1) The semi-weekly or weekly golf events are a terrific social experience. Sure, it’s great to be out on the course, but leagues supplement the pleasures of the game with pre- and post-round banter and 19th hole chatter, and that all makes for a great day--unless you're the person who hit three shots out of bounds on 15. You get to know a whole range of folks that are united in their passion for the game and enjoying a good time sharing each other’s company.
2) Golf league competition ranges from fierce to super casual; male, female, co-ed; and all ages. That means there’s a league for everyone. Skill levels are also all over the map: you just need to find a group that suits your own game and desire (or not) for competitive play.
3) I’m not a big plan ahead type, so sometimes my golf time is overtaken by “life happens”. But with a golf league, you have a regularly scheduled, “gotta be there” appointment to play the game you love. How great is that? Get your league events on your calendar and savor the anticipation!
4) Good golf leagues incorporate a mix of tournament formats, so you never get bored. Really good golf leagues have lots of different games running, many times in the same event. Others complement weekly event action with season-long competitions, so there are multiple ways to share in the fun (and winnings) even if you have an off day.
Instead of always being limited to a weekly net better ball of partners, some leagues are set-up so you can be entered in the season-long Stableford, or play formats where your blow-up hole(s) is tossed out, or where you play with a “real” partner and another player in the field whose identity you don’t even know until after the round, and the list goes on. It can really get interesting!
5) Golf leagues are a community. Some have been around for decades; some are new this year. The common phenomenon is a bonding of like-minded people. The web extends the community to a place and times that reinforce and enhance the benefits and pleasures of community. Established golf leagues often have their own web site where league members can view information about the events, exchange messages, view pairings and photos, and more. It’s a nice break, and provides you with your golf life right in the office.
Do you have other reasons to join a golf league? Share them by commenting below.
By Steve Sayre, Golf Genius Software Contributing Editor