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300 Best Golf Quotes of All Time

Last Updated: March 15, 2023 by Team

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. Whether a beginner or a professional, golf is a game that anyone can enjoy!

Professionals, amateurs, actors, singers, comedians, writers, and politicians have all had many words of wisdom and a lot of jokes and witty remarks about the game of golf. Below we list the best golf quotes you’ll find from various golfers who we love and admire. From Arnold Palmer to Jack Nicklaus to Gary Player to Tiger Woods, you’ll find lots of quotes to choose from.

Here’s our list of the top 300 quotes about golf of all time:

300 Greatest Quotes About Golf

Top 10 Golf Quotes

“You’ve got to have the guts not to be afraid to screw up.” – Fuzzy Zoeller

“You swing your best when you have the fewest things to think about.” – Bobby Jones

“You know you’re on the Senior Tour when your back goes out more than you do.” – Bob Bruce

“You know what they say about big hitters…the woods are full of them.” – Jimmy Demaret

“You don’t know what pressure is until you play for five bucks with only two bucks in your pocket.” – Lee Trevino

“You don’t have the game you played last year or last week. You only have today’s game. It may be far from your best, but that’s all you’ve got. Harden your heart and make the best of it.” – Walter Hagen

“You can’t call it a sport. You don’t run, jump, you don’t shoot, you don’t pass. All you have to do is buy some clothes that don’t match.” – Steve Sax

“You can talk about strategy all you want, but what really matters is resiliency.” – Hale Irwin

“Winning takes care of everything.” – Tiger Woods

“Why am I using a new putter? Because the last one didn’t float too well.” – Craig Stadler

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

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“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’s three ugliest words: Still your shot.” – Dave Marr

“Golf: A plague invented by the Calvinistic Scots as a punishment for man’s sins.” – James Barrett Reston

“Golf, like the measles, should be caught young, for, if postponed to riper years, the results may be serious.” – PG Wodehouse

“Golf without mistakes is like watching haircuts. A dinner without wine.” – Jim Murray – More Jim Murray Quotations.

“Golf tips are like Aspirin: One may do you good, but if you swallow the whole bottle you’ll be lucky to survive.” – Harvey Penick

“Golf puts a man’s character on the anvil and his richest qualities—patience, poise, restraint—to the flame.” – Billy Casper

“Golf isn’t like other sports where you can take a player out if he’s having a bad day. You have to play the whole game.” – Phil Blackmar

“Golf is the only sport that a professional can enjoy playing with his friends.” – Chi Chi Rodriguez

“Golf is the only sport I know of where a player pays for every mistake. A man can muff a serve in tennis, miss a strike in baseball, or throw an incomplete pass in football and still have another chance to square himself. In golf, every swing counts against you.” – Lloyd Mangrum

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

“Golf is the most fun you can have without taking your clothes off.” – Chi Chi Rodriguez

“Golf is the loneliest sport. You’re completely alone with every conceivable opportunity to defeat yourself. Golf brings out your assets and liabilities as a person. The longer you play, the more certain you are that a man’s performance is the outward manifestation of who, in his heart, he really thinks he is.” – Hale Irwin

“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

“Golf is the cruelest game because eventually it will drag you out in front of the whole school, take your lunch money and slap you around.” – Rick Reilly

“Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad.” – AA Milne

“Golf is played by twenty million, mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun.” – Jim Bishop

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

“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

“Golf is not a game of good shots. It’s a game of bad shots.” – Ben Hogan

“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

“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.” – Arnold Palmer

“Golf is assuredly a mystifying game. It would seem that if a person has hit a golf ball correctly a thousand times, he should be able to duplicate the performance at will. But such is certainly not the case.” – Bobby Jones

“Golf is an ineffectual attempt to put an elusive ball into an obscure hole with implements ill-adapted to the purpose.” – Woodrow Wilson

“Golf is an easy game…It’s just hard to play.”

