Golf: the social network

I played my first round of golf when I was six years old. I shot an 88 at the Bunker Hills Executive Course.

Tim Anderson, Bunker Hills Golf Club

Tim Anderson, Bunker Hills Golf Club

While it may not be the finest golf ever played, my mother took me golfing and that was a big deal. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I have been reflecting on the time spent on the golf course with my mom and how much it has impacted my life.

Thirty years have passed and while the rounds we play together these days are few, the golf course will always be a place where we can connect and catch up.

Life moves so fast in 2012. We can communicate almost exclusively electronically, purchase anything and everything on the web while simultaneously getting an online masters degree.

While I for the most part have embraced this new way life, I recognize that it does not promote the same connection as actual time spent together. It is much easier to enjoy the smell of the freshly mowed grass, chirping birds and sunshine without e-mail, texts, Twitter and Facebook. The challenge is to allow the world to continue turning and trust that all of those things will be waiting for you.

Golf is essentially an elongated walk with family, friends, colleagues or competitors. It offers a chance to check in, catch up, close the deal or win the tournament.

If you are an avid golfer and have a passion for the game of golf, share it with your family, friends and co-workers. Enroll your children in a junior golf program, join a couple’s league or form a golf group for work.

By promoting the game to the people in your life, you may find that the golf course is the ideal place to slow life down a bit just enough to truly enjoy it.

If you do not play golf, try it once. Like anything new, it can be difficult to take the leap. There are a few important things to know if you are unfamiliar with how to get started.

• Golf does not have to be overly expensive. Start at the driving range or golfing an executive course (the score to beat is 88).

• You do not need to purchase expensive clubs. Golf courses have rental sets available and many allow you to hit range balls without having to rent clubs.

• You do not need to have four or more to play golf, you can join a group or at off-peak times play as a single or twosomes.

• You do not have to know all of the rules. The rules of golf can be very confusing. Initially, it is much more important to have fun than to follow all of the rules.

• Everyone will not be watching you (they may be, just try to focus on the ball).

For information on golf pricing and programs at Bunker Hills, you can visit bunkerhillsgolf.com, the Bunker Hills online store at shop.bunkerhillsgolf.com or call the golf shop at 763-755-4141.

For a full list of golf courses and contact information visit the Minnesota PGA website: minnesotapga.com.

Tim Anderson is director of golf at Bunker Hills Golf Club, Coon Rapids

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