Gettin’ My Golf On

Indeed I did. Yesterday afternoon I met my good friend Gage for a nine-hole round. There was a time when we played more often. However, he and his family moved about 60 miles away a few years ago and sometimes it’s difficult to line up our work schedules. Fortunately, yesterday we were able to bridge the distance, meeting at a course nearest the halfway point between our respective homes.

A Good Time for Good Conversation

As is so often the case, it was not always pretty. While Gage has a solid game – see him preparing to putt below – I am definitely a hack. But hey, I always enjoy getting out and getting in a round. I’m always thankful for any opportunity to get in a little walk, enjoy some great weather, and as always the case when I link up with my friend, engage in great conversation, often involving personal finance, the economy, and politics … as standalone topics and as they relate to, and influence, each other.

Gage Putts

San Pedro Golf Course

Final Thoughts

Health Fitness Revolution notes that some of the benefits of golfing include fostering relationships, increasing blood flow to the brain, fostering better sleep, and reducing stress. Indeed.

While golf is not the most physically demanding activity, it is one way to burn a few extra calories and breathe fresh air; and more importantly, if you’re fortunate enough to be walking the fairways and stalking the greens with a good friend, there’s a good chance a conversation will increase your knowledge and expand your understanding.

Stay active. Live well. Stay savvy.

Blogger-in-Chief here at RetirementSavvy and author of Sin City Greed, Cream City Hustle and RENDEZVOUS WITH RETIREMENT: A Guide to Getting Fiscally Fit.


  1. I’m so jealous! I can’t believe you still get to golf at this time of year James. Even though I’m not a star on the links either, it’s still fun to get outside and a great way to unplug for a few hours.

    • “… it’s still fun to get outside and a great way to unplug for a few hours.” Indeed. The weather is just starting to turn a little cooler … but still beautiful.

  2. Sounds like a very enjoyable round of golf on what looks to be a gorgeous day. Good for you for getting out. I always enjoy a round of golf, but these days I only manage to get out maybe once or twice a summer. But this is one activity I look forward to doing with the kiddos when they are more of age.

    • I seem to go in cycles. There are definitely periods where I play for more consistently than other. It was a beautiful day and a great way to spend a few hours. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, my friend.

  3. Thanks for the kind thoughts James, can’t believe you squeezed in the picture of my horrendous putting stance! And to fellow readers, James is far from a golf “hack”. He’s much to humble to admit that he routinely hits a very pure golf shot. As always, it was a fun afternoon catching up. As I’ve told him many times, I enjoy the game of golf but our conversation/comraderie far out weighs a “piped” drive down the middle of the fairway.
    Looking forward to continuing our conversation over a thick steak in a couple of weeks, we just need to remember that our wives will be sitting next to us………..

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