Campus Golf: My New Favorite Pastime

Posted: March 27, 2009 by Michael Leess in POP - pop culture
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I’m not sure if it’s a craze that’s sweeping the nation, but it sure as hell should be.  Those of you who are not “in the know” about campus golf, sit for a second and I’ll teach you the basics.

The Old Course at St. Andrews.  Its beautiful.  Its historic.  Its...overrated.

The Old Course at St. Andrews. It's beautiful. It's historic. It's...overrated.

Campus golf is very similar to “standard” golf.  However, the one key difference is that, as the name suggests, it is played on school property.  So, instead of scratching up some serious dough, throwing on an old polo and some too-small khaki pants, and finding a ride out to some local country club where you (as a disheveled-looking, possibly hungover college student) don’t even feel welcomed, you simply grab some wedges and find a lawn.  No shoes?  No problem.  (Important note: I discourage making the SU Quad your personal Carnoustie.  Somebody’s going to wind up with a beastly bruise, and you’ll probably find yourself on the receiving end of litigation. South Campus and its wide, open, mostly pedestrian-free spaces are just a bus ride away.)

From there, the game is simple.  Pick some sort of landmark (tree stumps, grills, visible litter, and oblivious friends work best), and take your best shot.  You and your foursome can stop there, and stick with a closest-to-the-pin game, or keep going until your ball is within a club’s length of the designated target, in a stroke or match play format.

Another beauty of the game is that campus golf skills translate to the real thing – you’ll help your short game and approach shots with all the wedge play.  Plus, if you’re among the many who like to bring a few brews to the course, you don’t have to worry about blowing a BAC of .15 when the cops show up after you crash your rented golf cart into a tree.  Campus golf keeps everything simple.  Except for angry dorm residents who don’t appreciate golf balls popping off their windows, you’re made in the shade.

So, take a break from your graphics project or that boring statistics problem set.  Grab some friends, a club, and maybe a beer, and give campus golf a try.

~ Michael Leess

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