What view do you choose?

Last week I spent three fabulous days with our coaches on golf courses in Scotland. We did something that must be considered very rare these days; we played golf ourselves! Or as on of the coaches put it:

-“I have not played selfish golf in 20 years!”

Coaches tend not to do that. Whenever we are on a golf course it is with somebody else’s game in mind, that we are tasked with helping to improve. It was pretty special therefore to have three days where three venues greeted us with open arms: Archerfield, Dunbar and Gullane no 1. Of course when coaches get to spend time together like this it is not only about the playing of the game. The discussions that took place way onto the night where pretty amazing and in most’s opinion worth more than any formal education can ever be.

View from Gullane across Muirfield

View from Gullane across Muirfield

On the last day we played Gullane number 1, my first return there since an Amateur Championship, I think in 1998, when the weather did not do the place justice, to put it mildly. Friday last week it was absolutely magical! Early morning, clear skies, very little wind and the views were breathtaking. One of our more experienced coaches said afterwards, after he and his partner for the day (of course play at Gullane is in two-balls!) had sat down on one of the benches on the course to enjoy the view:

-“What is it with golfers? We sat down and had a look around and the course was full of players. Everyone is looking down and muttering about their game when they could just look up and enjoy these views!”

In a way a bit of a metaphor for life, isn’t it? Do you look up and enjoy the views? Or do you just keep your head down and worry about what goes on?

2 Responses to “What view do you choose?”

  1. 1 Mark Grieve September 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Hi Peter, I am glad you had a great time at Gullane No 1 it also brings back great memories for me when I reached the quarters of The British Boys way back in 1981. In those days I was purely blinkered into the golf and missed all those great views of the course.
    It is a pity that the mind skills were not available as I am sure it would have helped me enjoy the golf and life much more in those days and not so intense with just the game.
    As a Club Professional you would not believe the negative self talk that my members have just signing in for a Weekend Medal!!
    They have talked themselves out of the game before they have even stepped onto the first tee

  2. 2 Mark Grieve September 9, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Hi Peter tried to send email to you but just asking if you had the templete for the golf skills and performance skills web and grade form thanks

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