Fore! (or not)
When I got home from work this evening, before enconscing myself in the kitchen to make lasagna (I’ve been meaning to for more than 10 days and dammit, today’s the day!) the wife dropped off at my computer desk a post card offer from one of the local golf clubs. When I was younger, I was pretty good at golf. My parents had a membership at the local golf club, and taught both my brother and myself how to play. In the summertime, I spent a good deal of time there, playing when it was sunny, and on rainy days speluking through the course with one of my friends’ from school, looking for lost golf balls. Even back then, balls were fairly pricey. But we didn’t sell them, we just re-used the ones we found, and shared them with other members. It just was easier all the way around.
After I graduated high school, I didn’t play as much. I wasn’t going to a college where there was a nearby course I could get to, so my skills suffered. Too, I was skinny as a rail when I was in HS, but post graduation I started to gain weight. I recall my freshman year having gained probably 50 lbs, and it just went on from there. I still have the clubs that I played with 35 years ago, though as I’ve taken them out every now and again, I’ve discovered that they;re in dire need of some TLC. At the very least the grips need to be replaced. And I think my spikes (golf cleats) need to be replaced.
The few times that I’ve gone to the driving range nearby over the years, I’ve enjoyed myself. Although I’ve long ago lost my ‘golf calluses’ so when I hit a bucket of balls, I tend to open up blisters where the calluses used to be. They end up being painful (they’re blisters, they’re supposed to be painful!) and I get discouraged and stop at the one bucket, go home and put the clubs away.
Getting back to the post card. It’s offering a 3 year membership for 87% off their normal single price. That’s a pretty darn good deal. I’m definitely tempted, but I have to weigh it against will I make use of it. Granted, I’d only have to play 4 times a year to pay for the membership, and I’m sure I could do that. A lot of ifs and maybes, and I asked both the wife and my pet for their respective opinions.
Both of them gave me good reasons for going for it, with my pet suggesting that I make a list of pros and cons, as well as sleeping on it before making that sort of decision. I’m very much on the fence about this, because I’m not sure that I’m going to feel the same way about the game now, than I did way back when.
It may be a good bit of savings, but if I don’t make use of it, then I just wasted the money. And I do that all too often now.
Update: After sleeping on it, I’ve decided to pass on the opportunity. I’m not feeling that good about it, I doubt right now that I’d be making use of the membership all that much, and honestly, I’m way out of shape to be playing. Too, I rarely have time for all the things I want to do now, so why would adding a recreation sport to the mix be a good thing? Besides, after doing a little digging, the course had posted a similar offer last year, so it seems like they’re having trouble with maintaining the course, so they need new blood in their membership roles. Which happens. Golf is an expensive sport, and it requires a constant money flow to keep it operating (I used to work at a golf course when I was younger…it can be hideously expensive).