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

“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

“Golf is a search for perfection, for balance. It’s about meditation and concentration. You have to use hand and brain.” – Celine Dion

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

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

“Golf is a lot of walking, broken up by disappointment and bad arithmetic.” – Author Unknown

“Golf is a good walk spoiled” – Mark Twain

“Golf is a game you can never get too good at. You can improve, but you can never get to where you master the game.” – Gay Brewer

“Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.” – Winston Churchill

“Golf is a game where the ball always lies poorly and the player always lies well.” – Author Unknown

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

“Golf is a game of endless failure and frustration.” – Michael Greenberg

“Golf is a game in which you yell fore, shoot six, and write down five.” – Paul Harvey

“Golf is a fascinating game. I’ve taken nearly 40 years to discover that I can’t play it.” – Ted Ray

“Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.” – William Wordsworth

“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

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

“Golf is 20 percent talent and 80 percent management.” – Ben Hogan

“Golf is 20 percent mechanics and technique. The other 80 percent is philosophy, humor, tragedy, romance, melodrama, companionship, camaraderie, cussedness, and conversation.” – Grantland Rice

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

“Golf combines two favorite American pastimes: taking long walks and hitting things with a stick.” – P.J. O’Rourke

“Golf can best be defined as an endless series of tragedies obscured by the occasional miracle.” – Anonymous

“Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golfers become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.” – John Updike

“Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.” – John Updike

“Golf always makes me so damned angry.” – King George V

Hockey is a sport for white men.Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps. Tiger Woods

Short Golf Quotes

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“The worst day of Golf beats the best day of work.”

“The worst club in my bag is my brain.” – Chris Perry

“The woods are full of long drivers.” – Harvey Penick

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

“The swing is never learned. It’s remembered.” – Bagger Vance

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

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

“The better you putt, the bolder you play.” – Don January

“The best wood in most amateurs’ bags is a pencil.”

“Swing hard in case you hit it.” – Dan Marino

“Of all the hazards, fear is the worst.” – Sam Snead

“Nothing goes down slower than a golf handicap.” – Bobby Nichols

“Never concede the putt that beats you.” – Harry Vardon

“Isn’t it fun to go out on the course and lie in the sun?” – Bob Hope

“If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt.” – Dean Martin

“I’ll shoot my age if I have to live to be 105.” – Bob Hope

“I’d give up golf if I didn’t have so many sweaters.” – Bob Hope

“I don’t exaggerate — I just remember big.” – Chi Chi Rodriguez

“I didn’t hit one ball like that on the range.”

“I never learned anything from a match that I won” – Bobby Jones

“I don’t think it’s healthy to take yourself too seriously.” – Payne Stewart

“I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.” – G.K. Chesterton

“He that can have patience can have what he will.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Have you ever noticed what golf spells backwards?” – Al Boliska

“Happiness is a long walk with a putter” – Greg Norman

“Half of golf is fun; the other half is putting.” – Peter Dobereiner

“Grip the club as if you were holding a baby bird.” – Sam Snead

“Gone to the course — be back dark thirty.” – Author Unknown

“Baseball reveals character; golf exposes it.” – Ernie Banks

“A bad attitude is worse than a bad swing.” – Payne Stewart

“A perfectly straight shot with a big club is a fluke.” – Jack Nicklaus

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

Funny Golf Quotes

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“When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls.” – Henry Beard

“When you lip out several putts in a row, you should never think that means that you’re putting well. When you’re putting well, the only question is what part of the hole it’s going to fall in, not if it’s going in.” – Jack Nicklaus

“When you hear someone shout “You da man,” if he ain’t shouting at Arnold Palmer, then it ain’t da man.” – Ron Green

“When the ducks are walking, you know it is too windy to be playing golf.” – Dave Stockton

“When I die, bury me on the course so my husband will visit.”

