120+ Best Golf Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Golf is a club-and-ball sport in which players use various clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course in as few strokes as possible. Profoundly inspirational golf quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Famous Golf Quotes

I don’t want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it. – Rogers Hornsby

Success in this game depends less on strength of body than strength of mind and character. – Arnold Palmer

I don’t feel badly about that. There’s a lot of energy on the golf course. The guys are playing great. I like the pairings in the afternoon. I’m going to take what we’ve got. – Hal Sutton

I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for, getting paid for doing what you love. – Tiger Woods

Golf is a puzzle without an answer. I’ve played the game for 40 years and I still haven’t the slightest idea how to play. – Gary Player

Stay true to yourself and listen to your inner voice. It will lead you to your dream. – James Ross

I will say I love competing, and I was in a great era of playing with young Phil Mickelson and older Greg Norman and Nick Price. I don’t know if YA Title could throw the ball these days, but you can play golf for a long, long time. – Fred Couples

Golf… is the infallible test. The man who can go into a patch of rough alone, with the knowledge that only God is watching him, and play his ball where it lies, is the man who will serve you faithfully and well. – P.G. Wodehouse

Golf is flexibility, and I notice more guys injured. You can overdo this conditioning. – Retief Goosen

A good golfer has the determination to win and the patience to wait for the breaks. – Gary Player

Discipline and concentration are a matter of being interested. – Tom Kite

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Folks have a common misconception that Mississippi is strictly a rural, outdoors state. While we are famous for our hunting, sport fishing and year-round golf, we also have leading manufacturers like Peavey Electronics and Viking Range Corp. – Gregg Harper

Arnold’s place in history will be as the man who took golf from being a game for the few to a sport for the masses. He was the catalyst who made that happen. – Jack Nicklaus

A great deal of unnecessarily bad golf is played in this world. – Harry Vardon

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

I do not let a bad score ruin my enjoyment for golf. – Darrell Royal

Golf is a compromise between what your ego wants you to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do. – Bruce Crampton

But in the end it’s still a game of golf, and if at the end of the day you can’t shake hands with your opponents and still be friends, then you’ve missed the point. – Payne Stewart

Achievements on the golf course are not what matters, decency and honesty are what matter. – Tiger Woods

It is nothing new or original to say that golf is played one stroke at a time. But it took me many years to realize it. – Bobby Jones

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.

One reason golf is such an exasperating game is that a thing we learned is so easily forgotten, and we find ourselves struggling year after year with faults we had discovered and corrected time and again. – Bobby Jones

I played a lot of other sports at school and just one day the golf bug bit me and I started playing serious golf from when I was ten years old. – Retief Goosen

One of the most fascinating things about golf is how it reflects the cycle of life. No matter what you shoot – the next day you have to go back to the first tee and begin all over again and make yourself into something. – Peter Jacobsen

Golf seems to be an arduous way to go for a walk. I prefer to take the dog’s out. – Princess Anne

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

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Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented. – Arnold Palmer

The uglier a man’s legs are, the better he plays golf – it’s almost a law. – H. G. Wells

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

He who has the fastest golf cart never has a bad lie. – Mickey Mantle

The value of routine; trusting your swing. – Lorii Myers

Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots–but you have you have to play the ball where it lies. – Bobby Jones

You know why the game of golf is popular? Very easy, it’s a great game. – Bernhard Langer

Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears. – Bobby Jones

When I find a golf course or a restaurant or a market that I like, that’s pretty much exclusively where I go. – Terry O’Quinn

The game has such a hold on golfers because they compete not only against an opponent, but also against the course, against par, and most surely- against themselves. – Arnold Palmer

I challenge myself everywhere, onstage, on the golf course. Hey, isn’t that the point of it all? To keep getting better? Otherwise why do it? – Hal Linden

Golf gives you an insight into human nature, your own as well as your opponent’s. – Grantland Rice

The most important shot in golf is the next one. – Ben Hogan

Golf is just for fun. I have no time to be a pro golfer, not even after F1. I think it’s too late and I’m too old to learn now. Golf is just a hobby and maybe I can improve a little bit more. – Heikki Kovalainen

Aggressive play is a vital asset of the world’s greatest golfers. However, it’s even more important to the average player. Attack this game in a bold, confident, and determined way, and you’ll make a giant leap toward realizing your full potential as a player. – Greg Norman

When you look at facing retirement in your mid-30s, and all of a sudden the outlet for that passion and work ethic goes away, you can’t just sit back in a rocking chair and be retired at 35. I’m not a good enough golfer to play golf every day. – Drew Bledsoe

Golf is not, on the whole, a game for realists. By its exactitudes of measurements it invites the attention of perfectionists. – Heywood Hale Broun

The secret of golf is to turn three shots into two. – Bobby Jones

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I just go out there and play the game; I get on with things. Golf is not everything in life. – Louis Oosthuizen

