He joked with his son Michael on the driving range. He made fun of his clubs. He even played around on the first tee when he took his opening drive before the announcer had finished introducing him.
He was in a good mood.
But it was still not enough to change his mind about the empty U.S. women's basketball coaching position for the next Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The decision is the same. He's not interested.
"Nothing has changed," Auriemma said Wednesday on the first tee at TPC River Highlands. "No."
Earlier in the week, some sources said that Auriemma was still the guy for USA basketball as it looked to 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski had been talked into coaching the men, and maybe that could be the case for Auriemma. If Wednesday was any indication, it's not.
Instead, Auriemma preferred to address other issues, including the report released Monday by former WNBA President Val Ackerman about the state of the game.
He also spoke about his players who are playing for Team USA this summer.
Bria Hartley and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis are playing in the World University Games, and Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck will be on the U-19 team. Both teams play in July tournaments.
"I want them to enjoy the experience, I want them to get better, and I want them to have a great time," Auriemma said. "I want them to feel like they can help the team win. They've put a lot of time and effort into it and I'm thrilled for them."
As for Ackerman's report, Auriemma hadn't read it but he sure had his thoughts.
"I think there are some great ideas, I think [Ackerman] is incredibly bright and she has the best interests of the game at heart and I hope that we can get some of those suggestions acted upon," Auriemma said.
In the report, Ackerman, who has been in an advisory role with the NCAA since November, assessed the state of the women's game. She suggested moving the Final Four back to a Friday-Sunday schedule and using a two-site Super Regional system for the second week of the NCAA Tournament.
And despite the light mood of the day, Auriemma didn't shy away from some of the harsh facts.
"We've hit a little bit of a plateau," Auriemma said. "I think we've got a great product but we're just like any other product, if you don't keep working to make it better, at some point you start to lose that little thing that you have that is so unique."
Auriemma spoke confidently and passionately Wednesday, and then when he was ready, he took another swing at a difficult task — hitting a golf ball.
"I used to be really good, but golf is the type of game where you can be good or you can be bad, one swing to the next," Auriemma said. "Golf is so challenging ... just because you drive it straight one day doesn't mean you're going to drive it straight the next day."