It has been a long time since I had played a round of golf, so I was quite nervous turning up to my local golf club again. It felt like I had not been there in years, and then I realized it had been 2 years since I had stepped foot there! Life really does change when you become a parent.
At the age of 4 I suppose Isaac is still a bit young to play golf, but I was too excited to wait any longer. Luckily Isaac shares his Dad’s enthusiasm no matter where we are, such as when we went quad bike riding, and so he was excited and ready to go.
When we entered the club it was exactly as I remembered it. I was taken back immediately to the last time I was there. My brother George and I had played a game of golf when he came down with his wife to stay with us. Before that, we were regular players. I remember we always planned a trip to the Hawaiian golf courses. I am still waiting for that to happen.
Bill, the owner, was as welcoming as ever and it was so great to see him again. He wanted to know everything about what I had been up to in the last few years, and as usual when I told him I was a stay a home Dad now, I felt a bit of the misconceptions of stay at home Dad’s were there. However, these were lighthearted and I know him and that he would never mean any harm.
It was just as interesting to learn about what he had been up to. He and his wife had purchased a large property two hours away from the golf course. That meant a two hour commute there and back each day for Bill. This reminded me of the promises I made when Isaac was born! I am so glad that is not me.
Bill was just as enthusiastic to show us all the new things about the club. They had purchased some new GPS rangefinders. Isaac loved to play with these gadgets, although I had never seen them before. Bill said they wanted the best GPS rangefinder for their course. They looked expensive so I encourage him not touch. I did not want to foot the bill for that!
The course was exactly the same as I remembered it, and it really did feel like stepping back in time. I hired some clubs because I had sold mine a year back as I just was not using them. My swing was a little (okay, very) wobbly at first but I quickly got back into it. I remembered exactly why I love golf.
Naturally Isaac wanted a turn as soon as I took a swing, and it took him 4 times to hit the ball correctly. I think he might need to read up on some tips. The only problem is that he can’t read yet.
Playing golf was something I really missed doing since becoming a parent, but today made me realize that I do not have to miss out on doing the things that I love. Now that Isaac is almost at an age where he can learn to play too, I see golf becoming a part of my life again and a great way for us to bond.