Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – the creator of Sherlock Holmes – is said to have coined the phrase “A change is a good as a break”. Whether he did or, it is elementary wisdom. Sorry, you might have guessed something like that awful pun was lumbering it’s way into this post!
I tried out this change theory today with a golf day at Mere in Cheshire; swapping the links for the parkland course variety and swapping competitive Saturday golf for midweek, friendly charity corporate fun golf. It was a good day. Good company; good course; good cause; good weather and – for the back nine at least – good golf.
I have always been a competitive person and take myself, my work and my hobbies as seriously as I believe to be healthy; giving it 100% (not the dreaded 110% of sporting interviews, X Factor and the like). But I have perspective. I know how important golf is in my life; really important for my wellbeing, stress relief, exercise regime, social life but not important enough to get annoyed if I don’t play well or to lose sight of the joy of being outdoors, breathing in fresh air available and making sure that I never stop respecting the game and those who play it.
A day like today forces you to remember this even more; it makes you focus completely on the fun side of the game – the team format, beat the professional, longest drive and nearest the pin – there was a car – yes an actual real life car – for a hole in one – is a great antidote to the occasionally over serious weekend golf that pervades man golf clubs.
I’m back at my wonderful course tomorrow for a friendly game with a friend. I’m not going to lie, I enjoyed Mere – especially the last four holes – but I am looking forward to getting back on the magnificent S&A links. I hope today’s change will help my golf. I hope it will have done me good. I’m hoping Mr Conan Doyle was right; there will be a little money, plenty of pride and some significant bragging rites at stake.