Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:28 PM
My golf "fanaticism" really seems to come in waves.
Started playing when I was 12-13 just tagging along with the parents. Probably around 14-16 I was completely obsessed, playing all the time. Spending the entire summer at the CC. I then wised up and realized I wasn't going to be pro, and didn't like to practice enough to be a pro.
Went to college, and literally played maybe 6-8 rounds the entire 4 years I was at college. I completely lost all desire and just didn't think about golf. Not that I didn't like it, I just didn't think about it. After I graduated and started my professional career, I was being invited to various industry-related golf tournaments and found out how much golf can be involved in business. Thats when I became obsessed again, all new clubs and started playing. That lasted a few years and went through a couple of years of not playing as much (but still active). Then about 2 years ago it kicked back in, and I'm still in this phase of being fairly dedicated to golf (really trying to improve with lessons and practice), took my first golf vacation this year, etc.
I had my first child last September, and that has really put a lot of things into perspective. I'm being careful not to sacrifice time with my wife and daughter at the expense of a game. When I'm old and gray, I won't care what handicap I'm at (or was in my 20's) but what kind of relationship I have with my family and creating a stable & loving childhood for my family.
So in the end, I LOVE golf. I think it is the best game in the world and one of the best hobbies. It teaches a lot of valuable lessons, and provides a lot peace but also challenges me. However, I think the key is (as with everything in life) is balance.