The following two famous golf quotations, often repeated by golf aficionados and golf publications, were attributed to Mark Twain:
- “It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.”
- “Golf is a good walk spoiled.”
However, there is another little-known quotation about Twain’s thought on golf published in the June 1905 edition of Strand Magazine:
I’ve been studying the game of golf pretty considerably. I guess I understand now how it’s played. It’s this way. You take a small ball into a big field and try to hit it — the ball, not the field. At the first attempt, you hit the field and not the ball. After that, you probably hit the air or else the boy who is carrying your bag of utensils. When you’ve gone on long enough, you possibly succeed in obtaining your original object. If the boy’s alive, you send him off to look for the ball. If he finds it the same day, you’ve won the game.