Golf – When to Say Uncle!

Today, was an unusual day for me. I was excited to have the opportunity to play in the afternoon after travelling for 3.5 hours home from helping my brother-in-law build his house. The forecast was for rain, but that does not stop me! With the Regional Military Competition in just 3 weeks, I need to hit the links as much as I can. So, I called my friend Jean and convinced him that it was only drizzling and it was suppose to clear up. After bribing him with coffee, he agreed to meet me at the course.


First green at Roundel Glen Golf Course! Just a little wet!

As we prepared to go out, our friends at the Proshop gave us the lazy eye and shook their heads in disbelief that we were heading out to play a round. I was still full of hope and confidence that the weather would quickly change and we would be playing in the sun and warm weather!

Well, the shroud of hope quickly turned to the realization that we would do well to finish the round! As the rain continue to pour down, it was like a boxer taking body blow after body blow!

As I walked up to my ball on the first hole, I realized that my dream of a great round continue to fade. But, ever the optimist, I refuse to give in. The fact the bunkers had 6 inches of water in them was nothing, I convinced myself that this was only one bunker and the rest would be fine.

Walking down the par 5, second fairway, we dodged a lake of puddles. I am not talking casual water, but standing water we could fish in! But, I was not to be deterred! It was going to get better….oh yeah, it started to rain harder!


Second green at Roundel Golf Course. Just a little wet!

When I reached the second green, I was convinced that my dream of a 18 holes today was still possible, but the probability of finishing was in question. As I saw the river flowing down the 2nd green, we realized that it might be time to look for an exit strategy!

With our course design, it was just as quick to play 3 and 4, then 8 and 9, then to just walk in. So that is what we did. We played six holes on a course that was actually unplayable. I was just fooling myself from the beginning. However, I am sure, if the rain had stopped I could have convinced my friend to play all 18 holes.

But since the rain has not stopped, and it is 2 hours since we left the course, it was a good decision to call ‘UNCLE’ and walk off the course! Having played 6 holes was fun and better than nothing, but tomorrow is another day and I am looking forward to hitting the links after work!

Have you ever left the course because of rain? Share your story!

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!


16 thoughts on “Golf – When to Say Uncle!

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  2. Aloha Jim,

    I remember a day such as you described – I was scheduled to take somebody’s clients out.

    When I walked up to the clubhouse … well, there is no way to minimize this … it was just flat raining. The staff asked, “Are you sure about this, Wayne?” I answered, “I’m sure that I hope they don’t show up.”

    But they did show up. I tactfully presented the option of waiting for a better day – and they told me, “We are from Seattle. This is just a partly cloudy day back home.” So out we went.

    We went completely around the course, but even I have trouble calling what we did “golf”. A bogie was an exceptional score, three putts the norm. We rated our shots by how far from the cart path they landed.

    However, once we were all soaked to the bone and everyone had a few triples on the card, we began to have fun. We started “calling our shots” (verbally predicting where the ball would end up) – and laughing at the results.

    No, that was not “golf” but it was fun – or at least showered, dried, and at lunch we laughed a lot about it.

    A Hui Hou,

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  3. Love your commitment and trying to get the round in. I played Saturday. Must have had an inch of rain fall and ended w 40-50 km/h gusts. A real character builder. I wanted to get a bad weather round in this summer before a fall east coast golf trip. And yes, it’s tough to walk off a course anytime. Thanks, Mike

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  4. Jim,

    Have definitely quit because of lightning a few times, in fact, our course has a detection system when lightning strikes within 5 miles. Once it goes off, it is a club rule that you must get off the course, or take shelter in one of the shacks. I can handle a bit of rain, but if it is pouring and no end is in sight, I usually take a miss!


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  5. I can’t think of ever leaving due to rain. The greens on my home course tend to drain fairly well, so as long as it hasn’t been raining for hours before I start I can normally finish before they start to puddle. With that said, if the greens ever became unplayable I would likely pack up and head home. Last year the city intersectional competition was called after 9 holes as the course conditions got pretty bad due to rain, but I left the tournament and went to my course (about 50 km away) and managed to play 18 in wet, but playable conditions.

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