Okay, so you don’t have to suck at golf to play beer soaked golf. But you shouldn’t be working on improving your handicap either. I started playing golf when I was a kid, but I sucked, so I quit playing. Seemed like the right decision at the time, because I used to play with really competitive guys who were constantly advancing as I was constantly stinking up the course. I’ve never really gotten back into it because, well, I suck at golf.
But recently things changed. No, I didn’t suddenly stop sucking at golf. I met some beer guys who were just starting to play golf for the first time and they didn’t take the game too seriously. So while chatting about beer one day they asked me to join them for a round of beer soaked golf after work. I professed my sucktitude at the sport and they said “Perfect, we suck too. You should play a round with us before we get too good at this.”
So we met up at an inexpensive executive 9 hole course in Orange County, the Newport Beach Golf Course. It’s perfect for beginners, because the holes are short, and you can play for cheap. I’m guessing there’s an executive course near you somewhere too. Look for a cheap course, it allows you to spend more money for beer.
Now, I don’t know when these became a thing, but I’m glad they exist. You see, when I played in the past, drinks were reserved for after the game at “The 19th Hole”, or another cleverly named golf course bar. Otherwise, you’d hope to see the beer cart drive up and you’d pay out the nose for Bud, Miller, or Coors. But now, the golf bags have waterproof insulated pockets specifically designed to hold a few beers and some ice. Proof that necessity is the mother of invention. If you don’t already have a bag with a cooler pocket, they also sell inserts that fit inside your existing bag. My birthday has already passed, so I know what I’m adding to my Christmas list this year.
Canned craft beer
Another thing they didn’t have back in the day was quality craft beer in cans. So now is the perfect time to play beer soaked golf. A number of breweries are now providing their ales in cans and the number of craft beers available seems to keep growing. Here’s a short list of the breweries that offer canned beer in my area:
- Oskar Blues
- Avery Brewing – www.averybrewing.com
- Maui Brewing Company
- New Belgium – www.newbelgium.com
- Caldera – www.calderabrewing.com
Beer Soaked Golf
Now that you’ve got everything you need, go out with some friends and play some beer soaked golf. As always, drink responsibly. But more importantly, enjoy yourself. Life is too short to suck at golf and drink crappy beer while playing poorly.