“What separates great players from the good ones is not so much ability as brainpower and emotional equilibrium.” – Arnold Palmer

“What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.” – Arnold Palmer

“We learn so many things from golf- how to suffer, for instance.” – Bruce Lansky

“Watching Phil Mickelson play golf is like watching a drunk chasing a balloon near the edge of a cliff.” – David Feherty

“Keep a close count of your nickels and dimes, stay away from whiskey, and never concede a putt.” – Sam Snead

“It’s so ridiculous to see a golfer with a one-foot putt and everybody is saying “Shhh” and not moving a muscle. Then we allow nineteen-year-old kids to face a game-deciding free throw with seventeen thousand people yelling.” – Al McGuire

“It’s so bad I could putt off a tabletop and still leave the ball halfway down the leg.” – J.C. Snead

“It’s not just enough to swing at the ball. You’ve got to loosen your girdle and really let the ball have it.” – Babe Didrikson Zaharias

“It’s how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success.” – David Feherty

“It’s good sportsmanship not to pick up lost balls while they are still rolling.” – Mark Twain

“It’s about hitting the ball in the center of the club face and hitting it hard.” – Bubba Watson

“It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. It took one afternoon on the golf course.” – Hank Aaron

“It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place in this world is when one is playing golf.” – Robert Lynd

“Instead of worrying about making a fool of yourself in front of a crowd of 4 or 40,000, forget about how your swing may look and concentrate instead on where you want the ball to go. Pretty is as pretty does.” – Harvey Penick

“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

“If your opponent is playing several shots in vain attempts to extricate himself from a bunker, do not stand near him and audibly count his strokes. It would be justifiable homicide if he wound up his pitiable exhibition by applying his niblick to your head.” – Harry Vardon

“If you worry about the ones you missed, you are going to keep missing them.” – Walter Hagen

“If you worry about making bogeys, it makes the game that much more difficult. You put more pressure on yourself without even noticing it. It makes a difference to take it easy when things aren’t going right.” – Sergio Garcia

“I would like to deny all allegations by Bob Hope that during my last game of golf, I hit an eagle, a birdie, an elk, and a moose.” – Gerald Ford

“I went to play golf and tried to shoot my age, but I shot my weight instead.” – Bob Hope

“I want to be what I’ve always wanted to be: dominant.” – Tiger Woods

“I tried real hard to play golf, and I was so bad at it they would have to check me for ticks at the end of the round because I’d spent about half the day in the woods.” – Jeff Foxworthy

“I think it’s more than whether or not you win or lose. It’s having that opportunity on that final round, final nine, to come down the stretch with a chance to win.” – Phil Mickelson

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

“I smile at obstacles.” – Tiger Woods


Inspirational Golf Quotes

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“Trust is one of the most important qualities in the game of golf. With trust, it feels like you and your golf club are partners dancing as one. Without trust, it feels like you and your golf club are on opposite sides of a tug-of-war.” – Dr. Joseph Parent

“To some, the greatest handicap is the ability to add correctly.”

“To some golfers, the greatest handicap is the ability to add correctly.”

“To give yourself the best possible chance of playing to your potential, you must prepare for every eventuality. That means practice.” – Seve Ballesteros

“To find a man’s true character, play golf with him.” – P G Wodehouse

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

“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

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

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

“Playing the game I have learned the meaning of humility. It has given me an understanding of the futility of the human effort.” – Abba Eban

“Play it as it lies” is one of the fundamental dictates of golf. The other is “Wear it if it clashes.” – Henry Beard

“People don’t understand that when I grew up, I was never the most talented, I was never the biggest, I was never the fastest, I certainly was never the strongest. The only thing I had was my work ethic, and that’s been what has gotten me this far.” – Tiger Woods

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” – Napoleon Hill

“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

“If you wish to hide your character, do not play golf.” – Percey Boomer

“If you win through bad sportsmanship, that’s no real victory.” – Babe Didrikson Zaharias

“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

“If you think your hands are more important in your golf swing than your legs, try walking a hole on your hands.” – Gary Player

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

“If you really want to get better at golf, go back and take it up at a much earlier age.”

