Golf Sayings and Quotes

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

I worked as hard to perfect my golf game as any other fellow would work in his brokerage office, in his job as a mechanic in a garage, as a lawyer or as a traveling salesman.     

Walter Hagen

Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.     

Winston Churchill

Golf is a good walk spoiled.     

Mark Twain.

I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.     

G.K. Chesterton.

Golf isn't like other sports where you can take a player out if he's having a bad day. You have to play the whole game.     

Phil Blackmar.

The most important shot in golf is the next one.     

Ben Hogan

Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.     

Tiger Woods

If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play at it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf.     

Bob Hope


Woodrow Wilson

Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad.     

A.A. Milne

Golf, like the measles, should be caught young, for, if postponed to riper years, the results may be serious.     

P.G. Wodehouse

Golf is like a love affair. If you don't take it seriously, it's no fun; if you do take it seriously, it breaks your heart.     

Arthur Daley

They say golf is like life, but don't believe them. Golf is more complicated than that.     

Gardner Dickinson

Golf tips are like aspirin. One may do you good, but if you swallow the whole bottle, you will be lucky to survive.     

Harvey Penick

Golf is like life in a lot of ways - All the biggest wounds are self-inflicted.     

Bill Clinton

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

Grantland Rice

Golf is not just an exercise; it's an adventure, a romance... a Shakespeare play in which disaster and comedy are intertwined.     

Harold Segall

Golf is golf. You hit the ball, you go find it. Then you hit it again.      

Lon Hinkle

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 assuredly a mystifying game. It would seem that if a person has hit a golf ball correctly a thousand times, he should be able to duplicate the performance at will. But such is certainly not the case.      

Bobby Jones

Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening - and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.     

Arnold Palmer

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

Golf is not, and never has been, a fair game.     

Jack Nicklaus

Golf is about how well you accept, respond to, and score with your misses much more so than it is a game of your perfect shots.     

Dr Bob Rotella

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

David Forgan

Golf is good for the soul. You get so mad at yourself you forget to hate your enemies.     

Will Rogers

Golf is like a razor. You get just so sharp and then it begins to dull a little more the more you use it.     

Doug Sanders

Golf isn't a game, it's a choice that one makes with one's life.     

Charles Rosin

Golf is the loneliest sport. You're completely alone with every conceivable opportunity to defeat yourself. Golf brings out your assets and liabilities as a person. The longer you play, the more certain you are that a man's performance is the outward mani     

Hale Irwin

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 is a difficult game, but it's a little easier if you trust your instincts. It's too hard a game to try to play like someone else.     

Nancy Lopez

Success golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.     

Arnold Palmer

I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for, getting paid for doing what you love.     

Tiger Woods

There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing!     


A good golfer has the determination to win and the patience to wait for the breaks.     

Gary Player

Golf is not, on the whole, a game for realists. By its exactitude of measurements it invites the attention of perfectionists.     

Heywood Hale Broun

It took me seventeen years to get 3,000 hits. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.     

Hank Aaron

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

Aggressive play is a vital asset of the world’s greatest golfers. However, it’s even more important to the average player. Attack this game in a bold, confident, and determined way, and you’ll make a giant leap toward realizing your full potential as a player.     

Greg Norman

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

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

Bobby Jones

A good player who is a great putter is a match for any golfer. A great hitter who cannot putt is a match for no one.     

Ben Sayers

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

One reason golf is such an exasperating game is that a thing we learned is so easily forgotten and we find ourselves struggling year after year with faults we had discovered and corrected time and again.     

Bobby Jones

Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golfers become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.     

John Updike

I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone's golf game. It's called an eraser.     

Arnold Palmer

Golf is a fascinating game. It has taken me nearly 40 years to discover that I can't play it.     

Ted Ray

Golf combines two favorite American pastimes, taking long walks and hitting things with a stick.     

P.J. O'Rourke

When I die, bury me on the golf course so my husband will visit.     


A passion, an obsession, a romance, a nice acquaintanceship with trees, sand and water.     

Bob Ryan

The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody put a flag stick on top.     

Pete Dye

If you're caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron.     

Lee Trevino

I know I am getting better at golf because I'm hitting fewer spectators.     

Gerald Ford

My swing is so bad, I look like a caveman killing his lunch.     

Lee Trevino

Golf is an awkward set of bodily contortions designed to produce a graceful result.     

Tommy Armour

Golf is a game in which you yell 'fore', shoot six and write down five.     

Paul Harvey

Golf is the most fun you can have without taking your clothes off.     

Chi Chi Rodriguez

It is good sportsmanship not to pick up lost balls while they are still rolling.     

Mark Twain

The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.     

Billy Graham

They call it golf because all the other four letter words were taken.     

Ray Floyd

Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.     

Arnold Palmer

Golf is not, on the whole, a game for realists. By its exactitude's of measurements, it invites the attention of perfectionists.     

Heywood Hale Broun

Golf can best be defined as an endless series of tragedies obscured by the occasional miracle.     


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

Harry Vardon

The golf swing is like a suitcase into which we are trying to pack one too many things.     

John Updike

Golf's three ugliest words. Still your shot.     

Dave Marr

The older you get, the stronger the wind gets and it's always in your face.     

Jack Nicklaus

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

William Wordsworth

If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they'd starve to death.     

Sam Snead

If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they'd starve to death.     

Sam Snead

Golf is a lot of walking, broken up by disappointment and bad arithmetic.     


Man blames fate for other accidents, but feels personally responsible for a hole in one.     

Martha Beckman

Golf is life. If you can't take golf, you can't take life.     


Correct me if I'm wrong, Sandy, but if I kill all the golfers they'll lock me and up and throw away the key.     

Carl Spackler

Give me the fresh air, a beautiful partner, and a nice round of golf, and you can keep the fresh air and the round of golf.     

Jack Benny

It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place this world is when one is playing golf.     

Robert Lynd

If profanity had an influence on the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is.     

Horace G. Hutchinson