I think that is definitely the fate of the average pro player. However, this is not the experience of the vast majority that play golf. Yes it can
be a physically grueling game, but for most people I don't think it is. Â I think if you're playing something like hockey, basketball or skiing, mountain biking, etc. it's going to challenge you a lot more physically (perhaps not mentally, small balls do funny things to the male psyche) than a round of golf on a Sunday morning.
But the subject is, does anyone play a sport, well I do, it is golf, it is not your average "Sunday morning Outing"...it is a serious game for serious players, maybe more grueling mentaly than any other game an amatuer can play only because it is you against everyone else....try a game where there are more rules, more thinking, more walking, and more physical endurance of the upper body muscle system than any other, and yet it is not a team effort. Give me a break, those who do not consider golf a sport, truly are the unpriviledged group who cannot understand the demands the sport incurrs upon the body, or they just don't get it because they are not talented enough to master it....which that seems to be the general truth.