It’s HOT. And STICKY! Summer has finally arrived with a vengeance here in New England. Now I know for those of you who live in Arizona or the deep south, a 90 degree day of golf is nothing — in fact, watching the latest national weather, it might even seem a cool, balmy day to you. But for we “weather wimps” in the Northeast… golfing on a 90+ day is not fun. Still we head out. Golf addiction is a powerful thing, don’t you agree?
I played 18 holes yesterday with a couple of friends but we came prepared. Lots of ice in a small cooler, bottles of water, and a lot of extra balls. (When it’s this hot, the golf club grips can become a bit slippery and it’s hard to hang on when you’re playing off a tough hillside lie. Balls fly off into the woods or the small pond just off the fairway. At least that’s my excuse.)
We smothered ourselves in sunscreen and I wore my Solheim Cup 2011 hat for protection. (Editor’s Note: Check out this sunscreen for golfers. We’ll be reviewing this product soon. Watch for it.) And, as a nod to the fashion gods, we each wore sleeveless tops. No sense getting one of those “farmer’s tans” this early in the season. As the season progresses I notice my left hand on which I wear a golf glove, is lighter and less tan than my right and my ankles show those tell tale marks of light skin that tell the world I’ve been wearing golf socks on a regular basis.
One great thing about playing golf in hot weather is that the course is nearly empty, especially here in the northeast where these hot days really get us down, at least early in the golf season. People cancel tee times and for those of us playing, the golf moves right along. We finished our round in under 4 hours.
So here’s to you, all you brave hot weather golfers. Enjoy every minute of it.
Do you play golf when it’s this hot? What do you do to keep yourself cool? Add your comment below.