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Friday, August 14, 2009

People Watching...

Our son's golf try-outs Wednesday began at 3pm. (Our daughter's was 8am until about 10:40am.) At 7pm when I still hadn't heard from our son so I drove down to the golf course and waited until they finished at 8pm. Not a whole lot to do waiting in a golf course parking lot, so I parked parallel to the driving range and camped out for the duration and did some people watching.

In general, I have to say people watching at the golf course is pretty boring. Kind of like watching paint dry. That is unless you take the time to examine each golfer's form. Well, not even that, just watch them park their car, obtain their bucket of balls and so on.

A few things I observed:
1. Some golfers feel it is well worth the time and effort to back into a parking space so that their golf clubs (in the trunk) are as close as possible to the driving range. I mean, I know they are heavy, but come on, you need to jockey your car for 12 minutes to get them closer? Wouldn't it be easier to just carry them the extra 8 feet?
2. Ok, the clubs are out of the car, now what? Set them on the walkway, set them at a stand at the range, or carry them with you to the ball machine. (Tehehehehe, I said ball.)
3. Ok, everyone I observed chose to set their clubs on the walkway, but not after glancing back several times to check on them.
4. This is the driving range, you're wearing sandals, damn! Now you have to walk all the way back to the car for your golf shoes which are in your trunk. (Oh yes, this is why you backed in, because you've just saved yourself another 8 feet.)
5. Now I don't need to tell you how hilarious some amateur's stances are. This provided endless amusement.
6. Oh snap! Divet. No one saw that right? If you don't go grab it and put it in place and step on it, it didn't happen right?
I think the most amusing part was watching a guy in a big Suburban, back into his parking space (of course, because those are big and he's probably saving 11 feet of carrying his golf clubs). He gets out of the car and his wife/girlfriend gets out. Now I'm thinking, oh how sweet, it's a date at the driving range. Isn't it nice how they both share the same sport? Ever the gentlemen, he sets his clubs on the walkway and goes to get a bucket of balls. (Tehehehe, I said balls again.) Then I see the wife/girlfriend get into the tailgate area of the Suburban and sit and watch her husband/boyfriend hit the entire bucket of balls by himself. So I have a few questions:
1. Is this wife/girlfriend his coach? (Didn't seem like it, she stayed in the back of the Suburban. Were she his coach she would have stood near him and possibly corrected his form, etc.)
2. Is this wife/girlfriend so supportive of his sport that she goes to the driving range to cheer him on? (I didn't really notice any cheering.)
3. Is this wife/girlfriend so clingy that she can't bear to let him go to the driving range by himself?
4. Is this wife/girlfriend so jealous that she must accompany him everywhere?
It was a bit bizarre.

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therapydoc said...

I keep a club in the car, thinking I'm going to stop by and hit some balls at the golfing range on Oakton, but never remember until it's too late. Maybe today!

Kate said...

Huh... if I were out and about with my boyfriend and he decided he needed to go to the driving range to hit a bucket of balls, I think I would just want to get my own bucket - a lot more interesting than sitting and watching, but that's just me. Some people...

StaceyC4 said...

Anyone that is willing to sit in the back of a Suburban to watch someone hit a bucket of golf balls I think fits in to category #4. Definitely.
I left something for you on my blog today. Hope you have a good one!

Auntie E said...

Great news..I featured you on Aloha Friday on my At Home Site. Hope you get a lot of visitors today:-)

Lin said...

Golf is just one of those sports that needs to be experienced, NOT watched. OMG! How do people watch this stuff on TV?? (My husband and in-laws do this) And who the hell PAYS to walk the course and watch someone else gold (My husband and his parents, that's who) And tell me, how in love do you have to be to watch someone else hit balls? (I said "balls" too) Maybe he just promised her a trip to the ice cream parlor or something afterwards and she just went for the ride?? Who knows. Nutty lady.

Don't you love when you are sitting, waiting, watching, and writing your next post in your head???

Buggys said...

You seem to have amused yourself watching the goofs at the driving range. Ok, maybe the wife/girlfriend went along for the ride because they were going out to eat after? I would do that if there were food and drinks involved.

shopannies said...

I am not for sure what the deal would be maybe its like me and my hubby must play some golf even though we will be late to where we really need to go LOL

Megryansmom said...

Balls! Ha ha I said it too. You know there are several ball washers set up on the course. Yup a little water fountain type thingy for washing your balls. Have a great weekend!

I am Harriet said...

Lola--duh- you're such a golf newb. WTH.
First of all- it has been proven that golf and the knowledge which follows it has a direct correlation you're ex turned you off from. duh.

Second of all- DIVOT, and yes you must fix it. There many self-proclaimed course cops who will make your life a living hell if you don't fix them (I'm going out on a limb in assuming your at a public facility).

And lastly...there are many insecure females who will lug around a course all day watching their man get drunk and make a sweaty gross fool out of himself.Me...I'd rather be shopping or blogging.

In conclusion, Golf is indeed all about the balls.

I am Harriet said...

I've got some catching up to do don't I?

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