Golf, Business, and Life’s Blue Monsters

In the early 1980’s, I had the good fortune of working in Coral Gable’s, FL, a chip and a putt away from Doral’s Golf Resort and Spa. The PGA Tour just swept through this club just as it has for over 40 years, with Ernie El’s being this year’s winner. The course they play is the famed “Blue Monster.”

Even 30 years ago, this course earned its name for the brutal rough; the treacherous hazards, and the whistling winds. For a long time, the 18th hole had the reputation of being the most difficult hole on the tour. And of course, as amateurs, we simply had to play it to compare ourselves to the Pros!

If you look at the price of a round on the Blue Monster (there are 4 other courses there just as fun and challenging to play that are far more reasonable) it is somewhere between $200-$300 each person. Ouch! Just starting my career back then, even as a yuppie this was out of my price range. But summers are steaming hot in South Florida, so the Doral during that time had a summer membership that allowed us to play each weekend for the summer months for under $80 per round. Those were the days!

The key to having fun on the Blue Monster (if that is even possible!) is to play the tees that are right for you. Of course, we all want to play the back tees and pretend we are pros. This usually produces a very unhappy and discouraging result!

When I think of the Blue Monster, I think first of an enormous challenge; something to shoot for and conquer! I think of my idol’s, the folks I aspire to be to bring out my best! I also experience fear; awe; and amazement. Whether you are on the course, managing your career, and living your life you will have your Blue Monsters. Take them on; have fun with them; respect them; and do your best to manage them. The result won’t always be a happy one, but you will feel more fulfilled that you took on an enormous challenge and didn’t always take the easy way. But be realistic. Don’t beat yourself up week after week on your Blue Monster’s. Just as at the Doral, there are other choices that are just as fun and challenging, that will help build your confidence. The Blue Monster’s will always be there to ensure that your head doesn’t get too big!

Wishing you MorePars as you take on your Blue Monsters!

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