As far as competition goes, I love playing in tournaments. I spent a few years playing in our local club's league, playing mostly casual rounds by myself or with a few friends, and playing maybe one local sanctioned tourney a year.
I've gotten to the point, where I almost only like golf when there's competition. If I go out and play a casual round, I have no incentive, and I usually play like crap and this somewhat impedes on my fun level. In a tournament, I'm trying to do my best, to compete against others and myself, to improve my rating, and to have a good time, and that's where my best golf comes out.
I love traveling to tournies, meeting new people, seeing old friends I haven't seen since the last tournament, player's party are always awesome, and I love playing golf against a different course, different field of players, whatever. This weekend I'll be playing my 20th and last PDGA event of the year. While I still have a half a dozen doubles tournaments coming up this fall, and a winter league to play in, I'm going to miss the travel and the competition that I've been so heavily involved in this year.
For the majority of the year, I'll putt almost every day, hit the field for practice 2 or 3 times a week, and then play a tournament on the weekend, sanctioned or not. My game has improved dramatically this year and competition keeps me sharp.
"a man is a success if he gets up in the morning and he gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do."
-- bob dylan