About Utah: Good times … without the hangover

Lee Benson

Pat Overholt, left, Dick Kreutzer and Tom Olson, officers of the Good Time Golf Association.

WEST JORDAN — It’s Wednesday at 1 p.m. at River Oaks Golf Course, and you know what that means.

The tee box is open and the bar is closed.

It’s closed, at least, for members of the Good Time Golf League, who every Wednesday afternoon throw their $8 entry fee into a hat and head out on the course in pursuit of a good, clean time.

Terms of play are fairly loose. Nobody’s going to check if you have more than 14 clubs in your bag. You can putt with a hockey stick. You can take a mulligan. On every shot. You can skip a hole. You can bring a gorilla along to hit your drives if you want.

The official USGA rules book is thicker than a Ruth’s Chris steak. The Good Time Golf League has just one rule:

You cannot play high.

Show up sober, or don’t show up.

That’s because the whole point of Good Time Golf, the one and only objective, is to provide an enjoyable atmosphere that is absolutely, 100 percent devoid of anything artificially addicting.

Anyone is welcome, but it’s addicts who are embraced.

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Three years ago, Good Time Golf was born over a cup of coffee.

At first glance, Tom Olson and Patrick Overholt don’t have much in common. Tom is a retired businessman. Pat is a 33-year-old retired baseball player. But both had traveled down the long, hard road of addiction.

Each had made it through rehab. Now they were in recovery together, facing the same enemy.

There is strength in numbers, the counselors had told them. There is also strength in talking and in being positive.

So they chatted over coffee about the things they love, and it turned out one of the things Tom and Pat both love is golf.

We should play sometime, they agreed. Then they looked around the room. And we should invite all these guys, too.

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