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Wife signs off on playing more golf

Sunday, April 29, 2018

It’s Friday morning and I’m talking to my wife, Beth, about needing a topic for this week’s column. We both mention how uncooperative the weather has been this spring. And then out of the blue, my wife gives an unexpected gift. And not just to me. No, this gift can be used by all Valley golfers.

Quick set-up for you: We we’re talking about the weather. It’s been so crummy. The courses have to be excited for some sunshine.

Pretty typical talk considering the weather we’ve had. I think I may have then mentioned how the courses will have a difficult time making up the decreased rounds in April. And that’s when it happened. Totally unexpected. And to be honest, I don’t think it was even meant for ME. But just then, my wife actually said; “Well, they’ll need maximum play on sunny days.”

That’s right. She said THEY will need maximum play on sunny days.

What did I hear?

“YOU need to maximize the number of rounds you play on sunny days to help make up the difference!”

A stretch? Perhaps. But let me take it a step further by saying the YOU from that statement is actually plural. That’s right, the YOU in this case should actually be taken to mean YOU, GOLFERS.

So to be clear, what my wife said, in the early morning hours on Friday, April 27, 2018, is that Valley golfers need to maximize the number of rounds we play on nice days this year. And not just for our enjoyment. But because the golf courses need us to do it.

Wow. For those of you that don’t know my wife personally, this is a big statement. Having known I played in high school and college, Beth obviously knew she was marrying a golfer when we said our “I do’s” in 2011. And while I give her all the credit in the world with the way she handles being a golf spouse with everything else we have going on in our lives, encouraging me to play more golf isn’t a typical statement.

I sometimes get the, “you’re golfing, again?” question.

With a slight emphasis on “again.”

And a little head tilt.

And with a slight eyebrow raise.

And let’s call it a trying (read: fake) smile.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it’s an unfair question or response on her part. And I even get the obligatory “play well” comment before I leave.

But I rarely get the encouraging, proactive, “You should go play golf today” comment. And I’m assuming I’m not alone.

Golf takes a long time. Can be expensive. Can sometimes have wagering and adult beverages involved. Perhaps even a cigar or two. I understand, as I’m sure many other thankful golfers do, why my spouse might not love golf season coming back into swing.

But today my wife took the high ground and put the needs of our local courses ahead of her own personal inhibitions toward the sport.

“They’ll need to maximize rounds on sunny days.”

Beth, thanks for your understanding as the 2018 season begins. I love you dearly. And Valley golfers: You’re welcome. Because you might not know it, but I’m definitely going to pay for this one.

Jonah Karzmer is a former golf professional who writes a Sunday golf column for The Vindicator. In his spare time he sells commercial insurance and loves getting feedback on his weekly columns via email at