Fall is a Great Time for Golf!

It’s fall here in the north­ern hemi­sphere, and depend­ing on exact­ly where you are, this may mean noth­ing to your golf or it may mean you have a week left of your golf sea­son. Some of you live in places which allow you to golf year round. Some of us, myself includ­ed, live in a place where we have a sig­nif­i­cant win­ter. I thor­ough­ly enjoy four dis­tinct sea­sons, so while it does not both­er me, the approach­ing win­ter means no more local out­door golf for me.

So while fall means your local course may soon be clos­ing, it shouldn’t mean you should not golf as much as pos­si­ble up until then. In fact, with the excep­tion of deal­ing with aer­at­ed greens and pos­si­bly mak­ing a new local rule to han­dle lost balls in leaves on the ground, fall golf has many things going for it.

  • Fall golf is inex­pen­sive. Let’s face it. Golf is an expen­sive sport. Two local munic­i­pal cours­es I golf on, St. Ger­main Golf Club and North­wood Golf Club, cost $45 for 18 holes in the sum­mer. Grant­ed, even though these are town-owned, they are 4.5 star cours­es. Still, I don’t know about you, but $45 to golf is a sig­nif­i­cant cost for me. Today I teed off at 3 o’clock in the after­noon at St. Ger­main Golf Club, took advan­tage of their twi­light all you can golf rate for $14, and squeezed in 18 holes in the 3 and a half hours of day­light I had. Every course has deals like this. They’re still open and want golfers.
  • On many days, it is more com­fort­able to golf in the fall than in the sum­mer. For me, many days in the sum­mer are just plain too hot for golf. I’d rather put on a lay­er of clothes and golf in the fall than to sweat it out in the sum­mer heat. The weath­er for my round today was 52 F, sun­ny, and very lit­tle wind. The tem­per­a­ture was not too cold for my hands to get cold and I was very com­fort­able with a sweat­shirt and light jack­et.
  • There are lit­tle to no bugs in the fall! The mos­qui­tos and bit­ing flies of spring and sum­mer are gone or near­ly gone in fall.
  • The chance for severe weath­er in the fall is very min­i­mal. If fact, in gen­er­al, there is much less rain in the fall. There were sev­er­al times this sum­mer that my round was short­ened due to severe weath­er. Watch­ing the radar and not going out if there is a chance of storms is just not real­is­tic. Too many times you don’t go golf­ing and no severe weath­er turns up. So you end up tak­ing your chances and being forced off the course by severe weath­er. Nev­er golf with light­ning in the area. Golf is nev­er as impor­tant as your safe­ty.
  • The fall col­ors are spec­tac­u­lar. If you are lucky enough to have a local course with woods, the course is an excel­lent place to see the chang­ing col­ors. Being out in nature is one of the great perks of golf and the out­doors are many times most beau­ti­ful in the fall.

While many of us are sad that anoth­er golf sea­son is com­ing to an end, don’t stop golf­ing just yet. Take advan­tage of all the things that fall golf has going for it and golf up until your course clos­es.

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