Inspirational Golf Quotes

On this page, you’ll find a large, comprehensive list of the most inspirational golf quotes from famous golfers, trainers, and coaches.

I have listed them in alphabetical order to make it easier to navigate.



Al Boliska

  • “Have you ever noticed what golf spells backwards?

Arnold Palmer

  • “What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.


Ben Hogan

  • “Relax? How can anybody relax and play golf? You have to grip the club, don’t you?
  • “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.
  • “The only thing a golfer needs is more daylight.

Billy Graham

  • “The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.

Bob Hope

  • “If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.



Dean Martin

  • “If you drink don’t drive. Don’t even putt.


Ernest Hemingway

  • “The game of golf would lose a great deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green.



Gary McCord

  • “He hits the ball a long way and he knows how to win.
  • “He’s got an overall flair for the game. It looks to me like he really loves what he does and he can’t wait to get up in the morning, go hit some balls and go play.

Gerald R. Ford

  • “I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators.

George Deukmejian

  • “The difference in golf and government is that in golf you can’t improve your lie.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

  • “I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.

Grantland Rice

  • “Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk.

Greg Norman

  • “What’s a good tournament for him? Winning it. He’s good enough.


Harry Vardon

  • “Don’t play too much golf. Two rounds a day are plenty.



Jack Benny

  • “Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.

Jack Lemmon

  • “If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.

Jack Nicklaus

  • “He has the finest, fundamentally sound golf swing I’ve ever seen.
  • “He’s going to be around a long, long time, if his body holds up. That’s always a concern with a lot of players because of how much they play. A lot of guys can’t handle it. But it looks like he can.
  • “There isn’t a flaw in his golf or his makeup. He will win more majors than Arnold Palmer and me combined. Somebody is going to dust my records. It might as well be Tiger, because he’s such a great kid.

Jim Bishop

  • “Golf is played by twenty million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun.

John Updike

  • “Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.



Lee Trevino

  • “You can make a lot of money in this game. Just ask my ex-wives. Both of them are so rich that neither of their husbands work.


Mark Twain

  • “Golf is a good walk spoiled.
  • “It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.


Nick Faldo

  • “He hits it long. His shoulders are impressively quick through the ball. That’s where he’s getting his power from. He’s young and has great elasticity.

Nick Price

  • “He’s got everything. He’ not a great player yet because he hasn’t won any major championships, but it’s a matter of time. He’s an outstanding talent. I didn’t realize how tall he is.
  • “Overall the fundamentals seem to be there and he’s obviously got a very mature head on his shoulders. He’s got a kind of presence.



Paul Harvey

  • “Golf is a game in which you yell “fore,” shoot six, and write down five.



Robert Wilson Lynd

  • “It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place the world is when one is playing golf.


Sam Snead

  • “If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they’d starve to death.


Tiger Woods

  • “Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.

Tommy Bolt

  • “If you are going to throw a club, it is important to throw it ahead of you, down the fairway, so you don’t have to waste energy going back to pick it up.




Will Rogers

  • “I guess there is nothing that will get your mind off everything like golf. I have never been depressed enough to take up the game, but they say you get so sore at yourself you forget to hate your enemies.

William Wordsworth

  • “Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.

Woodrow Wilson

  • “Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose.




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Do You Know Any Other Inspirational Golf Quotes?

If you know any other motivational golf quotes, please post them in the comments section below, and I’ll add them to the list.

Also, post your favorite golf quote below so we can see which is the most popular/inspiring one!

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