How Did You Stay Cool While Playing Golf in the Extreme Heat?

With record breaking temperatures being set on what seemed like a daily basis for the better part of the US this past week, golf courses and driving ranges remained opened for those brave enough to endure the blistering heat.  While parking lots were sparsely populated with cars, a few die hard golfers found means to enjoy a round of golf or try to hone their skills.

For those that like to walk like me, you have to be very careful not to overdo it and end up with some heat-related illness.  This is one time I would encourage riding in a cart or at least renting or using a push cart to take the load off.  The most important carry-ons in your bag are likely to be bottled water (or a sport’s drink) and maybe a few ice packs to keep them cool and you hydrated.  Save the malted hops until afterwards as they can dehydrate you. Don’t forget to wet a towel before heading to the first tee.  This isn’t necessarily to clean your clubs, but rather place around your neck between holes or while waiting for your next shot.

Apply sunscreen and wear loose fitting, light-colored clothing and a hat to protect you from the elements.  Even with low humidity you are bound to sweat which will make your hands and grip slip.  Remember to bring additional gloves to change out when they are no longer effective. Lastly, play golf early when it is coolest or possibly very late in the evening for a quick 9 when the sun subsides.  Remember to take it easy.  With the fewer number of players on the course, chances are you won’t be pushed by the group behind you.  If so, let them through as they probably don’t want to be out in the heat any longer than they have to.

For you die-hard golfers out there, share some of your secrets on how you beat the heat and still enjoy golf.


  1. Good suggestions all. I have a couple more. BTW, I played a five of seven days last week, and we had real heat. I walked all rounds. On Thursday, I was the only one on the course that was walking; everybody else rode.

    My suggestions:

    (1) Umbrella! I put it up in the stand on my ClicGear cart. Someone accused me of looking like an Oriental woman. Portable shade works, so the epithet doesn’t bother me.

    (2) Save the malt or hops until WAY after the round, not just the 19th hole. If you’re on the way to dehydration, you may not notice until much later — so you don’t still want to be dehydrating. I have passed out from dehydration (years ago, before I understood how to deal with it) 1-5 hours after the round was done. You don’t want to pass out on the drive home.

    (3) Pound water! I keep a cyclist’s water bottle in my push-cart’s cup holder, and drink enough to need a refill at every water-jug. That usually amounts to 60-100 ounces of water during the round. And do it EARLY in the round; don’t wait until you’re really thirsty. Which brings us to…

    (4) If you’re forcing yourself to drink, you might use a bit of flavoring in the water. Powdered lemonade mix or the like will make water more tasty, and encourage drinking enough.

    (5) Clothing should indeed be light colored, as the article says. And a good wicking fabric also helps. I just got two shirts and a hat made like that, and they really helped in this heat wave.

    If I think of any more, I’ll post again.


  2. Jake says:

    Another suggestion would be to take an extra shirt and change it at the turn. Makes a serious difference when 90* plus or pushing 100*.

  3. Gary says:

    Wait a minute…you just think it was hot. Wait until you’ve played golf when it is 120 degrees. Then you can say it’s hot! The heat comes up at you from the asphalt cart path and singes your eyebrows. DO TAKE A RIDING CART!

  4. terry scholz says:

    i work at home depot and they sell a towel called frogg toggs you wet it and it stays cool it cost 13.00 well worth it

  5. G. Scott says:

    Bring a spray bottle! Spraying yourself with water not only keeps you cool but prevents you from sweating and becoming dehydrated. I do it often and it works great. It’s also good for keeping just enough moisture in your glove for grip.

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