I reposted this article because it is important for the care of golf courses.
One of the must haves in any golf bag is bug spray. In Canada, especially in the more northern locations, golfing without bug spray is not conducive to a fun round on the links. During various times of the summer, different insects can chase you from the course if you are not prepared.
At my home course of Osprey Links Golf Course in Callander, Ontario, different holes have their own species of bugs. So, it is important to have some sort of protection from these pesky insects so they do not become a hazard in their own right. How do we guard against these pests while playing to ensure that they do not affect our golf score?
On our course, you will see mosquitoes, no-see-ums, horse flies, black flies, and several other species in between. They all like to bite, fly up your nose, in your ears, and into your hair. They can be a real annoyance unless you have some sort of bug spray.
The standard bug spray with deet is a popular choice. Something like ‘Deep Woods Off’ seems to be in most golf bags on our course. Personally, I do not like to use a spray with deet (it is a very bad chemical for most people with a compromised immune system), so I have other solutions I use as a bug spray.
Before getting into that, this was posted at our club house regarding bug spray. The deet kills all the grass it lands on and that is never good for the course. Image spraying this on your legs on the green!
My wife made me an organic bug spray that is very effective. I am not 100% sure of the ingredients, but I think it has Tea Tree oil, witch hazel and water. It is very effective. I spray it on when needed. My wife swears by using lavender oil. It smells very nice and works very well; a few dabs will do. Before trying anything homemade, ensure you understand how the ingredients interact and that it will not cause damage to your skin.
Lastly, a bounce sheet under you hat and in your back pocket works wonders. I am not sure what is in the sheet, but it is an excellent insect repellent.
Insect repellent is very important to most golfers. In northern Canada, bug spray is a must have. Bug spray is used for most of the summer and it helps keep the pesky insects away. But, according to the picture above, it can cause damage to the course, so please use it on the cart paths or in the parking lot!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!