There are few places more peaceful than a golf course.
That is, until the silence is pierced by the utterance of words not fit for print by the person who just yanked their tee shot off into the desert brush, never to be seen again.
I was reminded of just how enjoyable a walk on the golf course can be when I went over to Oquirrh Hills Golf Course on Wednesday morning to talk to Grantsville golf coach Rick Harrison and to watch his team play a couple holes. At Oquirrh Hills, you aren’t that far from the hustle and bustle of Tooele City, but it seems like you might as well be miles away from civilization.
There’s no hum of traffic. The only traffic I heard was the rustling as a couple deer made their way through the brush. The only sounds, other than the aforementioned exclamation of expletives from someone on the tee box, were of birds singing. It’s a nice relaxing way to spend your day.
That is, unless you’re really, really bad at golf. Which, unfortunately, I am.
I’ve only pulled out the clubs a couple times this year, and with the school year fast approaching, I’m not sure if I’ll get another opportunity. That might be just as well, not only for my sanity, but for the safety of the aforementioned wildlife that live among the desert scrub where my wayward shots almost invariably end up.
That said, I kind of miss being out there on the links. Sure, golf can be (and, unless you’re British Open champion Jordan Spieth, is) humbling and frustrating. There are times that you wonder why you’re out there, especially if you have a strong competitive streak. But there somehow manages to be something relaxing about the whole thing.
Is it the surroundings? Here in Utah, we’re lucky to be able to play in some of the most picturesque locations found anywhere on Earth. Is it the ability to escape from the drudgery of everyday life? Yeah, that helps.
I’m still trying to put my finger on it.
I’m also still trying to find my blankity-blank-blank tee shot on No. 4.
Darren Vaughan is a veteran sports writer from Moab, Utah. He does his best to keep all of his on-course golf rants PG-13 rated. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.