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.