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April 10th is Golfer's Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then pick up a club and whack some balls because it's Golfer's Day!  Try not to hit anyone!  Let's get right into celebrating Golfer's Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Today is a holiday because on this day in 1916 the Professional Golfers' Association of America, or PGA, was set up by a department store manager named Rodman Wanamaker. Wanamaker set up a bunch of meetings for golfers in the New York area to form a group to help promote golf and make playing golf a more realistic career choice. It was set up by 35 charter members and people have fell in love with the game ever since. Now people have no reason not to play golf, for at least one day out of the year!  The history of golf is a bit shady though; everyone has their own story on how it began. Some say it started with the Roman game of paganica where you'd hit a stuffed, leather ball with a bent stick. Some say it all began with the Chinese game of chuiwan, which means striking small ball. There are even scrolls that show someone swinging what looks like a golf club at a small ball in hopes of sinking it into a hole. And then of course there's cambuca in England, chambot in France, chaugan in Persian and kolven in the Netherlands.  We may not be able to agree where we got the idea, but we all can agree that the modern version of golf began in Scotland. In fact, there are documents from 1457 that ban the playing of golf because James II thought it was distracting people too much from learning archery. Eventually it spread from that area and now you can see people in plaid pants and mint green shirts swinging different sized clubs at tiny balls in hopes of sinking them in random holes on some of the nicest plots of land.  Fore!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So how can you celebrate today?  Well, you can get together with a bunch of your friends and choose from a variety of different options when it comes to this game. You could go play miniature golf and compete to see who can make it through the wacky course the quickest. This game's all about skilled putting but you don't have to be a member of a special club to be allowed on the course.  Or you can head to the driving range and see how far you can whack some golf balls.  NOW you can use some real power and see who can hit their balls the farthest.  Plus you can work on perfecting your swing so that, when you're playing for real, you always get a good start off the tee.  And then of course you can go play a round of 9 or 18 holes and cruise around in a golf cart all day.  This might take a bit longer and require better weather but it's a good excuse to have a relaxing day out on the course.  And yes, I do mean relax!  Don't get mad if you're sucking it up and hitting it in the trees... you're an adult, outside, playing a game!  Be happy that you can do all that instead of getting mad over a game.  It'll probably save your clubs from getting damaged when you throw them too.  But if it's not that nice outside, you're always welcome to curl up on the couch and watch your favorite golf movie or play a golf video game.  There have actually been some pretty good golf movies made and I grew up playing different golf games.  I never got into the actual game of golf but the video games are addicting!  Have a great day and keep your eye on the ball!





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