Mark Twain On Golf


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.


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18 Responses to Mark Twain On Golf

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  2. sportsdiva64 says:

    Omg, he is so right about golf. Another comedian here in the states called it, “men in ugly pants walking.” Thank you so much for liking my blog post on Baltimore . I so appreciate it when fellow bloggers enjoy my posts . Thanks again .

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  3. Arbie says:

    Perfect! The next time I am criticized for my golf skills I shall just say “I play like Mark Twain,” flick my hair and check the bag boy’s pulse.

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  4. George says:

    The best definition of real gold that I’ve heard.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. 🙂 Funny stuff!
    I was just telling my neighbor today how i golfed a few times and was very good at it… but felt that it was a rather ridiculous game.

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  6. comfykittea says:

    Aaah I love this quote 😀 very funny!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Fluid Phrase says:

    Hahaha! Super funny!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Garfield Hug says:

    Haha!! I will not be able to erase the boy carrying utensils…whenever I see a caddy with a golf bag!!😁

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Thunder Poet says:

    Ahahaha…… We can always expect something like this from Twain. XD

    Liked by 2 people

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