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Golf Shouldn't Be An Olympic Sport And I'm Kinda Weirded-Out That It Is

It's a game your dad plays on weekends just to get out of the house.

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If you've been watching the Olympics you've probably been dazzled by the spectacle, wowed by the athletic skills on display, and maybe even wept tears of joy seeing athletes achieve their dream.


Yes. If you didn't already know, golf is an actual event in this year's Olympics. And it's just fundamentally WEIRD.

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This is the first time golf has been in the Olympics since 1904. 190-fucking-4. We didn't even have plastic back then; we were a different people.

The Olympics started when the God-fearing Greeks decided to honour their main-man Zeus by staging a single 190m race to determine the most athletically gifted man.

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Zeus liked this I guess, because the games continued, growing in size and range of events, up until until the time the games were suppressed in 393 AD.

Fast-forward to 1894, when Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC), resurrecting the Olympic Games and with it the spirit of international athletic competition.


So how the fuck did golf make the events list? The Gods did not play golf on the mountain of Olympus.

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The Gods did real sporty stuff, like wrestle naked and play the harp.