Now that the candy hearts are consumed, the red cellophane unwrapped and the jewelry adorned, golfers can return to their second love, the course. Love? That wonderful word conjures interesting thoughts, especially when golfers discuss their game.
For the love of the course. Golfweek, Golf Magazine and Golf Digest list their favorite courses and what they love about each one, and golfers can't wait to see the Top 100. The decorated designs create controversy and contention, but that's what golfers love about the greatest models. Case in point, Riviera's 10th is a simple 315-yard par-4 that from 75 yards is the hardest approach on Tour.
For the love of the game. Couples, families and friends share a mutual love for the sport because, after all, golf is a game that can be played for a lifetime. The diversion allows generations to bridge the gap between high and low handicappers, juniors and seniors, male and female.
For the love of competition. Juniors, mid-ams, seniors and super-seniors can compete on the same course for crowns that keep them playing the game for life, no matter the level. Julius Boros won the PGA Championship when he was 48. With a GHIN handicap, golfers of all levels can compete against each other.
For the love of the score. Personal best scores illuminate smiles faster than a wound Tour Balata. Golfers are infatuated with 59's and course records. It's not how they play the game; it's how they score. Whether they're 5-years-old or 50, golfers tally their anticipation with a hope that the day's efforts have brought a new low.
Golfers love their game, and golf loves them back.