To the true believers, golf can at times provide a spiritual, almost religious experience.
To others, it's merely a chance to swear out in the open, among the bushes, trees and sand traps.
Farmington resident Bruce Summerhays falls under the former category, though it's quite clear the man knows the difference between faith and a 5-iron.
Summerhays, 69, is a longtime golf professional. His success on the PGA's Senior Tour - three victories, over $9 million in earnings - provided a very nice life for himself, his wife Carolyn and their children.
As with anyone who has connected with the game, he feels a passion for it. There's just something about the competition between body and brain; the camaraderie of friends and simply being outdoors that makes the game's little frustrations seem worthwhile.
Oh, and there's also the great feeling that comes from hitting a shot just right and, of course, the unmistakable sound of that little white ball rattling around in the hole.
But don't for a second think golf is Bruce Summerhays' religion. It's not.
In fact, he and Carolyn only recently returned home from serving a three-year stint as an LDS Church mission president.
They originally signed on to serve a two-year mission in Ireland but were later asked to preside over the mission in Tampa, Fla. They completed their service in June and have happily eased back into their lives here in Utah.
No longer President Summerhays, Bruce has returned to the golf course, in particular Oakridge Country Club where he played Friday and Saturday at the 2013 Siegfried & Jensen Utah Open.
After an even-par showing to start the weekend, Summerhays carded a 5-over 77 in the second round and missed the cut. At 69, he was older than most of the competitors - a good 50 years older than some. But then again, he was quite a bit older than everyone else back in 2008 when, at 64, he won at Oakridge, giving him his first and only Utah Open title.
Golf is a young man's game, no doubt, especially at such a competitive level. For a golf lifer like Summerhays - a true believer indeed - a good, solid, rhythmic swing still sends that little white ball buzzing through the air.
Summerhays played alongside Jimmy Blair during Friday's opening round and, oh brother, it was fun to watch them play together. They were surrounded by young guys, including Jimmy's son, Zac, and one of Bruce's former missionaries, BYU golfer Joe Parkinson. Still, to anyone who happened to take a second look, the old gentleman put on a clinic on how to play at a high level while taking the time to enjoy their surroundings.
They played quickly, with positive mental attitudes and little fanfare.
While others with thinner bodies and faster swing speeds zoned in on the most subtle aspects of the game, Jimmy and Bruce had all that wonderful experience behind them.
They shared a cart and some unforgettable stories, too.
"I knew I'd be laughing all day," Summerhays said.
For the record, Bruce shot even-par in the opening round; Jimmy had a 1-over 73. But this isn't about hard facts and shots against par. No, it's about a more nuanced part of the game, it's about feeling it ... living it.
It's also about one man's desire the blend his passion for golf with even deeper feelings.
Under the right circumstances, golf really can provide a connecting, spiritual experience. Then again, a lot of things can do that.
In the moments after his round on Friday, Summerhays spoke of his mission with Carolyn and what it meant to him, personally. He also spoke of returning to the golf course and what it meant to compete again.
Two different things, each with a few similarities: commitment, devotion, practice and feel, just to name a few.