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.


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

GOLF IS A GAME IN WHICH ONE ENDEAVORS TO CONTROL A BALL WITH IMPLEMENTS ILL ADAPTED FOR THE PURPOSE.     

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