76 Great Golf Quotes All Keen Golfers Need To Read

There are some interesting quotes on golf.

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Golf is a leisure sport.

Golf is a club and ball sport. A golfer uses different clubs to hit the balls and the goal is for the golfer to put the ball into a hole.

While golf is considered a sport of the elite, it is more of a mind game than a physical game as it looks to be. Many people fail to win in golf and the reason is mostly about their mind being agitated with several thoughts.

However, with this article, we aim to bring you some inspirational golf quotes for beginners and professionals that can help you give the best golf shot. For more interesting quotes on sports, you may also want to check out our track and field quotes and Mia Hamm quotes.

Quotes About Golf

Golf, as we watch, we feel so anxious to try our hands at it and win. But for a golf player, the play is, of course, to win against himself more than anything else. Here we bring some of the greatest quotes about golf.

1."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.

2."The value of routine; trusting your swing."

-Lorii Myers.

3."The most important shot in golf is the next one."

-Ben Hogan.

4."This is a game. That's all it is. It's not a war."

-Jack Nicklaus.

5."If you focus only on the target you’ll play darn good golf."

-Dr. Bob Rotella.

6."To some golfers, the greatest handicap is the ability to add correctly."


7."The first thing golf teaches is humility, the second; empathy, and the third patience."

-Kirs E Wilson.

8."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.

9."If you're caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron."

-Lee Trevino.

10."Golf is a game in which you yell fore, shoot six, and write down five."

-Paul Harvey.

11."Golf is 90 percent inspiration and 10 percent perspiration."

-Johnny Miller.

Funny Golf Quotes

Though golf is a game of the mind, it is fun, recreation, and a stress buster when you enjoy each shot. Here are a few funny golf quotes for you that bring a smile to your face even when you are not playing.

12.“I started watching golf for the first time yesterday. I`m really worried about myself. I was actually enjoying it.”

– Ewan McGregor.

13."Pressure is when you play $5 a hole with only $2 in your pocket."

-Lee Trevino.

14."I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators."

-Gerald R Ford.

15."The difference in golf and government is that in golf you can’t improve your lie."

— George Deukmejian.

16."I have a tip that can take off five strokes of anyone's golf game. It's called an Eraser"

-Arnold Palmer.

17."If you drink, don't drive. Don't even putt."

-Dean Martin.

18."The older you get, the stronger the wind gets; and it's always in your face."

-Jack Nicklaus.

19."To find a man's true character, play golf with him."

-P G Wodehouse.

20."Swing hard in case you hit it."

-Dan Marino.

21."They call it golf because all the other four-letter words were taken."

— Raymond Floyd.

22."The better you putt, the bolder you play."

-Don January.

23."I am not feeling really well, I need a doctor immediately. Ring the nearest golf course."

-Groucho Marx.

24."Much of anyone’s game is played (or should be played) in the short six-inch course between the ears."

-Louise Suggs.

25."Half of golf is fun; the other half is putting."

-Peter Dobereiner.

Best Golf Quotes

While you have read the funny golf quotes above, here are the few best golf quotes that make you think and ponder on life.

26."Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger."

-Arnold Palmer.

27."Forget your opponents. Always play against par."

-Sam Snead.

28."Sometimes the biggest problem is in your head. You’ve got to believe."

-Jack Nicklaus.

29."I smile at obstacles."

-Tiger Woods.

30."Competitive golf is mainly played in a five and a half-inch course...the space between your ears"

-Bobby Jones.

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

-Tom Watson.

Here is a bonus Father's Day quote to wish your father who spends his weekend on a golf course.

32."If it goes right, it's a slice. If it goes left, it's a hook. If it goes straight, it's a miracle."


Inspirational Golf Quotes

Getting better at golf needs regular practice. Perfect shots in the game depend on your golf swing. Here we bring a compilation of inspirational golf quotes that can inspire you to get ahead at the game.

33."Life is better when you’re golfing."

-Arnold Palmer.

34."The secret of golf is to turn three shots into two."

-Bobby Jones.

35."Golf is not a game, it's bondage. It was obviously devised by a man torn with guilt, eager to atone for his sins."

