Best Golf Quotes of All Time (Inspirational Golf Quotes)

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. Organized by golfer for convenience!

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Golf Quotes from Famous Golfers

Arnold Palmer Quotes:

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

2 “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

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

4. “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

5. “I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone’s golf game: it’s called an eraser.” -Arnold Palmer

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

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

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

Jack Nicklaus Quotes:

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

2. “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

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

4. “Professional golf is the only sport where, if you win 20% of the time, you’re the best.” -Jack Nicklaus
5. “Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game’s two ultimate adversaries: the course and yourself.” – Jack Nicklaus

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

Gary Player Quotes:

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

2. “Golf is a puzzle without an answer. I’ve played the game for 50 years and I still haven’t the slightest idea how to play.” -Gary Player

3. “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

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

Ben Hogan Golf Quotes:

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

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

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

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.” -Ben Hogan

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

Tiger Woods Quotes:

1. “I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for, getting paid for doing what you love.” -Tiger Woods

2. “Winning takes care of everything.” -Tiger Woods

3. “I smile at obstacles.” -Tiger Woods

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

5. “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

Bobby Jones Golf Quotes:

1. “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

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

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

4. “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

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

Funny Golf Quotes:

1. “Golf’s Three Ugliest Words…Still Your Shot.” ~Dave Marr

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

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

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

5. “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

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

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Other Inspiring Golf Quotes

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

2. “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

3. “Hit the shot you know you can hit, not the one you think you should.” -Dr. Bob Rotella

4. “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

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

6. “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

7. “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

8. “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

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

10. “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

11. “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

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