Jonathan Frank "Frankie"
"I like golf because you’re always far from perfection. Everyone can get better."
I think golf is the only thing I lie to my wife about.
Growing up, life was all about sports. My dad was always the coach. Basketball, baseball, soccer, football … and then I found golf. There was a driving range by my house and the guy would let me hit balls for free if I helped out around the range. I would grab whatever used clubs that were laying around. I could hit a ball pretty well before I owned my first club. No one in my family really played golf. The first time I actually played golf with my dad was in my 30’s, he wanted to learn to play. I remember around that time I was playing in a tournament and he caddied for me. He asked to carry my bag. That was pretty cool. It’s one of my favorite memories.
We had a ski boat growing up and I remember saying to my dad “thanks for buying this boat for me” and he was like “it’s not for you, it’s for me,” and I said “but you don’t even wakeboard,” and he responded “yeah, but since you and your friends need me to take you out on the lake, I get to hang out with you all day long.” We don’t have a ski boat, but I’m trying to get my 13-year-old son into golf because then he has to hang out with me in a cart for like 5 hours.
I like golf because you’re always far from perfection. Everyone can get better. One time, years ago, my buddy called and said he was playing in a Playboy/NHL celebrity tournament and a guy dropped out and asked if I wanted to play. I was in San Diego thinking there’s no way I can make it to LA. He said, “drive to Montgomery Field, there’s a private jet waiting, just get up here.” I drove right past my work, went to the jet, played golf, had the best day ever and I got home by 6:15pm. I walked in and my girlfriend at the time goes “how was your day?” and I said “it sucked.” And she replied, “yeah, mine too.” She would have killed me if she knew how great of a day I had.
If I’m having a bad day or unhappy for a few hours, my wife will tell me “you need to go play golf and have some drinks with your buddies.” The course is the only place in my life that’s quiet. Kids are loud, bars are loud, the gym is loud. I like the golf course because it’s quiet.