-Jim Murray.

36."Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness."

-William Wordsworth.

37."Golf is a science, the study of a lifetime, in which you can exhaust yourself but never your subject."

-David Forgan.

38."There are no shortcuts on the quest for perfection."

-Ben Hogan.

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

-Celine Dion.

40."I never learned anything from a match that I won"

-Bobby Jones.

41. "He that can have patience can have what he will."

-Benjamin Franklin.

Best Golf Quotes of All Time

The history of golf is still debated. Some historians say the game originated in Scotland, some attribute its origin to the Netherlands. Though the history is still unclear, we bring you a list of best golfing quotes of all time. We are sure you will like these as well.

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

-Jack Nicklaus.

43."This 90/10 rule holds true in almost anything financial. Take the game of golf, for example. Ten percent of the professional golfers make 90 percent of the money."

-Robert Kiyosaki.

44."Golf is a game of endless failure and frustration."

-Michael Greenberg.

45."Golf is 20 percent talent and 80 percent management."

-Ben Hogan.

46."A good player who is a great putter is a match for any golfer. A great hitter who cannot putt is a match for no one."

-Ben Sayers .

47."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.

48."Achievements on the golf course are not what matters, decency and honesty are what matter."

-Tiger Woods.

49."If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they'd starve to death."

-Sam Snead.

50."The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course."

-Billy Graham.

51."Golf always makes me so damned angry."

-King George V.

52."Some of us worship in churches, some in synagogues, some on golf courses."

-Adlai Stevenson.

53."The swing is never learned. It's remembered."

-Bagger Vance.

54."Two things I take very seriously in life. My golf game and my relationship with God. Neither one is simple."

-Cheryl Ladd.

55."Golf is an ineffectual attempt to put an elusive ball into an obscure hole with implements ill-adapted to the purpose."

-Woodrow Wilson.

'How To Finish Strong In Golf' Quotes

Playing golf is like playing a game not with your opponent but with yourself. Many golfers tend to make adjustments to their game plans right after they reach a certain level. This change in game plan sometimes turns unpredictable.  For a great game, all you need is to stick with the game plan and not to change. Here are a few tips and quotes from amazing golfers to tell you how to finish strong.

56."We learn so many things from golf- how to suffer, for instance."

— Bruce Lansky.

57."Never concede the putt that beats you."

-Harry Vardon.

58."Hit the shot you think you can hit. Not the one you think you should."

-Dr. Bob Rotella.

59."Your next shot is a new experience. It might be the best shot you ever hit in your life."

-Harvey Penick.

60."Keep a close count of your nickels and dimes, stay away from whiskey, and never concede a putt."

-Sam Snead.

61."Golf, like the measles, should be caught young, for, if postponed to riper years, the results may be serious."

-P G Wodehouse.

One of the famous golf quotes from Ben Hogan:

62."Golf is not a game of good shots. It's a game of bad shots."

-Ben Hogan.

63."A lot of people are afraid of winning. I was afraid I might not win."

-Arnold Palmer.

64."Nobody ever remembers who finished second at anything."

-Jack Nicklaus.

65."Golf is an easy game...It's just hard to play."


66."I didn’t hit one ball like that on the range."

- Tiger Woods to Steve Williams at the 2004 PGA.

67."I love to play to win."

-Tiger Woods.

68."A good golfer has the determination to win and the patience to wait for the breaks."

-Gary Player.

69."It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. It took one afternoon on the golf course."

-Hank Aaron.

70."The golf swing is like a suitcase into which we are trying to pack one too many things."

-John Updike.

71."Isn't it fun to go out on the course and lie in the sun?"

-Bob Hope.

72."You swing your best when you have the fewest things to think about."

-Bobby Jones.

73."What separates great players from the good ones is not so much ability as brainpower and emotional equilibrium."

-Arnold Palmer.

74."Every shot counts. The three-foot putt is as important as the 300-yard drive."

-Henry Cotton.

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

-Heywood Hale Broun.

76."Golfers who try to make everything perfect before taking the shot rarely make a perfect shot."


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