There are no accomplished golf tour operators in Indonesia, so a golf holiday there is a do-it-yourself operation. But don’t let that deter you. – Raymond Bonner

I’m from Southern California, so I feel much more comfortable with a golf club in my hand than I do a weapon. – Bert Blyleven

This is a game. That’s all it is. It’s not a war. – Jack Nicklaus

What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive: the white ball sailing up into the sky, reaching its apex, falling and finally dropping to the turf, just the way I planned it. – Arnold Palmer

Golf is the hardest game in the world. There is no way you can ever get it. Just when you think you do, the game jumps up and puts you in your place. – Ben Crenshaw

My golf is woeful, but I will never surrender – Bing Crosby

You must work very hard to become a natural golfer. – Gary Player

Golf is an awkward set of bodily contortions designed to produce a graceful result. – Tommy Armour

The object of golf is not just to win. It is to play like a gentleman, and win. – Phil Mickelson

You know, the Oscar I was awarded for The Untouchables is a wonderful thing, but I can honestly say that I’d rather have won the U.S. Open Golf Tournament. – Sean Connery

If you focus only on the target you’ll play darn good golf. – Dr. Bob Rotella

I grew up playing golf, and if I were ever good enough to play professionally, I would get to travel the world while playing a sport I love. – Taylor Cole

The difference in golf and government is that in golf you can’t improve your lie. – George Deukmejian

A golf course is nothing but a pool room moved outdoors. – Frank Butler

I started when I was three, and on some courses they wouldn’t let me play because they said I was too little. They wouldn’t accept that a child could play. So my parents had to argue at times with some people at golf courses so I could. – Matteo Manassero

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Go out and have fun. Golf is a game for everyone, not just for the talented few. – Harvey Penick

To play well you must feel tranquil and at peace. I have never been troubled by nerves in golf because I felt I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. – Harry Vardon

Golf is the only game I know where you call a foul on yourself. – Joe Torre

My best score ever is 103, but I’ve only been playing 15 years. – Alex Karras

To some golfers, the greatest handicap is the ability to add correctly. – Unknown

When I am working it is up early and coffee and 15 hours of being on the set. When I am not working, it is up late and coffee, golf or softball and hopefully a ball game on the television. – Mackenzie Astin

Confidence in golf means being able to concentrate on the problem at hand with no outside interference. – Tom Watson

It is the addition of strangeness to beauty that constitutes the romantic character in art. – Walter Hagen

When it blows here, even the seagulls walk. – Nick Faldo

The only thing a golfer needs is more daylight. – Ben Hogan

Golf is supposed to be fun, but I don’t think anything is fun if you’re not doing it reasonably well. – Fred Couples

All you can do is really the prep work and make sure you’re ready to hit each golf shot. Outside of that, you’re not sure really what’s going to happen. It’s a funny game, but I think that’s why I love it. You never know, one day to the next; you could go shoot 62, and the next day you’re going to shoot 78, and you can’t predict it. – Rickie Fowler

The reason they call it ‘golf’ is that all the other 4 letter words were used up. – Leslie Nielsen

Be brave if you lose and meek if you win. – Harvey Penick

Those years on the golf course as a caddie, boy, those people were something. They were vulgar, some were alcoholics, racist, they were very difficult people to deal with. A lot of them didn’t have a sense of humor. – Martin Sheen

The devoted golfer is an anguished soul who has learned a lot about putting, just as an avalanche victim has learned a lot about snow. – Dan Jenkins

I’ve been writing a lot, I’ve a few projects I’m trying to finance, I do some acting, I do some directing… Apart from that, if I could get lower that a ten handicap on my golf game I’d be thrilled. – Paul Michael Glaser

My mom started an air-freight company; my grandmother built a golf course. I have a certain degree of entrepreneurial risk-taking in my family history. Maybe that eventually rubbed off on me a little bit. – Brian Acton

I experienced American golf courses when I was younger and played a lot of USGA and AJGA tournaments. – Inbee Park

The great thing about my two lives is I love them both. I’m very ambitious and nothing gets in the way of me practising and concentrating on winning golf tournaments. But then I come home and get back to normality. – Rory McIlroy

I never mixed with golfers when I was playing, mainly because I didn’t want to talk golf all night. – Nick Faldo

It is no secret that the Golf Foundation has had its difficulties. – Peter Dawson

You go to work, tape five shows in one day and then go home and play golf for the rest of the week and then start the week all over. I thought if something like that came along, I’d love to do that. – Wink Martindale

In football, there were drinks available everywhere you looked. On a golf tournament, you could find one free anywhere you wanted it. In tennis and NBA basketball, everybody had a hospitality suite, and so you could go there and load up if you wanted to. – Pat Summerall

Putts get real difficult the day they hand out the money. – Lee Trevino

I tell people retirement isn’t what you think. You are going to sit around and waste your life, you can only golf so much. To stay young, you have to stay in the mix. – Ron Rice

If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play at it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.

