Beer on the Golf Course. Just having fun

I have a few drinks most every round, I have a beer bucket (6 pack) wager with a buddy each round.  The loser normally buys it the next round on the turn and we drink it on the back 9.  And normally we have a few more after the round courtesy of the days big winner.  Personally, I don't think it hurts at all, but, sometimes it's enough to relax on the back 9 to make a comeback of sorts.  It's very common in our group to have some beverages in the cart.  It certainly doesn't slow the group down, even when we play as a fivesome. 

Some of the guys I play with call it aiming fluid. Sometimes their aim is good and sometimes, not so good. During a normal round of golf with friends, we all have a couple per nine, but if it is a fund raising tournament, then the consumption is generally higher.  It all depends on how hot it is and what’s going on.  The hotter it is, the more water we consumed and the more competitive the round, the less alcohol is consumed as a general rule. 

I usually don't drink during the round unless my game is falling apart.  Sometimes it helps settle me down.

Great idea for a post.  I have found that when I choose to drink on the course, I need that happy balance and it is a very thin line.  A couple beers, or bloodies in the morning, just loosens me up (my body and state of mind).  Beyond that, the golf gets sloppy.  For me, it also depends on the occasion.  A fun scramble with buddies, or a serious match play or tournament.  Goes without saying, I guess.  

Great post.  But I think alcohol it's a crutch for those who clutch.  

I was playing in my club championship this year.  The reigning champ had me by 5 at the turn on the last day.  He was even for the front.  I was four over.  I watched him go into the bar and have a beer.  I thought to myself, "I have this guy."  He was either celebrating prematurely, scared, or both.  Either way, I knew I had him.   As soon as someone starts drinking during competition, it's a sign of fear and insecurity.  He also started drinking during the back nine along with other guy in competition with me.  All I could hear was beer cans popping on the back.

Bottom line, I beat the reigning champ by ELEVEN strokes on the back.  I shot four under.  I killed.  The other guy, wasn't even a problem.

Don't get me wrong,I love to have a few.  But to me, it seems like drinking during golf is like having your dessert before your main course.

It's not a moral issue, but one of respect for the sport.

Toast after the round, not during.  You'll enjoy both much, much better.

That's my five cents (inflation).

It generally doesn't help my game, but in a recent 54 hole event at our club, I was in a surprising position after 36 holes.  Nerves were definitely a factor, and I started the last 18 like I'd never played the game before.  I opted for a cold one after 5 holes and had a second one after 14.  While coincidence may have been a factor, I did right the ship and managed to finish strong.

Hardly a strategy I intend to employ regularly, but this time, I think it may have helped out. 

To me there's two ways to play golf.  Walking, serious, and nothing but the game counts.  And out for a nice round with the buddies, drinking beer, talking smack and not worrying about anybody's score.  I much prefer the first one, but occasionally the second is a great change of pace.........

I am not much of a drinker, and now with the price of beer at the course, I rarely order a beer from the cart. However, one of my fondest memories is when I just graduated from university and I moved home to live with my parents. The 9 hole course on the South Shore of Nova Scotia plays host(not sure if it still does) to the Moosehead Invitational the first week of June. The first 2 holes are par 4's, and then the course bottlenecks with 2 consecutive par 3's. We would be the first group off at 7am, and when we came to the 3rd hole, we would be offered a Moosehead Light before we teed off. The beer actually helped me relax back in the days when I would still get nervous. Where else could you be enjoying a cold one at 7:30 in the morning? 

vurich

Great post.  But I think alcohol it's a crutch for those who clutch.  

I was playing in my club championship this year.  The reigning champ had me by 5 at the turn on the last day.  He was even for the front.  I was four over.  I watched him go into the bar and have a beer.  I thought to myself, "I have this guy."  He was either celebrating prematurely, scared, or both.  Either way, I knew I had him.   As soon as someone starts drinking during competition, it's a sign of fear and insecurity.  He also started drinking during the back nine along with other guy in competition with me.  All I could hear was beer cans popping on the back.

Bottom line, I beat the reigning champ by ELEVEN strokes on the back.  I shot four under.  I killed.  The other guy, wasn't even a problem.

Don't get me wrong,I love to have a few.  But to me, it seems like drinking during golf is like having your dessert before your main course.

It's not a moral issue, but one of respect for the sport.

