Dating for golfers
As a young single female who'd recently moved to a city that values a metropolitan lifestyle over an outdoorsy one, Samantha knew her chances of finding an avid golfer in Manhattan were slim. She frequented Chelsea Piers (a four-level, high-tech driving range on the Hudson River) in part to keep her game fresh, but also to meet guys.
After flirting with several men there but never converting those exchanges into dates, Samantha turned to Tinder.
The last nongolfer she dated was back in high school.
"Golfers are just who I'm attracted to," says Samantha, who has a 1.4 Index.
"Look at all these golfers," her mom told her, sweeping her index finger across the practice tee.
"These guys are nice, and they have manners." Over time, Samantha has learned that Mom was right.
"Looking for golfers is a nice way to meet a successful man," Elizabeth says. He and I are both pursuing our goals together, and it's awesome."Though the majority of low-handicap women who play golf almost always exclusively seek male golfers, the reverse isn't true. In fact, 80 percent of golfers in the United States are male, according to the National Golf Foundation.
"A girl's pool of potential dates is much bigger than a guy's," Rhoades says.
"Turns out, he had just come out of a long relationship and wasn't ready to date.Finally, I came across a photo I could connect with. That meant he'd seen my photos, too, and he was intrigued.After mindlessly left-swiping through hundreds of mundane Tinder images (a left-swipe means, "Nope, I'm not interested"), I stopped at a photo of a guy standing on the seventh tee at Pebble Beach. I messaged him first: "Seventh tee at Pebble Beach!"There have been times when I've seen women who are playing golf in their photos, and I've right-swiped even though I'd never consider right-swiping otherwise," he says."One of those women saw a photo of me standing in front of that huge leader board at Augusta National, and she asked me where that was.
It's a serious commitment."The rise of online dating has, among other things, made it easier for people to narrow down who they're looking for. "People think they might know what they need in a partner, but those needs can end up being quite superficial," Rhoades says. That said, I wouldn't consider golf a superficial quality, mostly because of the time commitment it demands.