We’ve all had different dreams in our lives. Some dreams are too embarrassing for us to talk about. Some seem perpetually out of reach. In Golf Story you don’t save the world, nor do you become the king of pirates. You do something much more important: you hold on to your dream, even when it’s painful.
The young boy you play in the tutorial enjoys a wonderful golf session with his father. The father teaches the basics: which golf club to use, environmental conditions you need to consider. Dad never judges—he just constantly pushes the boy forward. At the end of the tutorial, the son nervously asks his father, “Do you think I can join the pro tour one day?”
Followed by the dream-shaping answer of his father:
“I’ve no doubt you’ll join the tour.”
Here lies one of the biggest building blocks for the boy’s future. Twenty years later, he still has no doubt that he can achieve his goals, despite his girlfriend, who isn’t sympathetic to his passion for golf. The boy heads to Wellworn Grove to start his golfing career and many of the people he meets along the way are similarly discouraging.
Soon the boy is being laughed at and disparaged by most of the community—including the coach who he paid to train him. But instead of leaving his golf career behind, he holds on to his dream, bolstered by the empowering words of his father. He continues his journey, constantly seeking to improve and to silence the haters.
When I think about my childhood dream, I am quite happy that I didn’t hold on to it. Being a soccer team manager isn’t that cool anymore. Nevertheless I am still a dreamer, and Golf Story lets me dream. Of course I have plans for the future, but right now I just want to join the pro golf tour.