Lately, the weather has not help my game as the course is very wet. If we receive 3 days of sun in a row, we are very lucky. It is during those sunny days that most of us flock to the course in attempts to play as much golf as possible. I am not against playing in the rain, but even I have limits.
Friday morning until about 1 pm, it had rained on and off, but I held out hope that the weather would cooperate. In the afternoon, I played the weather game and hit the course because the forecast called for sunny skies. As I drove to the course, I thought the sun might peek out from behind the clouds, but that hope ended up being folly.
Three of us had arranged to play at 3 pm and as I bolted from work, I was looking forward to playing 18 holes. On my way to the course one of my friends texted that it was too wet for him and he decided to stay home; I presume to watch golf. (Fair weather golfer 😉 ) But, my other playing partner showed and we hit the links.
As we walked to the first tee, the skies started to open. At first we thought it was going to be a light sprinkle; well that changed after we teed off. The rain was coming down hard, but we still held out hope it would let up. As we finished the first hole (both playing well), we made the smart decision to play the 9th hole and head in. For fun we switched drivers and both of us were quite happy with the results considering the weather.
We finished the 9th hole, still playing well, but it was time to go home. We were already soaked and even though we were happy with our play, the rain was coming down just too hard to continue. Many times the good play would coerce us to continue, but today was not that day. After packing my equipment into my car, the skies really opened up. When I saw that, I was very happy with our decision. After getting home and making a coffee, I smiled as I looked outside to see the rain still coming down in buckets. The rain lasted for about 2 hours and I know that if we had stayed, the fun of the initial 2 holes would have quickly worn off.
I do not consider myself a fair weather golfer. I am comfortable playing in the rain and sometimes relish it because it prepares me for tournaments. However, like my friend Serge said earlier Friday morning, “I do not mind playing in the rain, but I hate starting that way.” I have to agree with Serge and Friday was not the day to play in the rain.
Do you mind playing in the rain?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!