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Famous Golf Quotes from Golf Legends

Golf is a unique and special game where you can always learn something new. It’s not just a physical game but a mental game too!

PGA Tour pros, politicians, writers, and people from all walks of life have all had something to say about golf.

These wise, thought-provoking, funny, witty, and entertaining golf quotes show that golf is very much like life with unexpected victories, miracle shots, and disastrous results. 

Here’s a collection of some of the best golf quotes made throughout the years to inspire you the next time you tee it up, boost your confidence, or simply make you laugh. 

If you’re like me, you may consider finding a golf picture to paste a quote over top of, print it out, and frame it up on your wall for daily inspiration and motivation. 

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Jack Nicklaus Golf Quotes:

  1. “Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation.”
  2. “Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game’s two ultimate adversaries: the course and yourself.”
  3. “Sometimes the biggest problem is in your head. You’ve got to believe.”
  4. “The worse you are performing, the more you must work mentally and emotionally. The greatest and toughest art in golf is playing badly well. All the true greats have been masters at it.”
  5. “Golf is a game of respect and sportsmanship; we have to respect its traditions and rules.”
  6. “Don’t be too proud to take lessons. I’m not.”
  7. “A kid grows up a lot faster on a golf course. Golf teaches you how to behave.”

Arnold Palmer Golf Quotes:

  1. “Success in this game of golf depends less on the strength of body than strength of mind and character.”
  2. “Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.”
  3. “Life is better when you’re golfing.”
  4. “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.”
  5. “I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone’s golf game: it’s called an eraser.”
  6. “Putting is like wisdom – partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.”
  7. “Golf is a game of inches. The most important are the six inches between your ears.”

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Gary Player Golf Quotes

  1. “Golf is a puzzle without an answer. I’ve played the game for 40 years and still haven’t the slightest idea how to play.”
  2. “When you play the game for fun, it’s fun. When you play the game for a living, it’s a game of sorrows.”
  3. “A good golfer has the determination to win and the patience to wait for the breaks.”
  4. “The more I work and practice, the luckier I seem to get.”
  5. “The swing is not the thing. The mind gets you out of a bind. Attitude and determination are more important than your swing.”
  6. “If there’s a golf course in heaven, I hope it’s like Augusta National. I just don’t want an early tee time.”

Tiger Woods Golf Quotes:

  1. “Winning takes care of everything.”
  2. “Achievements on the golf course are not what matters; decency and honesty are what matter.”
  3. “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.”
  4. “I smile at obstacles.”
  5. “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.”
  6. “You’ve got to stay patient, stay in the moment, and keep grinding. You never know what can happen.”

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Ben Hogan Golf Quotes:

  1. “As you walk down the fairway of life, you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.”
  2. “The most important shot in golf is the next one.”
  3. “The only thing a golfer needs is more daylight.”
  4. “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.”
  5. “I have found the game to be, in all factual-ness, a universal language wherever I traveled at home or abroad.”

Bobby Jones Golf Quotes:

  1. “The real way to play golf is to take pleasure not in the score but in the execution of strokes.”
  2. “The object of golf is to beat someone. Make sure that someone is not yourself.”
  3. “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.”
  4. “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.”
  5. “Golf is the only game I know of that actually gets harder the longer you play it.”
  6. “The difference between a sand trap and water hazard is the difference between a car crash and an airplane crash. You have a chance of recovering from a car crash.”

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Sam Snead Golf Quotes

  1. “Forget your opponents. Always play against par.”
  2. “Practice puts brains in your muscles.”
  3. “Of all the hazards, fear is the worst.”
  4. “If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they’d starve to death.”
  5. “The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back. The great champions have all come back from defeat.”
  6. “In golf, as in life, you get out of it what you put into it.”
  7. “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.”

Funny Golf Quotes

  1. “My swing is so bad, I look like a caveman killing his lunch.” – Lee Trevino
  2. “The uglier a man’s legs are, the better he plays golf. It’s almost a law.” – Amy Alcott
  3. “I regard golf as an expensive way to play marbles.” – G.K. Chesterton
  4. “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
  5. “Golf is the most fun you can have without taking your clothes off.” – Chi Chi Rodriguez
  6. “I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators.” – Gerald Ford
  7. “I’ve been playing the game so long that my handicap is in Roman numerals.” – Bob Hope
  8. “Golf is a game in which we shout, ‘Fore,’ shoot six and write down five.” – Paul Harvey
  9. “Golf is an awkward set of bodily contortions designed to produce a graceful result.” – Tommy Armour
  10. “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
  11. “Golf combines two favorite American pastimes: taking long walks and hitting things with a stick.” – P. J. O’Rourke

Which of these golf quotes from today’s list was your favorite? Which golf quotes were most inspiring? Thanks for reading today’s article.

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