Seven Ways to Beat the Heat on the Course



Find shade wherever and whenever you can.

TOM BREWSTER

Summer golf is right around the corner. But before teeing up on special summer rates, prep for playing in triple-digit temps. With some assistance from Brady Wilson, director of golf at the Classic Club, here are seven suggestions to help you keep cool on the green.

1 — Study your course

When making your tee time, inquire about clubhouse and on-course beverage availability.

2 — Stay hydrated 

“Make sure you drink water or something with electrolytes in the morning so you’re starting with a tank full,” Wilson says. “I always tell people to take a drink of water in between the green and the tee. If you do that 18 times, you’re going to stay fairly hydrated.”

3 — Avoid UV rays 

Ask your clothier about a garment’s ultraviolet protection factor. Know your comfort preference, and keep the threads white to reflect the sun. Wear hats and sunglasses. Use SPF-enhanced lip balm and, of course, apply sunscreen liberally.

4 — Don’t chase.

If you’re a mid-to-high handicapper, don’t spend 30 minutes of your round crunching through desert foliage for lost balls. Conserve energy and say goodbye to that Titleist. 

5 — Find shade 

Inquire with the marshal or starter about cart-driving rules and then park in as many shaded areas as possible during and between play.

6 — Give in to the pin 

If you’re playing as a very casual twosome or going solo, let the pin remain in the hole. Not the golf gospel here, but every moment of pace counts on a 115-degree day.

7 — Respect the rake

“The handles of bunker rakes can get pretty hot,” Wilson reminds. “Keep your glove when you grab the rakes.”

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