Is Golf a Board Game?

Something strange happened today. I got two deliveries this morning. Both items were packaged in the exact same box, but with entirely different things inside them… Or, are they entirely different?

Boxed Burncyle Gamemats and BombTech Golf Club Wedges

One box contains gamemats from the burncycle Kickstarter game that I backed at the height of the recent global pandemic. I backed a lot of games back then and now they are all starting to arrive. The other box is a set of golf wedges from BombTech. I got the limited edition BombTech golf clubs with the once-in-a-lifetime discount. Wink. The gamemats are rolled up into a tube and shoved into a long box for shipping. It just happened that both shipments came on the same day in the same packaging.

What is golf BTW?

Golf is a cross-country game in which a player strikes a small ball with various clubs from a series of starting points into a series of holes on a course. The player who holes their ball in the fewest strikes wins. Golf can be played solo, co-op, or competitively. In some cases you where funny golf outfits when a group of you go on a golf outing. Sounds like a LARP.

Wait a minute… Is golf a board game?

A board game is “any game played on a board, especially one that involves the movement of pieces on the board, such as chess or checkers.” Hmm. Golf is just played on a giant board called a golf course. We move a piece around called a golf ball to different locations on the board. And, there are many golf-themed board games out there. I recommend GoLo! – The Dice Golf Game.

A lot of people say that golf is an expensive game. It definitely is expensive. You gotta buy clubs, bags, shoes, and accessories just to play. You have to carve out a portion of your day to go play. Board games are also expensive. Deluxe, all-in, Kickstarter campaigns are expensive. Then, you have to pay for shipping. Then, you have to have a place to display all of your purchases. Then, you have to find people that are willing to play. Then, you have to buy more games that you are not likely to play. At least with golf, you buy a lot of stuff upfront and don’t have to buy more when you don’t get to play.

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