Cycling vs. Golfing


I’ve never really been much of an athlete.  I’ve played golf all my life (my Dad was an avid golfer who built custom clubs), but I’ve never been very good.  However, in my late thirties I somehow decided that golf would be the sport that I’d dedicate the “middle-third” of my life to mastering.

Boy, was I wrong!

Don’t misunderstand, I really enjoy golfing.  However, golf has (in my opinion) some fundamental flaws.

  1. It’s hard
  2. It’s expensive
  3. It takes a lot of time to play a round (especially if you walk)
  4. Because it’s hard, if you want to get better you need to practice (a lot)!
  5. Because it’s expensive, and you need to practice (a lot) if you want to get any better, golf quickly becomes a VERY expensive hobby.
  6. Since I lack time, talent, and money it quickly became apparent that golf wasn’t the sport for me.

This weekend I decided to practice climbing on my road bike (I hate climbs).  My ride took me past a local golf course, Blueberry Hill.  As I rode by, watching the golfers, I reflected on a few of the advantages cycling has over golf.

  1. While cycling isn’t cheap (just ask my wife), once you purchase your ride and your kit, you don’t need to pay anything to jump on the bike and start pedaling.
  2. Cycling is a better alternative for cardiovascular exercise.
  3. Cycling is infinitely easier than golf to learn (most of us did it as kids)!
  4. You’re still out in the fresh air enjoying the beauty of God’s creation.
  5. I’ve never shot a round of golf without losing at least three golf balls.  Conversely, I’ve never lost my bike on a ride.
  6. Cycling can take more, less, or the same amount of time as a round of golf.  It’s up to the rider how far and fast they want to go.

While I’d never say no to the occasional round of golf, I have to say that I’m more of a cyclist than a golfer.

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