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

The most important shot in golf is the next one.      

Ben Hogan

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

Heywood Hale Broun

Golf is 90% mental. Once you know how to hold the club, swing it, it's all in the mind.     

Dan Jenkins

Golf is game of respect and sportsmanship; we have to respect its traditions and its rules.     

Jack Nicklaus

Confidence is king in golf.     

Jason Dufner

Golf is all about patience - one tournament is four days long, 18 holes a day.     

Lindsey Vonn

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

Gardner Dickinson

Golf is a great example to me. Golf is a metaphor of life. I mean, every shot. You have this beautiful hole, this beautiful opportunity to get a good score.     

Nick Saban

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 at its measured pace permits an electric excess of mental activity.     

John Updike

Golf is a spiritual game. It's like Zen. You have to let your mind take over.     

Amy Alcott

Confidence in golf means being able to concentrate on the problem at hand with no outside interference.     

Tom Watson

A round of golf is the ideal antidote to stress.     

Bruce Forsyth

But in the end it's still a game of golf, and if at the end of the day you can't shake hands with your opponents and still be friends, then you've missed the point.     

Payne Stewart

You must remind yourself at all times that the golf ball is nothing. It's an object. It's something to be swatted and sometimes lost and not even looked for.     

Dan Jenkins

Golf is a search for perfection, for balance. It's about meditation and concentration. You have to use hand and brain.     

Celine Dion

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

A kid grows up a lot faster on the golf course. Golf teaches you how to behave.     

Jack Nicklaus

There is no king of golf. Never has been, never will be. Golf is the most democratic game on Earth... It punishes and exalts us all with splendid equal opportunity.     

Arnold Palmer

Golf is not just exercise; it is an adventure, a romance. A Shakespeare play in which disaster and comedy are intertwined. You have to live with the consequences of each action.     

Harold Segall