Coffee Talk — legends

“Golf is a Good Walk Spoiled,” said No One, Everyone

There’s perhaps no joke that unites golfers and non-golfers as much as “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” For non-golfers, the refrain is a barb: golf injects monotony and competition into the simple pleasure of walking. For golfers, the phrase carries a healthy amount of irony and self-deprecation. Golf Digest even tweeted the quote from their account, attributing it to Mark Twain. But where does the quote really come from? And what does it really mean? To start, it probably doesn’t come from Mark Twain. The earliest attribution to Twain appears in a 1948 issue of the “Saturday Evening Post.”...

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