Over the years, there has been much discussion about what the perfect score in golf is.

You can hear sports journalists talk about it on the Golf Channel and read pages upon pages in all the latest instructional books from the greatest minds in the game.

Some say it is the elusive sub-60 round of 59, and others might talk about a mythical number that comes from birdies on all 18 holes (54), but for the sake of this column none of that really matters.

Whatever the definition is, I know one thing for sure: the "perfect score" is subject to the individual.

Personally, I believe there is no "perfect score." Golf is not like bowling, where you can max out at 300. It isn't like surfing, gymnastics, or any other judged sport where a scale of 0-10 is used and a perfect 10.0 is possible.

In golf, you are your own judge, and the "perfect score" is up to you to judge within yourself. And the only way to judge yourself in golf is to play the game.

Golf was meant to be played, not scored - par wasn't even created until a man decided to compete against another man.

In the beginning, it was just hitting a ball until it got in a hole. The ball was just hit and no score was kept; no count was collected. So, let's stop all this talk about the "perfect score" and just play golf the way it was meant to be played. Just hit it, find it, and hit it again.

But keep your eye on the hole, or else you might never finish a round.

James Haban is an advertising manager at the Del Norte Triplicate. He can be contacted at or at 951-1047.