David Robertson Forgan
As a lad, David Forgan of St Andrews was a fine golfer but before the age of sixteen, he chased his older brother, James, to Nova Scotia. Ultimately, he moved west to settle in Chicago where his newly honed banking skills led him to become the President of National City Bank in 1907. Forgan’s expertise was such that he was often asked to give speeches about banking but it was his speech at the Chicago Golf Club awards dinner in 1899 about golf (soon after Forgan won the Western Amateur) that has never been forgotten.
Forgan’s Golfer’s Creed, for us at Monarchs House, encapsulates everything one would want to know about the wonderful game of golf. We would like to share it with you here.
Golf is a science, the study of a lifetime, in which you may exhaust yourself, but never your subject. It is a contest, a duel, or a melee, calling for courage, skill, strategy and self-control. It is a test of temper, a trial of honour, a revealer of character. It affords a chance to play the man and act the gentleman. It means going into God’s out-of-doors, getting close to nature, fresh air, exercise, a sweeping away of mental cobwebs, genuine recreation of tired tissues. It is a cure for care, an antidote to worry. It includes companionship for friends, social intercourse, opportunities for courtesy, kindliness and generosity to an opponent. It promotes not only physical health but moral force.
It is as true today as the day Forgan spoke these words over 110 years ago.