There is no wrong time to play golf. As I sit every morning looking out into the cold darkness writing golf articles, I dream of the hitting the links. This is my favourite time to play. The freshness of getting up early in the morning is matched by the tranquility of the quiet on the course. It is really the best time to loop the course. When I first started playing early it was out of necessity, as most fathers will understand.
Before I get into the details of why I started my love of playing early, there is no real bad time to play as you have said:
Now, back to the article. I was having a conversation with Padraig from Ireland and he indicated that he loves early birds because he has kids still at home. As soon as I read his response I smiled and said “exactly” to myself.
The reason I started playing early birds was to maximize my time with family on weekends and still get my round of golf in. In Ottawa, I would leave the house at 0400 hrs to drive 35 minutes to the course to be first in line for early birds. The sun would peak its nose out at about 5 am and off we would go. After playing 18 holes, I would be back home by 9 to have an awesome day with my daughter and wife. It was the perfect solution at the time.
Well as it turned out, I started to really enjoy playing golf in the morning. It fit my game and I am an early riser anyway. So much so that now, even though my daughter is long gone, I still like getting up early and heading to the course. Most mornings I am the first player there and I chip and putt waiting for my friends. Of course this affords me time to enjoy my first coffee of the day as well.
Playing early is part of my game. I enjoy the mornings most, but in reality I like playing anytime. Now that I have more time on my hands the pressure is off to squeeze that 18 in before everyone’s day starts. Yet, I still love the tranquility of playing early.
When is your most favourite time to play golf?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!