Saturday, April 20, 2013

Golf Love

While preparing for a fun, little blog adventure Heather and I will be having next week, it occurred to me that I don't really talk about one of my true passions very often.  Maybe it's because I don't think very many of you enjoy it [and I don't want to turn you off, obviously], but I just wanted to share with you something that has made me happy for 20 years: golf.

I started golfing when I was 5 years old.  My dad used to bring me to the driving range near our home when I was young [like 3 or 4 years old].  He never pushed me to try, but simply let me play with my Barbies on the green mat.  [Those mats make awesome play spaces, by the way!]  One day, I asked him what he was doing and I tried it.  I immediately fell in love, started taking lessons, and the rest is history!  I played on the boys' golf team for my high school [and was captain], competed for my college women's golf team, and now get to teach the game I love to hundreds of kids every year.


The game of golf has also brought me to a variety of places.  When my family would travel when I was little, we usually went to locations with beautiful courses so my dad could play [and me too as I got older].  In college, our team traveled to the Carolinas for tournaments, and now, for work, I get to train each year in some amazing places [like Las Vegas where I returned from last week].


Still not so sure about golf?  Here are some of the most beautiful places golf has brought me to over the years.

golfing in Cape Cod

after my dad played Pebble Beach in California

high school golf

my favorite golf course in the world - Harbor Town on Hilton Head Island in SC

more Hilton Head golf

with [now Masters champion] Adam Scott at the 2009 US Open at Bethpage in New York

golf in Maine

Kind of a long story but I basically convinced a guy to let me hit a golf ball into San Francisco Bay when we were on vacation out there!

my college golf team in South Carolina

Vermont

last year's work training in Phoenix

and our own little golf course at work last summer

7 comments:

Nicki said...

I applaud your father for taking you along and letting you come to the game rather than pushing the game on you;(something I regret not more strenuously encouraging my husband to do with our children as we live on a golf course ). I don't play, but absolutely love watching the game and am happy you have successfully parlayed your passion into a career. Bravo to you. (some gorgeous courses by the way - and getting a picture with Adam Scott - nice!)

Casey said...

My college boyfriend got me started with golf. Golf lasted longer than we did :) I don't play as much as I'd like to now but I would love to take lessons.I'm trying to convince my husband that we shoud take them together!

Alyssa said...

That's awesome! Have you ever played at Pinehurst? My dad played Pinehurst #2 last summer and he was pretty freakin' stoked about it.

Jen said...

That is so awesome! My husband LOVES golf and I used to golf with him on occasion. It's fun. :)

Meg said...

I was definitely a daddy's girl, so like I said, I just wanted to hang out with him and the golf was secondary. :) If it wasn't for him playing, however, I don't think I ever would have played (and I can't even imagine how different my life would be!).

I'll Love You Forever said...

Awesome, great pictures! I used to go golfing with my grandparents a lot when I was younger. I have not been in a long time, need to go soon!

Jeni Seckman said...

This a great journey, Meg! Golf definitely takes you to a more exciting world where you meet amazing people while enhancing your skill more. I'm sure your father is so proud of you, especially now you share your talent to the young ones. :)
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