For many northern clime golfers, the end of the golf season fast approaches. Unlike my friend Kirk who golfs all year round, I struggle to play the last few rounds before the cold weather sets in and the golf course officially closes. It is a sad time, but something I have learned to accept after 40+ years of hitting the links!
Each year, about this time, I gravitate towards focusing on fall activities. I try to walk more, kayak the last few times, maybe go fishing this year, or go leaf peeping (yes it is a thing). My wife and I like to drive around the local area looking at Mother Nature turn our green landscape into a kaleidoscopic of colours. We love watching the change, but we need to time things just right to gain the full affect of beautiful scenery.
With respect to golfing, I dig out my layers, toque and gloves. It is a milestone that I pass each year and try to fight the change, but alas it is impossible to stop. For me, the weather affect I fight against the most is the wind. I realize my friends in Ireland thing that wind is a natural playing condition (right Padraig?), but here the wind is very cutting and chills us to the bone very quickly. So, dressing to reverse this negative affect is very important. The area that is affected the most by wind is my head and hands. There does not need to much wind to affect my game when it is cool.
I never play in the rain this time of year. It is folly to try because I would be freezing my the third hole and would have to pack it in. So if it is raining, I am staying home and enjoying a good book.
Lastly, walking is a the best idea. The heat generated from walking the course helps keep me warm. Additionally, it helps me enjoy the beautiful scenery for a few weeks anyway. Add the few days of playing fall golf in 15 degree weather is like hitting the beach! It is warmth from walking and the sun helps keep our positive mental attitude needed to play well. Walking in the sun is a win win.
As you can see, my golf season is starting to come to a close. I could extended it by making a trip down south, but that is not in the cards at this time. Maybe in the future, but for now I will remain positive and enjoy the slow transition from summer to fall.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!