Making the Most of Your Day on the Course

July 17th, 2014 by callrid Leave a reply »

If you have just a couple of hours to sneak away to the golf course, you’ll want to make the most of it. Likely your goal is to break from work stress or regular routine to enjoy the fresh air while swinging the club. You can increase your odds of enjoying your golf escape by taking a few steps to plan ahead.

Call Ahead
Most courses open and close around the same time, depending on the part of the country and the current weather. However, it can’t hurt to make sure there are some open tee times. With a phone call, or by checking the course’s website, you can see if it is possible to squeeze in a game at the last minute. If there are no open times, just set one up for a different day.

Also check club rules. Some courses require players to adhere to a certain dress code. Many locations prefer that a player wear a collared shirt. If you are leaving straight from work or you plan to stop by on the way home, you don’t want to get all the way there only to find that you aren’t going to be able to play.

Consider the Weather
While many golfers won’t play unless the weather is clear and pleasant, some diehards will venture out onto the course even in the most extreme conditions. Be sure to check current weather conditions before heading out. Even if the weather is glorious, you’ll want to bring a hat and sunscreen.

Allow Enough Time
No one wants to be rushed on the golf course. In fact, it can be frustrating to have people behind you waiting for their turn on a hole. So make sure you schedule enough time to fully enjoy your game. If you don’t have time to get through all 18 holes, consider playing just nine.

Double Check Your Bag
What could be worse than getting ready to make a drive only to find that you are out of balls? How about forgetting your towel or your ball marker? It takes just a couple of minutes to go through the bag to make sure that you have everything. You don’t want to have to stop everything to visit the clubhouse to pick up something that you need.

Consider the Company
Some players enjoy being out on the course all alone, concentrating on each and every shot. Unfortunately, depending on the type of course and the time of year, it isn’t always easy to play alone. If you don’t have friends along with you, there is a chance that you could be matched up with a stranger. For some, this makes the trip through the course difficult. If this is the case for you, consider asking some friends to come along. While it isn’t always easy to find someone at the last minute, it can make the entire experience a little more enjoyable.

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