Photo of a netted golf practice ground discovered in yet another uncharted evening after-dinner walk.
Golf is a popular and yet expensive sport to play in Japan - I'm guessing that its due to popular demand that one has to pay a bladder and a spleen to get membership to a golf club. Folks here are so keen on the sport that you often see them practicing in public.
These golf practice grounds are usually small in size and are usually surrounded by a huuuge net. An example of one below.
Folks come to these golf practice grounds for many a reason - some play for leisure, some practice for the game on the weekend at a real course and some play for stress relief - prolly pretending to whack their evil boss in the face.
Notice the small basket of golf balls.
The balls can be purchased at this machine.
Balls fall out of this slot into the basket - and if the basket is not in place then they go all over the place.
A peek through the window in the machine to see more balls...
...which travel through the pipe into the machine.
The ground towards the back is sloped and most balls eventually roll into a canal type thing where they then roll off somewhere ending up going through that pipe back into the machine.
I heard that these sort of netted golf practice grounds can be found in Taiwan and China - they be available in your neck of the woods too?
I'm lousy at ball games - football, baseball or whatever. I was good at a certain ball game when I was younger which involved dolphins though.
Ah, and I'm good at Mario BB on the NDS - awesome game. I guess one of the reasons why many CEO's (that I know) like golf is because its like running a business. The winds are like the external forces affecting a business that you have no control over - inflation, new consumer trends and so on.
Getting the ball into the hole with as little shots as possible is like calculating costs - reaching a goal with as less cost as possible - requiring skill, know how, and practice.
And getting the hole-in-one is like taking on another huge business challenge. A CEO thrives off the challenge and rewards of running the business and getting a hole in one yields great satisfaction.