Longtime bartender Joe Faustman shakes things up at Sun City Pub. Customers are, from left, Steve, Hank, Bernie, Lou and Nick.

Recently I started thinking about all the reasons I still love playing golf after 60 years. Since there are 18 holes of golf, I decided to list 18 reasons you should play this great game.

And then, there’s a 19th reason.

No.1: It is a game for a lifetime. What other sport can you actively play your entire life?

No. 2: Golf brings us close to nature. You play among birds, squirrels and even alligators.

No.3: The sport is handicapped so players of differing abilities can enjoy playing together. Try doing that on a tennis court.

No. 4: Golf reveals one’s discipline and fairness. Players self-govern the rules and call penalties on themselves.

No. 5: Anyone can play golf. You don’t have to be a fast or strong or young athlete to play.

No. 6: The risk of injury is minimal since it is a non-contact sport without running.

No. 7: Golf gets you out of the office away from computers and cell phones.

No. 8: You can spend quality time with family. I enjoy playing golf with my son and grandchildren.

No. 9: Golf is the ultimate challenge. You cannot have a perfect round of golf, but you can keep trying.

No. 10: You get to wear fun, colorful clothing. Women get to buy more shoes.

No. 11: It’s a great way to connect with friends. There is a lot of laughing over the “interesting” shots that are hit.

No. 12: Walking the golf course is awesome exercise. Walking nine holes is more than 2 miles.

No. 13: You can conduct business with your clients on the golf course. It beats being in the office.

No. 14: Golf has few boundaries. There are no lines like in tennis, football or soccer. That makes for a variety of shots, which keeps the game interesting.

No. 15: You can see someone’s true character on a golf course. Does he cheat or have a bad temper? How does she deal with adversity?

No. 16: You get away from the stresses in your life. Your attention will be on your golf game.

No. 17: Golf is a wonderful activity to do on vacations. Every golf course is different, especially in other areas of the country.

No. 18: That one great shot you have each round always brings you back for more.

And finally, No. 19: Meeting with friends at the 19th hole lounge is a great way to top off a great day on the course, or even a not-so-great day.

If you already a golfer, I hope that the fun I had writing this article will make you enjoy the game more. If you are not a golfer, there is no reason you shouldn’t join us for the game for a lifetime. 

Dr. Jean Harris is an LPGA Master Professional and teaches at local courses. jean.golfdoctor.harris@gmail.com; golfdoctorjean.com