Fall is quickly approaching and it is time to break out the multiple layers of clothing stuffed away for golfing emergencies. My golf gloves have secretly made their way to my golf bag and my toque is already a permanent resident. So I am all set for another month or so of fall golf.
Evening golf is slowly transitioning into afternoon golf and early birds are now early morning birds. The encroachment of cooler temperatures is a fact of life living in Canada, but one most of us gladly embrace. Yet, most golfers stubbornly reject the idea of transitioning to another activity. This is where my challenges arise; staying mentally prepared to play golf as the glimmer of hope for another awesome round fades away into the horizon!
Golfing in the fall is a mental challenge for me. I find my mind wanders to other activities I could be doing besides spending 4 hours on the golf course. It is a troubling time and yet, I still faithfully, and sometimes begrudgingly, head to the course a few times a week.
While on the course, focusing on each shot is a bit of a challenge. Mostly because I am distracted by the breath-taking scenery, the crisp fresh air, and nagging thoughts of wanting to experience different fun activities. The cooler temperatures remind me that winter is just around the corner and it might be time to hang up my clubs for another season.
In years past, I have golfed into November without hesitation. Last year, I finished golfing on 4 October. Literally the day after, it was 22 degrees Celsius and my desire to golf was almost overwhelming. Blair, my regular playing partner at Osprey Links, played golf into November. His intention is to do the same this year, weather permitting, and I am not sure I am prepared to do this. As much as I love playing golf, I am not mentally ready to play golf that long. Hence my dilemma.
This year, I am not sure when it will be time to put the sticks away. Right now, I still want to hit the links that one last time before my forced 5 month break, but that feeling of euphoria as I head to the course lessens with each passing day.
One day, I will just clean my clubs, empty my bag, and put my clubs away for their long winter’s nap. Until that day, I will do my best mentally to prepare for what comes next.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!