Social Media, particularly Instagram, is a platform for self-promotion. It allows even the most boring person to project a lifestyle of debaucherous luxury.
But while the faux-fun filtered photo of a beach masks the real inner suffering of a person only allowed away from their insufferable job 24 days of the year, it is not the case when it comes to golfers.
Their lifestyle is possibly even more glutinous than that seen on Instagram. Their accounts provide a rare glimpse behind the curtain that divides the great unwashed and the Tour pro.
But while there are hundreds of players on Instagram, not all are worthy of your attention – these are the accounts every golfer should follow.
Spiranac has a massive 900,000 followers on Instagram, and posts anything from inspirational quotes to golf workouts.
The 23-year-old American occasionally plays on the top tier of women’s golf, and is working hard to make her name on the circuit.
Michelle Wie, or Weezy as she calls herself, travels a lot – and in style. No economy class here.
The 27-year-old burst onto the scene as a youngster and has lived out much of her career in front of the lens.
She’s an avid foodie, but her meal snaps are rarely boring. Like the time she posted a video of her eating a live squid.
Instagram was made for someone like Rickie Fowler. The fan favourite is one of the most recognised names in golf, and with every shirt change sales at Puma alter accordingly.
A player that has a decent dollop of self-awareness, and good humour to boot. The Ryder Cup snap of Fowler shrugging while surrounded by kissing couples is worth a follow alone.
The one to rule them all. Rory McIlroy is a trailblazer for the younger generation, taking the sport into a brave new era – or something like that.
His account is hardly packed with laughs – probably because every post will be checked over by a team of managers – but it does give you a look into the life of a global superstar.
Being Rory McIlroy looks awesome.
Love or hate him, you shouldn’t ignore him. Bubba Watson has fingers in pies – he owns a baseball team, car dealership and sweet shop – making his Instagram one great treat.
The 38-year-old has the mental age of a toddler, providing the world with one of the funniest accounts in sport.
If you’re a Bubba hater, his account may turn you into a believer.
Never afraid to flash his fortune, car lovers need to follow Ian Poulter’s account, especially those with a penchant for Ferraris.
The Englishman has amassed a lot of dollars in his career, and he doesn't have trouble spending it.
Because it’s Tiger Woods.
Lydia Ko is one of the hottest prospects in sport. The world number one has two majors and 14 LPGA Tour victories to her name at the tender age of 19.
The Callaway staffer spends a lot of her life on the road, but manages to squeeze a load of fun in too.
The Olympic champion has a bunch of big sponsors and celebrity friends, affording him time fishing with Justin Timberlake and tee times with Tiger Woods.
The Englishman plays on both the European and PGA Tour, giving followers a varied insight into both European and US golf life.
The 2013 US Open champion is also good for a few “old but gold” photos from his youth.
One of golf’s “jokers”. Justin Thomas, 23, is fresh on the PGA Tour, but you would never call him shy.
The American blew up social media when he travelled with Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas on a Spring Break golf trip this year, involving lots of topless golf and alcohol.
Thomas is the college frat boy on Tour, whooping and hollering his way along the fairways.