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.”