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Without you, I connect, and create purpose.
But if you add five we can go golfing!
As I grow older without you, I have to hunt for my dinner.
But this, the one I am, is the only of its kind.

The answer is a single word.

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(Partial answer) I think you are

Four

Without you, I connect, and create purpose.

Remove the letter U and get "for", which is a conjunction that indicates a goal or purpose.

But if you add five we can go golfing!

"For" + "e" (the 5th letter in the English alphabet) = "fore". The expression "Fore!" may be shouted during golf, to warn bystanders of fast-moving golf balls.

As I grow older without you, I have to hunt for my dinner.

"For" + "age" = "Forage". Foraging means hunting or searching for food.

But this, the one I am, is the only of its kind.

(Credit to @BusinessCat) "Four" has 4 letters. It is the only integer with a value equal to the number of letters in its name.

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    $\begingroup$ For the last part: maybe a stretch but four is the only the number that has the same number of letters in the word as its own value. $\endgroup$ – Business Cat Jul 5 '17 at 15:20
  • $\begingroup$ @BusinessCat Thanks, that may be the answer! $\endgroup$ – MikeQ Jul 5 '17 at 15:23
  • $\begingroup$ Front nine is a good reference, but not the intended association with Golf. "Big Five" is also not right. You will want wordplay. $\endgroup$ – Kuro Jul 5 '17 at 15:26
  • $\begingroup$ Third maybe rot13 sbentr(e) $\endgroup$ – Tom Jul 5 '17 at 15:44

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