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As Mother Nature plays yo-yo with the daily temperatures, those who play one of the world’s most popular sports are left with a quandary: When is it too cold to golf?
The dedicated golfer will tell you that question is like asking ”When is beer too cold to drink?” but as the mercury falls in conjunction with the white stuff, climate conditions make enjoying a round more like survival.
According to SGMA International, more then 29 million Americans golf every year, and giving that up, even for a couple of months, is tough.
”If I have to wear more than two layers, it’s too cold,” said John Flynn, avid golfer and design associate for the Arthur Hill/Steve Forrest Associates golf course architecture firm. ”Once the freedom to swing the club naturally is gone, it’s no longer enjoyable.”
While it may be difficult to put the clubs away, even for a few months, it may not be detrimental to your game. According to Dan Sutton, playing in the cold ”isn’t going to help your game.”
Sutton, the head golf professional at Eagle’s Landing Golf Club, said, ”Once your head, hands and feet get cold, it stops being fun.”
But there are tips to keep winter golf enjoyable and ultimately beneficial to your game.
”Walk more,” Sutton said. ”It never hurts to take a pull cart. You can burn a few more calories and help keep your circulation going. It also doesn’t hurt to go out and play two balls. You might get stuck playing by yourself. I’m a true proponent of getting practice in while you’re out playing. That will help build the confidence level as well.”
Sutton also offered options for those who don’t want to bundle up to tee it up. He said the Golf Dome in South Toledo, heated driving range stalls at the Maumee Sports Mall and golf simulators at Tamaron Country Club are opportunities for golfers to get their swings on. Many public courses will be open year round, as long as there’s no snow on the ground.
”Keep yourself active,” Sutton said. ”And don’t let those clubs get rusty over the winter. And if all else fails, get yourself a plane ticket to Florida.”