I think you guys are right about golfers looking like everyone else. Two that I know of who actually keep up a physical regimen as part of their golfing are Tiger Woods and Gary Player. (I recently heard Player explain his daily routine. Admirable; and he's in his seventies, I think.) A lot of the others look as if they get up in the morning and perfect their swing, and that's it. Even their "athletic attire" looks like clothes any of us could wear. I don't know if the same feeling is typical of women weekend golfers, though. I mean, look at the first truly famous woman golfer--Babe Didrikson! She was one of the top five athletes of the first half of the twentieth century. So women's golf probably always looked like something for athletic stars.
Thanks for the correction about its not being a "game," Robeye. Apologies! I understand the scoring and structure of tennis and baseball but have never been exposed to golf. Even my golf viewing experience consists only of watching Katharine Hepburn, a sterling athlete, have at it in Pat and Mike, one of my favorite movies.
I started a comment on the athleticism of golf (no less an icon than Michael Jordan is on the record as saying that Tiger Wood's sporting achievements are greater than his own), but I soon realized that the topic was far too long for a post in a skating forum. Let me just say that, IMO, there are certain similarities and parallels between golf and figure skating, some more obvious than others, that should make the casting of stones at least problematic .
(I'm a movie nut myself. Do you remember the scene in "The Aviator" in which Kate Hepburn (Cate Blanchett) and Howard Hughes (Leonardo di Caprio) play golf? Scorsese's homage in passing ).