Hi, my name is Henry and I am the founder of RealGolfers.
There is so much to love about golf. I love golf so much that my entire adult life has been dedicated to it. Like so many other kids, I dreamed of playing golf on TV, and I’m still chasing that dream. I don't have the means to be a member at a golf course, but at the age of 17 I stumbled upon a way to play unlimited golf: work at golf courses that allow their employees to play for free. In fact, that is the only reason I’ve ever accepted a job offer--to play golf for free after work. This is the only way it is possible for me, and it’s well worth it.
I love golf, we have covered that already. But there is a lot to question about the culture of golf. When you think about golf, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it the sheer joy of playing well? Or is it soft spoken old men commentating golf on TV? Do you think of the beautiful scenery a golf course; birds chirping on a warm summer morning, sun shining through the trees? Or do you think of stuffy country clubs and their even stuffier members?
Golf has an exclusivity problem. Exclusivity is a staple of golf, I do not know why. It starts from the ground up. Junior golfers are recruited by college coaches at junior tournaments that cost a fortune to travel to and play in. This virtually eliminates the chances of low income high school golfers getting a golf scholarship. There are courses you can only play by invitation. There are courses you can only play as a member. There are courses you can only play if you're able to shell out $500 plus dollars. And for some reason, a lot of people think that is cool. If you're worried about these things, you're missing out on what golf truly has to offer. Stuff, clubhouses, memberships, they're all meaningless, golf has much more to offer than materialistic things. Course rankings are meaningless. Exclusivity is meaningless. Golf is a game. Games are meant to be played, not to be exclusive. Here is a hypothetical: A disc golf course denying entry to certain disc golfers. Sounds crazy, right? So why is it standard for certain golf courses to turn people away? The goal of this game is simple: get the ball in the hole in as few shots as possible. What impact does a million dollar club house have on this game? What impact does the caliber of the course have on this game? What impact does an exclusive membership have on this game? The only thing that has an impact on this game is you.
Despite all of its shortcomings, we love golf and have high hopes for it. Our favorite thing about golf is that anyone can play. Regardless of physical ability or skill level, anyone can learn to love this game. There are not many outdoor games that can make that claim, and we think that it is possible for golf to flip the script, and be thought of as the most inclusive game of all. When a golfer hits the ball for the first time, their face lights up and they want to do it again, and again, and again. As a long time caddy, I have seen this happen right in front of me hundreds of times. People who are skeptical often end up loving golf once they have tried it. If you've never played, go play! If nothing else, golf is a way to safely spend time outside with friends and family in these weird times. Golf needs new golfers, so we had an idea: If you've never played golf and you’re reading this by some miracle, go play or go to the driving range. Take a picture and tell us what you thought about it. If you're already an avid golfer, bring someone to play golf or hit balls for the first time and take a picture or video. Send us the picture or video at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll give you a promo code for 50% off one of our golf shirts. Why not? Get some fresh air, try something new and healthy.