A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 24, 2015
“Golf is a game of a lifetime”

"Golf is a game of a lifetime” is a popular golf saying. A person can swing a golf club at any age. The origin of the saying is unknown.

“Golf is obviously the game of a lifetime” was cited in print in 1938. “Golf is the Game of a Lifetime” was cited in 1956.


9 August 1938, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “News From The Fairway” by Reynolds Smith, sec. 2, pg. 3, col. 3:
These young people can look ahead to fifty years of golf, for it was only recently that Sandy Herd, at 70, shot 67 in a tournament in England. Golf is obviously the game of a lifetime.

2 September 1951, The Sunday Star (Washington, DC), pg. B-4, col. 7 ad:
The Game of a Lifetime
FOR FUN—TO STAY YOUNG—PLAY GOLF

2 December 1956, Laredo (TX) Times, “Divot Digs” by Harold Winston Jr., pg. 6, col. 5:
It is an accepted fact that “Golf is the Game of a Lifetime” and it’s the greatest outdoor participant sport.

11 July 1958, Gettysburg (PA) Times, “Lincolnway Golf Center Has Expanded,” pg. 9, col. 6:
Golf is the game of a lifetime for fun, or health and the ideal sport or staying young.

Google Books
Golf for a Lifetime!
By Bob Toski and Jerry Tarde
Norwalk, CT: Golf Digest/Tennis; New York, NY: Distribution by Simon and Schuster
1981
Pg. 8:
As he approaches his 80th birthday, shooting his age more times than not, Gene proves that golf truly is a game of a lifetime.

OCLC WorldCat record
Golf : the game of a lifetime
Author: Sam Martz Golf Collection.
Publisher: [Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. : PGA Tour, 1983?]
Edition/Format: Print book : English

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coreformula
‏@coreformula
Golf is a game of a lifetime and Tom Watson is proof
1:43 PM - 18 Jul 2009

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Kentucky Golfers
‏@kygolfers
Golf is a game of a lifetime. Not because you can play for a lifetime, but because it takes a lifetime to master - Bill Strausbaugh
4:21 AM - 18 Sep 2009

Google Books
Historical Dictionary of Golf
By Bill Mallon and Randon Jerris
Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, Inc.
2011
Pg. IX:
Golf has been described as the game of a lifetime, played by both young toddlers and older adults—often into their 80s and 90s.

GolfBizWiki.com
June 15, 2011
Golf Is “The Game Of A Lifetime”
By Shelby Smith
What sport is attractive to Kids, Youth, Adults and Seniors? GOLF!!

The most challenging athletic sport, with tradition and character that promotes healthy exercise and great FUN! Golf is said to be “The Game of a Lifetime.” All ages participate and enjoy hitting that little 1.68 inch ball around 18 holes of fairways, avoiding hazards & rough, and putting it into that small 4 1/4 inch cup.

The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA)
Lydia Ko, Davis Love prove golf is a game for the ages
Larry Bohannan, The Desert Sun 8:44 a.m. PDT August 24, 2015
It is an old adage that golf is a game of a lifetime. The phrase means people can enjoy golf at any point in their lives, unlike opther sports where traits like strength and endurance and even youth are required. There are no 50-years-olds in the National Football league, and no 15-year-olds in the National Basketball Association. But people in their teens and in their 50s can certainly enjoy golf.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Monday, August 24, 2015 • Permalink