Fall is a challenging time of year to play golf. In my area of Ontario, it is a challenge to dress according to temperature, moisture and wind because it changes quickly without notice. I have discussed wearing layers of clothing in previous articles and that is a must right now. The challenge for most players is keeping their persons warm and relatively dry, keeping their equipment dry, and determining if walking or riding is the best mode of transportation. Regardless of what is decided, carrying more stuff is better than doing without.
When riding, carrying too much stuff is not an issue because the cart does all the work. For example, during the tournament on the weekend, Blair and I prepared to the best of our abilities for the turbulent weather conditions. Cooler, wet weather with possible thunderstorms was forecast, so we carried extra towels, a tarp to cover the clubs, a temporary windshield, gloves, a toque, rain suit, and umbrellas. We carried extra clamps and bungie cords to secure the tarp just in case the wind picked up. All of this kit did not stop us from getting wet, but it did make the round more comfortable.
If we decided to walk (which we did not), I was prepared for this as well. I had a rain suit, extra towels in plastic bags, rain cover for my clubs, an umbrella, warm gloves, a toque, and spare shoes and socks in the car if needed to change after 9 holes. The image on the left is a bit dated, but you get the idea that I carry a fair bit of stuff when playing golf in the rain.
Personally, I try to avoid playing in the rain. However, Blair and I were in a tournament on the weekend and we could not avoid the weather. The wet weather did affect our game, but because of our preparation efforts, the damage was much less and we were more comfortable (well as much as we could be). Playing golf in the rain is part of the whole experience. However, as I venture farther down my golf path, playing in the rain is becoming less and less appealing. How about you?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!