In my neck of the woods, we anxiously waited for the arrival of the warm spring weather. It has arrived and many us are excited to spend more time outside in the fresh, warm, sunny temperatures. The last six weeks has seen many variations in the temperature, but we are now on the upward climb. If you are not aware, in Canada warm weather brings out a golf hazard that lasts about six weeks. Black flies and horse flies think of golfers as a buffet; no amount of bug spray seems to help…..it is a hazard we all must endure.
At my home course, the back nine is cut through the woods and black flies are an announce for the entire round. The swarm, bite, and frustrate us all at the worst possible time. I have missed many shots over the years because of these little pests. But, these little beasts are not the worst. Horse flies take this hazard up a couple of levels.
On the 13th tee, it seems that the horse flies congregate and wait for golfers to show. As soon as we round the corner from the 12th hole, you can almost hear their pincers grinding. The 13th tee is the worst area on the course for the horse flies and black flies. This double whammy forces us to hurry our shots just to get our the hazard area.
I do have a public service announcement regarding the use of bug spray to prevent these vicious insects from affecting our game. Here take a look:
The insect hazard is upon us. No matter where we are on the golf course, these little biting devils are relentless. Thankfully, they last for about 6 weeks and by the end of June most will be gone. Until then, be prepared to manage this hazard.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!