Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

The Greens Party; for Some, Trying to Get a Little Ball in a Little Hole a Long Way Away Seems like Torture, for Others It's More like Religion

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

The Greens Party; for Some, Trying to Get a Little Ball in a Little Hole a Long Way Away Seems like Torture, for Others It's More like Religion

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Byline: Suni Golightly

ASK any golfer and they will tell you that theirs is the greatest sport on earth.

And they might just be right.

Golf is one of the most popular, most played and most watched sports in the world.

It is estimated more than 50 million people play golf worldwide, on more than 32,000 golf courses.

So what's so great about golf?

To find out, I went to the most fanatical and devoted golfer I know: my dad, Frank Knudson.

Frank, a member at Ballina Golf Club, has been playing golf for 56 years, on average three times a week.

A quick calculation will tell you that's about 9000 games. So what keeps him coming back for more?

C[pounds sterling]I just love it,C[yen] he says. "The challenge, the comradeship, and it's great exercise.C[yen]

Franks says the fact that golf isn't a fast game is part of the appeal.

C[pounds sterling]It takes about four minutes of actual playing time to play 18 holes, but you do it in four or five hours," he says.

C[pounds sterling]And it's a great sport because it doesn't matter how good you get (or don't get), you can have an A-grader and a C-grader play together and both will have a very enjoyable game. In other sports, if you aren't of the same standard you can't do that.

C[pounds sterling]I'd recommend golf to anyone," Frank says.

"It doesn't matter what age you are, or if you're a man or a woman, you can start golf now and really enjoy it.C[yen]

Malcolm Clow, a retired account executive, has been playing twice a week for well over half a century.

He says he enjoys the chance to get outdoors and get some exercise, but he's also done some serious deals on the greens.

C[pounds sterling]It's a corporate game,C[yen] he says.

C[pounds sterling]A lot of business decisions are made on the golf course.

"Because in golf you are essentially playing against yourself, you can have three or four people play together and discussing business without being directly competitive, in the same way you would with a sport like tennis. …

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