There was this basically-good man who died and appeared before St. Peter at
the Holy Gates. St. Peter checks out his books and discovers that there is a
problem. He says that there is no clear answer in the books on where the man is
supposed to go, Heaven or Hell. He suggests that the man go to Hell and check it
out, so that he may make the decision himself. If he didn’t like what he saw
there, he could come back to Heaven.
Well, this man had only one true vice while he was alive. It seems he had an
uncontrollable desire to play golf at any opportunity. He had traveled the world
playing all the famous golf courses.
When the man arrived in Hell, Satan welcomed him, but he too was surprised at
the man’s situation. He had assumed that since the question about the man’s
ultimate destination wasn’t clear, the man would go to Heaven. The man could
just see behind Satan a Most Beautiful Golf Course. It had beautiful trees, blue
ponds, water separating the fairways, everything. The man fell in love with at
at first site, and he couldn’t control himself. He just had to play a round.
The devil showed him a wonderful electric golf cart, a perfect leather bag, a
matched set of clubs. Satan reached into his pocket and presented the man with a
Golden Tee. The devil then said that only members could play. The man couldn’t
control himself. He just had to play there.
He goes back up to Heaven and tells St. Peter that he has decided to stay in
Hell so he could play on the Beautiful Golf Course there. When the man returns
to Hell, he approaches Satan and asks for a tee time. The devil says that
anytime at all, the man could play. No one else uses the course.
Chuckling with glee, the man approaches the first tee. He gets out of his
beautiful golf cart, reaches for his perfectly matched clubs and selects his
driver, reaches into his pants pocket and pulls out his Golden Tee, then
frantically searches everywhere for a ball.
Satan comes up and the man asks him for a ball.
“That’s the Hell of it,” says Satan with a devilish laugh.