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

“I have to believe in myself. I know what I can do, what I can achieve.” – Sergio Garcia

“I have found the game to be, in all factual-ness, a universal language wherever I traveled at home or abroad.” – Ben Hogan

“I have been able to hope for the best, expect the worst, and take what comes along. If there has been one fundamental reason for my success, this is it.” – Gene Sarazen

“I have always had a drive that pushed me to try for perfection, and golf is a game that perfection stays just out of reach.” – Betsy Rawls

“I have a tip that can take off five strokes of anyone’s golf game. It’s called an Eraser” – Arnold Palmer

Don't let your golf influence your attitude; let your attitude influence your goy.

Spiritual Golf Quotes

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“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing!” – Anonymous

“There’s no sense in going to a tournament if you don’t believe that you can win it.” – Tiger Woods

“There’s going to be places where you can attack the golf course and there’s going to be times where you’ve got to kind of bite your lip and play conservative and hit to certain spots on the green, get out of there with a par and move on.” – Jim Furyk, on the discipline required to play Augusta National

“There is one thing in this world that is dumber than playing golf. That is watching someone else playing golf. What do you actually get to see? Thirty-seven guys in polyester slacks squinting at the sun. Doesn’t that set your blood racing?” – Peter Andrews

“There is no such thing as a natural touch. Touch is something you create by hitting millions of golf balls.” – Lee Trevino

“There are no shortcuts on the quest for perfection.” – Ben Hogan

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

“The trouble that most of us find with the modern matched sets of clubs is that they don’t really seem to know any more about the game than the old ones did.” – Robert Browning

“The reason the pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can’t see him laughing.” – Phyllis Diller

“The real way to play golf is to take pleasure not in the score, but in the execution of strokes.” – Bobby Jones

“The proper score for a businessman golfer is 90. If he is better than that he is neglecting his business. If he’s worse, he’s neglecting his golf.” – St Andrews Rotary Club Member

“The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.” – Billy Graham

“The only thing you should force in a golf swing is the club back in the bag.” – Byron Nelson

“The only sure rule in golf is – he who has the fastest cart never has to play the bad lie.” – Mickey Mantle

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

“Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game’s two ultimate adversaries: the course and yourself.” – Jack Nicklaus

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

“Sometimes the biggest problem is in your head. You’ve Got to believe.” – Jack Nicklaus

“Some of us worship in churches, some in synagogues, some on golf courses.” – Adlai Stevenson

“Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.” – Ben Hogan

“Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation” – Jack Nicklaus

“Real golfers, no matter what the provocation, never strike a caddie with the driver. The sand wedge is far more effective.” – Huxtable Pippy

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

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

“Professional golf is the only sport where, if you win 20% of the time, you’re the best.” – Jack Nicklaus

“If you are going to throw a club, it is important to throw it ahead of you, down the fairway, so you don’t have to waste energy going back to pick it up.” – Tommy Bolt

“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

“If profanity had an influence on the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is.” – Horace G. Hutchinson

“If it goes right, it’s a slice. If it goes left, it’s a hook. If it goes straight, it’s a miracle.”

“If I’m on the course and lightning starts, I get inside fast. If God wants to play through, let him.” – Bob Hope

“If everything was given to you, it wouldn’t feel as good when you achieve it.” – Annika Sorenstam

“If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they’d starve to death.” – Sam Snead

“A great shot is when you pull it off. A smart shot is when you don’t have the guts to try it.” – Phil Mickelson

“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

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

“A golfer’s diet: live on greens as much as possible.”

“A golfer has to train his swing on the practice tee, then trust it on the course.” – Dr. Bob Rotella

“A golf course outside a big town serves an excellent purpose in that it segregates, as though a concentration camp, all the idle and idiot well-to-do.” – Osbert Sitwell

“A golf ball is like a clock. Always hit it at 6 o’clock and make it go toward 12 o’clock. But make sure you’re in the same time zone.” – Chi Chi Rodriguez

“A game in which you claim the privileges of age, and retain the playthings of childhood.”

