Golf was one of the unexpected stars of the 2002 Sydney Gay Games. It ended up being one of just a handful of sports during the event to turn a profit.
Inspired by that success, the Gay and Lesbian Golf Swingers formed and have been perfecting their putting ever since.
The social golfing group meets every second Sunday at various courses around Sydney for a round of 18 holes, complete with plenty of socialising along the way.
It’s just social, so anyone can play, male or female, group spokesman Chris Ross said.
Practice and perseverance are needed. Some people have better eye-to-ball contact than others, but most golfers do get used to it and improve their strokes.
Ross said anyone who has played other sports involving hand-eye coordination, like squash, tennis or baseball, are likely to have an advantage.
It’s a wonderful, relaxing sport. It’s very easy to play and the exercise -” walking five or six kilometres in gay company -” is enjoyable, Ross said.
Everyone is very relaxed and we talk about a lot -” gay issues, lots of topics we have in common, like movies or theatre, or outings. It’s very sociable and there’s no real competition.
info: Anyone interested in taking up golf should get in touch with Chris via firstname.lastname@example.org.