Toast after the round, not during.  You'll enjoy both much, much better.

That's my five cents (inflation).

That's a great story!

I really think it comes down to the nature of the golf day, who your with and what the overall goal is. If your in a Tournament, then yes, drinking is 100% out of the question regardless of score. If its just a regular ole' Sunday outing with the same group of buddies and there is nothing really riding on the line, then yeah go for it.

But you have a valid point, out of respect for the sport you should play for the best score possible and then reward yourself afterwards.

Brandon,

I just don't get it. If someone needs a substance to relax or have a good time or not be so scared, where does it stop?  How many is enough?  How much is too much?  The great part of golf is it's you against yourself.  How much pressure can you handle before you crack it or it cracks you.  That's what separates the men from the boys, doesn't it?

The last few years I've seen three of the most talented young golfers totally lose not only their games, but their dreams because of alcohol.  Each one said the same thing that everyone is saying in this post.  "I have a few to relax."  "I'm just having a few with my buddies."  Blah, blah, blah.  But each and every time I played with them, the few gradually became more and more and more until they couldn't play without some type of substance.  They thought they played better, but they were looking through glazed eyes.  And once they hit one bad shot, they went right into the tank.  Literally.  Alcohol is a depressant.  People are deluded to the effect, because what for a few seconds brings you up, brings you right back down harder and deeper than you would be without it.

Anyway, out of the three great talents who had dreams of playing golf for a living are now living a nightmare.  One of them now spends more time now drinking instead of playing.  The other lost his job and almost his family.  The other has given up the game.

Again, no one loves beer more than I do.  I love having a few pints after I leave the course.  But I love the feel of overcoming the nerves on my own terms when I'm on the course.  Like the line in the movie, "A League of Their Own:  "It's supposed to be hard! If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great!."  

What if surgeons said, "I'm nervous when I open up a person's body.  I'm going to have a little something to calm my nerves."  I want the pro who can handle the pressure.  Not the amateur whose pressure handles them.

But, hey, to each his own. 

Given that the Scots created golf and it's rumored there are 18 holes because there are shots in a pint, it could be argued that drinking alcohol during the round is proper and normal. I can't drink and play serious golf but if some one can, it's their business, and has no bearing on their level of respect for the game of golf. After all, golf is a game and we're supposed to have fun.

If the guy was a previous club champion, I would expect that he knows enough about competition and respect for opponents not to celebrate prematurely.  You may have interpreted his drinking as that and it kick started your game.  But it sounds like that the guy may have problems if it impacted his game that much.  He may need help.

Usually don't drink either unless it's a special occasion.  However, after struggeling on the front nine, a nice shot of whiskey calmed me down on the back nine to finish even on the back.  This was the exception rather than the rule though.  I just I'm just too competitive to drink and play.

Hit em Straight!

Greg

Brandon,

In the early 90's I had the opportunity to go to Florida with a good friend. We played golf for 5 days straight and didn't even see the ocean. It wasn't important. One of the rounds we played was a course named "Serona" I got "cross-eyed" drunk pretty early into the round. Throughout the round, I would make an error and then somehow manage to chip one close or make a long putt to get out of trouble. The only mistake I made that round was 3-putting a par 5. I ended up shooting 70 and for close to 20 years it was my personal best. Not sure if the beer improved my round that day, but definitely relaxed me to the point of just playing golf and not thinking at all. Hard to repeat a day like that one, but had fun doing it all the same. Marc

 

It totally depends on the round.  There's a lot of different kinds of golf in my mind.  

There's social golf, where you're just hanging out and catching up.  The game is fun, and you're trying to play well, but it's more about the company than the stroke total.  In this type of golf there's usually a beverage or two involved.  The swing oil can make you play lights out sometimes.

There's competitive golf where you're trying to win a trophy or some cash.  Then I don't drink and remain totally focused (or try too at least).

There's practice rounds- where you might have beer at the turn, but you're mostly out there to groove your swing and enjoy the day.  

Then there's party golf- we won't get into details, but if you play golf for a buddies bachelor party or out of celebration, drinks, stogies, and frequent visits from the cart girl are pretty much mandatory.  With this type of golf you start strong, get a little lubricated and start throwing darts, draining putts, making side bets, and then... well...  we usually stop keeping score by the 10th.