“A “gimme” can best be defined as an agreement between two golfers, neither of whom can putt very well.” – Author Unknown

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

Golf Quotes About Life

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“Your next shot is a new experience. It might be the best shot you ever hit in your life.” – Harvey Penick

“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

“Two things I take very seriously in life. My golf game and my relationship with God. Neither one is simple.” – Cheryl Ladd

“They say golf is like life, but don’t believe them. Golf is more complicated than that.” – Gardner Dickinson

“Life is not fair, so why should I make a course that is fair.” – Pete Dye

“Life is better when you’re golfing.” – Arnold Palmer

“Keep your sense of humor. There’s enough stress in the rest of your life not to let bad shots ruin a game you’re supposed to enjoy.” – Amy Alcott

“In your approach to golf, no one can tell you what to do. Just as in life, you are presented with options; it’s up to you to decide which ones suit you best.” – Sandra Haynie

“In golf as in life, it is the follow through that makes the difference.” – Anonymous

“I’ve spent most of my life golfing – the rest I’ve just wasted.”

“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 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

“Golf is a lot like life. It will test your patience. It will dazzle and baffle you with highs and lows, successes and frustrations.” – Amy Alcott

“As you walk down the fairway of life, you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” – Ben Hogan

“I had a wonderful experience on the golf course today. I had a hole in nothing. Missed the ball and sank the divot.” – Don Adams

“I guess there is nothing that will get your mind off everything like golf. I have never been depressed enough to take up the game, but they say you get so sore at yourself you forget to hate your enemies.” – Will Rogers

“I give the ball some sweet talk. I tell it that this isn’t going to hurt a bit. I’m a friend and all I’m going to do is give it a nice little ride.” – Sam Snead

“I don’t like to watch golf on television because I can’t stand people who whisper.” – David Brenner

“I don’t let birdies and pars get in the way of having a good time” – Angelo Spagnolo

“I don’t fear death, but I sure don’t like those three-footers for par.” – Chi Chi Rodriguez

“I can airmail the golf ball, but sometimes I don’t put the right address on it.” – Jim Dent

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

“I never prayed that I would make a putt. I prayed that I would react well if I missed.” – Chi Chi Rodriguez

“I never pray to God to make a putt. I pray to God to help me react good if I miss a putt.” – Chi Chi Rodriguez

“I may be the only golfer never to have broken a single putter if you don’t count the one I twisted into a loop and threw into a bush.” – Thomas Boswell

“I look into eyes, shake their hand, pat their back, and wish them luck, but I am thinking, I am going to bury you.” – Seve Ballesteros

“I know I am getting better at golf because I’m hitting fewer spectators.” – Gerald Ford

I never knew I could miss hitting a 40 yard slice so much.

Golf Quotes About Love

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“I love to play to win.” – Tiger Woods

“Golf is very much like a love affair. If you don’t take it seriously, it’s no fun, if you do, it breaks your heart. Don’t break your heart, but flirt with the possibility.” – Louise Suggs

“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 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

“A routine is not a routine if you have to think about it.” – Davis Love Jr.

“When it’s breezy, hit it easy.” – Davis Love, Jr.

“The best advice I can give for playing a ball out of water is – don’t.” – Tony Lema

“The ball retriever is not long enough to get my putter out of the tree.” – Brian Weis

“The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody put a flagstick on top.” – Pete Dye

“Tempo is the glue that sticks all elements of the golf swing together.” – Nick Faldo

“Talking to a golf ball won’t do you any good unless you do it while your opponent is teeing off.” – Bruce Lansky

“Nobody ever remembers who finished second at anything.” – Jack Nicklaus

“Nobody asked how you looked, just what you shot.” – Sam Snead

“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

“No matter how good you get, you can always get better — and that’s the exciting part.” – Tiger Woods

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

“My three keys to success: One, work hard. Two, be your own person. And three, have a passion for what you’re doing.” – Juli Inkster

“My swing is so bad, I look like a caveman killing his lunch.” – Lee Trevino

“My golf is improving. Yesterday I hit the ball in one!” – Jane Swan

“My favorite shots are the practice swing and the conceded putt. The rest can never be mastered.” – Lord Robertson

“Golfers who try to make everything perfect before taking the shot rarely make a perfect shot.”