The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done. – Arnold Palmer

I was a hotshot as a junior. When I was 18, I really got into fiddling around. I completely lost interest in golf, and I guess all I could think about was going to college, getting married and having babies. – Hollis Stacy

Obama’s the one who never worked a day in his life. He never earned a penny that wasn’t public money. How many fund-raisers does he attend every week? How often does he play basketball and golf? I wish I had that kind of time. – Roger Ailes

If there’s a golf course in heaven, I hope it’s like Augusta National. I just don’t want an early tee time. – Gary Player

Putting is like wisdom – partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience. – Arnold Palmer

Golf has probably kept more people sane than psychiatrists have. – Harvey Penick

I mean, I can actually say goodbye to the game of golf, never hit another golf shot the rest of my life and I’d be happy because I can get back in life without any rotation. – Greg Norman

I couldn’t wait for the sun to come up the next morning so that I could get out on the course again. – Ben Hogan

I enjoy Augusta. I enjoy its challenges. There’s no other golf course like this anywhere. Its greens and its challenges on and around the greens are just super, super tough. So the greens are fun to play in sort of a morbid way – Ben Crenshaw

No other game combines the wonder of nature with the discipline of sport in such carefully planned ways. A great golf course both frees and challenges a golfer’s mind. – Tom Watson

They call it golf because all the other four-letter words were taken. – Raymond Floyd

I lead a very active lifestyle. When I am not working, I enjoy snowboarding in winter. I golf and swim in the summer months. However, trying to find the time to exercise when I am traveling is quite a challenge. I find myself working out at hotel gyms quite regularly – just so that I can keep up with my training. – Lee Byung-hun

You are meant to play the ball as it lies, a fact that may help to touch on your own objective approach to life. – Grantland Rice

Golf is the most useless outdoor game ever devised to waste the time and try the spirit of man. – Westbrook Pegler

If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball. – Jack Lemmon

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

Golf is a thinking man’s game. You can have all the shots in the bag, but if you don’t know what to do with them, you’ve got troubles. – Chi Chi Rodriguez

If there is any larceny in a man, golf will bring it out. – Paul Gallico

I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators. – Gerald R. Ford

I did ‘Formula 51’ because I got to run around Liverpool in a kilt, with golf clubs. – Samuel L. Jackson

Golf courses sell real estate and that’s why they’re built. – Ed McMahon

Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course… the space between your ears. – Bobby Jones

I play golf with friends sometimes, but there are never friendly games. – Ben Hogan

Writing is like playing golf – you have to keep working at your swing. – Bill Simmons

I play in the low 80s. If it’s any hotter than that, I won’t play. – Joe E. Lewis

Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air. – Jack Benny

A golf course is the epitome of all that is purely transitory in the universe, a space not to dwell in, but to get over as quickly as possible. – Jean Giraudoux

Nothing dissects a man in public quite like golf. – Brent Musburger

I am a proud product of Irish golf and the Golfing Union of Ireland and am hugely honoured to have come from very rich Irish sporting roots I am also a proud Ulsterman who grew up in Northern Ireland. That is my background and always will be. – Rory McIlroy

Winners are different. They’re a different breed of cat. – Byron Nelson

If you’re thinking clearly and are content about where your life is – to where you can just think about the present, think about the now – that’s what you need to do to hit good golf shots. I know there are a lot of distractions, but when you’re thinking clearly, you’re more free. You’ve got to have that freedom on the golf course. – Lucas Black

The game of golf doesn’t come rushing back to you. Last week I made a couple of fundamental mistakes that I probably wouldn’t have made in the heat of the battle back when I was in my heyday, and those things have got to come back. – Greg Norman

Golf is 90 percent inspiration and 10 percent perspiration. – Johnny Miller

Every great player has learned the two Cs: how to concentrate and how to maintain composure. – Byron Nelson

Everyone gets surprised because neither one of my parents play golf. Like I said in my speech, my aunt and uncle really love golf, and we visited them, and she gave me two clubs. Like people think when they don’t know who my dad is, they think he’s my coach. – Lydia Ko

People always say golfers don’t smile. But there is so much psychology in golf so we have to be a bit robotic. – Lee Westwood

If you are 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

Tiger is the greatest thing that’s happened to the tour in a long time. He has brought incredible attention to golf at a time of year when football and the World Series always take precedence. Everything I’ve heard about him seems to be true. – Payne Stewart

Never break your putter and your driver in the same round or you’re dead. – Tommy Bolt

The game embarrasses you until you feel inadequate. – Ben Crenshaw

Pressure is when you play $5 a hole with only $2 in your pocket. – Lee Trevino

Even in high school, I’d tell my mom I was sick of swimming and wanted to try to play golf. She wasn’t too happy. She’d say, ‘Think about this.’ And I’d always end up getting back in the pool. – Michael Phelps

To be consistently effective, you must put a certain distance between yourself and what happens to you on the golf course. This is not indifference, it’s detachment. – Sam Snead

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