Let us look at an exceedingly in-depth analysis of this question…

First things first:

Sport (n) – an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature.

  • Athletic (adj) – involving the use of physical skills or capabilities, as strength, agility, or stamina.
  • Activity (n) – Energetic action or movement.
  • Skill (n) – An art, trade, or technique, particularly one requiring use of the hands or body.
  • Physical (adj) – of or pertaining to the body.
  • Prowess (n) – exceptional or superior ability, skill, or strength.
  • Competitive (adj) – having a strong desire to compete or to succeed.
  • Nature (n) – The forces and processes that produce and control all the phenomena of the material world.

Now that we’ve covered every angle of the definition of sport, let’s see how each of these aspects can be specifically applied to golf.

  • Athletic ¬†– swinging a golf club is a physical activity, swinging it 50-80 times over a 4-hour period involves strength, agility and stamina.
  • Activity – try swinging a golf club without action or movement, seriously.
  • Skill – hitting a ball with a diameter of 1.68″ hundreds of yards into a hole with a 4.25″ while avoiding obstacles is not easy.
  • Physical – telekinesis will not get you off the first tee.
  • Prowess – see: skill.
  • Competitive – Ty Webb is a rarity. Some people play for living; there’s even several professional leagues with a season!
  • Nature – water, sand, trees, wind, heat… oh, wrong nature? whatever…

Discrediting the notion that because drinking while golfing makes it not a sport: professional athletes from baseball, football, basketball and soccer have all admitting to playing under the influence of some chemical substance.

In conclusion, hitting a tiny ass ball the least amount of times possible over thousands of yards into strategically placed holes the size of a beer can, while avoiding various demanding obstacles and using a limited collection metal sticks over the course of a four and a half hour stretch of competitive trash talking falls under the very definition of sport. Don’t think so? Then go back to watching grown men roll around in a box, predominately naked, with predetermined results.