Arnold Palmer famously described golf as “deceptively simple and endlessly complicated. It satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening — and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.” Yet many Americans could take it or leave it. Golf, they might agree, is a good walk spoiled. With the PGA Championship, the last of golf’s four majors, concluding Sunday at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, and with the president in the midst of a vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., it seems a good moment to debunk some of the myths about this polarizing game.
From left, Reps. Herbert Taylor (N.J.), Albert Vestal (Ind.) and William Coyle (Pa.) at the Chevy Chase Club in 1926.