“I am not feeling really well, I need a doctor immediately. Ring the nearest golf course.” – Groucho Marx

“I always think under par. You have to believe in yourself.” – Sergio Garcia

“I always said you have to be really smart or really dumb to play this game well. I just don’t know where I fit in.” – Beth Daniel

“How you handle failure determines how successful you will be.” – Muffet McGraw

“Hit the shot you think you can hit. Not the one you think you should.” – Dr. Bob Rotella

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

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

Golf Humor Quotes

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“There are no absolutes in golf. Golf is such an individual game, and no two people swing alike.” – Kathy Whitworth

“The least thing upset him on the links. He missed short putts because of the uproar of butterflies in the adjoining meadows.” – P.G. Wodehouse

“The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.” – Will Rogers

“The harder you practice, the luckier you get.” – Gary Player

“The greatest single lesson to be learned from golf is mental discipline.” – Louise Suggs

“The golf swing is like a suitcase into which we are trying to pack one too many things.” – John Updike

“The game of golf would lose a great deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green.” – Ernest Hemingway

“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

“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

“The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration, then more practice and more concentration.” – Babe Didrikson Zaharias

“The first thing golf teaches is humility, the second; empathy, and the third patience.” – Kirs E Wilson

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

“I’ve heard people say my swing’s not perfect, and I know that. But golf’s a natural sport, very sensitive. It’s played a lot by feel. I don’t care if my swing is too flat. If it works, I don’t have to change it.” – Sergio Garcia

“I’m hitting the woods just great, but I’m having a terrible time getting out of them.” – Harry Toscano

“I’m about five inches from being an outstanding golfer. That’s the distance my left ear is from my right.” – Ben Crenshaw

“Forget the last shot. It takes so long to accept that you can’t always replicate your swing. The only thing you can control is your attitude toward the next shot.” – Mark McCumber

“For true success, it matters what our goals are. And it matters how we go about attaining them. The means are as important as the ends. How we get there is as important as where we go.” – Old Tim Morris

“For this game you need, above all things, to be in a tranquil frame of mind.” – Harry Vardon

“First and foremost, you must have confidence. Your second mental problem is concentration. Think the shot through in advance before you address the ball. Draw a mental image of where you want it to go and then eliminate everything else from your mind, except how you are going to get the ball into that preferred spot.” – Sam Snead

“Find a man with both feet firmly on the ground and you’ve found a man about to make a difficult putt.” – Fletcher Knebel

“Figure out your weakness and don’t make it your weakness anymore.” – Stacy Lewis

“Fear comes in two packages – fear of failure, and sometimes, fear of success.” – Tom Kite

“Everybody can see that my swing is homegrown. That means everybody has a chance to do it.” – Bubba Watson

“Every shot counts. The three-foot putt is as important as the 300-yard drive.” – Henry Cotton

“Duffers who consistently shank their balls are urged to buy and study Shanks – No Thanks by R.K. Hoffman, or in extreme cases, M.S. Howard’s excellent Tennis for Beginners.” – Henry Beard

“Don’t play too much golf. Two rounds a day are plenty.” – Harry Vardon

“Don’t be too proud to take lessons. I’m not.” – Jack Nicklaus

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

“Days when you just don’t have it, you don’t pack it in, you give it everything you’ve got. You grind it out.” – Tiger Woods

“Correct one fault at a time. Concentrate on the one fault you want to overcome.” – Sam Snead

“Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.” – Jack Nicklaus

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

“Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.” – Arnold Palmer

“Concentrate on hitting the green. The cup will come to you.” – Cary Middlecoff

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

“But there is a difference between playing well and hitting the ball well. Hitting the ball well is about thirty percent of it. The rest is being comfortable with the different situations on the course.” – Mickey Wright

“Born to golf. Forced to work.” – Author Unknown


Golf Retirement Quotes

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“The older you get, the stronger the wind gets; and it’s always in your face.” – Jack Nicklaus

“The object of golf is to beat someone. Make sure that someone is not yourself.” – Bobby Jones

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

“The more you play it the less you know about it.” – Patty Berg

“The more I work and practice, the luckier I seem to get.” – Gary Player

“The more I practice, the luckier I get.” – Gary Player

“The mind messes up more shots than the body.” – Tommy Bolt

“The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back. The great champions have all come back from defeat.” – Sam Snead

“One of the advantages bowling has over golf is that you seldom lose a bowling ball.” – Don Carter

“One minute you’re bleeding. The next minute you’re hemorrhaging. The next minute you’re painting the Mona Lisa.” – Mac O’Grady

“One hundred years of experience had demonstrated that the game is temporary insanity practiced in a pasture.” – Dave Kindred

“My dad has always taught me these words: care and share. That’s why we put on clinics. The only thing I can do is try to give back. If it works, it works.” – Tiger Woods

“invented by an Irishman who wanted to hit one more twenty yard grounder.” – Jim Bishop

“Much of anyone’s game is played (or should be played) in the short six-inch course between the ears.” – Louise Suggs

“Mistakes are part of the game. It’s how well you recover from them, that’s the mark of a great player.” – Alice Cooper

“Missing a short putt does not mean you have to hit your next drive out of bounds.” – Henry Cotton

“Many a golfer prefers a golf cart to a caddy because the cart cannot count, criticize or laugh.” – Author Unknown

“Luck? Sure, but only after long practice and only with the ability to think under pressure.” – Babe Didrikson Zaharias

“Like chess, golf is a game that is forever challenging but can never be conquered.” – Harvey Penick

“A shot that goes in the cup is pure luck, but a shot to within two feet of the flag is skill.” – Ben Hogan

“A passion, an obsession, a romance, a nice acquaintanceship with trees, sand, and water.” – Bob Ryan

“A lot of people are afraid of winning. I was afraid I might not win.” – Arnold Palmer

“A leading difficulty with the average player is that he totally misunderstands what is meant by concentration. He may think he is concentrating hard when he is merely worrying.” – Bobby Jones

“A kid grows up a lot faster on golf course. Golf teaches you how to behave.” – Jack Nicklaus

“A hole in one is amazing when you think of the different universes this white mass of molecules has to pass through on its way to the hole.” – Mac O’Grady

“As far as swing and techniques are concerned, I don’t know diddly squat. When I’m playing well, I don’t even take aim.” – Fred Couples

“Art said he wanted to get more distance. I told him to hit it and run backward.” – Ken Venturi, on Art Rosenbaum

“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

“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” – Arnold Palmer

“Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it’s open to anybody who owns hideous clothing.” – Dave Berry

“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

“After all these years, it’s still embarrassing for me to play on the American golf tour. Like the time I asked my caddie for a sand wedge and he came back ten minutes later with a ham on rye.” – Chi Chi Rodriguez

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

Golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course, the space between your ears. Bobby Jones

In Conclusion

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Golf is a special and unique game in that there is always something to learn. Not just in the game, but that can be applied to life, relationships, and one’s mindset.

Whether it’s the intrinsic beauty of a well-manicured golf course at dusk or the ringing feeling that runs through your hands when you’ve struck the perfect golf shot, there’s something about the game that brings us back for more and can turn even the most adverse soul into a poetic speaker.

These 300 golf quotes should leave you feeling inspired, confident, and ready to take on the game of golf. These are listed in no particular order, so enjoy! Please feel free to share these on Pinterest, Instagram, etc.

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