To play as much golf as I wanted over the years, I sometimes had to fight darkness to either start or finish a round. It is something that none avid golfers shook their heads at, but when you have a passion for something it is easy to play in challenging conditions. And playing in the dark was definitely one of them.
The interesting thing about playing golf in the dark is that I am not the only one. Actually, an overwhelming number of golfers 99% have ventured into darkness to play:
In my case, the most golf I have ever played in the dark was 1.5 holes. I remember this one round at Hylands Golf Club in Ottawa where I was playing after work in the fall. As you can imagine, it starts to get dark around 8 pm and started at 5 pm. So I was pressed for time and I hoped that I would not be held up anywhere or their was no chance of getting the round in.
I remember scooting around the course until the 15th hole where I met a twosome who were following a foursome. There was no chance of getting through so they asked me to join up. I figured I might as well since I was not going anywhere anyway. As it turned out, it was the wrong choice because we lost sight of the foursome on the next hole. Time seemed to stand still.
On the 17th tee, it was quite dark. I could see my ball leave the tee, but not where it landed. The other two players packed it in, so I set off by myself with no spotters. Fortunately, I knew the course very well and could tell from my ball flight where my ball would finish up and how far. As I trekked down the fairway, I wondered if there would be enough light to play the 18th hole.
After putting out, I raced over to the 18th tee and decided to play regardless of the light situation. My drive was okay and it finished on the right side of the fairway about 150 yards from the green. I hit my 7 iron at the green, but had no clue where it would end up. As I stood beside the green I notice my ball was no where to be found. The first thing I did was look in the cup and alas, it was not there. Now the search was on.
I found my ball long and left. I guess I hooded my approach shot a bit and now was left with a simple chip to the pin. I played a simple up and down and walked off with a par on the final hole. Walking to the parking lot, I realized mine was one of 5 cars in the parking lot. It was quite dark.
I have other adventures in the dark while playing golf. It was not usual to start early birds at Hylands with my friend Mike. We started most Saturdays and Sundays at 0530 hrs either just as the sun was rising or while it was still dark. It was the only way to get a round in without being on the course for five or six hours. It was quite an ordeal to be first in line, but that is a story for another day.
Playing golf in the dark is interesting. The most important thing about the whole ordeal is to trust your swing and hope you it the ball in play. I rarely play in the dark anymore, but it I guess I still would if I was having a great round.
Have you ever started or finished a round of golf in the dark?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!