Inspirational Golf Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old inspirational golf quotes, inspirational golf sayings, and inspirational golf proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball where it lies.      

Bobby Jones

Golf... is the infallible test. The man who can go into a patch of rough alone, with the knowledge that only God is watching him, and play his ball where it lies, is the man who will serve you faithfully and well.     

P. G. Wodehouse

A man who can putt is a match for anyone.      

Willie Park

Golf is like fishing and hunting. What counts is the companionship and fellowship of friends, not what you catch or shoot.     

George Archer

Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.

Ben Hogan

The object of golf is not just to win. It is to play like a gentleman, and win.     

Phil Mickelson

Golf, like measles, should be caught young.

P. G. Wodehouse

Golf is a matter of confidence. If you think you cannot do it, there is no chance you will.     

Henry Cotton

Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.

William Wordsworth

I have always had a drive that pushed me to try for perfection, and golf is a game in which perfection stays just out of reach.     

Betsy Rawls

Golf teaches us that we all have handicaps... and that hardly anybody knows what they really are.     

Rabbi Gellman & Monsignor Hartman

A bad attitude is worse than a bad swing.

Payne Stewart

Golf is a game of ego, but it is also a game of integrity, the most important thing is you do what is right when no one is looking.

Tom Watson

Find a good teacher that will keep the game fun. Work hard and don't be afraid to have success or disappointment. That is what golf is all about.     

Paula Creamer

Golf is a science, the study of a lifetime, in which you can exhaust yourself but never your subject.

David Forgan

Golf is a game that's played on a five-inch course - the distance between your ears.

Bobby Jones

Golf is like solitaire. When you cheat, you only cheat yourself.

Tony Lema

One of the most fascinating things about golf is how it reflects the cycle of life. No matter what you shoot – the next day you have to go back to the first tee and begin all over again and make yourself into something.     

Peter Jacobsen

Do your best, one shot at a time and then move on. Remember that golf is just a game.

Nancy Lopez

Golf has an ambivalent relationship with the environment. On one hand, it's a great preserver of open spaces. Golf doesn't pave the world - it helps to green the world. But the downside is, it uses a lot of fertilizer, pesticides and water.     

Thomas Friedman

A golfer has to train his swing on the practice tee, then trust it on the course.      

Dr. Bob Rotella

Achievements on the golf course are not what matters, decency and honesty are what matter.     

Tiger Woods

The game has such a hold on golfers because they compete not only against an opponent, but also against the course, against par, and most surely- against themselves.     

Arnold Palmer

Don't play too much golf. Two rounds a day are plenty.

Harry Vardon

Success in golf depends less on strength of body, more on strength of mind and character.     

Arnold Palmer

A perfectly straight shot with a big club is a fluke.

Jack Nicklaus

Golf is a compromise between what your ego wants you to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do.     

Bruce Crampton

Golf gives you an insight into human nature, your own as well as your opponent's.     

Grantland Rice

Golf is fundamentally about being honest. I see people hit eight shots and tell me they shot five. I never say a word. It is a reminder to me of what is at stake.     

Martin Sheen

Golf is a game of endless failure and frustration.     

Mike Greenberg

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