This is a quote by Richard S Tufts the founder of Pinehurst. Mr Tufts engaged the services of Donald Ross to build this golfing community in 1900. This is the first of a few snippets about the special place that is Pinehurst that we will feature on our blog over the next few days. This quote resonates with us and our project:
The work that I have done has been done for amateur sport,
and I hope that you won't mind if I leave you with my
creed on amateurism.
Amateurism, after all, must be the backbone
of all sport, golf or otherwise.
In my mind, an amateur is one who competes in a sport
for the joy of playing, for companionship it affords,
for health-giving exercise, and for relaxation
from more serious matters.
As a part of this light-hearted approach to the game,
he accepts cheerfully all adverse breaks,
is considerate of his opponent,
plays the game fairly and squarely in accordance with its rules,
maintains self-control, and strives to do his best,
not in order to win,
but rather as a test of his own skill and ability.
These are his only interests,
and, in them, material considerations have no part.
The returns which amateur sport will bring to
those who play it in this spirit are greater than
those any money could buy.
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