1000 Things We Hate #151: Golf Courses

7 04 2011

Now, it is pretty undisputed for most people under the age of 30 to hate golf.  It’s a worthless sport where you just hit a tiny little ball and have to walk a lot.  So, it would be very easy to write up a 1000 Things We Hate about golf.  Hell, maybe when we’re stretching ourselves with ridiculous hates at #834 we may actually bring up Golf again.  Nevertheless, I’m going to stick with the harder one to pin down: Golf Courses.

The picture above is a perfect example of how ridiculous golf courses are.  This picture comes from a golf course in Redmond, OR where I happened to spend my tentative teenage years.  This golf course resides in the high desert of Central Oregon.  What is the high desert you ask?  Well, it is basically a desert at a fairly high altitude (around 3,200 ft. above sea level).  That means that the winters are cold as hell and the summers are hot as hell without really any seasons in between.  Do you see that little corner in the upper right hand of the photo?  That is what is the natural habitat of Central Oregon: dry, arid, brush-y.

So, what does this mean?  Basically, golf courses are shoved and forced into environments where they do not belong.  At every golf course, you come to expect relatively the same grass, sand pits, and trees that often do not belong in that sort of environment but they’re all in a different arrangement.  Sure, there are some more natural golf courses that try to incorporate the natural surroundings into it, but still.

Just the whole idea of golf courses are frustrating.  For climates like Redmond, OR, the grass needs to be watered multiple times a day just to prevent it from drying up.  Then, gas is used in order to mow all of that grass to keep it at it’s desired trim.  Let’s not even mention the gas for all of the golf carts (which may end up in that golf post).  All in all, it just seems rather wasteful for a boring-ass sport.

Sure, golf courses have some idyllic scenery, but they seem to waste more than what they give back to the earth.  Having a natural golf course would be grand, but it’s just not going to happen.



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