"While I can't deny the argument that golf doesn't demand the same strength and power required in other sports such as basketball and football, it does require athleticism...
It's called being able to consistently swing a club with the same motion and tempo. And it's not as easy as it may look.
There's also a little something called endurance. Even an athletic person will tire after playing and walking 18 holes. Try carrying your own bag around a hilly course in 90-degree heat. Or repeating the same swing all day, and with accuracy. Then get back to me about golf not requiring any kind of athletic ability.
Most professional golfers are in great shape. They do work out. Golf calls for tremendous coordination, stamina and strength, albeit a different kind. Call it whatever you want -- a sport, game or hobby. It doesn't matter. In my opinion, Old Man [Tom] Watson's epic performance [at the 2009 British Open] further validated why golf is the best sport ever."
"Is Golf a "Real" Sport?," Huffington Post, July 22, 2009