By Tony Moisan

Most people who know me on the golf course are keenly aware that pace of play is critically important to me.

Typically, golf is played with groups ahead of you and behind you. Being stuck on the course, waiting for the group in front to clear the green or finding  yet another lost ball, is just part of the normal experience. Modern golf has really become a hurry-up-and-wait sport. 

But every so often I get to play golf on an empty course. The first time I experienced this, I rushed through the first nine and thought, “Wow! That was great pace!” It was almost a race to see how fast I could make it from the first tee to the parking lot and home.

Thanks to these rare moments alone, I have been able to see the game differently. Take away pace of play, the pressure to perform, and all the other challenges of being out on packed course, and the experience changes dramatically. I am not recommending suspending the normal rules of golf or allowing the “foot wedge” to be used, even if that tree should not have been there. But a round of golf is transformed by solitude.

We all get wrapped up in rushing to the next moment. Golf is teaching me to enjoy what is right in front of me and not be too eager for the next thing. So what is my golf tip, you ask? Enjoy the moment, be thankful for the moment, and take a look around.

The St. Luke multisite will be offering a golf outing on Saturday May 31st at The Links in Whitmore Lake. You can register here. Come play with us and share a golf story or two.