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Sports & Recreation > Golf > Par for the Course

Par for the Course

THE TERM "par for the course" means what is normal or expected in any given circumstance.  I was thinking about this while watching a golf tournament on TV yesterday.  The golfer who won finished in 11 under par.  He was one shot ahead of Tiger Woods the world's #1 ranked professional golfer.The key word there is "professional."  I say that because most regular golfers could never play any course 11 under par!  Most would consider a round at par exceptional.  Par really doesn't measure what is average in the game; it measures the number of strokes a FIRST-CLASS PLAYER ought to be able to finish in.In golf, then -- ironically -- to be LESS than par (they say UNDER par) is a good thing.  To be ABOVE the norm doesn't mean BETTER than, it means WORSE than.  If par=average, the everyday golfer is typically above average, as opposed to real life in which "average" people are frightenly BELOW average.What lessons can we take from this?  (A) Golf is not life.  (B) In golf, "par" is "average" only for the above-average.  (C)  Golf ought to be at least a misdemeanor. 

posted on Aug 26, 2013 10:51 AM ()


I made up a golf joke. Here it is: A golfer is someone who thinks foreplay is about golf.
comment by tealstar on Aug 27, 2013 7:45 AM ()
You're a regular Phyllis Diller!!
reply by steeve on Aug 27, 2013 8:22 AM ()
become one.
comment by fredo on Aug 27, 2013 7:31 AM ()
And always walk if you can. Using a cart is easy and less strenuous, but it is not part of the game.
comment by jondude on Aug 27, 2013 3:46 AM ()
Twain said golf is a good walk ruined.
reply by steeve on Aug 27, 2013 7:03 AM ()
Golf is a form of exercise, at the moment I'm below par, but have bought an exercise bike which I hope to make me above par
comment by kevinshere on Aug 27, 2013 12:43 AM ()
At least with an exercise bike, it's aerobic and there's no complicated ball striking involved.
reply by steeve on Aug 27, 2013 7:02 AM ()
I think I feel at par today - not horrible, not great. Tomorrow will be better, I'm sure.
comment by troutbend on Aug 26, 2013 3:32 PM ()
Just avoid the bogeys is all...
reply by steeve on Aug 27, 2013 7:01 AM ()
well then take the time to watch US Open tennis this week.This is a par for the course.
Average and above.I am sure that you will be watching this.
comment by fredo on Aug 26, 2013 2:22 PM ()
I'm not a tennis fan.
reply by steeve on Aug 27, 2013 7:00 AM ()
Now, pray tell me why golf should be a misdemeanor?
comment by elderjane on Aug 26, 2013 11:41 AM ()
I don't just sounded right.
reply by steeve on Aug 27, 2013 7:00 AM ()

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