Member/Guest Season

I’m not sure who first invented the idea of member/guest golf tournaments, but I’m sure glad they did. Some of my favorite golf memories have been born from the long laugh-filled days of these competitions. It’s hard to have a bad time while engrossed in such an indulgent environment. When invited to play, I jump at the chance to participate. It’s a lot of fun to get lost in golf with friends for a weekend. These club tournaments are marked by heavy pours, interesting personas, and tense putts. The food spread is obscene and the smack talk is turned up to the highest level. No matter the format it’s always a good way to compete with kindred spirits. You’ve got to really love golf to spend that much time and money on it in a 48-hour window. The member/guest experience was made for the golf junkie and I’m unquestionably part of that crowd. I’ve been on some winning teams but most of my member/guest record is defined by side-splitting jokes, bets that don’t payout and playing as much as I can before having to return to the daily routine. Being in the mix is always exhilarating, however, the real enjoyment comes from the people I meet and the places I get to know better. No two events are the same and I wish I could get to play them all. Member/guest tournaments always leave me with a small headache and a smile — signs of a good time had by all. It’s a scene that suits me well.

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The Tournament Mindset

Tournament golf is different. There is an elevated tension in the air and a sense of meaning in every shot. It takes focus, deep breathing, and calm nerves to compete. Building a round through small wins is a smart strategy. Fairways and greens are the targets. Hit them and the score will mostly take care of itself. In that mindset, the only thing that matters is the shot at hand. Staying in each moment is key. No thought can be given to the swings that have passed. It’s a grind and the only way to be successful is to remain concentrated on each unique situation. Optimism and confidence come from keeping the head up and looking ahead for the opportunities. Each good shot unlocks the next. The way to win is to play against the course. The tournament may be a tough scene, but with the proper thought process, great things can happen.

If you enjoy these daily stories, you might like my new book, The Nine Virtues of Golf. It debuted earlier this Summer as the #1 new release golf book on Amazon.