To What Extent Is Golf A Sport Essay

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Golf has been around for about 600 years. It requires a lot of hand-eye coordination, muscle coordination, strength, great accuracy, and stamina. There is no doubt in my mind that golf is a sport based on the need for those skills. However, there are many people that see golf purely as a recreational activity or hobby. I fail to see how someone can argue that such a difficult and demanding activity as golf should not be a sport. The definition of “sport” alone is sufficient enough to call golf a sport. According to, a sport is defined as, “an athletic activity requiring physical prowess and often of competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, etc.” (Dictionary). Even if this definition didn’t include golf as an example of a sport, it covers two hto play at the highest level for a long time. Golf is also very competitive. There are many people that play in tournaments and compete against each other to get the lowest score. The game gets increasingly more competitive as the golfers get closer to the end of the 4th round when it becomes clear that only a few players are going to have an opportunity to win. After defining what a sport is it should be clear that golf is a sport. This is not the case. Surprisingly, there are a lot of people out there that believe…show more content…
Golfers are known for playing well into their 40s, 50s, and sometimes 60s. People use this to argue that golf isn’t physically demanding enough so older people are able to keep playing. Satchel Paige, A baseball player in the Negro Leagues and Major Leagues pitched until he was 59 years old (Sports Reference). Saoul Mamby, a boxer, boxed until he was 60 years old (Boxing). Sports are not to be determined by how athletic or how old a person is. It is clear that there are always going to be exceptions when it comes to out of shape players in competitive

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