If you are a golfer, beware of the dangerous hazards that lurk around the course. Spring offers silent foes that could impede your ability to play golf. They are hidden pitfalls that have the ability to seriously injure every unsuspecting golfer. So I warn you now: BEWARE OF THE GOLF COURSE!
Right about now you are expecting me to launch into diatribe about the evils of a golf course. Well just the opposite. I love golfing and admire the beauty of every course I play. However, there are some dangers that most golfers over look at the beginning of every golf season and I am here to tell you about the top three.
The first is one that most golfers overlook quite easily. We are excited to hit the links and on the first sunny day, we sprint to the course, grab our clubs and head out on a four-hour walk! In our excitement, we forget to put sunscreen on! Yup, you guessed it; the first and very dangerous hazard of golfing in the spring is getting a sunburn. On Monday last, I was one of those people. It was sunny and 17 degrees. Not hot, but warm enough to wear shorts. After looping the course, I realized that I had a slight sunburn on my legs and the back of my neck. Fortunately, it was not serious, but rest assured I am wearing sunblock the next time I hit the links.
The next hazard also sneaks up on the unsuspecting golfer. Dehydration is our enemy on the links. We grab a coffee and drink it as we warm up and then head to the first tee. As we do, we never give it a second thought to grab a water bottle. Suddenly, it warms up and carrying our clubs may not have been the brightest idea of the day. We start sweating, which is OK, but then we stop. This is a tell-tale sign that you are dehydrated, so be careful. If you are hitting the links, you should always carry some water to prevent any possible side effects from dehydration.
Lastly and the third most deadly hazard on the golf course is gopher holes, water runoff ditches, and eroding banks around the water hazards. The ground is unstable in many places and if we are not weary, we could step in the wrong spot and cause serious injury to our lower limbs. I have experienced this years back and a sprained ankle set my game back about three weeks. Personally, I pay very close attention to the changing ground, especially in the spring.
The golf course has many hazards. In my opinion, being sunburned, dehydration and unstable ground are the three most dangerous in the spring. So as you excitedly hit the links this year, remember to pay attention and play safe!
Have you experienced unseen hazards on the golf course in the spring?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!.