Golf is Definitely Not a Sport: Fact

Cameron Fox, Sports Contributor

Can you really call dressing up for a nice occasion with fancy glasses, polo Ralph Lauren shirt, and beige or even white dress pants acceptable attire for competing in a sporting event?

I think not lads.

With growing numbers of people playing the leisure game, whether or not golf is a sport has increasingly become a point of contention in the sporting world.

Golf is definitely not a sport. Even some sports experts agree that golf lacks the athletic rigor needed for it to be a real sport. How could a sport be something you can do while drinking and smoking? Some people argue that golf is a sport because you compete, keep score, and declare a winner. However, you would do the same while playing board games and chess.

There are the people who think it’s a sport because golf requires coordinated muscle use.  However, that doesn’t qualify it as a sport because writing also uses coordinated muscle use, and no one would consider writing to be a sport. Others argue that golf is a sport because it was featured at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. However, there are few who even paid attention to this event.  It hardly garnered the same international coverage as those more well-established and recognized events. In fact, up until Rio, it hadn’t even been featured at this level since 1904.

According to Google, a sport is “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.” Even the definition of sport does not describe golf because there is nothing physically exerting about the game, nor is it entertaining to watch.