A Long Winter’s Nap

As winter plods along in the great white north, it is becoming more of a challenge to focus on my golf game. This happens every year about this time and I am fully prepared to accept the doldrums of the lack of golf. I know I am feel sorry for myself, but it is the time of year when my desire to play golf wanes. I do not mind practicing, however I love playing much more. I am not a traveler for golf, so I have a limited opportunity to reconnect with my game. So what is a golfer to do?

My Front Yard on a good day during the winter.

What is a golfer to do? I have my DIY practice area in my garage, I can watch movies, plan for hickory stick events, plan for local tournaments, look at setting up golf days for juniors, and write about golf. I realize that this seems like a great deal of activity, but it does not replace looping the links on a beautiful day.

As my golf journey continues, I find that playing golf is becoming more important than lowering my handicap index. I found that my shift to wanting to play more happened when I went to the Niagara Region for the 2022 Fall Hickory Classic hosted my the Golf Historical Society of Canada.

My friends Lorne Emery and Allan Lew from the Golf Historical Society of Canada introduced me to playing with hickory sticks about three years ago. I have been hooked every since. I bought my own sticks this year and have made a mental commitment to play them weekly. And I can hardly wait for this to start. Come on spring!

As I am settling in for the rest of my winter’s nap, I will try to remain grateful that golf is just around the corner….well several corners. Okay, I am done venting and I thank you for listening. Have an awesome day!

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!


8 thoughts on “A Long Winter’s Nap

  1. I sympathize Jim. These are the most challenging days for us golfers in the winter.

    Fortunately, some of us in Southern Ontario got an early start to the year with warm ( by our standards) weather in the first week in January. Since then, winter has returned and several of us will be limited to a simulator ( it isn’t real golf) for the foreseeable future.

    Fortunately, planning events for the Golf Historical Society of Canada fills some of the void. We are having a booth at the Toronto Golf and Travel Show (February 3-5) which will be fun. Our trade show on April 2 at the Golf Hall of Fame (Glen Abbey) will also be fun. We will hopefully be playing here around that time. And World Hickory Golf Day on May 7 will be the first big event of the year.

    I look forward to getting together again and playing. For me, this winter has been quite different. The house on the golf course that I rent is undergoing needed renovations and I am in temporary accommodation until at least May 1. Once I get resettled, you are invited to come and visit for some serious hickory golf 😀.


    • Lorne

      Sounds like a great year for sure. I am really looking forward to playing with my hickories this year. It will add a new dimension to my experiences. Thanks for the invite, I might take you up on that in the summer or fall.



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