner has a membership for a local course called Brookdale Golf Club he plays nearly every Saturday and Sunday no matter what the weather. They also host lots of competitions and society days. He says you have to play this much to get the value from your membership. Brian has invited Neil to go and play as a guest for a few rounds to see if he still has the passion for it before making any decisions on a membership. There are 2 clubs local to our house which look really nice Bury Golf Club which is around £750 for a years membership. We also have Pike Fold Golf Course which again is around the £750 mark but they do Ladies membership so I may have to learn how to play as well especially if it means I can go on holidays and play on course like this one below.
Golf is a very sociable hobby. There are lots of charity competitions, society days, and then your usual 18 holes on a weekend. Most clubs have a club house to socialise in afterwards and meet people. Neil always say’s to me that lots of deals his company have signed have started out from a conversation on a golf course.
It’s only through talking about it more with Brian and Neil I have realised how expensive a sport it can be. You have membership fees to pay, cost of you clubs, clothes and maintaining those as well. Then the holidays away it all soon adds up. I have met him in the middle though in that he gave up his season ticket for the football when the twins came along 3 years ago. So I am encouraging him now to start up something he used to love doing. The kids all have there hobbies and interests, I have my blog and Neil now needs to have something for him as well.
Are you a golf widow? What do you do to pass the time when your other half is off ‘golfing’? I would love to hear ideas in case Neil gets back into it properly.