We spend hours on a hot golf course because we love golf, or maybe because we golfers are all suckers for punishment. Who knows? What we do know is summer golf in South Florida is like an extreme sport. It’s exhilarating, but you must be prepared for it. Deer Creek has a few tips for golfing in summer heat that only a South Florida golf course could offer.
Summer Tip 1: Bring Plenty of Liquids
We aren’t just talking about beers. Most golfers prefer the occasional beer on the front 9, and a few more on the back 9. However, remember that alcohol dehydrates the body. It’s counterproductive to swig a cold beer on a hot summers day.
Be sure to buy plenty of water at the snack stand or the golf clubhouse before you go. Golfing in the summer heat can really dehydrate you, so it’s recommended that you drink an ample amount of water. How much water should you drink?
Body Weight (in pounds) ÷ 2 = amount of water you should drink (ounces) [Forbes]
Learn to notice the signs of dehydration.
- Dry mouth
- Dry Skin
Here’s one of the most important tips for golfing in summer: sports drinks are okay, but cold water is the best way to rehydrate on the golf course. Don’t just rely on sugary drinks!
Summer Tip 2: Beat the Heat with Sunscreen
Don’t want to look like a crisp duck after a round of golf on a hot summers day? Well then lather up with sunscreen on the golf course. The is one of the most obvious tips for golfing in summer heat, yet most of us forget. Keep a fresh tube of sunscreen in your car or golf bag at all times; this way you can’t forget!
Summer golf trips in Florida require no less than SPF 30. Be sure to apply some to your nose and the back of your neck where the sun can really cause the most damage.
Summer Tip 3: Dress Appropriately
You can still look good and play golf on hot summer days. Golf dress codes are usually accommodating towards the golfer and the weather conditions.
Loose fitting clothes and breathable fabrics tend to work best.
Summer Tip 4: Rest When Needed
Whether you paid for a summer golf membership or a tee time just for the day, you are entitled to rest when you need to. Take time to grab some shade while your partners are teeing off.
If you need to let another group play through, then do it! There’s no shame in catching a little rest so you can enjoy the game as much as possible.
Most South Florida golf courses have golf carts with A/C because of how hot it can get. Ask your local club if they have the same option. Even if it’s a little costlier, it’s worth it!
For more great tips for golfing in the summer, check out Visit Florida’s article about golfing in Florida.